BPA Nationals and Classroom Spotlights

BPA Rangers Head to National Competition

For the past several years, Mrs. Kara Myers has not only led our business courses, but also our BPA Program. For those who are not familiar with BPA, BPA stands for Business Professionals of America which is a career technical program quoted as, “A student organization dedicated to the preparation of global professionals through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic & technological skills.” Students get the chance to compete in various competitions, become officers that lead community events, and advance basic fundamental life skills. Senior Isaiah Bolyard and sophomore U-sa Vayavong have worked vigorously over the course of this school year as BPA competitors and both recently accomplished an outstanding achievement in receiving first place in their presentation categories in order to qualify for the national BPA competition.

Isaiah explained that there are usually a very broad range of topics to choose from, each meeting a person’s skills and interests. Isaiah stated, “I chose ‘Extemporaneous Speech’ which, by definition means ‘spoken or done without preparation.’ You receive two topics on the spot, choose which one you would like to present with, prepare for ten minutes, and give a speech based off of that prompt from two to four minutes total. This requires a student to be witty and work well ‘on their toes,’ a drastic difference from the prepared competitions other students participate in. Fun fact: Extemporaneous Speech is currently the ONLY fully un-prepared event in BPA.”

U-sa stated, “I competed in the ‘Entrepreneurship’ which is where students have to create a business plan for a start-up company. My objective is to present my business to potential investors in hopes of securing a loan or any other investments. If you think about it, it’s a bit like Shark Tank.”

When asked to reflect on their journey to the state BPA competition, U-sa said, “Before I made it to states, I had to make it past regionals. For the first term, I had to develop the foundation for my business plan and then submit my final copy. This was probably the most stressful part for me since I started with a blank slate and had to come up with pages worth of valuable information. Then, I worked on my presentation part and hoped that the judges liked my plan. They did, and I won. So, I then had to revise my business plan, which we ended up submitting an hour before the deadline. Afterward, I worked on my presentation part that didn’t quite pull through until the last minute. I felt a ton of different emotions throughout this journey, but I am happy to have made it this far.” Isaiah reflected, “State was such a great experience. The trip was joined with PENTA Career Center so we were able to make new friends from other schools. Any school-related trip is so much fun because of all the passionate and friendly staff that volunteer their time to make it awesome for us. Also, the location was in Columbus at the Convention Center, so there were many new things for us to see.”

Reminiscing about their reaction to receiving first place at the state competition, Isaiah expressed, “Because I chose a competition that specialized in my areas of strength (talking and wits) I was confident of a ‘Top 10’ placement. When my name was announced as first place, I was so surprised and filled with pride and joy. A huge reason I was so happy is because I wasn’t just winning for me, I was winning for our local area, Northwood specifically, and above all, Mrs. Myers.” U-sa added, “When my name was announced, I glanced back at the board to see if it was actually me who had won it. I was initially shocked that I was able to get first place. I remembered all of the time and effort I put into my project, but I also remembered that there were a lot more people that went into this win which makes me grateful.”

Isaiah and U-sa now must begin preparing for the national competition, which will take place the first week of May in Anaheim, California at Disneyland! U-sa has her mind set on perfecting her presentation. She stated, “There are two parts for my competition, the business plan, and the presentation. I am very excited to say that my business plan, the hardest part, scored almost perfectly meaning I won’t have to spend as much time on that. So I’ll be working on perfecting my presentation until I can say it in my sleep and I will need to prepare to answer the judges’ questions.” Isaiah’s preparation process includes having several mock competitions and presenting them to the Accounting class. When asked what they are most excited about in regards to the national competition, U-sa said, “I am excited to compete and to be in California! I am hoping to win the first place title again at nationals, but I am just glad that I am able to have this experience.” Isaiah added, “I am most excited to spend a week in a completely new part of the country and represent Northwood from so far away. BPA allows you to build lasting relationships with other student and other advisors and the opportunity to travel across the country.”

U-sa concluded by adding, “I could never have done this without the help and long nights working with Mrs. Myers. She dedicated her time because she believed that I could do it, despite the times where I had many mental breakdowns trying to juggle all of my activities and schoolwork. There were also many teachers, friends, and family who have given support and input into my project, which I truly appreciated. I really hope that future students find the business program to be enjoyable and that next year we can take more students!”

Funny Jokes and Puppet Shows in Mrs. Nice’s Classroom

Have you heard a good joke lately? We have in Ms. Nice’s second grade classroom!

Our class has been working hard to improve our writing skills. An important part of answering questions involves restating the question. What better way to do that than writing jokes! After being asked a joke, students had to restate the joke in their answer. Then the fun really started!

After practicing their jokes, each student made a sock puppet video. They recorded their voices with one puppet asking the joke. Then, the other sock puppet restated the joke and added the punchline. They were able to modify their voice for each puppet making it lower or higher in pitch, as they preferred. They also had the fun of selecting their own scene for the puppets to have as their backdrop.


Everyone did a great job and we had a lot of fun creating puppet shows and sharing them with each other.  

PROM 2019 INFORMATION:

NORTHWOOD/WCESC PRESCHOOL PRE-REGISTRATION

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.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION:

NES CARNIVAL INFORMATION:

  • Fri. March 29th: NES Carnival, 5:30pm -7:30pm
  • Mon. – Fri. April 1st – 5th: NES Testing Week
  • Tues. April 2nd: NEO Marcos Pizza Night
  • Mon. – Fri. April 8th – 12th: NES and NHS Testing Week
  • Fri. – Mon. April 19th – 22nd: Spring Break
  • Tues. April 23rd: Teacher In-Service Day – No School for Students
  • Tues. – Sat. April 23rd – 27th: Junior and Senior NYC Trip
  • Sat. May 4th – Prom, 7pm
  • Mon. May 6th – HS Academic Awards, 6pm
  • Thurs. May 16th – Seniors’ Last Day
  • Fri. May 17th – Senior Awards, 1:30pm
  • Fri. May 24th – Graduation Practice, 12pm
  • Sun. May 26th – Class of 2019 Graduation, 1:30pm



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Polar Animals, Escape Rooms, and the Drone Rangers!

Preschool Rangers Learn About Polar Animals

Our preschool Rangers are currently focusing on a unit in which they are learning about Polar Animals. Students have had choices to play with penguins on an iceberg in the dramatic play area, search for polar animals in the sensory table, look at books about animals in the reading center, put animals in the correct habitats on a zoo magnet board, make animal habitats from play doh, and build habitats with blocks for plastic zoo animals. The preschoolers have really enjoyed the iceberg and penguins in the dramatic play area as well as songs and Clevertouch activities about penguins and other polar animals.

Mrs. Walker reminds us that Mr. Rogers once said, “Feeling good about ourselves is essential in our being able to love others…play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But, for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” In preschool, children are given the opportunity to learn through play. Activities and toys are carefully selected to give children a variety of learning experiences.

Sixth Graders Break Out of “Escape Room”

Mrs. Kaylor’s sixth grade language arts students are currently learning about point-of-view and perspective. These lessons help students to analyze texts and to determine how information is presented and why it is presented in a certain way.

Students really enjoyed collaboration in their groups to “break out” of the escape room. The activity featured several different “locks,” which required certain numbers or words to unlock. Students had to complete a series of tasks in order to receive the clue or puzzle for the lock. Then, students had to solve that clue to figure out the lock. It was challenging for everyone, but Mrs. Kaylor stated that students had a great time and were really proud of themselves each time they solved a clue. Mrs. Kaylor concluded, “It was so much fun watching students work through the puzzles and seeing what they could really do when it came to practicing point-of-view.

Have you Heard About the Drone Rangers?

Northwood Schools is always looking to add new extracurriculars for our students. Recently a drone team, affectionately named, “The Drone Rangers” has been formed in our junior high school. The team came about when Penta Career and the Challenge Center through Lake Erie West offered a drone set-up to area teachers. Mrs. Fish went to a session where teachers learned how to build and use the drones. She then gathered a group of students who were interested in drone racing. Greg Huber, a parent who is very knowledgeable about drones, has helped get more drones along the way and has helped to train using the pvc pipe gates. Mrs. Fish stated, “All of the parents have been so supportive in helping get t-shirts for the team, practicing with the kids, and having such a positive attitude with the students.”

Through this program, students are not only learning to build and fly drones, but are also learning teamwork (they have a team pilot, co-pilot, and technician, and continuously switch through these roles), build confidence, and learn organizational skills. When asked what students most enjoy about the drone team, Mrs. Fish explained, “I think the students enjoy helping each other out and being part of a team. They also like the donuts, hot chocolate, and other snacks that parents provide for sustenance!” Mrs. Fish concluded, “We have really enjoyed growing in our drone flying skills. We started out having very little knowledge of how to use and fly drones and have improved our skills by leaps and bounds!”

The Rangers currently involved with the Drone Rangers include: Garrett Hill, Marcie Hill, Nick Genzman, Jocelyn Huber, and Jet Stribrny.  These students practice every Tuesday and Thursday after school from 2:40 to 4pm in the D-Pod of the junior high wing of the school. There are a total of four competitions, once a month on Saturdays, either at Penta Career Center or at the Challenger Center in Oregon. These competitions take place from 9am – 1pm.

Reserve your tickets for “Mary Poppins!”

Ticket Information:

Tickets for this year’s show are $10 each for students/seniors and $12 each for adults. Tickets can be reserved online by using the url’s below. Tickets can also be reserved by calling the school office at 419-691-3888. This is a show you don’t want to miss!

Friday:  https://bit.ly/2RYOtEf

Saturday:  https://bit.ly/2U7yukL

Sunday:  https://bit.ly/2CC8SFd


NORTHWOOD/WCESC PRESCHOOL PRE-REGISTRATION

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.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION:

NES CARNIVAL INFORMATION:

COLLEGE AND CAREER PREVIEW NIGHT:

GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN SUPPORT GROUP:

  • Sun. March 10th: Daylight Saving Time
  • Fri. March 15th: End of 3rd Quarter / NHS Drama Department presents “Mary Poppins” (opening night) at 7:30pm
  • Sat. March 16th: NHS Drama Department presents “Mary Poppins” at 7:30pm
  • Sun. March 17th: NHS Drama Department presents “Mary Poppins” (final show) at 2:30pm
  • Mon. March 18th: NEO Meeting, 8am
  • Tues. March 19th: HS Winter Sports Banquet, 6pm
  • Wed. March 20th: 5th-12th grade Band-O-Rama Concert, 7pm
  • Tues. March 26th: 7th-12th grade Choir Concert, 7pm
  • Fri. March 29th: NES Carnival, 6pm
  • Mon. – Fri. April 1st – 5th: NES Testing Week
  • Tues. April 2nd: NEO Marcos Pizza Night
  • Mon. – Fri. April 8th – 12th: NES and NHS Testing Week
  • Fri. – Mon. April 19th – 22nd: Spring Break
  • Tues. April 23rd: Teacher In-Service Day – No School for Students
  • Tues. – Sat. April 23rd – 27th: Junior and Senior NYC Trip

National Bus Safety Week, Brewing Up Coffee Shop Ideas, & Creepy Crawly Writing Lessons!

Providing Safe Transportation for Students

515BrQg7VkL._SX425_.jpgDid you know that this week is National Bus Safety Week? This year’s theme, “My Driver – My Safety Hero,” reminds motorists, students and school bus drivers the important role they each have in ensuring children’s safety.

Prior to stopping, school buses display yellow warning lights that signify the bus is about to stop. Once a bus stops, flashing lights and a stop sign are displayed. Motorists approaching a stopped school bus from either direction are required to stop at least 10 feet from the bus while the bus is receiving or discharging students. When a road is divided into four or more lanes, only traffic driving in the same direction as the bus must stop. Drivers may not resume their travels until the bus resumes traveling.

From 2015 to 2017, 4,198 drivers were convicted of failing to stop for a stopped school bus in Ohio. During the same time, 4,036 traffic crashes involving school buses occurred.

“School buses remain the safest mode of transportation for students to and from school,” said Col. Paul A. Pride, OSHP superintendent. “Along with the watchful eyes of our school bus drivers, the cooperation of motorists, parents and children will make this a safe school year in Ohio.”

The greatest risk to children is when they are outside the school bus. Students need to wait for the bus drivers signal to cross and walk where the bus driver can see them.

Recently, we had the opportunity to speak with NLS Transportation Director, Greg Hornstein, in regards to the safe transportation of our Rangers and the bus evacuation drills that took place at the beginning of the school year.

During these drills, the drivers were able to remind students of the exits on the bus, as well as have students practice exiting the bus through the rear door/front exit. Students were also made aware of the window and roof hatch exits available in an emergency situation. Mr. Hornstein explained that bus drills are so important so that in a situation in which the bus breaks down or in the event of a crash, students can be as prepared as possible.

Additionally, Mr. Hornstein reminded us of how important it is for our Rangers to treat the bus as an extension of the classroom, in which following the rules are just as integral. Mr. Hornstein reminded us that students should be ready when the bus arrives, not running out to the bus, as this is often times when safety problems arise.

Mr. Hornstein and the entire NLS transportation department continually do their best for the safety of our Rangers and we would like to thank them for consistently getting our Rangers safely to and from school!

 

Entrepreneurship Students Brew School Coffee Shop Ideas

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Students in Strategic Entrepreneurship (a mix of students in grades 10-12) are currently working on the “School Store Operations” unit. By researching how to open and operate a school coffee shop, students are taking the first step in becoming young entrepreneurs. Topics for this unit include: organizational structure, merchandising, supply and demand, buying and pricing, inventory, staffing, and customer service.

IMG_0426 (1)These students are currently developing a merchandising product mix for the school coffee shop. Students find actual vendors and quotes for the products needed to run the store (cups, equipment, flavoring, baked-goods, napkins, signs, coffee, etc.) as well as costs for merchandise students anticipate selling such as travel mugs, lanyards, and spirit wear.

IMG_0428 (1)Mrs. Myers added that these Ranger Entrepreneurship students have the opportunity to earn college credit through the CTAG program. She concluded, “Students most enjoy being able to design the logos for each product and are amazed at the number of items needed to ‘just sell coffee.’ Students also enjoy creating survey questions to ask students, teachers, and staff that provides valid data to drive their business decisions.”

 

2nd Graders Study Spiders

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Mrs. Reiter’s second grade reading and writing students are currently focusing on informational writing, topic sentences, closing sentences, and fact and opinions, while using a very special creepy crawler as their inspiration…the spider!

IMG_3516Mrs. Reiter explained that students are researching, reading, and writing all about spiders. Students started by reading and researching different books on EPIC and using the internet. They picked five amazing facts about spiders and wrote them down on a graphic organizer. They then wrote two opinions about spiders and put those facts and opinions together to form a spider booklet. From there, students will use their facts to create an informational paragraph about spiders. Students will be working to create topic and closing sentences, as well as providing many details, and editing for IMG_3510proper capital letters and punctuation.

Students have been amazed at some of the facts they have found. For example, did you know that some spiders can be as big as a dinner plate? Or, as tiny as a speck of dust? Our Rangers have been hard at work and excited about their learning. So, the next time you see one of Mrs. Reiter’s second grade Rangers, be sure to ask them all about spiders!


NLS District Updates

WINTER SPIRIT WEAR SALE:

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ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARADE:

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SALVATION ARMY THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW:

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ATHLETIC BOOSTERS BINGO NIGHTS:

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Mark Your Calendar!

Wed. Oct. 31: Halloween = Trick-or-Treating in Northwood from 6-7:30pm

Thurs. Nov. 1: Middle School Fall Sports Awards @ 2pm in the Cafeteria / 7-12th grade Band Concert, AAA Building @ 7pm

Fri. Nov. 2: NES Fall Parties /  “Fall into Fitness” Walk, Jog, Run

Sun. Nov. 4: Daylight Saving Time Ends 

Tues. Nov. 6: NEO Marco’s Pizza Night 

Wed. Nov. 7: HS Fall Sports Banquet @ 6pm

Yearbook Students Capture History

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Sophomore Mary Paengrord has worked hard this year to master both the technical and artistic elements of photography — and she has been successful! Her photos are publication-ready!

Did you know that for the very first time, a junior high yearbook is being created for students in grades 7 and 8? Mrs. James is extra busy this year, advising both the high school yearbook staff who publish the Aurora each year, and the junior high school staff on their fantastic new endeavor!

For both of these yearbooks, the students determine the theme, take the photographs, conduct interviews, lay out the pages, proofread the content, and sell the books. Both books are student-created publications! Currently, the high school staff is completing the layout for winter activities and beginning the photography and reporting for spring events, including our upcoming graduation for the Class of 2018. The junior high yearbook has been submitted for publication and will be distributed in mid-May!

Mrs. James stated, “Most students seem to get the greatest enjoyment out of taking photos. However, the biggest kick comes when we crack the spine on the completed book for the first time! We are published authors!” The yearbook is one of the most authentic and student-centered projects in which our students can participate. Mrs. James concluded, “No other class project has the potential to be seen by as many people in as many places for as many years as our yearbooks are. We capture history!”

 

 

 

 

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NLS District Updates

FOOD PANTRY DRIVE:

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LADY RANGER VOLLEYBALL & BASKETBALL CLINIC:

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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.

Preschool Updated

FAMILY FUN DAY 2018:

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BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY:

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Wednesday, May 9th, our NES K-6 grade Rangers will participate in the national “Walk and Bike to School Day!” Students are encouraged to “strap on your helmets, raise your kickstands, and join the thousands of students, families, community partners, and elected officials all around the country who will be participating in this year’s event!” According to walkbiketoschool.org,  “Participants kicked off last year’s ride in record breaking numbers! Thousands of students pedaled their way to school during the 2017 Bike to School Day celebration! Over 3,000 schools across the country, from D.C. to Hawaii participated.”

NORTHWOOD COMMUNITY CARES MAGIC SHOW:

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HELP! CALLING RANGERS OF ALL AGES:

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SUMMER STARS PROGRAM 2018:

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Mark Your Calendar!

Tues. and Wed. May 1 & 2: Kindergarten Screening 

Wednesday, May 2: 7th grade & NHS Band Concert and Awards at 7pm 

Saturday, May 5: NHS Prom 2018

Monday, May 7: Academic Awards Banquet (grades 7-12) 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: K-2 Field Day

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

Wednesday, May 16: 2nd & 3rd grade Music Program

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

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

Project Based Inquiry Science & Life Cycles

Project Based Inquiry Science with Mrs. Fish

Mrs. Fish’s 7th graders are currently working on a STEM unit with a focus on engineering and the science of potential and kinetic energy, mechanical energy, and energy transformations. This is a Project Based Inquiry Science unit in which students are asked to consider, “How can I use my understanding of energy to simplify or enhance the world around me?” In addition, during this unit, students are challenged to complete one of three different tasks at the end of the unit to answer the big question. The first option is for students to create a Rube Goldberg contraption. For this option, a student or group of students creates a Rube Goldberg that is videotaped or presented at a Rube Goldberg competition. The second options allows for students to invent something to simplify or enhance one’s life. For this option, a student or group of students invents something that uses this unit’s energy concepts to make something they do in school more simple. These inventions can be presented to the community or school via YouTube video, or students can enter their invention into a competition in order to share it with the world. The final option is for students to create a minecart and rail energy system within Minecraft. A student or group of students use a “sandbox” game (like Minecraft – carts and rails, etc.) to design a roller coaster, Rube Goldberg, or a system that will solve a task. Students then screen-cast their design and share it as a video on YouTube or with the school. Mrs. Fish also reminds that while these three tasks are options, if a student comes up with a project that the teacher thinks will meet the intent of this unit, they can, in fact, create their own project challenge.

During this unit, the 7th graders engage in benchmark lessons that involve a variety of hands-on labs, virtual labs, and activities aimed at scaffolding their understanding of energy. Project days are provided for students to not only work on their own project, but also to see what others are doing. These days often include conferencing with Mrs. Fish and gallery walks so that students can share progress and gain feedback from their peers. Finally, during this unit, students are expected to blog about their understanding of energy as they progress through the unit. Using a blog as a journal allows students to add photos, drawings, and possibly video, as well as allowing them to share their ideas with an audience larger than their classroom, which gives meaning to the project they are developing. Students thoroughly enjoy creating their final projects and sharing them with others!

Check out this great final project video created by 7th graders Hailey Carey, Emily Carey, and Nevaeh Wojnowski!


First Grade Students Study Life Cycles

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Mrs. Duckett’s first grade students have been looking at life cycles, food chains, plants, the environment, and how interdependent they all are with one another. Mrs. Duckett explained, “We are looking at changes over time, such as seasons, things we use, things that grow, and US!” In fact, one of the most exciting activities during this lesson was one in which students brought in baby pictures to display for the class. Students participated in an activity in which they guessed who they thought was in each picture. The reveal of names was fun because, while some were easy to guess, others were a bit more challenging. “We all enjoyed seeing the adorable baby pictures,” said Mrs. Duckett. Soon, students will be cutting strips of paper the same length of when they were born and another strip of their current height. Mrs. Duckett concluded, “It’s so fun to see how good we are growing and all we can accomplish now!”

 

 

 

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NLS District Updates

 

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.

Preschool Updated

 

FAMILY FUN DAY 2018:

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BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY:

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Wednesday, May 9th, our NES K-6 grade Rangers will participate in the national “Walk and Bike to School Day!” Students are encouraged to “strap on your helmets, raise your kickstands, and join the thousands of students, families, community partners, and elected officials all around the country who will be participating in this year’s event!” According to walkbiketoschool.org,  “Participants kicked off last year’s ride in record breaking numbers! Thousands of students pedaled their way to school during the 2017 Bike to School Day celebration! Over 3,000 schools across the country, from D.C. to Hawaii participated.”

NORTHWOOD COMMUNITY CARES MAGIC SHOW:

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HELP! CALLING RANGERS OF ALL AGES:

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SUMMER STARS PROGRAM 2018:

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Mark Your Calendar!

Tuesday, April 24: Marco’s Pizza Night 

Tues. and Wed. May 1 & 2: Kindergarten Screening 

Wednesday, May 2: 7th grade & NHS Band Concert and Awards at 7pm 

Saturday, May 5: NHS Prom 2018

Monday, May 7: Academic Awards Banquet (grades 7-12) 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: K-2 Field Day

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

Wednesday, May 16: 2nd & 3rd grade Music Program

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

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

***Please note, the NHS Talent Show has been cancelled due to lack of interest. 

 

Learning about Penguins and Preparing for Spring Testing

Second Graders Learn about Penguins

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Penguins are the hot topic for second graders in Ms. Nice’s classroom.  
“We learned a lot about how mother and father penguins work together caring for a brand new penguin egg in Penguin Chick by Betty Tatham,” said Ms. Nice.  She explained that the book is a narrative nonfiction book, which is a true story about a topic.  20180328_131737_resized (1)

Did you know that female emperor penguins lay their egg and then the father penguins keep it snuggly warm and safe from the cold in their brood patch over their feet for two whole months?  After that, mom comes back with lots of food and takes over caring for the young penguin while the father goes to get more food. What teamwork!!!
20180327_132719_resized (1)Ms. Nice continued, “We have practiced teamwork too, working together to research 14 different kinds of penguins on our iPads and in books so that we could write research reports about their characteristics and habitats.  When our research was completed, we wrote books using the facts that we learned about our penguins.” Students had a lot of fun working together, reading books for one another, and finding out lots of new information about these birds!  The second graders also loved watching videos of penguins living on the land and swimming underwater in their natural habitats! “Penguins are a big hit in our classroom,” concluded Ms. Nice.

 

5th Graders Prepare for AIR Testing

Mrs. McKanna’s fifth grade ELA students are currently focusing on preparing for the Spring AIR tests. Students are spending time reviewing the skills that they have been working on all year. Mrs. McKanna explained that students have collected notes in their interactive notebooks throughout the year. Now, they are going through the table of contents and reviewing the skills listed. Additionally, students are working on an opinion essay using the OREO format in order to remember all of the aspects required to write an effective opinion essay. The “O” stands for opinion, the “R” for reason, the “E” for explanation, and the final “O” is for restating the opinion. Students have even gotten creative enough to pack two additional “R’s” and “E’s” to make a triple-stuffed OREO! Of course, students have also indulged in a few delicious OREO cookies along the way!

Additionally, students are doing other review activities such as using pairs to work their way around the room where short stories are placed on the wall. Students work together to determine main idea and theme. They work in small groups to read other cards in which they have to create a summary. Students also play “I Have Who Has” as a class. Additionally, students have found various apps whose format for questioning closely matches that of the AIR tests. Students read short stories, read paired texts, and sometimes listen to embedded videos before answering questions. Students have been able to share short answer responses from their iPads to the Clevertouch so that they can learn from one another about what makes a great response. Students have enjoyed their opportunity to “be the teacher” as they share their work on the Clevertouch board.

Mrs. McKanna added that as the testing days draw near, it is important for each student to remember to get a lot of rest each night, eat a great breakfast, and come to school prepared to focus. Each student will need headphones for the testing weeks, and they will need to have their iPads fully charged every day! Mrs. McKanna concluded, “We have worked so hard all year and soon we will be able to show what we know!”

NLS District Updates

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.

PreSchool

NHS TALENT SHOW:

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NORTHWOOD COMMUNITY CARES MAGIC SHOW:

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HELP! CALLING RANGERS OF ALL AGES:

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SUMMER STARS PROGRAM 2018:

Summer Stars Program 2018

 

Mark Your Calendar!

 Tuesday, April 10: NEO Meeting at 6pm

Friday, April 13: Senior Citizens Luncheon at 11am

Monday, April 23: Marco’s Pizza Night 

Wednesday, April 25: NHS Talent Show at 6pm

Tues. and Wed. May 1 & 2: Kindergarten Screening 

Wednesday, May 2: 7th grade & NHS Band Concert and Awards at 7pm 

Saturday, May 5: NHS Prom 2018

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

Tuesday, May 8: NEO Meeting at 6pm 

Wednesday, May 9: 5th & 6th grade Band Concert at 7pm

Friday, May 11: K-2 Field Day

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

Wednesday, May 16: 2nd & 3rd grade Music Program

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

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

“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:

Sam June 2018

 

Kindergarten Registration Packets:

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

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Northwood Easter Parade:

 

2018 Easter Parade

 

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 

 

Inspiration in Art III & Kindergarten Tackles Letters and Sounds

Artist Wayne Thiebaud Inspires Art III Students

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Ashley Crampton uses a palette knife to apply thick layers of paint.

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Collage of Thiebaud paintings

Art III students have recently found themselves inspired by artist Wayne Thiebaud! Thiebaud is an American painter who is known for his colorful paintings of commonplace objects. Students have been focusing on composition, creating an illusion of a 3-D object using highlighting, shadow, and cast shadow, adding halation (an outline of bright contrasting color), and using unexpected color combinations.

“Students chose an everyday object as the subject of their painting. A large number of Thiebaud’s paintings are focused on sweet treats like cupcakes, ice cream, candy, pies and cakes. Students like to choose their favorite snacks or things they use in their everyday life such as earbuds, chapstick, lip gloss, pens, and calculators,” explained Ms. Rohloff.

After choosing the subject the students must decide on their composition. In class, students discuss symmetrical, asymmetrical, and radial composition. The objects are drawn and then ready to be painted.  Students discuss mixing several values of color to use as highlight and shadow to give the illusion of a three dimensional object. Cast shadows are also added to anchor the objects on the paper. The final touch is adding halation, a pop of bright color outlining some of the object.

Ms. Rohloff concluded, “The students always enjoy painting, but experimenting with a new technique involving thick layers of paint and pops of unexpected color makes it even more fun! The students also enjoy being able to pick their own subject and composition!”

 

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Kindergarten Students Tackle Letters and Sounds

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This long, cold winter finds Mrs. Susor’s kindergarten groups (regular class and Switch-A-Roo groups) hard at work. Mrs. Susor said, “We did a super-duper job learning our letters and sounds. Now we are sliding them smoothly together to tackle new words we IMG_4161want to read and write.” Coming soon, will be a fun unit on maps and globes where students will make their own paper mache globes and highlight features of the globe. Mrs. Susor added, “We will also cover an annual favorite when we do our Kindergarten Market for the goods and services unit.” 

Math brings changes and goals as well. “We are so good at our numbers and values we are now learning addition and subtraction,” explained Mrs. Susor. Students are doing story problems on the iPads and using other tools like number lines, objects, and mental math.

Mrs. Susor concluded, “So much is happening and our students are learning sooooo much; it’s like a snowball rolling downhill…our skills just keep growing and getting bigger!”

 

 

NLS District Updates

 

“Footloose” Tickets On Sale Now!

Footloose Official Poster

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

 

 

Northwood Local Schools Parent/Community Meeting:

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College and Career Night:

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Samantha June Memorial Basketball Tournament:

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Northwood Easter Parade:

 

2018 Easter Parade

 

Mark Your Calendar!

Friday, March 2, 2018 – Ranger Pride Day! Wear Blue and Gold! 

Saturday, March 3, 2018 – Power Lifting Meet

Sunday, March 4, 2018 – OASSA State Cheer Competition 

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 

 

 

Clothespin Dolls & NaNoWriMo

Clothespin Dolls in Mrs. Hammel’s Class

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Mrs. Hammel’s third grade language arts students just read the book Molly’s Pilgrim. In Carl Ashton Native Americanthe book, the children were instructed to make a Pilgrim or Native American doll by using a clothespin. Mrs. Hammel assigned her students the exact assignment, and the product can be seen on display in Pod C! Mrs. Hammel stated, “We are in awe at the creativity that many children used when constructing the dolls!”

Emma PendreyMrs. Hammel went on to explain further that Molly’s Pilgrim not only discussed the traditional Thanksgiving, but it also introduced students to modern day Pilgrims. In the story, Molly and her family were from Russia, so Molly’s clothespin doll was dressed like a young Russian girl. Students learned that it takes all kinds of Pilgrims to make a Thanksgiving!

When asked what students enjoyed most about this unit, Mrs. Hammel said that the students enjoyed receiving a bag with a clothespin, a few pieces of cloth, and two pieces of yarn. Students were allowed and encouraged to use any supplies from home to construct the Pilgrim or Native American doll. Mrs. Hammel concluded, “Each doll is unique in its own special way, just like the clothespin dolls in the book we read.”

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NaNoWriMo Takes Over Creative Writing 11-12

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Have you ever tried to do something new for 30 consecutive days? It’s not an easy task, but it is exactly the challenge that the juniors and seniors in Mrs. Toflinski’s Creative Writing class have taken on in the month of November. November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and people all over the world take on the challenge of writing a complete novel, start to finish, in the 30 days of November. Mrs. Toflinski explained that the adult goal is set at 50,000 words while the young writer’s goal is more flexible. For this year, the students have individual goals of completing 35,000 words each during November. That’s a total of 805,000 words for the entire class!

IMG_6073Students spent the entire month of October planning their novels for NaNoWriMo. Students completed various graphic organizers and writing activities to get them thinking about their protagonist, setting, and major conflicts. They even had a guest speaker, 2017 alumni of the year and published author, Sean DeLauder, who spoke to them about the rules of writing and how to successfully break them!

“Because NaNoWriMo is a month long project, all of our assignments IMG_6068are associated with NaNoWriMo. Students use the Schoology discussion board to update word counts and to answer exit slips. Writing assignments involve turning in about 500 to 1,000 words at a time,” said Mrs. Toflinski. She added that students have also been using FlipGrid to record video reflections regarding their NaNoWriMo progress. “It’s fun for the students because the videos only have to be about a minute in length and students can use SnapChat filters while recording the videos. Once the videos are uploaded to the grid, they can see everyone else’s video reflections.” Students were also able to use the Canva app to create their own book covers and back of the book “blurbs.”

IMG-0059Students have gone through an array of emotions through the first half of the month. “Some students started out very excited and some were very unsure of the entire project, but everyone has been writing!” Mrs. Toflinski added that she is very proud of the progress that students have made in the first half of the month. “It’s great to see their excitement when they reach a mini goal!” Mrs. Toflinski encourages everyone to check out the F Pod where the NaNoWriMo progress chart is located and to continue cheering on the Creative Writing students. A little encouragement goes a long way when taking on such a unique challenge!

Check out a sampling of the NaNoWriMo book covers below:

 

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

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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5th and 6th Grade Holiday Concert:

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Kevin Hines at BGSU:

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

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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

Daily 5 and Greek Myths!

5th Graders Enjoy the Daily Five

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Currently, students are using the Daily 5 as their literacy structure. IMG_2483Students are working on rereading a story from Journeys in “Read to Someone” and reading an AR book of choice during “Read to Self.” Students are working on vocabulary words in “Word Work” and writing stories that have problems with humorous solutions during, “Work on Writing.” Finally, this week during “Teacher Time,” students are working in small groups learning about decoding words, specifically dividing VCV pattern words into two syllables.
IMG_2482 (1)Mrs. McKanna added that students are using the Daily 5 structure for the very first time this year! Students select the activity that they want to begin with and rotate through the centers over the course of two days. Each student spends 20 minutes in each of the 5 centers. Mrs. McKanna added, “Some weeks we might take part of a third day to finish up any writing that may require additional time or to reteach a concept if needed.” She added that everyone in class enjoys the flexibility of the Daily 5 structure. Mrs. McKanna ended by stating that students have expressed how much they enjoy the independence and choices they have been given. Students also enjoy having small group instruction during “Teacher Time”!

 

Greek Mythology with Mr. Myers

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Mr. Myers’ second period language arts students are currently studying Greek mythology. Mr. Myers explained that studying Greek mythology is important for many reasons. img_0013First, it helps build a bank of references for students, as many stories allude to Greek mythology. It can also help with learning terms such as allusion, symbolism, theme, and different word roots. Additionally, it provides students with a chance to compare fact and fiction. Finally, the study of Greek mythology provides students with an opportunity to view life through the lens of the Ancient Greek people.

img_0015So far, students have really enjoyed the Greek Explanation Stations. Mr. Myers explained, “Students are working at three different stations. One focuses on the constellation myths, another contains an article about a supposedly sunken Grecian city, and the final station contains a video that explains why there are volcanoes on Earth. All of these stations are paired with myths that align with each topic!”

Mr. Myers went on to explain that during this unit, students will also complete a Greek Gods presentation, write their own myths, study Greek and Latin root words, and create their own mythological hero!