Hello and Happy Friday from The Land of the Chemics,
Thanks to everyone on staff at Midland High and the entire student body, the MME/ACT testing of juniors went off without a hitch this week. I am always amazed at the courteous, responsible behavior of the students who are not testing. They were quieter in the halls and respectful of the students who were testing. There was a lot of excitement in the air this week. I'm not sure if it was all about festival, basketball, the upcoming spring musical, swimming, or the spring (yes, spring!) sports that are beginning their try-outs and practices. Only 15 school days left until spring break. The weatherman says we might get warmer weather this weekend. I hope you get the chance to enjoy a little sunshine if we do. Oh, and don't forget to "spring ahead", that is to remember to turn your clocks ahead an hour when you go to bed on Saturday night so you're not late for church Sunday morning.
Reminder: Unless your child is with a teacher, coach or advisor, s/he must be out of the building 30 minutes after his/her last class. So, students with a 6th hour must be out of the building by 3:00 pm and students with a 7th hour must be out of the building by 4:00 every day.
Monday, March 10th has been changed from a Professional Development Day to a required instructional day for students due to the excessive snow days.
Beginning March 10th parents may view their student's 2014-2015 course requests in Home Access Center. Parents/students wishing to change a course request at that time may do so through the counselors. Parents wishing a point level change for their student that is higher than the teacher recommendation will be asked to sign a form indicating that they understand the implications of this choice.
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday, March 11th from 5:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
BPA will be hosting a silent auction during parent teacher conferences (March 11th). Some items up for bid include a spa pedicure, dining gift cards/certificates, gym memberships, tanning salon supplies and certificates, and much, much more.
"Learn to be Tech Smart and Keep Our Kids Safe" is a free parent workshop open to all families and/or people who care about kids in our community. It will be presented by Julie A. Welch, Child Abuse Training Director for the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. Topics include how to take precautions to keep your child safe, teach your child what to avoid when using technology, and learn about social networking sites, the dangers of picture posting, sexting, cyberbullying, and current statutes that govern technology and its use by children. The presentation will be at Carpenter Elementary School on March 12th at 6:30 p.m. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by calling 923-6411.
2014 yearbooks are now on sale – order yours today at www.yearbookforever.com or in room 325. The prices increased on February 1st to $60 / $68 personalized and will increase again on March 15th.
The Booster Bash is one of the highlighted topics of the March MPS Today! The Booster Bash portion of the show starts at minute 26—the show is on MPS-TV, cable channel 190/and U-verse channel 99.
The Counselors' Corner is also on the show, talking about upcoming testing and other important high school dates, starting at minute 22 or see Counselors Craig Hawkins and Lori Hallberg discuss choosing high school classes, Incoming 12th Grade Parent Night, registering for AP tests, MME testing for juniors, and PLAN testing for sophomores in February's Counselors' Corner on the MHS website. Click on this link to watch: https://youtube.googleapis.com/v/iKOP-R4G5UM%26autoplay=1
All juniors with a cumulative, weighted GPA of 3.4 or above should have received an invitation this week to join the National Honor Society. There is an optional meeting on Monday, March 10th at 2:30 and again at 3:30 in the Little Theater. We will discuss the selection process, obligations for NHS members, and answer questions. All materials listed in the invitation letter must be turned in to the box in the Main Office no later than 3:45 on Friday, March 21st. Any junior with a 3.4 or above GPA who did not receive a letter or who has any questions about NHS should see Mrs. Johnston or Mr. Smith.
Midland & Dow High Athletes need your support. The annual Booster Bash is March 21, 2014. Please consider sponsoring or attending this year's Booster Bash. All proceeds will go to Midland and Dow High Athletics. Go to www.mpssportsboosters.com for more information, sponsorship and to purchase tickets. Without your support this event cannot be successful. Thank you in advance for your support.
Applications to be one of two student speakers for the 2014 Commencement ceremony are now available in the Main Office. Seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA who have an interest in speaking at Commencement are encouraged to apply. Applications are due to Amy Hutchinson, assistant principal, by March 21.
Any artist in the senior class who is interested in creating the cover for the 2014 Commencement program may pick up an application in the Main Office. Applications are due to Amy Hutchinson, assistant principal, by March 21.
"Schools of Choice" For all Residents and Non-Residents: The application period for FALL, 2014-15 school year is February 3 - March 21, 2014 for all residents and nonresidents. Parents will be notified by US mail by March 28 of the status of their application.
There are many scholarship applications available at this time. Many of these scholarships have due dates in February and March. The list changes frequently, so click on the following link to check them out: https://www.midlandps.org/sites/mhs/Pages/Counseling/Scholarships.aspx
Caring Closet: Thank you to all of the families and community members that have donated to the Caring Closet. We have already provided over 200 hygiene product to MHS student and their families! We are still accepting donations.
With spring around the corner, students are in need of sweatshirts and jackets (variety of sizes: men's and women's). See the attached flyer for information.
Junior Parents: It is time to begin the process of planning the Midland High/ Dow High Prom. Prom will be held on May 17th from 8:00pm-midnight at the Valley Plaza Great Hall. The theme this year will be 1920s/Gatsby. Now that we have figured out the basics, it is time to plan our decorations. We will be having a prom decorations meeting on Wednesday, March 12 at 5:30. We will meet in the back parking lot of Parkdale Elementary to look at the supplies we already have. We MAY have the opportunity to travel to the Great Hall around 6:00 to tour the facility, however the hall has not yet confirmed this is possible – more information will follow. At this meeting parents and students that come will begin to develop a rough outline for what specifics we would like to have for prom.
Chelsea Clement at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chad Wegener at email@example.com.
The College and Career Readiness Center is located in the counseling center. This room is full of information on colleges, scholarships, post-high school opportunities, personal counseling resources, testing help, and much more. There is a computer available with internet for parent use. We offer assistance by appointment to help you guide your child through the college process and ways to help pay for college. We have "College Survival Binders" with TONS of information for parents to take and keep to help guide your child through the college process. Information from the binders will soon be available online through the counseling department section of the MHS web site. If you have any questions about the College and Career Readiness Center, please feel free to contact Nancy Bussineau at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents of Seniors: Graduation day is only a few short months away. The Commencement Committee needs your help to include every senior in the Senior Slideshow. Please submit ELECTRONIC images of SENIORS ONLY via Facebook (search MHS Senior Slideshow 2014) or Email (email@example.com). The committee will accept images from Kindergarten up until the deadline date of Friday, April 18, 2014. No USB drives will be accepted.
Yearbook Senior Ads – honor your special senior with a page devoted just to them! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information on how to reserve your space.
Do you shop at GFS (Gordon Food Service) Marketplace? By doing so, you can earn valuable rewards for yourself and Midland High School just by enrolling in the FunFunds Program. Members who enroll online will receive two valuable offers: a $10 discount on their first $50 purchase and a $10 off $50 donation coupon for M.H.S. on their second purchase. As you continue using your FunFunds card at GFS, you will continue to earn rebates for MHS. Follow this link to enroll in the program: http://gfs.com/funfunds/home.page?OrgNumber=2606478
With Chemic Pride,
Lori J. Kennemer
Midland High School
1301 Eastlawn Dr.
Midland, MI 48642