Sioux City North
2019-2020 January Newsletter
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Message from the Principal
With the calendar new year upon us, many of us are making resolutions – goals for ourselves. Some of us want to lose weight, some want to manage money better, some want to improve a relationship. We have all set goals that we accomplished and goals that we have pushed aside within days of setting them. I recently saw an anonymous quote that said, “Motivation is what gets us started. Habit is what keeps you going.” This time of year marks our “halfway” point for the school year. This allows us to gauge our goals and check them to see if we have maintained our focus.
At the beginning of the year, we set two building goals. Below are our goals and the actions we are taking to achieve them:
North High School will raise the percent of students proficient on the Open Response from fall to spring by 10% in 2019-2020.
Actions Being Taken to Improve Literacy
· Daily Writing - Writing activities every day to boost our student writing
· Departments focusing on a specific area of the Open Response (OR) rubric and teaching strategies that help students process information at a higher level
· Advisory students tracking their progress on OR
· Teachers creating quality tasks and examining student work from those tasks
North High School will raise the percent of students proficient on the High School Math Assessment from fall to spring by 10% in 2019-2020.
Actions Being Taken to Improve Math Performance
· Understanding and applying the Common Core's 8 Mathematical Practices in all classrooms
· Advisory students tracking their progress on the BME Assessment
· Developing an auxiliary leadership team of teachers to focus on math data assessments
· Teachers creating quality tasks and examining student work from those tasks
In mid-February, we will be hosting a daytime parent event. This event will take parents into the day-to-day education at North High with classroom tours led by administration and teacher leaders. Please be on the look out for emails and other messages with more details.
Genevieve Gandy - North High Staff Member of the Month
Congratulations Ms. Gandy!
If you have a staff member that you would like to nominate, please click here to submit a nomination.
2020-2021 Class Registration Begins This Month!
The 2020-2021 class registration process will begin Monday, January 20 with two events:
New North High Students – Current 8th Grade Students
- Held in the North High School Auditorium at 6:30 PM
- Discussing the class registration process and available courses
- Counselors and Principals available for questions
Current North High Students – Current 9-11th Grade Students
- Held in the North High School Library at 6:30 PM
- Discussing Advanced Placement Courses, College Courses, and class registration
- WITCC, Counselors, and Principals available for questions
After those two events, we will being the process of having student select courses for the upcoming year. Through our advisory program, students will learn about various courses and changes for the coming year. After they have sketched out their choices, they will individually meet with their counselor to chart the course to their graduation and beyond. These conversations will focus on college and career preparation and will take place between January 21st and February 10th.
At Parent-Teacher Conferences on February 26 and 27, parents will be able to review their child’s course requests for the upcoming year. Click here to review the 2020-2021 Course Handbook.
Cocoa and Cram - Wednesday, January 8
National Honors Society will be holding their Annual Cocoa and Cram on Wednesday, January 8th from 2:55 to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. Come take advantage of the teacher's available to get caught up before the end of the semester or simply just to study before finals! Therapy Dogs will be in attendance to destress as well. Refreshments will be available for a minimal cost! We hope to see you there!
North High Sledding Night at Cone Park
For more information, visit Cone Park's website at https://www.sioux-city.org/government/departments-g-p/parks-recreation/cone-park/tubing
Congratulations to Junior Nick Walters on his 100th Career Wrestling Win!
Lessons to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Annually, Sioux City Community Schools are in session on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in order to facilitate specialized instruction that honors the achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Working in partnership with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the District plans age-appropriate lessons for every grade. Parents/guardians are welcome to visit our classrooms on January 20 as we learn more about the significant contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. You can contact your child’s teacher or call the main office at your child’s school to inquire about lesson times. All visitors are asked to check into the building office and receive a visitor pass before joining the classroom.
Vapes - Could you identify them?
Will You Be the First In Your Family To Go To College?
Are you a First-Generation student who has questions about college?? If you are, there is a program that can help you figure it out. TRIO Talent Search is a federally funded grant program housed at Briar Cliff University that works with students in Siouxland, including North High. Currently Talent Search serves about 200 students at North High and 70 students at North Middle. During the school year students meet with an advisor once a month to work on career exploration, college preparation, scholarship assistance, ACT prep, and more. Students also have the opportunity to go on college visits – juniors and seniors during the school year and everyone during the summer. ACT prep sessions and practice tests, leadership events, and other college preparation activities are offered to students throughout the year as well.
Everything offered by the TRIO Talent Search program is provided FREE of charge. To sign up you must complete an application. They can be picked up in the counseling office, our advisor, Heather Nissen, is there most Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, or contact her at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are reviewing the system that is in place and evaluating what adjustments should be made to make the system more effective and efficient.
Future Test Dates:
February 9, 2020
April 4, 2020
April 21, 2020 (Administered to all 11th grade students at the high school; no cost to students)
June 13, 2020
Changes In Activity Ticket Prices
North High School Food Pantry
North High School is proud to serve our parents and students with a stocked food pantry, in partnership with Food Bank of Siouxland and Sioux City First Church. 7 out of 10 North High Students qualify for Free or Reduced lunch.
This is open to any North High or North Middle family at no cost. The pantry is open during regular school house as well. Contact North High School counseling office at 712-239-7007 for more information. The pantry is located within North High School in the the south gym hallways.
- Thursday, December 19th (3:00-4:00 pm)
- Thursday, January 16th (3:00-4:00 pm) Friday, January 24th (3:00-4:00 pm)
- Friday, February, 14th (3:00-4:00 pm) Friday, February 21st (3:00-4:00 pm)
- Friday, March 20th (3:00-4:00 pm) Friday, March 27th (3:00-4:00 pm)
- Friday, April 17th (3:00-4:00 pm) Thursday, April 23rd (3:00-4:00 pm)
- May (by appointment or phone call)
2019-2020 NORTH HIGH YEARBOOK
The price of the yearbook is currently $80. To purchase a yearbook visit the following link, or pick up an order form in the office. WWW.YEARBOOKFOREVER.COM
If you have yet to pickup your 2018-2019 Yearbook, please email the Yearbook Advisor, Drew Gerch at email@example.com
Attention Junior (Class of 2021) Parents! Immunization Information
Iowa Immunization law requires that all students entering 7th grade have both a Meningococcal vaccination and a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis/whooping cough) vaccination before school starts in the fall. Here is a link to specific requirements: https://idph.iowa.gov/ohds/oral-health-center/school-screenings
Iowa law requires that all students entering 12th grade have a Meningococcal vaccination. The requirement is 2 doses of meningococcal (A,C,W,Y) vaccine for students in grade 12, if born after September 15, 1999; or 1 dose if received when students are 16 years of age or older are required before school starts in the fall.
The Tdap requirement has been in place since the 2013/14 school year and requires a booster dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria, and acellular Pertussis containing vaccine for students entering 7th grade, regardless of the interval since the last Tetanus/Diphtheria containing vaccine. Pertussis (whooping cough) is a very contagious disease that causes violent coughing fits that make it hard to breathe.
The meningococcal vaccine has been required since the start of the 2017/18 school year. Meningococcal disease is a life threatening illness that is caused by bacteria that infects the brain, blood, and spinal cord. It easily spreads in crowded settings. The vaccine is required prior to both the 7th and 12th.
What does this mean for you? You will need to call your physician’s office to make an appointment for these vaccines. You will need to check your home records or call your physician’s office to see what your student’s status is. If you do not have insurance, you can contact the Siouxland District Health Department at 279-6119. Please send a copy of your student’s updated immunization record to the school nurse prior to the first day of school. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.
Opportunities to Give
Homework Help Tutoring
Transportation is provided for those who participate. A bus picks students up around 4:05 pm each afternoon and drops students off at Clark, Perry Creek, Bryant, Hunt, Irving, Boys and Girls Home, Leeds, and Evergreen Village.
"Saturday School" will be offered on the following dates:
Transportation is not provided to or from Saturday School. The hours are 9:00-12:00 pm.
Uniquely North - Season 3
Earn Your Silver Cord!
Who is Eligible?
All North High students who would like to help the community and others.
How Do I Qualify to receive the Silver Cord for Graduation?
Students must complete a minimum of forty hours of committee-approved community service in their sophomore, junior and senior years at North High School. You cannot average 40 hours over the three year span; forty hours must be completed within each school year. Our goal is to instill the idea of community service as a life-long pursuit. If students successfully complete the amount of hours necessary they will receive a silver cord to wear at commencement similar to the gold cords worn by academic award winners.
Documentation: Students MUST document all service activities on the Silver Cord Award Form provided by North High – one form for each site or project, signed by a supervisor at the site. (A note confirming the students’ service signed by the supervisor at the project is also acceptable. It must be attached to the Silver Cord Form). Forms can be submitted to Ms. Ruhrer at North High School at any time during the year. For sophomores and juniors: if you don’t turn in forms by the end of the school year, you may submit them at any time during the following fall. There is no specific deadline for underclassmen to submit forms, although it is best to turn them in as soon as they are completed. Seniors should submit all Silver Cord forms by May 2nd of senior year. Forms may be picked up from the office or can be printed using the links below.
Summer Service: Service hours earned during the summer after the academic year may be applied toward EITHER the prior or following year – student’s choice. (For example, the summer after the sophomore year can apply toward either the sophomore or junior 40 hour requirement or divided between the two as needed). It is recommended that all summer projects be pre-approved in writing by Mrs. Ruhrer or a principal to make sure they are acceptable. Summer service that complies with the Silver Cord criteria will be accepted even if students were not able to submit pre-approval forms. Students should pick up blank Silver Cord Award forms before the end of school to use for documentation summer service. Please keep completed forms until you return to North in the fall. The Silver Cord Adviser will be responsible for keeping students’ Silver Cord files.
Important details regarding the Silver Cord Award:
Acceptable service activities: Silver Cord hours must be for providing a SERVICE or meeting a clear NEED for a non-profit agency, church, school, park, charity program, fundraiser or community event. The service should be “above and beyond” one’s usual scope of involvement and could be part of required service for a program such as Scouts or religious education. While some organizations meet during the school day, only hours outside of school time could be applied to Silver Cord service. If there is any question about whether a specific volunteer experience meets the criteria of “providing service” or “meeting a need” students should get prior approval from the Silver Cord Committee by submitting a pre-approval form. The Silver Cord Review Committee makes final determinations regarding service.
Organizations/Activities that have been approved:
Blood Bank/Blood Drives
Beyond The Bell
Watchful Eye Foundation
Local church activities
Peer Tutoring/Extended Day
Local medical centers
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Habitat for Humanity
Ronald McDonald House
American Heart Association
Political Organizations or Candidates
Important details regarding the Silver Cord Award:
Silver Cord hours CANNOT BE for a relative, or for pay or compensation of any kind. Other activities that would not be acceptable: NHS sports team managing, training or event timing or administration; most NHS music program events; concession stand or fundraising events in which proceeds benefit a NHS program; serving as a camp counselor while receiving free room and board (some exceptions made for camps for children with disabilities); performing in a musical, dance, or theater group unless related to a social cause or charity benefit; participation on committees in which the focus is on one’s own leadership development and does not include outreach to larger community. Court ordered community service hours are not eligible.
Maintaining A Safe and Healthy Environment
The Sioux City Community School District is committed to providing an environment where students and staff members are treated with dignity and respect. We recognize that we are not unique, in that we experience the challenges of school and community-based bullying, yet we want to be unique in serving as a District that works to make a significant and positive difference in this arena. Please, join us in the effort to maintain a safe and healthy school environment. Visit our website, www.siouxcityschools.org/anti-bullying-harassment-hazing/, to learn more about our anti-bullying policy, view resources to help us combat bullying, or report concerns. We also welcome your feedback. Consider sharing your ideas or concerns using the Let’s Talk tool on our website.
An engaged community makes our District stronger. That is why we have made it easy for you to connect with us whenever it is convenient for you. We encourage you to take advantage of Let’s Talk!, our 24/7 online submission site. Reach out with your ideas, questions, concerns, and praise. To make a submission, please visit http://www.siouxcityschools.org/lets-talk/.
Communication and Preparedness
Student and staff safety is of paramount importance in the Sioux City Community School District. For this reason, the District exercises a host of crisis prevention and planning tactics. Should an emergency occur, the school notifies you through our Blackboard phone system. In an emergency, the system calls every phone number associated with your child in order to reach you. The message will give you details about the emergency and provide directions on when/where to pick up your child if the normal school day is altered. Learn more about school safety.
Focus 2022 Strategic Plan
The Sioux City Community School District Board of Directors spent time developing, with the input of multiple stakeholder groups, the “Definition of the Well-Educated Student.” The definition is the foundation for the Focus 2022 Strategic Plan. The definition identifies what students within the educational system will be able to do upon graduating from our district. Learn about the five goal areas of the strategic plan.
Communication and Preparedness
Focus 2022 Strategic Plan
North High School Class of 2020 Graduation
Saturday, May 23rd, 11am
401 Gordon Drive
Sioux City, IA
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Bullying, harassing and hazing behavior can seriously disrupt the ability of school employees to maintain a safe and civil environment, and the ability of students to learn and succeed.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
The Sioux City Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas: Business & Marketing, Family & Consumer Science, Health Science, and Industrial Arts, Technology, & PLTW.
The Sioux City Community School District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It is an unfair or discriminatory practice for any educational institution to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information (for employment), national origin, religion, age (for employment), disability, socioeconomic status (for programs), marital status (for programs), or veteran status (for employment) in its educational programs and its employment practices.
Inquiries or grievances, including Section 504 grievances and grievances under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, may be directed to Jen Gomez, Director of Student Services & Equity Education at 627 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101, (712) 279-6075, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see District Board policies 103 and 504.4 for additional information on available grievance procedures.