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The First Days of School, 9/12/21

Dear NMHS Families,

Our first week back to school has been full of energy, community building, and settling into routines. While we are still wearing masks, I think students are thankful for the opportunity to move about in the hallways, pick up lunch in the cafeteria, and have classes with different groups of students throughout the day! All of these are norms we used to take for granted and now see as a gift, however, we need the cooperation of students and help from families in wearing masks appropriately. We have to take this mitigation factor very seriously and require that students where 2-layer masks, over their noses while inside.

We understand this is hard and are committed to getting outside as much as possible. We had AMAZING weather last week for our middle and high school barbecues up at Garvey - we were able to celebrate our return to school with good food provided by the Abbey Group, lawn games (I think teachers beat the high school students at kickball...just sayin'), and sunshine!

The rest of this newsletter contains important dates, information about our upcoming open house, and a reminder about traffic flow near the auditorium. Of course, please reach out if you have questions, concerns, or shout outs!

Lee Ann

Important Dates

Tuesday, 9/14/21 - Fall Picture Day

Wednesday, 9/15/21 - Free & Reduced Lunch Forms Due; School Board Meeting, NMHS 6pm

Friday, 9/17/21 - Open House

  • 4-7pm, NMHS
  • Campfire & S'mores

Monday, 9/20/21 - Senior Meeting

  • 6-7:30 pm, NMHS Library
  • Yearbook, Deadlines, Senior Communication, and more!

Announcements from Ms. Aftuck!

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

Traffic Pattern Reminder!

Just a little safety reminder - please follow the new traffic patter off of Vine st. It is ONE WAY through the parking lot getting to the auditorium - you must enter just past the Veteran's Place and exit across from the elementary school to Cross St. Please DO NOT ENTER this parking lot from Cross St.

Thank you!

Open House!

This year our open house will look a little different. We are excited to showcase our outdoor spaces which may be less familiar to many of you than our school building. Running from 4-7pm, we invite you to visit stations at our STAR building and outdoor classrooms for some s'mores and conversations with our staff! As you make your way around the grounds, don't forget to enjoy some soccer as the Paine Mountain Boys' Team hosts Lake Region at 4:30.


4-7pm, tables set up at the STAR building across from NES, below Garvey field

  • check-in here to decide where you would like to go next!

A Desperate Plea!

We recently sent home free and reduced lunch forms with students and I am BEGGING that you complete and return them to us. This information is confidential and ESSENTIAL is qualifying us for grants totaling in the $100,000s - for the past three years NMHS has not been eligible for this money. Please please please help us qualify for this federal funding - it can help us provide additional intervention for students, professional training for our teachers, or outreach programs for our families.

Just for the sake of clarity - ALL meals are free for everyone this year, regardless of the determination of this form.

Collins Writing Program

You may begin hearing your students talk about all the writing they're doing at school - and it's true! NMHS faculty & staff spent two days of inservice receiving training in the Collins Writing Program, a research-based approach to writing that can be used in any classroom, from ELA to art. Not only does this program improve student writing, but the strategies used increase student retention of content through frequent, often short writing assignments.

If you're interested in learning more, please check out this link,, or reach out to your student's teachers:

STAR360 & iReady Assessments

Three times a year we measure student progress using nationally normed assessments that can be used to predict success on SBAC testing in the spring. These assessments provide us with valuable data that not only communicates the academic growth of our students, but also areas where we may need to adjust our instruction to meet their needs. At this point, we are scheduled to complete the assessments next week, when we will examine the results to determine next steps.
Family/Student Handbook

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