Bronco News 22-23

Bronco Family Newsletter #2

1st Quarter is officially underway

Dear Bronco Families,

We have enjoyed a great couple of first weeks here at Northgate welcoming students back, establishing norms and expectations in and out of the classroom, and hopefully getting our students excited about this school year. Last week we had our first Fall competitions including a Football game (win!) against Deer Valley, Girls tennis vs Heritage (win!), Girls VB vs Freedom (win!) to mention a few. We hosted a fantastic back to school night (on our end felt great to have our families back in the building and getting excited for the school year), a successful picture day for our students, and our first rally of the year with great spirit all around.

Keep up with all school events on our school calendar HERE.

Some important reminders as we slide into September:

  • Tuesday this week (tomorrow) there is a Senior Parent Information Night with our college and career advisor, Janine Santos, at 6pm in the Little Theatre.
  • Monday is a holiday- there will be no school (and happy Labor Day!)
  • Club rush is the time where all chartered clubs will be able to advertise and take on new student members- this event is scheduled for September 28th, and is for students only during lunch on the blacktop. Students interested in starting a club should see our treasurer, Lilian Ishiguro, for the required forms.Club charters must be submitted by September 9th to be included in the club rush.
  • Makeup photos will be taken at school on October 6th.

Some more helpful info:

  • Progress reports will be coming out in a couple of weeks. You can make a homelink account (if you haven't already) to look at student assignments and see how your student is doing. If you have any concerns, a good place to start would be with your student- ask questions, look at google classroom together, and get feedback from your student about what might be going on for them.
  • Tardies- we gave a week and a half grace for tardies, and last week they started counting. A reminder that one major key to classroom success is being there, on time, ready to engage. Students and parents should be aware of our tardy policies-We will be contacting several families this week- please talk with your student about their walking patterns, and other ways they might be able to get to class on time.
  • 5 tardies in one quarter will result in parent contact, with a warning.
  • 10 tardies in one quarter will result in a one hour detention after school.
  • 15 tardies in one quarter will result in a two hour detention after school.
  • 20 tardies in one quarter will result in Saturday School, a behavior contract, and a 30 day activity suspension.
  • 25 tardies will result in a parent/principal conference with potential additional repercussions.
  • Athletics: As we get into our athletic season, it is important that we remind our parents and students of the expectations for audiences at high school athletic events. Anyone attending our events is subject to these expectations, and can be asked to leave if they are not followed. We want to create a positive and supportive environment for ALL of our student athletes, our guests/opponents, and both respective coaching staffs as well as the hired officials for the events. The tone that we set especially as a host school is important and sets up a reputation for the school in either a positive or negative light. We want to keep pushing towards athletic excellence with honor, and continue to be sure our parents, students and coaches are doing the same.

See below for the athletic audience code of conduct, and reach out with any questions.

  • Students with open 6th period- Students with an open 6th period are expected to leave campus, or sit quietly at the tables in the library. We have had many complaints of our students gathering in the library, laying across couches and interacting loudly, and this is disruptive to classrooms and our counseling offices. Students who chose to have an open 6th period need to be mindful of these rules, or if needed they will be scheduled into a class. The true purpose of an open 6th period is to allow time for students to get to work, have extra time to study, or to get to classes over at DVC.

Lastly, just a reminder for our students and parents about safe driving, both on Castle Rock and Hutchinson- we have received neighbor concerns about Hutchinson recently, and this road is a drop off point for our elementary site, Eagle Peak Montessori. Please be very careful in all areas around school, and know that the speed limit around any school is 15-25 miles per hour.

That's about it for now! Let's make it a great week, and everyone please enjoy your three day weekend!

Yours in partnership,

Kelly Cooper


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Student Recognition

Last year, at the end of the year, many students received recognition for academic excellence, GPA improvement, and overall character and honor awards. We want to share and celebrate that recognition again here.

Class of 2023

Class of 2024

Class of 2025

Week at a Glance

Tuesday August 30- Ms. Howerton Bday; Girls VB vs Berean Christian; Girls Tennis vs CVCHS; Senior Parent Night 6pm in Little Theatre

Wednesday August 31- Girls Golf vs Bishop O'Dowd; Boys Waterpolo @ Acalanes

Thursday September 1- Girls WP @ Las Lomas; Boys WP vs Las Lomas; GVB @ Granada HS

Friday September 2- Ms Moore and Mrs Trautner Birthdays! Football @ Ukiah

Saturday September 3- Office Manager Lyndee's birthday; Cross Country vs Las Lomas scrimmage

Monday September 5- Labor Day Holiday- no school

Homecoming Dance/Carnival

Saturday, Sep. 24th, 6:30-9:30pm

425 Castle Rock Road

Walnut Creek, CA

Tickets will go on sale soon. Outside guests are NOT allowed for this event.

Parent Volunteers Needed

Homecoming dance/carnival is coming fast, and we need some great parent volunteers to help out!

This event is on Saturday September 24th! All volunteers must be fingerprinted and cleared through the district- if you are interested in clearance, please start here-

Please contact Ms Howerton if you are able to assist!

Makeup School Photos

Thursday, Oct. 6th, 8am

425 Castle Rock Road

Walnut Creek, CA

Students who missed their portrait opportunity will have an appointment set for them this day. Seniors not included- seniors should be contacting Studio 1 for an appointment.

March A Thon

Saturday, Sep. 10th, 8am

425 Castle Rock Road

Walnut Creek, CA

Our Bronco Marching Band will be parading through the neighborhood in this annual tradition- this also serves as a great fundraiser for the entire music program.

Want to donate? Click here!

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Site Council - Parent representatives needed!

All parents interested in serving on our school site council, please fill out an interest form here.

Elections to the site council will occur in September.

Project Excel

Junior Haeden Yoo has helped in organizing a new district club where bilingual highschool students tutor underprivileged K-8 students whose first language is not English (or are going through ESL) and they are looking for tutors.

Check out the website for more information and to apply!

Project Excel Website

Senior Megan Malloy wins the Alameda 10 miler!

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SAVE THE DATE- Annual Athletic Booster Crab Feed!

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Insure your Chromebook

Be sure to insure your chromebook against damage - insurance must be renewed annually. See the flyer below for information!

Donations needed- from our PFC

The PFC is seeking donations for our Oktoberfest Raffle Baskets. Please consider making a donation to help build our fantastic array of baskets.

-Six to eight bottles of Wine

-Three 6-packs of Oktoberfest Beer or Cider

-Golf accessories for our “Golf Basket"

-For our “Day in the City” basket we’re seeing items such as gift certificates to restaurants, two seats to Warriors, Concert, Giants, the theater, museums, etc.

-Last, if you’re interested in putting together a “buy-in party”, please let us know!

Please send a note directly to your Northgate Parent Faculty Club

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Walnut Creek Youth Commission Looking for Students!

My name is Sarah Baltazar, I am a City Arts Commissioner for Walnut Creek and local resident. Hope all of you are having a strong start to the new school year.

I wanted to share an opportunity with you all in hopes that you can push it out to students in your community. As a part of an inclusion program, the City of Walnut Creek has launched a one-year pilot program that welcomes youth members to the Arts, Park, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS), and Transportation Commissions.

Here is the press release related to the program.

Requirements for the applicants are:

  • Walnut Creek Resident
  • Must be 9-12 grade starting Sept. 1, 2022
  • Must watch or attend a commission meeting prior to appointment, here is the link to previous meetings,

Here is the youth application.

As someone on the arts commission we could use youth voice and perspective in all city planning and decisions - this is also a great opportunity for students interested in leadership, public office, civic engagements, and of course the themes of the commission, i.e. arts, parks, recreation, and our natural open spaces.

Happy to meet via zoom or come on campus to help students apply if they are interested. Applications close on August 28, 2022, at 10pm.

Congrats to Team USA and Junior Ben Forer- brought home the gold!

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Senior Corner (For seniors and their families)

Senior Ads for Yearbook

Don't miss the opportunity to message your senior in the yearbook they will keep forever! Take out a senior ad. Details below in the attached pdf. Questions? Contact Ms Barry at

Senior Family FAQ's

When is graduation? These dates are given to us by the Concord Pavilion, who has to work around their concert bookings to accomodate 7-8 high school graduations. We likely will not have this date for a couple more months, and will share it as soon as we do. Families planning trips should plan one after June 4th to be on the safe side.

What senior events do we have dates for?

  • Senior Picnic- Held at Boomers, seniors will leave NHS around 9am and get on the bus to Boomers in Livermore, where they are treated to games, go karts, golf and more! A great senior bonding event- Wednesday October 12th
  • Cap and Gown orders through Jostens- Wednesday September 28th in the forum
  • Mock Congress- November 29-30
  • Finals- December 19, 20 and 21 (A period Dec 16)
  • Senior Circle Awards Night- Monday May 15th
  • Senior Project- May 24 and 25

TBD- Senior Ball, Senior Breakfast and Graduation as well as Grad Night

Senior Portraits- How can I get these done?

Studio 1 is our official photographer. Families can contact Studio1 for a portrait sitting, or can wait until January when studio1 will be coming to Northgate to take all final pictures. Families can also elect to use a private photographer, but must provide a high resolution photo to our yearbook teacher, Ms Barry, in order to be included in the yearbook, senior banner, etc.

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From our PFC

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Free Testing with MDUSD Available

Please return to this page regularly to check for schedule updates.

Testing available at Northgate HS Monday and Friday 3:30pm-6pm

Please note - we also have MANY take home tests in the front office. Come by and grab one!

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