Novi Middle School News

News from Wildcat Country -December 4th, 2019

Administrative Note

We hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving break this past weekend! In this busy time of year, it is important to slow down and enjoy all of our blessings and to enjoy our friends and family.

On Thursday, we are excited to once again host the Rotary-sponsored holiday luncheon for Novi-area senior citizens here at our Auditorium. Our choir, orchestra, and band students will be performing for nearly 100 seniors and our student council members will be decorating and helping serve lunch to our visiting guests in the afternoon. Thank you to Mrs. Grebinski, Ms. Hickey, Mr. Ronning, and Ms. Morgan for helping to facilitate this annual event!

Let's have a great week!


Principal Baker & Dean Southworth

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Novi Middle School New Staff Spotlight

Please Welcome Detective Julie Warren to the Novi Middle School Family!

My name is Julie Warren and I am the police officer who has the privilege of working with your children each and every day at the middle school. I have been a police officer for almost fourteen years now. I spent twelve of those years on road patrol and in 2018-2019 I became a detective assigned to the schools (preschool-8th grade). My partner Detective Zabick is at the high school while my office is here at the middle school. So, you may ask what does a school resource officer do? Many think that we are only in the schools to provide security. While this is a big part of my job, I also support administration and help investigate anything that happens in school or on school property. In addition, school resource officers are mentors and some may say we are consolers as well.

I was born and raised in East Lansing Michigan and after graduating high school I went to Saginaw Valley State University where I played soccer. My husband and I have been married for 11 years and have four children together with our youngest being in kindergarten. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the movies, drinking coffee, and doing puzzles.

Although this is my second year as a school resource officer, I absolutely love my job and feel very lucky to be able to interact with your children and keep them safe. Oftentimes, I walk through the hallways in the various schools and think to myself “I have the best job in the world.” There is no better feeling when a student says “hi, Detective Warren” in the hallways, gives me a hug, or comes to my office to chat about whatever is going on in their life.

This year has been off to a great start and I look forward to what the rest of the year brings. If you ever need to contact me for whatever reason, my email is and my office number is 248-449-1606.

Important School Dates


  • December 5th - Rotary Luncheon for community senior citizens (Student music performances and student council support for the luncheon).
  • December 9th - NMS Theatre Company Tryouts
  • December 11th - Tea with Principal Baker & Dean Southworth - 8:15AM - 9:15 AM - Main Office - Topic: Scheduling and Classes!
  • December 16th - 7th Grade Washington, DC Parent Night - 7:00 PM - NMS Auditorium
  • December 19th - MS Choir Concert - 7:00 PM - NMS Auditorium
  • December 23rd - Winter Break Begins

No Late Buses Available on the Following Dates

On the following dates, there will be no late buses running from the Middle School. Parents should plan to provide transportation if a student needs to stay after school. Thank you!

Friday, December 6

Thursday, January 23

Friday, January 24

Thursday, March 12

NMS Theater Company Musical Tryouts

Tryouts for NMS Theater Company musical will be held on December 9th and 10th, 2019, starting at 2:30pm in the auditorium.

The audition packets will be available for cast members in the Main Office starting December 2nd. Please have your child pick up the packet, his or her parent/guardian must sign the agreement of rules, & child should be prepared by memorizing the dialogue and song by December 9th.

Tech tryouts will begin, after the break, in January 2020.

For additional information, please contact Lori Burkhardt at

Novi Middle School & Bridgepointe Partnership

Each school across the district works together in our Bridgepointe partnership. Each school works to fulfill different needs for our partnered schools.

Novi Middle School is Collecting: Board Games (Jenga, Uno, Spot it, Memory Match, Monopoly, Sorry, Chutes and Ladders, Farkle, & Avocado Smash)

We are also accepting gently used items: Small stuffed animals like Beanie Babies, Big Eyed Boos, Webkinz and Matchbox/Hot Wheels.

If you wish to make a financial donation please make the check out to “Novi Meadows” with the Attn/Memo: Bridgepointe.

Please send all items unwrapped: Our students will wrap them at a later date! All items should be turned in to your students A20 Teacher. The A20 Class that collects the most items will receive a Pizza Party!

Items are being Collected from November 21st-December 10th

Love and Logic

Have you ever been curious about Love & Logic? Would you like to learn more? Then, please do not miss this upcoming event at our Novi Public Library.

This event is being facilitated by David Ascher, Novi Woods Elementary Principal. Mr. Ascher has been practicing and facilitating Love and Logic for the past 23 years.

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Where: The Novi Public Library
Facilitator: David Ascher, Novi Woods Elementary Principal

Don't forget to register: Love & Logic

Food Pantry

Dear Parent/Guardian of Novi Middle School Students, A few of our local churches and organizations in Novi are providing a food pantry to any Novi Middle School student and their family that are in need. We could either send a bag of groceries home with your student (please provide a back pack or similar type of carrying bag) or a parent/guardian is welcome to come into the Counseling Office here at Novi Middle School and pick up the items. Please contact me either by phone, or email, and I would love to get you set up. The local churches and organizations come into the middle school weekly and restock the shelves, so you are welcome to come in every week.


Mary DePotter

Novi Middle School Counseling Secretary


2020 Washington DC Trip

Information packets regarding the November 2020 8th Grade Washington DC Trip will be passed out to 7th graders in their social studies classes the week of 11/18.

  • All payments and registrations are handled through Worldstrides.
  • There will be an Informational Parent Meeting on Monday, December 16, 2019, at 7pm in the NMS Auditorium.
  • For information regarding financial assistance for next fall's trip please click here:

Novi Middle School Twitter

Please check out Novi Middle School Twitter Account - @Novi_MS

Novi Middle School Counseling Department- @NoviMScounselor

Schoology - Grade Reporting

This year up-to-date grade and assignment reporting will take place through Schoology. Hopefully you have received the parent access code specific to your student. If you have not, please reach out to your student's A20 teacher. We have moved to this platform to provide consistency and simplicity for both student and parent access to grades and instructional materials. There is also a Schoology App that you may be interested in using.


Don't miss out on the memories; order your yearbook now! All NMS yearbooks sales are online this year! Visit to order your yearbook for $35. Price will increase in January. Yearbooks will be delivered to students in June.

Avoiding Lice

As school is now in session, it is important to remember the guidelines for avoiding head lice. It has been found in classrooms around the district already this year so please be vigilant in looking for it and treating it effectively. The website below has very helpful information.

Vision Screening for 7th Grade

The Oakland County Health Division Vision Screening will take place at Novi Middle School from February 19 to March 2, 2020. We do not test hearing at the middle school level. Screenings are required by Michigan Law (The Public Health Code 368 of 1978) and are provided annually in Oakland County schools by Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) at no cost. Screenings help identify vision and hearing difficulties that can affect a child's school performance, speech and language skills and social development. OCHD Public Health Technicians do not diagnose any conditions but can make parents/guardians aware if a child may need further follow-up from a doctor.

  • Vision screening occurs in pre-school, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th grades

  • Hearing screening occurs in pre-school, kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th grades

Please ensure your student is in attendance on screening days. For more information visit call OCHD’s Hearing and Vision program at 248-424-7070, or contact your child’s school.


Once again, Thank you to so many parents for donating to the Novi Middle School PTO this year at registration. The PTO has several great projects to support our students throughout the year and is looking for volunteers to help with activities/events. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Kaija Juszak - or Jen Pleet -

Thank you so much for your consideration!

Volunteer Background Checks

Volunteer Background Checks: We are now collecting background check forms for the 2019-2020 school year. Please submit your background check form to the Main Office as soon as possible if you are planning to volunteer during the upcoming school year. All volunteers must complete this process each year in order to volunteer and the completed form must be submitted at least 10 days prior to your volunteering date. Please go to this link for the volunteer form. Thank you.

Food Service

BREAKFAST - Please fuel up for the day with a Delicious Breakfast served by our friendly Staff available for any and all interested students in the Cafeteria. A breakfast station is open in the cafeteria from 7:25am - 7:45am. Food and drink should please remain in the cafeteria only.

LUNCH MENUS - Menus can be downloaded at: Novi Food Service. Applications for free and reduced lunch are available here. Information for lunch accounts and how to access your child's account is at:



Club & Activity Sponsors


Art Club - Alex Erskine
Game Club - Taylor Morgan

Golf Club - Kim Wesner

Interact Club - Michelle Evans

Math Club - New Coach coming soon!

Paw Print Newsletter - Ken Fenchel


Fall Play - Lori Burkhardt

Spring Musical - Lori Burkhardt

Art Club

Next Art Club meeting will be on Tuesday, December 10th.

Chamber Club

Chamber Club will be meeting for the first time next Wednesday, December 4th in Ms Hickey's Room.

Game Club

Our next Game Club meeting will be held on Monday, December 16th in room #110.


Our next Gay Straight Alliance meeting will be on Wednesday, December 18th in room #312

Paw Print Newspaper

During the year, Novi Middle School's Paw Print Newspaper Club publishes an online newspaper. The newspaper covers current events happening in the school, the community, and the world. Editorials, reviews, sports, and other topics are usually included as well. Photography is not part of this club. If you are interested in writing and current events, please plan to attend the club's next meeting on Wednesday, December 4th, after school in Mr. Fenchel's room 128 in the 8th grade hall.

Future Novi Middle School Activities

Science Fair: Our annual science fair is held in January; judging occurs in a closed session. Listen for announcements in October. Qualifiers will go on to compete at the Detroit Science Fair in the Spring. Contact Ms. Morgan at for more information.

Spelling Bee: On January 15th, students will compete for the one spot that will qualify for the Regional Scripps Spelling Bee – But everyone will have a great time in the process. Information will be in the main office in December.

Theater/Drama: Novi Middle School will produce a fall play and a spring musical. Listen to announcements for audition times. Lots of roles to be filled: actors/actress, make-up, lighting, set design, publicity... come check it out! Email Mrs. Burkhardt for information

Variety Show: Held in the Spring, the Variety Show showcases the many talents of our NMS students and staff. Audition required. Auditions and show will take place in March 2020. Watch for details.

Washington DC Trip: Every 8th grader is invited to explore our Nation’s capital for four days in November. Students register for this trip during January of their 7th grade year, but some openings usually remain after that time. Email Mr. Fenchel at or see him in room 128 for more information.


New Athletic Website

We are very excited to announce that the Novi Community Schools Athletic Department has partnered with FinalForms, online forms, and data management service. FinalForms allows you to complete and sign athletic participation forms for your students. The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! FinalForms also pre-populates information wherever possible, for each of your students, saving you time.

You may review your data at any time to verify it is current. You will be required to sign your forms once per year and after any update.

Click on the Parent Playbook (attached) to get started in FinalForms. If you require any support during the process, scroll to the page bottom and click “Use Support”.

We are asking that ALL parents of athletes use FinalForms.

Please register at:

and follow the prompts to create your account, create your students and sign your forms.

Thank you for your assistance in streamlining our paperwork processes at Novi Community Schools.


The Michigan Child Protection Registry

The Michigan Child Protection Registry, administered under our Secretary of State’s office, is dedicated to stopping minors, parents and other caregivers from receiving any solicitations from gambling, tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and pornography companies via email and text messaging. You can visit the Registry at

There are 4 things you can do to help get this information out to parents:

  1. Include information about the Registry in a newsletter. I’ve attached a copy of what other schools have used in the past in their newsletters.
  2. Include a link to the Registry somewhere on your website.
  3. Include a brief description and a link to the Registry on your Facebook page. (I can assist you with the wording.)
  4. If you are looking for someone to talk about the Registry, internet safety and the popular apps that teens are using, please contact me. I speak to a lot of parent groups all around Michigan.

I can’t stress enough how important internet safety and this Registry is in helping to keep our kids safe while using any type of mobile device. Please let me know if you can help us inform parents of this resource, if you have any questions or need additional information. Thank you so much and have a great day!

Alisha Meneely

Community Outreach Coordinator

Protect MI Child

Cell: 616-540-8669

Go to and register today!

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Morning Drop-off/Afternoon Pick-up

Please refer to the map below for drop-off and pick-up traffic flows. These are designed to provide two loops and a safe exit for students to exit/enter directly onto the sidewalk in front of the school. One loop serves those cars entering from the Wixom entrance. The other is for those entering off of 11 Mile.

Please do not plan to pick up or drop off on the east side of the building. This area is reserved for school bus drop-offs and pick-ups. Thank you for your patience and for helping to keep all of our Wildcats safe.

Arial picture of the student drop off and pick up traffic pattern at the middle school

Novi Middle School

Principal: Robert Baker - 8th Grade Liaison

Asst. Principal: Andrew Comb

Dean of Students: Angie Southworth - 7th Grade Liaison