Daily Bulletin

2017-2018

Tuesday, May 29

Students who have ordered yearbooks  can pick up their yearbooks after school on Wednesday 5/30 in room 809.

All rising senior and junior students of French and families, please come to a French Trip Meeting on Wednesday, May 30 at 6 p.m. in Madame Bashir's room: 416 at Needham High School.  Any questions?  Don't hesitate to email Madame Bashir at mary_bashir@needham.k12.ma.us

Friday, May 25

On this day in history, in 47 BC – Julius Caesar visited Tarsus on his way to Pontus, where he met enthusiastic support, but where, according to Cicero, Cassius was planning to kill him at this point.

Did you lose a retainer? If so, please come to the main office and claim it from Ms. Ofer.

Wednesday, May 23

No announcements for today.

Tuesday, May 22

On this day in history, in 1962 – A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy took place at Madison Square Garden, New York City. The highlight is Marilyn Monroe's rendition of "Happy Birthday".

Seniors should pick up their yearbooks at the Senior BBQ on Thursday 5/24! If they are not attending the BBQ, they can pick them up AFTER SCHOOL on Friday 5/25! Please clean your lockers out before Wednesday, May 30. Also, please complete all of your obligations including cafeteria fees, media/technology equipment returns, library and books returns, and athletic obligations by Thursday, May 24. You will not receive your cap and gown until all obligations are completed.

The NHS Art and Literary magazine is being sold after school in the lobby this week for $8! Come pick up a copy.

Are you a highly motivated musician who sings or plays an instrument? Do you want to perform? Do you want to be in a band? Do you want to play with others? Do you love current music like pop, rock, hip hop, blues, and soul? Do you want to earn 2 credits for doing what you love?...Do you want to have fun making music?...Then you could be part of the Contemporary Music Ensemble for the 2018 - 2019 school year! CME auditions are Thursday, May 31st from 3-4pm in the Band Room.


Monday, May 21

 

On this day in history, in 2005 – The tallest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka opened at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey.

 

Are you a highly motivated musician who sings or plays an instrument? Do you want to perform? Do you want to be in a band? Do you want to play with others? Do you love current music like pop, rock, hip hop, blues, and soul? Do you want to earn 2 credits for doing what you love?...Do you want to have fun making music?...Then you could be part of the Contemporary Music Ensemble for the 2018 - 2019 school year! CME auditions are Thursday, May 31st from 3-4pm in the Band Room.

Please come and visit the Art Show. You can find the incredible artwork outside the art rooms in the 600's, 800's, and 900's. Please visit as a class or on your own during school hours. The walls and hallways are filled with work representing all of our course offerings and a large portion of the NHS student body. You are welcome and encouraged to bring your classes.  We will have a closing Gala on Tuesday, May 22 from 6:30-8:00 PM. All are welcome to attend!

 

Attention seniors: Access to your google accounts will be removed on July 4th. You will need to use Google Takeout to transfer any files you want access to after July 4th. Please see instructions that were sent to your Google e-mail accounts.

 

https://docs.google.com/a/needham.k12.ma.us/document/d/1U8Oaz82ORbN522PXjOHIt59ai7qWCTPiXutA3-mcsOw/edit?usp=drive_web

 


Thursday, May 17

On this day in history, in 1954 – The United States Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.

The library will be closed after school today for a meeting. Please plan accordingly.

Please come and visit the Art Show. You can find the incredible artwork outside the art rooms in the 600's, 800's, and 900's. Please visit as a class or on your own during school hours. The walls and hallways are filled with work representing all of our course offerings and a large portion of the NHS student body. You are welcome and encouraged to bring your classes.  We will have a closing Gala on Tuesday, May 22 from 6:30-8:00 PM. All are welcome to attend!


Tuesday, May 15

On this day in history, in 2008 – California became the second U.S. state after Massachusetts in 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage after the state's own Supreme Court rules a previous ban unconstitutional.

Interested in building sets for the student show, Little Shop of Horrors? Come to the high school auditorium this Wednesday and Friday at 5:30 pm. Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 14

On this day in history, in 1973 – Skylab, the United States' first space station, was launched.

Attention juniors: JHARB is on Thursday!! Please check your Google accounts to make sure you know the bus schedule.

Attention seniors: Access to your google accounts will be removed on July 4th. You will need to use Google Takeout to transfer any files you want access to after July 4th. Please see instructions that were sent to your Google e-mail accounts.

https://docs.google.com/a/needham.k12.ma.us/document/d/1U8Oaz82ORbN522PXjOHIt59ai7qWCTPiXutA3-mcsOw/edit?usp=drive_web


Thursday, May 10

On this day in history, in 1970 – Bobby Orr scored "The Goal"[1] to win the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals, for the Boston Bruins' fourth NHL championship in their history.

This is just one more reminder that the deadline for all Sr. BBQ and Sr. Prom tickets is this FRIDAY (May 11th)! BBQ tickets are $12, and Prom tickets now $115. Both can be paid either online with MySchoolBucks or with a check made out to "Needham High School" dropped off to either Mr. C or Ms. D. If you are coming to the prom, you and your guest need to fill out this Google Form telling us what dinner you want (chicken or veggie)-- information about ingredients/allergies is in the Google Form.

https://goo.gl/forms/JILYmDluLJBClkMk1

It’s ZUMBA TIME!! Ms. McSherry will be teaching today at 3:00 PM in the studio. Come on down! 


Monday, May 7

On this day in history, in 1994 – Edvard Munch's iconic painting The Scream was recovered undamaged after being stolen from the National Gallery of Norway in February.

The following students  culminated their Dreamfar season with the Providence Marathon​ on Sunday and they rocked it!!!!  Joyce Anglo, Roisin Chatterton, Tom Cohen, Rachel Covitz, Mariah Freedman, Elsa Koniecynski (4th time), Lauren Koniecynski, Riley Roefaro and Allie Partridge (4th time).

Students have been emailed a survey to complete that will influence the work we do at NHS and throughout the district. If you have not already done so, please complete this important survey. The link will be live until the end of the day today, and we are hoping for 100% participation from NHS students.

Friday, May 4

On this day in history, in 1979 – Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Students have been emailed a survey to complete that will influence the work we do at NHS and throughout the district. Please take the time in homeroom (today or Monday) to complete this important survey. The link will be live until the end of the day on Monday, and we are hoping for 100% participation from NHS students.

The Needham High School Theatrical Society is presenting  “A Day in the Theatre,” tonight and tomorrow night at 7:00 PM in the NHS auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door.  We hope to see you there!

Interested in having a direct impact on student learning? Please fill out this brief survey to share some tips for incoming freshman. We will be using using the information you provide to improve the freshman experience in relation to online tools (docs, sheets, wevideo, etc.) for school. Based on your feedback, the orientation could include tools you found most helpful, specific tips & tricks, and any other suggestions you have. Thanks!

Freshmen and Sophomores! The first annual Spring Fling will be on Friday, May 11 from 7-10 PM at Moseley's in Dedham. Today is the last day that tickets are $30 each. The price will increase to $35 on Monday. The last day to buy a ticket will be Tuesday, May 8. If you have any questions or concerns please see a student council member or advisor. If you are interested in bringing a guest that does not attend Needham High School you must seek permission from the Grade Level Office prior to purchasing a ticket.

Thursday, May 3

On this day in history, in 1978 – The first unsolicited bulk commercial email (which would later become known as "spam") was sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States.

The Dreamfar team will be running the Providence Marathon this Sunday.  Wish the following students good luck when you see them: Joyce Anglo, Roisin Chatterton, Tom Cohen, Rachel Covitz, Mariah Freedman, Elsa Koniecynski, Lauren Koniecynski, Riley Roefaro and Allie Partridge.

Interested in having a direct impact on student learning? Please fill out this brief survey to share some tips for incoming freshman. We will be using using the information you provide to improve the freshman experience in relation to online tools (docs, sheets, wevideo, etc.) for school. Based on your feedback, the orientation could include tools you found most helpful, specific tips & tricks, and any other suggestions you have. Thanks!

From now until the end of the school year the library will be offering extended hours. The library will stay open until 4pm Mon. - Thurs.  Regular hours on Friday.

The Needham High School Theatrical Society is pleased to present “A day in the Theatre,” four hilarious one acts that deal with all the ridiculousness of life on the stage. Join us Friday May 4th or Saturday May 5th at 7 pm in the NHS auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door.  We hope to see you there!

Seniors: Friday, May 11th is the last day to buy tickets for the Senior BBQ. The price is $12.

Prom tickets are still available. The price is now $110. Please see Mr. Caccavale or Ms. Domnarski for Prom and BBQ tickets.

Wednesday, May 2

On this day in history, in 2011 – Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man, was killed by the United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The Needham High School Theatrical Society is pleased to present “A day in the Theatre,” four hilarious one acts that deal with all the ridiculousness of life on the stage. Join us Friday May 4th or Saturday May 5th at 7 pm in the NHS auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door.  We hope to see you there!

Seniors: Friday, May 11th is the last day to buy tickets for the Senior BBQ. The price is $12.

Prom tickets are still available. The price is now $110. Please see Mr. Caccavale or Ms. Domnarski for Prom and BBQ tickets.

Don’t forget to bring books in for Room to Read. The donation bags have been placed in homerooms. It’s a great time to clean out those bookshelves! Thank you in advance for your donations!

Tuesday, May (yes MAY)!! 1

On this day in history, in 1886 – Rallies were held throughout the United States demanding the eight-hour work day, which culminated in the Haymarket affair in Chicago, in commemoration of which May 1 is celebrated as International Workers' Day in many countries.

From now until the end of the school year the library will be offering extended hours. The library will stay open until 4pm Mon. - Thurs.  Regular hours on Friday.

The Needham High School Theatrical Society is pleased to present “A day in the Theatre,” four hilarious one acts that deal with all the ridiculousness of life on the stage. Join us Friday May 4th or Saturday May 5th at 7 pm in the NHS auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door.  We hope to see you there!

Seniors: Friday, May 11th is the last day to buy tickets for the Senior BBQ. The price is $12.

Prom tickets are still available. The price is now $110. Please see Mr. Caccavale or Ms. Domnarski for Prom and BBQ tickets.

Monday, April 30

On this day in history, in 1789, on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, George Washington took the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States.

Seniors: Friday, May 4th is the last day to buy tickets for the Senior BBQ. The price is $12.

Prom tickets are still available. The price is now $110. Please see Mr. Caccavale or Ms. Domnarski for Prom and BBQ tickets.

The Room to Read Book Drive is starting this morning and will continue until Friday (5/11).  Donation bags have been placed in homerooms, so please place donated books in the bags. It’s a great time to clean out those bookshelves! Thank you in advance for your donations!

Student Council is sponsoring the first annual Spring Fling for 9th and 10th graders only. The event will be on Friday, May 11 from 7-10 PM at Moseley's in Dedham. It will be a semi-formal dance with a professional DJ and include food and a soda bar. There is plenty of space to mingle as well as a large dance floor. In order to attend, you must purchase your entry in advance (you will not be able to show up the night of and pay). Tickets go on sale TODAY during homeroom, lunch, or online using MySchoolBucks. Tickets are $30 each during the week of April 30th. Starting May 7 tickets prices will go up to $35 each. The last day to buy a ticket will be Tuesday, May 8. If you have any questions or concerns please see a student council member or advisor. If you are interested in bringing a guest that does not attend Needham High School you must seek permission from the Grade Level Office prior to purchasing a ticket.

Friday, April 27

On this day in history, in 198, Xerox PARC introduced the computer mouse. Also on this day in history, in 1973 – The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, recorded in Abbey Road Studios went to number 1 in the US charts, beginning a record-breaking 741-week chart run.

The library will be closed during blocks D, E and F today. We are hosting the author Malinda Lo.    If you are free during 3rd lunch and blocks E & F, stop in to meet her.

Attention Freshman and Sophomores! Student Council has said enough is enough when it comes to traditions for upperclassmen but not for you. They have created a new tradition of a Spring Fling, only for 9th and 10th graders. The event will be at Moseley’s in Dedham from 7-10 PM on Friday, May 11. The event will include a professional DJ, food, and a fun filled night. Tickets start at $30 and will be sold starting on Monday. More information will be sent to you via email, so check your inbox!

The Room to Read Book Drive will take place from Monday (4/30) until Friday (5/11).  Donation bags will be placed in people's homerooms where they can place their donated books. It’s a great time to clean out those bookshelves! Thank you in advance for your donations!

Gender Equality Club (GEC) is hosting the GEC Together this Friday, April 27 from 7-9 p.m. in the cafeteria! The event includes entertainment from NHS a cappella groups, free food, and interactive and informative booths, and more. Admission is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring two pieces of new or gently used clothing to be donated to Rosie’s place, a local women’s shelter. We hope to see you there!

Prom tickets are still available! Tickets are $105 and go up to $110 next week.

Also, the Senior BBQ tickets are still available for $12. Friday, May 4, is the last day to purchase your BBQ ticket! See Mr. Caccavale or Ms. Domnarski for tickets. See Mr. Caccavale or Ms. Domnarski for tickets.

Thursday, April 26

On this day in history, in 1981 – Dr. Michael R. Harrison of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center performed the world's first human open fetal surgery.

Prom tickets are still available! Tickets are $105 and go up to $110 next week.

Also, the Senior BBQ tickets are still available for $12. Friday, May 4, is the last day to purchase your BBQ ticket! See Mr. Caccavale or Ms. Domnarski for tickets. See Mr. Caccavale or Ms. Domnarski for tickets.

Gender Equality Club (GEC) is hosting the GEC Together tomorrow from 7-9 p.m. in the cafeteria! he event includes entertainment from NHS a cappella groups, free food, and interactive and informative booths, and more. Admission is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring two pieces of new or gently used clothing to be donated to Rosie’s place, a local women’s shelter. We hope to see you there!

Day of Silence is tomorrow!

VOCAL SUPPORT ‘18, NHS a cappella concert benefiting Americans for the Arts (americansforthearts.org), April 28 at 7:30pm at NHS auditorium. Featuring NHS a cappella groups and special guests from Natick HS, Wellesley HS and Weston HS. Doors open 7pm. Tickets at door: $10 students/seniors; $15 adults. www.nhsfriendsofmusic.org

Wednesday, April 25

On this day in history, in 1954 – The first practical solar cell was publicly demonstrated by Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Prom tickets are still available! Tickets are $105 and go up to $110 next week.

Also, the Senior BBQ tickets are still available for $12. Friday, May 4, is the last day to purchase your BBQ ticket! See Mr. Caccavale or Ms. Domnarski for tickets. See Mr. Caccavale or Ms. Domnarski for tickets.

The final AP pre administration session take place in the cafeteria after school tomorrow. Students with last names beginning with L-Z are required to attend. This session is mandatory. Please contact Mr. de Chaves if you cannot make it.

Don't forget to sign up for the Day of Silence. If you would like to participate, please pick up a field trip form from room 424 or from the AGSA's table after school today. Field trip forms must be returned to room 424 before the end of school tomorrow in order to participate. If you do not want to stay silent, you can pick up an ally sticker from the AGSA's table on Friday in order to show your support.

Gender Equality Club (GEC) is hosting the GEC Together this Friday, April 27 from 7-9 p.m. in the cafeteria! The event includes entertainment from NHS a cappella groups, free food, and interactive and informative booths, and more. Admission is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring two pieces of new or gently used clothing to be donated to Rosie’s place, a local women’s shelter. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 24

On this day in history, in 1977 – Optical fiber was first used to carry live telephone traffic.

Attention Needham Track teams: If you are missing any clothing that you might have left at track practice, please stop by the main office to collect the items.

Gender Equality Club (GEC) is hosting the GEC Together this Friday, April 27 from 7-9 p.m. in the cafeteria! Please join us for a night of feminism and empowerment featuring keynote speaker Boston Globe columnist Shirley Leung. The event includes entertainment from NHS a cappella groups, free food, and interactive and informative booths, and more. Admission is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring two pieces of new or gently used clothing to be donated to Rosie’s place, a local women’s shelter. We hope to see you there!

Don't forget to sign up for the Day of Silence! The Day of Silence is an event that brings attention to the discrimination against and silencing of LGBTQ+ youth. It is a chance for everyone to gain an understanding of how it feels to be silenced and to show support for their friends and peers who are LGBTQ+. Participants will remain silent for some or all of the school day. If you would like to participate, please pick up a field trip form from room 424 any day this week, or from the AGSA's table after school on Tuesday or Wednesday. Field trip forms must be returned to room 424 before the end of school on Thursday in order to participate. If you do not want to stay silent, you can pick up an ally sticker from the AGSA's table on Friday in order to show your support.

Don’t miss VOCAL SUPPORT ‘18, NHS a cappella concert benefiting Americans for the Arts (americansforthearts.org), April 28 at 7:30pm at NHS auditorium. Featuring NHS a cappella groups and special guests from Natick HS, Wellesley HS and Weston HS. Doors open 7pm. Tickets at door: $10 students/seniors; $15 adults. www.nhsfriendsofmusic.org

AP pre administration sessions will be held this week in the cafeteria after school. Students with last names beginning with A-K will attend on Tuesday April 24th. Students with last names beginning with L-Z will attend on Thursday April 26th. If you cannot make your session you may attend the other. These sessions are mandatory. Please contact Mr. de Chaves if you cannot make one of them.

Monday, April 23

On this day in history, in 1635, the first public school in the United States, Boston Latin School, was founded in Boston.

Gender Equality Club (GEC) is hosting the GEC Together this Friday, April 27 from 7-9 p.m. in the cafeteria! Please join us for a night of feminism and empowerment featuring keynote speaker Boston Globe columnist Shirley Leung. The event includes entertainment from NHS a cappella groups, free food, and interactive and informative booths, and more. Admission is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring two pieces of new or gently used clothing to be donated to Rosie’s place, a local women’s shelter. We hope to see you there!

Don't forget to sign up for the Day of Silence! The Day of Silence is an event that brings attention to the discrimination against and silencing of LGBTQ+ youth. It is a chance for everyone to gain an understanding of how it feels to be silenced and to show support for their friends and peers who are LGBTQ+. Participants will remain silent for some or all of the school day. If you would like to participate, please pick up a field trip form from room 424 any day this week, or from the AGSA's table after school on Tuesday or Wednesday. Field trip forms must be returned to room 424 before the end of school on Thursday in order to participate. If you do not want to stay silent, you can pick up an ally sticker from the AGSA's table on Friday in order to show your support.

Congratulations to the Bands, Choruses, and String Orchestra on their results at the Festivals of Music held on Saturday, April 14 during their New York City trip.  The Chorus received an Excellent rating and 2nd place, the Band received a Superior rating and 2nd place, and both the String Orchestra and Chorale received Superior ratings and 1st place.   Needham also earned the Best Overall Chorus and the Best Overall Orchestra awards, as well as the Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser Esprit de Corp Award.

Don’t miss VOCAL SUPPORT ‘18, NHS a cappella concert benefiting Americans for the Arts (americansforthearts.org), April 28 at 7:30pm at NHS auditorium. Featuring NHS a cappella groups and special guests from Natick HS, Wellesley HS and Weston HS. Doors open 7pm. Tickets at door: $10 students/seniors; $15 adults. www.nhsfriendsofmusic.org

AP pre administration sessions will be held this week in the cafeteria after school. Students with last names beginning with A-K will attend on Tuesday April 24th. Students with last names beginning with L-Z will attend on Thursday April 26th. If you cannot make your session you may attend the other. These sessions are mandatory. Please contact Mr. de Chaves if you cannot make one of them.


Friday, April 13

On this day in history, in 1943 – The Jefferson Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., on the 200th anniversary of President Thomas Jefferson's birth.

Thursday, April 12

On this day in history, in 1945 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt died in office; Vice President Harry S. Truman became President upon Roosevelt's death.

AP pre administration sessions will be held after break in the cafeteria after school. Students with last names beginning with A-K will attend on Tuesday April 24th. Students with last names beginning with L-Z will attend on Thursday April 26th. If you cannot make your session you may attend the other. These sessions are mandatory. Please contact Mr. de Chaves if you cannot make one of them.

Attention All Seniors! Your Senior Contracts are DUE! You cannot participate in the senior activities unless this is signed. You can sign the online contract or if you need a paper copy, come to the Grade Level Office. Senior Prom tickets are on sale now! See Mr. Caccavale or Ms. Domnarski for tickets. You can also pay online through Myschoolbucks for both the Prom and the BBQ.

Come Join the Conversation today at 2:45 in the Cafeteria!

Wednesday, April 11

On this day in history, in 1968 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, prohibiting discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing.

The library will be closed after school today for a meeting. Please plan accordingly.

Congratulations to the winners in the second round of Student Council Elections.

Class of 2019 Representatives: Danny Kaplan, Katherine Shannon, and Matt Smith

Class of 2020 Representatives: Adi Arbel, Grace Hinderman, and Danny Richmond

Student Advisors to the School Committee: Noah Basson and Zach Sickles

Greater Boston Regional Student Advisory Council: Michael Bernard and Simone Hernandez

There is still an opportunity to get involved in Student Council. If you are interested in applying for an appointed position, the deadline for applications is this Friday. Please see your email for more information and check in with Mr. Odierna or Profe Eagan

Attention All Seniors! Your Senior Contract are DUE! You cannot participate in the senior activities unless this is signed. You can sign the online contract or if you need a paper copy, come to the Grade Level Office.Senior Prom tickets are on sale now! See Mr. Caccavale or Ms. Domnarski for tickets. You can also pay online through Myschoolbucks for both the Prom and the BBQ.

Come Join the Conversation tomorrow, Thursday, 4/12 at 2:45 in the Cafeteria!

Tuesday, April 10

On this day in history, in 1925 – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was first published in New York City, by Charles Scribner's Sons.

For 9th, 10th, and 11th graders: Today is the second round of voting for Student Council members. You will be voting for your class reps and school wide positions today until midnight tonight. The ballot has been emailed to your google account. Please go there to get the link to vote. If the link doesn't open properly make sure you log out of all gmail accounts and then log back into just your school account.

We cordially invite you to participate in our second Join The Conversation event which will be held Thursday April 12th at 2:45pm in the Cafe Expansion.   Join The Conversation's goal is to bring willing students and staff together to talk about current issues both in Needham High School and around our country on a bi-monthly basis. Together, we will have interactive conversations which will attempt to educate students on issues regarding RACE, SEXUALITY, AND EQUALITY.

The annual Own Your Peace video filming is in the works.  We’d love to have students and faculty come down to the TV studio (attached to LAB 409) :

Wednesday after school until 3:10

Thursday after school until 3:30 AND

Thursday am at 7:15-8.

The filming is fun, relaxed and entails answering a few questions about yourself and Needham High.

WE hope to see you and your friends this week!

ATTENTION! When you are driving up to the upper lot, please do not pass cars that are letting passengers out by the circle at Admiral Gracey. There are passengers that are opening up doors on the drivers side, thus causing  a hazard for cars that are passing that vehicle. Please wait until the vehicles have dropped off their passengers. Thank you.

Monday, April 9

On this day in history, in 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was founded in New York City by Henry Bergh.

Attention All Seniors! Your Senior Contract are DUE! You cannot participate in the senior activities unless this is signed. You can sign the online contract or if you need a paper copy, come to the Grade Level Office.Senior Prom tickets are on sale now! See Mr. Caccavale or Ms. Domnarski for tickets. You can also pay online through Myschoolbucks for both the Prom and the BBQ.

GBP Students present to you Spring into Action! There will be fun activities through April and May before and after school! To sign up fill out the google form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScdRM1BD6Yg0zH4oE5Wl69N7FnthsytwmIuiC_zbQ_smQREJg/viewform?usp=sf_link Also, join our Facebook group for updates and tips on how to stay active: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1756287704393026/. Contact any of the admins of the Facebook group if you have questions.

Congratulations to the Speech and Debate team for its' performance at the Massachusetts state speech and Congress Championships Saturday.

Needham Speech and Debate- third place sweepstakes

State Championship, Declamation- Annie Stein  performing  "Shonda Rhimes’s “My Year of Saying Yes to Everything.

Individual 'Double Entry' awards for excellence in  events from  different skill set  categories- Simone Hernandez, Corey Jacobson, Jackson Segal, Annie Stein

Extemporaneous Third Place- Jackson Segal-answering-  "Will the changes by Gov. Baker to the Massachusetts State Police help restore public trust in the department?

Multiple Third Place- Simone Hernandez, Corey Jacobson, John Lively, Shaan Raza,Annie Stein, Hannah Warn performing   'That Day in September" by Artie Van Why

Group Discussion- Fifth Place- Mariah Freedman

Impromptu Speaking- sixth place- Jackson Segal

Radio Broadcasting- third place- Corey Jacobson

Declamation Honorable Mention- Simone Hernandez, Abby Hynes

Friday, April 6

On this day in history, in 1948, the World Health Organization was established by the United Nations.

Congratulations to the winners in the Student Council Elections. There will be another round of voting on Monday for additional positions. If you are interested in applying for an appointed position please see Mr. Odierna or Profe Eagan.

Juniors:

Class President: Nathan Ruddy

Class Vice President: Ryan Supple

Class Treasurer: Luca O’Donnell

Class Secretary: Ryan Weitzel

Class SASC: Ava Feuer

Sophomores:

Class President: Jason Hedman

Class Vice President: Nate Ramras

Class Treasurer: Isabelle Liu

Class Secretary: Christian Bliss

Class SASC: Sara Kates

Freshman:

Class President: Marcus Emerson

Class Vice President: Steven Greenes

Class Treasurer: Olivia Lynch

Class Secretary: Claire Atkinson

Class SASC: Aidan Michelow

Class Reps: Camryn Foster, Danielle Merken, Jared Pizzuto

Attention All Seniors! Your Senior Contract are due TODAY! You cannot participate in the senior activities unless this is signed. If you need a paper copy, come to the Grade Level Office.

Senior Prom tickets are on sale now! See Mr. Caccavale or Ms. Domnarski for tickets. You can also pay online through Myschoolbucks for both the Prom and the BBQ.

Thursday, April 5

On this day in history, in 1614 – In Virginia, Native American Pocahontas married. English colonist John Rolfe. Didn’t you think Pocahontas married John Smith? I did!

We cordially invite you to participate in our second Join The Conversation event which will be held Thursday April 12th at 2:45pm in the Cafe Expansion.   Join The Conversation's goal is to bring willing students and staff together to talk about current issues both in Needham High School and around our country on a bi-monthly basis. Together, we will have interactive conversations which will attempt to educate students on issues regarding RACE, SEXUALITY, AND EQUALITY.The Essential Question to be discussed are Do you feel safe mentally, physically, and spiritually here at NHS?  During our discussion we will look at data from our 2016 MetroWest Survey and our 2017 Equity Audit as a reference to our conversation.  We will also discuss the unfortunate events in Parkland, Florida and how that horrific event impacts school safety.

Attention All Seniors! Your Senior Contract are due this Friday! You cannot participate in the senior activities unless this is signed. If you need a paper copy, come to the Grade Level Office.

Senior Prom tickets are on sale now! See Mr. Caccavale or Ms. Domnarski for tickets. You can also pay online through Myschoolbucks for both the Prom and the BBQ.

Wednesday, April 4

On this day in history, in 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" speech in New York City's Riverside Church. On the very same day, in 1968, he was assassinated by James Earl Ray at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

For 9th, 10th, and 11th graders: Today is the first round of voting for Student Council members. You will be voting for your class officers today until midnight tonight. The ballot has been emailed to your google account. Please go there to get the link to vote. If the link doesn't open properly make sure you log out of all gmail accounts and then log back into just your school account.

GBP Students present to you Spring into Action! There will be fun activities through April and

May before and after school! To sign up fill out the google form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScdRM1BD6Yg0zH4oE5Wl69N7FnthsytwmIuiC_zbQ_smQREJg/viewform?usp=sf_link. Also, join our Facebook group for updates and tips on how to stay active: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1756287704393026/

Junior Harbor Cruise is coming soon! Please make your check in the amount of $99 payable to: Needham Public Schools. Online sales will close by April 14th and no checks will be accepted after April 12th.The junior student council will be collecting checks after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays until April break in the lobby. We are shore you will have a great time if you seas this opportunity soon!


Tuesday, April 3

On this day in history, in 1973 – Martin Cooper of Motorola made the first handheld mobile phone call to Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs.

While Villanova won the NCAA championship last night, Harry Potter edged out Hunger Games to win the 2018 Library March Madness. Congratulations to Mr. Plasko's period G class for winning the competition! Drop by the library for April events including spine poetry, magnetic poetry, and sticker mosaics.

The Cradles to Crayons Club is collecting gently used clothes (up to adult size medium), toys, baby items, and books. Please consider dropping off these items to the main office until Friday, or on Saturday, April 7 in the NHS cafeteria from 9-12. Also, the Cradles to Crayons Club is having a Bake Sale after school today. Grab a sweet snack before practice, work, or heading home while supporting Cradles to Crayons!


Monday, April 2

On this day in history, in 2004 – Google announced Gmail to the public.

Reminder to Seniors: Your Senior Contracts are due on Friday, April 6. Please complete them online or get a paper copy from the Grade Level Office.

Also, Senior Prom tickets are on sale now. See Mr. Caccavale, Ms. Domnasrski or make your payments through MySchoolBucks.

Attention musicians! There is a volunteering opportunity for those of you who would like to combine your performance art abilities with volunteering service. If sharing your talents by bringing music or other performance art to senior centers and nursing homes is something that interests you, contact NHS Junior Aisha Tipnis at aishatipnis@gmail.com for more information.

Come audition for the senior-directed musical, Little Shop of Horrors, a sci-fi smash about a man-eating plant! The show will be directed and choreographed by Julia Chase and music directed by Lee Altsher-Wood. Auditions for this fun, entertaining musical will take place on Wednesday, April 4th and Thursday, April 5th, with callbacks on Friday, April 6th. Please note, rehearsal times and cast lists will not be in conflict with the straight play. Auditioning for both and/or participating in both is encouraged. Sign-ups and audition material for the musical will be available in the music hallway. We hope to see you there!

The Boys and Girls swim teams are participating in swim across America. Please consider making a donation to them to get to their $3,000 goal. http://www.swimacrossamerica.org/site/TR/OpenWater/Boston?team_id=19849&pg=team&fr_id=4782

Thursday, March 29

On this day in history, in 1961 – The Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution was  ratified, allowing residents of Washington, D.C., to vote in presidential elections.

Attention musicians! There is a volunteering opportunity for those of you who would like to combine your performance art abilities with volunteering service. If sharing your talents by bringing music or other performance art to senior centers and nursing homes is something that interests you, contact NHS Junior Aisha Tipnis at aishatipnis@gmail.com for more information.

Senior Prom tickets are on sale. Please give your payments to Mr. Caccavale or Ms. Domnarski. Make checks out to Needham High School and note Senior Prom on the memo line. Alternatively you can sign up on My School Bucks at myschoolbucks.com.

It’s Coming! The Junior Harbor Cruise. Here are the details:

When: Thursday, May 17th

What: The Spirit of Boston Cruise for the entire Junior class

How to get there: We will take buses from Needham High School to Boston that evening

Tickets: Tickets cost $99 on My school Bucks and checks will be collected the week before April break.

Financial Aid: Please ask administration for more information on covering costs because we want everyone to be able to enjoy this special night.

If there are any other questions student council is happy to answer them.

Come audition for the senior-directed musical, Little Shop of Horrors, a sci-fi smash about a man-eating plant! The show will be directed and choreographed by Julia Chase and music directed by Lee Altsher-Wood. Auditions for this fun, entertaining musical will take place on Wednesday, April 4th and Thursday, April 5th, with callbacks on Friday, April 6th. Please note, rehearsal times and cast lists will not be in conflict with the straight play. Auditioning for both and/or participating in both is encouraged. Sign-ups and audition material for the musical will be available in the music hallway. We hope to see you there!


Wednesday, March 28

On this day in history, in 1990 – United States President George H. W. Bush posthumously awarded Jesse Owens the Congressional Gold Medal.

Senior Prom tickets are on sale. Please give your payments to Mr. Caccavale or Ms. Domnarski. Make checks out to Needham High School and note Senior Prom on the memo line. Alternatively you can sign up on My School Bucks at myschoolbucks.com.

It’s Coming! The Junior Harbor Cruise. Here are the details:

When: Thursday, May 17th

What: The Spirit of Boston Cruise for the entire Junior class

How to get there: We will take buses from Needham High School to Boston that evening

Tickets: Tickets cost $99 on My school Bucks and checks will be collected the week before April break.

Financial Aid: Please ask administration for more information on covering costs because we want everyone to be able to enjoy this special night.

If there are any other questions student council is happy to answer them.

Come audition for the senior-directed musical, Little Shop of Horrors, a sci-fi smash about a man-eating plant! The show will be directed and choreographed by Julia Chase and music directed by Lee Altsher-Wood. Auditions for this fun, entertaining musical will take place on Wednesday, April 4th and Thursday, April 5th, with callbacks on Friday, April 6th. Please note, rehearsal times and cast lists will not be in conflict with the straight play. Auditioning for both and/or participating in both is encouraged. Sign-ups and audition material for the musical will be available in the music hallway. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 27

Come audition for the senior-directed musical, Little Shop of Horrors, a sci-fi smash about a man-eating plant! The show will be directed and choreographed by Julia Chase and music directed by Lee Altsher-Wood. Auditions for this fun, entertaining musical will take place on Wednesday, April 4th and Thursday, April 5th, with callbacks on Friday, April 6th. Please note, rehearsal times and cast lists will not be in conflict with the straight play. Auditioning for both and/or participating in both is encouraged. Sign-ups and audition material for the musical will be available in the music hallway. We hope to see you there!


Monday, March 26

On this day in history, in 1998, the first computer-assisted Bone Segment Navigation, was performed at the University of Regensburg, Germany.

Congratulations to the High School bands, orchestra, and choruses on their performance at the MICCA Concert and Choral Festival this weekend.  All the groups had excellent performances.

Silver medals were awarded to the String Orchestra, Chorus, Chorale, and Concert Band, and the Symphonic Band received a gold medal. 

Library March Madness is now down to the Top Two book titles with Hunger Games taking on Harry Potter! Voting is ongoing and it's still anyone's game! Congratulations to Mark Roberts, Sydney Silverman, and Stephan DeMaio for winning the weekly drawing. Stop by the library anytime for your prize and keep voting!

Congratulations to the Speech and Debate Team, which captured the novice state championship in Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate for the second straight year.  Sasha Rieser , succeeds teammate Zachary Lu in holding that title. This year Zach was second place speaker and 5th overall in varsity LD Debate. Will Conway was 5th in novice Debate. The team was 4th overall, and are looking forward to the state speech championships in two weeks.

On Saturday, five students from the NHS Launch Club attended "Demo-Day" in Boston, where they presented the companies they have been working on this year to a panel of judges. Elise Erickson, Kaykay Zhu, and Marcus Emerson presented their company "The Sustainability Project", an app that is a fun way to be more environmentally-friendly.  Alana Tow and Allie Jiang presented their company "Drizzle", A water bottle with built in USB charger​. They ​

won an award for "Most Customer Engagement".  The Launch Club is an entrepreneurship program for High School Students, and​ meets Thursday mornings in room 101, contact junior Josh Batra for more information.


Friday, March 23

On this day in history, in 1857 – Elisha Otis's first elevator was installed at 488 Broadway New York City.

Attention sophomore and junior Spanish students: There will be informational meetings next week about the April 2019 trip to Spain. You must attend a mandatory meeting on Tuesday, March 27th at 7:30AM or after school on March 28th at 2:40 PM in room 716. Please see Ms. Eagan or Ms. Hopkin with any questions!

Sophomores, please check your school email account for MCAS testing locations.  MCAS testing will take place next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Come support NHS French Night fundraiser for Pathfinder International TONIGHT at 7pm! Admission is free and there will be lots of free food and performances by your classmates.

French night is also partnering with a student book drive. Give a child the gift of reading! Bring your new and gently used books to French night on the to receive a special prize.

Senior Prom tickets are on sale. Please give your payments to Mr. Caccavale or Ms. Domnarski. Make checks out to Needham High School and note Senior Prom on the memo line. Alternatively you can sign up on My School Bucks at myschoolbucks.com. Today is the last day of $100 tickets. Prices go up to $105 on Monday, March 25, so get yours today!

Thursday, March 22

On this day in history, in 1980 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced a United States boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest the Soviet–Afghan War.

Sophomores, please check your school email account for MCAS testing locations.  MCAS testing will take place next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

The Needham Theatrical Society is pleased to announce auditions for the Spring Play "The Actor's Nightmare," a short comic play by Christopher Durang. It involves an accountant named George Spelvin, who is mistaken for an actor's understudy and forced to perform in a play for which he doesn't know any of the lines. Please come audition for this and two other hilarious plays to be performed this spring. Auditions are Monday 3/26 & Tuesday 3/27. Please note, rehearsal times and cast lists will not be in conflict with the straight play. Auditioning for both and/or participating in both is encouraged. Details and Sign ups are located in the Music Hallway. Hope to see you there!

Senior Prom tickets are on sale. Please give your payments to Mr. Caccavale or Ms. Domnarski. Make checks out to Needham High School and note Senior Prom on the memo line. The price is $100 until tomorrow. Prices go up to $105 on Monday, March 25, so get yours soon!

Wednesday, March 21

On this day in history, in 2006 – The social media site Twitter was founded.

Sophomores, please check your school email account for MCAS testing locations.  MCAS testing will take place next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Come support NHS French Night fundraiser for Pathfinder International, Friday March 23rd at 7pm! Admission is free and there will be lots of free food and performances by your classmates.

French night is also partnering with a student book drive. Give a child the gift of reading! Bring your new and gently used books to French night on the to receive a special prize.

If you are interested in joining the Y here in Needham for a FREE 3 month membership, stop by the main office and get an application from Ms. Ofer.

Senior Prom tickets are now on sale. Please give your payments to Mr. Caccavale or Ms. Domnarski. Make checks out to Needham High School and note Senior Prom on the memo line. The price is $100 until FRIDAY. Prices go up to $105 on March 25, so get yours soon!


Tuesday, March 20

On this day in history, in 1915 – Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity.

Library March Madness is now down to the Final Four book titles with Hunger Games taking on A Clash of Kings and Ready Player One facing off against Harry Potter. Ms. Clayton and Mr. Plasko's classes are in the lead, but it's still anyone's game! Congratulations to Reed Boisvert, Sean Bogan, and Josh Batra for winning the weekly drawing. Stop by the library anytime for your prize and keep voting!

The rescheduled March Band Concert will take place tonight at 7:30 PM in the HS Auditorium.  All are invited to hear the Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band and Symphonic Band perform.

Our own Jillian Cotell is having a Needham Bertucci’s fundraiser TODAY!  This year she is celebrating her 15th year with Boston Children’s Hospital Miles For Miracles Program. Jillian completed her Community Service volunteering and fundraising for BCH and it would be extra special to honor her anniversary by heading to Bertucci’s next Tuesday. Portions from lunch and dinner and takeout will go to BCH. THe flyer was sent to your Google mail. If you would like a hard copy, please see Ms. Ofer in the main office.

For anyone interested in Spring Sailing, there will be an informational meeting today at 3:00 pm in room 608.

Monday, March 19

On this day in history, in 1969, Golda Meir became the first female Prime Minister of Israel.

Library March Madness is now down to the Final Four book titles with Hunger Games taking on A Clash of Kings and Ready Player One facing off against Harry Potter. Ms. Clayton and Mr. Plasko's classes are in the lead, but it's still anyone's game! Congratulations to Reed Boisvert, Sean Bogan, and Josh Batra for winning the weekly drawing. Stop by the library anytime for your prize and keep voting!

The rescheduled March Band Concert will take place on Tuesday, March 20th at 7:30 PM in the HS Auditorium.  All are invited to hear the Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band and Symphonic Band perform.

Congratulations to Joyce Anglo, Roisin Chatterton, Mariah Freedman, Elsa Konieczynski, Lauren Konieczynski, Sam Lee, Riley Roefaro, and Allie Partridge, for running the New Bedford Half Marathon yesterday!!

Senior Prom tickets are now available for $100 through March 23. After that, the prices will go up. Make your check payable to Needham High School and write Senior Prom in the memo section. Bring cash or check to Mr. Caccavale or Ms. Domnarski.

Club Water Polo will hold tryout on Monday March 19th at 7:45pm at the Charles River YMCA.  Please make sure to be signed up on Activity Locker.com and have a up to date physical on file to participate in tryouts.

For anyone interested in Spring Sailing, there will be an informational meeting on Tuesday the 20th at 3:00 pm in room 608.

Friday, March 16

On this day in history, in 1802 , the Army Corps of Engineers was established to found and operate the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Needham High School presents the 2018 Spring Musical The Secret Garden

tonight and tomorrow night at 7 p.m.and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Newman Auditorium.

Tickets are $15 and $10 for students and may be purchased at the door.

Pre-ordered tickets will be available at the door on the day of the performance.

NHS Mandarin Club is hosting Asian Night TONIGHT at 6:30 in the auditorium. There will be many performances, including Lion Dancing, Kpop dancing and singing. After the performances there will be an assortment of free Asian food. Tickets are $5!

DREAMFAR runners will be participating in the New Bedford Half Marathon on Sunday, March 18th.  Please wish them luck!

The team includes:

Joyce Anglo

Sofia Antonelli

Roisin Chatterton

Tom Cohen

Rachel Covitz

Julia Dasey

Mariah Freedman

Sam Lee

Elsa Koncieczynski

Lauren Koniecynzki

Riley Roefaro

Allie Partridge

Also, Panera’s is having a fundraiser. From 2-8 on Sunday March 18, proceeds of what is spent at Panera in Newton Center is donated to DREAMFAR.

Senior Prom tickets are now available for $100 through March 23. After that, the prices will go up. Make your check payable to Needham High School and write Senior Prom in the memo section. Bring cash or check to Mr. Caccavale or Ms. Domnarski.

Our own Jillian Cotell is having a Needham Bertucci’s fundraiser next Tuesday, March 20th. This year she is celebrating her 15th year with Boston Children’s Hospital Miles For Miracles Program. Jillian completed her Community Service volunteering and fundraising for BCH and it would be extra special to honor her anniversary by heading to Bertucci’s next Tuesday. Portions from lunch and dinner and takeout will go to BCH.

Attached is the flyer. Bring it with you when you go. If you would like a hard copy, please stop by the main office.

Thursday, March 15

On this day in history, in 44 BC – Julius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic, was stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutus, and several other Roman senators on the Ides of March.

Come make your shirt after school in the cafeteria on Thursday 3/15 and enjoy some free pizza from 2:35 – 4:00. Everyone should wear their shirts TOMORROW.  Bring out your inner voice!

It’s Coming! The Junior Harbor Cruise. Here are the details:

When: Thursday, May 17th

What: The Spirit of Boston Cruise for the entire Junior class

How to get there: We will take buses from Needham High School to Boston that evening

Tickets: Until March 17th tickets cost $89 on My School Bucks (information on Needham High School website). After school on Thursday March 15, the student council will be collecting checks made out to Needham Public Schools for $89. After March 17th, tickets cost $99 on My school Bucks and checks will be collected the week before April break (more specific information to come about this week).

Financial Aid: Please ask administration for more information on covering costs because we want everyone to be able to enjoy this special night.

If there are any other questions student council is happy to answer them.

NHS Mandarin Club is hosting Asian Night on Friday 3/16 at 6:30 in the auditorium. There will be many performances, including Lion Dancing, Kpop dancing and singing. After the performances there will be an assortment of free Asian food. Tickets are $5!

Come support NHS French Night fundraiser for Pathfinder International, Friday March 23rd at 7pm! Admission is free and there will be lots of free food and performances by your classmates.

French night is also partnering with a student book drive. Give a child the gift of reading! Bring your new and gently used books to French night on the to receive a special prize.

Come join NHS' newest club: Students Advocating for Disability Awareness. They focus on learning about a wide variety of disabilities, ways to educate others, and raising money for disability organizations. If you are interested in joining or have any questions, please contact juniors Tim Callahan or Jason Freedman, or the club advisor, Ms. Asarch


Wednesday, March 14

On this day in history, in 44 BC, Casca and Cassius decided, on the night before the Assassination of Julius Caesar, that Mark Antony should live.

The library will be closed after school today for a meeting. Please plan accordingly.

Senior Prom tickets are now on sale. Please give your payments to Mr. Caccavale or Ms. Domnarski. Make checks out to Needham High School and note Senior Prom on the memo line. The price is $100 until March 23. Prices go up after March 23, so get yours soon.!

The Math Team will be teaching students about basic calculator use after school today in Room 223 from 2:45 to 3:30. If you are struggling with using your calculator in class or would simply like to learn more about your calculator, please feel free to come, and bring your calculators!

The application and election process for Student Council positions starts this month with elections and selections occurring in April. To find out more about the roles that exist and to get involved, please see your email for more details as well as attend one of the information sessions in Room 728 at 2:45 PM or Thursday at 2:45 PM. Please see Mr. Odierna or Ms. Eagan if you cannot make one of the sessions.

Our own Jillian Cotell is having a Needham Bertucci’s fundraiser next Tuesday, March 20th. This year she is celebrating her 15th year with Boston Children’s Hospital Miles For Miracles Program. Jillian completed her Community Service volunteering and fundraising for BCH and it would be extra special to honor her anniversary by heading to Bertucci’s next Tuesday. Portions from lunch and dinner and takeout will go to BCH.

Attached is the flyer. Bring it with you when you go. If you would like a hard copy, please stop by the main office.

The Athletic Department is excited to announce the formation of Unified Track and Field.  This program will bring together student-athletes with intellectual disabilities with general education student-athletes to compete together and form lifelong bonds.  We are looking for students who are interested in being “partners” for our Spring program which starts April 2nd.  Practices will be Monday and Friday with an occasional 3rd day a week on particular weeks.  If you are interested please contact Athletic Director Dan Lee at daniel_lee@needham.k12.ma.us or Assistant Athletic Director Mike Jackson at michael_jackson@needham.k12.ma.us.

There will be an informational meeting Thursday March 15th at 2:45 pm in room 608.

The Water Polo informational meeting is today in Room 608 after school!  Anyone interested, please stop by.

Girls Ultimate Frisbee is having an informational meeting after school TODAY, March 14th, in room 102. No experience is necessary to be on the team, so come learn more about ultimate!


Monday, March 12

On this day in history, in 1912 – The Girl Guides (later renamed the Girl Scouts of the USA) were founded in the United States.

The application and election process for Student Council positions starts this month with elections and selections occurring in April. To find out more about the roles that exist and to get involved, please see your email for more details as well as attend one of the information sessions in Room 728 on Wednesday March 14 at 7:30 AM or 2:45 PM or Thursday at 2:45 PM. Please see Mr. Odierna or Ms. Eagan if you cannot make one of the sessions.

Library March Madness is now in its second week with Bunda Period F, Clayton Period C, Plasko Period F, and Plasko period G leading the brackets competition. Congratulations to Jonah Saunders, Jonah Schwartz, and Caroline Conquergood for winning last week's drawing. Stop by the library to collect your prize and be sure to visit the library website to vote for favorite titles!

Are you looking for a fun game to play? Challenge your mind in puzzles? Join a club team? Then maybe chess team is for you! Chess team meets on Mondays after school in room 426. We play each other for fun, help each other learn and play in meets against other towns. All skill levels are welcome.

The Math Team will be teaching students about calculator use in three sessions this week and next week starting with Wednesday from 2:45 to 3:30 in Room 223. Wednesday's session will be on 'Basic Uses' and will cover fundamental calculator functions. All are welcome to come.

Wednesday March 14
: The Math Team will be teaching students about basic calculator use after school today in Room 223 from 2:45 to 3:30. If you are struggling with using your calculator in class or would simply like to learn more about your calculator, please feel free to come, and bring your calculators!
Thursday March 15: The Math Team will be teaching students about advanced calculator concepts today after school in Room 223 from 2:45 to 3:30. We will be covering interesting and useful functions of your calculators, so please feel free to come!"
Tuesday March 20: The Math Team will be teaching students about calculator concepts especially useful for the SAT after school in Room 223 from 2:45 to 3:30. If you are planning on taking a math-related standardized test, or would simply like to learn more about your calculator, please feel free to come!

The Boys Volleyball meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 13 in Room 724 right after school. If you have any questions please contact Jack Cruickshank, Cam Robins, or Eli Wall.

The Water Polo informational meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 14 in Room 608 after school!  Anyone interested, please stop by.

The Girls Ultimate meeting informational meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 13 in Room 608 after school!  Anyone interested, please stop by.


Friday, March 9

On this day in history, in 1959 – The Barbie doll made its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York.

The Boys Volleyball meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 13 in Room 724 right after school. If you have any questions please contact Jack Cruickshank, Cam Robins, or Eli Wall.

The Water Polo informational meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 14 in Room 608 after school!  Anyone interested, please stop by.

Wednesday, March 7

On this day in history, in 1979 – Philips demonstrated the compact disc publicly for the first time.

What are you doing at noon today? Come to the cafeteria and watch Mr. Odierna get his head shaved! The cost of admission is FREE! Head on down for the caf and perhaps you, too, can salvage some of Mr. O’s locks for your memory box. :-)

Needham High School presents a Tony Award-winning musical for the whole family, The Secret Garden. An enchanting adaptation of a classic children’s novel, this acclaimed musical will inspire “the child” within audience members of all ages. After being orphaned in India, 10 year-old Mary is returned to England to live with her melancholy uncle at his neglected estate. Haunted by the ghosts of her past and the secrets of her uncle, she innocently unlocks the forgotten gate to an untended garden on the estate grounds. From its soil, fertile with memory and “magic,” springs hope and healing for them both. Join us March 16th and 17th at 7 p.m. and  March 18th at 2 p.m., in the Newman auditorium. Tickets are $15 and $10 for students, and may be purchased at the HIgh School in the Fine & Performing Arts Dept. and/or email betsey_pratt@Needham.k12.ma.us for ticket information.

The Water Polo informational meeting is Thursday March 8th in Room 608 after school!  Anyone interested, please stop by.

There will be a Boys Volleyball meeting in Room 724 right after school on Thursday March 8th. If you have any questions please contact Jack Cruickshank, Cam Robins, or Eli Wall

Tuesday, March 6

Girls Tennis is holding an informational meeting TODAY at 3pm in room 608. We'll be talking about the upcoming season and it will be a chance to meet everyone! Feel free to come with any questions. Hope to see you there!

Anyone interested in participating in outdoor track and field should come to an informational meeting in the cafeteria TODAY at 2:45 pm.

The Water Polo informational meeting is Thursday March 8th in Room 608 after school!  Anyone interested, please stop by.

There will be a Boys Volleyball meeting in Room 724 right after school on Thursday March 8th. If you have any questions please contact Jack Cruickshank, Cam Robins, or Eli Wallace.

Girls Ultimate Frisbee is having an informational meeting on Thursday after school at 2:45 in room 102. No experience is necessary to join the team. Come learn more about the amazing sport of Ultimate!

Monday, March 5

On this day in history, in 1917 – Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes the first female member of the United States House of Representatives.

There will be a Boys Volleyball meeting in Room 724 right after school on Thursday March 8th. If you have any questions please contact Jack Cruickshank, Cam Robins, or Eli Wallace.

Girls Ultimate Frisbee is having an informational meeting on Thursday after school at 2:45 in room 102. No experience is necessary to join the team. Come learn more about the amazing sport of Ultimate!

Congratulations to all who took part in the National History Day Regional Competition at Stoneham on Sunday. Needham sent 15 projects - 6 projects qualified for the State competition and 3 projects receives  Honorable Mention awards. For a full list of the results, please see News from the Hill.

On Saturday, March 3, the Needham HS Robotics Teams HackHers and T-10 competed at the MA First Tech Challenge (FTC) State Championship in Natick. Both teams had qualified for the State Championship at previous qualifying tournaments. T-10 qualified at a tournament in December, where they won a design award, and the HackHers qualified on January, where they received the highest award given at the event, the Inspire Award.  Competing in a field of 32 teams, T-10 ended the seeding rounds in 7th, and the HackHers in 9th.  T-10 was selected as the third team of an alliance, which ended up losing in the finals.  T-10  was awarded the Rockwell Collins Design Award by the judges for the design of their "Rainbow Lift", a custom mechanism designed and built by the students using a laser cut wood to pick up and place an object several feet outside the playing field.  Although neither team advanced to the next round, they can be proud of a successful season with many accomplishments.

Congratulations to the speech and debate team- At Shrewsbury the team was 5th overall

Maya Osman and Jackson Segal were 2nd in poetry and Lincoln-Douglas Debate respectively. Maya was top novice.

John Lively was 3rd in LD Debate

Conor Hynes was 4th in Congressional Debate

Mariah Freedman was 5th in Group discussion.

Abby Hynes and Annie Stein were semifinalists in declamation

Shayan Raza was honorable mention in impromptu

Friday, March 2

On this day in history, in 1903, in New York City, the Martha Washington Hotel opened, becoming the first hotel exclusively for women.

In 1962, Wilt (the Stilt) Chamberlain set the single-game scoring record in the National Basketball Association by scoring 100 points.

In 1995, Yahoo! was incorporated.

In 2017 – The elements Moscovium, Tennessine, and Oganesson were officially added to the periodic table at a conference in Moscow, Russia

The Spring 2018 Athletics Registration is now open, please go to activitylocker.com to register!

If you have any athletic questions please see Mrs. Langley in the Athletic Office.

Girls Tennis is holding an informational meeting next Tuesday 3/6 at 3pm in room 608. We'll be talking about the upcoming season and it will be a chance to meet everyone! Feel free to come with any questions. Hope to see you there!

Anyone interested in participating in outdoor track and field should come to an informational meeting in the cafeteria, Tuesday March  6th at 2:45 pm.

#2 Needham Boys Basketball will play #7 New Bedford in the D1 South Quarter-finals TONIGHT @ 6:30PM  in the A GYM. Doors Open at 5:45PM.  Tix $7 adults/$5 students.


Thursday, March 1

The Student Council needs only $3 per homeroom to reach their goal for Mr. Odierna to have his head shaved in their head shaving fundraiser. Proceeds from the donations go to the Student Council and the Jimmy Fund. Student Council will be available at lunch TODAY, so please donate!!

Anyone interested in participating in outdoor track and field should come to an informational meeting in the cafeteria, Tuesday March  6th at 2:45 pm.

GBP students are surveying students to get some data on what they feel are the most pressing issues in our performing spaces. Please follow the link on the news email and take the quick survey. Thank you for helping out! https://goo.gl/forms/lmY7y8jtmD8ucJsU2.

Attention Sophomores! This Friday is the Sophomore Winter Semi Formal! It is from 7-10pm in the Cafeteria Extension. Food and refreshments are free and tickets are $10. Come with a date or with your friends and be ready to have fun!!

TODAY is the last day for AP exam sign-ups in Room 304 (next to the caf).  Students who sign up in person must fill out an AP registration form that they can find in Guidance. Registration is also available online through My School Bucks. The cost per exam is $95.

Boys tennis sign-ups will be today in room 214. New players are to meet at 2:50.  Returning players are to meet at 3:10.

Girls Tennis is holding an informational meeting next Tuesday 3/6 at 3pm in room 608. We'll be talking about the upcoming season and it will be a chance to meet everyone! Feel free to come with any questions. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 28

On this day in history, in 1926, Carter G. Woodson started Negro History Week. This week would later become Black History Month.

GBP students are surveying students to get some data on what they feel are the most pressing issues in our performing spaces. Please follow the link on the news email and take the quick survey. Thank you for helping out! https://goo.gl/forms/lmY7y8jtmD8ucJsU2.

Attention Sophomores! This Friday is the Sophomore Winter Semi Formal! It is from 7-10pm in the Cafeteria Extension. Food and refreshments are free and tickets are $10. Come with a date or with your friends and be ready to have fun!!

AP exam sign-ups will run after school today and tomorrow (2/28 & 3/1) in Room 304 (next to the caf).  Students who sign up in person must fill out an AP registration form that they can find in Guidance. Registration is also available online through My School Bucks. The cost per exam is $95.

Boys tennis signup meeting will be  this Thursday, March 1st in room 214. New players are to meet at 2:50.  Returning players are to meet at 3:10.

Girls Tennis is holding an informational meeting next Tuesday 3/6 at 3pm in room 608. We'll be talking about the upcoming season and it will be a chance to meet everyone! Feel free to come with any questions. Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, February 27

On this day in history, in 1988, figure skater Debi Thomas became the first African American to win a medal (bronze) in the winter Olympic Games.

The Student Council is resuming their Head Shaving Fundraiser on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week! The end of the day Thursday is the deadline to reach the threshold for each teacher, AD Lee, Mr. Odierna, and Mr. Swanger. With only $1 from each student, or $12 from each homeroom, we can get 2 of the teachers to the goal and have their head shaved! Proceeds from the donations go to the Student Council and the Jimmy Fund. Student Council will be coming around during homeroom this week and lunch on Thursday!

The Gender Equality Club is hosting a fundraiser at Chipotle on Needham Street tonight from 5:00 - 9:00 PM. Just mention the fundraiser and 15 % of the proceeds will be donated to the GEC. Thanks!

AP exam sign-ups will run after tomorrow and Thursday (2/28 & 3/1) in Room 304 (next to the caf).  Students who sign up in person must fill out an AP registration form that they can find in Guidance. Registration is also available online through My School Bucks. The cost per exam is $95.

Girls' lacrosse sign-ups will be TODAY at 2:45pm. It will be held in room 608. This sign-up is open for anyone interested in playing girls lacrosse, any skill level.

Baseball Players: There is a meeting TODAY at 2:45 in room 728 for all prospective baseball players. Any player coming out for baseball this spring should plan to be there.

Boys tennis signup meeting will be  this Thursday, March 1st in room 214. New players are to meet at 2:50.  Returning players are to meet at 3:10.


Monday, February 26

On this day in history, 1919 – President Woodrow Wilson signed an act of Congress establishing the Grand Canyon National Park, and on this same day in 1929 – President Calvin Coolidge signed an executive order establishing the 96,000 acre Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

AP exam sign-ups will run after school Wednesday and Thursday (2/28 & 3/1) in Room 304 (next to the caf).  Students who sign up in person must fill out an AP registration form that they can find in Guidance. Registration is also available online through My School Bucks. The cost per exam is $95.

Boys tennis signup meeting will be  this Thursday, March 1st in room 214.New players are to meet at 2:50.  Returning players are to meet at 3:10.

Girls' lacrosse sign-ups will be on Tuesday at 2:45pm. It will be held in room 608. This sign-up is open for anyone interested in playing girls lacrosse, any skill level.

Baseball Players: There is a meeting on Tuesday (tomorrow) at 2:45 in room 728 for all prospective baseball players. Any player coming out for baseball this spring should plan to be there.


Friday, February 16

On this day in history, in 1968, Henry Lewis became the first black to lead a symphony orchestra in the United States.

Girls' lacrosse sign-ups will be on Tuesday Feb 27th at 2:45pm. It will be held in room 608. This sign-up is open for anyone interested in playing girls lacrosse, any skill level.


Wednesday, February 14

On this day in history, in 1920 – The League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago.

The library will be closed last block and after school for a DLT meeting.

Please plan accordingly.

There will be a Boys Rugby team meeting after school today in room 815 for all interested. All skill levels welcome!


Tuesday, February 13

There will be a Boys Rugby team meeting after school in room 815  TOMORROW, Feb. 14th  for all interested. All skill levels welcome!


Thursday, February 8

On this day on history, in 1944, Harry S. McAlphin became the first African American to be accredited to attend a White House Press Conference. Also, on this day in 1986, Oprah Winfrey became the first African American woman to host a nationally syndicated talk show.

The library will be closed after school today and all day on Friday for National History Day.

Please plan accordingly.

Attention seniors: For this year's yearbook, the yearbook committee and student council are going to be collecting quotes from seniors to be featured in a senior's spread. These quotes can be from anything as long as they are school appropriate - they can be funny, serious, deep, or anything you'd like. The link to submit a quote is here:https://goo.gl/forms/WsYYuy59Hp33G3W62. The deadline to submit a quote is Friday, February 16 (the last day of school before February break). Thank you for supporting the yearbook!

The Life Skills CAP Group has created another survey for you to take. You may remember our last survey; "What do you know? Do you know things?" Whether you took our first survey or not, please take this follow-up survey. It will help us formulate a better life skills course for you! https://goo.gl/forms/2sU781chqK3bt7Rc2

AP exam sign-ups will run next Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday after school in room 304 as well as the week after February vacation after school Wednesday and Thursday. Students who sign up in person must fill out an AP registration form that they can find in Guidance. Registration is also available online through My School Bucks.

All Juniors are welcome to come to an information session on the Greater Boston Project on Monday at 2: 45 p.m. in room  728. The session will be run by current students and teachers.

There will be a Boys Rugby team meeting after school in room 815  on Tuesday, February 13 for all interested. All skill levels welcome!

Wednesday, February 7

George Crum

Every time a person crunches into a potato chip, he or she is enjoying the delicious taste of one of the world's most famous snacks – a treat that might not exist without the contribution of black inventor George Crum. The son of an African-American father and a Native American mother, Crum was working as the chef in the summer of 1853 when he incidentally invented the chip. It all began when a patron who ordered a plate of French-fried potatoes sent them back to Crum's kitchen because he felt they were too thick and soft.

Boston resident students will be dismissed today on an Early Release schedule to ensure their safety during the anticipated snowstorm. The busses will be here after the 11:55 dismissal.  

 

All Juniors are welcome to come to an information session on the Greater Boston Project on today at 2: 45 p.m. in room  728. The session will be run by current students and teachers.

There will be a Boys Rugby team meeting after school today in room 815 for all interested. All skill levels welcome!

Gender Equality Club is hosting a Movie Night coming up this Friday (2/9) at 7pm in the cafeteria. We will be showing Hidden Figures, and there will be free popcorn and snacks! The event is free and open to the public, and we're collecting optional donations for the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund (timesupnow.com). We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 6

In commemoration of Black History Month, we will be acknowledging some facts and accomplishments.

On this day in history, in 1867, Robert Tanner Jackson became the first African AMerican to receive a degree in dentistry.

All Juniors are welcome to come to an information session on the Greater Boston Project on Wednesday at 2: 45 p.m. in room  728. The session will be run by current students and teachers.

There will be a Boys Rugby team meeting after school in room 815  tomorrow (Wednesday) for all interested. All skill levels welcome!

Monday, February 5

On this day in history, in 1789 – George Washington was unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College.

The library will be closed last block and after school today for a faculty meeting.

Please plan accordingly.

-Student council is raising money for the Jimmy Fund through a head-shaving fundraiser.

-Three teachers/administrators have volunteered to shave their heads if, as a student body, we can raise a certain amount of money, and these teachers are: Mr. Odierna, Mr. Lee, and Mr. Swanger

-Students will donate money towards the teacher (or multiple teachers) that they would like to see bald. If a teacher accumulates $1000, they will get their head shaved. The goal is to get all three shaved heads.

-We will have thermometers displayed in the lobby to track progress, and student council representatives will be collecting money at home basketball games as well as both after school and during homerooms the week of 2/5-2/9

Gender Equality Club is hosting a Movie Night coming up this Friday (2/9) at 7pm in the cafeteria. We will be showing Hidden Figures, and there will be free popcorn and snacks! The event is free and open to the public, and we're collecting optional donations for the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund (timesupnow.com). We hope to see you there!

Congratulations to the Speech and Debate Team. At the first national qualifiers, Jackson Segal was New England District champion in domestic extemp, qualifying to nationals. Shayan Raza was first alternate in original oratory and Sasha Rieser was 2nd alternate in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

Friday, February 2

On this day in history, in 1887 – In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania the first Groundhog Day was observed.

Please come and join us to celebrate our students and their National History Day projects on Thursday February 8 from 5.00 p.m. - 6.15 p.m. in the Needham High Media Center.  Sophomore students taking accelerated Social Studies are busy creating exhibits, documentaries, websites and presentations on the theme "Conflict and Compromise in History." We have 100 projects this year. All family and friends are welcome to view the projects, including special live presentations of our two NHD performances.

During Wednesday night’s  swim meet against Catholic Memorial, Serge Sonkin, Eric Zhu, Andrei Treil, and Henry Keegan broke the school record in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:30.55.  Also, Congratulations to junior Henry Keegan for breaking Jeff Kelly's 33 year old school record in the 500 yard freestyle at yesterday's swimming and diving conference meet.  Henry's swim of 4:47 broke the school record by 2 seconds and was 17 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Also in last night’s meet,  Serge Sonkin, Eric Zhu, Bing Zhang, and Henry Keegan broke the school record in the 400 free relay and won handily.

Tuesday January 30

On this day in history, in 1835 – In the first assassination attempt against a President of the United States, Richard Lawrence attempted to shoot president Andrew Jackson, but failed and is subdued by a crowd, including several congressmen as well as Jackson himself.

During last night's swim meet against Catholic Memorial, Serge Sonkin, Eric Zhu, Andrei Treil, and Henry Keegan broke the school record in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:30.55.  Congratulations!

The Battle of the Bands is Friday April 6th at 7pm in the NHS Auditorium. Performers will sing and play their music on stage for the right to call themselves the best band in Needham. All high school students have received an email regarding sign ups. If you want to be one of the performers or performing groups, fill out the attached google form. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Zucchi in the Fine Arts Department. Come and cheer for your fellow students. Tickets are $5.

Monday, January 29

On this day in history, in 2000 – Bill Belichick was hired as the head coach of the New England Patriots and has led the team to 15 AFC East Titles, 8 AFC Titles and 5 Super Bowl Titles.

On Saturday, the three teams that make up the Robotics Club competed in the Andover Qualifier. The Hackers had a day of consistent performance, ending the seeding rounds in 6th place, losing in the finals to strong competitors, and most importantly earning the Inspire award (highest award possible in the tournament)! This advances them to the States!

Congrats to our Rookie Team, Liquid Oxygen, lead by Junior Tyler Osborne, for ending up in 8th place in the seeding rounds, an impressive showing for a young team. It will be exciting to see what they achieve next year! Despite having a tough day with their robot, T-10 did succeed in scoring a relic with the Rainbow lift, and received the Motivate award!

Tonight at the Newton South High School cafeteria, there is a Teen Expo.Meet directors of more than 70 enriching summer programs, both day and overnight, with local, national and international options.  Programs for every budget and interest including academic enrichment, adventure travel, teen tours, teen camps, community service, leadership and wilderness training, internships, sport instruction, language immersion, arts, theatre, music, college prep, STEM and gap year programs for seniors.  Efficiently cut through the overwhelming amount of information online and make informed decisions about programming, safety, costs & supervision. Save time and pre-register at: www.TeenSummerExpos.com.

Please join us in congratulating Kenneth Crossman, Julia Dasey, Matthew Duthaler, Cole Fayerni, Eleanor Haney, Lily Judge, Ryan Judge, Matthew Lorence, Elizabeth McCormack, Joel Nikolajczk, Jackson Schwartz, Tyler Smith, and Amanda Xu for their acceptance into the 2018 MMEA All State Music Festival! This is a competitive audition process and a big honor to be selected

Congratulations to Talia Newfield and Grace Li who were nominated by the NHS Art Faculty to apply for the MA All-State Art Conference. Each school is able to recommend two students to proceed with the application process. Wish them luck as they proceed with the process.

Congratulations to the Speech and Debate Team. Last weekend at Brandeis, the following students placed: Junior Nina Yee and  Kelsey Rondini -3rd Place Public Forum

Kelsey Rondini-4th place speaker

 In varsity LD,  Sasha Rieser top speaker, 2nd overall

Sam Cogen   2nd place speaker and third overall.

 In Novice LD, Josh Fleckner 1st place  speaker, 3rd overall

Eric Xu third place speaker, 5th overall

Noah Basson 5th place  speaker, 4th overall  

Friday, January 26

On this day in history, in 1961 – John F. Kennedy appointed Janet G. Travell to be the first woman Physician to the President.

If you are taking the AMC 10 or AMC 12, today is the last day to return your field trip form to Ms Carmody in 212.

The Doodle 4 Google Contest is Now Open

It’s time to put your imaginations to work, because the Doodle 4 Google contest is now open. This year’s contest is open to K-12 students until March 2 with the theme “What inspires you?" We’ll feature the winning doodle on the Google homepage! Prizes include college scholarships, a behind the scenes experience with the Google Doodle team, and a $50,000 Google for Education technology package for the winner’s school. Submit your doodles here.

Attention all Seniors and Sophomores: The lockers in the Wellness department have been cleaned out and there are now bags of clothing, etc. located in and outside of the main office. Please stop by to claim any items left in the lockers. All items will be donated to the Needham Community Council next week.

Own Your Peace is looking for some more speakers to talk about challenges that they’ve faced and share their story with the school at the Speak Out Assembly during Own Your Peace week in March. If you are interested, please contact Beth Pinals (bpinals@comcast.net), OYP advisor. Please be aware that not all interested speakers will be able to speak at the assembly.

Wednesday, January 24

On this day in history, in 2003, the United States Department of Homeland Security officially began operating.

Own Your Peace is looking for some more speakers to talk about challenges that they’ve faced and share their story with the school at the Speak Out Assembly during Own Your Peace week in March. If you are interested, please contact Beth Pinals (bpinals@comcast.net), OYP advisor. Please be aware that not all interested speakers will be able to speak at the assembly.

Attention all Seniors and Sophomores: The lockers in the Wellness department have been cleaned out and there are now bags of clothing, etc. located in the main office. Please stop by to claim any items left in the lockers. You have a week to claim your items. At that point, they will be donated to the Needham Community Council.


Tuesday, January 23

On this day in history, in 1849 – Elizabeth Blackwell was awarded her M.D. by the Geneva Medical College of Geneva, New York, becoming the United States' first female doctor.

Are you 18 or going to be 18 by April or November of this year? Do you want to have your voice heard? Then come on down to the cafeteria now until 9:50 to register to vote. The League of Women Voters is here to help you register. The right to vote in these United States is at once both your greatest privilege and your most important responsibility.

Attention all Seniors and Sophomores: The lockers in the Wellness department have been cleaned out and there are now bags of clothing, etc. located in the main office. Please stop by to claim any items left in the lockers. You have a week to claim your items. At that point, they will be donated to the Needham Community Council.


Monday, January 22

On this day in history,  in 1973 – The Supreme Court of the United States delivered its decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, legalizing elective abortion in all fifty states.

If you are interested in taking the AMC10 or AMC12 Math Competition, you can get a form from your math teacher or Ms. Carmody's web page. Forms are due Friday.

Please join us  in our first of many Join The Conversation event which will be held Wednesday January 24th at 2:45pm in the Cafe Expansion.   Join The Conversation's goal is to bring willing students and staff together to talk about current issues both in Needham High School and around our country on a bi-monthly basis. Our topic of discussion this Wednesday will be centered around the Walk-Out that took place on December 8th 2017. Please JOIN THE CONVERSATION!

 At Columbia University, several speech and Debate students won awards.

Annie Stein--4th Place and finalist in Declamation

Shayan Raza and Annie Stein-7th Place Duo

Jackson Segal- 7th Place Extemp

Zachary Lu- 9th Place Lincoln-Douglas and 5th place speaker.

Shayan Raza- 13th Place, Original Oratory


Thursday, January 18

On this day in history, in 1993 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was officially observed for the first time in all 50 states.

The Greater Boston Project students have a few surveys for you to fill out. Following is some info: The purpose of Survey #1 is to help our GBP Community Action Project learn about the needs of the school in terms of life skills. We will use this data to guide our future research and develop a project centered around making life skills education more accessible to NHS students.https://goo.gl/forms/krp49TWxzyBFWE1W2

The purpose of Survey #2 is to gather information on increasing the opportunities to get active. You can find this survey here: https://goo.gl/forms/WjxoHcgTAlhlcaVk1

Good luck to the Dreamfar team who will be running in the Dreamfar 10k this Sunday at Sharon High School!  

You don’t want to miss A Capella Go! this Saturday night at 7:00 PM. You can get tickets at the door for  the annual concert showcasing Needham High School (NHS) student and alumni a cappella singing talent. Sponsored by NHS Friends of Music, A Cappella Go! features:

From Needham High — Counterpoint, Treble Rebels, Subway Dwarves and Fermata Nowhere.

PLUS….Acclaimed College Ensembles—

Boston University Dear Abbeys featuring Jacob Nikolajczyk, NHS '14

Boston University Treblemakers featuring Nathan Simani, NHS '17

Emmanuel College Acapocalypse featuring Kiley Owen, NHS '14

Tufts University Amalgamates featuring Charles Winston, NHS '15

 

All Juniors,  please check your email for important information from the Guidance Office about the start of the post-secondary planning process, which starts with meetings on January 22nd & 23rd.  The email was sent to whatever email you used to sign up for Naviance.  Please see your school counselor if you have any questions.

Wednesday, January 17

On this day in history, in 1917 – The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.

All current seniors are invited to a voter registration drive in the cafeteria during homeroom next Tuesday January 23.  Make sure you are able to vote in the 2018 elections.  Come and register!

If you are looking for a Service Learning opportunity for April vacation or Summer, join School the World on Thursday evening to learn about their service program in Guatemala. This session is for parents and students to gain information on how to fundraise for and travel to build a primary school in Central America. The meeting is at 7PM on Thursday in the cafeteria.

Tuesday, January  16

On this day in history, in 2001 – US President Bill Clinton awarded former President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish–American War.

We are excited to announce that the annual Needham Jazz Night will be held on Friday, January 19th at 7:00 PM in the HS Auditorium.  The Needham Middle School Jazz Ensemble will open the performance, followed by the HS Contemporary Music Ensemble and the High School Jazz Ensemble.  This years' guest artist is Dino Govoni, a renowned Jazz Saxophonist who has played with many great artists and jazz bands, including Aretha Franklin, Grover Washington Jr., Randy Brecker, Terence Trent D'Arby, Robben Ford, Mel Tormé, the Manhattan Transfer, the Boston Pops, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Frankie Valli, and Englebert Humperdinck.There are no ticket sales this year, but there is a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students.  

Congratulations to the Speech and Debate Team. Last weekend at Lexington Sasha Rieser was 5th place in novice LD and 10th place speaker. Zachary Lu was in the top twenty in Varsity LD Debate. At the New England District Congress, Jackson Segal was 2nd alternate.

Friday, January 12

On this day in history, on 1932 – Hattie Caraway became the first woman elected to the United States Senate.

Do you care about the arts? Would you like your voice to be heard? Well then come to the NHS Performing Arts Facilities Feedback Session! The feedback session will take place on Friday, January 19th during X-Block in the Auditorium. At this session, students will be given the opportunity to voice their opinions on the Performing Arts at NHS. Your responses will be taken into account by a group of students from The Greater Boston Project. In order to attend, you must get assigned X-Block pass from Mr. LeDoux and fill out the google form (https://goo.gl/forms/1SDd3UzZv9opTbLG2). You can find this form on the daily announcement emails or in the FaceBook event. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Julia Chase on FaceBook or email gbpartsproject@gmail.com. Your signed pass will be delivered to you by Thursday 1/18 as long as you fill out the Google Form. We hope to see you there!

Come to Even A Night Like This tonight in the cafeteria, 6:30-9:30pm! There will be free food and an opportunity to listen to great music!


Wednesday, January 10

On this day in history, in 1888 – The National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to junior Ben Shapiro who broke a 12 year old school record in diving with a score of 262.85 at last night's meet against Natick!

Do you care about the arts? Would you like your voice to be heard? Well then come to the NHS Performing Arts Facilities Feedback Session! The feedback session will take place on Friday, January 19th during X-Block in the Auditorium. At this session, students will be given the opportunity to voice their opinions on the Performing Arts at NHS. Your responses will be taken into account by a group of students from The Greater Boston Project. In order to attend, you must get assigned X-Block pass from Mr. LeDoux and fill out the google form (https://goo.gl/forms/1SDd3UzZv9opTbLG2). You can find this form on the daily announcement emails or in the FaceBook event. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Julia Chase on FaceBook or email gbpartsproject@gmail.com. Your signed pass will be delivered to you by Thursday 1/18 as long as you fill out the Google Form. We hope to see you there!

Everyone is invited to the Own Your Peace Wellness Breakfast this Friday, January 12th at 7:30am in the cafeteria. The Breakfast is OYP's annual event to celebrate wellness, social action, and diversity. There will also be free food and musical performances!

Come to Even A Night Like This on Friday, January 12th in the cafeteria, 6:30-9:30pm! There will be free food and an opportunity to listen to great music!

Tuesday, January 9

On this day in history, 1909 – Ernest Shackleton, lead the Nimrod Expedition to the South Pole, planted the British flag 97 nautical miles (180 km; 112 mi) from the South Pole, the farthest anyone had ever reached at that time.

The library will be closed after school tomorrow January 10th for a DLT meeting.

Please plan accordingly.

Everyone is invited to the Own Your Peace Wellness Breakfast this Friday, January 12th at 7:30am in the cafeteria. The Breakfast is OYP's annual event to celebrate wellness, social action, and diversity. There will also be free food and musical performances!

The International Club is hosting a game day after school today in room 205F. Come meet new friends and have fun.  Hope to see you there!

The Senior Art Show is coming on Thursday January 18th from 6:30 to 8:30 in the library (NHS media center) Music and refreshments will be provided!


Monday, January 8

On this day in history, in 1835 – The United States national debt was zero for the only time.

Congrats to the Speech and Debate Team! At Newton South, the team finished 4th overall out of 40 schools. Individual awards...

Jackson Segal- first in impromptu, 2nd in extemp

Emma Garber- 4th in impromptu

Annie Stein and Shayan Raza- third in duo

Shayan Raza- 5th in oratory

Aisha Tipnia-5th in  radio

Kelsey Rodini- 6th novice extemporaneous

Hannah Warn- 6th in play reading

Our quiz team qualified for the TV round of High School Quiz Show on WGBH. Only 16 schools make it this far, so our team did well to qualify. Our team of Roger Ramesh, Seth Lockwood, Ben Shapiro and Anne Kiely will take on Brookline on Saturday, January 20th at 2:00 p.m. Parking and entrance to the show is free. It is a great way to take a look behind the scenes of a TV show and it would be great to have your support.

Sign up here: http://www.wgbh.org/support/hsquizshow_studio_signup.cfm

The Environmental Action Club is having an NHS water bottle sale! If you're interested, fill out the form below to buy one. The price of the bottle is $10 and the supply is limited so make sure you order while you can.https://tinyurl.com/nhsbottles

Wednesday, January 3

On this day in history, 1977 – Apple Computer was incorporated.

Tuesday, January 2

On this day in history, in 1991 – Sharon Pratt Kelly became the first African American woman mayor of a major city and first woman Mayor of the District of Columbia.

Congratulations to all students who participated in the Massachusetts Math Olympiad in October. Junior Ethan Lee has been named a finalist and will move on to the next level of the competition. In addition, six Needham students were named semi-finalists:  Matthew Culver, Joseph Kim, David Kim, Harvard Wang, Zibing Zhang, and Eric Xu.  If you took the Olympiad and want to know your score, email Ms. Carmody.

Applications for the Peter J. Eloranta Scholarship are now available and will be accepted through Wednesday, January 31, 2018. All NHS students are eligible to apply. This scholarship fund was established to provide an opportunity for students who wish to pursue additional educational opportunities outside of NHS' regular course offerings. Paper copies are available in the main office.Completed applications are due in the main office by Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

New England's Bi-Annual High School Hackathon is coming on Saturday, on January 13! Hackathons are amazing opportunities to learn to code and apply design and entrepreneurial thinking to create projects that have social impact, and get prizes for it! The event is 100% free, there will be free meals provided, and free prizes for winning teams! Our goal is to promote computer science education for all high school students, and so we welcome beginners and experts alike. This event is a perfect opportunity to learn! There will be coding workshops all throughout the day and mentors in the field to help. Registration and more info at: www.mahacks.com. Please spread the word to your students! Feel free to email info@mahacks.com with any questions!


Wednesday, December 20

On this day in history, in 1937 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the world's first full-length animated feature, premiered at the Carthay Circle Theatre.


Tuesday, December 19

On this day in history, in 1998 – President Bill Clinton was impeached by the United States House of Representatives, becoming the second President of the United States to be impeached.

The Amnesty International Club will be serving Hot Chocolate in the Cafeteria tomorrow morning from 7:30-8:00 to all who participate in Write For Rights by copying letters petitioning human rights violations around the world. Come by for Hot Cocoa and defending human rights!

Freshman Student Council is selling class T-shirts in the lobby this week after school. The navy blue long-sleeve T-shirts cost $15.


Monday, December 18

On this day in history, in 1932 – The Chicago Bears defeated the Portsmouth Spartans in the first NFL Championship Game.

The Amnesty International Club will be serving Hot Chocolate in the Cafeteria on Wednesday morning from 7:30-8:00 to all who participate in Write For Rights by copying letters petitioning human rights violations around the world. Come by for Hot Cocoa and defending human rights!

Freshman Student Council is selling class T-shirts in the lobby this week after school. T-shirts are long sleeve and navy blue. They cost $15.00.

The Winter Musical The Secret Garden is now upon us. Audition sign-ups and materials are now available in the music hallway, outside of 612. Additionally, information and sign-ups are available on Mr. LeDoux's website. We look forward to seeing you there!

Congratulations to the DECA club at Districts last week!  We have 6 teams that made it to States:

Simone Hernandez and Kayla Talcoff placed 3rd in the Advertising Campaign event

Sara Flano and Sonal Kango placed 3rd in Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making

Madison Talcoff and Jillian Tobasky placed 2nd with their Innovation Plan

Paul Flanagan placed 3rd in Marketing Communications Series

David Levy and Eli Simon placed 1st in Sports & Entertainment Team Decision Making event.  

Abigail Thress and Kelly Putnam placed 3rd in Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making event.

Congratulations to the Speech and Debate Team. Last weekend at Natick, and one of the largest HS hosted  tournaments on the east coast:

4th Place Team Sweeps!

2nd Place Pentathalon! Emma Garber!

Pentathalon! Sarah Sylvan (she has also made the Speech and Debate Team at George Mason University!

2nd  and 7th Place Radio- Corey Jacobson and Sarah Sylvan

4th Place  Duo- Shayan Raza and Annie Stein

4th Place Group- Mariah Freedman

4th Place Impromptu- Jackson Segal

5th Place Info- Sarah Sylvan

5th Place Dramatic Audition- Maya Osman

6th Place ,TV Broadcasting- Eva Gorenburg, Allie Jiang, Eleanor Mackey

Top Novice, Poetry- Maya Osman

The Robotics Teams (T-10 #4096, HackHers #5897, and Liquid Oxygen #9326)  competed this weekend at the Gann Academy Qualifier, and all three teams did well. Here is a summary of the results:

Qualifying rounds:  HackHers in 6th place, T-10 in 7th place, and  Liquid Oxygen in 17th place out of  23 teams.

T-10 and the HackHers were each  selected to be  part of different 3-team alliances , and both teams competed in the elimination finals.   T-10's alliance won the finals.

Awards:  T-10:  Design Award     HackHers:  Connect Award 2nd place

Friday, December 15

The Amnesty International Club will be serving Hot Chocolate in the Cafeteria on Wednesday morning from 7:30-8:00 to all who participate in Write For Rights by copying letters petitioning human rights violations around the world. Come by for Hot Cocoa and defending human rights!

Thursday, December 14

On this day in history, in 2001 – The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 spent to stabilize it, without fixing its famous lean.

Freshman Student Council is selling class T-shirts in the lobby this week and next week after school. T-shirts are long sleeve and navy blue. They cost $15.

The NHS Habitat for Humanity Club would like to invite you to join us on Saturday, December 16th between 10am - 2pm in the 600’s Hallway (by the athletic offices and gyms) at our annual SILENT AUCTION event. This year, we have some really amazing auction items, such as Bruins tickets;  gift certificates to many local restaurants (Blue, Cook, Hazel’s Bakery, Stacy’s Juice Bar); classes at many local fitness facilities (HYP, Barre3, Gold’s Gym, YMCA); gift cards for local businesses (Simon and Son, Volante Farms, Hughes Photography);  as well as a number of amazing gift cards, gift baskets, jewelry, NHS Fan gear and more. Please come by and bid on some amazing items and pick up a few last minute gifts. All money raised will be donated to the Taos, NM Habitat for Humanity affiliate for our  February break trip.

The Winter Musical The Secret Garden is now upon us. Audition sign-ups and materials are now available in the music hallway, outside of 612. Additionally, information and sign-ups are available on Mr. LeDoux's website. We look forward to seeing you there.

Spirit Wear is available for pickup today after school  in the lobby.

Wednesday, December 13

On this day in history, in 1903 – The Wright brothers made their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

The NHS Habitat for Humanity Club would like to invite you to join us on Saturday, December 16th between 10am - 2pm in the 600’s Hallway (by the athletic offices and gyms) at our annual SILENT AUCTION event. This year, we have some really amazing auction items, such as Bruins tickets;  gift certificates to many local restaurants (Blue, Cook, Hazel’s Bakery, Stacy’s Juice Bar); classes at many local fitness facilities (HYP, Barre3, Gold’s Gym, YMCA); gift cards for local businesses (Simon and Son, Volante Farms, Hughes Photography);  as well as a number of amazing gift cards, gift baskets, jewelry, NHS Fan gear and more. Please come by and bid on some amazing items and pick up a few last minute gifts. All money raised will be donated to the Taos, NM Habitat for Humanity affiliate for our  February break trip.

The Winter Musical The Secret Garden is now upon us. Audition sign-ups and materials are now available in the music hallway, outside of 612. Additionally, information and sign-ups are available on Mr. LeDoux's website. We look forward to seeing you there.

Spirit Wear is available for pickup today and tomorrow after school  in the lobby.

Tuesday, December 12

On this day in history, in 1636, the Massachusetts Bay Colony organized three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot Indians. This organization is recognized today as the founding of the National Guard of the United States.

The next NHS Book Club meeting will be tomorrow before school at 7:30 in the NHS Library Classroom.  Please come to discuss the  book Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy” and to discuss the next book selection.

Spirit Wear is available this week for pickup. You can pick up your orders tomorrow and Thursday after school in the lobby.

Freshman Student Council is selling class T-shirts in the lobby today and Thursday after school. T-shirts are long sleeve and navy blue. They cost $15.

The Winter Musical The Secret Garden is now upon us. Audition sign-ups and materials are now available in the music hallway, outside of 612. Additionally, information and sign-ups are available on Mr. LeDoux's website. We look forward to seeing you there.

The Cradles to Crayons Club is collecting warm clothing for homeless children ahead of the holidays. C2C will be wrapping up their collection drive by the end of the week, so please bring in your donations to your homerooms.

The long-awaited Anime bake sale is taking place after school today. Bring your appetites!

Monday, December 11

On this day in history, in 1972 – Apollo 17 became the sixth and last Apollo mission to land on the Moon.

This week, the Gender Equality Club will be having a discussion on the recent graffiti incidents and Friday's walkout. We will have a space to hear and discuss anyone's thoughts and to talk about what actions we want to take going forward. Join us Wednesday morning at 7:25 in Room 216.

The Cradles to Crayons Club will be dropping off bags to homerooms today. Please consider donating warm clothing for homeless children ahead of the holidays. C2C will be wrapping up their collection drive by the end of the week, so please bring in your donations soon!

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.  Needham High School and SALSA are promoting the District Attorney Michael Morrissey's Distracted Driving Quiz. Last year Needham High School was recognized for having the most students take the quiz in all of Norfolk County! We hope to win again this year so take the test and potentially save a life! Look for the link to the short quiz via your Schoogle email this week.

Love snowboarding or skiing?!  Just want to join friends on the slopes?  Come join the club snowboarding and club ski teams!  All skill levels welcome...Informational meeting after school today in room 608 at 3:00 pm.

The Winter Musical The Secret Garden is now upon us. Audition sign-ups and materials are now available in the music hallway, outside of 612. Additionally, information and sign-ups are available on Mr. LeDoux's website. We look forward to seeing you there.

Don’t forget to bring in some cash for Anime’s bake sale tomorrow after school. Get some yummy treats while supporting the Anime Club!

Congratulations to the Speech and Debate Team. Saturday at Lincoln-Sudbury, NHS placed 4th place overall. First Place and second place Duo-Annie Stein and Shayan Raza, Simone Hernandez and Hannah Warn

1st Place Congress- Matt Peljovich

First Place Extemporaneous- Jackson Segal

3rd,4th, 5th in Radio- Sarah Sylvan, Corey Jacobson, John LIvely

First Place Multiple- Hernandez, Jacobson,Lively, Raza Stein, Warn

Honorable Mention, Dec- Stein

Several others earned state qualifying bids.

Friday, December 8

On this day in history, in 1884 – Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published.

The Cradles to Crayons Club will be hosting a collection starting on Monday. Please go through your closets and consider bringing in winter clothes to be donated to children in need.

Tomorrow from 9:00 am until noon in the HS Cafeteria, come watch the Robotics Club scrimmage with other teams from around the area. This is in preparation for their Qualifying tournament on Dec. 17 in Waltham (Gann Academy). Come and support the three NHS Robotics Club teams at either event!

The Winter Musical The Secret Garden is now upon us. Audition sign-ups and materials are now available in the music hallway, outside of 612. Additionally, information and sign-ups are available on Mr. LeDoux's website. We look forward to seeing you there

Thursday, December 7

This week is Computer Science Education Week.  Why? Because Grace Murray Hopper was born this week in 1906. She was one of the first programmers.  Have you written a program this week? Check it out:  https://csedweek.org/learn

On Saturday, December 9, from 9am until noon in the HS Cafeteria, come watch the Robotics Club scrimmage with other teams from around the area. This is in preparation for their Qualifying tournament on Dec. 17 in Waltham (Gann Academy). Come and support the three NHS Robotics Club teams at either event!

Beaverworks Summer Institute--Rigorous Summer STEM Program for Juniors:  https://beaverworks.ll.mit.edu/CMS/bw/bwsi.    See Mr. Batra in room 101 if interested. More information about the expanded program for summer 2018 will be coming out shortly.

Theatre Arts 1 is proud to present their fall concert production Friday December 15th at 7 p.m.. Join us for an evening of monologues, both dramatic and comedic, and a wonderful one act play The Struggles. The Struggles follows Meghan while she comes to grip with what being different means to her. We hope to see you on the 15th!


Wednesday, December 6

First of all, a shout out to the student in Mr. Cole’s class who knew that yesterday’s “On this day in history”, in fact happened today in history. Here’s another thing that happened today in history; in 1933 – U.S. federal judge John M. Woolsey ruled that James Joyce's novel Ulysses was not obscene.

If you are working in a group for National History Day and you did not attend the workshop yesterday, please go to room 728 at 2:45 p.m. today.  The workshop will help you collaborate well as a group.


Tuesday, December 5

On this day in history, in 1967 – Adrian Kantrowitz performs the first human heart transplant in the United States.

All students working in groups for National History Day should attend one of two short workshops after school in room 728 at 2:45 p.m. today or tomorrow this week.  The workshops will help you collaborate well as a group.


Monday, December 4

December 4-10 is Computer Science Education Week.  Why? Because Grace Murray Hopper was born this week in 1906, She was one of the first programmer.  Have you written a program this week? Check it out:  https://csedweek.org/learn

All students working in groups for National History Day should attend one of two short workshops after school in room 728 at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday or Wednesday this week.  The workshops will help you collaborate well as a group.

Thursday, November 29

Reminder: Photo Retake day is TODAY from 8-11:00 AM in the Auditorium. There are forms in the Grade Level Office if you need them.

The Winter Musical is almost upon us. If you're interested in helping backstage, with the build or anything TECH related, there will be an informational meeting TODAY at 3 p.m. in the Auditorium. The meeting shouldn't take longer than 20 minutes and is NOT a requirement to be involved in tech. As always, ALL are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 28

On this day in history, in 1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrated his phonograph for the first time.

Reminder: Photo Retake day is TOMORROW  from 8-11:00 AM in the Auditorium. There are forms in the Grade Level Office if you need them. Please bring your old photos with you if you are re-taking them

The Winter Musical is almost upon us. If you're interested in helping backstage, with the build or anything TECH related, there will be an informational meeting TOMORROW at 3 p.m. in the Auditorium. The meeting shouldn't take longer than 20 minutes and is NOT a requirement to be involved in tech. As always, ALL are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 28

On this day in history, in 1972 – Atari announced the release of Pong, the first commercially successful video game.

Reminder: Photo Re-Take day is Thursday, November 30, from 8-11:00 AM in the Auditorium. There are forms in the Grade Level Office if you need them. Please bring your old photos with you if you are re-taking them.

The Winter Musical is almost upon us. If you're interested in helping backstage, with the build or anything TECH related, there will be an informational meeting Thursday Nov. 30th at 3 p.m. in the Auditorium. The meeting shouldn't take longer than 20 minutes and is NOT a requirement to be involved in tech. As always, ALL are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Help NHS Friends of Music raise money for the performing arts by joining us at Winterfest — this Friday, December 1, 7pm in the Needham High School auditorium. This fundraiser features musical entertainment by a variety of NHS school ensembles and student musicians and a complimentary dessert reception. Purchase tickets at the door: $10 students and seniors; $15 adults.

Monday, November 27

On this day in history, in 1968 – Penny Ann Early became the first woman to play major professional basketball, for the Kentucky Colonels in an ABA game against the Los Angeles Stars.

Reminder: Photo Re-Take day is Thursday, November 30, from 8-11:00 AM in the Auditorium. There are forms in the Grade Level Office if you need them. Please bring your old photos with you if you are re-taking them.


Tuesday, November 21

On this day in history, in 1905 – Albert Einstein's paper that leads to the mass–energy equivalence formula, E = mc², is published in the journal Annalen der Physik.

If you haven’t received a Pep Rally shirt and want to buy one, you can go to Room 728 now and purchase one.

Congratulations to the Speech and Debate Team. At St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia,

Annie Stein was first in Declamation and Sarah Sylvan was 3rd in Informative. Jackson Segal was 5th in extemp.Annie and Shayan Raza were 6th in Duo.At Lexington, Sasha Rieser and Will Conroy were both undefeated and first and third in novice Lincoln-Douglas  Debate

Terence McFarland and Eric Xu also medaled.

 


Monday, November 20

On this day in history, in 1974 – The United States Department of Justice filed its final anti-trust suit against AT&T Corporation. This suit later lead to the breakup of AT&T and its Bell System.

A Google Survey from a group of AP Psych students about the Patriots were sent to your Google Mail. Please fill the survey out TODAY to assist them in their research. Your input and cooperation is appreciated.

Thanks to each of you has completed the X-block survey - we have had a pretty good return so far.  If you have not yet had an opportunity to do so, please use 5-8 minutes of homeroom time today or tomorrow to complete it.

Tonight is the Bonfire and Homecoming Dance! The Bonfire starts at 5:30 and will be followed by the Homecoming Dance. The dance will cost $10 but will include Pizza and other food. We hope to see many of you at both events tonight!

In preparation for the Bonfire, all vehicles must be cleared from the upper lot by 3 PM today! Please either move your car to the Memorial or Webster Street lots at that time if you plan to stay in the school past 3 PM.We thank you for your cooperation!

T-Shirts are being delivered to homerooms now. If you do not get yours or didn't order one and want to try to buy some of the extras, please go to 728 after school today. You must pay your $5 in order to get your shirt!


Friday, November 17

On this day in history, in 1800 – The United States Congress held its first session in Washington, D.C.

Spirit Week Reminders!

Bonfire and Homecoming Dance are Monday! Bonfire starts at 5:30 and is free to attend. The Homecoming dance will follow at 7 PM, will cost $10, and includes free food!

With the Bonfire planned for Monday evening, there will be a large portion of student parking spaces in the upper lot not available during school on Monday or Tuesday. We will email out more details over the weekend, but please plan to car pool or get rides on those two days in preparation for the loss of parking spaces. Also, all cars will need to be moved out of both upper lots by 3 PM on Monday!

Pep Rally T-shirts are in! You can come to the cafeteria today after school to pick up your pre-ordered t-shirt if you have paid or are able to pay when you pick it up. If you did not order a shirt, there are a handful of extras available. Those will be sold ($5 each) first come, first serve after school today (and Monday if still available). Student Council will deliver shirts to homeroom on Monday if they aren't picked up today.

Students Advocating Life without Substance Abuse (SALSA) is holding a general meeting on Monday 11/20 at 7:30 AM in the NHS library classroom. Current and prospective members are encouraged to stop by for a bagel and find out what the group is planning for this year-  from field trips to Pollard to leadership & advocacy work in Needham. Community Service Hours will be Awarded. For additional information about SALSA contact Karen Mullen (C 617 921-8715) or follow us on Instagram at Needham_SALSA.

Thursday, November 16

On this day in history, in 1990 – Pop group Milli Vanilli were stripped of their Grammy Award because the duo did not sing at all on the Girl You Know It's True album. Session musicians had provided all the vocals.

Payments for Pep Rally t-shirts are now being accepted. Please bring in $5 in cash or check (made payable to Needham High School) to give to your StuCo representative in homeroom. You may also use MySchoolBucks to pay for the shirts. Contact needhamsc@gmail.com if you have any questions.

On Monday, November 20th Student Council will be hosting a Bonfire prior to the Homecoming Dance. The bonfire will take place in the Student Parking lot in the Upper Lot (lower portion). In order to accommodate the set-up and clean up of the event, approximately 24 spots will be blocked off both Monday, Nov. 20th and Tuesday, Nov. 21st. Please plan accordingly and see a Student Council Representative if you have any questions.

Tickets for the 130th Needham/Wellesley Thanksgiving Day Football Game can be purchased in the Athletic Office for $15. You can pay in cash or make a check out to Wellesley HS Athletics.

Wednesday, November 15

On this day in history, in 1914 – The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opened.

The library will be closed after school today for a district meeting.  Please plan accordingly.

Students Advocating Life without Substance Abuse (SALSA) is holding a general meeting on Monday 11/20 at 7:30 AM in the NHS library classroom. Current and prospective members are encouraged to stop by for a bagel and find out what the group is planning for this year-  from field trips to Pollard to leadership & advocacy work in Needham. Community Service Hours will be Awarded. For additional information about SALSA contact Karen Mullen (C 617 921-8715) or follow us on Instagram at Needham_SALSA.


Tuesday, November 14

On this day in history, in 1889 – Pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochrane) began a successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days. She completed the trip in 72 days.

Attention: Student council representatives will be coming around to homerooms on Thursday to collect $5 for the Pep Rally t-shirts. If possible, please have exact change.

Get excited about a lot of fun events coming up! On Thursday after school there will be dodgeball games taking place in the gym! Friday after school is free Hazels cupcake decorating! Stop by for a cupcake. Next Monday at 5:30 PM,  there will be a community-wide bonfire to celebrate the tradition of the Thanksgiving football game. Admission is free. Following the bonfire, there will be a homecoming dance in the caf! Admission is 10 dollars and food is included in the price. You can wear whatever you want to the dance. We hope to see you at all of these events! Remember that tomorrow is black-out day for the themed dress-up.

Congratulations to the Needham High Quiz team for qualifying for the TV rounds of High School Quiz Show on WGBH. Our team of Roger Ramesh, Seth Lockwood, Ben Shapiro and Anne Kiely claimed one of the sixteen spots. Ninety-nine schools took part in the qualification. The TV round will be filmed in January so stay tuned for more details about attending the show.

The library will be closed after school TOMORROW (Wednesday) for a district meeting.  Please plan accordingly.

Reminder to Seniors: All changes to your name on your diploma are due to the Grade Level Office by TOMORROW.


Monday, November 13

On this day in history, in 1956 – The Supreme Court of the United States declared Alabama laws requiring segregated buses illegal, thus ending the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

If you're interested in all things language, whether it's the culture and science, or learning a foreign tongue in a matter of weeks, come to the introductory meeting for the Linguistics club! Today, after school, in room 413 (the computer lab).

The library will be closed after school on Wed.11/15 for a district meeting.  
Please plan accordingly.

Congratulations to the speech and debate team. Last weekend at Scarsdale, Jessica Siegal was reserve champion in novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Will Conway and Sasha Rieser  won awards. Sophomore Zachary Lu was 9th in Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate.At Natick, Corey Jacobson was 2nd in radio. Simone Hernandez and Hannah Warn were 6th in duo. Matt  Peljovich was a finalist in Congressional Debate. Mariah Freedman was a semifinalist in group discussion.

This Wednesday November 15th, we will be having an informational meeting for the upcoming indoor track and field season in the cafeteria right after school.  All athletes, rookie and veteran alike should attend.

Thursday, November 9

On this day in history, in 1967, the first issue of Rolling Stone magazine was published.

Any students interested in taking a fan bus to the Boys Soccer Sectional Final Four game vs Weymouth at Braintree tonight at 6pm needs to sign up in the athletic office before 12:30pm today.

Spirit Week starts next Monday (the 13th!). Student Council has been putting a lot of time and effort into making a memorable week filled with fun activities and school spirit. Here are some of the highlights for next week:

We will have themed dress-up days. Monday will be USA, Tuesday is Boston Sports Teams, Wednesday will be Black-Out, Thursday will be Blue & Gold, and Friday will be a Pajama Day.

There will also be minute-to-win-it games for homerooms on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and sports tournaments of basketball and/or dodgeball after school on Wednesday or Thursday, more to come on those events. We will culminate the week with free cupcake decorating in the cafe from Hazel’s bakery after school on Friday. The spirit celebration will continue into Thanksgiving week with the homecoming dance, pep rally, and hopefully a new tradition we will announce next week! Stay tuned!

Does language fascinate you? You might wish you could decipher Bantu or Basque, or uncover the roots of modern Icelandic. The Linguistics club is holding an introductory meeting on Monday after school in room 413 (the computer lab). No foreign language experience necessary!

Reminder to Seniors: All changes to your name on your diploma are due to the Grade Level Office by Wednesday, November 15.

We have a few phones here in the Lost & Found along with some keys. Please come to the main office and see  Ms. Ofer if your keys or phone have gone missing.

Wednesday, November 8

On this day in history, in 1966 – Former Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke became the first African American elected to the United States Senate since Reconstruction.

Spirit Week starts next Monday (the 13th!). Student Council has been putting a lot of time and effort into making a memorable week filled with fun activities and school spirit. Here are some of the highlights for next week:

We will have themed dress-up days. Monday will be USA, Tuesday is Boston Sports Teams, Wednesday will be Black-Out, Thursday will be Blue & Gold, and Friday will be a Pajama Day.

There will also be minute-to-win-it games for homerooms on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and sports tournaments of basketball and/or dodgeball after school on Wednesday or Thursday, more to come on those events. We will culminate the week with free cupcake decorating in the cafe from Hazel’s bakery after school on Friday. The spirit celebration will continue into Thanksgiving week with the homecoming dance, pep rally, and hopefully a new tradition we will announce next week! Stay tuned!

Does language fascinate you? You might wish you could decipher Bantu or Basque, or uncover the roots of modern Icelandic. The Linguistics club is holding an introductory meeting on Monday after school in room 413 (the computer lab). No foreign language experience necessary!

Reminder to Seniors: All changes to your name on your diploma are due to the Grade Level Office by Wednesday, November 15.

We have a few phones here in the Lost & Found along with some keys. Please come to the main office and see  Ms. Ofer if your keys or phone have gone missing.

Tuesday, November 7

On this day in history, 1916 – Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to the United States Congress.

Does language fascinate you? You might wish you could decipher Bantu or Basque, or uncover the roots of modern Icelandic. The Linguistics club is holding an introductory meeting on Monday after school in room 413 (the computer lab). No foreign language experience necessary!

Reminder to Seniors: All changes to your name on your diploma are due to the Grade Level Office by Wednesday, November 15.

The next NHS Book Club meeting will be tomorrow before school at 7:30 in the NHS Library Classroom.  Please come to discuss the  book "Replica" and to discuss the next book selection.

There will be a girls ice hockey sign-up and informational meeting TODAY @2:45 in Room 428.

Monday, November 6

On this day in history, in 1860,  Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th President of United States.

Congratulations to Students Acting to Make a Difference, Ms. Lonati, Mr. LeDoux, and Mr. VanderWoude for a fantastic weekend of performances of Grease last weekend!! Many thanks to Friends of Music for all of their support in making this production a success.

The next NHS Book Club meeting will be Wednesday,  November 8th before school from 7:30 - 8 in the NHS Library Classroom.  Please come to discuss the  book "Replica" and to discuss the next book selection.

The first Choose To Be Nice meeting will take place at 7:45 AM tomorrow in the library classroom. Come and hear what CTBN is all about!

NHS Spirit Wear is on sale now!  Stock up on holiday gifts for all! The PTC will be in the school lobby today at 2:35 PM for you to see the items up close. Thank you for supporting the PTC & Go Rockets! CLICK HERE to print out an order form.

Are you interested in helping the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico? Come

​donate to the cause by dancing at the Zumbathon on Thursday, November 9th, from 3:00-8:00 PM in the Cafeteria, hosted by El Club de Español and the NHS dance team! The suggested minimum donation is $10, and all proceeds will be directly donated to the Vamonos Tours fund for Hurricane Maria relief. ​Stop by Room 711 to sign up!  See you there! ¡Vamos a bailar!

Friday, November 3

On this day in history, 2008 – Barack Obama became the first person of biracial or African-American descent to be elected President of the United States.

Are you interested in helping the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico? Come​ donate to the cause by danc​ing at the Zumbathon on Thursday, November 9th, from 3:00-9:00 PM in the Cafeteria, hosted by El Club de Español and the NHS dance team! The suggested minimum donation is $10, and all proceeds will be directly donated to the Vamonos Tours fund for Hurricane Maria relief. ​Stop by Room 711 to sign up!  See you there! ¡Vamos a bailar!

There will be a girls ice hockey sign-up and informational meeting on Tuesday, November 7th, @2:45 in Room 428.

NHS Spirit Wear is on sale now!  Stock up on holiday gifts for all! We will be in the school lobby on Monday at 2:30pm for you to see the items up close. Thank you for supporting the PTC & Go Rockets! CLICK HERE to print out an order form.

Thursday, November 2

On this day in history, in 1983 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The first Choose To Be Nice meeting will take place at 7:45 AM next Tuesday, November 7th in the library classroom. Come and hear what CTBN is all about!

Seniors who drive to school have to park in the designated parking spots. If there are only staff spots left, you must park elsewhere.

We have a bike helmet here in the main office as well as glasses, jewelry, pencil cases, water bottles and some clothes. Please stop in if you are missing any of these items!

Wednesday, November 1

On this day in history, in 1960 – While campaigning for President of the United States, John F. Kennedy announced his idea of the Peace Corps.

There will be a brief 20 minute meeting l after school today in the chorus room  (612) for anyone interested in participating in the winter musical.  This is NOT a requirement to audition or participate. We hope to see you there!

This year we are hoping all students will get involved with spirit week and the Pep Rally by wearing school t-shirts. To promote as many people participating as possible, the shirts will be sold for only $5 each! Each grade will have a unique color with their class year clearly labeled, but the overall design will be the same for all grades. Please pre-order your t-shirt using the link sent to your school email address and then wear them to Pep Rally to help promote School Spirit! The colors for each grade will be:

Seniors: White

Juniors: Navy

Sophomores: Yellow

Freshmen: Grey

Thank you for supporting Needham High School!

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Monday, October 30

On this day in history, in 1945, Jackie Robinson of the Kansas City Monarchs signed a contract for the Brooklyn Dodgers to break the baseball color line.

There will be a quick informational Powderpuff meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) after school in the “A” Gym.

Congratulations to the Speech and Debate Team. This past weekend at both Manchester-Essex and Dighton-Rehoboth Schools, students earned the following awards:

5th Place sweepstakes, small schools, Dighton- Rehoboth

Impromptu- 1st and 5th place to Emma Garber and Shayan Raza

Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate- Needham 'closes out 'finals,  with first place to Mira Echambadi, second place to Sasha Reiser, both undefeated.

First place speaker - Jess Siegel.

 4th place overall to Eric Xu,  

6th Place  Terrence McFarland.

Second and fourth place speakers to Mira and Sasha

Radio Broadcasting-7th place, Grace Snow

6th place Team Improv, Emma and Shayan

Congressional Debate- Finalist, Matt Peljovich

Wednesday, October 25

On this day in history, in 1958, Pan American Airways made the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 from New York City to Paris, France.

Students, please check your “ScGoogle” mail for some important information about Pep Rally.

The library will be closed before and during school on Friday for the Distinguished Career Awards. Please plan accordingly.

Students Acting to Make a Difference is proud to present ‘Grease!’ This classic musical is playing this weekend Friday October 27th through Sunday the 29th at the Newman auditorium. All proceeds go to ‘Strong Women Strong Girls,’ a charity that raises money for mentoring at risk girls from high school through college. Tickets are available for purchase in the cafeteria every day this week. Hope to see you there!

The annual NHS Student Activities Oracle will take place at noon tomorrow in the cafeteria.

There are still some agenda books/planners for sale in the GLO. Now’s your chance to get one!

Tuesday, October 24

On this day in history, in 1901, Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

The library will be closed before and during school on Friday for the Distinguished Career Awards. Please plan accordingly.

Students Acting to Make a Difference is proud to present ‘Grease!’ This classic musical is playing this weekend Friday October 27th through Sunday the 29th at the Newman auditorium. All proceeds go to ‘Strong Women Strong Girls,’ a charity that raises money for mentoring at risk girls from high school through college. Tickets are available for purchase in the cafeteria every day this week. Hope to see you there!

Save the date! The annual NHS Student Activities Oracle will take place at noon on Thursday, October 26, 2017.

There are still some agenda books/planners for sale in the GLO. Now’s your chance to get one!

Monday, October 23

On this day in history, in 1915, in New York City, 25,000–33,000 women marched on Fifth Avenue to advocate their right to vote.

The library will be closed before and during school on Friday for the Distinguished Career Awards. Please plan accordingly.

Students Acting to Make a Difference is proud to present ‘Grease!’ This classic musical is playing this weekend Friday October 27th through Sunday the 29th at the Newman auditorium. All proceeds go to ‘Strong Women Strong Girls,’ a charity that raises money for mentoring at risk girls from high school through college. Tickets are available for purchase in the cafeteria every day this week. Hope to see you there!

Save the date! The annual NHS Student Activities Oracle will take place at noon on Thursday, October 26, 2017.

Congratulations to the Speech and Debate Team which won the following honors last Saturday at Revere. Declamation- first place (and  straight '1s'' (a  'picket fence') in finals- Annie Stein

5th place Sasha Rieser

Original Oratory- Sarah Sylvan, 5th Place

Novice Lincoln Douglas- Sam Cogen (undefeated), Jessica Siegal, Eric Xu, Eva Gorenburg, Terence McFarland- 2nd through 6th in order.

Cogen, Xu, and Xu were 6th place speakers in order

In Varsity Lincoln Douglas John Lively and Zach Lu were 3rd and 5th place speakers in turn.

There are still some agenda books/planners for sale in the GLO. Now’s your chance to get one!

Wednesday, October 18

On this day in history, in 1648 – the Boston Shoemakers formed the first American labor organization.

The Library will be closed after school for a DLT meeting. Please plan accordingly.

Reminder: The Mass Math Olympiad is tomorrow morning. If you have signed up to take the competition, please be in the cafe at 7:55 tomorrow.

All sophomore students taking part in the National History Day project must come to a mandatory meeting at either 7:30 a.m. or 2:45 p.m. TOMORROW October 19 in room 728. The meeting will last 15 minutes.

Tuesday, October 17

On this day in history, in 1979 – Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Save the date! The annual NHS Student Activities Oracle will take place at noon on Thursday, October 26, 2017. If you would like to reserve a table for your club at the event, please see Mrs. Robinson in Room 608A before Thursday, .

Seniors: If you haven't turned in your Cap and Gown money to the Grade Level Office, please do so as soon as possible.

Monday, October 16

On this day in history, in 1916 – In Brooklyn, New York, Margaret Sanger opened the first family planning clinic in the United States.

 

Congratulations to the Speech and Debate Team.  This past Saturday at the annual Novice Festival Needham's LIncoln-Douglas debaters went a combined  28-11, including 20-3 omitting Needham-Needham rounds. Needham had all  four undefeateds (seeds 1-4) as well as seeds 6-11. Needham's other LD debaters,  declamation entries, prose entries, and radio broadcasters all also earned high ranks during the day,  though overall results were not tabulated.

Picture Day Reminder: Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 17, 2017 is Photo/ID Day! There are order forms in the Grade Level Office for anyone who needs one.

Seniors: If you haven't turned in your Cap and Gown money to the Grade Level Office, please do so as soon as possible.

Friday, October 13

On this day in history, in 1903 – The Boston Red Sox won the first modern World Series, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the eighth game.

For those of you taking the PSAT tomorrow, please arrive at 7:30. Check-in will be in the cafeteria.

Picture Day Reminder: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 is Photo/ID day. There are order forms in the Grade Level Office for anyone who needs one.

Seniors: If you haven't turned in your Cap and Gown money to the Grade Level Office, please do so as soon as possible.

This Saturday, at 6:00 PM at DeFazio field, the Needham High Boys Soccer program and the Take Back the Night initiative will be partnering up to raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence, during the soccer game against Newton South High School. Please come to support both of these groups as they promote change throughout the community.

SAMD, Students Acting to Make a Difference, presents…Grease! Please come support the chosen charity, ‘Strong Women, Strong Girls’ and the students on October 27, 28, and 29 at this fun-filled musical. Performances on Friday and Saturday will be at 7:00 pm and the Sunday performance will be at 2:00 pm. All performances will be held in the Newman Elementary School Auditorium. Tickets will be available in the cafeteria during lunch from October 23-27. Tickets can also be purchased under the ‘Tickets’ page on the SAMD website (tinyurl.com/samd2017). We hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 12

On this day in history, in 1928 – An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children's Hospital, Boston.

SAMD, Students Acting to Make a Difference, presents…Grease! Please come support the chosen charity, ‘Strong Women, Strong Girls’ and the students on October 27, 28, and 29 at this fun-filled musical. Performances on Friday and Saturday will be at 7:00 pm and the Sunday performance will be at 2:00 pm. All performances will be held in the Newman Elementary School Auditorium. Tickets will be available in the cafeteria during lunch from October 23-27. Tickets can also be purchased under the ‘Tickets’ page on the SAMD website (tinyurl.com/samd2017). We hope to see you there!

This Saturday, at 6:00 PM at DeFazio field, the Needham High Boys Soccer program and the Take Back the Night initiative will be partnering up to raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence, during the soccer game against Newton South High School. Please come to support both of these groups as they promote change throughout the community.

Wednesday, October 11

On this day in history, in 1984 – Aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan became the first American woman to perform a space walk.

Attention all students: The gym is not available at all before school. Adult supervision is needed for the space to be safely used and it is not available at this time.

This Saturday, at 6:00 PM at DeFazio field, the Needham High Boys Soccer program and the Take Back the Night initiative will be partnering up to raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence, during the soccer game against Newton South High School. Please come to support both of these groups as they promote change throughout the community.

Tuesday, October 10

On this day in history, in 1971 – Sold, dismantled and moved to the United States, London Bridge reopened in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Reminder: Tuesday, October 17 is Picture Day. November 30 is Picture Re-take Day.

Seniors: If you haven't turned in your Cap and Gown money, please do so ASAP!

Reminder: the NHS book club is meeting tomorrow morning at 7:30 in the library. Join us, even if you haven't finished the book, Ready Player One!

Save the date! The annual NHS Student Activities Oracle will take place at noon on Thursday, October 26, 2017. If you would like to reserve a table for your club at the event, please see Mrs. Robinson in Room 608A.

Join the DECA business club for meetings on Friday mornings at 8:00am in room 112! Learn about business techniques and practice them in real life scenarios. Compete in competition with other schools in Massachusetts and around the country. No previous skills are required. Hope to see you there! GO DECA!”

Friday. October 6

Join the DECA business club for meetings on Friday mornings at 8:00am in room 112! Learn about business techniques and practice them in real life scenarios. Compete in competition with other schools in Massachusetts and around the country. No previous skills are required. Hope to see you there! GO DECA!”

Thursday. October 5

On this day in history, in 1947 – The first televised White House address was given by U.S. President Harry S. Truman.

Save the date! The annual NHS Student Activities Oracle will take place at noon on Thursday, October 26, 2017. If you would like to reserve a table for your club at the event, please see Mrs. Robinson in Room 608A.

Tomorrow is Field Day! Seniors should arrive in the Cafeteria at 8:30 AM for a breakfast hosted by the PTC. All Seniors are expected to attend. If you haven’t turned in your Cap and Gown money yet, this is the time to do it. There will be a pizza lunch provided for all seniors. However, if you wish to bring you own lunch, that is fine.

Humans of NHS is meeting in room 601 today and every Thursday after school. Contribute to our mission of “Needham High School, one story at a time.” If you have any questions, see Miss Palmer in 601.

Wednesday. October 4

On this day in history, in 2001 – Barry Bonds surpassed Mark McGwire's single-season home run total with his milestone 71st and 72nd home runs.

Students are reminded that if they are taking the Massachusetts Math Olympiad their  permission forms are due today. Turn them into Ms Carmody in room 212. You can get a form and information from Ms Carmody's web page.

Please join us next Wed. 10/11 before school at 7:30am in the library for the NHS Book Club.   This month's book is "Ready Player One".  Stop by the library to get a copy of the book!

Registration for the PSAT continues today until Friday, October 6 after school until 3:05 in room 304. The cost is $26. Payment can be cash or check made out to Needham Public Schools.

The Philosophy club is having their first meeting of the year after school today, in room 702 (Mr. Hekler's room). What do you think about that? Everybody is welcome to attend.

Tuesday. October 3

On this day in history, in 1789 – George Washington made the first Thanksgiving Day designated by the national government of the US.

Do you love portrait or street photography? Do you want to be able to tell everyone’s story through imagery? Come and join Humans of NHS in room 601 every Thursday after school and contribute to our mission of “Needham High School, one story at a time.” If you have any questions, see Miss Palmer in 601.

Registration for the PSAT continues today until Friday, October 6 after school until 3:05 in room 304. The cost is $26. Payment can be cash or check made out to Needham Public Schools.

According to the Death Penalty Information Center, 1,460 people have died from capital punishment since 1976. Is this okay? Debate it at Model UN/Congress! Sign up for the capital punishment debate today after school in room 406.

The Philosophy club is having their first meeting of the year on Wednesday, after school, in room 702 (Mr. Hekler's room). What do you think about that? Everybody is welcome to attend.

Monday, October 2

On this day in history, in 1967 – Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first African-American justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Friday, October 6, is Field Day. Seniors should arrive in the Cafeteria at 8:30 AM for a breakfast hosted by the PTC. All Seniors are expected to attend. If you haven’t turned in your Cap and Gown money yet, this is the time to do it. There will be a pizza lunch provided for all seniors. However, if you wish to bring you own lunch, that is fine.

Thursday, September 28

On this day in history, in 1951 – CBS made the first color televisions available for sale to the general public, but the product was discontinued less than a month later.

SAMD (Students Acting to Make a Difference) will be having a bake sale on Friday, September 29.

Wednesday, September 27

On this day in history, in 1962 – Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring was published, inspiring an environmental movement and the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

There is still time to register for the Mass Math Olympiad being held on October 19. You can get information and a permission form from Ms Carmody's web page. Forms are due Oct 4.

Do you take a Spanish course here at NHS and wish you could learn more about Hispanic culture? If so, then El Club de Español is for you! Come to the introductory meeting on Wednesday, September 27th at 2:45PM in room 711, and get a taste of what “El Club” is all about. Activities this year will include dinners at Hispanic restaurants, Spanish language movie nights, Zumba/salsa lessons, and more. Attend our introductory meeting today at 2:45 in room 711 to learn more!

Tuesday, September 26

Interested in global issues and current events? Join Model UN! Model UN/Congress is a club that holds debates about important political concerns both in the U.S. and across the world. Taking the positions of countries or U.S. senators, club members come together to solve these issues by writing resolutions. Meetings are Tuesdays after school in room 406. Contact Alexa Kirby for more information.

Would you like to meet students from other countries, learn about other cultures, and just have a good time?  Then come to the International Club meeting today after school in room 205F. We will be planning our activities for the year. All are welcome.  

Do you take a Spanish course here at NHS and wish you could learn more about Hispanic culture? If so, then El Club de Español is for you! Come to the introductory meeting on Wednesday, September 27th at 2:45PM in room 711, and get a taste of what “El Club” is all about. Activities this year will include dinners at Hispanic restaurants, Spanish language movie nights, Zumba/salsa lessons, and more. Attend our introductory meeting to learn more! Room 711 at 2:45pm on Wednesday 9/27!

The Writing Center is opening today!  This is a peer tutoring service available every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday after school in Room 719.  Come on by to get help on any writing assignment for any subject.  No appointment necessary!

Needham Park and Recreation closed the trailhead and parking areas at Rosemary Pool/Lake, until the completion of the construction of a new facility in June 2018.  There will be no access to the parking lots or trails from the pool side of the lake.  Trails will remain open on the camp property side of the lake, with marked pedestrian access off Nehoiden Street, Armen Way, and Pennsylvania Avenue.  There is no parking available at these trail head locations.

SAMD (Students Acting to Make a Difference) will be having a bake sale on Friday, September 29.

 

 


Monday, September 25

On this day in history, in 1974, the first ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery (Tommy John surgery) was performed on baseball player Tommy John.

The Writing Center opens tomorrow!  This is a peer tutoring service available every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday after school in Room 719.  Come on by to get help on any writing assignment for any subject.  No appointment necessary!!

There will be an informational Habitat for Humanity meeting TODAY  at 2:45 pm in room 815 for anyone interested in joining the club. The club also meets regularly on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 am in room 815. Please contact Ms. Parkhurst if you are unable to attend the meeting for more information.

Are you interested in chess? Do you want to play casually or want to improve your game? Come to the chess club on Mondays to play some friendly matches and get better at the best board game there is! We meet in Room 426 after school on Mondays.


Friday, September 22

On this day in history, in 1789 – The office of United States Postmaster General was established.

Congratulations to the winners of the Class Information Quiz that the Assistant Principals sent out via email following class meetings the first week of school.  The following students should come to the Grade Level Office to pick up their prizes!

Grade 09

Yannick Duport

Johanna White

Grade 10

Simone Hernandez

Alejandro Cadavid

Grade 11

Trent Kamke

Maya Osman

Grade 12

Toby Duke

Maya Xu

There will be an informational Habitat for Humanity meeting on Monday, September 25th at 2:45 pm in room 815 for anyone interested in joining the club. The club also meets regularly on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 am in room 815. Please contact Ms. Parkhurst if you are unable to attend the meeting for more information.

Needham High School is pleased to welcome nine students and a teacher from our sister school, Shanghai Number 2 High School. They are taking part in the Needham-Shanghai Exchange Program. You may see them in classes or around school today and next week. Please make sure they feel at home. The guests are staying with host families in Needham and will be visiting local sites as well as visiting our school.

SAMD (Students Acting to Make a Difference) will be having a bake sale on Friday, September 29.


Wednesday, September 20

On this day in history, in 1519 – Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Sanlúcar de Barrameda with about 270 men on his expedition to circumnavigate the globe.

The long-awaited planners are back! If you haven’t purchased yours yet, you can get one in the Grade-Level Office for $12.00.

The first round of the Massachusetts Math Olympiad is coming up on October 22. This 90 minute multiple-choice competition will be held right here in the Needham high cafeteria. If you like math and like to challenge yourself with unusual math problems, this is for you.

To participate, you need to submit a completed field trip form by Oct 5 to Ms Carmody. You can get a form from your math teacher or from Ms Carmody's web site. There is a link to past contests there as well.

The Latin Club will be holding its first meeting Monday, September 25th after school in room 417. Anyone taking Latin or expressing a strong interest in the language, history, and/or culture is welcome. The club will be going over upcoming events and activities, as well as exercising some new **totally safe and teacher approved** gladiator weapons. Contact needhamlatin@gmail.com for more information.


Tuesday, September 19

On this day in history, in 1982 – Scott Fahlman posts the first documented emoticons :-) and :-( on the Carnegie Mellon University bulletin board system.

Latin Club will be holding its first meeting Monday 9/25 after school in room 417. Anyone taking Latin or expressing a strong interest in the language, history, and/or culture is welcome. The club will be going over upcoming events and activities, as well as exercising some new **totally safe and teacher approved** gladiator weapons. Contact needhamlatin@gmail.com for more information.

The American Sign Language Club is having its first meeting TODAY after school in room 411. If you have any questions contact Rachel Horrigan. The club is for anyone interested in learning sign language and there is no previous experience required.


Monday, September 18

On this day in history, in 1814, Francis Scott Key finished his poem "Defence of Fort McHenry", later to be the lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner".

Attention Class of 2021! Congratulations to the winners from the Student Council elections for Class Officers on Friday:

President - Ben Crable

Vice President - Marcus Emerson

Treasurer - Olivia Lynch

Secretary - Claire Atkinson

Student Advisor to the School Committee - Aidan Michelow

Please check your email for the electronic ballot for today's elections for your three Class Representatives.

Congratulations to the speech and debate team. At Yale University last weekend, sophomore John Lively was 9th in JV Lincoln-Douglas Debate, losing 2-1 to eventual tournament champion Lake Highland Prep of Florida.

Interested in art? Writing? Editing? Come to the Rag meeting after school today in room 730! We will go over what we accomplish in our club, talk about our annual art event, and eat some good food! Hope to see you there!

The Science Help Center will be starting up again TODAY.  Peer tutors will be available in room 215 on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 2:40-3:40 to help students from any science discipline, in any level.  No appointment necessary!

The American Sign Language Club is having its first meeting tomorrow after school in room 411. If you have any questions contact Rachel Horrigan. The club is for anyone interested in learning sign language and there is no previous experience required.

Interested in politics? Feel like you can't share your political views in your classes? If you're looking for a place to discuss politics, debate current events, and learn about our government, come to the first meeting of the Politics Club at 7:30 tomorrow, Tuesday,  in room 406. If you can't attend the first meeting but are still interested in joining the club, contact Jackson Segal (jls181@students.needham.k12.ma.us) or Mr. Schotland (joseph_schotland@needham.k12.ma.us) to learn more.

Parents and students are invited to School the World's Information Night on Wednesday, Sept. 20th at 7:00pm in the Faculty Lounge. . Learn about School The World's Service Learning Program in Guatemala and how to participate in their upcoming 2018 service trips in February, April and July. Participants fundraise to build primary schools and promote education as a tool to alleviate poverty. Join us to learn more!

Cradles to Crayons is having a bake sale in the lobby immediately after school today. Stop by and grab some yummy treats!

Friday. September 15

On this day in history, in 1981, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

The Science Help Center will be starting up again on Monday Sept 18.  Peer tutors will be available in room 215 on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 2:40-3:40 to help students from any science discipline, in any level.  No appointment necessary!

Interested in politics? Feel like you can't share your political views in your classes? If you're looking for a place to discuss politics, debate current events, and learn about our government, come to the first meeting of the Politics Club at 7:30 next Tues. Sept. 18 in room 406. If you can't attend the first meeting but are still interested in joining the club, contact Jackson Segal (jls181@students.needham.k12.ma.us) or Mr. Schotland (joseph_schotland@needham.k12.ma.us) to learn more.

The American Sign Language Club is having its first meeting Tuesday, September 19 in room 411 . If you have any questions contact Rachel Horrigan. The club is for anyone interested in learning sign language and there is no previous experience required.

The Charles River Center is looking for volunteers for their 5K Run on Sunday, September 24th, from 10 am to 1 pm.  They need people to cheer and pass out waters.  Sign up on their website: www.charlesrivercenterroadrace.com.

 


Thursday, September 14

On this day in history, in 1994, the Major League Baseball season was canceled because of a strike.

The Habitat for Humanity Club will be meeting every Tuesday morning at 7:30 in room 815. Anyone can attend and all are welcome. Please contact Ms. Parkhurst if you are unable to attend the meeting.

Do you like singing? Do you like making harmonies, all the while bonding with a group of amazing people?  If any one of these is true, stop by the music hallway in the 600's and sign up for NHS's new-coed acapella group, Counterpoint! Auditions will be held next week, and further information can be found in the music hallway.

The 5th Quarter will be held tomorrow night after the Varsity Football Game vs. Walpole.  This free event is sponsored by the NHS PTC and includes pizza, drinks, snacks, a live DJ, ping pong, basketball, door prizes and a chance to be with friends after the big game!  Remember to come by the "A Gym" after the game or at 9 PM.

GO ROCKETS!


Wednesday, September 13

On this day in history, in 1985 – Super Mario Bros. was released in Japan for the NES, which started the Super Mario series of platforming games.

Are you interested in learning about and celebrating diverse cultures?  Then come to the International Club Meeting this afternoon at 2:45 in room 205F.

There will be a Best Buddies meeting today in room 209 today after school.

The NHS book club will be having its first meeting of the year today after school in the library. Spend your afternoon with good people and good books. Read a good book recently? Bring it with you!


Tuesday, September 12

On this day in history, in 1962, President John F. Kennedy, at a speech at Rice University, reaffirmed that the U.S. will put a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

If you are interested in joining Best Buddies, please come to Room 209 tomorrow (Wednesday) after school to get more information.

Do you enjoy watching television or movies? Are you interested in learning more about how your favorite shows and films are made, and even work on your own project? If so, come to the first Film Club meeting of the year on Thursday morning, September 14th at 7:30 a.m. in room 409  for more information on this fun club.

If you're interested in international or US politics, or enjoy debates and roleplaying, you should check out the model United Nations / Congress in Mr. Ames' room 206 this afternoon after school. The club meets every Tuesday right after school. This afternoon the club will be preparing for a debate about DACA, and how role-play works will be explained. If you can't make it today you can stop by any other Tuesday, or talk to Alexa Kirby or Zach Packard.

The NHS book club will be having its first meeting of the year tomorrow after school in the library. Spend your afternoon with good people and good books. Read a good book recently? Bring it with you!

Opening Speech and Debate Practice this week:

1) Novice Lincoln-Douglas Today and Thursday after school in room 413

2) Congressional Debate- amd Limited Prep  Events  today 6:30 PM in room 413

3) Acting Events//Public Address  / radio/group discussion/--limited Prep  Events (  - Or General Speech Questions - Wednesday at 2:45 and 6:30 PM in Room 413. You only need to come to one practice in room 413

The United States Naval Academy Forum will take place on Saturday, September 16

at John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, 55 Malcolm X Boulevard,

Roxbury from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Check in begins at 1:30 p.m. This is a very

informative event for students interested in an Appointment to the Naval Academy.

There will be an Anime Club Bake Sale today after school. We hope to see you there!


Monday, September 11

On this day in history, in 2001, two hijacked aircraft crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, while a third smashed into The Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, and a fourth into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in a series of coordinated suicide attacks by 19 members of al-Qaeda. A total of 2,996 people are killed.

The first general meeting of the year for SALSA is this Friday, 9/15 at 8 AM in room #728. Stop by for a bagel and find out how you can get involved. Earn community service credit for peer leadership at Pollard Middle School and make a difference in your community! Join us!

The 5th Quarter will be held this Friday night after the Varsity Football Game vs. Walpole.  This free event is sponsored by the NHS PTC and includes pizza, drinks, snacks, a live DJ, ping pong, basketball, door prizes and a chance to be with friends after the big game!  Remember to come by the "A Gym" after the game or at 9 PM.


Thursday, September 7

On this day in history, in 1930, 3M began marketing Scotch transparent tape.

Juniors! You can register for the PSAT from Tuesday 10/3- Friday 10/6 between 2:40 PM-3:05 PM in the Cafeteria. The cost is $26 and payment can be in cash or check made out to Needham Public Schools.

The Robotics Club is having an information session today after school in the DaVinci Workshop, Room 101! Come if you want to learn more about the robotics club, no prior experience needed.

Do you like to argue, act and speak? On the other hand, does the thought of public speaking terrify you? Either way, take control of your education and learn to share your voice. Join the NHS SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM and control your own future

Come to the second and final  informational meeting today after school in room 421.


Wednesday, September 6

On this day in history, on 1847 – Henry David Thoreau left Walden Pond and moved in with Ralph Waldo Emerson and his family in Concord, Massachusetts.

The Robotics Club is having an information session tomorrow (Thursday) after school in the DaVinci Workshop, Room 101! Come if you want to learn more about the robotics club, no prior experience needed.

Are you in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade? Are you interested helping lead an initiative for emotional, community, and personal wellness around the high school? The Own Your Peace/Piece leadership group is accepting interest forms, which have been sent to your Google e-mail accounts, until Saturday 9/9!"

If anyone is interested in learning more about Club Cheer, please stop by the athletic office and see Mr. Jackson, Assistant Athletic Director,  for more details.  Club Cheer supports multiple sporting teams and shows great school spirit!


Tuesday, September 5

On this day in history, in 1882 – The first United States Labor Day parade is held in New York City.

Do you like to argue, act and speak? On the other hand, does the thought of public speaking terrify you? Either way, take control of your education and learn to share your voice. Join the NHS SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM and control your own future

Come to one of the informational meetings on Wednesday and Thursday after school in room 421.

Love Math? Who doesn’t?! Come to the first Math Team meeting tomorrow, Wednesday after school in Ms. Garner’s Room 223.

Love Science? Who doesn’t?! Come to the first Science Team meeting on Thursday at 3:00 PM in Room 108. Meet the team’s advisors and have some donuts!

Any ninth graders interested in getting involved with Student Council must attend one of the information meetings. If you did not attend the informational meeting this morning,  there will be another one tomorrow, Wednesday at 2:45 in 728. If you are unable to attend but are still interested please contact Mr. Odierna or Profe Eagan before Friday, September 8.

Students, are you interested in entrepreneurship or starting a company? Come create a real company with your peers in the NHS LAUNCH Club (powered by MIT Launch). There will be an introductory meeting on Thursday, September 7th at 7:25 am  in room 101 (Da Vinci Workshop)

It’s that time of year again! Vote for Needham @ Natick Football for the Fox25 Game of the Week! Log onto your Google mail account and you will find the link to vote. GO ROCKETS!

http://www.fox25boston.com/sports/high-school-football/vote-for-game-of-the-week/436165866

Friday, September 1

On this day in history, in 1897 – The Tremont Street Subway in Boston opened, becoming the first underground rapid transit system in North America.

Any ninth graders interested in getting involved with Student Council must attend one of the information meetings before school on Tuesday, September 5 at 7:30 in room 728, or after school on Wednesday, September 6 at 2:45 in 728. If you are unable to attend but are still interested please contact Mr. Odierna or Profe Eagan before Friday, September 8.

Students, are you interested in entrepreneurship or starting a company? Come create a real company with your peers in the NHS LAUNCH Club (powered by MIT Launch). There will be an introductory meeting on Thursday, September 7th at 7:25 am  in room 101 (Da Vinci Workshop)

We are currently sold out of planners. Have no fear as we are making copies. When they become available, you will be notified via your Google mail account.