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.


Mrs. Angel R. Inglese

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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

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



4 on 4 Basketball Tournament

North Dickinson will be hosting a 4 on 4 basketball tournament on Saturday, November 3 for students in grades 3rd-6th. Please see the attached registration form for details and rules. Contact Angie Jungwirth or Chris Mattson with questions (contact info is on the attached forms). Click here for registration form.


College Planning Strategies Workshop

There will be a complimentary 60 minute college planning overview at Bay College West Campus October 22nd at 6:00 pm. You will learn how academics, admissions and financial strategies can work together to help save you money on college. Click here for registration information.


Holiday Bazaar
By: Mrs. Jennifer Slagle

The Freshman and Junior Classes will be hosting a Holiday Bazaar at North Dickinson School on Saturday, November 24th from 10-3. The non-refundable cost will be $25 for a single spot (8ft long) and $10 for each additional spot. Vendors are asked to bring their own tables. We do have a few tables available to rent for $5 each. Set up time will start on Saturday at 8:00AM. Your payment must be included with your application and sent to the address listed below to reserve your spot. We are also requesting a raffle item to be donated. The admission is free for the public to attend. There will be concessions and raffles throughout the day as well. If you would like to sign up to be a vendor, please contact me. Thank you for supporting the Classes of 2020 and 2022. If you have any further questions, please contact Jennifer Slagle at jslagle@go-nordics.com or call 542-9281.


School Meals

Just a reminder that there is no charging of school meals. Make sure to send lunch money to cover the costs of your child/children’s meals. Breakfast is $1.00 for all full pay students, $.30 for reduced students . Lunch is $2.75 for Elementary and $3.00 for the Middle and High school, $.40 for all reduced students. Adult lunches are $4.00.
You also have an option to fill out a free and reduced application. 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.
The free and reduced breakfast and lunch program can help families make the most of their resources by helping bridge the financial gap and make school meals affordable for families. Applications can be picked up in the office or you can go to www.go-nordics.com, click on the link Parents Menu, then click on “Free and Reduced Lunch Applications” to print one off and return it to the school office.
We encourage parents to come in and eat lunch with your child/children. Please be sure to call the day prior or in the morning to ensure that there is enough food prepared.

Third Grade
By: Mrs. Jennifer Slagle

The third grade has been working hard so far. What a great group of students!  They have been busy learning about addition and subtraction, Michigan History, and reading skills and fluency. If you have Internet access at home, I do have a web-page with learning games that we use in computers. The site is the following: http://jenniferslagle.weebly.com ! I really stress and strive for the kids to want to learn for their purpose, not to just achieve a grade. I encourage learning at home and school and hope to work together as a team. Please feel free to contact me at anytime the need arises. My email is jslagle@go-nordics.com or call me at 542-9281. We are looking forward to a great year!

Jr. High Student Council
By: Mrs. Jennifer Slagle

The Junior High Student Council will be hosting a Halloween Party on Tuesday, October 30th from 3:15-5 in the Commons. We will have a costume contest, games, dancing, and concessions will be sold. Admission is free. Categories for the costume contest are-Most Creative, Scariest, Cutest, Best Pair, and Best Overall. 

School Pictures

School pictures will be taken in the morning on Wednesday, October 3rd. Pricing information will be sent home with the students and can also be picked up in the school office. Picture retakes will be Wednesday, November 28, 2018.


The 2017-2018 yearbooks are in! If you ordered a yearbook, please stop by the office to pick up your copy. If you didn’t order in advance and would like to purchase one, hurry, we only have a few extras that can be purchased for $40.
 We have a great ND Yearbook Committee this year! We've been out taking pictures at events, but would welcome any photographs you have taken that can be used for the yearbook. The more pictures to choose from the better! Pictures can be emailed to athoune@go-nordics.com.
 We will be having a yearbook sale where you can purchase a yearbook at a discounted price. More information will be given in the coming newsletters.

Parent-Teacher Conferences / Early Dismissal

Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, November 1, 2018. School will be dismissed at 12:45 PM. Teachers will be available from 1:30-4:00 PM and 5:00-7:30 PM.
NO School

There will be no school for students on Wednesday, October 10th due to a teacher professional development day.
Emergency Closing & Delays / Power School Messaging System

If the school must be closed or the opening delayed because of inclement weather or other conditions, the opening delayed because of inclement weather or other conditions, the school will notify the following radio and television stations:
WLUC TV 6, The Bear 93.1, WMIQ 94.1, WIMK 94.3 FM, WZNL 1450 AM, WGLQ 97.1, WCMM 102.5, WGKL 105.5, WCHT 600, WYKX 104.7, WDBC 680 AM, ABC TV 10 (WBUP), WNMU 90.1, WMXG 106.3, WJNR 101.5 FM, WHTO 106.7, WOBE 100.7, WFXD 103.3, WRUP 98.3, WQXO 1400 AM, WKQS 101.9, WIKB 99.1.
You are also encouraged to sign up for our messaging system that is part of PowerSchool. This system will also be used to inform those who are signed up to receive information on inclement weather closings/delays or other conditions. If you would like to take advantage of this system, you may pick up a form in the school office.

Walkers Welcome

Walkers are welcome to use the high school halls before school from 7:00 -8:00 AM and after school from 3:30-5:00 PM. The weight room will also be open during these times.

End of 1st Marking Period/ Report Cards Issued

Friday, October 26th is the end of the 1st nine week marking period. Report cards will be issued on Wednesday, October 31st.

Flu Shot Clinic

Flu shot clinic will be held at North Dickinson on Thursday, October 4th from 3:30-5:00 PM.

Smiles on Wheels

Smiles on Wheels will be here the week of October 8, 2018. Information regarding the program will be sent home soon. Students should return the forms to their teacher even if they are not interested.

Board Highlights- September 2018

-Changed the time of the December Board meeting to 5:30 p.m.
-Accepted the Breen Area Education Home School Curriculum
-Approved the 2018-2019 course catalog as presented
-Approved the support staff handbook as presented
-Increased substitute teacher pay to $90/full day and $45/half day effective September 11, 2018
-Authorized a conditional offer of employment to Mary MacFadyen as a bus driver

Financial Aid Information for Seniors
By: Mrs. Angie Jungwirth
Students will be able to file a 2018–19 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2018. Because of the early submission students will use earlier income information. For your 2019–20 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2019–20 FAFSA, students (and parents) will report their 2017 income information, rather than their 2018 income information.  Please contact Angie Jungwirth if you have questions or would like help submitting the FASFA.
Career Cruising
By: Mrs. Angela Jungwirth
Our school uses a program called Career Cruising with our 7th-12th grade students to make student educational development plans (EDP’s).  Career Cruising is an Internet-based career exploration and planning tool your child uses to explore career and college options and develop a career plan. Career Cruising can be accessed from school, from home, or wherever your son or daughter has access to the Internet. We are using this program to find students career interests to help guide the students plans throughout school. Features of the program include: Interest and Skills Assessment, Career Profiles, Multimedia Interviews, College and Financial Aid Information, Electronic EDP Tool, and a Resume Builder.  To find out more about Career Cruising, we encourage you to login at www.careercruising.com using the school’s access information.  Username: ndcs and Password: Nordics
You can also request access to review your child's EDP. Please contact Mrs. Jungwirth if you would like access to your child's Career Cruising account.

Head Lice Awareness

This article is to increase head lice awareness so that you may take steps at home to help prevent your child from becoming infested with head lice. Any time children come together, particularly at the start of the school year or following any social grouping like Girl/Cub Scouts, Brownies, Little League, dance groups, or sleepovers, detected head lice cases commonly increase. Recent studies show that head lice are seldom spread in the school setting. Direct, physical, head-to-head contact is the usual method of transmission. Lice do not jump or fly. They survive only for a short time away from the human head and have difficulty crawling or clinging to smooth surfaces. Check your child’s head weekly for lice and/or nits (eggs). Mature lice, which are no bigger than a sesame seed, avoid light and are hard to see. Lice eggs or “nits” are usually found close to the scalp – usually within one quarter inch. They appear as tiny whitish ovals that are “glued” to the hair shaft. They cannot easily be flicked away as dandruff can. Head lice do not transmit disease and are not a serious medical condition. They cannot survive on your pets. If you find head lice on your child, please notify the school and treat him/her with lice shampoo following package instructions. A second treatment may be required in seven to ten days. Continue to examine the child and all family members for three weeks and treat only if live lice or if nits are found one quarter inch or less from the scalp.
Steps to help prevent the spread of head lice include:
* Check your child’s head weekly or signs of head lice.
* Teach your child not to share or trade personal items such as hats, combs, brushes, headbands, and barrettes.
* Contain long hair in braids or ponytails, especially in younger children.
* Teach children to avoid head-to-head contact.
For more information regarding head lice or its treatment, please feel free to contact the school office or your local health department.


Fall homecoming is the week of October 1st – October 5th
This year’s theme is Nickelodeon!

Dress up days are:
Monday-Get Up & Go Day
Tuesday-Career Day
Wednesday-Professional dress (Picture Day)
Thursday-Twin Day
Friday-Nordic Day!

The Nordics take on Forest Park Friday evening at 6:00.  Come to see the floats!  Honor the Homecoming court and join the fun!
Dear Parents of Nordics in Grades K-8,

Prior to the end of the first nine weeks, Nordics in grades K through 8 will take MAP® Growth™ tests from NWEA® on a computer or tablet. This is the first year we will be implementing MAP Growth tests. The tests are used to determine student instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in math and English Language Arts.
MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level.
Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it’s easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly.
MAP Growth reports also provide typical growth data for students who are in the same grade, subject, and have the same starting performance level. Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth, which you can review with your child’s teacher for more insight. Students will be tested three times throughout the year similar to the Star Math and Star Reading tests.
We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit: NWEA.org/Parent-Toolkit.

Mrs. Inglese

Addition to the Senior Class Trip Guidelines

Senior Parents:
Your child received a letter on September 26, 2018 regarding the issues/additions to the Senior Trip Guidelines. These were discussed at the meeting with seniors and their parents during the first week of school. If you have not signed and returned the letter, please do so by October 5, 2018.

School Parking & Traffic

This is 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. During the day school buses and school maintenance vehicles are the only vehicles permitted past the fence on the west side, and 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.