Greetings From Principal Zabawa

Photo of Principal Zabawa holding an alligator

Dear North Star Students and Families:

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  Our first day of school is just around the corner.  Our ninth graders report back on August 13, 2018 and all students on August 14, 2018. MondayTuesday, and Wednesday will be a 2:00 p.m. dismissal. North Star will have an enrollment of 2,240 students this school year. This will be the largest enrollment North Star has seen as we enter our 16th school year. We will be serving students from 32 different birth countries with 21 different home languages spoken. The diversity of North Star is a tremendous asset, as it is a true representation of our global society.

Our theme this school year will center around student engagement. We want to ensure all students receive a well-rounded high school experience inside and outside of the classroom. Inside the classroom, we will ensure a highly engaging and rigorous learning environment for all students.  Outside the classroom, we welcome and highly encourage involvement in sports, activities, organizations, clubs, and CLC after school programming. At the culmination of the high school experience, we expect all of our students to walk across the stage at the end of their senior year and receive that high school diploma.  They will then be joining the over 4,000 North Star alumni.

On a personal note, I want to tell you how excited I am to be returning to North Star High School. I was hired as an Associate Principal of North Star in February of 2002 and remained on staff until I took the Principal position at Park Middle School in 2009, where I have spent the last nine years. I am honored to come back and serve as Principal and again get to “Chart our course, Navigate the journey, and Celebrate success” with the North Star community!

The 254 North Star staff members are excited to navigate this journey with you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if there is anything I can do to support you! Thank you for being part of the North Star family.  

Go Gators!

Ryan Zabawa
North Star High School