The Northern Friday Message

May 7, 2021


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Good Things

Congratulations, Niya Bellamy and Lady Herrera Reyes on receiving industry certifications!!! They both received a Veterinary Medical Applications Certification.

Congratulations to all who were chosen by the Class of 2021 for Senior Superlatives!

Best "Squad": Lilly Baker, Cassidy Bowen, Jane Cassalia, Gisselle Castro, Katie Combs, Savannah Gallis, & Erica Lacey

Best "Bromance": Jake Howard & Brycen Swain

Best Dressed: Savannah Gallis & Caleb Steele

Best to Bring Home to Mom and Dad: Kate Proctor & Adam Swain

Biggest Flirt: Kyle Barnhill & Erica Lacey

Class Clown: Jake Howard & Ashlyn Stone

Life of the Party: Jasmine Barnette & Owen Powell

Most Academic: Katie Combs & Alex Penne

Most Accident-Prone: Anthony Brown & Skyler Williford

Most Changed since Freshman Year: Kyle Barnhill & Katie Combs

Most Creative: Amir Jones & Yana Tatsiyenko

Most Likely to be a Social Media Influencer: Cassidy Bowen & Lorenzo Luis-Demain

Most Likely to be Heard Across Campus: Sarah Affiah & JC Berini

Most Likely to get Married: Katie Combs & Alex Penne

Northern Knight & Lady: Lilly Baker & Jack Dube

Worst Senioritis: Karsyn Roberts & Dawson Wilson

Don't forget, you can celebrate these seniors and all the best moments of this school year by buying a yearbook! Email Miss Casteen at for more info!

All students for fall make-up EOCs (Biology, English 2, Math 1, and Math 3) will be tested on Wednesday, May 19th. Students must be at school at 9am.

We hope that you are doing well as we all have almost survived our year of remote/hybrid learning! As we close out the semester, final exams are a part of that process. There have been many changes and there may continue to be adjustments up until the day testing begins. We will update you as soon as we receive updates. Testing will look very different this year and it will take the cooperation of everyone to make sure that our plan works. With in-person testing, we have taken every precaution to ensure the safety of everyone. Only students that are scheduled to test will be allowed to ride the buses and enter the building on testing days.

Please be aware of the guidelines for in-person testing sessions and prepare accordingly:

  • Students must bring their fully charged DPS device and power cord (If you did not pick up your device, we will have one available for you to test with).

  • Students will have to fill out the STUDENT DAILY SCREENER and receive a green check mark before being allowed into the building.

  • Temperatures will be taken at entrances. Students with temperatures above 100o F will not be allowed entry.

  • All students must wear approved masks while inside the building and within 6 feet of persons outside the building.

  • Students must be present at the beginning of each exam period to take the exam.

  • Students will not be allowed to have access to cell phones, including smart watches, during exam periods. Students will be given instructions about the use of electronic devices during and after EOCs.

  • All students could bring their own water bottle. However, the water fountains have been turned on and there are disposable cups at each fountain.

  • Breakfast and lunch will be served.

  • For in-person exams:

    • If you take the exam, the lowest exam grade that you will receive is a 90.

    • If you do not take the exam, you will receive an exam grade of 50.

  • For teacher-made exams:

    • If you take the exam, the lowest exam grad that you will receive is a 60.

    • If you do not take the exam, you will receive an exam grade of 0.

  • In all courses, the final exam will count 20% of the student’s final grade.

Exam Exemption Policy: Taken from the 2020-21 Student/Family Handbook Pg. 12

Attendance Incentive: Exam Exemption

High school students may be exempt from their non-state-mandated (teacher made) final exams if they meet one of the following conditions, detailed below.

For 90 day courses:

  • Have an “A” average and no more than three absences.

  • Have a “B” average and no more than two absences.

Any absences (lawful or unlawful) count toward the limit for exam exemption except school-sponsored field trips, school-approved activities, religious holidays, or school system approved medical hardship waivers. Students who are exempt from an exam may elect to take the exam. The grade will only count if it improves the student’s overall grade. This final exam exemption does not apply to courses offered through community colleges, universities, online services, or CTE classes that do not require an in-person post-assessment.

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AP Exams begin NEXT WEEK! Students were sent their exam information at the beginning of March to the email address they are using with Collegeboard. If your student has not received this email, please notify Ms. Harkey immediately at More emails will be sent leading up to the test date with reminders about using the testing app, checking in 3 days ahead of each test, and the test day timeline (see general timeline info below). GOOD LUCK TO ALL OUR AP SCHOLARS!

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Two Durham Tech students won first place in the Boston Museum of Science’s Go Carbon Neutral competition! Their proposal for electric-powered high-speed trains to connect rural and urban areas across North Carolina was selected among submissions from around the country. See their Great Proposal here!

Secrets of Great College Essays

This spring, you can get a jump on your college essays. The essays are one of the most important and time-intensive parts of the college application process. This webinar is in the spring because we encourage rising seniors to start working on their college essays during the summer. This will allow more time for them to focus on academics and activities during their senior year.

They’ll be hosting a 30-minute virtual webinar for our families on “Secrets to Great College Essays.” You can attend the webinar in English OR in Spanish!

Tuesday, May 25 at 6:30PM ET

Click here to reserve your spot!

RSVP is required

To learn more about Prompt, visit:

Are you interested in playing football? We understand many students did not play this year due to concerns about Covid.

If you are interested in playing next year, we would like to connect with you. Please fill out this short form

We look forward to success at Northern with you on our team.


NHS PTO Scholarship - 300 due May 14th - Application:

The Dr. Levi Watskins, Jr. Institute and Scholarship Fund was established to provide scholarships for outstanding high school graduates and enrolled students who meet the criteria for admission and choose a career in medicine or dentistry. Funds from this scholarship will support students enrolled in the Meharry Medical College - Tennessee State University Medical/Dental Accelerated Pathway Program. Apply here -

Look at the March College Advising Newsletter for more info on deadlines, FAFSA completion and FAFSA verification, and the following local scholarships:

· Moving Forward Scholarship, due April 30, 2021

· Bahama Ruritan - Lewis Roberts Scholarship, due April 30, 2021

· NCCU Scholarship, due April 30, 2021

For additional assistance, reach out to Ms. Tran (919-391-6441 or

All colleges/universities require students and families to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for financial aid. The priority deadline is March 1st. For help completing FAFSA or confirmation that you've completed FAFSA, reach out to Ms. Tran (919-391-6441 or or Ms. Villegas (919-525-1165 or

Recent high school graduates in Durham County can receive up to $1,000 each year for two years at Durham Technical Community College. To be eligible, students must enroll in at least six credit hours in a semester immediately after high school. Disbursements are made in $500 payments per semester. (Learn more here.)

High School Navigator: High School Navigator is a one-stop search tool for finding pre-college summer programs or internships or volunteer opportunities for high school students. HS Navigator will help you to filter your search experience based on your diverse subject interest, location, preferred university, program duration, budget, and more. Please use this link to access the Navigator:

National Association of Black Accountants: The National Association of Black Accountants is hosting a residency program for 20 minority students who are interested in learning more about accounting at one UNCC campus from June 13-18. Students will be exposed to corporate industries in Charlotte and learn more about accounting, college, business etiquette, professional development, and financial literacy from faculty at UNCC as well as professionals from different organizations. It is a FREE program and one of the 20 students who are invited to attend receive a $500 scholarship. For the application and additional information, contact

LatinxEd launches College y Consejos --a FREE, ONLINE college advising space that centers cultura y comunidad for Latinx students in North Carolina. If you’re a Latinx 11th or 12th-grade high school student in NC, you qualify to participate in College y Consejos!


Operation Summer Learning! There are 3 summer learning options available this summer:

  1. Credit Recovery at Northern (In-Person)
  2. Self-Paced Credit Recovery through Northern (Virtual)
  3. New Course Acceleration through Ignite! Online Academy (Virtual - asynchronous and synchronous)

Credit Recovery at Northern - If your student has failed a course needed for graduation, they will be able to recover these courses this summer, both in person and virtually during 1 or 2 sessions at Northern - Monday - Thursday with asynchronous activities on Fridays.

  • Session 1: June 14 - July 2
  • Session 2: July 2 - July 30
  • Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Transportation is provided.
  • Sign up for this opportunity here:

Ignite! Online Academy - These courses are designed to help students accelerate and will be taught by DPS teachers. They are 6 weeks (June 14 - July 2 and July 12 - July 30) Students are required to work both synchronously and asynchronously. All courses will be blended for standard/honors level students.

Courses available:

  • Health/PE
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Civics
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Math II

Sign up for this opportunity here.

Graduation Information:

  • Graduation: June 4 at 9:00 at NCCU - O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium
  • Rehearsal: June 1 @ 2:30pm at NCCU - O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium
  • Senior Cookout: June 2 (TIME TBD) at Northern Track


  • Each student is allowed 4 tickets for guests to graduation. (lap children (2 and under) will not require a ticket) Please let your counselor know if any of your guests need handicap-accessible seating.
  • Tickets will be distributed at the Senior Cookout on June 2.
  • Students who do not use all 4 tickets may return extra tickets to their counselor. Students may join a waitlist for additional tickets that get returned.

Students must fill out this form to receive their tickets.

DTCC Cosmetic Arts Info Session: May 11th on Microsoft Teams for any high school juniors and seniors interested in Esthetics, natural hair care specialists or manicuring.

Link for 1 - 2pm meeting

Link for 6 - 7pm meeting

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery is a two-phase process by which students can earn credit for a course by demonstrating a deep understanding and mastery of application of the content standards prior to taking the class. Students who successfully complete CDM will receive a pass/fail grade and course credit. All high school students are eligible to request an opportunity to earn credit through CDM.

  • PHASE ONE Students complete a standard examination of the course requested to demonstrate foundational knowledge. Students must score 90% for advancement to Phase Two.
  • PHASE TWO Student completes the artifact development process and/or any other criteria established for demonstrating deep understanding and application of course content.
  • APPLICATION PROCESS Before applying, all interested students must meet with their school counselor to review the CDM process and course progression. School counselors will verify student meeting. The application window closes on Thursday, June 10th. APPLICATION LINK

AP Review Sessions via Youtube:

Check out the review videos from College Board. Use the Search Icon to access the course you wish to review for!

Students, let Durham Tech's IT programs help get you ready for a great career with Apple (coming to RTP)!

Announcement from DT president Buxton - Durham Tech IT Programs

You can complete a 2-year degree or transfer to finish a 4-year degree. In IT, all degrees lead to a high paying career! People are moving here from all over the country. Durham's youth deserve these high paying jobs too!

Contact Ms. Hines to chat about options right away!

Please be sure to return your library books to the media center! You can drop them off to the front office during school hours or in our bin at the front office! If you need to pay a fee for a lost book - you can do so at this link.

Planet Palooza Stem Camp - Ignite the Spark STEM Futures Academy is a week long, self paced learning adventure. For more information, visit (Starts June 7).

Corning Hiring Event - Saturday May 1 from 8:00-4:00pm (1 Becton Circle Durham NC 27701)

Available Positions - Productions Associates

Salaries will be discussed at the event & Please bring resumes to the event.

Durham County Library Subscription Boxes for Teens - Each month teens will receive a box with three books and some goodies in it. The books need to be returned but the treats are yours to keep. There will be a form for you to fill out so that the next month's box is even better. Fill out the form here.

Yearbook Information

Seniors: Please complete this survey

Graduation Information: Northern Graduation will be at NCCU June 4. More information can be found here:

The district and the City of Durham have created summer work-based learning opportunities for our students. Also, employers across the triangle will be interviewing graduating seniors virtually on May 5th from 2-4pm. Students can visit the Career Center for more information.

The Athletic Booster Club is currently looking to add to its roster of volunteers.

Many of the current members/officers are aging out as their student athletes are graduating.

Please email Alan Rigsbee at for more details.

1 hour a month and a few emails a month and a pride in the Northern Knights sporting community are the only requirements. Please consider joining our club.

A generous donor has provided scholarships for up to ten high school students to participate in a virtual marine sciences summer camp this summer. The camp is called the “Marine Mammal Online Experience,” run by the California Ocean Alliance. The experience is described here: There are two sessions:
1.) July 5-9 9:00am - 12 noon PST
2.) July 19-23 9:00am - 12 noon PST
Please consider your students, giving consideration to those who would most benefit and might have limited opportunity to otherwise join a program like this to explore their interest in marine science. Science department chairs and teachers should contact Linda Tugurian ASAP with a student name and contact information (email and phone) so we can put these scholarships to good use!

Consider starting at Durham Tech, where you have access to wonderful transfer opportunities!

Durham Tech Transfer Program - (YouTube video)

Seniors - Durham Tech has FIVE special Guaranteed Transfer programs with UNC A&T, UNC, NCSU, UNCW, ECU! Don't miss your deadline to apply to one of these prestigious programs!

Contact Ms. Hines if you have any questions - call/text: 919-943-2553

All students who are on the waitlist for Driver Ed need to check your emails and respond ASAP if you are still interested in taking the class. There will be an April class for those already on the waitlist only. All other students will have a chance to sign up for the summer class starting May 17th. Any questions, please email

The Construction Summer Camp at Durham Tech is now open. It is FREE! Parents of Rising 9h, 10th, and 11th graders who are interested in the construction trades industry are encouraged to apply. Participants must wear a mask at all times and should not attend this event if ill or recently exposed to any individual with COVID symptoms. Details and registration: Construction Trades (Non-credit) | Durham Technical Community College

Mike Rowe Work Ethic Scholarship - To be eligible for this award, you must be enrolled or plan to attend one of the following trade-related programs:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Aviation Technology
  • Carpentry
  • Commercial Driving
  • Diesel Technology
  • Electrical Technology
  • Emergency Medical Technology
  • Farming & Agriculture
  • Fire Science & Technology
  • Heavy Equipment Operation
  • HVAC
  • Machinery
  • Manufacturing
  • Marine Technology
  • Pipefitting
  • Plumbing
  • Welding

All students who are on the waitlist for Driver Ed need to check your emails and respond ASAP if you are still interested in taking the class. There will be an April class for those already on the waitlist only. All other students will have a chance to sign up for the summer class starting May 17th. Any questions, please email

  • North Carolina A&T University is starting a new scholarship program called Aggie Commitment Trailblazers (ACT). The scholarships are open to Associate in Science or Associate in Engineering students planning to major in a STEM discipline at NC A&T and attending one of NC A&T’s partner colleges like Durham Tech. The scholarship covers full in-state tuition and fees.
  • Five Durham Tech honors students have been invited to present their research at UNC-Greensboro's Undergraduate Honors Program Symposium
  • Two Durham Tech students received the SURE Fellowship Award to conduct undergraduate research with UNC School of Medicine this summer.

C3 Drop-In Hours

NC State's C3, the guaranteed admissions pathway to NC State, is offering drop-in hours to answer student questions. The application deadline is rolling until June 1.

Guaranteed admissions pathway to UNC, C-STEP has a late April date.

Just wanted to share some really exciting news for this week. Our school district has partnered with Oppti ( which is an online platform where high school students can find volunteer opportunities and internships specifically sourced for them. We know it is incredibly tough finding opportunities, but we hope that with this new resource, it makes the searching process so much easier. You can easily create an account at using your personal email address and type in Northern High School. If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please email Ms. Natasha Nema at Hope to see many of you on the site soon!

This free, co-ed camp is for rising 9th, 10th and 11th graders. Registration is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Session I: June 14-18, 2021 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday) Session II: June 21-25, 2021 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday) Main Campus, Newton (Building 4), room 4-149 By filling out this form we know that you are interested in the construction camp and that you are able to attend for the entire week of programming. Durham Tech COVID procedures will be in effect for these sessions. Participants must wear a mask at all times. Participants should not attend this event if ill or recently exposed to an individual/s with COVID symptoms.

Durham Tech University Transfer Program:

University transfer degree programs are designed for students who wish to complete two years of college and then transfer to four-year colleges or universities to complete their baccalaureate degrees. | Learn more at

A copy of the NHS Virtual Parent/Student Handbook can be found here.

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