Warhawk Weekly - 8/30/19

#Be A Warhawk!

The Hall Way...

During our late start this week the NMS staff worked together to explore instructional strategies to help our students. To warm up and get them talking they did an activity called Team Huddle. As they "huddled up" into different groups they discussed questions like...

"What is the best thing that you have done institutionally in your classroom so far this year?"

"What are you most excited about for this school year?"

"Which instructional strategies are you looking forward to using with your students this year?"

Mrs. Spear and I walked around to listen in on their conversations and we were AMAZED. It was apparent from our eavesdropping session that our staff is very much looking forward to this year with our students. Listening to them describe the writing, problem solving and collaboration that has already occurred in the first few weeks of school was awesome and I cannot wait to see what the students accomplish this year!


Please have your student bring 6th grade and sport physicals, dental forms, and immunization records for the nurse to the Open House. The nurse also needs updated medication forms for students. If you have any questions, please give our school nurse a call. Thank you for your help as we collect this important paperwork for our students.

Attendance Line

If your student will be late to school or won't be in school please call the NORTHWOOD ATTENDANCE LINE to report the absence. Please feel free to call in any planned vacation prior to leaving and be advised your student is responsible to get his/her homework ahead of time.


(815) 337-8618


Northwood Middle School is a no phone zone between the hours of 8:15am-3:30pm. Cell phones should be turned off and kept in your student's locker. Cell phone use is not allowed in the hallway, classrooms, bathrooms, locker room, cafeteria at lunch, etc. The only exception is if a staff member gives students permission to use their phone for academic purposes. Thank you for your cooperation!

6th Grade News

Mrs. Spaldon’s sixth grade math students began using divisibility rules to find factors of larger numbers. One such rule included checking to see if a number ended in zero or five to find divisibility by five. Discussion led to the conclusion that using divisibility rules is similar to having “cheat codes” for video games, you do not have to use them, but they speed the process of getting to the end.

The Sixth Grade Team is looking for volunteers who may be interested in helping with in-school activity days on Thursday, September 26 and Friday, September 27. Please email kspaldon@wcusd200.org if you are interested in helping. Thank you!

7th Grade news

In the mono literacy classes, students have begun exploring Collection 1 which revolves around taking bold actions. We are also incorporating spelling and grammar practice into our weekly routine.

In dual language literacy, students are finishing the first text (Los tres consejos) and working on characters and their explicit and implicit traits. In AVID, students are establishing class traditions such as name tents, speech techniques, collaborative skills, and SLUNT. In dual language history, students are working on an inquiry activity with primary and secondary sources using objects brought from Mr. Medinilla's archaeological trips.

As a reminder, please be sure to check Home Access on Thursday evenings for your child's most up-to-date grades.

Current 7th and 8th Grade Dual Language Students

Current 7th and 8th Grade Dual Language Students will have the opportunity to travel to Ecuador to practice Spanish and to learn about the culture.

When? March 20 - March 29, 2020

Cost? $2634 per person

*If you sign up before August 29, 2019 you can have a $200 discount!

(Possibility of creating a payment plan)

For more information, please contact Gabi Anguiano at (815) 337-6036


Los estudiantes de 7º y 8º grado en el Programa de Lenguaje Dual tendrán la oportunidad de viajar a Ecuador para practicar español y conocer acerca de la cultura.

¿Cuándo? Marzo 20 - Marzo 29, 2020

¿Costo? $2634 por persona

*Si se inscriben antes del 29 de Agosto, 2019 tendrá un descuento de $200!

(Posibilidad de crear un plan de pago)

Para más información, póngase en contacto con Gabi Anguiano al (815) 337-6036



Northwood art club meets in the art room (138 Inspiration Drive) each Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:30. All students need to be picked up promptly at 4:30.

There is no fee to join art club, although there may be a small fee for individual projects if students sign up for them. Students are welcome to drop in at art club throughout the year as their schedule allows. Students typically have a choice of 3 different activities during each meeting, and students may also have the opportunity to help design and create large-scale projects for the school.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Rice at Northwood

(815.338.4900) or by email: vrice@wcusd200.org.



Do you like to write?

The NWMS Writing Club starts Wednesday, September 4th!

We meet Wednesdays in the library (100 Kindness Circle) from 3:30 to 4:30. All students need to be picked up promptly at 4:30. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Parrent at 815-338-4900 or mparrent@wcusd200.org.

We hope to see you there! It’s the write time to join!


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Amazon Smile – Do you order from Amazon? If the answer is yes please sign up for Amazon Smile & select our PTO (Northwood Middle School). Amazon will donate a percentage of all your purchases back to the NWMS PTO. It won’t cost you anything except the few minutes it takes to sign up and select us as your recipient. Nothing changes on your Amazon account, except you choose us to support. Go to smile.amazon.com for a way support your team. (Purchases must be made on the Amazon Smile website.)

Poms & Cheer for 7th & 8th graders

Poms (7th and 8th Grade Only) Cheerleading (7th and 8th Grade Only)

Coach: Brooke Pillar Coach: Melissa Favata

Workshop: Wednesday, September 4th and Thursday, September 5th from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

Try-Outs: Friday, September 6th from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m


There is a $75 athletic fee that will be added to your child’s account when they officially make the team. This payment or a payment plan needs to be made prior to the first competition. Schedules and detailed information will be given to your child by the coach. Schedules will be posted on the Northwood website (www.northwood.woodstockschools.org).

What's Happening, Warhawks!


No School; Labor Day


Cheer & Pom Workshop (3:30pm - 5:30pm)

Cross Country @Emricson (4:15pm)


Cheer & Pom Workshop (3:30pm - 5:30pm)


Cheer & Pom Tryouts (3:30pm - 5:30pm )

What's Cooking, Warhawks?

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24 hour Attendance Line: (815) 337-8618

If your student will be late to school or won't be in school please call the 24 hour Northwood Attendance line.
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