Things started off great as our Link Crew student leaders helped welcome the class of 2023 to our campus. Many teachers have commented that our freshman class, over 550 in number, is respectful, hard-working, and off to a great start. Our student body now numbers over 1960 students, and we are so honored to serve these outstanding scholars.
On August 30, North was honored by the California PBIS coalition to have achieved GOLD status. This high honor recognizes the positive environment established on campus, the strong intervention supports in place to assist students, and a significant reduction in suspensions and expulsions. Great work Stars!
Our academic programs are running strong. Students have completed their Star Renaissance reading and math assessments. We are offering a wide variety of dual-enrollment courses for college credit, including English 12. Our graduation rate has increased by eight percent! Our focus on literacy is going well, as all English, science and social studies are providing instruction and practice in close reading.
Our Career Technical Education classes and art and music programs are also running strong. Our woodshop program will soon travel to Pasadena to build bunk beds for charity. Our Aerospace program has opened an after school ROC course, welcoming students from schools throughout the KHSD. Our art students just received reports back from Syria that their Memory Project portraits were loved by refugee children. T-shirt orders are being received by our business students, and our graphic arts and fashion production students are hard at work to fill the orders. North's students are truly being Prepared to Succeed!
Our athletes are also off to a great start, with key wins at all levels. Please come out to support our football, volleyball, cross country and tennis teams. Friday night's under the lights are a great time to cheer our varsity football team to more wins!
Great things are happening at North High! We are so proud of all of our Stars and look forward to making 2019-20 the best year ever!
Mark Balch, Principal