North Middle High School Monthly

March 2020

Principal's Message

Hello, and Happy March! I cannot believe that we are 8 months within the school year. We have a full plate of items ahead and still we are excited about the journey. Diligent is a word that we will be talking a lot about at North this month. Diligent is a characteristic that allows one to continue to persevere through adversity. In any organization, there may be days where it can become challenging, but when diligence is exerted, the sky is the limit. The word diligence exerts grit. The grit to keep moving. The grit to never give up. My favorite NFL team, the Carolina Panthers, uses the phrase of “keep pounding.” This demonstrates diligence no matter what. We have to put in the consistency to keep pounding and to illustrate grit. We have to be energetic to what we do each day. This applies to me as a school leader, but also to students, parents, faculty, and staff.

Our faculty and staff are reading The Power of a Positive Team. Within this book, it talks about many things but while thinking about diligence, one particular part that comes to mind is about our why. It is quoted in the book that “When you know your why and you know the way, you won’t let obstacles get in the way” (Gordon, 2018). This allows us to keep pushing towards a shared vision and will fuel us towards a collective journey. Let’s be diligent in the month of March and beyond in order to successfully reach our goals!

Our Wins:

· An amazing Black History Program

· Winners for Art with Read Across America

Kuterah L. Singletary, Ph.D.

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The vision for North Middle High School is for the culture to be a collaborative community of learners who are engaging students through 21st Century Skills through the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate to become successful world class citizens as we prepare them for college and career readiness.


We educate to Energize, to Engage, to Elevate and to Empower

Important Dates

March 6-7 Edisto Band Conference- All Day

March 9- SC ALT Testing Window Opens

March 10 USC Salk Visit 11:00 a.m., Commons Area

March 13 Nephron Pharmaceuticals Field Trip 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

March 17-19 SC Director's Association Concert Performance Assessment

March 18-Claflin University HBCU College Day Field Trip

March 19-Tech Night

March 20-Teacher Work Day/No students

March 23-SCSU Business Day Field Trip

March 24-Early Release

March 24-26- SC Director's Association Concert Performance Assessment

March 25- SAT Testing

NMHS Celebrates Read Across America

In celebration of Read Across America, teachers shared Dr. Seuss books, and students participated in a variety of subject-based activities. Dr. Gadson's eighth grade science classes made oobleck from cornstarch, water and food coloring. In Dr. Seuss' book Bartholomew and the Oobleck, oobleck is a "gooey green substance, fell from the sky and wreaked havoc in the kingdom." In Mrs. Carter's 6th and 7th grade classes, they listened to Justin Bieber read The Cat in the Hat and then using geometry and measurement skills, students made Cat in the Hat faces with red and white hats, triangle ears, and rectangle whiskers. They also identified the area of the shapes. In addition, Mrs. Aiken's art classes used coffee filters and markers to create tie dye flowers after reading The Lorax.

Read Across America Art Contest Winners

Congratulations to Mrs. Aiken's students Jaycee Gardner and Grace Wang, who were awarded for their posters in the Read Across America Art Contest during the Black History Month program on February 20, 2020. Jaycee Gardner won 2nd place in the high school division and was awarded $50.00, a ribbon, and certificate. Grace Wang won an Honorable Mention certificate, and $10.00 for her poster in the high school division. The South Carolina Education Association (SCEA) representative also donated several books to the library media center.

Empowerment Through Black Entertainment

This year's Black History Month program highlighted famous black entertainers, past and present such as The Supremes, The Temptations, James Brown, Whitney Houston, TLC, Run DMC and others. The NMHS band also performed a jazz selection.

Black History School Wide Research Quilt

Students and staff participated in a school-wide Black History Month research quilt. Students spent time learning about the achievements of important African Americans in history. Each class read books, completed research, and drew pictures to place on their patches for the quilt, which was displayed at the Black History Month program.

A Taste of the Islands

On February 16, 2020, North Middle High School social studies teacher Ms. Kelly, along with other Jamaican educators, participated in Jamaica Day, a cultural exchange at Our Father's House, a local church in Orangeburg. Ms. Kelly helped create and serve traditional Jamaican food such as jerk chicken, curry, and bammy [a kind of Jamaican flatbread]. Ms. Bolar, NMHS library assistant, joined in on the food and fun as local South Carolinians got a little taste of the Island.

Principal Participates in Academic Intervention

Dr. Singletary visited Mr. Ruxton's Intervention class on Wednesday, March 4, and shared with students her knowledge of the Electoral College. Holding an impromptu class election between our very own Christian Reynolds and Zoe Hawkins, students learned firsthand what it means to vote and run for President under our countries electoral laws.

Senior Announcements

Senior Portrait Makeup Day

We are preparing to send our seniors out into the world. Any senior that missed the opportunity to take their portraits should reach out to Ms. Tiller about a possible makeup date.

*You MUST have the cap and gown provided by Rhodes Graduation to participate in graduation. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Graduation Status

Please check with Ms. Tiller if you have questions about your status.

IGP conferences have been scheduled. This is a requirement for the graduation checkoff. Your SCOIS assessment must be completed first.

Senior Exams

May 19- 21

Final Day for Clearance is May 26, 2020.

Graduation Rehearsal Dates

Friday, May 29, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., NMHS gymnasium

Monday, June 1, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., NMHS gymnasium

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Smith–Hammond–Middleton Memorial Center


Friday, June 5, 2020

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Smith–Hammond–Middleton Memorial Center

Estimated 60 tickets per graduate

Meet the New NMHS Baseball Coach

Coach Holdren was born in and is a resident of Aiken, South Carolina. Coach Holdren's playing experiences include several club and independent league teams after high school. Coach Holdren developed his love of teaching the game while donating time to the local recreational league and has spent the last 27 years coaching baseball at all levels from college prep teams to local recreational leagues. Coach Holdren comes to North High School from South Aiken High School where he served as associate head coach and helped lead the T-breds to region champions last season.

Coach Holdren is married to Kimberly and has 3 children, Zak, Alex, and Nikki who were prep and college athletes in swimming, baseball, and track and field.

Coach Holdren's hobbies include, bowling, golf, movies, regional cuisine and international travel. When not on the baseball field coach Holdren can be found searching for and experiencing local cuisines around the southeast or planning his next international adventure.

Welcome, Coach Holdren!

Middle School Conference

The middle school team and principal traveled to Myrtle Beach, SC to participate in the South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education Conference.#TeamNorth #SCAMLE2020

"The vision of SCAMLE, the leading proponent for the education of young adolescents, is to serve as an advocate for quality middle level education; promote public awareness and create support; and provide quality member services."

7 Steps for Success Book Review

College is not like high school, and the services and accommodations for students with disabilities are different. Following a step-by-step guide will help students navigate the difficult transition from high school to college and help them to discover the social, personal, and study skills needed by successful college students.

In her book, 7 Steps for Success: High School to College Transition Strategies for Students with Disabilities, Elizabeth C. Hamblet outlines 7 steps to empower students to pursue success. The seven steps are:

Step 1 – Establish a foundation: Learn about disability law and research on preparing for success at college.

Step 2 – Know student rights and responsibilities

Step 3 – Develop essential personal skills

Step 4 – Develop college survival skills

Step 5 – Understand college accommodations

Step 6 – Find the right college

Step 7 – Put it all together – documentation and the transition portfolio

Reference: Hamblet, E. C. (2011). 7 Steps for success: high school to college transition strategies for students with disabilities. Arlington, VA: Council for Exceptional Children.

Notifications from NMHS

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