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 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, it is as important as any indicator to school success:  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, June 22, 2017

Summer Reading 2017 for All NMS Students

Nichols Middle School
Summer Reading 2017

Below is all the information parents and students need for Summer Reading 2017 for all of our incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade students.  

All of the links will take you directly to specific grade's Summer Reading Assignment.

This year, all three grades have decided to do Summer Reading a little bit different than we have done in the past.  We are hoping that you and your child appreciate the change.  Please give us feedback on how you feel about our NMS Summer Reading.  

(All Information is also below.)

NMS Summer Reading Assignments
2017-2018 School Year

All Nichols Middle School students are required to read during the summer break, and complete the assignments that accompany each grade.  The assignments are listed below.

The main purpose of "summer reading" is to have our students continue good, positive reading habits when school is not in session; not have students' reading levels regress; and also to try to engender reading as something beyond a "chore."

Please read the handouts carefully, and enjoy your summer reading selections!

If you have any questions about NMS Summer Reading, please contact Ms. Natalie LaPerriere, NMS ELA Department Chair.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

NMS 2016-2017 Final Report Cards -- Have a Great Summer!

Third Trimester and Final Grades Report Cards Handed Out

This afternoon all Nichols' households will be receiving a Blackboard Connect message reminding everyone that Final Report Cards were handed out to the students and will come home today.  Please make sure you check grades as well as comments section of the Report Card.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Main Office.  

I also wanted to take the time to thank everyone in the Nichols' community for all your support as we traversed another year here at NMS.  

It has been a wonderful year and it has been because of the students, teachers, staff, parents, and overall community.  

Thank you so much for all that you have done to support the work we have done with your child.  

Thank you, again, for an incredible year, good luck to our 8th graders next year, and have a wonderful, safe, and relaxing summer vacation. 

We will see you on Tuesday, September 5, for the start of another fantastic year.

PS -- Don't forget your Summer Reading!  More info to come on this blog.

2017 NMS 8th Grade Awards Nights Video

A Special Group: Three Years in the Making

On Monday, June 19, and Tuesday, June 20, we had our annual NMS 8th Grade Awards Nights for both the Comets and Apollos teams.

Students were awarded for academic achievement as well as contributions to the Nichols community.

All students then got to walk across the stage and receive a rolled scroll (their certificates of accomplishment will be given to them in Homerooms on the last day).

At the end of the evening a short video was presented, which was made by Mr. Adam Pelletier, MHS Video Production teacher.

Here is the video: 

Please check it out if you get a chance.  Here is the link to share it: 

Eighth grade is a sensational transition year and we wish all of our eighth grade students success as they enter the high school portion of their educational journey.

You are amazing and you will do incredible things!


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

ROAR Award Winners for June 2017 Presented

June 2017 ROAR Awards Handed Out

A few years ago, NMS began a new program, which recognizes students for achievement and positive school contributions each month.  The ROAR award is given by each grade's cluster and Unified Arts to acknowledge students who have been Respectful, On-time,  (displaying a positive) Attitude, and Responsible.  The goal is to recognize students who not only take care of basic expectations in class but are good citizens and role models in our community.  Teachers and faculty get together and decide on who is most deserving for each month of the school year.

We also connect the ROAR program with our TIGERS culture-building protocol.  We are specifically looking for students who are Trustworthy, have Integrity, are Generous, are Empathetic, are Responsible, and show Strength. 

Award winners receive a certificate, a coupon for a free book at the book fair, bumper stickers for their parents’ cars, and their individual picture displayed in the Main Office for the month.

The June award winners received their certificates from Mr. Geoghegan, Ms. Rae, and Mr. Thomas in a brief ceremony after Homeroom.  We decided to double the number of winners to be two per team.

The ROAR Award winners for June 2017 for each team were:

Grade 6 Adventurers: Julia Giovanoni and John Devine
Grade 6 Challengers: Kiersty Burdge and Sarah Morrison
Grade 7 Explorers: Jade Hogan and Greg Carter
Grade 7 Beacons: Alexis Caramanica and Michael Correia
Grade 8 Apollos: Clara Anderson and Russell Neitlich
Grade 8 Comets: Sarah Goss and Easton Goldman
Unified Arts: Dylan Furtado (8th Grade) and Emily Benson (8th Grade)

Congratulations to all!  Thank you for all your efforts; we appreciate how you are ROARed to an AMAZING school year as TIGERS!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer Reading Program News from Ms. Walgreen

New State-Wide Summer Reading Initiative

The Summer Reading Challenge is a free program open to all students entering grades K-12. Designed in partnership between Mass Literacy and the technology startup Readocity, the program helps students develop a lifelong love of reading. Using the free Readocity app, students set reading goals, track their progress and discover award-winning book recommendations.

Ms. Walgreen has emailed every student the link if he/she would like to join, and she has also created a NMSLibrary classroom in Google Classroom.

This is the link with information: Join the Challenge Here

Be named the official Summer Smart Reading Champion in the Boston Herald!

Both the school and the individual student that logs the most reading hours will be named Summer Smart Reading Champions and be featured in the Boston Herald. All students who meet their goals will be listed in the Boston Herald as Summer Reading Stars.

Thank you and have a great summer!

Mrs. Walgreen

Friday, June 16, 2017

Dancing Like It's 2021 (Class of 2021 that is)

Such a Fun Group

One of our students' rite of passage was completed on Friday, June 16th evening as we had our 8th Grade Dance.

The students did as they usually do, where for the first 25 to 30 minutes there are not many dancers and the kids just kind of milling about checking out each other's outfits.  To then almost every single student dancing the rest of the night away, with our having to stop them at 9 PM.

It was a wonderful evening with so much fun.

We thank all the faculty and staff who came to help with chaperoning and the parents who donated snacks, drinks, and paper products or their time in setting up or cleaning up or serving food.

A very special thanks to the NMS PTA for supplying the pizza for the evening as well as our DJ with the help of our NMS StuCo.

Thank you to Mr. Sean Sicliano of Middleborough Educational TV, who took a ton of pictures to start the night.  Click here to access them.

Again, it was a tremendous evening for all.

This was a fabulous evening.

Thank you, Class of 2021.