Northville Art House showcases student art
(Background image: Hamin Park (NHS 11th) Brunch in Quebec, marker and colored pencil. View this and more art on the Northville Art House website.)
March 23 – April 14: Northville High School IB Art Exhibition
The Northville High School IB Art Exhibition is a culmination of the annual International Baccalaureate Art program at Northville High School. In the program, students explore skills, techniques, processes, and vocabulary which they use to pursue an in-depth investigation of art and this self-curated group exhibition. In the exhibition, 19 students will present a selection of their best work and communicate their purpose in a written rationale at the Northville Art House.
Monika Miller, Lead Instructor of the IB Art program at Northville High School, shares, “The IB Art students showed a passion for art throughout and despite this pandemic. I am so proud of their commitment to create artwork that is meaningful and personal. These pieces have a connection not only to the artist, but hopefully to all who view them. We thank the Art House for their generous donation of the time and space to house this special and unique exhibition.”
March 23 – April 14: Northville Public Schools Virtual Art Exhibition
First held in 1999, the exhibition is held annually to promote the appreciation and importance of arts education. This year the Art House celebrates the spirit of creativity through the work of students in Grades 6-12 from Northville Public Schools.
This year the exhibition will be presented online with enhanced gallery labels discussing the artwork. A few works will be available for purchase.
Michigan PTA Reflections Winners Announced
The Reflections program is the National PTA’s cornerstone art program. It was founded in 1969 by Colorado PTA president Mary Lou Anderson. Since its founding, millions of students have participated in the program. The goal of the program is participation in and appreciation for the arts.
This year's theme is: I Matter Because...
The following students were recognized by the Michigan PTA Council for their original works. Congratulations to all students who participated and to those who received recognition. The National PTA Reflections winners will be announced on May 1, 2021.
Brooke Feller, Hillside Middle School; Photography
Sreja Vallem, Northville High School; Photography
The cry that woke the Universe was quiet. A thought, whispered to the wind “Why am I here, what’s my purpose Where do I fit in?”
Audrey Wu, Northville High School; Literature
Laura De La O Sosa, Amerman Elementary School; Intermediate, Visual Arts
Award of Excellence
Sami Hadjit, Amerman Elementary School; Intermediate Music Composition
Emma Thomas, Ridge Wood Elementary School; Intermediate, Photography
Award of Merit
Mehulee Mondal, Amerman Elementary School; Intermediate Photography
Nila Muthusamy, Northville High School; Film
Ameen Abou-Rjaily, Northville High School; Music Composition
Erik Brown, Ridge Wood Elementary School; Primary, Visual Arts
May 4, 2021 Election
Northville Public Schools Non-Homestead Operating Millage Renewal
Non-Homestead Operating Millage Renewal Informational Meetings:
On May 4, 2021, all registered voters in the Northville Public School District will have the opportunity to vote on an Operating Millage proposal that would renew the current millage rate of 19.2383 mills on all non-homestead property for five years, 2022 to 2026. This millage applies only to non-homestead property such as businesses, rental properties, and second homes. Even though owners of primary residences are not affected, state law requires a district-wide election to approve the Operating Millage.
This millage renewal will impose no new taxes.
This millage generates about $10 million annually for Northville schools, representing 16% of the district's overall operating revenues. The money received from the Operating Millage supports the District’s day-to-day operations, including payment of salaries and benefits, classroom supplies and materials, and student transportation and building maintenance. Failure to pass the millage renewal would result in a significant loss in operating revenue for the school district beginning in 2022.
This is not a new tax. This millage was last approved by voters in November 2011, when voters approved a millage rate of 20.9100 mills. That millage has been reduced to 19.2383 through subsequent Headlee Amendment adjustments, and the District is seeking to renew the reduced rate of 19.2383 mills.
Additionally, this millage is vital to ensuring the District receives the full per pupil allocation from the state. In order to receive this full allocation, school districts must levy the statutory maximum operating millage of 18 mills. Although the current ballot proposal requests 19.2383 mills, the District cannot levy more than 18 mills, just as occurring today. The remaining 1.2383 mills would serve as a hedge against future Headlee adjustments, thereby ensuring the District can continue to levy 18 mills and receive the full per pupil allocation from the state.
In summary, this millage maintains the current school tax for business owners, is not levied on primary residential property -- but represents a significant source of operating revenue for the District.
Contact email@example.com or call Mike Zopf, Assistant Superintendent of Finance & Operations on 248-344-3511 if you have any questions about the Operating Millage.
Thornton Creek provides CARE packages for families in need during annual C.A.R.E.S Month
Thornton Creek students participated in the annual C.A.R.E (Cooperate, Appreciate, Respect and Empathize) School-wide Service Project during the month of February. Every grade level helped collect items for C.A.R.E packages for all essential workers at area hospitals, the Novi Police Department and the Northville Fire Department. Students also made cards for each of these essential workers to show that they are real-life heroes.
Led by teachers Daniel Spitzley & Nicole Wesley, Thornton Creek delivered CARE packages to hospitals and fire departments in the area. The school received the following letter from the Providence Hospital & UofM Health Systems-Ronald McDonald House:
Dear Daniel and Michael, and especially the kids and families of Northville's Thornton Creek Elementary School,
I can't wait to take all those amazing items to the Ronald McDonald House!
The families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House are doing so because a kid in the family is hospitalized and in delicate condition.
The family usually comes from quite a distance just so as to be able to get the superb care Mott Children's Hospital provides.
They leave everything behind to be near the patient in the family, and to nurture him or her.
The coffee and munchies and activities and books and cards you sent along for them will undoubtedly cheer them up tremendously!
It took a team! Thank you to Daniel for organizing this, to Michael for bringing them to the hospital and doing the heavy lifting, and also - unexpectedly - to Heather Meyer, his wife (who knew?? Both passionate about kids) for getting a more suitable cart, and pushing it with all the boxes, to the Volunteer Services Office - then taking the emptied cart back to Mott.
I'll make plans with The Ronald McDonald House to deliver everything a.s.a.p. Wish I could capture the smiles of delight which will no doubt light up the faces of the recipients, who are likely under a lot of stress, and exhausted.
You folks are all a blessing! Thank you!!!
Ridge Wood Presidents' Day essay winner
Community Financial holds a Presidents’ Day Essay contest to challenge students to think about the meaning behind the holiday and show off their creativity. This year students were asked “If you were president, what issue would you focus on and why?” Congratulations to Ridge Wood's Claire Kim on have a winning entry! Clair was the 3rd place essay winner amongst the 4th grade entries. Job well done!
Meads Mill 8th grader wins Michigan website design competition
Eighth grader Manya Gowda won first place in the middle school division in the Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT) Website Design Contest out of 102 teams from 38 Michigan middle and high schools enrolled in the competition.
Her website describes the differences between her and her grandparents' generations and she focuses on their life in India.
Hillside Black History Month writing contest
Hillside Middle School held a Black History Month Writing Contest in February. Congratulations to the students below who placed top three in the contest!
- Diane Zhao - First Place
- Helen Wang - Second Place
- Jessica Gondek - Third Place
Meads Mill eighth grader places 2nd in Mathcounts State Competition
Brian Zhang, Meads Mill eighth grader, will advance to the National Mathcounts competition with three of Michigan's top scorers after placing second during the state competition. Congrats Brian!
Detroit Catholic Forensic League (DCFL) Forensics Tournament winners
Northville High School junior Ved Muthusamy won first place at the DCFL Forensics Tournament during the February 6th and Feb 27th. He also competed and won second place during the March 20th tournament. He competed in the extemporaneous category, creating speeches pertaining to public health, political, economic, and many other issues.
NHS junior Jack Brady also competed during the March 6th tournament and placed 6th in the oratory category. He prepared an original oration usually persuasive or informative on a current topic.
Battle of the Books teams place at Northville District Library
Congratulations to the Hillside Middle School Team, Page Punchers, who placed first in this year’s Battle of the Books, sponsored by the Northville District Library held on March 10, 2021.
Team members are:
- Kushal Durga - 7th Grade
- Akshith Ashwanth - 7th Grade
- Anikait Pundir - 7th Grade
- Sathvik Tirumala Kanduri - 8th Grade
- Charvi Grandhe - 7th Grade
- Clive Y.H.T Smith - 6th Grade
Coming in second was Meads Mills' seventh grade team Titans of the Text.
The team members are:
- Rishi Chowdhury
- Aryaa Sonar
- Sriraam Hebbar
- Nidhi Narendra Kumar
- Varshan Muhinthan
- Saharsh Pandey
The teams participated in eight rounds of intense questions against 18 other teams from Northville. All the teams were comprised of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. It was the 15th Annual Middle School Reading Competition comprising of close to 100 students.
NEF Innovative Grant funding provides third graders out of this world engineering & problem solving experience
Markus Hartnett’s third grade students at Amerman Elementary are participating in the City X Project through a grant from the Northville Educational Foundation. Utilizing the Stanford design process for engineering, students are solving intergalactic problems on an imaginary planet being colonized and creating a host of problems to be solved by student designers and engineers. The third graders are tasked with development, testing, prototyping and the reinvention of solutions for problems such as not enough sunlight to grow food, nowhere to put the trash, and no clean water to name a few. Northville students used Stanford University's Design Thinking Process to empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test and share their inventions. A 3D printer brings the creations and solutions to life.
Mr. Hartnett previously taught the City X project in Illinois. He says of the experience, “This is a project that needs to make its way into elementary classrooms. Design thinking is a skill that every 21st century learner needs.”
Although the City X Project is a free experiment, the Northville Educational Foundation Innovative Grant provided the funds to purchase the 3D printer and materials to print. “NEF’s goal is to fund projects that are unique and that ignite curiosity in our kids,” said Christa Howley, Executive Director of the NEF. “Mr. Hartnett’s project challenges his students to think differently, to be inquisitive and to solve problems. These are all skills that will benefit our students now and in the future. It was an easy decision to fund Project City X because it will help create the inventors and innovators of tomorrow.”
About Northville Educational Foundation Innovative Grants
These competitive teaching grants enhance classroom learning through projects that are creative and innovative but require extra funding. This past year we distributed $35,000 to over 30 projects across the district. Since 2010, NEF has awarded nearly $230,000 in Innovative Grant funding to NPS teachers.
About City X Project
The City X Workshop introduces key 21st century skills, including emotional literacy, empathy, design thinking, creative problem solving, and social literacy using hands-on engagement with 3D printing and modeling technologies. By embedding these learning objectives in the context of a story with elements of gaming, we are able to playfully walk young students through the process of invention. By the end, children ideate, prototype and test to turn their ideas for solving real-world problems into real, physical objects in a matter of days. The City X Project toolkit is the most educationally relevant introductory 3D printing and design thinking curriculum available for 8 to 12 year-olds.
ABCD Award: Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
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.