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Welcome back to North Hills School District for the 2018-19 school year! There are many exciting things happening at NHSD this year. We've detailed them in this post and posted online photo galleries from our first week of classes. Click here to see the photos!  
 
No Place for Hate Designation

North Hills Middle School was designated as a No Place for Hate school by the Anti-Defamation League, the nation’s premier civil rights and human relations agency fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, at the end of last school year. The school was awarded the designation due to its efforts encouraging inclusion for all and by all students. The school was noted by the organization for working to build inclusive and safe communities in which respect is the goal; empowering students, faculty, administration and family members to take a stand against hate and bullying by incorporating new and existing programs under one powerful message and sending a clear, unified message that all students have a place to belong. 

 

Sandy Hook Promise Programs

North Hills will utilize inclusion programs and curriculum aligned with Sandy Hook Promise, a national non-profit organization founded and led by family members affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy in 2012. The Start with Hello program encourages school community members to ensure that no one eats alone at lunch (or across any other experience) to instill the power and reward of social inclusion. The Say Something program provides tools and practices to recognize the signs and signals of a potential threat and teaches and instills in participants how to take action and reinforces the need to “Say Something.”

 

Elementary K-6 Computer Science and Keyboarding Curriculum

All elementary students will utilize a new computer literacy curriculum that includes keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, digital citizenship and computer coding (programming). This digitally-based curriculum marks a major upgrade to the computer literacy program in district elementary schools as for the first time, elementary students will be taught keyboarding and computer coding skills that have become vital in today’s world.

 

High School and Middle School Curriculum Additions

North Hills High School and Middle School students have the opportunity to take a variety of new classes to prepare them to be college and career ready.  Four College-in-High School courses including Child Growth and Development; Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management; Computer Security and Cyber Security and the Law allow North Hills students to earn college credits as part of their high school day. Students also can choose from a slate of reimagined health and physical education courses including Outdoor Adventures with training on canoeing, flyfishing, kayaking, archery and rock climbing; Foundations of Yoga, Pilates and Mindfulness; Personal Fitness and Sports Officiating and Principals of Coaching. At the middle school, seventh-graders will take Introduction to Coding, and eighth-graders may choose to take Digital Fabrication where students will learn to control computer technology to produce both 3-dimensional and 2- dimensional artworks.

 

Project Connect Expansion 

Project Connect will continue to place iPads into the hands of all Grade 6 to 9 students in 2018-19, while also expanding to Grade 10 this year as students who utilized the devices during their studies in Grade 9 will continue to use them moving forward. Project Connect continues to allow the district to further embed project-based learning throughout the curriculum and utilize technology as a tool for personalizing instruction for every student. The devices allow North Hills students to be immersed in an innovative and problem-solving learning environment that incorporates vital skills for college and career readiness such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. 

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