Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Flyers will be available online instead of getting sent home with elementary school students.
Elementary school students are typically sent home with folders full of flyers, which often have information that can be easily found online. Northville Public Schools is starting a green initiative to reduce its carbon footprint. All flyers from nonprofit organizations like parks and recreation, local scouts and the library will be available for viewing online. The idea is to cut costs, reduce paper in students' backpacks and lessen the labor and expense of the district's staff. To request that a flyer be posted online, fill out an application form and email firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Karen Waltz at 248-344-8442 for more information. Do you think it's a good idea? What other green initiatives do you think Northville schools …
Monday, May 13, 2013
National Teacher Appreciation Day was last week and we want to know how you acknowledged the teachers in your lives.
National Teacher Appreciation Day, or National Teacher Day, was May 7. The day is a small way to show thanks to the teachers that make our and our children's lives better. The day is often celebrated all week, with students and parents giving gifts to the teachers in their lives. How did you show teachers in Northville that you appreciate all they do? Whether you gave gifts or are a teacher who received them, we want to know how you celebrated. Share photos by clicking "Upload Photos and Videos" above or tell us about the gifts and give your teachers a shoutout in the comments sections below!
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Meads Mill team placed first at the Wayne-Monroe regional competition at University of Michigan in Dearborn and the Michigan Science Olympiad State Tournament at Michigan State University.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
A committee reaches a unanimous decision to keep “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl – The Definitive Edition" in Northville's curriculum.
A Northville Public Schools material review committee unanimously decided to keep using the unedited version of Anne Frank's diary in order to avoid imposing "situational censorship." The committee assembled last week to review the district's use of “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl – The Definitive Edition,” which got national attention because of a graphic passage describing the female body. "The committee felt strongly that a decision to remove the use of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl – The Definitive Edition as a choice within this larger unit of study would effectively impose situational censorship by eliminating the opportunity for the deeper study afforded by this edition," said Robert Behnke, assistant superintendent …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The Northville TURF CLUB and its donors are responsible for several upgrades at Tom Holzer Ford Field.
Tom Holzer Ford Field now has new lighting, a press box, multi‐sport scoreboard, audio equipment and artificial turf. All of these improvements were done through Phase I of the Northville TURF CLUB's project to update the school district's athletic stadium. The most visible work is complete, according to an email from Northville athletics, and now the TURF CLUB looks forward to completing the final phase. This year's Night for Northville fundraiser raised enough to complete the funds for Phase II. According to information in the email, contributions will be used with sinking bond funds to: The Northville schools board of education awarded a contract at its April 23 meeting to Great Lakes Hotel Supply Company for stadium concession …
Northville’s Moraine Elementary School has earned “Lighthouse School” status as part of the transformational The Leader in Me model for schools based on Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Northville schools will all get new desktop and laptop computers for $3.5 million.
Northville high school and middle school students will start the 2013-14 school year with new computers and interactive white boards. The technology bond projects were approved by voters in the November 2012 election. The district's technology upgrades start this summer at Northville High School, Hillside Middle School and Meads Mill Middle School. Upgrades at the district's six elementary schools will begin in the fall. "We're most excited about, from an educational standpoint, our classrooms getting outfitted with interactive audio visual systems," said David Rodgers, Northville Public Schools human resources director. New technology equipment in the classrooms will include: More than 3,600 desktop and laptop computers with the latest …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
The letter includes signatures from the book's publisher, the National Council of Teachers of English and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
The Kids’ Right to Read Project (KRRP) is urging the Northville Public Schools district not to remove the definitive edition of “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl" from its curriculum. This version of Anne Frank’s famous diary is under challenge in Northville because of what some say is a graphic description of the female body. KRRP sent a letter to the district Friday, defending the use of the book in middle school classrooms and libraries. “Anne Frank’s diary is so valuable because it brings students into a world that is at turns very different from their own and extremely familiar. Anne was in fear for her life every day in hiding but at the same time she was experiencing the changes every adolescent faces and her descriptions of …
The district also held additional training Friday for all bus drivers and bus aides.
Durham Student Services, Northville Public Schools' contracted transportation provider, applied appropriate disciplinary measures on the bus driver involved, according to an email from the district. The bus driver was immediately put on administrative leave after dropping off students at an undesignated stop in April. The driver pulled off the road on Six Mile Road and allowed Meads Mill Middle School students to get off the bus at a non-designated stop. The district also mandated additional training, which took place Friday, for all bus drivers and bus aides, Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher said in the email. Training included positive student intervention and support, verbal de-escalation strategies and district transportation …
Friday, May 3, 2013
The committee is accepting community input on the use of the definitive edition of “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” in Northville schools.
The Northville schools board of education has assembled a material review committee to discuss the complaint against the district's use of the unedited version of Anne Frank's diary. Gail Horalek, mother of a seventh grade student at Meads Mill Middle School, filed the formal complaint last month after finding a passage in the definitive edition of “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” that describes the female body. Robert Behnke, assistant superintendent for Instructional Services, said the committee will meet Friday. The committee -- comprised of administrators, district parents and community members -- will review the complaint in a closed meeting, according to Northville schools. If any district parents or community members want to…