Homecoming Pep Rally
Northville High School's gymnasium was filled with school spirit during Friday's Homecoming Pep Rally. The pep rally showcased student talent from several groups including the marching band, choirs, cheerleaders, dance team, pon pom team and drumline. Fall athletic teams were greeted by cheering classmates as they were announced by the MCs from Student Government.
Between acts the audience was entertained as students were selected from the crowd to participate in games of tug of war and musical chairs. The Homecoming Court was also announced during the assembly.
This year's Homecoming Court included the following seniors: Jalen Brown, Kelly Deng, Annie Heitmeier, Alexa Kiefer, Olivia Masse, John Bailey, Alex Beloiu, Jack Deak, Demir Tagani, and Caleb Zheng.
View clips from the Homecoming Pep Rally in the video below:
Homecoming Parade and Game
Northville's downtown was the perfect backdrop for the homecoming parade that started at Northville Downs and ended at the Tom Holzer Stadium. The marching band, dance team and Pon Pom team lead the parade that concluded with the homecoming court escorted in mustang convertibles.
The Northville Mustangs played against Plymouth High School in a tough match. The student section and cheerleaders cheered on the team with enthusiasm and energy. During halftime audience members enjoyed a performance by the marching band and pon poms team before the announcement of this year's homecoming king and queen, Alex Beloiu and Alexa Kiefer.
Amerman Elementary School is Named a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School
Amerman Elementary School was named as one of the 2019 National Blue Ribbon schools by the U.S. Department of Education on September 26, 2019.
The Northville Public Schools elementary school was among 362 schools nationwide recognized as National Blue Ribbon schools for 2019. The recognition is based on the school’s high performance as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Amerman is among the 13 Michigan schools and 2 Wayne County Schools being recognized this year.
The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. Building on a long-standing history of academic excellence, Amerman staff, together with students and families, embarked on a journey to grow and deepen its culture of learning and leadership through a more intentional focus on school culture, student agency, and working collectively toward a shared vision.
In March 2019, Amerman achieved Lighthouse school status under the International Leader in Me program, a significant benchmark that recognizes outstanding results in school and student outcomes. Amerman continues to focus on its journey toward maximizing the potential of each and every learner.
“We are proud of the work of our teachers, staff members, students and families at Amerman Elementary for their work to foster a culture of learning and leadership,” said Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher.
“Across Northville Public Schools, we are committed to continuing our journey to open a World of Possibilities for and with each and every learner. This national recognition showcases the outstanding outcomes that can result from bringing students, teachers, parents and families together with a collective focus on learning and unleashing the leadership capacity and potential within every learner.”
Now in its 37th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 9,000 schools. On November 14 and 15, representatives from Northville Public Schools and Amerman Elementary School will join the Department of Education at an awards ceremony celebrating honorees in Washington, D.C.
Meads Mill and Hillside Middle School Participate in Manufacturing Day
A group of 110 students from Meads Mills and Hillside middle schools participated in Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 4th. Students who attended included those enrolled in a life skills, tech, design, or enrichment class that utilizes hands on or project based learning. The experience allowed students to learn about college and career pathways in manufacturing, engineering and design. The group visited local businesses including Roush and AlphaUSA and toured Schoolcraft classrooms.
Representative Haley Stevens made an appearance and talked to all participating Wayne County middle schoolers about the importance of Manufacturing Day and the students' interest and curiosity in engineering and STEM fields.
This was the first year that Northville Schools participated in the National event.
Color My World Color Run
The Color Run and Fun Walk, hosted by NHS club, Color My World took place on Sunday, September 22nd. The run aims to raise money to further the club's mission of teen suicide prevention and mental health awareness. The fun run consisted of students and community members who were sprayed with colored powder that resulted in participants leaving with multicolor shirts and colorful memories.
Proceeds from the event will help Color My World build a mental health resource library, produce a PSA and brochure, enhance training, provide guest speakers, increase the frequency of peer to peer mental health outreaches to twice monthly and continue to work with administration for a long-lasting, positive impact on NHS and the community.
Senator Dayna Polehanki and State Representative Matt Koleszar surprised Color Run organizer Annie with a tribute for her initiative in starting the NHS Color My World club.
Congratulations Elizabeth Adams!
Cooke P.E. Teacher, Coach Elizabeth, awarded the 2019 SHAPE Michigan Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award
Coach Elizabeth is known for her creativity in adapting to the needs of her students in order for them to discover and maintain healthy and active lifestyles. Most recently, she has created a solution for students to enjoy aspects of playing volleyball by attaching a volleyball or balloon on a string attached to a rod.
SHAPE Michigan, the Society of Health and Physical Educators, is recognizing the work of Elizabeth Adams by naming her the 2019 Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year. To qualify for this award, Elizabeth needed to meet SHAPE America standards and guidelines for K-12 physical education programs, utilize various teaching methodologies and plan innovative learning experiences, provide service to the community and participate in ongoing professional development.
Cooke School is a special education center program that services students from twelve local school districts in Western Wayne County. The student population includes students ages 3 through 26 years old, who are severely cognitively impaired, severely multiply impaired, and students dual-diagnosed with a cognitive and emotional impairment. The special education center program is funded by the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency and operated by Northville Public Schools.
Elizabeth will receive the award in Lansing on November 7, 2019 during a recognition ceremony. This will be her second time being honored with the award. She received the 2005 Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year.
What some of her colleagues had to say about Coach Elizabeth:
"Mrs. Adams is a caring and compassionate person. She goes above and beyond to make each activity personalized for each student. She can be seen on a daily basis getting students off and on the buses as students can’t wait to see her. She also takes her lunch with different students throughout the week. She does these things because that is who she is and everything she does is from the love she has for her students."
"She collaborates with our teachers, physical therapists, and speech-language pathologists to ensure that students’ overall needs are met. Students appear eager and excited to participate in Adapted PE, and as her administrator, I enjoy stopping in to see the exciting learning going on in the gymnasium."
"She is always challenging each student to try new activities and doesn’t give up when it appears that they haven’t succeeded. Instead, she continues to encourage them to try again. She is always expecting the best from every student, regardless of their abilities. Her enthusiasm towards each student is contagious."
Congratulations to Coach Elizabeth! You make Northville Public Schools proud!
Moraine Hosts Board of Education Meeting
Moraine Elementary School hosted the Board of Education meeting on the night of September 24, 2019.
Leadership students were the MCs, led the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem and held breakout sessions where they presented about their knowledge of and experiences with Social Emotional Learning.
The audience and Board visited two of six breakout sessions that focused on different areas of Social Emotional Learning and how mindfulness, synergy, and growth mindset is impacting student life and encouraging students to try new things at Moraine.
One session titled Friendly and Unfriendly Classmates empowered students and audience members with phrases and ideas of how to respond to unfriendly comments and actions. Another session titled Growth Mindset - Unicycles provided a demonstration from Moraine's Unicycle Club of how a growth mindset and teamwork gave students the skills, confidence and persistence necessary to accomplish their goal of riding a unicycle. Other sessions emphasized the importance of tone of voice and practicing mindfulness, or being self aware of one's thinking and feelings.
The Northville Board of Education thanked the students for the informative and enlightening presentations and congratulated school leadership and teachers for their continued work to provide students with the social and emotional skills needed to become better citizens and students.