New Albany Intermediate School

NAIS Family Update- October 12, 2020


Our students have been doing a great job of masking up, backing up, and washing up on campus! We are proud of both our on campus and VLP students who have been hard at work learning and are off to a great start this school year. All students recently completed our Fall MAP and beginning of the year assessments, which teachers will begin using this information to guide instruction over the coming weeks. Thank you for everything you are doing to partner with our staff to support our students in a successful school year.

Photo Day for VLP Students and Make-Ups/Retakes for In-Person Students

If your in-person student missed school photo day in September, or if you are dissatisfied with your child’s photo package when it is sent home later this month, the date for make-up and retake photos is November 4. As long as a student returns all of the photos on November 4, there is no cost for a replacement package. If your child is part of the Virtual Learning Program, please click here for the details about VLP School Photo Day on November 4.


In the event of inclement weather, there will be times that we will need to have indoor recess this school year. In preparation for indoor recess this year, we are allowing students to bring in a small bag (no bigger than a gallon sized ziploc bag) of items that are appropriate for indoor recess. This will only be used by the student who brings them to school. Students will remain at their seats during indoor recess. Here is an indoor recess menu with ideas for activities. We will also be providing options for students such as drawing paper, sudoku, pictionary, charades, and other activities that can be done following health and safety guidelines. We will have the students outside as much as possibly, but also want to be prepared in case of inclement weather.


Thank you to Mr. Barnes and Mrs. McNamara for giving our students a science extension opportunity by organizing the Fall Bio Blitz 2020 for 5th and 6th graders. The Bio Blitz activity ended on Friday October 9 and congratulations to all of our 5th and 6th graders for participating! We broke school records for most observations and most species. Our totals as of Friday afternoon were 4,264 observations and 828 species identified!


School is closed for all in person and VLP students on Friday October 16. Please enjoy the long weekend.


We are excited to engage our students in our newly formatted Science Olympiad Skills Season for Grades 6-8, Click here for more information.This will be an open enrollment and there are no try outs. We will have a skill building year and are offering it to any 6/7/8th grader who is interested. Our Commitment to Participate google form is due by Oct 26. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Megan Hill at .


We concluded the Fall Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments and are preparing reports to send home. In-person students will bring home their results in backpacks later this month, and VLP students will have their results mailed home.


Schoology is the online learning platform all teachers at the Intermediate School will use this year to post assignments and materials for each course. If you do not have a Parent Schoology Account, your child’s homeroom teacher can provide you with a Parent Access Code so you can signup. Please review this Schoology resource for an overview of parent schoology accounts.

Under each Course for your child, there are two important tabs on the left hand side of the screen. Regularly check “Updates” where teachers can post important reminders and “Materials” where assignments are posted for both in school work and homework. Keep in mind the Schoology App and the web version of Schoology contain the same information, though each look different. Click here for a short tutorial of the web version of Schoology.


Technology questions can be answered through phone or email:

You can click to review the One-to-One Handbook for more information on our One-to-One Initiative, care of the iPad, accidental breakage coverage, as well as student and parent responsibilities. As a reminder, students are to keep the iPAD in the district issued iPAD case to keep the iPAD protected. Finally, a reminder that it is recommended and very helpful for all students to have a pair of wired headphones for use of their iPAD while at school. For more information on our One-to-One Technology Initiative please visit the District Technology Department webpage by clicking here, which highlights the district technology plan, helpful parent technology resources, and ipad support resources.


Please click here to read an important update from our Food Service Department on a federal grant program that offers all students, both in-person and VLP, free breakfast and lunch.

Breakfast: 8:50 Will be served in all 4 wings. Students will arrive and let the teacher know if they are receiving breakfast. The teacher will check the Breakfast box on the Lunch Form for their class. This is a grab and go meal and the menu will be posted online.

Lunch: 10:20-1:10: Lunch counts will be taken by classroom teachers and shared with the food service staff by 9:30 a.m. Lunch menus will be posted online. There will be a daily lunch option, a vegetarian option, and a gluten free option. The Lunch Form will indicate all options and the teacher will mark accordingly. Milk and Water will be provided upon request.


Grades 4-5:

Arrival: 8:55 a.m.

Tardy Bell: 9:05 a.m.

Dismissal: 3:40 p.m.

4th and 5th grade bus riders will enter the building based on their wing. There are signs placed in front of each entrance to help your child identify the correct entrance point.

4th and 5th grade parent drop off students will follow signs along the east side of the Intermediate Building and enter the school through the rear entrance doors along the playground. This entrance point allows students to access all wings from the center rotunda.

Important Note: We recognize that there are currently traffic congestion issues on our “all in” days with additional families choosing parent pick-up, we highly recommend that you follow the suggested drop off and pick off times noted above as car arriving early to wait for drop off/pick up times are causing traffic congestion to build up and last for a longer period of time.

In order to relieve ongoing traffic congestion on Route 605, there is a location change for students with siblings in the green hallway at the Primary School. Families with Intermediate students with siblings at the Primary School in the green hallway will now be dropped off/picked up at the McCoy Loop. The McCoy Loop continues to be the drop off/pick up location for Intermediate students with siblings in the blue, purple and now green hallway. The Front Primary Loop will be dedicated to drop off for Intermediate students with siblings in the yellow hallway only at the Primary School.

At dismissal time, students being picked up should report to their designated pick-up loop. Intermediate students should report to the Intermediate/Chatham Loop. This driveway is located north of the Primary School gymnasium and is accessed from N. High St. (Route 605).

Grade 6:

Arrival: 7:45 a.m.

Tardy Bell: 7:50 a.m.

Dismissal: 2:20 p.m.

6th grade bus riders will enter the building based on their wing. 6th grade parent drop off students will follow signs along the east side of the Intermediate Building and enter the school through the rear entrance doors along the playground. This entrance point allows students to access all wings from the center rotunda.

We are unable to provide supervision for children prior to their arrival time. For reasons of safety and liability, no children should arrive at school prior to the designated times unless chaperoned by a parent. Working families who must leave earlier should make arrangements for supervision of their child(ren) with a trusted sitter, neighbor or relative.

Before and after school childcare services for 4th and 5th grade students is available through the Eagles Nest Child Care Program.

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Dear NAIS Parents,

We are excited to announce our first restaurant fundraiser of the year. Please consider dinner at Chipotle on October 28, from 5-9pm. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Intermediate PTO. There are lots of ways to support the school through your PTO:

  1. JOIN THE PTO: To help us continue to provide for our Intermediate school, please consider joining the PTO today.

  2. ENROLL: FREE…..Go to Kroger Rewards and **NEW! Add the Intermediate School to your Amazon App ** Support the Intermediate school at zero cost to you!

  3. DOWNLOAD: FREE….. Download the Box Tops app to scan your receipts and earn our school funds.

  4. LIKE: FREE…..“Like us on Facebook” to get the latest PTO information.

  5. CONTACT THE PTO: Please email us at with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for all your support. Have a great week!


Erika Gilmore

Intermediate PTO president

President-Elect: Terri Erlenbach

V.P.’s Fundraising: Marcie Brickner and Erin Miller

V.P.’s Programming: Kristen Pietro and Coleen Barber

V.P.’s Hospitality: Alli Lish and Mandy Aquilina

V.P.’s Communication: Angela Thompson and Michelle Waltman

Secretary: Erica Rozanczyk

Treasurer: Missy Evans

Treasurer-Elect: Shezronne Zaccardi

Additional Information

The Intermediate School website has information about our daily schedule, drop off and pick up procedures, school supply lists, and much more. Please click here to visit the page. For information concerning transportation services, click here.

Do not hesitate to call the Intermediate school (614-741-3000) with any questions you may have. Have a wonderful week!

Katie Nowak, Principal

Megan Ballinger, Assistant Principal

Tommy Snyder, Assistant Principal

Our Purpose

The New Albany-Plain Local School District is committed to creating a culture of accountability that achieves the best academic and developmental outcomes for each student.