Welcome Fall?



Our Beasts were really burning through the music this week!  The Period 1 7th grade Ladies literally gave me chills today.  (In a good way!!) We also had our first combined practice for the Just The Guys Concert yesterday afternoon.  About 120 young men piled into the choir room and we put their parts together for the first time.  I wish you could have seen their eyes as they began to hear each other.  Their eyes just popped and such huge smile came to their faces as they heard how strong their voices were.  That is one of my favorite parts of my job.  Seeing the pleasure run across a child’s face when they realize that their hard work is really paying off!  (Deep sigh!)

The kids had their second test this nine weeks.  Many students did wonderfully.  If your child’s score isn’t satisfactory, we have asked them to come for help during RaFt next week and then retake the test.  Would you please encourage your child to take advantage of the help we offer?  Many do not.  (Deep sigh!)

A few reminders for all of you:

a.  Don’t forget to turn in your SwingFry Forms, and sign up for your volunteer slots as soon as you can.  The sooner you take care of that, the more choices you will have for the prime time slots, and positions available.

b.  6th grade parents, don’t forget that your child will need a “Glow In” Skating party slip and $4 to turn in sometime next week.  We will begin selling our cool Glow accessories next Wednesday.  Items include light up rings, bracelets, necklaces, wristbands, and some pretty spiffy glow in the dark fedoras.  Everything will cost .25-$1.00



6th Grade Harleigh Pillow, Halle Ganger, Cayden Smith

7th Grade Melanie Stillwell, Nick Beaver, Haley Miller

8th Grade Nora Spudich , Heather McBride, Nicholas Miller

Fantastic work from all of you kids!!  Thanks for being leaders in your choir!


Pumpkin Rolls anyone?

A note from one of our special Choir Moms!  

Dear Choir Families,

Last year I only made 8 pumpkin rolls for the Swing-Fry. All of the rolls sold out in just 10-15 minutes. I would like to this make an offer to all of our choir parents, families and friends; if you would a delicious pumpkin roll I will make one just for you and have it at the Swing-Fry bake sale on November 10th with your name on it. The price per roll this year will be $20 and 100% of this will go directly to the choirs. 

You can contact me directly on my cellphone at 


or send me an email at


Another Great Week in Choirland

We’ve had another fantastic week in choir with our guys starting work on their music for their Just the Guys concert in October and our ladies finishing up their second song for our SwingFry concert in November! We have some really hardworking and amazing kids in our choirs!

In our parent meeting at the Green Carpet Gala last week we mentioned our “Fun Nights” for the different grades that we were starting to plan and we wanted to update you with some of those dates that have been officially set!

First of all our 6th Grade choir beasts will be having a “Glow-In” Skating Night at Eby Pines Skating Rink on Tuesday, October 2nd from 6:00-7:30pm. We’ve attached a parent letter detailing everything you need to know about it in the link here:

6th Grade Fun Night – Parent Letter 9/13

*If your son/daughter is interested in attending please fill out and sign the bottom half of that sheet and send it in with them between now and then

7th Grade students will be having a Scavenger Hunt/Costume Night on November 1st from after school (3:40) until 5:30. Expect a parent letter with more details as we get closer to that date.

Lastly, our 8th Graders will be having a Movie Night (Guys and Girls) and Lock-in (Just Girls) in January. More information to come!


And finally here’s another group of great “Top Dog” choir beasts for this week!

6th Grade: Omar Garcia, Jasmine Carpenter, Rosavelia Cornejo

7th Grade: Layla Jernigan, Damian Godman, Edythe Brown

8th Grade: Victor Serikow, Gretchen Showalter, Aubrey Hochstetler

Great Meeting Tuesday!


In case you missed the Green Carpet Gala parent meeting we had on Tuesday night, here is a run down of things we covered!

  • We ran through the concert season for this year.
  • Discussed the two ISSMA Competitions
  • Mentioned the remaining volunteer areas that need to be cover for this Semester and showed how easy it is to use the Signup Genius Tab  located above to find a position that suits you.
  • Demonstrated how this nmschoir.org website is used by students, and can be a great help to parents.
  • Discussed the differences between Google Classroom and Power School.
  • Helped parents who have had issues with the Google Classroom Summary by email.
  • Knight Light Parents met with Mr. Norwood for the “need to know” details to begin the year.
  • Gave a big overview regarding the SwingFry Concert/Fundraiser.

It would be impossible to go through all of that here, but we did send home an important, important, important, packet regarding the SwingFry Concert/Fundraiser on Friday.  I hope, hope, hope that you received it!  If you didn’t please read the Intro Parent Letter below and click on any of the forms to see what was enclosed in your packet.

The High School Choir Parents cover the SwingFry Volunteer Positions from 3:00 – 6:00 while the Middle School kids perform, and the Middle School Choir Parents cover the volunteer positions from 5:00 – 8:00 when the high school choirs perform.  There is an overlap to cover the 5:00 – 6:00 time slot you can grab if you hurry.  🙂  It is easy to sign up, just click on the SignUp Genius Tab above and select the SwingFry Volunteer Signup.  You can select the job and the time that fits your schedule the  best.  *Be careful not to sign up during your child’s performance time!!  (see parent letter for those times).  We encourage all parents to volunteer in some way to help make this fundraiser a success for our Choirs.

Parent Letter-iNTRO sWINGFRY LETTER 2017

Ticket Order Form –>Advance ticket form-2018 copy (1)

Bake Sale Info and SignUp – – >Bake Sale Form-2018 copy

On a final melody-musical-notes-music-staff-music-note-clipart-11 we want you to know that we have registered all of the email addresses that were submitted to us for the Google Classroom Summaries.  You should have received an invitation in your email.  Once you select the frequency you wish to get these summaries and click “accept” you should be good to go.  Some parents found trouble completing this process because they were trying to do it on their phones.  You will need to be on a computer to complete the registration.

Please remember that PowerSchool is where you will see your child’s grade.  The points listed in Google Classroom can be a temporary grade while a student is working to improve their skills.

Well, that’s it for now!  I hope you enjoy this “fall-ish” weekend we are having!

Sincerely,    Mrs. Armington


Here are the amazing CHOIR BEASTS FOR THIS WEEK!!

6TH Grade:  Shawn Hochstetler, Aubrey Michen, Omar Roa, Juliana Shiveley

7th Grade: Chaya Lynch, Logan Smith, Abigail Schrock

8th Grade: Maggie Hernandez, Nicholas Troyer, Kaitlyn Kling


What a week!!

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But all in all it has been a great week for our Choir Beasts!  We already see vocal progress for all six choirs.  Our 6th graders are discovering that they can sing notes they never dreamed of, the 7th graders are a bit freaked out by the changes their voices have made during the summer…especially our guys!  Our 8th graders have surprised us with a fantastic “beginning of the year” sound.  We can’t wait to see what lies ahead for all of them.

In the tech end of things I think I deserve some kind of award for not throwing my computer out the window, or sitting down and crying.  Our internet service in the choir room has been lousy.  But, we are starting to figure out how to second guess the system, and our wonderful MCS tech people have improved our signal.  Hallelujah!!

We had our first ONLINE TEST in NMS Choral history!!! (Trumpet blare here!)  Of course Mama A had to snap a few pics….

Pretty amazing isn’t it!  The kids also were able to have some fun competing against each other in a friendly game of Kahoot as we reviewed for our test.

Final tidbit of great news for this week is our list of “Top Dogs” in each choir.  These students are selected because of their hard work, great attitudes, willingness to help others, focus, and class contribution.

6th Grade:  Preslie Gibson, Lauren Hallberg, Omar Roa

7th Grade Terrin Marshall, Alayna Lamley

8th Grade:  Kayla Freshour, Ethan Dill, Madison Kliewer

Great job kids!!

We are really looking forward to meeting you next week for the Green Carpet Gala Choir Parent Annual Meeting.  Remember it will be Thursday at 7:00 pm in the NHS Auditorium.

Well that’s it for this week.  Enjoy your family, football, and Labor Day weekend everyone!!   Sincerely, Mrs. A

And “We’re off”….

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What a great start we have had!  The first week of NMS Choir is a bit hectic to say the least because of how large our choirs are.  But everyone has hung in there and we have completed a lot of the “book work” items such as:  The yellow choir commitment form, the blue Volunteer form, and the white Technology form.  I bet you are all “formed out”.  So are we!  Luckily many of you helped us by signing up for volunteer positions using the SignUp Genius tab on the Choir Website.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

In class we have listened to each student’s voice (we have over 400….whew!) and placed them in the Soprano, Alto, or Baritone Section.  6th graders are in Part I or Part II.  We will begin tackling our first song on Monday!!  Wahooooooooo!

The kids have all brought their Chrome Books to Choir and we have had them login to “Google Classroom.”  There they will find their assignments, tests, reminders, and announcements.  Cyber space wasn’t the most cooperative but we were successful!  From now on our kids won’t loose their work, it will always be in their Google Classroom.  (Insert “happy dance” here!!)   Almost all of our parents requested access to Google Classroom, unfortunately we will have to input your email addresses by hand.  (sigh)  That may take some time, but we will work on it and hopefully have you all in by next Friday.

This afternoon the Knight Light Show Choir list was posted!  Tons and tons of kids tried out, but Mr. N had to whittle it down to 38.  That is the largest show choir we have had so far.  (He’s a bit jittery but I’m sure he can handle them!)

Here’s a peek at the list in case you are interested!  –>Knight Lights 2018-2019 Cast List

Two items of “business” items to pass on to you!

  • The Green Carpet Gala (All NMS and NHS Choir Parent Meeting) date has been changed (again).  The high school directors have asked for the meeting to take place on Thursday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the NHS Auditorium.  We apologize for the date change.  Hopefully you can still join us.
  • The $25 Choir Fee and Green Slip are due Friday, August 31st.  If you are unable to pay at this time, please send the green slip in with a note letting us know.  No problem we just need to know your situation.


We are still in need of many volunteers for our events.  About 1/3 of 7th grade and 8th grade parents didn’t volunteer for anything.  😦   I know you are busy, trust me I know.  But these are your kids, and we can’t do these things on our own.  So please look over the available slots and pitch in where you can.  We’d really really really appreciate it!! Below is a list of what is left.  Please sign up by using the Signup Genius Tab above.

6th Grade Parents:

  • 2 slots on Dinner Parent Committee
  • 1 Slot for the Just The Guys Concert Photographer

7th Grade Parents:

  • Just The Guys Locker Decorations for Period 2 Boys
  • Just the Guys Concert Chaperone – 1
  • Just The Guys Photographer
  • SwingFry Dress Rehearsal Chaperones – 4  THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT WE MUST HAVE HELP.  PLEEEEEZE
  • Christmas Concert Dress Rehearsal Chaperone – 1
  • Chrismtas Concert 1 Chaperone – 2
  • Christmas Concert 2 Chaperone – 2
  • Dinner Crew – 1
  • Tear Down crew – 2

8th Grade Parents:

  • Swing Fry Dress Rehearsal Chaperones – 2  THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT WE MUST HAVE OUR HELP.  pLEEEEZE.
  • Swing Fry Concert Photographer – 1
  • Swing Fry Concert Chaperone – 2
  • Christmas Locker Decorations for Period 7 – 1
  • Christmas Treats – 1
  • Christmas Concert 1 Chaperones – 3  SUPER SUPER IMPORTANT
  • Christmas Concert 2 Chaperones – 4  SUPER IMPORTANT TOOOOO!!!
  • Dinner Crew – 4
  • Ushers Show 1- 2
  • Ushers Show 2 – 2

We will be posting some pics and videos next week.  So keep an eye out!

Thanks for helping us get the ball rolling.  We are off to a great year!


Newsies pics and video

We had such a great time watching Newsies at the Lerner this weekend.  In case you missed it I snuck a few pics and videos so that you can see how lucky we are to have such a talented young man teaching for us in the NMS Choral Department!  Great job to Mr. Norwood and all of the other Middlebury students in this wonderful production!!A1608A71-9558-45CE-9DE8-C6D72EA222445EEE0E4A-2FD6-482D-97B6-1A8D95DE13AC37DBB97B-4C3E-4D3F-AC53-8469AE09A213