Northwestern Middle School is rich with culture, passion, commitment, and dedication. Our families work hard and desire the finest education and opportunities for their children. 

Our staff at NMS set the bar for excellence, and strive to do their best, expect the best from our students, and continue to learn with them about life and the lessons within it.

We recognize each and every family member’s concerns, which are profoundly rooted in love and concern for a child. We welcome any and all opportunities to work with our families to create the best experiences for each and every student. 

Enjoy your SUMMER!

Summer School is now is session. 
Call 715-364-2218 x1402 with questions.

The NMS School Supply List 
is located at the bottom of this site, 
following the Title 1 Documents.
Just do not need everything on the first day.
Please contact our office should you need assistance with supplies.
Thanks to our many community school supply donors.

August 17, 2017
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

August 28 - New Teachers Inservice Day 1
August 29 - New Teachers Inservice Day 2

August 30 - ALL Teachers Inservice Day 1
August 31 - ALL Teachers Inservice Day 2


August 31, 2017
3:00-6:00 p.m.
Come visit the school!
  • 6th graders will receive their locks and locker assignments if they wish to drop off items.
  • 7th and 8th graders will get their locks and locker assignments on the first day.

    All 6th grade students need a Tdap booster
    (if they have not had a tetanus shot in the past 5 year).

      If a family does not want their student to receive the Tdap booster waiver forms are available tonight to keep your child in compliance with Wisconsin state law.

        Summer is a great time to have sports physical completed as all students need them to play sports starting in Middle School.  

        These are needed every 2 years to be eligible for athletics.

        NMS Office Information:

        NMS REALITY STORE 2017!!

        Yesterday marked Northwestern's 6th Annual Reality Store.  It was an amazing event where our 8th grade students got a "reality check" about how much life really costs.  

        The Reality Store is an event where our 8th graders experienced the “real world.”  The students had the opportunity to practice planning for their futures and making adult choices, such as budgeting, obtaining insurance, buying a car, purchasing a house, etc.  

        Our past middle school students found this activity to be incredibly meaningful, and one student stated the following: “This showed me just how hard I will have to work—starting now.”  The great discovery they found was a correlation between school and the real-world.  

        Northwestern, Washburn, and Bayfield 8th graders participated in the event.  Local area businesses and high school students volunteered to put the Reality Store together.  It's a wonderful event, where many members from the community came and worked together to get this learning opportunity organized.

        NMS Parents Group
        Meet and collaborate with parents of NMS students who get together to design projects and programs for our kids, and work together to create opportunities for our learners.
        A great way to connect with other middle school parents!

        *Third Thursday of every month
        NMS Library
        Can't make it due to schedules or other obligations?
        No worries!
        Just DIAL in:
        Dial-in Number:
        Enter Meeting ID:

        Have you ever considered being a SUBSTITUTE TEACHER?
        If you have a B.A. or M.S., please consider joining our substitute teacher team.
        Contact the District Office at 715-364-2218 x2264 for an application.

        Have you ever considered working at NMS?
        It is not too late to join the team! 
        We still have excellent positions available. 
        Check out your options on the Employment Opportunities link to the left 
        or call 715-364-2218 x1400.

        Did you know that OUR school EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS
        on the 2016 WI Forward Exam State Test?
        WAY TO GO, NMS!

        Want to learn more about CAREER CRUISING?

        Contact Mrs. Kaufman, NMS Counselor or x1404

        Math Support at NMS
        A Message from the NMS Math Team:

        Your NMS student has a great learning opportunity to further develop their math skills!  

        Your child has an online account with the online math program called ALEKS.  

        This program allows students to develop their math skills at their own individual levels.  

        ALEKS instructs the student on the topics they are most ready to learn and it periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained.  

        We encourage students to take advantage of this learning opportunity and we are hoping for your support in encouraging our students to give ALEKS their best effort.  

        More time spent on ALEKS will yield even more results.  

        Please encourage your child to be productive when working on ALEKS and to maximize their time spent on ALEKS (i.e. logging on if finished with other work, using a study skills class to work on ALEKS, and even working at home).  

        We are so excited for this great opportunity and we look forward to helping our NMS Tigers become even stronger math students!

        Online Tutoring Services Option

        Some families have asked for additional resources for their children regarding instructional support outside of school.

        We are just passing along one for your information.

        Acellus, an online program, now offers tutoring support.  

        There is a discount code:  ACE487

        Here is a link to the enrollment site:

        Considering joining an activity and/or sport at NMS?  
        Need more info?  
        Not sure who to contact?  
        Click on the ACTIVITIES link above and find the School Activities and Contact Info link.

        Bus Notes
        Please make sure bus notes are signed by parents and guardians and filled out completely.  
        Students with incomplete notes may not be able to board the bus. 2016 NMS Bus Note.pdf

        Academic Standards

        In Accordance with Budget Act 55, please find our state standards located via this link:

        NMS Parent and Student Handbook

        Attendance Reminder

        Please call the office, 715-364-2218, option 6, before the start of school at 8:10 A.M. to report an absence.  Our attendance officer does attempt to make contact with any and all families that have not reported students so as to make sure the students are safe.  Any and all absences not called in prior are marked as unexcused.

        NMS Mission Statement

        Northwestern Middle School is an organization that exists to serve the developmental needs of early adolescents. Our mission is to promote success for all students through a solid academic, exploratory and extra-curricular program that encourages the physical, intellectual, emotional, social and creative growth of our students in a safe environment while empowering them to become socially responsible citizens and lifelong learners.

        The NMS Advisory Program

        Northwestern Middle School is committed to educating each student to be a productive and responsible citizen. In order to do this our character education program will teach respect, responsibility, honesty, and pride. We will teach, model, and affirm these character traits and provide an opportunity for students to practice these traits at school, home, and in the community.

        • Respect – We respect ourselves, others, property, and the environment.
        • Responsibility – We are reliable and accountable.
        • Honesty – We are honest and tell the truth.
        • Pride – We act with determination to be the best we can be.

        Ways We Will Communicate and Connect With Our NMS Families This Year
        • District and School Website: Click on the Northwestern Middle School tab
        • Skyward: Please become familiar with our online student records information system.
        • Email: Please make sure you have updated your email addresses in the Skyward system.
        • Remind App: Please find directions for this format in your Welcome Back Letter for Families.
        • District Newsletters: These are available on the website on the left side tab under “News of Your Schools.”
        • School Newsletters: These will be sent home with students the first week of each month.
        • Phone Calls and School Visits/Tours...Please always know you are welcome in any and all capacities.

        Ways for Students to Get Involved Beyond the Classroom at NMS

        School Affiliated/Sponsored:

        Student Council

        Peer Helpers

        Drama Club




        Forensics Club

        Battle of the Books

        Astronomy Club





        Cross Country Running

        Coloring Club

        Table Top Games

        Non-School Affiliated/Sponsored:

        Robotics Club

        Hoop League

        Youth Football

        (And many more...we will update as necessary...stay tuned)

          NHS Football Program Video

          *Thank you to Justine Moss, creator, of this film

          NMS Reminders

          • Midland Services announces the "CASH FOR KIDS" Program.  When you shop at your local Midland Services Cenex Convenience Store in Brule, Lake Nebagamon, or Iron River you can choose to donate the patronage refund from your purchases to your favorite local school!  
          • Our Art Dept. is collecting and recycling USED MARKERS.  Please send them with your student and ask him/her to bring to Mrs. Melde.

          2017-18 School Board Meeting Dates
          Monday, July 10, 2017 (5:00 PM)
          Monday, August 14, 2017 (5:00 PM)
          Monday, September 11, 2017 (5:00 PM)
          Monday, October 2, 2017 
          (Budget Hearing/Annual Meeting (7:00 PM)
          Tuesday, October 16, 2017 (5:00 PM)
          Monday, November 13, 2017 (5:00 PM)
          Monday, December 11, 2017 (5:00 PM)
          Monday, January 8, 2018 (5:00 PM)
          Monday, February 12, 2018 (5:00 PM)
          Monday, March 12, 2018 (5:00 PM)
          Monday, April 9, 2018 (5:00 PM)
          Monday, May 14, 2018 (5:00 PM)
          Monday, June 11, 2018 (5:00 PM)    

          Title I Document(s):

          The Northwestern Middle School Student Council will be participating in an on-going recycling program throughout the school year. Not only is it a good way to help raise funds, but it is an excellent way to help our environment. Students are encouraged to bring in unusable cell phones, I-Pods, ink cartridges, DVD's, PDA's/Palm Pilots, Laptops, Digital Cameras, GPS Systems video games, and video game consoles to their advisory teacher. If you have questions about what types of items we recycle check out Any additional questions can be directed to the Student Council at Northwestern Middle School (715)-364-2218.

          Administration and Office Team

          Tanya Krieg, M.Ed, Principal
          715-364-2218 x1400

          Cody Fechtelkotter, Ed.S, Director of Special Education
          715-364-2218 x1304

          Pupil Services
          Erika Kaufman, Counselor
          715-364-2218 x1401

          Administrative Assistants
          Carlene Brandmeier, Administrative Assistant to the Principal
          715-364-2218 x1400

          Barb Evans, Administrative Assistant to the Principal
          715-364-2218 x1401

          School Nurses
          Lisa Burkhart, RN
          715-364-2218 x1403

          Cheryl Haworth, LPN
          715-364-2218 x1403

          Contact Information

          Northwestern Middle School
          P.O. Box 46
          10523 East U.S. Highway 2
          Poplar, WI 54864


          Important Extensions
          Main Office: x1495
          Staff Directory: x9
          To Report a Student Absent: x6


          Staff Phone Extensions
          Call 715-364-2218
          Select option 9
          Enter up to six letters of the staff member's last name

          Staff Emails
          Click on NORTHWESTERN MS at the top (black boxes)
          Scroll down to STAFF

          Shadow Day/Fun Night 2017 SlideShow

          Michael Hintzman,
          Aug 8, 2017, 10:09 AM
          Michael Hintzman,
          Aug 8, 2017, 10:09 AM
          Michael Hintzman,
          Jul 6, 2017, 11:59 AM
          Jun 16, 2015, 5:59 AM
          Jun 16, 2015, 6:00 AM
          Michael Hintzman,
          Dec 15, 2016, 8:37 AM