Northern Middle Newsletter
Weekly Update 10/16/22
We are in the final week of this year's NMS MEGA-Raiser Donation Drive that will help support instructional and extracurricular programs for our students and staff. Last week, we exceeded our mid-point goal of $15,000. Since the students met the goal, Mr. Webster greeted them from the roof of the school in Bobcat mascot costume. If the students reach the goal of $30,000 by Wednesday, Mr. Webster will do the Ice Bucket Challenge at the Mega-Party. As of Sunday morning, we have gone past $23,000 and are almost there! We have had a great start to the fundraiser and would like to thank all of our students and families for their support!
As a reminder, there is a two hour early dismissal for students on Thursday, 10/20 and schools are closed for students on Friday, 10/21.
Have a great week!
Mr. Webster, NMS Principal
NMS School-Wide Fundraiser - MEGA-Raiser Donation Drive
We are excited to announce the Northern Middle School Online Mega-Fundraiser with Mid-Atlantic Fundraising. We would like to invite interested students, parents, and staff members to participate in the fundraiser to help raise funds to support the instructional programs and opportunities for NMS students and staff.
Students have been provided with a fundraiser flyer to bring home. Go to the special donation page that has been created for your student & check it out!
Click on this link and type in your student's name to access their fundraiser page - https://northernmegaraiser.pledge-drive.net
The student donation website has options to share with family and friends about the fundraiser through email and social media. Check your student's page for fundraiser details and updates.
Here are some tips
- Make your donation now to set a good example for other potential donors to follow.
- SHARE your donation page with at least 10 family and friends with the email function on your donation page.
- Forward this e-mail and the link to family and friends.
- From your donation page, you can easily post on Facebook, send texts, and post to social media.
Can’t find your student by name? Go to https://northernmegaraiser.pledge-drive.net/v2/Campaign/Register/R0A5FAD37 to register your student.
If you have any questions or would prefer for your student to not have a fundraiser page, please contact Ms. Emond at 443-550-9230 or email@example.com.
Thank you for your generous support!
CCPS Impact Aid Program Survey for Families - Please Complete ASAP
The annual Impact Aid Program Survey is once again digital! The green paper form you are familiar with can now be completed quickly and easily online. However, if you would rather complete the form on paper, a hard copy of the form has been sent home with your child. You can also download a copy of the form below or by going to the Parents page at www.calvertnet.k12.md.us, then looking for the Impact Aid Program Survey link under “Forms & Applications.”
The US Department of Education requires Calvert County Public Schools to survey each student annually to determine eligibility for the Impact Aid grant – those whose parents/guardians work on federal property in Maryland, live on federal property in Maryland, and/or are active-duty military.
For assistance in completing the form, please reference the attached frequently asked questions. It is important to note that on the survey, “Employer” is not the same as “Federal Property.” For example, you may work for Dunkin’ Donuts (Employer) on Joint Base Andrews (Federal Property).
Please be assured that all information collected is confidential and used only for the stated purpose. The Impact Aid grant application provides only collective information on the numbers and locations of our federally connected students. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. The more survey forms returned, the greater the grant funds available to our school system.
NMS Students Selected for All-County Chorus - from Mrs. Sigmon
Please join me in congratulating the following students who auditioned and were selected for the 2022-23 All County Honors Chorus. These students learned an audition song, recorded their audition and were selected through a rigorous audition process.
Next up, three evening rehearsals with other honors chorus students around the county, an all-day rehearsal, and a wonderful evening concert on November 10th at 7 pm at the MHC. Hope to see you there to support our Bobcat Singers!
NMS Students Selected for All-County Orchestra - from Mr. Wentz
Please join me in congratulating the following students who auditioned and were selected for the 2022-23 All County Honors Orchestra. These students learned an audition song, recorded their audition in Schoology and were selected through a rigorous audition process. Next up, three evening rehearsals with other Orchestra students around the county, an all-day rehearsal, and a wonderful evening concert on November 3rd at 7 pm at the Calvert High School. Hope to see you there to support our Bobcats!
Zach Gingue - Violin II
Ellie Fitts - Cello
Steven Luiru - Cello
Lucy Ingling - Violin II
Atticus Spencer - Violin I
Taylon Ray - Violin I
Keven Luiru - Violin I
Rachel Brewer - Violin II, Principal ChairAva Flynn - Cello
Unity Day - October 19th - sponsored by the NMS Kindness Club
NMS Red Ribbon Week - 10/24 - 10/28
NMS PTO - Fall Fest Night Party - October 28th
The Fall Fest Night Party is right around the corner, Friday, October 28th! If you would like to volunteer, please be sure you have registered to be a volunteer for the 2022-2023 school year through https://www.calvertnet.k12.md.us/departments/human-resources/become-a-volunteer.
To select a volunteer role please see our updated SignUp Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4AA8AC2DABFAC70-nmsfall
Hearing and Vision Screenings for 8th Graders and New Students
The Calvert County Health Department will be conducting a hearing and vision screening at Northern Middle School. This screening is for all 8th grade students, students new to Calvert County Public Schools and those students who have not had a recent screening. This is only a screening. All students are required to be screened unless they have been evaluated by an optometrist/ophthalmologist/audiologist within the past year.
If your student was recently screened by an optometrist/ophthalmologist/audiologist, please provide documentation to the school nurse for your student’s health record.
The Vision & Hearing Technician is scheduled to begin screening on Monday, October 31st.
Students who wear glasses, contacts and/or assistive hearing devices should have them available for the screening. Please note that the date is subject to change.
Please feel free to contact your school nurse, Mrs. Fleshman, at 443-550-9227 with any questions you have concerning this matter.
PBIS & PTO teams - Donation Request
We are seeking donations for rewards for our students. NMS wants to continue our partnerships with our families and local businesses to support our school’s PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) initiative. PBIS is a statewide initiative to improve behavior and increase student achievement. We try to accomplish this by creating a clear system for all expected behaviors and rewarding positive behaviors and choices. We reward students for embodying the Bobcat ROAR (Respect, Outstanding Achievement and Responsibility).
We hope to provide very attractive prizes to keep the students motivated! Donations can include anything that will serve to reward and motivate the students ($5-$10 gift cards, individually wrapped food items, coupons for free items, tangible items, school supplies, etc…) If you want to check with us about an idea, feel free to contact Jessica Himes at firstname.lastname@example.org
One easy way to donate is through an Amazon Wish List that is being facilitated by the PTO - https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/9H80XPJZUNWM?ref_=wl_share
We believe that involvement with families, businesses and the community can be a positive part of our students’ education. We will gladly accept donations year round!! Please drop your donations off in the main office.
Agile Mind - Khan Academy Parent Night - Monday, October 17th
Northern Middle School PTO
The electronic link for membership is https://pto-membership-83842.cheddarup.com
You can also access the NMS PTO Facebook group page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/nmsbobcatspto/
The PTO is organizing several committees to help with events throughout the year. If you are interested in helping, please sign-up at https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c0e4aa8ac2dabfac70-ptocommittees
Resource Flyers and Opportunities for Students and Families
Families of Students on the Autistic Spectrum and Families of Students with Disabilities or Developmental Delays
The Calvert County Sheriff's Office, Pathfinders for Autism, Family Support Services and SECAC are having two programs for support on Oct. 21, 2022 from 10AM - 2 PM in Prince Frederick. One program is a practice session for young people on the autistic spectrum on what to do during a traffic stop. The other program is a Resource Fair to help families communicate with community organizations that can help support your family. Please see attached flyers for more information.
Recurring Resources for Families
Become a Volunteer
Calvert County Public Schools uses Raptor for visitors and volunteers to sign in and sign out. Volunteers must apply annually to be an approved volunteer. All volunteers will need to review the volunteer handbook and watch the volunteer training video before completing and Online Volunteer Application. Volunteers must be approved before they may begin service as a volunteer in any school buildings.
CCPS Online Volunteer Application & Process: https://www.calvertnet.k12.md.us/departments/human-resources/become-a-volunteer
Family, Student, & Staff Responsibility – Daily Health Screening
It is the responsibility of all families, students, and staff members to self-assess before entering a school bus or CCPS facility by answering the following questions:
- Has the individual or anyone in the family been sick with dry cough, shortness of breath, chills, fever, muscle or body aches, sore throat, or loss of sense of taste or smell in the last 5 days?
- Has the individual or anyone in the family been exposed to COVID-19 and asked to quarantine? If yes, who was directed to quarantine and what date did the quarantine start? (Ensure quarantine time is up and symptoms have improved.)
- Has the individual or anyone in the family tested positive for COVID-19? If yes, who and when? Were they having any symptoms? (Ensure quarantine is up and symptoms have improved.)
- Student and staff should not attend school if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been medically advised to quarantine. If this is the case, please contact our School Nurse, Carin Fleshman, at 443-550-9227 or email@example.com.
Here Comes the Bus - A School Bus Tracking App for Parents
Here Comes the Bus (HCTB) is an app with tracking features for the bus(es) your child(ren) is assigned to ride. They include
- Showing the real-time location of your child's bus on a map
- Scheduled and actual arrival times at home and school for bus routes
- Push and email notifications when the bus is near
Click this link for more information on getting the app - https://www.calvertnet.k12.md.us/departments/transportation/bus-status/here-comes-the-bus
To create an account, you will need to know your child's ID number and the school district activation code 87557.
If students have questions about their device (laptop/computer), they can get help from a member of the CCPS IT team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 443-550-8146. Students needing assistance can also drop off their laptop in the main office and fill out a paper Help Desk ticket.
Supports are also available on the CCPS website using the Technology Support button (pictured below) on the main page. This resource provides links to submit help desk tickets, frequently asked questions, and other resources students can use to solve issues.