Robin Hadrick, Principal
Adrienne Blanton and Chris Porter, Assistant Principals



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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    *Did you know…

    Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February, and the United Kingdom in October (according to Wikipedia).

     

    February is also American Heart Month, Canned Food Month, and National Children’s Dental Health Month

     

    *Need Volunteer Hours?

    Students who need to get some volunteer hours in, listen up!  Today after school, we need 8-10 students to help stuff dental packets for children in Niles Schools.  Please meet in the Cyber Café immediately after school.

     

    Attention Parents

    Parent - Please spend a few minutes completing our school survey.  Your feedback on our performance is extremely important to us.  The survey can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NHS_Parent.  Thank you.

     

    Attention All Students

    Tuesday, March 3rd, Juniors only will be in attendance for ACT testing.  There will be no school for Freshmen, Sophomores and Seniors. 

     

    Yearbook Orders

    Order your Yearbook at yearbooksforever.com or talk to Mr. Hawley.  It's not to late, but orders are filling up quickly. Cost is still $55.

     

    Take It All When The Bell Rings (2/9)

    Students, please remember to collect everything you’ll need from your locker when the dismissal bell rings daily at 2:32 pm.  Custodians will no longer be available to unlock gates for you to access lockers or classrooms.

     

    Credit Recovery

    The credit recovery program has begun and space is still available for those wanting to take advantage of this educational opportunity.  Please contact the school office if you are interested.

    There is to be 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.”

     

    Board of Education Meeting Locations Change

    The Niles Community Schools Board of Education has changed the location of

    the following meetings:

     

    March 2, 2015 – Eastside Connections School

    March 16, 2015 – Ring Lardner Middle School

    April 6, 2015 – Niles High School

    April 20, 2015 – Southside School

    The meetings will begin at the originally scheduled time of 6:00 p.m.

     

    Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

    Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) will be offering free tax preparation service for households whose income was less than $53,000 in 2014.   This service is provided by a Partnership between United Way of Southwest Michigan and Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency.  There are various locations to choose from and it is strongly recommended you schedule an appointment. 

    For detailed information, call the location nearest you.

    The Orchards Mall – Benton Harbor, MI – Dial 211 and follow the prompts

    Niles District Library – Niles, MI - Dial 211 and follow the prompts

    Cass District Library – Cassopolis, MI - Dial 211 and follow the prompts

    Southwestern Michigan College – Dowagiac, MI - Dial 211 and follow the prompts

    Andrews University – Berrien Springs, MI - Dial (269) 471.3632

    Berrien Springs Community Library – Berrien Springs, MI - Dial (269) 471.7074.

     

    Winter Reminders…

    “Just a few reminders to maintain our safety and safety of the learners as we all bear these cold temperatures and ever changing road conditions:

    1.  If at all possible, wear bright colors when going to the bus stop and walk on sidewalks and not the street.  You want to remain as visible to drivers as possible.

    2.  Keep jackets, gloves, shoes, socks, and hats dry so that they can provide an effective barrier against the elements.  When we experience extreme wind chills minimize the amount of skin exposed to the air.

    3.  If driving, don't rush.  Give yourself a little extra following distance and stopping time.  You never know when you will encounter slick road conditions with freezing temperatures.

    3.  If dropping off a learner, please use 14th street.  Cars are not to enter the bus lot for the safety of the learners and staff entering the building.  We will keep multiple walkways shoveled along the road for drop off.

    4.  If arriving late, drop off in front of the building at the main office.  Check in with the secretary and she will write you a pass to class.  Ms. Mason will not open the door once it is locked at 7:25.”

     

    PHCA Applications

    Applications for the PHCA class are here.  If you are interested in a career in the Health Care Field and would like an application or have questions, please see Mr. Ramirez in room 75.  The applications are due February 27th. 

     

    College and Career Center
    Love Basketball and want to win free money?  Any Senior going to LMC can be entered into a drawing for a $250 scholarship good for Fall 2015.  Sign up in the College and Career Center - must be present at the Basketball game on Tues Feb 24th to win. 

     

    Local Scholarship Update:  The NDEA Scholarship app is now available.  Also, this is your reminder- the application process is already half over.  If you have not picked up applications or asked teachers for recommendations - DO SO TODAY!  The deadline is Friday March 6th before the end of the school day! 

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    Honor Credit Union is looking for someone to create a short video to be featured in its advertising.  If your video gets selected, you win money for our school. For details check out honorcu.com>what's new>video challenge 

    Are you interested in summer learning and leadership opportunities?  Check in the College and Career Center.  Deadlines for some events are already approaching...

    Parents of Seniors - Would you like assistance in getting the FAFSA.GOV filled out to see how much free money you may qualify for?  There are two remaining events in the area: February 22nd 2-4 at SMC-Dowagiac - see www.michigangoal.org for more info. We will be hosting a FAFSA workshop during conferences for parents of seniors on Wed Feb 25th 5-8pm.  No appointment needed but allow at least a half hour to complete.  Financial Aid professionals will be in the College & Career Center to help you.  Bring Your SS#, Drivers Lisc, tax documents, for you and your 12th grader.  Mount Calvary Baptist Church is also offering a FAFSA workshop and Paying for College info nite (for parents of students in any grade) on February 15th at 3:00pm.  601 Ferry St Niles, MI.

     

    Classmen

    Seniors

    All Senior Buddies that went to Ellis during Fall Homecoming. Please see Mr. Hawley about going to Ellis on Friday, March 13th.  The kindergarteners would like you to join them in a “March is Reading Month” Activity.

     

    Attention Seniors!

    Get your Senior Ads to Mr. Hawley as soon as possible. If you would still like one, please let him know.

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    Clubs ‘N Such

    *National Honor Society Meeting

    All National Honor Society members must see Ms. Thompson TODAY to sign to work and bring food for the staff appreciation lunch next Tuesday.

     

    Daughters of Finesse

    Daughters of Finesse will meet on Tuesdays at 2:45pm in the Cyber Café.  Come on out and join in the fun of learning about and preparing for adult life!

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    Science Clubs

    Ecology Club meets Tuesday.

    Science Olympiad meets Thursday.

     

    Grief 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.  The grief support group at NHS will be facilitated by a staff member from Lory’s Place.  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.

     

    Athletics

    *Interested in Baseball

    A baseball meeting will be held Monday, March 2nd at 2:45in the New Tech Commons space.  All interested in trying out are encouraged to attend.

     

    *Women’s Tennis (2/13)

    Girls Tennis Meeting will be Wednesday Feb. 25th after school in the cafeteria.  Any girls interested in playing tennis meet with Coach Weber. 

     

    Women’s Soccer

    Women's soccer will have Monday workouts at Oak Manor gym from 5-6:30 pm.    Also, workouts are in progress at the St. Joe Kickers club on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 pm.  ​​All girls interested in playing soccer this spring are encouraged to attend.  Please bring dry tennis shoes to workout in.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Coach Schau.

     

    Want to Play Men’s Golf in the Spring?

    If you’re thinking about golfing with the men in the Spring, contact Spencer Fuller or stop by the office for additional information.

     

    Viking Gear on Sale

    Contact Mrs. Smuda to purchase your Viking Gear via phone 269-683-2894 Ext. 302, via email at cathy.smuda@nilesschools.org , or stop in the office Description: https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gifwith 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

    -Winter hats $10

    Please, no holding of gear.  Gear will be issued upon payment.

    Athletic Events

    *Monday

    4:15 pm Freshman Boys Basketball vs St. Joseph HS HOME

    5:30 pm Junior Varsity Boys Basketball vs St. Joseph HS HOME

     

    Tuesday

    4:15 pm Freshman Boys Basketball vs Edwardsburg HS HOME

    5:45 pm Junior Varsity Boys Basketball vs Edwardsburg HS HOME

    7:00 pm Varsity Boys Basketball vs Edwardsburg HS HOME

     

    6:00 pm Junior Varsity Girls Basketball vs Buchanan HS AWAY Bus 4:45 pm

    7:30 pm Varsity Girls Basketball vs Buchanan HS AWAY Bus 4:45 pm

     

    Thursday

    4:15 pm Freshman Boys Basketball vs Stevensville Lakeshore HS HOME

    5:45 pm Junior Varsity Boys Basketball vs Stevensville Lakeshore HS HOME

     

    4:15 pm Freshman Girls Basketball vs Stevensville Lakeshore HS AWAY

    5:30 pm Junior Varsity Girls Basketball vs Stevensville Lakeshore HS AWAY

    Bus 2:45

     

    Friday

    7:30 am Varsity Girls Bowling vs MHSAA Regionals AWAY

    12:00 pm Varsity Boys Bowling vs MHSAA Regionals AWAY

     

    5:45 pm Varsity Girls Basketball vs Stevensville Lakeshore HS AWAY

    7:00 pm Varsity Boys Basketball vs Stevensville Lakeshore HS AWAY Bus 4:00 pm

     

    7:45 pm Varsity Wrestling vs MHSAA State Tourney - Battle Creek

    AWAY Bus 2:00 pm

     

    Saturday

    11:45 am Varsity Wrestling vs MHSAA Team Finals AWAY

    Bus departs for Niles @ 5:30 pm

     

    And today, Adam Langmeyer will share facts about actor Will Smith.


     

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