News from MAS
Winterfest , “Decades of Emeralds”, has been in full swing since Monday after being rescheduled due to weather closures. Monday was “Green and White Day”, Tuesday was “Geriatrics Day”, and Wednesday – “Decades Day”. Thursday will be “Dress to Impress Your Valentine”, with evening events open to the public: coed basketball at 7:30 p.m., with the coronation at halftime. Winterfest concludes Thursday evening with a high school dance until midnight.
The HOSA class will sponsor a middle school Valentine’s dance on Feb. 14, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Any parent willing to help by serving as a chaperone is asked to contact Kris Demers at 341-4348.
Due to the recent inclement weather, the financial aid presentation has been rescheduled for 6-7 p.m. in the Manistique High School Community Room on Feb. 14. Parents of graduating seniors are encouraged to attend, as the process for applying for financial aid (and how it is determined) will be covered, as well as some important websites and scholarships available to your son or daughter. Please note: following the presentation, representatives from Limestone Federal Credit Union will be on hand to answer questions pertaining to student loans. They will have a table set up outside of the Community Room. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Rochon at 341-4300.
On Wednesday, Feb. 13, Manistique High School is proud to host the MHSAA Regional Team Wrestling meet. The meet will feature the district champions from the following districts: Onaway, Iron Mountain, Newberry, and Westwood. Admission prices are $5 for everybody (MHSAA rules). There will be 3 matches – 2 Semifinals and a Regional Final. The meet starts at 6 p.m. It is always an honor to be chosen by MSHAA to host these tournaments, and we certainly hope to see a good crowd out that night to support student athletes from the area.
We still have one Saturday Session (Feb. 23) from 9-11:30 a.m. for students to come to the high school computer lab to take practice tests to review for the ACT. Paper copies are available if any student cannot get to a computer or the lab sessions. Juniors can take free, online practice tests to prepare for the Michigan Merit Exam given March 5-7. Go to www.actstudent.org and click on “Test Prep”. The MME tests all juniors in reading, writing, math, social studies, science, and employment readiness. Please Note: state rules require that all testing must begin by 9 a.m., therefore, Wednesday delayed start will not apply to juniors during Michigan Merit Exams. Students must report to the middle/high school by 8:10 a.m. on all three days to board the bus to the testing site.
Rescheduled due to the weather: The UPSET Drug presentation with Det. Lt. Tim Scholander, Commander of UPSET/Michigan State Police. Thursday, Feb. 28, three presentations regarding drug awareness will take place: 9:20 a.m. middle school students; 10:25 a.m. high school students; and 6 p.m. community presentation in the auditorium. Please plan to attend this very important presentation.
Mr. Rochon, guidance counselor, has updated the list of scholarships that are still open and looking for applicants:
-Buick-General Motors Corporation : Deadline Feb. 28, Students must be pursuing a degree in engineering/ technology or select design and business-related programs. Apply at www.buickachievers.com.
-Rosa Parks Scholarship Association: Deadline March 1, $2,000 scholarship. To participate: GPA of 2.5 or higher; complete the application form, essay, and three letters of recommendation. See Mr. Rochon in the office for the application.
-Lions International: Deadline April 15, District 10 Scholarship for students who have a learning and/or physical disability and have a cumulative GPA of a “C” or better. See Mr. Rochon if you have any questions or would like an application.
News from the Little Explorers Early Childhood Program: It was Pajama Day recently in Mrs. Farley’s classroom. These Little Emerald Explorers were singing, “There were 10 in the bed and the little one said, “Roll over!”. In Mrs. Burnis’ classroom, Gabbi Buttermore’s dad, James, is acting as the math project. The children measured his beard at the end of January, and are making predictions for the remaining months of school!
Students in Mrs. Sherbinow’s and Mrs. Ryan’s second grade classes recently concluded their science unit on water by visiting the water treatment plant. Students watch as a staff member explains some of the processes used to treat water.
Mr. Lindstrom’s fourth grade students have been very busy experiencing science “first-hand”. They recently learned about the trees in the area as they snow-shoed at the Environmental Learning Lab.
Last year’s mascot for the U.P. 200 Sled Dog Race, Banshee, made a visit with his brother, Seamus.
To wrap their science unit on forces, students held a Mousetrap Car Race. Zach LaVance’s car went the furthest, and reached the wall on the other side of the gym. Kayla Muth’s car was the fastest. Students wrote an engineering journal discussing their trials and conclusions. They recorded their modifications, and listed the materials used along with preliminary and final sketches. This was a great way to tie in the scientific process, and learn about the physics of motion.
Two gardening units that Emerald Elementary received under the “Fuel Up to Play 60” grant were planted recently. Students planted tomatoes, basil, peppers, lettuce, and carrots. The produce will be used to make a healthy pizza for the school in the spring.
Parents are reminded of the following: Winter Break days (no school): Friday, Feb. 15 and Monday, Feb. 18. The regular monthly school board meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 18.