AWARD SEASON: At the Area School Board Association Dinner Meeting last week at Harrison High School, a couple local district board members received high honors. Clare Public Schools Secretary (and CGRESD Vice-President) Sue Murawski was recognized with the Michigan Association of School Boards' highest individual honor - Level 7, the President's Award of Recognition. Gladwin Community Schools Board President Sally Hightower was honored as well with Level 5, The Master Diamond Award. Hightower was unable to attend, but Murawski received her hardware from Matthew Showalter, President-Elect of MASB Board of Directors. Congratulations to both outstanding ladies for their long, meaningful service to kids.
SPARKS SITES WILL REOPEN AT SEVERAL LOCAL SCHOOLS
When the 2018-19 school year starts up this fall, the SPARKS program will serve students in all five local school districts in Clare and Gladwin Counties for the first time in its 15-year history.
Staff at the Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District, which oversees the afterschool and summer program that is free to students and their families, recently received word of new federal funding in the amount of $810,000 per year for the next five years that will allow SPARKS to reopen sites in secondary schools in Beaverton, Farwell, Gladwin and Harrison.
CLARE-GLADWIN AREA SCHOOL CELEBRATES GRADUATION
The Clare-Gladwin Area School celebrated the graduation of four students at commencement ceremonies held May 31 in the school gymnasium. Graduates for 2018 are Jason Blaskie, C.J. Genow, Ashley Szczepanski and Keenan Waite. The ceremony, attended by about 100 friends and family, included student performances, a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics and recognition of the school’s teaching staff.
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When the Clare-Gladwin Career & Technical Education program dedicated its new building at the Magnus Center May 18, it carried different meanings for different people.
For the Clare-Gladwin RESD, it meant fulfilling a promise to voters who passed the CTE millage two years ago. For members of the Magnus family, it was another step in transforming the property they gifted to the RESD into a high-impact educational center for local high schoolers. And for the students who will benefit from CTE programs for decades to come, it represented a place to call their own.
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Math in the Mail focuses on developing math skills in three-year-olds by providing the tools needed in the home environment for parents and caregivers. Children from Clare and Gladwin Counties, as well as surrounding counties can be enrolled in the program. Families enrolled in the Math in the Mail program will receive a free kit in the mail six times per year that will contain materials, resources and instructions for several age-appropriate math activities.
Math in the Mail is part of a region-wide focus to better prepare our students for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences and STEM careers. To enroll, families should visit the Clare-Gladwin Great Start Collaborative website, or call (989) 737-9532. Enrollment is on-going.
This initiative is funded by the Dow Corning Foundation, and represents a collaboration between the Bay-Arenac ISD, Clare-Gladwin RESD, Gratiot-Isabella RESD, Midland ESA, and the Saginaw ISD.
Check out this video for more information about Math in the Mail.