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THUMBS DOWN: The new exam exemption policy for the upcoming year

Next year, Chatham County is implementing a policy that states if you check out early twice, it counts as an absence for exam exemption purposes. If we are there long enough to be counted present, it shouldn’t be seen as an absence for exam purposes, especially when it is for a good reason such as going to the doctor or family issues.


THUMBS UP: Field Day

Northwood is one of three high schools in North Carolina to be a “Be Active NC school.” Friday was our second annual field day and we feel that this was a great way to encourage students to be active and have fun at the same time. Shoutout to Lyn Smith for bringing this to Northwood.


THUMBS DOWN: Short lunches

Currently, our lunches are 27 minutes long and we can’t go off campus. We feel that we should have a longer lunch period and should be able to eat at various local restaurants during that time.



THUMBS UP: Students who completed their Charger Challenge hours on time

The hours for Charger Challenge were due May 25, for all grades. Overall, we feel that the community service aspect of this project was more worthwhile than the graduation project we had to complete in the past.


THUMBS DOWN: Five extra days that were added to the calendar for the upcoming year

Per North Carolina law, the county has added five extra days to the calendar for the 2012-2013 school year. Most people check out five days before the school year ends anyway, so adding five extra days will be pointless and won’t benefit us.


THUMBS UP: The Class of 2012!

The senior class has finally made it! Graduation is being held June 9 at 11 a.m. at Carmichael Auditorium. Congratulations, seniors, and good luck in the future!