Welcome to the Northwestern High School home page. In this update, I am going to cover a few of our hot topics at NHS.
Scheduling: Our counselors are working very hard to get all of our students scheduled. Our goal is for every student to know their schedule by the last day of school. This will be a first for us and we are going to try to reach this goal. If you have scheduling questions, please contact either Ms. Thompson or Mrs. Moore.
School Safety: Our entire corporation met with members of the Howard County Sheriff’s Department in January. They gave a great presentation on their response to school safety issues. We have also met as a staff to make sure everyone has a complete understanding of our procedures.
One to One Learning: Our corporation is exploring the idea of a one to one technology learning environment for next school year. At NHS, the staff has had several discussions on this topic, they have visited other schools that are in a one to one environment, and I have had meeting with groups of students. It is our belief that technology will enhance the educational experience of the student, not be the sole means of instruction. We are really excited about this opportunity!
Student Participation: Here are some very interesting numbers on our student participation in extra-curricular activities. 40% of our students are in band and/or choir. Depending on the season, 60% to 70% of our students are involved in athletics. If we look at overall student participation in an extra-curricular activity, we have almost 80% of our students involved. It is amazing to me how well our students balance our tough academic standards and involvement in extra activities.
Northwestern High School
Through the quality of its staff, curriculum, instruction, and extra-curricular offerings, Northwestern High School provides a positive and supportive environment that challenges each student to strive for excellence in developing skills in life-long learning, communication, problem solving, critical thinking, individual and social responsibility, and respect for others and self.
Go to Mrs. Miller's NHS info page
Opportunity for membership in the Northwestern Chapter of National Honor Society occurs during the second semester of junior and/or senior years. To become a member, the student must first qualify in the area of scholarship and then must meet the conditions outlined under character, service, and leadership. All applications will be reviewed and voted on by a Faculty Council appointed by the Principal.
Scholarship – Must have a cumulative “B” grade point average, which is a 7.900 on Northwestern’s grading scale. Any student who qualifies with this grade point average will be invited to apply for membership. After submitting an application, the student will be considered for membership based on the following criteria:
Character – This includes a demonstration of honesty, reliability, observation of rules, perseverance and application to studies, avoidance of cheating in any form, lack of participation in illegal activities such as drinking of alcoholic beverages and the consumption of illegal drugs, and exemplification of desirable personality traits (cheerfulness, friendliness, and stability). Character will be considered by staff evaluation and by evaluation of each student’s discipline record.
Service – The student must have been active in at least four different Northwestern High School service clubs and/or community organizations/activities/clubs and/or accumulated a minimum of 15 volunteer hours. Service is the goal of this category. Service is defined as reaching out and assisting others or performing a useful community service. Documentation of your acts of service should be included with the NHS application. If you have demonstrated service outside of the Northwestern School community, you may have an adult, who is familiar with your service, write a letter describing the service to be attached to your application.
Leadership – The candidate must hold at least one major leadership position at Northwestern High School or in an outside group, such as class officer, editor, student council representative, club president, band officer, student director of drama productions, varsity athlete, state solo and ensemble performer, or a varsity cheerleader. If you demonstrate leadership in another capacity in a group, then you may have the adult responsible for the activity write a letter describing your leadership role and attach it to your application. If the applicant does not currently hold a leadership position, he/she may still meet this criterion if he/she can list three leadership roles held previously at school or in the community since the ninth grade.
It is important for you to follow the instructions for the application. Please make sure to submit the application by the due date. Late applications will not be considered. Students should begin developing their membership potential for National Honor Society in their freshman year of high school. If you have any questions about National Honor Society, please contact Mrs. A. Miller, the faculty advisor.