Northbridge Public Schools
February 2023 Issue
Hello NPS Families,
We hope you are all doing well through these winter months. February is a great month to think about spreading kindness. Random acts of kindness, whether big or small, can make a great impact, not only on the people around us who we choose to share our kind gestures with, but also within ourselves. Just as within society as a whole, focusing on gratitude and choosing kindness within our schools creates a positive culture that is more pleasant for everyone. We strive within our Advisory lessons and our PBIS frameworks to keep these ideals in focus in Northbridge Public Schools.
We'd also like to take this time to remind you that all schools will be closed from Feb. 20 - Feb. 24 in observance of Presidents Day and February Recess.
Transitions within NPS
In an effort to make these transitions as smooth as possible for our students, families, and school staff, we have begun the process of planning for our fifth to sixth grade transition and will share updates on that as they become available. To prepare current and future eighth graders who'll be moving up to NHS, Mrs. Stockwell and Mr. Tracey, NHS administrators, joined the 1/19 NMS Parent Meeting to share all that NHS has to offer. If you missed that meeting, you can watch the recordings of it here: 1/19 parent meeting-part 1 - 1/19 parent meeting-part 2. Scrolling through the NHS tab of the NPS website to familiarize yourself with Northbridge High is another great way to prepare for that transition: https://www.nps.org/high-school
A group of NHS staff members & students visited our eighth graders at NMS on February 3rd. Academic information was shared with our students by NHS Guidance in our auditorium. In our gym were tables set up by NHS students who shared their experiences and knowledge of the clubs and extracurriculars that NHS has to offer. In our library some NHS students held a Q&A in which our 8th graders could ask all the burning questions they have about being a student at Northbridge High.
On February 9th, the first of our eighth grade homeroom groups spent a school day shadowing an NHS student. This provides a great opportunity for students to get a real feel for what it's like to attend NHS. They learn about the NHS Freshman Academy, meet some of the teachers and upperclassmen, and learn of the many academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at Northbridge High. These visits will continue with more eighth grade homerooms visiting NHS with more shadow days scheduled on 2/14 and on 2/28.
SEL & Transitions
Tips for Parents on a Successful Transition to Middle School - GoodTherapy.org Therapy Blog
Helping Your Student Make the Transition from Middle to High School - InfoAboutKids
Take care and be kind,
District Social-Emotional Learning Coordinator
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