Alumnus of the Year 2018
At our annual High School Academic Banquet, Mr. Jeff Barton was named the recipient of the Alumnus of the Year Award.
Jeff was born and raised in the Toledo / Northwood area and graduated from Northwood High School in 1993. He earned a BBA in Human Resource Management from The University of Toledo in 1998 and an MBA from the University of Toledo in 2016. Jeff recently relocated back to Northwood with his wife of 17 years Lisa and two son Vincent (12) and Brody (10).
In 2006 while working for Josina Lott Residential & Community Services, he completed the Leadership Toledo Program. Over the nine months in the Leadership Toledo program, he gained a higher sense of community needs and issues and began to identify the role he could play in addressing those needs. Then in 2006 with the support of Lisa and assistance from close friends and Leadership Toledo classmates, he established the Miracle League of NW Ohio, a non-profit baseball league that includes kids with special needs that is located in Northwood’s Brentwood Park.
In 2009, after three successful years of fundraising, the Miracle League of NW Ohio opened its barrier free baseball field. The field is designed to allow any child the chance to play baseball in an organized league and its rubberized surface allows children in wheelchairs, walkers, or any other adaptive device, to move around the field with ease.
The success of the Miracle League field campaign opened up new career opportunities and in 2008, Jeff joined the development staff at the University of Toledo with the college of Pharmacy. While there he lead several fundraising campaigns including a $5 million building campaign, a $1 million Medication Therapy Management Fellowship program, and a student lead P4 scholarship that is provided to every UT Pharmacy student in their final year of the program.
Currently, Jeff is the Department Administrator for the Pediatric and OBGYN departments within UT’s College of Medicine and Life Science. As a volunteer, he maintains his President / Founder role on the board of Directors of the Miracle League of NW Ohio. He is also the Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Toledo Clinic Foundation.
Community Projects with Junior Government Students
Ms. Wills’ Junior Government students have been hard at work on a unit that gets students actively engaged in government processes and provides a structure for introduction into community involvement! This year’s students were able to finish the disc golf course at Brentwood Park, initiated and participated in a city-wide Ranger Earth Day Clean-Up, joined Northwood City Council in a discussion forum for renovating the old Woodville Mall space, visited many council and special community meetings, and researched electoral college processes, the military branches, veterans’ affairs, and legislation regarding food choices in school cafeterias!
Clearly, the juniors have been very busy and many have enjoyed the ability to create their own project. The Ranger Earth Day event was a favorite among students as well as the opportunity to shadow members of the Northwood Police and Fire Department.
Ms. Wills concluded, “Every year our Rangers make me proud with their choices, growth, and enthusiasm for the project!”
Chocolate Chip Fossils in Mrs. Limon’s Class
Second grade students in Mrs. Limon’s class have been learning about fossils! Students have learned that fossils are physical traces of living things that are preserved in rock. Students have also become familiar with the job of a paleontologist, by trying to excavate chocolate chip “fossils” from a cookie. Within the unit, students will also learn how fossils are formed and even make a “fossil” of their own. So far, students have enjoyed looking up and recording facts about fossils, but of course, their favorite part has definitely been excavating chocolate chips!
Claire’s Day C.A.R.E. Award Winners
Recently, several of our NES Rangers in grades K-6 participated in Claire’s Day, a Celebration of Life, Authors, Illustrators, and Reading Excellence, which is also
Northwest Ohio’s Largest Children’s Book Festival! Our Rangers were awarded the C.A.R.E. Award for demonstrating marked improvement in reading skills over the course of the school year!
NES Carnival 2018:
The Northwood/Wood County Preschool, operated in collaboration with the Wood County Educational Service Center, is pre-registering for the 2018-2019 school year. The preschool programs are developmentally appropriate, play-based preschools supporting the Ohio Department of Education’s model curriculum.
The Wood County Preschool Program is an inclusionary preschool program serving children who have delays in development and children who are typically developing. Tuition, based on a sliding-fee scale, is charged for children without special needs. Children attend preschool two full days per week (either Tues/Thurs or Wed/Fri).
Please contact Naomi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-354-9010, ext. 133 to get on the 2018-2019 mailing list. Parents who have questions regarding children who may have special needs can also contact Naomi.
SUMMER STARS PROGRAM 2018: