Northville Connections Northville Public Schools Digital Newsletter: Volume 1 | Issue 3

Dear Northville Public Schools community,

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving break! As a reminder, Wednesday, November 27, 2019 is a half-day of school for all students, with school/district offices closing one hour earlier than a typical day. All Northville Public Schools’ offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29, 2019.

We at Northville Public Schools have much to be grateful for, including our innovative and compassionate teachers and staff who strive to open a World of Possibilities for and with each of our students; our incredible school families and community members who value the education of our young people in both words and actions; and, most importantly, our more than 7,400 students who come to school each day ready to learn and be an active part of our learning community. Their voices are an integral part of the learning process, and to our ongoing growth and success as a community.

We are grateful for your continued support of Northville Public Schools. Whether you stay home or travel near or far, we wish you a safe and joyful Thanksgiving weekend, the gift of gratitude, and time with family and friends to rest, relax and rejuvenate.


Mary K. Gallagher, Superintendent

In this issue of Northville Connections: Silver Springs Board of Education Meeting │ Thornton Creek Board of Education Meeting | Fall Sports Update │ Cooper Standard Tour and Career Panel │ Ridge Wood Dads’ Club Donates Playground Equipment │ Staff Best Practices Palooza │ 2020-2025 District Goals | Superintendent Coffee Chat │Northville Parent Camp | 2020 Northville STEAM Fair │ AlphaUSA Middle School Young Inventors Competition │ Upcoming Events

Silver Springs hosts October Board of Education meeting

Student leaders reflect on accomplishments and areas of improvement.

Silver Springs hosted the Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, October 22nd. Students from the school's leadership team presented information about what Silver Springs is most proud of such as being the 62nd Lighthouse school in the world, students' leadership roles and participation in decision making, and the school's community feeling like a big family. The students also talked about M-STEP and NWEA scores in Math and Reading, where they improved in these areas and what the school is collectively working to improve upon.

In Breakout sessions, attendees visited four sessions where they learned about professional development that teachers are experiencing, took a deeper look at test scores and ways to improve, students demonstrated math games and participants learned about the school's NEST program an activity where students visit and connect with schoolmates in other grades and classes.

Northville Board members express gratitude to students for their leadership and informative presentation.

Thornton Creek hosts November Board of Education meeting

Students and staff present the school's evolution of the last 25 years.

Thornton Creek continued celebrating their 25th year and showcased the school's evolution of Social Emotional Learning, service learning and growth in math and reading during last week's Board of Education hosted at the school. Attendees were greeted by two of the youngest student leaders during a welcoming ritual. Guests selected a greeting that they would like to receive from the two kindergarteners before entering the meeting.

During the three break out sessions, student leaders and teachers presented on the school's points of pride throughout the years, school culture and academic growth. Fifth graders presented on the newest addition of the little free library, bench and tree in the front garden along with projects that past students worked on to improve Thornton Creek. Some of these projects include a canopy garden and a gaga ball pit. Mr. Jewett was joined by student leaders who talked about their experiences learning about emotions and connecting with their peers. Lastly, guests participated in a math game that promotes students taking ownership of their learning. This game along with other activities have contributed to improving scores at Thornton Creek.

Student leaders present on how math games encourage students to take ownership of their learning.

NHS Fall sports update

Congratulations to the following teams on an excellent season!


KLAA Conference Champs

Northville Volleyball advanced to the finals after defeating Canton in the first round and Plymouth in the semi final.

Girls Golf

KLAA Division and Conference Champs; MHSAA Regional and State Champs

Many golfers were named to the Golf Coaches Association All-State teams. The Northville Golf team had four first-team honorees and the team was recognized as an All Academic Team.

Division 1 All-State

Samantha Coleman, Sedona Shipka, Katelyn Tokarz, Megha Vallabhaneni

Honorable Mention:

Sufna Gill, Haesol Park

Girls Swim

KLAA Division and Conference Champs; 8th Place in Division 1 State Championship

For the fourth season in a row, the Northville girls swim and dive team received the KLAA championship.

The team also broke three pool records (200 Medley Relay, 200 free, 400 free relay) and two school records (100 fly and 400 free relay).

Boys Tennis

KLAA Conference Champs, MHSAA Regional Champs, 5th in the State

The Northville boys tennis team was crowned KLAA champions after defeating runner-up Novi by three points.

The team won No. 1 singles, No. 3 singles, No. 4 singles, No. 2 doubles, No. 4 doubles and No. 5 doubles.

Boys Cross Country

19th in the state

The Northville boys cross country team ran to a nineteenth place finish in the MHSAA boys cross-country Division 1 state championship at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

Girls Cross Country

Division Champs, MHSAA Regional Champs, 6th in the state

The Northville girls cross-country team finished in sixth place at the MHSAA Division 1 state final with a score of 231.

Middle and high school students tour Cooper Standard and attend career panel

Cooper Standard Global Technology Center hosted middle school and high school students the week of November 11th for tours and a career panel. Students learned about the many career pathways available in a company such as Cooper Standard and about the products made in this facility. After the tour, students had an opportunity to hear how a Materials Scientist, Technical Problem Solver, a Program Manager and Purchaser work together to create products that consumers see everyday in automobiles, sneakers and beyond.

Cooper Standard will be hosting Inspiration Workshops for middle school students through the rest of the school year. The latest workshop incorporated the purchasing process as students were given play money to purchase supplies they may need to complete their tower building project. Each team designed and built towers hoping to have the tallest structure.

A huge thank you to Cooper Standard for providing this insightful opportunity for our students.

Student observe rubber product made at the Global Technology Center.

Ridge Wood Dads' Club donates playground equipment

Thank you Ridge Wood Dads' Club!

Ridge Wood Dads' Club celebrated the ribbon cutting of the new playground equipment at Ridge Wood Elementary School on October 29th. The organization raised $25,000 for the equipment which includes funnel ball, a rope course tower and a carousel spinner.

The Ridge Wood Dads' Club was founded seven years ago with the goal of funding the Leader in Me program, but has since focused on finding other opportunities at the school. The group hosts fundraising events in such as a golf outing and daddy daughter dance.

The Ridge Wood Dads' Club is extremely appreciative of the support of Ridge Wood parents and families.

Students climb on the new rope course tower.

Best Practices Palooza provides professional development for staff and teachers

Professional Development for teachers by teachers.

While students were off of school on November 5, 2019, teachers and staff members participated in a day of professional learning and growth. Teachers learned from colleagues about best practices and innovative ideas for their classrooms.

Some of the sessions included "Collective Efficacy - Plugging into the Power of Team," "Positive Culture in the Classroom," and many more curriculum based, social emotional learning and best practice for the classroom topics.

Northville Schools is proud of the collective expertise of our teachers and staff. Best Practices Palooza enables Northville Schools to utilize our resources and our educator experts to continue our tradition of excellence in all of our classrooms.

View the infographic below to learn about this opportunity for teachers and staff.

2020-2025 NPS District Goals

Advancing our Tradition of Excellence...opening A World of Possibilities for and with all students

At its November 19, 2019 meeting, the Board of Education officially adopted Northville Public Schools 2020-2025 District Goals, which continue to build on the District’s core work to create flexible, learner-centered school communities that advance learning and leadership while fostering the skills and dispositions necessary for success.

The revised goals follow a thoughtful review process that began in 2018-19, with input from stakeholders including students, staff, parents and community members, several rounds of discussion at committee meetings, and include identified areas of focus for the 2019-21 school years. The goals include a continued focus on increasing student “voice’ and agency – listening to what our students have to say, and ensuring that they are actively involved and empowered in the learning process. They also reflect a more targeted focus on social emotional learning (SEL), and core competencies that align with what students need to be “future ready” in a rapidly changing world. Safety and security, the district’s instructional framework for teaching and learning, support systems, and accreditation processes are also among the District’s priorities, or “big rocks.” The detailed goals also include a reference guide/glossary with links to additional information.

Superintendent Coffee Chat

Thurs, January 23, 2020, 6:30-7:45 pm

Wed, February 26, 2020, 1:30-2:45 pm

Thurs, March 25, 2020, 6:30-7:45 pm

Wed, April 29, 2020, 10-11:15 am

Northville school parents, guardians, staff and community members are invited to Superintendent Coffee Chats.

Taking place in the Old Village School Globe Room, 405 West Main Street, Northville, these informal coffee chats offer school families and community members the opportunity to ask questions, offer input and learn more about the district in a small group setting. Those attending are welcome to come and go at any time during the event.

We have much to be proud of, and grateful for, as we continue to work toward providing the best possible educational experiences for all of our students. Thank you for choosing Northville Public Schools and entrusting us with your children each day.

Northville Parent Camp

February 29, 2020, 8:30 am-12:30 pm

Northville High School

Northville Parent Camp held on February 29, 2020 is a morning filled with speakers and workshops that will empower parents with practical knowledge, resources and tools to help guide their children and bridge the gap between school and home. There will be a multitude of topics for parents of children of all ages.

Stay tuned for more information and a catalogue of workshops and sessions.

Northville Parent camp is an annual collaboration of Northville Public Schools and the Northville Educational Foundation.

2020 Northville STEAM Fair

April 22, 2019 | 6-8 pm

The 2020 theme is "Our Planet: Solving Today's Problems to Open a World of Possibilities for Tomorrow."

All students are invited to participate and attend the 2020 Northville STEAM Fair! Students may also imagine, design, create and submit projects for this year's theme "Our Planet: Solving Today's Problems to Open a World of Possibilities for Tomorrow." All projects no matter how big or small can make a difference for our planet!

Partnering on this event, Northville Public Schools and the Northville Educational Foundation are committed to encouraging and inspiring students in the Northville Public Schools district to be curious about STEAM degrees and careers.

Morning Session: 4th grade student activities*

Family & Community Night: 6 - 8 pm

*contact your child's teacher or building administrator for specific itinerary.

The Fair is made possible by a grant from the Northville Educational Foundation and supported by the community through sponsorships and volunteers.

Interested in sponsoring the STEAM fair? Contact the Northville Educational Foundation at 248.344.3503.

AlphaUSA Middle School Young Inventors Competition

Northville middle schoolers have an opportunity to participate in the Young Inventors program. The contest encourages students to come up with ideas and inventions concepts that they will present and compete against students from other areas schools including Livonia, Wayne/Westland, Clarenceville and Garden City.

The Young Inventors program is a collaborative effort with AlphaUSA, Livonia Chamber of Commerce, Bosch Community Fund, Schoolcraft College Foundation, Schoolcraft College, and Schools in Wayne/Westland, Livonia, Clarenceville, Northville and Garden City as well as Livonia AM Rotary and Kiwanis Club of Livonia Early Risers.

Students are encouraged to create their own invention which will be judged and presented at a banquet in their honor at Schoolcraft College VistaTech Center in January 2020.

Interested middle schoolers should reach out to their middle school representative or principal for more information.

November 27

All Schools Half Day - AM only; Thanksgiving Recess begins at the end of the half day

November 28-29

Thanksgiving Recess

December 3

Committee of the Whole Meeting, Old Village School Globe Room, 6:30 pm

December 10

Board of Education Meeting, Northville High School, 6:30 pm

December 23, 2019 - January 3, 2020

Winter Break Recess

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The Northville Connections Digital Newsletter is created by Northville Public Schools Communications Specialist Sarah Jacobs. Have a story to share? Send an email to jacobssa@northvilleschools.org or call 248.344.3507.

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