NHS holds Prom in Downtown Northville
Seniors enjoyed an outdoor prom in downtown Northville on Thursday, May 27, 2021. Seniors wore prom gowns and suits, taking photos at Mill Race Village before heading to the outdoor prom event which included cotton candy and popcorn, games, a DJ, and outdoor dining at local restaurants.
Thank you to all of the NHS staff members, community members and families who helped to make this year's prom memorable!
Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremony
The Class of 2021 gathered all together for the first time since March of 2020 during a graduation ceremony unlike any Northville has experienced. Located at Tom Holzer Field, the ceremony took place on June 6th at 1 pm. Families sat on the familiar bleachers and extended family members and friends had the opportunity to tune into the livestream from home. Seniors were all smiles as they ran up to their peers, took photos in their cap and gowns and excitedly waited for their turn to walk across the stage and give Principal Tony Koski a congratulatory fist bump.
The Highlights: Speeches and Performances
Principal Tony Koski Remarks:
NHS class of 21, simply put you have inspired me with admiration. I reflect on all you have achieved over the last four years, and especially in the last year and a quarter. You have been our vaccine, our shot in the arm, to help make our community move forward with positivity, hope and grace.
Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher Remarks:
Each of you have contributed to who and what we are as Northville Public Schools, because you have given of yourselves as students, classmates and friends. You have enlightened us with your words. You have amazed us with the depth and breadth of your talents. You have heartened us with your empathy and compassion toward others, and you have challenged our thinking and helped us to grow as educators.
Student Speaker, Ria Ellendula:
We have truly learned the value of even the littlest moments that we may have once taken for granted. We've looked out for ourselves, for our friends, for our family and in doing this we've learned to treasure those around us just a little more.
Class President Elizabeth White Remarks:
Parents and graduates, I'd like to acknowledge the sacrifices of our past generations, our diverse narratives and the promise of both growth and education. Because, like many of us, my family moved to Northville for this moment, the pursuit of this education. So, to the generations before us, this is my salute to you because we are here, we are receiving this education due to your decisions, your actions, and your sacrifices; and the stories behind that education are what makes each diploma diverse.
National Anthem by Maya McEntyre and Brooklyn Stack
"Today My Life Begins" by Backbeat and TrebleMaker seniors: Gina Karkoski, Maya McEntyre, Suchir Pinnamaneni, Seth Sharples, Jacok Shurtleff, and Brooklyn Stack
Presentation of the Class Gift by Class Treasurer Hana Rababeh:
Donation of two benches to be placed in the new front vestibule in front of Northville High School.
Class of 2021, you make us proud!
- 68 National Merit Honorees
- 1 United States Presidential Scholar
- 3 National Recognition Program Scholars
- 1 MDE Breaking Traditions awardee
- 328 recipients of the President’s Award for Educational Excellence
- 26 International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidates
- 21 Core Academy graduates
Congratulations, Cooke School Graduates!
Cooke families and students celebrated the 2021 Cooke School graduates on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. A virtual ceremony was held in the morning followed by a car parade in front of the school.
Director of Special Services Elizabeth Santer said to the graduates,
"Know that life is a series of transitions. You are always leaving one chapter while moving on to the next. Know that we are proud of you. Know that what you have gained is only the beginning of what you can accomplish. Know that you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you'll ever know. Know that we know that you have a strength and resilience that is undeniable and we are honored that you have been part of Northville’s tradition of excellence. You have shown us what a world of possibilities looks like."
Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher congratulated the graduates on their many accomplishments saying,
"You, together with this incredible Team Cooke, have taught us the capacity within each of us to become effective communicators, quality contributors and continuous learners. You have challenged us to go beyond what some may not see as possible, to stretch beyond limitations, break new ground in learning and growth. You have taught us every day the meaning of courage and perseverence. You have enriched our lives and have challenged us to become better educators and better human beings."
Congratulations to the following Cooke School graduates of 2021!
NPS celebrates over 700 years of service during retirement recognition
The Northville Board of Education showed gratitude to the 2021 retirees who represent 733 years of service to Northville Public Schools. Honored retirees span across all six of the elementary school, Cooke School, both middle schools and the high school, food services and operations. The celebration began with sentiments from Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources David Rodgers about the immeasurable ways these retirees have touched the lives of students, staff and families and how all NPS staff have supported students followed by a photo slideshow (see video below.)
Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher said about the retirees:
Today, we celebrate with you and honor YOU – know that you have been a part of shaping who and what Northville Public Schools is – that we are a different, and better place as a result of having the opportunity to learn from, and work with you – as colleagues, mentors, coaches, leaders, learners – in good times and in difficult and challenging times as well. We have had the honor of seeing many of you in action – and know that your reach extends far beyond the walls of our classrooms and schools – we have seen you support students when they’ve grappled with injustice and witnessed you help turn difficult situations into learning opportunities; we have seen you dig deep to create opportunities for your students to have a voice, to understand their needs, negotiate the virtual world as well as our in-person scenarios – to connect with one other despite the barriers imposed by the pandemic. Now, more than ever, the significance of every one of our staff members – our nurses, food service staff, operations staff, our social workers, counselors, our administrative assistants, our educators and our building leaders has never been more apparent.
Thank you, retirees! Enjoy your retirement!
Those honored at the Board of Education meeting on June 8, 2021 include:
Denise Bryan, Principal, Moraine, 14 years
Jeanne Dumas, Admin Assistant, Cooke, 16 years
Christopher Ford, Teacher, NHS, 32 years
Beth Fritz, Amerman, Admin Assistant, 20 years
Kimberly Gall, Teacher, Ridge Wood, 26 years
Dolores Hartshorne, Para Educator, Silver Springs, over 24 years
Maura Jary, Teacher, Meads Mill, over 23 years
Ellen Kelly, Food Services, 19 years
Victoria Kopistiansky, Teacher, Hillside, 26 years
Suzanne Lipshaw, Teacher, Moraine, 12 years
John Michniak, Operations, 21 years
Kathleen Mroz, Teacher, Meads Mill, over 33 years
Diana Patterson, Assistant Principal, NHS, 26 years
Cassandra Patterson, Para Educator, Cooke, 23 years
Susan Thomas, Teacher, Moraine, 17 years
Elinor Truran, Teacher, Moraine, 35 years
Wendy Wilkinson, Teacher, Thornton Creek, 11 years
End of the year celebrations
Students from all schools celebrated the end of the 2020-2021 with fifth grade clap outs, eighth grade graduations, and classroom parties. Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you next fall!
Science Olympiad teams place in local, state, and national competitions
Amerman’s Science Olympiad competed in the Wayne-Oakland Science Olympiad (WOSO) tournament on June 12, 2021. The Amerman teams won in many categories and each Amerman team placed first in their grade level.
The WOSO events included:
- A is for Anatomy
- Amazing Arthropods
- Charged Up
- Crash Car Eggspert
- Crime Busters
- Grasp a Graph
- Mystery Architecture
- Precision Ping Pong Propulsion
- Reflection Relay
- Rock Hound
- Simple Machines
- Starry Starry Night
- Weather or Not
- Wild Life Safari
- Zowie Estimation
Meads Mill’s Science Olympiad Team placed third in the State tournament held on May 1, 2021 and the Hillside Science Olympiad team placed seventh place. Forty-nine teams participated in the tournament. Many middle school students placed in several events including # who placed first and were named State Champions. The Meads Mill Team also placed in top five in two trial events. The list of events are below:
- Trial Event: Fast Facts, 1st Place - Rishi Chowdhury (Meads)
- Trial Event: Codebusters, 5th Place - Rishi Chowdhury, Saharsh Pandey & Sriraam Hebbar (Meads)
- Disease Detectives, 1st Place - Josh Grewal, Rishi Chowdhury (Meads)
- Food Science, 1st Place - Amogh Mavatoor, Varnika Jakka (Hillside)
- Fossils, 1st Place - Sneha Hegde, Tanvi Kadiri (Meads)
- Helicopter, 1st place - Jerry Niu (Meads)
- Mousetrap Vehicle, 1st Place - Andrea Diaz, Isabella Alexander (Hillside)
- Digital Structures, 2nd Place - Rishabh Mavatoor (Hillside)
- Food Science, 2nd Place - Tanvi Kakunje, Varshan Muhinthan (Meads)
- Game on, 2nd Place - Josh Grewal, Saharsh Pandey (Meads)
- Heredity, 2nd Place - Andrea Diaz, Isabella Alexander (Hillside)
- Density Lab, 3rd Place - Rishi Chowdhury, Saharsh Pandey (Meads)
- Dynamic Planet, 3rd Place - Rishi Chowdhury, Saharsh Pandey (Meads)
- Helicopter, 3rd Place - Andrea Diaz, Isabella Alexander (Hillside)
- Crime Busters, 5th Place - Kavya Vadrevu, Samhita Chidam (Hillside)
- Experimental Design, 5th Place - Amogh Mavatoor, Ashrita Yenduri, Keertana Venkatesh (Hillside)
- Road Scholars, 5th Place - Sneha Hegde, Sriraam Hebbar (Meads)
- Water Quality, 5th Place - Jishnu Kandalam, Varnika Jakka (Hillside)
- Dynamic Planet, 6th Place - Laya Mantha, Srihan Sankepalle (Hillside)
- Anatomy & Physiology, 6th Place - Josh Grewal. Tanvi Kakunje (Meads)
- Reach for the Stars, 6th Place - Rishi Chowdhury, Saanvi Thippireddy (Meads)
- Circuit Lab, 7th Place - Jishnu Kandalam, Laya Mantha (Hillside)
- Machines, 7th Place - Joshua Lee, Sriraam Hebbar (Meads)
- Mousetrap Vehicle, 8th Place - Jerry Niu, Tarun Senthilkumar (Meads)
- Circuit Lab, 9th Place - Joshua Lee, Rohit Maddali (Meads)
- Experimental Design, 9th Place - Tanvi Kadiri, Tanvi Kakunje, Tarun Senthilkumar (Meads)
- Meteorology, 9th Place - Sneha Hegde, Sriraam Hebbar (Meads)
- Water Quality, 9th Place - Tanvi Kakunje, Varshan Muhinthan (Meads)
- Crime Buster, 10th Place - Shraya Ved, Sneha Hegde (Meads)
The NHS Science Olympiad Varsity team placed in 1st position in Division C in the State Tournament. The team scored 52 points in 23 events placing in the top 10 in all events out of the 52 competing teams. This is a new NHS record and the State record for Division C!
The NHS team was eligible to compete in Nationals hosted by Arizona University virtually from May 17th - 22nd. The team ranked 11th out of 61 teams. Placing first in the “Wright Stuff” event! View the list of events that the team placed in the top ten in below:
- Wright Stuff, 1st Place
- Disease Detectives, 2nd Place
- Detector Building, 4th Place
- Gravity Vehicle, 6th Place
- Anatomy and Physiology, 8th Place
- Dynamic Planet, 8th Place
- Codebusters, 9th Place
- Digital Structures, 10th Place
Congratulations to the Northville Science Olympiad teams!
NHS Robotics joins Unified community; wins first tournament
Northville Public Schools is proud to be part of the Unified community.
NPS has participated in Unified basketball for the past four years. The Northville High School Robotics Team, the Northville Robostangs, chose to add another initiative to the Unified Program, known as Unified Robotics. Teams of 2-4 Unified Athletes combined with 2-4 Peers worked to build a LEGO robot designed to push other robots off of a circular platform to emerge victoriously. Kelsey Mikiciuk coached a team of over 20+ students. These students were divided into four teams- Awesome Puppies and Rainbows, Team Indominus Rex, Giant Lizard, and The Cool Group. Because of Covid-19, practices were held virtually, once a week for two months.
Unified Athletes were mentored to become proficient in EV3 programming, a software using color-coded block programming to control the robot’s autonomous movements. The first competition in partnership with Frog Force was held on Saturday, May 22, 2021 against Novi High School.
The teams received the following awards:
- Exceptional Feature Award - Awesome Puppies and Rainbows
- Team Spirit Award - Team Indominus Rex
- Inclusion Award - Giant Lizard
- Tournament Winners, Sportsmanship Award - The Cool Group
Welcome, Mr. Joseph Reimann, Moraine's next principal
Moraine’s next principal to build on Moraine’s culture of student empowerment, learning and leadership
The Moraine Elementary School community will welcome Joseph Reimann as principal for the 2021-2022 school year. During Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting on June 8, 2021, the Northville Board of Education unanimously approved a one year contract for Joseph Reimann to serve as Principal of Moraine Elementary School. Joseph succeeds Denise Bryan who will be retiring at the end of the 2020-2021.
Mr. Reimann joins Northville Public Schools from Grosse Ile Township Schools where he taught music education, including band, across the preK-12 grades (primarily at middle school) for ten years before moving into elementary administration in 2016. He has served as principal at Meridian Elementary and Parke Lane Elementary. During his time as principal, Mr. Reimann focused on three areas of improvement, including student-focused advocacy, instructional leadership and community connection. In each of these areas of focus he established a character development program, supported teacher-led learning and led a Parent Book Club.
Throughout his career, Mr. Reimann has committed to continuous learning and acquiring Google certification, attending leadership conferences, and connecting with educators nationwide. This dedication to personal and professional growth has provided him the expertise in building school-community partnerships and developing a leadership culture that empowers and supports students. Mr. Reimann’s background aligns with and will continue to foster the growth-mindset culture at Moraine that is a pillar of the legacy of Principal Dr. Denise Bryan during her fourteen years as Moraine Elementary School’s principal.
“Mr. Reimann emerged as an exceptional candidate with 15 years of combined administrative, teaching, and counseling experience dedicated to developing a staff, empowering student leadership and engaging a school community,” said Northville Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher. “His commitment to cultivating a culture of learning, valuing positive relationships, and working toward a shared vision resonated with the input received from the Moraine school community and with Northville Public Schools administration.”
Mr Joseph Reimann said “I recently had the opportunity to tour Moraine Elementary and it is amazing to see how student leadership has had such a positive impact on the entire school. After talking with staff and some Northville families, it is clear that our community is committed to character education, world-class opportunities, and high expectations. What has been most impressive as I've learned more about Moraine and Northville is that students have a voice in their school community - they are active in making their environment a better place for learning and leading. I am honored to join the Moraine staff and the Northville Public Schools.”
Mr. Reimann earned his undergraduate degree at Central Michigan University and later returned to CMU for a Master’s Degree in school counseling before earning his administration credential through Eastern Michigan University in 2015.
Mr. Reimann lives in Beverly Hills with his wife, Mandy, of 12 years and three children Ellie (8), Lydia (6), and Joey (4). They love spending their weekends outdoors at a Metropark or Farmers Market. Mr. Reimann is an avid sports fan and enjoys finding any place with live music.
Northville STEAM Fair Awards
Northville Public Schools partners with the Northville Educational Foundation to
Congratulations to the students who received awards during this year's STEAM Fair! View the awards and the projects on the STEAM Fair website.
World of Possibilities Award - This is awarded to projects that are the most realistic in their solution to a problem
- Improve the Child Seat Belt Safety in Cars – Aadhyasri, 4th Grade & Shriyan, 1st Grade
- PPE (Protect Planet and Environment) – Ria, Nayonika and Kreesha, 5th Grade
- Space Debris – Zain, 4th Grade
- H20-ifier – Saamaja, 7th Grade & Sujana, 5th Grade
- Portable Hand Sanitizer - Lauren & Brooke, 12 Grade
- Environmentally Conscious Golf Ball Collection Device - Jacob & Andrew, 12th Grade
Most Creative Award - This is awarded to projects that are the most creative in its solutions, approach or appearance.
- Popcorn Bag Blanket Experiment – Emma, 1st Grade
- Hydraulic Robot – Anupriya and Shraddha, 5th grade
- Sanipod – Ritvik, Arjun, Chet, Iyi & Kevin, 8th Grade
- Twitter Sentiment - Ashna, Aarav, Julia, Rahul, Yaash & Yui - 11th & 12th Graders
- Vacuum Sealing Drawer - Paul, Jason & Jack - 12th Grade
Judges Choice Award - This is awarded to projects deserving recognition due to their excellence.
- Hydrating Tomato Plants w/ IV Fluid – Dominic - 5th Grade & Zachary - 3rd Grade
- Combining Spectrum for Ideal Plant Growth – Rishi - 7th Grade
- Stand-Up – Nidhi, Aryaa, Anushka & Elizabeth, 7th Graders
- Exterior Hockey Helmet Shell - Zack & Carl, 12th Graders
- Plant in a Sealed Bottle - Sydney, 12th Grade
Special thanks to the STEAM Fair Presenting Sponsor, Community Financial Credit Union, and the team of judges who spent hours viewing and evaluating the student's projects.
ABCD Award: Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
Nominate NPS Staff for contributions "Above and Beyond the Call of Duty."
The ABCD, Above and Beyond the Call of Duty, Award is open to nominations from students, parents, and staff for significant contributions by NPS employees that go beyond the norm. At least annually or by semester, all staff are eligible, there is no set number of awards.
Students, staff or parents may complete and submit this form detailing something truly Above and Beyond the Call of Duty by an NPS staff member. Submissions are received by the Office of Human Resources and will be reviewed by the Board’s Human Resources Policy/Personnel Sub-Committee for consideration. Individuals receiving this ABCD Award may be recognized at the public Board of Education meetings and/or in District communications.
This year's recipients include:
- Alice Janke, Teacher, Ridge Wood
- Andrea Padgen, Teacher, Winchester
- Blake Vertrees, Teacher, Amerman
- Danielle Hession, Teacher, NHS
- Elizabeth Bacigal, Para Educator, NHS
- Johanne Ray-Hepp, Teacher, Hillside
- John Kostrzewa, Teacher, NHS
- Kaitlynn Mikami, Teacher, Moraine
- Kelly Kreitman, Teacher, NHS
- Kelly Lindsay, Principal, Winchester
- Laura DeMarti, Teacher, Meads Mill
- Lynne Tuer, Teacher, NHS
- Markus Hartnett, Teacher, Amerman
- Matt Stetson, Teacher, NHS
- Maureen Nichols, Teacher, Thornton Creek
- Nancy Heitzman, Teacher, Meads Mill
- Nancy Kelly-Roach, Teacher, Hillside
- Tara Fortino, Teacher, Winchester
- Tim Dalton, Teacher, NHS