Northwoods News

A Message from Principal Nixon--March 14, 2022

Northwoods Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Please take a few minutes to review the news and updates below. Wishing you all a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday, March 17th--St. Patrick's Day
  • Friday, March 18th--Teacher Workday
  • Friday, March 25th--End of Q3
  • Monday, March 28th--Teacher Workday
  • Monday, March 28th--Q4 VA Material Distribution
  • Monday, April 11th - Friday, April 15th--Spring Break


Joe Nixon, Principal

School Information

Rising Kindergarten Orientation:

Have a rising kindergarten student? Join us for a VIRTUAL Kindergarten Orientation event on Monday, April 4th OR Monday, April 25th (choose one) from 5:30-6:30 PM. The meeting link is embedded in the flyer below.

Quarter 4 Virtual Academy Material Distribution:

Q4 materials will be distributed on Monday, March 23rd from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Please return the following items that were used in Q3:

  • 2nd Grade: "Seed to Plant" text
  • 3rd Grade: "Peter Pan" text
  • 4th Grade: "Divided Loyalties" text
  • 5th Grade: "Promises to Keep" text

Attention 5th Grade Families:

The PTA is collecting baby pictures for each child currently enrolled in 5th grade. The pictures will be used to create a video montage as part of the end-of-year "Moving Up" celebration. For more information and directions to submit your picture, please see the flyer linked below.

West Cary Curriculum Night Website:

West Cary Middle School has a virtual "Curriculum Night Site" for parents of rising 6th - 8th grade students. This site has great information about West Cary Middle School that we believe parents will find very helpful. Please click on the link below or cut and paste into your web browser.

Single-Subject Acceleration (SSA) Information:

The spring nomination window for SSA will open on March 21st and run through March 25th. Parents may nominate their child for SSA during that time by emailing Ms. Casey at Prior to nominating a student, parents should review this SSA Information Document to determine if SSA is a good fit option for their child.

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Sign-Up for Voluntary COVID Testing:

Our school, in partnership with MAKO Medical, will begin offering weekly, on-campus COVID-19 testing for students and staff on Tuesday, February 8th. COVID-19 testing is an effective way to reduce transmission, especially when layered with other measures.

We strongly recommend all families participate in this free program. Participation helps safeguard the entire school community and gives you information to help you keep your children healthy.

Participation in the program is voluntary. A parent or guardian must register any K-12 student under 18 years old in order for a COVID-19 test to be administered. Pre-K students who attend school within K-12 school buildings are eligible for the state-approved vendor testing with Mako. However, Pre-K students who attend school outside of K-12 school buildings are not eligible for the state-approved vendor testing with Mako.

The testing is simple: Trained MAKO Medical staff quickly and gently swab students’ noses. They place all the swabs in a single tube (that’s the pooling step). The samples in that tube are then tested as a single sample, using one test. If a positive test is received, everyone in the “pool” will return to school the next day to take another test to identify the person who tested positive for COVID-19. Learn more about pooled testing.

Update Addresses:

If your family has moved recently or since the beginning of the school year, please send our data manager, Crystal Hartzell, an updated proof of address (gas, water, or electric bill). Bills can be scanned and emailed to her at

PTA Information

Recess in the Garden:

Spring is near, and we want all Northwoods koalas to experience the wonder of growing food and flowers. Adult volunteers are needed to lead small groups of students in working in the garden during their designated recess time. Sign up for a slot today at

Volunteers Needed:

Parents--we are in need of volunteers to serve on our PTA board. As many of you know, the PTA performs a critical role in helping our school each year. If you are interested in serving on the PTA, please the information and opportunities below.

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