Kidder Middle School News
WELCOME BACK FOR THE 23/24 SCHOOL YEAR!
Student schedules will be released in PowerSchool on Friday, August 18th at 4pm.
Welcome back night is Tuesday, August 22nd from 5-6:30pm and students will be able to receive a tentative schedule in the gymnasium.
School starts Wednesday, August 23rd, students MUST pick up their official schedules in their posted areas
8/22- Back to School Night- 5-6:30pm
8/23- First Day of School- Half Day
8/30- Early Release
9/1- No School
9/4- No School
9/6- Early Release
9/13- Early Release
9/20- Early Release
9/27- Early Release
Dear Families of Northwest Kidder Middle School Students,
As we gear up for the new school year, we wanted to share an important update regarding our Chromebook usage at NWMS. Starting this year, Chromebooks will be kept in the classrooms during school hours and will not be taken home. This decision aims to create a focused learning environment, reduce the risk of loss or damage, and ensure responsible technology use.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this change, please contact us via phone at (517) 817-4703 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also happy to answer your questions at our NWMS Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 22, from 5:00PM - 6:30PM. Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to a successful and productive year ahead!
Daniel Brooks, NWMS Principal
Dale Stroede, NWMS Assistant Principal
NEW CELLPHONE POLICY
Effective beginning Wednesday, August 23, 2023, students will no longer be allowed to use their cell phones within the school premises during class hours, lunch breaks, and other school activities during the regular school day. We understand that cell phones have become an integral part of modern life, but we firmly believe that minimizing their presence during school hours will help promote better concentration, reduce distractions, and foster face-to-face interactions among students. Students may store their cell phones in their lockers for the duration of the school day and are welcome to use them after the conclusion of the school day.
To support this policy, we kindly request your cooperation in ensuring that your child is informed of this change. If there are specific reasons your child may need a cell phone for emergencies or other important matters, please contact the front office at (517) 817-4703 to discuss alternative arrangements.
We acknowledge this change may require an adjustment period for both students and parents. Therefore, our teachers and staff will be actively engaging with students to educate them about the rationale behind this policy and how it can positively impact their learning experience.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com. Your feedback is important as we strive to create the best environment for our students.
Thank you for your understanding and support. Together, we can ensure that our school remains a safe and productive place for students to thrive personally and academically. Please see a copy of the updated policy found in the Student Handbook at the bottom of this letter.
Northwest Kidder Middle School Cell Phone Use
Students may use an Electronic Communication Device (ECD: This includes devices such as smart watches, cell phones, radios, etc.) before entering the building and after leaving the building at the end of the school day.
During the school day, students should place ECDs in their lockers and lock them up. If an ECD is in their pocket, they must be silenced to prevent distractions.
ECD use in restrooms and locker rooms is prohibited at all times.
Students may not exit the building during the school day in order to use an ECD. Phones are available in the office to contact parents.
Students that participate in extracurricular activities must abide by the ECD use rules determined by the coach, advisor, or sponsor. Coaches, advisors, and sponsors will enforce the consequences involving misuse of these devices during practices, meetings, or competitions.
The school district is not responsible for loss, theft, or damage to ECDs. Students are encouraged to leave the devices in secure locations. A school district employee that stores an ECD for a student is not responsible for its loss, theft, or damage.
Violation of the policy will result in disciplinary action in accordance with the school building code of conduct.
DRESS CODE REMINDERS
School officials will make the interpretation of what is acceptable dress. All students shall maintain the following minimum standard of dress at Northwest Community Schools.
- Midriffs, cleavage and buttocks shall be covered
- Undergarments shall not be visible
- Tank tops are acceptable as long as undergarments are not exposed
- Strapless , backless, and muscle shirts shall not be worn
- Holes in clothing or sheer material exposing midriff/chest/upper thigh shall not be worn
- Shorts/skirts/dresses must cover the buttocks completely
- Appropriate footwear, suitable for the school environment, shall be worn. Slippers are not permitted
- Sleepwear may not be worn to school, including pajama pants, robes , and nightgowns, unless there is an approved special activity during which they are deemed appropriate
- Students are strongly encouraged not to bring hats or other head coverings to school. Hats, bandanas/scarves or hoods covering the head are not to be worn in the school buildings during the school day unless there is an approved special activity during which they are deemed appropriate. Requests to wear coverings in accordance with sincerely held cultural and/or religious belief will be addressed on a case by case basis
- Incites violence
- Contains "fighting words"
- Constitutes a true threat of violence
- Is obscene, sexually explicit, indecent, or lewd
- Is materially and substantially disruptive or that school officials can reasonably forecast will create a substantial disruption
- All backpacks, purses, etc. are to be secured in lockers
- Coats and jackets are to be secured in lockers
- Blankets shall not be brought to school unless there is an approved special activity during which they are deemed appropriate
Picture Day for the 23/24 School Year
The time to order your child's 2024 yearbook is NOW and the online link is open. From now until September 8 you can order at the LOWEST price of the year...$30 plus tax. In addition, you can personalize the cover of the yearbook with 4 FREE icons with the $8 purchase of enhanced personalization.
After September 8, the price goes up to $35.
We are excited about our 23-24 school year! We are so looking forward to seeing your student every day at school.
We have learned that students who miss a few days of school each month are at a far greater risk of academic
failure and dropping out than students who attend regularly. We have set a goal that every student in our school
attends regularly (has nine or fewer absences in a year).
Attendance is very important to us as a school and to you as a parent. Please make sure your child attends
school every day unless he or she has a contagious illness, running a fever or vomiting. When your child is
unable to attend, please contact Krissy Saunders, Attendance Secretary, at Krissy.Saunders@nwschools.org
(517) 817-4950 or forward any Doctor notes to Mrs. Saunders as well.
We will monitor each student’s attendance throughout the year and provide support and interventions as needed.
You will see the color coded graphic below describing the attendance categories.
If your child is at risk of missing too much school, please feel free to contact our Middle School Support Services
for assistance. We will be happy to work with you to help your child attend regularly and have greater
opportunities for success.
School Schedule Hours
Full Day Schedule (Mon/Tu/Thur/Fri)
7:30AM - 2:25PM
Early Release Schedule (Wednesday)
7:30AM - 1:25PM
Half Day Schedule
7:30AM - 11:00AM
Students need to be in class and ready to learn at 7:30AM.
The Northwest Kidder Middle School Attendance Team
9/5- 8th Grade Girls Volleyball @ Pennfield, 4pm
9/5- 7th Grade Girls Volleyball @ Pennfield, 4pm
9/7- 8th Grade Girls Volleyball @ Home (Hastings), 4pm
9/7- 7th Grade Girls Volleyball @ Home (Hastings), 4pm
9/9- 7th Grade Girls Volleyball @ Marshall (Tournament), 8:30am
9/12- 8th Grade Girls Volleyball @ Home (Western), 4pm
9/12- 7th Grade Girls Volleyball @ Home (Western), 4pm
9/13- Middle School Cross Country Meet @ Hastings, 4pm
9/14- 8th Grade Girls Volleyball @ Home (Lumen), 4pm
9/14- 7th Grade Girls Volleyball @ Home (Lumen), 4pm
9/19- 8th Grade Girls Volleyball @ Harper Creek, 4pm
9/19- 7th Grade Girls Volleyball @ Harper Creek, 4pm
9/23- 8th Grade Volleyball Tournament @ Marshall, 4pm
9/26- 8th Grade Girls Volleyball @ Western, 4pm
9/26- 7th Grade Girls Volleyball @ Western, 4pm
9/28- 8th Grade Girls Volleyball @ Home (Marshall), 4pm
9/28- 7th Grade Girls Volleyball @ Home (Marshall), 4pm
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL TIMES
2023-2024 Secondary Buildings