2012-04-05 / News

Manistique Area Schools


Seventh grade students in Mrs. Marana’s reading class recently decorated shoe boxes to represent their own identity. Pictured with their creations are Takota Spears, Kelsey Dehanke, Rachael Perry, Macy McBurney and McKenzie Reid. 
(Submitted photo) Seventh grade students in Mrs. Marana’s reading class recently decorated shoe boxes to represent their own identity. Pictured with their creations are Takota Spears, Kelsey Dehanke, Rachael Perry, Macy McBurney and McKenzie Reid. (Submitted photo) Plan now to attend the Open House from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Emerald is our Shining Star in the community since opening in November of 2007. Our school has been recognized by the State of Michigan for its successful implementation of MiBLSi (Behavior and Learning/Reading programs). We welcome ALL students and provide a safe, caring environment where children can learn and grow. Students will be giving tours of the building and staff members will be present to answer your questions. If you want to spend a day at school, please contact Emerald at 341-4332, and we will make all the arrangements. Take the “Explorer Experience!”

Upcoming Emerald Events to put on your calendar: Thursday, May 3, Fourth and Fifth Grade Program, “A World of Music,” at the Frederickson Auditorium from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 4, Careers on Wheels from Noon until 4 p.m. in the Emerald Elementary Back Parking Lot. Come and see community businesses that bring their vehicles. So far, we have a bulk truck, dump truck, front-end loader, lunch truck, ambulance, squad car, cement mixer, bus, snow plow, and an entry from the US Postal Service. Monday, May 14, school wide Science Fair and Art Fair from 6-8 p.m. From the ceiling to the walls in the hall, Emerald will be a showplace of student art and science projects.

Kudos to Gary Lindstrom, staff, and helpers at the first Emerald Engineering Family Night. Great success and attendance….even TV-6 spent almost the entire event filming and interviewing students and staff. I tried my expertise at deciding what engineers were responsible for recent inventions such as the cell phone. At another table, I watched a student build a tower with toilet paper rolls and cardboard platforms. She then had to remove the rolls one by one without toppling the tower.

Students in Mrs. Hoholik’s and Mrs. Brown’s classes brought spring to their hallway – Come fly a kite with us! The Third Grade students made beautiful kites to welcome in spring. Students also finished their Michigan History books! Thanks to the Schoolcraft Chamber of Commerce for all their donations on Michigan to our classes. Third Graders say they are enjoying the warm weather, and love the sunshine.

EXTRA! EXTRA! You DO NOT want to miss the debut performance of the Emerald Glee Club! Be sure the Frederickson Auditorium early to get a good seat for the 4 p.m. curtain on Sunday, April 22. I have been told the costumes are awesome, the dancing spectacular, and the singing “unbelievable.”

Sixth Graders recently demonstrated some of their very creative inventions. Students had to use more than one simple machine, and have a purpose. It was so much fun watching their demonstrations! Some of the creations were a cat feeder, a balloon popper, a flag raiser using water power, and a die thrower. Mrs. Lowman says, “Thanks, kids, for a great afternoon of good science and great fun!”

Mrs. Marana’s Seventh Grade Reading class just finished “The Outsiders”. Students focused on several topics including family, stereotypes, and identity. They decorated shoe boxes to represent their own identity, and wrote about the factors that have influenced who they are today. It was a great project with an array of beautiful boxes.

WOW, did Penny Wars get exciting this year!!! Mr. Yurk reports that the Student Council raised a record breaking $1944.79! The total donation from HSSC to CBC was $2,000!!! Thanks to the high school students for a GRRRReat Penny War!

Mr. Yurk thanks the Manistique Public Safety and Officer Kevin Smith for bringing the department’s drug sniffing dog to the Middle/ High School. After a thorough sniff through the building, the canine did not find any drugs.

A personal “Thank You” to Rae Birr and Kathy Brown and the seniors for the invitation to their Academic Booster Banquet held on March 21, at Emerald Elementary. Manistique Area Schools has the last active Academic Booster Club in the Upper Peninsula, and they are looking for new parent members. I had the pleasure of handing out letters, medals, and plaques to many of our high school students. Departing seniors, in turn, recognized favorite teachers that had made a difference in their schooling: Melissa Schwartz, Robin Mulligan, and Jessica Vitale. Please keep this very important night of recognizing academic achievement going. Become an Academic Booster Club member. You can contact the Superintendent’s Office (341-4330) and your name will be forwarded.

URGENT MESSAGE FROM MR. ROCHON: Parents of Seniors and Seniors - Local Scholarships are due to Mr. Rochon in the High School Office on Tuesday, April 10! The Fraternal Order of Police Scholarship must be mailed to the address listed on the application by April 15.

Manistique High School will once again offer the ACT Test on Saturday, June 9, in the upstairs High School classroom(s). Juniors are encouraged to retake the ACT and do not have to sign up for the writing portion of the ACT. The cost for the student to take the ACT (NO WRITING) is $34. The online registration deadline, without incurring a late fee, is May 4. Students can pick up an ACT online registration booklet and Preparing for the ACT Study Guide from Mr. Rochon in the High School Office. Our High School Code is 232410.

Upcoming Events:

April 9: Green Fire Booster Meeting in the HS Cafeteria beginning at 6:30 p.m.

April 10: Spring Break ends and students return to school.

April 11: Pigs vs Punks Basketball game at the HS gym starting at 7 p.m.

April 12: Senior Class Play (Seniors LIVE) April 12-13-14 in the Auditorium at 7 p.m. each night. Emerald Open House (5-7 p.m.).

April 14: Yooper Hooper!!

April 16: Girls’ Softball at Home against Escanaba at 4 & 6 p.m.

April 17: Golf at Home against Big Bay starting at 4:15 p.m.

April 18: Golf at Home with Ishpeming starting at 4:15 p.m. Girls’ Softball also at Home with Negaunee at 4 & 6 p.m.

April 19: Girls’ Softball at Home with Newberry at 4 & 6 p.m.

April 20: Emerald Fun Night at the Emerald Gym from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; at the Middle/High School – A Dance and Activity Night from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.

April 21: Youth Wrestling Tournament – All Day

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