Wolfpack Pride

October 21st, 2022

Principal's Update

Hello Wolfpack!

Students have settled in and are looking for ways to reconnect. Please encourage your student to attend events such as cross country meets or the upcoming school play. Attending events is the best way to positively connect with our community. We also have a variety of clubs that may interest your student. Every student finding a space to belong is important to our community.

We had over one thousand students attend the first Homecoming Dance since 2018. I want to apologize for the length of time some students had to wait to be admitted to the dance. I checked in the last group from the line at 8:57 PM. Our students were gracious and kind to those checking tickets even in their frustration. We gathered as an admin team to strategize a better plan for our students’ next time. Once in, students danced and danced. The gym was steamy. Water bottles became a hot commodity. As students were leaving at the end of the dance, group after group reported it being the most fun school event ever attended. Thank you to all the teachers who volunteered their time to chaperone so that our students could have this experience.

Please know that as a community, NC is still intentionally re-building culture. This may come with bumps along the way. Adults and students are working towards making NC safe and welcoming. If you have ideas to help or support to offer, please reach out to any one of the administrators. We are here to serve our community.

The strength of the wolf is in the pack.

Tami McCracken

This Week's Events

Monday, October 24th

  • Fall Food & Necessities Drive
  • Student Passwords Reset - Check your School Email

Tuesday, October 25th

  • Fall Food & Necessities Drive
  • Middle School MAP Testing
  • IST Fall Social, 2:45 PM
  • Volleyball at Mead, 7 PM

Wednesday, October 26th

  • Fall Food & Necessities Drive
  • Middle School MAP Testing

Thursday, October 27th

  • Fall Food & Necessities Drive
  • Blood Drive
  • Football vs. Rogers at Union Stadium, 7 PM
  • Volleyball vs. Cheney, 7 PM

Friday, October 28th

  • Fall Food & Necessities Drive

Saturday, October 29th

  • Cocoa and Cram, 12-3 PM

Community Celebrations

Soccer Senior Night

Congrats to Wolfpack Soccer, who celebrated their Seniors this past week during Senior night. Thank you for your leadership this year and hard work this season. Congrats to NC Seniors Raelene Guerrero, Amy Howlett, Lily Richards, Arianna Scott, Emily Todd, Maya Turnbull, and Hailee Wehr, led by Head Coach Matt Leonard.
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6th Grade Dragon Eyes Display

Students in our 6th grade classes recently created Analogous Colored Dragon Eyes. For this project, students learned about color theory and how to blend and use oil pastels. Next, students learned about the anatomy of the eye prior to drawing a close-up view of a dragon eye. Students created visually interesting textures by using both organic and geometric shapes. The IST artists created an analogous color scheme by carefully selecting and blending oil pastels and created shadow and highlights to bring depth to their work. Throughout the project students spent time reflecting on and refining their art. Their time and craftsmanship is currently on display and truly catching everyone’s eye. Go check it out in the display case in the art hallway!

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College in the High School Grant

Congratulations to Mary Fruchter and Heidi Hayes for securing a grant of over $21000 to support our school's dual credit courses. This grant from OSPI will allow us to invest in our College in the High School and Advanced Placement courses, and continue to expand the offerings we provide to our students. The focus of the grant is on increasing access and equity for all so that more of our students earn college credit while still in high school. This grant will also help to fund students' fees associated with these courses to help ensure that money is not a barrier to our students earning credit they are eligible to receive.

DECA Boot Camp

Members of the North Central DECA Chapter attended the first ever DECA Boot Camp held at the newly renovated Downtown Spokane library. Students had the opportunity to collaborate with 250 other DECA members representing 18 different area high schools and local members of our business community.

Local businessman, Tyler Lafferty was the keynote speaker. Tyler is the Co-owner of 2 digital creative agencies, a performance digital marketing (media) agency, an educational enhancement web site, juice bars and fitness studios. His message focused on combining what you love, what the world needs, what you can be paid for and what you are good at.

During the afternoon session DECA members participated in impromptu business roleplays. Each member was allotted 10 minutes to read a role-play involving a problem that needed to be addressed. After a 10 minute time slot they were given 10 minutes to present their ideas to a local businessperson. The experience will help them to be better prepared for future DECA competitive events.

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Class Points Update

Thanks to everyone who has been participating in Red and Black Fridays, Spirit Weeks, and other school events to earn class points! Right now, the standings are:

  • 1st Seniors - 915
  • 2nd Juniors - 380
  • 3rd Sophomores - 340
  • 4th IST - 240
  • 5th Freshman - 75

Keep it up to support your class! The Fall Food & Necessities Drive is a great way to earn more points if you need them.

Homecoming Dance

Thanks so much to the many students who signed up for Homecoming and attended the dance, football game, and other events last weekend. We had a great time celebrating together as a community. Thank you to Leah Dach and the Senior class officers for their tireless efforts arranging everything and putting together a beautiful dance. Your hard work resulted in a beautiful event. Thank you!
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Joya Penny Drive Results

Thank you, NC community, for all of your support of our Joya Penny Drive! We ended up raising a total of $1055 between us all to donate to the cause. The class winners are:

1st Muñoz: $359

2nd Halpin: $200

3rd Knight: $94.51

4th Poffenberger: $80.26

5th Leonard: $48.14

Thanks for your support!

Announcements and Events

Leadership Positivity Week

Leadership will be hosting a week filled with positivity next week! There’s activities, games and goodies planned for each day of the week! Everyone is welcome to participate. Make sure to keep an eye out for more information!

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Fall Food & Necessities Drive (10/15-10/30)

The NC Fall Food and Necessities Drive starts this Saturday, October 15th, and will be going through Sunday, October 30th. Students can donate in their first period classes or at local grocery stores during our collection hours.

Mission: We are encouraging students to donate any food or necessities they can spare to help us give back to the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery and our very own NC Food Pantry. Our NC families and community truly rely on this food and necessities drive, and it wouldn't be possible without each and every one of you!

Collection Process: Each teacher will have a collection box in their classroom to hold donated items collected from students.

Competition: This is a 1st period competition and a class (IST, Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, Senior) competition. The winning 1st period class will receive a prize and the winning grade-level will receive class points.

Store Front Locations: Leadership students will be standing in front of the Grocery Outlet Downtown and My Fresh Basket in Kendall Yards over the course of the two and a half weeks.

Items Wanted: Snack foods like beef jerky, granola bars, fruit snacks, crackers, cereal, cup of noodle, tuna, peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit, Thanksgiving food items, chapstick, feminine products, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, toilet paper, etc.

Goal: The goal is to collect 15,000 items!!

Thank you for your support in going into this large undertaking!

-NC Leadership

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Welcome to NC, DeVonte!

My name is DeVonte Gorman and I am the new School Based Advisor for 9th and 10th graders at North Central High School. I recently graduated from Whitworth University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education and History/Social Studies. During my attendance at Whitworth, I was an Act Six scholar and a Varsity Men’s Soccer Player. I am excited to join the College Success Foundation team here in Spokane!

One of my main goals is to bring excitement, professionalism, and joy to our work place. My philosophy when working with children is molded by the following quote: “Every Child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be” – Rita F. Pierson.

I am passionate about equipping students with the skills and tools necessary to advocate for themselves; furthermore, I hope students gain a sense of self-agency and autonomy as they discover the best path for themselves after high school. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be here!

Welcome to the Pack, DeVonte! We are glad to have you here to support our students. If you're looking for him, he's in the Library in 123G or at dgorman@collegesuccessfoundation.org.

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Blacklight Volleyball Coming Soon!

Hey NC! Wanna have a crazy fun time with your friends? Wanna smash the competition on the volleyball courts?

Register as a team of 6-8 players for our upcoming Blacklight Volleyball tournament on November 9th! Fill out the paperwork located in the business office, $55 a team, and come ready with some neon outfits! Make sure to turn your paperwork in by November 8th at 3pm to the business office! The tournament will be located in the big gym from 5:30 to 8:30pm so bring your A-game!! Can't wait to see you there!

*Middle school students are welcome to participate, but must bring their team packet to Ms. Hayes for approval before submitting it to the Business Office

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Painting with a Purpose

Painting with a Purpose is Nov 2nd from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the commons and the theme is sweater weather. Come join us for a fun night of painting, music, and snacks. All materials will be free for you use. Hope to see you there NC!

Groovy Shoes Chairmen Named

This week, the NC Groovy Shoes Chairmen for this year were named. Congrats to Xander Shaw, Nora Henning, and Kelsie Delp for this honor, which also comes with a lot of hard work. Thank you for your leadership of our school community!
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Student Passwords Changing

Student passwords have been identified as a security risk, so SPS is requiring secondary students to change and manage their own passwords. Learning to secure and managing their password is an important life skill for students. All students have received information in first period and their school email accounts for how to manage their own passwords moving forward. Starting on October 26th, anyone who hasn't updated their password will be required to do so before they can access any SPS systems.

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Community Vaccine Clinics

Families who need additional vaccinations are encouraged to check out two vaccine clinics coming up in the next few weeks. They include childhood vaccines, COVID vaccines, and the flu vaccine. The clinics are on October 26th in Spokane Valley and November 1st in Medical Lake. See the linked flyers for more details.

Native Families - Please Complete Form 506

The SPS Native Education program supports Native students through tutoring, culturally responsive practices, and connections with other Indigenous youth. In order to connect our families to these services, we need building leaders to share information about the 506 Form. Find the form online and watch the video below to learn more about the importance of properly completing the form.

What's a 506 Form? A short explainer for SPS staff
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North Central High School

At NCHS, our vision is to provide a supportive and nurturing environment which embraces diversity, encourages social responsibility, promotes rigorous learning experiences, and emphasizes personalized learning support.