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Principal Message

It is my honor and pleasure to welcome everyone back for another great year at NMS!  Once again, we are excitedly looking forward to having students back in the classrooms and hallways, filling our building with energy and enthusiasm for learning.  Last year was challenging to say the least, and while situations are everchanging, we are hopefully looking forward to a more “normal” year this time around – as normal as life can be at a middle school, anyway! 


Our dedicated staff is busy planning and preparing for another successful year.  It is our mission to create a positive environment founded on learning, respect, and ownership in which every student feels safe, supported, and cared for.  Additionally, we strive to challenge each student to grow academically, behaviorally, and socially during their time with us.  We pride ourselves on frequent, honest, and clear communication with grownups at home.  Please check this site, your email, and the NMS Facebook page regularly for information and updates.  If you ever have any questions or concerns, please reach out directly to me using the contact information listed above.


Newcastle Middle School continues to focus on three “Standards of Excellence” for everyone to adhere to: learning, respect, and ownership. The updated 2021-2022 Student Handbook covers these standards in greater detail, as well as rules and expectations regarding laptops, cellphones, dress code, and other information. It is available on our new district website, and I will be going over these expectations in more detail with the students when we return to school.


For the safety of students and staff, please continue to use the high school parking lot by the Dogie Dome/Commons to drop off and pick up students before and after school and during after-school activities.  The school doors remain locked during school hours, so if you need to pick up or drop off your child between 8:10 and 3:30, please buzz in at the main middle school office entrance.


Below is a list of important upcoming dates to help you plan for a successful start to the year:

Friday, August 13th à 8th graders choose their lockers and pick up schedules – 12 to 2pm
Monday, August 16th à 7th grade locker checkout and schedule pickup – 10am to 12pm

à 6th grade locker checkout and schedule pickup – 12 to 2pm

à Fall sports practices begin – check with your coaches

Monday, August 23rdà NMS Back to School Celebration!
Open House & Advisory meeting with parents and students in classrooms
Ice Cream Social for parents & students
Meeting for NMS families with Mr. Bartlett
Welcome Back Dance for students sponsored by NMS Student Council
More info to come – check your email and the NMS Facebook page
Tuesday, August 24th à 6th Grade Jump Start: 1st Day of School for all 6th Graders!
Wednesday, August 25th à 1st Day of School for 7th & 8th Graders!


Last but not least, we are grateful for the opportunity to work with your child and impact their journey through life.  We truly believe the maxim that it “takes a village” to raise a child, and we’re excited to work with families and students as partners in the educational process.  If you ever have any questions, concerns, or ideas on how we could improve, please contact me so we can discuss further. We look forward to working with you to help your child be successful this year!


Warmest regards, 

Tyler Bartlett – Principal