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

School Announcements

  • Weekly Announcements - June 19, 2015

    Scholar Uniforms

    Any parents of eighth grade scholars that would like to donate their scholars’ used uniforms to incoming scholars at the end of the school year may turn in the clean/used uniforms to Ms. Williams, Parent Coordinator.  Thank you for providing our incoming scholars in need with the uniforms.  

    Progress Report Distribution

    Progress reports will not be distributed on Friday, June 19, 2015.  

    Spirit Week

    New Heights Middle School will celebrate Spirit Week during the week of Monday, June 22nd.  Scholars must wear the uniform on a daily basis unless participating in one of the themed days below.  If you have questions regarding uniform, please call the main office at 718-467-4501.  Scholars must dress appropriately if participating in a themed day.  Inappropriate dress is listed in the Citywide Standards of Conduct and Uniform Disciplinary Measures. It is defined as:

    1. No tank tops

    2. No shorts/skirts above mid-thigh

    3. No clothing that exposes the midriff section of the body.

    4. No see-through clothing

    5. No excessively tight clothing 

    6. No underwear showing

    7. No headgear (bandanas, hats)

    Monday, June 22nd: FIELD DAY! Advisory Pride Day!

    Wear the color of your advisory college

    Tuesday, June 23rd: 8th Grade Graduation/Sports Day (6th and 7th grade)

    Wear your favorite sports team shirt or jersey

    Wednesday, June 24th: Pajama Day

    Wake up and come to school in your favorite pajamas!

    Thursday, June 25th: Neon Day

    Be bright and bold. Wear your brightest outfit!

    Friday, June 26th: End of the Year Dance! 90’s theme!

    Let’s take it back before your time and jam out to the end of the school year!

    Moving Forward to New Heights Dance

    The Parent Teacher Association will sponsor a “Moving Forward to New Heights Dance” from 6:00pm-8:30pm in the gymnasium on Thursday, June 25, 2015.  

    Door Alarms

    Through Avonte’s Law, we were able to secure door alarms for all of our exits with the exception of the main entrance. If an individual exits one of the doors, the alarm will sound.  All scholars, parents, staff, and visitors are required to enter and exit the school through the main entrance.  


    Scholars must wear the uniform on a daily basis unless otherwise noted.  If you have questions regarding uniform, please call the main office at 718-467-4501.

    Eighth Grade Graduation

    Eighth grade graduation will take place at 9:00am on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.  Each graduating eighth grade scholar received two tickets to the ceremony on Thursday, June 11, 2015.  Additional ticket request forms were distributed in the ticket envelopes and are also available in the Main Office.   Completed ticket request forms should be turned in to Ms. Williams, Parent Coordinator, in the Main Office.  Additional tickets will be distributed based on availability.  Please contact Mr. Wiebusch, Assistant Principal, (mwiebusch@newheightsms.org) if you have any questions.  As per Department of Education regulations, middle school scholars must meet their promotion/graduation requirements in June in order to participate in the school’s graduation ceremony.  

    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.  Please speak to your child about respecting our community’s businesses.

    Family Volunteers

    We need family member volunteers to assist with leveling/preparing classroom libraries, preparing bulletin boards, and organizing supplies and materials this summer.  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:

    Week of Monday, June 22, 2015: Spirit Week (See events listed)

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015: Eighth Grade Graduation - Tickets Required (9:00am)

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015: Sixth Grade Poetry Anthology Party

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015: National Constitution Center - Philadelphia, PA Trip (Select 7th Grade Scholars)

    Thursday, June 25, 2015: Last Day of the After School Program

    Thursday, June 25, 2015: Moving Forward to New Heights Dance Party (6:00pm-8:30pm)  

    Friday, June 26, 2015: Last Day of School (11:50am Scholar Dismissal)

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015: First Day of School for Scholars for the 2015-2016 School Year

    Posted Jun 24, 2015, 5:11 AM by Michael Wiebusch
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