Dear Parents and Guardians:

Thank you for participating in the recent Thought Exchange survey; your feedback is valuable as we prepare for the opening of Niverville Middle School.  The conversation included 142 participants, sharing 121 thoughts, and assigning 2,769 stars. Participants shared ideas, suggestions, and asked many questions, all of which will shape our planning process.  The central theme of many of your thoughts can be summarized in one word: community.

Niverville has long been known for its sense of community, and as we establish Niverville Middle School, we will strive to maintain and build that same sense of community.  We believe that the values we have identified in our NCI CAREs statement are values that reflect what parents are also trying to instill, as we work cooperatively to teach children: to Contribute to a positive and safe learning community; to Act responsibly; to Respect yourself, others and your environment; and to Enjoy the journey.

To that end, many of our potential programs and activities will focus on building community: lunch clubs; an intramural house system; active play; extra-curricular sports; recess; and safe and caring classrooms and teachers. Building a strong community also includes welcoming volunteers to our school, working with the Parent Advisory Council, building Restitution-based relationships, and participating in school life. The Middle Years philosophy of education seeks to support the young adolescent in his or her journey to citizenship through encouragement and accountability. We believe that a cooperative community, where we play and learn together, will allow us to reach that goal, so that students who leave NMS are community-minded citizens who value diversity, empathy and inclusivity.

Once again, thank you for this valuable feedback as we create a culture of open dialogue and provide a Middle School for the community of Niverville that is committed to holding out a high standard of academic, physical, social and emotional development for our young people.

Partnering in Education,

Michael Koester, Principal

Craig Cumming, Vice Principal

in: General