Marauder Moments

Curiosity. Courage. Compassion.

10/9/21

Dear NMHS Families,


We are definitely getting settled into the school year, having finished up our STAR 360 assessments, moving through our sports season, and diving into our middle school spring musical, Madagascar Jr. We're even planning a high school glow-In-the-dark Homecoming dance for the end of the month!


We continue to follow COVID guidance from the Agency of Education - right now we are continuing to mask up anytime we are indoors. Students are doing well with this guidance although reminders are a part of our day. Nurse Marci has been very helpful, working with students and families to highlight the importance of masks in keeping us all safe. To date, we've only had a single case of COVID, which did not impact our student population. Please know you will receive communication should we receive notification of a positive case that does impact our student body.


The rest of this newsletter contains important dates, information about upcoming conferences, homecoming, October breakfast and lunch menus, and more. Of course, please reach out if you have questions, concerns, or shout outs!


Lee Ann

Important Dates

Monday, 10/11/21 - NO SCHOOL, Indigenous Peoples' Day

Tuesday, 10/12/21 - St. Mike's College Fair

Wednesday, 10/13/21 - SAT at Brown Public Library

Thursday, 10/14/21 - Conferences (see link below to sign up)

Friday, 10/15/21 - Conferences (see link below to sign up), NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, 10/20/21 - RADay, 1pm release

Friday, 10/29/21 - Homecoming Semiformal, HS ONLY


  • 7-11pm
  • NMHS Gym
  • Masks Required Inside

Conferences!

Keeping with the success of last year's conferences, we will be hosting VIRTUAL GRADE LEVEL TEAM conferences on Thursday, 10/14 and Friday, 10/15. This is an opportunity to meet with the team of educators working with your student - you can ask questions, hear the strengths of your student, and partner with their teachers to increase their success at NMHS. Please take a moment to sign up below!


Details:

Thursday, 10/14, 3-7pm

Friday, 10/15, 7:30 - 11am (some will continue to 3pm)


Sign up below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040A4EAFAE23A6F85-student2

Announcements from Ms. Aftuck!

College Fair - Grades 11 & 12, by interest!

Tuesday, October 12 at St. Michael's College

Students will have the opportunity to visit with more than 125 colleges and universities


SAT - School Day Testing - Grade 12 only

Wednesday, October 13 at Brown Public Library in the community room.

8am - 12:30pm Seniors sign up in the Class of 2022 google classroom


PSAT - Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Testing - Grade 11 only

Thursday, October 28

8am - 12:30pm Juniors sign up in the Class of 2023 google classroom

Social Media - We Need Your Help!

This year has been wrought with conflict originating through social media. Posts on apps like Snapchat and Tik Tok are creating animosity between students when aggressive and inappropriate videos are created and shared amongst our community. I can't overstate the importance of monitoring student activity online, some of the activities of our students are alarming and quite frankly, dangerous. While schools do not hold jurisdiction over the interactions of students outside of the school and school day, this gets tricky when these interactions affect the perceived safety of students at school or substantially disrupt the education of our students.


We do our best to limit phone use in school: Middle school students are not allowed their phones at all during the school day, while high school students are only permitted to use their phones during passing time and lunch. However, we need your help. Please discuss with your students the impacts social media can have on their mental health and that of others. Overuse can increase depression and anxiety, disrupt sleep, and facilitate cyberbullying and self-centeredness.


https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/social-media-and-mental-health.htm


https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/social-media-and-mental-health


https://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/blogs/anxiety-loneliness-and-fear-missing-out-impact-social-media-young-peoples-mental-health


https://www.mcleanhospital.org/essential/it-or-not-social-medias-affecting-your-mental-health

What is RADay??

RADay is a long-standing tradition at NMHS, which might actually pre-date all of the current staff. Students come in as comfy as they can and sit down and just read for pleasure, towards the goal of reading 25,000 pages. We hope to inspire students to read for fun and we do that by providing them the time and by modeling our own love of reading (and mixing in some comforting snacks and cozy socks!).
Families of Seniors: Yearbook Farewells!

Please use this link to write a farewell to our graduating seniors. The deadline is March 4!

Hispanic Heritage Month

This past month we celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month. Celebrated September 15 - October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to not only honor those who have made incredible contributions to the world, but also to learn about traditions, art, and foods unique to the Hispanic community. If you're interested in learning more, please use this link for a plethora of resources!


https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1vNONnWSRLBH2nZS0AklcflGYtO_E4gVmspMrDX230lc/edit?usp=sharing

Family/Student Handbook

Please review our updated handbook and reach out for any clarification. This information will be reviewed with students as well!