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).