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Carrollton Public Schools P.O. Box 517, 3211 Carla Drive Carrollton, MI 48724

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Community Connection Volume 27, Issue 7

Inside this issue... Superintendent’s Corner ƒ Giving back ƒ Walk/Run for the Blind ƒ Calendar changes

CHS News ƒ Water crisis project ƒ Guiding students ƒ Students to Students

CMS News ƒ Summer Program ƒ CMS Celebrates

CES News ƒ Saginaw Spirit game ƒ Research project ƒ Primary Unit

Preschool applications available Carrollton Public Schools is accepting applications for 2014-2015 preschool enrollment. Please call 989-754-2425 for more information or stop by the Elementary School or JB Griffin Office.

Contact Numbers Superintendent 989-754-1475 Administration Office 989-754-1475 Omni 989-753-3477 High School 989-753-3433 Middle School 989-753-9704 Elementary/JB Griffin 989-754-2425 Check us out on the Web: www.carrolltonpublicschools.org

May 2014

CMS Students Perform Peter Pan Jr. By Celeste Rios Grade 8 This year’s Carrollton Middle School play was Peter Pan Jr. We may have had a small cast, but we sure did have one heck of a good show. It took a lot of time and preparation to make this show all work. Many of our practices were cancelled due to the overwhelming amount of snow that fell this winter. Luckily, our director, Sam Langhorne, scheduled extra practices to make up for the time we lost. The day of the first performance was nerve wracking. This day would be the first time we would actually perform in front of our parents, families, and friends. As we worked through the play it went better than we expected. By the end of the performance it was very emotional because we did such a great job and we remembered that we only had two more performances to showcase all our hard work. At the end of each show, Mr. Langhorne let us go out into the crowd while we were still in our costumes. This was a great opportunity for us to take pictures and see our families. After some of the performances there were even cute little kids that wanted our autographs. Although the play may be over I still feel like I have a second family, the cast and crew of the show. This play was the best ever; not only

Above, the cast and crew of Peter Pan Jr. cannot hide the excitement after the final performance of their show. Left, Peter Pan, played by Danielle Tafel, and Tinker Bell, played by Allison Krenz, pose for a picture.

because it went so well, but also because I made new friends and even improved my

friendship with others all while doing something I absolutely love.

Coates Selected as Carrollton Elementary School Principal It is pretty safe to say that 2014 had a rough start for all of the students and staff of Carrollton Elementary School. The new year started out with the unexpected loss of our beloved principal, Mr. Marc Jaremba. At a moment when it Sarah Coates seemed that it would be impossible to make it through this devastating loss, Mrs. Sarah Coates came forward to help. Mrs. Coates, an Elementary School Instructional Coach at the time, was appointed as the interim principal. She is a certified teacher, with a Master’s Degree, and 18 years of experience at CPS. Over the past four months, Mrs. Coates has worked hard to help everyone adjust to the new life at CES. Although new to the position, she is definitely not new to the district.

Mrs. Coates first entered the doors of Carrollton Schools in 1995 as a student teacher. Over the past 18 years at Carrollton she has taught at the Transitions Center, Middle School, and Elementary School. Over the last few years while working as an Instructional Coach, she worked closely with Mr. Jaremba learning the ins and outs of our school through the view of an administrator. When the time came that the Elementary School Principal position was posted, she put in her application. Mrs. Coates went through two rounds of interviews and landed the top spot. She was offered the position and happily accepted. Carrollton Elementary School is very excited to welcome Mrs. Coates into this new position. Her love of our students, school, and community has shown through time and again. We strongly believe that she will do a wonderful job and we are thrilled to have her. We know that she will continue the work that Mr. Jaremba began and make sure that all of the staff and students at Carrollton Elementary School strive for excellence. Cavalier Pride all the way.

Congratulations to the CHS Class of 2014 Please join us in celebration:

May 20 - 9 a.m. Candlelight CHS Gymnasium May 20 - 7 p.m. Baccalaureate St. Mathews May 22 - 7 p.m. Commencement CHS Gymnasium


CARROLLTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT Tim Wilson

Stable, Strong, and Moving Forward

Dear Carrollton Community, With many districts around us having serious financial problems and either being forced to dissolve their districts or severely cut programming, I wanted you to know that our district is very financially stable. We have a strong fund balance, and we will soon have a balanced budget. Based on our current enrollment, we have no plans to cut any teaching staff, we will not be charging students to play sports, and we plan to continue all of our elective classes and extracurricular activities at no charge to our students.

I have now had about a year to get to know and evaluate our district and identify our strengths and the areas we need to improve. I am very excited about the leadership team we have in place and the plans and actions we are putting in place to keep us moving ahead. I am looking forward to Carrollton Public Schools becoming stronger in all areas of your child’s education. Educating the whole child is extremely important to us. We desire to help your child succeed in their academics, in social responsibility, in athletics, and in the arts. We are one of the few districts in Saginaw County that has an early childhood education program that starts at age zero with our infant day care program. We also provide early childhood education through preschool age. Our K-12 program focuses on helping our students grow socially and academically. We also offer many electives, such as art, music, criminal justice, and theater, as well as other classes to help our students grow in the arts and in their special interests. Our K-12 program also offers many school-sponsored athletic programs, and we work

closely with the Carrollton Recreation Department to support even more athletic opportunities than just our school sports. Finally, our district offers an alternative high school education at OMNI, a full special education program in our K-12 buildings, and a program through age 26 at our Transitions Center. Carrollton Public Schools is a district that offers something for every child and the whole child! It is an exciting place to be! Carrollton Public Schools has been around more than 50 years! Based on our current financial stability and strength along with our desire to move forward and get even stronger in all programs, I know we will be around for at least another 50 years! Sincerely,

Tim Wilson, Superintendent

CAVS: Carrollton Artists Value Skill By Lauren Collison, High School Teacher The inspirational creativity and artistic talent from Carrollton Public Schools was shown in the 27th Annual Saginaw County Art Exhibit. The artwork was on display from April 28 through May 4, at the Fashion Square Mall. Several Carrollton

Elementary students and High School students had their artwork displayed at this honorable event. The breadth of skill amongst our students within the exhibition truly ignites Cavalier Pride. The Saginaw County Art Exhibit is sponsored by the Saginaw Intermediate School District and the School District of the City of Saginaw.

Top readers treated to lunch The March is Reading Month top readers from each classroom at Carrollton Elementary School were treated to lunch at McDonald's with Superintendent Tim Wilson. Congratulations everyone, so proud to call you Cavaliers. Keep up the great work!

The Carrollton Lion’s Club is sponsoring its annual...

Walk/Run for the Blind 5k Saturday, May 10 9 a.m. Carrollton High School Register online by visiting: www.signmeup.com/98188. The registration fee is $15. Proceeds go to the Leader Dogs for the Blind, a nonprofit organization in Rochester, MI. This event is made possible by the cooperation and support of Carrollton Public Schools and the Carrollton Township Police Department. For more information, please contact Craig Douglas: douglascraig97@gmail.com or 989-753-7261.

Another great way to be updated on upcoming events and news...

Calendar changes:

“Like” us on FaceBook: Search for Carrollton Public Schools and look for the Cavalier logo.

Snow day make-up dates · May 9, May 16, May 23 will be full school days. · June 6 will be a full school day. · June 9, 10 and 11 will be a half day schedule. · Last day of school is June 11.

2013 - 2014 Board of Education Phillip Abney, President Loren Fischer, Treasurer Anthony McDonald, Trustee

Gregory Morley, Vice-President Troy Lapine, Secretary William Feriend, Trustee Stephen Schwerin, Trustee

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, and the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act of 1977, it is the policy of the Carrollton Public School District that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, disability, height, weight, or marital status be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to, discrimination during any program, activity, service or in employment. For information, inquiries, or to file a complaint, contact the Superintendent of Carrollton Public Schools at PO Box 517, Carrollton, MI 48724, 989-754-1475.

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High School News Seniors to Seniors celebrates 5 years of success

Juniors planning for their future By Becca Sova Grade 11

With the help of many community sponsors including; Abele's Greenhouse, Lowe's, Home Depot, Lois Kay Contracting, Billy's Contracting, TJ's Screen Printing, Malott Coin Vending, and Creative Cut Barber, the Senior class of 2014 went out into the Community and spruced up the yards of 11 Seniors Citizens. It was a great day and the home owners were very appreciative.

Students from the Greenhouse class at Carrollton High School carried around backpacks filled with water jugs as part of a recent project. The students participated in the project in order to raise awareness of the Worldwide Water Crisis.

Guiding students to be proactive By Kourtney Bourbina High School Teacher My students at Carrollton High School recently completed a program that involved them working with a class at the Elementary School. The program was organized to help the younger students take the right steps in being proactive with their choices. Holly Rosales, Savannah Lintz, Richard Gonzales, Robert Carr, Alex Olvera, Jacob Mangas and Katelyn Schulz, are the High School students that were involved in this program. They visited CES once a week, for four weeks straight. Each time working with the younger students for an hour. The meetings seemed to have a huge impact on the Elementary Students. The High School students involved also seemed to really enjoy the experience and looked forward to going each week. This opportunity gave my students a good look at what they could do to help others with just a little time and effort. Most of the mentoring was done though communicating and listening. All of the students involved were sad when the program ended but are excited to look into continuing it next year.

With summer just around the corner and the Class of 2014 getting ready to pass on the Senior Status to the Juniors-it’s no surprise college has been a popular subject. On April 11, the Carrollton High School Junior class took an all day trip to Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant. They got to learn about college, what to expect, and they also had the chance to tour CMU’s campus. Beginning the day with an eventful bus ride and an energetic opening in the business building, the juniors were ready to tackle campus. Seeing the buildings and dorms the students could possibly live in was exciting. It really got the students thinking about college and where to apply, which they can start working on right after June 11. After the ACT in March, the juniors have been using their ACT prep class for campus tours, guest speakers, and college prep. As the year winds down and the juniors keep prepping for college by filling out applications, searching for scholarships and getting ready for senior year.

Water crisis project hits home for the Greenhouse class at CHS Did you know that 748 million people in the world do not have access to safe water? This is roughly one in ten of the world’s population. Source: WHO/ UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report. The week of March 17 Carrollton’s Greenhouse class began a group project on Worldwide Water Crisis. The project included extensive research on the topic of Worldwide Water Crisis, educational posters to raise awareness amongst their peers and a day long simulation. The project concluded with students simulating “a day in the life of a Kenya child.” Students carried backpacks filled with water containers all day long to simulate the story below. Students learned to appreciate the resources we have and how to conserve them. Just imagine… Your family probably doesn’t have

enough water for the day and so in the morning your parents ask you to take the water jugs and walk to the nearest well or watering hole. Imagine you leave in your bare feet and start walking. You know when you bring the water home you will not get to shower, brush your teeth, drink a lot or cool off in a sprinkler. All the water is saved for the things you need to stay alive. Finally, after 2 hours of walking, you get there. The water smells bad, it is brown and you know it will make you sick. You get the water, lift it up onto your head and it is very heavy. You are small and the water is almost impossible to carry but you need to make it home so you can attend school. But first, you must take another 2-hour trip along the same scary and dangerous road. Finally, you’re home. (Source: http://www.ryanswell.)

Health students analyze their diets By Angela Jamrog, High School Teacher As part of the unit on nutrition, freshman health students recently completed a total analysis of their current diets. Students wrote down all of the food and drinks they consumed for three days and then entered the information into the USDA website www.choosemyplate.gov. Based on height, weight, and physical activity level, a daily caloric limit and target values for each food group and for various nutrients were calculated for each student. Reports generated by the website were analyzed by each individual to determine areas of concern in his or her diet. Students looked at essen-

tial nutrients they were lacking and substances consumed in excess that should be limited such as saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium and sugar. Students were made aware that many of the calories being taken in were empty calories, those contributing little or no nutritional value. After the analysis, students were to come up with a plan as to how to eat healthier. Many students commented that this was an eye opening experience and that some major changes needed to take place in their diets. By completing this project, hopefully students came to realize the tremendous importance that a wellbalanced diet has on the overall health and functioning of the body.

Facility use request form online The facility use request form is online at http:// www.carrolltonpublicschools.org/facilityuse/. This form has all of the questions that need to be answered by anyone wanting to use the school facilities outside the normal school day.

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Middle School News Former Spartan shares experiences with CMS Students By Allison Metiva-Wajer Middle School Teacher On March 28, former Michigan State University basketball player, Anthony Ianni visited the Middle School to share his powerful message with our students. Ianni, who played MSU basketball for two seasons, is the only known person with autism to play a NCAA sport. He spoke to the students about taking care of each other and not bullying. He pushed this point further to mention many famous and successful people were bullied. He also spoke about perseverance and working hard to achieve goals and dreams in life. Since Ianni was young, he had to cope with both autism and bullies. Yet, despite these difficulties, it is Ianni who has come out on top proving many wrong. Ianni left students and staff with many influential thoughts and quotes. Two that seem to resonate with the students most are, “The harder you work, the more you will earn,” and, “Don’t dream your life; live your dream.” Seventh grader, Faith Appleton reflected on Ianni’s

Former Michigan State University basketball player, Anthony Ianni, visited Carrollton Middle School to talk to the students and staff about bullying. Ianni also spoke about working hard to achieve goals and dreams in life.

visit: “Anthony was inspirational! He opened people’s eyes to how they shouldn’t bully others. He showed us how it felt to be bullied.” It is evident that Ianni has left an impression on all of the staff and students of Carrollton Middle School with his inspirational message. As an extension, the student council has been selling puzzle piece ribbons

to raise awareness and funds for the Autism Alliance of Michigan. Thank you to Anthony Ianni, The Relentless Tour and the Autism Alliance of Michigan for this wonderful opportunity. For information about Anthony Ianni and his mission, please visit the website: www.relentlesstour.com.

National Science Teachers Conference By Alahna Vondette Middle School Teacher Over Spring Break, I had the opportunity to travel to Boston to attend the National Science Teachers Association conference. At the beginning of the school year I was accepted into a program called the New Science Teacher Academy. I was 1 of 15 science teachers chosen from Michigan to become a fellow in the program. The program was sponsored by Dow. Throughout the school year, I have participated in numerous webinars, responding to multiple online forums, and I am about to complete my third exploration which is used to benefit my teaching skills and my student’s understanding of science concepts. In Boston, I was happy to finally meet some of the other fellows I had been chatting with online for most of the school year. I made friends from all over the country, attended multiple sessions, viewed the exhibit hall where there were over 100 vendors, and was able to see some of the historical sites of Boston. A few of the sessions I attended dealt with Science lessons in chemistry, field work conducted by National Geographic, and lessons on the electromag-

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CMS Teacher Alahna Vondette, center, along with Tiauna Washington and Kelly Schrandt pose for a picture with the Dow-bot. netic spectrum. Best of all was getting the chance to see and hear the keynote speaker, Mayim Bialik, who plays Sheldon’s girlfriend on the show “The Big Bang Theory.” Overall, this experience has been incredible. I am looking forward to incorporating all the new materials and strategies I received in Boston into my classroom.

2nd Annual

Carrollton Middle School

Math & Science Night

Wednesday, May 14 5 - 6:30 p.m. CMS Gym Pizza and drinks will be provided upon completion of the activities.

Upcoming Promotion Ceremony By Jan Dowe Middle School Teacher On May 30 Carrollton Middle School will celebrate with an 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony and Dinner Dance. This special event is for 8th grade students and their parents. It will begin with presentation of the 8th graders and dinner in the Middle School Gym at 5:45 p.m., followed by the Promotion Ceremony and Power Point DVD Show in the Cavalier Center. After the Ceremony there will be a dance in the Middle School Cafeteria for 7th and 8th graders. Cost to get into the dance for 8th grade students is free and $4 for 7th grade students. Tickets for the dinner are on sale until May 23. The

cost is $5 for students and $10 per adult. Seating is limited for the dinner so we ask that only students and parents attend. Additional guests may attend the Promotion Ceremony in the Cavalier Center. The ceremony will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The suggested dress for the evening is Party Casual, (spring dresses, dress slacks, khaki’s), this is not a formal event. If you would like a copy of the Power Point DVD it must be pre-ordered for $10 prior to May 16, from Mrs. Dinninger. For more information, please call the Middle School Office at 989-753-9704. We hope to see all the 8th grade students and their parents at this special event.

Cavalier Teen Center Boys and Girls Club Summer Program The Cavalier Teen Center Boys & Girls Club is gearing up for a fun filled summer. Our summer program is for students entering 6th through 9th grades, and includes a cold breakfast, hot lunch, enrichment classes and field trips. The summer classes are full of activity and movement. Our daily programs consist of many different sports, and educational and enrichment classes. Students participating in the program who attend regu-

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larly, and stay out of trouble are eligible for our free fun filled field trips. Trips this summer include, Bay City State Park and Water Park, a Great Lakes Loons Baseball Game, Kokomos, Bowling at Stardust Lanes, a movie at the Saginaw 10 GDX Theater, and more. Our program will run Monday – Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and on Fridays for field trips (times will vary). We will be open from Tuesday, June 17-

Friday, August 29. There is a $15 non-refundable registration/membership fee to participate in this program (students enrolled in the school year program do not have to re-pay this fee). This is the only fee associated with this program. For more information on how to sign your student up for our program, please call Kim Towne at 989233-7260. Sign up today to save your child’s spot.


Elementary School News CES Primary Unit Attention Kindergarten parents. Be on the lookout for a letter from Carrollton Elementary School, with information about the Primary Unit. The Primary Unit is a first and second grade classroom, with two teachers working together, to provide a multi-age learning experience for your child. Students in the Primary Unit stay with the same teachers for both first and second grades. Interested parents need to sign their child up for this class. You can learn more about the Primary Unit by meeting with the teachers, Mrs. Newberry and Mrs. Schlichte, or by checking out the classroom Facebook account. Send a friend request to Primary Unit Carrollton, and you will be able to see the daily happenings of the classroom. Your child's Kindergarten teacher can also answer questions you may have or you can call the Elementary School Office at 989-754-2425.

Birthday surprise fun at JB Griffin This school year Mrs. Brooks’ and Miss Bloomfield’s kindergarten classrooms have received weekly visits from Mrs. Nancy Jaremba (known by the students as Ms. Nancy.) The teachers and students have really enjoyed having her in the classroom. On Thursday, April 10, when Ms. Nancy came in for her regular scheduled visit she was in for a big surprise. Her kindergarten friends had planned a big surprise for her birthday. Ms. Nancy walked in the door to find our cafeteria filled with fifty kindergarten students shouting “surprise,” balloons, flowers, and even a candle-lit birthday cake. We celebrated that afternoon by eating cake and sharing the rocking chair gift we made for her. The chair was filled with painted kindergarten hand prints and each of their names. This was a true surprise for Ms. Nancy, and we were so excited to celebrate with her on such a special day. The students all agreed that Ms. Nancy was very surprised. Hailey Habas said, “It was so great, she loved it so much!” Christopher Tetloff said, “She loved it so much, I bet she wished she had a birthday

Holocaust book reviews by students The fifth grade students in Mrs. Boensch’s class remembers the voices of the Holocaust throught literature. They recently read books about the Holocaust and gave their reviews. Here are a few samples: Book title: Beyond the Diary of Anne Frank, photographed by Ruud Vander Rol and Rian Verhoeven. Genre: Nonfiction Reviewed by: Desirae Gomez This story is mainly about the life of Anne Frank and how her diary changed the world, it takes place in Europe during WW II. My favorite part of the story was how Anne was able to express her feelings throughout her diary about life in the Secret Annex and how she wrote about the struggles and fears of living in hiding. I would recommend this book to fifth and sixth graders because of the hardships she endured throughout the two years in hiding. Book title: The Little Riders, written by Margaretha Shemin. Genre: Realistic Fiction Reviewed by: Alina Madaj

This story is about a girl named Johanna who is living with her grandparents during WW II in Holland. She is on a mission to save The Little Riders from the Nazis. The twelve lead figures ride forth each hour from the clock on the church tower. Will Johanna risk her life to protect the lead figures or will the Nazis melt them to be used as ammunition? In the end will she befriend Captain Braun? I would recommend this book to third, fourth, and fifth graders because of the story content. Book title: Number the Stars, written by Lois Lowry Genre: Realistic Fiction Reviewed by: Austin Lutkus-Mayer The story is mainly about 10 year old Annemarie and how she demonstrated courage in helping her best friend Ellen and her family escape from the snare of the Nazis. The story takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark during WW II. My favorite scene was when Annemarie was delivering a special package to her Uncle Henrik and the bravery she demonstrated when she encountered the Nazis. I would recommend this book to fifth, sixth, and seventh graders because of the harsh treatment by the Nazis.

Spots are limited for Day Camp Are you searching for a fun way to keep your child busy and learning this summer? Look no further! Weekly day camps for ages 18 months through 4 years old will be offered by the Carrollton Child Care Center. The camps will run 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday through Friday. This will include breakfast, outdoor and/or gym time, themed activities, and lunch. All provided by caring staff trained in early childhood development, in a safe, community school setting. Each week will focus on a different theme: My 5 Fabulous Senses; Silly Scientists; Under the Sea; Around the World; Art Attack; Taking Care of Our World; Imagination Explorers; Dinosaurs Rock!; Outer Space Adventures. The camps are open to the public, but there are a limited number of openings available. The openings will be filled on a first come, first served basis. The cost is $100.00 per week per child. Choose one week, or try all nine. Register and pay for any 5 weeks and receive a $25 discount. Register and pay for all 9 weeks and receive a $50 discount. Payment is due at time of registration. For more information, or to register, please contact the Child Care Center at 989-754-0381 or Lindsay Bryce at lindsaybryce@carrollton.k12.mi.us or 989399-8864.

Kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Brooks (left) and Miss Bloomfield (right), pose for a picture with Mrs. Nancy Jaremba.

every day at school!” Thank you Ms. Nancy for helping us out each week, we love the time spent with you.

Important dates... Friday, May 9 Snow day make-up - Full day of school Friday, May 16 Snow day make-up - Full day of school Friday, May 23 Snow day make-up - Full day of school Monday, May 26 Memorial Day - No school Friday, June 6 Snow day make-up - Full day of school Monday, June 9 Early Dismissal, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 10 Early Dismissal, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 11 Last day of school Early Dismissal, 11:30 a.m.

Summer Day Camp 2014 Around the World in 45 days Students will be engaged in fun activities that introduce them to the different cultures of the world while also supporting key learning from the school year. · · · · · ·

For children entering grades 1-5. (Students entering Kindergarten have the option to attend the Preschool Summer Day Camps offered by Carrollton Child Care Center.) Drop off is 7:55 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Pick up time is 4 p.m.** Breakfast, lunch and snack will be served. There is no additional charge for meals and snack. Students will be engaged in activities that are designed to support what has been learned throughout the school year, including the use of IPads to strengthen academic skills. Camp runs June 16 – August 22, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The day camp will be closed the week of the Fourth of July. The cost is $80 per week ($720 total for 9 weeks). o A $50 discount will be given for those who register and pay in full before 5 p.m. on May 30. o The fees will not be prorated - the cost is the same, regardless of the number of days/weeks your child attends. o If you are approved for DHS assistance for child care, please note this on the registration form. o A minimum number of participants is required to run the programs, so it is beneficial to register early.

**There will be a before program option available 7 - 7:55 a.m., at a cost of $4 per day, per child. After care will be available 4 - 6 p.m. at a cost of $4 per hour (or fraction of an hour), per child. Both of these care options are run through the child care center and are billed in addition to the cost of camp. If your child is dropped off before 7:55 a.m. or is not picked up by 4:10 p.m., you will be charged the appropriate fees.

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Elementary School News A group of Carrollton Elementary School students wait anxiously for their time on the ice at a Saginaw Spirit Hockey Game. The students performed both the Canadian and United States National Anthems.

Mr. J’s Classic Scholarship Golf Outing Saturday, August 30 Shotgun tee time - 8 a.m. Sawmill Golf Course Cost is $100 per person. Registration includes continental breakfast (7 a.m.), a hot dog and soda at turn, dinner after the tournament, range balls, green fees, and cart. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive and closest to the pin. There will also be a putting contest and a silent auction. For more information, please contact: Matt Jaremba at 989-395-7010, Jason Jaremba at 989-493-0440, or Casey Kristin at 989-295-6409. Registrations will not be accepted without payment. Registration deadline is August 16.

Young Cavaliers make appearance at Saginaw Spirit Hockey Game By Emily Zollinger, Elementary School Teacher This past hockey season I was fortunate enough to escort a group of our elementary students to a Saginaw Spirit game. At the game the students performed the Canadian and United States National Anthems. The Saginaw Spirit was very kind in recognizing

Students write the book on Nicodemus Four students in Mrs. Hamberg’s class read an historical fiction book on Nicodemus, Kansas, a town created by ex-slaves after Reconstruction. The students were Justin Hebl, Roberto Houghton, Joshua Houghton, and Anthony Aguilar. After reading the book, they wanted to know more, so they did some research, using internet sites like nps.gov. The boys used text features that we have studied, such as titles, headings and subheadings, pictures, captions, maps, and a table of contents, to create the book All About Nicodemus: The First Nine Years. The book took over two weeks to create and the students followed steps through brainstorming, notetaking, categorizing with a graphic organizer, and rough drafts to narrow down the information that they thought was most important and that their audience would want to read about. Congratulations on a great job, boys.

“She is so deserving and it is a treat just to watch her empower her students with literature. “ said co-worker, Shari Fresorger. Mrs. Boensch accepted her award at a ceremony on Thursday, May 1.

Justin Hebl, Roberto Houghton, Joshua Houghton, and Anthony Aguilar are all smiles after reading a book on Nicodemus.

Congratulations and keep up the great work!

Mr. Hawley’s 2nd graders and Mrs. Mahajerin’s 8th grade students worked in conjunction on a research project. The students used iPads to research and publilsh their topics.

By Janice Zielinski Elementary School Teacher

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Congratulations Mrs. Boensch! Fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Lori Boensch was notified Mid-April that she was the winner of the Saginaw Area Reading Council's award.

Family Reading Night fun at CES March is Reading Month is a fun time at Carrollton Elementary School for both students and staff. We had so many great activities that took place to get kids excited about reading. One of the after school activities was the Family Reading Night that was held on March 19. We had a great turnout at this event. We had over 65 children join in with their families. Those that participated made and played some fun reading games. Families could cut out and design their own sight word game, make letters and sound games, make contraction games and some fun thinking comprehension games. The families were even invited to visit our library to check out some terrific books. Every student that came to the event received a free book and a slice of pizza. What a great way to promote reading and playing fun games with the family.

Mr. Jaremba and offering a wonderful statement about his contribution to this community as well as a moment of silence in his honor. Our students sang beautifully. And to top it off, the Spirit won. It was a great experience and the Spirit was so pleased with our performers that they invited us back for a playoff game to sing again. What a great time out in the community with our young Cavaliers.

Working together on research project By Mark Hawley Elementary School Teacher My second grader students had the chance to partner with 8th grade mentors as part of a recent project. The project was to research a place in Saginaw or Carrollton and describe how that place has changed over time. The eighth graders helped my students with their

research on the iPads during their first visit to our classroom. For the 2nd visit they assisted the 2nd graders with editing and forming complete sentences in their presentations published on the app Book Creator. The second graders enjoyed getting a chance to work with an older mentor. Thank you to 8th grade teacher, Mrs. Mahajerin, for this wonderful learning experience.

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District News “Tentative” Choir and Music Booster Calendar of Events

Transitions Center students awarded prizes from poster contest Left, Transitions Center students,Thomas Taylor and Emily Zells, won prizes in the safety poster contest sponsored by Saginaw United Commercial Travelers. Right, Transitions Center student Marie Helmstadt won a cash prize for her entry in the contest.

Positive Parenting Spaghetti Benefit Dinner in honor of Lisa Gutowski

Sunday, May 18 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. St. Josaphat’s Parish Center 469 Shattuck, Saginaw, MI. 48604 t Ticket Prices: ou e - le k $10 adults T a ailab av $5 ages 3-12 Free for children under 3 Lisa is a single mom that was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer. She is currently receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Lisa is unable to work at this time. Money raised will go towards daily expenses for Lisa and her son, Alec.

By Susan Howard School Social Worker This monthly column is a source for parents to seek information, guidance, or just plain HELP! Send in your parenting problems and hard-to-handle situations. Look here for suggestions to guide you on that perilous journey of mission possible: raising responsible kids. Send your questions to Susan Howard, SSW: showard@carrollton.k12.mi.us, or call 989- 399-8802. Dear Positive Parenting, Why can’t my daughter be more cooperative? She has to argue or debate every little thing I ask her to do. Frustrated Mother Dear Frustrated Mother, How can you help your child to be more compliant? Start by asking yourself “what kind of boss am I?”* Take a sheet of paper and divide in half. In the first half write down characteristics of the worst supervisor or boss you’ve ever had. On the second half, write down characteristics of the best boss. Here are a few examples: Worst boss *Makes unreasonable demands *Keeps changing his mind *Never says “thanks” *Humiliates me in front of others *Blames me for her mistakes Best boss *Keep things challenging but fair

We would love to hear from you Ever thought about submitting an article to the Community Connection? We love to hear from Community members, CHS Alumna, and current students. If you have an interesting story, picture, or announcement you would like to include in an issue of the Community Connection, we would love to hear from you. Please feel free to send your article and/or pictures via email to kskania@carrollton.k12.mi.us. I have included a list below of the remaining article deadlines for the Community Connection. We are also accepting Partners in Pride advertisements. We accept ads from local businesses as well

as those in surrounding areas. The Community Connection is delivered to every home in the Carrollton area, to all of our school-ofchoice students, and also to many others. We reach over 5000 households eight times each year. This is a great way to spread the word about your business. The pricing per issue for ads is $75 for a business card size and $125 for a double card size. Please see the back page of this issue for some samples. If you are interested in placing an ad, please contact Kelly Baker at the email address previously mentioned. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Spring Choir Concert and Bake Sale (6-12 Grade) – 7 p.m., Thursday, May 15, Cavalier Center (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

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Cedar Point Performance (H.S. only) all day, Saturday, May 17.

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Music Booster Awards Party (H.S. only)– 6 p.m., Monday, May 19, CHS Café.

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HS Commencement (H.S. only) Meet 6:15 p.m., Thursday, May 22, CHS Gym.

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Spring Carwash/Pop Can Drop Off (7-11 Grades) – 11 a.m. -2 p.m., Saturday, May 31, (Report at 10:30 a.m. -leave at 2:30 p.m.), Lake Huron Credit Union.

* All underlined events are mandatory.

*Sticks to the plan; keeps us informed *Rewards successes large and small *Shows respect and compassion *Takes responsibility as the boss Now recall the way you worked for the “worst” boss. Enthusiastically or grudgingly? With loyalty or resentment? Look at the list and decide which “boss” are you to your child? Be honest. Sometimes changing the way we “boss” our children can make a difference. Here are a few steps to increase cooperation from your child.* 1. Make sure you mean it. Is this a high priority? As time goes on, your child will begin to understand that you mean every command you give. Compliance will grow. 2. Tell, don’t ask. You don’t have to be rude, but make sure you let your child know this is what is expected. As cooperation grows, you can return to asking. 3. Keep it simple. Stick to one command at a time. Praise your child for responding. 4. Make sure you are heard. Make eye contact. 5. Get rid of the competition. Turn off TV, video games, anything competing for your child’s attention. 6. Make sure you are understood. Ask your child to repeat what she needs to do. Changing the way you interact with your children can make a difference in their response. Remember you’re the “boss” but a compassionate and kind one. Try to follow the six steps to increase compliance. Being a parent in one of the most difficult jobs you may ever have. Also, the most wonderful. *Your Defiant Child by Russell Barkley, PhD & Christine Benton

Carrollton Seniors Club The next meeting of The Carrollton Seniors Club is May 14. The Club is open to anyone who is 55 years or older. The club meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 12 p.m. at the St. John Center on Carla Dr. Each meeting consists of lunch catered by Memory Lane Cafe, BINGO, card playing, friends and fellowship. (There is often entertainment as well.) Please call 989-399-8864 for more information.

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Calendar of Events

May continued... 22 23 26 28 30

Commencement Ceremony, CHS, 7 p.m. Snow makeup day; school in session District-wide No School, Memorial Day Carrollton Athletic Association meeting, CHS, 6 p.m. Omni Graduation, Cavalier Center, 7 p.m. Eighth grade Dinner Dance, CMS, 5:30 p.m.

The complete listing of the Calendar of Events is available on our Website: www.carrolltonpublicschools.org

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Snow makeup day; school in session Senior club luncheon, St. John the Baptist Parish Center, Noon Choir Concert, Cavalier Center, 7 p.m. Snow makeup day; school in session Board of Education meeting, CMS, 6:30 p.m. Candelight Ceremony, CHS, 9 a.m. Baccalaureate Ceremony, 7 p.m. GLBR Buddy Walk Meeting, CMS, 6 p.m.

Township News From the desk of Marv Kozara Township Supervisor

Blighted homes falling to the wrecking ball The Saginaw County Land Bank is a public authority and operates out of the Saginaw County Treasurer’s Office. The Land Bank’s purpose is to efficiently acquire, hold, manage and develop tax-foreclosed property. The Land Bank works together with Saginaw County townships, villages and cities to decide the best course of action for tax-foreclosed properties. The idea is to control our own destiny locally by revitalizing and empowering our neighborhoods. Unfortunately, not all homes acquired by the Land Bank through foreclosure are eligible for revitalization. When a home is in such disrepair, the most costeffective solution is to demolish the home. The goal here is to improve the neighborhood by eliminating the blighted home, and more importantly, remove a potential safety and health hazard. Carrollton Township has the following homes targeted for demolition this spring: 330 Weiss, 400 Weiss, 3184 Elm, 3225 Elm, 249 Shattuck, 2991 Jackson, and 440 Tyler. Carrollton Township has a New 5-Year Parks & Recreation Master Plan Developing the 5-Year Parks & Recreation Master Plan has been a year-long project that recently concluded with the Township Board formally adopting the plan at their meeting held on February 24, 2014. The plan was then sent to various agencies including the East Michigan Council of Governments (EMCOG), the Saginaw County Metropolitan Planning Commission, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for their formal acceptance. The plan is good for five years and it positions Carrollton Township to apply for grant money to enhance our recreation possibilities. A copy of the plan is available on our website www.carrolltontwp.com and at the Township Office – click or stop by to check it out. Township Board Adopts Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Budgets The Township’s fiscal year began April 1 and the budgets and rates were adopted March 31, 2014. Water rates remain the same as last year while sewer rates increased 23% due to same increase in cost for waste water treatment passed down from the City of Saginaw. The annual trash levy is remaining the same as last year - $115.00 per residential housing unit. All budgets and rates may be viewed on our website at www.carrolltontwp.com or by stopping in the Township Office during business hours

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Snow makeup day, full day of school District-wide Early Dismissal, 11:30 a.m. District-wide Early Dismissal, 11:30 a.m. Elementary School Honors Assembly, Cavalier Center, 9:30 a.m. District-wide Early Dismissal, 11:30 a.m. Kindergarten Graduation, Cavalier Center - Mrs. Brooks and Miss Bloomfield, 8:30 a.m. - Mrs. Hauser and Mrs. Diefenbach, 9:30 a.m. Last day of school Board of Education meeting, CMS, 6:30 p.m. GLBR Buddy Walk Meeting, Middle School, 6 p.m.

Partners in Pride The Community Connection is now accepting “Partners in Pride” advertisements from local businesses. This is an great opportunity to show your Cavalier support and reach your patrons at the same time.

Call for more information on attending preschool at:

Carrollton Great School Readiness Preschool Free to families that qualify.

1-866-914-3700 To learn more about additional preschool sites near you, go to: www.preschoolpartnership.org

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Business Card Size — $75 Double Card Size—$125 Email Kelly Baker at kskania@carrollton.k12.mi.us for more information.

Join us at our upcoming meeting The Carrollton Athletic Association would like to welcome you to their next meeting: May 26 6 p.m. Carrollton High School If you have any questions, please contact CAA Board President, Sharon Wilson-Garver at 989-443-3983.

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