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Nitschmann Middle School Weekly Update

100 Years of Learning @ Home of the Nitschmann Nation

Sunday, January 9, 2022, to Sunday, January 16, 2022

Download the BASD App and select “Nitschmann” to receive all alerts to your phone. 

BASD Covid Mitigation Level (link to BASD) – Tier 3 (Universal masking for all students & staff, grades PreK-12)

  • Bitter Cold Conditions This Week – Please continue to make sure your child dresses appropriately for the weather this week. Students did a great job last week returning from the holiday break. 
  • End of the 2nd Quarter/1st Semester – The end of the 2nd Q & 1st Semester occurs on Monday, January 24th. Please double check Schoology with your child to make sure all assignments are turned in & completed before this date. 
  • 2021-2022 NMS Yearbooks now on sale! Cost:   $30.00–NOW through January 14th–DISCOUNT $36.00–January 15-28. Due Date:  Orders must be submitted by Friday, January 28, 2022. Two Ways to Order:   

1. Online: Go to:  yearbookordercenter.com Enter NMS Code: 5049 OR 2. In-School Order Form: Fill out the bottom portion of this form, and place the money and order form in an envelope labeled with the student name and homeroom. Turn in all forms to your homeroom teacher by Friday, January 28, 2022. Make checks to Nitschmann Middle School.

***Links to Review ******************************************************************************

BASD Parent Portals Link (Schoology, Home Access Center, SchoolCafe, etc.)

BASD 2021-2022 Calendar

***Weekly Schedule & Highlights @ BASD NMS Event Calendar*****************************************

See all long-term events on our BASD NMS Event Calendar on the BASD Website

DayDateCycle DayNotes
Monday1/101Math IXL Diagnostic Middle of Year Window Opens to Assess Math Skills*Day 1 moves from Friday to Today due to Friday’s Snow Day
Tuesday1/1122022-2023 6th Grader Family Welcome Night 7pm Auditorium AM Basketball for 6th Graders begins @ 7:15am (see notes below)
Wednesday1/123AM Basketball for 7th/8th Graders begins @ 7:15am (see notes below)
Thursday1/1348th Graders LHS Course Selection Day 1 – Meet Counselors & Review Plan 
Friday1/145NMS Yearbook Sale Ends!
DayDateCycle DayNotes
Monday1/17School Closed, MLK Holiday
Wednesday1/191LHS New 9th Grade Orientation @ LHS 7pm
Thursday1/2028th Graders LHS Course Selection Day 2 – Submit Requested Courses NMS Spelling Bee 6pm

***School-wide Announcements ************************************************************************

BASD eNews from Dr. Roy – This week’s BASD eNews contains:

Highlighted Events, BASD Staff, Students, and Graduates including

LHS Boys Basketball Alumni Day – January 8, 2022 – Looking for Alumni to Participate

-BASD Student of the Week from Hanover Elementary School

-BASD Staff of the Week from Governor Wolf Elementary School

-Built by Bethlehem Graduate of Liberty High School – Class of 2006

I hope you enjoy! 

BASD eNews – January 7, 2022 Edition

Schoolwide Library Services (Werkheiser) lwerkheiser@basdschools.org for help with books or services. 

The library website is full of resources for students. 

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 ************************************************************************

Contact Members of the Student Services Team by email: Mrs. Woodson, Assistant Principal; Mrs. Scott, SSC Guidance Secretary; Mrs. Falcone, SSC Attendance Secretary

6th Grade: Mr. Kehler’s Counseling Google Site for Students  Donate:Library Equity, A Quiet Place, Hanging around

7th Grade: Mrs. Hipp’s Counseling Google Site for Students

8th Grade: Ms. Stewart’s Counseling Google Site for Students

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!  All students should be looking to Schoology to help keep up with assignments. Members of the Junior National Honor Society will be in room 305 after school this Thursday for tutoring.  If you owe work or need help please attend!!  There has been a dramatic increase in absences, and the simplest way to keep up to date is through Schoology.   If there are any questions about anything, reach out through email for any help from any teacher.   Stay well, Team Lafayette students and families. 

Team Lehigh (6th) (Twitter @NMSTeamLehigh/ Facebook @NitschmannTeamLehigh Team Leader Mrs. Oliver) See our welcome letter on the NMS Website!   Hope everyone enjoyed the snow day Friday. The end of the marking period is right around the corner. Check your grade reports for missing assignments and/or assignments that can be remediated and get working on them.  Members of the Junior National Honor Society will be in room 305 after school this Thursday for tutoring.  If you owe work or need help please attend!! We have had many absences from school lately. If you are out, please check schoology to see what we are doing in class and if you feel up to it, get it done so that you do not come back to school behind. Also, as we move further into the school year, the use of calculators in math is becoming more crucial both in class and for homework.  The TI-30x is probably the best buy as it is the cheapest of the calculators that are versatile enough to last throughout middle school.  These can be purchased at Walmart, Target, Staples, etc.  The school store does have a limited supply of them as well.  If you need one, please get one soon, you will need it!!!!

Team Moravian (6th) – (Twitter @NMSTeam Moravian/Facebook@NMSTeamMoravian Team Leader Mrs. RoufakisSee our welcome letter on the NMS Website! Students have been reminded several times that they must have their own calculator. They will be using this type of calculator for the next seven years. It will make their lives easier. Mrs. Conley does not have class sets of calculators for the students to borrow. The TI-30X is the easiest to use. Make sure to check Schoology for any missing assignments.  Should you need any extra help, just check with one of your teachers to make arrangements to either come before school or stay after. Members of the Junior National Honor Society will be in room 305 after school this Thursday for tutoring.  If you owe work or need help please attend!! Sniffle season has begun.  If you would like to send tissue donations in, it would be greatly appreciated.  Also, please make sure your child has a supply of pencils and other everyday items.  Many students are coming unprepared without supplies. 

Team Kutztown (7th)(Twitter @TeamKutztown)  – Science (Mr. Pearson) – This week we will finish our unit on the scientific method by learning how to write a conclusion for an experiment.  Then, we will begin our next unit on the compound light microscope.   English (Mrs. Gómez) – Please continue to read everyday, and remember that Novel Overview Form #3 will be due this Wednesday, January 12, 2022.  We will begin to read an excerpt from a nonfiction novel titled, We Beat the Streets. Students will be researching different aspects of life in Newark, NJ to prepare for the text. English (Mr. Falteich) – Students will continue their study of O.Henry. We will be reading and discussing the themes and irony in the story, “A Retrieved Reformation.”  Social Studies (Mr. Danyi) – We will continue to work on the Caribbean Vacation Planning Project. Math (Mrs. Evancho) – Periods 2,3,6 and 9 will finish up percent equations and take a look at simple interest. Period 8 will continue to look at properties and combine like terms in numerical expressions.

Team Penn State (7th) (Twitter @NMSPennState/Facebook @NMSTeamPennState/ Instagram pennstatenms Team Leader Mrs. GetzMrs. Markovic (social studies) – We will begin our unit on Europe. Mr. Downey (ELA) – Students are investigating various elements related to the novel.  We looked at the setting and anger management techniques.   Mrs. Getz (ELA) – This week, students will continue reading the novel We Beat the Street.We will also have a vocabulary quiz on the words from chapters 1-5. Mrs Lafey (Math) –    Students in Periods 3,6 and 9 will continue to work with applications of the percent equation, like percent change, percent error and markups and markdowns.  They will have a short quiz Friday covering everything from Sections 3-4 and 3-5.  Periods 2 and 8 will be working with algebraic properties, combining like terms and distributing to simplify expressions.  Mr. Khalife (Science) – This week, we will get into how to write a hypothesis and identify the different types of variables in an experiment. At the end of the week, we will start writing procedures. 

Team DeSales (8th) (Team Leader Mrs. Pogue):   Instagram @NMSTeamDSU8  

History: We will be designing and  constructing a walking tour of Historic Bethlehem using a Google Slideshow – ask to see your student’s project. . Take a walk in downtown Bethlehem, snap some selfies with a building that is more than 150 years old for extra credit.  Mrs. Tannous and Mrs. Pogue’s ELA classes: Mrs. Pogue’s half of ELA will continue to study and practice using figurative language through studying poems from Unit 2. Mrs. Tannous’s half will finish Unit 2 by reading an excerpt from “The House on Mango Street.” Speeches are due Monday 1/10. 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. HoodSee our welcome letter on the NMS Website!  In Mrs. Wallach’s ELA class, we are continuing to read our novel The Outsiders. Students finished reading chapters 6-7 and worked on critical analysis of the text. We also started our cell phone project which will be worked on in class. Continue to check Schoology for grades and updates. In Mrs. Hinkel’s ELA class, we will wrap up our discussion of “Abuela Invents the Zero” and read “So where are you from?” We have a quiz on pronoun uses scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 15. Advanced Math students will continue to work on Relations and Functions, Quiz Tuesday (Relations and Functions).. Math 8 – Quiz Monday (Slope, Y-intercept and Graphing).  Students will be introduced to Relations and Functions (notes – vocab).    Algebra 1 – Quiz Tuesday (Sequences).  Students will be introduced to Linear Transformations.  In History, students will finish analyzing the Declaration of Independence and connecting to Thomas Paine’s Common Sense. We will also be working on research for the Declaration Dating Game! Towards the end of the week, we will take a look at the following topics in regards to the Revolutionary War  Women’s roles, African Americans, Washington’s spy tactics. On Day 4, students will continue to work on a community art project focusing on Immigrants to Bethlehem over the last 250 years – this project will be part of the Rose Garden Renovation.  In Science, students will be continuing  a unit on Motion. We will be doing an escape room on Monday and a review Lab on Tuesday.  Quiz on Avg Speed is on Weds.  Thursday we will be starting Balanced vs Unbalanced Forces. 

Team Pitt: (Encore Health and PE, and All 30 day rotation classes) (Team Leader Mrs. Long) (Twitter @NMSTeamPitt) See our welcome letter on the NMS Website!  As of Dec 1st, 2021, all students are required to wear sneakers that tie for PE class. (No uggs, crocs, slides, slip on vans). If a student wears crocs, they will sit out and receive no credit due to the safety concern of themselves and other students around them. Ms. Weinerts class begins health on Monday, Jan.10th. Mr. Villani and Mrs. Long’s classes will be in the gym. 

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.  Students in Ms. Bartolocci’s class will be completing their WIDA tests in class.

***Extracurricular Activities************************************************************************

Is your child interested in an after-school club or activity? Email the advisor for more information!

AM Basketball (Advisor Dr. Mayes) Morning Basketball will begin NEXT week.  Students MUST report to the gym doors at 7:!5am. Late arrivals will not be allowed to enter. 

6th Graders will be on Tuesdays 7:15am-7:45am, then report to breakfast. 

7th & 8th Graders will be on Wednesday 7:15am-7:45am, then report to breakfast. This is for students who are 

not playing on the NMS basketball team. 

Anime Club (Advisors Ms. Fehr/Mrs. Wallach)  Our next club meeting is Monday, January 10 in room 104 after school from 3:05-4:00. New members are always welcome!

Art Club (Advisor Mrs. Lund). Art Club will be held afterschool on Mondays from 3:05-4:05. No more applications will be accepted …the spaces are filled ! Our next meeting will be Monday, January 10, 2022

Artsmart @ Banana Factory (Advisor Mrs. Lare)  No program this semester.

Environmental Club (Advisor Ms. Stewart) Happy New Year! The Environmental Club will host its next meeting on Monday, January 10 in room 013 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. German club will meet Friday, 1/7. We will be watching a film in German to test our listening and vocabulary skills.

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 ) Tee shirts are still available if you would like to purchase them. Please see Ms. Weinert if you would like one. Rec lacrosse teams in Bethlehem are accepting new players, feel free to reach out for more information. 

Leadership Council (Advisor Mr. Kocon

Lion Service Club (Advisor Mrs. McLaughlin)  Lion Service Club will be after school the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month until 3:45.We are meeting this Wednesday, 1/12/22, until 3:45. We will be working on activities such as organizing our 2nd Annual Blood Drive, The Clothing Closet, etc.

Lion’s Pride (school newspaper)  (Advisor Mrs. Werkheiser) Student journalists chose their topics for our second issue. They are developing questions and conducting interviews. Next step: Writing articles

Mathcounts (Advisor Mrs. Lafey

Students should be taking the practice competitions in their AOPS accounts over break.  This is part of the criteria that will be used to determine which students will be representing Nitschmann at the virtual Chapter Competition on 2/17.  I’ll see everyone on Thursday, January 6th.

National Junior Honor Society  (Advisors Mrs. Wallach/Mrs. Druckenmiller) (Twitter-@Njhs_Nitschmann; Instagram- @Njhs_Nistchmann ) Our next tutoring session will be Thursday, January 13 in room 305. Please respond on Schoology if you can make it. We will soon be starting the process of applications for any current 7th graders who meet the 3.75 GPA criteria. 

Nitschmann Dramatics (Advisor Mrs. Hriniak) Check your email for schedule, details, and updates!

Nitschmann Singers (Advisor Mrs. de Vries) (@ldevriesmusic) | Twitter Please scroll down to the very bottom of the newsletter for more information and current schedules.

Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) (Advisor TBA) None at this time. 

Photography Club (Advisor Ms. Krause) Happy New Year! No photography on January 3rd, we will have our meeting starting on January 10th instead after school until 4:05 pm. 

Reading Olympics (Advisor – Mrs. Nonnemacher  )     Our first meeting once we are back is  Wednesday January 12, 2022.  We hope the students were reading the Reading Olympics books and writing summaries over the holiday  break!  We will continue meeting Wednesdays after school until 4:00 P.M. in the library. The competition is April 7, 2022 at Easton High School.

Riding for Focus (Advisors Mr. MillerMr. Bellucci, and Mrs. Getz )  We are currently on break due to cold weather. We will resume in spring. 

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) –  Our first meeting, we will try again,  on the snow is 1/10/2022.    I am looking forward to meeting you at the Lower Lodge. I will put some tables and chairs together, and I will have a sign.  I generally get there around 5 and begin skiing before 6.   Think snow!  Please email with any questions.

Spanish Club  (Advisor Dra. Sierra)- We will meet during Pd. 1 and on Wednesday afternoons.

Student Lighthouse ( Advisors Mr. Kocon / Mrs. McLaughlin / Mrs Markovitz)-. 

Step Team (Advisor Dra. Sierra)  –   Steppers must have black boots.  First show is set for Feb. 4. Each steppers will have 2 tickets for spectators to purchase. 

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)- See information and order form at bottom of page (end of email) 

***Lions/Lady Lions Athletics Updates (Twitter @NMS_Athletics)*****************************************


Cheerleading (Head Coach Mrs. Long kllong@basdschools.org)

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.


Boys Football (Head Coach Mr. Shemanski  mshemanski@basdschools.org; Asst. Coach Mr. Villani, mvillani@basdschools.org

Co-Ed Cross Country (Head Coach Miss Schwartz lschwartz@basdschools.org)

Girls Volleyball (Head Coach Mrs. Hinkel ahinkel@basdschools.org)

Girls Field Hockey (Mr. Burzynski bburzynski@basdschools.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)

Monday, December 20th – Home vs. Raub

Girls MS Basketball (Head Coach Mr. Ortwein jortwein@basdschools.org)

Monday, December 20th – Away @ Raub

Boys & Girls LHS HS Wrestling (Head Coach Mr. Hall)


Girls MS Softball (Head Coach Mr. Kocon ekocon@basdschools.org)

Co-Ed MS Soccer (Head Coach Mr. Rodenbach srodenbach@basdschools.org )

 ***Nitschmann Middle School Performing Arts Department Updates**************************************

Nitschmann Middle School Instrumental Music Website (Click Here!)

Mr. Daniel Zettlemoyer, Instrumental Music 



Early morning band 7:15am – (Students need their bell covers and masks)

Day 1 jazz band 8:30am – – (Students need their bell covers and masks)


Early morning orchestra 7:15am


Early morning jazz band rehearsal 7:15am (Students need their bell covers and masks)


Early morning band 7:15am – (Students need their bell covers and masks)



NO LESSONS – Check the lesson schedule below to see when your lesson is this week.


January 13: All-City permission slip due. (Select students only) PERMISSION SLIP LINK

January 19: LHS band and orchestra auditions

January 19: NIMAS general membership meeting 7:30pm

January 24 – 28: Band chair auditions

January 29: BASD middle school instrumental music ice skating event 

This is a combined event for the instrumental music students of all four middle schools. Participants must have both forms completed and returned to Mr. Zettlemoyer by January 21 to participate. Skate rentals are available at the rink for $3 for those who need them. The forms can be downloaded here: http://www.nmsim.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/MS-Ice-Skating-forms.pdf

February 1 & 2: All-City Band rehearsal and concert for select students only

Wednesday, February 16: NIMAS general membership meeting 7:00pm

Wednesday, February 16: Winter color guard performance 8pm in the NItschmann gymnasium


I have received the audition information for the Liberty band and orchestra. The auditions are scheduled for January 19




ALL students need to bring their Chromebook lessons this week.


Parent Volunteers:

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.



The general membership meeting minutes from DECEMBER 14 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.


You can purchase the group marching band and color guard photos that were taken before the Bethlehem Halloween Parade from Christmas City Studios using the following link. Click Here to View/Order your Nitschmann Band Group Photos 21-22 

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


Matey’s Pizza Sale – ORDER FORM

All orders must be prepaid!

We will be selling 12” pizzas and will be taking orders

From  1/10/2022    to  1/28/2022

Your Pizzas will be delivered on 2/5/2022






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 jenlroan15@gmail.com

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 jenlroan15@gmail.com


The Nitschmann Instrumental Music Association is now part of the Amazon Smile program.

Now you can shop at Amazon, get great deals and support the Nitschmann Instrumental Music Association all at the same time.   Please share this with your friends and family.

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Directions on how to sign up can be found at http://www.nmsim.org/nimas/fundraising/

Nitschmann Choral Music Mrs. de Vries, Glee Club & Nitschmann Singers director (@ldevriesmusic) | Twitter

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 

It’s that time of year again! 

Place your order for a 2021-2022 Nitschmann Middle School yearbook. 

Cost:   $30.00–NOW through January 14th–DISCOUNT  

$36.00–January 15-28–Make checks to Nitschmann Middle


Due Date:  Orders must be submitted by Friday, January 28, 2022.

Two Ways to Order:   

1. Online:

Go to:  yearbookordercenter.com

Enter NMS Code: 5049

2. In-School Order Form: Fill out the bottom portion of this form, and place the money and order form in an envelope labeled with the student name and homeroom. Turn in all forms to your homeroom teacher by Friday, January 28, 2022.

———In School Order Form———

Student Name: ____________________________________________

Homeroom teacher: ________________________________________

Homeroom number:  __________________

# of yearbooks:  _______________________

Check #___________

Total Amount Paid: ___________