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Principal's Message

Welcome to Nederland Middle-Senior High School!

Hello Team NMSHS,

It is my great honor to continue to work alongside the students, staff, and families of NMSHS. The 2020/21 school year brings new challenges, great hopes, and a sprinkle of trepidation. Ok, maybe a lot of trepidation, but we’re going to stay positive :)

As I explained to the community in the spring of 2020, we are launching our Career and Technical Education programs this school year. We could have chosen the easy road, which is to say we could have delayed the launch, but instead we chose what is best for our students. We know that our students and families want an educational program that engages students with the environment in which we live, but more importantly, a program that graduates capable, informed, and college/career ready young adults. Please follow this link to view our CTE pathways and courses. We cannot wait to bring them to life in the 2020/21 school year!

In addition to the exciting CTE launch, we continue to plan for a tremendous year for students taking Advanced Placement (AP), visual and performing arts courses, and our state of the art physical education (PE) programming. I say state of the art PE because our community invested in a one-of-a-kind climbing wall and strength training facility. This small mountain school offers more unique programming than most large comprehensive high schools. We are mountain strong.

So, stay strong, stay healthy, and stay the course! These challenging times will be behind us soon. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you want to discuss our school, share an inspiring story, or simply offer suggestions on how we can continue to improve. Our dream is to be the destination school for students and families here in the mountains. Together we can realize that dream. Go Panthers!


Rick Elertson