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:
Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards;
Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school;
Reviewing the annual school building budget; and
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 – with our next meeting happening on Wednesday, February 28, 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 our next meeting, Wednesday, February 28, at 3 PM, in the Media Center at NMS or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you.
2017 – 2018 NMS School Council Meetings
February 28, 2018
March 28, 2018
April 25, 2018
May 23, 2018
** All dates are the 4th Wednesday of each month – except where specified
The winter season has found NMS Art Club to be very popular and busy! The Tuesday after school Art Club Program usually has anywhere from 35-50 students in attendance!
Fortunately, many facets of Art Club are student-led. Seventh Grader, Skyla Hammond has the role of being the assistant teacher in art club, and she plans lessons, organizes materials and supervises clean-up. Young artist, Benjamin Medeiros, comes from the High School each week to lead a group in drawing and character development. Seventh grader, Stephanie Strew leads the Anime Group, where students study the art of Japanese cartooning. Most recently, grade eight student, Arianna Siciliano has been leading a group in watercolor, a medium that Arianna excels at and shares her enthusiasm.
Other students come to art club to work together on their sketchbooks, or theme-based projects, according to the season. Some arrive to work on graphics and posters for their other core subjects. And of course ... many come to simply enjoy expressing themselves with art materials and forming friendships!
NMS Art Club is AMAZING!
Thanks, Ms. Tucker, for all you do for our students!
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 two students, who are 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 TIGERS band, 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 January award winners received their certificates from Mr. Geoghegan, Ms. Rae, and Mr. Thomas in a brief ceremony after Homeroom.
The ROAR Award winners for January 2018 for each team were:
Grade 6 Adventurers: Kaileigh Marcus and Connor McNaughton
Grade 6 Challengers: Jazmin Lee-Foley and Elyas Place
Grade 7 Explorers: Hunter Robinson and Grace Walsh
Grade 7 Beacons: Francisco Concepcion and Kristin DiGaetano
Grade 8 Apollos: Carly Briggs and Zack Lowell
Grade 8 Comets: Ryley Martin and Riley Nemes
Unified Arts: Ryan Fahey (7th Grade) and Brianna Poles (7th Grade)
What an Amazing Group of TIGERS!
Congratulations to all! Thank you for all your efforts; we appreciate how you are ROARing to an AWESOME school year as TIGERS!
NMS Intramural Floor Hockey starts on Wednesday, February 14.
Please turn in completed intramural forms and $25 money order to Mr. Thompson to play. Forms are available in the Main Office as well as from Mr. Thompson in the Gym.
All players will meet in the gym on Wednesday, February 14. Late bus passes will be provided if needed. Intramurals will meet on mostly on Mondays and Wednesdays after-school from 2:30 to 3:30 PM, but the schedule is fluid.