National School Counseling Week February 5 - 9
This special week honors school counselors for the important role they play in college and career readiness. They are experts when it comes to helping our students examine their talents, strengths, abilities, and interests. Thank you to Mrs. Kihneman, Mr. Roty, Mr. Harvey, Mr. Luna, Mrs. Stone, Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. Marron for all of your hard work and dedication to our students. Encourage your students to stop by and show their Counselor some love.
A special shout out to Mrs. Reich and Mrs. Islitzer for holding everything together in the Nighthawk Center for the Counselors.
Beyond the Buzzer
This week we had our Mandatory Parent Meeting on Tuesday, 1/30/24 at 6 p.m. in the gym. Please reach out via email if you did not attend to complete this requirement for spring sports.
Important Spring Information
With 11 sports in the spring, it is our biggest season! Winter is almost in playoff time, so come out and support our Nighthawks!!
On February 7th we will celebrate our Women's in Sports Day at Del Norte! Girls Basketball starts at 5 p.m., and Girls Soccer starts at 7! All female teams on campus will be recognized during these halftimes. We will have food options and free access to both the gym and stadium (once you pay for admission to the gym).
Please join us for this fun event!
On June 3rd, we will have our first Annual NESTPY Awards Night!! We are mirroring the ESPY awards! This will be a red carpet, dress up event. We will have over 500 people in attendance. Food, drinks and entertainment will be provided! You will get a "cordially invited", as this is an invite only event. This is replacing the awards night for athletics from previous years. We will celebrate our athletes of the year, coach of the year, as well as our CIF and NCC 1st and second team members! Stay tuned for more info!
DNHS Athletic Director - Amanda Nelson
Little Shop of Horrors - OPENING NIGHT
Friday, Feb 9, 2024, 07:00 PM
Del Norte High School, Nighthawk Lane, San Diego, CA, USA
DNHS Foundation Gala - Blue and Bling Party with a Purpose
Early Bird Ticket Sales have been extended to Sunday, February 4, 2024!
DNHS Foundation is proud to host a spectacular Gala Party on March 9th, 2024 at The Crosby in Rancho Santa Fe. After a long hiatus, the Gala will return to an IN PERSON event . It will be a fun filled evening with live entertainment, dinner and an auction for those coveted graduation day tents. All the funds raised from the event will be used for various activities that impact every student every day.
- Early Bird ticket sales have been extended until February 4, 2024
- Please see the flyer for additional event details.
Grad Night Sponsors and Donors
Attention Parents - Your Support in Crucial for Grad Night 2024!
We're gearing up for an incredible Grad Night 2024 to honor our graduating seniors with a memorable celebration in a safe, drug-free, and alcohol-free environment. This event marks a major milestone for our students, and we need your help to make it happen!
We're actively seeking sponsors to bring this special night to life. Your sponsorship will ensure that our class of 2024 can enjoy this significant celebration. It's a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to show their support for our students and connect with the community.
Please visit our sponsor and donor page for more information. https://form.jotform.com/232166075766159
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Day Thought for the Nighthawk
Student Op-Ed by Smyan Khurana 9th grade
Happy National Tater Tot Day!
Don't you love tater tots? When you chew on the nugget shaped shredded potato, you can hear and taste the crunchiness and crispy texture. Did you know that in the United States, we consume approximately 3.5 billion tater tots per year?! You can eat tater tots as a side on a dish or on their own as a tasty snack. You can experiment with them…..try dipping them into ketchup, mustard, and even ranch dressing! Why not try making your own homemade tater tots, by adding spices, making it extra crispy, and even adding some seasoning? Enjoy your tater tot day!
Bridging the Digital Divide - Saturday, February 10th
Refurbished computers as low as $100.
Nighthawk Tutoring - Proudly Sponsored by the Del Norte Education Foundation
Nighthawk tutoring is held from 6:15pm to 8:15pm on Mondays and Wednesdays at the DNHS library. Nighthawk Tutoring is a great opportunity for students to work in small collaborative groups, get individualized tutoring, and/or work independently on homework. All the resources in the DNHS library are available during tutoring. These include access to textbooks, printing, and computers. In addition to the Math and Social Science teachers that are at Nighthawk Tutoring, we also have peer counselors and National Honor Society volunteer students there to help. Hope to see you there!
Welcome to the DN'ERo Store
The DN'ERO store is part of Del Norte's PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) program. It is a schoolwide system aimed at establishing positive student culture. Students that are displaying outstanding Nighthawk characteristics are rewarded with "DN'ERO's". The DN'ERO store is fully funded by our Education Foundation and is open every other Friday. Not only is this program aimed at reinforcing positive behavior, it also gives some of our students an opportunity to work a "store" with some real world retail experience. Ask your Nighthawk about it today! Everyone wins when we all work together.
Homelessness or Housing Insecurity Assistance
Dear Poway Unified School District Families
Poway Unified’s Youth in Transition (YIT) program assists children and youth experiencing homelessness with food, transportation, school supplies, and additional support during the school year. Those students who qualify lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes children and youth who are:
- Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason. This can be doubled (living with one other family) and even tripled (living with two other families) up.
- Living in motels, hotels, due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations.
- Living in domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, transitional living programs, housing paid for by programs/vouchers, etc.
- Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings, or in a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
- Unaccompanied homeless youth who are living away from the physical custody of a parent or guardian.
- Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are children who are living in similar circumstances listed above.
If any of the above housing descriptions reflect your current housing situation, please fill out the attached short form and email it to Laura Upson at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can learn more information about Youth in Transition here. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.
ADA Accessible Parking on Campus
Attention Nighthawk Families!
It has been brought to the attention of the Administration Team that some of our ADA compliant parking spaces are being used by individuals that are not legally permitted to use them. In an effort to provide access for all, we ask that you not park in our ADA spots unless you are legally permitted to do so. As a reminder, California Penal Code 22507.8 states that illegally using an ADA parking spot can result in a $421 fine. Thanks for you attention to this matter.
Del Norte Housekeeping
At Del Norte we cannot accept items to be picked up or delivered to students during the instructional day in the front office. Please ensure that your Nighthawk has their lunch, phone, homework, clothing, athletic equipment, computer/Chromebook, books, etc. that they need for school before dropping them off.
Building Culture and Nighthawk Spirit
Part of the positive experience of high school is being involved and engaged in the learning community. In my message to our student body the first day of school I spoke about the importance of establishing strong and meaningful relationships. To build relationships, it requires us to step outside of our comfort zone at times, as well as engage in similar and different experiences. That is why we encourage each of our Nighthawks to join clubs and organizations, participate in extracurricular activities, and engage in community service projects. These experiences will not only help them develop new skills and interests, but they will also provide them the opportunities to connect with like-minded peers and make memories that will last a lifetime.
As parents and guardians, you are important members of the Nighthawk Nation! We hope that you will become involved in our various adult organizations, PTSA, Del Norte Education Foundation, Athletic Foundation, Music Foundation, and other various booster groups that exist to help our faculty and staff provide a world class high school experience for your student(s).
Parking and Dropping Off
Traffic is extremely heavy the first few weeks of school as we welcome back all our Nighthawks to the Nest. Plan accordingly and drive with extra caution as the community settles in. Please be respectful of each other and our neighbors when parking on side streets around campus. On time attendance to classes is critical to student success, please see that your Nighthawk gets to school on time.
If you will be dropping your student off in the front of the school, use the traffic circle off the main school entrance on Nighthawk Lane. Do not enter the staff lot off Nighthawk Lane. The traffic circle gets congested in the morning and immediately after school, so be cautious and patient when dropping off your student.
As a reminder, Del Norte High School is a closed campus and all visitors to campus must check-in at the front desk. To continue our efforts to increase campus safety, the door to the front office has been equipped with a new door buzzer. This means the front door remains in a locked position throughout the day. When approaching the door, you will knock on the door and school staff will “buzz” you into the office. We remain committed to welcoming and supporting all families coming to Del Norte High School and appreciate your patience in working with us to assure all Nighthawks remain safe.