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NVPS Superintendent's Blog - Things That Are Right About Public Education

By: Mike Paskewicz, NVPS Superintendent
From:
http://nvps.net/

"Waiting for Superman" is a recently released documentary about public schools in America.  The points made in the film are very critical of K-12 education and call for reforms across the nation.  Web pages have been created, challenging adults to become engaged and involved in the education of the children in their communities.  Looking at public education through a critical eye has been the standard since "A Nation At Risk" was released decades ago.  Being self critical of our practices in education is a practice of continuous quality improvement.  We must also give equal "press" to what is right about public education in our community.

We have been very transparent about our issues and our success in the Northview Public Schools.  We are, after all, a reflection of the community we serve.  Last Friday night evidence

Driver injured after pickup-semi collision in Plainfield Township

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Cascade Township man is in serious condition following an accident involving a pickup and a semi-truck Tuesday.

The accident happened around 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Post Dr. & Pine Island Dr. NE.

The Sheriff's Department closed the intersection to allow deputies to investigate the crash.  It was still closed as of 6:30 p.m.

Kent County deputies say a green pickup was going north on Pine Island through the intersection and collided head-on with a semi waiting to make a left turn to go east on Post Dr.

The pickup driver, a Cascade Township man whose name has not been released, was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in serious condition.

The Allendale man driving the Consumers Concrete Corp. semi was not injured in the accident, but suffered cuts when he trying to help the pickup driver.

Deputies are trying to determine who was at fault in the accident.

Local Deputies Receive Crime Prevention Awards

Two Kent County Sheriff's Deputies were recently recognized for their crime prevention efforts at a recent conference of the Crime Prevention Association of Michigan held in Traverse City. Deputy Andy Kozal (left), of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office Community Services Unit who operates at Northview Public Schools, was recognized as the “Outstanding Youth/School Officer". Deputy Tim Erhardt, (right) currently assigned to the Traffic and Investigations Unit  was the recipient of an award for the “Special Project in the Field of Crime Prevention”. Here they are seen with Sergeant David Kok, who is in charge the of Community Services Department. Both recipients demonstrate their commitment to the community.

NVPS Coffee Concert

From: http://nvps.net

The “Coffee Concert” will be presented on Sunday, October 24th at 3:00 P.M. in the MAX PAC.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served following the concert.  All four choirs will be featured as well as soloists and small groups.  Also featured will be Northview alums Kelly Carey and Ryan Potts singing a song from their upcoming Northview performance ‘PianoMen’ An Evening of Billy Joel and Elton John.

Lowell runs all over Northview

PLAINFIELD TWP (WZZM) -- Having suffered their first loss of the year last week, the Lowell Red Arrows tried to rebound against the Northview Wildcats Friday.

Northview lead 8-0 in the first quarter.

But then it was all Lowell.  Gabe Dean fired the ball to Jordan Drake who caught it at the goal line.  The two pointer was good and that tied the game at 8-8.

Later Dean fired the ball deep over the middle to Jacob Meyer who took it 63 yards to the house untouched. 

In the end Lowell beat Northview 64-8.

From the Assessor's office

From: http://www.plainfieldchartertwp.org

Although the final figure has not been reported, as of this writing, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is estimated to be in positive territory at approximately 1.5%. What this means is that the Taxable Value for 2011 will increase due to inflation and/or new construction or items discovered on our field studies that have not been previously assessed.

We project a decrease in the average assessments, which may negate the CPI increase, as Taxable Value cannot be higher than the Assessed Value. There continues to be a decline in the number of housing sales and sale prices for our study period. For the 2011 assessment year, we will be comparing sales to assessments from October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010, as mandated again this year by the State Tax Commission.

Senior All Night Party fundraiser

Grand Rapids, MI - If you're a friend, family member or just someone who wants to help the North View High School Seniors raise money for this year's Senior All Night Party, then visit the Buffalo Wild Wings at Cellebration Theater on Wednesday, October 20th and 20% of your purchase will be donated to them.

Note: Your purchase must be accompanied by this coupon.