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Nitschmann Middle School Weekly Update

100 Years of Learning @ Home of the Nitschmann Nation

Sunday, February 6, 2022, to Sunday, February 13, 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)


***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
Wednesday2/94Dra. Sierra Mid-Year Assemblies with Grade 6 and 7
Thursday2/105Dra. Sierra Mid-Year Assemblies with Grade 8
Friday2/116February Pride of the Lions
DayDateCycle DayNotes
Monday2/141Valentine’s Day
Wednesday2/163NIMAS Meeting 7pmWinter Band Front Presentation in Gymnasium 8p
Thursday2/17411:30AM Dismissal for Students – Teacher In-Service
Friday2/18No School for Students – Teacher In-Service

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

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

Highlighted Events, BASD Staff, Students, and Graduates including

-February 8, 2022 at 4 pm – LHS/FHS Swim meet at LHS (calling all LHS alumni to attend)

-BASD Student of the Week from Liberty High School

-BASD Staff of the Week from Freedom High School

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

I hope you enjoy! BASD eNews – February 4, 2022

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!

Nitschmann Dramatics proudly presents The Music Man Jr!

February 25, 7:00pm

February 26, 2:00pm

February 26, 7:00pm

February 27, 2:00pm

Tickets $6 nitschmanndramatics.ludus.com 

***Student Services Updates ************************************************************************

Contact Members of the Student Services Team by email; 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!   We are continuing with our new Ancient Civilization classes of Greece, Egypt, and Rome. We will be having a test in all 3 of our other classes this week… ELA, math, and science.  ELA is Monday, with Science and math Thursday and/or Friday (exact date based on content we are able to cover).  Keep replenishing school supplies as needed (including a calculator), since the students are using them a lot!!

Team Lehigh (6th) (Twitter @NMSTeamLehigh/ Facebook @NitschmannTeamLehigh Team Leader Mrs. Oliver) See our welcome letter on the NMS Website!   We said a sad good-bye to Miss Thomas on Friday.  She is headed to Freedom to teach 10th grade World Studies.  Wish her luck and will miss her very much.  Mrs. Recke will be filling in for Mrs. Oliver until she is able to return.  2nd quarter report cards should have arrived home. Please review these with your child and try to set some goals for the 3rd marking period. You are reminded to check your grade reports to be sure all your grades are in good standing. Look for missing assignments and/or assignments that can be remediated and get working on them. 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! PLEASE make sure your child has a calculator for math. It will make their life much easier and it is a tool they will use through middle and high school. The TI-30X is the easiest one to use. As always, continue to check grades/assignments on Schoology.  We are always available for extra help, if needed.  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 students will be starting to learn about the characteristics that all living things have in common.  English (Mrs. Gómez) – Please continue to read everyday, Novel Overview Form #4 will be due on Wednesday, February 16, 2022.  We are about half-way through our class novel, We Beat the Streets. Students seem to be enjoying reading the non-fiction novel about the three doctors from Newark. . English (Mr. Falteich) The students’ final 12 Angry Men  project – Text Dependent Analysis Essay is due on Schoology this Tuesday. This week begins our unit on persuasive writing/ research, and public speaking.  Students will be presenting 1 minute impromptu speeches this week. Social Studies (Mr. Danyi) – We will be transitioning from Europe to Western Asia this week.  Russia will be our focus. Math (Mrs. Evancho) – Periods 2,3,6 and 9 will have a Unit 4 Midpoint Quiz on Wednesday. Period 8 will continue working on solving 2-Step Equations.

Team Penn State (7th) (Twitter @NMSPennState/Facebook @NMSTeamPennState/ Instagram pennstatenms Team Leader Mrs. GetzThank you to all families that donated pencils and tissues! We appreciate it.  Mrs. Markovic (social studies) We will be transitioning from Europe to Western Asia this week.  Russia will be our focus. (2/2). Mr. Downey (ELA) -Students are finishing We Beat the Streets.    Students are evaluating plot development, making connections and exploring conflict, both internal and external. Mrs. Getz (ELA) – This week, students will finish We Beat the Street. In conjunction with the novel, we will examine failures that lead to successes. We will have a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday (Chapter 12-16 vocabulary).  Mrs Lafey (Math) –    Periods 3,6 and 9 are still simplifying expressions.  This week, we’ll continue to combine like terms and learn how touse the distributive property to expand and factor expressions.  Attention to detail is extremely important in this unit, so students are being required to write their work down to keep track of the processes.  Periods 2 and 8 will continue to work on solving and writing two-step equations.  There will be a short quiz Friday on two-step equations.  This one won’t contain any word problems, but the next one will.   Mr. Khalife (Science) – We will be wrapping up the scientific method this week, culminating in part 1 of the test on Friday (part 2 – short answer and analysis questions) will be the following Monday. Your own bag of skittles/M&M’s Activity or 50 cents is due Tuesday, as that is when we are doing the activity. 

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

Please remember that if you are at home and are able, check your courses on Schoology for what you’re missing. Math and ELA: bitmoji classrooms are posted with daily agendas and assignments.  Science and Social Studies: assignments are posted!  Of course, we are available if you need help! 

Hershey Forms were distributed! Please return your completed form and payment ASAP. Ask your student to see the form received in History class!

Our team is collecting paper towel and toilet paper tubes for an upcoming project! Please send any you have (or ca collect over the next couple weeks) into school with your child! 

History: Boston, Boston, Boston. Massacre, Tea Party, Intolerable Acts will be covered this week.   Mrs. Tannous and Mrs. Pogue’s ELA classes: At home, students will be working on their “What Makes You, You?” project! Ask your student about their creative project design and process! Mrs. P and Miss Dorsey will be starting a new unit: “Who are We in a Crisis” and reading texts about Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, and Pearl Harbor.  Science: We will be diving into Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion Math: Algebra- Will be starting data analysis Math 8: Students will be teaching their lessons to their classes this week!

Team Northampton (8th) (Twitter @TeamSpartanNMS Team Leader Mrs. HoodSee our welcome letter on the NMS Website!  Students who are at home are responsible for turning in their work in a timely manner, to check Schoology on a daily basis and to communicate with their teachers so they continue to stay on pace with their work.  In Mrs. Wallach’s ELA class, we finished The Outsiders novel. We will be working on looking at the theme and big ideas/takeaways from the text and moving on to some poetry and then our literary analysis essay writing assignment. Continue to check Schoology for grades and updates. In Mrs. Hinkel’s ELA class,  we will continue focusing on poetic vocabulary and text structures.  There will be a quiz on these terms on Tuesday, Feb. 8. This week will focus on a new poem, “Theories in Time and Space.” Advanced Math students will finish our discussion on Scatter Plots and start discussion System of Linear Equations.  Math 8 -Students will continue our discussion / practice on Scatter Plots.    Algebra 1 – students will finish our discussion on  Scatter Plots and start Systems of Linear Equations.  In History, students will be focusing on the essential question: How much power should the government have? We will finish our debate on the Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists and check out the inner-workings of The Constitution.  In Science, students will be starting Balanced vs Unbalanced Forces. We will be working on a station’s lab and notes to round out the week.  Quiz for the section is scheduled for 1/25. Please continue to turn in you HERSHEY PARK forms and money to your homeroom teacher.  Forms were handed out on January 3rd. If you are paying in two installments, the first installment is due by February 17th.   IF you still need one or have any questions, please see Mrs. Hood.

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 inappropriate footwear they will receive half credit due to the safety concern for themselves and other students around them. If a student is not prepared for class 3 times with the appropriate footwear, they will stay after school for detention with the Health and PE staff. The student will be spoken with and given a minimum of  one day’s notice about their detention and will also receive an email reminder to their school emails and their parents/guardians. If you have any questions about this new policy, please feel free to contact the Health and PE staff. Ms. Weinert is in health 2/4/22-2/11/22. Villani and Long’s classes should be prepared for 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.  Please welcome Mr. Licairac to Team Bloomsburg.  He will be teaching Spanish.

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

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

AM Basketball (Advisor Dr. Mayes) Returns to normal schedule this week. Tuesday 6th & Wednesday 7th & 8th – 7:15am-7:45am. All students report to breakfast when done. 

Anime Club (Advisors Ms. Fehr/Mrs. Wallach)  Our next club meeting is Monday, February 7 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. Our next meeting will be Monday, Feb. 7, 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 Monday, 2/14. We will be learning about Valentine’s Day in Germany and making German Valentine’s Day Cards!

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.          BTAA Bulldogs        BTAA Girls 5/6  

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 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

Congratulations to Hajin, Aiden, Nick and Jason who will represent Nitschmann at the Chapter Competition in February!  Everyone is still invited to practice with us this Thursday afternoon.

National Junior Honor Society  (Advisors Mrs. Wallach/Mrs. Druckenmiller) (Twitter-@Njhs_Nitschmann; Instagram- @Njhs_Nistchmann ) Students will be working in some Lead classrooms this Monday to create cards for nursing home residents. Members will also meet on Monday, 2/14 during day one time in the large group room in the cafeteria. They will discuss ideas for upcoming events. The next tutoring session will be Thursday, 2/24 after school in room 303. 

Nitschmann Dramatics (Advisor Mrs. Hriniak) Mark your calendar!  Performance weekend is Feb. 25-27. 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) Meeting on Monday February 7th after school till 4:05 pm. 

Reading Olympics (Advisor – Mrs. Nonnemacher  )    We have one more week for Competition T-Shirt design time! We are asking the Reading Olympics students to draw a design to put on our competition T-shirts for  2022! We will collect them for one more week and vote on the winning choices on Wednesday, February 9th at Reading Olympics after school! We are having a  Valentine Carnation fundraiser February 3rd through 9th! During all 3 lunches students can purchase a Valentine “card” from Reading Olympics students for $2.00! The student fills it out and on Friday, February 11th, Reading Olympics students will deliver the card attached to a carnation during homeroom.. We are asking all students to have a minimum of 10 books read from the competition booklist by the end of February.  Keep logging the books you have read on the  spread sheet we sent out. We will continue meeting Wednesdays after school until 4:00 P.M. in the library through mid March.  We will meet until 5:00 P.M. for three Wednesdays before the competition. 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) –  See you on Monday.   We will meet in the lower lodge as always around 5 P.M. Think snow!  Please email Mr. Downey with any questions. We will not meet on President’s Day.  cdowney@basdschools.org

Spanish Club  (Advisor Dra. Sierra)- The last meeting will be Feb. 9.  We will meet in the cafeteria for a celebration.

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

Step Team (Advisor Dra. Sierra)  –   Steppers must wear step shirt, black pants and black boots for the show.

Message from Mr. Huie (organizer of Northeast Stomp Show)

Hello! Ok, the decision has been made for the snow date of the Stomp Show to be TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8th. 7pm. Thank you for your flexibility. I guess it’s the whole essence of working in this pandemic.This show is truly a labor of love, and the teachers’ love for dance and step, and a testament to our commitment to your kids. Thank you for your support of them!If for some reason things get messed up for Tuesday, it’ll get really crazy with figuring out if and when the show can happen.

Thank you again for your support! Stay in touch!

a few things: 

1. If you CANNOT attend, you have 2 options- donate the funds to the school and the Northeast Step/Dance Teams. We greatly appreciate your support and it will greatly help our kids. OR, you can request a REFUND. Just be patient, I will work to make sure it happens if you request it. 

2. If you know that you want more tickets, please use the following link to purchase more tickets!


Any questions, please feel free to ask.

Thank you again for your support and flexibility. I know I was bummed, but all of the students are extremely sad as well. We worked hard to make a great show for you for tonight- we will just work super hard to make it awesome on Tuesday!

***Steppers- Tuesday, students will stay at NMS for pizza and will take a bus to NE. Transportation will not be provided after the show.  Students are to be picked up at NE.  The permission slip was sent home on Monday 1/31.

Strategy Club (Advisor Mr. Kehler) Welcome Mr. Khalife!  Strategy Club will be on Wednesdays for the Month of February.  Mr. Khalife will be leading activities while Mr. Kehler is finishing up with Music Man Jr.

Yearbook (Advisor Mrs. Markovic & Mrs. Gomez)- Yearbooks will now be sold for $36, please 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)


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)


Boys MS Basketball (Head Coach Mr. Wills)

Intramural Sixth Grade Boys’ Basketball will be held on Friday, February 11th from 3:15 to 4:15 in the main gym; Tuesday, February 15th from 3:15 to 4:30 in the main gym; and Wednesday, February 16th from 3:15 to 4:30 in the main gym. To participate, you MUST have a completed permission from turned in to Mr. Rodenbach by Fri. Feb. 11th. Stop by Mr. Rodenbach’s room, 306, or talk to him at lunch to get a permission form.

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

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 )

An extremely important preseason soccer meeting will be held on Monday, February 14th from 8:30 to 9:06 AM in our cafeteria.  Sixth through eighth grade girls and boys are invited to attend! 

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Rodenbach @ srodenbach@basdschools.org or stop by my  room, 306.

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

Nitschmann Middle School Instrumental Music Website (Click Here!)

Mr. Daniel Zettlemoyer, Instrumental Music 

Congratulations to all the students who performed in the All-City Band Concert.  You did a tremendous job under difficult circumstances. 

If you missed the concert or wish to view it again, a recording is available at https://youtu.be/Zacmugbf1kM



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


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


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


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


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


February 5: Matey’s pizza pickup 10-11am

February 12: Music Man Finale rehearsal for students who signed up.

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

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



Parents, we are in need of volunteers for upcoming events in February – May. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR BACKGROUND CHECKS on file in the Nitschmann office in order to volunteer. Click on the following link for information on what clearances you need and how to apply for them.


GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING – Next meeting is February 16 at 7:00pm.  The winter color guard performance will begin at 8pm in the main gymnasium.

The general membership meeting minutes from January 19 are posted on your Cut Time account under the FILES/DOCS tab, NIMAS General Membership Meeting Minutes, and then select the meeting date you are searching for.


You can purchase the marching band and color guard group photos the were taken before the Bethlehem Halloween Parade from Christmas CIty Studios using the following link. https://christmascitystudio.smugmug.com/Middle-Schools/Nitschmann-MS/2021-2022-Band-Groups/

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


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.

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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