Morning Meetings & Assemblies

Morning Meeting is a community-building time shared between teachers and students at the start of each day when students practice the social skills of cooperation, empathy, listening, and responsibility. Common Morning Meeting activities include a greeting and opportunities for students to share, review class announcements, and participate in a group activity. Morning Meeting is just one component of the Responsive Classroom approach embraced by the school to build community.


Assemblies are held once a month and are an opportunity for the whole school to gather in celebration and to further enrich connections among community members. Students attend assemblies with their buddies dressed in their School Spirit Day attire.


NPS students excel at:

  • Confidently entering and adapting to new social situations
  • Taking social and academic risks
  • Comfortably participating in group activities and public speaking
  • Taking responsibility for their role as a member of our School community
  • Celebrating and appreciating the successes and contributions of all members of the NPS community

Sample Morning Meeting activities include:

  • Greeting each student in the class by name
  • Reviewing the calendar and schedule for the day
  • Choral reading of the morning announcement chart
  • Collective editing of the announcement chart
  • Discussions of the weather and calendar math activities
  • Student-led discussions and oral presentations
  • Games focused on cooperation and community building
  • Group activities focused on academic content and review
  • Class meetings addressing specific community, group or interpersonal issues
  • Students sharing news and announcements

A typical monthly assembly may includes:

  • Welcome from Mr. Lester, Pledge of Allegiance, or Star Spangled Banner
  • Classroom project or field trip sharing
  • The Jar of Thanks
  • A Moment of Ethical Character
  • Performances by the NPS Chorus or Musical cast