Wolfpack Pride

September 2nd, 2022

Principal's Update

Hello Wolfpack!

Launch Conferences and Wolfpack Launch Connections brought vitality back into the building. Listening to the excited student conversations and the thoughtful parent questions was exciting and bucket-filling. I appreciate the parents that came to the Family Advisory Committee meeting. The next one will be on October 4th, at 5:30PM in the NCHS Library.

I hope to see you at the Red and Black scrimmage this afternoon at North Central HS.

Every Student, Every Day,

Tami McCracken

This Week's Events

Tuesday, September 6th

  • First day of Classes
  • Soccer at Shadle Park, 4:00 PM
  • Volleyball vs. Pullman, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 7th

  • Slowpitch Softball vs. Mead, 4:00 PM

Thursday, September 8th

  • Slowpitch Softball at Rogers, 4:00 PM
  • Volleyball at Cheney, 7:00 PM

Friday, September 9th

  • School Picture Day - Pictures to be taken in English classes
  • Welcome Back Con
  • Vision and Hearing Screening for 7th Graders
  • Slowpitch Softball at University High, 4:00 PM
  • Football at Colville, 7:00 PM

Admin Team

We'd like to introduce the members of the NC Admin team. We are here to serve the students and the school, so please reach out anytime if you're in need of support.

  • Back Row, Left to Right: Mark Sherwood, Mary O. Gustafson, Jessica Everman, Carole Baumgartner, and Rich Naccarratto
  • Front Row: Shelly Radtke, Tami McCracken, and Heidi Hayes

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Community Celebrations

Jordis Harmer Presents at WASA Conference

Each summer, the Washington Association of School Administrators hosts a summer conference that is a must-attend event for educational leaders. The conference features a wide array of professional speakers focusing on developing leaders and advancing careers. This year, North Central’s Jordis Harmer was a featured student speaker. Jordis gave her message in front of principals, assistant principals, superintendents, principal interns and district-level administrators across the state. Congratulations Jordis!

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NC Theater at Hamilton

NC performing arts students were able to participate in Seattle Theatrical Group's community day for Hamilton over the weekend. On August 28th, Mrs. Dach and Mr. Blaydon took 27 students and two other chaperones to Seattle to watch Hamilton at the Paramount Theatre - our second time working with this program (in 2019, we took students over to see Dear Evan Hansen). In order to participate, an application had to be approved, and our teachers had to attend a three-hour orientation in the summer. Students also had to participate in workshops over the summer, which was an awesome opportunity to not only connect with our own students but see others in the state of Washington. Mrs. Dach was also able to secure an amazingly informative and fun tour of Cornish College of the Arts on August 29th. We are thankful for the community support and school support that allowed our students to participate in this amazing experience.
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Announcements and Events

New Single Point of Entry Process

This summer, our single point of entry construction was completed, and we are so proud of the work that was done. We worked diligently to revise our entry procedures for visitors with keeping our students safe as our primary focus. Entering the building this year will look different for students, parents, and visitors. Please watch the video below for an overview of what you can expect when you come to North Central. We appreciate you partnering with us to keep our Wolfpack safe!

NCHS Single Point of Entry

Family Advisory Committee Launch

If you missed the Family Advisory Committee meeting this week, you can catch up by viewing the PowerPoint Presentation. We will have four additional meetings this year. We look forward to partnering with you and your student.

STA Bus Service for High School Students

Like many districts across the nation, Spokane Public Schools reevaluated its transportation model and service options to address the ongoing bus driver shortage. After a careful review of new boundaries, routes, and stops, the SPS School Board made the decision for SPS to form a partnership with Spokane Transit Authority (STA) for increased high school ridership.

There are STA options for high school students living outside the 1.5-mile walk zone radius, as well as high school students living within the 1.5-mile walk zone radius. High school students living outside the 1.5-mile walk zone radius who also live in an area without sufficient STA service will be able to ride a yellow bus or van to their school.

Find more information here.

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Registration for Girls' and Boys' Cross Country Still Open

It is not too late to join this fall! Sign up on Final Forms (https://spokane-wa.finalforms.com) and see either Coach West, (Boy's coach), in room 201 or Coach McDerrah, (Girl's coach), in room 245 for information.

Be a part of a great program that will prove to be meaningful and fun while running trails and parks, getting fit, and making great friendships.

Preschool Spots Still Available

Our Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program serves children ages 3-5 at North Central High School. This program partners high school students with preschoolers in a safe, nurturing, and interactive environment. ECE programs offer a rich and stimulating learning environment where children can develop positive relationships with others. The curriculum focuses on play-based learning. This program offers high school students the opportunity to gain experience working with young children as they determine their future post-secondary pursuits.

Benefits to Preschool Children (ages 3–5) and their families

A safe, nurturing, interactive environment that promotes skills including social, emotional, cognitive and physical development for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children. Each program recognizes and respects ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity within all families served.

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Program Requirements

To be eligible, children must be 3 years old by Aug. 31, and may continue to participate up to 5 years old. They also must be potty trained. Typical enrollment is 18 to 20 high school students each paired with one or two preschoolers. The Preschool Enrollment form and the Certificate of Immunization Status are required for program enrollment. Program fees are $15 per month to cover the cost of supplies and snacks.

If you are interested in the program, please call or email Rebecca Hill and inquire about openings. Her email is rebeccahi@spokaneschools.org. Spaces fill quickly in all of our programs!

School Counselors

School Counselors

Ms. Parks is out on leave and we will have counselor coverage with more information to follow shortly. If you have an urgent need please reach out Mary O Gustafson at maryog@spokaneschools.org)

Free School Meals

All SPS schools will serve free breakfast and lunch to all enrolled students next year as a part of the passage of HB 1878. This new law requires schools or groups of schools with 40% or more of students Directly Certified (through programs like SNAP, foster, homeless and TANF) to participate in the USDA’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). The current DC rate for SPS schools is over 45%. The state will ensure that the school meal program receives full reimbursement for all meals served to students at schools that are required to be on CEP, and schools will no longer have to track meal charges or school meal applications.

North Central High School

At NCHS, our vision is to provide a supportive and nurturing environment which embraces diversity, encourages social responsibility, promotes rigorous learning experiences, and emphasizes personalized learning support.