NPS Celebrates Board Appreciation Month
Northville Public Schools joined 544 local and 57 intermediate school districts across Michigan in celebrating January as School Board Recognition Month. In a year full of challenges for public education not seen in recent history, our school board members persevered through the adversity of 2020, and have grappled with providing the best possible education for our students given the ongoing challenges of a global health crisis. Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one of the ways in which we can express appreciation for these dedicated public servants, who continue to devote hours of time to our district, students, families, staff and community, and who serve without monetary compensation.
School board members represent the views and priorities of their community in the complex system of maintaining and running a district’s public schools. They also reinforce the principle of local control over public education, which is an important, highly valued aspect of education in Michigan. Our Board of Education establishes the district’s vision, mission and goals while developing policies to achieve them; they encourage continuous improvement in student learning; and advocate at the local, state and national level in support of public education.
As a community, we are fortunate to have an actively involved, deeply committed Board of Education dedicated to leading and supporting our ongoing quest to Open A World of Possibilities for and with our students that will prepare them for life and work in a global society. This responsibility requires the time and energy to prepare for, and attend countless meetings and school functions; review agendas, documents, proposals, and reports; and make difficult decisions that are both fiscally responsible and focused on what is best for the students, families, staff and community of Northville Public Schools.
The Northville Board of Education is made up of seven members, each of whom brings varied perspectives and experiences to the table, working together in partnership with educators and administrators to provide Northville students experiences, opportunities and endless possibilities steeped in tradition and excellence. Our community gives us its best to fulfill the duties of the school board requiring countless hours of thoughtful dialogue, engagement, research, attending school and community functions, and much more during each term. Each Board member serves as a voice of the community along with building connections between community organizations and the district. At Northville we are proud of our long history of board members who have created lasting imprints in our community history.
The Board of Education members serving Northville Public Schools and their years of service include:
- Ms. Sarah Prescott, President; five-and-a-half years
- Ms. Angela Jaafar, Vice President; two years
- Mr. Roland Hwang, Secretary; six years
- Mr. James Mazurek, Treasurer; 2011 -2018, recently elected
- Ms. Suzanne Lynn, Trustee; two years
- Ms. Lisa McIntyre, Trustee; recently elected
- Mr. Lindsey Wilson, Trustee; recently elected
We also recognized the following individuals who stepped down from the Board of Education at the conclusion of their term on December 31, 2020 for their leadership and service:
- Ms. Cynthia L. Jankowski, nine years
- Mr. Matthew Wilk, eight-and-a-half years
- Ms. Laurie Doner, four years
Northville Public Schools celebrated the Board of Education and welcomed the newest members during the January 12 and 26, 2021 Board of Education meetings. Residents are welcome to express gratitude to the Board with a note of thanks sent to the NPS BOE email account at email@example.com.
Each schools' PTAs or PTSAs showed support and appreciation of the Board of Education with gifts of flowers, donations of books for school media centers and gift cards to use within the Northville community.
We hope you will join Northville Public Schools in taking an opportunity to show your appreciation for these servant leaders, who work together with our staff and families to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders.
NPS Middle Schoolers Named STEM Worldwide FAA Airport Design Challenge Winners
Northville Public Schools students participated in the FAA Airport Design Challenge under the team name Aireos. Students were expected to create a team of 5 students and submit weekly assignments from the official FAA over the course of 6 weeks. The main assignment was to recreate an actual Airport in Minecraft by following the precise FAA guidelines and implement new innovations into the original design. The Northville team chose to recreate Gerald R. Ford International Airport.
The video below was submitted to the FAA on December 6, 2020. On January 4, 2021, the team consisting of four Northville middle schoolers learned that they had been selected as one of the 12 finalists out of a total of 1200 participants from 21 countries around the world. On January 21, 2021, during a live virtual award ceremony, the team was awarded third place in the world in the 7-12 grade team level! The Northville team was the youngest placing team in the 7-12 grade grouping and first Michigan team to be named finalists.
Team Aireos: ✈️
- Arjun Saini - Hillside (Team Lead)
- Ritvik Ellendula - Meads Mill
- Chet Sands - Hillside
- Iyi Akinyemi- Meads Mill
- Justin Ambrozaitis - Texas
The team would like to convey their sincere thanks to Hillside teacher Ms. Cannistraro-Hall for introducing this opportunity to the students.
The Airport Design Challenge gives students the opportunity to design virtual airports in Microsoft Minecraft based on guidance from FAA aerospace and engineering experts. Participating students meet aviation professionals during the challenge and learn about the aerospace industry. More information about this program can be found on the FAA website.
FAA Airport Design Challenge consisted of:
- Small teams of students work together to learn about their local airport and to complete development tasks in Minecraft
- Five weeks of organized lesson plans covering topics from airport layout, pavement, lighting, structures, and innovative growth
- Weekly knowledge check quizzes, which will be turned in accompanied by screen shots of student progress.
- Collaborative work between students, parents, and teachers performed in a virtual environment
- STEM based applied knowledge in math, engineering, and career development
Watch the team's submission video:
NPS Educator, Jennifer Lawson, Published in Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics Newsletter
Northville Public Schools Hillside teacher, Jennifer Lawson, recently had the opportunity to write an article for MCTM (Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics) and was published in their recent newsletter. In the article, she demonstrates for educators how to use the Pear Deck software to increase student engagement. Congrats Ms. Lawson!
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.