Quarterly ROAR

November 2021

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Welcome to Northside's quarterly newsletter! We hope the information will keep you aware of happenings and help you plan for upcoming events. We call this resource our ROAR because our Monarchs know that when we ROAR (Responsible, Organized, Attentive, Respectful), nothing is impossible! As the holiday season approaches, we give thanks for our students, their families and our Northside staff. Thank you for helping to get back to a more normal face-to-face instruction school year and we are grateful for you.


Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

JROTC Happenings

A note from MSgt Locke: I am very proud of our NHS AFJROTC cadets! Our cadets have worked hard to help resume a normal school year and catch up on all missed learning opportunities that resulted from the pandemic. Most recently, the cadets have been working to support the Wreaths Across America and Veterans Day recognition events. These two acts, demonstrate a tradition of honor and promote a legacy of valor for all those who have taken the oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, securing our freedoms we enjoy every day.


Wreaths Across America

Honoring those who currently serve, have served, and all who have paid the ultimate price. Northside High School AFJROTC, Monarch Squadron is actively supporting a national initiative to raise money supporting Wreaths Across America, an organization with a mission to place wreaths on graves for all who have served during the 2021 holiday season. Cadets actively raise money through an annual penny drive where students, teachers, and administration alike can sponsor a hero through their selfless donations.


Veterans Day Flag Display

To help honor veterans, cadets are preparing for a Veterans Day flag display. Citizens have an opportunity to purchase a US flag in memory of an active, guard, reserve, retired, or POW/MIA/KIA service member that will be put on display during this special time. Flags are sold and all proceeds are donated to a local military organization. This year funds will be donated to the USO Jacksonville. After flags are displayed on school campus, they will be returned to families or donated to the veteran’s cemetery following Veterans Day week. Flags donated are placed on graves of those who served and are resting in Jacksonville NC.

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Homecoming & Spirit Week

2021 NHS Homecoming was one for the books! Sponsored by Northside’s Student Council, students were so excited to plan what would be the first normal homecoming they’ve had in two years due to the pandemic. With a theme of “Mask-erade,” a sort of tongue and cheek allusion to the wearing of masks at this time, students enjoyed daily dress up opportunities such as Pajama Day, Character/Meme Day, Throwback Thursday/Twin Day, Class Colors Day, and of course our Northside Pride Day! Throughout the Homecoming Spirit Week, students were given the chance to win Spirit Links for their class with a prize for the winning class. Links could be earned by participating in the Spirit Days, a candy jar guessing game, and purchasing links at 50 cents a link. The battle for Spirit Links was intense, with Freshman coming in at 178, Juniors at 202, and Sophomores and Seniors tied at 344! With Sophomores and Seniors tied, the only way to settle the difference was at the Pep Rally. At the rally, students enjoyed class competitions, performances from our band, dance, and cheer teams, and a student vs teacher dance battle. A class cheer competition was held to determine who would take home the coveted Spirit Stick and the Senior Class won!


At halftime of the Homecoming football game, a presentation of the 2021-22 Homecoming Court took place. Freshman-Juniors were crowned the week before in their royal roles with Freshmen Joshua Olan & Zariyah Gant taking home Mr. & Ms. Monarch, Sophomores Kamar Brown & Makayla Mohammad taking home Mr. & Ms. Royal, and Juniors Llewellyn Simmons & Alicia McCarty taking home Prince & Princess. The Senior Homecoming court candidates were: Mr. Spirit was Eric Howell and Kole Benson, running for Ms. Spirit was Aalayna Southerland and Taylor Amis, running for King was Shedrick (Pete) Peters, Camryn Harris, and Brian Sexton, and running for Queen was Chloe Hill, Marcellia Tyler, and Payton Longfellow. After the students cast their votes, the 2021-22 winners were announced and Northside’s Mr. & Ms. Spirit went to Eric Howell and Taylor Amis, and Homecoming King & Queen went to Shedrick (Pete) Peters and Chloe Hill!

Marching Monarchs

A note from Mr. Kingsberry: The Marching Monarchs began their season with Band Camp in July and finished with their final competition on October 30th. Their focus has been on learning marching techniques, performing pep tunes, and learning their 2021 field production entitled, Dante's Inferno. In addition to playing at home football games for the National Anthem and game pep tunes, the Marching Monarchs have been performing Dante's Inferno for the public. The first event they performed at was the Onslow County Band Showcase which was a huge success. As the marching band season has progressed, the students have worked to refine their skills they competed in the White Oak Viking Band Classic, Topsail Pirate Band Classic, and Havelock's Crystal Coast Band Classic. Over these three competitions the band collected eight 1st place trophies, five 2nd place trophies, two 3rd place, The People’s Choice Award at Havelock, and the 7th Overall Finalist at Havelock. The Havelock Finals performance is the first time in the school's and program's history for the band to make a Finals performance which includes the top 8 bands of the 23 competing schools.


Another highlight of the 2021 band season was to be able to offer the 11th Annual Monarch Invitational. During the invitational, Northside welcomed 13 bands from different parts of North Carolina to compete. Hugh thanks goes out to the band booster club for making the invitational possible!

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Fall Athletic Corner

Northside’s transition to a new athletic conference this school year has provided our athletes and coaches with opportunities to compete at levels that have required greater skill. We are so proud of our athletes for their tenacity and determination to show other areas of the east what Monarch Pride is all about! In both football and volleyball, the season presented an opportunity for rebuilding. With hard work, the teams kept a positive attitude to represent well regardless of the score. Both teams are excited to see how the athletes apply themselves during the off-season in preparation for next year. In cross country and girls tennis, we celebrate accomplishments not realized previously. Zachary Leon ran a personal and team best this year with the time of 19:10, with the cross-country team finishing 5th overall at the conference meet. And, in girls tennis, the team advanced to the second round at the conference tournament! Lastly, the men’s soccer team is having a historic year! With the highest record in school history, the team finished as #7 in the state and is currently involved in competing in the playoffs with their first game scheduled for November 1st at 5:00pm at Northside. They finished with an overall record of 13-5 and placed 3rd in the conference. We look forward to their continued impressive play!


Thank you to all our athletes and coaches who day in and day out worked to grow within their sport with positivity and excitement. We are saddened to say bye to our senior athletes but grateful to have been a part of their journey.

AVID Corner

AVID Schoolwide and Elective Classes

Students have been hard at work this school year using lots of AVID strategies in the classroom such as focused-note taking, learning logs, projects, labs, reading strategies, inquiry skills, and organization with their AVID Binders. In the AVID Elective classes, students have been hard at work starting tutorials and working with the AVID curriculum. We are seeking tutors for our AVID Tutorials so please let us know if you are interested in being hired to be an AVID tutor. These can be college students or adults with a bachelor degree. Please see the job posting on the Onslow County Schools Website for more information regarding this opportunity.

AVID Events

Recently, AVID held the Annual Contract Signing Event! Students and their families were able to come out and enjoy a hotdog meal while also signing their contracts for the school year!

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Prom 2022

Juniors and Seniors, we are excited to be able to have a prom this year, assuming COVID restrictions do not return. The prom is scheduled for April 30, 2022. Tickets are currently on sale until January 14th for $55 a person or $105 per couple. All ticket prices will increase after January 14th.

Just for Seniors!

*The Herff Jones representative will be on campus on November 2 and December 1 from 10:30am - 12:45pm to take orders for graduation items. All graduating seniors who plan to participate in graduation exercises in June will need a cap, gown, and tassel. Graduation is set for June 9, 2022, at 6:00pm!


*A Coastal Carolina Community College counselor is on campus weekly. Please sign up in the school counseling office if you want to meet with the CCCC counselor to maximize opportunities during your senior year or to plan for your future.