Parent & Student Weekly Email
Nitschmann Middle School Weekly Update
100 Years of Learning @ Home of the Nitschmann Nation
Sunday, November 14, 2021, to Sunday, November 21, 2021
- No School for Students 11/22 through 11/29 – There will be no school for students the week of Thanksgiving. Teachers will be participating in Teacher In-Service and Conferences will be held as scheduled, along with the 11/22 COVID Vaccine Clinic. Offices will be open as normal.
- Vaccination Information to Nurse- if your child has completed their COVID vaccination, please share the completed card/information by emailing it to Mrs. Valvik (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Mrs. Fritz (email@example.com). This will be the only place Dr. Mayes will check with for vaccination status for winter sports.
- Fall Conferences: Fall conferences will be held on Monday November 22 virtually and Tuesday November 23 in-person at Nitschmann Middle School. We use an on-line scheduling system for conferences, which you can click here and schedule a conference. Please schedule a time for you and your child to attend conferences. Nearly 200 families have already signed up, so don’t delay! The window for signing up ends this Friday!
- Schedule your child’s COVID Vaccine at our BASD Vaccine Clinic at https://www.basdschools.org/covid19
- The Annual Nitschmann Thanksgiving Food Drive ENDS THIS WEEK.: If students are able, they can donate a non-perishable food item and/or .50 in homeroom. All food and monetary donations collected will be given to New Bethany Ministries in south Bethlehem.
- Basketball Try-Outs Begin This Week! BASD Physical for new athletes or BASD Recertification Form for current athletes are REQUIRED. No attending try-outs without the forms completed. Masks will be required until teams are selected & vaccine information is verified with the Nurse’s Office (see above note). No parents/guardians/etc. are permitted in the gymnasium during tryouts.
- Girls (11/19 – 3:00-5:00; 11/22 – 3:00-5:00; 11/23 – 10-12:30 (double sessions with break)
- Boys (11/19 – 3:00-4:30; 11/20 – 7th grade 8:00-10:00 and 8th grade 10:00-12:00; 11/22 – 3:00-5:00; 11/23 – TBA
***Links to Review ******************************************************************************
***Weekly Schedule & Highlights @ BASD NMS Event Calendar*****************************************
|Monday||11/15||5||1st Quarter Report Cards Mailed to All Students|
|Friday||11/19||3||Signups for Fall Conferences Ends!Thanksgiving Food Drive Pajama Bottoms Day – Food Drive EndsCity of Bethlehem Tree Lighting @ City Hall 5pm|
|Monday||11/22||School Closed – No School for Students/Teacher In-ServiceOffices Open 8am-3pm12:30pm-3:30pm Virtual ConferencesBASD Covid Vaccines @ Nitschmann 4pm-7pm Sign Up Here!|
|Tuesday||11/23||School Closed – No School for Students/Teacher In-ServiceOffices Open 8am-3pm4:30pm-7:30pm In-Person Student Conferences|
|Wednesday||11/24||School Closed – Thanksgiving Break|
|Thursday||11/25||School Closed – Thanksgiving Break|
|Friday||11/26||School Closed – Thanksgiving Break|
|Monday||11/29||School Closed – Thanksgiving Break|
|Friday||12/3||1||December Pride of the Lions Breakfast & Award Ceremony|
***School-wide Announcements ************************************************************************
BASD eNews from Dr. Roy –
This week’s BASD eNews contains:
Highlighted BASD Staff and Students
-BASD Student of the Week from Broughal Middle School
-BASD Staff of the Week from East Hills Middle School
-Built by Bethlehem Graduate of Liberty High School Class of 2004
-Flu and COVID Vaccine Clinic at Freedom High School
-COVID Vaccine Clinics for children ages 5-11
I hope you enjoy the BASD eNews – November 12, 2021
Conference Scheduling Information
Dear Parents & Guardians,
It is time to schedule our conferences with students, parents/guardians, and teachers for the 1st Quarter.
At Nitschmann, we schedule these through a website. You need to use the link posted below to access our specific scheduling website. Do not just google the site – please click the link below.
All conferences on Monday, November 22, 2021 will be held virtually through Zoom from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. You can schedule a Zoom conference by using the website below. The teacher will send you and your child a Zoom link to connect online at the time you select.
All conferences on Tuesday November 23, 2021 will be held in person at Nitschmann Middle School from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. You can schedule a in-person conference by using the website below. If you need to bring a younger child with you, we will have an activity table supervised by staff so you and your middle school child can attend the conference.
Please select your child’s team, then sign up for a conference.
We look forward to seeing you on November 22 or 23!
Dr. Mayes, Principal
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: Caleb Hutchinson, Naomi Pomales, and Samuel Williams. Many of our items and supplies have started to deplete. Please work to restock coloring supplies, scissors, and glue sticks as needed. We have gotten much better with work completion, and charging of our computers, but we still have a few students struggling with both of those issues. Please check in with your students regarding their progress. There has been a change to the school schedule for 11/22 and 11/23, please be aware of the students’ half-days being turned to days at home.
Team Lehigh (6th) (Twitter @NMSTeamLehigh/ Facebook @NitschmannTeamLehigh Team Leader Mrs. Oliver) See our welcome letter on the NMS Website! 1st quarter report cards are on their way in the next day or two. Take this opportunity to review your child’s progress with them. Discuss things that went well and things that they may need to work on. Set goals for the coming marking period. Come up with a plan to achieve these goals. Remember the school is open from 7:30 to 4:00. If they need to make a regular schedule of coming in early or staying after (either in one of our rooms or the library) let’s make that happen. Remember, the idea of school is to grow. Let’s all work together to ensure that is happening.
Team Moravian (6th) – (Twitter @NMSTeam Moravian/Facebook@NMSTeamMoravian Team Leader Mrs. Roufakis) See our welcome letter on the NMS Website! Congratulations to our October Pride of the Lions: Mia Barket and Megan Shook! We are proud of you!
Let’s stay on top of our work this quarter! Make sure you are checking Schoology Grade Reports often to see if all work has been completed. Should you need any extra help, just check with one of your teachers to make arrangements to either come before school or stay after.
Team Kutztown (7th)(Twitter @TeamKutztown) -***Reminder to all of our Team Kutztown students*** Please come to school each day with your Chromebook fully charged! English (Mr. Falteich) – This week we will be studying the elements of a narrative with students ultimately composing a brief personal narrative account. Social Studies (Mr. Danyi) -We will begin our unit on Latin America, starting with the physical geography. Math (Mrs. Evancho) – We are going to look at percents, decimals and fractions and how to go from one form to another. English (Mrs. Gómez)~Student’s next Novel Overview Form will be due on Wednesday, 11/17. We are currently reading a story titled, “Museum Indians.” Students have researched Native American tribes. We will be moving onto our next story, “The Walking Dance” later this week. Students will take a lead and teach classmates about terms pertaining to the story.
Science (Mr. Pearson) – This week students will start learning about the scientific method. We will be discussing skills that scientists use like observing, inferring, and predicting and how scientists use the scientific method to solve problems.
Team Penn State (7th) (Twitter @NMSPennState/Facebook @NMSTeamPennState/ Instagram pennstatenms Team Leader Mrs. Getz) Thank you for your baggie donations. We now have what we need! Team PSU parents rock! This Friday, students will be tie-dyeing. Students should wear old clothing. The dye will stain if it gets onto clothes, shoes, etc. Mrs. Markovic (social studies) -. We will begin our unit on Latin America, starting with the physical geography. Mr. Downey (ELA) -We will be discussing Non-fiction reading strategies, text structures and main idea concepts. Mrs. Getz (ELA) – This week’s focus is finishing our argumentative papers as well as the works cited page. Both are due on Thursday 11/18. This is a 70 point assignment, so it is a large portion of the grade! Mrs Lafey (Math) – Students in periods 3,6 and 9 will be taking their unit test on proportional relationships on Thursday. Students in periods 2 and 8 are working with the percent proportion and percent equation. They will have a quiz Thursday on the first three sections of the unit. Mr. Khalife (Science) – We will be starting our microscope unit this week by talking about the different parts of the microscope, the history/evolution of the microscope, and how to to use them as well.
SUPPLIES: Please check with your student to see that they have necessary supplies: writing tool, notebooks, glue sticks, ear buds, extra mask. We’re starting to notice a lot of students do not have these items with them!
History: As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday that means the start of the Oral History project. This project will have students interview a person at least 63 years old. The assignment is posted in schoology with the grading rubric. Thanksgiving is a great time to complete the assignment. Mrs. Tannous and Mrs. Pogue’s ELA classes: We will continue our study of Monster with special focus on how Steve is developing as a character. We will also start a scene reenactment assignment! Science: We will continue our study of atoms; there will be a quiz midweek. Math: Algebra- working on linear equations. Math 8: introduction to Algebra.
Team Northampton (8th) (Twitter @TeamSpartanNMS Team Leader Mrs. Hood) See our welcome letter on the NMS Website! The Bethlehem Public Library offers FREE tutoring Monday through Friday from 4:00-6:00pm. This AWESOME opportunity is put on by Moravian University students! You can drop off your child for any length of time to get any help in any subject they may need! Please email Mrs Hood or call the BAPL if you would like more information. In Mrs. Wallach’s ELA class, we finished reading Monster by Walter Dean Myers and students have taken the test. We will complete unit one and begin an interview project focused on the poem “Sympathy” and an excerpt from Ten Days in a Madhouse. Continue to check Schoology for grades and updates. In Mrs. Hinkel’s ELA class, we will continue reading our new mystery, “The Speckled Band,” focusing on close reading and literary analysis. Our final analysis assignment will be due on Friday, Nov. 12. We will also continue working on our new comma rule. We have a quiz scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 9. Advanced Math / Math 8 students will continue our discussion / practice on writing / solving equations from word problems. Algebra 1 students will continue our discussion / practice on writing / graphing linear equations (three different forms). In History, students will learn about what impact the French and Indian War had on the beliefs and attitudes of the British and the colonists. . In Science, the students will be introduced to the Periodic Table. We will be working on a Stations Lab on Tues and Weds followed by notes on Thursday.
Long will be in health until Tuesday 11/16. The rest of the week, all classes will be in the gym. Mr. Villani will begin health after the Thanksgiving break
Family Consumer Science (FCS) – Students switched rooms on Friday. Mrs. Woodring’s students should bring in $7 for fabric ASAP. Please contact her if you have any questions about fabric money OR purchasing fabric independently.
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 ! Art Club will NOT meet on Monday Nov. 1, Nov. 22 and Nov. 29.
Artsmart @ Banana Factory (Advisor Mrs. Lare) No program this semester.
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) In honor of Halloween, French Club learned about The Paris Catacombs and Cities of the Dead in New Orleans. Fun but not for the faint of heart! – French Club is filled.
German Club (Advisor Mrs. Sofka) German club will meet on Day 1 during Lion’s Pride. German club is full. Last meeting we celebrated Oktoberfest! Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 9 and we will be celebrating Skt. Martins Tag by decorating lanterns!!!
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 ) Please make sure to look at the calendar for practices since they are not every day. This week: No practice Monday or Tuesday. Practice 3:15-5pm Wednesday Nov 10th, Thursday Nov 11th and Friday Nov 12th
Leadership Council (Advisor Mr. Kocon) ALL Students need to Register for the Walk-A-Thon!!! (See flyer above)
Lion Service Club (Advisor Mrs. McLaughlin) Lion Service Club started this past week. We had a great kick off. Students still 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.We will be working on activities such as organizing our 2nd Annual Blood Drive, The Clothing Closet, cards for the elderly for the holidays, etc. 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 ) The members are planning our next service project based on collection of items for the animal shelter. Please check Schoology for updates from the group.
Nitschmann Dramatics (Advisor Mrs. Hriniak) Rehearsals are until 5:00 unless otherwise noted. Monday all cast. Tuesday scenes 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9. Wednesday all cast. Thursday House until 4:00 and Crew until 5:00. Friday no rehearsal. 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 ) 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.
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. After October 31, you may sign up, but the prices may change. Lessons may be purchased throughout the season, but must be purchased at least 48 hours in advance.
Spanish Club (Advisor Dra. Sierra)- We will meet during activity periods on Day 1 and Wednesdays until 4:15 pm.
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.
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)
Cheerleading tryouts for 7th and 8th graders for the winter sports season will be held Monday-Wednesday next week Nov. 15-17th from 3:05-4:30. Any cheerleader who makes the team will need to obtain a physical or get a recertification form signed by December 1st.
Co-Ed Cross Country (Head Coach Miss Schwartz firstname.lastname@example.org)
Girls Volleyball (Head Coach Mrs. Hinkel email@example.com)
Girls Field Hockey (Mr. Burzynski firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dates below will be adjusted due to the changes on Monday 11/22 & 11/23. An updated list will be provided next Sunday or as soon as it is available.
Boys MS Basketball (Head Coach Mr. Wills)
Intramural basketball will be held after school from 3:15 to 4:30 on:
Mon. Nov. 15 7th grade boys
Tues. Nov. 16 8th grade boys
Wed. Nov. 17 7th grade boys
Thurs. Nov. 18 8th grade boys
Tryouts will be held on:
Fri. Nov 19th from 3:15 to 4:00.
Sat. Nov. 20th from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Split sessions.
Mon. Nov. 22nd from 3:15 to 5:00
Tues. Nov. 23rd from 12:15 to 2:15
Cuts made after Nov. 23rd tryout.
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**************************************
Masks are required to enter any BASD building at this time. There is a growing number of music students arriving for rehearsal without a mask for school.
Band and jazz band students MUST have their blue performance mask for rehearsal. A replacement mask costs $12.
ALL wind players must have their instrument bell cover for rehearsal. Replacement costs for bell covers are listed below.
Replacement Bell Cover
- 3” (Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon) $11.25
- 5” (Trumpet, Alto Sax, Bass Clarinet) $11.75
- 6” (Tenor Sax) $14.25
- 8” (Trombone, Baritone Sax) $12.25
- 10” (Mellophone, Baritone, Euphonium, Bass Trombone) $16.25
Monday, November 15
Early morning band 7:15am – *Students need their bell covers and playing masks
Tuesday, November 16
Early morning orchestra 7:15am
Wednesday, November 17
Early morning jazz band 7:15am *Students need their bell covers and playing masks
Day 1 jazz band during Lion’s Pride
Thursday, November 18
Early morning band 7:15am – *Students need their bell covers and playing masks
Friday, November 19
Early morning orchestra 7:15am
Wednesday, November 17 – NIMAS General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, December 1 – Winter Flower Sale Delivery
Friday, December 3 – Carl’s Corner hoagie coupon orders are due
Wednesday, December 8 – Winter Jazz band & orchestra concert
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC LESSONS
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.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES
The general membership meeting minutes from October 20 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.
Winter flower and wreath sale – Click for details. Delivery is December 1
Carl’s Corner Hoagie Coupons Orders are due December 3. Delivery of coupons will occur by December 17.
Gertrude Hawk Candy Fundraiser – Click for details (OFFERED ALL YEAR)
Grocery store gift cards – GIANT, WEIS, SHOPRITE – Click for details (OFFERED ALL YEAR)
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
Wawa Shorti Hoagie Coupons – Click for details (OFFERED ALL YEAR)
$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
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Directions on how to sign up can be found at http://www.nmsim.org/nimas/fundraising/
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