Northville Connections Northville Public Schools Digital Newsletter: NOVEMBER 2021

Dear Northville Public Schools’ Families, Staff, and Community,

The first quarter of the 2021-22 school year has flown by! Classroom communities have re-formed, and the work of learning and leadership is evident across our classrooms and schools. The opportunities to reconnect, celebrate learning, and return to some of our treasured Fall traditions have been joyful. Our redesigned spaces are expanding flexibility, access and opportunities for collaboration, and enhancing the learning environment across our schools. What are your children’s favorite spaces?

To learn more about the Northville Public School’s journey toward opening a World of Possibilities for and with each learner, our progress toward district goals, our celebrations and our challenges, we invite you to peruse the Northville Public Schools 2020-2021 Year-End Report, along with reviewing a synopsis of our 2020-21 Audit and Educational Highlights. In September 2021, the Board of Education reaffirmed the NPS 2020-2025 District Goals with identified areas of focus for the 2021-22 school year, setting our priorities for the coming year.

As Thanksgiving approaches, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing Northville Public Schools and for entrusting us with your children each day. We are grateful for the incredible support of the Northville school community, who value exemplary programs for all our students — whether it is in academic arenas, in the arts, on our fields/courts of play, and/or in the extraordinary range of extracurricular and/or service opportunities our students seek.

We are likewise grateful for the collective work of our students, staff, teachers and administrators in collaboration with parents and families, toward our vision of success for all students. Our teams of educators and instructional leaders continually seek to apply best practice instruction and to empower students to be active participants in their learning. There is no greater work than impacting the lives of our students in powerful and meaningful ways, and we are committed to creating the best possible learning environment in our classrooms, in our schools, and in all that we do as we seek to advance our Tradition of Excellence and truly open A World of Possibilities for and with each of our students.

We hope you enjoy this edition of Northville Connections!

Take care,


In this issue of Northville Connections:

  • NPS Gets National Recognition
  • Hillside 2.0 Ribbon Cutting & Community Open House
  • Student & Alumni Kudos
  • ABCD Award: Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
  • Seeking Community Input for Federal COVID Funding
  • NPS Welcomes New District Communications Specialist
  • NPS is Hiring
  • Crossing Guards Needed
  • COVID-19 Testing Site on Campus
  • Upcoming Events
  • Follow NPS on Social Media

NPS Gets National Recognition

Niche, a platform connecting students and families with colleges and schools, released its 2022 Best Schools and Districts rankings in late September.

"While traditional rankings rely almost exclusively on metrics like test scores and academic performance, Niche’s rankings provide a more personal view of a school. They combine user input — ratings from current students, alumni, and parents — with quantitative data from sources like the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate teachers, resources and facilities, extracurricular activity opportunities, and more." - Niche website

Hillside Middle School Ribbon-Cutting & Community Open House

Hillside Middle School Ribbon-Cutting & Community Open House

On September 30th, the community celebrated the launch of the newly renovated and redesigned Hillside Middle School with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and community open house. The event was well attended by students, families, staff, board members, and the Facility Review and Bond Study Committee. The upgrades were made possible by the passage of Bond 2017.

Hillside's newest addition was completed and students transitioned into the vibrant classrooms in January of 2021. The addition boasts a large cafeteria, doubling as a multi-use space with a stage, new instrumental rooms, and open spaces that can be used as learning spaces equipped with flexible seating and technology. Vibrant paint colors in the halls and classrooms were used to assist students with navigating the new space and create an energizing space for learning.


Student & Alumni Kudos

9th Grader Receives Lifesaving Award

NPS 9th grader, Jason Wang, receiving a formal commendation from Governor Whitmer, presented by State Representative Matt Koleszar.

Congratulations to Jason Wang, 9th grader at NHS, for receiving a formal commendation from Governor Whitmer for his lifesaving actions and for his work in environmental conservation. The award was presented by State Representative Matt Koleszar. Jasper also received a lifesaving award and an environmental conservation award from Scouts BSA. Jasper often assists his brother, Malcolm, during medical emergencies.


NHS Grad Wins 2021 Miss Michigan

Vivian Zhong graduated from NHS in 2015 with big aspirations. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Zhong was recently accepted into medical school to pursue a career as a pediatric oncologist. Zhong was crowned 2021 Miss Michigan during the scholarship competition in June. She earned the title, a $10,000 academic scholarship and the opportunity to compete in the Miss America 2021 program in December.

As Miss Michigan, Zhong plans to advocate for her social impact initiative “Golden Warriors: Fight Like a Kid.” Zhong plans to raise funds for cancer research and to advocate for children diagnosed with cancer.

Photo credit: Vivian Zhong's Instagram page


Fall Athletics

NHS fall athletes have had an outstanding season!

Girls Golf Team: KLAA Division and Conference Champs! Won their 4th consecutive State Championship!

NHS Mountain Bike Race Team: Finished the season in 1st place for Division 2 in the Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association State Championship XC Race.

Boys Tennis Team: Finished 3rd in the state! Our highest finish in school history! #1 Singles State Champion: NHS Sophomore Sachiv Kummar. #1 Doubles State Championship: NHS Seniors Quinn Cessar and Adi Pundhir. Won the KLAA Conference!

Boys Soccer Team: Congrats on becoming Regional Champs! KLAA Division and Conference Champs. MHSAA District and Regional Champs. Final Four Appearance (State Semi-Finalist).

Girls Cross Country: KLAA Division and Conference Champs. Team finished 2nd at the Regional and Jennie Line was the individual Regional Champion. Good luck at STATE finals!

Boys Cross Country: KLAA Division and MHSAA Regional Champs. Good luck at State Finals!

Volleyball:KLAA Division and MHSAA District Champs. Good luck in regionals next week.

Swim and Dive: KLAA Division Champs and good luck at the Conference meet this weekend.

Pictured from top left: Boys Tennis, Girls Golf, Girls Cross Country. Pictured from bottom left: Boys Soccer, and Mountain Bike Race Team.


Northville High School Athletics Hosts Inaugural Hall of Fame Ceremony

Northville High School Athletics hosted its inaugural Hall of Fame Induction in October, 2021. It was a beautiful celebration of some of our great student-athletes, teams, and coaches!

The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor Northville High School’s top student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and teams who have made a positive impact on the local community, have earned success on and off the field and who provide role models for today’s student-athletes. Here's the names of our first Hall of Fame class...

Muriel Bedford, Dr. Tony Briningstool, Dan Brown, Sue Cahill, Nicole Cauzillo, Dennis Colligan, John Horwath, Steve Juday, Thomas Long, Brian Masi, Cindy Panowicz, Darrel Schumacher, Mike Turnbull, 1973 Boys Swim Team, Ed Gabrys.

The Hall of Fame wall is located inside the high school along the fitness center hallway.

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.

Heidi Haite, physical education teacher, Winchester Elementary

The most recent ABCD Award was given to Heidi Haite, Winchester's Physical Education teacher. A parent nominated Ms. Haite because of her constant commitment to providing fun activities like "Haunted Gym" and "Reindeer Games". Plus, in the nomination form, it was noted that Ms. Haite has been helping out as a crossing guard.

"Last year with Covid, everything was different. The year wasn't the same as many things were taken away. However, in my Kindergartner's eyes, gym class was the best thing ever. It was the one special that they got to leave their classroom for, and they really had fun." - Nominating parent

Seeking Community Input for Federal COVID Funding

Northville Public Schools is applying to receive Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER III) along with accessing funding made available through an Equalization allocation (referred to as Section 11t Equalization funding). These funds are designated for one-time and/or short-term expenditures to address learning loss, and the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are seeking input and feedback from district stakeholder groups, including students, parents and staff members, as we begin to develop a plan for the most appropriate use of the funds to support student learning, mitigate the impact of COVID-19, and address the needs of students, with the parameters of the grant funds.

We are hosting two Informational/Input sessions, in addition to providing an opportunity for input through a stakeholder survey that will be available following the informational sessions. These sessions will be hosted virtually via Zoom as follows:

During the Informational/Input sessions, we will share information regarding ESSER III and Section 11t funding, the parameters for the funding, and ask you to share your thoughts and priorities with us either at the meeting, or via the stakeholder survey. The presentation will be recorded, and shared with the stakeholder survey for those unable to attend the informational sessions.

Your input is valued greatly. We look forward to sharing more information about these important funding sources, responding to questions you may have, and to hearing your thoughts, ideas and priorities for use of these funds to support student learning. Questions or comments may be directed to nps@northvilleschools.org.

NPS Welcomes New District Communications Specialist

Katie Rork, district communications specialist, NPS

Northville Public Schools welcomes Katie Rork as district communications specialist. During Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting on October 12, 2021, the Northville Board of Education unanimously approved a one year contract for Katie Rork to serve as district communications specialist. Katie succeeds Sarah Jacobs who held the position since 2019.

Ms. Rork joins Northville Public Schools with several years of experience in multimedia and digital content creation including 10 years of television broadcasting. Those who frequently travel to Northern Michigan may remember Katie Rork (formerly Boomgaard) as a news reporter and anchor for 9&10 news, Northern Michigan’s News Leader. Throughout her career, Ms. Rork has strived to find informative, creative, and impactful stories to tell.

“Katie brings extensive experience in media and broadcasting, along with a fresh perspective to our NPS team,” said Northville Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher. “Our school community has so many wonderful things happening with and on behalf of the students, families, and staff of Northville Public Schools. We are thrilled to welcome Katie Rork to our team and look forward to seeing our World of Possibilities come to life through our communications.”

“I am excited to share Northville Public Schools’ mission, goals, and achievements in a new and engaging way by incorporating my love for digital media,” said Ms. Rork. “I can’t wait to learn about the many instructional programs and extracurricular activities this prestigious district has to offer. I am honored to join Northville Public Schools.”

Ms. Rork earned her undergraduate degree at Madonna University where she studied Broadcast and Cinema Arts and pitched for the women’s softball team. She lives in South Lyon with her husband, Jeff, of 8 years and two children Charlotte (6) and Silas (3). They love spending their weekends creating fun memories.

Please feel free to contact Ms. Rork with media inquiries and story ideas involving Northville Public Schools at rorkka@northvilleschools.org.

Northville Public Schools is Hiring

Northville Public Schools is hiring the following part-time positions:

  • Food Service Assistant: Please visit www.northvilleschools.org click on the "Employment Tab" and select "Current Job Openings" for more information.
  • Lunch/Recess Monitor: Please contact the school principal for more information.
  • Substitute Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Para Educators: Substitute employment opportunities can be found through educational placement services at EDUStaff. Northville Public Schools uses this service for placement of teachers, K-12 Paraprofessionals, Para Educators and Office Support. If you are interested in becoming a Substitute, please visit www.edustaff.org/ or call (877)974-6338 for more information.


Seeking Bus Drivers

Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher addresses NPS' current bus driver shortage in brief video above.

Our transportation company, Durham School Services, would like to remind parents about their bus tracker app. Your Student, Your Child, Your Bus─at your fingertips.

Help get out kids to school on time and safely. Become a bus driver today!


City of Northville is Hiring Crossing Guards

The City of Northville is accepting applications for both full and part-time adult school crossing guard positions. This position is responsible for safely crossing elementary and middle school children at designated crosswalks before and after school. Work is performed outdoors in all types of weather conditions and requires the individual to be in good physical condition with good mobility.

The City of Northville Police Department will provide all training and equipment required by law to the crossing guard. Crossing times are in the mornings from 7:30 am-8:50 am, the afternoons from 2:55 pm-4 pm, and an occasional late morning/early afternoon shift on school early release days.

Pay is $12.65 per crossing (each crossing is 30 minutes in length) with each crossing guard typically covering 4.5 crossings per day. There are no fringe benefits with this position. The part-time position is substitute in nature that will fill-in during absences of the full-time crossing guards.

The position is open until filled. Applications are available on the city’s website and should be sent to the Chief of Police, Northville Police Department, 215 W. Main St., Northville, MI.


COVID-19 Testing Site on Campus

Northville Public Schools (NPS), in partnership with RAPIDBIO, is host to a reliable and convenient COVID-19 testing site on the Northville High School campus. All Northville students, staff and families are eligible to make a COVID-19 test appointment at this priority testing site:

Location: Northville High School, 45700 Six Mile Rd., Northville, MI 48168 (Main Entrance)

Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday, 4-6pm

Appointment link: https://patients.rapidbio.com/?location=Northville#register

Save the Date

Chasing Childhood

Chasing Childhood: Northville CARES for Youth, a collaborative of community organizations that support Northville youth in a variety of ways, is sponsoring a community viewing of Chasing Childhood on the following dates at Northville High School's auditorium:

Thursday, January 20, 2022: 6:30-8:15 pm

Saturday, January 29, 2022: 10:00-11:45 am

Chasing Childhood is a feature length documentary that explores how free play and independence is critical for developing essential life skills: grit, independence, and resourcefulness. This documentary shows how young adults can appear very accomplished on paper, but by the time they get to college they are struggling, and lacking the emotional tools to be more independent.

Watch: Chasing Childhood | Official Trailer (2021)


Parent Camp 2022

Northville Public Schools and the Northville Education Foundation will host Parent Camp 2022, Workshops for Parents, on Saturday, February 12, 2022. Parent Camp is a morning filled with resources, speakers, and workshops, presented to empower parents with practical knowledge, resources, and tools to help equip them to support and guide their children. To learn more, visit supportnef.org/parent-camp.

Northville Public Schools Upcoming Events

For more information about the event, visit Events Calendar and your school's website.

Winter Recess goes from 12/18/21 until 1/2/22. Classes resume on 1/3/22.


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