A Message From Our Principal
Dear Students and Families,
Welcome to the start of the 2020-2021 school year! As always, our commitment at Northbrook Middle School is to provide a safe, positive, intellectual learning environment that is both high performing and nurturing. As excited as we are to begin the year, it is also important to appreciate that this school year will be much different that any we have seen before.
Conditions around us continue to change rapidly. In response, we as a school community must be extremely flexible. As of now, Gwinnett County Public Schools will begin school on August 12, 2020 with both in-person and digital learning formats. While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed so much in our lives, we remain committed to our core mission: to cultivate a nurturing environment where all students achieve at high levels.
As we head into the 2020-21 school year, Northbrook school leaders have taken a look at all of our school policies and procedures to make sure we continue to provide a nurturing environment while adhering to the new safety guidelines outlined for us by Gwinnett County, the state of Georgia, and the Centers for Disease Control. We have identified a number of areas where our school will need to make change. We want you to understand the core principle we have used to guide all of our decision-making: Protecting the safety of our students, staff, and school community is our ultimate priority.
As we navigate the task of providing quality public education for in-person and digital learners, we will need a great deal of assistance from the community. We have identified a number of commitments for teachers, students, parents, and staff that will help us keep our school as safe as possible. Please take a moment to review our safety commitments on the attached document “Things to Know for the 2020-2021 School Year.”
The immense amount of pride that our students exhibit for our school and cluster is astonishing. I am asking all students, regardless of their instructional format, to make a commitment to reach deeply within to maximize and reach his/her complete potential. Students exhibit “Northbrook Lion Pride” by being active participants in their education and acting responsibly as individuals within our learning community. Having Lion Pride enables all to have a successful and enjoyable school year in spite of the present pandemic, whether learning in person or digitally.
Also, be mindful that the digital format will differ from the delivery model at the end of last school year. A few requirements for digital learners are: 1) regular attendance for specific classes, 2) participation and submission of assignments during the required time, and 3) completion of assessments during the individual class period. There will be no Flex-Fridays or 30-minute class periods.
Students, I encourage you to do the following so you can be successful during your experience at Northbrook:
- Communicate with others in a respectful and meaningful way
- Pose questions, examine possibilities, and challenge yourself to find solutions
- Surround yourself with positive people
- Make positive choices related to physical and mental wellness
- Contribute to our school community in a collaborative, respectful manner
- Seek assistance from adults when making difficult decisions
- Practice good digital citizenship in regards to social media
Parents, please make time to:
- Ask your student(s) specific questions about their time at school. For example, “What was the most interesting thing you did in social studies class today?” or “Have you completed each of your digital assignments for today?”
- Use the Parent Portal early and often. The portal provides relevant information regarding your child’s academic performance and attendance records in both delivery models
- Show interest and concern in school progress to motivate your child to do their best at school
- Communicate with your child’s teachers and staff members to establish a successful home/school connection. All of our teachers have classroom websites with their contact information, homework assignments, and useful resources
- Be in the know regarding the use of electronic devices and social media
We look forward to another positive and upbeat school year at Northbrook. Students, I encourage you to stay connected with our school by continuing along the studious and respectful path that the students before you have paved. We have a beautiful facility that has been extremely well kept. Parents, please remind your child to help us to keep it that way. Please help us by reinforcing school expectations at home. With your help, Northbrook will continue to be a school community in which every person feels respected and valued and is encouraged and challenged to achieve at the highest levels.
I encourage you all to be active in the PTSA. Our partnership is essential for continued success.
If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. My door is always open. I am excited for the opportunity to work with you and your children to provide a productive and safe learning environment that supports student success.
Once again, welcome to Northbrook Middle School! I am honored to serve as your principal.
Dr. Keith D. Thompson