NHS Family Newsletter

July 12, 2019

Graduation Class of 2020

Sunday, May 31st 2020 at 7pm

2000 Kirker Pass Road

Concord, CA

Senior Finals will occur before this date- seniors who graduate are not expected to return to school after graduation.

One Month Away! (not to rush you...)

Schedules 2019-20

We will be sending out one more scheduling email before Walk Through Registration. Please remember that as written in the first schedule email, those class assignments are tentative. Classes will still adjust when we bring them to contract maximums (maximum class sizes) and resolve waiting lists as best we can. If you still have a question, or would like to request a schedule change, fill out the form here.

The following courses are not being offered in the 2019-20 school year- there is a chance a couple may come back with additional funding, and we will message that out if it becomes available.

  • Gender Studies
  • AP Comp Sci A
  • Computer Tech (Help Desk)
  • PLTW/ ROP Engineering
  • Sports Leadership
  • Creative Writing/Public Speaking
  • ROP Vet Science
  • Intro to Programming
  • Computer Science Discoveries
  • Transition to College Math and Statistics
  • ROP Journalism

The following new courses are being offered next year:

  • AP Calculus BC
  • Advanced Sports Medicine* (articulated with DVC)
  • Chem of Earth (this course replaces traditional Chemistry I)
  • Living Earth (this course replaces traditional Biology)

Thanks to our PFC and some angel donations, as well as our admin team taking on some additional work, we are going to be able to offer some previously cut courses, including:

  • German Honors and AP German
  • Work Experience

PFC Funding could not have been possible without parent participation and fundraising efforts. Huge kudos and thank you to our PFC leadership, and please continue to get involved! Parents have asked many times how they can help when their favorite classes have been at risk, or teacher layoffs were upon us. You can find the Ed Fund donation form below. Join the PFC today!

Who can I contact?

Academic Counselors

Last Name A-G ...................................Naseem Saremi~~~~saremin@mdusd.org~~~ext 3546

Last Name H-O....................................Kristen Bligh~~~~~~blighk@mdusd.org~~~~ext 3526

Last Name P-Z.....................................Mandy Kaur~~~~~~kaurm@mdusd.org~~~~ext 3539

Vice Principals

Last Name A-L.....................................Kelly Cooper~~~~~~cooperk@mdusd.org~~ext 3502

Last Name M-Z....................................Craig Bocks~~~~~~bocksc@mdusd.org~~~ext 3503

SAVE THE DATE- Walk Through Registration

Northgate High School's Walk Through Registration (WTR) is the event where your student will get his/her class schedule, textbooks, locker assignment, resolve fines, turn in school forms, make classroom & PFC donations, buy spirit wear and yearbooks, etc.

Wednesday, August 14th

  • 12th Grade 8:00–9:00 am
  • 11th Grade 9:00–10:00 am
  • 10th Grade 10:00–11:00 am
  • 9th Grade 1:00–2:30 pm
  • All Grades 2:30-3:30 pm

Students must attend their grade window only, or the final all grades window. Siblings in different grades must attend their own grade windows, or come together in the final window. All students/families must get an official schedule to begin class on the 15th. 9th grade families must complete the address verification (see below) before they receive their schedules. All fines must be resolved before receiving lockers and parking passes.

More details forthcoming, including a detailed information document to be posted on the website and sent out via email on August 2nd.

Locker Assignments

All lockers have been cleaned out and reassigned. 2019-20 Sophomores and Seniors will be assigned their same locker with a few necessary changes. Individual communication will be sent out regarding locker fines for failure to clean out or lost locks, as per the locker contract.

All fines must be resolved, new contracts signed in order to be assigned a locker for the upcoming school year.

Any items left in lockers over the summer can be sought after in the lost and found at walk through.

Address Verification

All incoming 9th grade families must complete address verification. The process for this will begin on August 2nd through August 9th. All families are encouraged to complete this step before walk through registration on the 14th, to avoid long delays on that day before getting your student's schedule.

Office Hours for Address Verification:

August 2 - 8am - 2pm

August 5 - 8am - 2pm

August 6 - 8am - 2pm

August 7 - 8am - 5pm * Extended Hours

August 8 - 8am - 5pm * Extended Hours

August 9 - 8am - 2pm

August 12 - 8am - 2pm *Last chance before walk through

August 14th Walk Through- 1pm-3:30pm Address verification will be available, but will greatly delay walk through process!

All 9th grade students must go through residency verification in order to get their schedule.

See the attached documentation for verification requirements.

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First Day of School - August 15th - See Bell Schedule!

On the first day of school, all 9th graders will report to the gym at 7:55 for Freshmen Orientation. This event is mandatory and a vital part of the freshman transition process! Please be sure that your 9th grader attends.

All other students will report to school as follows:

A Period 11:30-11:50 (20) (Non-9th Graders Only)

LUNCH 11:50-12:25

1st Period 12:30-12:50 (20)

2nd Period 12:55-1:17 (22)

3rd Period 1:22-1:44 (22)

4th Period 1:49-2:11 (22)

5th Period 2:16-2:38 (22)

6th Period 2:43-3:05 (22)

Sending Thank You's and Good Luck!

We want to thank the following teachers and staff for their time, dedication and excellence at Northgate High School as they move on to new endeavors!

  • Sandy Harris- Sandy served as the department chair for Special Education, and ran our Magnet program for students with Autism. She retired after so many years and looks forward to traveling to take care of her grandchildren.
  • Patti Kjonaas- Patti ran the Ceramics program at NHS for years, and is retiring to pursue her masters in pottery, and work in her home studio.
  • Robin Spring- Robin taught 9th grade English for many years at NHS. She retired and is looking forward to reading books NOT on the required reading list!
  • Maria Viscogliosi- Maria worked 16 years at NHS as a Special Education Assistant. Maria is looking forward to retiring and sleeping in. She has plans to work in her garden.
  • Chase Templeton- Chase taught Biology and Physiology at NHS for three years, and he coached water polo and swimming as well. Chase has secured a teaching position in the San Ramon Valley District next year.
  • Jan Hepner-Martinez- Jan taught Resource in Special Education last year at NHS, and for many years in the district and has retired. She looks forward to working in her garden at home.
  • Janette Sikorski- Janette taught English at Northgate on and off for several years. She has accepted a position with Las Lomas High School teaching Social Studies and English next year.
  • Felipe Fajardo- Felipe taught Spanish at Northgate for many years. He will be teaching at Castro Valley High School next year.
  • Julia Flanagan-Schmidt- Julia taught French at NHS and ran the French Club. Julia will be teaching French and becoming a faculty member of the International Baccalaureate program at Ygnacio Valley High School next year.
  • Karla Branch- Karla taught Algebra I at NHS and served as advisor to the Black Student Union. She will be teaching math with the Gateway Independent Study program next year.
  • Danielle Crider- Danielle taught English at NHS and has just completed her first year. Her next site is to be determined, but she is looking forward to the adventure.
  • Tucker Farrar- Tucker taught Math at NHS for years before transitioning to the Dean of Students in January. He has accepted an Assistant Principal position with California High School.

Please Help Us Welcome...

We have several new faculty for the coming school year. Please help us welcome them!

  • Nathan Wolman- Nathan joins us after 7 years at Valley View Middle School, and will be teaching English, Drama and Stagecraft.
  • Lara Brotslaw- Lara taught at Concord High School and El Dorado Middle, and will be taking over our French program.
  • Sara Holmgren- Sara joins us from Pleasant Hill Middle. She will be teaching English II and III.
  • Bob Miller- Bob has been teaching science at Pine Hollow Middle School. He will be teaching Physics and Chemistry.

Senior Portraits for the Class of 2020

We have a new photographer- Studio One!

Senior Portrait Class of 2020 Session Information


Fourth year in a row! Thanks to our faculty, staff and community for your hard work and dedication!

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Walk-Through 2019-20

Wednesday, Aug. 14th, 8am

425 Castle Rock Road

Walnut Creek, CA

Walk through is the day that our families and students can come and get their course schedule with teacher and room assignments, lockers, textbooks, student ASB card, and more. All students must attend walk through or have a parent attend. Those who cannot attend will be required to attend the mini-walk through on the first day of school before attending classes.

Save the Date! Junior Prom 2020

Saturday, March 14th 2020 at 7pm


Save the Date for Junior Prom! Location to be announced! (Yes, it is set, but location comes as part of the reveal by the Junior Class officers)

Save the Date! Senior Ball 2020!

Friday, April 3rd 2020 at 7pm


Location to be announced. Save the date for Senior Ball 2020! YES it is on a Friday, Cesar Chavez day, which is also a school holiday! Yes, it is set location wise, it is announced as part of the 'Reveal' by Senior Class officers.

Summer Reading for Parents!

Looking for some summer reading? Take some time this summer to read up on issues that may affect your teen. Here are some informative ones!



Financial Aid for College


Building Resilience in Teens


More to come! Have suggestions? Feel free to email them!

Upcoming Important Dates!

  • August 2-9 - Address Verification (Mandatory for all 9th grade families)
  • August 5th - Sports Physicals offered in Sports Medicine 5-8pm
  • August 5th - Football tryouts begin/Fall Practice begins
  • August 6th- Mandatory Fall Sports Parents Meeting
  • August 12th - Fall Sports Tryouts begin
  • August 14th - Walk Through Registration (see above for detailed schedule)
  • August 15th - First Day of School (see above for detailed schedule)
  • August 21st - Parent Ed Night- Staying Ahead of the Trends in Substance Abuse
  • August 27th - School Photo Day
  • September 3rd - Labor Day- No School
  • September 5th - Back to School Night

2019-20 Academic Calendar

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