Updates from CCS

  • Update from CHS, 5/15/2020

    Posted by Bill Milnes on 5/15/2020 1:40:00 PM

    I just wanted to send you another reminder of some of the important dates coming up.

    Please drop off any materials that belong to CHS on Tuesday, May 19th from 5-7 PM or Wednesday, May 20th from 1-3 PM or 4-6 PM in the back parking lot by the gym lobby doors. It is important that we get any CHS materials returned back to us, so thank you for getting this done. You can also request anything you left in your locker at these times.

    The Cap and Gown & Academic Awards pick up drive through is Friday, May 22nd from 11 AM-2 PM in the front parking lot of CHS. Please make sure you plan to come get your very important graduation items. IF YOU ARE SENDING SOMEONE ELSE TO PICK UP YOUR THINGS, YOU MUST LET US KNOW AND YOU NEED TO SEND A NOTE WITH THEM TO SHOW US WHEN THEY COME HERE TO PICK UP YOUR ITEMS.

    If you earned a scholarship, we will notify you by May 16th. The scholarship event will be on Facebook Live on our CHS Facebook page on Friday, May 22nd starting at 6:30 PM.

    Senior Swing Out Car Parade: We have been approved to have a car parade through town. The parade will leave from the CHS Student parking lot at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, July 28th. We are planning to have a car parade escorted through town and then hopefully a senior event of some kind if the gathering restrictions have been lifted. More details will come later.

    Graduation Ceremony: Set for Sunday, August 2nd at 5 PM here at CHS at Cardinal Field. If the weather is bad on the 2nd, we will have it on Monday, August 3rd at 6 PM.

    Have a wonderful weekend and please stay safe and healthy.

    I know this has been a very hard time for everyone.

    Go Cards!

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  • Update from the Superintendent, 5/10/2020

    Posted by Terry Ann Whelan on 5/10/2020 4:00:00 PM

    This week, we will be starting week four of our distance learning. Thank you to our parents and students for your continued dedication to learning. Students, please continue to reach out to your teachers for any assistance that you need. We are here to support you and help you in any way possible. 

    This week, we have a couple of changes to our grab-and-go food service program and packet distribution. On Monday, May 11th, our pickup program will be the same as it has been with the pickup locations at Jefferson Elementary and Legg Middle School. However, on Thursday, May 14th, the Legg Middle School pickup will move to Coldwater High School. Families will enter off Green St. at the delivery drive and then will exit onto Fremont St. Staff members will be there to assist with the traffic flow. The food pickup program will then remain at Jefferson Elementary and Coldwater High School until June 25th.

    Kindergarten registration has begun, and we are implementing the following registration methods for our families:

    1. Parents can find the enrollment packet here on the district's website. Families can print the packet, complete the paperwork, and mail it to:
      Coldwater Community Schools
      401 Sauk River Dr.
      Coldwater, MI 49036
    2. Parents can also call Coldwater Schools Administration Office (517-279-5910) and leave a voicemail with your name, your student's name, address, and a phone number, and a packet will be mailed to you.
    3. Packets will also be available for pickup until Friday, May 15th in the vestibule at Max Larsen Elementary School from 8 AM-7 PM.
    4. On Monday, May 18th from 5-7 PM, and Thursday, May 21st from 1-6 PM, we will be hosting a curbside registration. During those times, parents can drop off their completed packets, and staff will be available to make copies of the required registration materials.

    More communication will be provided to our families in the future in regards to Kindergarten Screening, Parent Meetings, and plans for next year.

    I know the last few weeks have been very stressful for all of us as we have tried to juggle work obligations, parenting, home schooling, and keeping our families safe. I just want you to know that you are appreciated, and I hope that today brings you a day of rest and relaxation.

    Happy Mother's Day to all of our Moms!

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  • Update from the Superintendent, 5/3/2020

    Posted by Terry Ann Whelan on 5/3/2020 6:50:00 PM

    This week, we will be starting week three of our distance learning. Please remember to have your child reach out to their teachers for any assistance that they need. We are here to support them and help you in any way possible.

    It's that time of year again when we do kindergarten registration, and due to social distancing guidelines, we made some changes to our kindergarten enrollment procedures. We are implementing the following registration methods for our families:

    1. Parents can find the enrollment packet on the district's website beginning Wednesday, May 6th. Families can print the packet, complete the paperwork, and mail it to:
      Coldwater Community Schools
      401 Sauk River Dr.
      Coldwater, Michigan 49036
    2. Parents can also call Coldwater Schools Administration Office (517-279-5910) and leave a voicemail with your name, your student's name, address, and a phone number and a packet will be mailed to you.
    3. Packets will also be available for pickup from Wednesday, May 6th through Friday, May 15th from 8 AM-7 PM in the vestibule at Max Larsen Elementary School.
    4. On Monday, May 18th from 5-7 PM and Thursday, May 21st from 1-6 PM, we will be hosting a curbside registration. During those times, parents can drop off their completed packets and staff will be available to make copies of the required registration materials. 

    More communication will be provided to our families in the future in regard to Kindergarten screening, parent meetings, and plans for next year as it becomes available.

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  • Update from the Superintendent, 4/26/2020

    Posted by Terry Ann Whelan on 4/26/2020 5:00:00 PM

    I hope you and your families are all doing well. This week, we will be starting week two of our distance learning. Please remember to reach out to your teachers for any assistance that you need. Although we are not meeting face-to-face, remember that we are here to help you and support you in any way possible.

    If you picked up packets last week at Jefferson, I apologize for the delay that you may have experienced. Please know that we have changed our processes at that building and have brought in additional staff members, so we expect the pick up to go faster and smoother this week. We will also have staff members directing traffic in different lines depending on the purpose you are there for. If you have a window placard that you used for end-of-the-day pickup this year at Max Larsen or Jefferson, please place that in your window if you are picking up packets. That will assist us in getting everyone taken care of in the shortest time possible.

    Remember that packets are posted on the district's website every Friday by 4 PM for the following week. Your child will also be able to access these packets on their teacher's Google Classroom site. If you responded that you prefer to pick up your packets at the breakfast and lunch pickup sites, know that those packets will be available every Monday between 11 AM and 1 PM at Jefferson Elementary or Legg Middle School. You must notify your teacher which site you will be picking up packets at so that we have them ready for you.

    Parents, please remind your child that this is their new way of learning for the next five weeks. It is important that they continue to engage in their learning. We are all in this together, and everyone has been working hard to learn how to navigate through this new "normal". We appreciate your patience and your assistance as we continue to provide this new way of teaching and learning.

    My wish for you is that your family continues to be healthy. Please Stay Home and Stay Safe.

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  • Update from the Superintendent, 4/19/2020

    Posted by Terry Ann Whelan on 4/19/2020 1:50:00 PM

    We are pleased that our "Continuity of Learning Plan" was approved by the Branch Intermediate School District last week, and with that approval, we are ready to begin a new way of teaching and learning with our students. This learning will continue throughout the remainder of this school year. Packets will be posted on the district's web page every Friday by 4 PM, for the following week. Your child will also be able to access these packets on the teacher's Google Classroom site. You should have received a call or email from one of your student's teachers last week so we would know what means of delivery works best for you and your child. If you responded that you prefer to pick up your packets at the breakfast and lunch pickup sites. know that those packets will be available every Monday between 11 AM-1 PM at Jefferson Elementary or Legg Middle School. If you designated that means of picking up your packet and you aren't able to show up at the school, then we will mail out any unclaimed packets on Monday afternoon.

    Parents, please remind your child that this is their new way of learning for the next six (6) weeks. It is important that they continue to engage or reengage in their learning. We know it's not the way they are used to, and it isn't the way that our teachers are used to as well. We would all prefer to continue "face-to-face" teaching with our kids, but as we all know right now, that is not an option. Students, please reach out to your teachers and do your best to engage with them and your friends. We are all in this together, and everyone has been working hard to learn how to navigate through this new "normal". We appreciate your patience and your assistance as we continue to provide this new way of teaching and learning.

    Remember, our "grab-and-go" breakfast and lunch program will continue through May 29th.

    My wish for you is that your family continues to be healthy. Please Stay Home and Stay Safe.

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  • Update from CHS, 4/15/2020

    Posted by Bill Milnes on 4/15/2020 2:05:00 PM

    This is an update on our CHS Continued Educational Plan processes.

    We are all here to support you during this challenging time. Please know we are thinking of you and your family as we navigate these uncertain times together. We are here to serve you while we work together to get through the COVID-19/Coronavirus crisis and the shutdown to our face-to-face system of school.

    Starting today, teachers at CHS will be trying to make weekly contact with all of our students. The focus hour teacher of your son or daughter will be attempting this week to check in to see how things are going and what types of needs the students and your families have at this time. The teachers may call home if they do not hear back from the students so please expect that you might start getting follow up phone calls and help us out by asking your children to check their school emails daily.

    Starting next week, we will have weekly educational packets available for the students with sections in Math, Science, English, Social Studies, Spanish, Art, English Learner activities, Physical Education, and Music activities. We are suggesting that a student pick at least three areas to work on each day and to spend about 30 minutes on each selected area as well as completing some type of daily exercise. By the end of the week, we hope that our students will spend time to complete all of the learning activities. We ask that you please help support your child’s continued engagement with these weekly activities and the focus teachers will be checking in on them weekly as well to help monitor their progress or answer any questions they might have.

    Our hope is that most students will be able to access the activity packets through their school emails. Each weekend the new packet will be emailed to all students and parents similar to how we used to email our daily announcements. The packets will also be available on the school website and in the focus hour Google Classrooms that are being created. The contact this week with students will help us better understand who can receive the packets electronically and those who might need to pick up a hard copy of the activities so again, please ask your son or daughter to respond to the email from their focus teacher.

    Just as a reminder, the food distribution program is still available on Monday and Thursday from 11 AM-1 PM. On Mondays, families receive three servings of breakfast and three servings of lunch for every child; those meals are for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Thursdays, families receive four servings of breakfast and four servings of lunch for every child; those meals are for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Food distribution locations are at Jefferson Elementary School (Vans Ave. parent loop) and Legg Middle School (Western Ave. parent parking lot). There is no cost to families for this food or service and it is available to all students.

    Again we want to support you and your family through this time and we hope that by sending a weekly packet of various learning activities and reaching out to you each week, we can help promote continued learning for your son or daughter.

    Stay safe and Go Cards!

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  • Update from the Superintendent, 4/11/2020

    Posted by Terry Ann Whelan on 4/11/2020 8:40:00 PM

    With the announcement last week that our schools would remain closed for the rest of the school year, our administrators began working to develop our "Continuity of Learning Plan". We have been working in collaboration with our state educational organizations as well as numerous other school districts while incorporating the many requirements of the Executive Order. We believe our plan will be approved early next week by the Branch Intermediate School District.

    Next week, our teachers will start working remotely with each other and their principals to develop our learning plan so that we will have everything in place to start reengaging with our students no later than April 21st. Also, you or your child will be hearing from their teacher to establish the methods of learning that will work best for them. Please know that during this time, our buildings will continue to be closed to our students. Teachers will only have limited access, if necessary, to complete their lessons while continuing to practice social distancing.

    Our "grab-and-go" breakfast and lunch program will continue through May 29th. There continues to be an increase in the number of meals that we provide each week. This week, through the generous donations of the Agape Center Ministry, the United Methodist Church, and Dr. Edward Lake, we were able to distribute 152 turkey breasts to our families to help with their Easter dinner. We are so thankful for the continued generosity of our community members and organizations.

    We appreciate your patience and your assistance as we all continue to navigate these uncharted waters. My wish for you is that your family continues to be healthy and safe. Please know that you are in our prayers and we wish you a wonderful Easter weekend.

    Stay Home, Stay Safe.

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  • Update from CHS, 4/7/2020

    Posted by Bill Milnes on 4/7/2020 1:00:00 PM

    I hope you are all still doing well and that you are finding some time to enjoy the sun when it pops its head out of the clouds.

    I wanted to update you on the status of our typical senior and some other events.

    National Honor Society Induction

    The CHS Faculty Council met several times online last week to review and make their decisions in regards to our new applicants. Brian Stevens will be notifying all of the students in the next couple of days. We will not have a virtual induction ceremony at this time but we will plan to have an in-person event in the fall once we are back in school. The new inductees are current Juniors and Sophomores so they should hopefully be here in the fall. There were only a few senior members who were inducted this past winter and they will be invited back for the ceremony as well.

    Prom

    Prom has been placed on hold. It had originally been postponed until May 2nd prior to the final decisions to close schools for face-to-face instruction through the rest of the year. At this time there are no plans to create a new official prom date for this year as we do not know how long the gathering restrictions will be in place. Coordinating the dance, selling tickets & collecting money, approving guests, and securing a location/caterer are all things that are made immensely more difficult without being able to physically be together. I am sure many people will have suggestions for how we could hold Prom but until we know when the gathering restrictions will be lifted, planning for any type of dance is not feasible.

    Senior Scholarship Night

    Seniors completed the application process for their scholarships prior to the shut down going into effect. Jessica Krzyzanski is coordinating with the local scholarship sponsors to help support their continued decision making in regards to which students will earn the various scholarships. I intend to hold a virtual scholarship award ceremony on Wednesday, May 20th where I will announce and honor the recipients of the various scholarships. Donors and recipients will not be physically present, and the ceremony will be broadcast so we can highlight the accomplishments of the award winners.

    Senior Fun Night, Swing Out, Convocation, and Graduation

    All of these events are cancelled at this time until such a time when the stay at home and gathering restrictions are lifted. It is our intent to still have a physical ceremony and celebration for the class of 2020 once the restrictions have been lifted.

    Cap and Gown Drive-Through Delivery Date and Class of 2020 Senior Signs

    Jostens will be here in the front (Fremont Street) CHS parking lot on April 25th from 11 AM-2 PM. Jostens will be set up in the circle drive in front of the high school. Seniors that have a balance due are asked to make their final payments online or call 800-567-8367 to make their payments to help us all keep our social distancing. If students have to bring payment they can bring exact change in an envelope. Jostens will have extra caps and gowns if they need to purchase one.

    • Complete Unit: $50
    • Stole: $20
    • Cap: $10
    • Tassel: $10

    CHS has also purchased a yard sign for every senior to help celebrate the class of 2020.

    Class of 2020 - Supporting Our Seniors - #2020strong

    These will be handed out free of charge on April 25th from 11 AM-2 PM to all seniors. Additional signs were purchased and will be made available to staff and community members after the senior hand out process is complete.

    Baccalaureate

    Baccalaureate is coordinated by the local area churches. For this year based on the restrictions that are in place, they have decided to cancel Baccalaureate for this year and they wish the class of 2020 the best in their thoughts and prayers.

    Band and Choir Concerts as well as other general assemblies

    All other concerts and assemblies are cancelled.

    Stay Safe and Stay Home!

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  • Update from the Superintendent, 4/4/2020

    Posted by Terry Ann Whelan on 4/4/2020 2:55:00 PM

    As you know, on April 2nd, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-35, closing all K-12 school buildings for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. All school activities and athletics are also cancelled at this time unless otherwise instructed by the Governor. The Executive Order also requires school districts in Michigan to develop a "Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan". This plan will outline the methods the district will use to provide alternative modes of instruction in place of our current model of "in-person" instruction. Yesterday we received the template from the Governor's Office that we are to use to submit our plan for approval to our BISD Superintendent. There is a lot to work to do to get this plan complete, but please know that we are doing everything possible to provide multiple ways to keep our students at the center of educational activities and opportunities so that all of our students can access learning.

    Next week, April 6-10, is our scheduled Spring Break. During this week, and at least until the end of our scheduled school year, we will continue our food service for our families on Monday and Thursday from 11 AM-1 PM at the Jefferson Elementary and Legg Middle School pick-up sites.

    As we continue to develop our plans and receive additional guidance from the Governor's Office, we will be updating you when our plan has been approved and we are ready to implement it. The Governor has given us until April 28th to implement our plan, but our goal is to have it in place before that date.

    Our thoughts are with our teachers, our staff, our students, and our families. These are uncertain times for all of us but we will get through this together. I am thankful to live in a community that cares for one another. Parents, we appreciate all that you are during to support your children in their education during these times.

    Stay Home, Stay Safe.

    Sincerely,
    Terry Ann Whelan, Superintendent

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  • Update from the Superintendent, 3/27/2020

    Posted by Terry Ann Whelan on 3/27/2020 6:55:00 PM

    As you know, on March 23rd, Governor Whitmer issued an Executive Order closing all non-essential businesses and services from March 24th through Monday April 13th. As of now, those are the only dates that we know for sure. There has been speculation that the April 14th date as a reopening date for businesses and schools could be extended. Today, Governor Whitmer told WWJ Newsradio in Detroit, "It's probably very unlikely that they are going to get back in school before the end of the year." I just want to remind everyone that her statement was not an official declaration of an extended closing, but instead was a statement about what her thoughts are at this time. As soon as there is an official order, I will share that information with you.

    Every day since March 16th, we have increased our food production for our families. We started serving just over 200 kids on day one and yesterday we served over 700 students. We will continue to provide breakfast and lunch for our kids for at least the next two weeks. Yesterday, we had the opportunity to provide additional food for all of our families through the generous donation of the Agape Center Ministry, which gave the school district $1,000 to purchase additional food. In addition to our breakfast and lunches yesterday, there were over 100 additional bags of groceries distributed containing food valued at over $850.

    Yesterday a "prank website" appeared, that looked like the WOOD-TV 8 website, claiming that all Branch County Schools were closed for the rest of the year. Please be aware that during this time of crisis that there may be many attempts by individuals to scam people. Please remember that you will be notified by the school district when any new information is available.

    Thank you to our teachers, our staff, our students, and our families. We will get through this together because we are a community that cares for one another. Parents, please continue to encourage your children to stay engaged in their learning during this time. We appreciate all that you are during to support them in their education.

    Stay Home, Stay Safe.

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