The Northern Friday Message

January 6, 2022


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TESTING: January 10 - 14 (see here for testing information)

Exam Exemption Policy: Taken from the September 23, 2021 School Board Meeting

Based on feedback and support from High School Principals, staff recommends to suspend the attendance portion of Policy Code: 3410 Testing and Assessment Program for the 2021-2022 school year.

High school students may be exempt from their non-state-mandated (teacher made) final exams if they meet one of the following conditions, detailed below.

For 90 day courses:

  • Have an “A” average.
  • Have a “B” average.

Students who are exempt from an exam may elect to take the exam. The grade will count only if it improves the student’s overall grade. This final exam exemption does not apply to courses offered through community colleges, universities, or online services.”

Important Dates:

  • January 10: EOC Testing (all students enrolled in Math 1, Math 3, Biology or English 2)
  • January 11 - 13: CTE and teacher made exams
  • January 17: No School - MLK Day
  • January 18: No School - Teacher Work Day
  • January 19: No School - Teacher Work Day
  • January 20: 1st day of Semester 2 (all students report to NSTEP first thing!)


Please continue to review the Parent/Student Handbook to refamiliarize yourself with student expectations.

Students may also view the administration's Student Expectation Presentation here.


Please see our regular bell schedule here.


To check the status of your transportation route click here.

To track your bus, download the here comes the bus app, using these instructions.


Parents, please make sure you are signed up for Parent Porta. Get started here.




Durham Public Schools, in partnership with MAKO Medical, will begin providing weekly COVID-19 testing at school to help identify possible COVID-19 infections among students even if they’re not showing any symptoms. Research has shown such testing can reduce the spread by 50%, especially in large settings such as schools.

The testing is a simple swab of the nose and not the test that tickles the brain. This is the same test families can administer from home or at local testing sites.

This is a voluntary testing process, so a parent or guardian must register their student to participate. The link to register is here (paper copy found here) as well as a letter sent home with your student. All testing information and results will remain confidential.

Click here to see the DPS Covid-19 Flowchart

Click here to see "A-Z: DPS COVID-19 PREVENTATIVE MEASURES FOR 2021-22"

Click here to complete the DPS Face Covering Accommodation Form

Click here to view the Covid-19 Data Dashboard. (updated weekly)

Free COVID Testing Sites-See the attached flyers for some of the free testing sites in Durham with whom DPS has partnered.


State Employees Credit Union Scholarship

$10,000 scholarship for those eligible for SECU membership. Strong applicants will most importantly have made an impact in their community but also have a strong academic record.

Click HERE to apply

Due 2/10/22 to Mr. Anderson

Scholars-At-Work 2022 is a virtual, three-day workplace experience during Spring Break. Groups of students are matched to local companies and take part in career exploration activities such as work simulations, discussions with industry professionals, virtual tours, and a group project. The daily schedule is from 10am-3pm. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a $75 stipend. Deadline February 18th.

Also, here is the link for the application as well in case you want to post it on your canvas page.



Northern’s student services department is currently in the process of considering candidates for nomination to prestigious state university scholarships. Please see below for descriptions of these scholarships, and if interested, email or meet with Mr. Anderson ASAP!


Make an appointment to see Mr. Anderson (or just walk in!):

Check out this spreadsheet for a list of scholarship databases to conduct individualized searches as well as a long list of scholarships to explore.

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