Dr. Matthews speaking at Oakland County press conference at Middle School on Aug. 27, 2020.
George Sipple

Novi Middle School hosted a news conference Thursday to announce the Oakland Together Schools COVID-19 Support Program.

County executive administration and the board of commissioners will allocate $28 million of federal CARES Act funds to support public and charter schools‘ plans for reopening safely so students, families, and staff may begin the school year confidently in the midst of the pandemic.

This will bring the county’s total support for schools to $30 million after it appropriated $2 million to hire over 60 public health nurses to work with schools through the end of the year.

The Novi Community School District offered a hybrid and virtual option to start the school year. A grant process will be used to allocate the $28 million. In June, the Oakland County Health Division and Oakland Schools began collaborating on a $2 million COVID-19 school nurse initiative to give students, parents, school faculty and staff confidence they will be safe when school resumes.

Superintendent Dr. Matthews thanked County Executive David Coulter at the news conference. 

"In order for us to communicate with our families that this is a safe in-person experience, we have to provide personal protective equipment such as a mask," Matthews said. "We also have to provide disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer, and all of those things cost money."

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Two Novi Middle School students earn Best in Show honors. 

Emma Adams and Lindsey Levine earned Best In Show honors at the Michigan Student Film Festival for "Social Media Impact on Middle School Students." The video will be shown at 7 p.m. on May 14 on the Michigan Student Film Festival's Facebook Page by Digital Arts, Film & Television and DIA's Detroit Film Theatre. 


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A Novi student holding a plaque from the America & Me Essary Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance.
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Three students from Novi Middle School were named local winners in the 51st Annual America & Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance.

The winning essays from Novi MIddle School were: 
  • First place: Katherine Pegg 
  • Second place: Maddie Vartanian
  • Third place: Arushi Singh
Katherine Pegg earned first place in the contest and her name will be engraved on a plaque for permanent display in the school. Her essay now advances to the state level competition. Ten essays from Michigan will be selected. Those winners will earn a plaque, medallion and a cash award of $1,000. Each school placing a student in the statewide top 10 will also be awarded with a $1,000 check.
Several thousand eighth grade students from nearly 400 Michigan schools participated in the 2019-2020 America & Me Essay Contest. The topic of the contest was "My Personal Michigan Hero." 
The contest, which began in 1968, is open to all Michigan eighth grade students. The contest encourages Michigan students to explore the greatness of America and its people. 
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Brad Miller, holding Teacher of Year sign, flanked by teachers and  administrators.
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Brad Miller, an eighth grade teacher and coach, was named the Novi Middle School Teacher of the Year on Monday. 

Brad Miller, an eighth grade teacher and coach, was named the Novi Middle School Teacher of the Year on Monday. 

Miller has been teaching at Novi Middle School for the past eighteen and a half years.  He also coaches the cross country team. Mr. Miller graduated from Grand Valley State in 1997 with his Bachelor of Science. He also earned a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from Wayne State University in 2005. 

Mr. Robert Baker, principal of Novi Middle School, stated, “Congratulations to the 2020 NMS Teacher of the Year: Brad Miller!  Nominated by Sarah David and Kenny Fenchel, we are extremely proud to recognize Brad's contributions to NMS and its students. With his dedication to high-level broadcasting, his passion for coding, and his dedication to helping our students to become computer savvy, Brad is a highly-esteemed educator and coach in our building and in the district.  We are extremely proud!”

Mr. Fenchel, a colleague of Mr. Miller, stated that “Brad has great passion for his curriculum and never stops improving his craft.  It is truly impressive to see the class in action as students balance interpersonal skills with individual development.  Through the years, his students have received a variety of awards from state associations that recognize middle school students in the area of broadcasting and reporting.” 

Debbie Calanchi, one of Mr. Miller’s parents stated that, while her children “thoroughly enjoy learning about computers, including Word Processing, coding, and various programs, what they appreciate most is his kind demeanor, humor and how he makes learning fun.  They feel welcomed in his classroom as he creates a safe, learning environment with clear expectations.”  Mia Tanacea, one of Mr. Miller’s former students states that, “He is one of the best teachers I have ever had.  Mr. Miller is kind, helpful, and a problem solver.  His WNMS class is my favorite part of the day.  It is my first hour, and puts me in a great mood for the entire day.”

Mr. Miller, in his eighteen and a half years at Novi Middle School, has grown and cultivated young minds and athletes focusing on supporting students in and out of the classroom.  He is a true, strong asset to the Novi Middle School staff.


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