4-30-21 Superintendent Weekly Update

4-30-21 Superintendent Weekly Update
Posted on 04/30/2021
April 30, 2021
Hello Families and Community Members:
It was a very busy week, but we are SO thrilled to be able to welcome many of our students back to school this week AND still be able to support our remote students. I saw many happy students, hardworking staff and lots of getting reconnected! 
I want to congratulate all the families, staff and students for making it through this hard year. With the return of school, the lifting of some state restrictions, rising vaccine rates, dropping infections and some sunshine, it almost feels NORMAL!
A special thanks to all of you parents out there--it's been a year full of schedule changes, ups downs and times when you had to be both educator and parent to your children. Thank you!
One thing that did not feel normal this week was the traffic on school campuses and in town. With fewer people riding buses, new schedules and routines and many nervous families wanting to ease their children back into school, in addition to several roadway projects happening around town, the traffic is pretty bad! 
We are working with Chief Hicks and his team to address this, but some of it is just due to the unusual volume of cars interacting with construction projects. Please know that we cannot deploy police details to every campus, but we are responding to your feedback and working with the Chief to do all that we can. 
Lilja families, see your update for new developments in roadway construction in your area in Ms. Wasik's blast below — it can be found in the 'Weekly School Updates' section of this email.


Pooled Testing Update
Since Monday evening when we challenged WMS to enroll in pooled testing, 100 people signed up and moved WMS to 78% participation. All schools have 70-80% of student population participating in pooled testing.
Keep those registrations coming!
Weekly Pooled Testing Results Update
All pools tested this week were negative. 
Meeting between the Board of Health, Coaches and NHS Student Leaders
On Wednesday night, Dr. Nolin, Mr Harrigan, Mr. White from the Dept. of Public Health, Karla Sangrey and Don Breda from the Natick Board of Health and Dr. Paige Meisheid district physician met with all student leadership at NHS. Students had questions about vaccines, pooled testing requirements, safety procedures, events and club/sport decision-making. In turn, the Board of Health wanted to emphasize the importance of pooled testing and continuing safety measures. It was an excellent lead up to the full reopen of NHS the very next day.
U.S. News Best MA High Schools: Where Natick HS Ranks
U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking rating of high schools has been released. This ranking looks at various factors like graduation rates and academic performance. We are pleased to share that Natick High School is still one of the top high schools in the state and nation, according to the new ranking.
This year's high school rankings have NHS at No. 66 in Massachusetts and No. 1,557 nationwide—out of 17,000 public high schools—putting us in the top 10 percent of all high schools in the country. We also ranked high at No. 55 in the state for college readiness.
We received high marks for the 62 percent of students enrolled in advanced placement (AP) classes and our 80 percent math proficiency rate. 


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