NHS Senior Family Newsletter

February 13, 2020



Unfortunately, late yesterday we received news that the Concord Pavilion has shifted its scheduled dates for NHS graduation from Sunday, May 31st to Wednesday, June 3rd at 7pm. This move is not something that either the district or this site can control and I am told that this has happened only one other time in our 28 year relationship with the Pavilion. Regardless, the impact is being felt by many of us in truly negative ways and other options that have been explored have proven untenable given our capacity.

Please know that the current plan is to have Grad Night follow the ceremony on the evening of June 3rd. Additionally, all graduation announcements that have been ordered through Josten's will be reprinted at no charge with the new information.

We are currently working with faculty and staff in order to accommodate the final exam schedule for seniors to align with their yet to be determined graduation rehearsal schedule.

Again, while this was not our decision, we recognize and apologize for the inconvenience.

Michael G. McAlister, Ed.D.

Senior Banquet

Sunday, Feb. 23rd, 6pm

111 Wiget Lane

Walnut Creek, CA

This is a senior only event (no parents) where students dress in semi-formal wear and come together for dinner and peer awards. Superlative awards (like most likely to be a teacher, most likely to be President, etc) will be awarded this evening.

Tickets can be purchased for $35 online on the school website.

Senior Timeline!

See the helpful document with all of the major senior events and deadlines- this is a living document that we will work to update throughout the year!

Senior Quotes and Baby Pictures

Friday, Feb. 21st, 12pm

This is an online event.

Remind your senior to submit these to their English teacher's Google classroom!

Open House

Thursday, Feb. 20th, 6pm

425 Castle Rock Road

Walnut Creek, CA

Not to cue the water works, but this is your FINAL open house in your student's high school journey. Hope to see you there!

Graduation Speeches

Seniors can apply and audition to give a speech at graduation and baccalaureate in April. Applications will be out on April 13th. Auditions will be held on April 29th. Interested students should come to the office the week of April 13th to pick up an application.

Save the Date! Senior Ball 2020!

Friday, April 3rd, 7pm


Location to be announced. Save the date for Senior Ball 2020! YES it is on a Friday, Cesar Chavez day, which is also a school holiday! Yes, it is set location wise, it is announced as part of the 'Reveal' by Senior Class officers.

This year- Charter bus transportation is available. If you would like to secure a reservation, there is a separate $30 fee per person. All passengers must arrive to Northgate by 5:30pm. No refunds allowed once reservation is made.

Reserve and pay for your tickets online on the website.

Cap and Gown Orders

For more information, visit http://jostens.com

Senior Circle

Tuesday, May 26th, 7pm

425 Castle Rock Road

Walnut Creek, CA

This is an invitational event for seniors and their families, honoring seniors who are receiving academic honors and awards. Held in the Little Theatre

Senior Projects

Senior projects will be presented on May 26th and May 27th.

For schedule information, see the bell schedule.

Senior Baccalaureate

Saturday, May 30th, 2pm

425 Castle Rock Road

Walnut Creek, CA

This event is for families and students- graduates will be in cap and gown, and no tickets are required. Graduates should arrive by 1:30pm to the gym.
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Senior Finals

With the graduation date change, there is a bit of a change to the structure of finals.

Seniors who have 5th or 6th period will take their final with arrangements of the teacher for that class the week of May 25th.

May 29th-Friday- A Period Finals (Altered Schedule, see bell schedule online)

June 1st- Monday- Periods 1 and 2 (Block schedule, see bell schedule online)

June 2nd- Tuesday- Periods 3 and 4 (Block schedule, see bell schedule online)

June 3rd- Seniors report to Concord Pavilion for rehearsal (time to be announced) ; 5:30pm for graduation ceremonies. Graduation begins at 7pm.

Graduation Class of 2020

Wednesday, June 3rd, 7pm

2000 Kirker Pass Road

Concord, CA

Graduation will be held at Concord Pavilion. More details will be sent out as the date gets closer.

Senior Finals will occur before this date- seniors who graduate are not expected to return to school after graduation.

Grad Night- Tentatively set for June 3rd

With the sudden change to graduation, our grad night coordinator, Jackie Gronert, is working furiously to adjust vendors and rentals to the proposed date so that it remains on the same date for our seniors.

Grad night is not a school sponsored event, so parent volunteers have worked hundreds of hours to create a memorable and safe evening for all seniors, and they need help. Please contact the Jackie Gronert and see the link below for more information.

Upcoming School Events and Dates!

  • 2/18 Tuesday- A Midsummer Night's Dream, presented by Drama II 7pm
  • 2/19 Wednesday- A Midsummer Night's Dream, presented by Drama II 7pm; Trevor Tonsing Memorial Blanket Making Festival 3:30pm
  • 2/21 Friday- Girls Lacrosse vs Vintage HS 7pm
  • Sunday 2/23- Senior Banquet- Shadelands Arts Center 6pm
  • Friday 2/28- Musical America 7pm

As you can see, our Winter schedule is packed! See the school calendar for more details!

FAQ's about the Graduation Date Change

Why was this allowed to happen? Concord Pavilion has had a long standing agreement with MDUSD to donate space, time and resources to the graduations for the schools in the district. The one caveat to this is that if a concert opportunity arises, the Pavilion has the right to reschedule. This year, the district had to announce to three schools that their graduations had been affected- Mt Diablo HS, Crossroads HS, and Northgate HS.

Has this happened before? Yes, but it has only happened once to NHS in the last 28 years.

Has NHS or district admin thought about any options that would allow us to keep the date originally planned? Yes, and weighed these options heavily. Logistically and financially, they are not viable.

Why can't we have the graduation ceremony at Northgate? We did explore this option. There are several reasons why it is not one that would work. The key challenge would be capacity, in that with over 340 graduates, we would have to limit each family to a max of 3 tickets. Additional issues include parking, and parking control, security, a lack of stadium bathrooms, necessary shuttling for family members with mobility issues, chair and stage rental costs, overtime custodial fees, setup, and inclement weather contingencies.

Why can't we have it at DVC or the Lesher Center or another venue? We explored other options, and these also don't work. CSUEB does their graduations at Boatwright fields with a great amount of cooperation from the city, and huge fees for the field rental, stage and chair rental and setup, and shuttling. The Lesher Center would limit the number of attendees as hosting it ourselves would, and their rental and staffing fees are exorbitant. DVC is currently unavailable for Sunday evening, and the cost of the facility rental, chairs, stage, sound system, security, and parking staff are prohibitive as well.

How does this affect everything else? We know that it affects families and travel plans, party plans, etc. We deeply regret the impact this is having on our community. The grad night location is secured for the date move, but the committee is now working feverishly to adjust and get vendors secured again. It is likely this adjustment will be costly, and our parent organizations will be working to evaluate absorbing these costs. Senior graduation announcements had just been printed this week, and Jostens is now rushing to reprint and has announced that they will absorb all related costs for the reprint.

For events, the only other adjustment is senior finals- 5th and 6th period finals will be arranged with the teachers, while 1st and 2nd period will be June 1st, 3rd and 4th will be June 2nd.

Who can I contact?

Academic Counselors

Last Name A-G ...................................Naseem Saremi~~~~saremin@mdusd.org~~~ext 3546

Last Name H-O....................................Kristen Bligh~~~~~~blighk@mdusd.org~~~~ext 3526

Last Name P-Z.....................................Mandy Kaur~~~~~~kaurm@mdusd.org~~~~ext 3539

Vice Principals

Last Name A-L.....................................Kelly Cooper~~~~~~cooperk@mdusd.org~~ext 3502

Last Name M-Z....................................Craig Bocks~~~~~~bocksc@mdusd.org~~~ext 3503

2019-20 Academic Calendar

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Fourth year in a row! Thanks to our faculty, staff and community for your hard work and dedication!