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 RELAY FOR LIFE - Friday, May 8th - 6 pm to 10 pm

Just a reminder about our Relay event to be held on Friday, May 8th on the NHS football field/track.  The theme this year is a Lau, Re_lei for a Cure!  We have loads of fun events taking place throughout the evening.  Our survivor dinner will be held under the BIG tent in the middle of the football field.  We will have a DJ, pig roast, fun laps, Hula dancing, limbo, and much more.  Please feel free to wear your grass skirt or lau attire and come and join us for an evening of fun and to help support the American Cancer Society.  Last year our NHS Relay raised over $25,000 so we are hoping to raise more this year.    To date, we have 14 teams and 215 participants.    Hope to see you there!!
Remember or honor a loved one who has battled cancer with a luminaria tribute bag 
Cancer survivors and caregivers find a community of hope and support

Let the Games Begin!  NHS After-Prom at the CARC Immediately following Prom on May 2nd arriving between 11:00pm and 12:00 midnight until 6am on May 3rd

The Northern High School After-Prom Committee is excited to Let the Games Begin! The After-Prom is planned and organized by the parents of Northern High School students.  We are dedicated to giving our students an alcohol and drug free party where they can have fun in a safe environment immediately following the Prom on May 2, 2015.  After twenty years, we believe keeping this event new and exciting for students is critical to our mission to attract students to the event.  Again this year, we will hold the After-Prom at the CARC (Community Aquatic and Recreation Center) with swimming, music, games, and BIG giveaways!
The Northern High School After-Prom Committee sponsors the event and ensures that everyone in the Northern High School Junior and Senior classes can attend by making the event open to students in the classes of 2015 and 2016 and one guest, even if they do not attend the Prom.  Dates from other classes or from other schools are welcome if they are a guest of a Junior or Senior and under the age of 21.
Tickets can be purchased for $5 per person during lunch shifts Tuesday, April 21st through Friday, April 24th or in the mornings in the Guidance Office.  In order to attend, each participant (including Prom dates from other schools) must have a CARC Permission Slip / Liability Waiver form filled out and signed by a parent or guardian.  Forms will be handed out as tickets are purchased and additional copies can be obtained in the guidance office.  Forms must be returned by Wednesday, April 29th.  CARC FormsWILL NOT be accepted at the door the night of After-Prom.  
To help keep parents and guardians informed of the whereabouts of their students, participants must arrive no later than one hour after the 11:00pm start time of the event per NHS policy.  The committee will call parents if a student does not arrive before 12:00 midnight and/or if a student leaves before the event ends at 6:00am. Anyone arriving after midnight will not be admitted to the After-Prom.  Security and volunteer EMS personnel will be provided at the event. Bathing attire will not be permitted outside pool and locker rooms.  School rules do apply!
Please consider helping out by volunteering to work the night of the party – we need at least ten more parents to meet our insurance requirements!  We are also in need of board games, gift cards and prizes, and fun dress up items for our photo booth.  With your help, the After-Prom will be an exciting, fun-filled event that our students look forward to and will remember long after graduation.   Anyone willing to donate time, prizes or supplies or if you have any additional questions please contact Sandy Derato at 301.616.6590 or e-mail 

Garrett County Arts Fair
 The Garrett County Arts Fair will take place on Saturday, May 9th at the CARC on the Garrett College campus.  Honor Bands and Choruses from all Garrett County schools will be performing throughout the day, and we will once again have a combined musical performance of all age groups together.  In addition, art work from students throughout our county will be on display and a "make-and-take" art studio will also be operated during the day.
New this year will be a DVD recording of all the events of the day.  It will be made available for $10.00 per DVD to friends and family or anyone interested in a video record of our 2015 Arts Fair.  Order forms will be available in the main concourse of the CARC, and can be submitted with a $10.00 cash payment.  (No checks or credit cards will be accepted.)
Also Snacks, Beverages, and Food Items will be for sale at the concession stand which will be operated by the Northern Garrett Music Boosters.
NHS Pride and Joy of Girl's Basketball
CONGRATULATIONS to Kaitlynn Fratz and the entire Cal U Vulcans team on winning the NCAA Division II Championship.  NHS and all of Garrett County are so proud of our hometown girl.  
Kaitlynn was also named the Elite Eight Most Outstanding Player.    We couldn't be prouder!   Our #11 Kaitlynn Fratz!

Rebecca Kenyon-Sisler Named 2015-16 Garrett County Teacher of the Year

Rebecca Kenyon-Sisler, teacher at Northern Garrett High School, has been named the 2015-16 Garrett County Teacher of the Year.  Rebecca teaches biology and environmental science at Northern High School.  She has been employed by Garrett County Public Schools since 2003, teaching 8th grade science at Northern Middle School for two years before accepting her current position at Northern.
Rebecca graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies (Biology and General Science emphasis) and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education.  Rebecca indicated, “As a high school teacher, I believe that the most important strategy I can teach my students is how to make choices that are beneficial for themselves and those around them.  No matter what aspirations children have, they cannot be happy, contributing members of society if they do not have the ability to collect information, think about potential consequences, and make informed decisions.”
Rebecca’s other key attributes are: a member of the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education; member of the Maryland Association of Science Teachers; a new teacher mentor; participant in the Maryland DNR Explore and Restore Your SchoolShed Program; coordinator of Northern High School’s Green School; participant in Biology Governor’s Academy; member of the Garrett County Environmental Literacy Plan Development Committee; participant in the Chesapeake Teacher Research Fellowship; National Board for Professional Standards Certification; and co-author of “Cove Run Stream Restoration”, an article which will appear in the spring edition ofMaryland Natural Resources magazine.
Rebecca stated, “My personal teaching style is student-centered and inquiry-based.  It is extremely important to me that my students know where to find unbiased information about a topic, how to collect reliable data, and use the best methods for effectively communicating what they have discovered.  I want my students to be ‘doing’ science each day rather than simply ‘learning’ it.”
As Rebecca considers the state of education, she stated, “My message to fellow educators would be to remember and take pride in the fact that not everyone has the ability to do what you do – teach effectively and compassionately. You have spent countless hours honing your skills and will undoubtedly spend countless more reflecting upon and refining what you do in the classroom.  My message to the community would be  to remember how important effective teachers are and to realize that teaching takes skill, hard work, passion, and patience.  As teachers, we have celebrated many successes, but we also realize that there are still many challenges to overcome.”
Pictured in the photo are:  Matt Eggleston, Northern High School Vice-Principal; Barbara Baker, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services and Coordinator of the Teacher of the Year Program; Rebecca Kenyon-Sisler, Teacher of the Year; and Paul Edwards, Director of Secondary Education.

FFA News

North Garrett FFA members recently competed in regional competitions March 18, 2015 at Clear Spring High School. All students did very well and many are advancing to the state competitions. The competitions that the students competed in were FFA creed speaking, prepared public speaking, extemporaneous public speaking and agriculture mechanics. Front row left to right: Sara Carr, 2nd place creed speaking, Matia McCrobie, agriculture mechanics team member, Kaley Hare 1st place extemporaneous speaking, Carly Sisler bronze medal in senior division prepared public speaking, and Andrea House 4th place junior division public speaking. 2nd row: Alana Harman Silver medal creed speaking, Bethany Meyers 4th place senior division prepared public speaking, Dakota Moreland, Eric Bittinger, and Collin Fratz members of the agriculture mechanics team.  Sara, Kaley, Andrea and Bethany will be advancing to the Maryland State FFA convention in June to compete against other speakers from across the state. The agriculture mechanics team will advance to the state agriculture mechanics competition in April.

NHS  Congratulations our Garrett County Wrestlers

A Wrestling State Champion and a Runner Up in Garrett County

The MPSSAA State Wrestling Tournament was held at Cole Field House, University of Maryland on March 7 and 9, 2015.  Garrett County has 2 wrestlers from Southern High and 3 wrestlers from Northern High.
 Devan Hamrick, a junior at Southern High School, was the 2A/1A state champion in the 120 pound weight class.
Justin Opel, a senior at Northern High School, was the 2A/1A runner up (second place) in the 132 pound weight class.

NHS Theatre Students Original Play in April

The Theatre I & II classes have written an original play, "More Than a Lake- A Garrett County History" and will be performing it at NHS on April 24 and at Our Town Theatre on April 25. Students have researched and toured the county in order to create a play that attempts to show how important and complex our county's history is and aims to look at the future for our area. Tickets will be $5 at the door and all are welcome to come and celebrate our great county!

LOOKING AHEAD - NHS Junior/Senior Prom "Red Carpet Affair"

Prom Tickets will go on sale Starting April 7th through April 21st.  CASH ONLY - NO CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Seniors are FREE if all dues are paid in full.   Ticket prices for NHS Students, guests and underclassmen are $30 single or $50 couple.  REMINDER - class dues MUST be paid to date in order to purchase a prom ticket.   Tickets can be purchased in the morning before homeroom, end of the school day or during enrichment period in the Counseling Center.  
Natural Resources Camp at Hickory 
The Garrett County Forest Conservancy District Board in cooperation with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources-Forest Service, Association of Forest Conservancy District Boards and Allegany College are hosting a week long program at Hickory Environmental Education Center July 19th - July 25th.  This is designed to acquaint college bound high school students with careers in forestry and natural resources management.  For more information, students may stop by the Counseling Center or visit the following website:  
Maryland Leadership Workshops
Summer 2015 holds lots of excitement! MLW has been changing the lives of high schoolers with relevant and engaging summer residential programs that empower students to discover their own unique strengths as leaders. For more information on dates and sign-ups, please see Mrs. Arnold.

Cell Phone Policy

The administration would like to remind students and parents of the rules regarding the use of cell phones during the school day. From the time period of 8:10 until 3:15, all cell phones are to be turned off and kept in student lockers.  Cell phones are not to be used by students during the school day.  Students needing to make an emergency call can use the phone in the main office.  Students that use their cell phone during school time will have their phone confiscated and it will be returned only to the parent.

Tutoring opportunity for students
The school media center is now open until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays of each week.  Along with the media specialist, teachers will be present to assist tutoring students in any subjects in which they may need some additional help beyond the daily classroom.  Time for individual work, receiving research assistance, and reading will also be provided.  Students will need to arrange their own transportation and be able to leave the school promptly at 4:30.
Mark your calendars for upcoming events! 
Friday - April 24th - Theatre Play ("More than a Lake-A Garrett County History") 7 pm
Saturday - April 25th - Theatre Play at Our Town Theatre 7 pm
Sunday - April 26th - Athletic Boosters Dinner at NHS 5 pm
Friday - May 1st - North Garrett FFA Banquet 6 pm
Saturday - May 2nd - Prom - Wisp - 8 pm to 11 pm
After Prom at the Carc (Saturday evening into Sunday morning)
Friday - May 8th - Relay for Life at NHS Track - 6 pm to 10 pm
Friday - May 8th - JROTC Dining Out and Awards Ceremony at the Wisp
Saturday - May 9th - FFA Plant Sale
Saturday - May 30th - Graduation at the CARC - 3:00 pm 
High School Graduation at the CARC - May 30, 2015
Garrett County Public Schools announces that both high schools will conduct graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2015 on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the CARC (Community Aquatic and Recreational Center) on the campus of Garrett College.  Southern High School’s graduation ceremony will be held at 10:00 AM, while Northern High School’s graduation will be held at 3:00 PM. 

National Blue Ribbon Awards Ceremony


Relay for Life -Friday,  May 8th 6 pm to 10 pm

The theme for this year's event will be a luau.  We will have various vendors including Kona ice, kettle corn, cotton candy, sno cones and our concession stand will feature luau foods and drinks.  Also looking into having a pig roast, mechanical bull rides and a bouncey house.  The survivor dinner will be held on the football field under a big tent.  Follow us on facebook at Relay For Life of Northern Garrett High School.   
Sign up your team and all team members.
From November 2nd to May 7th the registration fee will be $10.
On May 8th (day of the event) the registration fee will be $15.

Northern High School Named 2014 National Blue Ribbon School       


Northern Garrett High School was named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School today by the U.S. Department of Education.
The award honors schools for helping students achieve at very high levels and for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap.  Schools are being recognized based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups as measured by their performance on state assessments or assessments referenced against national norms.  The award recognizes that students can achieve to high levels. 
Dr. Janet Wilson, Superintendent of Schools, expressed, "I am delighted that Northern Garrett High School students, staff and supportive community are being recognized nationally as one of the top high schools.  I am proud of their commitment and dedication which is demonstrated every day in every way to encourage excellence.”
The entire faculty and students gathered in the gymnasium to watch the announcement made by United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  Mr. Duncan designated 337 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014.  The announcement was broadcast live at 1:30 PM on ED’s USTREAM channel and subsequently will be made available on ED’s YouTube channel.  “These great schools are fulfilling the promise of American education—that all students, no matter their name or zip code, can flourish when schools provide safe, creative, and challenging learning environments,” Secretary Duncan said. “National Blue Ribbon Schools are models of consistent excellence and a resource for other schools and districts. We celebrate them for their tireless effort and boundless creativity in reaching and teaching every student.”
During the assembly, Mr. Gary Reichenbecher, Principal, along with Dr. Janet Wilson, Superintendent, Mrs. Cynthia Downton, on behalf of the Board, Mr. Paul Edwards, Director of Secondary Education, Ms. Michelle Harman, Supervisor of College and Career Readiness, and Senator George Edwards congratulated the school for its outstanding efforts.
Mr. Reichenbecher indicated, “It is difficult to describe the level of pride that I have for the students and staff of Northern High School.  Receiving an award such as this one demonstrates what can be attained through hard work and perseverance.  In receiving the National Blue Ribbon Award, acknowledgment must be given to the elementary and middle schools as well as the parents, local community, and the Garrett County Board of Education for preparing our students to be successful at the high school level.  To obtain this degree of recognition, it takes a total team effort, and we share this award with everyone involved.  Garrett County citizens should be extremely proud of our educational system.”  Northern High School is the first National Blue Ribbon School in the history of Garrett County Public Schools.
The Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores, and graduation rates. Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates are also at the highest levels.  Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates for each subgroup are at high levels.
Northern High School, one of six Maryland winning public schools, will join other national winners at an awards ceremony on November 10-11 in Washington, D.C.  For more information on the Blue Ribbon Schools program, go to .
A school celebration for the staff and students will be held at a later date.

School Grounds Information:

The administration would like to remind everyone that all Garrett County school grounds are tobacco/drug/alcohol free.  This includes the use of e-cigarettes. No one should be using any of these products on school property and all sporting events will be closely monitored.   Our goal is to provide a safe and healthy environment for our students and visitors.  


Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Opportunities on Northern High's Counseling Center web page.

Mar 27, 2015 at 9:58am, Northern Garrett High School

Northern High and Diehl's Ford Sales: Drive 4UR School

Diehl's Ford Sales teamed up again with the Ford Motor Company and raised $5,580 for Northern Garrett High School with a Drive 4UR School event this May.

Aug 4, 2014 at 3:08pm, Northern Garrett High School

Northern High School's Student Council Makes Donation to Dove Center

Northern High School's student council recently presented a donation to the Dove Center. .

Dec 23, 2013 at 9:29am, Northern Garrett High School