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Rockford Instructor Named Kent County Teacher of the Year

Rockford Instructor Named Kent County Teacher of the Year

   Sixth grade teacher Pamela Hodges is uncomfortable with all of the praises that accompany the distinction of Kent County Teacher of the Year.  She will receive the official honor in a ceremony next week, but her sixth grade students surprised her with a celebration in school today.  Mrs. Hodges teaches in the Community Service Magnet at North Rockford Middle School and has taught in Rockford for many years.  During the ceremony next week, Hodges will have a chance to address the crowd.  She's been given two minutes at the podium and said, "I hope they will let me talk about my kids, because the students are what this is all about."

Northview Remembers Mrs. June Vander Zand

Northview Remembers Mrs. June Vander Zand

From: http://nvps.net

The Northview community was saddened by the death of June VanderZand, our colleague and friend. June lost her battle with cancer and passed away on December 23. June worked as the administrative assistant in the Special Services department at Northview Public Schools for the past 23 years.

June truly loved coming to work at Northview every single day! She had a wonderful attitude and always put the needs of others first. June was a special person and will be missed by everyone who had the opportunity to know her.

June was hired in 1987 as secretary for Region I and became Northview's Special Education secretary/ building administrative assistant in 1993. Through her support of local, regional and county-wide special services programs, she was able to touch the lives of many people both inside and outside of our Northview community.

NVPS - Superintendent’s Comments

From: http://nvps.net

“We believe people working together toward common goals can accomplish anything.”

Over the past year there have been many examples of this belief in action thanks to the partnership between staff, families, students, and community members. Sometimes it appeared in a school between an adult and a student because of a district-wide mentor program started by a concerned adult. Other times it was a community-wide event like Black Out Pediatric Cancer that involved hundreds of people thanks to a concerned parent/ community member. This belief came to life when you as a community approved the renewal of the building and site millage in May 2010.

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.

“PianoMen” Concert at Northview Wednesday, October 27

From: http://www.nvps.net

Northview Performing Arts Center - Wednesday, October 27, 7:30 p.m.

'PianoMen' is an evening of Billy Joel and Elton John featuring Kelly Carey ('96) and Ryan Potts ('97)

Tickets are $5 for students and children, $10 for adults and senior citizens (discounted from Circle Theatre's price of $25). Tickets may be purchased at the door the evening of the event at 6:30 p.m. or by calling 365-6114. Tickets go on sale October 11.

NHS Alumni, Kelly Carey ('96) and Ryan Potts ('97) will give an encore performance of this concert that sold out at Circle Theatre back in September! Armed with a three-piece band, Kelly and Ryan breathe their own musical life into classic Billy and Elton hits like: Tiny Dancer, Just the Way You Are, Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me, Movin' Out, Crocodile Rock, New York State of Mine, Rocketman, and many more!

NPS Superintendent's Blog - Alignment

From: NPS Superintendent's Blog

One of the "ends" (outcomes) established by our Board of Education clearly states that "Northview will provide a curriculum that will be structured to provide all students with knowledge, skills and tools to become highly literate."  My visit to West Oakview Elementary this morning confirmed that our teaching staff, community, and Board of Education are aligning resources to accomplish this important "end."

Craig Terpstra, President of the North East Business Association, presented a check for $1,500 to assist our three elementary schools in the purchase of literature books (fiction and non-fiction) to meet the needs of students at various reading levels.  It was very clear that the School Improvement Plan (SIP) goal related to reading is aligned with the District Improvement Plan reading goals, and the District Plan