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December 11, 2020

Important Information from District 303

As the first semester comes to a close next Friday, December 18, 2020, we want to provide you with updated information on our response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on our schools, and our plans for the second semester.


Return to In-Person Instruction - January 5, 2021:

Following the three-week adaptive pause across the district, we plan to return to hybrid instruction for students who have selected in-person learning on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.


Class or Section Schedule Changes:

At the middle school and high school level, many students will see a change in one or more of their teacher or class sections for the second semester. Student course selections should not change. As students switched from remote to in-person or from in-person to remote, it became necessary to create some new class/course sections and collapse other sections. Revised schedules for middle school and high school students will be posted in our Home Access Center (HAC) by January 4.


School Day:

In-person high school students will return to school on their pre-pause hybrid block schedule on January 5 and will follow that schedule for the first two weeks of January. We continue to explore options for increasing access to in-person learning for high school students while balancing the needs of students participating in remote learning. The School Board will consider possible enhancements and improvements to the High School in-person schedule for the second semester at the December 21, 2020 Learning and Teaching committee meeting.


For more information from the District regarding Health and Safety Requirements and Protocols, Vaccinations, Social Emotional Learning Resources for Families, and much more, please click here.

A Message from the Bullying Prevention Task Force

The Bullying Prevention Task Force continues to meet regularly to provide support and resources for the North Star Student Body related to maintaining and enhancing our positive school culture. One reminder to all students is how to access the D303 Anonymous Bullying Reporting form. This form can be found as an icon at the bottom of the home page at https://north.d303.org/. Also, students should be on the lookout for the annual Bullying Prevention Task Force survey which will be administered for its 5th year at the end of January 2021.


Be safe and be well!

North Star Bullying Prevention Task Force


Weekly Calendar

Monday 12/14
  • All Students Remote 7:20 AM-2:30 PM
  • Senior Portraits - HR Imaging 1:30 - 7:30PM

  • School Board Meeting 7:00 PM Board Book


Tuesday 12/15

  • All Students Remote - Odd Class Periods 7:20 AM- 12:15 PM
  • Senior Portraits - HR Imaging 1:30 - 7:30PM


Wednesday 12/16

  • All Students Remote - Even Class Periods 7:20 AM- 12:15 PM
  • Senior Portraits - HR Imaging 1:30 - 7:30PM


Thursday 12/17

  • All Students Remote - Odd Class Periods 7:20 AM- 12:15 PM
  • Senior Portraits - HR Imaging 1:30 - 7:30PM


Friday 12/18

  • All Students Remote - Even Class Periods 7:20 AM- 12:15 PM
  • End of 2nd Quarter


Monday 12/21 - Monday 1/4

  • Winter Break


Tuesday 1/5

  • Classes Resume


Winter Break

There will be no school from December 21, 2020, through January 4, 2021. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. The Main Office will be open from 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM on the following dates: 12/21, 12/22, 12/23, 12/28, 12/29, 12/30, 1/4. Have a wonderful and relaxing winter break!

Student Life News

Congratulations to our December SCN Students of the Month!

Congratulations to Sofia Baratta, Angelique Chipp, Alex Lilly, Louisa Olsen, and Daniel Surges, our SCN Students of the Month for December! Please take a look at our December SCN Students of the Month panoramic video. This will be updated with new students monthly, so make sure to visit again!

Picture Dates for Grades 9, 10, and 11

School pictures for Grades 9, 10, and 11 are scheduled for January 14-15. Information will be mailed to families directly from HR Imaging.

December 14-17 Last Opportunity For Senior Portraits!

Appointment Sign Up:

  • Go to rootseniors.com
  • Enter your Subject ID# (provided in the Root Studios brochure mailed to your home)
  • Enter your last name in all lowercase letters
  • If you are unable to sign in or have further questions, please contact customer service at Root Studios at 815-433-1766


Scheduled Appointments:

  • Enter at Door #4, Main Entrance
  • Due to COVID restrictions, only students are allowed in the building for this appointment.
  • Students must show their COVID Self-Certification before entering the building.

College & Career News

Future Freshman Curriculum Night: January 14, 2021

This event will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous presentations that allow 8th grade students and their families to meet the St. Charles North administrative team, interact with their counselor about St. Charles North and the course selection process, and explore the different course elective options available at our school.

Check Out The Course Selection Newsletter!

The Course Selection newsletter was designed to provide a comprehensive resource for St. Charles North High School students and parents to use when planning and choosing courses for the 2021-2022 school year. Information, resources, and links will be regularly updated as new information becomes available.

LRC News

LRC Book Check Out Will Be Available During Winter Break

Go to Destiny Discover, log in using your school Google account, find a great book, and place it on hold. We will email you when it is ready to be picked up in front of the building.


Here is more information on what our LRC can provide for you during remote learning.

LRC Writing & Research Help

The LRC Website has everything you need to create a top-notch writing assignment!



These links and more can be found at the new and expanded SCN Learning Resource Center!

Academic Help

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Peer Tutoring

Remote Peer Tutoring Sign-Up for Wednesday, 12/9. To request Peer Tutoring, please complete this form. If your request can be accommodated, Mr. Von Essen will email you the Google Meet Link for your tutoring appointment on Wednesday.

SCN Writing & Reading Center

Welcome to the SCN Writing & Reading Center! The Writing & Reading Center is open virtually for periods 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.


  • Do you want a live conference? Click here: Writing Center Zoom You can join the Writing Center's Google Classroom with code nf4hq5r.


Yearbook Information

Attention Senior Athletes!

Attention North Stars - #SCNYearbook is looking for signing and/or commitment photos of senior athletes! We are listed as St. Charles North H.S. in Yearbook Snap. If you search with Saint or St without the period, it will not show up.

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PTO News

Support Two Great Causes & Take A Break From Cooking!

North PTO and Random Acts of Kindness invite you to become a "Buona-Fied" supporter on Friday, December 18, and Saturday, December 19. Apologies for yesterday's PTO email with the incorrect dates. 20% of sales acquired from 10:30 AM until 11:00 PM as a result of your participation will benefit North PTO and Random Acts of Kindness. Thank you for your support!

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Calling All Seniors!

North PTO scholarship applications are now available on the CCR Naviance site. We offer two $1000 scholarships. Applicants’ families need to be current PTO members (you can pay current year membership dues of $30 before submission of application on PushCoin or the PTO website). All applications are reviewed by an independent, external panel of three, and the deadline is March 18, 2021.

Butter Braid Sale Volunteer Needed

We need a volunteer to train with the current Butter Braid Chair for the PTO’s upcoming spring sale and then take over this Chair position for the 2021-2022 school year. This is a fun and easy job; the sale lasts about 1 month, and 99% of the orders are on-line. If you are interested, please contact Jenny Montgomery at jenny@andymontgomery.com.

District 303 News

Parent University on Monday, December 14 , 2020

Games, Podcasts and Reading: Winter Break(out) Activities!


Sessions will be organized as follows:
Breakout Edu Sessions - 3:00-3:30
How to Raise a Reader - 3:30-4:00
Podcasts for Kids, Tweens and Teens - 4:00-4:30


Winter break is coming, and it is the perfect time to explore and try something new or just have fun as a family. Join us for this 90-minute Parent University session where we will share ways to foster a love of learning through fun activities you can do as a family. We will guide you through sites and activities you can use with your child to visit faraway places, create a family podcast, find a new favorite book, and play collaborative problem-solving games. Join the Zoom meeting here.

District 303 Meal Distribution Information

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Rent and Utility Assistance

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Asistencia de alquiler y servicios públicos

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