Monday, September 25, 2017

NMS Art Club -- Open to All Students

Get Involved with Art Club

NMS Art Club begins on Tuesday, September 26, after-school in Ms. Tucker's Art Room AR2.

Art Club occurs on Tuesdays after-school.

If you are interested, just come, sign-in, and plan to stay!

NMS Art Club goes from 2:25 to 3:40 after-school.  Late Busses are available.

There will also be a student-run Anime Group for interested students that will be a part of NMS Art Club.

For information, please see Ms. Tucker in AR2.

Make Art!

NMS Builders Club -- Open to All Students

Building a Better World Together
The Nichols Middle School Builders Club will be holding their meetings each week on Wednesdays with their next meeting on Wednesday, September 27th in Mr. Redpath’s room A100 after-school.
Builders club is a community service club dedicated to improving our world, our community and ourselves.
If you want to work on some great projects to improve your town, your school and yourself, then this is the club for you!  

ALL grades are welcome! We will be taking nominations for club officers as well as giving out information about the club. Come and check us out!
Any questions, please contact NMS Builders Club Advisors: Mr. Redpath at or Mr. Candler at or Ms. Borges at

NMS Picture Day is Wednesday, September 27

NMS Picture Day

Wednesday, September 27, is Picture Day for all of our NMS students.

Reminder from Lifetouch:

John T Nichols Jr Middle School Picture Day: Wednesday, September 27
Picture Day ID: MV037281Q0

Picture Day flyers have been distributed. 

If you don't get one or your child may have misplaced it, please just check with the Main Office; we have extras.

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Satisfaction guarantee: Love your portrait or Lifetouch will retake it (or refund it).


Friday, September 22, 2017

NMS "Model School" Status Recognized at MPS School Committee

Special Recognition for NMS at MPS School Committee Meeting, Thursday, September 21

At the Midddleborough Public Schools' School Committee meeting on Thursday, September 21, the John T. Nichols, Jr. Middle School was recognized for its distinction as being honored as a 2017 ICTE (International Center for Leadership Education) Model School.

Mr. Geoghegan represented NMS at the National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in June as well as at the meeting.

Here is the video of the recognition, as well as an earlier blog post from the summer about the honor.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

NMS Recognized As a 2017 "Model School"

John T. Nichols, Jr. Middle School Recognized As A Model School

On June 24 through June 27, Mr. Geoghegan was invited to the 25th Annual ICLE Model Schools Conference to present as a Model School.

The Model Schools Conference highlights schools that are transforming how education is delivered to its students.  Many of the 35 schools are picked for their tremendous gains in statewide assessments or turnarounds in how the school is performing.

There is, though, the culture of a school that cannot just be calculated with scores, and this is how we made the list as one of those recognized thirty-five Model Schools from across the country.

Our culture and climate is something we should be very proud of.  And one we were recognized for and celebrated.

Mr. Geoghegan in his presentations talked about our TIGERS program, ROAR Awards, #ShadowAStudent days, 1:1 Chromebook environment, and of course our #PositiveSignThursday tweets.

The #PositiveSignThursday portion of the presentation, definitely got the most reaction from the presentation attendees.  Mr. Geoghegan also discussed some of our faculty and staff culture-building celebratory initiatives we have done such as faculty Pineapple Charting or Friday Memoing. 

In the end, a school culture and positive student climate is as important as any indicator to school success, which is why we dedicate so much time and effort to Relationships and Relationship-Building.

Dr. Bill Daggett, the founder of the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE), stressed this in his opening keynote address that "Building relationships with our students is one of the most important things we can do as schools."

It was an incredible honor to represent the Middleborough Public Schools and specifically the John T. Nichols, Jr. Middle School at the 2017 Model Schools Conference.  I had an excellent time learning about the other schools and districts about what are doing, and am looking forward to putting to use some of those ideas.

I am also looking forward to another magnificent school year, where maybe we again can be a Model School for 2018.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

2017-2018 NMS School Council, 1st Meeting, Wed September 27 3PM

2017-2018 John T. Nichols, Jr. Middle School Council

Are you interested in getting involved with your child’s education in another way besides PTA or fundraising?

Would you like to be more involved in some of the academic aspects and decision making of your child's education here at Nichols?
If you are, then seriously consider whether you would be interested in joining the Nichols Middle School Council (also called a School Improvement Council).  By law, every school in the country has to have a School Council.  

The law outlines four major areas of responsibility for councils.  School councils are to assist principals in:  
  1. Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards; 
  2. Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school; 
  3. Reviewing the annual school building budget; and 
  4. Formulating a school improvement plan.

Over the past five years, our School Improvement Plan and School Council have been instrumental in helping us to change our bell schedule, adding back a second assistant principal, obtaining a consistent math program throughout the building, affecting change in all areas of our curricula, securing more technology to being a 1-to-1 Chromebook school, getting more student recognition to be a priority for us as a school, to name just a few.
We meet once a month on the 4th Wednesday of each month, except where specified below – starting Wednesday, September 27, for about an hour, beginning at 3:00 PM and ending around 4 PM, in the NMS Media Center to discuss such items as our School Improvement Plan, parent involvement, how we are working with MCAS data, what we are doing to improve teaching and learning, different curricular ideas, courses, etc.  In all, the group is not so much similar to the “PTA” in improving the school through fundraising; it is more a group of community members who are looking into school improvement and how we can get the improvement we are looking for.
The group is made up of parents, teachers, and at least one community member.  If you are interested or would just like to come and check it out, please come to the first meeting, Wednesday, September 27, at 3 PM, in the Media Center at NMS or email me at

If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thank you.

2017 – 2018 NMS School Council Meetings
October 25, 2017
November 29, 2017**
December 20, 2017**
January 24, 2018
February 28, 2018**
March 28, 2018**
April 25, 2018
May 23, 2018

** All dates are the 4th Wednesday of each month – except where specified

Free STEM Opportunity for Girls Grades 6-12 on Sat 11/4 in Boston

STEM Opportunity for Girls in Grades 6-12: Transportation YOU Boston Summit

Calling all middle and high school girls to join WTS-Boston for its inaugural Transportation YOU Boston Summit!
Come learn about careers that use math and science to solve real-world problems.  Transportation professionals from a number of WTS-Boston sponsor companies will be running interactive workshops that cover a variety of transportation concepts and challenges that they face every day. Join other middle school and high school girls to rotate through the workshops and learn about the transportation industry.
When:  Saturday, November 4, 9AM - 2PM
Location:  10 Park Plaza, 2nd floor, Boston MA
Cost: Free! Includes lunch and giveaways.
Featuring: Kate Fichter, Assistant Secretary of Policy Coordination, MassDOT
Workshop Topics (subject to change – check back for updates):
  • Bridge Design and Bridge Inspection
  • How Do You Get All Your Stuff and How Does Software Help It Happen?
  • Roadway Planning Puzzle
Additionally, there will be a panel discussion featuring local college students studying within STEM or transportation related fields. Come ask questions about what got them interested in their college studies and where they plan to go from here.
Transportation YOU is a hands-on, interactive, mentoring program that offers young girls ages 13-18 an introduction to a wide variety of transportation careers. This program is hosted by the Boston Chapter of WTS, an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women.
To Register fill out the Registration Form and send to Ali Love at
If you have any questions please contact Ali Love, STV and Dianne Gunther, U.S. DOT/Volpe Center
See the event flyer (attached) or our event page for more information and to register:

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Help with Our NMS Math Program: Digits

Help with

Please access the information below to assist with troubleshooting any issues you may be experiencing with our middle school mathematics program, digits. A variety of resources to assist you with digits can be found under the Nichols Middle School page, About Us, Mathematics, and then digits.

Should you require any additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s mathematics teacher or Dr. Melanie Gates (email: or office phone: (774)766-6481).

Dr. Gates kindly put together these helpful hints. Please check them out and pass them around to anyone, who maybe experiencing any issues.

We are working on a "Technology Help Night" to assist NMS community members with the many technologies we utilize here at the Nichols: digits, Aspen, Google Apps, and Google Classroom. Day, date and time for event will be announced soon. Thanks.

Accessing digits

You can access digits through Middleborough uses the SuccessNetPlus version and not the Realize version. Selecting the appropriate version is important.

Check Your System Requirements

Checking your system requirements can resolve and prevent issues with accessing digits outside of the school environment. If you are experiencing any type of issue, it is highly recommended to complete this step.

Once you click on Check your digits System Requirements, the next screen you are taken to will show the status of the required settings for your computer and this particular browser. If you use multiple browsers (Chrome, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Safari, etc.), please do this systems check on each browser you intend to use.

The following image is of the system check on the Chrome browser. Chrome has its’ own version Adobe Flash Player and therefore it will show as needing to be updated. You do not need to update Shockwave, Adobe Reader, or Java for the Chrome browser.

Enabling Flash in Chrome

If you need to enable Flash within Chrome, please follow the steps below.
  1. Select the customize and control icon on the right of the url bar in Chrome.
  1. Select Settings.
  1. Once you click Settings, a new tab will open to give you access to customize and control features of the Chrome browser. Scroll to the bottom and select advanced. This will make additional options appear.
  2. Select Content Settings.

  1. Under content settings, select Flash.
  1. Enable (slide the button to be blue)“Allow sites to run Flash” and disable (slide the button to be gray) “Ask First”. It should look as follows.