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 - January 29, 2016

    Parent Shout Outs:

    Thank you to Ms. Cooke for helping us organize the award medals! Thank you to Ms. Richardson for updating the family contact list! Thank you to Ms. Dockery for being classroom volunteer in 6th grade Art and Math!

    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.   The first progress reports of Trimester II were distributed on Friday, January 8, 2016.  

    Additional Academic Support for Scholars

    The following New Heights Middle School teachers offer additional academic support to scholars during the listed dates and times.  

    Ms. Jones (gjones@newheightsms.org) - Wednesdays, 2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

    Ms. Hagler (lhagler@newheightsms.org) - Thursdays, 2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

    Ms. Katumuluwa (pkatumuluwa@newheightsms.org) - Fridays, 2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

    Ms. Vostrizansky (dvostrizansky@newheightsms.org) - Wednesdays, 2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

    Ms. Nelson (cnelson@newheightsms.org) - Wednesdays, 2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

    Ms. Torres (ztorres@newheightsms.org) - Wednesdays, 2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

    Saturday Test Prep Academy

    Our scholars will be taking the state math and ELA exams in April (NYS ELA Test: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - Thursday, April 7, 2016 & NYS Math Test: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - Friday, April 15, 2016). 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 over the next three months. As a 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 complete the required commitment form available at https://goo.gl/dLwNBv or pick up a copy from the main officee.  Please contact Mr. Wiebusch (mwiebusch@newheightsms.org) if you have any questions.  Scholars that qualify for Metrocards for the Saturday Academy can pick them up from the main office on Friday afternoons.  

    Updated Dates: The Test Prep Academy will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on the  February 6 & 27, March 5, 12, & 19, and April 2 & 9, 2016.

    Use of Electronics

    Please be reminded that scholars may not use their cell phones in the school building.  In the event that you need to communicate with your child, please call the main office at (718) 467-4501.  

    Free Tennis Program for Kids

    Your child can learn to play tennis for free! NYJTL’s Community Tennis Program is for children and youth who are:

    • Between the ages of 5 and 18

    • At any level of tennis skill, from “never held a racquet before” to “tomorrow’s champion”

    • Anywhere in NYC (please see appropriate program page for times and locations)

    Racquets and balls are available for children to use during program hours. The only thing participants need to bring is their own water bottle and tennis sneakers.  For all NYJTL Community Tennis Programs, registration is OPEN. Players can come and register at any time during the season. Registration can be done in person ONLY during the program’s hours of operation.  No online registrations. A reminder that this is not an application, it is a registration. No one will be rejected or put on a waiting list. Attendance on any given day is optional.

    Tennis opportunities are available every season. For more information on times and locations please visit the website:


    NHMS 2nd Annual Grade-level Canned Food Drive - Extended

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

    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.  

    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:

    Friday, January 29th: New Metrocard Distribution

    Friday, January 29th: Principal’s Writing Challenge Deadline

    Week of February 1st: Trimester II Midterm Exams

    Tuesday, February 2nd: School Leadership Team (SLT) Meeting

    Friday, February 5th: Harlem Dance Performance (6:00 p.m.)

    Saturday, February 6th: Saturday Academy (9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.)

    Saturday, February 6th: Parent Dancing Class  (10:00 a.m - 11:30 a.m.)

    Saturday, February 6th: Running Club   (12:00 p.m.-2:00p.m.)

    Monday, February 8th: No School - Lunar Year

    Week of February 9th: Spirit Week - See attached flyer

    Wednesday, February 10th: National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Applications Due

    Tuesday, February 23rd: Eighth Grade Scholar Pictures

    Posted Jan 31, 2016, 8:49 AM by Michael Wiebusch
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