Can you tell me more about the four Halls?
Every student, faculty and staff at Northridge belongs to a Hall. The entire school, and each grade, is divided equally into four Halls. Each Hall name means “Knight” and is significant for its relationship to gentlemanly and heroic Knighthood. The four Halls are Cavalier, Paladin, Riddervon, and Vytis. The Halls foster camaraderie and school spirit through competition, as well as opportunities for leadership and service.
Several times each year, we take a break from classes and have “Hall Fests,” which range from a round robin of sports to tug of war, Giant Jenga, and re-creations of the game show Family Feud. The whole year is a competition, where grades, teacher points, Hall Fests, fundraisers and more are converted into points spurring on the Halls as they compete in various events. The school year culminates in the spring with the presentation of the Hall Trophy to one victorious Hall.
Every new student is inducted into his Hall during the first week of school at an all-school assembly.
What time does school begin and end?
Monday-Friday: 8:25 AM – 3:15 PM
How early can I drop off my son at school in the morning? How late can he stay in the afternoon?
The front door of the main building is typically open by 7:30 AM. Extracurricular activities, sports and other events take place after school allowing the opportunity for students to remain on campus. In addition, there is a daily quiet study hall after school every day, including Fridays, for one hour, proctored by a Northridge faculty member.
How do I find out about other families who live near me so we can organize car pools?
The Directory is your best source, it lists each family and their addresses. In addition, the front office may be able to suggest families in your geographic area.
To get the School Directory or advice, please contact Mrs. Nancy Kopecky, Receptionist, at email@example.com or (847) 375-0600.
When will I found out my son’s advisor?
Your son will receive his assigned advisor at New Student Orientation. You will have the opportunity to meet your son’s advisor at Back to School Night on Thursday, September 3, 2020.
Is my son assigned a hall locker or gym locker?
Every Northridge student is assigned a hall locker for the duration of the school year. Each hall locker contains a pre-installed lock.
Students in grades 6-10 will also receive a gym locker for physical education class. Each student is required to also purchase a lock from the school for his gym locker.
Your son will receive his locker assignments and be able to purchase a gym lock ($7 new, $3 used) at New Student Orientation.
What are the lunch options for my son?
The Northridge Cafeteria provides daily hot lunch for interested students. You will receive more information about the hot lunch plans through email as we approach the new school year.
Where is the Lost and Found?
The Lost and Found is located in the basement in the senior hallway. All items and clothing should be labeled with your son’s name. Every effort will be made to return a labeled item to the owner. Items that remain unclaimed for a period of not less than two weeks will be bagged and sent to a charitable organization. Please contact Mrs. Nancy Kopecky, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for access to the Lost and Found.
Is there a Parent Association?
Yes. There is a Northridge Mother’s Club which provides a number of services to the boys and school. It is a great way to meet other moms. All moms are automatically part of the club and during New Student Orientation we will have a form you can fill out to express which areas (if any) you are interested in participating. The Mother’s Club manages its own budget and fundraising; there are optional $20 dues to join: pay if you can, no worries if you can’t. At the start of the year the Mother’s Club will organize a Welcome Back Coffee where new officers will be introduced and opportunities for involvement explained.
How will my son find his classes on the first day of school?
Faculty and staff will be on hand to help students find their way. During New Student Orientation students will be shown the location of their locker and classrooms. It is not difficult to find classrooms – rooms 103 through 114 are on the first floor, rooms 203 through 215 are on the second floor.
What is the School cell phone policy?
Numerous studies have demonstrated that smartphones and related electronics are frequently disruptive to the learning environment and harmful to the student’s academic and social development. For these reasons Northridge has the following policy regarding all forms of electronic communication devices including smartphones, smart-watches, tablets, gaming devices, etc.:
Before the end of the School Day. Students are not permitted to use their phones or other electronic devices before the end of the School Day – neither before classes nor during the school day. All cell phones and other electronic devices are to be powered off and kept in the student’s locker from the time of arrival on campus (or exiting their car) through to the end of the school day (3:15 pm on Mondays-Fridays). Students wishing to make a call during these hours may use the phones by the front office.
After School. Upon the completion of the school day students will be allowed to use their phones either in the atrium area or outside the school building. Use of phones after the school day is to be limited to brief communication. If Northridge faculty observe a student using a cell phone after the school day for purposes beyond brief communication, the consequences listed below apply.
Field Trips. Use of these devices will not be allowed on regular field trips; they should be left at home or powered off in the locker. On overnights or trips arriving later in the afternoon or evening, the coordinator of the trip may allow students to bring them solely for the purposes of coordinating rides at the end of the trip. In these cases, the devices will be collected by the coordinator at the start of the trip and returned to students as they near returning to the school.
Does my son need to carry his gym clothes back and forth to school every day? (Grades 6-10)
All students in grades 6-10 will be assigned a gym locker. Many students choose to keep their gym uniforms and shoes at school, bringing them home on the weekend for washing. Others choose to carry a separate gym bag with their clothing in it back and forth each day.
How can I get a message to my son during the school day?
In an emergency situation, please call the school office to communicate with your son. Northridge personnel will contact the student and relay the message. If your son needs to make an emergency call to a parent, he should come to the Main Office and ask permission to use one of the phones. There will be several phones available for students in the Main Office.
My son just missed a day of school because he was sick. How does he get the assignments he missed?
A quick phone call or email to a fellow classmate will do the trick. Or feel free to email your son’s teachers regarding missed assignments.
Where do I find contact information for various departments and individuals?
Faculty phone extensions and emails are listed under the Faculty Profiles tab on our website.
How often can I meet with my son’s teacher or advisor?
You will have the opportunity to first meet your son’s teachers at Back to School Night on Thursday, September 3, 2020. Additionally, we hold Parent-Teacher Conferences twice per year. However, you never have to wait for a conference to meet or talk with your son’s teacher or advisor. We welcome any and every opportunity to discuss his progress, including intellectual, physical, moral and spiritual development.
How can I update my contact info?
You can make changes by contacting Mrs. Carol Corter, Registrar, at email@example.com, (847) 375-0600 ext. 101.
IF I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT…
My son’s grades - Please contact your son’s teacher.
The Middle School - Call your son’s teacher or the Head of Middle School, Mr. Joe Rhee, (847) 375-0600 ext. 465
The High School - Call your son’s teacher or the Head of High School, Mr. Peter Fletcher, (847) 375-0600 ext. 473
Reporting an Absence or Tardy - Call the Receptionist, Mrs. Nancy Kopecky, (847) 375-0600
The Advisory Program - Call the Dean of Students, Mr. Emmett McGovern, (847) 375-0600 ext. 459
Athletic Schedules – All competitions are posted on the school’s calendar on our website: Athletics Calendar, or you can contact your son’s coach or contact the Athletic Director, Coach Will Rey, firstname.lastname@example.org, (847) 375-0600 ext. 117
College Counseling & Applications - Contact College Counselor, Mr. Bob Barder, email@example.com, (847) 375-0600 ext. 427
Tuition, Financial Aid or Billing Management - Contact Director of Business Operations, Mr. Hugo Chong, firstname.lastname@example.org, (847) 375-0600 ext. 432