TODAY’S A-TEAM MORNIN’ PLAYLIST (Mr. Yocum)
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, winding down but we at North are still on the theme, taking time each day to celebrate the names and achievements of women from all walks and the often unsung contributions they’ve made to both our nation and world on these days and dates.
For example, on this day in WOMEN’S HISTORY, the following women came into the world and made lasting marks upon it with their own historic achievements, whether as academics, activists or entertainers:
- In 1826 – historian, suffragist, women’s rights and Native American rights activist Matilda Joslyn Gage, who was a founding member of the National Woman Suffrage Association
- In 1897 – principal dancer Linda Chase, who worked in the American Ballet Theatre roles of Sleeping Beauty and Giselle, performed with Anthony Tutor and Agnes De Mille, joined Ballet Theater in 1940 which became the American Ballet Theatre.
- In 1912 – Dorothy Height, served over 40 years as President of the National Council of Negro Women
- In 1935 – and still alive – musician Carol Kaye, who is known the world over as one of the most prolific and widely-heard bass and rhythm guitarists in the history of modern music. How well-known is she? Her signature guitar sound can be heard on an estimated 10,000 popular recordings in an astounding career spanning over 50 years, including – but not limited to – the theme from the classic 60s TV series BATMAN and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” by The Righteous Brothers, “La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens, The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations“, “And Then He Kissed Me” by The Crystals. She went on to become the sole female member of the world-famous group of session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew, collaborated with famed producer Quincy Jones on many of his soundtracks, played on countless songs recorded by everybody from Stevie Wonder, Nancy Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel and The Supremes, The Temptations and the Four Tops to The Monkees, The Doors, Frank Zappa, Joe Cocker and Robert Palmer. So vital is Miss Kaye’s influence as a musician that she is also credited by musicologists and historians as with being one of the key sonic architects of Phil Spector’s legendary “Wall of Sound”.
- In 1977, Oscar nominated actress, producer, women’s rights activist and star of such films as THE HELP, ZERO DARK THIRTY, THE MARTIAN and MOLLY’S GAME Jessica Chastain
- In 1971, comedian, author and screenwriter and LGBTQ activist Tig Notaro
BIG UPS to the Girl’s Gymnastics Team – The Lady lions dominated on the mats with their monstrous defeat against Hunterdon Central – 102.30 to 101.40…. keep that winning streak going, ladies! Way to go!
On the subject of friends lending a helping hand, North’s own Girl Up organization is hosting a vital supplies drive for Family Promise Homeless Shelter in Flemington starting Monday, April 12th and concluding on Friday, April 30th.
The intent behind the drive is to gather goods for homeless children in Hunterdon County – an existence which is more common than you’d think.
After spring break, boxes will be stationed at the main entrance of the high school and also in Room 209 to collect donations – Girl Up is looking for any of the following, all of which would be appropriate and appreciated:
- New pillows
- New blankets (twin size)
- Full-size toiletries, including: shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body wash, hair conditioner
- Feminine products (all types and sizes)
- Toilet paper
- Laundry detergent
So if you can find a little time, and you have some extra stuff you can share with a worthy cause, donate and help the homeless youth of Hunterdon.
Relay for Life is back this year at North Hunterdon High School and bigger than ever. This worthy and worthwhile event – which raises money for the American Cancer Society – is scheduled for Thursday, May 20th from 6:00-9:00 PM, with a rain date of May 21st! Any COVID-19 restrictions in place in New Jersey at the time of the event will be followed. You can find more info about this upcoming event on its fundraising website and at the above links as well as on the NHHS website. So, sign up your team, make a donation, or dedicate a luminaria in honor of a loved one.
Also, from our always creative Cafeteria Staff …
FREE MEALS are now being given out to any student who wants one. So, want a meal, grab a “Go Bag” on your way out the door at dismissal. Each “Go Bag” includes a breakfast and a “ready to heat” frozen lunch with milk and fruit. The meals are being handed out daily at the Main Entrance and outside the Theatre. They are to be brought home and prepared at home.
Please, kids, take advantage of these goodies – these ladies work for hours, bagging meals so you can enjoy a little sustenance. That aside, cafeteria is closed to all sales, as in … NO FOOD OR DRINK IN THE CLASSROOMS.