Bulldog BARK

January 1st- January 15th

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"At NCHS every student graduates college and career ready with 21st century skills."

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From the Principal's Desk

Bulldog Families,

Happy New Year!!! I hope everyone enjoyed winter break and is ready to finish out the first semester strong. We only have 3 weeks left until the end of the first semester so please make sure your students are turning in their assignments and studying for finals. Please check your Power School app or contact your child's teacher(s) if you have any questions.

Please feel free to reach out to teachers, guidance counselors and administration anytime we can assist you or answer a question.

Matt Spiker

NCHS Principal

Important Dates:

January 16th No School

January 20th Periods 2 and 4 Finals

January 23rd Period 3 Final

January 24th Period 1 Final (modified schedule to extend 1st period to 90 mins)

January 25th No School

January 26th Second Semester Starts

Inclement Weather Day Plan for Students

The Maryland Department of Education is allowing districts to use three (3) asynchronous inclement weather days as virtual learning days. This limits the number of days that would normally have to be added on to the end of the school year.

Elementary: Folders with brief Math and/or English Language Arts assignments will be sent home in preparation for an inclement weather day. Internet/Wi-Fi will not be required to complete assignments. Assignments will be due shortly after school is back in session and will count as attendance for the virtual day.

Secondary: Students will be able to access their assignments offline without the need for Internet/Wi-Fi access using their school-issued device. Assignments will be brief and a review of material already covered in the classroom. Work will be due shortly after school is back in session and will count as attendance for the virtual day.

Prom Planning Meeting

The Junior Class is responsible for prom! The first prom planning meeting will be Wednesday, January 4th at 6:30pm in the media center. All parents and students from the Class of 24 who are interested in helping with this prom in a big way or in a small way are encouraged to attend. Any questions, contact Ms. Anne Livingstone livingstone.anne@ccpsstaff.org

State testing

Testing is Here!!

As we plan for students to participate in upcoming state assessments, please be sure your student takes the following steps to prepare for success: (please help us remind them)

*Come to school well rested

*Eat breakfast either at home or at school

*Turn your laptop completely off at night (not just on sleep mode)

*Be sure your laptop is fully charged

*Bring corded earbuds from home if you choose to wear them during the test

*Be prepared to do your best and try your hardest

*When provided the opportunity by your teacher, take the practice test seriously and do your best to answer the questions accurately. Pay attention to the types of questions being asked of you.

*Do not rush through the test and review your answers before submitting

The Fall/Winter State Assessments are as follows and will take place in students' regularly scheduled classes.

MCAP ENG 10: December 5th - December 8th

HSA Government: January 3rd - January 6th

MCAP Algebra I: January 3rd - January 6th

MCAP Algebra II / Geometry: January 9th - January 12th

LS MISA: January 9th - January 12th

Only students who are currently enrolled in English 10, Government, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and Biology will be participating in these assessments UNLESS your student needs to make-up the assessment from a previous year or still needs to participate in the assessment for graduation. Your student will be notified if they fit into this category of test takers.

Please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Adams at NCHS if you have any questions about any of these assessments: (410) 479-2332

New CCPS App

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Student BARKS

Huge BARKS to the following students for being nominated as our December MVPs at "The Arena"!! :

Marcella Cordrey- nominated by Mr. Conway

Ben Fissell- nominated by Mr. deHenaut

Jayden Laurenfaunt- nominated by Mrs. Horan

Cody Hoofnagle- nominated by Mrs. Bishop

Emma Russell- nominated by Mrs. Jackson

Miranda Rubio Angeles- nominated by Mr. Bishop & Mr. Holt

Junior Martin Baten- nominated by Mrs. Moran & Mrs. Plinke

Christain Lahnemann- nominated by Mr. Meyer

Maria Ramirez Perez- nominated by Mr. Buffenmyer

Linda Russell- nominated by Mrs. Shilling

Jordyn Hunt- nominated by Mr. Witek

The entire 9th Grade Academy is proud of your hard work and dedication!!

Keep up the great work!!

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December Students of the Month

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School Based Health Centers

A reminder: In partnership with Choptank Community Health System, we have high quality, convenient healthcare and dental services facility located right in our school.

Medical: If your child starts to feel sick at school, the school nurse can refer them to the school based health center, with parent permission. A Choptank Health provider will conduct an exam, run diagnostics, and even call in a prescription if necessary – all without leaving school. Records will be shared with your child’s doctor and if ongoing care is required, this will also be coordinated with the doctor.

Dental: The Choptank dental team will be at school later this year. Services include screenings, cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments, and emergency visits with care coordinated with your child’s primary dentist.

Insurance & Fees: Choptank Health accepts most insurance plans and has a sliding fee scale for eligible families without insurance.

For more information, check out this video https://vimeo.com/752117901

Enroll today –

English - https://hipaa.jotform.com/222694867801163

Spanish https://hipaa.jotform.com/222705064234145

Creole https://hipaa.jotform.com/222705543662152

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Clubs Fundraisers

Educators Rising

  • Educators Rising is hosting a Little Caesars fundraiser to help support our club throughout the remainder of this school year. Educators Rising is a group of students joined together that wish to become future educators. The kits will be delivered via FedEx directly to your doorstep and will be processed as soon as you place the order! The fundraiser begins November 1, 2022 and runs until January 30, 2023. If you wish to purchase and help support our fundraiser, the following link can take you to a general page for the entire group. https://fundraising.littlecaesars.com/fundraisers/support/47e77e6b-d13d-42ca-9277-dcae4b8637d6

Junior class fundraiser

On Wednesday, January 11th, the Junior class will have a fundraiser at Domino's Pizza in Greensboro to offset some of the costs of this year's Prom Dance. Domino's will donate a portion of their sales to the Class of 2024 for any orders placed that day using the code "2024". Mention "2024" when ordering on the phone, in person, or anywhere on your online order.


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Scholarships are now available on the NCHS website. Once on the website click Menu and then under Academics you'll see Scholarship Information. If you have any questions please let me know. Please reach out to Ms. Schmitt at schmitt.julie@ccpsstaff.org. If a scholarship isn't online and a student needs paper copies, those are always available in guidance.

Maryland State Financial Aid Application

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is happy to announce that the 2023-2024 Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) is now available! Students can access the MSFAA through their MDCAPS accounts. Initial applicants must create a student login.

OSFA will begin to identify potentially eligible GA applicants based on the income information reported on the FAFSA/MSFAA from the 2021 tax year.

The 2023-2024 Guaranteed Access Grant (GA) has the following priority deadline dates:

· March 1, 2023 – Final deadline date to complete the 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants can complete the FAFSA using the following link; https://studentaid.gov/.

· OSFA urges all applicants to complete the FAFSA as early as possible. The 2023-2024 FAFSA became available on October 1, 2022.

· March 15, 2023 – Priority filing date – all required documentation is due.

· Applicants who submit all required documents prior to March 15, 2022 will receive an award notification by April 15, 2023

· As a reminder, students will not be able to upload their high school transcript until after 01/01/2023.

· May 15, 2023 – Final date to submit all required documents.

· Applicants who do not submit all required documents by this date, become ineligible for the grant.

As a reminder, students will not be able to upload their high school transcript until after 01/01/2023.


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Bullying and Harassment reporting form

Administration and Guidance Counselors


Mr. Matt Spiker - Principal (12th grade)

Ms. Erin Adams - Assistant Principal (9th grade)

Mr. Thomas Jefferson- Assistant Principal (11th grade)

Ms. Jeannine Necessary - Assistant Principal (10th grade)

Guidance Counselors:

Ms. Tricia Bolduc (9th grade)

Ms. Virginia Belay (A-D)

Ms. Lori Crisafulli (E-K)

Ms. Jackie Holtzman (L-Q)

Ms. Ann Ferkler (R-Z)

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