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Principal's Blog

May 2017 Blog

Mustang Parents,

We are in the homestretch of the 2016-2017 school year and our goal is to finish strong. In order to do this, your help is needed. As the days become longer and the sun shines brighter, our internal clocks let us know that summertime is nearing closer and closer with the end of each day. With this often comes procrastination or a tinge of apathy. There is still important work to be done in these last 4 weeks. Here is where your help is needed. Please be your child’s or children’s biggest cheerleader.

* Encourage them to eat a healthy breakfast when they don’t want one.

* Encourage them to still use their agenda when they don’t think it is necessary any longer.

 *Encourage them to tackle the homework sooner than later.

* Encourage them to ask their teacher for help when they don’t understand.

* Encourage them get a good night sleep.

* Encourage them to study for that test before the night before.

* Encourage them to “unplug” from technology for a given time each day.

* Encourage them to play for a bit before jumping right into homework.

* Encourage them to be kind each and every day.

Yes. Encourage. Encourage. Encourage some more. Our Mustangs need you to remind them that while summer is near, important work still needs to be done and in order to do this important work, your child needs to be at school each and every day. Thank you for encouraging daily attendance.

KPREP is coming

Reminder our state testing window is May 17-23. Please try to not schedule appointments during this time if at all possible. Eating a healthy breakfast, especially on testing days, and have a good night’s rest are strategies in helping your child to do his/her best on the state assessment. No mechanical pencils are permitted, and your child will need to have at least two #2 pencils during testing. This would also be a great time to put fresh batteries in your child’s calculator so it is juiced up and ready to go.

Our Mustangs have worked incredibly hard this year and our MAP projection data is very positive. MAP has a very high correlation with predicting KPREP outcomes. I am excited to see how our Mustangs preform this school year as I could not be more impressed. This data point, KPREP, in an important one that is in their cumulative folder and will travel with them. Attendance, CogAT (taken in 6th grade), report cards from over the years are the other data points that are included. Knowing you value education, it is important for each of these pieces of data to represent a true picture of your child’s potential. With your encouragement and ours, I am confident that our Mustangs will do their very best and show the growth they have experienced this school year.

Thank you for your continued support and for sending us such incredible young ladies and gentlemen who come to school daily ready to work and learn so to have great understanding.

Social Media Reminder

As I mentioned, it is that time of year where students are beginning to prepare for summer and the end of school. Increasing activity levels, not only here at school, but also on their social media accounts happens this time of year. It is great practice to check, and recheck all of your child’s social media accounts. Unfortunately, this time of year data shows students may be tempted to send inappropriate content (pictures or language). Remember that when a picture is sent it may not always go to a credible recipient. Some people may also offer "quid pro quo" offers of "show me yours and I will show you mine". Having a conversation with your child and remembering to actively monitor social media are two steps in being proactive verses having to be reactive. Stay safe NOMS!

Faculty, Staff and Cafeteria Appreciation Week

This week is appreciation week. Thanks to all who donated gift cards to our PTSA in order to show our thanks to this incredible faculty and staff that embraces our almost 800 student Mustangs each and every day. If you have not done so, please take a moment to write a quick note or email and share why you are so appreciative of the work these incredible folks do. Every teacher and those who work with our Mustangs has that special box or container that holds those special notes, so on a day that was particularly difficult, they can take a moment and sit and reread a note or two as a reminder of why they do what they do. The students. Yes. To Inspire, Empower and Unite them. That’s what we do.

I cannot let an appreciation week go by without sharing my gratitude for the faculty and staff that I get to work alongside of each and every day. Their dedication is second to none. There is not a day that goes by where you won’t find the parking lot lined with cars as early as 7:00 AM and as late as 6:00 PM. This group doesn’t stop until the work is complete. Their doors are always open for students to stop by to clear up a misconception or lend a helping hand. Our classified folks work to ensure that you are greeted with a smile and a helping hand, our custodial staff keeps our building safe and beautiful, our support staff is always there to lend an hand where our students are concerned. My gratitude to our counselors and administrative team who are ready to embrace whatever need arises. Thanks to our cafeteria staff who welcomes your Mustangs day in and day out as they have lunch in the cafeteria. We are family and one I am proud to be a part of. It is always a great day to be a Mustang.

As always, I am here to serve. As this school year winds down, be confident that I am working feverishly to ensure that the 2017-2018 school year will be one of great growth. A year that not only prepares our students academically, but also addresses the social and emotional components. I look forward to the work that lies ahead that will allow us to not only Inspire, Empower and Unite, but to also BE Inspired, BE Empowered and BE United by one another.

Believing always.

Carrie Pitsenberger

 

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NOMS does not sponsor the following sports:

*  baseball

*  softball

*  lacrosse

Students competing on these teams are participating through a non-school sanctioned club sports program.

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Mr. Chad Buckman.

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