A few updates from the week that was at Northview…


The last month of the school year is a blur.  Here are a few photos and videos captured of the fleeting moments left in the 2017-18 school year…

Members of the Class of 2018 who maintained a high standard of academic excellence were honored at the 31st annual Senior Academic Honors Banquet this week.  2013 alumna Stephanie Duwve returned to share words of wisdom with our next group of soon to be graduates.  Students graduating with honors received their medals, which will be worn at graduation.  A big thank you to the Northview Parent Organization for sponsoring the event, and to Mrs. Nowak and her committee for planning and hosting the event.

Two of our robotics teams were invited to participate in an international competition at the Cobo Center in Detroit.  Robots designed and programmed by students competed to complete complex tasks in a dynamic environment.  In the video below, you can see robots pre-programmed to move around the pit, pick up objects, and tip the scales in their favor.  After a pre-set autonomous period, students were able to take control of the vehicles and compete to see how many points they could accrue before the time expired.  The participants finished the weekend at Ford Field, filling the gigantic stadium with young people learning STEM related skills and concepts, in addition to the soft skills required for success in the 21st century.  If your student has not found a landing spot beyond the books at Northview, tell him or her to see Mrs. Burnworth to get involved in this amazing program.

Our Boys Lacrosse Team knocked off Marysville this weekend.  Best of luck to them as they attempt to sweep the season series with Southview on Thursday!  Come out and support them against the Cougars, and also on Senior Night Tuesday against Bowling Green.


Our Girls Lacrosse Team beat Southview again this week by a score of 7-3…

The Baseball Team defeated Clay behind a strong pitching performance from Senior Dylan Bush…

Our Choirs headed off to the State Contest this week, where they earned the highest possible rating in the highest competitive category, which means they earned their spot as one of the very best choirs in the state of Ohio.  Job well done Mr. Davis and students!  You can see on of their final rehearsals on Thursday before they competed at states below.

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The annual Northview Orchestra Pop Concerts was wonderful!  It was capped off by a tribute from our seniors to Mrs. Thiel that brought tears to the eyes of many audience members.  It was a special tribute from a special group to a special educator.  A nice addition to this year’s concert was that Mrs. Thiel invited Northview teachers who had played instruments in high school to perform alongside the students.  It was a treat!  Check out and enjoy some of the performance pieces below.


Cecile Schreidah wins National History Day State Contest for second year in a row


Sophomore Cecile Schreidah won at the National History Day state competition for the second year in a row over the weekend.  Her presentation was titled Cesar Chavez: Helping Farm Workers and Consumers…One Grape at a Time. She is moving on to Nationals, and will be representing the State of Ohio in the Individual Performance category. Way to go Cecile and thank you to her fantastic teacher and advisor, Mr. Ian Malcolm!

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Bits and pieces from Silica Drive (and beyond)…


It has been a few weeks since we have provided an update.  Here are a few updates on what our Wildcats have been up to lately…

The Northview Baseball Team traveled to Florida for Spring Break, and won a few games down south.  They returned to Ohio, and are in the hunt for the NLL top spot, defeating Perrysburg and Anthony Wayne, before dropping a close one with the Cougars that came down to the final at bats.

Our Choir and many Orchestra musicians traveled to New York City for Spring Break, performing and taking in the sights and music related stops.

Our Quiz Cats took home the WNWO Academic Challenge Championship this season, capping maybe our strongest showing as a school in Quiz Bowl history.  We are proud of these kids!

The Learning Express was so impressed with the Fleece & Thank You Brooke’s Blankets campaign that owner Gary Fitzpatrick decided to take up a collection at Sylvania Rotary, and matched the hundreds of dollars that Rotarians donated, allowing our students to donate even more toys to the Toledo Children’s Hospital.

Several Northview Wildcats, past and present, were honored at the 56th annual Scholar Athlete Awards Dinner sponsored by the Toledo Wistert Chapter of the National Football Federation.  Former Northview Principal and NLL Commissioner Larry Morrison was given the Distinguished Service Award.  Current Cats Dane Hullibarger and Head Coach Doug Downing were also recognized for their great season on the field and Dane’s work in the classroom off of it.  For the Toledo Blade’s coverage of the event, click here.

The Track and Field season is off to a chilly start, but that has not stopped freshman Emma Steingass and Senior Jenna Kill from burning up the track.  Emma earned a 20 second personal record at the Dublic Classis in Columbus, and Jenna won the 800 meter race.

Science Teacher Eric Keller was recognized by the Sylvania Chamber of Commerce as an outstanding educator for his creative communication skills and ability to connect with students to help them learn.

Speaking of the Sylvania Chamber of Commerce, they wrote a big check to the Northview Band last week, donating the proceeds from the Fall Festival Parade.  These funds will be used to purchase instruments and equipment.  Thank you Chamber members!


Northview Counselor Crystal Burnworth was a finalist for a Jefferson Award for service.  Mrs. Burnworth and her husband have donated countless hours, founding and running the Sylvania STEM Center.  We have hundreds of students in our community accessing learning beyond the books relating to mathematics, science, engineering, and technology thanks to Mrs. Burnworth.  This is a well deserved honor!


Senior Jenna Kill signed her letter of intent last week to continue her education and running career at the Air Force Academy.  She will study Aerospace Engineering in Colorado Springs, before graduating and serving our country.

Senior Paige Beck also signed a scholarship offer last week, committing to the University of Buffalo.  Paige exits the Northview Volleyball Team with over 1,000 digs, leaving a big hole to fill next year.

The Northview Theatre Department wrapped up their spring play last weekend with Exhibit This!  The award winning show featured art exhibits from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City coming to life.  The curtain closing on this funny production Sunday meant several wonderful thespians took their final curtain call.  Rather than be sad because we will miss them, we will be grateful that they were ours for four years.

Dozens of Juniors were inducted into the National Honor Society this week, and dozens of Seniors received their honor cords after a year of giving and leading.  Congratulations to the Juniors, and thank you to the Seniors for being forces for good at Northview this year.


Over 1,400 secondary students interested in health care careers attended the HOSA State Leadership Conference 2018 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Tolles Career Center a couple weeks ago.  Students attended general sessions and competed in over fifty-four different competitive events.  Junior and Senior Med Tech Students participated in a variety of competitions.  Northview Juniors Kevin Archambault and Mary Castor placed 3rd in Medical Innovation. These students have earned the privilege of attending National Competition this June in Dallas, Texas.


Northview Alumna Jen Horner returned home to deliver a Leadership Lunch, sharing her journey from Sylvania to being a student athlete at Youngstown State, to law school in Cincinnati.  She shared stories and expressed gratitude for Northview teachers and coaches who pushed her to grow beyond what she thought was possible.  Our Seniors had good questions for her about life after high school.

The Northview Wildcat Lacrosse Teams swept the Southview Cougars in early season action.  Check out the video highlights of the girls game, and a wonderful still photo 🙂 from the boys win below.

Mrs. Schloegl’s AP English students entered the annual Law Day Essay Contest, sponsored by the Toledo Bar Association, and swept the awards.  Bringing home the hardware were

1st: Lauren Norden (right)

2nd: Claire Irwin (left)

3rd: Beha Awwad (center)


A few weeks ago, I mentioned Mr. Eckhart’s students who entered the MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge.  Our team was chosen to advance to the second round, being one of the 185 to advance from the 912 teams that submitted viable solution papers.  Congratulations all!

Ms. Bogue’s AP Environmental Science students celebrated Earth Day by serving the rest of us, distributing trees for planting and cleaning up our local environment.



Ms. McCoy’s sophomores are reading 1984, and took their own turn at altering history in a simulation of gross government oversight.  Similar to what Orwell describes takes place at the Ministry of Truth, Ms. McCoy gave her students real historical articles, and a set of directions of what information they were to change.  Students then went to work re-writing newspaper articles and historical documents.


Ms. Nelson’s AP Seminar students traveled to Mercy College, getting an advanced look at anatomy…


Several members of the Class of 2018 were the honored guests of BP, as they recognized top students in each graduating class around northwest Ohio.  Our representatives learned about the future of energy and heard from an executive from the Toledo Walleye and Mud Hens.

Nora Kaushy Gera presented her science research at the Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair.  If you want to hear more about what she is working on developing, see the videos below.  Wow.


Mrs. Jude and her students had a successful trip to State Board, as we have several new licensed cosmetologists!

Now that the temperatures are finally starting to rise and our athletes stop lounging around…

I am hoping to run into many of you at our spring events.

If you happened to see our earlier tracking of ’16 graduate Katie Cole’s journey with the Notre Dame Women’s Basketball Team this year, you will be interested to know that Katie is now a National Champion.  After two thrilling, last second victories in the Final Four, Katie will be getting a big ring.


Aristotle once asked, “Can you ever have enough cowbell?”  Come find out at the Orchestra Pops Concert this week, as several staff members will join the real musicians on stage for one song.  Mrs. Thiel, usually of sound professional judgement, has decided to allow me to play the cowbell.  It will be worth the price of admission!

Songs For A New World shines at Ohio State Thespian Conference


Novice audiences are often left scooping up their jaws from the floor when they have a chance to see a Northview musical. For those of us who do not come from a theatre background, these shows are absolute treats. It is an entirely different environment to perform in front of an audience made up of fellow thespians, people who know all of the ins and outs of your craft. That is exactly what the cast and crew of our summer musical, Songs For A New World experiences over spring break. This show was adjudicated, and selected to perform at the Ohio State Thespian Conference, among with a handful of the other best shows this year across the state of Ohio. With the pressure of an audience filled with experts, Northview’s Theatre Department put on an outstanding performance at the conference, which took place near Dayton. Northview’s performing arts programs are as good as they come around the state of Ohio, and that is on display on stage with our musicals, as our wonderfully talented and impressively hard working thespians, musicians, and teachers synergize to impress the masses. This past week’s show was no exception. Bravo!

ACT Day for Juniors provides opportunity for growth for rest of student body


With the junior class taking over the school building to take the ACT before spring break, our other three classes took advantage of the time away from the classroom to learn and grow. Our freshmen spent time in the morning learning what to look for when they take college visits. They also conducting research on various data points and characteristics that will help them compare one school to the next. Students shared the information they gathered with parents and counselors, hopefully helping to start early conversations about their dreams and possibilities for the future. They morning seminar was followed by a trip to the University of Toledo to practice what they learned.

Our sophomores took a full length, timed and scored practice ACT. Students are able to pick up their score reports in the Guidance Office, which will tell them where they need to improve before the real test next year. After the practice test, students took part in some college planning activities.

Finally, our seniors were given a menu of options from which to select. Many seniors spent the day shadowing a professional in a career or vocation of interest. Others conducted college visits. The rest of the seniors served our greater community. One project involved painting art work that will be used to decorate the Toledo Children’s Hospital.

Other seniors designed their own service projects, including this one where students covered our school lockers with positive, encouraging messages.

In all, our teachers, counselors, and students did a fantastic job of taking an inconvenience of the building being taken over for testing and turning into an opportunity to encourage growth in areas of need.