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  • Friday Communique 4-17-14

    Happy Thursday Friday!


    I am sending this out a day early because I will not be here tomorrow.  I hope you all have a nice long weekend (remember, there will be no school on Good Friday, April 18th nor the Professional Development Day on Monday, April 21st).  Can you believe there are only six weeks of school left for seniors, and eight for underclassmen?


    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.  Students waiting for a ride must wait in the atrium.

    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 (  The committee will accept images from Kindergarten up until the deadline date of Friday, April 18, 2014.  No USB drives will be accepted.


    The deadline to order yearbooks is April 20, 2014.  Order yours today at or in room 325.


    Our Jostens representative will be here on Tuesday, April 22nd from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in Eyeball Alley to deliver graduation announcements ordered in January. 


    MHS juniors will be taking part in a pilot for Smarter Balanced testing next week. "The Smarter Balanced assessments are a key part of implementing our new academic standards and preparing all students for success in college and careers. When the assessments become operational in the 2014-15 school year, they will provide an academic checkup by measuring real-world skills like critical thinking and problem solving. In addition, they will provide information during the year to give teachers and parents a better picture of where students are succeeding and where they need help. This practice run of the assessments will be used to evaluate the testing software, ensure the quality of assessment questions, and evaluate the effectiveness of the assessment administration and training materials. It also provides teachers and students at our school an opportunity to preview the types of questions that will be part of the Smarter Balanced assessments and practice test administration procedures."


    MHS Drama Department will bring "Into the Woods" to life on Thursday, April 24th, Friday April 25th, and Saturday, April 26th.  All performances will be at 7pm at Central Auditorium.  Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $7 for students; they can be purchased at Wolverine Bank and Village Green, as well as at Midland High during lunch hours. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.  The Brothers Grimm meet musical theatre with an epic fairytale where worlds collide. The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival, Little Red Ridinghood needs to get to Granny's house, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later, after their happily ever after, with disastrous results.


    Support Midland Public Schools Track and Field teams by registering for the "Great Lakes Loons Pennant Race" presented by the Midland Community Center on Saturday, April 26, 2015. The 5K Run and 5K Walk will begin at 10:00 am, followed by a 1 Mile Fun Run at 11:00 am.  All events start/finish near Dow Diamond and continue along the Pere Marquette Rail Trail.  An alternate course has been developed in case of spring flooding.  All Participants receive a ticket to the April 26 Loons game and a race T-shirt with their entry fee.  Registration will remain open through race day.   All the proceeds from the Great Lakes Loons Pennant Race will benefit the Midland Public Schools Track and Field teams.  Race information and online registration is available at  Race packets will be available for pick-up at the Midland Curling Center on Friday, April 15 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm and on race day at Dow Diamond starting at 8:00 am. For more information, contact Gigi McIntyre, Race Director at (989) 832-7937 ext. 4415 or via email at


    MHS Student Council applications are being accepted.  Any student in grades 9-11 may apply to be on the 2014-15 council.  The applications are due on May 1, 2014.  I have attached the application.


    Seniors taking eLearning classes for credit recovery or credit protection need to complete by May 19th in order to participate in the commencement ceremony.



    Honor Roll Award ceremonies will be held at the end of April and first of May.  Invitations were sent out to parents advising them of the dates and time.  If you did not receive an invitation and believe that your son/daughter qualified for the honor roll by earning status on the final second semester grades in the 2012-13 school year and/or the final first semester grades this year, please contact me as soon as possible.  Honor Roll status is based on non-weighted grades, and a student must earn a 3.0 g.p.a. or greater with no grade below a C- to qualify.  Semesters are calculated independently of each other.


    Our IB Art students were heighted in the April 2014 MPS Today, now on MPS-TV and our YouTube site.  Be sure to check out their incredible work at:  Also on the YouTube site is the April Counselors' Corner, where our high school counselors discuss upcoming testing and college credits, career planning, and college transcripts.


    Midland Public Schools, in compliance with the Michigan Merit Curriculum Law, will allow students who are not enrolled in a course to "test out" of any course or subject credit area.  "Testing out" of a course is an option for students to demonstrate a reasonable level of mastery of subject matter to meet course and program requirements and then to be placed at the next higher level.  For more information and a registration form, see the attachment.  Applications are due mid-May.


    "Would you like to help better Midland High School? If so, contact the Beautification Club! We are a group of students and staff who clean the MHS campus by raking, pulling weeds, and throwing out litter. We also are planting flowers in front of the school's main entrance. We are currently accepting donations of planters, dirt, flowers, and many other items which we need to fulfill our projects. If you would like to donate or be a part of the club, please contact Georgina Leach at or Melissa Toner at"


    Juniors and Junior Parents:  We are looking for volunteers to help set up the day of prom, May 17 at 9:00am until we are finished, and May 18 at 10:00am to tear down.   We are also in need of parents to work the coat room during the dance.   If you are interested in volunteering, please email Ms. Clement at


    The operation, instruction, and administration of the Midland Public Schools summer athletic camps is in the hands of the individual high school athletic departments.  Both Midland High and Dow High offer a wide range of camp opportunities and have produced their own brochures.  Families can choose the school, sessions, times, and dates that best fit their situation.  Athletes are welcome to attend camps at both schools.   Midland High School registrations can be made at .  Click on "Chemic HQ" to find the summer camp link.  I have attached a copy of the brochure here.


    Host an Exchange Student:  Host families needed for incoming exchange students for the 2014-15 school year. Families can help a student fulfill their dream by opening your heart and home.  The exchange student program helps families and communities broaden cultures, create world friendships, promote understanding and goodwill among people. Exchange students come with their own spending money and are fully insured. Together, We CAN Make a Difference in the World!  It's always nice to sign up early.  That way you get to know your student better and start building a relationship before they arrive.  For more information please contact Shirley Shelson 989-513-2540 or email at


    There are many scholarship applications available at this time.  Many of these scholarships have due dates in March.  The list changes frequently, so click on the following link to check them out:


    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).


    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


    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:



    With Chemic Pride,
    Lori J. Kennemer
    Administrative Assistant
    Midland High School
    1301 Eastlawn Dr.
    Midland, MI  48642
    P:  (989)923-5185
    F:  (989)923-5100

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