Northern Garrett FFA Seeking Alumni Members
There is going to be an informational meeting about starting an alumni affiliate chapter and the benefits FFA Alumni can provide to our students on Tuesday February 10th, 2015 at 6:30 pm in the agriculture classroom at Northern High School. The Maryland FFA Alumni President, and Maryland FFA Executive Secretary will be attending to present information and answer any questions we me have. Anyone interested in becoming a part of the alumni is asked to contact Debbie Ahern in the Guidance office at Northern High School at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-746-8669 between 8 am and 4 pm. Even if you cannot attend the meeting, but you are interested in being involved, please contact the school so that you can receive future information about alumni events.
Class of 1965 needs your help!
Make Up Days Announced by Board of Education
The Board also voted to apply to MSDE for a waiver request to use Monday, April 6, as a possible make up day. Even if MSDE approves the waiver request, the Garrett County Board of Education voted to use April 6 as a make-up day only if the school system reaches a total number of snow days exceeding 10 days by February 13.
Friday and Saturday - Feb. 20th and 21st - Theatre performance of Footloose at NHS
Tuesday - February 24th - Dough Raiser for First Robotics Team 1629 at Uno's.
Sunday - March 15th - Thirty One Bags Bingo for First Robotics Team 1629 at NHS
Saturday - March 21st - Jewelry & Cash Bash for Northern Music Boosters at Avilton Community Center
Saturday - April 11th - Art Department Bingo Fundraiser at NHS
Sunday - April 26th - Athletic Boosters Dinner at NHS
Saturday - May 2nd - Prom
Friday - May 8th - Relay for Life at NHS Track
Saturday - May 30th - Graduation at the CARC
Students can check with their class advisors to see if dues have or have not been paid.
Class of 2015 - Mrs. Ray or Mrs. Savage
Class of 2016 - Mrs. Ahern or Mrs. Umbel
Class of 2017 - Mrs. Hawkins or Mrs. Umbel
Class of 2018 - Mrs. Garlitz or Mrs. Savage
Looking Ahead - Mark your Calendars!
Pasta Bar Fundraiser for NHS Relay for Life
High School Graduation at the CARC - May 30, 2015
Class of 2017 fundraiser
NHS Blue and Gold Chevron Print Afghan Blanket, NHS Royal Blue Fleece Blanket, Tervis Mug and Royal Blue and Gold Striped Scarf and Smart Glove Set. These items can be purchased throughout the school day by asking to see Mrs. Umbel. All proceeds go towards the 2016 Prom and 2017 Graduation.
Class of 2016 fundraiser
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.