Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!
The new school year kicked off as students reunited with friends, principals and teachers, we welcomed new families into our schools and our youngest students discovered their new classrooms.
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View more photos from the first day of school below. Click on a photo to enlarge.
Third Grade Heritage Festival
On Friday morning, September 13, 2019, Northville third graders participated in an interactive Victorian experience as a part of the 31st Annual Northville Heritage Festival.
For over 30 years, Northville students have learned more about and engaged with their Northville community by attending presentations at multiple venues and experiencing history coming alive through storytelling, Victorian games, musical performances, and a magician, along with historical skits performed by Northville High School students and more. During the field trip to downtown Northville, students participate in several rotations of activities with peers at many downtown establishments furthering their understanding of their local community.
The entire event reinforces social studies curriculum taught during second grade, providing a culminating experience as students begin third grade. Dressed in Victorian clothing, students observe and question historians as sources of information to learn about the past as they develop a deeper understanding about daily life during the early settlement period.
“Our entire community comes together to bring history to life for our third graders in a uniquely Northville tradition,” said Northville Schools Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher. “High school students likewise have the opportunity to interpret history, share their talent, and provide a memorable experience for our elementary students, similar to what they experienced as third graders.”
Check out the video below of the Northville High School BackBeat and TrebleMakers performing the National Anthem for third graders during the Heritage Festival.
All Staff Welcome Back Kick-Off
During the annual Welcome Back Kick-Off for staff on August 26, 2019, staff members were greeted by the NHS Drumline and PTA families and students. The annual meeting and celebration began with a continental breakfast where staff reunited with colleagues.
Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher with her co-host NHS Senior Ben Leavitt welcomed and celebrated new staff members and those who have been with the district for 10, 20, 30 and 40 years! Each school was represented and showcased the great things happening in their buildings along with what each building is excited for during the new school year.
Steve Banchero, Director of Operations, provided a Bond update and summarized the work that happened over the summer and work continuing to take place at Amerman Elementary, Northville High School and Hillside Middle School. Other presentations included a Safety and Security overview and an introduction to the new Director of Special Services, Beth Santer.
Prior to the Keynote presentation by Heather McGowan, Superintendent Gallagher reflected on the importance of Social Emotional Learning in the classroom. Heather McGowan, a renowned speaker and leader in preparing organizations and modern workers for the changing work environment, spoke to staff members about the characteristics and qualities that will be important for students to thrive as they enter the future workforce. She provided examples and inspiration for how to foster these qualities in students in the classroom.
Following Heather’s presentation, Heather and a panel of students including John Bailey Jr., Sreya Challa, and Annie Heitmeier, the PTA Council president Tanya Pitkin, NHS teacher Matt Stetson, and Assistant Superintendent Aaron Baughman provided further insight as to how parents and teachers can contribute to the preparation of students.
The NHS Marching Band filled the auditorium with sounds of Motown and played the school song to complete the morning and start the school year with energy and enthusiasm.
During the rest of the week, staff participated in professional development and set up their classrooms for students to return the following week.
View more photos from the Welcome Back Kick-Off below. Click on a photo to enlarge.
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As classes begin this fall, Amerman and High School students are greeted with recent updates and renovations to their buildings.
Amerman received a new secured entry and main office, an expanded media center with flexible collaborative spaces, updated classrooms and new heating and cooling throughout the building. Portable classrooms were removed from the campus as space was allocated for these classrooms.
Northville High School
At the high school, science labs, the Forum, computer labs and the Robotics classroom underwent renovations with new flooring, lighting, and furniture. NHS is equipped with a more secure front entrance with an added set of locked doors and updated security hardware. New turf on the soccer field at NHS is now ready for use. Northville High School’s new fitness center and cafeteria addition will be completed and occupiable in October 2019.
At Hillside students can expect school to operate as normal. The new addition foundation is taking shape, as Hillside continues to have construction work throughout the year. The renovated west end of Hillside and the addition is anticipated be completed and occupiable in the fall of 2020. The far west side of the building will be closed for renovations during the 2019-2020 school year and fine arts classes will be temporary located in other classrooms in the building. Paving of the new parking lot will follow the completed construction in the Spring of 2021.
Moraine, Thornton Creek and Meads Mill are in the Design phase with bidding taking place the Fall of 2020. Northville Schools piloted middle school furniture for Hillside and Meads Mills we are starting the design process for middle school furniture through a series of meetings.
Visit the Bond Update page to stay in the know about the 2017 Bond Construction project.
Kids’ Club Summer program provided students an action packed summer with field trips, service learning projects, arts and crafts, weekly activities, and much more.
Campers learned about different nonprofit organizations early in the summer and each class decided on how they will contribute to their community or support a nonprofit. All classrooms decided on a goal and most exceeded these goals culminating in celebration at the end of the summer.
Kids’ Club participants enjoyed a multitude of experiences including visiting Imagination Station in Toledo, a tour of Ford Field, and a day at the Detroit Zoo. Special presentations from Farmer John, canvas painting with Mrs. Elizabeth and Nelson’s Animal show rounded out a summer full of learning, creativity and adventure.
Our youngest campers this summer in our Pre-K program shared many of the same experiences as Kids’ Club campers including a Kona Ice day, contributing to service learning projects, a visit from Farmer John and art with Mrs. Elizabeth. Students participated in activities and events that helped them understand the world around them.
Many students kept their brains busy at summer school. Many classes are taken online while some took place in the classroom. Classes were offered for middle school and high school students and also included classes for English Language Learners.
The Northville Robostangs hosted their annual Robocamp from August 5th through 9th at Meads Mill Middle School. Third through eighth students learned to build and program Lego robots under the assistance of Northville High School Robotics team members. Engineering fundamentals were taught as students experimented with introductory robot designs and programming techniques. There were two camps, a beginner camp for students entering grades 3-5, and an advanced camp for students entering grades 6-8.
This camp provided students an exciting first look into the robotics program at the high school. Students competed in competitions with their robots at the end of each camp.
Hosted by Northville educators, Camp Invention engaged students in kindergarten through sixth grade with hands on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities and projects.
Students rotated through several stations creating, problem solving and working collaboratively with classmates. The week ended with a showcase for parents of their child’s creativity and innovative use of everyday items such as plastic cups, cardboard boxes, and more.