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Principal's Message

Welcome to the 2016 Summer, Stars!

Prepared to Succeed. This is our goal. We want every student who walks the halls of North to leave prepared to succeed for life after high school, whether it is in college or in a career.

We are excited to see 800+ students enrolled in the six weeks of summer school. The campus is alive with energy as students continue their studies. Grades from the second semester of the 2015-16 school year are being posted soon. If you believe you are in need of a second semester summer school class, and are not already enrolled in summer school, please come to the NHS Cafeteria at 7:15 AM on Monday, June 27, 2016. We expect to have space in most courses.

As you can easily see by driving past North, construction is well-underway in many parts of our campus. There are many new improvements to our buildings and facilities. Some upgrades you can expect to see in the upcoming months include:

-Completion of the new administration building, entrance at the front of campus, and fencing. Framing has been completed, and we expect to be in the new offices by January, 2017.

-Completion of a new gymnasium on the north end of campus. This will be the largest, nicest gymnasium in the Kern High School District. We expect to be playing basketball in the new gym by November, 2017.

-New parking lots will be installed, along with solar panels for energy conservation. The Red and Grey are going green! Portions of this work may continue through December, 2016.

-A new bus loading zone is being built off of Stockton Avenue. Using Galaxy Avenue to drive past the front of the school is no longer an option. Parking lots will now be accessed from China Grade Loop.

We are also thrilled to announce some enhancements to course offerings.

-Aviation is coming to North High School. We have hired an aviation instructor, Mrs. Lewis, and are purchasing flight simulators. This first year will focus on an introduction to aviation, the completion of “ground school” and preparation to pass the written exam for pilots.

-Our Agriculture program is expanding. Ms. Sears has been hired as our third Ag teacher, making our program one of the largest and best in the district. North’s Ag department was recently recognized as a Gold Standard program, meaning it is in the top 10% of all programs, statewide.

-Project Lead the Way continues to develop students for future careers as engineers. Our first four-year class just graduated, and nearly 20 Stars announced their intentions to pursue collegiate studies to become engineers. We are now working closely with a company out of Alaska to explore the use of drones with Project Lead the Way, as we want to be on the cutting edge of technology and make sure our students are fully prepared to succeed in life after high school.

-Our Graphic Arts program is expanding. We are fortunate to have an industry expert in graphic arts, printing and t-shirt making joining our staff. He comes to us with more than 30 years of experience, including directing art departments at some of the largest companies in the nation.

-Our Stars on Point initiative is in full development. When students return to campus they can expect to see signs, banners, and posters throughout campus highlighting the traits we want to see in every Star student: Success, Trust, Ambition, Respect and Spirt (S.T.A.R.S.).

We are looking forward to the 2016-17 school year and are working hard to make sure North High School is the best school in town! School resumes Wednesday, August 17, 2016. Enjoy your summer, and please know how eager we are to see you in August!

Mark Balch

Principal