Principal's Message

Dear Northwood Families,

I welcome you and your family to Northwood Elementary. I look forward to working with you and our dedicated staff to ensure all student’s experience success in their academic and personal growth. We are so glad to be a part of your student’s “Journey to Success.”  

Northwood Elementary School’s “Journey to Success” …

We have partnered with Harper for Kids (HFK), a children’s nonprofit organization founded by Peanut Louie Harper and Tim Harper. This partnership allows us to incorporate HFK’s Youth Character Development Program, which is based upon legendary UCLA Coach John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success into our character education program. HFK introduces Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success life skills through his children’s book, Inch and Miles: The Journey to Success, which Peanut collaborated on.

According to Coach John Wooden, success is “peace of mind that is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”

Coach John Wooden became famous for his positive coaching style that led his UCLA basketball team to 10 national championships, seven of them in a row, winning 88 straight games. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and was ESPN’s Coach of the Century.

However, Coach Wooden’s coaching style was not about winning. It was about always giving 100% effort to do your personal best! To help our students at Northwood Elementary achieve their personal best, they will be learning about Coach Wooden’s “Pyramid of Success” (which consists of character traits necessary to achieving success in life according to his definition.) We will focus on certain character traits from the Pyramid of Success throughout the school year as follows:

  • September: Hard Work and Enthusiasm

  • October: Friendship and Loyalty

  • November: Cooperation

  • December: Self-Control and Determination

  • January: Alertness and Action

  • February: Fitness and Skill

  • March: Team Spirit

  • April: Poise and Confidence

  • May: Personal Best

As we progress through the school year each subsequent character trait will build on the previous ones. Our goal is to help students learn that making the effort, 100%, is what counts most of all. “When trying your best, success comes your way.”

All the help from home to reinforce these character traits and to discuss what these attributes look like for adults as well as children will help our staff make it a consistent, valuable program for our Northwood Elementary students. Our hope is that the program will continue through their lives.

I look forward to working as a community to help each student at Northwood achieve their personal best!

Janelle Mazza, Principal