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Newburyport High School Principal Leadership Transition

By Taylor Walker, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Taylor is a local Newburyport writer helping to cover happenings within the Newburyport High School community. Taylor will be majoring in English at Worcester State University in the fall of 2018 and has participated in creative writing clubs.
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The Newburyport High School Principal, Mr. Parent, will be retiring at the end of this school year after eleven years of hard work. Mr. Parent has made huge contributions to this school’s environment for students and staff. Throughout his years here at NHS, Mr. Parent has conferred with a team of teachers, students, parents, and school officials to accomplish multiple projects. Since Mr. Parent started here at NHS, he has cultivated the flex program, which allows for students to partake in classes at night to free up their schedules during the school day; he has utilized every moment students have in their school day to allow as much learning as possible, changing the schedule and making adjustments as they were needed; as well as academics, Mr. Parent has helped to expand the different sports available to NHS students.

At the end of his eleventh year as the Newburyport High School Principal, Mr. Parent is welcoming Mr. Andrew Wulf in to take his place. Mr. Wulf is currently an Administrator of Teaching and Learning at Salem High School. As part of the new principal’s welcome to the Newburyport community, Mr. Wulf came for a tour of the school to really grasp an understanding of what life is like here at NHS. Transitioning into this position for Mr. Wulf will be an exciting time and he has a plan in mind in order to complete this switch as smooth as possible.

Recently, I corresponded with Mr. Wulf in relation to this change coming soon to Newburyport High School. Touching on the importance of keeping everyone connected and informed, Mr. Wulf said, “My goal is to learn about the school through the eyes of students, teachers, support staff and parents so that I can acquire a deep and rich understanding of Newburyport High School”. As this change takes place, NHS students, parents, and community members can all take note of the collaborative team work going on in this high school. Mr. Wulf went on to elaborate that his tour here had really given him an insight into how NHS is, calling it a “special place with a strong sense of community”, and further he expressed that he is excited, as we are here at NHS, to begin his tenure as our new principal.

Newburyport High School Prom – An Annual Tradition

By Taylor Walker, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Taylor is a local Newburyport writer helping to cover happenings within the Newburyport High School community. Taylor will be majoring in English at Worcester State University in the fall of 2018 and has participated in creative writing clubs.
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Newburyport High School Prom is always a time of excitement and fun! It’s a wonderful tradition that students prepare for, weeks in advance. The 2018 Newburyport Senior Prom was held Thursday, May 31st and the festivities started at 5 PM with the annual promenade. The Promenade always takes place at Newburyport High School before the prom in order to include everyone in this memorable event. Students (who so chose) name’s are announced as they walked down the steps of the high school and then continue down a sidewalk lined with people. Friends, parents, younger & older siblings, other family members, and many from the community come out to be part of this exciting nigh for the students. After the Promenade, students take photos with friends and family and then are transported to the prom on buses. This year’s prom was held at Blue Ocean event center in Salisbury.

Traditionally, at a prom students were expected to wear formal attire. Male students wore a black tux with a tie or vest that corresponded in color to their date’s formal gown. Now, with today’s society evolving faster than ever, students, especially girls, are encouraged to express themselves, as they so choose. You will still see lots of formal dresses but you will also see some wearing outfits that stray from traditional gowns, like jumpsuits and even two piece fashions. Meanwhile, boys are wearing different colored suits and switching up their formal attire.

Not only are students more expressive with their attire, but there is far less pressure to attend the Newburyport High School Prom as a traditional couple. You will see groups of girls, groups of guys and LGBT couples too. Newburyport High School students are attending prom with friends that they want to make memories with. Newburyport High School senior Isabelle Bacon said, “As a member of the LGBT community, I have personally noticed that our community has become more accepting, because our society has grown in awareness that not everyone is the same.” The Newburyport High School seniors are a diverse group of students but they are ready to celebrate their many wonderful accomplishments as they prepare for exciting future endeavors.

Newburyport.com enjoyed helping to capture this great group of students and we hope you enjoy our video of the Newburyport High School Prom Promenade. Make sure to follow Newburyport VIP on Instagram to view our VIP Prom photo highlights.

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