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  • There will be a scheduling information night for 8th grade parents and students on Monday, February 25th, 6pm in the NVHS library.  8th Grade students should ride their bus to the high school on February 27th for orientation.  Students who walk or are dropped off need to be here by 7:15 a.m. to catch a bus here (or be dropped off at high school).
     

    NVMS’s first Academy Awards was a huge success!! It was a great Spirit Week. You can view all the entries by visiting the link below. Congratulations to all the Nominees.

    NVMS

    NVMS FILM FESTIVAL

    AND THE WINNERS ARE…

    Best Comedy:  The Nutty Bar by Tyler Cuperus and Logan Foisy

    Best Screenplay: Super Snake and Wonder Worm by Ethan Morris

    Best Actress: Starla Aase starring in Suspects

    Best Actor: Kade Morrison starring in [UNKNOWN] Events

    Best Picture: The Nutty Bar by Tyler Cuperus and Logan Foisy

     

     

    Note from Superintendent Mark Johnson on Bond Passage

    February 22, 2019 

    Hello Nooksack Valley! I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere appreciation for supporting our recent bond election.  As we started this school year my “word” for the year was “gratitude”. I wanted to make sure I was taking the time to recognize and appreciate the many blessings in life, both big and small, and not simply “move on to the next thing” (as is my tendency).

    This bond passage is a BIG thing, and I am so very grateful to our community. Our Pioneer Country is a community that has always overwhelmingly supported our children, this time in the form of voting “yes” in order to provide necessary facilities. My gratitude is equally overwhelming!

    A special thanks go to our facilities committee who spent about one year analyzing the needs, determining potential solutions and corresponding costs, and making final recommendations to our school board.  Scott Mitchell and Jennifer Lautenbach served as co-chairs for the campaign, both working tirelessly to ensure we reached the 60% “yes” requirement for bond approval.

    My commitment to all of you is to steward every single dollar to ensure we get the very best value we can.  You all deserve that, as do our children.

    With Great Gratitude,
    Mark

     

    Note to Community on Snow Days

    February 2019

    Hello Nooksack Valley.  I wanted to take a moment and talk with you about our recent days cancelled because of weather and road conditions.  First, know that student and staff safety is our number one priority in making these decisions.  Second, know also that the final decisions rest solely with me as the superintendent.  Here are other factors that come into play during these times;

    1. Our district is very large geographically. One part of our district can have roads that are bare and wet, while another can have large snow drifts. Many times, the state route that goes through our district is very passable, but our side roads and foothills are not.  This is why it is critical for us to actually drive and get our eyes on road conditions throughout the district, which is always done in conjunction with these decisions.
    2. Wind chill is considered. At times, we have the wind chill factor that can be dangerous to children, particularly if they are not properly clothed while waiting for the bus.  Again, we strongly encourage parents to attend to this as needed.
    3. Weather can change quickly. We, in rare instances, have found it necessary to send students home early from school.  This poses many problems, not the least of which is getting them to a home that has someone there, with so many working parents.
    4. When to decide is also an issue. It seems that the “trend” is for districts to make the call the day before. At times this is very easy.   For example, a few years ago we knew by noon the day before that our roads would not be safe to travel on.  Here, I want you to know that we have discussed the fact that typically, the best time to make such decisions is early in the morning.  This is not always ideal for parents in terms of arranging for daycare, etc.  So, there is a balance.  We are asking for some level of patience, however, during this decision making process.
    5. Daylight matters. At times, it is best for us to announce a two hour “late start” the afternoon/evening before.  This allows everyone some time in the morning, and to get some daylight.  This also allows us to assess the weather in the morning, which could bring a change to a full school closure if needed.
    6. Weather forecasts are very important. In fact, they have become increasingly more accurate over the years.  We rely on several as decisions are made.
    7. Other factors include: having young high school students driving to school in unfamiliar conditions (although we also expect that parents are using their judgement here), whether staff living in other parts of the county can get to Nooksack Valley safely, and other considerations.

    In the final analysis, these are not easy decisions to make, but we always try to error on the side of safety.  Most of time, I think we get it right.  Not always.  

    Thanks for your patience,


    Mark Johnson

    Superintendent of Schools

     

     

    Supply List

    Nooksack Valley Middle School

    1.  Book Bag / Backpack
     
    Basic school supplies will be provided by the Nooksack Valley School District which includes:
    • Spiral notebooks for each class.
    • Composition books for each class.
    • Pens, pencils, colored pencils, markers & highlighters, pencil pouch, 3x5 note cards.
    • Graph paper.
    • Scissors.
    • Glue sticks.
    All other tools and accessories should be available to students throughout the year.

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  • School Closure/Delays

    If the weather conditions are severe enough to close school, delay starting time, or change bus routes parents/guardians will be notified through our K12 Alert System which will call with the most current school update. (This system only calls primary phone number.) Also, the news will be aired by 6:30 a.m. on the following radio and television stations: KGMI 790 AM KPUG 1170 AM KAFE 104.1 FM KVOS – TV

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  • Head Lice Information

    FROM THE NURSE: Please make a practice of checking your student’s hair for head lice and nits. This time of year, we see an increase in the number of cases and need your help in preventing the spread. The most effective screening occurs when parents check their children at home, treat if any are found, and make efforts to remove the nits. Please remind your student not to share hats with their friends. If you have any questions regarding head lice, please contact Lynnette Ondeck @360-966-7561, ext 3117. For more information, visit CDC site at https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/parents.html

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  • Health Insurance Available

    Sea Mar Community Health Center can help enroll your children in health insurance and food programs. You may contact them at (425)445-9475 to schedule an appointment.

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  • You can be a mentor!! (Click here)

    We are looking for adult Mentors to meet with and support Nooksack Valley Middle School and High School students. The focus of NV Connect Mentoring relationship is building a sense of value and direction for each student.

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  • P.E. & Health Attire (Click here)

    Please click on the link above for information about our guidelines for proper clothing.

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