• March Madness College Awareness at NMS

    March 2021


    We are excited to announce that North Middle School's 4th annual March Madness/College Awareness event will take place in March 2021. 
    It is never too early to promote college awareness. In fact, studies show that college awareness should begin as early as 6th grade. During the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, many students naturally begin talking about colleges. During the month of March, through Blazers Live, SCO students will introduce collegiate vocabulary terms such as tuition, room and board, scholarship, GPA, transcript, mascot, Greek Life, ACT, SAT, public school, private school, in-state, out-of-state etc. Using the vocabulary learned, students will engage in a school-wide scavenger hunt. During the scavenger hunt, teachers and staff are present in the hallways wearing spirit wear from the college or university he/she attended. During past events, students excitedly approached teachers and staff asking questions regarding their college experience(s). Teachers and students alike reported this being one of the most exciting days of the year. 

    Our goal is for our students to continue to use the collegiate vocabulary they learned while gaining a collegiate awareness.

    When colleges found out about our initiative, they were incredibly supportive. In fact, we received over 1,000 giveaways from colleges including:​

    Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

    Albertus Magnus College

    Alfred State University

    Alfred University

    Anna Maria College

    Auburn University

    Babson College

    Baldwin Wallace University

    Bard College

    Barry University

    Baruch College CUNY

    Boston College

    Boston University

    Bowdoin College

    Brown University

    California Institute of the Arts

    California State University, Channel Islands

    Carleton College

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Case Western Reserve University

    Catawba College

    Centre College

    Christopher Newport University

    City University of New York - CUNY

    College of New Jersey

    Colorado College

    Denison University

    Duquesne University

    East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

    Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

    Elizabethtown College

    Emory University

    Franklin & Marshall College

    George Washington University

    Gonzaga University

    Goucher College

    Hamilton College

    Ithaca College

    Johnson & Wales University

    Keene State College

    Le Moyne College

    Loyola College, Maryland

    Marquette University

    Molloy College

    Montclair State University

    Muhlenberg College

    New York University

    Ohio State University

    Pace University, New York City

    Pomona College

    Providence College

    Queens College CUNY

    Ramapo College of New Jersey

    Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

    Roger Williams University

    Rutgers University

    Sarah Lawrence College

    Seton Hall University

    Siena College

    Simmons University

    St. John's University - Queens Campus

    St. Joseph's College - New York, Brooklyn Campus

    SUNY New Paltz

    SUNY Alfred State College

    SUNY College at Potsdam

    SUNY Fredonia

    SUNY Oneonta

    SUNY Potsdam

    SUNY Stony Brook

    Syracuse University

    The University of Alabama

    The University of Arizona

    The University of Scranton

    Towson University

    Union College (New York)

    University of California Los Angeles

    University of Charleston

    University of Chicago

    University of Maryland

    University of Michigan

    University of New Haven

    University of Notre Dame

    University of Pittsburgh

    University of Scranton

    University of South Florida

    Utica College

    Vanderbilt University

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    Wagner College

    Wake Forest University

    West Point - Army National Guard

    West Virginia University

    Williams College

    Yeshiva University

    Each student will receive one of these generously donated prizes upon completion of the scavenger hunt. 
    College Awareness will continue throughout the month as students will be invited to participate in an “HQ” style college awareness game during homeroom which will feature highlights of the basketball tournament.   
    We hope you are as excited as we are about this event!
    Michele Israel, School Counselor
    Heather Blasi, School Counselor
    Tracey Segal, School Counselor and Department Chairperson