A Final Farewell to the 2016-2017 School Year

Val and Sal Set Their Sights on OSU!

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

Valedictorian Bhakti Merchant

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

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

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

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

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

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

Salutatorian Tim Hall

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

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

 

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

NLS Says Goodbye to Five Special Retirees

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

Mrs. Smith

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

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

 

Mrs. Gallaher

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

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

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

 

Karen Donegan

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

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

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

Lori Kamelesky

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

Phyllis Tucker

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

National Honor Society Inductees 

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

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National Junior Honor Society – Shellie Semler, Advisor

Current Members:

Kennedy Brossia

Mary Paengrord

Christina Zielinski

Bailey Garno

Zoe Sherman

Mitchell Hurley

Logan Urbanyi

Lydia Long

Natnicha Vayavong

New Members:

Olivia Cox

Davote Sauer

Kyleigh Derr

Sierra Vendt

Bethany Gillespie

Andrew Kozina

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National Honor Society – Cristina Toflinski & Emma Elinski, Advisors 

Current Members:

Riley Bisbee

Kyle Moore

Sarah Steenbergen

Hannah Garno

Allison Roach

Allison Vogl

Bhakti Merchant

Morgan Satkowski

Hannah Moore

Zakary Sherman

New Members:

Megan Goins

Philip Ottinger

Kylie Grant

Kyra Simmons

Alyssea Hart

Tim Zielinski, Jr.

Alexandra Hoffer

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

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parent info District Calendar Reminders:

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

 

May 4th – Seniors Last Day of School

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

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

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

May 10th – 3rd – 6th grade Olympics

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

May 14th – NHS Graduation for the Class of 2017

 

Weekly Update from Principal Krontz

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

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STARS Summer Enrichment Program

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Northwood Safety Town

Safety Town Flyer

4th Grade Scientists and Mayor Schimmel

Mrs. Sheets’ 4th Grade Scientists

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Mrs. Sheets’ 4th grade Science students are currently studying the state of matter characteristics and changing matter. Students are utilizing interactive websites, class imagediscussions, and hands-on experiments during this unit as they begin describing physical and chemical characteristics of matter. Mrs. Sheets explained that during a chemical reaction, students look for evidence of a change in matter. For example, they might notice changes in light, heat, or gases being produced. They might see a whole new substance being formed during a chemical reaction. Students often see that such changes are often irreversible.

image (2)Students have really enjoyed participating in Science experiments during this unit. For example they were able to see the reactions when vinegar and baking soda are combined (a gas is produced) or when steel and wool are combined (gas, light, heat, and color changes), as well as what happens when sugar is heated (gas is produced and color changes).

Upon completion of the studying of matter characteristics and changes, students will move on to their last unit of the year, focusing on electricity. Students will learn how to complete a circuit using batteries and wires. As a culminating activity, these fourth grade scientists will read directions and work together to make an array of circuits with kits of Snap Circuits!

 

Mayor Schimmel: A Lifelong Ranger! 

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The Ranger Roundup recently took some time to catch up with our Mayor of the City of Northwood, Mr. Edward L. Schimmel. Mayor Schimmel attended Northwood Local Schools from kindergarten through his senior year, graduating from Northwood High School in 1995. Mayor Schimmel lives in the City of Northwood with his wife Carolyn (Howard) Schimmel, who graduated from Northwood High School in 1996. All three of their children attend Northwood Local Schools. Mayor Schimmel comes from a long line of Rangers, as both his father and grandmother both attended Northwood, as well!

Upon graduation from Northwood High School, Mayor Schimmel attended the University of Toledo, where he received a degree in Political Science (99’) as well as his law degree (03’). He currently practices law in the Toledo area. He was elected to serve on the Northwood City Council for two terms (8 years) prior to running for mayor in 2015. In his free time, Mayor Schimmel enjoys farming and fishing!

Reflecting on his experiences at Northwood Local Schools, Mayor Schimmel stated, “Attending Northwood Schools helped make me who I am today. I enjoyed the small class sizes and the one-on-one treatment I received from teachers.” Mayor Schimmel was very honest in explaining that he wasn’t the best student in high school, mainly because his focus seemed to be on things other than school work. However, when he attended college, he turned his focus to school. He explained, “The skills that the staff at Northwood had taught me, helped me to succeed in college. I graduated with honors, went on to graduate law school, and passed the Ohio and Florida bar exams.”

When asked about anyone who made a specific impact on his life, he mentioned the legendary Mr. Roger Fisher. “Mr. Fisher taught me a great deal. He was definitely one of the greatest teachers I have ever had,” said Mayor Schimmel. Additionally, when asked about his best memories as a Ranger, Mayor Schimmel stated, “Playing sports and establishing lifelong friendships. Going to a small school like Northwood, offers an opportunity to participate in many sports. I enjoyed playing baseball, wrestling, and golf. I made lifelong memories and learned about teamwork and perseverance.” Finally, when asked to give advice to our current Northwood students, Mayor Schimmel, who also stated how fortunate he feels to be able to serve the community of Northwood, concluded, “Aim high. Never give up. Everyone has failures in life, and those failures should teach you what to avoid in order to succeed in your future endeavors.”

 

District Reminders:

Weekly Update from Principal Krontz

Check the following link for important elementary reminders including information regarding Kindergarten registration! https://www.smore.com/4254w

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Music Boosters Trivia Night

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Northwood Easter Parade 

Mark your calendars for April 8th!

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Join Us For the Final Walk-Through of the Olney Buildings

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Northwood Night at Funny Bone

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Guy Torry @ Funny Bone

April 9, 2017

7:00pm

6140 Levis Commons Blvd.

Perrysburg, Ohio 43551

www.toledofunnybone.com

(419) 931-3474

*Two item order minimum

*Must call for reservations

*Check-in 30 minutes before show time

Northwood Safety Town

Safety Town Flyer

 

 

NHS Cheerleading Keeps Competitive Tradition Alive

 

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In the past eight years, the Northwood High School Cheerleading Squads have qualified for the state competition six times! Those six times include the following:

2010 – 4th Place
2013 – 2nd Place
2014 – 2nd Place
2015 – 2nd Place
2016 – 3rd Place
2017 – 2nd Place

Recently, we were able to sit down with Coach Naomi Smith and several of the NHS cheerleaders to discuss the cheerleading program at NHS and the road to this year’s state competition where our Rangers earned their place as state runner up!  

IMG_4602This year, the NHS squad consisted of 22 athletes. Additionally, this is the first time that NHS has had two males on the squad. Of the 22 athletes, 16 of them cheered both seasons and 21 of the 22 competed at the state competition. Twelve of the 21 athletes had never competed at the state competition before. Furthermore, this year’s squad is a relatively young squad, as there are only two seniors this season. Coach Smith returned as the cheer coach after a very short hiatus. When asked if there was anything difficult or stressful about returning, she responded that there was nothing stressful about her return. In fact, she stated, “I felt like I came home.”

When asked to explain the time commitment it takes to be a competitive cheerleader at NHS, Coach Smith explained that the squad usually starts working at the end of the summer. They spend a weekend with their choreographer in order to learn their routine. During football season, they dedicate one practice per week to the routine. Once basketball begins, they begin the process of seeing who will continue on during basketball season and begin dedicating all of the practices to the competition routine. The cheerleaders take advantage of home basketball games to practice competition stunts, cheers, and chants. Coach Smith added, “With moving into the new building and practicing in the same building as our games, we are hoping that we will be able to set up our mats during halftime of the varsity basketball games and work on the whole routine in front of a crowd a little more often.” This would really help the team practice and perfect their performance.

Though we are used to seeing our cheerleaders at football and basketball games, there is IMG_4600much about cheerleading that many do not realize. Coach Smith explained that cheerleading is a very physical sport. Practices usually run about three hours long, with the student athletes working on stunts. Junior Taylor Hawkins explained, “It takes a lot of hard work and dedication; most people think it’s really easy because you just throw some girls in the air and catch them, and that’s that, but it’s not.” Freshman, Kylee Peart added, “A lot of hard work and dedication goes into making a routine and getting everything to look the way it should. Hours of practice goes into it. It takes a lot more work than the average person might think it does.” Finally, junior Madison Mahoney explained, “It’s not as easy as it looks. Many believe cheerleading isn’t a sport, but it takes a lot of athleticism to throw/lift a girl in the air and catch her and do it properly on the right counts.”

Also, many may not realize that local competitions do not divide the squads like the state competition. The state competition divides squads based on the number of girls in the school district. Local competitions divide the squads based on the number of participants on the squad, the number of males on the squad, or whether or not the team stunts. Coach Smith further explained, “We always want to do our best, but we look at the local competitions like scrimmages to get us ready for the big show.” In order to qualify for the state competition, the squad must perform well at the regional event. The judges scores determine qualification for the state event.

IMG_4605When asked about the best part of being a Ranger cheerleader, junior Delaney Genson, explained, “The best thing about being a Ranger cheerleader is the support we have from our school. Not everyone thinks cheerleading is a sport or even hard. The staff and student body give the cheerleaders so much support. It really makes our team want to be on the sidelines at the games and show everyone what we are capable of because they want to see it, not because they have to watch.” Sophomore Isaiah Bolyard added, “The best part is being in front of so many people and being able to do something unique. Also, for a small school, it’s really great to have such a vast and skilled team. Our team has a lot of potential.” Junior Rashalle Jeffries concluded, “The best part is being able to get the crowd pumped up for football games, basketball games, and also being with the group of girls. We bond; we’re like our own little family and it’s going to be one of the best memories I’ll ever have.”

Coach Smith stated that she is so thankful that our athletes have such a supportive administration and Board of Education that allows them to prepare for the collegiate level in the sport. Currently, we have three alumni cheerleaders cheering at the collegiate level, and there have been many others throughout our NHS cheer history. Coach Smith believes that much of this is attributed to the success of the feeder program – Little Ranger Cheer. The volunteer coaches do an amazing job of getting the fundamentals down so that when they reach the high school level, more time can be spend focusing on stunting.

Asked what they are most proud of this season, junior Kaylee Schultz said, “I am proud of IMG_4603the obstacles we have passed. We had some injuries this season, and we had some people leave the team. We had to change some stuff around multiple times, but it all came together in the end with a great outcome. That great outcome being runner-up at the state competition.”  Sophomore, Ariel Heise added, “I am most proud of how I’ve seen everyone grow so much from start to finish. Many new girls (and two guys) had never cheered before, but they came into the team and learned lots of chants and techniques. Also, our team as a whole did a great job being flexible and adjusting to the many changes that were made to our routine during nearly every practice. I’m very proud of our team growth.”

While Coach Smith has had many proud moments with this year’s squad, her proudest moment of the season, might surprise some. “My proudest moment of this season was when the team performed a solid routine in front of the students and staff the Friday before the state competition. The team was way more nervous to perform in front of their peers than competing in front of a packed St. John Arena,” said Coach Smith. Finally, when asked about the most rewarding part of being a coach, Coach Smith explained that it is the lifelong relationships that are built with the athletes. “I always tell the team at the beginning of every season, ‘Once you have cheered for me, you will always be one of my kids,’ and I truly mean that. I will always want the best for them and I will always care for them. I love when the alumni come back and I am able to reconnect with them.”

Congratulations to our Ranger Cheerleading Squad on their many accomplishments this season!

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District Reminders

Interested in Open Enrollment at NHS?

Thursday, March 30th from 6 – 7:30pm, NHS will be hosting a Community Open House for those interested in open-enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year. More information can be found at http://www.northwoodschools.org/article/14102

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Teen Institute 2nd Quarter Event

This event will take place Saturday, March 25th from 12pm – 3pm at NHS!

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Join Us For the Final Walk-Through of the Olney Buildings

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Preschool Registration 

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Weekly Update from Principal Krontz

Check the following link for important elementary reminders including information regarding Kindergarten registration! https://www.smore.com/j0vnt

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Northwood Easter Parade 

Mark your calendars for April 8th!

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Safety Town Flyer

 

NHS Drama Department Goes Wonka Crazy!

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IMG_4526Every spring is an exciting time for students involved with the NHS drama department, as they prepare to bring a new musical to the stage. Following last year’s successful production of the The Little Mermaid, this year’s adventure takes us into the world of Willy Wonka and his delicious chocolate factory. Those familiar with the Ronald Dahl classic, will recognize the the story of Willy Wonka, played by junior, Austin Ebel, who begins a search for someone to take over his candy empire as he get’s closer to retirement. In order to find the perfect heir, he places five golden tickets in his delectable Wonka bars for children to find. Freshman, Cayden Schober, portrays Augustus Gloop, a German child with a big appetite. Exchange student, Annika Mueller, portrays Mrs. Gloop, and has been practicing with Cayden, in order to get his German accent just right! Spoiled child Veruca Salt, is played by junior, Delaney Genson. Gum obsessed Violet Beauregarde will be portrayed by junior, Skylar Kyser, while Mike Teavee, who can’t seem to focus on anything but his television, phone, and video games, is portrayed by sophomore, Josh Bowen. Finally, both eighth grader, Isaac Hoffer, and his understudy, seventh grader, Dustin Ashton, have been working hard to portray Charlie Bucket, who yearns to find the final golden ticket!

IMG_4525 (1)Those familiar with the story of Willy Wonka will recognize such songs as “Cheer Up Charlie” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” and will enjoy new songs specifically written for the stage such as, “I Eat More,” and “Think Positive.” When asked about the best part of being involved in the musical, Senior Hannah Moore, who portrays Mrs. Bucket, stated, “It brings everyone together! It’s an experience to share with old friends and new. That’s just downright fun!” Senior, Sydney Boiselle, who portrays Grandma Josephine explained, “I like spending time with everyone involved and working as a team to make a great show.” Senior Aaron Grant, who has served as this year’s assistant director concluded, “I like seeing everything come together!”

This year marks director Annette Slater’s 20th NHS production! Along with serving as the IMG_4541drama teacher, directing the NHS Acapella choir, serving as the grades 7-12 choral director, and serving as the choir director at First St. John’s Lutheran Church in Toledo, the NHS spring musical production, is one of Mrs. Slater’s biggest responsibilities. Recently during one of her drama classes, Mrs. Slater was asked how she chooses who to assist her with such a big production. Her simple response is that she chooses those who have strengths in areas other than her own.

Alumnus Amelia (Renfro) Burkey, has served as the choreographer for over a decade. She never disappoints in coming up with great dances that add to the musical performances. After taking a brief hiatus, Kris James returned for the production of Grease, and has been back at it ever since. Her main responsibility is to handle the layout and production of the musical program. IMG_4542This includes creating bio’s for each of the cast and crew members as well as creating the ads for all those who help in donating to the show’s production. Additionally, her eye on detail, comes in handy in regards to painting sets and making sure that the smallest details, such as Wonka candy bars, are perfected! Finally, alumnus, Cristina (Rodriguez) Toflinski, serves as Mrs. Slater’s right-hand woman. From assisting with blocking and helping students memorize lines to helping the paint crew and coordinating stage makeup, Mrs. Toflinski helps wherever is needed.

Mrs. James explained that she enjoys that all of the directors have different strengths and that each respects the others. She also added that it helps that directors, though usually exhausted, have a lot of fun in the process! Mrs. Toflinski explained that the best part of being involved in the musical is getting to know the students on a different level outside of the classroom. Mrs. Slater concluded that the best part for her is, “Seeing the kid’s faces light up when something sinks in and they accomplish that one part that’s been giving them trouble. Show nights are always wonderful because that’s when all the hard work and late nights practicing pay off!”

 
IMG_4540The NHS Drama Department will perform this weekend, Friday and Saturday night at 7:30pm and Sunday, at 2:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door. We hope that you can take the opportunity this weekend to see the hard work and dedication of so many of our NHS Rangers. There are plenty of surprises in store and even a few guest appearances. Join us in the NHS Auditorium for this year’s spring musical production of Willy Wonka the Musical!

 

District Reminders

Interested in Open Enrollment at NHS?

Thursday, March 30th from 6 – 7:30pm, NHS will be hosting a Community Open House for those interested in open-enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year. More information can be found at http://www.northwoodschools.org/article/14102

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Teen Institute 2nd Quarter Event

This event will take place Saturday, March 25th from 12pm – 3pm at NHS!

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Join Us for the Final Walk-Through of Our “Olney” Buildings

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Preschool Registration:

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NLS Bus Drivers & Probability and Statistics Class

NLS Bus Drivers Provide Safe Transportation

Do you remember your favorite school bus driver from your childhood? Maybe you remember their smile every time they opened the door for you to get on the bus, or the fact that they always greeted you with an energetic, “Good Morning!” Our NLS bus drivers are those we entrust to get our students to and from school safely each day; but, they are so much more than that! This week, the Ranger Roundup  took some time to catch up with four of our NLS bus drivers.

FullSizeRender (27)Beth Hanthorn has worked for NLS for two years, Julianna Reutz has worked for NLS for four years, Pat Hanthorn has been with NLS for eight years, and Jami Murray has been part of our transportation department for over 13 years! When asked about daily responsibilities as a bus driver for NLS, Jami explained that she comes in at 6 a.m. to start her bus, complete her walk-through, do her pre-trip, and start the other buses if those have not been started yet. Additionally, it is part of her responsibility to make sure that her bus is in safe running condition, has plenty of fuel, and is warm for the students. She added, “I am responsible for the safety of each child that gets on my bus. I consider them ‘my’ kids. It is a responsibility that I take very seriously.”

Pat explained that the upkeep of the buses is also very important. IMG_0829She added that at least three times a week, she wipes down seats and cleans windows for visibility and safety. Other items include driving special needs students to Lake Schools daily, preparing “Student Conduct Reports” when necessary for student behavior, driving students and coaches on field trips to other school districts for various activities, keeping records on field trips for payroll, keeping accurate work time daily via time card, and securing buses in the garage nightly. One of the most important aspects of the job according to Pat is to “Be a team player every day.”

IMG_0830When asked about stressful aspects of the job, Julianna explained that she is responsible for traveling on I-75 daily, and that distracted drivers, or those who swerve into lanes at high speeds, can be very nerve wracking. Beth added that the elementary afternoon pick-up line is always a bit stressful, while Jami added that trying to keep disruptive students safe while on the ride home, is one of the biggest stressors. Pat added that it can be very challenging having so many different personalities on one bus, but that the bus drivers strive to remain professional at all times.

However, all of the bus drivers agree that the connections made with students make all the stress worth it! Pat explained that it is wonderful when she can make a student smile, especially when they seem to be having a bad day. IMG_0832Jami added that she cherishes the bond with her kids and that the hugs can make each day so much better! Julianna agreed that it is incredibly rewarding to see kids grow and mature and to witness their accomplishments, whether they be academic, sports related, or simply learning to be kind, concerned, and considerate human beings. She added, “We celebrate our uniqueness, grades, missing teeth, other accomplishments, and birthdays on Bus #5!”

Finally, when asked about the best part of working for Northwood Local Schools, Pat explained that it is the relationships made with those in our district, from students to parents, to teachers and other staff personnel. Jami added, “We are like a family…dysfunctional at times, but, still a family!” Beth added that she has the very best boss and co-workers, while Julianna agreed that the students and staff are surely the best part of NLS!

Clearly, our bus drivers are so much more than drivers of buses. Our NLS bus drivers strive everyday to make sure our students are transported safely, and are an integral part of the Northwood Local Schools Community. On behalf of Northwood Local Schools, the Ranger Roundup would like to thank our bus drivers for all they do each and every day!

 

Probability and Statistics Students Study Population Trends 

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Mrs. Elinski’s Probability and Statistics students just completed projects on a country of their choice. This project involved researching many different types of population statistics associated with their country. For example, students researched recent population trends, age distribution, religious statistics, crime rates, and so on. Once the data was collected, student put together presentations to share with the class.

Mrs. Elinski explained that the purpose of this project was for students to see how relative and commons statistics are in their everyday lives. She stated, “It is important for stIMG_4509udents to be able to read statistical data and have a good understanding of what it is telling them. There are a lot of skewed statistics on the internet, so spending time researching these statistics on their own, students can gain a better understanding of reliable sources and gathering information that makes the most sense for their project.”

This project gave students the opportunity to take a break from the typical statistics “number crunching” in order to see how these numbers are used in the real world. Mrs. Elinski concluded, “They enjoyed researching a country that they picked and wanted to learn more about; it is good for them to see how different countries compare to the United States in these specific areas such as religion and crime.”

 

 

District Reminders

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Samantha June Memorial Basketball Tournament – TONIGHT! 

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Musical Tickets Available Now! 

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Tickets available at the NHS office or online:

March 17, 7:30pm @ http://bit.ly/FridayWonka

March 18, 7:30pm @ http://bit.ly/SaturdayWonka

March 19, 2:30pm @ http://bit.ly/SundayWonka

Join Us for the Final Walk-Through of Our “Olney” Buildings

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Preschool Registration:

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Northwood Community Club Bowlers, Musical Tickets on Sale Now, and More!

Northwood Community Club Bowlers Finish Season Strong

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Our Rangers keep busy both with school extra curriculars and with extracurriculars outside of NHS. This week, we were able to sit down with a few members of the Northwood Community Club Bowling team. The team consists of four members, Amber Elliot, Ty Zieroff, Zach Wilkes, and Josh Roach. The team usually practices on Thursday nights at Penny Jo’s Eastern Lanes. Occasionally, the team will practice multiple nights during a week, if they have a big match coming up. These bowlers compete within the Metro High School League at SouthWyck Lanes. They bowl every Saturday morning and sometimes even get to bowl televised matches on BCSN on Sunday mornings.

When asked about highlights for this season, Amber stated that high scores and series that the team has been able to reach have definitely been a highlight. She added, “We work as a team to bowl our best and get our name on the sheet for high team series. We definitely had an amazing season and we were able to place in the top four all season long!” Ty stated that a huge highlight was making it to second place to bowl on television. Zach added that that everyone had a really good year and recognized Amber as helping out a lot to keep the team motivated!

imag0057This year, the Northwood Community Club Bowling Team finished second behind Clay Gold Team. Zach Wilkes was the Boys High Scorer with a 217.8 Average and Amber Elliot was the Girls High Scorer with a 185.8 Average. Josh Roach averaged 185 and Ty Zieroff averaged 195. Zach and Amber also received the All City Bowler Award, which is given to the top four boy’s and girl’s averages for the season. The team participated in the season tournament at Southwyck Lanes finishing second overall. The Northwood Community Club Bowlers ended their season with the Chris Taylor Memorial Tournament. Zach Wilkes took first place in the Scratch Boys Division, Amber Elliot took first place in the Scratch Girls Division, and Ty Zieroff took ninth in the Scratch Boys Division.

When asked about what they enjoy most about the bowling team, Amber said that she really enjoys the fun that the team has together. She further explained, “We are a team, we win as a team, we lose as a team, and we compete as a team. If one of us is struggling, we help each other out and keep positive attitudes. We have developed friendships through bowling. We also bowl with other schools so we create friendships with people from different schools. Outside of high school bowling, we compete in tournaments with each other or with people from other schools.” Ty and Zach both agreed that they also really enjoy bowling with their teammates.imag0062

When asked what is up next for the Northwood bowlers, Ty explained that they will be looking for a fourth bowler, due to the fact that Josh will be graduating this spring. Zach added that the team plans to practice over the summer. He also has his sights on winning a championship! Finally, Zach added that he would like to acknowledge and thank Karen Elliot for being the team coach, stating, “Without her, there wouldn’t be a Northwood bowling team!”

District Reminders

 

Northwood Regional Powerlifting MeetpowerliftingThe Northwood Regional Powerlifting Meet will be tomorrow, March 4th, beginning at 10am. Admission to view the meet is as follows:

Adults: $6

Students: $5

Senior Citizens: $4

Good Luck Ranger Cheerleaders!

Good luck to our Ranger Cheerleaders who will be heading to Columbus, Ohio this Sunday to participate in the OASSA Cheer & Dance State Competition!

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Willy Wonka Tickets on Sale Now! 

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Tickets available at the NHS office or online:

March 17, 7:30pm @ http://bit.ly/FridayWonka

March 18, 7:30pm @ http://bit.ly/SaturdayWonka

March 19, 2:30pm @ http://bit.ly/SundayWonka

College & Career Preview Night

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Are you considering college or would like to learn more about in demand careers?  Then come to College & Career Preview Night on

Wednesday, March 8, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Owens Community College.

This is your chance to talk with representatives from business and Industry, along with more than 100 colleges and Universities in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania and more!

Experts on financial aid & scholarships, Military Academies, Disability Services, and College Athletics will also be there to answer your questions.

Invite Mom and Dad or just bring your friends!

It’s College & Career Preview Night

Wednesday, March 8

6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Owens Community College Toledo-Area Campus

For more information, see HS Guidance Counselor, Michelle Reid! 

Preschool Registration

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Investigative Learning at NES

Mrs. Geerken’s 5th Graders Study the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

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Mrs. Geerken’s fifth grade students have been studying the wreck of the Edmund 5th-grade-map-and-ship-displayFitzgerald, which happened on Lake Superior in 1975. Students each wrote a report that included the latitude and longitude of the wreckage, weather and storm information that caused the wreck, people involved, and more. Then, students created a museum display for the glass case outside of the gifted resource room.

This unit focused on this important historical event involving the Great Lakes and the people affected by the wreck. Mrs. Geerken explained that there are many locals who either knew someone who worked on the Edmund Fitzgerald at one point or who knew relatives of people that were on the Edmund Fitzgerald that fateful night.

Wh5th-grade-display-ship-drawingen asked what students enjoyed most about this unit, Mrs. Geerken explained that 5th-grade-songstudents definitely enjoyed creating the museum display. She added, “Three students created a scale design and model of the ship made out of cardboard and duct tape. “ Two other students created a map showing the path the ship traveled and where it went down, including the latitude and longitude to the degrees, minutes, and seconds. Another pair of students included information about the height of the waves, the stormy weather, and what experts think happened to cause the wreck, as well as the name of the Captain, and people aboard that were lost. Finally, another pair of students wrote and recorded an updated song that showcases the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald!

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Miss Murphy’s Students Learn Life Lessons in Argumentative Writing Unit

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img_2226Miss Murphy’s sixth grade language arts students just finished an argumentative writing unit.  Students wrote argumentative essays, created PSA posters for their topic, used surveys and interviews to collect evidence, and evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of arguments from other writers. Miss Murphy explained that this is a very important unit because it teaches students how to responsibly and respectfully give their opinion on a certain topic. It also teaches them that people can have different opinions than their own and still have strong points for their beliefs. Additionally, students learn the difference between valid and invalid evidence and reasoning and how to spot the difference. An example of this would be an opinion piece that students might see posted on social media in the future. Students also had the opportunity to work on animg_2229 issue that is important to them and to research current events concerning those issues.

“My students have enjoyed creating their own arguments,” said Miss Murphy. She added that students have been very excited about exploring their topic and doing the necessary research to make their arguments strong. Students have also enjoyed creating the visual element, the PSA Poster, to pair with their essay. Be sure to check out all of the sixth grade argument posters and essays that will be hanging around the NES building in the near future!

 

District Reminders:

Coming Home 2017

This evening, February 17, 2017 is our “Coming Home” Ceremony. Come on out to support our JV/Varsity boys basketball teams as they take on Toledo Christian. Be sure to stay for the crowning of our “Coming Home” king and queen. Also, we will finally reveal the new name of our Ranger Mascot from the “Name the Ranger” competition! The “Coming Home” dance for our high school Rangers will take place directly following the varsity game. Congratulations to all of our “Coming Home” candidates!

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Ranger Construction Instagram 

Have you checked out our “Ranger Construction” Instagram page? Be sure to follow us @ranger_construction https://www.instagram.com/ranger_construction/ for the most up-to-date photographs of our construction project!

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Northwood Fire Department to hold Chili Dinner

Don’t miss out on a great chili dinner and the opportunity to support our Northwood Fire Department!

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Northwood Soccer Club Spring Registration

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Alumnus of the Year Nomination Information

Northwood High School is seeking nominations for its Annual “Alumnus of the Year” award.  Nominees must have graduated from Northwood High School in or prior to spring of 2016, and the recipient will be recognized at the Academic Awards Banquet in May. Letters of nomination should include the nominee’s name, current address, year of graduation, and a description of his/her accomplishments since graduation.  These can include, but are not limited to, post-high school education, honors or awards received, employment history, and any other relevant information to support the nomination.  Deadline for applications is Friday, February 24th.   Letters of nomination must include the name and address of the person making the nomination and should be sent to:

Jason Kozina, Principal

Northwood High School

700 Lemoyne Road

Northwood, Ohio 43619

jkozina@northwoodschools.org

Free Children’s Dental Exams

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Bowling Green Curling Club

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Mrs. Limon’s Second Grade & District Reminders

Mrs. Limon’s Students Study the Life of Helen Keller

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While reading about Helen’s life, students needed to determine between fact and opinion, and put events from Helen’s life in order on a timeline. When writing about Helen, students generated a topic sentence, used transition words throughout their paper, and finished with a concluding sentence. Mrs. Limon stated, “Students enjoyed researching facts about Helen and sharing their own timeline, but I think they really enjoyed writing their names in braille!”

 

Congratulations to our “Coming Home” Court:

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Is There Someone You’d Like to Nominate for Alumnus of the Year?

Northwood High School is seeking nominations for its Annual “Alumnus of the Year” award.  Nominees must have graduated from Northwood High School in or prior to spring of 2016, and the recipient will be recognized at the Academic Awards Banquet in May. Letters of nomination should include the nominee’s name, current address, year of graduation, and a description of his/her accomplishments since graduation.  These can include, but are not limited to, post-high school education, honors or awards received, employment history, and any other relevant information to support the nomination.  Deadline for applications is Friday, February 24th.   Letters of nomination must include the name and address of the person making the nomination and should be sent to:

Jason Kozina, Principal

Northwood High School

700 Lemoyne Road

Northwood, Ohio 43619

jkozina@northwoodschools.org

February BINGO Night! 

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City of Northwood Baseball/Softball

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Northwood Baseball/Softball sign ups are online at CI.NORTHWOOD.OH.US.  Just click “summer ball registration”.  The last day to sign up is February 10th.

 

 

Box Tops for Education

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“Don’t Stress Over the Dress”

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Rangers at Work: Creating, Studying, and Preserving Memories

Yearbook Staff Diligently Works to Preserve Ranger Memories

4-kjames-stef-morgan-layout-1Did you know that photographers from Woodard/Prestige Photos help to train our yearbook staff members on the finer points of taking photos? Or, that it takes approximately 15 hours to put together a double-page spread — before Mrs. James ever lays eyes on it? Neither did  we! However, this week, the Ranger Roundup had the opportunity to check in with Mrs. James and our Writing for Publications/Yearbook class to learn more about the hard work and dedication it takes to put together our Northwood yearbooks!

Mrs. James explained that the primary goal of Writing for Publications/Yearbook  is to create the 2017 Northwood High School Yearbook. She explained, “To that end, we are in a 3-lexie-camera-1cycle that begins with the first day of school and continues well past graduation: planning, interviewing, photographing, processing, and laying out each spread to tell the story of our year.” Currently, the yearbook staff is working on winter sports layouts and the “faces” section. Additionally, to get a better read on the student body, the staff has created detailed surveys for students in each grade level, in hopes that their feedback can be integrated into the grade-level pages. Mrs. James explained, “That way, when students look back at their yearbooks 20 years from now, those survey results will help them remember what mattered — and didn’t — in 2016-17.”

5-tayler-layout-1Senior, Tayler Metcalf, explained, “I like being able to design everything – putting photos where I want them and knowing that my choices will be in print forever – and then seeing everything before anyone else.” Junior, Kyra Simmons, added, “Yearbook has definitely improved my writing and organization skills. Class is really hectic, especially when deadlines are approaching. I’m forced to be on-task and be on top of things. Time management is definitely key. On the plus side, I’m really involved with school and it’s forcing me, a real introvert, to talk to people and do those things I didn’t do before. Then, I get to share those new experiences through the yearbook.”1-bscaggs-camera-1

Students and community members can still order a yearbook for the 2016-207 school year. Contact Mrs. James at kjames@northwoodschools.org or buy online at www.yearbookforever.org  

 

Seventh Graders Study Ancient Civilizations

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Mr. Lewin’s seventh grade social studies students are currently studying ancient civilizations. Students have been using interactive activities such as webquests and Quizlet Live to help with their studies. Currently, students are working on studying Asian cultures from the 6th century to the 16th century in China, Japan, and India. Mr. Lewin explained that students have really enjoyed group work, which always helps to change up the pace from regular class work, and Quizlet Live, which has helped students to review previously learned material.

 

Sixth Grade Math Students Utilize Self-Directed Learning

file_001In sixth grade math, Mrs. Wilson is working with her students to develop a self-directed learning environment. Mrs. Wilson explained that students are currently working in three different chapters. Each student works to develop a working knowledge of each topic within the chapter. Mrs. Wilson added, “Some lessons may take longer for some than others, but in sixth grade math, that is fine!” She stated that there are always teachers and peers to help when it is needed.

Recently, pretests were added to lessons so that if students already have a strong knowledge base for a lesson they can skip that lesson and move on to the next. file_000Students who need instruction meet in groups for a lesson. Sometimes this might be whole class or only one or two students at a time. After the lesson, students take a self-check quiz to determine if they have grasped the concept and can continue working through the lesson or if they need to meet with the teacher for additional instruction. Currently, students demonstrate their knowledge of each chapter by taking a test. However, in the future, Mrs. Wilson is hoping that students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge through various types of assessments. Mrs. Wilson explained that the goal is not just to be able to do the math computations needed, but to be able to apply the concepts to the world around us.  She added, “We are continually working through new challenges to make this a positive learning experience for all students in the sixth grade.”

 

NES Student Council Holds “Name the Ranger” Contest

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It has finally happened! We now have our very own Ranger mascot! There is just one problem…he doesn’t have a name! No worries, as the NES Student Council has developed the “Name the Ranger” contest to help us find a new name for our Ranger! NES Student Council Advisor, Mrs. Turner, explained that the Student Council collected ideas for the contest and drew up their master plan. They decided to collect possible names for a couple of weeks and to compile the information. In order to collect the names, a Google form was created, with the link being sent to students and staff through Schoology. Next up, is for the Student Council members to narrow down the choices to 3-5 names for an entire district vote! Mrs. Turner hinted that Student Council members are looking for the most creative names submitted! The Ranger name reveal will happen at the boy’s basketball game on February 17th!

 

Athletic Boosters Serve Our Ranger Athletes

The Ranger Roundup recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Athletic Boosters President Joel Whitmore to discuss the role of the Athletic Boosters within Northwood Schools. Mr. Whitmore explained that while many people believe that the Athletic Boosters is part of the school’s athletic department, the boosters are actually a group of parent volunteers who help raise funds to support all of the sports teams and athletics in Northwood. Mr. Whitmore stated, “The booster program has been around as long as I can remember. Thinking back to when I was in school, I remember going out with other athletes helping with booster membership drives.” He added that the number one fundraiser for the boosters is where they are most visible, working the concession stands at all high school sporting events. All of the money raised is directly reinvested into our Northwood athletes!

When asked to discuss some of the accomplishments of the Athletic Boosters, Mr. Whitmore explained that, since 2014, the boosters have supported the athletes by spending over $55,000 on various items, not limited to, but including: uniforms, equipment, and field improvements. The boosters also help pay for “The Hudi,” which is a web-based video editing service that allows coaches to improve the team’s performance by watching and editing game and practice film. Additionally, this service has been used by several athletes to build recruitment videos as they prepare for college.

This past fall, the boosters partnered with the school to split the cost of the installation of sprinkler systems in the baseball and softball fields. The boosters helped to coordinate the manual labor that was required to do the installation. Last year, the boosters also paid for new outdoor batting cages for baseball and softball. The boosters have helped offset the cost of the Senior signs for athletes. Additionally, for the last two football seasons, the boosters have partnered with Summit Rehabilitation, a locally owned physical therapy business, to provide a shuttle service for people who have difficulty walking from the parking lot. In the fall of 2016, the boosters began a new fundraising opportunity with monthly bingo at the high school. The next dates are: February 6th, March 6th, April 3rd, and May 8th! Mr. Whitmore added, “We are looking for volunteers to help and more players to play!”

Looking ahead, the boosters are really hoping for successful turnouts for the monthly bingo nights. If the bingo nights are successful, the boosters plan to work with the athletic department and Penta County to construct new dugouts for the baseball and softball teams. The boosters are also attempting to secure pricing for special designer windscreens for the outfield fences on the baseball and softball fields. There are plans to follow up the installation of the other sprinkler systems with other systems at the football practice field and the soccer field (once the field is rebuilt, after completion of the new school building is finished). Next, the boosters are working to partner with Summit Rehab and other potential sponsors to purchase a cart to move fans around campus at all sporting events. The current cart that is used for football is rented only for Friday night home games. Finally, the boosters will continue to provide the teams with great uniforms!

Mr. Whitmore explained how integral the Athletic Booster volunteers are. Over the years, the dedicated booster volunteers have worked at Mud Hens games, the Toledo Air Show, and the US Senior Open Golf Tournament, in an effort to increase fundraising opportunities for our Northwood athletes. Mr. Whitmore emphasized that anyone can participate as an athletic booster. He added, “Over the years we have had students, parents, grandparents, and other family members assist with things such as concessions. In the past, we have had some volunteers who worked games after their kids graduated from school. We are looking at expanding our fundraising opportunities. To do this, we need more people to get involved and help with working to improve the athletic experience for our kids!”

If you are interesting in volunteering as an Athletic Booster,  please contact Joel Whitmore at 41-265-8022 or at jwhit172@hotmail.com

 

District Reminders:

Is There Someone You’d Like to Nominate for Alumnus of the Year?

Northwood High School is seeking nominations for its Annual “Alumnus of the Year” award.  Nominees must have graduated from Northwood High School in or prior to spring of 2016, and the recipient will be recognized at the Academic Awards Banquet in May. Letters of nomination should include the nominee’s name, current address, year of graduation, and a description of his/her accomplishments since graduation.  These can include, but are not limited to, post-high school education, honors or awards received, employment history, and any other relevant information to support the nomination.  Deadline for applications is Friday, February 24th.   Letters of nomination must include the name and address of the person making the nomination and should be sent to:

Jason Kozina, Principal

Northwood High School

700 Lemoyne Road

Northwood, Ohio 43619

jkozina@northwoodschools.org

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