NLS Welcomes a New Chapter with Superintendent Jason Kozina
Our students and community members have seen lots of new changes in our administration as we start the new school year. Mr. Jason Kozina, was selected to be the 13th superintendent to serve Northwood Local Schools. During his time at Northwood, Supt. Kozina has had the privilege of serving two years as the middle school principal and the past eight years as the high school principal. The 2018-2019 school year marks Supt. Kozina’s 20th year in education, 16th as an administrator, and 11th at Northwood Schools.
Supt. Kozina is very excited about his new position and his ability to serve our Rangers in a larger capacity. He states, “We have a wonderful team of administrators leading our school with dedicated teachers and staff in every area.” At the staff Back-to-School Welcome Breakfast, Supt. Kozina spoke about his hopes moving forward and making all decisions through the lens of what is best for student performance, student growth, and student well-being.
“Northwood’s success is shown every year as our students cross the stage at graduation,” said Supt. Kozina. He continued, “Our student speakers this May spoke about how important their school connections were, and they spoke about a feeling of family and connection to teachers and friends. That aspect of Northwood Schools is more important than any standardized test and we need to continue the focus on relationships and connections that make our students feel valued and supported.” While we do this, Supt. Kozina also hopes to have more opportunities to build upon our alumni relations and explore ways to focus even more on classroom curriculum and increasing performance. Supt. Kozina concluded, “If we can accomplish a few of these goals in the coming years, we will only make our school stronger.”
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Mrs. Tracey Petteys Switches Gears as New NLS Assistant Principal
For the past 16 years, Mrs. Tracey Petteys has been known as the Director of Bands at Northwood Local Schools. However, this year, Mrs. Petteys has welcomed a big change as she takes on the role of NLS Assistant Principal.
When asked what she is most looking forward to in her new administrative position, Mrs. Petteys stated, “Working with our students in the music department and being involved with many of our Northwood activities through the years, I have had the opportunity to see and appreciate how amazing our Student Body, Community, and Staff truly are. As Assistant Principal, I look forward most in continuing to build those relationships and build new relationships among the entire district while promoting a safe and positive building culture.”
Among her new responsibilities, Mrs. Petteys will continue to build upon our PBIS program that was initiated last school year. In conclusion, Mrs. Petteys left us with this final message, “Our district provides a variety of opportunities for our students. If you have the chance, get involved! The more you can be a part of in your school and community, the better your relationships and overall experience. Northwood is a great place to be!”
*Stay tuned for a feature on new NHS Principal, Erik Johnson!*
11th Graders Study The Crucible
Mrs. Moses’ 11th grade English classes are currently reading Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible. During this unit, students act out the play and make comparison to McCarthyism.
Mrs. Moses explained, “Throughout The Crucible unit, I want students to focus on the parallels between the real ‘witch hunt’ that occurred in Salem and the figurative ‘witch hunt’ that took place during the Red Scare.”
Mrs. Moses stated that plays are always great in the classroom because everyone gets involved. Plays help keep students moving around and really work well with the new modified block schedule. She concluded, “Students love plays! They love acting in front of the class and really take on the roles of the characters.”
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