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NORTHWEST COMMUNITY SCHOOLS Mountie Greatness Begins with Northwest Preschool Infant and Toddler Center

Northwest Community Schools 6900 Rives Junction Road Jackson, MI 49201

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SPRING 2016 A Publication Of Your Northwest Community Schools


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2015-16 Board of Education Shawn White President Brad Wait Vice President Phillip LaMaire Secretary Robert Sayles Treasurer William Balluff Dan Griswold Craig Staudinger Trustees

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Greetings Mountie Nation!

On May 3, 2016, voters in the Northwest Community School District will be asked to approve a RENEWAL proposal regarding the 18 mill non-homestead property tax levy. This proposal is NOT asking for additional funds, it is a RENEWAL. • The proposal will ask voters to again renew the 18 mill operating levy to fully fund Northwest Community Schools, as prescribed by state law. • This proposal is good from 2017 through 2022. • Under the Michigan constitution, schools cannot levy more than 18 mills for this non-homestead tax.

This request will not affect the millage rate for the home owner and their primary residence. Where and When can I vote? Voting will be held at each township’s polling location as in all general elections. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Absentee ballot information – If you will be out of town on the day of the vote, are physically unable to attend the polls, or if you are 60 years of age or older, you may vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballot applications are no longer available through Northwest Community Schools Administration Office; they are available through your township’s election officials.

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If you would like more information concerning the ballot language, contact me by calling 517-817-4725, or visit our website at www.nwschools.org.

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Northwest Community Schools – The Direction of Greatness!

Middle School News......11-13,16-18

We are….Northwest!

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Go Mounties,

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Geoff Bontrager, Ed.S. Superintendent

NW Gold Club Anyone over 65 will get in

FREE to NW Athletic events. For information on joining the Northwest Gold Club, please call Sabrena Jenkins at 517-817-4754 or email sabrena.jenkins@nwschools.org. Anyone who had a Gold Club Card prior to 2012-2013 school year is grandfathered in for the reduced admission. (We are making these changes to be consistent with league procedures and policies.)


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NORTHWEST COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday

The Northwest Community Health Center operated by the Center for Family Health opened at Kidder Middle School on September 16, 2013. In the past year, more than 1,200 people have received services. The health center is open to all kids and adolescents who are 21 years old or younger. The health center operates like a doctor’s office providing the following services:

• Physicals/Well Checks • Immunizations • Sick Visits • Counseling • Medicaid Enrollment The health center is convenient for parents. Students who attend KMS, Northwest High, or Northwest Alternative may use the health center without an adult present if their parent or guardian has given permission. It is open all year round.

Please contact the health center for more information by calling:

(517) 569-3200

MOUNTIES ON THE MOVE 5K  7TH ​ ​ ANNUAL   

 

 KIDS’ FUN RUN & FITNESS GAMES 

   ​Saturday, May 21, 2016  Northwest Coordinated School Health’s 7​th​ Annual 5K & Kids’ Fun Run  Non­Competitive Community Fitness Run/Walk   Free Inflatable Bouncer Maze for Kids  Free Healthy Snacks & Face Painting  Free Picture with the Mountie   Participant Name:___________________________ Walk $6   Run $6   Kids Fun Run $3                 T­Shirt Opt.  $10 Extra:  Adult  S__     M__     L__     XL__     XXL__     YS__     YM__     YL__    Participant Name:___________________________ Walk $6   Run $6   Kids’ Fun Run $3                 T­Shirt Opt.  $10 Extra:  Adult  S__     M__     L__     XL__     XXL__     YS__     YM__    YL__    Participant Name:___________________________ Walk  $6  Run $6   Kids’ Fun Run $3                  T­Shirt Opt.  $10 Extra:  Adult  S__     M__     L__     XL__     XXL__     YS__     YM__    YL__   Participant Name:___________________________ Walk  $6  Run $6   Kids’ Fun Run $3                  T­Shirt Opt.  $10 Extra:  Adult  S__     M__     L__     XL__     XXL__     YS__     YM__    YL__ 

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*Shirts Guaranteed Only if Submitted by May 4th, 2016

Phone:​_________________________  Email:​_____________________________________________________________  General Release: ​I know that strenuous exercise is a potentially hazardous activity and that I should not enter this event unless I am medically able and properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to my ability to safely complete the race. I assume all risks associated with participating in this event including, but not limited to, falls, contact with other participants, the effects of the weather, traffic, and the conditions of the road/trails, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. Having read this waiver and knowing these facts and in consideration of your accepting my entry, I, for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release the race organizers, Coordinated School Health Committee and Northwest Community Schools and all of it's employees, representatives, or agents, and all sponsors, their representatives and successors, from all claims and liabilities of any kind arising from my participation in this event, even though that liability my arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the person(s) named in this waiver. ​I understand that bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, in-line skates, and animals are not allowed in the race and I will abide by these restrictions.

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No r t h We s t Pr e Sc hooL & C h I L d car e is now enrolling;

for the 2016-2017 school year! Northwest Preschool and Childcare Center offers:

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Half day 3 year old preschool (children must be 3 by September 1 and potty trained) Half day 4 year old preschool(children must be 4 by September 1 and potty trained) Full day 4 year old preschool(children must be 4 by September 1 and potty trained) The Great Start Readiness Program (A state funded preschool program for 4 year olds. Families must qualify for this program.) Childcare for 3 and 4 year olds before/after preschool Call (517) 817-4741 Before and After School Care for Elementary Students for more information on any of our programs

or to schedule a tour.

for the 2016 Summer Program!

The Summer Program runs from June 13-August 18. The summer program is for children ages 3-12 years old. During the summer program children will experience: •Weekly Themes •Art Projects •Outdoor Activities •Science Projects •Field Trips

Call (517) 817-4741 for more information on the summer program at Northwest!!! 4 | Spring 2016


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Infant and Toddler Program!

The Infant/Toddler Program is a year round program for ages 6 weeks to 3 years old. Full Time and Part Time Positions are available NOW!!!! Space is limited. Mahlyn and Nolan snowman.

Start Your Child’s Early Education With the Best

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Mahlyn, Carter, and Sylus dress up.

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Mrs. Forner’s class now has alternate seating thanks to Donors Choose.

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Mrs. Forner’s students can choose to work standing or sitting by purchasing a tall table.

Teachers are always looking for creative ways to fund classroom projects and many classrooms at NWEE are getting support from www.DonorsChoose.org. Donors Choose is a non-profit organization that allows teachers the opportunity to create projects for their classroom that need funding or materials. Once the projects are approved, teachers can promote their projects on social media and by e-mail to friends, family, and community members. Donors have the opportunity to donate directly to a project or give a teacher a gift card for future projects. Mrs. Caldwell, Mrs. Frederick, Mrs. Macomber, Mrs. Hammond, Mrs. Forner, Mrs. Moore, Ms. Cook and Mrs. Caster have all had classroom projects fully funded this year. Grant amounts vary from $393.00 to $1,048.00. The grants have been written for items such as alternative seating for students (stand up desks, lap desks, sit spots, bean bag chairs are a few examples), readaloud books, STEM materials (Legos, KNEX, boogie boards) and math/science manipulatives. Thank you, community members and parents for supporting our classroom projects!

Mrs. Forner’s student reads on new bean bags purchase as part of class project for alternate seating.

Mrs. Moore’s students build with Tinker Toys.

Mrs. Moore’s Class plays on Boogie Boards donated as part of a project.

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Mrs. Moore’s students connect magnets to form shapes with materials from STEM projects.


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Energizing Education It is not just about reading NW is a wonderful place

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Energizing Education has had a fantastic 2015-2016 school year. With our new facilities we have doubled the space for mentors and students to work together. Our Family Fun Nights were as fun as ever and again, the new facilities make it all the better. We had a Family Night once a month and all students K-2 and their families were invited. Our Family nights included Chocolate Night, Game Night, and Around the World. Students and families were able to enjoy a meal, activities, books and time together. We have almost 60 visits a week from mentors but there is always room for more.

Think you may want to be a mentor? Want to know about Energizing Education?

Mentors Matter

Contact us at the following: http://energizingeducationjackson.org Charlie Miller at 517-990-6070 or energizingeducationjackson@gmail.com

Mentoring changes lives

Energizing Education on Game Night Fun

Our Volunteers are the best!!

The McCall Family at Chocolate Night

Recipe Book Making

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Zumba

NW Early Elementary hosts a Zumba Fitness class open to the public on Mondays and Thursdays from 4-5 pm in our NWEE gym for a cost of $5.00 per class. In the fall of 2015, this class was born from an idea to help fund the newly established Yearbook program by Mrs. Moore, Kindergarten teacher. She approached Mrs. Keathley, 2nd grade teacher, who is also a certified Zumba instructor. Since then, the class has lifted off and shakes off 400+ calories and 6,000+ steps per class! In addition to purchasing 3 digital cameras for the Yearbook, the money is gifted back to the school and has helped to fund various health and wellness projects including: • Assisting families who have children with chronic illnesses • $1,000.00 donation to help fund NWEL playground!! • Participation ribbons for our Turkey Trot 5K at NWEE Currently the gym is rockin’ with an average of 15+ participants, per class. But, there’s room for more! We are excited to see what other great things this Zumba group can do for their own health and well-being while blessing others at the same time. Special thank you to Leslie McIntosh for being the clipboard manager and one of our most consistent participants

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Mrs. Dillon’s gym classes participated in Jump Rope for Heart in February for the American Heart Association and raised almost $8000 for this very worthy cause! The top 6 money raisers were:

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Connor Souders (Mrs. Hammond) $520.00

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Olivia Grove (Mrs. Jacobs) $275.00

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Peyton Hughey (Mrs. Louagie) $250.00

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Olivia Gloar (Mrs. Robarts) $221.00

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Crispin Oglesby (Mrs. Forner) $205.00

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Jaxon Gerding (Mrs. Louagie) $200.00

Many, many thanks to all who helped raise money for the American Heart Association.

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Thank You!!

Northwest Community Schools would like to thank Northwest Kiwanis Club for their generous donation of 6 bikes to each NW Early Elementary and NW Elementary for Reading Month. Local Police Officers donated bike helmets to go with each bike also. Thank you for being a part of our community and supporting our students.


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March was reading month and Northwest Early Elementary was fortunate enough to have author Maria Dismondy visit on March 17, 2016. Maria enthralled our students with her ability to actively engage them in learning the writing process as well as sharing with them the “secrets” in her books. Maria has many children’s books published and all of them have a central theme using different character traits, such as kindness, empathy and acceptance. Maria shared with parents the importance of literacy and reading and gave practical advice on how to achieve this in today’s busy world. The parents shared how they loved what Maria said and that they walked away with things that they could implement that day.

Author Maria Dismondy

Maria answering students questions about writing.

Maria Dismondy Parent Night

Thanks to our NW PTO, NW Title One, NW Kiwanis and local police officers for donations to help make our March a successful Reading Month.

Author Maria Dismondy and student during assembly.

Maria and Mrs. Moore’s Kindergarten class.

Maria Dismondy with students.

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Carson Scholarship

Nomination Matthew Slaby

Northwest Elementary is proud to announce that Matthew Slaby, son of Barb and Dennis Slaby of Rives Junction, has been nominated for the Carson Scholarship Fund program. Matthew is a fourth grade student in Mrs. Service’s class. This is the first year NWEL has participated in the Carson Scholars program which honors students in grades 4-11. All nominees must have a GPA of 3.75 or above and demonstrate humanitarian qualities in their schools and communities through volunteer work and community service. If chosen, Matthew will receive a scholarship award of $1000 held in trust until he attends college. The fund was founded in 1994 by pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson and his wife, Candy. Matthew Slaby enjoys reading! He has stated how much he likes to learn new words through reading which he can then incorporate into his writing. Non-fiction weather-related books pique his interest as well as realistic fiction. To quote Matthew, “I like books. Interesting books drag me into the story.” From an early age, Matthew has been conscientious and committed to his education. He truly does his best on a daily basis and takes every opportunity to learn. His hand is always raised and he not only provides the correct answer but gives examples and relates the topic to real life situations. He shows enthusiasm for learning and flourishes when helping other students learn.

He displays higher level thinking skills beyond his years. At one point he developed a great interest in origami and devoured many library books on the subject. He taught himself this art, designed his own paper stunt plane, created instructions and then duplicated and distributed them so his classmates could make their own planes! Matthew consistently shows kindness, friendliness and responsibility. His trustworthiness and dependability are always evident. He displays compassion and acceptance to all, earning him the respect and admiration of the students and staff of Northwest Elementary. Congratulations and good luck, Matthew! Northwest Elementary is proud to have you as our first Carson Scholar Nominee.

NWEL school has recently trained and implemented a peer mediation program on our playground. Carolyn Prebble, Gwenda Kelly and Kristen Olmsted have worked together to create a program that allows students to identify conflict and problems and work toward a solution. These students are known as the “Mountie Crew” and they have volunteered to give up their recess to walk the playground and be available to peers for conflict resolution. Mrs. Kelly, a school counselor interning in our district, has designed and met with students during the last 4 weeks. Students have been trained to coach peers in using “I messages” to resolve conflict. These students are also trained to identify students that are lonely or sad and helps them use “I messages” in order to find resolution. Mrs. Prebble continues her work with students in individual meetings and group meetings to know their value. Mrs. Olmsted is teaching students these same values through the health curriculum as the elementary health teacher. It is a program we believe will grow into an entire cultural change for our playground!

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School Music News

The Northwest Elementary ORFFestra performed as the opening act to the Northwest High School Jazz Band on their annual Chili N’ Jazz Night on Saturday, March 12th. The 4th and 5th grade ORFFestra students worked very hard to prepare for this event, and did a great job to warm up the crowd for the rest of the wonderful music that evening. Thanks to all who made the chili, attended the dinner, and supported this fun event. The Michigan Music Education Association (MMEA) Elementary Honors Choir performed on Saturday, March 19th, 2016. One Hundred and fifty-seven 3rd through 6th grade students from 31 schools throughout Michigan were selected by audition, to perform with this elite group that was directed by Northwest’s own James and Ashley Cumings. The event chairperson for this annual event was Northwest’s Lisa Ebener and thirteen Mounties were selected and participated in the event. Those students were: Marcus Arbrouet, Savannah Barker, Alana Compton, Celia Ebener, Gwendolyn Ebener, Josephine Hackborn, Sarah Niemi, Nolan O’Brien, Melia Piloske, Jayden Potter, Lonzy Robinson, Mollie Robinson, and Kyleigh Tindall. A big thank you to the Northwest community for supporting the bi-annual fundraiser for the Northwest Elementary Music and Physical Education programs! Mark your calendars! The annual Northwest Elementary Spring music shows will be held in the High School Cafetorium on Wednesday, April 27th and Thursday, April 28th. This year each show will feature students from different grade levels in collaboration with one another and including the 2nd graders from Northwest Early Elementary! The Wednesday 5:30 show includes the classes of Caster, Cook, Willcock, Wanless, Snyder, Bartlett, Carson, Boss, and Robinson. The Wednesday 7:00 show includes the classes of Peek, Rudolph, Patterson, Tinkle, Service, Kujawa, McCord, and Smith. The Thursday 5:30 show includes the classes of Page, Keathley, Schroeder, Burmeister, Brown, Kinney, Morgan, and Lowden. The final show on Thursday at 7:00 includes the classes of Brooks, Alexander, Grant, Potter, Garcia, Murray, DeVries, and Bivens. This concert is a showcase of music from around the world and is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!


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Reading Apprenticeship Students in Mrs. Campbell’s 7th grade Science class are using Reading Apprenticeship strategies to tackle tough Science text. First, students read a text related to the topic, then they annotate to help them make connections to the reading. Once that is completed, students talk about the article with their peers to bring out key concepts. The next step for the class is to watch several tutorial videos on the subject. While watching, students take notes, write key vocabulary, and draw pictures of what they are learning. The class is using a combination of cell phones and surface tablets to aid in the process. Finally, students synthesize what they learned from the reading and the tutorials to figure out the answer the “I can” statement. In this lesson, students were able to create mathematical representations to describe how the amplitude of a wave is related to the energy in a wave.

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Forgiveness, empathy, and kindness have made their way into our Advisory Classes over the course of the last few weeks. KMS students have been challenged to forgive, walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, and find ways to be more kind. These challenges have been given by the “We change the world” group, a Challenge Day after care committee. They work to keep the momentum of Challenge Day’s goal to celebrate one another alive in middle school buildings around Jackson County throughout the year. Students have done a great job participating in the activities. One particular activity was creating forgiveness trees. After a short video explaining the importance of forgiveness, students had to think about someone they should forgive and write the offense in which they were choosing to excuse on a black heart and then write what they were gaining by forgiving that person on a red heart. It truly was a powerful activity and students embraced the idea and allowed others to experience the power of forgiveness hence the saying, “Kidder Nation is blossoming with forgiveness as they let grudges fade away.”

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Kids2College

The 8th grade students of Kidder Middle School have been getting a taste of their future as the Counseling Department has teamed up with the Jackson College and Career Access Center (JCCAC) to share the Kids2College experience. Starting in January once a week 8th grade students received information to spark thoughts about future decisions. The Kids2College program helps students redefine college by exploring the Six Career Pathways, looking at a variety of careers, assessing student interests using Career Cruising’s Matchmaker, understanding different types of degrees, and taking a close look at skilled trades. They completed all of this in preparation of going on a college visit and manufacturing facility which took place on Monday, March 14th. All 200 plus students boarded one of four buses and headed out to an assigned location consisting of Baker College, Jackson College, Spring Arbor University, American Tooling, Dawn Corporation, Jiffy Mix, and Technique. All four tours were organized and set up by Amanda Norris from the JCCAC who did a phenomenal job informing the students on skilled trades on two different occasions prior and then making sure we had an optimal experience on our tours. The purpose of the tours and overall program is to expose students to as many different opportunities and career choices as they enter high school and begin pursuing their Career Pathway. We recognize that the college experience will be something different for everyone but hope to help them discover a career that not only fully encompasses their skills and talents but is something they truly love to do.

National Geographic Geography Bee In November every Northwest Kidder Middle School student participated in the National Geographic Geography Bee during their Social Studies class. The seven Preliminary Rounds of questions were designed to test a student’s knowledge of geography. The grade level winners of this Preliminary Round advance to our KMS School Bee competition. Our top 10 participants included: Sixth grade: Ethan Anspaugh, Landon Rambadt, and Spencer Rieman Seventh grade: Margaret Collier, Mason Cox, and Zach Wenman Eighth grade: Victoria Fex, Isabelle Pierce, Connor Schefferly, and Molly Williams On Friday, January 15th, our outstanding geographers gathered in the KMS Media Center for the Final Rounds of questioning. Based upon the Final Round of questions, we have determined our top three student geographers First Place: Molly Williams Second Place: Zach Wenman Third Place: Margaret Collier Molly will take the State Qualifying Test to see if she will be eligible for the state level of competition. We will be excited to learn if Northwest KMS will be represented at the state competition in April. Please join Northwest KMS in congratulating our outstanding geographers.

Milton Rehberg 7/8 Grade Social Studies Teacher KMS Social Studies Department Chair

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7th Grade Ghana Activity Recently all 7th grade students had the opportunity to participate in an activity demonstrating the silent bartering process of ancient Ghana. Students had to make the difficult trek across the Sahara Dessert, pay their tribute of gold to the tax collector and then begin trading. The students were trading salt for gold, two natural resources that were important to people of the time. Pictured are students simulating the trading process. The buyer and the seller would not face each other directly, but would barter silently by leaving their goods and offers of trade.

Trey Bush is collecting the taxes from the salt traders as they enter and leave Ghana.

Homeless Act Provides for Students in Need In these tough economic times, the needs of our school community are greater than ever. The passage of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act allows us to provide assistance to families and students dealing with homelessness. This assistance could be in the form of transportation to and from school, free meals, academic help, field trip and other school fees paid, and so on.

A student is considered homeless if one of the following categories is met: n Living on the street or in a car or abandoned building, etc. n Living in a shelter such as Inter-Faith or AWARE. n Children placed in foster care are considered homeless for the first 6 months they are in the system. n Doubling up -- Children and immediate family who have moved in with another family or relative. n Hotel, Motel -- people who live in welfare sponsored rooms or rooms in hotels/motels. If you know of a family that might qualify according to these guidelines, please contact your school counselor or Paul Scholz, District Homeless Liaison Coordinator at 817-4702.

Families and students in need should be aware of governmental support for the advancement of a student’s education through an initiative referred to as the McKinneyVento Act. Any student who has had their living situation disrupted or strained might find financial assistance through this governmental program developed for assisting students in completing school. Students qualify if they and their family live with another family; or if they themselves live with another family; or if they are living with an extended family member due to financial considerations. Basic needs for assisting students in the task of attending school are areas where assistance might be granted: Summer school; additional course requirements; field trip costs; and even food and gas (as appropriate) are areas where support may be provided. Contacts for this resource are set up in each school building and are coordinated through the office of Alternative Education, 517-817-4702. Northwest’s McKinney-Vento Liaison is Paul Scholz 517-817-4757; Principal at Northwest Alternative High School since 1998. Mr. Scholz also served as a family and group therapist, counselor, and court liaison for Starr Commonwealth Schools from 1976-1998 and was a Certified Social Worker for the State of Michigan from 1981-2010.

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Mountie Greatness Begins with Northwest Northwest Preschool and Childcare Center is licensed by the State of Michigan and has served many families in Jackson County since 1984. Here at Northwest Preschool and Childcare Center, our goal is to provide a safe, respectful and positive environment for all children. Northwest Preschool and Childcare Center offers a variety of programs for families in Jackson County.

Infant and Toddler This program is for our smallest Mounties from 6 weeks of age to 3 years old. Our infant and toddler program teachers have specialized training to make sure that they are not only providing exceptional care but are also establishing the foundation of the learning process that will allow each infant and toddler to start on observing their surroundings, to retain information they gain from their daily experiences, and to establish relationships with others. In this program our small Mounties work daily on social, gross motor, fine motor, sensory motor, language, social, personal, and cognitive skills. Lesson plans are planned to meet the skills and interests of each of the infants and toddlers. Our staff is highly trained and certified to work with our infants and toddlers.

Childcare Program This program is designed for three and four year old students for before and/or after preschool. Our experienced and very nurturing childcare staff runs a very structured program that continues to work on kindergarten readiness skills that were introduced in preschool. Students experience engaging daily projects, free play and outdoor activities.

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Preschool Infant and Toddler Center 3 Year Old Preschool The three year old program is designed for children who are three years old by September 1st and are potty trained. Our two day a week program is filled with a variety of hands on learning opportunities. The three year old teachers are certified preschool teachers that run a very structured and consistent daily schedule for our Little Mounties. Three year olds focus on cognitive, fine motor, social, gross motor, premath, prereading, and language skills with fun, exciting, hands on experiences. Lesson plans are designed to meet student interests along with introducing kindergarten readiness skills.

Youth Care Program This program is designed for our young elementary aged children who need care before and/or after school. Students experience a structured program that offers daily art projects and gross motor activities.

Summer Program This program is designed for children ages 3 to 12 years of age. Summer program runs from June till August. In this program, children participate in weekly themes, art projects, science projects, a variety of outdoor activities, and field trips. www.nwschools.org

4 Year Old Preschool The four year old program is designed for children who are four years old by September 1st and are potty trained. In our four year old tuition programs, Northwest offers either a full day four day a week program or a half day four day a week program. The four year old teachers are certified preschool teachers that run a very structured and consistent daily schedule for our Little Mounties focusing daily on independence and confidence in kindergarten readiness skills. Lesson plans focus on student interests along with cognitive, fine motor, social, gross motor, math, reading, and language skills with fun, exciting, hands on experiences. Our preschool students graduate from our preschool program with all the tools they need to be successful in kindergarten and beyond.


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Kidder Middle School has SCRATCH!!! Not the itch, but the computer coding language. For the past seven weeks, twelve students have been staying after school for two hours on Thursdays to learn the computer coding language known as Scratch. The students spent the first week exploring the basics of the language. Since then they have experimented with creating a game of their own, complete with animation and sound! They select script blocks and connect them to control the character known as a sprite. You hear comments like, “This is so cool!” and “How do I make my sprite do . . .?” as they work on their game. At the end of each class they have the opportunity to try out the games created by the others.

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SPELLING Bee Winners

6th Grade 1st and 2nd Place Carli Hammond and Chloe Laird

7th Grade 1st and 2nd Place Suvel Muttreja and Raelin McMichael

Congratulations to our KMS Spelling Bee winners! In 6th grade, Carli Hammond earned first place honors and Chloe Laird came in second. In 7th Grade, Suvel Muttreja was our first place winner, and Raelin McMichael placed second. In 8th grade, Isabelle Pierce took first place, and Jordan Sheely came in second. Our winners, Carli, Suvel, and Isabelle, headed to the countywide spelling bee to represent Northwest on March 16th at Western Community Arts Center. Great job to all of our participants!

8th Grade 1st and 2nd Place Isabelle Pierce and Jordan Sheely

Leo Club Comes to Kidder

Northwest has now accomplished their dream of having a chapter of the Leo Club here on the campus of Kidder Middle School. The Leo Club is sponsored by the Lion’s Club and is a middle school/high school version of the club that is student led and whose primary purpose is leadership, experience, and opportunity. The organization uses community service to grow and develop its leaders and to develop the character of its members.

We have been working with area leaders Denny and Vicki Lautzenheiser for the past few months to realize the possibility of a Leo Club here at Kidder Middle School and last week we had our first organized meeting where we voted on a name for our group, elected officers, set our meetings for the remainder of the year, and discussed possible service projects the group could undertake in the weeks and months ahead. Below are the elected officers of Northwest Leo’s for the remainder of the 2016 school year:

President-------------------------Meg Moffitt Vice President-------------------Kaylee Truszkowski Secretary-------------------------Maeya Beach Treasurer-------------------------Jozie Bontrager Directors-------------------------Lucy Nurkka, Kelsie Gariety, Morgan Hanchett

The group’s sponsor from the middle school is Doug Blume but the group will be working with Mr. and Mrs. Lautzenheiser to establish their monthly meeting agendas. If you have any community service opportunities or ideas, please contact Mr. Blume at 517-812-4703 or at doug.blume@nwschools.org.

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Kidder Middle School Bands Earn Top Scores at Band Festival On March 4th, the Kidder Middle School Concert and Symphonic Bands, under the direction of Mrs. Sherry Dopp, performed at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra District Festival, held at Jackson High School.The Concert Band performed Marchus Maximus, Eclipsys, and Quest for the Mountaintop, and was the first band on the program for the day. These students earned a 1st Division overall rating for their concert performance from the panel of three judges. Then they proceeded into the sight-reading portion of the festival where they were given five minutes to study and discuss the piece, without playing, and then perform it. They also earned a 1st Division rating in sight-reading and the judge was very impressed with every portion of their preparation and had many fine things to say about our students. For many of these band members, this was their first experience going to band festival. The Symphonic Band performed later in the day, playing March Zuma, The Colorado Trail, and Knights of Destiny. This group impressed the judges with their fine overall sound and musicianship. A 2nd Division rating from the panel of concert judges was awarded to Northwest Kidder Middle School Symphonic Band. In sight-reading again, the judge had wonderful things to say about the fine job these students did in studying and performing the music, with only five minutes of preparation, earning another 1st Division rating. Northwest Community Schools can be very proud of these fine student musicians and the way they represented our Mountie Nation to the community. Special thanks go out to all of the parents, families, and friends who showed their support by attending the festival. The next performance for these groups, as well as the Beginning Band, will be at the Middle School Collage Concert on May 19, which will be held in the High School Cafetorium. The bands and choirs of Kidder will combine for a wonderful evening of music. All are welcome to come and support the fine efforts of these young musicians.

Kidder Middle School Reality Fair

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On Thursday, January 28, 2016, Kidder Middle School hosted a Reality Fair in conjunction with Junior Achievement, CP Federal Credit Union, and Jackson College. 7th and 8th grade students in Mrs. Delbridge’s Family and Consumer Sciences classes participated in a collaborative community project in which they learned about financial literacy and career exploration.

The Reality Fair was intended to assist students in seeing the realities they will face in making financial and career decisions throughout their lives. Students were given envelopes that contained a job title and a salary that would assist them in making financial decisions. Students had to make decisions in regard to purchasing a car, housing, insurance, groceries, and other incidentals. Students visited stations and had to choose 1 option out of 3 potential options. This project proved to be very beneficial in assisting students to understand the value and expense of making financial and career decisions.

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National Junior Honor Society

We are excited to announce that Northwest Kidder Middle School is starting its own chapter of a National Junior Honor Society. This year we welcomed twenty-four seventh grade members. These students were recognized for their academic abilities by maintaining a 3.5 GPA or higher; they were also selected based on their strengths in the areas of leadership, character, citizenship, and service. Next fall we look forward to expanding the program to both seventh and eighth grade students. Please welcome and congratulate the following members:

Kaleb Gattshall Brayden Schefferly Raelin McMichael Manvir Bamrah Kara Clingerman Ethan Hoornstra Danielle Louagie Lucas Arbrouet Colin Degenfelder Zach Wenman Evan Hutchins Brynn Tatar Nolan Hughey Carter Garcia Lucy Nurkka Benjamin Reid Shane Rubert Mackenzie Vanderpool Adam Fuller Jensen Mortimer Ariana Koker Alexcia Swank Jordan Thomas Ashleigh Black

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Band News Albion College Honors Band

Twelve of our students were selected to perform in the Jackson County Honors band on March 29th. Members include:

Caitlin Huber, flute Abby Becraft, clarinet Hailey Baker, bass clarinet Sam Hibbs, horn Nick Grindall, percussion

Congratulations to all of these outstanding

In February, Northwest High School band members participated in 50 events at MSBOA’s District 8 Solo & Ensemble in Haslett on February 6th. Many of these events qualified and performed at Five NW Band Members were State Solo & Ensemble on March 19th in East Lansing. Congrats selected to the Albion College to our participants: Honors Band. They were

District S/E District and

Adam Staudinger Tiffani Schrader Lindsey Huff Peyton Samons Sydney Rushlow Makenna Burman Kayleigh Schulz Victoria Brock Rebecca Smith Christina Leonard Mollie Brausch Madi Huff Zach McEldowney Zach Burkart Sydney Bowler Leah Olmsted Robbie Miller Cody Linsday Kaitlyn Blanton Elijah Pierce Seth Swartout Levi Mills Casey Kennedy Jenna Sexton Emily Sexton Chloe Weisbrod Dustin Anderson Adrienne Fisher Caitlin Huber Alaina White Gabby Streeter Madison Collard Karley Wertzbar Nellie Hunter Allegra Ward

State S/E

Kelsey Murton Paula Crow Meredith Berry Hailey Baker Abby Becraft Brittney Fleming Maddy Brown Katie Arntz Megan Brooks Ashleigh Brown Hailee Danilowsky Luke Hedrich Audri Chenoweth Logan Frewen Austin Richmond Bobby Kampf Dale Wahl Kaelyn Weisbrod Jenna Sorenson Sydney Dreyer Matt Kanalas RJ Fogarty Trent Miller Nathaniel Berry Zach Newhouse Clayton Waterbury Ben Shaw Nik Harwood Mark Warren

Upcoming Performances

Caitlin Huber, flute Dale Wahl, bassoon Abby Becraft, clarinet Paula Crow, bass clarinet Hailey Baker, bass clarinet Nathaniel Berry, trumpet Nik Harwood, trumpet Zach Newhouse, trumpet Shai Case, trombone Alejandra Flores, trombone Jon Sparks, tuba Logan Frewen, percussion

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MSBOA District 8 Band Festival Both Concert Band and Wind Ensemble performed at the District 8 Band Festival held at Jackson High on March 4th and 5th.

The Concert Band performed a great slate of pieces, included Adam Gorb’s piece called “A Little Tango Music.” They received an EXCELLENT (2nd Division) Rating.The Wind Ensemble had a great set of pieces, as well, including Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque.” They received a SUPERIOR (1st Division Rating).

Former Marching Mounties

Former Marching Mountie mellophonist and Drum Major Jaynie Sorenson received the “Champions Award” in her first year with the CMU Chippewa Marching Band. Former Marching Mountie clarinetist and Drum Major Conor Sprunger has been selected as the new Drum Major for the WMU Bronco Marching Band. Former Marching Mountie trombonist and Section Leader Luke Layher traveled and performed with the MSU Spartan Marching Band to the College Football Playoff Semifinals at the Cotton Bowl. Former Marching Mountie trumpeter and Section Leader Mitchell Kops traveled and performed with the U of M Marching Band to the Citrus Bowl in Florida.

JAZZ BAND Thorneapple Arts Council Jazz Festival Friday, 4/29 (Hastings, MI) BAND BANQUET NW Cafetorium Tuesday, May 3rd (6:00pm) Former Marching Mountie Alto Sax and Section Leader Alec Richmond has been appointed a “Squad Leader” in the WMU Bronco Marching Band. SPRING CONCERT NW Cafetorium

Wednesday, May 18th (7:00pm)

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El club de español News Students in “El club de español” heard about two different trips to Spain from Gabe Arthur (Class of 2017) and Aria Ward (KMS student). At the February meeting, Gabe shared his photographs of his trip to Spain to visit Adrian Rodrigo and his family two summers ago. The Arthur family hosted Adrian in the summer of 2013 via a family stay program offered by Intercultural Student Experiences and coordinated locally by Señora Moulton and Señora Klobuchar. Gabe and Señora Moulton told students about the opportunity to host a student from Spain for five weeks during the summer. During the meeting, students also did a “taste test” of two different kinds of plantain chips. Plantains are similar to bananas but slightly starchier, so the chips are similar to potato chips but have about half of the fat. Most students enjoyed the chips and went back for seconds! At the March meeting, Aria Ward shared the story of her 2009 trip to Spain. Aria is enrolled in the HS level Spanish 1 class offered at Kidder Middle School. Students in that class are invited to attend the Spanish Club meetings at the HS. In January 2009, Aria and her sister Allegra (Class of 2016) traveled to Spain with their grandparents and uncle. Their grandfather was born in Murcia, Spain and currently lives in the Chicago area. Aria was a first grader at the time and her teacher, Mrs. Jeanne Bontrager, made a spiral book with lined pages for Aria to take on the 10-day trip. Her assignment was to write a daily journal entry to describe what she and her family did each day. When she returned home, Aria glued in photographs taken on the trip that corresponded to her daily entries. The book is a wonderful and charming keepsake of Aria’s trip written in her first grade handwriting. Following the presentation, students played “Pictureka!” a board game in which players attempt to find various pictures on the illustrated game tiles after picking a “mission” card which tells what items to search for—the “mission” (or task) cards are written in both Spanish and English. If students are interested in learning more about joining the Club, please see Señora Moulton or Señora Kane. The meetings are held after school in room 208, in Señora Moulton’s room. All students who have an interest in the Spanish language and culture are welcome to join. The group usually meets once or twice a month during the school year. Parents and community members who have a connection with the Spanish language via heritage, a career, or travel, and would like to share your experience with NW students, please contact Señora Moulton at Rebecca.Moulton@nwschools.org. We welcome you into our classrooms. ¡Gracias!

Summer Hosting Families Needed

Are you interested in hosting a teenager from Spain this coming summer? We are looking for families to host a student from Spain this summer for five weeks via a Summer Hosting Program offered through Intercultural Student Experiences (ISE) now called Xperitas. ISE is a nonprofit educational organization that offers international student travel experiences focusing on cultural immersion, cultural learning, and using languages to bridge across cultures. This 5-week summer hosting program gives students the opportunity to learn firsthand about the Spanish culture and to share their own culture with their new friends. Señora Moulton, NWHS Spanish Teacher, and Señora Klobuchar, KMS Spanish Teacher, are the local coordinators of the hosting program. This will be the ninth year that the program has been offered to NWHS Spanish students. Students from KMS Spanish 1 (HS level) classes are also eligible to host. Students from Spain come with their own spending money and do carry insurance. The students are interested in improving their English skills and most have had at least two years of English. If you have questions or would like to speak with former host families to hear more about their experience, please let us know. Applications and further details are available on line. https://www.isemn.org/us-hosting/volunteer-host-families.html. Contact Sra. Moulton at NWHS or Sra. Klobuchar at KMS for more information.

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Spanish Class Presentations Two Northwest High School students presented information and photographs to their fellow Spanish 4/5 classmates on their recent trips to two Spanish speaking countries. Gabe Arthur (Class of 2017) shared his photographs from his trip to Spain two summers ago to visit his friend Adrian Rodrigo and his family. Gabe and his family hosted Adrian for five weeks in the summer of 2013 via the local Summer Hosting Program offered through Intercultural Student Experiences. Gabe and Adrian have become life-long friends and Adrian has come to Jackson to visit each summer since his initial family stay. In the summer hosting program, students from Europe come to the U.S. to improve their English skills, experience American culture, share their culture and traditions, and make new friends. The visiting student becomes part of the family and adapts to the American way of life; experiencing its food, activities, and language. Gabe also presented his photographs during a recent Club de español meeting. Makayla Thrush (Class of 2016) presented a photo essay on her trip to Mexico last year. Makayla and her younger sisters (Taylor and Audrey) traveled to the city of Akumal in the Riviera Maya with their parents and grandparents. While staying at a resort located in the Yucatán Peninsula, the family did sightseeing and a variety of other activities including snorkeling and visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site of Chichen Itzá. Seeing the Mayan ruins in person was one of Makayla’s favorite parts of the trip. She also enjoyed being able to communicate in Spanish with the native speakers she met during the weeklong vacation. Bravo and muchas gracias to Gabe and Makayla!

Northwest High School students will be exhibiting in the Jackson County Art Show at Jackson Crossing on Monday April 25, 2016May 1, 2016. The NW display will be located near the College and Career Access Center. Please come and enjoy our magnificent Mountie talent.

2016-17 Yearbooks On Sale

You know how important it is to hold on to your memories. The almost 200 page, full color 2016 edition of the Northwest High School Retrospective is on sale at yearbookforever.com or with Miss Hade in room 106 of the high school while supplies last. Late fees now apply, so the cost of a base yearbook is $75.00 while supplies last. At this time additions (like namestamping, etc.) can no longer be purchased. 2016 yearbooks are expected to be delivered at the start of the 2017 school year.

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Congratulations to the following students for being chosen to display their artwork in the 2nd Annual #JxnArtTeachers Show at ART634. Their work will be on display for the month of March. Congratulations to Samantha Wilcox, Gabrielle Piotrowski, Juan Rayas and Rey McClurg.

Congratulations to Rey McClurg for winning the Calendar Art contest. He won a $25 gift certificate to Target. Thanks for sharing your Magnificent Mountie Talent with us.

Senior Sophie Pohlmeyer created a mobile of life as a foreign exchange student. She included a German flag for her native Germany, an American flag, Youth for Understanding and symbols of her life at Northwest. Sophie donated her mobile to Ms. Scott, NWHS guidance counselor who coordinates classes for the foreign exchange students. Ms. Scott hung the mobile in her office for everyone to enjoy.

Peer Connections Class Adopts a Platoon for Valentine’s Day A special thank you to the Peer Connections classes for adopting a platoon and sending them Valentine’s Day cards and treats. Ms. Dryer’s and Mrs. Dodge’s class teamed up in Ms. Jones and Mrs. Osterbergs room to create cards for soldiers to receive on Valentine’s day. Thank you for your service.

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Mrs. Dodge would like to write a special thank you to Reagan Venhaus, Alumni Chapin Venhaus, Abigail Grenke, and Mercedes Burgess (pictured left to right above) for drawing portraits of foster kids at the annual Christmas Breakfast this past December. Thank you for sharing your magnificent Mountie talent to help others.

Science Olympiad Team

Northwest High School Students Participate in the Memory Portraits Project

Northwest High School’s new Science Olympiad team (Division C) attended their first invitational on February 06, 2016. The students competed against more than 20 other schools in 8 categories. The program is a “premier science competition, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to 7,400 teams in 50 states. Science Olympiad's ever-changing line-up of events in all STEM disciplines exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices.”

A special thank you to the following students for creating a portrait of an orphan from Madagascar as a part of the Memory Portraits project; Robert Dunham, Samuel Palmeri, Gavin Koons, Madeline Hopkins, Samantha Wilcox, Mackenzie DeLadurantaye, and Brooklynne Mayo. (Artist’s work is listed in order from left to right; Brooklynne Mayo’s portrait is not pictured). The portraits are sent back to the orphans as a gift from our Magnificent Mounties.

There are 23 events for students to choose from and each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. From building a bridge, to building a robot arm, to designing a time-keeping device, electric vehicle, designing a video game, astronomy, wind power, green generation, and so much more, the students can find what best fits their skills and have fun competing and making friends from all over the state. If you would like more information on Science Olympiad, visit their website at www.scioly.org or contact Mrs. Drumm at the high school.

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PARTNERSHIP FOR SUCCESS

School districts across the State of Michigan are experiencing significant concerns as families shop around for a school district good enough to service their most precious commodity…their children’s education. Many school districts have watched their enrollments nose dive as they struggle with embracing this new competitive edge to education. Northwest Community School district has embraced this challenge by offering a product far more consumer friendly than their competitors. The Nurtured Heart Approach warms the buildings and a passed bond has allowed educational products to be up to date and viable in preparing students for the future. As a result, families are drawn to this strength for the sake of their children’s future.

Role of Northwest’s Alternative High School Northwest Alternative High School provides a variety of options for families with students facing special circumstances. Open from 7am until 7pm every school day, Northwest Alternative High School has an option for any situation. Many schools have picked up on the e2020 computer based learning option and Northwest Alternative High School bolsters the program with highly qualified instructors in the classroom to help guide the students. A major strength for e2020 is a student can begin a course at ANY time. Not just at semester and marking period beginnings. Gaps in learning are also bridged by this program as a student can pick up right where they left off weeks or months later and not lose any ground due to circumstances beyond their own control. Course offerings are varied with e2020 with almost any course imaginable being offered by the school. This allows variance for students without needing a classroom to be full for the course to be offered.

School Within A School

High school students have the option of taking a second shift class to finish up their high school requirements or to hold onto a job opportunity while finishing up the high school requirements. Also a student who might only need a credit or two to complete high school can finish up in the second shift program while taking on a day time job as they save up for college. This also works for families who have needs at the home making an evening school approach easier for their particular circumstances. No such option would be available for families and their students without the teamwork approach of the entire Northwest Community Schools. Our high school works openly with the Alternative school on scheduling, graduation requirements and class offerings. Northwest Alternative High School has had students take classes not available in the smaller setting (80 students at the Alternative) such as choir, band, gym and art classes. Also, the Alternative school diploma is identical to the regular high school diploma other than the signature of the student’s principal at the time. This cooperative spirit does not exist in surrounding school districts making Northwest unique in its’ interchangeable practices. Northwest has a consumer friendly approach that is BEST for your students.

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Sign Language Class As regulations for instruction continue to increase, credentials by teachers tighten too. 2015-2016 marks the first year language will be mandatory for a student to receive a high school diploma. As a result, Northwest Alternative High School needed a teacher to help fill this requirement. The full service approach of Northwest Community Schools prevailed once again. Ms. Jill Maxwell, from the high school, agreed to work her preparation hour to bring this service to the alternative school students. Not judging students seems to be theme among Alternative students when asked about why her class is so successful. “She treats us just like she wants to be treated herself.” Sophia Gonzalez, Northwest Alternative High School student in the current sign language class. Jill Maxwell teaches sign language to Alternative Education students.

MAAA Historical Perspective

Northwest Alternative has shared a rich tradition with Ms. Osterberg and Ms. Jones’ students. Alternative students have a special strength unique to many others in that they understand disadvantage and struggle. As a result of these strengths, Alternative students work compassionately and without judgment when involved with these particular students. Easter egg coloring, valentine exchanges and Christmas and Thanksgiving treat swapping are weaved throughout each school year between these two populations. Joy Miller, Northwest Alternative High School teacher, coordinates these activities serving to enrich both populations. One year Ms. Miller orchestrated a prom/ dance and was successful in having Red Lobster cater the event held in the old high school cafeteria. Those who have endured the pain of being different than the rest understand how best to work with each other. Again, Northwest demonstrating another weaving of the high school population with the Alternative school students.

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Northwest Alternative High School has fielded a team since the inception of the Michigan Alternative Athletic Association (MAAA) in 2000. Two years they were forced to end the season due to lack of student investment, but have competed in the state tournament for 14 years. During this time, they won two Class B titles in 2000 and again in 2003 when they defeated Saginaw High’s Alternative HS. As the Alternative school concept grew across the state the MAAA was forced to open competition in four different classes…A, B, C & D. Northwest’s Alternative is one of the smaller such schools in the state, ended up competing in Class D and won the next three titles in a row in Class D. This year is their first championship since then. Alternative schools have been closing around the state so only two classes were involved this year. Three Class B titles and three Class D titles. The school won runner up recognition in 2009, 2011 & 2014. It should be noted that teams who have eliminated Northwest over the years have included some high powered programs, Romulus, Southfield and Ferndale…all very large Class A schools. Northwest’s reign was ended significantly by eventual rival, Downriver Alternative School who ended up winning titles from 2010 through 2014. The two teams have won nine of the last eleven state titles. Northwest has been coached by Mark Cavender during this period. His accumulative record pushes the 70% success mark in the fourteen years of coaching.


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Student Honors

Northwest Alternative High School finished their basketball season this year with their sixth state title. Having finished the regular season with a decent 5-5 record, Northwest Alternative High School ran the three game table in the tournament to bring home the Class B Michigan Alternative Athletic Association (MAAA). The team won their play in game with Maple Valley to qualify for the MAAA tourney held in Haslett on Saturday, March 12. Northwest defeated Western and TA Wilson to secure the championship. The team was led by Jayvin Hendricks who had 65 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals in the three game run. LaMarr Green led the team with 10 assists. De’Andre Bryant led a team effort on the boards 2016 MAAA Class B State Championship team with trophy. with 21. Bryant also scored 11 points while securing 6 steals, a pair of assists and a blocked shot. Isaiah Valentine (19), Seth Faust (18), Tariq Foster (17) & Deondre Hardaway (10) also were strong on the boards. Eli Odren scored 27 points and pulled down 10 rebounds while dishing out 8 assists for the tourney. Kennadi Warner scored a pair of points and Akeem Henning scored four points and had a pair of steals to help with the cause. Faust and Odren also contributed a blocked shot apiece.

The following students have received each credit they have attempted for Marking Period #4: Westley Badour, Eli Odren, Jada Littlejohn & Briana Knight (all Honor Roll). Others include: Bryan Bennett, Daniel Cook, Seth Faust, Stormy Gignac, Deondre Hardaway, Emily Jarrell, Briana Knight, Cam’Ron Marlatt, QyJailen Roberson, Trinity Towery Dalton Wing and CiAnne Downard. Students having earned all or more than the allotted credits this school year: Bryan Bennett, Stormy Gignac, Akeem Henning, Trinity Towery, Jada Littlejohn, Briana Knight, Emily Jarrell, Tylor Gibbs and Deondre Hardaway.

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Alternative Ed and High School students work together decorating Easter eggs.

IMPORTANT SENIOR DATES Senior Banquet - Monday, May 23, 2016 @ 6:30pm in the school’s cafeteria Seniors Last Day: May 27, 2016. Ms. Osterberg (High School) & Ms. Miller (Alt Ed HS) work together on the Easter egg project.

Graduation Rehearsal: May 31, 2016 @ 1:30 pm, High School Cafetorium. Graduation: June 1, 2016 @ 7:30pm in the High School Cafetorium.

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Northwest Community Schools 2016-2017 School Calendar As a follow up to the MLive article in January regarding the proposed countywide common calendar, all of Jackson County public school districts were granted the pre-Labor Day start date waiver from the State of Michigan. Therefore, as you'll see below, the student start date for Northwest Community Schools will be Wednesday, August 24, 2016, with the last day of school scheduled for June 8, 2017 (barring any needed makeup days). We are excited for the upcoming school year! We are....Northwest! Go Mounties!! August 2016 S

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