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Northwestern School District will host a full weekend of wrestling - a middle school tournament is set for Saturday, Jan. 14, and an elementary-age novice tournament is set for Sunday, Jan. 15.
Wrestling starts at 9 a.m. both days in Albion’s Dr. Lynne K. Corder Gymnasium.
Fifteen middle school teams from Pennsylvania and Ohio will compete
Saturday in a pool-style tournament (most wrestlers get five
matches). The 12th annual event is the only tournament held for middle school grapplers in West County.
Northwestern’s middle school wrestlers are led by head coach Roger Sherman.
Cost for the day is $5 for adults and $3 for students.
On Sunday, first- and second-year elementary wrestlers from the region will converge in Albion for the second annual Northwestern Youth Novice Wrestling Tournament. Last year, eight teams competed in the first-time event.
“We’re giving our novice kids a local place to wrestle,” Northwestern Youth Wrestling head coach Jason Dersch said. “It’s the only time our kids will wrestle so close to home, so we encourage all of Albion to come out and support our growing youth program.”
Youth wrestlers have competed in four tournaments this season. In January, the team starts touring with Great Lakes Elementary League Wrestling, which consists of 18 teams from Erie, Crawford and Mercer counties.
Cost for Sunday's event is $3 for adults, $2 for students, and children under 5 get in free.
Big changes are coming at Northwestern School District this year. Your help is needed to help shape the future.
Superintendent Dr. Karen Downie, Northwestern High School Principal Dan Shreve and district Business Manager Paul Sachar are retiring in in 2017.
To help find candidates that best fit with the community’s goals, please fill out this survey. It will take five to 10 minutes & will help a great deal - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/nwestern
The deadline has been extended to noon on Monday, Jan. 9 – so please, submit now!
Eighth-graders in Melissa Wilson’s Introduction to Foods class created sweet houses this holiday season. Gingerbread houses, that is.
In teams, students baked, built, decorated a holiday scene. They then brought the scene to life, writing background story about their inspiration.
The projects were judged, and winners were announced Dec. 23.
The winning team overall was Kitchen 5 - Aubreigh Miller, Charli Severo, Alina Telega and Jodi Thomas – with “Santy’s List.”
Recognition was also given to Kitchen 5 for best construction/design and most creative.
Recognition for best story was given to Kitchen 4 – Abby Hancox, Ellie Hough, Dani Pizzoferrato, Jessie Saxton an Lauren Wright.
“This is the third year I’ve done this project, and it’s a way to help tie the holiday season into a project that requires a deep amount of planning, building skills, teamwork and problem solving,” Wilson said. “It also helps to tie in multiple content areas within the classroom.”
Wilson showed students examples of gingerbread houses that have won competitions at the start of the project.
“The best part of this is watching the students get excited about what they are doing and take responsibility for everything that the project requires,” Wilson said. “I enjoy witnessing the imaginations of the students.”
Check out pics of the houses of Kitchens 1, 2 and 3, and more, here:
Fifth-graders Sahana Kumar, Kristina Kerr, Josh’sheem Perry and Kolton Sutter built an amusement park ride powered by green energy together.
“It’s Zero Gravity. It uses solar and wind. Solar panels are here on the side, Kerr explained. “Solar panels power our ride, and our amusement park is in Florida, so it’s always sunny.”
Kumar, Perry and Sutter each explained a facet of the project. They said they were nervous to present. But they seemed excited, too.
More than 100 grandparents came to breakfast and the fifth-grade K’nex challenge on Dec. 21, at Northwestern Elementary School.
Over the last month, fifth-graders grouped in small teams were tasked with designing an amusement park that promotes green energy.
As a team, students had to build one ride from their park with K’nex, write an essay describing the project, create blueprints, manage a budget and inventory sheet and prepare a five-minute presentation.
"Students were challenged to use as many K’nex pieces in as many was as they could and to push themselves to be creative,” fifth-grade teacher and K’nex team adviser Greg Clapper said. “Through this, they’re learning to listen, express their ideas and collaborate with others. It teaches them how to work with others that have different skill sets and to accept different ways of seeing things.”
The team that built Zero Gravity said they had to try three or four times before they had a good plan. They said they felt teamwork was the biggest thing they learned through the experience.
Classmate Madison Anderson – who with her teammates built hydro-powered Sunset Glory – said she agrees.
“Through this, you learn how to live with conflict,” Anderson said.
Teams practiced presentations for grandparents with the goal of gaining valuable feedback, advice and experience.
Students then gave final presentations that afternoon for a panel of judges. The highest scoring teams will start practice for the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit’s annual STEM K’nex Design Challenge in March, where the first-place team moves on to the state competition.
Clapper announced the winners of the competition here: https://sites.google.com/site/mrclappersclassroompage/home/k-nex-results
“Most schools do this as part of an enrichment program,” Clapper said. “We are one of the few schools that actually do it schoolwide. And we were the state champs three years ago – our first year – with a non-enrichment team.”
Last year Northwestern’s teams just missed making it to the state competition, placing second and fourth place at the IU’s competition in Edinboro.
Clapper said the K’nex challenge not only ties into key STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum, but also gives students an opportunity to practice other crucial skills necessary in today’s fast paced world.
Clapper said, this year, fifth-grade teachers have been focusing on the idea to “respond, but not react.”
“This event allows the students to practice not saying the first thing that they’re feeling, but instead to stop and think before they answer a person back,” Clapper said. “It teaches them how to focus on the task at hand – not the stress they are feeling.”
Northwestern is one of 350 schools statewide that participate in the K’Nex Design Challenge.
Lifelong Albion businessman and resident Jim Mikovch said it was his first time coming to this event at Northwestern elementary. He came to see his grandson, Cole.
“What a tremendous change from when we were back in school to what’s available now,” Mikovch said. “Northwestern School District is such a great school district – the faculty are nice, the facilities are nice and clean. I’m very proud to live in this district.”
Check out more pics of challenge day here:
Volunteers distributed gift packs on Dec. 16 and 17 for Northwestern School District’s Toys for Wildcats holiday drive. More than 105 families were helped have a brighter holiday thanks to donations from the community.
This year’s drive included a used clothing room for participants to browse. All leftover used clothing donations were given to the Erie City Mission.
More than 100 students districtwide helped with the effort.
High school Wildcat Ventures students made 30 wooden games for children. High school food science students made loaves of bread for the food packs given to each family. Middle school technology students made trucks and combines. A Northwestern elementary class collected wrapping paper. Albion Future Farmers of America (FFA) members provided poinsettias. High school student council members collected donations at Dollar General.
See more photos here:
Two Northwestern Middle School sixth-graders won top prizes in the West Springfield VFW Post 4965 Patriots Pen Youth Essay Contest.
Indra Wilson took first-place and was awarded $35 from Post 4965.
Kylie Krieder took second-place and was awarded $25.
Post 4965 President Tami Tripp and Principal Greg Lehman recognized Wilson and Krieder and presented them with certificates at a middle school assembly on Dec. 23.
The students’ essays are now sent on to the district level competition. If either student places, they move on to the state level competition. If they place at states, they then move on to the national level.
Prizes at the national level competition reach up to $5,000.
Last year, a Northwestern student placed at the district level.
“We want to thank the students for participating,” Tripp said. “We hope to have more essays submitted next year.”
Northwestern High School senior Jacob Calkins has made a tradition of making pizzelles at Christmas time in Sandy Henley’s life skills classroom.
For the last four years, Calkins has made more than 200 pizzelles in a variety of flavors each year for teachers, administrators and to share with fellow students.
“I like making the chocolate ones – they taste the best. I put my secret ingredient in them,” Calkins said with a smile.
The nine-member Northwestern School District Board of Directors includes, from left, in front, Shelly Rice, Joan Baxter, Valerie Hoover, Gary Bilek and Peggy Kemling. In back are new President Mark Swanson, new Vice President Kevin Saxton, Sam Ring and Glen Black.
A new president and vice president were voted in by the Northwestern School District board of directors during the board’s annual reorganization meeting on Dec. 5.
Mark Swanson was the only nominee for president and was unanimously elected.
This is Swanson’s first term serving as President. He has been on the board for three years.
Kevin Saxton was the only nominee for vice president and was unanimously elected.
Peggy Kemling was unanimously elected to be the Pennsylvania School Boards Association legislative representative.
Swanson was also appointed as the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit representative.
The board unanimously approved the 2017 board meeting schedule.
Board study sessions will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at Springfield Elementary School; Monday, Feb. 13, at the district administration office; Monday, March 13, at Springfield; Monday, April 10, at the administration office; Monday, May 8, at Springfield; Monday, June 12 at the administration office; Monday, July 10, at the administration office; Monday, Aug. 14, at Springfield; Monday, Sept. 11, at the administration office; Monday, Oct. 9, at Springfield; Monday, Nov. 13, at the administration office; and Monday, Dec. 4, at Springfield.
The 2017 reorganization meeting will also be held in conjunction with the study session on Dec. 4.
Board voting meetings will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at Springfield; Monday, Feb. 20, at the administration office; Monday, March 20, at Springfield; Tuesday, April 18, at the administration office; Monday, May 15, at Springfield; Monday, June 19, at the administration office; Monday, July 17, at the administration office; Monday, Aug. 21, at Springfield; Monday, Sept. 18, at the administration office; Monday, Oct. 16, at Springfield; Monday, Nov. 20, at the administration office; and Monday, Dec. 11, at the administration office.
The Nutrition Group treated school board members and administrators to a special holiday dinner after the board voting meeting on Dec. 12. From left are district Technology Manager Sue Lehman, Kemling, Northwestern's Director of Curriculum Yvonne Teed and Saxton.
Northwestern High School’s cream-of-the-crop singing group Forte will go on a holiday tour this Friday, Dec. 9.
The first stop for the nearly 20-member chorus will be at Springfield Elementary School, 11911 Bond St., E. Springfield, for a question and answer session with fifth-graders. Forte will perform for the entire elementary at 10:30 a.m.
The group will then head to Girard where they will perform at 11:30 a.m. for residents at Battles Village, 203 E. Main St.
“My goal is to give students performance and teamwork opportunities that help to benefit the school and community, and to help them recognize the role of the arts in bettering communities,” said Forte Adviser and Northwestern School District music teacher Dana Kuhn, who has led Forte for five years. “Students get real-life application of in school learning of music that will help them grow as confident, productive and contributing members of society.”
Forte makes about 15 performances throughout the school year at various community events, churches and school functions. The group practices every Monday night.
Pictured, Forte performed at Grace United Methodist Church in Albion on Dec. 4.