Welcome to North Star Charter School's Bi-Weekly Newsletter!

As a collaborative collection of announcements and information, our staff here at the North Star Digest will do their best to ensure all information is accurate and up to date. If you ever have any questions, concerns, corrections, or even compliments, please email our staff at northstardigest@northstarcharter.org
Thank you for your patience, understanding, and growth mindset.
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October 20, 2017: North Star Digest Edition IV:
As this is our fourth edition of the digest, we thought it appropriate to let readers know that older issues of the digest will be located on the menu bar to the left. Thank you true-believers!

General School Information:          

The Scholastic Book Fair is next week! The fair will be at our school from October 23 - 27. Come check out the books! There will be books for students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade. The funds raised at the Book Fair enable our school to purchase new books for our library. We hope to see you there!

Veteran's Day Assembly:

Dear NSCS families,

 In keeping with NSCS tradition, we will be having our “Celebration of Veterans” assembly on Friday, November 10th at 9:30 am in the NSCS gym. 


Feel free to invite any Veterans in our NSCS families or community. We will once again provide our “Wall of Heros” to honor those we know who have or are serving in the armed forces.  Students are invited to place the information listed below on a 3 x 5 index card and include a picture if possible.  These will all then be placed on the Wall of Honor to be viewed all year.  These cards may be turned in at the elementary or secondary office. 

 Please return these cards to the school office by Monday, November 6th.

Also included is an invitation you may share with friends or family to attend our celebration.  Please assure loved ones who are not able to attend that they remain in our thoughts and we sincerely appreciate their service.  If a guest Veteran of your family would like to visit a classroom to visit with students, please confirm this with the classroom teacher in advance.

Thank you for being a part of the NSCS community.

Wall of Honor Information:


Branch of service_____________________________________________________

PTO Information

High School Information
Study Abroad Opportunities

U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs


Experience a new world and expand your horizons – Study abroad in High School. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs offers full scholarships to high school students to study abroad for one academic year. International exchange programs give you the opportunity to establish long-lasting ties with people around the globe, promote mutual understanding, learn a new language, and develop global leadership skills.


The NATIONAL SECURITY LANGUAGE INITIATIVE FOR YOUTH (NSLI-Y) is part of a multi-agency U.S. government initiative that prepares American citizens to better engage with the world through language. NSLI-Y offers full scholarships to high school students to live abroad with a host family while pursuing intensive language study of Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Mandarin, Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian, and Turkish. Previous language study is not required.

2018-19 Application:      Opens August 25, 2017 - Closes November 2, 2017            

Scholarships Available: Approximately 670

Visit http://www.nsliforyouth.org/ to learn more.


The KENNEDY-LUGAR YOUTH EXCHANGE AND STUDY ABROAD (YES ABROAD) was launched in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 to advance mutual understanding between the United States and countries with significant Muslim populations. YES Abroad provides full scholarships to American students (ages 15-18) to live with a host family and study in local high schools for one academic year in countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Balkans.

2018-19 Application:      Opens September 5, 2017 - Closes December 5, 2017       

Scholarships Available: 65

Visit http://www.yes-abroad.org/ to learn more.


Initiated in 1983, the CONGRESS BUNDESTAG YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAM (CBYX) was created to strengthen ties between Germany and the United States. CBYX offers full scholarships for high school students (ages 15-18), vocational studies graduates (age 18), and young professionals (undergrads ages 18-24). Students spend an academic year in Germany living with a host family and attending a German high school or participating in practical internships (Vocational and young professional students).

2018-19 Application:      Opens September 5, 2017 - Closes December 11, 2017    

Scholarships Available: 250

Visit http://www.usagermanyscholarship.org/ to learn more.

Mo' Money!
Meridian Library on Cherry Ln. is offering a free FAFSA night on November 9th from 6:30pm-8pm. (Fee Application for Federal Student  Aid ) A Boise State admissions specialist will be there to answer questions and help in the process. If you have additional questions please let me know so I can help assist in this process. 

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now officially open. 
Please go to 
www.fafsa.ed.gov to begin filling out this essential piece to your financial aid for college. If you have questions please see Mr. Pettit in the counseling office. 

Even Mo' Money! Get That Paper...
We are offering a $1,000 scholarship available to future college students who play or have played sports at the high school level. This years high school seniors are eligible to apply if they will be attending college next year.
Here is our webpage with more information on the application and selection process.

Scholarship Overview  
Scholarship Name: Athnet Sports Recruiting Scholarship
Available to: Undergraduates who were athletes at the high school level. You do not need to be an athlete at the college level.
Application Deadline: June 1st
Award Amount: $1,000
Eligibility Requirements: Former high school athletes who are enrolled as a full-time student at a two or four-year college.
Application Instructions: See website (website here: http://www.athleticscholarships.net/scholarship-contest.htm)

For questions see Mr. Pettit

Middle School Information: 

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron is an innovative and engaging dystopian novel now available in Mr. Whitt's library.  It smacks of Divergent, Maze Runner, Hunger Games, and The Purge, and is an appropriate read for any mature middle school student that enjoys dystopian novels with a few twists. Come on down to room 503, as there are many books available...

Elementary Information
The 4th graders were able to enjoy their very own potato bar on Wednesday, October 18th.  Then they sold potatoes to the WHOLE school on Thursday, Oct. 19th.  Students, parents, and teachers had tons of fun grubbing down on tatoes!
Thank you to everyone helped make this event a tremendous success!

Sports Information:

Congratulations to Jacob Dukelow, Benson Transtrum, and Colin Maroe, as all three of these North Star Cross Country athletes qualified for state by finishing 12th, 13th, and 14th, respectfully. Come cheer them on at State, next Saturday, October 28th, at Eagle Island.
It was a great season for all of our cross country athletes, and everyone has a lot to be proud of. Please keep doing your best!  #Huskypride

North Star Shout-Out: 
Thank you to Mrs. Barzee for encouraging her 9th grade students to read by taking them on a quick field trip to Mr. Whitt's library. 

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Miscellaneous:  Should we publish our joke about Sodium? Na.

Lost and Found:  Please check the Elementary office if you have lost anything recently.