New Nitschmann Middle School Earns Gold LEED Status For Energy Efficient Design

Nitschmann Middle School was recently recognized as achieving the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standard.

The U.S. Green Building Council provides a series of qualifications for how buildings are planned, constructed, maintained and operated. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then receives one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The district’s new Broughal Middle School, constructed in 2009, is also a LEED Gold school. Continue reading “New Nitschmann Middle School Earns Gold LEED Status For Energy Efficient Design”

Nitschmann Middle School Selected for The Specialized Foundation School Bike Program Grant

The Specialized Foundation announced that Nitschmann Middle School is one of the select nationwide schools to receive a grant to begin the Riding for Focus cycling program for the 2018-2019 school year. The Riding for Focus curriculum integrates cycling into physical education classes as a way to help students achieve academic, health, and social success.

“In addition to 36 new schools across the nation, we are delighted to have Nitschmann Middle School join The Specialized Foundation family,” said Ted Theocheung CEO, The Specialized Foundation. “With this years’ additional schools, our foundation will reach over 20,000 students, across 77 schools, in 30 states. We look forward to working closely with Nitschmann Middle School to improve their students’ lives through cycling.”

As a recipient of this year’s grant, Nitschmann Middle School will gain access to the Riding for Focus program curriculum, a fleet of bikes, a starter maintenance kit, and helmets to activate the program. Additionally, a select program champion will attend an in-person training hosted by The Specialized Foundation to ensure success as the program is integrated into classrooms this Fall.  

“Our expected program will include morning bike rides with faculty and students, all students 6 to 8 learning how to ride mountain bikes in physical education classes, and hopefully to build a competitive team of mountain bikers to learn & compete with other schools,” said Peter Mayes, Nitschmann Middle School Principal. Continue reading “Nitschmann Middle School Selected for The Specialized Foundation School Bike Program Grant”