Northville Connections Northville Public Schools Digital Newsletter: Volume 1 | Issue 4

Dear Northville Public Schools community,

Enjoy a restful Winter Break! We look forward to welcoming students back on Monday, January 6, 2020.

All Northville Public Schools are closed from Monday, December 23, 2019 through the start of classes on Monday, January 6, 2020, with the exception of scheduled athletic events as communicated by coaches. Our Board of Education offices (Central Office) will be lightly staffed by district administrators only on December 23, 2019 and January 2-3, 2020 with access by appointment only. Regular business resumes on Monday, January 6, 2020.

As we head into the holiday season and look forward to the new year, we have much to reflect on from 2019. During 2019, we have completed renovations of Amerman Elementary School and Northville High School while continuing to build the new addition to Hillside Middle and begin planning for Moraine, Thornton Creek and Meads Mill renovation projects. All Northville School buildings will undergo improvements due to the support of the Northville Public School community and its commitment to the success and education of every Northville child.

This year we celebrated the advancement and achievements of 606 graduates in the 2019 class. Seventy three of whom were National Merit honorees, two hundred and three were recipients of the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, one hundred and eighty four students graduated Summa Cum Laude, and the class of 2019 included our fourth class of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Candidates.

We also continued to host successful events in coordination with the Northville Educational Foundation such as the annual Parent Camp and STEAM Fair. Both of these events encouraged students and families to continue learning outside of the classroom and provided resources for families to support their students. We will be hosting these events again this coming year. Parent Camp will be held on February 29, 2020 and STEAM Fair will be held on April 22, 2020. This year, for the first time, middle school students participated in Manufacturing Day, a national event providing students a glimpse into STEM related fields in their local community.

At Northville Public Schools we have much to be grateful for as we continue to build on our Tradition of Excellence and strive to open A World of Possibilities for and with each of our students. Thank you to our teachers, students, staff, families and community members for making this possible.

On behalf of the entire Northville Schools community, I wish you all a safe and joyful holiday season filled with fun, laughter, shared traditions and time spent with family and friends.


Mary K. Gallagher, Superintendent

In this issue of Northville Connections: NPS Holiday Greeting | NHS Hosts Board of Education Meeting | Leader in Me Update | NEF Awards Innovative Grants | Student Kudos | NEF Early Screening of Star Wars | Kindergarten Registration Information | Inclement Weather Protocol | District Goals | Health Advisory Board Wellness Newsletter | SEPAC January Lunch and Learn | Superintendent Coffee Chat │Northville Parent Camp | 2020 Northville STEAM Fair │ Upcoming Events

Warm wishes for a joyful holiday season and a happy, healthy 2020! Thank you for all you do to Open a World of Possibilities for and with the children, staff, families and community of Northville Public Schools.

Hosted at NHS, Board of Education Meeting provides tour of new facilities and includes Student Panel

The December Board of Education meeting took place at Northville High School on Tuesday, December 11th. The Board recognized 71 National Merit Scholars and 48 MYP Personal Project students. National Merit students performed well on the PSAT test, and National Merit Semifinalists will have an opportunity to advance in the competition for Merit Scholarship awards.

Fall athletes were also recognized including Girls Golf, Boys Cross Country, Girls Cross Country, Boys Tennis, and Girls Swim and Dive. Fall athletes had a successful season including Girls Golf winning the State Championship, Girls and Boys Cross Country placing in State competitions, and Girls Swim and Dive and Boys Tennis also placing in State.

Attendees of the meeting were invited to visit the new fitness center and the updated STEM labs. In the fitness center, the Physical Conditioning and new Wellness & Balanced Lifestyles class demonstrated their learning and how the fitness center has improved the classroom. In the STEM Labs, visitors had an opportunity to observe the work of the Physics class and Project Lead The Way Engineering Design & Development course and see the Robostangs in action.

Following the tour, the Board of Education participated in a student panel. Students described the aspects of Northville High School that they are grateful for and provided insights into how NHS can improve. The student panel is an example of how Northville Schools values student voice.

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Leader in Me Update

All six of Northville Public Schools elementary schools have achieved the prestigious “Lighthouse School” designation in their The Leader in Me journey.

Based on Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Leader in Me is an innovative, school-wide model that emphasizes a culture of student empowerment that helps unleash each child’s full potential. Applying the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, teachers and students internalize enduring leadership principles that nurture the skills students need for success in the 21st century.

Moraine Leadership Day reinforces 7 Habits

Moraine's Leadership Day provided a review of the Leader in Me program and the 7 habits. Students gathered in the gym for a presentation by the Unicycle Club about Synergy and persistence and participated in games that encourage teamwork among students of all grade levels.

Students new to Moraine Elementary had an opportunity to further their understanding of the Leader in Me framework and learn more about The 7 Habits of An Effective Leader during tours of classrooms in the building.

In each classroom, the guest students along with their tour buddies participated in group activities with the students of the new classroom. Projects brought students together to find solutions and complete tasks using the skills developed by a habit. This day also encouraged new and current students to get to know and embrace each other as members of the Moraine school community.

Thornton Creek hosts Olympic wrestler; learns about everyday heros

Thornton Creek's Leader in Me Assembly featured a guest appearance from 2012 USA Olympic Wrestler Jake Herbert. He imparted wisdom about being an everyday hero through examples of mentors in his life and his journey to the Olympics. He explained that everyday heroes simply leave people, places and things better than they found them. Everyday heroes are individuals who pick up litter when they see it or can be teachers, bus drivers, police officers and anyone who works to better the world around them.

He left the students with four rules that he follows and hopes that the students of Thornton Creek will also follow: 1) to learn one thing everyday, 2) help someone else grow, 3) end everyday better that it began and 4) to have fun.

Students celebrated their accomplishment of raising over 3,000 socks during the Socktober event with first grade winning a dance party for collecting 713 pairs of socks. Following the assembly, students gathered into Gator Groups to further discuss what makes an everyday hero.

Silver Springs Leadership Day welcomes new families

New Silver Springs families were invited to Silver Spring's Olympic themed Leadership Day to learn about the Leader in Me framework and each of the 7 habits.

Groups led by student leaders spent the morning visiting classrooms of each grade and participating in activities that focused on one of the habits. Activities included kindergarten students and parents working together to identify qualities and traits that can be controlled and those that cannot for the first habit which is to "Be Proactive," first graders worked on a puzzle that reinforced the second habit of "Begin with the End in Mind," and second graders "Put First Things First" by prioritizing necessary tasks over activities that may be more enjoyable but unnecessary.

Parents had an opportunity to observe the students and ask questions about their learning. They also were given folders of information to implement the 7 Habits at home.

This is what Leader in Me looks like!

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Student Kudos!

Hillside Middle School spelling bee winner

Congratulations to Hillside's Nila Muthusamy, an eighth-grade student, for winning the school's spelling bee! She will continue onto competing in Detroit at the Charles H. Wright Museum on March 28th.

It took 42 rounds of intense spelling before Nila Muthusamy, an eighth-grade student at Hillside, claimed the top prize in the annual local competition. More than 300 words were spelled in the 14-student competition. Muthusamy's winning word was "accessible."

The runner-up was Vishalakshi Meyyappan.

Also competing were: Alyssa Assante, Andrea Diaz, Sarah Khalid, Ishaan Kundapur, Issac Kundapur, Anoosha Malghan, Amogh Mavatoor, Rishabh Mavatoor, Lucy Medley, Jacob Taasan, Keertana Venkatesh and Aryan Vaidya.

Northville Educational Foundation awards $30,000 in Innovative Teacher Grants

On November 20, 2019, the Northville Educational Foundation awarded 35 teachers and 22 projects across the Northville Public Schools district with Innovative Grants totaling almost $30,000.

Thirty-five applications were received requesting over $53,000 in funding. The applications were reviewed by a committee comprised of NEF Board members as well as retired Northville teachers. The projects were evaluated based on their innovation, how they addressed curriculum standards, their ability to be replicated, the number of students impacted and the goals for the outcome of the project.

Awarded projects include STEAM materials and sensory tools for art, Arduino circuits and microprocessor coding at the middle and high schools, resources to create a science library, optic boxes and data collection devices for students to use during labs, and graphic novels that offer an alternative reading opportunity for struggling students. There are also projects that focus on bridging the physical and cerebral, including one that incorporates yoga into gym class and another around Balance/Auditory/Vision exercises.

“These teachers are going above and beyond by applying for these grants. There is paperwork to fill out, deadlines to be met and final reports and interviews to be completed,” said Christa Howley, NEF Director. “They are doing all this extra work to apply for grant money that isn’t even for them. It is so they can purchase materials to do these amazing projects with their students, projects that the kids will remember and talk about around the dinner table. We only wish we could fund them all!”

The teachers are already preparing their projects and they should be fully implemented second semester of this school year. It is projected that they will impact over 5,000 students this year alone. Many of them will be able to be replicated year after year.

“Award Day is one of NEF’s favorite days of the year,” said Howley. “The teachers don’t know that they have been awarded the grants, so when we walk into their classroom, it is almost like they won the lottery."

"They are so appreciative when really it is NEF that appreciates everything these teachers do for our students. Really, Award Day would not be possible without our donors. Their support is making wonderful thing happen for our students.”

This is NEF’s eleventh year of providing Innovative Grants to teachers across the district. A total of $225,000 has been granted to innovative teachers since the program began.

Special thanks to those who served on the Innovative Grants Committee including Dwight Sieggreen, Gary Gandolfi, Donna Hicks, Jeff Jaghab, Martha Michalak, Susan Oleson, Sharon Pernia, Don Price, Jodie Roden, and Pamela White.

NEF Early Screening of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Don’t stand in line for Star Wars Tickets!

The Northville Educational Foundation (NEF) is excited to present a special, early screening of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker at Emagine in Novi on Thursday, December 19th.

Come support our schools and see the last episode on the day it is released!

Ticket are: Super-EMAX – 8:30 p.m. show time - $35: EMAX – SOLD OUT: Standard Tickets – 7:00 p.m. - $25 each. To order tickets go to the NEF's website.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Jeffrey Jaghab DDS, Stephanie Jaghab, DDS & Associates and Excel Orthodontics. May the Force Be With You!

Northville Parents: It's almost time to get ready for kindergarten!

Northville Public School families, it is almost time to start preparing for kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year. 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 an 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

Staff from the Office of Student Data will be present on the following dates at your child’s future school to review all necessary documentation and process your child’s enrollment. If circumstances prevent you from being available for an appointment during the dates listed below for your child’s school, please select an appointment at any other school. If you are unsure of which school your child will be attending, please view the Attendance Boundary Map on the district website.

Elementary School Enrollment Dates

  • Winchester: February 11, 12, 13
  • Amerman: February 19 & 20
  • Ridge Wood: February 25, 26, 27
  • Thornton Creek: March 3, 4, 5
  • Moraine: March 9, 11, 12
  • Silver Springs: March 24, 25, 26

Step Three: Attend Your Schools’ Parent Orientation and Kindergarten Round-Up

Parent Orientation and Kindergarten Round-Ups will take place at each elementary school. These events allow future students and parents an opportunity to get to know their school, teachers and building leaders. The following are the dates for each Kindergarten Parent Orientation and Round Up. Please inform the school ahead of time if you plan for your child to attend Round-Up.


  • Parent Orientation: April 29, 2020; 6 pm
  • Kindergarten Round Up: May 1, 2020
  • RSVP: 248-465-2100


  • Parent Orientation: April 27, 2020; 6:30 pm
  • Kindergarten Round Up: May 1, 2020
  • RSVP: 248-465-2150

Ridge Wood

  • Parent Orientation: May 6, 2020; 6:30 pm
  • Kindergarten Round Up: May 8, 2020
  • RSVP: 248-465-2200

Silver Springs

  • Parent Orientation: May 6, 2020; 6 pm
  • Kindergarten Round Up: May 8, 2020
  • RSVP: 248-465-2300

Thornton Creek

  • Parent Orientation: May 14, 2020; 6 pm
  • Kindergarten Round Up: May 15, 2020
  • RSVP: 248-465-2350


  • Parent Orientation: May 14, 2020; 5:45 pm
  • Kindergarten Round Up: May 15, 2020
  • RSVP: 248-465-2400

Early Childhood Education and Extended Day Programs

The Northville Public Schools Early Childhood Education and Extended Day Programs offers Kids’ Club at each elementary school. This tuition-based program allows parents the option to have their child participate in a before and/or after school childcare program. Kids’ Club is offered as an option on school days from as early as 7 am to the start of school and from school dismissal until 6 pm. Early Childhood also offers Half-Day, Pre-K PLUS, School-Day and Full-Day programs for children as young as 33 months old and toilet trained. A Parent/Child class is also available for children who have turned two by September 1, 2020.

Early Childhood will host Curriculum Parent Night Open Houses on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 from 6:30-8 pm at each of the locations where preschool programs are offered including Old Village School, Thornton Creek Elementary School, Ridge Wood Elementary School and Winchester Elementary School. These Open Houses are for potential new families to the programs. Visit the Early Childhood website for program overviews, curriculum information and the registration process. Stay in the know with Early Childhood programs by subscribing to The Family Connection Newsletter and Listserv on the website and following Northville Schools on Facebook.

Inclement Weather Protocol

With winter sneaking up on us so early this year, I want to remind school families, students, staff and community members of Northville Public School's protocols for inclement weather days. Please know that we do not take the decision to close school lightly. We value learning, and recognize the impact that cancelling school has on our students and families.

The safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and families is paramount. When a “snow day” or “inclement weather day” is called, it is done as early as possible (generally by 5:30 a.m. and often earlier, including the night before in some cases).

The decision is made after much deliberation among district officials who monitor road and building conditions throughout the night in consultation with other area school superintendents, and with expert advice from a national meteorologist who can help predict a storm’s path as much as 48 hours before it reaches our area. That said, as we all know, Mother Nature may take us by surprise. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we take many factors into consideration when making decisions to close school.

The weather conditions and issues taken into consideration in closing schools due to weather include:

  • The amount of snowfall and its impact on roads (including side and dirt roads) and parking lot conditions and the ability to safely transport students to school.
  • The timing of a storm and the ability of local road crews and district personnel to clear roads and parking lots in time for the safe transport of students to school.
  • Ice or freezing rain and its impact on road and parking lot conditions — as well as the potential for downed trees and power lines.
  • Dangerous temperatures or wind chills that carry a high risk for frostbite in a short period of time. To close school based on cold alone (rather than in conjunction with concerns about road conditions, bus issues or other safety considerations), the actual temperature combined with wind chill considerations is greater (colder) than -19 to -22 degrees below zero. This figure is based on the range of temperature/wind chill that carries a higher risk of frostbite at the 30 minute threshold for exposed skin. For a detailed wind chill chart, visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website.
  • Building problems such as loss of heat, power or water service.

2020-2025 NPS District Goals

Advancing our Tradition of Excellence...opening A World of Possibilities for and with all students

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.

The detailed goals also include a reference guide/glossary with links to additional information.

Articles include Foods to Boost Your Mood This Season; Practicing Gratitude

Health Advisory Board Wellness Newsletter Winter 2019

Launching in Fall 2018, 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 the Winter 2019 issue: Social Emotional Learning, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Northville Parent Camp, Kids & Social Media, Overbooked, Practicing Gratitude, Foods to Boost Your Mood This Season, Get Involved with the Northville Youth Network

Join SEPAC at the January Lunch and Learn

Advocacy. Connections. Partnerships.

January 17, 2020 | 12 - 1:30 pm

Old Village School, Room 311 (405 West Main, Northville, MI 48167)

During the January SEPAC Lunch and Learn meeting, NPS PAC representative Maria Warmuth will be sharing items discussed from RESA PAC meetings. Northville parent Karen Wang will also be talking about helpful community resources for parents. We hope that you will join us at this and future meetings!

RSVP by email or call Special Services at 248.344.3530.

Superintendent Coffee Chat

Thurs, January 23, 2020, 6:30-7:45 pm

Wed, February 26, 2020, 1:30-2:45 pm

Thurs, March 25, 2020, 6:30-7:45 pm

Wed, April 29, 2020, 10-11:15 am

Northville school parents, guardians, staff and community members are invited to Superintendent Coffee Chats.

Taking place in the Old Village School Globe Room, 405 West Main Street, Northville, these informal coffee chats offer school families and community members the opportunity to ask questions, offer input and learn more about the district in a small group setting. Those attending are welcome to come and go at any time during the event.

We have much to be proud of, and grateful for, as we continue to work toward providing the best possible educational experiences for all of our students. Thank you for choosing Northville Public Schools and entrusting us with your children each day.

Presenting Sponsor: Michigan Educational Credit Union

Northville Parent Camp

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 8:30 am-2:30 pm

Northville High School

45700 Six Mile Road, Northville, MI 48168

Northville Parent Camp held on February 29, 2020 is a morning filled with speakers and workshops that will empower parents with practical knowledge, resources and tools to help guide their children and bridge the gap between school and home.

Northville Public Schools and the Northville Educational Foundation will be hosting several workshops for parents during the annual Northville Parent Camp. This event empowers parents to support their students academically, socially, and emotionally at every age. Last year, workshops ranged from topics such as “Raising Financially Literate Kids,” “What Parents Need to Know about Opioids and Vaping,” “Promoting Positive Emotional Health in Teenagers at Home,” “Raising Lifelong Readers,” “How to Help Your Child Revise and Edit Their Writing” and many others. A catalogue of this year’s sessions will be available at the beginning of February, online on the NEF Website.

This annual event is made possible by Northville Public Schools and Northville Educational Foundation along with the presenting sponsor, Michigan Educational Credit Union.

Presenting Sponsor: Community Financial Credit Union

2020 Northville STEAM Fair

Wednesday, April 22, 2019 | 6-8 pm

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

All students are invited to participate and attend the 2020 Northville STEAM Fair! Students may also imagine, design, create and submit projects for this year's theme "Our Planet: Solving Today's Problems to Open a World of Possibilities for Tomorrow." All projects no matter how big or small can make a difference for our planet!

Partnering on this event, Northville Public Schools and the Northville Educational Foundation are committed to encouraging and inspiring students in the Northville Public Schools district to be curious about STEAM degrees and careers.

Morning Session: 4th grade student activities*

Family & Community Night: 6 - 8 pm

*contact your child's teacher or building administrator for specific itinerary.

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.

Interested in sponsoring the STEAM fair? Contact the Northville Educational Foundation at 248.344.3503.

December 23, 2019 - January 3, 2020

Winter Break Recess

January 6

Classes Resume

January 7

Committee of the Whole, 6:30 pm, Old Village School

January 14

Board of Education Meeting, 6:30 pm, Old Village School

January 20

No School: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 21

Committee of the Whole, 6: 30 pm, Old Village School

January 23

Superintendent Coffee Chat, 6:30-7:45 pm, Old Village School

January 24

All Schools Half Day Am Only

January 28

Board of Education Meeting, 6:30 pm, Winchester Elementary School

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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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