A Final Farewell to the 2016-2017 School Year

Val and Sal Set Their Sights on OSU!

Graduation season is upon us! This week, the Ranger Roundup was able to sit down with Valedictorian Bhakti Merchant and Salutatorian Tim Hall, both of whom will have the honor of addressing their peers at the Northwood Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 14th.

Valedictorian Bhakti Merchant

Merchant,BhaktiDuring her time at NHS, Bhakti has made sure to keep very busy with extracurricular activities. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club (serving as Key Club President this school year), and Teen Institute. She has participated in musical, Student Council, volleyball, basketball, prom committee, and the “Northern Lights” Acapella Choir. Outside of school, she has participated in YiPEE (Youth in Philanthropy Encouraging Excellence).

In 2015, Bhakti was chosen as the Northwood representative for Youth Leadership Toledo, which extended her involvement in community service groups. Additionally, she received the Most Outstanding Soprano Award in choir for two years, as well as the National Chorale Award. She is the recipient of the Kiwanis Award and was recognized as Student of the Month this past September.

This fall, Bhakti will attend the Ohio State University to study biochemistry. Bhakti looks forward to staying actively involved and hopes to participate in either the Humanitarian Engineering Scholars Organization or the Women in Philanthropy Organization during her time at Ohio State University.  

When asked what she will miss most about Northwood High School, Bhakti stated, “I will definitely miss the suspense about the annual musical, as well as participating in all my extracurricular activities, especially my sports and acapella. I thoroughly enjoyed my experiences with my volleyball and basketball teams, as well as singing at concerts for acapella.” Nonetheless,, Bhakti is really looking forward to her college experience. She explained that she is looking forward to the specialization of her chemistry and biology courses, as well as the clubs and activities that she will be able to participate in outside of class. She added, “Like in high school, I also look forward to the enthusiasm and school spirit at games and other activities” Additionally, she can’t wait to take action and continue with her volunteer work.

As she looks to the future, Bhakti hopes to attend medical school to become a doctor. She is not yet sure if she wants to specialize or conduct medical research after completing her degree. However, she does plan to continue her philanthropic efforts as she completes her degree and beyond!

“To my parents, I would like to say ‘thank you’ for supporting me through all my endeavors and helping me reach my true potential with each of my accomplishments,” said Bhakti. She continued to thank the rest of her family, friends, and teachers for supporting her throughout her high school career and for making her high school experience unforgettable, stating that her high school experience would not have been as special and unique without them!

Salutatorian Tim Hall

Hall TTim Hall, having ranked second in his class, will serve as this year’s Salutatorian. During his time at Northwood High School, Tim served as an active member of our Ranger Football team. He too, will attend the Ohio State University this fall. Tim plans to study Health Promotion, Nutrition, and Exercise Science. In the future, Tim hopes to have a career in Orthopedic Surgery.

When asked what he will miss most about NHS, Tim stated simply “the people.” However, he is very much looking forward to meeting many new people in Columbus! Tim stated, “I would like to thank my friends and family, my scout leaders, and my football coaches.”

 

Congratulations to Bhakti and Tim, as well as the entire Northwood Class of 2017!

NLS Says Goodbye to Five Special Retirees

This year, we have five Ranger staff members that will be retiring. The Ranger Roundup took some time to speak with each of the retirees and reflect on their time as a NLS staff member.

Mrs. Smith

IMG_4807Terrie Smith has worked for NLS for 17 years. She started out as a Northwood parent who spent a lot of time volunteering within the schools. She explained that she started out as a playground aide at Lark and then moved into a library aide position at Lark until the Lark building closed. Most recently, Terrie can be found serving as the high school library aide in the high school media center.

Mrs. Smith stated that the most rewarding parts of the job for her were the times when she knew that something she said or did made a positive impact on someone else! When asked to think of a memorable story that she will always remember from her time at Northwood, she stated, “I have many, but I think the one that stands out was the time I needed to take the state test. Being out of high school for several years, I was a little nervous, but my co-workers stepped up and cheered me on and tutored me.” She continued, “There was another time when I passed a Lark school bus on my way home that had broken down. I sat with the students and read their library books to them to keep them calm while they waited. I just kept thinking to myself, ‘These are my kids.’ I wanted to be there for them.”

 

Mrs. Gallaher

IMG_4806Robin Gallaher has been an employee of Northwood Schools for 22 years. Mrs. Gallaher explained that while her kids were attending Northwood High School, she was asked to sub at the schools occasionally. When the study hall position opened up, Mr. Szabo encouraged her to apply. The rest she said, “is history!”

Looking back on her time as the NHS study hall monitor, Mrs. Gallaher stated, “My first year was the most memorable because I hated the job. After I got to know the students and understand them better, I realized what a great job I had.” She added, “It’s difficult to pick one special moment or story. It’s amazing to see the transformation as our students grow into adults.”

When asked about the most rewarding part of her time at Northwood High School, Mrs. Gallaher said, “The most rewarding aspect of being a Northwood employee is the wonderful staff I get to work with everyday.” She continued, “The success of my children can be directly traced back to Northwood school system and the people that helped shape their lives.” She concluded, “The jeans fairy ranks as a close second!”

 

Karen Donegan

12220NES Secretary Karen Donegan, also started her NLS career as both a parent and a substitute. She explained that she left AT&T after 20 years due to some of the changes in the company. She started subbing at Northwood that fall. She served as a substitute in the cafeteria, study hall, playground, and as an office secretary. She reminisced, “I remember walking into the high school office one day and told the secretary that I was available to sub anytime. From that point, I worked in the high school for a steady few months. In March of that year, I was asked to cover Lark while Mrs. Everett went to the high school. That June I was hired for the upcoming year.”

Mrs. Donegan had a hard time designating one memory as most memorable, as she explained that there were so many! “Thinking back on the good old Lark days, we had a special thing there. I know we all look back on those days fondly. Then, there was the day I cried when I went to the middle school because I was overwhelmed. I don’t think Mr. Kozina knew what to do with me! Then, NES with many more memories to be made, like doing the announcements and having an awareness day….many at NES know what I’m talking about.” She concluded, “Mr. C. was always very entertained by my announcements… so many fun memories. Thanks to all of you for that!”

A lifelong resident of Northwood, Mrs. Donegan explained that her husband and children grew up as Rangers. She added, “The best part of becoming an employee was getting to know so many more people in the community as well as the staff. I have really enjoyed the friendships that I have found at Northwood. It truly is a good place to live and work!”

Lori Kamelesky

FullSizeRender (61)Lori Kamelesky, the head cook at Olney Elementary, will also be retiring at the end of this school year. Mrs. Kamelesky has worked for NLS for 23 years. She explained that her sister-in-law worked at Lark and Olney and told her to apply. The people that she works with have been the best part of her career at NLS. She added, “I will miss the laughter with my co-workers.”
Reflecting on memorable stories, Mrs. Kamelesky stated, “When we were in the auditorium on opening day this year, Mr. Clark said, ‘Look around and say to yourself, this is the last time I will be in this auditorium for opening day, and do that all through the year as you experience your last times.’ I did it and was surprised how emotional I felt. Thanks for the memories!”

Phyllis Tucker

Bus driver, Phyllis Tucker, will be retiring after 20 years of service at NLS. She explained that her sister was driving for Northwood and told her that it would be a great job  opportunity, and so she applied! When asked about one story that she will always remember, she stated, “My coconut bus from Superintendent Ron Matter!” She explained that the relationships between students, parents, and Northwood staff have been the best part of working for NLS. Tucker concluded, “I have learned much in the time that I have spent here at Northwood. It has been an honor to work at Northwood Schools as a bus driver. As a driver, I have had the best boss and more than that, a great friend, Greg Hornstein.”

National Honor Society Inductees 

This year’s NHS Academic Awards Banquet was held Monday, May 1st. The evening started with dinner provided by our NHS food service staff. After dinner, all scholars and their parents were invited to the auditorium for awards and further recognition. The evening included the Alumnus of the Year Award given to 1996 Ranger Alumnus Sean DeLauder, and ended with the annual National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony. Below is a list of the current and newly inducted NJHS and NHS members:

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National Junior Honor Society – Shellie Semler, Advisor

Current Members:

Kennedy Brossia

Mary Paengrord

Christina Zielinski

Bailey Garno

Zoe Sherman

Mitchell Hurley

Logan Urbanyi

Lydia Long

Natnicha Vayavong

New Members:

Olivia Cox

Davote Sauer

Kyleigh Derr

Sierra Vendt

Bethany Gillespie

Andrew Kozina

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National Honor Society – Cristina Toflinski & Emma Elinski, Advisors 

Current Members:

Riley Bisbee

Kyle Moore

Sarah Steenbergen

Hannah Garno

Allison Roach

Allison Vogl

Bhakti Merchant

Morgan Satkowski

Hannah Moore

Zakary Sherman

New Members:

Megan Goins

Philip Ottinger

Kylie Grant

Kyra Simmons

Alyssea Hart

Tim Zielinski, Jr.

Alexandra Hoffer

Congratulations to all of our NHS Scholars on another year of hard work and dedication to academics! 

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parent info District Calendar Reminders:

The end of the school year is fast approaching! Check out this list of Ranger events so that you can plan accordingly!

 

May 4th – Seniors Last Day of School

May 5th – Circle K “Fueling Our Schools” from 4-8pm

May 8th – 3rd – 5th Grade Awards / Athletic Boosters Bingo

May 9th – Grades K-2 Field Day / Senior Awards

May 10th – 3rd – 6th grade Olympics

May 11th – Last Day of School for Students / 6th Grade Send Off

May 14th – NHS Graduation for the Class of 2017

 

Weekly Update from Principal Krontz

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

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STARS Summer Enrichment Program

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Northwood Safety Town

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Superintendent’s Message

As we finish our third week of school and are about to enjoy the long Labor Day weekend with friends and family, it is my hope that everyone has successfully settled into this new school year. A new school year is ripe with promise and I very much enjoy the annual return to school with all of the catching up on everyone’s summer, the smiling faces of our students who all have grown so much, and the plethora of fresh sneakers in the hall.

A new school year also introduces new schedules and new routines and cartloads of new information which often create some stress in all of our lives as well. I hope your experience this year was manageable even as we ask so much of all of you to get off to a good start. It is our goal to have everything work and when the inevitable glitches do come along, have good folks willing and able to help you navigate the waters. If you have questions or comments on any of it, let us know!

Effective two way communication makes life work better for all of us and here at school, we continue to work to improve our methods to both provide and receive information. One of the major perks of living in a small community with a small school is the ability to simply call and have that call returned in a timely manner. We can be reached at 419-691-3888 and we still have a physical address to which the United States Postal Service delivers mail.

In addition to those more traditional methods of communication, as a school, we have email, we have Schoology, and we have our school website. We also endeavor to provide information through social media. The school has a Facebook account, a Twitter account, The Ranger Roundup blog, as well as a district Instagram and a second Instagram dedicated to our construction project. Many of our staff also have individual accounts on social media that you may to choose to follow as well.

For some of us (and by that I mean at least me), there is too much stuff to try to keep a handle on. We are working on that too.  This year, along with our new website, which works well with computer browsers, we have a brand new smartphone app that I encourage everyone to download from your app store. It is our hope to make this the “go to” place for what you need to know from our school. As I see the content increasing everyday, I believe you will find this to be the case. I will include more detailed information on our communication channels at the end of the message.

I also want to share with you all, that the new school is on schedule to open for the start of the 2017-2018 school year. We are planning for the first day of school for students to be shortly after Labor Day. So, if your family has always wanted to take some time away from home in August, next summer is a good time to plan for that!

As the new school progresses, I get increasingly excited about the possibilities it has for the education of our children and I can’t wait to show it to you all in about a year from now.

Enjoy the holiday weekend and thank you for entrusting your child’s formal education to us.

Sincerely,

Greg Clark

 

App Info:  Available on Android and iTunes:

 

 

School Website:

 

Athletic Calendar:

 

WordPress Blog:

 

Twitter:

@rangerroundup (District account)

@NHSRangers (Athletic Department)

@nlssuptclark

@principalkozina

@principalkrontz

 

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Instagram:

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Community Update From Superintendent Clark

This week has brought a hint of the warm weather to come and as the days provide more daylight, it is time to think about Spring and all of the wonderful things that brings to our part of the world.

Here at school, as hard as it to believe, prom and graduation are just around the corner. 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.

The next phase of work constructing our new school is also about to begin. Bidding on this 3rd of 4 phases went well and was within our budget which is very good news. Our Construction Manager at Risk, Rudolph-Libbe is in the process of issuing the contracts to the selected sub-contractors for the work and we should begin to see progress with foundations and walls very soon. The construction will be documented for the use of our community with a camera that will regularly take pictures of the progress which will be available on our school website as we move forward and will allow us to create a time-lapse “movie” showing the building being constructed as well. We are still on track to open the new school in the Fall of 2017 which will be here before we know it..

We are a number of  years into the school choice, testing and accountability era here in Ohio. 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 in our state. From funding formulas to testing and curriculum, the policy choices made in Columbus that appear to be corporate driven do have an impact at the local level on actual individual people. 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 in public policy.

As always, questions and comments are welcome!

– Superintendent Clark

An Important Calendar Message & Studying Conic Sections with Mr. Moore!

An Important Message Concerning the 2016-2017 School Yearclipart-calendar

As you review the attached calendar for the 2016-2017 school year please note that the school year has been designed with shorter breaks to complete the year earlier than normal in May of 2017.  This earlier end to the school year is planned to allow for our construction project to have ample time in the Summer of 2017 to finalize the new building.  There will be time needed in the Summer of 2017 to create parking lots, tear down existing buildings, and have our campus ready to open the new facility in August of 2017!  Next year’s schedule has the same number of school days and we anticipate having all of our normal events during the school year.  If you have any questions, please let us know!

 

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Honors Pre-Calculus Students Study Conic Sections

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The students in Mr. Gordon Moore’s Honors Pre-Calculus course are currently studying Conic Sections with circles, ellipses, hyperbolas, and parabolas. Mr. Moore’s students recently completed an interesting introductory, hands-on activity in class. Students worked to create three ellipses using cardboard, string, push pins, and graph paper. They then worked to discover some of the properties of the ellipses. Mr. Moore explained that this activity helps students to familiarize themselves with properties of ellipses and is a nice break from Pre-Calculus lectures!

Some Thoughts on Charters From Superintendent Clark

A recent article in the Columbus Dispatch has prompted me to have some thoughts on School Choice in Ohio that may be of interest to our school community.

Here is a link to the article:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/02/01/charters-struggle-to-beat-scores-of-big-traditional-urban-schools.html

My career in education mirrors the era of school choice in Ohio so I have had the opportunity to watch it unfold from the perspective of someone who has spent their life working to provide better and better educational opportunities for children.

I graduated from high school in 1983. You know, the very year A Nation at Risk  was published by our United States Department of Education. No matter one’s thoughts on the validity of that report, it has been the basis of “reform” in our schools ever since.

I, like most people, like the idea of choice. Autonomy is important to all of us humans no matter our age and if we can have choices we certainly want them. As a parent of two children, I like the idea that I have choice in where to send my children to school too. All of that sounds great. I wish it were that simple.

Here are some things I remember during my career:

  • We were told our public schools were failing and that literally, our nation was at risk.
  • We were and continue to be told our children were not being adequately served by the public school system.
  • We were told and are continuing to be told adequate resources were/are being invested, but the “edublob” (the term many education “reformers” derisively use for traditional public schools) was/is wasteful, not innovative and protect/ed bad teachers due to unionization.
  • We were told and continue to be told by “reformers” that by implementing school choice, through the opening and funding of charter schools, the marketplace would create innovation, produce great opportunities and results for children and families and be able to succeed with less of a public investment of resources.
  • In 1992, Governor Voinovich started the Commission of Educational Choice and put David Brennan in charge of the pilot program in Cleveland.
  • Since that time the charter school experiment has done nothing but expand in Ohio.

Now, here in Ohio, we are a quarter of a century into the implementation of this model that was going to save the day. Is the day saved? Do we see evidence of innovation due to charter schools? Do we see evidence of great educational opportunities and results for children and families? Do we see evidence that the charter experiment has solved the educational problems identified in A Nation at Risk? Do we see evidence that this was accomplished more efficiently or using fewer resources?

What I have seen/learned over this time is the following:

  • Educating human beings is complex hard work no matter the model employed to do that work.
  • Very little to no innovation with regard to teaching and learning has been created by the marketplace of charter schools.
  • Assessing children or anyone in a fair and equitable way is hard and the standardized tests we humans have developed are very poor at it to date.
  • Assessing the impact of teachers and schools on their students in a fair and equitable way is hard and the standardized tests we humans have developed are not very good at that either.
  • “Success” by the measures we have chosen to use at this time (test scores) is more attributable to “creaming” (the term used for when schools/communities use strategies to sort out students that demand greater resources to be academically successful) than better instruction.
  • The marketplace has some really bad actors who put profits ahead of children.
  • Politics and deciding who gets the money we spend on educating our kids is most often the driving force behind all “reform” no matter what side of the argument people take.

Here is what I believe today (this is subject to change of course):

  • Educators, no matter where they serve, should be examples of lifelong learners and continually improving their practice to serve students better.
  • The same goes for educational institutions no matter their “type.”
  • The issues facing us with regard to how kids do in school and in their broader life have much less to do with the schools (no matter the type) and much more to do with our society overall.
  • Schools and educators tend to reflect the society that produce them and replicate the social structures that are used to maintain status quo within the society.
  • Meaningful school reform (better results for all children and families) lies in the eradication of root causes, not the political fig leaf of symptom treatment. To do otherwise, as we have done and continue to do, will continue to produce similar results to the ones we have had and have no matter how many tests we have kids take or how much accountability we put on teachers and schools.
  • As an education leader, it is clear to me that our school must have adequate resources to invest in the educational opportunities our school provides, but if I am forced to choose between a dollar for our school or a dollar invested more directly in the overall physical and/or mental well-being of a child, I choose the latter over the former.
  • Some “reformers” are expressing that democratically elected school boards are the problem and propose appointed school boards as a solution. This idea is highly suspect.

“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.”

Winston S. Churchill

Here in our community’s school, I continue to ask that all of us (students, staff, parents and community members) simply do our best each day on behalf of the children in our care. When we all do that, much of the other “stuff” addressed above will be diminished and our kids will have great opportunities to prepare them for the test that really matters to us all…being able to lead a fulfilled life.

 

A Special Message From Superintendent Clark

As I travel around our construction site of a campus it is clear that we have transitioned from the hot start of school to the soon to be cold heart of our school year. It is really exciting to see our students and teachers engaged in 21st Century learning in our classrooms.

While we are living in a time of great change through our society’s adoption of new technology, our mission at school continues to be one in which we prepare our students to be successful in the world they will inherit from us and that mission requires all of our support to be successful.

I am proud to lead our community’s school.  The commitment of our parents, our neighbors and our entire community is apparent and allows us to provide excellent educational opportunities for our children and young adults.  Through these efforts, I am pleased to report to you both as our school superintendent and as a fellow Northwood tax payer that our district is presently on stable financial footing and providing excellent educational opportunities. We will continue to do our best to manage costs and only come back for additional operating money when it becomes a necessity.

As you can see when you visit our campus, the new school project has been moving ahead since the ground breaking in October. Much of the excavation work for our new school including the building pad is complete. Foundations and the building itself will commence as soon as weather permits in 2016. The 2017-2018 school year and the opening of the new school will be here before we know it. Keep in mind that because of construction, the 2016-2017 school year will be compressed (same number of school days, but short breaks) to allow for a longer summer in 2017 to fit the project into the timeline that has been established. I encourage you to check our website and to follow our building project on Instagram at ranger_construction to see pictures of the progress as we move forward through the building of our new school.

You may remember that over the years, I devote some space to our state’s decisions around school choice in Ohio and the impact decisions made in Columbus around this issue have on our local school. In the past several months scandals around charter schools have been in the headlines again and have led to the resignation of a top official at the Ohio Department of Education. As citizens, I encourage you to learn as much as you can about the changing landscape of schools in Ohio from as many sources as you can find and to demand the best solutions for the education of Ohio’s children from our state legislature and Governor.

Enjoy this holiday season with friends and family!

As always, I welcome your questions, comments and suggestions.

Sincerely,

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Gregory A. Clark
Superintendent

 

An Important Update From Superintendent Clark

As I wrote last evening, our students are our highest priority.
I am pleased to be able to say that in spite of the very shocking news received yesterday by our school community, our staff and students who are in session today have maintained our normal school routine and have had as normal of a school day as possible under the circumstances.
Also, I can inform you that as of today, the staff member involved is no longer employed by our school.
We will begin work immediately to find a teacher with the necessary skills to provide the instruction our students deserve moving forward.
I very much appreciate the outpouring of support our school has received and is continuing to receive as we work to recover from this.
Thank you to all who have pulled together to allow us to continue our work. I sincerely appreciate those efforts.

An Important Message from Superintendent Clark

Late this afternoon, our school learned of the arrest of one of our NHS teachers through media reports. This news is shocking and the alleged crimes very disturbing. To the best of our knowledge, the alleged crimes did not occur at school or involve our students. As always, our first priority is our students. We will have counseling staff on hand at NHS in the morning should anyone need those services. The staff member involved was not at school today and it is our understanding that he is currently in custody. I have begun the process to ensure that he will not return to school so long as criminal charges are pending.

Northwood Groundbreaking Ceremony: A New Chapter

GB45The Northwood Local Schools groundbreaking ceremony took place on Friday, October 2nd at 10 a.m. All students were in attendance as well as various members of the community. School Board President Denise Niese served as the emcee for the event. Our NHS Acapella group sang the National Anthem prior to Superintendent Greg Clark addressing the audience. Mr. Clark expressed appreciation for the Northwood Board of Education members. He then proceeded to provide a brief history of Northwood, Ohio. Mr. Clark stated, “Our community has a long and rich history of taking on the challenge left to us by those who came before, to maintain and even expand the opportunities our young people are afforded through our schools.” He went on to explain that the school district began working with the state of Ohio to assess our school buildings and facility needs back in 2003. The class of 2018, who are scheduled to be the first class to graduate from the new building, were only 3-years-old when this process began! Mr. Clark reminded us all that, “As we turn this ground today, we are celebrating the best of our nature in our willingness to continue to devote a substantial portion of the collective resources of today, in an investment that will only pay dividends down the road, as we provide opportunities for our young people to gain the skills, knowledge, and wisdom, to lead enriched and meaningful lives.”

Naomi Smith spoke on behalf of the Citizens of Northwood. She told the story of moving into the district sixteen years ago. GB14She explained the kindness of the staff at Northwood, and how it put her at ease as her first grade son, transitioned into a new school. She discussed how her admiration for our schools grew as her children continued to grow, and as she became more involved as both a parent and an employee of Northwood Local Schools. She concluded her speech with these kind words, “As I stand here before you today, I can honestly tell you that this place is not only really that good, this place is great. And, I’m proud to call it my home!”

Student representatives from the graduating class of 2018 also spoke at the event. Hannah Garno expressed the excitement of being part of the first class to graduate from the new building. When speaking of the building, Miss Garno stated, “This not only will be great for our class, but for all of the classes that will spend their whole school career in this building. They will have a more comfortable and enjoyable experience. This step forward will bring many new experiences to come for the future of Northwood.”

Senator Randy Gardner was also in attendance for the event. He ​presented the school with a proclamation from the Ohio Senate honoring the school district on the groundbreaking for the new school. He promised that GB15when the school is built he will present our school with a flag that flew over the state capitol building. Additionally, Senator Gardner took time to acknowledge Mr. Joel Davis, an Olney High School graduate who was in attendance for the Groundbreaking Ceremony. Olney graduates Bill Hirzel and Kay Vargo were also in attendance for the celebration.

Various groups took part in the “turning of the earth” including Board of Education members, elementary students, representatives of the Class of 2018, parents, and staff members. The ceremony ended with the singing of the Alma Mater and a balloon release.

GB70The groundbreaking ceremony was a huge success and a great step into the newest chapter of Northwood Local Schools. On behalf of Northwood Local Schools, the Ranger Roundup would like to thank all who were involved in the planning and organization of the event, those who participated in the event, and those that were in attendance for the celebration. It’s a great time to be a Ranger!

An Important Update from Superintendent Clark

The calendar has turned and we have entered the last quarter of of 2015. School has been in session a little over a month and I trust most have settled into the established routine of this school year. Here at school, I am happy to report that things are going well and I want to thank everyone involved for their flexibility and patience as we go through the process of building our new school on this campus while we continue to hold classes here.

These are exciting times for our community and I have a few things to update you on.

First, we are getting close to our groundbreaking ceremony. It is Friday, October 2, 2015 at 10 am at the stadium (NHS Gym if we have rain). We would love to have you there if you are able to attend. If you can make it, please RSVP to Kelly Neundorfer through her email: kneundorfer@northwoodschools.org

Next, progress continues on the first stage of the project on schedule. Parking lots were done in time for school to start, lighting will be complete before the time change when it becomes really needed and the new Bus Maintenance facility is scheduled to open on November 6, 2015. The second stage of the project isn’t about logistics like the first. It is about doing the excavation work for our new school and it is slated to begin the first full week of October with plans to have the building pad completed before the onset of Ohio Winter. Verticle construction of the new school will then begin as soon as weather allows in 2016. We are still on schedule to open the new building in the fall of 2017 (Yay!).

As we move forward & prepare for that time, we will need to make the summer of 2017 a long summer to enable the transition from our current buildings to the new one possible. Please be planning for next school year to be one with short vacations so we can get out of school as early as we can and for the 2017-2018 school year to begin later than usual, perhaps after Labor Day.

I also need your thoughts on a couple of items that are not about buildings, but about providing the best educational experience possible. Research continues to mount that teens would benefit from a later start to the school day. If we wanted to explore that, what would be the impacts to your families that would concern you? Also, what would be the impacts to your families if on weather delay days our school district chose to have a three hour delay rather than simply closing if the fog is still there at 8 am after a two hour delay?  The more information you share with me on these items the better chance we have to make the best decisions around them. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

As you are aware, our school is our community’s school.  As a public school, the resources required to turn out the next generation of educated citizens come from all of us. From the contributions of our parents to those of our neighbors, a community effort is what it takes to provide excellent educational opportunities for our young people.

I consider it  a great privilege it is to serve as Superintendent of Northwood’s School and I greatly appreciate what our community invests in our young people. Thank you all for the part you play in advancing all of our future through your contributions to Northwood’s School.

As always, I welcome your questions, comments and suggestions.

Sincerely,

Greg Clark

Northwood Local Schools Superintendent

500 Lemoyne Road

Northwood, OH 43619

gclark@northwoodschools.org

419-691-3888