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A Publication of Northwest Community Schools Northwest Community Schools 6900 Rives Junction Road Jackson, MI 49201

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Moving Forward in the Direction of Greatness Winter 2019


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2019-20 Board of Education Shawn White President Brad Wait Vice President Phillip LaMaire Secretary Robert Sayles Treasurer Dan Griswold Nick Rush Craig Staudinger Trustees

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Greetings Mountie Nation! We are very enthusiastic to share with you our new Invest In Northwest program. This program will allow for many exciting investment opportunities for those who are interested in supporting the Mountie Nation. As you may know, traditional school district funding is reliant upon per pupil state allocated resources, which limits the scope of available opportunities and programs that school districts can offer. Therefore, Northwest Community Schools has created a space for an alternative funding source that is a non-traditional avenue for our school district to fund projects that are outside the scope of the operating budget. In January, we will be launching a webportal, Invest In Northwest, that shares success stories of investors, partnerships and private donors making a difference in our community. The five highlighted areas for investment opportunities are: Athletics, Career Readiness, Fine Arts, In the Classroom and Major Projects. We will be sharing success stories of extraordinary partnerships and highlighted alumni who have given back to the community.

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We are Northwest…. Go Mounties!

Alternative High School News������������26 Robotics..................................................... 28

Geoff Bontrager Ed.S.

Foodservice Department News.............. 30 Transportation Department News......... 32

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Expectations of Greatness • At Least 5 Positive Statements to Fellow Staff Members • At Least 10 Positive Statements to Students • Professional Dress for Success Friday RED/BLACK Days • Attending School Events • Picking Up Trash... REALLY! • Talking Positive, Positive, Positive 365/24/7

Mission

“To provide a positive culture that inspires students to achieve greatness”

Vision

Northwest Community Schools “The Direction of Greatness”

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:

• Living on the street or in a car or abandoned building, etc. • Living in a shelter such as Inter-Faith or AWARE. • Children placed in foster care are considered homeless for the

first 6 months they are in the system. • Doubling up -- Children and immediate family who have moved in with another family or relative. • 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. 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 McKinney-Vento 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.

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NORTHWEST COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 6900 Rives Junction Road

Jackson, MI 49201

(517) 817-4710

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS 2020

NORTHWEST COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER The Northwest Community Health Center is a convenient location for affordable medical and behavioral health services for patients of all ages. It is like having a family doctor’s office in R.W. Kidder Middle School. The Northwest center staff conducts physical examinations, diagnoses and treats acute and chronic illnesses, administers immunizations, offers hearing and vision screening, and provides preventive health services and education. Also available at the Northwest center are lab-specimen collection and referrals for evaluation and treatment of illnesses, and injuries not suitable for managing in a school health center. The Northwest center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday year-round. Stop by the center at 6700 Rives Junction Rd. or call 517-569-3200 or 517-748-5500 for an appointment at the Northwest center. The Center for Family Health operates the Northwest center. Any adult or child treated at the Northwest center can utilize the services at the downtown Jackson facility at 505 N. Jackson St., and the Dental Clinic at 500 N. Jackson St. All Center for Family Health locations accept most commercial and government insurance groups, including Medicaid, offer a sliding discount program, and never turns anyone away because of inability to pay.

MONTH

DATE

LOCATION

January

January 13

NEC – Admin. Office Board Room

February

February 10

NEC – Admin. Office Board Room

* March

*March 16

NEC – Admin. Office Board Room

April

April 13

NEC – Admin. Office Board Room

May

May 11

NEC – Admin. Office Board Room

June

June 8

NEC – Admin. Office Board Room

NEC (Northwest Education Center)

All meetings are scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise posted.

* The March Board Meeting will be held on the Third Monday in March due to a calendar conflict.

Minutes:

Minutes of all regular and special meetings are kept on file at the administration office located at 6900 Rives Junction Road, Jackson, Michigan.

Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act As required by the Office of Civil Rights, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”), Northwest Community Schools must notify staff of the OCR-approved Section 504 policies and procedures and notify parents, students, and staff how to obtain hard copies. The District has an updated Section 504 policy, which was approved by the Board of Education. The policy is available on the school district website (www.nwschools.org) under Parent Resources. You can view or print the policy and procedure manual from there. Northwest Community Schools has a District Section 504 Coordinator whose responsibility it is to oversee implementation and ensure compliance on Section 504 records, forms, and procedures; plan and present staff training as needed; consult with district personnel and parents on Section 504. If you have questions about Section 504 or would like the district to provide you with a copy of Section 504 Policy, you may contact our District Section 504 Coordinator, Cari Bushinski. Director of Instruction.

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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires local school districts to ensure that all teachers hired to teach core academic subjects in Title 1 programs are highly qualified. In general, a “highly qualified teacher” is one with full certification, a Bachelor’s Degree and demonstrated competence in subject knowledge and teaching. (Core subjects include English, Reading or Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Foreign Languages, Civics and Government, Economics, Arts, History and Geography.) Parents of children in schools that receive Title 1 funding have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers.


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Northwest Preschool & Child Care News

Northwest Preschool and Child Care had a very successful and busy fall to start the 2019-20 school year. Many classes are close to full capacity and some at full capacity. Our 3 and 4 year old Preschool students are working on learning school routines and following directions. Their curriculum includes lessons in science, math, a letter theme of the week and many other elementary school readiness skills. Our Positive Behaviors Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program that was implemented last Kristy West year in our building is going very well. Many of our students have been Director of Preschool & Child Care “caught” making respectful, responsible and safe choices and have been given our good job Mountie tickets that they put their name on and into their classroom bucket. Each day all of our classrooms pull a name out of their bucket and we announce those names. Once a week we also pull a name out of the classroom buckets and those students get to pick from our PBIS prize cart. We will be having our first center reward this month for filling our center ticket bucket to the first reward line. On October 24th we had a Fall Family Fun Night and Pet Night that was completely free to all our families. We had over 200 kids and adults attend. Kids and their families enjoyed fall themed games. Pizza was generously donated by Klavon’s, donuts and cider and a Pet Station experience that included a baby goat, chickens, bunnies and a very large friendly dog named Stitches were some of the highlights. All classrooms had a Halloween party and enjoyed a costume parade in the morning and in the afternoon. We had some very nice friends from the Administration office bring candy and pass it out to our kids. Our Infant & Toddler and Preschool classrooms continue to see growth and expansion. Our program of care is divided by the following age groups: 6 weeks – 1 year, 1 year – 2 years, and 2 years – 3 years. We appreciate family and community support received already this year and are proud to be a part of the thriving Little Mounties School.

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Northwest Early Elementary News

Northwest Early Elementary Playground Initiative Play allows children at an early age to engage and interact with the world around them. With this in mind, a group of NWEE staff members has formed a committee to raise money for improvements to our playground. In partnership with our Zumba community group, who donated the initial $5,000, our golf scramble event on October 5th raised another $3,661. A HUGE thank you to the many people and businesses who sponsored a hole for this event. Our overall goal is to raise $20,000 by March 2021. This amount will allow us to add a multi-tiered climbing structure. Thank you to our sponsors! We appreciated your support of our golf outing!!

Mark Short Principal

Paula Louagie

Assistant Principal

Northwest Early Elementary had great success with our Fall Conferences. We want to thank all the parents, grandparents and families for coming into the building and meeting with our staff members to support their student’s education. The conferences and continued communication is crucial to academic success. Thank you, parents/guardians, for getting your students to school every day on time when they are healthy. In an effort to encourage “Good Attendance” here at school, we are recognizing both students and classrooms with good attendance. Every student that attends school with a monthly attendance percentage of 95 percent or better will receive a monthly attendance award. For our classrooms, they have been challenged to have 85 percent or better of their students in the classroom every day. For every 10 days that this occurs the classrooms will get to have a special day. ex (Hat day, stuffed animal day, sock day etc.) These days do not have to be consecutive and the challenge will restart at every 10 days earned.

Hampton Funeral Home Sercombe Trucking Susie Mohlman, Sproat Realty Chase Sports Bar Next Step Dance Centre Avery Oil & Propane, Inc. Mack Chiropractic Polly’s Country Market CP Federal Credit Union

Rocky Top CMF Manufacturing NW Red Crushers Learning Fair Griswold Carpet One NW PTO Maximum Gymnastics NW Little League

At NWEE, we have started an online art gallery on Artsonia to share our artwork. Artsonia is the world's largest Art Teacher collection of student art, published by teachers and students from around the world. Parents and family can view the art online, leave comments and order keepsakes featuring the artwork. Our second graders have successfully learned how to use the Artsonia app to upload their own artwork, write titles for their work and are beginning to work on writing artist statements for each piece of artwork they upload. You can visit our school gallery at Artsonia.com! Also, follow our Facebook page @NWEE Art to see what is currently happening in the art room!

Julie Durocher

As the holiday season quickly approaches, we would like to encourage you to take time to enjoy your family. We also would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season. Thank you for your continued support, We Are...Northwest! Go Mounties!

JUNIOR MOUNTIE MEGABOTS A small group of students from Northwest Early Elementary are on a journey of discovery as a part of our inaugural FIRST LEGO League Jr Robotics team! Led by Mrs. Forner and Ms. Caldwell, these students meet once a week to complete tasks given to them from a challenge called “Boomtown Build”- all a part of FIRST Robotics. They use their imaginations and teamwork skills to brainstorm ideas while designing and creating a town that needs more space for its growing population. Students do research and use hands-on construction techniques to build motorized and non-motorized models using LEGO blocks. They will put all of their creations and ideas together to share their learning at the end of the season expo event in December.

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Northwest Early Elementary Young Fives Classroom We are fortunate to have a strong Young Fives’ program at Northwest Community Schools. Students are taught colors, numbers, counting, letters, letter sounds, healthy habits, how to write their name, sharing, cooperation, kindness, shapes, opposites, feelings, 5 senses, seasons, and so many more concepts that will help give them a strong foundation in their educational journey. Pictured below, you can see several students from Mrs. Macomber’s Young Five classroom. Kaiden Andersen is pictured practicing his name using PlayDoh.

Ryder Flynn is pictured playing Roll a Turkey and practicing his numbers and colors in a game using dice and M & M’s.

Makayla Mossing is pictured practicing her numbers with a fun game of Roll and Cover The Number.

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Jude Kilcher is pictured finding letters in the Sensory Bin filled with rice, beans, and colored sand.

And then, there is Rylee Harrell-Ewers pictured practicing her letters using her bubble gum folder and tracking her goal for the month.


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Northwest Early Elementary PBIS JTV Visit Second graders in Miss Wierzbicki and Mrs. Rudolph’s class spent the month of October and November teaching students, staff, and Mr. Hawley from JTV their PBIS song. Presenting their song in various grade level assemblies and for camera crews for the Bart Hawley Show, students explained the meaning of the lyrics they sing and why it is important to be respectful, responsible and safe at Northwest.

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Northwest Elementary News Dear Northwest Elementary School Families and Friends,

Eric G. Kelly Ed.S. Principal

Fall is here! That means cooler temperatures, disappearing daylight and busy schedules. The upcoming weeks can become overwhelming as families prepare for family gatherings, special travels, and perhaps some shopping outings in preparation for special traditions. As much as we’d all like to feel that we are organized and well-prepared for the upcoming weeks, each family deals with the stress of the holidays in different ways. Oftentimes, children fall victim to later bedtimes, hectic trips to the store for that last item, and sometimes experience first-hand the financial stress that plagues many families during this time of the year. Routines often fall to the wayside along with daily reading practices, consistent homework support, and even family meals. At times families need to make a concerted effort to see that the rush and stresses of the holiday season do not seep into their child’s daily routine and need for consistency.

Aaron M. Bush

Assistant Principal

We hope that you are able to focus on one another this season. We hope that you honor old traditions and make new ones! We hope that you find yourself giving to others and feeling the gift of gratitude as you celebrate the good that is in your family and in our community! All of the staff at NWEL school wish you and your family a joyous holiday season and a New Year filled with promise.

Peer Connections At Northwest Elementary At Northwest Elementary, Mrs. Kennedy’s MICI classroom and fifth grade student council partner in “Peer Connections”. “Peer Connections” gives leadership students an opportunity to work with students with special needs in the MICI program (students with mild/moderate cognitive impairments). Some opportunities include: mentoring, community outings, service projects, activities within the MICI classroom and help with students during swim and music therapy at Torrant Center. Our first meeting this year was a walk to Swiss Treat for ice cream and some playtime outside. They enjoyed talking and getting to know one another! One program they do together is participate in swim/music therapy with Mrs. Kennedy’s students on Fridays at the Torrant Center. They are there to assist Mrs. Kennedy’s students in the pool and help them understand the rules of the pool. Students help with distributing and modeling how to use certain musical instruments. Most importantly is the interaction with each other during the swim and music program. In October, students worked together to assemble “Trick or Treat” bags for the residents at the Jackson Friendly Home. Students then decorated and took home pumpkins that were donated by Susie Mohlman, Sproat Farm Realty. Students worked together to compose “Thank You” notes for her generosity. A service project we did together was to collect donations for “Birthday Boxes”. The fifth grade classrooms donated items to assemble an entire birthday celebration which was packaged and then delivered in a recycled box to the Aware Shelter. This party in a box, includes a birthday cake, candles, party plates, goodies, a birthday present and party decorations. We were able to deliver 12 birthday boxes! Both groups of students enjoy all the activities we do together and benefit from learning about and accepting differences.

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Fox 47 Spotlights Northwest Elementary Kids

These Northwest Elementary School Students were shown in a Fox 47 news feature titled "Kids Around Town. We're proud and excited to see our happy students on television.

Northwest Values "Kindness" Northwest Community Schools has developed the following values to represent what we believe in: Kindness, Relationships, Intentionality, Positivity, and Growth. At Northwest Elementary we strive to stress these values on a daily basis. In this newsletter we want to share how we teach Kindness. If you do a google search on the word “kindness”, this is what you will find: Kindness is a behavior marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and concern and consideration for others. It is considered a virtue, and is recognized as a value in many cultures and religions. It’s fair to say that kindness is a word that children are familiar with at an early age, but with that familiarity is the need to model this behavior regularly. At Northwest Elementary we strive to be kind to each other and model that behavior at all times, even when it is difficult. We also put extra praise and emphasis when we see random acts of kindness, such as helping someone who dropped their belongings, holding the door for each other, and simple “please and thank-you’s”. We are proud of the work our students do both in the classroom and how they represent themselves in the Northwest community.

“Kindness makes a bad day good and a good day better”

Northwest Kidder Middle School News What a terrific start that we have had at Kidder Middle School! It is hard to believe that the first marking period is completed and we are preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our students are doing well in meeting our expectations of being kind, motivated and successful. They have worked really hard both in and out of the Dan Brooks Cory Parrott Principal Assistant Principal classroom. We have celebrated many successes and look forward to many more this school year. We want to encourage you to come and visit our kids and their programs. Our winter sports season is underway and this is a great time to come and support our kids and see a great game. Our bands and choirs will also be performing before Christmas and just like the previous years, these groups are fantastic. We want to thank all of you that attended parent conferences and hope to see you back at school again soon. We hope that all of you have a safe and wonderful holiday season!

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The members of the FORCE at KMS have been busy making a difference. Some of the projects this year so far include assembling and delivering goodie bags and waters to teachers during conference nights, working with students with special needs in Mrs. Mosson’s class, and working the after school activity by providing fun opportunities with games to play which helped raise money for additional projects. They also made table tents for the cafeteria to display on Halloween and handed out candy to students at lunch, created a wall display to recognize students with perfect attendance, and prepared the tree with ornaments for the Adopt-a-Family Program. Some upcoming activities include providing staff with a gift of appreciation for Thanksgiving, helping with the Canned Food Drive in November, wrapping gifts for the Adopt-a-Family Program in December, and finding other ways to recognize staff and students in our building. The FORCE stands for Friendly, Optimistic, Respectful/Responsible, Cooperative, and Encouraging. It is a group of students who develop ways to create unity and connectedness among the student population, at the same time promoting positive school culture by being encouraging and more kind all while having FUN! The FORCE is composed of 6th and 7th grade students. Students meet with Mrs. Holbrook once a week to be challenged and encouraged. These students help promote positive school culture through various school wide projects. Most meetings take place during lunch hours but there are several events after school that FORCE members participate in as well. Goals of the FORCE 1. Meet New People 2. Promote Unity 3. Encourage Others 4. Practice Small Acts of Kindness 5. Discourage Mean Behavior/Bullying 6. Be a Good Bystander 7. Have Fun Giving Back

Student Recognition is one way the Force helps to build positive school culture. This amazing pie is displayed in the cafeteria hallway so students can have a chance to find their names on the wall. A special thanks to Mrs. Saunders for getting the group all the qualifying names, Mrs. Markiewicz for writing all the names on the pumpkins, and Mrs. Sallee (parent volunteer) for supporting the students’ endeavors.

National Junior Honor Society The National Junior Honor Society students have been hard at work this fall giving back to their school and community. At least twice a month five NJHS students go into second grade classrooms and help students work on reading, math, or whatever else the teacher may suggest. These class visits are amazing. Both middle schoolers and second graders look forward to the visits. Eighth grader Teagen Hudgins said, “I like helping them learn and play games.” A big event NJHS students worked on was the Bake Sale at conferences. All proceeds from the sale went to the Be More, For Someone scholarship fund. We were able to raise just over $280. Vanessa Casarez, who helped work the bake sale, reflects, “I liked seeing how big of an impact our group could make by coming together and helping a cause we are all passionate about.” Recently, our group hosted a trunk at the annual NW Trunk’n Treat. This event is always a great success and we enjoy being a part of it. Madelin McPherson said, “National Junior Honor Society is fun and a great society to be in. As a member, I’ve learned many things when giving my time to serve others. Recently, I worked at the NW Trunk’n Treat and found it rewarding to pass out books and candy to kids. Doing service events like this is a great way to spend time with the community."

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Kidder Middle School Choirs! Honors Choir Congrats! Our middle school singers are preparing for a BIG EVENT. They will be singing at the Michigan Music Conference for an audience of Michigan choral teachers. Last Spring, the NWMS Honors Choir was selected, by blind audition, for the privilege of performing at the State Conference. Only two middle school choirs in the State were invited to perform. Kudos to these fine singers.

Honors Choir Rehearing for their BIG EVENT

Apple Pie Thank You! We made over 1000 pies on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. If you do the math, we make 166 pies per hour, 3 pies per minute, and one pie every 33 seconds. What a team. A BIG thank you to all of you who supported the choir program, and we hope you enjoyed your apple pie!

LION KING TRIP Students, parents, and teachers went to the Broadway show, “The Lion King”, in

Grand Rapids. It was a wonderful trip filled with many opportunities. We spent a couple hours at the Grand Rapids museum learning about our Michigan history. After watching the Broadway show, we were able to spend time meeting the “Lion King” performers and hearing about their stories of becoming professional actors and actresses. Lastly, we finished the trip with loads of fun at Craig’s Cruisers. Thank you to all of you who helped make this trip possible.

What Do These Two Pictures Have In Common? Our very own Mr. Cumings (MSVMA Teacher Of The Year) was invited to Texas State University in October to work as a guest clinician with TS choral students and faculty. During his stay he taught a class on the adolescent changing voice, recorded a podcast on choral education, and worked with four college choirs in preparation for their upcoming concert!

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The "Other Side" of Gaming

Mrs. Caster’s computer science classes have been “gaming” in a completely new way...by coding their own interactive game using Javascript and block coding. Students in grades 7-8 have been learning how to code using CS Discoveries curriculum from code.org. The first step in the process was to learn about Javascript as a coding language and to create an interactive card. They learned how to create loops, conditionals, and user controls. In the second half of the unit, the students added to their skills by learning how to create functions, more advanced conditionals, and variables such as “Score” or “Lives.” The variety of games was impressive-ranging from a simple game of collecting fruit to a complicated version of Sega and Donkey Kong. So, how do the students feel about the class? “Honestly, coding class is one of my favorite times in the day.” Matthew Slaby, 8th grader said. Sample Code: function touchesBarrel() { if (mario.isTouching(barrel)) { if (barrel.x == 350) { lives = lives - 1; donkeyKong.setAnimation("barrel_throw"); barrel.x = 85; } } }

The Outsiders - 8th Grade ELA

Part of the eighth grade curriculum at Kidder Middle School includes reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. This book is a favorite of students. As many parents and families probably know, this book is one that sticks with a person well into adulthood. When asked which part of the book was his favorite, Lincoln Keathley said, “My favorite part of the book is Johnny and Dally’s relationship because Dally doesn’t care about anyone, not even his parents, and he cares about this nobody kid that hangs out with him.” To acknowledge and honor the unique characters found in the book, students decorated a shoe with their name and interests. Madelin McPherson said, "I liked decorating the shoe because it gave us a chance for people to know our story and see us show our creativity about ourselves." After finishing the book students also applied their knowledge of the events and characters to complete a Breakout Box. This challenge was a fun way to wrap things up and every class was able to "break out" and solve all the questions. In addition to these things, students also had fun dressing up as a Greaser or a Soc. If you happen to know an eighth grader, ask them what it means to "Stay Gold."

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Northwest High School News

We have had a great start to the new year at Northwest High School! We have been able to continue to build systems and supports for our students as we continue to grow. We have strengthened our academic opportunities, our social and emotional learning supports, and our career readiness programming.

School improvement continues to drive our decisions as we focus on our academic goals, our whole child goal and our career readiness goal. Our ultimate goal is to provide a school environment where students feel safe and healthy and can grow through finding purpose moving into their career pathway.

Scott Buchler

Building Community Through Inclusion By: Henly Sleight

Northwest High School students from Ms. Jones and Mrs. Osterberg’s classes have joined the partnership with David’s Promise and Compassionate Ministries of Jackson County. Our Northwest students have begun the training process to help serve at our local community coffee house located at 3737 Clinton Road in Jackson. The Table is a great opportunity for our students with disabilities to work in an inclusive atmosphere where people with and without disabilities can grow, build relationships, receive handson employment skills, and serve our Northwest Community. Stop by and say hi to your local barista!

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Amanda Anspaugh Assistant Principal

We are also very proud of our new football field Phil Sczykutowicz that has allowed many more Assistant Principal opportunities for our students and community to utilize our stadium. Our football programs (HS, MS, Youth), our soccer program and Marching Mounties all have been able to take advantage of the new surface. Special congratulations go out to our volleyball program and participants as they won their district championship; first championship since 2001. Great job ladies!

Building Community Through Inclusion The Vista Grande Villa project originated in 3rd hour economics when we had to decide where, as a class, we wanted to provide our services. It was a fist fight between the Cascades Humane Society and Vista Grande Villa for our attention and effort, and by only a few votes, Vista claimed its win. The preparation for this event began right away; we started with a ten minute brainstorm that provided us with an idea of what activities would be the most fun for the residents of Vista Grande Villa. Since the event took place on October 30th, the class decided a Halloween theme would make the most sense. During the event, the class planned on having a food table filled with dozens of spooky themed snacks along with plenty of fun activities for the residents to enjoy. Everything that took place was all provided by the students in 3rd hour economics. The 2 hour event lasted until almost 5 pm and during those hours many different activities took place such as cookie decorating, euchre, shishkaball-(a full size version made by Tyler Webb), Jenga with a joke posted to each wood piece, jewelry making, nail painting, Halloween bingo, balloon volleyball, ghost bean bag toss and other games. All who were able to attend learned something new about themselves or something new about someone else. I learned that doing something great for others feels ten times better than doing something for myself. I loved watching everyone put in so much time and effort to make this a really awesome event for the people of Vista Grande Villa

NWHS would like to say thank you to all of you that have been a continuous support for our students and staff. This includes our community partners, families and NW community. We have felt your love and we strive daily to make sure that it is passed on to all in our building. Feel free to come out and support us at any of our events and activities. It’s a great day to be a Mountie!

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National Honor Society By: Genevieve Marry

We were excited to welcome 40 inductees into Northwest’s National Honor Society November 13, 2019! This brings our membership to 107 active members representing excellent scholarship, character, leadership and at least 2,568 hours of community service each year! Congratulations to our new inductees: John Brennan, Jahmon Barron-Miller, Aspen Tapley, Kaitlynn Sommer, Kaitlin Kaminski, Brogan Buchler, Andrew Staudinger, Carli Hammond, McKenna Long, Carly Woodward, Aaron King, Zach Ives, Khrystine Weesner, Leah Alfred, Jocee Snyder, Lucas Arbrouet, Chloe Hinkley, Rylee Trojanowicz, Emily Pelton, Gabriela Koons, Jaden Manser, Lauren Reid, Reegan Trojanowicz, Malena Gurnee, Olivia Lamb, Danielle Louagie, Madison Coleman, Elijah Haldane, Ethan Anspaugh, Landon Rambadt, Saige Baker, Savannah Anderson, Jadyn Sayles, Julia Warneck, Abbie Sczykutowicz, Micaiah Williams, Carson Cooper, Payton Brooks, Bryce Delaney, and Emily Dubois. We are also excited to announce that we have expanded our annual talent show to include all buildings in the district!!! The talent show is the National Honor Society’s annual fundraiser for cancer patients at Henry Ford Allegiance Health. Funds are raised from the $3 admission at that door and bake sale proceeds-so bring your appetite as well!! This year’s show is scheduled for Wednesday evening, February 5th. We will be scheduling acts from grades K-5 during the first half and 6-12 after intermission (this is dependent upon the number of entries), and any art submissions will be displayed for viewing during intermission. To help with planning, please submit entry forms https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BVDkE7rudbuPj17ZEAbOq_kS6dNxqs1iYjw6fvojva8/edit?usp=sharing ) to each building’s main office by Friday, January 17th. The talent show will be held in the NWHS cafetorium on February 5, 2020 starting at 6PM. Please indicate on your form if you need a later starting time so we can make sure we schedule your act when you can be there with your audience! We hope to see you there! If you or an organization want any assistance from our National Honor Society members, please contact Mrs. Watts by email randi.watts@nwschools.org with service opportunity information. We are happy to help! Opportunities will be posted and announced at our monthly meetings held in Room 500 before and after school on the third Tuesday of every month, except May meets on the 2nd Tuesday prior to our Seniors graduating:) Thank you!

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Calling All Talent! We welcome you to p a r t i cip a t e i n t h e Di st r i ct Wi d e Ta len t Sh ow! Name:_________________________________ Talent:_________________________________ Music: (If any)___________________________ Teacher:________________________________ Parent name: (through grade 8) ______________________________________ Phone number:__________________________

Artists welcome! There will be a display in the NWHS cafetorium during the talent show. Please turn in this form to each school's main office by January 17th. The talent show will be held in the cafetorium at Northwest High School the evening of Wednesday, February 5th. Please make a copy of your music on a flash drive or provide a link on the application so we can organize music prior to the final show. Please make sure your talent and music is school appropriate. Performance time is potentially limited to 90 seconds depending on the number of participants. If there is a special circumstance please contact Randi Watts at 517-812-7465. The talent show is the National Honor Society’s annual fundraiser for cancer patients at Allegiance–funds are raised from admission donations of $3 at that door and bake sale proceeds-so bring your appetite as well!!!

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College and Career Ready by Randi Watts College and Career Readiness Coordinator NWHS

It has been a busy fall for students preparing to be college and career ready!! All students had the opportunity to tour colleges on three different days. Thank you to Crossroads Convenience Stores who sponsored our transportation to Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo Valley Community College on Sept. 12th, Washtenaw Community College and University of Michigan on Sept. 26th, and Michigan State University and Lansing Community College on October 14th. The College and Career Access Center also took all of our junior class on the Juniors Over the Local Circuit college visit, where students toured and listened to presentations at Baker College, Jackson College, and Spring Arbor University in October.

day, we held two FAFSA/Application open lab nights at the high school in October with Sydney, college reps, and staff available to assist parents and students with the college application and financial aid process. Parents and students can also contact the College and Career Access Center to make individual appointments for help with this process any time during the year. THE FAFSA APPLICATION OPENS OCTOBER 1ST EACH YEAR and should be completed no later than March 1st. This information can also be found on our College and Career Readiness Website on our District In November, we held our annual Find web page: Your Future Fair organized by Mrs. Abby Tanner. This event brought alumni and other professionals to our school to meet with our students to discuss careers in every pathway giving them a glimpse into what their future work day may look like in the careers they choose to pursue. It is always held the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. We invite everyone to come and share their career story! The sign up form is circulated in October so let us know if you would like to share your story next year! Sydney Brown, from the College and Career Access Center is at our high school every Tuesday and Friday to help students with their FAFSA, college applications, and scholarships. Her contact information is 517-990-0671 or email her at Sbrown@ jacksoncac.org. We meet during Focus Time every Tuesday and Thursday to review yearly tasks students can be working on as they prepare for their next steps after high school. In addition to time during the school

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Information about our job shadow and externship programs are on the website as well as links to many helpful sites for scholarships, financial aid, military information, and job/career sites. Parents, if you have a student in high school, please make sure you are signed up for the appropriate “Remind� account, and students should be signed up for classroom and Remind: Contact our guidance counselors or email randi.watts@nwschools.org for more information!


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September College Tours

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Northwest Bands Marching Band Season a HUGE Success!

The 2019 Marching Mounties wrapped up their season with an outstanding performance at the MSBOA (Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association) District VIII Marching Band Festival. The Mounties came home with another SUPERIOR rating!

Mounties Travel to Western Michigan University Four Marching Mounties performed with the WMU Bronco Marching Band on September 14th. Leah Atwood, Kaleb Murton, Matthew Niemi, and Lauren Reid worked with the BMB and performed at the halftime show of their Division 1 college football game. It was a special experience for Mountie freshmen alto sax player Kaleb Murton, who was able to share the field and perform with his sister… Mountie alumna and former Drum Major Kelsey Murton!

Kaleb Murton and Kelsey Murton

Kaleb Murton, Leah Atwood, Matthew Niemi, Lauren Reid

Wind Ensemble Trumpeter Performs with Olivet College Honors Band Sophomore trumpet player John Brennan performed with the Olivet College Honors Band on Friday, November 8th. John regularly performs with the Northwest Wind Ensemble and was selected to take part in this special honors band.

Northwest AP Psychology Class

Students in Miss Dryer’s AP Psychology class participated in a tasty experiment during their Sensation and Perception unit. Students rated a variety of foods for sweetness and sourness levels, including lemons, limes, strawberries, ketchup, apple-cider vinegar, and salt and vinegar chips. After their initial taste-test, students enjoyed an “M-Berry” tablet, which coats the tastebuds, temporarily changing their shape. This changed shape allows the taste receptors to perceive sour flavors as being far sweeter. Students then re-tasted each food and adjusted their rating based on their newly enhanced perception of flavor. After the tablet, the lemons and limes got two thumbs-up and were the class favorite. They also liked the strawberries, which they described as tasting “like strawberries rolled in sugar.” The ketchup, apple-cider vinegar, and chips all tasted much sweeter as well. The flavor sensation only lasts about twenty minutes, but they made the most of it! In addition to taste testing, the students in AP Psychology also created children’s books about each of the senses. They are sharing these with their friends in Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Osterberg’s MiCI and MoCI classrooms. It’s a great way for both groups to learn more about how our senses work. AP Psychology is a rigorous, full-year elective course offered to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students who take the AP test at the end of the year can potentially earn college credit.

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Annual Halloween Inclusion Activity The classrooms of Ms. Dryer, Ms. Jones and Mrs. Osterberg had another successful Halloween celebration in October. This annual event allows these classrooms to participate in an inclusion activity and promote friendships while celebrating Halloween. The students had donuts from Young’s Apple Orchard, cider to drink and made a special Halloween treat. This has become a tradition between our classrooms that provides opportunities for students from the general education setting to be introduced to students in our Peer Connections classes. Thank you to Ms. Dryer and her students for joining again this year. Go Mounties!

Be More Kind By Becky Moulton & Marnie Hade

The Be More Kind group has been meeting twice a month at the high school. The goal of the group is to create and participate in activities and events that make students and staff feel welcome in our school community. This is a student driven club so students are welcome to bring their ideas. The group believes that “Everyone can make a difference!” During the year, BMK members plan and initiate a variety of events and activities. The Be More Kind program has several committees within it. For example, students work to encourage their peers to become involved in after school events through a Super Fan program that rewards participation in clubs, as fans at events from band to choir to athletics and much more. A continuing project is sharing the information about the variety of groups and clubs available to students at the high school. The group has created a set of Google Slides and asked the high school club advisors to compose a slide which explains the purpose of their group and how students can join. The slide deck is updated during the year and the slides are shown during lunch on the big screen in the cafetorium. Working on annual events such as the Hunger Bowl to support local area food banks and the Random Acts of Kindness week helps keep the momentum throughout the year. Be More Kind students have been busy this fall with a variety of projects including supporting the 5th Annual Hunger Bowl in September, planning and running a “Cake Walk” event during the NWHS Homecoming Bonfire Celebration on the Thursday before the Homecomng game. It was a very successful event, with Cake Walk winners receiving a cake of their choice from a wide variety of baked goods donated by community members and business. Dr. Phil Campbell (P.C.) came to NWHS in mid October for an inspirational day which began with a whole school assembly followed by a student leadership workshop for groups of students from Northwest High School, Kidder Middle School, Leslie High School and Middle School, and Jackson High School. All students from NWHS were invited to apply to attend the event. Dr. Campbell also spoke with NWHS and KMS staff during the afternoon professional development time. Be More Kind members supported another school project by baking cookies for the Community Chili dinner fundraiser for the Be More, For Someone Scholarship in October. An ongoing project that came to fruition this fall is the 100 wing girl’s bathroom updates which included new paint and inspirational quotes on the restroom stalls. The group was started several years ago by high school teachers Miss Marnie Hade and Mrs. Rebecca Moulton when the high school participated in “Be the Change” Challenge Day programs over a period of two years. The group continues the momentum of being positive and making a difference at NWHS---keeping the ideas of Be the Change, the Bully Movie Event Day, and Bystander Training going. Students are welcome to attend the meetings which are generally held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Interested students can watch for meeting announcements and see Miss Hade or Mrs. Moulton for more details.

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SPANISH NEWS

In early November, students in Señora Moulton’s Spanish classes enjoyed a visit from Mrs. Carol BrunDelRe from Lansing and Mrs. Vilma Garcia from Antigua, Guatemala. This was the fifth year that the two have visited Northwest. Mrs. Garcia shared information about the country of Guatemala with photographs and maps. Antigua was the colonial capital and is located about an hour from the current capital of Guatemala City. Antigua is a popular tourist destination due to the colonial architecture, hiking and outdoor activities, and the availability of language schools. Students learned about the three volcanoes in the area (one being active on a low level). Following the presentation, students asked questions and then had the opportunity to admire (and purchase) handmade fair trade items made by a group of Mayan women artisans. The Mayan women weavers and jewelry makers are members of a cooperative of highly skilled but very poor women artists. Students enjoyed seeing the fine detail and brilliant colors in the various items, including purses, bracelets, small figures of woven fabric, scarves, and hacky sacks. Mrs. BrunDelRe, a former teacher, developed an organization with Mrs. Garcia, which started in her church in the Lansing area ten years ago called “Educando Vidas” (Educating Lives). Mrs. Garcia, who coordinates the program in Guatemala, comes to Michigan once a year. The program offers support to families in a rural community in Guatemala. Although public school is free in Guatemala, the program helps poor families with the additional expenses of books, school supplies, required uniforms, etc. The cost is equivalent to to $100 US dollars. Many years ago, the BrunDelRe family was a host family for the Healing the Children organization which provides access to medical care for children in need around the world. The family hosted Mrs. Garcia when she was a child and came to the United States for a critical medical procedure which was not available in Guatemala. Mrs. Garcia learned English while she was staying with the family for almost three years. Her English skills have developed over the years and currently she works as a translator for a variety of nonprofits and charity organizations. Their families have kept in touch over the years and together are now making a difference in children’s lives in Guatemala. The feedback from students after a visit like this with a native Spanish speaker is always positive. Students commented that it was very meaningful to learn about typical foods, schools, and other aspects of daily life in Guatemala. 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!

In October, Mercy Bourdet, Alma College Admissions Representative, spoke in Spanish with one of Señora Moulton’s Spanish 4/5 classes about her study abroad experiences as an Alma College student to Peru, Ecuador, and Ghana. She was impressed with the language comprehension skills of our Spanish language students. Mrs. Bourdet also talked about the benefits of world language study including increased job opportunities and higher salary. Señora Moulton and fellow NWHS teacher Mrs. Dede Rush are both Alma College alumni. 22 | Winter 2019


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The Spanish Club “El club de español” has met several times during the fall months. At the first meeting of the year, students talked about what they enjoyed doing during meetings last year and brainstormed activities to help plan meetings for the new school year. Club meetings over the past few years have included culturally related craft and art projects, dance lessons such as salsa and cumbia, “game” days, cooking, and learning new Spanish music. In addition, a variety of guest speakers (including native speakers) have shared their experiences with the students. The activities are student inspired and offer a chance to practice Spanish, get to know other students in other grades, learn more about the Spanish culture outside of the regular classroom setting, and have fun! During one of the meetings in September, students made beaded Mexican flag pins to acknowledge and celebrate Mexican Independence Day. September 16th is considered the anniversary of the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence. Mexico officially gained its independence from Spain in September of 1821 after ten years of war. At meetings in October and November, club members learned more about the holiday “El día de los muertos” and colored images of the holiday. Brightly decorated smiling (not scary) skulls are one of the traditional images for this holiday. The holiday is for remembering and honoring those who have passed and takes place over the first two days of November. Its origins are a mixture of indigenous traditions and a set of Catholic holidays (All Saints Day and All Souls Day). The students from “El club de español” sponsored a trunk at the annual Trunk ‘n Treat event held at the Elementary complex in October. Club members and Señora Moulton donated candy to hand out during the festivities. Before the event started, students decorated Señora Moulton’s car with colorful “papel picado” banners, signs, and encircled it with Dora the Explorer banners. The Dora images are always popular with the young children. This was the ninth year the group has sponsored a trunk at the annual event. A big NW “gracias” goes to the club members and parents for their support. If students are interested in learning more about joining the Club, please see Señora Moulton. Señora Carroll, and Señora Klobuchar (at KMS). Kidder Middle School students taking the Spanish 1 class for HS credit are also invited to attend. The meetings are held after school in high school room 208, in Señora Moulton’s room. The group usually meets 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!

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BrightWalls Mural Festival Mrs. Jessica Crandell, NWEL and Mrs. Julie Durocher, NWEE, stand with their murals at the BrightWalls Mural Festival, Saturday, September 7, 2019.

Ms. Julie Evers, Northwest High School, works on a mural at the BrightWalls Mural Festival with other art teachers from around Jackson County known as #jxnartteachers, Saturday, September 7, 2019.

#jxnartteachers from left to right: Dana VanSumeren - Paragon, Katherine Raume - Columbia Central, Annie Stone - DaVinci Elementary School, Julie Evers - Northwest High School, Linda Kelley - Grass Lake High School, Heidi Rhodes Springport Schools.

Mrs. Jessica Crandell, Northwest Elementary School, works on a mural at the BrightWalls Mural Festival, Saturday, September 7, 2019.

Mrs. Jessica Crandell and Mrs. Julie Durocher volunteering at the BrightWalls Mural Festival.

For the second year in a row, Jeremiah Britton paints a mural at the BrightWalls Mural Festival in Jackson with another associate from WeWork, Joe Geis. Jeremiah graduated from Northwest High School in 2006 and is now the Senior Director, Global Art Director for WeWork Projects of Brooklyn, New York. Jeremiah helped to bring the festival to Jackson in 2018 and now in 2019. Jeremiah’s mural, City of Roses, from 2018, is located on the backside of the Grand River Brewery. He is pictured here with his wife and parents. Jeremiah’s mom, Mrs. Kimberly Britton, is the Guidance Secretary at Northwest High School.

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NWHS Link Crew The Northwest High School Link Crew welcomed nearly 300 freshmen into the building at the beginning of the year. Sixty-five upperclassmen, along with advisers Lisa Carroll and Sarah Soper, spent the first ½ day of classes in the gym with the 9th graders. They broke into groups and worked on team building and problem solving activities that will help them be successful throughout high school. In addition, the Link Leaders have continued to meet monthly with their 9th grade seminar groups to check in with them. On Friday, November 8th, Link Crew hosted an Ice Cream Social for the 73 students new to Northwest School District this year. All 9th-12th grade students were able to come to the Commons to meet others and enjoy fellowship, ice cream, and lots of toppings!

ARTDepartment Congratulations to Kimberly Snyder, who was chosen to be part of the Art a’ Loan Program at Ella Sharp Museum. Kim’s piece, entitled, Space Beauty, was matted and framed and will be on display at the Craft Agency for one year. After the year is up the work will be returned to her. Congratulations Kim, thank you for sharing your magnificent Mountie talent with us!

Lucy Ludwig participated in the sidewalk chalk competition at the BrightWalls Mural Festival. There were over 30 participants and Lucy won 1st place for her landscape.She received a BrightWalls pin, hat and tote bag. Way to go Lucy! Thank you for sharing your magnificent Mountie talent with us!

All four drawing classes competed for the best InkTober 2019 sketch. The winners were chosen by their classmates. InkTober is a drawing challenge started by Jake Parker that encourages artists to draw every day for the month of October. Congratulations to our NWHS winners this year.

Leah Hanks Mindless InkTober 2019 1st place

Kaylee Kitts Mindless InkTober 2019 2nd place

Piper Darrow Dragon InkTober 2019 3rd place

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Director of Alternative Programming

What’s New at Northwest Alternative High School 2019-20

We have had a busy and successful start of the new year! At Northwest Alternative High School we have several new programs to share with our students. These programs range from career readiness and emotional supports to a schedule change during the day. The career readiness comes from a second year partnership with Michigan Works! with a guest teacher on board for two hours of the day. Mr. Vincent D’Ettorre teaches all of the career readiness skills for our students to be successful in entry level careers upon graduation. He is a dynamic teacher that engages our students in their own futures. Mr. D’Ettorre is also our connection to the work world. He presents work world expectations during seminar time to all of our students. A recent presentation was on cell phones and what the expectations will be in a career setting. He is also assisting our students in creating a cell phone policy for our building. We are very fortunate to have this partnership with Michigan Works! and Mr. D’Ettorre. Emotional supports are huge for our students. We have Family Services and Children’s Aid working with students in our building two days a week. These students benefit from this support emotionally, academically, resulting in increased attendance. Our counselors also help our students with different coping strategies that they put into practice during the day. This is a very positive partnership helping our students reach their potential. A small yet powerful change has been the addition of seminar time. This time is used to pass information along to students so they can make informed decisions. We show different types of data that represents our school and students help staff make decisions about policies. The cell phone policy mentioned is an example of this. This time is also utilized for our Positive Behaviors Interventions & Supports (PBIS) celebrations; our school recently celebrated Mountie Marvel tickets with cider and doughnuts. During this time students can make up work, foster positive relationships, listen to guest speakers, and do restorative practices. This is a great use of a small amount of time in helping to create a positive environment and culture in the building. NWAHS is thankful to have the support and partnerships that we do. We are helping students reach their potential and foster personal growth.

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Great Addition to Northwest Alternative High School! The NWAHS continues to expand its opportunities. This year we are continuing with our second year of partnership with Michigan Works! This year we are happy to welcome Mr. Vincent D’Ettorre as a guest teacher for two hours out of the day. During his time with us he works with students teaching career readiness skills. Vincent has worked diligently in teaching our students how to write resumes, cover letters, and mastering interviewing skills, as well as, exploring different career opportunities. The Michigan Works! program shapes a student’s future by determining what type of career fits their specific personality. Later this year, other activities will include guest speakers that will help our students understand work world expectations. Michigan Works! will set up mock interviews with local companies to help prepare students to be successful and they will also hold career fairs with local companies. The goal for the NWAHS is not only to graduate students, but to graduate students that have a plan for their future. It can be entering the workforce as a career ready employee, attending a trade school, enlisting into the military, or pursuing further education at a community college or university. The opportunities at NWAHS continue to grow. Working with Michigan Works! helps us reach our goal and is an outstanding opportunity for our students. Thank You Mr. D’Ettorre and Michigan Works!

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.)

Gold Club Breakfast

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Jackson Magazine Top 10 Teachers 2020 2019-2020 Yearbooks On Sale

We would like to recognize and congratulate SEVEN of our staff members who have received notification that they have been nominated from Jackson Magazine as one of the top 10 Teachers of 2020 in Jackson County!!

You know how important it is to hold on to your memories. The almost 200 page, full color 2020 edition of the Northwest High School Retrospective is on sale at yearbookforever.com or with Miss Hade in room 106 of the high school. Yearbooks are $65 until April 1, 2020. Additions (like namestamping, plastic covers, etc.) can also be purchased. Senior and Business Ads are available for purchase through February 1, 2020 for the 2020 yearbook. Contact Adviser Miss Hade if you are interested in purchasing an ad (marnie.hade@ nwschools.org).

Marnie Hade

*Please note: there are still 2019 yearbooks purchased by members of the Class of 2019 that need to be picked up. The following alum have yearbooks at the high school to pick up: Barker, Marilyn, Bond, Phoebe, Bristow, Tyler, Isham, Joe, and Popejoy, Dylan. Contact Miss Hade at marnie.hade@nwschools.org to pick yours up.

Past Yearbooks For Sale 2018 – 5 books 2016 – 1 book 2015 – 8 books 2014 – 2 books 2013 – 7 books 2012 – 4 books 2011 – 10 books 2010 – 2 books 2009 – 6 books 2008 – 6 books 2006 – 5 books 2005 – 2 books 2003 – 5 books 2002 – 2 books 2001 – 2 books 1997 – 6 books 1996 – 1 book 1991 – 2 books 1989 – 2 books 1986 – 1 book

Contact Adviser Miss Hade in room 106, Marnie.Hade@nwschools.org, or (517) 817-4833 for information and prices.

Sarah Runkel

Lisa Ebener

Matt Snell

Amber Keathley

Julie Evers

Jessica Crandell

An observation committee will be interviewing each candidate and there will be further selection of the top 5 and the winner of the Top 10 Teachers in Jackson County. Congratulations to the nominees and thank you for always representing us in everything that we do to make our Mountie Nation great! GO MOUNTIES!!!

Northwest Adopt-A-Family Thank You Northwest Community Schools would like to thank the Mountie Nation - students, staff, families, businesses, and community members - who very generously helped with our annual Adopt-a-Family program.

child, and full holiday meals for their families. Your generous help will touch more than 100 school aged (or younger) children in the Mountie Nation. We greatly appreciate anyone who donated to and volunteered with our program.

Northwest Community Schools has adopted families within the school district for more than 30 years. The program has grown each year through the generosity of the community - it IS a community effort.

Thank you to each of our school buildings, The First Church of the Nazarene, Hankerd Hills, Klavons, and the Lost Shoe for hosting giving trees. A very special thank you all of the groups, families, classes, clubs/groups, and individuals for their very generous donations.

One toothbrush, one box of mac and cheese, one toy, and one book at a time – our community rallies together to make the holidays brighter for families in our district. Our goal is to help as many children and families in our district that we can. Families receive food and toiletry items, clothing, books and toys for every school age and younger

It is such a blessing to be able to count on the spirit of kindness in our community. Thank you very much for instilling the spirit of giving in our community and for being an inspiration to all. WE ARE NORTHWEST!

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ROBOTICS! A K-12 program designed and built upon opportunities of Greatness for our Students!

hank you to our gracious family

Northwest School District is providing Robotics and STEM opportunities that include elementary level specials, middle and high school electives, after school programs, clubs, and competitive teams at NWEE, NWEL, KMS, and NWHS. Through this we are sponsors!providing Go Moun our students at every level experiences they can take to their future that include:

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‰ Early (K-2) and Upper Elementary (3-5) exposure to STEM, robotics, and coding. Both elementaries have competition teams competing in FIRST Robotics. Early Elementary in FLL Jr. (First Lego League Jr.) and the Upper Elementary in FLL LegoWars! League). this season is themed around(FIRST Stars ‰ Middle School (6-8) a Computer Science (CS) course taken by all students, offerings in STEM, and two competition FTC (FIRST Technical Challenge) Robotics teams. ‰ High School (9-12) we have CS and CS AP, after school Robotics club, competition Also thank you to our gracious family sponsors! Go One MounAIVD (Autonomous Innovative Vehicle Design), and a competition Square FRC (FIRST Robotics Challenge) Robotics team.

2019-20 NW Robotics Competition Team

2019-20 NW ROBOTICS COMPETITION TEAMS FIRST Robotics this season is themed around Stars Wars!

FIRST Robotics this season is themed around Star Wars!

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Northwest High School has two Competition Robotics Teams with one competing in FRC. The team is led by Coach Warneck, Coach VandyBogurt, and Coach Manchester. Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited time and ool has two Competition Robotics Teams with one competing in FRC. resources, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-sized robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world Coach Warneck, Coach VandyBogurt, and Coach Manchester. Combining the engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each with the rigors science technology. We call FIRST Robotics Competition seasonof ends with anand exciting FIRST Championship.

r the Mind. High hool sc student participants Northwest call it “theHigh hardest fun you’ll ever School’s other team competes with SquareOne AIVD. The Autonomous Innovative Vehicle Design Challenge challenges students to re-engineer a “Power Wheels Jeep” into an rules, limited time and resources, teams autonomous of studentsvehicle are challenged to raise funds, (driverless vehicle). Utilizing Arduino technology, GPS and sensors, Autonomous vehicles mustrobo traverse challenge d," hone teamwork skills, and build and IVD program -sized industrial ts to aplay a course and avoid obstacles without driver assistance through seven different tasks. Students must develop and maintain an outreach program that introduces ool’s team competes with SquareOne AIVD. The Autonomous gainstother -minded likeyounger competitors. as close to -world real engineering as aresponsive student driving within budget and create a professional business students to theIt’s principles behind the use of sensor-based, plan and presentation to students industry professionals. AIVD Wheels has been selected as the Design Challenge challenges -engineer to re a “Power Jeep” into anNational Immersion High School program nationwide for 2019-2020, so these teams will compete within their state and nationally--three winning teams from across the country will be selected (driverless vehicle). Utilizing Arduino technology, and to attend ITS World Congress in October, 2020 in LosGPS Angeles, sosensors, the NW Jeep Brigade is already preparing for competition in May, 2020 to qualify for this exciting opportunity. hic les must traverse a challenge course and avoid obstacles without driver seven different tasks. Students must develop and maintain an outreach program ger students to the principles behind the use-based, of sensor res ponsive driving Our purpose is to help Northwest Robotics and S.T.E.M. programs in K-12th grades. We support, mentor, and fundraise for eate a professional business plantoand to industry our students helppresentation alleviate the demands on our professionals. coaches in order for them to focus on teaching, coaching, and making our teams the best they can be. cted as the National Immersion High School program nationwide -2020, for 2019 NWBOTBOOSTERS@GMAIL.COM Our purpose is to help Northwest Robotics and S.T.E.M. programs in K-12th gra NWBOTBOOSTERS@GMAIL.COM NWBOTBOOSTERS@GMAIL.COM mentor, and fundraise for our students to help alleviate the demands on our coa compete within theirand state nationally --three winning teams from across theOur purpose is to help Northwest Robotics and S.T.E.M. programs themin toK-12th focus on teaching, coaching, and making our teams the best they can b grade. We support, Anyone with a child in robotics is already a booster! Come to our monthly board meetings toNorthwest help Robotics us grow andprograms “Like” our Facebook Our purpose is to help and S.T.E.M. in K-12th grade. We support, page, mentor, and fundraise for our students to help alleviate the demands on our coaches in order for mentor, and fundraise for our students to help alleviate the demands on our coaches in order for Anyone with acan child ted to attend ITS World Northwest RoboticsCongress Boosters. in October, 2020 in Los Angeles, so themthe to focusNW on teaching, coaching, and making our teams the best they be.in robotics is already a booster! Come to our monthly board them to focus on teaching, coaching, and making ourusteams the best be. page, Northwest Robotics Boosters. grow and “Like”they our can Facebook a child in robotics is already a booster! Come to our monthly board meetings to help ady preparing for competition in May, 2020 to qualify for this exciting Anyone with Anyone with a child in robotics is already a booster! Come to our monthly board meetings to (High help School Media Center fro BotBoosters Meeting Dates Planned:

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us grow and “Like” our Facebook page, Northwest Robotics Boosters. us grow and “Like” our Facebook page, Northwest Robotics NovemberBoosters. 5th, 2019 - First official BotBooster’s Meeting- Voting of the Board December 3rd, 2019

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Foodservice Department News

Shayna Casey

Director of Foodservice

Over the last several months SFE has enjoyed being of the Over part the last several Northwest community. months SFE has enjoyed We looked forward to being partwith of the celebrating you and Northwest loved ones ascommunity. we go into the new year. When we return back from the to We looked forward holiday break, please celebrating you watch for thewith Famers and loved ashaving we Markets we ones will be ingoselected schools. Our into the new year. District Chef Marc will When we return back also be getting even more from the holiday break, involved with the kids and begin some for cooking please watch the classes over the next Famers Markets we will couple of months.

be having in selected schools. Our District Chef Marc will also be getting even more “Putting Child Nutrition First” involved with the kids and begin some cooking classes over the next couple of months.

Coming Up:

Looking Forward…

National Maple Syrup Day Celebration on Tuesday, December 17th with delicious french toast National Strawberry Ice Cream Day Wednesday, January, 15th enjoy delicious strawberry ice cream during lunch to celebrate Celebrate the author of Winnie the Pooh on Friday, January 17th in the cafeteria with Rabbit’s Garden Veggies, Piglet’s Pigs in a Blanket and Pooh’s Honey Biscuits

SFE is committed to seeing students perform at the highest possible level. Throughout the years, we have focused on serving fresh and nutritious foods while expanding students’ palettes. At SFE, we know the school environment can be an ideal setting for children to learn about the nutritional benefits of food and where food comes from. Hosting a Farmers Market is a great way to introduce students to the smells, textures, and flavors of new foods. The primary goals of a Farmers Market are to: • Introduce students to new foods including new or unique ingredients from SFE’s culinary concepts • Educate students about nutrition and the farm-to-table connection • Build a positive working relationship with your students, administration and community

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Benefits of a Farmers Market

• Farmers Markets provide a safe environment for children to try a variety of new fruits and veggies. • Learning about food and watching peers try new foods can motivate students to taste foods they may not have experienced before. • Markets can be used to introduce new ingredients and flavors found in our various culinary concepts. • Reduce food waste by improving student acceptability of new foods. • Make a positive statement to parents, teachers, and clients by hosting an innovative and interactive event in your district.


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Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to serve your district. We value our partnership and know that together we can continue to help change students’ lives to make healthy choices for a lasting impact. If you would like more information on any of the topics in the newsletter or would like to schedule an event at your school please feel free to contact your foodservice general manager.

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Transportation Department News

Brian Rochowiak

Transportation Director

What a great start to the school year. We continue to see great success from our mountie riders regarding our bus expectations. Remaining SAFE, RESPONSIBLE, & RESPECTFUL on a school bus helps to ensure that everyone reaches their destination on schedule and safely. As we come into the winter months, we would like to go over a couple reminders that you and your students can do to help us maintain that consistency and safety.

Reminders for students: • Dress for the weather. Dressing in layers is also helpful as the school bus temperatures can vary depending on where a student sits in relation to the heaters. We also ask that younger students have their clothing items labeled so we can return any lost items as quickly as possible • Be ready to board the bus when the bus stops. If waiting for the bus in a vehicle, please be out of the vehicle before the bus arrives. Waiting for students to get out of a vehicle causes large delays to our routes • Stand back at least 10 feet from the road and do not approach the bus until signaled by the driver. The bus could slide and/ or students can fall into the path of the bus during slippery conditions • Stay off snow piles and do not horseplay at the bus stop

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When crossing in front of the bus, remain 10 feet from the bus Use the handrail while loading and unloading the bus

Reminders for parents: • Use extra caution in school zones and bus stops • If your student misses the bus, do not try to catch the bus at another stop and/or block the bus in any way • Make sure your windows are free of frost and snow • Always stop for overhead red flashing lights and at least 20 feet from the bus • Do not follow the bus closely as they make frequent stops We are currently looking to add to our team in preparation for the upcoming field trip season. If you enjoy working with students and want a rewarding career within the Northwest community, please stop into our office behind Kidder Middle School or apply online at nwschools.org. We hope everyone enjoys the holiday break and we look forward to seeing everyone in January.


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**Freshman have NOT established a HS Cumulative GPA until the end of the 1st Term & are not eligible for the Fall Season

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2019-2020 ms WINTERSPORTS SPORTS SCHEDULES 2019-2020 MS WINTER SCHEDULES 8TH GRADE BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Tues. 11/5

HOME vs. Lumen Christi

4:30pm

Tues. 11/5

@ Lumen Christi HS

4:30pm

Thurs. 11/7

HOME vs. Harper Creek

4:30pm

Thurs. 11/7

@ Harper Creek MS

4:30pm

Tues. 11/12

@ Western MS

4:30pm

Tues. 11/12

HOME vs. Western

4:30pm

Thurs. 11/14

@ Coldwater MS

4:30pm

Thurs. 11/14

HOME vs. Coldwater

4:30pm

Tues. 11/19

HOME vs. Marshall

4:30pm

Tues. 11/19

@ Marshall MS

4:30pm

Thurs. 11/21

@ Hastings MS

4:30pm

Thurs. 11/21

HOME vs. Hastings

4:30pm

Mon. 11/25

HOME vs. Pennfield

4:30pm

Mon. 11/25

@ Pennfield MS

4:30pm

@ Western MS

4:30pm

Mon. 12/2

HOME vs. Western

4:30pm

Mon. 12/2

Wed. 12/4

HOME vs. Coldwater

4:30pm

Wed. 12/4

@ Coldwater MS

4:30pm

Mon. 12/9

@ Pennfield MS

4:30pm

Mon. 12/9

HOME vs. Pennfield

4:30pm

Wed. 12/11

@ JCMS

4:30pm

Wed. 12/11

HOME vs. Lumen Christi

4:30pm

Mon. 12/16

@ Harper Creek MS

4:30pm

Mon. 12/16

HOME vs. Harper Creek

4:30pm

7TH GRADE GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

8TH GRADE GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Wed. 1/22

HOME vs. Lumen Christi

4:30pm

Wed. 1/22

@ JCMS

4:30pm

Mon. 1/27

HOME vs. Harper Creek

4:30pm

Mon. 1/27

@ Harper Creek MS

4:30pm

Wed. 1/29

@ Western MS

4:30pm

Wed. 1/29

HOME vs. Western

4:30pm

HOME vs. Coldwater

4:30pm

Mon. 2/3

@ Coldwater MS

4:30pm

Mon. 2/3

Wed. 2/5

HOME vs. Marshall

4:30pm

Wed. 2/5

@ Marshall MS

4:30pm

Mon. 2/10

@ Hastings MS

4:30pm

Mon. 2/10

HOME vs. Hastings

4:30pm

Wed. 2/12

HOME vs. Pennfield

4:30pm

Wed. 2/12

@ Pennfield MS

4:30pm

Wed. 2/19

HOME vs. Western

4:30pm

Wed. 2/19

@ Western MS

4:30pm

Mon. 2/24

HOME vs. Coldwater

4:30pm

Mon. 2/24

@ Coldwater MS

4:30pm

HOME vs. Pennfield

4:30pm

Wed. 2/26

@ Pennfield MS

4:30pm

Wed. 2/26

Mon. 3/2

@ JCMS

4:30pm

Mon. 3/2

HOME vs. Lumen Christi

4:30pm

Wed. 3/4

@ Harper Creek MS

4:30pm

Wed. 3/4

HOME vs. Harper Creek

4:30pm

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MS WRESTLING

MS COMPETITIVE CHEER

Sat. 1/18

Napoleon Inv.

9:00am

Wed. 12/11

Leslie Invitational

6:00pm

Sat. 1/25

Chelsea Inv.

9:00am

Sat. 12/14

CCCAM Invite @ Leslie

10:00am

Tues. 1/28

I-8 Quad @ Western

4:30pm

Wed. 12/18

@ Jonesvlle

6:00pm

Thurs. 1/30

@ BC Pennfield MS

4:30pm

Sat. 1/11

NW Invitational @ NW HS

10:00am

Tues. 2/4

@ BC Harper Creek MS

4:30pm

Wed. 1/15

I-8 Competition @ Lumen

6:00pm

Thurs. 2/6

HOME vs. Hastings

4:30pm

Wed. 1/29

I-8 Competition @ Western

6:00pm

@ Chelsea

6:00pm

@ Mason

9:00am

Sat. 2/8

Hillsdale Inv.

9:00am

Fri. 1/31

Tues. 2/11

HOME vs. Western

4:30pm

Sat. 2/8

Thurs. 2/13

@ Lumen Christi HS

4:30pm

Tues. 2/18

@ Coldwater MS

4:30pm

Wed. 2/26

Clinton Tri

5:00pm

Sat. 2/29

Jr. JAWS @ Parkside

9:00am

GO MOUNTIES!

NORTHWEST

7TH GRADE BOYS’ BASKETBALL

We are... Northwest! Go Mounties!


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2019-2020 WINTER SPORTS SCHEDULES 2019-2020 HS HS WINTER SPORTS SCHEDULES VARSITY GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Tues. 12/10

@ Mason

7:00pm

Tues. 12/3

@ Haslett

7:00pm

Fri. 12/13

@ Western

7:30pm

Fri. 12/6

HOME vs. Waverly

7:00pm

Tues. 12/17

HOME vs. Perry

7:00pm

Tues. 12/10

HOME vs. Mason

7:00pm

Fri. 12/20

HOME vs. Harper Creek

7:30pm

Fri. 12/13

@ Western

6:00pm

Tues. 1/7

@ Eaton Rapids

7:00pm

Fri. 12/20

HOME vs. Harper Creek

6:00pm

Fri. 1/10

@ Lumen Christi

7:30pm

Tues. 1/7

HOME vs. Eaton Rapids

7:00pm

Tues. 1/14

HOME vs. Coldwater

7:00pm

Fri. 1/17

HOME vs. Hastings

7:30pm

Tues. 1/21

@ Marshall

7:00pm

Fri. 1/24

@ Pennfield

7:30pm

Tues. 1/28

@ St. Johns

7:00pm

Fri. 1/31

HOME vs. Western

7:30pm

Fri. 2/7

@ Harper Creek

7:30pm

Fri. 2/14

HOME vs. Lumen Christi

7:30pm

Tues. 2/18

@ Coldwater

7:00pm

Fri. 2/21

@ Hastings

7:30pm

Tues. 2/25

HOME vs. Marshall

7:00pm

Fri. 2/28

HOME vs. Pennfield

7:30pm

Tues. 3/3

HOME vs. Charlotte

7:00pm

Thurs. 3/5

HOME vs. Stockbridge

7:00pm

3/9-3/13

Districts @ Mason

TBD

3/16-3/18

Regionals - TBD

TBD

Tues. 3/24

Quarter Finals - TBD

TBD

3/26-3/28

Semi-Finals/ / Finals @ Breslin

TBD

9TH / JV BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Fri. 1/10

@ Lumen Christi

6:00pm

Tues. 1/14

@ Coldwater

7:00pm

Fri. 1/17

HOME vs. Hastings

6:00pm

Tues. 1/21

HOME vs. Marshall

7:00pm

Fri. 1/24

@ Pennfield

6:00pm

Tues. 1/28

@ Arbor Preparatory

7:00pm

Fri. 1/31

HOME vs. Western

6:00pm

Tues. 2/4

@ St. Johns

7:00pm

Fri. 2/7

@ Harper Creek

6:00pm

Fri. 2/14

HOME vs. Lumen Christi

6:00pm

Tues. 2/18

HOME vs. Coldwater

7:00pm

Fri. 2/21

@ Hastings

6:00pm

Tues. 2/25

@ Marshall

7:00pm

Fri. 2/28

HOME vs. Pennfield

6:00pm

3/2-3/6

Districts @ NW

TBD

3/10-3/12

Regionals - TBD

TBD

Tues. 3/17

Quarter Finals - TBD

TBD

3/19-3/21

Semi-Finals / Finals @ Breslin

TBD

9TH / JV GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Tues. 12/10

@ Mason

4/5:30pm

Tues. 12/3

@ Haslett

4/5:30pm

Thurs. 12/12

HOME vs. Western

5:30/7pm

Fri. 12/6

HOME vs. Waverly

4/5:30pm

Tues. 12/17

HOME vs. Perry

4/5:30pm

Tues. 12/10

HOME vs. Mason

4/5:30pm

Thurs. 12/19

@ Harper Creek

5:30/7pm

Thurs. 12/12

@ Western

5:30/7pm

Tues. 1/7

@ Eaton Rapids

4/5:30pm

Thurs. 12/19

HOME vs. Harper Creek

5:30/7pm

Thurs. 1/9

HOME vs. Lumen Christi

5:30/7pm

Tues. 1/7

HOME vs. Eaton Rapids

4/5:30pm

Tues. 1/14

HOME vs. Coldwater

4/5:30pm

Thurs. 1/9

@ Lumen Christi

5:30/7pm

Tues. 1/14

@ Coldwater

4/5:30pm

Thurs. 1/16

@ Hastings

5:30/7pm

Tues. 1/21

@ Marshall

4/5:30pm

Thurs. 1/16

HOME vs. Hastings

5:30/7pm

Thurs. 1/23

HOME vs. Pennfield

5:30/7pm

Tues. 1/21

HOME vs. Marshall

4/5:30pm

Tues. 1/28

@ St. Johns

4/5:30pm

Thurs. 1/23

@ Pennfield

5:30/7pm

Thurs. 1/30

@ Western

5:30/7pm

Thurs. 1/30

HOME vs. Western

5:30/7pm

Thurs. 2/6

HOME vs. Harper Creek

5:30/7pm

Tues. 2/4

@ St. Johns

4/5:30pm

Thurs. 2/13

@ Lumen Christi

5:30/7pm

Thurs. 2/6

@ Harper Creek

5:30/7pm

Tues. 2/18

@ Coldwater

4/5:30pm

Thurs. 2/13

HOME vs. Lumen Christi

5:30/7pm

Thurs. 2/20

HOME vs. Hastings

5:30/7pm

Tues. 2/18

HOME vs. Coldwater

4/5:30pm

Tues. 2/25

HOME vs. Marshall

4/5:30pm

Thurs. 2/20

@ Hastings

5:30/7pm

Thurs. 2/27

@ Pennfield

5:30/7pm

Tues. 2/25

@ Marshall

4/5:30pm

Tues. 3/3

HOME vs. Charlotte

4/5:30pm

Thurs. 2/27

HOME vs. Pennfield

5:30/7pm

Thurs. 3/5

HOME vs. Stockbridge

4/5:30pm

GO MOUNTIES!

NORTHWEST

VARSITY BOYS’ BASKETBALL

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2019-2020 HS WINTER SPORTS SCHEDULES WRESTLING

JACKSON AREA GYMNASTICS (JAG) 5:30pm

Sat. 12/7

Holt Invitational

8:00am

Sat. 12/14

J.A.W.S. Tournament @ J. High

8:00am

Sat. 12/14

JAG Invite @ Hunt Elementary

8:00am

Wed. 12/18

@ Western

5:30pm

Thurs. 12/19

HOME vs. Western

6:00pm

Sat. 12/21

Brighton Invitational

9:00am

Thurs. 1/9

HOME vs. Monroe

6:00pm

Sat. 1/4

Grand Haven Invitational

9:30am

Thurs. 1/16

HOME vs. Coldwater

6:00pm

Wed. 1/8

HOME vs. Hastings

5:30pm

Thurs. 1/23

HOME vs. Tecumseh

6:00pm

Sat. 1/11

@ Addison Invitational

8:30am

Sat. 1/25

Adrian Invitational

8:00am

Thurs. 1/16

vs. Harper Creek/Lumen Christi @ Lumen

5:30pm

Thurs. 1/30

HOME vs. Ann Arbor Skyline

6:00pm

Sat. 1/18

Hudson Super 16 Invitational

9:00am

Sat. 2/1

Haslett Invitational

8:00am

Wed. 1/22

vs. Marshall/Coldwater @ Hastings

5:30pm

Thurs. 2/6

@ Saline

6:00pm

Sat. 1/25

Saline Invitational

9:00am

Sat. 2/8

Stick-It For A Cure - Coldwater Inv.

9:00am

Wed. 1/29

HOME vs. Pennfield

5:30pm

Thurs. 2/13

@ Adrian

6:00pm

Sat. 2/1

Clio Invitational

9:00am

Thurs. 2/20

SCGL Championship @ Hunt

TBD

Sat. 2/8

I-8 Tournament

8:30am

Sat. 3/7

Regionals @ Kenowa Hills

TBD

Thurs. 2/13

Team Districts @ NW

TBD

3/13-3/14

MHSAA State Finals @ Rockford

TBD

Sat. 2/15

Individual Districts @ Mason

TBD

Wed. 2/19

Team Regionals - TBD

TBD

Sat. 2/22

Individual Regionals @ Vicksburg

TBD

2/28-2/29

Team Finals @ Wings Event Center

TBD

3/6-3/7

Individual Finals @ Ford Field

TBD

NORTHWEST

Quad @ Jackson High

BOYS’/GIRLS’ BOWLING

JACKSON UNITED HOCKEY Wed. 11/20

@ Suburban Ice vs. Okemos

8:30pm

Sat. 11/23

HOME vs. New Boston Huron

5:30pm

11/29-11/30

Bay City Tournament -Bay City Arena

Tues. 12/3

@ Arctic Coliseum vs. Ann Arbor Skyline

7:00pm

Sat. 12/7

HOME vs. Portage Northern

5:30pm

Sat. 12/14

HOME vs. Lenawee

5:00pm

Wed. 12/18

HOME vs. Chelsea

6:00pm

Sat. 12/21

HOME vs. Okemos

5:30pm

Sat. 12/28

@ Arctic Coliseum vs. Chelsea

4:30pm

Sat. 1/4

@ Optimist vs. Lumen Christi

7:00pm

Wed. 1/8

@ Veterans Arena vs. Dexter

7:00pm

Sat. 1/11

HOME vs. Pinckney

5:30pm

Tues. 1/14

@ Wings West vs. Kalamazoo Blades

5:30pm

TBD

Tues. 1/7

@ Marshall Lanes vs. Marshall

3:30pm

Thurs. 1/9

@ Hastings Bowl vs. Hastings

3:30pm

Tues. 1/14

HOME vs. Pennfield

3:30pm

Thurs. 1/16

HOME vs. Coldwater

3:30pm

Tues. 1/21

@ JAX60 vs. Lumen Christi

3:30pm

Thurs. 1/23

vs. Harper Creek - TBD

3:30pm

1/25 & 1/26

Mel Wolfe Tournament @ JAX60

9:00am

Tues. 1/28

@ JAX60 vs. Western

3:30pm

Thurs. 1/30

HOME vs. Marshall

3:30pm

Tues. 2/4

HOME vs. Hastings

3:30pm

Fri. 1/17

HOME vs. Lumen Christi

6:00pm

Wed. 2/5

@ M-66 Bowl vs. Pennfield

3:30pm

Sat. 1/18

HOME vs. Temperance Bedford

5:30pm

Tues. 2/11

@ Midway Lanes vs. Coldwater

3:30pm

Tues. 1/21

@ The Cube vs. Saline

5:30pm

Thurs. 2/13

HOME vs. Lumen Christi

3:30pm

Sat. 1/25

HOME vs. Ann Arbor Pioneer

5:30pm

Tues. 2/18

vs. Harper Creek - TBD

3:30pm

Sat. 2/1

@ Suburban Ice vs. DeWitt

Thurs. 2/20

HOME vs. Western

3:30pm

Wed. 2/5

@ The Cube vs. Ann Arbor Huron

5:00pm

Sat. 2/22

I-8 Tournament @ M-66 Bowl

TBD

Sat. 2/8

HOME vs. Portage Central

5:00pm

2/28-2/29

Regionals - TBD

TBD

Wed. 2/12

@ Arlington Arena vs. Lenawee

6:00pm

Sat. 2/15

HOME vs. Bay City Thunder

5:30pm

COMPETITIVE CHEER

TBD

Wed. 12/11

Leslie Invitational

6:00pm

Wed. 2/19

HOME vs. Dexter

6:00pm

Sat. 12/14

CCCAM Invitational @ Leslie

1:00pm

Sat. 2/22

@ Arctic Coliseum vs. Pinckney

6:00pm

Wed. 12/18

@ Jonesville

6:00pm

2/24-3/4

Regionals - TBD

Sat. 1/11

NW Invitational

10:00am

Wed. 1/15

I-8 Meet @ Lumen Christi

6:00pm

Sat. 1/25

Michigan Center Inv.

10:00am

Wed. 1/29

I-8 Meet @ Western

6:00pm

Fri. 1/31

@ Chelsea

6:00pm

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Sat. 2/8

GO MOUNTIES!

Wed. 12/11

TBD

COMPETITIVE CHEER - cont’d Mason Inv.

1:00pm

Wed. 2/12

I-8 Finals @ NW

6:00pm

Sat. 2/15

Delta Plex Competition

10:00am

Sat. 2/22

Districts @ Trenton HS

10:00am

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