NHS Family Newsletter

January 20, 2021

School Updates

Hello Bronco Families,

Second semester is underway, and from experience I will say- be prepared for it to move fast. In just a couple of weeks, 9-11th grade students will receive course packets and will work on selecting courses for the next school year. Seniors will be embarking on senior project, modified a bit given the distance learning format and shelter-in-place orders. As a site, we are looking forward to welcoming students back, though the timing of this is still a question.

The COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out, with phase 1A nearly complete. In the next phase, those working in education are to be offered a vaccine. We are told this should be occurring around February. (See the state vaccine plan here)

The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), which is the governing body over high school athletics, has released a tiered sports plan, and our league has recently put forth a plan for sports. More information can be found on this below, but our hope is that competition can also begin in February. (Review our Diablo Athletic League press release here.)

We will continue to share updates as they occur, and work closely with our staff, students and community to evolve our plans as appropriate, redesign our practices as needed, and create a positive learning environment for all students, in all formats.

Warmest wishes,

Kelly Cooper


Parent Faculty Club Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 21st, 7pm

This is an online event.

Calendar Changes

With many holidays coming in the 2nd semester, the following changes have been made to the bell calendar to reduce lost instructional time. Please note the following:

PSAT School Day- Week of January 25th- Tuesday and Wednesday Swap

Presidents Weekend- No School Friday Feb 12th or Monday Feb 15th- no bell schedule changes

Cesar Chavez Day- Week of March 29th- Wednesday is Friday Bell Schedule

PSAT School Day

Tuesday, Jan. 26th, 8am

425 Castle Rock Road

Walnut Creek, CA

This test will be given in person, with advanced safety measures in place. Sign ups for this event have closed.

Athletics Update

The CIF and Diablo Athletic League has released new guidelines in include which sports can compete in each county health tier.

Currently, the stay in place order has been extended until February 1st. That means that we will not be able to start until February 2nd, and that is subject to county and district approval.

With that approval, the league is planning on beginning with the purple tier sports- these include Cross Country, Track and Field, Tennis, Golf and Swimming. (boys and girls simultaneously)

Some details may be fluid, including the timing of competition between cross country and track, as well as logistics around tennis and golf running both teams at once. (many teams, including Northgate, have one coach for both boys and girls teams)

All athletes interested in participating in our sports teams, especially the purple tier sports, should prepare by registering for the team on Sportsnet (this is required) and seeking out a physical, which must be current by the calendar year. Physicals will be uploaded to Sportsnet. Your can find all information about athletics on our website, northgatebroncos.org

If you have any questions, please reach out to our athletic director, Ben Ballard, or our VP of Athletics, Craig Bocks.

Find the press release from DAL below.

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Stay connected through ParentSquare!

Parentsquare is our new district communication tool. While all parents receiving communication from homelink will automatically receive emails from us when we use this tool, there is greater functionality when you download the app or access messages from your PC.

Parents can see school, teacher and district announcements in a feed, similar to Facebook; can stay on top of upcoming events with the link to the master calendar, and can communicate 1:1 with administrators or teachers through the messaging feature. Parents can also quickly address and clear absences using parentsquare.

Don't miss out! Sign up with your student's information today, and stay connected!

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COVID-19 Vaccine for families

Family members of students with certain medical conditions are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination under phase 1A.

This list is not necessarily exhaustive, but includes:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Specialized health care needs, including dependence upon ventilators, oxygen, and other technology

The full statement with instructions can be found here: https://www.dds.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/COVID-19VaccinePhase1ALetter_FamilyMembers_01132021.pdf

Educators to be vaccinated

The state of California announced recently their vaccination roll-out plan, and have prioritized those who work in education to Phase 1B, the next phase in the plan.

The predicted timeline for this phase of the vaccination availability is February.

Great news for all of us, and we will keep you updated.

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Resources from our Wellness team

Our NHS Wellness team has curated some helpful guides for parents and families that might be experiencing difficulties during this time. Please see below for these links. If you have specific issues you are concerned about, don't hesitate to reach out to the Northgate CARE team.

Coping with Stress, Anxiety and Depression in Times of Crisis:


Helping Teens Cope with Grief and Loss:


Parenting Challenges During COVID-19:


Parent Ed Nights Available through Loma Vista Adult School

Follow this link for a full list of offerings.

For more information, please contact the Parent Education Department at (925) 685-7340 ext. 6720.

Senior Portrait Information

Studio One will be coming to Northgate HS to take any remaining senior portraits, with the goal being 100% inclusion in our graduation events that require photos, and for our yearbook. Don't miss this opportunity to record this milestone with your senior.

The company will reach out with potential appointment times, and these appointments will occur on February 23 and 24. If you submitted a photo to Ms. Lineweaver, through a private photographer, you may disregard this request.

If you have questions, please contact Ms Lineweaver, our yearbook coordinator.

Senior Ads in Yearbook

This is your last chance to purchase and include a senior ad for your graduate in this year's yearbook. Please see the attached flyer for information. Deadline is January 31st!
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Meet our new Student Services Secretary, Camille Caldwell!

We are thrilled to hire and announce a new member of our office team, Camille Caldwell! Camille joins us in the Vice Principal/Student Services section. Learn more about her below!

I was born and raised in Moraga and attended Cal Poly SLO where I graduated with a BS in Environmental Earth Science in 2017. I then returned to the bay, this time to Walnut Creek, and began working as a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines (then Virgin America). I worked for Alaska for 2.5 years until the pandemic hit, and I was laid off in April of 2020. Ever since I have been exploring new career paths and found a great opportunity to substitute teach at MDUSD. This eventually led me to learn of the VP Secretary position at Northgate and the rest is history! In my spare time I enjoy running and completed my first half marathon this past summer. I'm so excited to meet all of the staff and students when it is safe to return in person and look forward to finally putting faces to everyone I've emailed.

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Peer tutoring available!

This semester we will be offering an English, Math, Science, Social Studies and World Languages tutorial. These sessions are free, productive, and scheduled on Wednesdays, with trained peer mentors and a faculty advisor.

1) Any student with a D or F 1st semester has already received an invite. We encourage our families to take advantage of this opportunity. One of our most successful tutorials first semester was 4 reluctant students who first met with the teacher after class. Once they knew they would be working together and had some encouragement from the teacher, they all showed up nearly every week!

2) If your student is interested in joining, please use this link to join and we will place them.

We have dozens of mentors at the ready!

Girls Who Code- 9-11th grade opportunity

Apply to Girls Who Code’s Virtual Summer Immersion Program (SIP) for an unforgettable summer experience! During this FREE 2-week virtual program, you'll learn the computer science skills you need to make an impact, get an inside look into the tech field, and join a supportive lifelong sisterhood — all while being virtually hosted by influential companies, like Twitter, AT&T, Bank of America, Walmart, and more.

Current 9th -11th grade girls and non-binary students are eligible to apply. SIP is 100% free and need-based stipends of up to $300 are available for those who qualify. Low tech? No tech? No problem! Girls Who Code is there to support you!

Applications open in mid-January! Fill out the interest form today to be the first to hear about the release date or learn more in a webinar.

Senior Shirt design contest

For all the Seniors out there, Grad Night wanted to do something fun! We are hosting a First-Time-Ever T-Shirt Design Contest to represent your graduating class of 2021!

All Seniors are welcome to participate with me in this contest! Be creative! Create something you would wear beyond high school! Depending on the number of entries, the Grad Night Committee will pick the top designs and have YOU, Class of 2021, vote for the one you love the best.

The t-shirt design that gets the most Senior votes will be selected and distributed at Graduation! To enter the contest, submit a PDF file of your design to nggradnight@gmail.com and type “TSHIRT” in the subject line, including your full name.

The T-shirt will be either white, black or gray with up to two colors represented on the t-shirt. The rules are simple: nothing political, sexual or profane will be accepted. Deadline for all entries is on or before March 1st, 2021.

Any entries made after the March 1st deadline, not in the PDF format, or without a full name listed will not be accepted. Each Senior is allowed ONE entry. Have fun with it! Looking forward to seeing your creations!

Jackie Gronert,

Chair Grad Night 2021

For our Families qualifying for low income assistance

Families who would like to register for food services can either submit the information through AERIES Homelink or submit an Household Alternate Income Form to the school office.

Families who have already submitted their forms through Food Services or who have submitted the information through AERIES Homelink DO NOT need to provide any additional information. All forms are due by 4pm January 25th.

Household Income Form (English) - HERE

More NHS masks available!

If you are interested in supporting athletics, and building up your Bronco maskwear, Athletic Boosters has a healthy stash to sell!

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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2020-21 Academic Calendar

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