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Nord Middle School
501 Lincoln Street
Amherst, OH 44001
Phone: (440)988-4441
Hours: 7:45 am - 2:45 pm

Nord News
Amherst Summer Swim Team
We provide a positive atmosphere where swimmers of all ages can attain their goals through the guidance of our experienced coaching staff. Together with our families, we courage team spirit, sportsmanship and personal empowerment. Coach teach proper stroke technique in an environment where kids are encouraged, engaged and inspired.

If you are interested in learning more, please visit our website at https://sites.google.com/site/amherstsummerswimteam/ . Registration is done online. Our team is a member of the North Coast Swim League and participate in swim meets with communities like North Ridgeville, Rocky River, Bay Village, Westlake, Avon Lake and North Olmsted. We practice on weekday mornings at the Maude Neiding pool and our meets are generally on Tuesday or Thursday evenings. If you have any questions, contact information for our board members is listed at the website.
 
Camp Invention - Early Discount
Camp Invention is returning to Amherst this summer for the third consecutive year! Camp Invention will run from June 15th - 19th for students entering 1st-6th grade. Please check out this Camp Invention Early Bird flyer for more information!
 
Open Enrollment for 2015-2016
Amherst Schools are currently accepting open enrollment applications for the 2015-2016 school year. The Open Enrollment Application Form can be picked up and dropped off at the Amherst Board of Education Office at 185 Forest Street between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Patti Killen at 988-4406. 
State Testing Dates
Over the next several weeks, our students will be taking the Performance Based Assessments as a part of the new state testing requirements.  All of these assessments will be taken online via laptop computers during the school day. Below, is a listing of the dates of the testing, and the teams who will be taking the assessments.
UPDATED AS OF FEBRUARY 27
  • Feb. 17 - 5th & 6th Grade ELA (Sexton, Giacobbe, Beetler Teams)
  • Feb. 18 - 5th & 6th Grade ELA (Flock, Kinser, Boggs, Austin/Watkin)
  • Feb. 23 - 5th & 6th Grade ELA (Sexton, Giacobbe, Beetler)
  • Feb. 25 - 5th & 6th Grade ELA (Flock, Kinser, Boggs, Austin/Watkin)
  • Feb. 26 - 5th & 6th Grade ELA (Sexton, Giacobbe, Beetler)
  • Feb. 27 - 5th & 6th Grade ELA (Flock, Kinser, Boggs, Austin/Watkin)
  • March 4 - 5th & 6th Grade Math (Sexton, Giacobbe, Beetler)
  • March 5 - 5th & 6th Grade Math (Flock, Kinser, Boggs, Austin/Watkin)
  • March 6 - 5th & 6th Grade Math (Sexton, Giacobbe, Beetler)
  • March 9 - 5th & 6th Grade Math (Flock, Kinser, Boggs, Austin/Watkin)
  • March 10 - 5th Sci. & 6th S.S. (Sexton, Giacobbe, Beetler)
  • March 11 - 5th Sci. & 6th S.S. (Flock, Kinser, Boggs, Austin/Watkin)
 
The Funder Storm Newspaper
Mrs. Funderburg's class planned, scripted, and edited a student newspaper during the our last RTI session.  Attached is a the newspaper and picture of the class - enjoy! 
Crushers Reading Program
Nord Middle School is very excited to be participating in a reading program titled Stomper’s Reading Club. This program is sponsored by the Lake Erie Crushers, which is a professional baseball team located in Avon.

In order to participate, fifth and sixth grade students will be expected to read three books with a minimum of 150 pages during the month of March. Students will be given a log sheet to document the book title, author, number of pages, and date completed. Also, there will be a copy of the log sheet available on the Nord home page. Students will be expected to write a brief summary for each of the books. In order to be eligible for this program, a parent signature must be included on the log sheet verifying your child read the three books. The log sheets will be handed out before the month of March, and due to their homeroom teachers by April 10th. The students who meet the requirements mentioned above will attend a baseball game during the school day. This game will take place on Wednesday, May 27th. Students will be offered tickets at a discounted price, and have the option of purchasing a food voucher. Also, students will be given two free tickets to attend a game in the summer.
 
Spring Fling
Spring Fling is just around the corner!  Join us at the Oberlin College Recreation Center on Saturday, March 7th from 6-9:00 for an fun evening of swimming, diving, basketball, volleyball, tennis, dodgeball, racquetball, kickball, indoor track and more! See the attached flyer for more information. 
Nord Yearbook

Orders for the 2014-2015 Nord Middle School Yearbook are now being taken. The 40 page All-Color book is only $17.00. Orders will be accepted at school through February 20th or online ordering is open through March 31st at www.RipchoStudio.com. Once ordering closes, that is the last opportunity you’ll have to guarantee getting a yearbook.

Don’t miss out— order yours today!

 
Nord Homework Lab

Homework Lab is a supervised setting that offers students an opportunity to complete their homework, while receiving assistance from a certified teacher. The lab meets each week, Monday through Thursday, from 2:50-3:50 PM. In order to cover the expenses for this lab, there is a monthly fee that is determined by the number of actual lab days during each month - the fee breaks down to $3.00 per day. The month of March will have 16 lab days, thus the cost for the month will be $48.00. It starts on March 2nd. Payment and forms are due by Friday, February 27th.


 
Emergency Text Messaging - Next Steps

Several weeks ago we began collecting guardian cell phone numbers as the first step in the process to offer emergency SMS text messages. We are now ready to begin step 2, which is having guardians opt in to receive these messages.

1. If you have not already filled out the form to have your cell phone on file, please click here for the link to do so.


If the school did not have your cell phone number on file and added it, wait at least 24 hours before proceeding to the next step.

2. From your cell phone, text the word "JOIN" to the number 56360.

If our messaging system finds a match for your number in its database, you will receive a confirmation message thanking you for joining school alerts.

At anytime you can unsubscribe by texting Stop to 56360.


3. Create a contact on your phone for the district with the phone number 56360. Then, when you receive a text from this number you know will who is sending it.

 
Student Email Accounts

As a school district we are taking steps to enhance technology and learning in the classroom. As a result, the district has created an Amherst Google email account for all students in grades 5-12. These email accounts will allow students to safely communicate with their teachers, work collaboratively with other students, and share files without using a personal email account.

For many students, this may be their first personal email account. The good news is that these email accounts are monitored and owned by the Amherst City Schools. Therefore, unacceptable usage of the account may result in disciplinary action, loss of privileges, and access to district technology. It is our goal to help students learn to utilize email as a positive and productive tool in a school setting.

Parents: Please note that students will receive their email usernames and passwords (if they haven't already). It is the same username and password they use with Pearson to check their grades on-line.

If you have any questions, please call or email your child's teacher or Bill Miller - We are here to help.

 
PowerSchool Parent Account
If you would like to create a PowerSchool Parent account to access your child's grades and information, please use the attached PowerSchool Parent Account document and the PowerSchool Parent iPad document. You may also find these downloadable documents on our website under Parent Resources or Forms and More. (If you are new to the district or are a Kindergarten parent, you will be receiving a letter with this information specifically for you and your children within the next few days.) 
E-mail Update
The Amherst Schools will be sending two or three updates a month via e-mail to parents beginning in mid-September. Updates will highlight student achievements, innovative classrooms, district operations, and plans. Videos may be included as well. If you are interested in receiving these updates, simply email our EMIS Secretary, Patti Killen, and include your name, names of your children, and your e-mail address. Thank you and Go Comets!! 
Nord Dismissal Procedure
Please see the link to our dismissal procedure at Nord Middle School. 
Amherst Schools Foundation
Since 1986, the Amherst Schools Educational Foundation has awarded more than $366,000 in teacher grants and almost $200,000 in student scholarships within the Amherst community. To make a contribution to the Amherst Schools Educational Foundation, simply go to the Community Foundation of Greater Lorain County's "Make A Gift Now" webpage and type "Amherst" in the Keyword section of the donation tool bar. Select the Amherst Schools Endowment Fund or the Amherst Schools Fine Arts Endowment Fund to make a donation. It's that easy! And remember, your donation is "A gift that gives forever"!
 
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