News from MAS
Congratulations to the Emeralds’ varsity football team! With their win over Harbor Springs last Friday, they have qualified for the 2012 High School Football Playoffs. The Emeralds will play the Calumet Copper Kings in Calumet at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26. The winner of that game will advance to the district final to play the winner of the Iron Mountain-Negaunee game, the other half of our region’s bracket.
Manistique Area Schools’ administration and staff have made the decision to cancel school for Friday, Oct. 26. This decision was made due to the 400 mile round trip to Calumet, an early departure for the players, cheerleaders, and coaches, as well as other staff members who want to support the team and leave prior to the end of school. This will allow parents and community members who wish to take their children to the game the opportunity to do so without missing school time.
We are in the process of securing a fan bus for any community members, parents, or students who wish to go to Calumet to support the team. If there is enough interest, the fan bus will leave at 1 p.m. on Friday from the Manistique High School parking lot. The bus will return to Manistique very late on Friday night, into the early hours of Saturday morning. Anyone can sign up for the fan bus in the high school office. The cost to ride is $10 per person, and must be paid as each person signs up. We must have a minimum of 40 people pay and register to ride the fan bus to send it to Calumet. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Rob Ryan at 341-4304.
In other news: Mrs. Ashbrook reports that the seventh and eighth grade “exploratory computer” classes have just wrapped up their unit on cyber safety. The students went through a variety of simulations in which they were deemed a secret agent and had to perform various tasks in order to be presented their “Cyber Safety Expert Badge”. Within the simulations, there were three missions. The first mission was called “Cybershield”. The Cybershield mission had three quests that needed to be completed: bill of rights, danger, and an online etiquette quest. The “Protect Your Identity” mission had three quests, too: cyber spy game, ID faceoff game, and tracking Teresa. The final mission was the “Stop the Bully” mission. The quests within this mission included a cyber bullying video, nobody likes a bully, and the Webonauts Academy. The students were then assessed on what they had learned, and their final culminating project was to develop a PowerPoint to present to the class.
At Emerald Elementary: This year, students will kick-off the Halloween parties with a parade through the gymnasium at 1:15 p.m. on Oct. 31. Parents and community members are welcome to watch the parade! Once the parade is over, family members are invited to help out with classroom parties and activities. Students will not be wearing costumes in school for the entire day. Students need to bring their costume in a separate bag. Keep it simple so your child can be successful getting ready independently just before the parade. No weapons, face paint, or sprays.