At NPS, we believe that our students nurture and teach one another. To that end, in the beginning of the school year, Third Graders are paired with Pre-Kindergarten students as "Buddies," and those pairings remain intact until the older child graduates in Sixth Grade. This special relationship nurtures both younger and older children throughout their years at NPS. The older students benefit from serving as leaders and role models as the younger students relish the attention and guidance from their older buddies.
Buddies spend time together on a regular basis. They sit together at all-school assemblies, and they jointly participate in community service and other special projects throughout the year. When Sixth Graders near graduation, a special assembly celebrates these friendships. When these younger buddies move into Third Grade, they become older buddies for an incoming class of Pre-Kindergarten children.