Knights' Weekly News

August 30-September 3, 2021

Our Guiding Principles

Our Mission:

At NMS, we exist to ensure Every Child learns and makes impactful choices that igKNIGHT a purposeful future.

Our Vision:

By 2024, NMS will be a Model PLC School.

Our Values:

The educators at NMS believe...

  • Every Child will have their ARMOR ready!

  • Every Child will learn from collaborative educators!

  • Every Child will learn at high levels!

  • Every Child will receive differentiated academic and behavioral support!

  • Every Child will develop their social and emotional skills!

  • Every Child will be celebrated for academic and behavioral mastery AND progress!

"New Year... Exciting Changes"

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the new school year! We are excited about the return of our students and look forward to a successful year for all students. Last year, our guiding coalition met to create our guiding principles that will anchor our work moving forward.

This year, we have a focus on student learning. We believe that if our students are not learning, we are not doing a great job teaching. All staff members are committed to doing whatever it takes for our students to experience success.

To ensure our guiding principles are attained, we have been intentional about the following:

  • All ELA and Math classes are 90 minutes long.
  • We follow a block schedule on Wednesdays and Thursdays to allow for all classes to focus on individual student needs.
  • All content areas have identified Essential Standards. Essential Standards are TEKS that each content team believes a student must master to be successful in the current course and future courses. (NOTE: You will receive a pamphlet with all content Essential Standards soon.)
  • All students will be taught through small group instruction on a regular basis to meet their individual needs.
  • We are focusing on positive behaviors and will reward students for doing the right thing.

We are committed to our students and look forward to your partnership as we aim to make this the best school year yet for our students.

Your igKNIGHTed Principal,

Dr. HP Hyder, III

House Bill 4545

In June 2021, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 4545. This new law requires schools to provide 30 hours of accelerated instruction for ALL students who did not pass a STAAR test last year. The 30 hours of accelerated instruction must be documented before the end of the school year.

Before we can begin the accelerated instruction, 6th grade parent whose child did not pass a STAAR test, must participate in an accelerated learning committee meeting to develop an educational plan for the student and monitor progress. The law does not require parents of 7th and 8th graders to participate in the committee meetings. However, these students will receive accelerated instruction.

Below is a list of the possible content areas, by grade level, that a student may need to receive accelerated instruction for:

6th Grade - Math, Reading, and/or Science

7th Grade - Math and/or Reading

8th Grade - Math, Reading, and/or Writing

When providing accelerated instruction, HB 4545 recommends that the instruction be provided in a 1-on-1 or small group environment, with no more than 3 students in a small group. In order for us to meet the needs of more students, we will be sending a letter home asking for a waiver of the recommended group sizes.

As a means of aligning with the proposed group sizes, we will be offering accelerated instruction during advisory, extended blocked classes, after-school, and on Saturdays. Our students will engage in whole group mini-lessons, teacher-led small groups, and independent practice activities. By following this model, we are confident that our students will receive individualized attention from the teachers and make the expected progress.

Thank you in advance for your support and participation in the accelerated learning committee meetings.

"This Week's Happenings @ NMS"

Wednesday, September 1st

  • Early Dismissal @ 12:30 pm

Thursday, September 2nd

  • Campus Improvement Team Meeting @ 4:15 pm

"Upcoming Events"

Monday, September 6th

  • Labor Day Holiday - No School

Wednesday, September 8th

  • Progress Reports Go Home

Wednesday, September 15th

  • Hispanic Heritage Month Begins

Thursday, September 23rd

  • Title I Night @ 5:30 pm followed by Open House

Wednesday, September 29th

  • Progress Reports Go Home

Knight Non-Negotiables

  • Doors open @ 7:45 am for car riders and walkers. Please do not drop off your child before this time as there is no adult supervision.
  • All students are required to wear their ID badges every day.
  • All students must be in uniform every day.
  • All students must turn off and stow their cell phones in their backpacks during the school day.
  • Breakfast is served from 7:45 am - 8:15 am.
  • Dismissal begins @ 3:55 pm.

Every Day Items

Please make sure your child brings the following items to school every day!
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Reporting COVID Positive Cases

We are committed to maintain a safe learning environment for all. If your child tests positive for COVID, please contact our School Nurse, Ms. DeCosmo, at 713.251.4125 or our Campus Safety Officer, Ms. Dawson at 713.251.4111.

We understand that you may have reservations about sharing this sensitive information. Please know that all information shared will remain confidential and will only be shared with individuals who have a need to know.

Knight Noteworthy Nuggets

THANK YOU for entrusting us with your child's education! We do not take your confidence and trust in us lightly. Please let us know how we can better support you and your child.
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Weekly Quote

"A new school year means new beginnings, new adventures, new friendships, and new challenges. The slate is clean and anything can happen."

– Denise Witmer