Wolfpack Pride

August 26th, 2022

Principal's Update

Hello Wolfpack!

Our teacher leaders have been in this week preparing for the return of our students and staff. Our shared focus is centered on every student, every day embedded in four focus areas:

  • Freshman Success
  • Post-Secondary Opportunity
  • Inclusive Practice
  • Instructional Excellence

During Wolfpack Launch Connection on Thursday evening, we will be hosting our Family Advisory Committee. We will be sharing our goals and priorities at that time. I invite you to join us from 6:00 – 6:30 PM in the Commons.

We have an eventful week coming up including a Middle School Open House, Fall Sports Parent Meeting, and the Red and Black Football game. Please make sure to look at the weekly calendar below to ensure that you don’t miss out.

Tami McCracken

Welcome Back Events

Tuesday, August 30th

  • Middle School IST Open House, 5:30 PM

Wednesday, August 31st

  • Fall Sports Parent Meeting in the Main Gym, 5:30 PM

Thursday, September 1st

  • Launch Conferences for all grades
  • Wolfpack Launch Connection, 5:00 - 6:30 PM

Friday, September 2nd

  • Launch Conferences Continue
  • NC Football Red & Black Scrimmage, 5 PM

Tuesday, September 6th

  • First day of Classes

Friday, September 9th

  • School Picture Day

Community Celebrations

Orientations Welcome New Students

Our 6th, 7th, 9th and new to NC students were welcomed to our Pack this week at our new student orientation. We had over 400 new students in our building for hours of team building and learning how to be part of the Pack. Our link crew students made it a huge success with student tours, classroom visits, Q&A’s, lunch and of course dancing! A HUGE shout out to our link crew coordinators, Shamerica Nakamura & Jill Royston, for their amazing and contagious energy the entire week!!

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NC Football Boosters

NC Football Boosters had a successful car wash on August 13th raising $1,671!! This was very quick notice but the boys put it together well!

We have two fundraisers happening this week:

  • Caruso's dinner, 8/31, 4pm-8pm. Say you're there for NC Football to earn 20% of the sales for Boosters. Click here to RSVP and see more details.
  • NC Football team is selling Gold Cards now until 9/6. See a player, coach or order online. $25 in person or $26 online.

Thanks for your support of Wolfpack Football! Come out and support the team at our Red & Black game on Friday, September 2nd, at NC.

Announcements and Events

Launch Conferences, September 1-2

GOAL: The goal of Launch Conferences is to better understand your students and offer information about the school, classroom experience, and connect students and families to any resources they may need.

We are excited to invite you to Launch Conferences on Thursday, September 1st, and Friday, September 2nd, to start the school year. During conferences, you will meet with your student’s advisory teacher. This will be the first opportunity to check out a student computer. We will also have a place to issue the SPS Summer Bus Pass for students who qualify as bus riders. The new STA Connect Cards will be available in October.

If you have not already done so, please sign up for a conference at Launch Conferences.

Wolfpack Connections Launch, September 1st

NC Families: Please come to our Wolfpack Connections Launch on September 1st from 5:00 to 6:30 at North Central.

Families are invited to meet with our Community Partners, to explore the North Central Clubs and Activities available to students, and to find out more about the Family Advisory Committee, so families can become an integral part of the Wolfpack Community. Laptops will be available for checkout in our Library and Free Summer Youth Passes will be available for those students eligible for STA transportation.

Please come and explore all the many services and opportunities provided to our Wolfpack.

Middle School IST Launch

We are eagerly making plans to welcome our new 6th and 7th graders to the school this fall. NC is a family and we are excited to be expanding with new students and a new grade level.

Middle School families - check out the most recent MIST newsletter and the 2022-23 MIST Guidebook to help you get connected here at NC.

Reach out to Heidi Hayes at 509-354-6316 or heidihay@spokaneschools.org with questions. Welcome to the family!

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

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.

Middle School Athletics Starts Next Week

Sports registration is open for our middle school students! Remember that IST students at NC can participate in athletics at their neighborhood middle school. Students who are looking for clubs and activities to join at NC will find we have lots of opportunities to get connected, even though we don't have middle school sports.

To sign up for a team, registration for SPS middle and high school athletics and activities is being done through FinalForms, an online data management service that replaces FamilyID.

This week, middle school families should receive an Account Confirmation email from FinalForms Mailman. Follow the directions to confirm and register your student. More information can be found on your school's Activities tab (select "Registration").

If you do not receive the email and want to register your student, you can find information on your school’s registration page or contact your school’s Athletic Coordinator with questions or send us a message at spokaneschools.org/letstalk.

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!

Class Registration Timeline

Our counselors are currently out for the summer, but will be returning soon. Please read the important dates and deadlines below regarding course registration and course changes will be handled. I am including information on the School Counselors for this year so that you know who to contact with questions.

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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)

3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

The Spokane Tribe of Indians is hosting a 3 on 3 basketball tournament to promote health and wellness of youth in our area. The event is in the parking lot of Spokane Tribe Casino in Airway Heights on August 27th and 28th. This free tournament is open to any students entering grades 3rd-12th this coming school year. Register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QCT8TFY or visit the Facebook Page for more details.

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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.

NC Apparel Available

Need some new NC gear to start in style this fall? Check out our online NC Apparel Store and order some items today! Inventory is subject to change, so keep checking back for updates.

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.