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Wednesday, January 23
 

7:43am

Addiction And The Road To Recovery
Limited Capacity full

A DECA project, The Red Ribbon Project, is spreading awareness for opioid addiction within our community. They have partnered with a local rehab center called the Serenity House where 5 people will come and share their stories. Students can come and learn the stories of recovering addicts and how they got back on their feet, as well as the detoxes that helped them. Students will also learn the consequences of using drugs.  

Speakers
JC

Jenny Capalucci

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
AC

Adam Casey

Speaker
HF

Hannah Flis

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Leslie McInnis

Leslie McInnis

School Nurse, Nipmuc Regional High School
I have been a nurse for 35 years and this is my 21st year in school nursing. I graduated from Fitchburg State College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).Prior to school nursing, I worked in many areas of health care. I have been an oncology nurse and was trained to administer... Read More →
KM

Kacy Morford

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 8:34am
Room 339

7:43am

Lose The Fear! Oral Presentations
Limited Capacity filling up

Students will explore their own reactions to oral presentation requirements, the origins of associated fear, and the management of those fears. They will leave this session with a checklist of personal strategies to improve comfort, contact, and confidence in oral presentations.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Hendricks

Barbara Hendricks

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
I have a background in communication disorders and skills as a Speech / Language Pathologist, with clinical experience in healthcare and education. In addition, I have served in leadership positions in several healthcare companies (private and public), developing and leading the delivery... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 8:34am
Room 137

7:43am

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered: Cursive
Limited Capacity full

Students will practice reading and writing cursive as an effective means of communication. Students will practice their signatures and write short notes in cursive to practice writing legibly.  Students will then have the opportunity to read written historical documents written in cursive.

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Cook

Shelley Cook

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Andy King

Andy King

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 8:34am
Room 123

7:43am

Talking About Talking: How To Present Your Best Self
Limited Capacity seats available

People judge by the way you talk and the things that you say.  It’s time to learn how to communicate effectively in a way that engages people and allows you to create a favorable impression. Join us for a fun adventure into communication and developing ways to present your best self to the world.

Moderators
avatar for Roy Spindel

Roy Spindel

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School

Speakers
SV

Suzanne Venkatarama

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 8:34am
Room 340

7:43am

Writing Lab: The College Essay
Limited Capacity seats available

Students will be offered opportunities to develop their writing skills. It is never too early to start the process of writing the college essay! Students will be assisted with writing and editing their essays. 

Speakers
avatar for Lori Beaudoin

Lori Beaudoin

Teacher, Mendon-Upton
avatar for Courtney Henry

Courtney Henry

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 8:34am
Room 219

7:43am

Writing Lab: Writer's Unblocked!
Limited Capacity filling up

Students will be offered opportunities to develop their writing skills. They will learn various brainstorming techniques, as well as pre-writing strategies for any assignment!

Speakers
RD

Rafi Diamond

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 8:34am
Room 213

7:43am

China 2020: Trip Information Session
Limited Capacity full

Interested in travel? In this session, students will get details on the 2020 trip to China! Students will immerse themselves in an 8 day tour experiencing Chinese culture, food, and entertainment.  On the trip we will visit three major cities, take a tour of a car manufacturing plant and have a question and answer session about international trade.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Messick

Robert Messick

Math & Econ Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 8:34am
Room 313

7:43am

Crêpe Café
Limited Capacity full

Learn how French crêpes are made! Follow an authentic recipe, mix the batter, flip your crêpes, then enjoy your creation with some delicious fillings! Students should notify Ms. LeMaire of any food allergies ahead of or at the start of the workshop. This session is taking place in the Apartment on the 3rd floor next to the PDC.

Moderators
CL

Chelsea LeMaire

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School

Speakers
avatar for Kathy LaFlash

Kathy LaFlash

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 8:34am
Room 327

7:43am

Hey! That's My Money!
Limited Capacity filling up

Students will become knowledgeable regarding taxes they pay and the forms they will use.  They will be walked through completing financial documents, better understand their taxes, and form budgets. This will be an eye-opening experience as to how expensive life is when they are on their own!

Moderators
avatar for Ryan Cody

Ryan Cody

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School

Speakers
avatar for Mary Ellen Kennedy

Mary Ellen Kennedy

Teacher, Mursd


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 8:34am
Room 141

7:43am

Nature Hike
Limited Capacity full

Explore the woods around Nipmuc! Students will have the opportunity to explore nature and its surroundings in winter. Be sure to wear waterproof footwear and dress warm! Please meet in room 122 for attendance. 

Speakers
avatar for Erin Ellis

Erin Ellis

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Jen Field

Jen Field

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 8:34am
Room 122

7:43am

The Do's & Do Not's of Hosting an Exchange Student
Limited Capacity filling up

Students who have been host families for international exchange students or are interested in being part of an exchange are welcome to come and chat about their experiences as well as brainstorm some ideas for avoiding common situations that arise from miscommunication due to cultural differences. An overview and Q & A session on our upcoming Spanish Exchange Program will close out the session. 

Speakers
avatar for Julie Ahmed-Jussaume

Julie Ahmed-Jussaume

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
I'm a Spanish teacher at Nipmuc Regional High School! I love languages and traveling (especially with my students)!
SS

Shalton Soto

Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 8:34am
Room 237

7:43am

Cricuting for Beginners!
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will be for students who have NEVER used the Cricut before or have very limited knowledge of the Cricut. We will explore the basic functionality of Cricuting and design strategies. 

Speakers
avatar for Tricia Moloney

Tricia Moloney

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Ana Soto

Ana Soto

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 8:34am
Room 241

7:43am

Fitness Through Zumba!
Limited Capacity filling up

Zumba is a fitness class that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. This Zumba  session will incorporate interval and resistance training, , cardio, dance, and fun! Please dress accordingly and wear sneakers.

Speakers
AB

Alycia Beatrice

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 8:34am
Room 114

7:43am

Atkins to Zone: Discovering Diet Options to Fit Your Needs
Limited Capacity seats available

Demystifying popular diets from Atkins to Zone. Students will set off on a scavenger hunt to explore current diet and nutrition trends, distinguish differences in each diet, and begin to determine which options fit their goals and lifestyle. The goal of the session is not to find the "right diet" but to help interested students decipher all the information available to them and make better choices.

Moderators
avatar for Patrick Allen

Patrick Allen

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Steven Dellarovere

Steven Dellarovere

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Chrissy Manzella

Chrissy Manzella

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School

Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 8:34am
Room 337

7:43am

Excel Basics
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session, you will learn all about the basics of Excel! Students will learn how a spreadsheet works, learn basic equations, understand how to create and insert graphs in spreadsheets, etc.  Work at your own pace to complete as many Excel activities as you can!

Speakers
avatar for Amy Gilchrist

Amy Gilchrist

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Lauren Plante

Lauren Plante

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 8:34am
Room 235

7:43am

Getting And Keeping Your Driver's License
Limited Capacity full

In this session, students will learn the importance of getting your license, why it is important to have your license, and how to keep your license. This session is for 9th and 10th grade students.

Speakers
avatar for Carl Ambrosino

Carl Ambrosino

School Resource Officer, Upton Police Department


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 8:34am
Room 215

7:43am

Mindfulness
Limited Capacity filling up

Students will learn skills necessary to maintain stress, reduce anxiety and how to respond in certain situations related to employment.

Speakers
JG

Jon Geromini

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for CJ Williams

CJ Williams

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 8:34am
Room 333

7:43am

Organizing Your Life
Limited Capacity full



In this session, students will understand how to effectively collaborate and organize a project and their work. Students will work with an online organization and collaboration tool, Trello. 



Speakers
avatar for James Gorman

James Gorman

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 8:34am
Room 124

7:43am

The Art of Networking
Limited Capacity seats available

"Networking is an essential part of building wealth." - Armstrong Williams

This presentation will focus on how to find your comfort level with networking.  Whether you are interviewing for a new job, participating in a college interview or building your own brand to become an entrepreneur, it is critical to create new relationships, strengthen existing ones and build trust through tactical conversation skills. Participants will learn how confidently approach a social or professional environment, speak with self-assurance and learn about the importance of referrals. In addition, students will receive the tools to develop a personal elevator pitch.

Speakers
CL

Cindy Libby

Director of Programs and Events, Corridor 9/495 Regional Chamber of Commerce


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 8:34am
Room 238

7:43am

Finding a "Best-Fit" College
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session, students will think about and list priorities for college experience. We will discuss all of the possibilities and differences that colleges have to offer, including: size, location, academic majors and minors, internship and work opportunities, semester abroad programs, social life on campus, sports and clubs, dorms and living arrangements, costs, discussing college with parents, and flexibility. This session is geared towards current sophomores and juniors. 

Speakers
DL

Denise Linder

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 8:34am
Room 338

7:43am

Handling Hatred In Our Country
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session, all participants will reflect upon the underlying causes of so many divides in our country, and most importantly, action plan on what can be done on both a local and global level to combat hatred in any form.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Maruszczak

Joseph Maruszczak

Superintendent, Mendon-Upton Regional School District
I am the proud superintendent of the Mendon-Upton (MA) Regional School Committee, a community of over 2600 diverse learners. I am passionate about learning more about profesional practices that challenge the status quo, particularly those that use technology in a purposeful way to... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 8:34am
Room 242

7:43am

Acing the Audition: Tips for a Successful Music or Drama Audition
Limited Capacity seats available

As two students who are currently going through the college (or other) audition processes, we would like to share what we wished we knew two years ago about preparation, expectations, and stress relief pertaining to. We hope that attendees will leave feeling as though they have a better idea of the process and how to better prepare themselves (mentally and actually selecting audition material) for their future auditions. The session would include mock-audition workshops, de-stressing exercises, priority management lessons, and brainstorming sessions in order to share experiences, tips, and more!

Moderators
MC

Monica Cilley

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Simon Harding

Simon Harding

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Whitney Simmonds

Whitney Simmonds

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School

Speakers
NG

Nyah Gazda

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
AL

Anina Lawrence

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 11:05am
Band Room

7:43am

Strategizing Through Board Games
Limited Capacity full

Students will learn how to strategize, problem solve, adjust to different scenarios and collaborate while playing various board games. Students will have to become familiar with- or teach- each other how to play different board games (Ticket to Ride, Seeland, etc). They will then play the games and learn how different strategies are needed for different scenarios.

Speakers
DM

Dan MacIssac

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 11:05am
Room 335

7:43am

Writing Lab: DECA Paper
Limited Capacity filling up

Students will get peer feedback and editing assistance from students who have "been there, done that"!

Speakers
avatar for Melisa Kinkela

Melisa Kinkela

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Gary Perras

Gary Perras

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 11:05am
Room 218

7:43am

Writing Lab: Funky Fresh Writing Sesh hosted by Thresh!
Limited Capacity full

With the stresses of daily life, we rarely have the time to sit down in a quiet space and write creatively. We are here to offer you a calm space to work on your writing. This is an open session for students to continue to develop their personal writing projects, as well as other writing pieces and school writing pieces. With prompts to help spark that creativity, all are welcome to join and work! Students are encouraged to ask and give feedback to others, and use this time for writing.

Moderators
avatar for Chris Evans

Chris Evans

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School

Speakers
MB

Madison Brousseau

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
PG

Paige George

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
KS

Keri Stewart

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
GS

Grace Stewart

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
ST

Shea Trimble

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 11:05am
Room 216

7:43am

Service in the Community
Limited Capacity full

Students, in advance, will suggest a service community project, such as playing bingo with seniors, painting walls at the animal center, volunteering at Salvation Army, etc. Students will then travel to these locations to volunteer their time and participate in various activities. Meet in room 316.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Bisbee

Bruce Bisbee

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Justin Townsend

Justin Townsend

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 11:05am
Room 316

7:43am

Designing With Henna
Limited Capacity full

Henna tattooing is a relaxing way to create fun designs. Henna also has many benefits for the skin, including detoxifying qualities. Designing tattoos can also help relax the mind, connect with your artistic side, and encourage abstract ideas. In this session, students will learn the history behind henna, why they use it, and how to design a henna tattoo. Students will even be able to apply that tattoo to themselves or have another student apply it. 

Speakers
RD

Rachel Depatie

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
JP

Julia Patzer

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 11:05am
Art Room 119

7:43am

Genetic Disorders
Limited Capacity filling up

Students will be  looking at a kerotype to determine what type of genetic disorder they are looking at and a Kahoot! about genetic disorders. They will learn what a genetic disorder is, what happens when one gene is affected by a genetic disorder and at the end they will learn when multiple genes are affected by a genetic disorder

Speakers
HP

Howard Phipps

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Samantha Wilson

Samantha Wilson

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 11:05am
Room121

7:43am

How to Change a Tire & Basic Car Maintenance
Limited Capacity full

In this session, students will walk across the street to BVT where they will learn how to change a tire and other basic car maintenance. BVT students in the Auto Tech shop will spend time teaching students these important skills. Please meet in room 310. 

Speakers
CL

Courtney Leja

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 11:05am
Room 310

7:43am

Wheel Thrown Pottery
Limited Capacity full

Pottery is one of the oldest human inventions. Creating vessels on the pottery wheel is a skill that takes time and practice to master. In this session, students will have hands-on opportunity to work on a pottery wheel with focused instruction. Students will learn the techniques of centering clay, shaping, and pulling walls in order to create basic bowls, vases, mugs, etc. This session has limited space. 

Moderators
avatar for Kevin Campbell

Kevin Campbell

Kevin is veteran public school teacher with a demonstrated history of teaching multi-modal classes. He is also the supervisor/mentor of the Camper Discipleship Program at Camp Berea for students aged 14-17 which focuses on leadership training and character development.

Speakers
avatar for Alison Clish

Alison Clish

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 11:05am
Room 117

7:43am

Skate To Learn!
Limited Capacity full

Never been on the ice before? Come try it out! Sometimes we learn by doing, and what better time to learn how to skate than having a private ice rink to yourself! In this session, students will be traveling to the Hopedale IcePlex, where they will have the opportunity to learn how to ice skate! Please see Mr. Merten as soon as possible to get all necessary forms. We will also need your shoe size ahead of time to ensure that the rink will have your size. Make sure to dress warm!

Speakers
avatar for Cari White

Cari White

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Matt Merten

Matt Merten

Teacher, Mr


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 11:05am
Main Lobby

7:43am

Hot Chocolate Bar!
Limited Capacity full

In this session, students will be responsible for setting up, maintaining, and breaking down a “Hot Chocolate Bar” in the Cafeteria during breaks. This session will run for 3 hours, allowing students enough time for set up and clean up. Meet Miss Ramsey in the Cafeteria for this session.

Speakers
LR

Leigh-ann Ramsey

Career, Community, and Innovations Coordinator, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 11:05am
Cafeteria

7:43am

Guest Sign-In
Limited Capacity full

In this session, students will assist a staff member in signing in Guests and showing the Guest to the space that their session will be held in.

Speakers
JG

Janis Grady

Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 11:05am
Main Lobby

7:43am

Tesla Robotics Challenge
Limited Capacity full

Have an interest in computer programming or robotics, but don't know where to start? Did you like to build with Legos as a kid? Do you like to tinker & create new things? If so, the Tesla Robotics Challenge session is for you. During this half-day learning experience, you'll explore the SNAP programming language that will empower you to build a simple bird bot (or bot of your choice!) that can light up, move and respond to sensors. What you create will be totally up to you! At the end, we'll create a robot showcase where you can demonstrate what your bot can do. Want to get an idea of what you can create? Click here to see & learn more.

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Alibozek

Sandra Alibozek

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Ron Cochran

Ron Cochran

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
SO

Sam O'Neal

Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 11:05am
Room 311

7:43am

World Crisis
Limited Capacity seats available

Students will build their problem solving skills by debating and resolving the fictitious issues of world destruction, enhanced humans, and other catastrophes. Students will role-play various state agents and fictitious characteristics who have been identified as superhero's, vigilantes, and other enhanced beings. They will have the opportunity to debate and resolve the issues that have arisen as a result of their presence in non-enhanced society. 

Speakers
avatar for Brian Moloney

Brian Moloney

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
When I am not teaching history at Nipmuc Regional, you can find me on the sideline as a soccer, lax, XC, or basketball dad. I have had the privilege of teaching in both middle and vocational school settings and I welcome any approach to history class that encourages my students to... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 11:05am
Room 336

7:43am

Coaching And Playing Through Sports
Limited Capacity full

PART 1: Who Wants To Be The Next Bill Belichick?

PART 2: Put Your Coaching Practices Into Action Through 3 vs. 3 Basketball

Students will be able to demonstrate and apply the skills necessary in order to coach youth and high school sports. Students will learn how to work with athletes, how to create practice plans for a variety of sports, and how to put those skills into practice during 3 vs. 3 basketball games!

Speakers
JA

Johanna Annunziata

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Chris Schmidt

Chris Schmidt

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 1:40pm
Gymnasium

7:43am

Mangia: A Culinary Tour of Italia!
Limited Capacity full

Students will explore Italian culture through a hands-on culinary experience. Let's learn about different  foods from regions across Italy, and then put on our aprons and get cooking! Please let us know in advance of any food allergies. This session will be off campus, located at St. Patricks Parish in Whitinsville. This session is for current and former Italian students only.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Blackburn

Lauren Blackburn

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Kate Reardon

Kate Reardon

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 1:40pm
Main Lobby

7:43am

Shrek The Musical: Build The Set!
Limited Capacity full

Under the guidance of a carpenter, students will use power tools to construct simple sets for Shrek The Musical! If time permits, some set painting will be accomplished. You do not need to be in Drama Guild to attend this session!

Speakers
TJ

Tam Johnson

Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 1:40pm
Auditorium

7:43am

Get Your Skate On!
Limited Capacity full

Love ice skating? Interested in event management, marketing & creating memories that last a lifetime? Looking for something more than “just a session”? If you’re up for a team challenge,  join the Nipmuc Community Skate session. On January 23, we’ll construct 40’ x 80’ ice rink in the courtyard at Nipmuc and design a plan to create the “event of the winter” for the entire Mendon-Upton community. Will there be hot chocolate? Will there be a fire pit and s’mores? What music will be playing as we skate? Will Blades the Bruin show up? Sign up and you’ll decide. This session will require additional time beyond the 21st Century Learning Conference to maintain the rink as well as pull all the final details together for the community skate event. We are looking for students who are vested in bringing all the “potential” out of this project. Make sure to dress warm! 

Speakers
avatar for David Quinn

David Quinn

Director of Tech and Integration, Nipmuc Regional High School
Dave Quinn is the Director of Technology Integration for the Mendon-Upton Regional School District in Massachusetts, and works directly with teachers and students in grades K-12 to reimagine learning experiences through the meaningful use of technology. He is also a candidate in the... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:43am - 1:40pm
Room 120

8:37am

"Hello, Student Speaking!": How to Make and Take Phone Calls
Limited Capacity filling up

Students will learn proper phone etiquette and feel more comfortable speaking on the phone. Students will have the opportunity to practice phone calls through role play, and then make a real phone call to a college admission office, a local business, etc. to ask for information. 

Speakers
avatar for Meredith Hefez

Meredith Hefez

School Counselor, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Alison Towne

Alison Towne

School Counselor, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:37am - 9:58am
Room 334

8:37am

Addiction And The Road To Recovery
Limited Capacity filling up

A DECA project, The Red Ribbon Project, is spreading awareness for opioid addiction within our community. They have partnered with a local rehab center called the Serenity House where 5 people will come and share their stories. Students can come and learn the stories of recovering addicts and how they got back on their feet, as well as the detoxes that helped them. Students will also learn the consequences of using drugs.  

Speakers
JC

Jenny Capalucci

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
AC

Adam Casey

Speaker
HF

Hannah Flis

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Leslie McInnis

Leslie McInnis

School Nurse, Nipmuc Regional High School
I have been a nurse for 35 years and this is my 21st year in school nursing. I graduated from Fitchburg State College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).Prior to school nursing, I worked in many areas of health care. I have been an oncology nurse and was trained to administer... Read More →
KM

Kacy Morford

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:37am - 9:58am
Room 339

8:37am

Career Exploration
Limited Capacity full

This session will provide you with some basic tools designed to assist you in your career exploration as well as information about the services available to you through the local Career Centers.

Speakers
EB

Ethan Brown

Resource Development Coordinator, Mass Hire


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:37am - 9:58am
Room 210

8:37am

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered: Cursive
Limited Capacity seats available

Students will practice reading and writing cursive as an effective means of communication. Students will practice their signatures and write short notes in cursive to practice writing legibly.  Students will then have the opportunity to read written historical documents written in cursive.

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Cook

Shelley Cook

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Andy King

Andy King

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:37am - 9:58am
Room 123

8:37am

Talking About Talking: How To Present Your Best Self
Limited Capacity full

People judge by the way you talk and the things that you say.  It’s time to learn how to communicate effectively in a way that engages people and allows you to create a favorable impression. Join us for a fun adventure into communication and developing ways to present your best self to the world.

Moderators
avatar for Roy Spindel

Roy Spindel

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School

Speakers
SV

Suzanne Venkatarama

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:37am - 9:58am
Room 340

8:37am

Writing Lab: Guided Practice to Creative Writing
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, students will be offered opportunities to develop their writing skills. Choose from a menu of different creative writing exercises, such as "I am" or blackout poems.


Speakers
KD

Katy Dreher

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:37am - 9:58am
Room 217

8:37am

Writing Lab: The College Essay
Limited Capacity filling up

Students will be offered opportunities to develop their writing skills. It is never too early to start the process of writing the college essay! Students will be assisted with writing and editing their essays. 

Speakers
avatar for Lori Beaudoin

Lori Beaudoin

Teacher, Mendon-Upton
avatar for Courtney Henry

Courtney Henry

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:37am - 9:58am
Room 219

8:37am

Crêpe Café
Limited Capacity full

Learn how French crêpes are made! Follow an authentic recipe, mix the batter, flip your crêpes, then enjoy your creation with some delicious fillings! Students should notify Ms. LeMaire of any food allergies ahead of or at the start of the workshop. This session is taking place in the Apartment on the 3rd floor next to the PDC.

Moderators
CL

Chelsea LeMaire

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School

Speakers
avatar for Kathy LaFlash

Kathy LaFlash

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:37am - 9:58am
Room 327

8:37am

Nature Hike
Limited Capacity filling up

Explore the woods around Nipmuc! Students will have the opportunity to explore nature and its surroundings in winter. Be sure to wear waterproof footwear and dress warm! Please meet in room 122 for attendance. 

Speakers
avatar for Erin Ellis

Erin Ellis

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Jen Field

Jen Field

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:37am - 9:58am
Room 122

8:37am

The Do's & Do Not's of Hosting an Exchange Student
Limited Capacity filling up

Students who have been host families for international exchange students or are interested in being part of an exchange are welcome to come and chat about their experiences as well as brainstorm some ideas for avoiding common situations that arise from miscommunication due to cultural differences. An overview and Q & A session on our upcoming Spanish Exchange Program will close out the session. 

Speakers
avatar for Julie Ahmed-Jussaume

Julie Ahmed-Jussaume

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
I'm a Spanish teacher at Nipmuc Regional High School! I love languages and traveling (especially with my students)!
SS

Shalton Soto

Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:37am - 9:58am
Room 237

8:37am

Cricuting for Beginners!
Limited Capacity full

This session will be for students who have NEVER used the Cricut before or have very limited knowledge of the Cricut. We will explore the basic functionality of Cricuting and design strategies. 

Speakers
avatar for Tricia Moloney

Tricia Moloney

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Ana Soto

Ana Soto

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:37am - 9:58am
Room 241

8:37am

Fitness Through Zumba!
Limited Capacity full

Zumba is a fitness class that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. This Zumba  session will incorporate interval and resistance training, , cardio, dance, and fun! Please dress accordingly and wear sneakers.

Speakers
AB

Alycia Beatrice

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:37am - 9:58am
Room 114

8:37am

21st Century Skills- Unplugged!
Limited Capacity filling up

Students will learn about and assess the impact of on-line time through discussion and experiential activities. 

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Fagan

Kerry Fagan

School Counselor, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Kendra Swenson

Kendra Swenson

School Counselor, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:37am - 9:58am
Room 236

8:37am

Excel Basics
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session, you will learn all about the basics of Excel! Students will learn how a spreadsheet works, learn basic equations, understand how to create and insert graphs in spreadsheets, etc.  Work at your own pace to complete as many Excel activities as you can!

Speakers
avatar for Amy Gilchrist

Amy Gilchrist

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Lauren Plante

Lauren Plante

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:37am - 9:58am
Room 235

8:37am

Getting And Keeping Your Driver's License
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, students will learn the importance of getting your license, why it is important to have your license, and how to keep your license. This session is for 9th and 10th grade students.

Speakers
avatar for Carl Ambrosino

Carl Ambrosino

School Resource Officer, Upton Police Department


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:37am - 9:58am
Room 215

8:37am

Mindfulness
Limited Capacity filling up

Students will learn skills necessary to maintain stress, reduce anxiety and how to respond in certain situations related to employment.

Speakers
JG

Jon Geromini

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for CJ Williams

CJ Williams

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:37am - 9:58am
Room 333

8:37am

Organizing Your Life
Limited Capacity full



In this session, students will understand how to effectively collaborate and organize a project and their work. Students will work with an online organization and collaboration tool, Trello. 



Speakers
avatar for James Gorman

James Gorman

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:37am - 9:58am
Room 124

8:37am

The Art of Networking
Limited Capacity seats available

"Networking is an essential part of building wealth." - Armstrong Williams

This presentation will focus on how to find your comfort level with networking.  Whether you are interviewing for a new job, participating in a college interview or building your own brand to become an entrepreneur, it is critical to create new relationships, strengthen existing ones and build trust through tactical conversation skills. Participants will learn how confidently approach a social or professional environment, speak with self-assurance and learn about the importance of referrals. In addition, students will receive the tools to develop a personal elevator pitch.

Speakers
CL

Cindy Libby

Director of Programs and Events, Corridor 9/495 Regional Chamber of Commerce


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:37am - 9:58am
Room 238

8:37am

Finding a "Best-Fit" College
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session, students will think about and list priorities for college experience. We will discuss all of the possibilities and differences that colleges have to offer, including: size, location, academic majors and minors, internship and work opportunities, semester abroad programs, social life on campus, sports and clubs, dorms and living arrangements, costs, discussing college with parents, and flexibility. This session is geared towards current sophomores and juniors. 

Speakers
DL

Denise Linder

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:37am - 9:58am
Room 338

8:37am

Handling Hatred In Our Country
Limited Capacity full

In this session, all participants will reflect upon the underlying causes of so many divides in our country, and most importantly, action plan on what can be done on both a local and global level to combat hatred in any form.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Maruszczak

Joseph Maruszczak

Superintendent, Mendon-Upton Regional School District
I am the proud superintendent of the Mendon-Upton (MA) Regional School Committee, a community of over 2600 diverse learners. I am passionate about learning more about profesional practices that challenge the status quo, particularly those that use technology in a purposeful way to... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:37am - 9:58am
Room 242

8:37am

Level Up Your Presentations
Limited Capacity full

At some point in your life, you will need to give a formal presentation to your colleagues at work, your peers in class, or perhaps in front of a large audience.  Effective and influential public speakers may look like they have innate skills that they were born with; however, in reality, their skills were developed and improved over time.  This workshop will provide you with 6 tangible steps you can put into place tomorrow to launch your own presentations to the next level.

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Cohen

Maureen Cohen

Assistant Superintendent, Mendon-Upton Regional School District
Dr. Maureen Cohen is the Assistant Superintendent in the Mendon-Upton Regional School District located in Mendon, Massachusetts. With twenty years experience in education, Maureen has worked across urban and suburban school settings in as a high school teacher, school building administrator... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2019 8:37am - 9:58am
Room 309

10:01am

"Hello, Student Speaking!": How to Make and Take Phone Calls
Limited Capacity seats available

Students will learn proper phone etiquette and feel more comfortable speaking on the phone. Students will have the opportunity to practice phone calls through role play, and then make a real phone call to a college admission office, a local business, etc. to ask for information. 

Speakers
avatar for Meredith Hefez

Meredith Hefez

School Counselor, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Alison Towne

Alison Towne

School Counselor, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:01am - 11:05am
Room 334

10:01am

Career Exploration
Limited Capacity full

This session will provide you with some basic tools designed to assist you in your career exploration as well as information about the services available to you through the local Career Centers.

Speakers
EB

Ethan Brown

Resource Development Coordinator, Mass Hire


Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:01am - 11:05am
Room 210

10:01am

Lose The Fear! Oral Presentations
Limited Capacity filling up

Students will explore their own reactions to oral presentation requirements, the origins of associated fear, and the management of those fears. They will leave this session with a checklist of personal strategies to improve comfort, contact, and confidence in oral presentations.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Hendricks

Barbara Hendricks

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
I have a background in communication disorders and skills as a Speech / Language Pathologist, with clinical experience in healthcare and education. In addition, I have served in leadership positions in several healthcare companies (private and public), developing and leading the delivery... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:01am - 11:05am
Room 137

10:01am

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered: Cursive
Limited Capacity filling up

Students will practice reading and writing cursive as an effective means of communication. Students will practice their signatures and write short notes in cursive to practice writing legibly.  Students will then have the opportunity to read written historical documents written in cursive.

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Cook

Shelley Cook

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Andy King

Andy King

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:01am - 11:05am
Room 123

10:01am

Talking About Talking: How To Present Your Best Self
Limited Capacity full

People judge by the way you talk and the things that you say.  It’s time to learn how to communicate effectively in a way that engages people and allows you to create a favorable impression. Join us for a fun adventure into communication and developing ways to present your best self to the world.

Moderators
avatar for Roy Spindel

Roy Spindel

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School

Speakers
SV

Suzanne Venkatarama

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:01am - 11:05am
Room 340

10:01am

Writing Lab: Guided Practice to Creative Writing
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, students will be offered opportunities to develop their writing skills. Choose from a menu of different creative writing exercises, such as "I am" or blackout poems.


Speakers
KD

Katy Dreher

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:01am - 11:05am
Room 217

10:01am

Writing Lab: The College Essay
Limited Capacity seats available

Students will be offered opportunities to develop their writing skills. It is never too early to start the process of writing the college essay! Students will be assisted with writing and editing their essays. 

Speakers
avatar for Courtney Henry

Courtney Henry

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:01am - 11:05am
Room 219

10:01am

Writing Lab: Writer's Unblocked!
Limited Capacity filling up

Students will be offered opportunities to develop their writing skills. They will learn various brainstorming techniques, as well as pre-writing strategies for any assignment!

Speakers
RD

Rafi Diamond

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:01am - 11:05am
Room 213

10:01am

China 2020: Trip Information Session
Limited Capacity filling up

Interested in travel? In this session, students will get details on the 2020 trip to China! Students will immerse themselves in an 8 day tour experiencing Chinese culture, food, and entertainment.  On the trip we will visit three major cities, take a tour of a car manufacturing plant and have a question and answer session about international trade.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Messick

Robert Messick

Math & Econ Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:01am - 11:05am
Room 313

10:01am

Hey! That's My Money!
Limited Capacity full

Students will become knowledgeable regarding taxes they pay and the forms they will use.  They will be walked through completing financial documents, better understand their taxes, and form budgets. This will be an eye-opening experience as to how expensive life is when they are on their own!

Moderators
avatar for Ryan Cody

Ryan Cody

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School

Speakers
avatar for Mary Ellen Kennedy

Mary Ellen Kennedy

Teacher, Mursd


Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:01am - 11:05am
Room 141

10:01am

Fitness Through Circuit Zumba!
Limited Capacity filling up

Take Zumba to the next level! This Zumba session will alternate dance cardio paired with Latin fusion music and fitness stations such as weights, resistance bands, core training, etc. Please dress accordingly and wear sneakers.

Speakers
AB

Alycia Beatrice

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:01am - 11:05am
Room 114

10:01am

21st Century Skills- Unplugged!
Limited Capacity seats available

Students will learn about and assess the impact of on-line time through discussion and experiential activities. 

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Fagan

Kerry Fagan

School Counselor, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Kendra Swenson

Kendra Swenson

School Counselor, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:01am - 11:05am
Room 236

10:01am

Atkins to Zone: Discovering Diet Options to Fit Your Needs
Limited Capacity full

Demystifying popular diets from Atkins to Zone. Students will set off on a scavenger hunt to explore current diet and nutrition trends, distinguish differences in each diet, and begin to determine which options fit their goals and lifestyle. The goal of the session is not to find the "right diet" but to help interested students decipher all the information available to them and make better choices.

Moderators
avatar for Patrick Allen

Patrick Allen

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Steven Dellarovere

Steven Dellarovere

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Chrissy Manzella

Chrissy Manzella

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School

Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:01am - 11:05am
Room 337

10:01am

Getting And Keeping Your Driver's License
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, students will learn the importance of getting your license, why it is important to have your license, and how to keep your license. This session is for 9th and 10th grade students.

Speakers
avatar for Carl Ambrosino

Carl Ambrosino

School Resource Officer, Upton Police Department


Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:01am - 11:05am
Room 215

10:01am

Mindfulness
Limited Capacity full

Students will learn skills necessary to maintain stress, reduce anxiety and how to respond in certain situations related to employment.

Speakers
JG

Jon Geromini

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for CJ Williams

CJ Williams

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:01am - 11:05am
Room 333

10:01am

Organizing Your Life
Limited Capacity full



In this session, students will understand how to effectively collaborate and organize a project and their work. Students will work with an online organization and collaboration tool, Trello. 



Speakers
avatar for James Gorman

James Gorman

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:01am - 11:05am
Room 124

10:01am

The Art of Networking
Limited Capacity full

"Networking is an essential part of building wealth." - Armstrong Williams

This presentation will focus on how to find your comfort level with networking.  Whether you are interviewing for a new job, participating in a college interview or building your own brand to become an entrepreneur, it is critical to create new relationships, strengthen existing ones and build trust through tactical conversation skills. Participants will learn how confidently approach a social or professional environment, speak with self-assurance and learn about the importance of referrals. In addition, students will receive the tools to develop a personal elevator pitch.

Speakers
CL

Cindy Libby

Director of Programs and Events, Corridor 9/495 Regional Chamber of Commerce


Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:01am - 11:05am
Room 238

10:01am

Finding a "Best-Fit" College
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session, students will think about and list priorities for college experience. We will discuss all of the possibilities and differences that colleges have to offer, including: size, location, academic majors and minors, internship and work opportunities, semester abroad programs, social life on campus, sports and clubs, dorms and living arrangements, costs, discussing college with parents, and flexibility. This session is geared towards current sophomores and juniors. 

Speakers
DL

Denise Linder

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:01am - 11:05am
Room 338

10:01am

Snow-Cone Machine
Limited Capacity full

In this session, students will be responsible for setting up, maintaining, and breaking down a Snow-Cone machine that will be at all lunches. This session will run for 3 hours, allowing students enough time for set up and clean up. Meet Miss Ramsey in the Cafeteria for this session.

Speakers
LR

Leigh-ann Ramsey

Career, Community, and Innovations Coordinator, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:01am - 1:40pm
Cafeteria

11:08am

"Hello, Student Speaking!": How to Make and Take Phone Calls
Limited Capacity filling up

Students will learn proper phone etiquette and feel more comfortable speaking on the phone. Students will have the opportunity to practice phone calls through role play, and then make a real phone call to a college admission office, a local business, etc. to ask for information. 

Speakers
avatar for Meredith Hefez

Meredith Hefez

School Counselor, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Alison Towne

Alison Towne

School Counselor, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 12:40pm
Room 334

11:08am

Career Exploration
Limited Capacity full

This session will provide you with some basic tools designed to assist you in your career exploration as well as information about the services available to you through the local Career Centers.

Speakers
EB

Ethan Brown

Resource Development Coordinator, Mass Hire


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 12:40pm
Room 210

11:08am

Lose The Fear! Oral Presentations
Limited Capacity full

Students will explore their own reactions to oral presentation requirements, the origins of associated fear, and the management of those fears. They will leave this session with a checklist of personal strategies to improve comfort, contact, and confidence in oral presentations.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Hendricks

Barbara Hendricks

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
I have a background in communication disorders and skills as a Speech / Language Pathologist, with clinical experience in healthcare and education. In addition, I have served in leadership positions in several healthcare companies (private and public), developing and leading the delivery... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 12:40pm
Room 137

11:08am

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered: Cursive
Limited Capacity full

Students will practice reading and writing cursive as an effective means of communication. Students will practice their signatures and write short notes in cursive to practice writing legibly.  Students will then have the opportunity to read written historical documents written in cursive.

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Cook

Shelley Cook

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Andy King

Andy King

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 12:40pm
Room 123

11:08am

Talking About Talking: How To Present Your Best Self
Limited Capacity filling up

People judge by the way you talk and the things that you say.  It’s time to learn how to communicate effectively in a way that engages people and allows you to create a favorable impression. Join us for a fun adventure into communication and developing ways to present your best self to the world.

Moderators
avatar for Roy Spindel

Roy Spindel

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School

Speakers
SV

Suzanne Venkatarama

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 12:40pm
Room 340

11:08am

Writing Lab: Guided Practice to Creative Writing
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, students will be offered opportunities to develop their writing skills. Choose from a menu of different creative writing exercises, such as "I am" or blackout poems.


Speakers
KD

Katy Dreher

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 12:40pm
Room 217

11:08am

Writing Lab: The College Essay
Limited Capacity seats available

Students will be offered opportunities to develop their writing skills. It is never too early to start the process of writing the college essay! Students will be assisted with writing and editing their essays. 

Speakers
avatar for Courtney Henry

Courtney Henry

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 12:40pm
Room 219

11:08am

Writing Lab: Writer's Unblocked!
Limited Capacity full

Students will be offered opportunities to develop their writing skills. They will learn various brainstorming techniques, as well as pre-writing strategies for any assignment!

Speakers
RD

Rafi Diamond

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 12:40pm
Room 213

11:08am

China 2020: Trip Information Session
Limited Capacity full

Interested in travel? In this session, students will get details on the 2020 trip to China! Students will immerse themselves in an 8 day tour experiencing Chinese culture, food, and entertainment.  On the trip we will visit three major cities, take a tour of a car manufacturing plant and have a question and answer session about international trade.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Messick

Robert Messick

Math & Econ Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 12:40pm
Room 313

11:08am

Hey! That's My Money!
Limited Capacity full

Students will become knowledgeable regarding taxes they pay and the forms they will use.  They will be walked through completing financial documents, better understand their taxes, and form budgets. This will be an eye-opening experience as to how expensive life is when they are on their own!

Moderators
avatar for Ryan Cody

Ryan Cody

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School

Speakers
avatar for Mary Ellen Kennedy

Mary Ellen Kennedy

Teacher, Mursd


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 12:40pm
Room 141

11:08am

The Do's & Do Not's of Hosting an Exchange Student
Limited Capacity full

Students who have been host families for international exchange students or are interested in being part of an exchange are welcome to come and chat about their experiences as well as brainstorm some ideas for avoiding common situations that arise from miscommunication due to cultural differences. An overview and Q & A session on our upcoming Spanish Exchange Program will close out the session. 

Speakers
avatar for Julie Ahmed-Jussaume

Julie Ahmed-Jussaume

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
I'm a Spanish teacher at Nipmuc Regional High School! I love languages and traveling (especially with my students)!
SS

Shalton Soto

Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 12:40pm
Room 237

11:08am

Creating With Yarn: Knitting And Crocheting For Beginners
Limited Capacity full

In this session, students will learn the basics of knitting and crocheting. Students will get professional help from experienced knitters and learn new techniques. 

Speakers
avatar for Jen Field

Jen Field

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 12:40pm
Room 139

11:08am

Going Vegan: Tasty Edition
Limited Capacity full

Ever thought about going vegan? This workshop will give you the Why's What's and How's of veganism. Learn about what it means to go vegan, why someone would go vegan, and how you can try it yourself. Learn how to order vegan at a restaurant, how to shop vegan on a budget, and most importantly how to cook food that's actually delicious and isn't a salad! Includes a vegan taste test of snacks, dishes, and desserts! *Please let us know in advance if you have any food allergies*

Speakers
TV

Tina Vanslette

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Cari White

Cari White

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 12:40pm
Room 240

11:08am

21st Century Skills- Unplugged!
Limited Capacity full

Students will learn about and assess the impact of on-line time through discussion and experiential activities. 

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Fagan

Kerry Fagan

School Counselor, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Kendra Swenson

Kendra Swenson

School Counselor, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 12:40pm
Room 236

11:08am

Atkins to Zone: Discovering Diet Options to Fit Your Needs
Limited Capacity full

Demystifying popular diets from Atkins to Zone. Students will set off on a scavenger hunt to explore current diet and nutrition trends, distinguish differences in each diet, and begin to determine which options fit their goals and lifestyle. The goal of the session is not to find the "right diet" but to help interested students decipher all the information available to them and make better choices.

Moderators
avatar for Patrick Allen

Patrick Allen

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Steven Dellarovere

Steven Dellarovere

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Chrissy Manzella

Chrissy Manzella

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School

Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 12:40pm
Room 337

11:08am

Organizing Your Life
Limited Capacity full



In this session, students will understand how to effectively collaborate and organize a project and their work. Students will work with an online organization and collaboration tool, Trello. 



Speakers
avatar for James Gorman

James Gorman

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 12:40pm
Room 124

11:08am

EDGE Panel (Educating Driven Girls in Entreneurship)
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide students with the opportunity to hear from women who embody entrepreneurship in order to encourage young women to pursue business and empower them to follow their dreams. There will be a panel, that is also helping us with our DECA project, that will focus on promoting entrepreneurship to women.

Speakers
MB

Michelle Barboza

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Erin Ellis

Erin Ellis

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
EH

Emily Hartwig

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
CO

Corrine Osgood

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
JT

Jocelyn Tuttle

MA Challenge


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 12:40pm
Media Center

11:08am

Finding a "Best-Fit" College
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session, students will think about and list priorities for college experience. We will discuss all of the possibilities and differences that colleges have to offer, including: size, location, academic majors and minors, internship and work opportunities, semester abroad programs, social life on campus, sports and clubs, dorms and living arrangements, costs, discussing college with parents, and flexibility. This session is geared towards current sophomores and juniors. 

Speakers
DL

Denise Linder

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 12:40pm
Room 338

11:08am

How Far Is A Mile?
Limited Capacity full

We often measure walking and running in terms of miles, but how far does a mile actually look like? We will use stride measurements to find how far it is to walk one mile from the front door and around the parking lot. Students will work and walk in small groups to determine their stride measurement and estimate how far to walk to hit one mile around the school. We will compare those results from team to team to see how accurate our measurements are.  Meet in room 306 for attendance. This session is outdoors, so please dress accordingly!

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Bisbee

Bruce Bisbee

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Justin Townsend

Justin Townsend

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 12:40pm
Room 306

11:08am

Strategizing Through Board Games
Limited Capacity full

Students will learn how to strategize, problem solve, adjust to different scenarios and collaborate while playing various board games. Students will have to become familiar with- or teach- each other how to play different board games (Ticket to Ride, Seeland, etc). They will then play the games and learn how different strategies are needed for different scenarios.

Speakers
DM

Dan MacIssac

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 1:40pm
Room 335

11:08am

Writing Lab: Funky Fresh Writing Sesh hosted by Thresh!
Limited Capacity filling up

With the stresses of daily life, we rarely have the time to sit down in a quiet space and write creatively. We are here to offer you a calm space to work on your writing. This is an open session for students to continue to develop their personal writing projects, as well as other writing pieces and school writing pieces. With prompts to help spark that creativity, all are welcome to join and work! Students are encouraged to ask and give feedback to others, and use this time for writing.

Moderators
avatar for Chris Evans

Chris Evans

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School

Speakers
MB

Madison Brousseau

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
PG

Paige George

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
KS

Keri Stewart

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
GS

Grace Stewart

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
ST

Shea Trimble

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 1:40pm
Room 216

11:08am

Fun, Games, & Ice Cream Sundaes With Upton Seniors
Limited Capacity filling up

Students will go to the Upton Senior Center to play games and eat ice cream sundaes with senior members of the community. Games might include "Guess That Tune", Pictionary, Heads Up, Charades, or Trivia. Students will meet in room 312 to plan games, and then proceed to the Upton Senior Center. 

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Alibozek

Sandra Alibozek

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Amy Gilchrist

Amy Gilchrist

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
avatar for Lauren Plante

Lauren Plante

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 1:40pm
Room 312

11:08am

LGBTQ Awareness & Acceptance
Limited Capacity filling up

Discover the world of acceptance with us! How would life be different without a difference in people? Ms. Worcester pride will be teaching us about accepting the world and people around us. The main focus will be on the LGBT community and how they are accepted and discriminated. There will be open discussion and a Q&A session with Worcester Pride in order to create a better understanding of homophobia in today's society and the identity of others, especially in light of the passing of the Anti-Discrimination Act in MA.

Moderators
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Kathy LaFlash

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School

Speakers
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Lori Beaudoin

Teacher, Mendon-Upton
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Chelsea LeMaire

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
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Sophia Shifflet

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
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Stephanie Teixeira

Guest Speaker, Ms. Worcester Pride


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 1:40pm
Room 140

11:08am

Advanced Crafting with the NEW Cricut Maker- What's Your Sign?
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This session will give experienced Cricut users the opportunity to create a customized decorative wooden sign utilizing vinyl.  Students will get a review of design strategies and transfer procedures as well as an overview of the functionality of the NEW Cricut Maker machine.  Bring your favorite inspirational quote and let's get "Cricuting"!

Moderators
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Tricia Moloney

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
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Ana Soto

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School

Speakers
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Leslie McInnis

School Nurse, Nipmuc Regional High School
I have been a nurse for 35 years and this is my 21st year in school nursing. I graduated from Fitchburg State College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).Prior to school nursing, I worked in many areas of health care. I have been an oncology nurse and was trained to administer... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 1:40pm
Room 241

11:08am

Designing With Henna
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Henna tattooing is a relaxing way to create fun designs. Henna also has many benefits for the skin, including detoxifying qualities. Designing tattoos can also help relax the mind, connect with your artistic side, and encourage abstract ideas. In this session, students will learn the history behind henna, why they use it, and how to design a henna tattoo. Students will even be able to apply that tattoo to themselves or have another student apply it. 

Speakers
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Peter Curley

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
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Matt Merten

Teacher, Mr
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Julia Patzer

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 1:40pm
Art Room 119

11:08am

Genetic Disorders
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Students will be  looking at a kerotype to determine what type of genetic disorder they are looking at and a Kahoot! about genetic disorders. They will learn what a genetic disorder is, what happens when one gene is affected by a genetic disorder and at the end they will learn when multiple genes are affected by a genetic disorder

Speakers
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Howard Phipps

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
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Samantha Wilson

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 1:40pm
Room121

11:08am

Wheel Thrown Pottery
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Pottery is one of the oldest human inventions. Creating vessels on the pottery wheel is a skill that takes time and practice to master. In this session, students will have hands-on opportunity to work on a pottery wheel with focused instruction. Students will learn the techniques of centering clay, shaping, and pulling walls in order to create basic bowls, vases, mugs, etc. This session has limited space. 

Moderators
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Kevin Campbell

Kevin is veteran public school teacher with a demonstrated history of teaching multi-modal classes. He is also the supervisor/mentor of the Camper Discipleship Program at Camp Berea for students aged 14-17 which focuses on leadership training and character development.

Speakers
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Alison Clish

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 1:40pm
Art Room 117

11:08am

Art For Children's Books: Illustrators Challenge
Limited Capacity full

Part 1
 
Topics covered in Part 1 includude:
  • Beginning as a book illustrator, including portfolio
  •  The pros and cons of free lancing
  • A bit about royalty vs. flat fee projects.
  • Illustration challenge will be given: like ones at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators annual conference.
 
Part 2 
 
Hands-on process of creating a portfolio art piece for a children’s picture book story as you would for an Art Director. The challenge is to interpret a short given text for a specific age group. This is appropriate for beginning or advanced students. Have fun expressing the child within you in a way that could eventually earn you a living.
 
Using the sample text and your own art materials, or those provided, you will do sketches, then work on a finished piece of artwork - based on the challenge - which you can include in your children’s book illustration portfolio. You may want to try a new medium or style, appropriate for the age group, or adapt your current style. Portfolio pieces for narrative art include characters in a scene.
 


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 1:40pm
Room 142

11:08am

Guest Sign-In
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In this session, students will assist a staff member in signing in Guests and showing the Guest to the space that their session will be held in.

Speakers
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Janis Grady

Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 1:40pm
Main Lobby

11:08am

Tesla Robotics Challenge
Limited Capacity full

Have an interest in computer programming or robotics, but don't know where to start? Did you like to build with Legos as a kid? Do you like to tinker & create new things? If so, the Tesla Robotics Challenge session is for you. During this half-day learning experience, you'll explore the SNAP programming language that will empower you to build a simple bird bot (or bot of your choice!) that can light up, move and respond to sensors. What you create will be totally up to you! At the end, we'll create a robot showcase where you can demonstrate what your bot can do. Want to get an idea of what you can create? Click here to see & learn more.

Speakers
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Ron Cochran

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
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Sam O'Neal

Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 1:40pm
Room 311

11:08am

World Crisis
Limited Capacity full

Students will build their problem solving skills by debating and resolving the fictitious issues of world destruction, enhanced humans, and other catastrophes. Students will role-play various state agents and fictitious characteristics who have been identified as superhero's, vigilantes, and other enhanced beings. They will have the opportunity to debate and resolve the issues that have arisen as a result of their presence in non-enhanced society. 

Speakers
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Brian Moloney

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
When I am not teaching history at Nipmuc Regional, you can find me on the sideline as a soccer, lax, XC, or basketball dad. I have had the privilege of teaching in both middle and vocational school settings and I welcome any approach to history class that encourages my students to... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2019 11:08am - 1:40pm
Room 336

12:43pm

"Hello, Student Speaking!": How to Make and Take Phone Calls
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Students will learn proper phone etiquette and feel more comfortable speaking on the phone. Students will have the opportunity to practice phone calls through role play, and then make a real phone call to a college admission office, a local business, etc. to ask for information. 

Moderators
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Alison Towne

School Counselor, Nipmuc Regional High School

Speakers
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Meredith Hefez

School Counselor, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 12:43pm - 1:40pm
Room 334

12:43pm

Lose The Fear! Oral Presentations
Limited Capacity full

Students will explore their own reactions to oral presentation requirements, the origins of associated fear, and the management of those fears. They will leave this session with a checklist of personal strategies to improve comfort, contact, and confidence in oral presentations.

Speakers
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Barbara Hendricks

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
I have a background in communication disorders and skills as a Speech / Language Pathologist, with clinical experience in healthcare and education. In addition, I have served in leadership positions in several healthcare companies (private and public), developing and leading the delivery... Read More →


Wednesday January 23, 2019 12:43pm - 1:40pm
Room 137

12:43pm

Writing Lab: DECA Paper
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Students will get peer feedback and editing assistance from students who have "been there, done that"!

Speakers
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Melisa Kinkela

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
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Gary Perras

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 12:43pm - 1:40pm
Room 218

12:43pm

Writing Lab: Guided Practice to Creative Writing
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In this session, students will be offered opportunities to develop their writing skills. Choose from a menu of different creative writing exercises, such as "I am" or blackout poems.


Speakers
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Katy Dreher

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 12:43pm - 1:40pm
Room 217

12:43pm

Writing Lab: Writer's Unblocked!
Limited Capacity seats available

Students will be offered opportunities to develop their writing skills. They will learn various brainstorming techniques, as well as pre-writing strategies for any assignment!

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Rafi Diamond

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 12:43pm - 1:40pm
Room 213

12:43pm

China 2020: Trip Information Session
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Interested in travel? In this session, students will get details on the 2020 trip to China! Students will immerse themselves in an 8 day tour experiencing Chinese culture, food, and entertainment.  On the trip we will visit three major cities, take a tour of a car manufacturing plant and have a question and answer session about international trade.

Speakers
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Robert Messick

Math & Econ Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 12:43pm - 1:40pm
Room 313

12:43pm

Hey! That's My Money!
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Students will become knowledgeable regarding taxes they pay and the forms they will use.  They will be walked through completing financial documents, better understand their taxes, and form budgets. This will be an eye-opening experience as to how expensive life is when they are on their own!

Moderators
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Ryan Cody

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School

Speakers
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Mary Ellen Kennedy

Teacher, Mursd


Wednesday January 23, 2019 12:43pm - 1:40pm
Room 141

12:43pm

The Do's & Do Not's of Hosting an Exchange Student
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Students who have been host families for international exchange students or are interested in being part of an exchange are welcome to come and chat about their experiences as well as brainstorm some ideas for avoiding common situations that arise from miscommunication due to cultural differences. An overview and Q & A session on our upcoming Spanish Exchange Program will close out the session. 

Speakers
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Julie Ahmed-Jussaume

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
I'm a Spanish teacher at Nipmuc Regional High School! I love languages and traveling (especially with my students)!
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Shalton Soto

Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 12:43pm - 1:40pm
Room 237

12:43pm

Creating With Yarn: Intermediate Knitting And Crocheting
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In this session, students will be able to practice advanced knitting and crocheting techniques with professional help from experienced knitters.

Speakers
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Jen Field

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 12:43pm - 1:40pm
Room 139

12:43pm

Fitness Through Circuit Zumba!
Limited Capacity full

Take Zumba to the next level! This Zumba session will alternate dance cardio paired with Latin fusion music and fitness stations such as weights, resistance bands, core training, etc. Please dress accordingly and wear sneakers.

Speakers
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Alycia Beatrice

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 12:43pm - 1:40pm
Room 114

12:43pm

Get In The Game!
Limited Capacity full

Larry Sasso has three passions in life: teaching, working with young adults, and helping clients become financially independent. He has now turned his passions into "Get in the Game," a guide to personal finances and life for young adults. Using his unique perspective as a softball and baseball coach, Larry teaches young adults how to get on the path to financial independence. Along the way he teaches broader lessons about life, starting a career, and leadership. In this session, Larry will talk about how to get on the path to financial independence, the background behind his book, and how he went on to publish his book.

Speakers
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Larry Sasso

Founder of Lawrence Sasso Insurance & Financial Services


Wednesday January 23, 2019 12:43pm - 1:40pm
Room 239

12:43pm

Going Vegan: Tasty Edition
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Ever thought about going vegan? This workshop will give you the Why's What's and How's of veganism. Learn about what it means to go vegan, why someone would go vegan, and how you can try it yourself. Learn how to order vegan at a restaurant, how to shop vegan on a budget, and most importantly how to cook food that's actually delicious and isn't a salad! Includes a vegan taste test of snacks, dishes, and desserts! *Please let us know in advance if you have any food allergies*

Speakers
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Tina Vanslette

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
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Cari White

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 12:43pm - 1:40pm
Room 240

12:43pm

So You Think You Want A Career In Music?: Music Industry Panel Discussion
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In this session, students will hear from Nipmuc Music Teachers and Music Industry Professionals about various options for staying involved in Music after school. Students will have a chance to ask questions and participate in a panel-style discussion. 

Speakers
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Simon Harding

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
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Whitney Simmonds

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 12:43pm - 1:40pm
Professional Development Center

12:43pm

21st Century Skills- Unplugged!
Limited Capacity full

Students will learn about and assess the impact of on-line time through discussion and experiential activities. 

Speakers
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Kerry Fagan

School Counselor, Nipmuc Regional High School
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Kendra Swenson

School Counselor, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 12:43pm - 1:40pm
Room 236

12:43pm

Atkins to Zone: Discovering Diet Options to Fit Your Needs
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Demystifying popular diets from Atkins to Zone. Students will set off on a scavenger hunt to explore current diet and nutrition trends, distinguish differences in each diet, and begin to determine which options fit their goals and lifestyle. The goal of the session is not to find the "right diet" but to help interested students decipher all the information available to them and make better choices.

Moderators
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Patrick Allen

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
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Steven Dellarovere

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
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Chrissy Manzella

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School

Wednesday January 23, 2019 12:43pm - 1:40pm
Room 337

12:43pm

Mindfulness
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Students will learn skills necessary to maintain stress, reduce anxiety and how to respond in certain situations related to employment.

Speakers
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Jon Geromini

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
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CJ Williams

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 12:43pm - 1:40pm
Room 333

12:43pm

The Art of Networking
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"Networking is an essential part of building wealth." - Armstrong Williams

This presentation will focus on how to find your comfort level with networking.  Whether you are interviewing for a new job, participating in a college interview or building your own brand to become an entrepreneur, it is critical to create new relationships, strengthen existing ones and build trust through tactical conversation skills. Participants will learn how confidently approach a social or professional environment, speak with self-assurance and learn about the importance of referrals. In addition, students will receive the tools to develop a personal elevator pitch.

Speakers
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Cindy Libby

Director of Programs and Events, Corridor 9/495 Regional Chamber of Commerce


Wednesday January 23, 2019 12:43pm - 1:40pm
Room 238

12:43pm

EDGE Panel (Educating Driven Girls in Entreneurship)
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide students with the opportunity to hear from women who embody entrepreneurship in order to encourage young women to pursue business and empower them to follow their dreams. There will be a panel, that is also helping us with our DECA project, that will focus on promoting entrepreneurship to women.

Speakers
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Michelle Barboza

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
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Erin Ellis

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
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Emily Hartwig

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
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Corrine Osgood

Student, Nipmuc Regional High School
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Jocelyn Tuttle

MA Challenge


Wednesday January 23, 2019 12:43pm - 1:40pm
Media Center

12:43pm

Clean-Up Crew
Limited Capacity full

In this session, students will help to take down all decorations in the Main Lobby and Cafeteria from the conference. Meet Miss Ramsey in the Cafeteria.

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Leigh-ann Ramsey

Career, Community, and Innovations Coordinator, Nipmuc Regional High School


Wednesday January 23, 2019 12:43pm - 1:40pm
Cafeteria

12:43pm

Lets Get Budgeting! Everything You Need To Know About Budgeting Basics
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Students will learn how to create a budget that will help them manage adults bank accounts and monthly expenses. Students will be given a profile sheet that will include their pay, pay frequency, monthly expenses, due dates for their bills, etc. They will then have to manage 2 months of budgeting. 

Moderators
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Courtney Leja

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School

Wednesday January 23, 2019 12:43pm - 1:40pm
Room 310