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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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
- Parent Orientation: May 6, 2020; 6:30 pm
- Kindergarten Round Up: May 8, 2020
- RSVP: 248-465-2200
- Parent Orientation: May 6, 2020; 6 pm
- Kindergarten Round Up: May 8, 2020
- RSVP: 248-465-2300
- 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.