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Nixon-Smiley Middle School

Message from the Principal

NSMS Community,


First off, I want to take the time to properly introduce myself. My name is Brittany Rogers and I am the principal of Nixon-Smiley Middle School this school year. Some of you may know me already since this is my 10th year in the district and my second year as a middle school administrator. If not, please feel free to stop by and say hello next time you are visiting our middle school campus or attending extracurricular events. I am so excited for this school year. We have already had an amazing first three days of school.


To keep you informed, I will send out a monthly newsletter just like this one. These newsletters will talk about important information, counselor information, upcoming events, and general updates. As you read through this newsletter, I will also share the best way to get information from our campus and district on a daily and weekly basis. As far as the day-to-day goes with your child, a good tip for home is instead of asking them, how was your day? ask, "tell me one thing you learned today", "what is one thing that made you smile today" or "what is one thing you did to make someone happy today?" These types of questions will help get more out of your child than just one-word responses like, good.


The Middle School staff has one goal in mind - Student Success. Each day, we will work to help your child be successful in all that they do academically, emotionally, and physically. As we move through this school year, we plan to work alongside families to help students grow in and out of the classroom. As a Nixon-Smiley family, let's journey through this year together and help your child be the best that they can be.



Brittany Rogers

NSMS Principal

Stay in Touch

To communicate with our teachers you can use the Rooms feature in our Nixon-Smiley App. This app will be for all teachers in our district. You should have received an email with a "magic code" for your child and instructions on how to create an account. Once you create an account, the video below will show you how to use the app. Spanish video here

Introducing Nixon-Smiley Rooms

We will send flyers, progress reports, and report cards home with your child. We will also put information out on the Nixon-Smiley App, the Nixon-Smiley CISD Facebook page, and the Nixon-Smiley website. If you have questions or need any help, please call the office at 830-582-1536 ext 302.


Important Dates:


  • August 30th - Progress Reports go home
  • September 5th - No School - Labor Day
  • September 8th - First Volleyball Game at home
  • September 8th - First Football Game at home

Safety

Here at NSCISD, our top priority is assuring the safety of our students and staff. One of our four tenants is PROTECT and that means we want both our students and employees to feel physically and psychologically safe and cared for in our schools. We promise to do everything reasonably possible to protect your children against any threat that may arise while they are in our care. I want to inform you of the things that we are doing to ensure that our school is safe:


- safety training for staff and students

- locked campus doors

- District Guardian Program

- teaching & learning behind classroom doors

- regular drills to practice safety procedures

- safety app for staff to account for all students in the case of an emergency

Transportation Information

Please drop off and pick up your children in circle drive only. Drop-off begins at 7 AM (tardy bell rings at 7:50) and pick-up is at 3:35 pm. Transportation changes must be made in advance. Same-day changes will not be accepted. In order to make transportation changes, please call the office.

Dress Code Reminders

  • Tights, spandex shorts, and exercise pants should not be worn unless covered by an appropriate shirt, shorts, skirts, or dresses.
  • Short shorts- As a general rule, shorts should be as long as your child's fingertips when arms are held by the side (about mid-thigh).
  • One-sleeved shirts and crop tops are not allowed.
  • No earrings for males.
  • Males' hair cannot touch their collar.
  • Please see the full dress code for more information.

Welcome to Our New Staff!

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We are very happy to welcome all of our new staff! From left to right: Jeff Stavinoha (behavior specialist), Cameron LaRue (counselor), Deirdre Alexander (7th reading), David Dunn (Reading), Marjorie Moy (6th Math), Jordan Newman (paraprofessional), Hayley Gordon (5th & 6th ELA), Jordan Harvey (Math), Abby Scarbrough (5th Science), Shaynna Messenger (ELA), Eugene Moyer (8th Social Studies & Boys Coach), Robert Mejia (paraprofessional & boys coach), Scott Jones (Assistant Principal), Christie Murray (Special Education)

A Note from the Counselor

Greetings Mustang Family!


I am Cameron LaRue and this will be my first year at Nixon-Smiley CISD. Over the past 12 years, I have worked as a teacher for Gary Job Corps, Schertz-Cibolo ISD, and Navarro ISD. This will be my first year as a school counselor and I look forward to the challenge and growth opportunity that Nixon-Smiley has provided me.

I feel privileged and honored to serve this community and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Cameron LaRue M.Ed., NCC

Social Contracts

Each class has created a social contract as a part of our Capturing Kids Hearts Process. This social contract is an agreement between the students and the teacher on how they will treat each other. Once agreed upon, the students and teacher will sign the contract. Teachers will reference the social contract with students daily, choose words to focus on for different occasions, and use it to create a positive learning environment. The goal of the social contract is for students to learn to self-manage and work with others which are two important skills they can use their entire lives.
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