Nelson Middle School News

April 2016

From the Principal's Desk

Hey Mustang Nation!

We are quickly approaching the end of this school year. With Spring Break behind us and SOL testing around the corner, there has been quite a bit going on at Nelson Middle. Our Spring sports are highlighted thus far by an undefeated soccer team that has been at least two goals better than every one of their opponents. Coach Shortt and her team should be very proud. I know that we are very proud of them. Also in Spring sports, about 40 student athletes are competing for the first time as a NMS track team. Many are competing in track events for the very first time, and we are proud of them as well. Congratulations to Coach Chambers and Coach Szeman for putting together another great program for our students.

The last day before Spring Break we had our annual NMS talent show. There were a dozen or so student acts that were just tremendous. This year Mrs. Martin based the show on a Hee Haw theme and had teachers reading Hee Haw-style jokes between acts. Congratulations to Mrs. Martin for organizing and pulling off a wonderful show again this year.

Over Spring Break, Mrs. Davis and Miss Dort took nine students and several parents on an educational trip to Costa Rica. This trip had been in the works for the entirety of this school year and, by all accounts, it was a wonderful trip. The students were able to immerse themselves in the Costa Rican landscape and culture. They were even required to order meals in the native Costa Rican language, Spanish. From the pictures that were shared by Mrs. Davis, this group visited many beautiful sites and saw animals that they would only be able to see in Costa Rica. Thank you to Mrs. Davis and Miss Dort for providing this opportunity for our students.

We want to recognize four eighth grade students for having their poems selected by Randolph College as finalists in the 2016 Randolph College Poetry Jam. Max A., Adam C., Brittany H., and Jackson G. all were selected based on the poems they submitted and were invited April 2 to the campus of Randolph College for a ceremony honoring the finalists. At this ceremony, Jackson G. was awarded 2nd place overall and Adam C. brought home a first place prize. Great job to all four of these students! We are very proud of them.

Lastly, we are also very proud of the the students that made the All “A” and “A/B” Honor Rolls for the 3rd Quarter marking period. In total, 62 students made the All “A” Honor Roll and 146 students made the “A/B” Honor Roll. That equates to 46% of our students making the Honor Roll. This is a testament to the hard work of the teachers and students and to the pride that they put into what they do.

If at any point you have a questions, please feel free to contact me.

Go Mustangs!

Roger D. Dunnick, Ed.D.

SCA Raises Support for Appomattox Tornado Victims

Our S.C.A. President, Jadakiss J., sponsored a Tornado Drive to support Appomattox Middle School students affected by the storm. The drive was a success! We collected over 500 nonperishable items such as water, canned food items, cleaning supplies, & paper products. The materials were delivered to A.M.S. and distributed to those students who were directly affected by the storm.

We would like to say "thank you" to the entire student body of Nelson Middle School.

SCA Raises Money to Help Cancer Patient

The S.C.A. sold Band Together for a Cure bracelets in order raise money for cancer. All the proceeds stayed in Nelson County. Altogether we sold 186 bracelets and raised $200 dollars. The family will appreciate this very much. We would like to thank everyone who bought bracelets, everyone who donated, and a special thanks to Mrs. McCray for donating. Thank you, everyone.

Students Visit Costa Rica during Spring Break

A team of nine students, parent chaperones, Art teacher Laurie Davis, and 7th and 8th grade Science Teacher Erin Dort got to see animals of the rainforest up close and personal. They saw sloths, monkeys, toucans, as well as many species of hummingbirds. Even a tarantula was seen on a night hike.

The students also went horseback riding through a twisty jungle and a coffee plantation mixed with rolling fields followed by a day of zip lining through the rainforest . Another day was spent hiking through Manuel Antonio Park where they ended up at a beach on the Pacific Ocean. Several team members spent two straight hours swimming in the Pacific Ocean. It was very refreshing with large waves. The water was very salty.

The tour guide, Elliot, shared about the terrain, culture, food, economy, agriculture, basic society, wildlife, and much more about Costa Rica. They spent a half a day learning how to cook the Costa Rican way. They cooked fresh tortillas, fruit empanadas, chicken, rice, and salad. On still another day, they viewed the crater of a live volcano and sat in the hot springs at the base of another volcano.

They saw coffee plantations, banana trees, and pineapple plantations. Many of them loved the fresh pineapple , watermelon, mango, and so many delicious fresh fruit drinks. The food was delicious and many students were willing to try foods they had never seen or tasted before.

The weather was beautiful with blue skies, sunshine and temperatures in the 80's all week. Most of the excursions were on foot, but sometimes they were transported by motor coach.

There is so much more to share, so ask a student who went, and they'll tell you all about it!
Mrs Davis

NMS Spring Sports News

With the warm weather of the new spring season brings many new athletic teams competing for Nelson Middle School. Among the many teams students are participating in this spring are JV Boys and Girls Soccer, JV Baseball, JV Softball, Co-ed Middle School Soccer and our newly formed Middle School Track team. This spring sports season has seen a record number of student athletes participating. Currently there are over 85 student athletes participating in a spring sport.

The JV Boys Soccer team has gotten off to a solid start this season. Currently, they hold a record of three wins, one loss, and one tie. There are several middle school students leading the charge for the young Governors team this spring. Among these student athletes are Houston C., Max A., Manuel M., Ramiro C., Cody T., Harry L., and Felix R.

On the girls’ side of JV Soccer Kate S., Anne A., and Mhairi M. all play a contributing part in the success of the program. Currently the Lady Govs hold a record of two wins and four losses against some very good competition. The team looks to build on their experience as they finish the season out on a strong note.

JV Boys Baseball has started on a losing skid dropping their first six contests of the season. Much of that can be attributed to a young and inexperienced team consisting of seven eighth grade student athletes. Among those competing on the diamond this spring are Kendreck B., Walker G., Jacob T., Jake B., Thomas H., Hunter B., and Walker H. As these young men gain valuable game experiences, wins will surely come in due time.

In Junior Varsity Softball, the ladies are standing at a two and four record. Like many of our other spring JV teams there are a lot of middle school student athletes that make up the team, but none compare to the JV Softball team. Ten team members are student athletes at Nelson Middle. Among these young ladies are Ainsley M., Lulu L., Staci T., Megan S., Megan S., Whitney A., Zoe W., Abby K., Sarah H., and Mariah B. The future looks bright for this group of girls.

In Middle School Soccer, the team has gotten off to a hot start beginning the season with an unblemished 4 and 0 record with wins over Parry McCluer, Monelison, Temple, and Amherst. Coached by Nelson Middle School teacher Meghan Shortt, the team has really played with enthusiasm to start the season. When asked about the start of the season, Coach Shortt said, “The season has started on a very good note. I am very proud of how they have come together has a team, and their willingness to play different positions during the games.”

The newly formed Middle School Track team has been an instant success. With 40 plus members, there are several student athletes that have found their niche in track. The team finished in second place in their first ever home meet as they hosted Appomattox and Liberty Christian Academy on April 6th. The team is currently coached by Tye River Elementary teacher Jessica Szeman with the help of Michael Chambers, who also coaches track at the high school. The track team will host its second and final home meet on April 12th when they host Maury River Middle School and Rustburg Middle.

NMS Bands to Present Special Composition April 28th

Nelson Middle School Bands will present their Spring Concert on Thursday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m. A featured part of the concert will be the premiere of a piece written for the Nelson Middle School Band called <Bang! Crunch> by composer Conner McCarthy. Mr. McCarthy has worked with the students several times this spring, explaining the process of composition as well as rehearsing the music. Mr. McCarthy will conduct the 7th and 8th grade bands for <Bang! Crunch> during the concert.

New Grade Level News Pages Added!

We are excited to be including more student submissions beginning this month, so we are changing our newsletter format slightly.

To access the Grade Level News pages listed below, simply click on the title of the one you would like to read. You will be taken to an individual page with news about that grade level.


Upcoming Events

This month:

  • 4/13--NMS Soccer @Holy Cross--4:30
  • 4/14-19--NMS Scholastic BOGO Free Book Fair
  • 4/14--NMS Soccer @home v. Desmond Doss--4:30
  • 4/16--NMS Track @Lynchburg Invitational
  • 4/18--NMS Soccer @home v. Temple--4:30
  • 4/19--Spring Pictures (must purchase in advance)
  • 4/20--Interim Reports go home; NMS Soccer @home v. Parry McCluer--5:30
  • 4/21--NMS Soccer @Desmond T. Doss--
  • 4/25--NMS Soccer @home v. Amherst--4:00
  • 4/26--NMS Soccer @Appomattox--5:00
  • 4/27--NMS Track vs. Appomattox/CVCS--4:30
  • 4/28--NMS Track vs. Linkhorne and Rustburg @Linkhorne--5:00; Spring Band Concert--7:00

Next month:

  • 5/3--NMS Soccer @Monelison--4:30; Spring Chorus Concert--7:00
  • 5/5--NMS Soccer @home vs. Holy Cross--4:30
  • 5/12--Science 8 and Earth Science SOLs
  • 5/13--Reading 6 SOL
  • 5/16--Reading 8 SOL
  • 5/17--Reading 7 SOL
  • 5/18--Math 6 SOL and Science 8/Earth Science Expedited Retakes
  • 5/19--Math 8, Algebra, and Geometry SOLs
  • 5/20--Math 7 SOL
  • 5/23--Expedited Retakes for Reading
  • 5/24--Civics SOL
  • 5/25--Expedited Retakes for Math
  • 5/26--Expedited Retakes for Civics
  • 5/27--Last day of school

About us.

Nelson Middle School is located one mile south of Lovingston in the center of Nelson County, Virginia. The only middle school in the county, NMS is home to approximately 450 students, 40 teachers, and 15 support staff.