2012-12-06 / Community

News from MAS

Jeff Dykehouse, from the Mackinac State Historic Parks is shown presenting the program “Water, Woods, and Wildlife” to Emerald Elementary students recently. Jeff Dykehouse, from the Mackinac State Historic Parks is shown presenting the program “Water, Woods, and Wildlife” to Emerald Elementary students recently. Our very own Linda Levin (Emerald Elementary) will be showcased on the TV6 “Upside” during the week of Jan. 7! The feature will run a few times each day during that week. Here is a small glimpse at what makes Linda so special: Busy does not begin to describe a day in the life of Linda Levin. She has worn many hats and has done many other jobs for Manistique Area Schools. She seems to be everywhere at Emerald, patiently working with children in grades Kindergarten through 5. In the lunchroom, on the playground, in her classroom, or conducting a meeting, her quiet demeanor assures those she is serving that they are important. She is a respected leader among her peers. Outside of the classroom she is a Daisy Girl Scout leader, conducts workshops for Girl Scout leaders throughout the U.P., and directs Girl Scout day camp in Wisconsin during her summer vacation. She can be found cooking for students at our three day environmental camp every spring, playing the organ for two churches every Sunday morning, or attending a Habitat for Humanity meeting. Linda works hard and plays hard, making her very deserving of the “Upside” recognition! Congratulations, Linda!

For most of the school year, the fourth grade curriculum focuses on Michigan History. The students in Mr. Lindstrom’s and Ms. Dale’s classes went on a field trip to the Seul Choix Pointe Lighthouse. The students spent some time learning about the lighthouse, and what an important role it played in the history of Michigan. They also had a chance to do some shopping in the gift shop, and were treated to cookies and apple cider. Ms. Dale’s students will be getting some new materials to help them become proficient in basic math facts, thanks to the generosity of the Schoolcraft County Community Foundation. Ms. Dale was awarded a grant for $298 to purchase some “Math Sharks”, “Math Windows”, and a “Multifactor” game. Ms. Dale and her class would like to send a big “thank you” to the foundation for their support! These materials are greatly appreciated!

On Nov. 29, Mr. Jeff Dykehouse from the Mackinac State Historic Parks was here to present “Water, Woods, and Wildlife”. The children enjoyed the program, and learned a great deal about Michigan wildlife.

Be there when the Emeralds varsity boys’ basketball hosts the Norway Knights this Friday, Dec. 7. A special performance by the “ZumbAtomic” students from Emerald Elementary’s After School Club will take place at halftime.

Kindergarten and first grade students will present their Pirate Christmas Program at the high school auditorium on Dec. 13 starting at 6:30 p.m. Get there early! Also, on Dec. 15, the Thompson historical musical, “The Christmas Schooner”, will be presented in the high school auditorium. Shows are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Congratulations to the junior high Quiz Bowl team of Isaac Anderson, Callie Ansell, Stephanie LaFoille, Anna VanDyck, and Dan Phillips on your terrific finish at the U.P. Junior High Quiz Bowl Tournament held in Bark River on Dec. 1. These students won the round robin competition for their group, advanced to the semi-finals, and placed fourth out of 20 teams from across the Upper Peninsula. Great job!

Four of the varsity volleyball players were given the “Individual- State Academic” award. This means the girls’ GPAs are among the “Top in the State” of all senior girls who play varsity volleyball! The recipients of the award are: Maryse Hinkson, Monica Giles, Shanel Bosanic, and Kaitlyn Ziminiski. Well done, ladies!

Kudos to Manistique High School Drama students and their director, Mrs. St. Amour. Awesome job with the “Rehearsal for Murder” production. We have amazing students with amazing talents in our district!

From Mr. Rochon, guidance counselor: On Jan. 4, a special program for seniors and their parents called “Financial Aid Night” will be held. The director of financial aid for Bay College will present the program in the Manistique High School Community Room from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The purpose of this presentation is to explain and discuss the process of applying for financial aid, and how financial aid is determined when your son or daughter applies to colleges and universities. They will also discuss some important websites and scholarships available to your son or daughter.

Mr. Rochon also reminds parents of seniors of the following scholarship opportunities and deadlines:

Elk’s Most Valuable Student Scholarship application (typed or in ink) due on Dec. 7

National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators scholarships due on Jan, 8. See Mr. Rochon for an application.

Burger King scholarships. Application deadline is Jan, 10. Apply online at: www.bkmclamorefoundation.org/ WhatWeDo/ ScholarsProgram.

Native American Seniors: Truman D. Pickard Scholarship Program application deadline is Jan. 18. Seniors must be pursuing a college degree in Natural Resources. See Mr. Rochon for flyer. Application at www.itcnet.org

Plum Creek Community Scholarship Program is due on Jan. 25. Applications are in the Guidance Office or on line at www.sms.scholarshipamerica.org/ plumcreek.

Michigan Education Association scholarship deadline is Feb. 8. See Mr. Rochon.

Upcoming Events:

Dec. 5: Wrestling at home with Munising, Kingsford, and Ishpeming (6 p.m.). Parents’ Night

Dec. 6: Swim at home with Westwood (5 p.m.)

Dec. 12: Jr. high boys’ basketball at Emerald against Munising (6 p.m.)

Dec. 13: Swim at home against Marquette (5 p.m.). Parents’ Night

Dec. 14: JV and varsity girls’ basketball at home with Iron Mountain (6 p.m.)

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