Monday Morning Memo

May 9, 2016

Northwoods Park Middle School


Excellence. Every Student. Every Day.


The Northwoods Park Middle School community will prepare students to be globally competitive leaders and responsible citizens in the 21st century.


Inspiring learners to open global gateways

You are NEEDED at School

As we close out the school year, all staff are needed at school every day. This is particularly true on exam days beginning May 24 with the Spanish I tests.

All personnel are included in the school wide test plan and one absence can have an impact that requires revising plans and making multiple changes. This is very challenging and therefore, unless you have leave already submitted and approved, leave may not be approved for the last 20 days of school. We are having a very difficult time finding subs despite the fact that it is early in the month and this means other staff members must provide coverage when colleagues are out.

While administration understands that emergencies arise, we need you at school every day from now until the end of the school year unless it is truly an emergency situation.


Meetings and Events

Wednesday, May 11--Extended Faculty Meeting until 4:30. Wear your I heart the Park shirt (jeans, optional).

Thursday, May 12--Julie Evans is visiting to meet with 6th grade focus groups for the ConnectEd Tablets (Chaucer, Carlisle, Pelch and Herold will also meet with Julie Evans). Mrs. Rowntree is the point of contact for the event.

Thursday, May 12--Rising 6th Grade Parent Orientation at 4:00 and 6:00 pm. 6th grade teachers, encore and Spanish teachers will need to attend

Thursday, May 12--Fuller's Music instrument fitting sessions at 3:30 and 7:00 pm in the cafeteria for rising 6th graders who plan to take orchestra or band.

Friday, May 13--Rising 9th graders visit JHS (field trip forms are for OPT OUT only and will go home mid-week)

Friday, May 13--Gridded Response instruction/review with 6th grade homerooms. Encore teachers will push in to the homerooms to assist 6th grade teachers with the process.

Looking Ahead...

May 18--Orchestra Concert in the NWP Gym @ 7 pm

May 18-Strategic Plan Spring Feedback due


May 23--Athletic Awards Ceremony in the NWP Gym @ 6 pm

May 24--Band Concert in the NWP Gym @ 7 pm

May 26--Chorus Concert in the NWP Gym @ 7 pm

May 31--Student Handbook Feedback due to Mrs. Hoffman

May 31-Student Handbook Feedback due to Mrs. Hoffman

June 2--Academic Awards Ceremony @ 6:30 pm

June 3--Eighth Grade Fancy Dance at the United Methodist Church @ 6 pm to 9 pm

Closing out the school year...

June 8, 9 and 10 are Locked in Workdays


Progress Reports are scheduled to go home with students on Monday, May 16, 2016. Also, please keep in mind there is a scheduled Power School maintenance weekend beginning Friday, May 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm. Plan accordingly as Power School will be unavailable this upcoming weekend.

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TIME: 3:15 PM TO 4:30 PM



Last week's PBIS SET visit was a huge success for Northwoods Park Middle School. With a 98% score on the evaluation, students and staff did a great job of articulating PBIS at the Park. As a result of the SET visit and the score on our PBIS notebook, we are anticipating GREEN RIBBON STATUS.

2016-17 Cheer Tryouts

Cheer tryouts will be on Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13 from 4-6 pm with the final day of tryouts on Monday, May 16 from 6-8 pm. Cheer packets are available in Student Services for students to pick up before or after school.

Do not release students from class to go to Student Services for cheer packets.

Strategic Plan Spring Review

Each grade level and encore have one of the four strategic goals to review. The task: Review each activity for the assigned goal and determine if the activity is Complete, In Progress or Not Started. Ask your SPT representative for details. Use the attached template for your feedback. Type and return electronically to Mrs. Garland and CC Mrs. Bethea.

Feedback due by May 18.

Goal 1-Grade 6, Spanish and Chambless

Goal 2-Grade 7

Goal 3-Grade 8, Rowntree and Tobin

Goal 4-Encore, Sherman

NWPMS Student Handbook Review

It's also time to review the Student Handbook and the SPT representatives were instructed to facilitate a discussion of the school policies. The policies/rules must be agreed upon to ensure consistency in enforcing the policies in 2016-17. Return feedback by May 31 to Mrs. Hoffman and CC Mrs. Garland and Mrs. Bethea.

Yearbooks are on Sale!

This year's NWPMS Yearbook is on sale online.

Have you checked out the preview of it on the bulletin board in Building 1?

Books may be purchased by visiting our school website or going to:


2015-16 NWPMS Climate Surveys:

45 Teacher responses---GREAT!
562 Student Responses----GREAT!!
116/116 Parent Responses----GREAT!!!

2016-2017 Locked In Workdays

8/18 NWPMS--Welcome Back Meeting

8/22 NWPMS

8/23 locked in by OCS Instructional Services

8/24 locked in by OCS HR

8/25 NWPMS--LEMONADE ON THE LAWN OPEN HOUSE (our workday will start later to accomodate the evening event)

8/26 NWPMS

1/24 NWPMS

6/12 NWPMS

6/13 NWPMS

Reminder: Personnel may not take leave on Locked in Workdays.

Plan accordingly and mark your calendar now.

2016-2017 OCS Employee Transfers

Personnel interested in transferring to another Onslow County School should review the attached form. The window to pursue a transfer opens on April 15 and closes on July 11, 2016. The closing date for transfers is firm with OCS Human Resources.

"Together, we can face any challenges as deep as the ocean and as high as the sky."

~Sonia Gandhi