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The Board of Education is excited to announce the eight candidates being interviewed for Northwestern's next Superintendent. 

The eight candidates being interviewed are:

•Tim Winland, superintendent of the Paint Valley Local School District in Ross County.

•Chad Hill, principal of Butler High School, Vandalia-Butler City School District in Montgomery County.

•Cara Riddel, superintendent of the Westfall Local School District in Pickaway County, south of Columbus.

•Vicki Brunn, superintendent of the Central Local School District in Defiance County, northwestern Ohio.

•Scott Blackburn, principal of Rolling Hills Elementary School, Northeastern Local School District.

•Elizabeth Lolli, director of curriculum and instruction for Middletown City Schools in Butler County.

•John Kronour, superintendent of the Tipp City Exempted Village School District in Miami County.

•Jesse Steiner, superintendent of the Celina City School District in Mercer County.

After the first round of interviews this week, finalists for the job will be chosen and interviewed again during the first week of June. The Board hopes to make an offer soon after and vote to approve the hire at their regularly scheduled meeting June 17.

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Northwestern Superintendent Interviews Northwestern Superintendent Interviews

The Board of Education is excited to announce the eight candidates being interviewed for Northwestern's next Superintendent. 

The eight candidates being interviewed are:

•Tim Winland, superintendent of the Paint Valley Local School District in Ross County.

•Chad Hill, principal of Butler High School, Vandalia-Butler City School District in Montgomery County.

•Cara Riddel, superintendent of the Westfall Local School District in Pickaway County, south of Columbus.

•Vicki Brunn, superintendent of the Central Local School District in Defiance County, northwestern Ohio.

•Scott Blackburn, principal of Rolling Hills Elementary School, Northeastern Local School District.

•Elizabeth Lolli, director of curriculum and instruction for Middletown City Schools in Butler County.

•John Kronour, superintendent of the Tipp City Exempted Village School District in Miami County.

•Jesse Steiner, superintendent of the Celina City School District in Mercer County.

After the first round of interviews this week, finalists for the job will be chosen and interviewed again during the first week of June. The Board hopes to make an offer soon after and vote to approve the hire at their regularly scheduled meeting June 17.

Final Year End Dates Final Year End Dates
Because we missed a day of school last Friday because of the vandalism and disruption of services, we have decided the following:
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Superintendent Search Profile Superintendent Search Profile

The Northwestern Board of Education has contracted with K-12 Business Consulting (K-12) to conduct the search for the district’s next superintendent.  Stakeholders of the district (students, staff, and community members) were invited to help build the profile of the next Superintendent.  On April 13, over 100 people attended meetings with representatives from K-12  to give their input.  In addition to the meetings, profile input forms that were available at the district website were completed and sent to K-12.  The results were compiled and will give the Board of Education a profile on what the district stakeholders feel is important to look for in our next superintendent. 

Please click here to see the results of the stakeholders’ input.

 

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Grades 4-6 Family Science Night Grades 4-6 Family Science Night

Please click on the link below to view grades 4-6 family science night.

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2015 SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES FOR KIDS 2015 SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES FOR KIDS

Click here for the 2015 SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES FOR KIDS INFORMATION

Fourth Grade Bake Break for Springfield Soup Kitchen

On Monday, May 18th, Mrs. Garrison and Mrs. Scaggs’ fourth grade classes baked bread for the Springfield Soup Kitchen.  It was part of the “Learn Bake Share Program” that is sponsored by the King Arthur Flour Company.  The students learned how to bake bread from scratch by following directions and measuring out their ingredients.  When they were finished they received a book and a scraper to take home.  They also made butter out of cream and were able to try the bread they made.  The students donated 26 loaves of bread to the Springfield Soup Kitchen.

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Lori Ballentine's 4th Grade Gifted Class Built Tetrahedrons

Lori Ballentine's 4th grade gifted class built tetrahedrons. This was a challenge that they had to figure out for themselves and stick to it to solve. Lots of fun to watch them struggle through. They were all very involved - great for a Friday afternoon in May!

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Warrior Softball Team

With their 8-7 victory over Tecumseh on Thursday, the Lady Warriors softball team secured at least a tie for the CBC Mad River Division title.

Congratulations to these young ladies and Coach Johnson and Coach Braun!!!

State FFA Degree

The students in the photo received their State FFA degree on May 1st at the state convention.  Pictured left to right are: Lindsay Fries, Sarah Baldwin, Luke Standley, Elizabeth Sakaitis, Katie Weeks.

Reading Fun Nights

Mrs. Buffenbarger and Mrs. Schultz held four Reading Fun Nights this school year.  Students were given a set of magnetic letters and parents learned how to help their children build their letter and word knowledge using them.  Families also learned different ways to solve new words and the importance of learning high frequency words.  They finished the year with a special visit by Miss Maggie from the New Carlisle Library.  She shared about the library’s reading program and how important is to read all summer long!

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High School Graduation - TICKETS NEEDED

Dear Senior and Family,

We are contemplating one of the biggest moments in students' lives: High School Graduation. In order to make the process as smooth as possible, it has been decided that tickets will be issued to each student. Students were asked to provide a list of people they thought would attend commencement. Tickets will be issued to each student considering the amount requested. However, there will be a cap on the number of tickets a student will be issued. Tickets will be available for pick-up on Monday, May 11th from 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM in the Jr./Sr. High School office. Seniors or parents will need to pick-up their tickets. Tickets will have an assigned seat including section, row, and seat number (like at a concert). Tickets will be good for one person for one seat. Children requiring a seat will need a ticket. Please limit items brought with you to those that can be placed at your feet.

The gymnasium will open at 8:30 AM for ticket holders. Ticket holders will be able to enter the gymnasium from 8:30 AM-9:30 AM. After 9:30 AM, all seats will become general admission and no tickets will be needed. (If you have a ticket and come to the gymnasium after 9:30 AM, you will NOT be guaranteed your seat.) No seats will be able to be saved.

There will be a cap on the number of tickets each student will receive. If the student needs more seats, they should encourage their family to come early to get a seat during general admission.

We are proud of our new schools. Some changes have been made due to our new facilities. Please help as we work through these changes. We are looking forward to a wonderful celebration with the Class of 2015.

Sincerely,

Lori Swafford

Mr. Rethman's Science Class - Outreach program

On Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, Mr. Rethman’s class had a guest speaker, Robert Gemin, from the Wright Patterson Air Force Base Educational Outreach program to present about Thermal (Heat) Energy and how humans see it as light and sound energy. The students performed multiple experiments such as using a rubber band near their lips to show heat energy or not, using steel spheres to burn through paper and its effect on aluminum, an ice cube experiment with insulation and piece of aluminum to notice the heat flow, welding two pieces of plastic together, and using a large steel spring to show the types of waves of energy created. The students at the end of the presentation received a Thermal Energy pencil that changes colors based upon heat.

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CBI Luncheon CBI Luncheon

CBI Luncheon

The teachers and students of the Career-based Intervention Program are hosting a Job Supervisor's Appreciation luncheon on Thursday, May 7.  They are ordering subs from the Jaguar Room,  a student-operated restaurant affiliated with the Culinary Arts program at the CTC! 

Mr. Larry Pilson, the coordinator of the 9th grade program, says that each supervisor provides a unique service, with the opportunity to help guide our CBI students.  The luncheon is a token of appreciation for those acting as program supervisors, and for their guidance in helping to make the program flow more smoothly.

 

Congratulations to the 2015 Prom Court

Congratulations to the 2015 prom court.

Junior Court:

Brooke Smith, Cameryn Ciresi, Hannah Barton, Chelby Dye
Ellis Ulery, Shane Salley, Cole Brewer, Landon Rohrer

Senior Court:

Lina Spada, Hannah Martin, Hannah Gross, Katie Stringer, Kelsey McCaw, Sicilia Spada
Alec Fultz, Andrew Franzen, Devin Rogers, Eric Philpot, Austin Howard, Collin Hasty

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LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - MAY 29, 2015 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - MAY 29, 2015

We wanted to share that the Board has agreed to support a change to the end of our school year. Specifically, the last day for students will be Friday, May 29, 2015. This will be a great way for the students and faculty to end the year. In the meantime all of us have much to do as we prepare for the final state tests. Please encourage your children to finish the year strong by doing their homework, being respectful, and making sure they are test ready!

Road Widening Construction To Begin at Main Entrance

The road widening construction project is set to begin on Monday, April 20, 2015.  Traffic will still have access to the main entrance off of 41. The project is slated to last approximately 8 weeks.

 

 

Ms. Dunham's Class - Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Ms. Dunham's class was provided funds through The Springfield Rotary Club's Grants to Teachers program to participate in therapeutic horseback riding at The Riding Centre in Yellow Springs. Each student was able to ride and practice following directions and giving verbal commands. They also made a stop at Young's Dairy for lunch on the way back to Northwestern. Students were able to apply social skills learning, as well as math and social studies concepts, while ordering their ice cream. We are so thankful for the generosity of The Springfield Rotary Club making this field trip an? opportunity for our students. 


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"It's Simply Chemistry" - Ms. Mouser's 3rd grade class

"It's Simply Chemistry" - Ms. Mouser's 3rd grade class

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Clark County Teachers 27th Annual Excellence in Teaching Awards

On March 16,  Pam LeMay and Donna Hetrick were honored as two of four Clark County Teachers at the 27th Annual Excellence in Teaching Awards luncheon.  

Congratulations Pam and Donna!! 

Family Science Night

On Tuesday, March 17th, Northwestern Elementary held their second annual Family Science Night for students in 4th through 6th grade.  The students and their families were able to participate in chemistry and electricity experiments, see a Lego robot, learn about bees and see an observational bee hive, and learn all about tortoises.  They were also able to try to build a free standing tower using spaghetti noodles and were also able to use IPads to learn about science.  Their evening ended with a chance to look at Jupiter through a telescope.  It was a fun and educational evening.

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College Credit Plus College Credit Plus

To:       All Jr./Sr. High School Students and Families

Starting next year, any student in grades 7-12 will have the opportunity to take college level coursework and receive college credit through state or private universities. Through the College Credit Plus Program, a student who has the appropriate placement score on the ACT/SAT or college entrance exam (i.e. the Compass test for Clark State) can take college courses online or at a college or university. Additionally, Northwestern will offer some classes which provide students the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit simultaneously. Students will still be required to meet high school and state requirements for graduation.

Northwestern will be holding a second College Credit Plus (CCP) meeting on Wednesday, March 25th at 6:30 PM in cafeteria of the Jr./Sr. High School. If you attended the first meeting, you will not need to attend this meeting. There will be no new information. To help with our planning, please RSVP to Rutanb@nwls.education if you are planning to attend. If you have questions about CCP, please contact Mrs. Rutan at (937) 964-1324. The last day to sign-up for CCP is Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

For more information on CCP: www.ohiohighered.org/ccp

"Opt Out" of State Testing "Opt Out" of State Testing

February 17, 2015

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are aware that there is a growing movement where some parents/guardians are considering the decision to allow their children to “opt out” of state testing.  However, as a district, Northwestern encourages all parents/guardians to allow their children to participate in state testing for several reasons.  

Please know that we value your involvement in the educational process and want to ensure that you have the following information about testing.

State and federal laws require all Ohio school districts to administer tests in specific grades and courses to all students. While there is no law or official state procedure that allows parents or students to opt out of testing, we understand your concerns and respect your rights as a parent.

However, we do want to make sure you are fully-informed about the possible consequences of opting out of testing. First and foremost, data is a valuable tool our educators use to make decisions for your child’s education. The data collected from state-approved assessments such as PARCC, in addition to classroom assessments and assignments, is used by our teachers and administrators to help your child be successful in school. The information provided to our teachers from PARCC can be used to decide placement in advanced courses, interventions, differentiated instruction, and instructional practices to ensure that we are providing all students with a high-quality education. Although we will have data from other sources that we can use, we believe that the PARCC data is a crucial piece of this information.

The Ohio Department of Education also provides the following potential consequences of opting out of testing for students, districts, schools, and teachers:

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Carly's Gift of Love

Northwestern Local Schools proudly supports Carly's Gift of Love.  The following excerpt from Dayton Children's Hospital indicates how we can help former student, Carly Tomlinson, achieve her dream of helping children with cancer.

Please consider supporting this worthwhile cause by clicking on the link below.

http://www.gofundme.com/carlys-gift-of-love

Please click on the "click here" for the official Dayton Children's Letter.

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LEGACY OF ATHLETICS

Preserving our Warrior history has been an ongoing goal as we transitioned from the former buildings to our new facilities.  

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Substitute Bus Drivers Needed

Starting at $11.20 an hour and may lead to a permanent position starting at over $14.00 an hour.  Contact Neal Shambaugh at 937-964-1672.

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