Students Start the Semester #RangerStrong

Seventh Graders Study The Diary of Anne Frank

Students creating a Tableau of an important scene in the play.

Seventh grade ELA students in Mr. Myers’ class are currently focusing on reading the play The Diary of Anne Frank. Mr. Myers explained, “this unit is important because it helps students to familiarize themselves with the qualities of a drama, teaches valuable lessons about life and humanity, and gives them a chance to get active in the classroom.” He added that during this unit, students get to complete various activities including acting out lines from the play, creating their own versions of the set, and researching the Holocaust. Students have enjoyed taking on the different character roles. Some students have found roles they connect with, and others chose roles who differ wildly from themselves, thus providing an opportunity to act out of character. 

One fun activity that students have completed during this unit are Tableaus meant to capture crucial scenes of the play. Mr. Myers stated that during a normal school year, students would create their own set and actually act out the lines and interact with one another. However, due to the Covid19 limitations, Mr. Myers had to get extra creative in creating the lessons for this unit. He added, “The students have been positive and are doing their best to make light of a difficult situation. They’re also finding many similarities with Anne Frank’s situation, as she had to essentially ‘quarantine’ herself, and this helps to deepen the students’ connection to her story.” 


Honors Geometry Update

Students use a combination of hands-on activities and technology for this Geometry unit.

Honors Geometry students are currently focusing on Special Segments of Triangles. This unit helps to show students the importance of geometry in engineering. During this unit, students participated in the hands-on activity of creating a triangle, drawing three medians, identifying their point of concurrency, and proving that the point of concurrency is the balancing point of any triangle. 


Financial Opportunities for Students and their Families

All students and their families are now eligible for membership at Sun Federal Credit Union. To get more information about the services that Sun FCU has available visit https://sunfederalcu.org/northwoodschools

Any questions can be directed to Gretchen Fisher at gretchen.fisher@sunfcu.org. We are very excited to see what future financial education opportunities this partnership will bring to the district and community!

Make Your Name Part of Northwood History

We are preparing for the third round of engraving this spring.  Once again we have THREE (3) opportunities for our community & alumni to have a lasting acknowledgement to your family or business.  Engrave your name plate / brick today in our Auditorium, at our Stadium or on our Dugouts!  See the link below for more information and pictures.  Remember, Once a Ranger, Always a Ranger!  

https://www.northwoodschools.org/resources/engraving-fundraiser-25/


  • Mon. Jan. 18: MLK Day – No School
  • Tues. Jan. 26: Marco’s Pizza Night
  • Tues. Feb. 2: Picture Retakes (NES & NHS)
  • Fri. Feb. 5: Picture Retakes (NES & NHS)
  • Mon. Feb. 15: President’s Day – No School
  • Tues. Feb. 16: Teacher In-service Day – No School for Students

Real World Learning at NHS

Rangers Learn the Importance of Personal Finances 

“I wish I had learned that in school,” is a common mantra among adults regarding financial literacy and personal finances. But, thankfully for our Rangers, Mrs. Myers’ Finance Class helps students with all of those imperative real life financial topics. Students begin the year learning about their spending and saving behaviors and end the year with the ability to read basic corporate financial statements with enough knowledge to wisely invest in publicly traded funds in an effort to meet retirement and other savings goals!

Students in Finance Class are currently covering topics that are applicable to real life situations. Students in this class range from sophomores to seniors, and they have recently been learning about filing a 1040 tax return for federal and state taxes using TurboTax software. They have also completed an online banking simulation using online tools such as bill play, transfer, virtual deposit, and account notifications. Mrs. Myers explained, “Each online tool is an example of how students can manage their real life personal finances.” 

Finance students have enjoyed learning about how to be proactive with their own personal finances. “They came in with the idea that it was going to be stressful because of hearing what adults have said about topics,” said Mrs. Myers. “But, once they got started, they felt much more confident in their abilities and were excited to eventually put these lessons into practice.”  After winter break, Finance students will focus heavily on applying their financial knowledge to a public or private business context. 


2020 Yearbooks are Here!


Penta Virtual Career Night

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Financial opportunity for students and their families

All students and their families are now eligible for membership at Sun Federal Credit Union. To get more information about the services that Sun FCU has available visit https://sunfederalcu.org/northwoodschools

Any questions can be directed to Gretchen Fisher at gretchen.fisher@sunfcu.org. We are very excited to see what future financial education opportunities this partnership will bring to the district and community!

Make Your Name Part of Northwood History!

We are preparing for the third round of engraving this spring.  Once again we have THREE (3) opportunities for our community & alumni to have a lasting acknowledgement to your family or business.  Engrave your name plate / brick today in our Auditorium, at our Stadium or on our Dugouts!  See the link below for more information and pictures.  Remember, Once a Ranger, Always a Ranger!  

https://www.northwoodschools.org/resources/engraving-fundraiser-25/


  • Sun. Dec. 13: Live-stream Band Concert – 7pm (See Facebook for details)
  • Mon. Dec. 14: Penta Virtual Career Night
  • Tues. Dec. 15: NES Marco’s Pizza Night
  • Thurs. Dec. 17: End of 2nd Quarter/1st semester
  • Fri. Dec. 18: Records Day – No School for Students
  • Mon. Dec. 21 – Sun. Jan. 3: Holiday Break – No School
  • Mon. Jan. 4: School Resumes (beginning of 3rd Quarter)
  • Mon. Jan. 18: MLK Day – No School

Rangers Remain Grateful!

NLS Custodial Staff Keep Our Buildings Safe and Sanitized 

It’s not news that our district couldn’t function without our amazing custodial staff. But, with this unprecedented year, our custodial staff has taken the lead on making sure that our Rangers have a clean environment every day and that our teachers have the sanitizers, wipes, and other necessary supplies available to them. The “Ranger Roundup” took some time to meet with several of our custodial staff to see just how they are handling the challenges of this school year. 

Emilia (Emily) Bires has been with NLS for 15 years and serves as the fearless leader of the cafeteria and custodial staff. When asked in what ways her position has changed due to COVID-19, Emily explained that they had to reorganize the school lunch program and change the way in which food is served, delivering to NES classrooms. The custodial staff are doing much more cleaning and sanitizing with a variety of products. Sheri TenEyck, who has also worked for NLS for 15 years explained that they are refilling soap and sanitizing dispensers much more frequently. Connie Webster who has worked for NLS for nine years, explained that while they used to wipe desks off every other night, desks are now being wiped of nightly along with additional vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping of floors. Tina Hurst, who has worked for NLS for six years added that they are also wearing masks throughout their shifts. 

When asked about the most challenging aspects of their jobs right now, Patricia Frazier who has worked for NLS for five years, explained that all of the unknowns are very challenging right now. Connie explained that the custodians had to move furniture out of the classrooms and pods. She added that the football and volleyball players, as well as several teachers and staff were very helpful during this task. She also added that the trash is a big challenge right now, as “we are using more throw away items in the cleaning, especially wipes and gloves, as well as a lot more single use items in the serving of lunches.”

Though these are trying times, our custodial staff were also able to reflect on the rewarding aspects of their jobs here at NHS. Tina said that she loves the team work evident among the staff. Emily said that she enjoys hearing the positive comments from staff and teachers. She explained, “A Thank You is rewarding.” She added that being a part of keeping everyone safe and knowing that at the end of the night every room is cleaned and sanitized for the next school day is also a very rewarding part of her job. Sheri agreed and stated, “Knowing that I am doing the best I can to keep all our students and staff safe and healthy” is definitely a rewarding part of the job. 

When asked for final comments, Sheri said, “Our cleaning staff here at NLS is AWESOME! We really care about our students, staff, and community.” Emily concluded, “We just want everyone to know we care and we are working hard everyday to make sure all classrooms are cleaned, sanitized, and all students are receiving fresh prepared meals that our kitchen prepares every day in our kitchen. We appreciate everyone’s support during this time.”

On behalf of everyone at NLS, the “Ranger Roundup” would like to thank our amazing custodial staff for all of their hard work and effort. Their dedication to the staff and students in our district does not go unnoticed. We are so grateful for all of you! 


Band and Choir Students Participate in Virtual Solo and Ensemble Contest 

Several of our NHS band and choir students in grades 7-12 have been preparing for months to perfect very difficult pieces for the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest. While this event is typically held in Winter/Spring of each school year, with the lack of performance opportunities due to COVID-19 restricts, OMEA added this event to the calendar! Instead of traveling to a different school to perform for an adjudicator, students were required to make a recording to send to OMEA. They can look forward to receiving feedback on their performances. 


Sheep Brain Dissection in Anatomy Class

Mrs. Eaton’s Anatomy and Physiology students recently completed the dissection of a sheep’s brain. Mrs. Eaton explained that this unit is important because it’s all about the nervous system. She explained, “The nervous system is what controls and facilitates the movement of our bodies. The main control center of the body is the brain so it makes sense that we would want to learn more about it and compare our brain structures to other organisms as well.” 

When asked what students have enjoyed most about this unit, Mrs. Eaton explained that the dissections are definitely the highlight. She explained, “Normally, we would combine these with cat dissections and make a physical scrapbook. This year we will be making online presentations instead in order to stay socially distanced and prevent sharing of supplies.”


Financial opportunity for students and their families

All students and their families are now eligible for membership at Sun Federal Credit Union. To get more information about the services that Sun FCU has available visit https://sunfederalcu.org/northwoodschools

Any questions can be directed to Gretchen Fisher at gretchen.fisher@sunfcu.org. We are very excited to see what future financial education opportunities this partnership will bring to the district and community!


Make Your Name Part of Northwood History!

We are preparing for the third round of engraving this spring.  Once again we have THREE (3) opportunities for our community & alumni to have a lasting acknowledgement to your family or business.  Engrave your name plate / brick today in our Auditorium, at our Stadium or on our Dugouts!  See the link below for more information and pictures.  Remember, Once a Ranger, Always a Ranger!  

https://www.northwoodschools.org/resources/engraving-fundraiser-25/


  • Mon. Nov. 23 – Full Remote Learning Day
  • Tues. Nov. 24 – Full Remote Learning Day
  • Wed. Nov. 25 – Fri. Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Break – No School
  • Mon. Nov. 30: School Resumes for Students (Hybrid Schedule)
  • Thurs. Dec. 17: End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester
  • Fri. Dec. 18: Teacher Records Day – No School
  • Mon. Dec. 21 – Sun. Jan. 3: Holiday Break – No School

Happy Halloween, Rangers!

Mrs. Larson’s Students Focus on the Numbers

 A student uses tracing paper to rotate a figure about a fixed point on the graph.
Scaling Machine Activity: Students are learning about proportional relationships and scale drawings.

Mrs. Larson’s students have been quite busy in their 7th and 8th grade math classes. Seventh grade students are finishing up a unit on proportional relationships. Mrs. Larson explained, “Students started off learning about equivalent ratios, ratio tables, and graphs of proportional relationships. They finished the unit by learning about scale factors and scale drawings.” In a Desmos activity called, “Scaling Machines,” students were challenged with the task of designing a shape, sending it through a “printer,” and deciding if a scale copy was produced. Some of the printers were broken and did not produce scale copies. By completing this activity, students were learning that when the side lengths are proportional and the angle measure stays the same, a scale copy is produced. Mrs. Larson explained, “I really love using the activities on the Desmos website to assist in student learning. They are top-notch.” She went on to further explain that these activities allow students to share their thinking and self-check in a very low-risk setting. Additionally, students are able to share their thinking with the class anonymously, which takes the stress away for students that may not often speak up. These seventh graders will now begin a unit on positive and negative numbers. These students will use two-color counters and number lines to assist in learning how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers without using a calculator. 

Student is introduced to geometric reflections by using a “Mira.”

Eighth grade math students are currently in the middle of a geometry unit where students learn the four types of transformations: translations (sliding), reflections (flipping), rotations, and dilations (makes bigger/smaller). Students are doing lots of graphing using the x- and y-axis. Students are using manipulatives like tracing paper to help them visualize rotating a figure and Miras to help visualize reflections. “I think the students really like getting to play with the manipulatives like tracing paper and Miras before they are formally introduced to the math rules,” said Mrs. Larson. By utilizing these manipulatives, students have the opportunity to see the “why” instead of just “here’s how you do it.” This unit will conclude with students being able to perform a sequence of multiple transformations on a graph. 


Halloween in Northwood

Trick-or-Treating in the City of Northwood is tomorrow (10/31). Be sure to review the recommendations from the health department.


Updated Monthly Menu

Paraprofessionals Needed

NES is looking to fill two paraprofessional positions. A preschool para is needed to help support students with special needs. This para’s responsibilities will focus on redirection, behavior, toileting, and supporting students with academic tasks. A second para is needed to assist in the third grade classrooms. This para will work directly with students on academic tasks and will support teachers throughout the school day. This para can expect to have duties assigned to them during recess and lunch times.

Those interested should contact Principal Krontz (lkrontz@northwoodschools.org) or the Wood County Educational Service Center for more information.


  • Tues. Nov. 3: Teacher In-service (No School) / Election Day
  • Wed. Nov. 25 – Fri. Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Break – No School
  • Mon. Nov. 30: School Resumes for Students
  • Thurs. Dec. 17: End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester
  • Fri. Dec. 18: Teacher Records Day – No School
  • Mon. Dec. 21 – Sun. Jan. 3: Holiday Break – No School

Ranger Nation Welcomes Fall!

Novel Reading in 4th Grade

Mrs. Chrysochoos’ 4th grade Language Arts students have been working hard in their iReady books. Mrs. Chrysochoos stated, “We have now started our 43 Old Cemetery Road novel.” This year, Mrs. Chrysochoos recorded herself reading the book and uploaded her videos to YouTube so that students can listen to parts of the book within their Schoology course. Mrs. Chrysochoos further explained that this book teaches the Common Core standards of writing a business letter and writing a friendly letter as well as giving the students the opportunity to review summarization, theme, main idea, and character traits, while also reading this comical haunted house story! 

“The students love this book every year when we read it,” said Mrs. Chrysochoos. This book is actually the first in a series of eight books. Since students only read the first book together, the rest of the books tend to fly off the library shelf! 

Lastly, Mrs. Chrysochoos wanted to acknowledge the great job the 4th grade students are doing with wearing their masks each day. Way to go, Rangers! 


Sun Federal Credit Union “Teacher of the Year”

Last year, Sun Federal Credit Union announced that our very own Mr. Myers had received the “Teacher of the Year” award. A representative from Sun Federal Credit Union, recently visited to recognize Mr. Myers and all of his hard work with our Rangers. Congratulations again to Mr. Myers on this fantastic accomplishment!

Sun Federal Credit Union’s “Teacher of the Year,” Mr. Myers!

Fog Driving Tips

It’s the time of year where we often encounter fog during our travels. See the tips below from the Wood County Sheriff’s Office. Remember, drive safely, Rangers!


Playoff Football Tomorrow! (Oct. 17)

Don’t forget! Our Mighty Ranger Football team will be taking on the Van Buren Black Nights tomorrow, at home – 7pm! Stay tuned to our social media pages for links to the live stream! Let’s go, Rangers!


Updated Monthly Menu

Substitute Positions Available

If you are interested in applying for one of these substitute positions, please apply at: https://northwoodschools.tedk12.com/hire/Index.aspx


Music Boosters Fall Fundraiser

From now until Oct. 23rd The Northwood Music Boosters are having a fundraiser with Dutch Mill Bulbs. Plant now, enjoy later!  The link to our personal page is : https://groups.dutchmillbulbs.com/shop/?affiliates=northwoodmusicboosters  

You can order online, pay online, and have them shipped directly to your home or you can order in person through any band or choir student grades 7-12.  Payment is due at the time of the order via cash or checks made out to Northwood Music Boosters. 


Music Boosters Shoe Drive


  • Fri. Oct. 16: End of 1st Quarter
  • Mon. Oct 19: Beginning of 2nd Quarter: Welcome Back ALL Group A & B Students!
  • Wed. Oct. 21: NLS Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Thurs. Oct. 22: NLS Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Fri. Oct. 23: NES Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School for NES Hybrid students)
  • Tues. Nov. 3: Teacher Inservice (No School for NLS Hybrid students) / Election Day
  • Wed. Nov. 25 – Fri. Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Break – No School
  • Mon. Nov. 30: School Resumes for NLS Hybrid Students
  • Thurs. Dec. 17: End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester
  • Fri. Dec. 18: Teacher Records Day – No School
  • Mon. Dec. 21 – Sun. Jan. 3: Holiday Break – No School

Rangers excel in the classroom and on the field

Making Inferences in 6th Grade English

Angelo is working on finding the main idea and details of a passage. This was a task card activity around the room.

Miss DiTommaso’s 6th grade English Language Arts students have recently been focusing on main ideas and details, summarizing, inferences, anecdotes, and analogies. Miss DiTommaso explained that the goal of this unit is for students to be able to “understand what they are reading and be able to comprehend what the text is about.” She further explained that students will be able to read a story or look at a photo and infer what is happening. This helps with real life scenarios! Additionally, students are working on analogies and relationships between words, which is very helpful with vocabulary. 

When asked what students have enjoyed most about these lessons, Miss DiTommaso stated, “Students have enjoyed creating their own anecdotes about situations. They have also enjoyed looking at different pictures around the room and inferring what is happening. It is fun to see the different answers that they come up with because certain students infer differently than others!”

Jay Moten Wins BCSN “Player of the Week”

Congratulations to our very own Jay Moten, who is the winner of BCSN’s “Player of the Week” award for Week 5. Thank you to everyone who voted for this well-deserving Ranger!

BCSN Player of the Week, Jay Moten!
All of our Rangers have worked incredibly hard this season. Thank you for cheering them on near and far!

Music Boosters Fall Fundraiser

From now until Oct. 23rd The Northwood Music Boosters are having a fundraiser with Dutch Mill Bulbs. Plant now, enjoy later!  The link to our personal page is : https://groups.dutchmillbulbs.com/shop/?affiliates=northwoodmusicboosters  

You can order online, pay online, and have them shipped directly to your home or you can order in person through any band or choir student grades 7-12.  Payment is due at the time of the order via cash or checks made out to Northwood Music Boosters. 

Music Boosters Shoe Drive

Wrestling Club Information

NES Hot Lunch Update

Hot lunches are not available for our NES students. Please refer to the menu at: https://www.northwoodschools.org/media/cafe/Monthly%20Menu%202020-2021%20NEW.pdf

  • Fri. Oct. 16: End of 1st Quarter
  • Wed. Oct. 21: NLS Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Thurs. Oct. 22: NLS Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Fri. Oct. 23: NES Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School for NES Hybrid students)
  • Tues. Nov. 3: Teacher Inservice (No School for NLS Hybrid students) / Election Day
  • Wed. Nov. 25 – Fri. Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Break – No School
  • Mon. Nov. 30: School Resumes for NLS Hybrid Students
  • Thurs. Dec. 17: End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester
  • Fri. Dec. 18: Teacher Records Day – No School
  • Mon. Dec. 21 – Sun. Jan. 3: Holiday Break – No School

Homecoming 2020 in Review

Congratulations Davonte and U-sa!

The Fall 2020 Homecoming Court

Last Friday, September 11th, we held our annual Homecoming celebration. Congratulations to all of our senior candidates and our newly crowned King and Queen, Davonte Sauer and U-sa Vayavong!

Welden Hannum

Welden Hannum

Welden is the son of Josh and Jen Hannum. During Welden’s years at Northwood High School, he has been a member of the football team for one year as well as the soccer and track team for all four years. Welden works for Service Master when he isn’t at school. In his spare time, he enjoys watching Netflix, playing xbox, and occasionally customizing shoes.


Demond “Mookie” Marks

Demond “Mookie” Marks

Demond is the son of Shawndreaka Moten and Demond Marks. Demond has been a part of the Northwood Football team, Basketball team, and Track Team during his high school career. In his spare time, Demond volunteers helping younger football players. After his graduation in the spring, Demond would like to continue studying education and playing football at the collegiate level.


Quindarion “Jay” Moten

Quindarion “Jay” Moten

Jay is the son of Shawndreaka Moten and Paul Williams.  During his four years at Northwood High School, Jay has been a part of the Football Team and Basketball team, He has also been a part of the track team for a year.  In his spare time, Jay enjoys playing sports, chilling, watching Netflix, listening to music, and having fun. Jay also volunteers helping younger football players. After his graduation in the spring, Jay would like to continue his education and major in Sports Management.


Anthony “AJ” John Rable III

Anthony “AJ” Rable III

AJ is the son of Deanna Bullimore and Tony Rable. AJ has been active with football and baseball these past four years. AJ enjoys hanging out with friends and family, lifting weights, and playing video games. AJ is planning to attend Owens Community College then the University of Toledo majoring in Education. 


Davonte Sauer

Davonte Sauer

Davonte is the son of Crystal Sauer. During his years at Northwood, Davonte has dedicated his time to Marching and Pep Band for four years, Soccer, Honor Society, Jazz Band, and Student Council for three years, Key Club for two years, and Choir for one year. In his spare time, Davonte enjoys playing multiple instruments, painting, drawing, and taking pictures while currently working at Mancino’s Pizza and Grinders. 


Emily Bowen

Emily Bowen

Emily is the daughter of Sarah and TJ Miller. Throughout her years at Northwood, Emily has participated in Varsity Soccer, Varsity Basketball, and Varsity Track.. In her free time, she enjoys going to Holcomb Woods and Waffle House, drinking Coke slushies, playing soccer, and FaceTiming with her brother Josh in the UK to talk to British people.  She currently works at McDonald’s. After high school, Emily plans on going to school to work in the medical field as an anesthesiologist.


Lydia Long

Lydia Long

Lydia is the daughter of Chuck and Emily Long. While attending Northwood High School, Lydia participated in National Honors Society, Key Club, Pep Band, and Varsity Soccer for four years as well as Track and Jazz band for two years, and All District Honor Band, BGSU Honor Band, and solo and ensemble for one year. In her spare time, Lydia enjoys Playing Sims, practicing her flute, and binging Netflix. Lydia is currently employed at Mancino’s. She also volunteers her time in Key Club with Tent City and blood drives as well as preparing and serving meals to the elderly during the COVID pandemic and serving food at the Ronald McDonald House.  Upon her graduation, Lydia plans to attend Bowling Green State University to study Music Education.


Angelina “Gina” Nagel

Angelina “Gina” Nagel

Gina is the daughter of Christina Quezada and Alan Nagel. During her time at Northwood High School, Gina has been a member of the Varsity Soccer Team and Varsity Basketball Team for four years.  Her dedication to soccer earned her a captain spot for junior and senior year.  She has also participated in one year of varsity track. Gina likes spending her free time hanging out with friends, family, and her boyfriend, as well as watching Netflix. She plans on attending Owens Community College or the University of Toledo in order to pursue a career in the medical field.


Ashlyn Rable

Ashlyn Rable

Ashlyn is the daughter of Deanna Bullimore and Tony Rable. Ashlyn  has participated in Student Council, Volleyball, and Varsity Basketball for four years, Varsity Track for three years, Teen Institute, Key Club and Quiz Bowl for two years, and National Honor Society for one year. Ashlyn is currently a cashier at Rite Aid. Ashlyn enjoys photography, reading, hanging out with friends, and visiting her nephews Mason and Wyatt. She also volunteers to work the blood drives with Key Club, volunteering at the weightlifting meets, and painting sets for the musicals.  Ashlyn is undecided on where she will go but would like to pursue a career in the medical field.


 Natnicha “U-sa” Vayavong

Natnicha “U-sa” Vayavong

U-sa is the daughter of Terry Vayavong and Toi Suwannathada. During her years here at Northwood High School, U-sa has participated in four years of Band, Pep Band, Teen Institute, Musicals, Business Professionals of America, and Student Council, three years of National Honors Society and Key Club, two years of Track and one year of Cross Country and Teen Pep. In her spare time, U-sa likes watching cute animal videos, drawing, painting, reading true crimes or horror stories (minus watching the horror films) as well as cooking and baking mediocrely. She is currently employed at her parents’ restaurant, Bangkok Cafe, as well as R&B Bubble Tea as a Bobarista.   She spends her free time volunteering for YIPPEE, Ronald McDonald House, a car wash, Personal Ask fundraising, HOBY Ohio West, University Health Aid, and Key Club events like blood drives, leaf raking, and Tent City.  After she graduates in the spring, U-sa plans on attending college to study International Business and Accounting.


  • Fri. Oct. 16: End of 1st Quarter
  • Wed. Oct. 21: NLS Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Thurs. Oct. 22: NLS Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Fri. Oct. 23: NES Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School for NES Hybrid students)
  • Tues. Nov. 3: Teacher Inservice (No School for NLS Hybrid students) / Election Day
  • Wed. Nov. 25 – Fri. Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Break – No School
  • Mon. Nov. 30: School Resumes for NLS Hybrid Students
  • Thurs. Dec. 17: End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester
  • Fri. Dec. 18: Teacher Records Day – No School
  • Mon. Dec. 21 – Sun. Jan. 3: Holiday Break – No School

NLS Welcomes New Staff!

A “New” Familiar Face at NHS

Mr. James

This year brings us a familiar face and name in a new role. Mr. Nate James, who is surely no stranger to Northwood Schools, has taken on the position of Intervention Specialist here at Northwood High School. Mr. James will be working alongside Mr. Warring in meeting the needs of our special education students in grades 9-12. 

Mr. James received his undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies from Bowling Green State University in 2014 and his master’s degree in Education (also at BGSU) in 2018. While this is Mr. James’ first official teaching position, he has been working in the special education department as a teacher’s aide for the past few years. 

“It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to see the kids,” Mr. James stated when asked what he was most looking forward to this school year. He continued, “I’m just excited and grateful to be able to work with all of them again.”

Mr. James explained, “As an Intervention Specialist, I will be reacting to the new content that the general education teachers are putting together. The hybrid model gives us smaller class sizes, so I’m excited to have more opportunities to work one-on-one with my students in the learning lab.” 

Looking for some fun facts about Mr. James? Did you know that between completing his undergraduate degree and getting back into education in 2017, Mr. James worked as a freelance graphic designer in Detroit, Michigan? He’s also the person we can thank for our updated school logo and the awesome graphic designs created for our Mighty Ranger football team! 

When asked if there was anything that he would like to share with students and parents at Northwood, Mr. James concluded, “It’s obviously a very uncertain time, in school and in the world in general. I love the community that we’ve built here, I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it, and whatever the year throws at us, I’m confident that we’ll get through it together!” 


Welcome to NES, Mrs. Hemming 

NES has gained a new face with Mrs. Mandy Hemming. Mrs. Hemming is in her 20th year of teaching special education students in grades K-12 through the Wood County ESC Life Skills program.  Interestingly enough, Mrs. Hemming was housed at Northwood from 2009-2012, and is very excited to return to Ranger Nation! 

Mrs. Hemming

Mrs. Hemming has been working at the middle and high school level for the past 15 years and is most looking forward to teaching at the elementary level. She explained that her students will spend the first few weeks of school “getting to know ourselves and each other through learning about the characters from the movie Inside Out. Later in the year, we will (hopefully) be able to take a trip around the world!” 

A fun fact about Mrs. Hemming is that she can speak German, though she admits, “I’m a little rusty at times.” 

She ended her interview by saying, “I am super excited to join the staff here at Northwood and am looking forward to getting to know everyone!” 


New Phys. Ed. Teacher at NES

Mr. Heidebrink

This year, NES welcomes Mr. Josh Heidebrink as the new Physical Education teacher for our elementary Rangers. Mr. Heidebrink comes to Northwood as a seasoned teacher, having taught three years at St. Mary’s City Schools followed by eight years at Bowling Green City Schools. 

He is most looking forward to meeting everyone and being part of the Northwood Community during this school year. He stated, “All the K-6 kids can look forward to a different P.E. experience that I hope they’ll enjoy!” 

When asked to provide some fun facts about himself, Mr. Heidebrink shared that he has three kids, two of which will be attending NES this school year (and a baby, who will eventually also be a Ranger!). He loves sports, movies, and roller coasters!  He concluded by saying, “My family and I are excited to be here and we look forward to many years at Northwood!” 


Miss Shelby Strayer Joins NLS as Speech Language Pathologist 

Miss Shelby Strayer has joined NLS as our new Speech Language Pathologist. Miss Strayer is originally from Grand Rapids, Ohio and attended Anthony Wayne High School. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 2014 and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toledo in May 2018. 

Miss Strayer

Miss Strayer completed her first internship (a four month stint) in a nursing home in Perrysburg targeting dysphagia and cognitive-linguistic deficits followed by a second internship in the Washington Local School district, working with K-6, as well as pediatric outpatient speech therapy ranging in age from 3-years-old to 18-years-old. She explained, “I have worked with a variety of diagnoses and disabilities including: Fluency Disorder or Stuttering, Apraxia, Mixed Expressive-Receptive Language Disorder, Articulation and Phonological Disorder, Treacher Collins Syndrome, Down Syndrome, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I also participated in a week-long intensive stuttering clinic working 1-on-1 with individuals with a mild to severe fluency disorder.” A fun fact about Miss Strayer is that two years ago she rode a mule to the bottom of the Grand Canyon with her family, stayed overnight in a cabin, and rode all the way back up the next day! She said that the experience was, “beautiful and so much fun!”

When asked what types of activities she plans on utilizing while working with our Rangers, Miss Strayer stated, “I plan to play games, use classroom curriculum and work, worksheets, books, and so much more. I want to integrate the students’ goals into activities that make it fun for them and have Speech be something they look forward to on the days they come to see me. I will be doing a combination of push-in and pull-out within the classroom and my speech room, dependent on which works best for each child.”  She added that something that students can look forward to this year is her fun bulletin board that says, “Speech therapy helps you TACO bout it.” Students will see laminated hot sauce packets that they can write their name on and hang on the board. She also has a treasure bin filled with Ranger Dollars and fun items (erasers, stickers, pencils, temporary tattoos, etc.) to choose from when they’ve had a really good session! 

MIss Strayer is looking forward to getting to know her students and having a great time during speech therapy while helping them work to meet their goals. “I am excited to see all these new faces and form relationships with the new students, teachers, and parents,” said Miss Strayer. She concluded, “I am so happy Northwood is where I get to start my career!”


Congratulations to our Fall 2020 Homecoming Court

NLS Homecoming Spirit Week: Sept. 8-11

  • Mon. Sept. 7: Labor Day – No School
  • Fri. Sept. 11: Homecoming Ceremony at 6:30pm / Kick-Off at 7pm
  • Fri. Oct. 16: End of First Quarter

Northwood Local Schools Saves Taxpayers Over $3 Million

District Takes Advantage of Low Interest Rates to Refinance Outstanding Bonds

Northwood Local Schools has taken advantage of historically low interest rates in the bond market and embarked on an aggressive bond refunding campaign. The District has refunded a portion of its eligible debt through two refunding bond issues. 

The refunding process, like refinancing a home loan to take advantage of lower interest rates, will save Northwood’s taxpayers a total of $3,276,147 over the remaining life of the bonds. The savings will come to taxpayers in the form of reduced property taxes resulting from shortening the life of the voted bonds by four years, as well as savings to the District’s General Fund. Originally, voters authorized the bonds for a term of 37 years. Because of the lower interest rates, the bonds will now be paid off in 33 years from the original borrowing date.

The District’s most recent effort was completed this week when they issued $13,365,000 of Refunding Bonds to refinance its two 2014 bond issues which financed the various new school facilities improvements approved by voters in May of 2014.

The two refunding bond issues refinanced bonds that were originally issued in 2014. Those bonds had interest rates of 4.05% and 3.50%. The new bonds have interest rates of 2.65% and 2.25%, respectively. A combination of low interest rates, an excellent credit rating (score), and good market timing allowed the District to save more than $3,275,000 in interest cost. Treasurer and CFO, Ms. Angel Adamski says, “The Board felt that refinancing the bonds to save taxpayer dollars was an easy decision”.

The overall savings was well beyond the District’s initial expectations. Many school districts target a savings of at least 3 percent of the amount to be refinanced. Combined, the transactions saved three times the benchmark.

Superintendent Jason Kozina said, “There are so few ways to reduce taxes in our community that refinancing bonds when possible is a major benefit to our residents.” He continued, “The school board and administration are very aware that we must continue to control costs and we are always looking at opportunities to save and be good stewards of our taxpayer’s money.” The District is now looking ahead to possibly refinancing additional financing as interests continue to improve.

For additional information please contact Treasurer, Angel Adamski at (419) 691-3888.                           

Fall Athletic Announcement

Parents:

With the information released yesterday from Governor DeWine and the OHSAA, we are happy to share specifics on our upcoming fall athletic season.

The Focus

We are incredibly excited that our student-athletes will be able to participate in their fall sports.  While we know you share that excitement, we also have to understand our obligations to make these competitions happen in a safe manner.  Please understand that our focus is, and always will be, on the student-athlete. These changes are required to allow them a season. Limitations on spectators will be difficult, but we can all agree that having the season is the best part of this announcement. Please see the following specifics:

Schedules

Many of our athletic schedules have been adjusted to accommodate cancellations and OHSAA updates to season length. We will be sharing these schedules as they are finalized.  Please understand that there will very likely be some changes to these as we finalize the contests with other schools.

Spectators

There will be NO general public tickets available for any events this fall. 

With the exception of Friday night football games, each student-athlete will receive four (4) tickets to each contest. For Friday night football games each football player, cheerleader and band member will receive two (2) tickets per contest.  These numbers are established to meet the 15% of fixed seating capacity requirement set forth by the Ohio Dept of Health. This will allow the athlete to have immediate family or guests attend games. Each high school ticket will be $5, payable at the gate. Middle school contests will be $3, payable at the gate.  Please have exact change.  Each person must have a physical ticket when entering the event.  We realize that limitations on the numbers of tickets will create some scheduling issues for families. Unfortunately, there will be no exceptions to this requirement.  Visitor tickets will be even more limited due to space requirements.

Masks and other safety precautions for spectators

Spectators are required to wear masks following all the Ohio guidelines for masks.  Social distance of 6ft is required for all spectators to maintain throughout the contest.  Family groups should sit together. Spectators must conduct daily symptom assessments.  Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home. Family groups must sit together, socially distanced from other family groups. No congregating before or after games is permitted.  We will NOT be able to make exceptions in these areas for the safety of our staff and student-athletes

Tickets

Tickets for home events will be distributed to each individual athlete/band member before each contest. Instructions will be provided on how the money will be collected. The plan is to limit cash transactions as you enter an event.  More information coming soon.  No passes will be available for home or away events. Opposing schools will be setting their own ticketing procedures, and those will be communicated through individual sport coaches. 

Seating

Each venue will be clearly marked showing seating and spacing locations.  Families should sit together in groups. Students should remain with their family group during events.  Social distancing and safety expectations will also be clearly marked and communicated.  

Streaming

The space limitations on Friday nights severely limit our typical attendance. Due to these limitations, we are looking into streaming options for home Friday night football games.  The typical platforms that allow this service are expensive and require payment to watch the event.  There is no guarantee that this will be available.  At minimum we hope recorded football games will be available within a few days of the event. The music department also hopes to make performances available in this manner.

Concessions

Our athletic boosters will be doing their best to be open, all items will be pre-packaged.  Social distancing must be maintained while waiting in line. 

Finally

In order to make an athletic season possible for our student-athletes, we need to meet the parameters for athletic events established by the Ohio Department of Health.  We need our community and parents to adhere to these expectations as well. The health order shared that compliance officers will be attending games this fall and if the regulations are not met venues will be shut down.

As we have talked to parents and student-athletes about the fall season and the hope for competitions to occur, one theme has been consistent, it is about the students.  One parent summed it up well, stating,  “If I have to stay at home so my daughter can play her games, so be it. I want her to have the chance to play.”  

Thank you for your continued support of our school, our athletic department, and our student-athletes.