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School Matters S P RI N G 2013

PHS is Nationall!y Ranked See page 3

CLASS OF 2013 Top Academic Students Back Row, L to R: Grant Zamora, Max Tustin, Zachary Rush, Adam Licavoli, Seth Anderson, Tyler White, Michael Yarzebinski, Ryan Pell, Molly Boylan, William Murgittroyd, Rachel Colyer, Luke Boulter, Elizabeth Bingham, and Tori Bergman Front Row, L to R: Audrey VanderBoon, Megan VanderBoon, Alison Seiler, Sarah Nuyen, Hannah Zerbel, Brittany VanHaitsma, Sabian Taylor, Kelsey Ernst, Elizabeth Anderson, and Samantha Hover


SUPERINTENDENT’S VIEWPOINT by Susan Wakefield, Superintendent

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s the end of another school year quickly approaches, it’s gratifying to take a moment and reflect on all of the incredible opportunities provided for our students beyond the classroom. This time of the year, I can hardly go anywhere after school without seeing a team of Girls on the Run practicing for their big event. Now that the weather is cooperating, every afternoon is filled with spring sports, including our Renaissance High School softball program which grows each year. And I can’t overlook the annual high school musical and Collage concert as well as the elementary and middle school performances that fill the last few months of the year. While participation in extracurricular activities is the goal, it’s even sweeter when the students excel such as the Cooper Battle of the Books team who brought the Championship Trophy home and our new Middle School Robotics team who placed so well at Regionals that they competed at the state level in their very first year! This list of opportunities is far from exhaustive and each provides an avenue for

students to learn, grow and gain new confidence. If your child has not participated in an extra-curricular activity, encourage him or her to do so. The research is clear – students who participate in activities outside the classroom experience more success inside the classroom. Here are some opportunities for you and your child to consider... Elementary: Student Council, Battle of the Books, Visions, Trojan Aquatic Club, Girls on the Run Middle School: Student Council, Principal’s Advisory Group, Techno Trojans Robotics Club, Trojan Aquatic Club, Basketball, Volleyball, Track, Cross Country, Wrestling, Madigrals (Acapella Group), Rocket Football, Jazz Band High School: Student Senate, Red Cross Club, National Honor Society, Jazz Band, Pals For a more extensive list of the great things happening at Plainwell Community Schools, visit www.plainwellschools.org n

“Students who participate in activities outside the classroom experience more success inside the classroom.

STAY IN TOUCH WITH PCS!

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oin us on Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m., as we celebrate two unique features new to Plainwell’s downtown! “Building History,” a historic plaque project celebrating Plainwell’s history and heritage, funded in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, and the public art piece, “Iron Archer,” sponsored by the Plainwell Arts Council and City of Plainwell. This event will take place on the Plaza at the intersection of Main Street and West Bridge Street. Plainwell Community Schools music students and Student Senate members will be on hand to take part in this celebration. n

CALENDAR of EVENTS May 23 Graduation • 7 p.m. • Streidl Field

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Renaissance HS Graduation Performing Arts Center • 7 p.m. Dedication Ceremony • 7 p.m. Main St. & W. Bridge St. Plaza

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FOCUS ON CURRICULUM by Bob Van Dis, Director of Curriculum

The Times Are Changing... In the area of curriculum, instruction, and assessment, I cannot recall a time of such rapid change and increasing expectations. Of the many activities and changes taking place in Plainwell Schools allow me to share just one of those changes with you.

QUANTUM LEARNING

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ast August, thirty Plainwell teachers participated in a workshop called Quantum Learning. The workshop was so powerful and effective that we will be offering it again this August to as many teachers as can attend. Quantum Learning came to us from Chase Mielke, a high school English and Positive Psychology teacher who has had advanced training in this method and has traveled across the county doing a student version of this called Super Camp. He is an approved Quantum Learning trainer and will be running our workshops for us. So what is Quantum Learning? According to the Quantum Learning Network, it is “a powerful research-based educational method-

ology that increases teacher effectiveness and improves student performance through the orchestration of five core components: Foundation, Atmosphere, Environment, Design, and Delivery. It is a simple yet effective model for creating an all-encompassing culture of academic and personal excellence. This powerful results-oriented methodology increases leadership and teacher effectiveness and improves student success with the Common Core. With the Quantum Learning System, teachers develop a comprehensive approach leading to greater student participation, comprehension, and critical thinking. They learn to create a supportive classroom environment and a positive, safe atmosphere.” Having seen this training, I can attest that

Wolverine Leadership Initiative Wolverine Leadership Initiative is a dynamic, lifechanging program aimed at helping young adults become society-shifting leaders. The initiative features one-week of intensive instruction, coaching, and development of critical skills all effective leaders have – no matter what field they pursue. Through realistic and relevant experience-based WOLVERINE LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE learning, students will cultivate four skills that will propel their future potential: Grit, Fellowship, Poise, and Foresight. Grit: Resilient, focused pursuit of personal passions. Fellowship: The ability to forge strong connections with others. Poise: Confidence and competence in expressing ideas. Foresight: The ability to create specific, measurable, and successful plans for growth. Your student can create true positive change. Through dynamic instruction from award-winning instructors; purposeful, research-based strategy coaching; an engaging outdoor ropes course experience; and individualized support and guidance during and beyond the program, Wolverine Leadership Initiative can help propel that potential. If you want your student to change the world – for him/ herself and others – Wolverine Leadership Initiative is a worthy investment. Price: $179 | Dates: July 29th - August 2nd For questions or further information, please contact Chase Mielke at cmielke@plainwellschools.org or Jason Grubaugh at jgrubaugh@plainwellschools.org W W W. P L A I N W E L L S C H O O L S . O R G

Quantum Learning is a perfect fit for our goals to promote student character and wise decision making; build strong, positive relationships with students; and provide rigorous and engaging instruction. I could easily write of many other new activities and changes happening here...from 1 to 1 iPads at the high school to new interventions for struggling students at the middle school to our highly-successful new kindergarten readiness program. As I said in the opening, things have never been busier or filled with more change. Plainwell teachers and principals are stepping up to these challenges and opportunities, working harder than ever for the benefit of our students. The community should be proud of their efforts. n

Plainwell High School recognized as one of Newsweek Magazine Best High Schools Nationwide!

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s we were going to press with this issue of School Matters, we were notified by the media that Plainwell High School was chosen as one of Newsweek Magazine’s America’s Best High Schools for 2013! Newsweek and The Daily Beast rank and highlight the best 2,000 public high schools in the nation—those that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads. The list is based on six components: graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25 percent), AP tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP scores (10 percent), and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP course (5 percent). Visit bit.ly/PHSisthebest to learn more!

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HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

CLASS OF 2013 Top Academic Students Elizabeth Anderson is the daughter of Rich and Kristin Anderson. Elizabeth will be attending the University of Michigan this fall and will be majoring in Civil Engineering. While at Plainwell High School, Elizabeth volunteered as a Big Sister to a Starr Elementary student, was on the Principal’s Student Advisory Committee and is a National Honor Society member and an AP Scholar. Seth Anderson is the son of Curt and Amy Anderson. This fall Seth will be studying Biology at Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois. Seth was a member of the PHS men’s soccer team for four years and is an AP Scholar. Tori Bergman is the daughter of Brian and Tamara Bergman. Tori will become a Spartan at Michigan State University where she will study Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Medicine and continue her studies to become a doctor of Equine Medicine. Tori was a member of the PHS Cross Country team and the PHS Women’s Basketball team. She is a National Society Member as well as a Red Cross Club member. Elizabeth Bingham is the daughter of Jim and Lynn Bingham and Dolores Bingham. Ellie will major in Finance at Western Michigan University this fall. During her years at PHS, Ellie was a National Honor Society member and tutored students in French. Luke Boulter is the son of Jon and Lisa Boulter. Luke will be attending Kettering University where he will major in Mechanical Engineering. Luke has been a member of the PHS Cross Country and Track teams where he earned All Region and All Conference honors. He also participated in Quiz Bowl and is a member of the National Honor Society. Luke served on the Plainwell Captain’s Council and is a PAL. Molly Boylan is the daughter of Mike and Libby Boylan. Molly will be attending Michigan State University this fall where she will be studying Pre-Medical sciences. Molly has been a 4 year member of the PHS Women’s Swim team, 3 year member of the PHS Women’s Tennis team, as well as participating in Quiz Bowl and French Club. Molly is also the Yearbook Co-Editor in Chief and a member of the National Honor Society. Rachel Colyer is the daughter of Angela Colyer and Andrew Colyer. This fall, Rachel will become a Wolverine at the University of Michigan. She has not declared a major at this time. Rachel is the Senior class treasurer as well as a National Honor Society member and has been on the Quiz Bowl team and part of the Red Cross Club. Kelsey Ernst is the daughter of Brian and Jenny Ernst. Kelsey is attending the University of Michigan and will study Molecular Biology and BioMedical Engineering. Kelsey was a member of the PHS Swim team, a 4 year member of the PHS Band, a member of the Twin Cities Rhythm Drumline and also serves as the Vice President of the PHS National Honor Society. Kelsey has been honored as a National Merit Finalist this year.

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Samantha Hover is the daughter of Steve and Patty Hover. Samantha is planning to attend Western Michigan University to study Biology. During her years at at PHS, Samantha was in Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Pep Band and the Jazz Band. She is also a member of the National Honor Society. Adam Licavoli is the son of Don and Kim Licavoli. Adam will study Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan. Adam swam 4 years for the PHS Swim team where he earned the Academic All American award. He also is a 4 year member of the Cross Country and Track teams. Adam is a member of the National Honor Society, Red Cross Club and participated in Quiz Bowl. William “Burt” Murgittroyd is the son of Rose Mary Murgittroyd and the late Michael Murgittroyd. Burt will be attending Michigan State University this fall and major in Biomedical Engineering. While at PHS Burt has participated in Track, Football and played 4 years of basketball. Sarah Nuyen is the daughter of Kenrick and Jacquline Nuyen. Sarah plans to attend the University of Michigan where she will major in Biology and minor in French. Sarah is a member of the Student Senate, French Club and National Honors Society. She also was on the Quiz Bowl team and the PHS Women’s tennis team and was selected as Plainwell High School’s DAR Good Citizen Nominee. Ryan Pell is the son of Ken and Toni Pell. This fall, Ryan will enroll at Western Michigan University to study Finance. Ryan was part of the PHS Men’s Soccer team as well as the PHS Basketball team. Zach Rush is the son of Cindy Rush and Greg Rush. This coming year, Zach will be attending Western Michigan University to study Aeronautical Engineering. Zach is a member of the National Honor Society and was a 4 year member of the PHS Men’s soccer team. Alison Seiler is the daughter of Greg and Dawn Seiler. Ally is attending Michigan State University this year to major in Communications and Business. Ally has been a member of the Varsity swim team and Varsity tennis team as well as National Honor Society. She was a concert choir student and participated in the musicals and also wrote for the Trojan Torch. Sabian Taylor is the daughter of Ken Taylor and Ronda Taylor. Sabian will attend the University of Michigan this fall where she will be a Microbiology and Pre-Med major. Sabian ran Cross Country and Track in high school and played for the JV soccer team. She is a National Honor Society member, Red Cross Club member, been in the PHS Marching Band and Wind Ensemble and is the Senior Class president.

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Max Tustin is the son of Jeff and Katie Tustin. Max will be attending Hope College this fall where he will be pursuing a degree in Education. While at Plainwell High school, Max was a member of the PHS Band, Concert Choir, National Honor Society and Red Cross Club. He also played Varsity Tennis and ran Track. Max played the lead in this year’s musical, “Crazy For You.” Audrey VanderBoon is the daughter of John and Katy VanderBoon. This fall, Audrey will attend Warren Wilson College in North Carolina where she will major in Outdoor Leadership and Spanish and swim for their swim team. Audrey has been a 4 year member of the PHS Swim/Dive team and played soccer and tennis as well. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Red Cross Club and a PAL. She participated in Quiz Bowl and the high school musicals. Megan VanderBoon is the daughter of John and Katy VanderBoon. Megan will be pursuing a degree in Communications and Business in the Honor’s program at KVCC. Megan earned an All American Academic award while swimming for the PHS Swim/Dive team as well as All-State, All-County and All Conference honors. She also played soccer and tennis for the high school. Megan is a member of the National Honor Society, French Club, Quiz Bowl and a PAL. Brittany VanHaitsma is the daughter of Debra Doest. Brittany will begin her college career at KVCC and then transfer to the Pharmacy school at Ferris State University. Brittany is involved with the Red Cross Club and is a member of the National Honor Society. Tyler White is the son of Brian and Ronda White. Tyler will be playing Football for the Fighting Illini at the University of Illinois this fall and majoring in Engineering. Tyler has been a 4 year member of both the PHS Football and Basketball teams as well as a 3 year Track member. Tyler is also a member of the National Honor Society. Michael Yarzebinski is the son of Sue Kuhr and Don Yarzebinski. Mike will be pursuing a degree in Physics at Michigan State University. Mike has run both Cross Country and Track for PHS as well as playing Football and Basketball. Mike is a member of the National Honor Society, Red Cross Club and is a PAL. Grant Zamora is the son of Mike and Lori Zamora. Grant will be attending the University of Michigan this fall but is still unsure of what he will be majoring in. While at PHS, Grant was a member of the PHS Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Pep Band and Jazz Band. He is also a member of the National Honor Society. Hannah Zerbel is the daughter of Jim and Wendy Zerbel. Hannah will be attending Hope College and will pursue a degree in Engineering. Hannah played for the PHS Women’s basketball team. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Red Cross Club and is a PAL.


HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

Renaissance Students Honor Local Man on Arbor Day

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ceremony honoring Larry Green, the only known man killed at the Plainwell Paper Mill, was held on Arbor Day, Friday, April 26, 2013 at the new Public Safety building in Plainwell. Students from Renaissance High School performed a skit based on Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree. A memorial tree was planted, balloons were released and Mayor Richard Brooks read a proclamation for Arbor Day which he then presented to Mr. Green’s family. n Pictured at far left: Rilley Fillmore, Allison Lindeman, Lindsey Hackenberg, Selenice Guyton, Erica Clark, Ben Matusiak, Natalie Darscheid, Luke Helmboldt, Casey Babbitt, Mariah Morse, Luke Martin, Jamie Rutherford, Danny Salas, David Benson, Austin Pinks, with staff members Jennifer Beam and Debbie Scooneas, Superintendent Wakefield and Mayor Brooks

PHS Marching Band Descends on Disney World The PHS Marching Band was honored this year by earning a place to perform in the Magic Kingdom Main Street Electric Parade at Disney World over spring break. The Drum Majors pictured at right are Lucy LaVoy, Abbie Porter and Olivia Deal. Carrying the American Flag is Spencer Brignall, and carrying the PHS Banner is Micah Edwards. The students did an amazing job during the performance and represented our community proudly!

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

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Middle School Announces STEM Summer Academy

lainwell Middle School will host a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Summer Academy, July 8 through July 12 from 9 am to 4 pm. This summer’s theme is “Superstorm Solutions,” so students should be ready for a deep dive into inventing new ways to help people cope with natural threats like hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions! At the academy, students will learn how to analyze real world issues, and research and design solutions in a team setting. The academy will also include LEGO® robotics instruction, hands-on applications of new presentation software, and the chance to meet engineers and scientists in STEM areas. Tuition is $50 for in-district students and $75 for out-of-district students, and will include lunch and a daily swim. Contact Academy Director, Lisa Wininger at lwininger@plainwellschools.org for additional information. Registration will be available through Plainwell Community Education. Space is limited to 40 middle school students (incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders), so register early!

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ENROLLING FOR FALL 2013!

Please call 269.673,2161 for a placement form or visit alleganaesa.org/ earlyed

REGISTER TODAY! 3 & 4 Year Olds by November 1, 2013 Locations in Allegan, Fennville, Hopkins, Martin, Otsego, Plainwell & Wayland school districts. 5


E L E M E N TA RY S C H O O L N E W S

The Block Kids Building Program Held at Gilkey!

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ilkey Elementary was host to the National Association of Women in Construction’s (NAWIC) Annual “Block Kids” Building Program with assistance from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Southwest Michigan Branch. The Block Kids Building Program is a national building competition that introduces students to the construction and engineering industries, as a way to pique their interest in possible careers, and is supported by the NAWIC Education Foundation. The program is open to all elementary schools students in 1st through 6th grades. Each student has one hour and is provided with 100 “Lego”type building blocks with the option to choose three other items (rock, string, aluminum foil or poster board) to incorporate into their structure. Volunteer judges from the construction and engineering industry view each student’s project and discuss with them what they have constructed with evaluations being recorded on a point system. A total of 125 students participated, 42 judges from the community volunteered, and eight parent volunteers assisted. In addition, 40 companies donated goodies, gift certificates, aprons, refreshments, and cash to make the event a success! n

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Starr Elementary Celebrates Reading Month

Starr 2nd Graders recite, “My Dog Does My Homework,” by Ken Nesbitt.

Starr was honored to have Mr. Joe from Ransom Library as their musical MC for the assembly. Miss Larson’s Kindergarten Readiness Class acts out, “Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes!”

art:china Plainwell Students’ Art Continues to Shine Across the Sea

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Cooper Art Students at left, front row: Katie Anson, Kylee King, Sarah Lindenback, Mark Boysen, Alex Johnson. Back row: Olivia Oakes, Mellissa Taylor and Chloe Schosso. Not pictured: Julia Rhodes & McKenna Hochstedler 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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wo groups from Cooper Elementary swept this year’s Battle of the Books which was held in March at Otsego Public Schools. The Jolly Rancher Readers finished in first place with the Mysterious Chapter Chasing Pentominoes being awarded second place! Each team was required to read and study five books in order to correctly answer difficult questions during the competition. Congratulations to our dedicated students and volunteer coaches! n

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gain this year, art students from Cooper, Gilkey and Starr Elementary Schools participated in the China Art Exchange, which is sponsored by the 4-H Extension through Michigan State University. Ten students’ artwork has been forwarded to Michigan State to be evaluated and selected to represent Plainwell and be sent to China. The schools will in turn receive art from the students in the Shangdong province at the end of the school year. Each building will have several pieces to add to the growing collection of art from China. The finalists whose work will be chosen will be notified in a few weeks. Plainwell Community Schools’ Elementary Art Program continues to connect curriculum, community and the world 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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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 A NOTE FROM THE RECREATION DIRECTOR:

Get Involved This Spring Season!

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pring is an exciting time of year and for many, including myself, a favorite season. The frogs croaking in our backyard swamp, or the robins chirping as the sun rises to melt the frost on the grass, are signs that warm weather is approaching. With that warm weather comes the opportunity to get outside and enjoy those long awaited outdoor activities. Spring is also an exciting time for our recreation department! Outdoor activities including summer youth ball and golf lessons at Lake Doster will be kicking off and I hope you can find a way to become involved. Whether as a coach, an assistant, a team parent or a participant, volunteer opportunities await you. And, as always, we couldn’t run our programs without you. Thank you for being involved! We are always interested in new ideas for programs and appreciate your feedback. If you have suggestions, please contact me. I welcome the opportunity to talk with you. Hope to see you outside enjoying the many activities our wonderful community has to offer. Take care! n

– Bob Farris

A NOTE FROM THE COMMUNITY ED DIRECTOR:

Trip Was Out-Of-This-World!

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n Saturday, March 9, at 5:15 p.m. four school busses full of moms and sons slowly rolled away from the bus garage on Starr Road and headed north toward Grand Rapids. We took the “long” way around so we could pass by the home of Officer Varren Davis, who had recently returned home from Afghanistan. We lowered our windows, cheered, whistled and sounded the bus horns as our procession passed. It was a wonderful way to start a great night. At Van Andel Arena, the Plainwell mothers and sons descended upon “Star Wars Night” with their tickets, food vouchers and cameras ready. Our section of the arena was alive with hearty cheering, singing and dancing along. The Grand Rapids Griffins prevailed and we returned with tired boys and smiles on our faces. Thank you to all who attended. Let’s do it again next year! n

– Tammy Glupker

Summer School If you need to recover lost credit, are concerned about staying on track or want to work ahead...this is the perfect opportunity! Register on or before June 5 for the June sessions and on or before July 28 for the August sessions.

Registration forms are available at Plainwell Community Education, the Administration Building, High School & Middle School.

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SESSIONS June A.M. June P.M. August A.M. August P.M.

WEEKS June 10 - 28 June 10 - 28 August 5 - 23 August 5 - 23

TIME 8:00 - 11:15 A.M. 11:45 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. 8:00 - 11:15 A.M. 11:45 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Each completed class = 1/2 credit. Slots are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cancellation may occur if not enough students enroll. Check will be returned if the session is full or cancelled due to low enrollment. Call (269) 685-9531 for more information. W W W. P L A I N W E L L S C H O O L S . O R G

YOUTH recreation CO-ED TEE BALL Ages 5 & 6

All boys and girls, ages 5 & 6, are welcome to join us for this introduction to playing ball. Kids will learn proper batting, fielding and base-running fundamentals while having lots of fun! Late registrants will receive a t-shirt with a number but no logo on it. Date: July 8 - 26 • Mondays & Wednesdays Time: 6:00 and 7:15 p.m. Location: Plainwell Middle School Ball Field Cost: $42.00 Deadline to register is June 4, 2013.

LAKE DOSTER GOLF LESSONS Beginners - Ages 7 to 15 Intermediate - Ages 9 to 17

Junior Golf is geared for boys and girls who will learn different aspects of the game. Fun for the novice as well as the person who just needs to brush up on their golf skills. Each day will focus on something new. There are only 12 slots per session, bring a friend and sign up early! Clubs and balls are provided if you do not have them. No signups at class. Cost: $60 per child/per session (includes divot repair tool and ball marker) Location: Lake Doster Golf Club Instructor: Tim Hartson Beginner Lessons Monday: Grip, Stance, Setup, and Hit Range Balls Tuesday: Putting, Chipping and Drill Work Wednesday: Review, Range Work w/Irons, Woods and Special Drills Thursday: Golf Course Etiquette Intermediate Lessons (must have some experience) Monday: Alignment to your Target, Swing Plate, and Hit Range Balls Tuesday: Advancing Putting and Chipping Drills Wednesday: Review, Range Work Thursday: On Course Instruction SESSION I Date: June 17 - 20 • Monday - Thursday Time: 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. (Beginners) 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Intermediate) Deadline to register is June 12, 2013. SESSION II Date: July 8 - 12 • Monday - Thursday Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (Beginners) OR 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Beginners) Deadline to register is July 2, 2013.


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Plainwell Middle School will host a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Summer Academy. This summer’s theme is “Superstorm Solutions,” so students should be ready for a deep dive into inventing new ways to help people cope with natural threats like hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions! At the academy, students will learn how to analyze real world issues, and research and design solutions in a team setting. The academy will also include LEGO robotics instruction, hands-on applications of new presentation software, and the chance to meet engineers and scientists in STEM areas. This class is for incoming 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Space is limited to 40 middle school students, so register early. For more information, contact Academy Director Lisa Wininger at lwininger@ plainwellschools.org Date: July 8 - 12, 2013 • Monday - Friday Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Location: Plainwell Middle School Cafeteria Cost: $50 for in-district students (lunch and a daily swim are included in the cost) $75 for out-of-district students (lunch and a daily swim are included in the cost)

MAD SCIENCE - WACKY SCIENCE One Day Camp • Grades K-5

This camp is filled with scientific experiments that are sure to rock your world. Campers will have a real hair-raising experience when they learn about electricity. The chemical reactions they create will be eye-opening and oh so exciting. This one day camp is sure to leave your child wanting more! Date: July 31, 2013 • Wednesday Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location: Community Education Building, 422 Acorn Street, Plainwell, MI 49080 Cost: $59 (Make checks payable to Mad Science of Greater Kalamazoo. Return checks & forms to PO Box 331, Oshtemo, MI 49077 or go online to register at kalamazoo.madscience.org)

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summer fun! 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 art 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. No signups at class. Date: July 8 - August 26, 2013 • Mondays Time: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Location: Hicks Gym Cost: $42, $67 per family Deadline to register is July 1, 2013.

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 www.amybakerzucrew.com, Facebook “Zumba with Amy Baker” or call (269) 271-5045. Dates: June 12 - July 31, 2013 • Wednesdays June 9 - July 28, 2013 • Sundays Time: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Dates: June 25 - August 1, 2013 • Tues. & Thurs. Time: 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Location: Plainwell Middle School Pool Cost: Any 10 classes for $50, 20 classes for $80 Walk-in participation available anytime - $5. Please come early to your first class to register.

CONTACTS:

STEM SUMMER ACADEMY: SUPERSTORM SOLUTIONS

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. 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 www.amybakerzucrew.com, Facebook “Zumba with Amy Baker” or call (269) 271-5045. Dates: June 10 - July 29, 2013 • Mondays Time: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dates: June 9 - July 28, 2013 • Sundays Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Location: Hicks Gym, 311 Hicks Street Cost: Any 10 classes for $50, 20 classes for $80 Walk-in participation available anytime - $5. Please come early to your first class to register.

WOLVERINE LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE

The Wolverine Leadership Initiative is a dynamic, life-changing program aimed at helping young adults become society-shifting leaders. The initiative features one week of intensive instruction, coaching, and development of critical skills all effective leaders have - no matter what field they pursue. Through realistic and relevant experience-based learning, students will cultivate four skills that will propel their future potential: Grit, Fellowship, Poise, Foresight. Age: Area High Schools Students (Grades 9-12) Dates: July 29 - August 2 Times: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost: $175 Location: Meet at Plainwell High School each day Deadline to register is July 22, 2013.

REGISTER ONLINE:

4 Go to plainwellschools.org 4 Click on “Our District” 4 Go to the Community Education page

4 Click on the “RevTrak” link to register and pay online If you are unable to register online, forms are available at the Community Education office.

Diane Slater, Community Ed & Rec................................................................. 685-9531 Bob Farris, Int. Recreation Director................................................................. 685-9531 Bonnie Pfingst, Seniors in Action.................................................................... 685-5823 John Dubois, Pool Information........................................................................ 685-2425 Tammy Glupker, Director................................................................................ 685-1573

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

Plainwell Athletic Department Welcomes New Lady Trojan Soccer Coach:

DAVID GROVES

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he Plainwell Athletic Department welcomes David Groves as the Women’s Head Soccer Coach beginning with the Spring 2013 season. David is also the Men’s Head Coach at Kalamazoo Central, where in his first season with the Maroon Giants, he coached them to a decade best 14-7 record. In previous high school coaching stints, he was an assistant at Portage Northern and coached the JV team at Portage Central. He has also coached youth teams at Kingdom Premier, Portage Soccer Club, and Wolfpack Soccer Club (Huntington Beach, CA). David has a BA degree in Finance from Western Michigan University and is also working toward his MA at WMU. Let’s welcome Coach Groves to the Trojan team! n

ATTENTION: TROJANS! PLAN NOW FOR NEXT YEAR’S

ATHLETIC PHYSICALS SATURDAY June 8, 2013 9 to 11 a.m. • Boys 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. • Girls Cost: $10 Thanks to: Dr. Lewis & his staff

PHS LOCKER ROOMS ATHLETES: Please bring your physical card that has personal info filled out and signed by your parents to the June 8th physicals. Dr. Lewis and his staff will fill in the physical information area.

Photo: Becky Howrigon

2012-13 MHSAA All-State Swimmers & Divers

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he Plainwell Athletic Department is proud to announce the 2012-13 MHSAA All-State Swimmers & Divers from Plainwell High School. This is the 17th consecutive year that Plainwell has had an All-State team. In the front, L to R: Abby Ernst, Luke Kortokrax. 2nd row, L to R: Kim Jones, Aaryn Jewell, Teresa Thiel, Audrey Vanderboon. 3rd row, L to R: Mallory Comerford, Coach Dubois and Blair Cornell. The women’s and men’s high school teams received All-State Academic Honors, with the women’s team placing 2nd with a GPA of 3.77. The men’s team placed 9th with a GPA of 3.49. Go Trojans! n 10

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There’s no ham missing here! The PHS Lady Trojan Softball Team fuels up with a healthy breakfast provided by the PHS Student Senate.

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nce a season, the PHS Student Senate serves breakfast to each Varsity athletic team. Each team picks the date of a big game, meet or competition and the Senate springs into action with waffles, toast, bagels, juice, muffins and more to get these Trojans fueled up and ready to go! n


E A R LY C H I L D H O O D N E W S

SAFE and Plainwell Corners Preschool

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t is finally spring and time to plan for summer fun! 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 Summer Camp: Designed for children between 3 years old and completing Kindergarten. Located at the Early Childhood Education Center. Special guests, games, crafts and other fun activities. Plainwell SAFE Summer Fun Camp: Designed for children who are completing 1st grade through 5th grade in 2012-2013. Field trips, swimming, games, crafts and loads of other fun activities! Plainwell Corners Preschool & Daycare: 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 am until 6 pm 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. Halfday 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 am until 6 pm. 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.

PCS SUMMER POOL SCHEDULE ‘13 MAY 1 - JU LY 3 0

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oin the Plainwell Education Foundation in the 6th Annual Racin’ the Island City on Thursday, June 13! This year the PEF has added a 10K Run to the mix, so now you can choose from the One Mile Family Fun Run/ Walk which starts at 6:40 p.m. or the 5K/10K Run which will start at 7:00 p.m. The start and finish line will be at Hicks Park. To register, visit www.signmeup.com/91096, you may also register by mail. For more information, email plainwelleducationfoundation@gmail. com or call (269) 207-2310. n

Youth Swim Lessons

Pool Rental

Trojan Aquatic Club

There will be three 2-week sessions. Each session will be four 30-min lessons. $55 per session

The pool is available for rental to any group or organization.

A competitive swim team for ages 6-18.

Times: 4:00-4:30, 4:35-5:05, 5:105:40 – M,T,W,TH Session I • June 10-13, 17-20 Session II • June 24-27, July 8-11 Session III • July 15-18, 22-25 Each session will be limited to 20 swimmers. Additional times will be added if necessary.

Mom and Tot • 4:00-4:30 Session I, II, and III When signing up for lessons, please select the class times and dates. We will need to know your child’s age and swimming experience. They will be placed in the proper class at the first lesson.

Open Swim Open swim is for all ages.

$3 per person, $5 per family Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday 7:00-8:30 p.m.

$40.00 per hour • 1-30 people $50.00 per hour • 31-50 people $25.00 per hour for the lobby (Includes tables and chairs) Call 685-2425 for reservations!

Morning Lap Lap swim is for high school and adults only.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:00-7:00 a.m. $3 per person or pass

Noon Lap Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 12:30-1:30 Wednesday, Friday • 12:00-1:00 $3 per person or pass

Evening Lap

June 13-July 30 Coaches: John DuBois, Lindsay Wiederhold & Kim DuBois 13 years & older: M-TH • 8:00-9:30 • $75 11&12 year olds: M, T, TH • 9:30-10:30 W • 9:30-11:00 • $60 9 &10 year olds: M, T, TH • 8:00-9:30 • $40 8 years & younger: M, T, TH • 11:30-12:30 • $40

Swim Passes Use for Lap swim and Open Swim only.

40 Visit Pass - $60 20 Visit Pass - $32 10 Visit Pass - $18

Monday and Wednesday 6:00-7:00 p.m. $3 per person or pass

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Board of Education

Amy Blades................................................................................ President Kim Shafer...........................................................................Vice President Jennifer Loftus.............................................................................Treasurer Christine VanDenBerg................................................................ Secretary Kevin Blue...................................................................................... Trustee Scott Corbin................................................................................... Trustee John Artz........................................................................................ Trustee

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION OFFICES • 685-5823

THE PLAINWELL COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Non-Profit Org. US Postage

PAID

Plainwell, Michigan Permit No. 37

Plainwell Community Schools 600 School Drive Plainwell, MI 49080-1595

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 Dave Price..............................................................Director of Athletics

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Postal Customer

David Paul.............................................. Director of Food Services

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

www.plainwellschools.org

PLAINWELL HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS • SUMMER 2013 Below you will find listed the summer sport camp offerings from the coaching staff at Plainwell High School. This is a chance for your son or daughter to learn some of the FUNdamentals of the sport(s) they are interested in and at the same time compete at a fun level with youngsters their own age. Please fill out the registration form completely and sign where needed. Feel free to copy as needed for families with more than one child. Grade designation is based on your son’s or daughter’s grade in the Fall of 2013. Make checks payable to “Plainwell High School Athletics.” Mail registration form and check to: Plainwell High School Athletics, 684 Starr Road, Plainwell, MI 49080.

YOUTH SOCCER CAMP

Camp Dates: Monday, June 10 to Thursday, June 13 Camp Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon 3, 4 & 5 Years Old (Mini-kickers) • $35 1st-8th Grade • $50 Location: PHS - Streidl Field

GIRLS & BOYS BASKETBALL SHOOTING CAMP Camp Dates: Monday, June 10 & Tuesday, June 11 Camp Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Grades: 9-12 | Cost: $30 | Location: PHS Gym

FOOTBALL PRE-SEASON CAMP

PHS WRESTLING CAMP

Camp Date: Thursday, July 11 to Saturday, July 13 Camp Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Contact Coach Stouffer | Location: PHS Wrestling Room

FOOTBALL HS CAMP

Camp Date: Monday, July 29 & Tuesday, July 30 Camp Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Grades: 9-12 | Cost: $30 | Location: PHS Streidl Field

PHS Summer 2013 Sports Camp Registration Form

Camp Date: Thursday, June 13 & Friday, June 14 Camp Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. PHS FB Athletes | Contact Coaches | Location: PHS Streidl Field

Camper’s Name_____________________________________________

TENNIS CAMP

Contact Phone______________________________________________

Grade (Fall 2013)_____________________________________________

Camp Date: Monday, June 17 to Thursday, June 20 Camp Time: 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. • K-8th Grade 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. • 9th-12th Grade Location: PHS Tennis Courts

Address___________________________________________________

VOLLEYBALL CAMP - HS

___________________________________________ Cost_________

City____________________________________ Zip______________ Sport Camp(s) Attending:________________________ Cost_________

Camp Date: Monday, June 24 to Thursday, June 27 Camp Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon Grades: 9-12 | Cost: $40 | Location: PHS Gym

___________________________________________ Cost_________

VOLLEYBALL CAMP - ELEMENTARY & MS

Shirt Size (please circle one): Youth: S M L XL Adult: S M L XL XXL

Camp Date: Monday, June 24 to Thursday, June 27 Camp Time: 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. • K-3rd Grade 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. • 4th-6th Grade 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. • 7th & 8th Grade Cost: $40 | Location: PHS Gym

Camp t-shirts are part of the cost but please mail in the registration form at least two weeks prior to camp starting to assure your camp shirt is the correct size.

Total (amount of check) __________

I state that my child is able to participate in all camp activities and I understand the potential for injuries exist in athletic activities and waive the camp staff of any and all liability in this area. I hereby give permission for any necessary and emergency care to be given to my child should the need arise.

Signature of Parent/Guardian___________________________________ Date________________

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

School Matters Spring 2013  

This is the Spring 2013 edtion of Plainwell Community Schools quarterly newsletter, School Matters

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