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Northville Connections Northville Public Schools Digital Newsletter: September 2020

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

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!

I would like to take a moment to express heartfelt gratitude to the students, families, educators and staff of Northville Public Schools for making the start to a unique school year successful. Tireless work on the part of our reentry task force, school leaders, our teachers, maintenance and operations staff, PTAs, Dads’ Clubs, and community partners throughout the summer contributed to the launch of the 2020-21 school year.

By working together, we continue to strive to overcome the challenges associated with learning, connecting and educating virtually and in-person with health and safety protocols in place. 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.

In September, we welcomed our Cooke students back to in-person instruction, along with several of our specialized classrooms district-wide. This week, our kindergarten families choosing in-person instruction visited their classrooms and transitioned into the classroom. We are delighted to finally have our classrooms come alive as some of our youngest learners begin a new chapter in their school journey!

Regardless of whether you are learning from your dining table or from the classroom, Northville Public Schools will continue to strive to provide the very best educational experiences, together with our students and families, and to seek creative and innovative ways to connect, learn and grow through our challenges. We invite you to take a few minutes to enjoy the linked video that captures just a few of the ways that our NPS community came together last Spring to create ways to connect with one another, continue learning, create new traditions, and celebrate milestones!

As we launch the 2020-21 school year, we remain committed to our longstanding Tradition of Excellence and ongoing journey toward opening a World of Possibilities for and with our students and our families.

Mary K. Gallagher, Superintendent

In this issue of Northville Connections:

  • First day of School (#Northville1stDay)
  • Hillside Student named Doodle for Google Michigan Winner
  • Transitioning to In-Person
  • Important Notes for In-Person Students: COVID-19 Symptom Screening, Ordering Lunches, Recommended Items to Bring to School
  • 2017 Bond Update
  • Nov. 3rd Election Information: NPS Board Candidates, Wayne County Enhancement Millage
  • ABCD Award: Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Staff Recognition
  • Public Notices: Stormwater Management, Pest Management, Title IX
  • Upcoming Events

2020-2021 First Day of School

Thank you for sharing your first day of school photos with us by using the hashtags #Northville1stDay and #NPSWorldofPossibilities!

Natalie Yee, Hillside student, was Michigan's Doodle for Google winner.

Hillside Student named Doodle for Google Michigan Winner

Hillside student, Natalie Yee, was chosen as Michigan’s Doodle for Google winner in the grades 6-7 Group in Google's 12th annual Doodle for Google competition, a contest open to K-12 students across the United States to design a Google Doodle inspired by the theme “I show kindness by...”.

Of her doodle, Natalie said "I show kindness by helping my friend who broke her ankle. The "G" is a wheelchair, the "O" is my friend with her cast, the second "O" is me, comforting her so she wouldn't feel left out, and I made the "G" by soccer ball and her crutches, the "L" is the swing pole, and lastly "E" is her backpack that I often carried for her. That's what friends are for."

Congratulations, Natalie, on this accomplishment! You make us proud!

Students Begin In-Person Learning

Transitioning into the Classroom

Students are returning to the classroom this month. Cooke students started attending school on the first day of school on September 8th. Kindergartners in all elementary schools were welcomed to their new schools on September 21st with an orientation with families and students attended the rest of the week.

The transitioning of elementary students in the classroom will continue through the rest of september with first and second grade joining kindergarten students during the week of september 28th. All in-person students will return to the classroom on Monday, October 5, 2020.

Important Notes for In-Person Learning

COVID-19 Symptom Screening

Families received laminated versions of the COVID-19 Symptom Screening in the mail along with recommendations of what to send their child to school with each day.

Parents or guardians must check students for COVID-19 symptoms each day before sending a child to school. By sending your child to school, you are declaring that you have completed this symptom checker and that your child is not exhibiting any of the symptoms on the form.

Ordering Lunches - Free Meals for NPS students

Free school lunches were made possible for all NPS students after district officials received a waiver sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture. All Northville students under the age of 18 are eligible for the program, while meals will also be made available to students aged 18-26 who have an active IEP.

Families must pre-order by 9 am to receive a lunch that day. The system will not allow you to order after 9am. For your convenience, meals can be pre-ordered up to 30 days in advance. To avoid any issues, we recommend ordering the night before.

Ordering: Meals must be pre-ordered using the District’s Nutrislice online program, or through the Nutrislice app, available on the Apple Store or Google Play. Additional information, including a video tutorial, about the Nutrislice pre-ordering process is available on the Food Service Department website.

Where are the lunch meals being made available?

In-person learners must pre-order their lunch which will be delivered to the students’ classrooms (orders must be in by 9am each morning.) If you have multiple students attending in-person, parents will need to order meals for each of their students individually in Nutrislice. Please make sure that you choose the correct school and the correct classroom/teacher for each of your students when ordering for multiple students.

Online learners must also pre-order their lunch. Online learners' lunches can be picked up in the west parking lot (Athletics Department) entrance of Northville High School (45700 Six Mile Rd.) between the hours of 11 am and 1 pm each school day.

Classroom Readiness Checklist

The video above lists recommended items to bring to school during in-person learning. Each school or classroom will create a system for individual material and supplies storage and management as students are discouraged from sharing supplies and materials with classmates. Please note that the items on the checklist are simply suggestions of helpful items and are strictly voluntary, as the Northville Public Schools provides the necessary supplies and materials for your child's successful school experience.

2017 Bond Update

The 2017 Bond project continued this summer after a brief break following the pandemic shutdown. Since the beginning of March 2020, over 15 million dollars worth of construction through the end of July have been accomplished and NPS staff have participated in 50+ Zoom meetings with project teams. Thank you voters!

Hillside: Hillside Middle School construction work continues the $35 million project of adding a new addition to the school. Students can expect to transition to the new addition in mid to late fall.

Meads Mill: Meads Mill Middle School looks different this year as the construction of the new office and secured entry vestibule is completed. A flexible music space was created along with the reconfiguration of the Art, Project Lead the Way and Choir classrooms. All classroom have new windows and casework installed and new student furniture.

Moraine and Thornton Creek: Thornton Creek and Moraine Elementary Schools received a renovated office areas with a secure entry vestibule and renovated media centers with an addition of a makerspace. All classrooms received new mechanical systems and lighting upgrades along with new casework.

Sinking Fund Project: Winchester received new pavement in the parking lot.

Design Stages: Currently in the design phase is Silver Springs Elementary School, Winchester Elementary School, Ridge Wood Elementary School and Cooke School. Projects included in the design phase discussions are:

  • media center and makerspace renovations
  • secure offices and entry vestibules
  • classroom finishes
  • lighting upgrades
  • furniture replacement
  • roofing work
  • mechanical unit upgrades

The Operations Department would like to give a shout out to the Early Childhood Staff and Food Service Staff that volunteered to help pack up buildings in May!

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

Live Virtual Event Tuesday, September 29th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Northville PTA Council will host a Northville Board of Education Candidate Forum for interested voters. During the forum, voters will hear from the nine candidates vying for the four open seats on the Northville Public Schools Board of Education. Questions will not be accepted during the event; please submit them by September 25th to NorthvilleSchoolBoardQs@gmail.com.

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

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.

Northville Public Schools Public Notices

Learn more about Stormwater Management

Northville Public Schools is committed to the environment and strives to be a good steward of the land within its jurisdiction and to use appropriate Best Management Practices to contribute to the improvement of water quality within the Rouge River Watershed where the district is located.

Northville Public Schools encourages all students, faculty, staff, parents, and visitors to get involved through opportunities provided by the local water shed groups including Friends of the Rouge and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG).

Why worry about stormwater?

Many people may not realize that stormwater collected in drains located on the curbs of their streets does not flow to their local water treatment plant. Rather, this water remains untreated and is discharged directly into the waterways. During this journey to the waterways, stormwater collects and carries a broad range of pollutants. Stormwater is a non-point source of pollution thus making it extremely difficult to address and the single greatest threat to our water quality and watershed health. Non-point source pollution comes from many diffuse runoff sources such as rainfall, snowmelt, flowing over and through the ground, picking up pollutants as it goes. Some of these pollutants occur naturally, such as nutrients from sediments, manure, or pet wastes. Others pollutants such as fertilizers, automotive grease, and oil occur from our interaction with the environment. Stormwater acts as a carrier of non-point source pollution and therefore considered a major cause of water quality problems both in Michigan and nationwide.

Public Notice of Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP)

To this end, the school district has developed and has implemented a “Stormwater Management Program Plan (SWMP)” to reduce the discharge of pollutants from their MS4 to the Maximum Extent Practicable and protect water quality in accordance with the appropriate water quality requirements of Michigan Act 451, Public Acts of 1994, Part 31, and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the district National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Permit (NPDES).

A copy of the Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) is available for review on the district’s website at https://www.northvilleschools.org/apps/pages/stormwater. Any questions or comments regarding the Stormwater Management Plan should be directed to the Operations Department at 248-344-8445. Revised: September 1, 2020

2020/2021 Advisory to All Parents: Pest Management

Northville Public Schools has adopted an Integrated Pest Management program. Inherent with this are the district’s efforts to reduce pesticide use as much as possible. While it may occasionally be necessary to apply a pesticide, this program does not rely on routine pesticide applications to resolve problems. We use various techniques such as habitat alteration, sanitation, mechanical means, exclusion, etc. to prevent pest from becoming a problem. As required by Michigan law, parents will receive advance notice of non-emergency application of a pesticide (insecticide, fungicide, or herbicide), other than bait or gel formulation, which is made to the school, school grounds, or buildings. This advance notice of a pesticide application will be given 48 hours before the application by the following two methods: 1) Posting at the primary entrances to your child’s school. The entrances that will be posted are the main entrance and those that have a sidewalk that leads directly to a parking lot. 2) Posting in the common area located by the main office of the school. Please note that notification is not given for use of sanitizers, germicides, disinfectants or antimicrobial cleaners. In certain emergencies, such as an infestation of stinging insects, pesticides may be applied without prior notice to prevent injury to students, but you will be promptly notified following any such application, via the two posting methods identified above. Parents may review the school’s Integrated Pest Management program and records of any pesticide application upon request by contacting Steve Banchero, Northville Public Schools Director of Operations at (248)344-3540 or bancherost@northvilleschools.org. Parents or guardians of children attending the school are also entitled to receive the advance notice of a pesticide application, other than a bait or gel formulation, by first class United States mail postmarked at least three days before the application, if they so request. If you would like to be notified by mail please contact the department in writing at NPS Operations, 501 West Main Street Northville, MI 48167. Please include, your name, your student’s name(s), mailing address and what school(s) your student(s) attend and you will be put on the advance notification by US Mail list.

Title IX

Earlier this year, the United States Department of Education (DOE) issued new regulations for Title IX. These significant changes took effect August 14, 2020. The revisions impact both K-12 public schools, as well as institutions of higher education, with some of the changes specific to colleges and universities. The Board has worked closely with administration to revise our Board Policies (2001 and 4114) accordingly. The administration has already completed training this summer given the significance of the changes, including the definition of sexual harassment, as well as the notable procedural changes required. Due to changes in the procedural roles required, we have had to make some adjustments in our assigned Title IX Coordinator assignments. Please be aware that Aaron Baughman and Beth Santer are now NPS Title IX Coordinators.

Over the past several years, our administrative team has invested significant time and effort into awareness and training for staff and facilitated ongoing sessions with building leaders. That will continue.

The recent updates to Board policies and the respective procedures comply with the new regulations, while also ensuring that complaints of alleged misconduct that may not fall within the revised definition of Title IX, may still be appropriately reviewed and addressed under other applicable policies and laws. The District remains committed to providing a safe and supportive educational setting for students and staff, free from discrimination and harassment.

September 29

Northville Public Schools Board of Education Candidate Forum hosted by Northville PTA Council, 6:30 pm via Zoom

October 5/October 6

All in-person students return to school

October 13

Virtual Board of Education, 6:30 via Zoom

October 27

Virtual Board of Education, 6:30 via Zoom

November 3 Election Day

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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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