Miss Marenburg Moves to Preschool
Miss Jen Marenburg has supported NLS in various ways throughout the past few years. She started as a building substitute during the 2020-2021 school year, and served as a K-6 Strategic Intervention Teacher last school year. This year, she has taken a position as a Preschool Teacher at NES. She stated that she loved working with the preschoolers in the past and was looking for a change in environment, which led her to apply for the Preschool Teacher position. In regards to teaching preschool, Miss Marenburg says that the most challenging aspect is having a split class and only having so much time with each class. But, the most rewarding aspect is having a wonderful group of kids to work with!
Mrs. Fish Takes a Leap to 5th Grade
This year Mrs. Fish entered her 23rd year of teaching. After teaching 7th and 8th grade science (as well as health and reading from time to time) for 22 years, this year, Mrs. Fish took a huge leap in joining NES as a 5th grade science and social studies teacher. When asked what interested her in changing positions after so long, Mrs. Fish explained, “Sometimes people just need a change and this position was a perfect opportunity for me to try something new.” She continued, “I love my new position as a 5th grade teacher. I get excited about seeing my students every day. My students are fantastic and so excited to learn. I miss my junior high students immensely, but I enjoy when they come down to see me or I see them in the halls or at Coder Dojo.”
When asked about new challenges, Mrs. Fish said that she is new to getting student out to recess and buses, and dropping and picking them up from lunch, but she’s slowly getting into the routine. “I loved working with my colleagues in junior high, but my 5th grade team and Pod C have been so kind and supportive. They are all great to work with,” she shared.
Mrs. Fish concluded by saying, “I want to thank the Northwood community for the opportunity to be a part of their kids’ lives as their teacher. While I teach, I also learn from my students and share in their joys and challenges. I am so blessed to do what I love – teach!”
Mr. Warring To Serve as Student Service Coordinator
Over the past 14 years, Mr. Mike Warring has worked as a substitute teacher for many districts, a writing tutor and instructor for Tiffin University, and as a Northwood Intervention Specialist in both the elementary and high school. This year, Mr. Warring has taken a huge step outside of the classroom to serve as the Student Services Coordinator for the district.
This new position has Mr. Warring excited to continue helping Ranger students and families in a new capacity, including helping them to gain access to available resources. Mr. Warring stated that the most challenging aspect of the new role is becoming familiar with so many staff members from other districts. However, “This has also been a very rewarding aspect as well, because everyone that I have met has been extremely helpful,” he added.
Flash Fiction in Mrs. Berlekamp’s Creative Writing 9-10 Class
Freshmen and sophomores in Mrs. Berlekamp’s Creative Writing class has been reading various flash fiction stories and practicing the writing technique of “show, don’t tell.” Mrs. Berlekamp explained, “This unit is important since novice writers often struggle to translate their thoughts into words. It challenges them to begin thinking about the images their writing will produce for their readers.”
Mrs. Anderson’s First Graders Practice Math Skills
Mrs. Anderson’s first grade Rangers are currently learning how to count and subtract. Prior to this, students learned how to count and add. This unit is important because it helps with math fact fluency.
Mrs. Anderson explained that during the math block, students get to work independently at their own level. Some students may be working on a math ipad app that helps with number sense. Others might be working on a dice math game. Students also have a math journal that they complete independently. While all of this is happening, a small group may be working on skills with Mrs. Anderson.
Mrs. Anderson also shared that they have a mystery reporter during math groups. Their job is to watch for a student who is working independently and doing their best! She concluded, “This job is exciting for the first graders and it helps keep our classroom a quiet learning environment.”
Mrs. Besgrove’s 4th Graders Compare Multi-Digit Numbers
Fourth grade students in Mrs. Besgrove’s class are currently working on comparing multi-digit numbers. Students are using place value charts and expanded form to compare two five digit numbers. Soon, the class will write comparison statements using < > and = symbols.
Mrs. Besgrove explained that comparing numbers builds on students’ exploration of place value and helps them further develop their understanding of place value. Mrs. Besgrove added, “The fourth grade students love working in small groups and sharing their ideas with other students.”
Congratulations to our 2022 Fall Homecoming Candidates! Be sure to come out to tonight’s game to see the crowning of our King and Queen.