NHS Family Newsletter

August 8, 2020

Prepare for School

Dear Bronco Families,

I know you have anxiously and patiently awaited more details on the school year, and I hope to provide many of them here. The schedule and many other details had to be negotiated and signed by the teacher's union and district leadership team, and was finalized yesterday.

The MDUSD school board will likely discuss and approve these details on Monday, August 10th at their regular board meeting.

Classes will begin on Monday, August 17th, to allow for more time for teacher and staff preparation. See that adjusted calendar here.

Please note and discuss with your student the various details below. I will be hosting an open Zoom forum for parents this week, by grade level, to go over some details, offer training in supporting your student, introduce some resources, and to answer any questions. Please see links below, and join me.

This is a year like no one has experienced before, and if you consider this pandemic hitting the world even 10 years ago, our ability to pivot in this manner would have been far more difficult. I hope that you approach this year with that in mind, and know that all of us are working hard, trying new things, adjusting where needed, and mastering new skills, right along with our families. I ask that our community allow the staff and teachers grace, adopt a mindset of partnership and growth for all, and to have constructive two-way communication, always. We appreciate everyone recognizing that our teachers and staff are professionals in their fields, and are looking at new ways to approach the institution of comprehensive public high school, which has operated in a traditional model for hundreds of years.

We are in this together, and we are in it for your student.

Yours in Partnership,

Kelly Cooper

NHS 2020-21 School Schedule for Distance Learning **UPDATED**

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Schedule Details

As we start the year in remote learning, we have modeled our class schedule, as shown above, with students in mind, after the template set forth by MDUSD and MDEA. Some details:

  • Each class period is 80 minutes long, which will include 40 minutes of live interaction. This can be continuous or split over the time period, depending on teacher goals and lesson design.
  • Lunch is extended to allow for time to pick up lunches from MDUSD sites as needed. See sites available below.
  • There is time at the end of the day where teachers are available for office hours to provide extra support, answer questions, etc.
  • Wednesdays begin with a home room, which is similar to Strategic Support. Students are assigned to one of their teachers (this will appear on their schedule via Homelink by Thursday the 14th) where roll will be taken, announcements and support given, and enrichment and intervention provided as needed. During the Wednesday block, teachers will be available to further assist students, allow for scheduled check-ins and support, but new instruction will not occur.
  • Each class will also have assignments on Wednesdays for students to focus on to reinforce their learning.
  • Students are expected to attend class, including Wednesday home room, and roll will be taken.

Questions? Join the open forum Zoom call with admin during your assigned grade level (or choose one for parents kids in multiple grade levels) and get those questions answered. See below for details.

How will this be different from Spring?

This remote learning model and the preparation by virtually everyone in the field of education or educational supports looks very different to what our families experienced in the Spring. Some highlights include:

  • Classes will be held with live interaction daily, within the NHS class schedule above.
  • Attendance will be taken, as indicated by attending live classes, participating online, and submitting work. Outreach and intervention will occur for students who are not attending school, and we will engage in regular progress monitoring.
  • Grades will appear on the progress reports and report cards, as well as student transcripts.
  • Special education services will continue with regular engagement and monitoring as well as in academic success classes.
  • Google classroom is the primary learning and delivery platform, though others may be used.

See the MDUSD Frequently Asked Questions Page Here

Open Forum for 9th Grade Families

Tuesday, Aug. 11th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Join Principal Kelly Cooper to discuss the 2020-21 School Year

Topic: Forum for 9th Grade Parents

Time: Aug 11, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

This event will be recorded for families unable to attend.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 833 7956 9899

Passcode: 801314

Dial by your location

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

Open Forum for 10th Grade Families

Wednesday, Aug. 12th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Sophomore Families- Join Principal Kelly Cooper to discuss the 2020-21 school year.

This event will be recorded for families unable to attend.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 868 5300 4770

Passcode: 698762

Dial by your location

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

Open Forum for 11th Grade Families

Thursday, Aug. 13th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Join Principal Kelly Cooper in a discussion about the 2020-21 School Year.

Topic: Open Forum for 11th Grade Families

Time: Aug 13, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

This event will be recorded for families unable to attend.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 882 3401 9311

Passcode: 347540

Dial by your location

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

Open Forum for Senior Families

Thursday, Aug. 13th, 7:15pm

This is an online event.

Senior Families! Join Principal Kelly Cooper in an open forum to discuss this 2020-21 school year.

Topic: Forum for Senior Families

Time: Aug 13, 2020 07:15 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

This event will be recorded for families unable to attend.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 832 5387 1660

Passcode: 566687

Dial by your location

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

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Walk through registration- SUCCESS!

All reports are in- this event was safe, well-scheduled and planned, and a pleasant experience for our families and students. The planning team, seen above, did an extraordinary job in organizing, and we could not be more grateful for the many parent volunteers and staff who worked tirelessly for three days to accommodate 1350 families.

Thank you to Craig Bocks, our Vice Principal, for his leadership and planning, and thank you to Darlene Babcock, Emeline Thomsen, and Suzy Peters, and to all of our staff and volunteers- a fantastic way to get this school year started.

If your student was unable to come to walk through, please fill out this form to make an appointment for next week. Please also see our WALK THROUGH GUIDE to get started.

Class Schedule Update

While class schedules went out at walk through, there have been some updates to the master schedule that have affected some, and there may continue to be some changes. Please know that schedules may shift a bit as class sizes are balanced.

Some changes already made:

  • Intro to Engineering has been cancelled for this school year due to technology challenges.
  • ROP Teaching has been cancelled due to low enrollment and remote learning/assisting challenges.
  • We have added a section of Sociology, and a new A-G approved arts course, Beginning Guitar.

I do anticipate adding a couple of sections to accommodate added enrollment, and this will affect schedules as we move students to fill them. This will likely occur before school begins.

Class Schedules and Requests

Please remember the following when considering a course change request (from my August 5th email to parents)

  • We do not make schedule changes due to teacher preference.
  • We do not make schedule changes to group students together in the same class.
  • We have very limited space overall - not all change requests can be fulfilled.
  • These schedules are not final. While we do our best to get as close as possible, schedules may still adjust - Your student will need to check Homelink before the first day of school on August 17th for the most up to date schedule. Classes will be balancing, and students may have some adjustments to their schedules.
  • If your child did not receive a requested class, it is either full or does not fit in the schedule with the other classes requested.
  • If your student would like to request a schedule change, please use this form. Course Change Request

Parent Education- MDUSD Parent Academy

Study up to help your student at home. MDUSD has curated and prepared a wide variety of resources to assist parents in preparing for the school year at home. Need support not provided here? Let us know.


9th Grade- Freshman Orientation- Welcome Class of 2024!

For our incoming Broncos:

We have a wonderful transition program, with the work of our Link Crew, and their efforts include Freshman Orientation every year. Our Link Crew leaders are Juniors and Seniors who have been trained to mentor the 9th grade students, with the goal of establishing connections and easing the transition to high school.

This year, given large gathering restrictions, the orientation is being planned virtually. This will still include small group sessions, and opportunities for our incoming students to meet with their Link Crew Leaders, making connections to help ease their transition to a new school.

The Orientation and Link Crew experience are incredibly valuable in assisting your 9th grade in this difficult transition to high school. Please make every effort to have them attend! (students only!)

Virtual freshman orientation will be on Wednesday, August 12 at 10am on Zoom. More information has been emailed to freshman parents and students. If you did not receive this email, please contact Melanie Scott.

Freshman Orientation

Wednesday, Aug. 12th, 10am

This is an online event.

Technology Needs

Essential for this school year is a device for every student. Many of our families have these at home. We advise that our students have their own dedicated device, and not plan on using a mobile phone for school work.

If you need to check out a chromebook for your student, please fill out this form.

If you do not have internet access in your home, and would like to apply for a Hotspot (mobile internet device), please contact Craig Bocks.

Food Services- Free Community Meals

Our outstanding MDUSD food services department has served thousands of meals during this pandemic, and continues to do so.

Meals are available to all MDUSD families in need. Please see the food services web page for more information, and the list below of sites for lunch distribution.
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Our clinic style workouts will continue through the Fall, with social distancing guidelines, small cohorts, masks before and after practice, temperature checks upon arrival, and other safety precautions.

Now is the time to start the registration process for athletics, especially for fall sports.

If you are interested in more information about a particular Sport, please contact the coach.

You can find all athletic information, including contact information for coaches, on our athletics website.

Registration can be found HERE.

NCS Sports Update

The California Interscholastic Federation has announced some changes to athletics for the coming school year. We will be hosting sports in two seasons, "Fall" and Spring, with the first season beginning in December. See the graphic below for the list of sports and which season they fall under.

Until then, coaches may run clinics with the current restrictions in place. These include small cohorts of 12, temperature checks and symptom screening, outdoor activity and limited contact.

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New Broncos to Welcome

We are excited to announce and welcome to the community four new head coaches for our programs.

  • Girls Water Polo- Coach Eric Mein - Eric Mein played water polo for Acalanes High School, then the University of Southern California. He has coached at Acalanes and Carondelet, leading Carondelet to NCS Finals and State Championships Finals.
  • Boys Basketball- Coach Mike Shaughnessy - Mike Shaughnessy comes to us from New Jersey, where he played high school basketball, then served as captain and was a 4 year starter for Kean University. He has coached at Kean University, Northfield Community School, and Mainland Regional High School. He has also trained players around the world, and began his own training business in 2013.
  • Boys Soccer- Coach Edgar Rivera- Edgar Rivera has played club soccer for much of his youth, then went on to play for Cal State Fullerton and Notre Dame de Namur University, as well as the NPSL team for San Diego United. He has served as the tournament and clinic director for Walnut Creek Soccer Club (now Walnut Creek Surf) and for the Heritage Wolves. Most recently he led a new 06 team for the Wolves to an NPL title.
  • Boys Lacrosse- Coach Greg Brandt- Coach Brandt has been coaching Lacrosse for Northgate for the last two years, and has coached with the Bronx Bombers and Walnut Creek Warriors as well. Last year, he served as the assistant coach for Varsity, and ran the defense for the team.

New Bronco Staff

While we still have a couple of positions to fill, we want to announce and give a warm welcome to some new Broncos to our staff. We are so excited for our students and families to meet them!

  • Academic Counselor- Last Names A-G- Leanne Owens
  • Math Teacher -Algebra I and IA- Kristen Zanoni
  • Resource Teacher- Special Education- Daniel Guy
  • Science Teacher- Chemistry- Kristopher Davis
  • Science Teacher- Physiology, Living Earth and Chemistry- Sean Kwirant

Senior Portraits

Studio One is our photography company, and they do senior portraits by appointment. Their work is outstanding, and you can see for yourself in our yearbook that was just distributed last week!

For your senior, please call StudioOne to make an appointment.

All other school photos will be by appointment at school likely in September. More information on this to come.

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College and Career - Stay Up to Date!

Rebecca Proznick, our college and career advisor, maintains constant communication with families in preparation for their students' next steps. Please see the College and Career webpage and bookmark it on your browser- this page is updated frequently. You can also email Ms Proznick with your questions.

Sign up for Text Updates

The District and Northgate HS will be using School Messenger for communications, and it features text messaging. You must opt-in- See instructions here.

Additional Family Support Services

See our MDUSD Family Resources Page for a wonderful list of resources available. This is a living list, and is updated frequently.

District Communications

Some important news and information recently released from MDUSD:

2020-21 Academic Calendar

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