Rain Cancellations

rained outDue to the rain, we have the following cancellations:

Field hockey practice will be held in the gym from 2:45-4:00.

The cross country meet has been rescheduled to Thursday, October 1.

The 100 Mile Club will not walk today. In the future, they will walk indoors in bad weather


Double Beam Balances

Mrs.Worth’s 5th grade science classes have been working with double beam balances to find the mass of different objects. They were excited about their first science lab at NMS!

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Sound Waves

This week, students in 7th and 8th grade learned about how sound waves travel in music class with Mr. Abrams. After a brief discussion in the classroom of how sound travels relatively slowly, the students were led outside to the front of the building where they experimented with clapping short rhythms and hearing them twice: once in their hands and once when the sound waves bounced off the side of the building. The students are now aware that when they attend a concert and sit way in the back, they actually experience the concert a split second later than those audience members who are seated closer to the source.

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Remember the big garter snake we caught under the snake-boards last year?  Well, she is a mom as proven by three young babies that were caught this week!  The huge toad is filling up for her long hibernation…and to produce eggs in the spring that she will lay in our vernal pool.

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100 Mile Club is back!

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The 100 Mile Club® is back for a second year at Nissitissit Middle School with an exciting new addition.  Tufts University and New Balance has teamed up to challenge America’s students to run ONE BILLION MILES.  

The 100 Mile Club® was founded by Kara Lubin in 1993.  Kara was a teacher in California whose students struggled with learning and feeling successful.  She recognized they felt uninspired and often times like failures.  Now The 100 Mile Club®  is a non-profit organization that promotes an even playing field for everyone.  It is about fitness and genuine personal success through setting a lofty goal and working toward it.   It is a huge challenge, one that each and every one of us can achieve.  Accept the challenge and set a goal for yourself.  You are not competing against each other…. just yourself.  

All NMS students, staff, and families are challenged to run or walk 100 miles by June 1, 2016.  Every mile you log counts toward your personal goal of 100 miles and the Billion Mile Race.


billion mile raceThe Billion Mile Race allowed schools to count 100 Mile Club® miles from the 2014-2015 school year.  Last year, 142 students, teachers, and family members in Pepperell logged 11,166 miles.  Nissitissit is ranked 5 out of 64 schools in Massachusetts.  Google “Billion Mile Race” to find Nissitissit stats, they will be updated in January and in June 2016.

All NMS cross country miles, specific 5K runs, and hikes count toward the 100 mile goal, because they each match 100 Mile Club®  goal.  Wearing a fitbit to soccer, football, field hockey practices or other activities does NOT count, because the goal of these practices is to study and learn a new sports.

Registration Forms are available during PE classes and on the table outside of Ms. Stanton’s office.  

The first after school opportunity to log miles is Wednesday, September 30.  If it is raining, we don’t walk.

Ms. Daniels will be staying after school on Tuesdays and Ms. Stanton will be staying on Wednesdays.  Students should be picked up at 3:15 PM at the front entrance.  Rides home should be planned the night before students stay after school.  Students are welcome to stay after as long as they behave and follow directions the first time.

We suggest running/walking 3-5 miles a week.  You can do some of the miles at school and some at home.  If you need to – you can do all the miles at home.    Students are not required to stay after school to participate in the 100 Mile Club®.

Registration Forms must be returned to Ms. Stanton before you stay after school.  Students, staff, and NMS families… including parents are welcome to accept the challenge.  The cost is $12.00 per person.  Ten dollars for the incentive package and 2 dollars for shipping.  

The incentive package includes:


2014-15 SIGNATURE 100 Mile Club® T-shirt (Earned at 25 miles)

Golden Pencil (Earned at 50 miles)

Wristband (Earned at 75 miles)

Final Certificate for Medal Ceremony – available for all participants no matter the miles earned

Gold Medal with neckband (ONLY for participants who reach their 100-mile goal).


How was your day at school?

25waysWe are a few weeks in now. What does your child say when you ask how his/her day was? Fine, ok? Here are a few suggestions that may actually give you some insight into their day.

1. Where in the school do you hang out the most? (Like a particular hall, classroom, parking lot, etc.) Where in the school do you never hang out?

2. What would your school be better with? What would your school be better without?

3. If you were a teacher, what class would you teach? Which class would be the worst to teach? Why?

4. What was the coolest (saddest, funniest, scariest) thing that you saw today?

5. Tell me one thing that you learned today.

6. If your day at school today was a movie, what movie would it be?

7. Besides walking to their next classes, what else do people do in the halls in between classes?

8. Who do you think you could be nicer to?

9. Which is your easiest class? Which is your hardest class? OR Which class are you learning the most in? Which class are you learning the least in?

10. If they played music in the halls at school, what would everyone want them to play over the loudspeaker?

11. If you could read minds, which teacher’s mind would you read? Which classmate’s mind would you read? Whose mind would you NOT want to read?

12. If today had a theme song, what would it be?

13. Which class has your favorite group of students in it? Which class has the worst group of students?

14. What do you think you should do more of at school? What do you think you should do less of?

15. What are the top three (or five) things that you hear people say in the halls?

16. What do you think the most important part of school is?

17. Tell me one question that you had today, even if it wasn’t answered… actually, especially if it wasn’t answered…

18. Which class has the most cute boys/girls in it?

19. If an alien spaceship landed at your school, who would you like them to beam aboard and take back to their home planet?

20. Who did you help today? Who helped you today?

21. If you could be invisible for the day at school, what would you do?

22. What part of the day do you look forward to? What part of the day do you dread?

23. What would you change about school lunch?

24. Which classmate is most likely to be arrested, made president, become a millionaire, be in movies, let loose a flock of wild chickens in the library, etc.?

25. If you had to go to only one class every day, which class would it be?

26. Tell me one thing you read at school today.

27. If your day at school was an emoticon, which one would it be?

28. What do you think your teachers talked about in the faculty room today after school?

This post originally appeared on Simple Simon and Company: http://www.simplesimonandco.com/2014/08/25-ways-ask-teens-school-today-without-asking-school-today.html

Join Student Council!


If you are interested in being a representative for Student Council, now is your chance! 1-2 representatives from each homeroom will be chosen to attend a meeting biweekly (every other week) on Mondays. In order to join Student Council, you will need to write a 2 to 3 paragraph essay explaining why you are interested in joining Student Council. Essays should include:  what contributions you can make to the program, any new ideas that you would like the Student Council to take part in, and any experience you have with community service or student leadership (including prior years on Student Council).

 Student Council is an opportunity to become a leader in our school and to have your ideas heard! You can make a difference.

 Please turn in your essays on the Student Council Google Classroom (the code is bbhq4hi on classroom.google.com) by Monday Sept. 28. Our first meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday October 5.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Robinson in Room 315. We can’t wait to hear your ideas!