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2018/2019 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 - 2018/2019

Nordic News

School begins at 8:25 AM on Monday, August 27th.

Open House

The open house will be Wednesday, August 22nd 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! 

New Student & 6th Grade Orientation

There will be a new student and 6th grade orientation August 22nd at 5:30 PM prior to the Open House.

Meet the Nordics

Meet the Nordics will be held at 4:30 PM on August 23rd, before the first home football game!  Come join us for a cookout! This event is sponsored by the ND PTO and ND Booster club.

Head Start Applications Being Accepted


The Dickinson-Iron ISD Department of Early Childhood Education is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 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.

Cellular Phones and Electronic Devices

In the 2018-19 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.

Student Use of the 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.

Class of 2019 Senior & Parent Informational Meeting

On August 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. the senior class and their parents are invited to attend an informational meeting regarding the 2019 class graduation and trip requirements. Students who expect to attend the senior class trip and their parents are required to attend. If you are unable to be present at this meeting, please call Mrs. Inglese at 906.542.9281 to schedule a time to go over the information.

Substitute Teachers Needed


Effective September 25, 2018 the requirements for substitute teachers will be changing to an associates degree or 60 college credits in stead of 90 college credits. If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher, please contact Mrs. Inglese at 906.542.9281

Welcome Back!

We are extremely excited to begin the 2018-19 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.

Please know that we value home/school communication at ND. It is vital and plays an essential role in each student’s success. We encourage you to contact us if/when the need arises, and to stay in the know about your child’s studies, assignments, assessments, and school activities.

Again, we welcome you to North Dickinson and to our wonderful learning community. Our school is a place where opportunities flourish! Here’s to an AWESOME 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.

School Parking and Traffic

To inform those new to our area and a reminder to the rest of us about parking and traffic at the school. First there is no vehicle traffic allowed around the north, east and west sides of the school from 8:00 a.m. – 3:25 p.m. on school days. School buses and school maintenance vehicles only. There is a fence on the west side, don’t go past the bus garages on the east side. This is to protect the kids during recess, when going to and from the football field, the outdoor trails, and bus loading and unloading times. The speed limit on school grounds is “SLOW”. There are a lot of children from toddler ages to teens. Often younger children don’t know enough to pay attention and do dart out from behind parked cars.

Students are to park in the lower parking lot always. Do not block the walkways between the lower lot and the upper lot. The visitor parking spaces in the upper parking lot is reserved for visitors. School employees or other personnel who work at the school should not use these parking spaces.

The front of the school is a loading and unloading zone. Please don’t park on or block the cement sidewalk. The loading zone should be limited to 15 minutes or less. School buses, school maintenance vehicles and law enforcement have an area designated for parking in front of the flag pole. The parking rules in front of the school and by the sidewalk apply during and after school hours and events. After school is out for the day there is additional parking around the back side of the school.

Please refrain from using the handicap parking unless you have a current handicap sticker. Violators could be ticketed.

HELP WANTED

The school district has immediate openings for two regular route bus drivers. The district is also looking for substitute support staff. This includes bus drivers, custodian, maintenance and kitchen help. All positions require a criminal background check and unprofessional conduct checks. Bus drivers require a Pre-employment drug screening and random drug testing. A bus driver must also have a CDL with the correct endorsements a current DOT physical card and successfully complete a Michigan Department of Education bus driver course. We are willing to work with you to obtain the required licenses and certifications in exchange for working as a bus driver at the school. Applications can be found on the schools web site: www.go-nordics.com complete the application then return it to the school. Or you can pick up an application at the office. We hold applications for one year and refer to them when we need to hire new people. So if you filed an application in the past and wish to stay on the list, please resubmit your application. The support staff openings are part time as needed positions. At the present time we do have openings for all of the above. The North Dickinson County District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected status in its employment decisions or provision of services.

Football Game Time & Location Change

The football game against Ontonagon that was scheduled for Thursday, August 30th at 6:00 PM at Ewen Trout Creek has been moved to Ontonagon on the same date and will be played at 3:00 CST.

2018-2019 School Meal Pricing

Breakfast: Students Full Price $1.00, Reduced Price $.30, Adult is $2.50
Lunch: Student Full Price- Elementary K-5 is $2.75 daily or $13.75 weekly, Grade 6-12 is $3.00 or $15.00 weekly. Student Reduced is $.40 daily or $2.00 weekly, Adult Lunches $4.00
Pre-School meal prices: Breakfast $1.25, Lunch $3.00, Milk $.40
Extra milk or a milk when eating cold lunch is $.40 regardless of Free/Reduced or Full Pay Status.

Athletic Passes/Ticket Prices


Athletic passes for HOME athletic events are now available in the school office between the hours of 9:00 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 2018-19 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. Parental permission slip. 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.

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://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 3rd. Price information will be sent home with the students at a later date.


2017-2018 Yearbooks
 
The 2017-2018 yearbooks are anticipated to be here the 2nd week of school. 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 some 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 Realignments


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.


Speed Zone


During the time when lights are flashing, the speed limit near the school is reduced to 25 M.P.H. Please obey the reduced speed limit. The area is patrolled by both the Sheriff and Michigan State Police.

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 2018-19 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 20th at 5:00. At this point we think we will have enough girls in 7th & 8th grade for each team, however, we are inviting the 6th grade girls to come to practices if they are able.

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.

Physical Education Information


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

Student Schedules and Schedule Changes

Mrs. Jungwirth will be available on Monday, August 20
from 8:30--2:30 and from 6:45-7:30 PM. During these hours students will be able to pick up their schedules, make schedule changes, and sign up for on-line courses. If these times do not work for you or your child please call the school to set up a different time. You can e-mail Mrs. Jungwirth regarding student schedules at ajungwirth@go-nordics.com.


College Night

Bay College West in Iron Mountain will be hosting a College Night on September 17th 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.