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Rally to support Fire Arm Safety Legislation 2/17 @1PM

 

Stand with State Senator Gary Farmer and make a difference by advocating for Firearm Safety Legislation this Saturday, February 17th.  The rally will take place at 1:00 p.m. at the Federal Courthouse, 299 E. Broward Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale.  Stand united for sensible gun control laws.  Please see below information on the Rally along with the statement from the Florida PTA President on Broward County High School Shooting below.




Statement from Florida PTA President

 

Statement from Florida PTA President, Cindy Gerhardt re: Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S., Broward County, Florida.

This afternoon (2/14) I received a text that no one who leads the largest child advocacy association in this state would ever want to read.  The school shooting tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has set each and every parent, grandparent, sibling, family and community member back on their heels.  The heaviness of this horrific act has suffocated us with grief, sadness, hopelessness and hurt. 

Florida PTA has a long and successful legacy of fighting for the safety, health and well-being of ALL children in our state, but today we feel like we have fallen short.  Children left their homes that will never return.  Our hearts are mourning for each and every victim and their families and loved ones.  There are simply no words that one can offer at this time to a mother who has lost her baby boy, or a father who has lost his Valentine.  Our minds are struggling to find answers but more importantly, our determination is stronger than ever to ensure that this tragic moment is never repeated.  Our children are not statistics and enough weeping has occurred to fill the Gulf that surrounds our state.  Enough.

While you may not recognize the faces or know the names, each and every person involved will be impacted in ways we cannot fathom and they will need our support.  Kim Potanovic, PTSA President at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School says, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims of this horrific event.  We condemn this senseless loss of life, and we plan to do whatever we can to help the staff, students and families affected by this tragedy."

We ask that you please keep them in your hearts and find ways to honor them with your advocacy and actions. 



Message from Superintendent Robert W. Runcie

Important Message

  • Thursday, February 15, 2018

Message from Superintendent Robert W. Runcie

Today is heartbreaking day across our community.  We are all hurting for the victims, families and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Community.

While Marjory Stoneman Douglas remains closed for the rest of this week, all other schools across our District are open, with increased law enforcement presence on all campuses.  Counselors are available at every school for students and staff needing support.  In addition, grief counselors are available at several locations in Parkland and Coral Springs – this information is available at browardschools.com

We know that dealing with this act of violence will take time – and we are going to do everything in our power to ensure our students, families and employees have the support they need.

We are here for you. Please continue to keep the Marjory Stoneman Douglas community in your thoughts and prayers.

Robert W. Runcie
Superintendent of Schools


Titan Tutoring

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13 Year Club Mentoring Program NMS 8th Graders

 

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NEW NOVA TITAN SWEATSHIRTS

NEW NOVA TITAN SWEATSHIRTS $25 VISIT THE ESTORE TO PURCHASE

 

New Nova Titan Sweatshirts are now available on the PSTA website under the estore tab. $25 each. Available in YL-AXL

Link To PTSA Site

 


Year Book Presale

YEAR BOOK PRESALE

 
The regular "PRE-SALE" for yearbooks has begun. The 2017-2018 Yearbook is being sold on a first come, first serve basis. The price is $35 through March 15, 2018. Yearbook price beginning March 16, 2018 will be $40 each.

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Year Book Student Dedication Ads

YEAR BOOK STUDENT DEDICATION ADS

Parents, families and friends of 2018 NMS Graduates, the PTSA Yearbook is your chance to show that special student how much you care. Dedication ads are one of the most popular areas of the yearbook. It’s time for you to order yours and guarantee the size/space you want. Don’t miss your chance to tell your student how proud you are!   Join our Nova Middle School families in celebration of the 2017-2018 school year. Ads available on the Estore Tab of the NMS PTSA Website or Click here to Pay for Year Book Ads

 

Pricing for Student Ads

  • Full page $160
  • Half page $115
  • 1/4 page $90
  • 1/8 page $60 (business card size)

Ad must be submitted in PDF format. Submit a print ready ad directly via email. To reserve your space contact Michael Brennan via email: michael.brennan@browardschools.com

Please be sure to get a confirmation that your ad was received. Deadline to submit is March 16, 2018.


NMS Mock Courtroom - Tax Deductible Donations

 

 
The Nova Middle School PTSA is requesting your continued support of the state  of the art mock courtroom that we have on our campus! Nova Middle School is one of very few public schools in Broward County with a full-sized mock courtroom. The mock courtroom includes a full sized, wood-paneled courtroom, replete with a jury box, witness stand, and judge’s bench. This courtroom is used by our Nova Middle School Legal Studies Department as they launch their legal careers. The mock courtroom is also available for various debates and technologically equipped for local, national, even international broad- casting of debates and mock trial presentations.

Permanent recognition of your personal tax deductible donation will be made in the form of personalized law books painted on the walls of our courtroom. Our talented art teacher created a mural of law books on bookshelves to replicate the look of a law library. The books will be painted in the order that the forms and payment are received. Each $100 donation will be recognized by a name of the donor’s choosing, being painted on the spine of the book. Example:

In memory of__________ In honor of____________ The ____________ Family

For an additional $50 donation, you also have the option to add graphics (e.g. Titan logo, college logo, scales of justice). Please submit a non-returnable copy of the exact logo to be painted.

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please visit the Estore tab of the PTSA Website for information on levels of corporate sponsorship.

Please send your tax deductible donation to Nova Middle School PTSA at 3602 College Avenue, Davie, FL 33314. Payment can be made by credit card on our Estore.


Thank you for your continued support!

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Earn money for Nova Middle PTSA while shopping!

Attention Amazon Shoppers! You can earn $ for Nova Middle School PTSA by visiting http://smile.amazon.com and selecting Nova Middle School PTSA as your charity. Then make sure when you shop, you start at smile.amazon.com! Thank you! Every little bit counts!  Once you select Nova Middle School PTSA: 
 

Amazon will now donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases when you shop at AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com). 

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Parent Information Guide for 2017-2018

Parent Information Guide for 2017-2018 School Year (click link below to view Guide):  

The guide contains information about:
· Schedule Change Policy,
· Unified Dress Code,
· Spirit Shirts – Available from the PTSA,
· Front Office Hours,
· Car Pickup Reminders, and
· Classroom Interruptions Policy
 

Schedule Change Policy

Nova Middle School creates student schedules with careful consideration to each student’s academic level and areas of interest. In order to provide consistency for parents, students, and teachers, schedule changes will be kept to a minimum. Before making a request, please review the information below to assure that you fully understand the schedule change policy.

Requesting a schedule change:

In the rare event that a schedule change is needed, a schedule change request form must be submitted to the front office. No request may be made through personal meetings, phone calls, or emails. Once the proper form is provided to Guidance, the student’s records will be reviewed and a decision will be made regarding the request.

Reason for changes:

· Student is missing a core class.

· Student was inappropriately placed based on grade level.

· Student was inappropriately placed based on skill level.

If a student received any of their elective choices from their course placement form, no changes will be made.

Other Request:

Nova Middle School will not change student schedules for any of the following reasons:

· Friends are in another class

· Lunch period preference

· Unaddressed behavior or academic concerns

Unified Dress Code (UDC)

All Nova Middle School students are required to follow the mandatory unified dress code policy. Students must conform to the UDC during all regular school days, including Early Release and Flex Days. Students involved in school sponsored clubs/activities or sports must wear appropriate unified dress code attire or a school issued uniform on game/competition days only.

Clothing:

Pants/Shorts/Skirts/Skorts - Cotton twill "docker style" in hunter green, yellow/gold, black, white, red, navy blue, gray or khaki. No leggings/jeggings or any type of jean pants or corduroys. Shorts must be longer than the fingertips when held down the side of the body or mid-thigh.

Shirts - Collared "polo style" in any solid color.

Jackets - Jackets must be a solid color. Jackets must be worn with an approved uniform shirt beneath. Students are permitted to wear solid-color vests or cardigan sweaters with appropriate uniform shirt.

Shoes - Footwear must be worn at all times. Unified dress code requires close toed shoes at all times.

Important Information

1. Undershirts may not hang beyond or below the uniform shirt. Undergarments that do not fit properly beneath the uniform shirt will be confiscated.

2. NOT ALLOWED: Pants that are knit/lycra, spandex, parachute, athletic, fleece, denim and corduroy material of any type or color, hip huggers, or lowriders. Sweat pants or sweat suits are not allowed. Shorts/skorts/skirts that are above mid-thigh as described in the Secondary Code of Student Conduct, Section III are not allowed.

3. Sleeveless shirts and shirts without collars are not allowed.

4. Clothing which is too tight or oversized does not conform to the Unified Dress Code. Pants that sag are not permitted.

6. Tops must be long enough to cover the complete mid-section when arms are held up overhead.

7. Tank tops, tube tops, etc... that show beneath the uniform shirt are not permitted.

8. Bottoms may not have any writing across them.

9. Also inappropriate are chains, spikes, headbands, bandanas, gang paraphernalia; tattered clothing (clothing must be hemmed); midriffs; unbuckled pants; long dangling earrings, curlers, shower caps, hats or caps; suspenders, slogans, emblems, motifs, stripes, or patterns in clothing.

PTSA Sells Spirit Shirts

Nova Middle's PTSA will be selling Nova "Spirit Shirts" for each grade level during the schedule pickup. These Spirit Shirts may be worn on Fridays. Spirit shirts are required attire for all field trips.

Consequences for non-compliance to UDC Policy will be aligned with the Broward County Secondary Discipline Matrix. Parents are encouraged to ensure that their children adhere to Nova Middle's Unified Dress Code Policy.

Front Office Hours

On Regular School Days:

• The Main Office will open at 8:45 AM.

• Students may not be signed out after 3:45 PM.

• The Main Lobby will close at 3:45 PM. Staff will be available in the Student Services Department until 4:15 PM. The main telephone line will be answered from 9:00 AM until 4:55 PM.

On Early Release Days:

• The Main Office will open at 8:45 AM.

• Students may not be signed out after 1:55 PM.

• The Main Lobby will close at 1:55 PM. Staff will be available in the Student Services Department until 4:15 PM. The main telephone line will be answered from 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM.

On Teacher Planning Days:

• Office hours are from 8:00 AM until 3:30 PM.

Car Pick Up Reminders:

• Vehicles may not be left unattended in the car pick up line.

• All children, who are not Nova Middle students, must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Due to safety concerns, elementary students should not enter campus, including the front courtyard, during school hours.

Classroom Interruptions Policy

Please be advised that homework, P.E. clothing, field trip money and miscellaneous deliveries are not accepted in the main office. The only items that may be dropped off or delivered to students are eyeglasses or preauthorized medication to the nurse. Lunch money may be deposited directly to a student’s account in the cafeteria. Parents should report to the main office to sign in and receive a visitor’s pass to visit the cafeteria.

 

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Bell Schedule for 2017-2018

Bell Schedule for the 2017-2018 school year. Please note that sixth graders have a different bell schedule than seventh and eighth grade students.

 
 

For a PDF of the Bell Schedule, click below.

 

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BoxTops!

Thanks to everyone taking part in collecting Box Tops! Please keep turning in your BoxTops that are redeemed for money for the NMS PTSA!  
 


Parent Link Phone Call (Robocall)

Have you ever missed an important Parent Link Phone Call (what we know as Robocalls) and wanted to hear the message? If you call the Broward Schools Parent Link at (855) 705-0301 recently after a call was made. You can replay recent messages left for your household. If you don't receive any calls from the school, please let the front office know your updated telephone number.


Naviance - Career and Future Planning Resource

 
 
 
Nova Middle School is now using a new tool for planning your future. NAVIANCE a comprehensive K-12 college and career readiness solution that helps districts and schools align student strengths and interests to postsecondary goals, improving student outcomes and connecting learning to life.
 
Visit http://connection.naviance.com/novams
 
Students log in with their student number.
The password is their birthday in this format: mm/dd/yyyy 


Nova on the NBC6 News

Court in Session at Nova Middle School - for the full article and video visit: http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Court-in-Session-at-Nova-Middle-School-289362381.html 

By Ari Odzer 
 

It’s not unheard of to find a middle school that has a legal studies program. Nova Middle School in Davie ups the ante, though, because it has just installed a life-sized, completely realistic courtroom in a classroom. NCB 6's Ari Odzer reports. (Published Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015)

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 • Updated at 6:36 PM EST

It’s not unheard of to find a middle school that has a legal studies program. Nova Middle School in Davie ups the ante, though, because it has just installed a life-sized, completely realistic courtroom in a classroom.

"The courtroom has given our students the chance to be in a real-life setting every day they’re in class," said the school’s principal, Dr. Jermaine Fleming.

It’s the heart of Nova’s legal studies program. 240 seventh and eighth graders are learning all aspects of law. The courtroom becomes an indispensable tool, with students learning the roles of prosecutors, defense attorneys, jurors and judges.

"They get a lot of in-trial, in-court experience, so it’s not just about litigation, but it’s probably the most exciting thing that they want to do," legal studies teacher Chris Relyea said.

On the day NBC 6 visited, a student was on trial, arguing for a higher grade on his essay assignment. That’s just one of the ways they utilize the courtroom to teach the principles of litigation, which has a ripple effect of benefits.

"This class does a really great job of getting these kids prepared for research, interpersonal skills, public speaking," Relyea said. "They do more writing in there than probably any other class, it's a lot of real world experience."

"The over-arching benefit is they become better citizens," Dr. Fleming said.

The courtroom itself if brand new, built entirely with donated money, including a $10,000 check from a legal and medical referral company. That’s why the courtroom is officially called the “411 Pain Courtroom."

Dr. Fleming said the legal studies program goes hand-in-hand with the school’s debate program. Many students are enrolled in both, which he says is great training whether they go into law as adults or any other field.

“A big part of school now has become the confidence that you need to present yourself, and to interview for a job and to speak eloquently when you need to," Dr. Fleming said.

One of the program’s teachers, Eli Atlas, was a lawyer before he left that profession. Now he’s sort of doing both, teaching law to students eager to learn it.

Anyone who wants their child in the program has to sign up for Nova’s lottery system. Nova is not a magnet school. Admissions are determined by the luck of draw, but anyone in Broward is eligible to try. The deadline for signups, for Nova’s lottery and all Broward County Public Schools magnet programs, is February (11th.)

 


Safety in the Carpool Lane!

During the first few weeks of drop-off and pickup, heavy traffic is expected.  Thank you in advance for your patience and observance of the following safety rules.   
 
* A reminder to please follow the carpool rules for our children’s safety. Cars must proceed through the carpool lane. Unattended cars cannot be parked in the lane. Cars cannot park on the grass or block parking spots. During carpool hours, all cars must make a RIGHT turn when exiting. Tickets will be issued for failure to comply.
 
* Please note that the lane entering the school is ONE WAY only. 
 
* When leaving the school, there is only ONE exit lane. DO NOT drive next to the other cars and then merge right into the exit lane (and cutting off all other patiently waiting cars!)
 

* When Officer Smith is conducting traffic and waving cars forward, he is trying to keep traffic moving and requests that if he is telling your car to proceed, please do not stop, wave, talk ... it is disruptive to the flow of traffic. Keep driving! 



Keep connected with NMS

Register with the PTSA Email list by registering on this site http://novamiddle.my-PTSA.org so you can receive PTSA Emails through http://novamiddle.my-PTSA.org. Thank you! 
 
Additionally, each teacher should provide students and their families with the number and code to text for Remind text notifications for each class period.