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Newsletter of the Norton Middle School....June 2017

PRINCIPAL'S PODIUM

Dear Families:

It is hard to believe that this school year is coming to a close. June is an important month filled with field trips, awards assemblies and other end of the year events. We all need to remind the students that there should be no let down either academically or behaviorally. June is an important month and factors equally into grades as any other month. Overall we had an excellent year and I expect that we continue to maintain the effort, energy and attitude that reflect Norton Middle School’s status as a Spotlight School.

I would like to thank the Norton Middle School Parent Board for their work throughout the year. Behind the strong leadership of President Melanie Barrick, Vice-President Aimee Kolf, Secretary Dana Flynn and Treasurer Linda Whiteside the Parent Board has been instrumental in providing financial support for school wide events, field trips, classrooms and the library along with countless other “projects” that contribute to making Norton Middle School exceptional. On behalf of our teachers, students and parents I would like to thank all that supported the efforts of our parent board. The parent board leadership group is full of creative ideas and a desire for continual improvement.

On behalf of the Norton Middle School staff, we would like to wish everyone a healthy and safe summer. We thank all of our Middle School families for your continued support and we look forward to seeing everyone in the fall. Families should periodically check the website throughout the summer for updates. Student Schedules and team placement for the 2017/2018 school year will be distributed and/or posted the week of August 21, 2017. Summer learning Assignments and 2017/2018 School Supply list will be posted on the school website by June 9, 2017.

NMS designated a SPOTLIGHT SCHOOL again

Dear NMS Community


I am very excited and extremely proud to announce that Norton Middle School has once again earned Spotlight School status from the New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS). Norton Middle School is one of only thirty-five schools throughout New England to have earned this distinction. The Spotlight process entailed a rigorous review of our school through the submission of various documents, reviews of our academic programs, and our hosting a visiting team. On March 6th, NELMS representatives spent the day at NMS shadowing students as well as interviewing staff, community members, and student groups. According to NELMS, Spotlight Schools have “a record of effective teaching and learning for young adolescents and consistently implement middle level best practices.” (www.nelms.org) NELMS has commended our school on the following:

· Talented and dedicated Administration team that support young adolescent learners
· Effective use of data to support student learning
· A 1:1 Chromebook initiative including professional development and support
· Active and engaged faculty and staff and evidence of high morale
· A strong student support program
· A well maintained physical plant
· Community support for the middle school program
· A living motto, “Norton Middle school: Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow, Every Student Matters, and Every Moment Counts.”

As a result of earning this distinction, our teachers will be offered professional development from NELMS at a reduced cost. Spotlight schools serve as models to other schools and as part of the agreement, we will, on occasion host other schools in order to share best practices. The partnership with NELMS will continue as NMS staff will present at a joint NELMS/NEASC conference in October of 2017 as a model school. As a part of their visit, the NELMS team also made some recommendations for further improvement. One recommendation calls for exploring schedule options to expand curriculum and enhance common planning time. In addition, the visiting team recommended enhancing the targeting of student needs during our intervention, correction, and enrichment period. I want to thank all of our students, faculty, and staff for the hard work that they do every day. All members of our school community should be very proud of this accomplishment.

One of the key artifacts that served as evidence of our performance measured against the research based standards was the website linked below. I encourage you to explore the site. https://goo.gl/imkfYV

Sincerely,

Vincent M. Hayward
Principal – Norton Middle

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NMS Drama Club Production of Beauty and the Beast

Bravo to the NMS Drama Club for their staging of Beauty and the Beast last month! Co-Directors Jess Holicker, Eric Beard, and Chris Cummings beamed with pride after the production closed its second sold out show in the NMS Auditorium on Friday night, May 26th. Boasting 87 student actors from 6, 7, and 8th grade, the NMS Drama Club managed to outdo themselves once again. The tour de force musical was highlighted by Amelia Kirshon's showstopping performance as Belle, Maddie Breckner's pitch perfect Mrs. Potts, Derek Bamford's booming Gaston, Katie Simpson's charming Lumiere, Nate Arduino's complicated and heroic Beast, Laila Meier's diva Madame de la Grand Bouche, Caitlyn Bailey's bubbly Babette, and Riley Sparks's scene-stealing Cogsworth! All of the young actors were professional, creative, expressive, engaged, and were clearly having fun! Standing ovations punctuated both evening performances and family, friends, and community members alike filled the NMS rotunda to shower praise onto the committed and talented cast. The NMS Drama Club also relied on the generosity and talents of Mike Kramer, Heather Treannie, and the Breckner and Kirshon families to pull off such a spectacle. The club is looking forward to next year's production and is humbled and encouraged by the support for this year's show. A full recording of the production is available courtesy of the Norton Media Center (insert link here) and the directors proudly request any and all to take the time to watch their amazing, terrific, kind, hard-working, and impressive student actors take to the stage!!


Click the link below to view the production.


https://vimeo.com/219169150

MEDICATIONS

All student medications and supplies MUST be picked up on or before the last day of school, June 22, 2017. Medications must be picked up by a Parent/Guardian. Please contact the school nurse, Ms. Sara DeOme RN with any questions.
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IMPORTANT DATES

June 1- Grade 7 P Field Trip to Blue HIlls

Baseball/Softball Games Away @ Middleboro

June 2- Scholar Honors Breakfast

June 5- Grade 5 Students Visit NMS

Baseball/Softball Games Away @ Berkley

June 7- Baseball/Softball Games Away @ Raynham

June 8- Grade 8 Field Trip to New York City

All Bands Day @ Norton High School

June 9- Grade 6 P "Battle of the Books"

June 12- Grade 6 W "Battle of the Books"

Grade 5 Parent Orientation

June 13- Grade 6 Science Fun Day

June 14- Grade 7 Field Trip to Six Flags

Grade 6 Science Fun Day

June 15- Grade 6 P Field Trip- Moose Hill

June 16- Grade 6W Field trip- Moose Hill

Grade 7 White Field Trip to Blue Hills


June 21 Grade 8 Awards

8 Purple- 11:22 AM- 1:00 PM

8 White- 9:30 AM-11:00 AM

Grade 8 Dinner Dance

June 22 Grade 6 Awards

6 Purple 9:00-10:30 AM Auditorium

6 White 9:00-10:30 AM Gym

Grade 7 Awards

7 Purple 10:30-12:00 PM Gym

7 White 10:30-12:00 Pm Auditorium

Dismissal- 12:00 Noon- No Lunches served

Guidance Department

Guidance Counselors will be available until June 27th. Please call the Guidance office at 508-285-0144 for an appointment.

STUDENT INFORMATION SHEETS

Please ensure that you have read all the information on your student's information sheet that they should have brought home on May 25th. Especially important to check are the following;

Current, accurate phone numbers

Who the student lives with

Any Custodial issues

Parent/Guardian e-mail address(es)

"Emergency/Release to" information. We cannot release your child to anyone whose name is not on the "Emergency/release to" area unless the student has brought in a note from home to this effect. Please be aware that the school ALWAYS attempts to contact parent/guardian before emergency contacts.

In addition, please be sure to provide an e-mail address. A great deal of information is shared via e-mail. This will ensure you are receiving all pertinent information.

Please make any corrections, add any missing information, sign the form and have your child return the form to his/her homeroom teacher. This will ensure that we have current information for your child at the beginning of the next school year and will also make sure you are receiving Voice messages and E-mails regarding events during the school year.

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTERING GRADE 7

Students entering grade 7 in the fall of 2016 are required by Massachusetts Department of Public Heath to have:


A Physical within 13 months of the first day of 7th grade

Tdap (tetanus booster)

2 doses of varicella vaccine

2 doses of MMR


Contact the school nurse, Ms. Sara DeOme RN with any questions. 508-285-0147


All documentation must be submitted by the first day of school in September.

SUMMER READING LISTS AND SUPPLY LISTS FOR SEPTEMBER

Supply lists for September will be available shortly on the Norton Middle School website. Norton.k12.ma.us/Norton_Middle_School. Paper copies will be distributed with report cards on the last day of school.

Students will have the opportunity to order a planner for next year. They will cost $5. The NMS Parent Board will subsidize the cost in excess of the $5 fee. Forms have been distributed to students and should be returned to homeroom teacher to reserve your agenda for September.

Summer reading lists will also be available on the website and will also be distributed in paper format with the report card on the last day of school.

GRADE 8 DINNER DANCE

The annual Grade 8 Dinner Dance will take place on June 21st at Norton Middle School in the cafeteria and rotunda. Information from your child's team will be going home with your child soon with details.

Carpooling is encouraged due to serious traffic congestion at the beginning and end of the dance.

FREE SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS, ADULTS AND EVERYONE IN BETWEEN

Picnics

Hiking

Swimming

Kite Flying

Stargazing

Camping

Backyard Camping

Museum Free Days

Volunteering

Window Shopping

Farmers Markets

Public Library

Gratitude journal

Walk 10,000 Steps

Read all the Books on your nightstand

Family cooking project

Chronicle Family History

Make a Time Capsule

Family Game night

Family Band

Toy Swap

Skype with relatives

Learn to Code

Binge-watch your favorite TV Show

Have a Yard Sale

Start A Coin Jar

FREE FUN FRIDAYS

Click the link below to learn more about 85 Museums and Cultural events. 10 Fridays, 100% Free


http://www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/blog/2017/05/10/free-fun-fridays-2017-schedule-massachusetts/