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Principal's Message

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

North High Students and Parents:

What a great day to be at North High School!   Today marked the completion of our plan to return all grade levels to in-person instruction, as we welcomed our Sophomore and Junior students to campus (freshmen and seniors returned earlier in the month).   Nearly 800 students are now on-campus, participating in live instruction with their teachers.  And additional 1150 remain at home, learning through “simulcasting”.   After nearly 13 months of school closure, it is so amazing to get to see students on-campus, engaging with their friends, and learning from their teachers. 

Athletic programs are also underway, and North’s teams are doing well.   Our student athletes are playing at high levels and winning many of their competitions.  Congratulations goes out to our winter sports teams who just concluded their season!   Though the seasons have been shortened and spectator attendance has been limited, it is nevertheless fantastic to see our athletes at practice and in games, giving their very best and working hard to win! As Muhammad Ali is quoted, “Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.”  This is so true of our Star athletes, and has been evident in their hard work and success each day.

We are excited to look forward to two major events in the very near future:  Graduation for the Class of 2021 and summer school for all remaining students.  For our graduates, we will celebrate your success on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 on our football field at 7:00 PM.  You have truly displayed the “grit” needed for success after high school, having over come so many challenges.  We are very proud of you and look forward to presenting you with your diploma.  For our underclassmen, we are eager to see many of you in summer school.  It will be held through in-person instruction, and will be approximately double the size of a typical summer session.   There is much work to be completed to remediate the learning loss experienced during the pandemic, and we look forward to providing high-quality, in-person instruction to as many as are willing and able to attend this summer.

As we look forward to the start of the 2021-22 school year, current plans call for a full-return to in-person and on-campus instruction.   Our teachers and staff are excited to see all of you again, and we look forward to a full return to campus!  More information will follow as plans become clearer.

A huge thank you goes our to all of our staff, who have worked so hard during these past 13 months to ensure our students are “Prepared to Succeed”.   More than 2,000 home visits have been made,  close to 100,000 pounds of food has been delivered to our families (thank you City Serve and NHS outreach team), and we are seeing success in the classroom each day! Thank you, also, to our amazing students who have overcome the many challenges of learning online.  It hasn’t been easy, but you have done well.   We look forward to continued success.


Mark Balch, Ed.D., Principal