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Mr. Jay Lewis


We are looking forward to a great year at NMMS! There are several important changes that will be going into effect for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Changes at NMMS for the 2019-2020 school year including moving to a 5-block day of 70 minute classes and moving to a competency based reporting system instead of a traditional grading system. Academic achievement and competencies will be reported as "Advanced", "Proficient", "Basic" or "Developing." Students could also see a mark of "Insufficient" if they elected to not complete any of the summative assessments taking place in the classroom. Lastly, some competencies may be reported as "Not Yet Taught" if that particular area of instruction has not yet been covered. An additional change is that all grade levels will have math everyday.

In addition to having math everyday NMMS will be adding three new classes to the schedule. Cornerstones of Math, Cornerstones of Literacy and Allied Arts Enrichment classes. The Cornerstone classes will be to provide academic support to students struggling with math and/or literacy skills. These classes are in addition to the grade-level math and literacy classes not in place of these classes. The Allied Arts Enrichment classes will provide the opportunity for students to experience learning beyond what happens in the regular grade level Allied Arts classes. Not all students will be scheduled into one of these classes as it is dependent on space int he students' class schedule.

For classes that last a full school year parents/guardians and students will receive one report card at the end of the school year in June and 7 progress reports during the course of the school year. This means that students will get a mid-quarter progress report for each class and an end of quarter progress report. For the classes that are only a quarter in duration (Allied Arts) parents/guardians will receive one mid-quarter progress report and a report card at the end of the quarter. Please note that the end of quarter report card will be for the Allied Arts classes only. Please contact the main office to get a Web-2-School password so that you may access your students' grades. The transition to competency reporting will most likely take place mid-year. More information about that will be sent home during the school year,

Class Information:

1. Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 may take Chorus or Band but not both. Band and Chorus are year long classes, all other Allied Arts classes are 1 quarter in length. If a student takes Chorus or Band they will also be enrolled in 4 other Allied Arts classes that are each a quarter long. Two of which will be Physical Education and Wellness. If a student does not take Band or Chorus he/she will be enrolled in 8 Allied Arts classes. These will include General Music, Wellness, Physical Education (at least twice during the school year), Art, Computers, and Technology Education.

2. Students entering grade 7 may elect to enroll in a French or Spanish class but not both. (Please note that enrolling in a International Language class does not impact Allied Arts classes.) In grade 7 the language curriculum consists of one-half of the French 1 or Spanish 1 curriculum. In grade 8 the students take the remaining half of the class. This is a high school level class. Students completing the course (pass the class and master all associated competencies) can enter high school with an elective credit towards graduation requirements and enroll as a freshmen in French 2 or Spanish 2. Please note that students may not start a language class in middle school as they enter grade 8.

3. Students entering grade 8 may with teacher and administrator approval enroll in Algebra I. The student must be passing his/her grade 7 math class with a grade of "B" or better and mastered all associated competencies. This is a high school level class. Students successfully completing the class (passing and mastering all competencies) can enter high school with an elective credit towards graduation. This does not fulfill the credit requirements for math, this is elective credit. Students will enroll in geometry in grade 9. The benefit is that taking Algebra in middle school allows the student to access higher level math classes as a junior or senior in high school.

4. Lastly, the window of opportunity for withdrawing from  a class closes after the first two weeks of the school year. In some cases students may be allowed to withdraw from a class after this two-week window. Please know however, that any time a student drops a class it often creates the need to change all aspects of the schedule for the purposes of filling in the vacant spot created when the student withdrew from a class.

We are here to support and achieve the same goal; to help all students achieve their maximum potential. If, at any point you have questions please do not hesitate contact us.

  • Jay Lewis, Principal- scheduling, programming, personnel issues, 504’s (jlewis@sau4.org)
  • Trisha Lewis, Assistant Principal- student conduct, bus conduct issues (tlewis@sau4.org)
  • Alyssa Keegan, Guidance Counselor- student conflicts, emotional and adjustment issues (akeegan@sau4.org)
  • Shane Tucker, Athletic Director- athletic issues (stucker2@sau4.org)
  • Grade Level Team leaders or the teacher involved should always be the first point of contact for classroom or grading issues and each can be found on the “classroom” page of this website.

 

We look forward to hearing from you and hope your student has a productive, safe and fun year.

 

 

Jay Lewis

Principal

Newfound Memorial Middle School