BHSN Gifts of Grace
North's free after school tutoring program, will resume on Monday, 19 October. Cougar Hour is offered Monday through Thursday from 3:15-4:15 p.m. in the BHSN Media Center. Students can receive assistance in core subjects from North teachers. Students currently completing their coursework online can also get additional help during that time by submitting a request via this Google Form. This information will be shared with students via Canvas message.
2020 Student Elections
Want to make an impact on BHSN? Apply to be part of student government in 2020-21 by filling out a Class Officer application by Wednesday, Oct. 14, at noon. Students elected to this position will help plan prom, graduation, and other activities promoting school spirit. Email Ms. DeHoff at email@example.com with any questions.
Thank you for your patience as we’ve worked to compile information for the return of in-building instruction at North. You should have received an email earlier today asking that you indicate your child’s preference for either in-building or online only instruction, and those responses are due by Monday, August 31, 2020. Knowing how important this decision is for families, we wanted to provide you with further details this afternoon.
The MCCSC School Board recently adopted a phased re-entry plan for students who opt for in-building instruction. The three phases of that plan are as follows:
Phase Red: All students 100% Online
Phase Yellow: In Person students return to school on an alternating-day schedule
OR students remain 100% Online
Phase Green: In Person students return to school five days a week
OR students remain 100% Online
In Person Students
Presently, North students who would like to resume in-building learning can do so in Phase Yellow beginning on Tuesday, September 8. Any student who indicated a preference for five-day instruction or hybrid instruction over the summer will automatically be considered an in-building student unless they change their preference through the form provided above.
Within Phase Yellow, students attend school on alternating days based on their last name. The attached “Bloomington HS North Phase Yellow” document provides specific information on the alternating schedule.
Classes will alternate between alphabetical splits and Maroon/Gold Days throughout Phase Yellow. Students will complete work online via Canvas on days that they are not at North.
An MCCSC committee will meet weekly to determine whether we remain in Phase Yellow or move to another phase based on data benchmarks established by the school corporation.
If MCCSC moves to Phase Green, all in person students will return to North for classes five days a week.
In person students are asked to self-screen their health before coming to school and stay at home if they are exhibiting any of the following symptoms:
-- Fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)
-- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
-- Muscle or body aches
-- New loss of taste or smell
-- Sore throat
-- Nausea or vomiting
Please keep in mind the following items specific to in person students:
-- Students should stay home if they are showing signs of illness.
-- Absences need to be reported to the attendance office (812-349-4704).
-- Students will not be assigned lockers.
-- Students should check Skyward for class room numbers before coming to school on their first Maroon and Gold days.
Online Only Students
Students who choose to learn online only will continue with their studies much as they have up to this point. Teachers will still post weekly agendas and work to Canvas every Monday, and live sessions via Microsoft Teams will be scheduled for direct contact between teachers and students. The only change for online only students will be that their class period times will mirror those of the in-building students. You can review period start and end times in the “Bloomington HS North Phase Yellow” document attached to this message. Additionally, absences need to be reported to the attendance office (812-349-4704) when a student will miss a day of online learning.
Detailed Plans for BHSN Reopening
If you have questions about specific practices or protocols at North – like student arrival and dismissal, hallway traffic, library access, etc. – you can review the Bloomington High School North School Opening Plan located on our website (www.mccsc.edu/north).
Health Department Resources
Attached to this message are two documents from the Indiana State Department of Health, COVID-19 Screening for Parents and Student Guidance for Return to School. These items are provided for your reference, and we ask that you please review them before returning your Cougar to North for classes.
North’s faculty and staff recognize that these have been challenging days for many, but we are committed to doing our best to help all North students grow and learn in a safe environment. We thank you in advance for your continued commitment to these established COVID procedures and for the collective work we share in supporting our students. As always, please reach out to your child’s grade level counselor or administrator if you have any questions or concerns. And remember, it’s great to be a Cougar!
Michelle Brittain-Watts, Principal
BHSN 2020-2021 Orientation
Why Apply Day
BHSN Underclass Awards
Mrs. Fuson's Retirement
Mrs. Mary Jo Fuson is retiring from North this year. The care she showed to our students and staff was a daily reminder of why it's great to be a Cougar. Though she'll be missed, the North community wishes her well in retirement!
Congratulations to Mary Jo Fuson and Deb Rayl on their retirement and congratulations to Tyler Abel, Kim Baer, and Amber Dehner for being selected as MCCSC 2020 Stars.
Honoring our 2020 Seniors in Fine Arts
Each year the BHSN Fine Arts Department hosts a Celebration of the Arts throughout the months of April and May, highlighting the achievements of our Visual and Performing Arts students grades 9-12. Through exhibitions and performances, our students showcase their talents and hard work during the Evening of the Arts exhibition, the Musical, and end of the year Band and Choir Concerts.
Instead of our Evening of the Arts exhibit usually held in the BHSN Library at the end of April, we are presenting a virtual exhibit of our Senior Class Artists of 2020. Each artist is honored with a page to recognize their accomplishments.
Please click HERE for the presentation. Enjoy!
Academic Super Bowl
Bloomington North competed virtually in the IASP Senior Academic Super Bowl State Finals
Congratulations to Maggie Rushton & Gretchen Wheeler for taking 1st place in the Fine Arts competition and to Faith Stimson for taking 2nd place in the English competition. Well done!
Full Results can be found here: IASP Senior Superbowl Results
MCCSC WIFI Hotspots
Three locations have been designated as drive-through WiFi hotspots throughout the contingency learning period. They are at the following locations: the Bloomington High School North Athletics/Hoosier Hills Career Center parking lot; Bloomington High School South's parking lot; and Indiana University's Orange Lot (located between Memorial Stadium and Assembly Hall). If you do not have internet access at home, your student can use their school-issued laptop to access Canvas to download and upload assignments at these locations between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day. Please remain in your vehicle at these locations and only use the resource for school-related work.
Additional Wifi Hotspots
In addition to MCCSC free WiFi spots, we have received news that Smithville is providing two locations for free WiFi service:
Message from CRAM
When your laptop doesn't turn on, even though you had it on charger, try this method:
Returning Books and Accessing eBooks
BHSN Science Olympiad
BHSN science Olympiad team placed second at the Butler regional today February 29th and qualified for the state competition at Purdue. Both teams placed in the top 5 positions in 21 out of 23 events with 15 top 3 placements.
Japanese Olympiad of Indiana
Placed 3rd for each level at this all-state competition!
WOW is an engineering event hosted by the Society of Women Engineers at Ivy Tech Bloomington
Best Buddies will have their February event Thursday, February 20th in the LGI after school till 4pm.
Unified Track will have a Call Out Meeting Wednesday, February 19th at 3 in the LGI for anyone who is interested in running track. If you are unable to attend the call out, please see Mrs. Fleener in room 203 for information.
February 2020 ILEARN Biology End-of-Course Assessment Test Window
Students who have completed the High School Biology course at some time in their high school enrollment, but who have not taken a Biology ECA, will participate in the ILEARN Biology ECA from February 2-14, 2020.
Students currently enrolled in a Biology course will take the Biology ECA in the April 20 through May 15, 2020 test window.
Meal Packing Celebration
BHSN Cyber Encounters
Students from BHSN attended the Cyber Encounters Cyber security workshop at Purdue University on Wednesday Nov 6th and they placed 3rd out of about twenty schools at the competition part of the event.
Bloomington North Spell Bowl, coached by Mr. Philbeck, won first place in their regional competition at Center Grove on November 4 to become one of 14 teams to advance to the state meet at Purdue University on November 16. This is the second consecutive year for BHSN to make the finals. Team members are (from L to R) Chandler Carter (volunteer proctor), Nathan Abdullah, Kai Anderson, Arpan Bose, Miles Saltsman, Steve Philbeck (coach), Olivia Kaiser, Hayden Powers, MacKenzie Carver, Roudra Chatterjea, Finn Champagne, Delia Bratton, and Courtney Arthur. After the final competition, the team will enjoy a trip to Triple XXX Family Restaurant to celebrate our trip to state (our “other” annual goal).
Civil Rights History Club
We saw so many things on the Civil Rights History Club to Alabama this summer! 16th st Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, Civil Rights Institute, 4th Avenue Business District (some of our boys got free haircuts at the barbershop while we listened to real life advice from a local man who bought them a giant bag of chicken wings) In Birmingham. In Selma we visited the Voting Rights Museum, had an interactive experience at the slavery museum, and walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. In Montgomery, we went to the Rosa Parks museum, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the Legacy Museum, hung out on the front porch of MLKJ’s house, and spent some time sitting on the steps of the capital. In Memphis...the Lorraine Motel, and ended our trip with food at Central Barbecue, and a walk on Beale Street.
Of course, the evening swims and hanging out together in the dorm was a blast too, and a nice way to recover after all the learning each day.
BHSN Spell Bowl
Bloomington North Spell Bowl will be meeting soon. If you are interested in joining, see Mr. Philbeck in room 401 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last year we were state finalists and look forward to continued success this year. Spelling in meets is done on paper and not at a podium in front of an audience.
The word list is ready for this year and you can get a copy on paper or electronically by either seeing Mr. Philbeck or by email.
This is a fun group and we would love for YOU to join us. Don't fear it.
Rose-Hulman Homework Hotline
Parents and guardians should call the attendance line voicemail to report an absence, late arrival or early dismissal. If requesting an early dismissal for your student, please allow at least 45 minutes for passes to be delivered. Students will be unexcused unless a parent or guardian calls in to excuse their absence. The attendance line voicemail is 812.349.4704 and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Thank you.
One to One Student Learning Device Info
Families and Students should review the guidelines regarding the student learning devices. these guidelines have been set by MCCSC and approved by the School Board on 07/29/15. Also, please read the Student Device Care instructions found on the MCCSC High School 1:1 Page. High school student learning devices will be distributed to all students during the first week of school beginning with seniors and eding with freshman.
Click here to see the 1:1 Device Video
Mrs. Brittain-Watts Interview
8:00 AM Istep Retesting
9:00 AM Wrestling- Bloomington Invite
7:30 PM Boys Basketball Vs Center Grove
8:00 AM Istep Retesting
6:00 PM Girls Swimming Vs Greencastle
7:30 PM Girls Basketball Vs Owen Valley
7:00 PM Wrestling Vs BNL
3:00 PM Theater-Fall Show Performance