Northville Connections Northville Public Schools Digital Newsletter: October 2020

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

We are two months into the 2020-2021 school year, and have much to be proud of, and grateful for, as we journey through these unique times. We welcomed families selecting the in-person option back into our schools and classrooms across the District by the first week in October, as our full virtual students continue learning online. From pre-K through high school, and across our schools, our students, staff, and families have demonstrated incredible flexibility and adaptability in following the safety measures in place in a manner that helps keep our school community safe. Our in-person and our virtual learners and leaders continue to demonstrate a growth mindset, find new and innovative ways to connect with one another and support learning, overcome obstacles, and address challenges.

Our Class of 2021 academic accolades include an amazing cadre of 68 National Merit Semi-Finalist and Commended students we look forward to honoring in the upcoming months. Our student athletes returned to our fields of play with safety protocols in place; our award-winning marching band, dance and cheer teams performed at half-time for the first time last Friday as the Mustangs held on to the Baseline Jug; and our girls’ golf team swung their way to an amazing three-peat State Championship!

The joy that has come from reconnecting in and outside of our classrooms, both virtually and in person, has underscored that our schools are a vital part of meeting the academic, social, emotional and physical needs of our students. With COVID-19 numbers on the rise in our region, and across our state, it is critical that we all remain mindful of safety protocols both inside and outside of school. We ask that everyone adhere to the directives of our local and state health departments: wear a mask, maintain physical distancing both inside and out, wash hands frequently, and stay home if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness. By working together, we can impact the trajectory of COVID-19, and keep our students in school.

We are grateful for the many opportunities made available to our students, families and staff across our community as a result of the strong partnerships between our schools and our community. You’ll find a host of these opportunities referenced in our monthly Connections newsletter, in our community updates, Listserv messages, weekly communications from our principals, and through our school and district websites and social media channels.

We look forward to our ongoing journey to Open a World of Possibilities for and with each of our students, and to growing stronger through our collaboration with our students, families, staff and community.

Stay safe and be well,

Mary K. Gallagher, Superintendent

In this issue of Northville Connections:

  • Fall Sports Update
  • National Merit Scholars
  • NHS CyberStart Team Wins Big Nationally and in State
  • Cooke Staff Participate in Overcoming Grief Activity with New Hope Center
  • October is National Principals Month
  • Northville Educational Foundation: Supporting Northville Public Schools
  • NPS Health Advisory Board Wellness Newsletter
  • Staff Acknowledgement: Alice Janke on the Channel 4 Rhonda's Brag Book Segment
  • Nov. 3rd Election Information: NPS Board Candidates, Wayne County Enhancement Millage
  • ABCD Award: Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Staff Recognition
  • District Updates: COVID-19 Symptom Screener Updated, COVID-19 Dashboard, District Goals
  • Middle School After School Academic Enrichment Program
  • Upcoming Events

Fall Sports Update

The 2020 fall sports season continued amid the pandemic allowing student athletes to compete and continue Northville's Tradition of Excellence. Northville was listed as one of the top 100 Michigan Public High Schools for athletes this year by MLive.

Congratulations to all students for your hard work and dedication this season!

New this year!

Livestream available: Watch Northville Athletic events

Girls Golf - State Champs!

The NHS Varsity Girls Golf team earned their third straight Division 1 State Championship, winning by nine strokes over runner up Rochester. Down by two strokes with five holes left to play, the Mustangs collectively shot 2 under par as a team for the final four holes to take the victory! The victory came in a highly competitive division with several teams trading victories over the course of the season. On top of these impressive stats, the team also boasts an “eye-popping” Team GPA of 3.936 for Academic All-State consideration, according to Coach Chris Cronin, earning a heartfelt BRAVO for excellence on the course and in the classroom!

Girls Cross Country

The Girls Cross Country Team won their tenth KLAA Conference championship on October 17th with a 57-point victory. Each of the runners placed in the top 18 of the race with NHS junior Jennie Line finishing in fourth place and Yasmine Mansi placing in fifth.

The team will be running next at the MHSAA Pre-Regionals in Novi on October 24, 2020. Stayed tuned with all the latest news from NHS Girls Cross Country Team by following their Twitter account @NVilleGirlsXC.

Boys Cross Country

NHS Boys Cross Country Team finished as runner-up during the KLAA Championship race with a score of 60 beating Novi by 21 points.

Jacob Meek finished in sixth place and Nathan Hayes finished in tenth. Each NHS runner finished the race with a season-best time; six of those were career-bests. Each Northville finisher placed in the top 28, all seven Mustangs earned All-Conference honors.

The team will be running next at the MHSAA Pre-Regionals in Novi on October 24, 2020. Follow the season by following Northville Athletics twitter @nvilleathletics.

Women Swim and Dive

The Women Swim and Dive Team has had a great season with swimmers Emily Roden, Julia Tuinman, Laurel Wasiniak, Emily Lowman already making the state cut for MHSAA State Finals on November 20-21, 2020 in Hudsonville.

On October 15th's Senior Night, the team highlighted senior swimmers Alisa Zhavoronkova, Abby Wilbanks, Katie Wasiniak, Elena Sharnowski, Sydney Shanahan, Madison Nathan, Aditi Mukhi, Jenna Montemayor, Malayna Mancinelli, Maggie Kuban, Ashna Khetan, Hannah Jaghab, Charlotte Green, Maria Fiebig, Sarah Dolph, Katie Cooney, Giulia Castiglioni, and Shreya Abraham.

Stayed tuned with all the latest news from NHS Women Swim and Dive by following their Twitter account @Northvillewome1.


The NHS Mustangs kept their hold of the Baseline Jug after beating Novi on October 16, 2020 game. At half time, Novi was up by 4 points, but the Mustangs completed the game with 24 points while Novi ended the game with 14 points. Follow the season by following Northville Athletics twitter @nvilleathletics.


After an unprecedented season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Boys Tennis Team celebrated being the Division, Conference and District/regional Champs.

Matthew Freeman will be playing in the No. 1 Singles Finals on October 21, 2020. Follow the season by following Northville Athletics twitter @nvilleathletics.


The Girls Varsity Volleyball team has had a strong season. The team is currently in 2nd standing in the KLAA West Division. Senior players Jenna Boksha, Mia Genitti, Laryssa Imbuzeiro, Sydney Reed, Jaden Rice, Livvy Setla and Lexi Tithof were acknowledged during the October 20th game against Hartland. The team will be competing in their first round at Districts on November 2, 2020. Follow the season by following Northville Athletics twitter @nvilleathletics.


The NHS Boys Soccer Team recognized the senior players during the October 1, 2020 soccer game. The seniors included Yianni Canelopoulos, CJ Castiglione, Max Daskal, Javier Del Bosque, Caneron Korhumel, Jacob Lynett, Ryan Miklus and Harrison Neal.

NHS Varsity Boys Soccer won their first MHSAA Districts game against Walled Lake Western on October 14, 2020. With 40 seconds left in the game, the Mustangs took the lead 2-1. Follow the season by following Northville Athletics twitter @nvilleathletics.

68 National Merit Scholars

68 students from the Northville Class of 2021 receive National Merit Scholar honors

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. The students will be honored as part of the Northville Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Forty-Four Northville seniors are National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists, ranking them among the top 1 percent of the more than 1.5 million students across the nation participating in the National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC). These students also have the opportunity to move forward in the nationally recognized scholarship competition. National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists from the Northville Class of 2020 include 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.

National Merit Scholar Commended students rank among the top 5 percent of their peers academically. The 24 Commended students in the Northville Class of 2021 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.

Northville High School Principal Tony Koski commended students for their achievements saying “As National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists and Commended students, these seniors have excelled in their academic abilities and have the potential for great success as they prepare for collegiate studies."

"We honor their commitment and dedication to their educational journeys and know that they will continue to accomplish great things in their future endeavors.”

NHS CyberStart Team Takes 16th Nationally; 2nd in Michigan!

The Northville CyberStart Team was recognized by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II on October 8th during the 2020 North American International Cyber Summit for their success in the 2020 SANS Girls Go Cyber Start National Competition that took place in May. The Northville CyberStart Team finished 16th in the nation and 2nd in the state of Michigan. Rishika Satapathy's individual ranking was 4th in the state.

Team members include: Divya Singhal, Hillary Luan, Nicole Freundl, Aditi Mukhi, Rishika Satapathy, Dana Clafton, Heami Oh, Jahnavi Rajagopal, Brooke Fortman, and Hannah Wiegner. The staff advisor is Laura Stratton. Congratulations Girls!

Cooke Staff Participate in Overcoming Grief Activity with New Hope Center for Grief Support

Cooke staff members took part in an activity hosted by New Hope Center for Grief Support that served as a metaphor for overcoming the obstacles of grief and connecting with others from a distance.

New Hope Center brought two horses to Cooke School for an activity that helped staff members understand the difficulties of overcoming grief. Cooke staff members who participated created an obstacle course with no guidance with the intention of leading the horses through the course without touching the horses much like navigating after the loss of a loved one. The staff members were given little instruction on how to guide the horses through the obstacle course and had to use a combination of techniques they learned from a safety and instructional video they watched prior to the activity. This task proved difficult and it took time for the horses to gain trust. Following the obstacle course challenge, staff members placed painted handprints on the horses representing the imprints that are left on those who educators work with.

The metaphors of the activity exceeded the expectations of Cooke staff as they related the challenges of guiding the horse to the current way of learning in their classrooms and virtually. Through relationship-building and connections, staff members learned that they leave a lasting mark on their students that the students will carry with them after they leave Cooke School.

This activity was funded by a grant from New Hope supporting their work with Northville Public Schools.

October is National Principals Month

Throughout the entire month of October, the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)—as well as district leaders, policymakers, parents, students, teachers, and school leaders—come together to celebrate principals.

Through nationwide efforts at local, state, and federal levels; evidence-based research initiatives; and appreciation events of every size, National Principals Month seeks to honor our principals for their significant impact on the success and well-being of our nation’s students.

During the October 13, 2020 Board of Education meeting, principals were honored with the following video that shows exactly what principals do for our students, staff and families all year long.

Principals, thank you for all you do!

  • Devon Caudill, Amerman
  • Jennifer Bugar, Cooke
  • Erin Barney, Cooke
  • Chelsea Simons, ECEEDP
  • Joanne Sawicki, ECEEDP
  • William Jones, Hillside
  • Melissa Provo, Hillside
  • Monty Shambleau, Hillside
  • Brad O'Neill, Meads Mill
  • William Lambdin, Meads Mill
  • Denise Bryan, Moraine
  • Tony Koski, NHS
  • Diana Patterson, NHS
  • Jim Gordon, NHS
  • Krystal Muhammad, NHS
  • Janice Loomis, NHS
  • Brian Samulski, NHS
  • Beth Solensky, Ridge Wood
  • Katie Booth, Silver Springs
  • Deagon Jewett, Thornton Creek
  • Kelly Lindsay, Winchester

Northville Educational Foundation: Supporting Northville Public Schools

The NEF has allocated a total of $331,500 for the 2020-2021 school year.

Northville Public Schools is fortunate for the partnership and support of the Northville Educational Foundation. The Northville Educational Foundation, or NEF, has funded programs and innovations at each of our schools with generous donations from community members and businesses. Some of the initiatives funded by NEF include the International Baccalaureate program, Leader In Me, Third Grade Heritage Festival, Innovative Teaching Grants, materials and textbooks, a tutoring program and events such as Northville STEAM Fair and Northville Parent Camp.

To date since its forming in 2000, the Northville Educational Foundation has raised and granted over $2.5 million to Northville Public Schools. The tireless efforts of the NEF has given students and families more opportunities and have expanded the offerings and programs available to all students. For the 2020-2021 school year, the NEF has allocated a total of $331,500 for over a dozen programs, grants, assemblies and experiences, software, events and more. Specifically, NEF will be sponsoring Innovative Teaching Grants, SEL School Unification (Middle School Calming Corners), Mystery Science, mapAccelerator, Modern Teaching, and Cooke’s ConnectUS program to name a few.

The Northville Educational Foundation needs support from donors like you to continue to support and fund programs and initiatives impacting all Northville students. NEF hosts fundraising events throughout the year such as the Play Fore Education Golf Classic, Night for Northville, and movie premieres. Donors may also give through the Thank A Staff Campaign, corporate matching gifts or simply by donating through the NEF website.

We look forward to the multitude of opportunities available to our students and staff this year provided by the NEF and will continue to share how the NEF supports Northville Public Schools. Thank you NEF for everything you do for our students, staff and community!

The NPS Health Advisory Board Wellness Newsletter is now available to view.

This newsletter focuses on nutrition, physical activity, mental-emotional health and opportunities within our community. It's designed to be student-friendly, and promote ideas and choices that can be supported by all members of your family.

In this issue: Tips For Keeping Your Immune System Strong This Winter, Jedi Mind(Fulness) Tips To Help Everyone Calm Down, Get Your Kids Moving With These Fun Brain Breaks, Northville Youth Network Overbooked Book Club

Staff Acknowledgement! Alice Janke

Congratulations to Alice Janke, 3rd grade teacher at Ridge Wood Elementary, for being recognized on Local 4 news on Rhonda's Brag Book!

Alice Janke was the first teacher recognized in a segment on Channel Four called Rhonda's Brag Book. She was nominated by Ridge Wood parent, Lynne Tuer who stated that Ms. Janke "challenges students in a caring, supportive way" and that you know "you won the lottery when you get Ms. Janke." Lynn also describes her as a teacher, a mentor, a mom, a friend and a confidant.

2020 General Election November 3, 2020

VOTE – November 3rd General Election

Nine candidates vie for four open school board seats.

Nine candidates will vie for four open seats on the Northville Board of Education in the November 3rd election.

Four seats on the Northville Board of Education are up for election in November 2020 for four-year terms beginning in January 2021, as the following Board of Education Trustees complete their current four-year terms on December 31, 2020: Laurie Doner, Cynthia Jankowski, Sarah Prescott, and Matthew Wilk.

Laurie Doner, Cynthia Jankowski, and Matthew Wilk have announced that they will be stepping down from the Board of Education at the conclusion of their term.

Board of Education Candidate Profiles

Kim Campbell-Voytal

Harihar Kulkarni

Blake Mathie

James Mazurek

Lisa McIntyre

Sarah Prescott (incumbent)

Lindsey Wilson

Sherrie Winfield

Northville PTA Council hosts The Northville Public Schools Board of Education Candidate Forum

Watch the Recording of the Candidate Forum

Northville PTA Council hosted a Northville Board of Education Candidate Forum for interested voters in the upcoming November 3, 2020 General Election. During the forum, voters heard from the nine candidates vying for the four open seats on the Northville Public Schools Board of Education.

The League of Women Voters also facilitated a NPS Board of Education Candidate Forum, recorded on 9/23/20, available for viewing.

Wayne County Enhancement Millage

During the September 22nd Board of Education meeting, the Northville Board of Education adopted the resolution supporting a renewal of the 2 mill property tax from 2022 to 2028.

The Northville Public Schools Board of Education commits to the community that it will continue to be transparent with the use of these public dollars, if the proposal is successful and will continue to put them to the best use it can determine of behalf of its students.

Millage renewal for Wayne RESA on the ballot this November 3rd, 2020.

The county-wide millage has supported the Wayne RESA school districts for the last four years with over $300 per student per year. It has been essential for supporting students, and it is up for a renewal vote.

The regional enhancement millage proposal is a renewal request to voters to continue a current 2 mill property tax, first passed in 2016, that will generate revenue for all 33 Wayne County public school districts as well as public school academies in Wayne County.

How has Northville Public Schools utilized the Wayne County Enhancement Millage?

Northville Public Schools will receive approximately $310 per student, or a total of $2.3 million (current funding is about $2.9 million.) Unlike bonds and sinking fund millages, funds from the Enhancement Millage can be used for operational funds.

The Enhancement Millage has funded the following items:

  • the school resource officer
  • additional staff to address classroom sizes
  • instruments for the music programs
  • updated copier fleet
  • textbooks and classroom equipment
  • furniture
  • software

How much will the proposal cost homeowners?

It is not a tax increase. The millage would be renewed at its current rate and will continue to cost the average Wayne County homeowner less than $8 per month (per $100,000 home value), with 100% of funds going to Wayne County public schools and public school academies so they can keep schools safe, and improve programs and services for students.

Why is this renewal important?

Strong schools help make Wayne County a great place to live, raise a family, work or launch a business.

Strengthening our schools supports our future workforce, which will help attract new families, businesses and talent to Wayne County.

Learn more about the General Election held on November 3, 2020.

Visit www.resa.net to learn more about the regional enhancement millage renewal proposal.

Voting Information - November 3, 2020 General Election

Voters may register to vote by mail, in person at Township Hall, online at https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/RegisterVoter or in person at a Secretary of State Office until 15 days prior to each election.

OR, register in person at the Clerk’s Office from 14 days before each election until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Vote by Mail Option Available for All Registered Voters

All registered voters in Michigan have the right to vote by mail without providing a reason. It is a safe way to vote and protect your health. Consider voting by mail for the Nov. 3 general election.

Absent Voter Applications were mailed to those on the Automatic Absent Voter Application list at the end of May. This application is good for both the August and November 2020 Elections. In addition, in June 2020, the Secretary of State's Office mailed absent voter ballot applications to all registered voters. The application is good for the August and November 2020 elections.

Voting precincts and locations for Election Day are available on your city or township website or by calling your city or township clerk’s office.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

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.

District Updates

Covid-19 Student Symptom Screening Daily Form Updated

The Wayne County Health Department has updated the COVID-19 Student Symptom Screening Daily Form including an additional question (Headache and/or Sore Throat) and clarification on the two last questions on the form to refer to students only.

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.

2020-2025 NPS District Goals

Advancing our Tradition of Excellence...opening A World of Possibilities for and with each and every student

At its November 19, 2019 meeting, the Board of Education officially adopted Northville Public Schools 2020-2025 District Goals, which continue to build on the District’s core work to create flexible, learner-centered school communities that advance learning and leadership while fostering the skills and dispositions necessary for success. During the October 20, 2020 Committee of the Whole meeting, the Board reviewed the 2020-2021 focus areas in the District Goals and will be voting to adopt the updated goals at the October 27, 2020 Board of Education meeting.

NPS Middle School Academic Enrichment Program

Northville Schools Extended Day Program is offering an after school Academic Enrichment program for in-person middle school students from Hillside and Meads Mill on the days that students attend in-person instruction.

Enrichment activities will be provided in a structured supervised setting following District health and safety policies. Enrichment programming will support the middle school curriculum featuring Moby Max and MAP Accelerator.

The program will be offered Monday - Thursday, and transportation to Meads Mill will be provided for Hillside students. Students should attend only on the days that they participate in in-person instruction. The first six-week session runs from November 2, 2020 - December 10, 2020. The deadline to register is October 26, 2020.

  • $200 for a 6-week session
  • The program will run from 3-4:30 pm
  • $5/day for extended care 4:30 -6 pm (if needed)
  • A daily snack will be provided. Students may be registered for 2 days following the current middle school hybrid schedule
  • Maximum of 18 students per day

For more information, please contact the Early Childhood Office at ECTeam@northvilleschools.org.

Northville Public Schools Upcoming Events

October 27

Hillside/Meads Mill Parent/Teacher Conferences, 3:30 - 6 pm

NPS Virtual Board of Education Meeting via Zoom, 6:30 pm

October 29

Hillside/Meads Mill Half Day - am Only

Hillside/Meads Mill Parent/Teacher Conferences, 12:30 - 3 pm & 4 - 6:30 pm

October 31

Happy Halloween!

November 3 Election Day

No School

November 10

NPS Virtual Board of Education Meeting via Zoom, 6:30 pm

November 17

NPS Virtual Board of Education Meeting via Zoom, 6:30 pm

November 25

Half Day - am Only

November 26-27

Thanksgiving Recess

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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