May 11th NCCS Newsletter

North Canton City Schools
Viking News
May 11, 2018
Thank you for your support at the polls
Passage of Issue 4 will allow us to maintain the quality of excellence that sets us apart from other school districts. Perhaps the best way to show one facet of our outstanding programming this year is the NCCS Innovation video, created by students in Hoover's Video Productions program. Go to the school district website and scroll down to the bottom of the page on the right-hand side to view the video.
National Teacher Appreciation Week
This week we celebrated those individuals who are the backbone of the educational process: our teachers.

They provide our children the background needed to build successful lives.

They teach our children the importance of caring about others.

They mold our future citizens.

They spend many hours creating lessons, grading papers, coaching and counseling students, all the while learning to improve themselves through professional development.

To these educators, we say "thank you."
Digital Academy to open at Hoover this fall
North Canton City Schools will be recommending the start of a digital academy for the 2018-2019 school year. Like many other school districts in Stark County, North Canton believes the option of online learning will meet the needs of students who struggle to succeed in a traditional setting. The academy will serve students in grades 9-12 who live in the North Canton School District. Hoover High School Principal Eric Bornstine says creating the tuition-free, digital academy “is the right thing to do. Presently students come back to us from charter schools where they are typically credit deficient, and we want to help students to be able to graduate in a timely fashion with a Hoover High School diploma. We understand that students learn differently, and an online academy will give us the flexibility to teach students in a manner that will make them successful.”
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North Canton City Schools currently loses nearly $513,000 in state funding due to students attending other online or charter schools. During the 2017-2018 school year, 95 students attended an online school or charter school at some point. When ECOT closed, 11 of their students living in the district chose to enroll in another digital academy. An online academy will allow North Canton City Schools to recover money lost to other digital programs. Superintendent Jeff Wendorf explains, “By creating an online academy, North Canton City Schools plan to bring students back to the district. When we have students enrolled in the district’s online school, we will be able to track their progress and help them succeed in a personalized learning environment. Our academic success is well established and the services for our online students will be reflected as well.” Students graduating from the academy will receive a Hoover High School diploma.
Sylvia Cressman named Repository Teen of the Year
Hoover Senior Sylvia Cressman was named the female Repository Teen of the Year Monday,
May 8, at Skyland Pines Banquet Hall. Sylvia will attend the Ohio State University where she will major in mechanical engineering.
Hoover High School:
?One of the best high schools in Ohio and the Nation
Hoover High School has been awarded a silver badge in the annual U.S. News and World Reportranking for 2018. Less than 30% of the schools earned the right to display a badge and to be called “Best High Schools.” U.S. News badges are widely recognized as symbols of excellence in education. In the report, Hoover is ranked 1,159th in the nation and 40th in Ohio. To see the full report on Hoover High School, click on the graphic under the headline. The rankings were determined through a four-step process, analyzing 20,548 high schools in the nation. For a better understanding of the process, click here.
Mark your calendars! Graduation is
Sunday, June 3, at 2:00 p.m. in the Canton Civic Center.
Remember that Pay For It is now Pay Schools Central
For help making an online payment on PaySchools Central, contact the hotline 1-877-393-6628.

Also, you can download the mobile app Pay Schools Mobile at Google Play or iTunes.
NCMS Ambassadors visit Mary L. Evans ECC
North Canton Middle School “Ambassadors” visited the Early Childhood Center Thursday to read, play and work with the preschoolers. The visit is a wonderful opportunity for the younger and older students to learn more about each other.
Northwood holds Kindergarten Career Day
Northwood Elementary held its first Kindergarten Career Day Wednesday. Speakers included Tera and Michael Svetlik of Seeka Decor, Lauren Farmer of On Pointe Arts, Personal Trainer/Coach Michael Schmid, Surgeon Dr. Blake, and Pilot Cory Kessler.
Youth in Action Grant Winners
The Character Counts! in North Canton committee has selected the Youth in Action Grant winners. These young people submitted an idea in their grant application that they thought could improve the world, help people in need, or make our community a little better.

Camilla Boston: 
Home-schooled, grade 11
Art for Animals

Joshua Detweiler: 
Northwood, kindergarten
The Colitis Fighter on a Mission

Adam Torrence: 
Hoover High School, grade 10
Garage Sale Hot Dog Giveaway / Jayani's Army Foundation 

Zoe Wolfe: 
Orchard Hill, grade 4
"More Alike Than Different” Disability Awareness Kits

Ava Zahler:  
Greentown, grade 4
Special Books for Special Kids

To know more about the grant process, please click the link for more details and the application. The next grant application will be due in the fall of 2018.
Orchard Hill celebrates Right to Read
Orchard Hill Intermediate School celebrated Right to Read Week with a variety of activities, including a book fair, theme days and "Stop, Drop and Read." Fortunately, "Stop, Drop and Read" was scheduled on a beautiful spring day, the pleasant temperatures made reading outside an even more enjoyable experience.
Zoe Wolfe, a PBS Finalist, needs your help!
Zoe Wolfe, a fourth-grade student at Orchard Hill, is a PBS Reader's Choice Award Finalist! Please help Zoe Wolfe win this award. 

Directions:
Select your favorite story from the drop down list. Scroll to the fourth-grade section, then to South Pole Santa to listen to Zoe read her story, and scroll to the top to vote. You may vote one time per email address. Voting begins on Friday, May 11, at 9:00 a.m. EST and ends on Friday, May 18, at 5:00 p.m. EST. The Reader's Choice Award winner will be announced on Sunday, May 20.


Winners of WQED’s Writers Contest will be announced at the Winners Celebration on Saturday, May 19th at WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio and awarded prizes including the opportunity to record their winning story. Their recordings will be broadcast on iQKidsRadio.org and featured on Saturday Light Brigade (SLB) Radio in the summer of 2018. Winners’ stories will also be made into an original puppet play which will be performed at the Celebration by Pittsburgh Puppet Works. WQED President and Chief Executive Officer Deborah L. Acklin says the Writers Contest continues to directly impacts children’s well-being and future success.
Great day for the Exceptional Olympics
NCCS students participated Friday in the Stark County Exceptional Olympics at Perry High School. The weather may have been a bit cloudy and chilly, but students, teachers and volunteers had a great day! All participants received a t-shirt and medal. The Stark County Exceptional Olympics is a collaboration between the Stark County Educational Service Center and Canton Local Schools, Alliance City Schools, Louisville City Schools, Marlington Local Schools, Minerva Local Schools, Fairless Local Schools, Lake Local Schools, Massillon City Schools, North Canton City Schools, Perry Local Schools, Plain Local Schools, and Sandy Valley Local Schools.
Hoover Junior Achievement Business headed to Nationals
Mr. Mike Grady, instructor of Hoover's Business Management program, has announced that Beelieve, Inc. has been selected to represent North Canton City Schools and Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio at the National Student Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. in June! They are one of 15 Junior Achievement companies from around the US that will compete for National Company of the Year honors.
Click it or Ticket Recognition
Orchard Hill students were recognized for their participation in the Click it or Ticket poster contest this week. Click It or Ticket is a high visibility enforcement program designed to raise safety belt usage and save people from death and serious injury on the streets and highways. The Orchard Hill winners are first place - Madison Russ, second place - Camryn Williams and third place - Emma Holt.
Don't miss the final show of the season at Studio 525
Riding in style: Northwood's Chloe Leuenberger
The second winner of the carnival raffle to ride to school in a North Canton police car with Officer Taylor is Chloe Leuenberger. On Thursday Chloe had an opportunity to visit the police station before being transported to Northwood Elementary.
Construction Trades students aid firemen in training
Students from Construction Technologies watched the North Canton Fire Department use the training structure that students built this semester. The training was held Wednesday at the Seventh Street EMS building.
NCCS--?North Canton YMCA collaboration
You may have noticed over the past few months that we have been promoting community collaboration as an important aspect of our mission at North Canton City Schools. Our latest collaborative project is working with the North Canton YMCA on their annual July 4th road races, which are a part of the Ohio Challenge Series. As you may already know, the Viking Victory Run no longer exists, and we are now excited that the YMCA has invited us to partner with them on their annual July 4th event. On Monday, May 14th, students in pre-school through 8th grade will bring home a flyer promoting the races, from the Firecracker Dash to the Two Mile to the Wheelchair Five Mile and finally the Five Mile. Proceeds from the July 4th event will provide financial support to the Y’s annual campaign and special programs as well as to the North Canton City Schools. We would love to see you July 4th, whether it be as a participant or a volunteer. Runners and volunteers may register online here
Know the warning signs of mental illness
Local Safety and Security Task Force
A local "Safety and Security Task Force" has been formed to discuss and recommend measures to be implemented by our schools. To read the first report by the Task Force, please click here. If you wish to have a paper copy of the report, please stop by the NCCS District Office.
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