We are missing all of our Rangers so much. We decided to surprise you with a special edition of the Ranger Roundup! Take a look back at some of the events and lessons that took place before our stay-at-home order.
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Celebrating Mrs. Phillips’ Final “Jump Rope for Heart”
NES Hosts Annual “Jump Rope for Heart”
On February 14, 2020, Northwood Elementary held their 25th annual “Jump Rope for Heart,” now called “The Kids Heart Challenge.” All 2nd– 6th graders were combined on mixed teams and challenged to keep their team jumping for 60 minutes. The main goals for this event were to learn about personal heart health and to exercise one’s own heart to keep it strong and healthy. The Honor Wall, which adorned an area of the gym, represented students collectively coming together by filling out a heart to honor people in their lives who are suffering from heart disease. Teamwork and having fun together as a school body were also intentions of the event. Students were also challenged to acquire donations for The American Heart Association so that others whose hearts are not healthy can benefit. This year students collected an amazing $5,138.25! Way to go, Rangers!
The class that raised the most donations was Mrs. Besgrove’s 4th graders. They enjoyed a toilet paper party where they were able to cover their teacher, Mr. Odenweller, and Mrs. Phillips with the white stuff. Mrs. Phillips proudly expressed, “Way to Go Northwood Elementary…your donations will go a long way in helping others!”
Talk about helping others! Mrs. Phillips deserves some recognition of her own! But first, you may not be aware of how “Jump Rope for Heart” began at Northwood.
The History of NES’s “Jump Rope for Heart”
Mrs. Phillips started the “Jump Rope for Heart” event at Elmwood where she taught for 15 years prior to coming to Northwood. When her son, Chad Phillips, was a Northwood elementary student, he asked Ms. Hider (our previous PE teacher) if she would start holding this event at Northwood like his Mom was doing. So, Ms. Hider contacted Mrs. Phillips requesting her assistance in starting this endeavor for us. The next 20 years of her teaching career, we witnessed firsthand Mrs. Phillips’ passion for this tradition that she actually inspired and helped create for our students.
During the awards portion of the event, Mrs. Phillips was surprised by a special visit from Superintendent Kozina who eloquently expressed his appreciation for Mrs. Phillips’ hard work and commitment to organize this important event for so many years. Mrs. Krontz gave her flowers as a special touch of gratitude and Tracy Ulrich Shepard, from the American Heart Association, presented her with the “Volunteer of the Year Award” in recognition of her over 20 years of support and teaching students about heart health.
Mr. Kozina collaborated with Ms. Shepard to research Mrs. Phillips impact on donations collected over the years. Seizing an educational opportunity for students to actively do the math on the spot at the assembly, Mr. Kozina helped them estimate that Mrs. Phillips has inspired Northwood students to raise approximately $70,000.00 during her 20 years of teaching at Northwood. If you then add the 15 prior years she hosted “Jump Rope for Heart” at Elmwood, Ms. Shepard estimated that Mrs. Phillips has helped students raise well over $100,000.00 in the 35 years she has so passionately organized this event.
They say every $50 helps save a life; that is an incredible amount of people Mrs. Phillips has helped with her leadership in educating students about heart health and providing such a fun event to participate in. Kudos to Mrs. Phillips and all her former students for this outstanding support of such a worthwhile cause!
It was extra special that the event, which is especially near and dear to Mrs. Phillips’ heart, fell on Valentine’s Day this year. She once again poured her heart into this event, but it is bittersweet for us as she is retiring from NES at the end of this school year. We commend Mrs. Phillips for her creativity, organizational skills and hard work on all of the outstanding school-wide traditions she has so expertly continued over the years for our students such as the Pumpkin Walk Jog Runs, Hoop Shoots, Field Days, Olympics, and President’s Fitness Challenges. Mrs. Phillips, you are so greatly appreciated and we will miss you very much … with all our hearts!
Podcasting in Speech and Debate
Mrs. Moses’ Speech and Debate students created their very own podcasts prior to our departure from the building! The series consisted of three consecutive 10 minute episodes on various topics. Mrs. Moses explained that students have enjoyed interviewing students and staff on topics such as morning routines, strange food concoctions, COVID-19, and war. She concluded, “Students have really taken to this assignment!”
Badminton Tournaments in P.E.
Mrs. Wheeler’s 8th grade Physical Education students participated in a badminton Doubles Tournament before our stay-at-home order. Mrs. Wheeler explained that this unit is important because it allows students to focus on hand and eye coordination while playing a striking game. Students are also able to show teamwork and good sportsmanship during game play. Mrs.Wheeler concluded, “The students enjoy the game of badminton because they are able to learn a game that is not something they see often. They know baseball, softball, golf, and tennis to be striking games, but do not think about badminton because they do not see it everyday.”