Dear Parents, Students, and Friends,

 

   Š            IMPORTANT: Only juniors will attend school on March 21st, due to the ACT test administration.  Freshmen, Sophomores, and Seniors will have the day off of school.

New this year, the state of Ohio is requiring that all juniors take a college and career readiness exam, which has been designated to be the ACT.  Northview and Southview juniors will be taking the ACT on March 21, 2017.  In order to maintain an optimal testing environment and to meet the stringent ACT testing requirements, we are going to need access to a large portion of our building and a significant number of staff members to proctor the test.  The requirements for the ACT test administration are a significant increase from other state mandated tests.  While utilizing a two hour delay for the new Ohio State Tests and the old Ohio Graduation Tests is sufficient, the ACT administration requires double the space and time.  Since the ACT scores are considered for college admissions and appear on students’ transcripts, it is our responsibility to provide our students with the best possible testing environment.  We appreciate your flexibility and understanding of the importance of this decision.

 

 

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

   Š            what Mr. Davis did to his choir to put them on the spot at a concert last week to prepare for their upcoming contest,

   Š            who qualified for nationals in Speech and Debate,

   Š            how teachers became the students this week, and much more,

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

 

Important Information…

 

   Š            Where can you learn about dozens and dozens of colleges in one place, all at the same time?  College Night on Tuesday night at the University of Toledo; that’s where.  See details below, or a cleaner version on the attached PDF.

 

 

 

   Š            Our business students are combining forces with the Lucas County Special Olympics to sponsor a Goalball Tournament on March 25, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Registration is $10 per person, which includes a souvenir t-shirt, pizza, and bottled water. All proceeds benefit Lucas County Special Olympics and the formation of a Unified Sports Team within Sylvania Schools.

 

What is Goalball, you ask? Goalball is a highly competitive sport played three-against-three, indoors on a gym floor, primarily by blind and visually impaired athletes. The goal is to roll a three-pound Goalball past the opposing team without them stopping it. It's their job to block that ball at all costs. Check this video out!

 

Complete the GoalBall Registration Form here, or sign up during all lunch periods next week. Students can also sign-up for volunteer hours by completing the Volunteer Sign-Up Form.

 

Official sign-up occurs during all lunch periods starting on Monday! See me in B2 with questions! Hope to see you there!

Questions? Andrea Davis, adavis@sylvaniaschools.org

 

 

 

   Š            Raising kids is full of challenges.  Gather.  Share.  Learn…

 

 

 

   Š            With spring activities starting, here is an update on the location of AED devices around our facilities, in case of an emergency:

   o      Timberstone shed

   o      Coaches’ Office at the Baseball Diamond and at Veterans’ Memorial Park

   o      Northview in several locations throughout the building, including the PAC lobby, the Main Gym lobby.

 

 

 

We are all aware of the national and local heroin epidemic.  The national statistics are stark.  The impact it has had locally is frightening.  Opening the Blade to read obituaries of young adults from our neighborhoods is gut wrenching.  To shed a light on what the path looks like for the people ending up with a heroin addiction, we hosted Matt Bell this week.  Matt spoke to students about his journey from a loving, supportive, religious family to Toledo St. Francis de Sales, where he was a 4.0 student and great athlete.  He went on to play baseball at the University of Toledo.  An injury on the baseball diamond and subsequent surgery led to an addiction to pain pills, and eventually heroin.  He shared his journey with our students, walking them through his own personal moral compromises and justifications during his time in high school, smoking, drinking, and using marijuana, that led him to convince himself that a few extra pain pills was also not a big deal.  It turned out abusing those pills would lead to a nine year battle with heroin.  Today, he is sober, and is telling his story to kids all over our region in the hope that they will see what can happen if they get off a positive path in life.  Our students were attentive, and appreciate of an education of a different sort.  Sometimes, it is important to take a break from our prescribed curriculum to cover important life topics like this one.

 

 

Have a relaxing and restful weekend,

Steve Swaggerty

 

 

 

Previously Announced Important Information…

 

   Š            The Northview Parent Organization’s March meeting topic will be redistricting, as we will welcome Adam Fineske to share with us the latest information and to answer questions from parents.  We will meet in the Northview Media Center at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8th.

 

 

 

   Š            Ohio State Testing for 2016-2017

We will administer the required state testing during a week-long series of late starts.  Students participating in testing will report at the normal start time.  The daily schedule is listed below.  One additional test (Biology) will be administered the following week on a regular day schedule.

 

Week of April 3, 2017 - 2 Hour Delay Schedule*

*Students taking the following tests must report at the normal start time

Mon. English 9 & 10 Session 1               Grades 9-10 currently taking these classes

Tues.         English 9 & 10 Session 2               Grades 9-10 currently taking these classes

Wed.         Algebra 1 & Geometry Session 1    Grades 9-11 currently taking these classes

Thur.         Algebra 1 & Geometry Session 2    Grades 9-11 currently taking these classes

Fri.    American History & Government    Grades 9-12 currently taking these classes (includes AP)

 

Tuesday April 11, 2017 - Regular Schedule**

**Students testing in Biology will miss their morning classes

Tues.         Biology Sessions 1 & 2         Grades 9-11 currently taking Biology (includes Honors)

 

Junior Retesting

Juniors may retest in order to improve their scores (Performance Levels).  Assistant Principal Vens will mail letters to parents/guardians of those students who need to retest in order to stay on track for graduation.  Students who plan to retake should notify Mr. Vens via email and need to attend the appropriate testing time(s) listed above. Mr. Vens - kvens@sylvaniaschools.org

 

Buses will follow their normal routes and times for students.  Buses will not be running two hours late.  It is important that students find alternative transportation or plan on bus transportation at their normal pick up time.  A study hall will be provided for those students arriving on buses at the normal start time.  Regular classes will begin at 9:35 am for all students.

 

 

   Š            Tutoring Opportunities for Ohio State Testing

Tutoring sessions will be offered in English, math, and science.  A teacher will review important concepts, and students will practice online tests to become more familiar with the question types and the test format. Sessions are offered Monday-Thursday during the weeks of 3/20/17 and 3/27/17 from 2:30-3:30 in the following locations:

                     English 9 (ELA 1) - Room B6

                     English 10 (ELA 2) - Room F6

                     Algebra - Room C10

                     Geometry - Room C8

                     Biology - Room D4

 

 

 

   Š            ACT - All Juniors Take the ACT on March 21st, 2017

We will administer the ACT to all juniors on March 21st.  Please make sure your son or daughter reports on time.  Students who are tardy will be required to retest on the make-up date in May.

 

Juniors will test 7:35 to 12:25 (approximately).  At approximately 12:30 they will have the option to leave for the day, if they have their own transportation.  Juniors who stay for the remainder of the day will eat lunch during 7th period.  A commons (study hall) will be provided in place of their 8th and 9th period classes.

 

 

 

   Š            Speaking of the ACT for juniors, all data shows that pre-test preparation for the ACT increases test scores.  This year, we've been working to present a variety of preparation activities for our juniors, including after school classes, practice test sessions, and tutor-driven analyses of the test. Now, we can add one more opportunity to the mix: Khan Academy.

 

Khan Academy partners with the SAT to provide test preparation, but does not provide direct ACT preparation. However, the SAT Writing and ACT English sections are virtually identical, calling for the same knowledge and skills applied to the same test questions. So, preparation for the SAT Writing section will certainly prepare a student for the ACT English section.

 

Khan is offering a free, live tutoring session on March 9 for the SAT Writing section. Students must register for the session, and it promises to help them understand the types of questions they will face as well as the English writing and grammar concepts they should review. Consider registering your student for this session.

 

Go to this link for the Facebook event and here to access other Khan Academy SAT preparation materials.

 

 

 

   Š            Senior Parent Activities Update: The senior parents as part of our fundraising efforts work events at the Huntington Center.  You get into these events for free.  We are currently scheduled to help at the following events:

   o      3/3 at 4:30- Casting Crown concert (Christian rock)

   o      3/29 at 4:30- Brit Floyd concert (Pink Floyd tribute show)

   o      4/6 at 4- Toby Mac

Volunteers are still needed for these events.  The volunteers need to be over 18 but they do not need to be parents of seniors.  If people would like to help please use this sign-up genie: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0F44ACA923A2F58-huntington

 

If you have questions please contact Kristen Gibson at 419-250-7218 or email her at gibster@bex.net.

 

 

 

   Š            If you know of an incoming freshman for the 2017-18 school year that is coming from a private school or a district outside of Sylvania, tell them to call the guidance office to schedule an individual appointment to schedule classes for next year.

 

 

 

   Š            Here are the Class of 2017 Senior activity dates for your calendars.  We will meeting with Seniors to cover this information in greater detail, including information about Commencement around spring break.  We will send home those details after we meet with the Seniors.

 

 

 

   Š            The 2017-18 district calendar is ready to go.  You can see it below, or view it in PDF form, which is attached to this e-mail.

 

 

 

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

   o      Send email to listserv@listserv.nwoca.org

   o      Make the subject: SIGNOFF SYLVANIA-NORTHVIEW

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

 

 

            

 

 

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5403 Silica Drive

Sylvania, Ohio  43560

Phone: 419.824.8570  ext. 5101

Fax: 419.824.8598

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