Northville Connections Northville Public Schools Digital Newsletter: Volume 1 | Issue 2

Dear Northville Public Schools community,

Homecoming was a fantastic week to celebrate our students, staff, Northville Public Schools community and alumni.

From the NHS Homecoming spirit week to the parade and football game, it was wonderful to see our students and community members of all ages come together to cheer on the Mustangs and be entertained by our talented NHS Marching Band, Pon Poms, Dance Team and Cheerleaders.

Congratulations are also in order for Amerman Elementary School for being named a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School. Amerman is one of 362 schools nationwide and 13 in Michigan to receive this honor this year. Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher along with Principal Devon Caudill, former principal Marco Marando and Amerman teacher Christine Parnin will attend the award ceremony in Washington D.C. on November 14th & 15th.

In this issue of Northville Connections: Homecoming Pep Rally and Game, Amerman earns National Blue Ribbon, Manufacturing Day, Color My World Color Run, Cooke P.E. Teacher Wins 2019 Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award, Moraine Hosts Board of Education Meeting, Thornton Creek Celebrate 25 Years, Student Kudos, NHS Community Open House, Superintendent Coffee Chat, NEF 50/50 Cash for College Raffle, Upcoming Events


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.

NHS Homecoming King Alex Beloiu and Queen Alexa Kiefer were crowned during Halftime of the Homecoming Game.

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.

Students view the product of a 3-D printed lego at Schoolcraft College.

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!

Coach Elizabeth works with one of Cooke's youngest students at a sensory wall she designed.

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.

Thornton Creek is celebrating 25 years!

To commemorate the school's 25th year, Principal Deagon Jewett invited each class to participate in ceremonial tree planting, bench installation, and a little free library dedication.

The tree along with a bench and little free library will create a space for students to borrow a book and enjoy reading in the peaceful setting for years to come.

Each grade and class filled out a questionnaire that was buried in time capsule in the garden. Principal Jewett will invite students back in ten years to open the time capsule.

Student Kudos

Northville High School peer mentor publishes poem in international magazine!

Stephanie Han, a sophomore at NHS, recently had her poem titled "Same Differences" published in the international publication "Autism Parenting Magazine."

Read Stephanie's poem below:

Student Recognized on Fox 2 Today Morning for Fundraising efforts with Key2Finesse For Gleaners BackPack Program

Recently NHS Senior Aarvi Shah was featured on Fox 2 Today Morning for her involvement with organizing the annual Key2Finesse fundraiser on September 22nd for Gleaners Food Bank. The fundraiser allowed the student group to raised over $48,000 to support the Gleaners Student Backpack Program. Gleaners’ BackPack Program disperses nutritious food for the weekend to students who rely on school breakfast and lunch during the week, but may go without food on the weekend.

Aarvi who serves as a board member of the Key2Finesse organization said, “Having the opportunity to directly impact youth in our community is truly inspiring.”

Check out the footage from the interview and read more on Gleaners' website.

NHS Juniors Implement "Straying From Styrofoam" Project

Northville High School juniors, Amanda Zhang and Michelle Tong have started a project called Straying from Styrofoam, which switches NHS’s use of single-use styrofoam lunch trays to reusable plastic lunch trays.

Straying from Styrofoam began in June 2019 when Amanda recognized NHS’s potential to become not only more environmentally-friendly but also more cost-effective through the use of reusable plastic trays. With fellow junior, Michelle Tong, the two students presented their proposal in August to the Board of Education, and with the support of the Board, the project will be implemented this year.

On October 21, NHS students will begin using plastic reusable trays that will be stored in bussing utility carts and cleaned after all lunch hours are complete.

Northville High School Community Open House

Sunday, November 3, 2019 | 1-3 pm

Northville High School, 45700 Six Mile Rd, Northville, MI 48168

All are welcome to join Northville Public Schools during the Annual Northville High School Community Open House!

The Open House will include student led tours, presentations from NHS department leaders, and opportunities to meet administration and explore our recently renovated spaces made possible by passing of the 2017 Bond. Thank you Northville Public Schools communities!

Superintendent Coffee Chat

Wed, November 6, 2019, 10 am

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

Taking place on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 10 am in the Old Village School Globe Room, this informal coffee chat offers 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.

NEF's 2018 50/50 Cash for College Raffle winner

Northville Educational Foundation 50/50 Cash for College Raffle

The Northville Educational Foundation is excited to announce the return of our 50/50 Cash for College Raffle!

A maximum of 1,500 tickets will be available at one for $50 or three for $100. Proceeds from the raffle benefit NEF and Northville's 7,400+ students!

The drawing will take place on Friday, November 22, 2019 at downtown Northville's Tree Lighting Ceremony in the town square just after the Holiday Lighted Parade (approx. 7:30 pm). You need not be present to win. Tickets are available now until the start of the parade (or until 1,500 tickets are sold, or when sales have reached $50,000, whichever comes first). Purchaser must be 18 or older and a current resident of the State of Michigan but need not be a resident of Northville Schools.

Visit www.SupportNEF.org to purchase your ticket or for more details and official rules.

November 3

NHS Community Open House | 1-3 pm

November 5

Teacher Professional Day - No School

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

November 6

Superintendent Coffee Chat | 10 am, Old Village School, The Globe Room

November 7

Cooke Parent/Teacher Conferences | 4-7 pm

November 12

Board of Education Meeting | 6:30 pm, Old Village School, The Globe Room

November 19

Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences (check with school for time)

Board of Education Meeting | 6:30 pm, Thornton Creek Elementary School

November 20

Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences (check with school for time)

November 21

Elementary Schools - Half Day; Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences (check with school for times)

November 22

Elementary Schools - Half Day; Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences (check with school for time)

November 23

Harlem Wizards Game | 7 pm, NHS Gym

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