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Cubby Walk 2019 was a Great Day!

Over 800 students, staff and parents walked the 5 miles from Northside to Wrigley Field and watched the Cubs play the L.A. Dodgers. Thanks to your generosity and to our sponsors, we raised nearly $47,000 for the school. Special thanks go to the Pep Club and participating teachers for an entertaining pep rally. And a big thank you to the teachers, staff, police and parents who ensured the safety of our students during walk. We couldn't have done it without you!

This Wednesday, each advisory teacher will distribute the exclusive NCP silicone phone wallet to all students that made online donations. Advisory teachers will also have a list of the students who will be invited to the Cubby Walk Ice Cream Party on Friday, May 24 at 3:15 pm. (These students turned in their packets by April 12).

We have a limited number of Northside Cubby Walk 2019 shirts for sale for only $5. Email elizabethmcmanus@comcast.net to purchase them.

Thanks Mustangs for your support! Go Cubs!

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1 More Volunteer Still Needed to Help with the Ice Cream Party

Friday, May 24
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Serve ice cream and toppings to the students that returned their packets and donation by April 12.

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Thank You Northside Cubby Walk 2019 Sponsors!

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Time Is Running Out to Participate in Fund-a-Need and Parent Sign-Up Parties

Fund-a-Need

The Most Direct Way to Support Learning at Northside

Our teachers have compiled a thoughtful list of their immediate needs. Donate now to ensure that they have the equipment and supplies that they need to offer all of our students the enriched and exceptional curriculum that NCP is known for.

Featured Fund-a-Need Item of the Week

The Art Department would like 2 new professional-grade pottery wheels to replace the old, wobbly ones that the students currently use (2@ $1,011 each)

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These Skutt's Legend Pottery Wheels have removable splash pans that are large enough and strong enough to hold a full pan of trimmings without coming apart. The clean design of these wheels allows for easier lifting of the wheel head and easier pan removal.

Prefer to donate to a different Fund-a-Need item? Click HERE.

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Better Library, Brighter Future!

The NCP Library: the heart of the Northside community since 1998.

The library is the heart of NCP where students gather to study, collaborate, and socialize. Help us to modernize and revitalize the space for our motivated and talented students. Let’s provide our community with a library that meets the needs of our students in 2019 and beyond. Click HERE to hear from freshman Jake Philips and HERE to hear from sophomore Marco Salzetta.

We are happy to report that we have raised $29,000 towards the library renovation so far. However, more funds are still needed to accomplish this massive undertaking that will transform the space.

Please make a donation to the NCP Fund for the Library today!

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Parent Parties

Sign up to attend a party hosted by a Northside family. These parties are a great opportunity to meet and mingle with other Northside parents. We have something for everyone. Don't miss out, sign up today!

Featured Parent Parties of the Week

Trivia Night!

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Click here to purchase!

Come out and test your trivia knowledge, enjoy some pizza and beverages, meet and socialize with other NCP parents and maybe win a prize!

Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 pm.

Bourbon, Beers, & Burgers

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Click here to purchase!

School's out for summer! Join us on Saturday, June 22 at 7 pm in Wicker Park for a casual celebratory night of Bourbon, Beers, and Burgers to mark the end of the school year and kick off the summer.

Saturday, June 22 at 7:00 pm

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Click HERE to see photos from the event.

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This Week in Sports

Women’s Soccer

▪ Monday, April 29, (V) vs. Lincoln Park at Jones
▪ Wednesday, May 1, (V) vs. Jones at Jones
▪ Saturday, May 4, 3:00 pm (V) vs. Curie at Lane
Monday, April 29, (V) vs. Lincoln Park at Jones
Wednesday, May 1, (V) vs. Jones at Jones
Saturday, May 4, 3:00 pm (V) vs. Curie at Lane

Women's Softball

▪ Monday, April 29, 4:30 pm (V & JV) vs. Jones at the Jones
▪ Wednesday, May 1, 4:30 pm (V & JV) vs. Solario at SDK
Monday, April 29, 4:30 pm (V & JV) vs. Jones at the Jones
Wednesday, May 1, 4:30 pm (V & JV) vs. Solario at SDK

Men's Baseball

▪ Monday, April 29, 4:30 pm (V) vs. Whitney Young at Rogers Park
▪ Tuesday, April 30, 4:30 pm (V) vs. Lakeview at Lakeview
▪ Thursday, May 2, 4:30 pm (V) vs. Taft at Rogers Park
▪ Friday, May 3, 4:30 pm (V) vs. Lakeview at Rogers Park
▪ Saturday, May 4, 3:00 pm (V) vs. Payton at Seward Park
Monday, April 29, 4:30 pm (V) vs. Whitney Young at Rogers Park
Tuesday, April 30, 4:30 pm (V) vs. Lakeview at Lakeview
Thursday, May 2, 4:30 pm (V) vs. Taft at Rogers Park
Friday, May 3, 4:30 pm (V) vs. Lakeview at Rogers Park
Saturday, May 4, 3:00 pm (V) vs. Payton at Seward Park

Men's Volleyball

▪ Monday, April 29, 5:00 pm (V) and 6:00 pm (JV) vs. Lakeview at NCP
▪ Wednesday, May 1, 5:00 pm (V) and 6:00 pm (JV) vs. Prosser at Prosser
▪ Friday, May 3, 4:30 pm (JV) and 5:30 pm (V) vs. Proviso East at NCP (Senior Day)
Monday, April 29, 5:00 pm (V) and 6:00 pm (JV) vs. Lakeview at NCP
Wednesday, May 1, 5:00 pm (V) and 6:00 pm (JV) vs. Prosser at Prosser
Friday, May 3, 4:30 pm (JV) and 5:30 pm (V) vs. Proviso East at NCP (Senior Day)

Women's Water Polo

▪ Monday, April 29, 4:00 pm vs. Amundsen at NCP (City Playoff Game)
Monday, April 29, 4:00 pm vs. Amundsen at NCP (City Playoff Game)

Men's Tennis

▪ Friday, May 3, 12:00 pm City Championships
Friday, May 3, 12:00 pm City Championships

Women's Lacrosse

▪ Tuesday, April 30, 5:30 pm (V) vs. Whitney Young at Winnemac
▪ Thursday, May 2, 5:00 pm (V) vs. Solario at NCP (Senior Day), and 6:15 pm (JV) vs. Latin at NCP
▪ Friday, May 3, 5:00 pm (V) and 6:15 pm (JV) vs. Nazareth at NCP
Tuesday, April 30, 5:30 pm (V) vs. Whitney Young at Winnemac
Thursday, May 2, 5:00 pm (V) vs. Solario at NCP (Senior Day), and 6:15 pm (JV) vs. Latin at NCP
Friday, May 3, 5:00 pm (V) and 6:15 pm (JV) vs. Nazareth at NCP

Men's Lacrosse

▪ Tuesday, April 30, time TBA (V) vs. Latin at NCP
▪ Thursday, May 2, 5:30 pm (V) vs. Whitney Young
Tuesday, April 30, time TBA (V) vs. Latin at NCP
Thursday, May 2, 5:30 pm (V) vs. Whitney Young
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Give the Gift of Your Time and Talents

Become a FON Board Member

Friends of Northside (FON) is a parent organization that works to support the Northside community through fundraising and volunteerism. All parents and guardians are automatically members of FON. Board positions are available for those who would like to take a more active role.

FON's fundraising seeks to raise money with the goals of replacing lost funding from CPS, supporting the school’s mission, and maintaining and enhancing the learning experience for all NCP students. FON efforts include the Annual Appeal, Spring Benefit, and Cubby Walk Walkathon, among others.

FON also provides volunteers and hospitality to the NCP community. It plans social/educational programs, recruits volunteers for various NCP events such as Open House, distributes this weekly email communication, and maintains the student directory.

FON is seeking a volunteer to help write the This Week at Northside eblast. No experience required.

If you're interested in joining the board and/or helping with the eblast, please email Friends of Northside.

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Spring Orchestra Concert

Tuesday, April 30
7:00 pm

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Performances Against Gun Violence

Wednesday, May 1
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
NCP Auditorium
$2 entrance fee
Donation Box

This fundraising event is to provide an outlet for students to express their thoughts and emotions towards gun violence through a series of performances while raising money in order to donate to Strides for Peace. Strides for Peace is a nonprofit organization that attempts to alleviate gun violence in the city of Chicago.

Founded in 2014 by Margaret Baczkowski, Strides for Peace is a registered 501(c)(3) which envisions a Chicago where all can thrive and live free of the fear of gun violence. Their mission is to increase the collective impact of community organizations working to end gun violence, save lives and build a stronger Chicago. Community Partners and Affiliates are cornerstones of their communities and share the common goal of ending gun violence. By creating turn-key opportunities that generate unencumbered financial resources, Strides for Peace supports existing programs while building an infrastructure for new collaboration and capacity building.

Your help is needed. Please attend. Every stride counts.

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Spring Choir Concert

Thursday, May 2
7:00 pm

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Friday, May 3
8:00 - 10:00 am
Panera Bread, 6059 N. Lincoln
Join fellow Northside parents at FON's monthly coffee gathering. Stay for as long as your schedule allows.

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Case Study Night

A Mock College Admission Workshop for Students and Parents

Thursday, June 6
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Participants meet in small student-only and parent-only groups in classrooms to evaluate mock college admissions applications. The groups are led by actual admissions officers from a cross-section of colleges and universities.

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AP Testing

Monday, May 6 -
Friday, May 17

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Athletic Boosters Meeting

Thursday, May 9
7:00 pm
Faculty Lounge

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Annual Northside Sculpture Races Event!

Saturday, May 12
4:30 pm

Come watch sculpture students as they race around the school in themed, rideable sculptures, occasionally stopping to do ridiculous activities. Teams dress in themed costumes, play dirty tricks on each other, and bribe the judges and kinetic kops as they attempt to finish first and win the most awards.

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LSC Meeting

Tuesday, May 21
6:30 pm
Faculty Lounge

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Financial Aid Night

Tuesday, May 21
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Northside’s Counseling Department will host this annual event about the FAFSA application process. This event should be a great refresher for seniors and their parents (who will need to file their FAFSA again, October 1, while at their college of choice) and a wonderful introduction to financial aid for juniors and their parents who are new to the process.

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CTA Safety Presentation

Wednesday, May 22

A representative from CTA will present to NCP students about navigating and staying safe on public transportation. Please encourage your students to learn about the support and safety tips offered to ensure an enjoyable commute to and from school.

More information will be provided soon.

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Friends Of Northside Speaker Series

PRESENTS

Parenting in the Age of Anxiety

May 23, 2019, 6:30 pm

FEATURING…

Dr. Debra Kissen

Dr. Debra Kissen is the Owner and Clinical Director of the Light On Anxiety Treatment Center, www.lightonanxiety.com. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and related disorders, is the author of the Panic Workbook for Teens and is an active contributor to the Huffington Post. Dr. Kissen will provide tips and strategies to assist with parenting young adults and share:

▪ How to tell the difference between every day stress and anxiety
▪ How to model effective coping skills for your teen
▪ How to compassionately push your child forward to assist them in facing their fears
How to tell the difference between every day stress and anxiety
How to model effective coping skills for your teen
How to compassionately push your child forward to assist them in facing their fears

Have a question you would like to submit anonymously in advance? Email it to julie@lightonanxiety.com with the Subject line marked “NCP Parent Speaker Series”. Dr. Kissen will do her best to address these during her presentation.

Look for additional details soon in the Northside Parents Facebook Page and at FriendsofNorthside.org

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Memorial Day Observed

Monday, May 27
No school

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Friends of Northside Meeting

Tuesday, May 28
7:00 pm
Faculty Lounge

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2nd Semester 20 Hour Art Show

7:00 - 9:00 pm

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Juniors - Class of 2020! Save the Dates!

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Parking Lot Safety and Procedures

Our NCP school parking lot is a busy place before and after school. Families dropping off and picking up students are asked to be mindful of both safety and courtesy. Please assist us by ensuring that traffic lanes stay clear during drop-off and pick-up times. Pulling over to the curb on the right as your student enters or exits your vehicle keeps students safe and traffic flow efficient.

Please remember that ALL VEHICLES MUST EXIT ONTO KEDZIE. You may enter the parking lot from Kedzie or Bryn Mawr, but regardless of where you enter, all cars must exit onto Kedzie. For the safety of our students and the rest of the Northside community, please do not exit onto Bryn Mawr.

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CPS Volunteer Requirements

According to CPS policy, anybody who is going to be in contact with students must be approved as a CPS volunteer. There are two levels of volunteers, Level 1 and Level 2.

Level II Volunteers

(This process can be completed in a day & is required even of volunteers for Friends of Northside events)
A fingerprint criminal background check is not required for Level II Volunteers.

A Level II Volunteer is:

1. A parent providing supervised volunteer service in their child’s school or classroom for less than 10 hours/week;
2. Any individual providing volunteer service for less than 5 hours/week at a school where s/he does not have a child enrolled;
3. An individual providing incidental volunteer service with no ongoing individualized interaction with a student(s) including those who speak at a class/assembly, judge academic competitions, give musical performance, participate in the “Principal for a Day” program, job shadowing event or other one-time event provided where there is direct supervision of the activity/event by regular school employees;
4. A parent accompanying his/her child’s class on a one-day field trip or another type of extracurricular activity that does not involve an overnight stay; and/or
5. An individual providing volunteer service on projects/activities involving no or nominal contact with children (home-based volunteer activities, volunteers serving at Central or Network office).
1. A parent providing supervised volunteer service in their child’s school or classroom for less than 10 hours/week;
2. Any individual providing volunteer service for less than 5 hours/week at a school where s/he does not have a child enrolled;
3. An individual providing incidental volunteer service with no ongoing individualized interaction with a student(s) including those who speak at a class/assembly, judge academic competitions, give musical performance, participate in the “Principal for a Day” program, job shadowing event or other one-time event provided where there is direct supervision of the activity/event by regular school employees;
4. A parent accompanying his/her child’s class on a one-day field trip or another type of extracurricular activity that does not involve an overnight stay; and/or
5. An individual providing volunteer service on projects/activities involving no or nominal contact with children (home-based volunteer activities, volunteers serving at Central or Network office).

Level I Volunteers

(Please allow 8-12 weeks for the entire process)
A fingerprint criminal background check is required for all Level I Volunteers.

A Level I volunteer is:

1. A parent providing volunteer service in their child’s school or classroom for 10 or more hours/week;
2. An individual providing volunteer service for 5 or more hours/week at a school where s/he does not have a child enrolled; and/or
3. Any individual chaperoning an overnight school-sponsored trip, regardless of the hours/week that the volunteer serves (See also the Student Travel Policy).
1. A parent providing volunteer service in their child’s school or classroom for 10 or more hours/week;
2. An individual providing volunteer service for 5 or more hours/week at a school where s/he does not have a child enrolled; and/or
3. Any individual chaperoning an overnight school-sponsored trip, regardless of the hours/week that the volunteer serves (See also the Student Travel Policy).

To become a volunteer, please visit CPS' Volunteer website and follow the instructions. There is also a link on Northside's website on the Parents page Northside Volunteers.

Assistant Principal Kaitlin O'Hare is Northside's Volunteer Coordinator. After applying to become a volunteer, you must visit the school and show Ms. O'Hare your ID, so she can approve you to move forward in the volunteer process. For Level II volunteers, that is the only step you must take. For Level I, you will receive further instructions from CPS.

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Check out The HoofBeat, Northside's online newspaper, to get NCP news from the student perspective!

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What is FAN?

FAN is Family Action Network, an organization which connects parents, educators, and professionals through collaborative programming that educates, inspires, and positively impacts the broader community. Nearly every week during the school year there will be a dynamic and important speaker, discussing the issues that interest you.

FAN events are free to all.
Click HERE to see upcoming events.
To visit FAN's website, click HERE.

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Bragging Rights

NCP's Chamber Strings Received Superior Ratings at the IHSA Organizational Music Contest

Praise from the adjudicators:

▪ "Excellent work on the Bartok! So many demands in this piece and so well-prepared! Congratulations!"
▪ "It is clear that students really know this music deeply, beyond notes and rhythms. Bravo!"
▪ "Wonderful work with the students and truly impressive achievements!"
▪ "I'm really enjoying your performance! I think if I didn't know anything about music, I would come in here wondering 'what is that fantastic recording,' and then all of a sudden realize it's YOU, a live orchestra, from a high school in Chicago, that is playing absolutely stunning, quality, and difficult orchestra literature."
"Excellent work on the Bartok! So many demands in this piece and so well-prepared! Congratulations!"
"It is clear that students really know this music deeply, beyond notes and rhythms. Bravo!"
"Wonderful work with the students and truly impressive achievements!"
"I'm really enjoying your performance! I think if I didn't know anything about music, I would come in here wondering 'what is that fantastic recording,' and then all of a sudden realize it's YOU, a live orchestra, from a high school in Chicago, that is playing absolutely stunning, quality, and difficult orchestra literature."

Mr. Leo Park Published in Music Educators Journal

Congratulations to Mr. Park whose article, Inside Out: Integrating Creative Practices into the Orchestra Classroom, was recently published in the March edition of the peer-reviewed publication Music Educators Journal. Only 18% of manuscripts submitted for peer review are accepted for publication in the journal.

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Congratulations to the NCP Women's JV Water Polo Team!

The Women's JV Water Polo team won the JV Red Devil Invite at Hinsdale Central High School on April 27. Best of six teams!

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NCP Men's Tennis Places 3rd at 24th Annual Boys Roman Tennis Invitational

The Men's Tennis Team took 3rd place in the 24th Annual Boys Roman Tennis Invitational at Latin. Competing schools were Conant, Latin, Loyola Academy, New Trier, Northside, Reavis, and Whitney Young.

1 singles - Natan Spear #1 seed - Took first place for 1st singles
2 singles - Jacob Watson #1 seed - Took first place of 2nd singles
1 doubles - Mikus Biernadski & Justin Penados #4 seed - Took 3rd place for 1st doubles
2 doubles - Alexander Orlowski & Jake Jasmer (substitute for Matthew Sung)
3 doubles - Matthew Villalon (substitute for Jake Jasmer) & Justin Chang Stauffer (substitute for Theodore Woldenberg)

NCP Men's Tennis Sweeps Lincoln Park

Northside's Men's Varsity and JV tennis teams swept Lincoln Park for a memorable and successful senior night. Congratulations!

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

Click HERE to submit information.

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FON Connect

Friends of Northside uses a customer/constituent relationship management (CRM) system known as FON Connect that allows our parent volunteer organizations to work from one database.

FON Connect serves as the NCP Family Directory and allows users to review their donation history, update their contact information, register for upcoming events, and more. Each parent has a separate account. Transactions, including donations, are recorded in the account of the parent who initiated the transaction or donation.

If you’re new to FON Connect, you'll need to set up a login and password. To do so:

▪ Click HERE.
▪ Click on “Forgot Password?”
▪ Enter your email address.
▪ Check your email for the link to create a login name and password.
Click HERE.
Click on “Forgot Password?”
Enter your email address.
Check your email for the link to create a login name and password.

Once you have set up your FON Connect account, keep your login and password in a safe, convenient place because they will be your keys to the database throughout your years at Northside.

Sign up and stay connected!

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Navigating Northside

Navigating Northside

Navigating Northside, our parent handbook, is available on the school website under the Parents tab. Click HERE to access it directly.

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8 of the best

Monday, May 20
7:00 pm
Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel
933 Skokie Boulevard, Northbrook

Tuesday, May 21
7:00 pm
Chicago Marriott Oak Brook
1401 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook

Represent eight nationally recognized liberal arts colleges throughout the country, the deans and directors of admission from Claremont McKenna College, Colorado College, Connecticut College, Grinnell College, Haverford College, Kenyon College, Macalester College, and Sarah Lawrence College will be in the Chicagoland area to present group programs for prospective students and their families. The programs include presentations on each of the colleges, as well as general information on the selective college admissions process and financial aid. There is also an opportunity to meet the representatives and ask questions about each college individually.

Register at 8ofthebestcolleges.org.

College Planning Night

Junior Students and Parents,

Thank you for attending the Northside Prep, Junior College Planning Night on Thursday, March 14. The counseling team is looking forward to discussing your student's post-secondary plans during the upcoming College Conferences. For more details about scheduling your college conference contact your respective college counselor. To schedule a college conference with Ms. Medina, please contact Ms. Moore at mcmoore6@cps.edu.

If your family was unable to attend the College Planning Night, please visit our website to access the presentation and the College Planning Handbook (click HERE). Students, who did not attend the College Planning Night will be assigned to a Wednesday, X or Y-Block in the near future. Also, parents if you would like to access your Naviance log-in or update your address (click HERE) and submit your request to Ms. Fernandez at safernandez@cps.edu.

CPS Scholarships and Non-NCP Events

For more information about general CPS scholarships and post-secondary events outside of Northside College Prep feel free to visit the NCP College Counseling Calendar HERE.

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Naviance CCLR Live by Kaplan

College, Career, and Life Readiness

Naviance users have free access to Kaplan's interactive live-streaming and on-demand programming. Click HERE to learn more.

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NCP College Planning Handbook

This is a great resource that guides students through the entire college process. Click HERE to access a copy.

NCP College Planning Additional Resources

Click on the links below to check out the additional resources on the Northside College Prep website:

▪ Counseling Events
▪ NCP College Calendar
▪ NCP Scholarships
▪ CPS Scholarships
▪ NCP Summer Opportunities
Counseling Events
NCP College Calendar
NCP Scholarships
CPS Scholarships
NCP Summer Opportunities
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Help Northside When You Shop Online

You can help our school with no extra cost to you.

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

Click HERE to read about AmazonSmile. Click HERE for detailed sign-up instructions. Skip the instructions and sign up HERE!

To choose Northside, please note that our AmazonSmile name is Friends of "North" "Side" (North Side - two words at AmazonSmile).

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Give Back to Northside

Purchase school and office supplies at Office Depot and OfficeMax, and Northside can receive 5% back in credits or FREE supplies. Simply provide our school ID 70031171 at checkout, online or in stores. There’s no cost to you!

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Follow Us on Social Media

▪ NCP's Official Facebook Page
▪ Northside Prep Parents' Facebook Page, a closed group for parents, by parents, to share their knowledge of Northside
▪ NCP's Twitter Page
▪ Friends of Northside Facebook Page, for news everyone can view
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Northside Prep Parents' Facebook Page, a closed group for parents, by parents, to share their knowledge of Northside
NCP's Twitter Page
Friends of Northside Facebook Page, for news everyone can view
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