Bronco News 22-23

Bronco Family Newsletter

Winter is Coming!

Greetings Bronco Families!


The 2nd quarter is underway, so much so that our progress reports will be coming out soon. These will be emailed to the primary email address on each student's account, and will be available on Homelink as well.


With the change in seasons, we have some big breaks coming up- including this Friday for Veteran's Day, November 21st-25th, and then Winter Break from December 22-January 9th. Finals are embedded into our bell schedule beginning December 16th for A period, and running December 19-21 for all other classes. Please take a look at the master calendar and plan accordingly- all students take finals. We do not give early finals, and families should avoid scheduling trips early during these days.


We have some outstanding student work to celebrate from the first quarter - be on the lookout for our Celebrations of Student Excellence- coming soon!


November 14th is our 8th Grade Parent Info Night- for all families thinking of coming to Northgate, this is especially tailored towards our families who are coming from private school, or the unassigned Clayton Area, who want to learn more about the school. This is not a night with logistics for those already planning to attend Northgate, but all are welcome! 6pm in our gym.


As always, there is a ton to celebrate on campus, let's hit a few of them!


  • Tonight, Drama I put on their first production of the year, Aliens vs Drama Club. With that, all three levels have produced outstanding shows this quarter, with 'The Blue and the Gray' by Drama 2, and 'Carrie', by Production Workshop. Stay tuned for more news out of the theatre department, and huge thank you to director John Litten!
  • Featured in the lobby of the Jack Deroux Theatre is a new art display, 'Portraits'. Up for a limited time, take a peek!
  • Football has earned a 5th seed in the NCS playoffs, and will be playing Las Lomas on Friday Nov 11th at 7pm at Las Lomas. Congratulations to our players and coaches on their post-season bid- don't miss the playoff game- tickets are available at gofan.co
  • Boys Waterpolo won the DAL championship! Their success last year placed them in the Open Division for NCS playoffs, and they lost a tough first round game to Campolindo.
  • Girls Waterpolo ALSO won the DAL championship! They won their quarterfinal game against Alhambra this weekend, and play Terra Linda TOMORROW at 4pm at De La Salle! Tickets are available on Gofan.co.
  • Cross country competed at the league championships this weekend after a great performance at Mt Sac- On the boys' side, our Varsity boys finished 7th, with Robert Benard receiving a medal at 18th place. JV Boys finished 2nd, and Frosh/Soph finished 3rd. On the girls' side, Frosh/Soph finished third, and our JV and Varsity girls both impressed with a 2nd place finish.


There is so much happening! Keep up by following Northgate High School on Twitter - @northgatehs


Have an excellent week, and GO BRONCOS!

Bell Changes

STARTING TOMORROW: Due to our ongoing tardy issues, we are going to be implementing a 1 minute bell during the passing periods. While each passing period will still be 7 minutes, at 6 minutes, a bell will ring indicating students will have one minute to get to class.


It is our hope with this added reminder that our tardies will reduce.

Intradistrict Transfer Process

The secondary intradistrict transfer application process is October 15th-November 15th. The online application will be up on our webpage mdusd.org/intradistricttransfers on October 15th for students that will be in grades 6-12 for the 2023-2024 school year.


All parents living outside of the Northgate boundairies must apply for intradistrict transfers for incoming students, even if a sibling attends Northgate already!


For families living in the unassigned area, (Clayton), families must apply for placement to Northgate here. Be sure to click on the 23-24 school year!

Photo projects inspired by Haloween

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8th Grade Preview Night!

Organized with our private school and unassigned area families in mind, this night is a great preview for parents and students who are new to the Northgate Community! Come hear about our programs, listen to students talk about the day in the life of a Bronco, and opt in to a campus tour!


Monday November 14th 6pm

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Congrats to Evalinne Veccio, Nominee for Bay Area News Athlete of the Week!

Evalinne Vecchio, Northgate water polo: Vecchio dominated against Alhambra in Northgate’s quarterfinal win in the NCS Division-II playoffs. Vecchio scored eight goals and had two assists in the 15-6 win on Nov. 5.


Vote for her HERE!
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HOPE Annual Holiday Drive

MDUSD's Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE) is doing their annual holiday donation drive to support our homeless and foster youth students. They are asking for gift cards from the following types of places where students can make holiday purchases:

• Target

• Old Navy

• Generic prepaid credit cards

• Walmart

• GAP

• Gift cards to local restaurants


They are requesting card denominations of $25 or $50, with the amounts clearly marked, so recipients know how much is available to spend. Gift cards can be mailed or delivered to the below address: Mt. Diablo HOPE 2730 Salvio Street, Room 24 Concord, CA 94519


Please send your donations by December 16, 2022.


The HOPE program may be reached at (925) 682-8000 x3054 and hope@mdusd.org.

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Orchestra and Band on the Run

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MDUSD Orchestra String Festival

Thursday, Nov. 17th, 5:30pm

4200 Concord Boulevard

Concord, CA

Come join this outstanding festival and collaboration between schools! Concord HS in the Multi Purpose Room.

Online College Information Night- November 9th

From senior Tatiana Advienko:

I am the Vice Chair of the Mt. Diablo Education Foundation’s Student Advisory Committee. We have organized an online college information night on Wednesday, November 9th from 5:30 - 8 PM to be held over Zoom. Our district’s college and career advisors will be discussing how to write college application essays, addressing alternatives to four year colleges, and providing critical info on financial aid/FAFSA/DACA.


We would appreciate it if you could share this flyer (attached below) with students/parents on Student/Parent Square and in your school announcements to encourage participation, especially among juniors and seniors. If you have any questions, you can contact Abhi Mokkapati (2023 MDEDF SAC Chair) at abhimokkapati@gmail.com.


Thank you!

Tatiana Avdienko

2023 MDEF SAC Vice Chair

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Reminder to DRIVE SAFELY

Last week, a student on a bicycle was hit on Hutchinson and Walnut by a distracted driver. Several weeks ago we had a parent hit in the crosswalk at Castle Rock and Northgate Rd at night by a driver taking the street too fast.


We are actively working with the city of Walnut Creek to improve pedestrian and bike safety around our school, but please do your part- slow down, always decrease your speed even further at cross walks and look at both sides for pedestrians, do not pass cars on the right, and keep an eye out for bikes at intersections.


Thank you!

A Note from Food Services

California's Universal Meals Program allows every Mt. Diablo Unified School District students receive one breakfast and one lunch every school day in the 2022-2023 school year, at no cost. Students are already set up to receive these meals. No action is needed.

While one breakfast and one lunch are at no cost, additional meals are at full price. Students are being charged the following prices for more than one meal during a serving session:

  • Elementary Breakfast $2.00

  • Elementary Lunch $3.25

  • Middle & High School Breakfast $2.50

  • Middle & High School Lunch $3.50

Please note "Breakfast" is the same serving session as "Brunch" and "Second Chance Breakfast".

We are working hard to procure quality products and creating new recipes that have been well received. More information on this is coming soon. This school year has seen an increase in total meals served throughout the district. Thank you for your support!


Week at a Glance


November 9th- Girls Waterpolo 4pm vs Terra Linda @ De La Salle HS

November 10th- MDUSD Jazz Festival at DVC- JB2 performs 5:25pm, JB1 performs at 8:30pm. Open to all in the theater at DVC.

November 11th- NO SCHOOL; Football @ Las Lomas HS 7pm

November 14th- 8th Grade Preview Night 6pm

November 15th- Girls Basketball vs JFK; 7pm Athletic Booster Meeting

November 16th- Boys Basketball vs Alhambra Scrimmage

November 17th- MDUSD String Festival @ Concord HS 5:30pm

November 18th- Girls Basketball @ Benicia HS

November 19th- Cross Country NCS

NHS Waterpolo Powerhouses - DAL Champions!

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Athletic Booster Crab Feed! Save the date!

NHS Crab Feed is BACK!

January 21st, 2023 from 6pm-11pm

Centre Concord

Buy your EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTED TICKETS HERE by Dec 1st!


Interested in helping throw the party? Sign up HERE

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African American Parent Advisory Council and News!

Join us for our next African American Parent Advisory Council, led by Dr. Lamont Francies, our MDUSD Community and Family Engagement Coordinator.


November 15th 6pm- College Prep Night!


Check out the news HERE>

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Parking Lot Reminder

Students must have a parking pass to park in the main lot. These are still available in the treasurer's office. WCPD will come to ticket periodically for students who are not displaying a pass.


Students may NOT park in stalls marked "Staff" - please do not park in these spaces. There is no student parking in the back lot (by the pool and sports medicine)

NHS Staff for Halloween!

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Congratulations to Cross Country! (and keep on running!)

Cross country traveled to the state-renown Mt Sac race, where our boys team collectively earned a 5th place finish (congratulations to Robert Benard for his solo 4th place finish!) and our girls team WON with the fastest team time in Northgate history! Huge congratulations to this team, and to Megan Malloy, who had a solo win as well!


At the DAL meet, our girls team earned a 2nd place win, as did our Frosh/Soph girls, while the boys finished 7th. JV boys finished 2nd and our Frosh/Soph boys finished 3rd.

Free Tutoring Available

The California State Library provides free online tutoring for California K-12 students, available through public libraries. Through HelpNow, live real-time homework assistance is available 24 hours a day by laptop, tablet, or phone from qualified tutors using state curriculum and standards. 24/7 assistance is available in English and Spanish for Language Arts and Mathematics.

Every day between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm, assistance is available in core K-12 subjects in the following languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Tagalog. Link to program website.


CSU Application Period Open

All 23 California State Universities (CSU) will start accepting applications for admission to the fall 2023 term on Saturday, October 1, 2022. Students can apply for admission to any CSU through the Cal State Apply systemwide portal at calstate.edu/apply. The priority application period closes on November 30, 2022.

In fall 2023, the CSU will be able to increase enrollment with significant growth on several campuses. California Governor Gavin Newsom's 2022-23 spending plan will allow the CSU to enroll an additional 10,000 students, while the continued success of Graduation Initiative 2025 in increasing graduation rates will create ample opportunities for new first-year, transfer, teacher credential and graduate students.

For more information about the application process or details about any of the 23 CSU campuses and their degree programs, visit Cal State Apply.

Requirements for the CA State Seal of Biliteracy

Seniors! Check the requirements here and reach out with any questions.

Free Tutoring for our Afghan community

  • Free tutoring for Afghan students on Saturdays! classes and workshops for our Afghan community that take place at the Noor Islamic & Cultural Community Center- see the flier here!

SAVE THE DATE- Junior Prom!

Saturday, Feb. 25th 2023 at 7pm

TBD

Location to be announced- Mark your calendars for Junior Prom! Students will be allowed to invite outside guests to this event.

Athletic/Academic Letter Jackets Available through Jostens!

Design your Northgate Letter Jacket here: NORTHGATE LETTER JACKET BUILDER

FOR LETTER JACKET DESIGN & QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT JOSTENS AT:

Brian Oliveira/Jostens

Phone: (925) 838-1835

Email: martin.oliveira@jostens.com

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SAVE THE DATE- SENIOR BALL!

Friday, March 31st 2023 at 7pm

tbd

Location to be announced- mark your calendars for SENIOR BALL! This event falls on a day of no school, in honor of Cesar Chavez, and the weekend before Spring Break- plan accordingly! Students will be allowed to invite outside guests to this event.

Athletics Code of Conduct Reminder

As we get into our Winter athletic season, it is important that we remind our parents and students of the expectations for audiences at high school athletic events. Anyone attending our events is subject to these expectations, and can be asked to leave if they are not followed. We want to create a positive and supportive environment for ALL of our student athletes, our guests/opponents, and both respective coaching staffs as well as the hired officials for the events. The tone that we set especially as a host school is important and sets up a reputation for the school in either a positive or negative light. We want to keep pushing towards athletic excellence with honor, and continue to be sure our parents, students and coaches are doing the same.
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PFLAG for our families

Claycord PFLAG offers support for parents and caregivers of LGBTQ+ students

- Monthly Zoom meetings for supportive, confidential conversations

- Guest speakers who offer education and resources

- More information at www.pflagclaycord.org

Senior Corner (For seniors and their families)

Senior Ads for Yearbook

Bronco parents and guardians of SENIOR students-


We know you're proud, so we are! Celebrate your student by purchasing a senior ad NOW so that it is guaranteed a spot in the yearbook.


Click HERE to design & purchase a senior ad today!

Senior Family FAQ's

When is graduation? These dates are given to us by the Concord Pavilion, who has to work around their concert bookings to accomodate 7-8 high school graduations. We likely will not have this date for a couple more months, (we are told January) and will share it as soon as we do. Families planning trips should plan one after June 4th to be on the safe side.


What senior events do we have dates for?

  • Mock Congress- December 7 and 8
  • Finals- December 19, 20 and 21 (A period Dec 16)
  • SENIOR BALL - March 31st
  • Senior Circle Awards Night- Monday May 15th
  • Senior Project- May 24 and 25



TBD- Senior Breakfast and Graduation as well as Grad Night


Senior Portraits- How can I get these done?

Studio 1 is our official photographer. Families can contact Studio1 for a portrait sitting, or can wait until January when studio1 will be coming to Northgate to take all final pictures. Families can also elect to use a private photographer, but must provide a high resolution photo to our yearbook teacher, Ms Barry, in order to be included in the yearbook, senior banner, etc. barryk@mdusd.org


Senior Ads in the Yearbook- These are due in January!

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Free Testing with MDUSD Available


DISTRICT TESTING
TESTING WILL BE AVAILABLE WEEKLY, BEGINNING MONDAY, AUGUST 15TH, 2022.
Please return to this page regularly to check for schedule updates.


Testing available at Northgate HS Monday and Friday 3:30pm-6pm


Please note - we also have MANY take home tests in the front office. Come by and grab one!


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