Nichols Middle School
529 N. Mace Street
Canton, MS 39046
Tina Manning, Principal
Mathis Sheriff, Assistant Principal
I would like 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 also 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 become positive contributors to our community and abroad.
Our goal at Nichols Middle School is to offer a rigorous academic program that fosters learning, and builds good character. Although the Common Core State Standards are rigorous and will challenge our students academically, I believe our students will be successful. This can be accomplished by implementing the principles of effective learning and positive social skill 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.
With the support of our school district, parents, and community Nichols is committed to maintaining high expectations for all students, providing them with a solid academic preparation program, by engaging students and involving parents. I would like to express a sincere thank you to all staff members, parents, and students for making Nichols Middle School a dynamic place for learning and a sanctuary for students to grow socially and emotionally. I strongly encourage parents to volunteer and continue to support our school as we help our students exceed their fullest potential.
Tina Clay-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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