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Start with HELLO WEEK - Sandy Hook Promise

Start With Hello! is a national program that 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 social isolation. It was created by the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation after the devastating school shooting in Newton, Connecticut in 2012 that took the lives of 27 people, including twenty first-graders.

Norton Middle School will be joining thousands of other schools across the country who will be participating in “Start With Hello! Week” from September 23-27, 2019. The Sandy Hook Promise Foundation began this program because in every school and community there are young people who suffer silently due to feeling left out, alone or invisible. We want to help our students feel seen, accepted and safe.

The three goals of this program are to teach students how to:

• See Someone Alone

• Reach Out and Help 

• Start With Hello

Social isolation is a growing epidemic in the United States and within our schools, and it can be associated with violent and suicidal behavior.  By participating in our Start With Hello! activities your child will be part of a nationwide movement to empower young people to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness!

Elec Simon visits our Middle School!

Tuesday, September 17, Norton Middle School was honored to host Elec Simon for an all-school assembly. Supporting each other. Leaving each other alone. Working together. Being unified. These were the messages. If you are a middle school parent, ask your child about the assembly; it was incredibly strong. Here...Elec works at the beginning of getting the kids with him.  Engages 800 students without a spoken word.  Check out the video!

National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony!

 This year Norton Middle School will induct 27 new members into the National Junior Honor Society.  These students have been selected after qualifying with the appropriate grade point average and community volunteer hours.   The induction ceremony will be Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 6:30PM.  The ceremony will take place in the middle school Panther Room.  If you have questions please contact adviser, Mr. Leimeister kleimeister@nortonschools.org
 

Chess Club to begin September 30, 2019

 Chess Club begins meeting on Monday, September 30 from 2:35-3:30PM.  The goal is to provide a friendly competition along with advancing skills in the game of chess.  All skill levels are welcome as students will be paired up accordingly.  Participation is voluntary; however brackets for play will be developed and advance notice of absence would be appreciated.  This is a fee free club!  Registration information is available in the cafeteria.  To get club updates use your cell phone, text 81010 with the message @chess19.  Feel free to email questions to Mr. Petit, apetit@nortonschools.org

It's time for ACADEMIC CHALLENGE!

Are you a fan of the TV show Jeopardy?  Would you enjoy competing against your classmates on academic questions?  Our Academic Challenge Team may be perfect for you!  An introductory meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 25, 2019  in room 244.   Mrs. Butcher is returning as our coach and is looking to train a team to compete at area Middle School Academic Challenge Team Tournaments.  The club will be meeting on Wednesdays and is open to all students in grades 5-8.  A $25 fee is charged for particpation.  If this club peaks your interest, please plan on attending the meeting where more information will be provided.  Parents please arrange for a 3:30PM pick-up.  Questions may be emailed to lbutcher@nortonschools.org  

Be The Change Club begins September 25, 2019

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to create positive change in your school and in your community? Did you know you can help impact and change the lives of others? Student members participate in various activities that help promote a positive culture and spread empathy, kindness, compassion and acceptance throughout the school and community. Students will work together to help effect positive change through innovative and creative ideas that help to build school pride and stronger community-school ties.  Be The Change Club is looking for new members!  This club is open to any student in grades 5-8.  This is a fee-free club, and no pre-registration is required.  Students, come join us on Wednesdays starting 9/25/2019 from 02:45-03:30- Please arrange for pick-up promptly at 3:30pm. 

Club sponsors are Mrs. McDonnell and Dr. Russo.  You may email questions to jmcdonnell@nortonschools.org 

Drama Club looking for Actors!

Have you heard it said that there is DRAMA in MIDDLE SCHOOL!  We mean it!  Our Drama Club is looking for motivated students in grades 5-8 to audition for our spring play entitled, "In the Hood".  Practice will take place throughout the school year, with our production being performed in the Performing Art Center at the High School in early May.  Audition applications are currently available for any student interested.  Stop by room 251 and pick up an application.  Please email questions to Mr. Davis, mdavis@nortonschools.org.

SIP Club to begin September 5, 2019

Thursday, September 5 will be the first meeting of our SIP Club.  The SIP Club promotes social interaction among peers without the use of technology.  Students play cards, board games and participate in outdoor fun!  The club is open to students of all grade-levels and is sponsored by staff member, Mrs. Arnold.  Students may attend any Thursday without prior arrangements, students will gather in the cafeteria at the dismissal bell.  Pick-up time is 3:30PM.  If you have any questions, you may contact Mrs. Arnold at marnold@nortonschools.org.

Youth Fellowship Group called IMPACT CLUB begins Tuesday, 9/10.

 Each Tuesday a youth fellowship club will begin meeting in the Panther Room.  This is a student led group with the Student Leadership Team also meeting once a week.  The objective of the group is to connect with each other through fun activities creating a positive IMPACT in the middle school.  Students wanting to attend will report to the Panther Room at the dismissal bell.  A student does not have to commit to every Tuesday, but can attend as their schedule allows.  Parents please arrange pick-up at 3:30PM.  

6th graders participate in a new community program entitled: TomTod.

Each Thursday our 6th graders will participate in lessons with our community partner program called TomTod, which stands for tomorrow's ideas today.  TomTod's empowers middle school students to explore and launch imaginative ideas that spark positive change in their community and the world.  Students will grapple with the importance of new ideas and thinking critically. They gain confidence in how they communicate, understand how to research and explore new ideas, and think deeply about how our actions influence each other and how we can all work together for the common good.
If you have a 6th grader, please ask about the TomTod program and presenter, Mr. Pat.   

Picture RETAKE Day!

Students will have their school pictures retaken on Friday, September 27.  New picture envelopes will go out prior to retake day.  

Drop-in for Donuts

Please join us for donuts and conversation focused on improving the middle school.  Each quarter the administration, counseling department and available teaching staff will join parents for coffee and donuts.  It is an informal opportunity to share ideas and suggestions for improvement.  Please feel free to bring younger children.  We will meet in the Panther Room from 8:00AM - 8:45AM.  Our kick-off meeting is Thursday, September 19.  Other dates are as follows:  November 19, February 19 and May 19.  Please join us!

Cell Phone Policy

Panther's Closet is OPEN!

At times we all need a little help from our friends.......Norton's Panther Closet has clothes, shoes, coats and school supplies available for free.  Please contact our Counseling Department at 330-825-5607 and ask for either Mrs. McDonald or Dr. Russo and they will assist you.  

Panther Time

 During the first two weeks of school all students have been particpating in team building activities.  These activities support our focus this year, We Roar. Together.  Please check out the pictures from the events.  

Register your Giant Eagle Advantage Card® and use it every time you shop. It raises money for our SCHOOL!

How the Program Works

Make the most out of this one-of-a-kind educational award program! Simply register your Giant Eagle Advantage Card with Apples for the Students and use it each time you shop at Giant Eagle to earn points for your school. Earning points is simple! With every scan of your registered Giant Eagle Advantage Card at the cash register, points are automatically credited to your selected school.

It’s Easy to Register!

  1. Sign in to gianteagle.com or create an account.
  2. Register your Giant Eagle Advantage Card® online.
  3. Visit the My School Programs page and enter the code of the school that you’d like to receive points. You can also register to earn points for more than one school!                                                                                                             Norton Middle School's Code is 5618
  4. You’re done! Be sure to encourage your family and friends to register.

Washington DC Field Trip Information

Washington DC Field Trip Information

Click here to go to the Washington DC field trip webpage.
Extra Help Available

Extra Help Available

All teachers at NMS have a help sign posted on or near their doors that informs students when a teacher is available for extra help. Students will need to schedule an appointment with a teacher to meet during the designated time. Click here to see an example.

My DynaCal

You can now create your own personalized calendar for Norton City Schools’ events. With this personalized calendar you can get alerts for changes to the calendar and changes in events. You can view our calendar on your mobile device by going to http://m.dynacal.com/nortonschool. For quick access you can add the URL to your home screen on your mobile device.  
Click the News Title link to create your own calendar!
When to Keep Your Child Home

When to Keep Your Child Home

Please keep your child home from school if....
District Vision:
Every Child Every Day 
 
District Mission:
To inspire life-long learning in a caring, safe environment through challenging educational experiences for every child every day.