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Contact: Saline Area Schools Superintendent Scot Graden
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Saline Area Schools seeks members for review and update of Strategic Framework
In September, a new student representative was selected for the Saline Area Schools Board of Education. Evan Thomas, a current Saline High School senior, was selected out of five finalists by Superintendent Scot Graden and Board President, Paul Hynek.
Student passwords have been updated (changed) for the new school year. If you need to get your student's password, please call your school office.
Chef Musto, Culinary Arts Instructor for the SWWC at Saline High School earns Certified Executive Chef designation from the American Culinary Federation.
This process involved the following:
1. Education Accomplishments:
Mandatory Course Requirement: Five 30 hour courses in each of the following: Nutrition, Food Safety & Sanitation, Supervisory Management, Beverage Management and Cost Control Management.
2. Work Experience: Over twenty-five years as a Chef in charge of food production in a food service operation.
3. Exam Requirement: Successful completion of written exam and a three hour cooking practical exam.
He passed the written exam in April and passed the practical exam on May 25, 2019 at the Culinary Institute of Michigan in Port Huron. The assessment for certification practical testing is divided into four general areas: Safety and Sanitation Skills; Organization; Craftsmanship Skills; Finished Product Skills.
The Trustees of the Board of Education support and value student engagement in Board meetings, and in the district overall.
We would like to maintain a welcoming environment to any student who would like to listen in on our Board meetings, participate with staff in Showcase presentations, or speak in the public comment portion. All students are invited.
To this end, we will prioritize and encourage students to comment first during public comment. We hope by creating this opportunity, students feel included and safe to express their feelings and ideas. We realize that some public comments can be upsetting to students and we will always work to enforce the professional procedures around public comment. After their comments, students can make their own choice to leave or stay for the rest of the meeting.
Board of Education, Saline Area Schools
"The District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation or transgender identity), disability, age, religion, height, weight, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, (collectively, "Protected Classes"), in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities."
In preparation for the 2019-2020 school year, we recently announced several internal administrative transitions.
Pleasant Ridge Elementary Principal
With the retirement of Kevin Musson, the Pleasant Ridge Principalship vacancy will be filled by current Harvest Elementary Principal Ms. Betty Rosen-Leacher.
Harvest Elementary Principal
The vacancy created by Ms. Rosen-Leacher's transfer will be filled by current Middle School Assistant Principal Ms. Emily Sickler.
Middle School Assistant Principal
The vacancy created by Ms. Emily Sickler's transfer will be filled by current Heritage School Assistant Principal Mr. Alex Schukow.
Heritage Assistant Principal
The vacancy created by Mr. Alex Schukow's transfer will be posted and filled as part of the certified staffing process later this spring.
We are very fortunate to have a talented and flexible leadership team. This allows us to make transitions while maintaining continuity for staff & families. In addition, we want to continue the positive momentum in place within the district.
The administrators will continue in their current roles for the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year. The changes will then formally take place over the summer, however, in June Ms. Rosen-Leacher & Ms. Sickler will schedule opportunities to meet families from their new buildings in anticipation of a smooth transition for Fall, 2019.
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Saline High School senior Laurel Schmidt is taking "student led" to an entirely new level. As a member of the Drama Club, she has been assigned to act as Director of the Spring show titled "A New Day." The show includes a selection of scenes illustrating women's voices throughout history.
Acting as Director, Laurel is responsible for choosing the scenes, casting the entire show, running rehearsals and making each and every creative decision. Throughout the process, Laurel says she has experienced many valuable life skills. "I have learned how to communicate with others, how to lead (especially a group of peers) and how do coordinate several different elements of production into one cohesive show."
Feeling future ready, Laurel credits this opportunity as a platform for growth. "I now know that I can trust my ideas and instincts, along with accepting feedback from others, to create something bigger than myself. Looking forward to college and beyond, I have the skills to accomplish big projects and work with others to help them become the best they can be."
Through strong partnerships and collaboration with both peers and staff, the show has come to life. "Ms. Groeb and Ms. Glatz have been working with me since August of 2018 to help develop my idea into a show, guiding me when I needed them, attending rehearsals and (most importantly) allowing me to try things and learn to trust my instincts. These two women have been mentors and role models throughout this whole process, along with the past four years of high school, and I just want to give a special thanks to them."
"A New Day" will have two performances - Thursday, May 2nd and Friday, May 3rd at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre (located behind the Auditorium) at Saline High School.
Heritage staff members (Andrea Collins, Katie Huang, Katherine O'Keeffe and Kevin McCown) collaborated to put a project in motion for Saline students. The idea came from the Ohio PBL Conference that district staff attended last summer.
Students were to create their own personal masks, and then present short Spanish children's stories about them - using their Spanish nicknames to identify themselves.
Kevin McCown worked on the art piece and Andrea Collins facilitated the social-emotional piece for the students, considering the driving question: How can increased self-awareness decrease negative interactions and strengthen peer relationships?
Katie Huang presented the project while Andrea contributed the social-emotional piece, reading some books and leading the discussion on expected and unexpected behaviors. Students planned their masks in the classroom and then took that into the art room where they physically created the plan on paper.
Kevin then showed students how to create the masks, paint and protect.
In the near future, students will use these masks as the inspiration to the poems we are about to write, back in the classroom again. In addition, Katie O'Keeffe is using the mask idea to create a play with the kids.
Assistant Principal Alex Schukow, supported this collaborative project from the beginning. "...It is a great experience for our students in sharing about their authentic selves and developing positive peer interactions. Looking forward to seeing our students continued progress."
Meeting #3 - April 16, 2019
How do we help our students see themselves within stories they encounter in school?
Windows, Mirrors, and More
Individually reflect on how you have seen yourself (or not seen yourself) in stories
In triads, take 10 minutes to discuss how you have seen yourself (or not seen yourself) in stories. Further, discuss WHY it’s important to see self and others in the stories? Why might an individual from an underserved, oppressed group need a story to be a blanket or an escape hatch?
Two SHS Destination Imagination Teams Qualify for 2019 Global Finals in Kansas City
“The Squadrupleees”-SHS Service Learning team
“The Zurfendurphs” - SHS Scientific team
East Lansing, MI – On Saturday, April 13th, Saline Destination Imagination sent 8 teams to the Michigan Destination Imagination State Tournament at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan Creativity Association (MICA) hosted an innovative, fun-filled State Destination Imagination (DI) Tournament. Over 200 student teams from around the state presented their creative solutions to a number of mind-bending STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and service learning challenges.
The SHS Service Learning team named “The Squadrupleees” comprised of: Anya Hurst, Arabella Wotton, Annie Liemohn, and Ashlyn Stager (not pictured) place second in the Service Learning Challenge at the Secondary (HS) level. Their Team Manager is Ginger Liemohn. The team not only performed a deeply moving 8-minute skit that had the audience and Appraisers in tears about the serious topic of clinical depression, but also raised over $700 for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), which is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health advocacy organization. NAMI.org provides support, raises awareness, and advocates for the improved treatment and to help alleviate the stigma of mental health to improve the lives of 60 million Americans affected by mental health conditions.
The SHS DI Science Team, “The Zurfendurphs” placed 1st in their category. Team members include: Zach Rein, Kyle Schnitzer, Cameron White, Ryan Schwartz, Connor Wright, India Pruette. Their Team Manager is Jennifer Schwartz. They created a performance that shared the medical research they did about what parts of the brain control various functions of our bodies. A larger-than-life replica of the brain showed how a human character reacted to deficiencies in various regions of the brain. Their performance highlighted their strengths in all areas of the STEAM curriculum, as well as their problem solving, communication, creativity and teamwork abilities.