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Sunday, November 10th

Good evening, this is Ms. Young with the weekly reminders.

Tomorrow, Monday the 11th there will be NO SCHOOL in observance of Veterans Day.

If you are picking up your student early, please remember to send in a note to the front office first thing in the morning. It is convenient for the front office to avoid calling and disturbing classroom instructional time.

Parents: please continue to use the car rider line in the afternoons.  For safety reasons, we are closing off the front parking lot, with the exception of parents that need to pick up a student early, or need to go into the school.  It is also unsafe to park on the road in the afternoons.  We work hard to move the car rider line as quickly as possible.  Thank you for your cooperation with this as we are trying to make our school as safe as possible.  

Middle School Color Guard will meet on Thursday this week from 4 to 5 to practice for tryouts. All are welcome!  Meet in Mrs. Rickerts Room

FBLA Krispy Kreme Doughnuts are Back!  Pre-Order Sales are $9.00/Dozen and $1.00 for individual doughnuts.  You may order in the front office in the morning or see an FBLA Member.

Winter Sports Tryouts begin Monday, Nov. 18th from 3:50 to 5:45pm. All students trying out should turn in a current physical and concussion form by 9am on Nov. 18th. Forms can be turned in earlier.

We will be hosting our annual staff versus student basketball game on Friday, November 22nd. Does your student have what it takes to win the coveted trophy?!  If your student would like to play, please complete a registration form, and remit to the front office as soon as possible. Registration is $3 and is only open to the first 56 students. Forms are available on the school and the PTSO websites and in the front office.  Don’t delay!  The teams will fill up quickly!! 

Tuesday November 12th 7th Grade will be going on Orchestra field trip.

Also Tuesday November 12th   AND November 13th our 7th graders will be going on a field trip to Biltmore and Linville Caverns.

Please mark your calendar for an important Guilford Parent Academy session coming up here at Northwest Middle School. The NWMS PTSO has partnered with our school and will be hosting a session about “The Dangers of Vaping”. The program will be for parents and students with separate program material for the two audiences. The informational session will begin at 6pm on Nov 19th. The PTSO will send more details via their newsletter and we will post a flyer on our website. 

Please visit our school website for updated club information.

Thanks so much, and have a great night.  


Sunday, November 3rd

Good evening, this is Ms. Young with the weekly reminders.

Report Cards will be sent home Tuesday, November 5th.  Students who are failing one or more classes will also receive a letter that has important information.  These letters need to be signed and sent back in to the homeroom teacher by this Friday.   

6th grade is selling special limited t-shirts.  This year’s theme is (GOAT)  “Be the Greatest Of All Time” .  T-shirts cost $9.50 each. See your homeroom teacher for an order form. Please turn in completed order forms to your homeroom teacher by Tuesday, Nov. 5th. 

Anyone who would like to attend an informational meeting about cadet color guard auditions, meet Mrs. Rickerts outside by the HIGH SCHOOL new gym at 5:20 Monday afternoon.   We will walk to the high school band room together.  Have your rides pick you up promptly at 6:30 in front of the High School New Gym (Bus Parking Lot).

We will be hosting our annual staff versus student basketball game on Friday, November 22nd. Does your student have what it takes to win the coveted trophy?!  If your student would like to play, please complete a registration form, and remit to the front office as soon as possible. Registration is $3 and is only open to the first 56 students. Forms are available on the school’s and the PTSO’s websites and in the front office.  Don’t delay!  The teams will fill up quickly!!

Attention all parents, we take our students safety very seriously therefore we are pleased to announce that we will begin using Ident-A- Kid newest visitor management system. Effective now, our upgraded system will require you to scan your state ID/driver’s license in order to check in as a visitor, volunteer, or check out your student. Please remember to bring your ID each and every time you visit the school.

Please mark your calendar for an important Guilford Parent Academy session coming up here at Northwest Middle School. The NWMS PTSO has partnered with our school and will be hosting a session about “The Dangers of Vaping”. The program will be for parents and students with separate program material for the two audiences. The informational session will begin at 6pm on Nov 19th. The PTSO will send more details via their newsletter and we will post a flyer on our website.

The FCCLA District Leadership Conference is on November 8th.

Parents, this is another reminder to please move through the car rider line in the afternoon.  Please do not park in the front parking lot, as this takes spots for parents that need to come into the school to check out students and volunteer.

Sports for this week:

  • Monday November 4th Boys Volleyball & Girls Soccer @ Northern at 5pm
  • Wednesday November 6th Football @ Kernodle @ 5:30pm
  • Thursday November 7th Boys Volleyball and Girls Soccer home vs. Kernodle at 4:45 

Please visit our school website for updated club information.

Thanks so much, and have a great night.  


Sunday, October 13th

Good evening, this is Ms. Young with the weekly reminders.

Please mark your calendars for an important Guilford Parent Academy session coming up at Northwest Middle. We will be hosting a session about “The Dangers of Vaping” on November 16th at 6pm. The program will be for parents and students with separate programs for the two audiences. The PTSO will send more details via their newsletter and we will post a flyer on our website.

Picture retakes will be this Tuesday. This is for students who would like to replace the pictures they ordered or take a photo for the first time. These pictures go in the yearbook so please make sure to take a picture.

On October 14th, Cadet Color Guard will be meeting from 4:00-5:00pm.

October 16th, pre-selected 8th grade students will be taking the PSAT.  Please make sure you are on time.  

Our Scholastic Book Fair will be this week. Students previewed the book fair this past week in our Media Center with their teachers, but this week will include more activities and great fun! Mark your calendars for Book Fair Family Night, Thursday, October 17th from 5:30 pm until 8:00 pm. On Family Night, we will have food trucks, staff lip sync battle, special family night raffle drawing, and the results of a staff competition you will NOT want to miss! Daily, we will also have some fun Spirit Days, daily drawings, raffle prizes and great books!

  • Monday is Hat Day
  • Tuesday is Crazy Socks Day
  • Wednesday is Book Character Day
  • Thursday is Farmer Fashion Day
  • Friday is Viking Spirit Wear

Attention 7th grade parents, Students who qualify for the Duke TIP program will receive 2 forms from their AA teachers on Monday. One form provides the steps to take for enrolling in either the SAT or the ACT. The second form eligible students will receive is an invitation to attend a parent meeting at Southwest High School’s Auditorium. The meeting will be held Tuesday, October 29th, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Please contact the Counseling Department with any questions.

The first Running Club will meet at 7:45 am Wednesday on the high school track, weather permitting.

Also, please mark your calendars for November 22nd for our annual faculty versus staff Basketball game. We are partnering with our PTSO to host a family game night the same night. More details coming soon…

Sports for this week: Monday October 14th Girls Soccer and Boys Volleyball at Western Middle @ 4:45

Wednesday October 16th Girls Soccer and Boys Volleyball at NW a@ 4:45

Wednesday October 16th Football at NW a@ 5:30

 

Please visit the NW school website for updated club information.

Thanks so much, and have a great night.  


Sunday, October 6th 

Good afternoon, this is Ms. Young, Principal at Northwest Middle school with the weekly reminders.

Just a reminder that attendance is very important to academic success.  Please continue to encourage good attendance, and please try to schedule appointments after school, when possible.  Whenever your child is absent, please send a written note to the front office or email to the homeroom teacher within 3 days of returning explaining the reason for absence.

We are continuing to see a decrease in our discipline referrals due to a change in our daily schedule.  We have increased passing time for students to change classes, with an emphasis on going to the bathroom and lockers during this time, instead of during class time.  If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher or grade level Administrator.  Additionally, we are working to partner with GCS Parent Academy to plan a meeting on the dangers of vaping.  Please look out for more information about this informational session.  

As a reminder October 9th is a teacher workday. There will be no school for students.

Students can still join FBLA.  Meeting is Tuesday morning at 8:00 AM.

The Cadet color guard instructional clinic meeting is October 7th in room 118 from 4-5pm .

Tryouts for Girls Soccer and Boys Volleyball is October 7th @ 3:55; please have your completed physical and concussion forms turned in by 9am.

Thank you parents for all your support for the Viking Cash Crusade. The PTSO is thrilled to announce that our school exceeded its fundraising goal of $20,000. As of Friday afternoon, we have raised almost $21,000. Thank you again for the amazing support of Northwest Middle.

Parents please pull all the way forward in the car rider line. This expedites the drop off procedure. The 6th grade gym is not a drop off point in the mornings unless the car rider line stops there. Also, please do not pass any cars in the car rider line.  This is in place to keep our students safe when getting out of cars and when crossing at the cross walks. Also, the back teacher parking lot is not a student drop off. All parents should go through the car rider line. We need to keep the morning car rider line moving in a safe, orderly fashion. In the afternoon, please do not park in the front lot unless your child has an early dismissal.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Sports for this week: Football is @ SE 5:30 on Tuesday the 8th. 

Please visit the NW school website for updated club information.

Thanks so much, and have a great night.  


Sunday, September 29th

Good afternoon, this is Ms. Young, Principal at Northwest Middle school with the weekly reminders.

Just a reminder that attendance is very important to academic success.  Please continue to encourage good attendance, and please try to schedule appointments after school.  Whenever your child is absent, please send a written note to the front office or email to the homeroom teacher within 3 days of returning explaining the reason for absence.

Our 6th grade students will be going to BJP overnight Field Trip from September 30th – October 3rd.

If your child is interested in joining the NWMS Advanced Vocal Ensemble, auditions will be held before school on October 1st and 2nd, and sign-up sheets are posted on Ms. Turner’s door. Any student can audition!

The Student Council will be meeting on Monday and Wednesday at 8:00am in Ms. Sharp’s room to plan the High School Homecoming parade float. ALL students are welcome to attend!

Interested in joining chess club? Chess club will start next week. Meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday will be in Miss Arnold’s room, number 120. Meetings on Thursday and Friday will be in Mr. Boone’s room, number 121. Meetings will start at 8:10. All levels are welcome!

Looking for a good way for your family to help our NWMS Community? Come out and help during our Beautification Day on Saturday, October 5th from 9:00am until noon. There are lots of jobs to be done and many hands are needed. Help us keep our school grounds looking great!!

Thank you to all the families who have donated to the PTSO thus far. As of Friday, we have raised $15,116. We are close to reaching our goal of 20,000. The 7th grade will be hosting a coin collection this coming week. If we reach our goal, the 7th grade teachers will sleep on the roof of the school and the teacher with the most money in their bucket will also sleep on the roof with five of their best friends. So send in all the loose change and coins. Who will it be? Potter, Rickerts, Steger, Arnold or Daniels? Also please remember that raffle tickets are in $10 increments and must be turned in separately from the coin collection.

Parents in the morning car rider line: Please pull all the way forward. Do not pass any cars in the car rider line. It should remain a single file line. This is for safety and efficiency. We need to keep the morning car rider line moving in a safe, orderly fashion. Thank you for your cooperation.

The SAVE Club will start meetings for the year this Thursday from 4-4:50 in Mobile 19. Students Against Violence Everywhere sponsored all the fun activities for Start With Hello last week. Contact Mrs. Thompson, Mr. Lemmon, or Ms. Turner in Mobile 19 with any questions.

Sports for this week:

  • On September 30th Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball will be @ Kernodle 4:45pm
  • Football is against SW October 2nd @ NW 5:30PM

Please visit the NW school website for updated club information.

Thanks so much, and have a great night.  


September 22nd

Good afternoon, this is Ms. Young, Principal at Northwest Middle school with the weekly reminders.  

Just a reminder that attendance is very important to academic success.  Please continue to encourage good attendance, and please try to schedule appointments after school.  Whenever your child is absent, please send a written note to the front office or email to the homeroom teacher within 3 days of returning explaining the reason for absence.

A reminder for all rising 7th grader parents.. Please make sure your student has received their required immunizations. Please submit a copy of the immunization records to the front office by the end of this week.

September 25  is Interim Day, student grades will be available on PowerSchool (parents may request a paper copy by emailing or sending a note to child's homeroom teacher).  Students that have a failing class will receive a paper copy.  This must be signed by a parent and returned to your child's teacher. 

If your child is interested in joining the NWMS Advanced Vocal Ensemble, auditions will be held before school on October 1st and 2nd, and sign-up sheets are posted on Ms. Turner’s door. Any student can audition!

FBLA will have its first meeting on Tuesday September 24th at 8:00am in Mrs. Johnson’s room.

Math EOG and EOC scores are available for pick up in the front office. Students or parents can pick it up before school or during lunch time.

This week Northwest Middle students will celebrate Start With Hello week! This program teaches students to make a difference with their peers in a simple, fun, and impactful way. They take small but powerful actions to promote connectedness and inclusion, and to identify and help lonely students who are showing signs of isolation.  We can’t wait to see the connections made across our Viking community!

Thank you to all the parents who have donated to the Viking Cash Crusade so far. To date, we have raised 12,830 dollars. Teachers in the lead so far for the $100 class donation are Ms. Hill for 6th grade, Ms. Arnold for 7th grade and Ms. Swayze for 8th grade. Only one week is left to donate to the campaign. Please donate by this Friday September 27th.

Sports for this week:

  • September 24: Girls Volleyball and Boys Soccer will play SW AT HOME 5:00pm
  • September 25th: FOOTBALL NW @ MENDENHALL 5pm
  • September 26th: Girls Volleyball and Boys Soccer NORTHERN@NW 5pm

Please visit the NW school website for all athletic events and club information.  

All connect ed messages are posted on our school website; please feel free to visit there to revisit any information that is shared.  

Thanks so much, and have a great night.  


Sunday, September 16th

Good afternoon, this is Ms. Young, Principal at Northwest Middle school with the weekly reminders.  

Tomorrow, September 16th  is a PTSO general meeting, followed by "Meet the Principal” at 6:00pm in the Media Center. All parents are welcome to attend and meet our Administrative staff.  I hope to see many of you at school tomorrow night. 

A reminder for all rising 7th grader parents.. Please make sure your student has received their required immunizations. Please submit a copy of the immunization records to the front office by the end of this week.

We will have a student council Pep Rally this Wednesday to celebrate our students, and get excited about our school year.  

September 17th is Picture Day. Flyers went home last week with your student.

September 25  is Interim Day, student grades will be available on PowerSchool (parents may request a paper copy by emailing or sending a note to child's homeroom teacher)

We are excited to announce that Odyssey of the Mind is returning to Northwest Middle! Odyssey is an competitive creative problem solving program, and is open to all NWMS students. We invite interested students and a parent or guardian to attend an informational session on Monday, September 16 at 7:00pm in the cafeteria.  

Our classrooms are in desperate need for books and we have partnered with the PTSO to raise much needed funds.  Our PTSO has set a goal of raising $20,000 to fund not only the books, but to also grant wish list items for our teachers throughout the year.  

Please consider doing so by visiting their website and making your donation today.  You can also send in cash or check to your child’s AA teacher.  Additionally, the grade level teacher who raises the most funds will win an additional $100 for their classroom.  AND the grade level classrooms with the most participation will win an ice cream party on October 4th compliments of Sweet Oasis. Please rally for your child’s teacher!  We would love to see each grade level raise approximately $8,000.  Please donate to our PTSO as soon as you can so that the PTSO can assist our school for the 2019-2020 school year.  

FCCLA will kick off this Thursday Sept 12 after school in Mrs. Craven’s room.  Please have your ride at 5:00.

Anyone interested in joining Art Club, the first meeting will be held September 18th in the Art Room from 3:55-5:00.

If you are interested in learning more about the Speech & Debate Club here at NW then please attend an introductory meeting Monday September the 16th in Mr. Groce’s room from 4-5pm.

Parents, this year on October 16th Guilford County Schools will administer the PSAT.  Students in 8th grade enrolled in Math 1 and Math 2 will have the opportunity to take the test FOR $12. Letters with more information were sent home with students last week,  

Please visit the NW school website for all athletic events and club information.  

Thanks so much, and have a great night.  


Sunday, September 8th

Good afternoon, this is Ms. Young, Principal at Northwest Middle school with the weekly reminders.

If you are going to pick up your student early, please remember to send in an early dismissal note with your child to the front office first thing in the morning.

Math EOG and EOC scores are available for pick up in the front office. Students or parents can pick it up before or after school or during lunch time.

Our classrooms are in desperate need for books and we have partnered with the PTSO to raise much needed funds.  Our PTSO has set a goal of raising $20,000 to fund books and resources for all of our classrooms.  

Please consider donating by visiting the PTSO website, or by sending in cash or check in a sealed envelope to your child’s AA teacher.  For every $10 you donate, the PTSO gives your child a raffle ticket for the chance to win one of 20 prizes.  Additionally, the grade level teacher who raises the most funds will win an additional $100 for their classroom.  AND the grade level classrooms with the most participation will win an ice cream party on October 4th compliments of Sweet Oasis. Please rally for your child’s teacher!  We would love to see each grade level raise approximately $8,000.  Please donate to our PTSO as soon as you can so that they can assist our school for the 2019-2020 school year.  

Battle of the Books Interest Meeting will be tomorrow after school in the Media Center. Students interested in participating in Battle of the Books should plan to attend although this is not a mandatory meeting. Students must have a ride at 6 pm.

Student council is meeting to plan the pep rally  on  the 11th at 8:00 am in Ms. Sharp’s room-ALL are welcome to attend.

Parents, we are excited to announce that Odyssey of the Mind is returning to Northwest Middle! Odyssey is an international, competitive creative problem solving program, and is open to all NWMS students. We invite interested students and at least one parent or guardian to attend an informational session on Monday, September 16 at 6:00pm in the cafeteria.

Attractions fundraiser will kick off Monday Sept 16.  Money raised will benefit Family Consumer Science programs. FCCLA will kick off on Thursday Sept 12 after school in Mrs. Craven’s room.  Please have your ride at 5:00.

Parents, this year on Wednesday October 16th Guilford County Schools will administer the PSAT/NMSQT. Students in 8th grade enrolled in Math 1 and Math 2 will have the opportunity to take the PSAT FOR $12. Letters with more information will come home with students on Monday.

Club Rush will be held this week in the front commons during lunches for students to see all the clubs at school for this year.

Please visit our school website for updated club information, and athletic events this week .

Thanks so much, and have a great night.  


Sunday, September 1st

Good afternoon, this is Ms. Young, Principal at Northwest Middle school with the weekly reminders.  

We had an awesome first week of school.  As a reminder, students are out of school, tomorrow, Monday the 2nd for Labor day.  

Our start time is 8:45am and school is dismissed daily at 3:45pm.  Although the bridge on Bunch Rd. is still under construction, we hope that it will be open by next Monday. Please continue to be patient with the morning and afternoon commutes, and please plan accordingly to arrive at school on time.  Please call the office for a car rider number, or put your child's name in the car wind shield to help speed up the car rider line.

I am hearing from transportation that there are continued bus driver vacancies.  I do not have bus rosters that list specific students, and I hear about late buses near dismissal time, so unfortunately I cannot communicate with specific families about late buses.  We are asking students to call or text parents to let them know they will be arriving late.  Students may use the phone in the front office, if needed.  Students are also supervised at all times when waiting for late buses.  

Student council meetings to plan the pep rally are September 4th and 11th at 8:00 am in Ms. Sharp’s room-ALL students are welcome to attend.

A reminder for all rising 7th grader parents.. Please make sure your student has received their required immunizations. Please submit a copy of the immunization’s records to the front office.

If you are going to pick up your student early, please remember to send in an early dismissal note with your child to the front office first thing in the morning.

Morning Band and Orchestra Rehearsals begin this week.  Monday and Thursday are for students interested in auditioning for All County Band, Tuesday is Jazz Band, which is open to all 7th and 8th grade band and orchestra students, and Wednesday and Friday are for students interested in auditioning for All County Orchestra.

Math EOG and EOC scores are available for pick up in the front office, beginning on Thursday.  Students may come up before or afterschool, or parents can pick them up in the front office.  

Beta Club will meet Wednesday, September 4th in the media center from 4-5.

Thanks so much, and have a great night.  

 


Sunday, August 25th 

Good afternoon, this is Ms. Young, Principal at Northwest Middle school with a reminder about upcoming important dates.  

Thanks to all of the families for coming out to our Open House.  It was a huge success, and we are all so excited for a new school year.  The first day of school is tomorrow, the 26th.  Our start time is 8:45am and school is dismissed daily at 3:45pm.  As a reminder, the bridge on Bunch Rd. is still under construction.  That will delay morning and afternoon commutes significantly.  It is strongly suggested that parents leave extra time if dropping off or picking up students.  The traffic will be extremely heavy with both middle school and high school traffic.  Please have a car rider number visible if you are picking your students up after school.  And please be patient as traffic is heavy the first several days of school.

Fall sports tryouts start tomorrow as well.  If your student is going to try out for Football, Girls Soccer and Boys Volleyball, please submit a completed sports physical and concussion form to Ms. Thomas before 9:00am tomorrow in the gym.

Student council meetings to plan the pep rally are September 4th and 11th at 8am in Ms. Sharp’s room-ALL are welcome to attend.

A reminder for all 7th grader parents.  Please make sure your student has received their required Tdap and MCV immunizations. Please submit a copy of the immunization records to the front office during the first 30 days of school.

8th grade parents and students: Please DO NOT send any money for the State Fair fieldtrip the first week of school. Money collection will begin on Tuesday, 9/3.

If you are going to pick up your student early, please remember to send in an early dismissal note with your child to the front office first thing in the morning.

Just as a reminder, school supply lists can be found on our school website, and more specific items that are needed will be shared at Open House.  The PTSO is also sponsoring NWM student planners for all students, so no need to purchase a planner. Students will be given those the first week of school.

I can't wait to see everyone tomorrow.  Thanks so much, and have a great night.   


Sunday, August 18th

Good afternoon, this is Ms. Young, Principal at Northwest Middle school with a reminder about upcoming important dates.  

If you did not pick up your student's schedule last week, you may pick it up in the front commons during Open House.  We can also mail your student's schedule if you are not able to attend Open House.  

As a reminder, Open House will be this Tuesday, August 20th.  We will split grade levels to try and ease parking issues.  6th grade families can come between the hours of 4:00 and 6:00.  7th and 8th grade families can come from 6:30 until 8:00 on the 20th.  We will have food trucks available at school during open house, so come hungry!!

The PTSO will be sponsoring a Welcome Back event at Summerfield Farms on Monday, August 19th from 6 to 8pm.  Come out and join us at Music Monday! We’ll have all the essentials: cold beverages, outdoor games, and a food truck!  See you at The Back Porch, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

Just as a reminder, school supply lists can be found on our school website, and more specific items that are needed will be shared at Open House.  The PTSO is also sponsoring NWM student planners for all students, so no need to purchase a planner.  Students will be given those the first week of school.

The first day of school is Monday, August 26th.  Our school day begins at 8:45, and ends at 3:45 this school year.  We were informed that the bridge on Bunch Rd. is still under construction.  That will delay morning and afternoon commutes significantly.  It is strongly suggested that parents leave extra time if dropping off or picking up students.  The traffic will be extremely heavy with both middle school and high school traffic.   

Attention Rising 7th Grade parents: all 7th grade students should receive a booster dose of TDap and a 1st dose of MCV before the beginning of the school year. For your convenience, GCS has two mobile clinics to get the shots:

Dudley High School will hold a clinic on August 17th from 10:00-2:00pm and

High Point Central High School will hold a clinic on August 24th from 10:00-2:00pm. Please submit proof of immunization record to the front office within 30 days of attendance.   

I can't wait to see everyone at Open house!  Have a great night.