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Northport High School Closed for In-Person Instruction 9/25

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High School Yoga Class Improves Students’ Physical and Emotional Health

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With new social distancing protocols in place, Northport High School is exploring unique ways to continue their physical education program for both in-person and remote students. One of the most impactful classes thus far has been yoga, which is providing students with both the physical and mental support they need this school year. 
The yoga classes are not only good for physical strength and flexibility, but can help with anxiety, stress, depression and sleeping. “Yoga is good for the mind and good for the body” shared Ms. Gipp, Northport High School’s yoga teacher. “My goal is for students to leave feeling a little lighter, a little bit more relaxed.” 
Ms. Gipp further described yoga as a great time for students to gain a better understanding of their own mental health. By taking time to slow down and focus on movement and breath, students may suddenly become aware of any feelings of anxiety or stress they were feeling.  Recognizing these emotions then allows them to take steps to improving their mental health. 
The classes are being livestreamed, so students learning from home can follow along with the flow and movements being taught. Classes are currently focused on vinyasa flow style yoga, however Ms. Gipp noted that she is looking to introduce restorative yoga and some mediation practices as well. When speaking about teaching her remote students, Ms. Gipp noted that while there were originally some kinks to work out, such as making sure student cameras were placed so she could adequately see their positions and form, the remote students have been incredibly engaged in the class. 
 

Positive COVID-19 Case at Northport High School - Building Closed 9.24

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Three Northport High School Seniors Are Honored as National Merit Semifinalists

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The school year kicked off with a strong start for Northport High School seniors  Camden Burk, Tara D'Amico and Rudolph Mastrocinque, who were announced as National Merit semifinalists.  The National Merit Scholarship Program honors “individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.”
This honor is the first step for the students towards the opportunity to win National Merit Scholarships which will be offered next spring. Less than 1% of high school students nationwide are deemed semifinalists, and the students are chosen based on their scores on the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).
Tara, Camden and Rudolph will now move forward with a scholarship application inclusive of their academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership experience, employment and other awards and honors they have received. They will also be endorsed by a Northport High School official and need to write a compelling essay. 
The district is incredibly proud to have three students receiving this honor for the 2020-2021 school year. 
“I’m extremely proud of our three National Merit semifinalists, and I am confident they will move on to the next round. Each of them is brilliant and unique, and this honor is the first of many accomplishments for them,” shared Northport High School Principal Daniel Danbusky.
 

New District Policy #4258 Approved

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