Caught in the Middle-Monthly Guidance News



December 4 marked the end of the first trimester Attendance Challenge!  The fifth grade was officially declared the winner! Congratulations!  Next trimester the Attendance Challenge will focus on being on time for school! No more tardies!!  I know the winter months are cold, but let’s help out our peers by getting to school by 8:00 am everyday!!

The G.R.E.A.T word of the month- December is A for Attitude

The holiday’s are not an easy time for everyone, which is why December is the perfect time to learn about attitude and what it really means.  In the article below, Carol Dwek from Stanford University outlines her lifetime research on attitude as a predictor of success over I.Q.  By teaching students Growth Mindset over Fixed Mindset they will enter the world as better problem solvers, and being more flexible in most situations.  All of these teachable qualities will stem from attitude. Check out our new “Attitude” bulletin board pictured above.

Kindness and Giving Back

During the month of December we will have daily suggested acts of kindness in our morning announcements.  These are small suggestions that students can do to give back during the month of December.

Kieran’s Kovers

NMS is also collecting new and gently used blanket donations before our December break to give to the local homeless.  

Now kicking off the FIFTH year of Kieran’s Kovers!  This program was started by Kieran Hummer, a 5th grader at Bicentennial Elementary School in Nashua. His goal is to keep homeless, and other disadvantaged people in need warm.  Generous contributions over the last four years have provided hundreds of blankets, hats/gloves and new socks which have all been donated to the Nashua Soup Kitchen.  Please help us by providing some of the first blankets of this season from Nissitissit Middle School.

Last year’s drive resulted in over 300 blankets from Bicentennial Elementary School and the Nashua YMCA organizations combined. With cold weather here again, and holidays coming, what better time to clean the closet and get rid of extra blankets, throws, and hats/mittens that are not being used?  All items collected will be donated to the Nashua Soup Kitchen. Send item(s) to school with your child – or drop off in the box located in the front lobby.  Any questions – contact Marion Hummer at: or Melissa Thomas at

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