The Northern Friday Message

February 19, 2021


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Good Things!

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Congratulations to Ms. Spencer - Northern's Teacher of the Year! She is a dedicated chorus teacher and an amazing educator. NHS is lucky to have her!
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Last night the DPS Board of Education voted 5-2 to return to in-person instruction. The first day for Northern students will be in April, at the start of the final nine weeks of the year.

Those students who opt to return to in-person will attend two consecutive days followed by four days of remote participation. Essentially each of the three cohorts of students who opt to return to in-person instruction will have nine or ten days of face-to-face instruction and the rest will be online for the last nine weeks. We will follow a similar schedule to what we currently do, of 60-minute classes, with roughly another 30 minutes of flex time for individual work in the class. We are still working on plans for feeding students, either in the class or in the cafeteria. What is known, is that there will be no open lunch. If there is breakfast or lunch in the cafeteria students will sit on one side of the tables all facing the same way, using every other seat. Students will not be able to gather in the halls and must remain 6 feet apart.

Everyone who comes into the building must be screened and cleared to enter. Everyone will have to wear a mask, no gaiters or bandannas.

In short, it will not be school like pre-Covid. It is your choice to complete the district survey as to returning to in-person instruction or remaining remote. Those who remain remote or are on non-in-person days will be able to watch their teacher teaching the class right along with those who are in-person. I would strongly encourage those of you who can, to remain remote.

I know the challenges of doing so presents to families. However, nine or ten days of face-to-face along with virtual learning vs remaining as you have for the entire year, I agree with Dr. Mubenga, our Superintendent, who last night said, those of you who can do so should do so.

We have a ton of plans to finalize from transportation, feeding, schedules and which teachers are returning. We will be updating our FB page, Instagram and school website beginning on Monday afternoon with any information you will need regardless of the option you choose.

Thank you for listening, stay safe, please complete the district survey found on the DPS website, more information to come next week.

It’s almost time for registration. Students will begin receiving information about choosing their classes for next year beginning next Tuesday in 4th period and NSTEP on next Friday. Follow-up with your counselor if you have any questions.”

The 12th Annual Northern High School Hall of Fame Golf Tournament will be held on April 24, 2021 at Umstead Pines Golf and Swim Club. To register yourself or a team please visit for registration details. We also have sponsorship opportunities on the athletics website. For more information please contact Athletic Director Boo Rigsbee at

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All colleges/universities require students and families to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for financial aid. The priority deadline is March 1st. For help completing FAFSA or confirmation that you've completed FAFSA, reach out to Ms. Tran (919-391-6441 or or Ms. Villegas (919-525-1165 or

Check out local scholarships! For more info and additional assistance, reach out to Ms. Tran (919-391-6441 or

$500 Moving Forward Scholarship

The application is due April 31, 2021 or when we reach our max number of applicants, whichever comes first.

Students must:

· have a minimum 2.5 GPA

· be accepted into an accredited HBCU college or university

Recent high school graduates in Durham County can receive up to $1,000 each year for two years at Durham Technical Community College. To be eligible, students must enroll in at least six credit hours in a semester immediately after high school. Disbursements are made in $500 payments per semester. (Learn more here.)

High School Navigator: High School Navigator is a one-stop search tool for finding pre-college summer programs or internships or volunteer opportunities for high school students. HS Navigator will help you to filter your search experience based on your diverse subject interest, location, preferred university, program duration, budget, and more. Please use this link to access the Navigator:

National Association of Black Accountants: The National Association of Black Accountants is hosting a residency program for 20 minority students who are interested in learning more about accounting at one UNCC campus from June 13-18. Students will be exposed to corporate industries in Charlotte and learn more about accounting, college, business etiquette, professional development, and financial literacy from faculty at UNCC as well as professionals from different organizations. It is a FREE program and one of the 20 students who are invited to attend receive a $500 scholarship. For the application and additional information, contact

LatinxEd launches College y Consejos --a FREE, ONLINE college advising space that centers cultura y comunidad for Latinx students in North Carolina. If you’re a Latinx 11th or 12th-grade high school student in NC, you qualify to participate in College y Consejos!


All eligible students are emailed their ACT test date. Please check your school email for your test date. It is very important that you arrive on time on your assigned test date. We have taken every precaution to keep us all safe while we take care of necessary in-person school things.

  • You DO NOT need to bring your computer. We will be providing them for the ACT.
  • Please arrive at school between 8:00 and 8:45. The ACT must start on time. If you arrive after we begin, you cannot be admitted for testing.
  • Breakfast will be served.
  • Please bring a mask that fits around your nose and mouth, preferably one that loops around your ears. If you do not have a mask, we will provide one for you.
  • Please bring a water bottle. The water fountains are shut off at this time.
  • We will be able to provide calculators but you are welcome to bring your own approved calculator based on ACT guidelines. ACT-All Products-Calculator Policy.pdf
  • Testing should be completed around 1 pm. However, students will be able to call when they are finished. Students will remain in their testing room until their rides arrive on campus. Students who drive, will be allowed to leave when testing is completed. No students are allowed to leave before the testing session has concluded even if they are finished. ACT administration is very different from EOC/CTE administration and we must follow all guidelines.
  • Cell phones must be powered off during testing along with any smartwatches. Students will place these items in plastic bags and place them under their desks. It is extremely important that everyone cooperates with these protocols as a device making noise during the testing session will invalidate all student’s test scores. This practice served us well during the fall EOC administration as we observed zero incidents of misadministration.
  • Lunch will be served at the end of testing. It will be in a grab and go format. Students who ride the bus will eat before they board the bus.

Are you an Artist?– join the Arts Department in their March Fo(u)rth: A Black History Collaboration & Celebration by submitting your images of artwork, video or audio files of your spoken word, singing, playing an instrument, dancing, performing, and MORE! All submissions are due WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24th to this form

Are you a Singer?– email Mrs. Spencer to be apart of the virtual choir for the March Fo(u)rth: A Black History Collaboration & Celebration

Durham Tech University Transfer Program:

University transfer degree programs are designed for students who wish to complete two years of college and then transfer to four-year colleges or universities to complete their baccalaureate degrees. | Learn more at

Yearbook Information!

Northern High School Polaris

Senior Ads


  • Why buy an ad?

    • Senior ads are a great way to celebrate and commemorate your graduating senior.

    • They are one of the only senior traditions we are still able to accomplish this year!

  • What can go on an ad?

    • A message from you to your senior

    • Photographs (consider including childhood photos, current photos, and photos of any major accomplishments!)

    • Artwork or graphics
      Please note that copyrighted material (characters, logos, etc) cannot be printed.

  • How do I buy an ad?


      • Digital: Ad content may be submitted digitally via this Google Form:

      • Physical: Ad content may be dropped off or mailed to:
        Northern High School Yearbook
        117 Tom Wilkinson Rd
        Durham, NC 27712

        • Please submit copies of photos, not originals.

        • Include:

          • Student name

          • Your name

          • Any images, photos, etc. you would like included

          • Your message to your senior


      • Payments may be made via check (made payable to Northern High School Yearbook - put “Senior Ad” on the memo line) and sent or dropped off to the address above

      • Cash payments will not be accepted during remote learning.

      • Payments can also be made through Northern’s website. Be sure to select the correct ad size.

Ad orders and payment are due no later than Friday, March 19th, 2020.

A copy of the NHS Virtual Parent/Student Handbook can be found here.

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