Novi Middle School News
News from Wildcat Country -January 23, 2020
Each January the Novi Schools help support our local food pantry by hosting a food drive. This year, NMS has been assigned to collect boxed pancake mix and/or syrup! Each school is working to collect specific needed items and we hope that NMS can rally to do our part! Please help if you are able. We'd like to fill 6+ boxes before Friday, February 7th, and all items help people in our community who are hungry. We will have a competition by A-20 class. All donations can either be dropped off in the Main Office or delivered to A-20 teachers. Thank you!
Speaking of our Novi community, please consider joining the Unity in the Community event to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is held on Monday, January 20th at 7:00 pm in the Fuerst Auditorium at Novi High School. The event features performances, student essays, and great speakers! Have a great weekend!
Principal Baker & Dean Southworth
This Week's Spotlight: Emily Ferrari
I’m so excited to continue the school year at Novi Middle! I completed my student teaching here, and I’ve continued my teaching in another local district, so I’m excited I could find my way back! I love to play soccer, hike, and travel the world to many adventurous places.
Let's Welcome Emily to the Middle School Wildcat Family
Important School Dates
24th - No School - Records Day - End of Card Marking #2
27th - Beginning of Card Marking #3
30th - 8th Grade Parent Night at Novi High School
2020 Washington DC Trip - *New Deadline*
Good news! The deadline to guarantee a spot for the 2020 trip has been extended to Friday, January 31. After that, a waiting list will likely form.
Information packets regarding the November 2020 8th Grade Washington DC Trip were passed out to 7th graders in their social studies classes the week of 11/18/19.
- All payments and registrations are handled through Worldstrides.
- Information from the 12/16/19 Parent Meeting is available at https://ms.novi.k12.mi.us/students/washington-dc-trip .
- For information regarding financial assistance for next fall's trip please click here.
Class of 2024 Parent-Student Night
This event is for both parents AND students!
Please plan to attend on January 30, 2020!
- Student led tours will begin at 5:30pm and run until 6:20pm.
- The presentation will begin promptly at 6:30pm.
- We look forward to sharing this important information with the Class of 2024!
IB & AP Diploma Program
No Late Buses Available on the Following Dates
On the following dates, there will be no late buses running from the Middle School. Parents should plan to provide transportation if a student needs to stay after school. Thank you!
Friday, January 24
Thursday, March 12
NMS Theater Company Musical Tryouts
For additional information, please contact Lori Burkhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org
Novi Middle School Counseling Secretary
Novi Middle School Twitter
Novi Middle School Counseling Department- @NoviMScounselor
Schoology - Grade Reporting
As school is now in session, it is important to remember the guidelines for avoiding head lice. It has been found in classrooms around the district already this year so please be vigilant in looking for it and treating it effectively. The website below has very helpful information.
Vision Screening for 7th Grade
Vision screening occurs in pre-school, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th grades
Hearing screening occurs in pre-school, kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th grades
Please ensure your student is in attendance on screening days. For more information visit www.oakgov.com/health call OCHD’s Hearing and Vision program at 248-424-7070, or contact your child’s school.
Once again, Thank you to so many parents for donating to the Novi Middle School PTO this year at registration. The PTO has several great projects to support our students throughout the year and is looking for volunteers to help with activities/events. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Kaija Juszak - email@example.com or Jen Pleet - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much for your consideration!
Box Tops for Education
One way our PTO raises funds for the middle school is through the Box Tops for Education program. You can help by clipping these labels off grocery items and send them into the main office with your student.
New Box Tops App
Box Tops for Education has come out with a new app that may make supporting the middle school PTO easier. Click the picture above to find out more information.
Box Tops for Education
Volunteer Background Checks
BREAKFAST - Please fuel up for the day with a Delicious Breakfast served by our friendly Staff available for any and all interested students in the Cafeteria. A breakfast station is open in the cafeteria from 7:25am - 7:45am. Food and drink should please remain in the cafeteria only.
LUNCH MENUS - Menus can be downloaded at: Novi Food Service. Applications for free and reduced lunch are available here. Information for lunch accounts and how to access your child's account is at: http://www.novi.k12.mi.us/district/fs/mistar-parent-portal--online-payments/
CLUB NEWS AND INFORMATION
Club & Activity Sponsors
Golf Club - Kim Wesner email@example.com
Interact Club - Michelle Evans firstname.lastname@example.org
Math Club - Melissa Henderson email@example.com
Paw Print Newsletter - Ken Fenchel firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall Play - Lori Burkhardt email@example.com
Spring Musical - Lori Burkhardt firstname.lastname@example.org
Our next Game Club meeting will be held on Monday, January 27th in room #110.
Paw Print Newspaper
Ski /Snowboard Club
Novi Middle School Ski / Snowboarder Club Information:
What is Ski/Snowboarder Club?
The ski club is for any Novi Middle School skier and/or snowboarder. It is an opportunity to have fun with your friends on the slopes of Alpine Valley Ski Resort. Nevertheless, students will be EXPECTED to follow Novi Middle School and Alpine Valley policies (see attached forms), as well as all instructions of the ski/snowboarder club sponsors, chaperones, bus drivers and Alpine Valley employees. To maximize the enjoyment of all, anybody who chooses not to follow instructions, is late for the bus, or is not picked up after the trip on time will be excluded from future Novi Middle School Ski Club trips.
How do I sign up for Ski/Snowboarder Club?
Pick up an informational packet from the office, read it over with your parents. By 12:00p.m., the Wednesday before the trip, you must bring the Parent Consent Form, Ski/Snowboard Rental Contract and a check to the main office. Ski/Snowboard Rental Forms will be provided to students the day of the trip. Please make the check out to Novi Middle School and write the student’s name, and what they are purchasing on the memo line. We have to notify Alpine Valley in advance, therefore we cannot accept any checks/consent forms/liability agreements/rental forms after 12:00p.m., Wednesday before the trip. You will only have to turn in the required paperwork before your first trip. Beginning with the 2nd trip, you will only need to turn in your check.
When does Ski/Snowboarder Club meet?
(Please note these dates are all weather permitting)
· January 24, 31
· February 7, 14, 21, 28
· Students must go home after school and then come back and meet in the NMS cafeteria no later than 4:30 p.m. the day of the trip. Busses leave at approximately 4:45 p.m.
How much is the trip?
In order to receive the group rates, each skier/snowboarding must purchase a “Club Card”. These cost $20 and come with two free ski lessons, or one free snowboard lesson. The Club Card also includes five separate $5-off lift tickets for any other dates (there are no blackout dates for these discounts). Parents may also purchase a Club Card if they wish to ride along with the Ski Club at the same rates. However, they may not receive a discount for lessons. The following prices are for Club Card members only, and you must purchase one to join the ski club.
o Club Card $20
o Ticket (with Club Card) $20
o Ski/Snowboard Rental $20
o Helmet Rental $10
o Additional Lesson $10
Please stop by the Main Office to pick up your packet.
For further information, please contact Coach Kuhn at: email@example.com
Future Novi Middle School Activities
Theater/Drama: Novi Middle School will produce a fall play and a spring musical. Listen to announcements for audition times. Lots of roles to be filled: actors/actress, make-up, lighting, set design, publicity... come check it out! Email Mrs. Burkhardt for information firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington DC Trip: Every 8th grader is invited to explore our Nation’s capital for four days in November. Students register for this trip during January of their 7th grade year, but some openings usually remain after that time. Email Mr. Fenchel at email@example.com or see him in room 128 for more information.
New Athletic Website
We are very excited to announce that the Novi Community Schools Athletic Department has partnered with FinalForms, online forms, and data management service. FinalForms allows you to complete and sign athletic participation forms for your students. The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! FinalForms also pre-populates information wherever possible, for each of your students, saving you time.
You may review your data at any time to verify it is current. You will be required to sign your forms once per year and after any update.
Click on the Parent Playbook (attached) to get started in FinalForms. If you require any support during the process, scroll to the page bottom and click “Use Support”.
We are asking that ALL parents of athletes use FinalForms.
Please register at: https://novi-mi.finalforms.com/students
and follow the prompts to create your account, create your students and sign your forms.
Thank you for your assistance in streamlining our paperwork processes at Novi Community Schools.
FOR YOUR SAFETY
The Michigan Child Protection Registry
The Michigan Child Protection Registry, administered under our Secretary of State’s office, is dedicated to stopping minors, parents and other caregivers from receiving any solicitations from gambling, tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and pornography companies via email and text messaging. You can visit the Registry at www.ProtectMIChild.com.
There are 4 things you can do to help get this information out to parents:
- Include information about the Registry in a newsletter. I’ve attached a copy of what other schools have used in the past in their newsletters.
- Include a link to the Registry somewhere on your website.
- Include a brief description and a link to the Registry on your Facebook page. (I can assist you with the wording.)
- If you are looking for someone to talk about the Registry, internet safety and the popular apps that teens are using, please contact me. I speak to a lot of parent groups all around Michigan.
I can’t stress enough how important internet safety and this Registry is in helping to keep our kids safe while using any type of mobile device. Please let me know if you can help us inform parents of this resource, if you have any questions or need additional information. Thank you so much and have a great day!
Community Outreach Coordinator
Protect MI Child
Go to www.protectMIchild.com and register today!
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Morning Drop-off/Afternoon Pick-up
Please do not plan to pick up or drop off on the east side of the building. This area is reserved for school bus drop-offs and pick-ups. Thank you for your patience and for helping to keep all of our Wildcats safe.