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Nixon-Smiley Middle School

Message from the Principal

Hello NSMS Community,


It has been a wonderful, but rocky start to the school year. It was great to see the students back in the hallways, and they have settled into a routine without issue. However, the ever changing COVID world is once again creating turmoil. Many of you have asked about making masks mandatory. At this time, masks are not mandatory at NSCISD, but this is subject to change. Even though we cannot currently enforce mask wearing, the practice is strongly suggested. Please feel free to send your children to school with a mask and encourage them to wear it. COVID cases are reported on the website daily so that you will be informed of the numbers on our campus. We will continue to have students wash their hands and make hand sanitizer available, along with following TEA guidance, which changes frequently.


On an academic note, you should have received your child’s first progress report on August 31st. If your child has been absent for an extended period, his/her grades may be low due to missing assignments, which will be made up when the student returns. We will be sending out letters informing you of accelerated instruction plans for students who did not meet expectations on STAAR last year. Everyone will be working hard to help fill the educational gaps and help all students be successful. Please contact the office or your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns. Together, we can help our students reach their full potential.

Stay in Touch

To communicate, we will send fliers home and post important information on the webpage. To check your child's grades and attendance, login to the parent portal using the same information you used for registration. If you need assistance with this, give us a call.


If you have a question or concern, please call us at (830) 582-1536, Ext 302. We are happy to set up Parent/Teacher conferences at your request either by phone or in person.

Important Dates:


  • September 2nd - First Volleyball Game at home against Stockdale
  • September 6th - No School - Labor Day
  • September 9th - First Football Game at home against Hallettsville
  • September 22nd - Early Release @ 12:35

Attendance

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


What families can do:


  • Make school attendance a priority. Talk about the importance of going to school and help your children develop routines
  • Help your teen stay engaged. If there are any issues or reasons your child does not want to come to school, give us a call.
  • Communicate with the school. We are a team, we want your child to be successful.



Remember: Attendance is taken all 8 periods. If your student has a doctors appointment, please send us a note!


**If your child has COVID-19 symptoms, please keep them at home.

Dress Code Reminders

  • Tights, spandex shorts, and exercise pants should not be worn unless covered by shorts, skirts, or dresses.
  • Short shorts- As a general rule, shorts should be as long as your child's fingertips when arms are held by the side (about mid-thigh).
  • One-sleeved shirts and crop tops are not allowed.
  • Please see full dress code for more information.

A Note from the Counselor

Each month our middle school will focus on a different topic that will be implemented with different lessons and activities. September is EMPATHY! Mrs. Clardy and Mr. Parra will be working with students to understand that everyone has a different story or background that we may not know about by looking at them, and it is very important to be kind to everyone. We want to emphasize that strong leaders lead with empathy by listening to others.


Some ways to promote empathy at home:

  • Monitor social media-what your child shares and what is being shared with them. Most social media platforms require that a child is 13 to participate.
  • Small acts of kindness-volunteer, help a neighbor, help around the house, let an adult know if they think someone need’s help.

September is HELLO month! Each Friday in September will have a different activity to promote a sense of belonging. We teach them to see someone alone, reach out and help, and it all starts with HELLO!


  • 9/3-We will have greeters from each organization to say HELLO to every student coming into school.
  • 9/10- We will do a “Chalk Walk” where we write kind messages with sidewalk chalk all over our school.
  • 9/17- We will have questions and activities on the cafeteria tables to help students communicate with each other.
  • 9/24- We will hand out bracelets to remind students to be kind and stay mustang strong!

Social Contracts

Each class has created a social contract as a part of our Capturing Kids Hearts Process. This social contract is an agreement between the students and the teacher on how they will treat each other. Once agreed upon, the students and teacher will sign the contract. Teachers will reference the social contract with students daily, choose words to focus on for different occasions, and use it to create a positive learning environment. The goal of the social contract is for students to learn to self-manage and work with others which are two important skills they can use their entire lives.
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