Nelsen Middle School News

Daily Bulletin

FRIday, december 6

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES:
None
CANCELED ACTIVITIES:
None
CHEER SQUAD:
Cheer Squad will resume next week on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the small gym.
ROBOTICS CLUB:

There will be Robotics Club in room 22 Monday Dec. 9th and Thursday Dec. 12th. All are welcome and hope to see you there.
SPIRIT WEEK:
Next week is spirit week. On Monday show your spirit by wearing holiday colors. Red, green, black, blue, silver, or any colors that represent your holiday.
SPIRIT WEAR:
We now have spirit wear for sale with items by Adidas, Nike, Air Jordan and more. The spirit wear sale is going on through December, so be sure to get your Hawks gear! Stop by the main office to pick up a catalog today.
SPRING PLAY:
Spring Play!  Play auditions are this Thursday after school. Hope to see all the great Nelsen Talent. The spring Play is, Peter Pan & Wendy.
DANCE:
Just one week until the dance! Be sure to buy your ticket in the morning or during lunch. They will not be sold at the door on Friday, so buy it before! Start paying off your fines now in order to attend! 
LEADERSHIP:
Leadership students are coming around during 6th period today to do a spirit count! So get that purple on!
PBIS:
The PBIS store will be open every Thursday, starting November 21.

Hawk Report

12/1/19

Good Evening Nelsen Families,


I hope everyone is enjoying their extra-long weekend. It was great to see so many families attend last week’s Parent – Teacher conferences. A special thank you goes out to our PTSA President Heather Ralston and our entire PTSA for their support of our teachers on Tuesday.


This week we have several events taking place that showcase our students’ talents. On Tuesday, our boys and girls kick off their basketball seasons with their jamborees. The boys play at Risdon and the girls are here at Nelsen, each jamboree begins at 3:00PM. On Thursday our teams have their first official game. The boys and girls take on McKnight here at Nelsen, the boys begin at 3:00PM and the girls begin at 4:15PM. After the basketball games on Thursday, come support our Nelsen Orchestra at 7:00PM at Lindbergh High School.


In an effort to better understand the post-secondary financial aid needs of our Nelsen community, the UW Gear Up program has created a survey. If you have a few minutes to take the UW Gear Up Financial Aid Survey, it would be greatly appreciated. 


Have a great week!
 
Steve Rencher
Principal
Nelsen Middle School
 

Healthy Youth

Healthy Youth parent and student information letter.

Past Hawk Reports

Past reports for the 2019-2020 school year

11/25/19

11/25/2019

Good Evening Nelsen Families,
 

It’s been such a fast and great start to the school year, it’s hard to believe we’re already to Thanksgiving week and Parent - Teacher conferences. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week are each half-days, which end at 11:00AM. Nelsen will be closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving break. Nelsen will also be closed on Monday Dec. 2nd for a teacher training day. 


Our fall Parent – Teacher conferences will be held on Monday from 12:00PM to 3:00PM and Tuesday from 12:00PM – 4:00PM and then from 5:00PM – 7:00PM. Teachers will not be available on Tuesday from 4:00PM – 5:00PM. During conferences, there’ll also be a resource fair with various agencies and resources from our Renton community. A few of the resources that’ll be available are the following: Atlantic Street Center, Big Brother / Big Sister, King County Library, and Glover Empowerment Mentoring.


On Monday, Nelsen students will receive this flyer Nelsen Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences. The flyer has additional information about conferences and has a space for your student to write down their schedule to help you navigate your way through conferences. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend conferences with their family
Below is the bell schedule for this week, including the Parent- Teacher conference schedules:

Monday, November 25th:

1st period         7:55AM -   9:00AM

2nd period        9:04AM - 10:00AM

3rd period       10:04AM - 11:00AM 

Conferences  12:00PM -   3:00PM

Tuesday, November 26th  

4th period         7:55AM - 9:00AM

5th period         9:04AM - 10:00AM

6th period       10:04AM - 11:00AM 

Conferences  12:00PM -   4:00PM

Teachers will not be available from 4:00PM - 5:00PM

Conferences   5:00PM -  7:00PM

Wednesday, November 27th

1st period         7:55AM -   8:30AM

2nd period        8:34AM -   9:00AM

3rd period         9:04AM -   9:30AM 

4th period         9:34AM - 10:00AM

5th period       10:04AM - 10:30AM

6th period       10:34AM - 11:00AM 

One of my biggest goals when I first started at Nelsen was to continue to improve our school spirit. Our newest Nelsen spirit wear options allow our students, staff, and community members to show off their Nelsen pride in a variety of different styles. Please check out the following site to show your Nelsen pride.


Our Nelsen Book Fair has been going on for the past week and will continue until the end of conferences on the 26th. Please stop by the library when you visit conferences to check out all the fun items included in our Nelsen Book Fair.


We look forward to seeing you all at conferences. Have a great week.


Steve Rencher
Principal
Nelsen Middle School

11/17/19

Good Evening Nelsen Families,

Over the next couple of weeks, Nelsen Middle School has a lot of exciting events coming up. Our fall play begins tomorrow, with a performance at 2:45PM in the cafeteria, and another show on Tuesday the 19th at 2:45PM. Families and friends are welcome to attend!

This Friday, November 22nd is not a late-start Friday. School will start at our regular start time of 7:55AM. This change is implemented throughout the district. There are additional schedule changes on the week of Thanksgiving, Monday the 25th, Tuesday the 26th, and Wednesday the 27th are all half-days for students, which end at 11:00AM.  The Monday and Tuesday end at 11:00AM to accommodate for our parent-teacher conferences. Conferences are done in an arena style format with teachers situated in our gyms. No appointment is necessary, you can come at any time during the conference schedule. The conference schedule for those days is below:

Monday, November 25th 12:00PM - 3:00PM

Tuesday, November 26th  12:00PM - 3:00PM

                                            5:00pm - 7:00PM

Teachers will not be available from 4:00PM - 5:00PM

During the first few months of school, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of you. During our conversations I greatly appreciate your feedback on various aspects of Nelsen. As a way to get more feedback, the Renton School District has created a family survey. If you could complete the survey, it would provide much needed family feedback on additional ways we can continue to improve our school community.

If you would like to see all the great work our Gear Up program is doing, here is the November Gear Up newsletter. 2019 GEAR UP News - Nov.pdf . If you have any questions about Gear Up, please contact Ms. Christina Park

Have a great week!

Steve Rencher
Principal
Nelsen Middle School

11/10/19

11/10/19

Good Evening Nelsen Families,


I hope everyone is enjoying their Veterans’ Day weekend. On Thursday last week, Nelsen Middle School had the opportunity to honor local veterans during our Veterans’ Day assembly. The assembly was a great success and our students were exceptional audience members. A big thank you to all of the veterans that were able to attend.


On Thursday of this week, the Nelsen PTSA has a fundraiser with Menchie’s. From 2:30PM to 8:00PM 20% of all purchases will be donated to Nelsen PTSA. Swing by Menchie’s on Petrovitsky and support our Nelsen PTSA! Menchie's Flyer.pdf


The Nelsen Drama Club presents their fall play on Monday November 18th and Tuesday the 19th. On Monday and Tuesday, the play will start at 2:45PM and end at 4:00PM. If you have any questions about the fall play, please contact our drama program director Andrea Sylvester.


Our fall parent-teacher conferences will be held on Monday November 25th and Tuesday the 26th. On Monday, conferences will be held from 12:00PM – 3:00PM. On Tuesday, conferences will be from 12:00PM to 4:00PM, then teachers will have a break for dinner and conferences will continue at 5:00PM and end at 7:00PM.


The following message is from our student yearbook staff:

The end of our 8th graders middle school career will be coming to a close this school year. In order to honor that, we would like to include baby pictures of them in our 2019-2020 yearbook showing how they've changed. To accomplish this we need the help of families by sending in their favorite pictures here before January 10th 2020, please include the students full name (first and last) making sure the photos are sent in the largest format possible. This is a hard deadline. Don't miss out! Get them in as soon as possible!

Have a great week everyone!
 
Steve Rencher
Principal
Nelsen Middle School

11/3/19

11/3/19

Good Evening Nelsen Families,


I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday evening. Don’t forget to vote by this Tuesday! There are a number of items on the November 5th ballot that if approved would greatly benefit Nelsen, as well as our entire Renton community. As a reminder, this Friday Nov.8th is a non-student day. The following Monday, November 11th, Nelsen will be closed in observance of Veterans’ Day.


Our Nelsen Middle School Veterans’ Day Assembly is this Thursday at 8:15AM. After the assembly, Nelsen PTSA will provide refreshments for our Veterans and their families in the library.


The following message is from our Gear Up Coordinator Ms. Christina Park:
On Wednesday, November 6th, from 6-7pm, there will be a Family Information Night regarding financial planning and preparing for your student’s future education.  Information about STEM, CTE pathways in high school, financial aid, mentorship, and College Bound Scholarships will be presented.  It is being sponsored by the GEAR UP program, and all Nelsen families are invited to attend.


It will be at McKnight Middle School, and dinner and childcare will be provided.  Please join us!
McKnight Middle School (in the commons) from 6:00PM – 7:00PM


Gear Up Financial Planning

This week we have several exciting events taking place. Below is the weekly schedule:

Tuesday, November 5th

  • Orchestra Performance, 7:00PM at Lindbergh High School
  • Don’t forget to vote!

Wednesday, November 6th

  • PTSA Meeting 7:00PM in the library
  • GEAR Up Financial Planning Event at McKnight Middle School at 6:00PM

Thursday, November 7th

  • Veterans’ Day Assembly at 8:15AM in the gym
  • Band Performance 7:00PM at Lindbergh High School

Friday, November 8th

  • No School

Have a great week!

Steve Rencher

Principal

Nelsen Middle School

10/27/2019

10/27/2019

Good Evening Nelsen Families,

It's hard to believe we're at the end of October and the beginning of November. As we end October, I want to let all our families know that students are not able to wear costumes at school for Halloween. This includes masks and face paint.


Tomorrow, Monday the 28th is our first day of basketball tryouts. The following information is a repeat of a previous weekly principal’s message from Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Ms. Jones with information about basketball at Nelsen:


Basketball registration for our 19-20 Boys and Girls Basketball teams is open and will remain open until the first day of tryouts, Monday, October 28th.  All students must be registered online if they would like to try-out for the team.  Please note that this is a cut sport.  You can register your student at the NMW Registration Page. In addition to being registered online, students must also have an ASB Card, running shoes, athletic clothing and a water bottle to participate in try-outs.  Please email Assistant Principal and Athletic Director, Kelly Jones with any questions.


On Tuesday the 29th come support our Nelsen choir as they perform at Lindbergh High School. Both the Nelsen choir and Lindbergh choir will be performing. The performances begin at 7:00PM. 


In preparation for our Veterans’ Day Assembly, Nelsen would like to honor our community members who have served and are currently serving our country at our Veterans’ Day assembly. If you, or anyone you know would be interested in joining us for our assembly, please contact our Veterans’ Day Assembly coordinator Ms. Sylvester.


Have a great week!


Steve Rencher
Principal
Nelsen Middle School
 

10/20/2019

10/20/2019

Good Evening Nelsen Families,


This is our final week of our soccer season. Please come out and support our Nelsen soccer teams. On Monday we host Dimmitt here at Nelsen and this Thursday we travel to play at Risdon. For both days, the boys begin at 3:00 and the girls at 4:00. As the soccer season comes to an end this week, we begin to prepare for our basketball season. The follow message is from our Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Ms. Jones:


Basketball registration for our 19-20 Boys and Girls Basketball teams is now open and will remain open until the first day of tryouts, Monday, October 28th.  All students must be registered online if they would like to try-out for the team.  Please note that this is a cut sport. You can register your student at the NMS registration page. In addition to being registered online, students must also have an ASB Card, running shoes, athletic clothing and a water bottle to participate in try-outs. Please email Assistant Principal and Athletic Director, Kelly Jones with any questions.


Don’t forget to vote on the Nov. 5 ballot! If voters approve the measure on the ballot, here are some of the big construction projects planned for Nelsen:

  • Boilers
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Circulation (HVAC) & Energy improvements
  • Fields and grounds
  • Accessibility from parking lot to school
  • Entry plaza concrete
  • Paint portion of building
  • Roof flashing membrane
  • Power

 
Have a great week!
 
Steve Rencher
Principal

10/14/2019

10/14/19

Good Evening Nelsen Families,

We have a busy week at Nelsen with both Discover U Week and our annual Hawk Walk on Friday. For Discover U Week, students will experience various lessons and activities that highlight post high school educational options, as well as exploring different types of careers and career pathways. If you have any questions related to Discover U Week, please contact Ms. Christina Park.

Our Hawk Walk is a fundraiser that culminates this Friday the 18th. All students that have completed their pledge form and submitted their $2.00 fundraiser donation can attend the Hawk Walk on Friday during 6th period. If you have questions about the Hawk Walk, please contact Ms. Alyssa Barrett.

This week at Nelsen we have soccer games on Monday and Thursday. On Monday our Nelsen teams are playing here at Nelsen vs Risdon Middle School and on Thursday our teams travel to play at McKnight Middle School.

On November 7th Nelsen will host our Veterans’ Day Assembly. The assemblies will be by grade level and held in our cafeteria. During the assemblies we would like to honor our community members who’ve served and those currently serving in our military.  If you would like to attend please contact Ms. Andrea Sylvester. We would truly be honored to have our veterans join us for the assembly. 

Let’s have a great week!

 

Steve Rencher

Principal

Nelsen Middle School

10/8/2019

Good Evening Nelsen Families,


I want to thank all the students and families that attended Nifty Nelsen Night last Friday. It was awesome to see everyone having so much fun with all the great activities that were going on throughout the building. And a big shout-out to our PTSA volunteers for their continuous support of our Nelsen Middle School community!
This Friday, October 11th, there is no school for students. This Friday is a state in-service day for educators. Again, no school this Friday.


The following message is from our art teacher, Mrs. Sheri Stephens:
The PTSA Reflections Art Contest is back! Calling all students to get creative! Entry forms and contest rules are on the Reflections bulletin board at the front of the school. This year’s theme is, "Look Within".  The 6 categories are:  Film, literature, dance/choreography, visual arts, photography and musical composition.  Please turn in your entries to Mrs. Stephens in room 18 before 11/8/19. There are prizes for winners in each category, and every student that enters the Reflections Art Contest will get a student store coupon. Need a space for creating? Come to the art room after school on Thursday October 17 and/or Thursday October 24.  Supplies will be available or bring your own. If you have questions please contact the Reflections Chair.


I want to thank Mrs. Stephens for her dedication to our Nelsen art program and ensuring our Nelsen students have access to a creative art experience.  Speaking of creative, this month is Socktober and our PTSA is selling crazy socks for Socktober. Socks will be for sale in the student store. If you have any questions about the socks, please contact Nelsen PTSA.


This week at Nelsen we have our first soccer games of the season. On Monday, both our girls and boys teams play here at Nelsen against McKnight Middle School. Our girls begin at 3:00 and our boys start at 4:00. Please come out and support our Hawk soccer teams in their first game of the season! On Thursday our teams travel for an away game at Dimmitt Middle School. At Dimmitt, both teams begin at 3:00.
I look forward to an amazing week here at Nelsen!

10/1/2019

Greetings Nelsen Families,

As our busy September comes to an end, a fast-paced October starts this week. Below are this week’s events for Nelsen Middle School:

  • Monday September 30th – Soccer Jamboree at Dimmitt Middle School
  • Wednesday October 2nd – PTSA Meeting at 7:00 in the Nelsen Library. All Nelsen families are welcomed to attend the PTSA meeting!
  • Friday October 4th – Nifty Nelsen Night from 6:00pm -7:30pm. A flyer with specific activities will be sent out this Wednesday.

The following information is about the upcoming November 5th election ballot and how that ballot has a direct impact on Nelsen Middle School:
Many improvements at Nelsen Middle School, and a new elementary school on the Nov. 5 election ballot
The Renton School District School Construction measure on the Nov. 5 ballot includes a lot of work here at our school. If voters approve the measure on the ballot, here are some of the big construction projects planned for Nelsen Middle School:

  • Boilers
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Circulation (HVAC) & Energy improvements
  • Fields and grounds
  • Accessibility from parking lot to school
  • Entry plaza concrete
  • Paint portion of building
  • Roof flashing membrane
  • Power

Also on the ballot is the construction of a new elementary school in the Hazen High School area. That additional elementary school is important in helping relieve the overcrowding at schools all around the Highlands area.
The good news is that because of the large number of businesses and families that have moved into the area, many more businesses and property owners combine to pay for this work; that means Renton School District will be able to do all of the work while keeping tax rates for property owners flat and not raise tax rates. See a list of projects at all schools and read more about the new elementary school at this website.

School districts in Washington State do not receive any state or federal funding to do these kinds of large-scale construction projects to improve our school and to build much-needed new schools. That work can only be done if voters approve School Construction measures on the election ballot. So, if you’re not registered to vote, please consider registering now to be ready to vote for our school improvements on the Nov. 5 ballot. You can register to vote, online or by email 8 days prior to the election.
 
Steve Rencher
Principal
Nelsen Middle School

9/23/2019

Greetings Nelsen Families,

It’s been such a fast and wonderful start to the school year that it’s hard to believe were almost through the month of September. 
This Wednesday September 25th is our Watch D.O.G.S. event. D.O.G.S. stands for Dads of Great Students. The program is designed to have fathers of students be involved in our school. The event on Wednesday begins at 6:00pm and is for fathers and their students to attend together. Dinner will be provided and the event will be held in the cafeteria. If you have any questions regarding the Watch D.O.G.S. program, please contact our Dean of Students Mr. Gary Aguilar.


Later this week, HotSpots will begin going home with students. If your student needs a HotSpot please be sure to complete the HotSpot form as soon as you can.If you have any questions about the HotSpots, please contact our Technology Resource Specialist Ms.Terri Zura.
Below are a few events that are further out to add to your calendars:

  • Wednesday October 2nd – PTSA Meeting in the library at 7:00pm. Please visit the new PTSA website to learn more about our amazing Nelsen PTSA
  • Friday October 4th – Nifty Nelsen Night. Come and spend time with us as our staff presents fun activities for students and their families to enjoy. Specific details for this event will be sent out later this week.
  • Steve Rencher
    Principal
    Nelsen Middle School

    9/16/2019

    Greetings Nelsen Families,

    I want to start off by saying thank you to all the parents and family members that attend last week’s Open House. It was amazing to see the cafeteria completely full and at standing-room only. If you have any questions about any of your students’ classes, please don’t hesitate to contact the teacher.

    There are two upcoming events that I want to share with everyone:

    • Tuesday Sept. 17th – Gear Up Family Kick Off: This event is for 7th and 8th grade students and families to learn about the Gear Up program. The event is from 6:00PM to 7:00PM at the Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center at Renton High School. Gear Up Flyer. Please contact Christina Park with any questions christina.park.
    • Wednesday Sept. 25th – WatchDOGS: Come learn about our Nelsen WatchDOGS program and how you can get involved. The event begins at 6:00PM and is hosted in the Nelsen cafeteria. Please contact Gary Aguilar with any questions.

    Below is a message from the Renton School District about middle school students attending high school athletic events:
    Notice to middle school parents & students who attend High School Athletic events: Middle and high school sports are vital to the growth and development of all students, and participation in sports helps build self-esteem and creates memories that last a lifetime. We want all students and families to have positive experiences while attending sporting events at our schools and Renton Stadium. 


    Middle school students must pay the student price to enter high school events. Middle school students with ASB are not admitted for free.  Students will be expected to demonstrate positive fan behavior and sportsmanship. This includes but is not limited to:

    • Sitting in the bleachers for the duration of the game. 
    • Using appropriate language and treating others with respect
    • Complying with direction from stadium and/or high school officials 
    • School rules and behavior expectations apply to district athletic events and venues 

    Students who do not meet expectations of either the stadium or high school staff may be asked to leave the facility and staff will attempt to contact parents/guardians.  Students who violate school rules could potentially receive school discipline and be No-Trespassed by the Renton Police Department. 


    High School events such as football games at Renton Memorial Field are meant to be enjoyed by the entire community. Please attend these events with your student whenever possible, and when you cannot, review the expectations for their behavior ahead of time. 


    Steve Rencher
    Principal

    9/9/2019

    From Principal rencher:

    9/9/2019

    What a great, and busy, start to the new school year at Nelsen Middle School. Let’s start with the positive: Let’s all give a huge shout-out to our Nelsen PTSA members who last Wednesday hosted the largest PTSA meeting I’ve seen in my career! It was incredibly impressive to witness the dedication to our students, our school, and our community from all those that were able to attend. If anyone is interested in learning more about the Nelsen PTSA, please contact our PTSA President Ms. Heather Ralston at NelsenPTSA@gmail.com as well as the Nelsen Middle School PTSA Facebook page.
    Our Open House quickly approaches this Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. Families can meet their student’s teachers and learn about their classes. 
    This week there is a small chance that some students will experience a minor schedule change. This potential change in class schedule is due to Nelsen’s enrollment being slightly lower than anticipated. Although we’re not losing a staff member, we’ll rebalance our numbers in some classrooms to ensure we’re equitably serving all of our students.
    Below is a list of events for this week.

    Tuesday 9/10

    7th & 8th Grade get their Chromebooks. Students should not bring their Chromebooks to school until the 12th. No 7th or 8th graders should have their Chromebooks on campus on the 11th, this is because there’s a series of mini lessons the students must complete prior to using the Chromebooks, and those lessons will be taught in all Nelsen classrooms on the 12th.

    Wednesday 9/11

    6th Grade gets their Chromebooks
    Picture Day for all students

    Thursday 9/12

    Open House begins at 6:00 in the cafeteria. During Open House, you’ll get an opportunity to go to your student’s classes and learn about each class. Below is the schedule for the evening:
    Welcome & Principal’s Message in the cafeteria               6:00 – 6:15
    1st         6:20 – 6:30
    2nd       6:35 – 6:45
    3rd        6:50 – 7:00
    4th        7:05 – 7:15
    5th        7:20 – 7:30
    6th        7:35 – 7:45
    Event ends at 7:45

     I look forward to our first full week at Nelsen!
     
    Steve Rencher
    Principal
    Nelsen Middle School

    9/1/2019

    From Principal rencher:

    Greetings Nelsen Families,

    • Last week our school year got off to a fast start. Between learning how to use lockers, how to navigate the school to find new classrooms, and learning new teachers, our students had a busy first few days. As we move into September, I want to communicate some upcoming important dates.
    • Tuesday Sept. 3rd is the first day for soccer try-outs. All students must be registered in order to try-out, you can register here.
    • Nelsen Middle School is a 1 to 1 school. Which means all Nelsen students will have access to a laptop. At Nelsen, the laptops we use are Chromebooks. The Chromebooks will be distributed to students on Sept. 10th and 11th.
    • Picture Day for all students is Sept. 11th.
    • Our Nelsen Middle School Open House is Sept. 12th at 6:00PM. A detailed schedule will be sent out prior to Open House. However, for your planning purposes, please mark 9/12 on your calendar.

    I hope each of you is enjoying your Labor Day Weekend.