News from MAS
The Manistique robotics team had a strong showing in its second outing in St. Johns over the weekend. The competition started with the Junkyard Dawgs garnering many points, and achieving a ranking of 10th out of 40 teams. Mechanical difficulties struck when a motor mount broke. The team’s ranking dropped quickly as they worked to fix the problem. When the elimination round began, the robot was back to functioning properly. They were once again selected in the draft round and made it to the quarterfinals before they were eliminated. The students are proud of the fact that they continue to have success in this arena of competition. State finals are an option for team Manistique, but it will require aggressive fundraising.
Emerald Elementary School hosted a Family Engineering Night on March 13 in the gym and neighboring classrooms. Students in grades K-5 and their parents were invited to participate in fun, hands-on activities to learn about engineering. The Junkyard Dawgs even made an appearance, and students demonstrated its talents. Families participated in several short activities related to a variety of engineering fields focused on how science, technology, engineering, and math are interrelated with everyday life.
“Engineering is fun, it helps people by solving problems, and we can all be engineers!” – this is the message fourth grade teacher, Gary Lindstrom, wants to get out. There are many opportunities in the STEM fields. These activities are a great way to introduce students and parents to that exciting world. The Family Engineering Night at Emerald was sponsored by the Northwoods Math and Science Center, Michigan Math and Science Centers Network, Michigan STEM Partnership, and Michigan Technological University, with some funding from the National Defense Education Program and Square One Education Network.
There is a Pajama Day fundraiser planned for March 22 at Emerald Elementary. Funds raised will go to the annual CBC Telethon.
Last week, Emerald Elementary celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Week. The students worked extra hard on promoting kindness throughout the school. Each day focused on kindness in a different area of the children’s lives. The Anti-Bullying Committee worked after school the Friday before, and placed a heart on each student’s locker. The heart had a Random Act of Kindness suggestion to perform. To conclude the week, all students participated in a Mix It Up Day at lunch. Each student received a colored dot when they walked into the cafeteria. They reported to the table that corresponded with their color dot. The students then sat with someone new at lunch and got to know that person. There was also a coloring contest (K-2), a poster/slogan contest (3-5), and all are now on display throughout the hallways of the school – still promoting kindness.
Students at Emerald have been celebrating March is Reading Month. Retired Manistique elementary teacher, Bette Jahn, recently shared a story in Mrs. Sherbinow’s second grade classroom. She will be back to read again, and help work on poetry (the genre of the story she shared).
Fox and Branch to perform at Emerald: Fox and Branch are veteran performers who pride themselves on their professionalism, versatility and adaptability. They have played for enthusiastic audiences at festivals, bookstores, schools, libraries, and at farmer’s markets. Their music taps into a rich vein of American music that strikes a chord with diverse audiences. Their recordings have received acclaim from parents, educators, librarians and national publications. The Fox and Branch Educational Program will get your group singing. The audience will feel a part of the folk tradition, as they make their own changes to well-known songs and learn about unique folk instruments like the washboard. Students will have an opportunity to play some of the instruments, encouraging their musical development. The performance schedule: March 21 (Grades 3-5) at 1:30 p.m. (public welcome); March 22 (Grades Pre-K-2) at 8:30 a.m. (public welcome).
The Lions International is offering a District 10 Scholarship for students who have a learning and/ or physical disability and have a cumulativeGPAofaCorbetter. Seniors: the application deadline is April 15. Please see Mr. Rochon in the Guidance Office.
Yooper Hooper forms are available in the high school office for the tournament to be held on April 13.
There will be a clothing drive for Department of Human Services March 23-24. You can donate youth and high school clothing until March 22 by dropping off in the high school office.
March 29 – Good Friday: no school
April 1 – 5 – Spring Break: no school
April 7 – Classes resume