Message from the Superintendent
The school year has taken shape very quickly. We have almost completed our fall activities. Our fall sport banquets have begun and will continue over the next few weeks. As things are winding down, winter sports are gearing up.
Our annual Halloween parades have been held in our elementary schools, and we joined many schools in our great state of Michigan to eat a health snack, a Michigan apple, at Nikkari Elementary last Friday. Look for the pictures on facebook and in our newsletters. Our annual Apple Pie sale will be taking place on November 8 at the middle school. If you didn’t order your pies, you can stop by the middle school between 10-2 to purchase them on the spot. A big thank you goes out to our Sports Boosters for leading the apple pie fundraiser.
Curriculum work is underway K-12. This year’s focus continues to be ELA and science. We will be adding math into the mix beginning in December. Curriculum is a passion of mine. I love seeing the entire alignment process come together. Our teachers and administrators are working hard at this process. It isn’t easy, but well worth it in the end.
As you navigate around the website for St. Louis Public Schools, go to the School Improvement tab. I have started having our District School Improvement summaries uploaded. I call it “DSIT Happenings”. This will be a good way for you to keep abreast of anything we are doing at SLPS in curriculum, practices, supports for kids, professional development, and other items. I welcome any feedback you may have for me. My email is email@example.com.
The bond issue is also taking shape. We have had several meetings with the architect and the construction manager. We will be putting projects out for bid in December with the expectation of receiving the bids in January. I am anxious to get this process started. It will be summer before we know it and then things will really start happening. I will assure you one thing. The community will get what they were promised.
We are continuing to do great things in St. Louis. If you are interested, come on in and sit down with me to talk about all of those great things. I will have the coffee on. Go Sharks!
Annual Shark Run/Walk
The St. Louis Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) sponsored the Third-Annual Shark Run/Walk on Friday, September 26, 2014 from 1:00-2:30 at the St. Louis High School track. Prior to the race all St. Louis elementary students grades K-5 collected pledges and sponsors from the community for each lap they ran or walked during the event. Joining us on the day of the fundraiser were mascots from local businesses, such as Ronald McDonald, Big Boy, the St. Louis Shark, Lou E. Loon from the Great Lakes Loons, and the buffalo from Buffalo Wild Wings. Also sharing in the excitement were athletes from Central Michigan University, as well as various School Board members and retired teachers. This year's Run/Walk raised the greatest dollar amount in the event's history totaling over $10,000. All money collected will be utilized toward providing field trips, assemblies, technology, and classroom supplies for all elementary students. Not only was the event a success by providing needs for our elementary buildings, but it was also a beautiful day where students and the community joined together to enjoy physical fitness. The PTO would like to thank the community and surrounding businesses for their continued support of St. Louis Elementary students. We look forward to another great Run/Walk next year!
Annual Blood Drive
On October 20th, 2014 the Anatomy & Physiology Class at St. Louis High School organized the annual St. Louis Blood Drive. During this event we collected 74 pints of blood from 90 students, staff and community members. With this blood, the American Red Cross has the ability to save 222 lives.
We are well on our way to reaching our goal; therefore one student will be in the running for a $1000 scholarship. Thank you for continuing to support this great cause! We are already preparing to have another successful blood drive in the spring of 2015.
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!”