A peek behind the curtain at Sylvania Northview…the 10.10.18 Wildcat Weekly


We are nearing the end of the first quarter, and students are hard at work to master key concepts before the grading period is up.¬† Seniors in Mr. Engel’s Physics classes learned to calculate the predicted acceleration of a given slope last week…

Mr. Malcolm’s Government students are studying the United States Constitution.¬† A few of them remembered well a song they learned in elementary school that helped them memorize the Preamble, and treated their fellow seniors to a final rendition.

Ms. Bogue’s environmental scientists rolled up their sleeves, and pant legs, and got dirty last week, conducting research in Ten Mile Creek.¬† The purpose of their study is to evaluate the health of the creek, and they did so by taking water samples, inspecting what they found, categorizing the living organisms, and

Students are starting to use our new maker space, the Think Tank.  This learning environment is designed to give students the space and tools to work on bigger problems, collaborate, tinker, and create.

Lauren Smith (pictured on the right) was recognized by the Sylvania Chamber of Commerce as the Student of the Month for her work in the performing arts.¬† In addition to being named to the All-National Ensemble, Lauren was recognized in¬†DownBeat Magazine June 2018, which our music teachers equate to the Rolling Stone of jazz music.¬† More impressive than all of the above is Lauren’s humble nature.¬† Congratulations Lauren!

The Girls Golf Team, and their game faces, competed at the Sectional Championships, and qualified for the District Championships, which took place yesterday.  Senior Lexi Knight played well enough there to qualify for the State Championships in Columbus next week!  This is the second year in a row that Lexi earned her way into the State Championship Golf Tournament.  Way to go Lexi!

On Thursday last week, Assistant Principal Gracy Hinojosa-Lloyd (pictured 4th from the left) represented Northview at an awards banquet hosted by the Department of Education, and accepted the Momentum Award on behalf of the entire Northview Family.  This award was a reflection of the growth demonstrated by students.  Northview was one of roughly fifteen high schools state-wide that showed the amount of growth necessary to earn this distinction.

Sylvania School alumnus and Lucas County Board of Elections official Austin Serna visited with senior government students to educate them on the voting process.

Mrs. Werner’s Honors Biology students are in the early stages of dissecting pigs.¬† Outside of identifying gender and some basic anatomical parts, the most difficult piece for partners was settling on a name for their pig.

Freshmen scientists are learning basics of laboratory life, including measuring for volume and mass, and how to log data.

The 2018-19 yearbook design and construction is underway, as the staff is hard at work adding content to their work in progress.

The Football Team lost a heart breaker on Friday night, but continue to show improvement as the season progresses.

Jillian Turner advanced to the District Championships in tennis after a great showing at Sectionals, where she earned a 3rd place finish.  Way to go JT!

The Boys Soccer Team brought home the NLL Championship yesterday with a win over Perrysburg.¬† Check out the highlights below of that game, and their 1-1 tie against St. John’s Jesuit on Saturday.¬† Their run is not over, but Senior Night last week honored a special group of athletes.¬† These Seniors have won two straight District Championships, made it to the Elite 8 in the state of Ohio, and earned multiple league titles.¬† Soon, they will hang up the black and gold jerseys for good.¬† For now, we will focus on savoring every moment of what hopes to be an exciting tournament run.

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High school students who are exploring career options in the education field spend a portion of their day in the Northview pre-school, learning to design lesson plans and to work with young people.¬† Ms. Beckstead’s students spent time helping to facilitate stations this week, where preschoolers molded, drew, hammered, kneaded, and patterned, built, organized, and, most importantly, played.

Freshmen in the Leadership Academy had a debate on principles and values, defending their stance on why this belief is more important than that one.  This conversation is part of a year-long effort to explore who they are at their core.  Mr. Creech is helping them to learn to articulate their thoughts on the direction in which their moral compasses are pointing them.

Mr. Briggs’s youth cross country program continues to grow, so much so that Coach Downing was seen helping out last week.¬† He explained to the little kids that running cross country is like a really long “go-route.”

Northview Choir Teacher Jeremy Davis was recognized by the Board of Education as a Sylvania Schools Teacher of the Year.

Our golfers were welcomed to Rotary, and honored for their accomplishments this season.

The Sylvania Water Polo Club held Senior Night last week, taking on Napoleon…

The other Wildcats proved too tough, however, winning the varsity match with good goalie play like you can see in video below.

Mr. Briggs’s physical education students worked to develop core strength yesterday in a wide variety of ways…

Senora Jurski’s Spanish II students are learning both Spanish and about current events, as they completed a gallery walk around the classroom, reading about contemporary events, pulling out key vocabulary, and writing about their findings in Spanish.

Ms. Davis’s Introduction to Education students are starting to understand different styles, looking at images that can be seen from multiple perspectives.

Our counselors hosted their first Coffee with Counselors of the year, introducing the College Prep Challenge for freshmen and sophomores.

There were scores of Wildcats running loose in downtown Toledo this weekend, helping to support Race For The Cure in a variety of ways.¬† Some students volunteered…

…the LadyKats Soccer Team ran the course…

…and the band provided some entertainment.

The entire race was in honor of Kelli Andres, mother of Northview Senior, Patrick.  Kelli, who passed away two years ago, was a friend to many, and is now an inspiration to many more.

We had an unannounced, unplanned, dress-like-your-assistant-principal day last week. ūüôā

Several current Northview students and alumni were spotted at the BGSU STEM Camp this weekend, giving youngsters a glimpse into the fascinating world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The LadyKats Volleyball Team fell to Notre Dame this weekend, but rebounded to sweep Whitmer 3-0 this week…

The Boys Soccer Team knocked off #1 State-ranked DIII Ottawa Hills 3-1 last week, and crushed University of Detroit Jesuit High School 8-0 this weekend.

@LucasCountyCmsn Carol Contrada to @NVLeaders – don’t sit out during turbulent times; find your passion and make your corner of the world better! @SylvaniaSchools


Sylvania High School alumna and Lucas County Commissioner Carol Contrada returned home last week to deliver our first Leadership Lunch of the school year for our Leadership Academy members.¬† Commissioner Contrada’s theme ranged from poetry to politics, and helped explain her fight for justice in her world.¬† Her philosophy on leadership draws closely on the quote from Shakespeare that, “some¬†are¬†born great,¬†some¬†achieve greatness, and¬†some¬†have greatness thrust upon them.”¬† She believes the same holds true for leadership.¬† She shared with students that growing up in the late 1960s, she was inspired to get involved by tumultuous world events, and motivated to help create a better world by literature, art, music, and theatre.¬† Her path to leadership has been more of the “thrust upon you” journey, from those early years, inspired by investigative journalists exposing corruption and abuse in society.¬† She had a desire to help right those wrongs.¬† Fast forward to her time as a Commissioner, she has listened to and learned from firefighters and sheriffs about their worlds and what needs to be improved.¬† She related her learning process to To Kill A Mockingbird‘s Atticus Finch quote, “You never really¬†understand¬†a¬†person¬†until you¬†consider things from¬†his¬†point of view [‚Ķ]¬†until you¬†climb into¬†his skin¬†and¬†walk around¬†in¬†it.”¬† She talked specifically about how what she has learned from our first line public servants helped her understand the need for and the effort to build a new jail, criminal justice reform in northwest Ohio.¬† Their subsequent work together resulted in large amounts of grant money awarded to Lucas County to improve our society in this area.¬† She encouraged students to find their own inspiration in this turbulent time in our nation’s history, citing Dante’s The Divine Comedy¬†quote, “The¬†hottest places in Hell¬†are reserved for those who in time of moral crisis preserve their neutrality.”¬† Commissioner Contrada, a practicing attorney today, who once taught high school English, told students to be open minded about the future.¬† She was sure as a high schooler that she was not going to be a lawyer or a politician, and that she wanted to be a writer.¬† Her belief in serving her community, the problems she saw in society, and the inspiration she received from the great writers of humanity changed her plans, dramatically and for the benefit of everyone in northwest Ohio.

Here and there at Northview High…


Mrs. Nelson’s freshmen scientists are processing data from their pendulum lab where they set a length and measured the responding time. They are making a model they will use to determine the length of the mystery pendulum when they can only measure the time.¬† They are using their Chromebooks and the Google platform to chart their data.


Ms. Diehl’s sophomore scientists are conducting an experiment that involves different solutions and their impact on potato saturation.


Mr. Malcolm’s Government students are learning about the early forms of government in the United States, and what forces led to the creation of our current system.¬† Students are able to access the materials for the lecture and question and answer session on their Chromebooks…

Mr. Malcolm is also using an on-line tool to allow students to communicate their thoughts on questions he poses in class.  Having everyone respond ensures that all students are taking ownership of the material.


Mr. Lucius is also having students use their Chromebooks in class to measure student mastery.  This week, students were using the Kahoot website to answer questions about material they had recently learned.


Ms. Stefango’s AP English students are already preparing for the AP test in May by taking a practice test, which will give her some baseline data on where her students stand with their ability to demonstrate key skills measured on the real assessment in May.


Several of Mrs. Thiel’s orchestra musicians had the opportunity last weekend to perform with the BGSU Philharmonia after a day at the College of Musical Arts.¬† Mrs. Thiel is thrilled with the talent level and work ethic of the Chamber Orchestra.


The Boys Cross Country Team continues to improve, this weekend landing four runners in the 16s.  We wish them the best of luck as they continue to prepare to be at their best at the end of the season.


Mrs. Seal-Roth’s artists competed in the 2018 Black Swamp Chalk Walk, and brought home 1st place!¬† Congratulations to Lindsey, Brookelyn, Dom, and Courtney.¬† Check out the announcement via live Facebook video.

Our Wildcats are already out in the community, donating their time and talent for the benefit of others.


Friday’s STUCO assembly gave our students a chance to blow off a little steam, and to receive their BCSN Student Section of the Week belt.¬† Check out our Football Team leading the entire school in a John Denver song, karaoke style here.

The Cats battled, but did not win their game on Friday night…

The Marching Band performs three different shows each football season.  This past Friday was the 2nd time performing songs that remind us of summer fun.  Check out the show in the below video.


Friday night was even more fun because Northview welcomes dozens of Mini-Majorettes, many of whom donned the Black and Gold for the first time.


Our Boys Soccer Team was slated for a big showdown with St. John’s Jesuit, as both teams were ranked in the top ten in the state of Ohio…

Unfortunately, lightning shortened the match.  The Wildcats and Titans will resume the contest, tied at 0-0, with 13:13 to go in the first half on Saturday, October 6th.


Our parent volunteers are back at it, helping to properly outfit our orchestras.  Parents willing to enhance our many, many programs make the Northview experience what it is.


Our Sophomore Class Government advertised their ongoing shoe drive by going shoeless last Friday.  Their marketing technique worked, as students and teachers alike were asking why some hooligans were walking about with no shoes.  If you have gently worn shoes to donate, please bring them to the main lobby at Northview, where our sophomores have placed a donation box.


Senior Visionaries were delivered over the past couple weeks, giving members of our Leadership Academy a chance to both practice public speaking and articulate what they want to see happen in the future, be it with their senior year, or beyond.  Hearing what these Seniors have planned leads me to believe we are in for a good year at Northview.


Mr. Blakeman’s AP United States History students are taking on one of the more challenging pieces of the AP test: the document based question (DBQ).¬† He is working with them early in the year to ensure they are ready to nail this piece of the test in May.¬† This DBQ centered on the War of 1812.

Also seen in Mr. Blakeman’s classroom this week were visuals, including memes illustrated to emphasize major issues from early American life.


This week at Northview…


In Mrs. Schloegl’s sophomore English class, students presented character analysis from Orwell’s 1984. They shared both their thoughts on the characters themselves, and analysis on why Orwell included the character and presented them the way he did.

Mrs. Cafferty’s Medical Technologies students played with fire this week, literally.¬† Part of their certification relates to fire safety in the workplace.

Mr. Davis’s A Cappella Choir students are setting the foundation for future pieces by solidifying the fundamentals.

Our FTC Robotics teams are hard at work, getting ready for the upcoming season.

More than 200 Northview Juniors sacrificed sleeping in during the 2 Hour Delay yesterday to begin to prepare for the ACT.  Mrs. Joan Sadowski helped them cover the bullet-pointed items below.

The Girls Golf Team, which has had a tough season due to injuries to top golfers, competed in the NLL Championships this week.  Lexi Knight, who can be seen below ripping a drive much further than her principal is capable of, was named the NLL Player of the Year.  She was also featured as the Toledo Blade Spotlight Athlete of the Week, which you can read about here.

The Boys Golf Team won the NLL League Championship on Monday, defeating Perrysburg on the 5th scorecard after a tie for total score.  This youthful squad replaced a loaded Senior Class of 2018 with depth and clutch play.  Congratulations men!

Mrs. Thiel’s top orchestra students are staying after the final bell to work on more complicated pieces.

Several students will be helping our freshmen Health classes learn about life issues through Teen Pep, which they were trained for this week.

Mr. Word’s computer science students are busy designing their own games.¬† This one involves creating a Pong-like game where players move end pieces to keep a white ball bouncing back and forth to the best of their ability.

If you stop in Mr. Keller’s classroom, you might catch him daydreaming.¬† His students have made a habit of sending him postcards from their vacation destinations.¬† The resulting bulletin board spread is inviting.

His current Anatomy students, on the other hand, are busy learning the language of medicine.

The Girls Tennis Team had a nice weekend, finishing 2nd at the Michael’s Doubles Tennis Tournament in Fremont.¬† Sophomore Jillian Turner and Senior Claire Irwin won the 2nd Doubles Tournament.¬† Way to go ladies!

If you were at the football game on Friday night, you saw a colorful display.¬† Both from the band (and their directors)…

…and the student section.¬† It started off nice and tidy…

…and then this happened…

The kids had a blast with their annual color cloud, sponsored and organized by Student Council.  The end result was that they were named the BSCN Student Section of the Week.

The Boys Soccer Team kicked off (pun intended) this week with a 5-0 victory over the Anthony Wayne Generals.  Check out the highlights below.

The Volleyball Team hung tough with Perrysburg, before falling in four games.

Wildcat Weekly, 9.12.18


Northview’s Global Education program aims to give students opportunities to experience the world beyond their textbooks and Chromebooks.¬† Many teachers have organized overseas trips to advance student cultural, historical, and language learning.¬† This summer, our growing Mandarin Chinese program branched out of the classroom and traveled to China.¬† As you can see, it looks like they had a blast!


The Girls Soccer Team had a solid week, defeating Springfield 3-0, and tying perennial power Notre Dame Academy (highlights here ) in a hard fought battle on Saturday.

Two weeks ago, weather could not put a damper on the LadyKats Soccer Team, as girls from several of the teams at the tournament in Indiana came together for an impromptu karaoke concert.


Our department chairs are hard at work, pouring over data from 2017-18, looking for opportunities for improvement in 2018-19.


The Boys Cross Country Team competed over the weekend at one of the largest races in the country, the Tiffin Cross Country Carnival.



The World Language Club delighted their taste buds this week after school with crepes from Lyle’s food truck.


The library on Silica and Monroe reopened this past Friday, and one of Mrs. Thiel’s orchestra quartets was there to perform in honor of the occasion.


English students in Mrs. Benard’s class are making lists with specifics for improvement in their writing.


If you wondered why your child was digging up soil from your yard this week, it could have been part of their experimentation in Ms. Bogue’s AP Environmental Science class.¬† Students tested their soil for various elements, which will help them evaluate its health.


Mrs. Blue’s iMedia students were learning to isolate an image from a larger landscape this week using Photoshop. [thorns not pictured]


Mrs. Werner charged her AP Biology students to figure out what a substance was.  With limited information, students used chemicals, background knowledge, and deductive reasoning to attempt to figure it out on their own.


Mrs. Seal-Roth’s young artists helped decorate for the Friday Night Red Bird Art Walk in downtown Sylvania with some sidewalk chalk.


The Northview Volleyball Team fell out of a tie for 1st place in the NLL standings last night after a close loss to SV in five sets.  The girls will look to rebound against Perrysburg on Thursday.


Just before the big volleyball game, our Project Unify Volleyball Team took the floor, and competed in front of an enthusiastic crowd.


Speaking of Project Unify, Northview Intervention Specialist Jessica Minard was selected as one of the 2018 Voya Unsung Heroes for her work to bring this inclusive program to our community!  Way to go Ms. Minard!


Our Boys Soccer Team tied Medina 1-1 over the weekend.

They followed that up with a victory over Southview on the road last night, by a score of 4-1.  Check out the video highlights below.


Lexi Knight captured the NWOGGL Championship for the fourth straight year last week.  Way to go Lex!


On Friday night, under the lights, the Wildcat Football Team defeated Bowsher.  Check out the video highlights below.

The Cats are home this week, and are preparing to take on Maumee.  Check out the BCSN preview of the game below.


Before Friday night’s game, Northview Student Council will be hosting their annual Color Cloud event.¬† As a parent, here’s what you need to know:

  1. It is messy.  Be ready to do laundry.
  2. If you sit near the student section during the game, you will be blanketed by the occasional puff that rises from the student section when they jump around with each score.
  3. We’re sorry.¬† They’re only young once?
  4. For highlight footage from last year’s Color Cloud, click here.


Our final update is from the Northern Lakes League Sportsmanship Workshop.¬† Students from all eight NLL schools came together last week to define their expectations for sportsmanship from each other, their coaches, and family and friends in the stands.¬† This is the second annual workshop focusing on making the climate and culture in our gyms and in our stands better reflect our shared values.¬† Last year’s attendees at this workshop returned home to help inspire a message of appreciation for referees that was read over the speakers before the start of volleyball and basketball games.¬† This group of young leaders is working on their own ideas to continue to improve our culture.


This and that from the week that was on Silica Drive in Sylvania, Ohio…


Congratulations to senior Lauren Smith for being selected to the NfAME All-National Choir and junior Chyenne Smith for being selected to the OMEA All-State Choir.  If you have spent any time in the Performing Arts Center over the past year for shows or concerts, you understand the immense talent these two bring to the table.  Matching their talent is the drive they demonstrate to develop their natural gifts.  We are so proud to call them Wildcats!


Mr. Davis’s Pop Music students were learning this morning about the connections between America jazz musician Louis Armstrong and modern day pop and rap.


Global warming and evolution are theories that have been hotly debated in recent years.¬† Ms. O’Shea used those examples, and others, to help students understand the difference between a theory, a hypothesis, and a fact.


Mr. Christy’s AP Statistics students prepared for a quiz tomorrow in class today, applying their knowledge to practice problems relating to statistics gathered from their class.


The Girls Cross Country Team had their own neon-out this week…


Ms. Stefango’s students are analyzing one of Truman Capote’s novels through the lens of another book that is teaching them how to read literature on an advanced level.¬† They collaborated to develop their analysis and were sharing with peers in class this week.


Wait, why aren’t these students in desks?

Well, if you follow Mrs. Stewart’s blog, you may have noticed that she is experimenting with a deskless classroom this year.¬† She made this move to be able to better maneuver around her students, thus allowing her to better observe where they are in the growth process, and to be able to interact with them more.¬† Students seem to have taken to the concept; when she gave a quiz last week, and students had the option to go where they are most comfortable, none of them chose the few remaining desks in the room, electing rather for more flexible options.


Language gives us an opportunity to express ourselves.¬† Mrs. Benard’s English students started that journey this year with a word…


Members of the N-Compass, Northview’s diversity council met last week to begin their work to make Northview a more inviting, welcoming place for all students in 2018-19.¬† Student leaders started the conversation with an exercise that helped students explain both what makes them unique and what they all have in common.


Maiya Black came out to play with the Ultimate Frisbee Club after school on Friday for her first experience with the sport, and scored three touchdowns, leading her team to victory.  We are looking for more players!  If you are interested, meet us at the bottom of the hill on Friday after school.


The opening meetings for the Leadership Academy were standing room only.  Students interested in joining us should come to the Main Office to get signed up, as it is not too late.


The Wildcat Football Team jumped into the win column at Oregon Clay on Friday night after an exciting comeback win over the Eagles.¬† Check out the BCSN highlights below, including junior Trent Sims’s nomination for BCSN Play of the Week, and junior DeAnte Armour’s double block, earning him the BCSN Collision of the Week.¬† The final video captures our traveling student section, band, and cheerleaders singing along with the players to celebrate their victory.


The Boys Soccer Team defeated the Knights of St. Francis de Sales on the road last week, 2-1.  Senior Alec West started the scoring with this below header, and fellow senior Ryan Storey capped off the winning campaign with a one-timer.  Senior Ryan Bules made several key saves in goal to preserve the victory.


Sophomore Jillian Turner was spotted on the tennis courts, battling it out with a General from Anthony Wayne…


There is no truth to the rumor that junior Hannah Frame and senior McKenna Hall were in Dean Monheim’s office this week for assault with a deadly volleyball, in spite of the below evidence…

Speaking of fantastic volleyball, sophomore Clare Kwiatkowski has been nominated for a statewide award for her performance over the past week.  You can vote for Clare here!