2013-11-07 / Community

News from MAS

Above, members of Emerald Elementary’s fifth grade classrooms participate in Operation Christmas Child. 
Submitted photo Above, members of Emerald Elementary’s fifth grade classrooms participate in Operation Christmas Child. Submitted photo Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held today (Thursday). Students will be dismissed early as conferences begin at 1:30 p.m. and conclude at 6:30 p.m. Conferences are one of the most important methods of communication between families and school. Please consider these six questions as you meet with your child’s teacher(s): Is my child performing up to his/her ability? In what areas do you think my child could excel? What skill(s) does my child need to work on this year? What areas need improvement? How are my child’s social skills? Is there anything you have observed about my child that concerns or surprises you?

The Health Occupations Class is raising awareness of “What is HOSA?” Nov. 4-8 is National Health Occupations Students of America week, and our chapter is spreading the word that HOSA is a national student organization. See page A3 of this week’s Pioneer Tribune for more information on HOSA and a photo of this year’s group.

Manistique Middle/High School students, and St. Francis students participated in the H.E.A.R. antibullying presentation recently in the Auditorium. H.E.A.R. stands for Helping Everyone Achieve Respect and is a program built around the core values of the National Guard.

The Manistique High School Quiz Bowl Team returned victorious from their opening match against Gladstone. Final score was Manistique 130, Gladstone 110. The Emeralds will face Escanaba sometime in January 2014 (TBA). The game just played will air on Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. on Channel 13. The TV team this year: Coby Ryan (Captain), Logan Hayward, PJ Birr, and Shelbey Saffer. Good luck!

The National Honor Society held its annual Induction Ceremony Banquet on Oct. 30. Twenty-three students were inducted this year: Brett Annelin, Zachary Blaess, Travis Bolm, Dennis Boyd III, Michael Brock, Shelby Carlson, Christopher Freeman, Olivia Holmberg, Garrett Knuth, Brandi Minor, Maggie Morrison, Linnea Peterson, Zachary Powers, Shelbey Saffer, Amber Smith, Cody Taylor, Eric Troyer, Madelyn VanNoller, Samantha Walters, Veronica Norbotten, Emily Weber, Theresa Weber, and Brittany Zellar. Also recognized at the banquet were 27 graduating senior members.

Students in Mr. Dufour’s CAD I and CAD II classes completed a class project recently where they designed popsicle stick bridges, and then put weight on them to see how much weight they could hold.

The entire Computer Aided Design class was divided up into teams with each team being responsible to build a popsicle stick bridge. The CAD II students were the project leaders, and the CAD I students were the designers, researchers, and builders of the bridge. Each group was required to build a prototype bridge that was then loaded with weight until failure. Each load “test” was videotaped so it could be played back in slow motion to analyze the failure points of the bridge. The bridge was then redesigned to make it stronger; and then “crashed” again. Fun was had by all. Principal Shiner was the invited guest to see “what was going on.”

Scholarship Opportunities: Dec. 6: Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship. Jan. 17: Native American students – Truman D. Pickard Scholarship for Native American students pursuing a college degree in Natural Resources. Feb. 28: Michigan Education Association scholarships. Last year MEA awarded 38 scholarships totaling $43,500. See Mr. Rochon in the Guidance Office for details.

Fun was had by all at the annual Halloween Parade at Emerald Elementary on Oct. 31. Celebrating in Mrs. Sherbinow’s Second Grade was a group costumed as The Duck Dynasty. The whole class also posed for a Halloween picture.

Community Service Projects are a monthly occurrence at Emerald Elementary. Fifth Grade students in Mrs. Morrison’s and Ms. Barton’s class recently assembled boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Nov. 18-25 is the collection week. Boxes are available at Emerald Elementary.

Looking Ahead:

Nov. 13: District Fall School Improvement Meeting – 6:00 p.m./ Community Room

Nov. 15: Deer Day – No School

Nov. 27-29: Thanksgiving Break – No School

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