December 18

Dear Parents, Students, and Friends,

 

For a few highlights from this week from the classroom and beyond the books, including details on

 Š          what our freshmen are doing to serve others this holiday season,

 Š          how our bands and orchestras sounded at their December Concert,

 Š          how our athletic teams did these past couple weeks,

 Š          what our Science Olympiad Teams are up to,

 Š          which of our thespians made All-Ohio,

 Š          how our aspiring teachers are learning the power of language,

 Š          how Teen Pep is helping our 9th graders grapple with social issues,

 Š          how our world language students demonstrated their learning recently,

 Š          who our new National Honor Society members are,

 Š          and why our Northview Teachers recently took a practice ACT,

 Š          …click to see our Wildcat Weekly blog: https://sylvanianorthviewhighschool.wordpress.com/

 

Important Information for the coming weeks…

 

 

 Š          Secondary Open Enrollment has begun and will end THIS Wednesday, December 21st 2016.  This is for the 2017-18 school year for all 6-12th grade students.  These dates are for ALL NEW and RENWALS of current Open Enrolled students.

 

 

 Š          The Northern Lakes Leagues principals and athletic directors have been discussing in recent months an impending shortage of officials for our high school games.  When you ask athletic officials what is causing the shortages, one reason that is prevalent is how parents, athletes, and coaches treat officials in this modern age.  The athletic experience, from which our young people learn a great deal, is extremely valuable to us as a learning community.  We expect that our staff, students, and parents do their part to make sure that the Northview community has a reputation of treating officials with respect and admiration.  Take a moment to read this article, which will give you another perspective on officials for youth sports: http://team.fastmodelsports.com/2016/11/29/thankless-job-sports/

 

 Š          In January, The Northview and Southview Parent Organizations will have an evening meeting together. The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Southview Media Center. Our guest speaker will be Jon Elhai, Professor in the University of Toledo's Department of Psychology and Department of Psychiatry.  He will present information about Healthy vs. Unhealthy use of Smart Phones and Social Media. He will address topics such as, are our children really addicted to their cell phones?  We will end with a question and answer session for parents.

 

Semester exams are underway, which means that extra family time is right around the corner.  While I am very much looking forward to spending more time in the coming weeks with this crew you see below, know that I will count as one of my blessings this holiday season the opportunity to work with your children each day.  Their talent, energy, effort, attitudes, and kind hearts keep me invigorated.  Whatever you celebrate this time of year, I wish you the warmest and happiest of it.

Go Cats!

Steve Swaggerty

 

 

More Important Information…

 

 Š          If you are receiving this e-mail, and you would like to be removed from this listproc, follow these directions:

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You should be all set.  If you are a parent of an alumna or alumnus and are signing off because all of your kids have graduated, thank you one final time for everything you did over the years to help support our teachers, coaches, and advisors to make the NV experience a great one.

 

 

 

 Š          Normally, roughly 85% of our seniors take the ACT.  The state of Ohio is requiring that all juniors take a college readiness test.  We will administer the ACT to all Juniors on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017.  The test will cost our families nothing.  In order to ensure that our Juniors are prepared to do their best on this test, which will go a long way towards deciding which schools to which they are admitted and how much scholarship money they are offered, we will host a crash course during the already planned late starts this year.  The bad news Juniors: you will lose a few days of sleeping in.  The good news: you will go through a structured program that will have you take multiple practice tests and learn to use several tools to help you further prepare to do your best on the ACT.  We can do this!

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 Š          Here is the new website for the Homework Matrix App (thanks to Mr. Word for fixing it for us) to type into your phones to have homework pulled from the NV Homework Matrix (which all of our teachers are using this year) directly to your phone.  Yes, if you save this “webpage” to your phone, it will serve like an app.  Once you select your son or daughter’s classes, you can see what they have for homework each day with one click.  Easy peasy.

 

 

 Š          You may have noticed that the Sylvania Schools calendar switched from DynaCal to Google Calendar.  You can find all the information you need on how to set up your Google Calendar to fit your needs, depending on which schools your students attend and the activities in which they participate here and here.

 

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 Sylvania Schools Calendar Guide

This user guide will help you access and customize the Sylvania Schools building and district calendars through Google Calendar. If you would like more guidance beyond these questions, go to the Google Resources. If you would like visual demonstration of these actions, go to this visually-enhanced user guide.

 

 

Basic Questions

 

How do I access the district calendar?

 1.     Go here.

 2.     At the top of the calendar, pull the drop-down menu next to “Agenda.” Check the building calendar(s) you wish to view by clicking on the checkboxes next to the name of the calendar.

 3.     Select the month, week, day or agenda view as preferred.

 4.     Hover the mouse cursor over an event to see quick information. Click on it for more details.

 

How do I subscribe to a Sylvania Schools calendar?

 1.     Go to the calendar on the district webpage.

 2.     At the top of the calendar, pull the drop-down menu next to “Agenda.” Check the building calendar(s) you wish to subscribe to by clicking on the checkboxes next to the name of the calendar(s).

 3.     Scroll down to the bottom-right of the calendar and click the “+ Google Calendar” button.

 4.     A tab will open showing your Calendar account and ask if you wish to add the school calendar to your own. Click “yes.”

 

 

Calendar on the Web

If you are managing your own Google Calendar on the website version, you can subscribe to school calendars, add events from them to your own calendar, and receive notifications. Here’s how.

 

How do I view events from various calendars on the website version of Calendar?

 1.     Look at the left sidebar for “My Calendars” and “Other Calendars.”

 2.     Find the calendar you wish to view on the screen.

 3.     If the box next to the calendar name is white, the calendar is turned off. If the box is colored, the calendar is turned off.

 4.     Click the calendar to turn it on. The events will appear on the screen. Click the title again to turn those calendar events off, or just leave it on all the time.

 

How do I set up notifications on the website version of Calendar?

 1.     In the top-right corner, find the gear icon, click on it and select “Settings.”

 2.     Click the “Calendars” tab.

 3.     Find the calendar you wish to set notifications for and click “Edit Notifications.”

 4.     Set the notifications as you’d like and click “Save.”

 

How do I add events to my Calendar on the website version of Calendar?

 1.     Find the event you wish to add on the calendar.

 2.     Click on the colored space without text in the event block. Do not click the title.

 3.     In the pop-up window that appears, click “Copy to my calendar.”

 4.     The event edit window will appear. Make changes if you wish and click “Save.”

 5.     The event will appear in your calendar and the original calendar side-by-side.

 

 

Calendar on a Mobile Device

If you wish to keep up to date with school events through your smartphone or tablet, you can do so. Once you’ve accessed your calendar through the website version and logged in to the app on your phone, you’ll find that all events synchronize. Here are more details.

 

How do I access a calendar on my smartphone or tablet?

 1.     Download the Calendar app for Android (Droid) or iOS (iPhone, iPad).

 2.     Open the app and log in with whichever account you wish to use.

 

How do I view events from various calendars on the mobile version of Calendar?

 1.     Pull out the left sidebar by dragging from the left or clicking the three-line icon on the top-left of the screen.

 2.     Look at the calendars listed, clicking “Show More” if necessary.

 3.     If the box next to the calendar name is white, the calendar is turned off. If the box is colored, the calendar is turned off.

 4.     Click the calendar to turn it on. The events will appear on the screen. Click the title again to turn those calendar events off, or just leave it on all the time.

 

If you do not see a calendar you have subscribed to . . .

 1.     Scroll down in the left sidebar and select “Settings.”

 2.     Scroll to find the calendar, clicking “Show More” if necessary.

 3.     Click on the calendar.

 4.     Make sure “Sync” at the top is turned on.

 5.     Go back and try the sequence above again.

 

How do I set up notifications on the mobile version of Calendar?

 1.     Scroll down in the left sidebar and select “Settings.”

 2.     Scroll to find the calendar, clicking “Show More” if necessary.

 3.     Click on the calendar.

 4.     Set notifications by selecting “Add a notification” where necessary.

 

 

 

 Š          Our mission is to help ALL of our students find success in the classroom.  To that end, we are expanding our extra help this school year by establishing a Math Lab (located upstairs near the Media Center) and a Writing Lab (located in The Learning Center (TLC) in A Hall).  Our student surveys tell us that students are needing extra help with writing and math more than other subjects.  So, we are establishing two places that students can go anytime to get help with these subjects.  Even better, students will be able to go immediately there when they need the help.  In the past, students had to have a pass from their math teacher to go to TLC.  Let’s say you get stuck on #17 of your homework during study hall.  In the past, without a pass, you were stuck in study hall with no help.  Now, students can sign out of study hall and go the Math Lab to get help on #17.  This will help students to get the help when they need it during the school day.  We are excited that these two new extra help centers will increase opportunities for student learning and achievement at Northview.  This past spring semester, over 50 of NV’s Sophomores and Juniors helped us launch a new Study Group program this week.  We have several “drop in” options for extra help at Northview, including our Math and Writing Labs, and TLC, where students can come during free time to get extra help from NHS Seniors or from teachers.  After crunching the numbers on who is using those options, and speaking with students, we realized that inhibitions were keeping students from asking for help from those options.  Students are nervous about asking someone they do not know for help.  So, to offer another option for extra help, this one founded on the power of relationships, we are setting up Study Groups, generally led by sophomores and juniors who were nominated by their teachers who told us they would make great tutors.  These nominees signed up to help their peers this week, and we now have a database of who is willing, when they are available (including study halls, lunch periods, before and after school), and in which subjects they think they would be able to help other students.  Students can let their counselor know if they would like extra help, and we will do our best to form a Study Group for that student.  Parents and teachers can also make requests to counselors to initiate the process.  In the end, we hope to increase student achievement with this effort.  A big, huge thank you to our students who signed up to help their classmates!

 

Learning Center/Writing Lab (A4)

Period 1: Mrs. Chiapetta (A4)

Period 2: Ms. Davis (A4)

Period 3: Mr. Hazel (Writing Lab – A4)

Period 4: Mrs. Heffernan (Writing Lab – A4)

Period 5: NHS tutoring in the Media Center (Monday - Wednesday)

Period 6: Mrs. Schloegl (Writing Lab – A4)

Period 7: NHS tutoring in the Media Center (Thursday only)

Period 8: Mrs. Werner – Science (A4)

Period 9: Mrs. Loyd (Writing Lab – A4)

 

Math Lab (G2)

Period 1: Mr. Christy (Monday-Friday)

Period 2: NHS (Monday-Wednesday)

Period 3: NHS (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday)

Period 4: NHS (Tuesday & Thursday)

Period 5: Mr. France (Monday-Friday)

Period 6: NHS (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday)

Period 7: NHS (Wednesday only)

Period 8: NHS (Every day except Thursday)

Period 9: Mr. Smith (Monday-Friday)

 

 

 

 Š          The Northview College Prep Pathway: Thanks to our counselors, Steve Kwiatkowski, and Kasey Vens, Northview students and parents now have a one-stop resource to help with planning for the college preparatory, application, and selection process.  Check out the details below…

 

 

To access the NV College Prep Pathway, click here.  For periodic updates and tips on preparing to be successful at the collegiate level, follow the NV College Prep Pathway Twitter account by clicking here.  Be sure to follow the above directions for monthly updates from the counselors.  Finally, this tool is a work in progress.  If you have ideas for improving it (adding resources, tips, etc.), please share them with us!

 

 

 Š          Looking for information?  The following links may be helpful to you:

 o    Northview High School website

 o    Northview Faculty and Staff communication vehicles

 o    Cat Tracks newsletters

 o    Wildcat Weekly e-mails

 o    Homework Matrix website

 o    NV Parent Organization website

 o    Parent access to grade portal

 o    Northview Guidance Counselors’ Website

 o    NV College Prep Pathway website

 o    NV College Prep Pathway twitter page

 o    2015-16 Program of Studies

 o    Northview daily PA announcements blog

 o    School calendar of events

 o    Opportunities for extra help at NV

 o    Extracurricular clubs and organizations contact information

 o    School newspaper

 o    Athletic calendar

 o    Athletics website

 o    Service and volunteerism information for students

 o    E-flyers from the school district

 o    School Facebook page

 o    School Twitter page

 o    Mr. Swaggerty’s Twitter page

 o    List of Northview related Twitter accounts to follow

 o    Mr. Swaggerty’s YouTube channel

 o    Mr. Swaggerty’s Instagram page

 o    You can receive weekly text message updates on upcoming big ticket items from Northview by texting @northview to the following phone number: 81010

 

 

 Š          Sylvania Schools has gone mobile.  There is now a free (and very useful) app for Sylvania Schools.  It gives you one launching point for everything you need as a student or parent regarding anything related to Northview.  You can download the free app from Google Play or the Apple App Store and have everything for your child(ren’s) school(s) at your fingertips.  Calendars, PowerSchool, Twitter and Facebook feeds, Teacher Directory, Sports Scores and more. Also, note that students and adults can report incidents as they happen anonymously through the mobile app – simply select the Tip Line and scroll through the listings to report responsibly.  Download it today!

 

 

 

 

 Š          Do you ever shop at Target?  If so, we need your help.  Over the years, Target has donated over $15,000 to Northview.  However, many of the parents who were once part of the program have had students graduate and move on.  So, we are in need of our current parents to sign up to help us raise funds to benefit our school community and our students. Please help Northview earn money for our students by signing up on-line by clicking here and enrolling, or stopping at their customer service counter and signing up for their customer rewards program.  Our school ID with Target is 83342.  If you know of other companies that offer similar programs that we can join to help us support our students, please send those Mr. Swaggerty’s or Julie Klein’s way.

 

 

 

 

 Š          Speaking of, if you shop at Kroger, please consider signing up for their customer rewards program to help the Northview Athletic Boosters, who work diligently to clothe and equip our Northview Wildcat athletes!

 

 

 

 

Sylvania Schools' Mission: We educate students to make a difference.

 

Sylvania Northview High School is dedicated to providing a respectful, caring, secure environment that empowers students with the analytical and creative skills and strategies necessary to be productive, life-long learners.

 

Northview Core Values

Personal Growth

Respect For All

Ingenuity

Courage to Persevere

Building a Connected Community

Tradition of Excellence

 

 

            

 

 

Northview High School

5403 Silica Drive

Sylvania, Ohio  43560

Phone: 419.824.8570  ext. 5101

Fax: 419.824.8598

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