3/26

 

Dear Parents, Students, and Friends,

 

Here are a few updates from Silica Drive…

 

 Š           We met with our seniors on Friday to discuss details for the upcoming senior activities, including prom, Commencement, and much more.  To review all of the details of the meeting (dates, times, dress codes, etc.), see the attached pdf.

 

 

 Š           There is only one spot left on the summer 2018 Leadership Summit trip to Berlin, Germany!  For more info, check out the tour website at http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1808105ER or email Mrs. Stewart at lstewart@sylvaniaschools.org.  Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to grow as a leader, student and global citizen!

 

 

 Š           If you have been impressed with the performance of a teacher or staff member this year, take a few minutes to recognize their efforts by nominating them for a Sylvania Schools Educator of the Year Award.  You can find the nomination form here.

 

 

 Š           If you are concerned about your son or daughter and marijuana, consider attending this SCAT town hall meeting for parents…

 

 

 Š           Our spring play takes place this week!  Get your tickets at www.northviewtheatre.org  

 

 Š           There will be a Coffee with Counselors on Thursday at 7:30 a.m. in the Guidance Office for parents of 8th-12th graders, current or future Northview students.  Parents are welcome to attend and spend time with our school counselors.  There will not be a prescribed agenda.  Parents are invited to ask questions about anything of interest to them.

 

 

 

 Š           We are a week away from the Ohio State Tests for 2016-2017, which will be directly tied into graduation standards for 9th-11th graders.

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           An upcoming contest for our young artists out there…

 

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday,

Steve Swaggerty

 

 

 

Previously Announced Important Information…

 

 Š           The Sylvania Chamber of Commerce has drastically increased the size of the scholarships they are handing out to this senior class ($4,000, $2,500, and $1,500).  Please see the attached PDF for details on the Chamber of Commerce.  Students can also stop by the Guidance Office to comb through dozens and dozens of other scholarship opportunities at your convenience.

 

 

 Š           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           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           The 2017-18 district calendar is ready to go. 

 

 

 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           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!

 

 

 

 

 

 Š           The Northview College Prep Pathway: Northview students and parents 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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