BC2M - Suicide Awareness Talk (3/4/21)
What could you say to a friend who you think is at risk of suicide? How can you start the conversation? Join us this Thursday, March 4th at 3:10pm for a special discussion, question & answer session with Becky Rose, MCCSC Director of Student Services. In person students will meet in room 403. Online students, email Mrs. Okulski (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the Teams link.
Unified Track will have a Call Out Meeting Wednesday, March 3rd at 3PM in the Auxiliary Gym for anyone who is interested in running track. We will condition after the meeting until 4:30PM. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Fleener in room 54 or email at email@example.com.
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
In 1987, March was declared “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.” Much progress has been made since that time toward the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, including education, employment, and community living.
However there is still work to be done. Throughout the month of March we will highlight the ways that BHSN includes those with developmental disabilities. Use the hashtag #BHSNIncludeme to show your support and tell your story of including those with developmental disabilities!
Here is an opportunity this month for students at BHSN to get involved and be a part of #BHSNIncludeME movement.
Unified Track begins conditioning practice this Wednesday. Our official start of the season is March 8th. Unified Track is an IHSAA Sanctioned sport that pairs students with disabilities with peer athletes. The season runs at the same time as the Boys/Girls Track Seasons and culminates in the State Championship at the Indiana University Track in June. The BHSN Unified Track team qualified for the State Finals last year for the first time. #BHSNIncludeME
Saturday, March 27th @ Starlite Drive-In
Don't be afraid to get back into the water! Enjoy a movie with friends and family from the comfort of. your won vehicle and make a splash for special olympics athletes at a very special shark-themed #BloomingtonPlunge at the Starlite Drive-In of Bloomington.
Registration Opens: 6:00 PM
Polar Plunge: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Movie Begins: 8:00 PM
Click here for more information.
February is Black History Month, and North students will host eight sessions on topics related to history, identity, and justice. Sessions will be offered throughout February on each Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 to 1:00 via Microsoft Teams. The topics explored are as follows:
You can access meeting links for each of these sessions by downloading North's Black History Month calendar (opens as a Word document).
Have questions? Reach out to Mrs. Cannon (Room 607, firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.
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.
Free School Meals
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
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 2020-2021 Orientation
BHSN Underclass Awards
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
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