NHS Family Newsletter

May 15, 2021

Home Stretch!

Hello Bronco Families,

Two full weeks left, and there are a couple of business items to attend to, in order to close out the year and get ready for August.

Finish strong: Have your student plan ahead for finals- what will each class involve? Will there be a study guide? Remind them to ask their teachers- they should plan for each class, make a calendar and prepare for each.

Return books and chromebooks: Seniors will return them on May 28th, anytime between 10 and 4. All other grades return them any day the week of June 1. Seniors must return all textbooks and equipment and clear fines before receiving their diploma.

June 7th- Summer Session begins- if your student needs grade improvement from a D, or credit recovery from an F, summer session is the perfect opportunity for them. Beginning June 7th, students will attend class two days a week, with three days of asynchronous work at home, 9am-12pm. Didn't sign up yet? Contact your counselor asap.

Course lists for next year will come out in a couple of weeks- these are not schedules, but a list of courses that your student will be scheduled in. There will be an opportunity during the summer to request changes as needed. Final schedules will be given at walk through in August.

7th and 8th period- this is the last week of the hybrid schedule. The week of May 24th, there will be no afternoon sessions as seniors present their senior projects. That week, there is also a bell change, with classes on Wednesday instead of Friday. Please see the calendar below.

That's all for now! Reach out with questions.

Yours in partnership,

Kelly Cooper

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Northgate gear- FlashStore opening!

Get your gear for next year! We have a BSN sports flash store opening for families to purchase gear- May 17-24th.

Northgate Broncos is now open!

Find items that I've picked out specifically for our team.

There is also spiritwear available for your family and friends.

Check out the shop details below.


- Shop Now: https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/pVbcJyc0aL

- Store Open From: May 17 - May 24, 2021

Access Code- pVbcJyc0aL

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Drama Productions are Here!

Our Drama production and drama programs, under the wonderful guidance of the tireless Mr Litten, have their first in-person productions in over a year!

While audience space is limited to family members, these productions will stream live on our YouTube channel.

Catch the shows at bit.ly/NorthgateYouTube

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Summer Session Available!

For the first time in years, we are offering a Summer Session for our students on site, with Northgate teachers and staff. This sesson is perfect for students who are credit deficient, who need to remediate classes, or who are seeking grade improvement from a D grade in prior high school classes.

Summer Sessions runs from June 7- July 2, and will be an in-person hybrid offering at least two full days in person for each student. Classes run from 9-12 daily, with time built in for support and assessment. Students can take 1-2 classes, with a possibility of a third if time allows.

See the attached information and application, and contact your academic counselor to register. Registration is past due, but may still be possible.

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CDC Guidance and schools

A lot of questions came up this week, and some assertions that with the CDC announcement, schoolwide masking policies could loosen.

While the CDC did make an announcement that those vaccinated could go without masks, this does not directly affect school and business policies, as we are under the perview of the state and county department of health.

Chris Farnitano, MD, Health Officer, Contra Costa County.

"California has not changed any of their school guidance regarding masking in schools. Also, I believe schools as workplaces also have to adhere to Cal/OSHA guidance. Cal-OSHA is in the process of updating guidance, but not yet in effect. Businesses are still required to follow current CAL/OSHA guidance, which includes masking of all employees in most indoor settings.

Revisions to Cal/OSHA's COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (8 CCR Sections 3025-3205.4) will be considered by the California Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board at its May 20th meeting."

Check out the recent article from NPR/KQED on the subject.

In the meantime, vaccines remain available widely through the county website for all high school aged students. https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/get-vaccinated

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Please help us collect general (anonoymous) vaccine data about our Bronco community

Instrumental Music puts on final virtual concert

Don't miss the final virtual concert of the school year, featuring orchestra, wind ensemble, jazz band, stage band, concert band, and symphonic band.
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Northgate Girls Basketball on a roll- and Tegan Gaines making historical marks

Check out this article in sports star magazine, discussing the current girls basketball season and their outstanding run, as well as Junior Tegan Gaines' return from ACL repair, and the first quadruple double in school history!

And another article from West Coast Preps!

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Scholarship Opportunity

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program is now available for all juniors. Since 2018, nearly one million students have joined this program, which provides students with a digital college planning guide and chances to earn $500 for each action they complete. When students complete all six steps, they earn a chance at a $40,000 scholarship. Students whose families earn less than $60,000 per year have double the chances to earn scholarships. I could use your help in encouraging your schools to have students participate in this great opportunity.

Here is an update on your school(s) participation (As of 5/1- Class of 2022)- Schools not listed have zero participation:

Mount Diablo Unified School District














High school juniors can visit cb.org/opportunity to join. This year, the College Board Opportunity Scholarships is introducing some changes, all to support more students with planning and paying for college, especially in these challenging times:

  • More Winners: Starting with the class of 2022, the program will recognize even more students. More than 7,000 students will earn a scholarship each year, nearly double the number of winners recognized in previous years.
  • New Explore Scholarships Step: There is a new step to help students find other scholarships that may be a good fit for them. Students can earn chances at $500 scholarships by exploring a personalized list of scholarships and other aid on College Board Scholarship Search.
  • Practice for the SAT Step: This simplified step guides students to get started with personalized skill recommendations, a best practice behavior associated with higher score gains. Students can become eligible for $500 scholarships by completing one Timed Mini Section or one Diagnostic Quiz on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy.

Next Steps

  1. Access Educator Resources: Visit this page to find resources for educators, including this student flyer, educator flyer and presentation deck.
  2. Promote the Pledge: Counselors and other educators who take this Pledge will receive our free digital toolkit and monthly tips and resources to support students with each scholarship step.
  3. Spread the Word: Share this video with juniors and their families to introduce the program. Once juniors sign up, they can become eligible right away for $500 scholarships by building a college list and starting practice on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy.

MDUSD School Board seeks new student trustee

As you may know, the first-ever student trustee on the MDUSD school board is a Northgate senior, Michelle Alas, who served during a difficult year to say the least. Now, as she graduates and heads off to Brown University, the school board will need to select a new student trustee.

If your student is interested, please follow the link to the application. Applications are due May 24th.

Congratulations and a huge thank you to Trustee Alas for her service, her advocacy, and her excellent representation of all MDUSD students.

US News & World Report- Northgate scores high again!

Ranked in the top 5% nationally, top 5% in the state, and #1 in the district- Our Bronco community has earned the US News & World Report's Best Schools moniker for the 6th year in a row!

See the data here!

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Parent Online Safety Webinar

The city of Walnut Creek is doing a webinar event with the Walnut Creek DA's office. It's free and open to the general public. The focus of this event is Child/ Teen Cyber safety and protecting online identity.

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Check out the great reporting in the Sentinel!

The Northgate Sentinel staff continue to impress - this all volunteer group remains on top of world and community events, sharing the latest news with our Broncos.

Check out the latest article here.

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From our CBO- Call to Action

Mt. Diablo Unified is anticipating an increase from $110,000 to $2,490,000 in unemployment insurance starting on July 1st, and we need your help. Please watch the Ask the CBO video and call to action. If you contact legislators, you can help MDUSD and every other school district to reduce this huge increase.


Northgate in the News- Graduation

Did you see this article in the East Bay Times, featuring ASB President Nate Schrag and ASB Vice President Sofia Padoan?
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SENIOR SECTION- have a soon-to-be graduate? Keep reading!

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*Mandatory* Senior Textbook and Chromebook Return

Friday, May 28th, 10am-4pm

425 Castle Rock Road

Walnut Creek, CA

Seniors! Friday will be a Wednesday schedule, after you have presented your senior projects, and just two days away from graduation!

All seniors will need to come on campus to return textbooks, chromebooks, and pay any remaining fines- all fines must be cleared in order to receive your diploma.

Senior Projects

Senior projects will be presented in person (and on Zoom for those unable to attend- check with senior teachers for details) the week of May 24th. Seniors will be assigned days and times as well as rooms, with limited capacity for each space. Parents may be solicited to sit on the panels for senior projects- details coming soon.

For schedule information, please see our bell schedule.

Final Senior Drive Through!

Don't miss the final senior drive through of the year- Friday May 21st at the drop off area, parents will be on hand to give our seniors their senior shirt, as well as goodies and treats!

Friday 3:30-6:30pm.

Senior Drive Through

Friday, May 21st, 3:30-6:30pm

425 Castle Rock Road

Walnut Creek, CA

Drive through will occur in the drop off area past the main parking lot.

Senior Circle/Summit Awards

Friday, May 21st, 7:30pm

425 Castle Rock Road

Walnut Creek, CA

This is an invitational event for seniors and their families, honoring seniors who are receiving academic honors and awards, athletic awards and honors, and the Summit Awards.

We will hold this event in our stadium, and spectators will be limited to household members. We will also live stream this event for those unable to attend.

*Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal- Cardinal Ceremony*

Sunday, May 30th, 9-10am

2000 Kirker Pass Road

Concord, CA

All seniors participating in graduation ceremonies must attend. Rehearsal at 9am is for the 3pm Ceremony.

*Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal- Golden Ceremony*

Sunday, May 30th, 10-11am

2000 Kirker Pass Road

Concord, CA

All seniors participating in graduation ceremonies must attend. Rehearsal at 10am is for the 7pm Ceremony.

Graduation Class of 2021 (Cardinal Ceremony)

Sunday, May 30th, 3pm

2000 Kirker Pass Road

Concord, CA

Seniors will take finals before this date.

Graduation will be limited spectators for each graduate, following county guidelines. Spectators will be required to obtain tickets.

The events will be live streamed or televised for those unable to attend.

Graduation Class of 2021 (Golden Ceremony)

Friday, April 30th, 7pm

2000 Kirker Pass Road

Concord, CA

Seniors will take finals before this date.

Graduation will be limited spectators for each graduate, following county guidelines. Spectators will be required to obtain tickets.

The events will be live streamed or televised for those unable to attend.

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