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NMS Hits Target for 2nd Place at State Archery Tournament
On March 10, NCSD's archery team competed in the New York National Archery in the Schools Tournament held at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica.   Eleven students from the high school competed as well as 17 middle schoolers.  In the middle school tournament, eighth graders Shayne Webster and Andrew Clarke struck close to the bulls-eye and brought home top 5 finishes.  Shayne earned 264 points and took 4th place out of the 91 boys aiming for a place in the national contest.  Andrew brought home a 5th place finish with a score of 261.  In the high school competition, sophomore Haley Shattuck, took 2nd place with a score of 285 among the 104 high school girls in the state contest. 
The NMS team earned 2nd place in the overall competition, and Shayne and Andrew will continue to compete for a title at the national level.  Led by Coaches Terry Hagenbuch and Nicole Beckwith, the three archers will travel to the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 10-12 for the NASP U.S. Eastern National Tournament. 
NMS Student Competes in Regional S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G Bee

NMS student competes in regional spelling beeCongratulations to NMS sixth grader, Leona Tyler, for advancing to the 16th Annual Regional Spelling Bee held at SUNY Oneonta on March 10.  Leona won the local spelling bee competition in the middle school back on January 18.  On our home stage, she was one of 13 contestants and spelled for 12 rounds, finishing with a victory after spelling the word "mandible".  As the NMS spelling bee champion, she earned a place at the regional level.  

In the regional spelling bee, Leona joined 22 other middle school students from the DCMO and ONC BOCES.  Norwich City Schools Library Media Specialist Lorraine Chwazik served as Master of Ceremonies of the event, coordinated by DCMO BOCES and sponsored by The Daily Star and SUNY Oneonta.  During the competition, Leona correctly spelled words up to the tenth round including "sitzmark" and "kirtle" and "twilight".  She did a terrific job representing Norwich and finished third overall in the competition. 

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
Successful Students:  Every Student Every Day

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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District Office: 89 Midland Drive  | Norwich, NY 13815
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