New NHS Musical Dates

The NHS Musical, Into the Woods, is moving from November 2017 back to its original performance slot in March 2018. Student Athletes who had held out of Fall Sports in order to audition will be welcomed back to their teams – they should contact Ms. Dupre as soon as possible! Please stay tuned for more information about fall theater activities.

Friends of NHS Theater Meeting



The first meeting of Friends of NHS Theater will be on Tuesday, 9/26, at 7:00 in the Black Box Theater.

FoNHST is the booster club for NHS Theater. They support all theater at the high school by raising funds, volunteering, and developing community connections. All interested people are welcome. Help make the 2017-2018 the best theater year ever!

Weekly Planner

Week of September 7 – September 13

Thurs. Sept 7: NHS Open House, 6:30pm

Fri. Sept. 8: First meeting of Caught Off Guard, the NHS theater education troupe, 2-4, in the community room. MORE INFO

Mon. Sept. 11: Information meeting on the Devil’s Den, NHS Athletics’ spirit group, 2pm, auditorium

Mon. Sept 11: First meeting of the Environmental Club, after school in room 306

Mon. Sept. 11: Kosher Food Club Kickoff, 2:15 pm in room G14

Sept. 11-15: Auditions for Into the Woods MORE INFO

Tues. Sept. 12: First PTO Meeting, 7 pm, NHS Library. Guest speaker: Principal Bryan Lombardi

Tues. Sept. 12: Meeting of students interested in joining the NHS Debate Team/Club, after school, in room 314

Thurs. Sept. 14: Senior Parents Night, 6:30pm, NHS Little Theater (Guidance counselors discuss the senior year and the college application process)

Sept. 15 – Sept. 26: Individual Senior Meetings, times TBA, Guidance Counselor’s Office

Sat. Sept. 16: Happier FAMILY Comedy Show: Monthly family-friendly improv comedy show, best for 5-12 year olds and their adults from 3-4 pm at The Eric Carle Museum (125 West Bay Rd., Amherst). For more info:

College Visit Calendar
University of New Hampshire: Mon. Sept. 11, 11am – 11:30am
Carnegie Mellon University: Tues. Sept. 12 (check with guidance for time)
Mt. Ida College: Tues. Sept. 12, 8:30am – 9am
St. Anslem College: Tues, Sept. 12, 11am – 11:30am
Dean College: Wed, Sept. 13, 10am – 11am
Juniata College: Wed. Sept. 13, 1pm – 2pm
New England Institute of Technology: Thu. Sept. 14, 9:30am – 10am
University of Southern Vermont: Thu. Sept. 14, 10:15am – 11:15am

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

Northampton Athletic Booster Club (NABC) Mtg 2nd Monday of the month 6pm

Friends of NHS Theater

The Transcript
The NHS student news broadcast, The Transcript, is released every Friday morning (7:30am) at This year’s first episode of The Transcript will air on Friday, September 8. The Transcript is produced by NHS students through the technology department’s Communications and Media Production course.

School Council Candidates

During the Open House on Thursday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m., the Northampton High School PTO will conduct an election for parent/guardian candidates to fill four positions on the NHS School Council.

The statements from our four candidates are below. We will also accept write-in votes.

Dan Berger:

I am the parent of two children who have gone through the school system since kindergarten. I was on the Board of Sunnyside Child Care Center, involved with the PTO at Jackson Street School, and on the Board of the Northampton Education Foundation, and have volunteered at many school events. As an attorney, I feel I can bring some understanding of law and regulations, and from my work in the immigration field, I feel I have a good sense of the diversity of our community. In our practice, we represent many public and private schools, which has given me a greater understanding for their needs. I am very interested in finding ways to support NHS as budgets are tight – our children have benefited from many teachers and staff who have gone above and beyond.

Deb Denhart:

I am the parent of one NHS grad, 10th and 12th graders at NHS students and a 7th grader at JFK. Professionally, I work in urban Boston to support programs that help young people and families move beyond poverty. My interests in joining the School Council are twofold: to help all students access educational and enrichment opportunities that will challenge them and prepare them to positive experiences beyond high school, AND to promote and highlight the strengths and success of the NHS community (students, teachers, athletics, arts, etc) within the school and out to the larger community.

Kimm Quinlan:

I am interested in participating on the Northampton High School School Council. I am the parent of an NHS alumni and one student who is a junior at NHS this year. I have already served one term on the NHS School Council, and multiple terms at both JFK and Jackson St. on their Councils, as well as being part of the citywide group that helped to create District Improvement Plan. I would like to continue participating on the School Council to support Northampton High School administration and faculty to reflect on on-going issues at the high school as well as assisting to developing the School Improvement Plan.

Julie Starr:

I have great interest in serving on the School Council. We have lived in Northampton since 2006. In the 11 years that we have lived here, I have volunteered at the Jackson Street School as committee member and co-chair of the Green Gala Fundraiser 2008-2009, I also volunteered in the classroom weekly while my son attended JSS. I was involved with the grassroots movement in Northampton to seek an override to help offset a large budgetary shortfalls in 2008/2009. I most recently served as a board member at the Hampshire Regional YMCA from 2013-2016. I was a founding member of Maple + Main Realty, LLC, in Florence, MA when we opened our doors in March of 2013.  I continue to work there as a realtor (and blogger for our website). My husband is also a local business owner (Berkshire Natural, LLC). We both have deep ties to the Northampton community.

Since my tenure at the HRYCMA ended, I have been seeking volunteer work with personal meaning. One of the defining qualities of living in Northampton, is the rich parent/student community that I feel lucky to be a part of, as well as the community of Northampton as a whole. This is one of the main ideals my family was seeking when we moved here 11 years ago. The health and strength of our public schools is imperative to the health of our community as a whole. It draws people here, and it keeps people here. As a realtor who sells homes to newcomers to the valley (among other people), I can attest to the fact that the Northampton public schools are a draw for these families. As a parent of two children in the Northampton Public Schools, I understand the importance, first hand, of a strong public school system; as well as the importance of community involvement in maintaining and improving upon our schools. I would welcome the opportunity to lend my time, energy and skills to the School Council.  Thank you for your consideration.

Audition for Into the Woods

Audition for this year’s Musical: Into The Woods by Stephen Sondheim. For the first time we are presenting the show in November! Auditions are SEPT. 11 – 15. The signup list is on the Theater Bulletin Board by the Auditorium stage door. There is a place in this production for anyone who wants to be a part of it – Join us!

Outing Club

The Outing Club is for anyone (staff or students) who would like to go hiking or do other fun things outside. The club meets on Tuesdays after school in 224. We LOVE having new members so grab a friend and come help to plan our upcoming activities. Check out pictures from last year’s trips on our google site

College Application Essay Writing Workshop

The Hampshire County Smith Club is hosting a free workshop for area high school students on Monday, Sept 18, 7-8:30 pm in the Carroll Room at the Smith College Campus Center.

This informal workshop led by Deb Shaver, Dean of Admissions at Smith College, will provide useful information about choosing an essay topic, mistakes to avoid, writing tips, and how the essay fits into the college application process.

Registration is not required and admission is free.

The Feminist Collective

Men, women, and gender nonconforming people from all political backgrounds are invited to join The Feminist Collective at their first meeting. They will discuss feminism and language often used in women’s rights movements. Room 210 (Ms. Hale’s classroom), Thursday at 2pm.