NHS Family Newsletter

October 11, 2020

YES! We have school on Monday.

Northgate HS- an Update

Dear Bronco Families,

There is much to share, and we hope that this update finds you happy and healthy.

The first quarter comes to an end this week, and while the quarter grade is a great indicator of progress so far, and/or that an intervention is needed, we do want to remind families that quarter grades do not appear on transcripts. Teachers generally accumulate these grades with the 2nd quarter grade to form the semester marks, which is the one that moves forward on the transcript.

Contra Costa County has moved down on the restricted list to "red", allowing gyms to open at 10% capacity, and other businesses to open at 25% capacity, all with continued precautions and masks. District leadership and union leaders from the labor unions met last week in a study session to talk over the next phase in school reopening plans. These talks will continue next week, and information shared as it is available.

The district will also be sending out important surveys to determine which families might choose to return when the opportunity arises, and which will choose to stay remote. This nuance in attempting to meet all needs of families of course complicates things, and planning will be detailed. Please remember to participate in these so that we can do everything we can to meet YOUR families' needs.

In the meantime, there are some positive changes and increases in getting our students on site and involved. We held our first virtual club rush on Sept 30th, and clubs continue to meet and welcome new members regularly. Athletics are authorized to share equipment with precautions, and may be moving in small groups to indoor facilities as well. Choir was able to meet in small sections, singing in masks, but together and harmoniously. Leadership students are working on activities and events that would fall within county guidelines but bring our students, particularly our seniors, together.

Our first priority in all of this is our students. Our teachers are working harder than ever to provide meaningful feedback on work, to create engaging online instruction and lessons for students, and to adjust their planning in response to feedback and student levels of mastery. Our counselors are reaching out to families of students who are unengaged or in danger of losing progress towards graduation. Our support counseling team has been working with students who might be suffering from anxiety, depression, or other serious issues. Our college and career advisor has created a comprehensive calendar of college visits and representatives from universities for our seniors. At school, our office team has been handling daily visits for textbooks, tech needs, work permits and more.

We will continue to grow, adapt, and raise the bar, as Broncos always do. As always, don't hesitate to reach out should there be a need or a way we can support your student.

Yours in partnership,

Kelly Cooper


School Photos- 9-11th Grade ONLY

Monday, Oct. 12th, 2:30pm to Tuesday, Oct. 13th, 8pm

425 Castle Rock Road

Walnut Creek, CA

By appointment only!

School photos will be taken with several precautions in place, and emails went to families twice with appointment times. A makeup day will be scheduled and communicated in a few weeks for those who missed.

See attachment below for ordering information and general times.

SENIORS- view further down for senior portrait information.

Senior Portraits

Current Seniors need to contact Studio One for appointments to take their Senior Portraits. Our goal date for these photos to be included in the yearbook is now the end of December. If you have any questions, please contact the Yearbook coordinator, Amber Lineweaver.

We urge families to make these appointments asap as they are limited!

Seniors will be given ID cards after October 13.

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Graduation Update- Class of 2021

We will be able to announce our graduation date VERY soon- we are currently planning for two options- one at Concord Pavilion (they've been a bit cagey in finalizing dates) involving the whole class at once, and one at Northgate, with the same strict social distancing restrictions as last year.

Please stand by, and thank you for your patience! We are hoping for a date in the next week.

Cap and Gown/Graduation Announcements Ordering

Saturday, Oct. 17th, 8pm

This is an online event.

Deadline is approaching! Senior Families- get your orders in now!

Cap and Gown, Grad Announcement and Senior Swag through Jostens

Senior Families! It is that time.

Now is the time to order your SENIOR’S cap & gown, graduation announcements, and senior apparel.

This year you must place your graduation order by one of the following options, no later than Saturday, October 17th!

OPTION #1 (Easiest Option):

ORDER ONLINE at Jostens.com by October 17!


YOU MAY PICK-UP & complete a Graduation order packet, which packets are available in the Main Office, weekdays, from 9 am – 3 pm).

+ *EMAIL your graduation order form to: martin.oliveira@jostens.com

OR *MAIL IN your graduation order to:


P.O. Box 249

Danville, CA 94526

*By the October 17th Deadline.

It is important to place your graduation order at this time. NOW is the only time to receive the group discount and be assured of a timely delivery in the spring. The easiest option is to complete your graduation order today at:


We know this is a very challenging time. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to ask about our easy payment plans.


Martin, Brian, Lynette & Pam


Phone: (925) 838-1835

Email: martin.oliveira@jostens.com

Seniors and Juniors Only- Military Info Opt-Out

For our families of 11th and 12th graders- families may choose to opt out of having their students' contact information shared with the Armed Forces. If you choose to opt out, please complete the form below.

Opt-Out Form must be completed by October 30th.

Northgate Masks- available for all!

Northgate Athletics is entirely self-funded, and our teams are not able to raise funds as usual this year.

Get a mask, represent Northgate, and help fund athletics for when our kids are able to compete again.

$10 each for an adjustable one-size mask. Washable, comfortable, and two styles of great looking masks

Contact Boosters President - Sean Mayer - smmayer11@msn.com

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Athletic Physicals- Sports Medicine Fundraiser, and Athletic requirement!


On behalf of Glen Barker and the Sports Medicine Program, I'm happy to announce we have locked in a safe alternative to our annual sports physical fundraiser. As you know, having a sports physical is required prior to even trying out for any high school sport. Although you can get a physical from your family physician, the Sports Medicine Program has truly valued the support from our Bronco community participating in our biggest annual fundraiser over the years.

The physicians at The Center for Sports Medicine in Walnut Creek have graciously offered to assist in performing physicals at their office this year. Please register HERE and you will be contacted by Glen or a member of the Sports Medicine Team to schedule your appointment. The tax-deductible fee is $100 per athlete or $150 for multiple siblings. Please do not contact The Center for Sports Medicine until you hear from a member of the SMED team.

About The Center for Sports Medicine: There is free parking in front of the building and paid parking in the garage below the building. In order to reduce the risk of Covid 19 transmission, patients will be screened for symptoms by phone the day prior to their exam. On the day of the exam, they will be escorted from the clinic entrance directly to the exam room and from the exam room to the clinic exit in order to minimize contact with staff and other patients. Please feel free to call the clinic with any questions or concerns you have regarding precautions to prevent Covid 19 transmission during your appointment.

Please feel free to reach out to Glen or myself with any questions and thank you again for your support!

Glen Barker, Athletic Trainer (415-533-5455) barkerg@sbcglobal.net

Stacy Hallett-Brasher, Booster Rep (925-437-1667) stacyhallett@gmail.com

Parent Education Opportunities

Career Education Fair

Thursday, Oct. 15th, 5pm

This is an online event.

Students interested in a career in education have a great opportunity to join this event.

Students can register at this link- https://forms.gle/RcWzknmwBQDdPNcM9

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PFC- October Fundraising

Don't miss the PFC raffles and online platform to raise funds this October! Check out this intro video by the PFC to "Build Up Northgate!"

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.

Classroom Donations

It is not too late to make a donation to your students' classroom- these donations are vital to our teachers' ability to supply students with needed materials, and to allow them funds to use new online resources for student engagement.

Click here for department donations!

Additionally, we have some great Bronco gear for sale- Click here for our online store of apparel!

Attendance and Google Classroom

While the district is fine tuning processes and tech scripts, here are some updates we know about:

Attendance- there are 4 levels of participation noted in Homelink.

  • P - participated- your student came to the class, participated in the Zoom/Google Meet session
  • 4- Student turned in an assignment that day, but did not attend the Zoom/Google Meet
  • 3- Student or parent emailed someone in the office or the teacher
  • A- Student was not present, nor did work in the class that day.

If you feel your student was marked in error, please contact the teacher.

If you would like to receive guardian email updates from google classroom, please email the teacher. The student cannot add you as a guardian themselves.

Here are some Google FAQ's to assist.

Food Services- Community Meals

Our outstanding MDUSD food services department continues to offer meal services at select sites.

Meals are available for purchase and pick up. Please see the food services web page for more information, and the info below for next week's menu.


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.

Claycord PFLAG

PFLAG of Clayton-Concord, in its mission of support, education and advocacy for LGBTQ+ people, has initiated and sponsored the MDUSD GSA Forum for the past three years, as well as free “pizza nights” for LGBTQ+ students throughout the academic year.

We’d like to make sure that students and their families are aware of PFLAG and the community support we offer:

· Chapter meetings on the third Tuesday of each month from 7-8 PM via Zoom for all adult LGBTQ+ people, their family members and allies. This is an opportunity for parents and other adult family members to connect with others who know what it’s like to learn their child’s sexuality and/or gender identity is different than they understood. Chapter meetings are confidential, and Zoom log-in information is available either by sending me an email or a private message on our Facebook page. Membership in PFLAG is not required for attendance and there is no fee.

· A virtual drop-in space for high school students in MDUSD, as well as Clayton Valley Charter, Carondelet and De la Salle, facilitated by the youth outreach leaders of Rainbow Community Center every other Thursday from 7-8 PM. The Zoom meeting ID is 933 8545 9911 and the passcode is 837664. Each meeting includes a check-in time, an educational component (LGBTQ+ history, notable people, etc.), and a time of reflection. Registration is not required and there is no fee.

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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