Northwestern Middle School


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.

NEW! NMS Newsletter!

Each month, NMS will be releasing a newsletter.  Click here to read the December 2017 NMS Newsletter.

Progress Reports Issued for Quarter 2

NMS Progress Reports were sent home with all students on Friday, December 8. Please contact your child's teacher(s) with any questions. Signed Progress Reports are due on Tuesday, December 12.

Dance and Fun Night

The next fun night dance will be on Thursday after school. 
Permission slips will be handed out in advisory this week.

Wrestling Begins

NMS students the Northwestern K-8 wrestling club and Mr. Radabaugh will be holding  a wrestling clinic for students interested in learning more about wrestling. The clinic will be held Thursday, Dec. 14th in the NES gym from 3:30-4:15.  If you decide you would like to continue with wrestling after the clinic there will be a registration night at NHS on Dec. 19th.  There is a flyer in the office with more information on both of these events.

7th and 8th Volleyball Begins

Sign ups are now being taken in the office! There will be an informational meeting on December 15th at 3:00 for all who sign up; practice starts on January 8th. In the meantime, please make sure you have an up-to-date sports physical on file in the office!

Olweus Bully Prevention Program(OBPP)

Check out these tips and resources for parents.

What to do if your child is being bullied
What to do if your child is being a bully
What to do if your child witnesses bullying

Questions call 715-364-2218 x1401

Congrats to the FLL Robotics Team!

#27844 Water Wizards and #27845 Glitches!
Competed against 17 other Wisconsin FLL Robotics teams and are STATE BOUND!

New This Year:  Do It Yourself (DIY) After School Club

Hosted and sponsored by our NMS Parents Group
Mark Your Calendars for:  December 19
Project: Gifts and Wrapping
Sign up in the office.
Bring a signed permission note.


NMS Spirit Fridays...Wear Black/Gold on Fridays!

Have you ever considered being a SUBSTITUTE teacher, paraeducator, office assistant, or cook?

We would love to have YOU join our team!

Contact us for more information at 715-364-2218 x1400 for an application.


More to follow...

Click here for the PDF version of the calendar.

Dec. 11

MS Choir Rehearsal at NHS 8:30am-10:15am

Winter Choir Concert 6:00 pm NHS Auditorium

Dec. 12

Signed Progress Reports Due Back

Dec. 14

Dance/ Fun Night 3:25-5:45

Dec. 15

NMS Spirit Friday

Dec. 18

Winter Band Concert 7:30 PM NHS Auditorium

Dec. 19

DIY Club - Sewing/Ornament Making


NMS Parents Group Meeting, 3:30-4:30 p.m., NMS Library

Boys' Basketball Game, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 22

NMS Spirit Friday

HS Choir Tour of Schools--NMS Performance at 8:40am

Dec. 25-Jan.1

Winter Break, No School


Please remember when signing up for school affiliated sports we need to have a sports physical on file for your student.  

This form is then good for 2 years from the date it is completed by your physician. 

We understand it is often times hard to get into your doctor quickly, so if your student plans to participate in the coming months please plan ahead so they will be eligible on day one.  

Forms can be found at the bottom of this site.

Call the office for assistance.


We now have the ability for parents to complete an online enrollment for the Superior Smiles dental program.  

NMS Office Information:

The main office is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please check Skyward and make sure we have the correct emergency contact information and mailing address(es).

New Breakfast and Lunch Prices for 2017-2018 are:  $1.00/day breakfast, $2.85/day lunch

Information on having your child read while traveling: Riding & Reading.pdf

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
Want more info? 
Contact Becky Landwehr,

Can't make it due to schedules or other obligations?
No worries!
Just DIAL in:
Dial-in Number:
Enter Meeting ID:

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. 

Academic Standards

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

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

Expert Communicator - Remind Me
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





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)

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)
Monday, 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

Student Activities

Shadow Day/Fun Night 2017 SlideShow

Carlene K Brandmeier,
Aug 23, 2017, 12:54 PM
Michael Hintzman,
Aug 8, 2017, 10:09 AM
Michael Hintzman,
Aug 8, 2017, 10:09 AM
Carlene K Brandmeier,
Aug 23, 2017, 1:02 PM
Michael Hintzman,
Jul 6, 2017, 11:59 AM
Carlene K Brandmeier,
Nov 17, 2017, 9:02 AM
Jun 16, 2015, 5:59 AM
Carlene K Brandmeier,
Nov 17, 2017, 8:18 AM
Jun 16, 2015, 6:00 AM
Michael Hintzman,
Dec 15, 2016, 8:37 AM
Michael Hintzman,
Dec 6, 2017, 2:32 PM
Michael Hintzman,
Dec 6, 2017, 2:32 PM
Michael Hintzman,
Dec 6, 2017, 2:32 PM