Norsemen News · Northfield News You Need to Know


April, 2013

Graduation is Saturday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m.

School is in session on Tuesday, May 28 for all students

From the Principal

Thanks for reading this last article for the 2012-2013 school year. We are especially excited for our seniors!  Parents, we appreciate all you have done to assist your child in their education at Northfield.

Awards Programs

Tuesday, May 7 – Senior Scholarship (7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 14 – Junior High (9:00 a.m.)

Thursday, May 16 – High School (9:00 a.m.)


We continue to focus on the awareness and importance of the state-mandated testing, as this becomes our report card for the school, along with other factors. Below are the testing timelines for the end of the school year. Please help us encourage our students to do their absolute best!

ECA (End of Course Assessments) for students completing Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10

May 9 – Biology

May 10 – English 10

May 13 – Algebra I

ISTEP+ for 7th & 8th grade

April 30 Multiple Choice section

May 1 (7th grade only)

AP (Advanced Placement) Exams

May 6 – Chemistry

May 8 – Calculus

May 10 – English

May 13 – Biology

May 15 – History

Final Exams are Thursday, May 23 and Friday, May 24

Final Exams for Seniors begin Wednesday, May 24 during periods 1, 4-6, 7, and 9. Seniors can take periods 4-6 Part I on Tuesday and Part II on Wednesday if two days are needed. Otherwise, they will take period 4-6 on Wednesday, and all other exams on Thursday as shown below:

Thursday, May 23

Period 1     8:10 – 8:40 am               30 minute class

Period 2     8:44 – 9:59 am               75 minute EXAM

Period 3     10:03 -11:18 am           75 minute EXAM

Period 4     11:22 -11:47 am           25 minute class

Part I if 2-day EXAM

Period 5     11:51am -12:16 pm    25 minute class

Part I if 2-day EXAM

Period 6     12:20 -12:45 pm           25 minute class

Part I if 2-day EXAM

Period 7     12:49 -1:22 pm             33 minute class

Locker Clean-out (Grades 10-12)

Period 9     1:26 -1:56 pm               30 minute class

Period 8     2:00 – 3:15 p.m.            75 minute EXAM

**NOTE – Periods 8 and 9 are flipped so students aren’t ending the day with nothing to do

Friday, May 24

Period 1     8:10 – 9:25 am              75 minute EXAM

Period 2     9:29 – 10:05 am            36 minute class

Locker Clean-out (Grades 7-9)

Period 3     10:09 – 10:45 am          36 minute class

Period 4     10:49 – 11:14 am          25 minute EXAM

Part II if 2 day test OR EXAM if only 1 day test

Period 5     11:18 – 11:43 am          25 minute EXAM

Part II if 2 day test OR EXAM if only 1 day test

Period 6     11:47 am -12:12 pm   25 minute EXAM

Part II if 2 day test OR EXAM if only 1 day test

Period 7     12:16 -1:31 pm             75 minute EXAM

Period 9     1:35 – 3:15 pm              75 minute EXAM and

2:50 – 3:15 pm             25 minute Inspect-Collect MacBook Air computers

**NOTE – period 8 will not meet.

MacBook Air Inspect & Collect is on May 24

Seniors:                      Before graduation practice (done by Senior Sponsors, administration)

Grades 7-11:            9th period (done by Teachers)

PM Vocational:      3rd period (done by Teachers)

Schedule for Tuesday, May 28

Period 1        8:10-8:40 am

Period 2        8:44-9:11 am

Period 3        9:15-9:42 am

Period 7        9:46-10:13 am

Period 8        10:17-10:44 am

Period 9        10:48-11:15 am

Lunch times stay the same.

12:46 – 3:15 pm Norse Honor Party

Parents of Seniors: All school days up to and including May 28 are full days of school for all students. We will have graduation practice and inspect and collect the MacBook Air computers on Friday, May 24. Other activities are being planned for the rest of the day.  Vocational senior students will also be expected to attend all the NHS activities on the 24th.

If your senior isn’t in attendance for graduation practice on Friday he/she must have permission to not be there from Mr. Keaffaber or he/she won’t be able to participate in commencement exercises on May 25.

Seniors will have their last Norse Honor party on Tuesday, May 28. (The Indiana Department of Education no longer grants waivers for seniors to attend less than 180 days. We checked again this year and the law remains in effect. We also proposed an eLearning Day but were denied by the state. This is why you are still scheduled to come to school on Tuesday, May 28.)

Registration dates for the 2013-14 school year:

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 2:00 – 8:00 pm

Thursday, August 1, 2013 from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

First day of school next year: Monday, August 12

If you have questions, please let us know. Thank you for your support of your child and Northfield Jr./Sr. High School.

Norse Philosophy

Norse Honor: respect, responsibility, pride, peacemaker

Mission Statement:  Our mission is to build the minds and character of every student to produce positive citizens for the 21st century.

From the Guidance Department

Senior Parents: Join us in celebrating your senior at Senior Awards Night on Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00 pm!

Parents, in the coming weeks, our students will be taking many important standardized tests. It is very important that your child is present on test day. Please do not schedule any pre-arranged absences or appointments on the day your student is scheduled to test. Remember to encourage your child to always put forth his or her best effort!

7th graders, 8th graders, and students taking the English 10 ECA or Algebra 1 ECA will be able to receive a free breakfast at school on the day(s) that they are testing.

To repeat the testing dates you read above:

April 30          7th and 8th grade ISTEP+

May 1            7th grade ISTEP+

May 6            AP Chemistry Exam

May 8            AP Calculus Exam

May 9            Biology 1 End-of-Course Assessment (ECA)

May 10          English 10 ECA and AP English Exam

May 13          Algebra 1 ECA and AP Biology Exam

May 14-15    ECA Make-up testing

May 15          AP US History Exam

For Jr. High Parents: Students MUST sign up to take part in the 21st Century Scholars program before June 30 following the end of their 8th grade year. 21st Century Scholars is a statewide initiative that strives to make college accessible to all Indiana students. To qualify for the program you must:

·  Be a 7th or 8th grader

·  Fulfill the 21st Century Scholars Pledge (includes pledging to remain drug- and alcohol-free and maintain a 6.5 GPA in high school)

·  Meet income eligibility requirements (qualify for free/reduced lunch, placed in foster care, or family income at or below program maximums)

More information can be found at  Applications must be submitted online. If you do not have internet access, the guidance office has worksheets available that provide us with the information needed. Please contact Guidance if you have any questions.

Junior Parents: As your child prepares to head into his/her senior year, it’s time to start thinking about life after high school. One of the first steps in getting ready for senior year is taking the SAT or ACT! The following dates are the remaining SAT and ACT testing dates for this school year:

SAT: June 2             Register by May 2            

Locations: Peru HS, Kokomo HS, Warsaw HS

To register for the SAT: Go to and click on “Register.” The test fee is $50. Students receiving free/reduced lunch are eligible for a fee waiver (see Mrs. Stauffer in Guidance for this waiver).

ACT: June 8            Register by May 3            

Locations: Kokomo HS, Indiana Wesleyan

To register for the ACT: Go to and click on “Sign up/Login.” The test fee is $50.50. Students receiving free/reduced lunch are eligible for a fee waiver (see Mrs. Stauffer in Guidance for this waiver).

It is highly recommended that students take the SAT or ACT once in the spring of their junior year, and a second time early in their senior year! Don’t wait!

What about summer school? We have two options this summer. For those students requiring courses to be repeated (for a maximum of two credits), we have online classes at here at Northfield from June 3 – 21 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. each day. There is a $10 technology fee per each credit for this option, and transportation is not provided.  Students may also utilize the Indiana Online Academy (IOA) to repeat classes OR to take courses that are not offered at Northfield during the regular school year, with a maximum of two semesters of credit allowed to be earned from IOA in the summer. The cost for each credit is $50. All IOA classes are online and done at home. The deadline to enroll is June 6, with classes beginning June 10th.  All work must be completed by July 20th. Students must reserve time to take final exams online at Southwood on July 1–2 or at Northfield on July 23–24. The guidance office has more information about these options.

The policy regarding Schedule Changes is located in the Student Handbook on page 8.  Please make note of the deadlines and policy, as we will be unable to grant exceptions once deadlines are passed.  The schedule change policy dates are as follows:

June 1:  Last date to request a schedule change for 1st semester of 2013-2014.

Prior to Thanksgiving Break:  Last date to request a schedule change for 2nd semester.

These procedures and timelines are necessary because we order materials, technology, and/or textbooks and create our Master Schedule based on the requests for the classes. The master schedule determines the number of teachers and sections we need.

From the Athletic Director

Don’t miss this chance to get next year’s sports physical completed for only $15. Mass Physical Night is May 7th from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Wabash Middle School.  We have physical packets on the office counter, and these need to be COMPLETELY filled out and signed by parents before arriving at the Wabash Middle School that night.

From the Business Department

The annual all-day JA Finance Park field trip to Fort Wayne for our 8th graders is scheduled for Thursday, May 16.

From the Bookkeeper

2013 – 2014 Lunch Prices

Breakfast              $1.40       Breakfast (Reduced)  $0.30

Lunch                    $2.10       Lunch (Reduced)         $0.40

Second Lunch    $2.60       Extra Milk                         $0.50

Adult Lunch         $3.00

From the Library

SPRING CLEANING!  Time to move those dust bunnies–there might be a library book hidden underneath. We have a lot of overdue library books, so start looking in your child’s bedroom closets, under the bed, at Grandma’s house, just anywhere your child could have possibly set one down.  Please be aware that you will be charged for unreturned books.

From the Yearbook Department

The yearbook staff must tell the publisher how many yearbooks we need by April 30, so if you want a 2012-2013 yearbook, you must order by April 30 or we cannot guarantee you will be able to get one.  Order your yearbook by either going to the NHS website or sending a check made out to Northfield or cash ($50) in to Mrs. Leifer (room 101) soon! Not only can we not guarantee you’ll be able to get a book after April 30, but the price goes up to $60 as well.

From the Choir Director

The Northfield Choirs will present two concerts for your enjoyment this spring. The Sr High Choirs sing on Wednesday, May 1st at 7:30 p.m and the Jr High Choirs perform Wednesday, May 15th at 7:30 p.m. Both concerts are in the NHS auditorium. Come hear some great music, including selections from the new Les Miserables movie musical!

From the Junior Class Sponsor

The Junior / Senior Prom is this Saturday, April 27, at the First United Methodist Church.

From the Post Prom Committee

The Post Prom for Northfield’s juniors and seniors and their guests is this Saturday, April 27, at Northfield from 11:30 pm to 4:30 am (directly following the Prom).  What is there to do? How about a Mechanical Bull/Surf Board, Gladiator Joist, Bungee Run, 2-Human Spheres, Laser Tag, Caricature artist, Henna Tattoo artist, Corn Hole tournament, Euchre tournament, Minute to Win It, Roll in the Dough, AND a Hypnotist to wind everything up. We will also have Pizza and lots of snacks. ALL FREE! Plus loads of door prizes are being handed out all evening long! And your child doesn’t have to attend Prom to attend Post Prom.

Parents, we hope you’ll encourage your juniors and seniors to attend this fun and safe event. We think they’ll have a lot of fun, and you won’t have to worry about where they are. But hurry—sign-up for Post Prom ends TOMORROW.

From our Nurses

The American Academy of Pediatrics, CDC, and the Indiana Dept. of Health & Education recommend that all students age 16 and older receive a 2nd dose of the meningitis vaccine. Seniors will be offered this vaccine at school, free of charge, on May 3rd. Parent permission is required and forms have been given to our seniors.

It’s hard to believe that summer vacation is almost here! As we look ahead to the 2013-2014 school year, here are a couple of items to be aware of:

  • A yearly health update by your doctor is required for recommendations for health challenges such as asthma, diabetes, allergies, etc. This is an annual requirement by state law. Forms are available at the school office and will also be sent with report cards for summer appointments. Please bring to registration.
  • If your son/daughter carries an Epi-pen, inhaler, insulin pump, or other medical equipment, take our school form to your physician. Your doctor’s written permission is required.
  • The Health room stocks Tylenol and Benadryl BUT if your child needs these medications frequently (braces, dental work, etc.), please supply your own. A parent’s written permission is required before any medication will be given. Forms will be available at registration.
  • All medications sent to school require signed parent permission. Pick up a form at registration.