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April 23, 2014
*Congratulations Niles High School!!!
Niles High School was awarded the US News and World Report Bronze Award! Only 15% of high schools receive the Bronze Award! Please check out the website at http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/michigan/districts/niles-community-schools/niles-senior-high-school-10172 for details.
Comcast Cares Day
Please come out and volunteer for the Comcast Cares Day at Niles High School Saturday, April 26th from 8 to 12. A free luncheon will be provided. Volunteer forms are available in Main office and CTE office.
Do NOT miss out on all the highlights from this year. Pre-order your yearbook today, order forms can be picked up in both NNT and the front office, in room 34, and the Library. Any questions please contact Ms. Zaborowski (Room 34)
If you are not in good standing, you only have until Wednesday, April 23 to appeal your grades with Mr. Porter. You will not be able to buy tickets or attend prom if you are not in good standing.
We have some exciting news! Our beloved mascot has been getting a "makeover"! Last year we launched a quest to name our Viking. "Viktor" (with a "k") was chosen. We have now been working on Viktor's new look and are PROUD to tell you he is on his way to Niles! Thus far, Viktor has been funded through various donations. We feel it is extremely important that all of our students and staff have an opportunity to help Viktor make the final leg of his journey to Niles. This week you will see posters in your buildings, to announce a one-time opportunity for ALL of the Niles Community School family to have an equally vested part in bringing Viktor home.
Thursday, April 24th, students and staff will be asked to pay $1 to wear PJ's to school. We want to show our students, staff, and community just how united we are in enhancing the level of school spirit here in Niles.
Viktor will officially arrive at our first home football game this fall! We are beyond excited to bring Viktor home and truly hope that you all share in our enthusiasm.
Niles Service League Hosts…
Colors For Kids 5k Fun Run on April 26, 2014. The Fun Run will be held at Brandywine Junior- Senior High School Cross Country Trail 1700 Bell Road Niles, MI 49120. http://nilesserviceleague.yolasite.com/5k.php
All online students must go to the Hunter Lab during their online class period to work on their course until the course is complete.
Each year Blossomland Learning Center (Berrien Regional Education Service Agency) employs co-op students to work in our building during the school year. It is projected that for the 2014-2015 school year we will employ approximately twelve (12) students; nine (9) for the classroom, one (1) for the pool and two (2) for the office. Stop in at the office to pick up info with details regarding these opportunities.
College and Career Center
Employment Applications & Opportunities
*The Berrien County Manufacturing Council will be putting on a Manufacturing Job fair May 8 from 10 to 3 at the LMC Bertand Crossing Campus. Manufacturers from all around Berrien County will have part and full time jobs available. The Berrien Career Tech at Niles High School will be providing a bus to take students to the job fair. The bus will leave Niles High School at 9:30 am on the 8th. You must be dressed appropriately for the job fair. If you want to go the job fair, you must sign up in the CTE office by May 6th. This job fair is open to students 17 and older.
Attention Seniors! Are you looking for work this summer that can give you experience and make you money? Vector Marketing has customer service and sales positions available. Check out www.workforstudents.com
Do you want to make some money without working the whole summer away? Pick up information and an application for corn de-tasselling in the College and Career Center.
Job applications for Jimmy Johns are now in the College & Career Center. You must be 18 with a driver's license.
There is another Scholarship available for seniors planning to study conservation or agriculture in college. Stop by the College and Career Center to pick the application offered by the Cass County Conservation Club of Union. They are due May 30th.
There is a New Scholarship given by the Italian American Heritage Society of Notre Dame/Michiana. Any senior, regardless of nationality, who has demonstrated academic achievement, and community/school involvement qualifies. Pick up the application in the College & Career Center. Deadline May 16th.
United Way of Southwest Michigan is awarding the LIVE UNITED Youth Award Scholarships! Each year United Way honors outstanding youth volunteers, one from Cass County and one from Berrien County. Along with recognition at the event, winners receive a $500 scholarship. Applications are due May 2nd. Winners must attend the July 31st Recognition Event. Current High School Seniors are eligible to apply. The winning youth volunteers will demonstrate a commitment to volunteerism through: Innovation, Dedication, and Advocacy for Community Improvement. To apply, students can go to http://www.uwsm.org/webform/live-united-youth-award and fill out the online application.
Do you want to attend a summer camp but are not sure how to pay for it? Niles Service League is offering camp scholarships for those interested in going to a camp, whether it be a sports, academic, or camp for the arts. Pick up the scholarship application in the College & Career Center. Applications are due by May 1st.
New Local Scholarship
Niles Graduate, Allison Hayes-Freeze has started a scholarship in memory of her husband. Applications for the Robert Freeze Memorial Scholarship presented by One Good Deed Michiana are now available in the College and Career Center. Applicants with a 2.8GPA or higher, students who work part time and those considering a career in the trades are highly encouraged to inquire. If you want the school to process it, the application deadline is April 28th.
Our School Spirit "N Club" is teaming up with the College and Career Center to promote showing school spirit. We want YOU to wear Niles colors (Blue & Gold) or your favorite College shirt every Friday this year. Show off your spirit in the College and Career Center on Fridays and you will be given a prize. We will be giving away prizes every week until they run out!
*Seniors: sign-up sheets for the welcome, senior gift, tassel ceremony, and speeches are posted outside of Mr. Porter's office. If you're interested in participating in commencement in one of these roles, please sign up now. Cut-off date is tomorrow, April 24th.
Attention all Seniors! The Senior Fine List is now posted outside the front office as well as the cafeteria. Be sure to check it and take care of any fines owed. Your cap and gown will be withheld until all fines are paid! Fines for BPA, sports band and choir are to be paid to the teacher. Lost book fines can be taken to Mrs. Woodley in the office.
Library fines will be posted at the cafeteria. If your name is on the list, please see Mr. Rodt in the Library to pay your fine(s).
Jostens will be here April 24th at lunch to deliver Announcement Products (Cap and Gown distribution will be at a later date). If you still have a balance due, please use the online payment instructions you received by postcard or email at least 24 hours before delivery. Only cash and money orders are accepted at delivery. They cannot accept personal checks.
* Class of 2015
There will be a meeting after school this Thursday (April 23rd) in the New Tech Commons to discuss finalization of the last day of school design. If you can not make the meeting, but have ideas please relay those to Mr. Hawley before the meeting.
*Also, remaining class shirts for this year are $5. If you have questions, speak to Mr. Hawley.
Juniors, are you unsatisfied with your ACT score? You can retest in June. The deadline to register is May 9th. If you have free and reduced lunch, pick up a fee waiver in the College & Career Center so you do not have to pay to retake the ACT.
Spring College Visits at Niles are starting soon. A college visit is your chance to learn more about a specific college and meet the admissions advisor. These will be scheduled at various times throughout the day. If the scheduled time is during class, you should get a pass in the College & Career Center the day before. A Full schedule can be viewed on our school website. See Mrs. DeJong if you have any questions.
Sophomores there are extra class shirts available for $15. If you want one see Mrs. Runkle in room 41.
There are still Freshman Class shirts available for purchase from Mrs. Sundell in room 74- $15 each.
Clubs ‘n Such
* Attention stage crew: The meeting scheduled for today is canceled. Meet Thursday in the auditorium after school by 2:45. Thank you.
Happy Earth Week!
Please take a look at some of the information posted by the Ecology Club outside room 44. Some of the Ecology Club members will be helping Berrien Soil and Water Conservation District with Fifth Grade Natural Resource days both Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, the Ecology Club will plant some trees and spruce up some of our planted spaces around the building. On Friday, Mrs. McDaniel's few juniors and seniors will help police the grounds - who wants to join us (senior classes)?
SADD - We have many things going on. We need people to volunteer at the Northside Carnival, staff appreciation, and much more. Check outside room 32 for sign ups and more.
The band students are taking flower orders for their Spring Fundraiser. You can order flats or 10” baskets. All orders are due Thursday, April 24th. The flowers will be available for pick-up at Varner’s on Fir Road during the month of May.
Prom will be held on April 25 at the Palais Royale in South Bend, IN.
Prom Tickets will be sold at lunch until Thursday April 24th. The cost is $30 per person, in advance and will be $35 at the door the night of Prom. Juniors and Seniors may purchase tickets for themselves and one guest. Guest passes are available outside room 51. Any guest who is not a student at the High School, New Tech, Cedar Lane or the WAY program MUST have an approved guest pass. No guest pass, no admittance to the prom so please plan ahead.
*Guest passes for prom are now available outside Ms. Thompson's classroom (Rm 51). All passes must be turned in and approved by April 23rd at 2:32 pm.
Niles Viking stainless steel mugs on sale
The Niles BPA is currently selling stainless steel coffee mugs for just $10. If you would like a name added it is just $2 more. See any BPA member or Mrs. Hoyt for yours today.
If you have photos of yourself around town doing good things, not bad, please forward them to Ms. Zaborowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Niles Cheer Team’s Can Drive
Varsity and JV Cheerleaders will be asking for donations of Michigan returnable cans. The can drive will generate funds for both the general fund and for cheer gear. Please join in the can drive which will run through May 30th.
3:30 pm Varsity Boys Golf vs SMAC West Division Meet @ HERITAGE GLEN-MATTAWAN
Cl Rel: 1:30 pm
4:00 pm Varsity Girls Tennis vs Kalamazoo Central HS @ NCS
4:00 pm Junior Varsity Girls Tennis vs Kalamazoo Central HS @ NCS
4:00 pm Junior Varsity Girls Soccer vs Portage Northern HS @ NCS
4:00 pm Junior Varsity Baseball vs Battle Creek Lakeview HS @ THOMAS STADIUM
4:00 pm Varsity Baseball vs Battle Creek Lakeview HS AWAY
4:00 pm Varsity Softball vs Battle Creek Lakeview HS AWAY
Cl Rel 1:15 pm
Bus: 1:30 PM
4:00 pm Junior Varsity Softball vs Battle Creek Lakeview HS @ VELLA PARK
5:45 pm Varsity Girls Soccer vs Portage Northern HS @ NCS
4:15 pm Junior Varsity Baseball vs Bridgman HS @ BRIDGMANHS
Bus: 2:45 PM
4:15 pm Varsity Softball vs Bridgman HS @ NILES COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
4:15 pm Junior Varsity Softball vs Bridgman HS AWAY
11373Bus: 2:45 PM
4:30 pm Varsity Boys Golf vs South Bend Washington HS @ ELBEL GOLF COURSE
5:00 pm Varsity Baseball vs South Bend St. Joseph HS @ HS BASEBALL FIELD
5:30 pm Varsity Girls Soccer vs Watervliet HS HOME
8:00 am Gull Lake Invitational Varsity Softball AWAY
12:00 pm Freshman Baseball vs Watervliet HS AWAY
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM SMC Field Trip
8:00 PM - 11:55 PM Prom
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Comcast Work Day
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Daughters of Finesse
7:00 PM Counterpoints, Auditorium