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HS Parent Message April 8, 2022
Sally Lopez
Friday, April 08, 2022

High School Parent Message 
April 8, 2022

Important Dates 
  Apr 11: Q4 Grades ready
Apr 11: Extended HR - Military Appreciation Day video presentation
Apr 14: Multicultural Day/Early Dismissal/Beginning of Spring Break 
Apr 15- Apr 22: Spring Break
Apr 25: School Resumes 
Apr 25: PTSC Meeting
Apr 25-Apr 29: Earth Awareness Week
Apr 28: MP3 Incomplete Grades Resolved
May 2-May 6: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 2 - May 13: AP Testing
Jun 16: Graduation
Critical Update for Healthy School Environment:  
Unfortunately, we are having an increase in COVID Positive cases at Northern as well as Positive Flu cases, a bad allergy season and other illnesses such as strep throat, bronchitis, etc.
It is critical that parents screen their children at home and keep children who are sick at home, if in doubt please keep home & consult with your medical provider and school nurse.
We are still following the Burlington County Health Guidelines for COVID & illness:
COVID-19 Compatible SICK Symptoms that indicate school absence and a COVID Test
• At least one of the following symptoms: new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste and/or smell OR
• At least two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, shivers, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion, or runny nose.
Students who come to school with a combination of these symptoms will be sent home by the school nurse and require a lab negative COVID test before they can return to school. 
The Health Department does not allow negative home tests as clearance due to a margin of error resulting in false positives, but we can accept POSITIVE Home tests.

Month of the Military Child - April 11th
Northern is celebrating the Month of the Military Child with Purple Up Day on Monday, April 11th. On Purple Up Day, we will honor and celebrate military students, and acknowledge the sacrifices made by military members and their families. 
In an extended homeroom, a presentation will be shared, and it will feature a 5-minute video about the life of the military student. After viewing the video, students will participate in a question-and-answer session led by homeroom teachers with the help of discussion questions featured in the presentation. 

 During lunch periods, students are encouraged to stop by the Purple Up booth, take a bracelet or ribbon to show support for our military, and chat with military students.
 Any questions or concerns can be directed to Ms. Pona,  or Ms. Sluberski, 

No Place for Hate
No Place for Hate is a student-driven initiative aimed at providing a model for combating intolerance, bullying, and hatred. 

Students at NB pledge to try their best to actively speak out against acts of bullying, discrimination, bias, and outright hate. 

Multicultural Day will be on April 14th. Students will be visiting the celebration during their Health and PE classes. Students will be asked to join a Google Classroom where they will be provided updated information. 

2020-2021 School Performance Reports:  
This week the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) made publicly available the state's School Performance Reports for the 2020-2021 school year.  This letter includes additional details as well as the link to access the reports.

Meeting:  6:30pm in the HS Media Center: Senior Citizen Soiree Final end of year items.

Clothing Drive: The Clothing Drive is Back on for the Spring!! Please use this time to clean out your closets and help out our organization. The Clothing Drive will run from May 9th through May 23rd, with the last drop off being no later than 12 noon on the 23rd. You can drop off your clothing/items at the Pole Barn behind the Middle School. There will be signs up by the 9th of May guiding you to exactly where it is. Here are the items that are accepted/not accepted as well as instructions. Please follow these instructions:
All items must be in sealed black bags. Clothes need to be bagged separately from shoes.
What is accepted: All types of clothing, small toys (2 ft. or less), comforters, quilts, curtains, towels, blankets, sheets, complete car seats, strollers, stuffed animals, bikes, and scooters.
Not accepted: Sports equipment, games, puzzles, books, pots, pans, electrical items, glass, cribs, high chairs, large toys, VCR tapes, furniture or play sets.
 Any questions, please reach out to us or go to their web page at

PTSC and Amazon Smile:  The Parent Teacher Student Connection (PTSC) has an Amazon Smile account for any community members who would like to support the PTSC while shopping online.  Simply go to  and search for the "Parent Teacher Student Connection" in the list of organizations (it is listed as being in Columbus, NJ) and then go through that portal to do your Amazon shopping.  Amazon will donate 0.5% of all purchases to the PTSC.  Please email with any login questions.

Dress Code
Please be reminded that there is a dress code. Please review the following with your children and reference page 26 of the student handbook for the following information:
NO sheer clothing
Undergarments may NOT be exposed
Bottoms MUST touch tops
Bottoms MUST cover personal areas

This year the prom will be held at Lucien’s in Berlin on June 3rd for juniors and seniors. There will be a buffet dinner and a limit of 500 tickets sold for students.
Tickets will be on sale electronically at the following times:
Seniors:  May 2 - 6
Juniors:  May 9 - 13
Graduation is scheduled for Thursday,  June 16th.

Early Dismissal of Students
Please be advised that no student under the age of 18 can sign themselves out from school early even if they are drivers. As per our Board of Education Regulations: 
No pupil under the age of eighteen shall be released from school before the end of the school day except in the presence of the pupil's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or an agent of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

Clinical Corner Spotlight:
Developing Adolescent Identity – by Joanna Lee Williams, PhD - Among the profound and exciting changes taking place in adolescence is the process of self-discovery. Our teens are working to figure out who they are, making adolescent identity development a central feature of teen life.  They select the environments and people they want to be around. They adjust their beliefs and behaviors based on feedback. And they reflect on all of this while working to figure out who they are.  While your tween or teen may not be doing all of these, here are a few ways they may be changing as they seek answers to the question, “Who am I?”: Click the link to access the full article Adolescent Identity Development: What to Expect in Teens
Promoting Me, Myself, and I – Started April 5th & 6th  This is an after school self-esteem skill building group for students at Northern that will run during the months of April and May.  This group will have an open concept where psychoeducation and skills to build your self-esteem will be the focus.  No sign ups will be required initially.  Students that want to participate can simply stay after school on those specific days; Tuesdays at the High School and Wednesdays at the Middle School.  If they would like to participate in the group every week, they will need to return a signed consent form, which will be provided on the first day of group.  Late buses are available (except for Choice students) The following are the group dates and location:
Tuesday April 5th to Tuesday May 31st at the High School 2:30-3:30pm in room 107. No group during Spring Break or on half-days.
Wednesday April 6th to Wednesday June 1st at the Middle School 2:40-3:40pm in room 387.  No group during Spring Break or on half-days.
Revised District Calendar as of February 22, 2022.

Steve Lee, Northern Burlington                                                                                                                                                                           
Sally López, Ed.D.
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