March 11, 2023
CONGRATS TO OUR "BATTLE OF THE BOOKS" PARTICIPANTS!
As 7th grader Xavier put it, "If you think about it guys, we all won! Those books were pretty good!" That's right Xavier, you are always a winner when you read!
Ms. Eyler announces the winners!
All of our "Battle of the Books" participants with their coach, Ms. Mills.
Students participating in the buzzer round.
ATTENTION 8th GRADE STUDENTS & PARENTS
Any student who has out-of-school-suspension during the 4th nine weeks (March 13th & after) will NOT be invited to the end-of-year 8th grade activities.
Let's finish this year with strong grades and great behavior so we can ALL celebrate our achievements!
ALSO, check out the information below about the James Rumsey Summer Career Academy and the upcoming Golden Horseshoe Test!
8th GRADE GOLDEN HORSESHOE TEST
Students already took the essay portion of the test. The multiple choice portion is scheduled for March 28th. Eighth graders, please see your social studies teacher for more information.
REPORT CARDS THIS WEEK & OTHER EVENTS...
SAVE THE DATE: Report cards will be issued to students on MARCH 17th, this FRIDAY!
March also brings back events like NMS' 1st ever talent show, spring pictures, and the Royce Sock Sale, which is returning for the first time in several years! We are very excited about everything happening in our building! Please refer to the list of upcoming events below!
MATH FOR ALL EVENT THIS TUESDAY!
CONCERT BAND PREVIEW
SAVE THE DATE FOR SPRING PICTURES: MARCH 24th
THE SOCK SALE IS BACK!
SAVE THE DATE: FREE SPORTS PHYSICALS JUNE 8th
PARENT CORNER: TALKING TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT EDIBLE DRUGS
Edible drugs are substances that are ingested orally, usually in the form of food or candy, and contain mind-altering chemicals such as THC, CBD or even heroin and fentanyl. These products can be dangerous because they often look like regular snacks or candies, making it easy for teens to mistake them for harmless treats. According to the National Poison Data System, "In 2020, pediatric cases of edible marijuana ingestion accounted for more than 40 percent of all human poison exposures reported that year" and the numbers have been steadily on the rise for the past five years. The effects of edible drugs can be unpredictable, as the potency can vary greatly from one product to another and can take longer to feel the effects. This can lead to accidental overconsumption, which can cause serious health problems, including hospitalization or even death.
It is important to teach students about the prevalence of edible drugs in our society today in order to keep them safe. Here are some tips that students can follow to avoid accidentally ingesting an edible drug:
Read the packaging carefully: Edible drugs often come in packaging that resembles regular snacks or candies, so it's important to read the label carefully before consuming anything.
Don't share food or drinks: Avoid sharing food or drinks with friends or acquaintances, as this could lead to accidental ingestion of an edible drug.
Educate yourself: Learn about the different types of edible drugs and how they can affect the body. This can help you make informed decisions and avoid risky situations.
Speak up: If someone offers you a snack or candy that you are unsure about, don't be afraid to ask questions and clarify what it contains before consuming it.
Trust your instincts: If something doesn't feel right, err on the side of caution. It's always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to ingesting unknown substances.
As always, our school counselors are available to help families if you need help talking with your kids about issues like these. We are here to support you as you navigate our everchanging culture as parents. Please click the links below for more information.
OTHER PARENT RESOURCES FROM THE PAST FEW NEWSLETTERS:
PARENT CLIMATE SURVEY
A COOL THING HAPPENED IN CLASS...
Read about more of the amazing activities happening in our building!
*Ms. Mills' Battle of the Books teams competed in the school competition on Thursday! Congrats to the teams "North Stars" and "Pantheon" for moving on to the county competition next week!
*Ms. Moreland and Ms. Shade's social studies classes participated in the Renaissance mixer activity this week. Each student had to research a Renaissance artist, writer, scientist, or politican and then pretend to be that person as they chatted with other students in the class. Students had to figure out if their Renaissance character would agree or disagree with others in the classroom.
*Ms. Heck's science students participated in a water cycle simulation activity this week. They pretended to be water droplets and played a dice game to simulate how that drop can be cycled around. Now they are working on writing prompts about the simulation and the water cycle!
*The students in Mrs. Simmons ELA class have been learning Figurative Language. They had a food tasting, and had to describe each food item using simile, metaphor and hyperbole.
*Ms. Gantt's science students looked at the phenomenon of continental shift through plate tectonic movement. Every student got a puzzle piece. They were told to outline the puzzle piece in black and create their own continent. The black outline represents the tectonic plate and the blue getting represents the ocean. In the end, they put it together to make their own world!
*Ms. Gantt's honors science students are working on round 2 of their NASA plant experiments. They are using the same medium and grow lights found on the International Space Station to simulate growing plants in space. All of their data is being communicated to NASA!
Ms. Moreland's social studies students participate in the Renaissance mixer activity. Ms. Moreland and Ms. Shade decorated their rooms to look like restaurants.
Ms. Heck's students pretend to be water droplets at a station during the water cycle activity.
Ms. Simmon's class works on describing their snacks with figurative language in ELA.