The Northern Friday Message

October 29, 2021


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CONGRATULATIONS is in order for Northern High School's principal, Dan Gilfort. He is one of three finalists for Durham Public Schools Principal of the Year! We are so proud of you Mr. Gilfort!


Report cards will be available in the Parent Portal November 3! We will also have a 10 minute NSTEP that day.

October 31 is the last day to get an Early-Bird Discount on your 2022 yearbook! Go to to reserve yours now!


Please continue to review the Parent/Student Handbook to refamiliarize yourself with student expectations.

Students may also view the administration's Student Expectation Presentation here.


Please see our regular bell schedule here.


To check the status of your transportation route click here.

To track your bus, download the here comes the bus app, using these instructions.


Parents, please make sure you are signed up for Parent Portal, report cards go out November 3. Get started here.

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NHS Swim starts practicing Nov. 2. Sign-up here to join the team:

Once your information is submitted, you will receive an email with more information regarding the season.


Adult and Student Season and Year long sports passes are available for purchase on



Durham Public Schools, in partnership with MAKO Medical, will begin providing weekly COVID-19 testing at school to help identify possible COVID-19 infections among students even if they’re not showing any symptoms. Research has shown such testing can reduce the spread by 50%, especially in large settings such as schools.

The testing is a simple swab of the nose and not the test that tickles the brain. This is the same test families can administer from home or at local testing sites.

This is a voluntary testing process, so a parent or guardian must register their student to participate. The link to register is here (paper copy found here) as well as a letter sent home with your student. All testing information and results will remain confidential.

Click here to see the DPS Covid-19 Flowchart

Click here to see "A-Z: DPS COVID-19 PREVENTATIVE MEASURES FOR 2021-22"

Click here to complete the DPS Face Covering Accommodation Form

Click here to view the Covid-19 Data Dashboard. (updated weekly)

Free COVID Testing Sites-See the attached flyers for some of the free testing sites in Durham with whom DPS has partnered.


If you are planning to transfer to ECU, now is the time to submit an application to Pirate Promise, our guaranteed admissions pathway to ECU. Students can submit an application here through November 1.

Students accepted to Pirate Promise receive guaranteed admission to ECU if they maintain a 2.5 or higher GPA, waived application fees, transfer and financial advice, and opportunities to participate in events and access resources on ECU’s campus.

Pirate Promise is open to university transfer, College and Career Promise, Early Childhood Education, Associate of Applied Science students in technical programs wishing to get a BS in Industrial Technology (see BSIT qualifying AAS degrees here), and RN to BSN students.

Want to learn more? Attend a Virtual Pirate Promise Interest Session via Zoom. To register, click on “Live Info Sessions” at

  • Nov 15 at 4 p.m.
  • Nov 29 at 4 p.m.

If you have questions, please contact the Transfer Center at Durham Tech or Valarie Hines (

If you are new to Durham Tech and your goal is to transfer to NC State, consider applying to Community College Collaboration, or C3. Students are selected through a competitive admissions process, and, if they attend full time, maintain a 3.0 GPA, and graduate on time, they are guaranteed admission to NC State, although not necessarily a specific major. The application opens October 18, and applications are considered as they are received, so it benefits students to apply early. More information and the online application are available at NC State C3. Questions? Please contact Dr. Catherine Ward at Durham Tech or Ms. Hines,

Calling All Juniors!
Please take the time to complete the Junior Work Experience Survey. Your participation helps DPS provide more work opportunities for students.

Junior Work Experience Survey


This course is a series of 3 sessions in Spanish that will provide information for Latina student families to become apprised of parental access in communicating with their student’s school, equitable access to advanced course tracks as well as available community resources for Latina students. For more information about the series, contact Melissa Pérez. To schedule for your school, contact Althia Scriven.

Are you interested in taking a practice test for the SAT or ACT? - StudyPoint is offering FREE practice test events, and since they do so virtually, you can take the practice test from your home. Students who participate will also receive a free score analysis that breaks down how you did by section, question type, and content area so you can get a sense of where you might want to do some review prior to the real thing.

They run multiple practice tests each week. If you're interested you can view available dates and register for a test at


Northern’s student services department is currently in the process of considering candidates for nomination to prestigious state university scholarships. Please see below for descriptions of these scholarships, and if interested, email or meet with Mr. Anderson ASAP!


Make an appointment to see Mr. Anderson (or just walk in!):

Check out this spreadsheet for a list of scholarship databases to conduct individualized searches as well as a long list of scholarships to explore.

Take College classes while still in high school!

Attending a CCP Info Session is a requirement to participate. SIGN UP!

Register now for an upcoming - CCP Information Session.

  • Build your college resume by taking COLLEGE CLASSES – really!
  • Most Durham Tech classes count as an extra 1 point on your GPA!
  • Flexible options: online & in person classes available.
  • Tuition is $0.00
  • For deets, contact your Durham Tech Liaison, Ms. Hines.
  • 919-943-2553

Duke bioStems Club

Duke bioStems is an organization that bridges STEM and menoring. They aim to build mentor-undergraduate relationships and provide overviews of health, medicine, life sciences and research principles to student in local public high schools. Students will be paired with a mentor and enjoy a science curriculum and guest speakers. They will also assit with College/Career prep. The group will meet via zoom on Thursdays. Interested students should complete this form.