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

2017-2018

Northern Lights Acapella Members

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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

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Shakespeare on a Sunday Afternoon

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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! https://www.smore.com/epbgd

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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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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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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!

 

 

A Recap of the Fall Music Festivities With Mrs. Dunlap

Mrs. Dunlap’s elementary music classes have been incredibly busy this year. When asked about the importance of music performances, Mrs. Dunlap explained that performances are a great opportunity to apply the lessons learned in music class such as reading music, matching pitch, blending, harmonizing, and memorization. Mrs. Dunlap stated, “Students work together as a team to ensure lyrics can be understood clearly and create expressive musicianship.” She further stated that performing in front of an audience helps students gain invaluable experience as well as confidence and poise. Additionally, concerts serve as a “final exam” as they are a culmination of the semester’s hard work and preparation. The fall elementary music performances included:

 

September 17, 2015: 6th Graders “Sh! We’re Writing the Constitution” Performance

November 12, 2015: 5th and 6th Grade Fall & Patriotic Performance

December 3, 2015: 3rd and 4th Grade “Holiday and Music” Christmas Program Featuring the 5th and 6th Grade Choir

 


Rhythm-SticksThe 3rd and 4th Grade “Holiday and Music” Christmas Program included third grade students using rhythm sticks during their enthusiastic performance of “The Rhythm of the Season.” Fourth grade bell ringers did an outstaBellsnding job during the program. Several fourth grade narrators were featured in a humorous number questioning, “What’s a Yule Log?”

 


PilgrimsFor the 5th and 6th grade “Fall and Patriotic Performance” several fifth grade students dressed in Native American or Pilgrim costumes as students sang songs of being “Glad for Their Thanksgiving” and “Pilgrims,” which included narrations recalling the Thanksgiving feast. The sixth grade students presented selections from the “Sh! We’re Writing the Constitution” mini musical. This performance featured four costumed Founding Fathers and several delegates. Mrs. Dunlap explained, “This dramatic and humorous mini musical, brought to life what these famous men painstakingly went through to form our constitution.” This group of students also sang aFounding-Fathers fall song as well as a send off song, “The Future is Calling Us” in honor of their last elementary performance with Mrs. Dunlap. Students took pride in participating in a processional led by the American and State Flag as well as displaying the U.S. flag during the patriotic songs.

 

The 5th and 6th grade choir performed at both the November and December concerts. They received rave reviews when they performed for the Retiree Christmas Party as well. One of the students’ favorite selections was “Share Your Good Will” which helped to kick off the Student Council’s Food Drive Contest to donate food to families in need at Christmas. Student Council Advisor, Mrs. Turner, created a beautiful visual by having students bring forward canned goods to the stage during lyrics motivating our student body to “remember there are people not as fortunate as you.”

 

Mrs. Dunlap explained that most of our Ranger students love to sing and perform their favorite songs for their families. Quite a few also enjoy adding a dramatic flair to songs by depicting special characters in their songs. They encourage and support those who contribute 5-6-Choir (1)above and beyond by dressing up in costumes, carrying props, narrating, or playing instrumental features. Even those who are shy and get nervous, end up feeling quite a sense of accomplishment when they receive positive feedback upon completion of a successful  program. Third and fourth grade students were 6th-Grade (1)excited that their selections for the “Holiday of Music” program would put everyone into the spirit of Christmas. Fifth and sixth grade students were exceptionally proud to sing harmonies this year. While fifth graders loved singing about the history of pilgrims and being thankful for our freedoms, sixth grade students enjoyed the opportunity to honor and recognize our Veterans.

Our elementary students worked very hard in preparing for the fall performances. the fifth and sixth grade choir worked diligently to sing in two-part harmony. This choir is comprised of students from six different classrooms who meet once a week during recess. Mrs. Dunlap expressed that these students were definitely a pleasure to work with. “Their enthusiasm and love for singing is contagious and enjoyable. I am so proud of their dedication and commitment” said Mrs. Dunlap. She explained that these students serve as an inspiration for the younger grades and help to display how fulfilling choir can be for those who love to sing. Mrs. Dunlap concluded by stating, “I am grateful for all of the teachers, staff, NEO, and parents who help in so many ways to support our performances through schedule changes, assisting in practices and concerts, as well as their words of encouragement to students and myself.”

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