News at NES

September 2018

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Brady Sackett


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Denny Oswald

Assistant Principal

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We welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year! We thank you for your patience with dismissal and we want you to know that we are continuing to work to make the process more efficient. The teachers and students are off to a great start and classrooms are busy with new learning. Students are on task and are participating in classroom activities throughout the day. The atmosphere inside the school is very positive as students and staff are looking for ways to protect the pride. We thank you for sending your children to school daily and invite you to contact the office with any concerns throughout the year.

Protect the Pride

This year, NES will be supporting the district theme of "Protect the Pride". Our goal is to teach students about "pride" through building self confidence as well as creating pride in their school and the city of Norton. We will also be teaching students how to "Protect" the pride. Through the Protecting the Pride message, we will also be teaching students to look out for one another and to look for ways to help students, teachers... everyone. At our Kick Off Assembly we introduced 4 character traits that students will be expected follow. They are Respect, Responsible, Safety, and Kindness. It is through these acts that students will learn how to "Protect the Pride"!

Student Sign Out Procedure

In an effort to make Norton City Schools the safest place possible for our children, your cooperation in observing the following procedure is vital to the safety of our children. All parents and visitors entering Norton City Schools will now be required to show your driver's license or state identification card every time you sign your child out of the office. We recognize and know most of you. Please realize we are following District procedure, and anything to keep our students safe is a good thing.

Dismissal Tips

Thank you for your patience as we settle in to our dismissal systems. Currently we are releasing over 150 students through the car rider line. To accommodate the large number of students, we are asking that you continue to follow the established procedure (view here As you know, we are no longer permitted to sit on the side of Cleveland-Massillon Rd during this process. Here are a few tips to assist in your dismissal experience:

1. Arrive for pickup after 3:45 pm.

2.Remind your child to be alert and help look for your car.

3. Upon arrival, if the parking lot is full, wait at Grace United Church of Christ (across the street) until space opens in the NES parking lot.

4. Change your child's status to "walker" and pick up your child at door D (playground equipment) or have your child walk across the field - park along Longwood/Creekside St.

5. Norton residents may ride the school bus.

We thank you for your patience throughout the dismissal process.

Feed My Starving Children Event

NES will be supporting the school-community initiative of providing 1,000,000 meals over a 3 year period. Last year, NES supported the Norton United (led by Grace Church and other local churches, Norton City Schools, and the City of Norton) campaign of providing meals here (through over 100 blessings in a backpack each Friday), there (supporting local food drives), and everywhere (participating the FMSC event). Again this year, we are proud to support this community initiative! This is a great serving opportunity for kids in grades kindergarten and older to be part of a large community effort to provide meals around the world!

Norton United Mobile Packing Event: Saturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Packing will take place at Norton Middle School

Click the link below to register!

Interested in signing up for a "Blessing in a backpack"? Last year area churches provided bags of food (snack items, peanut butter, mac-n-cheese and other items) to students on Fridays. Contact the NES office for more information.

Panther Clawset and School Supplies

Did you know that NES has a closet for gently used clothing, jackets, and shoes. Please contact the office if you are in need of items for students in grades 1-4. Our office staff can also assist you in finding clothing for preschoolers and students in grades 5-12.

NES also has additional backpacks and school supplies. Please contact the office if your child is in need of school supplies or a new backpack!

School District Income Tax

The Norton Board of Education is seeking support on an alternative way to generate revenue for our school district. On November 6, voters will be asked to vote on a School District Income Tax. If this tax is passed by voters, it will affect those who live within the Norton City School District and earn an income. Additionally, the 1.9 mill-Operating Levy (passed in 2012) will be removed from residents’ property taxes. If you are willing to assist the Norton School Levy Committee with educating the community about this tax, please contact the main office. For more information regarding the district’s finances and taxes, please visit the treasurer’s website.

University of Akron Partnership

We are excited to announce that NES will be partnering with the University of Akron this year. NES will be housing a University of Akron class called Literacy in the Content Areas taught by a university professor. UA students will be attending this class at NES on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester. These university students will also be partnering with NES teachers practicing reading strategies in the classroom. Our students will benefit as these university teachers will be working directly with our students often reinforcing the learning in the classroom and providing additional support. UA students will always be supervised by a classroom teacher. NES is proud to be one of a few selected schools in Summit County to partner with a local university to improve teacher quality.


Volunteers are a great resource for students and teachers. Our classroom volunteers typically work in the classroom or just outside the classroom door often providing intervention support in reading or math. All volunteers that work with students in a small group setting must be fingerprinted.If you are interested in volunteering, please contact your child's teacher. You are also asked to contact Norton City Schools central office at 330-825-0863 to make an appointment to be fingerprinted. Volunteers are responsible for the $25 fingerprinting fee. Please contact the office with any questions.

Grandparent Event

NES will be hosting a Grandparent event in September. This event provides us an opportunity to increase family engagement. We will be inviting grandparents to school with hopes that students and grandparents can engage in conversations about school. Look for information coming home soon.

Connect With Us

In addition to this newsletter and our “all calls”, we are using a variety of resources to communicate with our families. One option is to receive text alerts from NES through Remind. If you have a smartphone, use the following link to begin receiving alerts: If you don’t have a smartphone, text @2keaf6 to the phone number 81010. Another popular option is to follow us on social media. Whether you’re on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, we have a way for you to connect.

Mr. Addis, Superintendent, @NortonPanthers
Mr. Sacket, Principal, @BradySackett
Mr. Oswald, Assistant Principal, @MrOswald_NES

Norton City Schools, @nortoncityschoolsohio

Norton Elementary School, @norton_elementary_school