December 11, 2015
Dear NHS Parents and Students,
I wanted to reach out to let you know that I am so very proud to be a part of the Newtown community with such an incredibly caring staff, supportive parents, and highly respectful students. That being said, I know how difficult the coming days will be for everyone across the district, especially as we approach the 12/14 anniversary on Monday. I wanted to review our plans, which were outlined in a previous communication, but to assure you that the time will be organized as a regular high school day with a typical morning advisory. During our regular announcements and following the pledge, we will reflect on our December Acts of Kindness and the importance of our core beliefs, with a focus on empathy and resiliency. Our kindness tree is filling up at the high school! Our message on Monday is similar to last year, and some examples of acts of kindness will be read by a senior student. This will be followed by a special moment of silence.
We are prepared to provide support to students and staff, as needed. This will include paying careful attention to students who seem distressed or who may want to speak to a counselor, nurse, social worker, or school psychologist. The most important message is that everyone will support each other throughout the day – but to provide that level of care and compassion throughout the year.
Dr. Lorrie Rodrigue