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Archive 2014-2015

Northern High School Named 2014 National Blue Ribbon School
National Blue Ribbon Awards Ceremony

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 


Sarah Holtschneider (NHS Softball Player) named AMAC Defensive Player of the Year
(This is from a July 2015 news article) 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!!

3rd Annual Relay for Life - Re-Lei for a Cure Luau; May 2015
The NHS Relay for Life Committee would 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.    

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. 


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.