The Northern Friday Message

June 2, 2022


This will be the last Friday Message for the 21-22 school year. Please tell your friends to subscribe to The Friday Message via the link at the bottom of this message to receive information for the 22-23 school year.

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Chris Kujawa and Abbey McKee – Congratulations to these Durham Sports Club Scholar Athletes of the year for Northern! They each received $1000 scholarships!

Upcoming Important Dates:

Looking ahead:

  • Final Exams - June 6-9
  • Friday, June 10 - early release day and last day of school
  • Friday, June 10 @ 11:00am - Graduation Practice
  • Monday, June 13 @ 3:30pm - Graduation


NHS Athletics Booster Club meeting June 6th at 6:00 in G2



June 13-16. OPEN GYM

  • All Interested Participants
  • Rising 9th Graders should come
  • Open Gym. 6pm-8pm
  • Mon-Thur

July. 26-28. OPEN GYM

  • All Interested Participants
  • Rising 9th Graders should come
  • Open Gym. 6pm-8pm
  • Tue-Thur


  • Aug 1st & 2nd
  • Tryouts 6pm-9pm
  • Rising 9th Graders are welcomed


  • Practices start Aug 3rd
  • Everyday. 6pm-8pm
  • Saturday. 10am-12pm
  • You must have a current physical and register with NHS Athletics online.
  • See Hannah Couch the athletic trainer @ Northern High School for a ticket to participate and play

Hannah Couch


My Cell: 919-824-6607

My Email:

Please help the booster club raise money for our football team. Find items that we've picked out for the fans, supporters, and program. There is also spirit wear available for your family and friends. You don't want to get caught in the fall without Northern Football gear!

Order before 06/10/2022 and show your support.
Please share this campaign to help the team

Are you interested in playing football for the 2022 school year?

Contact Information: Coach Raymond Wilson

Team Website for schedules and alerts:

Please see the summer football schedule at this link: summer football schedule

Graduation Information

If you still need to place an order for cap and gown, please go to


If you have not yet ordered your Cap and Gown package, do so ASAP at:


  • Cap, Gown, Tassel, and Stole
  • Dark shoes (no tennis shoes or flip flops). Flat shoes or wedges are recommended.
  • Be careful of high heels-you will be walking up and down steep, winding steps at a quick pace!
  • Dress, skirt and blouse, or dress pants. No jeans!
  • Jewelry should be limited to small stud earrings, rings, and watches.


  • Cap, Gown, Tassel, and Stole
  • Dark shoes (no tennis shoes or flip flops), socks, long dark pants. No jeans!
  • Wear a white dress shirt with a tie or bowtie.

NOTE: Be sure to get the wrinkles out of gowns before graduation day. Hang in the bathroom during shower, steam, etc. Do not iron the gowns.

NOTE: Do not decorate your caps. You will be pulled from the line if caps are decorated.

There are no extra caps to give you!

TASSELS: Tassels are to be worn on the right.


At this time, graduates will be allowed to invite 10 guests to attend the Spring Graduation ceremony. The number of guests is subject to change should the Health Department deem it necessary due to Covid. All ceremonies will be livestreamed and can be watched online.

  • Children age two and under who will remain seated on the lap of an adult for the duration of the graduation ceremony will not require a ticket. Children over age two and those under age two who will require their own seat need to have their own ticket.

Tickets are electronic this year and more information on how to claim is coming.

Until then, You can let us know how many tickets your family will need and if you need ADA Seating at

All debts must be resolved in order to receive your diploma. Take care of this before graduation practice with Ms. Macial in Student Services!!!

Remind all family and friends attending the graduation to have a ticket for admission. In addition, security staff will check bags upon entrance to Cameron. Also, remind them that no balloons, flowers, confetti, silly string, sound makers, signs, posters, or items to throw are allowed in Cameron. All bags MUST be smaller than 5" x 8" x 1". However, diaper bags and medical bags will be allowed. Cameras are allowed, but not the camera bag.

Nothing can be in your hands during the ceremony (no cell phones, keys, cameras, sunglasses, etc.). There is no place to store these items and no one to hold them for you!!!! You will not have time to find your parents or friends to hand the items to them. So leave all items that you carry with you elsewhere!


  • Date: Friday, June 10th at 11:00am.
  • Report to Rubenstein Pavillion no later than 10:00am. Be on time!

Enter Rubenstein Pavillion from Tribull Plaza. Allow time to park and to find it!!


  • Date: Monday, June 13th, Time: 3:30 p.m.
  • Place: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke University
  • Graduates report to Rubenstein Pavillion at 2:00 p.m.

Please do not be late! Only 2022 graduates who will be participating in the graduation exercises will be permitted in this area.

After graduation, please remain in your line so NSTEP teachers may give you your

program packet. NSTEP teachers will wait in the assigned area for about ten minutes. After that time, you may pick up your packet at school.


  • REHEARSAL: Student/Graduate Parking: Blue Zone (10-12 minute walk) – No shuttles available
  • GRADUATION DAY: Student and Families Parking: Science Drive Garage, no pass required (10-12 minute walk) – Shuttles available ADA Parking/Elderly Drop-off: Blue Zone, pass provided (Accessible shuttle available for individuals needing assistance) Towerview Road will be closed to graduation traffic from Circuit Drive to Duke University Road. Only individuals with passes to park in the VIP Parking will be allowed through. All General Graduation Traffic should use one of the following two routes
  • - 751/Cameron Blvd. to Duke University Road to Wannamaker Drive
  • - Anderson Street to Duke University Road to Wannamaker Drive
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Credit by Demonstrated Mastery

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery summer testing registration is open until Friday, June 10th.

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery is a two-phase process by which students can earn credit for a course by demonstrating a deep understanding and mastery of application of content standards prior to taking the course. Students who successfully complete CDM receive a pass/fail grade and course credit.

For more information on CDM, including the application process, testing windows, and deadlines, please visit Advanced Academics – Credit by Demonstrated Mastery / CDM Summer Flyer.

Interested students are welcome to talk to their counselor or Ms. Harkey if they have questions!

Spring 2022 Testing Schedule June 6 - 10th

Click HERE Links to an external site. for the schedule document noting what is tested each day between Monday, 6/10 and Friday, 6/14.

Dear Northern High School Community,

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We hope that you are doing well. As we close out the semester, final exams are a part of that process. We have State-mandated End-of-Course Tests and CTE Post-Assessments along with teacher-made/District-made exams.

Please be aware of the guidelines for in-person testing sessions and prepare accordingly:

  • Only students that are scheduled to test should come to school on their assigned testing days. Students that are not testing, will be monitored in the auditorium or various classrooms as we need to maintain quiet and order for testing.
  • Students must bring their fully charged DPS device for testing. Students should bring their computer chargers as well.
  • All students are encouraged but not required to wear approved masks while inside the building. Students will be provided masks if they would like one.
    • Students must be present at the beginning of each exam period to take the exam.
    • Students will not be allowed to have cell phones, including smart watches and earbuds, during exam periods. These devices must be powered off and put away before all testing sessions. Students will be given instructions about the use of electronic devices after testing.
  • Students will not be allowed to leave when they finish. They will be dismissed when testing has ended.
  • In all courses, the final exam will count 20% of the student’s final grade.

Exam Exemption Policy: Taken from the September 23, 2021 School Board Meeting

Based on feedback and support from High School Principals, staff recommends to suspend the attendance portion of Policy Code: 3410 Testing and Assessment Program for the 2021-2022 school year.

High school students may be exempt from their non-state-mandated (teacher made) final exams if they meet one of the following conditions, detailed below.

For 90 day courses:

  • Have an “A” average.
  • Have a “B” average.

Students who are exempt from an exam may elect to take the exam. The grade will count only if it improves the student’s overall grade. This final exam exemption does not apply to courses offered through community colleges, universities, or online services.

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COVID-19 Protocol Updates

In response to revisions made to the NC StrongSchools Toolkit made by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, DPS has updated it’s COVID-19 protocols.In this update you will find descriptions of new procedures as well as updated DPS protocols for upcoming spring events on campus. Below you will find the COVID Protocols and Consent to Participate Letters in both english and spanish.


Durham Public Schools, in partnership with MAKO Medical, will begin providing weekly COVID-19 testing at school to help identify possible COVID-19 infections among students even if they’re not showing any symptoms. Research has shown such testing can reduce the spread by 50%, especially in large settings such as schools.

The testing is a simple swab of the nose and not the test that tickles the brain. This is the same test families can administer from home or at local testing sites.

This is a voluntary testing process, so a parent or guardian must register their student to participate. The link to register is here (paper copy found here) as well as a letter sent home with your student. All testing information and results will remain confidential.

Click here to see the DPS Covid-19 Flowchart

Click here to see "A-Z: DPS COVID-19 PREVENTATIVE MEASURES FOR 2021-22"

Click here to complete the DPS Face Covering Accommodation Form

Click here to view the Covid-19 Data Dashboard. (updated weekly)

Free COVID Testing Sites-See the attached flyers for some of the free testing sites in Durham with whom DPS has partnered.


Duke Young Scholars Application:

Poder NC Recruitment Form:

Graduation Name Pronunciation:

Graduation Ticket Request, Waitlist, ADA Seating:

RSVP Senior Cookout:

DPS- Rising Stars:

Electrical JATC Apprenticeship and Training - Students can earn while they learn and receive employment with the successful completion of the program. Seats are limited. See Mrs. Johnson if you have any questions.

Link to Form

Durham Tech Summer Camps -

FREE summer day camp for rising 10th, 11th, & 12th graders!

June 30, July 11, or July 13 (2022)

11a.m. - 5 p.m.

Main campus - Building 1, room 1-153

1637 E. Lawson Street, Durham, NC 27703 / Durham, NC 27703

Translation & Interpretation Career Exploration

Learn about career opportunities as a Community Spanish Interpreter. Interact with Durham Tech instructors and participate in hands-on activities. Take this opportunity to ask questions about professions in this field, employment opportunities, and Community Spanish Interpreting programs at Durham Tech. Spanish fluency is not required. Lunch and refreshments are included.

To register, email Be sure to mention the name of your high school when you send your email!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Research Triangle Park, NC, will host its 12th annual Summer Science Institute June 13-17, 2022. This FREE 1-week program will inform participants about how the EPA protects human health and the environment and will emphasize interactive and hands-on experiences, tours of campus facilities, and networking with EPA professionals.

Rising 11th and 12th graders are eligible to apply to the Environmental Science Summer Institute, and participation is limited to 20 students. The EPA Summer Institute is Monday-Friday, June 13-17, 2022, from 9am-4pm. The Institute will be held at the U.S. EPA Campus in Research Triangle Park, NC. Participants must commit to attending the entire 5-day Institute. Participants and visitors providing transportation must show a valid photo ID daily when entering the EPA campus. There is no cost to attend, but participants must provide their own transportation to the EPA-RTP and their meals. To apply, students should submit the attached application. To ensure that students from multiple schools have the opportunity to participate, up to three students from any one school will be accepted. Additional applicants from the school will be placed on a waitlist. We will contact waitlisted students beginning the week of May 30.

EPA’s campus in Research Triangle Park is home to national and international experts in many fields, including air, energy, ecosystems, health, and sustainability. As the largest facility ever built by EPA, our buildings cover nearly 1.2 million square feet and house more than 2,000 employees. Participants will hear directly from our scientists and engineers about their cutting-edge research that serves to support EPA’s mission of protecting human health and the environment ( During the Institute, participants will be exposed to the many EPA careers in the environment and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Students will also meet employees in other careers that support EPA science, including administration, policy, and communications. You can read about the 2018 in-person program here.

Join the campus of Duke, for this one-week program designed to explore the fast-paced world of sports and entertainment business. For more information:

North Carolina high school grads can take two years of classes at Durham Tech tuition-free

Applications are currently open for two guaranteed admissions pathways. Seniors with a strong GPA who are interested in these pathways should contact Ms. Hines.

For the 7th year Duke Health will offer paid internships to high school students in the Durham County area who are interested in exploring healthcare or healthcare support careers.

Registration is now open through the Durham YouthWork website!

  • · The Duke Health internship will be “Session 2: 16-18 year olds: July 5-July 29, 2022 from 8:30 am-12:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
  • · All students interested in applying for the Duke Health internship must check the box marked health sciences to be considered.

Due to COVID this year’s program will be totally virtual!


The Duke Research in Engineering Program is accepting applications from rising juniors and seniors to participate in a paid 7-week summer research program in the biomedical sciences. For more information, please view the flyer or visit:

Check out this spreadsheet for a list of scholarship databases to conduct individualized searches as well as a long list of scholarships to explore.

The college advising website,, is also up-to-date with pertinent scholarships. Additionally, you can use this site to set up a meeting with Mr. Anderson, the college adviser, to discuss any step in the college entry process.


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June 2022 - Wake AHEC Virtual Mini-Medical School Summer Camp Invitation

We would like to extend an invitation to rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students (and recently-graduated class of 2022) for our upcoming Virtual Mini-Medical School Summer Camp. This live, online program includes: anatomy & physiology (virtual dissection), pharmacology, cardiology, epidemiology, medical genetics, a health careers round table, and genomics, among other topics taught by Becky Brady, a registered nurse and chemical engineer and guest speakers. In addition, you will learn how to perform CPR (please note, due to the online nature of the camp this is not CPR certification). Students must have internet capabilities to join the live Zoom conferences in order to participate.

The program will be 9:30am-12:00pm each day with additional instruction on June 14th and 16th from 1:00pm-3:00pm. The cost is only $50.00 for the whole week, which includes materials and kits (including organic chemistry set, blood pressure kit, inflatable CPR manikin, and more) which will be mailed prior to camp. You may register via our website: If you need alternate payment accommodations, please contact Heather Schafer at to discuss. Space is limited and spots fill very quickly so be sure and sign up as soon as possible!

If you are unable to attend this session, we will be offering the same program July 11th-15th and will send registration information later this spring/summer.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions at We look forward to seeing you online at our June 2022 Virtual Mini-Medical School Summer Camp!


Wake AHEC Health Careers

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Grads to Work - In Partnership with Best Buy

Launch your career at Best Buy, while earning a debt-free associate degree at Strayer University.

For additional information on the Grads to Work program, please review the following link:

Grads to Work Candidates

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