Preschool moves in with older Nord kids


We asked principal Bill Miller: <strong>What are you looking forward to most this year?</strong> “I’m just looking forward to transitioning to the preschool and finding out how we will all coexist. I’m not worried about it at all, just looking forward to it. We have a handful of new faces coming in and it’s going to be a great year working with them.” There are also two new guidance counselors — Joanne Carnabucci and Mary Scott Williams —which Nord will share with Amherst Junior High School. They’ll each be on hand two days per week, which is an increase over last year. Carnabucci and William are bringing new ideas to the table to offer more opportunities and tools for students to help adjust and cope with personal relationships, Miller said. <strong>What do you see as your greatest challenge?</strong> “Our preschool is huge. I’m excited to see the little kids in the building. It was a big transition for us. It’s a challenge I’m looking forward to.” <strong>What message do you have for new students coming into your building?</strong> “We’re excited to have them come into the building. We’ve got some outstanding staff members here who are going to work with them to help them succeed at a high level.” <strong>What do you want parents to know?</strong> “Be involved. Communicate with your teachers. I always encourage parents to stay involved in their child’s education, support and reinforce good habits at home, and keep an open line of communication.”

We asked principal Bill Miller: What are you looking forward to most this year? “I’m just looking forward to transitioning to the preschool and finding out how we will all coexist. I’m not worried about it at all, just looking forward to it. We have a handful of new faces coming in and it’s going to be a great year working with them.” There are also two new guidance counselors — Joanne Carnabucci and Mary Scott Williams —which Nord will share with Amherst Junior High School. They’ll each be on hand two days per week, which is an increase over last year. Carnabucci and William are bringing new ideas to the table to offer more opportunities and tools for students to help adjust and cope with personal relationships, Miller said. What do you see as your greatest challenge? “Our preschool is huge. I’m excited to see the little kids in the building. It was a big transition for us. It’s a challenge I’m looking forward to.” What message do you have for new students coming into your building? “We’re excited to have them come into the building. We’ve got some outstanding staff members here who are going to work with them to help them succeed at a high level.” What do you want parents to know? “Be involved. Communicate with your teachers. I always encourage parents to stay involved in their child’s education, support and reinforce good habits at home, and keep an open line of communication.”


NORD MIDDLE SCHOOL

Principal: Bill Miller

Hours: 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Grades: Preschool, fifth, and sixth

Address: 501 Lincoln St.

Phone: 440-988-4441

Preschool has been moved to Nord Middle School this year to make room at Powers Elementary for all-day, everyday kindergarten classes.

“I’m excited to see how our (older) kids interact with the younger students,” principal Bill Miller said. “For me, I think it’s going to be better for our fifth and sixth grade kids. I think it’s going to challenge some of our students to be good role models when they see the younger kids in the school.”

Contact between the two age groups will be largely limited. Preschool classrooms will be located at the front of the school with their own restrooms, right next to the main office.

Preschool enrollment is edging toward 70 while fifth and sixth grade numbers are at 550. The two upper grades are shrinking, which is why Amherst’s youngest learners are moving to Nord.

The change has meant some shuffling of teachers to new rooms and new teaching teams, Miller said.

Nord is also improving on its math program for grades five and six this year, launching Envisions 2.0. Now kids will do math homework online.

“Everything we do is technology-based. The kids nowadays, everything they do is online. So this makes sense,” Miller said. “People think that moving to technology-based learning is the future. This isn’t the future. It’s where we are. It’s one more tool we can use to teach.”

We asked principal Bill Miller: What are you looking forward to most this year? “I’m just looking forward to transitioning to the preschool and finding out how we will all coexist. I’m not worried about it at all, just looking forward to it. We have a handful of new faces coming in and it’s going to be a great year working with them.” There are also two new guidance counselors — Joanne Carnabucci and Mary Scott Williams —which Nord will share with Amherst Junior High School. They’ll each be on hand two days per week, which is an increase over last year. Carnabucci and William are bringing new ideas to the table to offer more opportunities and tools for students to help adjust and cope with personal relationships, Miller said. What do you see as your greatest challenge? “Our preschool is huge. I’m excited to see the little kids in the building. It was a big transition for us. It’s a challenge I’m looking forward to.” What message do you have for new students coming into your building? “We’re excited to have them come into the building. We’ve got some outstanding staff members here who are going to work with them to help them succeed at a high level.” What do you want parents to know? “Be involved. Communicate with your teachers. I always encourage parents to stay involved in their child’s education, support and reinforce good habits at home, and keep an open line of communication.”
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2015/08/web1_DSC_3228.jpgWe asked principal Bill Miller: What are you looking forward to most this year? “I’m just looking forward to transitioning to the preschool and finding out how we will all coexist. I’m not worried about it at all, just looking forward to it. We have a handful of new faces coming in and it’s going to be a great year working with them.” There are also two new guidance counselors — Joanne Carnabucci and Mary Scott Williams —which Nord will share with Amherst Junior High School. They’ll each be on hand two days per week, which is an increase over last year. Carnabucci and William are bringing new ideas to the table to offer more opportunities and tools for students to help adjust and cope with personal relationships, Miller said. What do you see as your greatest challenge? “Our preschool is huge. I’m excited to see the little kids in the building. It was a big transition for us. It’s a challenge I’m looking forward to.” What message do you have for new students coming into your building? “We’re excited to have them come into the building. We’ve got some outstanding staff members here who are going to work with them to help them succeed at a high level.” What do you want parents to know? “Be involved. Communicate with your teachers. I always encourage parents to stay involved in their child’s education, support and reinforce good habits at home, and keep an open line of communication.”

NORD MIDDLE SCHOOL

Principal: Bill Miller

Hours: 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Grades: Preschool, fifth, and sixth

Address: 501 Lincoln St.

Phone: 440-988-4441