Normandin Middle School

ACCESS Testing

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The ACCESS test for English Learners (ELs) will begin on January 9, 2022. This is a very important test that will give us information to be able to monitor individual EL student progress on an annual basis. The results will be used to determine the level of instruction and the areas of language that need attention. The test is also used to determine whether the student is eligible to exit EL services.

We will be hosting a Family Night with activities and dinner on January 3rd, 2024, as well as for families to receive more information about the Access test in the school cafetorium. Parents and children are welcomed to attend. We will start at 5:00pm and food will be available at 5:30pm.

Here are some tips that you might find helpful to get your child ready to take the test:

- Keep a positive attitude about the ACCESS.
- Encourage your child to do well but don't pressure him/her. It is important for your child to stay relaxed for the test.
- Talking about the ACCESS with your child can relieve stress about taking the test.
- Make sure that your child gets enough sleep on the night before the test and eats a healthy breakfast.
- Attendance is critical. Make sure that your child gets up early enough so that he/she will be on time to school.

Thank you for supporting your child and our school during this test. Please feel free to contact your child’s ESL teacher at 508-997-4511 ext. 31551/31553

Sean Woodard-McNiff

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Click HERE for more information in Spanish

Click HERE for more information in Portuguese 

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international baccalaureate candidate school

Normandin Middle School is a Candidate School for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program and we are excited to share that we are pursuing IB World authorization. These are schools that share a common philosophy, a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that New Bedford Public Schools and the Normandin School Community believe is important for our students.


Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programs:

  • Primary Years Program (PYP)
  • Middle Years Program (MYP)
  • Diploma Program (DP),
  • Career-related Program (CP)

It is important to note that candidate status gives no guarantee that IB Authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programs, please visit


We look forward to continuing our IB Authorization journey!


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Message from Principal McNiff

Message from principal

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and Students:

Welcome to our Normandin Middle School Family! We are excited about beginning a new year of learning and caring. This is a special time in a young person's life when great changes are occurring physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially. Normandin Middle School is committed to being a developmentally responsive learning community that maintains high expectations. We celebrate our diversity as we work with our families and the community to provide the best educational experience for all our students.

We encourage you to be involved in Normandin Middle School as a family. Parent involvement is one of the keys to student success in school and we welcome parent participation in our school community. A first step is to be involved in our Parent Teacher Organization and support our ongoing efforts to provide for our students in every capacity. We also have a parent volunteer program that provides assistance in the office, library ad other areas of our school. Parents as partners help to ensure the success of all students. This is especially true when parents support reading and good habits at home.

The student handbook will assist you in understanding the procedures of Normandin Middle School and help us to maintain safety, order and discipline for our Normandin Middle School Family. Should you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact your child's guidance counselor. We are confident that creating a partnership between your school and your family will result in success for your child as our students chart their course for the future!


Sean T. Woodard-McNiff

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