Northwoods News

A Message from Principal Nixon--October 25, 2021

Northwoods Families,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Please take a few minutes to read through the information below.

Upcoming Events:

  • Wednesday, October 27th--Teacher Workday
  • Tuesday, November 2nd--Teacher Workday
  • Wednesday - Friday, November 3rd-5th--CogAT testing (3rd & 4th-grade students only)
  • Friday, November 5th--Q1 Report Cards Sent Home
  • November 8th-12th--School Psychologist Appreciation Week
  • Thursday, November 11th--Veteran's Day Holiday (No School)
  • Friday, November 12th--Teacher Workday (No School)
  • Thursday, November 18th --Picture Day for VA & make-ups for in-person students
  • November 24th - 26th--Thanksgiving Break


Joe Nixon, Principal


2021-22 Northwoods Teacher-of-the-Year Finalists:

Please join in me congratulating our 2021-22 Teacher-of-the-Year finalists: Amanda Baggett (2nd grade), Auburn Bryant (ECS 2), and Teresa Combs (3rd/4th grade). Each of these outstanding teachers is very deserving of this special recognition! We will officially "crown" our Teacher-of-the-Year winner on Monday, November 8th.

The Counselor Corner

School Information

Kindergarten Registration is Open:

Parents of rising kindergarten students may begin registering for the 2022-23 school year. For more information, please review the Northwoods Kindergarten Registration flyer.

Fall Picture Retakes:

In-person students who were absent for picture day or who need a retake may do so on Thursday, November 18th. If you are interested in a retake, please contact your child's teacher so that we can ensure your child receives that opportunity.

Military-Connected Families:

Is an immediate family member of your child connected to the U.S. Military, including Active Duty, National Guard and Reserves, Retired Military, Disabled Veteran, Veteran, or a Federal Civil Service Employee? If so, please download, complete, and return this form to Northwoods by Nov. 12th.

We are Hiring:

Interested in working at Northwoods? We have full-time Instructional Assistant positions available. If interested, please email me directly at

Cognitive Abilities Test:

In the Wake County Public School System, the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is administered to all students in third grade and fourth grade. The CogAT measures general thinking and problem-solving skills and indicates how well the student uses these skills to solve verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal problems. The CogAT consists of three batteries, one given each day over a total of 3 days.

All 3rd & 4th-grade students at Northwoods will be administered the CogAT on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, November 3, 2021
  • Thursday, November 4, 2021
  • Friday, November 5, 2021

Q1 Report Cards:

As a friendly reminder, Q1 ends on Monday, October 25th. Quarter 1 report cards will be sent home on Friday, November 5th. Please make sure you read your child's report card carefully. When finished, please sign and return the manila report card envelope.

Halloween Costumes:

As Halloween approaches, I ask that you please DO NOT send your child to school in his/her Halloween costume. Costumes often contribute to substantial disruptions in the classroom and in the school building, so we no longer allow them on campus.

VIrtual Academy Information

Q2 Material Pick-up:

Families participating in the Virtual Academy will have the opportunity to pick up Q2 materials from Northwoods on Wednesday, October 27th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. We ask that you bring back Q1 EL texts (see list below) at that time.

Picture Day for VA:

All Virtual Academy students are invited to have their yearbook picture taken at Northwoods on Thursday, November 18th from 9:15 - 12:00. No appointments are necessary. A link to the digital order form is provided below.