Thursday, July 24, 2014

Deadline for school of choice application slated for 2014-2015 school year

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 12 to August 30, 2014. 

The schools accepting students from other school districts during the first semester/trimester of the 2014-2015 school year include:

Beaverton Rural Schools, Gladwin Community Schools, and Farwell Area Schools
  • All grades and programs (unlimited openings)  

Harrison Community Schools
Larson Elementary
  • Kindergarten – 2nd grades: No openings

Hillside Elementary
  • 3rd grade: 12 openings
  • 4th – 5th grades: No openings

Middle School
  • 6th – 8th grades: 20 openings each

High School
  • 9th grade: 5 openings
  • 10th grade: 3 openings
  • 11th – 12th grades: No openings
  • Alternative Education: Unlimited openings

Clare Public Schools
  • Kindergarten – 2nd grades: 10 openings each
  • 3rd grade: 5 openings
  • 4th grade: 5 openings

  • 5th – 7th grades: No openings
  • 8th grade: 10 openings

High School
  • 9th – 12th grades: Limited openings

Thursday, July 17, 2014

RESD Culinary Arts instructor attends Summer Institute

The Clare-Gladwin Career Center’s Culinary Arts instructor Heidi Rocha attended the National Restaurant Association’s week-long Summer Institute last month at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Orlando, Florida. Rocha’s tuition to the program and her travel expenses were funded by a $1,750 scholarship she was awarded earlier this year by the association.

During her trip, Rocha completed Level 3 of the Summer Institutes. Level 3 featured culinary topics in salads, garnishing, baking, and desserts, as well as management topics including marketing and cost control. The class also discussed global cuisines and sustainability.

This is the third time Rocha has received a scholarship to attend the National Restaurant Association’s Summer Institutes. She completed level 1 in Chicago in 2009, and level 2 in California in 2012.

Culinary Arts is one of nine career and technical education (CTE) programs offered to local high school juniors and seniors at the Clare-Gladwin Career Center, a program of Clare-Gladwin RESD. Students spend half of their regular school day in CTE and the other half at their local high school. For more information, please visit

CGRESD co-sponsors summer academy for hundreds of school leaders

At the end of June, Clare-Gladwin RESD’s general education department once again co-sponsored the 2014 C.O.M.M.I.T. Summer Leadership Academy in Traverse City. Approximately 225 school leaders from around the state attended this year’s event titled, “Inspiring Leaders to Create Positive School Culture: Tools for Change.”

Featured speakers included Dr. Anthony Muhammad and Dr. Randy Sprick.  

Dr. Muhammad facilitated professional learning and discussion on how to intentionally reshape the internal practices of schools and how to foster and maintain a healthy school culture. Dr. Randy Sprick then led participants through the foundational principles of Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support systems and shared proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments.

“The quality and message of each presenter was amazing,” said one Summer Leadership Academy participant. “Both presentations gave useful examples of how other districts have applied the concepts that were talked about.”

Another school leader said this year’s academy was, “outstanding,” and described the speakers as the best they’ve heard in many years.

The Summer Leadership Academy is an annual event Clare-Gladwin RESD plans in collaboration with a consortium of five central Michigan intermediate school districts.