Northern Middle Newsletter
Weekly Update 12/18/22
As we begin the last school week before Winter Break, we would like to thank our families for your support of the NMS students and staff over the past year. We look forward to working together with our families and community in 2023. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Enjoy time with your family and loved ones!
CCPS schools will close two hours early for students on Thursday, 12/22. We look forward to seeing the students on January 3rd when school reopens for 2023! Our next newsletter will be sent out on January 8th.
Have a great week and wonderful Winter Break!
Mr. Webster, NMS Principal
NMS Orchestra Concert
NMS Carson Scholar Nomination - Congratulations to Isabella Siracusano!
Congratulations to the Participants in our GATE Shark Tank Competition!
CCPS Mid-Year Parent Survey
Parents/Guardians: We invite you to complete our mid-year Reopening Plan survey as required by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). This survey asks you to provide feedback for the following areas: Reopening Plan, Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, Virtual Inclement Weather Make-up Days, and Communication. This survey remains open until January 6, 2023. Thank you for your participation.
To take this survey in English, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8W92SQB
Si prefiere responder esta encuesta en español, haga clic aquí: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8W92SQB?lang=es
Spirit Night for NJHS - Burger King in Dunkirk - Wed 12/21
NJHS is a leadership group who are raising funds to attend the LEAD Conference. When you purchase your meal mention your group's name and follow the restaurant's instructions to receive 15% of your meal's price donated back to NMS NJHS.
NMS Yearbook 22-23 – On Sale Now – Early Bird Pricing Ends 1/3
Be sure to order your 2022-23 NMS Yearbook! Yearbooks are sold online at https://link.entourageyearbooks.com/view_account.asp?l=FA7A42A7-C300-45ED-BBEB-129ECDED39DC.
Yearbooks are currently on sale with a special early bird price of $30.00. Starting on January 4th, the price will increase to $35.00. Be sure to purchase soon to get the discounted price.
If you have any yearbook questions, please contact Mrs. McGuire at email@example.com.
Yearbook Cover Contest - Entry Deadline 1/6/23
PBIS Holiday Spirit Week - 12/19 - 12/22
It’s Not Too Late to Order Your 2022 Fall School Portraits
But Hurry…Deadlines are Approaching Fast!
Order by December 1st for Holiday Delivery
December 31st is the last day to order your fall pictures
Ordering is EASY!
then Enter your Access Key from your proof
Or you can simply scan the QR code on your proof.
Questions? Call us at (800)869-9515 x112
Classic Photography & Imaging
PBIS & PTO teams - Donation Request
We are seeking donations for rewards for our students. NMS wants to continue our partnerships with our families and local businesses to support our school’s PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) initiative. PBIS is a statewide initiative to improve behavior and increase student achievement. We try to accomplish this by creating a clear system for all expected behaviors and rewarding positive behaviors and choices. We reward students for embodying the Bobcat ROAR (Respect, Outstanding Achievement and Responsibility).
We hope to provide very attractive prizes to keep the students motivated! Donations can include anything that will serve to reward and motivate the students ($5-$10 gift cards, individually wrapped food items, coupons for free items, tangible items, school supplies, etc…) If you want to check with us about an idea, feel free to contact Jessica Himes at firstname.lastname@example.org
One easy way to donate is through an Amazon Wish List that is being facilitated by the PTO - https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/9H80XPJZUNWM?ref_=wl_share
We believe that involvement with families, businesses and the community can be a positive part of our students’ education. We will gladly accept donations year round!! Please drop your donations off in the main office.
We would like to recognize and thank the following business and individuals who donated to our PBIS program! We truly appreciate your generosity!
- Black Market Bakers
- Shelly Harvey
- Brenna Scheideman
- Ashley Stevens-Marrone
- Jen Boswell
- Laura Harbold
Northern Middle School PTO
The electronic link for membership is https://pto-membership-83842.cheddarup.com
You can also access the NMS PTO Facebook group page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/nmsbobcatspto/
The PTO is organizing several committees to help with events throughout the year. If you are interested in helping, please sign-up at https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c0e4aa8ac2dabfac70-ptocommittees
Resource Flyers and Opportunities for Students and Families
Recurring Resources for Families
Become a Volunteer
Calvert County Public Schools uses Raptor for visitors and volunteers to sign in and sign out. Volunteers must apply annually to be an approved volunteer. All volunteers will need to review the volunteer handbook and watch the volunteer training video before completing and Online Volunteer Application. Volunteers must be approved before they may begin service as a volunteer in any school buildings.
CCPS Online Volunteer Application & Process: https://www.calvertnet.k12.md.us/departments/human-resources/become-a-volunteer
Family, Student, & Staff Responsibility – Daily Health Screening
It is the responsibility of all families, students, and staff members to self-assess before entering a school bus or CCPS facility by answering the following questions:
- Has the individual or anyone in the family been sick with dry cough, shortness of breath, chills, fever, muscle or body aches, sore throat, or loss of sense of taste or smell in the last 5 days?
- Has the individual or anyone in the family been exposed to COVID-19 and asked to quarantine? If yes, who was directed to quarantine and what date did the quarantine start? (Ensure quarantine time is up and symptoms have improved.)
- Has the individual or anyone in the family tested positive for COVID-19? If yes, who and when? Were they having any symptoms? (Ensure quarantine is up and symptoms have improved.)
- Student and staff should not attend school if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been medically advised to quarantine. If this is the case, please contact our School Nurse, Carin Fleshman, at 443-550-9227 or email@example.com.
Here Comes the Bus - A School Bus Tracking App for Parents
Here Comes the Bus (HCTB) is an app with tracking features for the bus(es) your child(ren) is assigned to ride. They include
- Showing the real-time location of your child's bus on a map
- Scheduled and actual arrival times at home and school for bus routes
- Push and email notifications when the bus is near
Click this link for more information on getting the app - https://www.calvertnet.k12.md.us/departments/transportation/bus-status/here-comes-the-bus
To create an account, you will need to know your child's ID number and the school district activation code 87557.
If students have questions about their device (laptop/computer), they can get help from a member of the CCPS IT team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 443-550-8146. Students needing assistance can also drop off their laptop in the main office and fill out a paper Help Desk ticket.
Supports are also available on the CCPS website using the Technology Support button (pictured below) on the main page. This resource provides links to submit help desk tickets, frequently asked questions, and other resources students can use to solve issues.