Northside Middle School

Where students learn, grow and achieve


  • Attention 8th Grade Parents: The Class Panoramic Picture was taken today. To order, go to by Saturday.

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  • Tuesday, November 6th, the 8th grade boys' basketball team will play after the 7th grade boys around 5:30 p.m.  The girls' basketball team will have the last game around 6:30 p.m.

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    Do you have or know someone who has the Spirit of Service in their heart? Well then have them apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Deadline Nov 7th. Please visit for more information and to apply.

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    of their body weight are damaging their spines. " Just becasue you can't see the internal

    damage, doesn't mean it isn't happening" ( Sams, 2017)






    Parent Communication Methods


    Remind 101

    BAMA Tutoring Services

    Monday and Wednesday  6:30-8:30


     We would like to welcome you to Northside Middle School: Our goal is very simple; We want our students to Learn, Grow, and Achieve. At Northside Middle School, we will show students how much we care for them through our expectations of them. We expect our students to take rigorous courses. We expect them to respect one another. We expect parents to be equal partners in their children's learning. We expect our students to do their best! Our school is a small school that allows us to give families the personal attention they deserve. Our doors are always open for you to come in and visit. It is very important for you to know what your child is learning. It is our hope that you will frequently visit our school website, as well as our school , to keep abreast of your child's classroom assignments, well-being, and progress.


    PARENTS:  Flu vaccines will be given Tuesday November 6th.  Only the students who's parents signed the permission form at the beginning of the year will be given the vaccine.  A reminder note has been sent home.  Please call the school nurse by Monday afternoon if your child has already received their flu shot or you no longer wish for them to have it at school.





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    Toys for Tots info:
    Application Dates and Times:
    Oct 15-19 (M-F) 10:00-Noon
    Oct 16 (Tues) 5:00-7:00 PM
    Location: McDonald Hughes Community Center, MLK, Jr. Boulevard, Tuscaloosa
    Parents/Guardians, please bring your photo ID and social security number. We will also need a birth certificate and social security number for each child (ages 0-12 years) you wish to sign up. Thank you!
    Salvation Army Info:
    Application Dates and Times:
    October 15-17(M-W)
    Parents/Guardians, please bring a copy of your Child's birth certificate, photo ID and proof of residence, government assistance information. Please know your child's shoe/ Clothing size and Toy wish for each child ( ages 0-12 years old) you wish to sign up. Thank you!




    School pictures went home on Tuesday, September 25th. This year you can keep the pictures that you like and just send payment back to school for them. If you don't want the entire package just send the unwanted pictures back to school with the payment.

    It is very important to send the money or the pictures back to school so that you won't be charged for them.




    Alabama State Report Card

    Message from the Superintendent

    February 1, 2018

    In 2012, the Alabama legislature secured a bi-partisan vote that created the Legislative School Performance Recognition Program Act – Act No. 2012-402, which legally requires a letter grade assessment to be assigned to most Alabama public schools. In accordance with this law, as well as the requirements from the federal Alabama’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Alabama school officials have worked to create the “Alabama State Report Card”.


    Today, the Alabama State Department of Education released the “Alabama State Report Card” for each school and school system in Alabama. The purpose of this report card is to provide parents and the community-at-large a look at our schools and to share part of the story about what is happening. In the Tuscaloosa County School System, we welcome accountability and the transparency expected for our schools. Just as no one score or overall grade can truly describe the full measure of effectiveness of a student, school, or any other entity, the “Alabama State Report Card” is a beginning.


    The effectiveness of our schools is a shared effort and responsibility – by teachers, staff members, administrators, parents, students, and the community-at-large. Our faculty and staff members work hard each day to provide a positive learning environment where students feel safe, loved, and are motivated to do their best. We are also very proud of the engagement of our families, community leaders, and many partners who are working with us. It is through this dedication and effort that our students will be able to improve, achieve at high levels, and graduate as prepared leaders for our society. 


    While the public may hear reports of concerns related to the development and criteria for this particular report card, our schools will continue to concentrate on strategies for improvement. Our conversation and focus will center on learning, a collaborative culture, and results for student achievement, all while attending to the many diverse needs of students who come through our doors each day. As our parents and community review the “Alabama State Report Card”, I strongly invite you to become more engaged in our schools and work with us in a positive manner so that we may continue on a path of success.


    Within each report card, information about academic achievement, academic growth, graduation rate, college and career indicators, chronic absenteeism, and student engagement will be found. In addition to these indicators that only begin to share the story, parents and community members may also want to consider the following:


    • The graduation rate for each of the six high schools and the school system is increasing each year. The 2017 Alabama State Report Card reports data based on the 2016 cohort of students. While the graduation rate for the 2017 cohort has not been fully certified by the State, all indications are the graduation rate for the school system and all six high schools continues to increase.

    • Over $10,530,000 in scholarships were earned by Tuscaloosa County School System students during the 2016-2017 school year.

    • The Tuscaloosa County School System was added to the “Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll” by the AP College Board due to the expansion of AP course opportunities and improved performance of our advanced placement students

    • Through the partnership with West Alabama Works of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, we have been able to expand the career and technical education programs throughout our school system. As a result, students are now able to access more options that will better prepare them for college or the workforce.

    • Teachers within each school are working collaboratively in professional learning communities to develop learning targets based on standards, align instruction to standards, deepen rigor in instructional practices, intervene early with struggling students, and accelerate learning for more able students. This work is essential in ensuring long-term positive growth for student achievement, engagement, and overall culture.


    We encourage all parents and community members to review the “Alabama State Report Card” for our schools and school system. Links to this information may be found on the Alabama State Department website ( as well as our school system website ( In addition to the report cards, you will find interpretive guides and answers to some of the most common questions. Finally, if you are already involved in your local school, please continue! If not, talk with a teacher, staff member, or administrator and join with us as we prepare this next generation for our future.


    Walter W. Davie, Ed.D.


      Important Links

    Commonly Asked Questions 

    Alabama State Report Card – What You Need to Know

    Prototype Example – Elementary & Middle Schools

    Prototype Example – High Schools

    Prototype Example – School Systems

    Alabama State Report Card for Tuscaloosa County School

    (click on above link to access report from each school & school system)


     The Flu and You- Four Simple Things You Can Do to Protect Yourself, Your Family, and Your Friends


    Parents, Please update phone numbers and addresses if there

    is a change during the school year.



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