Mr. Johnson to Lead NHS, New Faces, and Mrs. Canaday’s Kindergarten Class!

Mr. Erik Johnson to Lead NHS in the 2018-2019 School Year

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Erik Johnson is no stranger to the hallways of Northwood Local Schools. In fact, Mr. Johnson has spent his entire 18 year professional career helping to educate and lead our Rangers. Mr. Johnson was first hired as a Social Studies teacher. Since then, he has acted as the Athletic Director, Dean of Students, and Assistant Principal. This year, he is taking on his newest role as the Northwood High School Principal.

Mr. Johnson plans to continue the joint efforts between our community and schools, to grow young people into successful contributing adults. He is looking forward to working with students in a different capacity and helping them to set and reach their goals.

Mr. Johnson added, “Northwood is a special place. A place where there is a strong sense of community. A place where students have a wonderful support network, both at home and school. A culture that helps to lift one another up when needed and to celebrate all of our victories, both individual and group. I look forward to continuing to have a role in our community, being part of our support network and growing our culture here at Northwood High School.”

 

NLS Welcomes New Teachers to the District:

NES Welcomes Chelsea Lord as Intervention Specialist

IMG_3439This year, NES welcomes Chelsea Lord as our new second grade Intervention Specialist. Mrs. Lord is a recent graduate of Bowling Green State University in Inclusive Early Childhood Education. Most recently, she completed her student teaching experience in K-2 Intervention at Anthony Wayne Schools.

When discussing special units, projects, or lessons that her students can look forward to, Mrs. Lord said that Telling Time is one of her favorite units to teach in the second grade. She explained that her students can look forward to a fun twist on the traditional math topic, including the use of props, games, and even a rap song or two!

Mrs. Lord also shared that at her previous teaching placement, she was well-known as the teacher that would trade Pokemon cards. She explained that during arrival and dismissal, students would read her the cards that they wanted to trade. “This was a really fun, high interest activity that allowed me to interact with all students while working on basic reading skills,” said Mrs. Lord.

When asked what she is most looking forward to this school year, Mrs. Lord replied, “I am looking forward to collaborating with such a knowledgeable staff. Everyone has been so kind and welcoming. I can’t wait to share some of my favorite teaching strategies and lesson ideas while learning what the other educators have to offer.” She added, “This beautiful new school has so many resources available. I can’t wait to put them to good use and give my students an amazing year!” She concluded, “I am just so excited to be here!!!”

Haley Eaton to Join NHS Science Department

Mrs. Haley Eaton will be joining the NHS Science Department this year, teaching Biology, IMG_3435Anatomy, and Environmental Science. Mrs. Eaton, who is entering her first year of teaching, received her Bachelor’s in Biochemistry at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Toledo. Last year, she student taught Chemistry and Physical Science at Rossford High School. When asked about a fun fact about herself, Mrs. Eaton stated that she played flute and piccolo in band from 5th grade to senior year of college!

Mrs. Eaton is most looking forward to getting to know all of the students and being a part of the Northwood community. Some of the things students can look forward to in her class will include dissections for Anatomy, outdoor lab work for Environmental Science, as well as interactive lab work and peer teaching for Biology.

Nicole Schmeltz Joins the High School Social Studies Department

IMG_3533.jpgWe welcome Mrs. Nicole Schmeltz as she begins her first year of teaching! Mrs. Schmeltz recently completed her studies at Huntington University. She is quite familiar with Northwood, as she explained that growing up, she had a Northwood address, but lived within the Lake Local School district.

Mrs. Schmeltz will be teaching Modern World History, Psychology/Sociology, and Economics/Contemporary World Issues. When asked about her new classes, Mrs. Schmeltz stated, “I am super excited for Psychology/Sociology and Contemporary World Issues because we can focus on what the students are interested in, for instance, different personalities! For Modern World History, I am excited for the World Wars because that seems to be what students enjoy most!” Above all, Mrs. Schmeltz is looking forward to building relationships with the students, as well as staff and faculty. Mrs. Schmeltz concluded, “I am so excited to be a part of this community and can’t wait to get to know you all better!”

Matthew Shirey Chosen as Leader of Northwood Bands

Mr. Matthew Shirey brings with him five years of experience as he takes on the role of IMG_3436band director to our Rangers. Mr. Shirey begins his sixth year of teaching as he begins his new journey in Northwood. Previously, he taught K-6 Music and was the Assistant Band Director for Sandusky City Schools. This year, Northwood Band students can look forward to participating in parades, Friday night football games, the Vermilion Band Festival, a Cavs pregame performance, the winter concert, Band-O-Rama, and the annual spring concert. Mr. Shirey said, “We will be performing a lot this year!” He added, “I also have several guest artists lined up to work with the students throughout the year, such as Dr. Younglove, Vandoren Artist and Professor of Saxophone at Wayne State University.”

When asked to provide a fun fact about himself, Mr. Shirey shared, “I was supposed to play the trumpet, but after telling my band director that I was about to get braces, he told me to pick a new instrument. My dad then told me to play the saxophone because then I could ‘be Clarence Clements’ from the Bruce Springsteen Band. I ended up loving it and even made a career from it!”

Mr. Shirey concluded, “I am looking forward to working with some great students and building upon the excellence of the Ranger Bands.”

Classroom Spotlight:

Mrs. Canaday’s Students Learn Letters and Numbers

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Mrs. Canaday’s Kindergarten students are learning letters and numbers, the building blocks of all learning! These students are using centers to learn all about letters and numbers. Within these centers they have especially enjoyed using various manipulatives, such as snap cubes, play doh, play foam, and tan-grams, to form all of the different letters and numbers! Mrs. Canaday said, regarding her newest class, “They are a great group of kiddos who are eager to learn and they try their best!”

 


NLS District Updates

NHS FALL CHEER CLINIC:

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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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MASTER DRIVING SCHOOL COMING TO NORTHWOOD:

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HELP BUILD OUR SCHOOL LIBRARY:

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Mark Your Calendar!

Thurs. Sept. 13: Key Club Blood Drive

Mon. Sept. 17 – Fri. Sept. 21: 5th Grade Camp

Mon. Sept. 17: NEO Meeting, Conference Room, @ 8am

Mon. Sept. 17: Music Boosters Meeting, Music Room @ 7pm

Tues. Oct. 2: NEO Marco’s Pizza Night

Fri. Oct. 5: Homecoming 

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

 

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NHS Choir Takes on Chicago & a Spring Update from Supt. Clark!

The NHS Choir recently returned from a whirlwind 3-day trip to the Windy City. Students traveled by chartered bus to Chicago, early Thursday morning. Upon arrival they visited IMG_6513the Museum of Science and Industry, where they were able to IMG_6511 (1)participate in various interactive exhibits including the U-505 Submarine, Genetics and the Baby Chick Hatchery, Science Storms, Farm Tech, and the popular Mirror Maze. Students then traveled to VanderCook College of Music for a vocal workshop with adjunct faculty at VanderCook and Director Emeritus at Glenbard East High School, Mr. Ross Heise. Reflecting on the workshop, one student expressed, “It helped me become a better soloist, and gave me the confidence to sing higher.” Another student explained that Mr. Heise was able to help with vocal control and range. All of the tips and constructive criticism were lessons that students are now able to implement in the classroom with Mrs. Slater.

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Students stopped at Millennium Park for pictures at “The Bean” prior to a sit-down dinner at Giordano’s Pizzeria, where some students were able to experience their first taste of Chicago-style deep dish pizza! with full bellies, students then traveled to the CIBC Theatre, to end their first evening in Chicago with the Broadway-hit and Tony Award Winning Musical, Hamilton! For many students, the opportunity to see this show live, was the best part of the entire trip!

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Day Two allowed students to put what they had learned at VanderCook into action, as they traveled to the Field Museum of Natural History for a performance. Both the choir and acapella were able to perform in the Stanley Field Hall. After the performance, IMG_6593students were able to tour the various exhibits including Dinosaur Hall and Inside Ancient Egypt. Next, students traveled to Water Tower Place for lunch and time to explore the city’s 7-story mall. Students then traveled to Willis Tower (formerly called the Sears Tower) for a chance to see 360-degree views of Chicago. Students were also able to step out on “The Ledge,” a glass floor, 1,353 feet above street level, for unforgettable pictures!

As the second evening set in, our traveling Rangers were quite hungry, and headed to the Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament for a chance to eat a medieval dinner (no utensils included) while cheering on the Red & Yellow Knight! This was a favorite of many of the students as they were able to eat with their hands while shouting and cheering for jousting knights!

Though students were getting progressively more sleepy on Day Three, they were ready to take on their last few hours of Chicago with a morning visit to the Shedd Aquarium. Students were able to visit one of the most popular exhibits the “Wild Reef” and were able to see the Aquatic Show. Junior Kylie Grant, even found herself as a contestant during the Aquatic Show, where she answered trivia questions and led the audience in waddling like a penguin!

 

IMG_6952.JPGSince one simply can’t leave Chicago without visiting Navy Pier, the last stop of the day was the 50 acres of parks, gardens, shops, eateries, and attractions. It was cold and windy but that didn’t stop a few of our students from riding the world-famous ferris wheel. Senior Lyndsey DeSelms was pleasantly surprised to find out that the ride was actually heated, which made it an even better experience for a mid-March adventure!

Exhausted and full of new memories, our Rangers arrived home Saturday evening. One student stated, “For as short of a trip as it was, I had an amazing time, I wouldn’t have wanted to share it with any other group of people!” Another choir member expressed, “I’d like to thank the chaperones, Bob Rogers Travel, and the teachers for making this trip even possible! It was truly an amazing experience!” Finally, one last student stated, “Thank you, Mrs. Slater, so much for bringing us all to Chicago and for all of the activities and experiences you gave us! Also, thank you to all of the chaperones. I really enjoyed this trip!”

 

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All:

As we end our third grading period this week and take a long weekend as our Spring Break this year, I realize that warm weather and all of the wonderful things that brings to our part of the world is just around the corner and as that all approaches, I have a few items to share.

As hard as it to believe, prom, graduation and the end of another school year will be here before we know it. Please take a little time with the young people you care about to remind them to celebrate these wonderful experiences with safety in mind and without the use of alcohol or other drugs. Our vigilance as adults around these issues make a difference. Let’s make this wonderful time of year the safest yet for our young people.

We are a number of  years into the school choice, testing and accountability era here in Ohio and in the last few weeks legislation to completely revamp the education governance in our state has been introduced in Columbus. As citizens, I encourage each of you to be informed around these issues. Just as you hold our school accountable for providing great opportunities for all of our children, hold our Governor and State Legislators accountable for the public policy they implement that impacts every single child and family in our state. From funding formulas to testing and curriculum, the policy choices made in Columbus that appear to be corporate driven rather than citizen driven do have an impact at the local level on actual individual people. Our kids and our families opportunities are at the mercy of our elected officials making good public policy choices.

An informed and engaged citizenry is the best solution we all have to the issues that face us as a state and as a nation. All of our engagement is required to achieve the best outcomes for all of us.

Last, but not least, Our Ohio primary election is coming Tuesday, May 8, 2018. I encourage everyone to exercise that critical right that has been secured through the efforts of those who have come before us and left us with a Republic that is ours to maintain. Here is the link to the Wood County Board of Elections to get more information about that: http://www.co.wood.oh.us/boe/ .

As always, questions and comments are welcome!

Supt. Greg Clark

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Everybody Cut, Footloose!

Everybody Cut, Footloose!

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It’s an 80’s classic! It’s the story of Ren McCormick, who must make an abrupt move from the bustling metropolis of Chicago, to the small town of Bomont. As Ren struggles to find his way in this new town, he is further distraught when he finds out that the town has banned dancing! With the help of his new friend Willard, and Reverend Moore’s daughter, Ariel, Ren decides that he will address the town council to ask for an end to the ban on dancing and to allow Bomont High School to hold a IMG_6455dance! With popular 80’s tunes “Footloose,” “Holding Out for a Hero,” and “Let’s Hear It For the Boy,” it’s a show that will bring back nostalgic memories for many, and will have the younger audience dancing in their seats!

This year, the Ranger Roundup caught up with the cast prior to the show to ask a few questions about what makes the musical such a special experience. When asked why they chose to participate in this year’s musical, senior Mackenzie Fullenlove, who plays the role of the Reverend’s rule breaking daughter Ariel, explained she’s being doing musicals since she was little, and that it’s always a fun thing to do. Sophomore Cayden Schober, stated, “I was a munchkin in The Wizard of Oz and I really love it and loved acting so I continued to be a part of the musical every time I got the chance.” Senior Brandon Hayes, who plays the role of Ren McCormick is taking the stage for the very first time this year! He said, “I thought it would be a fun new experience and my friends and teachers helped me make the decision to actually get involved with musical this year!” He added, “I’d like to thank every one of my friends and teachers who encouraged me through this process of musical because this being my first year, it’s been tough, but everyone around me really helped me to do my best and give it my all. So, thank you!”

Moores3When asked what they have enjoyed the most about this year’s musical experience, many students expressed how special musical is in bringing together so many different students, from so many different backgrounds, for a united experience. Student Director and chorus member Katie Reichow said, “I’ve always enjoyed learning the dances and talking to people I normally don’t talk to.” Senior Skylar Kyser, who plays the role of Ariel’s best friend Rusty, stated, “The incredible relationships that are created from the art of performing” has been her favorite aspect of the show. “I have really enjoyed how close I have become with some of the cast members. There are people I wouldn’t Wrestling2have necessarily talked to outside of musical and I gained many friendships,” said Junior Alex Hoffer, who plays Vi Moore in this year’s production. Assistant Director Kris James added, “Unlike any other activity, the musical brings together completely different groups of students and adults and creates a community. It showcases the talents of so many people, talents that may have been a surprise to many before the curtain opens. For instance, the leads for this show are seen by many as athletes, yet their prodigious musical talents will be obvious from the first. Our sets are outstanding and were created by students, some who haven’t taken an art class in years. The crew members aren’t particularly ‘techie’ in other areas of their lives. Yet, the show brings all those talents from across the school landscape into this amazing production!”

IMG_6457Many participants often find that they didn’t realize just how much work it takes to put HGarno1on a live show for a one-weekend event! First year participant, Senior Cody Allen, explained that preparing for the show was much more stressful than one might originally expect. Brandon Hayes continued, “The amount of time and effort required to really be involved in the musical fully, as well as the little things like creating sets or just the slightest little acting tweaks required to make the show a great one.” Alex Hoffer added, “People don’t realize how much time and effort it takes to put on a musical. We spend hours everyday after school to try and perfect our parts. We do this on top of sports, homework, and other activities. Then we have to paint the set, build the set, finds costumes and makeup — there is so much to do in very little time.” Junior Kylie Grant, who plays Ren’s mother Ethel McCormick added that stage crew is an integral part of the process explaining, “Stage crew does a lot of difficult work behind the scenes and they deserve more appreciation than they receive.”

This weekend’s production of “Footloose” will take place Friday and Saturday night at MahoneyThompson7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. So, why should you come to this year’s show? Skylar said, “The songs from this musical are ones that everyone knows! So, it will be fun for the audience to sing along.”  Cayden added that this show has a lot of energy! Brandon stated, “I think this year’s cast is amazing! Everyone is vibrant and outgoing and everyone plays their characters so well. This musical will be one to remember!”

Looking back at the last three months of hard work, Mrs. James stated, “Annette Slater is a force to be reckoned with! If she can envision it, she can get it done!” AssiLockers8stant Director Cristina Toflinski added, “I always wait for four little words from Mrs. Slater ‘We – Have – A –  Show!’ it’s the culmination of so much hard work and let’s us all know that it’s showtime!” Mrs. T continued, “Preparing for this show has been a labor of love — and lots of hot glue! I’m so excited to see our students shine on stage. I’m so proud of every single one of them!” Alex concluded, “Musical is something special. I don’t know how else to describe it. You have to experience it to truly understand!”

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Class of 2018 Cast and Crew Members!

 

Thank You, Lady Ranger Managers!

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Oftentimes in a sports program, the attention gets placed on the wonderful athletes who give up countless hours preparing for games. However, the Lady Rangers Basketball team would like to formally thank their wonderful team managers, who also sacrificed time behind the scenes to make sure that the season ran as smoothly as possible. Mr. Dickey stated, “Originally, we started out with two freshmen managers, Kaitlyn Huber and U-sa Vayavong. But, after about three games, sophomores Anya Rau and Kennedy Carey, were also recruited. These ladies traveled with the team to each game and worked together to help manage the squad!” These ladies not only recorded each game (and added hilarious commentary) but helped keep stats for both junior varsity and varsity, kept the official game book for both junior varsity and varsity, carried the team gear and water, and completed research for the annual alumni game.

Anya Rau stated that she accepted the team manager job because she wanted to learn more about basketball and wanted the chance to help and contribute. Kennedy Carey stated that the job seemed interesting. While she has never played basketball personally, she has always found the sport interesting and enjoys keeping records and simply helping out during the season.

When asked about what she enjoyed most this season, Anya stated, “It was very fun to help out and it was a great way to get involved! It was fun and I enjoyed going to all of the games and I really liked getting to learn how to do stats and book!” While Kennedy enjoyed how kind and supportive everyone was she also acknowledged that being a team manager was definitely not an easy task. “You had to always be paying attention because you could miss even the slightest detail such as who scored or who received a penalty. You also had to know how to work the camera stand because there were times when it would break down and you had to get creative as to how to record the rest of the game,” stated Kennedy.  Both Anya and and Kennedy would suggest that students volunteer their free time helping with school activities. Kennedy added, “The school helps out with so much, so it’s nice just to return the favor!”

Mr. Dickey concluded that these young women were shining examples of selflessness. “These young women sacrificed hours of their lives volunteering their time to help out their school and peers. They won’t get their name posted in the newspaper or earn a varsity letter, but their contribution to the team is not taken for granted or unnoticed.”

 

 

“Between the Wars” and Analyzing Bacteria

“Between the Wars” in Modern World History

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Mr. Donegan’s Modern World History students recently completed a project titled image3“Between the Wars.” This project focused on the Great Depression. It is an important focus for students because as Mr. Donegan explains, “through studying the time between the wars, students will understand why twenty years after World War I, another, more deadly, war began.”

image2For the “Between the Wars” class project, students had the option to create board games, parody songs, videos, posters, blog/journal entries, and websites about the causes of the Great Depression, life during the Great Depression, and the effects of the Great Depression. Students enjoyed the ability to use their creativity to display their knowledge about the subject. One group made a board game with rules similar to the game of “Life,” however, it typically had a much more bleak ending. Another group made a “Headbands”-style game that provided words or phrases about the Great Depression. The other members of the group had to offer clues to help them solve the problem. Finally, another group made a poster illustrating the causes of the Great Depression!

Analyzing Bacteria in Mrs. Geerken’s Class

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Mrs. Geerken’s sixth grade gifted students have been putting their focus on a Bacteria mini-unit. During this unit, students used the Scientific Method to find the places and things that harbored the most bacteria and the least bacteria in our school. In order to do 2Observing Growththis, the students collected samples from places and things around the school. Mrs. Geerken explained, “We each inoculated our own nutrient agar petri dishes and labeled the dishes with the areas we collected our samples from. Over the next couple of days, we observed and documented the growth of bacteria (and fungi). We then analyzed our results and compared them to each of our hypotheses and learned that the samples we thought would grow the most bacteria sometimes did not grow the most. We each created our own graphs of the data we collected using the Numbers app. In the end, we came together and compared our results and discussed the reasons why we got the results that we did.”

Students really enjoyed watching the bacteria grow, taking pictures of the petri dishes, and taking pictures through the eyepiece of the specimen stereoscopes to get a picture of a colony up close!

 

 

 

NLS District Updates

“Footloose” Tickets On Sale Now!

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We hope you are excited for this year’s NHS musical production of “Footloose” The Musical. Please use the Google Form Links below to reserve your tickets for the show!

Friday, March 16th 7:30pm

Saturday, March 17th 7:30pm

Sunday, March 18th 2:30pm

 

Samantha June Memorial Basketball Tournament:

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Kindergarten Registration Packets:

Kindergarten Packets can be printed directly from our district website at Kindergarten Packet

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Northwood Easter Parade:

 

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Mark Your Calendar!

Friday, March 9, 2018 – Samantha June Memorial Basketball Tournament 

Sunday, March 11, 2018 – Daylight Saving Time Begins

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – NEO Meeting, 6pm

Friday, March 16, 2018 – Opening Night of “Footloose” The Musical, 7:30pm / Fueling Our Schools at Circle K

Saturday, March 17, 2018 – “Footloose” The Musical, 7:30pm 

Sunday, March 18, 2018 – “Footloose” The Musical, 2:30pm 

 

Spelling Bee Winners, ACT Information, & More!

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These three 6th graders: Lainee Partin, Jordyn Martinez, and Ava Ciboro, competed against Mr. Meyers’ 7th and 8th graders to earn their spot in the next spelling bee. They will compete on Saturday, February 17th at the Wood County Bee against students from other school districts in the area. To prepare, they will study around 1,000 words from all different languages and word origins. Congratulations to Lainee, Jordyn, and Ava!

 

NHS Juniors to take the ACT

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On February 27th,  all 11th grade students will report to NHS for the state required ACT test.  This includes all students at NHS, Penta and CBI.  This test is paid for by the State of Ohio and is one avenue toward graduation for all of our juniors.  All students should report to the school by the regular start time of 7:50am. Mr. Kozina and Mrs. Reid will help juniors complete pretest information on February 14th, both at NHS and at Penta.  The February 27th,  testing time is approximately 7:50am–1pm.  Juniors will be dismissed after testing if they have their own transportation home.

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Be a Musical Patron!

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Support Northwood High School’s cast and crew by being a patron for our school musical production.  Our musical this year is “Footloose, The Musical”.   This year’s production will be held Friday and Saturday, March 16 & 17 at 7:30pm and Sunday, March 18 at 2:30pm in the Northwood Schools Auditorium (Arts, Athletics, and Administration building).

By becoming a musical patron, you can help support the students in a variety of ways: giving encouraging words in the program, aide in the development of the production, and provide monetary support and encouragement.  It takes a great deal of time, money, and volunteers’ efforts to make the production a success. Become a musical patron today! Footloose Patron Form

Coming Home Spirit Week

Coming Home Spirit Week is next week, Jan. 29 – Feb. 2nd. Be sure to use the hashtag #OneRangerNation on social media to show your Ranger Spirit!

 

 

Coming Home Ceremony & Dance Information:

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NHS Rangers, Do you have your dance guest form completed? Dance_Guest_Form

 

Red Party!

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Alumnus of the Year Nominations!

Northwood High School is seeking nominations for its Annual “Alumnus of the Year” award.  Nominees must have graduated from Northwood High School in or prior to spring of 2017, and the recipient will be recognized at the Academic Awards Banquet in May. Letters of nomination should include the nominee’s name, current address, year of graduation, and a description of his/her accomplishments since graduation.  These can include, but are not limited to, post-high school education, honors or awards received, employment history, and any other relevant information to support the nomination.  Deadline for applications is Friday, February 23rd.   Letters of nomination must include the name and address of the person making the nomination and should be sent to:

Jason Kozina, Principal

Northwood High School

600 Lemoyne Road

Northwood, Ohio 43619

jkozina@northwoodschools.org 


Mark Your Calendar!

Friday, Feb. 2nd – Coming Home (HS Dance to begin after the game at 9pm)

Friday, Feb. 9th – NES Hat Day! 

Friday, Feb. 16th – NES Wears Red! / Jump Rope for the Heart! / NES Valentine’s Day Parties

Monday, Feb. 19th – No School! President’s Day

Tuesday, Feb. 20th – No School: Teacher Inservice Day / Marco’s Pizza Night 

Friday, Feb. 23rd – NES Pajama Day! 

 

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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Betty’s Spaghetti Dinner:

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Fall Leaf Clean-Up Assistance:

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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

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:

2017 Penta Career Night

Music Department Events:

luckyto haveyou (1)Music Holiday Paint Night (1)Music Greek Town (1)Music Despicable Me (1)

 

Betty’s Spaghetti Dinner:

Bettys Spaghetti Dec

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:

5th and 6th holiday concert

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!

kevin hines bgsu

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:

Fall Festival 17

Spirit Wear Sale:

Spirit wear 17

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:

Author Visit 17

Northwood Fall Festival:

Fall Festival 17

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