Friday, June 28, 2013

$1,500 in grants awarded to Clare-Gladwin Career Center graphic arts instructor

Graphic Arts Instructor Andrea Boettner and
Clare-Gladwin Career Center Director Doug Pummell displaying
the grants Boettner was awarded during the MITES State Convention
last month. 

Graphic Arts Instructor Andrea Boettner of the Clare-Gladwin Career Center has been awarded $1,500 in grants by the Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society (MITES) to fund classroom activities and professional development opportunities. Specifically, Boettner will receive $650 to purchase class cameras, $250 for educational field trips, and $600 to attend special workshops and trainings.

According to their website, the generosity of the Abrams Foundation allows MITES to offer numerous scholarships and grants to help support career and technical education in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Canada.

Graphic Arts is one of nine career and technical education (CTE) programs offered to high school juniors and seniors at the Clare-Gladwin Career Center, a program of the Clare-Gladwin RESD. The students spend half of their day at their CTE program and the other half at their local high school. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Four graduate from Clare-Gladwin Area School

Donned in their caps and gowns, Jonathan Barager, Zachariah Braley, Melissa McBride, and Jacob Shrock represented the Clare-Gladwin Area School’s class of 2013 during the school’s graduation ceremony earlier this month. With the, “Pomp and Circumstance,” melody playing in the background, the graduates entered the Area School gym where they were met by their classmates, teachers, family, and friends to celebrate the milestone.

Following the processional, the audience enjoyed singing and dancing performances by each Area School class to tunes including The Beatles’, “All We Need is Love,” Dierks Bentley’s, “Home,” and more.
Between performances, Clare-Gladwin Area School Principal Mike Simon shared school-year highlights such as the students’ fundraising efforts for community organizations, and the 62 students who were recognized throughout the year for their outstanding work habits, good behavior, and positive attitudes. He also expressed his gratitude to the local businesses that have partnered with the school to help students gain work experience.     
“The graduation program is a wonderful showcase of the hard work and success of the Area School’s students and staff,” said Simon. “I’m very proud of their efforts toward making this year’s program the best it could be and I’m moved by the number of people who attended the program to support and encourage our school.”

At the conclusion of the program, Simon and Clare-Gladwin RESD Superintendent Sheryl Presler presented Certificates of Completion to the 2013 graduates. Keeping with tradition, Simon read words of reflection written by each student and their parents.

“The job everyone has done in caring and helping Zachariah is certainly commendable and we want to thank everyone involved in making our experience a most positive one,” said Braley’s father, Rob. “Respect, love, and great care should be afforded to each and every one of us, no matter what our abilities or disabilities are and we are proud to state that all personnel at the RESD greatly exceeded our expectations.”

Barager’s mother, Laurie, wrote a speech on his behalf and explained how for all the years Barager has attended the Area School, many changes have taken place, including staff, students, and bus drivers. “But with all the changes,” she continued, “the important things have stayed the same; the dedication, care, compassion, and respect of all those responsible to provide a safe, healthy, and happy learning environment for all of the students. My time here has been wonderful. I will miss you all and I thank you all.”

For more information on the Clare-Gladwin Area School and the Clare-Gladwin RESD, please visit  

Friday, June 14, 2013

Local school board members recognized for exemplary service

Local school board members Connie Cauchi, Therese Haley, Don Hannah, Barbara Richards, and Marie Roth were celebrated during the recent Clare-Gladwin Area School Board Association meeting for their exceptional contributions to the school districts they serve. 
In honor of his 26 years of participation on local school boards, Don Hannah, current treasurer of Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District (RESD) Board of Education, was presented with the 2012-2013 Forrest Sogge Memorial Board Member of the Year Award. Created in 2004,the Board Member of the Year Award recognizes a local school board member who demonstrates high standards of service, educational enrichment, and leadership to the school district he or she serves.  Over the years, Hannah has filled seats on the boards of education for Beaverton Rural Schools and Clare-Gladwin RESD, and has performed the roles of president, vice-president, treasurer, and trustee.
The remaining four award recipients accepted certificates acknowledging their successful completion of classes offered to school board members by the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB). These classes are designed to help in the development of new skills and keep participants informed on the latest educational issues.    
Harrison Community Schools Board President Roth, Vice-President Cauchi, and Secretary Haley, along with Clare-Gladwin RESD Board President Richards were each given Level One Certifications for conquering  MASB’s nine 100-level courses covering topics such as school budget and finance, curriculum and instruction, the legislative process, data informed decision making, and more. The community leaders were also granted the Award of Merit for gaining an additional 45 education credits through professional development, leadership experience, and service.
Richards and Roth earned further acclaim with the Award of Distinction which recognizes board members who have accumulated a minimum of 208 education credits and completed the 100-level courses, as well as four 200-level courses. MASB’s 200-level classes address capital planning for school districts, superintendent selection, community relations, school law, reporting organizational performance, and more.
“Our communities are fortunate to have school board members who make every effort to become experts in their roles so they may offer effective guidance to the local districts,” said Clare-Gladwin RESD Superintendent Sheryl Presler. “Their actions clearly illustrate their dedication to their responsibilities as school board members and their commitment to our students.”  

Don Hannah (left), current treasurer for Clare-Gladwin RESD’s Board of Education, receives the 2012-2013 Forrest Sogge Memorial Board Member of the Year Award for his 26 years of service to local school districts, including Harrison Community Schools and Clare-Gladwin RESD. Sheryl Presler, superintendent of the RESD, presented him with the honor.

Clare-Gladwin RESD Board of Education President Barbara Richards (left) accepts the Level One Certification, Award of Merit, and Award of Distinction from Ruth Coppens (right), president-elect of the MASB Board of Directors.
Barb Russell of MASB’s Board of Directors (left) presents Harrison Community Schools Board of Education President Marie Roth (right) with the Level One Certification, Award of Merit, and Award of Distinction.
 Harrison Community Schools Board of Education Secretary Therese Haley (left) accepts the  Level One Certification and Award of Merit from MASB’s Barb Russell and Eric Griggs. 

Connie Cauchi (left), vice-president of the Harrison Community Schools Board of Education, smiles after receiving the Level One Certification and Award of Merit from Ruth Coppens, the president-elect of MASB’s Board of Directors.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Hot off the press! The latest issue of the Clare-Gladwin Close Up is now available

Clare-Gladwin RESD's semiannual community newsletter, The Clare-Gladwin Close Up, will be delivered to homes in Clare and Gladwin counties this Friday!  In the meantime, be among the first to view the publication online.

Click here to download the PDF or here to read the publication like a virtual magazine!