With the start of another school year comes the opportunity for students and staff to take on new challenges and develop new skills and relationships. The theme for this year is “Be Safe”, “Be Responsible” and “Be Respectful”. Our theme supports our PBIS Program at the middle school. PBIS, or Positive Behavior Interventions and Support, is an ongoing process that helps students to develop self-discipline based on common sense, responsibility and respect for oneself and others. PBIS is a district initiative that teaches and promotes appropriate/expected behaviors for all students. Learning and practicing appropriate social behaviors are important steps in a student’s educational experience. Students will be acknowledged and rewarded for exhibiting the expected behaviors. “Pines Pride” is our district mantra. We are proud of our school, and we will demonstrate that pride in everything we do with respect, responsibility and safety. With PBIS in place, it should help to promote a positive school culture and a way to increase and reinforce positive behaviors.
Our staff helps to foster a safe, supportive, stimulating and challenging learning environment for the young adolescent. The students at the middle school experience the core curriculum areas of math, science, social studies and language arts. Other required classes are physical education, health, computers, Family and Consumer Education, Technology Education and Integrated Skills, music and art for 6th graders. Students are also able to choose electives ranging from foreign language to band to music to art to Design and Manufacturing. We are also a Project Lead the Way school. These classes provide students with a well-rounded learning experience.
Besides academics, we offer students the opportunity to participate in intramurals in the areas of volleyball, basketball and track and field. Some of the activities our students can take part in are the Spelling Bee, the Geography Bee, Math contests, Forensics, a bi-annual Washington D.C. trip and an 8th grade drama production. The middle school is involved with community projects like collecting for the Vilas Food Pantry, working at Cranberry Fest and Relay for Life. Expanding student activities beyond the school day and outside of school should help our students to have meaningful real world experiences.
Parents and community members are important members of our team. Parents have the opportunity to be involved through our Parent/Teacher/ Student Organization which helps plan activities and provides opportunities for our students. Parents can also stay connected through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. I invite you to volunteer your skills, talents, creativity and energy to help with activities at NPMS. Our challenge is to lead the students in our community in the right direction to be productive citizens. Working together will help everyone to have a great year.