It is hard to believe that we are coming to the end of another school year! Students, teachers, and parents have shared so many wonderful experiences both in and out of the classrooms. Many of us are eagerly awaiting summer with the hopes of creating more memories whil...

Just as our students have the opportunity to learn and refine their skills, so too do NMS teachers. We often use time during our monthly staff meetings to discuss topics such as  diversity, different learning styles and teaching methods. During a recent meeting, we spe...

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life

as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” 

—Booker T. Washington

There are so many ways to measure a student’s achievements and successes—tests, grades, rubrics,...

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

—Albert Einstein

I think most people will agree that our world is changing faster than ever—new technologies shed light on new information and offer solutions to problems that we could no...

It’s almost here—Summer vacation!

Students don’t need to be in the classroom to keep learning, and summer offers many great ways for them to extend their skills.

Of all the academic skills, reading is at the core, and the relaxed days of summer offer a great opportunity...

I heard a lot of respectful and thoughtful language during the discussion.

It’s time to begin work. Before you start, think of a strategy you can use to help you concentrate.

Freeze. Let’s get back in a line and walk quietly down the hallway.

These are just a few examples...


Spanish, Music, Library, Drama, Art, PE, Design Lab—at NMS, we name these classes Specials, and with good reason.

What’s so special about Specials?

Ask your child what they like most about school. Answers might include “seeing my friends!,” “doing my work,” “having grea...

Take a moment and think about your daily routines.

  • How do I prepare for my day?

  • Do I have strategies for staying alert during long meetings?

  • How do I relax and regroup before time with family in the evenings?

Now think about these questions from the poin...

Learning is a complex process involving cognitive, physical, and emotional development. How do NMS teachers measure students’ progress and achievement, taking all of this into account?

Observation and detailed record keeping are two crucial starting points. As teachers...

“Why aren’t you ready for school yet?”

“I can’t find the book I need for class.”

“Have you finished cleaning your room?”

“Why do I have to clean my room – it looks good to me.”

As a parent, I had conversations like these numerous times with my daughter, and I suspect they...

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