KIDS IN THE COMMUNITY

Decorative headerWe want to know what is going on with Novi students. If they are volunteering in the community, achieved special recognition, reaching new heights in sports - we want to know about it! Send us an email to bill.roose@novik12.org with a photo, first and last name, year, and short explanation. Their story might be featured in Kids in the Community!


Ichiro Foster's essay as it appeared in a Japanese newspaper.ALL THE NEWS FIT TO PRINT:
In October, Ichiro Foster, a second grader at Parkview Elementary, had his essay published in Shukan New York Seikatsu, a Japanese newspaper based in New York City. Out of 100 submissions, Ichiro, who was born in the United States, was one of six writers chosen to have his essay printed!

Here is a translation of Ichiro’s essay titled “My Family”:

In my family there is me, my mother and my father.

My mother is Japanese. She is a little tall and slim. She is kind, and buys candy and toys to give me. So I love her.

​My father is American. He speaks a little bit of Japanese. We always play together. Recently, he taught me how to catch fish. It was really fun.


GIVING A HELPING HAND: Last month, Novi Meadows students Sumukh Kallur, Neil Sinha, Kritin Bheemineni, and Ayush Venkannagari participated in a community service activity at Gleaners Food Bank in Howell, helping bag several pounds of potatoes and apples. Way to go, gentlemen!

Novi Meadows students Sumukh Kallur, Neil Sinha, Kritin Bheemineni, and Ayush Venkannagari participated in a community service activity at Gleaners Food Bank.


The U11 Heat baseball team made up mostly of sixth graders from Novi Meadows.A WINNING SPIRIT: The 11U Heat Baseball team went to The Summit City Sluggers tournament in Indiana this summer. All proceeds of the event went to cancer research, and our Novi boys raised $1,500 – mostly on their own – which was the most raised by any team at the tourney. To top it off, the Heat, comprised mainly of sixth graders from Novi Meadows, won the championship! 

Boys from Novi on the team are Boden Fernsler, Thad Lawler, Drew Pleet (seventh grader at Novi Middle School), Wyatt Sparkman, Yu Sugioka, Nolan Thompson, and Caleb Walker.


Sahasra Yalavarty, a fourth grader at Novi Woods, performs at an Indian Dance competition held by the Detroit Telugu Association.

 

DANCING QUEEN: This summer, Sahasra Yalavarty participated in an Indian Dance competition held by Detroit Telugu Association. The fourth grader at Novi Woods took home first prize in the "classical dance" category, which is a very intense dance program that needs dedication, concentration, expression and energy.
Congratulations, Sahasra!

 


TIME IN SPACE: This summer, Novi High School freshman Sujit Lakshmikanth won the Mars Exploration Zone Map Design competition, hosted by the International Cartography Association. He was then selected to present his work at the International Cartography Conference, which was held in Washington D.C. in July.
 
Novi High School freshman Sujit Lakshmikanth won the Mars Exploration Zone Map Design competition.Sujit’s work, titled “Map of Mawrth Vallis for the Manned Mission to Mars” was intended to propose a road/resource map for the Mawrth Vallis exploration zone to guide the exploration of the manned missions to Mars.

Mawrth Vallis is a 636 kilometer ancient water outflow channel, which terminates at the border of the southern highlands and northern lowlands. Just south of the terminus of Mawrth Vallis, is the exploration zone. There’s a high bio-signature preservation potential, meaning that most evidence of the past environment would have been likely to be preserved. The exploration zone contains the largest amount of phyllosilicates on Mars, yielding information about past environments, water can be extracted and other elements such as Iron, Aluminum, and Silicon can also be collected from the clay. It has the most abundant hydrated mineral resource on Mars.

All the craters, water features, labels, and the routes were all drawn with the Science Regions of Interest (ROIs) layer. The landing sites were drawn with the Landing Zone layer, and the ellipses were made with the Landing Site Ellipse layer, which Sujit renamed to Science and Resource ROIs + Outcrop B. This map of Mawrth Vallis should be used during the manned mission to Mars because this map shows many of the natural features of the exploration zone, the routes are at a low incline, which would reduce difficulty traveling through the Mawrth Vallis. Most of the distances between the landing sites and ROIs as well as between the ROIs are short, reducing time for traveling and increasing time for exploration.