Varsity Volleyball games today have been moved to Alma HS due to a power outage at St. Louis. Games start at 10:00 am
It's almost game time! Our Varsity Comet Football team opens the 75th season in Breckenridge tonight at 7:00. Live stream is available. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZlP_T0vRcU_XYXduwKeFNw?view_as=subscriber&fbclid=IwAR05WLJPdWrgLzpextmd5Bl-8Nx_2AxsiLAjVQEwsEefIOOF0ulRw1jI288
JV Football vs. Vestaburg today, Sept. 16th at 6 p.m. Only 2 pre-approved spectators per participant at each game, but you can watch the LiveStream at https://youtu.be/HTuo_17Z-IM
Support our student athletes tonight, Sept. 15th. Check out the home Volleyball game at 5:30 p.m. through our LiveStream at: https://youtu.be/HJJOZZ-ygTk
Good Afternoon, This is Coleman Community Schools' Superintendent, Jen McCormack. Happy Labor Day Weekend! Thank you all for a great start to the school year with in-person and online students participating and signing in on time, connecting with us and following the rules for safety. We've been really impressed and let's keep that up this coming week. The students and staff faired far better than our tents placed at the two buildings for outdoor lessons, but we are working to resolve that issue, too. We really appreciate having you back. I wanted to share with you a couple pieces of great news that you may have already heard a little bit about. This past Wednesday, the USDA announced an extension of federal food and nutrition waivers through December 31, or when funding runs out, whichever comes first. While our Elementary students were already receiving FREE breakfast and lunch through our qualified CEP program, Jr./Sr. High students were only receiving a free breakfast. Due to this extension, ALL K-12 students, both online and in-person will be provided with a FREE breakfast AND lunch during this extension. Online students need to sign up at the link already provided to parents. It will be HIGHLY important that all families fill out the Household Report/Free &Reduced Application. When we do revert back to our regular school lunch program, your students Free and Reduced status based on these forms, will be in effect again. The Title funding the school receives from the applications are very important. Title provides funding for paraprofessionals, classroom books, training, tech devices, tech support,field trips, homeless student support and more on an annual basis. If you have not yet sent in your application/household report, please do so now. We want to ensure that your student is being charged accordingly when we go back to our regular program and that we continue to receive as much Title funding as possible to support our students and their programs. With regard to Athletics, on Friday, Executive Order 2020-176 was released late in the day allowing competition to begin immediately, allowing volleyball to begin indoors and football to begin starting this coming week. All football teams will be placed in the first round of playoffs per MHSAA. With this announcement, strict guidelines for spectators and safety are in place. Only two (2) spectators will be allowed per participant and Coleman Schools will be requiring participants list those people prior to events, both home and away. Social distancing will be expected as well as masks when spectators are in close contact (within 6 ft.) and indoors. Scheduling and other details are in progress as area Athletic Directors meet and will be released as we have them. This is exciting news for our student athletes and the community! We are working to determine if rules will be relaxed and we are able to Livestream the games to you. More to come on that. While football will resume, we are postponing Homecoming at this time due to the fact that all Homecoming activities would not likely be able to happen at this time under the orders. Also, in order to ensure cleanliness and emphasize safety for our district and visiting student athletes, district athletic facilities will still remain closed to outside organizations. Please watch for more detail on the rules we will need to follow in order to continue athletics for our students and thanks in advance for your working with us on this. Finally, for those who are transported on district buses, please keep in mind that student drop-off/pick-up is limited to only custodial/guardian stops that you have established for your child with the Transportation Department and Mr. Cowell. Students are only allowed to ride to custodial/guardian stops and not to friends' homes. This is especially important this year as we are reducing the co-mingling of students on buses during the pandemic and ensuring we can contact trace should there be an issue. Thank you for assisting with this. I hope you are have a relaxing weekend with family and friends. See you on Tuesday!
For Elementary In-Person First Day Beginning and End of Day information, please go to https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tgtPMUbN96m7WhF9Hmx1aMuC3PSpYuL7/view?usp=sharing For "A Day in the Life" for K-6 this year, including when students can arrive on school grounds, breakfast and more, you can find it at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ia1yrl5G4HYnrewuMXTJKKCRzCtg-WxG/view?usp=sharing Looking forward to seeing all of you this Monday, August 31st for a half-day which ends at 11:30 a.m. for elementary. Online Learning Academy parents will receive a message via e-mail today as well.
Jr./Sr. High In-Person "A Day in the Life" for grades 7-12 includes information on what time the school doors open, breakfast and more for our students. Check it out at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1i_9TVRspPZGKPuJ3_3ixS7s87V8UTtRt/view?usp=sharing and be ready for our first day, Monday, August 31st, which is a half day for students. Half days at the Jr./Sr. High end at 11:20 a.m.
CTE students: Meet at the high school for our 1/2 day on Monday. The CTE classes do not start until Tuesday, so we'll provide details Monday.
From Mr. Cowell, Transportation Director: He and staff will be working all weekend to finalize some of the routes and make contacts with families. Thank you for your patience as this is a very different year for everything, including changes to those who are doing online learning vs. in person which also impacts transportation routes when things changes. We appreciate all of you! - Mrs. McCormack, Supt.
Sending out a big WELCOME a couple of people! To Ms. Gabriella Herren who will be our American Sign Language (ASL) teacher contracted with Clare. Ms. Herren will be here 2 hours a day at the Jr./Sr. High. We wish Heather Woodworth all our best and we're excited to have Gabriella supporting this program for our ASL 1 and 2 students. Also, thank you to Ms. Jessi Spry for being here. We have brought Ms. Spry in while Mr. Francis is out on a leave. Ms. Spry is strong in relationship-building, agriscience and biology knowledge and we are lucky to have her with us. Please help make them both feel welcome.
FOR K-6 ELEMENTARY STUDENTS Good Morning, We are excited to begin working with our students again, both in-person and online! The Virtual/Online Open House for all K-12 students and parents is this evening, August 26th. For the Elementary, it will take place online from 5:30-6:30 p.m. As mentioned in earlier information posted, you will need a Gmail account to access the Google Meet with any of your child's teachers. You can set this up for free in minutes by going to www.gmail.com and click on the link or button that says "Create Account". You can also sign on with your child's school Gmail account if you would prefer. You can find your Elementary child's teacher by going into your e-mail AFTER 10:00 a.m. this morning to see the message that has been sent from the school. It will be sent to the email that you provided to the school office and is attached to your Parent Connect account or your child's information in the office. After 10:00 a.m. you can also go to the front exterior door of the Elementary to look at the lists. Doors are not open to the public at this time except for registration of students or information needed for medical detail. Should you have questions, please e-mail email@example.com (secretary) or firstname.lastname@example.org (principal). Finally, to find the Google Meet Links for the Virtual/Online Open House, you can go to this link: https://www.colemanschools.net/o/coleman-cs/page/virtual-open-house-information or by going to our website at: www.colemanschools.net then "Explore" at the top of the screen then "For Parents and Community"/"Virtual Open House Information". This will take you to a page that provides directions and links for entering the Virtual Open Houses as well as Open House documentation for those who cannot attend the "Meet". Look for both links next to each other. Elementary teachers are listed near the top. Click on the teacher's link to the Google Meet you would like to enter. You can go into the "Meets" from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and can go in and out of the "Meets" for your child's various teachers (such as general education, special education, specials) as you see fit, just like you would come and go from an in-person Open House. Kindergarteners will have the in-person Orientation from 2-5:00 p.m. today and ONLY based on pre-determined Sign-Up Genius times. Contact the school office if you need more information. We look forward to "seeing" you! #GrowingfortheFuture Jen McCormack, Superintendent
If you haven't checked it out yet, go to our new website at the same old link, www.colemanschools.net Take a few minutes to roam around in it and scroll to the bottom of the Homepage for News, Events and LiveFeed.
JR./SR. HIGH STUDENT VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE & 7TH GRADE IN-PERSON Good Morning, We are excited to begin working with our students again, both in-person and online! The Virtual/Online Open House for all K-12 students and parents is this evening, August 26th. For the Jr./Sr. High, it will take place online from 6:00-7:00 p.m. As mentioned in earlier information posted, you will need a Gmail account to access the Google Meet with any of your child's teachers. You can set this up for free in minutes by going to www.gmail.com and click on the link or button that says "Create Account". You can also sign on with your child's school Gmail account if you would prefer. You can find your Jr./Sr. High child's teachers/schedule by going into Parent Connect on Wednesday, August 26th AFTER 9:30 a.m. If you do not have a Parent Connect account set up, please contact your child's school office to do so. For any questions about the schedule, please e-mail email@example.com. This will be more efficient than calling as he can get back to you as soon as he is able. Finally, to find the Google Meet Links for the Virtual/Online Open House, you can go to this link: https://www.colemanschools.net/o/coleman-cs/page/virtual-open-house-information or by going to our website at: www.colemanschools.net then "Explore" at the top of the screen then "For Parents and Community"/"Virtual Open House Information". This will take you to a page that provides directions and links for entering the Virtual Open Houses as well as Open House documentation for those who cannot attend the "Meet". Look for both links next to each other. Scroll down for the names of Jr./Sr. High teachers and click on the teacher's link to the Google Meet you would like to enter. You can go into the "Meets" from 6-7:00 p.m. and can go in and out of the "Meets" for your child's various teachers as you see fit, just like you would come and go from an in-person Open House. 7th graders will have the in-person Orientation starting at 7:30 p.m. this evening and ONLY during the time posted earlier based on their last name. You can find it under Events at the bottom of our Homepage on the website by clicking on "7th grade Orientation". Again, in-person Orientation is only for 7th grade students and parents. We look forward to "seeing" you! #GrowingfortheFuture Jen McCormack, Superintendent
Congratulations Mrs. Lynch on your PopN2Win grant for "The MEEMIC Foundation Future of Education"! Mrs. Lynch will have $75 to spend with Office Depot online for her classroom.
This message is for In-Person 7th grade students only. Orientation night for incoming, in-person 7th graders is this coming week Wednesday, August 26th, at the Jr./Sr. High School main entrance. Students will receive their class schedule, their locker assignment, and tour the building & classrooms according to the following schedule: 7:30 PM last name Adsit through D'Artagnan 7:45 PM last name Fisher through Kenyon 8:00 PM last name Lattimer through Moore 8:15 PM last name Pegorch through Young We are limited as to how many people may be in the building, so we ask you to please bring your child to the Jr./Sr. High School at the times listed according to your last name. The health and safety of your child is our utmost concern, and we will continue to do all we can to maintain the appropriate level of safety during the COVID pandemic. Therefore, although parents will not be allowed into the building, administration & faculty will be on hand to help answer any additional questions or concerns. Sincerely, Jen McCormack, Superintendent
On Monday, August 24th, all school offices will be closed as the entire Coleman Schools' staff will be involved in various Health and Safety trainings throughout the day including with the Health Department, County Sheriff and Liaison Officers, reviewing our Return to School Plan, etc. It is important that everyone is involved to provide the best and most consistent plan for our students and families. Thank you for your understanding.
Parent of students K-12 enrolled in the Online Learning Academy will be receiving an email later today with information about the Virtual/Online Orientation specifically for Online Learning Academy students. These Orientations will take place on August 27th and you will have 2 options for times to attend online.
Good Morning! This message is for incoming Kindergarten students/parents/guardians only. As you likely already know, Ms. Moore and Mrs. Staley are having an in-person Orientation for Kindergarten students on Wed., August 26th from 2-5:00 p.m., by appointment only. They have sent out a Sign-Up Genius link to the students in their classrooms for those we have emails for. If you have not already signed up, please contact the Main Elementary Office to find out who your child's teacher is and to do so. You must have been signed up to attend. This will be for parents and students only and all must wear a mask and enter by the exterior door of the teachers' classroom, which will be marked. Sessions will be 15 minutes long for each family to ensure everyone has time with the teacher and provide social distancing of families. We're excited to see you with Coleman Schools- WELCOME to our new Comets!
FOR ALL K-12 PARENTS/STUDENTS: As you know the K-12 Virtual/Online Open House for all students (both in-person and Online Learning Academy) is August 26th, 5:30-6:30 p.m. for Elementary K-6 and 6-7:00 p.m. for the Jr./Sr. High 7-12. Information will come to you the morning of August 26th with links to the meetings for your child(ren)'s teachers. If you do not currently have a gmail account/email address, you will need one to get into the Google Meet for the Virtual Open House or you can use your child's from the school email address. This is more secure than Zoom and others, especially when we will likely have students in the Open House. It is free to sign up and just takes a few minutes by Googling "Create a Gmail account" and following the steps. During the Virtual Open House you can join and leave the meetings to join other teachers during the time allotted as you need to. Teachers will be sharing information and answering questions. If you are unable to join the Virtual Open House, as happens for some with the in-person Open House, information will also be available via email by contacting your child's teacher or sent home on the first day of school. Additional calls/information will come today for specific groups only: Kindergarten, 7th graders and Online Learning Academy students. Please listen to that message as well. The first day of school is August 31st and is a 1/2 day for students. Elementary release at 11:30 a.m. and Jr./Sr. High release at 11:20 with lunch before they leave. Wednesday, September 2nd is our first Early Release date with students leaving the Jr./Sr. High at 1:50 p.m. and Elementary at 2:00 p.m. The Family Center, as usual, has after school programming for students and will have additional programming on Wednesdays for Jr./Sr. High students to attend. Enroll your child by contacting the Family Center in our old Middle School building on campus at 989.465.2079. Friday, Sept. 4th, and Monday, Sept. 7th, there is no school due to Labor Day Weekend.
Before we start school at the end of the month, we need to fill a couple of positions. Check out the links and see if any of these work for you or someone you know: Jr/Sr High Science Teacher JH Volleyball Coach (1 year) Jr/Sr High Student Interventionist Special Education Secretary JH Robotics Advisor (1 year) Special Education Designee https://www.colemanschools.net/o/coleman-cs/browse/129859 and Food Service Worker https://careers.compassgroupcareers.com/main/jobs/407622?lang=en-us
Community Zoom Meeting today at 4:30 p.m. Email Kerry at firstname.lastname@example.org for the invite information at least 15 minutes before meeting time; provide your name and affiliation with Coleman Schools.
Information being sent to all parents later this morning. Thank you for your patience as we finalized some things and it took just a bit longer than planned. We figured out the email/voice message glitch with our new system as well so more to come soon.
Check out pictures from the Class of 2020 Graduation until Sept. 30, 2020, right here. Thank you Blumer Portraiture! Here is the link to the gallery: https://BluPort.pixieset.com/colemangraduation2020/ The PIN to download the images is: 9664
If you haven't yet provided Coleman Schools with your email address, please contact your child's school main office to do so. A great deal of information is sent in this fashion. Thank you in advance!
Have you registered your child in Coleman Schools yet? Come on in! If you are new to our area or looking to Coleman as a former home school or School of Choice, our secretaries and principals are happy to help get your child enrolled in Coleman Schools! Stop by your child’s school Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Elementary or 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at the Jr./Sr. High. To register your child, please bring the following: • Child’s birth certificate • Immunization records • 2 proofs of residency with your correct name and address • Hearing/ Vision screening (Kindergarten only) We look forward to having your child in our district!
Good Evening from Coleman Schools. We finalizing Open House & Orientation information. Updates will be shared out no later than Mon. Our next Community Zoom Meeting will be Wed., Aug. 19 @ 4:30. Please email email@example.com or call 989.465.6060 for an invite.
Kindergarteners, 7th graders, and newly enrolled students, the Midland County Health Department will be holding immunization clinics in their offices August 20, 21 & 25-28. All sudents must meet the requirements set by the State. Call 989.832.6655 for more information. https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdhhs/School_Req_for_Schools_553548_7.pdf
Blood Drive next Wednesday at the Jr/Sr High auditorium 8:45-2:45. Appointments are strongly encouraged and can be made at the link below; masks are required. Those with appointments should wait outside for a call or text to enter. Please attempt to donate. Our National Honor Society chapter earns $5 for each donor. Students usually fill donation appointments, but our Blood Drive during the school day was cancelled in May. These funds provide for annual membership fees and graduation stoles for our graduating members. Please spread the word about our Blood Drive fundraiser. Everyone 16 or older is eligible to donate and will count toward the Leader for Life Award at graduation. Students who are 16 do need to have parent permission. https://donate.michigan.versiti.org/donor/ schedules/drive_schedule/131925
Hello Everyone! Coleman's Return to Learn Plan has been approved and is available at this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dPHKiFOrLXITIg92UG2M1ThfbXsfOKEY/view?usp=drivesdk on social media and our website under Explore/Parents & Community/ COVID-19 Return to Learn Information. A 2-pager of info. most important to parents will be forwarded by early next week if not sooner to simplify detail for everyone. We are excited and prepared to work safely and with the same great caring and instruction you've come to expect from Coleman's team for your children starting on Aug. 31st, which is a half day for students. We also understand this is a person choice for parents. As a reminder, current Coleman families wishing to enroll their child in fully virtual (100% online) instruction for this fall must register each individual child at this link by Aug. 9. https://forms.gle/DaPDbqPhgh5NjB1u8 Also, the Community Zoom Meeting is tomorrow, Aug. 5 at 4:30 p.m. Email me with your name and affiliation with Coleman Schools for the link at firstname.lastname@example.org Have a great evening! Jen McCormack
Welcome to a couple of new faces you will be seeing around Coleman Schools. In the Food Services Department, Melissa Gohl will be the new Food Services Director. And, Michael Cowell will be the new Transportation Director. The number to Transportation is still 989.465.6811. Mike Huss will remain the Custodial/Maintenance Director and will be the liaison with our new Director, helping to guide and support the transition. Please help welcome them both!
Alumni Lucie Ullom turns TV star in her guest apperance on Dr. Pol's Recheck episode! Check her out at 3:55 as she explains some of her participation in 4-H. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOoNEJgFMz0
Graduation will be held tomorrow, August 2nd, in two (2) different sessions due to State Executive Orders limiting attendance to only 100 people total outdoors at the event. Each graduate will have 2 parents/guests and can determine one additional carload of people who will meet at the Family Center but will need to remain in cars. We wish times were different we were able to hold graduation as usual for our graduates. A message is being sent to seniors/parents in just a few minutes with reminders for the day and a little more information. If you are a community member and would like to watch or hear the graduation, below are some ways to do so. Graduation starts at: 2:00 p.m. for graduates with last names beginning with A-H 3:00 p.m. for graduates with last names beginning with J-Z We have been able to also add a radio station to broadcast tomorrow’s events. You can tune in to 93.9 for both graduations. It can also be viewed on You Tube at: https://youtu.be/uZQ-HBgu60Q where it will be Live Streamed on a 20-second delay. Congratulations to all of our 2020 Graduates!
Good Afternoon, Thank you to those who were able to be part of the Community Meeting this afternoon. The next Community Meeting will be Wed., Aug. 5 at 4:30 p.m. Email Mrs. McCormack at email@example.com for the invite link. Included in this message and posted on our website and social media are links to our 2020-2021 calendar which you received in the Spring. https://drive.google.com/file/d/11cts3i3JWdWgd87VAmzlIfuJbyZmf4WG/view?usp=drivesdk Also included is a letter for families that explains our DRAFT "Return to Learn Preparedness Plan". https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_Pcj6kM6BXzF2cjyVmxZpHBEemUO-tiw/view?usp=drivesdk The offical plan will go to the Board Aug. 3 at 6:30 p.m. For a Zoom invite to our virtual meeting, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Pending Board approval, the full Plan will be sent out and posted on Aug. 4 to families. Both of these documents will answer many of your questions, so please take a few minutes to read through them. We are excited to be back with our students this fall (assuming we remain in Phase 4) and are preparing our enhanced health precautions to ensure a safe environment for your children and our staff. Should you have any questions, please add them to the Google link posted on social media or email to email@example.com. Have a great evening, Jen McCormack, Supt.
Immunization clinics for school children will be held at the Midland County Health Department on August 20, 21 and 25-28. We understand that many children may be behind and the Health Department is willing to do anything they can to meet the needs of families.
RETURN TO LEARN/MULTIPLE OPTIONS: As we work to answer as many Return-to-Learn questions for the 2020-2021 school year as possible, we are hosting two upcoming Zoom meetings for in-district families. Please email Mrs. McCormack at least 15 minutes prior to each meeting to receive the invite. Include your name, your child's name and which meeting invite you are requesting. The Zoom Meetings will be held at 4:30 p.m.: Thursday, July 30th- Return to School Parent UpdateWednesday, August 5th- Return-to-Learn Preparedness & Response Plan Questions Answered. To submit your questions, comments and concerns to our district and building admin. teams, please fill out the Google form at this link: https://forms.gle/ZRBzeWa8DJRoZyS77 The approved Return-to-Learn Plan will also be shared out on social media and our website on August 4th and sent to families who have provided their email addresses. Coleman Community Schools is excited that we are currently in Phase 4 of the State's Roadmap. In Phase 4, 5 and 6, we are able return to school IN-PERSON Mondays through Fridays according to the original 2020-2021 school calendar which can be found at: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/777363/2020-2021_district_calendar.pdf This in-person instruction will occur with additional safety and health precautions necessary, either mandated or recommended during this pandemic. Your child will receive the same caring and safety during their education you have come to expect from Coleman Schools' Staff with an even greater emphasis on health. More information will be shared on July 30th at the 4:30 p.m. Zoom Meeting (email Mrs. McCormack at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and your child's name for the invite). The full Return to School Preparedness & Response Plan will be posted on August 4th with a Zoom meeting at 4:30 p.m. that day (email Mrs. McCormack for the invite). We also recognize that some families and students have health and other concerns during this time and are hesitant to return to in-person learning. We are pleased to be able to offer a completely remote education option to students in grades K-12 for the 2020-2021 school year. Students enrolled in this program are still Coleman Community Schools students, and still have access to CCS resources, but will only participate virtually for academic content. A Chromebook will be provided. If you are interested in a long term (semester or full year) online only option, please complete the enrollment form at this link: https://forms.gle/KQQ5HJyvBrEnwYBd6 . Students in this online only option must complete at least one full semester online. This must be completed no later than August 9th, 2020. If you have multiple children you wish to enroll, please fill this enrollment form out for each individual student. For questions about this option, please contact Jennifer McCormack, Superintendent, at 989.465.6060 or email@example.com. If you are new to CCS, you will also need to complete the Enrollment Packet by contacting our Board Office at 989.465.6060 or firstname.lastname@example.org to speak with Kerry Berthume or stop by to pick up a copy.
Welcome to Coleman Schools' updated website! This website will link our website to all social media, voice messenger and texting systems. And... coming soon... the app for your phone so you can receive the Live Feed, Events, Calendar, Athletic Scores and more as soon as they are posted. Bear with us as we get everyone rolling on it, but we hope you will love the access. Watch for more information to come!
A Zoom Meeting with updates on graduation will be held for the Class of 2020 Seniors and their Parents/Guardians on Wednesday, July 22 at 4:30 p.m. If you are a senior or senior parent, please e-mail Mrs. McCormack at email@example.com with your first and last name and senior's name for an invite.