Coronavirus Update

At this time, there have been no reported cases of Covid-19 in Denver, although influenza continues to circulate through our community. At Northfield, we are encouraging all students and staff to practice good hygiene through regular and thorough hand-washing and use of disinfectant wipes. We encourage families to send in donations of tissues, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to continue our efforts. To learn more about the DPS response to coronavirus, please read their recent family letter here.

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Construction Updates

Hey! Do you want to know the latest news about the construction on our campus? Visit our Construction Updates page for all the info (always available under “About” menu up top). In short, the work is coming along beautifully, and if you haven’t been to campus lately, you should come take a look!

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English Summer Homework

The NHS English department has put together summer homework assignments for each grade level. This is an opportunity to engage in reading and writing as a way to counter the ‘summer slide’ with literacy skills. The expectation is that students have completed their grade level assignment by August 12th. If you have any questions about the assignment please reach out to Ms. Wickham at

Click HERE for 19-20 11th and 12th Grade Assignment

Click HERE for 19-20 9th and 10th Grade Assignment

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May 22nd is the last day of school

Unless your student is specifically invited for extra academic support on May 23rd, May 22nd will be the last day of school at Northfield. Graduation is May 28 at 2pm at the University of Denver Ritchie Center – everyone is invited, with no tickets required, so come see our first class graduate!

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Back to Regular Schedule Today & Tomorrow

We were delighted to find that the majority of our teachers made it into school this morning. We began our regular second period slightly later than usual, at 8:30, but we plan to run our normal Even/Gold day schedule with the teachers we have and a handful of substitutes for the rest of the day. We encourage you to send in your students, even if late, to begin catching up on their work.

Tomorrow, February 15, we will hold classes as usual on a “Stripe” schedule with 45 minute periods, beginning at 7:45 am.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please feel free to call our front office with any questions.

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Strike Plans for February 12, 2019

Dear Northfield Families –

We anticipate that the teachers’ strike will continue tomorrow, February 12, 2019. We felt fortunate today that our students were respectful and thoughtful and that our remaining staff were prepared to manage the needs of our students. It was not a traditional learning day, but many students took advantage of independent learning, ICAP/Naviance, IB Assessment and documentary film educational opportunities to remain engaged with their education.

For tomorrow, please review the following for information about how the day will proceed:

All students will report to Building 1 at 8:15 for attendance and daily orientation, followed by a session on College and Career Readiness.


  • The following teachers will run a regular class schedule – Mr. Szuster, Ms. Harper, Mr. Judd, Mr. Thornton, Mr. Espino, Mr. Rowe and Mr. Plowden. If your students normally have classes with them on Even/Gold days, they will continue their work in those classes.
  • All CU Succeeds courses will run as scheduled
  • Students not attending a class listed above will rotate between three sessions.
    • Session 1: Students will continue to work on Naviance/ICAP session to update profile and goals as well as to explore post-secondary readiness
    • Session 2: Documentary film-based station where students will critically view an acclaimed Documentary, on the Harlem Renaissance, with an IB Learner Profile focus on risk-takers and open-mindedness
    • Session 3: Structured time for PSAT preparedness with a focus on Math.
  • In addition all 11th and 12th grade students will work on their IB Internal Assessment and feedback or SAT prep. We encourage 11th and 12th grade students to attend the IB Internal Assessment programs.

Athletics: Students participating in athletics must be in attendance for at least half the school day in order to participate in planned athletic events according to CHSAA rules.

Attendance: Due to the low attendance on Monday, we will initially mark all students as “absent” (excused) for Tuesday, February 12. We will take attendance at the beginning of the day and then re-code the attendance rosters to reflect actual student attendance.

All absences must be called in to the attendance line (720-423-8001) or, preferably, emailed to Student attendance – including seniors – will NOT be negatively affected by absences that are called in by parents as strike-related.

Thank you for your patience and support through this challenging time. We are hopeful that the district and the teachers can reach an accord soon.

-Principal Amy Bringedahl

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Strike Plans for February 11, 2019

As we prepare for the teacher strike on Monday, February 11 here is what you can expect if you decide to send your student to school tomorrow:

  • School Hours: Northfield school day will run from 8:15-3:15.  All students will report to their first period class for attendance and a review of expectations. The students will then transition to an all-student assembly in the cafetorium or the Gym from 8:30-8:50 for an orientation. All students attending school tomorrow must report at 8:15 am, even if they would normally have an off-period at that time. Due to our alternative schedule on Monday, February 11, there will be no off periods for students who normally have those.
  • Instruction:  Most students will rotate through four sessions during the course of the day.  CU Succeeds classes will take place. Session 1: Students will work on Naviance/ICAP session to update profile and goals as well as to explore post-secondary readiness; Session 2: Documentary based station where students will critically view an acclaimed Documentary that connects to our school vision and mission of IB; Session 3: Structured time for PSAT preparedness for 9th and 10th grade and 11th and 12th grade will work on their IB Internal Assessment and feedback along with a deep dive into the IB Learner Profiles and how to embody those profiles at Northfield. Session 4: Exploring our voice through Slam Poetry with featured presenter Andre Hakeem, a poet who represents the nationally acclaimed Slam Nuba and also has helped organize the non-profit youth organization called the Apprentice of Peace.
  • Arrivals and Departure: All students must enter and exit through the main lobby of building 2.
  • Attendance: If you wish to excuse your child from school, you must notify the school via phone (720-423-8001) or email (, or the absence will be unexcused. Daily attendance will be taken and a call will be made home to notify the parent/guardian. If a student leaves the building before the end of the day s/he/she must check-out in the main lobby. Students may not come back to school if they check out for the day.
  • Senior Attendance: Students’ graduation ceremony participation will not be negatively impacted by attendance during the strike.
  • Safety: All Northfield safety protocols and school rules will be in place during the strike. All students must carry their school ID. Our DPD School Resource Officer and DPS Campus Security will be onsite to ensure a safe learning environment. The picket line could cause congestion, so please plan your pick-up and drop-off timing and location with this in mind.
  • Food Service: Northfield’s cafeteria will be open and breakfast and lunch will be served as normal.
  • Transportation: DPS transportation services will run according to schedule.
  • Athletics: All athletics will go on as scheduled. Per CHSAA regulations, student attendance at school is required to participate in practices and/or games. At the end of the day student athletes should report to the gym.
  • Clubs and After School Activtities: All clubs and after school activities (except athletics) are cancelled until the end of the strike.

Should the teacher strike continue into Tuesday, February 12, we will send out an updated schedule by 5 pm on Monday evening.  If you have any questions please continue to check our website or reach out to our main office at 720-423-8000.

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