NHS Family Newsletter

November 4, 2019

Parent Ed Night: How to Help your Stressed Out Teenager

Thursday, Nov. 14th, 6pm

425 Castle Rock Road

Walnut Creek, CA

Presentation by our resident Marriage and Family Therapist, Jon Parker, who works with our classrooms and students in the area of mindfulness, as well as providing students with confidential counseling services as needed.

This workshop will be in the lecture hall!

Veteran's Day- No School

Monday, Nov. 11th, 7:45am

425 Castle Rock Road

Walnut Creek, CA

Academic Counselors! Ms. Saremi, Ms. Bligh and Ms. Kaur

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Counselor's Corner

Parent Ed Night: How To Support Your Stressed Out Teen - Thursday, November 14th 6:30-8pm - Lecture Hall. Jon Parker MFT one of Northgate's support counselors, will be offering a presentation and leading a discussion geared towards helping parents understand what their teens are going through and how to support them.

Academic Check-ins with students with F's: We will be meeting with your student if they received one or more F's on their quarter grade report and discussing strategies to improve.

DVC workshops: DVC College Prep Academy will be hosting a few workshops on Saturday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 9th covering topics such as: Note taking, Time Management, & Financial Aid. The flyer is attached with more information regarding registration.

Upcoming Important Dates!

  • Nov 4th- Winter Sports Tryouts Begin!
  • Nov 7-10- The Crucible, presented by Drama Production
  • Nov 9- NCS Round 2 Water Polo Championships/DAL Cross Country Championships
  • Nov 9th- SAT/ACT Mock Exam
  • Nov 14th- Parent Ed Night - Helping your Stressed Out Teen 6pm Lecture Hall
  • Nov 21st- MDUSD Jazz Festival- Diablo Valley College
  • Nov 25-29- Thanksgiving Break

For a greater look ahead, please see the school master event calendar

Bronco Pride!

Michelle Alas, a Northgate Junior, is in the top 3 finalists for student representative to the California State Board of Education! Go, Michelle, Go!
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Final Exams

All classes will have a final exam of some sort, and our bell schedules change for those days. Finals cannot be taken early. Any student who for some reason misses finals will need to complete an incomplete grade contract, taking the final upon their return in January. For more information, please contact your Academic Counselor.
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2020 Athletic Booster Crab Feed

Northgate Boosters Annual Crab Feed

What is it and why should I attend? It’s a super fun night with dinner, drinks, raffles with great prizes, a silent and live auction, and live music and dancing. Most importantly, it’s the largest annual fundraiser for Boosters. Last year, we raised $65k and all proceeds benefit the Northgate athletics programs, including Sports Medicine.

When is it? Saturday, January 25th, 2020 6-11pm

Where is it? Centre Concord 5298 Clayton Rd. Concord

How much are tickets? $70 each or $675 for a table of 10 before 12/31 As an extra incentive to purchase your tickets early, all tickets purchased prior to Nov. 1st will automatically receive a free VIP Captain's table raffle ticket and tables purchased will receive 10 free tickets!

After 12/31, tickets will be $80 each or $750 for a table.

Where can you purchase tickets? Northgate Crab Feed Tickets

Who do I contact if I would like to donate an auction item or purchase a sponsorship ad? Send an email to Sherriandjus@yahoo.com.

What type of donations are we looking for? Vacation houses, timeshares, gift cards, hotel stays, group dinners at a restaurant or someone’s house, tickets (e.g sports, concert), and special experiences (e.g. sailing outings, wine tastings).

Who do I contact if I would like to donate wine? Send an email to Carolberger@astound.net.

Would you like to donate for the cause?

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Sports Basement Gives Back to NHS

The holidays are just around the corner and with them comes a rush of shopping. Luckily, that means every Sports Basement Basementeer that has selected Northgate High as their beneficiary will be raising money on your behalf as they shop.

To make this holiday shopping season even more successful (and less stressful), we've scheduled a special 20% off holiday shopping time frame for you and your supporters!

Northgate High's 20% Off Holiday Shopping Days are from December 3 - 9, 2019.

Everyone signed up supporting Northgate High can shop all day at any of our stores or online and receive 20% off their whole purchase. Basementeers receive 20% off and Non-Basementeers receive 11% off. Some exclusions apply. The more they spend, the more you receive in 2020!

As a beneficiary liaison of the Basementeers Program, please respond to this email by Monday, November 11th, so we can confirm your dates and send flyers and graphics for you to share with your supporters. Please reach out to me directly at mariel.thompson@sportsbasement.com, if you would prefer a different time frame for your shopping event. As an added bonus, we'll also email your existing Basementeer supporters to let them know about your event!

*Please note that in order to receive the 20% off, your supporters must be enrolled in the Basementeer program.

Graduation Class of 2020

Sunday, May 31st 2020 at 7pm

2000 Kirker Pass Road

Concord, CA

Graduation will be held at Concord Pavilion. More details will be sent out as the date gets closer.

Senior Finals will occur before this date- seniors who graduate are not expected to return to school after graduation.

Boys Cross Country make school history

Our Boys Cross Country team had their highest finish ever at the Mt Sac Tournament, earning a 2nd place finish overall!
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Don't Miss Fall Production- The Crucible

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The Crucible

Thursday, Nov. 7th, 4pm

425 Castle Rock Road

Walnut Creek, CA

11/8/2019- 7pm

11/9/2019- 7pm

11/10/2019- 2pm

Frequently Asked Questions by Parents

What can I do when my child is not doing well in classes? The first step would be to look into homelink and determine with your student what the cause of the trouble is. Are there missing assignments? A string of absences? A missed quiz? Low test scores? Once you've determined where the low grade is coming from, step two would be to reach out to the teacher. What have they noticed? Do they have suggestions about how to raise the grade? Step three- reach out to the academic counselor. They may be able to assist further with counseling your student and following up to help raise their grades.

What should I do if my student is having an issue with another student? Please have your student go to the office to talk to an administrator about the situation. The administrator will need to investigate the issue fully, and decide on the best course of action from there. Some of the resources available include conflict mediation, a program where our junior and senior trained conflict managers facilitate a conversation between the involved students and mediate a solution, reporting back to the administrator what has been decided.

If the event requires administrative intervention or discipline, please know that those actions are confidential and will be communicated only to the involved family. This is due to FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) laws, which ensure student privacy through federal mandate.

What is the tardy policy (and why does my student have detention?)- As written in the student handbook, the tardy policy applies to every period of the day, including SS. Roll is taken in every class and students are expected to be on time. Every quarter, if a student accummulates 5 or more total tardies, in any class, they will be assigned a detention. Detentions are always on Thursdays after school, from 3:15 to 4:15, and student athletes are accountable to this as well, regardless of practice and game schedules.

If a student accummulates 10 or more tardies they will be assigned a Saturday School. 15 or more tardies would result in a behavior contract and a parent call. 20 or more tardies would result in a parent meeting and an activity suspension.

Any questions about the tardy policy can be directed to a Vice Principal.

Thanksgiving Social

Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 2pm

425 Castle Rock Road

Walnut Creek, CA

The Forum

Thanksgiving Social this week!

Bring the kids and come support the Class of 2021 for the first annual Thanksgiving Social!
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Mock Congress

Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 2pm to Wednesday, Dec. 11th, 4pm

425 Castle Rock Road

Walnut Creek, CA

Grad Night- Don't Miss Out on the Once in a Lifetime Event!

A message from NHS Grad Night coordinator, Jackie Gronert:

So...what happens at Grad Night...

Your child arrives at the Centre Concord after graduation. To give you an idea of what this Centre is turned into, I have included a small pic of the Boys Bathroom. This will give you an idea of the detail that goes into each space. They go through a gated area where they are patted down and take a breathalyzer test (our goal is to make this a safe, alcohol and drug free place for your children to celebrate with their friends and classmates of 2020).

Research shows that more car accidents and accidental deaths occur during this one night in a teens life than any other. We provide this space as a great party place for your kids to celebrate their graduation keeping them off the roads and away from alcohol and drugs.

Inside the building, they receive an ID badge with a schedule of activities and a raffle ticket for an opportunity to win one of the 3 Grand Prizes offered (our goal is to have each child win a prize, so we need your help with raffle donations). They also receive a complimentary Grad Night Tshirt (awesome design this year!) Then they usually hit the all you can eat buffet, which is open from 9:30-4am in the morning, which includes desserts, drinks and Breakfast.

We have a DJ and dance floor area, playing all the hits your children love to party to....we also have a chill room for those that just want to rest, watch a movie, or just hangout and talk. Within all this activity, we have a scheduled magic show, a hypnotist, airbrush tshirts (must bring a white shirt-most kids get their selected university put on it) a caricature drawing person, photobooth, selfie opportunities throughout the space AND Bowling. I have not listed everything, but I wanted to provide some detail so you know what your child is getting.

With that said, what is not covered by your ticket price is the facility rental, which is expensive and has doubled this year, raffle prizes for the kids, the shared costs of outdoor lighting, gas, fencing and other administrative costs we must incur. This is where fundraising comes in, and we ask Senior parents to help by donating, and setting up matching donations if your company participates. If you can, please donate when you register for your child....every dollar matters and counts towards giving your child an amazing experience and supporting Grad Night.

I hope you will also attend as a volunteer, we need people to run these wonderful spaces and security in place to ensure the safety of our kids....please donate, please volunteer...it really is worth it and all the money goes towards providing a fun place for your kids to celebrate one last time with their friends and classmates. Thank you!


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Save the Date! Junior Prom 2020!

Saturday, March 14th 2020 at 7pm


Location to be announced. Save the date for Junior Prom 2020! While it is set location-wise, it is announced as part of the 'Reveal' by Junior Class officers.

Save the Date! Senior Ball 2020!

Friday, April 3rd 2020 at 7pm


*This is a Friday Holiday, Cesar Chavez Day, with no school during the day.

Who can I contact?

Academic Counselors

Last Name A-G ...................................Naseem Saremi~~~~saremin@mdusd.org~~~ext 3546

Last Name H-O....................................Kristen Bligh~~~~~~blighk@mdusd.org~~~~ext 3526

Last Name P-Z.....................................Mandy Kaur~~~~~~kaurm@mdusd.org~~~~ext 3539

Vice Principals

Last Name A-L.....................................Kelly Cooper~~~~~~cooperk@mdusd.org~~ext 3502

Last Name M-Z....................................Craig Bocks~~~~~~bocksc@mdusd.org~~~ext 3503

2019-20 Academic Calendar

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Fourth year in a row! Thanks to our faculty, staff and community for your hard work and dedication!