Update: The visitation and funeral for Melanie Valencia will be held on Sunday, Aug. 7. The visitation will be held from 10:00 am—1:30 pm at the Bierman Funeral Home. The funeral will begin at 2:00 pm at St. Dominic Church.  You can view the details here.

Update: Information about student support sessions on Friday, Aug. 5 and Monday, Aug. 8.
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Dear Northfield School District Families:

I am sharing a message that Northfield High School Principal Mr. Shane Baier sent to high school families this morning. The loss of a child has a significant impact on our entire community. As families in the school district, we wanted you to know about this tragic situation.

As Mr. Baier says in his message, I also invite you to hold Melanie’s family and friends in your hearts during this most difficult time.



Matt Hillmann, Ed.D.

Dear Northfield High School Families:

I am saddened to share some tragic news with students and families.  We recently learned about the heartbreaking death of Melanie Valencia, a 9th grade student at Northfield High School. Melanie died due to injuries sustained in a bicycle/car accident.  Her death will impact some of you more than others and in different ways, just as it had the staff when they were informed.

Melanie was a valued member of our Northfield School Community, as are each of you. The Northfield High School support team will be available to assist you as we process this loss together. Details on time and location will be coming soon.

Parents can also use this resource from the National Association of School Psychologists about addressing grief with their children. 

If you wish to assist the family financially, click here to access their GoFundMe page.

I invite you to hold Melanie’s family and friends in your hearts, hoping they know peace during this most difficult time.


Mr. Baier
NHS Principal