Nova TEAM Times Newsletter~12/17/19

One TEAM, One GOAL: No Limits

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ELA Focus For January

SMART GOAL: Sixty-five percent of students in reading will increase their lexiles from the pre-level set by 50 points by the end of May 2020 as measured by the post-level set from the Achieve program.


Identify text structure of non-fiction texts • Compare/contrast • Cause/effect • Problem /solution • Description • Sequence / instruction/ process

ANCHOR 3: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

RL and RI

STANDARDS 7, 8, and 9

BIG IDEA: ✓ We make interpretations and draw conclusions both from what we read and experience in life. We read to develop as people and citizens in our global society.


LAFS Standard 7 – Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

LAFS Standard 8 – Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence

LAFS Standard 9-Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

Essential Questions:

1. How is listening or viewing information the same or different from reading the text?

2. How does the author’s claims used in the text affect the outcome of an argument?

3. How can several author’s present key information on the same topic?

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Bahamas Relief Drive

The students in Ms. Arenas's Global Scholars classes were faced with a unique challenge. Thousands of items were donated to Nova Middle School for the purpose of being delivered to the Bahamas after the natural disaster, Hurricane Dorian, completely devastated parts of the island. The Global Scholars sorted the items, (making sure to dispose of expired goods), counted, and boxed over two thousand individual items. Dr. Rosalind Osgood and Dr. Dierdre S. Wilson made arrangements for a truck to pick up 82 cases of water and 50 boxes of food and medical supplies. Special thanks to the Math Department for collecting all of these much needed items.
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Peace Pole Ceremony

On Friday, November 22, 2019, from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM, in the Gym, Nova Middle Peer Counseling Students celebrated their win of the Peace Pole Award during the school year 2018- 2019. It is customary to celebrate this prestigious award the following year as early on as possible.

The Peace Pole Project was started in Japan by The World Peace Prayer Society, a nonprofit, nondenominational organization founded in 1955 by Masahisa Goi. Today more than 200,000 poles are in 180 countries to remind people to keep peace in their thoughts.

Congratulations to our winners and thanks to our guest speakers: Ms. Keasha Starks, Mr. Dwayne Stephenson, and Mrs. Kim Young-Oliveras. Well done, Dr. Smith!

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Swearing In Ceremony

Congratulations to Mrs. Murphy and Mr. Atlas for guiding NMS Pre-Law students through the arduous process of passing their very realistic simulated Bar Exam. Over 120 students were officially sworn-in as attorneys who are now eligible to practice law in Nova Middle's state-of-the-art court room. Well Done!
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Speech and Debate Tournament

We'd like to congratulate the following students for their performance at the 4th Speech & Debate tournament of the year:

  • Richard Yang placed 4th in Congress and received a medal!
  • Shreya Saha received a medal for her Dramatic Interpretation
  • Sarah Gerber received a medal for her Humorous Interpretation
  • Nathaniel Jean received a medal for his Original Oratory
  • Abigail Blake received a medal for her Poetry Interpretation!

Excellent job Ms. Gonzalez, our Speech and Debate Program, ROCKS!

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Marzano Moment

In this video, expert Drs. Robert Marzano and Beverly Carbaugh introduce the element, Using Questions to Help Students Elaborate on Content of the Focused Teacher Evaluation Model.

Time for Digital Wellness Practices and Self-Care!

For this edition of the NMS Newsletter, you'll find resources that define DIGITAL WELLNESS (or DIGITAL WELL BEING), provide you with ways to manage your screen time, and strategies to bring self-care into your lives. With winter and the holidays around the corner, this reflective time of year could be a great time to reevaluate our relationship with the constant technology in our everyday lives. Take a look at these resources to help you get more in tune with your level of digital well-being.

List of Digital Well Being Resources by Eric Curts

Eric Curts is an amazing resource for technology in education. He runs a blog called Control Alt Achieve. Follow him on the socials and you'll always come away with tech tools that advance student achievement. But he also knows the value of moderation and that tech breaks are necessary. Check out his list of resources for teachers and students to practice digital well being. Link below or click HERE.

Stay Calm........

It might seem ironic once again to go back to your digital devices to assist with self-care but the Calm App might be worth it! It's a paid app but the free version allows you to set a calming atmostphere in your workspace, classroom, or anywhere in your home. Listen to calming sounds of nature, work through guided meditations, play soothing music, and have stories read aloud to you. See the button below for the website or click HERE. Then download it on your phone.

Close out the year with all the feels!

Check out the Year in Search by Google. See what people were inspired by and searched for. Kind of emotional! Video below.
Google — Year in Search 2019

About Us

The mission of Nova Middle School is to educate the whole child, providing students with the best educational experiences to make them high school ready and college bound. We give our students ample opportunities to grow academically and personally through a wide variety of programs, inside and outside the classroom, that will create problem solving students and responsible citizens with the necessary skills to be successful in life.