2008-05-01 / Columns

Engadine Consolidated Schools

by Stu Hobbs Superintendent

With spring's late arrival, the track and golf seasons have begun in earnest.

The varsity track team made a good showing at the Marquette Dome Track invitational last week and our first home track meet had our Eagles placing third overall.

The junior high track squad had their first meet Friday, April 25 (at home) and the varsity golf team went to Cedarville Monday, April 21. Go Eagles!

The athletic awards dinner was held last week and students (junior varsity and varsity) were recognized for their sports performance and sportsmanship in football, volleyball, and basketball.

Special recognition goes out to football coach Howard Hood for his 19 years of dedicated coaching. Interscholastic sports have always been and will continue to be a positive aspect of our school district.

On the academic front, Samantha Dunne is this year's valedictorian and Jamie Maison, our salutatorian.

Miss Dunne will be attending Michigan Technological University with an emphasis on chemical engineering, and Miss Maison will attend Northern Michigan University, with a major undeclared.

Miss Dunne, Miss Maison, and Cody Michelle were recently recognized by the E.U.P. Principals Association for academic excellence. To qualify for this prestigious award, students must have an American College Test (ACT) score of 24 and above and have maintained a grade point average of 3.4 and above during their high school years.

All three exceeded this criteria and showed a consistent commitment to academic success. Good luck to all of them.

The Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) results have now been released from the state for grades three through eight and show student growth in most academic areas.

Also released by the state are our ACT results for this year's juniors. They will be released to parents shortly.

Students will have the opportunity to retake the ACT next year as seniors to improve their scores. We still await the results of the English Language Arts and ACT Work Keys portions of the Michigan Merit Examination.

Students who pass all four academic content areas of the ACT will receive $4,000 from the state for college or vocational programming.

The recent Kindergarten Roundup was a big success, with 25 students expected to join our kindergarten program next fall. Numbers are up from last year.

The elementary will send 23 students to junior high next year. It appears at this time that we will receive a number of Curtis Elementary students. We welcome them and all new students.

Important Dates

Saturday, May 3: Engadine High School Prom. Dinner and dancing at Chamberlain's Old Inn.

Sunday, May 4: Donkey Basketball at 2 p.m. between staff and students, with help from very talented donkeys. Funds will be used to support our performing arts program.

Monday, May 5: Engadine Schools Open House from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, May 6: Pre-school graduation ceremony at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 7: Staff Appreciation Breakfast at 7:45 a.m.

Saturday, May 10: Engadine Schools Spring Fling from noon to 4 p.m. A whole day dedicated to live performances by our students, food, community artists, games, and fun.

Money garnered from this event will be used to support the Engadine Sports Boosters and the Foundation for Academic Excellence. Rock on!

Tuesday, May 13: Elementary band concert. Starting time is 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 15: Senior high school concert. The music begins at 7 p.m.

More important dates will be listed in the next superintendent's newsletter. The school year is moving rapidly, with the seniors' last day May 30.

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