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Superintendent’s Message...............................pg 4 Natick Schools Cabinet/ School Committee......pg 6 Student Awards.............................................. pg 7 Office of Teaching Learning and Innovation..... pg 8 Office of Student Services............................... pg 9 Natick By The Numbers................................. pg 10 PreSchool News............................................ pg 11 21st Century Classroom at Kennedy Middle School .............................................. pg 12 Natick Nurses.................................................pg 13 METCO...........................................................pg 13 News From Natick High School...................... pg 14 Response to Intervention (RTI).......................pg 15 Kennedy Building Project.............................. pg 17 Natick Athletics............................................. pg 18 STEM in the Classroom/ The Arts.................. pg 19 Senior Citizen Pass.................................Back Cover Special Education/504 Child Find Notices.....Back Cover

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November 2016 STEM in the Classroom Watch out, things could get messy! Messy in a good way, of course.   Last year the Massachusetts Department of Education adopted new Science standards based on the Next Generation Science Standards. As a result, teacher teams grades K–4 worked together to design and build hands-on, project-based learning opportunities for students to experience science in the classroom. Along with earth, physical, and life science units, each grade level will teach engineering or do a STEM challenge.  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), also known as STEAM (when you include the Arts) is a way of thinking and learning about science content through a problem-solving lens.  

going to help them solve the problem at hand. They need to record their thinking and share their findings with others so everyone can learn from each other.  In the intermediate grades, they require all the same skills. However, on the intermediate grade-level, the expectations are extended to push students towards noticing patterns in data, comparing results and creating models to communicate their findings.   Science at the elementary level may appear messy, but it is messy on purpose. High engagement and opportunities to explore real life problems will help light the fire for our future problem solvers of the world.

The skills of inquiry, experimentation, and design are critical to our revised units that are being piloted this year. Students question, observe, and test their hypotheses based on authentic problems they are trying to solve. Working through this process, while focused on a shared question, allows students to collaborate and get creative coming to conclusions in different ways. In the primary grades, we want our students to ask questions and make predictions as they identify the tools are

The Arts The arts allow students to express in a new language, a language that allows artist to engage both intellectually and emotionally: to communicate in ways that traditional language cannot allow.   Through the arts, students learn to communicate in and through specific art forms.  Our Fine and Performing Art students learn to create, to critically problem solve, to collaborate, and to communicate (The four C’s). These skills are not just soft skills they are necessary life and work skills that are invaluable.  The arts are unique in that they strongly offer learning experiences in each of the four C’s.

2015-16 Awards

For a full list of upcoming events this year, please visit www.natickps.org.

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21 Wilson Students Accepted to Eastern District Jr. Festival (2 Jazz Band, 2 Orchestra, 9 Concert Band, 8 Choir) Wilson Winds earns a Silver Medal at 2016 MICCA Concert Festival Wilson Jazz Band earns a Silver Medal at 2016 MAJE Festival Wilson Pops Chorus received an Excellent Rating and finished 1st in their division at Music in the Parks Festival Wilson Jazz Band received an Excellent Rating, finished 1st in their division, and was the #1 Overall MS Jazz Band at Music in the Parks Festival Wilson Winds received a Superior Rating, finished 1st in their division, and was the #1 Overall MS Concert Band at Music in the Parks Festival Wilson Sax Trio earns Silver Medal at MICCA Solo and Ensemble Competition Natick Choir finished 1st and 2nd place in our category at the Music in the Parks Festival in TN this weekend! They also won the 1st place overall award for all high school choirs in participation 19 High School Band and Choir students qualified for districts – three went on to All States High School Band and Choirs won Silver at MICCA 27 High School students became Adobe Dream-

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Nov 25, 26 - NHS Fall Musical – Into the Woods  - HS Auditorium 7:30pm Dec. 2- NHS Fall Musical – Into the Woods  - HS Auditorium 7:30pm Dec. 3 – NHS Fall Musical – Into the Woods  - HS Auditorium 3pm Dec. 6 – KMS 5&7 Choir Concert and Art Show – KMS 6:45pm Dec. 8 – KMS 6&8 Choir Concert and Art Show – KMS 6:45pm Dec. 9 – WMS Musical – WMS 7:30pm Dec. 10 – WMS Musical – WMS 7:30pm Dec. 11– WMS Musical – WMS 2pm Dec. 13 – KMS 5&7 Band– KMS 7pm Dec. 15 – KMS 6&8 Band– KMS 7pm Dec. 15 – NHS Choir Concert – UU Wellesley 7pm Dec. 16 - Ben Hem 4th Grade Chorus Concert – Ben Hem 8:30am Dec. 21 – Memorial 4th Grade Chorus Concert – Memorial 9am Dec. 22 – NHS Band Candlelight Concert – NHS 7:30pm Dec. 23 – NHS In School Holiday Concert – NHS 10 am Jan. 9 – Brown Gr. 4 Band Concert – Brown 7:45am Jan 19- WMS 5 Band & Choir Concert – WMS 9am Jan 19- WMS 7&8 Band & Choir Concert – WMS 7pm Jan 20- WMS 6 Band & Choir Concert – WMS 9am Jan 26 – Lilja 4th Grade Chorus – Lilja 8:45am

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