• *All students will have an assessment on the summer reading during the first week of school.

    Rising Standard and Honors 9th grade students: Choose one of these titles: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson or A Monster Calls by Patrick

    Rising Honors 10th grade students: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.

    Rising Honors 11th grade students: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

    Rising AP 11th grade students: The Penguin edition of Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

    Rising Honors 12th grade students: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

    Rising AP 12th grade students: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and a choice novel from the list attached.

    *AP 12 students need to complete the attached assignment—download the following file: AP_12_Summer_Reading_and_Quote_Journals_2019.

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  • Hello everyone,

    I am Katherine Rastrick and I am originally from England. I moved to America in 1986 and lived in Tampa, Florida for 14 years where I finished high school and obtained two degrees in English Literature and English Education with a minor (almost another major) in Art from the University of South Florida.

    I have been teaching for 22 years. I began my teaching career in Tampa, Florida, but came to North Carolina in 2000. I taught in Charlotte from 2000-2005 at Northwest School of the Arts, then went to Rowan County for a short stint, then West Davidson High School in Davidson County for 6 years. I returned to Charlotte to Olympic High School in 2010 and taught there until the end of the 2017-18 school year when I moved to Greensboro. I taught in Virginia at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, but I wanted to teach closer to home which is when I found my new home here at Northern.

    I have taught all grade levels from 7th through 12th and all levels of students from Standard, Honors, to AP. I have also taught Costuming, Film and Literature – with a focus on Holocaust and Genocide, and Yearbook throughout my career. I bring a creative flare to the classroom due to my arts background and my minor (almost another major) in studio art.

    In my spare time, I love to travel, read, belly dance and work out. I also spend a lot of time with my dog, Fluffy.

    If you ever have any questions, please email me at: rastrik@gcsnc.com or call the school at (336) 643-8449.

    Thank you and I look forward to a successful year.