Naperville Central is filled with great people doing great things. We should all strive to fulfill our mission statement and consistently demonstrate that we are quality producers, complex thinkers, self-directed learners, collaborative workers, and community contributors. Let’s keep doing our best and working to reach our potential!
District 203 schools have been closed four days due to cold weather conditions. Our final day of school for students is now projected as Friday, May 31st. Student attendance during final exams is mandatory. Families should always recognize the five “emergency days” listed on the district calendar, and avoid making plans that conflict with those five days. To protect the integrity of final exams and to assist in the logistics of proctoring final exams for 2,700 students, it is an expectation that all students will be in attendance on the dates of final exams (May 28, 29, 30, and 31st). In the event of a conflict that cannot be avoided, please contact Assistant Principal Jackie Thornton to be considered as an exception to this policy. Any student who is excused and absent during one of the final exam periods will need to make up the exam or final responsibility according to the teacher’s recommended plan.
I continue to be impressed by the accomplishments of our students. I regularly visit classrooms where I see students invested in their learning and growth. I regularly attend extra-curricular events where I see our students doing incredible things. Please continue to encourage your student(s) to do their best and work towards improving themselves. Effort, a positive attitude, belief, and determination are the critical ingredients of success. When your student runs into an obstacle, or faces a significant challenge, continue to persuade your student to keep trying and know that there is plenty of support and help available at NCHS. Persistence is something that we all need.
Best wishes for a great “home stretch” of the school year. Go Redhawks!
IT’S THE “PRINCIPAL” OF THE THING (November, 2018)
Greetings from NCHS. According to my calendar, we have 3 weeks remaining of school before we reach final exams and the end of the first semester. Therefore, I’d like to help you learn about final exams at NCHS. Some of our courses end with a project or presentation. Most courses end with a traditional exam. It’s important that our students are in attendance for the three days of final exams. The final exam schedule is included in this newsletter and can also be found on the NCHS website. Please see the information below regarding attendance procedures for students during the three days of final exams (December 19, 20, and 21st).
If any student has three “rigorous” final exams on the same date, he/she may speak with one of the teachers to make arrangements to move the final exam to the lunch period or the make-up period. There is no need for parent permission or administrator approval.
If a student requests to be absent for a final exam, the student must complete the final exam absence document (available in the main office or on the NCHS website) and obtain a parent permission signature and approval from Assistant Principal, Mrs. Thornton.
If a student requests to be absent for all three days of final exams, the parent must contact Assistant Principal, Jackie Thornton for approval. This should take place at least one week before final exams. If approved, the teachers will decide when and how the student will complete final responsibilities for the class.
Best wishes to all of our students on the remainder of the first semester. Students should do their best to be in attendance, completing all assignments, and preparing for final exams and responsibilities. If anyone has a question regarding final exams, the final exam schedule, or anything related to the end of the semester, feel free to contact the teacher or an administrator. We all want our students to end the semester with a positive experience.
Greetings from NCHS. One of my favorite things to do at NCHS is lead a tour of our school with visitors. I’m very proud to show off our outstanding facilities and am proud of our custodians who consistently keep our building in great shape. I am equally proud of the high quality learning opportunities that we offer for our students and the wide range of comprehensive learning experiences available to our students. A recent learning experience that is available to students is known as “blended learning” courses.
Blended courses include traditional face-to-face learning inside of our classrooms, combined with on-line learning that can take place anywhere. A student enrolled in a blended course will likely spend 40% of their time in the classroom with the teacher and peers, and perhaps 60% of the learning can take place on-line in the place of their choice. The ratio of face-to-face and on-line is determined by the teacher, and can vary depending on the teacher and the course.
We also feature courses that are completely on-line, and those courses are known as eLo (Extended Learning Opportunities) courses. These courses do not require students to attend for face-to-face learning with a teacher or peers, and support is offered completely in an on-line format.
Students and parents are free to decide whether or not to enroll in a blended or eLo course, but I think it’s a great idea for most of our students. NCHS graduates are likely to experience on-line learning in their future, and taking an on-line course (either eLo or blended) can be a valuable experience that may be helpful for the future of our students. A list of courses currently offered at NCHS as blended or eLo can be accessed through the link below:
NCHS is a very good school. However, we are constantly searching for ways to improve. On-line and blended courses can be an enhancement to the learning experience to best prepare our students for life after NCHS. I strongly encourage parents to consider a blended or on-line course, and reach out to your guidance counselor if you have further questions or would like to learn more.
Best wishes on a positive and rewarding school year to all of our students and families. Our students continue to do great things and show great potential. Please continue to encourage your student to do their best. Go Redhawks!
Greetings from NCHS! It’s hard to believe that there’s only a few weeks left in our school year. I recently met with the seniors and encouraged them to “finish strong” in their high school journey. I believe this is the right approach for all of our students. Learning at high levels and being a quality producer isn’t easy, and after nine months of school all students should be sure to put forth their best effort during the last two weeks of the school year.
Final exams begin Wednesday, May 23rd. It’s important that students are in attendance for all of their final exams. If a student cannot be in attendance for a final exam, please contact the office of Assistant Principal Jackie Thornton for a request to be absent (firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-420-6440). Our graduation ceremony is scheduled for Monday, May 21st. The primary reason for graduating on a Monday evening is to avoid conflicts that could arise for some of our seniors participating in IHSA competitions. Our graduation ceremony is held in our stadium, so we all want good weather for our ceremony. In the event of inclement weather the ceremony will be held in our main gym.
It has been another terrific school year at NCHS. I am constantly impressed with our students and staff. It’s our mission to develop students to become quality producers, complex thinkers, collaborative workers, self-directed learners, and community contributors. I see evidence of this every day at NCHS, during evening events, and during weekend events. I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by great families, an amazing staff, and wonderful students.
Best wishes for the remainder of the school year. I hope that all of our students had a successful school year, and that everyone has a productive, safe, and fun summer. It’s good to be a Redhawk!
Greetings from NCHS! The 2nd semester is off to a great start. Students have recently completed their course requests for next year (except seniors who will be graduating in May) and have been meeting with their counselor to confirm their decisions. NCHS offers a tremendous variety and range of elective courses for our students, which is one of the reasons our students receive such a beneficial high school experience. If a student encounters a difficult decision regarding several elective courses, and feeling that he/she cannot decide which to take, consider taking a required course during the 2018 summer session. This can free space for another elective course during the school year. Of course, consult with your counselor for the best advice in this situation.
Many of you may be aware of the term “growth mindset” and the importance of an attitude that fosters growth, learning, and improvement. We can learn anything if we are willing to persist and embrace the challenges that we encounter. Not all students learn at the same rate, and not all students have the same background or readiness levels for new learning. Therefore, particularly in a classroom setting, students will notice that everyone is learning and succeeding at different rates. The key for all students is accepting that some challenges will be more difficult than others and putting forth the necessary effort to learn and improve. Students should avoid comparing themselves to others, which can sometimes lead to a feeling of failure. NCHS is filled with great students, great attitudes, and great examples of success. We have built many supports for students who are encountering difficulty, and I encourage any student or family who is struggling to take advantage of the many supports we offer.
Best wishes for the remainder of the school year. I hope that all of our students have a successful 2nd semester, and that everyone puts forth their best effort. It’s good to be a Redhawk!
Greetings from NCHS. We are in the middle of our summer break in District 203, and I hope that students and families are having a nice summer. Many of our students are staying involved in school during the summer. Approximately 800 students are attending summer school held at Naperville North. Summer school is six weeks in length, and most students attend from 7:30 am – 12:20 pm five days/week. It provides an opportunity for students to learn, earn credit, possibly create room for an elective course in their upcoming schedule, get ahead, or catch up. I applaud the students and staff for their dedication and commitment during the summer, and know they are also looking forward to the conclusion of summer school on July 14th.
Many of our students have attended or are currently participating in summer athletic camps or marching band camp. These camps are not mandatory, but provide an excellent opportunity for students to improve their skills and prepare for the upcoming school year season. I am always impressed with the dedication and commitment of our students and staff who realize that hard work and a positive attitude are usually the ingredients that produce success. The same is true for most endeavors—whether in or outside of school.
Registration is scheduled for August 8th, 9th, and 10th at NCHS. Families should have received packets sent to homes recently to prepare for registration. It works best for our school and students to participate in registration on the designated date/time. This allows for the necessary preparation for the many details needed to get a good start to the school year. Anyone with a question related to registration is encouraged to call NCHS at 630-420-6420 between 7:00 – 3:00 pm Monday-Friday.
I’m looking forward to another amazing school year. I am very fortunate to serve as principal in a school filled with incredible students, supported by great families, and led by a dedicated and caring staff. It’s always GOOD TO BE A REDHAWK!
It’s hard to believe that there are only a few remaining days for the school year. I am looking forward to May 17, when we will celebrate commencement with the class of 2017. It has truly been a pleasure to interact with this group of seniors. Our students consistently display great behavior, and this has been especially true for our senior class. There are numerous academic achievements, athletic awards, and other accomplishments to be proud of. However, I am most proud of their respectful behavior and outstanding conduct during their time at NCHS.
Final exams are scheduled for May 23rd, 24th, and 25th. The district calendar is published and shared with all families, and it’s important (and expected) that our students are in attendance for the three days of final exams. If a student has three rigorous exams on the same date, he/she can speak with one of the teachers to make arrangements to move the exam to either the “make-up” period or another date. The final exam schedule is posted on our website under “Quick Links”.
With summer only a few weeks away, NCHS will once again provide opportunities for our students to learn and grow. Many families and students take advantage of high school summer school, hosted this year at Naperville North. Bus transportation is provided, and this can provide an opportunity for students to accelerate and continue learning during June and July. We will again offer a variety of summer camps for extra-curricular events and athletics, and hope that students and families will consider taking advantage of healthy opportunities provided at NCHS and in District 203.
As our school year comes to a close, I would like to congratulate all of our students who reached their goals and found success this year. In particular, our graduating seniors who have concluded an exciting and challenging journey through the year. Our students typically enter the next phase of their lives confident and well-prepared. If we were successful, our students will demonstrate the five strands of our district mission in whatever they encounter. Good luck with whatever adventures lie ahead, and remember that it’s GOOD TO BE A REDHAWK!
Greetings! We have reached the point in the school year where students and families are selecting courses for next year. This is an extremely important step for students, teachers, and administrators at NCHS. I’d like to encourage all families to check in with your student(s) about course selection decisions for next year, and consider the factors listed below.
It’s helpful for students and families to be aware of the required courses, but counselors ultimately will check to confirm that these required courses and credits are being met.
Students should seek to take courses that they find interesting and/or might be helpful leading to a post-secondary option that they are considering. We have many valuable elective opportunities at NCHS, and these decisions are often the most challenging for our students and families. Students should enjoy their elective courses and choose elective courses that are valuable for their future.
Students and families should always consider the rigor of the schedule that lies ahead next year. Some of our courses are more time-consuming and demanding than others. If a student or parent isn’t sure about the rigor of a course, speaking with the counselor, teacher, or a friend who has taken the course can be very helpful with your decision. I feel that 70% of our students should sample at least one Advanced Placement (“AP”) course or a “dual credit” course before leaving NCHS to build confidence and preparation for life after high school. Students and families should be careful not to select courses which are too easy or too difficult, but select courses and a schedule that provides a reasonable challenge.
There are many resources available on our school website (click on “Student Services”, “Course Selection & Registration” and to the left “Program Planning Guide”)to help with course selection decisions. Of course, you can always contact a guidance counselor or department chair for assistance as well.
Best wishes for the remainder of the school year. It’s good to be a Redhawk!
Greetings from NCHS. December is always an interesting and unique month during the school year at NCHS. There are two primary reasons for this. Final exams, and preparing for course selection for next year. I’d like to elaborate on both of these important topics.
Most courses at NCHS include final exams. The details associated with final exams are different depending on the course. Some final exams are comprehensive, assessing learning that was expected from the beginning of the semester to the end. Some final exams are actually projects or presentations, which are designed for students to demonstrate their learning. Most final exams contribute 10-15% towards the semester grade, so they are very important for our students. If a student has three rigorous final exams on the same day, the student may ask one of the teachers to move a final exam to another day. Preparing and taking final exams can also be a valuable experience in preparation for college, where most courses include final exams.
Preparing for course selection is also an important time for 11th, 10th, 9th, and 8th grade students. December is the month when we expect students to begin thinking about next year’s courses. Some courses are mandatory for graduation, but many of our courses are elective. There are many resources available at NCHS to help students and families with course selection. The “Program Planning Guide” available on our school website is a great resource for researching courses to choose from. This can be found on the NCHS website under “Student Services”, “Course Selection & Registration”, and “Program Planning Guide”. Feel free to contact your guidance counselor with any question regarding course selection. Our guidance counselors are familiar with all of our courses and the course selection process.
Enjoy the fun challenges during the month of December, thank you for supporting NCHS, and thank you for contributing to the success of our school. Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday break. IT’S GOOD TO BE A REDHAWK!
Welcome to NCHS! The school year is off to a great start, with lots of valuable learning experiences taking place. It is my goal that all of our students have valuable learning experiences. This typically involves challenges and hard work. Nobody ever says that being successful is easy. The teachers at NCHS have high expectations for our students, but also provide support and assistance for those who need it. Our teachers are willing to support and assist students, and we have built further assistance for those who need extra support before and after school.
If a student needs extra academic support (the first step should always include directly contacting the teacher), using our website please click on “Academics”, “Academic Support”, and “5 Ways to Get Support” to learn about opportunities available to students before school, during lunch periods, and after school.
I strongly encourage students to get involved in at least one extra-curricular program while at NCHS. Graduating students consistently report that one of their best experiences while at NCHS was being involved in an extra-curricular program. In addition to the growth that takes place, college admissions offices are always impressed with high school students who are involved in positive activities outside of the school day.
FOCUS 2020 is the strategic plan for comprehensive improvement between 2014 and 2020, designed in response to community feedback, best practice, and a vision for the future. Ultimately, this blueprint will advance the fulfillment of the district’s mission.
FOCUS 2020’s foundation is the Future Focus Community Engagement process that occurred over the course of a year where hundreds of members from across the community provided feedback to the district leadership regarding areas such as facilities, finances, measuring student success, and programs of study. Learn more about Future Focus by clicking on the specific “Quick Link” to the left of this text.
The Blueprint includes four “Strategic Focus” areas, namely to:
Design and implement effective practices that promote learning experiences for all.
Foster a high-performance culture focused on student learning.
Steward resources effectively to promote student learning.
Effective communication and community relations.
Each Strategic Focus then establishes “Commitments.” These commitments are what the district leadership pledges to accomplish within a distinct timeframe. Each commitment then includes a detailed “Action Plan” which will be accessible by the public upon final draft.
District administrators provided an update on Blueprint Commitments to the Board of Education at the July 27, 2015 meeting. To watch that presentation, please click here.