NPS focuses on hope during Welcome Back Ceremony and professional development
Excitement and hope filled the buildings as staff gathered in their respective buildings with colleagues to welcome in the new school year during the Welcome Back Ceremony on the morning of August 31, 2021. The event started off with a performance of The National Anthem by NHS BackBeat and TrebleMakers followed by a message from Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher and District leadership welcoming returning and new staff and celebrating those who have hit milestone years with the District. Steve Banchero, Director of Operations, gave a brief overview of the 2017 Bond projects that took place over the summer before each school was recognized for their exceptional work in Leader in Me programs, their student-focused initiatives, and national recognitions.
The morning’s keynote speaker was Dr. Kristin Anderson who spoke about welcoming students back to school with a focus on hope, how hope can drive goals and what actions to take to achieve those goals. Dr. Kristin Anderson also met with a student panel of all ages to receive their input on the success and areas of improvement they have experienced in the classroom.
District staff participated in professional development sessions on topics ranging from curriculum, new technology, and social-emotional learning, along with team-building exercises.
NPS hosts a summer of fun and learning
The 2021 Summer School program continued the Northville theme of Opening a World of Possibilities by offering a mixture of both online and in-class options. At the high school level, the online option was again a popular choice for both in-district and out-of-district students. Most importantly, through federal funding, NPS was able to offer over 237 course scholarships (approximately $81,000) to support student learning.
This year, Northville Schools also offered K-8 instruction and support in reading, math, and science, along with social and emotional learning (SEL) opportunities, at no cost to families. At the middle school, students had the opportunity to receive intense support and enrichment from subject area specialists. K-5 students were part of a dedicated classroom, with a teacher who provided small group math and reading support, along with science enrichment.
All K-8 students also participated in a program where our mental health staff implemented adventure challenge activities with classrooms to provide fun team-building activities that promote the social-emotional learning competency areas: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationship skills, and social awareness. At the conclusion of each challenge, our mental health staff facilitated debriefing sessions with students.
To further support student’s social emotional learning, the programs also included fun educational activities, field trips, and community service programs, along with Kona Ice breaks that provided a chance to socialize and take a break from the heat. These activities were linked to state and/or national standards:
- Kids Coalition Against Hunger
- Maybury Farm
- Total Sports Farmington
- Yoyo Science with Zeemo
- Nelson’s Wildlife Safari
Additionally, Northville Public Schools continued to support our students who qualify for full year programs or Extended School Year. Between our students at Cooke and our self contained classrooms for students with Autism, we provided programming for approximately 130 students.
In total, over 1200 students participated in summer learning opportunities at Northville Public Schools!
NPS Summer Camps
Many students enjoyed a fun and educational filled summer in Preschool and Kids’ Club Summer Camps. These camps incorporate arts and crafts, interactive activities and outdoor fun. Throughout the summer children were engaged in a wide variety of activities, project work and special visitors. Some of these activities included Cardio Drumming, Art with Ms. Elizabeth, water days and visits from Carousel Acres Petting Farm and the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum.
Camp Invention was held at Moraine Elementary School this summer during the week of July 13th. Each day campers rotated between workshops completing science and engineering projects and problem-solving. Some of these projects include creating slime, taking apart a microphone, and designing unique inventions using found objects. Campers also played games in the gym that reinforced physics concepts.
2017 Bond Project updates: summer construction
On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the Northville Public Schools community overwhelmingly supported a $104.85 million bond proposal to upgrade Northville Public Schools’ aging facilities, enhance existing building security, and provide modern learning environments across the district – all while maintaining the current debt millage rate for taxpayers.
Thank you, voters!
This Summer: 2017 Bond Project by the Numbers
- 12 Active Projects this past summer: Hillside, Cooke, Ridge Wood, Silver Springs, Winchester, NHS Gym Floor, NHS Tennis Courts, NHS Furniture, Cooke Furniture, NHS Roofing, Cooke Roofing, Miscellaneous Elementary Furniture
- 12 Professional Consultants: Auch, TMP, PBA, Lecole Planners, Spalding DeDecker, TMP Interiors, BTA Roofing, Foresite Design, Structure Tec, FISECX, Wright & Hunter, Arch
- 100+ Contractors
- 250+ Suppliers
- 350,000+ Man-hours of work (just on site),
- Approximately $20 MILLION in Construction and Furniture
- 60% was completed in 11 weeks totalling over 1 million dollars per week
At the start of this school year, students were welcomed to Hillside 2.0 through the new main entrance. Upon entering the main entrance, students could view the completed front offices and media center. The newly finished parking lot in front of the building improves traffic flow and a large awning spanning the width of the building provides shelter from the elements during arrival and dismissal.
This summer, classrooms were transformed with flexible furniture to support a variety of instructional strategies and student learning needs along with new finishes, flooring and upgrades to mechanical systems which enhance the classroom environment. The front entrance was renovated to provide additional security and an awning was added stretching the length of the building providing shelter from the elements during arrival and dismissal.
Silver Springs & Winchester
Silver Springs and Winchester received renovations to classrooms and the media center including redesigned spaces for collaborative learning and updated technology. A designated Makerspace was incorporated into the buildings. Classrooms received new walls to replace current classroom partitions. Flexible furniture replaced older furniture in the beginning phases of the Bond work. Winchester’s main entrance vestibule was remodeled to increase security, and at Silver Springs, the main office has moved to create a secure entrance. Lighting infrastructure and mechanical systems were upgraded to enhance the learning environments.
Ridge Wood’s renovations included the replacement of interior finishes in classrooms and upgrades to the media center with the intent of collaborative learning. A Makerspace was created within the building. Flexible furniture replaced older furniture in the beginning phases of the Bond work. A remodeled main entrance vestibule increases security and upgraded mechanical systems enhance the school building environments and provide longevity of the infrastructure.
NHS recognized as a Special Olympics National Banner Unified Champion School
Northville High School was selected as a 2021 National Banner Unified Champion School by the Special Olympics for the school’s continued commitment to bringing inclusion for all students.
A Special Olympics Unified Champion School has an inclusive school climate and exudes a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all members of the student body and staff. A Unified Champion School receiving national banner recognition is one that has demonstrated commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 national standards of excellence. These standards were developed by a national panel of leaders from Special Olympics and the education community.
In 2014, a group of students started Uniquely Unified (formerly Smiles for Students,) a student organized peer mentorship club. Shortly after, NHS offered a Peer-to-Peer links class to provide mentorship into the classroom. In 2017, the first unified basketball team was formed focusing on peer mentorship in athletics. The Unified Robotics team was founded during the 2020-2021 school year and found success in the May 22, 2021 competition against Novi High School as students received the Exceptional Feature Award, Team Spirit Award, Inclusion Award, the Sportsmanship Award and were deemed the tournament winners.
Uniquely Unified will add a student leadership component tying with Unified Athletics/Robotics, making Northville High School a Unified Champion School, thus becoming a National Banner school. The organization hopes to offer two more unified sports this coming school year.
Northville High school is among 49 other schools nationwide to receive this honor this year. In Michigan 20 other schools have been named banner schools over the past 5 years.
“Your school community has shown impressive determination and is helping us move towards our collective goal of creating a truly ‘Unified Generation’ of young people who embrace differences and lead social change. You are literally redefining the future as you make your communities more inclusive of people with intellectual disabilities, and in doing so, making the world a more accepting place for all.” - Timothy Shriver, Ph.D., Chairman, Special Olympics International & Tony Wyllie, Regional President, Special Olympics North America
The expectation of this recognition is that the 10 standards are continuously being met, year after year. To ensure this sustainability, schools reapply for banner status every 4 years.
Video about NHS Unified Programs:
Elementary Makerspaces provide early exposure to STEAM
Northville Public Schools is proud to support STEAM/Design thinking in all of our elementary buildings. Utilizing the new Makerspaces provided by the 2017 Bond Project and supplies acquired through funding from the Northville Educational Foundation, students will participate in weekly STEAM activities that emphasize early exploration in science, technology and engineering.
Makerspaces are classrooms designed for students to freely define, solve and try out solutions to ideas. Northville Schools Makerspaces allow space for students to engineer, problem solve and learn about the design thinking process from idea to implementation. These spaces contain materials, tools and projects that allow students to come up with an idea and try it out to see what happens as they proceed through the Design Thinking Process. It fosters creativity, critical thinking and ingenuity.
NPS hired two teachers whose sole job is to teach Design Thinking and encourage STEAM learning in these new spaces. Every K-5 student will have one trimester with these teachers in these spaces to experience this learning. During the rest of the year, these spaces are available to other classroom teachers to use with their classrooms to do similar learning.
Thank you voters for your support of this project and your dedication to the education of the youth of Northville!
ABCD Award: Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
Nominate NPS Staff for contributions "Above and Beyond the Call of Duty."
The ABCD, Above and Beyond the Call of Duty, Award is open to nominations from students, parents, and staff for significant contributions by NPS employees that go beyond the norm. At least annually or by semester, all staff are eligible, there is no set number of awards.
Students, staff or parents may complete and submit this form detailing something truly Above and Beyond the Call of Duty by an NPS staff member. Submissions are received by the Office of Human Resources and will be reviewed by the Board’s Human Resources Policy/Personnel Sub-Committee for consideration. Individuals receiving this ABCD Award may be recognized at the public Board of Education meetings and/or in District communications.