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General Music Project

Miss Berry’s 6th grade general music classes recently designed a musical instrument as an individual class project. The students each made a musical instrument out of recycled materials and were asked to provide a presentation to their fellow classmates, along with how the musical tone was produced. The students gave their instruments strange names such as the “flum”, “chicabanana”, and the “hip maracas”. Miss Berry stated that the students spent a great deal of time making sure that their instruments worked and practicing songs to perform for the class.

Student Teachers

Northwest Middle School honored the 2007 Student Teachers with a surprise party this past week. Jenny June, was the student teacher for Mrs. Brenda Bays (Mathematics) and Miss Holly Taylor (Language/Literature) was the student teacher for Rick Powell.

Pride Team Performs

Northwest High School PRIDE Team preformed at Northwest Middle School on May the 10th. The PRIDE Team is an organization of students that have pledged to remain drug and alcohol free. They present their message through skits, dance, song, and gymnastics. Members urge students not to allow peer pressure to influence them in life.
PRIDE Team advisors are Mrs. Judy Smith Bays and Ms. Kathy Bloomer
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Defibrillator Training

Northwest Local School District Nurse, Mary Stiverson, recently held a defibrillator-training seminar at the Middle School. Representatives from the Elementary, Middle and High School were trained in the use of CPR and a Defibrillator. Each building will have its own Defibrillator unit, which required staff to be trained for its use.

Spring Band Concert

Thursday, April 26th, NHS held its annual Spring Band Concert. It featured the high school concert and jazz bands, and the middle school band. Click here for pics.

Todd Book Visits NMS

Spring Book Fair

The NMS Library Spring 2007 Scholastic Book Fair was held April 3 -13th in the middle school library during regular school hours. As a reward for reaching their goal, NMS students got to watch Principal Tipton kiss a goat! Click here for pics.

Brittany Breech won the guess your teacher game
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-A door decorating contest was held. The winners are Ridout 6th, Lute 7th, and Spears 8th. Click here for pics.
-Click here for character day pics.
-Click here for pics of egg/potato dress up project.

1st - Kyle Hall - Jack Skelington

2nd- Chambers McClay -Harry Potter

3rd - Melanie Smalley - Tin Man

Staff Attended Workshop

Northwest Middle School Staff attended a two-day workshop in Columbus, Ohio on differentiated assessment and grading. Rick Wormeli, guest speaker and author of “Fair Isn’t Always Equal,” shared engaging and practical approaches to assessments at both the middle and high school levels. The seminar provided instructors with proven assessment techniques that teachers may use in all disciplines. Northwest Middle School teachers that attended the seminar were Keith Throckmorton, Brooks Fry, Jackie Murphy, Debbie Spears, Connie Altman, and Principal Greg Tipton.


WSAZ's own Carrie Cline visited the NMS Band filming a segment called "Do My Job."
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Honoring Retirees
Northwest Middle School held a surprise retirement party for Custodian Darrell Cable and Cook, Ginny Ballangee. Click here for pics.

Cornhole Tournament

Northwest Middle School’s yearbook staff recently held a Cornhole Tournament for both students and staff. Each team had to pay and entry fee of $5.00 fee to participate. The purpose of the event was to help defer some of the expenses in publishing the 2006-2007 yearbooks. Each grade level had winners:
6th grade winners were Cory Burnsworth and Wyatt Bazler 7th grade winners were Zach Wooten and Austin Jenkins 8th grade were Kayla White and Billy Hodge Overall Winners were Kayla White and Billy Hodge.

Woodsman of the Year

Bob The Juggler

The famous Bob the Juggler came and gave a visit to Northwest Elementary and Middle School, to give a few words about self esteem.
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Ohio Brass Quintet Performs

Friday, April 27th at Northwest Middle School The Ohio University Brass Quintet performed for the students at Northwest Middle School on Friday, April 27th. The ensemble is comprised of Ohio University and one graduate student. The Quintet performs all over South Central Ohio. They played various types of music such as, Washington Post March by John Phillip Sousa, It Don’t Mean a Thing by Duke Ellington, and The Rejoicing by G.F. Handel. The quintet consists of John Schlabach and B.J. Britt on trumpets, C. Scott Smith on horn,
Chris Hayes on Trombone, and Jason Smith on Tuba. The quintet was invited to play for the students at the request of Band Directors, Christy Berry and Nicholas Basham.

NMS Pics

-Click here for pics from the 4/30/2007 meet.
-Click here for pics from the Mohawk Invitational
-Click here for Mrs. Doss's class pics

Teachers Vs. Students

The middle school teachers played the 8th grade boys and girls basketball teams in a basketball game on April 13th. The teachers won handily by a score of 103-54. Nice job by the students and maybe next year it will be a different ballgame.
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Candy Guessing Game

Jessica Newton was the winner of the Candy Guessing Game.

"The Giver" Dioramas

The Language Arts Department recently completed a unit on Lois Lowry’s book, “The Giver.” Eighth grade instructors, Mrs. Debbie Spears and Mr. Rick Powell, required students to design a diorama and present an oral report on their own personal memories. They were supposed to illustrate both good and bad memories that they may have experienced in their lives. When presenting their oral report, students were to refer to their dioramas, which contained pictures or objects that they had used to illustrate a memory. This correlated with the novel, “The Giver.”

Student Music Projects

Northwest Middle School’s vocal instructor, Mr. Patrick Colegrove, recently assigned the 8th grade music classes with the making of a “Legend’s Box.” Students were asked to select a music hero or legend and create a diorama on that particular person. Students could provide a picture of the musician, names of their famous songs or work, recordings of music or other pertinent information that they gathered about that particular person.

National PI Day

The following students participated in the National PI Contest Wednesday, March 14th. The following students were the top classroom winners for learning the numbers of PI.
Left to Right: kneeling
Cember Beeson, Trent Thompson
2nd Row: Math Instructor: Mrs. Crystal Shepherd, Brandon Garnder, Maranda Gilley, Audrey Mollett, Back Row: Justin Lute, Arial Crabtree, Destinee Riley, and Math Instructor, Mrs. Brenda Bays
-Northwest Middle School 8th grade student, Cember Beeson, recently won top honors by naming the most numbers of PI.
Picture: Math Instructor, Mrs. Crystal Shepherd, 8th grade winner Cember Beeson, and Math Instructor, Mrs. Brenda Bays
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