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Principal's Blog

February 2017

Mustangs,

What a Super Bowl LI!  While my team didn’t come out on top, it was the most exciting Super Bowl I have watched. 

What’s happening in our schoolhouse?

MAP Testing

By this time most of our students have participated in the winter session of our MAP testing.  Our teachers and students have been looking at the data from the fall and setting goals.  It has been exciting and eye-opening to see the growth our Mustangs are making.  If you haven’t already, ask your student about their results.  What goals have they set for the spring testing of MAP?  What we do know is that MAP correlates to the Common Core which we know relates to KPREP.  MAP has a component that projects for students what their trajectory for KPREP is at this given moment.  Remember that growth is different from achievement.  What has been surprising is when you see high achievement yet the growth, compared to other students who learn the same nationwide, are not showing above the 40th percentile (typical growth).  Many students had no idea.  Just knowing this seemed to increase the drive to do well on all types of assessments; quizzes and tests given in class, and even MAP and KPREP.  This may give you the opportunity to pull out the KPREP scores your child received in October and discuss the progress being made.  What are his/her new goals and how you can support your son or daughter in reaching their goal?

Choices Week

Every year we partner with our PTSA to put on a week of strategies and information to help our Mustangs make good choices to lead a healthy and drug free life.  This is comparable to Red Ribbon Week.  I am excited to share with you what has been planned for Choices Week.  It will be held February 27th- March 3rd

Monday—Treat given to students to kick off making good choices.

Tuesday—Guest speakers centered on our Mustangs making good choices.

Wednesday—Schoolwide assembly by Remix Education on Drug prevention and awareness

Thursday—Wear new Choices shirts and as much red as you can.  Make a pledge to be healthy in Compass class.

Friday—NOMS spirit day.  Show school support in making good choices by wearing your NOMS spirit wear.

Our PTSA has received a grant that is allowing us to bring in these speakers.  We appreciate their efforts in supporting and providing our Mustangs with strategies and tools to make those positive healthy choices when it can often be very difficult. 

In coordination with this, Coach Wilkins will be having a spirit week to support Hoops for Heart.  We are doing the Hoops for Heart/March Madness kick off week the same week as Choices week, February 27th-March 3rd.  Stay tuned for what can be worn on those days through our daily announcements.  Each day students will donate $1.00 and proceeds will go to American Heart Association. The basketball tournament will be played on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of March starting Tuesday February 28th during Seminar.  The cost is $5.00 for each participant.  There will be a 5 on 5 tournament for the boys and a 3 on 3 tournament for the girls.   Students will receive a sign up form to turn in to me by Thursday February 23rd.  Hope we have lots of our Mustangs get involved to share in fun and to help a good cause.

School Resource Officer—SRO

What is an SRO?  In Oldham County, our schools are fortunate to have a SRO assigned to each school/campuses.  Officer Matt Lay serves NOHS, NOMS and our feeder elementary schools, Harmony and Goshen.  He is visible in all buildings and partners with faculty, staff and administration to build positive relationships with our local law enforcement.  He visits classrooms to discuss various topics with the students, meets in small groups as requested, and even meets one-on-one with our students and families. 

In the event of an emergency, or should a situation arise that we need to include Officer Lay we simply call on him.  Yes, he is a police officer and is responsible for upholding the law, but he is so much more.  We capitalize on the word RESOURCE and use Office Lay in a proactive manner more than we do in a reactive need.  If he is needed, for either scenario, we can count on him.  His office is located at NOHS, so if you should ever need to reach out to Officer Lay—please contact NOHS and ask for him.

Keeping up with technology

Instagram—does your child have one?  If so, or even if not, these articles will shed some light to a side of Instagram that many of us (parents) may not be aware of.  The teens sharing in these articles are 16 years old, however, many, many of our students have Instagram accounts or know friends who do.  Hopefully after reading these, you may feel more prepared in talking with your child about Instagram and “finsta” accounts.

http://www.whas11.com/life/family/if-my-parents-only-knew/teens-are-outsmarting-parents-by-faking-it-with-finsta/396828261

This article has a video on the side with two teens discussing “finsta” accounts.  Might be worth watching, too.

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/how-teens-use-finsta-accounts-hide-on-social-media?mbid=social_facebook

Believing,

Carrie Pitsenberger

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