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Message from the Principal

NMS September 2016

Principal's Newsletter

September 2016

I would like to welcome you all to the 2016-2017 school year at Northley Middle School. Last year marked the official end to Northley’s internal renovation; however, the parking lot needed a major overhaul. Consequently, the district invested in revising and repaving the parking lot. I sent an updated parking diagram with new AM drop off procedures a couple of weeks ago; however, in the effort to help clarify questions, I have also posted a two minute video on the web site that provides a drive through each of the two entrance routes. It can also be accessed through this YouTube link: As part of the new drop off procedure, students are not to arrive or be dropped off prior to 8 am unless they have a scheduled appointment with a teacher. Students with scheduled appointments need to check in through the main office prior to their meeting time.

Last year, the Penn-Delco Board of Directors affirmed their priority of providing “Excellence in Education” by revising the district Purpose, Mission, and Keys to Excellence. Northley is committed to these same tenets and has adopted a school mission motto of “Encourage, Empower, Excel.” We see this as the foundation of every practice. We believe that this motto does not apply solely to the school staff but also to the students, the parents, and the community. Through every stakeholders combined efforts to Encourage and Empower, the result will be Excellence in Education. Your child will have exceptional teachers committed to educating the whole student, and I count it a privilege to lead such a fine staff.

   The middle school years can seem overwhelming at times for young people. They are facing many new challenges and demands. The rigor of their courses and expectations from their teachers will demand more from them each year. This annual transformation from year to year is building on the foundation created at home and in elementary school. Additionally, you will notice changes in their maturity. You might notice changes in what they like and dislike, their study habits, their vocabulary, friend group, and closeness to you. While these changes can be troublesome to parents, it is part of growth process. Consequently, our partnership is critical in to your child’s development into productive citizens. Please encourage your student to become involved in the many opportunities and activities offered throughout the year.     

Let’s strive to make this school year a highlight of your child’s academic career. 

L.J. Blair


Encourage, Empower, Excel