NPA Family Update

Assignment Sheet #3 Week of 10/12/2020


Greetings NPA families. As this is the third assignment sheet for students, this is the third school to home communication in this format! We are now entering the second quarter of the fall semester. Quarter 1 grades will available no later than this coming Friday.

In addition to assignment sheet #3 information, this newsletter includes:

  • Quick ballot for NPA Parent Site Council Reps
  • PSA regarding prescription drug overdoses in our community
  • Sierra College Academic Enrichment - how to for Spring 2021
  • Link to the NJUSHD Counseling newsletter -- FULL of important information
  • Class of 2021 Scholarship Help
  • Class of 2021 FAFSA Tool
  • Sierra College Virtual Open House 10/17/2020

The NPA campus will be closed the week of October 19 for fall break. No additional school work has been assigned during that time. Students may use this time to catch up, get ahead, or disconnect!

New Assignment Sheet

This week your student will receive the 3rd assignment sheet. The example shown below is for a Monday student appointment time. If you are still unfamiliar with the NPA assignment sheet format please check out the 3-minute tutorial by clicking HERE.
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Important Public Safety Announcement for our Community - Please talk about this with those you care about

Recently the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous reports of opiate overdoses. So far this year 20 of these reports have resulted in death. By comparison 6 deaths occurred by opiate overdose in all of 2019. After numerous thorough coroners’ investigations and reviewing toxicology reports, we have learned that several of these overdose deaths have been directly linked to fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is like morphine, but it is 50 to 100 times more potent. In some cases, pure powder fentanyl the size of a few grains of salt can be fatal. There have been numerous cases where law enforcement officers across the Country have unknowingly come into contact with the drug and overdosed themselves as it can be absorbed through the skin.

The Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit has been investigating the overdose cases and has learned that many of the fentanyl overdoses have been caused by the user ingesting counterfeit prescription pain pills laced with fentanyl. The pills are made to resemble true and legitimate pain medication such as Percocet or Dilaudid and the fake pills even have the same shape, color, impressions, and size. The users sometimes ingest the pill(s) not knowing that they are counterfeit and, in some cases, have inadvertently ingested a and a lethal dose of fentanyl causing death.

The forged pills are not constructed in a legal, permitted, or licensed laboratory; they are pressed using antiquated methods by either drug cartels or street criminals with generic binding agents and sometimes lethal doses of fentanyl.

Between June 2020 and August 2020, medical and law enforcement units responded to over thirty overdoses within Nevada County and administered over 75 doses of Naloxone (Narcan) to try and revive the victim. Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse an opioid overdose.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office wants to alert the public to the dangers surrounding taking pills that are not prescribed by a physician or obtained by anyone that is not a licensed pharmacist. Do not take any prescription pills unless they are prescribed to you and you obtained them from a licensed pharmacist through a valid prescription.

For more information visit the United States Drug Enforcement Administration

Thank you.

Scott W. Lay

Nevada County Superintendent of Schools

380 Crown Point Circle

Grass Valley, CA 95945


Sierra College Academic Enrichment for Spring 2021

The Sierra spring semester does not begin until mid-January but the time is NOW to prepare for academic enrichment enrollment. The Sierra Spring schedule will be posted today 10.12.2020.

Counseling Newsletter and Resources 10/7/2020

October 7 edition of the Counseling Newsletter. Subscribe to the bi-monthly newsletter to get updates and resources related to academics, college, career, and emotional well-being.

October 9th marked the half-way point of our fall semester. With college application season in full swing, we turn our focus to financial aid - including district scholarships. Our annual "Paying for College" evening program is now virtual and available on-demand - in English or Spanish. Whatever the grade level or your family's financial situation, you'll find relevant information in support of your student's educational journey.

Also in this edition of the newsletter, you'll find:

  • Apply! Apply! Apply!
  • Academic Enrichment @ Sierra College
  • College fairs and events
  • Student-Athletes - NCAA eligibility webinar
  • Resources and webinars for parents
  • Food Access Saturday
  • School site updates
Fall Break - Class of '21 scholarships and FAFSA help

Fall Break Workshops: Get help with FAFSA and your district scholarship applications during our fall break! Monday-Friday 10am-12pm Zoom Link:

NEW -- FAFSA Tool for the class of 2021

Filling out the FAFSA form is the #1 most important thing to do to get money for college.

In the past, students have sometimes struggled with the government version of the FAFSA. That’s why this year we’ve partnered with Going Merry to offer you their version of the form, known as: “FAFSA Made Easier.”

  • This FAFSA Made Easier form is completely FREE for you to use.
  • This FAFSA Made Easier form replaces the government version. (You do not need to fill it out on the government website, only on Going Merry.)
  • Going Merry has strict security protocols, including encryption of all information and safe storage of your personal data. They do NOT sell your data to third parties.

To access Going Merry’s FAFSA Made Easier:

  1. Sign up for Going Merry here (if you don’t already have an account).
  2. Make sure you list our school as your high school, to get the FAFSA product free.
  3. Then go to the FAFSA Made Easier page and begin filling out the form!

If you have any issues, you can consult their FAFSA Knowledge Base, contact me, or email the Going Merry team of financial aid advisors at

Sierra College Virtual Preview Day!

Saturday, Oct. 17th, 9am

This is an online event.

Sierra College is presenting Virtual Preview Day This event is targeted for high school students and their families, and prospective students who have never attended college; although anyone is welcome! Those who wish to attend will need to sign up for the event in order to receive information and links for the event published on October 16th.

Preview will include opportunities to:

  • Find out more about our two years free tuition for first-time students
  • Connect with faculty, staff and peers
  • Learn about our interest areas and academic programs
  • Attend open houses, demonstrations, and information sessions virtually
  • Take a virtual campus tour
  • Explore your other interests: athletics, career services, counseling, and support programs and services

A full schedule of options will be published October 16th.

Date: Saturday, October 17

Time: Drop in between 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Those who wish to attend will need to sign up for the event in order to receive information and links for the event published on October 16th.