District Office: 89 Midland Drive  |  Norwich, NY 13815 | P: 607.334.1600  |  F: 607.336.8652
Norwich City Schools
Middle School News
MyPlate MyState Competition with Chobani
Congratulations to our MyPlate MyState Competition Winners! Seventh graders from NMS participated in Chobani's competition to make the tastiest, nutritious recipes using Chobani yogurt as an ingredient. Chobani announced the top five finalists, and the entire 7th grade was able to join the celebration. Students got to hear from Dr. Robert Post, currently the Senior Director of the Chobani Nutrition Center, and formerly a nutrition advisor to the White House and the creator of the MyPlate nutrition guide. Students were treated to Chobani "drinks" and sunglasses! This was a great experience for our students to learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits.
NMS Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Elspeth Hunter, the winner of the 2017 Norwich Middle School’s Spelling Bee! Elspeth successfully spelled words like “cavalcade,” “burglarious,” and “vulpine,” and won the bee in the 26th round of competition with the word “Honolulu.”

As Spelling Champion, Elspeth will now represent NMS at the Daily Star’s Regional Spelling Bee in Oneonta in March.  She will compete for a chance to win a trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington DC. Great job to Elspeth and the other 14 brave middle school participants of the spelling bee! See you all next year!

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 ksmith@norwichcsd.org 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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Upcoming Events
ELA Testing, Gr 3-8
Thu Mar 30 2017
NHS Musical
Fri Mar 31 2017
NHS Musical
Sat Apr 1 2017
NHS Musical
Sun Apr 2 2017
NEO Executive Meeting
Wed Apr 5 2017
Common Core Standards
Delayed Start Schedule
District Office: 89 Midland Drive  | Norwich, NY 13815
P: 607.334.1600  |  F: 607.336.8652

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