April 25, 2018
Dear Parents and Legal Guardians of Students in Grades 7 and 9,
In compliance with MGL Chapter 71, Section 96 and 97, North Middlesex Regional School District will be conducting verbal screenings of students in grades 7 and 9 related to the use of alcohol, marijuana and other substances. The goal of this program is to let students know that we are available to reinforce healthy decisions and to assist them in obtaining support if needed for substance use related problems.
The Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program screening process will be incorporated into our annual state mandated screening program. All screenings will be conducted confidentially by our school nurses in private one-on-one sessions. The district will utilize the CRAFFT II screening tool, which is the most commonly used substance screening tool for adolescents in Massachusetts.
Students who are not using substances will have their healthy choices reinforced by the screener. The screener will provide brief feedback to any student who reports using substances, or who is at risk for future substance use. If needed, we will refer students to our counseling staff for further evaluation. This program focuses on harm prevention and will not result in disciplinary action. Results of the screening will not be included in your students’ school record. The screening is voluntary, and students may choose not to answer any or all of the screening questions.
As with any school screening, you have the right to opt your child out of this screening. Click here to download the opt out form. If you decide not to have your child participate in the verbal screening, you will need to send the completed opt-out form to the nurse at your child’s school. You can also contact your child’s nursing office with any questions.
Nissitissit will conduct screenings on May 15.
Superintendent of Schools
SBIRT Opt Out Form.docx (1)
The beautiful weather has finally arrived and we are thrilled to see students out and about in the community. Please take a moment to review the following safety tips with your children:
- Always walk in pairs or with a group.
- Make sure somebody at home knows where you are, who you are with and when you are expected home.
- Use the crosswalks and crossing guard when crossing the street.
- Don’t talk to strangers, or get a vehicle with somebody you don’t know. Also, don’t accept food or drink from strangers.
- Wear your helmet when riding a bike or scooter.
- If you are approached by a stranger, report it to an adult immediately.
- Wear sunscreen.
- If you see something that doesn’t look right, say something to an adult.
Nissitissit Middle School will begin conducting state-mandated postural screenings this week for students in all grades. However, if you returned the proper form, your child will be excluded. The school nurse and physical education teachers will conduct these screenings during your child’s physical education class. Boys and girls will be screened separately and privacy will be maintained at all times. To allow for full viewing of the spine, boys will be asked to remove their shirts. Girls should bring a bathing suit top or sports type bra with shorts during the screening days. The screening is a simple 30 second observation of the back: first standing and then bending forward. If your child has any unusual findings, you will receive a letter recommending further evaluation by your child’s physician. Please contact Mrs. Friend in our Health Office with any questions or concerns.
Halloween is Tuesday, October 31. At NMS, students should not wear costumes, face paint or masks to school. We are encouraging students to wear black, purple and orange. Also, please discourage your student from packing all their trick or treat candy for lunch on Wednesday!
This year, as part of a health project, we are also participating in Operation Gratitude. Students can donate some of their excess Halloween candy in a bin in the front lobby between November 1-8. Your extra treats can help put smiles on the faces of our deployed Service Members and First Responders! This is a great opportunity for students to give back and say thank you.
The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
, the Nashoba Associated Boards of Health will host a Seasonal Flu Shot Clinic at Nissitissit Middle School. Please bring your insurance card as most companies cover the cost. Otherwise, a fee of $20.00 will cover the cost of the vaccine. Everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop full protection against the flu. For more information please visit www.nashoba.org
Have an extra yoga mat hanging around? Ms. Stanton is excited to launch a new yoga unit. But, we need more yoga mats! Please donate a new or gently used yoga mat to our PE Program. Thanks!
We are pleased to announce that we will begin serving Rich’s Ice Cream in the middle school cafeterias beginning May 4. The cost will be $1.00.
Rich’s ice cream novelties are designed specifically to meet the nutritional needs for schools, they meet the HHFKA requirements and are nut free.
Nutritional information can be found on Rich’s web site at www.richicecream.com.
We will be offering Low Fat Ice Cream Sandwiches, Fudge Frenzy Bars, Orange Cream Bar, Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Shortcake, and Creamy Cotton Candy.
Any questions can be directed to Michelle Curran, Whitsons Food Service Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.