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A Message from the Principal: February 25, 2022


Posted Date: 02/28/2022

A Message from the Principal: February 25, 2022

HOLIDAYS & CLOSURES:

Thursday, March 17: All Schools 90-min Early Dismissal, due to conferences at the elementary school affecting buses. Nathan Hale closes at 1:20pm

 

Thursday, March 24: All Schools 90-min Early Dismissal, due to Professional Development for Staff. Nathan Hale closes at 1:20pm

 

Monday, March 28: All Schools 2-Hour Early Dismissal, due to Professional Development for Staff. Nathan Hale closes at 12:50pm

 

Friday, April 15: All Schools Closed for Good Friday

 

Monday, April 18 - Friday, April 22: All Schools Closed for Spring Recess

 

Monday, April 25: All Schools 2-Hour Early Dismissal, due to Professional Development for Staff. Nathan Hale closes at 12:50pm

Greetings Nathan Hale Parents and Guardians,  

  

We hope you are home and staying safe, out of the snow and sleet! 

 

I wanted to share with you what Nathan Hale Middle School has been doing to honor Black History Month. Each morning during announcements, students hear about a prominent African American in history. So far, students learned about the following people:

Shirley Chisholm - Pioneer for African-American women holding major roles in the government, Chisholm was elected as the first African-American Congresswoman, and later became the first leader of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Bessie Coleman - First licensed Black pilot in the world.

Claudette Colvin - at 15-year-old, was the first Black person on record to defiantly choose not to sit at the back of the bus.

Ruby Bridges - At age 6, Bridges embarked on a historic walk to school as the first African American student to integrate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana.

Alice Coachman - First African American woman from any country to win an Olympic Gold Medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. She set the record for the high jump at the Games, leaping to 5 feet and 6 1/8 inches

Jane Boland - First Black woman to attend Yale Law school in 1931 and the first Black female judge in 1939!

 

Yesterday, (Thursday, February 24th) the entire Nathan Hale student body watched the film “Hidden Figures” in homerooms to celebrate women in science. “Hidden Figures,” tells the story of three brilliant African American women at NASA - Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson - who served as the brains behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. If you haven't seen it, I urge everyone to watch the story of the amazing female mathematicians and their stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, and turned around the Space Race of the 1960s.

 

On Monday, February 28, all students and teachers will participate in a program to help understand who they are as Nathan Hale citizens, and to celebrate and work to understand Black identity and how that intersects with the values we hold within our school community. A group of panelists, including Norwalk Common Council members, Ms. Darlene Young, and Mr. Greg Burnett, and Board of Education member, Ms. Sherell Harris, will provide their unique insight into questions from students and faculty. (This program was originally scheduled for today.)

 

Then, Dean of Students, Ms. Stephanie Peckham, will host grade-level assemblies celebrating student achievements in the first semester of the school year. These awards will be focused not only on academics but also on students who exemplify the values of our campus. While other grades are in their assembly, the Arts Coach, Ms. Elizabeth Simmons, and the Technology Liaison, Mr. Malcolm Welfare, will provide activities for homerooms to complete that reinforce the ideas discussed in the panel presentation.

 

I have one more important reminder for parents of Grade 6 students, from the School Nurse, specifically for parents of Grade 6 students:

 

State law requires ALL Grade 6 students to have a physical exam at their doctor during their Grade 6 year BEFORE they enter Grade 7. Doctors' offices quickly get booked during the summer months. Please schedule your child's physical for this Spring. Without a recent physical, your child will not be able to enter a Connecticut School at the end of August. Students entering Grade 7 next year must be up to date on all vaccinations. Any questions, please contact School Nurse, Mrs. Page Seyfried - SeyfriedP@NorwalkPS.org

 

Please note: The physical exam must be on the Connecticut Health Form which is available from your Pediatrician's office. Forms can also be printed at home using this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uwd3GAlHGw8xLVw3DDxKVhWsxtemCo1v/view

 

I urge parents and guardians to make their child's appointment now, to avoid delays during the summer. Again, any student entering Grade 7 for the new school year in August will not be allowed to start the school year without a physical on file with the nurse.

 

As always, please let us know how we may be of service to you. Enjoy your weekend… 😊 

ACADEMIC UPDATES 

English Language Arts & Math Newsletters!

Please click on the blue links below to read all about what your children are currently learning in these targeted curriculum areas! Many thanks to Mrs. Holly Balsinger, ELA Instructional Coach, and Ms. Riley Northrop, Math Instructional Coach for writing and creating the newsletter. Additional thanks to Mrs. Mercedes Tomasi for translating the documents!

 

Reading Corner February 2022



Math Corner February 2022

 

Important Contact Numbers You Need:

Please keep for future reference.

 

Main Number: 203-899-2910, then extension number listed below:

Fax: 203-899-2914

 

Attendance Line: ext 18200 - leave a message

Attendance, Early Dismissal, Registrations & Withdrawals:

Mrs. Vernita Grasty - GrastyG@NorwalkPS.org - ext 17208

 

Nurse: Mrs. Page Seyfried - SeyfriedP@NorwalkPS.org - ext 17207

 

Counselor, Grade 6: Mrs. Luisa Borea - BoreaL@NorwalkPS.org - ext 17212

Counselor, Grade 7: Ms. Erica Satterfield - SatterfieldE@NorwalkPS.org - ext 17210

Counselor, Grade 8: Ms. Tasha Sherrill - SherrillT@NorwalkPS.org - ext 17211

Social Worker: Ms. Elle Zopounidis - ZopounidisE@NorwalkPS.org - ext 17214

School Psychologist: Mrs. Olga Larina - LarinaO@NorwalkPS.org - ext 17206

 

House Leader for Arts House: Mr. Jay Gerlach - GerlachJ@NorwalkPS.org

House Leader for Traditional House: Mrs. Christy Counts - CountsC@NorwalkPS.org

 

Dean of Students: Ms. Stephanie Peckham - PeckhamS@NorwalkPS.org - ext 17205

Assistant Principal: Mr. James Crouch - CrouchJ@NorwalkPS.org

Principal: Mr. Eric Jackson - JacksonE@NorwalkPS.org

 

Issues with Chromebooks and Chromebook Replacements:

Tech Coordinator for Nathan Hale: Mr. Keith Morey - MoreyK@NorwalkPS.org

Verizon Liaison for Chromebook Program: Mr. Malcolm Welfare - WelfareM@NorwalKPS.org

 

BARK After School Program Director: Dr. Thomas Stanford - StanfordT@NorwalkPS.org

BARK Cell Phone: 203-804-7550 - For early dismissal from the program, absences and or questions. Please DO NOT call the Main Office, or show up at the front door after the regular school day for BARK pick-ups. Please call the BARK number first. Thank you!

 

After School Programs Coordinator (Sports & Activities): Ms. Jan Folchetti -

FolchettiJ@NorwalkPS.org

 

Email is the BEST way to reach a staff member. Counselors and administration are often in meetings and not available to take phone calls. If you do call, PLEASE leave a message so they can return your call when they are available.

 

Durham School Buses 203-428-4092 - contact for late buses, items left on bus, etc

Transportation Departnment at Norwalk Public Schools - for bus pass replacement, bus stop issues, etc - Transportation@NorwalkPS.org

SCHOOL NEWS:

 

NHMS is on Social Media!

Nathan Hale is officially on Social Media! Please follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to keep updated on all the happenings within our school.

 

Instagram: @nathanhalems_ct

Twitter: @nathanhalems_ct

Facebook: Nathan Hale Middle School (with the blue "Star" logo:)

Reporting Your Child's Positive Covid-19 Test to the School:

Parents, please email your child's positive Home Test or document showing a positive PCR test, to our school Nurse, Mrs. Page Seyfried - SeyfriedP@NorwalkPS.org. She will reach out to you if any additional information is needed. Please also include our Attendance Coordinator, Mrs. Vernita Grasty, so she can update attendance: GrastyV@NorwalkPS.org

 

Those students who are in isolation or are quarantining should check Google Classroom daily for any assignments to complete at home - if they are well enough. Please realize that many teachers are also home sick, so assignments for some classes may be missing. Any missed classwork will be made up when your child, or the teacher, is back in school.

 

We have been asked by Central Office to suspend sending home emails regarding positivity numbers among students, as it is not a perfect science. Therefore, we will send an email advising that a new case of Covid-19 has been identified within the school community (staff and students) each day that new cases are reported.

 

Re-Cap: Student Discipline 

Together, we will maintain a safe and productive learning environment where all students are 

engaged in productive learning. Thank you for your contributions and cooperation. Let’s all do our part to tackle small problems before they become bigger. Students respond well to consistent adult structure. Staff has been instructed to do their part by doing the following: 

·       Issue hall passes (one student out at a time)

·       Cell phones are off and away all school day

·       Document student behavior issues

·       Communicate with parents/guardians regarding behavioral issue.

A FEW IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR PARENTS:

MASKS: Masks must be worn by students at all times. WIth Covid-19 positivity rates soaring again, we need to remind everyone that masks need to be up and over the nose!

 

PHONES: Students should not have cell phones out during the school day. Phones are being confiscated if they are out and being used. Air pods are not to be word during the day. Remember, the school is not responsible for lost phones or airpods.

 

WATER BOTTLES: Students should have their OWN water bottles in school for water fountain use. The school does not supply cups for students. Please make sure your child's name is written in permanent marker on the bottle.

 

CHROMEBOOKS: Broken or damaged chromebooks must be reported to our Tech Coordinator, Mr. Malcolm Welfare - WelfareM@NorwalkPS.org

 

PICKING UP FOR EARLY DISMISSAL: Finally, parents are arriving at school to pick up their child for early dismissal without prior notification. Notes are required in the morning so your child will be ready for pick up. No early dismissals between 2:30-2:50pm at the end of the day. Please read below for the full overview - we keep this in every week's email to families.

REMINDER: Early Dismissal Procedure

If you are picking up your child EARLY from school, send in a written note with your child in the morning - include your child's name and the time and reason they are leaving early.

 

Notes are to be brought to Mrs. Grasty in the Counseling Office before homeroom She will then update the Daily Attendance to indicate that your child is leaving early. Her direct line in 203-899-2910 x17208.

 

Your child should come on their own to meet you at the Security Desk at the appointed time. This will eliminate us looking for your child in the building and interrupting classes.

 

Please sign them out in the notebook and have your ID ready. Only those friends and family members listed on your child's emergency form are allowed to pick up your child.

 

No Early Dismissals between 2:30-2:50pm as busses are entering the parking lot for the close of the school day.

 

Thank you for your understanding and following this procedure. We are currently getting between 15-20 "emergency" or last-minute requests to find students for Early Dismissal. This is disruptive to classrooms and takes both security and office staff away from their locations to find your child.

Be sure to scroll down to the end of this email for a Calendar list of important dates!

In-School Covid-19 Testing at Nathan Hale Every Wednesday

In collaboration with Progressive Diagnostics, NPS is offering free Covid PCR testing for all unvaccinated NPS elementary and middle school students beginning with the week of September 27.

 

Research shows that school-based screening testing helps to identify cases sooner, rather than waiting for symptoms to develop. 

 

Progressive Diagnostics will offer free testing once a week at each school to unvaccinated students, not exhibiting any Covid-related symptoms, with parental consent.

 

Consent forms can be accessed by clicking on this link: https://progressive-diagnostics.com/school-testing/consent-form/

 

Schools will not be responsible for selecting students to participate in this program. Parents interested in having their child participate may submit the form electronically.

 

The test is a non-invasive swabbing of the lower nostrils (no “brain tickling”) and takes only a few seconds to collect.

 

Results will be available to parents within 24 hours via a HIPAA compliant online portal.

As we work together to keep our students and staff safe, please continue to keep your child home if they aren’t feeling well, or exhibiting any Covid symptoms. For additional information regarding Progressive school testing click here. FAQ’s in English or Spanish are available for viewing as well.

B.A.R.K. CONTACT INFORMATION:

For parents whose children are enrolled in the Carver Foundations' B.A.R.K. After-School Program: The program Director is Dr Thomas Stanford. If you need to pick up your child early, or have to inform Dr. Stanford of a change in plans, please contact him directly on the BARK Phone Number: 203-804-7550. That is the most efficient way of reaching the program.

CALENDAR:

 

Thursday, March 17: All Schools 90-min Early Dismissal, due to conferences at the elementary school affecting buses. Nathan Hale closes at 1:20pm

 

Thursday, March 24: All Schools 90-min Early Dismissal, due to Professional Development for Staff. Nathan Hale closes at 1:20pm

 

Monday, March 28: All Schools 2-Hour Early Dismissal, due to Professional Development for Staff. Nathan Hale closes at 12:50pm

 

Friday, April 15: All Schools Closed for Good Friday

 

Monday, April 18 - Friday, April 22: All Schools Closed for Spring Recess

 

Monday, April 25: All Schools 2-Hour Early Dismissal, due to Professional Development for Staff. Nathan Hale closes at 12:50pm

 

Monday, May 16: All Schools 2-Hour Early Dismissal, due to Professional Development for Staff. Nathan Hale closes at 12:50pm

 

Monday, May 30: All Schools Closed in observance of Memorial Day

 

Tentative last day of school: June 16, 2022, subject to change due to snow closures.