Happy Holidays!

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The staff at Nissitissit Middle School would like to wish all of our families a wonderful holiday and a safe and enjoyable vacation. We are looking forward to great things in 2016! See you next year!

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Band & Chorus Visit NMRHS

On Friday, December 18, our 8th Grade Band & Chorus students combined with their counterparts from Hawthorne Brook Middle School to work with Mr. Bielik, Mrs. Blake, and students currently involved in the NMRHS Band & Chorus programs.
Our students met former Nissitissit students who now hold leadership positions in the high school Band and Chorus programs. From them, they learned some facts about one of the best high school music programs in the state, including:
1) You CAN be in the Band AND Chorus programs without choosing one over the other!
2) You are not pulled out of any other class and don’t miss any other class time when you elect to be involved in the music program.
3) All rehearsals are during the school day (nothing before/after school) unless you choose to become more involved.
4) It is possible to play in school and town-league sports, be in various honor societies, and pursue other interests while still being a contributing member of the music program.
Take a listen to part of our combined rehearsal with HBMS’ 8th graders and the NMRHS Wind Symphony in the video below.
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Behind the Scenes at NMS

Ever wonder how we change the light bulbs in the auditorium so that we can have great lighting for our performances or how we hang the gigantic evergreen wreath on the front of the building? Well, we have an outstanding custodial department led by Mr. Nixon who are always up for a challenge! Thank you for all you do to make our school a safe and beautiful place to learn. Also, a big thank you to Ms. Baldwin for making our holiday wreath! Every year, Ms. Baldwin hand ties fresh evergreens from local trees onto the large medal frame to make our wreath.  This is big job and it looks awesome!

 

Thank You First Responders!

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Last week we thanked the team of Pepperell First Responders during a small reception at Nissitissit. We are grateful to have the support of  both the Pepperell Police and Fire Departments throughout the year. What a wonderful and safe community we live in!

Pictured above: Front Row: Kenny English Firefighter, Peter Shattuck, Assistant Chief Fire, Lieutenant Blain, Sargent Parker, Oscar Hills, Director of Buildings and Grounds, NMRSD, Officer Friend.

Back Row:Anne Adams, NMRSD School Committee, Nancy Milligan, Asst. Superintendent, Diane Gleason, Principal-NMS, Officer Haskins, Police Chief Scott, and Superintendent Joan Landers.

Photosynthesis

Our 7th grade botanists have been studying photosynthesis over the last few weeks.  First, they used edible models to understand the structure of plant cells, with green jellybeans being used to represent chloroplasts.  They were able to eat any extra “organelles”! Next, bromothymol blue was shown to react with CO2, and Benedict’s solution reacted to sugar.  This involved using Bunsen Burners!   Safety First!

 

 

Tech Crew Update

Did you know that Mr. Worth and the NMS Tech Crew have a blog? Check it out at https://nmstechcrew.wordpress.com/

Here is a look at their latest post!

Holiday Week

Last week in the Tech Crew was a very interesting week. A Book Christmas tree was built in the lobby, and we used the old school books that aren’t used. This week, we are doing the Tech behind the tree. Kids are using Scratch, Makey-Makey, and Little Bits to decorate the tree. Scratch is the coding behind the Tech, Makey-Makey will light up the tree, and trigger actions,and Little Bits is a new fun program for us to work with. The whole crew is working together to spread some holiday cheer around our school.