Principal's Newsletter

  • Principal's Newsletter 10/18/20

    Posted by Principal on 10/18/2020

    October 18, 2020

    Hello NMRHS community,

    With our first month of school behind us, our staff and students have settled into this academic year and continue to make adjustments to ensure we maintain a safe, healthy, rigorous learning environment.  The flexibility and resiliency of our students has been inspiring, as has the dedication and creativity of our entire staff.  Despite the challenges that we’ve faced together, the NMRHS community has made every effort to stay united and work together in the spirit of what is best for our students.

    With that said, I’d like to publicly thank our parents and families for their patience and support over the first month as we navigate unique challenges associated with everything from disseminating information to all stakeholders, a virtual open house, hybrid and remote learning, and traffic patterns at pick up and drop off.  I also want to thank our teachers and support staff for creating and fostering such a positive, welcoming, safe learning environment where students can focus on their academics and social/emotional well-being in a socially-distanced setting.  Additionally, it’s clear that our facilities staff continues to keep our building clean and sanitized - diligently following a building-wide cleaning schedule and ensuring all sanitation stations are constantly replenished.  Lastly, I want to offer a special thank you to our students.  Regardless of grade level or cohort, our students continue to impress us with their ability to adjust to the many changes and obstacles that have surfaced this year.  In the end, the success of the school year thus far has undeniably been a team effort and we hope to continue this trend moving forward as we all need to work together to ensure the success of our students.

    Our shortened (and minimized) fall sports season is underway and all of our teams are wrapping up very successful weeks of competition.  This “first” season of the year is featuring boys and girls soccer, field hockey, cross country and golf.  Additionally, our volleyball team will begin informal workouts this week.  Please stay tuned for more information pertaining to athletics coming from Athletic Director Fisk in the coming weeks.

    A number of our clubs and organizations are finding creative ways to hold meetings (nearly entirely virtually) as a means of keeping students involved and looking ahead at possible events and/or fundraisers in the near future.  Faculty advisors are working with student leaders and club officers to explore the possibility of holding socially-distant events and community service projects.  For example, our Giving Tree has already connected with several community partners to ensure that the families in our district that need a little extra help during the holidays still get the opportunity to have a memorable holiday season.  Additionally, our student council and service learning groups are planning some possible community-based events in the coming weeks.  We hope to be sharing more of that info out to our entire district as it becomes available.

    Under the guidance of advisors Ms. Loren Messina and Mr. Michael Chew, our National Honor Society recently held its annual induction ceremony.  Taking a page out of our graduation ceremony last June, we held two small induction ceremonies on the turf field on the evening of October 5th.  The weather cooperated and our NHS student leaders did an amazing job of welcoming in all new inductees.

    Along with that, on Saturday, October 10th a dozen members of the North Middlesex chapter of the National Honor Society joined with volunteers of the Prudence Wright chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to spruce up the grave markers of veterans at the Pepperell and Walton Cemeteries.  All the volunteers were involved in weeding, trimming and/or raking around the flat markers of our servicemen and women.  The service opportunity for the chapter arose when the mother of an alumni member, herself a member of the DAR, contacted the advisers of the NHS to see if people were available to help.  The volunteers spent approximately two hours on a beautiful Saturday morning taking care of over 100 grave markers in the cemeteries adjoining the DAR chapter house in celebration of the 6th annual DAR Day of Service.  Thank you to all of our volunteers for serving your community in this way!

    This past Wednesday we held our annual PSATs for members of our junior class and, as part of a last minute change, we were able to offer SATs to any interested member of our senior class.  In total, we had nearly 300 students take advantage of this opportunity.  Kudos to all of our proctors that day as well.  Since it was a day of remote learning for all other students, we had to seek out the support of our district leaders to assist in proctoring.  As a result, building principals and assistant principals from our entire district, as well as members of our central administration staff, proctored the exams for our students.  It was a tremendous team effort.

    Speaking of standardized tests, what would an academic year be without a conversation around MCAS.  Though the state has yet to divulge definitive dates, we do know that MCAS exams will be happening this year beginning sometime around the end of January or the start of February.  I’ll be sending out a separate correspondence regarding MCAS sometime later next week.

    Just a quick reminder to all of our student drivers.  The parking lot is a very busy place each day from 7:00am-7:15 and 10:50-11:05.  In order to maintain the safety of staff, students, and parents, it’s critical that everyone demonstrate caution and maturity in the parking lot and surrounding roads.  Parking passes for students can be revoked at any time if proper driving expectations are not followed.  Additionally, contrary to popular belief, Proctor Road is not a raceway, so when exiting onto Proctor Road please be considerate of our neighbors and obey the posted speed limits.  Your cooperation on this is greatly appreciated.

    We have solidified dates and times with Lifetouch for picture retakes (for all cohorts).  I’ll send out that information in a separate email early next week as well as a Sign Up genius document for students that are either working fully remote or are participating in dual enrollment this year.

    To members of the class of 2021.  We fully understand how the emotions involved in both the demands of senior year coupled with the uncertainty of senior events can be overwhelming.  Please know that we have already booked the prom, we are working with the Scholarship Committee to ensure that fundraising efforts are not diminished, and we’ve already started to plan graduation.  Though I am not able to make guarantees about what the next few months bring, I can promise you that we are working hard behind the scenes to provide the class of 2021 the best of everything for senior year.  Along with that, we have a number of parents from the class of 2021 that have stepped up and are looking to do monthly “senior days” to recognize members of this year’s graduating class.  I’ll be emailing all members of the class of 2021 in a subsequent email in the next day or so to discuss information that is specific to our seniors.

    As we head deeper into the fall (and winter), we’re going to continue to ask for (and need) support from all stakeholders to ensure that we keep COVID out of the high school.  We’re doing everything we can to keep everyone safe and healthy during the school day and during our fairly limited extra curricular time on campus as well.  I would ask that parents, families, and students continue to make good decisions outside of school with regard to mask wearing, hand washing, and social distancing.  With the holidays around the corner, we fully understand that there’s an increased likelihood of social gatherings that bring larger groups together.  Please remember that we all have a shared responsibility and obligation to keep COVID out of our schools and if we hope to stay in a hybrid model (and possibly extend to full school days), then we all need to work together to mitigate the spread of COVID in our school community.

    Thank you and I wish all continued health and happiness.


    Tim McMahon
    North Middlesex Regional High School

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  • Principal's Newsletter - 02/14/2020

    Posted by Principal on 2/14/2020

    February 14, 2020

    Hello NMRHS Community,

    It’s hard to believe that the third quarter is nearly half over and spring is just around the corner!  

    As we approach our upcoming February vacation our NOLA group has departed for a week of service in New Orleans.  Mr. Sturm and Mrs. Connor have been working closely with the NOLA leaders to prepare the roughly 40 student volunteers that headed south for what will likely be an unforgettable week of volunteerism.  We wish them safe travels and know that they will represent our school with the utmost pride and create some lasting memories in the process.

    Last weekend, Mrs. Blake took 27 of choral students to a performance festival at Temple University in Philadelphia.  Our performers had an amazing experience and returned with some awesome stories regarding everything from working with, and getting feedback from, professional vocal coaches to touring the historical monuments of Philadelphia.

    Our girls indoor track team recently placed third in Division 1 at last Saturday’s 42nd annual Gerry Frew District E Indoor Invitational at Fitchburg High School.  In an excerpt from the Lowell Sun, “North Middlesex was led by the Nkwantah twins, who took the top two spots in the shot put. Senior Martina Nkwantah claimed the title with a throw of 36 feet, 3.5 inches. Catherine Nkwantah placed second with a best throw of 33-11.25. The Patriots also got a strong showing from sophomore Madison Lacreta, who placed third in the 55 hurdles in 9.13 seconds.”  Quite an impressive showing for all of those involved in this team effort.

    Our Program of Studies night will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at NMRHS.  The program will begin at 6pm in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) with a brief presentation from our guidance staff, followed by the formal programming in the gym where department chairs, teachers, counselors, and administrators will be available to answer questions and provide direction on course selections for next academic year.  Additionally, we will also be having our Junior Parent College Information Night on the night of February 27th. We will be hosting all parents/families of juniors in our Large Group Instruction room (LGI) that evening beginning around 6:30pm.

    There is going to be a Teen Job Fair at the Fitchburg-Leominister Boys & Girls Club on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 from 5:30-7:30.  This is open to all youth ages 16-24. There will be over 30 potential employers represented at the job fair and it is highly encouraged that all attendees should come dressed for success.  For more information, students are encouraged to connect with their respective guidance counselors.

    Senior Alison Roush has advanced to the Finalist stage in the National Merit Scholarship Program by “demonstrating through distinguished performance high potential for future academic accomplishment”.  This is a significant, national recognition and we are extremely proud of Alison for her continued diligence. We wish her the best of luck in the next phase of the National Merit Scholarship process and hope to share more positive news for her in the coming months.

    Just a friendly reminder from Officer Francis regarding morning and afternoon pick up/drop-offs.  Please don't pass school buses or vans when lights are blinking. The lights signal that students are exiting a vehicle.  It is unlawful to pass them during these times. Thanks so much for helping us keep our students safe.

    While standardized test scores are becoming more and more optional in the college admissions process, many colleges or specific majors within colleges still require students to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of the application. Colleges will accept scores from either of these exams, and some students may score higher on one or the other exam. The guidance counselors recommend that junior students take one SAT exam and one ACT exam and compare the scores. Colleges will accept scores from either exam (or both).  It is important to remember that test scores must be submitted directly from the testing organization in order to be considered official.    

    The ACT exam will take place on April 4th (registration deadline is February 28th), June 13th (registration deadline is May 8th), and July 18th (registration deadline is June 19th). To register for the ACT, visit the American College Testing site at

    The SAT exam will take place on May 2nd at North Middlesex, (registration deadline is April 3rd), and June 6th (registration deadline is May 8th). To register for the SAT, visit the College Board website at

    I want to personally acknowledge my appreciation for the many young men and women that have reached out to me as a means of creating a new sense of pride at our athletic events.  The entire administrative staff is incredibly proud of how our students have continued to not only communicate openly and positively with building leaders, but also how they have conducted themselves at extracurricular events.  Our students continue to impress me with their responsiveness, maturity, and willingness to grow. 

    I hope everyone has a healthy, restful vacation. 



    Tim McMahon


    North Middlesex Regional High School

    Important Dates/Events:

    Upcoming athletic events

    The calendar for all athletic events can be found at:


    2019-2020 League Champions:

    • Girls Indoor Track Team
    • Girls Ice Hockey Coop Team (Leominster)

    Winter Teams making the playoff push:

    • Girls Basketball needs 2 wins with 4 games left
    • Boys Ice Hockey needs 5 points with 4 games left

    Spring Sports Registration is OPEN:


    2/28 (Friday) Teacher Talent Show 6pm in the Performing Arts Center

    3/4 (Wednesday) 9am-10am Principal’s Coffee Hour, in the Principal’s Conference Room

    3/5 (Thursday) NHS Trivia Night

    3/24 & 3/25 (Tuesday & Wednesday) ELA MCAS 

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  • Principal's Newsletter - 01/15/20

    Posted by Principal on 1/15/2020

    January 15, 2020

    Hello NMRHS community,

    Seeing as how this is my first newsletter of 2020, I want to wish you all a happy new year.  I hope that the turning of the calendar is a positive turn for you and your families - especially for our senior class as we can officially start the countdown to graduation (only 142 days!!).

    The new year at NMRHS is off to a great start.  We are currently in the middle of midterm exams.  Our students have been amazing this week as they diligently prepare for their exams and prepare to jump to semester two starting next week.  Second-quarter report cards will be posted in Aspen on Wednesday, January 29th Midterm grades will likely be posted the following week. Should you have any trouble accessing your child’s grades in Aspen please connect with the appropriate guidance counselor.

    The scholarship foundation is seeking volunteers and officers for the 2020-2021 academic year.  At the conclusion of this year, three out of the four board members are finishing out their respective terms in office and the NMRS Scholarship Foundation will need a president, treasurer, and secretary.  This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved in a very meaningful organization that helps support so many of our graduating seniors. If you have any interest please connect with Sue Boswell (

    This week at NMRHS, we will be hosting the Central District of Massachusetts Festival Rehearsals.  Hundreds of students, from nearly 80 high schools, have earned the privilege to rehearse here with some of the most renowned conductors in the region.  We have 11 choir and 15 band students from NMRHS that will be representing our school at the Festival Concert this Saturday at Mechanics Hall. Best of luck to all of our performers and kudos to Mrs. Blake for putting all of this together.

    Our winter sports season is well underway and there’s still plenty of opportunities to come see a home game and cheer on our student-athletes.  We have reminded ALL students about appropriate behavior at school events, and our expectations are very clear. Inappropriate behavior and/or use of disrespectful and derogatory language will not be tolerated.  Students that fail to comply with these expectations are subject to removal from a school-sponsored event and run the risk of not being permitted to attend subsequent events.

    We are in the process of rearranging our staff parking area with the goal of providing more parking spots for students.  There’s currently a significant waiting list for student parking and we will continue to do our best to accommodate those students in the coming weeks.  Students will be informed of the additional availability of parking spots as soon as we have completed our configurations.

    The NM Giving Tree organization wrapped up a very successful holiday season by providing gifts and food baskets to dozens of families across our district.  A huge thank you to Ms. Carpenter and all of the selfless, hard-working students involved in the Giving Tree. These students worked tirelessly to ensure that so many children and families were able to celebrate the holiday season and enjoy such a special time of year.  The Giving Tree continues to grow each year and its success is a testament to the sense of community that we hope all of our students at NM continue to demonstrate.

    Yearbooks are on sale and we hope to have all orders placed by March 1st.  Should your student(s) want to purchase a 2020 yearbook they should connect with Ms. Carpenter in room 245 or via email at their earliest convenience.

    Lastly, we are proud to announce that three of our students were recently recognized for the essays they wrote for the Voice of Democracy competition sponsored by the Townsend VFW Post No. 6538 and the Pepperell VFW Post No. 3291. Those students were Paul Chase, Carly Shugrue, and Charles Misail.  It’s a great honor for our students and we hope to see a story about their efforts featured in the Nashoba Valley Voice in the near future.




    Tim McMahon


    North Middlesex Regional High School

    Important Dates/Events:

    Upcoming athletic events

    The calendar for all athletic events can be found at:

    1/22 Principal Dinner, 5-7pm in the Annex.  Sponsored by Student Council

    1/23 Game Night Fundraiser, 6-8pm in the Commons.  Sponsored by the Sophomore Class

    1/31 Souper Bowl, 2-8pm in the Commons.  Sponsored by NOLA

    2/5  Tri-M Benefit Concert, 7pm in the Performing Arts Center

    2/6  Junior Parent Info Night,  6:00pm in the PAC

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  • Principal's Newsletter - 11/21/19

    Posted by Principal on 11/21/2019

    Hello NMRHS community,

    Second-quarter is well underway and we are just about to wrap up our fall sports season.  The past few weeks have been busy ones here at NM and I think staff and students alike are looking forward to the Thanksgiving break!

    As we transition into the colder months it’s important to remind our students that, though the temperature in our building is well-regulated, they should dress accordingly and wear jackets to combat the cold weather.  Students have access to their lockers if they need to store their coats during the day. In the event that a student does not know how to access his/her locker, please advise them to connect with their respective guidance counselor.

    We recently had a couple of very meaningful events at NM that connected our staff and students with members of our greater Pepperell, Townsend, and Ashby communities.  On November 6th Mrs. Alysia Valoras came to NM and spoke with our students about mental health and adolescent stressors, and shared her powerful story of losing her child to suicide.  Her message was powerful and our students were a tremendously attentive, respectful, and engaged audience for her presentations. Additionally, that evening Steve Boczenowski spoke to a group of about 50 parents and community members about anxiety disorders among teenagers.  Again, it was a very informative and powerful presentation.

    We were also fortunate to host our annual Veteran’s Day breakfast on Friday, November 8th.  A number of local veterans attended the breakfast and chatted with our staff and students. Our student council, choir, and sign language students all contributed to making the breakfast a welcoming event, and our food service personnel put together an excellent buffet.

    We hosted all of our 8th-graders last Friday (11/15) for a morning of panel discussions, tours, trivia, and lunch.  Members of our National Honor Society and Student Council helped give tours of our campus and about a dozen of our juniors and seniors sat on a panel in which they were able to give our 8th-graders some candid information about their respective experiences at NMRHS.

    Last week, in partnership with the MIAA & Special Olympics of Massachusetts, North Middlesex was honored to host the 2019 Sectional Jamboree for Unified Basketball. We hosted teams from Ayer-Shirley, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton-Dunstable, Leominster, and Littleton.  We had a huge turnout with an awesome fan base. Kudos to Coaches Mike Buswell, Kim Jamieson, and Alizon Meikle.

     There are a few changes to this year’s academic calendar that we want to remind parents and students about.  Next week, November 25-27 is a bit different than previous years leading up to Thanksgiving. Both Monday and Tuesday (11/25 and 11/26) are full days for all high school students, while Wednesday (11/27) will be a half-day.  Also, there will be no late bus running at the high school next week.

    As we near the holidays we realize that many of our students and families can experience greater anxiety and stress than usual.  Please do not hesitate to connect with a member of our guidance and/or administrative staff should you have any concerns at all about your child(ren).  Our biggest priority is to help support our students and provide them with as many resources as possible to feel safe and be successful.

    We have a number of students to recognize in this month’s newsletter, so please take a moment to see all of the amazing things our students are doing to make us all proud.


    Student of the Month (NMRHS)

    Riley Maskalenko (12th grade)


    Fall Sports Mid-Wachusett League All-Stars

    Boys Cross Country:

    Roman DeLorenzo

    Girls Cross Country:

    Morgan Nesbit

    Lindsay Swartz

    Tessa Holloran

    Riley Maskalenko

    Annaliese Henneberg

    Field Hockey:

    Maggie Hackler

    Riley O’Brien

    Meghan McCarthy

    Stephanie Sutton-Brown


    Mark Thomas

    Nathan Zacharakis


    Michael Amari

    Nicholas Miller

    Sean Hayward

    Boys Soccer:

    Roody Clemetson

    Alban Baboci

    Cameron Frechette

    Girls Soccer:

    Allie Vazquez

    Martina Nkwantah

    Catherine Nkwantah

    Ally Sheehan

    Raelyn Callahan


    Dani Croft

    Sara Murphy

    Katie Kleeman


    The following students auditioned individually recently for the Central District of Massachusetts Choral & Instrumental Ensembles. Most schools in the state feel fortunate when 3 or 4 students total are accepted to the Concert Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Band, or Orchestra. North Middlesex Music students have once again proven mastery over high level repertoire as 11 vocalists (7 of these students* also received All-State recommendations) and 15 instrumentalists (11 of these students* also received All-State recommendations) were accepted to their respective performing groups. 


    Millie Chew                Brielle Deleve Catherine Kubick*     

    Katrina Lundeen*       Aaron Crouse Darius Daniels*

    William Doig              Chris Ellars* Aidan Morehouse*     

    Will Myers*                Aren Truex* 


    Mark Anderson *      Tim Coffey*       Ian Corn

    Taya Corn                 Andrew Gaskins* Melissa Genoter*   

    Thomas Giuffre        Amelia Koval*   Hannah Koval*

    Cole MacEwen*       Matt Resmini*     Sydney VanGilder   

    Austin Whitaker*      Jordan Whitaker Troy Wolf


    I am so very excited to announce that for the first time in many years (maybe the first time EVER) NM Varsity Cheer has been named the Fall MidWach League Champions!


    Upcoming events, activities, and fundraisers . . .

    Parent Coffee Hour, Thursday, November 20th, 4-5pm

    Coffee Hour will be held in the principal’s conference room

    Powder Puff Football game, Thursday, November 20th, 2:30-4:30pm, on the turf.

    Freshman will face off against the sophomores at 2:30, and the juniors will take on the seniors at 3:30pm.  Entry is $5 for students, $7 for adults.

    Mr. NM - Friday, November 22th, 6-9pm in the Performing Arts Center

    The annual “Mr. NM” event will be held this Friday in the performing arts center.  Our Giving Tree organization has organized this event with all proceeds going toward providing Christmas gifts to local families in need.  **This year’s Mr. NM will also receive two free prom tickets!!

    Garden Club Fundraiser

    Our Garden Club (led by junior Chris Serene) is doing a major fundraiser to enhance our outdoor classroom and community garden.  Here’s the link to the fundraiser:

    Thanksgiving Football Game, Wednesday, November 27th 6pm on the turf.

    Come out and support our football team for their final game of the season.

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  • Principal's Newsletter - 10/31/19

    Posted by Principal on 10/31/2019

    October 31, 2019

     Hello Parents and Families,

     It’s hard to believe that first quarter is already coming to an end and we’re turning the calendar to November.  We have had some great school community events lately and there are some exciting things coming up in the coming weeks.

     Last week was our Homecoming Week and it was a week filled with sporting events, fundraising, an amazing pasta dinner, a very impressive performance by our wind symphony, a huge win for our unified basketball team, the first win of the season for our football team, and a well-attended dance for our students.  Homecoming week demonstrated just how much pride our staff and students have at NM and there was a multitude of activities that were open to anyone and everyone. Staff and students embraced the variety of options during dress-up week and NM pride was on display everywhere you looked.

     We have recently increased efforts to reach out to our middle school students and families as a means of showing our current 8th-graders what they have to look forward to as they enter NMRHS in a few months.  We’ve been opening communication with our current middle school students and families through our recent 8th-grade open house as well as bringing some of our NM seniors to 8th-grade lunch to discuss activities and events at NMRHS.  Our 8th-graders will also be visiting NMRHS on the morning of Friday, November 15th as we take another opportunity to introduce the class of 2024 to the place where we hope to see them spend their next four years.

     At our school committee meeting this past Monday night we recognized Mrs. Amy Manchester - chemistry teacher - as Staff Member of the Month (September) and Danielle Stanton - sophomore - as Student of the Month.  I was fortunate that I was able to speak about both of them in front of the school committee and share the great things that made them such worthy recipients of this recognition.

     After looking over a number of different data points since the beginning of the school year, we will be instituting some interventions, and relevant punitive measures, for students that are accumulating excessive amounts of tardies.  Starting with the beginning of second quarter (Monday, November 4th), students and parents will be given notice when a student accrues 5 unexcused tardies. If/when a student reaches 10 unexcused tardies, in a quarter, he/she will be assigned a Saturday School session.  Saturday School will take place at NMRHS from 8am-12pm on a number of different Saturdays during the second quarter.

     MCAS scores from the 2018-2019 academic were recently released and, not surprisingly, students at NMRHS performed.  Our students scored at or above the state average in a majority of the tests, with the exception of some of the new math “next generation” test scores.    The baseline data we’ve gathered from these test scores will enable us to explore possible changes in the curriculum, appropriate academic interventions, and/or changes to instructional practices and priorities.

     I wanted to provide a couple of quick updates regarding next Wednesday's presentations.  

     Both of our presenters have compelling stories to share regarding the impact that mental health and suicide have had on their respective families.  Steve Boczenowksi and his wife are the founders of TADS (teenage anxiety depression solutions) as a means of helping teenagers and young adults deal with mental illness.  We are fortunate that we're able to have such honest, experienced presenters come to our school community in a forum like this.

     We hope that parents and families are able to attend next Wednesday evening's presentations.

     I’d also like to recognize a number of individual, group, and team achievements over the past few weeks at NM.

    • Roman Delorenzo - a senior on our Boys Cross Country team, ran a 17:32 5K to win the League Championship as an individual! He defeated everyone that essentially defeated him throughout the regular season!  Very deserving as he is one of NM’s hardest-working student-athletes! GO PATS! 
    • Volleyball - League Champions!! After a 16 win season, our 2019 League Champion Volleyball Team (#3 Seed with a first-round bye) will host the Winner of Medfield vs. Foxboro.
    • Girls cross country - League Champions!!
    • Marching Band - Congratulations to our amazing Marching Band & Guard for their performance at MICCA (Massachusetts) Finals. 5 stars in every category, gold medal, highest in their division!
    • Erik Dellasanta & Christy Kervin - two of our amazing staff members both completed marathons in the past month!!

    *** If there are any topics, issues, or events that you would like to have more information about please let me know and we will do everything we can to expand notifications for all stakeholders.

     My best,

    Tim McMahon


    North Middlesex Regional High School


     Important Dates/Events:

     Upcoming athletic events

    The calendar for all athletic events can be found at:

     11/4 Second Quarter Begins

     11/8 Veterans Breakfast - Friday, November 8th, 7:30am-9:00am in the Commons

     11/13 Principal’s Coffee Hour - 4:00-5:00pm in the principal’s conference room at NMRHS

     11/15 8th grade visit (and tours) to NMRHS, 9:00am-11:45am

     11/20 Powder Puff - Wednesday, November 20th, 5:00pm-7:00pm in the stadium

     11/22 Mr. NM - Friday, November 22nd, 6:00pm-9:00pm in the Performing Arts Center

     11/27 Thanksgiving Football Game, Wednesday, November 22nd, 6pm kick off.

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  • Principal's Newsletter - 10/3/19

    Posted by Principal on 10/3/2019

    October 3, 2019

     To Parents and Families:

    With a full month of school already behind us, I wanted to connect with everyone to recognize some achievements of our staff and students as well as provide a few updates on upcoming events.

    Our new FLEX period continues to evolve.  Teachers continue to assist all of our students with scheduling and offering academic support in all content areas.  In the coming weeks, we will be increasing our FLEX offerings and we will continue to gather feedback from staff and students to ensure that students have access to as many remediation and academic support opportunities as possible.

    MCAS scores from the 2018-2019 academic year have been released by the state.  Students and families can expect to receive formal notification of test scores within the next week via mail.  Detailed explanations on how to interpret and understand the scores will be included in the mailing. Should you have any questions or concerns please connect with your child’s guidance counselor.

    Late last month I was fortunate to be part of our first Faculty Senate in which a number of staff members came together to discuss some of our recent shared successes as well as address some of our current challenges.  We will continue to engage in these conversations on a monthly basis as a means of being transparent with our staff and maintaining open lines of communication with all of our teachers. Additionally, at our first School Improvement Council, I met with several parents to discuss everything from our current schedule to use of athletic fields.  We will continue this dialogue when we meet again next month.

    First-quarter progress reports will be available this Friday, October 4th.  Please be sure to log into Aspen in order to see the most up-to-date information regarding how your child is currently performing academically.  If you have questions or need clarification, regarding any grades please do not hesitate to connect with teachers.

    I also wanted to acknowledge Cross-country coach (and history teacher) Alexandra Piatelli on what has been a tremendous season thus far.  Recently our girls cross country team was featured in a flattering article detailing their collective hard work and determination this season.  Kudos to coach Piatelli and best of luck to our runners on what has already been a very successful season.

    Lastly, I will be hosting a “Principal’s Coffee Hour” here at the high school on the morning of Thursday, October 17th from 8-9am as a means of introducing myself to many of you that I have not yet had the opportunity to meet as well as discuss some of the amazing things we have going on here at NMRHS.  Please feel free to stop by that morning for a cup of coffee and some engaging conversations.


    My best,

    Timothy McMahon


    North Middlesex Regional High School


    Important Dates/Events:

    Upcoming athletic events

    The calendar for all athletic events can be found at:

    Scholarship Committee
    The scholarship committee is ready to "go live" with the Sign-Up Genius for the Fall Canning. 

    The first opportunity for NMRHS students to earn their point.  Seniors interested in earning points toward scholarships should check out the link below asap.

    Here is the link:

    10/5 Giving Tree Fundraiser, Saturday, October 5th at NMRHS from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

    10/8 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony 6:00-7:30pm

    Ceremony in the Performing Arts Center, reception to follow in the Commons.

    10/22 Tri-M Induction 7pm

    Ceremony in the Performing Arts Center.

    10/23 Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction, 5:00pm-7:30pm

    NOLA-sponsored fundraiser in the Commons at NMRHS!! Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. We hope to see everyone there! 

    10/23 Wind Symphony concert 7pm

    Performance in the Performing Arts Center.

    10/24 Eighth-grade Open House night 6-8pm

    An informational night for eighth-graders and their parents to get an in depth look into NMRHS.

    10/16 PSATs for all juniors

    The exam takes place during the school day at no cost to our juniors.

    10/24 Unified basketball 3:30pm

    Home opener for Unified basketball team in the gym.

    Homecoming Week 2019
    Monday, October 21

    • 3:30 J Football vs. Worcester South

    Tuesday, October 22

    • 5:30 JV Boys Soccer vs. Marlborough
    • 7:00 Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Marlborough

    Wednesday, October 23

    • 5:30 JV Field Hockey vs. Auburn
    • 7:00 Varsity Field Hockey vs Auburn

    Thursday, October 24

    • 5:30 JV Girls Soccer vs. Tyngsborough
    • 7:00 Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Tyngsborough

    Friday, October 25

    • 3:30 JV1 & JV2 Volleyball vs. Fitchburg
    • 5:00 Varsity Volleyball vs. Fitchburg
    • 7:00 Varsity Football vs. Hudson

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  • Principal's Newsletter - 9/16/19

    Posted by Principal on 9/16/2019

    To parents and families,

    It is my sincere honor to be sharing with you our first newsletter of the 2019-2020 school year. The first few weeks of the year have been tremendously positive on a number of levels.  Staff and students have had to deal with some significant transitions this fall and everyone has responded very well.  

    As we settle into a new school year, I wanted to share a few early highlights.  Our annual Patriot Pride Day was a rousing success featuring a staff/student barbeque, a pep rally, and a number of student-run activities on our backfields.  It was a wonderful way for our school community to come together and show off what Patriot pride really looks like.  

    Additionally, we are happy to report that we have now resumed a full schedule of home games for all of our teams this fall.  Our field hockey, boys and girls soccer, and football programs have all played home games on the new turf, and the large crowds at these events are truly helping establish a new sense of pride for our athletic teams.

    Our new FLEX block - though still a work in progress - has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on our students thus far and I am excited about the opportunities that will continue to sprout as a result of FLEX.  I want to offer special thanks to both Catelynn Hillman and Sarah Hancock - two teachers that have been the heart and soul of our FLEX block - for their organization, communication, and passion involved in helping ensure the efficacy of this aspect of our schedule.

    In staffing news, we are proud to announce that Spanish teacher, Jess Racioppi was recently recognized as the 2019 Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA) New Teacher Award for excellence in world language teaching.  This is a prestigious honor and we are excited that Ms. Racioppi will be representing NMRHS at this year’s MaFLA conference where language teachers across the state gather for a three-day conference to participate in a variety of workshops and sessions to improve their knowledge in best practices for WL teaching. On the last day of the conference, Saturday, October 26th, Ms. Racioppi will be accepting the New Teacher of Excellence Award.

    Finally, I am happy to recognize Alison Roush, a member of the class of 2020.  Alison has been named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist! This is a very distinguished recognition and we are extremely proud that one of our seniors has an opportunity to receive such a dubious award.  Congrats to Alison on all of her hard work and dedication. Best of luck!

    I have included a thorough list/updates of upcoming important dates that parents, families, and students should be aware of.  Please feel free to reach out should you have questions or concerns.  

    We will be connecting to all parents and families very soon to share information on our plan to establish a Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO) this year as a means of enhancing communication between all stakeholders and create a forum in which parents/guardians can have an active role in school-related activities and fundraisers.

    On a personal note, I want to thank the students, parents, families, community members, teachers, and all other stakeholders that have so warmly welcomed me into the NM family.  I am truly honored to be part of such an amazing community that values its school and students so passionately. I look forward to meeting and getting to know, you all in the coming weeks and months as we work toward providing all students at North Middlesex Regional High School with a rich, meaningful educational experience.


    My best,

    Timothy McMahon


    North Middlesex Regional High School

    Important Dates/Events:


    Upcoming athletic events

    The calendar for all athletic events can be found at:


    NM Merchandise

    A wide assortment of NM gear can be found at the link below.  It’s well worth a look!


    9/21 & 9/22 - NOLA Service Learning Fundraiser

    10am (both Saturday and Sunday) @NMRHS.

    Car wash and yard sale fundraiser to support students attending the annual NOLA service trip in February.


    9/25 Early Release

    Students are dismissed early.  Staff engage in professional development activities.


    10/3 Senior Parent Night 6pm - Performing Arts Center (PAC)


    10/16  PSATs

    PSAT’s will be administered to all juniors - at no cost - on Wednesday, October 16th, during the school day.  We have a limited number of tests available for sophomore students to take this year at a cost of $15.00. Any sophomores interested in taking the PSAT should see Mrs. Jamieson in the Guidance Office.  Payment is needed to secure a spot and sign-ups/test availability is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Upon signing up, a practice booklet will be provided.


    10/23  The North Middlesex Wind Symphony Fall concert 7:00pm.  

    They will be playing two masterworks for band in Gustav Holst's Second Suite in F and David Maslanka's Give Us This Day.  Admission is by donation.  We hope you can join us for a moving night of music making by our talented students!


    10/25 Homecoming Dance

    Dance is open to NMRHS students only.  Students must bring their NM school ID to enter.


    10/28 Women in Engineering and Computing Career Day Field Trip

    Email Mr. Dellasanta for details

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  • Principal's Newsletter - August 2019

    Posted by Principal on 8/14/2019

    August 2019

    Dear North Middlesex Families:

    On behalf of the faculty and staff of North Middlesex Regional High School, I would like to welcome back all of our students for another year of learning and growth.

    This year, our New Student / Freshman Orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 20th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.

    • New students, as well as the incoming freshman, should feel free to attend and get the feel of the school building and their lockers. Student Council members, as well as staff, will be on hand to answer questions from students and parents.

    I am excited to announce that we will be starting the school year with our 5th annual Patriot Pride event for all students during the afternoon on Thursday, August 29th. This event was conceived by a group of former high school students who felt that it was important to actively build a positive culture of pride at NM. The event will include a BBQ lunch, activities fair, class meetings, pep rally, and other class events. I would like to commend all the students and staff who have worked throughout the summer to make our 5th annual Patriot Pride event a reality.

    Important dates to remember:

    • Tuesday, August 20 ~ New Student/Freshman Orientation (6:00pm-7:00pm)
    • Tuesday, August 20 ~ Parking Permits: Class of 2020 (8:00am - 11am)
    • Tuesday, August 20 ~ Parking Permits: Class of 2020 (12:30pm - 2:30pm)
    • Wednesday, August 21 ~ Parking Permits: Class of 2021 (8:00am - 11am)
    • Wednesday, August 21 ~ Parking Permits: Class of 2021 (12:30pm - 2:30pm)
    • Thursday, August 22 ~ Parking Permits: All grades (9:00am - 9:45am)
    • Thursday, August 22 ~Parking Permits: All grades (9:45am - 10:30am)
    • Wednesday, August 28 ~ First day of school - All students / Grades 1-12
    • Thursday, August 29 ~ Patriot Pride Events
    • Friday, August 30th ~ No School - Labor Day Recess
    • Monday, September 2 ~ No School - Labor Day Recess
    • Thursday, September 5 ~ Student (ID) Photos / grades 9-12 (7:30am - 11:00am)
    • Friday, September 6 ~ Absentee student (ID) photos Grades 9-12 (8:00am)
    • Thursday, September 12 ~ Open House (6:00pm - 8:00pm)

    As always, we look forward to the upcoming school year with much enthusiasm as we strive to provide the best experience and opportunities for every student.

    Tim McMahon, Principal

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