2017-12-03 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

BLOOD DRIVE – Michigan Blood will hold a blood drive on Thursday, Dec. 7 from noon to 6 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chesaning-Brady Fire Department, 1632 Brady St., Chesaning. Donors are eligible to give blood every 56 days if they are a healthy person ages 17 or older (or 16 with parent or guardian permission), weighing 112 pounds or more. However, females ages 18 and younger must weigh 120 pounds or more. Call 1-866-MIBLOOD (642-5663) or visit www.miblood.org to make an appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome but appointments help organizers to know how many staff to schedule and make the visit go more smoothly.

COMPETING IN BUSINESS – During the Nov. 28 meeting, the Montrose Community Schools Board of Education approved a student field trip to Chicago for the Virtual Enterprises Inc. (VEI) national student trade show competition. Teacher Julie Erway will be leading a group of 14 business students on the two-day trip. In addition to site seeing, the students will compete in business competitions; including web design. This year they will be competing in the advanced website development division, which involves writing computer code. Montrose has been competing in VEI since 2015. The Montrose Ram Pride Inc. team will be sharing motor coach transportation with the Grand Blanc and Carmen-Ainsworth teams. The cost per student is $105 each. The school board reserves the right to cancel the trip in the event of severe weather or dangerous world conditions, without compensation.

INDUSTRIAL ARTS – The Montrose Community Schools Board of Education approved the expenditure of $22,595 to purchase better equipment for the industrial arts program at Hill-McCloy High School. The purchase includes two lathes, a drum sander and a plasma table system. Industrial arts teacher Mike Roberson pitched the purchase to the board in October. His goal is to make Montrose the school for any student pursuing a career in the industrial arts. Principal Dr. Linden Moore told the board the equipment enables Hill- McCloy to offer classes that allows the school to further use career technical funding.

ENHANCING MATH SCORES – On Nov. 28, Hill- McCloy High School Principal Dr. Linden Moore addressed the Montrose school board about allowing teachers to do some action research in using the Khan Academy math program. He explained that Khan Academy is a proven tool for enhancing student test scores. The computerized program makes it possible to zero in on each student’s individual’s weaknesses and provides specific lessons to help strengthen those areas. Moore explained that the program also helps with building the academic stamina students need to take online tests, which are becoming more and more prevalent. Moore said the idea is to try it out to see if it helps students. The school board agreed.

GETTING AN A+ - Montrose Community Schools Finance Director Lynne Clark announced on Tuesday, Nov. 28 that the school district has improved its status from A- to an A+ on the Standard and Poor’s rating scale of financial stability.

STUDENT LEADERS – Montrose Athletic Director Shayne Mishler is in the process of setting up a Captains Academy for student leadership. Coaches send the names of students recommended for leadership training. Mishler believes it will benefit the kids and explained that the school will need student leaders at all grade levels. He told the school board that studies have shown that students who are participants in extracurricular activities tend to have significantly higher grade-point-averages.

CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE – During the Nov. 28 Montrose Community Schools Board of Education meeting, superintendent Dr. Edward Graham presented a Michigan State Police certificate of excellence to the school district transportation director Angela Florian for achieving a 100 percent pass rating on the school buses. Graham added that Florian runs what is probably the largest summer lunch program in the state of Michigan.

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