Wolfpack Pride

November 10th, 2022

Principal's Update

Hello Wolfpack!

November is full of happenings within our community. Blacklight Volleyball last night was downright fun! Opportunities like this provide students to engage in community and competition. Thank you to the many teams who participated, including three staff teams! Congratulations to our tournament winners, the D1 Commits, pictured below.

Happy Veteran’s Day to our military and their families, who sacrifice so much to keep our country safe and strong. The Veteran’s Day Convocation helps educate our students on the costs and opportunities military service can provide. Thank you to our student leaders for planning the event and our local veterans who took time to speak with our students today.

The strength of the wolf is in the pack.

Tami McCracken

This Week's Events

Friday, November 11th

  • No School - Veterans Day Holiday

Saturday, November 12th

  • Cheer Team Fundraiser at D'Lish, 11 AM - 7 PM

Monday, November 14th

  • Winter Sports Tryouts Begin - Make sure to register in Final Forms!
  • Deadline for AP Exam Changes and Fees, 3 PM

Thursday, November 17th

  • "Love/Sick" Play, 7 PM

Friday, November 18th

  • Inaugural Fellowship of Christian Athletes Meeting, S10, 7 AM
  • Fall Food Distribution in the Skylight, 2:30 PM
  • "Love/Sick" Play, 7 PM

Saturday, November 19th

  • SAT Makeup Exam, 8 AM - Rescheduled from Nov 5th

Community Celebrations

Cross Country at State

Congratulations to Kendall Carter and Micaiah Aden for running in the state track meet last weekend in Pasco. The wind was brutal and cold, but the students were determined and committed. Great job running all season and earning your spots in the state championship meet. We are all so proud of you!
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Emily Todd Athletic Signing

Congrats to NC forward Emily Todd, who signed with Gonzaga to play soccer on Wednesday. Todd was a first-team All-GSL 4A/3A this season, a second-team 4A/3A pick her junior season in 2021, and a first-team pick in 2A as a sophomore. She was featured this week in a brief writeup in the Spokesman-Review. We had the opportunity to celebrate with Emily, her family, coaches, and teammates on Wednesday as a school. Congratulations, Emily, and best of luck as you continue your soccer career at Gonzaga!

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NC Fall Food/Necessities Drive 2022

With the help of our amazing staff who donated hundreds of dollars in cash and countless items, and to our Leadership students who took on an extra weekend of storefront shifts, we were able to exceed our NC Fall Food and Necessities Drive goal of 15,000 items! Thank you to all staff and students who helped make this happen—it was a full team effort!

Total: 16580 items

Winning Teacher: Matt Halpin with 1213 items

For Class Competition points, they are as follows:

Seniors: 5646

Juniors: 3996

Sophomores: 392

Freshmen: 114

IST: 508

Brady Closson Wins Design Contest

Congrats to NC's own Brady Closson, 6th grade, for his win of the Tom's Turkey Drive T-shirt design contest. Brady is a student in our IST program and it's awesome to see him contributing to this event in our community. Tom's Turkey Drive provides over 11,000 meals to local families in need by bringing together stores and other community organizations. Thanks, Brady, for your work supporting our community!

You can learn more about the drive and watch a video interview with Brady and his family via KREM2 News.

Blacklight Volleyball

Thank you for everybody who came out to support Blacklight Volleyball! Our ASB officers planned our most successful Blacklight Volleyball tournament with 20 teams, including 3 staff teams!

Congratulations to D1 Commits - Steph Leach, Kelsie Delp, Brandon Huynh, Emily Todd, Jesse Leach, Adrien Feresse - who won the tournament last night!
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Speech and Debate Results

On November 4th and 5th, North Central's Speech and Debate Team competed at Timberwolf Invitational at Lake City High School. In Novice Congressional Debate, Kyla Shodahl and Luisa Graham placed in the top 8; in Open Informative, Dane Hendrickson placed 2nd; in Novice Editorial Commentary, Rey Parkin-Pineda placed 2nd; and in Novice Original Oratory, Kyla Shodahl placed 2nd. Our season will continue with our upcoming Welcome to the Jungle Tournament at Lewis and Clark High School on November 18th and 19th.

For students interested in Speech and Debate or adults willing to judge speech and debate events (with training), please contact Carlos Santos at carlossa@spokaneschools.org.

Announcements and Events

AP Testing - Final Deadline

The final deadline for all students to register or pay for AP Exams is on Monday, November 14th. AP Students and families received a confirmation email from Heidi Hayes November 9th that details what you have completed and what is still missing. After Monday, any changes to AP exams will require a $40 late fee from the College Board. Email Ms. Hayes at heidihay@spokaneschools.org with any questions about how to complete this task.

So far we have 364 students who have completed their registration process for a total of 646 exams! This is over 100 more exams than we offered last year and we are so proud of your efforts and commitment to challenging coursework. Great job to all of our AP teachers and students!

Love/Sick Play Opening This Week

The Intermediate/Advanced theater class, called Infinity, is gearing up for their fall play called “Love/Sick.” Come and watch this class tackle the intricacies of portraying all different levels of love, life, and relationships in this beautiful story. Tickets are only $5 and are available in the Business Office, as well as at the door. November 17th and 18th at 7pm.

Winter Sports Tryouts Begin Monday

Tryouts for winter sports being on Monday, 11/14. Monday's schedule is:

  • Girls Basketball – Main Gym at 3pm
  • Gymnastics – Fitness Center at 3pm
  • Wrestling – Mat Room at 3pm
  • Boys Basketball – Main Gym at 5pm

Remember that all Final Forms requirements must be completed in order to participate in tryouts or practices. This includes: Parent signatures, Student signatures, Doctor's Physical, and ASB fees. When you log in to your account on Final Forms, all the requirements need to show the green check in order for you to participate in practices and tryouts. Make sure to get any of the red-flagged items completed this weekend so you can play on Monday. Thanks!

Inaugural FCA Meeting next Friday

NC is starting a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) club, with our inaugural meeting scheduled for Friday, 11/18, in room S10 at 7:10 AM. There will be breakfast snacks and all are welcome to attend. Questions? See Coach Vandine.

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DECA attends Fall Leadership Conference

North Central DECA members spent two days in Bellevue, WA attending the Fall Leadership Conference where they Launched their DECA year along with 1700 other DECA members throughout the state. They attended business conferences led by business leaders in the Seattle area. Attendees had more than 20 different breakout sessions to choose from. Some of the breakout sessions included: Foundations in Finance, Our Journey to the Seattle Kraken, How to Sell Yourself Despite the Odds, Women in Leadership and Three Secrets of Great leaders. While attending sessions, members were required to dress in professional business attire.

Chris Nguyen was the Keynote speaker for the opening session. Chris was the first Vietnamese American man to anchor in a major U.S. television market. We took pride in learning that he served as a broadcast anchor for KREM near the beginning of his career. He is currently a national correspondent for CNN based in Washington, D.C. He covers breaking news and special reports for the network’s broadcast and digital platforms, as well as 1,000+ local news partners across the globe.

On the last day of the conference students took part in mock role play business presentations. Topics included customer rapport, interpreting business policies, describing the nature of ethics and enlisting others in working towards a shared vision.

North Central DECA members provided the following quotes after attending the conference:

  • “I learned the importance of networking with members from other schools and taking the initiative to experience new opportunities.” Jenna W
  • I learned that it is important to putting yourself out there, be persistent and set yourself apart.” Marlee
  • “You are your biggest salesperson.” Brooklyn L.
  • “I developed stronger relationships with my DECA chapter members.” Maya T.

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NC Step Team Returns!

North Central’s Step team is back! All students are welcome to join the step community on Mondays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm in the Skylight. If you have any questions, please stop by to see Ms. Shamerica in room 123C (in the library).

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Parking Reminders

Please be mindful of where you are parking or stopping your vehicle if you regularly use the neighborhood near NC. We have been receiving complaints from our neighbors regarding driveways and alleys being blocked and parking in parking lots of neighboring business. The only parking lot students should park in is the student lot. If the lot is full and you have to park in the neighborhood, please park legally. Our neighbors have been told to contact Spokane Parking Enforcement when there is an issue which will result in vehicles being towed at owner's expense.

Cheer Fundraiser at D'Lish

Come dine in at D'Lish Saturday November 12th from 11am-7pm to support our North Central Cheer Squad! We are raising funds to go to state for competitive cheer! D'Lish will be donating 10% of both dine in and drive through proceeds from 11am-7pm to our cheer squad! We appreciate your support.

-Coach Hare

Inland Northwest Theatre Arts Festival

Three hundred twenty theater students from all around the region came together to participate at INTAF (Inland Northwest Theatre Arts Festival) on October 29th at Ferris High School. Students get the opportunity to take workshops from professionals around the area, get feedback on their work, and support each other in current projects they are working on. North Central brought 24 students to this event, and we had an absolute blast!

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Gatsby Wednesdays

Mr. Kiki, NC English teacher writes: Strength in numbers.

My 11th grade classes started a tradition last Wednesday. For the 4 weeks-ish that we are reading The Great Gatsby, I have invited my students to dress up as if we were in the 1920s every Wednesday.

This week, we have over doubled our number of students that dressed up. And, yes, the students that dress up have come alive in the class and are my biggest conversationalists.

I am a firm believer that learning is an experience, not just books and computers. I just want great lessons and experiences to lay in the wake of their dreams when we finish their time with me.

"A phrase began to beat in my ears with a sort of heady excitement: 'There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.'"

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Wolfpack Spirit Wear for the Holidays

Hey NC Fans! Find something for everyone on your list now when you shop our '22 Holiday Gift Guide. From apparel to accessories, Sideline Store has this season's top picks for moms, dads, kids and more. Hurry over to your NORTH CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL Sideline Store to explore our holiday assortment. Better hustle—orders must be received by Nov. 28 to ensure delivery by Dec. 25. Go NORTH CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL!

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NC ProStart Catering

The English teachers want to thank the NC ProStart student chefs for catering a district-wide English Language Arts meeting this past week at North Central. The chefs served a delicious selection of both sweet and savory crepes, which were thoroughly enjoyed by the teachers and staff visiting NC. Thank you!

Student ID Badges

All students should have received their 2022-2023 student ID card on picture day. If a student did not receive their ID, they can request one to be printed in the Student Office. Students who have lost their ID card will need to go to the Business Office and request a replacement. The first replacement card will be free of charge. After the first replacement, any additional replacement cards will be $5. This fee will be charged to the student’s account in the Business Office and can be paid later. Thank you for your help with ensuring every student has an ID card this school year!

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Students Connecting with Games

With the colder weather and fewer opportunities to play outside during lunch, students are getting creative. This enterprising group brought several card games to play during lunch and keep themselves entertained. We love to see our NC students connecting with each other and supporting each other. Great job!
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Community Resources & Events

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Growing Artists Event

The Growing Neighbors Family puts on a Growing Artists Event as a benefit for Growing Neighbors and Summer Art Camp scholarships for students. They are actively recruiting student artists (K-college) to present performing and visual art pieces based on the theme “Peace, A Gift to Share.”

A few dates/details to keep in mind include:

  • 11/6 - Artists’ interest/idea submission priority deadline (link to online form)
  • 11/7 - Free Art Workshop at Shadle Library from 3:30-5 p.m. Including a variety of performing arts and visual arts using repurposed materials
  • 12/6 - Free Dinner at 5:30 and Show preview/rehearsal from 6:30-8
  • 12/9 - Growing Artists Show, featuring dinner by Island Style Food Truck

Please reach out to us with any questions or ideas. We’d love to work with you on this opportunity to encourage young artists, grow healthy relationships, and share beautiful artwork!

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