This year marks my 7th year as the Principal at Northwood Middle School, and I couldn’t be more excited to get this year started. I’m looking forward to seeing all our students and staff back in-person. We are still waiting to hear more specifics on COVID restrictions in schools, such as large group capacity, but masks will be continued to be required while indoors. As soon as we learn specifics, we will notify our families.
We start school this year on Thursday, August 26th. Our teaching staff will return for professional development and preparation to start the school year on August 23rd. Schedules will be posted on Skyward on August 24th for students to view. We recommend students print out their schedule or write down their teacher’s name and classroom number ahead of time. For students unable to print or don’t have access to Skyward, we will have paper copies of their schedules available on the first day of school.
We know that students will be excited and anxious to start middle school, as will parents who have not had the experience of sending their student to middle school, or are still concerned about COVID-19 safety. Even some of our 8th graders will not have step foot in our building due to the hybrid learning which occurred last year. Our staff is compassionate and very prepared to serve your sons and daughters. We believe in building strong relationships through our four core values, respect, responsibility, empathy, and integrity, which we will teach and emphasize often throughout the year. We understand middle school students and the transitions they are going through both physically and mentally during their middle school years. Our goal is to support and nurture them as we prepare them to be independent learners and leaders in middle school, high school, college and beyond.
Again, I look forward to seeing everyone back in building on August 26th. Our doors will open on that day for students to arrive starting at 7:55 a.m. First period begins at 8:15 a.m. School dismissal is at 2:55pm. Please see additional information in this newsletter regarding bell times, athletics, general supply list, and Northwood’s cell phone policy.