Northdale's Daily Student Announcements
Announcements for Thursday, May 23, 2013 - Day 2
6th and 7th graders: All library materials are due on Friday, May 24th.
8th Graders: Please be sure to bring in your Valleyfair permission form and money. You need to turn it into your Hour 1, Day 2 teacher. The last day it will be accepted is May 28th.
WRITER’S BREAKFAST will meet this Friday.
Also, if you are going to the Young Authors Conference, please give your permission slip and registration form to Ms. Zimba no later than Friday.
Students who received an application to the AVID program for next year should turn them into the office. If you think you were missed in this mailing, you can pick up a blank application in the office today.
Congratulations to Ms. Edwards, Northdale’s newest Staff Member of the Week. Ms. Edwards was nominated by Ms. Monkelien because she, “...always exudes a professional, can-do attitude. She’s consistently determined to help students succeed through extra math instruction. She hold students accountable for their behavior choices and I feel privileged to work with her!”
Do you have a bike? Does it need some work? Have we got a deal for you. If you are interested in learning how to tune-up and fix your bike please drop a note to Ms. Cashen or Ms. Klund-Schubert in the office. We are starting a bike repair after school workshop. See one of us for more info. Happy trails.
Chicken or Beef Tacos; Beans & Fixings
Information is available for the following activities:
2013 Summer Middle School Tennis Camps
2013 Summer Cardinal Tennis Camp and Drill sessions
CRHS Cardinal Fall Cheerleading Squad tryout information
Coon Rapids HS Girls Basketball Camp
If you are interested, stop down to the Community Ed Office and pick up a flyer in the racks outside the Community Ed Office. (across from Gym 2).
Community Education Opportunities:
For more information about any of the after school events, please come to the Community Ed Office (763-506-5412) and pick up a flyer or check online at: http://www.anoka.k12.mn.us/nmsce or register at http://www.discovercommunityed.com/
As we approach spring, please remember our dress policy. Holes in clothing, low-scooped blouses, bareback tops, halter tops that tie around the neck and spaghetti straps are not allowed. Exposed undergarments and alteration of clothing are also not allowed. In addition, please remember short shorts and skirts are not acceptable for dress at school. We are still adhering to the policy that your skirt or shorts are not shorter than your arm length extended. If you have a question about a specific clothing item and you are not sure if it is OK to wear, you are encouraged to bring it in the day before to seek approval of an adult, rather than just wearing it to school and finding out that it doesn’t meet dress code guidelines. Remember students – the staff at Northdale is continually impressed with your good decisions. We are proud of our school. Thank you for your consideration.
Students: It is our goal that every student be able to get to and leave school safely. One of the ways that we do this is to make sure that students cross the streets in the assigned areas and in a safe manner. When you need to cross either Dogwood St, Northdale Blvd. or any other street, you must cross in the crosswalk and follow the directions of the crossing guards when they are present. If you fail to cross the street in the crosswalks and in a safe manner, then your parents will be contacted and you may receive school consequences.
Another way to stay safe is to observe bike and skateboard safety rules. Students, bikes as well as skateboards cannot be ridden while at school. If you choose to bring them, you must walk or carry them when you get to school and cannot ride them again until you are off school property. Rollerblades or skates must be carried as well. If you violate this safety rule your bike, skateboard or rollerblades will be confiscated and you may lose your privilege to bring them to school.
Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are popular but they come with some risks. You can avoid these risks and enjoy social networking sites by following a few guidelines:
• Pick a user name that does not include any personal information
• Keep your profile closed and only allow your friends to view it
• What goes online – stays online. Don't say anything or publish any pictures that might cause you embarrassment later. As a general rule, if you wouldn't say it to your grandmother, don't say it online.
• Be authentic. The real you is better than anything you might pretend to be.
At Northdale, we have an electronics policy that states all electronic devices need to be put away during the school day unless you have permission from your teacher. This includes your ear buds. You need to keep your ear buds put away during the school day, not hanging around your neck. If you are seen with ear buds out, you will first be asked to put them away. If you are seen a 2nd time with them out, they will be taken to the office for the rest of the day. If this occurs a 3rd time, your parents will be notified and will need to pick them up from the office.
We've been talking to you about Internet safety. As you talk to people online, remember that texting or emailing is really no different than talking to someone in person. If you wouldn't say it someone's face, it's not OK to type it.
Cyberbullying is bullying or harassment that happens online. It might involve spreading rumors or images posted on someone's profile or passed around for others to see. What to do if you are being harassed online? Most importantly, do not respond and do tell an adult. In addition, save the evidence, such as texts, emails or Facebook conversations. Sometimes you can stop bullying if you ignore or block the person. You can also report the abuse to the website where it is taking place. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect.
Trimester Discipline Policy:
1. Weapons policy – no weapon on school grounds, which includes the bus, bus stop and school events, having weapons is an expellable offense.
2. Fighting – no fighting will be tolerated. Fighting can be an expellable offense depending on the circumstances.
3. Drugs and Alcohol – possession or use may lead to expulsion and transmission of drugs and alcohol is an expellable offense.
4. Keeping your hands to yourself – we have had increasing instances in which students have been referred for expulsion because of inappropriate touching or physical contact. Please keep your hands to yourself.
5. Disruptive students – students that are sent to the office on a continuous basis due to classroom disruption can be expelled.
6. Students, we want to remind you that EVERYTHING you text, photograph, or post on the web is potentially permanent and life changing. You need to think before you hit “SEND.” Don’t get caught sending something that you will deeply regret in the future.
7. Finally and perhaps most importantly, another reminder that we have zero tolerance for bullying and harassing behavior at Northdale. We just don’t do it here; it’s not cool, it isn’t okay and it won’t be tolerated. Everyone has the right to feel safe and supported here and no one has the right to make others feel bad. Celebrate differences in each other rather than belittling others. We need everyone’s support. 1) Don’t do it. 2) Tell others if you see it happening. 3) Report it.
“Thinking Thursday” is a new game on Northdale’s Facebook! Be sure to check Northdale’s Facebook Page AFTER school every Thursday to play. You could learn something new, and even get the answer to an upcoming test question from class! Winners will be announced and everyone is encouraged to participate. Know someone that wants to play but doesn’t have a computer? Come on down to room 425 right after school on Thursdays to pick up a paper form of the game.
Last month’s digital citizenship announcement referred to online safety. It may be fun to check out new people, but be aware that, while some people are nice, others act nice because they are trying to get something. Flattering or supportive messages may be more about manipulation than friendship.
I think you’ve all heard stories about creepy people online, but we want to remind you that you don’t have to deal with someone who makes you feel uncomfortable. Be cautious when communicating with people you don’t know in person, especially if the conversation starts to be inappropriate, or too personal or if the person suggests to meet in person. If they persist, tell your parents, a trusted adult or contact the police.
Students, please remember that you need to return your happenings books to your homeroom teacher or bring in $30 if you decide to keep the book. If you have books that you have sold in your locker, please bring them to the front office at this time.
Living online in today’s world, whether texting, sharing photos and videos, posting, online gaming, social media tools and many other things you do online can lead to many dangers such as embarrassing yourself, over sharing information or interacting with creepy people. For the rest of the school year, we will be providing tips on how to stay safe and be smart online.
Hey Students – This is an important message about gum at Northdale! You have been given the privilege to chew gum both last spring and now this fall. We want you to be able to continue to chew gum BUT we are still noticing gum not being thrown away in garbage cans. We have found it out front on the sidewalk, under tables/desks and in the cafeteria. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE dispose of your chewed gum and wrappers in our garbage cans.
If this does not improve, we will have to go back to the rule of NO GUM ALLOWED. Please help to keep the building clean so that you can continue to chew gum in the allowed areas! We will be monitoring the cleanliness of the building for the remainder of trimester one and will then make a decision if we can continue to allow gum chewing. This is up to you! So take care of your gum garbage and remind your friends to do the same!
New in Anoka-Hennepin Middle Schools this fall is that students and staff will now be able to access our wireless network and use their personal devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc) during the school day. Students’ use of their own devices in school must be with classroom teacher approval and for educational purposes only. Students are not allowed to make phone calls or text during the school day. Violation of the acceptable use may result in confiscation of the device by school staff.
Northdale Students – A reminder about COLOGNE or PERFUME and SCENTED SPRAYS! These items are considered to be Distracting to the school environment. Our policy specifically states that body aerosol spray and/or cologne may not be brought or used at school due to the possibility of allergic reactions of other students and staff. Students, please do not bring these items to school and please do not spray them during school hours. If you do, it may be taken from you. Be respectful of others and our school environment!
Students: It is our goal that every student be able to get to and leave school safely. One of the ways we do this is to make sure that students cross the street in the assigned areas and in a safe manner. When you cross either Dogwood Street, Northdale Blvd. or any other street, you must cross in the crosswalk and follow the directions of the crossing guards when they are present. If you fail to cross the street in the crosswalks and in a safe manner, then your parents will be contacted and you may receive school consequences.
Another way to stay safe is to observe bike and skateboard safety rules. Bikes as well as skateboards cannot be ridden while at school. If you choose to bring them, you must walk or carry them when you get to school. You cannot ride them again until you are off school property. Rollerblades or skates must be carried as well. If you violate this safety rule, your bike, skateboard or rollerblades will be confiscated and you may lose your privilege to bring them to school.