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2022-23 Back to School Bulletin

Coldwater Community Schools

2022-23 BACK-TO-SCHOOL BULLETIN

School opens for students with a full day of classes on Monday, August 22, 2022. Breakfast and lunch will be served and will continue to be free to all students in all buildings throughout the 2022-2023 school year. The first day of classes for Kinder Learning Academy Preschool will be Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

The staff of Coldwater Community Schools is excited to meet students and their families at the following open houses:


OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE FOR 2022-23

Elementary Transportation Open House: August 15, 10 AM-12 PM & 5-7 PM at Lakeland Elementary

Max Larsen: August 16, 4-5:30 PM

Jefferson: August 16, 5-6:30 PM

Lakeland: August 16, 6-7:30 PM

LMS: August 17, 4-5:30 PM

CHS: August 17, 5-6:30 PM

KLA Preschool (3-Year-Olds): August 29, 4-7 PM

KLA Preschool (4-Year-Olds): August 30, 4-7 PM


ALL SCHOOLS INSTRUCTIONAL HOURS

BUILDINGS/PROGRAMS REGULAR DAY EARLY RELEASE
WEDNESDAY
HALF-DAY
Lincoln Learning Center
(Kinder Learning Academy Preschool)
8:25-11:25 AM;
12:30-3:30 PM
No Classes No Classes
Lincoln Learning Center
(Kids Club Childcare)
6 AM-6 PM 6 AM-6 PM 6 AM-6 PM
Max Larsen Elementary School
(Y5/K/1)
8:45 AM-3:55 PM 8:45 AM-2:40 PM 8:45 AM-12:15 PM
Jefferson Elementary School
(2/3)
8:25 AM-3:35 PM 8:25 AM-2:20 PM 8:25-11:55 AM
Lakeland Elementary School
(4/5)
8:35 AM-3:45 PM 8:35 AM-2:30 PM 8:35 AM-12:05 PM
Legg Middle School
(6/7/8)
7:35 AM-2:35 PM 7:35 AM-1:20 PM 7:35-11:05 AM
Coldwater High School
(9/10/11/12)
7:40 AM-2:40 PM 7:40 AM-1:25 PM 7:40-11:10 AM

BACK-TO-SCHOOL FORMS

This year, families will be able to complete all their back-to-school forms online in Skyward.  More information is available on the district’s Skyward support page at https://www.coldwaterschools.org/domain/38


SCHOOL BREAKFAST/LUNCH PROGRAM

School breakfast and lunches in all schools of the Coldwater District will begin Monday, August 22, 2022.  BREAKFAST AND LUNCH IS FREE TO ALL STUDENTS ENROLLED AT COLDWATER SCHOOLS. Household Income Surveys are now part of your back-to-school online forms and are very important for school district program funding. Each student will have the opportunity to receive one free breakfast and free lunch daily. Additional milk and milk for sack lunches from home may be purchased for 50¢ per carton. Breakfast is not served on delayed days.  A sack lunch will be provided to elementary students on half days.


EARLY RELEASE

Early release begins for all students on Wednesday, August 24, 2022.

On early release, students will be dismissed early so that teachers can meet to examine student achievement and make necessary adjustments to lessons.  The goal will be to consistently meet the needs of students and to provide the support needed to ensure that every student will master the learning objectives. With this schedule in place, teachers are able to use the time set aside to examine student assessments, plan for extra assistance for struggling students, and create additional learning opportunities for students who have achieved mastery of the basic material.

There will be no classes on Friday, September 2, and Monday, September 5, in observance of Labor Day.

Please refer to the school calendar for scheduled early release days and half days.


MAX LARSEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Instructional Hours Times
Regular Day 8:45 AM-3:55 PM
Early Release Wednesday 8:45 AM-2:40 PM
Half Day 8:45 AM-12:15 PM

Doors will open at 8:25 AM.

Open House: August 16, 4-5:30 PM.

Picture Day: September 15, with retakes on October 20.

Max Larsen families: You are invited to join us for Popsicles on the Playground! Come meet the Principal, Mrs. Farmer, high-five old friends, make new friends, and maybe even say hello to a few staff members! All are welcome to attend on Thursday, August 4 from 11:30-12:30 PM or Tuesday, August 9 from 6-7 PM at the Max Larsen playground. Let's have a little fun, enjoy a popsicle, and get excited about the upcoming school year. Hope to see you there!

A welcome letter will be sent out on Wednesday, August 10th inviting students and families to the open house. Information regarding your child’s teacher for the 2022-2023 school year will be included in this mailing.

Morning supervision begins at 8:25 AM. Students will report to the playground before school (weather permitting).  Students can eat breakfast in their classroom after school begins at 8:45 AM.  Breakfast is free for all students.


JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Instructional Hours Times
Regular Day 8:25 AM-3:35 PM
Early Release Wednesday 8:25 AM-2:20 PM
Half Day 8:25-11:55 AM

Doors will open at 8:05 AM.

Open House: August 16, 5-6:30 PM.

Picture Day: September 13, with retakes on October 19.

A welcome letter will be sent out on Wednesday, August 10th, inviting students and families to the open house. Information regarding a child’s teacher for the 2022-2023 school year will be included in this mailing.

Playground supervision begins at 8:05 AM. Students will report to the playground before school (weather permitting). Students can eat breakfast in their classrooms after school begins at 8:35 AM. Breakfast is free for all students.


LAKELAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Instructional Hours Times
Regular Day 8:35 AM-3:45 PM
Early Release Wednesday 8:35 AM-2:30 PM
Half Day 8:35 AM-12:05 PM

Doors will open at 8:15 AM.

Open House: August 16, 6-7:30 PM.

Picture Day: September 14, with retakes on October 19.

A welcome letter will be sent out on Wednesday, August 10th, inviting students and families to the open house. Information regarding a child’s teacher for the 2022-2023 school year will be included in this mailing.

We believe that your child's best opportunity for success is made possible through learning partnerships. It is critically important that staff, students, and parents work together to ensure each child's success. Our school community is greatly enriched by your involvement and participation. Your involvement in school is the key to your child’s success. We encourage you to come to our parent meetings and to be an active partner with us in your child’s education.

All students are invited to enter the building after 8:15 AM and are expected to report to the cafeteria for breakfast or their classroom. Breakfast is served from 8:15-8:35 AM. Breakfast is free for all students.


COMMON INFORMATION FOR THE ELEMENTARY BUILDINGS

Arrival and Dismissal

  • Entrances and exits will be limited at each building.
  • School buildings will open 20 minutes prior to the start of the school day.
    • Buses will not unload prior to this time and parents should not drop off prior to this time.
    • Students are encouraged to arrive as close to the building start time as possible.
  • Buses will be released one bus at a time in the morning, and there will be a staggered loading process in the afternoon.
  • Elementary students will go to the designated spaces upon entering the school. Each school will determine where breakfast will be eaten.
  • Bus students will be dismissed by individual buses.
  • Parent pick-up will only be through the car line. All parents must be in the car line.
  • Walkers will be dismissed out a designated door.

Early Parent Pick-Up/Late Arrivals

  • If you need to pick up your child early for an appointment, please call the office at least 30 minutes prior. We will have your child ready. When you arrive, come to the front doors and ring the bell. The office will communicate with you on the intercom and let you in the vestibule to sign your child out. Staff will bring your child to the door. 
  • If you are late bringing your child to school, you will need to walk them to the front door, ring the bell, and come into the vestibule to sign your child in. Only your child may enter the office area.

Assemblies/Field Trips/Extracurriculars

  • Assemblies, Field Trips, and Extracurricular events will be considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on current guidelines.

Snacks

  • All food items must be prepackaged and/or store bought. This includes snacks, class treats, and birthday treats. These items can be dropped off in the vestibule area, and parents will not be permitted to deliver them to the classroom.
  • Teachers will use gloves while passing out bulk items such as cereal, pretzels, goldfish, etc.
  • Cafeteria staff, as always, will wear gloves during mealtimes.

Technology

  • No Chromebook insurance will be offered this school year.
  • Chromebooks will be distributed to all students.
  • A handout with clear directions/expectations will be given to students with their devices.
  • Please visit the district’s website at coldwaterschools.org for helpful technology support videos and tools.
  • Hot spots will be available for families who do not have internet access at home to the extent possible.

LEGG MIDDLE SCHOOL

Instructional Hours Times
Regular Day 7:35 AM-2:35 PM
Early Release 7:35 AM-1:20 PM
Half Day 7:35 AM- 11:05 AM

Doors will open at 7:15 AM (Western Ave. entrance).

  • Parents are strongly encouraged not to drop off their child at the school prior to 7:15 AM. Students eating breakfast will grab their meal upon entering the school and eat in the cafeteria.
  • Parent pick-up will only be through the car line.
  • Parent pick-up at LMS is at the Western Avenue lot. Green Street is closed to parent traffic before and after school. Walkers will be dismissed out a designated door.

Open House: August 17, 4-5:30 PM.

Picture Day: August 25. Picture forms will be sent home via regular mail and sent home with students.

Student schedules will be available online through the student’s Skyward account on August 1st, and will also be mailed home the first week of August. Grade level tables will be located in the wings for schedule pick-up during Open House hours.

All students are invited to enter the building at 7:15 AM and are welcome to grab breakfast in the cafeteria before reporting directly to first hour after putting items in their lockers. Students are not allowed to gather in the cafeteria or hallways before school. Breakfast is served each morning from 7:15-7:30 AM. Breakfast is free for all students. Please remind your student to bring his or her schedule with them to school.


COLDWATER HIGH SCHOOL

Instructional Hours Times
Regular Day 7:40 AM-2:40 PM
Early Release 7:40 AM-1:25 PM
Half Day 7:40 AM-11:10 AM

Doors will open at 7:20 AM – front entrance off Fremont St. and gym lobby doors off Green St.

9TH GRADE FRESHMAN ORIENTATION ACTIVITY - NEW EVENT ON MONDAY, AUGUST 22ND:

On Monday, August 22nd, all 9th grade students and 10-12 students who must ride a bus to and from CHS report at 7:40 AM. 9th grade students need to please report to the cafeteria for the beginning of their orientation, while any 10-12 student who must ride a bus to school will need to report to the main gym.

ALL OTHER CHS STUDENTS IN GRADES 10-12 WILL BEGIN THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL AT 9:40 AM.

SCHOOL DOORS ON AUGUST 22ND WILL BE LOCKED AT 7:50 A.M. BUT WILL REOPEN AT 9:20 AM.

ALL STUDENTS ARE TO REPORT TO THEIR 1ST HOUR CLASSROOM BY 9:40 AM.

TYPICAL SCHOOL DAY DESCRIPTION FOR CHS

  • Students who drive to school, and all bus riders, are to enter CHS through the gym lobby doors by the student parking lot off Green Street.
  • Parents are encouraged to drop off their children at the Fremont St. front entrance to avoid the traffic in the student parking lot.
  • After entering the school, students are asked to grab a breakfast in the gym lobby if they so desire and then immediately report to their 1st hour class after placing their personal belongings into their lockers.
  • Students will not be allowed to eat breakfast in the cafeteria.  
  • AM BACC students who are providing their own transportation to and from the BACC are expected to report directly to the BACC by 8:05 AM every morning for attendance to be taken by a CHS employee.
  • AM BACC students who need to ride a bus to and from the BACC must report to the CHS Library by 7:40 AM.
  • At the end of the day, buses will be boarded behind the school in the parking lot by the band room.
  • Parents are encouraged to pick up their children at the Fremont St. front entrance to avoid the traffic in the student parking lot.

Open House: August 17, 5-6:30 PM. Parents and students are asked to utilize skyward to access student schedules so they may visit with their new teachers and try their locker combinations. Those needing a paper copy of a schedule for the open house will need to report to the Auxiliary Gym for a hard copy of their schedule.

Picture Day: August 29, with retakes on October 3. Packets will be available when school starts, and all students are expected to have their picture taken for their student ID cards regardless of whether they plan to purchase a picture package.

Please note that on the first day of school, Monday, August 22nd, only the 9th grade students and those who must ride a bus to and from CHS are to report at 7:40 AM. All other students in grades 10-12 will be able to enter the school starting at 9:20 AM. and are to report to their 1st hour classroom no later than 9:40 AM.

Any student who has pre-enrolled for Coldwater High School and now knows he/she will not be attending is asked to notify the High School office. Students new to the school district, or those who have left school and desire to return, should contact the High School office to register for classes after they have enrolled/re-enrolled at our Administration Office. Immunization records, birth certificate, and proof of residence should be presented at the time of enrollment.

Students’ schedules will be available online through the student’s Skyward account on August 1st and will also be mailed home the first week of August. Counselors will be available for those who wish to discuss any possible changes from August 9-15 from 8:30-11:30 AM. and from 12:30-3 PM at the High School. Students may also email their counselors with any questions or requests for schedule changes. Due to the planning needed for creating final schedules, Monday, August 15th is the deadline for requests for schedule changes. Schedules will be changed for academically sound reasons ONLY and not to simply change the period a class is scheduled to be taken.

Driving privileges for Coldwater High School students will be extended to all students with a driver’s license. Proper registration procedures for students desiring driving privileges are available from the assistant principal’s office of Coldwater High School after school starts. Student parking is allowed in designated areas only.


COMMON INFORMATION FOR LMS & CHS

Early Parent Pick Up/Late Arrivals

If you need to pick up your child early for an appointment, please call the office ahead of time so we can have your child ready. When you arrive, come to the front doors off Green St. (at LMS) or Fremont St. (at CHS), and ring the bell. The office will communicate with you on the intercom and let you in the vestibule to sign your child out. Staff will bring your child to the door.

Water Fountains

  • Water fountains are available for use. Students will also be allowed to bring water bottles from home for the filling stations.

Technology

  • No Chromebook insurance will be offered this school year.
  • Our district plan is to provide 1-to-1 technology. Information on distribution of technology will be sent out soon. Secondary students will be expected to bring their Chromebook to school daily.
  • Secondary students will take Chromebooks home to charge nightly.

TRANSPORTATION

Coldwater Community Schools has purchased ZONAR for our transportation department. ZONAR includes GPS location devices, and ZPass. The ZPass is a way to keep track of the students who ride on Coldwater Community School buses. The Transportation department has installed the electronic verification safety report system for all the drivers to use, and it has gone very well. This will help our transportation department keep attendance of those students each day and all information is kept in our database. Students PreK-5 will each receive a ZPass that attaches to their backpack. They will swipe them when they get on and off the bus. If you have one from last year, please have your child use that one from last year until a new one is attached to your child’s backpack at school.

Buses will be sanitized after each route in the morning and after the conclusion of each route in the afternoon.


TRANSPORTATION OPEN HOUSE

In order to get ready for the upcoming year, we will be having a Transportation Open House for all elementary families on Monday, August 15, from 10 AM-12 PM and 5-7 PM. The event will be held at Lakeland Elementary on 235 Western Avenue. This fun event will help our transportation department and buildings gather necessary information prior to the school year. Please plan to attend even if you will not be using CCS transportation as you can get registered for curbside service pick-up for the 2022-2023 school year. At the open house, you will learn your child’s bus number and bus stop location.


SCHOOL BUS STOPS - WHAT DRIVERS SHOULD KNOW

To avoid injury to students, AAA Michigan offers these rules of school bus safety.

School buses with overhead red and yellow lights:

  • Yellow lights are flashing – prepare to stop
  • Red lights are flashing – stop no closer than 20 feet from the bus
  • Red lights are turned off – proceed with caution

All school buses:

  • Yellow hazard warning lights are flashing – proceed with caution

BUSING PLANS FOR CITY STUDENTS - SECONDARY STUDENTS

School district policies indicate that transportation will be extended to students who live more than one and one-half miles from the school they attend. Therefore, transportation will be provided for students who live this distance from the high school and middle school.

Middle school and high school students who live less than one and one-half miles from the school they attend will not be bussed to or from school. However, they may walk to an established bus stop.

City bus stops FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS:

  1. Jefferson School (front parking lot)
  2. The corner of Garfield Avenue and Tall Grass Trailer Park-Tall Grass West Trailer Park
  3. The corner of S. Jefferson Street and Park Avenue
  4. Grahl Center (parking lot)
  5. Whispering Pines (south drive near the railroad tracks on Sauk River Drive)

ELEMENTARY LEVEL CITY BUSING PLANS – YOUNG FIVES-FIFTH GRADE 

City pickup times for Young Fives through Fifth Grade will vary between 7:30 AM and 8:30 AM.  Bus stop changes may occur after school starts.

All elementary students who live within 1 mile of MAX LARSEN ELEMENTARY will walk to Max Larsen Elementary. If the student attends Jefferson, or Lakeland, the student will be transported from Max Larsen School to the assigned school. Exception: Students living east of Marshall Street will have a bus stop at the southeast corner of Abbott Avenue and Hudson Street.

All elementary students who live within 1 mile of LINCOLN SCHOOL will walk to Lincoln School. If the student attends Larsen, Jefferson, or Lakeland, the student will be transported from Lincoln School to the assigned school. Exception: For students living north of the railroad tracks, pickup locations include E. Washington Street, E. Pearl St., E. Pearl St., Whispering Pines, Perkins St. and S. Hudson St.

All elementary students who live within 1 mile of LAKELAND ELEMENTARY will walk to Lakeland School. If the student attends Jefferson or Larsen, the student will be transported from Lakeland to the assigned school.

All elementary students who live within 1 mile of JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY will walk to Jefferson Elementary. If the student attends Larsen or Lakeland, the student will be transported from Jefferson School to the assigned school. Exception: Students living North of Hull St will be transported from near 107 Hayton St, near corner of Hudson St/ Abbott St, Grahl Center parking lot and near the East Winds Apts driveway on Smith St.

All elementary students who live in the fourth ward will be transported from the following designated stops; 51 S. Polk Street, at Monroe St/Peckham St, near 71 Jackson St,near 100 Walnut St, and the driveway of Old Mill Race Apartments off of Butters Ave.

In order to have minimal ride time, a transfer station may be used as necessary.

For additional information regarding bus stop locations, please call the Transportation Department directly at 517-279-5950.


COLDWATER ADULT EDUCATION

The Adult Education Program has transitioned to the Branch Intermediate School District. Please contact BISD at 517-279-5930 ext. 7040 for further information regarding this program.


KIDS CLUB CHILDCARE CENTER

Kids Club Childcare offers year-round childcare services for preschool-age children, and before and after-school elementary students through 12 years of age.

Childcare is available from 6 AM until 6 PM, Monday through Friday. The daily program runs through theme-based units which are fun, exciting, and educational for all children to enjoy in a developmentally appropriate atmosphere. The program is located in the Lincoln Annex Building (back area) with access to an art room, gymnasium, fenced-in playground, and cafeteria. Morning and afternoon transportation for children who are enrolled in Coldwater Schools will be provided to and from your child’s school building. Kids Club may be open on snow days, and when there are 2-hour fog delays.

Registration packets for the program are available at the Lincoln Annex Building. For further information, or to enroll your child, please call 517-279-5975.


KINDER LEARNING ACADEMY PRESCHOOL (for children ages 3 & 4)

We are excited about our tuition-based preschool program that has been created to help our preschool-age children become even more ready for Kindergarten. It is an educationally based program focused on early childhood teaching which helps children grow socially, emotionally and academically in their young years. The program is offered for half days Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at the Lincoln Annex Building (back area). For further information, please call 517-279-5975.


KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION

Children who will be five (5) years of age on or before September 1, 2022, and who have not already registered for Kindergarten, please call 279-5910 to make an appointment. Children who will be five years of age after September 1, 2022, through December 1, 2022, are able to register for Kindergarten with a signed waiver. The child's certified birth certificate and appropriate immunization records must be presented to the appropriate school official along with proof of residency (utility bill, etc.) and driver’s license. It is desirable that all Kindergarten children have physical examinations, including vision and hearing, prior to enrolling.


COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE LAW

All children who will be six (6) years of age before September 1, 2022, must attend school.


REGISTRATION INFORMATION

For all new enrollments for Coldwater Community Schools, please contact Julie Fitch at 517-279-5910. Enrollment information and forms can also be found at www.coldwaterschools.org/enroll.


SCHOOLS OF CHOICE

Coldwater Community Schools participates in the School of Choice program. Students who live in the Bronson or Quincy School District or in a contiguous county may be eligible to enroll in the Coldwater School District. For more information, including School of Choice application deadlines, please visit www.coldwaterschools.org or call 517-279-5910.


PROOF OF IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

ALL students entering Kindergarten, ALL 6th grade students, and ALL students changing school districts, must show proof of two doses of Varicella vaccine or history of Chickenpox.

ALL students 11-18 years of age who change school districts or are enrolled in the 6th grade must show proof of one dose of Meningococcal (MCV4 or MPSV4) vaccine and one dose of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Acellular Pertussis (TDAP) vaccine.

Contact the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency (517-279-9561, extension 100) or your family physician for further information.

A signed statement from a physician or the County Health Department that such immunization is completed, or provisional status has been achieved, MUST be presented to school officials before admittance to school. Parents or legal guardians can submit a waiver to the effect that their student has not been immunized because of religious convictions or other objections to immunizations. Such statements must also be submitted before school admittance.

The District will advocate for all eligible students and staff to get their COVID Vaccinations.  This includes, but is not limited to, promoting local vaccination clinics, providing access to BHSJCHA, MDHHS, and CDC information on the district website, and other educational materials through our school nurse.

Vaccinations will NOT be required for students nor staff for in-person attendance.


PRESCHOOL VISION SCREENING TEST RULES

In addition, the parent or guardian of each enrolling child shall submit a statement:

  1. signed by a district, county, or city Health Department Director stating that the child has passed the Department of Public Health preschool vision screening test; or
  2. signed by a licensed medical or osteopathic physician or a licensed optometrist indicating that the child has had his/her eyes examined after age three and prior to initial entrance.

Neither vision test enumerated in 1 or 2 above is required if there is a statement signed by a parent or guardian to the effect that the child cannot be submitted to such testing because of religious convictions.


BRANCH-HILLSDALE-ST. JOSEPH COMMUNITY HEALTH AGENCY CLINIC

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency, located at 570 Marshall Rd. in Coldwater, has an established clinic for the purpose of giving the necessary immunization series to eligible children. Please call for an appointment: 517-279-9561, extension 100.


LETTER TO PARENTS REGARDING INCLEMENT WEATHER

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Due to the unpredictable and harsh nature of our weather, it sometimes becomes necessary to cancel or delay school.

A decision to delay or cancel school is based on a number of factors, some of which we cannot control.

In the event of concerning weather conditions, school officials drive various rural roads and streets within our school district to determine if a school bus can safely transport students. Additional consideration is given to other factors, including wind chill and the visibility of students who wait for a bus or walk to school.

After consulting with area law enforcement agencies, the road commission and neighboring school district officials regarding the safety of our students, a decision to close or delay school will be made.

Our goal is to convey school delay or closure information to media outlets by 5 AM. This early deadline is necessary to provide adequate time to broadcast this information to parents, students and school bus drivers; however, weather can change rapidly and sometimes these decisions are delayed.

Weather conditions are unpredictable and can change for better or worse after a decision has been made. It is also possible for the weather conditions to vary within different regions of our school district.

We understand that parents may not feel comfortable driving or allowing a child to drive in certain weather conditions. If a parent or guardian believes it is not safe to be on the road, we understand and respect the decision to keep their child home.  In such circumstances, with notification provided by the parent or guardian, the student will be given an excused absence from school.

The safety of our students is the first priority at Coldwater Community Schools.

We greatly appreciate the continued support, cooperation and understanding from parents and our community.

Sincerely,

Coldwater Community Schools Administration

The following list of school district buildings and programs, their locations, telephone numbers, and principal/director names is provided below.

Name of School/Program Grades Location Phone # Administrator
Superintendent K-12 401 Sauk River Dr. 517-279-5910 Terry Ann Whelan
Assistant Superintendent
of Curriculum & Instruction
K-12 401 Sauk River Dr. 517-279-5910 Penny Brockway
Business Manager N/A 401 Sauk River Dr. 517-279-5910 Rachelle Roby
Chartwells Food Services K-12 175 Green St. 517-279-5940 Tamara Santora, Director
Coldwater High School 9-12 275 N. Fremont St. 517-279-5930 Bill Milnes, Principal
Todd Farmer, Athletic Director
Legg Middle School 6-8 175 Green St. 517-279-5940 Julie Slusher, Principal
Jefferson Elementary School 2-3 15 Vans Ave. 517-279-5970

Tobi Reardon, Principal

Lakeland Elementary School 4-5 235 Western Ave. 517-279-5980

Gary Dancer, Principal

Lincoln Learning Center
(KLA Preschool and Kids Club Childcare)
3 years old
through
12 years old
70 Tibbits St. 517-279-5975 Gracen Yates, Director
Max Larsen Elementary School Y5-1 25 Parkhurst Ave. 517-279-5960 Julie Farmer, Principal
Transportation & Maintenance N/A 180 Green St. 517-279-5950 Holli Muckel, Director

PEST MANAGEMENT NOTIFICATION

A recent amendment to the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act requires that school districts provide notice when pesticides are used in school facilities. The Act also modifies the notification that must be given to parents or guardians prior to the application of pesticides. Initially, parents or guardians must be annually notified in writing within 30 days of the beginning of the school year that they will receive at least 48 hours advance notice of pesticide applications. The annual notice must specify that advance notice will be given by posting at the entrances of the school facility and at various other locations in the building. Upon request, parents or guardians are entitled to notice by mail at least 3 days prior to pesticide application. Further, parents or guardians may review the District’s Integrated Pest Management Program and pesticide application records.


STATE & FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS

The Coldwater Community School District complies with all state and federal legislative requirements. The school district publishes an Annual Report on the District website, www.coldwaterschools.org. This report contains a report card for each school, information about the number and percentage of schools in the District identified for School Improvement, the length of time that each school has been identified for School Improvement and student achievement rates on the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP).

A Parent Involvement Policy has been developed and is available for review on the District website and in the District and School Improvement Plans. The District provides parents with access to information about their children. Student information can be obtained by contacting the child’s school or by accessing the student’s Skyward account.

The Federal legislation also requires other parent notices. Information about Highly Qualified Teachers, Educational Services to Homeless and Migrant Children and Youth, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) are available on the District website or from the Administration Offices. School and Administration Office phone numbers are listed elsewhere in this publication. If you have any questions regarding the state or federal requirements, or Coldwater Community Schools’ compliance efforts, please contact any building principal, Terry Ann Whelan, or Penny Brockway.


PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS OF INSTRUCTORS

The following schools receive federal funds for Schoolwide Title I Part A programming:

  • Max Larsen Elementary School
  • Jefferson Elementary School
  • Lakeland Elementary School
  • Legg Middle School

As a parent/guardian of a student in a Schoolwide Title I school, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers and paraprofessionals (if applicable) who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to request certain information about your student’s classroom teachers and paraprofessionals and requires the school to give you this information in a timely manner. Specifically, you have the right to ask for the following information about each of your student’s teachers and paraprofessionals (if applicable):

  • Whether the teacher meets the state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grades and subjects he/she teaches.
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or provisional status because of special circumstances.
  • Whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and the field of discipline of the teacher’s certification or degree.

Coldwater Community Schools strives to have the best instructors possible to provide a high-quality education for every student. If you have any questions regarding the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child, please contact the Administration Office at 517-279-5910.


FAMILY EDUCATION RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT

The Coldwater Schools, in compliance with the 1974 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), publishes this notice that explains what student information will be given without prior consent from individual parents.

Directory of Information examples:

  1. Name, address, telephone number, e-mail address
  2. Date/place of birth
  3. Student photograph
  4. Major field of study or grade
  5. Participation in officially recognized school activities and athletic programs
  6. Weight/height of athletic team members
  7. Dates of school attendance
  8. Degrees and awards received
  9. Previous educational institution attended
  10. Provide military recruiters with student name, address, phone number and access to campus 
  11. Other general information generally found in yearbooks and school newspapers

This notice is to inform students and parents of expected practices on the part of the school district for the 2022-2023 school year. Anyone having objections to their individual information being released may submit a written objection to the Superintendent of Schools, 401 Sauk River Drive, Coldwater, Michigan 49036-2050.


CHILDREN'S INTERNET PROTECTION ACT (CIPA)

The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted by Congress in 2000 to address concerns about children's access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet. CIPA imposes certain requirements on schools or libraries that receive discounts for Internet access or internal connections through the E-rate program.

It is recommended that parents/guardians always monitor your students' Internet usage on any technology device that can access the Internet. Millions of websites are created daily, which is a constant concern when students are accessing the Internet.

Schools and libraries subject to CIPA are required to adopt and implement an Internet safety policy addressing:

  • Access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet;
  • The safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications;
  • Unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking,” and other unlawful activities by minors online;
  • Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors; and
  • Measures restricting minors' access to materials harmful to them.

STUDENT CHROMEBOOKS

Coldwater Community Schools fosters a school culture that promotes digital literacy.  We prepare our students to be Technologically Future Ready!

  • Just like a textbook, every student has access to their own Chromebook while at school.
    • Elementary students' Chromebooks are stored in their classrooms.
    • High School and Middle School students are allowed to take their Chromebooks home to accomplish their assigned homework and charge nightly.
  • The current Chromebook replacement plan will provide your student(s) with a new Chromebook every 4 years.
  • Coldwater Community Schools blocks and filters Internet access in accordance with CIPA when using a district-owned Chromebook while at school and outside of school.
  • No Chromebook insurance will be offered this school year.

We appreciate your support and look forward to another successful school year utilizing and integrating technological learning with the use of Chromebooks along with other new technologies!