NMSA Family Festival

Neal Math and Science Academy is soaring to new heights to recognize and celebrate the uniqueness and beauty of our students. On October 9th, the NMSA community celebrated our first Family Festival, with a special spotlight on Hispanic Heritage Month. The first NMSA Family Festival showcased the culmination of Hispanic Heritage Month with dance, songs, artwork, games and fantastic food! Approximately 400 guests attended, including many wonderful parents, siblings, and special relatives of our students. It was great to see our community come together and we look forward to more upcoming multicultural events.

The gymnasium was transformed with banners of paper flags hand-cut with care by the students of Ms. Lundstrom’s art classes and paper flowers designed by NCCP After-School Enrichment Program youth, in honor of the rich and vibrant histories within Latin America. Creativity continued during the event. Teachers and community volunteers facilitated craft and game stations provided by North Chicago Community Partners. Families enjoyed traditional Mexican bingo, as well as Pirinola Toma Todo, a game popular throughout Latin America. Children also created decorative skulls for Day of the Dead to God’s Eye ornaments, an ancient symbol made by the Huichol of Mexico and the Aymara of Bolivia.

While the activities ensued, the Mariachi Band and Folklore Dancers were a hit. Students in the Mariachi Club with Mr. Rivera were inspired to continue developing their skills. Families listened while enjoying beef Barbacoa tacos courtesy of The Otherdoor in Lake Bluff, while others got up and danced! Between Mariachi sets, Folkloric dance routines were performed by Flor de Corezon, sponsored by Opportunities for All.

Families brought the fun home with crafted Pirinola games to play and an assortment of rice, beans and fresh produce to cook together, accompanied with recipe books by students in the Fresh Start Program.

Neal VIP Room

NMSA is proud to reveal our student VIP room. Students with positive behavior in class are nominated to visit the VIP room each week. Special thanks to our student support team for putting this together!

Report Card Pickup

School Visitation Leave Form

First quarter report card conferences are quickly approaching. We at NMSA are looking forward to seeing all of our parents and guardians to review your students progress to date. As a reminder, the 1st quarter conference will take place on Thursday, October 24th, from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. & Friday, October 25th, from 8:00 – 11:00a.m.

Parents, did you know that the Illinois Department of Labor, passed the School Visitation Rights Act? This law provides parents the right to unpaid time off of work, to attend these conferences. For more information, please click here. The school visitation leave form is attached to this posting.

Se aproxima la fecha de conferencias para el primer cuatrimestre. Nosotros en NMSA esperamos ver a todos los padres y guardianes para hablar sobre el avance de su hijo/hija en sus clases. Por favor recuerde que las conferencias se llevarán a cabo el 24 de Octubre de 3:00 a 7:00 de la tarde.

Padres, ¿sabían que el Departamento de Labor de Illinois pasó la Ley sobre Derechos a Visitas Escolares? Esta ley provee a padres el derecho de conseguir permiso para salir del trabajo y asistir conferencias escolares. Para más información, haga clic aquí.

NMSA Hosts Welcome Back Dance

On Friday, August 23rd, Neal Math and Science Academy hosted the first dance of the school year! All students in all grade levels were invited to attend and welcome the new school year, and for the sixth graders enjoy their first middle school dance. There was a huge turnout from all grade levels, so much so that that concession stands SOLD out of pizza and juice! Many staff report that the Welcome Back dance usually has the highest turnout for students.

6th grader, Lianna Reed described the dance as “very lively, if you were in a bad mood, all the bad emotions stopped at the door.” Additionally, this was Lianna’s first dance and she says “it was really quite amazing, and I hope to see more!”

Lucky for Lianna, the PBIS team at NMSA plans and hosts multiple dances throughout the school year as celebrations for positive behavior and maintaining SOAR behavior. The next dance is tentatively planned for Halloween and PBIS looks forward to seeing just as many students as they did for the Welcome Back Dance!

Eagle Fest 2019

This year’s Eagle Fest was a huge success with 556 people attending!

The incoming 6th graders were excited to visit the Middle school and learn what activities and clubs they could join! Many students were also eager to receive their schedules so they could compare with friends to see who was in class with whom!

Our partners, NCCP, facilitated a selfie-station with NMSA pride artifacts, and a community art piece encouraging students and their families to “leave a good mark on NMSA”.

AbbVie donates $40 million for a new school in North Chicago


AbbVie Donates $40 Million to Rebuild North Chicago Middle School

– Rebuilding Neal Math & Science Academy supports student success and underscores AbbVie’s ongoing commitment to North Chicago, where the company is headquartered
– Donation is part of AbbVie’s $350 million charitable contribution pledge to nonprofit partners

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., March 21, 2019 – AbbVie, a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced a donation of $40 million to North Chicago Community Unit School District (CUSD) 187 to fund the rebuilding of the district’s only middle school: Neal Math & Science Academy. This donation will provide a safer, modernized learning environment to improve student success for children and aims to help improve graduation rates, reduce dropout rates and increase college and career readiness.

While the school’s name and location will not be changing, AbbVie’s support will enable the middle school to be completely rebuilt into a 21st century learning space. The school’s size will increase to 93,000 square feet from 89,000 square feet and support 625 students. This slight increase in capacity ensures that current enrollment needs are met with room to grow in coming years, if needed.

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Walk a Cop to School

Students and staff from AJK Academy, Alexander Elementary, Neal Math and Science Academy and North Chicago High School met before school to walk with a cop to school.  As part of a community-engagement project, this event helps build relationships between the police department and the community.

Read more about Walk a Cop to School in the Lake County News-Sun

Japanese Marketplace

Mitsuwa Japanese Marketplace

On Saturday November 19th, 35 students, eight teachers, and three teacher family members,  took a field trip to Mitsuwa Japanese Marketplace for lunch and shopping. The students and teachers were excited to spend time with each other outside of school while experiencing authentic Japanese cuisine and literature. The students favorite shop was Kinokuniya bookstore, where many shopped the manga for the newest editions of  pokemon, naruto and others. Pusheen & Hello Kitty items were also very popular. Some students purchased special tools for drawing manga and anime style art. All students (and staff) were excited about the interesting school supplies like multi-color-pens, animal-shaped erasers, sketchbooks, and cute pencils.

Students also enjoyed learning to use (or teaching their peers to use) chopsticks while eating ramen noodle dishes, tempura meat and vegetables, and sushi. Tropical Flavor Boba tea was the big hit of the day, as were the fun-shaped pastries and green-tea ice cream.

A group of seventh grade students were excited to purchase Pocky biscuit sticks in the grocery store.  Ms. Robinson was thrilled about the fancy Oreo cookies she found and the turtle-shaped pastries she purchased for her children.

Our students and staff had a wonder-full afternoon immersed in Japanese culture and cuisine. Mitsuwa Japanese Marketplace is a destination many students said they would love to visit again!

Thankfulness and Collaboration at NMSA

On Tuesday, November 29, close to 150 guests gathered for the Third Annual Thanks4Giving Dinner!  This fun and informative event was hosted by the Neal Math & Science Academy PTO and supported by North Chicago Community Partners and volunteers from Southwire.  The evening’s festivities began with a presentation by Principal Campos about student assessment data and the need for increased collaboration between parents and teachers in order to support academic achievement.  Following the presentation, families shared a pot luck dinner which featured an overabundance of tasty desserts, thanks to the seventh grade families.  Thank you to everyone who contributed food or funds for the dinner and to Ms. Lopez and Ms. Porcayo for planning and executing such a lovely evening for NMSA families and teachers!

Fall Wellness Fair

On Thursday, November 17 North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) hosted its annual Fall Wellness Fair at North Chicago Community High School (NCCHS), open to families from both the NCCHS and Neal Math and Science Academy Communities. This year’s theme: Feeding the Mind and Body! The event came together through a collaboration between AbbVie, NCCP, Northern Illinois Food Bank, community partners and volunteers and each school community. In total, over 252 guests came out to enjoy the event and engage in fun-filled health and wellness activities, interact with and learn from community based health and wellness-related partners and shop the plentifully stocked grocery store for free.

Throughout the evening, attendees also had the opportunity to acquire fun facts about the body and mind; learn how to properly wash their hands, and brush and floss their teeth and engage in a 30-second physical activity family challenge with Navy sailors. Partners that guests had the opportunity to visit include, College of Lake County, North Chicago Community High School Health Care Career Pathways, North Chicago Fire Department, Lake County Health Department and Mano a Mano. At the end of the event, one lucky raffle winner left with a $25 Visa Gift Card.