2012-12-20 / Community

News from MAS

Emerald Elementary fifth grade students participate in a recent science activity. Emerald Elementary fifth grade students participate in a recent science activity. Mr. Mason, Emerald Elementary principal, reports that over 70 students participated in the recent “Fun Night”. The night included basketball, puzzles, games and movies. Coming up on Jan. 18, YETI (Youth Entertaining Teen Initiatives) will be sponsoring a fun night event at the middle/high school for Emerald students. Watch for flyers coming home after Christmas break.

As part of their current science unit of “Forces and Motion”, students in Mrs. Morrison and Ms. Barton’s fifth grade classes were excited to experience a “Carnival of Forces” recently. Seven science stations were set up, and students rotated through them to discover the effects of buoyant, magnetic, elastic, frictional, and electrical forces.

The numbers are in from the middle/high School participation in the recent TV-6 Canathon. The students brought in about 1,200 pounds of food! YETI sponsored an ice cream social for the winning middle school class, and the winning high school class. The sixth grade won the middle school competition with 118 pounds. The freshmen won the high school competition with 240 pounds! Way to go!

Mr. Powers’ economics class continued their lecture series on personal finance. On select Fridays, local guest speakers come into class to help explain the importance of different aspects of personal finance. On Dec. 14, Amy Braun, owner of the Savings Agency Insurance, spoke to the students about insurance. Students now have a better understanding of costs and benefits of buying insurance. Several types of insurance were discussed: renters, auto, life, home, and medical. Some past lecture presenters: investing by Tom Pugh of Edward Jones; accounting, budgets, credit card debt, and student loan debt by Lisa Holmberg of Carmuse; and, financial institutions by Amy Blanchard of Limestone Federal Credit Union. The idea of the lecture series is to put the theory of the classroom into reality of life. In hearing these local experts, hopefully high school students will be more intelligent and responsible when it comes to personal finance. This knowledge of personal finance will assist them with money and finances as they enter life after Manistique High School.

Manistique Area Schools is pleased to announce a special program for seniors and their parents called Financial Aid Night on Jan. 22. The director of financial aid for Bay College will present this program in the Community Room of the Manistique Middle/High School from 6-7 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/daughter applies to colleges and universities. We will also discuss some important websites and scholarships available to your son/daughter.

Parents of juniors: Mike Rochon, guidance counselor, has recently written a letter to inform you about the Michigan Merit exams which will take place March 5-7 for all Manistique High School juniors. The first day of testing is comprised of the ACT English, reading, math, science, and writing tests. The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. The test questions are directly related to what the students have learned in their high school courses. The ACT is the most important test your son/daughter will take. This test, along with transcript of grades, is what determines financial aid, scholarships, and most importantly, entrance into a college or university. Manistique High School staff is strongly encouraging your junior to take the free, online practice tests to prepare for the Michigan Merit Exam in March. Students can go to: www.actstudent.org and click on “Test Prep” on top. Students can then click on “Practice Test Questions” on the left side of the screen. Students have also been given a user name and password to log on to www.actonlineprep.com to review and take practice tests. There will be four Saturday sessions during the months of January and February. Students can come to the high school computer lab and take practice tests to review for the ACT. The fours Saturdays are: Jan. 19 and 26 and Feb. 9 and 23 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Rochon at 341-4300.

Athletic events:

Dec. 21 – JV and varsity girls’ basketball at home against Westwood (6 p.m.)

Dec. 27 – Freshman boys’ basketball at home against Negaunee (3 p.m. at MHS Gym); additional games follow at 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 28 – JV and varsity girls’ basketball at home against Newberry (6 p.m.)

Christmas break: Last day of school – Dec. 21. School resumes Jan. 3.

Happy holiday wishes from the students and staff of Manistique Area Schools!

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