Weekly Wildcat Newsletter - May 7
Northwestern Middle School News and Notes
Good Afternoon Wildcat Country!
What a week we've had in Wildcat Country! This week we celebrated our teachers and entire staff for their incredible dedication and work during this school year. Thank you to the PTO for showering our school with love, support, food and goodies this week.
Our students have done any amazing job with Milestones so far. Next week we will complete the ELA End of Grade which is our last test. I will send out specific information about the ELA tests in a separate newsletter on Monday.
We have planned for several end of year events and details are included below. I will be meeting with 8th grade students and families on Tuesday evening next week to discuss some specific events. The link for this meeting is included below and I will share the link again next week as well.
I have included a link below for a parent survey. This is a district survey and it does include questions about Northwestern. I would love for all of our families to take a few minutes to complete this survey. Thank you in advance!
If you have any questions, you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope all of the Moms in Wildcat Country have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!
Have a great weekend! I'm looking forward to seeing everyone back on Monday!
Important Upcoming Dates:
Tuesday, May 11 - 8th Grade Meeting w/ Mr. Peterson (Microsoft Teams)
Monday, May 24 - 8th Grade Awards Ceremony (Microsoft Teams)
Monday, May 24 - 8th Grade Block Party at NMS
Tuesday, May 25 - 8th Grade Promotion Celebration at NMS
Wednesday, May 26 - Last Day of School
Thursday, August 5 - NMS Information Day
FCS Parent Survey
Face-to-Face Instruction for SY21-22
Mask Mandate Update
Superintendent Mike Looney shared that Fulton County Schools will be taking a measured, cautious approach to relaxing COVID-19 protocols, which includes updating COVID-19 restrictions and mask mandates in phases. There are several factors spurring these changes, including Governor Brian Kemp’s lifting of restrictions on group sizes and ending a ban on large gatherings. Also, vaccines are now readily available to those 16 years of age and older. In this new phase, employees and students who may have been exposed to COVID-19 but have been fully vaccinated will not have to quarantine providing they are symptom free.
Beginning Monday, May 17, 2021:
- While engaged in outdoor activities, masks will be recommended but not required for students in grades PK-8 and employees. All other safety protocols will remain in effect for this group of individuals.
- School Leaders, in consultation with their respective community support organizations, may schedule and host outdoor end of year celebrations to honor the achievements of students without restrictions on group sizes.
All other existing COVID-19 risk mitigation strategies will remain enforced for the balance of the 2020-21 school year. This includes requiring all staff, students, and visitors to wear a mask while inside an FCS facility, and adhere to recommended social distancing, surface sanitizing, and handwashing. More information on the new mask mandate can be found here.
8th Grade End of Year Activities
Remote students are welcome and encouraged to come to school so they can participate in any or all end of year activities.
Tuesday, May 11 at 6:30 pm - 8th grade student/parent meeting with Mr. Peterson (Microsoft Teams). This meeting will provide information about all the 8th grade activities and Mr. Peterson will facilitate a Q&A.
Monday, May 24 - 8th Grade End of Year Activities
- 9:00 am - 11:00 am: Yearbook signing outside (all 8th grade students together)
- 11:00 am - 11:30 am: 8th Grade Award Ceremony (Microsoft Teams) all 8th grade parents/families invited to watch online.
- Picnic Lunch - All 8th grade students eat outside together (students bring lunch or get a brown bag lunch from cafeteria)
- 12:00 pm -4:00 pm - Rrroar Celebration (students sign up for specific activities)
Monday, May 24 at 6:00 pm - 8th Grade Block Party at NMS (6:00pm-8:00pm)
- Live DJ – 8th grade students can submit songs for a play list during lunch starting next week.
- Pizza, popcorn, drinks and dessert - $5.00 per student (pay online)
- Outdoor games: corn hole, ladder ball, and more!
Tuesday, May 25 at 9:30 am - 8th Grade Promotion Drive Through Celebration
at NMS (9:30 am-11:00am)
- Decorate your car for the drive through
- Ride with your family & friends
- Live DJ will provide music along the route
- 8th grade students will have their name called and receive their promotion certificate
- King of Pops ice cream for 8th grade students
8th Grade Student/Parent Meeting with Mr. Peterson
6th/7th Grade End of Year Celebration - Tues. May 25
Our 6th/7th grade students will have an opportunity to rotate outside to watch the 8th grade promotion drive through. Any 6th/7th grade siblings are encouraged to participate with their 8th grade sibling and family for the drive through.
6th/7th grade students will receive their yearbooks and have time for signing on Tuesday morning. Students will have a picnic lunch during their normal lunch period - they should bring a lunch or they can get a brown bag lunch from the cafeteria.
During the last half of the day, 6th/7th grade students will participate in an afternoon of fun to celebrate the end of the school year. Students will sign up for specific activities, both indoor and outdoor.
Students will learn more details from their teachers and grade level administrator as we get farther into May.
8th Grade Block Party
8th grade students will need a signed parent/guardian permission slip to attend. Permission slips will be shared during the week of May 10 and must be returned no later than Friday, 5/21.
The cost per student is $5.00 to attend the Block Party. Payments will be made online through Online School Payments starting Friday, May 7. Deadline for payments is Friday, May 14.
Families who would also like to make a $5.00 donation may do so for students who may not be able to pay for the Block Party.
Students will need a signed permission form to attend the Block Party (link below).
This will be a fun, outdoor event with food, games, a DJ and more!
8th Grade Promotion Celebration
We have a plan to celebrate our 8th grade students in a safe, fun, and memorable way. We will honor our 8th grade students with a drive through ceremony that will take place on Tuesday, May 25 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am.
Mr. Peterson will host a Microsoft Teams meeting with 8th grade students and parents on Tuesday, May 11 at 6:30 pm to discuss details in preparation for the 8th grade celebration. T
8th Grade Awards Ceremony
The ceremony will occur at 11:00 am and will be broadcast live on Microsoft Teams.
Ceremony Speakers & Award Presenters
Ms. Ashley Poston, 8th Grade Assistant Principal - Welcome
Mr. Joel Peterson, Principal - 8th Grade Message
Mr. Xavier Lawery, Student Council President - Student Message
Ms. Tammy Daniel, 8th grade Science - Exceptional Charter Award (PBIS)
Ms. Christie Street, 8th grade ELA - Citizenship Award
Ms. Ashley Poston, 8th grade AP - Leadership Award
Mr. Michael Brennan, 8th grade Social Studies, Athletics/Sportsmanship Award
Ms. Lindsay Coberly, MIMO, Yes I Can! Award
Ms. Charlie Moore, Drama, Drama Award
Ms. Ashley Poston, 8th grade AP - Closing Remarks
Link to follow.
Georgia Milestones Calendar
May 11: 6-8 ELA (Part 1)
May 12: 6-8 ELA (Part 2)
May 13: 6-8 ELA (Part 3)
Students must ensure their school device is fully charged the night before each test session.
Medications may be brought to the school. Prescription medications must be in the original container and labeled. All medications must be accompanied with proper medical forms. Medications will be accepted by appointment only. Please call Mary Crandall at 470-254-8514 or send an email to email@example.com.
COVID-19 Parent (Student) Reporting Portal
NMS Clubs and Student Activities
Northwestern is excited to offer a variety of clubs and activities this school year. Please visit the NMS website’s Quick Links and select Student Clubs and Activities to learn more about our offerings.
Milton Cross Country
Cambridge Baseball 2021 Summer Camp
Cambridge Baseball Summer Camp Registration Now OPEN, June 7-10, 2021
The Cambridge Baseball Program is proud to announce its 2021 Summer Camp. Throwing and fielding mechanics, hitting fundamentals, base running, and baseball philosophy will all be covered. Head Coach, Evan Tieles, along with his coaching staff and current/former players will be providing exceptional instruction and leadership throughout the camp.
REGISTER HERE: https://app.picklejuiceapp.com/a/ureg/open/event/1E3B0AD1
WHO: Rising 1st through 9th Graders (2021-2022 school year)
WHEN: Monday - Thursday, June 7-10, 2021 from 9:00am-12:00pm, Rain or Shine
WHERE: Cambridge High School Baseball Field at 2845 Bethany Bend Road, Milton, GA 30004. Please enter Cambridge High School off of Cogburn Road, go straight passing 2 stop signs, pass the football stadium, and the baseball field is on the left.
PRICE: $155 per camper. Due to the staffing of coaches and ordering of t-shirts, NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN AFTER MAY 21, 2021 EXCEPT FOR COVID REASONS. If Fulton County Schools closes the baseball field due to COVID-19, full refunds will be given. If your camper is sick or been around someone who is sick with any COVID symptoms, within 14 days prior to camp, a full refund will be given, less credit card processing fees.
BRING TO CAMP: Hat, glove, bat, baseball pants, & water bottle. Masks are encouraged before/after camp.
If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Sisson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cambridge Theatre Presents Peter And The Starcatcher
The Bridge Ensemble at Cambridge High School Theatre in Milton, GA will be
performing Peter And The Starcatcher, onstage May 7th, 8th, and 10th. This will be the
award winning group’s fourth and final show of the school year.
Peter And The Starcatcher is a tale that takes you back to the beginning. Back to a
time before Neverland existed. You will witness how Peter Pan and Hook received their
infamous names, and form a bond that will continue through the ages. This show has it
all- fighting pirates, dancing mermaids, a giant crocodile, and magical starstuff. It’s a
fun, exciting, live performance that will make you laugh, sing, and forget about your
troubles for a little while.
Go to https://cambridgetheatre.org/ and click on “GET TICKETS”. Seating is very limited, get
your tickets today! Tickets are only sold online, and audience members are required to
wear a mask. Join us for some live theatre fun.
“A little swash, a bit ‘o buckle, you’ll love it more than bread!”
Cambridge Swim and Dive Interest Meeting
2021 - 2022 Cambridge Swim and Dive Prospective Athlete Interest Meeting
If you are a rising 9th grader coming to Cambridge High School in the fall and you are interested in joining the swim and dive program, please join us for an informational meeting where you can meet Coach Hall and get information about next year's season. The meeting will be held virtually on Teams on Thursday, May 13th at 4:30 PM. Prospective athletes and their parents are encouraged to attend. Current parents and captains will also be available to help answer any questions you might have about the program! Hope to see you there!
Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app
Or call in (audio only)
+1 470-705-1712,,385255698# United States, Atlanta
Phone Conference ID: 385 255 698#
Milton High School Chorus
Cambridge CATS Mother & Daughter Philanthropic Service League
NMS Student Newspaper
March Staff of the Month
Professional of the Month: Ms. Ellen Mayo - Administrative Assistant
PLC of the Month: 7th Grade ELA - Ms. Amy Deal, Ms. Elizabeth Foley, Ms. Sta-C Hale, Ms. Marlene Hosmer, and Ms. Tracy Roddy,
Teacher Appreciation Week is in Full Swing
It has been a full week of teacher appreciation with lots of goodies from the PTO including sharpies and flair pens on Monday, mini bundt cakes on Wednesday, boxed lunches from honey Baked Ham on Thursday, and Mister Snowy treats on Friday. We love our teachers. Make sure to tell a teacher how important they are.
PTO Fundraiser - Moes Taco Kits
Welcome to Moe’s School POP-UP!
$5.00 from each kit sold goes to your school for 1 to 50 kits sold!
$10.00 from each kit goes to your school after you reach 51 kits sold!
Moe’s Southwest Grill will be delivering to Northwestern Middle School on Thurs. 5/13 at 5:00. Order and pay online in advance, drive up to 12805 Birmigham Pkwy. (car rider line), and we will put the order into your car and off you go.
Moe’s Taco Kit- Feeds 4 to 6 people
White Meat Chicken, Ground Beef, Black Beans, Rice, Shredded Cheese, Shredded Lettuce, Sour Cream, Pico, Salsa, Queso, Chips, 12 Flour Tortillas
ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY: Wed. 5/12 by 4:00PM
Here is the link for ordering: https://form.jotform.com/210705922602144
Donations for 8th Grade Block Party
Eight graders are invited to a block party of fun on Monday, May 24 from 6-8PM on the NMS back patio. The PTO is asking for donations of cases of water bottles, coolers, cookies, tents, back yard games (like corn hole and ladder ball, etc). A few parents are needed to help set up and clean up after the event. Even a few to hang out during the party to help with the food and games. It will be fun for all. Check out the PTO homepage for a sign up listing the needs for donations and items to borrow to make the evening unforgettable.
Can you help another Wildcat?
The PTO is collecting money to help out our Wildcat Families in need over the summer. The funds collected will go to purchase gift cards to Kroger /Publix for food. Follow this link to make a donation (any amount is helpful) https://northwesternpto.membershiptoolkit.com/home
Virtual Career Fair: Who Do You Know?
Need something to do this weekend? How about having your kids interview you for the career fair? Kids don't want you to appear even virtually in the school because you will clearly embarrass them? How about reaching out to your network of professionals and friends and asking them to contribute a video? Cold calls only get us so far; personal connections make the difference. Please help us put together a collection of 3-5 minute videos that can help show the seventh graders a broader world. For questions to get you started and submission information, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for Volunteers for Next Year
The NMS PTO invites you to be a part of our Wildcat family. Please consider a role with our PTO, we have a few open positions on our PTO board for the upcoming school year; Co-president, secretary, Parliamentarian, VP of Ways & Means, VP of Student Services. There are also committees that need a team to support them; Yearbook, Parking Liaison, Community Outreach, Business Partners, Student Enrichment, Website Management, Volunteer Coordinator. There is something for everyone. We encourage you to join us as we support our teachers, staff and students at Northwestern. Grab a friend and volunteer together! Email email@example.com with questions.
Do You Own Your Own Business?
or Know Someone Who Does?
Northwestern Middle school invites you to partner with us to enhance the educational experiences of our students and support the needs of our teachers. Become a Business Partner and your financial donation will be greatly appreciated. In return, the NMS PTO would display your business logo to our NMS families in various communications, websites and on campus throughout the year. Click HERE to learn more about our Business Partner levels and ways to partner with us.
NMS Front Office Hours
Outside of these hours, you can send an email to our front office staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your continued support of Northwestern Middle School!
Joel - Principal
Northwestern Middle School: Teach Hard, Love Harder - The Wildcat Way!