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MISSION & VISION

Mission

NKC HS will establish a supportive learning community, which fosters creativity and curiosity and promotes critical thinking. NKC HS will create a challenging learning environment which encourages effective communication and compassion and that develops positive contributors to our global community.


Vision

A learning community where we appreciate and foster civility and success for all.

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THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS :

  • Tuesday - Extreme Test Day
  • Thursday - Late Start 8:28am
  • Friday - Senior Cap/Gown Photos


APRIL:

5th - Extreme Test Day

8th - Senior Cap/Gown Photos

15th - Teacher Appreciation Assembly

19th - Jostens : Announcement Committee meeting with 2023 Senior Class Officers

NHS Induction Ceremony

23rd - Prom

25th-5/3 - EOC Window (Seniors)

29th-5/20 - IB Testing

Sunday Announcements

Please see the attachment below for this week's Sunday Announcements. Make it a great week!

Section Synopsis

Each Section is divided by the Swarm (๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ)

& New Content is marked with a โœจ


๐ŸHornet Herald - School Shoutouts โœจ

๐Ÿ Save the Date: Upcoming Events โœจ

๐Ÿ School Updates

๐Ÿ Senior Scoop โœจ

๐Ÿ Activities and Athletics

๐Ÿ Counseling Corner โœจ

๐Ÿ Calendars

๐Ÿ Your Admin Team - who to contact

๐Ÿ Follow Us Online

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PARENTS/STUDENTS - We need your HELP recognizing our amazing teachers and Staff!

We will be celebrating teacher appreciation week April 11th - 15th. We need your HELP! Below please submit anything you'd like to celebrate or recognize our teachers/staff for. You are welcome to recognize the staff as a whole or you can recognize individual teachers/staff members. THANK YOU for helping us celebrate the amazing work of our Northtown teachers and staff!

Teacher Appreciation week donations - Hornet Hive Booster Club

Teacher Appreciation week starts April 11. The Hornet HIve is asking for food and drink donations. If you are able to help participate with a donation, visit our Teacher Appreciation Week sign up. All items need to be dropped off at the front desk no later than April 6 during school hours with Hornet Hive marked on them.

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HORNET HERALD : Let's Shout-Out some of our AMAZING Hornets!

โœจMrs. Nichole Unsell - Culture of Excellence Honor Cadre

Congratulations to Mrs. Nichole Unsell for being named to our 2022 Culture of Excellence Honor Cadre! Mrs. Unsell was nominated by her colleagues as an outstanding representative of NKC Schools who exemplifies a spirit of service and demonstrates excellence in all she does.

โœจ Orchestra Celebrations - District Solo/Ensemble Festival

On Friday 3/25, 25 orchestra students played solos and ensembles at District Solo/Ensemble Festival at Liberty High School. These students earned the following ratings:


Exemplary (these students will go to the State Festival on April 28th)

Anneka Johnson, violin

John Brown, violin

Laura Hoesly, cello

Eliza Cockrell, cello

Adele Merchant, cello

Yingdan Zhang, piano

Sarah Ward, string bass

Yul Schneider, piano

Eliza Cockrell/Lauryn McCann, cello duet

Irene Taboada, violin

Hector Carreon/Alen Kovac, violin duet

Stephen Kwon, viola


Outstanding

Elandrea Baker, viola

Emily Castillo, cello

Irene Taboada, piano

Benjamin Hill, piano

Lauryn McCann, cello

Luke Brown, cello

Jay (Kalista) Knight, violin


Satisfactory

Elandrea Baker, Alden Dougherty, Stephen Kwon, Nicholas Nguyen โ€“ viola quartet

Audrey Harris, cello

Max Ford, cello

โœจ IB Art Exhibition

We just wanted to extend a huge congratulations to Josie Ferrantelle and her team of IB Senior art students on a truly incredible exhibition. The following students had their incredible artwork on display:

  • Emily Grimm
  • Valentina Oseguera
  • Candy Sarres Paz
  • Hannah Schuh
  • Alyssa Sicks
  • Thuy Tran


Here are a few photos of the transformed Black Box.


In addition, a huge thank you to Randy Jackson and his theater students for their help with the lighting and set-up of the Black Box.

โœจ HOSA State Results

We had 5 HOSA members compete for state, our Creative Problem Solving team qualified for round 2.

On Monday we traveled to Rolla with our team to compete against other teams across the state. We returned yesterday evening as the 2nd place team for Creative Problem Solving in the state and are now eligible to advance to Internationals in June.


If you see the following students, please congratulate them on this achievement, all are first time competitors for this event:

Anastasia Jensen

Gabrielle Kellgren

Melanie Small

โœจ March Students/Staff of the Month

Reflective:


"We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development."

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to our Yearbook teacher Mary Prichard on being named the Missouri Journalism Teacher of the Year at J-Day on March 30th.

Choir Rocks!

Please help me congratulate our very own A Cappella and Chamber Choirs โ€“ both ensembles received the highest ranking possible at State Contest yesterday!


Thank you to all of you who have helped rearrange schedules to allow for these students to rehearse and participate in this event! The snow day reschedule through a wrench in our plans and your support meant the world to us!

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SAVE THE DATE: UPCOMING EVENTS

โœจ Extreme Test Day

Grade Level Overview

9th Grade-Work Keys

10th Grade-PreACT

11th Grade-ACT

12th Grade-Senior Requirements

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While grades 9-11 will be involved with Extreme Test Day, seniors will have the opportunity to complete any outstanding graduation requirements. If requirements have been completed and Seniors would like to spend the day completing community service hours, A+ hours and/or attending a college visit you may sign and return the permission slip below. It is also available in the main office.


If your student attends school on this day, we will provide the following opportunities:

  • FAFSA Support
  • Complete Graduation Requirements
  • MCEI exam
  • MO Constitution test
  • EOCs
  • Credit Recovery
  • Meet with Counselor/College Advisor

Northtown's Dodgeball Tournament

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โœจ Parents/Guardians of any IB Students Taking an April/May 2022 IB Exam

We are hosting a Teams call on Monday, April 11, at 6:00pm, to orient you to several things coming up during the months of April and May. The first portion of the meeting will include content for the parent/guardians of any student taking an IB exam this year. After that, the focus of the meeting will shift to content geared toward IB Senior families. We will go over the following:

  • IB Exams (begin April 28 and run through May 20)
  • IB Senior Celebration (April 25)
  • Graduation (May 18)

We hope you will join us. If you have specific questions that you would like us to address, please email those in advance to Mary Bates (mary.bates@nkcschools.org).

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โœจ Sophomore - Mock Interviews

In the morning on April 12th all sophomores will be participating in a mock interview!


Students should come prepared with their resume and talking points.

Students are encouraged to wear business casual attire if possible.


The best dressed student will get to be principal for a day!

โœจ Junior and Senior - Hiring Fair

In the afternoon of April 12th is a job and hiring fair for juniors and seniors.


Juniors and seniors will be invited participate in open interviews for immediate and summer employment.

Students are encouraged to dress in business casual attire.


More information on the event to come!

18 years old and older - HIRING FAIR

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Driver's Education

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Driver's Permit Academy

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FAFSA COMPLETION HELP AT MCC

To set up a one-on-one appointment for FAFSA help at a time not listed, you are encouraged to reach out to one of our financial aid advisors. We divide our students up by alphabet in order to try to have a consistent contact person for current and future students. Here are the Maple Woods advisors and contact information:


A โ€“ Go

Financial Aid Advisor : Jeff Vincent

Phone : 816-604-3345

Email : Jeff.Vincent@mcckc.edu


Gr-O

Financial Aid Advisor : Stacye Williams

Phone : 816-604-3039

Email : Stacye.Williams@mcckc.edu


P โ€“ Z

Financial Aid Advisor : Ali Summers

Phone : 816-604-3069

Email : Ali.Summers@mcckc.edu


We look forward to working with your students during another FAFSA season! Please feel free to reach out if you have questions or need assistance.

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โœจ Prom Information

Ticket selling will look a little different for prom than it did for homecoming. Only the senior class may purchase their tickets starting April 11th and ending April 15th. You will stop by Mr. Oโ€™Keefeโ€™s room (B144) during your lunch and buy your ticket there. The following week of April 18th to April 22nd is when ticket selling will open to both the senior and junior class. Tickets during the 2nd week will be sold during all lunches from the concession stand on the 1st floor cafeteria and they will be FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. Once we are out of tickets to sell, we are out, no exceptions. Unfortunately, this is out of our control as we are unable to do anything about this due to the venueโ€™s rules and regulations. The tickets will be sold for $30 each.


If you are wanting to bring a guest that isnโ€™t a Northtown student, you must have a guest form turned in and approved before you may purchase their ticket. (*April 11th deadline!) Failure to do so will result in that guest not being able to attend. You also must bring an I.D. of any kind with you when you purchase your ticket (doesnโ€™t matter if its government issued or from the school). If you have no ID for you or your guest (if you are bringing one) you will be unable to purchase the ticket(s).


The dance itself is on April 23rd from 7-10pm at Studio Dan Meiners, 2500 W Pennway St, Kansas City, MO 64108. IT IS NO LONGER AT OLDE MILL EMPORIUM IN PARKVILLE!! You will be given a map the day you buy your ticket that shows you how to get to the venue from the school along with where you are supposed to park for the night of the dance. When you arrive for the dance, you will only be able to enter the venue if you show both the ticket you have purchased and any form of identification (government issued ID or a school ID). Failure to bring these items will result in you not being able to enter the dance. You will vote for prom king and queen at the dance! Not during the school day like how you did for homecoming. The king and queen winners will be announced towards the end of the dance so please stay to hear who those individuals will be J


Below is the electronic guest form. This must be turned back in by April 11th to Mrs. Carney in the attendance office.

NKCHS Color Guard Tryouts

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Paid Summer Opportunities for Students

In partnership with Pro X and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, KC Scholars is helping to recruit students for an amazing summer opportunity. Below is one of two job offerings that you can share with your students for this summer. The second announcement will be forthcoming. Should you or your students have questions about this summer experience, please email Diona Webb at diona@proxsummer.org.


We seek young people who are ready to step into leadership roles, are eager to develop their professional communication skills and are passionate about tackling real problems. Itโ€™s time to connect young people to this great opportunity. We invite you to nominate 3 or more students in your network.


There are MAJOR PERKS to this program!

Through the Pro X Summer Experience students will:

  • Receive $500 in stipend for this special role
  • Assist in finding candidates for the summer program
  • Lead their peers throughout a summer internship experience
  • Connect with real industry clients to offer valuable solutions
  • Work with their peers in a group setting to create an impact
  • Fine-tune their power skills such as time management, cooperative problem-solving and critical thinking
  • Build meaningful relationships with people across the Kansas City region
  • Present their solutions in pitch form to a real audience
  • Student teams will have a shot to earn up to $7,000 for their concept!
  • Students will have the opportunity to win various prizes throughout the program (gift cards, concert tickets, etc.)

Here is the link for students to apply: https://forms.gle/2ToZAWFfVxJ3WAob9

2nd Annual NKC Hornets Golf Tournament!

It's time to sign up for the 2nd Annual NKC Hornets Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held at Shoal Creek Golf course on Thursday, June 16th. The tournament is sponsored by the NKC Hornet Hive Booster Club and the NKC Alumni Association. Sign up at bit.ly/nkcgolf
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SCHOOL UPDATES

Summer School Information

Itโ€™s time to set our sights on summer, Hornet Families!


This message contains information on the 2022 high school Summer School options available for our current and incoming Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior students.

In June, we are offering first-time credit for Health, Personal Finance, and PE. These three courses will be virtual offerings through Canvas. If your student has a special circumstance and needs a different course for first-time credit, it will need to be approved by his or her counselor.


We are also offering credit recovery for high school students needing to recoup credit for any semester of class that they failed. These credit recovery classes are taken for pass/fail through our online program, Launch. These classes will also take place in June and require students to attend learning labs at North Kansas City High School.


To sign up for Summer School, please see the attached flyer, or click on the link here.

If you have any additional questions about Summer School, please contact your high school student's counselor or Northtown's Assistant Principal, Theo Fundermann.


Counselors

Ms. Shelli Copas

Sophomore - Senior: Last Names A-C

Freshman Pathway: Health and Wellness

816-321-6887

shelli.copas@nkcschools.org


Ms. Amanda Olvera

Sophomore โ€“ Senior: Last Names D-K

Freshman Pathway: Public & Human Services

816-413-3782

amanda.olvera@nkcschools.org


Ms. Michelle Washington

Sophomore โ€“ Senior: Last Names L-P

Freshman Pathway: Business Leadership & Entrepreneurship

816-321-5791

michelle.washington@nkcschools.org


Mrs. Maria Deister

Sophomore โ€“ Senior: Last Names Q-Z

Freshman Pathway: Design Innovation & Technology

816-321-4461

maria.deister@nkcschools.org

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AP, IB, PLTW, Participation/Exam Distinction Points

The previous two years sitting for the exam was optional for students and they were awarded the distinction point without sitting for the exam. For students this year we will be moving back to our previous practice which is shared below and directly from the CPEG.


"All courses that are externally assessed by a nationally or internationally-recognized program (i.e., AP, IB, PLTW, and/or TSAs) will be worth a 1.0 weighted addition if a student completes the course and sits for the exam, will earn a .5 weighted addition to their GPA. Dual credit courses are also worth a 1.0 weighted addition."

Northtown Gear - We've Got SPIRIT

Have you been looking for the perfect place to find all things Northtown?


Are you and your family wanting some Northtown SWAG, but you can't seem to find the design that you ALL want?


Are you in for a treat!

Click the picture below to design any Northtown Item : Clothes, Accessories, Signs and Decals. You get to pick the design that you love, change the colors, and place that design on the item you are wanting - what could be better?!?


Well - 20% off could sweeten this deal a little more ๐Ÿ˜. From now until 2/28, you can get 20% off your order of $80 or more using code : FEB22.


Happy Shopping!

Transportation Update

Versatrans My Stop App allows parents to track their student students' bus location and arrival times as well as receive notifications on delays or other pertinent information. It is an application that can be downloaded from the Apple or Android Store on your mobile device.

For a handout with directions have your student stop in the Main office and see Mrs. Schwartz or you can find more information on www.tylertech.com

FROM THE LIBRARY

Parents, do you have a book title that you would like to see in our high school libraryโ€™s collection?


If so, please fill out this form for consideration of your recommendation:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc597qx_1ukUGxOz3vDeVAwoJKrR1vCkHw7QUsVZyoC5sh7nA/viewform?usp=sf_link


Thank you for encouraging and sharing the love of reading!โ€

Food and Nutrition Services

The waiver which allowed NKC Schools to provide free meals for all students last year has been extended through the entire 2021-2022 school year! Breakfast and lunch will continue to be provided free of charge at all of our buildings.

Families are still strongly encouraged to apply for the free/reduced-price meals program. This ensures discounts on a variety of other programs, including testing, activity fees, and more! Apply online here.

Daily Bell Schedule

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SENIOR SCOOP

CLICK below for the Northtown Senior Bulletin!

Need to know what's next for your Senior?


This section covers the next 30 days leading to your graduation on ๐ŸŽ“May 18th, 2022๐ŸŽ“

  • 4/8 - Cap & Gown Photos
  • 4/14 - Last Day to pay student obligations with a check
  • 4/23 - Prom
  • 4/25-5/3 - EOC Testing
  • 4/29-5/20 - IB Testing
  • 5/1 - Senior Honors Ceremony
  • 5/6 - Senior Class Meeting : Graduation
  • 5/6-11 - Finals


Please see the senior Countdown to Graduation Calendar below for more!


If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mrs. Wano (tabatha.wano@nkcschools.org) or Mrs. Taylor (jada.taylor@nkcschools.org)

Senior Calendar

Current Senior Calendar (up-to-date + Live updates)

โœจ Cap and Gown pics - Optional for SENIORS

Friday April 8 in the Black Box


*Please bring your own cap and gown to school if interested in taking cap & gown photos!


Open for Walk-ins from 7:15-7:45

Last Names A-C โ€“ 1stBlock

Last Names D-K โ€“ 2ndBlock

Last Names L-P โ€“ MTSS

During 3rdBlock (lunch block) โ€“ Open to walk-ins during your lunch time

Last Names Q-Z โ€“ 4thBlock


Cap and Gown Photos will be offered by SCH Photo www.schphoto.net (913) 384-9126

Senior Community Service Hours - REDUCED

Our Seniors have been able to make more connections with the community and find opportunities for community service they have still had two years that were restricted. With that in mind, we have worked together to reduce the Community Service hours requirements to 10 hours. If you have students who need support in obtaining their hours please have them see Jesse Byers in the main office.

Still Needing to Order Your Cap and Gown for Graduation?

Did you miss the Jostens rep and do you still need to get your Cap & Gown order placed?


You can still get online at https://union.thegraduationcenter.com/home?school_id=25 to place your order. Once you submit the order online, it goes directly to Jostens immediately.


If you have any questions about your order or placing an order, you can reach Jostens at 816-523-4900.


Jostens will only be able to assist with Graduation Cap/Gown orders, Class Ring orders, or 2022 gear (Hoodies, Shirts, etc.)

If you have any specific questions about Graduation or school events leading up to graduation, please contact Mrs. Wano (tabatha.wano@nkcschools.org) or Mrs. Taylor (jada.taylor@nkcschools.org).

SAVE THE DATE: Graduation - NKCHS Class of 2022

The commencement ceremony for the North Kansas City High School Class of 2022 will be held at Hy-Vee arena at 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 18th!
Hy-Vee Arena

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ALL ABOUT ACTIVITIES & ATHLETICS

Please see the link below for all activities and athletic events!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mrs. Washington (amber.washington@nkcschools.org)

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COUNSELING CORNER

โœจ Summer Internship Application

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Become a Canvas Parent Observer

Become a Parent Observer for your Child's Course in Canvas

Attention Northtown class of 2024, 2023, and 2022:

Please be advised your counselor may have changed this year.

We want to serve everyone in the best way possible, so please direct your questions and concerns to your counselor listed below:


Last names A-C:



Last names D-K:



Last names L-P:



Last names Q-Z:


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Calendars

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Northtown Admin Team!

Contacting Northtown

You may have noticed a new recording when you call Northtown at 816-321-5310.


This operating system allows you to go directly to the person you are trying to reach.

Below is the call options in that system. This is just a quick reference for you :


1 : Press 1 for the Student Relations department (Attendance, Counseling, Administration)

In This message please select from the following :

  • Press 1 if your students Last Name begins with the letters A-C
  • Press 2 if your students Last Name begins with the letters D-K
  • Press 3 if your students Last Name begins with the letters L-P
  • Press 4 if your students Last Name begins with the Letters Q-Z

2 : Press 2 for the School Nurse

3 : Press 3 for the Registrar

4 : Press 4 for the IB Department

5 : Press 5 for the Technology Department

6 : Press 6 for the Activities and Athletic Department

7 : Press 7 for the Fees and Obligations Department

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