GWINN AREA COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

GWINN, MICHIGAN 49841

 

SUSPENSION HEARING SUMMARY

DECEMBER 20, 2010

 

The Board took action on the following:

·         Heard an appeal regarding a recent long-term student suspension.  The Board upheld the original suspension as recommended by the Superintendent.

 

GWINN AREA COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

GWINN, MICHIGAN 49841

 

BOARD MEETING SUMMARY

DECEMBER 20, 2010

 

The following Gwinn Middle School students were named “Students of the Month” for December:  Ms. Cheyenne Njust – 7th grade; Mr. Bobby Proulx – 7th grade; Ms. Samantha Bammert – 8th grade; Mr. Justin Beauchamp – 8th grade.

 

Mr. Cameron Smith was named Gwinn High School’sStudent of the Monthfor December.

 

The Board heard Public Comment from the following:

1.     Kitty Anderson –concerns with the lunch program, school doors being locked after school when students are participating in sports practice.

2.     Dr. Martin Reinhart – stressed the importance of American Indian education and continuation of the Title VII programs within the Gwinn Schools.

3.     Ed Thompson – asked the Board for clarification on who the District’s “Director of Administrative Services” is on their contract with PCMI Services, Inc. 

4.     Tina Evans – asked the Board to look at the District’s bullying policy to stop the bullying that is happening in school, educating both faculty and students to this continual problem.

 

Claims in the amount of $526,777 (October) and $537,743 (November) were approved for payment.

 

District News

Gilbert Elementary School

·         Congratulations to our Students of the Month:  Luke Abbott & Leticia Zarate (Kdg.); Brittany Ouelette & Clair Slabaugh (1st); Raven Runstrom & Mia Mitchell (2nd); Jasmine Ries & Doug Larson (3rd); Savannah Belden & Benjamin Maki (4th); Bradley Nicholson & Sydney McNeill (5th); Jordan Girard & Alec Mayo (6th).

·         Mrs. Sather's 2nd book titled “Sadie Wins the Race?”, released in November, is a sequel to her first book, “Sadie the Sled Dog?”.  The Gilbert PTO will be continuing the same fundraiser as last year with both books.  Peter White Public Library and The Marquette-Alger Reading Council are sponsoring a book release party to be held at Peter White on February 8, 2011.  This date was selected to coincide with U.P. 200 events also being held in February.  Mrs. Sather will do a short presentation, along with a presentation by the illustrator, Taylor Knetter.  David Gill will be on hand with sled dogs and will be promoting his music CD released in October.  Several other activities are planned as well.

·         Last week we had our Mitten Tree here at Gilbert.  We raised over $140.  It was very encouraging to see the kindness and generosity from our Gilbert students in donating so generously. 

·         This week we have our Secret Santa Workshop going on Wednesday, 12/8 and Thursday, 12/9.  It has become a very popular staple of the holiday season. 

·         Karen Palomaki from the Negaunee Elks Club visited with us on December 8, delivering a dictionary to each 3rd grader as part of a grant.  Mrs. Sather's and Mrs. Dunham's classes students were very appreciative to receive their dictionaries

·         On December 3 we started our fluoride program, with 165 students participating.  We are thrilled to be able to provide this service to our students every week. 

·         We are looking forward to our holiday program that takes place on Tuesday, December 21.  Program times are as follows:  Kdg./1st grades - 9:00 a.m.; 2nd/3rd grades - 10:30 a.m.; 4th - 6th  grades - 2:00 p.m.

·         On December 22nd, the staff sing-along will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the gymnasium.  Also, on December 22nd, our classroom parties will take place at 2:00 p.m.

·         Students in Ms. Sivula’s 2nd grade class visited Warner Creek Assisted Living on December 19th delivering Christmas gifts.  This is the 4th year Ms. Sivula’s class has chipped in money and bought small gifts for the residents.

KI Sawyer Elementary School

·         The K.I. Sawyer Parent-Teacher Support Group will sponsor an Open Gym night for our 5th and 6th grade students on January 14th.

·         Current student enrollment Pre-K through sixth grade is 347.

·         Congratulations to our Students of the Month:  Carolyn Eagle, Lauren Mattila & Addison Koenig (Kdg); Leah Fortino & Jesse Libick (1st); Dawson Dolby, Landon Reynolds & Crystal Winegarden (2nd); Isaac Burgess & Ethan Parsons (3rd); Morgan Micheau & Jacob Stieler (4th); Joey Holm & Peter Evans (5th); Mikayla Miilu & Matthew Barnhart (6th grade).

·         Each week, a Student of the Week is selected by the teacher assigned to morning announcements for that week. Recent Students of the Week were: Landon Reynolds (Mrs. Burbey’s class), Erica Hatt (Mr. Sandell’s class), Emily Larson (Mrs. LaJoie’s class), Arianna Collins (Mrs. Sheltrow’s class), Seth Sapikowksi (Mrs. Anderson’s class) and Athina Johnson (Mrs. Wommer’s class).

·         Despite our snow day and no practice, we had a great Christmas Program on December 14th, with many parents attending to support their child.

Gwinn Middle School

·         Congratulations to the 7th grade girls basketball team on being the Marquette-Alger Tournament Champs! Congratulations also to the 8th grade team on a great season!

·         Congratulations to the GMS Quiz Bowl Team who defeated teams from Bothwell and Aspen Ridge and came in 3rd in the Green Division at their competition in Kingsford on December 4. We are very proud of this year’s competitive team of Peter Asvensa, Maddie Forrester, Autumn Hedlund, Tori Lauren and Anja Turecky. Quiz Bowl is coached by Mr. Turecky.

·         The GMS Be the Change Team is doing some incredible work to help make our school and our community a better place!  Stay tuned, because CHANGE is coming…and it WILL get better! J

·         Spread the Cheer is taking on a whole new approach this year.  We will be helping with holiday parties at the elementary buildings and hope to also spread some cheer at the Senior Center.  Students in grades K-3 will be matched with a Towner Time class who will come to their classroom, make a craft, have a snack, etc.  Groups going to Gilbert will also be participating in the afternoon sing-a-long. 

·         The boys basketball team opens up at home against Negaunee on December 21 at 5 pm.  Congratulations to the boys who made the team and also to the 7th and 8th grade Cheerleaders!

·         Recent CAUGHT DOING SOMETHING GOOD winners were:  Chandler Jones, Autumn Hedlund, Tyler Wellman and Roneyia Marshall!

·         Happy Holidays from all of us at GMS!

Gwinn High School

·         Congratulations to Amber LaFavre whose essay was selected as the district winner for the VFW's Voice of Democracy essay contest.  In January Amber will be honored at a banquet in Kalamazoo.  Amber and 11 other students from across Michigan and will be vying for $20,000 in scholarships. Best of luck, Amber!

 

Superintendent Maino presented the Board with minutes from the recent Curriculum/School Improvement and SEHAC committee meetings.    

 

GHS English teachers Amy Laitinen & Heather Hollands presented “The Star Project:  A Holocaust Remembrance Event” video.

 

The Board took action on the following:

·         Accepted the 2009-2010 financial audit report presented by Mr. John Blemburg from the firm of Anderson, Tackman & Company, P.L.C.  The 2009-2010 audit showed the District with a $2,195,164 General Fund balance as of June 30, 2010.  All funds ended the year with a positive balance.

·         Approved the GMS “Be the Change” group’s proposal to bring National Challenge Day to Gwinn Middle School. 

·         Accepted the certified election results from the November 2, 2010 Board of Education election.

·         Scheduled a Public Hearing and Special Board Meeting for Wednesday, December 29, 2010 to discuss changing to an even-year election cycle, extend current Board of Education members terms to accommodate the even-year election schedule, and opt for a 6-year term for newly elected Board of Education members.  The hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the special board meeting will follow.

·         Approved a change to a lower premium health insurance plan for Administrators and Central Office employees, effective January 1, 2011.

·         Approved the 2010-11 Great Start Readiness Program resolution to operate a school readiness program and/or to provide comprehensive parent involvement in education programs for all families of children birth to kindergarten age.

·         Approved a contract with MARESA to provide the District’s Parent Involvement in Education programs.

·         Accepted the resignations of the following personnel:

1.     Wayne Kevernmiddle school football coach, Gwinn Middle School, effective date of resignation – November 23, 2010

2.     Dick MettlachVarsity football coach and boys/girls golf coach, Gwinn High School – effective date of resignation – November 30, 2010

3.     Betty Akers – lunch cashier/supervisor, Gwinn High School, effective date of retirement – December 22, 2010

4.     John DelineSpecial Education Resource Room teacher, KI Sawyer Elementary School, effective date of resignation – December 31, 2010

5.     Linda Ludwigmath teacher, Gwinn Middle School, effective date of resignation – December 22, 2010

·         Approved the employment of the following personnel:

1.     Kara Graci – Special Education Resource Room teacher, KI Sawyer Elementary School, effective date of hire – January 3, 2011

·         Accepted, with great appreciation, the following gifts and donations:

1.     The Gwinn Music Boosters – $1,800 donation towards a new sound system (valued at $7,200) for use by the music and drama programs

2.     Superior Arts Council – $1,000 donation towards a new sound system (valued at $7,200) for use by the music and drama programs

3.     Gwinn High School Drama Club – $4,200 donation towards a new sound system (valued at $7,200) for use by the music and drama programs

4.     Gwinn VFWAmerican flag donated to KI Sawyer Elementary School

5.     Gwinn United Methodist Church - $500 in Kohl’s gift cards donated to Gilbert and KI Sawyer Elementary Schools

 

GWINN AREA COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

GWINN, MICHIGAN 49841

 

PUBLIC HEARING SUMMARY

DECEMBER 29, 2010

 

The Board heard the following public comment regarding the potential change to the District’s Board of Education election date, change of term length, and change of term length to current Board members:

 

1.     Brian Rice – concerned with the short time-frame involved in implementing the new election schedule

2.     RayAnn Loy – concerned with the short time-frame involved in implementing the new election schedule

3.     Ed Thompson – concerned with the short time-frame involved in implementing the new election schedule Eric Anderson – concerned with the short time-frame involved in implementing the new election schedule

4.     Tricia Miilu – concerned with the short time-frame involved in implementing the new election schedule Kristy Gollakner – concerned with the short time-frame involved in implementing the new election schedule

5.     Miron Hillock – concerned with the short time-frame involved in implementing the new election schedule and adamant opposition to the 6 year terms

6.     Nikki Sheltrow – questioned why the Board/District would be concerned if the voting majority of the Board  changed every two years with each new election

 

 

GWINN AREA COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

GWINN, MICHIGAN 49841

 

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING SUMMARY

DECEMBER 29, 2010

 

After the Public Hearing, the Board voted to continue with the current system of holding school board elections every year.    

 

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