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Build a "Bot" at NMS STEAM Camp!

STEAM Camp was held for NMS students in grades 6-8 for a fourth consecutive summer!   STEAM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in five specific disciplines -- science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.  Rather than teach the five disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEAM integrates them into a cohesive learning program based on real-world applications.  
As part of this year's program, students used the Lego EV3 kits to build their own robots.  Code was created and then tested and modified to complete specific tasks.  Among the tasks performed by the robots were moving forward and backward, turning at an angle, detecting color and light, measuring distance and proximity to objects or walls, and lifting an arm.  Students also used the 3Doodler Start pens to learn about 3-D printing and design.
STEAM campers are provided with a full week-long experience that includes breakfast, lunch, and transportation.  They also have the opportunity to design tie-dye shirts and attend a day-long field trip.  This year the groups visited Howe Caverns to tour the caves and gem mine.  STEAM Camp provides our students with a great, all-around, hands-on experience!     
MS Student Icon Recognition
At the end of the second marking period, student “icons” were recognized for exceeding expectations in the middle school. Icons earn this recognition by demonstrating one or more of the following: academic excellence, application of learning, outstanding effort, participation, preparedness for class, good attendance and promptness, respect toward others/self/environment, character, positive attitude, community involvement, and achievement in clubs or athletics. Students may earn recognition from multiple staff in the building. A star is displayed for each student and subject in the windows near the office and courtyard. How many stars can you earn this year?
Title I Presentation
title 1 annual meetingNMS recently held the annual Open House.  In addition to visiting classrooms, parents were able to attend the Title I meeting and learn about how New York State allocates funding to school districts. 

If you were not able to join us for Open House and attend the meeting, you can click on the link below to view Principal Scott Ryan's PowerPoint presentation.
TItle I Presentation
MS Initiative to Improve Communication

As part of an iniative to improve communications from school to home, the middle school will be rolling out a method of communicating daily student attendance to our families.  In order to reach that goal, we have recently added a measure under the umbrella of improving communication from school to home. Effective Monday February 13, an automated phone call will be pushed to all parent-guardians of MS students that have been marked as an unexcused absence from school as of 8:00 am.  The calls ensure that the parent/guardians are aware their children have not made it to school or class.

Click on the link that follows to read our principal's letter and better understand how this process will work. 

Principal's ROBOCALL Letter  

As a reminder, to report an absence, you can email or call 334-1600 extension 2001.  NYS law states that verification of a student absence must be in writing, so please know that you will still receive a call unless a note/email is sent. That note can be sent once your child is healthy enough to return.

Norwich Middle School
Approximately 450 students in grades 6-8 attend Norwich Middle School. There are 40+ instructional staff and several support staff that work with our students on a daily basis. These people are part of a great team at NMS.
We operate on a Day One/Day Two block schedule. We refer to our days as Purple Day (day one) and White Day (day two). The majority of our classes are 80 minutes while few are 40 minutes.  We dedicate an hour block during the middle of the day for both lunch and PPT. Also during this time 120+/- students take advantage of our Band, Orchestra and/or Choir programs.
The Middle School also has a variety of extra-curricular activities for students in all grades; student government, art club, newspaper club, MS musical as well as several athletic teams for our 7th and 8th graders.
We offer advanced classes for 8th grade students that include Regents level Algebra, Regents level Living Environment, Honors English 8 and Advanced French and Spanish.
Our mission every day is to "Develop the character and competence of the whole child". Middle School is an important time in the lives of students both socially and academically. Our job is to assist our students in finding that balance. My hope is that every students leaves Norwich Middle School proud to be a Purple Tornado...Go Purple!

What is PPT?

As a team of two, MS teachers will place Literacy as the focus of Purple Prime Time. Students will have the choice of reading their ELA central text, independent interest based text or use this time to see teachers about missed learning. This expectation will be enforced Monday – Thursday. Friday will be teacher/student choice. Supervision of students during PPT is to be accomplished in the style and manner consistent with any other large group student setting.
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Norwich City School District
District Office: 89 Midland Drive  | Norwich, NY 13815
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