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Cell Phone Policy

The administration would like to remind students and parents of the rules regarding the use of cell phones during the school day. From the time period of 8:10 until 3:15, all cell phones are to be turned off and kept in student lockers.  Cell phones are not to be used by students during the school day.  Students needing to make an emergency call can use the phone in the main office.  Students that use their cell phone during school time will have their phone confiscated and it will be returned only to the parent.

Tutoring opportunity for students
Beginning Tuesday, March 3rd, the school media center will be open until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays of each week.  Along with the media specialist, teachers will be present to assist tutoring students in any subjects in which they may need some additional help beyond the daily classroom.  Time for individual work, receiving research assistance, and reading will also be provided.  Students will need to arrange their own transportation and be able to leave the school promptly at 4:30.


The After Prom Committee needs parent volunteers!  After Prom (Sat, May 2nd - Sun. 3rd) will be held at the CARC again this year, and we hope to make it even more exciting! Our next  meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 5th from 6:30pm to 8:00 pm in the NHS Cafeteria. Although the AfterProm is held for Juniors and Seniors and their invited guest, underclassmen parents are also encouraged to participate to keep this event going for future years.   Students are also invited as service learning hours are available!   We will discuss location, theme, gift ideas, and fundraising.  If you cannot attend, but would be willing to help, please contact Sandy Derato via email at or by phone 301.746.8579.

Attention Male Students

The Relay for Life of Northern High School is holding its second annual MR. Relay competition! The competition will be held at the Relay Kick-Off Pep Rally on March 27th. Finalists will go on to compete at the actually Relay for Life event on May 8th, where one will be crowned the 2015 Mr. Relay! You will have fun while supporting a great cause! Please see Annie Fratz by Friday, March 13th if you are interested in participating.


Career and Technology Education and Advanced Placement Night - March 5th

Interested to learn about all of the great opportunities offered for Northern Garrett High School students?  Stop by the high school on Thursday, March 5th between 5 pm and 7 pm and learn about State Approved Career and Technology Education Programs and Advanced Placement Courses.   A Representative from Garrett College will also be available to answer any questions about dual enrollment and AP course information.  Don't miss this great opportunity!

Relay for Life - your help is needed!

The Relay for Life Committee is working on gathering approximately 50 china plates for our survivors dinner.  Each survivor will be served on a china plate and then will be given that plate to take home as a keepsake.  All plates will have an inscription on the back to commemorate this special event.   If you have a plate that you would like to donate for this special event, please give them to Mrs. Ahern or Mrs. Umbel.  We would like to have all plates collected by April 1st.  
Sunday - March 15th - Thirty One Bags Bingo for Northern and Southern High School FIRST Robotics Team 1629 at NHS.
Doors open at 1:30 pm and Bingo begins at 2:00 pm.  22 filled bags to win!
Admission Cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  For more information or tickets, please contact Pam Trautwein at 301-616-3232. 

Saturday - March 21st - Jewelry & Cash Bash for Northern Music Boosters at Avilton Community Center                                                                                                                   

 Northern High School Music Boosters will be hosting their third annual Jewelry/Cash Bash on Saturday, March 21st from 1 - 5 pm at  the Avilton Community Center.  Doors will open at noon.  Tickets are $25 and includes food (catered by Goehringers), a dessert bar, and non-alcoholic beverages.  All proceeds go to support the band and choral programs at Northern High School.  Drawings will be every 15 minutes for a piece of jewelry or $100 cash.  There will also be door prize drawings and additional jewelry and cash tips sold throughout the day.  Contact any band or chorus student for tickets or go to and enter your information on the 'contact us' page.  Jewelry can also be viewed at this website.  If you have any questions, contact Kim Becker at or call 301-746-8667.


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.
Questions should be directed to Mrs. Becky Yost, Ag Teather at  Northern High School at   

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
Mark your calendars for upcoming events!
More information will be forthcoming on all of these events.
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

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.  

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.

Feb 24, 2015 at 12:03pm, 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