News from MAS
Parents are reminded of a district early dismissal for parent-teacher conferences this Thursday, Nov. 8. Emerald Elementary will dismiss at 12:50 p.m., followed by the middle/high school at 1 p.m. Conferences begin at 1:30 p.m. and run until 6:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing you!
Students in Mr. Lindstrom’s fourth grade class participated in a demonstration on how energy from coal is converted into electrical energy. The presenters were from Efficiency United, and supported by the National Energy Foundation. They talked about the types of energy, how energy is made and transported, and how we can save energy. At the end, each student that returned a permission slip, was given a Think! Energy Take Action kit. This kit gives each student a chance to be an energy leader in their home and community; and, their families can benefit from lower utility bills!
Ms. Barton and Mrs. Morrison’s fifth grade classes have been studying Newton’s “First Law of Motion” through activities in science class. During these interactive lessons, the students explored and gathered data about the benefits and uses of a running start. The students related this activity to real life by considering what a running start provides to athletes in sporting events. The students worked together with their partner to measure the distance jumped from a standing still position. The partners then compared this distance to the distance traveled with a running start.
Family Challenges has concluded at Emerald Elementary. The event was a huge success as over 1,600 challenges were completed during the two weeks. Each day was a choice from three different events families could do together, such as read a book, play a board game, or walk the boardwalk. Thank you to all families that participated. It is a great testament to the family and school connection at Emerald!
The High School Quiz Bowl Team has been selected. They will have their first competition against Ironwood on Nov. 16. Representing Manistique will be: Kenner Broullire (Captain), Trevor Thill, Jared Edwards, and Coby Ryan. Other team members include: Zach Lindemuth, Logan Hayward, Victoria Bosen, Mandy Swayer, Theresa Weber, Tyler Kangas, Shelbey Saffer, and Ashlyn Thill. High School Bowl is a production of Northern Michigan University. We will keep you posted as to when this match will be aired on Public TV 13. Good luck, Emeralds!
A letter of congratulations was received recently from the College
Board’s Advanced Placement Program and Educational Testing Service, citing the significant contributions made by Mr. Pratt at the 2012 AP Reading. Mr. Pratt teaches biology and environmental science this year in the middle/high school. This summer, he and 310 other high school AP Biology teachers joined forces with college faculty who teach in the same discipline to score 191,773 exams in Kansas City, Mo. AP teachers state this is a valuable professional development experience. It is an opportunity to exchange instructional practice ideas that lead to optimal student performance. Thank you, Mr. Pratt!
Participating in the recent Manistique Community Orchestra Fall Concert were MAS students, employees, and substitutes: Mindy Hoholik, Mandy Swayer, Colleen Hoholik, Heidi Troyer, Janet Peterson, Jessica Vitale, Parker Birr, Shelbey Saffer, Mary Halpin, Kim Saffer, and Barbara Landis.
News from Mr. Rochon, guidance counselor: Just a reminder that all juniors will be taking the ASVAB Career Exploration Test on Dec. 6 in the high school gym. The test is from 8:45 a.m. until approximately 12:15 p.m. This test replaces the week-long Differential Aptitude Test given previously to all juniors. Students are not allowed to bring a calculator, and pencils will be provided to them. Once again, the Elks is offering student scholarships through the Elk’s Most Valuable Student Scholarship, which is open to all seniors. The application deadline is Dec. 7. If you would like an application, or are turning in an application, please see Mr. Rochon. This application must be done in ink – no pencils allowed.
There is school on Nov. 16! There is no school on Nov. 15 (Deer Day).
Parents are reminded of the Thanksgiving Break: There will be no school Nov. 21 – 23. School resumes on Nov. 26.