2013-01-10 / Community

News from MAS

Students from Mrs. McCune’s third grade class pose for a picture with the book “Stone Soup”. 
Courtesy photo Students from Mrs. McCune’s third grade class pose for a picture with the book “Stone Soup”. Courtesy photo Christmas break started early with two unexpected snow days! Welcome back!

The week before Christmas, students in Mrs. McCune’s third grade class learned first-hand that giving just a little could benefit many. After sharing two versions of “Stone Soup”, they made their own. Students brought in carrots, tomatoes, corn, rutabaga, peas, green beans, and cabbage. All were added to Mrs. McCune’s meaty soup bone, water and a smooth round stone. The next day, all shared the delicious soup with Mrs. Cyndi Hoholik’s third grade class. “Soup from a stone-imagine that!”

Preschool Family Activity Nights started at Emerald on Monday. If you missed the first one, you can still catch the remaining sessions each Monday from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria at Emerald Elementary. Contact Christi Ryan at 341-4332.

Emerald Elementary fourth and fifth grade students will begin their archery unit this week during physical education class. Mr. Marana is a certified archery instructor. Students will learn basic fundamental archery techniques and safety. This is a great opportunity for students to take advantage of the wonderful natural resources our community has to offer.

Again this year, a special program for seniors and their parents called Financial Aid Night will be held at the middle/high school. The director of financial aid for Bay College will present this program in the Community Room on Jan. 22, 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. Important websites and scholarships will also be discussed. Please make an effort to attend this important program. Manistique High School staff strongly encourages your junior to take free, online practice tests to prepare for the Michigan Merit Exam to be taken in March. Students can go to www.actstudent.org and click on “Test Prep” at the top. Students can then click on “Practice Test Questions”. If students do not have access to a computer, they are strongly encouraged to pick up a paper copy of the ACT test prep guide from Mr. Rochon in the MS/HS office. In addition, four Saturday prep sessions during the months of January and February are planned: Jan. 19 and 26; and Feb. 9 and 23. From 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., students can come to the high school computer lab and take practice tests to review for the ACT.

Planning Ahead: Mrs. Robin Mulligan, art teacher, and Mrs. Jackie Burns, middle school teacher, have been busy preparing for our annual show, “Students in the Arts”. Mark your calendars now for the week of Feb. 4! It promises to be even bigger than last year. Middle school drama performances will be during this week on Feb. 6-7-8 in the auditorium. Planning even further ahead: The high school drama club will be doing a musical for their spring production! Planning is also underway for the senior class play!

Mr. Rochon, guidance counselor, reminds parents of seniors that the following scholarships are available:

-Are you planning on pursuing a degree in law? If so, the NALS of Michigan is offering a $1,000 scholarship which has a deadline of Jan. 15. Students must have at least a “B” average and must be enrolling in the legal field.

-The Truman D. Pickard Scholarship Program is supporting Native American students pursuing a college degree in natural resources by offering the Intertribal Timber Council Scholarship. For more information on this scholarship (deadline Jan. 18), please visit the website at www.itcnet.org

-Michigan Education Association is offering student scholarships open to all seniors. The application deadline is Feb. 8. Last year, MEA awarded 36 scholarships totaling $36,000.

-Best Buy is awarding up to $1.1 million in scholarships for students in grades 9-12. The application period runs until Feb.15. Students must apply online at http://pr.bby.com.

-The Lions International is offering a District 10 Scholarship for students who have a learning and/or physical disability and have a cumulative GPAofaCorbetter.Theapplication deadline is April 15.

If you have any questions, or need an application, please contact Mr. Rochon in the MS/HS office or call 341-4307.

Upcoming athletic events – come out and support your Manistique Emeralds!

Jan. 11: Girls’ basketball with Gladstone (6 p.m.)

Jan. 12 – 13: Girls’ basketball tournament at Emerald and HS gyms (all day)

Jan. 14: Boys’ basketball with Rudyard (6 p.m.)

Jan. 15: Girls’ basketball with Munising 6 p.m. This will be Parents’ Night.

Jan. 16: Swim at home with Gladstone 5 p.m.

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