Tier Five: Online Middle School Instruction Overview

Online middle school instruction will begin on March 30, 2020 and will continue throughout the period of school closure.

The BASD middle schools’ online instruction will be asynchronous —meaning that the teacher and student interaction is not dependent on traditionally-scheduled time. Teachers at each grade level will provide common weekly assignments that will drive the core instruction for the week. Teachers will provide online instruction in support of the weekly assignments (in Schoology) and communicate (using established communication tools) directly with students and parents each week. Core subjects will use BASD online curriculum resources such as EnVision, StudySync, and Discovery Techbook accessed through the Clever portal. During online instruction, the window of time for completing core assignments (available online, as well as in hard copy at BASD meal distribution sites for students without home internet access) will be one week, starting on Monday at 9:00 AM and continuing through the following Monday at 12:00 Noon when assignments are due. Encore teachers will support academic continuity in their subjects with activities (not graded) that will review and enrich class topics taught prior to the closure. The Bethlehem Area School District will continue to provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) consistent with the need to protect the health and safety of students with disabilities and those individuals providing education, specially designed instruction, and related services.

Welcome to Nitschmann Middle School! 

Nitschmann Middle School is a community middle school of 800 students in West Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, serving the City of Bethlehem and Hanover Township. Nitschmann is within walking distance of much of Bethlehem’s historical, residential, and recreational areas.

Our school believes that all members of our school community will support our collective vision of providing a balanced, rigorous, and exploratory academic experience.  Nitschmann Middle School emphasizes high expectations but balances those expectations with appropriate levels of support from our staff, parents, and community partners. Our motto is to “Work Hard, Play Hard!”

I welcome you to learn and engage our school in our critical mission of fostering our community’s children into respectful, responsible and focused learners.

To see what our school community is doing each day, I invite you to check out our social media sites on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!

Interested in more information about us? Check out our Viewbook Page for a quick summary of Nitschmann Middle School! NMS Viewbook Insert


Dr. Peter J. Mayes, Principal