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Drive-One 4 Ur School - Huge Success

Diehl's Ford recently sponsored the Drive-One 4 Ur School Event at their Ford dealership in Grantsville. Sixteen clubs/organizations from within Northern High School participated in the day's events, which resulted in $20.00 being donated to NHS for each test drive that was taken on that day. Pictured in the photo is Greg Diehl, owner of Diehls' Ford, presenting a check for $6,000.00 to Gary Reichenbecher, NHS Principal.  NHS and Diehl's Ford would like to thank everyone that helped to make this event a huge success.  A special thank you to Diehl's Ford for being our local sponsor of the Drive One Event.  

Yearbook Sales Begin

Attention Parents/Guardians: Reminder of Garrett County BOE Attendance Policy
Attendance notes must be submitted no more than three (3) school days after the student’s return to school. The note shall state the reason for the student’s absence, the date(s) of the absences, and be signed and dated by the student’s parent/guardian. It will be the student’s responsibility to obtain and complete work missed due to absence regardless of code. However, work/ assignments missed as a result of unlawful absences will not be given credit.

Important Dates

Wednesday, November 25 12:15 Dismissal for Students
Thursday, November 26 Schools Closed - Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 27 Schools Closed
Monday, November 30 ASVAB 1st - 2nd Period
Friday, December 4 Silent Night, Silent Auction 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. in Cafe; $5 per person
December 7 - December 8 PARCC Algebra II and PARCC English II
December 7 - 11 Scholastic Book Fair
Wednesday, December 9 12:15 Dismissal for Students
Saturday, December 19 Holiday Concert
Wednesday, December 23 12:15 Dismissal for Students
Saturday, January 9 Music Boosters Jewelry/Cash Bash @ CARC 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. $25/person

Letterman's Club Fundraiser

The Letterman's Club is selling Rada Cutlery.  Deadline for orders and money is November 30th. Contact Mr. Carr ( for more information. 

Mock Trial Team and Thespian Society Fundraiser

The Mock Trial team and Thespian Society are selling Joe Corbi’s - order your pizza, preportioned cookie dough, and awesome desserts by November 30th!  Contact Mrs. Garlitz (, Mrs. Virts ( or any member of Mock Trial or the Thespian Society to order!

Silent Night, Silent Auction

Student Council will be holding it's annual event Silent Night, Silent Auction in the high school cafeteria on Friday, December 4th from 5:00-7:30.  Bidding will end promptly at 7:00.  This is a great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping and support the student body, the Dove Center, and Hart for Animals.  The cost to attend is five dollars.  You can purchase tickets in advance from student council members or pay at the door. Light holiday refreshments will be served.  We will also be giving out lots of great prizes!  We hope to see you at this fun-filled festive event!
Art Fundraiser - Husky Cornhole Board Raffle
Raffle tickets are $1.00 each and can be purchased from any art student or Mr. Paxton. Win a NHS Husky Cornhole Board with Bean Bags. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, November 25th.

Northern Band Musicians Honored

Robert and Sally Bittinger have been selected to the Tournament of Bands (T.O.B.) "All-Star Band".  They will be representing Northern, Garrett County and T.O.B. in the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia. In addition, Robert was selected to the Alderson-Broaddus University Honors Wind Symphony.

Dawg Pound Members Wanted

CONGRATULATIONS to the Cross Country Team and the State Finishers!
The girls team finished 3rd, which is the best any Northern girls team has ever finished at states!! The girls also had 4 all state finishers! Kylee Peck-21st, Michaela Vitez-16th, Faith Parandahmaia-15th, and Tiffany Warnick- 11th!! The boys team finished 7th as a team and Robert Walker finished all state at 23rd. 
NHS 2015 Cross Country States

Breana Burke, Golf Team Member, Wins at Regional and Advances to States 
Pictured with Barb Goehringer, Coach; Phil Carr, Athletic Director; Gary Reichenbecher, Principal, Matt Eggleston, Vice Principal

Breana Burke, Golf Team Member

Autumn Glory 2015


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

NHS Homecoming



North Garrett FFA Livestock Judging team placed 4th at the Eastern States Expo in Massachusetts.

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. Sign up here today to get started! The website is live and accepting registrations!  What can the American Cancer Society do with $50? Call the National Cancer Information Center (NCIC), which provides information, support and resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 800-227-2345.  

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."  CONGRATULATIONS Sarah!! 

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 on August 15th and placed 2nd in the state. As a result they advanced to the regional competition in Massachusetts where they competed against all of the other states in the eastern region. 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

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 to see further details concerning Northern High: U.S.News
Cove Run Restoration Article
Read the article by Alan Klotz, DNR’s Inland Fisheries Service Western Region Manager and Mrs. Rebecca Kenyon-Sisler, NHS Advanced Placement Environmental Science and Biology teacher, about the Cove Run project. (It is Mrs. Kenyon-Sisler even though they spelled her last name incorrectly.) 
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 above: 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 

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