Pine River M.S. – H.S. Happenings for May and June, 2019

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The final two months of school are within sight.  During the month of May, standardized testing for elementary and middle school is wrapping up.  Spring sports for both middle and high school are finishing with state tournaments spilling into June.   May is a significant month for seniors. Sunday, May 5, will be Baccalaureate service at 6 pm in the high school gymnasium.  This event will be sponsored by the local P.R.A.Y. group. This is a voluntary ceremony to honor our graduates. On May 6, 2019, seniors will be participating in decision day in front of grades 8-11.  This event spotlights the post secondary decisions seniors have made. Senior Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Seniors will have the opportunity to be awarded scholarships, academic awards, and athletic awards/recognition.  The Junior/Senior Prom will be held at the Kettunen Center starting at 8 pm and finishing at 11:30 pm on Saturday, May 11. Exams for Seniors will be May 13 and 14 with last day for students at CTC on May 14, 2019. Practice for commencement will be Thursday, May 16 at 9 a.m. If a student does not participate in commencement practice on May 16, they will not be able to participate in the actual commencement.   Pine River’s graduation commencement is Sunday, May 19, 2019.   All seniors received their paperwork for graduation on April 26, 2019.  This paperwork has important dates and information. It also contains instructions/guidelines for seniors.  Seniors must have two sheets of this packet filled out and returned to office before they can participate in the commencement ceremony.  Other important information for seniors and their parents include any student that does not complete credit recovery by 3 p.m. on May 15, will not be allowed to participate in commencement.   Seniors who must return school uniforms or owe money, must have this resolved by May 16 before graduation practice. If this is not taken care of, these seniors will not be able to participate in commencement ceremonies.  I urge all parents of seniors to make sure your son or daughter is on track to graduate and all obligations are take care of. If you have any questions, please call the high school office.


In addition to events in May, the scheduled last day for underclassmen will be June 20, 2019.  This will be a half-day with exams and no lunches served. This date may be subject to change due to possible passage of legislation that would forgive some of the snow days.  If this does happen, parents and community will be notified of this change and the last day for students. Because the day is so late in June, if you have to make arrangements due to plans for trips already made long ago, please call the high school office to help determine what schedule can be created for these situations.  Students in grades 8-12 are expected to take all exams. As the end of the year approaches, I urge you to monitor a few things before school ends. All students can only miss 11 days per semester. Once a student reaches 12 absences, the student will be in no credit status which means the student will receive no credit for the class.  Letters and calls have been made home to students in jeopardy of going over in attendance. Also of importance is student’s grades at this time of year. Please check the parent portal to view your student’s grades. If your student is failing or looking like they will fail a class or more, please contact the counseling office to determine when summer school is being held and enroll them.  Just as a reminder, students who fail a class or classes are in jeopardy of not graduating on time or being able to enroll in CTC courses as a junior or senior. Please discuss this with your student and emphasize working hard and making sure deadlines are met. Many failures are due to student’s lack of effort, not making sure deadlines are met or not retaking major assessments.


In addition to academics, I would like to take some time to address concerns I am seeing as a building administrator.  As the weather outside heats up, please remind students of the dress code in the handbook. What can and cannot be worn  has clearly been discussed with your student. The students know what will be acceptable. Please look at the handbook and discuss what is appropriate to wear in school  If a student is asked to change, they are expected to change or be picked up without any incident. Please also discuss with students the cell phone policy. Students should have their cell phone in their locker.  The only time they should have their phone on them is at lunch time. Some students are approaching 3-4 offenses which will result in significant suspension days. Please review the cell phone policy if necessary. Consequently, the number of vaping incidents has been increasing throughout the year.  Please discuss the dangers of vaping with your child. Due to the increase, any suspicion of vaping or possession of vaping systems, students will be searched and questioned. If your student is found in possession, distribution, or use of vaping systems, you will be notified and said student will be disciplined accordingly per handbook.   In absence of parents during the day, we, the administration, act as the parent. Time is often of the essence, and investigations have to take place and questions asked to resolve situations. Parents will be notified of any discipline if applied or if any information is needed. 

The Outdoor Environmental Science Class has been working with streams and the environment.  They also will be camping the weekend of May 5 and 6 at the school property as well. Besides the dates mentioned in the first paragraph of the newsletter, some other dates in May and June will be discussed.  On May 3, 2019, the students will be dismissed at 11:15 for all sports day. Teams from other schools are invited and we will compete in track, softball, and baseball. A chicken dinner will be available for a fee that day.  That same morning, the five students from Luther Elementary will be taken to the Luther Museum to dig up their time capsule put there during their 5th grade year. On Tuesday, May 22, 2019 all freshman will be attending a vocational event in Traverse City.  After Memorial Day, students will begin their post interim study island test in various subject areas.


May Dates

May 1: Kindergarten Round-Up at LeRoy Elementary starting at 5 p.m.


May 3: All Sports Day, half-day with student dismissal at 11:15 a.m.


May 5: Baccalaureate at 6 pm in the High School Gym


May 6: Senior College Decision Day at 8:30 am in High School Gym


May 6: Board of Education Meeting at 6 pm


May 7: OYAC Service Community Day Event at 8:30 am


May 9: Senior Awards at 6:30 pm in High School Gym


May 11: Prom at Kettunen Center starting at 8 p.m.


May 13 and 14: Senior exams


May 14: Last day for seniors


May 15: All credit recovery for seniors completed by 3 p.m. to be eligible to march in commencement


May 16: Commencement practice at 9 am and Elementary tour afterward with seniors


May 19: Commencement at 2 pm at High School Gymnasium


May 22: Michigan Career Quest for seniors starting at 8:30 am


May 27: Memorial Day: NO SCHOOL for students

Cadillac Evening News Meet at 9 am at Cadillac for track


May 28: Final Interim assessment testing starts


June  Dates


June 3: Board Meeting at 6 pm


June 5: Reproductive/Safe Schools meeting


June 18-20 Exam Days for students in grades 6-12


June 19: Awards ceremony for grades 6-12, time TBD


June 20:Half-day for students and last day for students with dismissal at 11:15 a.m.

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