Welcome Back Letter

16 Aug Welcome Back Letter

Dear Parent/Guardian and Northview High School Student:

We are truly excited to welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year at Northview High School.  Whether you are new to the district, new to the high school or longtime resident, we are looking forward to another successful school year.  We have much to be thankful for in regards to our perseverance, community support, outstanding staff, students and families.  Please know that we value and respect every one of our students, and we appreciate that you trust us with your most valuable gifts… your children.  We take that responsibility seriously and will try our best every day to offer them guidance, support, encouragement, and compassionate accountability.

This  newsletter contains a myriad of informational items to hopefully assist you in successfully preparing for the upcoming school year.  Please take the time to read the information and share key dates and material with your student.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact us via phone at 616-363-4857 or visit the high school website at www.nvps.net for additional information.


Mark C. Thomas





WEDNESDAY (delayed start) 8:30 am – 2:35 pm

Click here 2022-23 School Calendar  



MONDAY AUG. 29TH – 10:00AM-1:00PM

Student Orientation is optional for students to attend.  The high school will be open for students to drop by anytime to walk around, find their classes and lockers. Northview students and staff will be available to assist students.  Various clubs and organizations will also have information in the cafeteria.  Student schedules will be available to view that morning on their StudentVue account.  If needed, schedules can be printed.  There will not be a formal presentation on this day. School pictures will take place during school on Tue., Sep. 20th.



Student schedules have very little flexibility for changes.  In order for students to adjust their schedule for any reason, they MUST complete the Schedule Adjustment Form 2022-23 beginning on Mon., Aug.29th. Counselors will contact students to facilitate the schedule process and make changes starting on Mon., Aug. 29th.  The Schedule Adjustment Period and the form will close at the end of the school day on Thu.. Sep. 8th.


Students may request a schedule change for only the following reasons:

– Inappropriate placement (incorrect grade level of class)

– Incomplete schedule: missing a class/hour (do not have 6 hours)

– Course(s) completed during summer school

– Seniors missing a graduation requirement

– Work Experience

– Dual Enrollment

– Online course for inperson students (MVU)

There will be NO schedule changes to request teachers or lunch.



TUE., SEP. 13TH – 6:00PM, NHS Performing Arts Center (PAC)

This meeting will include orientation to the Michigan Merit Curriculum, Northview graduation requirements, clubs and activities, plus other information for a successful high school career.  



TUE., SEP. 13TH – 7:00PM, NHS Performing Arts Center (PAC)

This Workshop will include topics on post-secondary options and opportunities, along with an overview of the application process. The goal of the meeting is to help students transition successfully to post high school education. Workforce Certifications, 2 year, and 4 year college options and application processes will be discussed. Workshop will start in the Performing Arts Center. Additional details will be emailed at a later date.



IMPORTANT! ALL STUDENT RECORDS must be reviewed digitally through ParentVue. This will include updating student or family information, signing our annual concussion form and signing the technology agreement. Click HERE for instructions and details on how to complete your students’ information.  For additional questions, please email techsupport@nvps.net



Northview Public Schools will continue to use Canvas as our learning platform.



FIRST MEETING – TUE., AUG. 9TH – 7:00PM, High School Band Room

The Boosters work to keep our instrumental music programs strong and vital.  Northview is one of the only non-pay to play state qualifying marching bands in the state.  Although there is not a fee, there still is a tremendous cost to raise in order for this to continue. This is where you can come into play! At the high school level, we support the band with equipment, staff, clinicians, scholarships and people power. Please take some time to look around our website, Northview Band Boosters  You will find concert information, marching band forms/permission slips, meeting dates and Patron Drive information and forms.  Donating to our Patron Drive at the family level is one important way you can be involved with the band.  Please come to our first meeting of the school year on Tue., Aug. 9th at 7:00pm in the high school band room to hear about other ways to become involved.  We need everyone’s help to maintain our excellent music programs!  “Like” us on Facebook as well to keep up on all the latest band info.


Northview Vocal Music has a big year ahead! We all look forward to seeing you and sharing our music with you at our Coffee Concert Sun., Oct. 30th at 3:00pm. As we look to the future of Vocal Music at Northview, we would love your help! The 2022-2023 Patron Drive continues through the year and is more important than ever.  The District budget allocates $2000 to the high school Vocal Music Department and it is spent entirely on sheet music and is depleted before the end of the year.  Each concert costs approximately $500 to produce with the Pops Concerts around $2000. The majority of our support comes from our dedicated Vocal Booster organization and from our yearly Patron Drive.  Without support, students would not be offered many of the opportunities that are necessary for a quality music education.  We are seeking your support through a minimum donation of $10 per family.  Additional financial donations are always accepted with a warm thank you and recognition in our concert programs! Be among those listed in the programs by sending a donation via mail with your check payable to Northview Vocal Boosters to:  Vocal Music Department, Northview High School, 4451 Hunsberger NE, Grand Rapids, MI  49525. You can also donate to our paypal which is linked at our website: NorthviewVocalMusic.com If you are unable to make a financial donation, please consider being a part of the Vocal Booster team. This group of dedicated parent volunteers plays a crucial role in providing opportunities to these talented young singers. Reach out to Jack Phillipson (jphillipson@nvps.net) to find out what you can do to help!



Purchase OptionsOrder a book online and pay with a credit card at www.jostensyearbooks.com. Simply search for Northview High School in Grand Rapids, MI. Pay with credit card. Hard copy forms for check/cash payment will be available at the high school main office or directly from Mr. Howe. The books are sold at ten dollar discount for the first few months of the school year.  The sooner you order, the cheaper the expense!

Senior Photos– ALL seniors are offered the opportunity to have a self chosen portrait picture of themselves placed in the yearbook.  Senior photos are due Oct. 31st. Pictures can be emailed to seniorpics@nvps.net or hard copy delivered directly to Mr. Howe. If seniors choose not to send in a photo, make sure to show up for a school picture on picture day!  We will use the school picture. If a senior hands in no photo and has no school photo, they risk not being placed in their senior yearbook.

-Vertically (portrait) oriented senior pictures only please.

-A simple head and shoulders face shot always looks best in the yearbook. Cars/pets/precious other things should be left out of the photo.  The picture size in the yearbook is too small to capture the quality of even a full body shot.  Picture head size (from hair to chin) looks best when it is about the size of a quarter.

-If you submit a horizontal (landscape) oriented photo, it will be cropped and will look different than the original in the yearbook.

-Professional studios usually have a turn around time of 1 month or more, so plan accordingly.

-Do not submit pictures with a student name or graduation year printed on the photo.

-Digital photos may be submitted on USB flash drive or by attachment to an email.  ALL DIGITAL PHOTO’S SHOULD BE .JPG FORMAT IN THE HIGHEST QUALITY/RESOLUTION POSSIBLE.

-Print the student’s name on the back of the photo.  If sent via email attachment, or on CD/DVD, USB flash drive please put the name in the message part of the email or on the CD/DVD, USB flash drive itself.

Senior QuotesAll seniors should email a quote they are particularly fond of, along with who created it, if not original, to seniorquotes@nvps.net by Halloween, Oct. 31st.  

Senior “PARENT DISPLAY OF AFFECTION ADS” (PDA’S)Senior parents have the opportunity to create a tribute post to their graduating senior to be placed in the back of their senior yearbook for all to see! We count on the financial support from these PDA ads to help publish the yearbook. You can pay and create it online at www.jostensyearbooks.com. Search Northview High School and then follow the links to “senior tribute ad.” It will allow you to access  easy to use publishing software where you can upload pictures of your graduating senior and type them a text message. Ads come in business card, ¼, ½, and full page sizes. Sizes/Prices/Examples are listed on the website. If you know which size you want, you can also create a “PDA” ad manually by sending text, pictures and payment directly to Mr. Howe via email and/or in person. PDA’s are due Jan. 15th.



Hello families of future 2025 and 2026 graduates! Our names are Megan Porter (freshman faculty advisor) and Tricia Erickson/Tanya Lockwood (sophomore faculty advisors) and we have the privilege of being your student’s Class Advisors. In lieu of doing a handful of traditional fundraisers like we’ve all done in the past, the Freshman and Sophomore Fundraiser are going to be FAST with NO hassle on your part. There are only so many chocolate boxes we can consume in a year 😉


WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU: In order to be able to secure the necessary funds for your student’s class (like prom!!), please send in cash or a check of $30.00 (roughly $10 for each year). Please send your fundraiser payment by Sep. 30th with checks payable to:

Northview Public Schools

Attn:  Megan Porter (freshman) OR Attn: Tanya Lockwood (sophomores)


That’s it! Then you are DONE for the rest of your student’s high school tenure. Thank you in advance for your contribution and support. It’s going to be a fantastic next few years! 


The following list will help you prepare for the following school year.    

  • Composition book or spiral notebook for each core class (English, social studies, science, and math)
  • Pocket folders for each class or a 3-ring binder with section dividers
  • Pencils, pens


Optional but helpful items:

  • Highlighters
  • Sticky notes
  • Colored pencils
  • 3 x 5 lined index cards
  • Whiteboard markers (red, blue, green, black)


Calculator Information

  • All high school students will need a calculator for classroom use.  Students enrolled in Algebra 1 or Geometry will need a scientific calculator (TI-36xX Pro is NOT allowed).  Students enrolled in all other math classes will need a TI-83, TI-83+, TI-84 or TI-84+.  (TI-89 and TI-92 are NOT allowed).  



This form is only required for students taking medication during school hours.  All medication must be held in the main office.  Please complete the Medication Form and return to the high school main office to have it on file.



Northview High School has numbered parking stickers that will be displayed in the lower left portion of the windshield or lower left of the rear window. This sticker will allow school officials quick access to vehicle owner/driver information and help with the security of our parking areas.  The stickers will be provided FREE of charge from Northview Public Schools.  Students need to complete the form at Vehicle Registration Form before receiving their parking sticker.  



Information is available at Northview Food Service

Please note that there are regulations from the USDA that affect our ability to extend credit on student accounts.  Please help us by monitoring your child’s account at https://www.familyportal.cloud to ensure they keep a positive balance. 



All students planning to ride the bus must be registered before school begins.  Information is available at Northview Transportation  (click on green box 2022-23 Registration).  The Transportation Department will send out an email (newsletter) the week of Aug. 15th  with important details and finalized times.  Including KCTC transportation information.. 


B.A.S.E. (Belonging & After-School Engagement) PROGRAMS

Click HERE for more information regarding the high school after school programs. Registration information will be coming soon.  .  



TUE., AUG. 16TH – 6:00PM – High School Main Gym

Parents/guardians should plan to attend the Parent/Athlete meeting on Tue., Aug. 16th at 6:00pm in the high school MAIN GYM.  NOTE:  This meeting is for all students and parents who plan on playing a fall, winter or spring sport.

August 8th Practice Schedule


Boys CC V 8:00-9:30am  Front of NHS J. Wojciakowski jwojciakowski@nvps.net
Boys Soccer V, JV 6:00-9:00pm  Wildcat Stadium TJ Korkal korcalt95@gmail.com
Boys Tennis V, JV 9:00-11:15 am NHS tennis courts Seth Howe showe@nvps.net
Cheerleading V, JV 3:00-5:00pm  Wildcat Stadium Nikki Van Timmeren nikkivantimmeren@gmail.com
Football V, JV, F 8:00a-1:45p NHS Main Gym Ryan Oshnock roshnock@nvps.net
Girls CC V 8:00-9:30am  Front of NHS Holly Chapin hchapin@nvps.net
        Emily Coscarelli ecoscarelli@nvps.net
Girls Golf V, JV 7:45-10:00a Boulder Creek TBD mkapustka@nvps.net
Girls Swim/Dive V 8:00-11:00a  NHS Pool  Rob Damuth rdamuth@nvps.net
Volleyball V, JV, 9 5:00-8:00pm  NHS Main Gym Taylor Rich trich@nvps.net


FIRST MEETING – MON., AUG. 15TH – 6:00PM, Jupiter Boathouse

The Athletic Boosters is looking for new Booster members for the 2022-2023 school year.  This is a great way to get involved in getting to know coaches, other parents, and helping to improve uniforms, equipment, and other athletics-related items around the Northview community. Northview is one of the few non-pay-to-play districts in Michigan, therefore the Athletic Boosters play an integral part in helping with supplement funds to keep all sports programs thriving.  Join us at our next meeting on Mon., Aug. 15th at 6:00pm at the Jupiter Boathouse to see what we are all about. Email northviewathleticboosters@gmail.com with any questions. See you at the concession stand!