Northwestern Middle School received a grant to purchase MakerSpace, a program that uses different means of teaching computer programming, such as creating 3-D items, and programs to “drive” a computerized ball through the hallways of the school.
Eighth-grade students at the school were recently introduced to a new gadget called Sphyro, which is designed to teach students computer programming through the use of basic coding, commands, and how to use a loop and problem solving.
Laura George, a second-grade teacher at Northwestern Elementary takes part in The Seeing Eye dog program.
She and her family assist The Seeing Eye by participating in the puppy raising program by exposing the young canines to everyday life and socializing and teaching them basic obedience.
This year, George asked Principal Maria Pulli if she could bring her puppy to school.
Pulli suggested making the puppy’s visit a weekly event.
Northwestern Elementary is once again part of the Giant A+ School Rewards Program.
To enter go to: giantfoodstores.com/aplus.
Enter last name, bonus card number and school code for Northwestern Elementary 263.
Once registered, every time the bonus card is used at Giant, the school earns money.
The Boosterthon is returning to the school.
The Pep Rally will be Jan. 31 with the Fun Run taking place Feb. 9.
To learn more visit boosterthon.com.
There will be no school Jan. 16 for a teacher in-service day.
Midyear teacher in-service day is Jan. 23. There will be no school.
Final exams for blocks 1 and 2 will take place Jan. 19.
There will be early dismissal at 11 a.m. for high school students only that day.
Final exams for blocks 3 and 4 are scheduled for Jan. 20. There will be early dismissal for high school students only that day.
There is a PTO meeting scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Jan. 13.
Ziegels Union Church participated Dec. 18 in the National Wreaths Across America.
The event, originally scheduled nationally for Dec. 17, was postponed due to the weather.
More than 60 wreaths were laid on the graves of veterans in the church cemetery by Cub Scout Pack 61, Boy Scouts 261, veterans and members of the church.
The ceremony began with a Boy Scout Honor Guard of Todd Williams, Gavin Williams, and Harold and Ben Heintzelman posting the Colors.
There will be a Partners In Education meeting 4:15 p.m. Jan. 5, 2017.
There will be a PTO meeting in room 145 at 9:15 a.m. Jan. 6, 2017.
Girls on the Run is a 10-week program designed to inspired girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that integrates running.
The program is open to fourth and fifth grade girls beginning at the end of March and concluding at the beginning of June.
The program will conclude with a 5K event.
There will be a workshop from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 3, 2017, at the middle school for the musical, “Peter Pan.”
Auditions will take place 2:30 p.m. Jan. 4, 2017.
Call backs will be 2:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 5, 2017.
The guidance office thanks the Northwestern community for its continued support in spreading good cheer through the high school Holiday Gift of Giving project.
More than 60 high school families were touched with your kindness and generosity.
Northwestern Middle School had a school-wide presidential election on Nov. 7.
Students spent several weeks leading up to the election, learning in their social studies classes what is involved in electing a president in this country.
Teachers taught the students about the electoral process, the Electoral College and the difference between popular and electoral votes.
During morning homeroom, students voted with results being tallied and turned in throughout the day to be placed on the main foyer bulletin board.
Northwestern Middle School had its seventh annual Turkey Trot on Nov. 3.
Students brought in 510 canned goods to be donated to the Christ’s Church at Lowhill Food Pantry as part of their registration.
Winners of the boys race were Sam Bower and Cayde Tostes.
Winners of the girls race were Lexi Vennera, Isabella Bradhead and Gracie Meyers.
There will be rehearsal for Kindergarten Grandparents Day on Dec. 13.
All kindergarten students are to attend school in the morning.
The show will take place 9:30 a.m. Dec. 14. Snow date is 9:30 a.m. Dec. 15.
All kindergarten students are asked to attend school during the morning session.
First-grade students will present “Singing in the Snow,” 2 p.m. Dec. 16. Snow date is Dec. 19.
Giant A+ Rewards are once again being collected so the school can earn money through the program.