In this Issue:

Message from the Superintendent | 2019 Graduation, Retirement and 25 Years Recognition | Bond Construction Update | NHS 10th Grader Wins Science Award | Robotics Earn Fourth Place at Worlds | Fifth Graders Win in Stock Market Game | NHS Band to Perform at Detroit Jazz Festival | NHS Team Design Award Winning Bridge | Northville Rowing Club Ends Season Strong | NHS Liaison Officer Named Police Officer of the Year | Academic Games 10 Years Banquet | NPS in the News | NEF Update | Message from PTA | Main Street Elementary Exhibit: Items Needed | School Surplus Online Auction | Summer School Information | Welcome District Communications Specialist

A Message from the Superintendent

Dear School Families, Staff and Community Members

The 2018-19 school year has flown by! We celebrated the restoration and rebirth of Old Village School this year, broke ground on bond projects at Hillside, Northville High School and Amerman, and shared in the excitement of learning and growth evidenced across our classrooms, on our fields of play, in the arts and beyond the walls of our schools. We are inspired by the incredible work of our students, teachers and families as we continue to strengthen a culture of learning and leadership in our schools – read on and be inspired by a snapshot of some of the great things happening across our community!

As we reflect on the 2018-19 school year, and look to the future, we affirm our commitment to building on our Tradition of Excellence and continuing our journey toward opening a World of Possibilities for and with each of our students. We are grateful for the incredible support of the Northville community on this journey.

We wish each of our students, families, and staff members many relaxing moments and the gift of time spent with family and friends this summer, and for those enrolled in our summer programs, we look forward to the change of pace that summer brings and many joyful, learning-filled moments!


Mary K. Gallagher, Superintendent

Summer Updates

Check Out the 2019-20 School Year Calendar

Please note Spring Break Adjustment; Wayne County Common Calendar Update

Tuesday, September 4, 2019 will be the first day of school for the 2019-20 school year for Northville Public Schools students. To view the complete Northville Public Schools 2019-20 calendar, visit School Calendar on the district website.

Please note that Spring Break will take place from April 6, 2020 to April 10, 2020 with students returning to school on Monday, April 13, 2020. For your information, the Wayne County Five Year Common Calendar was recently revised to adjust Spring Break to the last week in March, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year to avoid overlaps with the April statewide testing date.

Sign up for Summer School

The registration deadline for the district’s Summer School program is Friday, June 28, 2019 for all students.


In-class high school and middle school courses will take place at Meads Mill Middle School. In-class high school and middle school courses will take place June 24 - July 25 (no class on July 4th).

Online Courses

High School online courses begin on June 3, 2019 and last 10 weeks ending on August 9, 2019.


English as a second language classes will take place June 24 - July 18 (no class on July 4) from 8 - 11 am, at Meads Mill Middle School for elementary and secondary students.

For more information, visit Summer School on the district website.

District Summer Hours

Elementary and middle school offices will be open through Wednesday, June 26, 2019, with the Amerman School Office temporarily relocated to Hillside Middle School from June 15 through June 26, 2019 due to construction underway at Amerman. Middle school offices will reopen for the 2019-20 school year on Monday, August 5, 2019 and elementary school offices will open on Monday, August 12, 2019. The Amerman school office relocation to Hillside Middle School will continue until the week before school starts, when office renovations are expected to be complete.

The Northville High School office will remain open throughout most of the summer, from 6:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 6:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. on Fridays.

Our Board of Education/Central Office will be open throughout the summer, Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., and Friday from 7:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. beginning the week of June 24th through the week of August 6th.

Community FYI ListServ

The popular Community FYI ListServ published by the district each Wednesday detailing events and programs from across the Northville communities will move to an every other week publication during the summer months, starting Wednesday, June 26, 2019 through Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Weekly publication of Community FYI will resume on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

For more information, visit ListServ and Flyers on the district website.

Congratulations Class of 2019!

It has been my honor and privilege to share with our teachers, principals, staff, administrators, Board of Education members, families and friends, the significant milestones of our class of 2019 Northville High School and Cooke School graduates.

Northville High School’s Class of 2019 celebrated its capstone event Sunday, June 2 when 608 students received diplomas at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth. Commencement culminated the incredible achievements of this class including a record 76 National Merit honorees, 184 Phi Beta Kappa recipients, the fourth class of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme candidates and more than $16 million in scholarship offers including nearly $44,000 in local scholarships. The Class of 2019 distinguished itself through achievement not only in academics but the visual and performing arts, athletics and service to community.

In a moving ceremony on Wednesday, June 12, I had the honor of recognizing our Cooke School Class of 2019 graduates from our special education center program, which services students ages 3 to 26. Each graduate, along with his or her family, caregivers, teachers and staff, had the opportunity to reflect on the student’s growth. These students have challenged Northville Public Schools to stretch beyond our limitations and to break new ground in learning and growth. These students are inspiring with their courage and perseverance.

On behalf of the Northville Public Schools, I extend heartfelt congratulations to the graduates of the NHS and Cooke School. We are grateful to all of you for enriching our community and strengthening our commitment toward a tradition of excellence.

Graduation photo provided by John Heider | hometownlife.com.

Retirement Recognition at the June 11th Board of Education Meeting

On Tuesday, June 11, the Northville Public Schools Board of Education honored 21 retirees for their outstanding work and dedication to the school district.

Among those retiring are eight educators, five para-educators, one hall monitor, one physical therapist, two paraprofessionals, one Educational Technology professional, one high school administrative assistant, the Athletic Director, and the Director of Special Services. A reception for the district’s retirees, their families and colleagues was held prior to the board meeting with jazz music played by alumni Adam Kollipara, Lucas Mathes, Billy Peck, and Isaac Bartol..

With 393.5 years of collective service to our district’s students, families and community, the following individuals were recognized:

  • Cynthia Atkinson, 18 years
  • Jennifer Beier, 23 years
  • Michele Brodish-Mog, 17 years
  • Cheryl Brooks, 15 years
  • Susan Capoccia, 24 years
  • Jeffrey Clark, 21 years
  • Jeanette Coeburn, 2 years
  • Carl Davis, 30 years
  • Catherine Galloway, 26 years
  • Nadine Harris, 6 years
  • Isaac Hood, 5 years
  • Bryan Masi, 28 years
  • Laurie Masi, 23 years
  • Kathy Meyer, 24 years
  • Cathy Ooms, 25 years
  • Toulla Palazeti, 17 years
  • Laura Pike-Green, 9 years
  • Lisa Powers, 13 years
  • Elizabeth Salliotte, 25 years
  • Christine Schafer, 27 years
  • Camille St. Clair-Dedes, 13 years

During the June 11th meeting the Board also recognized 11 staff members with 25 years of service to the school district. Those recognized included Susan Fairchild, Kimberly Grinenko, Elizabeth Hartmann, Victoria Kopistiansky, Christine Lalinsky, Deborah Obsniuk, Cathy Ooms, Crisi Reid Seedott, Elizabeth Salliotte, Richard Tabor and Clara Wagner.

Thank you for being a part of Northville's Tradition of Excellence!

Bond Construction Update

Summer Construction Under Way at Amerman, Hillside and NHS

Despite May’s incessant rain, construction projects are under way and on track this summer at Amerman, Hillside and Northville High School as part of the $104.85 million, multi-year bond initiative generously approved by voters in 2017.

Construction crews began site work this spring at Hillside. Barriers erected in April in the Hillside back parking lot restricting public access to the west side of the site will remain in place in one form or another throughout the two-year project.

The public is reminded that Northville Parks and Recreation Administration Office which normally is located at Hillside will be temporarily relocated to Northville Township Hall at 44405 Six Mile Road.

Hillside Middle School will undergo an exciting and significant renovation including the construction of a two-story academic wing addition on the west side of the building. The result will be a nearly new, modern school that will increase learning spaces and provide opportunities for growth.

Also included in the bond construction work is more than $3 million in bond projects at Amerman Elementary and $9 million in additions and improvements at Northville High School.

Current construction work at Amerman includes transforming learning spaces and classrooms throughout the school with flexible furniture; upgrading the media center / collaboration area; remodeling the main entrance vestibule for increased security; and upgrading mechanical/electrical infrastructure, among other projects.

Construction under way at NHS includes upgrades to support current and future enrollment such as a cafeteria/multi-purpose space addition and a new student physical education, fitness and training center. Renovations will be taking place in STEM/STEAM labs, music spaces, and the FORUM large group instruction room. The main entrance will receive security upgrades and learning spaces will be transformed with flexible furniture. The project also includes upgrades to athletic fields and multi-purpose turf to replace the existing high school athletic field for physical education, athletics, band and community use.

The design phase for bond work at Meads Mill, Moraine and Thornton Creek will take place this summer. Construction is expected to begin at those school sites in summer 2020.

Bond 2017 is a comprehensive facilities upgrade and construction program that touches every building in the district.

Visit the district website for bond information and project updates.

NHS Tenth Grader Researches, Develops and Wins with Pain Free Melanoma Screening Project

Shriya stands in front of her poster at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.

Congratulations Shriya Reddy, Northville High School tenth grader for receiving best project in the biomedical and health sciences category at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona May 12-17. Her project also claimed the the Craig R. Barrett Award for Innovation, a $10,000 award. Shriya qualified for the Intel International Science & Engineering after winning a grand prize at the Science & Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit.

Her accomplishment can be considered equivalent to a fourth place finish out of more than 1,800 international entries. Shriya's project titled, "A Novel, Non-Invasive Approach to Melanoma Diagnosis Using Optical Coherence Tomography and Bioconjugated Gold Nano-Particles," proposes a new, less-invasive method of quickly diagnosing Melanoma, a potentially deadly form of skin cancer. Congratulations Shriya! You make us proud!

Read more about her project and how this research could change the future of screenings for Melanoma.

NHS Robostangs 548 Earn Fourth Place at FIRST World Robotics Competition

In a word, the Northville High School Team 548 Robostangs crushed it at the FIRST Robotics Competition world championships in April at Cobo Center in Detroit, earning a fourth place world ranking.

The Robostangs and their alliance won the Tesla Division, earning the NHS team its first blue banner in a world competition since 2012! Of the approximately 10,000 worldwide Robotics teams, only about 400 qualified for the highly competitive world competition in Detroit. The Robostangs also received the Excellence in Engineering Award.

Congratulations to the nearly 80 student members of Team 548 Robostangs!

Fifth Graders Compete and Win in Stock Market Game

Congratulations to Amerman Fifth Graders who took first and second place in the statewide Stock Market Game sponsored by the Michigan Council on Economic Education (MECC). Well done!

NHS Jazz Band performs at Detroit Jazz Festival

Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 1, 2019!

Northville High School’s Jazz Ensemble will once again be performing at the Detroit Jazz Festival at noon on Sunday, September 1, at the Absopure Waterfront Stage. The NHS Jazz Ensemble’s state champion performance at the MSBOA Jazz Festival earned the group a spot at the renowned Detroit event. The NHS Jazz Ensemble has the distinction of performing more times at the Detroit Jazz Festival than any other musical ensemble (professional or non-professional).

NHS Team, Northville Arch, Designs First Place Bridge

Northville High School's bridge designing team, Northville Arch, earned first place in the junior division at this year's National (AASHTO) Bridge Competition held on May 21 in Park City, UT! Congratulations to the team formed by Oliver Wu, Andy Jiang, and Mason Niu!

Northville Rowing Teams Attend Nationals; End Strong Season

Congratulations to the Northville Rowing Club for its very successful 2018-2019 rowing seasons. This year was the team’s most successful season on and off the water. Off the water, the team had 68 rowers on its roster for the spring season, 8 students inducted into the National Honor Society, and collected 2,500 pairs of shoes for Micro-enterprises to be repurposed in developing nations. On the water, the program put together a great resume for the future of the club:

  • Four State Championship Boats: Men's Single, Women's Single, Men's Junior 8+, Women's Junior 8+
  • Three State Runner Up Boats: Men's Junior 4+, Women's 2x, Men's 2x
  • Two Midwest Scholastic Championships: Women's Junior 4x, Women's Varsity 4x
  • One Midwest Scholastic Runner Up: Men's Single
  • Two Midwest Bronze Medals: Men's 2x, Women's 2x

With all the successful individual boat finishes the program broke into the top ten in team points at the Midwest Scholastic, finishing 7th from 19th in 2018 and 32nd in 2017. Along with breaking the top ten at Midwest, the team also finished third in team points at the state regatta from 7th in 2018 and 11th in 2017. Northville’s finishes at Midwest as well as its team resume sent six qualifying boats to the national regatta: Men's Single, Men's Lt. Wt. 2x, Men's Junior 2x, Men's Lt. Wt. 4x, Women's Junior 4x and Women's Varsity 4x.

“We have a lot of returning rowers, only graduating one athlete from our national qualifying boats,” said Head Coach Nick Bickes. “The 2019-2020 seasons and the future of the program look bright.”

Congrats to all rowers on a fantastic season!

NHS Liasion Officer Carrie Czelada Recognized as Police Officer of the Year

Officer Carrie Czelada, Northville High School Liaison Officer, was selected Police Officer of the Year by the Northville Township Public Safety Committee.

Superintendent Mary K. Gallagher said of Officer Czelada, "As our former police liaison officer and DARE instructor at each of our Township Schools and current School Resource Officer at Northville High School, Detective Czelada values and intentionally builds positive relationships with students, families, parents and staff members. She interfaces with parents at PTA meetings, and has facilitated a number of parent and staff education workshops, in addition to her work directly with students."

Officer Carrie Czelada is a critical and valued member of our school community.

Academic Games Celebrates 10 Years

Northville Public Schools celebrates 10 years of participation in Academic Games. The Academic Games Banquet was held on Saturday, May 18th. During the celebration, seniors who have participated in the program throughout their school careers were recognized.

Academic Games is a series of challenges and games completed by students in fourth grade through twelfth grade. Students participate in competitions throughout the nation resulting in a national championship tournament in late April each year. Students who excel academically have a chance to compete and be rewarded for their accomplishments at the local, state, and national levels. Academic Games tournaments challenge students to use higher order thinking skills in the subjects of mathematics, language arts, and social studies.

Congratulations to the following teams for competing and placing at the National Competition:

Meads Mill EQ is more like DQ: Equations 4th place

Meads Mill Cube Review: Equations National Runner Up; On-Sets 4th place; Theme 4th place

Hillside The Defenders: Equations- National 3rd place; On-Sets 4th place; LinquiSHTIK 4th place

NHS Optimus Prime: Wff 'N Proof Champion; On-Sets Champion; Equations 4th place; LinguiSHTIK 3rd place

View more photos from the Academic Games Banquet below. Click to enlarge.

Northville Schools in the News

Bridge Magazine: 2019 Academic State Champs honors Michigan schools where college is the norm

WDIV/Channel 4: 18 best high schools in Metro Detroit, according to US News & World Report

Thank You Northville Education Foundation and the Northville Community

As we come to the end of another school year, I want to take this opportunity to offer our heartfelt appreciation to the Northville Educational Foundation and its many donors – including businesses, individuals, staff members and community organizations – who support the Foundation. In particular a big shout out to all the school families and community members who recently honored Northville teachers and staff members through the end-of-the-school-year Thank a Staff campaign, honoring the work of more than 300 staff members and raising $6,000 for the Foundation.

Students during the 2019 STEAM Fair.

For the 2018-2019 school year alone, the Foundation provided nearly $120,000 to Northville Public Schools for initiatives including the 2019 Parent Camp with over 350 parents and children taking part in workshops and presentations to power them with tools and resources; the 2019 STEAM Fair with nearly 300 Northville Public Schools’ students taking on “The Cardboard Challenge” and sharing their 50 projects -- with peers, and the community, at the one-day fair; and more than $30,000 in Innovative Teaching Grants to fund 24 projects submitted by 45 educators for all 10 Northville Schools.

Since 2000, NEF has raised and granted more than $2.6 million for Northville Public Schools to support enrichment programs in academics, athletics and the arts, providing real-world experiences that prepare our students for the next chapters in their lives and helping to give them an edge.

For more information about the Foundation, visit the NEF website.

A Message from the Northville Council PTA

Northville Council PTA 2019-20 Officers:

Tanya Pitkin, President

Jodie Roden, Vice President

Kathy Halberg, Treasurer

Karen Wang, Secretary

Over the past year, the Northville Council Parent Teacher Association was excited to organize the School Board Candidate Forum for open seats on the Northville School Board of Education, Advocacy Day in Lansing with Michigan PTA and our School Funding presentation featuring Dr. Randy Liepa from the School Finance Research Collaborative. As we continue to plan for next year, please reach out with any areas of interest for parent and community awareness topics you would like to see presented to the community. Feel free to contact Tanya Pitkin or your school's PTA with questions and inquiries on how to become involved in PTA.

Our first meeting of the 2019-20 school year will be Tuesday, September 24th at 9:30 am at Old Village School, 405 W. Main St. This is a general meeting that is open to the public and will have representatives from each of our ten schools.

Thank you to the Northville School District, Board of Education and our 2,270 + PTA members for their support and commitment to our students, teachers and staff across all ten of our PTA proud schools. Enjoy your summer break!

May Babbitt’s Fourth Grade Class (1937-38) taken on the Main Street School front steps.

Items Sought for Main Street Elementary Exhibit

Class composites, photographs, report cards, mementoes, stories, and other memorabilia of Main Street Elementary School are being sought by the Northville Public Schools for a permanent exhibit recognizing the building’s rich history. The exhibit will be housed in the renovated Old Village School.

Opened in 1937, Main Street Elementary served as a district elementary school until 1975. It also housed the district’s administrative offices on the second floor, and was the home base for the district’s Early Childhood Center (the program also utilized additional classrooms at other elementary schools). In the year following its closure as an elementary school, the Main Street building was leased to the Michigan Montessori Center and Calvary Baptist Church of Plymouth. It was also a field office for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources from 1986-90.

The district is seeking materials and memories from all time periods in the building’s history. Donors can submit items — by mail or drop off — to Meghan Irving in the Superintendent’s Office at Old Village School, 405 West Main Street, Northville 48167. To arrange a donation drop off or for questions, contact Meghan at 248-344-3508 or via email at mailto:irvingme@northvilleschools.org

For those who wish to loan items, the district can photograph or scan donations and return them to donors. All donations should include information about the item’s history and a date (if available). Donors also should include their names for credit purposes.

Stories and memories by students and teachers are also encouraged. Written submissions may be forwarded to Meghan Irving at the Old Village School address or by email at irvingme@northvilleschools.org.

School Surplus Online Auction

Surplus furniture and office items will be available for online auction in July. Items up for bid have been replaced throughout the Northville school district as part of the multi-year bond project.

The online auction preview is Monday, July 8, with the online auction on Tuesday, July 9. Those interested in bidding, must register on the Biddergy website.

Auction item pick up will be Wednesday, July 10, and Thursday, July 11, at Thornton Creek Elementary, 46180 West Nine Mile.

Welcome District Communications Specialist!

Northville Public Schools welcomes Sarah Jacobs, the new District Communications Specialist. She comes to us from Oakland Schools where she was the Website Specialist and Berkley School District where she was the District Videographer and Communications Assistant. Sarah attended Lawrence Technological University and received a bachelor's in imaging with a concentration in graphic design.

Sarah is excited to join the Northville Schools community and tell the stories about the wonderful things happening in our buildings. Sarah can be reached at jacobssa@northvilleschools.org.

A huge thank you to Michelle Fecht for her assistance in writing this issue of Message from the Superintendent!

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