Northfield featured in CHSAA Now

Northfield High School was featured in CHSAA Now this week on the future of our school’s football and athletics programs, and what it means to be a diverse and growing community school.

“North of the city, built across the street from Commerce City — Dick’s Sporting Goods Park looms in the background — sits Northfield High School. It popped up in the fall of 2015, on the leading edge of a sprawling new housing development that followed the Stapleton explosion in the early part of this decade.

Now, as the school seeks to build its identity, it is putting into place perhaps one of an American high school’s most important pieces: A football program.”


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At the new Northfield High, the Nighthawks are building an identity — and a football program

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Northfield IB Candidacy Update

nhs-hawkOn Wednesday, April 5th, Northfield received its site verification visit report from the International Baccalaureate Organization. The report was strongly affirmative about Northfield as a future IB World School!

A few final things remain to submit to the IB Organization to ensure Northfield’s authorization. All preparations will be completed for our first cohort of Diploma Candidate scholars this fall.

Stay tuned for final details and celebrations!

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Spring Spirit Week is around the corner

black-and-white-danceSpring Spirit Week is just around the corner!

Students, get ready to show your Nighthawk spirit April 17-21 as we lead up to the spring dance on Friday, April 21.

Following a vote by the Student Council, the spring dance theme will be Black & White semi-formal. The dance will be from 6-10 p.m. at Northfield High School. Don’t miss it!

Spirit Days
Monday — Colorado Pride Day (Dress in Colorado attire)
Tuesday — Tourist/International Day (Students dress as tourists or as a culture they are interested in representing)
Wednesday — Reverse Day (Teachers dress like students and vice versa, shirts worn inside out, or dress like your best friend or significant other)
Thursday – Class Pride Day (Freshmen and sophomores will compete against each other to show the most class pride)
Friday — Nighthawk Pride Day

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Important Event Change

Due to expected inclement weather, Northfield will NOT be transporting students to the Black Male Initiative, at the University of Denver tomorrow.  If the decision is made to attend the event, please notify the main office.

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Second round of SchoolChoice at Northfield now open

Second round of enrollment at Denver Public Schools is now underway!

Students who live within the Northfield High School boundary are invited to apply.

Round 2 of the DPS SchoolChoice process begins every year after families are notified of their Round 1 school placement.

Round 2 is the first-come, first-served segment of Choice for families who missed Round 1; took part in Round 1 but want to re-explore their options; or are new to DPS for next school year.

There is no online process for Round 2! 

Forms are available in our front office, or you can print this English version: round-2-choice-form or Spanish version: round-2-choice-form-spanish. Please submit completed Round 2 forms directly to Northfield High School in the front office.


SchoolChoice FAQs:

Who should submit a Round 2 SchoolChoice form?

  • Families who missed Round 1 and would like to change their student’s school.
  • Families who have changed their mind since submitting a Round 1 form. If you are happy with your school placement following Round 1, you do not need to take part in Round 2.
  • Please note: If your student was wait-listed at a school in Round 1, please DO NOT submit a Round 2 form to the same school, as your student already has a spot on the school’s list.

What do I need to do to participate in Round 2?

  • Current DPS students must submit a paper Round 2 form directly to Northfield.

Where do I submit my form?

  • Round 2 forms should be submitted in person to Northfield.
  • A separate SchoolChoice form must be submitted to each school requested. There is no limit to the number of schools to which a Round 2 form is submitted.
  • There is no online form for Round 2. Forms received by mail, fax or email will not be processed.

When can I submit my form?

  • Round 2 has begun. Round 2 forms may be submitted to schools through Aug. 31, 2017.

How does Round 2 of the SchoolChoice process work, and how will I be notified of my student’s status?

  • Round 2 SchoolChoice forms are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no lottery involved and no priorities are given. If the school has available space for the 2017-18 school year at the time you submit your form, your student will be approved and enrolled for next year. If a waitlist exists, your student will be added to the list in date and time order.
  • Round 2 notification is immediate. The school to which you submit your form can inform you if there is space available or if your student will be placed on a waitlist. Letters are not sent from our office.
  • If you are accepted to a school in Round 2, your Round 1 school assignment is relinquished. Wait-list positions are not affected.

Are you a Denver resident new to DPS?

  • You may enroll directly at the neighborhood school that serves your address. Click here to determine your neighborhood school. To enroll, contact the school office directly for registration dates and required documents.
  • If you would like to attend a school other than your neighborhood school, you may request a New Student Enrollment form (for grades 1-12 only) from the neighborhood school that serves your address, or from a Choice and Enrollment office.

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Northfield football coach steps down to focus on math leadership

nhs_staff15From our math teacher and football coach Mr. Hutchins:

Nighthawk Family:

It is bittersweet that I announce that I will not be returning as the Head Football Coach for Northfield Football next year. Through the district and Principal Bringedahl, I have been presented with an opportunity to assume a leadership role in the Math Department at Northfield. After speaking with my wife, former coaches, and those influential in my life, I believe that it is in my heart to place students first through the vein of curriculum and instruction.

I am grateful for the bonds that I have developed with players and the unconditional support that I have received from Northfield parents and the community. I have every belief that the new coach will continue to build on the solid foundation that was established this year. As far as practice time is concerned, Coach Berry, Coach Ragsdale and I will continue to provide structured practice time until the new coach is announced.

I appreciate the opportunity to coach a fine group of young men and I look forward to continuing to be a force in the lives of all young people at Northfield High School, and taking my wife and son to the games next year.

Respectfully Yours,

James Hutchins

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Don’t miss: Incoming Nighthawk Night

New Nighthawks, mark your calendars! 

Incoming Nighthawk Night is from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12. All new Northfield students and their parents/guardians are welcome!

  • Register for classes
  • Meet current students and teachers, your new fellow new Nighthawks, Principal Bringedahl and the admin team
  • Tour the school
  • Learn about sports, clubs and activities and meet coaches
  • Learn more about the Northfield IB Program
  • Enjoy dinner on us
  • Parents: learn about ways to get involved

Visit our New Nighthawks page for all you need to know about your upcoming school year at Northfield. Hope to see you there!


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Attention, Nighthawks!

Our Spring Fling scheduled for Friday, March 10 has been POSTPONED.

The NHS Fun Committee decided to postpone the dance following feedback from students to allow more time to plan, save and prepare for the dance. This one was short notice and we want as many students as possible to attend!

The new date for the dance is 6-10 p.m. Friday, April 21.

Thank you for your understanding. We are counting down the days until the Hawks take to the dance floor!

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NHS students featured in Stapleton Front Porch article

Some Northfield students were featured in this month’s Stapleton Front Porch regarding the strong network at NHS for LGBTQ students.

NHS stands out as an inclusive and welcoming school with a tight-knit student body.

“There’s a much more relaxed social ranking and fewer cliques at NHS. I think that the individual differences of students make a more accepting environment,” says one of our students.

“Kids are much more accepting than you’d think.”

Photo credit: Steve Larson of the Stapleton Front Porch,

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Northfield receives $20,000 grant for computer science

NHS has received a $20,000 grant to add computer and technology classes and teacher training at our school!

Starting next fall, we’ll be able to add classes like Computer Science Essentials and eventually work up to cool class titles like Cybersecurity.

The grant comes from Project Lead the Way, Denver Public Schools and the Denver Public Schools Foundation.

The project aims to offer interdisciplinary activities in computer science that also empower students to develop skills in problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and perseverance.

The program’ s courses empower students with knowledge they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they choose.

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