Upcoming Important Dates

Tuesday, January 26 - FON meeting
Miércoles, Enero 27 - Hora de Conversación en Español
Monday, February 1 - AP Payment Deadline
Monday, February 8 - NCP College Night (Rescheduled)


Additional Info Below

▪ Annual Appeal Update
▪ AP Exam Payment Info: Deadline to Pay is February 1, 2021
▪ FON Meeting
▪ Hora de Conversación en Español - Miércoles de Enero 27, 7:00 pm
▪ Available Now: Custom NCP Brick With Your Personalized Message for Your Student
▪ Any Questions About SchoolCNXT?
▪ Virtual College Planning Night Rescheduled: Monday, February 8 at 6:00 pm
▪ Summer Pre-College Program Fair
▪ Virtual Fair Dates
▪ College Representative Visits
▪ Verto Education Virtual College Fair
▪ CPS Scholarship Notifications
▪ SAT Updates from College Board
▪ Counseling Department: ILP Naviance Curriculum
▪ Photo Submissions Requested for NCP Stampede!
▪ Yearbook Ads for Seniors Available
▪ Order Your 2020-2021 NCP Yearbook
▪ Ways for Parents to Stay in Touch
Annual Appeal Update
AP Exam Payment Info: Deadline to Pay is February 1, 2021
FON Meeting
Hora de Conversación en Español - Miércoles de Enero 27, 7:00 pm
Available Now: Custom NCP Brick With Your Personalized Message for Your Student
Any Questions About SchoolCNXT?
Virtual College Planning Night Rescheduled: Monday, February 8 at 6:00 pm
Summer Pre-College Program Fair
Virtual Fair Dates
College Representative Visits
Verto Education Virtual College Fair
CPS Scholarship Notifications
SAT Updates from College Board
Counseling Department: ILP Naviance Curriculum
Photo Submissions Requested for NCP Stampede!
Yearbook Ads for Seniors Available
Order Your 2020-2021 NCP Yearbook
Ways for Parents to Stay in Touch

The 2020-2021 Annual Appeal Campaign Has One Week To Go!!

Please be so kind as to make a donation. We have raised $112,000 from approximately 185 families who have generously donated. About 18% of Northside families thus far have donated to the campaign.

We are far below our fundraising goals to help maintain funding over the long-term for services and items not covered by the CPS budget. This includes areas supporting the counselors' office, administration, athletics, clubs, and social services.

Northside is annually ranked one of the top schools both in Illinois and the United States by U.S. News and World Report. Donations to Friends of Northside help fund activities to keep Northside the great school it is.

Employer and Stock Donations

Please check with your employer about company matching donations. They can often double your support to Northside.

Friends of Northside also graciously accepts donations of stock, which we convert to cash upon receipt. FON can easily provide information for Wintrust Bank to make a stock donation.

Contact Friends of Northside at with any questions.


AP Exam Payment Info: Deadline to Pay is February 1, 2021

Students currently enrolled in AP courses may now pay for their exams. AP exam fees have been added to student accounts in ASPEN. The amount shown is the exact amount owed for those exams specifically. Please follow the instructions below to make payments by Monday, February 1, 2021.

Students currently enrolled in AP courses may now pay for their exams. AP exam fees have been added to student accounts in ASPEN. The amount shown is the exact amount/total owed for those exams specifically.

To Pay:

Please sign in to your ASPEN account.
1. Click on Family.
2. Click on Transactions.
3. Click on Fees. There you should see the AP Exam(s) for your student.
4. Click on Pay Online. This will take you to the e-Pay website.
5. Select AP Classes/exam and the correct cost based on the total amount owed for AP exams in your ASPEN account.

At this time, we are not able to take cash or physical check payments. This is a CPS policy for this year.

The NEW AP PAYMENT deadline is Monday, February 1.
*Fees have been waived for students who have an approved fee waiver for the 2020-21 school year.

If you have questions about payment, please contact the main office during school hours at 773-534-3954 or the school business manager, Ms. Espinoza at

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Friends of Northside

Tuesday, January 26
7:00 pm
Google Meet

Please join Friends of Northside for their upcoming meeting.

Friends of Northside (FON) is the “one-stop-shop” for NCP families to get involved. FON facilitates communication between parents and the school, organizes parent volunteers, plans and sponsors social/educational events, and raises much-needed funds to bridge the gap due to CPS budget cuts. FON supports the school’s mission to maintain and enhance the learning experience for all students of Northside College Prep High School.

To find out more about Friends of Northside, please visit their website HERE.

To join the meeting on Google Meet, click HERE.


Hora de Conversación en Español

Para los padres interesados en conocer a otros padres, hacer preguntas, y hablar de temas de interes relacionados con Northside College Prep, los invitamos a participar en una conversacion informal el miercoles 27 de enero a las 7 pm. Pueden conectarse por Zoom o por telefono.

Sandra Morales-Mirque, nueva miembra del Consejo Escolar Local, estará facilitando la conversación. Otros miembros de Amigos de Northside estarán disponibles para contestar preguntas.

Zoom Enlace:

Reunión ID: 875 2563 4935
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Si tiene alguna pregunta puede enviarla con anticipación a:

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Custom NCP Brick With Your Personalized Message for Your Student!

Struggling to find one last gift for your child this year? Consider buying a custom NCP Brick. Your brick, engraved with a personal message, will become a permanent part of the Northside College Prep Celestial Garden Walkway.

Your brick may be purchased in three sizes:

▪ 4" x 8" = $50
▪ 8" x 8" = $100
▪ 12" x 12" = $150

Friends of Northside will provide a gift certificate acknowledging the purchase that can be given during the holiday season. Janet Jasmer will assist with the process and can answer any questions at

Please click HERE and follow the payment and ordering instructions to have this lasting memory.


Any Questions About NCP Communications Sent Via CNXT?

If you are having problems with SchoolCNXT, please contact the main office from 7:30 am - 3:15 pm at 773.534.3954, or you can email the NCP school clerk, Mary Grasz, at

NCP uses SchoolCNXT to communicate important information to parents and the school community. All families should have received a text message and/or email communication about signing up. If you did not receive that communication or need access to your student's account, you can gain access by using this tool on Northside's website.

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Virtual College Planning Night Rescheduled: Monday, February 8 at 6:00 pm

Junior Students and Parents,

The counseling department has decided to reschedule the College Planning Night originally scheduled for Tuesday, February 2, 2021, to Monday, February 8, 2021.

The original date conflicts with the final exam week. If you already registered for the previous date, we received your registration and you do not need to complete the form again.

Once we receive your registration, you will receive a Google Meeting invitation no later than Friday, February 5th. Click here to register for the upcoming College Planning Night. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.

This year, we are offering the virtual College Planning presentation in English and Spanish to meet the needs of our families. Also, each counselor will facilitate the virtual presentation for their respective advisories. To identify your advisory or school counselor, refer to the list below:


▪ 200 - Mourtokokis
▪ 201 - Mourtokokis
▪ 202 - Mathews
▪ 203 - Mathews
▪ 204 - Mathews
▪ 205 - Hughes
▪ 206 - Hughes
▪ 207 - Hughes
▪ 208 - Medina/Moore
▪ 209 - Medina/Moore *Spanish Speaking Families - Medina
200 - Mourtokokis
201 - Mourtokokis
202 - Mathews
203 - Mathews
204 - Mathews
205 - Hughes
206 - Hughes
207 - Hughes
208 - Medina/Moore
209 - Medina/Moore *Spanish Speaking Families - Medina

During the virtual presentation, the counseling team will share an overview of the college admission process, application timeline, post-secondary resources, and information to assist your family with scheduling a college conference. Also, each family will receive access to the electronic College Planning Handbook, and parents will receive their registration code for Naviance, our college application management program.

Our goal is 100% attendance for juniors and their parents or guardians. College Planning Night will assist your family in successfully navigating the postsecondary process! This is an exciting time in your life and the NCP counseling team is prepared to assist you with your postsecondary journey.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact Ms. Moore at


The Counseling Department

Summer Pre-College Program Fair

The Association for Pre-College Program Directors is hosting fairs featuring summer programs at leading colleges and universities. Current high school students, parents, and guardians are invited to register for the 2021 Summer Pre-College Virtual Program Fairs, beginning this month. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with representatives from leading US colleges and universities to learn more about Summer 2021 academic programs for high school students.

Visit virtual booths, where you can ask questions via video or text chat with summer program representatives. View helpful webinars on how to choose a summer program, how to strengthen your application, how to make the most out of your summer program experience. Registration is FREE to all attendees. Limit one event registration per household.

Virtual Fair Dates

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Click the following link to register.

Verto Education Virtual College Fair

Wednesday, February 10
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm PT/ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm ET

Register HERE!

Join Verto Education for our first national college fair of 2021, with 50+ Colleges and Universities, and national education experts! We are limiting attendance for each fair to 5,000 students, parents, and counselors. Come meet with college admissions counselors from top colleges and universities, hear a Keynote and Q&A from national experts, hear from current college students about their experiences, and attend college readiness workshops!

Come ready with questions for the admissions representatives at our wonderful participating schools!

List of Participating Schools:

▪ Adelphi University
▪ Arizona State University
▪ Belhaven University
▪ Berry College
▪ Binghamton University
▪ Bucknell University
▪ Butler University
▪ Case Western Reserve University
▪ Catholic University
▪ Chatham University
▪ Clark University
▪ College of Wooster
▪ Cornell College
▪ Denison University
▪ DePauw University
▪ Goucher College
▪ Hanover College
▪ High Point University
▪ Illinois Institute of Technology
▪ James Madison University
▪ Loyola University Chicago
▪ Loyola University of Maryland
▪ Lynn University
▪ Merrimack College
▪ Mills College
▪ Moravian College
▪ Muhlenberg College
▪ Northern Michigan University
▪ Ohio University
▪ Ohio Wesleyan University
▪ Pace University
▪ Portland State University
▪ Prescott College
▪ Regis University
▪ Richard Bland College
▪ Saint Louis University
▪ Saint Michael's College
▪ St. Mary’s College of Maryland
▪ Temple University
▪ University of Dayton
▪ University of Denver
▪ University of Oregon
▪ University of South Florida
▪ University of Southern Maine
▪ University of Tennessee
▪ University of Vermont
▪ Valparaiso University
▪ Verto Education
▪ Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
▪ Washington & Jefferson College
Adelphi University
Arizona State University
Belhaven University
Berry College
Binghamton University
Bucknell University
Butler University
Case Western Reserve University
Catholic University
Chatham University
Clark University
College of Wooster
Cornell College
Denison University
DePauw University
Goucher College
Hanover College
High Point University
Illinois Institute of Technology
James Madison University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University of Maryland
Lynn University
Merrimack College
Mills College
Moravian College
Muhlenberg College
Northern Michigan University
Ohio University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Pace University
Portland State University
Prescott College
Regis University
Richard Bland College
Saint Louis University
Saint Michael's College
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Temple University
University of Dayton
University of Denver
University of Oregon
University of South Florida
University of Southern Maine
University of Tennessee
University of Vermont
Valparaiso University
Verto Education
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Washington & Jefferson College

College Representative Visits

The NCP Counseling Department is offering virtual postsecondary visits for Northside Prep students and parents. We are offering virtual postsecondary visits to ensure all families have the opportunity to explore various postsecondary pathways, engage with the postsecondary representatives, and obtain answers to pertinent questions or concerns. Virtual postsecondary visits are offered after school from 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm and during Flex Blocks 1-4 on Wednesdays.

To date, college, military, and GAP Year representatives are scheduled to connect with NCP students virtually, and the list is growing every day. Click HERE to view the list of upcoming and past postsecondary visits. Also, check out the messages from the admissions representatives and the additional resources they shared during their visits.

*Please note, all virtual visits will be conducted via CPS Google Meets and no email addresses outside CPS will be permitted into the virtual postsecondary visits. To protect the privacy and safety of students, parents will only be permitted to access virtual visits if their respective student is present and the student will be required to log in via their CPS Gmail account. All postsecondary visits will be managed and monitored by an NCP staff member.


CPS Scholarship Notifications and College Events Around the City

For more details about upcoming events and to access the most recent updates, click HERE to view the College Calendar on the Northside Prep Counseling website. Also, for additional scholarship opportunities, click HERE to visit the Northside College Prep Counseling page.


SAT Updates from the College Board

As students and colleges adapt to new realities and changes in the college admissions process, the College Board is making sure our programs adapt with them.

The pandemic accelerated a process already underway at the College Board to simplify our work and reduce demands on students. As part of this process, we're making substantial investments in the SAT® Suite of Assessments and in tools to help colleges connect with students. We are providing three updates today and will continue to consult with our members on this ongoing work. Click here for more details about the updates.


Counseling Department: ILP Naviance Curriculum

Northside Prep Families,

The CPS Office of School Counseling and Postsecondary Advising has created quarterly newsletters to continue to engage and support students and parents with their postsecondary planning, including: self-discovery, academic planning, and career and college exploration. To view the newsletters for each grade level click on the links below. To access the counseling department college planning curriculum, students and parents can log into their Naviance account here to review and complete each task.

If you do not have access to your Naviance account, contact Ms. Sonia Fernandez at


Photo Submissions Requested for NCP Stampede!


2020-2021 Yearbook Ads for Seniors Now Available

Seniors now have the opportunity to place ads in the 2020-2021 yearbook by visiting the yearbook website. After clicking on "continue", click on "start your ad" to begin.

Order a Yearbook Today!

Interested in purchasing a copy of the 2020-2021 Stampede, NCP's yearbook? Click HERE to start your order! And if you didn't get a chance to purchase a copy of the 2019-2020 yearbook, you now have a change to buy one of those, too! Just email Ms. McCreedy at after you've completed your 2020-2021 order.

Copies are $45 until March 1 and $55 afterwards.

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Bragging Rights

Do you have news or team results to share with the Northside parent community?

Click HERE to submit information.

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AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support Northside every time you shop.

Click HERE to read about AmazonSmile. Click HERE for detailed sign-up instructions or skip the instructions and sign up HERE.

Please note that our AmazonSmile name is Friends of "North" "Side" (North Side - two words at AmazonSmile).


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