Eagle's Nest News

November, 2020

Dear Families,

We hope you will enjoy this informative newsletter! It's full of updates about what's going on here at Neal Middle School. Be on the lookout for more newsletters released on a monthly schedule. Staying connected will help all of us succeed!


The Newsletter Committee

( Ms. Moriarty, Mr. Liska, and Ms. Hanna)

Neal News!

Neal Virtual Clubs

Students will soon be able to join clubs on Wellness Wednesdays! Neal Middle has a wide range of clubs to choose from, including Sports Stats, Future Business Leaders of America, Music and Society, Chess Club, Scouting, Flight and Space Club, Mindfulness and Meditation, Hip-Hop/Reggaeton Music Club, Baking Club, How to Be Well on Wednesdays, Creative Writing, Cursive Club, Dance Club, Genre-Sampling, Battle of the Books, and Fitness. Click to learn more and sign up!

Quarter 1 Honor Roll

Click here to watch a message from Dr. Fuga and to view the list of A and A/B honor roll students for the first quarter. Congratulations, honor roll students!

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Upcoming Testing

Mid-year Benchmark testing is coming up at Neal! The dates for the tests are:

Tuesday, December 8th – Math

Thursday, December 10th – Reading (ELA)

Friday, December 11th – 8th Grade Science and 6th & 7th Grade Make-Up testing

Monday, December 14th - Friday, December 18th - used for all make-up testing.

Feeling the test stress? Check out these awesome tips to reduce testing anxiety!

Check Your Students' Grades

Powerschool Parent Portal:

This year we are unable to send out physical report cards, but no need to worry! You can check on your students' grades and attendance anytime using the Powerschool Parent Portal! Click here to read a letter explaining how to access the Parent Portal, and here is a version in Spanish. You can also watch this handy video tutorial that will take you through the process step by step.

World News

"Every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities. And to the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction, and see yourself in a way that others might not see you, simply because they’ve never seen it before." -Kamala Harris, Vice President-Elect of the United States of America

Staff Spotlight

This month's Staff Spotlight goes out to our hardworking Guidance Counselors! Ms. Valachovic (6th grade), Ms. Habel (7th grade), and Ms. Bennetone (8th grade) have worked tirelessly this year to support our students and our school. We are so grateful to them for their commitment to our community! Thank you for all that you do!

Take Care of Yourself

Media Center News

The Media Center's Curbside Library Program is in full swing! Check out this easy tutorial if you want to know how YOU can get your hands on books from our school library. Contactless pickup makes the process easy and safe! Just find the book you want on Destiny, place it on Hold, then come by the school to pick it up. Hours are 8am-3pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 11am-6pm on Tuesday. Happy Reading!

Need Help?

Mental Health Resources

If you or someone you know has a mental illness, is struggling emotionally, or has concerns about their mental health, there are ways to get help. Use these resources to find help for you, a friend, or a family member.


We Want to Hear From YOU!

Click Here to Get in Touch

On the google form linked here, you can give us feedback, ask a question, nominate a student/staff member for a spotlight, or even submit your artwork or schoolwork to be featured in the newsletter!

Neal Middle School

Neal Magnet Middle School has been educating Durham for over 50 years! These days we are soaring to new heights, including a 15% proficiency increase over the last four years. Our school met or exceeded growth in the past two years! Go Eagles!