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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NHS Cheerleading Keeps Competitive Tradition Alive

 

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In the past eight years, the Northwood High School Cheerleading Squads have qualified for the state competition six times! Those six times include the following:

2010 – 4th Place
2013 – 2nd Place
2014 – 2nd Place
2015 – 2nd Place
2016 – 3rd Place
2017 – 2nd Place

Recently, we were able to sit down with Coach Naomi Smith and several of the NHS cheerleaders to discuss the cheerleading program at NHS and the road to this year’s state competition where our Rangers earned their place as state runner up!  

IMG_4602This year, the NHS squad consisted of 22 athletes. Additionally, this is the first time that NHS has had two males on the squad. Of the 22 athletes, 16 of them cheered both seasons and 21 of the 22 competed at the state competition. Twelve of the 21 athletes had never competed at the state competition before. Furthermore, this year’s squad is a relatively young squad, as there are only two seniors this season. Coach Smith returned as the cheer coach after a very short hiatus. When asked if there was anything difficult or stressful about returning, she responded that there was nothing stressful about her return. In fact, she stated, “I felt like I came home.”

When asked to explain the time commitment it takes to be a competitive cheerleader at NHS, Coach Smith explained that the squad usually starts working at the end of the summer. They spend a weekend with their choreographer in order to learn their routine. During football season, they dedicate one practice per week to the routine. Once basketball begins, they begin the process of seeing who will continue on during basketball season and begin dedicating all of the practices to the competition routine. The cheerleaders take advantage of home basketball games to practice competition stunts, cheers, and chants. Coach Smith added, “With moving into the new building and practicing in the same building as our games, we are hoping that we will be able to set up our mats during halftime of the varsity basketball games and work on the whole routine in front of a crowd a little more often.” This would really help the team practice and perfect their performance.

Though we are used to seeing our cheerleaders at football and basketball games, there is IMG_4600much about cheerleading that many do not realize. Coach Smith explained that cheerleading is a very physical sport. Practices usually run about three hours long, with the student athletes working on stunts. Junior Taylor Hawkins explained, “It takes a lot of hard work and dedication; most people think it’s really easy because you just throw some girls in the air and catch them, and that’s that, but it’s not.” Freshman, Kylee Peart added, “A lot of hard work and dedication goes into making a routine and getting everything to look the way it should. Hours of practice goes into it. It takes a lot more work than the average person might think it does.” Finally, junior Madison Mahoney explained, “It’s not as easy as it looks. Many believe cheerleading isn’t a sport, but it takes a lot of athleticism to throw/lift a girl in the air and catch her and do it properly on the right counts.”

Also, many may not realize that local competitions do not divide the squads like the state competition. The state competition divides squads based on the number of girls in the school district. Local competitions divide the squads based on the number of participants on the squad, the number of males on the squad, or whether or not the team stunts. Coach Smith further explained, “We always want to do our best, but we look at the local competitions like scrimmages to get us ready for the big show.” In order to qualify for the state competition, the squad must perform well at the regional event. The judges scores determine qualification for the state event.

IMG_4605When asked about the best part of being a Ranger cheerleader, junior Delaney Genson, explained, “The best thing about being a Ranger cheerleader is the support we have from our school. Not everyone thinks cheerleading is a sport or even hard. The staff and student body give the cheerleaders so much support. It really makes our team want to be on the sidelines at the games and show everyone what we are capable of because they want to see it, not because they have to watch.” Sophomore Isaiah Bolyard added, “The best part is being in front of so many people and being able to do something unique. Also, for a small school, it’s really great to have such a vast and skilled team. Our team has a lot of potential.” Junior Rashalle Jeffries concluded, “The best part is being able to get the crowd pumped up for football games, basketball games, and also being with the group of girls. We bond; we’re like our own little family and it’s going to be one of the best memories I’ll ever have.”

Coach Smith stated that she is so thankful that our athletes have such a supportive administration and Board of Education that allows them to prepare for the collegiate level in the sport. Currently, we have three alumni cheerleaders cheering at the collegiate level, and there have been many others throughout our NHS cheer history. Coach Smith believes that much of this is attributed to the success of the feeder program – Little Ranger Cheer. The volunteer coaches do an amazing job of getting the fundamentals down so that when they reach the high school level, more time can be spend focusing on stunting.

Asked what they are most proud of this season, junior Kaylee Schultz said, “I am proud of IMG_4603the obstacles we have passed. We had some injuries this season, and we had some people leave the team. We had to change some stuff around multiple times, but it all came together in the end with a great outcome. That great outcome being runner-up at the state competition.”  Sophomore, Ariel Heise added, “I am most proud of how I’ve seen everyone grow so much from start to finish. Many new girls (and two guys) had never cheered before, but they came into the team and learned lots of chants and techniques. Also, our team as a whole did a great job being flexible and adjusting to the many changes that were made to our routine during nearly every practice. I’m very proud of our team growth.”

While Coach Smith has had many proud moments with this year’s squad, her proudest moment of the season, might surprise some. “My proudest moment of this season was when the team performed a solid routine in front of the students and staff the Friday before the state competition. The team was way more nervous to perform in front of their peers than competing in front of a packed St. John Arena,” said Coach Smith. Finally, when asked about the most rewarding part of being a coach, Coach Smith explained that it is the lifelong relationships that are built with the athletes. “I always tell the team at the beginning of every season, ‘Once you have cheered for me, you will always be one of my kids,’ and I truly mean that. I will always want the best for them and I will always care for them. I love when the alumni come back and I am able to reconnect with them.”

Congratulations to our Ranger Cheerleading Squad on their many accomplishments this season!

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District Reminders

Interested in Open Enrollment at NHS?

Thursday, March 30th from 6 – 7:30pm, NHS will be hosting a Community Open House for those interested in open-enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year. More information can be found at http://www.northwoodschools.org/article/14102

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Teen Institute 2nd Quarter Event

This event will take place Saturday, March 25th from 12pm – 3pm at NHS!

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Join Us For the Final Walk-Through of the Olney Buildings

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Preschool Registration 

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Weekly Update from Principal Krontz

Check the following link for important elementary reminders including information regarding Kindergarten registration! https://www.smore.com/j0vnt

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Northwood Easter Parade 

Mark your calendars for April 8th!

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