Northridge Middle School
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Principal Ramos, addresses Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti and the One-LA IAF delegate assembly to advocate for affordable housing, prop HHH and the city's linkage fee on February 11, 2018.  

Leadership Class to attend CADA workshops at Sepulveda Middle School on Feb. 22.  For more info see Mr. Ramos.

Parent and students to CSUN March 12 for College Making It Happen 8-12pm For more info see Mr. Ramos

6th to 8th Girls to CSUN March 17- 8am-2pm For more info see Ms. Arevalo 



Enroll in our New Magnet - Great College and Career Opportunities 

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Learn more about our partner in Medical Magnets 

Reseda High School Medical Magnet

FREE ESL Classes Monday to Friday in Parent Center 8-10:30am

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VISION STATEMENT: The Vision of Northridge Middle School is that the students, parents, teachers, support staff, and administrators of NMS believe in practices which promote self-esteem, equal worth, respect, and productivity of all stakeholders advocating high morals/standards and ethical values.  We are committed to provide, teach, and support all of our students socially and academically to not only succeed but to excel.

MISSION STATEMENT: The Mission of Northridge Middle School is to provide a safe and rich environment filled with academic and social opportunities and resources to motivate students to become problem solvers, creative and critical thinkers who are lifelong learners, responsible and accountable for their actions.



The Knights Attend #Coding Workshop

Teachers Ms. Oh, Ms. Ontiveros, Ms. Yeck and Ms. Zanger attend #Coding PD at Ranchito Elementary on February 3.   Take a moment to read about Coding as the next blue collar job.   Click Here for Wired article  #careersandcollege


Univision 34 Visits the Knights

Northridge Middle School in the news, thanks to SoCalGas and Great Minds in STEM click here.

Great Minds in STEM and SoCal Gas

KYDS Afterschool Mariachi Apprentice Program

Our afterschool partner KYDS is offering the Mariachi Apprentice Program for aspiring musicians.   Musical director, Mr. Mata is accepting applications and space is limited.   Classes are on Monday 3:30pm-5:35pm, Tuesday 2pm-4:05pm and Thursday 3:30pm-5:35pm.   Go to the main office for application.   #mariachi 

Guest Speakers Wanted - We Need You!

On February 16th, we will be hosting Career Day 2018 and are looking for speakers who can share their story and career with hungry students looking for inspiration and hope for a better future.   Please contact Principal Ramos at if you would like to participate or know someone that might.    #makegreathappen #careersandcollege

Join our YMCA Teen Advisory Lunch Council

Starting this January, Northridge will be working with our partners at YMCA to jumpstart a Teen Advisory Council.   The Council will get together once a week where we will mentor and incubate tomorrow's leaders through rich peer lead discussion, collaboration and leadership development.    The club is free and will be facilitated by life coaches from the YMCA at Porter Ranch.   #bealeader #teenleader 

DIY Girls - Hands-on Tech Experiences for NMS's Girls

This month DIY Girls will be beginning their after school program for 6th and 7th grade girls.   DIY Girls was founded by Luz Rivas, a Pacoima native and MIT Engineer and Harvard School Graduate.   Read more about its founder here. 

Recruitment for Program: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 during Periods 2 & 3

Start of Program: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 3:15 PM-5:15 PM

Parent Orientation: Following Student Program Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

For more info contact:

Cristina Gutierrez

Director of Programs

DIY Girls

(818) 869-0432

#edleadership #beanengineer #girlpower


Local Superintendent Joe Nacorda Shows Off Marquee

Local Superintendent Joe Nacorda Shows Off Marquee installed during the Winter Break.   Principal Ramos said, "what an honor to have Superintendent Joe Nacorda make a visit to our school it truly illustrates his commitment to our students, parents and staff."   Ms. Greenberg will be updated the marquee on a weekly basis to keep our parents and community informed about all the great things that are happening at the Home of the Knights.   

Northridge Knights Recognized by LDNW

Attendance is critical to the success of your child.   Help us make the remarkable happen at Northridge Middle School.   Read the Daily News article here .

Northridge Mascot Makes his debut


Mr. Harding History Teacher Hands Out Silver Dollar


Mr. Harding awarded 8th grade student Bella a non-circulated silver dollar as part of his history class end of year awards.   This coveted award has been a tradition in Mr. Harding's class and students strive to learn to win the top honors in class.   Congrats Bella!  

PTSA Board Elected


On December 15th, the Knights elected their new President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary for 2017-2018.    In January, the PTSA will have their first meeting and membership drive.  Get involved and help move our school to new heights.   For more information, email  - Richard Ramos, principal.  

Coro de los Knights Perform during Winter Music Program

Coro de los Knights impresses parents and students at the 2017 Winter Music Performance on Thursday December 14. Students were excited about singing in front of their parents and peers.   Unfortunately, their scheduled performance at the prestigious VPAC at CSUN was stymied by the Rye and Creek Fires, but students are hoping they get another chance of a lifetime to perform under the bright lights of the Valley Performing Arts Center in 2018.   



Our new mascot expected to arrive soon


The Knights are proud to introduce our newly created masot from Maywell Mascots in Canada.   We will be letting our students decide what his name in the next few weeks.   

DIY Girls - Hands-on Tech Experiences for NMS's Girls


Recently, Mr. Ramos met with director of programs at Do it Yourself Girls, a non-profit founded by MIT engineer and Pacoima native Luz Rivas DIY (“Do-It-Yourself”) Girls’ mission is to increase girls’ interest and success in technology, engineering and making through innovative educational experiences and mentor relationships.  The leadership of DIY Girls is a supportive community for girls driven by an interest in creating and building with technology.

DIY Girls uses a three-pronged program approach that integrates engagement, capacity building, and continuity to ensure girls’ success.  They will be offering an after school hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) experience for girls at Northridge Middle School.  If you are interested, please see Mr. Ramos.   #beanengineer #makegreathappen #Ibelieve


The Knights Bring Amplify Science to Northridge

Ms. Tanaka recently recently led the charge to bring in Amplify Science to NMS.   On November 16, 2017 NMS's science teachers were provided professional development and will begin supplementing the district curriculum with Amplify starting in December.   The goal of our science department is to incubate Northridge students to pursue the hard sciences in high school and college.   Great things are happening at NMS.   

15 Week Thanks A HOLE bunch Incentive for Students for Working Hard

On November 16, 355 Students were treated to hot cocoa and donut holes as part of our first annual "Thanks a HOLE bunch for working so hard."   This group of students who we are so proud of had no D's, Fails or U's on their 15 week report card.   Grit and perseverance pays off.   

Los Angeles Zoo Docents Visit the Knights


Last week, the Knights had the honor of being visited by the Los Angeles Zoo Docents who spoke to Ms. Fodor's science students about different animal habitats, and relationships between predator and prey.   Students walked away with a wealth of knowledge and understanding related to animals that we often see at zoos around the country.   

Congrats to Ms. Tanaka


The Knights Congratulate Ms. Stacy Tanaka who was awarded CSUN’s ‘Julie Gorchynski, MD, Center for Cancer & Developmental Biology K-12 Teacher Research Award.  Dr. Julie Gorchynski will be visiting NMS to personally meet with Ms. Tanaka in early December.   

Ms.Tanaka's Science Engages in Critical Thinking and Hands-On Learning

Ms. Tanaka's students engage in hands-on Olympiad challenge where collaboration, critical thinking and communication where essential in engineering a structure that support the weight of a tennis ball.   Students had to work within the constraints provided by Ms. Tanaka which was limited to spaghetti, tape and good old ingenuity.   This is but a sample of the creative structures that the students came up with. 

Principal Ramos Presents at LAUSD Aspiring Principals Program


First Annual Dia De Los Muertos at NMS

LAUSD Board Member Scott Schmerelson holds LCFF meeting in Knights' Hall

El Coro de los Cabelleros (Knights' Choir) made their debut at LAUSD Board Member Scott Schmerelson LCFF meeting in Knights' Hall on November 2.   Mr. Garay PACE administrator said, "wow in 12 short weeks they have come such a long way.  There is no limits to their growth.   Great job."   

Grammy Award Winner Jaime Cuellar visits the Knights


Grammy Award Winner JAIME CUELLAR visited the Knights Choir / Coro de Caballeros on October 27 during third period providing our choir with vocal coaching and stage presence techniques.   Principal Ramos said, "You could literally hear a pin drop the way our students were fixated on the words that Jaime shared as a Grammy Award winner."   Jaime is a composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, three time Grammy Award nominated and three time Grammy Award Winner.   Jamie played the the violin, guitarron, vihuela, guitar, and guitarra de golpe performer for world renowned Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano.


His honors and awards include: Featured artist on the 2005 Grammy Award-winning album,  cELLAbration: A Tribute to Ella Jenkins,  the 2006 Grammy Nominated album "Best Mexican Album,"  Llegaron Los Camperos: Concert Favorites of Nati Cano's Mariachi Los Camperos, the 2008 Grammy Award-winning album for “Best Mexican Album,”  Cien Por Ciento Mexicano by Pepe Aguilar, and the 2009 Grammy Award “Best Regional Mexican Album,”  Amor, Dolor, y Lagrimas.   


Jaime Culler will perform alongside our Knights Choir at the Valley Performing Arts Center on December 9th.  If interested, tickets are on sale at CSUN VPAC.   #makegreathappen #beasinger 

Mr. Harding's History Class Learns Hands-on How Pioneers Lived

Ms. Fodor's students engaged in dissections

The Knights Merge Science and Outdoors at Northridge

The Knights' are partnering with DROPS to bring REAL World science and NGSS to the students of Northridge.    Starting this December students will participate in the Education and Outreach or E&O of DROPS consisting of four components: student engagement, community engagement, professional development and curricula integration, and staff technical trainings. The goal of the E&O team is to engage and educate on stormwater capture, native plants, biodiversity, and water conservation, which empowers teachers and students to become water ambassadors of their campus through the use of living laboratories, Real world science.  


Northridge Knights' Chorus to Perform at CSUN Valley Performing Arts Center

We are also very proud to announce the premier performance of the Northridge Middle School Chorus, and, of course, the second performance of the sensational 25 member children’s mariachi of Haddon STEAM Academy, the pride of Pacoima!

Congressman Cardenas visits the Knights


On September 20th, Northridge Middle School welcomed Antonio "Tony" Cárdenas, United States Representative for California's 29th congressional district.   Congressman Cárdenas spoke about growing up "just like you" as he spoke to NMS' incoming 6th graders.  Congressman Cárdenas shared his story growing up in Pacoima along with his ten siblings and immigrant parents.  Students and staff asked questions about his role supporting DACA, working with the 44th and 45th POTUS.   He continued by encouraging students to "work hard and someday you could be the next congress person."   Principal Ramos said, "what an honor we had today being able to listen and learn from one of the favorite sons of the San Fernando Valley."  

STEM Grant for NMS

Great Minds and Southern California Gas Company has awarded Northridge Home of the Knights a Viva Technology STEM Two Day program for parents and students on December 7 and 8, 2017. Program aims to incubate minorities to pursue careers in STEM fields.  #makegreathappen

Lucky NMS Student wins tickets to Hamilton at Pantages

8th grade student Cristina was awarded tickets for her and her parents to attend Hamilton at the Pantages.   Cristina and her parents were joined by principal Ramos and his wife Irene.   Cristina was awarded tickets through the generous support of Congressman Tony Cardenas of the 29th District.    

Northridge Knights Teams up with Mobile Film Company

The Knights are bringing the fun Mobile Film Classroom starting September 18, 2017.   Ms. Medina and MFC will bring stories to life via the art of film making.   Great things are happening at Northridge.  

Parent Community Engagement Unit partners with Knights


Gonsalo Garay, Administrator of Parent & Community Engagement at Local District Northwest selected the Knights to participate in Family Success classes:

  • include Parent Education modules that are student driven and student selected

  • offer parent engagement activities focused on learning about school, assisting in the classroom,

    participating in school site advisory groups (e.g., English Learner Advisory Committee), and

    volunteering for special events

  • bring parents and students together through regular PCILA activities that develop multiple

    literacies and support parent partnerships in school

  • encourage families to lead Service Learning Projects (e.g., campus cleanup and healthy

    environment campaign, reading tutors, campus beautication/family art displays, etc.)

  • create opportunities to expand family-to-family networks, increase self-ecacy, and build

    leadership skills

  • provide contextualized soft skills training

Classes will be free of charge on a first come first serve basis.   See Ms. Alma in parent center.   


'Hamilton' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is speaking to students with an L.A. congressman

New (School) Year's Resolutions: as 2017-18 begins, three LA educators plan for change

Mr. Ramos shares his feelings about being a middle school principal with SCPR journalist Kyle Stokes on the first day of school. Read more here

Favorite Son of the Valley to Speak to Incoming 6th Graders

One the Valley's favorite sons will share his story with incoming 6th graders on September 20th 2017. Congressman's Cardenas' parents 
Andrés and María Cárdenas came to California over 50 years ago from the state of Jalisco, Mexico. They sought out the opportunity to excel through hard work. It was through his hard work and perseverance that they were able to accomplish what they did. Andres worked first in the fields, then as a laborer and later established his own business. Andres and Maria proudly raised a family of eleven children, instilling in them the same values of hard work and discipline. The family grew up in a modest home in Pacoima. Andrés and María Cárdenas continuously supported their children and encouraged them to succeed. They were fortunate enough to see their sons and daughters earn degrees in many fields, such as education, psychology and engineering.


Congressman Cardenas has spent the last 20 plus years serving the community as a public servant while having the distinction of being the first Latino in the San Fernando Valley to be elected to the U.S. Congress.   

Speech and Debate Coming to NMS

Northridge Home of the Knights is proud to announce that we will be hosting Ricardo Velasquez of Velasquez Speech Academy starting August 21, 2017.    Mr. Velasquez will be offering an elective class "Creative Expression" during 6th period with Ms. Goldstein.    Students who are interested should speak to their counselor.    Read more about Velasquez here.

Magnet Coming to serve the Knights

Northridge Knights will be bringing a Magnet to Northridge Middle School.   The focus of the magnet academy will focus on Medical and Health Careers.   A thriving service oriented industry with a huge upside for growth and jobs for your children in the near future.   Read more here.   In 2018-2019, the Northridge Knights will have the option of applying to this program at NMS.   For more info, please contact Dr. Postell, Assistant Principal


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Dr. Z's History Hands-On Learning


Northridge Knights will compete in Anaheim 2018 under the leadership of Magnet Coordinator Ms. Tanaka and Leadership Advisor Mr. Collins through our partnership with Reseda High School. 

Making Movies that Matter

The Knights in conjunction with Councilmember Englander's Making Movies that Matter will work with teacher Ms. Medina to 

produce a movie that matters all the while having students collaborate, communicate and think critically about issues that matter.   

Classes with Ms. Medina will be on Mondays from 11:30am-12:30pm and Tuesdays from 10:45-11:30am on the following dates;
February 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 March 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, April 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and May 1. For more info click here.