School Library Month

Did you know that April is School Library Month? The Ranger Roundup recently sat down with our Library Media Specialist Kris James and our Library Aides Connie Hughes and Martha Wiley to discuss their integral roles in our district and all things books!


Library Responsibilities

As the library media specialist, Mrs. James is responsible for making sure that students have access to as many resources as possible. She maintains and updates our on-site library as well as access to online and digital materials. Mrs. James said, “I also see myself as a the go-to person to educate students and staff about the benefits and dangers of living life online. It’s to that end that I teach Media Literacy to seventh graders and also offer support to classroom teachers (particularly in the English department) to enhance student web literacy.” Mrs. James enjoys helping staff find materials to support their classroom activities and especially enjoys co-teaching lessons that involve finding, accessing, and evaluation information from multiple sources. She added, “I try to stay up-to-speed on common tech tools so that I can help students and teachers who are using media to share their ideas in high-tech ways.”

Mrs. James shared that it’s her love of reading that drew her to this school role. She spends a great deal of her time reading books that she thinks students would enjoy. “I keep the Wood County Public Library’s Libby app busy with all the ebook and audiobooks I borrow!” she said. She then takes what she’s read, watched, or listened to, and uses it to tempt students to read or watch or listen for themselves. One way she does this is to create bulletin boards and book displays. “By encouraging student reading I am nurturing their brains, since there is little we can do to develop intelligence and problem-solving more than reading!” she stated.

Our library aides Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Wiley, do much to assist Mrs. James in running our school library system. They also work regularly with the elementary students. Their responsibilities include reading to students, checking out books, preparing special lessons on historical events, encouraging students to read books or read on their iPads, and also to weed out old and worn materials in order to order new books for our library.

Challenges and Rewards

When asked about the challenges of her role as the Library Media Specialist, Mrs. James confided that working in a support capacity can sometimes make her feel invisible, as she doesn’t have a platform to shout out the services the library offers. She sometimes feels that students don’t understand just how she can help them. She explained, “Dealing with this distance between me and students is the hardest part of the job for me.” However, Mrs. James loves when students to talk to her about what he/she is reading. She expressed, “If we’ve read the same book, a quick conversation about a given character or a similar situation charges me up like nothing else!” Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Wiley expressed that not having a dedicated library space, and now having the library set up in the various pods, is the most challenging part of their position. The most rewarding part of their role as library aides is reading to the children and answering questions that relate to the books being read. Mrs. Wiley added, “We also enjoy listening to their thoughts on how the book we are reading might turn out.”

Library Activities and Events

Mrs. James currently runs a Book Club consisting of high school students who eat lunch together several times a month to discuss books! “We all read the same book and then let our talk about the book take us in any direction we want it to. Since good literature reveals what it means to be human, our discussion of that literature illuminates our shared humanity,” Mrs. James explained. This month, students are reading Kristin Cashore’s Graceling, a fantasy that centers on gracelings, gifted being who use their supernatural abilities for both good and evil. Mrs. James predicted, “When we finish, no doubt, we will discuss not only the elements of the story, but also issues of gender and identity, marriage and more.” Interested students are also encouraged to join the summer book group. The book club will meet twice a month to discuss books and other media that explore what it is to be teens in the world today. Feel free to email Mrs. James at kjames@northwoodschools.org or message her on Schoology for more information.

Family Literacy Night is coming up for our NES students on May 9th. Author David FitzSimmons will be the guest speaker. He will speak to students during the day and will also attend the Family Literacy Night event in the evening. Additionally, due to the success of last fall’s book fair, the library staff is looking into coordinating another book fair for next fall.

Final Thoughts

The NLS library is always open! The school library website can be found at www.northwoodlibrary.weebly.com and can be used to access many online resources,as well as to share a question, book review, or media resource. Mrs. James concluded, “The Northwood library staff is small but mighty! I couldn’t provide the services and creative support I do without the help of our elementary library aides, Martha Wiley and Connie Hughes. They both work extremely hard to encourage student literacy and love of learning. Many thanks for all their help!” Finally, Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Wiley encourage all students to “Read. Read. Read!”

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NORTHWOOD/WCESC PRESCHOOL PRE-REGISTRATION

The Northwood/Wood County Preschool, operated in collaboration with the Wood County Educational Service Center, is pre-registering for the 2019-20 school year.

The preschool programs are developmentally appropriate, play-based preschools supporting the Ohio Department of Education’s model curriculum. The Wood County Preschool Program is an inclusionary preschool program serving children ages 3–5 who have delays in development and children who are typically developing. Tuition, based on a sliding-fee scale, is charged for children without special needs. Children attend preschool two full days per week (either Tues/Thurs or Wed/Fri).

Please contact Naomi at nstickles@wcesc.org or 419-354-9010, ext. 133 to get on the 2019-20 mailing list. Parents who have questions regarding children who may have special needs can also contact Naomi.

  • Fri. – Mon. April 19th – 22nd: Spring Break
  • Tues. April 23rd: Teacher In-Service Day – No School for Students
  • Tues. – Sat. April 23rd – 27th: Junior and Senior NYC Trip
  • Sat. May 4th – Prom, 7pm
  • Mon. May 6th – HS Academic Awards, 6pm
  • Thurs. May 16th – Seniors’ Last Day
  • Fri. May 17th – Senior Awards, 1:30pm
  • Wed. May 22nd – End of 4th Quarter – Last Day of School
  • Thurs. May 23rd – Teacher’s Records Day
  • Fri. May 24th – Graduation Practice, 12pm
  • Sun. May 26th – Class of 2019 Graduation, 1:30pm
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Northwood Community Joins to Support All for Books

The businesses and community groups of Northwood have once again stepped up and demonstrated their concern for Northwood’s children. The Northwood libraries are sponsoring a Scholastic Book Fair on October 22-26 in the Lark Gym. Not only will the Book Fair supplement the libraries book collections, but it will motivate students to read more. Since more leisure reading translates into stronger reading skills and higher grades in English, math, science and history, students and the community benefit from increased reading.

Library aide Connie Hughes, who is helping to coordinate the Book Fair, believes in the community’s importance in educating a child, so she reached out to a number of local business and service groups. She asked them to contribute to the All for Books fund, money set aside to purchase books for our neediest students. “When we began planning for the Book Fair, we didn’t want any child to feel left out. We hoped that we could raise enough money to give books to some of the students who didn’t have the resources to buy for themselves. We never dreamed we’d be able to buy a book for every student.”

But that’s exactly what the Northwood community has enabled. Through the generous contributions of the following businesses, the Northwood libraries have raised over $3000 to buy books. Add to that the nearly $500 that students in kindergarten through sixth grade raised in a change drive (kudos to Mrs. Anderson’s first grade class for winning the pizza party for the largest donation!) and we can guarantee that every student enrolled in preschool through sixth grade will get a new book at our book distribution event in December.  

Says Mrs. Hughes, “Education is not just about family anymore. It’s about the community opening its heart to our kids, and Northwood showed how big its heart is” with its contributions to All for Books. Thank you so very much, Northwood!

 

Thanks to our Sponsors:

Northwood Elementary Organization

Alan Miller Jewelers

Hirzel Canning

Dr. Michael Crawford

The Ladies’ Auxiliary of Northwood Fire Department

Mauder Heating and Air Conditioning

VFW of Northwood,

Steck & Sons

Mayor Edward Schimmel

Lindsey Krontz, Northwood Elementary Principal

Oregon Insurance

City of Northwood

Northwood Athletic Booster Club

Ken & Kris James

Northwood Music Boosters

Northwood School Food Service/Emily Bires

 

NLS District Updates

FAMILY FUN TAILGATE:

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FINANCIAL AID NIGHT:

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TRUNK OR TREAT 2018:

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SALVATION ARMY THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW:

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ALUMNI NEWSLETTER:

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Stay up to date with all the events and projects at your Alma Mater by signing up to receive the new Alumni Newsletter here:

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UPCOMING BOOK FAIR INFORMATION:

Book Fair Shopping hours:

Tuesday, October 23: Class Previews during school;

Wednesday & Thursday, October 24-25: 9:15 AM – 6:30 PM;

Friday, October 26: 9:15 AM – 2 PM

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair. Our Online Fair is available from October 17 to October 30.

ATHLETIC BOOSTERS BINGO NIGHTS:

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Mark Your Calendar!

Fri. Oct. 19: End of 1st Quarter / Senior Night – PINK OUT!

Sat. Oct. 20: Trunk-or-Treat from 2pm – 4pm

Tues. Oct. 23: Book Fair Begins 

Wed. Oct. 24: Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences / Powder Puff Game @ 7pm

Thurs. Oct. 25: Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences & Financial Aid Night @ 5:30pm

Fri. Oct. 26: NES Parent/Teacher Conferences (No school for NES/NHS in session)

Wed. Oct. 31: Halloween = Trick-or-Treating in Northwood from 6-7:30pm

Thurs. Nov. 1: 7-12th grade Band Concert, AAA Building @ 7pm

Fri. Nov. 2: NES Fall Parties /  “Fall into Fitness” Walk, Jog, Run

Scientific Method, Johnny Appleseed, Glitter Paintings and More!

Using the Scientific Method in Mrs. Sheets’ Class

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Mrs. Sheets’ students have been focusing on data collection and analysis in their scientific method unit. Students have enjoyed hands on activities while collecting data such as stacking cubes, shooting baskets, standing on one foot the longest, and recording water temperature.

Through the scientific method, students have learned to ask a question, such as “Which drinking fountain is the coldest?” They then learned to make a hypothesis (an educated guess). A list of controlled varies were created to make sure the results would not be skewed. For example, for each water collection, students made sure they used the same container and the same amount of water. Then, groups were sent around the school to collect water samples. To record their data, students created a Google document. Finally, students analyzed the data and concluded that the drinking fountain in the gym produced the coldest temperature!

Third Grade Students Celebrate the Legacy of Johnny Appleseed

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Mrs. Hammel’s third grade Language Arts students recently celebrated the legacy of Johnny Appleseed. Students read several books about the famous man and created a web by collecting important information regarding Johnny Appleseed’s life. Mrs. Hammel explained, “We used the web as our foundation and we wrote a biography essay about him. We were very excited to use our keyboards during the essay writing process.” As a culminating activity, the children brought in apples, and made applesauce to celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday. The students said that it smelled like apple pie in their classroom all day long!

Creating Google Slides Presentations in 6th Grade ELA

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Miss Murphy’s sixth grade Language Arts students are currently studying theme, main idea, and how to write objective summaries. Recently, students worked in collaborative groups to read about a historical event of their choice. Then, they created summaries of the event and a Google Slides presentation to teach the rest of the class about the topic. Miss Murphy explained that students enjoyed learning about different events in history that they were not familiar with. Additionally, students also enjoyed working together on Google Slides to customize their presentations. Many students even found extra pictures, quotes, and videos to add to their slideshows!

Glitter Paintings in Art IV

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Art IV students have been working on creating levels of value using material other than paint. For this unit, students worked to create an image of glitter! The steps for creating these beautiful masterpieces include: drawing an enlargement of their image, evaluating the different levels in their image, and selecting and mixing glitter to create the right levels. Miss Rohloff explained, “This project takes some time because each value needs to set before doing the next.” She also added, “Students LOVE glitter!!! They also like the process of carefully applying the glue, shaking on the glitter, then pouring it off to reveal the image.” Miss Rohloff concluded, “My classroom is covered in glitter during this project. You can even find a trail of glitter leading out of my classroom!”

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Chalk the Walk 2018

Thank you to all of our Rangers who participated in the “Chalk the Walk” during Homecoming week!

NLS District Updates

NORTHWOOD FALL FESTIVAL – OCT. 13TH:

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PICTURE DAY INFORMATION:

Tuesday, Oct. 16th is NES Picture Day. Wednesday, Oct. 17th is NHS and PK Picture Day!

FAMILY FUN TAILGATE:

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FINANCIAL AID NIGHT:

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NEO SIGN-UP:

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TRUNK OR TREAT 2018:

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SALVATION ARMY THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW:

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ALUMNI NEWSLETTER:

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Stay up to date with all the events and projects at your Alma Mater by signing up to receive the new Alumni Newsletter here:

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UPCOMING BOOK FAIR INFORMATION:

Book Fair Shopping hours:

Tuesday, October 23: Class Previews during school;

Wednesday & Thursday, October 24-25: 9:15 AM – 6:30 PM;

Friday, October 26: 9:15 AM – 2 PM

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair. Our Online Fair is available from October 17 to October 30.

ATHLETIC BOOSTERS BINGO NIGHTS:

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Mark Your Calendar!

Mon. Oct. 15: BOE Meeting @ 6:30pm

Tues. Oct. 16: NES Picture Day

Wed. Oct. 17: NHS and PK Picture Day

Fri. Oct. 19: End of 1st Quarter 

Sat. Oct. 20: Trunk-or-Treat from 2pm – 4pm

Tues. Oct. 23: Book Fair Begins 

Wed. Oct. 24: Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences / Powder Puff Game @ 7pm

Thurs. Oct. 25: Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences & Financial Aid Night @ 5:30pm

Fri. Oct. 26: NES Parent/Teacher Conferences (No school for NES/NHS in session)

Wed. Oct. 31: Halloween = Trick-or-Treating in Northwood from 6-7:30pm

Thurs. Nov. 1: 7-12th grade Band Concert, AAA Building @ 7pm

Fri. Nov. 2: NES Fall Parties /  “Fall into Fitness” Walk, Jog, Run

 

Field Trips, NES Book Fair, Hoco Info, and More!

Classroom Routines and Butterfly Life Cycles!

Mrs. Duckett’s first grade students are currently learning all about friendships and getting classroom routines established. “First graders can tell you that it is ok to make mistakes! No stress, just try your best! We are also learning what it means to do your part – so you can be super smart!” said Mrs. Duckett.

Additionally, the students are watching the life cycle of a butterfly as eggs on milkweed have turned into caterpillars, then made themselves into chrysalis’, and finally hatched into beautiful butterflies! Mrs. Duckett’s students have released several already, and are waiting for more to hatch!

Juniors & 3rd Graders Visit the Northwood Municipal Building

Mr. Dickey’s 11th grade American Government students recently took a field trip to the Northwood Municipal Building. Mr. Dickey explained, “The trip is centered on one of the state standards that requires your child to identify and explain roles that Ohio’s citizens can play in helping state and local government address problems facing their communities.” Additionally, this trip was part of the Government Portfolio Project, which allows students to incorporate the class into their everyday lives.

20180921_134058During the trip, students met with the mayor, a city councilman, as well as having discussions with both the fire and police chiefs. Additionally, students looked at the various offices at the administration building to learn about some of the things citizens need to be aware of when they turn into adults. For example, students learned where to go to file taxes, register to vote, pay tickets, etc. The Wood County Board of Elections also provided a voting booth to show students how to use the new booths.

The juniors were accompanied by the 3rd grade Rangers to work as peer mentors, helping our younger Rangers to learn more about the community at large and the roles we play as citizens. This was the first time for this particular field trip collaboration and it was a fun and educational experience for all!  

The Northwood Local Schools libraries are holding a Book Fair during Parent-Teacher Conferences in October!

The Book Fair will turn the Lark Gym into our very own bookstore. Students, parents and staff will find hundreds of books from new and favorite authors, popular series, cool posters and school supplies, not to mention fun! The Scholastic Book Fair will be here readingfrom October 23 to October 26, and everyone is invited!

All students in PreK through 6th grades are invited to preview our Scholastic Book Fair. Those who choose to purchase books or other reading materials will be able to return on Wednesday and Thursday during school. In addition, the Book Fair will be open to all during Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 24-26.

Did you know? Reading just 20 minutes a day exposes your child to about 1.8 million words per year. Reading helps students develop a stronger vocabulary, and in addition, students who read for pleasure average higher grades in English, mathematics, science, and history!

Book Fair Shopping hours:

Tuesday, October 23: Class Previews during school;

Wednesday & Thursday, October 24-25: 9:15 AM – 6:30 PM;

Friday, October 26: 9:15 AM – 2 PM

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair. Our Online Fair is available from October 17 to October 30.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school libraries. For more information, contact any library staff member (Kris James, Library Media Specialist; Connie Hughes, Library Aide; or Martha Willey, Library Aide).

All for Books!

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Since reading is such an important skill, one that translates into improved standardized test scores and access to virtually anything, the Library staff wants to get books into the hands of as many students as possible. The Book Fair will help pump up our collection of new books, but we also want students have books of their own.

All for Books is a program that will help us achieve this goal. Elementary classrooms will compete to collect the most loose change and dollar bills that will go into our All for Books fund. We are also inviting Northwood community members and businesses to make donations towards All for Books. Every penny of the funds we raise will go into providing books to Northwood students. If you are interested in making a contribution, please contact Connie Hughes at chughes@northwoodschools.org for more information.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown Pre-Sale benefits Northwood Libraries

The thirteenth book in Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series goes on sale on October diary of wimpy kid30, but you can pre-order your copy and help the Northwood Book Fair at the same time. In The Meltdown, a wintry blast closes Greg Heffley’s middle school and turns his neighborhood into a battleground, complete with snow forts, alliances, betrayals, and epic snowball fights. The book retails for $13.95, but Northwood students can preorder theirs for $9. You can pre-order on Northwood’s payforit.net site or send a cash or a check (to Northwood Local Schools) and the books will be delivered after October 30. Preorders for The Meltdown are due on October 25 by 2:30 PM. Please email Kris James at kjames@northwoodschools.org for more information.

NLS District Updates

HOMECOMING 2018:

Congratulations to our Prince – Lucas Kachenmeister and Princess – Hadlee Young

NORTHWOOD FALL FESTIVAL – OCT. 13TH:

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ENCOURAGING MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS:

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BUS DRIVERS NEEDED AT NLS:

To view the posting and to apply with a letter of interest, click on the following link:

https://www.applitrack.com/northwoodschools/onlineapp/

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ATHLETIC BOOSTERS BINGO NIGHTS:

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Mark Your Calendar!

Tues. Oct. 2: NEO Marco’s Pizza Night

Fri. Oct. 5: Homecoming 

Sat. Oct. 6: NHS Homecoming Dance @ 8pm

Tues. Oct. 9: 7-12 Choir Concert, AAA Building Auditorium @ 7pm 

Mon. Oct. 15: BOE Meeting @ 6:30pm

Tues. Oct. 16: NES Picture Day

Wed. Oct. 17: NHS and PK Picture Day

Fri. Oct. 19: End of 1st Quarter 

Tues. Oct. 23: Book Fair Begins 

Wed. Oct. 24: Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thurs. Oct. 25: Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences & Financial Aid Night @ 5:30pm

Fri. Oct. 26: NES Parent/Teacher Conferences (No school for NES/NHS in session)