NMS Weekly 2023-2024

September 15, 2023

A Jag is respectful, supportive, dedicated to community, and committed to excellence. I am proud to be a JAG!

This week concluded today with a PBIS fundraiser for United Way. Students were able to purchase snacks during their DEAR time if they did what was asked of them throughout the week.

Athletics had a successful week.

- 8th grade volleyball finished the week 3-1

- 7th grade volleyball finished the week 3-0

- Football had a HUGE win over Hillcrest in double overtime


A+ College Ready - Our teachers are all-in on the A+ College Ready E3 curriculum. This week Ms. Blunt, Mrs. Shambley, and Dr. Rainey attended the A+ Fall Leadership Conference in Vestavia Hills. Teachers will be attending content-specific workshops starting next month. Teachers will also be participating in Vertical Team meetings and Learning Rounds soon to continue learning Instructional Teaching Strategies they can implement in their own practice. Also in October, this years 7th grade students will be taking the PSAT 8/9 to establish the baseline data for them to be eligible for awards in 8th grade. We would love to hear your thoughts about the E3 curriculum and the teaching and learning that is taking place at NMS.

Dress code - We have included the dress code below in this update. Please review the expectations and make sure your child comes to school within the dress code.

Basketball tryouts for those that didn’t get to tryout in the spring will be Sept 18th from 3:30-5:30 and September 19th from 5:30-7:30! **This is only available for Those that didn’t get to tryout in the spring** See Mr. Cherry for further information.

Tennis parent meeting on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 5:30 PM in the library.

*A Fifth quarter football game has been added to the schedule for Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 6:00 PM at ACA.

*The football game on September 28 at Eastwood has been moved to October 12 so that all NMS students can participate in the NHS Homecoming Parade.

NMS Appreciates our Custodians

A special shout-out to the crew who keeps NMS looking good! We appreciate our custodial staff and thank them for the work they do.

Left to right: Ms. Wallace, Ms. Hayward, Ms. Hall, and Ms. Stewart

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School safety

On Tuesday, September 12, 2023 a K9 search was conducted at NMS. We are pleased with the results of the search and that the school was found to be clean of any inappropriate items.

Dress Code for 2023-24

The primary responsibility for a student’s attire resides with the student and parents or guardians. The following rules concerning dress and grooming are mandatory for all students attending Tuscaloosa City Schools. Students who fail to follow these rules will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in Code of Conduct 1.13, “Non-conformity to Dress Code.”

Section 1: Students MUST Wear:

• Shirts: Must be opaque fabric. Must cover midriff and not be low cut in front or back.

• Bottoms: Pants, sweatpants, joggers, shorts, skirt, dress, leggings. Must be opaque fabric. Dresses and skirts must be fingertip length. Shorts, including athletic shorts, are allowed, but may not be less than a 3” inseam. Genitals and buttocks must be covered at all times.

• Shoes: Activity-specific shoes are permitted (for example for sports or TCTA classes.) Shoes that are secured to the foot and do not easily fall off are highly encouraged for safety reasons.

Section 2: Students May Wear:

• Hoodie sweatshirts, although hood cannot be worn over head.

• Fitted pants, including leggings, yoga pants and “skinny jeans” are allowed as long as it meets requirements in section 1.

• Ripped jeans, as long as underwear is not exposed, and rips are not above fingertip length.

• Tank tops, as long as underwear or midriff is not exposed.

• Athletic attire, as long as it meets requirements in Sections 1 and 3.

• Clothing with commercial or athletic logos provided they do not violate Section 3 below.

Section 3: Student May NOT Wear

• Garments that reflect violent language or images.

• Images or language depicting drugs or alcohol (or any illegal item or activity) or the use of same.

• Hate speech, profanity, pornography.

• Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class.

• Clothing where underwear is exposed. Undershirts/camisoles cannot be worn alone as shirts.

• Spaghetti straps, or strapless tops, unless otherwise covered.

• Bathing suits.

• Hats or head coverings except as a religious observance or as allowed on special days or for certain athletic or class requirements.

• Pajamas, except when allowed on special days.

• House slippers or shoes intended for indoors only.

• Sunglasses (indoors.)

• Metal-spikes on shoes or metal-toed shoes, except for when needed for a class such as at TCTA.

TCS Input Opportunity

Couldn't attend one of our in-person community input sessions? It's not too late to give us your thoughts! Please click below to take a survey and tell us what programs/services TCS should continue to fund, and what programs/services TCS should expand to make our schools even stronger. Input received will help guide the financial future of TCS! Survey will be live through 9/20/23.

SURVEY LINK: https://survey.k12insight.com/r/TCSpriorities.

Tutoring Opportunity

Hello, NMS Parents!

Bama Tutors For Service offers FREE tutoring at the Tuscaloosa Public Library. It is offered Tuesday-Thursday 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tutoring starts Tuesday, September 19, 2023. Contact bamatutorsforservice@gmail.com to sign up.

2023-2024 NMS Yearbook

Yearbooks are on sale now for a discounted rate of $40 until October 15, 2023. Click here to purchase yours: https://www.balfour.com/alabama/tuscaloosa/northridge-middle-school

Dates to know...

September (Wear green on Thursday's for attendance awareness!)

Monday, September 18 - VB @ Hillcrest

Tuesday, September 19 - Tennis parent meeting 5:30 in the library

Wednesday, September 20 - VB home vs SVMS

Thursday, September 21 - FB home vs Westlawn

Monday, September 25 - VB home vs ACA

Tuesday, September 26 - FB 5Q at ACA

Wednesday, September 27 - VB at Echols

Thursday, September 28 - NHS Homecoming parade

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Student Flu Shots-- Will be 10/10/23 at NMS. Consent forms will be sent home the last week of September.

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Northridge Middle School

If you should have questions or need assistance, please contact:

Dr. Rainey - Principal
Ms. Drake-Blunt, Mr. Rust, Mrs. Wood - Assistant Principals
Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Fox - Counselors

Mrs. Smith - Social Worker
Mr. Cherry - Athletic Directors

Mrs. Smith - Secretary/Registrar

Mrs. Nolen - Bookkeeper

Links to our Twitter and Facebook pages:

Twitter: @NMSJags

Facebook: Northridge Middle School