Warhawk Weekly 10/4/19

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The Hall Way...

Each week our grade level teams share specifics about what students are learning in their classrooms. As we approach Parent-Teacher Conferences next week I thought it would be a great time to put it all together and reflect on the work our students and staff have collectively accomplished so far this school year.

  • The students have collaborated in their Literacy classes to make connections between the different articles and stories that they have been studying in their first collection.
  • The Exploratory classes just finished up rotation one and students began their second rotation on Thursday.
  • Our Social Studies classes have been on an inquiry-based journey through a time in history.
  • The students have worked together to build relationships with each other and to understand what it means to BE RESPECTFUL in our P.R.I.D.E. groups.
  • Training for the Pumpkin Run is off and running.
  • Our Science classes are problem-solving to find evidence to understand the different scientific phenomenon and explain how the world around them works.
  • Number sense and geometric relationships sums it up for our students in their math classes as they prepare for or have just taken their first unit assessment.

Wow, what a list! And it could be much much longer after only a month and a half of school. Moving into next week, we hope that conferences serve as a time for parents and teachers to work together to support our students and their academic and social-emotional growth. The Northwood staff truly appreciates the support of our parents and we look forward to seeing all of you next week!
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Northwood Middle School Collection Items for the Woodstock National Guard.

The Woodstock National Guard was called to service this summer so as part of our Veterans Day of Honor, we would like to support our servicemen and women by collecting items they need overseas. Please consider donating from the list below or a monetary gift to help with shipping. Thank you!


NEW items we are looking for are:

  • Playing cards

  • Ankle socks

  • Canned Tuna/Chicken & crackers

  • Fruit Snacks

  • Pringles (snack size)

  • Trail Mix

  • Drink mixes (ie. Crystal Light packets)

  • Wet Ones (body wipes)

  • Travel size hygiene items:

    • Toothpaste, toothbrushes, Soap, Nail clippers, Deodorant, Shampoo/conditioner, Sunblock, Baby powder

  • Cash or change to mail these boxes to Afghanistan (Checks can be made out to: Northwood Middle School)


Does your student need help in math or literature? Does he/she struggle in social studies or science? Is homework a daily struggle?


Woodstock North High School is offering PEER TUTORING on Tuesday and Thursdays after school! There is a bus that will bring students to WNHS and there is an activity bus to bring your student home!

Click on the links below to download a permission slip! If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Butler at sbutler@wcusd200.org

The Book Fair Is Coming! The Book Fair Is Coming!

The Follett Book Fair is coming to Northwood the week of October 7th!

Consider giving a Follett Book Fair gift certificate -- go to https://www.giftfly.com/shop/follett-book-fairs select an image, an amount, write a personal message, and print! All purchases benefit our school. Thank you for your supoort!

6th Grade News

This week, the Sixth Grade had many guest instructors bringing home the idea of taking care of the Earth’s water and natural resources. On Thursday, 9/26/19 students worked with volunteers from McHenry County Schools Environmental Education Program, McHenry-Lake County Soil and Water Conservation, and students from the Environmental Science Program at Woodstock High School. As students attended each of 8 stations, they saw models of how water moves through the ground and affects our soil and aquifers, live benthic macroinvertebrates (the bug station) that indicate water quality, tests to determine pH and other chemistry of water, and tools used in keeping pollinators like honeybees healthy. The students followed up their in-class activity day with a walking tour of the Northside Wastewater Treatment Plant. This award-winning facility uses “bugs” to remove what is harmful in wastewater. Students followed the water from the head of the plant to see it cleanly flow out into Silver Creek at the finish. Be sure to ask your student which part of this study was his or her favorite!

Tuesday, 10/8/19 is the final day that permission slips/payment for the Mystery Theater Activity Day can be accepted. Be sure that your student has turned in $6 and the permission form if they wish to attend the event. If you wish to sponsor a student who cannot afford the activity, please send in contributions to your child’s homeroom teacher.

The annual Cookie Dough and Snacks fundraiser to fund our spring field trip to Camp Timberlee runs from October 4-October 25! Each item is $14, and selling 14 items funds your student’s trip completely! Please consider supporting our students by purchasing items.

7th Grade News

In the monolingual science classes, students recently finished the metrics unit. They are now moving on to exploring cells. In the dual language science classes, students are in the midst of exploring Cells: The Basic Units of Life.

All seventh grade students have been reading a novel of their choice in literacy class; hopefully your student has been reading 10-20 minutes at home every night, too. Students have their first book project due Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Please ask your child which project they are completing and encourage them to work on it a little every night.

8th Grade News

8th grade math is wrapping up their discovery of transformations and dilations and will be take their Unit 3 Test. Algebra students are working on linear relationships and seeing the connections between tables, graphs, equations and situations.
Trial of the Tell Tale Heart

Just a reminder!

If your student has a fever of 100* or above, he/she must stay home from school. Additionally, your student must be fever free for 24 hours before they can return to school (without the use of medications).

Per the NMS handbook:

ILLNESS: Should a student begin to feel sick during the school day, he should ask the teacher for a pass to the nurse's office. The student must tell the nurse that he/she is not feeling well. Should the student be seriously ill, the nurse, or designee, will contact the family. Students are not allowed to use a cell phone or to call their parents from a classroom to tell them to pick them up from school. A student will be excused from school ONLY by the school nurse or by an administrator once already in school. Should a student be picked up without going through the nurse or administrator, the absence will be unexcused.



Northwood art club meets in the art room (138 Inspiration Drive) each Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:30. All students need to be picked up promptly at 4:30.

There is no fee to join art club, although there may be a small fee for individual projects if students sign up for them. Students are welcome to drop in at art club throughout the year as their schedule allows. Students typically have a choice of 3 different activities during each meeting, and students may also have the opportunity to help design and create large-scale projects for the school.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Rice at Northwood

(815.338.4900) or by email: vrice@wcusd200.org


Do you like to write?

The NWMS Writing Club starts Wednesday, September 4th!

We meet Wednesdays in the library (100 Kindness Circle) from 3:30 to 4:30. All students need to be picked up promptly at 4:30. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Parrent at 815-338-4900 or mparrent@wcusd200.org.

We hope to see you there! It’s the write time to join!

Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is starting September 10th and will be meeting in the library from 3:30 to 4:30. Girls Who Code's mission is to "...close the gender gap in technology" For more information visit www.girlswhocode.com



Amazon Smile – Do you order from Amazon? If the answer is yes please sign up for Amazon Smile & select our PTO (Northwood Middle School). Amazon will donate a percentage of all your purchases back to the NWMS PTO. It won’t cost you anything except the few minutes it takes to sign up and select us as your recipient. Nothing changes on your Amazon account, except you choose us to support. Go to smile.amazon.com for a way support your team. (Purchases must be made on the Amazon Smile website.)


If you are available to bring drinks or desserts for the teachers for parent/teacher conferences please contact the PTO president, Kelly at kudelhofen@wcusd200.org


Who: All Girls & Boys, Grades K-12 (split by age)

When: Friday, October 4th

Time: 5-7:00 P.M. Clinic; 7:00 P.M. GAME

Location: WNHS Cafeteria; Main Gym

Cost: $25.00 (t-shirt, bow and pizza included if

registered on time).

Attire: Wear Shorts, T-Shirt, and Gym Shoes

Please bring a water bottle. You may bring a nut-free snack.

All Cheer Clinic attendees will perform during the Woodstock North vs. Johnsburg varsity

football game which begins at 7:00 P.M. Please bring warm clothes for this portion.

Attendees will participate in pre-game activities and perform a floor cheer, stunt and dance

during half-time. Please arrive by 6:45 to watch your cheerleader for pregame. Pick up

is after half-time around 7:45 on the track. Parents, family and friends will need to pay

admission into the game: $4/adults, $3/high or middle school students and $2/elementary

students or seniors. All Proceeds benefit WOODSTOCK NORTH HIGH SCHOOL CHEER.

Registration welcome anytime including day of clinic, but to ensure a

t-shirt, please register by Friday, September 27th to:

Woodstock North High School Cheerleading

Attention: Coach Kelly Firkus McAdow

3000 Raffel Road

Woodstock, IL 60098

Questions? Contact Woodstock North Athletics at (815)334-5700

OR email Coach Firkus McAdow @ kfirkus@wcusd200.org


There is a $75 athletic fee that will be added to your child’s account when they officially make the team. This payment or a payment plan needs to be made prior to the first competition. Schedules and detailed information will be given to your child by the coach. Schedules will be posted on the Northwood website (www.northwood.woodstockschools.org).

Grab your friends and head out to the Recreation Department’s Tween Night on Sat, Oct 5th from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Rec Center. Organized games, the gym, wallyball, open swimming and use of the hot tub will be available. Light refreshments available at no additional cost.

Fee is just $5 and is payable at the door.

What's Happening, Warhawks!


Volleyball vs. Nippersink @home (4:15pm)

Cross Country FVC Meet @Emricson (4:15pm)


Art Club (3:30pm - 4:30pm)

Girls Who Code Club (3:30pm - 4:30pm)

Volleyball @Creekside (4:15pm)

Challenger Center Open House (4:00pm - 5:30pm)

Fall Chorus Concert (7:00pm)


Early Dismissal @12:15pm
Parent/Teacher Conferences (4:00pm - 9:00pm)


Parent/Teacher Conferences



Cross Country IESA Sectional Meet @McHenry Middle School

NO SCHOOL (Columbus Day)

What's Cooking, Warhawks?

Attendance Line

If your student will be late to school or won't be in school please call the NORTHWOOD ATTENDANCE LINE to report the absence. Please feel free to call in any planned vacation prior to leaving and be advised your student is responsible to get his/her homework ahead of time.


(815) 337-8618

Keep in Contact with Northwood!

24 hour Attendance Line: (815) 337-8618

If your student will be late to school or won't be in school please call the 24 hour Northwood Attendance line.
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