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Principal's Update

By Roger D. Dunnick, Ed.D.

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There has been quite a bit going on at NMS to start second semester. Classes are back in full swing and our basketball teams are each showing major improvement and are having a successful close to their seasons. February and March promise to be just as busy. Please see the important dates below:

Upcoming Events:

- Feb. 3-7- School Counselor's Week

- Feb 5- NMS Basketball at home versus Altavista

- March 13- End of 3rd Quarter

- March 24, 31- 8th Grade SOL Writing test

- March 24- NCPS Career Expo

- March 26- NCPS Arts Event (band, chorus and visual arts)

- March 27- report cards go home

- April 6-10- Spring Break

January 11,2020

After a snow day and a two hour delay, second semester is finally underway. Students returned to school this week from Winter Break and we are off and running. We are excited to see what 2nd semester has in store at NMS. Check below for upcoming events. As always, please feel free to reach out to me should you have any questions.

Upcoming Events

January 13- NMS Basketball home versus Buckingham Middle School at 5pm

January 15- NMS Basketball at Monelsion Middle School at 4:30

January 16- NCHS Marching Band banquet

January 17- NMS Basketball at Appomattox Middle School 2pm

January 20- No school in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday

January 23- NMS Basketball home versus Amherst Middle School at 4:30

January 24- NMS Basketball home versus Appomattox Middle School at 2pm

December 9, 2019

It is hard to believe but the first semester is almost complete. On December 20, the second quarter ends and students are off for the long awaited Winter Break. Of late, students and staff have been working through some very engaging lessons and even had a little time for fun. On 11/26 students and staff competed against each other in our annual Volleyball game. Students also competed in the first annual NMS Spelling Bee. The NMS fall fundraiser was a success and students were able on 12/5 to enjoy their rewards from participating. Thanks go out to the students and to all who supported our cause. On 12/6 the FFA fruit orders came in and should have been delivered. Please contact Lauren Cheatham  if you have not yet received your fruit. In closing, we would like to wish everyone a very happy and restful holiday seasons and a Happy New Year.

Upcoming events:

December 11-    NMS Basketball at Buford Middle School 4pm

December 12-    NCPS School Board Meeting 6pm (NMS/NCHS Auditorium)

December 16     NMS Basketball home v. Monelison 4:30 pm

December 18     NATGEO BEE (1st round)

December 20    End of 1st Semester/ 2nd Quarter

January 08         1st day of 2nd Semester/ 3rd Quarter

October 11, 2019

What a great couple of weeks we have had recently. The last week of September we observed Start With Hello week where students, in a variety of ways, demonstrated kindness to one another. This past week we kicked off Bullying Awareness month with a school-wide lesson on cyber-bullying and students making a pledge to not bully others and to report any bullying that they see. Both of these events tie into our mission at Nelson Middle School which is to: "We will build a caring learning community dedicated to high levels of student engagement and achievement. We will accept nothing less!"

Upcoming events:

October 14-       Teacher Work Day- no school for students

October 15-       NMS Volleyball at home versus Buford Middle School 5pm

October 16-30   NMS Book Fair

October 18         Report cards go home

October 24,25    NMS Fall musical "James and the Giant Peach" 7pm

October 26          NMS Trunk or Treat 2-4pm

September 21, 2019

We have had an exciting few weeks at NMS. Our students have been busy getting ready for FFA competitions, working on the school musical, playing football, volleyball and running cross country. If you had a chance to visit the school recently, you have also see a lot of the great work done by our art students. We are very proud of the efforts of all our students. Coming up...

9/23-9/27- Start with Hello week

9/25- BRVGS visit to NMS 8th graders

10/11- end of 1st quarter

10/16-10/30 NMS Book Fair

10/24-10/25- NMS Musical “James and the Giant Peach”

10/30- BRVGS 8th Grade parent meeting 6pm NMS Library

August 26, 2019

School is now in full swing. Students and teachers are working hard and we will have our first club meetings this coming Friday. Sports try-outs have concluded and we're ready for a wonderful Fall sports season. Check below for a few upcoming events at NMS


-          8/30/2019           Club Day- students sign up for the bi-monthly clubs on this day

-          9/2/2019              Labor Day- No School

-          9/3/2019              NMS Volleyball home versus Amherst 4:30

-          9/5/2019              NMS Volleyball home versus Monelison 4:30

-          9/11/2019            NMS Patriots Day ceremony

-          9/16/2019            NMS Student picture day

August 13, 2019

What a wonderful start to school we have had thus far. It has been so nice to get teachers and students back in the building and to see them hit the ground running. We are very excited to see what this school year has in store. Please see the list below for reminders and upcoming events:

  • 8/14/19 NMS Volleyball tryouts begin

  • 8/26/19 NMS Cross Country tryouts begin

  • 9/16/19 Student pictures at NMS

  • The NMS Fall musical this year is “James and the Giant Peach, Jr.”. Mr. Kershner and his students are already hard at work on making this another terrific event.

  • Please be reminded that student drop off begins at 7:30am and students are to be dropped off at the lower entrance to the school adjacent to the parking lot.

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