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Principal's Message

Welcome to Summer!  What a great time to be at North High!   On Tuesday, June 8, we were thrilled to see nearly 330 graduates walk across the stage and receive their high school diploma.   This Class of 2021 graduation was a very special one.  Each of our graduates overcame so much during the pandemic, and were able to successfully navigate the challenges of distance learning to successfully earn their diploma.   They have displayed passion and perseverance when facing challenges, and have developed life-long skills such as patience and resiliency.   We are confident that our graduates will do well in the future, and are so very happy to wish them well as they move on from North to some of the top colleges, universities and trade schools in the nation.

Summer school is here!  North High is very pleased to see so many students on campus, doing well.   This year our summer school is running two sessions:  morning (7:30 am – 12:00 pm) and afternoon (12:30 pm – 5:00 pm).   With nearly 800 students enrolled and attending, things are starting to feel much more like normal.   Students have the opportunity to earn up to 20 credits during summer school, and it is fantastic to see so many focused on their academic success.

We are looking forward to the start of the 2021-22 school year.   The first day of school is Wednesday, August 18, 2021.   Students will find that school feels much more “normal”, with nearly 2,250 students on campus and attending 7 periods per day.   While we will continue to adhere to all required COVID protocols and will work hard to maintain a safe environment, we look forward to students going from class to class as our teachers and staff provide high quality instruction.

Freshmen, please plan on attending our Link Crew Freshmen Orientation on Friday, August 13, 2021 in the new gymnasium.   We will have two sessions:   Last Names A-L:   8:00 – 9:30 AM, and Last names M-Z:  10:00 – 11:30 AM.

We look forward to this great event, as our upperclassmen help introduce our freshmen to the amazing facilities, programs and services we have to offer at North.  Included in the events will be an in-depth campus tour where freshmen learn their class schedules, practice opening their lockers, purchase NHS merchandise, and prepare for success on the first day of school.

Parents of Freshmen, we’d love to have you join us in the cafeteria during this time for a Parent Orientation.   Just as with the students, parents will be welcomed to the sessions held by last name:  A-L from 8:00 – 9:00 am, and M-Z from 10:00 – 11:00 am.  We look forward to parents joining us for coffee and donuts as we talk about NHS pathways, extracurricular activities, and opportunities for parent involvement.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Mark Balch