Sioux City North
2019-2020 September Newsletter
Message from the Principal
Goal: Each high school and the Career Academy will raise percent of students proficient on the Open Response from fall to spring by 10% in 2019-2020.
Overview: Last year, North High students grew by 10.67%. That was fantastic. This year, we are looking for students to improve their writing skills again. The purpose of targeting writing is the feedback we receive from college and professionals about the level of writing ability of high school graduates. The Open Response is a writing strategy and assessment that is assessed based on a rubric that requires students to read an article or text, take a stance, and write to explain that stance. The rubric assesses students ability to transition between points, analyze a text, and cite evidence to support his or her claim in a thesis statement. Open response writing is now present in both the ACT and Iowa Statewide Assessments of Student Progress (ISASP).
Goal: Each high school and the Career Academy will raise the percent of students proficient on the High School Math Assessment from fall to spring by 10% in 2019-2020.
Overview: These assessments were created this year by analyzing the math standards by grade level. Students will take a beginning, middle, and end of course assessment to determine growth. They are administered by grade level within student math classes. As a building, we will be reviewing math vocabulary, strategies, and skills across content areas to ensure that students are fully exposed to math and understand its uses in other content areas.
To achieve the goal of improving literacy and math, we are going to enlist the support of parents. This year, we plan to invite parents into the building for classroom visits and professional development shadowing. More information on those opportunities will be made available as we plan the events. The purpose of inviting parents and guardians into the school is to share the great things our teachers are doing each day and to demonstrate the high level of academics that has always been a tradition of North High School.
SCHOOL PICTURE RETAKES - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
We are reviewing the system that is in place and evaluating what adjustments should be made to make the system more effective and efficient.
Parent Teacher Conferences Set for September 23 and 24
Future Test Dates:
October 27, 2019
December 8, 2019
February 9, 2020
April 4, 2020
April 21, 2020 (Administered to all 11th grade students at the high school; no cost to students)
June 13, 2020
Changes In Activity Ticket Prices
North High School Food Pantry
North High School is proud to serve our parents and students with a stocked food pantry, in partnership with Food Bank of Siouxland and Sioux City First Church. 7 out of 10 North High Students qualify for Free or Reduced lunch.
This is open to any North High or North Middle family at no cost. The pantry is opne during regular school house as well. Contact North High School counseling office at 712-239-7007 for more information. The pantry is located within North High School in the the south gym hallways.
- Friday, September 20th (3:00-4:00 pm) Monday, September 23 (during PT Conferences)
- Friday, October 18th (3:00-4:00 pm), Thursday, October 24th (3:00-4:00 pm)
- Friday, November 15th (3:00-4:00 pm), Friday, November 22nd (3:00-4:00 pm)
- Thursday, December 19th (3:00-4:00 pm)
- Thursday, January 16th (3:00-4:00 pm) Friday, January 24th (3:00-4:00 pm)
- Friday, February, 14th (3:00-4:00 pm) Friday, February 21st (3:00-4:00 pm)
- Friday, March 20th (3:00-4:00 pm) Friday, March 27th (3:00-4:00 pm)
- Friday, April 17th (3:00-4:00 pm) Thursday, April 23rd (3:00-4:00 pm)
- May (by appointment or phone call)
If you have ordered a 2018-2019 yearbook, they are currently being handed out to current students. Starting September 3, the yearbook team will be calling graduates to inform them of their arrival and set a pickup time.
2019-2020 NORTH HIGH YEARBOOK
The price of the yearbook is currently $70.00 until Sep.8th On Sep. 9th the price of the yearbook will raise to $80.
To purchase a yearbook visit the following link, or pick up an order form in the office.
Attention Senior (Class of 2020) Parents! Immunization Information
Iowa Immunization law requires that all students entering 7th grade have both a Meningococcal vaccination and a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis/whooping cough) vaccination before school starts in the fall. Here is a link to specific requirements: https://idph.iowa.gov/ohds/oral-health-center/school-screenings
Iowa law requires that all students entering 12th grade have a Meningococcal vaccination. The requirement is 2 doses of meningococcal (A,C,W,Y) vaccine for students in grade 12, if born after September 15, 1999; or 1 dose if received when students are 16 years of age or older are required before school starts in the fall.
The Tdap requirement has been in place since the 2013/14 school year and requires a booster dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria, and acellular Pertussis containing vaccine for students entering 7th grade, regardless of the interval since the last Tetanus/Diphtheria containing vaccine. Pertussis (whooping cough) is a very contagious disease that causes violent coughing fits that make it hard to breathe.
The meningococcal vaccine has been required since the start of the 2017/18 school year. Meningococcal disease is a life threatening illness that is caused by bacteria that infects the brain, blood, and spinal cord. It easily spreads in crowded settings. The vaccine is required prior to both the 7th and 12th.
What does this mean for you? You will need to call your physician’s office to make an appointment for these vaccines. You will need to check your home records or call your physician’s office to see what your student’s status is. If you do not have insurance, you can contact the Siouxland District Health Department at 279-6119. Please send a copy of your student’s updated immunization record to the school nurse prior to the first day of school. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.
Opportunities to Give
Homework Help Tutoring
Transportation is provided for those who participate. A bus picks students up around 4:05 pm each afternoon and drops students off at Clark, Perry Creek, Bryant, Hunt, Irving, Boys and Girls Home, Leeds, and Evergreen Village.
"Saturday School" will be offered on the following dates:
Transportation is not provided to or from Saturday School. The hours are 9:00-12:00 pm.
Uniquely North - Season 3
Earn Your Silver Cord!
Who is Eligible?
All North High students who would like to help the community and others.
How Do I Qualify to receive the Silver Cord for Graduation?
Students must complete a minimum of forty hours of committee-approved community service in their sophomore, junior and senior years at North High School. You cannot average 40 hours over the three year span; forty hours must be completed within each school year. Our goal is to instill the idea of community service as a life-long pursuit. If students successfully complete the amount of hours necessary they will receive a silver cord to wear at commencement similar to the gold cords worn by academic award winners.
Documentation: Students MUST document all service activities on the Silver Cord Award Form provided by North High – one form for each site or project, signed by a supervisor at the site. (A note confirming the students’ service signed by the supervisor at the project is also acceptable. It must be attached to the Silver Cord Form). Forms can be submitted to Ms. Larson at North High School at any time during the year. For sophomores and juniors: if you don’t turn in forms by the end of the school year, you may submit them at any time during the following fall. There is no specific deadline for underclassmen to submit forms, although it is best to turn them in as soon as they are completed. Seniors should submit all Silver Cord forms by May 2nd of senior year. Forms may be picked up from the office or can be printed using the links below.
Summer Service: Service hours earned during the summer after the academic year may be applied toward EITHER the prior or following year – student’s choice. (For example, the summer after the sophomore year can apply toward either the sophomore or junior 40 hour requirement or divided between the two as needed). It is recommended that all summer projects be pre-approved in writing by Mrs. Ruhrer or a principal to make sure they are acceptable. Summer service that complies with the Silver Cord criteria will be accepted even if students were not able to submit pre-approval forms. Students should pick up blank Silver Cord Award forms before the end of school to use for documentation summer service. Please keep completed forms until you return to North in the fall. The Silver Cord Adviser will be responsible for keeping students’ Silver Cord files.
Important details regarding the Silver Cord Award:
Acceptable service activities: Silver Cord hours must be for providing a SERVICE or meeting a clear NEED for a non-profit agency, church, school, park, charity program, fundraiser or community event. The service should be “above and beyond” one’s usual scope of involvement and could be part of required service for a program such as Scouts or religious education. While some organizations meet during the school day, only hours outside of school time could be applied to Silver Cord service. If there is any question about whether a specific volunteer experience meets the criteria of “providing service” or “meeting a need” students should get prior approval from the Silver Cord Committee by submitting a pre-approval form. The Silver Cord Review Committee makes final determinations regarding service.
Organizations/Activities that have been approved:
Blood Bank/Blood Drives
Beyond The Bell
Watchful Eye Foundation
Local church activities
Peer Tutoring/Extended Day
Local medical centers
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Habitat for Humanity
Ronald McDonald House
American Heart Association
Political Organizations or Candidates
Important details regarding the Silver Cord Award:
Silver Cord hours CANNOT BE for a relative, or for pay or compensation of any kind. Other activities that would not be acceptable: NHS sports team managing, training or event timing or administration; most NHS music program events; concession stand or fundraising events in which proceeds benefit a NHS program; serving as a camp counselor while receiving free room and board (some exceptions made for camps for children with disabilities); performing in a musical, dance, or theater group unless related to a social cause or charity benefit; participation on committees in which the focus is on one’s own leadership development and does not include outreach to larger community. Court ordered community service hours are not eligible.
North High School Class of 2020 Graduation
Saturday, May 23rd 2020 at 11am
401 Gordon Drive
Sioux City, IA
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Statement of Non-Discrimination
The Sioux City Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas: Business & Marketing, Family & Consumer Science, Health Science, and Industrial Arts, Technology, & PLTW.
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, genetic information (for employment), national origin, religion, age (for employment), disability, socioeconomic status (for programs), marital status (for programs), or veteran status (for employment) 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.