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MISSION & VISION

Mission

NKC HS will establish a supportive learning community, which fosters creativity and curiosity and promotes critical thinking. NKC HS will create a challenging learning environment which encourages effective communication and compassion and that develops positive contributors to our global community.


Vision

A learning community where we appreciate and foster civility and success for all.

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THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS :

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MAY:

2nd - 20th - IB Testing

23rd - 26th - Underclassmen Finals

25th - Pathway Hype Day

8th Grade Activities Night

26th - Underclassmen Mac Collection

27th - 1/2 Day of School

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Sunday Announcements

Please see the attachment below for this week's Sunday Announcements. Make it a great week!

Section Synopsis

Each Section is divided by the Swarm (๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ)

& New Content is marked with a โœจ


๐ŸHornet Herald - School Shoutouts โœจ

๐Ÿ Save the Date: Upcoming Events โœจ

๐Ÿ For Your Information โœจ

๐Ÿ School Updates โœจ

๐Ÿ Senior Scoop โœจ

๐Ÿ Activities and Athletics

๐Ÿ Counseling Corner

๐Ÿ Calendars

๐Ÿ Your Admin Team - who to contact

๐Ÿ Follow Us Online

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HORNET HERALD : Let's Shout-Out some of our AMAZING Hornets!

โœจ Orchestra Celebrations

On Thursday, April 28th, 13 Orchestra students traveled to State Solo/Ensemble Festival in Columbia. Our students earned the following awards:


Laura Hoesly, cello โ€“ Gold

Eliza Cockrell, cello โ€“ Gold

Eliza Cockrell and Lauryn McCann, cello duet โ€“ Gold

Anneka Johnson, violin โ€“ Gold

Sarah Ward, bass - Gold

John Brown, violin โ€“ Silver

Irene Taboada, violin โ€“ Silver

Stephen Kwon, viola โ€“ Silver

Adele Merchant, cello - Silver

Yingdan Zhang, piano โ€“ Silver

Alen Kovac and Hector Carreon, violin duet - Silver

Yul Schneider, piano โ€“ Bronze


Please join me in congratulating these students on their hard work and achievements! Thank you for your continued support.

โœจ 2022 Poetry Slam

Please congratulate the winners of this yearโ€™s Northtown Poetry Slam

โœจ KC Current

Wednesday May 4th, some NKC band students joined me in playing with Surface Tension, the KC Current drumline, at their semifinal match at Childrens Mercy Park. It was a lot of fun and they played really well. There was a lot of cameras in their faces all night and they were classy, professional, and just fun to be around. Madison Spahn, Trevor Beshears, Luke Casebolt, Nick Yugmang, William Kweh, and Riley Lewis were great representatives of Northtown and NKC Band.


- Mrs. Epperson


But wait....there's more!!! (open the PDF below)

โœจ Cappies

We just received the nominations for Cappies this year. The Cappies evaluates musicals and plays from a group of critics comprised of students from the schools that have selected to be a part of the organization. This is our first real attempt at the Cappies and I am happy to announce some nominations

-Mr. Jackson

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SAVE THE DATE: UPCOMING EVENTS

โœจ YEARBOOKS!!

Senior Yearbooks will be handed out on Tuesday May 10th at the Senior Decision Day festival. If you did not pre-order a yearbook, limited extras will be available for $80 cash only at the event.


Underclassmen yearbooks can be picked up on Wednesday May 11th during 3rd block in the cafeteria.

CTEC Car Show

On Saturday, May 21st, 2022 CTEC will be hosting their 4th annual car show at CTEC from 10am-3pm.

Itโ€™s a free event held in our parking lot.


Feel free to stop by to see all of the amazing show and discover if this is a Great Fit for your student!

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Driver's Education

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Paid Summer Opportunities for Students

In partnership with Pro X and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, KC Scholars is helping to recruit students for an amazing summer opportunity. Below is one of two job offerings that you can share with your students for this summer. The second announcement will be forthcoming. Should you or your students have questions about this summer experience, please email Diona Webb at diona@proxsummer.org.


We seek young people who are ready to step into leadership roles, are eager to develop their professional communication skills and are passionate about tackling real problems. Itโ€™s time to connect young people to this great opportunity. We invite you to nominate 3 or more students in your network.


There are MAJOR PERKS to this program!

Through the Pro X Summer Experience students will:

  • Receive $500 in stipend for this special role
  • Assist in finding candidates for the summer program
  • Lead their peers throughout a summer internship experience
  • Connect with real industry clients to offer valuable solutions
  • Work with their peers in a group setting to create an impact
  • Fine-tune their power skills such as time management, cooperative problem-solving and critical thinking
  • Build meaningful relationships with people across the Kansas City region
  • Present their solutions in pitch form to a real audience
  • Student teams will have a shot to earn up to $7,000 for their concept!
  • Students will have the opportunity to win various prizes throughout the program (gift cards, concert tickets, etc.)

Here is the link for students to apply: https://forms.gle/2ToZAWFfVxJ3WAob9

FAFSA COMPLETION HELP AT MCC

To set up a one-on-one appointment for FAFSA help at a time not listed, you are encouraged to reach out to one of our financial aid advisors. We divide our students up by alphabet in order to try to have a consistent contact person for current and future students. Here are the Maple Woods advisors and contact information:


A โ€“ Go

Financial Aid Advisor : Jeff Vincent

Phone : 816-604-3345

Email : Jeff.Vincent@mcckc.edu


Gr-O

Financial Aid Advisor : Stacye Williams

Phone : 816-604-3039

Email : Stacye.Williams@mcckc.edu


P โ€“ Z

Financial Aid Advisor : Ali Summers

Phone : 816-604-3069

Email : Ali.Summers@mcckc.edu


We look forward to working with your students during another FAFSA season! Please feel free to reach out if you have questions or need assistance.

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2nd Annual NKC Hornets Golf Tournament!

It's time to sign up for the 2nd Annual NKC Hornets Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held at Shoal Creek Golf course on Thursday, June 16th. The tournament is sponsored by the NKC Hornet Hive Booster Club and the NKC Alumni Association. Sign up at bit.ly/nkcgolf
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For your information...

โœจ National Association of Women in Construction - Camp NAWIC

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) partners with members of the Kansas City construction industry to offer high school age girls an opportunity to learn in a hands-on FREE summer day camp the basic skills of carpentry, electrical, welding. Camp activities also include a field trip, tool demonstrations, and much more!

Journey level tradeswomen will lead the girls with instructors at various locations in safety, carpentry, concrete, painting, plumbing, electrical and welding skills during this free camp. By the end of this week, Campers will have several projects to take home with them and show off the skills they learned. We've got lots of pictures to share, so click through them or let the slideshow at the bottom of this page run on its own!

โœจ High School Boys - Mechanical Trades Construction Camp

In addition to Camp NAWIC

I wanted to share an opportunity with you for High School boys to attend a one-day camp on July 13th for Mechanical Trades. A short summary is below, as is the link to register.


Mechanical Contractors Association of Kansas City (MCAKC) in partnership with Plumbers Local 8 and Pipe Fitters Local 533 are joining together to start a camp for high school aged young men to get introduced in the mechanical trades. Participants will spend the day learning from mechanical industry professionals with hands on experiences.


Construction Trades Camp (mcakc.org)

World of Fun is Hiring

Worlds of Fun is hiring for all positions for the 2022 season. Positions range from $14-$16/hr. for applicants 16 years and up! Strap in for a Ride of a Lifetime! A flyer is attached with full details.

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Deadly Pills in the Northland: Parents and Guardians, NOW is the time to take action!

Law enforcement from the Platte County Drug Task Force is warning of the very dangerous counterfeit pills containing fentanyl that are circulating and causing overdoses among teens and young adults in the KC Northland. These are the same pills that the Kansas City Police Department warned of last spring and the DEA warned of this fall. These teeny-tiny pills look harmless, but theyโ€™re far from it. They are here--in our Northland counties, neighborhoods, and around our schools. DEA lab tests reveal that 2 out of every 5 pills with fentanyl contain a potentially lethal dose. Something so small has the potential to cause so much damage.

The reasons teens might come across or seek out these pills are very real. Some teens seek help for sleep or to help take the edge off. Some think they will perform better in athletics or school. Some seek pills for thrill and are willing to take the risk. If kids are not warned, they may think these fake pills are the solution. Many of these deadly counterfeit pills are being sold over Snapchat and other apps popular with teens and many report buying them from friends or acquaintances. To teens these are seemingly harmless transactions for a โ€œpain pillโ€ or something they believe to be Oxycodone, Percocet, Xanax or Adderall. But they could lead, and have led, to unimaginably tragic consequences when they are laced with fentanyl.

As caring adults, parents, and guardians, it falls to us to let our teens know the very real dangers of misusing prescription pills. Hereโ€™s what you can do:

  • Emphasize to your kids to never take a pill from anyone or anywhere that isnโ€™t prescribed to them by a doctor and out of its original container. Too many teens have the false perception that โ€œmedicine is safe, medicine canโ€™t hurt me.โ€ Let your kids know the dangers. Say something like this: โ€œYou have to assume that any pill that isnโ€™t prescribed to you and in the original container could be fake, and very possibly deadly. NO RANDOM PILLS!โ€ and โ€œNever take any prescription pill unless it is prescribed to you by a doctor. Never share pills with anyone else.โ€

  • Let teens know you will help them if they are seeking relief from feelings of anxiety or depression. Discuss the steps to legally and safely obtain appropriate medications from a doctor, if needed.

  • Assure your child that their mental wellbeing is a priority and then make a plan to get help together. The reasons kids turn to pills (i.e. feelings of depression, anxiety, boredom, restlessness, etc.) are very real. They need to hear from caring adults that they have options for relief other than taking matters into their own hands.

  • Practice scenarios and talk through what to say if the teen is offered something. These roleplays let the child know you support them and help give them confidence if a situation arises where they need to say โ€œno.โ€ You can also work with your teen to come up with a code word to text you if they feel like they need your help to get out of an unsafe situation.

Hereโ€™s some other resources that might be helpful too:

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SCHOOL UPDATES

โœจ Free Meal Program Ends May 27 โ€“ Apply Now

The federal waiver and funding that allowed us to provide free meals for all students is ending on the last day of school. After Friday, May 27, NKC Schools will no longer be able to offer free meals for all.


Beginning in June, students not participating in the free and reduced program will be required to begin paying for meals again. Students already approved for free and reduced meals for 2021-22 will be automatically approved for free meals in summer school and into the first 30 days of next school year, 2022-23. A new application must be completed each year. Those who have not yet applied are encouraged to do so.


The free and reduced meals program offers many benefits beyond nutrition for participating families, including fee waivers, activity scholarships and school supplies. We encourage all families to take advantage of this option if eligible.

No More Late Start

Last Thursday, April 28th, was the last Late Start for this school year.


The remainder of the year will be full-time hours of 7:43am - 2:40pm.

AP, IB, PLTW, Participation/Exam Distinction Points

The previous two years sitting for the exam was optional for students and they were awarded the distinction point without sitting for the exam. For students this year we will be moving back to our previous practice which is shared below and directly from the CPEG.


"All courses that are externally assessed by a nationally or internationally-recognized program (i.e., AP, IB, PLTW, and/or TSAs) will be worth a 1.0 weighted addition if a student completes the course and sits for the exam, will earn a .5 weighted addition to their GPA. Dual credit courses are also worth a 1.0 weighted addition."

Northtown Gear - We've Got SPIRIT

Have you been looking for the perfect place to find all things Northtown?


Are you and your family wanting some Northtown SWAG, but you can't seem to find the design that you ALL want?


Are you in for a treat!

Click the picture below to design any Northtown Item : Clothes, Accessories, Signs and Decals. You get to pick the design that you love, change the colors, and place that design on the item you are wanting - what could be better?!?


Well - 20% off could sweeten this deal a little more ๐Ÿ˜. From now until 2/28, you can get 20% off your order of $80 or more using code : FEB22.


Happy Shopping!

Transportation Update

Versatrans My Stop App allows parents to track their student students' bus location and arrival times as well as receive notifications on delays or other pertinent information. It is an application that can be downloaded from the Apple or Android Store on your mobile device.

For a handout with directions have your student stop in the Main office and see Mrs. Schwartz or you can find more information on www.tylertech.com

FROM THE LIBRARY

Parents, do you have a book title that you would like to see in our high school libraryโ€™s collection?


If so, please fill out this form for consideration of your recommendation:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc597qx_1ukUGxOz3vDeVAwoJKrR1vCkHw7QUsVZyoC5sh7nA/viewform?usp=sf_link


Thank you for encouraging and sharing the love of reading!โ€

Food and Nutrition Services

The waiver which allowed NKC Schools to provide free meals for all students last year has been extended through the entire 2021-2022 school year! Breakfast and lunch will continue to be provided free of charge at all of our buildings.

Families are still strongly encouraged to apply for the free/reduced-price meals program. This ensures discounts on a variety of other programs, including testing, activity fees, and more! Apply online here.

Daily Bell Schedule

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SENIOR SCOOP

CLICK below for the Northtown Senior Bulletin!

Need to know what's next for your Senior?


This section covers the next 30 days leading to your graduation on ๐ŸŽ“May 18th, 2022๐ŸŽ“

  • 4/29-5/20 - IB Testing
  • 5/6-12 - Finals
  • 5/10 - Senior Checkout, Senior Parade, & Decision Day
  • 5/12 - Senior MacBook Collection & Senior Last Day
  • 5/15 - Senior Honors Ceremony
  • 5/17 - MANDATORY Senior Breakfast & MANDATORY Graduation Rehearsal
  • 5/18 - ๐ŸŽ“GRADUATION๐ŸŽ“


Please see the senior Countdown to Graduation Calendar below for more!


If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mrs. Wano (tabatha.wano@nkcschools.org) or Mrs. Taylor (jada.taylor@nkcschools.org)

Senior Calendar

Current Senior Calendar (up-to-date + Live updates)

โœจ YEARBOOKS!!

Senior Yearbooks will be handed out on Tuesday May 10th at the Senior Decision Day festival. If you did not pre-order a yearbook, limited extras will be available for $80 cash only at the event.

Community Service and A+

Seniors need to turn in 10 hours of community service. If they are not sure if they have them please come see Ms. Byers


A+ seniors need to turn in their 50 hours of tutoring if they are not sure please come see Ms. Byers.

Senior Finals Schedule

Due to conflicts with transportation, we have had to adjust our senior finals schedule. During senior finals, we will operate on our normal bell schedule. Finals may happen during the blocks listed next to the dates below. This schedule will ensure our students do not have more than 2 finals per day.


Please note that decision day AND senior check-out have been moved from May 12th to May 10th.


Friday, May 6th: 1B & 3B

Monday, May 9th: 1A & 3A

Tuesday, May 10th: Senior Checkout, Senior Parade, Decision Day

Wednesday, May 11th: 2A & 4A

Thursday, May 12th: 2B & 4B & Seniors Last Day

Senior Honors Ceremony

All seniors and their parents/guardians are invited to attend our Senior Honors Program on May 15th at 2:00 PM in the NKCHS auditorium.

Local scholarships will be presented, along with graduation regalia.


We hope to see you there!

Senior Community Service Hours - REDUCED

Our Seniors have been able to make more connections with the community and find opportunities for community service they have still had two years that were restricted. With that in mind, we have worked together to reduce the Community Service hours requirements to 10 hours. If you have students who need support in obtaining their hours please have them see Jesse Byers in the main office.

Still Needing to Order Your Cap and Gown for Graduation?

Did you miss the Jostens rep and do you still need to get your Cap & Gown order placed?


You can still get online at https://union.thegraduationcenter.com/home?school_id=25 to place your order. Once you submit the order online, it goes directly to Jostens immediately.


If you have any questions about your order or placing an order, you can reach Jostens at 816-523-4900.


Jostens will only be able to assist with Graduation Cap/Gown orders, Class Ring orders, or 2022 gear (Hoodies, Shirts, etc.)

If you have any specific questions about Graduation or school events leading up to graduation, please contact Mrs. Wano (tabatha.wano@nkcschools.org) or Mrs. Taylor (jada.taylor@nkcschools.org).

SAVE THE DATE: Graduation - NKCHS Class of 2022

The commencement ceremony for the North Kansas City High School Class of 2022 will be held at Hy-Vee arena at 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 18th!
Hy-Vee Arena

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ALL ABOUT ACTIVITIES & ATHLETICS

Please see the link below for all activities and athletic events!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mrs. Washington (amber.washington@nkcschools.org)

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COUNSELING CORNER

Summer Internship Application

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Become a Canvas Parent Observer

Become a Parent Observer for your Child's Course in Canvas

Attention Northtown class of 2024, 2023, and 2022:

Please be advised your counselor may have changed this year.

We want to serve everyone in the best way possible, so please direct your questions and concerns to your counselor listed below:


Last names A-C:



Last names D-K:



Last names L-P:



Last names Q-Z:


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Calendars

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Northtown Admin Team!

Contacting Northtown

You may have noticed a new recording when you call Northtown at 816-321-5310.


This operating system allows you to go directly to the person you are trying to reach.

Below is the call options in that system. This is just a quick reference for you :


1 : Press 1 for the Student Relations department (Attendance, Counseling, Administration)

In This message please select from the following :

  • Press 1 if your students Last Name begins with the letters A-C
  • Press 2 if your students Last Name begins with the letters D-K
  • Press 3 if your students Last Name begins with the letters L-P
  • Press 4 if your students Last Name begins with the Letters Q-Z

2 : Press 2 for the School Nurse

3 : Press 3 for the Registrar

4 : Press 4 for the IB Department

5 : Press 5 for the Technology Department

6 : Press 6 for the Activities and Athletic Department

7 : Press 7 for the Fees and Obligations Department

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