NHS Principal Communications - November 29, 2022

Hello Clipper Families,

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday and weekend.  We ended last week with our Color Day rally and it was exciting to have our full student body together to celebrate eachother and participate in some friendly class competitions.  I’d also like to commend all of our student-athletes, band members, and our new cheer squad on their successful seasons.  Special kudos to our boys’ soccer team for winning the Division III state championship.

Alongside all of the happenings of the fall season, our theater students have been extremely busy preparing for their production of the show Tartuffe.  Opening night is this Thursday at 7:00 PM and the show will also take place Friday and Saturday nights at the same time. 

Below you will find other updates in the following areas:

  • Environmental Open House Dec 14 
  • School Council Update
  • Holiday Collections and Drives
  • Recognitions
  • Class Spotlight

Go Clippers!


In partnership with the Alliance of Climate and Environmental Stewards, we will host an Environmental Open House on December 14th during the Clipper Block period.  Like last year, students will be able to network with organizations and companies involved in the environmental field.  They will be able to learn about different programs for future internship and/or volunteer opportunities.  To inform students about the open house, our student run Action News is preparing a news segment highlighting projects students participated in from last year’s open house.

Click here to learn more about the open house and the ACES organization, which has been a great partner over the past few years. 


Here is a the summary from the November 15th School Council meeting.  Over the first 2 meetings, the team has reviewed and reflected on performance data relative to the high school in order to provide feedback on school improvement goals. In the summary, you will see the team’s input towards our school improvement plan. 


Food Drive to Support Newburyport Salvation Army Pantry: A bin will be available in the front entryway for collection of items.  Please click on the link above for more information on items in need.   Thank you to Joaquin Justiniano for organizing the drive.

Poems for Pettengill House – Creative Writing Class Fundraiser: This fundraiser offers participants an opportunity to send an original poem to a person of their choice while donating to a local organization.  The poetry will be written by students who are part of the Creative Writing at Night class and all proceeds will benefit the Pettengill House.


Congratulations to Cedar Schumacher and Evan Lagueux for passing auditions into the Northeastern Senior District jazz band and concert choir. These fine NHS musicians have the opportunity to perform with the best student musicians from over 70 area high schools in a concert this January.

I’d also like to congratulate the following students on the recent awards they have received. 

  • Avery Hocheiser and Riya Kaur received the National School Development Council Award for Academic Growth and Student Leadership in Learning.
  • Oliva Hansen has earned the Certificate of Academic Excellence from the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents.
  • Gabby Loughran received the Moynihan Lumber North Shore Student Athlete of the month.

Alongside our students, four of our fall coaches have been named “Coach of the Year.”

  • Shawn Bleau (Boys Soccer)
  • Kevin Sheridan (Girls Soccer)
  • Lori Solazzo (Volleyball)
  • Don Hennigar (Girls and Boys Cross Country)


Check out this picture of our Sailbot class in action.  Students made use of CAD software and our NEF sponsored laser cutter to design this mold for the hull of the boat that will be used in this year’s competition.  This class, along with Industrial Design, Computer Aided Design and Engineering in the 21st Century are great options for students exploring an interest in the manufacturing realm.