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Important Dates

Friday, October 9 Schools Closed
Monday, October 12 12:15 Dismissal for Students
Monday, October 12 Mountain Top College Expo @ Garrett College CARC Gym 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 13 College Visit: Pennsylvania College of Technology - Enrichment Period
Wednesday, October 14 PSAT Administration for 10th graders 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, October 15 College Visit: West Virginia Wesleyan - Enrichment Period
Thursday, October 15 Drug Free Communities Coalition Meeting - NHS Cafeteria 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, October 23 College Visit: Garrett College - Enrichment Period
Saturday, October 24 Garrett College Open House 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, October 24 Thirty-One Bingo - 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 27 End of 1st marking period
Tuesday, November 3 School Closed - Parent/Teacher Conferences 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 4 Reports Cards distributed to students
Friday, November 6 Theatre Performance - Cinderella 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 7 Theatre Performance - Cinderella 7:30 p.m.
Monday, November 9 Rachel's Challenge Program 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 12 12:15 Dismissal for Students
Saturday, November 14 JROTC Drill Competition 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 25 12:15 Dismissal for Students
Thursday, November 26 Schools Closed - Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 27 Schools Closed
Wednesday, December 9 12:15 Dismissal for Students

NHS Congratulates Mr. Chuck Trautwein

Chuck Trautwein, Technology Teacher for Garrett County Public Schools, was named Garrett County's Most Beautiful Person for 2015. 

GC Commissioner Paul Edwards, GC Commissioner James Hinebaugh, GC Commissioner Larry Tichnell, and GC's Most Beautiful Person 2015 Chuck Trautwein

SSA Food Drive

SSA is once again doing the Kids Helping Kids Food Drive.  Boxed/canned goods will be collected October 15th through October 30th and donated to our local food pantry (which is in Oakland).  The homeroom that brings in the most items (measured by weight and taking into account homeroom size) will receive a hot breakfast.  Please help support this food drive. 
NHS Relay for Life - May 2016
We have a theme - Rodeo/Western - Let's round up a cure!!
Start planning now to get a team for our event.  

Thirty-One Bingo - benefits Fine Art Students

On Saturday, October 24th from 1 pm to 5 pm.  Doors open at 12 noon. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Lots of GREAT Thirty-One Bags!  Every prize is a bag filled with prizes and MORE! 50/50 Drawing, Chinese Auction.  Refreshments/Concessions will be available. For more information, please contact Mr. Paxton at  

NHS Homecoming



Northern Golf Team


Northern Girls Cross Country Places 1st at Broadford



The Northern Girls Soccer team honored Haley Ross at their game on Monday evening. 

North Garrett FFA Livestock Judging team placed 4th this past weekend at the Eastern States Expo in Massachusetts.
That's our Mrs. Stough - 30 years of service as Athletic Trainer.


Drivers Ed Information

Ms. Roller our Vault supervisor will now have available MVA manuals and flyers for easy access to NHS students.  

NHS Relay for Life - May 13, 2016

Whether you’re a survivor, caregiver, friend or family member - we have all been touched by cancer. Make a difference today by signing up for the 2016 Northern High School Relay For Life and getting started on your fundraising.  The website is live and accepting registrations!
Everyone who registers AND raises at least $50 (online or offline dollars) by October 5, 2015 will get a “Hope Lives Here” t-shirt.  You must be registered and have all of your donations turned in by the 5th to receive your shirt.  Registration fee does count toward your $50. This is a limited time only shirt. This shirt is in addition to the shirt you receive at Relay for raising $100. The $50 you raise now, will have you half way to your Hope Club shirt 
What can the American Cancer Society do with $50? We can answer two calls at our National Cancer Information Center (NCIC), which provides information, support and resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week just by calling 800-227-2345.  You can learn more about NCIC here.  
Sign up today to get started!  (Cut and paste this site into your web browser)


Sarah Holtschneider (NHS Softball Player) named AMAC Defensive Player of the Year

(This is from a news article in July)
Holtschneider became an expert in tracking down fly balls and punishing advancing base runners while playing center field for the Huskies.  She used her quick jump to help her chase down balls to either side, going so far as to take a home run away from the opposition by bringing it back over the fence.  She used her arm to throw out at least one runner at second, third and home. "Sarah had a positive impact on every defensive play she was involved in" said Coach Debbie Brenneman.  "She caught every flyball that her coaches thought she had a chance to catch, and several we didn't think she could."  

THANK YOU - Class of 2015

The Class of 2015 donated two benches to Northern High School which were placed at the gym entrance and a picnic table for NHS staff to use during lunches.  
Class of 2015 donated two benches to NGHS

North Garrett FFA Judging Team

Some of our FFA members competed in the state livestock judging contest this past Saturday (August 15th) and were the 2nd place team in the state. As a result they are advancing the regional competition held at the Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts in September. They will compete against all of the other states in the eastern region, which is 16 states I think. Team members were Sara Carr, who placed 7th individually, Miranda Rounds who placed 8th individually, Emily Opel who placed 10th individually and Alana Harman who placed 13th individually.  CONGRATULATIONS LADIES!

SAT and ACT Test Dates 2015-2016


The NHS Relay for Life Committee would just like to take a moment and share this great/exciting news with you.    Our total raised to date is:   $34,097.54 
Mark your calendars for next year's Relay for Life event to be held on Friday, May 13, 2016.    

3rd Annual Relay for Life - Re-Lei for a Cure Luau

The 3rd annual Relay for Life of Northern Garrett High School (Re-Lei for a Cure Luau) was held on Friday, May 8th at the football field/track.  The event raised over $33,298 for the American Cancer Society.  These proceeds go to support local programs and services for cancer patients and their families and continued research.   We had 12 teams and 282 participants attending the event.  Some of the events taking place during the evening were:  Opening Ceremony, the Survivor’s Dinner under the big tent honoring all Survivors and their families, pig roast prepared by Tom Stemple, Bounce House, Kona Ice, Kettle Corn, Kiss a Pig contest, Misster Relay/Hula Dance, Limbo competition and luminaria ceremony.   Each Survivor attending the dinner was given a china dinner plate of their choosing.  All plates were donated by our community and they served as a reminder that “Life’s too short not to use the fine china!”   A total of 70 survivors and their families attended the dinner.   A huge thank you to Renatta Glotfelty for collecting all of our china plates. A total of 110 china plates were collected.    The Relay Planning Committee would like to THANK all of the teams for their hardwork and dedication to creating a cancer free world.   Because of each of you there will be more birthdays!
Mr. Gary Reichenbecher – NHS Relay Honorary Chair 2015
Kaley Hare – NHS Relay Ambassador 2015
Kelsey Harding – NHS Relay Princess 2015

Teams:  1629 Robotics Team, Cowgirl Crusaders, NHS Girl’s Varsity, Farmers for a Cure, Northern Garrett Rescue Squad, Just Imagine Miracles, Zion Lutheran Youth Group, CARC Duck Cancer, G&W Lumber, Workman’s Warriors, Chele’s Stars and NHS Student Government. 
Sponsors:  Keyston Lime Company, G&W Lumber, Steyer Tent Rentals, Stan Corp., Ringer Electric, Mile One Automotive, WHAG, Winnfield Golf, LJ Vending, LLC., Rob Michael State Farm Insurance, Phenix Technologies, Shear Bliss, Garrett Container Systems, LLC, Harman Construction, Rigidply Rafters, Northern Garrett Rescue Squad, Diehl’s Ford Sales, Mel’s Truck Service, Ben Sisler, Gary’s Golf Cars, Inc. T.L. Margroff, Accident Liberty Gas Station, Katie’s Ice Cream, Randy Butler Auto Sales, Art Butler Auto Sales, Schoolhouse Earth, Thousand Acres Golf Course, Snazzi Stitches, Newman Funeral Homes, Brant’s Mobile Home Sales.
Donations: Working H Meats, Fratz True Value, Tom Stemple, Green Valley Foods, Flowerloft, NHS Carpentry Class, Loch Lynn Restaurant, Becky Fike, Jackie Hawkins, Mary Frazee, Mary Bach and Deane and Nancy Savage. 

Cove Run Restoration Article

On the following website is a copy of an article Alan Klotz,  DNR’s Inland Fisheries Service Western Region Manager and Mrs. Rebecca Kenyon-Sisler, School Advanced Placement Environmental Science and Biology teacher, a co-authored about the Cove Run project.  (It is Mrs. Kenyon-Sisler even though they spelled her last name incorrectly.)



Northern Garrett High School receives the "SILVER" National Ranking  

Northern Garrett High School received the 2015 “Silver” national ranking as one of the best high schools in the United States by U.S. News and World Report.  Northern High was ranked #67 in the state of Maryland (out of 248) and #2,423 (over 21,000 schools nationwide) in the country.  Click the link below to see further details concerning Northern High:
Team Northern Lights 1 Captures County Envirothon Title

Rebecca Kenyon-Sisler Named 2015-16 Garrett County Teacher of the Year

Rebecca Kenyon-Sisler, teacher at Northern Garrett High School, has been named the 2015-16 Garrett County Teacher of the Year.  Rebecca teaches biology and environmental science at Northern High School.  She has been employed by Garrett County Public Schools since 2003, teaching 8th grade science at Northern Middle School for two years before accepting her current position at Northern.
Rebecca graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies (Biology and General Science emphasis) and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education.  Rebecca indicated, “As a high school teacher, I believe that the most important strategy I can teach my students is how to make choices that are beneficial for themselves and those around them.  No matter what aspirations children have, they cannot be happy, contributing members of society if they do not have the ability to collect information, think about potential consequences, and make informed decisions.”
Rebecca’s other key attributes are: a member of the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education; member of the Maryland Association of Science Teachers; a new teacher mentor; participant in the Maryland DNR Explore and Restore Your SchoolShed Program; coordinator of Northern High School’s Green School; participant in Biology Governor’s Academy; member of the Garrett County Environmental Literacy Plan Development Committee; participant in the Chesapeake Teacher Research Fellowship; National Board for Professional Standards Certification; and co-author of “Cove Run Stream Restoration”, an article which will appear in the spring edition ofMaryland Natural Resources magazine.
Rebecca stated, “My personal teaching style is student-centered and inquiry-based.  It is extremely important to me that my students know where to find unbiased information about a topic, how to collect reliable data, and use the best methods for effectively communicating what they have discovered.  I want my students to be ‘doing’ science each day rather than simply ‘learning’ it.”
As Rebecca considers the state of education, she stated, “My message to fellow educators would be to remember and take pride in the fact that not everyone has the ability to do what you do – teach effectively and compassionately. You have spent countless hours honing your skills and will undoubtedly spend countless more reflecting upon and refining what you do in the classroom.  My message to the community would be  to remember how important effective teachers are and to realize that teaching takes skill, hard work, passion, and patience.  As teachers, we have celebrated many successes, but we also realize that there are still many challenges to overcome.”
Pictured in the photo are:  Matt Eggleston, Northern High School Vice-Principal; Barbara Baker, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services and Coordinator of the Teacher of the Year Program; Rebecca Kenyon-Sisler, Teacher of the Year; and Paul Edwards, Director of Secondary Education.
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.
National Blue Ribbon Awards Ceremony


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.

Mar 27, 2015 at 9:58am, 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