It’s hard to believe we are just a few short weeks from the arrival of spring! I’m more than happy to put my shovel and winter gear away! We have been busy at NPHS with testing, student activities, and scheduling for next year. We completed the ISTEP+ Part One, and a huge shout out goes to the staff and students for creating a positive testing environment for all. ISTEP+ Part Two will take place April 17-20. Students who did not test were given an opportunity to speak to NPHS alumni about life beyond high school. Also, we had a powerful activity and discussion on bullying and how to make NPHS a safer place for all.
Many of you may have noticed the NPHS Good News in your email inbox. We will be sending this weekly to all parents and our local media. It’s a great way to highlight all the great things that go on every day at NPHS.
As you are aware, school threats and unsettling social media posts have become a daily reality. We take every statement and/or post seriously and immediately engage our Student Resource Officer in the investigation. We have engaged our students and staff in many discussions, practice drills, and frank conversations throughout the year. Our students approach us with ideas, questions, and suggestions to make our school safer. Many students have communicated that they feel better and more empowered that we practice monthly and have conversations in all of our classrooms about how to remain safe. On March 12, 2018, at 7:00 pm (CST), our district is having a school safety board work session at the middle school LGI room to publicly discuss additional steps that are being considered to enhance our district and building safety plan.
Another opportunity for our parents to keep our students safe from substance abuse is being offered for all LaPorte County Schools on March 20, 2018, at 6:30 pm (CST) at the LaPorte Civic to hear national expert Jermaine Galloway sharing proactive identification of substance abuse in his program called “High in Plain Sight.” This is a free program.
A reminder to seniors: You must be passing ALL graduation required courses on May 23, 2018, to participate in our graduation ceremony on June 3, 2018. If a senior failed a graduation required course first semester, he/she was enrolled in the class again during 2nd semester. Some seniors have PLATO class requirements that must be completed as well. It is very important that our seniors take advantage of in-school and out-of-school time to complete these requirements. We do not want them to miss out on our graduation ceremony. Seniors who have PLATO class requirements and are not progressing will be invited to after-school work sessions to complete the requirement(s). Please don’t wait until it’s too late!
Summer School information is available for all students. This is an excellent opportunity to make up credits to stay on track to graduate. Summer School will run from May 30th until June 14th from 7:30-11:30 am (CST). The Summer School course offering and sign up sheet is available on our website and in our offices. Please contact the office if you have any questions.
On March 27th, we will be having a Career Day for our students. Students will be selecting three career interests and attend a session provided by someone working in the field. This is another opportunity for our students to explore a career path.
Prom will be May 5th, and students must have 90% attendance to attend. There are guest permission forms in the main office. Prom will be held at Heston Hills.
As always, join us at NPHS showcasing our students’ talents -- check out our calendar. We are beginning our spring sports and still have lots of talent to showcase through our concerts, Talent Show, and more!