NHS Family Newsletter

September 16. 2020

NHS Update

Dear Bronco Families,

This week marks a tick in the timeline of the school year, as we are halfway through the first quarter. Progress reports are being completed and will be emailed out, and also available for viewing on Homelink. Your students have been in classes for about 5 weeks now, and hopefully have established routines to help them be successful. Some, however, might be finding struggle with the workload and managing their assignments.

Please encourage your student to reach out to their teachers, first and foremost, for questions, concerns or for assistance in getting caught up. Have them contact their academic counselor. Lastly, include your vice principal in the conversation as needed so that a plan can be formed.

We have high hopes and tentative plans for ways to involve and engage our students in increased ways, and will continue to think creatively about this. We are largely limited by county guidelines for what can occur, and for now, can confidently tell you that the best parts of our days are seeing kids in person when they come back for textbooks and the like. We miss them, and their teachers miss them. We look forward to continuing to work on ways to welcome our students safely back onto our campus over time.

Yours in Partnership,

Kelly Cooper


Site Council Needs You!

The school site council is the group responsible for building and approving our school site plan, for approving the safety plan, evaluate the progress towards school goals, and discuss goals moving forward.

The term on site council is 2 years, and we currently have 4 parent openings.

Please consider nominating yourself for the council. Appointment will be by anonymous vote among the parent community. If you are willing to serve on the council, please fill out the form below.

Grades/Progress Reports

Progress reports will be sent this weekend to the parent email address (this will take two days, so please be patient). They can also be viewed anytime on Homelink. Let us know if you have difficulties getting into your Homelink portal.

Cap and Gown, Grad Announcement and Senior Swag through Jostens

Senior Families! It is that time.

Now is the time to order your SENIOR’S cap & gown, graduation announcements, and senior apparel.

This year you must place your graduation order by one of the following options, no later than Saturday, October 17th!

OPTION #1 (Easiest Option):

ORDER ONLINE at Jostens.com by October 17!


YOU MAY PICK-UP & complete a Graduation order packet, which packets are available in the Main Office, weekdays, from 9 am – 3 pm).

+ *EMAIL your graduation order form to: martin.oliveira@jostens.com

OR *MAIL IN your graduation order to:


P.O. Box 249

Danville, CA 94526

*By the October 17th Deadline.

It is important to place your graduation order at this time. NOW is the only time to receive the group discount and be assured of a timely delivery in the spring. The easiest option is to complete your graduation order today at:


We know this is a very challenging time. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to ask about our easy payment plans.


Martin, Brian, Lynette & Pam


Phone: (925) 838-1835

Email: martin.oliveira@jostens.com

School Photos Update

We will be sending out appointment times for all students grades 9-11 to take school photos and get their student ID's. This will be held on campus, by appointment only, October 12-13.

Current Seniors should contact Studio One for appointments to take their Senior Portraits. Our goal date for these photos to be included in the yearbook is now the end of December. If you have any questions, please contact the Yearbook coordinator, Amber Lineweaver.

Seniors will be given ID cards after October 13.

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Coffee with Coop

Wednesday, Sep. 30th, 7:30am

This is an online event.

Join Principal Kelly Cooper in a virtual cup of coffee and conversation. Special guest Rebecca Proznick, our college and career advisor, to speak to college admissions during Covid-19.

Topic: School Updates

Time: Sept 30, 2020 07:30AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


Meeting ID: 874 5416 8283

Passcode: 114350

PSAT/SAT cancelled for Fall, and more updates from College and Career

All standardized testing has been postponed for the Fall, due to county health restrictions in having students on campus for prolonged periods of time. The Superintendent announced this postponement in August. No updates are available at this time. We have become aware that Acalanes is taking sign ups for a test in October- they are doing this in hopes that county regulations ease up, and they very likely may have to cancel. At this time, there are no local sites approved to host tests.

Rebecca Proznick, our college and career advisor, maintains constant communication with families in preparation for their students' next steps. Please see the College and Career webpage and bookmark it on your browser- this page is updated frequently. You can also email Ms Proznick with your questions. Here is a blurb from her about this issue:

At the start of the summer, as it became obvious that most students were NOT able to take the SAT/ACT and that the test would not be available in most locations for the foreseeable future, colleges took the step to modify their admission procedures to appropriately adjust. After the summer break, during which time colleges worked closely with their faculty to refine these new admission procedures, colleges again put those updated regulations on their webpage, in counselor and prospective student meetings, and through site like the NACAC.

While the SAT & ACT are moving forward with exams and updating their 'cancel' pages (please note, most of the time this information is delayed- by contacting the site centers yourself you can get the most up to date information), the colleges have been very clear about their policies:

CSUs: Students will NOT submit the SAT/ACT scores this year
UCs: Students may submit, but scores will ONLY be used for eligibility, scholarships (not at all campuses), and toward graduation from the UC- NOT general admissions. (pre-court case ruling info)

Majority of Private/out of state schools: Test-optional means test optional! (in most cases similar to UC policy)

Universities recognize that students have put forth A LOT of time and effort and in some cases, have been able to take the exams. If allowed and you have a score you'd like to share, please submit your scores! It shows that you were studying and preparing for that university environment.

If you have NOT been able to take the exam, but you were planning to (and everyone should have been), I've heard from a number of admissions representatives that:

It is encouraged, in additional note sections of the application, that students let universities know:
*You took the exam, but were planning to take again
*You didn't take the exam, but were signed up and studied hard for it!

Colleges ALWAYS (this year and all previous years) evaluate your application in the context of what is available to you. It's up to you to share that information to put your application in context. Don't assume that the people reading your transcript know what has been going on - share information in all of your applications so that the reader can put your application in context.

And - ALWAYS- if you have questions about a specific school's policy- look on THEIR undergrad admissions webpage and reach out to their admissions office/regional admissions reps. NO ONE is more informed about the admissions process than the people at THAT SCHOOL!

Vape Pens and Teens- A webinar

You're Invited! Vape Pens and Teens: What Our Community Needs to Know

This webinar will provide an overview of the latest tobacco products used by young people. Adult and youth presenters will discuss the history of electronic smoking devices (vape pens), as well as the current products on the market. We will cover how they work, how the tobacco industry targets young people, health effects, and what we are still learning about these popular and dangerous devices.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Audience: Parents and other adults

There is no cost to attend, although registration is required.

For questions, contact Marissa Frias mfrias@cccoe.k12.ca.us

Student Forum- Broncos Speak- Our Experience in Distance Learning

This week, we hosted our very first student forum, moderated by our Senior Class President, Kristina Co. 9 students served on the panel, from across the grade levels, selected from an open sign up.

Students and staff were invited to view the forum on YouTube live, and ask questions of the panel as they went.

We are so proud of our students: their honesty, understanding, collaborative spirit and their articulation, and we are happy to share it with you.

Catch the forum at the link below.

We aim to hold one of these a month, with a range of different topics. Stay tuned!

Student Forum

Club Rush

Wednesday, Sep. 30th, 10am

This is an online event.

Students are invited to attend a club rush event, over Zoom- each club will be presenting introductory videos, and offering sign up opportunities to all students to join clubs and get involved.

While we are still collecting club charters, see the link below for a list of clubs offered at NHS last year.

MDUSD College Fair

Register online by clicking on the “student registration” links. You are required to use your MDUSD email account: www.strivefair.com/mdusd

Students can register for multiple sessions in the same timeframe - so they can attend one, and parents/guardians can attend another.

The MDUSD College Fair Committee consists of parent volunteers representing the high schools listed below:

College Park High School
Concord High School
Mt. Diablo High School
Northgate High School

Olympic High School

Ygnacio Valley High School
+All small necessary High Schools

The 8th annual College Fair will be on Tuesday, September 29th, and will be a VIRTUAL event. Please wait for a response regarding College/organization registration; student registration will be ready in mid-September.

From our College and Career Center

I hope you are well and I wanted to share out a reminders and notice of a few upcoming times where support is open to you as you consider next steps, post graduation.

Upcoming Information Nights:

Financial Aid Info: What is financial aid and what should I know? - Tuesday, Sept 22 at 7 pm Zoom link here

College 101: CSU updates + repeat of Sept 16 info - Thurs, Oct 1 at 7 pm. Zoom link here

Open Hours (drop in)

Starting Wed, Sept 16, I will open a zoom link each Wed for drop ins. 12:30-1:30 pm
*This is for everyone- stop by with quick questions, give me updates on your plans, ask questions re: majors/jobs/military/college*

Don't forget these links:
NHS College & Career Webpage
Senior Action Plan
Letters of Rec/Connecting Common App and Naviance
Weekly College & Career Annoucements
College & Career Calendar of upcoming events/RepVisits

Matching Funds- Help out our Ed Fund!

Do you work for a Match-Maker?

Many companies will match your donation to the Northgate PFC made by their employees.

It is an easy process, please contact your Human Resources department for information about your company’s program or contact the Northgate PFC Matching chairs at Northgateedfund@gmail.com or call Jamie @ 925-348-2179.

Thank you for your continued effort to support our school.

Northgate PFC

Parent Education- MDUSD Parent Academy

Study up to help your student at home. MDUSD has curated and prepared a wide variety of resources to assist parents in preparing for the school year at home. Need support not provided here? Let us know.


Technology Needs

Essential for this school year is a device for every student. Many of our families have these at home. We advise that our students have their own dedicated device, and not plan on using a mobile phone for school work.

If you need to check out a chromebook for your student, please fill out this form.

If you do not have internet access in your home, and would like to apply for a Hotspot (mobile internet device), please contact Craig Bocks.

Classroom Donations

It is not too late to make a donation to your students' classroom- these donations are vital to our teachers' ability to supply students with needed materials, and to allow them funds to use new online resources for student engagement.

Click here for department donations!

Additionally, we have some great Bronco gear for sale- Click here for our online store of apparel!

Attendance and Google Classroom

While the district is fine tuning processes and tech scripts, here are some updates we know about:

Attendance- there are 4 levels of participation noted in Homelink.

  • P - participated- your student came to the class, participated in the Zoom/Google Meet session
  • 4- Student turned in an assignment that day, but did not attend the Zoom/Google Meet
  • 3- Student or parent emailed someone in the office or the teacher
  • A- Student was not present, nor did work in the class that day.

If you feel your student was marked in error, please contact the teacher.

If you would like to receive guardian email updates from google classroom, please email the teacher. The student cannot add you as a guardian themselves.

Here are some Google FAQ's to assist.

Food Services- Community Meals

Our outstanding MDUSD food services department continues to offer meal services at select sites.

Meals are available for purchase and pick up. Please see the food services web page for more information, and the info below for next week's menu.


Our clinic style workouts will continue through the Fall, with social distancing guidelines, small cohorts, masks before and after practice, temperature checks upon arrival, and other safety precautions.

Now is the time to start the registration process for athletics, especially for fall sports.

If you are interested in more information about a particular Sport, please contact the coach.

You can find all athletic information, including contact information for coaches, on our athletics website.

Registration can be found HERE.

Parents Anonymous Resource

In partnership with Governor Newsom, Parents Anonymous® Inc. recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to the Coronavirus to provide free trauma-informed, evidenced-based emotional support to Parents, Children and Youth in any language via calls, text, live chat and email. The California Parents & Youth Helpline operates 7 days a week from 8:00AM-8:00PM. Parents can Join a Weekly Online Support Group NOW through the website: caparentyouthhelpline.org. In this confidential setting, Parents address their underlying emotions and build resiliency to strengthen their family.

Given the stress and anxiety families are experiencing as schools are opening, we are requesting that you add the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Support Groups, which are FREE and a valuable resource for Parents, Caregivers, Children and Youth on your website and/or social media platforms. I have attached the outreach ads in both English and Spanish.

Claycord PFLAG

PFLAG of Clayton-Concord, in its mission of support, education and advocacy for LGBTQ+ people, has initiated and sponsored the MDUSD GSA Forum for the past three years, as well as free “pizza nights” for LGBTQ+ students throughout the academic year.

We’d like to make sure that students and their families are aware of PFLAG and the community support we offer:

· Chapter meetings on the third Tuesday of each month from 7-8 PM via Zoom for all adult LGBTQ+ people, their family members and allies. This is an opportunity for parents and other adult family members to connect with others who know what it’s like to learn their child’s sexuality and/or gender identity is different than they understood. Chapter meetings are confidential, and Zoom log-in information is available either by sending me an email or a private message on our Facebook page. Membership in PFLAG is not required for attendance and there is no fee.

· A virtual drop-in space for high school students in MDUSD, as well as Clayton Valley Charter, Carondelet and De la Salle, facilitated by the youth outreach leaders of Rainbow Community Center every other Thursday from 7-8 PM. The Zoom meeting ID is 933 8545 9911 and the passcode is 837664. Each meeting includes a check-in time, an educational component (LGBTQ+ history, notable people, etc.), and a time of reflection. Registration is not required and there is no fee.

Teen Drivers? Check out Smart Moves

Sign up for Text Updates

The District and Northgate HS will be using School Messenger for communications, and it features text messaging. You must opt-in- See instructions here.

Additional Family Support Services

See our MDUSD Family Resources Page for a wonderful list of resources available. This is a living list, and is updated frequently.

District Communications

Some important news and information recently released from MDUSD:

2020-21 Academic Calendar

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