Hands on History

This month, our fifth grade students were treated to a special event. Hands on History, run by Dennis Cormier, Commander of the 7th Mass Regiment,  provided students with a visual and hands-on experience of what it is like being a Continental Army soldier during the American Revolution.   He brought over $40,000 worth of original 18th century artifacts and reproductions to Nissitissit to share with students.  Our students listened to Mr. Cormier’s tales of what it was like being in the Continental Army. They loved trying on uniforms from the British, French, and Continental Armies as well as touching many items from that time period such as pewter lanterns, pitchers, muskets, and coins.  Students were able to see documents with the stamps required of that time (Stamp Act) and an actual newspaper with George Washington’s obituary! Thanks to the Pepperell Cultural Council and The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts for providing most of the funding for this assembly. Our students learned so much and enjoyed it!



Snow Day Extended Learning Program

The pilot program for an alternative to snow-day make-up days has been accepted for this school year, for up to five snow days during the period from January 16 through April 1. Instead of making up those days at the end of June, students will be given a variety of assignments that are designed to be done relatively independently and, depending on the type of assignment, will be due sometime after the snow days. Students may work on the assignments during the snow days or choose to complete them afterwards, especially if they need help or clarification from staff. The links here are to documents from the snow day committee and offer specific information about the program. There is more information on the district webpage.

Snow Day Extended Learning links: OverviewFAQPowerPoint slides from the school committee presentation.

Get your student’s assignments here:  Assignments: NMS Snow Day Extended Learning Plans.

Snow Day Extended Learning

The Snow Day Extended Learning program provides the students of NMRSD with real-time, authentic learning opportunities to replace canceled school days in place of adding the days to the end of the school calendar in June. Teachers will provide curriculum-based learning that their students can complete in place of a canceled school day.  Assignments may be short-term, unit-based or a long-term project equal to multiple days of learning.

The pilot program will take place starting January 16, 2018, through April 1, 2018, for up to five snow days that may take place during that time period.

There are a few ways that you can learn more about the details of the pilot program:

  • Faculty and staff will have overview and training meetings during the first two weeks of January to review the contents of the Extended Learning pilot and to begin creating assignments that reflect their grade level, subject and curriculum needs.
  • The district website has the PowerPoint presentation used at the December 18th school committee meeting for you to view, as well as, the pilot proposal containing an Overview, Frequently Asked Questions, Roles and Responsibilities, Sample Assignments and the Communication Plan. These can be accessed on the front page or by choosing the Extended Learning tab.
  • An Informational Meeting for families is going to be held next Thursday, January 11, 2018, beginning at 6:30 pm at the North Middlesex Regional High School.
  • Individual Schools will be sending out information through their preferred communication methods as well.

At the end of the pilot, the Snow Day Extended Learning committee will send out a survey to determine the strengths and areas of improvement for this initiative. The school committee will then be presented with a recommendation from the committee to either adopt the Extended Learning for future years, continue with a revised pilot, or discontinue the program based on the results of the survey.

We are excited to be a district piloting this alternative to the traditional “making up” of all snow days at the end of June and feel that this will provide a quality alternative for the students of North Middlesex to learn in an extended environment.

A special thank you to Principal Janda and members of the Snow Day Extended Learning committee for their commitment to this process.

School Report Card

December 19, 2017


Dear Parent or Guardian:

We are pleased to provide a copy of our school’s report card. It contains information about school and district accountability, achievement, our students and teachers, and other important measures of school performance.

The first page of the report card contains important accountability information:

          Accountability and Assistance Levels: Schools and districts are placed into one of five accountability and assistance levels (1-5), with the highest rating being Level 1 and lowest rating being Level 5. Our school has been given an accountability designation of “no level” because students in our school participated in the 2017 Next-Generation MCAS tests.

        The second page of the report card provides information about the students and teachers in our school as compared to the district and the state. Also included are other important measures of school performance, such as attendance, suspension rates, and high school performance.

To improve student performance in our school, we are analyzing the data available from the spring 2017 testing so our students are prepared for the 2018 tests. We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. Some of the ways you can become involved are:

  •         Encouraging your child’s learning at home
  •         Attending parent-teacher meetings and other special meetings
  •         Serving as a volunteer in our school or district
  •         Encouraging other parents to become involved

Finally, if your child attends a school that receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:

  •         Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach
  •         Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver
  •         The college degree and major of your child’s teacher
  •         Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications

For more information about what we are doing to improve student achievement or to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers, please feel free to contact us at dgleason@nmrsd.org. For a full copy of this report card, or to see report cards for other schools, visit profiles.doe.mass.edu.


Diane Gleason

To view Nissitissit’s Report Card, click on the link below: