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My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

My Town: Start of school filled with photos and well-wishes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The 2014-2015 school year is officially underway for West Michigan students.

On Sept. 2, which was the official start of classes for most schools, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan released this statement: 

"It’s a great day to be Back to School in Michigan !

Let me take a moment to wish everyone a positive and successful school year.

Our team here at the Michigan Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and I appreciate the hard work and daily dedication teachers, administrators, school board members, and other school staff devote to our children in Michigan.

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

The start of the 2014-15 schools year is just around the corner.

As a parent, don’t let the start of a new school year catch you off guard- start preparing your students now to hit the books this fall.  While some activities, like waking up early, may be met with less enthusiasm, back-to-school preparation can be fun. 

Educators at Michigan Connections Academy have developed four fun, yet educational, activities parents and students can do together to help prepare for a successful start to the new school year— and the best part is the students won’t even realize they are learning!

My Town Whitehall: Free backpack distribution Aug. 14

My Town Whitehall: Free backpack distribution Aug. 14

WHITEHALL, Mich.--  Families in need will get a back-to-school boost Thursday,  Aug. 14.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., volunteers with Mission for Area People will be at Lebanon Lutheran Church, handing out free backpacks filled with supplies to children from struggling families.  The organization expects to distribute supplies to 1,500 children this year, as part of its Lakeshore Backpacks for Kids program. The event may also include free vision and hearing screenings, haircuts, snacks and fun activities.

 A parent or guardian must be present in order for a child to receive a backpack, and both adults and children must have some form of identification. 

The backpacks will be distributed based on a first come, first served basis. Mission for Area People will hold two more distribution events at the following times:

Churches begin giving away free school supplies

Churches begin giving away free school supplies

Lakeshore Backpacks for Kids will soon begin distributing 1,500 free backpacks stocked with school supplies during a series of events hosted by area churches.  The events begin in Holton on Saturday, August 2, 2014, and end on August 27, 2014 in Muskegon Norton Shores/Spring Lake. Each child must be accompanied by an adult parent or legal guardian to receive a backpack. ID is required for both adults and children. Supplies are limited and are given away on a first come, first served basis.

 

Distribution sites include The Gateway Church in Norton Shores/Spring Lake, Holton United Methodist in Holton, Lebanon Lutheran in Whitehall, Samuel Lutheran Church in downtown Muskegon, and Mission for Area People in Muskegon Heights.

 

My Town: Montague High School names new basketball coach

My Town: Montague High School names new basketball coach

MONTAGUE, Mich.--  Montague High School is getting a new girls basketball coach.

Brian Beebe will take over the post this fall. He will also be teaching computer and English classes.

The district says Beebe has a wealth of girls’ basketball experience at the high school and collegiate level.  Parents and prospective players are encouraged to meet him this Thursday, July 24 in the CAT Lab at the high school.  The introductory meeting begins at 6 p.m.

My Town: Muskegon Heights Public Schools Academy now hiring

My Town: Muskegon Heights Public Schools Academy now hiring

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—The new Muskegon Heights Public Schools Academy System is looking to hire additional faculty and staff.

The school system is in need of math teachers for grades 7-8 and 9-12, as well as a library media specialist/librarian for grades 9-12.  The positions are full-time during the academic year.  Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree or higher, as well as a valid teaching certificate.  Applications are due by 4 p.m. July 29.

Applications may be emailed to smccarty@mhtigers.org or by mail to:

Alena Zachery-Ross

Superintendent of Schools

Muskegon Heights High School

2441 Sanford Street

Muskegon Heights, MI 49444-2121

Last month, Muskegon Heights Public School Academy decided to “self manage” its district.  The MAISD will provide business services for the district.

My Town: Whitehall School Board trustee petitions due July 22

My Town: Whitehall School Board trustee petitions due July 22

WHITEHALL, Mich.—The deadline to run for Whitehall’s school board is fast approaching.

Voters will select four board members, including trustees for the two four-year positions currently held by Tom Mallory and Mike Sutton and the two six-year positions currently held by Shon Cook and Randy Fielstra.

Nomination petitions must be submitted to the Muskegon County Clerk’s Office by 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 22.  Each candidate needs between 40 and 100 signatures, or may pay a $100 non-refundable filing fee in lieu of signatures.  Nominating petitions and affidavit of identity formers are available during regular business hours at the superintendent’s office, located at 541 E. Slocum Street.

The election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 4.