The Northern Weekend Update

January 15, 2023


We continue to have fantastic weeks at Northern. Last week was our first week back from break and next week will be the last week of the semester. We want to remind families that this week we are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr Day on Monday and Tuesday is a teacher workday. The Spring semester will begin Wednesday, January 18th. There will be an NSTEP on that day to get our students prepared for the spring semester.

If you have dates, events, or information to share with the Northern community via the Friday Message, contact Luis Rosa, Assistant Principal, at

Upcoming Important Dates:

Monday, January 16th- MLK Holiday!!

Tuesday, January 17th- Teacher Workday! Girls' Basketball game Vs DSA

Wednesday, January 18th- Spring Semester Begins! Boys JV, Varsity Boys, and Girls Varsity basketball game Vs Jordan. ACT Prep in-person tutoring.

Thursday, January 19th- Wrestling Matches at Home Vs Hillside.

Friday, January 20th- Boys JV, Boys Varsity, and Girls Varsity Basketball game Vs Riverside. ACT Prep in-person tutoring.

ACT Update

11th Grade Families,

We have begun offering Online and in Person ACT Tutoring. All 11th graders have been given access to Online ACT prep. If you have any questions regarding your student accessing the service, don't hesitate to contact Mr. Rosa at Mr. Rosa will send messages directly to families through the talking points application for in-person tutoring.

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Who's Who at Northern?

This school year, we have many new faces within the Northern Faculty. Here is a list of staff that can assist students with transportation, technology, canvas, and class schedules.

Danny Gilfort- Principal
Tanisa Rucker- 9th Grade Assistant Principal

Reginald Davis- 10th Grade Assistant Principal

Luis Rosa- 11th Grade Assistant Principal

Jason Rebman- 12th Grade Assistant Principal

Mrs. Thompson- Media Center Coordinator

Ms. Dorsey- IT Support

Cletis Sawyer-Testing and AIG Programs

Ms. Coburn- MTSS Coordinator

Need to speak to a counselor? Contact your counselor and set up an appointment.

Counselor (A-D)- Charlene North

Counselor (E-Le)- Zakiyyah Omar

Counselor (Li-Q)- Nicole Stocking

Counselor (R-Z)- Bryanna Williams

Transportation Updates!

Please download the new app!

If you have any questions, Email:

Schedule Information

The Daily Bell schedule has been updated to reflect the time changes enacted through DPS. Starting this school year we will begin instruction at 9:15 am and end at 4:15 pm Below you will find our daily schedule.

2022-2023 Daily Schedules

REGULAR SCHEDULE -85 minute classes and 55-minute lunch period

9:10 First Bell

9:15 - 10:40-1st Period

10:45 - 12:10-2nd Period

12:10 - 1:05-Lunch

1:10 - 2:45-3rd period

2:50 - 4:15-4th period

4:20-Students should be in after-school activity locations with coaches/advisors.

Student Expectations

As we begin the school year, NHS faculty would like to stress the importance of enforcing student expectations. Below are the reviewed expectations for the 2022-2023 school year.

Main Expectations:

  • Be on time
  • Stick to the assigned schedule
  • Work hard
  • Follow directions

Leaving Campus:

  • Any student signing in late may do so through the front office and receive a pass to attend class. Any student signed out early must have a parent/guardian sign them out through the main office.

  • Students are not allowed to leave campus and return unless they are signed out by a parent or guardian or have open lunch. Students who do, are subject to disciplinary action.

Food Deliveries:

  • Students are not allowed to bring food back on campus after 12:45 pm. If a student is caught bringing food back for other students after this time, they can lose their lunch pass.
  • Students can have food delivered by doordash, postmates, or friends/family members. The food will be delivered to the Bus lot entrance only. Delivery times are 12:10- 12:45. Any food delivered after 12:45 pm will be held by the main office until dismiss

Student Parking:

  • Only students with an NHS-issued parking permit are allowed to park at NHS.

  • A parking permit must be visible on the rearview mirror or dashboard.

  • Students must park in the student parking lot.

  • Students parking anywhere else on campus or parking without a permit will have their vehicle towed at their own expense.

Dress Code:

A. Allowable Dress & Grooming

1. Students must wear clothing including dresses/jumpsuits, or both a shirt or top with bottoms, including shorts, pants or a skirt, or the equivalent and shoes.

2. Clothing must have the fabric on the front, back, and sides.

3. Clothing must cover undergarments; underwear waistbands and bra straps are not required to be covered and are excluded.

4. Fabric covering all private parts of the body must be opaque and cannot be see-through or mesh, or transparent. Private parts include the breasts, genitals, and buttocks.

5. Fitted pants, including leggings, yoga pants, and "skinny jeans."

6. Sweatpants, pajama/lounge pants, midriff-baring shirts (must be able to cover private areas when arms are raised), ripped jeans as long as any portion of undergarments covering private parts are not visible.

7. Tank tops, including spaghetti straps, halter tops, and strapless tops.

8. Religious headwear is expressly allowed to cover the head and face.

9. Clothing must be suitable for all scheduled classroom activities, including physical education, science labs, wood shop, and other activities where unique hazards may exist.

a. Courses requiring attire as part of the curriculum (for example, professionalism, public speaking, CTE courses, and job readiness may include assignment-specific dress but should not focus on covering bodies in a particular manner or promoting culturally specific attire.

10. Specialized courses may require specialized attire.

a. School-sanctioned uniforms and costumes approved by the principal for athletic, choral, band or dramatic performances are allowed.

11. Students may dress and style their hair for school in a manner that expresses their individuality and culture, including, for example, locs, braids, geles

a. Certain programs may have more restrictive requirements for hairstyles, including NCHSAA and ROTC programs, which require signatures of students and parents consenting to these restrictions on grooming and dress.

B. Prohibitions

Students are prohibited from wearing clothing, jewelry, book bags, or other articles of personal appearance which:

1. depict profanity, vulgarity, obscenity, or violence;

2. promote the use or abuse of tobacco, drugs, or alcohol;

3. endangers or creates a threat to the health or safety of the student or others;

4. are prohibited under the Gangs and Gang Activities in Policy 430l(III-7) and Gang Related Activity, Policy 4328;

5. are reasonably likely to create a substantial and material disruption to the educational process or to the operation of the school, including but not limited to items that are reasonably expected to intimidate other students based on race (for example, the Confederate battle flag, swastika, and Ku Klux Klan or KKK), color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, or religious affiliation.


  • Teachers are only able to mark students Absent, Present or Tardy. Any absence notes/excused absences must go through the attendance secretary, Ms. Alston-Pettiford.

  • Each parent will get a notification via PowerSchool when their child has been marked tardy or absent, and a phone call goes home if they missed three or more periods in the day.

  • Students should arrive and be seated in class before the tardy bell rings.

    • Anyone who has not arrived at their classroom by the bell should be marked tardy. If the student doesn’t have a pass, the tardy is unexcused.


For more information, please visit the Northern Athletics webpage.

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Updates from our School Counselors

Check the NEW Student Services website for a list of scholarships available for students to apply for. There are a few September deadlines, so make sure you sign up soon!! Scholarships are always being added, so check the website for any new updates to the list.

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NROTC Marine Option College Scholarship.

The scholarship is aimed at students who both desire to serve

their country and know they want to attend a 4-year university after high
school. The scholarship pays for 100% of the student's tuition for all four
college years. While they're a student, they will be a member of the NROTC
unit on campus and have certain military responsibilities (mostly classes and
workouts, about 10 hours per week). When they graduate, they commission as a
Second Lieutenant in the Marines and begin a 4-year Active Duty service obligation.

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