NMS RAMS 3/8/23

Good Afternoon NMS Families!

We had to change the date of our 8th grade lip sync to Thursday, April 6, starting at 6:30pm. Practices begin next week. This week we will finish our house assemblies with Ofc. Dejordy to continue discussing the social media safety. I met with Ofc. Dejordy this week to discuss our next steps for Alice training. I will include details below. Finally, a big congratulations to our student of the month award winners yesterday! It was great to see so many families in attendance.

Have a great afternoon!

John Diorio


Upcoming events:

3/9- House 2 meeting

3/10- House 3 meeting

3/15- early release- parent/teacher conferences

3/15- Unified BB away at Oak Middle 3:30 start

3/17- Unified Basketball team to Palmer for pep rally

3/20- Alice Tabletop discussion (whole school)

3/21- Alice drill house 1

3/22- Infrastructure test for MCAS

3/22- Unified BB home against Auburn 3:30 start

3/23- Alice drill house 2

3/24- Alice drill house 3

3/24- March Movie Matinee (Sponsored by PBIS)

3/31-PD for staff, early release students

4/6- Lip Sync

5/12- 8th grade Dinner/Dance

Teacher Conferences

Our parent/teacher conferences are Wed, 3/15 from 11:30-2pm. Families can sign up using the link below or on our school website. Conferences can be virtual or in person.

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Coach Gauthier began Unified Basketball practice this week and the team is looking great! We have 3 games currently scheduled.

Wed 3/15- Away at Oak Middle 3:30 start

Fri 3/17- Away at Palmer Middle High Pep rally and game 10am start

Wed 3/22- Home vs. Auburn 3:30 start

We hoping to end our season with another pep rally at Palmer Middle/High School.

Email Mr. Gauthier at for more information.

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8th grade LIP SYNC

Our 8th grade is hoping to raise enough money to cover most of the cost of a trip to 6 Flags this year. We are hoping to bring back the Lip Sync to help us reach our goal.

NOTE: the date of the lip sync has been changed to Thur. April 6 at 6:30pm.

Parents with questions can reach our to our 8th grade advisors- Ms. Kelly Keagan or Ms. Hickey at or

Practices will be held after school with a sign up schedule posted for the students.

ALICE Training

We are going to do another round of tabletop discussions followed by house evacuations to the Pleasant St. Church. The Pleasant St. Church will be our rondevoux point in case of an evacuation. Monday students will stay in extended homeroom for another round of tabletop discussions.

Tues, Thur., Fri we will meet with each house to discuss our evacuation plan with the students. Students will go back to homerooms before we call them to walk to the Pleasant St. church.

Mon 3/20- ALICE table top discussion during extended homeroom.

Tues 3/21- House 1 to auditorium for discussion then students will be dismissed from homeroom

Thur 3/23- House 2 to auditorium for discussion then students will be dismissed from homeroom

Fri 3/24- House 3 to auditorium for discussion then students will be dismissed from homeroom

MCAS Schedule

Our 2023 MCAS has been set. See schedule below for dates and subject

Infrastructure test during WIN- 3/22 all school

ELA- 4/3-4/4

Math- 5/10-5/11

STE- 5/17-5/18 (Just grade 8)

Community Closet

Our Community Closet will be open: 2/15 from 2:15-4:15 pm. today. Lots of great apparel items to choose from in our new space.

Vaping Diversion Program

Northbridge Middle School offers a Vaping Diversion Program for students who are involved in vaping. Parents and Guardians may refer their students to the program. The program is managed by Lori Johnson, the School Nurse Leader. Students who are referred to the program participate in a 5 week program involving reading 2 articles and completing an online video program developed by the MD Anderson Cancer Center to teach adolescents about the dangers of vaping. The students meet with the nurse once a week. At the end of the program, students will write a 1 page essay on the dangers of vaping and develop a written plan to quit vaping. If you are concerned about your student and vaping, please contact Mrs. Johnson at or call her at 508-234-6221, ext 5110.

Names of students referred to the program by parents/guardians will be kept confidential and no disciplinary action will be involved because of participation in the program.

Science Curriculum

We are excited about the new science curriculum purchased by our district. OpenSciEd was launched to improve the supply of and address demand for high quality, open-source, full-course science instructional materials, while at the same time supporting the implementation of middle school science instructional units.I am including a link to learn more about the program, and a pdf explaining what you and your student can expect from the program.