NHS Parent’s News & Announcements

Ellen Cernjar, Partnership Coordinator, 715.552.6607, ecernjar@ecasd.k12.wi.us



April 18-25


The North High Newsletter has been mailed to your home.  Be sure and read it cover to cover and keep it handy in order to refer to it often!  It is very informative and will answer all of your questions regarding graduation and other end of the year activities!


Assessment Day: April 23, 2014 is a big day at North High School.  On this day, all juniors at North (and Memorial) High Schools will be given the ACT test at no cost to the student.  Details about the ACT test, test expectations and the morning testing schedule were mailed to junior families and can also be found by clicking here.  Also on this day, all freshmen and sophomores will be taking the PLAN test.  As the date nears, we will communicate to students which classroom they will test in.  

Also on this day, all seniors will be participating in a variety of sessions regarding post graduate opportunities.  A flyer regarding these specially designed sessions was mailed to senior families.  Seniors will select their sessions during the surveys that are being conducted during English classes the last week of March.

If you have further questions regarding this event, please contact Jim Schmitt, Director of Assessment for the ECASD, at 715-852-3081 or Dave Valk at 715-852-6610.

SENIORS- The Josten's Rep will distribute Caps and Gowns at North on April 29th, 7:30 am-12:30 pm
Jostens orders can still be accepted!  Several members of North's graduating class have yet to order their cap, gown, stole and tassel.  If you are borrowing a cap and gown, you need only order a stole and tassel. The cost of the shipping will continue to go up so order now. You can order items by calling Jostens at 715-832-0762 or at www.graduationproducts.net


Yearbook Ordering:   Information on ordering a 2013-14 yearbook can be found by clicking here.  The cost increases significantly after April 30, so order yours today!



Class of 2014

Only 52 days until graduation on June 9th!

Hmong American Students Scholarship  The Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association, Inc. is actively soliciting applications for scholarships from graduating Hmong American students in the Chippewa Valley.  3 scholarships of $500.00 will be awarded to graduating students at the Graduation Celebration event on Saturday May 24th, 2014 at North High School. 

Scholarship applications are due by 4:30pm on Friday April 25th, 2014. Applications can be found on the ECAHMAA’s website at: http://www.ecahmaa.org/PDF/2014ScholarshipApplication.pdf.  Students may also contact Pa Thao at (715) 832-8420 or via email at paythao@ecahmaa.org for an application.

Hmong American graduation seniors and their families are also invited to join us for a Graduation Celebration event on Saturday May 24th, 2014 from 4-8pm at North High School.  Students will have the opportunity to network with network with local leaders, and learn about other educational opportunities and the advantages of furthering one’s education towards the goal of earning a degree.

For additional information and/or if you have any questions about either the scholarship application or the Graduation Celebration event, please contact Pa Thao at (715) 832-8420 or via email at paythao@ecahmaa.org.


College Visits in Student ServicesStudents should make an appointment with Mrs. Fuller if they want to speak with the college representative.
                April 21, UW-Milwaukee, 1:30 pm
                April 22, Army, 5th Hour
                April 29, Coast Guard, 5th Hour 

Diapers to Diplomas  Parents of graduating seniors interested in the Diapers to Diplomas section of the Leader Telegram can follow the link http://www.ecasd.k12.wi.us/community/coa_resources/cr_graduating_seniors.cfm
or contact Tracy Livingston at tracy.livingston@ecpc.com


Josten's Rep will distribute Caps and Gowns at North on April 29th, 7:30 am-12:30 pm
Jostens orders can still be accepted!  Several members of North's graduating class have yet to order their cap, gown, stole and tassel.  If you are borrowing a cap and gown, you need only order a stole and tassel. The cost of the shipping will continue to go up so order now. You can order items by calling Jostens at 715-832-0762 or at www.graduationproducts.net


All Night Graduation Party:  Beat the price increase on May 1!  Registration forms for the party are available. See the link on the right side of this page.  Early registration is encouraged because it helps the parent committee purchase prizes at best prices!  Cost is $40 during April and $45 after May 1st.  Do not let your child miss this celebration!

The next All Night Party Parent Planning meeting will be Monday, April 21, 6:30 pm in the Teachers Lounge (Rm 600) at North.  Everyone is welcome!


Are you attending UWEC in the fall?  Would you like the option to test out of or improve your placement in the freshman writing seminar?  Then consider submitting a writing portfolio.  The deadline for submitting portfolios is August 29, 2014.
For more information, follow this link:
Questions?  Contact Dr. Shevaun Watson, Director of Composition: watsonse@uwec.edu

Class of 2015

Important Announcement to Parents/Guardians of Juniors:
The vision of the Eau Claire Area School District is to prepare all children for post-secondary success. One significant event in this process is participation in post-secondary admissions tests. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is proposing that all juniors take the ACT assessment beginning with the 2014-15 school year. To prepare for this effort, the Eau Claire Area School District will be piloting this assessment for all juniors during the 2013-14 school year. On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, the ACT will be given to all juniors during the school day it is the only one that is free of charge to all district juniors.

Test Date

Registration Deadline

(Late Fee Required)

June 14, 2014 (at NHS and UWEC)

May 9, 2014

May 10–23, 2014

Additional helpful information about the ACT assessment can be found at http://www.actstudent.org/regist/ Also, feel free to contact our Student Services department or school administration with questions.


Planning Ahead

Prom:  April 26

Band Pops Concert:  Monday, May 12th 7:30 pm (awards ceremony at 6 pm)

Big Band Bash-Heyde Center: Friday, May 16th  (Evening, time TBD) Northstar Jazz, North HS Jazz 1 and 2 perform dance charts from the big band era.  This year's theme will be Mardi Gras to highlight the trip we just went on with Memorial jazz bands. 

Upcoming Art Show Features North Art Teacher
North High art teacher Brian Paral is featured in an upcoming art show at the Regional Arts Center Click on: http://www.eauclairearts.com/event.phtml/DD726FBD/brian_paral_and_christy_skuban  and click on Art Gallery for more information.

Well Done HUSKIES!

Congratulations to the Cast, Pit and Crew of Grease.  It was a wonderful show!

North High School senior Ben Lawrence was selected among the top high school senior prospects to the American Football Worldwide Elite Team to represent the USA in Paris, France.  The USA team competed against the National U19 Team of France. Ben was one of thirty-four on the roster that represented twenty different states.  The team’s week in France, March 22 - 30, included tours of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Palace of Versailles, Mont St. Michel, the beaches of Normandy, the U.S. Cemetery and Memorial, and an evening boat tour of the Seine River. The week also consisted of practices with the USA team, and a football clinic and co-practice with young French football clubs. The week was capped off on March 29th with a 49-0 victory for the USA Elite Team over the U19 Paris Flash.

Congratulations to the North High School Students and Faculty Volunteers for providing meals at the Beacon House last week!  Ms. Margie Craemer has chaired this initiative since 2002.  NHS is the only non-church affiliated group that provide meals on a regular basis and we do this for a full week, twice per year! 

Results of the State FCCLA STAR events competition and leadership conference held in Wisconsin Dells from March 31-April 2nd.
Autumn Trzaskowski  and Keyara Williams- Gold - Chapter Service Project Display
Chee Cia Her- Silver - Advanced Food Terminology and Mathematics Test
LouShi Her, Sau Moua and Tony Vang- Silver - Chapter Service Project Portfolio
Mick Vang- Gold - Basic Food Production Terminology and Mathematics Test
Jimmy Yang- Silver - Basic Food Production Terminology and Mathematics
Morgan Eisenhuth- Gold - Pastries and Baked Goods
Nicole Daratsianakis-Silver - Job Interview


Community Connections


Community Theatre:  Visit www.ECCT.org and www.CVTG.org to find up-to-date information about all their wonderful shows, or ways for youth and parents to get involved backstage!  


Get Your Own Parents Who Host Sign!
Please join the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention in their efforts to remind parents of teens that, Parents Who Host Lose the Most. This campaign reminds parents that it is illegal, unhealthy, and unsafe to host teen parties with alcohol. You can remind people in your neighborhood by taking home a yard sign and placing it outside your home between now and the end of June. You can keep your sign, and put it out again next April. Signs are available at the school office. For tools to start a conversation with your teen on your expectations related to underage drinking, go to:  getinvolvedASAP.org  To join others working to reduce underage drinking, contact Kristin Hildebrand, at the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention 715-839-2874.

Memorial High School has been selected as the WBN (World Book Night) pick-up, reception site for book givers. The MHS TLI Club will be hosting this event as well as being one of the organizations to give books. This reception for those givers will be held on April 16. Then, on Wednesday, April 23 from 3:00-6:00pm, TLI will be hosting a book give away in the MHS library. The TLI Club will give books to “light” readers, nonreaders, or those who don’t have access to purchasing their own books. (Books are appropriate for ages 12 and up.)


Teen Poetry Night:  “Lovers of poetry and the written word – c’mon down to L E Phillips Public Library Thursday, April 24th from 7-8 p.m. for Teen Poetry Night.  We will be making our own magnetic poetry sets for your fridge or locker!  We will also have open mic time for the brave souls that would like to share their own work or someone else’s!”  For teens 6th grade and up.  Eau Claire Room.  For more information, call 715-839-5007. 


Touched Twice Clinic is April 26
The Touched Twice Clinic will be held April 26, from 9 am-2 pm at Bethesda Lutheran Church at 123 W Hamilton Ave. It is open to anyone who has a need and offers free services. Each guest is guaranteed ONE of the following services: doctor appointments, blood pressure checks, cholesterol/glucose screenings, limited dental services, vision screening, chiropractic service, haircuts, oil changes, massage or counseling servicing. All guests can receive a hot meal, free clothing, community resources, resume` building and financial counseling. For more information go to www.bethesdalutheran.org.


Puddle Jump is Saturday, April 26 
Longfellow’s Jeanne Richie Memorial Puddle Jump is Saturday, April 26 at 9:00 am. Pre-registration is closed but you may register the morning of the race at Phoenix Park. Registration opens at 7:30 am. Proceeds from the race benefit Longfellow’s After School 21st Century Community Learning Center and student scholarships for community programs. An un-timed children’s race begins at 10:00 a.m. at Phoenix Park. Advanced & team registration packet pick up is available at Longfellow on Thursday, April 24th from 4:00-6:30 pm, enter through door 2. Thank you for supporting Longfellow!

The 3rd Annual Essentially Eau Claire Concert will take place on April 28 at 7 pm in the Memorial High School Auditorium. The concert will feature guest soloist saxophonist Tom Luer along with the MHS Jazz I, II, and III bands and combos, South and Delong Middle School Jazz Bands and UWEC's Jazz 1! Each year this concert raises money for the ECASD's middle school instrumental programs. Tickets are $10 in advance from Schmitt Music or Morgan Music or at the door the night of the concert and all profits will be distributed between the middle school programs.

Race to the finish line with Ironman triathlete Jay Hewitt as he presents Winning Triathlons and Motivating Others on Wednesday, May 29, from 6-7 pm (free of charge) at Northstar Middle School. Email srgi@novonordisk.com for more information.

Chippewa River Adventure Camp is April 26  The UWEC Environmental Adventure Center is sponsoring a day-long Adventure Camp for students ages 8-16 at Round Hill near Durand. Participants will explore the natural world, get active outdoors and learn something new! Activities vary each year but past activities have included canoeing, kayaking, fishing, archery, map and compass, rifle range, outdoor cooking and a GPS treasure hunt. Each students will have the opportunity to participate in four activities. Cost is $40 per person and includes all instruction/equipment and a brick oven pizza lunch. Parents are invited to attend at no additional cost. Contact Sam Worple at worpless@uwec.edu or call 608-302-7430 for more information. Register by sending a check payable to the UWEC Environmental Center to Daniel Langlois, UWEC Hilltop Recreation Center, 105 Garfield Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54701.

Eau Claire Healthy Communities Celebration is Thursday, May 1
Last year, over 190 community residents gathered to collectively identify the most significant health issues in our county including chronic disease, high-risk alcohol use, mental health, family violence and oral health. Eau Claire Healthy Communities formed Action Teams around these health priorities and have been busy moving toward health improvement in these areas. More information on Eau Claire Healthy Communities is available at www.echealthycommunities.orgPlease join Eau Claire Healthy Communities to help celebrate achievements, find out the recipient of the first Annual Healthy Communities Champion Award and to think about how to make a difference in our community around these health priorities. The celebration will be Thursday, May 1, from 5:30-7:30 pm at the RCU Corporate Building. Refreshments will be provided. Please use the following link to register: www.tinyurl.com/echealthycommunities. Feel free to forward this email to your networks or to those that would be interested in attending the event.

Blugold Beginnings Summer 2014 Camp Offered:
Leadership and Service Week: For students entering 9th-12th grade.  Students will take part in service projects in the community to meet service requirements for graduation, help boost resumes, and enhance college application materials.  This camp will also involve many leadership activities to provide students with the skills to be able to succeed throughout high school and prepare for college. 
Session 1: (8:00 AM-5:00 PM) July 21st-24th (Free to ECASD students)

Be Aware of New Tobacco Products
The Eau Claire City-County Health Department Youth Advocacy Board has created a public outreach letter of information regarding new tobacco products that target today's youth.
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