We recommend skipping straight to the veterans and kids at about the 13:30 mark.
At 11am on Monday, band members are being asked to step outside to the front of their homes, face toward a cemetery if possible, and play “Taps” in the key of Concert G Major. Percussionists may use a bell kit or keyboard, according to Wilson Middle School’s Scott Morrill.
Eight Natick runners, four high school students and four middle school students, have been recognized as part of the Boston Athletic Association Scholastic Mile Class of 2020 and Middle School 1K Honor Roll. Typically, eight runners from each of the cities and towns along the Boston Marathon route are selected by their coaches to represent their communities on marathon weekend.
The 1-mile and 1K races usually take place the Saturday before the marathon at the end of that course, but this year they’ve been canceled due to COVID-19. While that’s hugely disappointing, the runners will still get some sweet swag.
Natick’s high schoolers are Caroline Fleming, Genna Girard, Matthew George and Conor McDonough. The middle schoolers are Kira Henderson, Angelina Wing, Steven D’Alessandro and Sean Fleming.
Congrats to them all.
Natick High School Vice Principal Zach Galvin feels for the Class of 2020, so he sung about it.
— Zach Galvin (@ZachsPack) April 22, 2020
According to the yearly US News & World Report Best High Schools rankings, Natick High School this year came in #79 out of over 300 public high schools in the state of Massachusetts. In 2019 Natick took the #94 spot.
Boston Latin School in Boston was ranked #1 in the state.
Area schools that came ahead of Natick in the state rankings were: Dover-Sherborn Regional HS (#5); Weston HS (#8); Medfield Senior High (#14); Newton South (#20); Wayland HS (#26); and Wellesley (#28).
On the national stage, Natick also came up in the rankings. 2020 saw Natick make its way to #1,923 in the country, while in 2019 its ranking was 2,100. US News & World Report says that schools are ranked based on their performance on state-required tests, graduation rates, and how well schools prepare students for college.
Only one Massachusetts school cracked the national top-100 list — Boston Latin School (#37).
Read about US News & World Report’s methedologies.
- student-to-teacher ratio: 14:1
- math proficiency: 93%
- reading proficiency: 97%
- percentage that participate in AP exams: 59%
- graduation rate: (97%)
Here’s who came in 1, 2, 3 in top Massachusetts high schools:
Boston Latin took the #1 spot, as it did in 2018.
Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis came in #2, up a slot from last year.
Hopkinton HS came in #3 in the state.
Need to be #1?
In case you’re interested in uprooting your family to chase after what the Report says is the #1 high school in the country, you will be off to Alexandria, VA to enroll your kids in the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. According to the the school’s website, Thomas Jefferson “was established in 1985 as a partnership among businesses and schools created to improve education in science, mathematics, and technology. Representatives from business and industry and staff of the Fairfax County Public Schools worked together in curriculum and facilities development for the school.”