October 23, 2019
October 31st is a 1/2 day for students!
There is no school for students on Tuesday, November 5th due to a Superintendent's Conference Day!
There is no school on Monday, November 11 in observance of Veteran's Day!!
Students need to have 93% attendance to participate in any sports, field trips and school functions (ex. dances)!
As per District policy, all absences, tardiness, early departures and sick notes must be in writing. Only written notes will be accepted to excuse an absence!! No phone calls, texts, e-mails, etc. would be accepted!!
Cell phones need to be turned off and kept out of sight during the school day. Headphones and earbuds must be kept out of sight. If your child is caught with any of these items, the first offense would be that the device is confiscated until the parent/guardian comes to pick it up, the second offense would be that the device is confiscated until the end of the quarter and third offense would be that the device is confiscated until the end of the year.
National Junior Honor Society!
Volunteer slots are up and available. Please be sure to only sign up for events you can commit to. Any NJHS students who is running for an officer position, your bios are due on Friday, Oct. 11 to Mrs. Lapierre, in room 207. All NJHS students will vote on Thursday, Oct. 31 for our 2019-20 officers.
There will be an acting class after school on Tuesdays starting Oct 8th in MR2. This class is open to anyone who would like to learn more about the craft of acting!
Please help Mrs. Mejias put together a yearbook that highlights our school experience!! If you are interested in becoming a part of the team, please stop by Mrs. Mejias' room (Room 105) to pick up an application!! All applications are due on Friday, October 25th. Mrs. Mejias will let you know when the first meeting will be.
See Mr. Evans if you are interested in playing a guitar. The club is held after-school on Thursdays. New members are always welcome!
There will be an Boys Indoor Track and Field team for 7th and 8th grade boys. The coach is Malcolm Burks.
There will be a Girls Indoor Track informational meeting on Monday, October 28th at 3:30 pm in the Lecture Room at NFA Main!
The dance Friday, October 25, 2019, 6:00 - 9:00pm. Tickets are $10 on a first come, first serve basis (cash only). WEAPONS AND MASKS ARE NOT PERMITTED!! There will be a DJ, giveaways, pizza, drinks, chocolate fountain and finger food. Students must not be failing more than 1 subject and have 93% attendance to attend!! Prior student behavior will be based on administrative discretion. No one will be permitted after 7:00pm and students cannot leave until a parent picks them up.
NFA Swimming and Diving!!
Any boy interested in trying out for Varsity Swimming and Diving - there will be an informational meeting on Wednesday, October 16th at 3pm in the NFA Main Lecture room. It is important to attend to get all the important information. The Head coach is Zach Williams.
Girls to Ladies Meeting!
Girls to Ladies will be holding meetings on every Thursday after school for 8th grade girls! The first meeting will be held on Thursday, October 17th. You can see Mrs. Martini for more information.
New York Jets!!
HMS teamed up with the New York Jets to help fight against bullying in our school. Our school is now part of the "Upstander of the Week" program. This program works to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying, discrimination, racism and hatred, and violence in schools. One student per week will be highlighted during the season across the New York Jets social media platforms and on the video boards during home games at Met Life Stadium. The student will receive 2 tickets and a parking pass for free to a New York Jets home game this season. When you see someone being bullied and/or cyberbullied and you help them, you stop being a bystander and become an Upstander and we'd like to reward you for that! Let's all work to "Stomp Out Bullying" and "let's go Jets"!
Any students that are interested in playing a sport, make sure you signed up with Family ID by going onto Newburgh Schools website under Athletics! Time and locations of tryouts are also on the site.
Middle school students wishing to attend Friday night NFA football games must be accompanied by a parent or guardian!!
The LLP program will start on October 7, 2019.
Please donate clothes or canned goods to Mr. Porpora in room 315.
An afterschool enrichment program will be offered at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center on 321 Williams St. This program is for homework help and Book Club discussions. There will also be a field trip to The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in NYC on Saturday, October 26th. The program is held on Thursdays (Oct. 17, 24, 31 and Nov. 7, 14, 21) from 2:30 - 3:45 pm. Please get an application from the guidance office if you are interested!