Friday, November 17, 2017


Spirit Week

It's spirit week at NHS and the first two days were quite a success! Student Council put a lot of thought into each day to make a creative and exciting week for our students and staff!

Eva Canino sporting the groufit!

Julia Mariano and Annie Gee in Redhawk Pride!










 Preschool Musings

 This week we are reading the book This Beautiful Day / Richard Jackson in preschool. A beautifully illustrated story about how to create fun on a rainy day. It was an appropriate story given our week of weather.
Prior to the story, one preschooler walked in the library and said, "Miss Tara, the library looks beautiful!" It's the little things that keep you coming back every day!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Moving into November

With the end of the term students are getting in last assignments and studying for tests! The library has been a busy place!!


Sassy has been working hard! She loves visiting North Star and hanging out in the conference room there! She has made some great new friends!

Get on the Bus with John Green!

Hugely popular author John Green has a new book out! Turtles All the Way Down flew off the shelf the minute it came into the library and the wait list is growing! In honor of the popularity of his books and to enter a contest to have John Green skype in a visit to our school, Ms. Williams and Ms. Carrick created this display! Check it out!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Halloween Happenings!!

Halloween was a creative and festive day this year!!! Seniors pulled out all the stops and came up with some fun entertaining costumes! Here is a sample of some of the highlights! Would love to show you the video of our "dominoes" but Blogger will not upload it properly!! But you can check it out on Twitter! Follow @Taralmcd

Friday, October 27, 2017

Pumpkin Madness!

3rd Annual Dept Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Thanks to the ACCESS program for organizing the 3rd annual department pumpkin decorating contest. What a great way to bring the staff together. This year the pumpkins were amazing and though we were sure we had a winner, the math department took home the honors! All pumpkins on display in the library for the next week!!
Library's Pumpkin

Math Dept's Porcupine Winner!






















Preschool Fall Forest

 Last week in preschool we read the book: Full of Fall / April Pulley Sayre. A beautiful picture book about the transition leaves go through from the beginning of fall to winter. To bring the book "to life", we made our own "preschool fall forest" Our littles made leaves for our tree and we will watch them as they begin to "fall" and eventually move into winter where we will replace the leaves with snowflakes!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Libraries: Where Learning Happens!

 Loving Libraries

Studies are showing more and more the importance of libraries and their role in navigating through the vast field of information and tools available. While this article focuses on the public library, it can be applied to the school library as well! Thank you to Ms. Rotkiewicz for sharing!

 Sitting with Sassy!

Sassy has been having a great time coming to school during her training. She is most happy when she is surrounded by our students! And the students have been wonderful to her. They are gentle, caring and excited to see her! And what is best is she comes home and is so exhausted from her day at work she puts herself right to bed! We continue to train and look forward to her time at school!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Check the Tag

Check the Tag Project

What a great week of teaching with the freshmen Global Awareness classes. Mr. Russo and Ms. Hale's Check the Tag project challenges students to look at a clothing brand and determine the company's philosophy and practice regarding social/environmental/civic responsibility. This is one of my favorite projects to work on with the freshmen!

Carve Out Time for Reading

Another creative and brilliant bulletin board put together by Ms. Williams and Ms. Carrick!

Teacher Conferencing

We love to see the library used in a variety of ways and one of our favorite uses is when classroom teachers "conference" with students during the day! 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Redhawk History

What has become the most popular display in the library, the yearbooks continue to fascinate and entertain our students AND community! We are rotating all of our yearbooks in so students can see the lineage of Natick High students! And it was great to see parents browsing through the yearbooks during Open House!




Sassy's Picks

Check out some of Sassy's favorite books in the library! You can tell where her interests lie, she has a one track mind!















White Out!

Seniors are showing their spirit with their new shirts! Love seeing all their excitement this school year.

Friday, September 29, 2017

 Sassy is Here!

Sassy has arrived at Natick High. While she is still in training she will be coming to school a few days a week as part of her training regimen. She was here for an hour today and the students were overjoyed to see Sassy!
Overheard in the library!
"This is my therapy!"
"I have homework to do but this just made my day and now I can actually do my work!"
"Oh my I am SO happy she is here!"
"This is the best thing to happen at school!"

Banned Book Week!

From the American Library Association: "Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular."

Check out our very cool display in honor of Banned Book Week and check out a book!!







Preschool is in the House!

This week marks the first week of preschool story time! We were so excited to have our favorite littles in the library! We will be reading to eight classes each week as well as introduce the preschoolers to a library curriculum focusing on books, authors and illustrators! 

preschool classes start

Friday, September 15, 2017

Summer Reading Sessions!

 Summer Reading!

One of the 11th/12th grade choices
Today we had some great group discussions for summer reading! Students had a choice between three books to read. Discussion groups were randomly assigned based on your book choice, and discussion leaders and assistants lead some great talks! Ms. Carrick is part of the Summer Reading Committee and was instrumental in choosing some great reads this year. Students seemed happy with the choices!













 Library is in Full Swing!

We love how the library is used in so many different ways! Whether it is a class coming down for instruction and work time, teachers one on one conferencing or students working together, it is always an active place!!

Friday, September 8, 2017

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.  

– Beverly Sills


 Working Hard!

Now that we have two weeks under our belts, studying is in full swing! Students are working hard in the library, studying, collaborating, relaxing and settling in! We are excited to work with all of our students this year! 
















Show Your Spirit!

This has been a week full of spirit! Seniors have been filling the hallways and classrooms with their enthusiasm. Each day was a different theme, "Red, White & Blue" "Beach/Summer" "Sports Teams" and ending today with a "Red Out" to celebrate tonight's football home opener! 

Friday, September 1, 2017


“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” 

-William Butler Yeats


The library would like to welcome back all students and staff for another great year at Natick High School! We hope that everyone was able to relax, get outside, enjoy the beautiful weather and read a few books!!

This is a great time as the new year begins to sweep away any old baggage and start fresh! Clean off the desks, the shelves, and the mind, of negative thoughts and people who bring you down and hit the ground running, for a successful and happy year!

We look forward to teaching classes, recommending books, chatting with our students and working hard to make the library a vibrant hub of our community!

Have a great year!!!


Friday, June 9, 2017

"The Long and Winding Road"........


It is hard to believe is the last full week of classes. As students prepare for finals and summer, you can feel a shift in the air. There is energy and excitement, a little nerves and a whole lot of happiness as summer approaches. It has helped that the weather has FINALLY turned more towards summer.
We want to wish all of our students the best of luck on their finals, hope everyone has an amazing summer, and has some great adventures.

Preschool Rocks!

This has been the last week of preschool classes. It has been such a pleasure watching my little preschoolers grow this year. Their love of life, enthusiasm, excitement for reading makes each day a happy one for me! There is nothing better than being able to teach the youngest and oldest students in our community!!!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Congratuations to our Graduates!!!

 Oh The Places You'll Go!

Today is the day our seniors have been working towards for the last four years! It has been a pleasure watching this class grow from nervous, excitable freshmen to confident strong seniors! One of the best parts of our job in the library is the ability to get to know and teach all of the students, so we really feel like we are sending off the whole senior class! Good Luck in all of your endeavors and we will be watching all of your amazing accomplishments!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Junior Book Awards

Congratulations to the juniors who received book awards Thursday. A breakfast ceremony was held in the library to honor our juniors who were recipients of the various awards. These students were thoughtful and articulate in their speeches. Proud of their accomplishments .

The Ones Who Paved the Way

As we move closer to graduation for the class of 2017, Ms. Williams decided to create a display to highlight past classes of Natick High. It is entertaining to watch students engrossed in the yearbooks from the past. Whether they are commenting on the wardrobe ("how could they wear that?!") the hairstyles, ("how could they wear that?!") or the events, ("they had what?!") they still saw the connection between their class and the ones who came before! 

Memorial Day

We would like to take this opportunity to celebrate and remember all those who have died while serving our country.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Reading is Alive and Well at NHS!

Who says students are not reading?!!

Only books left from donation!
Students poring over free books!
Having received a donation of five boxes of books, we decided to put the books out for students and staff to take. To say we were shocked at how quickly the books went is an understatement. Students were pouring over the books, taking many, and sharing which ones they thought looked interesting with their peers. It was exciting to see students enthusiastic about reading for the simple pleasure of reading!!!

Civil Rights In Action!

Ms. Hale's class is working on a Civil Rights Project. Really wanting to emphasis good research skills, students will be using books to locate and analyze information on their specific topics. While at first a little gun shy about the idea, students quickly appreciated the ease at which they could find information and break it down into their own ideas!