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

Dear Northville Public Schools community,

The 2019-2020 school year has kicked off with great momentum!

Several activities including the Third Grade Heritage Festival, HMS PTSA's Hillside Carnival, Silver Springs Leadership Assembly, open houses at the middle and high schools and more have provided students and parents opportunities to become acquainted with their schools and enjoy time with peers. Thank you to everyone involved in supporting these events!

We look forward to continuing this Tradition of Excellence and opening a World of Opportunities for and with each and every student throughout the year!

In This Issue of Northville Connections: First Day of School, Third Grade Heritage Festival, All Staff Welcome Back Kick-Off, Bond Update, Summer Recap, PTSA Hillside Carnival, Silver Springs Leadership Assembly, Superintendent Coffee Chats, NEF Cash for College 50/50 Raffle, Upcoming Events, Annual Notices

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.

Thanks for Sharing!

Thank you to everyone who shared their photos using the hashtag #Northville1stDay and #NPSWorldofPossibilities. Follow the #NPSWorldofPossibilities hashtag year round for stories about learning and events happening throughout the district.

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.

View these photos and more. Click on a photo below to enlarge.

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.

Staff who have worked for Northville Schools for over forty years!

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.

Heather McGowan, Keynote Speaker

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.

Bond Update

Thank you voters!

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.

Next Phase

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.

PTSA Hillside Carnival

Hillside PTSA hosted the Annual Hillside Carnival much earlier this year on Thursday, September 12th. The carnival included inflatable games, a mechanical bull ride, caricatures, cake walks dancing and a dunk tank.

Students and teachers celebrate the start of the year during the Silver Springs Leadership Assembly.

Silver Springs Fifth Grade Leaders Host School Leadership Assembly

Silver Springs fifth grader leaders led the first Olympic themed Leadership Assembly on Sept. 5th. All teachers and new students were acknowledged followed by a movement break that encouraged all students to dance, jump and clap along to an instructional video.

The assembly reviewed Silver Spring's mission of "Lead. Grow. Inspire." with the student body while also informing students of the opportunities available to them at Silver Springs. Among these opportunities are individual student savings through the student run credit union and available leadership jobs that students can apply for.

Lastly, Principal Ms. Booth promoted thoughtfulness when talking to others and spoke with students about how powerful their words can be and how to use their words to encourage and inspire others. She has read a "special book" to all classrooms that reinforces mindfulness of how to speak to others.

Summer Recap

Kids’ Club

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.

Summer School

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.

Learn more about Robostangs by visiting their website.

Camp Invention

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.

Superintendent Coffee Chat

Mon, October 7, 2019, 6:30 pm

Wed, November 6, 2019, 10 am

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

Taking place on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 6:30 pm and Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 10 am in the Old Village School Globe Room, these informal coffee chats offer 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.

September 17

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

September 18

Amerman Curriculum Night/Open House | 6-7:30 pm

September 24

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

Cooke School Open House | 6:30-8 pm

October 2

Student Count Day

October 7

Superintendent Coffee Chat | 6:30 pm, Old Village School, The Globe

October 8

Finance Subcommittee Meeting | 6:15 pm, Old Village School, Mary Lapham Lab

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

October 11

NHS Homecoming Football Game | 8 pm, Tom Holzer Ford Field

October 15

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

October 21

NHS Parent/Teacher Conference | 3-6 pm

October 22

Middle Schools Parent/Teacher Conferences | 3:30-6 pm

Board of Education Meeting | 6:30 pm, Silver Springs Elementary School

October 23

NHS Parent/Teacher Conferences | 3-6 pm

October 24

Half Day for Middle Schools | Dismissal at 11:35 am

Hillside Parent/Teacher Conferences | 12:30-3 pm & 4-6:30 pm

Meads Mill Parent/Teacher Conferences | 12:45-3:15 pm & 4-6:30 pm

Annual Notices

2019/2020 Advisory to All Parents

Northville Public Schools has adopted an Integrated Pest Management program. Inherent with this are the district’s efforts to reduce pesticide use as much as possible. While it may occasionally be necessary to apply a pesticide, this program does not rely on routine pesticide applications to resolve problems. We use various techniques such as habitat alteration, sanitation, mechanical means, exclusion, etc. to prevent pest from becoming a problem.

As required by Michigan law, parents will receive advance notice of non-emergency application of a pesticide (insecticide, fungicide, or herbicide), other than bait or gel formulation, which is made to the school, school grounds, or buildings. This advance notice of a pesticide application will be given 48 hours before the application by the following two methods:

1) Posting at the primary entrances to your child’s school. The entrances that will be posted are the main entrance and those that have a sidewalk that leads directly to a parking lot.

2) Posting in the common area located by the main office of the school.

Please note that notification is not given for use of sanitizers, germicides, disinfectants or anti-microbial cleaners. In certain emergencies, such as an infestation of stinging insects, pesticides may be applied without prior notice to prevent injury to students, but you will be promptly notified following any such application, via the two posting methods identified above.

Parents may review the school’s Integrated Pest Management program and records of any pesticide application upon request by contacting Steve Banchero, Northville Public Schools Director of Operations at (248)344-3540 or bancherost@northvilleschools.org.

Parents or guardians of children attending the school are also entitled to receive the advance notice of a pesticide application, other than a bait or gel formulation, by first class United States mail postmarked at least three days before the application, if they so request. If you would like to be notified by mail please contact the department in writing at NPS Operations, 501 West Main Street Northville, MI 48167. Please include, your name, your student’s name(s), mailing address and what school(s) your student(s) attend and you will be put on the advance notification by US Mail list.

Learn more about Stormwater Management

Northville Public Schools is committed to the environment and strives to be a good steward of the land within its jurisdiction and to use appropriate Best Management Practices to contribute to the improvement of water quality within the Rouge River Watershed where the district is located.

Northville Public Schools encourages all students, faculty, staff, parents, and visitors to get involved through opportunities provided by the local water shed groups including Friends of the Rouge and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG).

Why worry about stormwater?

Many people may not realize that stormwater collected in drains located on the curbs of their streets does not flow to their local water treatment plant. Rather, this water remains untreated and is discharged directly into the waterways. During this journey to the waterways, stormwater collects and carries a broad range of pollutants. Stormwater is a non-point source of pollution thus making it extremely difficult to address and the single greatest threat to our water quality and watershed health. Non-point source pollution comes from many diffuse runoff sources such as rainfall, snowmelt, flowing over and through the ground, picking up pollutants as it goes. Some of these pollutants occur naturally, such as nutrients from sediments, manure, or pet wastes. Others pollutants such as fertilizers, automotive grease, and oil occur from our interaction with the environment. Stormwater acts as a carrier of non-point source pollution and therefore considered a major cause of water quality problems both in Michigan and nationwide.

Public Notice of Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP)

To this end, the school district has developed and has implemented a “Stormwater Management Program Plan (SWMP)” to reduce the discharge of pollutants from their MS4 to the Maximum Extent Practicable and protect water quality in accordance with the appropriate water quality requirements of Michigan Act 451, Public Acts of 1994, Part 31, and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the district National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Permit (NPDES).

A copy of the Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) is available for review on the district’s website. Any questions or comments regarding the Stormwater Management Plan should be directed to the Operations Department at 248-344-8445.

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