RELAY FOR LIFE - Friday, May 8th - 6 pm to 10 pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also Snacks, Beverages, and Food Items will be for sale at the concession stand which will be operated by the Northern Garrett Music Boosters.
Rebecca Kenyon-Sisler Named 2015-16 Garrett County Teacher of the Year
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.
A Wrestling State Champion and a Runner Up in Garrett County
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
LOOKING AHEAD - NHS Junior/Senior Prom "Red Carpet Affair"
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
Sunday - April 26th - Athletic Boosters Dinner at NHS 5 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
Saturday - May 30th - Graduation at the CARC - 3:00 pm
National Blue Ribbon Awards Ceremony
Relay for Life -Friday, May 8th 6 pm to 10 pm
Sign up your team and all team members. http://www.relayforlife.org/
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 http://www.ustream.tv/channel/education-department 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 http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html .
A school celebration for the staff and students will be held at a later date.