Robin Hadrick, Principal
Chris Porter, Assistant Principal

For over 50 years, students at Niles High have worked hard to achieve and explore their unique potential. In partnership with a supportive community, and under the guidance of dedicated educators and staff, our students continue to carry on a tradition of academic excellence. At Niles, we take pride in our diverse student population and provide opportunities for all students to succeed in a comprehensive academic program, as well as in a wide variety of sports and co-curricular activities.

We value the communication we have within our school, with our families, and with our community. For further questions, please feel free to contact us at 683-2894.

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    April 22, 2015


    Today is Earth Day – Do something to save the earth.  It can only benefit you!


    April is…

    Distracted Driving Awareness Month! 

    Stay alive, don't text and drive. 


    *The New Early College/5 Year High School Program

    All next year's sophomore and junior students and parents interested in the new Early College/5 Year High School Program are invited to attend a meeting this Wednesday, April 22nd, at 6:30 pm in the high school auditorium.


    *Students Recognized at CTE Banquet

    Please help me congratulate the following students that received awards at the CTE Banquet last night. Each student received a $400 scholar to LMC


    Mollie Eichenberg - PHCA

    Courtney Nixon - Allied Health

    Allyson Rouse - Marketing

    Carter Rouse - Agriscience

    Robert Schuster - Graphic Arts

    Adam Noble - BMA

    Luis Echeverria - Automotive

    James Mcintyre - Culinary Arts

    Amber Carnard - Criminal Justice


    Make-Up Snow Days

    We will be adding two days on to the end of our school year due to the school closings we have had this year as a result of inclement weather.  The additions will be as follows:

    June 8 - Full Day

    • June 9 - Full Day - Last Day for Students
    • June 10 - Last Day for Teachers (half-day work, half-day professional development)


    2nd Semester Final Exam Schedule

    Because of the make-up snow days, the revised final exam schedule for NHS is as follows:

    1st & 4th period - Friday, June 5th

    2nd & 5th period - Monday, June 8th

    3rd & 6th period - Tuesday, June 9th

    Make-up final exams are always held after school is out.  Students are held accountable for coming in on their own time within the following week of the last day of school.


    State Testing Resumes this Week

    The testing schedule is as follows:

    Thursday, April 23:  REGULAR SCHEDULE FOR ALL- online

    • M-STEP Science, approximately 50 minutes
      • pulling students from Physics (mostly) & Chemistry
    • Juniors & testing seniors will be called down and rotated through computer labs


    Friday, April 24:  ½ day for students, a.m.  They will have 1st-3rd hrs.


    Prom News

    *Just a reminder to those students who are bringing a guest to prom.  Your guest must bring his or her photo id to prom, otherwise he or she will not be admitted.


     McDonald's studio will be at the prom to take formal pictures.  Price lists for these pictures can be picked up at the ticket sales table, in the main office of the high school, and outside Ms. Thompson's class, room 51.  See Ms Thompson if you have any questions.


    Juniors and Seniors - Purchase your tickets by Wednesday at lunch to get the $40 price per ticket, after that they will go up to the at the door price of $50 per ticket.  Buy early and save money.


    Prom News- Seniors who are interested in running for prom king and queen need to come see Ms. Thompson in room 51 to put your names on the ballot.  Also, seniors, Ms. Thompson needs song suggestions for the king and queen to dance to so submit your suggestions.  Juniors and seniors will vote in English classes the week of prom.


    Prom Guest Passes are available for pick up outside Ms. Thompson's room 51.  All guest passes must be turned in by Wednesday April 22nd at 2:32 pm to the office.  You must have a guest pass for anyone who is not a NHS / NNT / WAY / Cedar Lane student.  Also you must be in good standing in order to purchase tickets. 


    Going to prom and want a discount on your tux rental or prom dress?  See Mrs. DeJong in the College and Career Center for a free discount card.  


    Relay For Life
    If you have any questions or would like to become more involved, contact Katie Czirr at

    Are you a true Viking fan? 

    Do you bleed Blue and Gold?  PROVE IT!  Support your community and donate blood April 28 in the small gym.  You must sign up online, in RM 50, or during lunch next week. You will be saving lives and you will also earn a $5 Subway gift card.


    Yearbook Orders

    The Yearbook is completed and being processed. Look for the Yearbook to arrive between May 19th and May 21th. There are now less than 20 yearbooks available to order. Order yours at or see Mr. Hawley. Currently Yearbooks are still $55. If there are any extra, yearbooks will be $60 when they arrive in mid-May.

    Dress Code reminder…
    Students - with warmer weather approaching, we want to remind you of our dress code.  No short shorts or short skirts, no leggings or tights without a tunic or skirt to cover, and no tank tops or spaghetti strapped tops.  Students with dress code violations will be asked to change immediately or sent home.  

    No loitering in the building after school…

    As noted in the NHS Handbook under General Behavior Expectations,  “Students are not to loiter in the building after 2:32 p.m.  When in the building after 2:32 students are to be with a supervised activity.  Any student remaining on school property after dismissal must be supervised by school personnel.”


    Want to Host a Foreign Exchange Student?

    A. S. S. E.  International Student Exchange program is seeking Host Families for the 2015-16 school year.  If you are interested in a cultural exchange that will last a lifetime, contact Representative Brenda Reynolds at (269) 422-1818.


    College and Career Center

    *Upcoming College Visits:

    Monday April 27th - Southwestern Michigan College- lunch visit

    Wednesday - April 29th - Lake Superior State University 7:30 am - see Mrs. DeJong for a pass

    Thursday April 30th - Lake Michigan College - lunch visit

    Seniors who are planning to attend LMC next year- be sure to take the Compass test before May 7th.  LMC will be here that day to sign you up for classes.  Swing by the College and Career Center to sign up for a time slot.  


    Families of students in 11th and 12th grade who are interested in careers in CNC Manufacturing, Mechatronics, Information Technology, and Technical Product Design should check out the MAT2Squared program. This program provides free training, income, and a guaranteed job.  There are webinars coming up on April 30, May 12, and May 28th.  Sign up today at  Click on Calendar of Events to join the webinar.  Also, there will be a speaker at NHS on Monday April 27th for Seniors and Juniors at12:20.  Sign up in the College and Career Center if you are interested. 


    ACT Workshop Rescheduled

    Juniors - do you want to increase your ACT score and retake the test in June?  Rescheduled for Tues April 28th, there will be a brief workshop during both lunches in the Cyber Café, to learn how to sign up to retest.  Remember, if you have free/reduced lunch, you qualify to retake the test 2 times for free.  Bring your lunch on Tuesday to the Cyber Cafe to get more information. 


    New Scholarships:

    Seniors studying conservation or agriculture should apply to the Cass County Conservation Club Scholarships.  Pick up the application instructions in the College and Career Center.  Application due May 30th.


    United Way Volunteer Scholarship - The $500Live UNITED Youth Award is for seniors who have done a significant amount of volunteer work. The Application can be downloaded at:  The deadline is May 1st. 

    Niles Service League Campership- Scholarship applications are in.  They are for any K-11th grade student going to any type of camp over the summer.  The scholarship can help cover the cost of camp.  Pick up your app today - the postmarked deadline is April 29th. 


    Michigan Youth Leadership Training Camp
    Have you always wanted to go to a summer leadership camp, but have not been able to afford it?  Michigan Youth Leadership Training Camp in Greenville, MI is being offered for $20.  Fill out the on-line application today.  Space is limited.   Sign up before June 1st. 2015 Application listed under forms.  

    There is a new regional scholarship.  Circle of Friends- for any senior with a 2.5+ GPA.  Pick up the application in the College & Career Center. 




    Seniors who attended Ballard for Senior Buddies or interested Seniors

    The Kindergarteners are interested in you participating in a program that they are holding on May 12th at approximately 2pm. Please see Mr. Hawley if you're interested. More details to follow.



    The Surprise Final Celebration will be Thursday, May 28, 2015.

    Tickets: $20 per person

    Check with your friends and sign up for the same color bus – blue, green, yellow, or pink!

    Ticket Sales - Cafeteria Lobby:

    Monday, May 4 – Lunch

    Friday, May 8 – 7:00am-7:30am and Lunch

    Wednesday, May 13 – 2:30pm-3:00pm

    Tuesday, May 19 – 7:00am-7:30am and Lunch


    Panoramic Pics

    If you still wanted to order a panoramic photo, order forms are in the main office. Life Touch will be back at 2pm Wednesday to collect any forms that were not ready on Friday. Turn your forms in to the main office or Mr. Hawley.  See Mr. Hawley if you have questions.

    When Jostens is here next Wednesday on April 22nd, they will only be handing out graduation products (i.e. announcements) and collecting payments for caps and gowns if you have not yet paid for yours. Be sure to check with them if your cap/gown is paid for. If you still owe a payment to Jostens, contact them online or at 1-800-Jostens to make your payment. No caps and gowns will be passed out on April 22nd.  Please note that Caps and Gowns will not be passed out until May 20th.



    The Niles High School COUNTERPOINTS is going to be for credit next year and will be scheduled to meet as a class during the school day.  Mr. Hunckler is looking for some great singers to add to the group.  Singing and dance auditions for Niles High Schools Counterpoints are next week.  If you are interested in trying out for Counterpoints see Mr. Hunckler in the choir room to set up a time for your SINGING AUDITION.  The DANCE AUDITIONS will be Friday April 17 after school.  So mark your calendar and make sure you meet with Mr. Hunckler if you are interested.


    Clubs ‘N Such

    Congratulations to the NHS Jazz Band…

    Congratulations to the NHS Jazz Band for an outstanding performance at the District 6 MSBOA Jazz Festival.  The band was praised for it's strong sound, sensitive playing, and it's variety in music selection.  A special congrats goes out to Gigi Goshorn, and Curtis Thomas, for being selected to participate in the District 6 All Star Jazz Band!  Congratulations to all who participated.


    Science Clubs

    Science Olympiad team members will be departing for the Science Olympiad State Competition at Michigan State University on May 1. 


    Ecology Club meets Tuesday.

    Reading Skills and Speed Reading Programs at IU-South Bend

    Indiana University South Bend is offering reading programs this summer for children 4 years old through adult.  These programs include both reading skills and speed reading programs.  For detailed information, please call 1-800-978-9596.



    Daughters of Finesse

    Daughters of Finesse meet every Tuesday in the Cyber Cafe.


    Description: Support Group

    Niles High School will be offering a support group for students who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, grandparent, friend, or other significant person in their lives.  A staff member from Lory’s Place will facilitate the grief support group at NHS.  Lory’s Place is a Grief Healing and Education Center, located in St. Joseph, MI.  Grab an application from the office.  See Mrs. Langmeyer for more information.



    This is the last week for our Laundry Detergent sale and your chance to raise money to help pay for summer basketball playing opportunities.  Please put your order form and collected payments in an envelope with your name on it and turn it in to Ms. Smuda in the office NO LATER than Thursday, April 23rd.  



    Please be watching the mail for your formal invitation for the Annual Senior Student - Athlete Appreciation Banquet on Sunday, May 3rd at 4:30 PM.  Your RSVP is required.  The event is hosted by Niles High School Athletic Booster Club and the Athletic Department.


    "Dress Up" for game day 

     Dear parents of student athletes - We like to encourage our students to dress up on days of their games as we want them to represent our school as leaders who are dressed for success.  We appreciate your support with this to encourage our students to wear "Business Professional" attire only.  In other words, business attire like they would wear to an interview.  Thank you for your support.


    Reminder for Freshman Baseball players

    The bus for Champs field will leave the high school at 2:45pm.  If you miss the bus you will need to find your own way to practice.


    Athletic Gear

    Contact Mrs. Smuda to purchase your Viking Gear via phone 269-683-2894 Ext. 302, via email at , or stop in the office Description: questions or make a purchase.


    -Grey Hoodies and Grey Crew neck sweatshirts  $35 each

    -Navy Crew Neck sweatshirts $35

    The sweatshirts are the tackle-twill lettering—i.e., sewn on Niles Vikings not a screen print.


    -Adidas Dri Fit grey and navy t-shirts--$25   Niles Athletics

    -Adidas T Shirt  $15   Niles Vikings


    There will be no holding of gear!  Gear will be issued upon receipt of payment.


    Athletic Events


    CANCELLED - 4:00 pm Junior Varsity Softball vs Buchanan HS HOME

    CANCELLED - 3:30 pm Varsity Boys Golf vs SMAC West Division Meet AWAY

    CANCELLED - 3:30 pm Junior Varsity Boys Golf vs SMAC West Division Meet AWAY


    4:00 pm Junior Varsity Girls Soccer vs Richland Gull Lake HS HOME


    5:30 pm Varsity Girls Soccer vs Richland Gull Lake HS HOME



    4:00 pm Varsity Girls Tennis vs St. Joseph HS HOME


    4:15 pm Junior Varsity Baseball vs Bridgman HS HOME


    4:30 pm Varsity Baseball vs South Bend St. Joseph HS HOME


    4:15 pm Varsity Softball vs Bridgman HS AWAY Bus 2:45 pm


    4:15 pm Freshman Baseball vs St. Joseph Lake Mich. Cath. HS AWAY

    Bus 3:00 pm


    4:30 pm Varsity Boys Golf vs South Bend Washington HS AWAY


    5:00 pm Junior Varsity Girls Soccer vs Portage Central HS AWAY

    Bus 3:15 pm


    6:45 pm Varsity Girls Soccer vs Portage Central HS AWAY

    Bus 3:15 pm



    Prom Night



    11:00 pm Junior Varsity Baseball vs Dowagiac Union HS AWAY

    Self Transport


    12:30 pm Junior Varsity Baseball vs Watervliet HS AWAY Bus 10:45 am

    Self Transport 


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