Flu Shot Clinic at NMS

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The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Next Tuesday, October 7 from 3:00 PM- 6:00 PM, the Nashoba Associated Boards of Health will host a seasonal flu clinic at Nissitissit Middle School. 

Please bring your insurance card as most companies cover the cost, otherwise a fee of $15.00 will cover the cost of the vaccine. 
Everyone (6 months and older) should get an annual flu vaccine. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop full protection against the flu.
Hawthorne Brook Middle School in Townsend is also hosting a seasonal flu clinic on Tuesday, October 21 from 3:00-6:00 PM.

 

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Today’s Book Buzz

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wonderToday we are buzzing about the book Wonder by R.J Palacio. Thank you to Brooks and Deliliah for a great interview. We are looking for more readers to buzz about the books they read. Please see Mrs. Young if interested.

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Turtle Power!

scienceMany large snapping turtles live in the Varnum Brook Pond.  In mid-June, right after school got out, a female climbed the pond’s bank and laid 30 eggs in the Varnum Brook photo (38)sandbox. The eggs look and feel like Ping-Pong balls, with flexible, leathery shells.  The eggs incubated in the sand for 80 days and were just about to hatch when some children found them during recess.  A kind staff person dug them up, being careful not to jostle them.  The eggs were brought to Mr. Pineda’s 7th-grade life science classroom where they have been hatching out over the past two weeks!  Luckily, Mr. Pineda is a turtle expert! He just finished a class on reptiles!  So far 22 adorable little snappers have hatched!  Students have named them all after cartoon characters like the Ninja Turtles and Pokémon.

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Michaelangelo and Donatello, one day old turtles.

After hatching, they are observed in the classroom for two days.  Next, they are released in nearby Willard Brook State Forest in Ashby, where they will be safe from the many hazards presented by the roads and development near their natal pond.   Wish them luck!

 

Student Spotlight: Taylor

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Taylor is pushing her aunt who can no longer walk due to MS.

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Taylor on the walk.

Today’s Student Spotlight is on Taylor, a sixth grade student at NMS.  For the last three years, Taylor has participated in a 3 day walk to benefit Multiple Sclerosis. Taylor completed her first walk when she was 9 years old. Her first year, Taylor joined her father and walked a total of 28 miles. The following year, she was able to walk 37 miles. This year, Taylor walked 42 miles in 3 days on Cape Cod!  Taylor walks for her grandfather, who can no longer walk due to the disease. She also walks for her aunt, who is affected by Multiple Sclerosis. Thank you, Taylor for making a personal sacrifice and spreading awareness of Multiple Sclerosis!

The NMS Blog is looking to showcase more students who are making positive contributions to our community. Please contact Mrs. Young if interested.photo (32)

Scholar’s Brunch

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Students going through the buffet line. YUM!

On Friday, 106 hungry students gathered in the NMS cafeteria to celebrate earning high honors on their fourth quarter report card in June. The Scholar’s Brunch has been a favorite tradition at NMS for many years. It is just one example of how we recognize students. On the day of a brunch, students come out of class for 30 minutes and are treated to a delicious breakfast of hot egg sandwiches, cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, bagels, and of course Dunkin Donut munchkins! This wonderful breakfast is

Members of our PTSG getting ready to serve brunch!

Members of our PTSG getting ready to serve brunch!

prepared, served and sponsored by our fabulous PTSG! This is just one example of the great things they do for our students. Friday we challenged our scholar’s to pick two friends and encourage them to work hard and earn the breakfast for first quarter. We’d love to have a cafeteria full of students! Congratulations students for all your hard work! Thank you to Mrs. Phoenix, Mrs. Szum, Ms. Boundy, Mrs. Benson, and Mrs. Abernathy for organizing the event! The next Scholar’s Brunch will be in mid -November.

Current Events on the blog!

photo(25)Last week in Mrs. Klein’s sixth grade social studies classes, students explored the current event of Scotland wanting to be independent from the United Kingdom. Scotland has been part of the United Kingdom for over 300 years and the debate to be independent has been very controversial because it would have world wide consequences.  This election is said to be one of the most important elections in current history.

The ballot.

The ballot.

As a class, students read various newspaper articles, viewed a news report, and discussed the pros and cons of Scotland becoming independent.  One class made presentations based on the newspaper articles they read. Some of the issues discussed included the following:

  • Ownership of the the oil and how it would affect its economy
  • Ownership of the nuclear submarines and how it would affect its defense.
  • The decision to use a different currency.
  • The decision to change the flag.
  • The decision to let women join the British Masters golf tournament if the vote was yes.
  • Compared the United States declaration of independence to Scotland’s choice.
  • The effect of the 16 and 17 year olds vote.

On Thursday, September 18th, all classes voted, along with Scotland.  On Thursday afternoon, exit polls were very close to Nissitissit’s vote, but the final vote came in very different. Our actual results were as follows;

YES NO TOTAL
A Block 16 6 22
B Block 15 5 20
C Block 6 15 21
D Block 15 6 21
Totals 52 32 84
Percent 62% 32%
Scotlands % Results 45% 55%

photo(23)As a conclusion to this activity, students discussed the main reason why they voted either yes or no.

Here are a sampling of some of their responses.

  • It would cost too much money to be independent.
  • Scotland would be a weaker country if they were independent.
  • Scotland deserves to have more freedom and choices than they have today.
  • Scotland’s defense would be compromised.
  • Scotland should stay united because it’s been that way for 300 years.

Mrs. Klein was very impressed with the interest and enthusiasm the students showed toward this very important issue. It has sparked their interest in global awareness. She has encouraged her students to bring in any other information on this election and post it under their “current event” bulletin board.

Reminder!

dontforgetThis Wednesday, September 24, there is no school for students. Teachers have a full day of professional development. What will teachers be working on? Well, all K-8 teachers will start the day at Nissitissit where Assistant Superintendent Nancy Milligan along with administrators, and teacher leaders will present information about District Determined Measures, or DDM’s. DDM’s are measures of student growth, achievement and learning pdrelated to our curriculum frameworks that are comparable across the grade level or subject area. The Department of Education requires that all teachers create and implement two measures.  The rest of the day, teachers will be working with their colleagues from Hawthorne Brook to finish creating/identifying their assessment and then complete the administration protocols. Our teachers are looking forward to working with their colleagues as there are very few opportunities to collaborate. We will be using additional professional development time throughout the year to assess, monitor, and analyze student growth.