2019/2020 School Year

Welcome to the North Dickinson County School web-page. It is my sincere hope that students will have a successful and rewarding school experience. The community, staff and Board of Education has provided our students with many opportunities to grow accademically, socially, and physically. Our school staff is made up of many caring and dedicated people who will work very hard to give the best educational experience possible. In return, we ask our students to put forth their best effort in all of their classes and get involved in school activities.

If there is any way I can help you during the school year, please be sure to ask; my door is always open.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Angel R. Inglese
Superintedent/Principal


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Mission Statement:
North Dickinson County School, as a reflection of a caring, unique community located in a natural setting, will empower and challenge all students to achieve their fullest intellectual potential, character, and attitudes to create better lives for themselves and the larger community.

Nordic Athletics:
North Dickinson offers several sports for both boys and girls at the high school level including football, volleyball, basketball, and track & field. The Nordics compete in the Skyline Central Conference with other area schools

Technology:
Through the use of advanced technology, we are able to provide students with modern resources, and offer students a range of classes that extend beyond the walls of our building to offer students a more fulfilling and challenging educational experience.

North Dickinson County School - 2019/2020

 

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2019 Fall Sports Practice Schedule

Football: Practice starts Monday, August 12th at 5:00 P.M. Equipment will be issued the 1st practice starting at 3:00 PM.

Volleyball: Practice starts Wednesday, August 14th at 9:00 AM.

7th and 8th grade girls’ basketball: Practice starts on Monday, August 19th at 3:30.

All athletes must have a physical on file prior to the 1st practice.

 

*** August/September Newsletter***

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Welcome Back!

We are extremely excited to begin the 2019-20 school year at North Dickinson County School! This promises to be a year filled with many opportunities for all of our students as we strive to find ways that we can be even better than we have before! During this school year, we will continue to build upon and refine our proven foundation of good work, honored traditions, and continued excellence in education. 
Our staff of highly qualified professional educators and support personnel is committed to providing our students many opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. We invite and encourage students and parents to work in partnership with us to seize opportunities in all facets of our ND program.
We look forward to a very positive and productive year together!  We extend a special, yearlong invitation to our families to join us at school activities and events whenever possible.  We want and value your involvement and support in your child’s education!  Your active participation is key to the success of your Nordic during his/her school years.
There has been some changes to our staff for the 2019-20 school year. Mrs. Sgarlotti has decided to retire. She has been teaching elementary special education for several years and prior to that she taught Middle/High School special education, and Middle/High School English. We will miss Mrs. Sgarlotti and thank her for her many years of service.
Mrs. Hord will be teaching elementary special education and we are eager to welcome her into that position. The Board of Education hired Mrs. Abby Grunlund to teach third grade for the 2019-20 school year and Miss Auna Oman to teach second grade. We are extremely excited to have them become a part of our Nordic family.
Again, we welcome you to North Dickinson and to our wonderful learning community.  Our school is a place where opportunities flourish!  Here’s to a wonderful new school year as we work together to make our school a great place to work and learn each day, remembering that every day is a great day to be a Nordic.


Open House

The open house will be Wednesday, August 21st at 6:00 PM. The PTO will be offering hotdogs, chips and drinks. We will also be raffling 2 family athletic passes. Come visit us! 

6th Grade Orientation

There will be a 6th grade orientation August 21st at 5:30 PM prior to the Open House.

Freshman/High School Informational Meeting

On August 21st at 5:15 Mrs. Jungwirth will hold an informational meeting for high school students and their parents in Mrs. Lindholm's classroom.  Information that will be discussed will include: graduation requirements, career cruising information, dual enrollment opportunities, and Dickinson Iron Technical Education Center information. The meeting will be most applicable to 9th - 11th graders and their parents. If you are unable to attend, but would like the information, please contact Mrs. Jungwirth by e-mail at ajungwirth@go-nordics.com or call the school to set up an appointment. 

Meet the Nordics

The North Dickinson Booster Club and PTO will once again be having a “Meet the Nordics” night!  Please stop in by the bus garage for a free brat or burger and some homemade fries on September 6th before the football game!  We’d love to see you there!

Athletic Passes/Ticket Prices


Athletic passes for HOME athletic events are now available in the school office between the hours of 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Prices are $90 for a family pass, $50 for an individual adult pass and $15 for a student pass. Passes for senior citizens age 60 or older are also available for $30. A pass will admit you to all HOME North Dickinson athletic events except state run tournaments such as district basketball tournaments, track meets, etc. For the 2019-20 school year ticket prices will be:
Varsity and Junior Varsity Events: Adults - $5.00 Students - $2.00
Junior High Events : Adults - $3.00 Students - $2.00

MIChild Health Insurance


Information on a health insurance plan called MIChild is available in the school office. MIChild is a health insurance program for uninsured children of Michigan’s working families.


Transportation


Parents are reminded that only regularly scheduled bus students are to ride a bus and any exceptions must be cleared with the principal’s office before hand. Students must get permission from home in writing, and then have it approved in the office for the following: 1. Getting off the bus at a stop other than his/her regularly assigned stop. 2. Riding a bus other than the one assigned.


Pay to Participate


High school and junior high students who participate in sports or extra curricular activities will be required to pay a $40.00 fee that must be paid in the school office before the first game/event. This fee will be required for each sport/activity a student is involved in. If you paid the $20 for the athletic physical last spring, $20 will be subtracted off the first pay to participate fee.

Student Vehicle Rules


Students are to ride the bus unless there is a special situation (i.e. work after school, doctor appointment, participation in sports). In the event a student has a special need to drive a vehicle and park it at the school, the following MUST be followed or the parking privilege will not be approved: 1. Must have a valid Michigan driver’s license. 2. State required insurance coverage. 3. Signed application to drive vehicles on school property. (Can be obtained in the school office). 4. Copy of Michigan vehicle registration. All four items must be submitted to the building principal for verification. A written parent approval must be obtained and placed in our files.

Administration of Medication during School Hours

Prior to administration of any medication by school personnel, an Administration of Medication Form must be completed for each child. This form is included in the student handbook. Medication must be in its pharmacy dispensing container with appropriate directions for school included in the form.


Telephone Calls


Our school policy does not permit us to take students out of class for phone calls, messages, etc., unless it is an emergency situation. Also, if you are aware that your children are going to be getting off the bus at a stop other than their own, please send a note from home with your child(ren) in the morning. Only under emergency situations can we take telephone calls to give students messages to ride the bus to stops other then their own. Your cooperation is appreciated.

School Breakfast Program


We have breakfast available each morning between 8:10 and 8:25 in the lunch room. The price is $1.00 for full pay student, $.30 for reduced, and $2.50 for adults.

Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals


An Application for Free and Reduced School Meals is included in this newsletter and can also be printed off our website at http://www.go-nordics.com. Parents are asked to fill out the application and return it to the school as soon as possible. You will be informed of application approval or denial. Please remember that it benefits the school and you.


School Pictures


School pictures for all students have been scheduled for Wednesday, October 2nd. Price information will be sent home with the students at a later date.


2018-2019 Yearbooks
 
The 2018-2019 yearbooks are anticipated to be here around September 20th. They will be available in the school office for pick up. If you didn’t order a yearbook and would like to purchase one there are a few still available. The price to purchase one is $40.00.


Locker Room Locks


For a deposit of $5.00, J.V. & Varsity athletes wishing to secure their locker room lockers can get a lock from the office. The deposit will be refunded when the lock is returned at the end of season in which the athlete is participating. Personal locks cannot be used and will be cut off.


School of Choice Deadline


Students wanting to attend North Dickinson through the school of choice program should stop at the school office to fill out the proper paperwork. The school of choice window is open now until August 30th.


Pathway


The pathway on the west of the school property is to be used by pedestrians only, motorized vehicles are prohibited on the pathway.

Change of Address and Telephone Numbers


In order to update our school address and telephone number records, we are asking you to please notify the school if you have any changes in this information.

Bus Route


Bus routes will be posted to the district website when available, you may also call the office to find out your stop time.
Please have students at assigned bus stops 5 minutes earlier than the scheduled pick-up time. All bus routes have been re-arranged again this year to accommodate new students, graduated students and families who have moved. For the first two weeks expect the bus to be 5 minutes earlier or 5 minutes later than the scheduled time.

School Day


The normal school day begins at 8:25 AM and ends at 3:15 PM for all grades. No students are permitted in the building until 8:10 AM. Do not drop your student(s) off at school before this time as there is no supervision. Please make other arrangements if you work or have other appointments that require you to leave home before the bus arrives.

Driving to the Technical Center

Students who attend the technical center are not allowed to drive to voc unless they have a valid reason. The North Dickinson County School offers our students bus transportation to and from the tech center on a daily basis. Students are expected to ride this bus. If your child has other appointments prior to or after voc and will not be riding the bus, please write a note or call the school to inform us that they will be driving and list any students that will be riding with them. If your child will be riding with another student, they also need a note of permission.

Registration of New Students


Families with school age children who have moved into the district are asked to come to the school office to register their children for the 2019-20 school year. For more information, please call the school office at 542-9281.

Junior High Girls Basketball Practice


Junior high girls basketball practice will start on Monday, August 19th at 3:30.

Security System Entry/Picking up Students during School Hours


The security system will continue to be used this year. During the school day all visitors including parents, delivery persons, salesmen and others will be directed to enter the two double doors on the south east side of the building. There is a camera and intercom at the door. A sign is posted directing visitors to stand in front of the camera when pressing the buzzer and speak into the intercom. There is a monitor and speaker located in the office for staff to see the visitor, talk to the person and press a button to unlock the door temporarily for entry. All visitors must then report to the office to sign in and receive a visitors badge to be worn while in the building. Students arriving late or leaving early must sign in/out at the office. This system is in use from 8:25 AM through 3:00 PM each day students are in session.

Local Wellness Policy Meeting

We will be reviewing our local wellness policy at a meeting on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 6:00 PM in the high school conference room. We will discuss any updates, additions or changes that we feel is necessary to make. Our current wellness policy is available for review on our website (www.go-nordics.ccom//misc_menu.html).

Student Use of Facility

With the school year starting, along with academics, the students and staff are very excited about athletics. Students that are involved in athletics are required to be under their coaches’ supervision. Therefore, athletes are not to be in the weight room, gym, or other parts of the facility without adult supervision. This goes for students who are not on athletic teams also. Please remind your child that they are not allowed to stay after school to hang out prior to an athletic event. Students must be supervised by a professional staff member or authorized adult while using the school facility and therefore are not allowed to use the weight room, gym or other areas of the district without proper supervision.

Many students come to school to work out in the morning with different professional staff members. Please remind your child that the authorized adult must be present before they engage in any of their morning workout activities.

Physical Education Information


Physical Education students should have non-marking tennis shoes, tee-shirts, shorts and socks.

Speed Zone


During the time when lights are flashing, the speed limit near the school is reduced to 35 M.P.H. Please obey the reduced speed limit. The area is patrolled by both the Sheriff and Michigan State Police.

September 2019-20 Food Service Newsletter

Breakfast Program: Breakfast, beginning August 26th, is each morning between 8:10-8:25, in the lunch room. Students pay on the day they eat. Advanced meals may be purchased for a week or as desired. Cost of breakfast is $1.00 for full pay, $.30 for reduced students, and free for students who have filled out a free & reduced lunch application and have free breakfasts. Students are encouraged to participate in the program and start their day with a healthy, nutritional meal. Breakfast is not served on the days when school is delayed. Students should come to the cafeteria as soon as they get off the bus to have enough time to eat and still be on time for classes.
Elementary K-5 Lunch Program: Lunch money is due and collected in the elementary classrooms every day of the week. Whenever a child has been absent, be sure to take credit for this the following week.
Secondary 6-12 Lunch Program: Lunch money is due on the first school day of each week. Meal money will be collected daily from 8:10 AM to 8:25 AM in the Commons area BEFORE CLASSES BEGIN.
School Meal Prices: Breakfast: Students – Full Price is $1.00, Reduced price is $.30, Adult is $ 2.50 Lunch: Students–Full Price- Elementary K-5 is $3.00 daily or $15.00 weekly Grade 6-12 is $3.25 or $16.25 weekly Students Reduced Price, K-12 is $.40 daily or $2.00 weekly, Adult Lunches $4.00 Pre-School meal prices: Breakfast $1.25 Lunch $3.00, Extra Milk $.40
Debit and Credit amounts from last year students’ meal accounts will carry forward to this school year. Parents, please keep your child/children’s meal accounts current. No charging of meals except under special circumstances with prior approval.
Milks: Extra milk or a milk when eating cold lunch is $.40, regardless of Free/Reduced or Full Pay status.
Vending Machine: The North Dickinson School District is required to follow the USDA Smart Snacks in School program. Being a K-12 school district we are required to follow requirements for Elementary students. In order to comply with the Smart Snack in School for beverages we will be only selling bottled water in our vending machine. We regret the inconvenience this may cause.
Applications for Free & Reduced School Meals: Parents are encouraged to fill out an application for free or reduced price school meals. To apply for these meal benefits for your family, carefully complete, sign and return the attached application forms to the school office as soon as possible. All applications will be processed as they are received by the food service director. It is our goal to have applications processed before the first day of school. Parents will be notified by phone, mail, or we can notify you by e-mail if requested. A paper notification can be sent home with your child. If you qualify for either free or reduced price meals it not only helps you financially but also benefits our school. Funding for schools is determined in part by the number of students who qualify for free or reduced meals.
We look forward to all returning, new students and staff. We hope you had a great summer and return refreshed and ready for another great school year at NORTH DICKINSON COUNTY SCHOOL!!!!!!!


Cellular Phones and Electronic Devices

In the 2019-20 school year, students in grades 6 – 12 will be again expected to keep their cell phones and electronic devices off and in their lockers during the hours of 8:25 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. with the exception that students in grades 8-12 are allowed to use them during their lunch. Teaching staff does have the ability to request permission to allow students to use their devices for specific curricular activities. Children in grades K-5 are not allowed to bring electronic devices to school as they do not have a safe, secure place to store them.

Labor Day Tournaments Fundraiser

Please come out and support our high school students at the Felch Labor Day baseball tournaments.  The high school classes will be operating the concessions Saturday, August 31-Monday, September 2nd.  Games start at 9:00 AM each day.  We look forward to seeing you there!

PTO

Please keep clipping boxtops and sending in Tadych's and Super One receipts.  This is how we fund all of our PTO projects!  If you are interested in being a part of the PTO, watch for meeting dates! 

College Night


Bay College West in Iron Mountain will be hosting a College Night on September 16th from 6:00-7:30. Students be able to visit booths to get information and talk to representatives from many different colleges and universities. A list of colleges that will be in attendance is available in the guidance office. Any high school student is encouraged to attend.

Head Start Applications Being Accepted


The Dickinson-Iron ISD Department of Early Childhood Education is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year at the North Dickinson Center.
Pregnant mothers and children ages birth to three may be eligible for the Early Head Start Program. Children ages three and four, may be eligible to attend the Head Start or Great Start Readiness preschool programs. The programs are free to families who qualify and children are not required to be potty trained prior to enrollment. Families with children with a disability are encouraged to apply.
Early Head Start, Head Start, and Great Start Readiness are comprehensive programs that involve the family in the development of the child. The curriculum is designed to address all aspects of the child’s development and lesson plans are created to meet the child’s school readiness goals.
If you have any questions or would like to submit an application for your child, please call the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District-Department of Early Childhood Education at 779-2695 or visit www.diisd.org

Board Highlights– August 2019


Approved instructional aide staffing for 2019-2020
Set lunch pricing for 2019-2020
Accepted the milk bid submitted by Dean Foods as the milk supplier for 2019-2020
Approved N.D. as a School of Choice District
Approved NEOLA policies presented as a final reading
Approved to increase the elementary special education position from 3/5 to full time
Hired Auna Oman as an elementary teacher for the 2019-2020 school year
Approved the superintendent/principal to sign a contract with Edmentum to offer online learning and professional development to staff