NHS Family Newsletter

March 18, 2021

School Updates -REOPENING

Hello Bronco Families,

I smiled when I wrote that subject line, because it is disarming to reflect back on where we were a year ago this week.

In the next few days, the Mt Diablo Educators Association and the MDUSD board of trustees may ratify an agreement for our return to school. I wanted to boil down some details of this agreement and plan to some main points:

1- March 29th will be the first day of the Limited Hybrid Schedule. This new bell schedule affects ALL Northgate students. See below for a sample of this schedule. I will put out a final version of this schedule as soon as possible.

2- Families have already responded to a survey sent by the district about returning for hybrid support in the afternoon or remaining 100% distance learning. This was not a binding survey. If a student would like to change their mind about coming back/remaining distant, please contact Ms Cooper directly.

3- Students will be scheduled into a new class- Period 7 for our in-person students, Period 8 for our 100% distance students. This is the class they will attend during the afternoon.

4- Students returning to campus will be asked to complete a short survey about where the most time/support/focus might be needed, and we will do what we can to fill those needs.

5- Some at-risk students may be eligible to come for 4 days a week- we will work with these families individually to plan, as space allows.

6- All students/families will be asked to sign an agreement in regards to behavior and safety protocols on campus. This includes daily health attestations and check ins, requried masking, distancing protocols, and entrance and exit assignments.

We are so excited to take this next step towards getting students and teachers back in the classroom together. Thank you for your patience and diligence, and thank you for all that you do to support Northgate High School.

Warmest wishes,

Kelly Cooper


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What does your student need/want with this time in the afternoons?

We did send this survey to your student as well- help us by completing this survey with your student!

Calendar change- Week of March 29th

Please be aware and reminded that the week of March 29th, we have Friday off in honor of the Cesar Chavez holiday.

Our class schedule shifts that week so that Wednesday is a FRIDAY bell schedule, and students see their A, 2, 4, and 6 periods that day. (that keeps all of the classes even for the week)

And then... Spring Break!

Parent Community - A Heartfelt THANK YOU

Last weekend, our PFC leadership put out a campaign to outfit our classrooms with portable air purifiers. As you might now, Northgate is a unique school building, where the majority of our classrooms lack windows and exterior doors.

Our community responded swiftly, extremely generously, and enthusiastically- and nearly every space is now outfitted with a brand new air purifier. Our teachers are incredibly grateful, for the generosity and quick call to action by our community, and for the peace of mind. I am absolutely overwhelmed by the positive response.

Thank you, thank you, thank you- to all of our families who donated to this project and shared with the community around us, and thank you to our tireless PFC for making this happen so quickly to prepare us for return.

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In solidarity with our AAPI community and families

Please see our statement in support and solidarity of our AAPI community and families.

Senior Newsletter coming soon!

Our senior families and Class of '21 are anxious to get news about end of the year, and we are putting together a senior newsletter to share what information we have! Our ASB leadership class is putting together a senior event EVERY 21st in the coming months!

For now- THIS SUNDAY- March 21st from 1-4pm

Senior Drive Through! Thank you to the Parent Faculty Club for providing this year's lawn signs for our senior families, and for the goodies as well! Come drive through and collect yours!

Coming soon- April 21st- Cap and gown pickup!

Haven't ordered cap and gown yet? You will need to place your order by March 23 to receive your cap and gown at this April 21 Senior event.

Again, please place your order by March 23. We have attached an editable order form. You may fill out your student’s information directly on this form and email it back to us as soon as possible. If you have any questions, you may email or contact us at (925) 838-1835.

Don't forget your student can also borrow cap and gown if they wish- please inform Jostens around this intent!


Sunday, May 30th, 12pm

425 Castle Rock Road

Walnut Creek, CA

Times are TBD and plans tentative as we move through the CDPH guidance for group gatherings.

Thank you for your understanding.

Athletics Update

I want to take a moment to applaud and thank our tireless athletics team- Our Athletic Director, Ben Ballard, who has been working to keep our athletes safely engaged and to communicate with all of our coaches through the endless changes, our Assistant Athletic Director, Brandon Enriquez, who has helped us find solutions to streaming through many challenges, and works to keep our athletes going through the registration process, getting our coaches cleared through the district processes, keeping our rosters together and assisting with contact tracing when needed; and Craig Bocks, our VP of Athletics, who has been working with coaches and district personnel to ready facilities and fields so that our athletes have safe spaces to play- we owe this team a huge amount of thanks and appreciation for their hard work- along with our coaches, some of whom have been running conditioning pods since August in hopes that a season would occur.

Currently running are the following:

Football, Boys Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, Boys Tennis, Girls Lacrosse, Boys and Girls Golf, Spirit Team, Swimming

Soon starting include:

Boys and Girls Waterpolo, Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys and Girls Volleyball, Girls Tennis, Girls Soccer, Baseball, Boys Lacrosse.

Still pending approval:


Currently, spectators are not allowed at athletic events, only family members of athletes. We will keep you updated if and when this changes.

For information and updates, please go to the athletics website- northgatebroncos.org

Thank you to Todd Scheid for these outstanding photos!

Mark your Calendars- Orchestra and Band on the Run

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Don't Miss the World Premiere of Musical America!

This year, Musical America, a long-standing tradition here at Northgate High School, is taking the show on the virtual road! Don't miss the premiere, Friday March 26th at 7pm on YouTube!
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Don't miss out on the only yearbook of its kind... 2020-21 Yearbook Still on Sale

Never before have we had a year like this. Don't miss the amazing documentation of the year through the eyes of our students.

Order yours TODAY!

Don't miss the WORLD PREMIERE of the first ever Virtual Spring Concert!

Featuring all NHS instrumental students, led by Mr Greg Brown- don't miss this unique concert event! Saturday March 27, 2021 7pm. Click here to join!
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Our seniors need mentors for Senior project!

Seniors are gearing up for the senior project, a capstone project Northgate seniors have been completing for years, one that is held up as an example of project based learning and widely shared. Our senior teachers have carefully adapted and adjusted the project to reflect the challenges of our current educational/community restrictions, and seniors have been selecting and submitting their topics of interest.

One big piece of this project is our seniors finding and working with a mentor who can help them with their topic, whom they can interview about their own experiences and knowledge around their topic, and who can assist them in their final presentation preparation. See below for more information:

The student must secure a Mentor who guides the project, helps read and critique the paper, and

verifies the completion of a minimum of 20 hours toward the project, some of which might be in

the service of the community.

✓ The Mentor must be at least a 25 year-old high school graduate with expertise in the area

of the project, who may not be a member of one’s immediate family. The mentor is

responsible for determining that (a) the Experiential Project is a genuine challenge,

and (b) it represents at least 20 hours of effort.

✓ The project must be monitored and verified by the student’s Mentor, and a photograph of

the student and his/her Mentor must be included in the presentation and digital portfolio.

The student must obtain verification of the Experiential Project by their Mentor and memorialize

any community service commitment in a Volunteer/Community Service Verification Form.

✓ Mentors may pass incomplete projects that represent sufficient quality and effort. For

example, if a student attempted to write a novel and found that it would take over a

hundred hours to complete, the project may still get credit if the Mentor verifies that the

minimum number of hours for the project (20) were completed.

✓ The teacher must be able to verify the Mentor’s involvement.

If you think you may be able to help a senior by serving as a mentor, please look at the attached list. Please email Jeremy Nunes at nunesj@mdusd.org or Kelly Cooper at cooperk@mdusd.org and indicate how you can help!

Stay connected through ParentSquare!

Parentsquare is our new district communication tool. While all parents receiving communication from homelink will automatically receive emails from us when we use this tool, there is greater functionality when you download the app or access messages from your PC.

Parents can see school, teacher and district announcements in a feed, similar to Facebook; can stay on top of upcoming events with the link to the master calendar, and can communicate 1:1 with administrators or teachers through the messaging feature. Parents can also quickly address and clear absences using parentsquare.

Don't miss out! Sign up with your student's information today, and stay connected!

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Interested in School/District Finance issues?

In case you haven't seen them yet, our Chief Business Officer answers parent/staff/community questions in a weekly "Ask the CBO" series. This week's topic covers Multi Year Projections and shows the community how to read a one page budget.

Many of you have asked how the CARES Act funds were spent, and the MDUSD website has that information in English and Spanish. If there is a topic you would like covered, please send the suggestion to cbo@mdusd.org

Resources from our Wellness team

Our NHS Wellness team has curated some helpful guides for parents and families that might be experiencing difficulties during this time. Please see below for these links. If you have specific issues you are concerned about, don't hesitate to reach out to the Northgate CARE team.

Coping with Stress, Anxiety and Depression in Times of Crisis:


Helping Teens Cope with Grief and Loss:


Parenting Challenges During COVID-19:


Peer tutoring available!

This semester we will be offering an English, Math, Science, Social Studies and World Languages tutorial. These sessions are free, productive, and scheduled on Wednesdays, with trained peer mentors and a faculty advisor.

1) Any student with a D or F 1st semester has already received an invite. We encourage our families to take advantage of this opportunity. One of our most successful tutorials first semester was 4 reluctant students who first met with the teacher after class. Once they knew they would be working together and had some encouragement from the teacher, they all showed up nearly every week!

2) If your student is interested in joining, please use this link to join and we will place them.

We have dozens of mentors at the ready!

More NHS masks available!

If you are interested in supporting athletics, and building up your Bronco maskwear, Athletic Boosters has a healthy stash to sell!

Get a mask, represent Northgate, and help fund athletics for when our kids are able to compete again.

$10 each for an adjustable one-size mask. Washable, comfortable, and two styles of great looking masks

Contact Boosters President - Sean Mayer - smmayer11@msn.com

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2020-21 Academic Calendar

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