Summer Update from Sylvania Northview…

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It seems like just a few weeks ago that final exams were completed, lockers were emptied, graduation caps were tossed, and our Cats streamed out of the doors to begin their summer break.

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The reality is that two months have passed since the 2016-17 school year ended. ¬†While our students have been enjoying time away from their formal education this summer, our campus and school organizations have remained busy. ¬†Here are a few examples of the summertime happenings from 5403 Silica Drive…

Several of our teachers were selected to attend the AP College Board reading this year. Ian Malcolm was in Salt Lake City participating in the AP World History reading. ¬†Brian Blakeman and Sarah Rhine were in Tampa, Florida for the AP U.S. History and AP Psychology readings, respectively. ¬†Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP Exams. ¬†AP Readers are high school and college educators who represent many of the world‚Äôs leading academic institutions. The AP Reading is a unique forum in which an academic dialogue between educators is both fostered and encouraged. ‚ÄúThe Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,‚ÄĚ said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, AP and Instruction at the College Board. ‚ÄúIt fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Ian, Brian, and Sarah.‚ÄĚ ¬†The Advanced Placement Program¬ģ (AP¬ģ) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies ‚Äď with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both ‚Äď while still in high school. Through AP courses in the 20¬†subjects offered at Northview, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to analyze complex problems, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue ‚Äď skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely¬†to earn a college degree than non-AP students.

Jenna Kill earned a spot on our All-Ohio wall, earning an 8th place finish at the OHSAA State Track & Field Championships in the 800 meter race.

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Kaitlyn Dieringer was again selected as All-American for diving this year-top 100 high school divers in the country.  You can see the complete list of divers honored here.

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Several of Mr. Eckhart’s mathematics students had the honor of speaking to NASA astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgren, live from his training facility, as a reward for winning a nationwide challenge that focused on STEM concepts. ¬†Our students peppered him with questions and curiosities about his path to and life as an astronaut. ¬†Check out Dane Sanzenbacher’s story on the contest win here. ¬†For NASA’s article on our student’s win and encounter with Lindgren, click here.

Several of our students were selected by local military veterans to attend Buckeye Boys and Girls State this summer.  Just short of 1,000 high school students from across Ohio get an inside look at state and local government through this experience.  Erika Chen, one of our attendees, was elected to the Top 7 position of Supreme Court Chief Justice.

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Our annual Camp Creatives are up and running, giving high school and junior high students a chance to explore an interest off the beaten path of high school academics. For one of the camps, Mr. Briggs taught students to play guitar.

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Speaking of good guitar play, many of our teachers, administrators, and staff members bonded at a U2 concert in Pittsburgh.  The getaway gave us an opportunity to build stronger relationships, as we continue to look for ways to collaborate as colleagues.

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You may have heard that our Hockey Team is also focused on strengthening relationships with one another.  If not, check out the story from the Mayberry Diner or even 13abc.



Many of our student leaders attended Core Committed training in June, focusing on training students to lead positive, healthy lives.  This training was sponsored by SCAT and hosted by former Navy SEALS.

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Many of our students have had the opportunity to travel over seas, to places like France…

…and Costa Rica…

…and Italy!

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Our nearly 100 member Student Council sent  a big group up to Camp Storer for their annual retreat.  Student leaders planned a get away that balanced leadership development programming, looking ahead to the 2017-18 school year, and just plain fun.

Northview teachers have been pouring over data collected from the 2016-17 school year.  Thank you to the students, parents, and teachers who completed surveys, which our School Improvement Committee is using to formulate goals for the 2017-18 school year.

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Our students involved in FTC First Robotics were invited to Washington, D.C. to meet with legislators about the value of this intense experience as it relates to STEM education.

Speaking of STEM education in Sylvania, Northview counselor Mrs. Burnworth and Superintendent Dr. Fineske helped open the new Sylvania STEM Center this summer.

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Rising seniors in the Leadership Academy had their annual retreat, where they focused on developing vision and mission statements that describe who they want to grow to be over the coming school year.

Our Athletic Boosters held a wonderful golf outing at Highland Meadows, raising a good amount to help support our athletes throughout the seasons.  Two of the individuals pictured below are actual golfers, and may or may not be the only reason any of us hit the green on hole number 11.


Many of our students also did fundraising for themselves, washing cars, hosting tournaments, selling flowers, mulch, and more.

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Many of our returning students were trained through the LINK program, and our now ready to give the Class of 2021 a warm welcome to Northview on Wednesday, August 16th.

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Our thespians have been busy over the past couple weeks, preparing for their third annual summer musical. ¬†We have an outstanding program and this year’s shows will surely be hits. ¬†Here are the details for the summer musical. ¬†From mtishows.com:

“It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice… or take a stand… or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs for a New World. The first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.”

Tickets available at northviewtheatre.org on August 1st.  Not recommended for young audiences.

4 Performances!

Thursday, August 17 at 7:30 PM

Friday, August 18 at 7:30 PM

Saturday, August 19 at 7:30 PM

Sunday, August 20 at 2:30 PM

Get your tickets now!

We heard some good news about Northview alumna Janelle Noe, who is back competing on the running trails, winning hardware once again.

Speaking of alumni, Mitch Kahn, who is a member of the The Ohio State University marching band, will be dotting the i prior to the Illinois game on November 18th.  We will be organizing a recent Northview alumni tailgate prior to the game to reconnect with the many Northview graduates who are located in the Columbus area.  Look for more information on Facebook soon.

What have the Swaggerty boys been up to this summer? ¬†Well, we watched the NV Band march in the Memorial Day parade, checked out some bugs on our regular neighborhood walks, enjoyed visiting our Toledo Zoo, and had a blast celebrating the 4th of July, complete with a little civics lesson for Grady. ¬†We even found a little time to get out of town and enjoy lake life.‚Äč

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…and as for our brand new Wildcats, welcome to Northview! ¬†We hope our school community will become your home away from home over these next four years. ¬†Signs like the picture below will be arriving in your yards in the coming weeks, courtesy of FASTSIGNS on McCord Road.