Northville Connections Northville Public Schools Digital Newsletter: December 2020

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

As our winter break approaches, and we give thought to the many ways in which our students, our staff, and our families celebrate the holiday season and welcome a new year, the themes of gratitude, light, generosity and community come to mind. We wish each of you the gift of time with family, and the hope that the new year brings. Despite the many challenges that we continue to face across our local community, our nation, and our world, we also have much for which to be grateful.

In 2020, we have all been called on to rethink the way we live, learn and spend time with those we hold dear. We have had to reinvent education as we know it, and for many of you, that has involved shifting schedules and finding new ways to run your household. We don’t take that flexibility lightly, and we appreciate your commitment to partnering with us on your child’s education.

I continue to be amazed by the tenacity of our students, families, teachers and staff. We are grateful this year for their willingness to always go above and beyond for our students. While not perfect, our teachers and staff have stepped up, together with our students and families, to ensure that learning and growth has continued in the midst of a pandemic, with a focus on supporting students’ academic, social and emotional growth. We still have a long road ahead in the coming months, however, the news regarding the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines brings with it the hope that we’ll be able to expand on opportunities for gathering in-person to a greater extent over time, and to more clearly envision the ways in which we can build on the lessons learned during this most challenging time to strengthen opportunities for all students.

As always, we encourage you and your family to continue to adhere to COVID-19 safety recommendations made by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We also encourage you to exercise caution—especially with children home from college, family visiting from out of town and gatherings of any kind. Our individual efforts to stay safe will benefit the health of our entire community.

As a reminder, our winter break begins at the end of the day today, December 18, 2020 through Sunday, January 3, 2021. Across Northville Public Schools, the week of Monday, January 4 through Friday, January 8, 2021 will be a full virtual learning week to mitigate a potential post-holiday surge in COVID-19 cases; with a return to the appropriate in-person instruction scenario by level beginning on Monday, January 11, 2021 through the end of our first semester. For more detailed information about the schedule for January 2021, along with the second semester planning that is in progress, please visit the District website.

I hope you will take a few moments to peruse the many fine examples of learning, leadership and excellence captured in this edition of Northville Connections, from within and beyond the walls of our classrooms. Thank you again for your commitment to our schools and for serving as our partner in your children’s education as we continue our journey to Open a World of Possibilities for and with each and every student. Have a safe and healthy break and a joyful holiday season.

With gratitude,

Mary K. Gallagher, Superintendent

In this issue of Northville Connections:

  • NHS Board of Education Recognition: National Merit & College Board
  • Distinguished Scholars, IB Personal Project, Fall Athletes
  • National Signing Day
  • Student Kudos: 8th Graders Selected for(MSBOA) Middle School All-State Band
  • Lions Club Peace Posters
  • NEF Innovative Grants Recipients
  • District Updates: COVID-19 Extended Learning Plan Adjustments, Order Lunches Online, Update Covid-19 Screening Tool, COVID-19 Dashboard
  • ABCD Award
  • NPS Online Auction
  • Upcoming Virtual Events

December 8, 2020 Board of Education Meeting Celebrating NHS Student Achievements

The Board of Education recognized student achievement in the classroom, on fields of play and in the community during the December 8, 2020 meeting.

College Board National Recognition

The College Board National Recognition program identifies students from underrepresented groups who have excelled on their PSAT/NMSQT and in their classrooms by earning a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher by the middle of their junior year. Recipients earning this distinction receive academic honors that can be included in college and scholarship applications. The following students received distinctions:

  • Valeria Guzman Barrientos: College Board National Recognition Program Hispanic Scholar
  • Phillip Bernwanger: College Board National Recognition Program African American Scholar
  • Cayden Saunders: College Board National Recognition Program African American Scholar

National Merit Scholars

Sixty-eight members of the Northville High School Class of 2021 have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as academically outstanding based on the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in their junior year.

Forty-four Northville seniors are National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists: Ankith Alluri, Shivangi Gupta, Archana Rao, Abhinav Athreya, Andy Jiang, Shriya Reddy, Harshad Bhojan, Ashna Khetan, Vaishvi Salvi, Lucas Biondo-Savin, Min Seo Kim, Divya Singhal, Jason Brown, Mahathi Krothapalli, Eric Song, Rohit Chadalavada, Sahithi Krothapalli, Daniel Tian, Troy Costew, Michael Loftus, Michelle Tong, Ria Ellendula, Hillary Luan, Kevin Tracz, Jesse Ernest, Kevin Millis, Anish Vankayalapati, Andreanna Fekaris, Ashna Mulchandani, Lily Wang, Sarah Gallagher, Heami Oh, Jeffrey Yang, Varsha Ganapathy, Matthew Pang, David Ying, Rahul Giridhar, Amit Pittala, Amanda Zhang, Emma Gniewek, Sashider Rajesh, Jeffrey Zhang, Megana Guntur and Amulya Raju.

Twenty-four Northville seniors are National Merit Scholar Commended students include: Nathan Bennett, Kaiya Lawing, Hannah Sondreal, Adam Bis, Alexandra McCausland, Aarti Sridhar, Wesley Broda, Sofia Petix, Charla Tang, Rhea Gainadi, Jannat Rayat, Evan Wegienka, Jack Gremel, Steven Santosh, Elizabeth White, Valeria Guzman Barrientos, Jesse Simpson, Justin Yang, Poonguzhali Karivalavan, Vikramaditya Singh, Luke Yang, Raama Katragadda, Jack Smith and Alisa Zhavoronkova.

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Personal Projects

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Personal Projects are ambitious and independent explorations of a topic of a student’s choosing. These projects encourage students to make connections between studies in traditional subjects and the real world and helps students learn how to learn. By taking part in the IB MYP Personal Project, you have taken ownership of your education and developed skills to research, organize, self-manage, and reflect.

Fifty students completed IB MYP Personal Projects:

  • Sarah Azeez - How Chemo Attacks Cancer Cells
  • Randa Khanafer - Chicago Tylenol Murders Podcast
  • Annika Zaar - Created and fundraised for a NEW Mental Health Awareness Section in the NHS Media Center
  • Raaga Sirani - Invasive Species
  • Disha Iyengar - Viruses
  • Jack Piasentin - Develop & Present a Proposal to Exclude Single Use Plastics at NPS
  • Nilan Nandish - Melanoma Cancer Research
  • Jessica Belknap - Bake Sales for The Coral Reef Alliance
  • Maria Cowden - Light the Night for Marfan's Syndrome
  • Regina Gomezdelcampo - Suicide Prevention Fundraiser
  • Tristan Janissee - Headstart School Stem Kits
  • Miranda Lenard - Care Packages for Kids in Hospitals
  • Ella Smith - Clothing Drive for Church
  • Julia Testani - Uniform Collection for Passback Organization
  • Laasya Vadrevu - Fine Arts Program Detroit Public Schools Fundraiser
  • Keerthana Danasekaran - Indian Dance
  • Tyler Doskocz - How to Cook Videos for Autistic Kids
  • Cutter Gauthier - How to Skate Hockey Videos
  • Reese Heaton - Learn to Play the Ukulele
  • Melanie Reym - Video on How to Use Music to Study
  • Anusha Chinthamaduka - Weight Loss
  • Sophia Ehlers - Healthy Living Book
  • Brady Fuller - Evolution of Hockey Equipment Essay
  • Megan Moriarty - Dog Treat Cookbook
  • Kaitlyn Rogala - Familia History\Time Period Book
  • Ved Muthusamy - An Analysis of the U.S. & China’s Diplomatic Dealings
  • Sivani Padala - Diet Plan Blog
  • Hamin Park - Original Webcomic
  • Lauren Sprow - Baking Book
  • Rachel Wira - Vegan Lifestyle Blog
  • Lillian Gregory - Built a boat rack for Rowing Club
  • Melissa Huizing - Built the Head of a Mascot Fursuit
  • Chethan Magnan - Modern version of the game of Life
  • Alex Martin - Custom Clothing
  • Kaustuv Mukherjee - Personal Desk
  • Jasper Gustafson - Model of Major Ski Slopes
  • Ramie Sussex - Redesign of Bedroom
  • Eeshan Khandelwal - Personal Computer
  • Alexandra Grabowski - Renovate a Room in the Family Basement
  • Mallory Hart - Painting on Native American History
  • Hana Ichikawa - Chiaroscuro Art Piece
  • Hannah Jahshan - Art Mural in Boys\Girls Bathroom NHS Main Street
  • Aidan Bennett - Website European\American Soccer Program Differences
  • Sambhav Gupta - Neural Network Artificial Intelligence
  • Mya Hastings - Website Pollution in Great Lakes
  • Shivang Khanafer - How to Photoshop Website
  • Pia Nadkarni - Baking Website
  • Aarv Shah - Unity Software Game
  • Andrew Sziraki - Hockey Equipment Website
  • Mehmet Tascioglu - Academic Games YouTube Channel
  • Daniel Zhao - Learn Python Programming

Fall Athletics

The 2020 fall sports season continued amid the pandemic allowing student athletes to compete and continue Northville's Tradition of Excellence. Amid the fall season, NHS celebrated the Girls Golf Team winning the State Championship, Girls Cross Country Team winning their tenth KLAA Conference championship, NHS Boys Cross Country Team finishing as runner-up during the KLAA Championship, Boys Tennis Team winning Division, Conference and District/regional champions among many other accomplishments from the Football, Volleyball and GIrls Swim/Dive Team.

The following teams were recognized:

NHS National Signing Day

The following student-athletes signed a National Letter of Intent on November 11th agreeing to attend and participate in a sport at a university. National Signing Day has become a celebrated event. Technically, student-athletes do not need to sign their National Letters of Intent on the first day of the Signing Period, but many do. NHS celebrated 8 seniors on Wednesday afternoon with individual signing day recognitions with students' coaches and families.

  • Kate Baker, Girls XC/Track attending Lake Superior State University
  • Luke Tardich, Boys Lacrosse attending Grand Valley State University
  • Nick Lauderback, Boys Lacrosse attending University of Michigan
  • Livvy Setla, Volleyball attending University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • Luke Wierengo, Boys Lacrosse attending University of Vermont
  • Kate Coomes, Girls Lacrosse attending Walsh University
  • Kelsey Komorous, Softball attending Grand Valley State University
  • Ava Kehoe, Women's Rowing attending Michigan State University

Congratulations seniors on your achievements!

Lions Club 6th Grade Peace Poster Contest

Congratulations to the Lions Club 6th grade Peace Poster contest winner, Hillside's Kaushani Mukherjee (pictured in background!) The theme this year is “Peace Through Service.” Many of the works of art showcased the essential workers during the Coronavirus pandemic with symbols of peace. A total of 126 entries were submitted between the two schools.

Meads Mill’s 1st place winner is Aadya Reddy Pullalarevu from Ms. Soukup’s class and the 2nd Place winner is Amelia Deller also from Ms. Soukup’s Class. Hillside’s 1st place winner is Kaushani Mukherjee from Mrs. Oliver’s class and the 2nd place winner is Angelina Saka from Mrs. Monk’s class.

Aadya Pullalarevu, Meads Mill (building level first place)
Angelina Saka, Hillside (building level second place)
Amelia Deller, Hillside (building level second place)

Congratulations to all students who participated and the winners, and thank you to the Lions Club for creating this opportunity for our students.

Student Kudos

Meads Mill 8th Graders Selected for Michigan State Band & Orchestra Association (MSBOA) Middle School All-State Band

Congratulations to Meads Mill 8th Grade Band students Valencia Zhang and Helen Lee! These students auditioned for the Michigan State Band & Orchestra Association (MSBOA) Middle School All-State Band this past month. Valencia Zhang earned a spot in the French Horn section, while Helen Lee was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Flute section.

There were close to 1,500 students across the state who auditioned for the All-State Bands & Orchestras. Typically, these students perform together at the Michigan Music Conference held in Grand Rapids every year in January, however, this year, due to the pandemic, the group will not be performing. Congratulations students for this achievement!

NEF Innovative Grant Recipients Announced

NEF Innovative Grants have been awarded and announced to the recipients!

Below is a list of the primary applicant (and fellow applicants), the school, the name of the project and how much was awarded.

  • Markus Hartnett (Amerman) - City X Project with 3D Printing ($3,000)
  • Ken Stark (Amerman) - Cup Stacking to Improve Hand Eye Coordination, Sequencing and patterns to help with Reading/Math ($600)
  • Amanda Tiba (Amerman - with Catherine Pinkleman, Robin Long, David Wayne & David Babich) - Let's Code a Little Bit Robot ($2,000)
  • Richard Tabor (Hillside) - 3-D Design Makerspace ($2,039.50)
  • Kenneth Turner (Hillside) - Video Creation ($498)
  • Laura Melvin (with Mike Soukup, Phil Timm, Jeff Schade & Whitney Cipriano - Hillside & Meads Mill) - Creating an "At Home Gym" for Our Virtual Middle School PE Program ($1,878.65)
  • Jennifer Hart (with Tonya Traylor, Amiee Ernst, Amy Soukup, Laura Demarti, Ryan Seig and Dunya Sandiha - Meads Mill) - Classroom Learning Environment Improvement Fluorescent Light Filters ($112)
  • Wendy Martin (with Dawn McGuffin - Meads Mill) - Fluorescent Light Filters for Classroom Lights ($112)
  • Dunya Sandiha (Meads Mill) - Study.com ($324.99)
  • Ashleigh Apostolovski (NHS) - Desmos Digital Classroom ($1,000)
  • Teryn Chrzanowski (NHS) - Google Expedition Field Trips for World History ($3,000)
  • Gabriel Pak (NHS) - Advanced Prototype Testing and Evaluation with Real-Time Sensor Data ($2,999.74)
  • Gabriel Pak (with Trish Krebs – NHS) - Virtual Reality to Explore the World in Lockdown ($2,993)
  • Jennifer Kasaba (with Brandy Gingell - OVS -Early Childhood) - Social Emotional Learning ($1,946.16)
  • Heather Zoldak (with Debbie LaLonde & Teri Goltfelter - Ridge Wood) - Learning Alive Journals ($1,074)
  • Tricia Behm (Ridge Wood EC) - Calming Nature Nook ($829.52)
  • Kimberly Kelly (Winchester) - 3D Sculpture: A Creative Approach to Design Thinking, Student Engagement and SEL ($591.77)
  • Sue Plummer (Cooke) - Insight through Eye Gaze ($3,000)

Congratulations to all!

District Updates

On Tuesday, November 23, 2020, the Northville Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved several short-term adjustments to the District’s current COVID-19 Extended Learning Plan from November 30, 2020 through January 11, 2021, including a shift to full Virtual learning for all students from Monday, November 30, 2020 through Tuesday, December 8, 2020, along with several adjustments based on grade level/program and an anticipated week of full Virtual learning the week following the December winter recess, from January 4, 2021 through January 11, 2021.

The following chart outlines the overall plan for high school, middle school, elementary school, and our Cooke Center program for the month of January 2021, barring any significant changes in the risk level for COVID-19:

Learn more about the COVID-19 Extended Learning Plan Adjustments.

Free Lunches for All Students - Order Online

Free lunches are available for pick up, for all Northville Public Schools students! Please order online via the nutrislice website.

Meals can be picked up daily for students participating in virtual learning in the West parking lot (Athletic Entrance.)

Covid-19 Student Symptom Screening Daily Form Updated

The Wayne County Health Department has revised the COVID-19 Student Symptom Screening Tool for Families, based on guidance from MDHHS as we enter into the cold and flu season. The revised tool separates symptoms into two categories and asks if you have any new, unusual or worsening symptoms in those categories. Additionally, the form asks if you have been in close contact with anyone that is positive. If any response is yes, you must keep your child home and contact your school to report any symptoms and the absence. It is critical that children are screened at home EACH MORNING before coming to school. This process is what helps keep our students and staff safe in school and a primary contributor to allowing us to continue in-person learning for students.

Read more for important information about the revised COVID-19 Student Symptom Screening Tool, reporting COVID-19 cases to schools, and COVID tracking updates.

The NPS COVID-19 Dashboard is accessible from all school websites.

NPS COVID-19 Dashboard

The Northville Public Schools COVID-19 Dashboard, with a link to a more detailed NPS COVID-19 Case Transparency Report, provides up-to-date information about COVID-19 reported positive/presumed positive cases affiliated with NPS students and/or staff members and resulting quarantines. Northville Public Schools Board of Education approved COVID-19 Extended Learning Plan and COVID-19 Response and Preparedness Plan are also available online, along with documentation of the review of COVID-19 risk mitigation protocols by the Wayne County Department of Health, Human and Veteran Services.

Two formal documents, required by law, specifically outline Northville Public Schools (NPS) 2020-21 operational and instructional plans, available for review on our district website: NPS COVID-19 Preparedness and Reentry Plan, approved by the Board of Education on 8/11/20; and the NPS Extended Continuity of Learning Plan, approved by the Board of Education on 9/22/20. The NPS Extended Continuity of Learning Plan will be reviewed, reaffirmed and/or revised on a monthly basis through the 2020-21 school year. The next review will take place during the October 27, 2020 Board of Education meeting.

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.

Online Auction of Classroom and Office Furniture, Kitchen Equipment

Northville Public Schools has several items including classroom furniture, tables, office furniture and kitchen equipment available for auction online. View these items on the Biddergy Website.

Inspection Times

All items listed in this auction are located for inspection at the following address and on the following dates / times only:

Monday, December 21st, 10am-4pm

220775 N Center St., Northville, MI 48167

Inspection is encouraged as all items are sold "as-is."

Payment & Removal

Successful high bidders are to make payment and remove items only on the dates / times specified below. It is the responsibility of the winning bidder to bring all tools and labor necessary for item removal. Biddergy accepts cash, wire transfer, money order, cashier's check, and credit cards (Visa, Discover, Mastercard, American Express.) Successful high bidders are responsible for any federal, state, and local taxes that may apply.

Monday, December 28th, 10am-4pm

Tuesday, December 29th, 10am-4pm

775 N Center St., Northville, MI 48167

Northville Public Schools Upcoming Events

December 21 - January 1

Winter Recess - No School

January 4 - 8 (unless risk level improves)

All Students participate in Remote Learning

January 11 - 29

High School: Hybrid (Self-Contained Special Education Full Time; Small Group/At Risk as Scheduled; Learning Labs)

Middle School: Hybrid/Core Cohort (Self-Contained Special Education Full Time)

K-5: In-Person M-F (Self-Contained Special Education Full Time)

Cooke: In-Person M-F

January 18

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - all schools no school

January 24

NHS Virtual Community Open House

January 29

End of First Semester

Half Day of School A.M.

Follow NPS online!

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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