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!

8.29.18 Wildcat Weekly Update…



Mrs. Stewart’s freshmen scientists learned this week about using observation and creativity to make inferences, examining water passing through her magical water box.   Clear water was poured into three in tubes and four out tubes.  The water exited the box different colors and from different tubes.  It was up to the students to determine what the inside of the box looked like.  Mrs. Stewart was impressed with her students’ creativity and dialogue. She will use this lesson to teach students about theories, hypotheses, laws, observations, and inferences.

Representatives from Little Women attended the Sylvania Rotary chapter meeting, wowing the Rotarians with a couple musical numbers from the show.

The show itself was a smash hit!  Mr. Wachowiak and Mr. Davis started our summer musical series a few years ago, with the support of the Sylvania Community Arts Commission and our Theatre Boosters, with the idea being that we would able to give a smaller group of thespians a chance to perform more advanced shows.  Years later, this move has proved to be a great one for our directors and students.

Once again, our fantastic music department provided all of the show’s selections.

The Northview Volleyball Team is off to a great start, earning victories this week over Central Catholic, perennial NLL powerhouse Bowling Green, and an always gritty Clay Eagles squad.  You can see them in action tomorrow at home, as they take on the Napoleon Wildcats.

Ms. Janecko’s students are learning the science of observation and categorization, helping to set the foundation for their learning this year.

Mrs. Rhine’s Geography students constructed a giant world map on the wall in the Social Studies hallway, and are currently identifying all of the places to which they have traveled over the years.

Mr. Campbell’s Spanish II students are using dialogue and collaboration to build linguistics skills.  This week, he posted pictures, and students discussed in the present tense what they were seeing.

Thursday night’s home football game gave us some exciting moments, including the debut of the 2018-19 NV Drumline, which is always a hit with the packed student section.

Mrs. Jude’s Cosmetology students welcomed home alumna Lauren Kieninger, who now owns and runs her own business in the heart of Chicago.  She shared with them what her journey has looked like from the same lab they work in each day to successful entrepreneurship.

The Boys Cross Country Team earned the runner-up spot at the South Lyon Invitational in Michigan last weekend.

The Girls Cross Country Team won their first meet of the year, which was also at South Lyon.

Mrs. Cafferty’s are getting ready to storm into local healthcare facilities all over northwest Ohio this school year, as they will volunteer for and shadow the professionals in all types of medical careers.

Ms. Huey’s students read The House on Mango Street this summer, and are now in the process of analyzing it.  They created poems from the words on the page using art to highlight the main points of the literature.

Ms. Stefango’s CCP Composition students are learning to read in 3D, sort of.  They shared their summaries and analysis of How to Read Literature Like a Professor, as Ms. Stefango used the opportunity to relate literature they know well to advanced analysis techniques.

Mr. Hazel’s freshmen read The Most Dangerous Game over the summer, and spent time this week mapping out the landscape of the setting in the story, among other analytical techniques.

The week that was at Northview…


Students were welcomed to school and to individual classes in a variety of ways this week, with many of those focused on building relationships that will help lead to success on the journey ahead.  The Class of 2022 was welcomed by our upperclassmen who serve as LINK Leaders, and our Counselors on Monday.

The LINK Leaders also decorated many freshmen lockers…

So did our Orchestra leaders…

…and Coach Sayre.

Our parents, too, are helping to welcome our kids back.

…as is Student Council.

Many teachers welcomed their students in unique ways.  Here, you can see new Spanish teacher Mrs. Whitlow’s students introducing themselves to one another in Spanish.

Madame Liske’s AP French students used the knowledge they gained from their summer assignment to unlock a box that welcomed them back to her class with treats.

Finally, Mr. Creech broke the ice with his 3D Art students by putting on a contest to see who could build the tallest tower that met certain requirements relating to artistic principles.

Mr. Sayre kicked off his Introduction to Business class with a water taste testing.  Students blindly sampled three kinds of bottled water, including Kroger brand, smart water, and Fiji water.  The consensus among the students was that the store brand tasted as good as the costly Fiji water.  Mr. Sayre used the results to introduce the basics of marketing and other business concepts.

Two of our special spaces opened this week.  The Learning Center (TLC), located in A4, was revamped to give room for both mathematics tutoring and general extra help.  All students are able to use their free time throughout the day, be it their study hall or lunchtime, to access free tutoring in the TLC.

The other space opening this semester is the Think Tank.  This maker space is equipped with a 3D printer, a high powered Mac with all of the design software you could want, a green screen, virtual reality goggles for field trips, movable whiteboards and even tables with whiteboard tops.  In the coming months, we will be adding more equipment at the request of teachers and students that will allow students to tinker, explore, and collaborate on bigger projects and problems.

Ms. Diehl is helping her students get into the right frame of mind by helping to rephrase their thoughts about the challenges they face in a positive, can-do way.

Teachers are thinking about how to help students stay focused on their studies by inventing ways to wrangle cell phones during classtime.

Beyond the books, the LadyKats Golf Team defeated the Southview Cougars yesterday, in part, thanks to this birdie put from Senior Lexi Knight.

The Northview Band performed for family and friends at their annual concert on the hill.

Members of the cast from Little Women were in attendance as well to perform and help advertise for their upcoming show.

Junior Lauren Loss and Senior Claire Irwin finished second at the Ottawa Hills Doubles Tournament last weekend, with victories over Anthony Wayne and Southview, before falling to host Ottawa Hills.

The Northview Boys Soccer Team hosted the Pacesetter coaches in a charity match benefitting ChadTough, an organization tied to former Michigan Football Coach Lloyd Carr, whose grandson Chad passed away after a battle with pediatric brain tumors.  Honored at the match was Colt Delverne, nephew of our boys’ head coach, Mark Delverne.  Colt has been fighting bravely, as he, too, is dealing with tumors.  For a complete story on the game and the organization, click here.

The LadyKats Volleyball Team brought home a victory from the road, as they defeated the TRAC’s Findlay this week.

Finally, Mr. Jeremy Davis, Northview Choral Director, was honored as Sylvania Schools’ Teacher of the Year at our opening district meeting late last week.  If you have been around the Northview Family for a few years, you know what Jeremy’s energy and passion have done for his program, and beyond.  He has grown his program immensely, enhanced our theatre program, and helped our faculty connect, both with one another and with the community.  We are fortunate to call him a Wildcat.

Building momentum as we roll into the 2018-19 school year…


The LadyKats Golf Team has started their season on the right foot, bringing home hardware from the Sylvania Invitational and the Eagle Invitational. They also started NLL play with a win over the Anthony Wayne Generals.

The Cheer Team attended the Cheer Ohio camp at Dennison University, where they were Camp Champs, and are ready to bring their energy and enthusiasm back to our campus to help support our Wildcats.

Ms. Nelson’s AP Capstone students had the opportunity to conduct academic research this summer through the University of Toledo and Project Seed.  They invested time in a  laboratory working on developing analytical methods with Thin Film Microextraction.

Northview’s final Camp Creative of the summer gave students the opportunity to build their own 3D printers at the Sylvania STEM Center.

Several LadyKat softball players had the opportunity to travel to Italy this summer to continue to work on their craft.

Many of our fall athletes took advantage of an offering from Core Committed that put them in front of a Navy SEAL for education and training. Core Committed is aimed at helping our young people understand how a comprehensive approach to making positive lifestyle choices can improve performance across the board.

The LadyKats Soccer Team invested time into some team bonding, and goal setting for the upcoming season…

…we saw a preview of that season in recent days, as the Kats took on our alumni (pictured below), and the Central Catholic Fighting Irish in a special scrimmage that served as a fundraiser for mental health-related charities.

60+ Juniors spent time last week at the 7th annual Junior Retreat, sponsored by the Leadership Academy and Sylvania Rotary. Students explored The Value of Me, The Power of We, coming to better understand how they are wired, and how they can better partner with people who think differently than they do.