Northwoods News

A Message from Principal Nixon--May 23, 2022

Northwoods Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! We are rapidly approaching the final days of the 2022-23 school year, and we will have a lot happening over these last couple of weeks. Please take a few minutes to read through the information below.

Upcoming Events:

  • Friday, May 27th - June 10th--End-of-Grade (EOG) Testing
  • Thursday, June 9th--5th Grade Picnic
  • Friday, June 10th--Last Day of School
  • Friday, June 10th--5th Grade "Moving Up" Ceremony
  • Tuesday, June 14th--EOG Retesting
  • Wednesday, June 15th--EOG Retesting


Joe Nixon, Principal

School Information

Non-Returning Family Survey:

Parents of current Kindergarten - 4th-grade students who are not returning to Northwoods for the 2022-23 school year are asked to complete this survey so that we may begin planning for future staffing needs. Families of rising 6th graders DO NOT need to complete the survey unless their child is transferring out of district or state.


Our 2021-22 yearbooks have arrived and will be distributed to students during the last week of school.

Return Spring Picture Packets:

If your student had their spring photos taken, you should have received their photo package in their backpacks. Families have until May 31, 2022 to decide on the following options:

  1. Purchase the Entire Package ($60): Submit payment to the school (Checks should be made payable to Strawbridge Studios for the exact amount only) and keep the entire package. If paid online, send the payment confirmation to the school.
  2. Purchase Part of the Package ($16-$54): Submit payment for the photo sheets you want to keep and return the rest.
  3. No Purchase: Return the entire package (all 7 sheets) back to the school.

End-of-Year Spirit Week:

We (teachers and students) are counting down the days to the end of the school year! To celebrate the last week of school (June 6th - 10th), we will be doing one last Spirit Week for students. Please see the Spirit Week Flyer linked below and plan accordingly.

Return Media Center Books:

The final day for students to check out library books will be Thursday, May 26th. All media center books must be returned by Tuesday, May 31st. Overdue notices will be sent out after that point.

Update Student Chromebooks:

As we prepare for EOG testing to begin, it is essential that all student Chromebooks have been updated to the most current version of the operating system. Updates can be done at home or at school using these directions.

End-of-Grade (EOG) Assessments:

All 3rd-5th grade students (including students participating in Virtual Academy) are REQUIRED to take their End-of-Grade Assessments this year. All assessments will be administered in person between May 27th and June 10th. Specific testing dates for each grade level are posted on our website and are noted below.

End-of-Grade Retesting:

During the last ten days of the school year (May 27th-June 10th), students in grades 3-5 will participate in the regular administration of North Carolina End-of-Grade (EOG) tests. Students who score Level 3, Level 4, or Level 5 on these assessments are considered proficient. Students who do not score a Level 3 or higher on the regular administration and have passed the course/subject associated with the corresponding EOG assessment will have the option to participate in a Remediation and Readministration opportunity on June 14th and June 15th. More information will be sent directly to your family should your child qualify for EOG Remediation and Readministration.

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5th Grade Information

Attention 5th Grade Families:

The PTA is collecting baby pictures for each child currently enrolled in 5th grade. The pictures will be used to create a video montage as part of the end-of-year celebration. For more information and directions to submit your picture, please see the flyer linked below.

5th Grade Picnic:

The annual 5th-grade picnic will be held on Thursday, June 9th from 12:00-3:30 PM. Our 5th graders will have the opportunity to play games and socialize during the picnic. Your child's teacher will share more specific information as we get closer to the date.

5th Grade "Moving Up" Ceremony:

Mark your calendars! We are excited to announce that our 5th Grade "Moving Up" ceremony will be held on Friday, June 10th in the cafeteria from 9:30 - 10:15. Due to space constraints in our cafeteria, we must limit attendees to parents only.

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2022-23 School Year Information

2022-23 Transportation Requests:

If you are not currently registered for transportation but would like service next school year, you must request transportation by July 18th to ensure service on the first day of school. Please only request service if you plan for your student to be a regular rider. Students who don’t ride consistently will be removed from bus rosters. To register, go to

Students who are currently participating in the Virtual Academy will NOT automatically be assigned to a bus route for the 2022-23 school year. Families of current VA students must submit a transportation request using the directions noted above.

2022-23 School Meal Prices:

Please be advised that school meals will no longer be free for all students during the 2022-23 school year. The WCPSS Board of Education met last week and approved a plan to increase meal prices by $.025 to cover the rising costs of food and supplies. Meal prices for the 2022-23 school are noted below. If your family is in need of meal assistance, I strongly encourage you to complete and submit an application for Free/Reduced Cost Meals. Applications will be mailed out to all WCPSS families in the coming weeks and will also be available during our Meet the Teacher event at the start of the year.

2022-23 Breakfast Cost--$1.50

2022-23 Lunch Cost--$3.00

Updates to 2022-23 Traditional Calendar:

As many of you may have seen, the WCPSS Board of Education voted last week to include 6 Early Release Days on all school calendars for the 2022-23 school year. Students will dismiss TWO hours early (1:45 PM) on all 6 Early Release Days during the year. The updated 2022-23 Traditional Calendar can be viewed here.

PTA Information

Adopt-a-Week Summer Garden Sign-Up:

Do you love fresh tomatoes, flowers, cucumbers, and peppers? Volunteer at the Northwoods School Garden and they can be yours! This summer keep our garden going by adopting a week of care. There are two slots per week so you can pair with another Northwoods family to share the time and tasks. During your week of care you'll water, weed, and harvest as needed. And yes, you can take the harvest home. Happy gardening!

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