My grandson was identified with reading problems throughout elementary school (had extra reading help) and scored low on the standardized test, but still was not flagged for any kind of help when entering Nisqually Middle School. We were told he'd be in a reading assistance class upon entering, but he wasn't. When we started asking for help, we were treated politely but also found their process very slow for identifying his specific issues. When we pushed for actual testing, we received intense resistance -- instead, the school wanted to give him general 'help' without identifying his actual weaknesses. After much insistence, they did test him and found several serious problems but informed us he did not qualify for special education (because the district's levels are so low to qualify that almost no on does). Then they offered no additional help at all. He is overwhelmed and feeling like a failure and the family is struggling.
We have recently moved into the North Thurston School district after an extended stay in Germany. Our Children had spent their entire previous primary education in the German school system. We were concerned about their shift into English schools. Nisqually Middle School has been the perfect fit for our new Middle Schooler. The teachers and staff are top notch, we are so thankfull for their understanding and support. I would recommend this school to anyone. My son is happy, and feels secure. We talk with him daily about school, and he enjoys his learning experience. Teachers are engaged with their students, and we have heard nothing of bullying or any other derogatory reports from our son. Students are friendly, and the learning environment has been great. This is a great school, and we would choose it all over again.
The school year has just begun and I am very pleased with the progress my 7th grader is making! I was concerned about the switch from primary school to middle but it has been a pleasant transition thus far. I really appreciate the open door feel I get from all levels of educators at NMS.
its a great school my child was a little behind when she entered the 7th grade and when she left 8th grade she was highest in her class and highest in her high school
I Love Nisqually. The secretaries are the best...they go out of their way to make everyone feel welcome.....parents and students alike. The teachers are really good and try to make sure that you have all of the tools you need to make your student successful. I really like the family access program and the fact that I can see how my student is doing. I love that there is no surprise!
I absolutely love this schoool. Teachers are great and always help with homework. P.E. programs are a success!
I like the staff at the school. I really like the homework hotline! My daughters teachers seemed pretty good though they had too many children per class! Her english teacher did not challenge her enough but other than that they are doing a fine job. They have after school activities, year book, MESA (could have done a little more) but they did offer it. The choir nights were a great way to see how hard they work in that class. Last year was a good year hope this year is too. GYM class GOOD class! I liked the 2 week report on what was due and still waiting to be turned in it needed a little clearing up as to if they were extending a projects due date, but all in all it helps knowing where your child stands with all their school work.
Nisqually has had a difficult time getting funding to improve classroom conditions, but many of the teachers there are dedicated and hard-working, very capable. When I attended from 1998-1999, I found the staff to be friendly and helpful. The orchestra teacher, Mrs. Lynn, was incredibly energetic and knew her stuff.
Our experience with Nisqually has been average. There are just too many kids in each class and that isn't fair to the students or the teachers. I have some difficulty getting in contact with the teachers through email but you are given a time during the day, their planning time, when the teachers can be reached by phone and that seems to be the best way to communicate with them. There is a homework line that you can call each day to check what homework your child has that night, but it hasn't been working for one of the 7th grade classes lately. No one can seem to fix it.
Comunication with parents is poor.The school is under staffed and over populated with students. The wasl is a huge problem. Teachers are not teaching they are teaching to the test. I do not feel my child is getting an adequit education.
I am a past student of Nisqually Middle School. I attended 7th and 8th grade in the years of 1999-2001. I absolutely loved the school and how welcome I felt at the school. My teachers were the best that I have had. I learned quite a lot from this school. The school is very diverse and helps students get acquainted with other cultures and customs. At NMS it is very easy to make friends since everyone is so easygoing and easy to talk to. The teachers here are great and so are the team coaches. If these teachers are still there, seek out Mrs. Gadde, Ms. Goss, Mrs. Moro, Mrs. Weight, and the best band teacher I have ever had Mr. Oare. These teachers are great. If you want to have a great experience, I recommend them. They prepared me for highschool and I'm sure your children will love them too.
I echo the sentiment of the other parent (Steve Shippee). My son recently transferred to Nisqually from a school district outside of Thurston County. He absolutely loves attending school at Nisqually and appreciates the concern for the students that is shown by all of the staff.
Nisqually Middle School has high quality programs for all students, to wit, regular education, special education, MESA, etc. Nisqually also offers after school classes such as homework help in mathematics and other subjects. It also opens its library up to the public every Wednesday evening until 9:00 PM. Nisqually has a wonderful learning environment, with rich diversity, and provides a safe, nurturing learning environment for all. Parental involvement at Nisqually Middle School comes in the form of joining FANS (Families Assisting Nisqually Students.
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