New Albany Intermediate School

NAIS Family Update- October 27, 2020


We are approaching the end of the first Trimester in a couple of weeks, on November 13, 2020. The window for Fall Parent Teacher Conferences at NAIS for in-person and VLP students will be the weeks of November 9-13 and November 16-20. Teachers will be sending out information soon to sign up for a virtual conference via google meet. We look forward to connecting with you to share about your student’s progress and partnering with you for their continued success.

Photo Day for VLP Students and Make-Ups/Retakes for In-Person Students

If your in-person student missed school photo day in September, or if you are dissatisfied with your child’s photo package, the date for make-up and retake photos is November 4. As long as a student returns all of the photos on November 4, there is no cost for a replacement package. If your child is part of the Virtual Learning Program, please click here for the order form and additional details about VLP School Photo Day on November 4.

MAP Testing Results

We concluded the Fall Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments and results will arrive home this week. In-person students will bring home their results in backpacks on Friday, and VLP students will have their results mailed home. The MAP Parent Guide can be found by clicking here.

Nurse's Notes

Get Your Flu Shot!

Check your local area for flu vaccine availability or go to the Franklin County Public Health website for more info.

COVID-19 Symptoms to Watch for:

- Fever > 100℉

- New or worsened cough

- Loss of taste or smell

- Sore throat

- New or worsened nasal congestion or runny nose

- Headache

- Body aches

- New or worsened fatigue

- Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

Please keep your child home if they present with any of the above symptoms and contact the New Albany COVID Help Desk at (614) 413-7111 or email

If a household member is being tested for COVID-19, students and siblings must stay home until results are received.

Keep your child at home until the following criteria are met:

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In-person students in fourth and fifth grade take four specials classes: music, wellness, art, and technology. This year students are taking these classes in a quarterly rotation (you can view the schedule here). The first quarter specials rotation ends this Friday October 30, with grades being available in PowerSchool for this first class next week. Students will receive an “S” for satisfactory or “U” for unsatisfactory work. Students will be transitioning to their next specials class on Monday, November 2. If you would like to learn more about your child’s Specials Classes, please read this overview from the NAIS Specials Team.


In the event of inclement weather, there will be times that we will need to have indoor recess this school year. In preparation for indoor recess this year, we are allowing students to bring in a small bag (no bigger than a gallon sized ziploc bag) of items that are appropriate for indoor recess. This will only be used by the student who brings them to school. Students will remain at their seats during indoor recess. Here is an indoor recess menu with ideas for activities. We will also be providing options for students such as drawing paper, sudoku, pictionary, charades, and other activities that can be done following health and safety guidelines. We will have the students outside as much as possibly, but also want to be prepared in case of inclement weather.


Schoology is the online learning platform all teachers at the Intermediate School will use this year to post assignments and materials for each course. If you do not have a Parent Schoology Account, your child’s homeroom teacher can provide you with a Parent Access Code so you can signup. Please review this Schoology resource for an overview of parent schoology accounts.

Under each Course for your child, there are two important tabs on the left hand side of the screen. Regularly check “Updates” where teachers can post important reminders and “Materials” where assignments are posted for both in school work and homework. Keep in mind the Schoology App and the web version of Schoology contain the same information, though each look different. Click here for a short tutorial of the web version of Schoology.


Technology questions can be answered through phone or email:

You can click to review the One-to-One Handbook for more information on our One-to-One Initiative, care of the iPad, accidental breakage coverage, as well as student and parent responsibilities. As a reminder, students are to keep the iPAD in the district issued iPAD case to keep the iPAD protected. Finally, a reminder that it is recommended and very helpful for all students to have a pair of wired headphones for use of their iPAD while at school.

For more information on our One-to-One Technology Initiative please visit the District Technology Department webpage by clicking here, which highlights the district technology plan, helpful parent technology resources, and ipad support resources.


Dear NAIS Families,

The weather is definitely changing, and I know everyone is looking forward to fun fall activities and the upcoming holidays. Even though we are not able to hold our normal fall parties, the PTO is working hard to make sure our students, staff and teachers have an extraordinary learning experience and some fun along the way.

So far, your generous support has helped us provide:

  1. More indoor “social distanced” recess activities

  2. Books related to diversity and inclusion themes

  3. New volleyballs for the playground.

  4. Microphones for teachers to use in the classroom to help students hear better through the masks, and

  5. Treats for all staff and teachers (including VLP).

Upcoming Events for October and November:

  • PUMPKIN DECORATING CONTEST: Decorate your pumpkin any way you want: carve, paint, glue, or glitter and upload a picture to our Facebook page by October 31st. Families will vote and prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners!

  • VIRTUAL 1 MILE FUN RUN: We are very excited to announce our upcoming VIRTUAL 1 MILE FUN RUN. More info and sign up to come by the end of the week.

  • HOLIDAY SPIRIT WEAR SALE: Order online now and your items will arrive at your door in time for all December Holidays! You'll love the new styles and designs available for everyone on your list!

The link to the Spirit Wear Sale is:

REMINDER! Golden and Maroon Eagle members are welcome to use their one-time $5 off promotional code on your purchase, if you haven't done so already this year. The sale closes Sunday, November 8th.

  • NAIS NIGHT at Chipotle’s in New Albany on Wednesday, October 28 from 5 to 9 pm: Chipotle will be donating a portion of the night’s proceeds to our school (remember to let them know that you’re there for the fundraiser when paying or ordering online!)

  • CONTINUED MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: Help us get to our goal of 200+ plus PTO member families at either $20, $35 ($5 off spirit wear purchase) or $50 (discount card to local restaurants and stores, plus spirit wear discount) levels

Please let us know if you have any thoughts or suggestions so we can continue to make this year a great one for everyone in our school community!


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

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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.