Daily Bulletin 2018-2019

Tuesday, October 16

On this day in history, in 1847 – The novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë was published in London.

The Newspaper Homeroom has a survey for all students to take. Please take a moment and fill it out. Thanks!  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeiNzilEJ-MtfcWrtcD0V0o6qZpZf-9mX8i4_y_cS54lgPzRA/viewform?pli=1

A reminder that food can only be eaten in the cafeteria, and cannot be eaten in the lobby or any other areas of the building.

The Ski Team is meeting on Thursday 10/18 at 3:30 pm in room 728. There will be a sign up for the season and other information about the team. Come and hear about the team!

Show your NHS spirit and check out the online Spirit Wear store at https://needhamhigh2018-19apparel.itemorder.com/sale?read_message=true

The store will be open until October 17!

Please join members of the staff, student body, and community on tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in the Newman auditorium for the premiere of  the documentary METCO: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow.  The film tells the story of METCO in Needham through the eyes of staff, parents, and students, it will also be followed by a panel discussion.

THE PTC’s LARGEST FUNDRAISER NEEDS YOU!

Anyone who can give a bit of their of time, please sign up to assist at the craft fair (and get in free!) by visiting SignUpGenius at:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C054FA4A92FA75-needham

We still need bakers! Put your kitchen talents to work for NHS and sign up directly using SignUpGenius at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e49afa82ba5fc1-bakers 

THANK YOU from the 2018 Needham Craft Fair committee!

Monday, October 15

On this day in history, in 1965 – The Beatles played to nearly 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City, an event later regarded as the birth of stadium rock.

Please join members of the staff, student body, and community on Wednesday, October 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the Newman auditorium for the premiere of  the documentary METCO: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow.  The film tells the story of METCO in Needham through the eyes of staff, parents, and students, it will also be followed by a panel discussion.

Students Acting to Make a Difference (SAMD) proudly presents "The Wedding Singer".  Proceeds from all performances will benefit Unchained at Last. The performances will be held Friday, October 26, 7:00 PM; Saturday, October  27, 7 PM; Sunday, October 28: 2 PM at Newman Auditorium. Please see or e-mail Betsey Pratt for more information; betsey_pratt@needham.k12.ma.us

The Needham High School Anime Club will be meeting at the Needham Public Library in the Community Room after school on both Mondays and Wednesdays. Come by, say hi, and grab a free cookie!


Friday, October 12

On this day in history, in 1892 – The Pledge of Allegiance was first recited by students in many US public schools, as part of a celebration marking the 400th anniversary of Columbus's voyage.

 Athletics is excited to announcement the first ever Unified Basketball home game today at 3:45pm in A Gym.  Come out and support your fellow classmates as the Rockets take on Framingham!!

Check out the K-Pop Club! Have fun and dance with them on Friday mornings at 7:45 in the dance studio.


Thursday, 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.

The Ski Team is meeting on Thursday 10/18 at 3:30 pm in room 728. There will be a sign up for the season and other information about the team. Come and hear about the team!

Show your NHS spirit and check out the online Spirit Wear store at https://needhamhigh2018-19apparel.itemorder.com/sale?read_message=true

The store will be open until October 17!


Wednesday, 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.

Ms. Coughlin's Period D Environmental Science class will be held in the classroom on Thursday morning, not at Nahanton Park, due to the forecasted heavy rain.


Tuesday, October 9

On this day in 1916, Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland University 222–0 in the most lopsided college football game in American history.


Friday, October 5

On this day in history, in 1921, the World Series was the first to be broadcast on radio.

Attention 11th graders, if you want to take the PSAT’s on October 13th  and haven’t signed up yet, today is the last day to register on MySchoolBucks.

Just a reminder that the 5th Quarter will be held in the B Gym after the football game tonight. It's free and open to all NHS students.  5th Quarter includes pizza, drinks, snacks, music, ping pong, basketball, prizes and a chance to meet up with friends after the game. Go Rockets!

Do you want to perform at the NHS bonfire? Fill out this google form and send us a short video of you or your group doing a song to <leb211@students.needham.k12.ma.us> We can't wait to showcase the musical talent we have Needham High School!


Thursday, October 4

On this day in history, in 2006 – WikiLeaks was launched.

Show your NHS spirit and check out the online Spirit Wear store at https://needhamhigh2018-19apparel.itemorder.com/sale?read_message=true

The store will be open until October 17!

Tomorrow is the last day to register for the PSAT on MySchoolBucks.


Wednesday, October 3

On this day in history, in 1863 – The last Thursday in November was designated as Thanksgiving Day by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

Show your NHS spirit and check out the online Spirit Wear store at https://needhamhigh2018-19apparel.itemorder.com/sale?read_message=true

The store will be open until October 17!

The Math Olympiad Exam Level 1 will be held on October 18th. Interested students should get permission forms from their Math teacher or Mrs. Garner in Room 223. Permission forms are due tomorrow!

Seniors, your Cap and Gown payment is due on Friday. You can bring $25 in cash or check to the cafeteria on Friday from 8:30-9:45. You can also pay on MySchoolBucks.


Tuesday, October 2

On this day in history, in 1789 – The 1st United States Congress adjourned.

The Math Olympiad Exam Level 1 will be held on October 18th. Interested students should get permission forms from their Math teacher or Mrs. Garner in Room 223. Permission forms are due to Mrs. Garner by October 4.

Seniors, your Cap and Gown payment is due on Friday. You can bring $25 in cash or check to the cafeteria on Friday from 8:30-9:45. You can also pay on MySchoolBucks.


Monday, October 1

On this day in history, in 1890 – Yosemite National Park was established by the U.S. Congress.

And a year later on this day, in 1891 – Stanford University opened its doors in California.

And some more trivia for you - in 1957,  In God we trust made its first appearance on U.S. paper currency.

The Math Olympiad Exam Level 1 will be held on October 18th. Interested students should get permission forms from their Math teacher or Mrs. Garner in Room 223. Permission forms are due to Mrs. Garner by October 4.

The PSAT will take place at Needham High School on Saturday, October 13th. The cost of the test is $26, and students can register online through MySchoolBucks until October 5th.

Thursday, September 27

On this day in history, in 1998 – The Google internet search engine retroactively claimed this date as its birthday.

SALSA is holding a makeup training session tomorrow morning at 7:30 AM in  Room 728B. If you are planning to go on any of the Pollard field trips this year to 8th grade health classes be sure to attend this session. There will be food!

If you are interested in learning more about Dreamfar - high school marathon training program - come to Guidance today at 2:45.  If you can't attend contact Ms. Welch, Tom Cohen or Anna Garf for more info.

If you're looking for something to do over school vacation, to visit a new country, or to make a positive difference in the world, come to School the World's information session tonight at 7 pm in the media center and consider joining a service project in Guatemala! Hope to see you there!

Attention 11th graders! The PSAT will take place at Needham High School on Saturday, October 13th. The cost of the test is $26, and students can register online through MySchoolBucks or in person. Online registration is open now and will remain open until October 5th. For those who prefer to sign-up in person, we will be holding after school registration sessions on Monday 9-24, Tuesday 9/25, Wednesday 9/26, and Thursday 9/27 from 2:40-3:10 pm in the cafeteria expansion. . Please pick up a short registration form, which is available in guidance, and turn it in along with your payment at one of these after school sessions. The Guidance Department will NOT be accepting payment.


Wednesday, September 26

On this day in history, in 1983 – Australia II won the America's Cup, ending the New York Yacht Club's 132-year domination of the race.

Speaking of domination, a huge shout out to the Needham Girls Swimming & Diving Team for beating Newton North last night after 7 years of losses. Way to go girls!

Students, please check your emails for a survey link in order to make your voices and ideas heard about the upcoming school spirit events.

The NHS Writing Center is now open!! If you need help on any writing assignment for any subject, please come to Room 719 after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays.  Peer tutors will be available to help you with your writing. See you at the Writing Center in Room 719.

SALSA is holding a makeup training session this Friday at 7:30 AM in  Room 728B. If you are planning to go on any of the Pollard field trips this year to 8th grade health classes be sure to attend this session. There will be food!

If you are interested in learning more about Dreamfar - high school marathon training program - come to Guidance TOMORROW at 2:45.  If you can't attend contact Ms. Welch, Tom Cohen or Anna Garf for more info.

Do you like watching movies and television? Are you interested in the process of how they are made, or just want to watch more? If so, please come to the first film club meeting of the year TOMORROW morning at 7:30 in room 409a!

If you're looking for something to do over school vacation, to visit a new country, or to make a positive difference in the world, come to School the World's information session TOMORROW at 7 pm in the media center and consider joining a service project in Guatemala! Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, September 25

On this day in history, in 1974 – Dr. Frank Jobe performed the first ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery (better known as Tommy John surgery) on baseball player Tommy John.

Congratulations to the winners of the 9th Grade Student Council Elections.

President - Nikita Patel

Vice President - Lily Ramras

Treasurer - Arya Mishra

Secretary - Hannah Keselman

Don't forget to vote tomorrow for the final 4 Student Council Positions.

Speaking of voting, TODAY  is national Voter Registration Day, and the League of Women Voters will be holding a registration drive in the cafeteria during homeroom.  If you are 16 years old, you are eligible to register.  Please bring your driver’s license or the last four digits of your social security number with you to the cafeteria.

The Speech and Debate Team will meet after school today and going forward in Room

728 B. Evening practices continue in 400s.

SALSA is holding a makeup training session this Friday at 7:30 AM in  Room 728B. If you are planning to go on any of the Pollard field trips this year to 8th grade health classes be sure to attend this session. There will be food!

French Club is having its first meeting tomorrow (9/26), at 7:30 am in room 414. We socialize, have breakfasts, plan field trips, and organize French Night. All are welcome, you don't need to know French, and we hope to see you at our first meeting!

Attention 11th graders! The PSAT will take place at Needham High School on Saturday, October 13th. The cost of the test is $26, and students can register online through MySchoolBucks or in person. Online registration is open now and will remain open until October 5th. For those who prefer to sign-up in person, we will be holding after school registration sessions on Monday 9-24, Tuesday 9/25, Wednesday 9/26, and Thursday 9/27 from 2:40-3:10 pm in the cafeteria expansion. . Please pick up a short registration form, which is available in guidance, and turn it in along with your payment at one of these after school sessions. The Guidance Department will NOT be accepting payment.


Monday, September 24

On this day in history, in 1806 – Lewis and Clark returned to St. Louis after exploring the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

If you're looking for something to do over school vacation, to visit a new country, or to make a positive difference in the world, come to School the World's information session on Thursday, September 27th at 7pm in the media center and consider joining a service project in Guatemala! Hope to see you there!

Attention Club advisors and leaders - you may reserve a table for the Oracle. Attached is the Google Form for you to request a table. Please coordinate so that only one form is submitted per club. Thanks!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScck25xyzcNCncet90Ck8f5UaUydmwzpmIgjaCDcPaan3a6XQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Attention 11th graders! The PSAT will take place at Needham High School on Saturday, October 13th. The cost of the test is $26, and students can register online through MySchoolBucks or in person. Online registration is open now and will remain open until October 5th. For those who prefer to sign-up in person, we will be holding after school registration sessions on Monday 9-24, Tuesday 9/25, Wednesday 9/26, and Thursday 9/27 from 2:40-3:10 pm in the cafeteria expansion. . Please pick up a short registration form, which is available in guidance, and turn it in along with your payment at one of these after school sessions. The Guidance Department will NOT be accepting payment.


Thursday, September 20

On this day in history, in 2011 – The United States military ended its "Don't ask, don't tell" policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time.

Today’s Speech, Debate and Congress practice will meet after school in the 420’s hallway. There will also be Speech and Congress only practice  at 6:30 PM tonight  in the 420’s hallway. It is only necessary  to come to one meeting.

Attention Club advisors and leaders - you may now reserve a table for the Oracle. Attached is the Google Form for you to request a table. Please coordinate so that only one form is submitted per club. Thanks!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScck25xyzcNCncet90Ck8f5UaUydmwzpmIgjaCDcPaan3a6XQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Attention 11th graders! The PSAT will take place at Needham High School on Saturday, October 13th. The cost of the test is $26, and students can register online through MySchoolBucks or in person. Online registration is open now and will remain open until October 5th. For those who prefer to sign-up in person, we will be holding after school registration sessions on Monday 9-24, Tuesday 9/25, Wednesday 9/26, and Thursday 9/27 from 2:40-3:10 pm in the cafeteria expansion. . Please pick up a short registration form, which is available is guidance, and turn it in along with your payment at one of these after school sessions. The guidance Department will NOT be accepting payment.


Tuesday, September 18

On this day in history, in 1948 – Margaret Chase Smith of Maine became the first woman elected to the United States Senate without completing another senator's term.

Attention 11th graders! The PSAT will take place at Needham High School on Saturday, October 13th. The cost of the test is $26, and students can register online through MySchoolBucks or in person. Online registration is open now and will remain open until October 5th. For those who prefer to sign-up in person, we will be holding after school registration sessions on Monday 9-24, Tuesday 9/25, Wednesday 9/26, and Thursday 9/27 from 2:40-3:10 pm in the cafeteria expansion. . Please pick up a short registration form, which is available is guidance, and turn it in along with your payment at one of these after school sessions. The guidance Department will NOT be accepting payment.

Thank you to everyone who completed the Class Information Quizzes after the Class Meeting assemblies earlier this month.  Everyone who completed the quiz was entered into a chance to win Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts gifts cards, and the following students won:

Freshmen: Megan Allen & Annie McDonald

Sophomores: Dan Milligan & Elinor Wilson

Juniors: Matthew Peljovich & Andrew Li

Seniors: Isabel Ludlow & Alice Blake

Winners please come to the Grade Level Office to pick up your prize!

Robotics Club will meet today after school instead of this evening.

Join the Model United Nations / Congress, a club where we take on the roles of different congresspeople, Senators, and U.N representatives and discuss issues and draft resolutions to fix them. You don’t have to be a foreign relations expert to join, people of all levels of knowledge and experience are welcome!  The club is meeting in room 423 after school today. If you have any questions, please ask Mr. Ames, Mr. Starr, or the club's President, Zachary Packard.

Monday, September 17

On this day in history, in 1630, the city of Boston, Massachusetts was founded.

Needham High School's art and literary magazine, Even a Rag Like This, is having their first meeting today after school in room 730. If you like art or writing, or if you want to be on the staff, stop by! Your art or writing could also be featured in the magazine if you submit it to evenaraglikethis@gmail.com. 

Attention musicians! If you're looking for an impactful way to get your community service hours completed, there is a volunteering opportunity for you. If bringing music or other performance art to senior centers and nursing homes is something that interests you, contact NHS Senior Aisha Tipnis at alt191@students.needham.k12.ma.us for more information.

Robotics club will meet Tuesday after school instead of the evening this week because of the holiday.

Are you interested in current events, politics, international relations, or even just playing the role of other people and having fun discussions with your friends? Join the Model United Nations / Congress, a club where we take on the roles of different congresspeople, Senators, and U.N representatives and discuss issues and draft resolutions to fix them. You don’t have to be a foreign relations expert to join, people of all levels of knowledge and experience are welcome!  The club meets in room 423 after school this Tuesday. If you have any questions, you can ask Mr. Ames, Mr. Starr, or the club's President, Zachary Packard.

Congratulations to the speech and debate team. At Yale University last weekend junior Zachary Lu was 17th in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Thirty-one states attended the tournament.

If you're looking for something to do over school vacation, to visit a new country, or to make a positive difference in the world, come to School the World's information session on Thursday, September 27th at 7pm in the media center and consider joining a service project in Guatemala! Hope to see you there!


Friday, September 14

On this day in history, in 1966 – The Metropolitan Opera House opens at Lincoln Center in New York City with the world premiere of Samuel Barber's opera Antony and Cleopatra.

Bomb Squad practice is today after school at 2:45 PM in the Cafe and those who want to join are more than welcome!


Thursday, September 13

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 Library will be closed after school today for maintenance.  Please plan accordingly.

Attention seniors: If you are planning on picking up your parking permits today or tomorrow, you may do so before and after school and during your lunch blocks. Also, please check your Schoogle accounts for a very important e-mail from Mr. Ford. PLease note that the upper upper lot is for STAFF only! THe student lot is the Lower Upper lot.

Bomb Squad practice is tomorrow (Friday) after school at 2:45 PM in the Cafe and those who want to join are more than welcome!

The Athletic Department is excited to announce they are going to be starting a Unified Basketball Team this fall.  Anyone interested in learning more about it, there will be an informational meeting TODAY after school in room 803.

If you are interested in computer programming and want to work on fun projects, or just want to learn more, come to programming club after school on Wednesdays in the Da Vinci Workshop (room 101).


Wednesday, September 12

On this day in history, in 1984 – Dwight Gooden set the baseball record for strikeouts in a season by a rookie with 246, previously set by Herb Score in 1954. Gooden's 276 strikeouts that season, pitched in 218 innings, set the current record.

A reminder that the lunch schedule is changing as of TODAY. FIne Arts will now have FIRST lunch and ENGLISH will have third.

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

Habitat for Humanity is having its first meeting this Thursday (9/13), at 7:30 am in room 813. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home. All are welcome and we hope to see many of you there to kick start an awesome new year!

The Athletic Department is excited to announce they are going to be starting a Unified Basketball Team this fall.  Anyone interested in learning more about it, there will be an informational meeting on Thursday after school in room 803.

Do you like to talk? Do you want to improve your arguing or performing skills... and get a trophy or two while you’re at it? Come join members of the nationally-recognized Needham High School Speech & Debate team for an informational meeting today or tomorrow after school in room 423! They’re looking to recruit new members, answer questions, and give you a taste of what speech & debate is like. There’s no commitment-- if you’re curious, or just want a piece of candy, stop by!


Tuesday, September 11

On this day in history, in 2001,The September 11 attacks, a series of coordinated suicide attacks killing 2,996 people using four aircraft hijacked by 19 members of al-Qaeda. Two aircraft crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, a third crashed into The Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, and a fourth into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Do you like to talk? Do you want to improve your arguing or performing skills... and get a trophy or two while you’re at it? Come join members of the nationally-recognized Needham High School Speech & Debate team for an informational meeting Wednesday or Thursday after school in room 423! They’re looking to recruit new members, answer questions, and give you a taste of what speech & debate is like. There’s no commitment-- if you’re curious, or just want a piece of candy, stop by!

If you're looking for something to do over school vacation, to visit a new country, or to make a positive difference in the world, come to School the World's information session on Thursday, September 27th at 7 pm in the media center and consider joining a service project in Guatemala! Hope to see you there!


Friday, September 7

On this day in history, in 1916 – US federal employees won the right to Workers' compensation by Federal Employers Liability Act (39 Stat. 742; 5 U.S.C. 751)

Fermata Nowhere, Needham High School's all female, non-audition a capella group is holding an informational session today in room 719 from 2:45 to 3pm.

MBTA Student T passes are in! If you would like a discounted MBTA pass, please see Ms. Ofer in the main office.

The Rockets are taking on Natick tonight under the lights at Memorial Field. Come to cheer on Needham High Football!

Go ROCKETS!!


Thursday, September 6

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

Planners will be available today at lunchtime. You can pick the planners up at lunch, a study, or after school.

If you are interested in learning new things, meeting new people, and exploring new horizons, you should join the Robotics Club! The Robotics Club builds robots to compete in competitions with surrounding towns. No prior experience is necessary and there is a task for everyone, whether it be coding, building, writing, or designing. Come to room 101, the Da Vinci Workshop, after school TODAY!

Calling all techies! Calling all builders, and artists and those who want to help SAMD (Students Acting to Make a Difference) put on a show. We are now looking for help with the set build for The Wedding Singer. Our first build date is today from 4:30-7 at Newman. All are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Fermata Nowhere, Needham High School's all female, non-audition a capella group is holding an informational session tomorrow (Friday), in room 719 from 2:45 to 3pm.


Wednesday, September 5

On this day in history, in 1998 – Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University.

ATTENTION: Student planners are sold out. We should have more on Thursday or Friday. I will make an announcement when they are back on sale.

If you are interested in learning new things, meeting new people, and exploring new horizons, you should join the Robotics Club! The Robotics Club builds robots to compete in competitions with surrounding towns. No prior experience is necessary and there is a task for everyone, whether it be coding, building, writing, or designing. Come to room 101, the Da Vinci Workshop, after school on Thursday, September 6th.

Looking for anyone who’s interested in sailing in Boston! Join fall sailing if you want to  try it. We take the trains into Boston Tuesday - Thursday. o sailing experience needed!

For anyone interested in joining come to room 216 today at 2:40!

Tuesday, September 4

On this day in history, in 1960 – Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) won the gold medal in the light heavyweight boxing competition at the Olympic Games in Rome.

Fermata Nowhere, Needham High School's all female, non-audition a capella group is holding an informational session this Friday, in room 719 from 2:45 to 3pm.