Turkey Trouble

Turkey Trouble

Mrs. Chrysochoos’ 4th grade Language Arts students are currently working on informational texts in iReady where they learned how to make guacamole and even take their own pulse. Students learned that informational reading can be lots of fun! 

Additionally, students are reading the book Turkey Trouble and disguising turkeys so they don’t get eaten for Thanksgiving! Mrs. Chrysochoos explained, “We will do multi-paragraph writing about our turkeys after we finish disguising them.” She added, “Multi-paragraphs aren’t always fun to write, but when writing about disguised turkeys, they are a lot easier to write.” 

Mrs. Chrysochoos concluded that the 4th graders are looking forward to December when they read and write about “Ugly Christmas Sweaters” and have a sweater contest!

Athletic Boosters Winter Sale

Athletic Booster winter spirit wear store is now open!! 
Store closes on Tuesday, November 26th at 11pm. No late orders will be accepted.

Purchases will be available for pick up the week of December 16th. We will provide specific instructions for pick up that week.

HS Winter Sports Meeting

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Salvation Army Holiday Information

Wood County Personal Shredding Event This Weekend!

  • 11/15: Second Quarter Midterm
  • 11/19: HS Winter Sports Parent Meeting, 6pm
  • 11/27-11/29: Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/2: Teacher In-service Day, No School for Students/Athletic Boosters BINGO Night
  • 12/19: End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester
  • 12/20: Records Day/First Day of Winter Break for Students
  • 1/6: School Resumes
  • 1/20: MLK Day, No School
  • 2/17: President’s Day, No School
  • 2/18: Teacher In-service Day, No School for Students
  • 3/6 – 3/8: Musical Weekend “Guys & Dolls”

Finding Our Way!

Finding Our Way With Maps! 

Mrs. Sheets’ 4th grade social studies students are currently studying maps! Students are focusing on how to read maps as well as how to create maps. Mrs. Sheets explained, “Students have enjoyed using coordinates to find towns and land forms in Ohio.” The fourth graders learned how to read and create maps to develop their own cities. They even developed a mileage chart after learning how to make an appropriate chart with columns and rows! 

Safety Kids Calendar Contest Winner

Sophia Carlo, Grade 6, recently won the Wood County Safety Kids Calendar Contest. Sophia competed with all Wood County Schools and thousands of entries. She was honored at a ceremony in Bowling Green. She also won her favorite candy ( Jolly Ranchers) from Ms. Diamond, her Art Specialist. Congratulations Sophia! Look for her month winning entry in the 2019/2020 calendar. 

Homecoming 2019 Drone Photos

Thank you to the Northwood Police Department for sharing these photos, taken with their drone, during our 2019 Homecoming game!

Spring Musical Announced

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March, 6, 7, & 8, 2020

The Northwood High School Spring Musical will be the classic, Guys and Dolls. Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to participate in the cast and/or crew. Audition materials are currently available in the F-Pod. Auditions will take place after school, the week of November 18th. Please me sure to mark your calendars now, for the Northwood High School production of Guys and Dolls that will take place March 6, 7, & 8, 2020!

Northwood Trunk-or-Treat

Drive Carefully, it’s Deer Season!

Salvation Army Holiday Information

New Polling Location

Wood County Board of Elections has announced our AAA building as the new polling location for all of Northwood.  See their press release attached.

Wood County Personal Shredding Event

  • 11/14 – Sophomore Explore Penta Day
  • 11/27-11/29 – Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/2 – Teacher In-service Day, No School for Students
  • 12/19 – End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester

Fall Lessons Bring the Life Cycle of Apples, Coping with Stress, and Kahoot!

Apples Everywhere!

Mrs. Calmes Kindergarten class is currently focusing on the life cycle of apples — a perfect unit for the beginning of Fall! During this unit, students have worked on a variety of math, science, and literacy activities. The students have enjoyed taste-testing different apples and graphing their favorite apple. They also enjoyed listening to the story Apple Trouble and drawing how they predicted the story would end, using the app Seesaw. Students even helped to make applesauce! Each student brought in an apple to use for the applesauce. Additionally, after reading Seasons of an Apple Tree, students painted the four seasons of an apple tree. This has been a fun and educational unit for our Rangers! 

Are You Feeling Stressed?

Mrs. Schmeltz’s Psychology students (a class made up of juniors and seniors) have currently been focusing on a Stress and Health unit. During this unit, students are completing projects on what causes stress and how to properly cope with stress. Mrs. Schmeltz explained, “Students were able to pick how to display their coping mechanisms. Some students made playlists while applying their knowledge of what causes stress and how to deal with the overwhelming effects. Others created visuals such as documentaries and talk shows, or posters and pamphlets. Some students chose to simply write an essay explaining what they think is best for coping. Students enjoyed the freedom to use their talents and abilities to display their knowledge and understanding.”

Kahoot Vocabulary Review

Mr. Moore’s Sophomore Geometry students, played Kahoot to review their daily vocabulary terms. These particular terms focused on proving segment relationships. Mr. Moore said, “My students really enjoy using Kahoot to review and practice their unit vocabulary.”

2019 Homecoming

Congratulations to our 2019 Homecoming King and Queen, Dalton Dempsey and Meagan Mahoney!

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New Polling Location

Wood County Board of Elections has announced our AAA building as the new polling location for all of Northwood.  See their press release attached.

Wood County Personal Shredding Event

Financial Aid Night

  • 10/18 – End of 1st Quarter: Tailgate 5:30-7pm, Senior Night
  • 10/23 – Parent/Teacher Conferences, Powder Puff Game
  • 10/24 – Parent/Teacher Conferences, Financial Aid Night 5:30-6:30pm
  • 11/14 – Sophomore Explore Penta Day
  • 11/27-11/29 – Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/2 – Teacher In-service Day, No School for Students
  • 12/19 – End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester

Happy Homecoming!

Visiting the Administration Buildings

Our Juniors waiting for their third grade buddies!

The junior government class accompanied the Northwood third-graders to the administration buildings this past Wednesday. Not only did the Juniors get to learn a little bit more about local government they also utilized this trip to fill a required service learning project that goes on throughout the entire school year.


The Juniors prepped for this trip by learning about how the federal government interacts with the local governments. Mr. Dickey explained, “We used the trip to gather some information about the role our local government plays in our community. Then after we returned, they had a writing prompt that allowed them to make connections between how the federal government and our local governments all end up working as one.”

Mr. Dickey continued, “This year we were lucky enough to have our own meeting with the mayor, met with the Wood County Board of Elections director, and even had some time to chat with Northwood Fire Chief, Joel Whitmore.” The Juniors were actually some of the first people in Wood County to test out the new election booths that will be used in November’s election!


However, the best part of this trip was the walk to the administration building, when each junior was paired up with one or two third graders. They had the opportunity to chat about their likes and dislikes, talk about their families, and interact with each other!

Letters of Gratitude

Ms. Duckett’s first grade students have been working on a very special writing assignment! Students are currently learning how to write letters as well as what it means to serve in the military. Ms. Duckett explained, “We have two students in our class whose dads are being deployed at the end of September. We have written thank you notes and included words of encouragement, safety, and gratitude for their service.” Ms. Duckett stated, “The students enjoyed showing support for their classmates. They are a very kind and caring class and they know it is a difficult time for their friends and their families.” 

Mixture Problems and Uniform Motion 

Mrs. Elinski’s Algebra I students are currently working on mixture problems and uniform motion. She explained, “These complex word problems take a lot of practice, so we spend many instructional days on these topics. During this time, we are learning how to organize information from a word problem, and correctly write and solve the corresponding equations. Additionally, we have to make sure that our answers make sense and properly answer the questions.” These lessons help our students to gain better problem solving skills, which can be applied to many things outside of the mathematics classroom. 

Each individual question is very long and complex. The first day, students discussed mixture problems and only finished one question in the entire class period! During their study of uniform motion, students had the opportunity to get up and act out the word problems. “This helps us to visualize what the problem is demonstrating so we are better able to sort through the information to solve,” said Mrs. Elinski. 

Mrs. Elinski concluded, “With practice, the students gain confidence and understanding. It is fun watching them improve each day, and seeing how proud they are when they can finally solve one from start to finish on their own.” 

Congratulations to our 2019 Homecoming Court

2019 Homecoming Information

Habitat for Humanity

New Polling Location

Wood County Board of Elections has announced our AAA building as the new polling location for all of Northwood.  See their press release attached.

Wood County Personal Shredding Event

Financial Aid Night

  • 10/4 – Homecoming Game: Tailgate 5:30-7pm
  • 10/5 – NHS Homecoming Dance (grades 9-12), 8-11pm
  • 10/8 – Picture Retakes
  • 10/12 – Northwood Fall Fest
  • 10/14 – Music Boosters Meeting, 7pm
  • 10/15 – Marco’s Pizza Night
  • 10/16 – Fall Choir Concert (grades 7-12), 7pm
  • 10/18 – End of 1st Quarter: Tailgate 5:30-7pm, Senior Night
  • 10/23 – Parent/Teacher Conferences, Powder Puff Game
  • 10/24 – Parent/Teacher Conferences, Financial Aid Night 5:30-6:30pm
  • 11/14 – Sophomore Explore Penta Day
  • 11/27-11/29 – Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/2 – Teacher In-service Day, No School for Students
  • 12/19 – End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester

Active Learning at NLS

Third Graders Observe Butterfly Life Cycle 

Mrs. Bates’ third grade science students have been studying the life cycle of the butterfly. They have had the opportunity to observe each stage of the life cycle. The stages observed included a chrysalis that was just formed, a chrysalis that a monarch was about to hatch, a monarch just hatched, and finally, the stage that students enjoyed most, the releasing of the monarch butterfly!

The Hero’s Journey in 7th Grade ELA

Mr. Myers’ seventh grade ELA students are currently focusing on the Hero’s Journey, during their Mythology unit. Mr. Myers explained that the Hero’s Journey is a series of steps that characters from many movies, books, and myths follow to become a “hero.” Studying this helps students understand the connection between plot, setting, and character development. 

During this unit, students study Greek creation myths and Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. Activities include the Ancient Greece Meet-n-Greet, a comparison between the Disney version of Hercules and the original myth, and a thrash-out debate over the myth of Atalanta. Mr. Myers stated, “Students really enjoyed the Ancient Greece Meet-n-Greet because they discovered many of the connections between the different gods and goddesses they portrayed, realizing the activity was more like an awkward family reunion, than a meet-n-greet. Plus, some students went above and beyond and created costumes!” 

1st Grade “Daily 3”

Mrs. Anderson stated, “Students have fun talking with their partners and I enjoy listening to them discuss their findings!”

Mrs. Anderson’s first grade math students have started “Math Daily 3.” Students are able to choose from three different choices during math time. They can choose to do “math by myself,” which is a math app on the iPad. They can choose to do “math writing,” which is an interactive notebook (this really helps students focus on number sense). Or, they can choose “math with someone,” which is playing a math game with a partner. 

Mrs. Anderson explained, “We have worked really hard the last couple of weeks of school to build our stamina and complete our work together as expected. Once students were able to work independently, I was able to introduce choice which seems to motivate students. By working with small groups, I can easily differentiate to meet my students’ needs.” She concluded, “The students enjoy getting to work with their friends in class. They also like the freedom to choose their own activity during math time.”

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Eastern Lanes After School Bowling Program

New Polling Location

Wood County Board of Elections has announced our AAA building as the new polling location for all of Northwood.  See their press release attached.

Wood County Personal Shredding Event

Financial Aid Night

  • 9/20 – First Quarter Midterm: Tailgate 5:30-7pm, Cheer Clinic & Alumni Band performances at the football game
  • 10/4 – Homecoming Game: Tailgate 5:30-7pm
  • 10/5 – NHS Homecoming Dance (grades 9-12), 8-11pm
  • 10/8 – Picture Retakes
  • 10/12 – Northwood Fall Fest
  • 10/14 – Music Boosters Meeting, 7pm
  • 10/15 – Marco’s Pizza Night
  • 10/16 – Fall Choir Concert (grades 7-12), 7pm
  • 10/18 – End of 1st Quarter: Tailgate 5:30-7pm, Senior Night

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