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.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
|Sines (left) accepts the Technical Education Award from |
Carol Santini of Mid Michigan Community College.
Clare-Gladwin Career Center student Alexis Sines has been awarded the Technical Education Award from Mid Michigan Community College valued at $500. Sines participated in both the Education in Training and Graphic Arts career and technical education (CTE) programs during her junior and senior years at Clare High School. She was also an active member in The Officials, the Graphic Arts program’s student leadership group whose mission is to offer their time and talents to the local communities, such as providing free design and printing work for local non-profit organizations.
Sines plans to attend Mid Michigan Community College to earn an associate’s degree, and then go on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in education. Ultimately, she would like to teach art in a public school setting.
The Clare-Gladwin Career Center, a program of Clare-Gladwin RESD, provides career and technical education offerings to local high school juniors and seniors. Students spend half of their school day in their CTE program and the other half at their local high school.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
students from across the state to receive the 2015 Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Breaking Traditions Award for surpassing obstacles and stereotypes to achieve success in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.
According to State Superintendent Mike Flanagan, "The Breaking Traditions Awards recognize high school and college students who have demonstrated success in CTE programs that are nontraditional to their gender. At a time when there is a call from various stakeholders for building a more-responsive, market-driven schools-to-jobs pipeline, it is important to recognize the efforts of these students and the programs that helped them."
Baker, also a senior at Gladwin High School, was nominated for the recognition by Culinary Arts Instructor Heidi Rocha. “Heather consistently goes above and beyond in everything that she does. Her ability to enter the workforce is outstanding.”
Baker accepted the award at a ceremony at the Library of Michigan in Lansing this month.
"These outstanding students are preparing themselves to enter a career that will benefit them individually and benefit Michigan by increasing diversity in our state's workforce." Flanagan said. "By their determination and dedication to pursuing careers in an area nontraditional for their gender, they are role models for peers who may be considering such a career path."
Baker plans to attend Northwood University to earn a degree in business while continuing her apprenticeship with Chef Fred Garcia of the Lost Arrow Resort. Once she obtains a business degree, Baker would like to further her skills at a culinary arts college, such as the Culinary Institute of America, and eventually own a restaurant.
Culinary Arts is a career and technical education (CTE) program offered to high school juniors and seniors at the Clare-Gladwin Career Center. The students spend half of their day at their CTE program and the other half at their local high school.
Monday, May 18, 2015
|The 2015 Turn-Around Achievement Award Recipients|
Photo Credit: Bob Frei
Twenty students from ten local high schools were recognized at the 10th annual Clare-Gladwin Area School Board Association’s Turn-Around Achievement Awards on May 7. Held at Mid Michigan Community College, community leaders in education celebrated the accomplishments of local high school students who have made a positive and significant change in their lives during their high school careers despite extreme personal or academic struggles.
The Keynote Speaker at the awards ceremony was Lindsay Golden, an admissions specialist at Mid Michigan Community College. Originally from Clare, Golden revealed the series of poor decisions she made during her teen years that ultimately led to her dropping out of high school and making choices that threatened her well-being. “At that point, I was the worst possible version of myself,” she said. “It was then I decided I couldn’t live like that anymore.” Golden’s revelation resulted in her returning to school and working around the clock so she could graduate with her class. Today, Golden holds an associate’s degree from Mid Michigan Community College and is working toward her bachelor’s. “What you have accomplished is a big deal,” Golden said, addressing the students. “You should be so proud of yourselves.”
As the awards were presented, tears of joy were shared by both the students and the teachers as they reflected on their journeys to success. “As an educator, you hope to make an impact on students’ lives,” said Lori Taylor, Clare High School teacher. “But I didn’t expect for the students to make such an impact on mine.”
Many award recipients thanked their educators, families, and friends for their encouragement along the way.
In addition to a certificate, recipients of the Turn-Around Achievement Awards were given one of three scholarships, each of which entitles them to six credit hours of in-district tuition at MMCC. The Scholarships included the Doug Dodge Academic Opportunity Award for the Beaverton, Clare, Farwell, Gladwin, and Harrison schools students; the Al Roeseler Academic Opportunity Award for the students from Coleman High School; and the Tom Gilstad Academic Opportunity Award for those attending Bullock Creek High School or Meridian High School.
The 2015 Turn-Around Achievement Award recipients include:
Beaverton Jr/Sr High School
Bullock Creek High School
Clare High School
Clare Pioneer High School
Coleman Jr/Sr High School
Farwell High School
Farwell Timberland High School
Gladwin High School
Harrison High School
Harrison Alternative High School
Meridian High School