NHS Principal Communications - October 6, 2022

Hello Clipper Families,

There is plenty happening here at the high school. Our Student Council ran their annual activities fair just over a week ago. We have well over 75% of our students participating in either a fall sport, the school play, or our music program. Outside of these programs, there are plenty of other extra-curricular options for students as well. Participation in an activity is a great way to connect with students across grade levels. In tonight’s message, I want to share some updates in the following areas:
  • Oct 12 – PSAT Day (gr. 10 – 11) and Gr. 9 College/Career and Community Activities
  • 1:1 Computer Device Program Planning
  • 2021-22 Athletics Recognition
  • School Council
Have a great night and Go Clippers!

PSAT -October 12

On the morning of October 12th, Newburyport High School will administer the PSAT/NMSQT to all sophomores and juniors during the school day.

Strengthening our College and Career Readiness program has been a priority, and over the past few years, we have increased student access to college level courses by expanding dual enrollment offerings and advanced placement courses. At our recent College and Career Fair, over 100 colleges, several branches of our military, and more than a dozen career and internship organizations were represented.

Having all sophomores and juniors take the PSAT will provide families valuable information on their child’s academic strengths and areas for growth as they relate to college and career readiness skills. Additionally, the results give the school access to actionable data that our teachers will use to improve instruction. As we continue to provide the PSAT to sophomores and juniors, the high school will be able to measure how any instructional changes have impacted student learning outside of the MCAS.

I am very appreciative of the School Council, School Committee, and NEF for the support and feedback they have provided as we continue to develop our academic/career pathways so all students leave NHS with a flexible post-secondary plan.

To accommodate for the testing on October 12th, grade 9 students will participate in college/career and wellness activities in the morning with our guidance and fitness departments. Seniors will be able to use the school day for college visits or register for extra help with their college and/or job applications.


1:1 Computer Device Program Planning

Here is a link that will provide a history of the process that has been followed to make a decision on the device NHS will move forward with for next school year. Based on pilots and work done by a team of teachers, it has been decided to focus a final decision on an Apple device. This decision was based on the following criteria:

  • Equitable–ensuring that every student has a robust and reliable device
  • Sustainable–investing in a 1:1 program that is sustainable financially and educationally
  • Visionary–designing a program and selecting a device that allows our students to meet the Portrait of a Graduate aims and our staff to continuously reimagine instruction

The final leg of our process will center on selecting the best Apple device for NHS. A team of teachers, students, parents, and community members will participate in the final decision and provide feedback on the roll-out and financing plans for a lease-to-own program.

If you would be interested in serving on this team, please email me at awulf@newburyport.k12.ma.us. The first meeting will be THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, FROM 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM.

2021-22 Athletics Recognition

Newburyport High School athletics has earned the Boston Globe Division 3 Dalton Award for the second consecutive year!

This award is given to the most successful high school athletic program in the state of Massachusetts. NHS has won two times in the 46-year history of this award. Just in case you missed it, here is the article from The Boston Globe about this recognition.

Congratulations to our athletes, coaches and Athletic Director Kyle Hodsdon for earning this great honor! Also noteworthy, our fall teams are right back at it with incredible records. Please see below.

     BOYS SOCCER: 11-0. CAL 1st Place

     GIRLS SOCCER: 10-1. CAL 1st Place

     VOLLEYBALL: 12-1. CAL 1st Place

     FIELD HOCKEY: 8-1-1. CAL 1st Place

     GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY: CAL 3-0 1st Place

     BOYS CROSS COUNTRY: CAL 3-0 1st Place

     GOLF: 11-3. CAL 2nd Place

     FOOTBALL: 2-2. CAL 2nd Place



I am excited to announce our members of this year's School Council. The parent representatives are Anya Brunnick, Stacy Gijsbers, Phoebe Longborg-Lewis, and Laurie Kench. The students part of the council are Riya Kaur, Emerson Leahy, Rourke Lee and Tuala Sullivan. Last, the teacher representatives are Jess Buchman, David Clay, Hillary Lynch, and Jill Moran. The first meeting of the school council is set for Tuesday, October 11 at 5:00 PM.