Often times, not only are our children trying to navigate and find answers in the brand new world of middle school and secondary education, but we parents are as well. We are in the building less often and our children no longer speak to us as freely as before and with so many teachers to keep track of, we find ourselves with many questions and don't know where to begin to get the answers. These are some of the most regularly asked questions that the PTO is asked to answer by parents.
Frequently asked questions:
Almost all questions listed below can be answered by going through the Parent Handbook. The Parent Handbook is located on the school homepage, on the right hand side, just below the late buses. The link is here : PARENT HANDBOOK
1) Where can I get contact information for a teacher, administrator, staff member, etc?
The following are the links for the school directory and communication guide:
Also check the Parent Handbook – first few pages (link above)
2) Where do I drop off my child for school? Where do I do pick up?
Detailed instructions can be found at the following link: Drop Off
3) My child forgot something at home, I need to drop it off at school. How do I do that?
Detailed instruction for dropping off items at school here: Dropping off Packages (desk located in auditorium lobby)
4) I would like to know how my child is doing in class. How can I find out?
You should email or call your child’s teacher directly. Check the directory.
5) Can I call my child on their cell phone during the day?
Your child is required to keep their cell phone off during the school day and in their locker. If he/she is caught using their phone during class, the phone will be confiscated and the matter reported to the dean. If you need to get in touch with your child, please call the main office. They will help you get in touch with him/her.
(Parent Handbook page 16, link to Handbook is at the top of the FAQ section)
6) What clubs are there at school?When do clubs meet?
Please check the following document listing all clubs and their meeting times: Clubs
7) How do I find out if an after school activity is cancelled?
You should check the morning announcements which are found on the homepage. (Morning Announcements)
If you find that the morning announcements are not updated, please call the main office.
8) My child needs help with study skills, how can I help? Is there a resource?
There is a Study Skills Handbook created by the faculty and administration of NMS that details many methods of study skills. It can be found on the homepage or at the following:
GET SMART: Winning Strategies for Success
The Get Smart Study Skills Handbook is now available online.
Click here to view the online version.
Click here to download the complete handbook.
9) When can my child go to extra help?
A child is welcome to extra help if they have questions regarding homework, classwork or in preparation for an exam. Obviously, the day before an exam, extra help is usually quite busy. It is a better plan to go to extra help right away when your child has questions, rather than to wait for everything to be addressed the day before a test at the busiest extra help session.
Please note that a child can always request an appointment for extra help should he not be able to make the regularly scheduled time.
Link : Extra Help Schedule
10) When are the after school buses and what are the stops?
link: Late Bus Schedule
Note that the late buses are not like the regular AM/PM buses. Your child must find the stop closest to their house, which may be farther away than their regular bus.
11) What do the deans do?
The deans are Mr. Mendoza and Ms. Mastrande. The deans are a resource for the children and the parents. They handle student conflicts and disciplinary matters including bullying and issues with social media.
12) What does the guidance department do?
The North Middle Guidance Department is committed to helping students attain their full academic potential, develop responsible independence and form a sense of self-worth through supportive counseling relationships and collaborative partnerships with parents, teachers, and administrators.
13) When do progress reports and grades come out?
Progress reports and Report cards are released on Infinite Campus (if you cannot access Infinite Campus, see link below). Progress reports come out 6 weeks into the quarter and report cards about 7 weeks after that. Please note, it is imperative that you check your child’s report cards so that you can partner with the school if your child needs academic help.
Check the district calendar for the exact dates of availability and quarter ends. The school also sends an email notifying when these reports are accessible on Infinite Campus.
Link: How to Access the Parent Portal
14) My child is being bullied/harassed on social media, how do I get help?
Please check the guide on Cyber Bullying in the Parent Handbook or scroll down on the school homepage for things you can do to protect your child – page 14 (link to Handbook is at the top of the FAQ section).
Call the deans and/or the Computer Science Department for help.
15) What day is it - A or B? Is it on a calendar? How long does each period run and at what time?
The school homepage has a link to a calendar with the A/B day rotation : A/B Rotation
The homepage also has a tab marked 'Calendar' that outlines all the activities taking place at NMS such as concerts, meetings, etc.. School Calendar
The Period Timings can be found on the school homepage on the right hand side under Daily Bell Schedule. Use this link to find the Bell Schedule
16) Where can I get information on the iPads and apps my children are using?
Link to : iPad Presentation
Link to : Video Tutorials