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Okay, for everyone still with us, here we go with this week’s Wildcat Weekly…

 

 

Today marks the end of the first quarter for the 2016-17 school year.  Seriously.  1st Quarter Grades will be available on PowerSchool by Friday of next week.

 

 

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

 ·        sounds from the Fall Choir Concert,

 ·        video of Coach Tressel’s Leadership Lunch,

 ·        how our how teachers are not just giving out information, but asking students to own it through critical thinking,

 ·        who our first and second District Champion athletes is for the 2016-17 school year,

 ·        details on the Boys Soccer 4th straight NLL Title

 ·        how we know that this generation of young people may be the most loving, inclusive one yet,

 ·        and our Homecoming preparations,

 

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

 

 

Important Information…

 

 ·        There will be no school for students on Monday.  Teachers will be working away on improving the academic experience for our students.

 

 

 ·        danceGOLD pledges are due next week.  If your student is looking for a positive, philanthropic, or just plain fun activity to get involved in, don’t miss danceGOLD 2016!

 

 ·        Northview High School Theatre is proud to present the epic musical “Les Miserables School Edition” November 17-20 at the Northview Performing Arts Center.

 

Seen by more than 65 million people, “Les Miserables” boasts one of the most memorable scores of all time and has earned more than 100 international awards.  Set in 19th century France, “Les Miserables” tells the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who is released from prison and works to become a respectable citizen and businessman.  His journey of redemption leads him to adopt an orphan girl, Cosette, and provide a stable life for her.  But Police Inspector Javert, who doesn’t believe criminals can change for good, makes it his life’s mission to capture Valjean and jail him once again.   Complicated and tender relationships are developed against the backdrop of revolution in Paris.  “Les Miserables Student Edition” will leave audience members moved, inspired, and cheering for more.

 

“Les Miserables Student Edition” is presented Thursday, Friday and Saturday November 17-19 at 7:30 PM and Sunday November 20 at 2:30 PM.  All seats are reserved in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are going fast and can be purchased through the Northview Theatre website at http://northviewtheatre.org.  Adult tickets are $12 and students/senior citizens are $10.  

 

 ·        If you want to see Mr. Swaggerty in an apron, here’s your chance.  Don’t worry about cooking on Election Day.  Come out to SV and let the Sylvania Rotarians feed the family, and help us raise money for local charities.

 

 

 ·        Because we know it is hard to keep up with them and their devices…

 

 

 ·        Seniors and senior parents: looking for help understanding the college financial aid process and filling out the FAFSA?  You’re in luck.  Our counselors have arranges for a representative from FAFSA to come to Northview on Monday, October 24th to help you get started on the process.  Plan to be here and you will be able to ask questions, and maybe even get started on filling out the form. For more information, see the attached PDF file.

 

 

 ·        Seniors, Welcome to LIFE!        

Parents; we NEED you!  Our teachers are working together to once again offer our Seniors a seminar in financial literacy before they graduate from high school and head off to the real world.  Senior students will get an advanced look at what it is like to manage household finances on Friday, November 11th through our Finances 101 program.  In order to pull of this gigantic seminar, we need more than forty-five (yes, 45…this is a big undertaking) volunteers to help oversee stations (training is provided) from 7:15 -1:45.  In addition, we are asking for food donations.  Please click here to sign up, and spread the word: https://www.volunteersignup.org/WM8PQ

 

You can also contact Amy Schloegl at aschloegl@sylvaniaschools.org or call ext. 5177.

 

Consider this a small investment of your time that will help your child’s (and your) pocketbook for the long run!

 

 

 

 ·        Our 8th Grade Open House is less than one month away.  If you know of an 8th grader who lives in Sylvania that is interested in learning more about the Northview experience, encourage him or her to attend this event.  The timeline for completing the paperwork for open enrollment for 2017-18 will be coming out soon.

 

 

I hope your student has found the type of success that they want to find in the classroom, the type that comes close to their potential.  Remember that if a student is struggling to learn, we can fix that.  Between seeing a teacher outside of class, our Study Groups program, The Learning Center, the Math Lab, and the Writing Lab, all Northview students have the tools they need to marginalize their weaknesses and maximize their strengths as young scholars.  Parents and students – please, please, please feel free to reach out to a staff member to let us point you in the right direction to get the help that you need.

 

Best of luck to our Cross Country teams this weekend at the NLL Championships!

 

Go Cats!

Steve Swaggerty

 

 

 

More Important Information…

 

 ·        Important facts about which our parents and students should be knowledgeable…

 o       Since 2010, state funding to Sylvania Schools has been reduced by over 16 million dollars.

 o       The depreciation of property values in the district has resulted in a loss of 10.3 million since 2010.

 o       The last levy for additional funds was in 2011.

 o       Sylvania is now deficit spending to keep programs for kids.

 

 

 ·        PSAT Information for parents of juniors, sophomores and freshmen:

The PSAT (Preliminary SAT) will be given during the school day at Northview on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.  The cost of the test is $15 with checks being payable to Northview High School. Registration for the test will begin for juniors on September 19th and for sophomore/freshmen on Thursday, September 22nd through Thursday, October 13th. Checks can be brought to the Guidance Office.  If paying in cash, please bring exact amount, no change will be available.  It is important to note that juniors will be given preference followed by sophomores then freshmen.  There are no refunds for canceling or changing your mind about taking the test.

 

About PSAT/NMSQT

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation. It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT and ACT. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures:

 §      Critical reading skills

 §      Math problem-solving skills

 §      Writing skills

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC)

Students in the eleventh grade of high school enter NMSC competitions by taking the PSAT/NMSQT, which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and/or participation requirements.

Information on the Score Report

The redesigned PSAT will be scored on a scaled between 320 and 1520. You can score on a range from 160 to 760 for math and 160 to 760 for Reading and Writing. In addition to these section scores, your score report will also tell you subscores for Math, Reading, and Writing and Language between 8 and 38. This will give you a sense of which sections you're best at and where you need improvement. Unlike the old PSAT, the redesigned PSAT gives no penalties for wrong answers.

The PSAT scale doesn't go up to 1600 exactly since the SAT is a more difficult test than the PSAT. While a 1300 on the PSAT suggests you might score around a 1300 on the SAT, a perfect PSAT score doesn't necessarily guarantee perfection on the SAT. The two scoring scales coincide with one another, but the PSAT is shifted down to account for its differences in difficulty level.

Score Reports are sent to the school and students will be able to access their scores via their college board account using their email they provided on their registration sheet.

 

 

 

 

 ·        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!

 

 

 

 ·        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.

 

 

 ·        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.

 

[endif]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.

 

 

 

 ·        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!

 

 

 

 ·        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!

 

 

 ·        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       To receive text message updates from Northview by texting @northview to the following phone number: 81010

 

 

 ·        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!

 

 

 

 

 ·        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.

 

 

 

 

 ·        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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