Welcome New Teachers!
Amanda Johnson, who is entering her 10th year of teaching, is our new elementary Life Skills teacher for the 2016-2017 school year. Last year she taught at the Autism Model School in Toledo, Ohio. Prior to that, she taught in both Kentucky and Florida. When asked what she is most looking forward to this school year, she explained that she is really looking forward to becoming a part of the Northwood family. She stated, “Everyone has been very inviting and welcoming so far!” When asked about her classroom plans, she explained that her students can look forward to some exciting Community-Based Instructional field trips this year!
McKenzi Bettinger is our new 4th grade Intervention Specialist this year! McKenzi, a graduate of Bowling Green State University, is especially excited for this year, as this is her first year as a teacher! She expressed how she is looking forward to getting to know each of her students and having an impact on their educational journey throughout the school year. She added that her students can look forward to doing interactive activities based on their individual needs. She concluded, “I enjoy crafting and hands-on activities and I can’t wait to get the students involved!”
Music Boosters Needed!
The Northwood High School Music Boosters are ready to kick-off another great year and are looking to add additional members! Choir and Drama teacher, Mrs. Annette Slater, explained that music boosters is an organization that provides a variety of support for the various music groups at Northwood. The music boosters meet once a month at 7p.m. in the high school music room. Both Mrs. Slater and band director, Mrs. Tracey Petteys, send emails and Schoology reminders prior to the meetings. The first meeting of the year will take place on Sept. 6th at 7pm. Mrs. Slater stressed that members can be any adult in the community with or without children in the music program. Members can look forward to assisting as chaperones for events, helping make monetary decisions on large purchases, helping with fundraisers, helping with uniforms and costumes that may need repaired or made, providing support for the directors, and supporting the students at concerts and in various outside music programs.
Mrs. Slater explained that the music boosters are an integral part of the music program for many reasons. Music Boosters help provide the extra assistance that the directors need at various events. She added, “They are essential in providing support for outside activities such as honors festivals, providing awards for the students at the end of the year, providing scholarships for students, and acting as volunteers for trips and activities.” Mrs. Petteys added that in previous years, boosters have also helped provide students with opportunities to participate in leadership workshops and music camps.
Mrs. Slater and Mrs. Petteys added that the band, choirs, a cappella choir, pep band, jazz band, and musical all receive support from the music boosters. Please consider joining the current music boosters on Tuesday, Sept. 6th at 7pm!