This week at Sylvania Northview High School…

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Monday, our Seniors had an eye opening experience, as teachers, dozens of our parents, and community partners from CCU and Yark Automotive teamed up to facilitate Finances 101.  This program assigned each student an occupation, a family situation, and then sent them through the ups and downs that life brings to the bill payers of each household.  Students tracked their spending, with many being forced to make tough choices regarding wants when the needs burned up all of their cash.  We followed up by sharing a budget spreadsheet with each senior to keep and use in the future that will help them set a budget and track spending.

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Mr. Sayre’s business students are learning to build formulas into their spreadsheets to help them calculate large amounts of data.

 

Ms. Diehl’s Biology students are learning about DNA by cutting, coloring, and categorizing the types of DNA that are compatible.

 

Mr. Keller challenged his Anatomy students to create a system for categorizing the bones found in a human body.

 

13abc came to Northview yesterday to report on our Sophomore class service project/fundraiser.  You can see the story here.

 

Ms. Davis’s Business students participated in mock interviews with local business leaders, and heard honest feedback from people who are in charge of hiring in the real world.

 

Mr. Kwiatkowski’s American History students are exploring the 1920s.  This week, they discussed life for black Americans in the post-slavery era.

 

Our counselors are meeting with all of our freshmen in small groups to talk about their transition to high school.  The feedback and opportunity nudge them in the right direction to have been great so far!

 

Mrs. Morgan’s students spent time this week working on identifying shapes and colors…

 

Ms. Janecko’s freshman scientists are learning the difference between conduction, convection, and radiation.  They designed containers, based on what they learned, that they believed would retain heat the best.

 

Northview Speech and Debate had a great weekend, finishing in 5th at the Findlay Tournament.  The Wildcats made ten trips to the podium for individual events, and Cecile Schreidah took a first place win in Original Oratory, beating the 2017 national champion!

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If you missed Mamma Mia!, well, you missed it!  The acting, the voices, the dancing, the live music, the set, the special effects…it was magnificent!  Bravo cast, crew, pit, and directors!

 

The Northview Marching Band is packing up, and gearing up for their trip to Chicago on Friday.  Our musicians will march and perform in the Magnificent Mile Parade on Saturday night.  We wish you safe travels, everyone!

Wildcat Weekly update for 11.7.18

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Education in western civilization is centered on the idea that we want our young people to grow to be well-rounded human beings.  To that end, we teach language, the sciences, mathematics, the arts, physical fitness and much more, each and every day at Northview.  In addition to these disciplines, we hope our students leave us with a set of soft skills relating to human interaction and connection.  We want them to be able to listen well, explain their own thoughts, and ultimately be good citizens, willing to use their time and talents for a greater good.  We attempt to teach these things in a variety of ways, but maybe none is more powerful than what took place on our campus on Saturday night: danceGOLD.  For six hours, 400 Northview students stayed on their feet, fulfilling a promise to people who pledged them money to do so.  Students danced, played, and sang their way through the evening, ultimately raising $25,000 for our friends, family, and neighbors battling cancer.  Feeling a sense of pride is a common occurrence when you have the privilege of working with this faculty and these students, and I was beaming on Saturday night thanks to their effort to give and serve.

Thank you to the volunteers and donors who made the event a success…

…and a big tip of the cap to the NHS student-leaders who, under Mrs. Omey’s guidance, planned every detail of this event from start to finish.

Speaking of our students connect with the community, we spent some time last Friday writing letters of appreciation to soldiers and veterans across the globe.  With Veterans Day coming up next week, we had a chance to explain exactly what it is about our lives and daily routines that we appreciate thanks to the sacrifice being made by our volunteers serving in the armed forces.  To the dozens of Northview families who shared their sons’ and daughters’ profiles with us to share with students, thank you.
Mrs. Liske’s students used cardboard virtual reality goggles to take a “field trip” to Switzerland.  With her phone, she was able to guide their trip, pointing out different features that they could instantly see on their screens.
The 2017-’18 Newspaper learned last week that they received a Silver Medalist award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.  To our returning staffers and our alumni who were part of the staff last year, congratulations!
Now that the marching season is over, our musicians break into several different bands and prepare for concert season.  Their work for the December concert is underway…

 

As a faculty, we set a goals each year after reviewing data from the ACT, Ohio State Tests, and more.  One of our building goals this year focuses on improving writing.  During our last in-service, our English teachers led the rest of our team in exploring a strategy that can be used on all classes to help students write well.
We had a first this past weekend in the world of cheerleading, as the Northern Lakes League hosted the first ever league championships.  We are proud of our cheerleaders and coaches for pushing to provide this opportunity for these squads and hundreds to come in the future.
This past Saturday, our Boys Soccer Team’s historic run came to end, as St. Ignatius earned a spot in the State Final Four.  This group of seniors have made the final eight teams in the state three years in a row, won three District Championships, and multiple league titles.  Their run is unprecedented in Northview history, and we are proud of them as we could be.

Student Council, our cheerleaders, and various members of our senior class collaborate to help organize our student section on Friday nights and beyond each fall.  BCSN has made these efforts across northwest Ohio a big deal with our kids, honoring a school each week and another at the end of the season for their energy, enthusiasm, and school spirit.  Well, on Friday, BCSN awarded our student section their season end award.

We have several new clubs this year that have been initiated by our students, including the Baking Club.  If they share, I may have a disproportional number of updates from this club.  My apologies in advance.
Halloween gave the faculty and staff a chance to show students our human side…

 

Mamma Mia! will open tomorrow night, and whether you realize it or not, you do not want to miss it.  Click here to get your tickets.

Finally, 2016 Alumna Kathleen Duwve is having a fantastic senior campaign with the BGSU Falcons, earning 1st Team All-MAC honors, and leading her team to a league title.  This past weekend, Kathleen and her Falcon teammates also won the MAC tournament, earning a spot in the NCAA tournament.  Congratulations and good luck Duv!

Halloween 🎃 👻 Wildcat 😺Weekly

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Ms. Janecko’s freshmen scientists are learning about DNA, and demonstrated their understanding by creating “stop motion” videos.  You can see an example below.

Mr. Roth’s chemists are examining molarity, light, and absorbance in their lab this week, measuring how much light gets through a liquid, depending on the concentration of the solution.

Mr. Keller’s Anatomy students are using high powered microscopes to get a closer look at their hair follicles.

Mrs. Werner’s biologists are looking at the permeability of cell membranes by measuring how much of a solution escaped a container, moving into another, over time.

 

Mrs. Stewart’s freshmen learned about the insulative properties of various materials, and then faced the challenge of constructing a container that would compete with containers created by other groups in the class.  Here you can see them using a thermal imaging device that, when connected to their iPhones, allowed them to see where heat was escaping from their container.  Finally, they poured hot water into their creations, and measured which one could retain the most heat.

Our students involved in Core Committed attended a fundraising breakfast for SCAT, helping to articulate how their focus on healthy lifestyle choices has helped them.
The Boys and Girls Cross Country seasons came to an end at the Regional Championships race in Tiffin.  A big congratulations to our young men and women on a successful season.
Sadly, the volleyball season also closed last week, as the LadyKats were defeated in a very close match with Notre Dame.  These girls came home with the district runner-up trophy.  We are proud of them for making it further in the tournament than a Northview team in sometime.
Still rolling in the tournament is the Boys Soccer Team, who defeated Anthony Wayne to earn a District Championship on Saturday.  Through the rain and blurry camerawork, you can see Spencer Montz’s winning goal.  Room on the bandwagon is filling up.  Come see if the boys can knock of the Knights of St. Francis tonight, which would put them in the Regional Championship on Saturday.  The Wildcats play at 7PM at Lake High School tonight. Go Cats!

We were treated to two Leadership Lunches last week.  First, the President and CEO of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Zak Vassar, and the Musical Director for the symphony, Alain Trudel, shared their philosophies with our students.  Mr. Vassar talked about communicating vision, showing evidence that vision is working, sharing credit, and building momentum.  Mr. Trudel, who leads an eclectic group, reminded students that the days of the autocratic conductor, and leader, are over.  He said we live in the era of collaboration.  Aside from working with people, as opposed to telling them what to do, Mr. Trudel stressed the importance of technical knowledge, personality, helpfulness, honesty, sincerity, and simply being a good person. These men are intelligent, driven, engaging, and humorous. It is easy to see why the Toledo Symphony Orchestra is on the upswing.

 

Second, Northview Alumna Heidi Burkhart, who has developed a real estate company in New York City that has done over $2 billion in transactions, told our kids to not take no for an answer. As a 20 year old The University of Toledo graduate, she took off for the big apple, and basically worked for free for two year, living off of bread and Ramen noodles, eating sugar packets to mask her hunger. This sacrifice gave her two years to learn from the very best in her industry, and she is now using that knowledge effectively. She encouraged our students to start now. They can afford to work for free, given that they have little to tie them down in this world. Go work for free for the best and brightest, learn from them, and one day they will be ready to forge their own paths. Our students are so very fortunate to be growing up in a community where they have access to people like Zak, Alain, and Heidi. Thank you to all three of you for coming to share your journeys with our kids!

 

The Marching Band played their season-ending concert last week, and we happened to capture a bit of their rehearsal for it…

 

Rivalry week went the way of the Cougars on the field, but we honor our boys for the way they played the game, and the fun they brought us this season.  The student body had a lot of fun all week, including a big pep rally, Powder Puff Football, and a large bonfire.  Check out the videos that Student Council produced last week to get everyone in the right frame of mind.

Congratulations to Mr. Creech on being inducted into the Sylvania Schools Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame!  He was recognized, along with several other alumni at halftime of the game.

It was a great fall under the Friday night lights.  Thank you to our football team, band, cheerleaders, and Student Council for making Cats Stadium a wonderful place to call home!

Speaking of calling Northview home, our 8th Grade Open House will take place tomorrow night.  If you know a young man or woman who is looking for academic rigor, and experiences beyond the books that are hard to match, encourage them to come join us at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.  Go Cats!

10.24.18 Wildcat Weekly

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This week marks the start of a new quarter, and our students are plugging away, making sure their fresh start is a positive one.  Mr. Creech’s 3D Design students are going back to 2D, sketching out their plans for future sculptures.

 

Mr. Roth’s students are watching things dry.  Seriously.  Students timed how long it took for different liquids to evaporate, which gave them a clue as to how strong the chemical bonds are holding the elements together that make up those liquids.

 

Mrs. Benard’s freshmen readers and writers are learning about voice, and, ironically, did so this week in silence.

 

Ms. Davis’s business students communicated to her what they have mastered from their first quarter studies via a Google survey in class last week.  She is using this information to determine where to go next with her instruction.

 

Mr. Davis’s choirs prepared last week for their fall concert…

…which took place on Thursday evening, and was kicked off by these two fantastic numbers from the Harmony Road Show.

Thanks to the Choir Boosters, our students’ wonderful sound is better heard with the new sound system they purchased last year.  below, you can see Mr. Davis controlling the system from an iPad in the back of the auditorium in real time, making slight adjustments to make sure the sound is what it should be.  Thank you parents!

 

Geometry is easier to comprehend when you can work it out visually…

 

Last Wednesday, two of our own staff members were honored by the Sylvania Area Family Services organization with Ray of Hope Awards.  Jessie Minard, pictured on the right, has made Project Unify a staple in the Northview and Sylvania communities.  Crystal Burnworth, on the left, along with her husband and a gaggle of volunteers from the community, run the Sylvania STEM Center, making STEM education more readily available for students of all ages in Sylvania and the broader northwest Ohio community.  These two women are making the Northview and Sylvania experience richer, and more well rounded.  These honors are very well deserved.

 

Our Juniors attended their second ACT seminar this week.  Mrs. Sadowski focused on getting faster and more crafty in their approach to the test.  Students answered practice questions under the time constraints they will see on the ACT.

 

Our students had a little fun with Homerooms last week, competing to see who could create the best Halloween costume.  Here are the results.

 

In the world of athletics, Senior soccer player Alek West was featured in the Toledo Blade as their spotlight athlete.  Alek and his teammates defeated Springfield last evening 3-1, earning a spot in the District Championship game against Anthony Wayne on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. at Findlay High School.  This is a special senior class of players; come out and root them on against a league rival this weekend!

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Speaking of deep tournament runs, the Northview Volleyball Team defeated Ashland last night to earn a spot in the District Championship tomorrow night.  The LadyKats will take on the Eagles of Notre Dame at Napoleon at 6:00 p.m.  We have one of the best volleyball squads in the area.  Make the short drive to Napoleon tomorrow to support our girls!

 

Senior golfer Lexi Knight earned a spot at the OHSAA Golf State Championships, where she finished in the top 30.  Our student body sent her off in grand style…

Here, you can see her hit a green in regulation shortly after making the turn on day one of the tournament.

 

Friday brings our annual football game against our crosstown rivals.  BCSN is ready for the action, and highlighted the epic 2005 battle to help their viewers get ready.

 

It has been a busy, fun, and productive fall.  The heavy traffic on our stage, fields, courts, and more can be measured by the amount of signage we see on our lockers.

 

On a personal note, you do not have to look far or long for evidence that Sylvania Schools teachers are passionate and dedicated to our kids.  My wife, LeighAnn, and I were were reminded of that on Friday night when our son’s teachers surprised us by attending a fundraiser for Penrickton School for the Blind in Detroit, Michigan.  My experience in this community, as a teacher, principal, and now parent, has been that our schools are filled with people who treat their jobs more like vocations.  We are a lucky bunch.

10.17.18 Wildcat Weekly

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The end of the  first quarter will be here on Friday.  A few of our upperclassmen created a video to help our younger students understand our key extra help programs, the Learning Center, the Math Lab, and the Writing Lab.  Free tutoring from people who understand the material well is hard to beat.  Click here to see the video.

Mrs. Rauscher’s Honors English students are reading Greek mythological literature, but they are really learning to read critically and annotate.  The students’ test today allowed them to use their annotations to help them demonstrate their understanding of Ovid’s Echo and Narcissus.

Mrs. Whitlow’s Spanish II students engaged in conversation about their pets by scripting tweets describing their current pets, and wishes for future pets.

Speaking of pets, Ms. Janecko’s freshmen scientists are enjoying their new class pet, a leopard gecko…

…but their real academic work centered on learning how to scatter plot, and better understanding principles related to mass and volume.

Mrs. Cafferty’s Medical Technology students are out in area medical facilities on a regular basis now, shadowing professionals in the field.  Many students have been asked to do more than shadow, and to pitch in and help with basic tasks.  She responded to their feedback by teaching some basic patient care skills.

Mrs. Donnelly’s freshmen Health students had a conversation about bullying, which she launched by surveying the students on their perceptions of issues surround the topic.  She shared the results with them, and used their opinions as a starting point for their talk.

Mr. Davis’s choral groups are getting ready for their performance tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.  If you can join them, great.  If not, BCAN, BCSN’s sister channel, will be there and broadcasting the show in the near future.

Ms. Zenner’s freshmen scientists are learning to think more linearly and logically using measurements.  They conducted their data gathering in the Senior Courtyard this week.

On Monday, Sylvania teachers, counselors, and administrators spent time digging into data on our students from the Ohio Department of Education, the College Board (AP), and the ACT.  We are using that information to lead us to make improvements to instruction.  Below, you can see a collection of pictures Dr. Fineske took from the in-service.

Outside of the classrooms, the Wildcats had an exciting week.  The Boys Cross Country Team captured the Northern Lakes League Championship, edging out Perrysburg by two points on Saturday morning.

 

Sophomore Emma Steingass led the way for the LadyKats runners, finishing 3rd in the girls race, helping our team to a 3rd place finish in the league.

The Northview Volleyball Team took down Anthony Wayne on Senior Night, winning in straight sets.  The LadyKat Soccer Team also had a victorious Senior Night, defeating Perrysburg 1-0.

The boys soccer tournament brackets are out, and the Wildcats are headed to Findlay this week to see if they can create some magic in the second season.

Our annual Homecoming traditions gave students a chance to highlight a few of their friends…

…and a chance for students to gather together on Friday night for some fun, even if it was rainy and cold.

Finally, a good thought from Mrs. Cafferty’s classroom this week…

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

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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.

🎃ctober 3rd Wildcat Weekly Update…

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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. 🙂

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.