Spanish Club ~ Spain Trip
The St. Louis High School Spanish Club poses for a group photo at the Plaza de España in Seville, Spain.
The St. Louis High School Spanish Club would like to thank the businesses, organizations, and individuals from the local communities that supported our recent Spain trip. Your support during our fundraisers over the past two years has been overwhelming. 41 students and 7 adults spent ten days traveling throughout Spain while learning about the culture, history, geography, and language of a beautiful country. The club would like to extend its most sincere gracias to everybody for helping cultivate such an incredible and educational experience for our youth. Thanks for helping our small town kids do big things!
Sincerely, Scott Hemker, Spanish Club Advisor, St. Louis High School
St. Louis Middle School Receives Grant
Sixth grade students and staff at T.S. Nurnberger would like to share the exciting news that they have received a $4,000 grant from the Gratiot County Community Foundation! This grant will be used to help reduce the overall cost of attending their annual Mystic Lake YMCA camp trip. The 6th grade teachers applied for the grant this year and recently learned that their students’ out of pocket costs would be greatly reduced as a result of the Foundation’s generous grant.
Each year the 6th grade staff at St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) take their students up to the camp in Clare County for three days and two nights. The camp provides the opportunity to apply and extend their classroom knowledge through real world applications. Many of these activities will become lessons and memories that last a lifetime. Annual costs can exceed $10,000 for this amazing camp trip. The students and staff work hard each year to fundraise for the trip and also receive support from the school’s Board of Education. These gathered funds, in conjunction with the grant from the Gratiot County Community Foundation, have combined to reduce the cost of the camp trip to a historic low of only $15 per student!
The sixth grade staff and students at SLPS would like to extend their sincere gratitude toward the Gratiot County Community Foundation. Their generous support is helping to provide an amazing opportunity that this class will never forget!
Award Winning Essay
Hailey DeRosia, an eighth grade student at T.S. Nurnberger Middle School in St. Louis, recently found out she wrote an award winning essay for the Farm Bureau America and Me Essay Contest. DeRosia submitted the essay through her eighth grade English class back in November. "I knew Hailey was a great writer and really encouraged her to submit an essay for the contest," said Kevin Kuhn, her language arts teacher. DeRosia said she was shocked when she found out the news because she had completely forgotten about the contest. The essay earned DeRosia ninth place out of thousands of essays submitted by over 400 Michigan schools. She will be presented with a medallion and $1,000 on the Princess River Boat in Lansing during an awards banquet May 20. She will also be honored on the field before the Lansing Lugnuts game that same day.
Steel Band Festival
For those of you that came out to support the Festival of Steel March 25, thank you! The steel band concert was phenomenal! Tracy Thornton was the guest artist for the evening. The concert featured steel band music from our very own 3rd graders in Ms. Philson’s class. They opened the night as the Jumbie Jammers. Next came music from four high schools and two universities. Valley Steel from SVSU, Pan Cats from Nouvel Catholic Central High School, Steel Syndicate from Roscommon High School, our very own SLHS Steel, Bay City Steelers from Bay City Central High School, Third Coast Steel from Alma, and Alma College Percussion Ensemble from Alma College all blessed our ears with their performances last night. The night was filled with a packed house. Thank you Mr. Lawhorne for organizing this! It was a great performance!
BPA State Success
This past weekend we had 23 students represent us at the BPA state conference in Grand Rapids. The following students placed as a state finalist in their event and we are very proud of their success!
Students will travel to Anaheim, California to compete at the National Leadership conference May 6-10.
Lady Sharks Win State Bowling Championship
Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Bowling Team for winning the 2015 Girls Bowling State Championship. Great job Rebecca Fisher, Kaitlyn Howd, Jasmine Lowe, Kodi O'Boyle, Kaycee Paksi, Riley Smith, Emily Thelen, and Macey Wymer! Our girls had a fantastic season and we are proud of their success!
We identified our strengths and weaknesses as a district. In an effort to address the growth edges, several items of action were listed. The intent is not to do all of them right now, but implement a few of them each year. We are doing many things right already, but there are some areas of improvement that we can begin right away. We will use this information to guide the district forward and put our District Improvement Plan together. DSIT Happenings - March
Together we Can, Together we Do!
Our theme for parents, staff, and students of St. Louis Public Schools for the 2014-15 school year is: “Together we Can, Together we Do!” It takes all of us working together to support our children and continue to have such a fine upstanding community.
We will be celebrating the successes and building upon them to be a GREAT district for our community! We can raise student achievement; we can engage parents in the learning process; and, we can build community partnerships that support student achievement that last a lifetime.
“Together we Can, Together we Do!”