Wolfpack Pride

October 7th, 2022

Principal's Update

Hello Wolfpack!

North Central’s parking areas and traffic patterns were designed for far fewer student drivers, and NC has had a dramatic increase in the number of students being dropped off by a parent or guardian in the morning. This has created some safety concerns. We need your help to create as safe a drop off as possible.

Please do not stop in the middle of Howard Street to let your students out. We have two primary student drop-off areas. The first area is the south parking lot loop. Students may be dropped off here and then walk around the student office doors. The second area is the north IST entrance. Drivers may enter the drop off lane in the opening just south of the doors and exit the opening furthest north. Students may also be dropped off on the shoulders or parking lanes along Howard Street, but this should not impede the flow of traffic in either direction. The bus lane is reserved for busses only. Please see the map below for further clarification. Students may be dropped off in either blue zone, but should not be dropped off in the yellow Bus Lanes.

Homecoming is next week. This is a fun week for students with events every night of the week. Encourage your students to dress up and attend events. This is a great opportunity to engage in their school community.

The strength of the wolf is in the pack.

Tami McCracken

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This Week's Events

Monday, October 10th - Homecoming Week Begins!

  • Spirit Day - Mathletes vs. Athletes
  • Softball Senior Night, vs. University High, 4 PM

Tuesday, October 11th

  • Spirit Day - Pink Out!
  • Volleyball vs. CV, 7 PM

Wednesday, October 12th - PSAT Day, Friday Bell Schedule

  • Spirit Day - Adam Sandler
  • PSAT for Grades 8, 11, from 8 AM - 12 PM
  • Soccer vs. West Valley, 4 PM at Dwight Merkel

Thursday, October 13th - PM Con Bell Schedule

  • Spirit Day - Western
  • Financial Aid Advising Day for Seniors
  • Homecoming Con
  • Volleyball at Ferris, 5 PM
  • Homecoming Football Game vs. West Valley, 7 PM at Union Stadium

Friday, October 14th

  • No School - Professional Learning Day
  • Homecoming Dance, 8 - 11 PM

Save the Dates

  • Thursday, October 20th - Picture Retake/Makeup Day
  • October 15th-30th - Fall Food and Necessities Drive

Community Celebrations

Shakespeare in Love Rehearsals Begin

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Shakespeare in Love, shown below. These thespians were named last week after a successful audition process. They are already hard at work practicing lines, building sets, and getting ready for a phenomenal show for us all. Save the date for Opening Night on Friday, December 2nd!
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Mock Trial in English 10

Honors 10 English students delivered presentations for the classic Life Boat case this past week. Students conducted a mock trial where they delivered hook, lead, and opening statements for their specific roles. Prosecution and defense teams presented their statements to the “Court”. They cross-examined witnesses and delivered arguments designed to sway the opinions of the jury. Afterwards, students collected evidence from trial transcripts. Next week, the jury will deliberate. All twelve members must agree on the sentence. They will explain their verdict using arguments and counter arguments based on statements from the trial. Then they will vote as a group until they come to a consensus.

Thanks to Mr. Tapp and his students for engaging in this great learning opportunity and sharing it with all of us. We love to see students engaged in arguments with evidence and having thoughtful discussions. Great job!

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Spirit Week Examples

Next week is Homecoming Spirit Week, so come out in fun attire to support your school and earn class points. We're attaching some photo examples so you know what to do each day. Happy Homecoming!

Announcements and Events

PSAT on Wednesday, November 12th

NC students in grades 8 and 11 will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday from 8 AM to Noon. Students will receive an email to their school account on Monday with details of their testing room and accommodations, if applicable. The student guides include many more details on the PSAT 11 and PSAT 8/9. Access them at the links, check the copies passed out in advisory, or stop by the Public Office to pick yours up.

Taking the PSAT is a great way to find out how prepared you are for college and career. The PSAT is the qualifying test for entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program and connects you with College Board programs and services. The PSAT Test Taking Guide is a practice test to help you prepare for the PSAT. Review the sample questions to familiarize yourself with the question formats, you will see similar questions on the PSAT. Spend some time these next few days practicing for the real test on October 12th!

Financial Aid Advising Day

Seniors, join us for Financial Aid Advising Day next Thursday, October 13th.

8am – 6pm: 30 minute appointments available (for students and/or guardians) in person, virtual or phone

  • Discuss financial aid, create a FAFSA username/password, work on the FAFSA, etc.
  • How to schedule: e-mail aaronb@spokaneschools.org with your preferred time. If a preferred timeslot is not available, a different time or day can be accommodated.

* Remember, the FAFSA is necessary to receive a financial aid award from a trade school, community college or 4-year university

** Financial Aid includes merit based scholarships, need based grants (such as the College Bound Scholar grant), loans and work-study

Counseling / Financial Aid & Scholarships (spokaneschools.org)

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Mid-Quarter Grades

This past week marked the mid-point of the first quarter. Teachers updated grades for mid-quarter report cards, which are now accessible on PowerSchool. Parents, we encourage you to log in and review the grades with your student. If your child is struggling, we have lots of support options for them, so please reach out to the teachers, school counselor, or other staff. We also have Homework Center from 2:30-4:30 with writing help on Monday/Wednesday and math help on Tuesday/Thursday. We are here to support you and we want to see every student succeed at NC.

Native Families - Please Complete Form 506

The SPS Native Education program supports Native students through tutoring, culturally responsive practices, and connections with other Indigenous youth. In order to connect our families to these services, we need building leaders to share information about the 506 Form. Find the form online and watch the video below to learn more about the importance of properly completing the form.

What's a 506 Form? A short explainer for SPS staff

Medication Self-Carry Checks

Starting Monday, October 10th, we will be checking students who self-carry medications to see if they have them with them. Please check to make sure your student has their medications with them, and that the prescriptions are not expired or empty. Students will be sent home if they do not have their medications with them. Thanks!

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Fall Food & Necessities Drive

Fall Food and Necessities Drive is coming soon! Bring in your donations October 15th-30th. We will be at Grocery Outlet weekdays from 3-7 PM and weekends from 9-5. We'll also be at My Fresh Basket weekends from 9-5!

Library Books Survey

Students and staff, please take time to complete this survey to help Ms. Bass and and Ms. Smith order new books for our library collection once we have funds to do so. We greatly appreciate your input!

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Single Point of Entry

We are now consistently using our single point of entry system to promote safety and security in our building. Thank you for your patience with the new system and for partnering with us on this. Students, please remember that the new system means all students coming in during the day must enter through the Public Office doors. Please do not open side doors to let other students in. While it may seem like a kind thing to do, it is a risk to the safety of the building. Thanks for your support.
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Community Flyers & Events

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West Spokane Wellness Partnership

Do you live, work, or travel through West Spokane? If so, we would love your input on our short community survey!

This survey helps to inform the work we do in the community. Some examples of what we do:

  1. Provide evidence-based programs like Botvin Life Skills training at North Central High School
  2. Provide family classes like Guiding Good Choices to families in the community
  3. Provide free medication lock boxes and Narcan kits to individuals, organizations, and families in West Central
  4. Provide a weekly Women in Recovery Group
  5. Support Student Assistant Professional at Glover Middle School
  6. Provide a Social Work program at West Central Community Center
  7. Support afterschool programs in the community
  8. Provide free medication take back days in the community
  9. Create community-level policies and organizational policies to address substances

Your answers will help us better serve our community. Thanks for your support!

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North Central High School

At NCHS, our vision is to provide a supportive and nurturing environment which embraces diversity, encourages social responsibility, promotes rigorous learning experiences, and emphasizes personalized learning support.