From the Desk of Mr. Lewis
NMMS students will be participating in the New Hampshire State Testing in May. The test will be administered in May. Students will be participating in assessments for math and reading, students in grade 8 will also participate in a science assessment. Testing will be a little bit different this year due to being in a hybrid model. It is likely that it will take a bit longer than usual to complete the testing process as a direct result of the hybrid schedule. Every effort will be made to ensure continuity for the students as they go through the testing process. In most circumstances the students will take the literacy test with their literacy teacher, and the math test with their math teacher. The test is done electronically using a middle school chrome book. Students will not be able to take the test remotely and they will not be able to take the test using their own electronic device.
When the testing is completed the individual score report for the student will be sent home, probably with the final report card.
The NMMS Student Council is beginning a community service project focused on raising money for the leukemia and lymphoma society called Pennies for Patients. Click on the link for more information.
During the month of April NMMS will be launching a One School One Book initiative. Students will be reading the book "Freak the Mighty" by New Hampshire author Rodman Philbrick. This book was selected as it aligns with the Core Values of NMMS in that the two main characters in the book, who are of a middle school age group, learn about Pride, Respect, Responsibility and Integrity. In addition, the book also addresses the importance of empathy and compassion. Lastly, the book provides students with lessons about leadership. Students will be reading the book with their home room teacher. Students will be asked to apply the themes in the book to the Core Values of NMMS.
"Be A Bear". In an effort to recognize students for their contributions to a positive school climate NMMS is beginning a program called "Be A Bear". Weekly, students will be recognized for their efforts in supporting a positive school climate. This will begin the week of March 29, 2021.
Enjoy the day.
Jay Lewis, Principal
Newfound Memorial Middle School