Northville Connections Northville Public Schools Digital Newsletter: Volume 1 | Issue 5

Dear Northville Public Schools' Families, Staff and Community Members,

As we complete the 2019-2020 school year, I wanted to wish you and your family well during these very different and unusual times. I know that this is not the end of year that we foresaw and many of us are sad to miss the usual celebrations and transitioning events that we look forward to every year. During these circumstances, teachers, administrators, the PTAs, the Northville community and our families overcame obstacles and sought out creative ways to celebrate, acknowledge achievements, learn and grow.

It is particularly interesting that this growth comes after a year that we started off with a message from Heather McGowan about preparing students to be flexible as they adjust for their futures and rapidly changing technology. The class of 2020 has embodied flexibility and grace as they continue to serve their community and accomplish great things all while grieving the loss of events that serve as a passage into adulthood. I am proud of our students, families and educators for their perseverance.

I look forward to the day when our buildings, fields and playgrounds are lively with the sounds of our students. Please know that you are missed and even though we are not in the classroom, we are here for you and your families. Although this summer may not contain the usual vacations and activities, we encourage our school community to create lasting memories with your family.

Take care, be well and enjoy your summer!

Mary K. Gallagher, Superintendent

In this issue of Northville Connections:

  • Celebrating Graduations and Transitions
  • Retirement Recognition
  • NPS Welcomes Erin Barney, Assistant Supervisor of Cooke School
  • Academic Games Competitions
  • Student Kudos: Arjun Saini
  • Silver Springs Virtual Goat Farm Visit
  • Community Partner News: Community Choice Credit Union
  • Summer Enrichment Courses and Distance Learning Opportunities
  • Meet Up and Eat Up: Summer Food Service Program
  • NPS Re-entry Task Force Information, Webpage and Update
  • MI PTA Townhall: The Effect of Racial Trauma on Youth and Families of Color in the Education System
  • United States Census 2020
  • Kindergarten and New Student Registration
  • Notice of Board of Education Vacancy
  • Upcoming Digital Events

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!

Jennifer Bugar, Supervisor at Cooke School, reads about a Cooke School graduate.

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.

Students are presented in a photo slideshow with pictures from their childhood and time at Cooke.
Student holds up sign during Moraine's Fifth Grade Car Parade.

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.

Student poses with sign celebrating graduating from Amerman.
Screenshot from Ridge Wood's virtual graduation ceremony.

Northville Public Schools Recognizes Retirees

Earlier this month, the Board of Education recognized those retiring from Northville Public Schools with a photo montage video and a presentation about each retiree. With quotes from colleagues about the difference these individuals made in their buildings and from students who have been impacted by the support and dedication of these educators and staff members, it was clear that this group will truly be missed.

The total number of years of service that this group gave Northville Public Schools was over 400 years. We wish you the best in your next adventures! Congratulations on your retirement!

Kathryn Barcelona, 22 years

Ailsa Blunk, 13.5 years

Martha Bondy, 10 years

Donna Case, 24 years

Christina Castellano, 31 years

Mary Beth Connolly, 18 years

Renee Debs, 21 years

Lorie Farrow, 42 years

Kim Fox, 19.5 years

Sally Gorski, 21.5 years

Sally Grezlik, 20 years

Ramona Grills, 30 years

M. Todd Jacobs, 25 years

Cathleen Jaskiewicz, 23 years

Christine Jeter, 4 years

Cecelia Mac-Smith, 16 years

Sandi Mueller, 32 years

Patricia Murray, 35 years

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!

Silver Springs Students Visit Goat Farm Virtually

Silver Springs PTA hosted a virtual assembly to the Goat Life Farm for all students. Students met all the goats on the farm including the baby goats, or kids. The human kids asked questions during the interactive experience.

Thank you Silver Springs PTA for continuing to connecting students to educational experiences!

Community Partner News: Thank you Community Choice Credit Union!

Community Choice Credit Union in Northville has graciously offered to cover all negative balances for Northville Public Schools' students that owe money to the foodservice fund!

Thank you to Northville Community Choice Credit Union!

All positive balances will carry over to the next school year.

NPS Summer Enrichment Course and Distance Learning Opportunities

Northville Schools is happy to announce the following to supports for summer learning:

All distance learning Google Classrooms from spring 2020 will be open and available for families all summer. Parents can work with students to complete a variety of wonderful learning activities. Please feel free to use the resources and learning opportunities within these Google Classrooms. Teachers will be on summer vacation and will not be monitoring the Google Classroom or its assignments. Please enjoy these learning opportunities throughout the summer!

The Distance Learning Support webpage will also be available throughout the summer. Students can continue using these excellent resources, such as Moby Max, Khan Academy and Mystery Science, free of charge all summer.

Northville Schools will be offering Elementary Math, Reading and Writing enrichment courses during the summer of 2020. These enrichment courses will be tuition-based. Students who sign up will receive four weeks of instruction via Zoom from a highly-qualified Northville Public Schools teacher. Students may take one, two or all three courses. The cost is $200 for each course (Math, Reading or Writing). Sign up online by Friday, June 26th or view frequently asked questions document.

NPS Participates in Meet Up & Eat Up Summer Food Service Program

The Northville Public Schools announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for children. Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under or persons up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a State or local public educational agency. The meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Meals will be provided at Cooke School, 21200 Taft Rd, Northville, MI 48167.

Meal distribution will be once per week on Thursday starting July 2nd. Pick up time will be 9am- 12pm. Meals can be picked up at the front entrance of the school.

All Michigan Meet Up & Eat Up locations can be found online or dial 2-1-1 or text “FOOD” to 877-877 to find a site.

NPS COVID-19 School Re-entry Task Force

Northville Public Schools has formed a Task Force to evaluate safe solutions for the return to school in Fall of 2020. This task force is compiled of District administrators, educators, parents, and healthcare professionals.

Plans developed by the Taskforce include scenarios for partial open, full open and full close with an extensive focus on partial open scenario opportunities. This scenario will include options for families to choose distance learning for their students while in-person learning remains an option. A few highlights of the plans per recommendations from the CDC and MDE include a reduction in class size, students having limited exposure with students from other classrooms, limited passing time in hallways, and buildings will be thoroughly cleaned as the District researches measures to improve cleanliness and sanitation practices. The Task Force continues to observe what is working across the globe and study guidelines from medical professionals.

Visit the Re-entry Task Force webpage for a multitude of information including the weekly progress, each teams’ planning for the various scenarios, survey results, ongoing stakeholder input and resources used by the teams and the District. This information will be updated as it becomes available.

The School Reentry Taskforce provided an interim update to the Board of Education at the June 23, 2020 Board of Education meeting. View the presentation. The Taskforce will present recommendations and a final report to the Board at the July 14, 2020 Board of Education meeting.

Following the final report to the Board of Education on July 14, the Board of Education has scheduled two subsequent opportunities for public comment, which will take place prior to making any final decisions about school reentry scenarios, as follows:

Special Call Board of Education Meeting/School Reentry Public Hearing

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.


Special Call Board of Education Meeting/School Reentry Public Hearing

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

Thank you to the Task Force for spending their summer with us and supporting the District as difficult decisions and plans are made. We wish we could start the school year as usual, but unfortunately, we are faced with uncertainty and a need to plan to the best of our ability. We will keep our school families informed throughout the summer through email, the District website, and social media. Stay tuned for more information.

The Effect of Racial Trauma on Youth and Families of Color in the Education System

Racial Justice Virtual Town Hall Series Part 1

presented by Michigan PTA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee & Student Involvement

Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 6:00 pm on Facebook Live at Michigan PTA's Facebook Page

Objective: To have a frank, informal conversation about racial trauma and its effect on children of color in an educational setting.

Format: Panel discussion with a student, a parent, a teacher and a community member; Facilitator: Jennifer Johnson, Vice President of Student Involvement with Michigan PTA

United States Census 2020

As of June 22nd, 80% of households in Northville have completed the 2020 Census, 73.8% were completed online. This is great news, but that also means that 20% of our neighbors have not yet completed the Census.

Why is the census so important? The results are used to determine how much funding local communities receive for key public services and how many seats each state gets in Congress. Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children.

The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.

A kindergartener counted in the 2020 Census this spring will be starting high school when the next census comes around in 2030: That’s 10 years of school supplies, teachers, school lunches, and so much more. This is your opportunity to help ensure they have a bright future.

Getting a complete and accurate census count is critically important and required by law. If you do not respond, the U.S. Census Bureau will follow up in person to collect your response.

Please complete your form online, by phone, or by mail when your invitation to respond arrives. Visit my2020census.gov to begin.

Northville Parents: It's time to get ready for kindergarten!

Parents and guardians are encouraged to register new kindergarteners starting in February. Students should be five years of age on or before September 1, 2020, to qualify to start kindergarten in the Fall of 2020.

Step One: Schedule Enrollment Appointment

To begin the enrollment process visit the Northville Schools Enrollment webpage to schedule a virtual appointment with a member of the Office of Student Data. Details about documents necessary for enrollment will be provided on the Northville Schools Enrollment webpage.

Step Two: Meet with Student Data Representative

Electronically submit enrollment documents and meet with a Northville Schools Student Data representative. If you are unsure of which school your child will be attending, please view the Attendance Boundary Map on the district website.

Step Three: View Your Schools’ Parent Orientation and Kindergarten Round-Up

Moraine Elementary's presentation

Ridge Wood Elementary's presentation

Amerman Elementary's presentation

Thornton Creek Elementary's presentation

Winchester Elementary's presentation

Silver Springs Elementary's presentation

Filing Deadline for School Board Candidates: July 21, 2020 by 4 p.m.

Four seats on the Northville Board of Education are up for election in November, 2020 for four year terms beginning in January, 2021, as the following Board of Education Trustees complete their current four year terms on December 31, 2020: Laurie Doner, Cynthia Jankowski, Sarah Prescott, and Matthew Wilk. Following nine years of dedicated service, current Board Treasurer Cyndy Jankowski – first appointed to the Board in January, 2012, and subsequently elected to two four-year terms – has announced that she will be stepping down from the Board when her term ends in December.

The filing deadline for Candidates for Local School Board Trustee is by 4:00 p.m. on July 21, 2020. Candidates must file an Affidavit of Identity and a nonpartisan nominating petition, or file a $100.00 nonrefundable fee in lieu of a petition, at the Northville Township Clerk’s Office, located at 44405 Six Mile Road, Northville, MI 48168. For more information regarding filing, contact the Clerk’s Office at 248-348-5825.

Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Individuals interested in running for a seat on the Board of Education must file by July 21, 2020. The video below gives information about filing to be on the ballot. Town hall events are scheduled and a MASB (Michigan Association of School Boards) Toolkit is available for those interested in learning more.

July 14

Board of Education Meeting, 6:30 pm via Zoom (Zoom information on District website)

July 15

Special Call Board of Education Meeting/Public Hearing regarding School Re-entry Plans, 6:30 pm via Zoom (Zoom information on District website)

July 21

Special Call Board of Education Meeting/Public Hearing regarding School Re-entry Plans, 6:30 pm via Zoom (Zoom information on District website)

September 8

First Day of School

Follow NPS online!

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.

Created By
Northville Schools