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MISSION & VISION
MissionNKC 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.
A learning community where we appreciate and foster civility and success for all.
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& New Content is marked with a ✨
🐝Hornet Herald - School Shoutouts ✨
🐝 Save the Date: Upcoming Events ✨
🐝 For Your Information ✨
🐝 School Updates ✨
🐝 Senior Scoop ✨
🐝 Activities and Athletics
🐝 Counseling Corner
🐝 Your Admin Team - who to contact
🐝 Follow Us Online
HORNET HERALD : Let's Shout-Out some of our AMAZING Hornets!
✨ 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 – Gold
Eliza Cockrell, cello – Gold
Eliza Cockrell and Lauryn McCann, cello duet – Gold
Anneka Johnson, violin – Gold
Sarah Ward, bass - Gold
John Brown, violin – Silver
Irene Taboada, violin – Silver
Stephen Kwon, viola – Silver
Adele Merchant, cello - Silver
Yingdan Zhang, piano – Silver
Alen Kovac and Hector Carreon, violin duet - Silver
Yul Schneider, piano – Bronze
Please join me in congratulating these students on their hard work and achievements! Thank you for your continued support.
✨ 2022 Poetry Slam
✨ KC Current
- Mrs. Epperson
But wait....there's more!!! (open the PDF below)
for Direction of A Street Car Named Desire.
for supporting actor in A Streetcar Named Desire.
for Lead Actress in The Wiz.
SAVE THE DATE: UPCOMING EVENTS
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
It’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!
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 email@example.com.
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. It’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 – Go
Financial Aid Advisor : Jeff Vincent
Phone : 816-604-3345
Email : Jeff.Vincent@mcckc.edu
Financial Aid Advisor : Stacye Williams
Phone : 816-604-3039
Email : Stacye.Williams@mcckc.edu
P – 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.
2nd Annual NKC Hornets Golf Tournament!
For your information...
✨ 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!
✨ 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.
✨ AutoCAD Internship and more
Market Development Intern Location: Kansas City, MO Reports to: Director of Sales Part-Time or Full Time #makemoney #techsales #makeitrain #opportunitytoadvance #startupexperience #thefutureisinclusive Summary: The Market…
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.
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 they’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 “pain pill” 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. Here’s what you can do:
Emphasize to your kids to never take a pill from anyone or anywhere that isn’t prescribed to them by a doctor and out of its original container. Too many teens have the false perception that “medicine is safe, medicine can’t hurt me.” Let your kids know the dangers. Say something like this: “You have to assume that any pill that isn’t prescribed to you and in the original container could be fake, and very possibly deadly. NO RANDOM PILLS!” and “Never take any prescription pill unless it is prescribed to you by a doctor. Never share pills with anyone else.”
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 “no.” 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.
Here’s some other resources that might be helpful too:
Learn how to Parent Up to help prevent any substance use in your kids.
Song for Charlie has great Real Talk videos for youth.
Visit this page: Buying Drugs Online – What You Should Know & How to Protect Your Kids.
✨ Free Meal Program Ends May 27 – 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.
AP, IB, PLTW, Participation/Exam Distinction Points
"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
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 😁. From now until 2/28, you can get 20% off your order of $80 or more using code : FEB22.
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 library’s collection?
If so, please fill out this form for consideration of your recommendation:
Thank you for encouraging and sharing the love of reading!”
Food and Nutrition Services
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
CLICK below for the Northtown Senior Bulletin!
This section covers the next 30 days leading to your graduation on 🎓May 18th, 2022🎓
- 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 - 🎓GRADUATION🎓
Please see the senior Countdown to Graduation Calendar below for more!
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 Community Service Hours - REDUCED
Still Needing to Order Your Cap and Gown for Graduation?
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.)
SAVE THE DATE: Graduation - NKCHS Class of 2022
ALL ABOUT ACTIVITIES & ATHLETICS
Please see the link below for all activities and athletic events!
Summer Internship Application
Become a Canvas Parent Observer
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:
- Ms. Copas firstname.lastname@example.org 321-6887 (9th grade Health and Wellness pathway)
Last names D-K:
- Ms. Olvera Amanda.email@example.com 413-3782 (9th grade Human Services pathway)
Last names L-P:
- Ms. Washington firstname.lastname@example.org 321-5791 (9th grade Business, Leadership and Entrepreneurship pathway)
Last names Q-Z:
- Ms. Deister email@example.com 321-4461 (9th grade Design, Innovation, and Technology pathway)
Northtown Admin Team!
Dr. Drew WhiteAssistant: Mrs. Jada Taylor 816-321-6675
Mr. David Garrison
Coach Leon Douglas
Counselor: Ms. Shelli Copas
Assistant: Mrs. Joanne Schwartz 816-321-6956
Dr. Hawar Khalandi
Counselor: Ms. Amanda Olvera
Assistant: Mrs. Jenny Moore 816-321-5767
Asst. to the Principal
Mrs. Cassie Fogel
Counselor: Mrs. Michelle Washington
Assistant: Mrs. Tara Holmes 816-321-4974
Mr. Theo Fundermann
Counselor: Mrs. Maria Deister
Assistant: Mrs. Jeaneen Colston 816-321-4365
- Freshman: Human Services
- Soph - Seniors: Last Names D-K
Counselor: Ms. Amanda Olvera
Assistant: Mrs. Jenny Moore 816-321-5767
Asst. to the Principal
- Freshman: Business, Leadership, & Entrepreneurship
- Soph - Seniors: Last Names L-P
Counselor: Mrs. Michelle Washington
Assistant: Mrs. Tara Holmes 816-321-4974
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