Workshops on Vaping Facts

The Northampton Prevention Coalition and the Hampshire-Franklin Tobacco-Free Partnership are collaborating this year to offer workshops on vaping facts that parents, teachers, and students need to know. If you are interested in being added to the invite list for this training (date TBD) please email Ananda Lennox of the Northampton Prevention Coalition at alennox@northampton-k12.us.

The tobacco industry is targeting our youth. Massachusetts has experienced an increase in vaping (use of e-cigarettes or vape pens) by young people. It is important to realize that vape pens are not just another harmless fad, but that they usually contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance that is getting them hooked on these products. Nearly 24% of high-school-aged youth in Massachusetts report using e-cigarettes and almost 45% have used them at least once.

E-cigarettes or vape pens come in over 8,000 different flavors to better attract young people, and it’s working. Flavors are the leading reason that youth are using e-cigarettes, and the nicotine in these products leads to sustained use. In fact, more high school youth in Massachusetts are now using e-cigarettes than all other tobacco products combined, AND they are using them nine times more often than adults.

The tobacco industry has made these products sweet, cheap, and easy to get because they know that people who start using nicotine products in adolescence have a harder time quitting than people who start as adults.

Talk with your teenagers and pre-teens about vaping. Make sure they know that vaping is harmful and that nicotine is addictive and affects their brain development negatively, including increased risk for depression, mood disorders, or future drug addiction. For more information, visit GetOutraged.org.

 

Winter Sports


Information on Winter Sports registration is available on the NHS Athletics website.

*IMPORTANT* All students interested in playing a winter sport must attend, with one parent/guardian, the Winter Sports Meeting on Tue. Nov. 14 at 6pm in the auditorium.

Boys Basketball: Short preseason meeting for all boys planning on trying out this year in COACH HARP’S ROOM 115, Thursday, Nov. 9 at 2:15. Registration and tryout information will be covered.

Fencing: Join NHS Fencing. No experience required. Tues, Wed, Thurs 4-6 at the PVFA Center in Easthampton. Contact Inde Francis, Joe Sireci, and Casey Edmonds-Estes with questions.

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Club Information

 

NHS Environmental Club –
The Environmental Club will be hosting the following events:
Thur. November 9, 7 pm, NHS Library – Heat Smart Northampton Info Session, where parents can learn about alternative heating options that are less expensive and better for the environment.
Thur. November 16, 7 pm, NHS Black Box Theater – Screening of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth documentary.

Interact Club –
Do you want to earn some easy community service hours while having fun? Come to Interact Club’s next meeting on Thursday, November 9 in Ms. Woodruff’s room, 102, right after school! We’ll discuss upcoming opportunities to volunteer and plan our next event! If you have any questions, contact Alex Sylvester or Hayden Feldscher.

Robotics –
Please welcome, Kathy Keough, Math and Computer Science teacher, to the Devilbots Team who is joining as an advisor. PLEASE NOTE: an additional advisor is still needed, preferably someone with engineering and / or fabrication for building a robot.

Key Club –
The Key Club district board has set up a money collection jar for hurricane relief in the office. Please donate!

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Blue Devils Gear

The NHS Athletic Department has partnered with Holyoke Sporting Goods to host an online team store for your Blue Devils gear. Please check out this website: https://holyokesports.tuosystems.com/stores/holyokesports-nhs2017.

The current sale is open now and will close on November 10, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. Please share with your teams, classes, alum, or anyone who needs to replenish their Hampwear.

We will re-open this store for our Winter and Spring sports so if you don’t see Swimming or Lacrosse as an option, have no fear, they will appear.

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Weekly Planner

Week of November 2 – November 8

Thur. Nov 2: Last day to sign up for Ski Club

Fri. Nov. 3: Youth Conference MORE INFO

Sat. Nov. 4: City-wide recycling, Smith Voc, 9-noon, Recycle styrofoam, pumpkins, bikes and paper  MORE INFO

Tues. Nov. 7: Election Day, No School

Wed. Nov. 8: Robotics Club, 6:30pm MORE INFO

Thur. Nov. 9: Heat Smart Northampton Info Session, 7pm, NHS Library

Thur. Nov. 9: The National Honor Society is hosting the movie Moana. NHS auditorium at 7:00 pm. Entry fee fee is $3 for students/kids and $1 for parents. Snacks will be for sale!

Thur. Nov. 9:  The Pencil Bandits Liar’s Contest, 6-8pm, Parlor Room MORE INFO 

Fri. Nov. 10: Veterans Day Observed, No School

Tues. Nov. 14: Annual PTO Meeting

Thurs. Nov. 16: Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth film screening, 7pm, NHS Black Box Theater

Sat. Nov. 18: Let’s Dance! A night of dancing and celebration to support enrichment programs for people with intellectual disabilities. Gateway City Arts, Holyoke MORE INFO

Tues. Nov. 21: Yearbook due date for senior photos and baby pictures MORE INFO

Wed. Nov. 22: Thanksgiving Break – Half day

Thurs. Nov. 23-Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Break – No School


College Visit Calendar

Thurs. Nov. 2
Newbury College: 11am – 12pm
Ithaca College: 1pm – 2pm

Mon. Nov. 6
Westfield State University: 9am – 10pm

Wed. Nov. 8
Western New England University: 1pm – 1:30pm

Tues. Nov. 14
US Army and Army Reserves Recruiter: 10am – 11am

Wed. Nov. 15
Holyoke Community College: 10:15am – 11:15am
Castleton University: 1pm – 2pm

Tue. Nov. 21
Suffolk University: 11am – 12pm

Visit the Guidance College Visit Calendar for a full list of visits for the month.


Northampton High School Parent Teacher Organization (NHSPTO) monthly meeting, second Tuesday of the month in NHS Library, 7pm

FoNHST – The Friends of Northampton Theater booster club – meets every 4th Tuesday at 7pm in the black box theater at NHS.

Northampton Athletic Booster Club (NABC) Meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 6pm in the NHS Library.

Friends of NHS Theater
SAVE THE NHS MUSICAL
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The Transcript
The NHS student news broadcast, The Transcript, is released every Friday morning (7:30am) at www.nhstechnology.orgThe Transcript is produced by NHS students through the Technology Department’s Communications and Media Production course.

To submit information to Hamp Highlights, email nhsptonews@gmail.com

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Club Information

Robotics –
Please welcome, Kathy Keough, Math and Computer Science teacher, to the Devilbots Team who is joining as an advisor. PLEASE NOTE: an additional advisor is still needed, preferably someone with engineering and / or fabrication for building a robot. Next meeting — Wed. November 8, 6:30 pm.

NHS Environmental Club –
The Environmental Club will be hosting the following events:
Thur. November 9, 7 pm, NHS Library – Heat Smart Northampton Info Session
Thur. November 16, 7 pm, NHS Black Box Theater – Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth film screening

Key Club –
The Key Club district board has set up a money collection jar for hurricane relief in the office. Please donate!

Ski Club –
Students interested in participating in SKI CLUB (not the varsity team) should email kdupre@northampton-k12.us, call1-413-587-1356 or stop by Ms. Dupre’s office to submit their names and contact information. The deadline to do so is November 2. We need at least 30 students in order to run Ski Club.

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The Pencil Bandits Liar’s Contest

The Awesome Foundation – Northampton is sponsoring this FREE, fun event for teens: The Pencil Bandits Liar’s Contest, Thursday, November 9 from 6-8pm at the Parlor Room. [Remember, there is NO SCHOOL the next day.]  All are welcome. Team up with a friend, tell a story that’s true for one, a lie for the other.  Esteemed judges, JFK’s own Kate Parrott, Johnny Memphis and Melissa McClung, will award prizes including $50 cash, an iTunes card, candy or maybe an ugly trophy.  The Liar’s Contest will also celebrate the release of “The Castelli Curse,” Book 2 of the Pencil Bandits series by NHS senior, Henry Reade. Join the fun, tell a lie, win a prize.

More information –
Pencil Bandits website: https://www.pencilbandits.com/new-events/
FB : https://www.facebook.com/events/132390380741649/

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