NBMS Viking Vibes

Week of April 24 - April 28, 2023

Ms. Christina Hadreas, Principal


Ms. Brittany Birchall, Assistant Principal

Week at a Glance

Monday, April 24: CAASPP Testing A Day

Homework Help: 3:15-4:15 PM Rm 15

EL Math: 3:15-4:15 PM Rm 13

Drama: 3:15 PM-5:00 PM

Library: 3:00- 4:00 PM

Open Outdoor Activity Hour: 3:00- 4:00 PM

Tuesday, April 25: CAASPP Testing B Day

Homework Help: 3:15-4:15 PM Rm 15

EL Reading: 3:15-4:15 PM Rm 13

Weightlifting: 3:15-4:15 PM Rm 42

Drama: 3:15 PM-5:00 PM

Game Club/Library: 3:00- 4:00 PM

Beginning Band: 3:00-4:30 PM Rm 10

Open Outdoor Activity Hour: 3:00- 4:00 PM

Frisbee Golf Room 22: 3:00-:00 PM

Wednesday, April 26: A Day

Homework Help: 3:15-4:15 PM Rm 15

EL Math: 3:15-4:15 PM Rm 13

Drama: 3:15 PM-5:00 PM

Book Club/Library: 3:00- 4:00 PM

Open Outdoor Activity Hour: 3:00- 4:00 PM

Thursday, April 27: B Day

Homework Help: 3:15-4:15 PM Rm 15

EL Reading: 3:15-4:15 PM Rm 13

Weightlifting: 3:15-4:15 PM Rm 42

Fishing Club: 3:15-4:15 PM Rm 51

Drama: 3:15 PM-5:00 PM

Chess Club/Library: 3:00- 4:00 PM

Beginning Band: 3:00-4:30 PM Rm 10

Open Outdoor Activity Hour: 3:00- 4:00 PM

Healthy Living Extension: 3:00- 5:00 PM Rm 22

Friday, April 28: Early Release C Day

Library: 1:30- 3:00 PM

Open Gym Activities: 1:30- 4:00 PM

Important End-of-the-School-Year Dates

  • April 24- 25, 2023: CAASPP Testing for ELA and Math
  • April 24- 28, 2023: CAASPP Testing for ELA and Math
  • April 24- 28, 2023: Book Fair in the Library
  • April 24- May 5, 2023: Student Council Officer Applications Accepted
  • April 28, 2023: eBike Safety Assembly

  • May 1- 19, 2023: iReady Testing
  • May 1, 2023: End of the Year Field Trips distributed
  • May 2, 2023: Safe and Sound Speakers for 6th Grade Humanities
  • May 9, 2023: 7th Grade Field Trip to UCSC
  • May 9, 2023: NBMS Drama presents: Medley of Acts 7:00 PM
  • May 11, 2023: Walk and Roll (Bike) to School
  • May 11, 2023: New student field trip to NBMS (5th-grade students from SCG, Main, and Soquel) 10:30 AM- 12:10 PM
  • May 12, 2023: Teacher appreciation luncheon
  • May 12, 2023: All library books due!
  • May 13, 2023: SUESD and NBMS are proud to host the 2023 Queer Youth Leadership Awards at 5:00 PM
  • May 18, 2023: Open House 5:00 PM- 8:00 PM- Food Trucks start at 5:00 PM, Classrooms open at 6:00 PM
  • May 19, 2023: 8th Grade Dance 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
  • May 23, 2023: Chromebooks and Chargers Due!
  • May 24, 2023: Student Council Elections
  • May 25, 2023: 8th Grade to Boardwalk, 7th Grade to New Brighton Beach, 6th Grade to Capitola Beach
  • May 26, 2023: 8th Grade Promotion at 3:00 PM

Last Day for Book Fair is Friday!

Washington DC Trip

If you went on the DC Trip, stop by the office to pick up your Times Square picture:)
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Are you interested in joining Student Council for the 2023-24 school Year?

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Make Your Voices Be Heard!

Officer applications can be picked up from Ms. Lari in room 15 or the office.

Click this link to learn more about the NBMS Student Council Officer, Committee and Representative Duties

Click here for the Student Council Officer Form

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CAASPP Reminder

Students please bring a CHARGED chromebook each day this week. Also, get a good nights sleep and have a healthy breakfast. A snack will be provided prior to testing.


Parents- if you could please avoid appointments (checking students out of school) during testing hours. We appreciate your support!

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8th Grade Families- you MUST register for High School!

Parents will need to register their child for high school. This can be done in person at the high schools or online through Infinite Campus. Please note that you will need a NEW Infinite Campus login, different from your one here Soquel Union Elementary School District.

Here is the link to register for Soquel High: https://www.soquel.sccs.net/

Here is a helpful Soquel High Online Registration Tool

Instrucciones de Gegistro

NBMS Athletics this Week!


Practice Monday and Wednesday 3:30Pm-5:30PM in the studio


Mon. 4/24:

  • 4:00 PM - Game at San Lorenzo Valley Middle School

Tues, 4/25:

  • 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM Practice at Monterey Park

Wed, 4/26:

  • 4:00 PM - Home Game vs Notre Dame

Thurs, 4/27:

  • 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM Practice at Monterey Park

Fri, 4/28:

  • 2:00 PM Pictures in the PAC


Mon. 4/24:

  • No Practice

Tues, 4/25:

  • 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM Practice (Field)

Wed, 4/26:

  • No Practice

Thurs, 4/27:

  • 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM Practice (Field)

Fri, 4/28:

  • 3:45 PM Track Meet at San Lorenzo Valley High School

  • 1:30 PM Pictures in the PAC

Boys Volleyball

Mon. 4/24:

  • 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM Practice

Tues, 4/25:

  • 4:00 PM - Home Game vs San Lorenzo Valley Middle School (B)

Wed, 3/26:

  • 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM Practice

Thurs, 4/27:

  • 4:00 PM - Game at San Lorenzo Valley Middle School (R)

Fri, 4/28

  • 2:15 Pictures in the PAC

1ST Quarter Sports Make-Up Pictures

Fri, 4/28

  • 2:40 PM Pictures in the PAC

NBMS Athletic Highlights!

Boys Volleyball

What an amazing first week of the season! The boys are looking strong and are continuing to improve.

This weeks schedule

Monday- Practice 4:00-5:15

Tuesday- Home Game vs. SLV B at 4:00 Please arrive by 3:30

Wed- Practice 4:00-5:15

Thursday- Away Game @ SLV at 4:00 Players arrive by 3:30

Friday- Pictures at 2:15 please arrive by 2:00 with jerseys

Track Highlights 4/21


Softball Highlights

Monday's game was a nail-biter. It took a five-run rally in the last inning to beat Mission Hill 7-3. the stars of the game were Taylor Ramirez with a home run, Katie Niizawa going 2-3 with a double and 2 runs scored, and Emma Niizawa going 1-1 and 2 walks with 2 runs scored. She also pitched the whole game striking out 13.

On Wednesday's game, we threw a no-hitter against Shoreline 13-0. Kiki Quintana pitched 3 innings and Ellie Howell closed the game with 1 inning. Only a hit batter kept it from being a perfect game. Offensively Katie Niizawa went 2-3 with 3 runs scored, Emma Niizawa went 3-3 with a double and 3 runs scored, Kiki Quintana went 3-3 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored, and Taylor Ramirez 3-3 with 2 doubles and 1 run scored.


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SUESD and NBMS are proud to host the 2023 Queer Youth Leadership Awards on May 13, 2023.

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8th Grade Promotion Awards

These are the awards given to 8th Grade students at Promotion:

  • Valedictorian*: The student or students who have the highest GPA overall during their years at NBMS earn Valedictorian status. This award is given to 8th Graders during the promotion ceremony.

  • Salutatorian*: The student or students who have the second highest GPA overall during their years at NBMS earn Salutatorian status. This award is given to 8th Graders during the promotion ceremony.

  • Presidential Academic Excellence: 8th Grade students earning a cumulative of 4.0 GPA

  • Principal's Academic Excellence: 8th Grade students earning a cumulative 3.8 GPA to 3.99 GPA.

  • Academic Honors: 8th Grade students earning a cumulative 3.5 GPA to 3.79 GPA.

  • Department Awards: Students are chosen by their teachers as most inspirational or most outstanding in their respective subject.

  • Presidential Academic Achievement: Students who have demonstrated exemplary improvement in their classes nominated by 8th grade teachers.

  • Outstanding Student Awards: Two outstanding students are selected by 8th grade teachers.

  • Principal’s Award: A student who has been exemplary in following the New Brighton Way, being kind, safe, respectful and responsible.

*Students need to attend NBMS for at least one full year to be considered for Valedictorian or Salutatorian.

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NBMS Home and School News

Board Members Needed

Are you looking for a way to be involved as your student enters NBMS? We are looking for parents to join our Board for 23/24. We have several members who are "aging out" and we need to fill those positions. These positions include Vice President, Treasurer and Member At Large. The meetings are once per month and are held at NBMS. If you are interested please sign up here: NBMS Home and School Club Nomination Form. We are a team who works together to support the NBMS students and staff. Some things we support are: After School sports, clubs, teacher requests, promotion ceremony and more. We need your help!

Teacher Appreciation Lunch Donations

Join us on May 12th as we honor our amazing NBMS Staff with a Staff Appreciation Luncheon. The NBMS Home and School Club will be providing a yummy taco lunch for the staff from "Christina's Tacos". We are looking for donations of dessert and drinks. Donations should be dropped off in the office by noon that day. To sign up to bring something please visit:

Dessert/Drinks Sign Up Sheet

Open House

We will be having dinner before Open House, May 18th. Join us starting at 5 PM for food trucks such as Tacos 831, dessert table from NBMS Cheer, free popcorn and movie in the PAC and more. If you are able to volunteer please email: Homeandschoolnbms@gmail.com

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School Clubs

Card Club: Tuesday's after school in Room 14

QSA: Wednesday's during 7th/8th lunch in Room 53

Fishing Club: The NBMS Fishing Club will be surf-fishing at New Brighton Beach on Thursday immediately after school until 5pm. Bring your fishing poles and store them in room #51 if needed. It is recommended to wear shorts since we will be fishing at the water's edge.

NBMS Viking Cafe Breakfast and Lunch Menu for April

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Character Corner- Be an Upstander, STOP Bullying and Cyberbullying!

"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, the worst you can do is nothing."

-Theodore Roosevelt

Silence is not an acceptable response to bullying. Ignoring it won’t work. Everyone needs to be empowered with options for responding to bullying situations.

Take the Anti-bullying pledge by agreeing to:

  • Treat others respectfully.
  • Try to include those who are left out.
  • Refuse to bully others.
  • Refuse to watch, laugh or join in when someone is being bullied.
  • Refuse to take out your cell phone and record interactions where someone is being bullied.
  • Refuse to send hurtful or threatening messages, create fake accounts and send mean messages, spread lies or post embarrassing photos or videos of others on Snapchat, Instagram, and other social media platforms.
  • Tell an adult.
  • Help those who are being bullied.
STOPit: Report Bullying or any unsafe behavior Here!

Need to submit an incident of bullying anonymously? Click the link to be taken to the STOPit APP!

NBMS Classroom Expectations

Students are expected to follow these universal classroom expectations:

  • Students should be quietly seated by the second bell.

  • Students should not talk and must park their Chromebook during teacher instruction.

  • Students should not get out of their seats without raising their hand and asking for teacher's permission.

  • Students should be prepared to learn and have a charged Chromebook, charger, pencil, paper, and AR book.

  • Students should read when finished early in all classes and in FLEX classes.

  • Students should S.L.A.N.T (sit-up, listen, ask and answer questions, nod your head, and track the speaker) during teacher-led instruction and whole-group discussions.

  • Students should not be listening to music on personal devices or Chromebook.

  • Students should work on school assignments, iReady Math Pathway, or read for AR while in Flex class and maintain a maximum noise Level 1.

  • Students should wait until the teacher dismisses the class. The bell does not dismiss students. Students will be dismissed in an orderly fashion by the teacher.

Youth Cruz Free: K-12 students ride the METRO for free!

K-12 Students can ride METRO for free.

Show your student ID to board (suggested for 9-12th grade).

View our routes and schedules to find out where the bus can take you

*Youth Cruz Free does not apply to Highway 17 Express service. Bikes are welcome.

Need to make a connection that’s farther than walking allows? Bring your bike. All METRO buses are equipped with bike racks to accommodate up to 3 bicycles.

Get a free METRO Youth Cruz Free ID if you don’t have a student ID: To obtain a METRO Youth Cruz Free ID, please visit one of METRO’s Customer Service windows at either the Watsonville Transit Center or Pacific Station in Downtown Santa Cruz, during business hours, bring a form of ID or proof of grade level, and fill out a Youth Cruz Free On-Demand Form. Please allow at least 5-10 minutes for processing.

Students must wear helmets, it's the law!

According to California law, anyone under the age of 18 must wear a bicycle helmet if using the following modes of transportation: bicycle, e-bicycle, non-motorized scooter, skateboard, inline/roller skates or as a passenger. Wearing a properly fitted bicycle helmet can dramatically reduce your risk of serious injury from a crash or fall!

NBMS Students are required to wear a helmet to and from school when riding a bike, e-bike, scooter, or skateboard. If a student does not have a helmet, the bike/ebike/scooter/skateboard will be confiscated by NBMS staff and remain in the office for parent pick-up.


  • Follow the rules of the road (California Vehicle Code).
  • Wear properly-fitted bicycle helmets at all times
  • Ride your bike on the right side of the street in the SAME direction as traffic
  • Riders and passengers should only ride on a permanent seat of a bicycle, never on the pegs or handle bars
  • Learn and use proper hand signals when riding.
  • Avoid using cell phones or other distracting devices when riding your bicycle.
  • Parents: plan and practice the safest route to school with your child before allowing them to ride

Four common California Vehicle Code bicycle violations:

21212 CVC- Helmet Requirements

(a) A person under 18 years of age shall not operate a bicycle, a non-motorized scooter,

or a skateboard, nor shall they wear in-line or roller skates, nor ride upon a bicycle,

a non-motorized scooter, or a skateboard as a passenger, upon a street, bikeway...or any bicycle path or trail unless that person is wearing a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet.

22450 CVC – Stop Sign

(a) The driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign at the entrance to, or within,

an intersection shall stop at a limit line, if marked, otherwise before entering the

crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. If there is no limit line or crosswalk,

the driver shall stop at the entrance to the intersecting roadway.

22350 CVC Unsafe Speed

(a) No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is

reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and

the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers

the safety of persons or property.

24016(b)(4) CVC Motorized Bicycle:

In summary, Type “B” e-bikes must be operated by a person at least 16 years old

and shall obey bicycle laws.

8th Grade Information- New Brighton Class of 2023

8th Grade Student Expectations

8th-Grade Expectations

Each year the 8th Grade class has the privilege of participating in special end-of-the-year activities, including the promotion ceremony. In order to participate in the 8th Grade activities, each student must uphold the general classroom and school-wide behavioral expectations.

A student may be excluded from end-of-the-year activities, including promotion if any of the following occur:

  • The student has excessive behavior infractions including detentions, and/or Friday schools or has been suspended from school.

  • The student has excessive absences and tardies.

  • The student has any outstanding school fees or fines.

  • The student has an ‘F’ as reported on the final report card and/or does not have a passing GPA (no F’s).

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Vanessa Eaton, Counselor ext. 487

Lynn Nakao, Office Manager ext. 400

Alicia Gomez, Attendance ext. 490

Desiree Method, Account Specialist ext. 491

New Brighton Middle School

250 Washburn Avenue

Capitola, CA 95010

Phone: (831) 464-5660

Email: nbmsoffice@suesd.org