Sunday, September 23, 2018

September is. . .

. . . apple picking time!The kindergarten class will be on a adventure to the apple orchard on Monday, and it looks like they'll have perfect weather for a field trip.  September is also time to get back into the swing of school, learn new things, and hopefully enjoy being with each other Monday-Friday.

Did you have a chance to read a recent post about SUP's?  This Friday evening, 9/28 our very unique art will be on display at the Darrows Barn at Round Top, 5-7pm. 

School pictures are Monday, October 1st. Lifetouch flyers have been sent home with everyone. You can order online or send a check/paper order form to school that day. There are more options if you order online. It's our understanding that "Add-ons" (see forms) may also be considered as a package order. 

Thursday, October 4, 5:30-6:30 is the NCS OPEN HOUSE. We hope you'll stop by for a visit to see what your child(ren) have been doing, meet teachers and staff, and perhaps even win a prize!  No school for students on the following day, Friday, October 5th.
A reminder that FRL (free/reduced lunch) applications are due. If you were eligible last year and miss this important September re-apply date, your child's status might retroactively go back to full pay. FRL can help families with the expense of lunch and breakfast, and may also help everyone in the form of subsidies for our school. Information on FRL applications is confidential. Also, if a family's financial situation changes during the year, you are welcome to complete an application at any time during the year. Call the office if you have questions or would like a form. 

It's been such a beautiful September day. Enjoy the entire week!

Friday, September 21, 2018

A Message from STEAM

The STEAM Team in the art room had a visit from Mr. Barry Howell, the manager of the Transfer Station in Nobleboro.  He explained a lot about how things work there.  We learned that many people put wrong things in bins, so the STEAM team has made new signs to hopefully help people be less confused.  We learned that the transfer station takes organic waste (compost) and that if everyone put their organics from their trash into the right place, we could all save A LOT of money!  The students also built a plastic figure, which they hope will hold a sign!  

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. At NCS, 7th and 8th grade students are enrolled in STEAM classes. They will rotate classes throughout the year to study, experience, and/or problem solve in the areas of robotics, art, coding, drones, and culinary arts.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Look at this!

The school year has fully begun!  Some NCS students are learning about single use plastics (SUP's). As a way to share that knowledge, they are making sculptures from plastic materials that are not recycled. Take a look at this puffer fish!   Sculptures will be on display at an upcoming community art exhibit at Darrows Barn at Round Top on Friday, September 28 5-7pm. (Watch for more info about the exhibit and SUP's to be shared on our blog.)

TONIGHT!  Parents of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students should attend the MLTI parent meeting--Tuesday, Sept 11 @ 6pm in the library. This is a brief but necessary meeting. It's important that parents be part of students' technology expectations. Information and paperwork are required before junior high students can take their devices home. (A fall outing club meeting will take place in Mr. Wil's room immediately following the MLTI session for 8th grade families involved in the October outing club trip. That's at 6:30pm.)

WEDNESDAY NPTO  Would you like to help support our children's school? Nobleboro Parent/Teacher Organization is one perfect way to become involved (either occasionally or at monthly meetings). The NPTO raises funds and they help to plan/provide for special enrichment programs and events at NCS.  Right now, plans are in the works for NobleBOOro Spooktacular, an annual fundraiser. Consider putting the NPTO meeting on your calendar Wednesday, Sept 12 @ 6pm in the library. There will be food(!) While no structured childcare is planned at this time, it's okay to bring children to the meeting. If there's a need for supervision in the future, NPTO will work on providing care. Please come. NPTO is important to NCS!

While the calendar is out, here are some other dates you may want to add to yours:
  • Monday, 10/1 Lifetouch PICTURE DAY
  • DATE CHANGE (AGAIN):  Thursday, October 4, OPEN HOUSE, 5:30-6:30pm
  • Saturday, 10/13 APPLEFEST 10am-2pm, Nobleboro Historical Society's community event at NCS
We hope to see you soon at one or more of these events.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Hello from NCS!

We've made it through the first week of school!  The weather was so nice today that we've totally forgotten about that first sweaty day.  Here are some things to be aware of for next week and beyond:
  • Homework Club begins on Tuesday, 9/4. HWC is open to any 5-8th grade student. We provide a quiet place to work and there is a teacher available to give some direction, if needed.  HWC meets on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 2:40-3:40 pm during most of the school year.  Students should be picked up at 3:40.
  • First soccer home game:  Wednesday, 9/5 at 3:45. GO LIONS!
  • The field hockey team will have its first game at Oceanside on Friday, 9/7 at 4pm.
NCS Open House--Wednesday, September 26 at 5:30pm.  We hope your family will be able to come visit school, meet staff and see what your child's day is like. 
Thank you for sending your children to school this week! ENJOY the  L O N G  weekend!

Tennis anyone?

Parents FYI: The Y is offering a Middle School Team tennis program during the month of September for interested 5th-8th grade kids.  It begins Tuesday, 9/4 and will be held Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-4:00.  If your child is interested, please contact the Y to register (online, over the phone, or in person). The NCS bus swings by the Y after school. If your middle school student is signed up and needs to take the bus, please send a note to the school office.  

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Monday, August 20, 2018

Remember the Pie Social (among other things)

ALL family members are welcome!

Tuesday, August 21
 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

Meet our new Principal Martin Mackey!

You're invited to take some time before school begins to get acquainted with our new Principal.....and....learn how you can help support NPTO’s one and only annual fundraiser, NobleBOOro Spooktacular, a fun event scheduled for the fall!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

What you should know August 6-11

Finding ways to read, keep cool, get ready for school? (If you've set up a pattern of summer reading, that's excellent! If you meant to but haven't quite managed it, you ca start today! There is still time to make a difference! Remember, reading now could pay off in book bucks, and it is the best way to prevent "summer slide.")

Although I think summer is still in full swing, there are a few details for parents to attend to this week:
  • The online registration through the Powerschool parent portal has begun. This must be completed before the start of school.  If you have questions, need help with login information or need access to a computer or the internet, we want to help. Please contact the office.

    Fall Sports begin soon!
  • Practice and game schedules are on the NCS Family Calendar (website). Students planning to participate will need a current physical (dated within 2 years) on file at school and all online registration work must be submitted.
NCS Sports  
Coed Soccer - gr 5-8 (5th grade is invited to participate this year)
Field Hockey - gr 6-8

GSB Sports -- Mrs. York will find out if we will be able to participate in cross country and/or golf again this year. Please email if you are interested.
Cross Country - grades 5-8
Golf - grades 6-8


Thursday, July 26, 2018

We interrupt this beautiful summer afternoon to......

by Grace H
Say hello (please read: WELCOME LETTER) and let you know about these August dates: 
  • AUGUST 6:  Parents, watch for an email notifying you that it is time to update your child(ren)'s school information. INFOSNAP registration is completed through Powerschool's parent portal and this must be completed before the start of school. If you need help after receiving the email, feel free to contact the school.
  • TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 5:30-6:30  Pie Social--meet Martin Mackey. We are excited to introduce you to our new principal, and he's looking forward to meeting you, too! You're welcome to come and enjoy a slice of delicious pie (thanks to NPTO).
  • Pre-season sports practices begin the week of August 20th. Jr. high students participating in fall sports will need to have proof of a recent (within 2 years) physical on file at school. Watch the NCS Family Calendar for dates and times.
  • On MONDAY, AUGUST 27 at 6pm we'll host an ice cream social for grades K-4. Visit your new classroom, meet your teacher(s), find out about the coming school year, and have fun socializing before school begins.
  • WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29:  First day of school.
The NCS Student Handbook is a great resource if you have questions about school. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018


NCS Family Pie Social 
Meet & Greet
5:30-6:30 pm
Tuesday, August 21 

Nobleboro families, we hope you'll be able to take some time before school begins to meet our new principal, Martin Mackey.  All family members are welcome!  (It will be fun to see friends again too.)

Thanks to the NPTO, we are able to invite families to this summer Pie Social. Learn how you can help support NPTO's one and only annual fundraiser, NobleBOOro Spooktacular, scheduled for Saturday, October 27th at Duck Puddle Campground. (Save that date too!) 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Friday, June 15, 2018


What a beautiful day to surprise Mrs. Hassett with a special outdoor recess-celebration!  

The last day of school is almost upon us (but not quite yet).
Monday, June 18, we're planning a field day, so dress appropriately.  (If it rains, we'll be indoors.)  We have important things to wrap up on Monday, report cards, etc. We'll be busy right up until DISMISSAL AT NOON.  Plan accordingly! 

All outstanding lunch balances are due Monday, June 18.  (Credit balances will be carried forward to September.) You'll receive an email today if you have a balance as of this afternoon.  Please add Monday's meal(s) if necessary.

Many families have been taking advantage of the variety of offerings to support academic progress during the summer. It's not too late!  The May 15 post has all the information you need. Contact or if you have questions.

Enjoy the weekend. See you on Monday!

Monday, June 11, 2018

They're off!

GO LIONS! Game time:  3:30! 
(Update:  Medomak 12 NCS 6)

Hello! We're still here!

It's an exciting week for 8th grade students at NCS!   They're completing work and preparing for the 8th grade promotion celebration, as well as looking forward to a trip tomorrow and golf and lunch on Wednesday!  One rite of passage for 8th grade is the honor of installing their unique ceiling tiles in the art room ceiling. The picture above shows them adding finishing touches to their tiles.

Everyone's excited about today's championship softball game! GO LIONS! 

K-7 grade families:  We have summer learning opportunities to support this year's growth! Please see the Tuesday, May 15 post for details and ways to support students throughout the summer.

We've welcomed our new kindergarten students and are looking forward to their arrival in September. New parents, be sure to call if you have questions. (You will be hearing from school in the summertime.)

It's a fun week for all and yet, here we are still working!  The last student day is Monday, June 18. Dismissal will be at noon.

Thursday, June 7, 2018


Congratulations to the Lions-- South Busline League Champions! 

Monday the NCS Softball Team will head over to Medomak Valley High School to play in the Busline League Championship Game! Our girls are the South Champions, and they will face the North Champions, Medomak 8th.  Game time is 3:30.


Good luck to the softball team in their SOUTH DIVISION FINALS(!) game today. The game will be at GSB.  Gametime:  3:30 pm. 


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

You'll want to read this!

Everyone has been curious to meet our new NCS principal. Here he is! Mr. Martin Mackey arrived at school early yesterday and began the morning by greeting buses with Mrs. Hassett.  He spent the rest of the day's visit in classrooms, observing and meeting students and staff.

Mr. Mackey will undoubtedly be a familiar face around NCS by the time students arrive back at school on Wednesday, August 29.  (Did you catch that? The first day of school after summer vacation is August 29.)  

In the meantime, we are enjoying our time with Mrs. Hassett. We appreciate that she'll be in and out of our building next year in her new role as AOS93 curriculum coordinator.

Monday, June 4, 2018


Congratulations to both baseball and softball teams for making it to the south semifinal Busline League games last Thursday.

The girls defeated Oceanside 13-1. They will face either Great Salt Bay or Camden this week in the Busline League South finals game. If they win, they'll move on to the Busline League Championship facing the winner from the North.

The boys lost to Bristol in a very close, competitive game. NCS led the whole game, but in the bottom of the 7th the home team (Bristol), with their last player at bat, tied it up and a run scored for the win. Our boys should be proud of themselves for playing such a great game.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Now it's June!

Hurricane Island Moments
The days at the end of the school year really do go by quickly.  There are many activities going on, and yet we'll still manage to squeeze in time for important learning! 

Grade 6 will be off on an outdoor academic adventure to Hurricane Island. Several 8th grade students will be heading on the outing club trip, Kindergarten and grade 2 have plans to explore the Rachel Carson Salt Pond Preserve. Meanwhile, Grade 5 wraps up DARE with a trip to the Sea Dogs.  Grades 7, 8 & CAL will have a field day at Lincoln Academy to participate in friendly competition with other AOS 93 schools. It will be a busy, FUN week . . . and still we learn!

Congratulations to the baseball team for a successful spring 2018 season. Our softball team is still in the playoffs!  Hooray for the Lions!

During June all families are encouraged to be conscious of your students' lunch balances--even the tiny amounts. We are required to have all balances paid up by the last day of school. Sometimes families are not aware of tiny balances, and to help you stay on top of this, we'll send out occasional emails and let you know if your child has a balance. (Hopefully, you'll find this helpful.) 

The Troupe!
Thank you to Grades 2 and 3 for sharing "American Patriotic Symbols." Their play today was a huge success!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Marching right along!

It's hard to believe that we're at the other end of Memorial Day weekend!

This week will be very short for Mrs. Stewart's kindergarten class. Her regular K class will be at school on Tuesday and Wednesday only, and then they're off for another long weekend. No regular kindergarten class on Thursday 5/31 or Friday 6/1. Thursday and Friday are kindergarten registration days.

Tuesday 5/29 begins the spring playoff season for softball and baseball. A softball quarterfinal home game vs. Medomak is scheduled to begin @ 3:45.  Meanwhile, our NCS/JVS baseball team will be playing an away game @ 3:45 at Medomak.  GO LIONS!

On Friday, June 1....Grade 2 & 3 play (That's always a treat!)

Parents, it's time to think about summer reading and the variety of ways you can support the academic growth that all children have accomplished this year. Summer provides a welcome change of pace for everyone. Making plans now to incorporate a regular quiet time into the rhythm of your vacation days is a wise strategy! If you missed the previous blog, please take a look at it and consider the age appropriate options that we offer to help families keep those young brains active.  Look back at the Tuesday, see May 15 post

Looking ahead to the following week: June 4 begins a busy time with classes heading in different directions. More about that to come, but in the meantime, you may just want to take a glance ahead at the NCS family calendar. Family Calendar

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

It's not too soon to plan ahead!

2018 NCS Summer Learning Institute

     All K - 7  students (entering 1-8) are invited to participate in summer learning experiences.  There are several ways to do this!

  There will be a celebration and NCS Book Buck rewards for participants who have successfully completed any of the summer learning opportunities below!

ALL K - 7 NCS students are encouraged to participate in our annual: 
NCS Summer Reading Challenge

It’s easy! Students set a summer reading goal with their teachers and record their progress through the summer. Upon return to school in September, they turn in the record sheet to Ms. Harriman, our librarian. If they’ve met their goal and passed in their summer reading form on time, they win an invitation to a celebration and NCS BOOK BUCKS (redeemable at NCS/NPTO book fairs.

A number of NCS students will be nominated by their teachers or parents to join our:
NCS Online Learning Institute

Students use Aleks or IXL for math practice and/or Lexia (during a six-week period: 6/25-8/3.) Your child can practice anytime and anywhere there is access to a digital device and the internet. Parents and teachers can nominate students for online learning. NCS staff will monitor student progress through the summer. As with the Summer Reading Challenge, students who participate regularly and make progress in online learning will be invited to a celebration and receive NCS BOOK BUCKS.

Families in grades K- 5 can sign up for our weekly:
NCS Lending Library Program

This is an opportunity for families to continue growth and momentum with their young readers throughout the summer. Studies show that even 20 minutes of daily reading at the appropriate level ensures continued success and prevents setbacks when school resumes in September!
On Mondays-Thursdays 8am-12pm, from June 25-Aug 2, students (accompanied by an adult) can stop by the NCS Library and borrow a book from our beautiful Leveled Literacy Intervention kits. The books are organized from level A (kindergarten) - level W (5th grade.) Families will be asked to sign up to be part of the Lending Library Program. Reading tutoring is also available by appointment. Books can be logged for the Summer Reading Challenge!

It’s time to sign up!!

Friday, May 11, 2018


Our 8th grade students wrap up their week at Kieve's Leadership School today. What great weather they've had for that adventure!

Next week:
  • Monday, 5/14 @ 5:30 pm: Grade 6 Parent Meeting about Hurricane Island 
  • Monday, 5:30 pm: School Board 
  • Baseball, softball and track routines return to a more normal sports schedule. Always check the website for sports changes.
  • PARENTS, PLEASE REMEMBER:   Friday, May 25 is a FULL STUDENT DAY. The 25th was originally scheduled on the school calendar as a workshop day, but we DO have school that day (to help compensate for some of the cancelled school days during winter. You may be thankful for that decision, come June!)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Spring Festival of Arts!

Enjoy the art exhibit.
Listen to music.  
Visit the book fair.
Go home happy. 

Monday, April 30, 2018


Our 3rd Annual Family Fun and Fitness Night was well attended. We had between 150 - 200 people  in attendance!  Families played basketball, tennis, gaga ball, walked the track, danced, enjoyed the parachute, enjoyed dinner together and more!  

The newly renovated YMCA looks great!  
Thanks to the combined efforts of NPTO and the JVS PTO, families were treated to pizza, fruit, veggies and water while they enjoyed family activities. 

Now, this week, our focus is on our Spring Arts Festival on Thursday evening. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Spring, at last. Spring, at last!

Well, here's some great news: The sunshine and warm temps have arrived just in time for today's first school spring ball games. Today our softball and baseball teams play in Bristol at 3:45. GO LIONS!!!!

Hard to believe, but May is approaching and our SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL (CONCERT) is next week--MAY 3rd at 6:15.  All students participating should be in their classroom (or the music room if you are in band or senior chorus) by 6pm. Families, we invite you to come and enjoy approximately an hour of music and arts at NCS. The book fair will be open in the library that evening.

Here are other dates that many parents may need to have on their calendars:
  • FAMILY FUN NIGHT for NCS families at the newly renovated YMCA is Friday, April 27, 5:30-7:30. 
  • Three sessions of MEA Science testing for grades 5 & 8 will take place this week and next week. 
  • 8th grade Outing Club parent meeting--Monday, April 30 @ 6:30.  
  • Grade 8 to Kieve May 7-11
  • Grade 6 parent meeting for Hurricane Island is Monday, May 14 @ 5:30.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Take me out to the ballgame!?!

Hello! Just wondering, have you observed any cases of spring fever?  Here's a picture of kids getting ready for "spring" sports. Oh, my! Regardless of the ground conditions, we hope you're enjoying the April break. We'll be off and running with some traditional April/May activities when we return to school next week.

Signs of Spring:

  • First Baseball/Softball away games, scheduled for Tuesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 26. GO LIONS!  Also, some of our students will participate in their first track meet on Wednesday, April 25. As always, check the NCS family calendar for updated sports info.
  • Friday April 27 Final Chess Club Celebration--yes, you've read that correctly--Friday (not Thursday).
  • Also on Friday, April 27:  FREE FAMILY FUN NIGHT for all NCS families at the newly renovated YMCA. The fun begins at 5:30 pm.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  (See recent blog for details.)
  • In less than two weeks:  NPTO buy-on-get-one-free book fair in the library.
After that, the school year zooms along with Grade 8 attending Kieve, Grade 6 to Hurricane Island, spring sports, Kindergarten registration. Please note the change that has been made to the AOS 93 school calendar: There IS SCHOOL for EVERYONE on Friday, May 25 (staff workshop day postponed to the end of the year). 
Note to kindergarten families: No school for Mrs. Stewart's class on Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1 (registration/screening for the 2018-2019 K class).

Enjoy the rest of your vacation break. In the meantime, we'll be doing our best to be ready for the coming season at NCS. . . 

Friday, April 6, 2018

April: Showers of Activity!

Alden H represents our school today at the 2018 Maine State Geography Bee in Farmington!

Lifetouch will be at school on Thursday, April 12. If you're interested, be sure that you have either (1) ordered a package online or (2) your child(ren) bring in their pre-paid form that morning. Forms recently went home with all students. We have extras in the office, if needed. Some families like to take advantage of Lifetouch's spring portrait offer, which has more options of backgrounds than the fall "school" pictures.Only the students with the form and those who pre-ordered online will be photographed this spring.

Our 7th grade heads to Kieve for Leadership School next week, April 9-13th. 

Baseball, softball and spring track have officially begun. Refer to our school family calendar for practices. It looks like the first game is after spring break on Tuesday, April 24, an away game at Bristol. GO LIONS!!!! 

Wait a minute! Spring break?!?!!!  Spring vacation. Already? Yes! Enjoy family time April 16-20.

Family Fun Night (free to all NCS families) at the newly renovated YMCA is happening Friday, April 27 beginning at 5:30. (See previous post for details.)

Also after spring break:

  • NCS Spring Book Fair, April 30-May 4.  It's Buy-One-Get-One-FREE!
  • Spring Arts Festival (concert) is Thursday, May 3 @ 6:15. Students should be in their classrooms at 6:00. Band and Senior Chorus warm up in the music room at 6:00. We hope you come to this spring event!
  • Kindergarten Registration for families with children entering school in September will be held at the end of May.  There will be no school for our current kindergarten class on Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1.  Families of children entering kindergarten 2018 are asked to complete this link by mid-April (or call the school office):
  • Information about spring/summer camps and activities will be posted on the community link on our web page and posted in our lobby. If you're looking for activities for your children, this link may be a helpful place for ideas:  It's updated as we receive information. 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Friday, April 27--Family Night for NCS!

Nobleboro Central School,
Jefferson Village School,  
& the CLC YMCA
invite you to a…
FREE Family Fun &
Fitness Night!
Friday, April 27th  
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
at the CLC YMCA
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Includes tennis, floor hockey, basketball,
jump rope, bounce house, gaga ball, tag games,
arts & crafts, door prizes & more!   
Pizza, fruits, vegetables and healthy snacks
will be provided at 5:30 p.m. while they last.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Join us at the NEWLY RENOVATED CLC YMCA! This is their first public event since renovations were completed!   

Contact Michelle York at 563-3437 or with questions.
No pre-registration necessary. Hope to see you there!

This event is being supported by the NCS PTO, The JVS PTA, The CLC YMCA, Healthy Lincoln County, The American Heart Association and 5210 Let’s Go!