The Ranger Way!

High School Band Starts on the Right Note! 

Mr. Shirey and the Marching Rangers have spent the last several weeks preparing for another fantastic marching band season. Once again, they have been preparing for the Pregame traditions as well as their first half-time show, inspired by James Bond

Our Marching Rangers have already been quite busy! Students participated in their annual band camp this summer. The culmination of band camp included performing Pregame and the first half time show for friends and family. This was a great opportunity to share with loved ones all the hard work that our Rangers had been putting in during the last days of summer. Additionally, students recently marched in the 75th Pemberville Parade and performed a stand still concert for audience members.

Mr. Shirey stated, “I am very proud of this group. They have over 20 new members and several students who switched instruments to better balance the band. Even with those obstacles, they are performing better than ever and are extremely dedicated and disciplined. I think audiences are going to be blown away this year by the band!” 

Be sure to come out and see our Marching Rangers in action this season!   


Welcome Ms. DiTommaso

This year, we welcome Natalie DiTommaso as the new sixth grade Language Arts teacher. Ms. DiTommaso earned her teaching degree from the Ohio University and is looking forward to spending her first year of teaching within the Northwood community. When she is not preparing lesson plans, she enjoys traveling. Ms. DiTommaso has been out of the country five times and plans for many more travel adventures. 

Ms. DiTommaso is very excited for the year ahead. Special lessons that her students can look forward to include, comparing and contrasting reading to viewing, novel study, figurative word meaning, and many more!

Same Face, Different Space

Mrs. Shellie Semler is one of the most recognized faces at NLS, as she has taught at the junior high level for 26 years. When she is not in the classroom she loves being outdoors. Mrs. Semler enjoys running, biking, kayaking, hiking, and anything else that takes her outside!

This year, she is not only taking on a new set of students, but a new classroom, and a whole new grade level, as she has moved to the sixth grade team where she will teach sixth grade math. Mrs. Semler explained that she looks forward to creating new interactive games and implementing new hands-on lessons. She’s also excited to see what the new I-Ready program has to offer her students. 

When asked what she is most looking forward to this year, she stated, “Something different! New age group, longer classes, one grade instead of two. Also, still being the NJHS advisor, so having a chance to work with some of my former students.” 

Mrs. Larson Brings Her Expertise to NHS

While she is a new face to Northwood, Mrs. Katie Larson is no stranger to the classroom. Mrs. Larson has 11 years of teaching experience, having taught 5th and 7th grade math as well as 8th grade science. She attended the University of Missouri, Columbia for her Bachelors degree and the University of Toledo for her Masters degree. A fun fact about Mrs. Larson is that the mainstay channels for music/news in her car are: Tom Petty Radio, The Spectrum, The Coffee House, Alt Nation, BBC World Service, & NPR. 

Mrs. Larson looks forward to building relationships with the families of Northwood. She added, “A small district like Northwood is appealing because a teacher has every student in one grade level, so they get to know the entire family as each sibling passes through. I think deeper relationships between the school and home are formed this way.”

Looking forward to this school year, Mrs. Larson explained that 7th and 8th grade math get pretty deep into algebra. Students will play with algebra tiles and learn the parts of expressions and equations, as well as how to manipulate them. She also plans on implementing various hands-on activities with three-dimensional figures when students begin studying surface area and volume. 

Mrs. Larson concluded, “When I am not working, I like to watch the Cleveland Indians, read historical fiction, cook, exercise, sail, and take my dogs for walks. I am thrilled for the opportunity to teach at Northwood and I look forward to immersing myself into school life and the community!” 

Dr. Ann McVey Joins NLS

This year, Dr. Ann McVey joins our administrative team as Director of Student Services and Curriculum. Dr. McVey began her career in education as a teacher at Bowling Green City Schools where she spent 19 years teaching 7th grade language arts and social studies. Additionally, Dr. McVey served as the Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent of Bowling Green City Schools. She retired in June of 2015 and then took a position with Eastwood Schools where she spent four years working with preschool, special education, and curriculum before taking her newest position as a Northwood Ranger! 

Dr. McVey stated, “I am really excited to get to know the students and teachers at Northwood. I love having an office in the building and seeing everyone every day!” She concluded, “Not all schools are like Northwood. It’s like a family here. Everyone works together to make this a special place for children. The Rangers are the best!”

Box Tops for Education

The Northwood 7th and 8th grade are continuing the collection of Box Tops for Education. Each Box Top collected is valued at 10 cents and can be found on General Mills products. They are turned in throughout the school year, and then our account is credited. We may then choose from a variety of items to be used in our classrooms.

General Mills has developed a free app, which allows you to scan your grocery receipt (within 2 weeks of purchase), and record the earned Box Tops to our account. This requires a registration code for our account. This code is only applicable to our collection, and does not allow you to divide points amongst different groups. For example  you may have a student in the elementary and junior high, but you can only assign the specific receipt to one group. The app may be downloaded from Google App Store.

We will continue to collect the box tops and when the school group code is available, it  will be shared via Schoology. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Hummel at bhummel@northwoodschools.org. Thank you for your continued support!

The Ranger Way

This year, we will be using the hashtag #TheRangerWay as our social media tag. Be sure to tag #TheRangerWay on social media posts you would like to share with us throughout the school year! 

  • Sept. 9: NEO Meeting, 8am
  • Sept. 11: Athletic Boosters Meeting, 7pm
  • Sept. 16-20: 5th Grade Camp
  • Sept. 16: Key Club Blood Drive
  • Sept. 17: Marco’s Pizza Night
  • Oct. 4: Homecoming Game


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NHS Art Show, Prom, and Academic Banquet

The Northwood High School Art Show

Over 200 projects have been displayed in the F-Pod, featuring watercolor, pencil, acrylic paint, screen printing, block printing, sculpture, plaster casting, ceramics, scratch board, oil pastel, chalk and ink. This showcase represents all of the hard work that students have put into their art this school year!

Congratulations to senior Brooke Schmitz, who was awarded “Best of Show!”

Both students and teachers alike, enjoy seeing the artwork on display. Students can be especially proud to have their work chosen for the show. The artwork fills the common areas and makes the space colorful and inviting for all students!

Students and staff in grades 7-12 voted electronically last week. Each person voted for their 6 favorite pieces. Forty ribbons were awarded, including a “Best of Show” for overall votes!

“An Evening in Venice” NHS Junior/Senior Prom

The NHS Junior/Senior Prom took place on Saturday, May 4th at Sunrise Banquet Center in Millbury, Ohio. A huge thank you to our junior class and our advisor, Ms. Blausey, for a wonderful evening!

Academic Awards Banquet

The annual Academic Awards Banquet took place on Monday, May 6th. Students in grades 9-12 were acknowledged for their academic achievements. Additionally, our “Alumnus of the Year” award was presented via Skype to Meryl (Smith) Groff, a 2004 graduate of Northwood High School. Below is her biography that was featured in this year’s program.

Meryl graduated from Northwood High School in 2004. She earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in 2008. In the last ten years, Meryl’s professional career thus far can mostly be described in one word – eclectic.

After a very impactful trip to New York City through Northwood High School, Meryl chased her dream to live there through her four years in college. In Spring of 2008, she accepted a junior level project manager position at a management consulting company in the Big Apple. Throughout her four years in the consulting world, she used every opportunity to take inventory of herself and the feedback of others to further develop and grow as a professional, hone her strengths and improve on her weaknesses. While she had achieved her dream to live in New York City, Meryl knew she would eventually want to pursue a profession that appealed to her more creative ambitions.

In 2012, Meryl was offered the opportunity to be an office coordinator at a growing television production company. In a risky move, she decided to start over in this new career, but quickly learned it was exactly where she was meant to be. Over the last seven years, Meryl has taken project opportunities that have introduced her to many new people and cultures and has cultivated a fulfilling and exciting occupation that has taken her all over the world. Some of her credits include “Dark Waters” on Discovery ID, “Secrets of the Underground” on Science Channel, “Behind Bars Rookie Year” on A&E, “Secret Space Escapes” on Science Channel, “Amish Mafia Season 3” on Discovery and “Breaking Amish Season 3” on TLC.

Currently Meryl is the Production Manager for a new documentary TV series for Travel Channel. She lives with her husband, Kevin, in Maplewood, NJ with their two cats, Frankie and Penny.

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

The following students were inducted into the Northwood High School Chapter of the National Honor Society:

Mitchell Hurley      

Lydia Long               

Davonte Sauer                    

Zoe Sherman

Logan Urbanyi                    

Natnicha Vayavong

Sierra Vendt           

Christina Zielinski

The new inductees join our current members:

Ashley Crampton

Kylie Grant

Alex Hoffer

Northern Lights Acapella Choir

Congratulations to our new and returning Northern Lights acapella members for the 2019-2020 school year. We look forward to another wonderful year of talented musical performances!

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NORTHWOOD/WCESC PRESCHOOL PRE-REGISTRATION:

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The preschool programs are developmentally appropriate, play-based preschools supporting the Ohio Department of Education’s model curriculum. The Wood County Preschool Program is an inclusionary preschool program serving children ages 3–5 who have delays in development and children who are typically developing. Tuition, based on a sliding-fee scale, is charged for children without special needs. Children attend preschool two full days per week (either Tues/Thurs or Wed/Fri).

Please contact Naomi at nstickles@wcesc.org or 419-354-9010, ext. 133 to get on the 2019-20 mailing list. Parents who have questions regarding children who may have special needs can also contact Naomi.

  • Fri. May 17th – Senior Awards, 1:30pm
  • Wed. May 22nd – End of 4th Quarter – Last Day of School
  • Thurs. May 23rd – Teacher’s Records Day
  • Fri. May 24th – Graduation Practice, 12pm
  • Sun. May 26th – Class of 2019 Graduation, 1:30pm
  • Thurs. August 15th – 2019-2020 Open House
  • Tues. August 20th – 2019-2020 First Day of School!

School Library Month

Did you know that April is School Library Month? The Ranger Roundup recently sat down with our Library Media Specialist Kris James and our Library Aides Connie Hughes and Martha Wiley to discuss their integral roles in our district and all things books!


Library Responsibilities

As the library media specialist, Mrs. James is responsible for making sure that students have access to as many resources as possible. She maintains and updates our on-site library as well as access to online and digital materials. Mrs. James said, “I also see myself as a the go-to person to educate students and staff about the benefits and dangers of living life online. It’s to that end that I teach Media Literacy to seventh graders and also offer support to classroom teachers (particularly in the English department) to enhance student web literacy.” Mrs. James enjoys helping staff find materials to support their classroom activities and especially enjoys co-teaching lessons that involve finding, accessing, and evaluation information from multiple sources. She added, “I try to stay up-to-speed on common tech tools so that I can help students and teachers who are using media to share their ideas in high-tech ways.”

Mrs. James shared that it’s her love of reading that drew her to this school role. She spends a great deal of her time reading books that she thinks students would enjoy. “I keep the Wood County Public Library’s Libby app busy with all the ebook and audiobooks I borrow!” she said. She then takes what she’s read, watched, or listened to, and uses it to tempt students to read or watch or listen for themselves. One way she does this is to create bulletin boards and book displays. “By encouraging student reading I am nurturing their brains, since there is little we can do to develop intelligence and problem-solving more than reading!” she stated.

Our library aides Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Wiley, do much to assist Mrs. James in running our school library system. They also work regularly with the elementary students. Their responsibilities include reading to students, checking out books, preparing special lessons on historical events, encouraging students to read books or read on their iPads, and also to weed out old and worn materials in order to order new books for our library.

Challenges and Rewards

When asked about the challenges of her role as the Library Media Specialist, Mrs. James confided that working in a support capacity can sometimes make her feel invisible, as she doesn’t have a platform to shout out the services the library offers. She sometimes feels that students don’t understand just how she can help them. She explained, “Dealing with this distance between me and students is the hardest part of the job for me.” However, Mrs. James loves when students to talk to her about what he/she is reading. She expressed, “If we’ve read the same book, a quick conversation about a given character or a similar situation charges me up like nothing else!” Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Wiley expressed that not having a dedicated library space, and now having the library set up in the various pods, is the most challenging part of their position. The most rewarding part of their role as library aides is reading to the children and answering questions that relate to the books being read. Mrs. Wiley added, “We also enjoy listening to their thoughts on how the book we are reading might turn out.”

Library Activities and Events

Mrs. James currently runs a Book Club consisting of high school students who eat lunch together several times a month to discuss books! “We all read the same book and then let our talk about the book take us in any direction we want it to. Since good literature reveals what it means to be human, our discussion of that literature illuminates our shared humanity,” Mrs. James explained. This month, students are reading Kristin Cashore’s Graceling, a fantasy that centers on gracelings, gifted being who use their supernatural abilities for both good and evil. Mrs. James predicted, “When we finish, no doubt, we will discuss not only the elements of the story, but also issues of gender and identity, marriage and more.” Interested students are also encouraged to join the summer book group. The book club will meet twice a month to discuss books and other media that explore what it is to be teens in the world today. Feel free to email Mrs. James at kjames@northwoodschools.org or message her on Schoology for more information.

Family Literacy Night is coming up for our NES students on May 9th. Author David FitzSimmons will be the guest speaker. He will speak to students during the day and will also attend the Family Literacy Night event in the evening. Additionally, due to the success of last fall’s book fair, the library staff is looking into coordinating another book fair for next fall.

Final Thoughts

The NLS library is always open! The school library website can be found at www.northwoodlibrary.weebly.com and can be used to access many online resources,as well as to share a question, book review, or media resource. Mrs. James concluded, “The Northwood library staff is small but mighty! I couldn’t provide the services and creative support I do without the help of our elementary library aides, Martha Wiley and Connie Hughes. They both work extremely hard to encourage student literacy and love of learning. Many thanks for all their help!” Finally, Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Wiley encourage all students to “Read. Read. Read!”

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NORTHWOOD/WCESC PRESCHOOL PRE-REGISTRATION

The Northwood/Wood County Preschool, operated in collaboration with the Wood County Educational Service Center, is pre-registering for the 2019-20 school year.

The preschool programs are developmentally appropriate, play-based preschools supporting the Ohio Department of Education’s model curriculum. The Wood County Preschool Program is an inclusionary preschool program serving children ages 3–5 who have delays in development and children who are typically developing. Tuition, based on a sliding-fee scale, is charged for children without special needs. Children attend preschool two full days per week (either Tues/Thurs or Wed/Fri).

Please contact Naomi at nstickles@wcesc.org or 419-354-9010, ext. 133 to get on the 2019-20 mailing list. Parents who have questions regarding children who may have special needs can also contact Naomi.

  • Fri. – Mon. April 19th – 22nd: Spring Break
  • Tues. April 23rd: Teacher In-Service Day – No School for Students
  • Tues. – Sat. April 23rd – 27th: Junior and Senior NYC Trip
  • Sat. May 4th – Prom, 7pm
  • Mon. May 6th – HS Academic Awards, 6pm
  • Thurs. May 16th – Seniors’ Last Day
  • Fri. May 17th – Senior Awards, 1:30pm
  • Wed. May 22nd – End of 4th Quarter – Last Day of School
  • Thurs. May 23rd – Teacher’s Records Day
  • Fri. May 24th – Graduation Practice, 12pm
  • Sun. May 26th – Class of 2019 Graduation, 1:30pm

Spring Lessons Bring Literature Circles, Geometry, and Cross-Curricular Science!

Literature Circles in CP English 10

Students in Mrs. Toflinski’s College Prep Sophomore English Class are currently participating in a Literature Circle unit. Mrs. Toflinski stated, “I wanted to add a literature circle unit to my curriculum this year and decided on four award-winning young adult novels that deal with themes of identity, racism, police brutality, mental health, immigration, and family dynamics.”

At the beginning of the unit, students participated in a “Book Tasting.” Students were given the opportunity to sample each book (while also enjoying cookies) by watching a book trailer, looking at the book jackets of each book, and reading the first few pages of each book. At the end of the activity, students used their “menu” to rank their reading choices and to explain why they were most interested in their number one choice. The books in this unit include: All American Boys, Dear Martin, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter and American Street.

Students were then placed into literature circle groups of three to four based on the novel assigned. These groups worked together to come up with their own reading schedule as well as to assign literature circle roles for each literature circle meeting date. Students meet for literature circle meetings once a week and each take on the role of Summarizer, Connector, Literary Luminary, and Word Wizard. They complete their assigned task prior to the meeting so that when they meet in groups, they each have something to share with their peers.

Mrs. Toflinski expressed, “It has been a great experience to see students excited to read. I enjoy observing their discussions during their literature circle time. Additionally, they did a fantastic Socratic Seminar with Miss Shiple, our methods student from the University of Toledo, and I was blown away with the discussion and the connections that they were able to make with the world around them.” Additionally, Mrs. Toflinski explained that this unit has seemed to rejuvenate an appreciation of reading for some of her students. She concluded, “A few students flew through their book and asked to move on to another groups’ novel, even though it isn’t assigned to them. Additionally, I have been sending students to Mrs. James for book recommendations and to check out novels from our school library. It’s all very exciting. Few things make me happier than seeing teenagers enjoy reading.”

4th Graders Begin Geometry Lessons

Mrs. Besgrove’s fourth grade math students are currently working on geometry! Mrs. Besgrove explained, “Geometry is so important in our lives because it is everywhere around us! Angles, shapes, lines, line segments, and other aspects of geometry are every single place we look! We have been learning about these concepts and how these concepts apply to our lives.”

During this unit, students have been working hard to identify lines, line segments, rays, and ray points. They have also been identifying types of angles and measuring angles. “The students have really enjoyed classifying different geometric shapes like trapezoids, rhombus, and rectangles,” said Mrs. Besgrove. Additionally, students have enjoyed the geometry lessons that get them “up and out” of their seats, especially the lessons on lines, line segments, and points. Mrs. Besgrove concluded, “The students especially love drawing and measuring different types of angles!”

Cross-Curricular Collaboration in Environmental Science

Mrs. Eaton’s Environmental Science students are currently learning about energy, specifically where our energy comes from as well as how much energy we are using as a society and as individuals. The unit focuses on how each of our energy choices have potential pollution consequences that can damage our environment in the long run.

During this unit, students have completed Pollution Law Research Presentations, a webquest activity, and even created Energy Board Games for a cross-curricular project. Mrs. Eaton stated, “My students definitely enjoyed making the board games and playing them with the junior high students. After they felt comfortable with the material, they got to be creative and teach the junior high students in an engaging manner.”

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NORTHWOOD/WCESC PRESCHOOL PRE-REGISTRATION

The Northwood/Wood County Preschool, operated in collaboration with the Wood County Educational Service Center, is pre-registering for the 2019-20 school year.

The preschool programs are developmentally appropriate, play-based preschools supporting the Ohio Department of Education’s model curriculum. The Wood County Preschool Program is an inclusionary preschool program serving children ages 3–5 who have delays in development and children who are typically developing. Tuition, based on a sliding-fee scale, is charged for children without special needs. Children attend preschool two full days per week (either Tues/Thurs or Wed/Fri).

Please contact Naomi at nstickles@wcesc.org or 419-354-9010, ext. 133 to get on the 2019-20 mailing list. Parents who have questions regarding children who may have special needs can also contact Naomi.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION:

  • Fri. – Mon. April 19th – 22nd: Spring Break
  • Tues. April 23rd: Teacher In-Service Day – No School for Students
  • Tues. – Sat. April 23rd – 27th: Junior and Senior NYC Trip
  • Sat. May 4th – Prom, 7pm
  • Mon. May 6th – HS Academic Awards, 6pm
  • Thurs. May 16th – Seniors’ Last Day
  • Fri. May 17th – Senior Awards, 1:30pm
  • Wed. May 22nd – End of 4th Quarter – Last Day of School
  • Thurs. May 23rd – Teacher’s Records Day
  • Fri. May 24th – Graduation Practice, 12pm
  • Sun. May 26th – Class of 2019 Graduation, 1:30pm