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

                    
Mission

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.



School Announcements

  • Weekly Announcements: January 30, 2015

    Progress Report Distribution

    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.


    Relax, Relate, Reconnect : Seeing Your Way Out of Power Struggles

    Parents and families are invited to attend the workshop titled “Relax, Relate, Reconnect : Seeing Your Way Out of Power Struggles” at 10:00a.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015.  Please contact Ms. Williams (gwilliams@newheightsms.org), Parent Coordinator if you have any questions or if you are able to attend.  


    Trimester 2 Midterms Exams

    Scholars will take their Trimester 2 Midterm Exams during the week of February 2, 2015.  Please see the calendar below for the dates of the midterm exams:


    Math

    ELA

    Science

    SS

    Art

    Phys Ed/Health

    6 Citizenship

    2/9/2015

    2/4/2015

    2/3/2015

    2/4/2015

    2/6/2015

    N/A

    6 Responsibility

    2/9/2015

    2/4/2015

    2/3/2015

    2/5/2015

    2/6/2015

    N/A

    6 Relentless Pursuit

    2/9/2015

    2/4/2015

    2/3/2015

    2/4/2015

    2/6/2015

    N/A

    6 Optimism

    2/9/2015

    2/4/2015

    2/3/2015

    2/4/2015

    2/6/2015

    N/A

    6 Respect

    2/9/2015

    2/4/2015

    2/3/2015

    2/5/2015

    2/6/2015

    N/A


    Math

    ELA

    Science

    SS

    Art

    Phys Ed/Health

    7 Citizenship

    2/9/2015

    2/4/2015

    2/5/2015

    2/10/2015

    2/3/2015

    2/6/2015

    7 Responsibility

    2/9/2015

    2/4/2015

    2/4/2015

    2/11/2015

    2/3/2015

    2/6/2015

    7 Relentless Pursuit

    2/9/2015

    2/4/2015

    2/5/2015

    2/12/2015

    2/5/2015

    2/6/2015

    7 Respect

    2/9/2015

    2/4/2015

    2/6/2015

    2/11/2015

    2/9/2015

    2/6/2015


    Math

    ELA

    Science

    SS

    Art

    Phys Ed/Health

    8 Citizenship

    2/9/2015

    2/4/2015

    2/5/2015

    Take home

    N/A

    2/5/2015

    8 Responsibility

    2/9/2015

    2/4/2015

    2/5/2015

    Take home

    N/A

    2/6/2015

    8 Relentless Pursuit

    2/9/2015

    2/4/2015

    2/3/2015

    Take home

    N/A

    2/6/2015

    8 Optimism

    2/9/2015

    2/4/2015

    2/4/2015

    Take home

    N/A

    2/4/2015

    8 Eagle

    2/9/2015

    2/4/2015

    2/3/2015

    Take home

    N/A

    2/5/2015

    8 Respect

    2/9/2015

    2/4/2015

    2/4/2015

    Take home

    N/A

    2/5/2015



    School Leadership Team (SLT) Events

    The SLT is excited to announce the second session of the Parent Book Club for family members of our scholars.  The first book selected for the club is How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk.  The next meeting will take place on Thursday, February 8th  at 6:00pm.  Please contact Ms. Williams, Parent Coordinator, to sign up and receive a free copy of the book.  


    Saturday Test Preparation Academy

    Our scholars will be taking the state math and ELA exams this spring. We would like to provide your scholar with additional support in preparing for these exams.  Therefore, New Heights Middle School will be running a Saturday Academy focusing on math and ELA test preparation on from 9:00am-12:00pm on February 7, 28, and March 7, 14, 21, and 28. As a selected participant of this Saturday Academy, your child will receive individualized academic support. Participation in the Saturday Academy requires commitment by both the scholar and parent/guardian. Please contact Mr. Wiebusch (mwiebusch@newheightsms.org) if you would like to enroll your child in this program.   Scholars must submit a Saturday Academy Registration Form.  


    New York State ELA and Mathematics Tests

    In order to best assess student learning of the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), the New York State Department of Education developed and administered new Grades 3-8 Common Core English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests in 2013. The spring 2015 Grades 3-8 tests will continue to assess only the CCLS.  The dates of this year’s testing is as follows:

    English Language Arts (ELA):

    April 14, 15, and 16, 2015

    Mathematics:

    April 22, 23, and 24, 2015


    8th Grade Baby Pictures

    We are asking all eighth grade scholars to bring in a baby picture for the yearbook.  Please print your scholar’s name on the back of the baby picture so that it can be returned.  Submit baby photos to Dr. Luciano or Mr. Wiebusch by Thursday, February 5, 2015.  


    8th Grade Trip - Club Getaway

    New Heights Middle School is planning an 8th grade trip on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 to Club Getaway.  Club Getaway is set on 300-acres overlooking a sparkling lake in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Kent, Connecticut.  Scholars will enjoy sports and activities, meals and snacks, entertainment, and a dance party.  Busses will department New Heights Middle School at 7:00am on Wednesday, May 13th.  Scholars will return to the school at approximately 6:30pm  The cost of this trip i $110. and will include the following:

    ·   School Foods Breakfast On the Bus

    ·   Coach Bus Transportation to and from Club Getaway (Located in Kent, CT)

    ·   Sports and Activities at Club Getaway

    ·   BBQ Buffet Lunch at Club Getaway

    ·   Dance Party at Club Getaway with Ice Cream

    ·   Snack on the Bus Ride Back to New Heights

    The payment and permission slip deadlines are as follows:

    1. 1st payment of $55 and permission slip is due Friday, January 30,, 2015

    (Cash or Money Order Only)

    1. 2nd payment of $55 is due Friday, February 27, 2015 (Cash or Money Order Only)

    All scholars will receive a receipt for each payment of the cost of the 8th Grade Trip.  Please contact Mr. Wiebusch (mwiebusch@newheightsms.org) with any questions about the trip or to request a financial aid application.  Financial Aid applications are due to Mr. Wiebusch no later than Friday, January 31, 2015.  



    Adult Education Program at New Heights Middle School

    The adult education classes are for adults who wish to improve their reading, writing, and math skills as well as expand their content knowledge in other subject areas. Reading and writing are integrated to give students the foundation for effective communication. The ultimate goal is for the students to obtain their High School Equivalency diploma by passing the TASC exam (formerly known as GED). Please see link below for additional information about the Adult Ed program.  Please contact Ms. Williams, Parent Coordinator, if you are interested in participating.  

    http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/SpecialPrograms/AdultEd/default.htm


    Apply for an IDNYC Card

    On January 12, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viveritoannounced that New York City residents are now able to sign up for IDNYC, a government-issued identification card that is available to all City residents ages 14 and older, regardless of immigration status. The IDNYC card is a secure document that enables residents to access City services and grants admission to City buildings, such as public schools. New York City residents may receive an IDNYC card free of charge until December 31, 2015. To apply for this card, residents must make an appointment at an IDNYC Enrollment Center by calling 311 or going online to www.nyc.gov/IDNYC. Residents must bring a completed application, proof of identity, and proof of residency to their appointment .Acceptable documents include NYCDOE transcripts, NYCDOE student ID cards, and letters from the NYCDOE that support NYC enrollment for students.


    On Time Arrival

    It is important that scholars arrive to school on time. 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.

    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.  Scholars may not visit other elementary schools nor remain in the vicinity.


    Family Volunteers

    We need family member volunteers to assist with leveling/preparing classroom libraries, preparing bulletin boards, and organizing supplies and materials.  Please contact Ms. Williams, Parent Coordinator if you are available to volunteer.  

    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/skort 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:

    Friday, January 30, 2015: 1st Payment ($55.) for 8th Grade Field Trip Due to Dr. Luciano or Mr. Wiebusch

    Saturday, January 31, 2015: Parent Workshop: Relax, Relate, Reconnect:  Seeing Your Way Out of Power Struggles with

    your Teen (10:00am)

    Week of February 2, 2015: Trimester 2 Midterms

    Monday, February 2, 2015: NYU Dental Van Visits NHMS

    Tuesday, February 3, 2015: NYU Dental Van Visits NHMS

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015: Brooklyn Connections Visits NHMS (8th Grade Scholars)

    Thursday, February 5, 2015: Brooklyn Connections Visits NHMS (8th Grade Scholars)

    Thursday, February 5, 2015: School Leadership Team (SLT) Meeting (5:30pm)

    Friday, February 6, 2015: 7th Grade On-Site Retreat with Ramapo for Children

    Saturday, February 7, 2015: Saturday Test Preparation Academy (9am-12pm)

    Saturday, February 7, 2015: NHMS Basketball Team (12:00pm)

    Week of February 9, 2015: Respect For All Week

    Tuesday, February 10, 2015: Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Field Trip (7th Grade)

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015: PENCIL Snohetta Young Designers Field Trip (Select Scholars)

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015: Grand Army Public Library Field Trip (8th Grade)

    Thursday, February 12, 2015: NYU Dental Van Visits NHMS

    Thursday, February 12, 2015: Grand Army Public Library Field Trip (8th Grade)

    Friday, February 13, 2015: NYU Dental Van Visits NHMS

    Monday, February 16th - Friday, February 20th 2015: No School - Midwinter Recess












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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, iced teas, fruit drinks (only water is allowed)
-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.

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/skort or pant with a belt. Scholars may wear a hunter green cardigan or pullover that bears the New Heights Middle School logo. On dance 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.

Arrival Procedures
We would like to remind families and caregivers about the arrival procedures and times. We highly encourage for our scholars to arrive to school from 8:25 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. If they would like to eat breakfast, it will be served in the cafeteria from 8:00 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. Scholars who arrive earlier than 8:25 a.m. must report to the cafeteria.



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