Lockdown - Parent Letter
November 17, 2017
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Friday, November 17, 2017-- Nome-Beltz Jr/Sr High School was on a brief lockdown during the high school 4th period. The lockdown alarm was started to keep students in class and keep them safe as we de-escalated a situation with a student. There were no weapons and no intruder involved in today’s lockdown. Nome Police Department (NPD) was notified immediately when the situation escalated, and an officer arrived very quickly. The NBHS building, which includes the junior high, high school, gym and kitchen, followed lockdown procedures when staff heard the alarm.
The student in question was observed and tracked, NBHS staff used handheld VHF radios to stay in communication and to keep updated on the student’s whereabouts. The student exited the building shortly after the call to police was made, and walked outside along the north side of the building. The student then began walking towards the Beltz apartment building. At this time the incident was under control and handed over to a NPD officer and Superintendent of Schools, Shawn Arnold.
I would like to assure all parents, guardians, and community members that we take student safety very seriously. We, as a staff, have practiced the lockdown drill with and without students in the building this fall. We will meet again to debrief and review our procedures for a lockdown to identify areas that need changing or improving.
Jon Berkeley, Principal
Dear Parents, Families, and Guardians,
I would like to make parents and families aware that there have been several cyberbullying incidents at Nome-Beltz Jr/Sr High School once again. Students have been targeted by others online with an app called “After School”. The creator of the app has made it difficult for adults to access the posts, however we do receive screenshots from concerned students. A picture of the app icon is below:
Please take the time to speak with your child and check their phone for “After School”. There are parental controls that can be set and it is always good practice to know what your child is doing online and on his/her phone. Each student also has the power and option to delete an inappropriate post, whether he/she made the post or not.
We take these incidents very seriously. Information has been forwarded to the Superintendent and a complaint has been filed on the afterschool.com website. Junior high and High school can be very exciting and positive, but social media sites can play a role in diminishing this experience. Adolescents and teenagers may not fully realize the impact that one’s words can have on another, so we are asking for your help in monitoring the apps the students use.
If you have any questions you can contact me at 443-5201.
Thank you, Jon Berkeley
Migrant Education Tutoring
If you are the parent of migrant-eligible children, please be aware that small-group tutoring is now available for your child at Nome Elementary School (all subjects), Anvil City Science Academy (all subjects) and Nome-Beltz High School (English and Math).
Students may be referred to tutoring by their teacher, by parent request, or self-referred (for older students). Space is limited since it is a small-group setup, but if you want to request tutoring for your migrant-eligible child, or if you would like more information, please contact the following tutors directly:
Nome Elementary School - Nick Treinen - firstname.lastname@example.org
Anvil City Science Academy - Lisa Leeper/Colleen Johnson/Jeff Collins - email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Nome-Beltz - Jennifer Shreve (English) - firstname.lastname@example.org, Matt Johnson (Math) - email@example.com
The Migrant Education Office provides each migrant-eligible child a pack of school supplies. Distribution will begin in late October and continue through mid-November. A letter will be included in the pack to parents.
If you are unsure of your child's eligibility status, or for more information about qualifying for migrant services, please contact Jamie Burgess, NPS Migrant Education Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
November 28, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Board of Education Work Session
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Music Dessert Fundraiser @ NES
December 2, 2017
December 5, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Winter Concert @ NES
December 14, 2017
Nome Public Schools, in active partnership with families and the community, educates and inspires students to become successful and responsible global citizens in an environment that represents our rich cultural diversities and local traditions.