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Northview High School recognized by governor for math and science scores

A local high school is getting recognized for improving student performance in math and science.

Florida's governor is taking note, and that's positive reinforcement for faculty, staff and students at Northview.

They say the proof is in the pudding, and Northview High School is putting up some impressive numbers - and not just on the football field.
We're talking about test scores here, and those numbers are getting noticed.

There's something going on at Northview High School
Danielle Robinson/Northview 10th grader
"I love math!"
Reporter "why?"
Danielle "Because it makes me feel really smart. And I just like solving really long math problems."

It seems lots of Northview students like to solve math problems and science problems too.
That's reflected in the test scores.
Northview's High marks caught the attention of Governor Rick Scott who has sent the school three hand-written, congratulation notes.

That's big for a small school that's usually...
Gayle Weaver/Principal, Northview High School

"Low profile. You know sometimes we don't get the attention that some of the larger schools get. So we're very excited that the governor knows something about us now."

So what's the key to this math and science resurgence?
Teachers like Derek Marshman for one.
He's a football and geometry coach bringing a special brand of energy to the classroom and it really connects with the kids.

Derek Marshman/Geometry teacher
"if I'm not having fun, then they're not having fun. So I try to bring a lot of energy in. I coach football, so I try to bring that energy in from the field as well."

Rickey Smith/Northview 11th grader
"We've got really good teachers. Coach Marshman, he's one of my favorites. But yeah, they're just really in-depth with what they do."

And as a title one school with economically disadvantaged students.  Northview is able to offer tutoring before and after school, free of charge to students.

And that extra help is really paying off.
Alexandria Burt/Northview 10th grader
"I go to the after school program and it helps me a lot, because they break it down and get fun facts about it so you can remember."

Northview High School students are wrapping up their end of course exams right now, before the Christmas break, and after that they'll be getting ready for the FCAT - which comes our way in March and April.