Saturday, April 27, 2013
Get a glimpse of the projects Northville students created for "The Children's Exhibit."
Northville Public Schools Early Childhood and Extended Day Programs present "The Children's Exhibit: Celebrating Communities of Learners" until May 1 at Northville Square. This is the eighth annual exhibit, which occurs every spring and began this year on April 12. "As advocates for the rights of children, and their many ways of expressing themselves, we find this event an ideal way to put the community focus on the children," said Eileen Freeman, program coordinator for Early Childhood and Extended Day Programs, in a pamphlet about the exhibit. The exhibit includes samples of art projects from each of the classes in the Early Childhood and Extended Day Programs. The pieces were done by children as young as 2 years old and as old as 14 …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The Northville schools board of education will reassign more than 300 elementary and middle school students because of its decisions on boundary changes.
Northville parents had strong reactions to the final vote from the Northville schools board of education to change elementary and middle school attendance boundaries. "When you move children to new schools, you have to understand it causes stress on them," Cheryl Spadafora, who has two children in the district's elementary schools, told trustees during citizen comments at Tuesday's board of education meeting. She said her 8-year-old son, who attends Ridge Wood Elementary, asked her to tell the board not to move the students. Trustee Matthew Wilk, parent of a Winchester student, said there are enough additional classrooms at Winchester Elementary to accommodate transferring students. "We're not going to shift the Ridge Wood overcrowding …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Northville schools board of education chooses new boundary changes that will alleviate overcrowding at Meads Mill Middle School.
The Northville schools board of education debated Tuesday night over two options for middle school boundary changes. "I feel like I'm taking my kids to get a shot," said Trustee Matthew Wilk at Tuesday night's board of education meeting. "We know it's going to hurt, the question is how long is it going to hurt." By 11 p.m. the board ultimately voted 6-1 to select Option 4, which will reassign a portion of the current Ridge Wood Elementary students from Meads Mill Middle School's attendance area to Hillside Middle School's attendance area. The other choice was Option 2, which would move a portion of students from the current Silver Springs Elementary attendance area away from Meads Mill and to Hillside. Trustee Scott Craig said Meads Mill …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Heavy overnight snowfall closes area schools.
After a night of constant snow, Northville Public Schools are closed for the day, giving students a day off. As of 5 a.m., the following schools officially canceled classes due to wintry conditions: Several inches of snow fell overnight, wreaking havoc on driving conditions Wednesday morning. Stay safe during your commute Monday morning by checking our live traffic map before you leave for work.
Monday, August 6, 2012
State's AYP identified three "Focus Schools," signifying achievement gaps between high-achieving, low-achieving students.
Northville Public Schools is looking to close achievement gaps at three district schools identified last week as "Focus Schools" in the state's annual school report cards. Focus Schools are defined as the 10 percent of schools with the widest achievement gaps, meaning the academic disparity between the top 30 percent of students and the bottom 30 percent. That list includes 358 schools statewide, many who in the past would be considered high-achieving. The schools are now charged with bridging the gap. Amerman Elementary, Meads Mill Middle School and Hillside Middle School were identified as Focus Schools. Amerman Elementary, however, houses the district's elementary gifted program, Alternative Learning Program for Students (ALPS). Because…
Thursday, August 2, 2012
State's AYP now has more stringent requirements for a school district to pass, but Northville schools met new targets.
Today the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) released its school report cards, which includes the list of schools meeting state standards through Adequate Yearly Progress. And among the most successful are Moraine Elementary, Silver Springs Elementary, Winchester Elementary, Thornton Creek Elementary and Ridge Wood Elementary. These five schools are listed as "reward schools" - a new designation from the state - meaning they are in the top five percent of schools in Michigan and have made significant gains in academic progress during recent years. “We applaud the hard work and achievement of the educators and students in our Reward Schools because they are zeroed in on improving learning,” said state Superintendent of Public …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Business development, fiscal management and educational achievement among issues cited as positive happenings in the city of Northville and township in 2011, leaders said.
An upbeat tone after having survived many challenges permeated the atmosphere at this year’s State of the Community address, which brought elected officials and business leaders to the podium Wednesday at the Meadowbrook Country Club. The address, which was organized by the Northville Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by St. Mary’s Hospital, was in stark contrast to last year’s address, which focused on looming fiscal issues, the challenging local economy, school layoffs, and consolidation of services. Speaking at the event this year was Northville Township Supervisor Mark Abbo, who is retiring, Wayne County Commissioner Laura Cox, and Northville Mayor Christopher Johnson and Northville Schools Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher. All spoke …