12.26.18 Wildcat Weekly…

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We hope that all of our families have enjoyed a rewarding holiday season.  As the first semester wound down over the past couple of weeks, our students were busy wrapping up final projects, 2nd Quarter academic work, and preparing for semester examinations.  In fact, if you visited a Sylvania library in the days before exams, you would have seen scores of Wildcats, packed into the study cubicles and quiet spaces, working to review everything they learned this past couple of months…

 

The Random Acts of Kindness Club made exams more palatable, creating exam survival kits and greeting nervous students at the door last week to give them a little hope in a Ziplock baggie.

 

Mrs. Rauscher’s freshmen English students wrapped up their work on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet by creating stop-motion animation videos, illustrating key scenes from the work.

 

Sylvania Rotary honored two members of our Swim and Dive Team for their leadership and achievement.  Community members were delighted to hear about the two school records recently set by Kevin Gaynor.

 

Mrs. Loyd’s Academic Strategies students invested time in building their vocabularies, examining root words and making connections between them.

 

Mrs. Thiel’s musicians were treated to a training session with the DePue Brothers professional band this past week.  She equated this opportunity to the Cleveland Indians coming to Northview to work with our baseball team.  Our students enjoyed their play, in addition to big group and sectional instruction.  Mrs. Thiel taught some of the band members when they were high school students in Bowling Green.  Her lasting relationship with these gifted professionals led them to come to Northview to work with our kids.

 

Our band and orchestra students hosted their annual winter concert, shortly before the break, treating audience members to a variety of holiday and ethnic music.

 

Mrs. Morgan and Mrs. Saverstrom’s students joined the holiday spirit by making cookies, alongside some of our Interact volunteers.

 

Student Council used their platform to nourish those in need this holiday season, donating 500 cans of food to Sylvania Area Family Services.

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The Northview Choral program put on a wonderful holiday concert last week.  Check out some of the highlight videos below.  You will be glad you did.

 

Our Speech and Debate Team traveled to Wauseon a couple weeks ago, finishing 4th as a team.  Several students earned individual honors:

  • Angie Louis and Jack McGranahan – 1st and 4th in Congressional debate
  • Nina Liebes – 3rd in Declamation
  • Cecile Schreidah – 1st in Original Oratory and 6th in Dramatic Interpretation
  • Ananya Kodali and Grace Slomka – 6th in Duo Interpretation
  • Ayah Mansour and Maiya Black – 3rd and 6th in Lincoln-Douglas Debate
  • Ryan Brown and Avi Singh – in Public Forum debate
  • Emily Thielen and Lindsey Hubay – 5th in Public Forum debate

 

Mr. Eckhart’s classroom decor is now blending student holiday wishes with mathematics…

 

The Boys Basketball Team is still on a roll, racking up wins over Southview, Perrysburg, and Waite.  These young men will travel to Scott High School this weekend, and attempt to remain undefeated on the season.  Check out the game highlights below…

 

At halftime of the Northview-Southview game, Senior Alek West was honored with a plaque, commemorating his distinction as First Team All-Ohio in soccer this season.

The Northview Band helped fill up the stands for the game against the Cougars, welcoming home dozens of alumni to play…

 

The Wrestling Team continues to build, earning a 63-12 win over Southview.  They lost a tough contest with Anthony Wayne last week, but had a great showing at the Findlay Wrestling Tournament.  Freshman Cole McKinley was tournament champion, Sophomore Conner Liber finished as runner-up, and several more Wildcats ended up on the podium.

12.12.18 Wildcat Weekly…

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Mr. Malcolm’s AP World History students are freshmen, both in high school and college.  The key to earning college credit for this course is to shine when the AP test rolls around this spring.  Mr. Malcolm’s students were hard at work this week, building the reading, thinking, and writing skills necessary to excel on the essay portion of the test that gives students several historical documents related to a writing prompt, and requires them to include these pieces as they write a collegiate level essay.  We have some smart cookies at Northview, and they are lucky to have teachers, like Mr. Malcolm, who know how to coach them well to earn college credit while they are still in high school.

…also seen in Mr. Malcolm’s classroom were 3D printed historical objects.  Some of his students are learning to use the 3D printer while reinforcing the material they are learning in history class.

Congrats to Grant Perry, who was named the Production Manager for the All-Ohio Company this year, which means was selected as the best around the state of Ohio, and will now help produce the All-Ohio show this winter, which will include the rest of Ohio’s best thespians.  This is Grant’s third time making the All-Ohio show.

The Wrestling Team won the St. John’s Jesuit Bill Urban Invitational Tournament this past weekend.  Check out the BCSN highlights below…

 

Senior Alek West was selected by 13abc and BCSN as their Athlete of the Week, following some dominating performances on the hardwood.  Check out their spot on Alek below.

 

Speaking of the Wildcats Basketball Team, here are the BCSN highlights from the last couple of games…

 

The Wildcats will take on Southview on Friday night.  Parents should be advised this will be a Fill It Up game in the lower section of stands opposite the team benches.  Before the varsity game, Project Unify will return to the court, and Ms. Minard and Ms. Darah are working to get the troops ready.

 

On the LadyKats side, the girls have put together several nice league wins, including this one over Maumee…

 

The QuizCats took on and crushed Ottawa Hills this week by a score of 475-100.  Senior Captain Patrick Andres was honored before the match began, as he has been the most valuable member of the area quiz bowl league for three years running.

 

Sophomores in the Leadership Academy spent time pitching ideas to each other this week for potential service projects for the spring.  They were charged with identifying a problem in society and then coming up with a way that they and their classmates can be a part of the solution.  They are currently voting on which ideas they think are the best, and will begin work after winter break to plan out their project.

 

Mr. Steele’s physical education students played 3-on-3 basketball this week.  He had them thinking and building skills, as he created a unique set of rules for the games.  Students who used their dribble could then not shoot the ball.  The parameters forced students to think and move without the ball in their hands, looking for ways to get open.

 

The Northview Cheer Competition Team took first place last weekend at the Anthony Wayne competition, with Sophomore Emily Knapp winning the Varsity Jump Competition.

 

The Northview Dance Team, which finished as State Runners-Up last year, is back and entertaining the masses during halftime of the basketball games.  Here is their opening routine…

 

Mrs. Rhine’s AP Psychology students hosted their first ever Brain Fair this past week, showing off their research.  Students connected physical parts of the brain to case studies and working mechanics that helped represent the parts of the bain on which they focused their studies.  Student groups articulated their findings to judges, who in turn rated the students.

 

Student Council hosted their annual Santa Breakfast a couple weekends ago, led by Seniors Emma Swanson and Bree Fangman.  These leading ladies were honored at the Sylvania Rotary chapter for their service.

 

The Northview Science Olympiad Team hosted some of the best SciOly Teams from around the state and beyond this weekend.  Mr. Roth tells us that there were 73 teams from 48 school from four different states, including Florida…

…1,200 students competed in sores of events, demonstrating their academic prowess.  Below, you can see a few of the events offered.

The defending NCAA National Champion Notre Dame Women’s Basketball team played the UT Rockets this past weekend, giving Northview Alumna Katie Cole a chance to come home.  Due to an injury, Katie is currently sidelined, but that did not stop dozens of our current LadyKats from going to the game to support her.
Senior Kevin Gaynor had a fantastic weekend, breaking two school records in our meet with St. John’s and Notre Dame.  Kevin’s name will now go on the record board on the wall of the natatorium for the 100m butterfly and the 50m freestyle.  Way to go Kev!  Below, you can see him out in front early on his way to one of those record-breaking performances.

 

Finally, we have a big holiday concert tomorrow night.  Mrs. Thiel and company are getting ready.  We hope to see you there!

What’s good, Northview? The 12.6.18 Wildcat Weekly…

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A couple weeks ago, we shared a couple highlights from the Band’s trip to Chicago.  Here are some more from a different perspective: the kids’…

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Mrs. Stewart and Mrs. Barber’s freshmen scientists are learning to balance equations using candy and a Clevertouch screen, which gives teachers a platform to integrate live video of what they are doing at their stations so students can see them model work.  They can also freeze the screen and highlight key points.  You can see both in action in the videos below.

Ms. Janecko’s freshmen scientists are learning about genes and DNA.  This week, they flipped coins to determine the traits of a hypothetical offspring, coming to better understand dominant and recessive traits.

You know the holiday season is in full gear when the Jazz Cats and Jazz Band’s December concert rolls around.  Here a few numbers from our jazz musicians, and our North Covers electric orchestra.

The LadyKats Basketball team is off to a positive start, earning victories over Anthony Wayne and Clay.  They also dropped a close one to Perrysburg on the road.  Check out the highlights below…

The Boys Basketball Team has also started hot, defeating Woodward and Clay to start the season…

The Northview Wrestling Team had a good showing at the Jim Derr Invitational in Northwood last weekend, bringing home several pieces of hardware.  Check out the BCSN highlights of Conner Liber below.

Teen Pep spent time in our freshmen Health classes recently, educating them on the specifics of bullying and what they can do about it…

Our December Leadership Lunch took place yesterday, as we welcomed home Janelle Noe, 2013 Alumna.  She brought her Head Track and Cross Country Coach, Linh Nguyen with her.  Janelle shared with students that having the courage to persevere is important.  Her journey took a turn after her junior year in high school when a college coach told her she was not good enough at distance running to earn a scholarship.  She used that rejection to fuel her training heading into her senior year, when she won the NLL, District, and Regional Championships in Cross Country, and went on to finish second in the State Championship race.  She now had her scholarship offer for distance running.  In fact, she improved so much that she could have gone to almost any college or university in the country.  She chose to stay home at the University of Toledo.  After a couple years of running at UT, she suffered severe burns over good portions of her body, and, again, she was faced with questions about her career.  Laid up for months, it looked like her window of opportunity was closing.  Slowly, she worked her way back, training to run competitively again, and she surprised herself with her times here and there, and she was beginning to show glimpses of her former self.  Her season culminated with UT and MAC records, and with a spot in the NCAA Championships.  She was invited to run with U.S.A. Track and Field, and now has offers to run professionally after college.  Two key incidents could have given her excuses to shut it down and move on with her life: the initial scholarship rejection, and her burn incident.  Instead, after climbing these mountains, she used the momentum she gained racing down the other side to change her life for the better.  Coach Nguyen shared with students the progression of his understanding of leadership, from his experience as a team captain in high school and college, to now working to develop leadership characteristics in his assistant coaches and student-athletes.  He was honest with students about his misperceptions when he was young, and the consequences he faced because he thought leadership was something it was not.  Today, he serves, and thus leads, and as a result, is much more successful.  A BIG thank you to Janelle and Linh for sharing your journies and wisdom with our young people!  We will be rooting for the Rockets this track season!

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Mrs. Kwiatkowski, and many of our teachers, are taking the time to prepare students for the ACT by, on occasion, starting class with a practice question.  She has students then organize their practice questions in a binder for future reference.

Honors Algebra II students followed up their ACT bell ringer activity with group work on solving polynomial equations, as they continue to prepare for their semester examinations.

Mrs. Langendonk teaches math, but she taught writing this week t her math students.  One of our building goals this year is to focus on improving our students’ writing skills.  Our teachers are using a writing strategy consistently across subject areas to help students grow.  Here, Mrs. Langendonk’s students are creating a graphic organizer to plan to write a paragraph, articulating their understanding of the math they are currently studying.

Mrs. Donnelly’s freshmen Health students used cereal boxes to display their research on various issues people face, including sleep deprivation.

We have a new student organization this year, the Respect Club.  They are currently promoting a national campaign to encourage people to not use the r-word…

Our N-Compass Club took the time to author and send letters of support to members of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, who recently dealt with a hate-based shooting in their temple.

Senior Ryal Bules was recognized by the Sylvania Chamber of Commerce as their December Student of the Month this week.  Mrs. Rhine shared with the Chamber, “Ryan Bules is the sort of student who elevates the class and the other students within it. Ryan is charismatic, easy going, and very kind. He has a sense of groundedness and humor about him that make interactions with both peers and adults relaxed and engaging. Ryan is not boastful or rude but a genuinely good person who demonstrates sincerity and leadership in his everyday life. I think of it as a privilege to teach such decent human beings like Ryan, it’s students like him who make my job so enjoyable.”

Mr. Keller’s Anatomy students are learning about what the various holes in the skull are, and what purposes they serve.  They compared animal and human skulls are part of their research.

Our FIRST Robotics Teams competed in the regional tournament in Austintown, Ohio, and earned several awards.  The Party Pandas won the Rockwell Innovation Award for the exceptional CAD designing of their robot.  Next Nova won the Connections Award and 2nd place in the Inspire Award category, which advances them to the state competition in February. 

Senior Lauren Smith spent time in Florida recently, performing with the All-National Honor Ensemble.  A big congratulations to Lauren on being recognized as one of the best high school vocal performers in the United States.

Finally, Northview is proud to welcome several new members into our chapter of the National Honor Society!  Way to go Cats!