Washington DC Alert!!!

Our eighth graders will arrive at NMS tonight at 11:00.  Please do not park in the bus loop. Please park in the parking lot or car line.  A ConnectED message just went out to families to notify everybody of the pick up time. They had a great trip, but are happy to be home!

Baby Chicks!

Mr. Pineda is teaching his students how to pick up chicks, baby chicks that is! Earlier this week, 48 out of 57 eggs hatched in the incubator located in the science lab. The pictures below show students safely handling the baby chickens. Many students have come home this week asking their parents if they can have chickens! Sorry about that!

 

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Electromagnetism

GPS?  Who needs that?  As part of a unit on electromagnetism, students are learning how to orienteer the old-fashioned way–with a compass.  First, students learned how to make their own compasses with lodestones, like the ancients did. Then, they learned how to operate the fancy kind used by our armed forces, hunters, and explorers. Did you know that from the front of the school to the DPW shed holds a bearing of 220 degrees? Or, from home plate on the baseball field to Varnum Brook is 140 degrees?

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Play Rehearsal Update

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Our school play, Peter Pan is almost ready for opening night. This is the last call for t-shirt money! Ms. Ramsey would like all students to have a special t-shirt. If there is a financial hardship, please see Mrs. Young. Shirts are $10.

Final Rehearsal Schedule:

Thursday, May 28: No rehearsal. However, Ms. Ramsey will be here to collect any final t-shirt money.

Tuesday, June 2 from 2:30- 5:  Final run through with tech crew.

Thursday, June 4 from 2:30-5:  Final run through with lighting and sound.

Tuesday, June 9 from  2:30-6: Final run through with costumes and tech crew.

Wednesday, June 10 from 2:30-6: Final run through with costumes and tech crew.

Thursday, June 11: In school production at 1:00. Also, opening night is at 6:30. Call time is 4:00.

Friday, June 12: Second Performance at 6:30. Call time is 4:00.

 

100 Mile Club

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Our first year of the 100 Mile Club is ending this week.  We were thrilled with the turnout! All winter long, we had a dedicated group of students walking the hallways of NMS. Now, in the better weather, they are walking outside in the sunshine! It was wonderful to see students and teachers walking together!  At this time,  students, family members, and staff need to complete and sign “Total Miles Contracts” and turn them into Ms. Stanton by Friday, June 5.  There is a table set up outside of room 105, on the lower level. Mrs. Nee will also have extra copies at the office.

 It is very important that all participants complete the form! Everyone who participated will be awarded a certificate at the last grade level GREAT/CLICK assembly of the year. The total number of miles listed on the contract will be written on the certificate.  For example, if a student logged 150 miles, their certificate will say 150 miles.  Students who achieve the 100 mile goal will also be awarded a medal.

Thank you to Ms. Stanton for bringing this great wellness opportunity to NMS. The 100 Mile Club will be back in the fall with some exciting new changes!

 

Memorial Day Weekend Update

It was a very busy weekend in the Pepperell community. Here is a brief recap.

flagI would like to recognize and congratulate all of our band students who performed community service work by their performance in the Memorial Day Parade. By all accounts, you looked great and sounded superb. In particular, I would like to recognize Josh Boswell and Sophia Couto for their solo performances of TAPS during the opening ceremony at 8:00 a.m. yesterday. Also, thank you to Conductor, Mr. Tellier for his continued leadership and dedication to our music program.

Also, many students participated in the Memorial Day Soccer Tournament. Congratulations on all your efforts! soccerball2

 

Below is the link for the Memorial Day video created by NMS students. The video was part of our Memorial Day Program held on Friday, May 22. Check it out!

Guest Speaker in PE Class

Neil Stone from Neil Stone’s Karate Academy visited the NMS Physical Education Program yesterday.  Neil led classes of 5th grade students in activities that he uses at his academy everyday.  Although he is known as a karate instructor, the lesson that he taught was not focused on karate at all.  His lesson was focused on positive behaviors.  He started with activities focusing on listening and quick thinking in order to follow directions.  He then held relay races with multiple groups and continued the emphasis on listening to follow all of the rules in order to complete the race.  Later, he discussed setting goals by using his phrase “plan your work, work your plan.”  He finished by discussing the importance of self-discipline with the students.  Neil is a highly motivating and animated teacher.  Students all enjoyed his visit! Thank you, Mr. Stone, for a great visit!

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