A Look Back and A Look Ahead
To be a VOLUNTEER, it takes...
- Generosity, a willingness to give your time to others
- Understanding, because their lives might be very different from your own
- Empathy, an ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes and feel what they must feel
- Compassion, to truly care about making someone else's life better
- Patience, because the process doesn't always go as smoothly as it might
- Dedication, to stick with the project and see it through
Year in Review
Purpose. Knowing God's purpose for our lives and purposing in our hearts to know Him encapsulated our theme this year, and our last days of school focused our thoughts with challenges to seek God personally and depend on His strength to help us as we climb towards heaven. Throughout the year, we looked for ways to connect with God in each part of our day.
We studied Science and History with the goal of seeing God's purpose around us; we had opportunities each day in our classes and break times to open our hearts and choose to trust Him in obedience. Math class wasn't just about equations and formulas; it was about learning to reason and pray through problems, mathematical or even emotional as we felt the sometimes uncomfortable stretching of our brains during the learning process.
We learned outside our four walls, too, as we went on field trips to Cadillac News, the John Ball Zoo, Camp Au Sable (Outdoor School and LIFT), Lake City Tool & Die, the park, and the Ziibiwing Center; in each place, understanding more about our community or God's creation and having the opportunity to serve those we met. Our students made thank-you cards, practiced good listening skills, and adapted to the different procedures at each site. We also had wonderful guests share their expertise with us in art, mechanics, cooking, and the work of our church. (Thank you, all!)
Service learning took a front seat, too. We shared time and talents at area nursing homes and in our neighborhood through song, crafts, and GLOW tracts. Students committed to praying for and communicating regularly with prayer partners. (Thanks to each adult who participated!) Of course, much of our service learning took place during our daily interactions with teachers and classmates. It was wonderful to see students looking out for each other, finding ways to work together, and praying for each other.
There also were challenges and hurdles to face throughout the year, but we praise God for His grace that brought us growth and new clarity in our goals and methods for education here at Northview.
The youth make it all worth it! God's love for them far surpasses even our deepest commitments and emotions, but He shares it with us, meeting the longings of our own hearts while enabling us to share it with them. May we, looking back, trace the thread of God's loving leadership in our own lives throughout the school year; may we stay rooted and grounded in His spectacular love. He is so good, and we can trust Him to fulfill His purpose for us!
4th Quarter Grades
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2016-2017 School Year
"Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:7-9, NLT)
This summer, we are planning for an atmosphere that develops precious thinkers, not mere reflectors of other's thoughts. Our desire is for family and school to work closely together in harmony so that each student may experience a rich education that brings them to the feet of their Friend, Jesus and their Father, God, through the Holy Spirit.
We are thankful to offer a one-room school experience here at Northview next year, where students of all ages can work together as in a family unit and learn from each other under the guidance of their teacher and her aide. Yes, this means that we will greatly miss Mrs. Nietling as our first through fourth grade teacher! She has truly been a blessing this year and we love her! Current enrollment, however, led the board to hire one teacher and plan for an aide, similar to the 2014-2015 school year. With previous concern over direct instruction time in a one-room school, we are adjusting accordingly, researching best practices for our schedule.
With an aide, we would be able to offer an online high school education through Sycamore Academy again this year.
Grades 1-8, on the other hand, will continue to follow the Adventist Education Department's standard-based curriculum for elementary schools as instructed by our on-site teacher. Besides our Mathematics and Language Arts core skills, upcoming topics of study for the year will include the following:
- World History (the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Exploration, Modern Europe, Russia, Canada, and Latin America)
- Science (Life Science: adaptation, ecology; Health Science: body systems; Physical Science: forces, motion, machine; and Earth Science: outer space)
We are also looking forward to partnering in ministry with our area homeschool families. Field trips, Bible Labs, and even special curriculum days are great opportunities to come together. These are some of our favorite times during the year!
It is our prayer for each family and staff member that we would continue to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen." (2 Peter 3:18).