NHS Art Show, Prom, and Academic Banquet

The Northwood High School Art Show

Over 200 projects have been displayed in the F-Pod, featuring watercolor, pencil, acrylic paint, screen printing, block printing, sculpture, plaster casting, ceramics, scratch board, oil pastel, chalk and ink. This showcase represents all of the hard work that students have put into their art this school year!

Congratulations to senior Brooke Schmitz, who was awarded “Best of Show!”

Both students and teachers alike, enjoy seeing the artwork on display. Students can be especially proud to have their work chosen for the show. The artwork fills the common areas and makes the space colorful and inviting for all students!

Students and staff in grades 7-12 voted electronically last week. Each person voted for their 6 favorite pieces. Forty ribbons were awarded, including a “Best of Show” for overall votes!

“An Evening in Venice” NHS Junior/Senior Prom

The NHS Junior/Senior Prom took place on Saturday, May 4th at Sunrise Banquet Center in Millbury, Ohio. A huge thank you to our junior class and our advisor, Ms. Blausey, for a wonderful evening!

Academic Awards Banquet

The annual Academic Awards Banquet took place on Monday, May 6th. Students in grades 9-12 were acknowledged for their academic achievements. Additionally, our “Alumnus of the Year” award was presented via Skype to Meryl (Smith) Groff, a 2004 graduate of Northwood High School. Below is her biography that was featured in this year’s program.

Meryl graduated from Northwood High School in 2004. She earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in 2008. In the last ten years, Meryl’s professional career thus far can mostly be described in one word – eclectic.

After a very impactful trip to New York City through Northwood High School, Meryl chased her dream to live there through her four years in college. In Spring of 2008, she accepted a junior level project manager position at a management consulting company in the Big Apple. Throughout her four years in the consulting world, she used every opportunity to take inventory of herself and the feedback of others to further develop and grow as a professional, hone her strengths and improve on her weaknesses. While she had achieved her dream to live in New York City, Meryl knew she would eventually want to pursue a profession that appealed to her more creative ambitions.

In 2012, Meryl was offered the opportunity to be an office coordinator at a growing television production company. In a risky move, she decided to start over in this new career, but quickly learned it was exactly where she was meant to be. Over the last seven years, Meryl has taken project opportunities that have introduced her to many new people and cultures and has cultivated a fulfilling and exciting occupation that has taken her all over the world. Some of her credits include “Dark Waters” on Discovery ID, “Secrets of the Underground” on Science Channel, “Behind Bars Rookie Year” on A&E, “Secret Space Escapes” on Science Channel, “Amish Mafia Season 3” on Discovery and “Breaking Amish Season 3” on TLC.

Currently Meryl is the Production Manager for a new documentary TV series for Travel Channel. She lives with her husband, Kevin, in Maplewood, NJ with their two cats, Frankie and Penny.

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

The following students were inducted into the Northwood High School Chapter of the National Honor Society:

Mitchell Hurley      

Lydia Long               

Davonte Sauer                    

Zoe Sherman

Logan Urbanyi                    

Natnicha Vayavong

Sierra Vendt           

Christina Zielinski

The new inductees join our current members:

Ashley Crampton

Kylie Grant

Alex Hoffer

Northern Lights Acapella Choir

Congratulations to our new and returning Northern Lights acapella members for the 2019-2020 school year. We look forward to another wonderful year of talented musical performances!

Safety Town:

Kids Eat Free:

STARS Summer Program:


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

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

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

  • Fri. May 17th – Senior Awards, 1:30pm
  • Wed. May 22nd – End of 4th Quarter – Last Day of School
  • Thurs. May 23rd – Teacher’s Records Day
  • Fri. May 24th – Graduation Practice, 12pm
  • Sun. May 26th – Class of 2019 Graduation, 1:30pm
  • Thurs. August 15th – 2019-2020 Open House
  • Tues. August 20th – 2019-2020 First Day of School!

Northwood Food Pantry & ZAP and Xtramath

Northwood Food Pantry


Recently, Mrs. Emilia Bires has been heading up a new initiative to create a food pantry for our students and community members in need. This food pantry will be located in the AAA building. The “Ranger Roundup” was able to catch up with Mrs. Bires to learn a little bit more about this initiative.

20180410_122156Mrs. Bires explained that during the Summer Feeding Program she was approached from families for the need for food supply and resources. Additionally, several times, staff has reached out to her in regards to families that were having hardships and needed help with food and other resources. In the new food pantry, canned and dry food items will be available for families to make meals as well as a variety of hygiene products. Items that have already been collected are dry items such as spaghetti noodles, macaroni and cheese, rice and beans, as well as box meals such as beef stroganoff, Tuna Helper, Rice-A-Roni, scalloped potatoes, and cake mixes. Canned items that have been collected include tuna, vegetables, fruit, soup, peanut butter, and jelly.

Initially, the pantry will be available on an as needed basis. Those in need may contact Emilia Bires at 419-691-3888 ext. 2217 or Nichole Macknight at 419-691-3888 ext. 1005. The Food Pantry will open its doors at the end of May. 20180410_122148

The current food drive is taking place now and will continue through May 11th. those that would like to continue to donate to the pantry, even after the food drive, can call and schedule a time for drop off to Emilia Bires or Nichole Macknight.

Mrs. Bires wanted to leave one additional reminder, that a new initiative has begun to start a Community Garden this summer! Please contact Ms. Bires for additional information on that project.

Keep a lookout on our social media outlets as information will be published regarding these initiatives as it becomes available.

ZAP and Xtramath in Mr. Boos’ 5th Grade Math

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Brandon Clair and Aubree Lamb are Xtramath Xperts!

The fifth grade students in Mr. Boos’ math class have been focusing on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. Students IMG_0018 (1)have partaken in several review games such as the game “ZAP” in which students work in teams. Teams can earn points for correct answers and also by pulling a card from the board. By pulling a card, teams can earn points for themselves or take away points from other teams. Some of the cards also say “ZAP” which means that may have to take away the points from their team or another team. A mystery  box is also put into play at some point in the game. If a team picks the box instead of a card it may have a positive or negative impact for the team. Mr. Boos explained, “By reviewing math in game format, students are engaged and sharpen their math skills for the state test.”

Additionally, 5th graders have also been working on fact fluency with the online Xtramath program. Students begin a 3 second program on multiplying, dividing, adding and subtracting. Once they complete the 3 second program, they move on to a 2 second program, and then a 1.5 second program. Once a student has completed all the programs, they become an Xtramath Xpert!






NLS District Updates


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VB and BB Clinic 2018


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.

Preschool Updated

Walk to School Day:

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NES Carnival 2018:

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Summer Stars Program 2018

Mark Your Calendar!

Saturday, May 5: NHS Prom 2018

Monday, May 7: Academic Awards Banquet (grades 9-12) at 6pm

Tuesday, May 8: NEO Meeting at 6pm 

Wednesday, May 9: NES Bike to School Day! / 5th & 6th grade Band Concert at 7pm

Friday, May 11: JH Breakfast of Champions (grades 7 & 8) 7am AAA Building / K-2 Field Day

Saturday, May 12: Drew Murray Magic Show, 6:30pm

Wednesday, May 16: 2nd & 3rd grade Music Program at 10:00 am (Parking lot available @ 9:00)

Friday, May 18: NES Carnival

Sunday, May 20: High School Choir Concert at 7pm

Tuesday, May 22: Senior Awards at 1:30pm / JH Choir Concert at 7pm

Thursday, May 24: 4th Grade Music Program at 10:00 am (Parking lot available @ 9:00)

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

Claire’s Day and Life Cycles!

“Claire’s Day” Annual Reading Celebration

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Saturday, April 8th, several of our Northwood Rangers took part in the annual “Claire’s Day” celebration at the Toledo Public Library – Main Branch. Twenty-one students were nominated by their respective teachers to receive the C.A.R.E. award (Claire’s Award for Reading Excellence), which recognizes students for increasing their reading skills. The students were awarded certificates and vouchers for a free book of their choosing. The day included free creation stations with hands-on art activities for students and their families, guest readers, author/illustrator demonstrations, and special characters in costume. The event is held annually in memory of Claire Lynsey Rubini by her parents Brad and Julie Rubini, who began the award ceremony and book festival. Below is a  list of our recipients from Olney and NES:

Sarah Xaiyarath

Hailey Carey 

Julien Chappell 

Drew Cuevas

Logan Dale 

Samantha Forbes 

Garren Hannum 

Meghan Horton 

Taylin Kretz

Ethan Leonard

Audrey Miner 

Kadence Newman 

Tyler Osley 

Jolyn Powell 

Ethan Powell 

Trenton Scaggs 

Adrian Schimmel 

Seline Starnes 

Maelyn Vendt 

Marcus Zattau 

Logan Rivera 


1st Graders Learn Life Cycles


Mrs. Duckett’s first grade students have been taking a look back at their “younger” years by comparing their baby pictures to how they look now. This unit even includes a guessing game of “Who is Who?” Students have noticed that some of them haven’t changed very much and are easy to tell, while others have changed a lot! Mrs. Duckett stated, “It isIMG_1011 fun to look back and see how much we have grown and all the things we can do now!”

Mrs. Duckett explained that the current first grade unit is all about the cycles of life, including plants, animals and us! First graders have learned that living things grow, change, and reproduce, while non-living things do not. Students have also been discussing recycling and caring for the earth. Students went as far as to “re-purpose” old, mismatched socks by turning them into grassheads! Mrs. Duckett concluding that students have really enjoyed “realizing how much they have changed and grown so far, and how much they have accomplished in first grade!”


District Reminders

Weekly Update from Principal Krontz

Check the following link for important elementary reminders including information regarding Kindergarten registration! https://www.smore.com/jfg6n


Kindergarten Registration

NES Kind Reg

Northwood Elementary Carnival 

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STARS Summer Enrichment Program

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Northwood Safety Town

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NHS Ranger Art Show Awards

We are so fortunate to have such artistic students at NHS! Check out the NHS Art Instagram at @nhsrangerart for photos of this year’s outstanding works of art!


Ranger Construction Instagram 

We have updated photographs of our construction project on Instagram. Check out the progress at @ranger_construction

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Rangers to Participate in Tech Trek


Seventh grade students Lydia Long, U-Sa Vayavong, and Kaitlyn Huber have been chosen to participate in this summer’s Tech Trek at Bowling Green State University! Tech-Trek is an exclusive and competitive all-girls weeklong, overnight camp program sponsored by BGSU in conjunction with the American Association of University of Women. Tech Trek works to engage 7th grade girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with hands-on activities, group collaboration and team building, and meetings with women who are role models in the field of study related to STEM.

Students must complete an extensive application process, prior to being chosen for this opportunity. First, students must be nominated by their 7th grade science and/or math teacher. Then, the girls are required to write a 500-word essay telling how they would use science and math to change the world. Finally, the girls interview for one of the limited spaces in the program.

Participants can look forward to STEM activities, meeting with women role models in the STEM field, collaboration, great food and fun, and creating lifelong friendships. Congratulations to Lydia, U-Sa, and Kaitlyn on this prestigious accomplishment and wonderful learning opportunity!


STARS Program Offers Summer Enrollment

Did you know that the STARS program has started enrollment for their summer program?

STARS is a unique program offered through the Wood County Educational Service Center. This program provides safe, enriching activities and academic support for children in grades K-6. STARS is offered before school begins at 6:30am and after school until 6pm. STARS is a licensed program through the ODE with a highly qualified staff certified in First Aid and CPR.

Students have a chance to participate in over 400 Challenge Centers that stimulate children to learn and gain knowledge to promote a healthy lifestyle, support academic success, and encourage imagination. These challenge centers are designed for STARS that meet Ohio academic standards.

STARS provides services at a reasonable rate. Most families qualify for reduced rates. All families qualify for a sibling discount if more than one child attends the STARS program.

STARS is currently offering enrollment for their summer program! The summer program is available Monday through Friday, from 6:30am to 6pm. Summer program activities include swimming, a field trip every Tuesday (including The Toledo Zoo, Neil Armstrong Museum, and bowling), and a field day every Friday!

If you are interested in signing up your child for the STARS summer program, you may do so through:

  1. Signing up online at  www.wcesc.org/community-learning-centers-of-wcesc
  2. Contacting Northwood’s site supervisor: Holly DeSelms at  419-308-2596
  3. Contacting Susan Youngpeter at 419-354-9010 or syoungpeter@wcesc.org


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