Welcome to New Heights Middle School
“The right to learn is undoubtedly the most fundamental.” -W.E.B. Dubois              


Follow your own path. Reach new heights. The scholar experience at New Heights Middle School is driven by individualization and personalization through innovation and technology. Scholars have choice and responsibility in determining their middle school experience. Scholars will become critical thinkers and problem-solvers through practice in differentiated real-world experiences. NHMS seeks academic excellence through a rigorous 21st century curriculum coupled with realistic problem-solving and advisement in a safe, caring environment. Through opportunities to engage in meaningful learning we make active participation in the global community a reality.

Core Values

As members of New Heights Middle School, we shall uphold ourselves to the following values:

Citizenship: We act in fairness toward each other. We get involved when members of the community need help.  We work to improve our community and the world.

Respect: We treat each other as valuable individuals—worthy of greatness and goodness.  We accept individuals for who they are.  We are honest with each other.

Responsibility: We believe we are masters of our own destinies and that we have the power to control our lives and shape our futures.  We participate fully in everything we do.

Relentless Pursuit: We have confidence in ourselves and in each other to learn.  We will not give up on ourselves.  We identify the necessary resources to excel in life.  We strive to do our best to achieve significant academic gains.

Optimism: We will operate with a positive mindset, assuming the best in other people and finding the hope and opportunity in every situation.

We understand that these values are essential qualities to obtain success in reaching our goals.  When both scholars and staff demonstrate these values, we can create a positive, learning climate.  With such a school climate, New Heights Middle School is making great strides towards its mission of preparing our scholars for college, careers, and life.  When scholars have internalized these values and practice them on a regular basis, they are equipped with both the academic and life skills to excel in any rigorous academic environment.

New Heights Middle School Electronics Policy

New Heights Middle School Common Core Presentations: 
Families are encouraged to view the following videos about the Common Core Learning Standards and the implementation of these standards at New Heights Middle School.  These presentations were created by New Heights Middle School teachers and presented at the September 17, 2015 Back to School Night.  

NHMS Math CCLS Presentation.mov


NHMS ELA CCLS Presentation.mov

School Announcements

  • Weekly Announcements - November 6, 2015

    Scholar Shout Outs

    Congratulations to our October 2015 Core Values Award Recipients!

    Core Value

    6th Grade

    7th Grade

    8th Grade


    Lakira B.

    Deshawn S.

    Xavier J.


    Tyia B.

    Kaleah T.

    Jalen J.


    Marica L.

    Kadeem B.

    Kayla A.

    Relentless Pursuit

    Orlcen G.

    Totchy B.

    Christian B.


    Shemaiyah I.

    Genesis R.

    Marsonise F.

    Shout out to the following 7th Grade scholars that submitted an application to attend the 7th Grade Specialized High School Field Trip: Leadiiman E., Tiffany N., Genesis R., Midlee D., Ciara B., Elijiah R., Jacky C.

    Family Shout Outs

    Thank you to our Main Office Parent Volunteers!

    Ms. Grant, Ms. Dockery, Ms. Boyd, Ms. Cooks, Ms. Baker, Ms. Francois, Mrs.Richardson, and Mr. King

    Parent Workshop: NYC ID - Thursday, November 12, 2015 (9:00am)

    “IDNYC is the new, free identification card for all New York City residents, which gives all of us the opportunity to show who we are—New Yorkers. As a government-issued photo identification card, IDNYC secures the peace of mind and access to City services that come from having recognized identification. IDNYC benefits every city resident, including the most vulnerable communities—the homeless, youth, the elderly, undocumented immigrants, the formerly incarcerated and others who may have difficulty obtaining other government-issued ID.

    IDNYC cardholders can access services and programs offered by the City as well as by businesses. IDNYC helps enhance public safety, by serving as a recognized ID for interacting with NYPD. It also helps New Yorkers gain access to all City buildings that provide services to the public and is accepted as a form of identification for accessing numerous City programs and services. IDNYC also provides a dynamic series of benefits to cardholders, including a free one-year membership at many of the City's leading museums, zoos, concert halls, and botanical gardens.”

    All New Heights Middle School family members are invited to attend this workshop to learn more about IDNYC and the process by which you can obtain an IDNYC.  Please contact Ms. Williams, Parent Coordinator, with any questions.  

    Open Office Hours with Ms. Cuervo for High School Admissions

    On Tuesday, November 17th, 8th grade scholars and families are invited to set up a meeting with Ms. Cuervo if they have any concerns or questions regarding the HS Admissions Process.  Office hours will be available throughout the school day and after school till 6pm. Please contact the main office to schedule an appointment or your scholar’s advisor.

    November Advisory Challenge

    Throughout the month of November, we are encouraging scholars to collect their pennies and donate to the penny harvest challenge with their advisory.  Proceeds will be donated to our NHMS Garden in the Spring! The advisories to collect the most pennies in their grade-level will win a special prize. Challenge ends on Monday, November 30th so bring in those pennies!

    NHMS 2nd Annual Grade-level Canned Food Drive

    NHMS Community will be participated in a grade-level canned food drive competition throughout the month of November.  Cans will be collected in the cafeteria during breakfast every morning till Monday, November 30th. Thank you in advance families for donating!

    NYC Reads

    There is a wealth of research supporting daily reading. The more we read, the more knowledge we have, the more words we gain exposure to, the more our brain exercises, and the more we experience the joy of getting lost in a story. Reading purely for oneself, to encounter new worlds, to learn new information, to be inspired -- this is the path to success in school as in life. Reading is an essential life skill. It is an everyday, anywhere activity. Without the ability to read well, children are limited in what they can accomplish. A person who reads well has the ability to own his or her learning process. Most importantly, reading is essential because words build our foundation for ideas, expression, creativity, opinions, and beliefs.

    There’s a reading genre for everyone and for every age, whether you are four or ninety-four. Whether you prefer classical literature, poetry, fashion magazines, biographies, self-help books, science fiction, or romance novels, there’s a book somewhere for you.

    The old saying “practice makes perfect” is absolutely true for reading. We know that children who have repeatedly been exposed to books from birth develop strong reading skills and a love of reading.

    NYC Reads 365 challenges New Yorkers to read every single day. Read for pleasure, read to find out, read to argue, read to persuade, read to laugh, read to cry, read to understand, read to forget. Help us create a new generation of readers.

    Join New Heights Middle School Reading Challenge and pledge to read 25 books this year!  

    8th Grade High School Applications:

    High school applications were distributed during advisory on Friday, October 23, 2015.  Official applications are due to New Heights Middle School on Wednesday, November 25th to your advisor. If you have any questions, please contact the school or email Ms. Cuervo to schedule an appointment, jcuervo@newheightsms.org.

    New Heights Middle School Family Engagement Survey

    We are asking all New Heights Middle School families to take our brief 2015 Family Engagement Survey.  This information will help us determine upcoming workshops and events.  We value your input!  

    Survey Link:


    Scholar Arrival

    It is important that scholars arrive to school between 8:00am and 8:30am.  Scholars are not to arrive at the school before 8:00am as there is no adult supervision.  The start of the school day is 8:30 a.m.  All scholars must enter the building via the main entrance of the building located on East New York Avenue and proceed to the cafeteria.  

    Scholar Backpacks & Coats

    Scholars may not bring backpacks that include images of weapons, drugs, or inappropriate images as per the New York City Department of Education’s Discipline Code.  We also strongly recommend that parents label the inside of scholars’ backpacks, coats, sweatshirts with their name to prevent any confusion amongst scholars that have similar style items.  

    Weekly Announcements and Progress Reports

    Scholars receive this weekly announcement page and their progress report each Friday during advisory.  Please contact your child’s advisor if you do not receive this important document on a weekly basis. Parents are able to check their child’s progress using the online JumpRope portal (https://app.jumpro.pe/parent/NHMS#).  Please contact your child’s advisor if you need his/her password or have any questions.  

    Unhealthy Foods

    We want to promote healthy eating habits among our school community.  The following items are not allowed during the school day, including lunch time:

    Soda, strong “power” drinks, fruit drinks (only water are allowed and iced teas)

    Sunflower seeds, candy, and gum

    Potato chips

    If you provide your child with money to purchase lunch and/or snacks, please speak to your child about not bringing unhealthy snacks to school.  

    Daily Dismissal

    Scholars are dismissed from school at 2:50 p.m. via the main entrance of the building located on East New York Avenue. We are asking families to please time their children to ensure they are arriving home at a timely manner.  Scholars who remain outside of the school vicinity will receive a phone call home.  In case of an emergency, scholars are highly encouraged to return to the school building.  Please ensure that scholars wear coats as it is getting colder.

    Family Volunteers

    Please contact Ms. Williams, Parent Coordinator if you are available to volunteer.   Some of the tasks include: leveling/preparing classroom libraries, preparing bulletin boards, and organizing supplies and materials.  

    Play, Study, Win After School Program

    The Play Study Win After School Program began on Thursday, September 10th. Please pick up an application from the New Heights Middle School Main Office if you would like your child to participate.  The program takes place Monday through Friday from 2:50 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.  

    Uniform Code

    The school uniform is a hunter green short or long sleeve polo shirt that bears the New Heights Middle School logo and khaki skirt/short or pant with a belt. Scholars may wear a hunter green cardigan or pullover that bears the New Heights Middle School logo. On dance or physical education days, scholars may wear the school t-shirt, sweatpants with the school logo, and sneakers. Scholars must tuck in their shirts at all times. If there are loops on the pants, scholars must wear a belt. Scholars may not roll up their pant legs. Scholars may not wear tops with hoodies.

    School Calendar

    We post updated events on our New Heights Middle School website (www.newheightsms.org).  Please click on the "Parents" tab and then on “Calendar."  

    Upcoming Events:

    Wednesday, November 11, 2015: No School - Veterans Day

    Friday, November 13, 2015: PENCIL Snohetta Young Designer Program Field Trip to Snohetta Design Offices

    Friday, November 13, 2015: MoMath - Museum of Mathematics Field Trip (7th Grade)

    Week of November 16, 2015: Open Classrooms Week

    Week of November 16, 2015: College Week at New Heights Middle School

    Monday, 11/16 - College Week Kickoff

    Tuesday, 11/17 - Scholar Dollar Auction

    Wednesday, 11/18 - College Shirt Day

    Thursday, 11/19 - College Trivia @ Recess

    Friday, 11/20 - College Tours

    Tuesday, November 17, 2015: Parent Workshop - Dealing with Bullying (10:00am)

    Tuesday, November 17, 2015: Open Office Hours with Ms. Cuervo for High School Admissions (8:30am - 6pm)

    Tuesday, November 17, 2015: Metropolitan Museum of Art Field Trip (6th Grade)

    Tuesday, November 17, 2015: Parent Association Executive Board Meeting (6:00pm)

    Thursday, November 19, 2015: Ballet Hispanico at The Apollo Field Trip (8th Grade)

    Thursday, November 19, 2015: Metropolitan Museum of Art Field Trip (6th Grade)  

    Thursday, November 19, 2015: Wii Tournament with Dr. Luciano & Mr. Wiebusch (6:00pm)

    Thursday, November 19, 2015: Parent Association Meeting (6:00pm)

    Posted Nov 6, 2015, 7:40 AM by Michael Wiebusch
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