STUDENT WELCOME

Hello, Lancer!

Niu Valley Middle School is a large school, but we create smaller learning groups within each grade level so that you will get to know your team of teachers and vice versa.

Unlike elementary school where you have most of your subjects with a single teacher, middle school requires you to walk to different classrooms according to a bell schedule.

Your teachers collaborate to offer an integrated IB’s Middle Years Programme (MYP) curriculum. Each teacher will give you a course syllabus and clear rubrics so that you will know what to expect and how you will be graded.

You will focus on academics and demonstrate other attributes of the IB learner profile to help you grow as a balanced and well-rounded individual.

Each grade level is divided into two teams. You are assigned to an advisory class, which is a homeroom. Typically, you will start your day in your homeroom.

Elective courses such as music and art are offered to students in all teams. Media and yearbook elective classes are open to 7th and 8th graders only.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

Dr. Seuss

STUDENT FAQs

How can I tell what team I’m in?

Check your schedule of classes, which you received or will receive when you pay your student fees. You can also tell by knowing who your homeroom/advisory teacher is and locating that teacher on the team list.

What should I do if I don’t understand something or I need extra help/support?

Don’t worry — we all need a little extra help from time to time. If it’s related to your class work, you can check with your teacher. Take advantage of study halls or office hours that are offered by many of the teachers. Sometimes your friends might be able to help you review a new lesson. You can also talk to your grade level counselor.

What should I do if I don’t feel safe or if I observe something unsafe?

Bullying and ways to prevent it are often discussed, but you might encounter other situations that make you feel unsafe or that may make others unsafe.

Report the incident immediately. Tell, email, or text an adult – teacher, administrator, staff, or other trusted adult. Be a good bystander, and you will help Niu Valley Middle School continue to be a great place to learn.

How should I prepare for class?

Always come to class ready to learn. Record assignments in your planner and be sure you have all of your assignments completed on time.

Taking care of yourself can help you manage the stress of being a teen. Practice healthy habits. Get a good night’s rest (try to get at least 9.5 hours!), and eat a good breakfast.

It's another great day to do something awesome.