Dear Parents & Guardians,
Attached is our Weekly Sunday Update, which can be found at the link or text below.
Mr. Mayes & Mr. Horlick
This Week’s Major Headlines
- Due to snow make up days, we have full days of school this week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and a 11:30am Dismissal on Thursday.
- There is no school on Friday, April 19.
- There is school next Monday, April 27.
- Our PSSA exams begin NEXT WEEK on Tuesday, April 23, unlike many of the elementary schools. See information below about PSSA exams.
Parent & Student Weekly Email
Nitschmann Middle School Weekly Update
Sunday, April 13, 2019, to Sunday, April 21, 2019
All of this information can be viewed at our
Attachments to Review
Upcoming Dates to Be Proactive!
4/18 Teacher In-Service 11:30 Dismissal; 4/19-4/21 Spring & Easter Break – Schools Closed; 4/22 Dr. Roy Visit to NMS/NPG Meeting; 4/23-24-25 PSSA ELA Exams; 4/29-30 PSSA Math Exams; 5/2-3 PSSA Science Exams; 5/15-16 Keystone Exams; 5/27 Memorial Day – Schools Closed; 5/30 8th Grade Track Meet @ LHS; 5/31 8th Grade Dance @ Ice House; 6/3 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony 6pm; 6/4 8th Grade Trip to Hershey Park; 6/7 Last Day of School & End of 4th Quarter
Weekly Schedule & Highlights
Monday, 4/15/19 Day 2
Tuesday, 4/16/19 Day 3 NJHS Induction 6pm
Wednesday, 4/17/19 Day 4 8th Grade NYC Music Trip to Broadway
Thursday, 4/18/19 Day 5 11:30 Dismissal/Teacher In-Service
Friday, 4/19/19 No School Spring Break
Saturday, 4/20/19 No School Spring Break
Sunday, 4/21/19 No School Spring Break
Upcoming Weekly Schedule & Highlights
Monday, 4/22/19 Day 6 Earth Day NPG Meeting (2019-2020 Budget & Dr. Roy Visit)
Tuesday, 4/23/19 Day 1 PSSA ELA EXAM SCHEDULE
Wednesday, 4/24/19 Day 2 PSSA ELA EXAM SCHEDULE
Thursday, 4/25/19 Day 3 PSSA ELA EXAM SCHEDULE
Friday, 4/26/19 Day 4 Private/Parochial/Charter 5th Grader Visit 10am-2pm, Notable Moves Showcase
BASD Dining Services Menu & Website https://bethlehemareasd.sodexomyway.com/landing/mid
PE/Health Schedule (Villani, Long, Weinert) Weinert and Villani in the gym Monday through Thursday while Long is in Health. Now that the weather is getting warmer, make sure all students are changing their entire outfits for PE class as we start to go outside on the turf. Due to health concerns, students who are not changed for class will not be able to participate and their grades will be impacted.
ALL CLASSES will be in gym during PSSA week. 4/23-4/30 due to the modified schedule.
Recent Nitschmann News! (Always posted on our Social Media sites too!)
Is your child sick? You can submit your child’s sick note by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, as long as the email on your child’s account matches the email address. Please note: If you are submitting a written or doctor’s note do not submit an email. It should be one or the other. Please keep your email address up-to-date by emailing our Student Services Guidance Secretary Mrs. Scott at email@example.com! Please note that this is ONLY for sick notes, not for early release or any other questions!
BASD E-News (Dr. Roy) The BASD e-News is designed to highlight BASD student and staff achievements and share events and activities going on in the BASD and the Lehigh Valley. It is our hope that you find it informative. The latest edition, which spotlights how Clearview Elementary School showed their support for Autism Awareness Month, is available at April 12, 2019, edition of the BASD e-News.
PSSA Exams (Mayes) Please review the information that was sent home with all students last week about the upcoming PSSA Exams. This information was also posted online at https://bit.ly/2CrZp4f. Exams begin on April 23, 2019.
7th Grade Accelerated Math Students (Mayes) All 7th grade Accelerated Math students will be taking the Orleans-Hannah Algebraic Readiness Exam on April 16, 2019 to assist school administration with student placement for Algebra 1 for the 2019-2020 school year.
Nitschmann Parent Group (NPG) -Follow us on Twitter!@NitschmannPG
Pres. – Erin Coughlin firstname.lastname@example.org
VP – Deb Clark email@example.com
Secretary / Volunteer Coordinator – Kimberly Marcantonio JK0359@HOTMAIL.com
1) Amy Wuertele
2) Therese Gyauch
Academic Team Updates
Team Lafayette (6th) (Twitter @NMSLafayette) Congratulations to Ben Blum, Katie Bruno, Ethan Caine, and Anthony Chen who were a part of the The Reading Olympics on Thursday! They made Team Lafayette proud. Our Peaceable Kingdom donation drive is currently going on through Tuesday April 16th. We have attached their wishlist to this notice. Thank you to those of you that have already sent in donations.
Team Lehigh (6th) (Twitter @NMSTeamLehigh) Report cards were mailed home this week. During lead we had the students look at their grades for the 1st three marking periods and make a plan for for what they need in the 4th marking period to achieve a desired end of the year average. Please be proactive and talk to your child about their goal and encourage them to finish strong. Current 4th quarter grades are on the Home Access Center so you can see how they are progressing.
Team Moravian (6th) – (Twitter @NMSTeam Moravian and Facebook@NMSTeamMoravian) THE MAGIC NUMBER IS 280!!!!!!!!!! You need a minimum of 280 points in each academic class to pass the year! Stay on top of your grades by visiting Home Access Center regularly! Make sure you are following your math checklist and keeping up with due dates. In Social Studies, students are exploring Greece through stations. All stations have been added to HAC and are due on April 30th. Please check HAC to see the assignments that still need to be completed. Next day 4 Team Moravian will be going outside to help beautify our Nitschmann campus. Please dress accordingly.
Team Kutztown (7th) (Twitter @TeamKutztown) – Science (Mr. Pearson) – To begin the week, students will complete their lab on osmosis and finish learning about how materials are moved in and out of a cell through the cell membrane. Then, later in the week, they will be reviewing and preparing for a test on cell transport, which will be on Monday, April 22nd. Study guides for the test were handed out on Friday.
Team Penn State (7th) Follow us on social media!! (Twitter @NMSPennState) (Facebook @NMSTeamPennState) (Instagram pennstatenms) The 4th marking period has started! Students need to be proactive and make sure all work is handed in on time. ELA – Periods 1, 2 & 5 are reading the novel, Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie. Periods 7 & 8 have started their argumentative presentation project based on an occupation of their choice. All classes have a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday, April 9th. SCIENCE-All classes have a quiz on viruses on Tuesday, 4/16 and a pathogen wanted poster (digital version on schoology)due Wednesday (4/17) evening.The students had 2 days of class time to gather research about the pathogen and begin designing their presentation of the information. READING- We will be spending a few days discussing strategies for the PSSA. MATH – Students in periods 1,2,5 and 7 are nearing the end of their probability unit. Period 8 is continuing to work on geometry and will have a quiz on Wednesday, 4/3. SOCIAL STUDIES- The South America webquest days 2,3 and 4 are all due Monday 4/8.
Team East Stroudsburg (8th) (Twitter @NMSTeamESU) Remember to get your Hershey money and forms turned in. All money and permission forms need to be handed in by May 3. Period 3 and 7 reading classes will begin building background knowledge in preparation for reading Fahrenheit 451. Period 1 and 5 classes will begin reading The Contender. Period 8 will continue reading Curveball. In Social Studies students will be finishing the presidency of George Washington and moving into Adams’ and Jefferson’s terms in office.
Team Northampton (8th) (Twitter @TeamSpartanNMS) – History classes will be investigating the impact of the Indian Removal Act policies of the 1830’s and the impact Manifest Destiny had on the growth and development in the United States. Students are required to have their HEADPHONES daily. Reading classes are continuing our unit on fiction. In periods 1,5,7 we have finished reading The Contender and have a major project due on Monday. Students have been working on their projects all week. My period 3 class is continuing to read and analyze Fahrenheit 451. We have finished Part Two and students have a comic strip project due on Monday. Students in period 8 are working on their Contender projects in class; these will be due next week. Algebra 1 classes will continue to work on Quadratic Function properties and PSSA review. Math 8th students will continue to work on PSSA review (Volume, Surface Area, Ratios, Proportions and Probability.. In ELA classes, we will be drafting our argumentative essays next week. Rough drafts for Periods 1, 3, 5, and 8 will be due on Monday, April 22. Students are encouraged to have their draft completed before they leave for the holiday weekend. A SHOUT OUT to Northampton Community College for hosting our students for a day of career exploration, a large group hands-on activity, and lunch and a tour of the campus! We are EXTREMELY THANKFUL for the community relationship our team has with NCC. HERSHEY Park forms and money are NOW BEING COLLECTED – ONLY 14 more school days to get it in!
Counseling Corner (Kehler, Litak, Hipp) Pinebrook Family Answers will be hosting a FREE support group for Grandparents parenting grandchildren called Second Time Around. This group will allow grandparent caregivers to have an opportunity to gain valuable information while building peer support and exchanging ideas and information. Weekly, 90 minute meeting will begin shortly. 402 North Fulton Street, Allentown PA, 18102.
Call Now to reserve your spot. (610) 432-3919 ext. 4040.
Student Services Updates None at this time.
Is your child interested in an after-school club or activity? Email the advisor for more information!
AM Basketball Open Gym (Mayes) Basketball each Tuesday & Thursday morning at 7:15am. Don’t be late!
Anime Club (Advisors Ms. Fehr/Mrs. Wallach) Our next meeting is April 15 in room 104. Bring your drawing/art supplies.
Art Club (Advisors Mrs. Kozero/Mrs. Lund) None at this time.
Band front/Color Guard – Information can be found under Performing Arts Department Updates
Artsmart @ Banana Factory (Advisor Mrs. Lare) Thursday afternoon Art Smart classes have ended. There is one remaining class next Tuesday, April 9. (NOTE Correction: originally there was no class on 4/9 due to a half-day for students, but since the district converted this to a full day, the final Tuesday Art Smart will be on the 9th and not 4/16.)
Cheerleading (Advisor Mrs. Long) Any 6th and 7th graders interested in trying out for the 2019-2020 cheerleading squad should attend a meeting in the health room (012) on Wednesday 4/17 after school. The meeting should be about 30 minutes. If you cannot attend see Mrs. Long for the informational packet.
Dance Team (Advisor Ms. Sierra) Practice Wednesday until 5:30 pm. Be sure to be on remind.
- NMS (Notable Moves Showcase) Night April 26 (Friday)!!!! Tickets: $9 online (with fees) 7pm
German Club (Advisor Ms. Schwartz) None at this time
Heart & Sole Club (Advisor Mrs. Fehr/Ms. Weinert) None at this time.
Fitness Club ( Advisor Mrs. Oliver) Come get fit after school in the Fitness Lab from 3:05-3:45 Monday thru Thursday. Mondays and Wednesdays we focus on Core workouts and Tuesday and Thursday we focus on Cardio.
FCS/DIY Club (Advisor Mrs. Hoffman) None at this time.
French Club (Advisor Mrs. Lare) Students and parents: please consider contributing French baked items for International Night on April 11. In addition to French food, the night will feature a 7 minute video of our recent trip to Quebec, inukshuk making, mask decorating, virtual tours, and more!
French Trip to Quebec (Advisor Mr.s Lare) – Madame Lare has a couple items that were left behind. If your child is missing something from the trip, please contact Madame Lare at firstname.lastname@example.org
Intramurals (Advisor Mr. Ortwein) None at this time
Leadership Council (Advisor Mrs. Ellis) Leadership Council is sponsoring a canned food drive. Send in your donations by February 13th!
Lion Service Club (Advisor Mrs. McLaughlin) None at this time.
Lion’s Pride (online school newspaper) (Advisor Ms. Bouhana/Ms. Dentith) We will have our weekly after school meeting this upcoming Wednesday in room 201, and will meet in Ms. Bouhana’s room during activity period on Day 1. We will be working on our third and last edition. Most articles have been assigned already, but we still have some to discuss. All members MUST attend. If you are interested in joining the Newspaper team, speak to Ms. Bouhana or Ms. Dentith about applying. Lion’s Pride Second Edition can be viewed by clicking the link below. Lion’s Pride Second Edition
Mathcounts (Advisor Ms. Novatnak) Congratulations on a great year. See everyone in the fall!
National Junior Honor Society (Advisors Mrs. Wallach/Mrs. Druckenmiller) (Twitter-@Njhs_Nistchmann; Instagram- @Njhs_Nistchmann ) Our next meeting is April 4 after school only. Terri Dressler from LLS will be here to report our final donation amount. Induction is April 16 at 6:00pm and all members are expected to attend and donate in some way. Please sign up on Schoology for donations.
Nitschmann Dramatics (Advisor Mrs. Hriniak) The 8th grade music/drama trip to Broadway is Wednesday. NO after-school cleaning day Wednesday.. DVDs have arrived! You can get one from Mrs. Hriniak during homeroom. Watch your email for special spring opportunities: Cops n Kids is April 27. Rose Garden event in June.
Nitschmann Stage Crew (Advisor Mr. Kehler) Help us replace some of the items that were damaged by donating and spreading this link around. ONLY $183.00 LEFT TO RAISE!!!
Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) (Advisor Mr. Amen) None at this time.
Reading Olympics (Advisor – Mrs. Nonnemacher) Our next meeting is Wednesday, April 10 2018, from 3:05 till 5:00 P.M. in the library. It is our last meeting as teams before the competition the next day! The competition is on April 11, 2019 at 3:00 P.M. at Easton High School. We love having parents come and support their child! Information was sent home with the students if you would like to attend. T-shirts were sent home this past week. Make sure students are wearing them on Thursday, April 11 for the competition! If you have any questions, let Mrs. Nonnemacher or Mr. Pearson know. The students have been working so hard and we are looking forward to a great competition!
Riding for Focus (Advisors Mr. Miller & Mr. Hess) None at this time.
The Lion’s Den School Store (Advisors Ms. Roufakis & Mrs. Evancho) Come to visit the Lion’s Den for your Nitschmann hoodies, t-shirts, and beanies! This year we are also stocking the NMS school approved calculator for $10. Be sure to stop and browse on your way to lunch!
Online order form….click here. Orders will not be processed until payment is received.
Ski Club (Advisors Mr. Downey)
Spain Trip (Advisor Ms. Bouhana) This is the last chance to sign up for our 8-Day trip to Spain in June. Trip dates are June 14 to June 21st. We will begin our journey in Barcelona and work our way to Madrid. We will get to experience an authentic flamenco lesson, as well as one of the oldest cities in the world, Toledo. All Nitschmann students and their families are welcome to join. For more trip details, or to enroll click on the following link. Spain June 2019
Spanish Club (Advisor Ms. Bouhana) We are not meeting this Tuesday after school.
Step Team (Advisor Ms. Sierra) Practice **Every Tuesday and Thursday until 5:30 pm. Be sure to be on remind.
- NMS (Notable Moves Showcase) Night April 26 (Friday)!!!! Tickets: $9 online (with fees) 7pm
Strategy Club (Advisor Mr. Kehler) eSports… It’s coming, it’s a thing. Will your students be ready to compete?!
So yeah, turns out you CAN make a living (a very comfortable one) playing games. Universities are offering scholarships even. There are plenty of reasons to support a program and get involved, and opportunities to network, learn skills and explore careers. Interest/Informational meeting will be after school 11:30 to 11:45, Thursday, April 18, in the Auditorium
Interested students, Please See Mr. Kehler to become a founder.
Donate for other things here: https://www.donorschoose.org/B.Kehler .
Yearbook (Advisor Mrs. Ellis)
Nitschmann Middle School Performing Arts Department Updates
Mr. Zettlemoyer, Instrumental Music email@example.com
1) REHEARSAL SCHEDULE
4/15 Monday – Early morning band 7:15 AM
Brass & Woodwind Ensemble 3:05-4pm
4/16 Tuesday – Early morning orchestra 7:15 AM
String Ensemble 3:05-4pm
4/17 Wednesday – No Early Morning – NO LESSONS
4/18 Thursday – Early morning jazz band 7:15 AM
4/19 Friday – No School
2) LESSON SCHEDULE
– Link to website: http://www.nmsim.org/lessons/
3) SPRING BAND TRIP PAYMENT
– Everyone should have $300 in their fair share account at this time. If you do not you need to get your payments in.
– Check your fair share total here: https://tinyurl.com/NIMASFAIRSHARE2018
– The mandatory trip meeting is April 24, 7:00 PM. Students going on the trip and a parent must attend.
4 WASHINGTON, D.C. MEMORIAL DAY PARADE BUS TICKETS
– There are still 30 seats available for this trip. I will take ticket requests until all the seats are sold.
– Parents and family member who would like to travel to the band’s performance at the Washington, D.C. Memorial Day Parade can purchase bus seats here, BUS SEAT REQUEST, for $40 per person.
5) MANDATORY SPRING TRIP MEETING
- Wednesday, April 24 at 7 PM
- ALL students going on the DC trip, a parent or guardian, and chaperones MUST attend.
- NO EXCEPTIONS!
6) SPRING BAND TRIP FORMS- Due April 24.
- Students were given hard copies of the forms to bring home to be completed
- Directions on how the forms need to be completed can be found at: http://www.nmsim.org/spring-trip/completion-of-trip-forms/
- Extra copies of the forms are also available at: http://www.nmsim.org/spring-trip/completion-of-trip-forms/
- Click on the header of each form and it will open a PDF version of the form.
- ALL FORMS ARE DUE ON APRIL 24. (The 1 exception is the Pg. 3 of the med. form)
8) 2019 NIMAS CALENDAR AT A GLANCE
April 17 8th Grade Music & Drama Trip to NYC 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
April 24 NIMAS Meeting & Mandatory spring trip meeting 7:00 PM
April 27 Jazz Band Cafe’ 7:00 PM
May 7 Any Given Child Bethlehem 9:00 AM
May 8 Orchestra/Jazz Spring Concert 7:00 PM
May 14* TUESDAY NIMAS Meeting at Nitschmann 7:30 PM
May 14 Band Uniform Refit Night 6:00 PM
May 18 Hanover Armed Forces Day Performance (WW & Brass Ens) 10:00 AM
May 20 Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM
May 23 Band uniform drop off for trip & Band uniform return 5:00 – 7:00PM
May 26 & 27 SUNDAY & MONDAY Spring Band Trip
June 3 Moving up ceremony – String Ensemble 6:00 PM
June 6 NIMAS Meeting at Nitschmann 7:30 PM
COLOR GUARD (formerly BANDFRONT) – (Advisor Mrs. Hriniak) Regular rehearsals Monday and Thursday. Rehearsals for the spring season have begun. If you are in BOTH guard and band, your concert band day is Monday and your guard day is Thursday. See email updates for more information. Thank you for your hard work and dedication!
Choral Music (Twitter @ldevriesmusic)
Mrs. de Vries, Choral Music Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Parris, Choral Music Director email@example.com
Thank you for supporting International Night! Some merchandise (small chocolate bunnies and fish, emoji keychains and bracelets) is still available for purchase. All things are $2 or less. Profits help us buy music and fund activities. Interested students should see Mrs. de Vries.
There are several changes to the usual rehearsal schedule this week. Wed. morning Glee and Thursday Singers rehearsals are cancelled. All Singers not in jazz band should report to Thursday morning Glee for this week.
Do you have a special talent? Audition for the Lions’ Got Pride Show! Auditions will be held from 3-5 on April 22, 24 and 26. Chosen acts will compete for prizes at 7:00 PM on May 15 in front of a panel of expert judges. Sign up for an audition day in room 141. Details and rules of the competition can be found at this link:
Weekly Choral Rehearsal Schedule:
4/15 Monday-No rehearsal
4/16 Tuesday-7:15 AM Rehearsal for Glee members not in orchestra
3:05-4:00 PM Nitschmann Singers rehearsal
4/17 Wednesday-No Glee rehearsal due to 8th grade music & drama trip
4/18 Thursday-7:15 AM Rehearsal for all Glee and Singers not in jazz band
No Nitschmann Singers rehearsal due to early dismissal
4/19 Friday-No rehearsal
2018-2019 Important Choral Performance Dates:
April 22 Talent Show auditions 3-5:00 in room 141
April 24 Talent Show auditions 3-5:00 in room 141
April 26 Talent Show auditions 3-5:00 in room 141
April 27 Cops N Kids performance at Fowler Arts Center (Inside stage, 6th floor at 12:30-1:00)
May 6 Spring Choral Concert at Nitschmann 7PM
May 15 Nitschmann Talent Show performance for all Glee and Singers 7PM
May 16 Performance at Liberty’s Evening of the Arts for all Glee and Singers 7PM
May 20 Nitschmann Singers sing at the Nitschmann Band Concert 7PM
June 3 8th grade moving up ceremony performance for all Glee and Singers 6PM
Lions/Lady Lions Athletics Updates (Twitter @NMS_Athletics)
Mr. Jon Ortwein, NMS Athletic Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Field Hockey (Advisor Mr. Burzynski) Intramural practices, 3:05-5:05, Every Thursday in May; 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th. Find out all the details at: (Originally had one Wednesday, but now all Thursdays) https://sites.google.com/s/0B-GsW8mhyYaKcGNnWWV1VmJhaFU/p/0B-GsW8mhyYaKRllzVnl0c2psakE/edit
Coordinator Ms. Weinert
Volleyball, Boys Intramurals
Coordinator Mr. Kocon
Head Coach Mr. Wills
Head Coach Mr. Ortwein
Wrestling @ Liberty High School
Head Coach Mr. Klingborn (email@example.com)
Soccer, Boys & Girls Co-Ed
Head Coach Mr. Rodenbach
Monday at Harrison-Morton
Tuesday home vs Whitehall
Softball, Girls- Home games are played at NWLL off Kaywin Ave.
Head Coach Mr. Downey & Mr. Kocon
Mr. Peter Mayes
Nitschmann Middle School
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