Mancelona Public Schools



Mancelona Public Schools
Mancelona Public School
A Quarterly Publication of Mancelona Public School
April 12 MEF Spaghetti Dinner
and Auction
April 19 Elementary School
April 27 Junior/Senior
May 5 MS Band Concert
May 7 HS Band Benefit
Dinner Concert
May 14
Board of Education
May 16
National Honor Society
Induction Ceremony
Vol. 29, No. 4 •May/June 2013
Valedictorian, Michaela Hoogerhyde
Michaela Hoogerhyde, daughter of Eric and Jeanne
Hoogerhyde, will graduate as the valedictorian of Mancelona
High School with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. In addition
to her studies, Michaela participated in volleyball and track. She was active in student council, National Honor Society, and
served as the 2013 class treasurer. In her spare time, Michaela
enjoys drawing, mountain biking, and reading. She will attend
the Honors College at Saginaw Valley State University where
she intends to major in business and marketing.
Salutatorian, Hanna Weeks
Hannah Weeks is the 2013 Mancelona High School
salutatorian and four-year class president. She is the daughter
of Layne and Jennifer Weeks. Hannah participated in varsity
volleyball, softball, and track, and was a member of student
council and National Honor Society. She accumulated more than
120 hours of community service during her high school career,
and her hobbies include snowshoeing, watching black and white
films, and writing. Recently, Hannah was chosen as a finalist
in the Traverse City Young Playwrights Festival. Graduating
with a 3.9849 grade point average, she plans to attend Michigan
Technological University to major in Geological Engineering. May 21
May 24
Friday, May 31, 2013
6:00 p.m.
High School Gym
Senior Awards
Last Day of School
for Seniors
May 27
No School
Memorial Day
All are welcome
to celebrate
the achievements of
the Class of 2013
May 29
Spring Sports Awards
May 31
June 25
Board of Education
Windy City - Whirlwind Tour
Fifty-one high school students traveled to Chicago in March for a two-day taste of the
windy city. They visited Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), Magnificent Mile, Water
Tower, Hard Rock Cafe, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and Art Institute. Also on the itinerary
was a Broadway production of Jekyll and Hyde, and front row “splash zone” seating at a
performance by Blue Man Group. Students paid for their trip, with partial funding provided
by a Mancelona Education Foundation grant. Students are thankful to MEF and agree the big
city, whirlwind trip was a great experience. MANCELONA PUBLIC SCHOOL
Outstanding Persons in Education Awards
Lori Derror
Thomas was selected as the OPIE honoree 23 years ago.
Then the following year, Lori’s mom, Sue Thomas was
chosen! Lori has been teaching at Mancelona for 19
years. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, she
helps organize the annual elementary Young Authors’
Day, is a board member/officer of the Mancelona
Education Foundation, and is always willing to rise to a
new challenge. Congratulations, Lori!
Chosen for an OPIE award by support staff
members, Ida Watkins served as elementary support
staff for more than sixteen years. She began her career
at Mancelona as a bus assistant, then moved on to spend
the majority of her time assisting students in reading and
math and supervising playground time. Co-workers note
that Ida took great pride in her work and often performed
above and beyond what was requested. Following her
years of admirable work, Ida retired effective March 1.
Best wishes and congratulations Ida!
Ida Watkins
with a student
The Michigan Education Association will host the
37th Outstanding Persons in Education Award banquet
on May 1 at Boyne Mountain Resort. Mancelona’s
Outstanding Persons in Education honorees are Lori
Derror and Ida Watkins.
Following in her family’s footsteps, Lori (Thomas)
Derror was selected for the award by teachers to
represent our school district for 2013. Her dad, Jim
Free Sports Physicals
Free physical exams are available
at the Ironmen Health Center located at
the Mancelona Family Resource Center.
Physicals include a thorough assessment
of children’s health status. The Health Center focuses
on prevention with screening for factors that can lead to
chronic health conditions such as diabetes and asthma.
Patients are educated about good eating habits, exercise,
stress management, and more according to national
guidelines for adolescent preventative health services.
Although physical examinations may be obtained
anytime prior to the first practice of a sports season,
athletes are encouraged to schedule appointments as
soon as possible. The Ironmen Health Center is open
Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and
Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Appointments must be
scheduled by calling 587-9840.
Charges for examinations are based on the child’s
annual income, which means there is no co-pay and no
charge for services. Private health insurance such as
Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Priority Health, as well as
Medicaid, MI-Child, and Healthy Kids will be billed if
students have coverage.
Above: Amy
Bernthal with
Thomas Mann
of Great Lakes
Right: Shelly
James with
Thomas Mann
of Great Lakes
$2,000 in Grants Awarded
Great Lakes Energy awarded Mancelona Elementary
School a $1,000 grant for touch-sensitive whiteboard
technology. In addition, Mancelona Middle School
received a $1,000 grant for iPads to record and upload
lessons to a website. The technology projects will be
implemented by elementary counselor Shelly James and
middle school math teacher Amy Bernthal during the
2012-2013 school year.
School Enrollment Forms
Don’t wait for the first day of school to enroll for
the 2013-14 school year... enroll early! MPS enrollment
forms are available on the website at Completed forms may be
submitted to school offices before the first day of school.
Area children may now
enroll in kindergarten. Parents
should be aware that the entry
age for kindergarten has changed.
For the 2013-14 school year, a child should be at least
five years of age on or before November 1, 2013. This is
a change from the previous cutoff date of December 1.
Some enrollment age exceptions are possible. Check with
the elementary school office for details and age waiver
information. To enroll, provide the school with your child’s birth
certificate, immunization record, parent/guardian’s
drivers license and custody documentation, if applicable.
12th Annual Penny War
Students and staff raised more than $1,800 for
Special Olympics during this year’s four-day Penny
War event. In the past 12 years, Mancelona Elementary
has raised nearly $25,000 for this excellent cause!
On February 7 the Wertz Warriors arrived on their
snowmobiles to accept the donation check and enjoy
lunch with students.
National Reading Month
Mancelona Elementary students joined other
youngsters from throughout the U.S. to take part in
March National Reading Month. The monthlong event
included many activities to promote reading.Traverse
Bay Area Intermediate School District Superintendent
Mike Hill paid a visit to our elementary library to share
his joy of reading with the children. He explained
literacy research shows that students who read at their
appropriate grade level by the end of third grade have a
better chance of success later in life, adding “students
who fall below reading level have a difficult time
catching up.” Mancelona students are encouraged to
read aloud for fifteen minutes every day.
What a Colorful Sight!
Elementary students released 100 beautiful balloons
into the sky to celebrate the 100th day of school. The
excited kids watched their biodegradable balloons
ascend, hoping theirs would be found. Each balloon was
tagged requesting that the “finder” contact the school.
To the children’s delight, a call came the very next day
from a teacher on the other side of the state! Students
celebrated the 100th day in many ways, including a craft
project, eating foods shaped like the number 100, and
reading books about 100 days of school.
Robotics Team Grant
Up Two
The high school
robotics team was recently
awarded a grant for $2,743
from the Tribal Council of
the Grand Traverse Band
of Ottawa and Chippewa
Indians. Robotics coach,
Elizabeth Van Pate applied
for the funds to purchase
a robot and software with
plans to create a First Tech
Lego team in 2013-2014. Recently both
Wyatt Derrer and
Shane Dingman
signed letters of
intent to attend
and play sports
for Siena Heights
University in
Adrian, Michigan.
Shane will run
cross country and
compete in track
and field; Wyatt
will play football for the college.
Congratulations to the high school Odyssey of the
Mind team which took first place in March’s regional
competition in Traverse City. They competed in three
areas, earning a first place rating in each. During the Spontaneous competition, students
solved an unfamiliar problem in a set amount of time
with no one allowed in the room, not even the coach.
Style was the second competition, with judging on
team-chosen and predetermined areas of their long term
solution. The third competition was the Long Term
problem, “It’s How You Look At It.” Students created
a set, costumes, and solution to various criteria, with
a presentation of eight minutes or less. The problem
required creation of two characters who exhibited
unusual behaviors, a team-created scale to measure
the unusual behavior, and a scene change. The team’s
skit was very creative and successful, and carried the
important message of acceptance of differences. Coach Karen Von Oppen’s team advances to state
competition on April 13 at TC Central High School and
Northwestern Michigan College. Team members include
Kaylee Johnson, Zac Kolasa, Jacob Elder, Jack Rager,
Keegan Ferguson and Mystina Barber (middle school).
Thank you to parents and Mancelona staff for
encouraging and supporting the team members. Mancelona Education Fund generously funded
membership fees and other OM costs... thank you MEF!
Band Earns Second
Division Rating
The high school concert band participated in
the February Michigan School Band and Orchestra
Association District 2 Band Festival in Petoskey. The
students were pleased to earn straight second division
ratings for the second year in a row. They performed
March of the Irish Guard by James Ployhar, Joy by Frank
Ticheli, and Grand Ledge Overture by John Moss. The
band was judged by three MSBOA-certified concert
judges in the categories of tone, intonation, rhythm,
technique, and interpretation. Each judge gave the band
a second division rating and written comments on how to
improve for upcoming performances.
In addition to their concert performance, the band
participated in the sight reading portion of the event
to assess knowledge of music fundamentals, receiving
a second division rating from one MSBOA-certified
judge. In sight reading, the band is given five minutes to
prepare an unfamiliar piece of music and then perform
it. The three concert ratings and the sight reading rating
combined to give the concert band an overall second
division rating for band festival. 4
Polished Playwrite
Trashion Fashion Show
Recycling has never looked so good! Several high
school students competed in the sixth annual Traverse
City West Senior High School Trashion Fashion
Show. The young ladies looked beautiful in their
creative designs as they walked the runway just like
professionals. Proceeds from the show benefit the TC
West art program and Pete’s Place youth shelter.
Senior Hannah Weeks is
a finalist in this year’s Young
Playwright Festival. Hannah’s
play was chosen out of more
than 60 scripts submitted as
one of the six best-suited for
stage performance. The event
coordinator commented, “It is
a wonderful event. I encourage
you to bring as many students
as possible to see what their
classmate accomplished, and what they could be a part
of next year! Also to root Hannah on!” All are invited to
Left and below: Madison Hoose models
a dress designed by her sister McKenzie
attend the performance of Hannah’s play on April 21 at
the Traverse City Opera House.
Right: Megan
Grenke in an
outfit by older
sister Ashley
Left: Lindsey
Grody wears
a dress by
Hannah Weeks
made of school
Solo & Ensemble Success
Several students from the high school concert band
participated in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra
Association District 2 Solo and Ensemble in Kingsley.
Participants played solos or in small groups and earned a
ratings based on their performance. Ratings vary from first
division to fifth division. A first division rating qualifies for
MSBOA State Solo and Ensemble. Below are the results:
Second Division Ratings
Katie Wright - Trumpet Solo
Keegan Ferguson - Flute Solo
Gabrielle Blomquist - Flute Solo
Cody O’Donnell - Snare Drum Solo
Lilly Kelly and Kayleen Kruger - Saxophone Duet
Valerie Reeves - Flute Solo
Katie Wright and Kaylee Johnson - Trumpet Duet
Keegan Ferguson - Bass Clarinet Solo
Right: A
dress design
by Ashley
Grenke is
by Melanie
First Division Ratings - State Qualifiers
Molly Crothers - Tenor Saxophone Solo
Danielle Musselman - Clarinet Solo
Shea Howe - Baritone Solo
Jack Rager - Clarinet Solo
Gabrielle Blomquist and Keegan Ferguson - Flute Duet
Above: Designer Hannah Weeks
puts the finishing touches on
Michaela Hoogerhyde’s toilet
paper dress
Talent Extravaganza
Every year, middle
school students treat parents
and staff to fantastically
entertaining performances,
and this year’s talent show
lived up to expectations!
The judges’ first place award
went to The Mad Men,
Jack Kloc, Joel Seeley and
Hunter Kanaziz for their
crowd-pleaser dance routine
that included costume changes from leather jackets to
leotards. Second place honors went to sisters Shaiyna
Sizemore and Cora Jenkins for their outstanding singing
duet. Lighting up the darkness and taking third place
was The Fireflies with Delaney Kloc, Allison Meeder,
Lizzy Corcoran, Teegan Griffore, Autumn Thompson
and Samantha Babich. The show concluded with Chuck
Short, a former talent show winner from the 1980’s, who
encouraged the students to continue supporting the show
and their classmates who participate in the great event. 7/8 Band on to State Festival
Mancelona’s 7/8 band participated in Michigan
School Band and Orchestra Association District 2
Band Festival in Elk Rapids. Band members earned
a first division rating, qualifying them for MSBOA
State Band Festival. They performed Infinity by James
Curnow, Baywood Overture by James Swearingen, and
The Sound and the Fury by Robert W. Smith. They
were judged on tone, intonation, rhythm, technique and
interpretation. In addition to their concert performance, the band
competed in sight reading, in which it was given five
minutes to prepare and perform a piece of unfamiliar
music so that judges may assess student knowledge of
music fundamentals.
This is the first time since 1996 that the 7/8 band
has qualified for State Band Festival. Mrs. Tippett is
very proud of the students and thanks them for their
hard work and preparation. State Band Festival will take
place in late April or early May. Career Exploration
grade students
visited Traverse
Bay Area
School District
Center for career
They toured the
facilities, observed student projects, and learned about
the many unique educational programs, including: Agriscience Film and New Media
Allied Health Information
Tech. Academy
Auto Body Repair
Tech. Academy
Automotive Tech.
Power Equipment Tech.
Building Trades
Public Safety/Protective Svcs.
Business Careers
Skilled Trades
Construction Trades Teacher
Culinary Arts Visual Imaging Tech.
Web Programming and Design
Early Childhood Ed. Welding and Fabrication
Electrical Occupations
New high school graduation requirements guide
middle school students toward career planning in
spring to prepare for fall course selection. The field trip
provided students a glimpse of the options available in
high school. Students interested in a Career-Tech Center
program must plan high school courses well in advance.
Honors Band
Three eighth
graders from the 7/8
band were nominated
for MSBOA District 2
Middle School Honors
Band. Sarah Champagne
(clarinet), Isabel Felton
(alto saxophone), and
Shaiyna Sizemore
(percussion) traveled to Bellaire High School on March
13 to participate in the band with 97 other students from
the area. All were nominated by their directors based on
leadership skills, musical ability, and rehearsal behavior. Students spent the morning and afternoon rehearsing
four pieces of music under the direction of David
Mumma, retired director of Portage Central Middle
School. They also spent 90 minutes with members
of their section, refining music and learning new
skills specific to their instruments. That evening, they
performed a concert at Bellaire High School for family,
friends, and band directors. 6
May ∙ June 2013
V BB/SB JoBurg
(A) 4:30p
HS Track JoBurg (A) 4p
MS Track Inland Lks, Onaway, Pellston
(H) 4p
V BB/SB Bellaire
(H) 4:30p
V BB/SB Forest Area
(H) 4:30p
V BB/SB East Jordan
(H) 4:30p
HS Track JoBurg Invite
(A) 3p
V BB/SB Inland Lakes
(A) 4:30p
HS Track Central Lake
(A) 2:30p
V BB/SB Kalkaska
(A) 4:30p
No School
Memorial Day
HS Track Forest Area, MS Track Central Lk, JoBurg, Forest Bellaire, Central Lk, Area, Bellaire (A) 4p GTA (A) 4p
Golf Wolverine, Alanson, Mack City
(H) 4:30p
HS Track Bellaire
Invite (A) 4p
Golf Wolverine
(A) 4:30p
Golf Harbor Lt Christian (A) 4:30p
MS Track JoBurg Invite (A) 3p
Golf Alanson
(A) 4:30p
HS Band Benefit Dinner Concert
HS Track Record
Eagle Invite (A) 4p
Golf Mack City
(H) 4:30p
MS Track Gaylord
SM, Onaway, Ctrl Lk, For Area (H) 4p
V BB/SB Central Lk (A) 4:30p
Golf Lake City,
St. Ignace (H) 4:30p
MS Track Inland Lks Invite (A) 3p
V BB/SB Gaylord SM
(H) 4:30p
Golf Lake City
(A) 4:30p
Elementary School Carnival
HS Track Mancelona
Invite (H) 4p
V BB/SB Pellston
MS Track Bellaire,
(A) 4:30p
Central Lk, Forest Area HS Track Inland Lakes
(H) 4p
Invite (A) 3p
Golf TC Central,
Mesick (H) 4:30p
V BB/SB Charlevoix
(H) 4:30p
HS Track Bellaire,
Central Lk, Gaylord
SM (A) 4p
Golf Elk Rapids
(A) 4:30
V BB/SB Elk Rapids
(H) 4:30p
Golf Mack City
V BB/SB TC Central
(A) 4:30p
(A) 4:30p
Board of Ed Mtg, 4:30p
Senior Awards
HS Track Ski Valley Conference (H) 2p
Golf Manton (A) 3p
V BB/SB Ellsworth
(H) 4:30p
Sports Awards
Golf Districts 9a
Junior/Senior Prom
B.J.’s Gaylord
Post Prom Party
HS Gym
Last Day for Seniors
HS Track State
Finals (A)
Free Summer Meals
for Kids Begins
Any person with a disability
who needs accommodation for
participation in these meetings
should contact the Superintendent’s
Office at (231) 587-9764 at least five
days in advance of the meeting to
request assistance.
*Unless notice is posted with
different starting time.
V SB Benzie (A)
HS Graduation Gym 6p
All meetings are held in the
Middle School Media Center,
112 St. Johns Street, Mancelona and
begin at 4:30 p.m.*
May 14, 2013
June 25, 2013
MS Track Central 4
Lk Invite (A) 10a
V BB JoBurg
(A) 4:30p
Sunday, May 5:
MS Band Spring Concert, 7/8 Gym
HS Track Regionals
(H) 4p
V BB/SB Boyne City
(A) 4:30p
Golf St. Ignace
(A) 4:30p
V BB/SB Frankfort (A)
MS Track Ski Valley Invite (H) 3:30p
Golf Inland Lks
(A) 4:30p
NHS Induction
Public School
Board of
Meeting Dates
Summer Office
During summer break,
Central Office will be open
Monday through Thursday,
6 a.m. - 4 p.m. Regular
office hours will resume
September 5.
Jeffery DiRosa, (231) 587-9764
High School Principal
Gerald Clark, (231) 587-8551
Middle School Principal
Chad Culver, (231) 587-9869
Elementary Principal
Trent Naumcheff, (231) 587-8661
Board of Education
Tom Ross, President
Amy Derrer, Vice President
Kim Musselman, Secretary
Catherine Harden, Treasurer
Gerald Cook, Trustee
Burt Thompson, Trustee
Dale Ackler, Trustee
Board of Ed Mtg, 4:30p
Dates & Times Subject to Change
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Lunch Served
Monday - Friday
11:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
Free Summer Lunch for Kids
Free lunch will be available for children 18 years
of age and younger (preschool children must be
accompanied and supervised by an adult). Meals will
be served Monday through Friday at the middle school
cafeteria beginning June 17 through August 30. Adults are also welcome for lunch and will be
charged $2.50. All food must be consumed at meal site. Free Sports Physicals
Mancelona Family Practice is offering
free sports physicals to any Mancelona
Public School student (any grade level). An
appointment is required and may be scheduled
by calling (231) 587-9181.
Mancelona Public School
112 St. Johns Street
Mancelona, MI 49659
Last Day of School
Due to the requirement by the Michigan
Department of Education to reschedule snow
days, the last day of school in June has not yet
been determined. Please watch for the date on our
website. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Mancelona Memo, Vol. 29/No. 4, May/June 2013. The newsletter is
published quarterly by the Mancelona Board of Education. Newsletter
editing and layout is provided by the Information Services Department,
Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District. Printing of this newsletter
is provided by Mancelona Public Schools. Comments and inquiries about
the newsletter should be directed to the Superintendent, Mancelona Public
Schools, (231) 587-9764.
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