Weekly Wildcat Newsletter - Apr. 23
Northwestern Middle School News and Notes
Good Afternoon Wildcat Country!
There are several updates in this week's newsletter. Please be sure to read carefully so you don't miss anything.
If you have any questions, you can email me directly at email@example.com.
Have a great weekend! I'm looking forward to seeing everyone back on Monday!
Face-to-Face Instruction for SY21-22
Mask Mandate Update
Superintendent Mike Looney shared that Fulton County Schools will be taking a measured, cautious approach to relaxing COVID-19 protocols, which includes updating COVID-19 restrictions and mask mandates in phases. There are several factors spurring these changes, including Governor Brian Kemp’s lifting of restrictions on group sizes and ending a ban on large gatherings. Also, vaccines are now readily available to those 16 years of age and older. In this new phase, employees and students who may have been exposed to COVID-19 but have been fully vaccinated will not have to quarantine providing they are symptom free.
Beginning Monday, May 17, 2021:
- While engaged in outdoor activities, masks will be recommended but not required for students in grades PK-8 and employees. All other safety protocols will remain in effect for this group of individuals.
- School Leaders, in consultation with their respective community support organizations, may schedule and host outdoor end of year celebrations to honor the achievements of students without restrictions on group sizes.
All other existing COVID-19 risk mitigation strategies will remain enforced for the balance of the 2020-21 school year. This includes requiring all staff, students, and visitors to wear a mask while inside an FCS facility, and adhere to recommended social distancing, surface sanitizing, and handwashing. More information on the new mask mandate can be found here.
PTO Fundraiser - Moes Taco Kits
Welcome to Moe’s School POP-UP!
$5.00 from each kit sold goes to your school for 1 to 50 kits sold!
$10.00 from each kit goes to your school after you reach 51 kits sold!
Moe’s Southwest Grill will be delivering to Northwestern Middle School on Thurs. 5/13 at 5:00. Order and pay online in advance, drive up to 12805 Birmigham Pkwy. (car rider line), and we will put the order into your car and off you go.
Moe’s Taco Kit- Feeds 4 to 6 people
White Meat Chicken, Ground Beef, Black Beans, Rice, Shredded Cheese, Shredded Lettuce, Sour Cream, Pico, Salsa, Queso, Chips, 12 Flour Tortillas
ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY: Wed. 5/12 by 4:00PM
Here is the link for ordering: https://form.jotform.com/210705922602144
8th Grade Block Party
Mr. Peterson will be working with our PTO to sponsor this event.
This will be a fun, outdoor event with food, games, a DJ and more! Permission slips will be required for 8th grade students to participate. Stay tuned for more details!
8th Grade Promotion Ceremony
We have a plan to celebrate our 8th grade students in a safe, fun, and memorable way. We will honor our 8th grade students with a drive through ceremony that will take place on Tuesday, May 25 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am.
Mr. Peterson will host a Microsoft Live Teams Event with 8th grade parents and students on Thursday, May 20 at 6:30 pm to discuss details and preparation for the 8th grade celebration.
8th Grade Awards Ceremony
Details and link to follow.
Georgia Milestones Calendar
May 3: Physical Science EOC & 8th Grade Science EOG
May 4: 8th Grade Social Studies EOG
May 6: 6-8 Math EOG (Part 1)
May 7: 6-8 Math EOG (Part 2)
May 11: 6-8 ELA (Part 1)
May 12: 6-8 ELA (Part 2)
May 13: 6-8 ELA (Part 3)
Students must ensure their school issued device is fully charged the night before each test session.
NMS Spring 2021 Testing Calendar
NMS Milestones Testing Bell Schedule
We will follow our normal bell schedule on all other days, including April 30, May 3, and May 4 which are testing days for 8th grade students only.
Students Who Have Opted Out of Georgia Milestones
8th grade students who have opted out of testing can also stay home on 8th grade only testing days (April 30, May 3, and May 4). We will use our normal bell schedule on these days and 8th grade students who have opted out of testing should arrive to school by 10:11 in time for 3rd period.
Students who have opted out of testing and are at school during the test sessions will report to the cafeteria until the testing window is completed. Students in the cafeteria will use this time as an extended study hall.
Georgia Milestones Opt Outs
Facility Plan Community Meetings
Parents, FCS staff and other community stakeholders are invited to learn more about the school district’s development of a Facility Plan and to provide feedback. During the week of April 26, four community meetings will give participants an opportunity to be involved at their comfort level, either in-person or completely online. Dates, times and other background information can be viewed on the Facility Plan website, www.fultonschools.org/facilityplan. A special Facility Plan survey also will go live that week to collect input on planning priorities.
Medications may be brought to the school. Prescription medications must be in the original container and labeled. All medications must be accompanied with proper medical forms. Please go to https://www.fultonschools.org/Page/7525 for forms and healthcare plans. Medications will be accepted by appointment only. Please call Mary Crandall at 470-254-8514 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In the event that your student has been exposed to Covid please inform an Administrator and your concern will be forwarded to Student Health Services for further evaluation.
- If your child develops a fever while in school, they will be isolated and you will need to pick them up immediately.
COVID-19 Parent (Student) Reporting Portal
NMS Clubs and Student Activities
Northwestern is excited to offer a variety of clubs and activities this school year. Please visit the NMS website’s Quick Links and select Student Clubs and Activities to learn more about our offerings.
Cambridge Music Under The Moon Jazz Night
The Cambridge High School Band is excited to be able to bring back our popular Music Under the Moon Jazz Band night this year! It's been a challenging year for everyone so we're really looking forward to enjoying an outdoor performance with our amazing jazz ensembles including a special appearance by the Northwestern Middle School jazz band. In keeping with COVID protocols, the event will be moved to the student parking lot to allow for adequate social distancing.
Bring friends and family and make a fun evening of it! Families are encouraged to bring their own chairs/table for set up at their designated space. Make it a "No Cooking Night" - Pre-order a pizza or two and have it delivered to you once you’re settled in your space. In addition, we’ll have light concessions for sale at the event.
Music Under the Moon Jazz Night
Saturday, May 1st from 6-8pm, CHS Student Parking Lot
VIP tables (limited to 20) - $75 (seats up to 6, admission included)
Reserved spaces (limited to 20) – $50 (up to 6, admission included)
General Admission space - $30 (up to 6, admission included)
Tickets can be purchased at www.CambridgeBand.org.
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Cambridge Cross Country
Spring 2021 Cross Country Meeting
Date: April 20th
Link to the Virtual Meeting:
All Parents and runners interested in learning more information about the amazing Cross-Country Program at Cambridge High School are welcome to attend! We will be conducting the meeting via YouTube Live so please join us at the link provided above.
Some highlights for the meeting:
· Learn about the program
· Hear about the summer running
· Meet the Coaches
· Sign up for volunteer opportunities
Come hear about the state championship program and supportive community that is cross country! Go Bears!
Questions: please contact BoosterClub@CambridgeXC.com
Milton High School Chorus
NMS Student Newspaper
March Staff of the Month
Professional of the Month: Ms. Rhonda McMichael - Front Office PA
PLC of the Month: 6th Grade Math - Ms. Katie Blanco, Ms. Stacy Gordan, Ms. Tara Romero, Ms. Mari Grace Parillo, Ms. Rebecca Yun, Ms. Robin Reid.
Special Week for Assistant Principals & Professional Assistants!
Last Week the PTO celebrated our Assistant Principals with gift cards to Crabapple Tavern and a peppermint plant.
This week the PTO showered our Professional Assistants with mini–Charcuterie Boards in a box.
8th Grade Yard Signs
Don’t miss the opportunity to order your 8th grader a yard sign. Only $20.
Follow this link to order and tell your friends. Deadline is this weekend!
Getting Ready for Teacher Appreciation Week - May 3
All teachers love Flair pens, help us make that wish come true. Follow this link to donate https://northwesternpto.membershiptoolkit.com/volunteer/71441 Flair Pens to our teachers as part of a Teacher Appreciation gift. Shhhhh don’t tell them, it’s a surprise.
Virtual Career Fair: Who Do You Know?
Need something to do this weekend? How about having your kids interview you for the career fair? Kids don't want you to appear even virtually in the school because you will clearly embarrass them? How about reaching out to your network of professionals and friends and asking them to contribute a video? Cold calls only get us so far; personal connections make the difference. Please help us put together a collection of 3-5 minute videos that can help show the seventh graders a broader world. For questions to get you started and submission information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Looking for Volunteers for Next Year
The NMS PTO invites you to be a part of our Wildcat family. Please consider a role with our PTO, we have a few open positions on our PTO board for the upcoming school year; Co- president, secretary, VP of Ways & Means, VP of Student Services. There are also committees that need a team to support them; Yearbook, Parking Liaison, Business Partners, Straight A Ice Cream Recognition, Student Enrichment, Website Management, Volunteer Coordinator. There is something for everyone. We encourage you to join us as we support our teachers, staff and students at Northwestern. Grab a friend and volunteer together!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Do You Own Your Own Business?
or Know Someone Who Does?
Northwestern Middle school invites you to partner with us to enhance the educational experiences of our students and support the needs of our teachers. Become a Business Partner and your financial donation will be greatly appreciated. In return, the NMS PTO would display your business logo to our NMS families in various communications, websites and on campus throughout the year. Click HERE to learn more about our Business Partner levels and ways to partner with us.
NMS Front Office Hours
Outside of these hours, you can send an email to our front office staff at email@example.com.
Thank you for your continued support of Northwestern Middle School!
Joel - Principal
Northwestern Middle School: Teach Hard, Love Harder - The Wildcat Way!