NHS Principal Communications - March 15, 2023

Hello Clipper Families,

March is definitely “in like a lion” and I’m not talking about the weather.  From our sports teams, visual and performing arts programs, an NCAA Tournament-like chess match, and student-run service opportunities, there is plenty for students to do and connect with peers outside of their coursework. 

Also spicing it up this week, our student council is running the yearly spring spirit week to bring some fun energy into the building.  Thank you to members of the council and advisor Ms. Holohan for organizing this fun week despite the disruptions due to the weather.

Below you will find updates in regards to:

  • Student recognitions and Accomplishments
  • Service Opportunities and Earning High School Credit Through Service
  • Early Summer Endicott College Course - CSC101 Introduction to Information and Computer Technology
  • Internship - Career – Job Fair (April 4th Clipper Block)
  • Opportunities for Students from the Counseling Department
  • Course Spotlight – Communication and Public Speaking Class

Go Clippers!


  • Alongside our athletic tournaments, we have other competitions our students have been participating in. 
  • Congratulations to Senior Tuala Sullivan who competed as a finalist in the state’s Poetry Out Loud Contest this past Sunday in Boston.  Her readings throughout the competition have been flawless and as a result, she finished second in the state. 
  • Also exciting, Senior Gavin Obey has been accepted to compete in Season 15 of American Ninja.  He’ll be flying down to the competition this spring.  Though we will not be allowed to know the results, we can all look forward to watching him when the season airs on TV. 
  • Last week was the culmination of a monthlong chess tournament.  Our library was packed after school to watch Max Parr and Caelan Twitchell go head-to-head.  It was a close match, but in the end, Max took the win.  Here are some pictures from the match.  Pic 1  Pic 2  Pic 3.  Thank you to Mr. Cole for taking on the advisory role and thank you to the NEF for sponsoring the Chess Club. 
  • Congratulations to all of our winter athletes on their successful seasons.  Though last week’s tournament games did not go our way, Boys and Girls Basketball and Hockey had stellar performances.  Also this past Saturday, many of our track athletes competed in the Nationals Meet.  With winter season officially in the books, we ow look forward to the spring program.
  • Don’t forget 2 weeks until opening night of Fiddler On The Roof.  Our actors, musicians, and tech students are making their final preparation to provide a stellar performance.  Be sure to check out the show on any of the following dates: March 31, April 1, April 7, April 8.





For the past few weeks, Nolan Smith has been working with ACES (Alliance of Climate and Environmental Stewards), to organize a Newburyport-wide beach cleanup on Plum Island.  This will happen on April 7th.  Here is the sign-up form.  Spring Cleanup-April 7th-Form

Also check-out the article, Newburyport High senior makes it a priority to share, regarding student Luke O’Brien for his Gear To Share program that has been in place for several years.  He demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit while fulfilling a need for the greater community.

Also coming up is MISSION SOX.  This collection is being organized by Isla and Jackson Devivo.  Bins will be set-up around the city to collect socks.  See the flyer to learn more about this need.


Earning High School Elective Credit Through Service

Reminder for every 75 hours of logged service hours, students earn 2.5 high school credits which is the equivalent of a semester course.



This link will share upcoming opportunities for our students.  This includes:

  • Upcoming College and Career Workshops,
  • A Free Course (1.25 credits) for Students/Parents/Teachers regarding the Well-Being of Teens, and
  • Mindfulness Sessions that will run during upcoming Clipper Blocks



CSC101 Introduction to Information and Computer Technology during the summer 2023. The course will run one night a week from the week of May 30, 2023 to the week of July 11, 2023. An Endicott College faculty member will teach the course. Students pay a $25 course registration fee to Endicott College on or before the first night of class.  Thank you to the NEF for subsidizing this dual enrollment opportunity for our students.  Please email Ms. Lauren Gee with any questions about the class.


CLASS SPOTLIGHT - Communication and Public Speaking Class

Recently, students who are part of Ms. Zaleski’s Communication and Public Speaking class engaged their younger peers in short stories at the Bresnahan School.  Students in this class work to develop their public speaking skill set. Students at all public speaking skill levels work collaboratively to improve this vital life skill whether preparing for classroom presentations, job/college interviews, and social situations where they may be called upon to make speeches.