A Message for NMS Parents & Guardians

Posted by Sean Siciliano on 3/18/2020

Greetings Nichols Middle School Families,

I hope this email finds everyone healthy and safe. As a district and school we have been working diligently to develop a plan moving forward to help our students and families cope while we are forced to make adjustments to our everyday routine. We realize these times are challenging for our families and we have tried to come up with some ideas to bring a sense of normalcy while we are dealing with the stresses that we are currently living under. Please know that our Nichols Middle School family, including administrators, faculty, and staff are here for you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any one of us for assistance and support.

At this time, I would like to take a moment to update you about a few items and share some resources that may help you in the weeks ahead.  

School Closed

Please note that all buildings are closed to visitors.  Office hours will be staggered and the best way to contact us is through email at gthomas@middleboro.k12.ma.us. Office phone messages will be checked periodically as onsite work is permitted.

Need Support?

Please do not hesitate to contact me or your child’s classroom teachers if you need any kind of support as we can assist you with finding resources. In addition, Megan Quirke, our Family Resource Coordinator, is accessible via email or phone call at mquirke@middleboro.k12.ma.us or 508-946-4319. She has resources available to all of Middleborough Families on her web page under the Community tab at the top of the district home page and locate Middleborough Family Resource Center. The link is as follows http://middleborofamilyresourcecenter.blogspot.com/

Breakfast and lunch will be served Monday-Friday from 9:00-10:00AM at the Henry B. Burkland School. This is a Grab & Go event, so families just need to pull up to the HBB main entrance to receive the meals provided by the district. This is offered to all families in the district.

Keep Kids Active and Setting a Schedule

Maintaining consistency and some sort of schedule is essential for students over the next three weeks and we are asking parents to do their best to keep children active and intellectually engaged.  Our hope is that video games etc. will be limited during traditional school hours and that you encourage your child to engage in some of the activities and opportunities we will be providing in the coming days.  

As a district, we have created a special web page for these three weeks which can be found on our school’s website (Covid-19 Update Center).  On this page you will find a variety of resources designed to support student learning and you will also find sample schedules that you might be helpful during the next few weeks   The district will send out information on how to access ClassLink. This is where you will find a number of academic resources and websites that would be a great alternative to video games.  

Academic Enrichment and Teacher Contact

In addition to the resources listed above on our website, teachers will be reaching out with additional enrichment opportunities for students.  Please note that all suggestions and activities listed on our website, as well as activities suggested by teachers are optional and will not be graded.  We do hope, however, that you will encourage your child to participate as it’s our goal to ensure all students remain intellectually engaged and ready for when school is back in session.  

Talking to your kids

Talking to you kids during these challenging times is important but it can be tough to figure out what to say.  Please check out these websites for some tips and suggestions.

CDC Talking to Kids

Child Mind Institute Talking to Kids


Report Cards

At the middle school level, report cards will be sent home electronically through our school portal, Aspen. Parents/guardians will receive an email outlining how to access your child’s report card in the next few weeks. Report cards will be distributed to families through Aspen by the close of Tuesday, March 31st.

Download our MPS Mobile App 

Did you know that Middleborough Public Schools has a Mobile App?! Stay connected while you’re on the go with our FREE mobile app that will bring you the latest news and information about our schools. We are posting all the information you need about our schools including the COVID-19 Update Center with updated information, frequently asked questions and helpful links.

Search Middleborough Public Schools in the App store or google play store. 

 Sample Daily Schedule

Time

Focus

Activities

8:30 - 9:30

Start the Day

Get dressed, eat breakfast, brush your teeth, make your bed

9:30 - 10:15

Morning Reading 

Literacy Ideas: 

  • silent reading of a choice book
  • in person, phone ,or video call a family member to discuss today’s reading

10:15 - 10:45 

Break

Break Ideas

  • make a snack
  • play inside or play outside
  • read
  • listen to an audiobook
  • technology 

10:45 - 11:15 

Writing Practice

Writing Ideas:

  • write a journal entry about your reading
  • write a letter or email to a friend or family member
  • start a blog about your experience at home - blogger is free and you can find tutorials on youtube (we highly recommend disabling comments and not posting identifying information or identifying pictures online)
  • write a letter to a teacher, counselor, secretary, custodian, assistant principal or principal

11:15 - 12:00 

Character Strong & Household Help 

  • complete your Character Strong challenge 
  • what can you do to help your family?

12:00 - 12:30 

Lunch

  • help make lunch
  • help clean up lunch

12:30 - 1:00

Math Practice

Math Strategies:

  • practice math on IXL

1:00 - 1:30 

Social Science Exploration 

Social Science Ideas

  • listen to a podcast or watch an educational video series on a topic you would like to learn more about 
  • explore social studies topics on brainpop
  • research a mythology that interests you
  • explore the Smithsonian Museum websites and or the British Museum website

1:30 - 2:00

Break

Break Ideas

  • make a snack
  • play inside or play outside
  • read
  • listen to an audiobook
  • technology 

2:00 - 2:30 

Science Exploration

Science Ideas:

  • listen to a podcast or watch an educational video series on a topic you would like to learn more about 
  • explore science topics on brainpop
  • research hands-on experiments you can do at home with household materials (with an adult)

2:30 - 3:00 

Arts Exploration

Arts Ideas:

  • draw, paint, try origami 
  • sing, practice an instrument, watch a music tutorial video
  • dance, practice gymnastics, practice yoga, look up a home workout routine for middle schoolers
  • try out or practice a second language using video tutorials online
  • research recipes and help plan out and make dinner

** Please see the district web page for additional links and resources.

Additional Activities:

Family Game Time

Family Stop Everything and Read

Family Movie


Helpful link for Enrichment Ideas

https://padlet.com/bwittcoff/cduol6lomzfo

As more information becomes available, I will share it via email, as well as our social media applications. You can find us on Facebook by liking our page. IYou can find us at “John T. Nichols Middle School - NMS,” We are also on Twitter. You can find us at @JTNicholsMS.

In the meantime, If you have any questions, or need more information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Things are rapidly changing, but I will always do my best to answer promptly and to the best of my ability.

Please stay safe and know my thoughts are with you all.

Regards,

Mr. Gregory D. Thomas
Principal
John T. Nichols Jr. Middle School