"Anchored in Excellence"
North Strabane Intermediate School continues to work hard to create a safe and comfortable school environment for each student through the use of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. As a building, we foster positive social interactions by providing a nurturing environment. Our goal is to provide every student with a challenging curricula that focuses on academic achievement while maintaining a building culture that is sensitive to the needs of young adolscents. During the 2011-2012 school year NSIS introduced the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. A core group of teachers, guidance counselor, and the principal were trained in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.Prior to the implementation of the program, the entire faculty and staff of NSIS received a series of trainings on the program. An integral part of the Olweus program is the regularly scheduled classroom meeting which provide support to students for conquer challenging situations that involve bullying. The 2014-2015 school year marks the fourth year of the Olweus program at NSIS.
Find out more about the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program at their website http://www.clemson.edu/olweus/
Calendar Change: School will be in session on April 2 and April 6. The early dismissal scheduled for April 1 is now scheduled for April 2.
Jump-A-Thon a Big Success: On Friday, February 27 fifth and sixth graders particpated in the annual Jump-A-Thon to raise money for the American Heart Association. Students raised over $9,000 this year! Thank you.
Geography Bee Winner: Congratulations to Nathan A. for winning the 2015 Spelling Bee.
Spelling Bee Winner: Congratulations to Arya P. for winning the 2015 Spelling Bee.
Nicole Chauvet Scholarship Fund Drive: To help raise money for the Nicole Chauvet Scholarship Fund, students are purchasing ornaments to hang on the tree located in our lobby.
Form NSIS Student Heads Up Food Drive: Drew Engel, now a middle school student at CMS, has organized a food drive for to servie his community. All food collected will support families in the Canonsburg. A few volunteer students at NSIS show one of several boxes of food that has been collected. The collection drive will end on Friday, December 12. On behalf of the NSIS faculty, we commend Drew for his efforts to help his community.
NSIS students help collect food
Drew Engel, organizer of the food drive. Great job Drew!
Students Team Up to Fight Hunger: To help fight starvation in Africa and around the globe, sixth graders Macey M. and Jamie R. organized a donatoin drive to raise momey for Kids Against Hunger. Kids Against Hunger is a humanitarian food aid organization working to significantly reduce the number of starving children around the world. The donation drive is taking place during the week of November 17. Learn more about Kids Against Hunger by clicking below.
Click Here: Kids Against Hunger
Jamie R. and Macey M.
Fall Book Fair Underway: During the week of November 10-14, all 5th and 6th graders will have the opportunity to visit the Scholastic book fair to select and purchase of book of their interest.
Magazine Incentive Date Set: The limo ride and Pizza Hut luncheon will take place on Thursday, November 20.
Olweus Anti-Bully Assembly a Success: Adam Blank, pictured third from the left, visits NSIS to discuss anti-bullying strategies with his presentation titled "Overcoming Obstacles". Adam taught students that bullying is not acceptable and to be kind to each other. Adam captivated 5th and 6th graders as they listened to his life story about overing obstacles from being bullied.
Red Ribbon Week October 21-25
Monday 10/27- "Keep Calm and Stay Drug Free"
Tuesday 10/28- "Wear Your Favorite Team Jersey"
Wednesday 10/29- "Red-y to Make Drugs Disappear"
Thursday 10/30- "You Won't See Me Taking Drugs"
Friday 10/31- "Oragne You Glad You're Drug Free"
Fire Prevention Week: The week of October 6-10 is Fire Prevention Week. During the week all students will participate in a fire drill with the North Strabane and Canonsburg Fire Departments. All fifth graders attended an assembly to learn about important fire prevention safety tips.
Fundraiser Kicked Off at NSIS: Bear's are the theme this year for our annual magazine fundraising sale, which will run from September 29-October 10. On Monday, September 29th students had an assembly to learn about the procedures for our fundraiser. Students will receive a "Bear" on a keychain when they bring back the small address booklet. The deadline for submitting magazine orders will be Friday, October 10 . Please make sure you use the envelope provided in the magazine packet when returning checks/money and order forms. Magazine envelopes should be dropped off in the box located in the entrance area.
NSIS Students Getting Ready to Take Over Spring House: The annual Spring House event for all 5th and 6th graders took place on October 8, 2014 from 5:00-7:00. Over 200 students showed up to partake in the festivities!
Summer Reading Program a Huge Success: NSIS's first Summer Reading has been a huge success. During the first week of school students returned reading logs from books read over summer. Nearly 75% of the student body participated. As a reward to those who particated, a Chinese Auction was set up with 30 different prizes. The overwhelming success of the reading program is attributed to NSIS families who encouraged their child to read over the summer! Thank you.
DIBELS Fluency and Comprehension Testing: All 6th graders will be assessed with the ORF and Daze during the week of September 29, 2014. A parent report will be sent home Friday, October 3, 2014.
Parent Activity Assocationr: On September 24 the PAA met for the first time duirng the 2014-2015 school year. Congratulations to Melissa Bayne, who will serve as the PAA Liaison this school year. During the meeting parents had the opportunity to sign-up for various committees offered by the PAA.
Enjoying Lunch at NSIS....
From left: Nathan A., Mekos M., Vinnie P., Shane B., Cole H.
During the 2014-2015 schoo year, NSIS students will learn about how autism affects the brain by participating in activities designed by Ms. Marcia Laus, Watson Institute Consultant.
Outdoor Classroom Visit: NSIS students in Ms. Marier classroom will navigate their way through the Impact Trial at the Outdoor Classroom.located in Upper St. Claire Township several times during the 2014-2015 year. Students will apply map skills asused as they walk the Sensory Trail to learn about natural science.
The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides free or low-cost health coverage for more than 7 million children up to age 19. For more information about CHIP please visit the links located under the Information tab on the left of this page.
Click Here: What is CHIP
CMSD High School Football Games: To ensure the safety of all CMSD students the athletic director and high school principal have established several procedures, in conjunction with district policy. Parents should review these procedures prior to attending a home football game at the Canon-McMillan football stadium. The CMSD Stadium Letter is located under the Information tab on the left of this page.
Technology Devices at NSIS: Students are permitted to bring certain technology devices to school for academic purposes. A device that is not permitted at school or on the bus is an iPod. Please see Parent Letter about iPods for more information. Any student who wishes to bring a technology device to school will need to return the iPad/eReader Student Contract. For more information about regarding
Click Here: Parent Letter about iPods at NSIS
Click Here: iPad/eReader Student Contract
PowerSchool Parent Portal: Click on the link below to learn how to create a common login and password to access all of your children in Powerschool. Log on to the Canon-McMillan Website: www.canon-mcmillan.org to begin after visiting the link.
Click Here: STEP BY STEP DIRECTIONS
Team Blog Pages: Make sure you visit your child's classroom blog. Each team at NSIS has a blog to post class information, educational websites, learning links, pictures, and many other things.