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CLASS OF 2012

Congratulations!

School Matters

Plainwell High School’s 140th Commencement Ceremony was held on May 24, 2012. The highlights of the evening’s ceremony included addresses by faculty member, Jane Kostanko and students Hadley Harrison and Dustan Colyer. Members of the Board of Education presented diplomas to 201 graduates, and the family of Patrick McCormick.

In memory of Zelena Amaro and Patrick McCormick

BACK TO SCHOOL 2012


SUPERINTENDENT’S VIEWPOINT by Susan Wakefield, Superintendent

A Brand New Year

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e have barely had to time to celebrate all the successes our staff and students experienced last year and it’s on to the next year. Truth be told, deliberate planning for this upcoming school year began 8 months ago. This year we had the added support and drive from our Dynamic Planning committee which has refocused and re-energized our efforts. As you look through this issue of School Matters, you’ll see that we are poised to have another fantastic school year. There are many new and exciting plans for our students that are sure to enhance their education. All elementary classrooms will now have their own netbook or touch screen computer centers. The middle school is adding a fitness room and a teen leadership course. Their math department will have iPads for each student and we’re adding a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) class in which project-based learning will be accomplished through the use of LEGO®.

At the high school, we are going hightech. All freshmen will be provided an iPad which will contain electronic versions of their textbooks for the core classes. These devices will undoubtedly expand everyone’s access to a progressive, state of the art education. The past couple of months at Plainwell Schools has been the usual flurry of activity in all our buildings. Beyond the typical summer cleaning and painting, our middle and high school gyms have gotten much needed face lifts and the track has been resurfaced. We also have a new location for our middle school choir classes. It’s exciting to see the purposeful efforts and progress as we prepare for another year of learning and growth. Enjoy your August and I look forward to seeing everyone soon. n

CALENDAR of EVENTS September 4

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

October 17

HS P/T Conferences • 4-8 pm

October 29

All Students 1/2 Day

November 21-23

THANKSGIVING RECESS

November 28

All Students 1/2 Day End of 1st Trimester

December 24- January 4 HOLIDAY RECESS

January 17 HS P/T Conferences • 4-8 pm

February 21

All Students 1/2 Day

Susan Wakefield, Superintendent Plainwell Community Schools

THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW – Two New Laws – The first law has to do with school buses. In the past, motorists have been allowed to come to a full stop and then proceed past the bus at 10 miles per hour,“with due caution,” while students load or unload. This new law prohibits motorists from passing a bus while students load or unload. The second law has to do with the start dates for kindergarten students. The previous law required the child to be 5 years old by December 1 before starting kindergarten. Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, a child must be 5 years old by November 1, the following year by October 1, and in the 2015-16 school year, the child will need to be 5 years old by September 1.

February 22 NO SCHOOL

March 5

Grade 11 Students Only No K-10, 12

March 13

All Students 1/2 Day End of 2nd Trimester

March 29

NO SCHOOL

April 1-5

SPRING BREAK

April 18

HS P/T Conferences • 4-8 pm

May 27

NO SCHOOL

June 7

Last Day of School 1/2 Day End of 3rd Trimester

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FOCUS ON CURRICULUM by Bob VanDis, Director of Curriculum

Congratulations All Around!

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here are a lot of exciting changes coming to Plainwell Schools’ curriculum, instruction, and technology this year. Many of those changes are presented in this issue in the articles by the superintendent and technology director. Below are a few points of pride related to our students’ academic achievement: Plainwell High School Students Excel on 2012 MME and ACT Plainwell High School continues to increase it’s academic performance each year. The class of 2013 took the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) which includes the ACT college readiness test in March along with all other students in Michigan. Compared to last year, the percent of Plainwell students passing the MME increased in Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies and stayed the same for Writing. Of the 37 high schools in Southwest Michigan and the 12 high schools in our Wolverine Conference, Plainwell students scored 5th in the area and 2nd in the conference in Reading, 7th in the area and 2nd in the conference in Math, 6th in the area and 1st in the conference in Science, and 5th in the area and 1st in the conference in Social Studies. In addition, Plainwell High School was 5th of 37 high schools in having the largest percent of students scoring in the “college readiness” range for all subjects on this year’s ACT. More information can be found at

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http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/ index.ssf/2012/07/rankings_of_kalamazoo-area_hig.html So congratulations all around. First to our students for their academic growth – for studying harder, and taking more

Of the 12 schools in our “Wolverine Conference, our students scored 2nd in Reading, 2nd in Math, 1st in Science, and 1st in Social Studies. In addition, PHS was 5th of 37 schools having the largest percent of students scoring in the “college readiness” range for all subjects on this year’s ACT.

rigorous courses such as Advanced Placement and Honors classes. Also to their parents for their encouragement, help, and effort... and nagging! Congratulations to our teachers who work very hard to collaborate on ways to help their stu-

dents learn as well as striving to continually improve their instruction. And also to our high school administrators who set the tone for excellence and set up the structure for student and staff success. Plainwell Community Schools Make Adequate Yearly Progress All Michigan school districts and school buildings are rated each year as to their Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a requirement of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. AYP is determined based on all students and each subgroup of students (i.e. special education, low income, gender, or racial or ethnic groups) exceeding a set passing rate in reading and math on the MEAP or MME. Plainwell earned AYP as a district. This is a point of pride for us since only 52% of Michigan school districts made AYP this year. By individual building, 82% of Michigan schools earned AYP including Cooper, Gilkey, Starr, Plainwell Middle School, and Plainwell High School. More information on any school’s AYP, achievement, and other information is at the state’s School Report Card web site www.MiSchoolData.org. As part of the School Report Card and AYP process, the state produces a Top to Bottom ranking of all schools based on their performance. Plainwell High School’s rank was at the 78th percentile making it the highest ranked high school in the Wolverine Conference. n

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Congratulations RHS Class of 2012!

Plainwell’s Renaissance High School’s Commencement Ceremony was held on May 31, 2012. Superintendent Sue Wakefield and members of the Board of Education presented diplomas to 36 graduates. Tom Melin, “Forever Changed Productions,” passed on an inspiring message of hope for the future, while both smiles and tears filled the faces of those in attendance.

Plainwell’s Outstanding People for Education Awards 2012

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hree Plainwell Community Schools employees have been honored by the Allegan County School Boards Association as Outstanding People for Education. They are SAFE Coordinator, Nancy Gregory; Starr Elementary 1st Grade Teacher, Ashlee Kalis and PHS Band Director, Paul Mundo. Plainwell’s “Outstanding People” were presented with their awards at the ACSBA’s annual dinner held June 13 at Otsego High School. With Plainwell’s Superintendent of Schools, Susan Wakefield (center) are Plainwell Outstanding People for Education recipients Nancy Gregory (left), SAFE Coordinator and Ashlee Kalis, Starr Elementary 1st Grade Teacher. INSET: PHS Band Director, Paul Mundo.

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his fall, Plainwell Community Schools will be distributing a district-wide survey to our community via the website with printed copies available at orientations, open houses, schedule pickup days and in any school office. Please take a moment to fill one out. Questions or concerns may be directed to Bonnie Pfingst at 685-5823. W W W. P L A I N W E L L S C H O O L S . O R G


FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY by Jeff McNutt, Director of Technology

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lainwell Community Schools is embarking on an exciting technological journey this fall with the introduction of our one-toone iPad initiative. This program will impact how our students learn and interact with teachers and peers. Through this program every Plainwell High School freshman will receive an iPad. The iPads will be used in classes as textbooks, research and communication tools, and for completing assignments and projects. Each freshman will be provided an iPad and case. Electronic versions of some freshman textbooks will be loaded on the device including Biology and World History textbooks. Along with the texts some software applications will be installed by the school that will allow students to create and share content. The provided software and textbooks will allow students to access these materials even when they do not have access to an internet connection. Plainwell Middle School students will also have opportunities to work with iPads this fall. All Middle School math classes will be equipped with sets of 30 iPads giving every student the opportunity to work with a device. While the High School students will be allowed to take their devices home, the iPads at the Middle School will only be used at school. All Middle School students will begin working with iPads shortly after the beginning of the school year. The one-to-one iPad initiative is an outgrowth of the district’s Dynamic Plan adopted

by the Board of Education this past February. The plan was developed by a group of school and community members. Instructional technology was one of the four major goals of this Dynamic Plan. This goal emphasizes the need to put technology in everyone’s hands, to extend learning opportunities outside of the regular school day, and to develop the 21st century skills our students will use in college and career. This Dynamic Plan goal aligns with the state and federal educational technology goals of anywhere, anytime learning. The rollout of iPads for freshmen will happen at the very beginning of the school year. There will be a mandatory meeting for parents and students at that time. A $50 refundable deposit will be required. This deposit replaces the current book deposit required of all students. Parents will also be responsible for a $250 deductible on the devices. Parents can opt to provide insurance coverage for the devices in place of the district’s coverage. The details will be covered at the mandatory meeting in September. There are many exciting changes in store for students and teachers through this program. Opportunities for different kinds of teaching and learning will be available. The iPads will be a wonderful addition to the educational opportunities available to students at Plainwell Community Schools. n

A Note from Plainwell Community Schools New Director of Finance & Human Resources

MELISSA GELBAUGH

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ello! I am so pleased to be the new Director of Finance and Human Resources for Plainwell Community Schools! I attended college at Western Michigan University and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting with an economics minor. From there I worked for the public accounting firm Plante and Moran, LLC where I earned my CPA license and worked as a school district Auditor for many of the school districts in the area. I have also worked for Kalamazoo Public Schools as their Grant Accountant and prior to coming to Plainwell, I served as the Controller for Portage Public Schools. I grew up right here in Plainwell and attended Starr Elementary back when there was a north and south building. I graduated from Plainwell High School in 1994. I have two children attending Plainwell Community Schools; they will be in 7th and 9th grade this fall. The education I received in Plainwell has served me well and I do not believe there is a better place to grow up and go to school. I am very excited to be here and feel welcome already. I look forward to working with the board, staff, parents, and students in order to achieve our goals and to continue to provide excellent education at Plainwell Community Schools. n W W W. P L A I N W E L L S C H O O L S . O R G

IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION… HIGH SCHOOL................ 685-9554 Jeremy Wright, Principal Debra Burley, Asst. Principal MIDDLE SCHOOL............ 685-5813 Gary Barton, Interim Principal Chris Ebsch, Asst. Principal COOPER ELEMENTARY.... 349-2674 Brad Wyant, Principal GILKEY ELEMENTARY..... 685-2424 Martha Hymer, Principal STARR ELEMENTARY...... 685-5835 Laurie Lanphear, Principal COMMUNITY EDUCATION & RENAISSANCE HIGH....... 685-1573 Tammy Glupker, Director SAFE CHILD CARE........... 685-3103 Nancy Gregory, Coordinator FOOD SERVICE................ 685-2097 Chris Nelson, Director TRANSPORTATION......... 685-8080 Greg Smith, Director ATHLETICS..................... 685-2096 Dave Price, Director

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he 2012-13 school year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of intermediate school districts. Michigan’s 57 intermediate school districts (ISDs) or regional educational service agencies (RESAs) were created by the legislature to bring about high quality and equitable educational opportunities to students and schools throughout the state. In this region the Allegan Area Educational Service Agency provides services to the local districts in Allegan, Fennville, Glenn, Hopkins, Martin, Otsego, Plainwell and Wayland. Over the next year, several special events are planned to highlight the work that AAESA is doing in our communities. For more information on what AAESA is doing to accomplish the work of public education visit their web site www.alleganaesa.org.

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL NEWS

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Tuesday, September 4 All schools will be open for information and enrollment of new students beginning Monday, August 20.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

MIDDLE SCHOOL • Grades 6, 7 & 8

KINDERGARTEN Plainwell kindergarten students will attend school according to schedules mailed home to parents by building principals. Parents who have not been notified by mail of their student’s kindergarten schedule should call their elementary school beginning Monday, August 27. Kindergarten students who have not already registered should do so beginning August 27 at any Plainwell elementary school. To enter kindergarten, a student must be five years old on or before December 1, 2012 and should have a legal birth certificate, completed immunization form, and vision test at the time of registration. Parents will be notified by the schools of their child’s kindergarten assignment.

6TH GRADE ACADEMY Plainwell Middle School will have a Sixth Grade Academy this school year. The Sixth Grade Academy is a large area on the west side of the building established to ease the transition for incoming sixth graders from elementary school to middle school. In this space, all sixth grade students attend homeroom and their core subject classes (ELA, math, science and social studies). Sixth grade students leave the academy area at lunch time, 5th and 6th hour to attend elective classes in the afternoon. All sixth grade lockers are in this area. Having a designated space for sixth graders greatly reduces worries about getting lost trying to find classrooms and lockers during the first months of school. The academy allows for the development of a sense of team and togetherness for our new sixth graders as they begin their middle school adventure.

GRADES 1-5 Tuesday, September 4 will be a full day of school for grades 1-5. Elementary starting and dismissal times are: First Bell

Dismissal

1/2 Day

Cooper

8:20 a.m.

3:25 p.m.

11:40 a.m.

Gilkey

8:20 a.m.

3:25 p.m.

11:40 a.m.

Starr

8:30 a.m.

3:35 p.m.

11:50 a.m.

Due to adult supervision schedules, elementary parents are cautioned that students at Gilkey and Cooper should not arrive at school more than five minutes before the first bell, and Starr students no more than 15 minutes before the first bell (except that students who receive breakfast at school should arrive 20 minutes before the bell). Students previously enrolled need not contact their schools before opening day. New students should report to their schools for registration beginning Monday, August 20.

NEW PROGRAMS & PROJECTS FOR 2012-13 • STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education program focused on robotics, energy, pneumatics and simple machines • Capturing Kids’ Hearts • Teen Leadership • New choir room with additional space to support the growing vocal music program • Fully equipped fitness room for PE and Health classes • More information about these programs/projects in future issues of School Matters FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL Tuesday, September 4 will be a full day of school. The regular school day is from 7:45 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. Middle School students in attendance at Plainwell Schools last year do not need to register early. Homeroom assignments will be posted at the front entrance of the school at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22. Students will report to Homeroom at 7:45 a.m. on the first day of school to receive their class schedules. Students new to the district in grades 6, 7 or 8, should report to the Middle School for registration beginning Monday, August 20.

PHOTO SCHEDULE

High School................................................... Thursday, August 23 and Friday, August 24 Class schedule pick up days, details on page 7.

Renaissance Alternative High School........................................Tuesday, September 18 Middle School..................................................................................Friday, September 7 Also Wednesday, August 22 for 6th Gr. Meet in the Middle

Gilkey Elementary................................................................. Wednesday, September 19 Cooper Elementary...................................................................Thursday, September 20 Starr Elementary.........................................................................Tuesday, September 25

Plainwell Parents! You are invited to attend the following PARENT GROUP MEETINGS of your choice. Your attendance is welcome, as well as active involvement in the groups’ activities

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HS Parents Group 1st Wednesday

NEW TIMES!

9:00 a.m.

Band Boosters PHS Boosters Trojan Aquatics Middle School

7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

PHS Band Room Office Conf. Room MS Teacher’s Lounge MS Library

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Gilkey Library

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL NEWS

Bus Schedule Available...

SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES

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Plainwell Schools traditionally hold open houses early in the school year to provide families with an opportunity to meet school staff members and familiarize themselves with the environment in which their students attend school. Please note that these events are planned to be getacquainted times and are not intended to be parent/teacher conferences.

Due to some adjustments in pick up and drop off times, Plainwell’s school bus schedule will be complete and available beginning August 20. The schedule may be accessed at www.plainwellschools.org. It will also be available at the Administration Office. After August 20, questions should be directed to the Bus Garage office at 685-8080.

HIGH SCHOOL • Grades 9 -12 FRESHMEN ORIENTATION Students report Thursday, August 23: All freshmen need to report to the PHS auditorium at 9:00 a.m. for a “Trojan Pride” Orientation lasting until 11:00 a.m. Included will be schedule pickup, extra curricular activity information and grade expectations. Student photos will also be taken and students should bring their completed picture packs with the necessary payment. This orientation is a student activity and parents do not need to attend.

Elementary Open Houses Cooper Elementary Thursday, September 6 • 6-7:30 p.m. Starr Elementary Tuesday, September 11 • 6-7:30 p.m.

FRESHMEN TECHNOLOGY PLAN Parents and Students report Tuesday, September 4: All freshmen and a parent/guardian must report to the Performing Arts Center at either 4:00 or 6:00 p.m. for iPad rollout, deposit and optional insurance informational meeting. Each student will be expected to pay a deposit upon initial distribution of the iPads. The deposit is refundable upon return, either by graduating or by leaving the district. The deposit will be $50 ($35 for reduced lunch recipients and $20 for free lunch recipients).

Gilkey Elementary Wednesday, September 12 • 6-7:30 p.m. Tailgate gathering for Gilkey Kindergarten Parents prior to Open House.

Middle School Open Houses

SOPHOMORE SCHEDULE PICKUP & PHOTOS Students report Thursday, August 23 between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

6th Grade Meet in the Middle Drop-in Time Wednesday, August 22 • 3 - 7:00 p.m. 6th Grade photos will be taken at this time.

JUNIOR & SENIOR SCHEDULE PICKUP & PHOTOS Juniors report Friday, August 24 between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Seniors report Friday, August 24 between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. SCHEDULE CHANGES Drop & Add Dates: August 23-29. Schedule changes will not be permitted after August 29, unless a graduation requirement needs to be fullfilled.

Full School Open House Tuesday, September 18 • 6-7:30 p.m.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL Students are to report to the gymnasium at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4 for a brief assembly. Students will then attend a full day of school with classes concluding at 2:25 p.m.

Wednesday, September 12 • 6-7:30 p.m.

High School Open House Parents should gather in the Performing Arts Center for a short meeting at 6:00 p.m. Classrooms will be open afterwards for parents to tour the school.

NEW HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS The guidance office will be open beginning Monday, August 20 from 9:00 a.m. to noon and from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. for enrollment of new students. New students and their parents should study the course description booklet, and then fill out the enrollment and class selection form. These materials, along with last year’s report cards or grade transcript, birth certificate and immunization verification, should be brought to the enrollment appointment.

Renaissance High School Open House Tuesday, September 25 • 6-7:00 p.m.

RENAISSANCE HIGH SCHOOL 422 N. Acorn St., Plainwell Industrial Park •(269) 685-9531 ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION Classes begin Tuesday, September 4. Students will enroll in one of the following shifts, Monday through Friday. #1: 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (required for students under 16) #2: 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. All students will need a birth certificate, transcripts and complete immunization records to enroll. ADULT EDUCATION & GED PREPARATION Classes begin Tuesday, September 4. Classes will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Mondays and 2:30 to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

NEW! CAREER CREDENTIAL ELECTIVES Students will now have the option to choose from 8 new elective courses. Each of the new courses is designed to promote hands-on, practical experience in a real and trending career. Students will earn elective credit(s), a certificate, and build a portfolio all in one course.

For enrollment information on any of these programs, contact the office of Community Education at (269) 685-9531 or stop by the school office beginning August 20. W W W. P L A I N W E L L S C H O O L S . O R G

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NUTRITION NEWS

New School Meal Requirements for 2012-13 Increase In Fruits and Vegetables - We will offer a larger variety of nutrient-dense vegetables, including dark green, orange, starchy vegetables and legumes. Students will now be required to take 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable for their meal to be considered a full meal. Colorful fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals important for growth and development during childhood. Anything less than a full meal is charged at ala carte prices. This means Free or Reduced students will get charged full price for their meal if they do not take a fruit or vegetable.

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he USDA has recently issued new school meal requirements that will be effective for the 2012-2013 school year. This means Plainwell Community Schools students will see some changes this school year in the foods served at school. Chartwells School Dining Services manages the food service department at Plainwell Community and has made strides in incorporating several positive initiatives that will allow for a smooth transition to the new meal requirements.

Allowable Grains and Proteins - Menus will offer specific amounts of whole grains and proteins. This is intended to make sure students are receiving age-appropriate, nutritionallyadequate meals that provide the right amount of energy from healthful food sources. We already offer a variety of whole grains on menus with items like whole grain pizza crust, rolls, muffins, pancakes, waffles and cereal. This means portions will be limited in size. Lower Sodium - We have already identified several products for use next year and will continue working with food manufactur-

ers to lower sodium in products. Chartwells chefs and registered dietitians have worked to modify and develop creative new recipes using non-salt seasonings, herbs and tasty fresh foods. Reduced Fats - Unhealthy fats such as saturated and trans fat can lead to heart disease and high cholesterol, as well as other chronic diseases. We will only use food products and ingredients that contain zero grams of trans fat per serving. Menus by Age Groups - New grade groups for menu planning will be aimed at ensuring students receive age-appropriate portions and nutrients. New calorie requirements will be implemented to align with these newly established grade groups. The School Lunch Program is operated in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy which does not permit discrimination because of race, color, sex, handicap or national origin. Any person who believes that he or she has been discriminated against in any U.S.D.A. activity should write to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. n

NEW LUNCH PRICES for 2012-13 Breakfast $1.40 | Lunch (Elementary) $1.95 | Lunch (Secondary) $2.15 | Milk 50¢ Reduced breakfast and lunch prices will remain the same.

What is a Qualified Meal? BREAKFAST

LUNCH

All buildings within Plainwell Community Schools offer a standard breakfast with a set price called a “Qualified Meal.” A Qualified Meal is one that meets the requirements of the National School Breakfast Program (NSBP) guidelines. Those guidelines are as follows: • 1 milk • 1 fruit item • 1 meat or meat alternative item (protein) • 1 grain or cereal item All students must take 3 of the 4 above items, and may select all 4, in order for the meal to be considered “qualified”. The combinations may be 1 fruit OR 1 milk ALONG WITH either 1 grain and 1 meat OR 2 grains OR 2 meats. All qualified meals are eligible for federal reimbursement under the NSBP guidelines. All qualified meals are priced as a meal and deviations may result in ala carte pricing. Meal Example: Sausage & Cheese Bagel (meat and grain), Fresh Fruit or Juice (fruit), Milk (milk)

All buildings within Plainwell Community Schools offer a standard lunch with a set price called a “Qualified Meal.” A Qualified Meal is one that meets the requirements of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) guidelines. Those guidelines are as follows: • 1 meat or meat alternative item (protein) • 1 vegetable item • 1 fruit item • 1 bread item (usually included with protein) • 1 milk All students must select at least 3 of the 5 above items and 1 of those 3 MUST be a ½ cup of fruit OR a ½ cup of vegetable in order for the meal to be considered “qualified.” They may select all 5 at no additional charge. All qualified meals are eligible for federal reimbursement under the NSLP guidelines. All qualified meals are priced as a meal and deviations will result in ala carte pricing. Minimum Meal Example: Hot dog (excluding bun), Green Beans (1/2 cup vegetable), Milk (milk)

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PARENTS!

You can fill ou t the Free & Reduce d Lunch application on line instead of sending in a pa per copy. Go to www.lu nchapp.com and follow th e directions. It is simple an d quick and your benefits will be approved muc h faster!

FREE & REDUCED Free and Reduced Participants: All meals received must meet the minimum required components of a Qualified Meal which MUST include a ½ cup of fruit or vegetable to be eligible for free or reduced pricing for lunch. Be aware that some items contain more than one component. If all required components are not taken the meal is subject to charge. MILK ONLY IS NOT ALLOWED under the USDA guidelines. You must purchase a full meal. See cashier for further details. *Qualified meal selections and prices vary by building and are subject to change. Questions? Contact Chris Nelson, Food Services Director, at (269) 685-2097.


NUTRITION NEWS PLAINWELL COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 2012-2013 FREE AND REDUCED PRICE SCHOOL MEALS FAMILY APPLICATION Part 1 - If the child you are applying for is homeless, migrant or a runaway, check the appropriate category and verify with the district/school Homeless Liaison or Migrant coordinator at __________________ ____ Homeless

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Skip Part 2 and list the Child's Name, Grade, and Building in Part 3.

Part 2 - If any member of your household received Food Assistance Program (FAP), Family Independence Program(FIP), or FDPIR, provide the name and case number for the person who receives benefits. Name:______________________________________ Case Number:_________________________________ Bridge Card Numbers and Medicaid Numbers are NOT ACCEPTABLE case numbers If a case number is provided only students need to be listed in Part 3.

Part 3 - Household Names - List below all people living in your household, students and non- Part 4 - Total Household Gross Incomes - Include the amount of money and circle how often it is received. students, foster children, related or unrelated. For example, grandparents, other relatives, and/or friends, including yourself and children who live with you, must be listed.

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Part 5 - Signature and Last Four (4) Digits of Adult Social Security Number (Adult household member MUST sign and date.) If Part 4 is completed, the adult signing the form must also list the last four (4) digits of his or her Social Security Number or check the "I do not have a social security number box". See Privacy Act Statement on the back of this page. I certify (promise) that all information on this application is true and that all income is reported. I understand that the sponsor will get federal funds based on the information I give. I understand that sponsor officials may verify (check) the information. I understand that if I purposely give false information, my child may lose benefits and I may be prosecuted.

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Part 6 - Child's Racial/Ethnic Identity (optional) Check One or More Racial Identities:

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Privacy Act Information: Social Security Number The Richard B. Russell School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced price meals. You must include the last four (4) digits of the Social Security Number of the adult household member who signs the application. The Social Security Number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child, list a FAP or FIP case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child, or indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a Social Security Number. We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We MAY share your eligibility information with education, health and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.

Non-discrimination Statement: This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly. "In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer." VERIFICATION - FOR SCHOOL USE ONLY Date Selected for Verification: _________________________________

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C O M M U N I T Y E D U C AT I O N & R E C R E AT I O N

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This program is open to students K-5th grade. Players will be placed in a group based on grade (for example, 1st & 2nd graders). Each Saturday, the same pool of players will be divided up differently. Phone call reminders will not be made. Please attend the practice on October 27 at the assigned time for your grade level. We will not have soccer on November 24. Date: Saturdays • October 27-December 15 Time: Schedule below is only for Saturday, October 27. Depending on the number of registered players, the regular schedule will range from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. - Kindergarten 10:00 a.m. - First Grade 11:00 a.m. - Second Grade 12:00 p.m. - Third Grade 1:00 p.m. - Fourth & Fifth Grade Location: Hicks Street Gym Cost: $57.00 $42.00 for Gun Plain Twp. Residents Instructors: Doug Beauregard and Brett Paige Registration deadline is Monday, October 15th.

JR. SPIKERS VOLLEYBALL GIRLS Grades 3-6

Registrations will be due back to the office by October 2, 2012. Make checks payable to Plainwell Community Recreation. Date: Mondays & Wednesdays October 15-December 9 Time: 7:00 p.m. - Third & Fourth Grade 8:00 p.m. - Fifth & Sixth Grade Location: PMS Gym Cost: $57.00 $42.00 for Gun Plain Twp. Residents

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is the season to be thankful here in the Recreation Department. We’ve just finished up another great summer of baseball, softball and T-Ball and I couldn’t have done it without the help of countless volunteers. In fact, our program would be nowhere without volunteers. We depend on volunteer coaches, assistants, umpires, referees, maintenance crew and custodians just to name a few. So as I reflect on the past year, and plan for the next, I am thankful for all of our volunteers. Speaking of volunteers, we always need more! Recreation sport programs are strictly coached by volunteers. Usually parents help, but there are times where the pool of volunteers to draw from is pretty shallow. So, if you’ve got extra time, and want to help, please feel free to contact us and we’ll find someplace to get you involved. High School and college students who need community service hours are always welcome as well. Everyone involved in our programs is required to participate in a background check. Background checks are easy, we do all the work, you just have to fill out a short form. I’d also like to thank Northwood/Plainwell Little League. They donated thousands of dollars worth of baseball and softball equipment for us to use. Those donations allowed us to use our precious resources on other projects. So, once again, thank you Northwood/Plainwell Little League! I’m thankful for Midwest Custom Embroidery. Owned and operated by Plainwell resident, parent, and alumni, Marshall Pallett, Midwest takes care of all of the Recreation Program’s uniform needs, at their cost. Marshall just wants to give back to Plainwell, and doesn’t profit from dealing with us.

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Activity_________________________________________Session #______________Time___________ Activity_________________________________________Session #______________Time___________ Master Card/Visa _______________________________________________ Exp. Date ___/___/___ Please make checks payable to Plainwell Community Education. Mail registration form or stop by: Plainwell Community Education, 422 Acorn St., Plainwell, MI 49080 (269) 685-9531 Fax registration to (269) 685-1564. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed Friday.

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C O M M U N I T Y E D U C AT I O N & R E C R E AT I O N BRAIN BLOSSOMS Newborn - 4 Yrs

CANNING MADE EASY

Brainblossoms.org is partnering with Plainwell Community Education to bring early childhood (infants & toddlers) art, music and education to Plainwell area families for FREE! Classes are parent/caregiver participation and registration is required. Dates: Thursdays • January 10 - April 25, 2013 No class April 4 Time: Music Blossoms 10-10:45 a.m. 8 mos. to 2 1/2 Years Art Blossoms 11-11:45 a.m. • 2 to 4 Years Baby Blossoms 12:15 - 1:00 p.m. Newborn to 7 mos. Location: Starr Elementary, Room #111 Cost: FREE - For registration and class description, see www.brainblossoms.org

Come and learn how easy it is to preserve summer flavors for your family to enjoy all winter long. Canning is easy and fun and does not require specialized equipment (just jars and a large pot)! We’ll cover the basics of canning and canning safety. By the time you finish this course you will be well on your way to making and storing healthy and delicious foods like you have thought about for so long! Register soon, space is limited. Class One: Introduction to canning, types of canning, equipment and safety. Class Two: Canning fruits, jams and jellies. Class Three: Canning with tomatoes. Class Four: Pickling Dates: Wednesdays • Sept. 12 - Oct. 3, 2012 Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Location: Community Ed. Building, 422 Acorn St. Costs: $32 Registration deadline is Wednesday, September 5.

NASA: Future Space Academy

ZUMBA® - Ladies Only

K-5th Grade

Explore the Earth, Moon, Mars...and Beyond! The Academy of Future Space Explorers takes children on a voyage of discovery. This eight-week adventure will teach children all about the planets, rockets, living in space and much more. Each week will be filled with unique hands-on activities, amazing demonstrations and fun educational take-homes – along with a NASA journal for further exploration. This is an experience that is truly out of this world. Cost: $80 Cooper: October 10 - November 14, 2012 (Wed.) 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Room #A130 (Science Room) Gilkey: October 10 - November 14, 2012 (Wed.) 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Room #100 (Science Room) Starr: October 9 - November 13, 2012 (Tues.) 3:40 to 4:40 p.m. Room #111 (Science Room) Registration: www.madscience.org/kalamazoo or call 269-978-8543 or mail registration form to: Mad Science, PO Box 331, Oshtemo, MI 49077 Registration deadline is Monday, October 1.

TAE KWON DO Ages 7 to 107

Tae Kwon Do is a 200-year-old martial art and it is the national sport of Korea. It is a dynamic form of self-defense and an excellent means of physical fitness for men, women, and children of all ages. This form of martial art includes physical techniques, mental discipline and a deep philosophy. Improve coordination, gain strength, and increase your flexibility while learning self-defense techniques from an ancient Korean martial arts form. Tae Kwon Do is appropriate for kids and adults of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels. Come by yourself, with a friend, or bring the whole family for fun and fitness. Class is open to all, age 7 and older. Dates: Mondays • Sept. 24 - Dec. 10, 2012 Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Location: Hicks Gym, 311 Hicks Street Cost: $42 Registration deadline is September 17, 2012

Amy Baker is authorized to teach all of the following Zumba courses: Basic Zumba, Zumba Toning, Zumbatomic for Kids, Zumba Gold and Aqua Zumba. She has an amazing personal testimony of weight loss and life change. Now she makes it her mission to help others get in shape and lose weight. Zumba fitness classes are for ages 13 and older. Amy would like to remind participants that your hour of Zumba is an hour for you. No childcare is provided, therefore young children should not attend. For more information, email acc4love@aol.com, visit facebook. com/zumbawithamybaker or call (269) 271-5045. Dates: Mondays • Oct. 1 - Dec. 17, 2012 Classes will start again Jan. 7, 2013 Sundays • Sept. 30 - Dec. 16, 2012 Classes will start again Jan. 6, 2013 Time: 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Location: Hicks Gym, 311 Hicks St. Cost: Any 10 classes for $50, Any 20 classes for $80 Walk-in participation available anytime - $5. Please come early to your first class to register.

AQUA ZUMBA Ladies Only

Amy Baker is authorized to teach all of the following Zumba courses: Basic Zumba, Zumba Toning, Zumbatomic for Kids, Zumba Gold and Aqua Zumba. She has an amazing personal testimony of weight loss and life change. Now she makes it her mission to help others get in shape and lose weight. Known as the “Zumba Pool Party,” Aqua Zumba gives new meaning to the idea of an invigorating workout. Splashing, stretching, twisting, shouting & laughing are encouraged in the Zumba pool! This course integrates the traditional Zumba formula and philosophy with aqua fitness disciplines. It’s a safe, challenging, low-impact workout that provides cardio conditioning and body toning. Zumba fitness classes are for ages 13 and older. Amy would like to remind participants that your hour of Zumba is an hour for you. No childcare is provided, therefore young children should not attend. For more information, email acc4love@aol.com, visit facebook.com/zumbawithamybaker or call (269) 271-5045. Dates: Wednesdays • Oct. 3 - Dec. 19, 2012 Classes will start again Jan. 9, 2013

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Sponsored by Plainwell Community Schools and Gun Plain Township

Sundays • Sept. 30 - Dec. 16, 2012 Classes will start again Jan. 6, 2013 Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Location: PMS Pool Cost: Any 10 classes for $50, Any 20 classes for $80

Walk-in participation available anytime - $5. Please come early to your first class to register.

INDOOR WALKING

If the Plainwell Community Schools are closed for any reason, Indoor Walking will be cancelled that day. Class will be on time if the school system has a delay. This program runs from October 1, 2012 until May 31, 2013. Dates: Adults Only Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays Time: 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Dates: Families Tuesdays & Thursdays Time: 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Location: Hicks Gym, 311 Hicks St. Cost: FREE

EUCHRE - Singles or Doubles

Dates: Tuesdays Time: 6:45 p.m. Location: Plainwell Community Center, 798 Bridge St. Cost: Donations appreciated.

LIFETIME FITNESS at Hicks Gym

Classes are offered through Borgess-Pipp Hospital and will be offered three mornings a week at Hicks Gym. The classes are on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. To register or for more information, please contact Kathy Russell at 685-0791. Dates: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays Time: 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Location: Hicks Gym, 311 Hicks St.

GOLDEN AGE PASSES

If you are 62 years of age or older, you are eligible for a Golden Age Pass Card. This card entitles you to FREE admission to any home Wolverine Conference athletic event or lap swimming at Plainwell Community Schools’ pool, located in the Middle School off Starr Road. To obtain your card, please stop by either the Community Education office, located at 422 Acorn St. between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday or the Athletic Office located in the back section of the High School. Why not take advantage of this opportunity to support our district athletes?

CONTACTS: Community Ed & Recreation...................685-9531 Tammy Glupker, Director.........................685-1573 Pool Information.....................................685-2425 Jason Herbert, Recreation.......................685-9531 Renaissance High School........................685-1573 Bonnie Pfingst, Seniors in Action.............685-5823

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AT H L E T I C D E PA R T M E N T

THE PURPLE GAME

2012 PHS Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet & Recognition

Rivals Team Up in Purple Community Event

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he Otsego-Plainwell rivalry is deep-rooted and brings out big crowds, but when the two face off this fall in volleyball and football, another element to the big game will be added - a sense of community as they come together for the Purple Community Event. It takes place on Friday, September 14 at Bulldog Stadium in Otsego. A regulation outdoor Varsity Volleyball game kicks off the festivities at 4:00 p.m.; the football game follows at 7:00 p.m. with a presentation to the Van Andel Institute before the game; and we’re excited to have Grandville native and up-and-coming country star Nikki Boon sing the National Anthem. Plainwell Trojans will be a sea of purple. This year, you can order and pay online for your t-shirts, bracelets and purple beads. You designate where you would like to pick up your shirt. While there will be some merchandise available to purchase at the game, we encourage you to pre-order your items to make sure you get the right size and quantity. To order, visit www.vai. org/OtsegoPlainwell. We will have tables set up at parent orientations for you to place your order as well as at home volleyball and football games prior to the main event. Know someone who took on the cancer fight? Or is currently in the battle? You can honor them by sponsoring a jersey. Football and volleyball players and cheerleaders will be wearing specially ordered uniform shirts in honor of people who have been affected by cancer. You can purchase a shirt and have a name printed on the back and enjoy recognition during the game while a player or cheerleader wears the shirt; you receive that shirt after that event. Football jerseys are $100, volleyball jerseys are $75 and cheerleading fitted shirts are $30. To sponsor a shirt, call Bonnie Pfingst at 685-5823 from August 16-21. These quantities are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Calls will be taken in the order in which they are received. n

2011-12 Wolverine Conference Girls All-Sports Award Winner

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or the first time in school history, and since starting the Wolverine Conference Girls All-Sports Award in 1994, Plainwell Trojans took first place in the 2011-12 Wolverine Conference Girls All-Sports Award points – leading the conference with a total of 129 points. Congratulations go out to our staff and athletes for winning the All-Sports trophy for the first time in school history! Go Trojans! Pictured are (seated, L to R): Heather Weaver, Competitive Cheerleading; Lisa Marzolf, PHS Athletic Secretary; Deb Burley, PHS Assistant Principal; Carolann Davis, Volleyball; Maddy McHugh, PHS Athletic Trainer (standing L to R): Dave Price, Director of Athletics; Bob Farris, Softball; John DuBois, Swimming & Diving; Bart Lewis, Golf; Tim Rieman, Basketball; Jason Grubaugh, Tennis; Glenn Beier, Cross Country; Matt Evers, Track; Chad Wiseman, Soccer; Jeremy Wright, PHS Principal

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t is with great pleasure that we announce our 2012 class of inductees into the PHS Athletic Hall of Fame along with the ceremonies surrounding their recognition and induction into the hall of fame. We will also begin to recognize groups and/or teams of distinction that have done PHS proud with placement of a picture plaque on the PHS “Wall of Fame.” The 2012 PHS Hall of Fame inductees are: Linda Diller, J. J. Jansons, Tom Witherell, Kevin Meert, and Tim Clark with recognition going to the Varsity Football Chain Crew, consisting of Mike Tiller, John Goldwood, Tony Gless, and Jim Bowers, for 40 years of service. The Induction Banquet will be held Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at Lake Doster Country Club beginning at 6:00 p.m. Cost of ticket is $20/per person and will be available beginning September 4. The Inductee Recognition will take place at the PHS Homecoming varsity football game with Vicksburg High School on Friday, September 28, 2012.

The Plainwell High School Athletic Department and the Plainwell Athletic Boosters will be hosting the annual

FALL SPORTS

PARENTS NIGHT WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15 @ 6 p.m. in the high school gym. Booster apparel and PHS all sport passes will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. and a pre-season community pep rally will be held at Streidl Field following the individual sports meetings. Football • Volleyball • Girls Swim & Dive Boys Tennis • Cheerleading • Girls Golf Cross Country • Boys Soccer


COMMUNITY NEWS

2012-13 DRIVER’S EDUCATION PLEASE NOTE: Forms can not be turned in until 30 days prior to the start of class; except for the summer program. If the turn-in date falls on a day school is not open, forms will be accepted on the next business day. Driver’s Education is closed when school is closed because of bad weather. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact, Keven Badalamente at kbadalamente@plainwellschools.org or (269) 685-9554.

Forms: Forms can be turned in to the main high school office starting 30 days before the start of each session. If the start of the sign up period falls on a weekend, school break, or holiday, forms will be collected on the next school day. A copy of your birth certificate must be SHOWN when your form is turned in. DO NOT attach anything to your form except for an eye exam or special needs for class/driving.

Summer 2013 Driver’s Education

Segment I Driver’s Education

Segment II Driver’s Education

Drive Times: Students will either be “Group A” OR “Group B.” All drives will be completed by July 2nd.

Reminder: Students must be 14 yrs 8 months BEFORE the start of class. Class times are mostly: Monday - Thursday, 2:30 - 4:30 for three weeks in the following months. Get your forms in early! There are only 24 spots per class. Class Number 120910 Weeks of: Sept. 10, Sept. 17, Sept. 24; 2012

Reminder: Students must have had their level 1 license for 90 days and have driven 30 hrs, two of which were at night. Class Times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 2:30 – 4:30 in the following months. Get your forms in early! There are only 36 spots per class and once they are filled the sign up period closes. Class Number 121211 Dec. 11, 12, 13; 2012

Class Number 130211 Weeks of: Feb. 11, Feb. 18, Feb. 25; 2013.

Class Number 130416 April 16, 17, 18; 2013

Driving Groups: Each class has eight driving groups with three students per group. Download a class calendar and pick a single driving group that has the best set of times for you. When you turn your form in we will try to sign you up for the driving group of your choice. Fees: Segment I - $290. Please avoid sending cash. Make all checks payable to Plainwell High School.

Classes for 2013: M – Th, June 10 - 13 M – Th, June 17 - 20 M – Th, June 24 - 27

Fees: Summer Segment I - $290. Please avoid sending cash. Make all checks payable to Plainwell High School. n

Class Number 121023 Oct. 23, 24, 25; 2012

Class Number 121029 Weeks of: Oct. 29, Nov. 5, Nov. 12; 2012

Class Number 130222 Weeks of: April 22, April 29, March 06; 2013.

Summary: Forms can be turned in April 8, 2013@ 7:00 a.m. PLEASE NOTE – Snow days may push these dates back.

Class Number 130205 Feb. 05, 06, 07; 2013 Class Number 130604 June 04, 05, 06; 2013 Fees: Segment II $40. Please avoid sending cash. Make all checks payable to Plainwell High School. Forms: Forms can be turned in to the main high school office starting 30 days before the start of each session. If the start of the sign up period falls on a weekend, school break, or holiday, forms will be collected on the next school day.

Starr’s Girls on the Run Give Back...

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articipating in Girls on the Run is a lot of fun but it also does a lot of good. The girls are required to organize and participate in a community service activity. During Starr Elementary’s GOTR brainstorming day, the girls sprang in to action with many ideas. They were determined to do something great and they did just that. They held a bake sale to purchase grocery items for Christian Neighbors, as many of Starr’s families are helped by this very organization and raised $180. The success was a combined effort of the girls, their families and their teachers. What a great accomplishment, way to go, girls! n W W W. P L A I N W E L L S C H O O L S . O R G

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LEGAL NOTICES for Plainwell Community Schools ASBESTOS HAZARD EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACT This notice is to inform the public about Plainwell Community School’s Asbestos Management Plan. 1. The Asbestos Mangement Plan contains information regarding the locations of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in all school buildings, the condition of the ACM and a plan for dealing with the ACM. This plan is on file at the Administration Office and in all the school buildings. 2. Reinspection: A reinspection of all district buildings is required by law every three years after implementation of the Management Plan. 3. Periodic Surveillance: Once every six months, ACM must be visually inspected for changes in condition. This inspection is performed by trained and certified school personnel. ACM will be repaired if damaged and maintained by the District’s Operation and Maintenance Program (OEM). Those with further questions of concerns may contact the District’s designated AHERA person, Greg Smith, Director of Operations and Facilities at 269-6856338. STUDENTS, PARENTS REMINDED OF WEAPONS EXPULSION POLICY The Board of Education will not tolerate the possession of weapons be anyone while on school property or at a District-related event. In implementing this policy, Plainwell Community Schools will comply with Public Act 211 which prohibits students from possessing a firearm, dagger, dirk, stiletto, knife, mechanical device, iron bar, brass knuckles or other devices designed to inflict bodily harm while in attendance at school or a school activity or enroute to or from school on a school bus. This policy shall also encompass look-alike items, false fire alarms, bomb threats, and intentional calls to falsely report a dangerous condition. The Superintendent shall prepare procedures to ensure immediate reporting to the parent and the local law enforcement agency after discovery of the weapon or the false report; and take proper disciplinary action with the student as provided in the Code of Conduct and AG5610. The Gun Expulsion Law, Senate Bill number 966, calls for permanent expulsion of students who are caught with a weapon of any type on school property. Expelled students are able to petition to return to school. Fifth graders and younger may be reinstated in 90 days, students in sixth grade and above have to wait 180 days before being reinstated. Local procedures shall also include immediate reporting to the appropriate law enforcement agency if a dangerous weapon is found or is suspected to be in the possession of a District employee or visitor. STUDENT MEDICATION AUTHORIZATION POLICY Plainwell Community Schools shall not be responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of student illness. The administration of prescribed medication to a student during school hours will be permitted only when failure to take such medication would jeopardize the health of the student or the student would not be able to attend school if the medicine were not made available during school hours. Medication should be administered in the home, if at all possible. For the purpose of this policy, “medication” shall include all medicine prescribed by a physician and/or any patented drug. The total responsibility of dispensing or administering any nonprescribed (over-the-counter) drugs, preparations and/or remedies shall rest solely with the parent or legal guardian and that student. Before any medication may be administered to any student during school hours, the Board shall require the written request of the parent/guardian or the completion of a medical release for high school. This documentation shall include: written orders from a physician detailing the name of the drug, dosage, and time interval the medication is to be taken along with written permission from the parent/ guardian of the pupil requesting that the school district comply with the physician’s order. Only medication in its original prescription bottle, labeled with the date of the prescription, student’s name and exact dosage will be administered. Asthmatic students may possess and use a metered-dose inhaler or other inhaler provided the student has written approval from the parent or legal guardian and health care provider and that written approval is provided to the principal or superintendent. If you have further questions, please contact your school’s main office (or the high school athletic office).

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ADVISORY TO ALL PARENTS Dear Parents/Guardian: Plainwell Community Schools has adopted an Integrated Pest Management program. Inherent with this are the District’s efforts to reduce pesticide use as much as possible. While it may occasionally be necessary to apply a pesticide, these will only be used as a last resort. This program does not rely on routine pesticide applications to resolve problems. We use various techniques such as habitat alteration, sanitation, mechanical means, exclusion, etc. to prevent pests from becoming a problem. You will receive advanced notice of the application of a pesticide, other than bait or gel formulations at your child’s school. This advance notice of the application will be given 48 hours before the application. The law requires us to do this notification by using two methods. The first method required by law is the posting at the primary entrances to your child’s school. The entrances that will be posted are those entrances that have a sidewalk that leads directly to a parking lot. The second method we are going to use is the posting in a common area located by the main office of the school. Parents are also entitled to receive this notice by first-class United States mail postmarked at least 3 days before the application. If you would like to be notified by mail please contact the Operations Department at 269-685-6338. Please give the Operations secretary your name, mailing address and what school your child attends. In an emergency (for example, bees nest), pesticides may be applied without prior notice, but you will be provided notice following any such application. You may review our IPM program or pesticide application records for your child’s school by calling 269-685-6338 or emailing Greg Smith, at gsmith@plainwellschools.org. This number or email may also be used when school is not in regular session. Sincerely, Greg Smith, Director of Operations

SAFE & DRUG FREE SCHOOLS & COMMUNITIES Plainwell Community Schools recognizes and abides by the standards of the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act and the Drug Free Workplace Act. These standards prohibit the unlawful manufacture, possession, use, sale, distribution, or concealment of illegal drugs and alcohol in school programs, school vehicles, school premises, and at school sponsored activities on and off school property. Drugs include all controlled substances as defined by law, as well as “look-alike” drugs, steroids, and alcohol. These standards apply to all Plainwell Community Schools’ students and staff. The use/abuse of drugs and alcohol poses serious health and safety risks to Plainwell Community Schools’ students. We urge students, parents, guardians, and care providers to work hand-in-hand with our district to ensure that these important standards are upheld. STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL LAW The Plainwell Community School district complies with applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It is the policy of the school district that no person on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin or ancestry, age, height, weight, gender, marital status, handicap or Vietnam-era veteran status, shall be discriminated against in employment or educational programs and activities. In order to coordinate compliance activities and investigate complaints charging discrimination, the school district has appointed Superintendent Susan Wakefield as Civil Rights Coordinator. Inquiries, complaints, or grievances should be addressed to the Civil Rights Coordinator, 600 School Drive, Plainwell, Michigan, 490801595, phone 269-685-5823.

FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT Each year the Plainwell Community Schools is required to notify [NOTE: FERPA requires a school district to make a reasonable atparents or students of rights under the Family Educational Rights tempt to notify the parent of eligible student of the records request and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA affords parents and students over unless it states in its annual notification that it intends to forward 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to records on request.] the student’s education records. These rights are: Right to Complain: The right to file a complaint with the U.S. DeRight to Inspect: The right to inspect and review substantially all partment of Education concerning alleged failures by the school to of the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address school receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students of the Office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school official) Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. Washington DC 20202-4605. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify Right to Obtain Policy: Parents have the right to obtain a copy of the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the rethe policy adopted by the Board of Education in compliance with cords may be inspected. This right extends to parents under 18 FERPA. A copy may be obtained in person or by mail from: Susan years of age and to any dependent student age 18 or older. Wakefield, Superintendent, Plainwell Community Schools. Right to Request Amendment: The right to request the amendRight to Object to Release of Directory Information: Generally, ment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible school officals must have written permission from the parent of student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible a student or an eligible student before releasing any information students may ask the school to amend a record that they believe is from a student’s record. However, FERPA allows school districts to inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal (or disclose, without consent, “directory” type information. The Board appropriate official), clearly identifying the part of the record they of Education of the Plainwell Community Schools has designated want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the the following personally identifiable information contained in a stuschool decides not to amend the record as requested by the pardent’s education record as “directory information;” student’s name, ent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible participation in officially recognized activities and sports; height student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearand weight if a member of an athletic team; dates of attendance; ing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information awards received; honor rolls and scholarships. regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or The district will make such “directory” type information available eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing. upon a legitimate request, unless a parent, guardian, or adult stuRight to Prevent Disclosures: The right to consent to disclosures dent notifies the district in writing within 10 days of receipt of this of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s notice. The written objection should list all types of information education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disabout the student to be excluded from directory information. The closure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure same notification requirement applies to high school students who without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate do not want directory information released to military recruiters. educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the Upon such written objection, this information will not be released school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff without the prior consent of the parent or eligible student. If no member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement objection to disclosure is made, student names, photographs and unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person directory information may also be posted on the school district’s or company with whom the school has contracted to perform a website. special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or Your objections should be addressed to: therapist); to a parent or student serving on an official committee, Susan Wakefield, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another Superintendent of Schools school official in performing his/her tasks. A school official has a Plainwell Community Schools legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an ed600 School Drive ucation record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility. Plainwell, Michigan 49080

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t’s Back-to-School time and the Plainwell Community School’s Plainwell Corners and the school age SAFE programs are currently registering children for the following self funded programs:

Plainwell Corners Preschool & Day Care: Prepares your child for success! A preschool offering a developmentally appropriate and fun curriculum designed for toilet-trained children who are three or four years old. Plainwell Corners is now a licensed year around program open Mondays - Fridays from 6:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Early Childhood Education Center at 307 E. Plainwell Street (next to Hicks Gym) for a $135 weekly rate or $37 daily rate. Now offering a half day rate. Half-day sessions for 3-year olds are offered on M & W for $125/monthly. Half-day sessions for 4-year olds are offered on T, Th & F for $180/ monthly. SAFE: A licensed before and after school program providing a place to make friends and enjoy recreational activities, available for children from all three Plainwell Elementary schools. Open weekdays from 6:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Cooper SAFE will be held at Cooper. Gilkey and Starr SAFE will be at their own school sites in the morning and are combined at Starr in the afternoon. Rates are posted online.

Check us out on the Plainwell Schools website and click the Parents section. www.plainwellschools.org or call 269.685.3103 for more information. We qualify for childcare tax credits, accept DHS payments and we are approved for Flex reimbursement.

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Board of Education

Amy Blades.......................................................................... President Kim Shafer.................................................................... Vice President Kevin Blue............................................................................ Treasurer John Nyberg......................................................................... Secretary Jennifer Loftus..........................................................................Trustee Al Moeller..................................................................................Trustee Christine VanDenBerg..............................................................Trustee

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Susan Wakefield......................................................Superintendent Bob Van Dis.............................Director of Curriculum & Instruction Melissa Gelbaugh..............................................Director of Finance Jeff McNutt.................................................. Director of Technology Greg Smith....................... Director of Operations & Transportation

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The public is invited to attend all Board of Education meetings. Business meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building and workshop meetings are held on the first Monday, beginning 6:30 p.m. at various locations. The times and places of workshops and special meetings are posted at the entrances of the Administration Building which is located off Gladys St. between Starr Elementary and Plainwell Middle School. Published by the Plainwell Board of Education, Plainwell, Michigan 49080

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PLAINWELL HIGH SCHOOL 2012-13 FALL SPORTS SCHEDULE VARSITY FOOTBALL AUG. 16 Zeeland East Kalamazoo Central Hastings 6:00 Scrimmages H 23 Coloma H 30 Three Rivers A SEPT. 7 Dowagiac H 14 Purple Game @ Otsego A 21 Allegan Parents Night H 28 Vicksburg Homecoming H OCT. 5 Paw Paw A 12 Comstock Band Parents H 19 Berrien Springs A Varsity games start at 7 p.m. Homecoming is September 28

FRESHMEN/JV FOOTBALL AUG. 16 Zeeland East Kalamazoo Central Hastings Noon/3 p.m. Scrimmages H 22 Wayland 9th H Coloma JV A 29 Three Rivers H SEPT. 6 Dowagiac A 13 Otsego H 20 Allegan A 27 Vicksburg A OCT. 4 Paw Paw H 11 Comstock A 18 Berrien Springs H JV games start at 6:15 p.m. Freshmen games start at 4:30 p.m.

BOYS TENNIS

AUG. 20 South Haven 29 Coloma SEPT. 5 Middleville-Thornapple Kellogg 10 Otsego 12 Allegan 17 Vicksburg 19 Paw Paw 22 GK @ Portage N

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SEPT. 24 Comstock H OCT. 1 Cross Over at West A 5-6 Wolverine Conf. at Allegan A 11-13 Regionals A 19-20 MHSAA State Finals A Most varsity events start at 4:00 JV conference match sites depend on team size and availability. JV non-conference matches will be opposite sites.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

AUG. 18 Port. Central Invite V A 18 Port. Central Invite 9th A 23 E. Kentwood Tour V A 25 Port. Central Invite JV A 27 Gull Lake Mini Tour JV A 28 Gull Lake Mini 9th A 29 Three Rivers JV A SEPT. 6 Dowagiac H 8 Port. Northern Invite JV A 8 Port. Northern Invite 9th A 10 Port. Central Quad V A 12 Kzoo Christian Tri. 9th A 13 Otsego 9th & JV A 14 Purple Game @ Otsego A 15 BC Lakeview V A 17 BC Lakeview JV Quad A 17 Plainwell Quad 9 H 20 Allegan H SEPT. 22 Port. Central Invite V A 22 Gull Lake Invite 9th A 27 Vicksburg 4 p.m. start H OCT. 4 Paw Paw A 6 Vicksburg Invite JV A 6 Paw Paw Invite 9th A 8 Plainwell Quad 9th H 11 Comstock H 13 E. Kentwood Invite V A 15 Plainwell Quad JV H 23 Port. Cent. Invite V A 27 Conference Finals V A 9th gr. & JV games start at 5 p.m. Varsity games start at 6 p.m. Purple Game vs. Otsego is @ 4 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER

AUG. 16 Marshall Scrimmage A 18 Port. North. Shootout A 20 BC Lakeview H 22 Lakeshore A 25 Chelsea Tournament A 27 Coloma H 29 Hackett A SEPT. 5 Three Rivers A 12 Otsego A 17 Mattawan H 19 Allegan H 24 Vicksburg H 26 Paw Paw A 29 Gull Lake A OCT. 1 Comstock H 4 Kzoo Christian V 5 p.m. A 8-10 Conference Tourney TBD JV games start at 5 p.m. Varsity games start at 6:45 p.m.

CROSS COUNTRY AUG. 24 SEPT. 1 8 11 14 18 22 25 29 OCT. 2 6 9 16 19 26 NOV. 3

Portage Invite Dowagiac Invite Muskegon Invite Paw Paw Tri. MSU Invite Plainwell Tri. Bangor Invite South Haven Tri. Otsego Invite Vicksburg Tri. Allegan/PC Invites Plainwell Tri. Conf. @ South Haven Allegan Cty Meet Regionals State Finals

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GIRLS SWIMMING AUG. 21 28 SEPT. 8 13 15 22 25 OCT. 2 4 6 9 11 16 18 NOV. 2 3 13 16-17

Kalamazoo Central A Mattawan/Sturgis H South Haven Invite A Albion Relays A PHS Tri 10 a.m H DeWitt Invite A South Haven H Albion H BC Lakeview A Holland Christian Inv. A Otsego A St. Joseph H Allegan A Marshall A Conf. @ Allegan A Conf. @ Allegan A Diving Regionals A State Finals A

GIRLS GOLF AUG. 15 16 20 21 22 25 29 29 30 SEPT. 5 11 12 14 19 20 OCT. 4

Gull Lake Invite @ Gull Lake View A GK @ Stonehedge A Three Rivers Jamboree A Zeeland East Invite A Dowagiac Jamboree A South Haven Jamboree A Allegan Jamboree @ 8:30 a.m. A Otsego Jamboree @ 12:30 p.m. A Paw Paw Jamboree A MTK 3:30 p.m. H Comstock Jamboree A Vicksburg Jamboree A Comstock JV Invite A Plainwell Jamboree H Comstock Invite A Conf. Dowagiac A

Get Ready for the

PURPLE GAME! September 14 • 4 p.m. See page 12 for more info.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT THE ATHLETIC OFFICE AT 269.685.2096


School Matters Back-to-School 2012