Principal's Update

End of Quarter 1 Newsletter

Northwestern Families,

We have completed our first nine weeks of school and have made it half-way through the first semester in our new normal! Our work to this point has been challenging but rewarding as our students and staff have adapted and created new pathways to experience success. Now more than ever, it is important for us to focus on finishing this unique portion of our year strong. Students who were unsuccessful in the first nine-week period have an opportunity to participate in “content recovery” by working with their teachers to complete units with the academic coach on gradpoint, or recovering units with individual teachers.

We are incredibly proud of our students' progress thus far, adjusting to our safety protocols and staying connected with us via Zoom/Canvas. As colder weather creeps in, it is important to continue to follow the guidelines before, during, and after school to keep us all safe. Parents, please continue to monitor your students and report any possible close contacts or positive cases to us immediately. Please also exercise caution if you suspect that you may be ill. Staying at home may help prevent the spread of the flu and help flatten the curve with COVID-19. If you are not feeling well, we encourage all to err on the side of caution when deciding to attend school. Students can always make up for the lost time by working from home.

We know that by working as a T.E.A.M. (Together, Everyone, Accomplishes, More), we can best prepare for our next challenge. Communication is key to our collective success, and with this in mind, please do not hesitate to reach out to our school for assistance. We have resources available and ready for those in need. As always, stay safe and stay connected!


Hezekiah Massey, III

Northwestern High School

MAP Testing on Campus for December 7th (Hybrid Students in person & Virtual Students remote)

December 7th - MAP Testing for all 9th graders

  • All Purple (A) and Gold (B) Group students will test on campus
  • Virtual 9th graders will test remotely at home
  • Following MAP, hybrid 9th graders will have lunch followed by a Freshman Focus activity using Ripple Effects. Students will also have time to work on remote assignments.
  • Virtual Academy classes will operate as normal
  • 9th-12th grade hybrid classes will have remote lessons.
  • 10th-12th grade hybrid students will not come to campus on 12/7.

1st Nine Week Report Cards Issued

Parents - Students were provided an opportunity to pick up report cards in their Trojan Way Advisory both Wednesday and Thursday. All Virtual Academy students report cards were mailed home this week as well. Hybrid students may stop by A office to pick up their report card if they were not in school either of these two days. All VA students that did not receive the report card in the mail should contact Ms. McCrorey at 803-981-1223 or

Trojans face Dorman for a bid to play in the Upper State Championship!!!

Tickets are on sale for the Upper State Semi Finals vs Dorman at D3 Stadium. Buy your tickets at today! Come out and support your Trojans!

Remember C Days are Days ON!

On C Days, NHS teachers will create lessons on Monday for at-home students to review content or to extend learning. For EOC, AP, IB courses, new standards/indicators can be introduced on Mondays, but for all others this is a day designated for RTI and Enrichment. C Days present a great opportunity for Content Recovery! Please take advantage of this unique and helpful program to increase your grade!

Remember that you can check your Canvas Calendar for reminders about what day it is!

Tutoring Assistance is Available

Before & After School Tutoring Available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays NHS Media Center 7:30-8:15 a.m. 3:45-4:30 p.m. Students who desire virtual tutorial sessions should contact Coach Littlejohn for more details.

New Club Alert!!!

“B.O.S.S Up Mondays” (Build on Self Success)!! This group will build self-esteem and character, focus on success and motivation with students. Ms. Shayla Scott will post an inspirational quote every Monday in Canvas to help encourage students and once a month will host a zoom meeting on different topics. We will have our first Zoom meeting on Nov. 23rd . This month’s topic is Anxiety 101. Please encourage your students to check the quote in Canvas and sign up for the meetings (Sign Up is posted in Canvas) if it is a topic that interests them.

City of Rock Hill MLK ESSAY Contest

The City of Rock Hill Community Relations Council, would like to invite students students to participate in the 2020-21 City of Rock Hill MLK Scholarship with the theme "The Fierce Urgency of Now: The Need for “Good Trouble”.

We desire to have school-level essay coordinators from each school select the top two school-level scholarship submissions. Please see Ms. Hughes for more information about submission.

All school-wide 1st place MLK Scholarship winners will go on to compete on a city-wide level where the participants will compete for the CRC City of Rock Hill MLK Scholarship.

The 3 top district scholarship winners will be awarded a scholarship, with the 1st place winner receiving $1000, the 2nd place winner receiving $500, the 3rd place winner receiving $250, and an invitation to present his/her excerpt at the virtual city-wide MLK Breakfast on January 18, 2021. The school-level coordinator winning coordinator will be recognized as well.

Visions Literary Magazine!!!

The Visions Literary Magazine is now ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS for this year's magazine until Jan. 8th! SUBMIT YOUR ORIGINAL poetry, short stories, art, photography, and social commentaries to A228 (Ms.Hughes) or the Visions website. Submissions must be LEGIBLE and may not be ANONYMOUS!

Our Trojan ESPORTS Team is UNDEFEATED!!!

If you didn't know now you do! Northwestern has started competing Nationwide in eSports and has not lost a contest! Our current rank is within the top 25 teams nationwide and our students continue to excel in this exciting new virtual athletic competition! A huge shoutout goes to our coaches and athletic department in getting this program started! Way to GO TROJANS!!!


Career Center Updates from Ali Dean

"Make Your Future Mondays" - Every Monday the Career Center releases College & Career related videos (college visits, career interviews, etc). These are either in Zoom format, sent through Canvas and posted on the Virtual Career Center Site:

Military Visits:

On November 20th, we will be hosting a virtual visit with the National Guard! The zoom link will be sent out via Canvas.

On December 4th, we will be hosting a virtual visit with the Navy! The zoom link will be sent out via Canvas.

College & Career Webinars:

December 1st, there will be a Webinar on "Vision Casting Your Future"! If you are thinking about plans for after high school, we recommend attending this event! It will take place from 6:30-7:30. The link will be sent out via Canvas.

December 8th - Webinar on Hot Careers! Discover careers that are currently trending and growing! The webinar will take place from 6:30-7:30, and the link will be sent out via Canvas.

On-Campus Workshops:

December 2nd & 3rd - Resume Workshop during all lunches. Sign up with Mrs. Dean via Canvas or stop by A104! Spots are limited.

December 8th & 9th - Career Assessment Workshop during all lunches. Sign up with Mrs. Dean via Canvas or stop by A104! Spots are limited.


If you are a virtual student and would like to meet with Mrs. Dean to discuss college and career planning, you can send a Canvas message or an email at You can also make an appointment through the Virtual Career Center:

YEARBOOK Pre-Sales are underway!

The award-winning 2020 NHS Yearbook SOLD OUT! Don’t miss your chance to commemorate this monumental school year. All yearbooks must be ordered by January 1, 2021. There will be no reprints and no extras. You must order early. Order now to save with the lowest prices of the season! Buy online at Use Offer Code Gobble at checkout.*

Senior Parents – Honor your student’s high school accomplishments with a Senior Legacy Ad in the 2021 yearbook. Ad prices are lowest of the year.* Visit to learn more. *offers available until 12/15/2020

Please see below for technology needs!

Technology Support for Students/Parents

Need help with e-Learning Technology while at home? Please call 324-TECH (8324) for support between 7:30 am - 3:30 pm. You can also click on our Technology Support for Families page.