Feb Mar 2015 Newsletter - Northfield Public Schools

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Feb Mar 2015 Newsletter - Northfield Public Schools
News from the Principal
Feb. / Mar. 2015
Newsletter
Greg Gelineau,
Interim Principal
507.663.0650
Ray Coudret
Interim Assistant Principal
507.663.0650
Attendance Office
507.663.0655
Activities Line
507.645.3559
Student Support Services Office
507.663.0664
I would like to thank our middle school families for a tremendous first semester, and the
excitement is building, as we look into the second half of the year. We will continue to
work together with the common goal of giving your students the best education we can.
Keep the communication flowing as we raise the bar for the second half of the year while
we watch your sons and daughters soar.
I am proud of our students for the many things they have done this year, but one item that
is worth letting you know about has to do with student iPads. We rolled out common expectations for iPad use before winter break, and I have to admit I was thinking we might
take a step or two backwards when we returned. To my surprise, our fabulous students
returned and never missed a beat. The number of students having difficulties being responsible with their iPad during the school day is very minimal, and the parent support has
been both a key part of teaching our students to be responsible and appreciated by the
middle school staff.
Here are three big events to be looking for in the upcoming weeks and months. The first
item is our Spring Conferences. We will again be doing student led conferences, but we
have listened to our parents and have made some great adjustments to meet both parents’
and students’ needs. Please look for the article later in the newsletter and for Skylert messages over the next few weeks leading up to conferences for specific details on these exciting changes and how to get signed up.
Next are the state MCA tests in reading, mathematics and science. Testing will begin on
March 2 and run through May 8 (see specific schedule later in newsletter). Students will be
taking the reading and mathematics tests in two parts this year and the 8th grade science in
one. Please make sure your student is well rested during the days leading up to the tests
and do your best to not schedule appointments during the school day.
The final event to highlight is registration for the 2015-16 school year. Yes, it seems early
to be talking about next year, but I look at it as a sign of spring and warmer weather being
around the corner. Students will register at the end of February or beginning of March and
details will be sent out prior to that time from our Student Support Office.
Let’s keep this great school year going, and remember to encourage your student to show
their Raider Pride every day.
Greg Gelineau
Interim Principal
Visit us on the web
www.nfld.k12.mn.us
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Noticias del Director
Me gustaría darles las gracias a nuestras familias del middle school por un estupendo primer semestre. El entusiasmo está creciendo
según entramos en la segunda mitad del año. Vamos a seguir trabajando juntos con la meta común de darles a los estudiantes la
mejor educación que podemos. Seguiremos manteniendo una comunicación fluida y mejorarla incluso para la segunda parte del
año mientras que vemos a nuestros hijos e hijas “volar”.
Estoy muy orgulloso de nuestros estudiantes por las muchas cosas que han hecho este año, pero una que es importante mencionar
está relacionada con los iPads para los estudiantes. Teníamos nuestras expectativas sobre el uso de los iPads antes de las vacaciones
de invierno y tengo que admitir que pensé que tendríamos que cambiar algunas cosas después de las vacaciones. Pero para mi sorpresa, nuestros maravillosos estudiantes regresaron y estaban al día. El número de estudiantes que tienen dificultad siendo responsables con su iPad durante el día escolar es mínimo y el apoyo de las familias ha sido clave para enseñar a nuestros estudiantes a ser
responsables y apreciar al personal del middle school.
Hay tres grandes eventos en las próximas semanas y meses. El primero es nuestras reuniones con los maestros de la primavera.
Vamos de nuevo a tener las reuniones que presentarán los propios estudiantes, pero hemos escuchado a las madres y padres y
hemos hecho unos estupendos ajustes para tener en cuenta las necesidades de las familias y los estudiantes. Por favor, lean el artículo en el boletín de noticias y en los mensajes de Skylert en las próximas semanas antes de las conferencias para leer información
específica sobre estos cambios y cómo apuntarse.
El siguiente es los exámenes MCA del estado en lectura, matemáticas y ciencia. Los exámenes empezarán el 2 de marzo y durarán
hasta el 8 de mayo (pueden ver el horario más adelante en el boletín de noticias). Los estudiantes harán los exámenes de lectura y
matemáticas en dos partes este año y el de ciencias de 8º grado en una parte. Por favor, asegúrense de que su hijo/a descanse suficiente los días que tengan examen y procuren que no tengan citas para esos días durante el horario de escuela.
El ultimo evento que quiero resaltar es la inscripción para el año escolar 2015-16. Sí, parece temprano para empezar a hablar del
próximo año, pero lo pueden ver como un signo de que la llegada de la primavera y un clima más caluroso están muy cerca. Los
estudiantes se van a inscribir al final de febrero o principios de marzo y la información les llegará antes de que lo hagan desde la
oficina de apoyo a los estudiantes.
Sigamos con este estupendo año escolar y recuerden animar a su hijos/a a que muestren cada día su orgullo Raider.
Greg Gelineau
Director temporal
Student Support Services
*Explore Test/Career Exploration:
Counselors visited Geography classes on
Wednesday, January 21st and explained
the Explore test to students. They will
also discuss a Career Interest Inventory
through our Naviance program. A quick
information session will be offered during 8th grade conference night at the high
school on Monday, February 23rd.
6th/7th Grade Students:
*Registration for next year’s classes will
occur in late February, early March. Stay
tuned for more details.
*The Counselors will be visiting classrooms this Spring to talk about career
exploration. We are excited to get students thinking about career discovery at
the middle school.
8th Grade Students:
*Registration will start in late February,
early March. More detailed information
will be available soon.
*Farewell Fest: We are hosting an 8th
grade party night on Friday, April 10th
from 5-8 PM. Stay tuned for more details.
The Guidance Counselors may be
reached at 507-663-0664 or via e-mail at:
[email protected]
[email protected]
Jenny Streefland, (A-L)
Cori Oian, (M-Z)
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2015 Spring Conferences
Northfield Middle School will once again host student led conferences. We have made adjustments, based on parent feedback
that will allow our students an opportunity to lead their conference and give parents an opportunity to speak with a couple teachers following the student led requirement. We are also hopeful that with the process we have in place, the lines to speak with
teachers will be greatly reduced.
6th and 7th Grade Conferences on Thursday, February 5 and Monday, February 9 from 4-7pm.
Families are asked to sign up on line for a 30-minute time slot on one of the two evenings. This does not mean you only have 30
minutes, but will help us space out our conferences. We have reserved 25 places for 7th grade and 25 places for 6th grade. Families will not be signing up with a specific teacher, but by signing up for the 30 minute block, we are hopeful the process will run
smoothly and the waiting will be a minimum. Once you sign up, you may arrive for conferences anytime during that 30-minute
time frame. Families will be greeted by a staff member and directed to one of our assigned student led conference areas where
another staff member will be your host. Our hosts will run multiple conferences and will help with any questions during this student led conference process.
Once your student has completed the required student led portion of the conference evening, you will have an opportunity to visit
with a couple of your sons or daughters teachers, in a more traditional style conference.
All we are asking is that families sign up on line for a 30-minute block and that students must attend their conference. This will
make sure our families are spread out throughout both evenings and make for shorter lines. Visiting with individual teachers is
optional.
8th Grade Conferences on Monday, February 9 at the MS and Monday, February 23 at the HS from 4-7pm.
Our 8th grade student led conferences will take on a different look than the 6th and 7th grade. Families planning on attending on
February 9 will also be asked to sign up for a 30-minute time slot. This does not mean you only have 30-minutes, but will help us
space out our conferences. Core teachers will be available for a walk in conference, like the fall with the difference being that
your student will lead the discussion. Once your student has presented, you are free to ask class specific questions. On Monday,
February 23 our core teachers will be doing conferences at the HS. Families do not need to sign up, but your student does need
to attend with you, so they are able to lead the discussion. Please note that on Monday, February 23 the HS staff will have a program for our 8th graders about entering 9th grade. Mrs. Streefland and Ms. Oian will be presenting on how to read and understand
your student’s Explore Test results. Be looking for more details in the near future.
How Do We Sign Up?
Below are the links to sign up for your 30-minute block. The links are grade specific, so please make sure to use the correct one.
Also look for the Skylert messages that have the direct links as well. You do not need a google account to sign up, just click on
the following grade level link and sign up.
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
Thank you for all of your support and let’s keep working together to support our students during their social and academic journey through middle school.
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2015 Reuniones Con Los Maestros De La Primavera
El Northfield Middle School va a tener de nuevo las reuniones con los maestros que presentan los propios estudiantes. Hemos
hechos algunos ajustes basados en la información recibida de los padres y madres que van a permitir a nuestros estudiantes una
oportunidad para presentar las reuniones y darles a sus padres y madres la oportunidad de hablar con uno o dos maestras o maestros
una vez que los estudiantes terminen. Esperamos que, con el proceso que tenemos, las colas para hablar con los maestros sean mucho más pequeñas.
Las reuniones con los maestros para los grados 6o y 7o serán el jueves 5 de febrero y el lunes 9 de febrero de las 4 a las 7
pm.
Les pedimos a las familias que se apunten en la lista en uno de los segmentos de 30 minutos en una de las dos tardes. Esto no quiere
decir que sólo tengan 30 minutos, pero nos ayuda a organizar las reuniones y espaciarlas. Hemos reservado 25 lugares para 7º grado
y 25 para 6º. Las familias no van a apuntarse para una sola maestra o maestro pero al elegir uno de los segmentos de 30 minutos
esperamos que el proceso vaya muy bien y que no haya que esperar mucho. Una vez que se apunten para uno de los segmentos pueden llegar a la reunión en cualquier momento durante esos 30 minutos. Las familias serán recibidas a la entrada por las personas que
estarán dando la bienvenida y que les indicará a qué área ir para las reuniones donde habrá otra persona de la escuela que dirigirá a
los estudiantes en su reunión con los padres y madres. Esas personas estarán supervisando diferentes reuniones al mismo tiempo y
les pueden ayudar si tienen alguna pregunta.
Una vez que su hijo/a haya terminado con su parte de la reunión tendrán la oportunidad de visitar a uno o dos de los maestros de su
hijo/a en una reunión más tradicional.
Lo único que les pedimos es que se apunten en Internet a uno de los segmentos de 30 minutos y que los estudiantes deben participar en la reunión. Esto permite asegurarnos de que las familias se repartan entre los dos días y que haya colas más cortas. Visitar a
los maestros de una forma individual es opcional.
Las reuniones de 8o Grado serán el lunes 9 de febrero en el Middle School y el lunes 23 de febrero en el High School de 4
a 7pm.
Nuestras reuniones con los maestros que presentan nuestros estudiantes de 8o grado van a ser diferentes de las reuniones para los
grados 6º y 7º. Las familias que quieran asistir a las reuniones del 9 de febrero también van a tener que apuntarse para los segmentos
de 30 minutos. Esto no quiere decir que sólo tengan 30 minutos, pero nos ayuda a repartir las horas de las reuniones. Los maestros
principales estarán disponibles para que los visiten durante las reuniones, lo mismo que ocurría en las reuniones del otoño, pero la
diferencia será que su hijo/a será quien presentará la información. Una vez que su hijo/a haya hecho su presentación, pueden preguntar cosas específicas sobre cada clase. El lunes 23 de febrero nuestros maestros harán las reuniones en el high school. Las familias no necesitan apuntarse para ese día pero su hijo/a tiene que ir con ustedes a la reunión para que puedan presentar la información. Tengan también en cuenta que el lunes 23 de febrero el personal del high school va a tener una presentación para los estudiantes de 8º grado que van a pasar al 9º grado. Las Señoras Streefland y Oian harán también una presentación de cómo leer y entender
los resultados del examen de Explore de sus estudiantes. Estén atentos a más información que les enviaremos más adelante.
¿Cómo me apunto para las reuniones?
Más abajo tienen enlaces para apuntarse para los segmentos de 30 minutos. Los enlaces son específicos para cada grado, así que
asegúrense de que eligen el correcto. También pueden buscar los mensajes de Skylert que tienen también los enlaces directos. No
necesitan una cuenta de google para apuntarse, simplemente vayan a los enlaces para apuntarse.
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
Gracias por todo su apoyo y sigamos trabajando juntos para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes en su camino de aprendizaje social y
académico en el middle school.
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Site Improvement Team
We have a unique opportunity at the
middle school for parents to actively influence the direction of our academic
program and school climate. The Site
Improvement Team (SIT) which is
comprised of representative staff, parents, and community members. The SIT
sets goals for how the school will direct
its resources in order to fulfill our mis-
sion within the school district. Members
meet approximately four times during the
year and present an annual report to the
school board.
Please contact Greg Gelineau
[email protected] if you
would like to receive direct notification
of upcoming Site Improvement Team
meetings.
Site Improvement Team will
meet on Monday, March 9,
at 3:00 p.m. in room 116.
Nurse Notes
ATTENTION CURRENT 6 T H
GRADE STUDENTS:
Minnesota State Immunization Law requires the following shots before entering 7th grade in the fall of 2015.
You may get started now!
(Take temp before giving Tylenol/
Ibuprofen). Forehead check does not
count as an accurate form of checking
your child’s temperature.
2. Sore throat?
3. Cough?
1. Tdap, a new one needs to be given
unless they had one after their 7th birthday
2. Two (2 )Varicella vaccines OR proof
of Chickenpox
3. Meningitis (meningococcal)
OR, provide a legal exemption, please
specify what shots are exempt
If you checked “yes” for fever AND one
other symptom, keep your child home
for at least 24 hrs. after his/her fever is
gone without fever reducing medicine.
For many children, this will be 5-7 days.
When calling the school regarding your
child’s absence, please report symptoms.
Influenza is a reportable disease to the
Health Department. (When the number
of students with influenza reaches 5% of
the total school enrollment absent with
those symptoms, it must be reported.)
Provide a copy of updated shots or a
legal exemption, to the Northfield Middle School Health Office.
This information must be received before
September 2015. Minnesota State Law
requires that students who are not in
compliance will not be able to attend
Public School.
For more information about immunizations,
please
go
to:
www.health.state.mn.us/immunize
Updates may be mailed, faxed 507-6630660, or brought into the health office.
Plan ahead, and get them early!
Influenza:
Flu symptom screening tool for parents
and caregivers:
Strep:
Reports of strep begin when school starts
and usually continues throughout the
school year.
Symptoms to watch for (may not have all
of them):
• Sudden onset of sore throat (some
students do not have a sore throat)
• Fever/nausea/occasional vomiting/
stomachache
• Bad headache
• Inflammation of throat/tonsils/
enlarged cervical lymph nodes
• May have skin rash
1. Fever of 100 deg. or higher?
Physician appointment is necessary for a
throat culture. Treatment is antibiotics
until gone, may return to school after 24
hours of antibiotics and fever free.
Parents:
Please update emergency
phone numbers on your parent access
and contact the Health Office with student health concerns while at school.
When calling the attendance line to report your students absence, please give
symptoms of their illness or the Physician diagnosis.
Nancy Becker, RN
Middle School Health Services
2200 Division St. South
Northfield, MN 55057
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Attendance
Please call the attendance line each day
your child is absent. You may reach the
24-hour voice mail system by dialing 6630655. E-mailing teachers DOES NOT
count as official notification to the
school. When calling, please leave your
student’s name, grade, reason for absence
and your relationship to the child. If
calling in an illness, please leave information regarding symptoms. Students who
are not called in will be considered unexcused until a parent/guardian notifies us.
If you should forget to call in, your child
may turn in a note to the attendance window outside the office when he/she returns to school. Students may not call in
their own absences.
If your child is absent for three
consecutive days, you may leave a
request for homework on the attendance
line when you call in your child’s absence
information on the third day. Requests
should be made by 9:00 a.m., so teachers
can use their prep time to gather work.
Homework will be requested on your
behalf and any available homework will
can be picked up between 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Students who are absent from school
may be able to access many of their assignments through their Schoology account and avoid falling behind their
classmates due to the illness.
Attendance Line
663-0655
Student Council
The student council
donated $700 to The
Community Action
Council for their
Christmas Sharing
program. The money
came from the proceeds from the December dance. They
also donated $80 and two boxes of food
to the food shelf from the Films 4 the
Food Shelf event in December.
The student council will be helping out
with school spirit week. This will take
place the week of February 9. They will
also help with the pep fest that Thursday. As that week comes closer, help
your child remember to participate in
the various spirit activities.
there will be concessions for sale in the
cafeteria. All school rules apply throughout this event. Students should be
picked up promptly at 5:00 pm.
Frau Burkhead and Mrs. Kuehl
Student Council Advisors
The next Student Council sponsored
dance is Friday, February 13th, from
3:00 to 5:00. This dance is open to students who attend the Middle School at
least halftime. The cost is $4.00, and
Employment Opportunity ~ Child Nutrition
Are you looking for something to do on
school days or trying to find a part-time
job? The Northfield Public Schools
Child Nutrition department is looking for
substitutes in our school cafeterias.
Hours: 9:00-1:00 p.m.
If you are interested in subbing, please
apply online. The job is posted on the
Northfield Public Schools website at:
www.nfld.k12.mn.us It is listed under
Human Resources/Child Nutrition Personnel/Job ID Posting 1154.
If you have questions you may contact
Child Nutrition Services at 507-645-3432.
Thanks for considering!
Stephany Stromme
Director of Child Nutrition
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Middle School Athletics
February may seem a little early to be
thinking about spring sports, but the season will be here before we know it.
Northfield Middle School offers Boys’
and Girls’ Track and Boys’ Tennis.
wise by the coach.
In the event that we are not able to practice outside, Track/Field will practice in
the gym on maroon days and Boys Tennis will practice in the gym on gold days.
Registration forms for spring sports will
be available online and in the main office
beginning Monday, March 2. All registration forms and fees must be turned
into the main office before an athlete can
begin practice. The last day to register
and begin practice is Monday, April 6.
Spring athletic pictures are scheduled for
Wednesday, April 22.
Game/Meet schedules will be available
online at http://big9.org.
Weather permitting, the first day of practice will be Tuesday, March 31. Athletes
should come to practice prepared for
chilly weather. Dressing in layers works
best. Practices will be 3:00 pm – 4:45 pm,
Monday - Friday, unless specified other-
Please contact Mr. Coudret or Mrs.
Weierke at 663-0680 if you have any
questions.
Ray Coudret
Interim Assistant Principal
507-663-0680
[email protected]
Tina Weierke
Activities Secretary
507-663-0680
[email protected]
MS Activities Hotline:
645-3559
This line provides updated information regarding competitive
events only. Information regarding practice schedules, or changes
to practice schedules ARE NOT
announced on this line unless
there is a cancellation due to
weather.
Find more information on game
schedules at:
www.big9.org
Academic Activities
Each year we have many opportunities
for students to participate in academic
activities.
The programs and co-curricular activities
take place at various times during the
school year and, in some cases, the exact
dates have not been determined. Students should listen to the daily announcements, and parents can check announcements on our web page, for the specific
dates when their activity begins. Regis-
tration forms used for academic activities
are the same forms used for athletics and
are available in the main office and on
the middle school website.
We are pleased to offer the following
academic activities:
Spelling Bee: December
Student Council: September – May
(members were elected last fall)
Yearbook: September – May
Jazz Ensemble: October – May
Honors Choir: September – May
Chamber Orchestra: October – May
Knowledge Masters: October – April
Math League: October – February
Geography Bee: December
Speech Club: December – February
If you have questions about these activities, contact Tina Weierke, Activities Secretary, at 507-663-0680 or
Tina.[email protected]
A special recognition goes out to five of
the team members who were in the “Top
10” for the region this season –
Congratulations Mathletes!!
Math League
Math League Wrap Up
The NMS Math League team wrapped up
a winning season in January against Cannon Falls, Kenyon-Wanamingo, Zumbrota Falls, and Goodhue. Northfield’s
mathletes earned 1st place in the Wasioja
North region!
Jack Rizzo (7th grade), Owen Riley (6th
grade), Grace Muth (7th grade), Adyn
Math (7th grade) and Erin Gunn, (8th
grade).
Anne Jarvis
Advisor
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Band
The next band concert is on Tuesday,
February 10th at 7:00 PM in the middle
school auditorium.
The Jazz band will be attending a jazz
festival at the University of Minnesota
on Saturday, February 28th. Watch for
field trip forms coming out soon.
We will stagger the performances with
the 6th Grade playing at 7:00, 7th Grade
Band playing at 7:30, 8th Grade Band
playing at 8:00 and the Jazz band playing
at 8:30. Students should report to the
band room 20 minutes before their
scheduled performance time. Dress will
be the same as the Fall concert.
For your new 2015 calendar: The Jazz
Band concert will be on Monday, March
16th in the High School Auditorium at
7:00 PM. The Spring Band concert is on
Tuesday, May 12th in the Middle School
Auditorium at 7:00 PM.
Thank you for supporting the musical
endeavors of your children! You will
never regret it, and neither will they.
See you at the concert!
The 8th Grade band will be attending a
concert band festival in Woodbury on
Friday, February 27th. We will be going
to the Mall of America after our performance so I could use quite a few
chaperones. Watch for the field trip
forms coming out soon.
Paul Ousley and Ethan Freier
Band Directors
Orchestra
Six students from Northfield Middle
School will participate in the 2015 Minnesota String and Orchestra Teacher’s
Association (MNSOTA) Middle Level
Honors Orchestra. This select group of
string players from across the state earn
an invitation to play in the Honors Orchestra (grades 7-9) based on an audition
recording of their playing. Congratulations to James Bull (cello), Cate Carson
(violin), Kit Geissler (bass), Mikhail
Geissler (violin), Linnea Larson (violin)
and Julia Radtke (viola)!
The MNSOTA Middle Level Honors
Orchestra will perform on Saturday, February 14 at 11:15 a.m. in the Minneapolis
Convention Center in conjunction with
the annual Minnesota Music Educators
Association Midwinter Clinic.
At the Winter Orchestra Concert on December 15, we collected $215.80 and 145
pounds of food for the local food shelf.
Thank you for your generosity!
The 7th and 8th Grade Orchestras have
an opportunity to perform in the
MNSOTA Middle Level Orchestra Festival. This festival will be on Tuesday,
February 17 at Hopkins Center for the
Arts. Detailed information will be sent
home soon in preparation for this event.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if
you have any questions about any of
these upcoming events. And as always,
thank you for supporting your Middle
School orchestra student and the orchestra program in Northfield
Heather Olivier
Conductor
The next orchestra concert will feature all
of the orchestra students from the
Northfield Public Schools Orchestra Program (grades 4-12). This All-District
Concert is on March 19 at 7:00 p.m. in
the High School Gymnasium. Information about our mass rehearsal prior to the
concert will be sent home closer to that
date.
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NMS Spelling Bee
The 31st annual Northfield Middle
School Spelling Bee was held on Thursday, evening, January 22. Six students
from each grade level qualified to participate in this event. They were as follows:
6th Graders: Ella Andrew, Alanah
Barnes, Martin Brice, Elizabeth
Brust, Piper Mohring, and Owen
Riley.
Congratulations to all students who
participated in this event!
7th Graders: Christopher Frago, Peter
Lovell, Alexandra Peterson, Bella
Smith, Ava O’Hara-Brantner, and
Katie Schroeer.
Champion: Jonathan Wiese
8th Graders: Elizabeth Acheson, Josh
Bisel, Elias Kruse, Julia Radtke,
Bobby Winter, and Jonathan Wiese.
2nd Runner Up: Peter Lovell
1st Runner Up: Bella Smith
The top three winners will be participating in the Southeast Minnesota Regional
Spelling Bee competition which will be
held in Rochester on February 10. Good
Luck to our Northfield students.
Amy Sieve
Bee Advisor
Choir
Thank you to all the parents & guardians
for all the support you continue to give
the Music Department at the Middle
School! Your children are great to work
with and are getting excited for all the
upcoming choir events. Singers, you
ROCK!
The following are a list of the upcoming
dates that are scheduled as of now.
Watch for updates of things scheduled
for the spring to be found on Schoology
also.
Tuesday, February 10 NMS Band
Concert ( all of our 8th Grade singers and
Honor Choir will be performing a special
combined piece at this concert with the
8th grade band.
Report to the NMS
Choir Room at 7pm.)
NMS Spring Choir Concert April 30
ACDA State Honor Choir Performance grades 4-6, Saturday, May 2
NMS 7 & 8th grade All Day Choir
Tour (date to be determined)
All City Choral Festival Grades 4-12,
Friday, May 22
NMS Choir Small Ensembles/Solos,
May 26-29
We are just starting the auditions for the
MN State Honor Choirs Grade 6 only.
Singers that are interested need to schedule some practice time and then record
their audition with me before the deadline of February 17. Singers chosen will
gather together on Saturday, May 2 from
all over the state for a fabulous concert.
They have limited the number of students that can audition for each choir
this year so that more schools are represented at the concert. That means that it
will be more of a challenge to get in and
more of an honor if your child makes it
in. These honor choirs are somewhat
comparable to the steps leading up to
being part of All State Choir in high
school. If you want to check out more
information, go to the MN ACDA website or check out my link on my website.
Good luck to all that are trying out!
Auditions cost $15. More information/
forms are found on Schoology.
As always, if you have any questions,
give me a call at 507-663-0675 or send
me an email.
[email protected]
Cathy Penning
Choir Director
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WEB—Where Everybody Belongs
Even though winter can get long, WEB
is keeping it exciting here at NMS. In
December, we had a Winter Fun Event
where groups challenged another WEB
group in winter themed charades. We
had a WEB lunch on January 28th where
our 8th grade leaders had lunch with their
WEB groups. They spent lunch catching
up with their groups and setting goals for
the second half of the school year. 6th
grade students can look forward to learn-
ing how to play spoons in February.
The 2nd academic follow-up lesson presented in December focused on having a
positive attitude. Once again, the MSL
(Middle School Leaders) did a fabulous
job teaching some important concepts to
the sixth graders! There will be two
more academic lessons taught by our 8th
grade leaders, one in February and the
last one in May.
Special note to 7th graders: we will begin the 2015-2016 WEB leader selection
process in March. Morning announcements will have more information in the
future.
Web Coordinators:
Krista Betcher
Rhea Mehrkens
Cori Oian
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Yearbook
There’s nothing else like your school
yearbook. Get your hands on the limited
edition collection of our stories from the
2014-15 school year. Share it with your
friends today and hang on to it for years
to come!
Order Nfld MS Yearbook
You can order your Northfield Middle
School Yearbook online on the middle
school website or by following this link.
Cost for the 2014-15 book is $26.00.
Volunteer
VOLUNTEERING AT
NORTHFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL
February 9. If you would like to provide
a dish, please email Anita Fisher Egge or
sign up directly on our NMS Teacher
If you would like to learn more about Conference Meal Volunteer Spot page by
volunteer opportunities, mentoring or visiting http://vols.pt/CVDNei and signtutoring at Northfield Middle School, ing up by Friday, February 6.
please contact Anita Fisher Egge at
663-0696 or
VOLUNTEERS & DONATIONS
[email protected] or
FOR 8 TH GRADE FAREWELL
visit the NMS Volunteer webpage
FEST – FRIDAY, APRIL 10
http://nfld.k12.mn.us/nms/about/
volunteer/
We are very excited for our next 8th
Grade Farewell Fest, on Friday, April 10.
MAIN DISHES & DESSERTS During the Fest, students enjoy midway
NEEDED FOR TEACHER
games, inflatables, karaoke, pizza, door
CONFERENCE MEAL: MONDAY, prizes, a photo booth and much more! It
FEBRUARY 9
is a safe and fun way for our 8th graders
to celebrate the end of their middle
Conference Nights get very busy and school years.
often teachers don’t have an opportunity
to slip away to pick up dinner for them- VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers are
selves. To keep our staff nourished and needed throughout the late afternoon
energized all evening, we need your help and evening that day to set up activities,
providing a meal for them on Monday, staff the concessions area, and generally
help maintain order. If you are available
between 2:30 pm and 8:00 pm on April
10 and want to volunteer for the Farewell
Fest, please contact Anita Fisher Egge.
PRIZE DONATIONS: With over 300
students playing games all evening, we
will need many prizes of all types: small
(candy, ear buds, etc.), medium (gift
cards, movie passes, t-shirts, hats, etc),
and Grand (iPod speakers, Waterpark
passes, Valleyfair passes, etc). If you,
someone you know, or an area business
is interested in donating prizes for the
Farewell Fest, please contact Anita Fisher
Egge. Thank you!
February / March 2 01 5
Northfield Middle School 2014-15
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Period
Schedule
1
7:57-8:54
2
8:58-9:48
3
9:52-10:42
4A
10:46-11:11
4B
11:14-11:39
4C/5
11:42-12:07
*5D Students begin 5th hour
5D
12:10-12:35
5
12:38-1:03
6
1:07-1:57
7
2:01-2:51
Wednesday Late Start Schedule
Period
Schedule
1
8:57-9:42
2
9:46-10:24
3
10:28-11:06
4A
11:09-11:34
4B
11:37-12:02
4C/5
12:05-12:30
*5D Students begin 5th hour
5D
12:34-12:59
5
1:02-1:27
6
1:31-2:09
7
2:13-2:51
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February / March 2 01 5
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February / March 2 01 5
Community Services Division News
Community Services February/March 2015 – Middle School
Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division has openings in many great programs that start in February and
March. For more information or to register for these great programs visit us online at www.nfld.k12.mn.us (follow the Community Services link), call 507-664-3649, or visit our office on the first floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center at 1651
Jefferson Parkway, Northfield. Scholarships are available for all programs.
Recreation Classes
Open Gym Basketball
$2 payable at the door, ages K-8; Bridgewater Gym, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Su, Jan. 4 – March 15
Fastpitch Softball/Wiffle Ball Open Gym
$1 payable at the door, ages K-12; Bridgewater Gym, 7-9 p.m.
F, Jan. 9 – March 20
Introduction to Ice Fishing
$3, ages 6-14; Location to be Announced, 1- 4 p.m.
Su, Feb. 15, Class #:4806-W15A
Lightsaber Dueling
$14, ages 8 and older; Longfellow Gym, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
F, March 6, Class #:1281-W15A or Sa, March 7 , Class #:1281-W15B
Enrichment Classes
Private Guitar Lessons
$209, ages 8 and older; By Appointment, NCRC 223 (30
min lessons from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.)
Th, Feb. 5 – April 30 (no class March 26), Class #:4423W15A
Computer Programming Basics for Kids
$79, grades 4 - 6; Bridgewater Computer Lab 200, 3:30 –
4:30 p.m.
T, Feb. 24 – April 7 (no class March 17 & 24), Class
#:4365-W15BA
4-H Uncovers the Science of Candy!
$25, grades 3-6; Middle School 162, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Sa, Feb. 21, Class#:4344-W15A
My Best Selfie Photo Art: My LeaderSHIP Voyage Map
$24, girls grades 6-8; Middle School Art Room 250, 3:15
– 4:45 p.m.
T, Feb. 3 & 10, Class #:4449-W15A
My Best Selfie Photo Art: HERO of Mine Thank You
Card
$24, girls grades 6-8; Middle School Art Room 250,
3:15 – 4:45 p.m.
T, Feb. 17 & 24, Class #:4450-W15A
American Red Cross Babysitters Certification Course
$89, ages 11-17; Middle School FACS Lab 221, 8
a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sa, Feb. 21, Class #:4355-W15A
Special Events:
FREE Health Session: Heart to Heart: Prevention of
Heart Disease
T, March 17; Northfield YMCA; 6 – 7:45 p.m.
(Please register online at www.nfld.k12.mn.us follow
the Community Services link)
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February / March 2 01 5
Announcements and News on the Web!
Middle School students start each day
with televised morning announcements.
These announcements are also posted on
our Middle School website during the
school day. Parents can access the announcements by going to
www.nfld.k12.mn.us and clicking on
Northfield Middle School and then announcements. Announcements usually
remain posted by date for approximately
two weeks. In the event our webmaster
is absent, there may be a delay in posting.
Our Morning News show is streamed
live on our website...tune in!
Our bi-monthly parent newsletter is
also posted on the web. You can access
this information by going to
www.nfld.k12.mn.us then clicking on
News and Publications and select Newsletters. You will find newsletters for all
buildings on this webpage.
resources and then family access. You
can apply for an access user name and
password on line. You should receive
this information back via e-mail within a
couple of days.
Parents are also invited to check out
the Northfield School District web page
at www.nfld.k12.mn.us If parents have
not already done so, you can sign up for
access to student food service accounts,
grades, attendance, etc., by going to the
district web page and clicking on parent
NMS Students show
Raider PRIDE when
they are Prepared and
demonstrate
Respect, Integrity,
Dependability,
and Excellence.
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February / March 2 01 5
Northfield Middle School ~ Upcoming Events
(Calendar may be subject to change. Please check website www.nfld.k12.mn.us/nms for updates.)
February 5 & 9
February 9
February 9 – 13
February 9
February 10
February 12
February 13
February 17
February 20
February 23
February 23
February 26
February 27
February 28
Grade 6 – 7 Spring Conferences, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Grade 8 Spring Conferences, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
MS Spirit Week
School Board mtg., 7:00 p.m., HS Media Center
MS Winter Band Concert, 7:00 p.m., MS Auditorium
MS Pep Fest, 7th hour
MS Dance, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
MNSOTA Middle Level Orchestra Festival
Mid-quarter 3
School Board mtg, 7:00 p.m., HS Media Center
Grade 8 Spring Conferences, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., High School
WEB event during 7th hour
Grade 8 Band – MMEA Festival Field Trip, Woodbury
MS Jazz Band Field Trip – U of M Ted Mann Concert Hall
March 4
March 9
March 16
March 19
March 20
March 20
March 23 – 27
March 30
March 30
March 31
Gr. 6 Team 1 Minnesota History Center Field Trip
Middle School Spring Sports Registration begins
District Jazz Band Concert, 7:00 p.m., HS Auditorium
District Orchestra Concert, 7:00 p.m., HS Gymnasium
WEB movie 6th & 7th hour, MS Auditorium
End of 3rd quarter
No school / Spring break
MNSOTA Middle Level Orchestra Festival – Tier II T.B.D.
No school / Teacher workday
First day of practice for Middle School Spring Sports
April 9
April 10
April 13
April 30
MS Strings Solo and Ensemble Festival, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., MS rm. 57
8th Grade Farewell Fest
School Board mtg., 7:00 p.m., HS Media Center
MS Choir Concert, 7:00 p.m., MS Auditorium
May 5
May 8-15
May 12
May 14
May 22
May 25
May 26 – 29
May 28
May 28
Cinco de Mayo event
Scholastic Bookfair, Media Center
MS Spring Band Concert, 7:00 p.m., MS Auditorium
8th Grade Awards, 7:00 p.m., MS auditorium
MS & Elementary Choral Festival, MS Auditorium
No school / Memorial Day
MS Choir Solos / Small Ensembles
Grade 6 Team 1 - River Bend Nature Center Field Trip
MS & Elementary Orchestra Concert, 7:00 p.m., MS Auditorium
June 3
June 5
WEB kickball tournament
Last Day of School / Two hour early release

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