NIS News - February 2023
Nantucket Intermediate School
NIS Leadership News
Six years ago this winter, I discovered an upper elementary principal job posting. While administrator postings are typical for this time of year, it felt like fate because this posting was in the small Massachusetts town of Nantucket, the very location my husband was well into a process for becoming the next Nantucket DPW director. How, I wondered, could both of the positions we had and loved be available at approximately the same time in beautiful Nantucket? We decided to listen to the universe as everything seamlessly fell into place for us and our family. Our Nantucket journey began!
Most recently, I have reflected on all of the personal and professional growth that I have been
privileged to experience and once again attend to and listen for what it is time to do. It is with
very mixed emotions, but with an inner certainty, that I have decided to resign my position as
principal of NIS at the end of the 2022-2023 school year. Thank you for entrusting me with your children and partnering with us to ensure their school success. The professional challenge of opening a brand new school and setting a course for an inclusive, respectful, inquisitive, and collaborative school environment has happened with the commitment of our entire school community, including you. It has been my privilege to serve and my allegiance to NIS remains strong. I am “all in” for the remainder of this school year. Following that, I look forward to embracing my next learning and growth opportunity, whatever that may be and wherever it leads.
Please accept my deepest gratitude for everything each of you does to be true partners in your children's educational life. This Nantucket chapter of my personal and professional journey will always be cherished.
Be on the lookout for opportunities to engage in the process of selecting the next NIS principal.
Evemarie McNeil, Principal
Magnificent NIS Multicultural Literacy Night!
* The Bookmobile
* Foggy Roots Band
* Linda Loring Foundation
* The Dreamland
* Nantucket Athenaeum
February Health Office News - Healthy Snacks! Take Two!
Hello NIS Families!
Last month I shared how studies show that eating the proper foods and exercising is a good way to stay healthy. This goes for our students as well. What we put in our bodies matters and teaching the students good eating habits while they are young will last them a lifetime. So to help you get off to a good start for 2023, below is a link on good snack choices for our students. Have fun trying these snacks and remember portion sizes are important too.
With Valentine's Day coming up in just over a week, please don't send in candy with those valentines. The kindness of a valentine is wonderful on its own! Healthy bodies support healthy minds.
Stay Safe and Healthy,
Nancy Small RN
NIS School Nurse
Arrival and Drop Off Help Needed
Thank you Ms. Foulkes, Ms. Manchester, & Ms. Sybert!
Also, a special thank you to Ms. Jennifer Laredo, school psychologist and Ms. Sherri Lewis, who supports all of our NPS school counselors!
Citrus Sale Underway!
Homework Help and Dismissal
Come be a Teaching Assistant!
Interested? Reach out to Evemarie McNeil, Principal at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Events/Important Dates
* Feb. 8th - MOVED to MARCH 30th- NIS Band/Chorus Concert
* Feb. 14th - Valentine's Day
* Feb. 15th - Half Day of School - professional development for educators
* Feb. 20th - No School - Presidents Day
* Feb. 21st - School Committee Meeting
* Feb. 23rd - CANCELED - NIS Student Showcase
* Feb. 27th - March 3rd - No School - Winter Break
No Birthday Food Treats Please
We would like to encourage you to donate a birthday book to your child's classroom library in honor of their birthday. Other acceptable ideas include bringing in a special pencil or decal for everyone in the class if that's preferred.
Thank you for not sending your child to school with food items for the class to celebrate their birthday.
NPS Vision, Mission and Core Values
NPS Vision Draft
We commit to provide equitable, inclusive, and challenging learning experiences where every student and adult feels seen, heard, valued, and respected.
NPS Mission Draft
Nantucket Public Schools, in partnership with a caring community, will create a dynamic and equitable learning environment which engages each of us to be inspired learners and responsible citizens, prepared to meet local and global challenges.
NPS Core Values Draft
Nantucket Public Schools values collaboration, communication, and reflection that supports:
Equitable access to multiple pathways for individual and collective success.
High expectations and a student-centered educational approach that integrates academic progress, extra-curricular participation, personal responsibility, and community involvement.
Inclusive and sustained family relationships that respect all cultures and the experiences each child brings to our schools.
Challenging ourselves to embrace and advocate for the needs of every student, adult, and family within our school community.