Northwoods News

A Message from Principal Nixon--January, 10, 2022

Northwoods Families,

We have quickly settled back into our routines since coming back from winter break and the days are already flying by! Despite the worsening health metrics in our community, I would like to assure you that we are continuing to prioritize student and staff safety amidst this latest resurgence of COVID-19.

With that in mind, I ask that you please do your part by following the health safety guidelines outlined below. If you aren't sure whether to send your child to school, please contact the front office first and we will help determine if your child should quarantine.

Beyond that, please take a few minutes to read through the information below. Stay safe and healthy!

Upcoming Events:

  • Friday, January 14th: Q2 Ends
  • Monday, January 17th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day: No School
  • Tuesday, January 18th: Teacher Workday
  • Tuesday, January 18th: Q3 Virtual Academy Material Distribution
  • Friday, January 21st--Report Cards Sent Home
  • Monday, January 31st - Friday, February 4th--School Counselor Appreciation Week


Joe Nixon, Principal

School Information

Kindergarten Registration is Open:

Parents of rising kindergarten students may begin registering for the 2022-23 school year. For more information, please review the Northwoods Kindergarten Registration flyer.

2022-23 Magnet/Year-Round Application Window:

The last day for parents to apply for a seat at a magnet or year-round school is January 27, 2022.

Start of School:

As a reminder, our arrival period runs from 8:45 - 9:15 AM daily. Students arriving after 9:15 are considered tardy and must be signed in by a parent. No exceptions will be made.

Early Dismissal:

Parents seeking to pick students up early from school must do so before 3:15 PM. Because our dismissal processes begin shortly thereafter, our staff is unable to dismiss students after 3:15 PM.

Pets on School Grounds:

As a reminder, family pets are not permitted on school grounds. Please leave your pet(s) at home or in your vehicle when dropping off or picking up students.

Check Out Mrs. Vaughn's Media Center Website:

Mrs. Vaughn, our School Library Media Coordinator, has created a new media center website. It's a place for students and parents to go for book, technology, and digital resource needs.


Second Semester VA Updates:

The following information was presented to the WCPSS Board of Education last week and will be shared with parents in the coming days:

  • The current Virtual Academy program structure and processes will remain the same for the second semester.
  • Principals continue to respond to individual student requests to return to in-person instruction based on staffing and seat availability at their school.

  • There will not be a district-wide opt-in or opt-out window for the second semester.

  • The Virtual Academy registration remains closed. Movement into the Virtual Academy is not permitted for current students or new WCPSS enrollees.

Q3 Material Distribution:

Virtual Academy families will have the opportunity to pick up Q3 student materials on Tuesday, January 18th from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Please return the following items from Q2:

2nd Grade:

  • The Dog That Dug the Dinosaurs

3rd Grade:

  • Buffalo at Magnolia Circle

  • Everything you Need to Know About Frogs

4th Grade:

  • Animal Behaviors

5th Grade:

  • The Most Beautiful Roof in the World

Virtual Academy Information


District messaging was sent to all families on Friday, December 31st regarding updated isolation and quarantine guidance from the CDC and NC DHHS. You may access that messaging here.

Stay Home When Sick:

Students, staff, and visitors may not enter a WCPSS facility if you have been:

  • Instructed to quarantine
  • Exposed to and living with sibling or family member who has tested positive
  • Sick or experiencing any of these symptoms of illness:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

If your child is experiencing any of the symptoms noted above, please do NOT bring them to school. Instead, call the main office at 919-460-3491 and we will help provide you with information about isolation and/or quarantine requirements.