Northview Orchestra Director, Mrs. Pamela Thiel, is the Toledo Blade’s Teacher of the Month. You can see their article here.
Last week brought the National History Day District competition, which was held at the BGSU Student Union. Six freshmen in Mr. Malcolm’s AP World History class competed and three of their projects are going on to states! Here is some information on the kids and their projects. If possible, you can follow the links to see their work.
- Cecile Schreidah – Individual Performance – Lucy Stone: A Leading Women’s Rights Activist
- Liz Mertens – Individual Documentary – Taking a Stand Against a Cultural Norm: Candy Lightner vs Drunk Driving
- Rachel Avina and Avinash Singh – Group Documentary – The Great Indian Rebellion of 1857
- Daniel Klein – Individual Exhibit – Mohammad Mossadegh: Standing up to Western Imperialism
- Ananya Kodali – Individual Exhibit – Yuri Gagarin: First Man in Space
The competition was fierce this year! They introduced a second round of judging with different judges for several of the categories. Students had to present their project and then answer judges’ questions for five to ten minutes. The judges are often college professors and graduate students, who may be experts in the field the students are presenting. So, this can be very intimidating for our high school freshmen! Mr. Malcolm is proud to report that all of our students did a fantastic job, and were able to show a depth of knowledge about their topics that impressed all of the judges.
Cecile, Rachel, Avi, and Daniel are all moving on to represent Northview and Northwest Ohio at the state competition which will be held at the end of April. While most of the categories at districts select several qualifying projects, it is worth noting that Cecile is the ONLY Individual Performance going to states from all of Northwest Ohio. This is a great honor for her.
Sylvania Schools Hall of Fame Alumna Erin Peterson visited our Leadership Academy members recently, and shared her life story with them. After graduating from Northwestern and Harvard, she has spent time on multiple continents educating and supporting various groups of people who were in need of a helping hand. From teaching immigrants in American schools to helping organize community efforts to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Erin has always been in search of a problem in society that she can help work on. The result has been a life of service to others. Her message that servant leadership is a way to give meaning to your life was well received by our emerging leaders.
Teachers spent time after school this week learning, from each other. Northview teachers shared best instructional practices and educational research with one another to help each other grow professionally. In the picture below, Assistant Principal Kasey Vens is seen presenting on Mindset, a book by Carol Dweck, Ph.D., that stresses the importance of believing that we can all grow to be good at anything if we have the right frame of mind and are willing to put time into it. This paradigm has proven to have a positive impact on learners and their academic achievement. Other sessions focused on using films of class to improve teaching techniques, using video creation projects to help students better master learning objectives, using large dry-erase whiteboards in class to facilitate discussion, promote problem solving, and encourage students to take risks and make mistakes, and much more.