Northwood Community Joins to Support All for Books

The businesses and community groups of Northwood have once again stepped up and demonstrated their concern for Northwood’s children. The Northwood libraries are sponsoring a Scholastic Book Fair on October 22-26 in the Lark Gym. Not only will the Book Fair supplement the libraries book collections, but it will motivate students to read more. Since more leisure reading translates into stronger reading skills and higher grades in English, math, science and history, students and the community benefit from increased reading.

Library aide Connie Hughes, who is helping to coordinate the Book Fair, believes in the community’s importance in educating a child, so she reached out to a number of local business and service groups. She asked them to contribute to the All for Books fund, money set aside to purchase books for our neediest students. “When we began planning for the Book Fair, we didn’t want any child to feel left out. We hoped that we could raise enough money to give books to some of the students who didn’t have the resources to buy for themselves. We never dreamed we’d be able to buy a book for every student.”

But that’s exactly what the Northwood community has enabled. Through the generous contributions of the following businesses, the Northwood libraries have raised over $3000 to buy books. Add to that the nearly $500 that students in kindergarten through sixth grade raised in a change drive (kudos to Mrs. Anderson’s first grade class for winning the pizza party for the largest donation!) and we can guarantee that every student enrolled in preschool through sixth grade will get a new book at our book distribution event in December.  

Says Mrs. Hughes, “Education is not just about family anymore. It’s about the community opening its heart to our kids, and Northwood showed how big its heart is” with its contributions to All for Books. Thank you so very much, Northwood!

 

Thanks to our Sponsors:

Northwood Elementary Organization

Alan Miller Jewelers

Hirzel Canning

Dr. Michael Crawford

The Ladies’ Auxiliary of Northwood Fire Department

Mauder Heating and Air Conditioning

VFW of Northwood,

Steck & Sons

Mayor Edward Schimmel

Lindsey Krontz, Northwood Elementary Principal

Oregon Insurance

City of Northwood

Northwood Athletic Booster Club

Ken & Kris James

Northwood Music Boosters

Northwood School Food Service/Emily Bires

 

NLS District Updates

FAMILY FUN TAILGATE:

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FINANCIAL AID NIGHT:

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TRUNK OR TREAT 2018:

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SALVATION ARMY THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW:

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ALUMNI NEWSLETTER:

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Stay up to date with all the events and projects at your Alma Mater by signing up to receive the new Alumni Newsletter here:

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UPCOMING BOOK FAIR INFORMATION:

Book Fair Shopping hours:

Tuesday, October 23: Class Previews during school;

Wednesday & Thursday, October 24-25: 9:15 AM – 6:30 PM;

Friday, October 26: 9:15 AM – 2 PM

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair. Our Online Fair is available from October 17 to October 30.

ATHLETIC BOOSTERS BINGO NIGHTS:

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Mark Your Calendar!

Fri. Oct. 19: End of 1st Quarter / Senior Night – PINK OUT!

Sat. Oct. 20: Trunk-or-Treat from 2pm – 4pm

Tues. Oct. 23: Book Fair Begins 

Wed. Oct. 24: Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences / Powder Puff Game @ 7pm

Thurs. Oct. 25: Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences & Financial Aid Night @ 5:30pm

Fri. Oct. 26: NES Parent/Teacher Conferences (No school for NES/NHS in session)

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

Thurs. Nov. 1: 7-12th grade Band Concert, AAA Building @ 7pm

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

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Scientific Method, Johnny Appleseed, Glitter Paintings and More!

Using the Scientific Method in Mrs. Sheets’ Class

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Mrs. Sheets’ students have been focusing on data collection and analysis in their scientific method unit. Students have enjoyed hands on activities while collecting data such as stacking cubes, shooting baskets, standing on one foot the longest, and recording water temperature.

Through the scientific method, students have learned to ask a question, such as “Which drinking fountain is the coldest?” They then learned to make a hypothesis (an educated guess). A list of controlled varies were created to make sure the results would not be skewed. For example, for each water collection, students made sure they used the same container and the same amount of water. Then, groups were sent around the school to collect water samples. To record their data, students created a Google document. Finally, students analyzed the data and concluded that the drinking fountain in the gym produced the coldest temperature!

Third Grade Students Celebrate the Legacy of Johnny Appleseed

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Mrs. Hammel’s third grade Language Arts students recently celebrated the legacy of Johnny Appleseed. Students read several books about the famous man and created a web by collecting important information regarding Johnny Appleseed’s life. Mrs. Hammel explained, “We used the web as our foundation and we wrote a biography essay about him. We were very excited to use our keyboards during the essay writing process.” As a culminating activity, the children brought in apples, and made applesauce to celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday. The students said that it smelled like apple pie in their classroom all day long!

Creating Google Slides Presentations in 6th Grade ELA

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Miss Murphy’s sixth grade Language Arts students are currently studying theme, main idea, and how to write objective summaries. Recently, students worked in collaborative groups to read about a historical event of their choice. Then, they created summaries of the event and a Google Slides presentation to teach the rest of the class about the topic. Miss Murphy explained that students enjoyed learning about different events in history that they were not familiar with. Additionally, students also enjoyed working together on Google Slides to customize their presentations. Many students even found extra pictures, quotes, and videos to add to their slideshows!

Glitter Paintings in Art IV

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Art IV students have been working on creating levels of value using material other than paint. For this unit, students worked to create an image of glitter! The steps for creating these beautiful masterpieces include: drawing an enlargement of their image, evaluating the different levels in their image, and selecting and mixing glitter to create the right levels. Miss Rohloff explained, “This project takes some time because each value needs to set before doing the next.” She also added, “Students LOVE glitter!!! They also like the process of carefully applying the glue, shaking on the glitter, then pouring it off to reveal the image.” Miss Rohloff concluded, “My classroom is covered in glitter during this project. You can even find a trail of glitter leading out of my classroom!”

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Chalk the Walk 2018

Thank you to all of our Rangers who participated in the “Chalk the Walk” during Homecoming week!

NLS District Updates

NORTHWOOD FALL FESTIVAL – OCT. 13TH:

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PICTURE DAY INFORMATION:

Tuesday, Oct. 16th is NES Picture Day. Wednesday, Oct. 17th is NHS and PK Picture Day!

FAMILY FUN TAILGATE:

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FINANCIAL AID NIGHT:

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NEO SIGN-UP:

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TRUNK OR TREAT 2018:

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SALVATION ARMY THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW:

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ALUMNI NEWSLETTER:

400 (1).jpgWe have over 400 Ranger Alumni signed up for our Alumni Newsletter! Don’t miss the first edition, coming out this month!

Stay up to date with all the events and projects at your Alma Mater by signing up to receive the new Alumni Newsletter here:

https://goo.gl/forms/uNHmGevZAvvi4n8H3

UPCOMING BOOK FAIR INFORMATION:

Book Fair Shopping hours:

Tuesday, October 23: Class Previews during school;

Wednesday & Thursday, October 24-25: 9:15 AM – 6:30 PM;

Friday, October 26: 9:15 AM – 2 PM

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair. Our Online Fair is available from October 17 to October 30.

ATHLETIC BOOSTERS BINGO NIGHTS:

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Mark Your Calendar!

Mon. Oct. 15: BOE Meeting @ 6:30pm

Tues. Oct. 16: NES Picture Day

Wed. Oct. 17: NHS and PK Picture Day

Fri. Oct. 19: End of 1st Quarter 

Sat. Oct. 20: Trunk-or-Treat from 2pm – 4pm

Tues. Oct. 23: Book Fair Begins 

Wed. Oct. 24: Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences / Powder Puff Game @ 7pm

Thurs. Oct. 25: Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences & Financial Aid Night @ 5:30pm

Fri. Oct. 26: NES Parent/Teacher Conferences (No school for NES/NHS in session)

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

Thurs. Nov. 1: 7-12th grade Band Concert, AAA Building @ 7pm

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

 

Field Trips, NES Book Fair, Hoco Info, and More!

Classroom Routines and Butterfly Life Cycles!

Mrs. Duckett’s first grade students are currently learning all about friendships and getting classroom routines established. “First graders can tell you that it is ok to make mistakes! No stress, just try your best! We are also learning what it means to do your part – so you can be super smart!” said Mrs. Duckett.

Additionally, the students are watching the life cycle of a butterfly as eggs on milkweed have turned into caterpillars, then made themselves into chrysalis’, and finally hatched into beautiful butterflies! Mrs. Duckett’s students have released several already, and are waiting for more to hatch!

Juniors & 3rd Graders Visit the Northwood Municipal Building

Mr. Dickey’s 11th grade American Government students recently took a field trip to the Northwood Municipal Building. Mr. Dickey explained, “The trip is centered on one of the state standards that requires your child to identify and explain roles that Ohio’s citizens can play in helping state and local government address problems facing their communities.” Additionally, this trip was part of the Government Portfolio Project, which allows students to incorporate the class into their everyday lives.

20180921_134058During the trip, students met with the mayor, a city councilman, as well as having discussions with both the fire and police chiefs. Additionally, students looked at the various offices at the administration building to learn about some of the things citizens need to be aware of when they turn into adults. For example, students learned where to go to file taxes, register to vote, pay tickets, etc. The Wood County Board of Elections also provided a voting booth to show students how to use the new booths.

The juniors were accompanied by the 3rd grade Rangers to work as peer mentors, helping our younger Rangers to learn more about the community at large and the roles we play as citizens. This was the first time for this particular field trip collaboration and it was a fun and educational experience for all!  

The Northwood Local Schools libraries are holding a Book Fair during Parent-Teacher Conferences in October!

The Book Fair will turn the Lark Gym into our very own bookstore. Students, parents and staff will find hundreds of books from new and favorite authors, popular series, cool posters and school supplies, not to mention fun! The Scholastic Book Fair will be here readingfrom October 23 to October 26, and everyone is invited!

All students in PreK through 6th grades are invited to preview our Scholastic Book Fair. Those who choose to purchase books or other reading materials will be able to return on Wednesday and Thursday during school. In addition, the Book Fair will be open to all during Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 24-26.

Did you know? Reading just 20 minutes a day exposes your child to about 1.8 million words per year. Reading helps students develop a stronger vocabulary, and in addition, students who read for pleasure average higher grades in English, mathematics, science, and history!

Book Fair Shopping hours:

Tuesday, October 23: Class Previews during school;

Wednesday & Thursday, October 24-25: 9:15 AM – 6:30 PM;

Friday, October 26: 9:15 AM – 2 PM

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair. Our Online Fair is available from October 17 to October 30.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school libraries. For more information, contact any library staff member (Kris James, Library Media Specialist; Connie Hughes, Library Aide; or Martha Willey, Library Aide).

All for Books!

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Since reading is such an important skill, one that translates into improved standardized test scores and access to virtually anything, the Library staff wants to get books into the hands of as many students as possible. The Book Fair will help pump up our collection of new books, but we also want students have books of their own.

All for Books is a program that will help us achieve this goal. Elementary classrooms will compete to collect the most loose change and dollar bills that will go into our All for Books fund. We are also inviting Northwood community members and businesses to make donations towards All for Books. Every penny of the funds we raise will go into providing books to Northwood students. If you are interested in making a contribution, please contact Connie Hughes at chughes@northwoodschools.org for more information.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown Pre-Sale benefits Northwood Libraries

The thirteenth book in Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series goes on sale on October diary of wimpy kid30, but you can pre-order your copy and help the Northwood Book Fair at the same time. In The Meltdown, a wintry blast closes Greg Heffley’s middle school and turns his neighborhood into a battleground, complete with snow forts, alliances, betrayals, and epic snowball fights. The book retails for $13.95, but Northwood students can preorder theirs for $9. You can pre-order on Northwood’s payforit.net site or send a cash or a check (to Northwood Local Schools) and the books will be delivered after October 30. Preorders for The Meltdown are due on October 25 by 2:30 PM. Please email Kris James at kjames@northwoodschools.org for more information.

NLS District Updates

HOMECOMING 2018:

Congratulations to our Prince – Lucas Kachenmeister and Princess – Hadlee Young

NORTHWOOD FALL FESTIVAL – OCT. 13TH:

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ENCOURAGING MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS:

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BUS DRIVERS NEEDED AT NLS:

To view the posting and to apply with a letter of interest, click on the following link:

https://www.applitrack.com/northwoodschools/onlineapp/

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ATHLETIC BOOSTERS BINGO NIGHTS:

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Mark Your Calendar!

Tues. Oct. 2: NEO Marco’s Pizza Night

Fri. Oct. 5: Homecoming 

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

Tues. Oct. 9: 7-12 Choir Concert, AAA Building Auditorium @ 7pm 

Mon. Oct. 15: BOE Meeting @ 6:30pm

Tues. Oct. 16: NES Picture Day

Wed. Oct. 17: NHS and PK Picture Day

Fri. Oct. 19: End of 1st Quarter 

Tues. Oct. 23: Book Fair Begins 

Wed. Oct. 24: Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thurs. Oct. 25: Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences & Financial Aid Night @ 5:30pm

Fri. Oct. 26: NES Parent/Teacher Conferences (No school for NES/NHS in session)

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

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

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

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

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

 

NLS Welcomes New Teachers to the District:

NES Welcomes Chelsea Lord as Intervention Specialist

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

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

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

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

Haley Eaton to Join NHS Science Department

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

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

Nicole Schmeltz Joins the High School Social Studies Department

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

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

Matthew Shirey Chosen as Leader of Northwood Bands

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

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

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

Classroom Spotlight:

Mrs. Canaday’s Students Learn Letters and Numbers

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

 


NLS District Updates

NHS FALL CHEER CLINIC:

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BUS DRIVERS NEEDED AT NLS:

To view the posting and to apply with a letter of interest, click on the following link:

https://www.applitrack.com/northwoodschools/onlineapp/

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ATHLETIC BOOSTERS BINGO NIGHTS:

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MASTER DRIVING SCHOOL COMING TO NORTHWOOD:

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HELP BUILD OUR SCHOOL LIBRARY:

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Mark Your Calendar!

Thurs. Sept. 13: Key Club Blood Drive

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

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

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

Tues. Oct. 2: NEO Marco’s Pizza Night

Fri. Oct. 5: Homecoming 

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

 

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

NLS Welcomes a New Chapter with Superintendent Jason Kozina

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Our students and community members have seen lots of new changes in our administration as we start the new school year. Mr. Jason Kozina, was selected to be the 13th superintendent to serve Northwood Local Schools. During his time at Northwood, Supt. Kozina has had the privilege of serving two years as the middle school principal and the past eight years as the high school principal. The 2018-2019 school year marks Supt. Kozina’s 20th year in education, 16th as an administrator, and 11th at Northwood Schools.

Supt. Kozina is very excited about his new position and his ability to serve our Rangers in a larger capacity. He states, “We have a wonderful team of administrators leading our school with dedicated teachers and staff in every area.” At the staff Back-to-School Welcome Breakfast, Supt. Kozina spoke about his hopes moving forward and making all decisions through the lens of what is best for student performance, student growth, and student well-being.

“Northwood’s success is shown every year as our students cross the stage at graduation,” said Supt. Kozina. He continued, “Our student speakers this May spoke about how important their school connections were, and they spoke about a feeling of family and connection to teachers and friends. That aspect of Northwood Schools is more important than any standardized test and we need to continue the focus on relationships and connections that make our students feel valued and supported.” While we do this, Supt. Kozina also hopes to have more opportunities to build upon our alumni relations and explore ways to focus even more on classroom curriculum and increasing performance. Supt. Kozina concluded, “If we can accomplish a few of these goals in the coming years, we will only make our school stronger.”

Be sure to look this October for our first Alumni Newsletter! Sign up to receive the newsletter here: https://goo.gl/forms/uNHmGevZAvvi4n8H3

 

Mrs. Tracey Petteys Switches Gears as New NLS Assistant Principal

For the past 16 years, Mrs. Tracey Petteys has been known as the Director of Bands at IMG_3441Northwood Local Schools. However, this year, Mrs. Petteys has welcomed a big change as she takes on the role of  NLS Assistant Principal.

When asked what she is most looking forward to in her new administrative position, Mrs. Petteys stated, “Working with our students in the music department and being involved with many of our Northwood activities through the years, I have had the opportunity to see and appreciate how amazing our Student Body, Community, and Staff truly are. As Assistant Principal, I look forward most in continuing to build those relationships and build new relationships among the entire district while promoting a safe and positive building culture.”

Among her new responsibilities, Mrs. Petteys will continue to build upon our PBIS program that was initiated last school year. In conclusion, Mrs. Petteys left us with this final message, “Our district provides a variety of opportunities for our students. If you have the chance, get involved! The more you can be a part of in your school and community, the better your relationships and overall experience. Northwood is a great place to be!”

 

*Stay tuned for a feature on new NHS Principal, Erik Johnson!*

 

11th Graders Study The Crucible

IMG_4424 (1)Mrs. Moses’ 11th grade English classes are currently reading Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible. During this unit, students act out the play and make comparison to McCarthyism.

Mrs. Moses explained, “Throughout The Crucible unit, I want students to focus on the parallels between the real ‘witch hunt’ that occurred in Salem and the figurative ‘witch hunt’ that took place during the Red Scare.”

Mrs. Moses stated that plays are always great in the classroom because everyone gets involved. Plays help keep students moving around and really work well with the new modified block schedule. She concluded, “Students love plays! They love acting in front of the class and really take on the roles of the characters.”

 

 

NLS District Updates

GOODWILL PASS IT ON CHALLENGE:

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HELP BUILD OUR SCHOOL LIBRARY:

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GIRL SCOUTS INFORMATION:

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 Mark Your Calendar!

Monday – Sept. 3: Labor Day, No School!

Tues. Sept. 4 – Thurs. Sept. 6: Goodwill Donation in school parking lot 

Fri. Sept. 7: Announcement of Goodwill “Pass It On” Challenge Winner at home football game

Thurs. Sept. 13: Key Club Blood Drive 

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

Welcoming a New Chapter at NLS

Northwood Parents, Students and Community,

I am truly humbled and honored to be selected as the 13th Superintendent to serve Northwood Local Schools beginning August 1st.  In my 10 years at Northwood I have had the privilege to serve two years as Middle School Principal and then as High School Principal for the past eight years.  What is most noticeable in Northwood is the true desire of all staff members to take care of students. From our bus drivers and custodians, to the aides and office staff, students come first at every level of our school community.  Also consistently noticeable in Northwood is the wonderful support from our parents and community. We truly have a school community of which we can be very proud.

On a more personal note, many years ago, my grandfather attended Northwood for elementary school.  This was before Northwood had a high school in town, and thus he transferred to Rossford High School, where he eventually graduated.  My father’s family has been involved in Northwood Schools for decades, both as previous board of education members, and graduates of our wonderful school.  As a proud Ranger parent of AJ, (class of ‘22) Caitlin (class of ‘24) and Quinten (class of ‘27) my perspective provides great insight into just how wonderful our staff truly is in Northwood.  My wife, Melissa, recently joined our office staff as a part-time secretary in the new building and could not be happier. We are a family of Rangers and we are invested long term in Northwood Local Schools.

#OneRangerNation was the phrase we used bringing our buildings together last year, but it means so much more.  Everyone who walks in our school should see the commitment and effort that our entire staff has towards making sure students find success.  Thank you to everyone who reached out offering well wishes the past few weeks, but please know that this transition for our school is truly about #OneRangerNation and how we can continue to build on our successes, while making improvements in areas of need.  Northwood’s success is shown every year as our students cross the stage at graduation. Our student speakers this past May spoke about how important their school connections were, and they spoke about a feeling of family and connection to teachers and friends.  That aspect of Northwood Schools is more important than any standardized test and we need to continue the focus on relationships and connections that make our students feel valued and supported. While we do this, we will also be looking at opportunities to build upon our alumni relations and exploring ways to focus even more on classroom curriculum to increase performance.  If we can accomplish a few of these goals in the next few years we will only make our school stronger.

Finally, I want to thank Greg Clark for his tremendous leadership of our school over the past 12 years and wish him the best in his retirement.  I am proud to call Greg a friend and mentor, and appreciate his efforts to make this a smooth transition over the summer.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions moving forward at 419-691-3888 or jkozina@northwoodschools.org.  I look forward to the start of the 2018-2019 school year on Tuesday, August 21st, which is only a short 67 days away!

Go Rangers!

Jason Kozina

 

A Final Farewell from Supt. Clark

Students, Staff, and Community:

Thank you!

As we end this school year, sincere thanks to each of you for the efforts made to make this year a productive learning experience for our students as we opened our new school and transitioned everyone to the new spaces created across our renovated campus.

Also, thanks to each of you for all of the support you have provided me over the twelve years I’ve served as the leader of our community’s school, as well as to my family as we have made Northwood our home.  Thank you!

My heart is filled with gratitude as I approach my last day as Superintendent of Schools on July 31st. Northwood is special. Our community culture is a welcoming and caring “putting people first in a data driven world,” one that I love and that is worth continuing to nurture for generations to come. As a member of our community, I hope to continue to contribute to our brand of “Northwood Nice” during the next phase of my life.

I am very much looking forward to seeing the great progress our school will make through the leadership of Mr. Jason Kozina beginning later this summer. I am committed to doing my best to make the leadership change seamless so that when everyone returns for the 2018-2019 school year, our school will be ready to provide our students the best of educational opportunities.

Thanks again and Go Rangers!

Supt. Greg Clark

Congratulations to the Class of 2018

NHS Class of 2018 Val and Sal

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

Jonah Shover –  Valedictorian

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

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

Philip Ottinger – Salutatorian

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

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

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


New Recruits!

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

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


2018 Senior Acceptance

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

2018 Senior Scholarship Recipients

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


NLS District Updates

SEATBELT CHECK:

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KIDS EAT FREE – SUMMER 2018:

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RANGER FOOTBALL YOUTH CAMP:

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AAA BUILDING RENTAL:

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

FREE EARLY CHILDHOOD SCREENINGS: 

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PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION:

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

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

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

Preschool Updated

 

SUMMER STARS PROGRAM 2018:

Summer Stars Program 2018

 

Mark Your Calendar!

Friday, May 25: NES Olympics Grades 3-6

Sunday, May 27: NHS Graduation 

Monday, May 28: Memorial Day – No School

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

 

Community Driven Rangers!

Alumnus of the Year 2018

JBarton Alumnus 2018

At our annual High School Academic Banquet, Mr. Jeff Barton was named the recipient of the Alumnus of the Year Award.

Jeff was born and raised in the Toledo / Northwood area and graduated from Northwood High School in 1993. He earned a BBA in Human Resource Management from The University of Toledo in 1998 and an MBA from the University of Toledo in 2016. Jeff recently relocated back to Northwood with his wife of 17 years Lisa and two son Vincent (12) and Brody (10).

In 2006 while working for Josina Lott Residential & Community Services, he completed the Leadership Toledo Program.  Over the nine months in the Leadership Toledo program, he gained a higher sense of community needs and issues and began to identify the role he could play in addressing those needs. Then in 2006 with the support of Lisa and assistance from close friends and Leadership Toledo classmates, he established the Miracle League of NW Ohio, a non-profit baseball league that includes kids with special needs that is located in Northwood’s Brentwood Park.

In 2009, after three successful years of fundraising, the Miracle League of NW Ohio opened its barrier free baseball field. The field is designed to allow any child the chance to play baseball in an organized league and its rubberized surface allows children in wheelchairs, walkers, or any other adaptive device, to move around the field with ease.

The success of the Miracle League field campaign opened up new career opportunities and in 2008, Jeff joined the development staff at the University of Toledo with the college of Pharmacy. While there he lead several fundraising campaigns including a $5 million building campaign, a $1 million Medication Therapy Management Fellowship program, and a student lead P4 scholarship that is provided to every UT Pharmacy student in their final year of the program.

Currently, Jeff is the Department Administrator for the Pediatric and OBGYN departments within UT’s College of Medicine and Life Science. As a volunteer, he maintains his President / Founder role on the board of Directors of the Miracle League of NW Ohio. He is also the Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Toledo Clinic Foundation.  

 

Community Projects with Junior Government Students

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Ms. Wills’ Junior Government students have been hard at work on a unit that gets students actively engaged in government processes and provides a structure for introduction into community involvement! This year’s students were able to finish the IMG_1584disc golf course at Brentwood Park, initiated and participated in a city-wide Ranger Earth Day Clean-Up, joined Northwood City Council in a discussion forum for renovating the old Woodville Mall space, visited many council and special community meetings, and researched electoral college processes, the military branches, veterans’ affairs, and legislation regarding food choices in school cafeterias!

IMG_1559Clearly, the juniors have been very busy and many have enjoyed the ability to create their own project. The Ranger Earth Day event was a favorite among students as well as the opportunity to shadow members of the Northwood Police and Fire Department.

Ms. Wills concluded, “Every year our Rangers make me proud with their choices, growth, and enthusiasm for the project!”
        

 

 

Chocolate Chip Fossils in Mrs. Limon’s Class

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Second grade students in Mrs. Limon’s class have been learning about fossils! Students have learned that fossils are physical traces of living things that are preserved in rock. Students have also become familiar with the job of a paleontologist, by trying to excavate chocolate chip “fossils” from a cookie. Within the unit, students will also learn how fossils are formed and even make a “fossil” of their own. So far, students have enjoyed looking up and recording facts about fossils, but of course, their favorite part has definitely been excavating chocolate chips!

 

 

 

 

 

Claire’s Day C.A.R.E. Award Winners

Recently, several of our NES Rangers in grades K-6 participated in Claire’s Day, a Celebration of Life, Authors, Illustrators, and Reading Excellence, which is also
Northwest Ohio’s Largest Children’s Book Festival! Our Rangers were awarded the C.A.R.E. Award for demonstrating marked improvement in reading skills over the course of the school year!

 

 

 

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NLS District Updates

NES Carnival 2018:

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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

 

SUMMER STARS PROGRAM 2018:

Summer Stars Program 2018

 

Mark Your Calendar!

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

The Northwood Outdoor Classroom Bluebird Trail

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Thank you to Special Guest Columnist: Mrs. Lara Fish

IMG_2796It is National Birding Week and while there are thousands of people out at the local marshes and metroparks viewing all the various species of birds, why not stay on school grounds to view and be part of continuing the survival of one of the most beautiful species of birds— the bluebird?

Capture2That’s what some of our students have been doing in the past couple of months out at the Northwood High School Outdoor Environmental Science Lab and outdoor classroom.

In cooperation with the Green Creek Wildlife Society headed by former Gibsonburg teacher Tom Kashmer and local birding enthusiast Lisa Rock, junior high science teacher, Lara Fish, helped coordinate the establishment of a “bluebird trail” on the 20 acres of restored farmland and infinity trail at the intersection of Curtice and Bradner Road.

In March, Mrs. Fish, Mrs. Semler, our custodian Mr. Crofts (who is an avid birder), student Nick Genzman (and several family members of these people), Tom Kashmer, and Lisa Rock, all met out at the outdoor classroom to install ten bluebird nesting boxes. It was a chilly afternoon, but full of excitement as they all worked to get the bluebird nesting boxes up and available for bluebird nesting.

CaptureStudents then went to the outdoor classroom with Mrs. Fish on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout March and April, monitoring nests. In the first week of May, students noticed some nest building. On May 8th, students were excited to find a nest full of eggs! Students sat back and watched the nest for the parent bluebirds and were able to get some beautiful photos thanks to Emma Veres, Landon Beckman, and Nick Genzman.

When the eggs hatch, students will have the opportunity to band the birds to monitor their migratory habits!

If you are interested in being part of the Northwood High School Outdoor Environmental Science Lab, please see Mrs. Fish.

Thank you to the following students who have assisted with bluebird monitoring: Davit Vayavong, Cecil Neiderkorn, Logan Mobis, Anya Danyi, Anya Rau, Nick Genzman, Toby Cufr, Emma Billman, Emma Veres, Nolan LaFeir, Landon Beckman, Joziah Smith, and Casei Wilson.

Follow us on Twitter @nhsoesl and the hashtag #bluebirdairbnb

 

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NLS District Updates

NORTHWOOD COMMUNITY CARES MAGIC SHOW:

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LADY RANGER VOLLEYBALL & BASKETBALL CLINIC:

VB and BB Clinic 2018

Summer Cheer Clinic:

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NES Carnival 2018:

Carnival 18 FlyerCarnival 18 Presale flyer

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

SUMMER STARS PROGRAM 2018:

Summer Stars Program 2018

 

Mark Your Calendar!

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

Tuesday, May 15: Rescheduled NEO Meeting, 6:00pm 

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