“Speed Dating,” Studying Communities, Homecoming 2017 & More!

“Speed Dating” in Mr. Myers’ Class

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IMG_0110Mr. Myers’ 8th grade language arts students are currently diving into short stories! IMG_0117During this unit, students focus on analyzing short stories by looking at literary elements such as plot and conflict. Mr. Myers explained that thus far, students have enjoyed reading their stories in the new common area, reviewing terms using Quizlet Live, and of course “Speed Dating!”

IMG_0118The “Speed Dating” activity required students to create fake dating profiles using examples of indirect characterization. Their “dates” had to guess which traits they were trying to represent! This was a wonderfully engaging activity that helped students with understanding what can sometimes be a very difficult language arts concept. The next stop for Mr. Myers’ students is a focus on theme!

 

3rd Grade Students Study Communities

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Mrs. Bates’ 3rd grade social studies students are currently studying communities. The focus of the unit is to discover the types of communities there are and to learn the three branches of our local government, including the jobs of these branches. Students discovered the characteristics of the three types of communities (urban, suburban, and rural). During their research they wrote about each type and created pictures for each of them.

Mrs. Bates explained that students enjoyed creating posters for the communities, and are looking forward to a class field trip to the municipal building where they will talk with former city councilwoman, Connie Hughes (who also serves as one of our library aides), and current city councilwoman, Kelley Wills, who is our very own government teacher! Students are hoping that they will also be able to meet, Mr. Schimmel, our mayor of Northwood!

 

Homecoming 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 Homecoming King and Queen, Gabe LaPlante and Allison Vogl! Thank you to our NHS Student Council for planning a great first Homecoming Dance in the new building!

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District Reminders

NES Author Visit:

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Northwood Fall Festival:

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Mark Your Calendars for Financial Aid Night:

IMG_5751The Salvation Army Thanksgiving & Christmas Applications:

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Wood County Youth Empowerment Project:

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Trunk or Treat

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Mark Your Calendars:

Friday, Oct. 13th: NES Author’s Visit Day

Tuesday, Oct. 17th: Marco’s Pizza Night

Wednesday, Oct. 25th: Fall Choir Concert / Trunk-or-Treat

Friday, Oct. 27th: NES Pumpkin Run / End of 1st Quarter!

Thursday, Nov. 2nd: Marching Band Concert

Wednesday, Nov. 8th: NES Picture Day / Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Nov. 9th: NHS & PK Picture Day / Parent-Teacher Conferences

Friday, Nov. 10th: No School for NES / NES Parent-Teacher Conferences

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Calculus, Daily 5, Marching Rangers, and District Reminders!

Honors Calculus

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IMG_0021Honors Calculus students have begun studying limits and their connection to Calculus. Mr. Moore explained that students have enjoyed seeing the connections from Algebra to Calculus. He added that his class is very excited for a great school year in our new building!

 

Kindergarten Students Focus on

Reading-Daily 5!

Mrs. Calmes’ kindergarten students have been focusing on the Reading – Daily 5! Mrs. Calmes stated that students are working on building stamina during read to self, work on writing, listen to reading, and word work. “The students are building stamina for Daily 5, so that eventually they can work independently and choose which area they will work on first to practice the skills they are learning in class,” said Mrs. Calmes. The students have enjoyed exploring each of the components of Daily 5. They have especially enjoyed working on the app Epic during read to self and they have enjoyed completing each of the activities during work on words.

 

Anthony Wayne Showcase of Bands

The Marching Rangers recently participated in the Anthony Wayne Showcase of Bands. Eleven marching bands participated in the showcase. The night ended with a mass-band performance of “God Bless the USA.” Below are photos of the event, courtesy of Mr. Kozina.

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Homecoming 2017 Reminders:

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Congratulations to our 2017 Fall Homecoming Court:

 

District Reminders:

Kevin Hines Presentation

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Picture Day Reminder

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Ranger Rock Garden, Homecoming Festivities, and More!

Welcome Mrs. Huntley!

IMG_5750This year we welcome a new school counselor in Mrs. Stephanie Huntley. Mrs. Huntley is originally from Napoleon, Ohio, and received her undergraduate degree from Ohio Northern University.  She and her husband Shane then moved back to Northwest, Ohio, when she decided to pursue her Masters in School Counseling from Bowling Green State University. The Huntley’s currently reside in Perrysburg, Ohio with their puppy, Sonny. One interesting tidbit about Mrs. Huntley is that she was involved in throwing shot put for eight years (5th – 12th grade)!

Mrs. Huntley feels that the most rewarding aspect of being a school counselor is working with students and helping them achieve their highest potential. The most challenging part is not having all of the answers. She explained that there are many times when she wishes she had a magic wand that would give her all the right answers!

When asked what she is most looking forward to during her first year at Northwood Local Schools, she stated, “I am most looking forward to seeing the ways in which students progress from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. I am also looking forward to being a part of the Northwood community!” Mrs. Huntley concluded by saying, “I am so excited and grateful to have this opportunity to work in this community and with the staff and students at Northwood!”

 

Mrs. Elinski’s Students Take Advantage of the Modified Block

IMG_5723Students in Mrs. Elinski’s Honors Algebra 1 and CP Algebra 1 classes have been busy practicing various types of equations. In Honors Algebra, students are working on solving equations for a specific variable. In other courses, the students have learned how to solve basic equations, but these equations are more challenging because they contain more than one variable, making the answers more complex. These are helpful when working with formulas and will become very important when students begin working with linear and quadratic equations. The CP students are currently working on analyzing and interpreting data and graphs. They are learning how to read different types of graphs and how to properly use the information from these graphs. These are important skills for them to have outside of the math classroom for science class as well as real life applications.

IMG_5727Taking full advantage of the new modified block schedule, students had plenty of time to learn the new material, and incorporate both group and individual practice! One activity involved students circulating the room to practice the various types of equations. While the students were circulating, they were able to ask each other questions, and ask Mrs. Elinski for help as well. Mrs. Elinski stated, “It is great listening to the students help one another and give detailed explanations in their own words.” Mrs. Elinski continued by explaining that students have enjoyed being able to get out of their seats for a while to practice their equations. They also seem to really like being able to help each other as they rotate. “Every student sees things a little differently, so it is great to be able to give them time to explain topics in their own way; both to their peers and to their teacher,” said Mrs. Elinski.

 

 

Elementary Art Students Begin Rock Garden Tradition

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20170908_103132Elementary Art Teacher, Ms. Diamond, has been surrounded by rocks as she started the new year with K-6 Art classes! All students in Pre-School through 6th grade have painted a rock for a special installation to be placed outside in the flower beds alongside the gymnasium by the playground. Each student has their name on the stone, as well as their graduation date. Soon, the 7th –  12th grade student rocks will also be added. Each coming school year, the new Kindergarten class will add to the installation!

20170908_101642The project was directed by NES Principal, Mrs. Lindsey Krontz. The project was inspired by the book, You Be You, by Linda Kranz, which encourages creativity and individuality. It is an inspirational message for the children to remember how unique they are, yet how they are part of a very special community of 20170908_102127people. Ms. Diamond added that students love to paint! She added, “The excitement was palpable! They shared their ideas for creating the ‘fish’ stones!” Ms. Diamond concluded, “Many thanks to Mrs. Krontz for bringing an enjoyable experience to the children. All supplies were provided by her generously. Thank you also to the custodial staff for moving big bags of rocks!” Be sure to stop by our new Ranger rock garden soon!

 

Congratulations to our 2017 Homecoming Candidates! 

 

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Spirit Week is next week for our NES and NHS Rangers! 

 

Maui Monday

Touchdown Tuesday

Workout Wednesday

Tie-dye Thursday

Blue & Gold Friday

 

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Welcome Back Alumni!

We hope to have many of our Ranger Alumni return for the Homecoming festivities on Friday, September 29th! #OneRangerNation

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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

Free Children’s Dental Exams

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NHS “Coming Home” Spirit Week

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Catching Up with our Ranger Bands!

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This week the Ranger Roundup caught up with Mrs. Petteys to discuss our wonderful Marching Rangers and our up-and-coming musicians in the 5th and 6th grade band! The high school marchers are now focusing on concert band pieces and are working toward their February concert. Fifth and sixth grade students are focusing on their December 14th concert!

img_0556The high school band just finished the marching season with a performance in the Toledo Holiday parade! Mrs. Petteys stated, “We had a great year supporting our Ranger fans. We also had the chance to perform at the Vermillion Band Festival and participated in Northwood’s first Fall Festival Parade!” Students really enjoyed supporting the Ranger football team and working with the cheerleaders to pump up the Ranger fans! They also enjoyed representing Northwood at events outside of the community! Now that students are moving on to concert band season, students are focusing on a few movie selections, some more traditional pieces, and a march for the February concert. Additionally, some of our Rangers are working on solo and ensemble contest pieces and getting ready to play in pep band for basketball season!

Fifth grade band is working out of their beginning band book Essential Elements 2000. image-1All students in fifth grade band are new to playing an instrument this year. Mrs. Petteys added that 55 percent of the fifth grade class is in band this year! Students’ first day of class included putting instruments together and trying to produce a sound out of the instrument. Students have now been playing for a couple of months and can play six different notes and rhythms, giving them the ability to play recognizable songs! Sixth grade students have moved out of their first-year book and are now playing full length pieces of music! Mrs. Petteys has even thrown in some tricky rhythms and students are doing a great job of learning them! Students are playing “Midnight Mission,” “Lizards!,” and “Soar of the Dragons” for the December Concert!

Finally, Mrs. Petteys added that our Ranger band students are amazing! She ended by stating, “They keep pushing themselves to perform better and I think it shows. All grade levels are a lot of fun to teach!” Be sure to check out the upcoming Ranger Band Performances:

Wednesday – December 14, 2016 at 7pm:

5th and 6th Grade Band and 7th & 8th Grade Choir Concert

Tuesday – February 7, 2017 at 7pm:

Band-O-Rama Concert with Grades 5-12

New Teachers & Music Boosters!

Welcome New Teachers!

IMG_3686Amanda 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!

 

IMG_3684McKenzi 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!

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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!

 

 

Prepping for “Band-o-Rama” with Mrs. Petteys and the Ranger Bands!

IMG_0026You can always count on great instrumental music at Northwood Local Schools! The Ranger Roundup caught up with Mrs. Petteys to discuss what has been happening in fifth, sixth, seventh, and high school band. She explained that students have been focusing on the annual “Band-o-Rama” concert which will take place on Wednesday, February 24th, at 7pm in the high school auditorium.


Mrs. Petteys stated that students have been working through a variety of music rangingIMG_0029 from the classical works of Holst to the more popular Lady Gaga, and the traditional Sousa! Students are focusing on scales and rhythms to improve playing. Additionally, students have been using the iPads to practice and record themselves at home!

Students have enjoyed playing many different styles of music. Mrs. Petteys said that every band student has a favorite. For example, many in the seventh grade band enjoy the song “Dr. Rockenstein” because it has the eerie feel of Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” but with a rock beat. Others like the piece “Conundrum” because of the fast past feel and texture of the instruments. The high school students are excited that they will have the chance to play solos and perform in small ensembles as part of the concert.

Make sure to mark your calendars for February 24th, as you will not want to miss this “Band-o-Rama” concert and the performance of these wonderful pieces:

5th Grade Band – Selections from the “Essential Elements” book

6th Grade Band – Soar with the Dragons, Flashpoint, and Bandroom Rock

7th Grade Band – Born This Way, Conundrum, and Dr. Rockenstein

High School Band – “Jupiter” from The Planets, The Light Eternal, and Black Horse Troop

The Marching Rangers Prepare for Disney!

Band2015The Marching Rangers will be taking a trip to Orlando, Florida this year from November 27th  to December 2nd. Students will have the opportunity to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Magic Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Students will participate in a Disney Performing Arts workshop that will give students insight to what professional musicians experience while performing at Walt Disney World. Students will also perform during the “Disney Festival of Fantasy” pre-parade at Magic Kingdom! During the visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, students will have an opportunity to learn about how movies are made. Additionally, they will get to enjoy the laser light shows “Illuminations” and “Fantasmic” during their stay. This is sure to be a fun-filled and educational trip for our NHS musicians!

Music Department Fruit Sale Fundraiser

This year, we are trying something new to the district! The Music Department will be selling fresh fruit (and cheesecakes) for their annual fall fundraiser. The sale is sponsored by the Northwood Music Boosters.  Because this is a unique and new company and item for us, we wanted to personally invite you to check it out!  Other schools have had great success with this and we hope to join that list of success stories!

The sale runs for the entire month of November and the fruit will be delivered to NHS around December 14th.  There is also an option to have it delivered to your own home or send as gifts to family and friends far away. There will be order forms sent to each building secretary to display in the office. We are collecting money as we take the orders.

The online link to the fruit and cheesecakes is: www.FreshFruitOrder.org/NorthwoodMusicBoosters

We thank you in advance for checking this out and helping support our music programs. Please feel free to share this website with friends and family.
Sincerely,
Annette Slater & Tracey Petteys
and the Northwood Music Boosters