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Sunday, September 14th

Good afternoon NWMS Viking Community.  This is Denise Francisco with your Weekly Update.

Parents, did you know that you can go to your SchoolMint account and update your address, email address, and phone number information directly?  You will receive a text message or an email and will be able to complete this by clicking on the link in the message.  The district is asking that you update this information by Sept. 18th.  If you have any questions about your SchoolMint account please contact Monica Bennett in our main office.

We want to remind all students and parents that students are required to attend to their courses on F.L.EX Fridays.  Each teacher posts content and/or assignments on their Canvas page for students to complete on Fridays.  We continue to take attendance on Friday's based on the student's log-in information and submitted assignments.  

We also want to remind all students that Summer Reading Minutes can be updated on the School Website Media Center page or in the Media Center Canvas Page.  All Summer Reading Minutes are due by the end of the day on Monday, 9/14.

Parents - please create your PowerParent account so that you can see your child's grades.  Interim Progress Reports will be viewed by PowerParent on 9/21 and we need all parents to access their child's grades via your PowerParent account.  There are step by step directions on the school's website in the Parent Tab.  Please contact the school if you need additional help setting up your PowerParent account.  

We know many of you are wondering about your Yearbooks from last school year.  Lifetouch is beginning to make deliveries to elementary schools and we anticipate that they will then start sending middle school yearbooks.  We will let you know just as soon as we have an anticipated delivery date.  

Thanks for your time this evening.


Sunday, September 7th 

Good afternoon Northwest Middle School Vikings.  This is Mrs. Francisco calling with your weekly updates.  We want to begin this week with a reminder to all students that the daily learning schedule changes tomorrow as we begin Week 4.  If you have not seen the schedule, please find the copy on our school's website in the Remote Learning Area.  I also included a copy in both Thursday and Friday's Morning Announcements.  If you are not hearing the Morning Announcements please make sure you are checking the Announcement Area of Canvas each day.  The announcement is loaded at 7:45 each morning and you can view it at anytime throughout the day.  Tomorrow all students will attend all four of their Core Classes and their two Encore Classes.  It is B Day so please make sure you attend you B Day Encore Classes tomorrow.  Each week - Monday and Wednesday will be A Days and Tuesdays and Thursdays will be B Days.  Fridays are called F.L.EX Day and you will still log into each class for directions but you will not have "live" instruction on Fridays.

Here is an important message from GCS about lunch and breakfast:

The USDA has extended waivers allowing districts flexibility in how schools distribute and pay for student meals.  We are thrilled that we will continue to serve meals to all children who are age 18 and under, without charge.

These meals will be available daily from 11 am to 12 noon, curbside, at every school and families can visit any school to pick up the meals which include lunch and breakfast for the next day.  

We want to encourage parents to please take a few minutes and fill out a meal benefits application at www.lunchapplication.com, in preparation for when the waivers expire at the end of December.

We also have an important reminder from our PTSO:

The PTSO wants to remind all families about the Viking Cash Crusade.  Each year the PTSO asks for direct donations and they offer fantastic prizes that donors can have a chance at winning.  This year's grand prize is a Lenovo Laptop Computer!  The goal is to raise $20,000! Please consider donating to our PTSO and help us support our teachers as they find creative ways to educate your student. 

Thanks for your time this evening.  Remember tomorrow you have live instruction in all your classes and we need all students to log in to all classes and be on time.  If you are not able to join live please communicate in advance with your child's teacher so that alternative plans can be made.  We will be taking attendance and teachers will be grading work.  Also remember that it is B Day and that everyone should attend their two Encore Classes for B Day tomorrow.  Have a great evening - Good bye.


Sunday, August 23rd

Good afternoon NWMS Vikings.  This is Mrs. Francisco calling with your weekly updates.  This week, due to the One-on-One Teacher/Student/Parent Orientation Sessions the virtual live meetings with your Core Teachers will be held at different times than they were the first week.  This week each grade level will login to Canvas for meetings with their Core Teachers at 8:00 am.  These meetings will last approximately 1 hour.  Then for the remainder of the school day students should participate in the GCS Pre-Recorded Lessons while the teachers meet face to face or virtually with students and their parents for the Orientation Sessions.  We want to thank you for signing up for your Orientation Session.  When you arrive for the session you will be asked to wear a mask at all times you are in the building and we will check your temperature upon arrival.  Only students and their parents should attend the Orientation.  Please bring the device you are using for Remote Learning to the Orientation Session so that you can login with your Core 1 teacher during the Orientation.  Also - if you are having trouble logging into NCED Cloud, Canvas, PowerSchool or Teams we will have staff members in the cafeteria during Orientation times to assist you.  Students will also be receiving their Math workbooks when they attend their orientation session.  We look forward to seeing you this week and next when you attend your scheduled appointment.  

7th Grade Parents - has your student received the required 7th grade vaccines?  All 7th graders must have boosters and one dose of a vaccine this year.  If you have any questions about the booster and vaccines please call the Guilford County Public Health, School Health Nursing Department at 336-641-3896.

Middle school students logging in to Teams this week for your live sessions at 8:00 am please remember that you can no longer sign in as a guest.  You must login as yourself using your Student ID number@stu.gcsnc.com and then your password is your birthday xx/xx/xxxx.  

And now a message from our PTSO:  Have you donated to the Viking Cash Crusade yet?  The PTSO is wanting to help our school purchase any curriculum items we may need as well as create an outside classroom for our students when they return.  So far, they have raised $4,000 and have another $16,000 to go!

The PTSO is raffling off some fantastic prizes this year:  Apple AirPods Pro, an Apple Watch, a Nintendo Switch and a Lenovo Laptop!  You get one raffle ticket for every $25 you donate.  Please visit the PTSO website for more information as to how you can donate.  The link for the PTSO is on our school website also.

Parents, do you have any time to help our PTSO with some miscellaneous painting at our school?  If you have a couple of hours you can spare, we need your help!  Please email the PTSO and let them know you can help.  The projects are not hard!

Thank you for your time this evening,

Mrs. Francisco


Monday, August 17th

Good morning - this is Mrs. Francisco calling with an important message. Unfortunately, the entire state of NC is experiencing server issues with NCED Cloud this morning.  This is causing students and some teachers to not be able to access PowerSchool and Canvas.  All Opening Meeting Morning Sessions will be recorded so that any student who is not able to log in will be able to watch the recorded Opening Meeting later today once NCED Cloud has corrected the server problems.  We will continue to communicate with you as we learn more.  We are very sorry and appreciate your patience this morning while we work through this NCED Cloud server issue.


Sunday, August 16th

Good afternoon Northwest Middle Vikings this is Mrs. Francisco calling with your weekly announcements.  We are excited to begin the school year tomorrow, Monday, August 17th.  By now, you should have received your schedule that was mailed to your home address.  If you did not receive this mailing then you should be able to login to your NCED Account to access PowerSchool and Canvas and determine who your Core 1 teacher is.  If you have any difficulty logging into your NCED account please email your Core 1 teacher and ask that he/she reset your password.  The universal password that we included in the mailing with your schedule had a mistake (the exclamation point was in the incorrect place).  The correct universal password for NWMS is your first initial - capitalized, then lowercase last initial, then ! and then your birthday with 2 digits for the month, 2 digits for the day, and four digits for the year.  So for example if a person named Jeff Francisco were logging in his password would be:  Jf!10152005.  In the mailing we had the ! at the end but that was wrong.  The ! comes right after the person's initials.  

Tomorrow morning at 9:00 each student will join their Core 1 teacher's Opening Meeting.  You will gain access to this TEAMS meeting by the Announcement section of your Core 1 teacher's Canvas page.  It is our understanding that all of the Canvas pages will be live and ready for students tomorrow morning when you login.  If you don't see all of the live links and everything this afternoon or tonight it is probably because the district is not fully releasing the pages until early tomorrow morning.  This afternoon if you are able to login to NCED Cloud and see Canvas and PowerSchool then you should be ready to connect to Canvas at 9:00 am tomorrow morning and join the live meeting.  If you are unable to login to NCED Cloud tonight then we ask you to please email your Core 1 teacher and ask that they reset your password before tomorrow morning.  

We know that many of you have been wondering about last year's Yearbook.  If you ordered a yearbook they have not arrived yet.  Lifetouch has had to run their factories with several extra regulations due to COVID.  You will still receive a book if you ordered one.  We will keep you posted with more details when they are available.  

For students in 7th and 8th grade band and orchestra.  If you will be borrowing a school owned instrument this year, please email your band or orchestra teacher by this Friday, Aug. 21st.  

We know that the beginning of this year is far different than any of us wanted and not at all what we normally experience.  We hope that tomorrow's Opening Meeting will serve much like Open Houses have served in the past and that after you meet with your Core 1 teacher tomorrow you have a better understanding of what the next several weeks are going to look like.  Please let us know if you need help tomorrow.   Thanks for your time this evening.  Good bye. 


Tuesday, July 28th

Good morning - this is Denise Francisco, principal at Northwest Middle. 

I want to welcome everyone to the start of the 2020-2021 school year.  I am very excited to join this fine school and partner with you throughout this school year.  While we know that the beginning of this year is going to look and feel different than any other opening we have experienced, I want to reassure you that we are working diligently to plan for a safe and productive opening.  Today at 2:30 pm the GCS Board of Education will meet and you are able to watch this meeting live through the GCS website.  I also know that several local news stations will be broadcasting the meeting live through their websites or via Facebook live.  At this meeting, we can expect a decision to be made regarding the re-opening of our schools.  I will follow up with additional communication once the final plan is announced.  I know that many of you have questions and are concerned about the opening of school and again I want to reassure you that our remote learning plans are being redesigned and developed in partnership with the GCS Curriculum Department and we can expect our students to be engaged in live teaching and direct instruction through their Canvas Platform as we begin remote instruction this year.  Our students and teachers will find more structure to the remote learning day and more opportunity for live teaching sessions and video recordings of the live teaching sessions for students to watch back at a later time.  We will be sharing more information soon about student schedules and the plans for remote learning, but today I just wanted to make sure everyone knew about the GCS Board of Education Meeting that will begin at 2:30 and that following this meeting, over the next several days, Northwest Middle will continue to communicate and update you as more details are released.  

I hope that you have a wonderful day. Thank you for your time this morning. 


Sunday, June 7th

Good afternoon Northwest Middle families, this is Ms. Young with a few important announcements.  

If your student has any personal items still at school, including medicine, items in their locker, cubby or PE locker, please call the school to schedule a time for pickup as soon as possible.

Athletic pictures have not been delivered to the school; we will communicate via Connect Ed when we receive those.  Yearbooks will be delivered late summer/early fall and can still be purchased at lifetouch.com.

Virtual learning, and the end of the school year was this past Friday.  Parents, you may look at Powerschool to see your child's progress this final quarter.  Final report cards will be mailed June 15th.  Your child will not have a grade assigned for 4th quarter, but their work during virtual learning can help their 3rd quarter grade.  Additionally, all middle school students will receive a Pass (which will be visable as a PC19), or a WC19 on their report card.  The only exception to that will be in classes that receive high school credit.  Those classes will follow the state guidelines for grades  A GCS grading FAQ was posted on our school website on May 11th, and shared via Connect Ed that week.  Please refer to our school website for additional information about grades.  

As a reminder for our 8th grade families.   We will have our "drive through promotional event" on Thursday, June 11th from 2:00 until 6:00.  Students with the last names A through F plan to arrive between 2-3, G-L, plan to arrive between 3 and 4, Last names M through S, come between 4 and 5, and T through Z come from 5 to 6.  In order to adhere to the state guidelines, staff members will be wearing masks and gloves, and will be practicing social distancing.  Students and families must stay in cars, and will drive through the car rider line to pick up promotion certificates and other awards.  We are excited about being able to celebrate our 8th grade students, and all of their accomplishments.  Unfortunately, at this time, we can't schedule our typical 8th grade picnic due to the state's restrictions.  If we are able to do that, we will makes plans at a later date when state guidelines change.

We hope all of you have a fantastic summer, and take care!

Thanks so much, and have a great night!


Sunday, May 31st

Good evening Northwest Middle families, this is Ms. Young with a few important announcements.  

For those who were unable to drive through the car rider line last week to  drop off spring sports uniforms, we will have another drive through drop off in front of the gym tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2 from 3:30 to 5:30 for girls and boys track, softball and baseball uniforms.

If your student has any personal items still at school, including medicine, items in their locker, cubby or PE locker, please call the school to schedule a time for pickup as soon as possible.

Athletic pictures have not been delivered to the school; we will communicate via Connect Ed when we receive those.  Yearbooks will be delivered late summer/early fall and can still be purchased at lifetouch.com.

Virtual learning will continue through this Friday, which is the last day of school.  Continue to reach out to your teachers with questions or concerns.  You may look at Powerschool to see your child's progress this final quarter.  Final report cards will be mailed June 15th.  

As a reminder for our 8th grade families.   We will have our "drive through promotional event" on Thursday, June 11th from 2:00 until 6:00.  Students with the last names A through F plan to arrive between 2-3, G-L, plan to arrive between 3 and 4, Last names M through S, come between 4 and 5, and T through Z come from 5 to 6.  In order to adhere to the state guidelines, staff members will be wearing masks and gloves, and will be practicing social distancing.  Students and families must stay in cars, and will drive through the car rider line to pick up promotion certificates and other awards.  We are excited about being able to celebrate our 8th grade students, and all of their accomplishments.  Unfortunately, at this time, we can't schedule our typical 8th grade picnic due to the state's restrictions.  If we are able to do that, we will makes plans at a later date when state guidelines change.

Thanks so much, and have a great night!


Friday, May 22nd

Good evening Northwest Middle families, this is Ms. Young with a few important announcements.  

We have been cleared to schedule time for students to come get personal items out of lockers, turn in library books, and pick up pictures.  Please plan on coming to school on Wednesday or Thursday of next week, from 11:00 until 3:00.  Please keep in mind that students and parents must wear masks while inside the building, and we will limit the number of students to 10 at one time.  Next week will be the last opportunity to pick up items before the summer as the building will be deep cleaned and sanitized again.  Additionally, we will have a drive through spring sports uniform drop off on Thursday, May 28th from 3 pm to 6 pm. All cars should go through the car rider line and drop off softball, baseball or track uniforms from the car. There will be signs designating the drop off point for each sport.

Athletic pictures have not been delivered to the school; we will communicate via Connect Ed when we receive those.  Yearbooks will be delivered at the beginning of next year, and can still be purchased at lifetouch.com.

Virtual learning will continue through June 5th, which is the last day of school.  Continue to reach out to your teachers with questions or concerns.  You may look at Powerschool to see your child's progress this final quarter.  Final report cards will be mailed by the district in June.  Thanks to all of our students and parents for your patience and support during this time.  

As a reminder for our 8th grade families.   We will have our "drive through promotional event" on Thursday, June 11th from 2:00 until 6:00.  Students with the last names A through F plan to arrive between 2-3, G-L, plan to arrive between 3 and 4, Last names M through S, come between 4 and 5, and T through Z come from 5 to 6.  In order to adhere to the state guidelines, staff members will be wearing masks and gloves, and will be practicing social distancing.  Students and families must stay in cars, and will drive through the car rider line to pick up promotion certificates and other awards.  We are excited about being able to celebrate our 8th grade students, and all of their accomplishments.  Unfortunately, at this time, we can't schedule our typical 8th grade picnic due to the state's restrictions.  If we are able to do that, we will makes plans at a later date when state guidelines change.

Thanks so much, and have a great night!


Sunday, May 10th

Good afternoon Northwest Middle families, this is Ms. Young with a few announcements.  

I want to first thank our PTSO for the amazing Teacher Appreciation event this past Friday.  I also want to thank our families and students for dropping off gifts and cards, and for cheering on our teachers as they drove through our car rider line.  

A reminder to our 8th grade students to complete their four year plan by this Friday the 15th.  Instructions can be found in the Counseling Center Module that has been added to the Northwest Media Center Canvas Course.  Students should first go to the Media Center Canvas course page and then scroll to find the Counseling Center module.  There will be information there on Rising 9th grade scheduling, which contains an instructional video on completing the 4-year plans, and then an assignment to submit their 4-year plan template.    Please contact the Counseling Dept with any questions.

Students--please continue to let your teachers know if you are having any difficulty with completing assignments.  

Spring pictures have been delivered to the school and we are working on a plan to get them picked up. We can't organize a pick up until the governor relaxes the state policies. Please be patient and we will keep you updated.  Additionally, we will be scheduling an athletic uniform drop off.  Students will also be able to come get personal items at school soon.  

Thanks so much, and take care!!

 


Sunday, April 30th

Good evening Northwest Middle families, this is Ms. Young with a few announcements. 

The NWGMS PTSO is hosting Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4th - 8th.  Want to show your appreciation to your teachers?  Feel free to drop off any gifts, notes, or special thank you to the front of the school next Monday through Wednesday, from 8am to 5pm.  The PTSO will distribute to teachers for you!  Also, send the PTSO (ptsonwgms@gmail.com) videos and pictures and they will share on their social media!

Please consider giving a few minutes of your time to help our school get more federal funding.  Go to 2020census.gov and complete the form online. Your census responses help determine our community’s federal funding for school lunches, special education, PreK services, and teacher training, as well as support for children’s healthcare, hospitals, housing, firefighters and unemployment assistance. The 2020 Census also determines how many seats our state and region have in Congress.  Let’s make sure Guilford County counts, and go to 2020census.gov.!  

This is an important message from the Counseling Dept regarding high school registration for our current 8th graders.  Students will be completing their High School 4-year plans this year through Canvas.  The 4-year plan is a document that will be utilized as students complete credits towards high school graduation.  Instructions can be found in the Counseling Center Module that has been added to the Northwest Media Center Canvas Course.  Students should first go to the Media Center Canvas course page and then scroll to find the Counseling Center module.  There will be information there on Rising 9th grade scheduling, which contains an instructional video on completing the 4-year plans, and then an assignment to submit their 4-year plan template.  Students need to complete and submit their 4-year plans via Canvas by May 15th.  Please contact the Counseling Dept with any questions.

Students--please continue to let your teachers know if you are having any difficulty with completing assignments.  

We miss you all, and as things change, we will keep you all up to date.

Thanks so much, and take care!!


Sunday, April 12th

Good afternoon Northwest Middle families.  I hope you are all doing well, and staying healthy.  I also hope everyone had a restful Spring Break.  Online learning will continue this Tuesday, April 14th.  Parents--as a reminder, there are tons of resources on the GCS webpage to assist you. Please also reach out directly to your students' teachers with questions or concerns.  

The GCS Student Crisis Hotline continues to operate 24-7 and is staffed by those trained to assist students in crisis such as our GCS School Psychologists and Social Workers. The student crisis number is 336-332-7295.​

Yearbook sales will be extended through the summer. You can order a yearbook by going to ybpay.lifetouch.com. Yearbooks will be delivered at the start of next school year. We would also love your pictures of distance learning and how you are spending time at home for the yearbook so we can remember this time. f you have any pictures you would like to submit or any questions, please reach out to Danielle Arnold at arnoldd2@gcsnc.com.​

Students and families may continue to contact our NW Middle Counseling Dept with any questions they have or concerns that need to be addressed.  We want to continue supporting our students during this difficult and uncertain time!  Counselors are working remotely, but will check emails regularly and can set up phone conferences as needed.  Counselors’ email addresses can be found on our school website and additional resources will continue to be updated on the NW Middle Counseling Center page.  Students can also complete a form via a link on the Counseling Center website if they would like to request contact from a school counselor. ​

Grading policies for 3rd and 4th quarter are still undecided.  Please know that we are waiting on the State Board of Education to make a decision regarding grades.  ​ ​

As a result of the Governor's orders last week, the district Buildings, including NWM school, are closed.  Please continue to contact the school if you have questions.  ​

Spring athletes, please hold onto your uniforms for now.  All spring pictures and athletic orders will be distributed on a designated day once the Governor's orders are lifted.  

As a reminder, Food distribution will continue to take place between 11:00-12:00 at Northwest High school.  Meals are available to all children 0-18.  Please check the GCS website for additional delivery sites.    ​

Thanks so much, and take care!!


Sunday, March 29th

Good afternoon Northwest Middle families.

I hope you are all doing well, and staying healthy.  We wanted to let our students know that we miss you, and hope to see you all soon!  Our amazing teachers are continuing to work hard to prepare material and lessons for students.  I know there are a lot of wrinkles for us to iron out, but we are all working together to make this transition to virtual learning as easy as possible.  Parents--there are tons of resources on the GCS webpage to assist you during this online ramp up.  

Students and families may continue to contact our NW Middle Counseling Dept with any questions they have or concerns that need to be addressed.  We want to continue supporting our students during this difficult and uncertain time!  Counselors are working remotely, but will check emails regularly and can set up phone conferences as needed.  Counselors’ email addresses can be found on our school website and additional resources will continue to be updated on the NW Middle Counseling Center page.  Students can also complete a form via a link on the Counseling Center website if they would like to request contact from a school counselor. ​

In addition, students and parents, you may also call the GCS hotline at 336-332-7290.     ​

Grading policies for 3rd quarter are still undecided.  Please know that we are waiting on the State Board of Education to make a decision regarding grades from 3rd and 4th quarter.   ​

EOY Testing has been cancelled this year.  That announcement was made by the State Department of Public Instruction last week. ​

As announced by the district last week, Spring break will continue as usual.  Students will not be expected to log onto Canvas from April 6th through the 13th.  Online learning will continue on April 14th.  ​

As a result of the Governor's orders last week, the district Buildings, including NWM school, are closed.  Please continue to contact the school if you have questions.  ​

Spring athletes, please hold onto your uniforms for now.  We will collect those once the Governor's orders are lifted.  

As a reminder, Food distribution will continue to take place between 11:00-12:00 at Northwest High school.  Meals are available to all children 0-18.  Please check the GCS website for additional delivery sites.    ​

Thanks so much, and take care!!


Sunday, March 22nd

Good afternoon Northwest Middle families.  I hope you are all doing well, and staying healthy.  Our amazing teachers are continuing to work hard to prepare material and lessons for students beginning tomorrow.  As a reminder, material posted as of tomorrow is review and will not be taken for a grade.  It is important information, however, because it will help students get back into the swing of things to prepare them for new material, which will be beginning soon.  Parents--there are tons of resources on the GCS webpage to assist you during this online ramp up.  If your student needs a laptop, please email me at younga@gcsnc.com.  Again, please remember that there are not enough devices in the district for all students, so devices are being given out only to families that do not have ANY devices at home at this time.  The rest of our laptops will be sent to other elementary and high schools for students that don't have devices. Those devices will be prepared for your specific student so that they will work outside of the building.  Please do not come to school to pick up a device if you have not emailed me or called the school prior.  Your child's device will not be ready for pick up.  Parents may come tomorrow, Monday the 23rd from 10:00-until noon.  If you cannot come during those times, please email me to set up a different time.    

Parents, if you still need to pick up any of your student's belongings, you must email me to make an appointment at younga@gcsnc.com.  In addition, students and parents, please reach out to me via my email address if you have any needs during the school closure.  You may also call the GCS hotline at 336-332-7290.  There will be some essential district and school staff working during this time, but I will be available via email at all times.  If you are aware of any children or families with any additional needs, especially food shortages, please let me know.   ​

Attention Orchestra students: Mr. Walter and Ms. Cox will be available to tune your instrument tomorrow, Monday from 10-2.  To get your instrument tuned, just pull up in the car rider line.​

As a reminder, Food distribution will continue to take place between 11:00-12:00 at Northwest High school.  Meals are available to all children 0-18.  Please check the GCS website for additional delivery sites.    ​

When there is any additional information to share, you will continue to hear from either the district or from me.  Thanks so much, and take care!!


Sunday, March 8th

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

Please continue to stress good attendance.  The 3rd quarter ends in a couple weeks and we want all of our students to finish strong!  Please make every effort to be on time daily as well.​

Parents please remember to bring your driver’s license every time you come inside the school. You will have to scan your drivers license on our updated  Identa-kid system when you come in the front office.​

Memos from the district regarding the Coronavirus were sent home with students on Thursday.  Please ask your student for the letter. ​

6th Grade parents, please return the immunization permission forms to the front office by March 13th if your students needs the required 7th grade TdAP and MCV Vaccines.​

March 11th is Spring Picture Day. Flyers have already been sent home with your student.  Please return those back to school if you would like to order pictures.​

Northwest Middle is going for the gold with Box Tops! From now until March 24th, we are collecting box tops for education.  The homeroom class with the most box tops turned in by MARCH 24th wins a Chick-Fil-A party!  Silver and bronze medal class winners win a donut party and the top collector wins a bag full of school spirit gear.  Visit the PTSO website for details on how you can remit your box tops.  ​

Sports for this week:  ​

  • Wednesday March 11th Western baseball, softball and track will play at home beginning at 4:45​

Thanks so much and have a great night!!​


Sunday, March 1st

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

Please continue to use the car rider line at afternoon pick up.  We are having issues with parents using the front parking lot, and we do not have parking places for our volunteers, visitors, and parents that are picking up their student early.  Please also refrain from parking on the street; this creates a safety hazard for people pulling out of the lot because they cannot see oncoming traffic.  We work very hard to get parents through the line as quickly as possible.  We appreciate your cooperation.

Another reminder that attendance is very important for academic success.   We are now half way through our 3rd quarter, and we want all of our students to finish strong!  Please make every effort to be on time daily as well.

Parents please remember to bring your driver’s license every time you come inside the school. You will have to scan your drivers license on our updated  Identa-kid system when you come in the front office. 

Northwest Middle is going for the gold with Box Tops! From now until March 24th, we are collecting box tops for education.  The homeroom class with the most box tops turned in by MARCH 24th wins a Chick-Fil-A party!  Silver and bronze medal class winners win a donut party and the top collector wins a bag full of school spirit gear.  Visit the PTSO website for details on how you can remit your box tops.  

  • On Monday the 2nd, we have our Spring Sports tryouts:
  • Golf Tryouts will be at Rick Murphy’s Golf Academy at 4:15pm
  • Baseball, Softball, and Track Tryouts are all at 4pm 

Tuesday 03/03:

  • GCS Battle of the Books Competition

Thanks so much and have a great night!!


Sunday, February 23rd

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

Parents, please be aware that midterm grades will be available to view on Powerschool tomorrow. ​

Also, please continue to use the car rider line at afternoon pick up.  We are having issues with parents using the front parking lot, and we do not have parking places for our volunteers, visitors, and parents that are picking up their student early.  Please also refrain from parking on the street; this creates a safety hazard for people pulling out of the lot because they cannot see oncoming traffic.  We work very hard to get parents through the line as quickly as possible.  We appreciate your cooperation.  ​

Another reminder that attendance is very important for academic success.   We are now half way through our 3rd quarter, and we want all of our students to finish strong!  Please make every effort to be on time daily as well.​

Parents please remember to bring your driver’s license every time you come inside the school. You will have to scan your drivers license on our updated  Identa-kid system when you come in the front office.​

8th grade parents:  Please have students complete their online registration in PowerSchool and then return the pink form to their homeroom teacher by the 24th. The portal will close tomorrow at 8am. ​

Northwest Middle is going for the gold with Box Tops! From now until March 24th, we are collecting box tops for education.  The homeroom class with the most box tops turned in by MARCH 24th wins a Chick-Fil-A party!  Silver and bronze medal class winners win a donut party and the top collector wins a bag full of school spirit gear.  Visit the PTSO website for details on how you can remit your box tops.  ​

We will have our Black History Celebration assembly on Friday the 28th.​

Sports for this week:  ​

  • The girls and boys basketball teams will begin the conference tournament with games on Tuesday at NW beginning at 5 pm. The girls play first. If the teams win on Tuesday, the girls will play on Wed. at 6:15 and the boys will play Thurs. at 6:15.​

Thanks so much and have a great night!!​


Sunday, February 16th

Good afternoon, this is Ms. Young with your weekly reminders.  

Parents, please be aware that Monday February 17th is now a regular school day for students. 

Another reminder that attendance is very important for academic success.   We have now begun our second semester, and we want all of our students to finish strong!  Please make every effort to be on time daily as well.

Parents please remember to bring your driver’s license every time you come inside the school. You will have to scan your drivers license on our updated  Identa-kid system when you come in the front office. 

8th grade parents: Your student brought home 9th grade registration materials for Northwest High School last week.  Please have students complete their online registration in PowerSchool and then return the pink form to their homeroom teacher by the 24th.  In order to have the most accurate course offerings in the students’ PowerSchool portals, Northwest high school is postponing the opening of the registration portal until approximately noon on Monday the 17th. The portal will close Monday, the 24th at 8am.  To help answer 9th grade registration questions, Curriculum Night will be Tuesday, February 18th from 5-7pm with a breakout session for rising 9th graders and their parents at 5 and 6:30pm at Northwest high school. You can attend either session.

6th & 7th grade parents – Please return your student’s 2020-21 NW Middle registration form to the homeroom teacher by Monday, February 17th if you have not done so already.  Students will complete registration online here at school next week.  Contact the counseling office with any questions regarding registration.

February 20th is GCS Orchestra Festival. Also on February 20th, GCS will have a High School Options Night at Jefferson Elementary from 6:00-7:00pm. For more information please visit the gcs website.

Northwest Middle is going for the gold with Box Tops! From now until March 24th, we are collecting box tops for education.  The homeroom class with the most box tops turned in by MARCH 24th wins a Chick-Fil-A party!  Silver and bronze medal class winners win a donut party and the top collector wins a bag full of school spirit gear.  Visit the PTSO website for details on how you can remit your box tops.  

Sports for this week:  

  • On Tuesday Girls and Boys Basketball will be at Northern at 5:00pm. Girls will play first. NW will host Northern for a Wrestling match at 5:30pm
  • Thursday February 20th, NW Girls and Boys Basketball will host Kernodle for a game at 5:00pm. Girls will play first.   On the same day NW will travel to Kernodle for a wrestling match at 5:00pm

Thanks so much and have a great night!!


Sunday, February 9th

Good afternoon, this is Ms. Young with your weekly reminders.  Just a reminder that attendance is very important for academic success.   We have now begun our second semester, and we want all of our students to finish strong!  Please make every effort to be on time daily as well.

Parents, we request you to bring your driver’s license every time you come inside the school. You will have to scan your drivers license on our updated  Identa-kid  identification system when you come in the front office.

All students attending athletic events should report to study hall in the cafeteria right after school. During the game, students should stay in the gym lobby or main gym not outside. Students found outside during the event may lose their privilege to attend athletic events.

This week all students will bring home registration materials for the 2020-21 school year.  6th & 7th graders will receive their registration forms on Wednesday, February 12th.  Forms need to be returned to homeroom teachers by Friday, February 14th.  8th grade students will receive their NW High registration information on Thursday, March 13th.  High school registration forms need to be returned to homeroom teachers by Monday, February 24th.  The high school will hold their Curriculum Night on February 18th from 5-7pm at the high school.  Please contact our counseling office with any questions.

Northwest Middle is going for the gold with Box Tops! From now until March 24th, we are collecting box tops for education.  The homeroom class with the most box tops turned in by MARCH 24th wins a Chick-Fil-A party!  Silver and bronze medal class winners win a donut party and the top collector wins a bag full of school spirit gear.  Visit the PTSO website for details on how you can remit your box tops.  

Sports for this week:  

  • On Monday February 10th, Boys and Girls basketball will travel to Jamestown for a game at 5:00pm. Girls will play first. On the same day, NW will host Jamestown for a Wrestling match at 5:00pm
  • Wednesday February 12th, Boys and Girls Basketball will play against SE at home @ 4:45 and girls will play first.

 

The NWHS Curriculum Night will be held on February 18th from 5-7 p.m.

Thanks so much and have a great night!!


Sunday, February 2nd

Good afternoon, this is Ms. Young with your weekly reminders.  Just a reminder that attendance is very important for academic success.   We have now begun our second semester, and we want all of our students to finish strong!  Please make every effort to be on time daily as well.

Parents, we request you to bring your driver’s license every time you come inside the school. You will have to scan your drivers license on our updated  Identa-kid  identification system when you come in the front office.​

All students attending athletic events should report to study hall in the cafeteria right after school. During the game, students should stay in the gym lobby or main gym not outside. Students found outside during the event may lose their privilege to attend athletic events. ​

8th Grade parents:  The Guilford County Schools Choice Showcase will be held on February 5th from 5:30-8:00pm at the Coliseum Special Events Center.  All families are welcome to attend to hear about the various Magnet & Choice school programs available for students to apply to within GCS, particularly the high school options.  February 5th also opens the application window for Choice & High School options.  The application window closes on March 4th.  Please visit the Magnet & Choice schools page on the GCS website for more information.  You may also contact our Northwest Middle Counseling Department with any questions.​

The NWHS Curriculum Night will be held on February 18th from 5-7 p.m.​

Course Registration forms for Current 6th & 7th graders will go home with your child on February 12th. Please return completed forms to your homeroom teacher by the 14th.​

Northwest Middle is going for the gold with Box Tops! From now until March 24th, we are collecting box tops for education.  The homeroom class with the most box tops turned in by MARCH 24th wins a Chick-Fil-A party!  Silver and bronze medal class winners win a donut party and the top collector wins a bag full of school spirit gear.  Visit the PTSO website for details on how you can remit your box tops.  ​

The Speech and Debate Club will meet Monday, Feb. 3 from 4:00 to 5:00 in Mr. Groce’s room.​

Sports for this week:  ​

  • Monday February 3rd, Boys and Girls basketball will play at Southwest at 5:00pm and girls will play first. On the same day, NE will Be at NW for a wrestling match at 5:00pm​
  • On Thursday February 6th, Boys and Girls basketball will play against SE at home at 5:00pm. Girls will play first. wrestling will travel to SE for a match at 5:30pm​

Thanks so much and have a great night!!​ 


Sunday, January 26th 

Good afternoon, this is Ms. Young with your weekly reminders.  

Don't miss out on this week's Guilford Parent Academy Family Engagement Session on Tuesday, the 28th from 6:00-7:00pm.  The topic is Anti-Bullying and Internet Safety.  There will be two concurrent sessions - one for parents and one for students. The sessions will be here at Northwest Middle School. Hope to see you there!

GCS Counseling Services Department is partnering with Guilford Parent Academy to help families understand the registration process for high school and the High School Four-Year Plan. This session will cover information about graduation requirements, important tips and steps for registration. Sessions will be held Tuesday, January 28 6-7:30pm at Jamestown Middle School or Thursday, January 30 6-7:30pm at Smith High School.

The GCS Choice Showcase will be held on February 5th from 5:30-8:00pm at the Coliseum Special Events Center.  All families are welcome to attend to hear about the various Magnet & Choice school programs available to apply to within GCS.  February 5th also opens the application window for Choice & High School options.  The application window closes on March 4th.  Please visit the Magnet & Choice schools page on the GCS website for more information.  You may also contact our Northwest Middle Counseling Department with any questions.

Friends and Family Exhibition featuring the Winter teams of drum line and color guard will be held at 5 pm on Sunday at the HS. Admission is free!  Come see amazing performance art involving the collaboration of Northwest middle and high school students.

Report cards will go home with the students on January 30th.

January 31st is Club Picture Day.

FBLA will be meeting on Tuesday. This is important for FBLA members to attend to register for the State Conference.

The Astronomy Club will hold a night sky observation this Friday, Jan. 31st, at Oak Ridge Town Park shelter #2 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Come out with family and friends and look through telescopes at all the wonders of the night sky.

Any student interested in volunteering in the concession stand for all home basketball games from 4pm to 7pm should see Ms. Thomas.

Sports for this week:  

  • Monday January 27th NW Boys and Girls basketball will be at Kernodle. Boys will play first @ 5:00pm.  Kernodle will be at NW for a wrestling match @ 5:00pm
  • January 30th NW will host Mendenhall for Boys and Girls Basketball game at 4:45. Girls will play first.

Thanks so much and have a great night!!


Sunday, January 19th

Good afternoon, this is Ms. Young with your weekly reminders.  

Monday January 20th, there will be no school in observance of Martin Luther King holiday. January 21st is a teacher workday. Students will return to school on Wednesday the 22nd.

Parents please continue to make every effort to get your child to school on time.  Being present and on time is a very important factor in student success.

Also remember to bring your driver’s license every time you come inside the building. You will have to scan your drivers license on our updated  identification system when you come in the front office.

All students attending athletic events should report to study hall in the cafeteria right after school. During the game, students should stay in the gym lobby or main gym not outside. Students found outside during the event may lose their privilege to attend athletic events.

Guilford County Schools’ Counseling Services is partnering with Guilford Parent Academy to help families understand the registration process for high school and the High School Four-Year Plan. This session will cover information about graduation requirements, and important tips and steps for high school registration.  Sessions will be held Tuesday, January 28 6-7:30pm at Jamestown Middle School or Thursday, January 30 6-7:30pm at Smith High School.

The Guilford County Schools Choice Showcase will be held on February 5th from 5:30-8:00pm at the Coliseum Special Events Center.  All families are welcome to attend to hear about the various Magnet & Choice school programs available  within GCS.  February 5th also opens the application window for Choice & High School options.  The application window closes on March 4th.  Please visit the Magnet & Choice schools page on the GCS website for more information.  You may also contact our Northwest Middle Counseling Department with any questions.

Any student interested in volunteering in the concession stand for all home basketball games from 4pm to 7pm should see Ms. Thomas Monday or Tuesday.

Sports for this week:  

  • Thursday January 23rd NW will be at Mendenhall for a Wrestling match at 5:00pm 

Please visit the NW school website for updated club information.

Thanks so much, and have a great night!!


Sunday, January 12th

Good afternoon, this is Ms. Young with your weekly reminders.  Parents, please remember to bring your driver’s license every time you come inside the school to check out your student, to volunteer or be inside the building for any other reason. You will have to scan your drivers license on our updated  Identa-kid system when you come in the front office.

All students attending athletic events should report to study hall in the cafeteria right after school. During the game, students should stay in the gym lobby or main gym not outside. Students found outside during the event may lose their privilege to attend athletic events.

Monday, January 13th is the last day that students may submit their Holiday Reading Minutes. Reading logs, paper or online, are available in Quick Links on the school website. Students who read at least 300 minutes are eligible to win Barnes and Noble gift cards or an iPad! All students who enter will receive one free ticket to the UNCG men’s basketball game on Feb. 9 against Sanford. Additional tickets may be purchased for $5.

Interim Assessments will start January 15th with 6th Grade and 8th Grade Math and 7th Grade Reading. On January 16th,  6th and 8th Grade students will take Reading and 7th Graders will take Math. Please make sure your student is in school on time, and gets plenty of rest the night before.  We want our students to try their best!

January 17th is the end of the 2nd quarter.  Report cards will be distributed January 30th.

On January 17th, we will be holding our Annual Dunk Tank for United Way during lunch times. Students can pay $3.00 for 3 throws, $5.00 for 5 throws or for a $20.00 donation students can push the lever to dunk their favorite teacher. All proceeds will go to United Way of Greater Greensboro.

Monday January 20th, there will be no school in observance of Martin Luther King holiday. January 21st is a teacher workday. Students will not be at school.

Attention 8th Grade AG Families,

Join us for the AG Excelling to High School presentation.  The AG Department will share information to help our AG families learn how services look in high school.  Families will learn about Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Early Colleges and dual enrollment options.  This event is on Tuesday, January 14th from 6:00-7:30pm. You can chose either of the 2 locations:

Western Middle or Southwest Middle.

FBLA will be meeting Tuesday at 8:00 AM.

Any student interested in volunteering in the concession stand for all home basketball games from 4pm to 7pm should see Ms. Thomas.

Sports for this week:  

  • January 16th Girls and Boys Basketball is at home vs.Northern at 5:00pm Boys play first.
  • Northwest Wrestling will be at Northern at 5:30pm

 Please visit our school website for updated club information.

Thanks so much, and have a great night.  


Sunday, January 5th

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

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday break.  We are excited about seeing everyone tomorrow, and we are looking forward to starting off the new year strong.  

We want to remind everyone 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.

Band and Orchestra Students, please remember to bring all instruments to school tomorrow.  

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

Thursday 01/09/2020

  • NW Basketball at home vs. Jamestown; boys play first, starting at 4:45pm
  • Wrestling- NW@Jamestown 5:30

Please visit our school website for updated club information.

Thanks so much, and have a great night.  


Sunday, December 8th

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

On Friday December 13th we will be holding our annual Dunk Tank for United Way at lunch time in our Front Commons area.  We have multiple staff members that will be available for students to dunk.  Student can pay $3.00 for three throws, $5.00 for 5 throws, or for a $20.00 dollar donation, students can walk up and push the plunger to dunk their favorite staff member.  All proceeds from this even benefit the United Way of Greater Greensboro.

Parents, just a reminder to please bring your driver’s license every time you come inside the school to check out your student, to volunteer or be inside the building for any other reason. You will have to scan your drivers license on our updated  Identa-kid  identification system when you come in the front office.

All Lost and Found items will be put out in the front commons from December 9th through December 19th.  All items will be donated on December 20th. Parents, please tell your students to go through the lost and found items if they are missing anything before everything is donated.

  • December 10th, 6th grade Winter Band concert will be @ 6:30 in the school gym 
  • December 11th we will have the Winter chorus concert in the gym @ 7:00
  • On December 14, Remembrance Day, people across the country will attend vigils honoring the lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School 7 years ago. Our SAVE Club is asking anyone shopping through Amazon this season to choose Amazon Smile and name Sandy Hook Promise as their charity. There is no added cost to shoppers, but Amazon will donate 5% of the proceeds and it is an easy way to show your support. 
  • Tuesday, December 17th is the Robotics Club’s 1st Annual Mini Camp. Sign up soon space is limited! Mini camp is after school in Mrs. Sanchez’s Room, Room 103

Yearbooks can only be purchased online at ybpay.lifetouch.com. The price goes up December 20th so get yours today!

Any student interested in volunteering in the concession stand for all home basketball games from 4pm to 7pm should see Ms. Thomas Monday or Tuesday.

Sports for this week:  

  • Monday, December 9th NW Girls and Boys Basketball will play at Allen @ 4:45. Girls will play first.
  • Thursday December 12th NW will travel to Mendenhall for Girls and Boys Basketball game @ 4:45. Boys play first. On December 12th, NW will host Mendenhall for a match at 5:00pm

Please visit the NW school website for updated club information.

 Thanks so much, and have a great night!!

 


Sunday, December 1st

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

I hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving break, and we are excited about seeing everyone back at school tomorrow.  

  • On Tuesday, December 3rd Interim reports will be available in PowerSchool.  If you need a paper copy, please email your child's homeroom teacher.   Students who are failing a class will receive a paper copy to be signed by their parent or guardian.  
  • On December 4th Select 7th graders will go on a field trip to Biltmore and Linville Caverns.
  • December 4th select students will participate in the All County Band

Yearbooks can only be purchased online at ybpay.lifetouch.com. The price goes up December 20th so get yours today!

Any student interested in volunteering in the concession stand for all home basketball games from 4pm to 7pm should see Ms. Thomas Monday or Tuesday. The first home basketball game is Dec. 5.

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.  

Athletic events this week:  

  • December 5th NW will host Western for girls and boys basketball AT 4:45. Girls will play first.
  • Also, on December 5th NW wrestling team will be traveling to Western for a match at 5:30

Thanks so much, and have a great night.  


Sunday, November 24th

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

On Monday November 25th, we will have our Fall Athletic Awards Ceremony at 6:00pm in the Gym.

Any student interested in participating in the American Heart Association Hoops for Heart Free Throw contest should bring $1 to PE class Monday or Tuesday when they have PE class. All money raised will be donated to the American Heart Association.

Any student interested in volunteering in the concession stand for all home basketball games from 4pm to 7pm should see Ms. Thomas Monday or Tuesday. The first home basketball game is Dec. 5.

As a reminder, there will be no school from November 27th through November 29th for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We hope you all have a great time with friends and family over the break.

Please visit our school website for all updated club information.  

Thanks so much, and have a great night!!


Sunday, November 17th

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

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.

Student Council is selling Turkey Grams for $1 from Monday the 18th November the 22nd. Please send money with your student if they would like to buy turkey grams.

GCS All-County Orchestra Clinic is November 22nd & 23rd @ SW Guilford HS.

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!!

Color Guard Tryouts begin in the HS Band Room on Monday from 4-7. They will continue on Tuesday and Thursday.  Check with Mrs. Rickerts for any questions.

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. There is more information on the PTSO and school websites.  

  • Basketball and wrestling tryouts will begin Monday from 3:50 to 5:45. Current physicals and concussion forms are due to Ms. Thomas in the gym by 9am
  • Fall Athletic Awards are Monday, Nov. 25th at 6pm in the NW Middle School Gym

Please visit the NW school website for updated club information.

Thanks so much and have a great night!!


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.