Polaris Express

September 11, 2020

Virtual Back to School Night 2020

Good afternoon, North Star Families!

As you know, Back to School Night has been modified to a virtual format. We are excited that this shift will allow all parents to learn about their child’s teachers and classes without conflicting schedules.

Here is the link to the school website that houses all teachers Back to School Night videos. Please check your child’s schedule in Home Access Center (HAC) paying specific attention to the teachers’ last names and the course your child has with them. On the website, you will notice that it is organized by the teacher’s last name using the tabs across the bottom of the page. When you open the teacher’s link, you will find a playlist organized by the classes they teach. Please select your child’s class to access the correct video.

We thank you for your flexibility, patience, and partnership.

Virtual Back to School Night 2020

Here is a communication from our SCN Athletic Boosters:

The pandemic has had a significant impact on schools and their extra-curricular programming. Along with that, it has been especially hard on our Athletic Boosters as two main sources of income, Booster Passes and concession sales, have been halted. Boosters remain committed to supporting our Student-Athletes but WE NEED YOUR HELP. We would like to ask that you purchase an SCN Athletic Booster Membership. Attached is a letter explaining how you can make that purchase. Along with every membership we will be including our Star Card that offers discounts to 26 local businesses. Using this card will easily offset the cost of your membership.

Thank you for your support,

SCN Athletic Booster Board


Monday 9/14

  • Full-Day Remote Learning
  • School Board Meeting @ 7:00 PM

Tuesday 9/15

  • Odd Day - All students are remote and synchronous for periods 1,3,5,7

Wednesday 9/16

  • Even Day - All students are remote and synchronous for periods 2,4,6,8
  • District PTO Meeting @ 6:00 PM

Thursday 9/17

  • Odd Day - All students are remote and synchronous for periods 1,3,5,7
  • Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting @ 6:00 PM

Friday 9/18

  • Even Day - All students are remote and synchronous for periods 2,4,6,8

National Merit Semi-Finalists

Last October over 1.5 million juniors across the nation took the PSAT/NMSQT. Out of this group approximately 16,000 students were named semifinalists and now have the opportunity to advance and become finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to the following St. Charles North Class of 2021 students for achieving this distinction:

Brett Barnes----Ryan Forester----Nathan Hanselman

Grace Lucchesi----Anastasia Smith-Becker----Riley Trendler

College & Career Readiness

The State of Illinois will be sponsoring a Fall SAT for the Class of 2021 on 9/23/20. All Seniors will automatically be registered for this exam. College Board projects an October 15 score release date for this exam administration. Under state law, every student must take the SAT before receiving a diploma, and the state has not waived this requirement for this year. Seniors who do not test on this date will be required to do so on the October make update or in April.

D303 is sponsoring a Fall PSAT 8/9 for the Freshman Class on Tuesday, 10/6/20. This will be an online exam, and students will need to bring their Chromebooks. The Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT exam on 10/14/20. The PSAT/NMSQT exam is a preliminary SAT that also opens the door to consideration for National Merit scholarships. The Sophomores will take the PSAT/NMSQT on Thursday, 10/29/20.

Student Life

One of the many great aspects of our programs is the opportunity for students to join clubs throughout the year. While many are yearlong, some organizations have more short term commitments. Once you choose what interests you, GET INVOLVED! This will provide you with invaluable connections to your peers, advisors, and the school while strengthening your commitment to academic excellence and your leadership skills.

For more information about the clubs and activities offered at St. Charles North, and when and where they meet, please click here.

Senior Portraits & Yearbook Pictures

Senior portrait appointments from the original dates with Root Studio are filled. If you didn't get an appointment yet, don't worry, Root Studio is adding more dates ASAP! Be on the lookout for more information.

Send Us Your Pictures!

Every couple of weeks the yearbook staff will send out requests for a certain type of photo for spreads we are working on for the yearbook. This week we would like the first day of school photos! Thank you to the families that already sent in a photo via e-mail.

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2019-2020 Yearbook Information

If you ordered a 2019-2020 Yearbook, they are available for pickup in the main office on weekdays from 7:30 am-3:00 pm. Please ensure you wear a mask to visit the building.

We have extra 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 Yearbooks available! If you did not purchase a yearbook for either of these two years, please contact Lindsay.Boynton@d303.org to arrange for purchase and pickup of your yearbook.

LRC News

Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers' Choice

Have you ever enjoyed a book so much you wanted to give it an award?

The Lincoln Award program is an opportunity for students to vote for their favorite book from a list of nominees chosen from across the country. Each year, a panel of high school librarians, teachers, public librarians, and students determines the final master list of twenty titles. Our students have access to these wonderful books at 2021 Lincoln Award Nominees in Destiny Discover. If you read four or more of these titles, you will be able to vote on your favorite between February 15th – March 15th of this school year. Below are two current nominees...

Lincoln Award Nominee

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

By: Tahereh Mafi

"It's 2002, a year after 9/11 Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who's tired of being stereotyped. She's tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments--even the physical violence--she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she's built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother. Then she meets Ocean James. He's the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her--and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she's not sure she'll ever be able to let it down"

Lincoln Award Nominee

Obsessed: A Memoir of My Life With OCD

By: Allison Britz

When she was 15 years old, Allison Britz awoke one morning convinced she had terminal brain cancer. She didn’t, actually. It turns out, however, that she did have sudden onset obsessive-compulsive disorder. "A brave teen recounts her debilitating struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder--and brings readers through every painful step as she finds her way to the other side--in this powerful and inspiring memoir.

BIG NEWS! The fifth Twilight Saga is here!!

Stephenie Meyer makes a triumphant return to the world of Twilight with this highly anticipated companion: the iconic love story of Bella and Edward told from the vampire's point of view.

When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella's side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward's version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

It's Never Too Late To Join The PTO!

As a friendly reminder, please support the North PTO by paying your membership dues of $30 per family (not per student). You can still pay at any time on Pushcoin or on the PTO Website at http://www.scnpto.com.

PTO CHAIRS NEEDED: The North PTO provides services and activities for ALL North students, staff, and families. We cannot do it without your help! Please consider volunteering for a position. If interested, please email PTO President, LauraRThomas@att.net.

PTO BOARD VICE PRESIDENT - Want to assist in leading the North PTO and be a part of providing valuable activities and services to the North community?

Attend monthly Board and open PTO meetings; assist at events as needed; responsible for restaurant fundraisers; work in partnership with PTO President; preside in President’s absence; lead the nominating committee. (If interested a full, detailed list will be provided.)

SENIOR SCHOLARSHIPS CHAIR - Be a part of rewarding several North seniors with an award for their future endeavors!

Obtain external review panel; coordinate review of scholarship applications with outside review evaluators; organize paperwork from applicants and reviewers, complete PTO paperwork; prepare applicant letters and award certificates; write evaluator thank you cards. Date: April and May.

Greater Education Basket Chair - Minimal time commitment and can be completed on your own time schedule!

Pick a theme of your choice and solicit donations to fill a “basket” for the St. Charles Greater Education Gala raffle. Date: Fall/winter 2020, turn in February 2021.


(Homecoming, Social Media, Senior Graduation Signs, Butter Braids, Board Roles, and more!)

Community Unit School District 303 Information and News

If you would like to stay up to date on the latest news from St. Charles CUSD 303, subscribe to the District ENews.

District 303 Food Service

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Remote Lunch Order Form

North Star students now have the ability to order lunch from our school's food service provider, Quest. When purchased, paid and reduced students PushCoin account will be debited.

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Formulario de pedido de almuerzo remoto

Los estudiantes de North Star ahora tienen la posibilidad de pedir el almuerzo al proveedor de servicios de alimentos de nuestra escuela, Quest. Cuando se compran, pagan y reducen la cuenta PushCoin de los estudiantes se debitará.

Let's Talk!

​Let’s Talk provides a way for you to tell us what you think, ask us a question, or compliment a staff member.