Northwoods News

A Message from Principal Nixon--November 15, 2021

Northwoods Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful, long weekend! On behalf of the Northwoods Staff, I would like to wish our active and retired members of the Armed Forces a belated Happy Veteran's Day. We truly appreciate your service to and sacrifice for our community and country!

As we approach Thanksgiving Break, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your support and involvement this school year! As you know, our students, staff, and community have been faced with many new challenges such as personnel shortages, food and material shortages, ongoing COVID-related health/safety concerns, etc. Your acts of kindness and support have helped keep us going during these difficult times. I am truly thankful to serve in such a wonderful school community! On behalf of our staff, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday, November 18th --Picture Day for VA & make-ups for in-person students
  • November 24th - 26th--Thanksgiving Break
  • Friday, December 3rd--Q2 Interim Reports Sent Home


Joe Nixon, Principal


Congratulations to our 2021-22 Teacher of the Year:

Please join in me congratulating our 2021-22 Teacher-of-the-Year, Mrs. Teresa Combs!! This is truly a special honor and I'm thrilled to be able to recognize such a deserving teacher!

Mrs. Combs will now have the opportunity to represent Northwoods while competing for the WCPSS Teacher-of-the-Year award.

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.

Check Out Mrs. Vaughn's Media Center Website:

Mrs. Vaughn, our School Library Media Coordinator, has created a new media center website. It's a place for students and parents to go for book, technology, and digital resource needs.

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.

Reminder--Label Winter Clothing:

As cold weather begins to settle in our area, I would like to remind you all to please label your child's clothing items. This helps us identify and return items that are dropped off in our Lost and Found. All unclaimed items will be donated to local charities when we leave for Thanksgiving break.

Requests for Temporary Placement into Virtual Academy:

Over the last few weeks, I have received many requests for a child to be temporarily placed into Virtual Academy for a variety of reasons. Please understand that, regardless of the reason or your family's unique circumstances, I am NOT permitted to move children into the Virtual Academy and all such requests will be denied.

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children ages 5+
Wake County Public Health encourages parents to protect their children aged 5-17 with the COVID-19 vaccine – it's safe, effective, and available at no cost. Read more about the vaccine for kids: Pfizer-BioNTech (ages 5+). Wake County Public Health is offering special kids-only vaccine days. Families can go to to sign up. Pediatrician offices, pharmacies, and children's hospitals are also providing vaccine appointments for children in Wake County. Visit to find a vaccine near you.

Parents Invited to free virtual summit for tips on student engagement, behavior support, and self-care:
In these free virtual sessions, parents can learn from experts who will offer strategies, solutions, and encouragement to help students and families thrive during these unusual times. This unique event is a collaboration with the National Center for Youth Issues. The first sessions will be offered on Nov. 18. Full schedule and registration links. This information will be shared with staff and families today.

We are Hiring:

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

VIrtual Academy Information

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.

Second Semester VA Updates:

The following information was presented to the WCPSS Board of Education last week and will be shared with parents in the coming days:

  • The current Virtual Academy program structure and processes will remain the same for the second semester.
  • Principals continue to respond to individual student requests to return to in-person instruction based on staffing and seat availability at their school.

  • There will not be a district-wide opt-in or opt-out window for the second semester.

  • The Virtual Academy registration remains closed. Movement into the Virtual Academy is not permitted for current students or new WCPSS enrollees.