2013-05-09 / Community

News from MAS

Second grade students at Emerald have begun their year-end Alphabet Countdown. For “A” day, animals were the theme of the day. “Beach Day” was held in honor of the letter “B” and students brought their beach towel for reading, and enjoyed “Flip Flop” cookies.

The third grade classes hatched chicks in incubators while learning about life cycles. Students were able to watch the chicks hatch, and help care for them. It was comical that Mrs. Cyndi Hoholik’s chicks were mostly dark in color, and Mrs. Colleen Hoholik’s chicks were mostly light in color, just like their teachers’ hair color! Third grade students have also been busy making projects inspired by watching “Caine’s Arcade” on YouTube. Chelsea Jasmin made a castle box; Alex LaFayette a pinball game; Blake Espinoza a car game; Alexis Phillips and Breanna Clifton each made shoebox games.

Courtesy photos Above, third grader Destiny Aldrich holds a newly hatched chick during school recently. At right, second grade students celebrate their year-end “Alphabet Countdown” with “A” day. Animals were the theme, and students enjoyed a visit from one lucky dog. Courtesy photos Above, third grader Destiny Aldrich holds a newly hatched chick during school recently. At right, second grade students celebrate their year-end “Alphabet Countdown” with “A” day. Animals were the theme, and students enjoyed a visit from one lucky dog. Important dates to remember at Emerald Elementary: May 14 the fourth and fifth grade musical in the high school auditorium starting at 6:30 p.m. May 22 is the “Volunteer Breakfast” honoring all who have given of their time this school year to volunteer. May 22-24 is fifth grade science camp. May 28 the fifth grade travels to Mackinac Island. May 29 the fourth grade visits Fort Michilimackinac. May 30 the second grade field trip is to the Children’s Museum in Marquette; and, the third grade visits the Seney Wildlife Refuge. May 31 has the kindergarten and first grade classes visiting the Wallace Zoo.

Even with snow on the field, junior high tracksters were finally able to run recently on our track. The number of participants is a little lower this year, and it showed in the results. The girls finished one position down from last year, but the boys improved one position. Practices have been difficult with the weather and limited space. We appreciate the motorists giving us room when we are running along the side of the road. It has been difficult to find safe places to run when we still had snow on the road. Mr. Lindstrom thanks Ms. Muth for helping every day. It allowed the team to split up into individual events.

Our times were much better overall at the first meet this year than last. We are competing against some much older runners, but we still did well, and Mr. Lindstrom is proud of their efforts. For the girls, Ashley MacDonald came in first in the 3200-meter with a time of 14:30. Our 3200 relay team of MacDonald, Joslyn Muth, Sydny Peterson, and Emilee McDaniel came in second, beating their time from last year by a half a second. Fourth grader Maddie Riddlebaugh came in fourth in the 70-meter with a time a full second faster than last year’s time. Cat King ran hard for a fifth place finish in the 200. Sierra Warren tied for third in the shot put with a throw of 20 feet, 11 1/2 inches, while Jasmine Zellar won the event with a throw of 21 feet, 1 inch. Jasmine also placed third in the high jump.

On the boys’ side, the 800-relay team of Joey Hoholik, Richard Parker, Ronnie Beckman, and Christian Aldrich finished third. Hoholik also finished fifth in the 400 and fourth in the 200, so he had a good day Saturday. Aldrich had strong showing in the 70 by placing third. Chris Malloy jumped to fourth in the long jump. Keep in mind we have only been able to have a limited practice in shot put and no practice in the other two field events of the high jump and long jump. Matt Wood threw for a third place finish in shot put.

Mr. Lindstrom thanks all the parents for supporting their children and encouraging them to keep at it in these tough conditions. On May 11, junior high Tracksters will be in Bark River- Harris taking on the same strong teams. In the meantime, we try to stay healthy, and hopefully will improve our standings.

Parents are reminded of the calendar changes due to the inclement weather experienced over the winter months:

Students are in school on May 24 (Make up for October football tournament day)

Students are in school full days May 28, 29, 30, 31

Students are in school for exam days June 3 and 4 (early dismissal)

Upcoming Events:

May 9: Junior high track invitational at home starting at 4p.m.

May 14: Junior high track invitational at home starting at 4 p.m.

May 15: Girls softball at home with Norway starting at 4 and 6 p.m.

May 17: Jack Reque Alternative School graduation at 2 p.m. Hiawatha Community Center

May 18: Girls softball at home – “Pink” tournament starting at 10 a.m.

May 20: Golf at home with Escanaba and Munising at 4 p.m.

School board meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room

May 21: Salsa dance night in MS/HS cafeteria 7-9 p.m.

May 24: Graduation in the Bonfias Gym at 7:30 p.m.

May 27: No school – Memorial Day

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