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Nov/Dec Principal's Post

Iron Parents & Guardians,
It's hard to believe that it's already December!  
It is impossible to include all of the great things going on at NCHS in a monthly post home to parents.  However, if you want to keep updated on what's new, please consider liking our Facebook Page and following us on Twitter!  Here, you can see more of the day to day activities that occur within the building.  I would highly encourage you to follow our social media sites in addition to visiting our NCHS Homepage on a regular basis.  

Final Exams
Final Exams will take place on December 19, 20 and 21.  During this time, please refrain from scheduling any appointments for your students as we want to elminiate disruptions for our building during this time.  Our Final Exam Schedule is available so please take a look if you haven't already.  The schedule also includes important information regaridng busing and lunches.  

If a student is absent from an exam, arrangements must be made by the student to reschedule that exam.  Any students who are truant during semester exams will receive a zero(0) for the exam.  The Associate Principal, Mrs. Maurer, will only approve prearranged absences from semester exams under special circumstanes.  If a prearranged abesnece is not approved and a student chooses to be absent, the absence will be treated as truancy.  If a student is sick the day of the exams or becomes ill during an exam, the parent and/or student will need to call/email the student's Assistant Principal to arrange a make up time for the missed exams.  

Important Dates to Remember: 

Winter Orchestra Concert:  12/6/18 
Winter Band Concert:  12/11/18
Late Start: 12/12/18
Winter Choir Concert:  12/13/18
Final Exams:  12/19/18, 12/20/18 & 12/21/18  
Winter Break:  12/24/18 - 1/4/19
Teacher Institute Day:  1/7/19 (No School)
Late Start:  1/16/19
Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday:  1/21/19 (No School)
Late Start:  1/30/19
State Farm Internship Lunch:  1/30/19 (Details in Counseling Office)

Looking for a Playhouse?
Look no further!  NCHS Civil Engineering and Architecture class built a 6'x8' Playhouse that will be raffled off on May 3rd. Raffle tickets are $20 each and can be purchased from Mr. Keller, Mr. Emberson, Mr. Whitman or any CEA Student. 1st Prize: Playhouse, 2nd Prize: $200, 3rd Prize: $100. The Playhouse can be viewed any time outside the front doors of NCHS. Questions can be directed to: or

Greeter Station Reminder
Please remember that no special occasion deliveries will be accepted such as flowers, food or balloons.  Delivery of outside food products during the school day is not permitted.  With the volume of folks coming in and out of our building on a given day, we need to focus our efforts on keeping close track of the people and not the items that need special delivery.  Thank you so much for your help with this!

Generation Connect

This year, some NCHS students started a new club called Generation Connect. This club's purpose is to connect with senior residents at The Villas Of Holly Brook and provide for positive social interactions with our students! They recently visited and played games, made crafts and visited with residents. For the next visit, they will be making holiday cards and then having a movie night for the month of December.

Club Members: Meg Moser, Kate Moser, James Broach, Ryan Broach, Isha Patel, Dhruv Rebba, Kyle Kepple, Natalia Rojas, Brenna Schwamberger, Emily Vogel, Payton Smith, Kacie Myers, Layla Wiedman & Karleigh Creasey.

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CyberPatriot Competition
A group of talented students competed in the first round of CyberPatriot in November. We had respectable scores from all four teams who competed!

What is CyberPatriot? CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.‚Äč

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A message from Mr. Richard Percy, a 1965 graduate of NCHS:

My name is Richard B Percy, a 1965 graduate of NCHS, and I would like to take this opportunity to praise Mrs. Liz Harris, her students, her agriculture program and NCHS. I have many family members buried at the White Oak Carlock “Democrat” Cemetery. This cemetery like many small, rural cemeteries has depleted funds and it is very difficult for them to maintain the grounds without volunteers and community support. Since the job of cleaning up the cemetery was too great for my family and the association staff to do by ourselves, I contacted Mrs. Harris to ask her if she and her students would be willing to assist us with our endeavor. Liz was extremely happy for the opportunity to help us. We had to cancel our original October 8 date when rain forced us to re-schedule work for October 19th. Eighteen students joined Liz and her grandparents to assist my eight family members and the association’s volunteer to remove trash, weed around headstones, remove bushes and saplings, remove overgrown flower beds and cut limbs on the border of the property. It was nice to have 18 young men and women to help us rack trash and especially carry limbs to the burn pits. These students and Mrs. Harris not only helped with a wonderful community project, but they gave up their free time on non-attendance days to help us.

I am a proud graduate of NCHS and the agriculture program, but these students were a breath of fresh air in a sometimes dreary world. They worked hard, smiled while working hard all day and really seemed to enjoy what they accomplished at the end of the project. My hat goes off to NCHS, Mrs. Harris, her grand-parents and the students who assisted in the clean-up of the cemetery grounds.

Students who attended: Bobby Bicknell, Courtney Boring, Mollie Brothers, Alyssa Churchey, Branden Donnell, Paige Kalaher, Kennedy Keim, Maddie Kraft, Emily Krawyck, Georgia Merkle, Gwenyth Parks, Addyson Peasley, Amanda Quigley, Anika Quinn, Jose Serna, Jordan Viles, Lexi Whalen, and Reed Wilson.

Grand-Parents: Roger and Pearl Harfst
Teacher: Mrs. Liz Harris

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Technology Education Association of IL 
Congratulations to Mr. Brock Keller for being named the Technology Education New Teacher of the Year Award winner!

The Technology Education Association of IL (TEAI) has the purpose of acknowledging an outstanding new teacher who is providing his or her students the most current curriculum available and staying professionally active so personal growth continues. Eligible teachers must have no more than 5 years of teaching experience to be considered for this award. Mr. Keller is an excellent teacher and we're proud of him and all the members of our Technology Department! 


Journalism Competition 

Congrats to Evie Snoeyink, Kim Halm, and Abby Kimball for being named Honorable Mentions in the Write Off competition of the National High School Journalism Convention on Nov. 4 in Chicago.  While this was their first ever convention as a program, they competed against nationally recognized journalism programs and placed amongst them. This places these three students amongst the best student journalists in the nation! Congratulations!


NCHS Alumni Foundation Awards

Congratulations to NCHS teacher Mr. Dana Starkey and former NCHS teacher Fred Walk! They were recently awarded the Excellence in Education and Service to NCHS awards, respectively.  Both were recognized at the NCHS Alumni Foundation banquet last night at Illinois Wesleyan. We are certainly proud of both of them! (Mr. Walk was Mr. Starkey's teacher at NCHS!) 

Dana & Fred
      Mr. Dana Starkey (left) & Mr. Fred Walk (right)