What's New
Nathan Hale Middle School, Norwalk CT
Message from the Main Office
March 28, 2018
 

THE LATEST NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS!  

Remember to scroll down for the easy to read weekly calendar at the end of this email!

DEADLINE TO ORDER A YEARBOOK  IS APRIL 20, 2018! Scroll down for order info!
SCHOOL CLOSURES & EARLY DISMISSALS:
THIS FRIDAY - MARCH 30 - Schools Closed in observance of Good Friday - Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all of our families who celebrate. 

The week of April 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - Schools Closed for Spring Vacation

Monday, May 28 - Schools Closed for Memorial Day

Last day of school has not yet been determined. 
NOTE TO ALL PARENTS - 
If your child is NOT attending a trip - such as Nature's Classroom, Boston, Medieval Times, or one of the music trips, they must still come to school. Teachers will be here to teach students staying behind. Students often tell their parents that they do not need to come to school that day. Please note that we do expect all students to attend school.

PARENTS OF STUDENTS ON THE NATURE'S CLASSROOM TRIP - 
Students will be arriving back at Nathan Hale tomorrow between 4:00-5:00pm
DON'T FORGET TO PICK UP ANY ITEMS LEFT BEHIND FROM THE TRIP!
April 
2: Last day to pick up all medications from the nurse left from the Nature's Classroom trip. All medications will be discarded by 3:00pm
April 6: Last day to pick up clothing and bedding left behind from the Nature's Classroom trip. All items all be discarded by 3:00pm 

NEW! THE DIGITAL MEDIA PATHWAY ACADEMY at NORWALK HIGH SCHOOL 
The lottery application for the Norwalk High School Digital Media & Communications Academy (DMCA) at the new Innovation Center is now live. The DMCA program will accept 50 rising grade 9 students for the upcoming school year. New to the program this year, 10 students will be chosen via the lottery system from across the district. Cross-district students will be enrolled as full time Norwalk High School students and will graduate with a Norwalk High School diploma as long as they remain in the program. 
Entrance into the program is through a lottery application process. 

For additional information about the Digital Media & Communications Academy, visit:
https://nhs.norwalkps.org/staff_directory/socialstudies/digital_media_pathway
The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 25, 2018
THE McMAHON HEALTHCARE ACADEMY LOTTERY CLOSES SOON!
If your Grade 8 student is interested in the program, please apply as soon as possible!
DEADLINE IS THIS SATURDAY! 
The program, which offers students the ability to earn health certifications through a partnership with Norwalk Community College (NCC) and Norwalk Hospital, is now accepting 50 rising grade 9 students, including 10 who will be selected from across the district. Those chosen via the lottery system will be enrolled as full time Brien McMahon students and will graduate with a Brien McMahon diploma as long as they remain in the program. 

Students who participate in the McMahon Healthcare Academy can earn certification, which will enable them to secure jobs after graduation, such as Emergency Medical Technicians, Phlebotomy Assistants and Patient Care Technicians.

The Academy is an approved school for the Biomedical Science pathway for which all students will take the three-course sequence, as part of their experience in the program with the opportunity to earn college credit in these areas. They will also gain membership in Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), a national organization of future healthcare professionals. Students enrolled in the Academy will engage in a rich, integrated curriculum, and will have access to authentic experiences including fieldwork across a number of healthcare disciplines. Students in grade 9 and 20 will participate in field experiences at NCC. Juniors and seniors will take classes in the evening at NCC. Concurrently with required science classes, students will be following the 3-course Biomedical Science sequence of Project Lead the Way. Entrance into the McMahon Healthcare Academy is by lottery application only. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2018.

For additional information about the McMahon Healthcare Academy, visit
REMINDER! NORWALK SMILES DENTIST AT NATHAN HALE MARCH 26-APRIL 6
If your child regularly sees the Norwalk Smiles dentist, she will be back next week for oral hygiene visits.
Are you aware of the wonderful healthcare services Community Health Center, Inc. brings to your child school? Without missing school time, all students who enroll for Mobile Dental services can have their teeth cleaned. Our dental hygienist is friendly, qualified and licensed to provide care to children and adolescents. All students, insured and uninsured, are welcomed to enroll. There are no out of pocket costs except a small cost will be billed for dental visits if you do not have insurance. However, if you don't have insurance, we are here to help you find insurance. You can enroll online:
www.sbhc1.com or contact us to mail you a hard copy at 860-347-6971 x3796
Please click here to see the services offered, as well as pricing: NorwalkSmiles Mobile Dental Lab 

REMINDER! UPCOMING SPRING TESTING SCHEDULE
Parents please ensure that your child is well rested, and eats a healthy breakfast before school on these testing days. Remember, a child that is tired and not nourished with protein and water will do poorly on a test.
 
SBAC Testing for all students - week of April 23-27, 2018
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is a standardized test that creates Common Core State Standards-aligned tests that is used in several states.

NGSS Testing for Grade 8 students onl
y - May 8 & 9, 2018
Next Generation Science Standards are K-12 science content standards. Standards set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do. The NGSS were developed by states to improve science education for all students. 

NWEA MAP Testing for all students - week of May 14-18, 2018
Northwest Evaluation Association. The NWEA is a non-profit organization that has assessed over 4.5 million students, with a presence in 49 countries, 50 states and 3400 school districts. MAP stands for Measure of Academic Progress.

Read 180 & System 44 Testing for students in either class - May 23, 24, 25, 2018
Read 180 students will take a reading test, while System 44 will take a phonics test.

YOUR PARTICIPATION IS NEEDED! 
SAVE THE DATE - FRIDAY MAY, 25 - IN HONOR OF MEMORIAL DAY -
PURCHASE A "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS" STICKER FOR $5.00, WEAR IT ON FRIDAY MAY 25 - ANY STUDENT WEARING THE STICKER MAY DRESS IN PAJAMAS THAT DAY, STAFF WEARING A STICKER MAY HAVE A "DRESS DOWN" DAY! 
Stickers will be on sale May 14th and will be sent to homerooms on Friday morning. Students must wear a sticker in order to wear pajamas. All proceeds will go to the GI Go Fund, which Nathan Hale supports every Memorial Day and Veteran's Day. The money used goes to support our veterans returning from active duty, and to veterans of all ages in need of human services, housing and jobs. If any parents would like to purchase a sticker and wear it to work, please let us know! We would be happy to send a sticker home with your child! Contact School Secretary, Kathy Gamcsik in the Main Office by replying to this email.

Please spread the word on our mission to help our veterans and service-members' families. Here is our page on the GI Go website for donations and more information -   
On behalf of all our former and current service members, we thank you for your help in making their world a little bit better! The GI Go Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. For more information on how they assist military families, call 866-389-4446 or
NOTE: OPEN HOUSE FOR INCOMING GRADE 6 STUDENTS
will be held at the end of May or beginning of June. If you have any friends whose children will be attending Nathan Hale next year, please spread the word. Thanks!!
(Students who will be coming to NHMS for Grade 6 in the fall will receive Nathan Hale Emergency Forms at their child's elementary school in a sealed envelope in April. Forms need to be completed and returned to NHMS by mid-May to ensure that new parents receive our emails over the summer.)

NOTE: PROMOTION FOR GRADE 8 - DATE NOT YET DETERMINED
By the end of April, we should have a firm date for Grade 8 Promotion. Details regarding tickets, etc. will all be announced when we have an actual date from city hall. The number of tickets that will be available to each family is yet to be determined. Thank you for your patience! 

PENNIES FOR PATIENTS - online option to donate!
Here is the link for our school donation page for Pennies for Patients: http://events.lls.org/pages/ctwhv/NathanHaleMiddleSchool-2018
Our Goal is to fundraise $2018 for the year 2018 as a school.
 
ANY YANKEE FANS OUT THERE?
Fox Run School is selling tickets to a Yankees Game on Saturday, May 5, 2018 - NY vs. Cleveland Indians. Game time: 1:05pm. Tickets are only $35 per person, normally $65. An order form can be printed below. Please send or drop off your orders to Fox Run Elementary School, 228 Fillow St., Norwalk - 203-899-2860. Any questions, please contact Fox Run. Nathan Hale is not selling tickets directly.
Deadline to turn in orders to Fox Run is Thursday, April 5, 2018.
Please click to print: NY Yankees Order Form 

DO YOU HAVE UNWANTED CANS AT HOME???
Our own Mr. Socci is collecting cans to be able to purchase items for his Encore class. Please drop off redeemable cans and bottles to the Main Office. We will get them to him. We thank you for your help!!

DO YOU HAVE PLANS FOR YOUR CHILD FOR SUMMER VACATION?
Check out the what the Norwalk Public Schools' Summer Sports Camps have to offer -
Baseball, baseball, field hockey, gym games and volleyball are offered at various schools throughout the city. PF Camp (Personal Fulfillment Camp) is also offered for grades K-8. Please click her to access the Norwalk Summer Programs information page for both the Sports Programs and PF Camp: https://www.norwalkps.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=71681&pageId=34296487
Please click here for the Sports Camp Flyer:
Norwalk Summer Sports Camps

More summer camp info is located in the Community News sections, please scroll down.
 
DEADLINE IS AT THE END OF THIS MONTH!
C.H.E.T. DREAM BIG ESSAY CONTEST FOR STDENTS IN K-8
Students have the opportunity to earn a CHET 529 College Savings Account contribution. (Connecticut Higher Education Trust)
The theme for students in Grade 4-8 is: "Tell us how you will change the world after college" in 250 words or less. To obtain the forms and requirements, the Official Rules and a complete description of the awards, visit: 
Deadline is Friday, March 30, 2018
Forms can be sent by mail or sent online. All entries sent by mail must be stamped by March 30, 2018 and received by April 4, 2018.

ATTENDANCE
Ms. Barbara Riley is now the Office Assistant in the Main Office. She will be handling attendance. 
If your child is out, please email Ms. Riley - RileyB@NorwalkPS.orgto report an absence
ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK! DEADLINE TO ORDER IS APRIL 20, 2018!
If you have not already done so, don't forget to order the 2017-2018 NHMS Yearbook! Don't miss out by pre-ordering now!
Please click here to print out an order form:
Or, go online to order -
DANCES:
April 27, 2018 - Spring Dance

FIELD TRIPS GRADE 6:
Grade 6 to Medieval Times, Friday, April 20, 2018
SAVE THE DATE: Grade 6, 7, 8 to see "The Addams Family" play at Norwalk High School, May 1, 2017
Grade 6 Orchestra students to the High Notes Festival, May 24, 2018

FIELD TRIPS GRADE 7:

Nature's Classroom - March 27, 28, 29, 2018
March 29: Return time will be between 4:00-5:00pm on Thursday
- April 2: Last day to pick up all medications from the nurse left from the Nature's Classroom trip. All medications will be discarded by 3:00pm
- April 6: Last day to pick up clothing and bedding left behind from the Nature's Classroom trip. All items all be discarded by 3:00pm 
SAVE THE DATE: Grade 6, 7, 8 to see "The Addams Family" play at Norwalk High School, May 1, 2017

FIELD TRIPS GRADE 8:
SAVE THE DATE: Grade 6, 7, 8 to see "The Addams Family" play at Norwalk High School, May 1, 2017
"After-SBAC Testing Bowling Party" for Grade 8, Friday, May 4, 2018 at BowlMor Lanes in Norwalk. 

Boston - May 30, 31 and June 1 - 
Cost: $570
Payment Schedule:
March 8 - $120 due
April 9 - $110 due
 
MUSIC DEPARTMENT:
Concert Dates:
May 09, 2018
May 16, 2018 (alternative concert date)
May 23, 2018
Please scroll down to Grade 6, 7 and 8 sections for music rehearsal dates and times.
STUDENT COUNCIL:
The Pennies for Patients donation program runs the entire month of March. 
Reminder to parents - if your child calls you to bring lunch or any other item to school, remind them to come to the office on their own between classes to see if the item has been dropped off. We will call students down between classes if possible, but we expect students to come on their own to check. We have outlined this in our NHMS Info Book if you need further reference. Thank you. 

Please note that we do not allow parents to order food to be delivered to their child at school. 
You can personally drop off food for your child, but we will not accept deliveries from local restaurants. The delivery drivers will be turned away. Thank you for your cooperation.

Please note, bus passes will be checked every day - morning and afternoon
Students must have a pass to ride the bus.
 

Students who have lost a pass can get a new pass from the Main Office for $1.00 and must come first thing in the morning. Passes cannot be replaced on demand at the end of the day. Please ensure your child has their pass in a safe place. We recommend placing the bus pass inside the clear sleeve of your child's binder, that way, they don't have to take it out.
 
 

NATHAN HALE 'HOUSE' T-SHIRTS & HOODIES!
JUSTICE HOUSE (HOUSE 1)
Please click here to print out an order form: 
REVOLUTION HOUSE (HOUSE 2)
Please click here to print out an order form: 
LIBERTY HOUSE (HOUSE 3)
Please click here to print out an order form: 

ORDER A YEARBOOK TODAY!
Don't wait until the last minute! Order your child's yearbook now, and have the option of having their name inscribed on the front. Yearbooks will be for sale at the end of the year, but there will be a limited number available, and at a higher price with no personalization!
Click here to print an order form:
DO YOU HAVE PHOTOS TO ADD TO OUR YEARBOOK?
Members of the Nathan Hale community can upload images for consideration in the yearbook . Please visit: community.lifetouch.com. Use the code: KSVRNF

If you have any photos from class project presentations, dances, field trips, performances, etc. throughout the year, please upload the photo! It may be just the one we are looking for to make the yearbook extra fantastic!
STAFF E-MAIL CONTACT LIST
As you all know, email is the best and most efficient way to contact your child's teacher or another staff member. Because of numerous phone issues in the building, teachers should be contacted by email only. Please click here for the complete list of staff members at Nathan Hale:


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