New Albany Intermediate School

NAIS Family Update- September 14, 2020


We’re off to a great start! It was so good to welcome back our students for a successful first week. Thank you to all of our families, parents, students, and staff for your partnership in setting routines, following safety protocols, and supporting our students in a great start to the school year.


We hope you will join us at our upcoming virtual curriculum nights. Curriculum Night is your opportunity to hear from your child’s teachers what the students will be learning this year. The intended audience for Curriculum Night are parents and guardians; it is not a student event. Links to the online sessions using the Google Meet video conferencing platform will be sent in an upcoming newsletter. The sessions will open in a web browser and do not require a Google account to join. These dates and times are for onsite and Virtual Learning Program teachers.

Tuesday, September 29

Grade 1: 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm

Grade 4: 6:15 pm to 7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 30

Grade 2: 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm

Grade 5: 6:15 pm to 7:00 pm

Thursday, October 1

Grade 3: 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm

Grade 6: 6:15 pm to 7:00 pm


We are currently operating in a hybrid model where half of the students attend school on a given school day based on Maroon or Gold groupings. The Board of Education is reviewing data to determine if the third week of school (beginning September 21) should take place using the hybrid model or if all students should return each day. You will be notified as soon as that decision is reached. This decision does not impact students in the Virtual Learning Program who will remain home each school day.

On the days when the students are in school, teachers will be providing instruction to our students who are attending in=person. Teachers will also be preparing students for their 'at home' learning day which will consist of a variety of lessons/activities depending on the grade level and subject. Since teachers are instructing all of their classes five days per week in the hybrid model, they will not have the availability to provide real-time instructional support to students learning at home during the school day.


Yearbooks from the 2019-2020 school year have recently arrived at NAIS. We are in the process of sorting yearbooks and sending them home with on campus students. VLP students had these passed out at materials pick up on September 3 and 4, for 4th and 5th grade. There is a VLP yearbook pick-up opportunity tomorrow Tuesday September 15 for 6th Grade VLP students. Emails were sent to families who pre-ordered yearbooks for pick-up. There are additional yearbooks available for purchase in the NAIS office, cost is $15, and checks can be made out to LifeTouch. Any questions related to yearbooks, should be directed to Mrs. Farley

Picture Day for on-campus students will be Tuesday September 22 and Friday September 25. In the event we are still in the hybrid attendance model, Tuesday September 22 will be Picture Day for Maroon students, and Friday September 25 for Gold students. If it is decided at the Board of Education Meeting to transition into students attending each day, then Tuesday September 22 will be Picture Day for students in R Wing and I Wing, and Friday September 25 would be picture day for students in S Wing and E Wing. We will send an updated picture day communication at the end of the week following the Board of Education Meeting. Picture Retake Day is scheduled for November 4, 2020. Picture Day for VLP students will be on a separate day. Please look for forthcoming information from Mr. Emery with details on VLP Picture Day.


This year your child will take tests called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). We use MAP to determine your child’s current academic level in reading and math. All students attending school in person will take the MAP tests in reading and math 3 times per year. The first round of reading and math tests will begin the week of September 21. To learn more about MAP assessments click here Details about MAP testing for VLP students are still being finalized.


Technology questions for in-person hybrid or VLP students should be directed to the following phone number:

Note: Classroom teachers for hybrid students are not available during the school day to respond to technology questions. During the school day please use the phone number or email listed above.


Please visit our district website at to find important information, such as our school handbook, school start and ending times, supply lists, and much more. Use the button “Our Schools” to find links to each of the New Albany schools.


The Intermediate school is looking for positive and energetic team members to help supervise students at lunch and recess. Hours are 10:05 am - 1:35 pm Monday through Friday. If you are interested in applying, please click here for additional information.


Welcome Back!

The food service department has been preparing to keep breakfast and lunch simple, but yet satisfying for all of the nutritional needs. We have mentioned in a couple of informational pieces that to start the year we are not accepting cash from students as they go through the line, please put money on your student(s) through account via Payschools Central or send in a check with the account(s) you would like the money placed in.

Breakfast: 8:50 Will be served in all 4 wings. Students will arrive and let the teacher know if they are receiving breakfast. The teacher will check the Breakfast box on the Lunch Form for their class. This is a grab and go meal and the menu will be posted online.

Lunch: 10:20-1:10: Lunch counts will be taken by classroom teachers and shared with the food service staff by 9:30 a.m. Lunch menus will be posted online. There will be a daily lunch option, a vegetarian option, and a gluten free option. The Lunch Form will indicate all options and the teacher will mark accordingly. Milk and Water will be provided upon request.


For the 2020-2021 school year, Sixth grade will begin their school day at 7:50 AM. Doors to the Intermediate School will not open until 7:45am. Students will start their day by attending their elective courses which will be held this year at New Albany Intermediate. They will take all their belongings with them to their first period elective. This period rotates on an alternating A/B schedule and begins promptly at 7:50am. At 8:50 students will be released, and transition to their homeroom class at the Intermediate School.


Grades 4-5:

Arrival: 8:55 a.m.

Tardy Bell: 9:05 a.m.

Dismissal: 3:40 p.m.

4th and 5th grade bus riders will enter the building based on their wing. Please review the graphic below to identify your child’s homeroom teacher and the corresponding wing where your child will enter the building. There will also be signs placed in front of each entrance to help your child identify the correct entrance point.

4th and 5th grade parent drop off students will follow signs along the east side of the Intermediate Building and enter the school through the rear entrance doors along the playground. This entrance point allows students to access all wings from the center rotunda.

Staff will be located along the front of the building during the first few weeks of school to help support students learn this new routine.

At dismissal time, students being picked up should report to their designated pick-up loop.Intermediate students should report to the Intermediate/Chatham Loop. This driveway is located north of the Primary School gymnasium and is accessed from N. High St. (Route 605). NOTE: If students in grades 4 and 5 have brothers or sisters in grades 1-3, it is suggested that all children in the family should be dropped off or picked up at the south loop between the McCoy Center and the Middle School. Intermediate students should only come to the Primary loop if they have a Primary sibling.

Grade 6:

Arrival: 7:45 a.m.

Tardy Bell: 7:50 a.m.

Dismissal: 2:20 p.m.

6th grade bus riders will enter the building based on their wing. Please review the graphic below to identify your child’s homeroom teacher and the corresponding door where your child will enter the building. 6th grade parent drop off students will follow signs along the east side of the Intermediate Building and enter the school through the rear entrance doors along the playground. This entrance point allows students to access all wings from the center rotunda.

We are unable to provide supervision for children prior to their arrival time. For reasons of safety and liability, no children should arrive at school prior to the designated times unless chaperoned by a parent. Working families who must leave earlier should make arrangements for supervision of their child(ren) with a trusted sitter, neighbor or relative.

Before and after school childcare services for 4th and 5th grade students is available through the Eagles Nest Child Care Program.

For additional information about student drop off and pick up procedures please click here.

4th & 5th Grade Arrival

4th and 5th Grade Arrival

6th Grade Arrival

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Dear NAIS Parents,

A big thank you to everyone who joined us at the Farmer’s Market on Thursday! It was a fun evening. And CONGRATULATIONS to our raffle winner Carly Griffin, who won some great NA spirit wear!! There’s still time to purchase. Our fall spirit wear sale goes until September 20.

We have had a great start to the school year. If you are interested in joining or volunteering, please click the link below. Help us meet our goal of 205 members this year!


We need your support! To help us continue to provide for our Intermediate school, please consider joining the PTO today.


Check out all the new items in our fall spirit wear sale. Sale will be open through September 20, 2020, and items can be shipped directly to your door!


Please email us at with any questions or concerns.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Erika Gilmore

Intermediate PTO president

President-Elect: Terri Erlenbach

V.P.’s Fundraising: Marcie Brickner and Erin Miller

V.P.’s Programming: Kristen Pietro and Coleen Barber

V.P.’s Hospitality: Alli Lish and Mandy Aquilina

V.P.’s Communication: Angela Thompson and Michelle Waltman

Secretary: Erica Rozanczyk

Treasurer: Missy Evans

Treasurer-Elect: Shezronne Zaccardi

Additional Information

The Intermediate School website has information about our daily schedule, drop off and pick up procedures, school supply lists, and much more. Please click here to visit the page. For information concerning transportation services, click here.

Do not hesitate to call the Intermediate school (614-741-3000) with any questions you may have. Have a wonderful week!

Katie Nowak, Principal

Megan Ballinger, Assistant Principal

Tommy Snyder, Assistant Principal

Our Purpose

The New Albany-Plain Local School District is committed to creating a culture of accountability that achieves the best academic and developmental outcomes for each student.