Puppet-Theater & Rock Races

Drama Students Begin Puppet-Theater

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The first year of drama class is all about learning to be creative and allowing yourself to go outside the box. Mrs. Slater’s first year drama students are currently beginning a unit on puppet-theater. This will challenge them to develop a voice for their puppet that is not their own, learn how to create and make a puppet as real life as possible, and memorize lines.  

IMG_1915The class of 28 students will be divided into groups of 3 or 4. Each group will choose a children’s story to re-create using puppets as the characters. They will design and make their own puppets out of socks, sticks, spoons, and other creative materials. They will create a backdrop for their story and continue to rehearse together learning cooperation and responsibility.  In the end, they will perform their re-created children’s story for the first graders.  The puppets you see included in this article were their first attempt at being creative.  They are very much looking forward to begin the ‘real’ puppet stories for the children.  Mrs. Slater encourages everyone to follow the drama students’ progress on Twitter in the weeks to come!

4th Graders Study Changes in the Earth’s Surface

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Mrs. Sheets’ 4th grade science students are currently studying changes in the Earth’s surface. During this unit, students have created charts and researched landform images. Mrs. Sheets explained that students have really enjoyed the erosion tables as well as the “rock races,” and the culminating project. She added, “Students were fascinated while researching landform photos.”

For the erosion table, students built a river and saw how water causes weathering, erosion, and deposition. Mrs. Sheets said, “They enjoyed seeing an Oxbow Lake and Delta being formed in their river. Students also created a graph for the “rock races” showing the time required for different types of soil to settle. Finally, for the culminating project, students were able to choose whether they wanted to create a song, Google Slideshow, or write a paragraph illustrating the difference between weathering, erosion, and deposition.

 

Red Party!

 

Music Department Events:

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Music Despicable Me (1)Music Greek Town (1)

 

Betty’s Spaghetti Dinner:

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Fall Leaf Clean-Up Assistance:

2017 Fall Leaf Cleanup

City of Northwood Tree Lighting Ceremony:

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Mark Your Calendar!

Friday, Dec. 1st – Midterms

Tuesday, Dec. 12 – NEO Winter Wonderland 

Friday, Dec. 22 – Tuesday, Jan. 2 – Holiday Break

Wednesday, January 3 – School Resumes

Friday, January 19th – End of Second Quarter/1st Semester

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Musical Announcement & Classroom Spotlights!

This Spring, Northwood High School Drama Department Will Present………..

  • Interested in watching the movie before auditioning? Mark your calendars for Wed. Dec. 6th at 3:15pm – location to be determined!

AUDITION INFORMATION:

All auditions will take place in the AAA building. Audition sign-ups will be available outside of the music room. Audition materials will be available outside the music room as well as in the F-Pod. Have questions? Feel free to ask Mrs. Slater or Mrs. Toflinski.

Auditions will be held on the following dates:

Monday, Dec. 11th, 2:45-6pm

Tuesday, Dec. 12th, 2:45 – 6pm

Wednesday, Dec. 13th, 2:45 – 5:30pm

CALL-BACKS – Friday, Dec. 15th, starting at 2:45pm

Kindergarten Students Learn Sounds

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Mrs. Canaday’s kindergarten students are beginning a unit on sounds. Sounds are the first part of learning how to read and write words! Mrs. Canaday explained that all of kindergarten is divided into six groups to work on a specific skill. Mrs. Canaday’s group is focusing on what letter a word starts with. Additionally, each group has a high school mentor who comes to help! IMG_8603

Kindergarten students have enjoyed hands on games and activities that are at their level. They especially enjoy their high school helper, Brendon, who comes to play games and help them learn. Brendon even joins them for recess sometimes! Mrs. Canaday added, “We love having high school students come to be mentors for the younger kids and help them get excited about learning!”

 

First Graders use MATH

Mrs. Anderson’s first graders are currently learning about additional strategies. Students will learn different strategies to help them add to 20! Mrs. Anderson explained that, “Instead of whole group math instruction, we do something called MATH. M is for meet the teacher: students meet with the teacher for the lesson. A is for at your seat, students complete their math workbook independently. T is for technology time, students work on a math app. H is for hands on, students work with a partner or alone to complete various math games and activities.” Mrs. Anderson continued, “This type of instruction lets me meet the needs of all of my learners. I am able to differentiate their work. Some may be completing first grade work, some may need additional support through repeated teachings, or some may need to be challenged. Our high school mentors really help our students complete their math as well! The students enjoy seeing the mentors!”

IMG_0524During this unit, students have enjoyed doing their math using the MATH rotation system because it fast-paced and everyone is doing something different! Additionally, Mrs. Anderson concluded, “My students enjoy using the pod common area to complete their work as well. We use it to record ourselves reading and more!”

 

7th Graders Conquer Algebra Expressions & Equations

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Mrs. Semler’s 7th grade math students are currently focusing on Algebra expressions andIMG_1165 equations, including multi-step equations and using the distributive property. This unit involves lots of partner activities. Mrs. Semler encourages peer teaching if students are not understanding. She added, “Many students started out with little understanding about algebra and have done an AWESOME job with it! Understanding is through the roof!”

IMG_1168One activity that students participated in was performing a “partner swap” activity. This involved having to solve five different equations, each with a different partner in the room. “I love seeing the kids teach each other and maybe talk to someone they wouldn’t talk to on a typical day,” said Mrs. Semler. She concluded, “Grades on this unit have been higher than I have ever had before! The kids are really invested in conquering this unit! I’m a SUPER PROUD teacher!

Fall Sports League Honors:

Ranger Football:

Football All-League, All-District
1st Team TAAC
Brandon Hayes- O and D
Jon Lucas-D
2nd Team TAAC
Zac Heuser-O
Anthony Williams-O
Honorable Mention TAAC
Tim Romstadt
Dave Chappell
Donte Dixon
Austin Cole
All District
2nd Team
Brandon Hayes
Jon Lucas
Honorable Mention
Zac Heuser
Anthony Williams

Lady Rangers Soccer:

2nd Team all District

Rylee Hazlett

Honorable Mention All District

Becca Brittian

Kennedy Carey

Brooke Schmitz

1st Team All TAAC

Rylee Hazlett

Becca Brittian

Kennedy Carey

2nd Team All TAAC

Emily Bowen

Corey Fry

Brooke Schmitz

Sarah Steenbergen

Honorable Mention All TAAC

Tori Romstadt

Angelina Nagel

1st Team All NWOHSSL

Rylee Hazlett

Becca Brittian

Kennedy Carey

2nd Team All NWOHSSL

Brooke Schmitz

Sarah Steenbergen

Honorable Mention All NWOHSSL

Emily Bowen

Corey Fry

 

Ranger Golf:

Honorable Mention

Allen Powell

Ranger Cross-Country:

Trinity Fowler– TAAC Champion, First-team all league, District 5th place finish, Regional and State Qualifier.  Holds school individual record at 19:07 (1:57:35 at Maumee Bay State Park on 10/17/2015)

Girls Varsity team record: Trinity Fowler, Jocelyn Dunbar, Delaney Genson, Megan Goins, Adrienne Wasch (1:57:35 at Maumee Bay state park on 10/17/2015)

Boys Varsity team record: Phil Ottinger, JJ Poiry, Zak Sherman, Antonio Garcia, Gabe LaPlante (1:39:08 at Owens CC/Findlay on 10/21/2017)
Dale Balister- holds the school individual record at 17:19 (2007)
Harvey Wilson-holds the two mile record at 10:15 (1975)
Red Party!

PENTA Career Night:

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Music Department Events:

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Betty’s Spaghetti Dinner:

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Fall Leaf Clean-Up Assistance:

2017 Fall Leaf Cleanup

 

NHS School Guidance Website:

Did you know that our Rangers have access to the NHS School Guidance website? Be sure to check this site frequently for information regarding the ACT, scholarship opportunities, and more! NHS Ranger Guidance

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Adventures in Reading!

4th Graders Read 43 Cemetery Road

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IMG-3261Mrs. Chrysochoos’ 4th grade Language Arts students just finished their October unit where they focused on theme, main idea, and summation. Students read the book 43 Cemetery Road and then wrote persuasive essays where they took the point of view of realtors trying to sell the haunted mansion that was in the story.

Students will begin Turkey Trouble this month and disguising turkeys. IMG-3262Students will focus on first and third person narration and will continue working on summarizing with this story along with Daily 5 skills. 

“Every year the students love 43 Cemetery Road,” said Mrs. Chrysochoos. There are seven books in the series and every year they fly off of the Northwood Library shelves as soon as the class finishes the first book!

 

Ms. Holcomb’s Freshmen Begin an Epic Voyage

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Ms. Holcomb’s freshmen English students are currently gaining background knowledge about the time period in which The Odyssey was written, learning about some of the characters, and understanding what makes an epic. She added that during this unit, students practice identifying character traits, specifically traits that are heroic. Students will be comparing and contrasting heroic traits Odysseus displays with someone in their life who they feel is a hero, and will create a blog post about their hero, as well. IMG_0062

One of the pre-reading activities that students really enjoyed was going on a class odyssey/voyage. Ms. Holcomb explained, “We traveled around the school to fight a supernatural creator! Students chose a weapon, location, and some assistance to take with them into battle to get them thinking about the battles Odysseus will have to fight and the obstacles he will have to overcome!” Students enjoyed the opportunity to take their lesson outside of the classroom walls and to take on the persona of an epic hero!

 

“Don't worry about a thing,every little thing is gonna be alright”

NHS School Guidance Website:

Did you know that our Rangers have access to the NHS School Guidance website? Be sure to check this site frequently for information regarding the ACT, scholarship opportunities, and more! NHS Ranger Guidance

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5th and 6th Grade Holiday Concert:

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Kevin Hines at BGSU:

Were you unable to attend the Kevin Hines presentation at NHS? Kevin Hines is returning to Northwest Ohio and will be speaking at BGSU!

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Food Giveaway 2017:

Food Giveaway 2017

NLS Dedication Ceremony:

If you are planning on attending this very special ceremony, please RSVP by Nov. 10th to Kelly Modlinski at either kmodlinski@northwoodschools.org or 419-691-3888 .

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The Salvation Army Thanksgiving & Christmas Applications:

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Mark Your Calendar!

Tuesday, Nov. 21st: NLS Building Dedication Ceremony 

Wednesday, Nov. 22nd – Friday, Nov. 23rd: Thanksgiving Break

Monday, Nov. 27th: School Resumes

Tuesday, Nov. 28th: Marco’s Pizza Night

Friday, Dec. 1st – Saturday, Dec. 2nd: Derr Memorial Tournament

 

Ranger Art, Classroom Spotlights, and a Murder-Mystery Dinner Theater Coming Soon!

Take a Peek at High School Art Projects

Ms. Rohloff’s students have been very busy creating art in their fantastic new art space. Below is a preview of the art produced by our Rangers. Be sure to click on the following link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1zaQVChG1xCv71WypD4o-btD6HfsXOfQMHeZanH_9HBc/edit?usp=sharing to see all of the completed art projects our Rangers have produced this fall!

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NHS Drama and Choral Departments To Host Murder-Mystery Dinner Theater!

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Northwood HS Drama and Choral Departments will be hosting a Murder-Mystery Dinner Theater on Saturday, November 4th at 6pm in the school’s cafeteria. What is a Murder-Mystery Dinner Theater? Think of a giant game of CLUE, but the audience is directly involved in the problem solving to find out who the murderer really is.  The main characters of the theater will be professional actors from The Magical Mystery Theater Company from Michigan.

The story is “A Dance with Death” (a 1950’s Sock Hop that’s gone sour) rated PG-13. This 1950’s prom is a doo wop disaster! When a death on the dance floor makes this prom night a party foul, it is up to you to figure out “whodunit” and get this dance back on track. Trade clues with your guests, gather information about the crime, and reveal the one that made the dance go sour. This night of laughter and dancing is now too heavy to razz anyone’s berries, so it’s up to you to find the murderer!

Word from the bird is this is one show you will not want to miss. This night is shootin’ to be swell despite the disaster. Ladies and Gents feel free to dress in costume for the Sock Hop, or come as you are! Get ready to put on your thinking caps; you’ll need your wits about you to solve this crime!

This event is sure to be a night of fun, laughter, and great food. The food will be catered by Emily Bires of Northwood. Tickets are available by contacting Annette Slater at aslater@northwoodschools.org or by calling 419-691-3888 ext.2159. Advanced tickets are only $20 including dinner. Tickets at the door will be $25. Profits from the dinner theater will go towards the choir’s trip to Chicago and the Drama department’s spring production!

Physics Students Study Constant Velocity with Buggies

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Mr. Kohring’s Physics students have been focused on objects moving with a constant velocity. Students were asked to represent the motion of an object moving at a constant velocity in the following ways: via a written description, a position vs. time graph, a velocity vs. time graph, a motion map, and a mathematical model (or equation). With these representations, students were able to make predictions and solve complex problems.

Mr. Kohring stated that students enjoyed working with the buggies  to collect data and report information on their motion. As a wrap-up to the unit, students were asked to collect information on the motion of a fast moving buggy along with a slower moving tank. With this information, students were asked to predict an exact position in which the two vehicles would collide when starting from given positions. Different prediction methods were used to accomplish this. Mr. Kohring concluded, “The students did great with this as all had predictions close to where they actually met!”

 

2nd Graders Investigate Service Dogs

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Mrs. Reiter’s second grade language arts students are working on their research skills  Mrs. Reiter explained that students are focusing on the author’s purpose for writing a story, finding evidence to support, and analyzing and evaluating details to decide which are important to the story. The students will then take their facts and turn it into a piece of writing with a topic sentence, details, and a closing sentence!

IMG_2588Students have been researching and collecting facts on different breeds of dogs as well as how dogs are used for individuals who have an illness or disability. Mrs. Reiter explained, “We have read nonfiction stories about dogs that were heroes and we have read about different types of service therapy dogs provide people.” When asked what students have enjoyed most about this unit, Mrs. Reiter stated that students have really enjoyed looking at the different ways that therapy dogs are used to help people through their nonfiction books and informative videos!

 

DISTRICT REMINDERS

NES Author Visit:

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Northwood Fall Festival:

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Spirit Wear Sale:

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Financial Aid Night:

IMG_5751The Salvation Army Thanksgiving & Christmas Applications:

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Trunk or Treat:

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Mark Your Calendars:

Friday, Oct. 13th: NES Author’s Visit Day

Tuesday, Oct. 17th: Marco’s Pizza Night

Wednesday, Oct. 25th: Fall Choir Concert / Trunk-or-Treat

Friday, Oct. 27th: NES Pumpkin Run / End of 1st Quarter!

Thursday, Nov. 2nd: Marching Band Concert

Wednesday, Nov. 8th: NES Picture Day / Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Nov. 9th: NHS & PK Picture Day / Parent-Teacher Conferences

Friday, Nov. 10th: No School for NES / NES Parent-Teacher Conferences

 

 

 

“Speed Dating,” Studying Communities, Homecoming 2017 & More!

“Speed Dating” in Mr. Myers’ Class

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IMG_0110Mr. Myers’ 8th grade language arts students are currently diving into short stories! IMG_0117During this unit, students focus on analyzing short stories by looking at literary elements such as plot and conflict. Mr. Myers explained that thus far, students have enjoyed reading their stories in the new common area, reviewing terms using Quizlet Live, and of course “Speed Dating!”

IMG_0118The “Speed Dating” activity required students to create fake dating profiles using examples of indirect characterization. Their “dates” had to guess which traits they were trying to represent! This was a wonderfully engaging activity that helped students with understanding what can sometimes be a very difficult language arts concept. The next stop for Mr. Myers’ students is a focus on theme!

 

3rd Grade Students Study Communities

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Mrs. Bates’ 3rd grade social studies students are currently studying communities. The focus of the unit is to discover the types of communities there are and to learn the three branches of our local government, including the jobs of these branches. Students discovered the characteristics of the three types of communities (urban, suburban, and rural). During their research they wrote about each type and created pictures for each of them.

Mrs. Bates explained that students enjoyed creating posters for the communities, and are looking forward to a class field trip to the municipal building where they will talk with former city councilwoman, Connie Hughes (who also serves as one of our library aides), and current city councilwoman, Kelley Wills, who is our very own government teacher! Students are hoping that they will also be able to meet, Mr. Schimmel, our mayor of Northwood!

 

Homecoming 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 Homecoming King and Queen, Gabe LaPlante and Allison Vogl! Thank you to our NHS Student Council for planning a great first Homecoming Dance in the new building!

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District Reminders

NES Author Visit:

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Northwood Fall Festival:

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Mark Your Calendars for Financial Aid Night:

IMG_5751The Salvation Army Thanksgiving & Christmas Applications:

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Wood County Youth Empowerment Project:

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Trunk or Treat

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Mark Your Calendars:

Friday, Oct. 13th: NES Author’s Visit Day

Tuesday, Oct. 17th: Marco’s Pizza Night

Wednesday, Oct. 25th: Fall Choir Concert / Trunk-or-Treat

Friday, Oct. 27th: NES Pumpkin Run / End of 1st Quarter!

Thursday, Nov. 2nd: Marching Band Concert

Wednesday, Nov. 8th: NES Picture Day / Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Nov. 9th: NHS & PK Picture Day / Parent-Teacher Conferences

Friday, Nov. 10th: No School for NES / NES Parent-Teacher Conferences

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

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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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NHS Drama Department Goes Wonka Crazy!

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IMG_4526Every spring is an exciting time for students involved with the NHS drama department, as they prepare to bring a new musical to the stage. Following last year’s successful production of the The Little Mermaid, this year’s adventure takes us into the world of Willy Wonka and his delicious chocolate factory. Those familiar with the Ronald Dahl classic, will recognize the the story of Willy Wonka, played by junior, Austin Ebel, who begins a search for someone to take over his candy empire as he get’s closer to retirement. In order to find the perfect heir, he places five golden tickets in his delectable Wonka bars for children to find. Freshman, Cayden Schober, portrays Augustus Gloop, a German child with a big appetite. Exchange student, Annika Mueller, portrays Mrs. Gloop, and has been practicing with Cayden, in order to get his German accent just right! Spoiled child Veruca Salt, is played by junior, Delaney Genson. Gum obsessed Violet Beauregarde will be portrayed by junior, Skylar Kyser, while Mike Teavee, who can’t seem to focus on anything but his television, phone, and video games, is portrayed by sophomore, Josh Bowen. Finally, both eighth grader, Isaac Hoffer, and his understudy, seventh grader, Dustin Ashton, have been working hard to portray Charlie Bucket, who yearns to find the final golden ticket!

IMG_4525 (1)Those familiar with the story of Willy Wonka will recognize such songs as “Cheer Up Charlie” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” and will enjoy new songs specifically written for the stage such as, “I Eat More,” and “Think Positive.” When asked about the best part of being involved in the musical, Senior Hannah Moore, who portrays Mrs. Bucket, stated, “It brings everyone together! It’s an experience to share with old friends and new. That’s just downright fun!” Senior, Sydney Boiselle, who portrays Grandma Josephine explained, “I like spending time with everyone involved and working as a team to make a great show.” Senior Aaron Grant, who has served as this year’s assistant director concluded, “I like seeing everything come together!”

This year marks director Annette Slater’s 20th NHS production! Along with serving as the IMG_4541drama teacher, directing the NHS Acapella choir, serving as the grades 7-12 choral director, and serving as the choir director at First St. John’s Lutheran Church in Toledo, the NHS spring musical production, is one of Mrs. Slater’s biggest responsibilities. Recently during one of her drama classes, Mrs. Slater was asked how she chooses who to assist her with such a big production. Her simple response is that she chooses those who have strengths in areas other than her own.

Alumnus Amelia (Renfro) Burkey, has served as the choreographer for over a decade. She never disappoints in coming up with great dances that add to the musical performances. After taking a brief hiatus, Kris James returned for the production of Grease, and has been back at it ever since. Her main responsibility is to handle the layout and production of the musical program. IMG_4542This includes creating bio’s for each of the cast and crew members as well as creating the ads for all those who help in donating to the show’s production. Additionally, her eye on detail, comes in handy in regards to painting sets and making sure that the smallest details, such as Wonka candy bars, are perfected! Finally, alumnus, Cristina (Rodriguez) Toflinski, serves as Mrs. Slater’s right-hand woman. From assisting with blocking and helping students memorize lines to helping the paint crew and coordinating stage makeup, Mrs. Toflinski helps wherever is needed.

Mrs. James explained that she enjoys that all of the directors have different strengths and that each respects the others. She also added that it helps that directors, though usually exhausted, have a lot of fun in the process! Mrs. Toflinski explained that the best part of being involved in the musical is getting to know the students on a different level outside of the classroom. Mrs. Slater concluded that the best part for her is, “Seeing the kid’s faces light up when something sinks in and they accomplish that one part that’s been giving them trouble. Show nights are always wonderful because that’s when all the hard work and late nights practicing pay off!”

 
IMG_4540The NHS Drama Department will perform this weekend, Friday and Saturday night at 7:30pm and Sunday, at 2:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door. We hope that you can take the opportunity this weekend to see the hard work and dedication of so many of our NHS Rangers. There are plenty of surprises in store and even a few guest appearances. Join us in the NHS Auditorium for this year’s spring musical production of Willy Wonka the Musical!

 

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 Our “Olney” Buildings

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Preschool Registration:

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NLS Bus Drivers & Probability and Statistics Class

NLS Bus Drivers Provide Safe Transportation

Do you remember your favorite school bus driver from your childhood? Maybe you remember their smile every time they opened the door for you to get on the bus, or the fact that they always greeted you with an energetic, “Good Morning!” Our NLS bus drivers are those we entrust to get our students to and from school safely each day; but, they are so much more than that! This week, the Ranger Roundup  took some time to catch up with four of our NLS bus drivers.

FullSizeRender (27)Beth Hanthorn has worked for NLS for two years, Julianna Reutz has worked for NLS for four years, Pat Hanthorn has been with NLS for eight years, and Jami Murray has been part of our transportation department for over 13 years! When asked about daily responsibilities as a bus driver for NLS, Jami explained that she comes in at 6 a.m. to start her bus, complete her walk-through, do her pre-trip, and start the other buses if those have not been started yet. Additionally, it is part of her responsibility to make sure that her bus is in safe running condition, has plenty of fuel, and is warm for the students. She added, “I am responsible for the safety of each child that gets on my bus. I consider them ‘my’ kids. It is a responsibility that I take very seriously.”

Pat explained that the upkeep of the buses is also very important. IMG_0829She added that at least three times a week, she wipes down seats and cleans windows for visibility and safety. Other items include driving special needs students to Lake Schools daily, preparing “Student Conduct Reports” when necessary for student behavior, driving students and coaches on field trips to other school districts for various activities, keeping records on field trips for payroll, keeping accurate work time daily via time card, and securing buses in the garage nightly. One of the most important aspects of the job according to Pat is to “Be a team player every day.”

IMG_0830When asked about stressful aspects of the job, Julianna explained that she is responsible for traveling on I-75 daily, and that distracted drivers, or those who swerve into lanes at high speeds, can be very nerve wracking. Beth added that the elementary afternoon pick-up line is always a bit stressful, while Jami added that trying to keep disruptive students safe while on the ride home, is one of the biggest stressors. Pat added that it can be very challenging having so many different personalities on one bus, but that the bus drivers strive to remain professional at all times.

However, all of the bus drivers agree that the connections made with students make all the stress worth it! Pat explained that it is wonderful when she can make a student smile, especially when they seem to be having a bad day. IMG_0832Jami added that she cherishes the bond with her kids and that the hugs can make each day so much better! Julianna agreed that it is incredibly rewarding to see kids grow and mature and to witness their accomplishments, whether they be academic, sports related, or simply learning to be kind, concerned, and considerate human beings. She added, “We celebrate our uniqueness, grades, missing teeth, other accomplishments, and birthdays on Bus #5!”

Finally, when asked about the best part of working for Northwood Local Schools, Pat explained that it is the relationships made with those in our district, from students to parents, to teachers and other staff personnel. Jami added, “We are like a family…dysfunctional at times, but, still a family!” Beth added that she has the very best boss and co-workers, while Julianna agreed that the students and staff are surely the best part of NLS!

Clearly, our bus drivers are so much more than drivers of buses. Our NLS bus drivers strive everyday to make sure our students are transported safely, and are an integral part of the Northwood Local Schools Community. On behalf of Northwood Local Schools, the Ranger Roundup would like to thank our bus drivers for all they do each and every day!

 

Probability and Statistics Students Study Population Trends 

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Mrs. Elinski’s Probability and Statistics students just completed projects on a country of their choice. This project involved researching many different types of population statistics associated with their country. For example, students researched recent population trends, age distribution, religious statistics, crime rates, and so on. Once the data was collected, student put together presentations to share with the class.

Mrs. Elinski explained that the purpose of this project was for students to see how relative and commons statistics are in their everyday lives. She stated, “It is important for stIMG_4509udents to be able to read statistical data and have a good understanding of what it is telling them. There are a lot of skewed statistics on the internet, so spending time researching these statistics on their own, students can gain a better understanding of reliable sources and gathering information that makes the most sense for their project.”

This project gave students the opportunity to take a break from the typical statistics “number crunching” in order to see how these numbers are used in the real world. Mrs. Elinski concluded, “They enjoyed researching a country that they picked and wanted to learn more about; it is good for them to see how different countries compare to the United States in these specific areas such as religion and crime.”

 

 

District Reminders

put this on your calendar

Samantha June Memorial Basketball Tournament – TONIGHT! 

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Musical Tickets Available Now! 

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Tickets available at the NHS office or online:

March 17, 7:30pm @ http://bit.ly/FridayWonka

March 18, 7:30pm @ http://bit.ly/SaturdayWonka

March 19, 2:30pm @ http://bit.ly/SundayWonka

Join Us for the Final Walk-Through of Our “Olney” Buildings

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Preschool Registration:

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