2021/2022 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 - 2021/2022

 

 

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Dear Parent

The staff at North Dickinson would like for all students to be safe and educated in a face to face manner, however, it is imperative that if your child is not feeling well you keep them home. Our teachers have been working hard to get their google classrooms running and we ask that if your child is sick or has to quarantine you work with your teacher to have your child log into their google classroom on a daily basis. At the MS/HS level, students should log in hourly. Elementary teachers will communicate with each child and parent individually to schedule a time for your child to log in for instruction.

When students are required to quarantine, it is because we have had a positive case that affects them. The health department asks the child or adult who has tested positive to give a list of contacts and also asks the school for seating charts. A contact is any person who has been within six feet for more than 15 minutes. Our goal is to keep our students as safe as possible. We realize this isn't always easy or convenient.. We appreciate your understanding as we must do what is best for the entirety of the school. Thank you.

Junior High Girls Basketball Update

The Junior High Girls Basketball game scheduled for tonight (September 9th) in Kingsford has been cancelled.


Game Changes

The volleyball games scheduled for Thursday, September 9th against Carney and Tuesday, September 14th against Forest Park are cancelled and are going to be rescheduled for later in the season.

The football game on Friday, September 10th in Rudyard is cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

We will not be playing in the JV volleyball tournament in Iron Mountain this Saturday, September 11, 2021.

Welcome Back!


We are look forward to seeing all of our students and servicing their learning needs for the 2021-22 school year. Last year was like none we had ever experienced and we are excited and a little nervous to see how this year will turn out. Our teachers are dedicated to continuing to build upon and refine our proven foundation of good work, honored traditions and continued excellence in education. We look forward to a positive and productive year together.
 We will continue to provide a safe, clean learning environment and encourage social distancing and safety protocols when appropriate. At this time, face masks will not be required for any students or staff, however, will be the choice of the family. This could change prior to the start of the school year as we receive further guidance from the Michigan Department of Education, Centers for Disease Control, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. We will not require the COVID-19 vaccination as it is not listed as a school required vaccine.  
Our August Professional Development days for staff will be focused on Social Emotional Learning, early reading strategies and Equity. 
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 learn and work each day, remembering that every day is a great day to be a Nordic.
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Open House


The open house will be Wednesday, August 18th at 6:00 PM. 6th grade and new student orientation at 5:30. Title I meeting at 7:00 in high school library.

Athletics

There will be a Parent/Athlete meeting to go over the Athletic Handbook at 6:30 PM in Mrs. Lindholms Classroom during the Open House on August 18, 2021.

High School Informational Meeting
 
On August 18th, 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. 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. 

Free Backpacks and School Supplies


If you are in need on backpack or school supplies please call the office (906) 542-9281 so pickup can be arranged. There is a limited amount available so it is first come, first serve.


Student Schedules
 
Student schedules will be available for pick up at the open house. If your child is unable to attend the open house they can set up a time to pick up their schedule the week before school starts or they will be given to them the first day of school. 

School Dress Code


The school year is starting earlier than usual this year. Keep in mind that even though it is still very warm out to please be sure to follow the school dress code.
The following styles or manners of dress are prohibited: Shorts and skirts above mid-thigh length, tank tops, pajamas, hats, bare midriffs, hoods, do-rags.
Students in physical education classes must dress appropriate for the activity.  T-shirts, gym shorts, or sport pants and non-marking gym shoes are the standard attire.  If gym classes go outside, the teacher may have additional directives for dress.

Athletic Passes/Ticket Prices


Athletic passes that were purchased last year (20-21 School Year) will be honored for this year also, you do not need to buy another one, you are all set. If you didn't buy one last year, athletic passes for home athletic events are now available in the school office between the hours of  8:00 AM and 3:00 PM, call ahead and we will have it ready for you. 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 2021-22 school year ticket prices will be:
Varsity and Junior Varsity Events: Adults $5:00  Students $2.00 Senior Citizens $3.00
Junior High Events: Adults $3.00 Students $2.00  Senior Citizens $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.

Physical Education Information


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


Local Wellness Policy Meeting


We will be reviewing our local wellness policy at a meeting on Wednesday, August 17, 2021 at 2:00 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 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.

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.

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 27th.

Cellular Phones and Electronic Devices

In the 2021-22 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.

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 free for all students, and $2.50 for adults.

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 2021-22 school year. For more information, please call the school office at 542-9281.

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.


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. HS stidents will be permitted to use the student lounge prior to athletic events.

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.


Pathway


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

PTO


Please, please keep saving your Super One and Econo receipts for the PTO.   We love to be able to say 'YES'  to as many things as we can, and this is our main source of funds.  We are so appreciative that our local grocery stores are supporting schools in this way. Every receipt helps. Thank you!

September 2021-22 Food Service Newsletter and Meals Application Forms

There was a Nationwide Waiver that will allow us to continue to serve meals for free to all students under the Summer Food Program throughout the 2021-22 regular school year. We do ask that you still fill out the free and reduced lunch application that is attached due to school funding.

Breakfast Program: Breakfast, beginning August 23rd, is each morning between 8:10-8:25, in the lunch room. Cost of breakfast is free for all students. 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 – All students are FREE!!! Adult is $ 2.50 Lunch: Students– All students are FREE!! Adult Lunches $4.00 Pre-School meal prices: Breakfast $1.25 Lunch $3.25, Extra Milk $.50
Milks: Extra milk or a milk when eating cold lunch is $.50, regardless of all students being free.
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, even though all meals are free for students. To apply one our 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. This is important because funding for schools is determined in part by the number of students who qualify for free or reduced meals even though all meals are free for students.
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!!!!!!!
Lunch Menu: The August lunch menu is attached and are also available on the school website: www.go-nordics.com. September lunch menu will be posted on the website when available.


First Grade
Mrs. Angie Mattson

Welcome back Nordic families! Our first grade supply list is located at Walmart, our website and also on the PTO Facebook page.  I'd love to see you at the Open House on the 18th, and if you'd like to bring your supplies then, your desk will be ready for you!  I'm so excited for the school year and I hope you are too.  I am also eager for you to meet our new gym teacher!  Break in those gym shoes now and practice tying them too! See you soon Nordics! 

Third Grade
Mrs. Grunlund 

I hope you are having a great summer! I sure am but, it will be nice to get back to a routine again. I am really excited to get to know all of you. I am looking forward to hearing about your summer adventures even if they were just in your backyard. It is going to be a great year! I hope you are all as excited as I am to start the new school year. Go Nordics! 143

Notice of Nondiscrimination

The North Dickinson County District prohibits discrimination 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.
Know your rights. In addition to discrimination the North Dickinson County Schools prohibits sexual harassment and sexual violence. Help is available – If you are victim of or know of someone who has been victimized by discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence please contact the Title IX Coordinator(s) listed below.
Mr. Darrell Oman, W6588 State Highway M69, Felch, MI 49831. Phone 906-542-9281 Fax 906-542-6950, Cell phone 906-221-5471 or email doman@go-nordics.com .
Mrs. Angie Jungwirth, W6588 State Highway M69, Felch, MI 49831. Phone 906-542-9281, Fax 906-542-6950, email ajungwirth@go-nordics.com