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Message from the Superintendent............................................ 2 Jr/Sr High Registration Information........................................ 3 Fall Sports Schedule ................................................................. 4 2011-2012 School Calendar....................................................... 5 Project Find................................................................................ 6 Transportation Information...................................................... 6 Montabella Technology.............................................................. 6 Policy Notifications.................................................................6-7 School Closing Information....................................................... 6 Free & Reduced Lunch Program Information.......................... 7 Volume XXXII, Issue 1 Make A Difference Award......................................................... 8 Important Upcoming Dates....................................................... 8 August 2011

MONTABELLA STUDENT ORGANIZES 5K

by Robin Miller On your mark…Get set…GO!!! Event organizer Emily Malina arrived early Saturday, August 6th at Pine River Park in Alma with her mentor, Dan Gibson, and other workers to register the last of the morning’s 5k race participants. Malina will be a senior at Montabella High School this fall and chose to organize the Alma Run/Walk for Life race as her senior project. A Montabella track and cross country standout, Malina had knowledge of the race process from a participant’s Emily and her mentor, Dan Gibson perspective. This knowledge gave her a basic (Photo courtesy of Taylor Sawyer of SnapDragon Photography) understanding, but new awareness emerged as she entered uncharted territory from a race coordinator’s perspective. Emily was still running the race, but running meant running the show - organizing every detail of the race, start to finish. Emily’s independent nature was challenged as she learned to run the show and still ask for help and assign duties to others. “Coordinating this race forced me to pay close attention to detail and put my trust in others and allow them to help. This was my senior project, but there was no way I could have done it without the help of others. I definitely didn’t know as much as I thought I knew, and it was impossible to take care of every detail myself,” expressed Malina. “There were so many details… so many elements I didn’t know about, from toilet paper in the park bathrooms to having water available at the finish. I had to handle publicity, create flyers, registration forms and maps; learn how to use the race computer; order medals and trophies; and design and choose the color for the t-shirts.” With approximately 60 participants, the Alma Run/Walk for Life 5k and half-mile fun run offered variety for all – from the fitness novice to the future Olympian, the preschooler to the over-the-hiller. Proceeds from the race will benefit cancer research, education, and advocacy and patient services in Gratiot County. Emily’s classmates, friends, family and teachers came to support her mission, serving as event volunteers and participants. “I am so appreciative for the support of family, friends and the readiness of runners around the area to come participant in my race,” said Malina with gratitude. “Mr. Gibson’s entire family helped me so much. His daughter, Megan, was like a second mentor.” After enduring early-morning humidity, the relief of a gentle rain shower offered a cool, refreshing conclusion to the race. Medals were awarded to the top three finishers in each age group with trophies given to the overall top male, female and master division winners.

Although the race itself is finished, there are a few more senior project requirements Malina must fulfill. Malina will complete a portfolio containing documentation of the specific elements of coordinating the 5k and a research paper on the history and organization of the Boston Marathon. After completing her project portfolio, she will give a PowerPoint presentation in front of a panel of three judges and her teacher, Mr. Maltby. Malina says her senior project will provide a valuable resume builder as she pursues a career in a field in which she would work with people and develop new ideas. After graduation, she would like to attend The University of Chicago to major in International Relations and minor in History or a foreign language. GOOD LUCK TO YOU, EMILY! GREAT JOB ON YOUR SENIOR PROJECT!!

Above: On your mark…Get set…GO!!! Left: Emily Malina registers Montabella Athletic Director John Helinski Right: Father-son duo – Montabella Principal Shane Riley and son Connor Photos courtesy of Taylor Sawyer of SnapDragon Photography

MONTABELLA JR/SR HIGH HANDBOOK CHANGES

Last spring, a few Montabella school employees visited Charlotte High School in Charlotte, Michigan. During the visit, the representative from Charlotte shared a number of positive interventions that have been implemented at the school to improve student performance and behavior. One intervention was a discipline policy that was included in the Charlotte High School student handbook. Mr. Riley shared the basic tenets of this policy with the Montabella Student Advisory Group, and based on the positive feedback from the student group presented the information regarding the policy to a school board committee. At the July Montabella school board meeting, a committee report and recommendation was approved by the school board to amend many parts of the student handbook. In some cases, the changes were cosmetic continued on page 8


A MESSAGE FROM YOUR SUPERINTENDENT Mr. Ronald Farrell, Superintendent of Schools

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aving just completed four and one-half decades as a reorganized and consolidated school district, Montabella Community Schools is about to embark on its forty-sixth year of operation. As we welcome students back on September 6th, 2011, I am very proud to acknowledge that from our very emotional beginning in 1966, our district has made progress and improvement on many fronts, not the least of which is that of greater unity and stronger commitment to working together for the common good of our most prized possession – our many wonderful students who come from the various areas and communities which make up our Montabella Community. These students are to be sure our very reason for being. It is they who will become the mainstay of our future and upon whom we shall ultimately depend for ongoing quality of life. The forthcoming school year will not be one free of challenge. Such continues to be the case especially relative to fiscal and financial matters. I recognize that monetary concern has within the course of my administration been a never ending subject about which I have felt obligated to address in a majority of messages. I apologize for the relentlessness of this topic, but I cannot deny the relevance. To be sure, the forthcoming 2011-2012 school year and, in even greater likelihood, the following 2012-2013 school year do present, to not only our district but to those throughout Michigan, the greatest fiscal challenge in our district’s history. Such results from massive reductions in the monies we receive to operate and in continued and costly increases in expenditures over which we have little or no control. The greatest financial impact for the 2011-2012 school year comes in the form of a decrease in the per pupil allowance provided by the state. That number will be reduced from $7,316 per student to $6,846 per student. Additionally, the district must pay an increase in the retirement assessment, which will result in an increase of approximately $150,000. Obviously, there are likewise increased costs to be incurred for health insurance, transportation fuel and operational supplies. The 2012-2013 year has yet a further planned increase in retirement costs beyond those of the current 2011-2012 year. There is also concern as to the state’s revenue as the Michigan Business Tax is replaced by a Corporate Income Tax. It is generally accepted that the Michigan Business Tax needed to go. The concern lies in believing that its replacement will fail to provide equal funding. Were you to have been following the news the past few months you are already aware of the money factors which have come to impact and influence the financial challenges facing public schools. You are likely aware as well of the blame, finger pointing and, yes, even name calling which has become so very prevalent by and from the many who are affected by or must address the financial challenges before us. I do not intend to engage in those activities at this time. My approach is likely different, perhaps even unpopular, but I do acknowledge that

as citizens while we must, and do, maintain dialogue with our legislators with whom we may at times disagree, we must in the meantime understand that, plain and simple, Michigan does not have as much money as it once did and we have to learn to do more with less and live within our means. Such requires sacrifice on the part of each and every one of us and I am very pleased and proud to tell you that our district is trying very hard to do just that. Contributing to such effort are employee positions which we are coming to share with neighboring districts. By way of specific example, I cite the sharing of our technology director with Vestaburg, our food service director with Ashley, St. Louis and Morey Charter Academy and, most recently, our business manager with Lakeview Community Schools. I likewise advise of a roster of shared services which will be shared on a rental type bases with school districts throughout Montcalm Area Intermediate School District. I will not elaborate further on these matters, but should you wish greater explanation, I will certainly be pleased to meet and have such discussion with you. A very positive matter which is in place as we enter the new school year is that of labor agreements which are negotiated, ratified and in place. And, I would be very unkind and remiss were I not to advise that both our support staff and faculty have agreed to settlements that by comparison to any and all neighboring districts save our district a lot of money and allow us to keep operating as well as we can. As superintendent, I acknowledge with great appreciation our district employees to include the effort they put forth and the sacrifice they have offered in finalizing labor agreements. I likewise acknowledge our administrative team who will receive no increase in compensation and who, along with myself, are thankful to have jobs and be able to serve. Do know that ours is a very good school district from which many successful graduates have come to be positive and productive citizens. Our district is not perfect and therefore employs an ongoing program of self assessment and school improvement so as to be continuously and conscientiously striving to become better. This is very important and especially so within the current array of social and economic challenge. In the long run, our district’s worth and well being can only be as great as is the care, concern and commitment of the many who depend upon the school for the service it is expected to provide and upon whom the school must likewise depend for security, and support. This is certainly to say that our combined efforts to cooperate, collaborate and commit must be many, multiple and mutual and forever ongoing. We are all in this together and it is important that we must work together in every reasonable way. Within these economic times, we must maintain our faith and cultivate our fortitude. Contrary to the issues of finance, these are matters over which we can maintain greater control and by which, as a school community, we can proudly demonstrate the true fiber that makes the Montabella Community a good and safe place to be. May our Montabella Schools ever reflect those same positive qualities. As Superintendent of Schools, I pledge my energy and support to that end. I am truly privileged and blessed to be able to do so.


Montabella Junior/Senior High

athletic fees). HS Academic Fee is $10/activity. Pay to Participate Fees can be paid at Central Office during business hours. Fees must be paid before the first game.

REGISTRATION SCHEDULE

Seniors: Wed., Aug. 24th 8:00 am - 11:00 am Juniors: Wed., Aug. 24th 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Sophomores: Thu., Aug. 25th 8:00 am - 11:00 am 7th/8th Grade: Thu., Aug. 25th 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

ENROLLMENT/EMERGENCY FORMS • • •

Enrollment/Emergency forms must be filled out for all students. This helps us update important student information. 7th-8th-10th-11th-12th Grade: Please bring the form to registration. 9th Grade: Please bring the form to orientation.

CLASS SCHEDULES • • •

10th-11th-12th Grade: Schedules will be available at registration. 9th Grade will receive schedules at orientation. 7th & 8th grade students will receive two copies of their schedule at registration. One should be placed in their locker for the first day of school and the other one can be taken home.

SCHEDULE CHANGES

All schedule changes will be made during registration. If your schedule is incomplete, please be sure to come to registration. Students and/or parents who cannot attend registration, but are requesting changes, should make an appointment to see the counselor before school begins. Once school begins, schedule changes will require extenuating circumstances, and will only be changed during the first week of school. All schedule changes will require a signed permission slip from a parent/guardian. 11th & 12th Grade: If you are interested in C.A.S., Dual Enrollment, or an on-line class in place of an elective class, this change should also be made at registration. Students who are interested in C.A.S. should be looking for a job placement.

FRESHMAN ORIENTATION

On Wednesday, August 31st, beginning at 6:00 p.m. there will be a MANDATORY orientation for all freshmen and their parents. The orientation will end at approximately 9:00 p.m. Parents and students both should plan to be present for the entire time to attend all required sessions. Students will receive their schedule at the end of the evening.

LOCKER ASSIGNMENTS •

Locker assignments will be made at registration/orientation. Please make arrangements for a locker partner BEFORE registration. Students must remain in their assigned locker unless arrangements have been made with the office. Students in grades 9-12 can rent their own locker for the 2011-2012 school year for $40.00. This must be paid in full at registration. If you do not “rent” a locker, you will be assigned a locker partner – this includes seniors. 7th & 8th Grade students will be receiving their lockers during registration and should be prepared to locker with someone of the same grade and gender before registration.

SCHOOL PICTURES

School pictures will be taken on Thursday, September 15th (makeup date is November 2nd). All students (seniors included), will have pictures taken for ID purposes. Hats will not be allowed to be worn for pictures.

SENIOR PICTURES

The deadline for turning in senior pictures for the yearbook is December 9th. We need a total of four wallets for the yearbook, wall composite, and two newspapers. Digital pictures are acceptable for the yearbook and newspapers; however, we still need one picture for the wall composite. Please keep in mind that vertical, close-up pictures work best for these requirements. Pictures that include weapons are not allowed for these purposes. Seniors must pay $17.00 at registration to cover the cost of colored pictures in the yearbook and the wall composite.

DRIVING REGISTRATION

If you plan to drive to school, you must register your car. Forms will be available at registration and require parent/guardian signature. Parking spots will be assigned at registration. This also includes snowmobiles, tractors, etc.

CAREER CENTER STUDENTS

ATHLETICS • •

Physicals must be on file in the office before practice begins. Mustang Sports Passes are now on sale in the Jr/Sr Office. Family passes are $140, Adult are $60, and Students are $40. The office is currently open on Tuesdays and will be open everyday starting Aug. 22. Passes will not be sold at games. Pay to Participate fees for sports have increased. Fees are $50 for HS sports and $25 for MS sports ($200 limit per family for

You will begin attending the career center on the first day of school. You are required to ride the bus to the career center. If you need to drive to the career center, you must have approval from the high school office, your parent, and your career center teacher before you drive.

SCHOOL LUNCH INFORMATION

You will be able to apply for the Government Meal program at registration and at the open house. If you receive Food Assistance you will need to provide your case number. You will also be able to deposit money in your student’s account during


Montabella Mustangs 2011-2012 FALL SPORTS SCHEDULE Varsity/JV Girls Volleyball

Tues. 08/23 Chippewa Hills Sat. 08/27 Central Montcalm (V) Sat. 08/27 Beal City (JV) Tues. 08/30 Coleman Tues. 09/06 Vestaburg Thur. 09/08 Merrill (w/Hemlock) Sat. 09/10 Mustang Invit (V) Tues. 09/13 Sacred Heart Thur. 09/15 Evart Sat. 09/17 Beal City (V) Tues. 09/20 Ashley Sat. 10/01 Mustang JV Invite Tues. 10/04 Coleman Tues. 10/11 Vestaburg Tues. 10/18 Sacred Heart Thur. 10/20 Ashley Mon. 10/24 Crossroads Academy Sat. 10/29 League @ Sacred Heart (V)

H A A A A A H H A A H H H H A A H

5:30 8:30 am 9:00 am 5:30 5:30 6:00 9:00 am 5:30 5:30 9:00 am 5:30 9:00 am 5:30 5:30 5:30 5:30 5:30 9:00

Middle School Volleyball Wed. Wed. Mon. Wed. Mon. Mon. Wed. Mon. Wed. Mon. Wed.

09/14 Beal City 09/21 Ashley 09/26 Sacred Heart 09/28 Vestaburg 10/03 Coleman 10/10 Ashley 10/12 Coleman 10/17 Sacred Heart 10/19 Vestaburg 10/24 7th @ Vestaburg* 10/26 8th @ Sacred Heart*

Go

A H H A H A A A H A A

5:00 4:30 4:30 4:30 4:30 4:30 4:30 4:30 4:30 4:00 4:00

*MSAC Tournament

Mustangs!

Varsity Football

Fri. 08/19 Lakeview-Scrimmage Fri. 08/26 Evart Thur. 09/01 Coleman Fri. 09/09 Manistee Catholic Fri. 09/16 Sacred Heart Fri. 09/23 Ashley Fri. 09/30 Vestaburg Fri. 10/07 Onekema—Homecoming Fri. 10/14 Crossroads Charter Fri. 10/21 St. Louis

J.V. Football

Fri. 08/19 Lakeview—Scrimmage Thur.. 08/25 Evart Wed. 08/31 Coleman Thur. 09/08 Midland Dow Freshmen Thur. 09/15 Sacred Heart Thur. 09/22 Reed City Freshmen Thur. 09/29 Vestaburg Thur. 10/13 Chesaning Thur. 10/20 St. Louis

A 4:00 H 7:00 H 7:00 A 7:00 H 7:00 A 7:00 A 7:00 H 7:00 H 7:30 A 7:00 A 4:00 A 6:30 A 6:00 H 6:00 A 6:00 A 4:30 H 6:00 H 6:00 H 6:00

Middle School Football

Wed. 09/07 Ashley Tues. 09/13 Sacred Heart Tues. 09/20 Vestaburg Tues. 10/04 Fulton Tues. 10/11 Sacred Heart

Cross County

H 5:30 H 5:30 H 5:30 A 5:30 A 5:30

Tues. 08/23 Chippewa Hills Sat. 09/10 Central Montcalm Thur. 09/15 Chesaning Invite Wed. 09/21 Coleman-League Sat. 09/24 Delta Invite Sat. 10/01 Carson City @ Fishcreek Sportsman’s Club Wed. 10/05 League Sat. 10/8 Portage Fri. 10/14 Mustang Invite Wed. 10/19 Sacred Heart-League

A A A A A A

10:00am 8:30 am 4:30 4:30 TBA 9:00 am

H A H A

4:30 TBA 4:00 4:30

Remember: Sports schedules are subject to change. For the most up-to-date schedule check http://www.highschoolsports.net/


MONTABELLA COMMUNITY SCHOOLS HOURS

Elementary: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Secondary: 8:05 am – 3:05 pm Staff (Both): 7:35 am – 3:15 pm

August 31 September 6 October 20 October 21 October 31 November 15 November 21& 22 November 22 November 23 November 24, 25 Dec 21-Jan 3 January 4 January 26 January 27 February 20 March 8 March 9 March 28 & 29 March 30 - April 6 April 19 April 20 May 24 May 28 June 1 June 4

TRIMESTERS

SCHOOL CALENDAR

September 7 – November 22, 2011 November 28 – March 8, 2012 March 12 – June 1, 2012

½ day teacher professional development ½ day work day Open House 4:30-6:00pm Classes begin-full day for students Secondary Parent Teacher Conferences 3:15pm-5:30pm; 6:00pm-8:00pm NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS- teacher professional development day NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS- teacher professional development day Safety Day-NO SCHOOL Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00pm-5:30pm, 6:30-8:15pm End of 1st Trimester NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS- ½ day work day Thanksgiving Recess-NO SCHOOL Christmas Break-NO SCHOOL School resumes Secondary Parent Teacher Conferences 3:15pm-5:30pm; 6:00-8:00pm NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS- teacher professional development day NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS- teacher professional development day End of 2nd Trimester NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS- ½ day work day Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00pm-5:30pm, 6:30-8:15pm Spring Break- NO SCHOOL Secondary Parent Teacher Conferences 3:15pm-5:30pm; 6:00-8:00pm NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS- teacher professional development day Graduation Memorial Day – NO SCHOOL Last Day for Students Teacher Work Day

2011 - 2012 MONTABELLA SCHOOL BOARD

The Montabella Community Schools Board of Education meets on the 3rd Monday of every month at 7pm. Meetings take place at Central Office.


PROJECT FIND

In Michigan we know that education begins at birth. We also know that some of our children need extra help or other related special services along the way. That’s why Michigan’s special education system helps children as young as newborns and up to age 26. Project Find provides information about special education programs and services and helps to arrange free evaluations to find out if a child is eligible for extra help from any of Michigan’s public schools. If a child you know is struggling in school or has a physical, emotional or communication problem that might prevent success in school, call Project Find. We’re here to help. Contact your building principal or call 1-800-252-0052, visit www.ProjectFindMichigan.org or contact Marty Combs, your local Project Find Coordinator, at 616-225-4712.

ANNUAL REPORT

The Montabella Community Schools’ Annual Education Report is available on our webpage at http:// www.montabella.com/about/index.php. Copies will also be available for pick up in the school offices after August 22.

PESTICIDE APPLICATION NOTIFICATION

Montabella Community Schools are required by state regulation 637 to ask if parents would like to be notified of any pesticide application that might be needed in their child’s school. Please be advised that pesticide applications will be scheduled when students are not in the buildings. Inspections are planned on a quarterly basis and applications of pesticides are then scheduled, if needed. The first inspection is done in August. The other quarterly inspections will also be scheduled when school is not in session. In certain emergencies, pesticides may be applied without prior notice, but parents will be provided notice following any such application. Precautions will always be taken to insure the safety of the students. Should you have any questions or concerns about pest management within your child’s school, please contact Ron Farrell Superintendent, at 989-427-5148. Please notify us by returning to your school office the form that follows if you wish to be notified regarding pesticide application. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------PESTICIDE PRIOR NOTIFICATION REQUEST Parent/Guardian Name: ___________________________ Student’s Name: __________________________________ Street Address: ___________________________________ City: _____________________________________________ Phone: Daytime __________________ Evening __________________ Please Check One: ___

I wish to be notified prior to a scheduled pesticide treatment inside the building.

___

I wish to be notified prior to a scheduled pesticide treatment on the outside grounds of the school.

___

Both of the above.

______________________________________ _______________ Signature Date

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

Currently, we are working on bus routes for the upcoming school year. Pick up and drop off locations are selected based on the most recent address on file with the district. As a reminder, students may have only one pick up and drop off point. Students will not be allowed to ride any bus other than their assigned bus. We realize that sometimes parents have a schedule that varies, but due to student load issues on buses, we can not accommodate students riding more than one bus. Parents can expect to receive individualized routing information in the mail during the week of August 22nd. If transportation arrangements need to be made or changed, we ask that you please contact the transportation department at 989-427-5024 as soon as possible.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Become a professional school bus driver! We are currently accepting applications for our school bus driver training program. Bus driving may be the ideal career for you if you have an excellent driving record, enjoy working with kids, and are interested in part-time employment. For more information and a brief telephone interview, please contact Montabella Transportation at (989) 427-5024. EOE

MONTABELLA TECHNOLOGY

Montabella Community Schools’ technology plan is available at http://www.montabella.com/departments/technology/techplan09-12.pdf. If you are interested in participating in technology planning at Montabella, please contact Jacki Fredricks at jackif@montabella.com or 989427-5148.

SCHOOL CLOSING INFORMATION

In the event that school is closed or delayed due to inclement weather, the information will be broadcast on the following television and radio stations: WLNS-TV 6 – Lansing WCFX/FM/95CFX Mt. Pleasant WOOD-TV 8 – Grand Rapids WSCG/1380AM/106.3FM Greenville WWTV 9 & 10 – Cadillac WCUZ/1230AM/105.7FM Grand Rapids WJRT-TV 12 Flint WFYC/1280AM-Alma WZZM-TV 13 Grand Rapids Information is also available through the Montabella Community Schools webpage (www.montabella.com) and our automated phone system at 989-427-5149. The greeting will indicate whether school is closed or delayed for the day.

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY

It is the policy of the Montabella Community Schools that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity, or in employment. Grievance procedures for the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, are available by contacting the Montabella Central Office at 989-427-5148.


FREE AND REDUCED PRICE MEALS

Montabella Community Schools has a policy for free and reduced price meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program. The following household size and income criteria will be used for determining eligibility: Total Family Size

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 For each additional family member add:

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month $20,147 $1,679 $840 $27,214 $2,268 $1,134 $34,281 $2,857 $1,429 $41,348 $3,446 $1,723 $48,415 $4,035 $2,018 $55,482 $4,624 $2,312 $62,549 $5,213 $2,607 $69,616 $5,802 $2,901 $7,067 $589 $295

Every Two Weeks $775 $1,047 $1,319 $1,591 $1,863 $2,134 $2,406 $2,678 $272

Weekly $388 $524 $660 $796 $932 $1,067 $1,203 $1,339 $136

Children from households whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free and reduced price meals. In most cases, foster children are also eligible for these benefits regardless of the household’s income. If a household has foster children living with them and they wish to apply for free or reduced price meals for them, the household should contact the school for more information. Applications are available at the principal’s office in each building or at Montabella Central Office. All residents who believe they are eligible for free or reduced lunches are encouraged to complete an application.

PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION

Public Law 93.380 provides: An education agency or institution may disclose personally identifiable information from the education records of a student who is in attendance at the institution or agency if the information had been designated as directory information 45 C.F.R. 99.37(a). According to Section 99.37(a) of Public Law 93.380, the following information is designated as directory information with respect to all past and present students of the Montabella Community Schools: 1) Name; 2) Address; 3) Telephone Number; 4) Date and Place of Birth; 5) Major or minor fields of study and courses taken; 6) Participation in officially recognized activities and sports; 7) Weight and height of members of athletic teams; 8) Dates of attendance; 9) Degrees and awards; 10) The most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student; and 11) Other similar personally identifiable information. If you, as parent, do not want this type of personally identifiable information made part of publicity, please send a letter of notification designating the specific categories of information you do not want released with respect to your child. Direct this letter of notification to: Montabella Central Office, PO Box 349, Edmore, MI 48829. In accordance with this law, a parent or student currently in attendance in the Montabella Community Schools has ten (10) days from the date of this notice to give written notice to the school district.

DANGEROUS WEAPONS LAW

As the school year begins, students and parents should be reminded of the Dangerous Weapons Law. Section 1311, paragraph 2 of the State School Code gives district Boards of Education the power and the authority to expel students possessing dangerous weapons on school grounds. There are guidelines that the Boards of Education must follow when determining the consequences for violating the Dangerous Weapons Law. With heightened national concern regarding school violence, please be aware, and make your child aware, of the danger and consequences resulting from bringing or possessing any type of weapon on school property. What may be a unique or beautiful part of a knife or gun collection at home, will be considered a “dangerous weapon” when brought to school and appropriate action will be taken.


IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES 12th grade registration 8:00-11:00 am August 24 11th grade registration 12:00-3:00 pm Jr/Sr High Handbook Meeting 7:00 pm August 25

10th grade registration 8:00-11:00 7th/8th grade registration 1:00-3:00

August 31

Open House 4:30-6:00 9th grade orientation 6:00-9:00

September 6

School begins

September 15

Junior/Senior High school picture day

September 28

Elementary School picture day

October 7

Homecoming

October 11-19

MEAP for grades 3-9

November

Picture Retake Day (Both Schools)

December 9

2

Deadline to turn in senior pictures

MONTABELLA STAFF RECEIVE “MAKE A DIFFERENCE” AWARD

On May 3, 2011, five members of the Montabella staff were presented with “Make A Difference” awards from the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District’s Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). This award is given to honor outstanding persons throughout the intermediate school district who have made a significant positive impact and are contributing to the education and success of children with special/diverse needs. Individuals can be nominated for several categories, including: Administrator, General Education Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Ancillary Staff Person, and Support Staff Person. We are proud to have five recipients of this award on staff: General Education Teachers: Debra Lackie and Cam Gatrell Special Education Teachers: Heather Quakenbush and Jody Moyer Administrator: Jacki Fredricks Handbook Changes, Continued from page 1

in nature and the way the handbook is set up looks different. In other cases, there are some specific changes that will impact students. Parents and students are strongly encouraged to look at the updated version of the handbook on the school’s website (www.montabella.com). A few of the changes include: (1) After school detentions and in-school suspensions will not be used as part of the discipline process. Lunch detention, Saturday school, and out of school suspensions will be used for discipline infractions. Students who fail to serve a lunch detention when it has been assigned will be given Saturday school. Students who fail to serve Saturday school will be given an out of school suspension. (2) Students may not enjoy the privileges of the school, such as dances and attending athletic events, if they have pending discipline they have not served or have accumulated certain offenses. Students will also be rewarded for having clean discipline records with special opportunities. (3) Some serious discipline infractions will be looked at as a cumula-

POSTAL CUSTOMER

Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Edmore, MI 48829 PERMIT No. 1

302 West Main Street | Edmore, MI 48829 | 989-427-5148 (p) | 989-427-3828 (f) BOARD OF EDUCATION

Jann LaPointe President Tim Eldred, Vice-President Emily Longnecker, Secretary Sherri Miel, Treasurer

Chris Rasmussen, Trustee Ivan Renne, Trustee Dennis Stratton, Trustee

www.montabella.com

2011-2012 Back-to-School Issue

Another summer is quickly coming to an end. The 2011-2012 school year will begin on Tuesday, September 6, 2011. Inside this issue of the Mustang News you will find information about registration, transportation, sports schedules and much, much more. Remember to check our web site frequently, (www.montabella.com) and to “like” us (Montabella Community Schools) on Facebook for updates!

SPORTS PASSES

Family - $140; Adult - $60; Student - $40 On sale now at the Jr/Sr High Office. Passes are not sold at sporting events.

Open House Wednesday, August 31st 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

School Starts Tuesday, Sept. 6th.

IMMUNIZATIONS

New vaccination regulations have been put in place that affect any student changing schools, as well as those who will be enrolled in the 6th grade. Please visit www.michigan.gov/ teenvaccines for more information.

tive record over the course of four years. Other infractions will be cumulative over the course of each year. The handbook is very specific about which types of discipline fall under each category. (4) Once student accumulates a total of 10 days of out of school suspension time, he/she will have a school board hearing to determine additional consequences. (5) Stricter consequences for “POSSESSION AND/OR USE OF ALCOHOL, ILLEGAL DRUGS, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, LOOK-A-LIKE ILLEGAL DRUGS AND PARAPHERNALIA” and “SALE AND/OR TRANSFER OF ILLEGAL DRUGS, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, ALCOHOL OR ANY CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES IN SCHOOL, ON SCHOOL GROUNDS, OR AT ANY SCHOOL SPONSORED ACTIVITIY” will be enforced. There were also changes made in the dress code policy and the attendance policy. Parents and students are invited to a meeting on Wednesday, August 24, at 7:00 pm where these changes will be reviewed. This is an informational meeting, and is not mandatory, it will provide parents an opportunity to ask clarifying questions.


August 2011 Mustang News