Dear Parents, Students, and Friends,


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

  Š           What students in Ms. Goebel’s class did for Veterans Day,

  Š           How our students’ research faired at the Water Quality Summit at the University of Toledo,

  Š           How 226 Northview students used danceGOLD to raise more than $13,500 for the Victory Center, and

  Š           How our Athletic Boosters’ reverse raffle went,

…Click to see our Wildcat Weekly blog:



Important Information for this week…


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



  Š           Secondary Open Enrollment has begun and will end on 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 curtain is up on Northview High School Theatre’s 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” opened last night, and will be presented Friday and Saturday, November 18-19 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  Adult tickets are $12 and students/senior citizens are $10.  


  Š           There is a 5K sanctioned race coming up on November 20th at 9am that will help raise money to support academic endeavors in Sylvania Schools that starts and finishes behind Stranahan Elementary through the beautiful trails of Wildwood Park.  The cost is $25 for same day registration.



  Š           You are invited to attend our Heroin Town Hall on Monday, November 28th from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Lourdes University Franciscan Center.  Chrys Peterson will be the moderator.  The flyer is attached with all the details.  The town hall is free and open to the public so please spread the word and invite a friend.



  Š           Our Boys Lacrosse Team has an online spirit wear store that will be available until 11/28.  Feel free to follow this link and purchase your LAX gear:



  Š           The book fair is coming!  The week of November 28, Northview High School’s Library Media Center will be hosting its Scholastic book fair, everyone is invited to visit, browse, and shop.  Brochures are available in the library media center for anyone interested.  All of the proceeds earned will be used to purchase materials for our library media center.


We are trying an online book fair this year in addition to the book fair at the school.  If you cannot make it in to see the book fair or want to browse a larger collection for the entire family, use the link below.  All books ordered through the online book fair will still benefit our library media center.  Items ordered are sent to Northview and will be delivered to your student.  Here is the link:


If you have any questions, please contact Darla Omey at 419.824.8570, extension 5208 or at




  Š           Tell your friends and family about our Student Council’s upcoming Santa Breakfast at Northview.  Kids will have a chance to sit on Santa’s lap, decorate gingerbread people, meet Elsa, Anna, and Olaf, in addition to enjoying a pancake breakfast.  All proceeds will support positive student activities at Northview.




  Š           The next session of our ACT Crash Course will take place on Wednesday, December 7th.  Students will take a practice math portion of the test.  They will see how they scored and be able to review what they missed, all during the scheduled 2 Hour Delay.  All parents need to do is to make sure their student gets to school, and we will take care of the rest.  Our IT crew has tweaked the wifi system to eliminate the issues we had with the first session.  We should be good to go.

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  Š           High School Coed Intramural Sports: Don’t Miss out on Sylvania Recreation’s new high school coed intramural sports programs.  Get a group of friends together to form a team or register individually for soccer, ultimate frisbee, or volleyball.  Registrations can be done online at or by stopping into the Sylvania Recreation Offices by Friday, December 16th.  More information can be found at or by contact the rec office at 419-882-1500.



  Š           Check out how our newest staff member, Brady the therapy dog, is being welcomed by our students here.



This holiday, I am grateful for…

Teachers who give more than is asked

Having a long list of students willing and able to tutor peers

Active parents who support our teachers, advisors, and coaches through booster groups and maintaining high

expectations for student achievement 
Northview alumni and former parents who stay engaged with our learning community, continuing to invest

themselves in our current and future students
Kids who understand the value of an education
Support staff members who work hard to help teachers’ efforts on the front lines
Going to work each day with professionals focused on excellence and consistent progress
Involved students who serve their peers, our community, and our world with their time and talents
Vibrant co-curricular, extra-curricular, and athletic programs where young people can find themselves
Innovative thinking about our students, teachers, and parents continuing to grow the Northview experience
kNowing that my own children will get to be a part of this school someday
Giving, supportive Sylvania community that continues to pay it forward by supporting our schools


I hope your family time this holiday is rewarding.  Happy Thanksgiving all.


Go Cats!

Steve Swaggerty




More Important Information…


  Š           If you missed our November Cat Tracks newsletter, you can find it here:




  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

  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


Courage to Persevere

Building a Connected Community

Tradition of Excellence






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Sylvania, Ohio  43560

Phone: 419.824.8570  ext. 5101

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