Celebrating Graduations and Transitions
NHS Senior Car Parade
On May 31st, the date that would have been the 2020 NHS commencement ceremony, NPS staff and community members lined 6 mile to cheer on graduating seniors during a car parade consisting of 600 vehicles. The event was a heartfelt example of our school communities showing love and support for the Class of 2020.
The Northville High School Senior All Night Party, who made this event possible, would like to thank the following businesses for their support:
1) The Kekich Realty Team for sponsoring the sky dancer inflatables
2) James Gietzen of JAG Entertainment for his DJ/PA equipment
Class of 2020, we know you will do great things, and we are so proud of you!
Cooke Holds Virtual Graduation
The graduating class from Cooke School participated in a virtual graduation over Zoom. The platform allowed students and teachers a chance to celebrate and see one another, although apart, during school closures.
Cooke school kept the tradition of acknowledging each student with a summary of their time at Cooke and all that they accomplished while attending the school.
Speakers included Supervisor of Cooke, Jennifer Bugar, Superintendent of Northville Schools, Mary Kay Gallagher, and Director of Special Services Elizabeth Santer.
Congratulations NPS Fifth Graders!
Completing fifth grade is usually accompanied with graduation ceremonies, celebrations, and clap outs. Several elementary schools continued the tradition of celebrating transitioning fifth graders with car parades, shout outs on social media and in newsletters, yard signs and virtual graduation ceremonies.
Northville Public Schools Welcomes Erin Barney
Assistant Supervisor of Cooke School
Following the retirement of Christine Jeter who served as Assistant Supervisor of Cooke School for four years, Northville Public Schools announces the hiring of Erin Barney as the new Assistant Supervisor. The Board of Education unanimously voted in support of Ms. Barney’s hiring at the May 25th Board of Education meeting.
Erin Barney comes to Northville from a school district in Illinois where she led a large number of social workers and served on several committees including student safety, policy planning for Special Education, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), and professional development planning. Her experience also includes being one of the district’s Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (CPI) trainers and behavioral coaches. Erin’s career began in Southeast Michigan at Dexter Community Schools as a social worker supporting elementary and intermediate students and serving as a liaison between school, families and community. Following her time at Dexter Community Schools, she worked as a social worker and social worker department leader at a therapeutic day school for children with Autism.
The Assistant Supervisor of Cooke School works alongside the Supervisor of Cooke School handling the operations of the center. Cooke School is a special education center program that services students from twelve local school districts in Western Wayne County. The school 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. Erin Barney will begin this July supporting the Summer Program.
“One of Erin’s clear strengths and areas of expertise is her knowledge of supporting behavioral challenges. She is passionate about providing the best possible services to students with fidelity,” said Dave Rodgers, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. “We believe that we are fortunate to have found someone with Erin’s depth of knowledge and experience.”
“Cooke School encompasses all that I value in education: a passionate and dedicated staff, student prosperity, and an engaged community of learners and families working together to provide exceptional opportunities for all students,” Ms. Barney said of Cooke School.
“I look forward to learning and growing in this outstanding school community!”
Ms. Barney received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Western Michigan University, and obtained a Director of Special Education endorsement from Northern Illinois University.
She enjoys spending time with her family in the Irish Hills, cooking, being outdoors, caring for her much loved dog and going to arts and musical events.
Welcome to Northville Public Schools, Erin!
Congratulations Northville Academic Games Teams!
The elementary school Academic Games teams were able to compete this year during the week of March 4-6. The 4th grader team received medals in every game they competed and took the state champion title in the game of Propaganda, which is about persuasive techniques. The 5th/6th grader team was the runner-up in the game of Theme which focused on the United States Supreme Court.
Unfortunately the High School competitions were unable to be completed this year due to school closures, but the high school team did won runner-up in the game of Propaganda in the senior division before the season ended early.
Families interested in the virtual Academic Games Summer camp should visit the Northville Academic Games website.
Student Kudos: Arjun Saini, Hillside Middle School
Arjun Saini, Hillside Middle School student, is leading the Northville-Novi team as part of Indian-American community service along with U of M, MSU and Detroit Country Day to raise funds for KN-95 masks for frontline workers in Detroit Nursing Homes. His team is currently holding the lead and has raised over $8540 just in 2 weeks.
Recently, he could be spotted on Local 4 News! Great work Arjun!