The Pulse of the Nation

Week of May 9

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Principal's Corner

Hi Nagel Nation!

My apologies for the delay in getting this to you. As you will see we had a lot of information to share so we wanted to try and give you as much as we know at this time at once.

Thank you to the teams who have continued to tell the front office staff your plans and where we can find your classes. We had over 39 early dismissals just today, so being able to reach your classes easily is extremely helpful for all involved.

Also, we are very sorry the Admin Team has been unable to get to your team meetings as frequently as we like this month. If for any reason you need one of us at your team meeting, or you would like us to visit with your entire team, to give them that FINISH strong conversation, we are more than happy to do so. If you want an entire team visit, please email Jodie and she will schedule for you immediately.

Thank you for taking a moment to read the important information below.

Item #1 - Forest Hills Foundation Grants: I know you have all received an email from Natasha sharing the opportunity to apply for a grant. Last year Julie and Rose were both recipients of this awesome opportunity I hope you will consider. The support you all showed by registering for the 5K is one way the FHFE is able to give back to those of you who are interested in applying. I encourage you to think out of the box and let your wishes be known. No telling if you will be the one selected, but how great if you are!

The Forest Hills Foundation for Education is accepting applications for teacher grants to be awarded for the 2016-17 academic year. Click here to view the 'Request for FHFE Grant Proposals'. Grants must be submitted to the building principal no later than 3:30 pm June 22, 2016

Item # 2 - Morning Computer Support

Please sign up on the linked Google Doc prior to your team's day.

Morning Support - Room 236 for anyone who wants to come

OTM - Room 132 - 8th grade during 1st period

OTM - Room 247 - 7th grade during 7th period

Item #3 - Celebration Day

It is always an end to a great year - Nagel Celebration Day. Since my mom taught me, 'if it ain't broke', we will be running our day exactly as we have in the past. Please review the 'draft' link below, and let Mark know if you see any coverage or schedule issues as this is his first year at coordination.


Item #4 - World Language Exams

8th Grade and World Language Teachers. Please review the World Language Exam Schedule. Core teachers, some rooms have been impacted by testing. Please review document and note if you have a room change. Note that it is in current draft form so contact Lizzy with any changes that may need to be made.

Item #5 - Personal Leave

Thank you for your help with requesting time off. It is greatly appreciated.

Item #6 - One of our parents is offering a class called, " Culturally Proficient Leadership at Xavier University. Please click this link if you are interested.

Item # 7- Celebration Day Awards

Deadline is Friday! Please enter the name of your student who you thinks most embodies our culture of SOAR!I. We need each of you to make your selection by Friday, May 13th so that we do not have any duplication's. If you have any questions, please ask Cheri. AWARD RECIPIENTS

Item #8 - Battelle for Kids - Linkage

You must complete your linkage process by 5/11. Email Lizzy once you have submitted your rosters. Reminder, for any student you add or delete from your roster, please communicate with Lizzy. Feel free to ask Lizzy to attend a team meeting or meet with you individually to help you through this process.

Steps for Completing the Linkage Process

Item #9 - Math Acceleration/OTM

7th Grade core teachers...if you have student you would like to recommend for either Math Acceleration or OTM in the 8th grade. Please list these names in the linked Google Doc. Please complete this by 5/13. *Recommendation doesn't guarantee placement.

Item #10 - Summer School

Summer school letters will be mailed home on Monday, May 16th. Any student who failed 2 or more quarters of Math or Language Arts will receive a letter recommending attendance at summer school. If parents need additional information about why their child was recommended they will be asked to contact the teacher prior to June 2nd.

Item #11 - Honors Dessert

I would like to give a huge shout out to Amy Maxwell and Kim Calder who did an exceptional job with the Honors Dessert this year. It was our highest attended event and we have received numerous compliments from the attendees.

Item #12 - A.L.I.C.E.

A.L.I.C.E. drill will be held on Wednesday, May 18th. We have notified our community this event will be taking place. We need each of you to review the guidelines and information found in your classroom safety bag. Carolyn will post this PPT to use to explain to your advisory for the veggie next week. Please review this ppt with your students on or before Wednesday, May 18th. For this drill we will be barricading. The drill will be taking place during the last lunch period. Please remain in your rooms until we dismiss the building via an announcement that you may release your students to 5th period. If you have any questions, please let myself or John Bailey know.

Item # 13 - Marvelous May

Fourteen days to go!! Remember to enforce your team rules and expectations and your days will be less eventful.

Item # 14 - Breakfast

The Superhawks invite all Nagel faculty and staff to an appreciation breakfast on Friday, May 27th starting at 6:45 in the Express Cafe!

Item #15 - Time Capsules - 8th Grade Advisors

You should all have your time capsule envelopes and directions to pass out to your students. Please encourage your students and any communication with parents the deadline will strictly enforced. The boxes must be stored in order to prepare the LC for summer meetings. Thank you for your assistance with this.

Item #16 - End of Year

The teacher check out packet will be coming on Monday in the next Pulse. Stay tuned.

January-May Nagel Middle School Timeline




12 - 5K Packet Pick Up @ 3:00

12 - 5K Packet Pick Up @ 3:00

13 - WEB Spring Play Day - 7th Grade only (11-2:15)

13 - Boys Chorus to Kings Island

14 - FHSD 5K

14 - OMEA Contest

17 - Extended CAT - LA/SS - PLEASE NOTE!!

17 - Spring Athletic Recognition 7-9

18 - WEB Coordinator Meeting @ 2:30

20 - Footloose @ 7:00

21 - Footloose @ 1:00 and 7:00

23 - Orchestra Concert @ 7:00

24 - Regular CAT

24 - Chorus Concert @ 6:30 & 8:00

25 - Chorus Concert @ 7:00

26 - Band Concert @ 7:00

28 - Girls Chorus to Kings Island

30 - NO School - Thank our Military

JUNE 1 - OH HAPPY DAY! Let's Celebrate!!!


Tech Bytes

2016 Cincinnati GAFE Summit Hosted at Nagel!

Due to its great success, Forest Hills will be hosting another GAFE Summit this coming school year on November 19th and 20th. Enjoy, “Two epic days of Inspiring and Empowering sessions focused on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education (and other digital tools) to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education. Participants say it is the best PD they’ve ever had!” Nagel would love to see you there as we serve as host to several hundred educators from around the tri-state area (and some from other various parts of the country). For more information, please review the registration page. Please do not register at this time. We cannot pay for anyone’s registration until next school year’s fiscal year begins! Instead, please fill out the GAFE Summit Interest Form so that we know you would like to go.

EdCamp 513 Hosted by Goshen Middle School

Have you heard about the Edcamp movement? It’s a wonderful unconference movement where education professionals come together to make their own professional development. The best news: it’s FREE! This half day event will end with lunch and great conversation! The Cincinnati area event will take place on June 4 from 8:00-12:00. The first 50 registrants will receive a free Edcamp 513 t-shirt! We would love to have as many attend as possible. Need more information about this revolutionary movement? Check out our website:

Subscription to United Streaming will NOT be Renewed

United Streaming has been a great tool for many educators throughout Forest Hills for good number of years. Unfortunately, due to pricing and diminishing use, we will not be renewing our subscription this upcoming school year. I know that many of you use this tool in dynamic ways in your classrooms. Please understand that the LC is committed to working with you to find other resources to replace or supplement what is now lacking due to the loss of this product. Our hope is that by sending you this information far enough in advance, you will be able to make adjustments and modification to your plans for next year with plenty of notice.