ENGLEWOOD — The regular meeting Monday of the Northmont Board of Education at Northmoor Elementary began with a presentation from STEM teacher Jenn Stormer’s students and GREEN teacher Julie Chitwood’s students.
The Science Technology Engineering and Math topic was based around a project that Mrs. Stormer’s students are currently doing. The students were assigned to build a self-propelled car for an imaginary toy company. They designed the car, shared the prototype with their peers, and took critiques and suggestions to make changes in the design or materials used to produce the car. They will be sharing their finished products with students at the Kleptz Early Learning Center to determine how durable they are and how much fun they are to play with. Another factor was whether Northmont’s smallest learners could make the cars work by themselves.
Mrs. Chitwood introduced her Gifted Readers Engaging Everyday at Northmont to the Board and allowed the students to share the poems they wrote about courage. The assignment was to speak with someone in his or her lives who had met some adversity and then write about it. The students then presented their poems in a coffee house like atmosphere earlier in the year. The poems were about a wide variety of challenges, including surgery, adoption, and cancer.
Construction Administrator Bob McClintock spoke to the Board about an award that Ruetschle Architects won for the floors at the new Northmont High School. The Dayton Builder Exchange recognized Ruetschle with an “Excellence in Masonry Award” for the terrazzo design. This is the second time Northmont has been mentioned in such an award, as the Kleptz Early Learning Center and App Architecture were recognized with an Ohio Masonry award in 2014.
Board Vice President Bruce Clapp mentioned that the Roll of Recognition committee will be trying to get in contact with all past recipients of the honor to get updated pictures to be used for the new plaques that will be going up in the refurbished auditorium.
Assistant Superintendent Tony Thomas shared the Northmont Optimists Chili Supper is coming up on Tuesday, February 16 at Concord United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. He also explained that the Northmont Rotary Club is doing a collection of “Shoes for Little Soles.” Anyone who would like to donate new shoes for this cause can drop them off at the Board office at 4001 Old Salem Road.
Finally, Mr. Thomas shared that Northmont received some misinformation from the Ohio Department of Education recently regarding the K3 Literacy scores.
“We were told that the Kleptz Early Learning Center students had not been included in the data,” said Thomas. “However, when the district contacted ODE for clarification, we were told that the building won’t have a score because they don’t have third grade, but the students are still in the district score.” According to Thomas, “this won’t change what we’re doing because we are doing the best practice for the best outcome.”
One hundred percent of Northmont 3rd grade students passed the test for the 3rd Grade Guarantee.