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Novi Today Magazine Excerpts

Teachers of the Year: Standout educators recognized for work in and out of classroom

Service with a Purpose: Feed the Need Novi offers far more than just a free meal

A Real Team Player: Robby Heil inspires other with his 'winning attitude'

Mr. Langley Goes to Washington: NHS physics teacher receives prestigious award at White House ceremony

Beyond High School - Novi graduates ready to move forward to next stage

Investing in our Children - Bond Projects will move district forward

Top 5 Ways to Suppress Summer Learning Loss


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Logo - The Art Institute of Michigan

March 2008 - The City of Novi welcomes the Art Institute of Michigan into the community. The Art Institute of Michigan is a branch of The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago. The school is one of The Art Institutes, a system of more than 40 schools across North America. The Art Institute of Michigan offers degrees in Advertising, Culinary Arts, Fashion Marketing and Management, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Visual Communications and Web Design. For more information please visit The Art Institute of Michigan's website.

Novi High School Physical Sciences
teacher receives the
Milken National Educator Award

Brian Langley

The City of Novi congratulates Novi High School Physical Sciences teacher Brian Langley for receiving the Milken National Educator Award.  Mr. Langley was selected for this prestigious national honor by an independent blue-ribbon committee that recommends candidates to the Milken Family Foundation. Mr. Langley was informed of his award at a surprise ceremony on Thursday, October 18, 2007 in the Novi High School Auditorium in front of the entire student body, State officials, and school and City officials.  The Milken Family Foundation, based in Santa Monica, California, selects recipients based upon exceptional educational talent as evidenced by effective instructional practices, exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom, strong long-range potential for professional and policy leadership and an engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues and the community.

 Press Release

Novi Elementary School named
Blue Ribbon Exemplary School

Two students holding up Exemplary School sign

2007 - Congratulations to Novi Meadows Elementary School on being named a Blue Ribbon Exemplary School by the State of Michigan.  City officials were proud to be a part of the incredible award ceremony and present streets signs celebrating the accomplishment.  Established in 1982, the Michigan Blue Ribbon Exemplary School Program recognizes schools that demonstrate a strong commitment to educational excellence and significant academic improvement over five years.

Education is a valued asset in Novi, making the community a choice place to live because of the highest quality education opportunities.  The City is serviced by four award winning school districts with 11 elementary attendance areas serving Novi's 53,000 residents.  Visit the Novi Community School District website.  Or visit Novi's other public school districts websites: Northville Public Schools, Walled Lake Schools, or South Lyon Community Schools

The City of Novi is also proud to be the home of Walsh College, an award-winning secondary education facility, Catholic Central High School and Japanese School of Detroit

The University of Phoenix in Livonia offers on campus or online courses, allowing you to earn your degree when and where you want.

Franklin Road Christian School is a K-12 coeducational, college-preparatory school with a nondenominational Christian philosophy.  They have been located in Novi since 2000.

Walled Lake Schools

Walled Lake Schools' You Tube Videos

The following articles are from the Walled Lake Schools newsletter Learning and the Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Board Briefs.

Glengary Receives Michigan Blue Ribbon School Award
Walled Lake Schools Serves Nine Communities
Study Cites School District’s Excellence

Glengary Receives Michigan Blue Ribbon School Award  

Glengary Elementary School is the proud recipient of the 2000-2001 Michigan Blue Ribbon Exemplary School award.  Established by the Secretary of Education in 1982, the purpose of the Blue Ribbon Schools Program is to:

  • Identify and give public recognition to outstanding public and private schools across the United States.
  • Make available a comprehensive framework of key criteria for school effectiveness that can serve as a basis for participatory self-assessment and planning in schools.
  • Facilitate communication and sharing of best practices within and among schools based on a common understanding of criteria related to success.

Blue Ribbon schools model excellence and equity.  They exhibit a strong commitment to educational excellence for all students.  The school's success in furthering the intellectual, social, moral, and physical growth of all its students, including those with disabilities and limited English skills, is a basic consideration underlying the recognition criteria.  In seeking successful schools, the program welcomes both schools that have demonstrated sustained success in achieving these values and schools that have demonstrated significant improvements by overcoming serious obstacles.

This year fifty elementary schools from across the state of Michigan completed the rigorous Blue Ribbon application requiring descriptions and proof of successes in the following eight criteria areas:

  • Student focus and support
  • School organization and culture
  • Challenging standards and curriculum
  • Active teaching and learning
  • Professional community
  • Leadership and educational vitality
  • School, family and community partnerships
  • Indicators of success

Only nineteen of the fifty elementary schools were selected for site visits by the Michigan Blue Ribbon Review Panel.  The site visit for Glengary took place on October 23, 2000.  They received an exemplary score and were officially validated on November 8, 2000 as a state Blue Ribbon school.  The Michigan Department of Education has nominated and submitted Glengary's application to the U.S. Department of Education where they now aspire to win the National Blue Ribbon award.

Walled Lake Schools Serves Nine Communities 

The Walled Lake School District encompasses more than 55 square miles and includes all or part of nine governmental units: The cities of Farmington Hills, Novi, Orchard Lake, Walled Lake and Wixom, the townships of Commerce, West Bloomfield and White Lake, and Wolverine Lake Village.

Study Cites School District’s Excellence 

Walled Lake Schools has earned the Gold Medallion Award in the tenth annual Educational Quotient ratings conducted by Expansion Management magazine.  The Gold Medallion Award is reserved for only those districts scoring in the top 16% nationwide.

The magazine’s annual rating of 2,234 school districts across the country covers communities of 15,000 or more.  The Educational Quotient of a district is a score derived from numerical weight factors such as graduation rates and test scores, as well as other factors such as a measurement of the community’s financial investment in its school, teacher salaries, student-teacher ratios, and educational levels of community members.

A release issued by the magazine states, "The EQ, unlike many other educational ratings, focuses primarily on results.  Although we do gather data on spending and salaries and the socio-economic background of the community, what’s most important to us are test scores and graduation rates."

The Walled Lake District has also been honored for the past several years by another national school rating organization, SchoolMatch, with its What Parents Want Award presented annually to districts ranking in the top fifteen percent nationally.