The POD-Cast

January 30, 2023


Northwoods Park Middle School will build communities that create opportunities to inquire about the future, lead in the present, and serve in their community.


Inquire. Lead. Serve.

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Principal's Message

It is exciting to see surveyors on campus this past week! NWPMS is taking our first steps in the construction of our new gym, if you see orange flags around campus please leave them in place. I will share more information as we receive it, this is an exciting project and will require many moving parts, please be patient with our staff as we navigate the changes this will bring to the Park.

AVID is hosting our annual CHEW Can Food Drive this week! Each homeroom is collecting cans to support the CHEW Program here in Onslow County. The homeroom with the most cans collected will receive a prize next week.

In this issue of the POD-Cast, you will find the following information; (a) the Week at a Glance, (b) OCS BOE Policy Reminders, (c) Attendance Matters (d) Volunteer Information (e) Career Day Information, and few other housekeeping items.

Please remember that students may enter campus at 7:30 AM. Please do not drop students off prior to 7:30 as there is no supervision on campus at that time. Students being dropped off by car need to drop off in the circle drive by the football field on the Decatur side of our campus. Please help us keep the Park a safe place for students.

This year we want to build communities (teachers, students, parents, and business partnerships) that engage our students in inquiry, leadership, and service-learning; please use the link below to let us know if you are interested in becoming part of one of these communities at The Park!

Please read the Pod-Cast for all the information you may need for this week!

Best regards,

Carl Cruthis

Week at a Glance

  • AVID College Spirit - Students and staff are invited to wear their favorite College and University shirt every Monday!
  • 4 Weeks of Fun @ the Park: Wear your best wig or Crazy Hair Day
  • AVID CHEW Can Food Drive


  • 4 Weeks of Fun @ the Park: Dress in Camo!
  • Winter Band Concert 6:30PM in the Gym
  • AVID CHEW Can Food Drive


  • 4 Weeks of Fun @ the Park: Wild Wednesday - Spotted @ the Park (Dress in animal print)
  • Winter Orchestra Concert 6:30PM in the Gym
  • AVID CHEW Can Food Drive


  • 4 Weeks of Fun @ the Park: Dress like a senior citizen Day
  • Winter Chorus Concert 6:30PM in the Gym
  • AVID CHEW Can Food Drive


  • 4 Weeks of Fun @ the Park: You're a Ray of Sunshine - Wear Yellow
  • AVID CHEW Can Food Drive

Family Character Dare

Read this week's Family Character Dare and give it a try; use the link below to share your experience while completing the Character Dare with your family!

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OCS BOE Policy on Medications


Onslow County Schools has a policy for the administration of medications to students during the school day. If your child must take medicine while at school, prescription or over the counter (non-prescription), the parent and the child’s doctor must complete and sign the “Permission for Prescribed Medication” form prior to medications being administered. Medications must be brought to the school by a parent or guardian; students are not allowed to transport medication. They will be kept in a secure area and dispensed according to prescription.

Students are strictly prohibited from taking (self-medicating), bringing, sharing, distributing or accepting over the counter (OTC) drugs or medications. OTC drugs include – but are not limited to – aspirin, Tylenol, Midol, cough drops, eye drops, or cold medications. Students who bring medication to school and do not comply with these guidelines will be disciplined, to include possible suspension from school and referral to legal authorities.

Attendance Matters

Pay Attention to Attendance:

Keep Your Child On Track in Middle and High School

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student's academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job.


  • Students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation.
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
  • By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
  • Missing 10 percent, or about 18 days, of the school year can drastically affect a student's academic success.
  • Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.
  • Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from college and keep a job.
  • Chronic absenteeism will prevent students from being able to participate in athletics or clubs.


Make school attendance a priority

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school everyday, make that the expectation.
  • Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good nights sleep.
  • Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
  • Don't let your child stay home unless truly sick. Complaints of headaches or stomach aches may be signs of anxiety.

Help your teen stay engaged

  • Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe from bullies and other threats. Make sure he/she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Stay on top of your child's social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.

Communicate with the school

  • Know the school's attendance policy incentives and penalties
  • Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.
  • Check on your child's attendance to be sure absences are not piling up.

Are you ready to be part of the Dolphin family?

Do you have a child who attends Northwoods Park Middle School? Are you interested in volunteering a few hours each week? If so, we are excited to announce the launch of our volunteer group! NWP is seeking parents or guardians who have time to greet and encourage our students during the morning arrival, help monitor during the transition times, be present during the four school lunches, and say “see you tomorrow” at the end of their school day. Of course, the teachers will be ever present, ever monitoring; however, it is so special to have the school- home connection that smiling and caring parents can provide. If you are interested in detailed information, please click on the following link: POP Scope.docx If interested in volunteering, please complete the following link, Volunteer Opportunities . The volunteers will be fully trained by administration and complete a criminal background check through Onslow County School district.

Thank you in advance for your interest and time.

Career Day

Dear Potential Presenter,

Greetings from Northwoods Park Middle School! On Thursday, February 9, 2023, NWPMS will be hosting our first annual Career Day. Our goal for Career Day is to give students the opportunity to hear about careers they are interested in for their futures from the professionals who live it in our very own community! Our vision for Career Day is to have professionals from our community share their career experiences with our students, including topics such as what a typical day looks like, how to begin in this career, and provide information to students that only a person who has had first-hand experience can give them.

We would love to have you as a presenter for our Career Day! If you choose to participate as a presenter, we would need you to commit to being at Northwood Park Middle from 8:00 am – 10:15 am on February 9th. You will be presenting to three different groups of students throughout the day. Each presentation would need to be a total of 30 minutes: approximately 20 minutes for you to present and 10 minutes for students to ask questions. Your groups should be no bigger than 20 students per session.

If you are available to present on February 9th, please fill out your information on the survey located at NWP Career Day Presenter Form to access and fill out the survey. Due to scheduling sessions, we will not be able to accept any presenter reservations after Thursday, February 2nd, so be sure to fill it out before this date! Thank you so much for your time and attention. We appreciate your support of Northwoods Park Middle School, and we look forward to hearing from you!

AIG Updates

Do you have a child in AIG? Please bookmark the link below to find up-to-date information about the program and what they are working on while they are here at The Park!

Resources for Parents

This year NWPMS is working toward earning our School-Wide Certified Digital Citizenship through Common Sense Media, part of that requirement is to provide resources for our parents.

The link below contains useful information on setting basic rules for social media use with middle school students.

The link below contains useful information on managing your student's devices and screen times.

The link below contains useful information on managing cyber-bullying and other online behaviors.

2022-2023 School Lunch Information

Breakfast costs will remain at $1.25, and starting in the 2022-2023 school year, lunch prices will increase to $2.50.

NWPMS encourages all families to fill out the online Free and Reduced Lunch Application prior to the beginning of the school year so that your child is ready to go. You can fill the application online by following the link below.

To add money to your student's account for lunch, please use the link below to create and account and to add money to their lunch account.

7th Grade House of Power Pod-Cast

7th Grade families, be sure to join this week's House of Power Pod-Cast for all your 7th grade information and news! This week the 7th Grade Team interviewed two special guest, you don't want to miss it!

Arrival and Dismissal

Please review the information linked below regarding our arrival and dismissal procedures, we will have staff out and about to help direct traffic during the first week of school. Please be patient with staff and other families as our Dolphin family is growing and our space and traffic options are limited.

During Dismissal we need all car pick-up traffic to line up along the football field facing Sioux Drive. We will no longer allow cars to pull into the pickup line making right-hand turns, this will help keep the Sioux/Decatur intersection clear. Please review the diagrams on our website for visuals on how the process works. Please be patient as we work through the first week of school as traffic is typically more congested at the beginning of the year.