Dear Friends and Families, Pentwater Public Schools, Spectrum Health and District #10 Health Department want to applaud you for your continual diligence in practicing safety protocols to limit the spread of COVID-19. in our school and community. We are encouraged by the responsible way parents are notifying schools when symptoms and/or possible exposures occur. Thank you! Despite this good work, the number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have increased dramatically in the past two weeks in our area and across the state. Most often, these cases are due to social interactions when people were closer than six feet and masks were not worn. We are very concerned this trend will continue and the impact it will have on the care the hospitals are able to provide to us locally. Hospitals are already seeing alarming capacity complications and staffing difficulties at our hospitals. We can all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. We implore you to follow social distancing guidelines, wear masks when in public and wash your hands often. This is a critical time for our entire community. With the holidays coming up, we are asking everyone to do these four things to reduce the spread of the virus: Wear a mask in public spaces, stay at least six feet away from others, wash your hands frequently and notify school as soon as your child develops symptoms or is known to have been exposed to the virus. With the Thanksgiving Holiday just a few days away, we encourage you to follow the CDC and health departments guidelines so that we can continue to keep our doors open to face to face teaching and learning. Please see the attached document from the Spectrum Hospital and DHD #10 . Thank you and be well! Dr. Scott Karaptian
On Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 our 5th Grade music class participated in a virtual ukulele workshop with musician Lil' Rev through the Ludington Area Center for the Arts! We had the opportunity to listen to and play along with many classic bluegrass and folk songs. Thank you LACA for this awesome opportunity! 🎶
If you are having issues connecting your school issued Chromebook to your home WiFi network, please check out my teacher page to watch a quick video showing you two settings that need to be enabled. Thanks, Mr. Steve.
We invite you to view the Veteran's Day program video that students and staff of Pentwater Public Schools created to honor our men and women who are currently or have served our country in the cause for freedom! The link is provided below, please thank a veteran today, we hope to be able to celebrate in person in 2021! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S9VkPVk7mks1kqNAOq1LsogtdcpLb3fO/view?usp=sharing
The Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball teams are doing a fundraiser together to raise money for this season! We will get $4, $6, $8 per item purchased depending on the total community and school quantity purchased. Please take a few moments and SHOP till you DROP. Please ship your order to your house and enjoy some quality items:) Christmas presents, Falcon Gear, or Friday gear for you and your family. Please share the link with anyone who you think may want to order. Here is the link to the shop: https://fancloth.shop/XSTQT Spread the word and post it on social media! As Always, thank you for supporting our sports programs! Go Falcons! Coach Wojtas and Coach Gorton
Please see our website to find information about our upcoming Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences scheduled for Nov. 18, from 12pm-3pm, and Nov. 19, from 4pm-7pm. Emails have also been sent to all parents/guardians with the information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Join Great Michigan Read Partners for an interactive conversation with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. Mr. Richard Magrath, teacher at Pentwater Public Schools, will be facilitating this discussion. We thank these regional partners: Pentwater Public Schools, Pentwater Township Library and West Shore Community College. This event will take place on November 12 from 12:30pm-1:30pm. The address to register is below and once you register, you will receive a link to this event. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsf-6vpzooGNw4rHVKM8_PV-UzqEjr-DoU
Be on the lookout! The JH, HS, and HS Jazz Bands will be giving an outdoor fall concert for the elementary on Friday (10/30/2020) at 8:30am! Ms. H will be live-streaming the event through Facebook Live... so even though you can't join us in-person, please attend virtually. The concert will stay shared on the school page until Monday for your viewing pleasure and then will be taken down. This is our first concert since February... and for some students, since December... it's going to be a lot of fun! Happy Halloween!! 🎃
October 28, 2020 Dear Family and Friends, School Boards must now review, evaluate and approve schools current Extended COVID Learning (ECOL) Plans monthly and we would like to ask for your feedback on Pentwater Public School's current ECOL Plan Model to assist them in this process. The current ECOL Plan: As of Monday, October 5, 2020, Pentwater Public Schools started their new learning formats, explained below: Option A: Students attend school for four (4) days Face-To-Face a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday). Wednesday's are a full remote day for all students. Option B: Students attend school in a Full-Remote setting 5 days a week. Those students choosing the Full-Remote setting are expected to attend their regularly scheduled classes 4 days a week virtually. Secondary classroom teachers have a live stream session open for every class period for students to access. Elementary classroom teachers post scheduled times for their students to attend daily live streaming lessons. If students are not able to attend a scheduled live session, it will be their responsibility to contact their teacher to discuss missed content. On Wednesday Full-Remote days, the students who chose option A will have independent work to do on this day. All students, to include full-remote students will be able to contact teachers on Wednesdays through one of the following ways: Google Meet/Zoom, email, text, Remind or phone call for any questions about coursework and/or assignments. We would like to gather your thoughts to help in the continued planning for a safe and positive learning environment for Pentwater students as a way of improving upon the platforms. Please take a few minutes to answer the following few questions. Time is of the essence and thus the survey completion window is short, so please complete this survey (https://forms.gle/sYM2AZr4EcXwLMtaA) by Friday November 9, 2020. Thank you for your time, feedback and your continued support! Respectfully, Dr. Scott Karaptian
On Thursday, 10/22/2020, the JH Band played indoors for the very first time since March 13th! This would not have been possible without the help of Sew Let's Be Quilty of downtown Pentwater and the several volunteers that gave their time and resources to make this happen! Also, a HUGE shout out to the HS Band for taking 1st hour today to help organize and rearrange the band room... all rehearsals will be indoors moving forward this school year! Thank you to the students, staff, and community for their patience as we made PPE and Ms. H figured out how to "do band" without playing instruments indoors for the past several weeks. Teamwork makes the dream work!
Pentwater Band 27th Annual Holiday Craft Fair is scheduled for Saturday, 12/5/2020 from 9am to 3pm, please see attached flyer for more details. Please also note that with guidance from our administration, a decision will be made by Friday, Nov. 20, as to whether or not this event can take place due to Covid-19.
Red Ribbon Week 2020 will be celebrated during the week of October 26-October 30). It will look a bit different this year but we still have some fun activities planned as we discuss the negative effects of drugs and alcohol! Monday, 10/26: Wear Red (wear as much red as possible) Tuesday, 10/27: "Follow Your Dreams, Don't Use Drugs" (wear pajamas) Thursday, 10/29: "Put A Cap On Drugs" (wear hats) Friday, 10/30: "Drugs Are Spooky!" (wear Halloween costumes) The elementary students will also be participating in a poster contest with the theme of "Make Healthy Choices!" and the voting will take place on Friday, 10/30.
REMINDER: Freshman: Class of 2024, don't forget that the class ring order deadline is Wednesday, 10/21. In order to receive the FREE custom hoodie or Adidas backpack, your order must be placed online at www.jostens.com or turned in to the school office. Please note that if you choose the "Buy In School" option online and place a $75 down payment, you'll need to turn in the order form and free gift flyer to the school office. Seniors - Class of 2021: Don't forget that the graduation order deadline is Wednesday, 10/21. In order to avoid potential late fees or delays in production with your order, please have your order submitted online at www.jostens.com or turned in to the school office by Wednesday. Please call Jostens at 616-330-2141 with any questions.
Good Afternoon Families and Friends, I want to remind everyone to continue using best practices to stay healthy and safe during this pandemic time. While we have not had any positive cases in our district this year, we have seen there have been some spike in cases in Oceana and neighboring counties. To quote the health department “Many of us are suffering from “COVID fatigue” and need some reminders to take the steps needed to keep COVID-19 under control until a vaccine is available.” We want to continue to encourage and remind families of the importance of screening your children for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to leaving for school and of keeping your kids home if they aren't feeling well. We continue to encourage our staff to honestly complete their daily symptom screenings and ensure this is being done. If we continue to work together and follow the safety protocols of self-screening, staying home if we are not feeling well, safe distancing, wearing our masks and washing/sanitizing our hands as often as possible, we will be able to keep our doors open and safe for face-to-face instruction to continue. Thank you for your time and help keeping our students, staff and school safe! Respectfully, Dr. Scott Karaptian
Hello Friends, I am sure that you have heard that there is a shortage of Guest/Substitute teachers in the area and across the state. This is more than a rumor and unfortunately it is the truth. We really could use some good people to help in the area of guest/substitute teaching. If you are interested in making $90 a day and have at least 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited college or have a current, expired or out of state teaching certificate, we sure could use your help in our district. If this is a journey you are interested and willing to take, please contact Mrs. Glover at 231-869-4100 or visit EduStaff’s website at edustaff.org to gather more information . Thank you!
Spectrum Enterprise's K-12/Higher Education “Stay Connected” programs Broadband connectivity and access to the technology and skills needed to use it have become even more critical as the country continues to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Spectrum's products and services are helping customers do their jobs, learn remotely, connect with medical professionals, access vital information, and keep in touch with family and friends. To help ease the strain for families and teachers who still lack broadband, Spectrum recently announced that they will again offer free internet service for 60 days beginning September 21, 2020. The offer includes free access to Spectrum Internet at speeds up to 200 Mbps in most markets, in-home Wi-Fi, and a self-installation kit for households with K-12 and/or college students or educators who do not already have a Spectrum Internet subscription for 60 days. Those interested in enrolling should call (844) 310-1198.
Dear Parents & Guardians, Dogs in schools have shown to improve overall climate, support student’s academic progress and meet individual student’s social and emotional needs through contact and jobs. Students learn how to treat animals, show affection and receive an unconditional affectionate response. I have been working on raising and training a dog to come to school to provide these opportunities. Theo is a mini-golden doodle, hypoallergenic and is about 8 ½ months old. Theo joined my family in March and we have been training together since day one and then began working with a private trainer in July. Theo passed the Canine Good Citizen test which is needed to become a therapy dog. We obtained board approval last spring. Procedures are in place; Theo must be on lead at all times, students must ask to pet and receive approval to do so, no more than 2 students are allowed to pet at one time and students engaging in jobs will need permission from their families . I will discuss Theo’s presence and purpose with each classroom prior to Theo coming to school and we will follow the Approach, Ask, Pet procedure. Initially, due to COVID and training, Theo will come to school for a few ½ days a week with minimal to no student contact. Students will get used to having Theo in the building and Theo will get used to having students in the building. Theo is very familiar with the building as he has been coming to school all summer long. Theo will be housed in my office where he has a kennel for breaks. Theo will be out in the hallway and around school with me when I am out and about. It is important for us to gather information regarding your child’s needs related to dogs. If your child has animal allergies I need to know, if your child has a fear of dogs I need to know. Please use this google form to report any information that we may need to have regarding your child and dogs. Link to google form (please copy and paste into your browser, an email with the link was also sent to parent/guardian emails: https://forms.gle/KeqNaKjPG19A9ifU8 Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Lisa Wagner
The JH and varsity volleyball game scheduled for Monday, 10/12, versus Baldwin has been canceled. Thank you!
A winter basketball athlete/parent/coach meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 10/13/2020, at 6pm. Any students in grades 6th-12th who will be participating in junior high or high school basketball should plan on attending. Girls will be meeting in the small gymnasium with boys meeting in the large gymnasium! If you cannot make the meeting, please contact Ralph Baker, AD. We hope to see you there, Go Falcons!
Please see the attached link to the Parent Update for the Week of October 5! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_iMoD2ZSGX-1qUXa63Gs4H_emaEfZk31rQySb95gIrw/edit?usp=sharing
For those families who ordered school photos online through Geskus Photography, Inc., your students' photos will be sent to the school to be distributed, there was a glitch in their system and they were not in the first batch of photos. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Congratulations to Alexis Settler who finished in 3rd place at the Equestrian Meet this weekend. Alexis and her horses, Angel and Milo, won in many classes. Alexis was also recognized for designing the 2020 Regional Championship T-shirt, which will be used across the state of Michigan as the Regional competitions start!
The bands had a boomwhacker of a good time on Friday, October 2nd, 2020! We started our morning outside with the HS Band and caught this beautiful double rainbow (and later it became a triple rainbow!) and then we headed inside when it began to rain to play some boomwhackers. For many of the students, this was a first! Check out this video of the JH Band playing Imperial March: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFz-C8nv0Ug&feature=youtu.be
September 28, 2020 Dear family and friends, I would like all of you to know that the school board and administration does and has heard the concerns of many families, students and staff regarding the difficulties of the current Blended/Hybrid learning platform. As I still believe that this was the safest way to open the school with so many unknowns in opening schools during a pandemic, it is also important to hear from our educational community that there were many educational, emotional and social concerns that could not be addressed adequately in the blended/hybrid format. It is also important to know that there is NO perfect way to run school during this pandemic that is going to work for everyone but we are trying to meet the needs of as many students as we can. Below is the data information from the Learning Environment Survey that was released Friday afternoon to gather opinions on whether or not people felt that the current Blended/Hybrid learning format was supported and whether or not there would be any support to move toward All student meeting 4 days face-to-face with a full remote option for those who did not feel comfortable with the all face to face option. See data information below: The first question asked if families were in support of the current Blended/Hybrid model, whether people felt that it was working; working but could be better; or, not working at all. There were 162 respondents and 54/162 felt it is not working at all. 77/162 felt it was working but could be better and 31/162 felt that it was working well. The second question asked how much support there was for keeping the current Blended/Hybrid model or trying something completely different. 84/162 respondents would like to try something completely different while 78/16 were in favor of keeping what we have and try to make it better. The third question asked the amount of support there would be if Pentwater chose to move to have ALL students meet four (4) days face-to-face and one (1) day where everyone is full remote. 131/162 are in favor of this move while 31/162 are not. The final question of the survey asked families how they would choose to have their students participate, either in the ALL four (4) days face-to-face and one (1) day full remote option or have their student(s) participate in the all full-remote option. 144/162 families stated that they would have their students participate in the ALL four (4) days face-to-face and one (1) all remote day, while 18/162 stated that they would have their students participate in the full remote option. With the knowledge of the above information, the district will be moving toward an ALL student, four (4) days face-to-face and one day full remote learning format beginning Monday, October 5, 2020. We will continue with our current schedule with students meeting face-to-face on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with Wednesday being a full remote day for all students. On Wednesdays, teachers will make contact with students who are on the everyday full remote schedule, being available for questions for all students, as well as using this time to plan, upload video supports and information into Google Classroom. We will also use Wednesday as a cleaning & disinfecting day while having the building student free for at least 24 hours. If your students are not currently participating in the full-remote learning option and with this new change you would like them to be full-remote, please email Mrs. Lisa Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org to make this request. The same is true if your student(s) are currently full remote and you would like them to return to the all four (4) days face-to-face option, please email Mrs. Wagner. With this being said it is important to remember to self-check your students every morning before sending them to school, if they are not feeling well, please keep them home! We will not be changing the times that the school doors open, currently 7:45 am. Please do not drop your students off early as they will have nowhere to go and we want to eliminate the potential of gathering and not following safe distancing protocols. Elementary students will still be entering from their exterior classroom doors. I want to thank all of you for taking the time to respond to the survey and I also want to thank all of you for your continued patience and support as we continue to work through these times together as a Village, Community and Family! Respectfully, Dr. Scott Karaptian
September 25, 2020 Dear Family and Friends, As we finish our third week of school in the Hybrid Learning platform, I think that we can all agree that there have been many challenges. When this plan was approved by the Board of Education in August, the COVID-19 cases were still pretty hot in our area and even though it has gone down quite a bit, this pandemic still exists and we need to continue to monitor cases and the safety and well-being of students, staff and community. With this being said, the original goal was to re-evaluate the current Return to School Plan at the end of the first marking period on November 6, 2020, to determine whether we continue with this plan, return to full day face-to-face instruction or go to a 100% remote format. On August 20, 2020, the Governor issued an order that all schools must submit an Extended Covid Learning Plan (ECOL) that requires all school boards to evaluate a school's Return to School Plan every 30 days. Pentwater Public Schools ECOL plan was submitted after our September 21, 2020, school board meeting and will be evaluated within the next 30 days to determine our Plan’s instructional delivery moving forward. To help guide our decisions, we would like to gather information from all of you by having you complete this very short survey (https://forms.gle/oUePhQBkVWVi3b3v9). The information gathered in this survey is very important and we ask everyone to please fill out and submit this survey to have your opinions and thoughts heard to help determine Pentwater’s instructional delivery method. The time is of the essence and we ask everyone to have the survey completed by Tuesday, September 29, 2020. We do hear and respect everyone’s opinions and concerns and we thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work together to figure out how education can be done as safely as possible in Pentwater, while in a pandemic situation. Respectfully, Dr. Scott Karaptian
The sky's the limit with who we are able to welcome into our classrooms now that we are becoming so savvy with Google Meet! On Friday, September 25th, 2020, the HS Band welcomed Dr. Jordan VanHemert to speak about the transition from Swing to Bebop in Jazz back in the mid-twentieth century and how social movements and Jim Crow Laws propelled the genre forward. Dr. VanHemert is a professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Hope College and joined us from Holland, MI. Students in-person and remotely were able to connect with him simultaneously as a result of our use of the Google Meet platform. As we continue the balancing act of supporting in-person and remote learners, and our inability to play our instruments safely indoors, the HS Band will have several opportunities to meet with music professionals in the field as we discuss how music relates to social movements throughout our global history. Thank you, Dr. VanHemert!
Pentwater Public Schools is looking for a full-time custodian. If you are interested or know of anyone that would be interested, please contact the school office. Thank you!
On Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020, several members of the 6th Grade Band came together for our first Virtual Full Band rehearsal! Every Wednesday, 6th graders are invited to join our virtual rehearsal and make music with their classmates remotely. The creativity and positivity of our students, staff, and community is so evident in moments like these. Go falcons! For more information regarding what's happening in music/band, please check out Ms. H's teacher page through the school website (https://www.pentwaterschools.net/teacher_pages#/teachers/27534/bio), ask students about their Google Classroom, and/or contact Ms. H directly
Good Evening Pentwater Family, please check out the link below for a video update from Dr. Karaptian. https://youtu.be/Sj5JvKojkkw
Here are a few area locations where students can access free wifi for remote learning if needed, thank you to these organizations for allowing our families to use your services: Pentwater Centenary United Methodist Church May access from car on Hancock St UN: Centenary PW: Umc82Pent Pentwater Public Library UN: PW: PentwaterLibrary Up North Market May access from car in parking lot UN: Guest PW: None
Pentwater Public Schools needs you! EDUSfaff is an educational staffing company that specializes in training and providing quality substitute teachers (or guest teachers), substitute paraprofessionals, and other employee types for Pentwater Public Schools. Founded in 2010, EDUStaff has quickly become known in our educational community for providing outstanding customer service to their partnering districts, external employees and guest teachers! Log on to www.EDUStaff.org to apply or you may contact customer support at 877-974-6338.
Dear Family and Friends, As you may have heard, the State has continued on with the summer meal program that allows all students to receive free meals (breakfast and lunch) to include students in a remote setting, at least until the end of the 2020 year. With the above being said, if you would like your Blended/Hybrid/Remote student(s) to have breakfast and lunch provided for them, please note these distribution times: Group A students may pick up their meals at the end of the day on Tuesdays (2:45 p.m.) from the cafeteria before they leave for the day; Group B students may pick up their meals on Fridays at the end of the day, also at 2:45 p.m.. If your student(s) is participating in the Full-remote platform, they may pick up all of their meals for the week on Monday mornings from 8:00-10:30 a.m. at the back (north) side of the school building. Parents of younger students (or any student for that matter), who might be a bit small to carry several days worth of meals on their own, regardless of what group they are in, you may also pick up meals on Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. in the back (north) side of the building. We also want to remind everyone that our Return To School tab in our website and in our Pentwater App is now active with all of the necessary information, ranging from materials from the Health Department to How to Access Google Classroom and so much more. Please go to the Pentwater website at www.pentwaterschools.net and click on the Menu pull down screen, once you do this look for the yellow Return To School button at the top right hand side of the screen. Thank you very much for your understanding and continued cooperation as we figure this whole new world together. Respectfully, Dr. Scott Karaptian
Band masks are being made! On Saturday, September 12th, 2020, Ms. H and several volunteers at Sew Let's Be Quilty in downtown Pentwater started the first batch of practice masks for our band students. We will have masks and bell covers for rehearsals and then another set for concerts - this makes it safe for us to play our instruments inside! We're so fortunate to have such an awesome community. Thank you Amy Shotwell for opening up your shop to us and helping our students make music this year!
All Star Driver Education is, once again, offering classes beginning in September for both Segment I and Segment II. The link to register and to see dates/times and pricing can be found at https://allstardrivereducation.netdrivered.com/main/location/PentwaterHighSchool (either click on the link or copy paste in your browser) Thank you!
A friendly reminder that the U.S. Dept of Agriculture (USDA) announced it has agreed to extend the federal waiver for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO). This extension allows any and ALL children to receive meals from schools and community sites operating SFSP and SSO at no cost, whether learning remotely or face-to-face. We encourage all families to complete and submit a Free & Reduced Meal Application, this helps cover state reimbursements for the meals. The application can be downloaded from our website, completed and turned or you may apply online through our website. Please note that the tentative daily food menus have been added to our website. Our head cook and staff, Paul Skupien and Michelle Parnell, are excited to bring these delicious menus to your students. Being able to have a healthy nutritious meal is incredibly important and we are thankful for the work that Chartwells is doing for our students.
Picture day is next week! Pictures will take place in the small gym/cafeteria. Group A - Tuesday, 9/15/2020 Group B - Friday, 9/18/2020 100% Remote - Please choose either 9/15 or 9/18 for your picture day and be at the school between the hours of 10:30am and 1pm. You will need to enter the school through the back entrance by the library/small gym! The online link for ordering is https://prepay.geskusphoto.com/?A=4679 (copy and paste in browser)
Dear Families and Friends, We have some great news, earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it has agreed to extend the federal waiver for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO). The waiver was set to expire, and this extension goes through the end of 2020 or until federal funds run out. Specifically, this extension will allow any and ALL children to receive meals from schools and community sites operating SFSP and SSO at no cost, whether learning remotely or face-to-face. We still encourage all families to fill out and submit Free & Reduced meal applications, this helps cover state reimbursements for the meals. I ask that you complete the following survey (https://forms.gle/87Yk3L4uT8hTHfeH9) regarding your students and meals that you would be participating or needing. Students participating in the Blended/Hybrid method may also pick up meals for their remote learning days, prior to leaving for the day (either Tuesday for Group A and Friday for Group B). Also students participating in the full remote method may pick up a weeks worth of meals. Chartwells will be getting us more information soon, but we will first need to get accurate counts. Thank you for helping us get an accurate count of necessary meals daily and weekly! Respectfully, Dr. Scott Karaptian
Just a quick reminder for all students prior to returning to school next Tuesday. Please do a quick once over your house, to include under beds, to seek any books or materials that need to be returned from the end of the last school year. If you find anything, please bring them in and return them Tuesday. See you soon!
There will be an additional Chromebook pickup today from 10am-1pm. Please come to the back of the school to pick up student devices for grades 2-12.
Please check out the video below from Dr. Scott Karaptian. https://photos.app.goo.gl/qzU6GzCgkzwBCNax9
Attached is our August 2020 newsletter. Please note that our district calendar on Page 4 is tentative and may undergo changes due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The first week of school was updated after the newsletter went to print. As noted in earlier communication, we have altered our first week of school to the following schedule : Tuesday, 9/8: Group A (7:50am-11:30am Dismissal) Wednesday, 9/9: Group A (7:50am - 11:30am Dismissal/Tech Prep begins in PM) Thursday, 9/10: Group B (7:50am - 11:30am Dismissal/Tech Prep in PM) Friday, 9/11: Group B (7:50am - 11:30am Dismissal/Tech Prep in PM) We will update families as soon as any changes have been made to the district calendar. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Technology Device Pick-Up (Grades KG and 1st) We have ordered devices for all kindergarten and first grade students and we were hoping that they would be in by the start of the school year, unfortunately, that is not the case. We are anticipating that the devices will be in and available for pick-up by the end of the second week of school. Once the devices arrive, Mr. Rossiter will need to set them all up before they can be distributed. In the meantime, the students who are in the A and B groups will receive traditional work while in class and the remote students will receive packets for the first two weeks of school. We will be notifying everyone when the devices are in. The A and B groups will get their devices in class and we will contact the remote learner families when the devices are ready for pick up. Device pick-up for grades 2nd-12th grades is scheduled for Wednesday, 9/2/2020, from 9am - 3pm in the school library
Pentwater Public Schools' first week of school schedule is as follows: Tuesday, 9/8: (Group A) 7:50am - 11:30am Dismissal Wednesday, 9/9: (Group A) 7:50am - 11:30am Dismissal (Tech Prep for both Group A and B - bus departs at 11:45am) Thursday, 9/10: (Group B) 7:50am - 11:30am Dismissal (Tech Prep for both Group A and B - bus departs at 11:45am) Friday, 9/11: (Group B) 7:50am - 11:30am Dismissal (Tech Prep for both Group A and B - bus departs at 11:45am) Monday, 9/14/2020, we will begin our regular schedule (Mondays and Tuesdays - Group A and Thursdays and Fridays - Group B) If you have any questions, please contact the school, let's have a great year!
Pentwater Parents, Families and Community Members, please read the Covid Reopening Letter drafted by Dr. Scott Karaptian below. I am also attaching a link for the .pdf version to be accessed. Thank you! https://5il.co/k7v2
Please review the attached letter from Dr. Karaptian requesting your assistance in completing a Return to School Survey for the upcoming 2020/2021 school year. The link is https://forms.gle/w4wgJqq85CZiiDAd9 (please copy and paste in your browser) Thank you!
The Pentwater Historical Society is in need of some volunteers to help carry and move items to prepare for their Garage Sale Fundraiser on Friday at 9:00 am. Please call Deb Deward for more info 869-2230 or 748-9934.
Parents, Guardians, Students, and Community Members, Please click the images below detailing our return to school plan. Also, please find the link below to view the PDF version of this letter. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WZSXqPxDAbFnAn5g95OnuJluVupi4-bv/view?usp=sharing
It's been awhile since we've been able to share some music with the community... but on Friday, August 7th, 2020 our very own Johnathon VanDuinen jammed out on guitar at a fundraiser for our music department with gigging musicians Clif Metcalf and Jake Metcalf! It was a fun evening for all and was so nice to get out and (safely) make some music!
Attention Parents and Student Athletes. If you are interested in playing a Fall sport, we will be having a parent/player/coach meeting on August 5th at 6:30pm. We will be meeting outside on the softball field, so please bring a chair and most importantly a face mask. This meeting is for any student 6th-12th grade who is interested in playing a Fall sport. Thanks! Go Falcons!
Please review the attached letter from Assistant Principal Wagner and Superintendent Karaptian asking for input on a Back to School Survey. If you would like to complete a paper survey, please email Lisa Wagner at email@example.com The link to the survey (please copy and paste into your browser): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe2HhZWFdiaEY-bOztls6GaVQy2SE3RpuLeFfsWK-RRGMci2w/viewform If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office at 231-869-4100
Children need healthy meals to learn. Pentwater Public Schools offers healthy meals every school day. Please take a moment to review the attached frequently asked questions document regarding food service and income eligibility guidelines for the upcoming 2020/2021 school year. You will receive a paper application in the mail in August but you can get a head start and do an online application today. Please visit our website at www.pentwaterschools.net and look under Food Service/LunchApp and apply or you may download the 2020/2021 Food Service Application from the website and return it to the school for processing. We encourage all to apply; in fact, if your family does qualify, the district may benefit from the increase in percentage of qualified students. Some of our revenue is based on the percentage of free and reduced students in our district. If you are eligible, we would like to report the actual percentage; the information is always confidential but your student can carry their own lunches if they prefer and still help the district.
The MDE Office of Special Education is excited to share information with you regarding a webinar series opportunity, "Strategies for Supporting Your Child's Learning At Home". This is a 3-part webinar series about planning for your child's transition back to school and learning what you can do to support learning in your home
Good Morning Pentwater Family! Please see the attached photos detailing our Return to School plan for the Fall. If you would like to view the PDF version to review the document and to be able to access the links, please click here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BfAkoslhvUX2oajcMaaRS4_Pi2u_2x27/view?usp=sharing
Please click the link below to view the slideshow created by Shelly Hugo for the graduating class of 2020. Thanks Shelly and congratulations graduates! https://youtu.be/OmjiRcDx4Pg
Reminder that the Class of 2020 graduation ceremony will take place at the Village Green on Thursday, 7/9/2020, at 7pm. A friendly reminder to bring a lawn chair as well as a face mask to attend the ceremony. If you cannot make it to the Village Green but would like to view the ceremony, you can livestream through the village webcam, go to www.pentwatervillage.org
Love, Inc of Oceana County is partnering with Pentwater Baptist Church to distribute activity kits for kids for Pentwater students. Distribution will take place every Thursday beginning July 16 for four weeks. Distribution times will be from 10am - 11:30am at the Baptist Church in Pentwater. These are fun activity kits along with encouragement cards and numbers for CMH and Love, Inc. in the event they need to talk with someone and process everything that is happening in our communities during this pandemic!
Conditioning for cross country started last night! It felt so great to be doing some team activities again. We had a great run at the Hart trail! Anyone is welcome to join. Contact Coach Fatura at (231) 852-0183 with any questions or for a schedule and information regarding the guidelines we need to follow.
Our graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 will take place on Thursday, July 9, 2020, at 7pm in the Village Green park in downtown Pentwater. We ask that those in attendance bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on as well as face masks/coverings to protect all in attendance. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the school gymnasium, however, admission will be limited to two (2) guests per graduate. We are looking into live streaming possibilities (with a possible fee) to allow those who are unable to attend in person to witness this joyous occasion! If we are forced to have the ceremony in the school building, it will still be at 7pm. We are hoping that it will be a gorgeous day so that we can celebrate in the Village Green!
ATTENTION: Below is the link to the State of Michigan "Meet Up & Eat Up" map for summer food program sites. https://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/schoolnutrition/
Good morning, If your student/s still have textbooks or other classroom items that need to be returned, you may drop off in our front foyer from 8am-4pm Monday-Friday. There is a drop box in our foyer for books to be returned; if they cannot fit, please stack on the top of the box. PLEASE NOTE: Do not leave chromebooks in the foyer, make sure there is someone in the building to check the computer in. You may call the office if you have any questions at 869-4100 ex. 210. Thank you and have a great summer!
Dear Families and Friends, Next week on Thursday, June 4, 2020, we will be collecting all Chromebooks and text/library books at the back of the school building where the buses load/drop off students. We will be collecting from 10am - 11:30am. Please enter the drive from the East Hanover Street entrance and drive up to the back door to drop off any items you may need to return to the school. You will then be able to drive by the front of the school building (parade style) for you and your students to wave and say goodbye to teachers and wish each other a great summer break! We thank all of you for your cooperation, patience and continued support throughout this mandated school closure period. I will do my best to keep all of you informed throughout the summer with fall school plans! Thank you again and have a safe and happy summer! Dr. Scott Karaptian
Emme Tarnowski, daughter of Sarah Tarnowski and Nate Tarnowski, is our final Pentwater 2020 graduate that we are honoring today! Emme plans on attending West Shore Community College to earn an Associates degree in welding and a possible Associates degree in Mechatronics with a future career goal of entering fabrication or building construction. Emme, follow your dreams, we are incredibly proud of you! Congratulations to all of our Pentwater 2020 graduates!
Mercedy Sayles, daughter of Melanie Sayles and the Late John Sayles, plans on attending West Shore Community College in the Agriculture Operations program. Some day, Mercedy hopes to have a lamb farm! Follow your dreams, Mercedy, we are so incredibly proud of you! Your dad would be incredibly proud of what you have accomplished, go girl!
The Pentwater Public Schools' Board of Education approved participation in the 2020/2021 Schools of Choice 105/105c programs. The application can be found on our website under Students/Parents/Perspective Families/Registration Forms. If you need assistance or can't find the form, please contact the school office at 231-869-4100 ex. 210.
The proposed plan for our 2020 graduation ceremony will be: Thursday, July 9, 2020, at 7:00pm at the "Village Green", which, of course, will be COVID-19 and weather dependent. If the weather does not permit an outdoor graduation ceremony, we will have the school gymnasium as a rain site. If the COVID restrictions do not allow us to have a ceremony with a large gathering, we will have the ceremony in the school gymnasium with crowd restrictions with each graduate permitted two (2) guests with live streaming being available for others. We would provide and arrange for safe distancing and safety measures for the ceremony for our students, board and staff. Thank you!
Gannon McDonough, son of Kirstin and Jeff McDonough, is Pentwater 2020 honor graduate! Gannon plans on attending Calvin University in the fall to study business. Gannon hopes to get a major in Business and later help his father run the family business! Yummmyy!! He will also continue his golf career at Calvin University. Go get 'em, Gannon, we are proud of you!
Our last student learning packet distribution date will be Tuesday, May 26, 2020, from 9am-12pm and 1pm-3pm! Thank you!
Mitchael Kenney, son of Wendy and Mike Kenney, is a Pentwater 2020 graduate! Mitchael plans to continue with ASM Tech at West Shore Community College next year to finish his Associates degree in Applied Arts and Science. Upon completion, Mitchael plans to transfer to a university to pursue a degree in engineering. Good job, Mitchael, and keep up the good work, we are proud of you!
Message to Students/Parents Needing Work Permits: We received clarification that work permits do not need to be done in person but can be done via email, mail or by fax. Please email or call the school office to have a permit sent to be completed by their employer. Any questions, please contact the school office.
Parents of Seniors: We are loving the pictures of your seniors with his/her banner downtown! Please email pictures to Mrs. Gallie for the yearbook. Her email address is agallie @ pentwater.k12.mi.us
Pentwater Public Schools is excited to announce that the Village of Pentwater is hanging our Pentwater High School senior graduate banners on lamp posts throughout the village. Pentwater Schools thanks Sarah Merten, Shelly Hugo, Bethany Bringedahl, Mike Russell, Athletic Trainer Dan Selahowski, DreamWeaver of Ludington and the Village of Pentwater for helping to make this happen! We are incredibly proud of our Falcon Seniors!
Janie Hasil, 3rd grade student, completed her animal sea creature project in Mrs. Macher's class. The students researched about their sea creature and provided a report on what they learned. Janie chose to submit a video report of her angler fish! Good job, Janie! Please feel free to share photos of your student/s learning in new ways at home, you can message them to our facebook account
Please take a look at the attached images regarding information on the Bridge Card/Double Up Food Bucks program. The Double Up Food Bucks program will match Bridge Card sales up to $20 a day a family shops at participating farmers markets in FREE Michigan Fruits and vegetables. For Double Up Food Bucks Markets www.westmichiganfarmmarkets.org .
Northwest Michigan Health Services Announces New Shelby Drive-Up COVID Testing Site Testing Details: - Monday thru Thursday 10am to 4pm, by appointment only (Northwest Michigan Health Services, 119 S. State St., Shelby, MI 49455 - across from Lakeshore Hospital) COVID Testing Appointment Hotline: 231-642-5292 To learn more about how community health centers in Michigan are responding to COVID-19, please visit https://bit.ly/CHCResponse
Terra Cluchey, daughter of Wendy and Tim Cluchey, is a Pentwater Class of 2020 honors graduate! Terra will be completing a two year cosmetology apprenticeship program through Gayle's Salon and Spa! Upon completion of the program, Terra will be able to take and pass the state licensing exam for cosmetology! Way to go, Terra!
Mackenzie Breitner, daughter of Mary Ann and Chris Bush, and Jeremy Breitner, is a Pentwater Class of 2020 honor student who will be attending Alma College in the fall to study neuroscience in order to pursue her dream of becoming a trauma surgeon. Mackenzie will also be a member of the Alma Scots' Varsity Golf team as well as in their choir. Well done, Mackenzie!
Pentwater Public Schools is proud of our Class of 2020 and we will be highlighting each graduate during the next month! Jaxon Anderson, son of Cathy and Kevin Anderson, is an honor graduate and plans to attend West Shore Community College over the next year or so. Jaxon would like to do some undetermined traveling and then attend a larger university for poetical or musical studies.
The Pentwater PTCO would like to support students with their reading during their homeschooling time. The Pentwater PTCO has partnered with Hansen Foods to offer 1 FREE Donut to each Pentwater elementary student for meeting their reading goal. Reading goals will be decided by parents. When a student achieves the goal, parents may request the coupon at Pentwater packet pick-up on Mondays through May. Bring the donut certificate to Hansen Foods to redeem 1 FREE Donut per child. Donut Reading Certificates Expire May 31, 2020!
BAND SENIOR SPOTLIGHT! Mercedy Sayles Instrument: Bass Clarinet Favorite Band Piece: My favorite piece from band would have to be Nevermore, by Brian Balmages. It was a really fun piece to play and I loved how much the low voices would get to come out. Best Band Memory: My favorite part of band was always getting ready for a concert because behind the scenes we would all be like mentally preparing ourselves for what we were about to do. Why Music is Important: Music is important to me because it lets you let your emotions go and have fun times or serious times no matter how stressful everything around you is. Plans for the Fall: My plan for next fall is to go to West Shore Community College to go into Agriculture Operations.
BAND SENIOR SPOTLIGHT! Terra Cluchey Instrument: Saxophone Favorite Band Piece: My favorite band piece was Jungle Dance, by Brian Balmages because it was just challenging enough for me that I always learned something new each time I played it. It also made me want to dance! Best Band Memory: My favorite band memory was getting a one at band festival this year. I just had such a blast playing music with my fellow seniors! Why Music is Important: Music has always been something very special to me. My father taught me to play the guitar and sing at a very young age, but band gave me the opportunity to find my true love, the Saxophone! Plans for the Fall: I’m going to be continuing my apprenticeship at Gayle’s Salon and Spa to obtain a license in cosmetology!
Earth day 2020 is this Wednesday, April 22nd! On behalf of the Pentwater Green Schools Club, here are several activity ideas to help celebrate! Please share out what you did! Happy Earth Day! 🌏 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-Vg5l52Ofufu63dfElhutZboSotQpcHXmmCrk8CgFyU
BAND SENIOR SPOTLIGHT! Makaylah Cornelisse Instrument: Clarinet Favorite Band Piece: My favorite piece that we played is one hundred percent Nevermore, by Brian Balmages. It was an intense and fun piece and the audience and the band both loved it. Best Memory from Band: My best memory of band is when the band was making hand puppets in the projector light while we were waiting for our district rating. Why Music is Important: It’s a good way to express feelings and it helps our ability to not only express how we’re feeling but the emotion that the piece we’re playing depicts. Plans for the Fall: This fall, I am going to attend Grand Valley State University. I will be majoring in photography and going for my Bachelor’s of Arts degree.
Hey all you Pentwater students and families! I know that over the past several weeks, my days have been filled with the sounds of different playlists that Spotify generates for me based on my current listening interests - as I’m sure your days have, too! In times of uncertainty, happiness, relaxation, honestly… you name an emotion… my playlist finds a way to shape the experience that I’m having. Students of all ages, moms, dads, siblings, friends, cats, dogs, and most importantly, music makers, I challenge you to email me an image of one of the following and I will create a new post next week with your Songs/Albums of Quarantine 2020 (school appropriate of course!!!), no explanation needed: -Your top/favorite song/album right at this moment. -Your top/favorite songs/albums in a collage (I’d try to keep it to 5 images… but you’ll see that I chose 6, I just couldn’t limit it anymore!) The arts have a way of finding us all during extraordinary times and tend to shape our experiences for the better. Let’s share with each other our top song(s)/album(s) of Quarantine 2020 by sending images to me! Here’s mine! Please send images to hhunsberger @ pentwater. k12. mi. us Happy Listening, Ms. H
Pentwater Parents, please visit our school website. Located under the "District Information" tab you will find "Pentwater Continuity of Learning Plan." This link will take you to a website where all teachers have a page where you can find homework, email teachers, and get info during this unforeseen times.
Wednesday, 4/8, the Pentwater Community Food Pantry will be dispersing food from 9-10:30am. This is a regular pantry day so anyone is eligible to come.
SAFETY ALERT: Governor Whitmer Executive Order 2020-2021 At this time, we are closing our playground as we cannot keep the equipment sanitized and we cannot assure that proper social distancing is adhered to when using our playground equipment. Thank you for your understanding as we all work to keep everyone safe! Please stay home and playing on the school property is not advised at this time. Help us decrease the spread of COVID-19 by playing at home.
Here are some great science ideas for all of the different science disciplines! 🧬🧫🧪 https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/84-easy-science-lessons-you-can-do-at-home
Check out this great article about the 77 schools in Michigan with a 98% or higher graduation rate in 2019. Take a look at #23! https://www.mlive.com/public-interest/2020/03/the-77-michigan-public-high-schools-with-a-2019-graduation-rate-of-98-or-more.html
Good evening everyone. Dr. Scott Karaptian has recorded a video update for everyone to view regarding the Covid-19 Virus and Pentwater Public Schools. Please click the link below to view the video announcement. https://youtu.be/ICWRnUrS3tQ
Hello Parents/Guardians, Here are a few educational websites you can share with your children: Starfall.com pbskids.org gonoodle.com abcya.com growingbookbybook.com storylineonline.net For some active fun, your children could create a scavenger hunt or treasure map for each other. Here are a couple scavenger hunts to get them started:
Hello Pentwater Families, I hope you are all doing well. I also hope you are all enjoying this extra time together. One wonderful way to spend quality time together is to have your children read with you. Here are some questions you can ask your children as they read, to help them really think about the details in their stories:
As parents we know that trying to find reputable resources to keep your students educationally engaged can be difficult. I want to be able to help with this task as much as I can so here are some recommendations that I hope you find useful: - KhanAcademy’s (Khanacademy.org) free recommended home study schedule - Code.org’s recommended activities - Help for parents: www.SchoolClosures.org - Help for educators: www.LearningKeepsGoing.org One resource that I forgot to post yesterday is that the Pentwater Police offered to help anyone that may need some help picking up food for your students or if your students are home alone and if you wanted them to stop in to check up on them, they would be willing to do so. This is an amazing and helpful offer from our local Police Department, thank you Chief Hartrum! As always I will try to keep everyone posted as much as I can and I will continue to post possible resources that may help during this closure. Respectfully, Dr. Karaptian
Information regarding WSCC and Dual Enrollment: This information applies to all Pentwater Students enrolled in a dual enrollment class this semester. West Shore Community College is cancelling classes for Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17, and then moving most face-to-face classes to an online format beginning Wednesday, March 18. This move is anticipated to last until the end of the winter semester, but is subject to change as the spread of the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, evolves. The entire college campus, including the Recreation Center and Ice Arena, will be closed to the public on Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17, to provide faculty and staff the opportunity to prepare for course content to be online. The Board of Trustees meeting, on Monday evening, will be held as scheduled and is open to the public. “The health and safety of our campus community, along with our surrounding communities is our highest priority,” said WSCC President Scott Ward. “There are many unknowns as this public health issue continues, and it has presented us with many challenges. We are doing all we can to continue offering our services and fulfill our primary mission of providing students the education they need.” Ward said the College is taking these steps after speaking with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state authorities, who offered guidelines to higher education leaders following Tuesday’s declaration of a state of emergency. Effective Monday, March 16, most WSCC sponsored and/or community events will be canceled or postponed. Unless otherwise specified, after March 17, the campus will remain open for staff, and business operations will continue with appropriate measures in place to protect the health of college employees. There may be limited services in some of the college’s departments. A leadership team is collaborating daily, focusing on preparedness and response, following guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as state and local public health authorities. For the latest information, follow this CDC link. The college will provide updates on a WSCC website link –– www.westshore.edu/coronavirus that is updated as information becomes available.
Food Service - Breakfast and Lunch: The Ludington Area School District will be graciously providing breakfast and lunch options to their students as well as ours in an effort to assist families during this difficult time. The Ludington Area School District has established locations throughout the community where their transportation and food service employees. Each day, starting on Monday, March 16, 2020, their District will provide both a grab and go style lunch and breakfast to cover the following morning for students. This will be offered through Friday, April 3, 2020. These meals will include all of the requirements of a reimbursable meal, just as students receive each day while at school. We hope that this program will assist families in our school community and we thank the Ludington Area Schools for allowing us to participate! Also please know that the locations and times are subject to change if they find that the needs of the community are not met by this schedule. The schedule for the food service hub location for our area will be: Pentwater Days Inn: 7576 S Pere Marquette Hwy 11:00 am - 11:30 am
ANNOUNCEMENT: The school board meeting scheduled for Monday, 3/16/2020, at 7pm, has been canceled. A reschedule date has not yet been established, thank you for your cooperation
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: "BREAKING: All MHSAA winter tournaments are suspended, effective immediately and indefinitely, due to concerns related to COVID-19. This is a pause in the postseason; updates and press release to follow." The boys district basketball game on Friday, 3/13/2020, has been canceled. MHSAA will be reviewing and providing an update on Monday, 3/16/2020, as to reschedule dates/times.
The 22nd Regional High School ART Competition Awards event this Sunday, March 15th, 2020 at WSCC has been CANCELLED. In the coming days winners will be announced and the award certificates distributed in the coming weeks.
PUBLIC RELEASE: The boys basketball district finals will be played at Marion on Friday, 3/13/2020, however, due to the COVID-19 virus, the MHSAA has restricted attendance at this event limited to parent/s, guardian/s and other essential administrative personnel only, no siblings. Below is an excerpt from an email from the MHSAA to all school districts: "Boys Basketball District Finals Rounds: All scheduled for March 13. Attendance: Limited to parents, legal guardians and essential administrators. Broadcast: Live streaming of some games, with subscription, on MHSAA.tv Bands, cheerleaders and gatherings in parking lots or elsewhere on-site will not be allowed. Restrictions on noisemakers, etc., will continue to be upheld for those fans who will attend. For those allowed to be present, there will be no attendance charged at any of these five events. Online ticket sales have been stopped, and all tickets that have been purchased are voided and will be fully refunded." We thank you for your cooperation and, Go, Falcons, we will be with you in spirit!
Congratulations to Lauren Macher in 1st grade and Joshua Johnson in Kindergarten! Their artwork was selected for the 2020 Michigan Art Education Association Elementary Level Statewide Art Show! Their work will be on display at the Midland Doan History Center May 4th - 22nd with a hands-on workshop and awards ceremony on Saturday, May 16th.
We are reaching out because you have likely been hearing concerning reports in the news regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Pentwater Public Schools and the West Shore Educational Service District (WSESD) is in close communication with the District Health Department #10, and will continue to follow their guidance and recommendations regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, there are no confirmed or suspected cases in Michigan, and the risk for COVID-19 remains low for our area.
Congratulations to the JH Band on a very successful performance at District Band Festival on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020! This was the first time in several years that the JH has participated in this event, and they received a very high I, which is defined as "Superior" by the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA). The Pentwater Band Program's future is very bright with hardworking, talented students coming up! Thank you to the Pentwater Police and Fire Department for giving us an escort on the way back to school. Bravo JH Band!
Blood Drive - March 5, 2020 - 10:45 AM - 03:30 PM - School Library Consider donating Blood to save the lives of up to 3 people! Follow the link to make an appointment. https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time
Students in Mrs. Fatura’s STEM class had the opportunity to learn more about aerospace engineering from Ali Nasseri through the Skype a Scientist program. He shared many interesting stories about his work with Artificial intelligence, drones and space policy. It was a fantastic experience for the students to learn more about career options and aerospace. More about Ali can be found at site.nasseri.ca.
On Friday, February 28, 2020, the 5th Grade Band got to see the arts in action! Each student got to see and hear not only the instruments they play in band every week, but a full orchestra at the Grand Rapids Symphony's 5th Grade Concert Series. We've got many inspired young musicians - maybe they'll be on that stage in twenty years!
West Shore Community College Campus Activities Board would like to invite you to their Family Fun Night, on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Recreation Center from 6:00–8:00 pm. There will be party games, face painting, prizes, inflatables games, swimming and pizza and other treats!
The Pentwater Club Fishing Team needs your help! We are in need of working fishing boats, motorized or row, and adults to help out too! Each fishing team consists of two students and one adult captain/coach. Multiple teams are encouraged per school, so the more the merrier! Anyone who would like to donate their time as a captain/coach, we would love to share this experience with you! We are also asking for donations to help out along the way. If you would like more information or would like to donate, please contact the school or Mr. Mike Phillips. Thank you so much!
Good Morning everyone, Tomorrow’s (2/24) jv girls basketball game has been canceled. The girls varsity basketball game will now start at 6pm. Thank you.
Pentwater Elementary Book Swap, February 28 Students can bring 1-3 books to swap for a new, gently used book. Books will be accepted until February 27. The book swap will take place on Friday, February 28, in Mrs. Voss’ classroom, room 101, during the school day. When choosing books to bring from home, please remember: Bring books that others would enjoy reading Books should be age appropriate Books should be in good condition
West Michigan Student Showcase 2020 will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, and Thursday, March 19 at the Frauenthal Center in Downtown Muskegon. Pentwater student nominees and performances will take place on Thursday, March 19. This celebration of high school talent will include rock bands, classical pianists, an opera singer, dramatic skits, and yo-yo expert. Tickets in advance are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. All tickets at the door are $10.00. Tickets can be purchased at the Frauenthal Box Office and from etix via phone, 1-800-514-3849, or online at etix.com.
The Green Schools Club participated in a new project this year by collecting and donating mascara brushes to an organization called Wands for Wildlife. They are used at the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge to remove fly eggs and larvae from the fur and feathers of wildlife. Club members Aubrey Macintosh, Mikaylyn Kenney and Haley powers were the leaders on this project. A $25 donation was also made to the refuge on behalf of the Green Schools Club. For more information please visit https://www.appalachianwild.org/wands-for-wildlife.html.
Christopher Jeruzal came to talk to Mrs. Fatura‘s STEM class today about his careers in mechanical engineering and data analysis. It was exciting to learn about his educational background, work experiences and many passions related to STEM. Thank you Christopher for sharing your advice and exposing our students to many career options.
The board meeting scheduled for tonight, Monday, February 17, has been postponed and will be rescheduled on another date to be determined. We thank you for your understanding!
Members of the Pentwater Green Schools Club recently put together an eco-friendly basket to raffle. The proceeds were donated to the Australian Red Cross to help with the relief efforts after the wildfires. It was the idea and passion of Anna VanDuinen, Evalena Jeruzal, Cassie Cormany and Aubrey Macintosh! A total of $100 was donated and the winner of the basket was Makaylah Cornelisse, a senior at Pentwater. So proud of these students for having an idea and following it through with great success!
Students in Mrs. Fatura’s advanced chemistry class taught a chemistry lesson to Mrs. Macher’s 3rd grade class for Valentine’s Day. They used observations, questioning, inquiry and experimentation to figure out the chemistry behind a popular valentines novelty item called “wack-a-packs” in which a heart-shaped balloon pops out of a package after force is applied. It was a great way to show a real-world chemistry connection!
We are happy to share that Pentwater Public Schools has partnered with All Star Driver Education. All Star uses modern "5 Star Safety" rated cars with real-time GPS technology. They also use an engaging curriculum with interactive games and activities for better knowledge retention. After school classes are offered at PPS with the first class starting Monday, March 9, 2020. Please log on to AllStarDE.com to sign-up. Segment I Dates - 3:15pm-5:15pm: 3/9, 3/10, 3/11, 3/12, 3/16, 3/17, 3/18, 3/19, 3/23, 3/24, 3/25, 3/26 Segment II Dates 5:15pm-7:15pm: 3/16, 3/17, 3/23 Why trust All Star Drivers Ed? - Available after-school at PPS - Industry-leading instructors that are FBI background checked and CPR, First Aid and sexual harassment prevention certified - Modern "5 Star Safety" rated fleet equipped with real-time GPS monitoring technology - Engaging curriculum with interactive games and activities for better student knowledge retention - They just don't talk safety, they guarantee it with a Ticket Free Guarantee! Check out their website for details and sign up today at https://signup.allstardrivereducation.com/PentwaterHighSchool
Tonight's (Monday, Feb. 10th) JH Girls Basketball game vs. Mesick has been canceled.
The Region 13 Art Show Reception scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled due to school closings and road conditions, the reception scheduled for tonight will take place next Monday, FEBRUARY 17TH, 4-6 at the Artsplace in Fremont.
Pentwater Public Schools will be closed Monday February 10th due to poor weather and road conditions. Tomorrow’s activities will be determined and posted later tomorrow afternoon.
The Little Sweetheart's Dance will be on Friday, 2/14/2020, from 6-8pm in the small gymnasium. All children preschool-6th grades can invite their Big Sweethearts for a night of dancing, desserts, crafts and dress-up. $10 for 2 ($3 each additional guest). Questions can be directed to the Pentwater PTCO on Facebook or contact Alicia Kolenda at 231-425-0844
Attention Parents and Falcon Fans: Brethren is experiencing some busing issues so they will be arriving late to the game tonight (2/4/2020). The JV girls were originally set to start at 6pm, but it looks like the game will start between 6:15 and 6:30pm. The JV boys will follow the girls game.
Please join us on Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 at 7pm for our Pre-Festival Band Concert! You'll get to hear all of the great progress the JH and HS Bands are making as they prepare for District Band Festival - and an extra bonus, you'll hear the HS Jazz, as well! The HS Band has their Festival performance in McBain on Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 at 2:25pm. The JH Band performs in Shelby on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 at 10:25am. All are welcome to attend - we'd love to see you there!
Monday’s (Feb. 3rd) boys basketball game against Bear Lake has been canceled due to illness. A reschedule date will be announced shortly. Thank you, Go Falcons!
Pentwater Public Schools will be closed Monday February 3rd due to illness. We would like to give our staff and students 24 more hours to recover and to allow us to continue to properly disinfect our building, classrooms and buses. Thank you!
A huge congratulations to Aubrey MacIntosh and John VanDuinen on earning a Division I on their solos at District 1 Solo and Ensemble on Saturday, February 1st, 2020! This is the highest rating performers can receive and qualifies them for State Solo and Ensemble in March. A big thank you to their accompanist, Diane Larson, as well!
Tonights Jv and Varsity boys Basketball games at Walkerville have been canceled due to illness. The games have been rescheduled for Saturday, February 1st at noon in Walkerville. Go Falcons.
The youth basketball camp that was scheduled for Saturday, February 1st has been canceled due to illness. We are working on a reschedule date, but with limited open dates, we are exploring the idea of issuing refunds. We will let everyone know ASAP.
Pentwater Public Schools will be closed on Friday, 1/31/2020, due to illness!
The girls JV and Varsity basketball games scheduled for this evening, Thursday, 1/30/2020, has been canceled!
The Pentwater Township Library invites the community to its 165th Birthday Open House to be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at 6:30pm with refreshments served. Pentwater Public Schools is grateful for our public library and thank them for the 165 years supporting our students and residents in the joy of reading!
Youth Basketball Camp is this Saturday from 10-2. Doors will open at 9:30. ( February 1, 2020) Hope to see you there!
Reminder: Dr. K's Community Coffee & Conversation event will take place this evening, Tuesday, 1/28, at 5pm in Room #303 of the high school. We hope to see you there!
Homecoming Week 2020 was another fun-filled success with games and dress-up days! Our girls basketball team were victorious on Thursday, 1/23, and our boys will be competing against Mesick on Friday, 1/24. The crowning of the Homecoming Queen and King as well as Princess and Prince will take place between the JV and Varsity games and our annual light show will be performed during the half time of the varsity game. Students will enjoy the Homecoming dance on Saturday, 1/25/2020!
On Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020, the JH Band had yoga instructor and community member, Carrie VanDuinen, come in and do some flows with us! As we prepare for District Band Festival in March, we discuss the importance of posture and breathing in relation to our instruments and performance quite often. We gained some practical tools that we can use anytime of day! So thankful for such a supportive community. Thank you, Carrie!
CTE programs on Wednesday, 1/22/2020, will be closed for students due to a water main break.
Dr. K's Community Coffee & Conversation event scheduled for Tuesday, 1/21/2020, at 5pm, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, 1/28/2020, at 5pm, in the board room! Thank you!
Youth basketball camp is canceled today due to poor weather conditions. We will be deciding on a reschedule date on Monday. Thank you everyone, be safe!
The Pentwater Falcons won tonight at home vs Big Rapids Crossroad Academy 63-38. The Falcons came out the first quarter in a tight 12-11 start. The second quarter we adjusted and came alive. Blake Brigindahl, Tyler Plummer-Eisenlohr and Khole Hofmann lead the charge with 6-7 points each in the quarter. Transition and a solid defensive performance took us into the half up 34-15. In the attack to win every quarter, the Falcons came out strong in the third scoring 13 points and owning the boards against a tall and athletic Crossroad team. To complete the game the falcons shared the ball well and looked to one another in transition. 8-9 Falcons players scored tonight and huge rebounds and assists were totaled in our charge to win another conference game.
Due to weather conditions the youth basketball camp will be ending at 1pm. Please be careful!
Basketball camp is still on for today. When dropping your children off, please come in and talk with the coaches. We may need to end camp early due to weather and we need to make sure we have the correct contact information. Thank you!
Homecoming 2020! Homecoming week will be celebrated during the week of 1/20 - 1/24/2020! The dress up days are as follows: Monday, 1/20 - Pajama Day Tuesday, 1/21 - Tacky Tourist Day Wednesday, 1/22 - Class Color Day (12th-Red; 11th-White; 10th-Black; 9th-Blue; 7th/8th-Orange; Elementary-Neon; Staff-Green) Thursday, 1/23 - Decade Day Friday, 1/24 - Purple and Gold Day! Homecoming JV/Varsity girls basketball game is scheduled for Thursday, 1/23, versus Baldwin and the JV/Varsity boys basketball game is scheduled for Friday, 1/24. The Homecoming 2020 court will be announced at Friday night's game along with the cheerleader annual "glow show"! The homecoming dance will take place on Saturday, 1/25/2020, from 9pm-12am in the high school gymnasium!
The JV and Varsity boys basketball game scheduled for Thursday, 1/9/2020, versus Bear Lake, has been canceled!
Congratulations to Hunter Cornelisse, Aubriana Foster, Kenna Hasil, Abby Hughes, and Eliana Mandarano in earning a Division 1 rating at Middle School Honors Band back in November and participating in our District's Middle School Honors Band on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 in Shelby! There's some amazing talent and hardwork taking place here at Pentwater!
The key to a brighter future for Michigan's children is a strong public education system. Every day, students count on public schools to help prepare them for a successful future. Whether they understand it or not, they count on adults across the state ensuring they have access to resources to help them learn, keep their buildings safe and have qualified teachers to guide them. It takes a pure, unwavering commitment to a community to make this all possible. Yet, at the end of the day, the true super heroes contributing to the success of our students are just ordinary citizens with extraordinary dedication to public schools: our school board members. These individuals approach their volunteer work like it is a full-time job and, for some, they value their work on the board as more important than their chosen profession. Their job is to establish a vision for the education program, design a structure to achieve that vision, ensure that schools are accountable to the community and strongly advocate for continuous improvement in student learning. The job of a school board member is tough, the hours long and the thanks few and far between. Too often we're quick to criticize school board members without really understanding the complex nature of their decisions. We have to remember to take time to thank them for their untiring efforts. The month of January marks the observance of School Board Recognition Month. This is an opportunity to show our year-round appreciation for these servant leaders and begin to better understand how local trustees work together to prepare today's students to be tomorrow's leaders. We encourage you to join with others throughout our community, state and nation to salute the men and women who provide grassroots governance of public schools. School Board President: Mrs. Linda Vangills School Board Vice President: Mr. Larry Doran School Board Secretary: Dr. Patricia Collins School Board Treasurer: Mr. Ken McClane School Board Trustee: Mrs. Jennifer Adams School Board Trustee: Mrs. Bonnie VanDerZanden School Board Trustee: Dr. Paul Wagner We thank you!
Members of the Pentwater Robotics team traveled to Muskegon Community College for the kick off event on Saturday. Afterwards, they attended a strategy/brainstorming session with Fruitport’s team! It’s going to be an exciting and challenging Rookie year. If you are interested in helping to mentor the team please contact the school! Go Pentbots!
Pentwater Public Schools' JH and HS Semester 1 Exam schedule is as follows: TUESDAY, 1/14/2020: 7:50am-2:44pm: 1st Hour Exam from 7:50am-9:25am with exam review for the remainder of the school day. All students (Elem/JH/HS) dismissed at regular times. WEDNESDAY, 1/15/2020: 7:50am-11:30am: 4th hour exam and 5th hour exam. All students (Elem/JH/HS) dismissed at 11:30am THURSDAY, 1/16/2020: 7:50am-11:30am: 6th hour exam and 2nd hour exam. All students (Elem/JH/HS) dismissed at 11:30am FRIDAY, 1/17/2020: 7:50am-11:30am: 7th hour exam and 3rd hour exam. All students (Elem/JH/HS) dismissed at 11:30am
Pentwater Falcon Fans, Family and Alumni, do you hate missing home games? Well, regret no more. We now have the capability of live streaming all of our home games! Head on over to www.nfhsnetwork.com, signup and subscribe. Now, no matter where you are in the world, you can support the Falcons!
Congratulations to 9th grade student artist, Anna VanDuinen as one of the local Spectrum Health Reach Out and Read Art Contest Winners! Anna's drawing inspired by, Winnie the Pooh and the Hundred Acre Wood by A.A. Milne will be framed and on display for one year at the Spectrum Health Ludington Pediatric Office. Anna also receives a certificate and a gift card to Storybook Village.
Reminder that Basketball Youth Camp is this Saturday and Next Saturday! Please bring completed camp forms( camp order form, concussion form, and payment) to Coach Wojtas or to the door Saturday morning! We look forward to seeing all of you:) Camp: 2nd -8th graders 10am-2pm Work with varsity athletes!
Results are in! We had our best NHS Blood Drive ever on Dec. 20 right before break. Goal of 23, 38 presenting, 33 total collected units!! 7 donors had to be turned away due to time. Shout out to all our first time donors and all others who were so patient. Save the date for our next drive March 5, 2020.
HOLIDAY BREAK FITNESS ROOM HOURS: The fitness room will be available on the following dates: Monday, 12/23 - 6am-12pm; Thursday, 12/26 - 6am-12pm; Friday, 12/27 - 6am-12pm; Monday, 12/30 - 6am-12pm; Thursday, 1/2 - 6am-12pm; and Friday, 1/3 - 6am-12pm. The fitness room will be closed on 12/24, 12/25, 12/31, and 1/1. Thank you!
NHS Blood Drive: Friday, 12/20,19, 11am-3pm in the school library! Students, parents, staff and community, if you are 17 years or older, please consider making an appointment to give blood! All donors MUST make an appointment at www.redcrossblood.org with the Sponsor Code: Falcons All donors will receive a long sleeve t-shirt and a $5 Amazon ecard!
The falcons boys basketball team opened the season with Hart tonight. In a valid second half half effort the team really started to build some confidence and chemistry. The falcons put up 53 points but were unable to slow the pirates in transition and on the boards. Keep up the effort falcons and continue the grow everyday! Tyler Plummer eisenlohl led the falcons with 22 points and khole and Blake chipped in 11 and 10 respectively! The falcons take action on Thursday in Baldwin! The falcons are now 0-1 overall and 0-0 in conference.
Reminder: Students will be dismissed at 11:30am on Friday, December 6, 2019, for staff professional development, have a wonderful weekend!
Pentwater Public Schools thanks Blarney Castle Oil Co. for the $500 ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program grant to be used in our math and science programs! We also thank the Wishing Well EZ Mart for their support of our students and staff and coordinating this grant! We live in an awesome and supportive community!
Our Food Service Department will be celebrating Star Wars Day on Friday, 12/20/19 with the following menu: Skywalking Tacos w/Princess Leia Lettuce, R2-D2-matoes, Cheese-3PO, in a bag of Stormtrooper Scoopers and a Wookie Cookie Jabba the Hutt Dog Obi-Wan Stromboli Death Star Pizzas Greedo Cheese Sandwich Are you a Star Wars fan? May the force be with you!
Practice Schedule for 12/2/2019: JH Boys Basketball: No Game, No Practice JV Boys and Girls Basketball: No Practice Varsity Girls Basketball: 3pm-5pm Varsity Boys Basketball: 5pm-7pm
Pentwater Public Schools is closed on Monday, December 2, 2019, due to hazardous weather conditions.
Pentwater Schools Athletic Booster Pie Fundraiser (Cherry and Apple): it is time for our 1st annual Pie Fundraiser. Pies will be unbaked and may be picked up (unless arranged with the seller) at the Pentwater High School parking lot (Saturday, December 14, 2019, from 2pm-4pm). All pies must be prepaid. They will arrive in time for you to freeze for your Christmas Feast! Please consider supporting our student/athletes! All orders must be received by December 10, 2019. Make checks payable to Pentwater Public Schools. All fruit pies proudly donated by Peterson Farms!
The Pentwater Vision Team is hosting a final public Town Hall meeting on Monday, December 16, 2019, from 5:30pm - 6:30pm at the First Baptist Church of Pentwater, 101 S. Rush St, Pentwater, MI 49449. Julie Hales Smith, who facilitated our first focus groups and town hall meetings, will review the results of all three surveys given this year: the summer's Pentwater Community Assessment, the Visitor's Poll and the most recent Community Survey. The results of all three surveys of public input will be used to form a Vision Statement to guide the 2020-2021 Master Plan success. The Town Hall meeting is being held early so those planning to attend the Pentwater Public Schools' Regular Board Meeting at 7pm may do so.
On Friday, November 15, students in Mrs. Fatura‘s earth science class participated in Skype a scientist. They connected with Laura Reynolds who is a coastal geologist. Her work focuses on understanding how coast lines change through time. The students had lots of great questions and learned about her career as well as her education.
Congratulations to all of the student artists who participated in the recent high school art competition at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts! Five area high schools were featured and Pentwater students walked away with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons and cash prizes! All participants received a free LACA membership and work will be on view until November 27. 1st Place: "Biracial" graphite drawing on paper, Lucas Quinteros, 11th grade; "Broken Hearted" mixed media, Nicole Daniels, 10th grade; "Foul Attitude" deconstructed bicycle and other play equipment, Dean Bromley, 11th Grade.
We thank Mr. Allen Wernette from the Ludington State Park for spending time in our 3rd grade classroom teaching our students about invasive species; this included fish, plants, birds and insects. Mr. Wernette brought in a sea lamprey which is an invasive species attacking our Great Lakes fish. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with our class!
Dr. K's Community Coffee & Conversation will take place on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, from 9:30am-10:30am in Room #303 of the school. This will be the first of four opportunities to meet with Dr. Karaptian to hear about the great things happening at Pentwater Schools as well as sharing any concerns. We'd love to see you there!
Today, November 13th, Students in Mrs. Fatura's Applications of Stem class traveled to Davenport University to compete in their annual "Shark Tank" competition. Students were given the theme of "Cleaning" and given 30 minutes to come up with a 90 second pitch. Eight groups were selected to compete in the finals and Pentwater came away with 1st and 2nd place. The first place team consisted of Brandon Macher, Campbell Miller, Mikaylyn Kenney, Shane Roberts and Aiden Shotwell. The second place team consisted of Paige Ruggles, Grace Powers, Alexandria Drechen, Nicole Daniels and Alexis Settler.
The volleyball regional tournament scheduled at Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart Academy for Tuesday, 11/12/19, will be played as scheduled. We will not be able to offer spectator bus transportation. Go Falcons!
Pentwater Public Schools will be closed today November 12, 2019 due to poor weather and road conditions. For information regarding tonight’s regional volleyball game, please stay tuned to social media sites and this app. Thank you and be safe!
David Masunas, an 80's Pentwater grad, presented Dr. Karaptian with a Marine Corps League Certificate of Appreciation for publicly and proudly displaying our American Flag. Mr. Masunas is the past Department of Michigan Commandant and is currently serving as the Oceana Brett Witteveen Detachment Commandant.
FRIENDLY REMINDER: Please make sure your child is equipped for the winter weather. If you need assistance with purchasing necessary winter apparel items, please speak to your child's teacher or contact the school office. The district maintains a student clothing closet with new and gently used clothing items. Stay warm!
Good afternoon, The Pentwater Public School's Board of Education is a dedicated sponsor of the community wide Pentwater Vision initiative and we encourage all of our families and staff to help support this cooperative process by completing the survey at the link provided below: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Pentwater2019 Thank you for supporting Pentwater Schools and community! Scott Karaptian, Ph.D., Superintendent
Dear Students, Families and Friends, During the months of September and October, the cafeteria served 2,656 more breakfasts than they did during the same months' last school year! However, even with this record-breaking meal participation, we will have to discontinue the Free Universal Breakfast Provision pilot program. This is due to the fact that the Pentwater School District has too few Free and Reduced Lunch eligible families to receive the maximum amount of funding to cover programs like this long-term. We were glad that we were able to provide our students the Universal Free Breakfast (USF) for the first 2 months of the school year, but as of November 11, 2019, Chartwells will be discontinuing the USF pilot program. Breakfast will still be served, but students will be charged according to their meal Free/Reduced Meal Eligibility. Also, the breakfast program will once again be served back in the cafeteria area instead of the lobby. Letters have been mailed home with students informing families of these changes. Chartwells administration and staff thank all of you for your cooperation during this pilot program and if you have any questions or concerns going forward, please contact the Food Service Director, Caryn Elam at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sincerely, Caryn Elam, CDM, CFPP Director of Dining Services 231-873-6242
Students in Mrs. Fatura’s advanced chemistry class did chemistry Halloween demonstrations for Mrs. Miller’s 5th grade class. The students performed the appearing ghost, puking pumpkin, ghosts in the graveyard, the bloody hand slap, ghosts in a syringe and a dry ice color show. The students all really enjoyed the show! Happy Halloween!
The community is invited to attend Dr. K's Community Coffee & Conversation sessions! There will be four scheduled throughout the school year: 11/19/19 - 9:30am-10:30am; 1/21/20 - 5-6pm; 3/24/20 - 9:30-10:30am; and, 5/19/20 - 5-6pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear about the great things happening at Pentwater Public Schools, Dr. K's vision for the future as well as addressing any concerns you may have. We look forward to seeing you there!
Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth Survey Students in 7th, 9th and 11th grade will be taking an online, anonymous, voluntary survey regarding Health related topics. Letters were sent home in the mail to all parents regarding the survey, providing parents the opportunity to opt out of the survey or preview the survey. All students will be given the survey unless the form has been returned to opt out. Please contact Lisa Wagner if you have any questions or concerns.
Calling all crafters! It's that time of year again - the annual Band Craft Fair will be Saturday, December 7th, 2019 from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Pentwater Public School! The registration fee is $35 and you can get more table space for $5 per table. For more information, please see the registration form. Registration is due by November 15, 2019! Please get forms to Melanie Sayles at email@example.com
Congratulations to our September and October Students of the Month! Cayden Hambright, Lauren Macher, Benjamin Jorissen, JayQuan Ruggles, Adison Merten, Rodney Grondsma, Josephyn Mannor, Cyniah Haight, Jordy Miller, Kenley Witteveen, Jade Emick, Ben Roberson, Maggie Jorissen and Lauren Davis! Good job!
The Pentwater Softball wreath fundraiser is underway. Softball players have started circulating around with order forms. We'll our best to get around town,but we wanted to make this available online as well. Please contact our softball coach, Stephen Rossiter, with any questions. Please find the attached order form for pricing and pickup dates. The order deadline is Nov. 5th. Thank you for supporting our team!
Basketball season is just around the corner and so is the need for workers in our concession stand. Please check out the link below to sign up to work. 10% of the sales go towards the athletic program or school club of your choosing. Thank you! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080548afaf2ba0fc1-pentwater
TOPPC (The Oceana Prevention Partnership for Change) Youth Coalition is seeking donations from caring individuals to help support their efforts this school year. TOPPC is comprised of approximately 70 Oceana high school students from Hart, Shelby, Walkerville and Pentwater Schools. TOPPC gathers once a month for 2 hours to plan and facilitate health-related events and activities for their peers and communities. They also organize/conduct an annual Youth Summit at Grace Adventures in May with Mason and Lake County students. Previous donors include the Shelby Optimist Club, the Hart and Shelby Rotary Clubs, as well as the Pentwater Junior Women's Club members. They are attempting to reach out to other organizations, businesses and individuals in order to diversity their funding sources. We hope you will consider making a donation to TOPPC to support the amazing work of our area youth. For more information, you may contact Kortni Garcia, MS, CHES, Public Health Educator/Oceana Leads Coordinator for the District Health Department #10.
The 3rd and 4th grade students spent the day at White Pine Village seeing history in action! They experienced the village set in the days of the late 1800's to early 1900's. There were many interpreters on hand to teach the students all about flint knapping, loom weaving, spinning, storytelling, sawmill demonstrations and much more. What a fun and historic learning experience for all!
On Wednesday, 10/16/19, students in Mrs. Fatura's advanced chemistry class and Mr. Chye's coding class participating in a "Skype a Scientist" opportunity with Jeffery Schwartz. Jeffery is a nanoscientist who works for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His work focuses on controlling the ways atoms and molecules come together to form more complicated and useful structures. Jeffery states, "All around us, we see that nature can build incredibly complex structures, all on its own, and we study these natural methods of "molecular self-assembly." But we, as scientists and engineers, also try to devise our own clever ways of making nanoscale objects, like those present in computer microchips. This field is incredibly important in nearly all modern technology and I find it incredibly fascinating." It was another great opportunity for our students to learn about a growing field of study and see what job opportunities are available in science and technology.
Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated the week of October 28 - November 1. Red Ribbon Week is the nation's largest and oldest drug prevention campaign and reaches over 80 million people each year throughout the US. Monday, 10/28: Dress up theme is "Wear Red". The theme for the day is "Everyone Has A Name". Teachers will pass out tags at the beginning of the school day and students are asked to wear name tags all day and everyone should make a point to greet everyone by their name Tuesday, 10/29: Dress up theme is "Wear Pajamas" and "Follow Your Dreams, Don't Use Drugs!". The these for the day is "Nobody Eats Alone" and everyone is encouraged to eat with someone new at lunch and make sure no one is eating alone Wednesday, 10/30: Dress up theme is "Favorite T-Shirt" - wear a shirt that expresses a subject they have a passion about Thursday, 10/31: Dress up theme is "Halloween costume" - "Drugs Are Spooky!" The theme for the day is "Random Acts of Kindness": All are asked to perform random acts of kindness Friday, 11/1: The dress up theme is "Put A Cap On Drugs" - Wear hats
On Saturday, October 12th, 2019, several members of the JH and HS Bands and their families went to Ludington to see the MSU Bebop Spartans and they had a swingin' good time! A huge thank you to the West Shore Community College Performing Arts Series and their Director, Ted Malt, for providing us with such a cool experience!
On Thursday, October 17th, 2019 at 7pm in the Large Gym, please join the JH and HS Concert Bands, as well as the HS Jazz Band, for a spooky celebration! Our Fall Concert will include several recognizable tunes such as Mah-na Mah-na and The Sorcerer's Apprentice. For extra fun, please come dressed in your Halloween costume!
On Wednesday, 10/9, students in Mrs. Fatura's Applications of STEM class had the opportunity to participate in a Skype a Scientist program. We connected virtually with Jessica Chen who has a degree in biomedical engineering and is currently in her 6th year of neuroscience PhD program at the University of Michigan. She is working on a transplant involving gene therapy to lessen inflammation related to spinal cord injuries. Jessica had a lot of great knowledge to share about her work as well as general advice about college and selecting a career path.
On Tuesday, 10/1, Mrs. Fatura's STEM class competed in a Shark Tank style competition for the creation and design of a best new yard game. Students designed, built and tested their games. In addition, they had to think about profit margins, marketing, packaging and advertising their product. Thank you to Kathy Surd, Laura Nugent, Paul O'Grady, Glenn Beavis and Jean Russell who were our "shark" for the challenge. The winners were Brandon Macher, Mikaylyn Kenney, Campbell Miller and Shane Roberts for their game called "Chuck It". A close second was the game "Velthrow" with a team of Grace Powers, Paige Ruggles, Barbie Grondsma and Alex Drechen. It was a really fun experience to see the students innovate and problem solve. All of the groups did a fantastic job!
Do you have a Pentwater High School student (9th-12th grade)? Pentwater High School students have been given the opportunity to receive a free ticket for the play, FRANKENSTEIN, as presented by WSCC Performing Arts! Interested high school students should see Mrs. Jeruzal to receive their free tickets. Description and showtimes are as follows, no strings (or bolts) attached! "Come experience the chilling stage adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic nove, Frankenstein. Playwright R.N. Sandberg takes the audience on a journey exploring the mind of Victor Frankenstein, a scientist obsessed with the origins of life, who eventually is able to reanimate a corpse. Appalled by what he has done, Frankenstein flees and his creation roams the countryside in search of love and family and is shunned at every turn. Driven by rejection and scorn, the creature vows that Frankenstein will pay for the torment and anguish he has caused." Thursday, October, 24, 2019: 7:30pm-10pm Friday, October 25, 2019: 7:30pm-10pm Saturday, October 26, 2019: 7:30pm-10pm, and Sunday, October 27, 2019: 2pm
Our 2nd grade friends enjoyed a special time and a beautiful day at Golden Sands on Monday, 9/30/19, to celebrate achieving their September Reading Goal. They also spent time connecting class discussions to entrepreneurship. Students all had "jobs" as table washers, table setters and servers, while preparing their own bread bite appetizers. Mrs. Alicia Kolenda and Izzy gave a turtle presentation and nature tour of the turtle research being collected and led by Dr. Dave Merrick. Students released three painted turtles back into the pond after data was collected on them. Lastly, the class spent time learning about golf etiquette, and, of course, hitting balls on the driving range and on the putting green. A special thank you to the Kolenda family for their support and a hosting a fun-filled day!
The Big Crunch is coming soon! The Big Crunch is a statewide celebration that counts the number of people that are biting into a Michigan apple at one time. Last October, there were 1,564,367 students, children, teachers, and good food supporters across the area that crunched. Pentwater and Hart students crunched 1,475 Rennhack's Orchard SweeTango Apples! The event is usually at 1:21pm, because of its connection with Muskegon's "1 in 21" initiative (a goal to be the healthiest county in Michigan by 2021). By participating in this event, we are supporting Michigan farmers, which in turn supports Michigan's economy. It also promotes healthy eating and fosters school spirit. This year's Big Crunch will be on Thursday, October 10, 2019! Won't you join us by participating in the "Big Crunch"?
School picture re-take day is scheduled for Friday, October 11, 2019!
On Friday, 9/20/19, members of the Green Schools Club participated in the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach Event. Students picked up trash and recorded all of the items on a data card. This information was compiled and sent to the Alliance in order to help make decisions that will help protect our beautiful great lakes. We love our Pentwater beaches!
The varsity soccer game scheduled for today, Thursday, 9/19/19, has been canceled
Pentwater Parents/Guardians, if you are having issues receiving emails from the school, please check your junk/spam folder. If the messages are not there, please stop into the school. Thank you.
The Pentwater Green Schools' Club is collecting used mascara brushes for a "Wands for Life" program. The wands are cleaned and sent to the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge to remove fly eggs, larva, contaminates, etc. from the fur and feathers of animals. To donate, just put the wands in a plastic bag and give them to Mrs. Erika Fatura or drop them off in the school office. Donations will be sent out in October and February. Thank you! https://www.appalachianwild.org/wands-for-wildlife.html
Pentwater Public Schools is pleased to share the 2018-2019 MStep data. We did very well but there is always areas to improve and our board of education and staff are committed to see all students succeed. We thank our community for their continued support and caring spirit to the students of Pentwater Public Schools; we can all make a difference!
The September Board of Education regular meeting has been changed to Monday, 9/23/19; it was originally scheduled for Monday, 9/16/19. Thank you for your cooperation!
Open House Meeting Schedule: Reminder that our open house is from 4:30 - 6:30pm this evening, Wednesday, 8/28/19 for all incoming KG-12th Grade students and parents/guardians. Assistant Principal Wagner will be meeting with the following groups of students/parents in Room #303: 7th Grade - 5pm; 9th Grade - 5:30pm; and 12th Grade - 5:45pm. Dr. Karaptian will also be hosting a Title I parent meeting at 5:30pm in the school library!
2019/2020 Food Services Update: Your dining services department is excited to announce participation in the Universal Free Breakfast (UFB) program on a trial basis for the months of September and October! When Universal Free Breakfast is offered, breakfast is available at no charge to students, regardless of their household income. Breakfast is given to any student who wants it that day; however, the school claims the federal reimbursement at the correct income category for that student, this data is obtained from a student's free/reduced lunch application. This means that it is important for as many families to apply as possible to prevent the meal program operating at a loss, even if you think you may not qualify for free/reduced meals, PLEASE APPLY! UFB reduces the stigma attached to eating breakfast at school. It makes breakfast available to those students who may not want to participate in the program for fear of being labeled, "poor". It also provides breakfast for those students who cannot afford the cost of a reduced price breakfast. In addition, children who participate in UFB tend to have improved attendance, less tardiness and increased test scores. Please complete an online application or a paper application which can be found in our welcome packet that will be mailed home!
Attention Pentwater Friends and Family: Pentwater Public Schools is looking to fill a custodial position. Hours are 3pm-10:30pm, Monday thru Friday, with a wage of $12 per hour. If you know of anyone who is interested please contact the school at 231-869-4100 ext 210. Thanks!
Our 2019/2020 schools of choice first deadline is quickly approaching. The district will be reviewing applications on August 1, 2019, for enrollment. If you are out of district and wish to enroll your student, a schools of choice application must be on file to be included in any potential lottery. This does not apply to those students who are already enrolled in the district. If you have any questions, please contact the school at 231-869-4100 ex. 210.
Good Morning Parents and Students! Fall sports will be starting very soon, with that said, we will be having a parent/player/coach meeting on August 5th in our library. Volleyball will start the meeting at 6pm (JH, JV, V), Cross-Country will go next at 6:30pm (JH & V), and Soccer will end the night at 7pm(V). You are only required to come to the meeting of the sport that you are participating in. If you have any questions, please contact your coach or myself. Thank you very much! -Stephen Rossiter- Athletic Director.
For your information: Pentwater Schools will be hosting ASHER (Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response) training with area law enforcement on Friday, 7/19/19. They are using our facilities for their training exercises. Please note that there is no emergency at the school but you may see police and other emergency individuals during the day in the school building. Thank you!
Good Afternoon Pentwater Friends and Families, on Friday July 19th, Pentwater Public Schools will be hosting an Active Shooter Hostile Event Response (ASHER) training event and is seeking volunteers to help with role playing and help with this event. The training will go from 12:00- 4:00. Below is some more information on the training: Rescue Task Force (RTF) is a modern response to a "Active Shooter Hostile Event Response" . A Rescue Task Force team would form once the threat has been located and isolated from a particular area of the building being victimized. A Rescue Task Force team's mission is to minimize casualties and serious injuries by rescuing victims involved as soon as practically possible. RTF Role Players -Victim of school violent crime -Simulate an injured person by verbally telling rescue personnel what their symptoms are. -Simulate a panicked student within a school setting. -Simulate a school staff member responsible for students. -Simulate a deceased person -Comfortable with "simulated treatment" by EMS/Fire personnel. -Comfortable lying on hard floors, being carried/moved by EMS/Fire personnel in unconventional ways. -Comfortable being immersed into a simulated stressful environment. Thank you in advance for you willingness to help in the very important training exercise! Scott Karaptian, Ph.D. Superintendent/Principal Pentwater Public Schools
Summer Job Opportunity: Pentwater Pizza and Grinders is currently hiring summer workers. Any students who may be interested should contact them at 869-6664
Harness the Wind - Learn to Sail! For more information, go to www.pentwaterjrsailing.org or you can contact Program Coordinators, Sue and Bill Bainton at 231-923-8888
Congratulations to Delaney Bryce who is currently in Washington, DC at a Youth Summit sponsored by Great Lakes Energy. Delaney completed the application process and essay that led to her being selected. Youth Tour is a once-in-a-lifetime, all expenses-paid leadership travel opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors sponsored by the Michigan electric cooperatives. From the battlefields of Gettysburg, to the halls of Congress in Washington, DC, Youth Tour explores the leadership lessons of our nation's history and immerses students in the cooperative spirit! Well done, Delaney, and have a fantastic time!
Congratulations to the following student artists who have been selected to be a part of the summer art display at the Pentwater Township Library - Zachary Schwarz (7th); Abie VanDuinen (7th); Audrey Kieda (8th); Lucas Quinteros (10th); Hanna Hartline (11th); Eli Powers (8th); Evalena Jeruzal (8th); Adison Merten (3rd); and, Meya Case (2nd)!
Explore the exciting field of computer coding at MSU Extension's newest premier pre-college program! This is a great opportunity to keep your skills sharp through the summer and explore career opportunities in computer science and coding. Whether you have prior computer coding knowledge, or have never even thought about it, you will gain valuable coding skills at this fun STEM summer camp. Youth aged 13 to 19 can go to https://events.anr.msu.edu/4HSpartanCodingCamp/ to learn more and register. Space is limited! Register and pay online by June 17. Questions? Contact Christine Miller at MSU Extension at 517-552-6905 or email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Our "soon to be" junior high students (current 6th graders) are enjoying their last full day together enjoying the sun on the playground. Please remember that Monday, 6/10, Tuesday, 6/11, and Wednesday, 6/12, are half days for students; dismissal time is 11:30am. Wednesday, 6/12/19, is the last day of school for summer vacation!
It's here, the new app for Pentwater Public Schools! Please click the link below to watch our launch video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUeKuYWfFic
Our athletes were honored at our 7th-11th Grade Awards assembly on Thursday, 6/6/19. Honorees were Glenn Miller for the David VerBerkMoes Mental Attitude Award; Mikaylyn Kenney for the Mel Anderson Most Improved Female Athlete; Madeline Wagner for the Outstanding Female Athlete; Harold Shaw Memorial Trophy for Most Improved Male Athlete went to Julien Nyberg; Randy VanGills Memorial Award for Outstanding Male Athlete went to Austin Hofmann; and Julia Hall the recipient of the Tom Sturr Track & Field Memorial Award! All of our scholar athletes were also honored for their work in the classroom as well as on the field/court! Well done!
Deputy Jeff Brown from the Oceana County Sheriff's Dept. was a guest speaker in Mrs. Fatura's forensic science class. Deputy Brown specializes in fire investigation. The class had just finished studying fire and arson and it was a great opportunity for the students to be able to see what they have learned in real life cases and be able to ask questions of an expert in the field. Thank you, Deputy Brown!
Our 3rd grade students along with teacher, Lucy Macher, participated in their annual business trip around the Village of Pentwater today. The students visited and learned about Bella's Salon, the US Post Office, Shelby State Bank, Pentwater Chamber of Commerce, Pentwater Pizza and Grinders, the Pentwater Historical Museum as well as Cosmic Candy! We thank our supportive business partners for their continued involvement in the education of our students!
2019 REGIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!!! Congratulations to the Falcon Varsity Golf Team on their WiN at Muskegon Country Club! 16 teams from McBain to Saugatuck competed for regional champions on Thursday. Pentwater took the lead by 4 strokes over Mount Pleasent Sacred Heart. With a Team score of a 334, Everyone played great! Gannon McDonough was our lead scorer with 2nd low score (79), Will Kolenda with 4th lowest score (82), Seth Matulis (86), Drew Kolenda (87) and Mackenzie Breitner finishing with a (91). I’m So proud that we all played as a team, shot for shot, it was an amazing team win! We look forward to going to States as a Team for the first time for all of these athletes! It’s a great Win for our conference and our school to be heading to States!!
Our kindergarten students and teacher, Terrah Schmieding, visited Storybook Village and were entertained by owner, Ms. Barbara Sims, with children's stories. The kids also had the opportunity to visit Cosmic Candy with owner, Mr. John Nagel! There are great local businesses to explore in Pentwater and we thank all of our business community for their continued support of our students here at Pentwater. Discover all of the wonderful stores in our beautiful downtown Pentwater!
Reminder: Team Daria photo being taken in front of the school on Tuesday, May 28. All those who wish to participate; students, staff and community members are asked to meet in front of the school at 7:40am tomorrow morning.
Time Enough by Rick Magrath and Andrea Gallie For the Class of 2019 Summer's hope is in the wind Bags and dreams by the door. I'll be gone before the evening Before I'm settling for... If sunbirds greet my morning And cloud drops fill my day. Blacktop horizons echo songs So hard to go and stay. I've got time enough for flying Time enough to walk out of town I've got time enough for fences Time enough to touch distance shores I've got time enough for wasting Time enough for reaching crowns But right now I've got time enough Time enough for you and me Stars flicker in the rain Train whistles in the night Fields of trees - seas of grass Promises in hindsight Highway stretches deep River leaves begin to blow I'm scrambling to find my way Westward with the sun and crows So when I follow where I'm going And cobwebs lace my shoes I'll look inside and see your smile Find my way back to you
Please note that the Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony will take place at 7pm in the high school gymnasium. The doors will be locked and will open at 6pm for admission. Thank you!
On Friday, May 17, 2019, Clif and Jake Metcalf visited to perform and work with the HS Jazz Band, 5th Grade Band, and the Kindergarten and 1st Grade students. Clif is a senior at Hope College studying business and music and Jake is a senior at Alma High School and is quite the multi-instrumentalist. It was great to have some professional musicians in to show students the different avenues a career in music can take you. Thank you Jake and Clif!
Glenn pitched 8 innings of no hit, shut out baseball over two games against WMD conference rivals Mason County Eastern and Walkerville. Glenn racked up 22 strikeouts while only giving up one walk. Over the four games, Glenn went 10 for 14 at the plate with 2 Home runs, a triple, 2 doubles, and 5 singles, including hitting for the cycle against MCE, while also picking up 11 RBI's over the four games. Glenn is batting .537 on the season while holding a 0.44 ERA on the mound.
6 Schools. Fabulous WiN with a 41 stroke lead. Birdies + Eagles + Pars = One proud golf team. Great Win Falcons!! Love these smiles!!! Medalist was Drew Kolenda shooting 1 over par (34) with an Eagle on #7! It was his 2nd in 2 days on the same hole! Seth Matulis played a smooth game shooting 2 over par (35). William Kolenda secured 3rd place with 3 over par (36), Mitchael Kenney scored for the 4th best score of the day with a 40! Mackenzie Breitner struggled in the beginning, but fought her way back into beating her group by 1 on the last hole scoring a 45. Emme Tarnowski played a great match (50) playing 6th position today scoring 16th out of 36 players! Bravo Team!! Today’s teams were Saugatuck, Ludington, Montague, Fruitport Calvary Christian, & MCE.
Our seniors enjoyed a special day on Tuesday, 5/14/19, in Traverse City. They spent time touring The Villages at the Traverse City State Hospital, bowling, playing laser tag and arcade games at Lucky Jack's, shopping in the Traverse City Mall and eating at Buffalo Wild Wings! Our senior class advisors are Mrs. Erika Fatura and Mrs. Lisa Wagner
2019 Varsity Golf Conference Champions!! Proud of the dedication & focus these athletes have for their sport! Today’s win was sealed with an incredible 18 hole event lead by Gannon McDonough. Shooting 2 over par (68) to tie for medalist with John Slivka. Second lowest score of the day was Seth Matulis shooting (71) for 5 over par! William Kolenda found 3rd best score (74), Drew Kolenda 4th best (81), Mitchael Kenney with his best 18 hole round (83), Mackenzie Breitner (90), and Emme Tarnowski (108). Our team score of 294 lead the field by 42 strokes over Manistee Catholic. Congratulations also to First Team All Conference for Gannon McDonough (2nd) Seth Matulis (3rd) Will Kolenda (3rd) Drew Kolenda (5th). Second Team All Conference Mackenzie Breitner (6th) Mitchael Kenney (9th)! That’s Incredible!! Great Work Team!!
Best in the County!! Congratulations Pentwater Falcons Golf Team on your WiN at Golden Sands 18 hole County Championship! Leading the Falcons to a Team WiN was Will Kolenda was medalist shooting a 71. Gannon McDonough & Drew Kolenda tied for 2nd with 76’s. Seth Matulis tied up our team with 4th place 77 for a team score of 300. Shelby was 2nd place team with a 366, Hart was 3rd with a 404, and Hesperia rounded out fourth place. Great work by all today!
Pentwater Falcons earned two big conference wins over BRCCA yesterday. Game 1 was 11-1, Game 2 was 17-1. Mikaylyn Kenney pitched two excellent games, tallying 15 K's and only allowing 3 hits. Leading hitters were Taylor Ruggles, Crysta Cluchey, Makaylah Cornelisse and Mikaylyn Kenney. Great work Falcons! We have Manistee Catholic home on Thrusday with a 4pm start.
1st Place Invitational WiN for Pentwater Varsity Golf! A rainy chilly 18 holes is our kind of weather I guess!? Leading the team was our 8th grader Drew Kolenda as Medalist shooting 69! Tie for 2nd place was his brother William Kolenda & Gannon McDonough (70), Seth rounded out our team winning score (80) for a team score of 289.
Conference Team 1st Place for Pentwater at Manistee National today!! Leaders of Pentwater were William Kolenda & Gannon McDonough with a pair of 39’s for 2nd place individual. Mackenzie Breitner draws an impressive 46 for 4th best score in the conference! Drew Kolenda rounds out the team score with 5th best score in the conference, 47!
Congratulations to Pentwater for their 2nd place Win today at the Shelby Invitational! 13 schools (mostly all class B teams). A 3 hole play off to battle it out for Medalist led Gannon McDonough (78) for the WiN against Whitehall & Ludington! Also medaling Seth Matulis (6th).