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Superintendent's Newsletter 8.31.23

Posted Date: 8/31/23 (11:19 AM)


Family Newsletter   |  August 31, 2023


Dr. Jennifer O'Neill

Welcome Back Lancers! 

Welcome to the 2023 - 2024 school year! Earlier this week, Norton staff returned to work and have been busy with the final preparations to welcome our students back next week. As a reminder, the first days of school are: 

  • Tuesday, September 5th for students in Grades 1-12 

  • Wednesday, September 6th for Kindergarten

  • Thursday, September 7th for Little Lancers

As an educator, the beginning of the school year is always my favorite time of the year. It is filled with the promise of a clean slate, the opportunity to build new friendships, and to learn new things. I hope that your children are just as excited for the start of school and the possibilities that lay ahead! 

It is going to be a great year for Lancer Nation! 


Music Programming in Grades 4-8

We are pleased to announce that due to some staffing changes in the last few weeks, we were able to hire a 0.7 FTE music teacher for the H.A.Yelle school. Mr. Doug Dufresne will be providing general music classes to all students at the HAY along with instrumental lessons for students in Grade 5. With the hiring of Mr. Dufresne, Dr. Bianca will be working full time at Norton Middle School which preserves both the band and choral programs for grades 6-8. 

I know many students and families were upset with the reduction in music last spring because of our budget challenges and I appreciate their advocacy for this program. As a district, we made our music department a priority for funding that became available this summer and I am very happy that we are able to make this work for our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!

September Events

This month, we have a lot of great events happening across the district to kick off the school year on the right foot! Please add these events to your calendar and join us!

  • August 31st: 9th Grade Orientation at Norton High School, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

  • September 13th: HAY Curriculum Night 

    • Grade 4 @ 6:00pm

    • Grade 5 @  6:45pm

  • September 20th: JCS Curriculum Night

    • Little Lancers @ 5:00pm

    • Kindergarten/Grade 1 @ 6:00pm

    • Grades 2 & 3 @ 6:45pm 

  • September 20th: LGN Curriculum Night

    • Kindergarten/Grade 1 @ 6:00pm

    • Grades 2 & 3 @ 6:45pm 

  • September 21st: Norton High School Meet the Teachers Night, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

  • September 28th: Norton Middle School Meet the Teachers Night

    • Grade 6: 5:45pm - 7:00pm

    • Grades 7 & 8: 6:45pm - 8:00pm 

  • September 29th: District Wide Early Release for Professional Development


Please join Norton Public School's Superintendent, Dr. Jennifer O'Neill, for coffee and conversation. Stop by to say hello, ask a question, or share your experiences and wishes for NPS. JC Solmonese Library, 9/15/23 9am-10am and HA Yelle Library, 9/26/23 4pm-5pm


NEED Fundraiser

On Saturday, September 9th Norton NEED will be hosting a family movie night at JCS! This event is guaranteed to be a great night for families and I encourage you to attend. NEED is an extremely generous donor to NPS and since 2016 has provided $180,000 in grant funds to support enrichment programs and classroom extras. We are so grateful for all the work they do to support our school community!