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Advisory Activity Sign-Ups Tomorrow!

Hello All MS/US Superstars,

Please see the linked sign-up sheet to see what’s on offer for our annual Friday-before-the-break activities. Your Advisory MUST sign-up for activitie(s), since Advisors are the ones running them! 

Sign-up’s will begin tomorrow at 7:46am on the glass outside Mr. Bratton’s office and continue through Thursday at 8:15am. First come, first served! 

Please remember to decide and sign-up BY ADVISORY.

Make your plan today!




Grade 5 & 6 Basketball Skills Challenge on January 16th!

Dear Grade 5 & 6 Basketballers,

On January 16 from 3:00pm-4:30pm ACAMIS Basketball legend Gautier Freville will host a “Skills Challenge” for any interested Grade 5 and 6 students in the NIS gym as part of his Personal Project. It doesn’t matter if you know how to play basketball or not, just come and you can learn some basic drills and have some fun. There is no cost for this session.

If you are interested in attending in this event, please ask your parents to email him at and cc Mr. Bratton at Then, just bring along appropriate shoes and shorts (your PE kit is fine) to the blue gym on Tuesday, January 16th at 3:00pm. It will finish at 4:30pm.

Hope to see you there!


MS/US Veracross Scores Invisible to Parents and Students through January 18th

Hello MS/US Colleagues,

A heads-up that students and parents are now not able to see criterion scores in Veracross between yesterday and the start of Semester Two. This gives us the ability to calculate marks and enter exam scores without parents and students being able to watch us work in real time and/or get an alert every time we enter or change a mark/assignment.

If you would like to communicate marks via Veracross between now and January 18th, please do so via the comment field (like in the old days).

Please see Kasson with questions. Thanks!


Where do grades come from?

A reminder that a session on how to determine “best fit” overall achievement levels for students in Grades 6-10 will happen in D340 at lunch today. Please come along if you would like some support, advice, or reminders. For new and veteran staff alike!


Grade 7 Block in Cafeteria Block Three Today

Hello All Grade 7 Students,

Please report directly to the upstairs of the cafeteria at the start of Block 3 today.

For one day only, you can park your bags upstairs after Block 2 just before Break so you are ready to start right away.

Please bring a charged laptop and a positive mindset. You will be expected to get right to work on your NGO proposal. 

See you then!

The Honorable Mr. Bratton (Prime Minister 0f Underbratland) and Major General Underwood (Head of the Underbratland Armed Forces)


Exam Conditions Reminder

Hello Again NIS Exam-Takers,

A reminder of exam room expectations below:

  1. Please use the restroom and get (a little!) water before the exam begins.
  2. No Technology will be permitted during the exam, except tech your teacher requires. Each room will have a basket to keep your phones and smart watches. Please remember to silence/turn off!
  3. Only actual pens/pencil (and maybe a calculator [that is not your phone!]) will be allowed on your desk. Pencil cases need to remain off your desks and out of your hands.
  4. Please remember to stay out of classrooms/learning spaces before school, after school, during break, and throughout lunch, unless a teacher is in the room. This is not a new expectation, but is worth repeating! No excuses.
  5. Maintain the highest levels of academic honesty. Be principled… or you’ll be spending time with the principal!

Have a great week showcasing your thinking, skills, knowledge, and understanding! 


MS/US Production Camp Thanks and Reminder

Hello MS/US Teachers,

Thanks for your flexibility yesterday with students working on production throughout the day. I know this is a massive boost for the Drama team and a key piece of preparation for our students. On that note, this is likely the most challenging week of the year for most of the students involved, especially in the Middle School, due to the combination of production and exam prep. While many of our older students are familiar with establishing a balanced, proactive approach, the younger members of our MS are newer to this concept. With this in mind, thanks for your continued emotional and academic support for our students as they navigate this particularly challenging developmental stage.


XBlock Super Session Today B.3

Hello Grade 6/7 X’ers,

Please report directly to the Theatre today at the start of Block 3 with a charged laptop and all materials you need for a focused 30 minute work session.

Be ready to create and reflect!

See you there.

XBlock Super Session in the PAC Tomorrow Block 3

Hello XPeople,

We will have a Super Session tomorrow in the PAC during Block 3!

Please report DIRECTLY to the PAC at the start of Block 3 tomorrow with a CHARGED LAPTOP and ANY materials you need to work.

We will split the time between a targeted creation session and some X-citing guided reflection.

See you there!

Grade 6 and 7 Extended Advisory Tomorrow

Hello Grade 6 and 7 Rockstars,

Please check in with your advisor tomorrow morning for attendance, then head to the MS/US LGR. You will working on Service outcomes and reflections with Mr. Hutchison, Ms. Bezzerides, and Mr. Bratton. PLEASE BRING YOUR CHARGED LAPTOP!

See you then!

ZZK: The Finale

Hello Again Poets,

Grade 7 (Blocks 1 & 2), 9 (Block 3 and 1/2 of Block 4), and our Speech and Debate team (Lunch) will get the privilege of session with Zohab today in the MS/US LGR. If you see Zohab around today, make sure to say “peace out!”

Please remember to bring paper, pen, and your courage as a writer!

Zohab Line of the Day

I write not to fight, but to bring light to darkness,

I write not to fight, but to bring sight to blindness.

I write to inspire internal fire,

For those who desire to fly higher.

For my feet where not designed for the ground,

You see, I’d rather walk on the clouds!


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