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Tuesday, 22 April 2014 00:00

Welcome to Northview High School
home of the Wildcats!

Go Cats!


Regular Hours--Wednesdays 11-1:00pm Fridays 11-1:00pm and Varsity Basketball games.

NHS Produces Lip Dub Video
"Keeping the Beat" is a Metro Health program that offers free heart screenings to high school students.
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Phone: (616) 363-4857
Fax: (616) 361-3494)

4451 Hunsberger NE
Grand Rapids, MI


Dear Parents/Guardians,

This communication is to make you aware of some safety protocols we put in place this afternoon in response to a robbery at Medawar Jewelers on Plainfield.  When we were made aware of the situation we immediately communicated with our Central Office and our Kent County Liaison Police Officer to initiate the appropriate safety measures.  We instituted a "Code Yellow" which has us locking down our building from ingress and egress.  I made an announcement to inform our students and staff that there was an incident on Plainfield.  I told them that for safety purposes we were locking down the perimeter of our building.  All students and staff would remain inside until we received an all clear from the Sheriffs Department. 

We deployed campus supervisors outside of our building at various access points.  Our new video cameras were utilized as well to monitor multiple locations.  We communicated with our construction partners who informed all of their subcontractors working outside to serve as additional eyes and ears.  In these situations our staff does an excellent job of answering questions and reducing student anxiety.  Administrators and available staff members get out in the hallways to monitor the environment and remind students/staff that they are in a safe place.  We stay in regular contact with our central office who is doing the same with law enforcement in order to stay updated.

We received the "all clear" from Central Office at about 1:35 p.m.  I went on the public address system and shared that news with students and staff right away.  If we had not received the "all clear" we were prepared to hold all of our students in their last hour classes after regular dismissal time as long as necessary to insure their safety.  Our plan would have included one or possibly more forms of electronic communications to parents informing them of the situation and our subsequent response.  We would also encourage students to contact their parents via cell phone. Our plan would have included the ability for a parent/guardian to come to school, check in, and pick up their child.  Our plan would not include releasing any students on their own until an "all clear" was communicated to us.

I want to thank all of our parents/guardians for your support.  I wish to commend all of our students and staff for the wonderful job they did as well.  I firmly believe that they understand that their safety is paramount to us. We appreciate that they join us in working to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment.  Unfortunately, we can never guarantee certainty, but today served as good evidence that our safety processes and procedures are functioning appropriately.

As always, if anyone has any questions or comments please feel free to contact me at any time.  My email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and the school phone number is 363-4857. 

Mark C. Thomas,  Principal


Tuesday, May 20th - Senior Class Trip to Cedar Point
your calendars!  The Senior Class Trip to Cedar Point is scheduled for
Tuesday, May 20th.  Information, costs, and permission slips will be available during the last week of April. All Cedar Point activities are run by the Senior Class Advisor, Mr. Mike Anderson. Sign-ups are first paid up to about 200 students. Busses leave the football parking lot at approximately 5:30 a.m. and return at approximately 11:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 27th - Graduation of the Class of 2014
Graduation will take place at SUNSHINE COMMUNITY CHURCH, 3300 East Beltline N.E.  The practice will be at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. It is of utmost importance that your senior attends graduation practice and arrives on time. The actual graduation ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. that evening. There are many details they need to be aware of for the evening ceremony.  Professional photographers have been hired to take a picture of all graduates as they get their diploma. This way we hope to eliminate the overcrowding of well meaning friends and parents who want to take pictures.

As a reminder, the availability of extra graduation tickets is contingent upon the number of unused tickets returned to us by students. If your Senior has extra tickets they will not need, please ask them to return them to Lisa Charland in the Main Office, so that she may fill extra ticket requests.



VOTE:  TUESDAY, MAY 6   (7 a.m. - 8 p.m.)--
Millage Brochure Info

(Click image to enlarge brochure)

The proposal on the May 6, 2014 ballot asks Northview voters to renew the
NO TAX RATE INCREASE RENEWAL of the building and site millage (1.2056 mills) for a period of ten years.
By law, this fund provides dollars for the timely repair of our buildings and sites.  This money may not be used for salaries, operating expenses or equipment.  If this fund was not present, we would need to divert revenue from classroom operational budgets to facilities and safety upgrades.  This in a NO TAX RATE  INCREASE REQUEST.  Please vote on Tuesday, May 6.  With community involvement and support, we will continue to work together to prepare Northview’s students for life’s next step.

Click on the graphic to link to the KISD School News Network.  This site provides you with clear, concise, honest, and interesting stories about schools and school districts in Kent County.  Look for news about Northview in future issues.  Check the site frequently as new stories are constantly being posted.

Senior, Matt Thompson, completed an independent study with Mr. Tull in partnership with Tower Pinkster learning 3d architecture. His job was creating the final construction areas at the high school. He did a great job. Check it out his work at the following link…


2013-2014 Northview High School Student Planner--Check it out!

This is a great opportunity for current mentors to learn valuable information on how to mentor more effectively! It is also a time for people interested in mentoring to come and talk with the mentor coordinator about the possibility of volunteering. Feel free to come for the whole event, or for whichever workshop interests you the most.  For more information, please contact Janine Conway, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Video Feature on Northview Mentor Program

Construction/High School Layout for 2013-2014 school year.  Main Floor, Second Floor. Just visit Construction Project Updates! on that front page everything has been updated monthly with the latest official update on construction.

2013-2014 Snow day closing policy-Tornado Procedures.doc


Northview High School, in accordance with the Michigan Department of Education, has compiled a thorough School Improvement Plan for the 2013-2014 school year, which you may access by clicking on the link.  NHS School Improvement Plan for 2013-2014.


Senior All Night Party Pie Sale Order Form

2013-14 Orientation Letter

2013-14 Med Form

2013-14 Network Form

2013-14 Personal Device Form

2013-14 Sr All Night Party Parent Form

2013-14 Sr All Night Party Registration Form

2013-14 Sr All Night Party Student Agreement

2013-14 Band Booster Patron Drive Form

2013-14 Vocal Booster Patron Drive Form

2013-14 Freshman & Sophomore Fundraiser Form

2013-14 Vehicle Registration Form

2013-14 Mentor Program--Video Presentation

For only 15 minutes a week you can make a lasting difference in the life of a Northview Student.  The Northview Mentor Program is always looking for mentors!  Parents, grandparents, alumni, college students, community members, business owners, retirees....we need all of you!

Watch this three minute video to catch a glimpse of why the Northview Mentor Program has been so important in the lives of so many.

For more information, please click on the link to the Mentor Opportunities Brochure, or contact Janine Conway at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


US News and World Reports does an annual ranking of high school based on performance measures (http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2013/04/east_lansing_okemos_high_schoo.html#incart_river) in reading, math, and college/workforce data.

Northview High School was awarded a Silver Medal and ranked #59 out of 826 Michigan High Schools.  The national ranking was #2004 out of 21,000 high schools.

The purpose of this survey is to find out your opinions about your child's school. We truly appreciate your participation!

Accelerate/Advance student academic performance and nurture their social development.

Northview High School is a Learning Community that prepares each student for success in college, the workplace and life.

Core Beliefs:
We believe that:

1. All students can learn.

2. All decisions are made in the best interest of students.

3. All stakeholders have input and are accountable for actions/behaviors.

4. All staff members create an environment where students are successful.

5. Assessment helps guide the instruction for students.

6. Shared leadership and collaboration lead to greater success.

7. Our teachers and administrators make the critical difference in student achievement.

8. Engaging the student’s family and the community in the education process enhances learning and academic achievement.


If a BROTHER OR SISTER OF A CURRENT NON-RESIDENT NORTHVIEW STUDENT wants to attend Northview next year, be sure to contact Kathy Maas at the Administration Building (363-6861 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) as soon as possible.  She will explain the paperwork/process that needs to be completed this spring.  Thank you!


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Docufide by Parchment provides students and alumni with the convenience of online transcript requests.  Click Here to get the process started. Other important information:  Docufide Overview & Student Flyer.


The Parents Guide to Student Success was developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics that more than 40 states have adopted. (To find out if your state has adopted the standards, visit CoreStandards.org/In-The-States.) Created by teachers, parents, education experts, and others from across the country, the standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college


E2020 Credit Recovery --aligned to state and national standards, and it combines the best of master degree teachers with the effective use of interactive technology.



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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:40