January is Board of Education Recognition Month. Those taking on this role do so with the best interests of the students and community in mind. They spend countless hours providing input, answering questions, and working to ensure the best outcomes for all children as well as the District as a whole. Thank you to Lorie Fox, Travis Aultman, Karen Bressette, Chris Blake, Angela Brooks, Jennifer Murray, and Kevin Bock for your time and energy toward this cause. Thank you for serving on Coleman Community Schools' Board of Education!
We are so looking forward to having students return to in-person learning on January 25th, 2021. This will include all of our students who are currently remote as well as those who were in the Online Learning Academy and are coming back to in-person. To be prepared for the second semester, it is still important to wrap up the first semester. Please remind your children the importance of getting all of their work turned back in this week and completed. Grades can be seen in the Parent Connect system, but please remind your child if they just completed things, it will take a bit for teachers to get those things graded. Some of those things, especially at the Jr./Sr. High grade level may be past due and not receive full credit as those students are older. Those who submit all their work at once instead of when it was due, may have to wait a bit to have it graded. Should you or your child have ANY questions at all, please reach out to your child's teacher or the school office. Chromebook Devices and Chargers can be returned/checked-in at the dates and times below. If you are unable to drop them off due to work, students can bring them back to the office first thing on January 25th. The more devices we can bring in on Jan. 21st and 22nd, the quicker we can get them checked in, wiped down and cleaned and in to the classrooms for use by the students. Devices should NOT be returned until your child has submitted all of their work for the 1st semester. Devices can be turned in at the elementary or jr./sr. high, regardless of which school your child attends. Times/dates for return are: Thursday, January 21st Jr./Sr. High or Elementary 1-3:00 p.m. Friday, January 22nd Jr./Sr. High- 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Elementary- 8:45 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Friday is Communications/Technology Employee Appreciation Day! Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of those who work on our technology and communications staff. Our IT guys have been ESSENTIAL this past year getting and keeping many of us online, while our communications team makes every effort to keep all of us up to date. Again, thank you!
For those in our community age 65+: You are part of vaccination Priority Group 1B. Those with internet access who plan to get the vaccine should complete this survey from the Midland County Health Department: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/143b2d73d75845e6848e0209b5e95148. Those with no internet access should call 211.
1st Semester Exam information is included in the link here: https://5il.co/ofqq and will be sent home with students this week. Please take a minute to read through the information . Should you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher or the Jr./Sr. High School Office.
Please take time to look at the letter in the link below which shares follow-up information regarding remote learning and the survey that went out earlier in the week: https://5il.co/of2c
This is a friendly reminder if you have not filled out the survey sent yesterday, please do so by tomorrow, Wednesday, January 6th, at this link: https://forms.gle/WUWhbrywvghT5WKk6 . Even if you don't have a strong opinion or are comfortable with whatever district decisions are made, we would like you to complete it and check "no preference" in the survey. If you have already completed the survey, thank you! Please do NOT fill it out twice. If your child(ren) are in the Online Learning Academy (OLA), please do not complete this survey. We are taking this opportunity to elicit feedback from Coleman Schools' Parents with regard to the remote learning currently taking place and things we may be able to do to assist them.It will also be used as we plan going forward in conjunction with all other important information as shared yesterday. The information and input we get from some families may be directly opposite to what we receive from others and all of these factors must be weighed as decisions are made. For this reason, the final few questions about mental health and other hardships have been added so we can find ways to assist you. We are currently scheduled to be remote through January 22nd, 2021. If there are any changes, that will be communicated as far in advance as possible to all families. Please complete the survey by Wednesday, January 6th, 2021. Thank you!
Would you like to positively impact Coleman Schools? Here’s your chance! With all students receiving free meals, families may feel it is not important to return a free and reduced application or Household Information Report. Free & Reduced applications and Household Information Reports are used for more than just Food Service. Students and schools both benefit from approved free & reduced apps/HIR on file. Students that are approved for free or reduced priced meals may be eligible to receive help with home internet, college applications fees and financial aid, etc. Students also benefit when the schools benefit! Schools depend on free and reduced applications and HIR to determine the amount of funding they receive from a variety of State and Federal supplement programs like Title I, At-Risk, Title II, E-Rate, etc. These programs have the potential to offer support and services for our students including but not limited to: ● Technology (Chromebooks, internet services, etc.) ● Instructional support (staff, supplies & materials, etc.) ● Non-instructional Services (counseling, social work, health service, etc.) ● Professional Learning for staff ● Parent and Community engagement supplies and activities - such as field trips Even if your child/children do not intend on eating meals from our food service department, it is still critical that families return a free and reduced application or HIR. By doing so, you are helping your family and helping all Coleman families. Elementary Parent- Please fill out the HIR (Household Information Report) Jr/Sr High Parents- Please fill out the free and reduced application If you have students in both buildings you will need to fill out BOTH forms. Free and reduced applications and HIR are confidential. You may fill out an application online through Lunchapp.com, or you may pick an application up at your child’s school. It was also included in your Comet News from August 2020. If you would like an application mailed to you or have any questions about the application, please call 989.442.1997 or email Melissa Gohl at email@example.com.
We are taking this opportunity to elicit feedback from Coleman Schools' Parents with regard to the remote learning currently taking place. Link is at the bottom. If your child(ren) are in the Online Learning Academy, please do not complete this survey. Information received in this survey will be reviewed to help assist families. It will also be used as we plan going forward in conjunction with all other information: e.g. safety of our students and staff, consistency for parents/family planning, other feedback from stakeholders, staffing levels, knowledge of quarantine timelines following holidays, attendance levels, ability to provide a consistent and solid instructional program for all students whether in-person or remote while supporting the Online Learning Academy students, information from the Health Department, State orders and knowledge of upcoming press releases, direction from Michigan Department of Education and other details. The input we get from some families may be directly opposite to what we receive from others and all of these factors must be weighed as decisions are made. For this reason, the final few questions about mental health and hardships have been added so we can find ways to assist you. At this time, we are scheduled to be remote through January 22nd, 2021. Should there be any changes, that will be communicated as far in advance as possible to all families. We would like to thank you for your input to this survey. Please complete the survey by Wednesday, Jan. 6th, 2021 at: https://forms.gle/SrRn9SmyDkZ7QYWQ6
Blood Drive coming up Thursday 8:45-2:45 at the Jr/Sr High! Appointments are recommended at https://donate.michigan.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/124724.
Seniors: Get your caps and gowns ordered! You can order online at www.highschool.herffjones.com. Early bird prices end today 12/31/20.
Outstanding job to all of our band students, Mr. Burkhart and Santa on the "Virtual- not at Warriner- Concert" tonight. Very well done in a new way. Thanks for getting us in the spirit. Watch for "Holiday Sing" material posted soon courtesy of Mrs. Tallman! More of our traditions done virtually by some talented people.
Are you looking for a 3-drawer or 4-drawer file cabinet? There are some at the school and can be yours for a donation to the school. File cabinets do not have locks on them. Contact Mike Huss at 465.6172.
Urgent Need: Donation registration is low for the drive coming up NEXT Friday at MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland. Could you, would you, consider donating? Holidays are always difficult on the blood supply! Shedule an appointment at https://donate.michigan.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/122170 or call 866-642-5663.
The Midland County Food Pantry will host a Holiday Box Mobile Pantry December 30. Pre-registration is required by next Wednesday at 989.305.9659 or 989.486.9393. Limited quantities are available. https://5il.co/ntcc
Midland organizations are working on expanding broadband access in the county. Please complete the survey at https://www.myconnectedcommunity.org/midland-county/ for your household. Midland County businesses are also encouraged to take the evaluation. The answers to this survey will help immensely in making sure that good, quality internet access is available to everyone in the community.
Some clean-up has been taking place this fall. If you are interested in making a donation to the school general fund for any of the following items, please contact Kerry at 989.465.6060 or firstname.lastname@example.org with your offer and what you would like. We will contact you to set it up with the highest donation. We would like these items gone by the end of next week. Available: 2 basketball backboards/hoops, 2 basketball steel poles, file cabinets (no locks) 3- drawer and 4-drawer.
The Elementary Student News is back and online! Check out our students from their remote learning environments. https://doc-08-bc-docs.googleusercontent.com/docs/securesc/3omtg886g2k4bqtmrvqifh9li6pp71cd/i267gfu9258cpdnljcrecshm50imdl9g/1607359275000/04305605437836591141/01059012132698451530/19v-KHZw66d9er1kridQ7yWQec1nkluIA?e=download&authuser=0
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Good Afternoon & Happy Thanksgiving! I just wanted to end the week with a couple of pieces of information for all of you. First of all, THANK YOU to our students who are doing an amazing job signing on to the Live Streams/Google Meets and completing assignments during distance learning. We have been highly impressed with attendance and your energy. Keep it up! Please remember that all teachers will have all grading up to date on Dec. 4th in Skyward for your child. If you have not already, please read through the Grading Guidelines During Distance Learning that was sent in the packet last week. Students must keep in contact with their teachers and lack of participation in their chosen method does not excuse them from completing assignments. It details information about when assignments need to be submitted based on whether they are online or paper copy learners and the amount of credit a child will lose if turned in late. We have also been able to make arrangements starting Monday, 11.30 for those who typically have bus routes and ordered food (through the survey link in the packets). These buses will also deliver paper copies for those already assigned paper copies. Students cannot change to paper copies at this point. The buses will leave the Jr./Sr. High at 12:30 p.m. each Monday during the distance learning and arrive at homes between 12:30-2:00 p.m. Someone should be watching for the bus and this will be a contactless drop-offs where items will be left on a porch or in a driveway. Those without a typical bus route and Online Learning Academy families will continue to pick up both food and school work at the side entrance of the Jr./Sr. High on Mondays from 3-5:00 p.m. Have a fantastic weekend!
Little Caesars and SCRIP card orders will be available for pick up tomorrow in front of the Elementary. Last names beginning with A-M pick up 2:00-3:00; beginning N-Z, 3:00-4:00. Just pull up and we'll grab your order. https://5il.co/nab0
Elementary In-Person students will be bringing home additional information today to lead you through the Distance Learning while we are on a pause from In-Person through January 22nd. You can also find the information here: https://5il.co/n81a
For Jr./Sr. High Parents, a great deal of information was sent home with your child today in 2 packets regarding distance learning through Jan. 22nd. One was posted here yesterday just below and this is the second one. Please take the time to read through all of it. It is at this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O6qLrZF9V6fchqB3QXUhglwyWJ_xR8kP/view?usp=sharing
An important letter regarding Remote Learning Detail for parents will come home tomorrow with your child(ren). Please take the time to read through it completely. It is also at the following link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MgxsHPMefwH2l4LuO61KbeX5QZyeeQRP/view?usp=sharing
Please read the letter at this link for updates and information. There is also information for parents to complete: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LLIqbSnX2hQO3CeOZpLEfM5eYHbaeSnU/view?usp=sharing
There will be no school for our K-12 students Monday, Nov. 16th. All students will return to school on Tuesday, Nov. 17th. This is following the Governor's announcement at 6:00 p.m. tonight. Staff will still report tomorrow in order to address the new order, determine plans for our Jr./Sr. High and our Elementary students. The last day in-person for our Jr./Sr. High students for at least 3 weeks will be Tuesday, Nov. 17th and they will move to remote learning on Wed., Nov. 18th. We will make determinations on how we will proceed with K-6 in-person learning tomorrow. Further detail on both will be shared with you as soon as we are able tomorrow. Please listen to your voicemail for more detail.
If you haven't had a chance to fill out the Survey for Student Distance Learning (in case of a classroom or school closure), please help us by filling it out today at this link: https://forms.gle/sWSmL2XSJMrknDst5 You should fill it out once for each of your children who are currently doing in-person learning. We are doing this to be proactive in case it becomes necessary. Those with students in the Online Learning Academy do NOT need to fill out this survey.
Good luck to our Comet Volleyball players tonight at Districts in AuGres!
Don't forget to get out and vote today if possible! Ballots for Coleman School District residents include 4 School Board positions for Coleman Schools. Have a great day!
CES will celebrate Halloween COVID-style from 2-3PM on Friday, October 30 with individual classroom parties. Students are invited to bring simple costumes for parties. We ask that students are able to manage costume pieces completely on their own. Please refrain from bringing items that would require adult assistance to put on, put together, etc. All students must continue to wear a fabric face covering during the classroom celebration unless they are seated at their desk eating and/or drinking. We are looking forward to our celebration of Halloween!
The Midland County Health Department will provide immunizations to those students in need of them on Nov. 10th in the afternoon. Online Learning Academy students need to contact the office to be scheduled for an after school appointment time. In-Person students will be called down when it is their turn and elementary students will be escorted to the Jr./Sr. High at their time. Parents/guardians are not required to be present, but a consent form like the one seen here must be signed and given to the school office prior to treatment. All student immunizations or a waiver must be up-to-date no later than Nov. 11th.
Thank you to Liz Dana, who has interviewed and agreed to coach our Junior High Girls' Basketball Team! Liz recently was hired to coach JV Volleyball and offered to fill in with JH Volleyball this year during a leave. We're excited to have her expertise, love of the game and interest in growing leaders with us for another sport.
Students interested in attending the free Teen Time at the Family Center on Wednesday afternoons can register at https://5il.co/mgg7.
Homecoming Court pictures 2020 https://www.facebook.com/1663958550/posts/10221879261085044/?sfnsn=mo
Check out the Homecoming Game tonight at 7:00 p.m. via Live Stream at: https://youtu.be/Rb4uvHY9FUA Court will be GO COMETS!
Reminder there is no school tomorrow Oct. 20. P/T conferences are 12-4 and 5-8 and will be virtual by Google Meet or phone. Enjoy your day off students!
Homecoming Court will be announced around 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 22nd. Court members will be able to invite 4 spectators who will be checked in. The rest of us still get the opportunity to see it happen on the Live Stream at: https://youtu.be/lCDkX1osKdU
Comets WIN 14-6!
14-6 Coleman in the 4th @8:34
14-0 Comets 3rd quarter @8:41
Comet Football on a drive and winning currently at 6-0!
Today's Comet Footbal game starts at noon. Watch the Live Stream at: https://youtu.be/bqMDh74GRBs GO COMETS! #Coleman #growingforthefuture #football #75 #75thyear #athletics #CometPride
The Governor has recently signed into law a bill recognizing one of our own, a Comet Alum. House Bill 5334 amends the Michigan Memorial Highway Act to designate the portion of US-10 in Warren Township in Midland County in honor of Corporal Casey P. Zylman. Corporal Zylman grew up in Midland County and was a graduate of Coleman High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 2005 and was killed in May 25, 2007 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while driving in Tallafar, Iraq. He was 22 years old. The highway will be known as the "Cpl. Casey P. Zylman Memorial Highway." The bill was sponsored by Representative Roger Hauck, R-Beal City. We are proud of our Comet Alum, Cpl. Zylman's service to our country and this recognition. #military #honor #Coleman #alum #CometPride
School Administration Appreciation Day is Wednesday! You have a little more than a day to shop for some 'tasty treats' for your favorite part of the admin team, but here are a few ideas from 'errbody's' favorite school administrator, Gerry Brooks. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=350709579452675
Due to Covid-19 and additional safety precautions, the Midland County Health Department will not schedule hearing and vision screenings for schools at this time. They are providing hearing and vision screenings AT the Health Department, so please call 989-832-6673 for an appointment if there are any concerns. Screenings at the schools are expected in the future, as well.
St Charles will live stream the varsity football game tonight from their football Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/StCharlesHighSchoolFootball
Shout-out to the 8th Grade Volleyball team! Lots of wins and a tie at last night's game!. GO COMETS! #Coleman #growingforthefuture #athletics #volleyball #CometPride #preferreddistrict
Wednesday is picture day at the Elementary! It's also Count Day State-wide. Students were sent home with order envelopes last week. Orders can also be placed online at https://prepay.geskusphoto.com/orderPrePro.asp with the school and personal codes from the envelopes.
Time is Running Out- Be Counted - Take the Census Respond to Census 2020 right away and bring money to the community for each person listed on your Census. Do not miss out on the resources and political power our community deserves. The Census provides funding for vital programs our community depends on such as free/reduced school lunches, funding for students with disabilities, Title & At-Risk funding which supports teachers, paraprofessionals, counseling, behavioral specialists, interventionists and materials for Coleman Schools’ students every year. Funding also supports our roads and bridges. Higher Census counts for the community and State determine the strength and numbers behind our political voice in Lansing and Washington DC. Be Counted at 2020census.gov or at 844.330.2020.
The Livestream link for tonight's home football game is at https://youtu.be/iMuVN-gIP9I Enjoy and GO COMETS!
Tomorrow is Custodian/Maintenance Employee Appreciation Day! If you see any of our guys (or gal) out and about, tell them how awesome we think they are for all they do: snow removal, event set up and clean up, mowing, painting, locker maintenance, supply stocking, trash pick up, changing lights, locking and opening up, cleaning (LOTS of cleaning), and so much more.
A letter will be coming home today with your child with updates from the most recent Executive Order from the Governor and how it affects each district. Please take a few minutes to read through it.
Just a reminder, as shared out in a previous message about athletics, Homecoming, previously scheduled for Oct. 2, is postponed. We are not able to hold an assembly, dance, parade due to Executive Orders. Still looking at other options, but they will not take place next week. Please bear with is as everything is a bigger process this year.
Good luck to all of our students taking the SAT tomorrow. Give great effort and energy to it. You got this!
Words directly from an elementary parent. We're so thankful for you, too! https://www.facebook.com/1265340039/posts/10223494058440682/
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.