OMEA Honors Festival & NLS Custodial Staff Feature

OMEA District 1 Honors Festival To Take Place This Sunday

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This Sunday, more than 600 middle school and high school students from more than 40 school districts across Northwest Ohio will participate in the annual Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) District 1 Honors Festival at the Stranahan Theater in Toledo, Ohio.

img_4377Six of our Northwood Rangers were selected through an audition and application process to participate in the band and choral ensembles. Dustin Ashton (Grade 7), Sapphire Smith (Grade 7), and Alivia Rohloff (Grade 8) will represent Northwood as part of the Junior High Honors Choir. Randi Wilson (Grade 7) will represent Northwood as part of the Junior High Honors Band. Austin Ebel (Grade 11) will participate in the High School Honors Choir and Alex Hoffer (Grade 10) will participate in the High School Honors Band.

img_4363-1The junior high honors orchestra, choir, and band performances will take place at 2:30pm, img_4359-1with the high school honors orchestra, choir, and band ensembles performing at 7pm. Both performances are free and open to the public.

Congratulations to Dustin, Sapphire, Alivia, Randi, Austin, and Alex on this wonderful accomplishment!

 

Custodial Staff Keeps NLS Shining Bright

You may have heard the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child.” In the same vein, it takes an amazing team to help keep our schools clean and running appropriately. Thankfully, at NLS we have a wonderful team of custodians who take incredible pride in their work and spend their days and evenings, making sure that our school buildings are clean and properly maintained. The Ranger Roundup took the opportunity this week, to sit down with a few of our custodians to learn just a little bit more about about their responsibilities at NLS.

img_4372Joyce Fuller and Vicky Rivers can both be seen in the Olney Building. Fuller has worked for NLS for 18 years, while Rivers has been at NLS for three years. When asked about their daily responsibilities, Fuller explained that cleaning bathrooms, getting students off of the bus, stocking paper, and most importantly trying to meet the needs of the students and staff are part of the everyday tasks. Simply said, “There is a lot to do!” Fuller added that an interesting part of her job is simply listening to the students, as they always have stories to tell. img_4370When asked about the most stressful part of their jobs, Rivers stated that classroom parties can be a bit stressful. Fuller added that seeing a child crying is always stressful, as there is an immediate need to comfort them and get them to the office for help. However, both Fuller and Rivers agreed that laughter and seeing Little Rangers smile and say “Hello” is a very rewarding aspect of the job.

img_4369Connie Webster and Patrice Frazier spend the majority of their time at the NES building. Frazier has been with NLS for almost a year and Webster has been with NLS for five years. Webster commented on the vast responsibilities of a custodian explaining, “During the day you are on call for anything that may and will happen during the day — like clogged toilets, spills, and sickness.” Additionally, Webster explained that the custodians assist electricians, plumbers, glass installers, and many other companies. img_4373The custodians must be able to explain to these companies what is going on within the school so that they understand what needs to be done and what repairs need to be made. When asked about an aspect of the job that many might not be aware of, Webster explained, “We go to cleaning shows all over the city. We get to see the newest cleaning equipment, from ride on floor scrubbers to mop buckets. We also get samples of the newest cleaning products.” She also added that while it is not mandatory for custodians to work games, many use the evening and weekend opportunities to get in extra hours. Frazier stated that she enjoys knowing that teachers will have a smile on their face when they walk into a clean room each morning, while Webster enjoys helping people and the sense of accomplishment when everyone is able to see how nice the building looks after all of the hard work put in by the custodians.

img_4367-1Sheri TenEyck, who has worked for NLS for 10 years, is part of the NHS custodial team. TenEyck’s responsibilities include keeping the floors scrubbed and cleaning the cafeteria after lunches. She stated that she is always amazed by the amount of items that end up in the “Lost and Found” areas of each building. TenEyck agreed that clogged toilets are one of the most stressful parts of the job, but that one of the most rewarding aspects is when a student notices the hard work that has been put in and acknowledges the work of the custodial staff.

Jeff Deal has worked for NLS for almost two years and spends his time in each of our img_4368current three buildings. Deal spends his days doing “a little bit of everything,” from fixing things around the buildings, maintaining equipment, and cleaning. He added, “I am a jack of all trades. If I don’t know how to do something, I can probably figure it out!”  While cleaning up from events and games can be stressful at times, Deal takes pride in having a clean and well-maintained campus.

Finally, when asked about the best part of working for Northwood Local Schools, everyone was in agreement about the amazing Northwood community. Frazier said that everyone is caring and nice. Fuller and Rivers agreed that they truly enjoy their co-workers. Webster explained, “Everyone is friendly. It is a smaller school system and you feel like family!” Deal concluded that taking part in making the community he resides in, an even better place to live, is by far the best part of working for NLS!

District Reminders:

Is There Someone You’d Like to Nominate for Alumnus of the Year?

Northwood High School is seeking nominations for its Annual “Alumnus of the Year” award.  Nominees must have graduated from Northwood High School in or prior to spring of 2016, and the recipient will be recognized at the Academic Awards Banquet in May. Letters of nomination should include the nominee’s name, current address, year of graduation, and a description of his/her accomplishments since graduation.  These can include, but are not limited to, post-high school education, honors or awards received, employment history, and any other relevant information to support the nomination.  Deadline for applications is Friday, February 24th.   Letters of nomination must include the name and address of the person making the nomination and should be sent to:

Jason Kozina, Principal

Northwood High School

700 Lemoyne Road

Northwood, Ohio 43619

jkozina@northwoodschools.org

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