NICHOLS MIDDLE SCHOOL
I would like to take the opportunity to personally welcome all families, new and returning, to Nichols Middle School. At Nichols we believe that all students possess certain abilities, talents, gifts, and academic strengths. We believe that each child is unique and different in his/her own special way. Our commitment is to build on these strengths and differences so that each child will develop to his/her fullest potential.
Our goal at Nichols Middle School is to offer a rigorous academic program that fosters learning and is also focused on building good character. This can be accomplished by implementing the principles of effective learning and positive social skills development and interaction. The Big Idea is for our students to experience academic success and to possess the skills to make wise choices as it relates to their personal, career, and life goals.
Nichols Middle School is committed to maintaining high expectations for all students and providing all students with a solid academic preparation by engaging students and parents in this venture. I would
like to say a heartfelt thank you to all the staff, parents, and students for making Nichols Middle School a dynamic place for learning and a sanctuary to grow socially and emotionally. I strongly urge you to continue to volunteer and support us as we help our students “REACH THE STARS.”
Mrs. Tina C. Manning, Principal
New Vaccination Requirement
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) will require the Tdap vaccination for all students entering 7th grade beginning with the coming school year (2012-2013).
The Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) has previously been a recommended vaccination for this age group since 2006, and 41 other states have already implemented this particular vaccination requirement.
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, has increased in frequency across the country in recent years, as protection from the childhood pertussis vaccine has become weaker over time in the adolescent population.
"By vaccinating our adolescents, we can decrease illness in this group and reduce exposure and illness in infants," said State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier. "Pertussis can be particularly deadly for newborns, and it is essential to limit their exposure to the disease since they are too young to receive a vaccine against it."
Additional recommended vaccinations for preteens include those against meningococcal disease, human papillomavirus (HPV), and a second dose of varicella vaccine for those who have not received one at an earlier age.
"We still strongly recommend the Tdap vaccine for all adolescents, however it is only required for those entering seventh grade," said Dr. Currier.
The required Tdap vaccination and other recommended vaccinations are available at health department clinics throughout the state and through all Vaccines for Children (VFC) providers for a $10 administrative fee per vaccine.
For information on required vaccinations for school entry and recommended vaccinations for all ages, visit the MSDH website at www.HealthyMS.com or call us at 1-866-HLTHY4U (1-866-459-4948.)
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