Acapella, Shakespeare, “Sneak Peek” Video, & End of the Year District Reminders


Northern Lights Acapella Members


Mrs. Slater recently held auditions for next year’s acapella members. We would like to formally congratulate the 2017-2018 members!

Soprano 1                                                                            Soprano 2

Zoe Sherman (Soph)                                          Alexandra Hoffer (Junior)

Anya Rau (Soph)                                                 Ashley Crampton (Junior)

Mackenzie Fullenlove (Senior)

Alto                                                                                        Tenor 1

Kylie Grant (Junior)                                            Philip Brice (Junior)

Nevada Knisely (Junior)                                     Isaiah Bolyard (Junior)

Alivia Rohloff (Freshman)

Tenor 2/Baritone                                                              Bass

Joshua Bown (Junior)                                         Armando Rodriquez (Freshman)

River Emmert (Sophomore)                              Colton Falk (Junior)

                                                                             Cayden Schober (Sophomore)

Vocal Percussionist

Cayden Schober



Shakespeare on a Sunday Afternoon


Mrs. Toflinski and Mrs. Slater recently took a small group of students to see a live Shakespeare production of 12th Night at Bowling Green State University. Students from Sophomore Honors English and Drama class, traveled to Bowling Green on a Sunday afternoon to see the production performed by BGSU students. The directors of this production made changes to the time period of the play, and set the hilarious Shakespeare comedy in the Roaring 20’s. Students were able to enjoy 1920’s era music and dancing as well as to see acting  on a “raked” stage. Students explained that seeing Shakespeare live made the story-line so much more funny. They were also impressed by the singing, dancing, and the synchronized scene changes. Mrs. Toflinski added, “It was fantastic to hear students discussing the show after the performance. They were impressed by all aspects of the show, and they picked up on many little details in regards to the content of the play as well as the production aspect.” She concluded, “I am so impressed that these students were willing to take time out of a Sunday afternoon, to include some Shakespeare into their day!”


NES Student Council “Sneak Peek” Video

NES Student Council members recently created a “Sneak Peek” video of our new PK – 12 building! The NES Student Council wanted to say “thank you” to the workers for putting so much care into building the new school. With the help of Mr. Clark, the Student Council members organized large “thank you” cards signed by the elementary students and planned to  deliver them with goody bags. NES Student Council Advisor, Mrs. Turner, explained, “It snowballed into a visit to the new building and delivering the items personally.” The Student Council took two groups of students through the building with an ipad in hand to take pictures. Over the next couple of weeks students created a video with the pictures and made sound clips for each slide with the help of Miss Ritter.  Mrs. Turner concluded, “We are sad to leave our old buildings, but are excited to begin next year in a new building with a little bit of the old displayed as a reminder. We hope you enjoy the tour!”

Take a look  at the wonderful final product here:



parent info District Calendar Reminders:

The end of the school year is fast approaching! Check out this list of Ranger events so that you can plan accordingly!

April 28th – NES Carnival

April 29th – Prom / After Prom

May 1st – NHS Academic Awards Banquet / National Honors Society Induction Ceremony

May 2nd – NEO Meeting @ Olney 1 -2:30pm / Kindergarten Screening

May 3rd – ACT Testing for Juniors / Kindergarten Screening

May 4th – Seniors Last Day of School

May 5th – NHS Battle of the Classes / Circle K “Fueling Our Schools” from 4-8pm

May 8th – 3rd – 5th Grade Awards / Athletic Boosters Bingo

May 9th – Grades K-2 Field Day / Senior Awards

May 10th – 3rd – 6th grade Olympics

May 11th – Last Day of School for Students / 6th Grade Send Off

May 14th – NHS Graduation for the Class of 2017



Weekly Update from Principal Krontz

Check the following link for important elementary reminders including information regarding Kindergarten registration!



Northwood Elementary Carnival 

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Northwood Day of Beautification

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STARS Summer Enrichment Program

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Northwood Safety Town

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Claire’s Day and Life Cycles!

“Claire’s Day” Annual Reading Celebration

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Saturday, April 8th, several of our Northwood Rangers took part in the annual “Claire’s Day” celebration at the Toledo Public Library – Main Branch. Twenty-one students were nominated by their respective teachers to receive the C.A.R.E. award (Claire’s Award for Reading Excellence), which recognizes students for increasing their reading skills. The students were awarded certificates and vouchers for a free book of their choosing. The day included free creation stations with hands-on art activities for students and their families, guest readers, author/illustrator demonstrations, and special characters in costume. The event is held annually in memory of Claire Lynsey Rubini by her parents Brad and Julie Rubini, who began the award ceremony and book festival. Below is a  list of our recipients from Olney and NES:

Sarah Xaiyarath

Hailey Carey 

Julien Chappell 

Drew Cuevas

Logan Dale 

Samantha Forbes 

Garren Hannum 

Meghan Horton 

Taylin Kretz

Ethan Leonard

Audrey Miner 

Kadence Newman 

Tyler Osley 

Jolyn Powell 

Ethan Powell 

Trenton Scaggs 

Adrian Schimmel 

Seline Starnes 

Maelyn Vendt 

Marcus Zattau 

Logan Rivera 


1st Graders Learn Life Cycles


Mrs. Duckett’s first grade students have been taking a look back at their “younger” years by comparing their baby pictures to how they look now. This unit even includes a guessing game of “Who is Who?” Students have noticed that some of them haven’t changed very much and are easy to tell, while others have changed a lot! Mrs. Duckett stated, “It isIMG_1011 fun to look back and see how much we have grown and all the things we can do now!”

Mrs. Duckett explained that the current first grade unit is all about the cycles of life, including plants, animals and us! First graders have learned that living things grow, change, and reproduce, while non-living things do not. Students have also been discussing recycling and caring for the earth. Students went as far as to “re-purpose” old, mismatched socks by turning them into grassheads! Mrs. Duckett concluding that students have really enjoyed “realizing how much they have changed and grown so far, and how much they have accomplished in first grade!”


District Reminders

Weekly Update from Principal Krontz

Check the following link for important elementary reminders including information regarding Kindergarten registration!


Kindergarten Registration

NES Kind Reg

Northwood Elementary Carnival 

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STARS Summer Enrichment Program

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Northwood Safety Town

Safety Town Flyer


NHS Ranger Art Show Awards

We are so fortunate to have such artistic students at NHS! Check out the NHS Art Instagram at @nhsrangerart for photos of this year’s outstanding works of art!


Ranger Construction Instagram 

We have updated photographs of our construction project on Instagram. Check out the progress at @ranger_construction

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NHS Valedictorian & Salutatorian, NHS/NJHS Members, and 6th Grade Guest Columnists!

Our 2016 NHS Valedictorian & Salutatorian

Mecchi_JasonJason Mecchi is our Northwood High School 2016 Valedictorian. During his time as a high school Ranger, he participated in marching band, pep band, jazz band, National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl, musical, and Creative Writing Club. He is also a recipient of the Victor Thaper Award. When asked what he will miss most about Northwood High School he stated, “I will miss the organization and regularity of having the same classes every day and seeing the same people all the time.” This fall he will attend Bowling Green State University as an undecided major. When asked what he is most looking forward to while at BGSU, he explained that he looks forward to spending more time with friends while also meeting new people in a different environment. Jason’s hopes for the future include having a family and friends that he loves, as well as a job that he enjoys. Lastly, he stated, “I want to thank all of my teachers, my friends, and my family for always supporting me.”

Sawmiller_KristinKristin (Kristi) Sawmiller is our Salutatorian for the Northwood Class of 2016. Kristi has participated in varsity volleyball, basketball, and track during her time at NHS. Additionally, she is a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club. As she ends her high school career, she will miss participating in sports and all of the fun school spirit events. This fall she will attend Mercy College of Ohio where she will pursue a degree in radiologic technology. Kristi looks forward to meeting new people and pursuing something she enjoys learning about. Her hope for the future is to provide high quality medical care to people who need it. Kristi stated, “I would like to thank my parents, teachers, friends, and coaches for shaping who I am and helping me through my journey at Northwood Schools.”

Congratulations to Jason, Kristi and the entire Northwood High School Class of 2016!


National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony


The Northwood Chapters of the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society would like to congratulate their newest members. These newly inducted students completely a lengthy application process that included maintaining an outstanding grade point average, completing at least five community service hours, and obtaining a letter of recommendation, while also being scored in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The induction ceremony took place during the Academic Awards Banquet on Wednesday, May 18th. Congratulations to the following newly inducted members:


National Honor Society

Bhakti Merchant

Allison Vogl

Hannah Moore

Zakary Sherman

Hannah Garno

Morgan Satkowski

Allison Roach

Kyle Moore

Sarah Steenbergen

Riley Bisbee


National Junior Honor Society  

Bailey Garno

Christina Zielinski

Logan Urbanyi

Lydia Long

U-sa Vayavong

Mitchell Hurley


2015-16 NES Student Council

By: Max Closson, Student Council President, 6th grade

Ellee Weiss, Student Council Representative, 6th grade


Student Council began with voting for our representatives and officers. We took a poll on who would be on the student council team. Each class selected their representatives, then the whole school voted on President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Once we got those results, we gathered together on a Tuesday morning and started to make plans for the upcoming year of fun and games.

The first event we came up with was a canned food drive. We sent out flyers around the school to tell about the upcoming event. We had “Canned Food Drive” buckets and boxes around the school that the students would put the cans in. We collected lots of cans, and we sent them to the food bank to be distributed to families in need in our area. The second event came soon after. We set up posters around the elementary that told everyone to get ready for the next occasion. We were collecting blankets, towels, food, and water for the humane society, along with wearing blue and red for Down Syndrome Awareness Day. We had lots of students wear blue and red that day. We also had many donations come in for the pets and animals that needed owners.

The next occasion that was happening was the clothing drive. We had over one thousand pounds of clothes brought in! We gave the clothes to Goodwill. The winning class got a pizza party, and the second place class lost by only two percent!

Our fourth event was door decorating for Right to Read Week. We had three different categories of winners. Best supporting class, best class, and best overall. The students did the door decorating, for the most part!        

Lastly, we had movie night. The students had to bring in one book to get in, and another book to get snacks. We had many books brought in that night. The students watched Hotel Transylvania 2. They liked watching the movie and talking to their friends. A little while after the movie event, we had a spirit week. This is a week where the students could dress in crazy clothes, wear their favorite hats, wear their favorite team’s colors, and bring in a pillow and blanket to watch a movie instead of doing school work.

This has been a great year for student council. We had lots of fun activities and made so many amazing memories. Thank you to everyone who provided their help and support this year. A special thanks goes out to Mrs. Turner, our terrific Student Council Adviser!


My 6th Grade Year

By: Bethany Gillespie, 6th grade 



This 6th grade year of school may have been my last one at the elementary school, but definitely my favorite. The best project of the year (in my opinion) was the carnival. The sixth grade ran the carnival by creating games for the customers to play. The customers paid with tickets, to play and receive a prize. This taught us supply and demand, while we had to think about display, and customer amusement. The whole carnival had an ending profit of $6,100! The money funded an awesome field trip to Cedar Point!

This year we had 3 teachers, Miss Murphy, Mr. Roach, and Mrs. Wilson. In Miss Murphy’s room we read 2 novels, and wrote 3 big essays while working on other curriculum. The whole sixth grade read over 105,000 hours in independent read in her class. In Mr. Roach’s room we planned the carnival, made roller coasters, and took a ton of cell-fies (we learned about cells for a long time). In Mrs. Wilson’s we were able to work at our own pace, which helps children to learn faster. We also made board games and had lots of fun in her room. My three teachers have been a great help to me this year, I wouldn’t have chosen any others.

This year for me was great, it was super easy to fit in. This was my very first year in a physical school, from 1st-5th grade I have been homeschooled. At teacher conferences in the middle of the year, my teacher just then found out I was homeschooled! My teachers, school, and friends, made it super easy to be comfortable in a new school. This is the best year of school I have ever had, all thanks to the great school that picks out the right teachers, students, and staff to help each student succeed. I am very glad I came back to school, especially glad I came to Northwood school.



Carnival Recap, Clean Plate Award, and Technology Update

6th Grade Carnival Recap

image6 (1)Sixth grade teacher, Mr. Joshua Roach, is happy to announce that after an extremely successful event, the return of the NES School Carnival netted about $3,000. The sixth graders are using this money to take a trip to Cedar Point, which ties directly into the sixth grade science standards.

Since the carnival, students designed roller coasters online via the Jason Project Digital lab Coaster Creater. You can check out the website here: Students started to create their roller coasters in class. Mr. Roacimage1 (1)h explained that students had to design a roller coaster using foam piping, a strict budget, and abide by some important roller coaster requirements! The coaster had to include two of the following: a loop, a turn, or a corkscrew. The coaster needed the cart (marble) to stop at the end of the coaster, and not fall off at any time during the trip (safe travel). Students also needed to explain where the cart transferred from kinetic to potential energy. Students are attending Cedar Point today, May 19th, where they will enjoy the opportunity to ride the rides that they made models of in class!

NLS Received Clean Plate Award



20160516_111414_001 (1)Every year, the Wood County Health Department requires two inspections of our school kitchens. Our kitchen staff is required to practice food safety knowledge and sanitation throughout the operations. This can be difficult to do depending on the operation. Therefore, Mrs. Emilia Bires requires much training for her NLS staff. Mrs. Bires requires that all kitchen staff complete Serv Safe training, which is a Food Handler Program used to train and certify staff. Staff must have a complete knowledge of food safety which includes proper handwashing, preventing cross contamination, cleaning and sanitizing equipment utensils, proper cooking, holding, and heating of foods, and HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point).

The Northwood Food Service Staff have had very outstanding inspections with zero 20160516_105328 (1)violations. Mrs. Bires explained that per the State of Ohio, Each year, Wood County awards the “Clean Plate” Award for meeting the required credentials. We are proud to announce that our Food Service Staff has once again received the Clean Plate Award! Mrs. Bires stated, “Our Food Staff is awesome! I have nine employees and all have maintained dedication in the practice of food safety knowledge and sanitation throughout the operations. This is our third year we are receiving the Clean Plate Award!” She added, “We have been faced with many new challenges in the last six years with the New Federal guidelines for our National School Lunch Program. We have adapted the new changes and moved forward, and continue to do the best to serve our students and staff.” Congratulations to Mrs. Bires and the Northwood Local Schools Food Service Staff!


NLS Technology Update

Recently, the Ranger Roundup was able to sit down with NHS Technology Integrator Mr. Tim Laird to reflect on our technology integration at NLS and what we can look forward to in the upcoming years. When asked about the advances that we have made over the course of the 2015-2016 school year, Mr. Laird explained that some of the greatest strides have come with the use of great formative assessment tools such as Kahoot and Quizziz. He explained that teachers are using these tools not only to reinforce content but also to gather data which drives instruction when it comes to re-teaching and re-focusing attention on content students may have a difficult time grasping. Presentation and expression tools have also been popular this year. Book Creator, Glogster, and Edu Blogs have allowed students to present learned material in a creative and expressive way by combining text images, photos, and videos. He explained that many teachers now use a “blended classroom” approach which shifts the instruction portion of a class outside of the class period, thus, freeing up class time for in-depth discussion and analyzing of material.

Looking to the 2016-2017 school year, Mr. Laird stated that we will continue to shift our classrooms to being more student-centered and to increase student engagement. In regards to his position as the technology integrator, he stated, “Our focus will be helping instructors create lesson and activities which are identifiable, as authentic learning.” Such lessons are identifiable through an activity that involves real-world problems and that mimics the work of professionals, use of open-ended inquiry, students engaging in discourse and social learning in a community of learners, and students directing their own learning in project work. Looking even further, to our big move in 2017, Mr. Laird explained that the physical space of the building will greatly enhance the facilitation of more student centered classrooms. Teachers will have access to the traditional classroom as well as collaboration space that will allow more flexibility to design lessons that fit the “authentic learning” model. He added, “Students will no longer be bound by the limitations of a traditional classroom with rows of desks. The new building, quite simply, will provide options for teachers to set up the parameters of a lesson.”

When asked about the hurdles that we will face in regards to technology, Mr. Laird explained that we must continue to find new and innovative ways to harness the power of technology. He explained, “We must continue to train ourselves and have support systems in place for students so that they are not burdened by the technology, but freed to explore new and exciting ways to learn content in each class.” He added that students will need assistance when it comes to organizing material in a digital environment and assistance with learning how to be more in control of their individualized learning.

Mr. Laird stated that when it comes to technology integration, we want to focus on the skill sets and career readiness that the technology provides our students. He added that we are committed to creating an environment that will best prepare students to meet the challenges of an ever changing world. He concluded, “For better or worse, we now live in a rapidly changing world. The pace at which change now comes requires all of us to be innovative and to find ways to tap into the changes and to make ourselves relevant. We must all learn to take control of our learning and to find ways to leverage the vast amount of information that is at our fingertips. It’s a challenge for both teachers and students, but it also provides opportunities for finding new and innovative ways to contribute to our society!”



The Return of the Northwood Carnival!

Mr. Joshua Roach and his sixth grade students have been working hard to re-establish an old tradition — the Northwood Carnival! Years ago, the Northwood Carnival was held at Lark Elementary. With significant help from the NEO, Miss McVey, and the NES staff, Mr. Roach and his students are excited to bring back this event!

Mr. Roach explained that many of the sixth grade social studies standards surround the ideas of understanding economics and that the planning and implementation of the school carnival is a great way to use a hands-on approach and to connect students’ learning with the community. He further explained that students have taken the lead on designing the booths and games and will run those booths on the day of the event. “The students are exploring being an entrepreneur, thinking about cost/benefits analysis, and designing an activity appropriate for their audience,” said Mr. Roach. Furthermore, students are working on the concepts of globalization, specialization, and supply and demand. Students are beginning to understand the interconnectedness of the world and how supplies come from all over the world. Mr. Roach continued, “Students are working on specializing their booth because the more unique the booth is, the less competition, and the greater number of customer visits/profit for their booth.”

When asked what they have enjoyed most about this project, sixth grader Josh Laesch explained that he liked the idea of working to, hopefully, make others happy. Nick Camarillo likes the idea of being able to have fun while working to be great role models for the younger kids. Alex Forth agreed and is looking forward to seeing the community have fun on the day of the event. Aamari Smith predicts that this unit will help in the future due to the lessons on budgets and spending money. Zachary Jones believes that this unit will help in the future, as it has involved using good communication skills and working as a team.

You don’t want to miss this great event. The Northwood Elementary Carnival, sponsored by the NEO, will make its return this evening, Friday, April 8th from 5:30 – 7:30pm at NES. Admission will be $2 per person. Tickets will be $0.50 each, 12 for $5, 25 for $10, and 60 for $20. Kids can look forward to face painting, games, a bounce house, raffle, photo booth, balloons, and music by DJ Ray! Additionally, hamburgers, pizza, chips, nachos, popcorn, soft pretzels, cotton candy, ice cream, and pop and water will be available. Come on out to check out our sixth graders’ booths and to enjoy a great night of family fun!

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