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.
NHS Tenth Grader Researches, Develops and Wins with Pain Free Melanoma Screening Project
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!
NHS Robostangs 548 Earn Fourth Place at FIRST World Robotics Competition
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
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.