Principal's Post (10/3/18)
Fall is finally here! We are busy as ever at NCHS and have much to celebrate and be thankful for. Our Fall athletic teams are doing well and many of our extra curricular activities have begun and happy to report large turn outs.
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Please see below for some highlights from the last several weeks here at NCHS. We appreciate your continued partnership!
Parent / Teacher Conferences
Parent/Teacher conference sign ups are open and ready. You should have already received some email correspondance regarding this through Skyward. P/T conferences will be on Friday, October 19th from 8:00 - 4:00 pm in the cafeteria. Scheduling is first come, first served, so please make your appointments as soon as possible if you feel there is a need to meet. Conferences are an excellent time to speak with your child’s teachers. However, due to the number of students that each teacher works with on a daily basis, it is impossible for every teacher to meet with every family. Please do not feel obligated to sign up and meet with all of your child’s teachers if you don’t feel it is necessary. Parents can also contact the teachers to receive progress updates through email or a phone conference in place of a face-to-face meeting on the 19th. We encourage parents to use this option if their child is succeeding in class and there are no pressing concerns.
Online ticket sales for the Homecoming Dance have been extended until Friday, October 5th at midnight. Please note that the deadline for date request forms has passed. Students should only buy a ticket for an outside guest if they have already gotten approval for a completed date request form.
Tickets can be purchased using the folloing link online.
For all things Homecoming related, please click HERE!
If you know your child is going to be absent from school, or if you need to call them out during the school day, please consider the following:
1. We have streamlined the process for calling our building. When you call our main line at 557-4401, you'll get an automated message so that you can select who can best assist you. The very first option is the attendance line.
2. If you would rather call the attendance line directly, the number is 309-557-4450.
3. Please understand that if you do not call the attendance line first and simply show up, you may wait 15-20 minutes before your child is ready. This occurs because many times students are in PE clothes, in the pool, in a driver's education vehicle, in a science lab, getting tutoring in an alternative location or part of a blended class where they may or may not be meeting in their classroom. It may take time for us to send a student runner to find them and for your student to put materials away and come down to the office for pick up.
4. Please consider your child's schedule and what might make sense for an appointment, if possible. As mentioned above, if you know that you must make an appointment during the school day, please call the attendance line ahead of time so that we can get a pass to your student well in advance. This way they can be prepared for your arrival and you don't even have to come in the building! Our attendance line is cleared of calls every 30 minutes.
5. Perhaps most importantly, if your child texts or calls you and mentions that he or she is ill and needs to go home, please tell them to seek out the nurse. Often times, we have students who show up ready to leave and we aren't sure if they have permission to leave, or if they are too ill to drive themselves, etc. The worry is that we may have a student who is ill and needs assistance in the building that we don't know about unless they see the nurse first.
Thank you all for your partnership in making NCHS a great place to learn and teach. We appreciate your help in helping to make our processes and procedures as seamless as possible.
PS- Please see our attendance procedures in more detail.
The council will research and present to the State Board on topics affecting students’ success in Illinois. The students’ interests and the agency’s priorities and needs over the course of the year will drive the council’s research topics. Additionally, the council will continue to develop the Student Voices microsite, launched by the 2017-18 Student Advisory Council this past spring. The Student Voices site provides space for students to ask and answer questions and access resources about preparing for college and career.
Christiana Wang, NCHS Senior
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IRTF GRANT WINNER
The Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation (IRTAF) awards nearly $36,500 in grant money to several public school educators (Pre-K through 12) statewide. IRTAF is affiliated with the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, a lobbying group for retired educators, with a current membership of over 38,000. On September 13, 2018, Kate O'Donnell was awarded his/her IRTAF grant check. Below, you will find more information on the winner, along with his/her school, the amount of the award, IRTA Area, and a summarized paragraph of the project in the winner’s own words.
Kate O'Donnell, Normal Community High School, Normal ($700.00)
"As our department is transitioning to foreign language acquisition through Comprehensible Input, this grant will provide funding for classroom novels, teacher guides, and student-friendly current events to help the students begin to read and understand a second language and connect with the world around them." Congratulations to Mrs. O'Donnell!