Nelsen Middle School News

Daily Bulletin

Monday, october 7

Anime Club - Room 207
Boys Group - Room 111
Drills and Skills - Gym
Maker Monday:
Today is Maker Monday in the library. Come create, explore, and make something fun. No experience necessary. Bring a friend or make a new one there.  
Picture Retakes:
Picture Retake Day is October 10/16 in the morning. You must have missed picture day or already purchased a picture packet to participate in retakes. We will call down students by grade level that morning.
Hawk Walk:
In just 2 weeks we’ll be outside participating in the hawk walk, did you donate yet? Don’t wait! We want everyone to participate. The 6th period competition is getting stiff. 
PTSA Reflections:
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 or email Debbie if you have questions. 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.  
Chromebook Information:
Students, here is some very important Chromebook help information:
If you are missing any name labels, on your chromebook, charger, &/or bag label please fill out the paperwork located on the cart outside the door of rm. 24. Mrs. Zura will make labels and get them to you through your 6th period teacher.
 If you are having computer issues and Mrs. Zura is not in her room, please fill out the paperwork located on the cart outside the door of rm. 24, and she will come find you. This is for any problems. Do not wait to report issues.
 If you are missing your chromebook, go see Mrs. Zura in rm 24. She handles all missing and lost chromebooks. Do not wait, let her know there is a problem as soon as you realize it.
Bus Zone Leaders:
If you are interested in being a bus zone leader, please sign up with Ms. Anna. Students that are assigned will leave class 3-5  min early every 6th period to set up the route cone and create the line for each bus. You must be a responsible and dependable student to hold this job. Mrs. Riley will notify you if you are chosen to be a bus leader.

Hawk Report

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!

Past Hawk Reports

Past reports for the 2019-2020 school year


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
Nelsen Middle School


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
    Nelsen Middle School


    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


    From Principal rencher:


    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 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
    Nelsen Middle School


    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.