Clothespin Dolls & NaNoWriMo

Clothespin Dolls in Mrs. Hammel’s Class

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

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

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

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NaNoWriMo Takes Over Creative Writing 11-12


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

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

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

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

Check out a sampling of the NaNoWriMo book covers below:


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

Fall Leaf Clean-up Assistance:

2017 Fall Leaf Cleanup

NHS School Guidance Website:

Did you know that our Rangers have access to the NHS School Guidance website? Be sure to check this site frequently for information regarding the ACT, scholarship opportunities, and more! NHS Ranger Guidance

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5th and 6th Grade Holiday Concert:

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Kevin Hines at BGSU:

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

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NLS Dedication Ceremony:

If you are planning on attending this very special ceremony, please RSVP by Nov. 10th to Kelly Modlinski at either or 419-691-3888 .

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The Salvation Army Thanksgiving & Christmas Applications:



Mark Your Calendar!

Tuesday, Nov. 21st: NLS Building Dedication Ceremony 

Wednesday, Nov. 22nd – Friday, Nov. 23rd: Thanksgiving Break

Monday, Nov. 27th: School Resumes

Tuesday, Nov. 28th: Marco’s Pizza Night

Friday, Dec. 1st – Saturday, Dec. 2nd: Derr Memorial Tournament

Booms, Bonanzas, and Pep Rally & Field Trip Highlights!

Booms and Bonanzas


Mr. Dickey’s sophomore students just completed an activity covering the Mining, bb3Farming, Oil, Ranching Bonanzas and the Railroad Boom. Students were divided  into two separate groups, which were created based upon their expertise thus far in their studies. Both groups were tasked with creating a matrix of information that all students could use to determine the causes and the impacts of each Boom or Bonanza. The students in Group A, after reading more about each Boom and Bonanza, used their matrix to create an acrostic  poem that highlighted all the positive aspect of the Booms and Bonanzas. Then, the small group took it one step further and created an acrostic poem that rhymed. Sophomore, Anthony Williams, even put his version to a catchy beat! The students in Group B took their matrix information and created billboards and commercials to draw attention to the West, giving the public information or to just entertain the public. These students created personalized scripts tailored for their billboard and recorded them. Justyce Luna’s farmer character was a big hit in the 8th period class!


6th Graders Study Theme



Ms. Murphy’s 6th grade Language Arts students are currently studying theme and main idea. Ms. Murphy explained that this is important for students “because it helps them IMG-0844read with purpose and take away meaning from any text.” She continued that the lessons learned by identifying themes in a text can be applied to real life, as themes should be universal.

IMG-0851Students just finished a fun mini-project on theme. They worked in groups to analyze a Disney song and find a theme that was appropriate for the song. They also had to find evidence using the song lyrics to support their theme. Finally, students created a poster to illustrate their theme and evidence.

Ms. Murphy stated that students have really enjoyed reading different kinds of texts to determine theme, and they especially enjoyed the mini-project, as it incorporated many different kinds of learning styles!


Holocaust Memorial Center

Our 8th grade Rangers recently visited the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan. This field trip is the culmination of an in-depth study of the Holocaust and the memoir Night.

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Pep Rally Highlights!

Check out highlights of our recent Pep Rally. Thank you to Mrs. Fish for putting together this great footage for us!




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


NLS Dedication Ceremony:

If you are planning on attending this very special ceremony, please RSVP by Nov. 10th to Kelly Modlinski at either or 419-691-3888 .

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Murder Mystery Dinner Theater This Saturday!!!

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PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE for Financial Aid Night:

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Support These Great Local Events:

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The Salvation Army Thanksgiving & Christmas Applications:



Mark Your Calendar!

Sunday, Nov. 5th: Daylight Saving Time Ends

Wednesday, Nov. 8th: NES Picture Day / Parent-Teacher Conferences / Financial Aid Night / HS Fall Sports Banquet

Thursday, Nov. 9th: NHS & PK Picture Day / Parent-Teacher Conferences

Friday, Nov. 10th: No School for NES / NES Parent-Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, Nov. 21st: NLS Building Dedication Ceremony 

Calculus, Daily 5, Marching Rangers, and District Reminders!

Honors Calculus


IMG_0021Honors Calculus students have begun studying limits and their connection to Calculus. Mr. Moore explained that students have enjoyed seeing the connections from Algebra to Calculus. He added that his class is very excited for a great school year in our new building!


Kindergarten Students Focus on

Reading-Daily 5!

Mrs. Calmes’ kindergarten students have been focusing on the Reading – Daily 5! Mrs. Calmes stated that students are working on building stamina during read to self, work on writing, listen to reading, and word work. “The students are building stamina for Daily 5, so that eventually they can work independently and choose which area they will work on first to practice the skills they are learning in class,” said Mrs. Calmes. The students have enjoyed exploring each of the components of Daily 5. They have especially enjoyed working on the app Epic during read to self and they have enjoyed completing each of the activities during work on words.


Anthony Wayne Showcase of Bands

The Marching Rangers recently participated in the Anthony Wayne Showcase of Bands. Eleven marching bands participated in the showcase. The night ended with a mass-band performance of “God Bless the USA.” Below are photos of the event, courtesy of Mr. Kozina.

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Homecoming 2017 Reminders:

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Congratulations to our 2017 Fall Homecoming Court:


District Reminders:

Kevin Hines Presentation

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Picture Day Reminder



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Ranger Rock Garden, Homecoming Festivities, and More!

Welcome Mrs. Huntley!

IMG_5750This year we welcome a new school counselor in Mrs. Stephanie Huntley. Mrs. Huntley is originally from Napoleon, Ohio, and received her undergraduate degree from Ohio Northern University.  She and her husband Shane then moved back to Northwest, Ohio, when she decided to pursue her Masters in School Counseling from Bowling Green State University. The Huntley’s currently reside in Perrysburg, Ohio with their puppy, Sonny. One interesting tidbit about Mrs. Huntley is that she was involved in throwing shot put for eight years (5th – 12th grade)!

Mrs. Huntley feels that the most rewarding aspect of being a school counselor is working with students and helping them achieve their highest potential. The most challenging part is not having all of the answers. She explained that there are many times when she wishes she had a magic wand that would give her all the right answers!

When asked what she is most looking forward to during her first year at Northwood Local Schools, she stated, “I am most looking forward to seeing the ways in which students progress from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. I am also looking forward to being a part of the Northwood community!” Mrs. Huntley concluded by saying, “I am so excited and grateful to have this opportunity to work in this community and with the staff and students at Northwood!”


Mrs. Elinski’s Students Take Advantage of the Modified Block

IMG_5723Students in Mrs. Elinski’s Honors Algebra 1 and CP Algebra 1 classes have been busy practicing various types of equations. In Honors Algebra, students are working on solving equations for a specific variable. In other courses, the students have learned how to solve basic equations, but these equations are more challenging because they contain more than one variable, making the answers more complex. These are helpful when working with formulas and will become very important when students begin working with linear and quadratic equations. The CP students are currently working on analyzing and interpreting data and graphs. They are learning how to read different types of graphs and how to properly use the information from these graphs. These are important skills for them to have outside of the math classroom for science class as well as real life applications.

IMG_5727Taking full advantage of the new modified block schedule, students had plenty of time to learn the new material, and incorporate both group and individual practice! One activity involved students circulating the room to practice the various types of equations. While the students were circulating, they were able to ask each other questions, and ask Mrs. Elinski for help as well. Mrs. Elinski stated, “It is great listening to the students help one another and give detailed explanations in their own words.” Mrs. Elinski continued by explaining that students have enjoyed being able to get out of their seats for a while to practice their equations. They also seem to really like being able to help each other as they rotate. “Every student sees things a little differently, so it is great to be able to give them time to explain topics in their own way; both to their peers and to their teacher,” said Mrs. Elinski.



Elementary Art Students Begin Rock Garden Tradition


20170908_103132Elementary Art Teacher, Ms. Diamond, has been surrounded by rocks as she started the new year with K-6 Art classes! All students in Pre-School through 6th grade have painted a rock for a special installation to be placed outside in the flower beds alongside the gymnasium by the playground. Each student has their name on the stone, as well as their graduation date. Soon, the 7th –  12th grade student rocks will also be added. Each coming school year, the new Kindergarten class will add to the installation!

20170908_101642The project was directed by NES Principal, Mrs. Lindsey Krontz. The project was inspired by the book, You Be You, by Linda Kranz, which encourages creativity and individuality. It is an inspirational message for the children to remember how unique they are, yet how they are part of a very special community of 20170908_102127people. Ms. Diamond added that students love to paint! She added, “The excitement was palpable! They shared their ideas for creating the ‘fish’ stones!” Ms. Diamond concluded, “Many thanks to Mrs. Krontz for bringing an enjoyable experience to the children. All supplies were provided by her generously. Thank you also to the custodial staff for moving big bags of rocks!” Be sure to stop by our new Ranger rock garden soon!


Congratulations to our 2017 Homecoming Candidates! 


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Spirit Week is next week for our NES and NHS Rangers! 


Maui Monday

Touchdown Tuesday

Workout Wednesday

Tie-dye Thursday

Blue & Gold Friday


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Welcome Back Alumni!

We hope to have many of our Ranger Alumni return for the Homecoming festivities on Friday, September 29th! #OneRangerNation





NLS Welcomes Ranger Alumni as New Teachers!

Ms. Chelsea James

21314854_10209745934346458_7750835606845044680_nThis year, NES welcomes a new sixth grade Intervention Specialist, Ms. Chelsea James. Ms. James is an alumna of Northwood High School  and Bowling Green State University. Ms. James has taught at Toledo Public Schools for the last three and a half years. When asked what she is most looking forward to this year, she stated, “Encouraging a new group of students to be the best they can be!” Ms. James explained that the students can count on her being around to help them when they are in need. When not in the classroom, Ms. James enjoys volunteering at the Humane Society and fostering animals! Ms. James concluded by saying, “I am very excited to be back at Northwood as a teacher after attending school here!”


Mrs. Laryn Wheeler

IMG_5707NHS also has a new face in Health and Physical Education teacher, Mrs. Laryn Wheeler. Also a Ranger alumna, Mrs. Wheeler received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Toledo. Mrs. Wheeler stated that she is looking forward to getting to know the students and being able to share with them the joy of the Northwood community that she had when she was a student at NLS.

Students in Mrs. Wheeler’s classes can look forward to learning to have a better understanding of physical activity and better overall health for themselves. As a 2006 Ranger graduate, Mrs. Wheeler stated that she is very excited to be back with her fellow Rangers!



Thank you to everyone who participated in our #OneRangerNation “First Day of School” photos! Many in our community emailed, tweeted, and posted photos on Facebook using our hashtag. Please continue to use the #OneRangerNation hashtag throughout the school year, as we continue to celebrate the first school year in our new building!

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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:



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


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! 


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!



STARS Summer Enrichment Program

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Northwood Safety Town

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Acapella, Shakespeare, “Sneak Peek” Video, & End of the Year District Reminders


Northern Lights Acapella Members


Mrs. Slater recently held auditions for next year’s acapella members. We would like to formally congratulate the 2017-2018 members!

Soprano 1                                                                            Soprano 2

Zoe Sherman (Soph)                                          Alexandra Hoffer (Junior)

Anya Rau (Soph)                                                 Ashley Crampton (Junior)

Mackenzie Fullenlove (Senior)

Alto                                                                                        Tenor 1

Kylie Grant (Junior)                                            Philip Brice (Junior)

Nevada Knisely (Junior)                                     Isaiah Bolyard (Junior)

Alivia Rohloff (Freshman)

Tenor 2/Baritone                                                              Bass

Joshua Bown (Junior)                                         Armando Rodriquez (Freshman)

River Emmert (Sophomore)                              Colton Falk (Junior)

                                                                             Cayden Schober (Sophomore)

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Cayden Schober



Shakespeare on a Sunday Afternoon


Mrs. Toflinski and Mrs. Slater recently took a small group of students to see a live Shakespeare production of 12th Night at Bowling Green State University. Students from Sophomore Honors English and Drama class, traveled to Bowling Green on a Sunday afternoon to see the production performed by BGSU students. The directors of this production made changes to the time period of the play, and set the hilarious Shakespeare comedy in the Roaring 20’s. Students were able to enjoy 1920’s era music and dancing as well as to see acting  on a “raked” stage. Students explained that seeing Shakespeare live made the story-line so much more funny. They were also impressed by the singing, dancing, and the synchronized scene changes. Mrs. Toflinski added, “It was fantastic to hear students discussing the show after the performance. They were impressed by all aspects of the show, and they picked up on many little details in regards to the content of the play as well as the production aspect.” She concluded, “I am so impressed that these students were willing to take time out of a Sunday afternoon, to include some Shakespeare into their day!”


NES Student Council “Sneak Peek” Video

NES Student Council members recently created a “Sneak Peek” video of our new PK – 12 building! The NES Student Council wanted to say “thank you” to the workers for putting so much care into building the new school. With the help of Mr. Clark, the Student Council members organized large “thank you” cards signed by the elementary students and planned to  deliver them with goody bags. NES Student Council Advisor, Mrs. Turner, explained, “It snowballed into a visit to the new building and delivering the items personally.” The Student Council took two groups of students through the building with an ipad in hand to take pictures. Over the next couple of weeks students created a video with the pictures and made sound clips for each slide with the help of Miss Ritter.  Mrs. Turner concluded, “We are sad to leave our old buildings, but are excited to begin next year in a new building with a little bit of the old displayed as a reminder. We hope you enjoy the tour!”

Take a look  at the wonderful final product here:



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!

April 28th – NES Carnival

April 29th – Prom / After Prom

May 1st – NHS Academic Awards Banquet / National Honors Society Induction Ceremony

May 2nd – NEO Meeting @ Olney 1 -2:30pm / Kindergarten Screening

May 3rd – ACT Testing for Juniors / Kindergarten Screening

May 4th – Seniors Last Day of School

May 5th – NHS Battle of the Classes / 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!



Northwood Elementary Carnival 

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Northwood Day of Beautification

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STARS Summer Enrichment Program

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Northwood Safety Town

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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! 

E. Schimmel Jan 14, 2016

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!



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


Guy Torry @ Funny Bone

April 9, 2017


6140 Levis Commons Blvd.

Perrysburg, Ohio 43551

(419) 931-3474

*Two item order minimum

*Must call for reservations

*Check-in 30 minutes before show time

Northwood Safety Town

Safety Town Flyer



Consumer Math, P.E., Preschool, and Welcoming Officer Sabo!

Consumer Math Students Study Car Loans

Budgets…we all have them! Ms. Blausey’s 12th grade Consumer Math students have been focusing on the importance of budgeting when buying a new car. Additionally, students have looked at the pros and cons of buying vs. leasing a vehicle. Students have learned how to calculate what their monthly payment would be for a new car of their choice, as well as how to use Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets to create an Amortization Schedule for the length of the car loan. Ms. Blausey explained, “Using Excel, you can easily see what would happen to the length of your loan if you made more (or less) of a down payment, if you made extra monthly payments, or both.” She further explained that this topic allows for great discussions on prioritizing items for future budgets. Ms. Blausey concluded, “I really think they took a lot from the lesson and how they can put this knowledge to use in the future. I think it is important to be an educated consumer to avoid financial traps or getting into a bind financially because you didn’t understand what you were signing up for.”


Spring Time Brings Softball to Phys. Ed. Students

Students in Mr. Hess’ Physical Education classes participate in a variety of of activities from bowling to team handball. They also participate in other team activities such as basketball, soccer, flag football, and plenty of cardio with running the mile or running the pacer test. Currently, Mr. Hess’ students are participating in a unit on softball. Mr. Hess explained that with the beginning of baseball and softball season, some students have already been practicing and preparing for games. He explained that students like to participate in softball during Phys. Ed. this time of year, as it allows students to get more practice and to relearn the rules. Mr. Hess added that students are now actively involved in playing softball during Phys. Ed. class.


Welcoming Officer Sabo!


Recently, we added a new member to our school community in Officer Jolene Sabo, who is now serving as our School Resource Officer (SRO). Officer Sabo has been with the Northwood Police Department for nearly three years, and began serving as our SRO in January after graduating from a two week D.A.R.E. training in New York.

Jump RopeAs the School Resource Officer, Officer Sabo’s responsibilities include helping to ensure that students and teachers are in a safe environment. Additionally, she is another resource for teachers and students to talk to when in need. She added, “I work the lunch duties at the high school and NES, often times eating with students at NES and answering questions they have about me and what I do. Next year, in the new school, I will be in the classrooms teaching D.A.R.E. to 5th and 7th graders!”

Officer Sabo stated that the interaction with students is by far, the most rewarding aspect of her new SRO position. She explained, “Interacting with the students has been a fun and rewarding experience, full of questions, high fives, and hugs. I have been SRO 1st Dayinvited into classrooms to discuss who I am, what my uniform consists of, what I do as a police officer, and what my police cruiser looks like on the inside.”

When asked about any fun facts about herself that students might not yet know, Officer Sabo said that when she is not working, she enjoys traveling, spontaneous day trips and adventures! She also added that in addition to being the SRO/DARE Officer, she is also the Community Officer in Northwood. She explained, “I work in the schools during the school year and will be planning community events, attending community events, and will be hosting Safety Town this summer, which will happen in June for children ages 4-5 who live in Northwood or attend Northwood Schools (scroll down, and check out the flyer in the district reminders!).

On behalf of Northwood Local Schools, we would like to officially welcome Officer Sabo. Additionally, we’d like to wish Officer Sabo a very Happy Birthday!

We are so happy to have her with us and we are excited for her future as the SRO/DARE Officer at NLS!

Preschool Rangers Learn About Community Helpers



This week, we were able to catch up with our youngest Rangers, in Mrs. Johnson’s pre-school 20170315_112350class. NLS preschoolers attend classes for two full days per week, either on Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday. These Rangers are ages three, four, or five-years-old. Currently, preschool students are working on their “Community Helpers” unit. Within this unit, the preschool students explore various jobs such as mail carriers, firefighters, police officers, and park rangers. Mrs. Johnson added that while dramatizing the mail carrier’s job, “we wrote notes and pictures to each other, focusing on writing and reading our friend’s names.”

20170302_112836Our School Resource Officer, Officer Sabo, and several members of the Northwood Fire Department, came to visit the preschool classrooms and to tell about their jobs in which they work to keep our community safe. The preschoolers got to sit in the police cruiser, as Officer Sabo showed them her computer and other equipment. Mrs. Johnson added, “We marveled as the firefighters showed us the 102 foot ladder extension!”

Lastly, Mrs. Johnson explained that the students currently have a “Nature Center” within the 20170315_150155preschool room. She explained that students are growing plants on the windowsill, examining animal artifacts, and using the Smartboard to keep tabs on the eagle nest located in a tulip poplar tree at the national Arboretum in Washington D.C. Also, Mrs. Johnson has turned their loft into an eagle’s nest, which just happens to be a new favorite spot for the preschoolers to play and read!

There are currently preschool openings for next school year. If you or someone you know is interested, please have them call Naomi at the WCESC (419) 354-9010.


District Reminders

Weekly Update from Principal Krontz

Check the following link for important elementary reminders including information regarding Kindergarten registration!


Northwood McDonald’s Family Night

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Music Boosters Trivia NightFullSizeRender (54)

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

Northwood High School Government 11 and English 12 students are planning a trip to NYC April 18-23 and are requesting your help in fundraising for the endeavor. The Funny Bone in Perrysburg has offered an awesome opportunity by letting us sell the tickets for Guy Torry’s show on April 9th at 7:00pm. Tickets are $12 each, but Northwood students will receive $10 of that sale. Each person attending the show will need a ticket and must call to make reservations prior to the night. Also, there is a two item minimum order for each guest. This information can be found on the tickets. A 50/50 raffle will be done prior to the show.


All proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly to the NYC trip costs. 


Guy Torry @ Funny Bone

April 9, 2017


6140 Levis Commons Blvd.

Perrysburg, Ohio 43551

(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



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

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Teen Institute 2nd Quarter Event

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


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

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Preschool Registration 


Weekly Update from Principal Krontz

Check the following link for important elementary reminders including information regarding Kindergarten registration!



Northwood Easter Parade 

Mark your calendars for April 8th!

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Safety Town Flyer