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Top Academic Students

Back row (left to right): Nicholas Swain, Jarrett Irish, Lukas Swoboda, Elliot Loftus, Jonathan Nord, Johnathan Klein, Annaliese Cole, Anna Steele, Steven Smit, Grayson Betts, Joshua Budlong, Alex Scholten, Dakota Blodgett. Front row (left to right): Meghan Boven, Bethany Peacock, Mara Fazio, Kelsey Phillips, Monica Pavlack, Hannah Varley, Jordan Stefl (sitting in front), Carter Bodnar, Shelby Hubbell, Miranda Monroe, Karalyn VanSlambrouck, Morgan Marsh, Madison Spratt

One of The Washington Post’s 2014 America’s Most Challenging High Schools!



School Matters S P R I N G 2 0 14

SUPERINTENDENT’S VIEWPOINT by Susan Wakefield, Superintendent

New Technology This Fall:

Looking Back on a Great Year

By Alex Beals, PHS ‘15 Trojan Torch Staff


his is the time of year when we are tournament and the Spring Swing Softball busy wrapping up our school year. I tournament. The middle school continues always like to take a few minutes and to reinvent itself by developing the Educalook back to see what’s been accomplished tional Support Center (ESC) and this fall, during these past nine months. they will be piloting our new And we certainly have lots to celSTEM Academy in conjuncI have to ebrate. tion with the West Michigan Our high school received Flight Academy. express my national recognition from the Our elementary students appreciation Washington Post as one of are not to be outdone. Starr America’s Most Challenging students raised over $3,500 for our High Schools. That is due to our fantastic staff for the American Heart Asstudents stepping up and pushsociation in the Hoops for and the ing themselves academically. It is Hearts. Gilkey Geckos far evident by the 26 seniors in the support of our exceeded their school-wide class of 2014 with a 4.0 or higher goal of earning 17,000 Acfamilies and GPA. Our bands received multicelerated Reader points and community ple awards - both during marchwe can’t forget the Chapter ing season and concert season Chasing Fuzzy Pickles from which and we’ve added more Plainwell Cooper who tied for 1st continue to High School athletes to the team Place in this year’s Battle of rosters at several colleges, in make all of this the Books. All in all, it has Michigan and across the nation. been an awesome year. - and more Our Renaissance students have As this year comes to a possible. been on the move with trips close, I have to express my to ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, appreciation for our fantastic Kalamazoo Valley Community staff and the support of our College and Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. families and community which continue They also competed in a disc golf tourto make all of this - and more - possible. n nament, the Softball Slugfest, a bowling

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any students have just finally mastered how to use Pinnacle and remember their passwords. Now, that knowledge will be useless. Students will no longer be able to access Pinnacle starting next year. That is because it is being replaced with a new program called Infinite Campus. Infinite Campus is an all-in-one student information system (SIS). The software suite offers many things for school districts, such as a gradebook, attendance recording, course registration, a locker manager, as well as handy functions for students such as a function to wirelessly transfer money into your lunch account, and a mobile app for Android and iOS to view your grades and other related things more easily on your smartphone. n

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

FOCUS ON CURRICULUM by Bob Van Dis, Director of Curriculum

Characteristics of High Quality Principals


ast fall, I shared one of the projects we did for the Quality Personnel goal stemming from the school/community Dynamic Plan. Part of the Quality Personnel goal was to create “high quality” characteristics for each employee group. Because teachers have the largest and most profound influence on students, we completed teacher characteristics first. That document is now guiding our teacher recruitment and hiring. The next group we worked on was principals. Excellent schools and excellent teaching cannot exist or flourish without excellent principals to guide, support, and lead the school. The demands and expectations for principals have never been higher. Depending on a principal’s leadership, students will learn and feel valued - or not; teachers will thrive and produce results - or not. And like teachers, principals are easy targets for criticism and second guessing (after all, we’ve all been to school so we all know how it should be done)! The list below represents the qualities that Plainwell Community Schools wants for school principals. We developed this list by researching sources such as the National Association of Secondary School Principals, What Great Principals Do Differently, and Qualities of Effective Principals – this last work gave us our eight categories under which we distilled what Plainwell values. The list was vetted and revised by administrators, teacher leaders, and several statewide principal coaches. n

Instructional Leader Excellent principals understand that the mission of their school is to ensure their students receive highly effective instruction. They know that schools are focused on learning and just as all students are learners so too all adults in the school are learners. They manage and lead their instructional staff to focus on continuous improvement in and support for effective instruction. School Climate Excellent principals build and sustain a safe and positive school climate. They create a warm, friendly, positive, and rewarding place to work and attend school. They build strong positive relationships with students and staff. They lead all adults in the school to place the well being and success of their students above all other concerns. Human Resource Administration Excellent principals select, train, support, and retain high quality instructional staff and support personnel. They know that their students deserve the highest quality staff possible so they do the hard work required to ensure that. Unprofessional behavior is never tolerated. They know the power of encouragement and praise, and they also have the courage and integrity to hold difficult conversations about performance when necessary. Teacher Evaluation Excellent principals conduct meaningful, timely, and growth oriented evaluations of all staff. They know that their teachers require accurate feedback, both laudable and constructive, in order to reach their highest potential. The evaluation process is enhanced by the principals’ knowledge of teaching and frequent visibility in classrooms.

Organizational Management Excellent principals know they are the chief executive of their school; that the buck stops with them. They are responsible for and direct all aspects of their school’s organization, operations, and resources in a highly effective manner. Communication and Community Relationships Excellent principals are crystal clear in communicating their school’s priorities and vision. As visible and accessible leaders, they listen to their staff and value their expertise. They demonstrate trustworthiness with all stakeholders by keeping commitments, following through on promises, and communicating with clarity. Students, parents, and community members feel welcome and appreciated. Professionalism Excellent principals demonstrate integrity, fairness, emotional maturity, and ethical behavior at all times. They are exemplars of the behaviors and attitudes they expect of and require of their staff and students. Student Achievement Excellent principals lead their staff and manage their school in a manner that results in measurable growth for students each year. They reach achievement goals set by the district. Student learning is their top priority. The titles of the eight characteristics taken from Qualities of Effective Principals by James H. Spong, et al. 2008. ASCD.

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CLASS OF 2014 Top Academic Students

H Grayson Betts is the son of Randy and Anne Betts and is the Class of 2014 Valedictorian. Grayson will be attending The University of Michigan this fall where he will be studying Nuclear Engineering and Waste Management. Grayson has been a member of Quiz Bowl for 3 years and ran Cross Country and Track & Field for 4 years. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and an AP Scholar. Dakota Blodgett is the son of Tamara Zellmer and Jeffrey Blodgett. Dakota will be a Spartan next year at Michigan State University and will be studying Business Management with a minor in Marketing and Finance with a goal of working in the Commercial Airline business after graduation. Dakota is a 4 year Band member, 3 year Quiz Bowl member and 1 year Jazz Band member. He is the President of our Student Senate and a member of the National Honor Society.

Carter Bodnar is the daughter of Dwight and Stephanie Bodnar. This fall Carter will be attending the University of Alabama where she will major in Chemical Engineering. During Carter’s four years at Plainwell High School she played basketball for the PHS Women’s team, mentored in the Big Brother/Big Sister program, was a PAL, participated in Red Cross Club, and was the Sports Editor of the Trojan Torch. Carter is also a member of the National Honor Society. Meghan Boven is the daughter of Rick and Dawn Boven. Meghan will be attending Western Michigan University where she will double major in Speech Pathology and Dance. Meghan has been a PAL for 3 years and is also a mentor in the Big Brother/Big Sister program. She was also on the Trojan Dance Team. Josh Budlong is the son of Sean and Laurie Budlong. Josh is going to Saginaw Valley State University where he will play hockey for the Cardinals and study Marketing in their business honors program. Josh is the 2014 Class President, is a member of the Kalamazoo Eagles hockey team, Plainwell High School Men’s Golf team and Plainwell High School Men’s Tennis team. He is also a member of the National Honor Society. Annaliese Cole is the daughter of Brad and Kellie Cole. Annaliese will be attending the University of Michigan this fall where she will study Actuarial Science. During Annaliese’s years at PHS, she was on the Women’s Varsity Volleyball team, Women’s Varsity Tennis team as well as a member of the Red Cross Club and a Yearbook Editor. She is also a member of the National Honor Society. Mara Fazio is the daughter of Paul and Jennifer Fazio. Mara will be going to school this fall to study Athletic Training at Hope College. Mara played 4 years for the PHS Women’s Volleyball team and is a member of the National Honor Society.


H Shelby Hubbell is the daughter of Cindy Hubbell and Shawn Hubbell and is the Class of 2014 Salutatorian. This fall Shelby will be attending the University of Michigan where she will major in Biomedical Engineering and researching DNA and the human genome. Shelby was a Big Sister in the Big Brother/Big Sister program, is a National Honor Society officer and has been a 4 year PHS Women’s Varsity Soccer player.

Jarrett Irish is the son of Jeff and Wendy Irish. Jarrett will be attending Western Michigan University this fall but is undecided on his major. Jarrett has been a 4 year member of the Plainwell High School Football team. Johnathan Klein is the son of David Klein and Sarah Hodapp. John will be a Biology major at the University of Michigan this fall. John is an Academic All-American swimmer for the PHS Men’s swim team and a 4 year PHS Men’s Soccer player. He is also a member of the Red Cross Club and a member of the National Honor Society. Elliot Loftus is the son of Robert and Jennifer Loftus. Elliot will be going to South Carolina this fall to attend Furman College and study Business. He is a 4 year member of the PHS Men’s Soccer team and played 2 years of basketball for PHS. He was a member of the Quiz Bowl team and is a member of the National Honor Society. Morgan Marsh is the daughter of Craig and Kim Marsh. Morgan is going to attend Grand Valley State University to major in Pre-Med and minor in Math. She hopes to become a hematologist. Morgan participated in soccer and basketball and was also a member of the Quiz Bowl team, Red Cross Club and a PAL. She joined the Photography Club, Trojan Fitness Club and she is a member of the National Honor Society. Miranda Monroe is the daughter of Tom and Jane Monroe. Next year Miranda is going to major in Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University. Miranda is a 4 year PHS Women’s Basketball player, 4 year PHS Women’s Soccer player, and a 4 year Cross Country runner. She is a mentor for the Big Brother/Big Sister program, a yearbook editor and a member of the National Honor Society. Jonathan “J.D.” Nord is the son of Doug and Nancy Nord. J.D. will be attending Kalamazoo College this fall where he will be playing for the Men’s soccer team and studying Business. He hopes to go on to graduate school to pursue a degree in Sports Administration and Management. J.D. has played 4 years for both PHS Men’s Soccer team and PHS Men’s Basketball team. He was named team Captain for both soccer and basketball his senior year. J.D. is a member of the National Honor Society.

Monica Pavlack is the daughter of Ron and Kim Pavlack. Monica is going to enter the prepharmacy program at Ferris State University and will go on from there to get her PhD in Pharmacy to become a Pharmacist. Monica played 4 years for the PHS Women’s Volleyball team and PHS Women’s Tennis team. She was in the musical “Beauty and the Beast” and is a National Honor Society member. Bethany Peacock is the daughter of Randy and Cindy Peacock. This fall Bethany will be attending Grand Valley State University to study Criminal Justice. Bethany is a member of the National Honor Society, Red Cross Club and French Club. She also was on the PHS Women’s Basketball and Cross Country teams. Kelsey Phillips is the daughter of Paul and Gail Phillips. Kelsey will be attending the Honors College at Michigan State University where she plans to double major in Chemistry and Biology. She hopes to be a Biomedical Researcher or Pediatric Endocrinologist. She was a 4 year PHS Women’s Volleyball player as well as a member of the PHS Women’s Soccer, Basketball and Tennis teams. Kelsey is Vice President of Student Senate, a member of the National Honor Society, a PAL, a HOBY ambassador and was on the Quiz Bowl team.

Alex Scholten is the son of Arthur Scholten and Jim and Lynn Bingham. Alex is going to Central Michigan University this fall where he will major in Biology and minor in Chemistry. Alex is a member of the National Honor Society and an AP Scholar. During his four years at Plainwell High School he was a member of the PHS Men’s Cross Country, Track & Field and Wrestling teams. Steven Smit is the son of Mark and Nancy Smit. This fall Steve will be attending the University of Michigan to study Pre-Med to obtain a career as a Medical Doctor. Steve is a 4 year member of the PHS Football and PHS Men’s Swim teams. He also participated in Quiz Bowl and is a National Honor Society member and a PAL. Madison Spratt is the daughter of Todd and Chauntel Spratt. Madison will be attending Grand Valley State University this fall. She mentored in the Big Brother/Big Sister program and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is in Concert Choir and has been in the high school musicals. Madison also was a member of the PHS Women’s Cross Country, Track & Field and Soccer teams. Anna Steele is the daughter of Jim and Mary Jo Steele. Anna plans are to attend Kalamazoo Valley Community College and then move on to Western Michigan University where she will study Nursing to become a Neonatal Nurse. Anna is a member of the PHS Women’s Tennis team and the National Honor Society.

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Jordan Stefl is the daughter of Brian and Carrie Stefl. Jordan will be studying Interior Design at Eastern Michigan University this fall. Jordan is a Captain on the PHS Women’s Soccer team where she is a 4 year Varsity player. She is a PAL and a member of the National Honor Society. Jordan was selected for Plainwell’s DAR Good Citizen Award this year. Nicholas Swain is the son of Adam and Char Swain. Nick will be attending Kalamazoo College this fall where he will participate in the 3-2 program for Engineering. He will spend 3 years at Kalamazoo College studying math and then move on to University of Michigan to complete 2 years of engineering. Nick played for the Kalamazoo Eagles Hockey team, the PHS Football, Cross Country and Track teams. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Red Cross Club and a HOBY ambassador. He made the MSVMA Regional and State Honor Choirs and participated in the high school musicals.

Lukas Swoboda is the son of Jerry and Judi Swoboda. Luke is going to Western Michigan University to study Medical and Mechanical Engineering. Luke was a section leader in the PHS Marching Band, Pep Band and Concert Band. He represented Wind Ensemble on the Plainwell Band Council. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has been a member of the PHS Men’s Baseball and Tennis teams. Karalyn VanSlambrouck is the daughter of Rich and Vicki VanSlambrouck. Karalyn will become a Spartan this fall at Michigan State University where she will major in political science and marketing. Karalyn is a 4 year Varsity member of the PHS Women’s Swim team, 3 year member of the PHS Women’s Tennis team and participated in two musicals; “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Joseph and Technicolor Dreamcoat”. She is a member of the National Honor Society, DC Strong Club and Young Life. Hannah Varley is the daughter of John and Kerri Varley. Hannah will be studying Engineering at the University of Buffalo and will also be playing volleyball for the University of Buffalo Bulls. Hannah is a 4 year Varsity PHS Women’s Volleyball player and runs for the Track & Field team as well. Hannah is a member of the National Honor Society and Red Cross Club as well as a member of the Quiz Bowl team. n H Valedictorian, PHS Class of 2014 H Salutatorian, PHS Class of 2014


Nancy J. Schiffer is PCS’ First Outstanding Alum


lainwell Community Schools is proud to announce that Nancy J. Schiffer, ‘68, has been given the honor of the 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award for her hard work as a student and an educator, her achievement in a forty-plus year career in labor law, her dedication to the rights of American workers, and the duty of serving a Presidential appointment. Nancy epitomizes the word “outstanding” and clearly deserves this recognition. In the summer of 2013, Nancy was asked to accept an appointment by President Obama to the National Labor Relations Board and appeared before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions for a confirmation hearing. Her appointment was confirmed and she was named Board Member Schiffer. The National Labor Relations Board is in independent Federal Agency that works to assure fair labor practices and workplace democracy nationwide. While holding this position, Nancy reviews judgements, hears appeals to cases and issues decisions with other board members.

Nancy graduated from Michigan State University in 1972 with a Bachelors of Arts with high honors. While at MSU, she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the MSU Tower Guard. Her dream of attending law school became reality when she entered the University of Michigan Law School in 1972. She was a “ground-breaker” as only a very few women entered law school at that time. While at U of M, Nancy fell in love with labor law when she won two separate cases that resulted in equal pay for one woman and a promotion for the other. She began a career in the Detroit Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board, continued into private practice, then moved on to Deputy General Counsel for the United Auto Workers (UAW). From there, she made the move to General Counsel’s Office of the AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C. and on to her appointment to the National Labor Relations Board.


Beginning at Plainwell High School, Nancy’s education and career has taken her from Plainwell to Detroit to Washington, D.C. in the field of labor law. During her years at Plainwell High School, she excelled both academically and in extracurricular activities, such as the Debate team, French club, Girls Basketball, GAA, Student Council, and the National Honor Society. She was a National Merit Semifinalist and Valedictorian of the class of 1968. Nancy flew her first solo flight and received her pilot license at the age of 16.

Nancy J. Schiffer, above in 2014 and right, in 1968

Nancy will be honored at Plainwell High School’s 142nd Commencement Ceremony, on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the evening. n

PHS is Named One of the Washington Post’s 2014 Most Challenging High Schools in America


lainwell High School has been selected as one of The Washington Post’s America’s Most Challenging High Schools for 2014. Plainwell has been ranked #26 in the state of Michigan and #1,449 in the nation. The Washington Post ranks high schools by taking the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given each year and divides that by the number of graduating seniors. Schools that had as many tests in 2013 as they had graduates, were placed on the national list. The Post then ranked the schools in order of ratio, with the highest (21.91) this year achieved by the American Indian Public Charter in Oakland, California. Visit to learn more!

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Kaylie Colyer, Andrew Bingham & Ashley Pepple

Three PHS Students Place in the American Chemical Society Competitive Scholarship Exam


he Kalamazoo Chapter of the American Chemical Society offers a scholarship for the students of Allegan, Kalamazoo and VanBuren Counties. Students that qualify on the first part of the scholarship exam are invited to WMU to take the second part of the exam. The Top 20 students from this second exam are awarded cash prizes and invited to a reception at WMU as part of the American Chemical Society’s awards banquet. This year, Andrew Bingham won First Place and will be awarded $700. Kaylie Colyer came in 5th Place and will be awarded $300. Ashley Pepple was in the Top 20 scorers and will receive a $50 award. A total of 465 students from 17 of the 34 possible high schools took the preliminary exam. A total of 61 students took the second part of the exam. Congratulations Andrew, Kaylie & Ashley! n

Ava Kirchner

Haily Cooper

Riley Nugent

Alexandria Mchoskey


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Starr Elementary Celebrates Reading Month

1. Students stopped, dropped and read school-wide. 2. Mr. Barton, PMS Principal, and Mrs. Stamos, PMS Assistant Principal, visited as Guest Readers for Starr 5th Graders. 3. Mrs. Reed’s class celebrated a year of learning with dinner and “Disney On Ice” show all on a snowy, icy day. 4. Starr’s Parent Association sponsored a free community night at the Performing Arts Center with Alan Kazam’s Magic Show. It was a magical night with nearly 300 in attendance.

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Mia Perrin

Olivia Earlandson

Sydney Gernnaat

Alison Hawks

Karlee Keen

Iris Steinman

Plainwell Students’ Share the 8 Keys of Excellence with China

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Girls on the Run Give Back The Chapter Chasing Fuzzy Pickles tied for first place in this year’s Battle of the Books. They are (L to R): Karley Way, Ian Meyers, Keegan Cronkhite, Coach Kathy Way, Carissa Oakes, Maddie Munch & Cailin Smith


oth Girls on the Run Teams from Starr Elementary created “spring” themed cards for our neighbors at the Life Care Center. These girls were quick to think as well as quick on their feet - when their original community service project was cancelled and they needed to come up with another at the spur of the moment. n

Battle of the Books T he Chapter Chasing Fuzzy Pickles from Cooper Elementary share this year’s first place title with The Book Foxes from Washington Street Elementary in Otsego. This year’s Battle of the Books was held in March at Otsego Public Schools. 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

Olivia VanderLugt


Adrianna Castaneda

Justin Tomkowiak

Olivia Oakes Chloe Schosso

Lauren Miller

Maddie Munch Catelyn Engel

Megan Malone

Grace Gritter

his year, art students from Cooper and Gilkey Elementary Schools participated in the China Art Exchange, which is sponsored by the 4-H Extension through Michigan State University. Twenty students’ artwork has been forwarded to Michigan State to be evaluated, selected and sent to China. The schools will in turn receive art from the students in the Shangdong province at the end of the school year. This year’s theme was centered on the 8 Keys of Excellence. Mrs. Flynn and the students looked at the art of Marc Chagall, drew their own profiles and a keyhole representing the 8 Keys. The young artists then turned to imaginary and realistic dream imagery and tied it to the schools’ philosophy about being a well-rounded person. 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


STUDENT NEWS PCS’ Student Artist of the Month

PCS’ Student Artist of the Month







f you have an old instrument that is just sitting around collecting dust, consider sharing it with a Plainwell Band student! Your support is greatly appreciated as every student should have the opportunity to play a musical instrument without financial worry. Instruments can be donated to the band as a tax deduction. Contact Paul Mundo or David Hepinstall for more information or if you can help.

Ellie is a student at Renaissance High School.

Congratulations, Ellie!

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Ally is a student at Plainwell High School.

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A Note from the Recreation Director


was beginning to wonder if we would ever get a chance to welcome our spring season this year! But, sure enough, it appears to be here and the scheduling of our summer programs is well underway. Summer Youth Ball and Lake Doster Golf Lessons highlight the schedule for our Recreation Department offerings. Please be sure and check the Community Education and Recreation website for other summer programs. Go to, click on the “Services” tab and select “Community Ed/Rec” in the menu. The Recreation Department was able to purchase several sets of bleachers that will be used for our summer recreation programs. There will now be bleacher seating available on most of the fields. The bleachers are portable to allow them to be moved and utilized for many programs through out the district. In closing, I’d like to recognize our many volunteers that make our programs possible. You are all greatly appreciated! And, as always, I welcome your comments or suggestions about our programming. I look forward to seeing you at our summer activities! n

– Bob Farris

Summer School Info

Parent/Guard ian & Studen t MUST ATTEN D an Orientat ion on Thursday , June 12 @ 5: 30 p.m. at Renaissan ce High Scho ol, 422 N. Acorn St.

If you need to recover lost credit, are concerned about staying on track or want to work ahead... this is the perfect opportunity! There are 3 options available including June On Site, August On Site and new Virtual Learning! Register on or before Wednesday, June 11 for the June & Virtual Learning sessions and on or before Wednesday, July 30 for the August sessions.

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Each completed class = 1/2 credit. $125 for the first course, 1/2 credit. $50 for each additional course. 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. Register & pay with RevTrak. Visit, click on the RevTrak link, choose “Summer School Options,” register and pay! 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


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summer 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 7 - 23 • Mondays & Wednesdays Time: 6:00 and 7:15 p.m. Location: Plainwell Middle School Fields Cost: $42 Deadline to register is July 2, 2014.

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.

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 sign-ups at class. Dates: Mondays • June 30 - August 25 Location: Hicks Gym, 311 E. Plainwell St. Time: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Instructors: Huong Tran Cost: $42 individual, $67 family All registrations are done online or you can stop by your school or Community Ed office. Registration deadline is June 23.

ZUMBA® - Ladies Only This Zumba class is year-round. Registration is not required and punch cards are available for purchase. 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, visit or www. amybakerszucrew, or call (269) 271-5045. ZUMBA & ZUMBA CORE Dates: Mondays • May 5 - August 25, 2014 Time: 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. No Class May 26th - Memorial Day Dates: Sundays • May 4 - August 31, 2014 Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Starting June 1, 2014

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

Location: Hicks Gym, 311 E. Plainwell St. Cost: Any 10 classes for $50, Any 20 classes for $80 Walk-ins Welcome!

REGISTER ONLINE @PLAINWELLSCHOOLS.ORG Visit Scroll to the bottom of the Home Page and click on the RevTrak link. You can register and pay online using your Master Card or Visa. If you are unable to register online, call (269) 685-9531 or stop by our office at 422 Acorn Street (in the Industrial Park) in Plainwell for assistance. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Summer office hours are July 21-August 1, Monday & Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The office will be closed July 4-20.




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AT H L E T I C D E PA R T M E N T Sarah Morrell, ‘15, Named Academic All-State


lainwell High School’s Sarah Morrell has been named Academic All-State by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) this year. This is a proud honor as in order to make the list, you need to have a 3.5 or higher GPA and be on one of the existing All-State lists. Sarah has a 3.52 GPA and was Honorable Mention All-State. Congratulations, Sarah!


ATHLETIC PHYSICALS for Grades 7-12 (currently 6th-11th)

SATURDAY May 31, 2014 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Cost: FREE

PHS All-Conference Swimmers now Eagle Scouts

Thanks to Dr. Akland & Borgess Health!


lainwell High School’s Joseph Dolley, ‘14 and Ben Miller, ‘15 are now Eagle Scouts. Both Joseph & Ben are All-Conference swimmers who also qualified for state this past season. Congratulations, Joseph & Ben!

BORGESS FAMILY PRACTICE (Behind Borgess-Pipp Hospital) ATHLETES: Please stop into the athletic office for a form or print one out from the website: Departments > Athletics > Athletic Physical



ecently Plainwell Community Schools, extended an invitation to parents and the community to join a Wellness Committee that would not only review the exisiting PCS Wellness Policy but also make recommendations if they felt something needed to be changed. This committee was split into two parts: one part being focused on Nutrition and the other on Physical Education. One iniative created in those sessions is “Live Well Plainwell” which is a community-wide iniative to eat better, exercise more and live well! PCS would like to remind you that our playgrounds and walking paths are open all summer. Please take advantage of them when searching for a family activity or when seeking a moment of solitude.


PMS’ Fun with Fitness & Food Class Celebrates Cinco de Mayo


lainwell Middle School’s Monique MacQueen teaches “Fun with Fitness & Food” to 8th graders. This trimester’s students were “muy suerte” to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in class! The students made all the food (burritos, enchiladas, salsa), decorated tables and learned about Spanish culture.


W W W. P L A I N W E L L S C H O O L S . O R G

RECIPE FOR HEALTH Chicken Bruschetta Salad – Serves 4 – 1 C. Diced Chicken 3 C. Chopped Romaine Lettuce 3 C. Chopped Iceberg Lettuce 1 C. Black Beans 1 C. Croutons 3/4 C. Diced Tomatoes 4 Tbsp. Diced Yellow Onion Tomato Vinaigrette Dressing Combine the lettuces, tomatoes, onions, and beans. Put 2 C. on each plate. Add about 1/4 C. of chicken to each salad. Add croutons. Serve with 2 Tbsp. of dressing.


Do You Have Plans for Your Children this Summer?


lainwell Community School’s Plainwell Corners Preschool 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. Includes 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 2013-2014. Includes 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 a licensed year-round 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. 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 am until 6 pm. Cooper SAFE is 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 > Services > Preschool & Daycare 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 ‘14 J U N E 1 6 - J U LY 3 1 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

For any group or organization

A competitive swim team for ages 6-18

$40 per hour • 1-30 people $50 per hour • 31-50 people $25 per hour for the lobby (Includes tables and chairs) Call 685-2425 for reservations!

June 9-12 11 & 12, 13 years & older: M, T, W, TH • 3-4:30 p.m. 9-10 years: M, W, TH • 4:30-5:30 p.m. 8 years & under: M, W, TH 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Times: 4-4:30, 4:35-5:05, 5:10-5:40 Mon., Tues., Wed., and Thurs. Session I • June 16-19, 23-26 Session II • July 7-10, July 14-17 Session III • July 21-24, 28-31


oin the Plainwell Education Foundation in the 7th Annual Racin’ the Island City on Thursday, June 12! You can choose from the One Mile Family Fun Run/Walk which starts at 6:40 p.m., the 5K Run/Walk or the10K Run which will start at 7:00 p.m. The start and finish line will be at Hicks Park. To register, visit You may also register by mail. For more information, email or call (269) 207-2310.


Each session is limited to 20 swimmers. Additional times will be added if necessary.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Mom and Tot • 4:00-4:30

Lap swim is for high school and adults only.

Sessions 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 7-8:30 p.m.

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

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

Evening Lap Monday & Wednesday • 6-7:00 p.m. $3 per person or pass

W W W. P L A I N W E L L S C H O O L S . O R G

June 16-July 30 13 years & older • $80 M-TH • 8-9:30 a.m. 11 & 12 years • $65 M, T, TH • 9:30-10:30 a.m. W • 9:30-11 a.m. 9 & 10 years • $45 M, T, TH • 10:30-11:30 a.m. 8 years & under • $45 M, T, TH • 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Swim Passes Use for Lap swim and Open Swim only.

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


Board of Education

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



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 & Human Resources Jeff McNutt.................................................. Director of Technology Greg Smith....................... Director of Operations & Transportation Dave Price........................................................Director of Athletics David Paul................................................ Director of Food Service

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Postal Customer

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 at 6:30 p.m. in 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

PLAINWELL HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS • SUMMER 2014 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/daughter’s grade in the Fall of 2014. Make checks payable to “Plainwell High School Athletics.” Mail registration form and check to: Plainwell High School Athletics, 684 Starr Road, Plainwell, MI 49080.


Camp Date: Monday, June 16 to Thursday, June 19 Camp Time: 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. • K-8th Grade • $40 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. • 9th-12th Grade • $40 Location: PHS Tennis Courts


PHS Summer 2014 Sports Camp Registration Form

Camp Dates: Monday, June 16 to Thursday, June 19 Camp Time: 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. • 3, 4 & 5 Years Old (Mini-kickers) • $35 9:00 to Noon • 1st-8th Grade • $50 Location: PHS - Streidl Field

Camper’s Name_____________________________________________



Grade (Fall 2014)_____________________________________________ Contact Phone______________________________________________

Camp Date: Monday, June 23 to Thursday, June 26 Camp Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon Grades: 9-12 | Cost: $40 | Location: PHS Gym

City____________________________________ Zip______________


___________________________________________ Cost_________

Sport Camp(s) Attending:________________________ Cost_________

Camp Date: Monday, June 23 to Thursday, June 26 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

___________________________________________ Cost_________


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.

Camp Date: Monday, June 23 to Wednesday, June 25 Camp Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Grades: 3-9 | Cost: $50 | Location: PHS Softball Fields

FOOTBALL HS PRE-SEASON CAMP Camp Date: Monday, June 23 & Tuesday, June 24 Camp Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Cost: $25 | Location: PHS Streidl Field


Total (amount of check) __________

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

Signature of Parent/Guardian___________________________________ Date________________

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.

Camp Date: Monday, July 28 & Tuesday, July 29 Camp Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Cost: $25 | Location: PHS Streidl Field


School Matters Spring 2014  

This is the Spring 2014 edtion of Plainwell Community Schools' quarterly newsletter, School Matters