Monday, August 3, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015
The annual Clare County Leadership Institute is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 program year.
Presented by Clare-Gladwin RESD, Mid Michigan Development Corporation, and community representatives, the Clare County Leadership Institute is designed to develop potential new community leaders. Participants will be provided with an in-depth look at the history of the county, become familiar with the variety of current businesses and organizations in the area, and sharpen their skills that are critical to successful leadership such as effective public speaking, collaborating with others, running a meeting efficiently, maintaining a work-life balance, and more.
For a one-time fee of $100 and a commitment of one Friday each month from September 2015 to May 2016, the Institute is open to anyone who lives or works in Clare County and is interested in making a difference in the community. Businesses, non-profit organizations, and government entities are encouraged to sponsor someone within their organization to attend the program. Individuals are also welcome to apply.
**To obtain an application, click here
or call Clare-Gladwin RESD at 989-386-3851.
Applications must be submitted by Aug. 21, 2015.**
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Under the Schools of Choice legislation (Section 105 and Section 105(c) of the School Aid Act), kindergarten through twelfth grade students residing within Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District (RESD) and contiguous intermediate school districts may apply to attend participating public school districts in the two-county region, including Beaverton Rural Schools, Clare Public Schools, Farwell Area Schools, Gladwin Community Schools, and Harrison Community Schools.
Transportation for these students is the responsibility of the parents or guardians.
The participating schools are listed below. For those grades or programs allowing an unlimited number of students from other school districts, request/application must be made to the preferred school district by no later than the end of the first week of school. For those grades or programs with a limited number of openings, the 15-day application period is from August 3 to August 31, 2015.
The schools accepting students from other school districts during the first semester/trimester of the 2015-2016 school year include:
Beaverton Rural Schools, Farwell Area Schools, Gladwin Community Schools, and Harrison Community Schools
- All grades and programs: Unlimited openings
Clare Public Schools
- Kindergarten: Unlimited Openings
- 1st – 2nd Grade: No openings
- 3rd – 4th grade: Limited openings
- 5th – 8th grades: Limited openings
- 9th – 12th grades: Limited openings
- Alternative Ed: Limited openings
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
|It was a full house at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City last month during|
the 2015 Summer Leadership Academy.
The Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City was packed with nearly 265 administrators and teacher
For more than 10 years, the Summer Leadership Academy has offered educators from small, rural communities the opportunity to learn from nationally- and internationally-renowned speakers. This year’s featured presenter was Dr. Eric Jensen, a leading authority on the science and applications of brain research in education. The former middle school teacher and author of 26 brain-based books facilitated his interactive session around the theme “Teaching and Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind.”
Dr. Jensen set the stage with statistics depicting the ever-increasing poverty rates, the subsequent stress factors on families, and the impact these stressors have on physical brain function. “There is an element that the education community is powerless to control – poverty,” he said. “In the past two years, the rate of poverty has grown at an alarming rate and now even traditional middle-class schools are feeling the pressure that comes with the stress of poverty.”
Dr. Jensen went on to explain that despite poverty’s presence, there are practices that schools can put in place that can reverse its detrimental impact such as developing strong relationships and family connections, actively pointing out how students’ daily actions connect to their long-term goals, and building academic optimism so kids hear and believe every day they can and will succeed.
Following each full-day session, school teams spent up to four additional hours reflecting on the presentations and discussing how to incorporate the strategies and ideas explored into their school’s improvement plan.
“Too often, in the midst of the daily operations of schools and classrooms, local superintendents, principals, and teacher leaders don’t have time for an extended collaborative inquiry into these topics to the depth that is facilitated by the Academy’s presenters and ISD committee members,” said Deb Snyder, Clare-Gladwin RESD Assistant Superintendent for General Education. “Local district leaders value this time and professional learning to plan for their continued work in the district for the following school year.”
According to Snyder, each year’s theme builds on the focus areas of the previous Academy.
“The conference planning committee members always consider districts’ needs when selecting topics and speakers for the Academy,” she said, referencing past Academy presenters such as Charlotte Danielson, Jim Knight, Anthony Muhammad, and Randy Sprick. “The Academy has gained a reputation of high quality in all aspects of the conference.”
Monday, July 13, 2015
|Two students show off the|
backpacks given to each CTE summer camp participant.
The backpacks featured the Clare-Gladwin Career Center logo
and identified the Clare County Community Foundation
as the camp sponsor.
More than 30 soon-to-be seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students from Clare and Gladwin counties attended the inaugural Career Tech Summer Camps presented by the Clare-Gladwin Career Center, a program of Clare-Gladwin RESD.
On the mornings of June 16-18, students participated in one of four hands-on camp programs designed to introduce them to careers associated with career and technical education (CTE), including Caring for Children, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, and Digital Media.
|Students learn infant and toddler CPR in the |
Caring for Children Camp.
Each camp offered a variety of labs that grabbed the students’ attention, including blood spatter and footprint casting labs in Criminal Justice, CPR training in Caring for Children, video game creation in Digital Media, and meal preparation in Culinary Arts.
When asked for feedback about the camps, one student said, “I loved it! I wish it went on longer in the day so we could learn more.” Many students echoed the desire for extended camp sessions and also expressed how much they enjoyed meeting their peers from neighboring schools.
|A camp participant learns about blood splatter |
during a lab in the Criminal Justice Camp.
“It was a great week,” said Clare-Gladwin Career Center Director Doug Pummell. “Students had the opportunity to explore a career field they were interested in while meeting students from other schools who had similar interests. We look forward to offering the camp again next summer.”
The Career Tech Summer Camps were funded by a grant from the Clare County Community Foundation, with a portion of the funds awarded upon recommendation from the Clare County Youth Action Council (Clare YAC). The Clare County Community Foundation strengthens the community by providing leadership, fostering collaboration on local needs and issues, and encouraging a legacy of giving through grants, scholarships, and events. Clare YAC is a project of Clare County Community Foundation, and is made possible through the Council of Michigan Foundations and supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Eleven local high school students from the Clare-Gladwin Career Center’s Welding program completed the first level of the Schools Excelling through National Skills Education (SENSE) Program at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 school year. An award-winning program offered by the American Welding Society, the SENSE Program provides administrative standards and curriculum guidelines for the qualification of entry-level, advanced, and expert welders in high schools and colleges.
According to Clare-Gladwin Career Center Counselor Margie Dill, “When the students complete this first level of the SENSE Program, they receive a certificate that verifies they have met the qualifications for an entry-level position in welding.”
Welding is a career and technical education (CTE) program offered to high school juniors and seniors in Clare and Gladwin counties by the Clare-Gladwin Career Center of Clare-Gladwin RESD. Students spend half of their day at their CTE program and the other half at their home high school.
Congratulations to the following students who completed Level 1 of the SENSE Program:
The Clare-Gladwin Career Center of Clare-Gladwin RESD, offers career and technical education (CTE) programs to local high school juniors and seniors. Students spend half of their school day at their CTE program and the other half at their home high school.
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2014-2015 CTE Awards:
1st Year Academic Excellence
2nd Year Academic Excellence
Best Learner - Math
Overall Outstanding Student Award
Outstanding 2nd Year Student
Outstanding 1st Year Student
Design Award of Excellence
CNA Training Scholarship
Most Improved Award
2nd year Leadership Award
Golden Spoon Award (Outstanding achievement in all areas)
Above And Beyond Award – Student who gave 110%
EDUCATION IN TRAINING:
Affirming to Others
Leadership at Placement Site
Most Likely to have a Long Career in Teaching
FIRST SEMESTER PERFECT ATTENDANCE:
Charles Cassidy II
Raymond Chenoweth III
ALL-YEAR PERFECT ATTENDANCE:
Charles Cassidy II
Raymond Chenoweth III
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Three local students graduated from the Clare-Gladwin Area School earlier this month during the annual End of the Year Celebration program. The tune of “Pomp and Circumstance” and a full audience welcomed students Michael Frisch, Sean Haske, and Eden Mooketsi as they entered the school’s gymnasium donned in their caps and gowns.
Following the processional, each Area School class entertained the crowd with performances that reflected the event’s “Movies” theme.
The program concluded with the presentation of Certificates of Completion to the 2015 graduates.
For more information on the Clare-Gladwin Area School and the Clare-Gladwin RESD, please visit www.cgresd.net.
Monday, June 15, 2015
The Clare County Community Foundation has awarded Clare-Gladwin RESD with $4,716 in grant funding to support the inaugural Career Tech Summer Camps that will be offered this month to students entering grades 7-9.
On the mornings of June 16-18, students will be participating in one of four hands-on camp programs designed to introduce them to careers associated with career and technical education (CTE), including Caring for Children, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, and Digital Media.
“These programs will expose students to careers they may not be aware of or know a lot about,” said Sheryl Presler, Clare-Gladwin RESD Superintendent. “The students can then further explore those careers by participating in a CTE program once they are in high school.”
The grant monies will fund the majority of the costs of the Career Tech Summer Camps.
“We are extremely grateful to the Clare County Community Foundation for their investment in this valuable opportunity for local youth,” said Presler. “Ultimately, it is our hope that the Summer Camps will bring awareness of career and college opportunities to students through a fun and engaging curriculum over the three-day span.”
The Clare County Community Foundation strengthens the community by providing leadership, fostering collaboration on local needs and issues, and encouraging a legacy of giving through grants, scholarships, and events. A portion of the Career Tech Summer Camp funds were awarded upon a recommendation from the Clare County Youth Action Council (Clare YAC). Clare YAC is a project of Clare County Community Foundation, and is made possible through the Council of Michigan Foundations and supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
| Throughout the 2014-2015
school year, the |
Construction Trades students from the
Clare-Gladwin Career Center
have renovated Verna's House to make
it handicapped accessible for the
Clare-Gladwin Area School students
to use next school year.
Beginning in the fall of 2015, the school will be using Verna’s House for students to practice daily living skills such as cooking, cleaning, meal planning, and budgeting. The garden project will not only enhance the development of those skills, but it will also integrate elements of the Common Core Curriculum. Students will be using math and science to plot the layout of the garden and calculate the number of plants and seedlings needed. Students will also be researching various vegetables and the effects the weather pattern has on certain crops.
According to Longnecker, an additional benefit of the garden will be the opportunity to give back to the community. “The students will be donating some of the food from the garden to the local food pantries and will be inviting members of the local communities to help with the gardens,” she said. “Planting a garden, producing a crop, and sharing the rewards of their work with others will give these children a great sense of accomplishment. What better way is there to teach a sense of community while supporting independence than to grow your own food to share?”
The Clare-Gladwin Area School is a program of Clare-Gladwin RESD.