Coniferous forest, deciduous forest, grassland, savannah, bird ecology, coyote tracking……Mr. Pineda’s students had the opportunity to study it all in early December. As an important activity in their environmental science unit, students took a trip to the Heald Orchard five minutes from the school. Everyone was prepared for the frigid temperatures so they could make their highly relevant scientific observations. A relaxing picnic lunch was enjoyed by all next to Heald Pond (which is a lake, ecologically speaking) under cloudy skies while they searched the pond’s four beaver lodges for activity.
This morning, Mrs. Wilson, our Choral Director, accompanied our Select Chorus to the Pepperell Senior Center. Students joined members of our community for a delicious breakfast complete with hot chocolate! Then, our choir preformed several musical selections. Our students sounded wonderful! Thank you to the Senior Center for hosting us and to Superintendent Landers for attending! The music warmed our hearts on this cold day.
The NMS PTSG is hosting a great fundraiser! Parents, students, and staff can purchase a “candy cane gram” for $1.00. The Candy Gram consists of a candy cane and a school appropriate message. Candy grams will be delivered to students and staff on Friday, December 23. Forms can be found in each homeroom and in the main office. We hope you will help support the NMS PTSG and make somebody’s day a little sweeter!
At Nissitissit Middle School, we use the Second Step Program to provide education to students about social-emotional skills, including bullying. Bullying is a topic we take very seriously. As part of the fifth grade curriculum, we will be looking at what is considered “Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying”. This Thursday, December 15, all 5th grade students will be meeting in the gym first block to attend an interactive lesson led by our School Counselor, Mrs. Thomas and our district wide School Resource Officer, Brent Davis. The lesson is intended to help students recognize the difference between bullying and being unkind. Resources will be given to report bullying. The role of the bystander will a focal point, as well as how to participate in our “Pay It Forward” kindness campaign. We will also discuss bullying using Social Media, as this is prevalent in middle school students.
We hope you will follow up with your student after the presentation on Thursday and see what your child has learned.
North Middlesex Regional School District would like to start a pilot before and after school program in all our schools, grades K through 8, starting January 3, 2017. We are gathering information regarding the need for such programming at Hawthorne Brook Middle School, Nissitissit Middle School, Spaulding Memorial School, and Varnum Brook Elementary School. Please take a moment to fill out the attached survey if you are interested in this opportunity. Please note that there are separate surveys for elementary and middle school.
We hope you are enjoying your Snow Day! We have a busy week ahead and wanted to share a few reminders.
- Trimester 1 Report Cards went home with students on Friday. Please review this with your child and send the signed envelope back to school tomorrow. Any questions should be directed to the teacher.
- Tomorrow is an Early Release Day for students. Students will be dismissed at 11:05. Grade 5 students will still have band and chorus rehearsal. Don’t forget your instrument!
- Tomorrow is also Picture Make Up Day! Any student who was absent on Picture Day, had a technical problem, or eyes were closed should plan for a retake first thing tomorrow morning.