Parent & Student Weekly Email
Nitschmann Middle School Weekly Update
100 Years of Learning @ Home of the Nitschmann Nation
Sunday, October 24, 2021, to Sunday, October 31, 2021
- Walk-A-Thon Thank you to all of our families & friends for supporting our Walk-A-Thon! Friday was a great success!
- Winter Sports Physicals It’s that time of year again for sports physicals for the upcoming 2021-2022 season. Physicals are required for basketball and wrestling for the season. Free physicals offered at Liberty High School on Tuesday, October 26th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the LHS AUX GYM. SignUp Link for Physicals. If your child already had a physical for fall sports, only a recertification form is required. This can be picked up in Student Services.
- End of the 1st Quarter The end of the 1st Quarter is quickly approaching next week. Please make sure to double check your child’s grades on Schoology.
- Schoology Password Reset – You can reset your password for Schoology yourself using the directions on the BASD website at https://www.basdschools.org/Page/1467. School Offices are not permitted to reset passwords.
***Links to Review ******************************************************************************
***Weekly Schedule & Highlights @ BASD NMS Event Calendar*****************************************
|Tuesday||10/26||4||Winter Sports Physicals (LHS @ 5-8pm)|
|Thursday||10/28||6||Photo Retake Day|
|Friday||10/29||1||Friday “Pink-Out” for students & staff
Reminder – Halloween costumes/makeup are not permitted to be worn to school.
Bethlehem Trick or Treat 6pm-8pm
|Saturday||10/30||Liberty vs Freedom Football Game (BASD Stadium, 1pm)|
|Sunday||10/31||Bethlehem 100th Halloween Parade (Broad & Main Streets, 2pm)|
|Tuesday||11/2||None||Election Day – No School for Students
|Wednesday||11/3||3||End of the 1st Quarter|
|Thursday||11/4||4||Start of the 2nd Quarter|
|Friday||11/5||5||November Pride of the Lions|
***School-wide Announcements ************************************************************************
BASD eNews from Dr. Roy – Check out our …
-BASDProud Student of the Week from LHS
-Built by Bethlehem FHS 2015 Graduate
-BASD Highlighted Employee of the Week
-Twinning Day Teachers at Nitschmann MS
-Information on the Liberty vs Freedom Football Game – October 30, 2021
Schoolwide Library Services (Werkheiser) firstname.lastname@example.org for help with books or services.
The Lion’s Den School Store (Roufakis & Evancho) – The school store is selling 100th Birthday shirts to celebrate Nitschmann’s birthday. They are $10. Be sure to get yours and your child’s to wear to all of this year’s special events. Help us celebrate 100 years of Lion’s pride!
***Student Services Updates ************************************************************************
Tutoring Opportunity through Bethlehem Area Public Library
***Core & Encore Team Updates *********************************************************************
Team Lafayette (6th) (Twitter @NMSLafayette Team Leader Mrs. Hackman) See our welcome letter on the NMS Website! Congratulations to our Pride of the Lions winners for the month: Abiola Adeyemo, Mabel Makovsky, and Ethan Santee. Thank you to everyone who donated basket items and/or walk-a-thon money over the last few weeks. We truly appreciate your support. This week will be the last Pink Out Friday… wear your pink to show your support for all in the battle with breast cancer. The end of the first quarter is November 3. Take some time this week to go onto your child’s grade reports on Schoology to see their current grades. We are available for extra help before or after school. Please check with us to see when we are available. In addition, the NJHS members will offer tutoring after school on Wednesday, October 27, from 3:05-3:35 in room 305. All students who need extra help are welcome to attend.
Team Lehigh (6th) (Twitter @NMSTeamLehigh/ Facebook @NitschmannTeamLehigh Team Leader Mrs. Oliver) See our welcome letter on the NMS Website! With our annual Walk – A- Thon this coming Friday, please go onto your child’s citizenship page in Schoology to donate. These funds contribute to the many fun activities we do here at Nitschmann. The end of the first marking period is just around the corner. Go onto your child’s grade reports on Schoolgy and look to see if their grades are in good standing. If they are not, look for missing assignments or things that can be re-done/remediated to bring the grade up. Lastly, several of Mr. Fritzinger’s calculators have gone missing since the beginning of the year. If your child does not have their own calculator please see if you can get them one to bring to class.. The preferred calculator is the TI30xIIS; should be about $10 at Target, Walmart, Staples etc. Thank you.
Team Moravian (6th) – (Twitter @NMSTeam Moravian/Facebook@NMSTeamMoravian Team Leader Mrs. Roufakis) See our welcome letter on the NMS Website! Congratulations to our Pride of the Lions for the month: Aliyus Cortez and Sophie Terry. Continue to have your child show you his/her grades on a frequent basis and encourage him/her to complete any missing assignments. The team is available for extra help before and after school. Please talk to your teacher about availability. Lastly, please make sure computers are being charged every night and the chargers are being brought to school.
Team Kutztown (7th)(Twitter @TeamKutztown) – English (Mr. Falteich) – Students will be working on a Google Slide project for their favorite of the 7 Saki stories read in class. They will be giving a plot summary and applying all applicable literary terms discussed in class. Additionally, we will begin a grammar unit on possessive case nouns and pronouns. Social Studies (Mr. Danyi) – We will continue section 2.3 on the People and Culture of North America. Students should be studying the States locations by region on a daily basis. Math (Mrs. Evancho) – We will continue to look at ratios, rates and unit rates this week. English (Mrs. Gómez)~Student’s next Novel Overview Form will be due on Wednesday, 11/17. We will be reading and discussing events from the story, “In the Year 1974” by Oscar Casares. Students will be mapping the main character’s journey through Texas. We will then start a poetry unit by reading “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe. Science (Mr. Pearson) – This week students will learn how to measure volume and density in the metric system.
Team Penn State (7th) (Twitter @NMSPennState/Facebook @NMSTeamPennState/ Instagram pennstatenms Team Leader Mrs. Getz) This Friday is the Walk-a-Thon. The Team Penn State homeroom that raises the most money will earn a reward! Also…..any homerooms that have 100% registration will earn an ice cream party. Let’s go!!! Mrs. Markovic (social studies) -. We will continue section 2.3 on the People and Culture of North America. Students should be studying the States locations by region on a daily basis. Mr. Downey (ELA) -We will be discussing Non-fiction reading strategies as we begin our next reading selection. Mrs. Getz (ELA) – We are learning to “dissect” poetry. This week, students will have an open notes quiz on the poem, Annabel Lee. Students will also receive the next set of vocabulary words. Students should also be reading at least 20 minutes a day. They should log this onto their October Book Log (due 11/1). Mrs Lafey (Math) – Students in periods 3,6 and 9 are working with unit rates and will have a mini-project this week that involves comparing unit prices. Students in periods 2 and 8 are continuing to work with proportional relationships. This week, we’ll be finishing up the unit and students should expect a test very early next week. Mr. Khalife (Science) – There will be a metric conversions quiz on Tuesday for ALL students. Then we will be getting into the different units of the metric system and how to measure them.
Team DeSales (8th) (Team Leader Mrs. Pogue): Instagram @NMSTeamDSU8 See our welcome letter on the NMS Website! History: We move forward in the Colonial Era to Massachusetts, students will complete a scavenger hunt about the Harvest Festival of 1621. ELA: We are near the end of Unit 1! We will continue to practice applying literary terms to both literature and real-life situations as we study “The Monkey’s Paw.” Our writing skill focus this week will be on the use of commonly confused words.
Team Northampton (8th) (Twitter @TeamSpartanNMS Team Leader Mrs. Hood) See our welcome letter on the NMS Website! Thank you to all who donated for our Team Celebration! It was a GREAT fall FRIDAY with Halloween Trivia, the Best Game Ever, Walk-a-Thon, Team Celebration and finally the Pumpkin Chunking contest! In Mrs. Wallach’s ELA class, we finished “The Monkey’s Paw” and comparing/contrasting across mediums. We are now reading Monster by Walter Dean Myers and will be focusing on characterization as we read excerpts from the novel. Continue to check Schoology for any updates and assignments. In Mrs. Hinkel’s ELA class, we will be drafting our mysterious narratives. Rough drafts will be due Monday, Oct. 25. We will also have a quiz on our noun uses on Thursday, Oct. 21. Advanced Math / Math 8 students will start Unit 2: Solving Equations – Proportional Relationships. Algebra 1 students will start Unit 2: Linear Equations. In History, students will complete their DBQ response on the Salem Witch Trials using primary and secondary sources analyzed in class. students will be conducting a Gallery Walk on one of the most famous middle colony founding fathers in Benjamin Franklin as well as learning about the PA Framework of Government. In Science, the students are learning about the difference between Chemical and Physical Changes. Students will be completing stations lab as well as other review activities to prepare for the quiz. There will be a quiz on Thursday 10/14.
Check out our twitter to see all of the Team PITT 30 day award winners.
Long is in health from 10/13-10/20.
Family Consumer Science (FCS) – Fabric Money
Rotation 2 is off to a good start. Mrs. Hoffman’s students began in the sewing room and Mrs. Woodring’s have started in the cooking room. Students in 6th and 7th grades should send in $7 for fabric ASAP. Please send it in an envelope labeled with the student’s name.
Team Bloomsburg (Encore World Language and Library) (Twitter @NMSBloomsburg / Team Leader Dr. Sierra)- Remember to check Schoology for any missing assignments and to email your teacher w/ any questions. Six grade students do not switch languages until Dec. Grade 7 and 8 are in their language for 2 years (all year long).
Is your child interested in an after-school club or activity? Email the advisor for more information!
AM Basketball (Advisor Dr. Mayes) None at this time.
Art Club (Advisor Mrs. Lund). Art Club will be held afterschool on Mondays from 3:05-4:05 starting October 4. No more applications will be accepted …the spaces are filled !!!
Artsmart @ Banana Factory (Advisor Mrs. Lare) No news at this time.
Environmental Club (Advisor Ms. Stewart) The Environmental Club will host its next meeting on Monday, October 25th after school in room 013. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!
French Club – (Advisor Mrs. Lare) French Club is filled, and officers were selected. Over the last two meetings students learned about the artist Christo’s wrap of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and students started making their own version of the wrapped monument. We look forward to displaying the unique and colorful Arcs!
German Club (Advisor Mrs. Sofka) Frohes Oktoberfest! German club will meet on Day 1 during Lion’s Pride. German club is full. This week we made Schultüte and enjoyed Back to School treats! Our next meeting is Friday, October 29 and we will be celebrating Oktoberfest!!!
Fitness Club ( Advisor Mrs. Oliver) None at this time.
FCS/DIY Club (Advisor Mrs. Hoffman) None at this time.
Glee Club (Advisor Mrs. de Vries) (@ldevriesmusic) | Twitter Now accepting new members! No audition needed. Contact Mrs. de Vries. Please scroll down to the very bottom of the newsletter for more information and current schedules. Click here to see our choral groups in action!
Intramurals (Advisor Mr. Ortwein) None at this time.
Lacrosse Intramurals: (Advisor Ms. Weinert ) Lacrosse intramurals will start this week for all NMS students. Information and forms will be posted to your students’ schoology pages within their Health and PE class. They may see Ms. Weinert directly for more information. Permission forms must be filled out for students to participate. Equipment will be provided for new players.
Leadership Council (Advisor Mr. Kocon) ALL Students need to Register for the Walk-A-Thon!!! (See flyer above)
Lion Service Club (Advisor Mrs. McLaughlin) Students interested in joining the Lion Service Club should pick up a permission slip and information sheet in Mrs. McLaughlin’s room 209. Lion Service Club will be after school the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month until 3:45. Hope to see you there.
Lion’s Pride (online school newspaper) (Advisor TBA)None at this time.
Mathcounts (Advisor Mrs. Lafey)
MathCounts is a nationwide mathematics enrichment and competition program. Students in grades 6,7, and 8 are welcome to participate. Students involved in MathCounts will have the opportunity to work both independently and with other students on challenging problems. Our top students will earn the right to represent Nitschmann at the chapter competition in February where we face off against lots of other schools in the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos and have the opportunity to win awards like college scholarships.
We meet on Thursdays after school in room 213 until 4:00. New students are welcome!
This is the link to the information form (it can also be submitted on the paper students brought home). https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeBcDyBIlx9O4QlCOTgOXQB798KU8j_yrv-xLFHjU6NITE_sw/viewform?usp=sf_link
National Junior Honor Society (Advisors Mrs. Wallach/Mrs. Druckenmiller) (Twitter-@Njhs_Nitschmann; Instagram- @Njhs_Nistchmann ) Our annual sidewalk clean-up was a great success. Thank you to all our volunteers for your help.
Nitschmann Dramatics (Advisor Mrs. Hriniak) Rehearsals are until 5:00 unless otherwise noted. Monday Principal characters & understudies. Tuesday no rehearsal. Wednesday whole cast for Scene 10. Thursday no rehearsal. Friday whole cast for Scene 8. Check your email for details and updates!
Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) (Advisor TBA) None at this time.
Photography Club (Advisor Ms. Krause) Photography Club will meet after school every Monday from 3:05- 4:05. We need 4 photography club members to volunteer to help photograph the 100th Bethlehem Halloween Parade with NMS. Parent permission is required. Contact Ms. Krause for details. We will not meet November 1st, 22nd or 29th.
Reading Olympics (Advisor – Mrs. Nonnemacher ) If you love to read and love a friendly reading competition in the Spring about the books you have read, then Reading Olympics is for you! There is still time to sign up! Information, permission forms and the books for the 2021-2022 competition are in the library! We have an awesome group of students from all three grade levels and are looking forward to a great year!! We will continue meeting Wednesdays after school until 4:00 P.M. in the library. See Mrs. Nonnemacher, Mr. Pearson or Mrs Wekheiser in the library if you have any questions.
Riding for Focus (Advisors Mr. Miller, Mr. Bellucci, and Mrs. Getz ) Attention experienced riders: We will meet Monday morning during period 1 at the high top tables on the first floor to discuss details about riding in the Halloween Parade. You must have completed the program last year or in the summer in order to participate in the parade. See Mr. Miller or Mrs. Getz with any questions.
The Lion’s Den School Store (Advisors Ms. Roufakis & Mrs. Evancho) If you are interested in working at the school store, please fill in this application https://forms.gle/47drkQ2612wpD6CE8 We will be opening the store soon.
**Ski & Snowboard Club (Advisors Mr. Downey and Mrs. Druckenmiller) –You can register for your group and purchase passes until October 31st at the link below. Lessons may be purchased throughout the season, but must be purchased at least 48 hours in advance. **Please note that All Access Season Passes will have special rates through 9/30 only**
Spanish Club (Advisor Dra. Sierra)- We will meet during activity periods on Day 1 and Wednesdays until 4:15 pm. Congrats to Luis- our club president. We will be discussing Día de Los Muertos this week and next week.
Student Lighthouse ( Advisors Mr. Kocon / Mrs. McLaughlin / Mrs Markovitz)-.
Step Team (Advisor Dra. Sierra) – Practices are Monday and Tuesday in front of the Auditorium from 3:05- 4:15. Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Step Team. Turn in your permission slips.
Strategy Club (Advisor Mr. Kehler) Strategy Club has started!! We meet Mondays after school in the Large Group room by the Cafeteria. Join us for Play and/or Discussions of Board Games both Classic and New; RPG, Card, and any other games. Teachers, you are welcome to join us to enjoy a level playing field interaction with your students.
Yearbook (Advisor Mrs. Markovic & Mrs. Gomez)-Love to draw? Show off your artistic ability and creativity by entering the 2021-22 yearbook cover contest. Please include our theme of 100 years of Nitschmann in your artwork.
~The winner will not only see their artwork on the cover of this year’s book, but also win a free yearbook.
~Please submit your artwork to Mrs. Gómez or Mrs. Markovic in rooms 204 or 215.
***Lions/Lady Lions Athletics Updates (Twitter @NMS_Athletics)*****************************************
Cheerleading (Head Coach Mrs. Long email@example.com)
Practice Tuesday and Wednesday 3:05-4:30.
Co-Ed Cross Country (Head Coach Miss Schwartz firstname.lastname@example.org)
Girls Volleyball (Head Coach Mrs. Hinkel email@example.com)
- Mark your player’s calendar: Friday, Nov 5 from 3:05 pm – 5pm
- The student vs. faculty volleyball game is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 5. The game will be held from 3:05 -4:15 pm. We will then have an ice cream social with the team to wrap up the season until 5pm.. This is a” team only” event at this time.
Girls Field Hockey (Mr. Burzynski firstname.lastname@example.org)
- It’s that time of year again for sports physicals for the upcoming 2021-2022 season. There will be a night of free physicals offered at Liberty High School. Liberty High School Physicals will be held on Tuesday, October 26th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the AUX GYM. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0944AAA92FA7FA7-basd1
- PIAA Physicals packet must be completed and brought to your sport’s physical exam.
- We will not be accepting walk-ups. You MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.
- Masks MUST be worn
- Students who have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days, must see their Primary care physician for sports physical before returning to competitive sports.
- Below is the link for the sign-up genius to make your appointment at Liberty High School.
Boys MS Basketball (Head Coach Mr. Wills)
Girls MS Basketball (Head Coach Mr. Ortwein email@example.com)
Boys & Girls LHS HS Wrestling (Head Coach Mr. Hall)
Girls MS Softball (Head Coach Mr. Kocon firstname.lastname@example.org)
Co-Ed MS Soccer (Head Coach Mr. Rodenbach email@example.com )
***Nitschmann Middle School Performing Arts Department Updates**************************************
Monday, October 11
Early morning band 7:15am – *Students need their bell covers and playing masks
Tuesday, October 12
Early morning orchestra 7:15am
Wednesday, October 13
Early morning jazz band 7:15am *Students need their bell covers and playing masks
Day 1 jazz band
Thursday, October 14
Early morning band 7:15am – *Students need their bell covers and playing masks
Friday, October 15
Early morning orchestra 7:15am
Saturday, October 16
Saturday, October 16 – Nazareth Parade (Click for more details)
Wednesday, October 20 – 7:30pm NIMAS general membership meeting
Fri. – Sun., October 22 – 24 – Pat’s Bistro Dine to Donate Fundraiser
Sunday, October 24 – Saucon Valley Parade (Click for more details)
Wednesday, October 27 – FHS/LHS performance rehearsal
(Thursday, Oct. 28 7:30am – Raindate for FHS/LHS rehearsal)
Saturday, October 30 – FHS/LHS football game performance
Sunday, October 31 – Bethlehem Halloween Parade (Raindate – November 7) (Click for more details)
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC LESSONS
SCHEDULE FOR THIS WEEK
Groups ASX 19, PRC 20, & FLT 18 have been moved to a different day for this week only
Parents, we are in need of volunteers for upcoming events during October and the remainder of the year. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR BACKGROUND CHECKS on file in the Nitschmann office in order to volunteer.
Click on the following link to find information on what clearances you need and how to apply for them.
Parents and Guardians of students in the instrumental music program and Nitschmann Singers were sent a survey regarding the annual music department spring trip.
If you have already completed the survey, “Thank you.” If you have not completed the survey yet, please take a minute to complete the survey.
Survey responses are due by October 18. You can access the survey at the link below:
The general membership meeting minutes from September 22 have been posted to your Cut Time profile under the FILES/DOCS tab, NIMAS General Membership Meeting Minutes, and then find the month you are looking for.
Gift cards are sold in $100 increments. $4 of every $100 purchased goes to your child’s fair share account. Contact Jennifer Roan at 610-509-9776 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Matey’s Pizza Sale – Click for details Orders due October 26. Delivery is November 6 from 10-11am.
$4 for each coupon
$1 of each coupon goes to your child’s fair share account.
Contact Jennifer Roan at 610-509-9776 or email@example.com
Winter flower and wreath sale – Click for details. Orders due November 12. Delivery is December 1
Pat’s Pizza & Bistro General Fund Fundraiser – Click for details Dine to donate days are October 22-24.
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Do you or someone you know love to sing? Would you like to learn how to become a better singer to participate in things like Nitschmann dramatics? Would you like to make new friends? Then join the Nitschmann Glee Club! Click here to see our choral groups in action! Glee Club rehearses every Tues.,Wed. and Thurs .at 7:15 AM in room 141. Instrumental students are excused to attend their rehearsals. We also rehearse during Lion’s Pride time, every day 1. Nitschmann Singers is our smaller, auditioned ensemble that sings more challenging repertoire.They have their own rehearsals every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-4:00 PM. All Nitschmann Singers are also Glee Club members. Nitschmann Singers attend Glee Club rehearsal every Wednesday morning at 7:15 AM and also during Lion’s Pride on day 1. See this week’s schedule below.
WEEKLY CHORAL SCHEDULE
Monday, October 4
Tuesday, October 5
Glee Club 7:15am (All Glee members unless in orchestra)
No Nitschmann Singers due to early dismissal
Wednesday, October 6
Glee Club 7:15am (All Nitschmann Singers and Glee members unless in jazz)
Thursday, October 7
Glee Club 7:15am (All Glee members unless in band)
Nitschmann Singers 3-4pm
Friday, October 1