CLAYTON — Superintendent Tony Thomas announced at Monday’s board of education meeting at Northwood Elementary that Northmont is one of only three districts in Montgomery County to receive the Momentum Award, presented by the State Board of Education recognizing schools for exceeding expectations in student growth for the year.
Schools must earn a straight A on all Value-Added measures on the report card. The school or district must have at least two Value-Added subgroups of students, which includes gifted, lowest 20 percent in achievement, and students with disabilities. Of the 611 public school districts in Ohio, only 55 were awarded this honor.
The room was full, as Music Teacher Mrs. Belknap presented Mrs. Lucas’ 2nd grade students in a wonderful performance with singing and instruments. The students demonstrated to the board how they are learning to read music.
“It is always such a treat to see and hear student performances,” said President Linda Blum. “This is such an important part of what we do at Northmont.”
In other business, Northwood Elementary Principal Sally Moore assisted Mr. Thomas in recognizing the Northwood PTO with the Superintendent’s Helping Hands award.
“Just a few short years ago, Northwood didn’t have a PTO at all, and staff had to step up to get it going,” said Mrs. Moore. “These volunteers have spent countless hours building the group back up and creating the support that our staff needs on a daily basis.”
Mr. Thomas shared the details about the First Annual Fall Institute that began on November 21 and was to wrap up on November 22. This was a two-day professional development for all staff members, incorporating sessions in disciplines including technology, collaboration, teaching strategies, and more. Mr. Thomas thanked Assistant Superintendent Susanne Lintz and her team for organizing and implementing the event. Mrs. Blum commented that she has witnessed the first part of the day and it was “extremely powerful.” Mr. Thomas reminded all that the presenters were Northmont staffers and “how fortunate we are as a District to have so much talent available to create this learning environment.”
Student Board Representative Kyndall Wilson was ill, but she sent her report to Mrs. Blum about the district’s activities. All of the buildings have been and will continue collecting items for local charities including Northmont FISH Food Pantry, St. Vincent de Paul, and Community Table Christmas Store.
• Englewood Elementary students will be taking part in the Hour of Code when they return from Thanksgiving Break.
• Students at Englewood Hills will be working on acts of citizenship during December and are looking forward to their building Spelling Bee.
• Kleptz Early Learning Center students will get the opportunity to work with Chris Rowlands on another mural. Mr. Rowlands is a naturalist at Aullwood and will be working with Art Teacher Lindsay Carter to create a unique artwork for the building.
• The Northmont JROTC hosted their 20th Anniversary Celebration and Military Ball on November 20. The National Honor Society awards will take place on Tuesday, November 29.