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HS Parent Message January 22, 2021
Sally Lopez
Friday, January 22, 2021

High School Parent Message 

January 22, 2021

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Important Dates:

Jan 26: MP3 Survey closes

Jan 27: Virtual Relay For Life meeting (Zoom 7pm)

Jan 29: Portal closes for online course selection

Feb 3: Final Sr Portrait Make Up Day (by appointment only)

Feb 5:  End of Marking Period 2/Semester 1

Feb 8:  Marking Period 3/Semester 2 Begins

Feb 15:  School Closed: President’s Day

 

Marking Period 3 Survey:

This week we welcomed students back to school for the remainder of the second marking period.  We are also finalizing our plans for the third marking period.  At this time, NB is once again asking for each family to select the learning model they prefer for their student(s) during the third marking period. The third marking period begins on February 8th.

It is important that families commit to the option they choose.  This is essential for the school district’s ability to plan.  Students enrolled in the Option A (Hybrid) model are expected to report to school for in-person instruction with their assigned cohort.  Students in Option A (Hybrid) who do not consistently attend school for in-person instruction will be transferred to the remote cohort for the remainder of the marking period.  In addition, please note that students enrolled in Option B (100% Remote) will remain in that model for the entire third marking period and will not be allowed to switch to Option A (Hybrid).

Option A (Hybrid): Under this option, the student will participate in the hybrid learning program.  This is a partial in-person and partial virtual model of instruction.  Students will be expected to wear masks while in the building.  Each cohort attends classes in-person for approximately 4 hours per day, two days per week.  Students will participate in remote instruction on the days their cohort is not in-person.  

Option B (100% Remote): Your child will participate in the 100% remote learning program. Although participating remotely, your student will be required to participate in the scheduled instruction.  NB will provide the 100% remote learning model in accordance with state guidelines. 

We are asking parents to again make this decision for Q3 on or before Tuesday, January 26th

To complete the survey, please log in to PowerSchool, select ‘Forms’ on the left side, then select ‘Reopening Our Schools’ to complete the survey. Be sure to submit and complete one per student. In order to assure that you have completed one for each child, verify the name on the student’s tab in PowerSchool and check the forms page to make sure the survey has been submitted for that child.

A response for each student is needed by Tuesday, January 26th at 4:00 pm. 

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Wednesdays: Beginning the third marking period, students will follow a half day bell schedule.  They are expected to participate in all of their eight classes remotely on Wednesdays. Please see the bell schedule below for Wednesdays only:

High 

School

Middle 

School

Wednesday

All Students

Remote

7:20-7:55 

(35)

7:30-8:05

(35)

Homeroom 

 Period 1/2

8:00-8:30 

(30)

8:10-8:40 

(30)

Period 3/4

8:35-9:05 

(30)

8:45-9:15 (30)

Period 5/6

9:10-9:40

(30)

9:20-9:50

(30)

Period 7/8

9:45-10:15 

(30)

9:55-10:25

(30)

Period 9/10/11

10:20-10:50

(30)

10:30-11:00

(30)

Period 12/13

10:55-11:25

(30)

11:05-11:35

(30)

Period 14/15

11:30 -12:00

(30)

11:40-12:10

(30)

Period 16/17

12:00 -12:30

(30)

12:10 -12:40

(30)

Lunch

12:30-2:28

12:40-2:38

Independent Work/

Teacher Office Hours


Calendar for 2ndMarking Period:  

The calendar for the second marking period can be found at this link.  


 Calendar for 3rd Marking Period:  

The calendar for the second marking period can be found at this link.


High School Program of Studies  and Course Selection for 2021-2022: 

The 2021-2022 High School Program of Studies is still available on the High School Counseling Department web page. Additionally, we are excited to announce that course selection will occur electronically via PowerSchool. The High School Counselors will be meeting with students in Grade 8 during early March. 

Here is the recording of the High School Program of Studies Information Session hosted by the Offices of Academics and Counseling on Thursday, January 14th which is also posted on the HS Counseling page of the website.


 High School Student Course Selections:

Parent Portal opened on Tuesday, January 19th for current high school students to select their courses and closes on Friday, January 29th. Please review these instructions and contact your student’s counselor if you have any questions. Students in Grades 7 & 8 will select courses at a later date.

 

 Attention Senior Parents:

 

 GREAT NEWS...THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED...

 

 Order your senior’s cap and gown by Sunday, January 24th 

 

Please click the button below and complete your order by the 24th to guarantee we have your cap and gown in time for graduation!!! 

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Parent Tip: The website can be a bit tricky. It’s super easy to find all the expensive “packages'' but you have to scroll all the way down to find the free package. 

Following these steps should help:

  • From the home page of the website scroll all the way down click on shop now. 

  • On the next page scroll all the way down to the Caps & Gowns and click on the “Browse All” tab.

  • On that page select the first option “Cap and Gown Unit” $0.00 and fill out the information requested.

Also it’s not too late to place a Senior Ad in the yearbook! Yearbook Ad

 

Senior Portraits:

If your senior has not yet had his/her senior portrait taken - we have one more opportunity at NB, February 3rd.  We want to see every senior’s picture in the yearbook.  All students must complete the health screening before entering the building.  Students who have not yet had their portraits taken can make an appointment by going to ouryear.com and enter the Northern’s school code 46 or call 1-800-687-9327.

Date: Wed, February 3rd

Times: 1 pm - 7 pm

Where:  Media Center Conference Room

 

Diploma Survey:

We need to verify how students’ names will appear on their diploma.  This year to gather this information, we are using a survey in PowerSchool .  Please go to ‘Forms’  - then Senior Forms - then Senior Diploma and Cap & Gown Survey.  As with all surveys this can only be done through a web browser not the app.  We are opening the survey to be filled by either the parent or the student, so it will be accessible to both PowerSchool logins. Due date: Friday, February 5th. 


 Parent Teacher Student Connection (PTSC): 

Please remember to become a member of our organization this year. If you are already a member, thank you! You can access our link through the Northern Burlington site. Payments of $10 per family are accepted via check or through PayPal. It is important that we receive your contribution as this money is channeled back to our students in the form of mini grants, awarded to teachers for use in their classrooms,  as well as Scholarships granted to seniors. If you have a senior graduating in 2021 please make sure that your membership is received by us no later than February 26th, 2021 in order to be eligible. We can always be reached via email at nburlingtonptsc@gmail.com . Please stay safe!

 

Message from the School Nurse: 

The New Jersey Department acknowledges the state is in a "second wave" of coronavirus infections with transmission among school children often being without any symptoms.  Therefore, the NJDOH recommends no student should attend school with any COVID-19 like symptoms until they have either received a negative viral test (molecular or antigen) for SARS-CoV-2 or they have completed an isolation period of at least 10 days since symptom onset and at least 24 hours after resolution of fever without fever-reducing medications with symptom improvement. 

A Doctor's medical note without testing is no longer acceptable.

Please continue to share any COVID-19 cases or exposures with our school nurses. We ask that you directly contact your student’s nurse as this information is critical for monitoring community incidence & planning for safely keeping our school open.

High School East:  Mrs. Mary Crane - mcrane@nburlington.com   609-298-3900 x 2085

High School West:  Mrs. Gina Nocon - gnocon@nburlington.com   609-298-3900 x 2216

Moving into the New Year, we will release any information about COVID-19 cases on Monday and Thursday as opposed to daily notifications. 

 

Relay for Life:

Covid hasn’t stopped cancer, so we need to keep fighting! We are planning a zoom meeting for the Relay for Life of Northern Burlington County on January 27th at 7pm.  We would love for anyone interested to join us in sharing ideas for making a virtual event possible.   Please email Dr. Lopez for the Zoom code.

slopez@nburlington.com .


NB Greenhouse Fundraiser:

Fresh Honeybell tangelos direct from Florida. Hurry, Honeybells must be ordered by 1/22/2021, but there are other varieties to order until 2/5. Or, Valentine's gifts from See's Chocolates  (ends 1/29). Just click the pics and thank you for supporting our NB Greenhouse Club

 

         

Parent Engagement Committee:

For those of you who could not attend the virtual parent event on January 13th here is a link to the recording of the presentation. It will also be available on our website.

District Technology at a Glance


Yearbook Pre Orders 2020-2021:

2020-2021 yearbook is on sale for $80 until January 29. After January 29, the yearbook will be on sale for $85. Seniors will get their name printed on the cover for free if pre-ordered by Jan 29. Order yours at jostensyearbooks.com

Click this link to learn about placing a yearbook ad for your senior! Yearbook Ad


Communications:  

The school and district send out communications regularly.  These newsletters are sent out weekly and there are times when text messages are also used.  If you are reading this message, it clearly arrived in your inbox, but if you have friends or family with children in the district who are not receiving these messages, please have them check their email account’s “junk mailbox.”  Also,  double check that the correct email is entered in PowerSchool.

In addition, text messages are used to share information.  Several were sent last week.  For those who did not receive these messages, please double check that the correct cell phone numbers are recorded in PowerSchool.  If updates are necessary, please contact our school registrar, Ms. Vickie Sheppard, vsheppard@nburlington.com .

 

Ordering School Lunch for All Students 18 years and Under:

Please note that Lunches are FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS through the month of June 2021.  


Students learning remotely: 

Students who are receiving instruction remotely, or their parents/guardians, may pick up meals (three to five meals at one time) for those days they are receiving remote instruction. Ordering ahead of time is required:*We ask that you complete the Google Document for Remote Learning Students to sign up 

NB has established MONDAY and TUESDAY, for meal pick ups, during the pickup window of 10 am through 11:15am. 

  Please contact Maria Baran at  mbaran@nburlington.com or ext. 2037 with any questions.

The pick-up location is near the Middle School’s rear entrance (Middle School Door C-3 that leads into the teachers’ lounge) via the Island Road entrance and taking the 1st left to go toward the back of the school. Masks must be worn at all times and for social distancing purposes, NB will limit the number of people entering the middle school facility at one time.

*We ask that you complete the Google Document for Remote Learning Students to sign up for these meals for pick up on Monday -Thursday.  

 

Students present in the building:

When students are present in school, they will have the option to pre-order a grab and go lunch. Students or parents  will use the google form to order lunch selection by 8 AM for that day's pick up.

 

Health and Safety Reminder:

COVID-When to get tested 

COVID Cannot test out of Quarantine   

COVID-How-Long-Isolate-Quarantine

It is important to emphasize a few points with regard to health safety.  Most importantly, students should not come to school if they are sick.  The remote option is available on a day to day basis if a student has any symptoms on the day he or she is supposed to attend school in person but can still attend school at home.  If you have any medical questions, please contact our school nurse at extension 2216(west office) or 2085(east office). Covid Informational Flyers.


A Message from the 2020 Yearbook Staff: 

We need student life pictures! Got a perfect picture of your student in his or her mask? Have an at-home work station we just have to see? Send in your student life pictures of NB High School students to yearbook@nburlington.com and get your student in this year's yearbook! Please include your student's name and grade, and be sure all photos contain only Northern Burlington High School students! Thank you for helping to make this year's yearbook a success! 


Winter Sports:

Winter Sports at the high school start on Tuesday, January 19th. Schedules, cohorts and procedures will be communicated via the sport-specific google classrooms. If you have any questions regarding boys’/girls’ basketball, winter track, swimming, bowling or cheerleading, please visit our coaches’ contact page - https://www.nburlington.com/o/nbc-hs/page/athletic-coaches--2


Athletic Participation:

We are now accepting Athletic Participation packets for the Winter Season.  The tentative start date for winter season practices is January 19th, 2021. 

If your child’s physical exam is current and does not expire prior to 1/11/21, please complete pages 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7 of the packet and submit them electronically to highschoolathletics@nburlington.com. If your child is in need of a new physical, please contact your physician’s office at your earliest convenience to secure an appointment.  Please take page 3, 5 and 6 of the packet with you so that your doctor can complete the physical forms.  Please submit the entire packet (pages 1-7) electronically to highschoolathletics@nburlington.com

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. O’Neill in the Athletic Office at moneill@nburlington.com or 609-298-3900, ext. 2093.


School Store:

Happy New Year from the HS Store!  We have reopened our online store!  Visit us at https://nbhsstore.square.site/ and receive a 10% discount on all purchases made before January 31, 2021.  Use the code:  NEWYEAR10


NHS TUTORING:

Is your child in need of some extra help?  NHS tutoring is here to assist!  Virtual tutoring will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30-2pm.  All you need to do is have the student who in need of help email the NHS adviser at jnewman@nburlington.com and then the student will receive a link to the virtual tutoring session.

 

STUDENT PARKING:

Student parking for the 2020-2021 school year is now available for seniors and juniors (with birthdays up to the end of December 2003) for this phase of hybrid learning.  Please click then review the appropriate link below (depending upon your grade level), to the letter with the application process & requirements stated within.  Parking Decals  are being mailed to students upon approval.

Seniors click class of 2021

Juniors click class of 2022

 

2020 College Application Process for Seniors & their families:

Each year, the counseling department presents to parents of seniors about the College Application process. This year we have created a virtual presentation that can be viewed HERE. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s counselor directly. A chart of counseling assignments can be found HERE. If your student needs to speak with his/her counselor at any time throughout the year, they can do so by submitting a request using the request form or email.



Steve Lee, Northern Burlington                       

Sally López, Ed.D.

Principal

Follow the Principal on twitter @nbc_hsprincipal

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Webpage at www.nburlington.com