Unit 5 announces Return to School plan

Unit 5 announces Return to School plan

July 21, 2020

Unit 5 released the Return to School plan for the 2020-2021 school year Monday afternoon which will be voted on during the July 22 School Board meeting at Normal West.  An email sent to Unit 5 families included the Return to School plan and video explaining the available schooling options to ensure a safe learning environment for all students and staff. The video, released by incoming Superintendent ...

Four-year Lady Iron soccer player Courtney Dage ('20)  plays during the 2018-2019 campaign.

IHSA cancels spring tournaments

April 21, 2020

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors announced its decision Tuesday, April 21 to “cancel all IHSA spring state tournaments” in a statement released at noon. Though the IHSA has made efforts to keep the slim possibility of a spring season alive, Governor J.B. Pritzker’s decision to suspend in-person schooling forced...

COVID-19 Update: In-person schooling suspended in Illinois through end of year

COVID-19 Update: In-person schooling suspended in Illinois through end of year

April 17, 2020

Governor J.B. Pritzker suspended in-person learning in Illinois schools for the remainder of the school year during his daily coronavirus press briefing Friday afternoon. The suspension of in-class learning comes as a result of the 27,575 reported cases of coronavirus in Illinois and 1,072 total deaths across the state. 1,842 new cases of the virus...

College Board announces AP testing revamp

College Board announces AP testing revamp

March 20, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College Board has announced a revamp of Advanced Placement (AP) testing. Keeping in line with recommendations for social distancing, there will be no in-person AP testing for the 2019-20 school year. Instead, students will have the opportunity to test online. Tests will be 45 minutes in length and can be taken at h...

Bob Borchears of Thrivent Financial and Althea Shonn, a nurse at Saint Joe's and mother of Normal Community student Alexandra Shonn ('19), volunteer at the Hyvee pick-up station. The crew also featured Raquel Simmons, a Unit 5 stay-at-home mom (not pictured).

Local businesses partner to distribute free lunches amidst closures

March 16, 2020

A number of local businesses have partnered to create “FeedBlonoKids”, distributing free lunches in an effort to feed local students that are out of school after COVID-19 cancellations. Gill Street Eatz, Healthy In A Hurry and Central Image Car Wraps make up the three primary sponsors, along with a number of other businesses, large and small ali...

Coronavirus Update: Impact on Unit 5 and NCHS [3/16 11:35 a.m.]

Coronavirus Update: Impact on Unit 5 and NCHS [3/16 11:35 a.m.]

March 16, 2020

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has ordered all schools throughout the state closed from Tuesday, March 17 until Monday, March 30 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Due to the unprecedented nature of this situation, Unit 5 has released important information for students and families, which is laid out below. Information as of 3/16 - 11:35 a...

Transcript: Superintendent, Unit 5 district officials address Coronavirus

Transcript: Superintendent, Unit 5 district officials address Coronavirus

March 12, 2020

The following is a transcript of recorded statements at the Unit 5 Board of Education Regular Meeting on Wednesday, March 11 at Kingsley Junior High, where Dr. Mark Daniel, Superintendent; Dayna Brown, Director of Communications and Community Relations; and Michelle Lamboley, Executive Director of Special Services, addressed Unit 5's efforts in addressing ...

Co-founders Jathin Nama, Sivani Sayani, and Sunny Shaheen (left to right) present at the Showcase.

Coding meets community

March 9, 2020

Computer Science (CS) Honor Society members presented their projects -- highlighting the impact and importance of computer science and its related fields, while also showcasing members' creativity and community involvement -- during lunch hours on March 5. “The computer science showcase is our yearly community service project that allows members t...

Loving Valentines cards and decorations were made from the eco-friendly paper they created; a positive effort made to spread compassion while helping the planet.

Earth Club’s reusing and repurposing: Valentine’s Day

February 15, 2020

One for you, and you, and you. Walking around the classroom, elementary school students traditionally place their Valentine’s day cards into the decorated shoeboxes of their classmates, saving their favorite for a special someone. Decked out in red, pink, and white paper, the Valentines usually end up thrown away. The widespread wastage of paper...

The athletic trainers utilize the Healthy Roster App to insure a smoother system of treating student injuries.

Athletic trainers implement Healthy Roster

February 14, 2020

The 2019 fall athletic season marked the implementation of the Healthy Roster app into the athletic training program, allowing for improved communication of injury documentation between parents, coaches, and athletes. Through NCHS's partnership with The Orthopedic and Sports Enhancement Center, the trainers are now utilizing the Healthy Roster program. Head...

Mattapalli (left) and Mikkilineni are in their second and third years respectively as members of the NCHS FBLA Board.

Project with purpose: ‘Gotcha Boxes’ look to make impact

February 11, 2020

570,000 people across the United States don’t have a place to call home, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. The homeless often lack social services, as well as access to clean water, food, and necessary toiletries. Homelessness is a national problem, but two NCHS students are aiming to make a difference in our own backyard.  Akhil...

Mila Sajovec, Olivia Wexler, and Jenna Muehleck (left to right) are the co-founders of the newly-formed Earth Club.

Protecting the planet: Earth club springs into action

January 12, 2020

Fires across Australia. Rising sea levels. Species disappearing. With environmental disasters raging across the globe, environmental issues seem too big to solve. Three NCHS juniors are aiming to change that perception, working to make small but meaningful changes in our community. Jenna Muehleck (‘21), Mila Sajovec (‘21), and Olivia Wexler (‘21) are the tea...

Student Council gives back

Student Council gives back

December 20, 2019

Student Council members worked to give back to the community by hosting a blood drive partnered with the American Red Cross on November 22 and a canned food drive for the Salvation Army the week of December 8. NCHS students and staff members donated 99 units of blood to the American Red Cross at this year’s blood drive. In the eyes of Mrs. A...

Sivani Sayani (left) and Sunny Shaheen (third from left) collaborate with other interns while developing the framework for the CSHS.

Computer Science Honor Society boots up for first year

December 18, 2019

Three seniors launched the NCHS chapter of the Computer Science Honor Society this year, with the help of faculty adviser Mrs. Amy Feeney, in an effort to celebrate computer science students’ academic achievement. Passionate about computer science, the students worked 40 hours a week as full-time State Farm interns this summer, building web systems...

Tom Schniedwind, head coach of the boys varsity and junior varsity lacrosse teams poses with future BNL players.

Lacrosse meeting reveals new details for the first co-op season

December 11, 2019

Local high school students interested in joining the Bloomington-Normal Lacrosse co-op attended the newly formed organization’s first informational meeting on Thursday, December 5 at NCHS. The addition to the athletic program will be comprised of students from all three public high schools: Normal Community, Normal West, and Bloomington. The ...

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