It’s THROWBACK THURSDAY and a Surprise Edition of the Ranger Roundup!

Throwback Thursday

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.

Remember to check Schoology every day and to reach out to your teachers with any questions, concerns, or simply, just to say “Hi!” We’d love to hear from you! #TheRangerWay #OneRangerNation #NorthwoodProud

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 

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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.”

Spring is Upon Us with Very Busy Rangers!

Our “Guys and Dolls” are Ready to Light Up the Stage! 

**Please note new start times for this year’s show!**
Big Jule (Dalton Dempsey) shooting crap with Nathan Detroit (River Emmert) and the other gamblers.

Opening night for our spring production of Guys and Dolls is one week from today! Our high school Rangers have been hard at work preparing for this classic musical set in the 1940’s. Gambler Nathan Detroit (River Emmert) needs $1,000 to hold his crap game at the Biltmore Garage. So, he bets gambler Sky Masterson (Cayden Schober) that he cannot convince the Save-A-Soul Mission’s very own Sarah Brown (Kennedy Brossia) to go on a date with him. Meanwhile, Hot Box star Adelaide (Sierra Braddock), wants Nathan to finally marry her after a 14-year engagement!

Logan Urbanyi working on laying carpet for this year’s set.

Our Rangers had several different reasons as to why they decided to participate in this year’s musical. Junior Isaac Hoffer, who will portray the role of Nicely-Nicely Johnson made a simple choice, stating, “I’ve done it [musical] the past three years and it was very enjoyable.” Sophomore Faith Jones who is part of our paint and moving crew also based her decision on her past experience stating, “I did it last year and made great memories, so I decided to participate again!” This is junior Breanna Herrera’s first year on stage, as she portrays the role of a Hot Box girl. She explained, “I thought stepping out of my comfort zone would be a fun experience.” 

Our Hot Box girls practicing their choreography.

When asked what they found most surprising about their musical experience this year, sophomore Cameron Brice, our co-crew chief this year, said, “I was surprised with the amount of time I’ve spent working on a project out of school and even on the weekends.” Freshman Ashley Jones who is also part of our paint crew stated, “Everyone is friendly and there is always work to be done.” Sophomore Sapphire Smith, who will be working up in the booth during the show on our lighting, added that she was surprised at how well everyone gets along. Senior Tori Flahiff, who is back on stage as a Hot Box girl this year stated, “Loving the whole process, practices, rehearsals, and spending quality time with Slater, Toflinski, and James along with my friends!” 

The crapshooters dance is not one to be missed!

Our actors and actresses are very excited for the audience to see this show. They are particularly excited for the audience to see the Hot Box girls in their featured songs, “A Bushel and a Peck” and “Take Back Your Mink.” Other exciting scenes will feature well known numbers “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and “Luck be a Lady.” Finally, the crapshooter’s tunnel scene is one that definitely should not be missed! 

Our Havana dancers practicing their couples choreography.

It seems that every year, we have Rangers that are unsure about whether or not they would like to be involved in the musical production, only to wish they had participated once the show has reached completion. When asked to give advice they would give to their fellow students regarding participating in the musical, senior Cayden Schober said, “Do it. Like seriously do it. If you think you might like it, just give it a shot.” Senior Anya Rau, who is a member of our Mission Band, added, “Definitely do it! It’s always a great way to make friends and feel like you’re a part of a family made up of community members.” Our Adelaide, played by senior Sierra Braddock, concluded, “Do it; you don’t realize how much fun it is backstage and behind the scenes until you do it. The bonds you build with everyone are great, and the atmosphere is just welcoming and fun.”

Reserve your tickets today! Call the office at 419-691-3888 or order you tickets online via the following links:

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Wood County Spelling Bee

On Saturday, February 8th, Alexa Urbanyi (seventh grade) and Lainee Partin (eighth grade) participated in the annual Wood County Spelling Bee in Bowling Green. Sixth grader Kynsey Montague also competed. To qualify, the girls had to study hundreds of spelling words and beat their classmates in the local spelling bee, which is no easy feat!

Valentine’s for Soldiers

Elementary art students made valentines and thank you cards for the troops that deployed to Iraq. In coordination with Operation Gratitude, students created amazing art and kind messages for our troops, which will be mailed out with care packages in coordination with Way Public Library and NES art teacher Gwen Diamond.

Figurative Language Lessons

Ms. DiTommaso’s 6th grade language arts students are currently learning about figurative language, mood, and tone, poetry structure, story structure, and point-of-view. Ms. DiTommaso explained that this unit is important because the students are able to understand who the speaker of a text is, who the targeted audience is, how the speaker feels about the topic, the mood the reader feels while reading it, and why the poets and authors use figurative language to further the meaning of their words. 

“Students have enjoyed the many different types of figurative language we have talked about and being able to create their own examples,” said Ms. DiTommaso. She added that students have enjoyed getting to use their creative side and write their own poetry about whatever topic they are interested in! 

3 Classes, 3 Projects, 1 Common Space!

Have you ever wondered how we use the pod areas in our building? Check out the photo below of the junior high pod. The removable wall, allows a more open area, while three different classes were able to work on their various projects all at the same time! Thank you to Mr. Lewin for sharing this peek into the school day!

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2020-2021 School Calendar

The 2020-2021 NLS School Calendar has been released. You can download the calendar via our school website: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/556440/NLS_2020-2021_School_Calendar.pdf

  • 3/6 – 3/8: Musical Weekend “Guys & Dolls”
  • 3/13: End of 3rd Quarter
  • 3/23-3/27: Spring Break
  • 3/30: School Resumes
  • 4/3: Senior Citizens Luncheon
  • 5/4: High School Academic Awards Banquet
  • 5/9: NHS Prom
  • 5/19: Senior Awards
  • 5/24: NHS Graduation Ceremony
  • 5/28: Last Day of School for Students!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

“Guys and Dolls” Tickets On Sale Now!

Tickets are now available for this year’s production of “Guys and Dolls!” Call the office at 419-691-3888 or order you tickets online via the following links:

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Coming Home 2020

Congratulations to our Coming Home Court and our newly crowned King and Queen River Emmert and Ploy Vayavong!

Students Create History Board Games 

Students in Mr. Donegan’s 9th grade Modern World History Class recently learned  about the Great Depression. Mr. Donegan explained that learning about the Depression Era helps students to understand how difficult life was during that time. He stated, “Ultimately, the students learn how people became desperate and lost faith in democracy, which led to a rise in dictatorships across Europe and eventually World War II.” 

During this unit, students created a board game about their knowledge of the Great Depression for their peers to play during class. “They seemed to enjoy being creative during the construction of the game, but they also enjoyed playing their peers’ games,” said Mr. Donegan. He concluded that the students did a very good job being creative and making their games unique! 

Using Microscopes in 6th Grade Science 

Students in Mrs. Welker’s 6th grade Science class are currently learning about cell theory and cell organelles. Mrs. Welker explained, “Students are learning about cell cycle and how illnesses can be transmitted from place to place. Students will soon be using microscopes again for a lab to practice identifying plant and animal cells.” 

Students started out learning about microscopes and the different power of lenses. After learning the parts of the microscope, they practiced using different lens powers by locating a single letter of print that was mounted on a slide. Students were able to use their iPads to take pictures showing what they saw at each lens power. Then, students dove into all the parts of the cell, looking at the differences between animal and plant cells. Students even learned the “cell rap” as a fun way to learn the organelles. Mrs. Welker stated, “We have also discussed the scientific strides made in cell regeneration and its application in medicine today. Next, we compared healthy versus unhealthy cell growth and how cancers can grow in the body, also looking at what can cause these cancers to grow.” 

Mrs. Welker concluded, “Students love working with the microscopes! They also like the cell rap as a way to remember the organelles and how they function!” 

CBI Cooking Challenge

Several of our Rangers recently participated in a cooking challenge as part of their program at CBI. Our very own Emily Bires played an integral role in helping these students learn their way around the kitchen. Check out some of the highlights below.

Working Hard in Spanish Class

Check out these photos of our Rangers hard at work in Profe Genson’s class!

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2020-2021 School Calendar

The 2020-2021 NLS School Calendar has been released. You can download the calendar via our school website: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/556440/NLS_2020-2021_School_Calendar.pdf

  • 2/15: Military Night at Basketball Game
  • 2/17: President’s Day, No School
  • 2/18: Teacher In-service Day, No School for Students
  • 2/25: ACT Test for all Northwood 11th grade students
  • 3/6 – 3/8: Musical Weekend “Guys & Dolls”
  • 3/13: End of 3rd Quarter
  • 3/23-3/27: Spring Break
  • 3/30: School Resumes
  • 4/3: Senior Citizens Luncheon
  • 5/4: High School Academic Awards Banquet
  • 5/9: NHS Prom
  • 5/19: Senior Awards
  • 5/24: NHS Graduation Ceremony
  • 5/28: Last Day of School for Students!

NLS Receives Community Recognition!

The Blade Names Northwood Local Schools a Winner of the Toledo Top Workplaces 2020 Award

 Northwood Local Schools has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2020 honor by The Blade. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“For more than a decade, the Top Workplaces award has helped organizations stand out among their competitors to attract talent,” said Eric Rubino, CEO of Energage. “This differentiation is more important than ever in today’s tight labor market. Establishing a continuous conversation with employees so you have a deep understanding of your unique culture is proven to help achieve higher referral rates, lower employee turnover, and double the employee engagement levels. No longer is recognition simply a much-deserved cause for celebration, but it’s fast becoming mission-critical to establish a competitive advantage for recruitment and retention.”

A Message from Supt. Kozina

Earlier this school year Northwood Local Schools was nominated for the Toledo Blade’s Top Workplaces 2020 award.  We were honored to be nominated. The process involved a survey sent to every staff member asking for feedback about the organization, the values, the growth, leadership, and many other aspects.  

We were recently notified that Northwood Local Schools was selected as a top workplace for 2020 based on the feedback they received from our staff.  Some strong points of interest for our district was retention and longevity of staff members, engagement of staff members, and the values of the organization.  

Our staff responses showed some of our strongest areas as:

  • Direction – A true belief that Northwood is going in the right direction
  • Potential – Allowing staff members to work to their full potential
  • Appreciation – Feeling appreciated at the school by students, parents, community and colleagues
  • Meaningfulness – Feeling that your job is part of something meaningful

Of course there were many other insights and also some areas we can reflect on and grow into the future.  In the end, it was evident that our staff appreciates Northwood Local Schools, the students, parents, and the community in which we work.  

The survey also tracked words that the staff felt were important and the largest words were mentioned the most.  Family. Friendly. Community. What great words to describe our District.  

I want to thank our staff for their incredible work every day on behalf of all our students.  I want to thank our community and parents for their ongoing support of our staff and students.  We have always felt that Northwood was a great place to work. Thank you also to the Toledo Blade and the survey company Energage.  

Go Rangers!

Coming Home 2020

The Northwood High School Coming Home Ceremony and Dance will take place, Friday, February 7th. Congratulations to all of the candidates!

 Facts and Opinion in First Grade 

Mrs. Linkey’s 1st grade writing students are currently learning the difference between fact and opinion when reading and writing. Going along with the idea that an author writes for three purposes, to entertain, to inform, or to persuade, first graders are learning to do the same! Students have been playing a fact/opinion game in Kahoot! and are working on determining if statements include feelings or facts. They also sorted statements into fact and opinion charts based on our story of the week, “At Home in the Ocean.” 

Mrs. Linkey explained, “It is important to understand emotions in statements and to understand that not everyone agrees with opinions. This was especially interesting when we wrote facts about ice cream. Students realized that opinions varied and that a fact must be a statement that could be proven correct.” 

During this unit, students have enjoyed playing Kahoot! They loved determining if the crazy statements were informative or opinion based. Mrs. Linkey said that this was a silly and fun way to check learning. Finally, students really enjoyed sharing their own opinion writing about how to spend one million dollars! 

Mrs. Linkey concluded, “Writing is a very difficult task for first graders. They are learning the basics of how letters work together to spell words as well as remembering spacing and punctuation. Often times students are so hung up on spelling each word correctly and sounding out words, that they forget what their idea was right in the middle of a sentence. Kiddos are encouraged to use their best sounds and to circle their word if they aren’t sure. Later, they can return to the word to check the spelling. I love the phonetic spelling of Lamborghini!”

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2020-2021 School Calendar

The 2020-2021 NLS School Calendar has been released. You can download the calendar via our school website: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/556440/NLS_2020-2021_School_Calendar.pdf

CCP Information Night

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  • 2/3: CCP Meeting 7pm, NHS Commons
  • 2/7: Coming Home and Dance
  • 2/15: Military Night at Basketball Game
  • 2/17: President’s Day, No School
  • 2/18: Teacher In-service Day, No School for Students
  • 2/25: ACT Test for all Northwood 11th grade students
  • 3/6 – 3/8: Musical Weekend “Guys & Dolls”
  • 3/13: End of 3rd Quarter
  • 3/23-3/27: Spring Break
  • 3/30: School Resumes
  • 4/3: Senior Citizens Luncheon
  • 5/4: High School Academic Awards Banquet
  • 5/9: NHS Prom
  • 5/19: Senior Awards
  • 5/24: NHS Graduation Ceremony
  • 5/28: Last Day of School for Students!

Guest Speakers and NLS Updates!

Adulting in Consumer Science 

Mr. Andrew Tepper, the City of Northwood Tax Compliance Auditor, speaks with students about taxes.

Ms. Blausey’s Consumer Math class, a combination of junior and senior level students, are currently studying the importance of Taxes. Ms. Blausey stated, “I truly feel that the Taxes unit is one of the most important (and sometimes confusing) units that we cover. It is vitally important for a person to understand the amounts being withheld from their paychecks and for what reasons. One day, these students will elect public officials who hold the power to make changes to these deductions. The more informed they are now, the more informed they’ll be when they get to make adult decisions about the management of their income.”

During this unit, students discuss and fill out all of the important forms that students might encounter as adults when dealing with taxes: W-4, W-2, 1099 forms, Federal Form 1040, State Taxes, School District Taxes, and Local City Taxes. Students hand calculate the amount of taxes that individuals effectively are required to pay and compare that with the individual’s marginal tax rate. Students also discuss the many changes that have occurred in recent years to filing one’s taxes, such as the penalty for not having health insurance. 

For the second year, Mr. Andrew Tepper, the City of Northwood Tax Compliance Auditor, has graciously taken time to come in as a guest speaker for our Rangers. He spoke to the students about paying Northwood City Taxes. He was able to answer important tax questions regarding how to pay them, where to pay them, why they must be paid, and whether or not a credit is given when a student works and pays taxes in a city such as Perrysburg. 

Ms. Blausey concluded by stating that while this unit can be quite overwhelming, students have done a fantastic job of asking good questions and seemed to be very curious regarding this important life skill! 

NES Clasroom Party Reminder

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Penta Career Night

City of Northwood Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Movie Night

  • 12/19: End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester
  • 12/20: Records Day/First Day of Winter Break for Students
  • 1/6: School Resumes
  • 1/20: MLK Day, No School
  • 2/17: President’s Day, No School
  • 2/18: Teacher In-service Day, No School for Students
  • 3/6 – 3/8: Musical Weekend “Guys & Dolls”

Turkey Trouble

Turkey Trouble

Mrs. Chrysochoos’ 4th grade Language Arts students are currently working on informational texts in iReady where they learned how to make guacamole and even take their own pulse. Students learned that informational reading can be lots of fun! 

Additionally, students are reading the book Turkey Trouble and disguising turkeys so they don’t get eaten for Thanksgiving! Mrs. Chrysochoos explained, “We will do multi-paragraph writing about our turkeys after we finish disguising them.” She added, “Multi-paragraphs aren’t always fun to write, but when writing about disguised turkeys, they are a lot easier to write.” 

Mrs. Chrysochoos concluded that the 4th graders are looking forward to December when they read and write about “Ugly Christmas Sweaters” and have a sweater contest!

Athletic Boosters Winter Sale

Athletic Booster winter spirit wear store is now open!! 
Store closes on Tuesday, November 26th at 11pm. No late orders will be accepted.

Purchases will be available for pick up the week of December 16th. We will provide specific instructions for pick up that week.

HS Winter Sports Meeting

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Salvation Army Holiday Information

Wood County Personal Shredding Event This Weekend!

  • 11/15: Second Quarter Midterm
  • 11/19: HS Winter Sports Parent Meeting, 6pm
  • 11/27-11/29: Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/2: Teacher In-service Day, No School for Students/Athletic Boosters BINGO Night
  • 12/19: End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester
  • 12/20: Records Day/First Day of Winter Break for Students
  • 1/6: School Resumes
  • 1/20: MLK Day, No School
  • 2/17: President’s Day, No School
  • 2/18: Teacher In-service Day, No School for Students
  • 3/6 – 3/8: Musical Weekend “Guys & Dolls”

Finding Our Way!

Finding Our Way With Maps! 

Mrs. Sheets’ 4th grade social studies students are currently studying maps! Students are focusing on how to read maps as well as how to create maps. Mrs. Sheets explained, “Students have enjoyed using coordinates to find towns and land forms in Ohio.” The fourth graders learned how to read and create maps to develop their own cities. They even developed a mileage chart after learning how to make an appropriate chart with columns and rows! 

Safety Kids Calendar Contest Winner

Sophia Carlo, Grade 6, recently won the Wood County Safety Kids Calendar Contest. Sophia competed with all Wood County Schools and thousands of entries. She was honored at a ceremony in Bowling Green. She also won her favorite candy ( Jolly Ranchers) from Ms. Diamond, her Art Specialist. Congratulations Sophia! Look for her month winning entry in the 2019/2020 calendar. 

Homecoming 2019 Drone Photos

Thank you to the Northwood Police Department for sharing these photos, taken with their drone, during our 2019 Homecoming game!

Spring Musical Announced

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March, 6, 7, & 8, 2020

The Northwood High School Spring Musical will be the classic, Guys and Dolls. Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to participate in the cast and/or crew. Audition materials are currently available in the F-Pod. Auditions will take place after school, the week of November 18th. Please me sure to mark your calendars now, for the Northwood High School production of Guys and Dolls that will take place March 6, 7, & 8, 2020!

Northwood Trunk-or-Treat

Drive Carefully, it’s Deer Season!

Salvation Army Holiday Information

New Polling Location

Wood County Board of Elections has announced our AAA building as the new polling location for all of Northwood.  See their press release attached.

Wood County Personal Shredding Event

  • 11/14 – Sophomore Explore Penta Day
  • 11/27-11/29 – Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/2 – Teacher In-service Day, No School for Students
  • 12/19 – End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester

Fall Lessons Bring the Life Cycle of Apples, Coping with Stress, and Kahoot!

Apples Everywhere!

Mrs. Calmes Kindergarten class is currently focusing on the life cycle of apples — a perfect unit for the beginning of Fall! During this unit, students have worked on a variety of math, science, and literacy activities. The students have enjoyed taste-testing different apples and graphing their favorite apple. They also enjoyed listening to the story Apple Trouble and drawing how they predicted the story would end, using the app Seesaw. Students even helped to make applesauce! Each student brought in an apple to use for the applesauce. Additionally, after reading Seasons of an Apple Tree, students painted the four seasons of an apple tree. This has been a fun and educational unit for our Rangers! 

Are You Feeling Stressed?

Mrs. Schmeltz’s Psychology students (a class made up of juniors and seniors) have currently been focusing on a Stress and Health unit. During this unit, students are completing projects on what causes stress and how to properly cope with stress. Mrs. Schmeltz explained, “Students were able to pick how to display their coping mechanisms. Some students made playlists while applying their knowledge of what causes stress and how to deal with the overwhelming effects. Others created visuals such as documentaries and talk shows, or posters and pamphlets. Some students chose to simply write an essay explaining what they think is best for coping. Students enjoyed the freedom to use their talents and abilities to display their knowledge and understanding.”

Kahoot Vocabulary Review

Mr. Moore’s Sophomore Geometry students, played Kahoot to review their daily vocabulary terms. These particular terms focused on proving segment relationships. Mr. Moore said, “My students really enjoy using Kahoot to review and practice their unit vocabulary.”

2019 Homecoming

Congratulations to our 2019 Homecoming King and Queen, Dalton Dempsey and Meagan Mahoney!

Habitat for Humanity

New Polling Location

Wood County Board of Elections has announced our AAA building as the new polling location for all of Northwood.  See their press release attached.

Wood County Personal Shredding Event

Financial Aid Night

  • 10/18 – End of 1st Quarter: Tailgate 5:30-7pm, Senior Night
  • 10/23 – Parent/Teacher Conferences, Powder Puff Game
  • 10/24 – Parent/Teacher Conferences, Financial Aid Night 5:30-6:30pm
  • 11/14 – Sophomore Explore Penta Day
  • 11/27-11/29 – Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/2 – Teacher In-service Day, No School for Students
  • 12/19 – End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester

Happy Homecoming!

Visiting the Administration Buildings

Our Juniors waiting for their third grade buddies!

The junior government class accompanied the Northwood third-graders to the administration buildings this past Wednesday. Not only did the Juniors get to learn a little bit more about local government they also utilized this trip to fill a required service learning project that goes on throughout the entire school year.


The Juniors prepped for this trip by learning about how the federal government interacts with the local governments. Mr. Dickey explained, “We used the trip to gather some information about the role our local government plays in our community. Then after we returned, they had a writing prompt that allowed them to make connections between how the federal government and our local governments all end up working as one.”

Mr. Dickey continued, “This year we were lucky enough to have our own meeting with the mayor, met with the Wood County Board of Elections director, and even had some time to chat with Northwood Fire Chief, Joel Whitmore.” The Juniors were actually some of the first people in Wood County to test out the new election booths that will be used in November’s election!


However, the best part of this trip was the walk to the administration building, when each junior was paired up with one or two third graders. They had the opportunity to chat about their likes and dislikes, talk about their families, and interact with each other!

Letters of Gratitude

Ms. Duckett’s first grade students have been working on a very special writing assignment! Students are currently learning how to write letters as well as what it means to serve in the military. Ms. Duckett explained, “We have two students in our class whose dads are being deployed at the end of September. We have written thank you notes and included words of encouragement, safety, and gratitude for their service.” Ms. Duckett stated, “The students enjoyed showing support for their classmates. They are a very kind and caring class and they know it is a difficult time for their friends and their families.” 

Mixture Problems and Uniform Motion 

Mrs. Elinski’s Algebra I students are currently working on mixture problems and uniform motion. She explained, “These complex word problems take a lot of practice, so we spend many instructional days on these topics. During this time, we are learning how to organize information from a word problem, and correctly write and solve the corresponding equations. Additionally, we have to make sure that our answers make sense and properly answer the questions.” These lessons help our students to gain better problem solving skills, which can be applied to many things outside of the mathematics classroom. 

Each individual question is very long and complex. The first day, students discussed mixture problems and only finished one question in the entire class period! During their study of uniform motion, students had the opportunity to get up and act out the word problems. “This helps us to visualize what the problem is demonstrating so we are better able to sort through the information to solve,” said Mrs. Elinski. 

Mrs. Elinski concluded, “With practice, the students gain confidence and understanding. It is fun watching them improve each day, and seeing how proud they are when they can finally solve one from start to finish on their own.” 

Congratulations to our 2019 Homecoming Court

2019 Homecoming Information

Habitat for Humanity

New Polling Location

Wood County Board of Elections has announced our AAA building as the new polling location for all of Northwood.  See their press release attached.

Wood County Personal Shredding Event

Financial Aid Night

  • 10/4 – Homecoming Game: Tailgate 5:30-7pm
  • 10/5 – NHS Homecoming Dance (grades 9-12), 8-11pm
  • 10/8 – Picture Retakes
  • 10/12 – Northwood Fall Fest
  • 10/14 – Music Boosters Meeting, 7pm
  • 10/15 – Marco’s Pizza Night
  • 10/16 – Fall Choir Concert (grades 7-12), 7pm
  • 10/18 – End of 1st Quarter: Tailgate 5:30-7pm, Senior Night
  • 10/23 – Parent/Teacher Conferences, Powder Puff Game
  • 10/24 – Parent/Teacher Conferences, Financial Aid Night 5:30-6:30pm
  • 11/14 – Sophomore Explore Penta Day
  • 11/27-11/29 – Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/2 – Teacher In-service Day, No School for Students
  • 12/19 – End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester

Active Learning at NLS

Third Graders Observe Butterfly Life Cycle 

Mrs. Bates’ third grade science students have been studying the life cycle of the butterfly. They have had the opportunity to observe each stage of the life cycle. The stages observed included a chrysalis that was just formed, a chrysalis that a monarch was about to hatch, a monarch just hatched, and finally, the stage that students enjoyed most, the releasing of the monarch butterfly!

The Hero’s Journey in 7th Grade ELA

Mr. Myers’ seventh grade ELA students are currently focusing on the Hero’s Journey, during their Mythology unit. Mr. Myers explained that the Hero’s Journey is a series of steps that characters from many movies, books, and myths follow to become a “hero.” Studying this helps students understand the connection between plot, setting, and character development. 

During this unit, students study Greek creation myths and Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. Activities include the Ancient Greece Meet-n-Greet, a comparison between the Disney version of Hercules and the original myth, and a thrash-out debate over the myth of Atalanta. Mr. Myers stated, “Students really enjoyed the Ancient Greece Meet-n-Greet because they discovered many of the connections between the different gods and goddesses they portrayed, realizing the activity was more like an awkward family reunion, than a meet-n-greet. Plus, some students went above and beyond and created costumes!” 

1st Grade “Daily 3”

Mrs. Anderson stated, “Students have fun talking with their partners and I enjoy listening to them discuss their findings!”

Mrs. Anderson’s first grade math students have started “Math Daily 3.” Students are able to choose from three different choices during math time. They can choose to do “math by myself,” which is a math app on the iPad. They can choose to do “math writing,” which is an interactive notebook (this really helps students focus on number sense). Or, they can choose “math with someone,” which is playing a math game with a partner. 

Mrs. Anderson explained, “We have worked really hard the last couple of weeks of school to build our stamina and complete our work together as expected. Once students were able to work independently, I was able to introduce choice which seems to motivate students. By working with small groups, I can easily differentiate to meet my students’ needs.” She concluded, “The students enjoy getting to work with their friends in class. They also like the freedom to choose their own activity during math time.”

Habitat for Humanity

Eastern Lanes After School Bowling Program

New Polling Location

Wood County Board of Elections has announced our AAA building as the new polling location for all of Northwood.  See their press release attached.

Wood County Personal Shredding Event

Financial Aid Night

  • 9/20 – First Quarter Midterm: Tailgate 5:30-7pm, Cheer Clinic & Alumni Band performances at the football game
  • 10/4 – Homecoming Game: Tailgate 5:30-7pm
  • 10/5 – NHS Homecoming Dance (grades 9-12), 8-11pm
  • 10/8 – Picture Retakes
  • 10/12 – Northwood Fall Fest
  • 10/14 – Music Boosters Meeting, 7pm
  • 10/15 – Marco’s Pizza Night
  • 10/16 – Fall Choir Concert (grades 7-12), 7pm
  • 10/18 – End of 1st Quarter: Tailgate 5:30-7pm, Senior Night