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Student Support

Providing Support for Our Students and Families

Common areas of support include the Counseling Office, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), School Psychologist and School Social Worker.

Counseling Office

Three counselors are available to assist Northfield High School students and their families in the areas of educational development, career and college planning and personal/social development. Students are assigned to a counselor by the student’s last name. To contact your counselor via email, please click on their name below.

A-G  – Kathy Wiertsema-Miller – 507.663.0638
H-O  – Mark Ensrud – 507.663.0639
P-Z  – Deborah Rasmussen – 507.663.0637

Administrative Assistant: Kathy Clark 507.663.0636

School Profile

The Northfield High School profile provides quick facts on our school, curriculum, grading system, graduation requirements, test scores, advanced/AP/honors classes, and the previous year’s graduating class. It is included with every transcript sent to post-secondary institutions as part of the admissions process.

Naviance

Naviance is an online career and post-secondary planning site. Through this site, students can learn about careers, research colleges, communicate with counselors, and request transcripts. Naviance also provides our students free access to PrepMe, an online ACT prep course.

Access Naviance

  • New Student Information

    We are excited to welcome you to our school community. Northfield High School offers a variety of academic, athletic, fine arts and service opportunities. Please take time to explore the high school website and discover what interests you!

    For more information on Enrollment, click here.

    For more information on Incoming Freshmen, click here.

  • Course Registration and Planning 2018-19

    Course Registration Dates

    Students currently in grades 9-11 will begin registration on Wednesday, February 21. Registration for current 8th graders will begin on Monday, February 26. After meeting with counselors in small groups, students in all grade levels will register online through their Family Access account. Log in to Skyward using STUDENT user name and password; registration is not possible using parent log-in information.

    The 2018-19 Course Registration Guide and registration instructions are available below. The registration guide includes course descriptions, graduation requirements and post-secondary planning information

    The registration deadline for all students is March 19, 2018.

     

    Preparation for Registration

    There are two keys to registration: understanding what is offered and understanding how to register!

    Course Registration Guide

    The high school’s course registration guide is updated each year in an effort to make it a more effective educational tool and to help students connect courses to areas of interest. First, you can access the registration guide below:

    Forms and Instructions for Requesting Courses

    Forms will soon be linked below that are intended for students to use for they grade the student will be entering for 2018-19 (next year). Included is information regarding the registration process, a step-by-step guide for how to register online, and a list of courses available to the specific grade.

    Counselors are available to assist with planning and registration. Students and parents are welcome to stop in or call 507.663.0636 to make an appointment with their assigned counselor.

  • Dual Credit Options

    Dual Credit Options for High School Students

    Several options are available for Northfield High School students to earn college credit including Advanced Placement (AP) courses, Concurrent Enrollment, College Credit Courses in Business, Industrial Technology and FACS, Senior Honors Program, Post-Secondary Education Opportunities (PSEO), and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).

    Contact a counselor for further information regarding any of these programs.

  • College Admission Exams, Preparation and Practice

    Test Preparation

    Naviance Test Prep − ACT Prep Program

    Naviance Test Prep is an individualized ACT prep program now available online through Naviance to all students in grades 9-12 at no cost. The adaptive plan includes diagnostic and practice exams, an electronic textbook, flashcards, and a personalized dashboard with a countdown to an upcoming test date – all completed online from any computer with internet access. Students can access Naviance Test Prep through Naviance, the online college and career planning program. Log-in reminders are available at the counseling office.

    Practice Tests for the ACT, SAT and PSAT

    Practice test opportunities are available with Learning Express, through the Northfield Public Library. A library card is required for access to this program. Go to http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/library, click on “E-Library,” then select “Learning Express Library.” Enter a library card number for username and create a password.

    TEst Schedules

    NHS School Code: 241-855

    ACT Statewide Test Date

    All 11th graders have the opportunity to take the ACT Plus Writing free of charge on February 27, 2018. The test is administered during the regular school day at school. More information will be made available to students and families from the district as the test date draws closer.

    ACT National Test Dates / Test Registration Deadlines (2017-18)

    • September 9, 2017 / August 4, 2017
    • *October 28, 2017 / September 22, 2017
    • *December 9, 2017 / November 3, 2017
    • *February 10, 2018 / January 12, 2018
    • April 14, 2018 / March 9, 2018
    • June 9, 2018 / May 4, 2018
    • July 14, 2018 / June 15, 2018

    Dates with an (*) are test dates when Northfield High School will be a test center. All dates will have test centers somewhere in the area and are identified when students register online. For more information or to register online, visit www.actstudent.org.

    PREACT (2017)

    All Sophomores will have the opportunity to take the PreACT test October 24, 2017. The test is administered during the regular school day at school. The PreACT gives students practice with the ACT test, give students an predicted ACT test score, and provides the school with powerful data that can help us better help students prepare for the ACT test. More information will be made available to students and families from the district as the test date draws closer.

    SAT National Test Dates / Test Registration Deadlines (2017-18)

    • October 7, 2017 / September 8, 2017
    • November 4, 2017 / October 5, 2017
    • December 2, 2017 / November 2, 2017
    • March 10, 2018 / February 9, 2018
    • May 5, 2018 / April 6, 2018
    • June 2, 2018 / May 3, 2018

    For more information or to register online, visit www.collegeboard.org.

    PSAT Test (2017)

    Juniors will have the opportunity to take the PSAT test October 11, 2017, at a set fee. The test is administered during the regular school day at school. The PSAT is another assessment tool to provide feedback to juniors regarding their preparation for post-secondary education. Students receive a predicted score for the SAT, another widely use college admissions exam. In addition, PSAT exam scores are used to determine semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholar program. More information will be made available to students and families from the district as the test date draws closer.

    Accuplacer

    The Accuplacer is a comprehensive system of assessment, advisement, and placement for students entering many two-year colleges in Minnesota.  It is composed of un-timed, computer adaptive, multiple choice assessments.  The system determines which courses are appropriate for students and whether college readiness classes are needed. Results of the assessment are NOT related to acceptance to a college and are a tool for determining placement levels and course sequence requirements. Many two year schools may not require the Accuplacer if students achieve at a certain level (specific to that school) on the ACT or SAT.

  • Applying to College

    College application process

    We’ve created a handout to help with the college application process, which includes a timeline, important dates and specific steps for Northfield High School seniors: College Application Process

    Letters of recommendation

    The student highlights sheet should be completed by seniors and given to all adults who will write letters of recommendation.

    Career and college planning

    Naviance is an online career and college planning site available to Northfield High School students. Students can use this program to learn about career interests, research colleges, learn about scholarships, communicate with counselors, and request transcripts to be sent to colleges. (Our school code is: 241-855)

    Access Naviance »

    NCAA Eligibility Center

    College-bound student-athletes preparing to enroll in a Division I or Division II school need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to ensure they have met amateurism standards and are academically prepared for college coursework.

  • Graduation Requirements

    Northfield High School students must earn a minimum of 23 credits.  Of these 23 credits, 7 credits can be earned through a variety of elective courses, and the following 16 credits are required in specific subject areas:

    • English: 4 credits
    • Social Studies: 3.5 credits
    • Math: 3 credits
    • Science: 3 credits
    • Physical Education: 1 credit
    • Health: 0.5 credits
    • Arts: 1 credit
  • Scholarships

     

    Students can browse national scholarship sources in Naviance.

    Access Naviance

  • Summer School

    In cooperation with the Northfield Area Learning Center (ALC), the Summer School Credit Recovery Program is available for students requiring additional high school credit. Two 3-week sessions are offered beginning in June and July. For more information, contact your high school counselor or the ALC, at 507.645.1201.

Additional Student Support

 

Psychologist & Social Worker

Carrie Duba, School Psychologist
507.664.3382
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Kari Prestemon, School Social Worker
507.663.0625

Other Programs

Find information about other programs on the high school’s Learning page, including English Learner Services and TORCH.

Learn about the collaborative work being done to help students of all abilities succeed in the classroom.

Special Services

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is a school-wide, multi-level framework of instructional design that supports all students. Through school-wide data review, students who need targeted or intensive instruction are identified. Interventions are implemented, progress is monitored, and data-based decision making occurs to determine the next steps for each student.

Visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s page on MTSS to learn more.

  • How MTSS Works Here

    The High School Team
    The MTSS team meets weekly to review the MTSS process. This includes ongoing monitoring of the effectiveness of instruction and intervention.

    Data Team
    The MTSS Data Team meets monthly to review student data and determine appropriate student placements. The data team at the high school includes the principal, assistant principals, school counselors and MTSS coaches.

    Coaches
    The MTSS coaches prepare student data to bring to the data team, review and monitor current supports and interventions, and review the need for new interventions.

    • Carrie Duba, School Psychologist
    • Lisa Battaglia, Achievement Seminar Instructor and MTSS Coach
  • Academic Supports

    Throughout the course of their high school career, students at Northfield High School may be part of the following academic supports and interventions.

    9th Grade Academy

    This intervention is designed for 65-80 selected 9th grade students, and fulfills the requirements for science, social studies, and English. Students are identified for the academy based on test scores (MAP and MCA), academic performance, grade-point average, and middle school staff recommendation. The academy provides a framework of team support that delivers science, social studies, and science at normal 9th grade rigor. Students in the academy also participate in 9th grade seminar, which is a homework and study support period led by the academy teaching staff.

    Structured Study Center

    This is a supported study hall that has fewer than 10 students. Students are placed in a SSC when they have grades of D or F for any core course in the most recent grading period. The teachers in the SSC work with the student to identify and prioritize outstanding coursework, to check and monitor grades weekly and to provide an environment where the student can maximize productivity. Students may be scheduled out of SSC at quarter time when their grades are all at a C level or better and in consultation with the SSC teacher. As with a regular study hall, the student does not earn credit in a SSC.

    Achievement Seminar

    This is an intervention study seminar with fewer than 10 students designed to develop student skills such as organization, planning, prioritization, attention, focus, and motivation. Students who are identified through their group test scores (MAP, MCA) may also receive some reading instruction. Students are identified for the Achievement Seminar when they are currently in a supported study hall (SSC/TORCH) and are at risk for continuing to fail academic classes. In this seminar, students participate in brief lessons designed to build skills and develop strategies for monitoring and organizing their work, and use the rest of the class period to complete coursework. Students earn an elective credit for this class.

    English Learner (EL) Services

    Students who have not yet developed academic English proficiency in their ability to speak, listen, read and/or write, may be eligible for EL services. The goal of EL services is to teach students English so that they will be able to fully participate in all classes and subjects taught in school. Find criteria and additional information on the EL Services page.

    Standards-Based Courses

    These courses fulfill the local and state requirements for Biology and Chemistry. Students are selected for standards-based courses based on a series of criteria, including science and reading scores (MAP and/or PLAN), previous academic performance, and teacher recommendation. Standards-Based Courses focus specifically on the state-required standards in science, giving all learners access to the science curriculum.

  • Behavior Expectations Support

    Throughout their high school career, students will be taught building-wide behavioral expectations. At different times of the year, the school may highlight different behaviors based on student behavior data that is collected as part of the PBIS process. PBIS is short for Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports, which is based on principles of applied behavior analysis and the prevention approach and values of positive behavior support.

    Northfield High School is a member of cohort 9 of the state of Minnesota, and we completed the two-year PBIS training on March 18, 2015. Thirteen school staff members were involved in the implementation training.

    For more information on Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports, visit pbis.org.

    Our Behavior Statement:
    Northfield High School is a community of learners who are safe, respectful and responsible.

    Our Motto:
    The Keys to Success are: Safety, Respect and Responsibility