Sioux City North
What you need to know.
Message from the Principal
As a parent myself, I know what it feels like to send my children to school and trust someone else with their safety. So, as the principal of your child’s school, I thought it may be helpful to share some facts with you regarding how we ensure your child’s safety at North High. In schools, safety takes on a variety of appearances including physical safety, emotional safety, and academic safety.
Adult supervision in our building happens in a variety of forms. Most people are aware of the supervision provided in the classroom and during lunch, but I often get questions about how we monitor safety in the halls. Here are some examples:
- During passing periods, school staff are assigned to various places throughout the building to supervise students going to and from class. These staff members deter poor behavior, answer questions, and connect with students.
- During class, each teacher restricts the number of students allowed in the hallways. Administration and non-instructional staff are also in the hallways during class time ensuring students move along and are in the appropriate places.
While this gives you insight into our day-to-day safety measures, let me also take a moment to shed light on our crisis preparations. The District has a crisis management plan that outlines the protocol for all potential crisis, including lockdown and lockout drills. While we recognize that each crisis is unique, a well-established plan guides employees’ swift action and initial steps to de-escalate the crisis. In the event of a crisis, District administration collaborates with school resource officers and local law enforcement to assess the threat level and best course of action. For “high-level” threats, law enforcement directs the situation management.
While this is the protocol to respond to threats, the important work comes before a crisis ever occurs. It is the proactive work of the District that really maintains the safety of our school communities. Every Sioux City school has cameras trained on every door, even those that can't be used during the school day, plus other cameras inside and outside the buildings. All doors are secured during the day and entry is obtained through contact with the main office. Students and staff are directed to not open doors for others - known or unknown. The District also has a Sioux City Police Department officer at each high school and middle school.
In planning an appropriate response to possible danger, mock drills for various possible incidents take place during the year and some drills are planned in concert with the Sioux City Police Department, Sioux City Fire Rescue and Woodbury County Sheriff's Office. Each school also completes safety drills to help students prepare for potential crisis. Moving forward, we will communicate with you on days when those drills take place. This will allow for you to have conversations with your sons and daughters about school safety.
North High staff are proactive at fostering emotional safety for our students. Over the past five years, we have worked to develop student/staff relationships by focusing on positive behavior interventions and supports. We have also, through a grant, added mental health therapists to our school staff. We recognize that students must have a positive relationship with at least one staff member to feel emotionally safe.
We continue to offer "Mentors for Violence Prevention" as the foundation to our efforts in decreasing violence in and out of school. This effort is championed state-wide by former North High principal, Alan Heisterkamp. (Video below). In addition, we have strengthened the role of the homeroom teacher as an adviser and added student groups and activities to expand opportunities for student involvement.
Still, we recognize that there are times when students may struggle. District employees are trained to watch for warning signs. Many North High teachers have been trained in "Mental Health First Aid" to help spot early warning signs of mental health struggles. Programming and speakers have also been organized at North High to help students understand the warning signs and what to do if oneself or a peer need help. Each year, parents can also elect for their son or daughter to participate in a mental health screening (Learn more about the SDQ Assessment here). We all have a role in sustaining a safe learning environment. If parents or students see something out of the ordinary or concerning, please make a report to administration. Reports of any concerns can be made to a teacher, counselor, principal or local law enforcement officials.
Safety also applies to academic learning and the learning environment. Learning new material can be difficult and students need support when challenged mentally by rigorous work. Teachers provide students with the academic tools to challenge their thinking and push their learning. This also means that they must provide the interventions and supports to ensure that students stay positive and confident when faced with challenges and adversity in learning. For example, teacher feedback on student work is intended to reinforce the student support and promote further effort, because after all, struggling to learn is part of growing as a learner.
These are all actions that North High staff can take to ensure your child’s safety, but it can’t stop here. Together, we can do more to reinforce student safety.
Together, we need to maintain open lines of communication between students and school staff AND between parents and school staff. North High principals are at your fingertips. I recommend using Let's Talk, which has an average four hour response time. You can also send a direct message on Twitter or Facebook .
The school-home team is vital. If we want to make the most impact, we must work together. We often have parents call or schedule meetings to discuss issues facing their son or daughter at home. Together, we develop plans that support the young man or woman at home and at school. When we work together, we share the load and make gains at a higher rate.
We look forward to being your continued partner in building a strong school community where students feel safe to learn and grow.
Ryan Dumkrieger, Principal
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES NEXT WEEK
Have You Signed Up for Conferences? February 28 and March 1
SIGN UP NOW FOR SPRING PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
- Go online: https://www.myconferencetime.com/northhigh
- Select the grade level or program that your son/daughter is involved (If you are unsure, be sure to ask them)
- Select the teacher assigned as their Homeroom Teacher
- Sign up for the time that works best for you.
Please note that you are signing up first for a group session. In this 10-15 minute session, your child's homeroom teacher will discuss our building goal of improving reading and writing. We will also discuss the connection to the Iowa Assessments. You will be provided a folder of grade level and school information. After the session, we ask that you and your son/daughter visit teachers in their classroom to discuss concerns, successes, and see where your sons and daughters spend their time.
Congratulations to Clement Oyadare for placing 6th at Iowa State High School Wrestling Tournament. Also to Ethan Sorenson & Nick Walters for qualifying for the tournament!
#UniquelyNorth - GooseChase Still Going!
We also added a 500 pt "Newsletter Retweet and Share". Submit a picture of you re-tweeting the post on Twitter or sharing it on Facebook. This makes for a total of 1300 pts in the next week.
We have nine seniors who have earned the medal for graduation. The ladies in the class are definitely showing their leadership and involvment. If you have an idea of something to add, please let one of the principals know.
Drivers Education Information
The Sioux City Community Schools plan to offer two, four week sessions of Traffic Education for the summer of 2018.
**SNOW DAYS USED BY THE SIOUX CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT MAY AFFECT ACTUAL STARTING DATE.**
First session classes will begin Tuesday May 29, 2018 and end Wednesday June 27, 2018. Second session classes will begin Tuesday June 26, 2018 and end Thursday July 26, 2018. If further snow days are utilized, course dates will change accordingly.
Classes will be held Monday thru Friday at each of the three public high schools East, North and West. Registration for Summer Traffic Education will begin on Monday, March 5th for students enrolled in the Sioux City Community Schools. Registrations for students not enrolled in Sioux City Schools will begin Monday March 12th with the deadline for all registrations ending on Friday March 30th. Cost for the class will be $385. (School waivers are accepted for Summer School.)
In order to get registered,
1. You must be 14 years of age.
2. You must have a valid learner’s permit and it must be shown at time of registration in order to complete child’s registration.
3. A complete deposit for the class fee must be made to the high school you are registering at in order to be completely registered.
Registration openings are limited at each school. Students will be accepted for the course based on the number of openings available at each school and the date in which the student completes the registration form. If you have any questions you may contact John Torno, at North High School, phone # 712-898-3505 or for quicker responses email@example.com
Take a Seat - Northside Activities Association
IOWA JAZZ CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Iowa Jazz Championships showcases 60 of the state's finest high school jazz ensembles. It is held in Ames every April and features 15 groups from each of the four Iowa high school classifications. All ensembles perform in the daytime competition, and the top two bands from each classification perform in the evening finals competition. The event was founded by Iowa jazz educators over thirty years ago and continues to be an important event on the Iowa high school music landscape each spring (http://www.iowajazzchampionships.org/).
IOWA ASSESSMENTS ARE APPROACHING! They will be held on March 20 and March 21st!
Wall of Champions
The project was to be completed by this time and has now been placed on hold. When the frames and images were removed, the wall was examined. At that time, it was decided to have engineers review the space. It was decided that the commons would be expanded. This same space is used daily for lunch. This summer, the plan is to expand the lunch area by eight feet. This will require a different design for the "Wall of Champions". Our goal is to have the acknowledgment wall updated shortly after the expansion project is complete.
Had we anticipated the expansion being an option, we would have held off on the removal and framing of the wall. We expect this to be a nice improvement to our lunch space.
STARS of the Month Assembly
Sioux City School District’s Air Force JROTC Misty Cadet Corps Performing at the Assembly
Next Test Date: April 14, 2018
Registration Deadline: March 9
Homework Help Tutoring
Transportation is provided for those who participate. A bus picks students up around 4:10 pm each afternoon and drops students off at feeder school locations.
North High in the News
North High School Class of 2018 Graduation
Saturday, May 26th, 11am
401 Gordon Drive
Sioux City, IA
Iowa Immunization Law
Iowa Immunization Law requires your child receive the following vaccines for school entry:
Children in grades 9th -12th grade will need these required vaccines:
- 3 doses of Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTP)
- 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine before entering 7th grade or born on or after September 15, 2000.
- 3 doses of Polio
- 3 doses of Hepatitis B
- 2 doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
- 2 doses of Varicella (chickenpox) or history of disease
- Meningococcal (people often call it meningitis)
- You are ages 11-12
- You are ages 13-18 entering 7th and 12th grade required
Please make sure if your student is currently receiving the required vaccines and has received a “Provisional” certificate for school entry that all vaccines are received before the expiration date.
Call Julie Johnson, RN School Nurse with any questions. 239-7012.
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Bullying, harassing and hazing behavior can seriously disrupt the ability of school employees to maintain a safe and civil environment, and the ability of students to learn and succeed.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
The Sioux City Community School District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It is an unfair or discriminatory practice for any educational institution to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, age (for employment), disability, socioeconomic status (for programs), marital status (for programs), or veteran status in its educational programs and its employment practices. Inquiries or grievances, including Section 504 grievances and grievances under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, may be directed to Jen Gomez, Director of Student Services & Equity Education at 627 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101, (712) 279-6075, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see District Board policies 103 and 504.4 for additional information on available grievance procedures.