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HS Parent Message June 17, 2020
Shelley Guevara
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

High School Parent Message 

June 17, 2020

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Good Afternoon,

I would like to share some high school information with you.

Calendar Update

June 23:  Pickup Student Locker Contents and Return of School Materials:  Sign-up REQUIRED

June 24:  Pickup Student Locker Contents and Return of School Materials:  Sign-up REQUIRED

June 25:  Pickup Student Locker Contents and Return of School Materials:  Sign-up REQUIRED 


High School Visitors

Please be aware that we do not have the offices full staffed at this point.  In the event that you need to 

visit the high school for some reason, please call ahead (609)-298-3900 x 2046 or email slopez@nburlington.com

Due to construction, the west main office is no longer accessible. If you need to visit the school, please come to the east office after calling or emailing in advance.


Chromebook Returns

June 19th & 22nd – Chromebook Return ONLY for students leaving the district and graduating seniors.

Please bring your Chromebook, charger, and any other borrowed technology to the Middle School main office between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm on Friday, June 19th or Monday, June 22nd. Students returning to Northern in the fall can hold onto their devices throughout the summer. Any questions, please email your counselor. Thank you! 


District Calendar

Please click here to review the revised district calendar that reflects the early dismissal days for yesterday and today. Additionally, the tentative 2020-2021 school calendar is available at this link.


New Principal’s Secretary

I am sad to report that Ms. Grimes is moving back to Ohio at the end of this month. I am pleased to announce that her replacement, Ms. Guevara, started on June 1st. We are lucky to have her join us in this capacity. Ms. Guevara’s email is rguevara@nburlington.com.


Summer Assignment Update

NB’s Program of Studies includes Summer Assignments for Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses. The Administrative Team recognizes the challenges that remote learning presented in Spring 2020. While we need to maintain academic rigor and course integrity, we also need to account for possible learning gaps from this year, especially given the unknown format of school for fall 2020.  To that end, the length of summer assignments will be reduced and/or their contents modified from previous years.  Assignments for honors courses will be reduced in length and will not require the distribution of supplies. Assignments for AP courses will be modified to present content critical to the timeline of the course. Opportunities for students to interact and stay connected with peers will be incorporated wherever possible. All summer assignments will be available via Google Drive by June 18.  Please contact the director of the department with content related questions or your child’s counselor with questions.


Senior Parents

Our Class of 2020 Newsletter outlines important graduation information. Please review this information and complete the google form (link located at the bottom of the newsletter) indicating that you have read and understand the expectations. 

 

Yearbook Distribution Canceled

Due to the pandemic, yearbooks are not going to arrive in time for the scheduled pick-ups.  Therefore, June 16th and June 17th pick up dates and times are canceled.  Once we get more information about when yearbooks will be available, we will set up another pick-up time.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we look forward to distributing the yearbooks as soon as we can.   If you should have any questions, please contact Kathy Cole at kcole@nburlington.com or Ryan Foley at rfoley@nburlington.com. 


Item Pick-Up and Distribution Plan

By appointment only, on Tuesday June 23rd from 9-3, Wednesday June 24th from 12-7 and Thursday June 25th from 10-4 students will be permitted to pick-up and drop-off items at the High School.  Anyone who needs to pick-up and/or drop-off items at the school, must sign up for a time slot in the Sign Up Genius link.  Pick-up and drop-off of items will take place in the West Parking Lot .  Pick-Up will be outside of the 500 building and Drop- off will be outside the 300 hallway entrance. All items being dropped off must be in a bag that is labeled with the student’s name and must also include a list of the contents in the bag. Please be sure to read the outlined procedure below prior to coming to the school

  1. On your designated date and time, Parents and/or students will drive up to the west parking lot driveway in a designated, marked lane, to the entrance of the 500 building.

  2. Your student ‘s pre-labeled bag will be placed on the appropriate table based on the letter of the last name of the alphabet.

  3. One person will get out of the car and retrieve the correct bag from the table.  The person must wear a mask and gloves.

  4. The individual will then, if needed, pull up to the drop off station, which is up near the 300 hallway entrance.  If no drop off is needed the car will need to wait patiently for the line to move.

  5. If no pick up is needed, then individuals will wait in line to pull directly up to the drop off station.

  6. One person will get out of the car and place the bag that is clearly labeled with school materials on the table. The person must wear a mask and gloves.

  7. The car will then drive away. 

It is imperative that you come at your designated time,  follow all procedures for pick-up and drop-off of items and practice social distancing.


Sports Packets for Summer & Fall Sports

The NJSIAA said it is aiming for schools to begin summer practices on July 13th, 2020, also known as the summer recess period, according to a release by the NJSIAA this morning. Guidelines for what a return looks like will be in place by June 19th, 2020 based on the New Jersey Department of Education, the New Jersey Department of Health, and CDC guidelines. Our staff is working indirectly with these agencies daily to develop modifications and plans for a safe return and ongoing season. The situation remains fluid.

To ensure students who wish to participate in athletics are able to begin once sports are prepared to start, it will be necessary for students to complete and submit a Sports Physical Packet.  The packet is available online at this link in both PDF and Word format (see the menu on the left side of the screen on that webpage). New Jersey law requires middle school and high school students to submit the Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation form (expires 365 days from date of completion) to the school Health Office as the first step to be eligible to practice or play a school sport (NJAC 6A:16-2.2). A new packet is required for students whose physicals expire in between seasons (i.e. Summer/Fall). Student sports packets are being accepted in these offices effective immediately.

High School Athletes - Completed packets are to be submitted electronically to the athletic department secretary, Michele O’Neill at moneill@nburlington.com.

 

Middle School Athletes - Completed packets are to be submitted electronically to the nursing department secretary, Louise Clark at lclark@nburlington.com. 

 

In terms of scanning documents to these departments, for those who do not have access to a scanner, there are several free applications available for your use. Please note that the sports participation packets must be reviewed and approved by our school doctor before a student is cleared to participate in a sport. Parents should allow at least 2-3 weeks for this process to be completed. Please be on the lookout for additional information. 


Working Papers

Working papers can be accessed by clicking here. Sections A through C must be COMPLETE as well as the "Signature of Minor" in Section F.  

Once all the above are complete you can email the form and a clear copy of their birth certificate or passport to wgupta@nburlington.com for processing. 


Summer Programs for Students

A variety of summer programs are being planned to meet students’ diverse needs.  Some experiences are open to all students, others are by invitation only.  Stay tuned for advertisements and/or personal invitations. Examples include:

  • Bridge to NB for Incoming Grade 7  (By Invitation)

  • Counseling: counselors will be available to work with students in groups with peers.  Students will be recommended by their counselor and both parent and student consent is required. (Invitation)

  • Career exploration via Google Classroom (Open)

  • Enrichment Experiences: varied options to meet students’ interests (Open)

  • ESL (By Invitation)

  • MS Extended Learning - “Inspire the Desire” (By Invitation)

  • Course Failure Remediation/Credit Recovery: to support students who may have struggled academically during the school closure, teachers from each department will be available to provide supplemental instruction this year to remediate failures or recover credit.  (Open)

Here is the first Enrichment Experience that is open for registration:

Minecraft Programming & Design Camp Registration From

June 22-25, 2020;  8am-12:30pm 

Target population: Open

Interested in building, designing, and solving problems using Minecraft? Want to meet and interact with other Northern students over the summer? If so, this is the camp for you! Complete this Minecraft Programming & Design Camp Registration Form


Student Withdrawal from School

Students who will not be attending Northern Burlington in the fall, regardless of the reason, need to be officially transferred. If you need to withdrawal your student, please email Ms. Sheppard at vsheppard@nburlington.com


District Communication and Web Page

If you have not done so already, please visit our district webpage, www.nburlington.com.  The webpage is a repository of information for families to use.  It includes access to our School Closure Preparedness Plan (SCPP), copies of correspondence sent home from the start of the crisis, and well as other resources.  It is updated regularly as developments occur or new information becomes available. On our district web page (www.nburlington.com) there is a FAQ section regarding school closures.  As questions arise, please forward that to NBSCPP@nburlington.com.


Counselors and Support for Families

To say this is a challenging time for young people is an understatement.  If a child needs access to his or her school counselor, they are available and can be contacted by email or by using this link

Counselors are not just available to assist students in coping with the stress and dislocation of this crisis, they are also an academic resource.  Counselors can assist in getting in touch with a teacher or in navigating some of the online resources used for the virtual school.

Outside of our counselors, the school web page has other supports for families.  These include helpful links to support your children in coping with COVID-19 as well as how to best support them in their academic progress at home.


Social Media

There are more tools being implemented to provide a broad overview of what’s happening at Northern Burlington, both on campus and virtually.  Many of our parents and students are on Twitter.  There are over 3,000 people following @NBCSuper and #NBNation is managing over 50 Twitter accounts specific to school programs.   Are you and your children following us on Twitter?  If you don’t have an account, this is the perfect time for you to start one.  If you are having trouble your children can help you get started.  Simply click on this link.


NBCRCSD Health Office

The Northern Burlington County School District School Nurses & Health Office Secretaries are thinking of all in our school community at this difficult time & miss seeing our students! We want to share the official New Jersey Department of Health website with important and credible information:  www.covid19.nj.gov.

 

Again, I thank you for your continued support and partnership in your child’s education, especially during this time.  Stay tuned for additional information/announcements that will be shared throughout the summer.  

Enjoy your summer!  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Steve Lee, Northern Burlington                       

Sally López, Ed.D.

Principal

Follow the Principal on twitter @nbc_hsprincipal

Follow the Superintendent on twitter:  @NBCSUPER

Webpage at www.nburlington.com