New 2016-17 Principal of Northfield High School Selected




March 2, 2016

Dear Northfield School Community:

I am pleased to announce the selection of Amy Bringedahl as the new principal of Northfield High School for 2016-17. Amy, who is currently serving as principal of Merrill Middle School, introduces herself to you below. But first, I want to thank Interim Principal Ron Castagna and Interim Assistant Principal Wauneta Vann for their leadership this year. Please look for more information to come as we work through details and transition plans.
From Amy:

I am very honored and excited to introduce myself as the new Principal of Northfield High School. My name is Amy Bringedahl and I have more than 23 years of teaching and learning experience, with 14 years as a school leader with proven results. I hold a master’s degree in educational leadership and a bachelor of science degree in social studies and health from Grand Valley State University. During my 23-year career, I have served as a middle and high school social studies teacher; basketball, volleyball and track coach; Athletic Director; Assistant Principal and Principal. In every school where I have served, I have demonstrated success in improving student achievement through a strong focus on holding students to high standards and accountability for performance and behavior, while creating a school environment that supports the social/emotional development of each student. I have a strong focus on achieving academic success for every student, in every classroom, every day.

I know that Northfield is a school dedicated to academic and cultural excellence, a direct result of a collegial partnership between the school staff and parents who provide diverse experiences for all students. My leadership will build upon the inclusive IB program at Northfield that is at the heart of the innovation plan. Our school must be academically challenging and engaging for every student, providing differentiated instruction to meet the needs of each student. Parents, teachers, support staff and administration all have an important role in encouraging our children to become active learners. It is my sincere desire to provide expanded opportunities for our students to acquire the skills to become productive citizens in a rapidly changing society.

Through a close and collegial partnership with everyone associated with Northfield, I am confident we can provide our students with a world-class education that prepares them for post- secondary education and/or career pathways.

Thank you!
Amy Bringedahl

Northfield Principal, 2016-17

Gregg Gonzales

Instructional Superintendent

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Congrats to the rookie Northfield Mock Trial Team!

Mock Trial Team

Congrats to the rookie Northfield Mock Trial Team! They went head-to-head with the BEST mock trial teams in Denver at the citywide mock trial competition this weekend and received high praise from the judges and other competitors for their hard work. Our very own Noel Sorensen won a best witness award for her role!

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The IB Corner


IB Learner Profile Traits Incorporated into Northfield Curriculum
This is an exciting time in the history of Northfield High School! This is the second in a series of articles featuring information and updates about the IB program. This month we’re taking a look at Northfield’s five IB learner profile traits.

The aim for all IB programmes is to develop internationally-minded people who help to create a better and more peaceful world while recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet. The Northfield Balanced Learner Profile focuses on developing learners who strive to be: caring, inquirers, risk-takers, principled and reflective. Detailed explanations of these IB learner traits can be found here.

Throughout the first semester, the autobiographies of Maya Angelou, Cesar Chavez, Malcolm X and others were incorporated into the Advisory Writing and Communication Course, with an emphasis on how the lives and writings of these influential thinkers fit within the Northfield Balanced Learner Profile. Students read, discussed and gave presentations on how these key traits have guided the noble and difficult decisions of these important individuals’ lives and experiences. Students also reflected on how these traits applied to their own lives while writing in their daily classroom journals. As one of the major product grades, each Northfield student submitted an autobiography that incorporated these IB learner traits into his or her writing.

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Project Lead the Way

At Northfield High School students will be able to choose from different elective pathways to pursue areas of interest in depth. Three of the pathways use the Project Lead the Way curricula…


Computer Science

Biomedical Science

Check them out and explore the courses at the links. These elective pathways will provide direct college credit through concurrent enrollment.

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