The Northern Friday Message

April 30, 2021


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Good Things:

  • Congrutulations to Men's Tennis players Trey Bellamy and Andrew Browning who will advance to the 2nd round of the conference tournament!

  • Congratulations to Track and Field athletes, Bailey Tart and Catherine Kiplagat who qualified for regionals in the Knight’s first meet of the season.

Bailey Tart – Pole Vault: 10’6

*Bailey now holds the School Record in the Pole Vault!

    Catherine Kiplagat – 800m: 2:26

    Testing Information:

    As we approach the end of the school year, we would like to share information on the expectations for students to participate in end-of-year testing. As required by federal and state laws, students in End-of-Course and Career / Technical Education courses will take the corresponding End-of-Course tests or CTE Post Assessments at the end of the year/semester.

    The scores students receive on their final exams must count for 20% of their grade for the course. Since these are state assessments, students will take these tests in person, in school, with health and safety protocols in place. We want to ensure that all students have the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of course content safely.

    We ask that you complete this survey ( so we can complete our plans for testing. Testing will occur in mid to late May and early June.

    The number of dates assigned to students will depend on the number of assessments that need to be completed. Also, students still needing to complete assessments from the fall semester will be able to do so during the window.

    We thank you for completing the survey by 5:00 pm, Friday, April 30. We will communicate our exam schedule soon after the survey window closes.

    AP Review Sessions via Youtube:

    Check out the review videos from College Board. Use the Search Icon to access the course you wish to review for!

    Graduation Information:

    Graduation will be held at NCCU-O'Kelly Stadium June 4th at 9:00am. Each Graduate will get 4 tickets. (children 2 and under sitting on the lap of someone else will not count in the count)

    • ADA handicap accessible seating will be available, but will count in the students 4 tickets if needed.
    • More information will come out on a Senior cookout where students can come to pick up their tickets.
    • A form will come out where students will note if they are planning to utilize all of their tickets as well as if they are interested in joining a waitlist for any extra tickets.

    Students, let Durham Tech's IT programs help get you ready for a great career with Apple (coming to RTP)!

    Announcement from DT president Buxton - Durham Tech IT Programs

    You can complete a 2-year degree or transfer to finish a 4-year degree. In IT, all degrees lead to a high paying career! People are moving here from all over the country. Durham's youth deserve these high paying jobs too!

    Contact Ms. Hines to chat about options right away!

    Please be sure to return your library books to the media center! You can drop them off to the front office during school hours or in our bin at the front office! If you need to pay a fee for a lost book - you can do so at this link.

    Planet Palooza Stem Camp - Ignite the Spark STEM Futures Academy is a week long, self paced learning adventure. For more information, visit (Starts June 7).

    Corning Hiring Event - Saturday May 1 from 8:00-4:00pm (1 Becton Circle Durham NC 27701)

    Available Positions - Productions Associates

    Salaries will be discussed at the event & Please bring resumes to the event.

    Durham County Library Subscription Boxes for Teens - Each month teens will receive a box with three books and some goodies in it. The books need to be returned but the treats are yours to keep. There will be a form for you to fill out so that the next month's box is even better. Fill out the form here.

    Yearbook Information


    NHS PTO Scholarship - 300 due May 14th - Application:

    The Dr. Levi Watskins, Jr. Institute and Scholarship Fund was established to provide scholarships for outstanding high school graduates and enrolled students who meet the criteria for admission and choose a career in medicine or dentistry. Funds from this scholarship will support students enrolled in the Meharry Medical College - Tennessee State University Medical/Dental Accelerated Pathway Program. Apply here -

    Look at the March College Advising Newsletter for more info on deadlines, FAFSA completion and FAFSA verification, and the following local scholarships:

    · Moving Forward Scholarship, due April 30, 2021

    · Bahama Ruritan - Lewis Roberts Scholarship, due April 30, 2021

    · NCCU Scholarship, due April 30, 2021

    For additional assistance, reach out to Ms. Tran (919-391-6441 or

    All colleges/universities require students and families to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for financial aid. The priority deadline is March 1st. For help completing FAFSA or confirmation that you've completed FAFSA, reach out to Ms. Tran (919-391-6441 or or Ms. Villegas (919-525-1165 or

    Recent high school graduates in Durham County can receive up to $1,000 each year for two years at Durham Technical Community College. To be eligible, students must enroll in at least six credit hours in a semester immediately after high school. Disbursements are made in $500 payments per semester. (Learn more here.)

    High School Navigator: High School Navigator is a one-stop search tool for finding pre-college summer programs or internships or volunteer opportunities for high school students. HS Navigator will help you to filter your search experience based on your diverse subject interest, location, preferred university, program duration, budget, and more. Please use this link to access the Navigator:

    National Association of Black Accountants: The National Association of Black Accountants is hosting a residency program for 20 minority students who are interested in learning more about accounting at one UNCC campus from June 13-18. Students will be exposed to corporate industries in Charlotte and learn more about accounting, college, business etiquette, professional development, and financial literacy from faculty at UNCC as well as professionals from different organizations. It is a FREE program and one of the 20 students who are invited to attend receive a $500 scholarship. For the application and additional information, contact

    LatinxEd launches College y Consejos --a FREE, ONLINE college advising space that centers cultura y comunidad for Latinx students in North Carolina. If you’re a Latinx 11th or 12th-grade high school student in NC, you qualify to participate in College y Consejos!

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    Seniors: Please complete this survey

    Graduation Information: Northern Graduation will be at NCCU June 4. More information can be found here:

    The district and the City of Durham have created summer work-based learning opportunities for our students. Also, employers across the triangle will be interviewing graduating seniors virtually on May 5th from 2-4pm. Students can visit the Career Center for more information.

    The Athletic Booster Club is currently looking to add to its roster of volunteers.

    Many of the current members/officers are aging out as their student athletes are graduating.

    Please email Mike Dube at for more details.

    1 hour a month and a few emails a month and a pride in the Northern Knights sporting community are the only requirements. Please consider joining our club.

    A generous donor has provided scholarships for up to ten high school students to participate in a virtual marine sciences summer camp this summer. The camp is called the “Marine Mammal Online Experience,” run by the California Ocean Alliance. The experience is described here: There are two sessions:
    1.) July 5-9 9:00am - 12 noon PST
    2.) July 19-23 9:00am - 12 noon PST
    Please consider your students, giving consideration to those who would most benefit and might have limited opportunity to otherwise join a program like this to explore their interest in marine science. Science department chairs and teachers should contact Linda Tugurian ASAP with a student name and contact information (email and phone) so we can put these scholarships to good use!

    Consider starting at Durham Tech, where you have access to wonderful transfer opportunities!

    Durham Tech Transfer Program - (YouTube video)

    Seniors - Durham Tech has FIVE special Guaranteed Transfer programs with UNC A&T, UNC, NCSU, UNCW, ECU! Don't miss your deadline to apply to one of these prestigious programs!

    Contact Ms. Hines if you have any questions - call/text: 919-943-2553

    All students who are on the waitlist for Driver Ed need to check your emails and respond ASAP if you are still interested in taking the class. There will be an April class for those already on the waitlist only. All other students will have a chance to sign up for the summer class starting May 17th. Any questions, please email

    The Construction Summer Camp at Durham Tech is now open. It is FREE! Parents of Rising 9h, 10th, and 11th graders who are interested in the construction trades industry are encouraged to apply. Participants must wear a mask at all times and should not attend this event if ill or recently exposed to any individual with COVID symptoms. Details and registration: Construction Trades (Non-credit) | Durham Technical Community College

    Mike Rowe Work Ethic Scholarship - To be eligible for this award, you must be enrolled or plan to attend one of the following trade-related programs:

    • Automotive Technology
    • Aviation Technology
    • Carpentry
    • Commercial Driving
    • Diesel Technology
    • Electrical Technology
    • Emergency Medical Technology
    • Farming & Agriculture
    • Fire Science & Technology
    • Heavy Equipment Operation
    • HVAC
    • Machinery
    • Manufacturing
    • Marine Technology
    • Pipefitting
    • Plumbing
    • Welding

    All students who are on the waitlist for Driver Ed need to check your emails and respond ASAP if you are still interested in taking the class. There will be an April class for those already on the waitlist only. All other students will have a chance to sign up for the summer class starting May 17th. Any questions, please email

    • North Carolina A&T University is starting a new scholarship program called Aggie Commitment Trailblazers (ACT). The scholarships are open to Associate in Science or Associate in Engineering students planning to major in a STEM discipline at NC A&T and attending one of NC A&T’s partner colleges like Durham Tech. The scholarship covers full in-state tuition and fees.
    • Five Durham Tech honors students have been invited to present their research at UNC-Greensboro's Undergraduate Honors Program Symposium
    • Two Durham Tech students received the SURE Fellowship Award to conduct undergraduate research with UNC School of Medicine this summer.

    C3 Drop-In Hours

    NC State's C3, the guaranteed admissions pathway to NC State, is offering drop-in hours to answer student questions. The application deadline is rolling until June 1.

    Guaranteed admissions pathway to UNC, C-STEP has a late April date.

    Just wanted to share some really exciting news for this week. Our school district has partnered with Oppti ( which is an online platform where high school students can find volunteer opportunities and internships specifically sourced for them. We know it is incredibly tough finding opportunities, but we hope that with this new resource, it makes the searching process so much easier. You can easily create an account at using your personal email address and type in Northern High School. If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please email Ms. Natasha Nema at Hope to see many of you on the site soon!

    This free, co-ed camp is for rising 9th, 10th and 11th graders. Registration is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Session I: June 14-18, 2021 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday) Session II: June 21-25, 2021 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday) Main Campus, Newton (Building 4), room 4-149 By filling out this form we know that you are interested in the construction camp and that you are able to attend for the entire week of programming. Durham Tech COVID procedures will be in effect for these sessions. Participants must wear a mask at all times. Participants should not attend this event if ill or recently exposed to an individual/s with COVID symptoms.

    Durham Tech University Transfer Program:

    University transfer degree programs are designed for students who wish to complete two years of college and then transfer to four-year colleges or universities to complete their baccalaureate degrees. | Learn more at

    A copy of the NHS Virtual Parent/Student Handbook can be found here.

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