The month of September flew by and fall is now in full swing. Fingers crossed that there’s a few more warm days coming our way. ☀️🍂 The month of October provides an opportunity to focus on the things we are thankful for and we have much to be thankful for at NHS. Soccer and volleyball are underway and various clubs in the school are starting up; we are thankful for our teachers and community volunteers that make these opportunities possible. Our morning snack program has also started up again and students are invited to enjoy the snack items provided on Monday and Friday mornings; we are thankful for the parents who run this program and the grant we received from the Child Nutrition Council. Our student leadership team is full of energy and enthusiasm again this year and we are thankful for the students and teachers who promote community and school spirit! Remember to follow us on Instagram to stay informed of all upcoming events. I, personally, am thankful for the amazing students, staff, and families of NHS and the opportunity to engage with them all! 

A few things to take note of . . . 

Being Late for Class

We are experiencing an extremely high volume of lates. Please note that students who are not in class when attendance is taken will be marked absent. If a student is late for class they need to sign in at the office and get a late slip – this is the only way the “absent” gets changed to a “late”. We consider “late” as 3-5 minutes past the designated class start time. The number of students arriving to class 10 minutes late (or more) is increasing, so we are going to attempt to do a better job of tracking that and connect with parents as needed. In situations where students are arriving more than halfway through class, the “late” will remain as an absence, even if the student signs in at the office. If a student is late due an appointment or an excused absence, parents can call or email the school or make note of it in the parent portal.

Grad Meeting for Grade 12 Parents

Grad 2024 is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26. NHS will be hosting a grade 12 parent meeting on Thursday, October 12 at 7:00 pm. An overview of grade 12 dates and events will be provided and a parent grad committee will be established. Please join us for more details. Notes of the parent meeting will be shared the next day for those who are unable to attend. Grade 12 students will be having a grad meeting that day as well at 11:30.

Interim Progress Reports

In an effort to keep parents informed of their student’s academic progress, we have decided to implement interim progress reports. Progress reports will be sent for those students who are struggling to demonstrate their learning, are showing limited progress, or where the course credit may be in jeopardy if the current rate of progress continues. These reports will be course specific and parents will receive communication directly from the teacher on October 16th. Students demonstrating basic, good, very good, or excellent progress will not receive an interim report but parents may contact teachers at any point to check in on their child’s progress. Our NHS assessment rubric is attached for your reference. Report cards will be issued for all students on November 17th.

Picture Retakes

Retakes are scheduled for November 2 for those who were not happy with their first photo or were absent on picture day. Even if students are not planning to purchase any photos we ask that all students have their picture taken for our school records and the yearbook. No appointments are required.

NHS On-Line Clothing Store

Check out our online clothing store, open 24/7! The store offers a wide range of options including hoodies, t-shirts, sweatpants, hats, and bags from brands such as Under Armour, Champion and Russell. You can check out all the official school gear at We will be having a few Panther Pride days throughout the year so now’s your chance for students to get a t-shirt, hoodie, or even a toque for those upcoming cold weather days.

Parent Group – “Communicating & Coping with your Adolescent”

Please see attachment in the email sent out for details about a parent group focused on adolescents arranged by Headway (Headway is a community program that supports youth and their families).

This specific class is geared toward parents of adolescents/teenagers, and discussion will include topics such as balancing holding tight with allowing freedom, strategies to improve teen decision-making and problem-solving skills, communicating and feeling heard, attachment and parenting styles, roadblocks, etc. There will be information provided, as well as time and space for discussion tailored to participants’ specific situations and experiences. This group will be facilitated by Bruce Somers, recently retired School Social Worker from the Lord Selkirk School Division. There is no cost for participants to attend this group, but registration is required ahead of time for planning and set-up purposes.


Upcoming dates:

October 9 – Thanksgiving – No School

October 20 – Professional Development Day – No Classes

November 2 – NHS Showcase of Learning – Save the Date!


Best wishes,

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