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NMS Hosts the Most Spooktacular Dance of the Year
 
NMS Dance
 
The first middle school dance of the year was well-attended by everyone imagineable... heroes, villians, storybook characters, Disney favorites and frightful zombies.  Some popular costumes this year blew up like a balloon while others glowed.  It was another interesting day in the life of a middle schoolers.  Check out our photo gallery on our Facebook page by clicking on the link that follows at:
 
 
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 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
Approximately 400 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 4-day cycle, 40 minute schedule. We refer to our days as Purple Day (day one and three) and White Day (day two and four). The majority of our classes are 40 minutes while a few in grade 6 remain 80 minutes. The bell schedule mirrors that of the High School. 
 
Norwich Middle School also has a variety of extra-curricular activities for students in all grades; student ambassadors, 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 and Advanced English 8.
 
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 creating that balance. My hope is that every student leaves Norwich Middle School proud to be a Purple Tornado...Go Purple!
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Principal's Message

Thank you, from all of us!

As the school year draws to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for affording us the privilege of working with you and your child. It is an honor being on this educational journey with you and we thank you every day for trusting us with your children. We have many things to celebrate as we close out the year!

Collectively across the district, we have focused on resilience and relationships. The challenges that our students face in the areas of social and emotional wellness have a definitive impact on the structure and programming we create to increase academic outcomes. Academic success, in many cases, hinges on our ability to be responsive to the needs presented to us on a daily basis.

We have made great strides in our ability to meet these needs, both with students and staff, at their individual entry point. Our staff has become more trauma-informed and has worked diligently on teaching the whole child and building relationships with students. We have watched as faculty, staff, students and parents work together to go above and beyond to create an environment where all students experience success. Balancing the social and emotional needs with academic needs is now, more than ever, the art of teaching.

We are committed to teaching and nurturing the whole child while also celebrating our successes along the way. We have recognized students for their leadership and character traits, enjoyed many opportunities for hands-on learning in the classroom, had an infusion of technology in the classroom, and have integrated restorative practices within our interactions. Recognizing that our students are the reason behind the decisions that we make drives our focus day in and day out.

It was motivational speaker and educator Rita Pierson who said, “Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.” This is why building relationships is our primary focus.

We would like to thank everyone for their willingness to look at situations through a new lens, for their openness and vulnerability, and, above all else, for placing student needs at the forefront of all of our decision making. We are truly proud to be part of this extraordinary learning community we call home – the Norwich City School District.

Thank you to our community for your continued support as we take on, in our opinion, the most important job in the world – educating our youth.

Sincerely,

Scott Ryan, Norwich Middle School Principal 

Jennifer Oliver, Stanford Gibson Primary School Principal

Michelle Osterhoudt, Perry Browne Intermediate School Principal

Kisten Giglio, Norwich High School Principal

Norwich City School District
District Office: 89 Midland Drive  | Norwich, NY 13815
P: 607.334.1600  |  F: 607.336.8652

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