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Northern Garrett FFA Seeking Alumni Members

The North Garrett FFA is seeking individuals interested in supporting the Agriculture Education Program by starting an FFA alumni chapter. Interested individuals do not have to be a past member of the chapter, just someone interested in assisting and developing the program for current and future students. Participants can be past FFA members of any chapter, relatives of past or current members, community members, agriculture businesses etc.. The mission of the National FFA Alumni Association is to support and advocate for agricultural education and FFA through gifts of time, talent and financial resources at the local, state and national levels.
            There is going to be an informational meeting about starting an alumni affiliate chapter and the benefits FFA Alumni can provide to our students on Tuesday February 10th, 2015 at 6:30 pm in the agriculture classroom at Northern High School. The Maryland FFA Alumni President, and Maryland FFA Executive Secretary will be attending to present information and answer any questions we me have. Anyone interested in becoming a part of the alumni is asked to contact Debbie Ahern in the Guidance office at Northern High School at or 301-746-8669 between 8 am and 4 pm.   Even if you cannot attend the meeting, but you are interested in being involved, please contact the school so that you can receive future information about alumni events. 

Class of 1965 needs your help!

The Class of 1965 will be holding their 50th class reunion and are looking for a photo of Northern High School from 1965.   If you or you know of anyone that has a photo of the school during that time period, please let Nancy Durst know at

Make Up Days Announced by Board of Education

As of January 14, Garrett County Public Schools have been closed 7 days this school year because of inclement weather.  At the Garrett County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, January 13, the Board decided to use March 30, 31, April 1, and 2 as make up days.  Originally scheduled to be a Spring break, but designated as make up days if needed, the days will now be used as make up days as part of the 7 missed because of inclement weather. 
The Board also voted to apply to MSDE for a waiver request to use Monday, April 6, as a possible make up day.  Even if MSDE approves the waiver request, the Garrett County Board of Education voted to use April 6 as a make-up day only if the school system reaches a total number of snow days exceeding 10 days by February 13.
Mark your calendars for upcoming events!
More information will be forthcoming on all of these events.
Friday and Saturday - Feb. 20th and 21st - Theatre performance of Footloose at NHS
Tuesday - February 24th - Dough Raiser for First Robotics Team 1629 at Uno's.  
Sunday - March 15th - Thirty One Bags Bingo for First Robotics Team 1629 at NHS
Saturday - March 21st - Jewelry & Cash Bash for Northern Music Boosters at Avilton Community Center
Saturday - April 11th - Art Department Bingo Fundraiser at NHS
Sunday - April 26th - Athletic Boosters Dinner at NHS 
Saturday - May 2nd - Prom
Friday - May 8th - Relay for Life at NHS Track
Saturday - May 30th - Graduation at the CARC

***Important Reminder*****

Any Junior or Senior that is planning to attend the Prom on May 2nd must have their class dues paid in full.   Class dues are $10 per year. 
Students can check with their class advisors to see if dues have or have not been paid.
Class of 2015 - Mrs. Ray or Mrs. Savage
Class of 2016 - Mrs. Ahern or Mrs. Umbel
Class of 2017 - Mrs. Hawkins or Mrs. Umbel
Class of 2018 - Mrs. Garlitz or Mrs. Savage

Looking Ahead - Mark your Calendars!

College Goal Maryland - NEED MONEY FOR COLLEGE  Thursday, February 5th (Snow date February 12th) at Garrett College, Room 205  6 pm to 9 pm.  This is a FREE event to help students and families complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Register online at or contact Cissy VanSickle at 301-387-3083 or

Pasta Bar Fundraiser for NHS Relay for Life 

The Northern Girl's Varsity Club and Zion Lutheran Youth Group will be holding a Pasta Bar on Sunday, February 8th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Zion Lutheran Church (big white church entering Accident)  A variety of pastas and sauces will be available along with salad, rolls, desserts and drink.  Freewill offering.    These materials are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Board of Education of Garrett County Public Schools, or any agents thereof.  See Board Policy Number 960, Procedure Number 960.1.

Yearbook fundraiser

Yearbook staff members are once again selling local discount cards for area restaurants.  These cards are good for the entire year and offer some great savings.   The cost is only ten dollars!  Great gifts; buy one for a friend and one for yourself. 

High School Graduation at the CARC - May 30, 2015

Garrett County Public Schools announces that both high schools will conduct graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2015 on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the CARC (Community Aquatic and Recreational Center) on the campus of Garrett College.  Southern High School’s graduation ceremony will be held at 10:00 AM, while Northern High School’s graduation will be held at 3:00 PM. 

Class of 2017 fundraiser

The Class of 2017 has the following items for sale:
NHS Blue and Gold Chevron Print Afghan Blanket, NHS Royal Blue Fleece Blanket, Tervis Mug and Royal Blue and Gold Striped Scarf and Smart Glove Set.   These items can be purchased throughout the school day by asking to see Mrs. Umbel.   All proceeds go towards the 2016 Prom and 2017 Graduation.  

Class of 2016 fundraiser

Special Deal -  We have 60 years of Dawg Gone Good Cookin cookbooks on sale for just $15.  ($20 if we have to mail the book)   Spirit Towels on Sale for $1.00.     These items can be purchased in the Counseling Center.  All proceeds go towards the 2015 Prom and 2016 Graduation.  
National Blue Ribbon Awards Ceremony


Relay for Life -Friday,  May 8th 6 pm to 10 pm

The theme for this year's event will be a luau.  We will have various vendors including Kona ice, kettle corn, cotton candy, sno cones and our concession stand will feature luau foods and drinks.  Also looking into having a pig roast, mechanical bull rides and a bouncey house.  The survivor dinner will be held on the football field under a big tent.  Follow us on facebook at Relay For Life of Northern Garrett High School.   
Sign up your team and all team members.
From November 2nd to May 7th the registration fee will be $10.
On May 8th (day of the event) the registration fee will be $15.

Northern High School Named 2014 National Blue Ribbon School       


Northern Garrett High School was named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School today by the U.S. Department of Education.
The award honors schools for helping students achieve at very high levels and for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap.  Schools are being recognized based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups as measured by their performance on state assessments or assessments referenced against national norms.  The award recognizes that students can achieve to high levels. 
Dr. Janet Wilson, Superintendent of Schools, expressed, "I am delighted that Northern Garrett High School students, staff and supportive community are being recognized nationally as one of the top high schools.  I am proud of their commitment and dedication which is demonstrated every day in every way to encourage excellence.”
The entire faculty and students gathered in the gymnasium to watch the announcement made by United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  Mr. Duncan designated 337 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014.  The announcement was broadcast live at 1:30 PM on ED’s USTREAM channel and subsequently will be made available on ED’s YouTube channel.  “These great schools are fulfilling the promise of American education—that all students, no matter their name or zip code, can flourish when schools provide safe, creative, and challenging learning environments,” Secretary Duncan said. “National Blue Ribbon Schools are models of consistent excellence and a resource for other schools and districts. We celebrate them for their tireless effort and boundless creativity in reaching and teaching every student.”
During the assembly, Mr. Gary Reichenbecher, Principal, along with Dr. Janet Wilson, Superintendent, Mrs. Cynthia Downton, on behalf of the Board, Mr. Paul Edwards, Director of Secondary Education, Ms. Michelle Harman, Supervisor of College and Career Readiness, and Senator George Edwards congratulated the school for its outstanding efforts.
Mr. Reichenbecher indicated, “It is difficult to describe the level of pride that I have for the students and staff of Northern High School.  Receiving an award such as this one demonstrates what can be attained through hard work and perseverance.  In receiving the National Blue Ribbon Award, acknowledgment must be given to the elementary and middle schools as well as the parents, local community, and the Garrett County Board of Education for preparing our students to be successful at the high school level.  To obtain this degree of recognition, it takes a total team effort, and we share this award with everyone involved.  Garrett County citizens should be extremely proud of our educational system.”  Northern High School is the first National Blue Ribbon School in the history of Garrett County Public Schools.
The Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores, and graduation rates. Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates are also at the highest levels.  Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates for each subgroup are at high levels.
Northern High School, one of six Maryland winning public schools, will join other national winners at an awards ceremony on November 10-11 in Washington, D.C.  For more information on the Blue Ribbon Schools program, go to .
A school celebration for the staff and students will be held at a later date.

School Grounds Information:

The administration would like to remind everyone that all Garrett County school grounds are tobacco/drug/alcohol free.  This includes the use of e-cigarettes. No one should be using any of these products on school property and all sporting events will be closely monitored.   Our goal is to provide a safe and healthy environment for our students and visitors.  


Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Opportunities on Northern High's Counseling Center web page.

Jan 20, 2015 at 12:52pm, Northern Garrett High School

Northern High and Diehl's Ford Sales: Drive 4UR School

Diehl's Ford Sales teamed up again with the Ford Motor Company and raised $5,580 for Northern Garrett High School with a Drive 4UR School event this May.

Aug 4, 2014 at 3:08pm, Northern Garrett High School

Northern High School's Student Council Makes Donation to Dove Center

Northern High School's student council recently presented a donation to the Dove Center. .

Dec 23, 2013 at 9:29am, Northern Garrett High School