NMS Summer Newsletter - July 15

Northwestern Middle School News and Notes

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Happy Friday Wildcat Country!

We are three weeks away from the first day of school! This is both a scary (teachers!) and exciting (parents) time of year. During the next couple weeks, we will be sharing more information to help prepare our families and students for the new school year.

Today was the first School Governance Council meeting of the school year. This team is made up of staff and parents who excited to work on your behalf to continue the great legacy of our school. Please know that our SGC meetings are open to the public so you're welcome to attend!

This week's edition is full of new and important information. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to your grade level Assistant Principals.

Lockers & Backpacks. We have received questions about this process, so I want to help alleviate concerns. Students will keep their backpacks in their locker this school year. There are both operational and safety reasons for this decision. Students will be able to carry smaller bags - like a draw string bag (pictured below). Students will also have multiple locker breaks throughout the school day in addition to transition time. Students will not have to carry all of their school supplies all day. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact us.

Students and parents will be able to view schedules in Portal on Tuesday, August 3.

Tracy Brunetto Memorial Service

Tracy Brunetto was a beloved member of the Northwestern Middle School faculty for many years. She was a favorite teacher among students and colleagues.

The family of Mrs. Tracy Brunetto will receive friends on Sunday, July 17, 2022 from 2:00pm until 4:00pm at Northside Chapel. There will be a prayer service beginning at 3:30pm.

“A journey cut too short, but a legacy that lives on in her daughters, her family, and her students. A beloved daughter, friend, sister, wife, mother, aunt, teacher and colleague. We lost her, but she is victorious in her fight.”

Northwestern Middle School Summer Hours

The front office will be open on weekdays from 8:30 am-2:30 pm during the summer.

Please call the front office at 470-254-2870 before coming to school.

Information Day - Thursday, Aug. 4

More details will be shared in next week's newsletter.
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Back To School Meeting w/ Mr. Peterson

Please make plans to join Mr. Peterson and members of the NMS Administrative Team on Tuesday, August 2 at 6:30 pm. As a convenience for our families who may still be traveling that week, and for everyone else's busy schedules, the meeting will be virtual. Families can join at the dinner table or from the comfort of your living room. Comfy clothing and a cold beverage of your choice are encouraged! This meeting will be informational and offer a Q&A for students and parents.

More information and the meeting link will be shared next week.

NMS PTO Membership Drive

We're gearing up for our annual PTO membership drive. Memberships are a large percentage of the total annual PTO fund raising. We have membership options available that include incentives. These allow us to raise more money for the school. Every dollar raised through PTO is spent on our students, staff and school building. Please make plans to join PTO!!

PTO membership toolkit will go live next week so parents and staff can purchase memberships. A text message will be sent once membership toolkit is live.

School Year 2022-23 Membership Levels

Platinum - $750.00 (only 8 available). Includes:

  • VIP Carpool Parking Space
  • Student Lunch With Principal (for every student in family)
  • Top Locker Guaranteed (for every student in family)

Gold - $250.00. Includes:

  • Student Lunch With Principal (for every student in family)
  • Top Locker Guaranteed (for every student in family)

Silver - $100.00. Includes:

  • Top Locker Guaranteed (for every student in family)

Bronze - $25.00. Includes:

  • Online Access to Membership Directory

These prices are per family, bot per student. For example, a Silver Membership would mean all NMS students in a family would be guaranteed a top locker on their grade level hallway.

Families must pay the $15.00 locker fee to the school through OSP and purchase a Silver Membership through PTO to guarantee a top locker for their student(s).

Milton High School Parking Spaces

The NMS PTO will once again sell parking spaces in the NMS parking lot for Milton High School students. These spaces will be sold online on Tuesday, August 2 at 7:00 am. You can purchase a space by visiting the PTO website at Northwestern MS PTO - Fulton County, GA - Northwestern Middle School PTO (membershiptoolkit.com)

Online School Payments

In July, families will be able to make payments for the student locker fee, student activity fee, and other school related fees (PE t-shirts, etc.).

The locker fee is required for all students and will be $15.00 this school year.. This fee covers the hallway locker and PE locker. Students will be required to keep their cell phone in their locker. Students will not carry backpacks to classrooms this school year.

The student activity fee is required for all students and will be $5.00 this school year. This fee will help fund our PBIS/Rrroar program. All students benefit from our Rrroar program throughout the school year.

The locker fee and student activity fee should be paid by Thursday, July 30 in order for students to receive their locker on Information Day.

Rising 6th & 7th Residency Verification

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School Breakfast & Lunch Prices

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Free & Reduced Meal Applications SY22-23

The Free & Reduced Meal Benefits Program is a part of the National Child Nutrition Program. This program makes Free or Reduced priced meals available to qualifying households. Qualifications are based on the gross income of all household members and the number of persons living in the house. A new application must be completed every school year. If there is an interruption in benefits or the household does not reapply, the household is responsible for payment of meals until the Free and Reduced Application is approved. Free & Reduced Meal Applications are available in the cafeteria and anytime online beginning August 1, 2022. Visit www.fulton.schoollunchapp.com to begin the online application process.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Tuesday, August 2 - New School Year Meeting with Mr. Peterson (6:30 pm)
  • Thursday, August 4 - NMS Information Day (12:30-3:30pm)
  • Monday, August 8 - First Day of School
  • Tuesday, August 9 - August PTO Meeting (9:30am)
  • Friday, August 12 - August SGC Meeting (7:45am)

New To Northwestern Family Tours

During the week of July 25, we will be offering school tours for new students and families. These tours are specifically for families who have recently moved into our attendance zone and will be attending NMS for the first time.

The following are the available tour dates/times.

Tuesday, July 26 at 9:30 am

Tuesday, July 26 at 1:00 pm

Wednesday, July 27 at 9:30 am

Wednesday, July 27 at 1:00 pm

These tours are for new families only (families who have recently moved to Milton). These tours are not for rising 6th grade students who toured the school during the Spring.

If you have any questions about these tours, please call our front desk at 470-254-8270.

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New Code of Conduct Rules for SY22-23 - Cell Phones

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Northwestern Progressive Discipline for Rule 18.g.II

Cell phone/Personal Communication Device (PCD) Rrroar Progressive Discipline

· 1st Offense – Warning – student places PCD in their locker.

· 2nd Offence – PCD confiscated and held in front office. Student picks up PCD at 4:05 pm.

· 3rd Offense – PCD confiscated and held in front office. Parent/guardian picks up PCD.

· 4th Offense – PCD agreement student/parent/school. Possible loss of PCD privilege at school.

Smart Watches are allowed to be worn at all times by students.

The school is not responsible for personal electronic devices on school property.

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Attendance Emails from Infinite Campus

Parents/guardians have the ability to "turn off" attendance notifications in their Parent Portal. Click on the Silhouette on the top right and select Settings. Unclick the box for the Attendance emails.
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FCS Curriculum Hub

The Curriculum Hub provides a variety of resources to assist parents in supporting their student's learning in the areas of English Language Arts/Reading, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies including:

  • A year-at-a-glance for each course with the standards taught in each unit
  • Unit plans detailing the specific learning targets to be mastered
  • Parent resources to preview or review concepts and skills taught in each unit

Family Resources for Social Media & Cell Phones

Our School Governance Council has discussed the need to do more as a school community to better understand our student's use of social media and cell phones, and provide education for students and families around this issue. This school year, our students will engage in more discussions with staff around safe and responsible use of cell phones.

Representatives from Bark presented at one of our previous PTO meetings. As a company, Bark provides monitoring service and resources for families. I will be sharing information from Bark and other sources weekly in our newsletter.

There is also a Facebook group that is a great resource: Parenting in a Tech World

Parenting in a Tech World | Facebook

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NMS Clubs and Student Activities

Northwestern will continue to offer many clubs and student activities for our students during the 2021-22 school year. Check back often for more information!

NMS Theatre

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Free STEM Service for Middle School Students

Brought to you by two former NMS and current MHS students.
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NMS Student Newspaper

Students interested in joining the NMS Newspaper Staff should contact Ms. Denna Warrayat at warrayat@fultonschools.org.
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Northwestern Spiritwear

Spirit Wear is 25% off until the end of the year. New styles have been added!
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Spirtware is available for purchase! A wonderful amount of different NMS Wildcats items for purchase and shipped directly to your home! CLICK HERE!!

PTO Membership Packages

Support North Western Middle School and purchase a PTO Membership! All funds go right back into the school to benefit teachers and students. CLICK HERE!!
NMS PTO Website

Please visit our PTO website often for important information and updates.

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Northwestern Middle School Website

Please visit our school website often for important information and updates.

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Thank you for your continued support of Northwestern Middle School!


Joel - Principal

Northwestern Middle School: Teach Hard, Love Harder - The Wildcat Way!