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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...

Local businesses partner to distribute free lunches amidst closures

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 ...

Coding meets community

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...

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

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...

Athletic trainers implement Healthy Roster

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...

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

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...

Protecting the planet: Earth club springs into action

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...

Computer Science Honor Society boots up for first year

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...

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

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 ...

Peace and Justice club’s 2019-2020 focus [video]

December 11, 2019

Shae Simmons sat down with the Peace and Justice club to preview the organization's goals for the 2019-20 school year.

Decoding a dual degree: An inside look at the Computer Science Associate’s Degree Program

Decoding a dual degree: An inside look at the Computer Science Associate’s Degree Program

December 9, 2019

When the Computer Science Associate’s Degree Program Class of 2022 walks across the stage at Grossinger Motors Arena to receive their diploma, they will leave with two: one hand on their high school diploma and another on their associate’s degree.  The Computer Science Associate’s Degree Program, known more commonly as Cohort, is an accelerated track of...

Lunch and Learn challenges students to rethink recycling

Lunch and Learn challenges students to rethink recycling

November 22, 2019

Mrs. Elisabeth Reed, the director of the Illinois State University’s Office of Sustainability, spoke to students about what happens to items that are donated, thrown away or recycled during Thursday, November 14’s Lunch and Learn. Reed focused on examining “our current consumption habits” while students “explored ways to be more sustainable and p...

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