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Newfound Memorial Middle School Bear of the Week
 Newfound Memorial Mid- dle School Teacher Patricia Katis completely understood that things have been tough on the school system over the past year and a half. The sev- enth-grade math teacher knew that the environment of the classrooms during the pandemic hadn’t been the brightest, and she wanted nothing more than to bring back the joyful and happy sense of belonging in the schools. So, she decided to im- plement a new program called “Bear of the Week.”
Over the last two courses of her graduate studies, Katis had to select a process she was pas- sionate about and improve it in some way. Since she wanted to bring back positivity in the workplace, “Bear of the Week” was born!
“Bear of the Week” is a pro- cess done at Newfound Me- morial Middle School where students and staff are nominated when they demonstrate the school’s core values. The core values are respect, responsibility,
integrity, and pride, and thanks to “Bear of the Week,” there is now a light shining on the students and staff who exhibit them. Anyone in the school can be nominated, so that means both the students and the staff can win “Bear of the Week,” and in fact, one student and one staff member is picked every week.
When students and staff are nominated, all of their names are put in a bucket, and then they are randomly selected to win the title for the week. The winners used to receive gift cards from local businesses in the Newfound Area, but Katis tells me that they are shifting to more personalized prizes like t-shirts. The funds for this year’s prizes are due to the generous sponsor- ships of Franklin Savings Bank in Bristol and the Newfound Lake Inn in Bridgewater.
The program has been a huge hit so far. Katis tells me that there have been three dozen nominations so far this week! With “Bear of the Week” turn-
Newfound Memorial Middle School’s Bear of the Week Student & Staff Winners for the week of October 11, 2021, are Foreign Language Teacher, Ms. Marple, and student, Iris Riel.
They have been recognized for their representation of the NMMS Core Values. Thank you for being great members of our NMMS community and showing us what Respect, Responsibility, Pride, and Integrity are all about! Thank you to Franklin Savings Bank in Bristol and the Newfound Lake Inn in Bridgewater for sponsoring this week’s winners!
 ing out to be a popular program among Newfound Memorial
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