Northlawn Jr High
Northlawn School

Northlawn Jr. High

Backpack Night

August 20, 4:30-6:00
Students will report to their Advisory teacher, lists will be posted in the lobbies and the cafeteria.  Students will receive locks, schedules, bus information, lunch information, etc. Students and parents may organize materials in lockers in order to make the first day of school seem less hectic.  Parents will have the opportunity to receive their parent access to Skyward as well. Computers and access codes will be available in students Advisory classroom. 

What's New!

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Staff: Mr. Jeremy Jenkins is the Assistant Principal. New Teachers include Ms. Amber Kappelman (8th grade language arts/ss), Mr. Ted Wargo (8th grade language arts/ss), Machaela Copeland (5th grade special education –resource). 

Air Conditioning: Throughout the summer, you may have noticed a lot of construction happening at NL. Crews have been working diligently in an effort to get air conditioning placed throughout the building… which leads us to the next changes.

Early Dismissal: In the past, District 44 has run on an early dismissal schedule at the beginning of the year due to heat. Because all buildings currently have air conditioning, we will no longer have a “heat schedule” the first two weeks of school. Early dismissal will continue to be every Wednesday.

Initiatives:

1)   1. RtI process (see handbook and website for more details)

2)    2. Social emotional learning program (see website for more details)

Academics:

1)    Social Studies will be separate from language arts at the 7th and 8th grade level so that students are not with the same teacher and students for all three of those class periods.

2)    Differentiation (changing instruction/assessment to meet student needs) has always been used by teachers because there is a wide variety of ability in each classroom. It is very common to adjust curriculum for students who struggle. Although we will continue to differentiate for students having difficulty, our differentiation focus this year will be to challenge all students by increasing higher level materials as well.

Discipline: (please see the handbook for more details)

1)    Phones & speakers …If the student must bring a phone, it needs to be kept locked in his/her locker during the school day. If a phone is seen (even if it is off and in a pocket), it will be confiscated and taken to the office where a parent will need to pick it up. Students may ask permission if a call is necessary. Office phones may also be used for emergencies. Another phone reminder… phones must be turned off while in the school building (or bus). Students may use phones before/after school outside the building (or bus) only.  

2)    Hoods and earphones may not be worn in the school building.

3)    Students involved in fights may be charged with disorderly conduct.

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