Ranger Learning Experiences Abound!

JH Rangers Receive Stewardship Award for Dedication in Testing Water Quality

On Friday, November 9th,  nine junior high students from Mrs. Fish’s environmental science group in the Northwood Outdoor Classroom participated in the annual Student Watershed Watch, sponsored by the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG). Eight different schools participated in the event, which was held at the University of Toledo.

Northwood students picked their outdoor classroom at Curtice and Bradner Road to collect water samples. They tested the water along Dry Creek for several different variables including pH, nitrates, phosphates, streamflow, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, and fecal coliform. Their results can be found in the presentation they gave. (Click HERE to view the presentation).

Our students won the stewardship award for their dedicated work testing water quality. This accomplishment means the world to our students because of the care they give to the outdoor classroom, which extends beyond water testing. Not only do they care about the health of Dry Creek and the flow of water into Lake Erie, but they also care about restoring the twenty acres of farmland at the Northwood Outdoor Classroom to a native habitat, with a bluebird trail, infinity loop, monarch butterfly tagging, soil testing, story walk, and seed dispersal.

Our students visit the outdoor classroom weekly to learn and care for different aspects of the environment. The Northwood Outdoor Classroom is open to the community, and we wish to share our successes with Northwood. Congratulations to these students for caring so much for the environment and putting in the dedication and hard work to make our programs successful.

You can find out more about what our students are doing in the Northwood Outdoor Classroom by following us on Twitter @nhsoesl.

6th Graders Study the Rock Cycle

Mrs. Welker’s 6th grade Science class has been studying the rock cycle, minerals, and soil as natural resources. Additionally, students have discussed how fires and storms have caused erosion, which has greatly affected many areas of the United States. One highlight of this unit are the labs completed in class. In the first lab, students identified aspects of minerals. A second lab was done in which students identified whether rock specimens were igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic.

Students enjoyed learning the folklore behind the different gemstones as well as the various hands-on activities with the rocks and minerals. Students were even able to look up information related to their birthstones, such as the hardness of the gemstone, where it is mined in the world, and the folklore related to their specific gemstone. They then created posters that they shared with their classmates!

6th Grade Spelling Bee Winners

Eden Schoch, Aubree Lamb, and Lizzie Caspar are the winners of the recent 6th grade spelling bee. They will be competing against Mr. Myers’ 7th and 8th graders on December 14th for a spot in the county spelling bee!

Researching Current World Problems

Mrs. Geerken’s 6th grade gifted students are currently focusing on effective research skills and connecting research information to current issues in our world today. Students are completing an “Independent Study” in which they have chosen an individual focus topic. This topic has to relate to a current world problem. For this project, students will complete history and background research as well as current event research. They will then research possible solutions for the problem, and create a product and Google Slide presentation.

Mrs. Geerken explained that students are in the beginning stages of the project. Students are enjoying exploring their topics and learning new information. Currently, students are using Infohio (EBSCO), Newsela, KidRex search engine, and books provided by our school library, to gather information about their topics. Some of the topics include how space weather from the sun threatens our technology, deforestation, feral cats and animal shelters, illegal pet trade, and water pollution.

Physics Students Complete “Elevator” Lab

Physics students are currently focusing on unbalanced forces and how they cause objects to accelerate. Mr. Kohring explained that this unit helps clear up misconceptions about the relationships between forces on an object and the motion of that object.

During this unit, students performed an elevator lab. This lab required students to stand on a bathroom scale and record their weight at different points of travel in the elevator. Students were able to observe how their weight seemed to “change” when the elevator was speeding up, slowing down, and moving at a constant velocity. Students also drew force diagrams and used Newton’s Second Law to solve complex problems regarding forces and motion.  


Toys for Tots:

CCP Night 2019:

PENTA Career Night:

Skilled Trades Open House:

ATHLETIC BOOSTERS BINGO NIGHTS:

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  • Mon. Dec. 3rd: Athletic Boosters BINGO @ 6pm in the AAA Building / Penta Career Night 6-8pm 
  • Tues. Dec. 4th: NEO Marcos Pizza Night
  • Tues. Dec. 11th: 5th Grade DARE Graduation @ 11:30am, AAA Building
  • Thurs. Dec. 20th: End of 1st Semester 
  • Fri. Dec. 21st: Teacher Records Day / Winter Break Begins for Students 
  • Mon. Jan. 7th: School Resumes! 
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Congratulations to the Class of 2018

NHS Class of 2018 Val and Sal

Each year, Northwood High School names the two seniors with the highest cumulative G.P.A. as the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the class. Both Jonah Shover and Philip Ottinger will speak at this Sunday’s graduation ceremony. Congratulations to these incredibly hardworking students!

Jonah Shover –  Valedictorian

Jonah ShoverJonah Shover will attend The University of Toledo this fall and will major in Mechanical Engineering. During his time at NHS Jonah has served as a member of the Marching, Concert, Jazz, and Pep Bands as well as serving as a member of the Key Club and Student Council. Additionally, Jonah was the recipient of the Victor Thapor Award during his junior year of high school.

When asked what he will miss most about his time at NHS he listed both his Chemistry and Physics Labs! He is most looking forward to his internships as he begins his college career. Jonah explained, “I hope to become an aerospace Engineer at NASA and work on rocket engines.” Jonah concluded, “I’d like to thank Mrs. Moses for helping me discover what I’m passionate about when I did my presentation on colonizing Mars and Mr. Kohring for helping me build on those passions in his classes.”

Philip Ottinger – Salutatorian

Philip OttingerPhilip Ottinger has kept busy during his time as a NHS Ranger. Philip is a member of the track and cross country teams, as well as Key Club, National Honor Society, Student Council, BPA, and government club. This fall, Philip will continue the next chapter of his academic journey at The University of Toledo, where he will major in Electrical Engineering.

Philip stated that he is honored to call himself a Northwood student and that he will miss the students and staff, “who’ve all been extraordinarily helpful and kind to me.” Philip expressed that as he begins college he is most looking forward to the knowledge and the certification to work toward solving the issues that he is most passionate about. In the future, Philip hopes for three things: to make an impact, avoid complacency, and to take part in his community.

In conclusion, Philip stated, “I cannot thank Northwood Enough for all the fantastic years, all the ‘average’ years, and even the few bad years. For all those who’ve made a difference in my life, hopefully I’ve made it abundantly clear how much that difference has meant to me. Thank you!”


New Recruits!

Three very special Rangers have enlisted for military service. We are so proud of them and wish them all the best in this next chapter of their lives!

for details call 917-824-1994 or visitwww.standrews.com


2018 Senior Acceptance

Congratulations to our seniors who have been accepted into numerous colleges and universities!

2018 Senior Scholarship Recipients

At the May 22nd Senior Awards Assembly, many of our seniors received scholarships and accolades. Congratulations to our Rangers!


NLS District Updates

SEATBELT CHECK:

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KIDS EAT FREE – SUMMER 2018:

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RANGER FOOTBALL YOUTH CAMP:

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AAA BUILDING RENTAL:

Looking for a banquet hall_ Senior graduation party space_ Family reunion coming up_ Check out the Northwood Local Schools AAA building cafeteria rental!Rental fees do apply. ($50hr p

FREE EARLY CHILDHOOD SCREENINGS: 

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PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION:

The Northwood/Wood County Preschool, operated in collaboration with the Wood County Educational Service Center, is pre-registering for the 2018-2019 school year. The preschool programs are developmentally appropriate, play-based preschools supporting the Ohio Department of Education’s model curriculum.

The Wood County Preschool Program is an inclusionary preschool program serving children who have delays in development and children who are typically developing. Tuition, based on a sliding-fee scale, is charged for children without special needs. Children attend preschool two full days per week (either Tues/Thurs or Wed/Fri).

Please contact Naomi at nstickles@wcesc.org or 419-354-9010, ext. 133 to get on the 2018-2019 mailing list. Parents who have questions regarding children who may have special needs can also contact Naomi.

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SUMMER STARS PROGRAM 2018:

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Mark Your Calendar!

Friday, May 25: NES Olympics Grades 3-6

Sunday, May 27: NHS Graduation 

Monday, May 28: Memorial Day – No School

Friday, June 1: End of 4th Quarter – Last Day for Students

 

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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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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Bringing the Community into Our Classrooms!

Disc Golf Course to be Built at Brentwood Park

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Recently, it was announced that a new disc golf course will be built at Brentwood Park in Northwood. The Ranger Roundup had the opportunity to sit down with NHS Government teacher Ms. Wills, NHS alumni Evan Hardek, and current NHS senior, Corey Juhasz, to learn more about the disc golf project.

Ms. Wills explained that Government students were required to create a portfolio of work for a larger Government Participation Project last school year. The overarching goal of the assignment was to encourage students to apply the knowledge from the course into an individually determined action plan that included such activities as additional research, volunteerism, participation in local government meetings, attendance at political rallies, or other Government related events. Many students in the class expressed interest in making the parks of Northwood more appealing and suggested ideas to do a clean-up day, renovate the baseball diamonds, and add signage and flowers. However, Evan Hardek’s proposal of a disk golf course was the only project to really take off and gain momentum.

discgolf2When asked about the steps that the students went through in order to propose the disk golf project to the City of Northwood, Ms. Wills explained that once Evan determined that he would like to put a course in Northwood, he was required to research the costs, space needed, potential land in Northwood to use, and other details necessary to sell the idea to whomever would be able to grant the request. She added, “We decided that City Council was where we were going to start with the proposal and Evan presented his idea at a meeting in the spring.” Council was impressed with the idea and very receptive to it, but had some concerns about location and cost. Bob Anderson, Northwood City Administrator, suggested an idea to write a grant to the Wood County Parks Department because they give out monies to communities for local park improvements on a yearly basis. Ms. Wills added, “So, Evan and I went to meet with Jeff Baney of the Wood County Parks Department in Bowling Green and began the detailed research necessary to complete three potential grant proposals. After we received confirmation of our formal request of Northwood City Council to sponsor our proposals, and facilitating implementation of any monies awarded, we began the writing process.” These grant proposals were written to include the disk golf course and other requests, like soccer goals for the Northwood Soccer Club, shed and tools for the NHS’s outdoor science lab, and a walking track at Brentwood Park.

Once the grant and project ideas had been started, Evan enlisted the help of friend and NHS student, Corey Juhasz, who was a junior at the time. Corey is a student at Penta Career Center and was able to use his knowledge and experience from his Computer-Aided Design program to help in the design, researching, and mapping of the disc golf park. He was also involved in making sure that the course was built using the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) guidelines. Corey graciously added, “I didn’t come up with the idea, that was Evan and Ms. Wills. I was simply there to give the information we needed, help design the course, and help my friend bring the project to life.”

On June 25th, three total grant proposals were sent to the Wood County Parks Department for a final decision. On November 10th, the committee announced that Northwood City would receive $9,181 to put in the disc golf course, plant trees for obstacles, and purchase a set of goals for the Northwood Soccer Club! discgolf3When asked how he felt when he heard that the grant had been received, Evan explained, “I was ecstatic and relieved. I was laying in bed and I immediately jumped up to go tell my parents. It was a very surreal feeling. I had waited so long to hear whether or not my grant request was accepted; to finally hear that it was, just made my week!” Corey added, “When I heard that we had finally received the grant, I was elated. I was also quite proud of my friend Evan for initiating a project for our community and taking the appropriate steps to continue this project to where it is today. As for me, I feel quite accomplished in myself that I was part of a project that will help build our community and used my knowledge and skill to do so. I am more than happy!”

Now that the grant has been received, Evan, Corey, and Ms. Wills will continue to attend city meetings in order to finalize details for the project. This will be done with the help of the members of city council. Corey explained that additional plans need to be made in order to gather the resources and people needed to actually build the course. Evan added that volunteers will be needed in order to help build the course and plant the trees. When asked about their hopes for the future of the disc golf project, Evan stated, “I hope that the disc golf course will bring more people to this side of town.” He added that some people don’t even realize that Brentwood Park exists. With this project, he hopes to change that! Corey added that he hopes that the project continues to run smoothly and he really hopes that people enjoy it. He stated, “I want the course to bring lots of people out to the park, maybe even some that usually wouldn’t. As for the future of Brentwood Park, I hope more initiatives like this one are proposed and completed to create a better park and a better community.”

Ms. Wills explained that the majority of the work for this project was actually done after Evan had graduated. Additionally, Corey was never actually a Government student! She explained, “This was truly an opportunity for these two to volunteer time and efforts for their community and exemplified the intent of the project perfectly!” Evan ended by adding a “big thank you to Ms. Wills.” He stated, “This never would have been a thing if she hadn’t helped me out.” He also added thanks to Bob Anderson for helping get the attention of city council and for being the group’s “go-to-guy!” Corey ended by stating, “It was so nice being able to be a part of this project, one that builds our community. I feel like I’m really making an impact and hope to keep working on this project until we see it’s end.” He also added thanks to Ms. Wills and Evan for letting him be part of the project. Corey added, “I hope people really enjoy it and that our initiative inspires others to bring about more changes that better our community,”

Rotary Club Presents Dictionaries to Third Grade Students

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Last week, several members of the Oregon/Northwood Rotary Club presented each Northwood third grader with a Webster’s Dictionary! Mrs. Hammel explained that this is an exciting annual tradition as the children are truly grateful for their own dictionary. Each dictionary is personalized with the child’s name on the front cover. Angel Adamski, our school treasurer, who is also a member of the Rotary Club, spent time with the third grade students to discuss the mission of the club as well as helping pass out the dictionaries individually to each student. Upon receiving the dictionaries, students wrote thank you notes to the members of the Rotary Club, explaining how the dictionaries are being used. Students used their thank you notes to explain how the dictionaries help them to look up meanings of words, words they didn’t know before, and help in learning how to spell words. The best parar-bulletin-boardt is that the students get to keep the dictionaries forever!


Mrs. Hammel explained that her students are also continuing to read books to try to accumulate Accelerated Reader points! She explained, “We regularly read books and take quizzes on the Accelerated Reader iPad app.” She added that as students accumulate points, they are able to move to move their pictures on a bulletin board in the hallway. It is exciting to watch the bulletin board fill up with children progressing on the Accelerated Reader bulletin board!

Right to Read Week, C.A.R.E. Awards, and Senior Reminders!

Rangers Enjoy “Right to Read” Week & Literacy Night

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Recently our elementary Rangers participated in “Right to Read” week! Both Olney and NES students participated in a spirit week that involved Pajama Day, Favorite Team Day, Mismatch DayIMG_4285, School Colors Day, and Hat Day! Olney students participated in answering trivia questions each day, with a winner being picked from each class to receive a prize. Students also participated in silent reading each day with special reading places and special reading friends and animals. NES students participated in a door decorating contest in which they displayed their favorite book, author, or character.

One of the many highlights of the week was the visit from author Denise Brennan-Nelson IMG_4289who presented to various classes as well as at the Family Literacy Night. Brennan-Nelson is a multi-award winning children’s book author and motivational speaker. She is well known for her book, Buzzy the Bumblebee. She works to inspire others to “bee-lieve” in themselves and their dreams. Additionally she is one of the visiting authors for this year’s Claire’s Day, Northwest Ohio’s Largest Children’s Book Festival, free for everyone, on May 21, 2016.

20160505_175330_resizedDuring Family Literacy Night, students were invited to bring their parents to meet Brennan-Nelson as well as to enjoy dinner, a book exchange, crafts, and raffle baskets. Each student was given a ticket to put into a raffle for the fun baskets. Additionally, each family was given a bag of goodies when they signed in. The baskets were donated by graded levels, special organizations from the district and from community members. Baskets included Mud Hens tickets, Cedar Point tickets, and Toledo Zoo tickets. Mrs. Hughes explained that students enjoyed the ice cream and popcorn, as well as the various raffle baskets. Students really enjoyed the idea of being able to take home as many books as they wanted, as they were free and donated by other students!

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Rangers Receive Claire’s Day Award

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Claire’s Day Inc. was created in honor of 10-year-old Claire Rubini who passed away in 2000 of a rare heart condition. Her parents, began a partnership with “Read for Literacy” to inspire children and families to be lifelong readers. Each year Claire’s Award for Reading Excellence (C.A.R.E.) are awarded in efforts to recognize students who demonstrate marked improvement in their reading skills over the course of the school year. One most-improved reader from each kindergarten through eighth grade class can be nominated by his or her teacher. Students will be honored in a ceremony at the Claire’s Day Book Festival in front of friends and family on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Maumee Branch Library. Students can look forward to receiving a certificate of achievement and a voucher for one free book of their choice by one of the Claire’s Day visiting authors or illustrators. Students will have the opportunity to meet the author or illustrator and have the book signed as well.

Congratulations to our Rangers who will be receiving C.A.R.E. Awards this year!

Kindergarteners: Ian Fraser, Steven Fowler, Scotty Bigley

First: Sophia Pezzino, Luke Wagner, Bryson Rodriguez

Second: Jesalynn Woody, Ezekiel Miller, Hunter Hagemann

Third: Madison Brown, Elizabeth Caspar, Grace Sakac

Fourth: Kieara Smith, Thomas McCrory, Breanna Bolden

Fifth: Benjamin Walters, Nevaeh Wojnowski, Nolan Lafeir

Sixth: John Hagemann

 

Senior Reminders

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  • Wednesday, May 18th:
    • Senior Awards Practice @ 12:30pm
    • Senior Awards Assembly @ 1:30pm
    • DRESS CLOTHES w/ Gowns (no caps)
  • Friday, May 20th:
    • Senior Cookout @ 11am
    • Senior Graduation Rehearsal @ Noon
    • ALL FEES MUST BE PAID BEFORE REHEARSAL
  • Sunday, May 22nd:
    • Senior Graduation Ceremony @ 1:30pm in the NHS Auditorium.
      • Tickets Required!

AIA Design Competition & Healthy Relationships with Mr. Hess

2016 American Institute of Architects 66th Annual High School Design Competition

IMG_34661Penta Ranger, Corey Juhasz took part in the 2016 American Institute of Architects 66th annual competition along with several of his Penta Career Center CAD peers. Corey competed in the BGSU Digital Media Competition and received Second Place. Great job, Corey!

 

Health Students Discuss Quality Relationships

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When most people think of Mr. Jeff Hess, they often think of the Physical Education teacher who can frequently be seen taking students outside for various activities, or as “Coach Hess” the varsity coach of our Ranger baseball team. However, one of Mr. Hess’ most important roles is as the junior high Health teacher. Mr. Hess discusses a myriad of topics with our junior high students, from one’s emotional well-being, to physical safety, and currently, the importance of healthy romantic relationships. This week, students have discussed the qualities of romantic relationships, the importance of balance in relationships, responsibility for one’s self, allowing each partner to change and grow over time, and the importance of trusting and respecting one another. In what is often a discussion-based classroom, Mr. Hess shares real life stories from his own family and from what students observe through pop culture. Students ended the week discussing good communication strategies such as, not raising one’s voice when attempting to resolve conflicts, and muting the television when having important conversations with loved ones.