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

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

As we celebrate National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, I am honored to join our students, families, PTA’s, Board of Education, and Central Office team in expressing heartfelt gratitude, appreciation and KUDOs to our teachers, our staff, and our principals for ALL that they do each and every day to touch the lives of our students, our families, and each other in immeasurable ways – perhaps never more apparent than during this unprecedented time of challenge. We extend our gratitude to our teachers, our staff and our families for stepping up to the challenge, for persevering, reaching out, and continuing to make such a profound difference for and with our students and families. Whether its serving a meal, zooming in on a gathering, providing essential services, asking for a microphone to be muted for the zillionth time, delivering technology, welcoming a new student, supporting a child in grief, or helping to create a sense of normalcy in a time anything but normal, the work that our staff is doing matters, and it makes a difference.

Our gratitude and appreciation is likewise extended to our students, families, PTAs and community for all of the beautiful notes and gestures of appreciation that have provided the opportunity for our staff to bask in the gratitude of our students and families, and experience the beauty, the light, and the love captured in the many videos, notes, and special deliveries shared with them, our HEROES, this week and beyond.

Thank you to our families and community for your patience, support and feedback as we transitioned to our current Continuity of Learning Plan following Spring Break. The results of the Distance Learning & Instruction Stakeholder Survey are included in this newsletter.

We are continuing to work together with students and parents of the Class of 2020 on the ways in which we will celebrate and honor our Class of 2020 graduates, while also recognizing the limitations of our current circumstances and the newly extended Stay Safe. Stay Home. Executive Order extending through May 28, 2020. Thank you to all who have responded to survey sent out to seniors and their parents. High School Principal Tony Koski has provided weekly updates in the Mustang Trail. Look for more updates in the coming weeks as we set a date for a virtual Honors’ Convocation, along with the plans under consideration for a combination of a virtual/modified graduation ceremony. We have a remarkable Class of 2020, who despite enduring many hardships have also demonstrated incredible strength, resilience and compassion for and with one another. We look forward to honoring and celebrating this important milestone in ways that we hope will be both special and memorable.

Thank you for your partnership as we work together with our students, staff, families and community to promote the learning, safety, health and well-being of all.

Take care and be well,

Mary K. Gallagher, Superintendent

In this issue of Northville Connections:

  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • NHS Robostangs Win Chairman's Award
  • NHS DECA Wins at State Competition
  • Meads Mill Science Olympiad Team Celebrates Successful Season
  • Transforming the Classroom
  • Continuity of Learning Plan: Distance Learning Board, School Re-entry Taskforce, Continuity of Learning Stakeholder Survey Results
  • IB Update: Limited Schools of Choice
  • Registering for Summer Programs
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • Virtual STEAM Fair
  • Upcoming Digital Events

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

This week the Northville Schools community shared their appreciation and support of Northville educators and staff.

Northville PTA Appreciation Video

The Northville PTAs put together a montage video of community members and students saying "Thanks", "We Miss You" and "We Love You!"

View the video below:

Note of Thanks

Former Thornton Creek student sent out a special shoutout of thanks to her fourth grade teacher Mr. Meyer on Twitter.

Tweet states: "Yesterday I found my 4th grade teacher (from 19 years ago!) & wrote him an email thanking him for helping inspire me to become a teacher. He still teaches 4th grade at the same school, and I’m sure he is still inspiring all kids. Thank you, Mr Meyer! @CreekGators @rcsdsargeant"

NEF's Thank a Staff Campaign

For a donation to NEF, each honored teacher will receive a personalized certificate recognizing the contribution made in his or her name, PLUS a "You are a Super Hero" magnetic dry eraser as a daily reminder of how much you appreciate them. Certificate/gift packages will be delivered by NEF in June.

Proceeds from Thank A Staff will help NEF support the District's program and initiatives during this difficult time. The NEF raised over $6,000 last year during this campaign and hopes to surpass that amount this year!

One certificate & gift per $15 donation or donate $125 for ten certificates & gifts. Ordering deadline is May 22, 2020.

NHS Robostangs win Chairman's Award at Livonia Competition

Although COVID-19 has suspended all 2020 FIRST events the Northville Robostangs Robotics team won the Chairman’s award at the Livonia District Competition! This achievement was the highest honor the team could receive at the competition. Teams were judged by the information submitted.

The Robotstangs extend their gratitude to each of their sponsors, mentors, and parents for supporting the team even through the short season!

Congratulations Robostangs!

DECA State Competition 2020

Congratulations to the NHS DECA team for their accomplishments during the 2020 State Competition. The team had over 100 State Competitors, nearly 105 medals earned and 22 competitors moving onto the International Conference!

The following awards were given to students who remotely participated in DECA events:

Abhi Athreya: 1st place, Competition University Entrepreneurship Exam; 1st place, Competition University Business Administration Exam; earned the diamond certificate after scoring 1st place with a 95% on the Competition University Financial Literacy Test.

Shivangi Gupta: 2nd place, Competition University Entrepreneurship Exam

Sambhav Gupta: 4th place, Competition University Business Administration Exam; earned the Ruby Level certificate after placing 4th on the Competition University Financial Literacy Test

Amanda Zhang received Ruby Level certificate after earning the highest score in the entire competition University's Online Exam Contes

Follow Northville DECA on Twitter for the latest news: @NorthvilleDECA

Meads Mill Science Olympiad Celebrates Successful Season

The Meads Mill Science Olympiad team attended 10 invitations before the season ended. The team won the following awards:

3rd place out of 35 teams in Northview Invitational, OH

2nd place out of 34 teams in Liberty Invitational, MI

2nd place (tied with first place) out of 26 teams in Westlake Invitational, OH

1st place out of 41 teams in Cobra Invitational, MI

4th place out of 45 teams in Solon Invitational, OH (National level competition)

6th place out of 51 teams in Centerville Invitational, OH (National level competition)

1st place out of 37 teams at the University of Michigan Invitational, MI.

3rd place out of 40 teams in Holt Invitational, MI

3rd place out of 32 teams in West Liberty Salem Invitational, OH

Congrats to Meads Mill Science Olympiad Team!

Stay tuned for news about the NHS and Hillside Science Olympiad teams.

How NPS is Transforming the Classroom

Students are learning in new ways throughout the world. Here in Northville our teachers and administrators are engaging with students through video during weekly or daily synchronous, or live, class sessions and also sharing asynchronous, prerecorded, lessons or resources.

Principals Devon Caudill from Amerman and Deagon Jewitt from Thornton Creek are reading chapter books to students. Families received email updates when new chapters are available to view.

Teachers, Ms. Julie Willerer from Amerman and Ms. Jenny Willerer from Winchester created a Zoom Expectations video that teaches students the appropriate ways to attend a Zoom class. Hillside teacher Mr. Ken Turner created an engaging lesson for his 6th grade class using the medium to interact with students and continues showing best practices in interpreting text.

Silver Springs hosted virtual author visits with Supriya Kelkar. Supriya Kelkar joined each grade level virtually on April 22nd. Supriya is an award-winning author of many books including "The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh," "Ahimsa," and "American as Paneer Pie."

Winchester music teacher, Mr. Josh Kolpak, is a pianist who was supposed to play Beethoven in concert at Oakland University at the end of March, which was unfortunately cancelled. Instead the concert was performed via livestream on YouTube.

Meads Mill A Capella Choir shared a performance of Natural by Imagine Dragons. The video, which was a zoom video compilation, premiered on YouTube on Friday, May 8th at 3:15 pm. You can view the performance on YouTube.

These are a few examples of the work and creativity happening throughout the District. Thank you to our educators, staff and administrators who are connecting with our students through diverse and creative mediums.

Are we missing a story?

Tell us what your classes are doing! Email Sarah Jacobs at jacobssa@northvilleschools.org about how your students are learning in interesting and new ways. Your story may be featured on the District Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Continuity of Learning Plan Information

Bookmark the Distance Learning Board (Parent Portal!)

The Distance Learning Board is a collection of commonly used platforms and information on how to access learning resources provided by Northville Schools educators.

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, PTA members and the District Nurse.

The purpose of the NPS COVID-19 School Re-entry Task Force is to research, develop and provide recommendations for a range of potential school re-entry scenarios, based on CDC and MDHHS guidelines to mitigate COVID-19 risks and protect the safety and wellbeing of students, families and staff members while maximizing opportunities for student learning.

The group will use 11 guiding principles while making decisions for recommendations. The principles include a focus on student learning, flexibility to address a range of needs, an understanding that some approaches may not be suitable at all grade levels, and providing multiple options for families and staff.

Three situations in which the Task Force will make considerations include a full open with the addition of safety precautions, a partial open with a blended classroom configuration and additional safety precautions, and a continuation of distance learning with schools remaining close. Considerations for each of these scenarios will be aligned with District Goals.

With the voices of a variety of district and community members heard, Northville Public Schools will navigate this unprecedented situation with a dedication to student learning and a mindfulness of the safety of our school families.

Continuity of Learning Stakeholder Survey Results

Thank you to the families, students and staff members who participated in the Continuity of Learning Stakeholder Survey. Your input gives us an idea of how we can help our families, students and staff members during school closures. We gathered information about the use of technology in the household and preferences of synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Northville Schools is committed to providing you the information you need about school closures due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Please visit the Northville Public Schools website for the latest updates and information.

IB Diploma Update

Northville Public Schools offering limited open enrollment through Schools of Choice in the International Baccalaureate Diploma

Northville Public Schools is accepting Schools of Choice applications under Section 105 and 105c of the Michigan School Aid Act for the 2020-21 school year. The availability is limited to five (5) openings in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program at Northville High School. This application process is limited to incoming Juniors who are applying for the full IB Diploma Program. Applications will be accepted beginning May 11, 2020 through 4 p.m. on June 5, 2020.

In accordance with the legislated requirements, and in order to support the District’s goal of excellence and equity for all students, a review of each prospective student applicant’s eligibility for the Diploma Program is required using the same criteria applied to prospective resident Diploma Program students.

The Northville Public Schools Section 105 and 105c (Non-Resident) Schools of Choice Application is available through the Office of Human Resources. Completed applications, including all forms and recommendations must be mailed or hand delivered to the Northville Public Schools Human Resources Department, 405 West Main Street, Northville, Michigan, 48167, by 4 p.m. on June 5, 2020. The District is unable to accept electronic applications.

Applicants found to be ineligible for the Diploma Program will be notified on or before June 19, 2020. Should the number of applications approved by the Diploma Program Review Team exceed the five (5) openings specified for Section 105 and 105c Schools of Choice students, the school district will use a random draw (lottery) to select the applicants who will be offered enrollment. If necessary, the lottery will take place at 8:30 a.m. on June 17, 2020 at the Northville Public Schools Board of Education offices, also located at 405 West Main Street, Northville, Michigan 48167. Families applying for limited Schools of Choice are welcome to attend the lottery drawing.

Selected students will be informed regarding placement no later than June 19, 2020.

Details regarding the lottery procedures, the Schools of Choice application, and answers to frequently asked questions about the Section 105 and 105c Schools of Choice option are available on the district website at www.northvilleschools.org.

Once a student is accepted to open enroll under Section 105 or 105c, he or she may continue to be enrolled in Northville Public Schools until graduation or until he or she withdraws from the program. Northville Public Schools is accepting Schools of Choice applications under Section 105 and 105c of the Michigan School Aid Act for the 2020-21 school year. The availability is limited to five (5) openings in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program at Northville High School. This application process is limited to incoming Juniors who are applying for the full IB Diploma Program. Applications will be accepted beginning May 11, 2020 through 4 p.m. on June 5, 2020.

In accordance with the legislated requirements, and in order to support the District’s goal of excellence and equity for all students, a review of each prospective student applicant’s eligibility for the Diploma Program is required using the same criteria applied to prospective resident Diploma Program students.

The Northville Public Schools Section 105 and 105c (Non-Resident) Schools of Choice Application is available through the Office of Human Resources. Completed applications, including all forms and recommendations must be mailed or hand delivered to the Northville Public Schools Human Resources Department, 405 West Main Street, Northville, Michigan, 48167, by 4 p.m. on June 5, 2020. The District is unable to accept electronic applications.

Applicants found to be ineligible for the Diploma Program will be notified on or before June 19, 2020. Should the number of applications approved by the Diploma Program Review Team exceed the five (5) openings specified for Section 105 and 105c Schools of Choice students, the school district will use a random draw (lottery) to select the applicants who will be offered enrollment. If necessary, the lottery will take place at 8:30 a.m. on June 17, 2020 at the Northville Public Schools Board of Education offices, also located at 405 West Main Street, Northville, Michigan 48167. Families applying for limited Schools of Choice are welcome to attend the lottery drawing. Selected students will be informed regarding placement no later than June 19, 2020.

Details regarding the lottery procedures, the Schools of Choice application, and answers to frequently asked questions about the Section 105 and 105c Schools of Choice option are available on the district website at www.northvilleschools.org.

Once a student is accepted to open enroll under Section 105 or 105c, he or she may continue to be enrolled in Northville Public Schools until graduation or until he or she withdraws from the program.

Registering for Summer Programs

Due to current circumstances, Northville Schools will be opening Summer School registration for Northville Students on May 11, 2020. Out-of-district student registration will be open on May 18, 2020. Please note that onsite courses are tentative.

A virtual Summer Programs Parent Meeting will be scheduled in place of an in person parent meeting. Summer programs will continue to be under development with potential for virtual and nonvirtual classroom environments.

Information, updates and Parent Meeting information will be updated on the Northville Public Schools website.

Northville Parents: It's almost 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: Attend Your Schools’ Parent Orientation and Kindergarten Round-Up

Parent Orientation will be taking place through Zoom meetings.

Moraine Elementary

Ridge Wood Elementary

Amerman Elementary

Thornton Creek Elementary

Winchester Elementary

Silver Springs Elementary

2020 Northville STEAM Fair

The 2020 theme is "Our Planet: Solving Today's Problems to Open a World of Possibilities for Tomorrow."

The Annual Northville STEAM Fair looked a little different this year. Although the event was canceled, several students digitally submitted their projects. Students shared photos, videos, and powerpoints of their projects. Below is a little of submitted work. View all projects on the STEAM Fair website. Great work students! We can't wait to see what you come up with next year!

"Dragonville"

Winchester Elementary - 1st Grade - Mrs. Borman

Reese Zhou, Annabelle Frazier, Brianna Keros, Gabrielle Parezes and Ana Menkulasi create a village powered by renewable energies: wind, solar, water system, and more!

"What do I do with this plastic bag?"

Amerman Elementary - 3rd Grade - Mrs. McDougall

Rohan Khetan explores what happens with a plastic bag when you try to recycle it and what you can do to help. It includes the design of an AI-powered robot system to sort contaminants in the recycling facility!

"Types of Energies Using A Ball Launcher"

Silver Springs Elementary - 3rd Grade - Ms. Georgoff

Jaydeep Dalvi explored different types of energy including potential energy, kinetic energy, static energy and projectile motion using simple material available at home. He put forth a hypothesis and actual readings of force and distance to give an overall idea about energies and motion.

"From Lunchrooms to Landfills & Oceans: Plastic Poisons Our Planet"

Moraine Elementary - 5th Grade - Ms. Masters

Katie A., Anna F., Penni H., Grace R., Michelle W., Maggie W. and Jazmine Z. seek to educate about the negative consequences of plastics, and teach how to reduce their use. Their focus was to teach ways in which kids could Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Upcycle plastic, specifically in school lunchrooms.

"PlanIt App"

Northville HIgh School - 11th Grade - Mrs. Krebs

Ashna Khetan created PlanIt is a smartphone application that stores, organizes, and analyzes one's tasks, such as their school assignments, activities, and chores!

"Adventure: Sheks"

Northville High School - 9th Grade - Ms. Krebs

Julia Huang created a text-based Game made with Python. This game takes users on an adventure where they will fight some bad guys, or Sheks, and return the gemstar. People can respond by typing in their replies. Click here to play the game.

"How can we prevent red tide so that ocean life won't die?"

Amerman Elementary - 3rd Grade - Mrs. Parnin

Krish Rajurs, Connor Quade, Carter Yee and Alex Georgiadis present what is "red tide," discuss its cause and effect and explore the problem and solution of red tide.

"Save Coral Reefs"

Amerman Elementary - 3rd Grade - Mrs. Parnin

Andrew Liu explores the reasons why coral reefs are in danger and some solutions to help with it.

"Obesity"

Amerman Elementary - 3rd Grade - Mrs. Parnin

Elijah Pallekonda educates on issues around obesity.

"Coral Reefs"

Amerman Elementary - 3rd Grade - Mrs. Parnin

Andrew Keros presents an overview of coral reefs including a history of when the Great Barrier Reef was first formed, effects on coral reefs today that are putting them in danger and whether this is good or bad for the environment.

"Renewable Resources"

Amerman Elementary - 3rd Grade - Mrs. Parnin

Liam Francis informs people about types of renewable and nonrenewable resources.

"Ocean Pollution"

Amerman Elementary - 3rd Grade - Mrs. Parnin

Briana Caushi, Chloe Holbrook, Sophia Katsman and Max Shamas present about ocean pollution causes and what we can do to change it.

"Wind Farms in the Great Lakes"

Amerman Elementary - 3rd Grade - Mrs. Parnin

Emily Eberhardt and Sarah Gubing describe different ways to use windmills as energy to not pollute the environment. It compares and contrasts different types of wind turbines and explains the benefits and harms of wind farms.

"How Can We Save the Turtles so that Their Ecosystem Can Regenerate?”

Amerman Elementary - 3rd Grade - Mrs. Parnin

Leo Kowalyk discusses This report talks about the problems facing sea turtles in our environment and how we can help save them.

"Blizzards"

Amerman Elementary - 3rd Grade - Mrs. Parnin

Kate Lis and Michelle Wang explore blizzards. What is a blizzard? How is it different than a snowstorm? What causes them? How to prepare and what to do if you are caught in a blizzard.

"Coral Bleaching"

Amerman Elementary - 3rd Grade - Mrs. Parnin

Tim Luan discusses how to prevent coral bleaching and how to save the corals.

"Oil Spills"

Amerman Elementary - 3rd Grade - Mrs. Parnin

Sienna McClain explores how we can stop oil spills so that our oceans do not get polluted.

"Blizzards"

Amerman Elementary - 3rd Grade - Mrs. Parnin

Willa Bonsall presents how to stay safe in a blizzard.

"Solar Energy"

Amerman Elementary - 3rd Grade - Mrs. Parnin

Nico Galea educates people about how good Solar Energy is, because one day it can help the planet.

See all the projects by visiting the Northville STEAM Fair website.

The STEAM Fair is made possible by a grant from the Northville Educational Foundation, supported by the community through sponsorships and volunteers and this year's presenting sponsor, Community Financial Credit Union.

May 25

Memorial Day Recess

May 26

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

June 9

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

June 11

Last Day of School

June 23

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

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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.

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