Normangee MS Family Newsletter

January 18, 2023

From Mr. Wingfield


We had another great week back and kids have been continuing to show growth academically and with their positive behavior. We have a chart in our hall that counts days without nonsense. We are focusing on day to day interactions and showing respect to teachers and to one another. We are currently sitting at 26 days and we are working towards 90 days total. If we reach our goal, our campus will have a celebration the last 2 days of school. Let's keep it up!

The students have also have done a great job of keeping our cafeteria clean during lunch and shown a lot of maturity utilizing that social time. As most of you know we have been calling students in a random rotation to get into lunch lines. We have done this to make it equitable and also so that we limit the number of students in line at one time. This minimizes crowds and helps our lunchroom staff as students come through the line. Our students have done so well that they will now be able to come into lunchroom and go straight to food lines for the rest of the year, as long as they continue to do a great job!! We are super proud of all of them!!

Thank you all so much for your support at home!

Please check below for new information for REMIND for MS Teachers. Along with parent portal, REMIND can be used to get information on assignments in your students classes. I am receiving these from teachers little by little so all teachers may not be listed below.

If there is any other information you would like to receive through the MS Newsletter, please feel free to email me at

As always, if I can help in any way please let me know.

Jared Wingfield

Student of the Month for December is Cash Kubiak

Cash was recognized for the trait of Responsibility! Congratulations, Cash!!
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New ELAR fundraiser for Mrs Penry

Mrs. Penry was able to purchase 45 books so far to give the kids at the end of the year - Attached below is the link for the new fundraiser to earn the rest needed for 7/8th graders in ELA - Thanks so much for your support

Upcoming Dates

January 19

Early Release (Due to Elementary UIL)

MS Basketball at Home vs Snook

7th Boys 4:30

8th Boys 5:30

7th Girls 6:30

8th Girls 7:30

January 21

Boys Basketball Tournament @ North Zulch, Times TBA

January 23

MS Reading UIL Competition, 4:00, Normangee Middle School

January 24-27 MS UIL, virtual competition

January 26

MS Basketball at home vs Burton

7th Boys 4:30 8th Boys 5:30 7th Girls 6:30 8th Girls 7:30

MS Basketball at home vs Somerville

7th Boys 4:30 8th Boys 5:30 8th Girls 7:00

New Computer Guidelines for MS

The MS has officially switched over to classroom sets for computers. All students will have a computer available in each class they have on their schedule. Students will no longer have computers checked out to them permanently. The purpose of this is that we want to minimize the number of computers that are damaged and/or lost. We also want to make sure that the computers are only being used for educational purposes. Students will still be responsible for making sure they care for the classroom assigned computer, but will checkout and return in class each day.

We understand that some students may need access to computers for specific assignments at night. If this is necessary for any student, they may check out from the MS office on a case by case basis. Students must checkout at end of school and return the next morning. They will still be responsible for all damages to, and all activity on the computer they check out.

Thanks for your help

A Message from Officer Mordecai and Administration

School Safety is our priority! We welcome any parents to come to campus to meet with teachers, eat with their children, or meet with Leadership. Even though we know most of our visitors by name and face, everyone must continue to follow state and local policies. Please make sure you have an appointment and all visitors must check in at the front desk. Thanks for your cooperation.

From Mrs. Martin

The Capturing Kids Heart focus for January will be Respect, Honor You, Honor Me

What is Respect?

Respect is the willingness and ability to act professionally and thoughtfully with ourselves and others. Leaders can deal respectfully with opposition and provide space for both dignity and differences to coexist.

Why focus on Respect?

  • Respect contributes to a positive culture. People feel safe, supported, and engaged in the context of thoughtful social, emotional, civic, and intellectual interactions.
  • Respect decreases conflict. Respect helps us, and others, to be able to express ourselves without fear of being judged, humiliated, or discriminated against.
  • Respect encourages empathy. Respect helps us to understand each other and put ourselves in someone else shoes.

Respect in Action:

  • Teach students words have power. How we talk to others, and ourselves, can motivate or discourage, connect or destroy, hurt or heal. We should choose our words with care.
  • Create opportunities for group decision-making. Open dialogue engages students in a process where compromise is crucial to making decisions.
  • Vary protocols for classroom sharing. Frequently use open-ended questions, partner sharing, and small group activities to connect and promote understanding between students.

From the Bus Barn

There should be no food or drinks on buses before or after school. Please remind your students that all food items must be put away for the entirety of their ride to and from school. We have seen an increase in the level of food products, wrappers, and spills on the bus. This falls on the bus driver to clean up. Please help us remind students of this policy as well as helping to be a good steward and cleaning up all items on the bus daily.

Thanks for your support

Construction Updates

Construction has taken a bit of time as engineers and workers figure out where water and electrical conduits need to be moved. After a delay, we are finally seeing some progress out behind the MS as they prep to put in a slab our new classroom and Lab area. The slab is down for our new greenhouse and our new Ag building is dried in. The construction company is working on finishing the inside right now.

Mrs Kimich Remind Codes (Science)

Mrs Maxey (8th Grade Math)

Mrs Adams (6th Grade ELA and Social Studies)

Mrs Penry

Mrs Penry is also asking for donations in order to help stock books for our library. See the Community of Readers QR code below
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Paper Tutoring Program

The district has rolled out our PAPER tutoring program. Our English classes are currently making sure all students can log in and understand how to utilize this great resource. Students may use PAPER to get 24/7 tutoring at home and at school. Parents can also use in order to help students with their homework. Please remind your students at home to use this tool when they are needing extra support with homework.
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Middle School Athletic Schedules

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