Please take a minute when you have a chance to review the letter at this link regarding the Coleman Schools' Bond Proposal results from Tuesday: https://5il.co/wik2
While this has been sent before, it never hurts to have another copy. The 2021-22 school calendar can be found on our website or "ColemanComet" app under Explore/Administration/Calendars. Open Houses are August 25th and school starts August 30th for a half day: https://5il.co/werw
Coleman Schools offers opportunities for every student! Learn about what we can bring to your child here: https://vimeo.com/558885802
How will the elementary school facilities be impacted if this bond were to pass on August 3rd? A quick tour of the elementary shows which projects would be tackled that were not able to be completed with the 2015 bond https://vimeo.com/571764099 The Tax Calculator on the bond website is easy to find and easy to use. It literally takes one minute and provides you with an accurate estimate of the increase to your property taxes should the bond pass. It is important that you check this out for yourself instead of getting information from other people; everyone's income, township and estimated property tax increase is different. Several people were told their taxes would go up many hundreds of dollars, but after using the tax calculator, found it was much less than they had been told originally. Be informed before you vote. The Tax Calculator can be found at this link: https://www.colemanschools.net/o/coleman-cs/page/bond-information--11#tax Please SHARE with community members and be sure to vote on August 3rd or by Absentee Ballot by August 2nd.
The Lattimer kids have been working hard at the fair. In Showmanship Brooklynn Lattimer took 2nd, Harley Lattimer took 4th, Dakota Lattimer took 2nd and Savannah Lattimer took 1st. Outstanding! #Coleman #growingforthefuture #education #Agriscience #preferreddistrict #FFA #CometPride #fairweek #leaders Let us know what your favorite kids are doing at the fair!
There are many needs that would be covered by this bond and serve us as we add programming and move into the future of Coleman Schools. Take a few minutes to learn more about the current state through these videos. Classrooms have already been shared as a key reason needed for updates and recapturing of space in the Jr./Sr. High https://vimeo.com/571766770 This includes different types of classrooms, like the Choir room https://vimeo.com/571769990 and Science classrooms for experiments/investigations https://vimeo.com/571737020 but also includes planning for the future and adding courses and programming for our students. With classroom remodels, it would also improve the usability of our media center for dual enrollment, early/middle college and all students https://vimeo.com/571740644, ensure there is sufficient office space and storage https://vimeo.com/571738394 rather than putting people in too small spaces, providing for more conferences rooms, remodeling of bathrooms in the high school https://vimeo.com/571770361 and updating to larger lockers for all students in the Jr./Sr. High https://vimeo.com/571742427 Please SHARE with community members and be sure to vote on August 3rd or by Absentee Ballot by August 2nd.
Mrs. Brownlee's summer school class is using STEM practices to build 7 Oaks! This is the community where they can find their characters from the book, The Seven Habits of Happy Kids. They talked about using habits 2, 6 and 5. Habit 2 - Begin with the end in mind. They watched a video about using wooden tracks and engineering, explored their totes of tracks, then got to work! Habit 6- synergize! They’re all working together to build one community! Habit 5- Seek first to understand, then to be understood. When working together, they make sure to listen to each other for optimized synergizing. ❤️ They also took a trip to the Chippewa Nature Center where they always enjoy exploring and learning about our beautiful surroundings.
Miss Gina's and Miss Amber's Summer SPARKS class is learning about embryology, and eggs the students placed in the incubator have begun to hatch! They have four chicks so far. The kids - and adults - are all very excited. They have Miss Dee, 4-H Program Coordinator for Midland County MSU Extension, to thank for assisting with this project.
What is the importance of the updates to the current gym and addition of an auxiliary gym in this bond? Here are a few short videos showing the current state of our Jr./Sr. High locker rooms https://vimeo.com/571742656 , conversation about the auxiliary gym https://vimeo.com/571761679 and how it will support all of our athletes and community, along with conceptual designs of the auxiliary gym https://drive.google.com/file/d/14zc3OguaX_3-zPVY50TXnz4VYnJbB111/view?usp=sharing Please take a few minutes to view and SHARE! Be sure to vote on August 3rd or by Absentee Ballot by August 2nd.
Do you have questions about Coleman Community Schools' relationship with the Greater Midland Coleman Family Center and how the bond could impact that? You can find information in the FAQ on the Bond page or just watch this video: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1AL5zX-hHZ2U4HB1dPSsSslt3o53TsVMi?usp=sharing Feel free to SHARE with the community! Be sure to vote on August 3rd or by Absentee Ballot by August 2nd.
You can learn more about why an Auditorium is necessary and see what we would be doing with the current Auditorium https://vimeo.com/571771367 and Band Room https://vimeo.com/571770888 at these links. Conceptual designs for the Auditorium can be found at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14hbTTlIHteKThJoubVImvSB1AhgPbP9J/view?usp=sharing and https://drive.google.com/file/d/14p3fx5P4ystPW4ZPjo-PE8_vK727is-S/view?usp=sharing Feel free to SHARE with the community! Be sure to vote on August 3rd or by Absentee Ballot by August 2nd.
Q: Do we have "trades" classes for Coleman Schools' students? A: YES! We certainly do. Coleman Community Schools are part of the Midland County Career-Technical Education (CTE) Consortium offering 18+ programs to high school students, one of them being our own Agriscience Program. CTE courses are what used to be referred to as the "trades". Check out this video for more information about all of the programs our students are currently a part of and what could be if the Bond Proposal were to pass on August 3rd: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15I_Jll_mIRkiRxdoB7thcuT59sfpQrca/view?usp=sharing
The Community Meeting regarding the Bond Proposal, held this past Wednesday is recorded here in full https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFlRhw1WpOw (it states the video is unavailable, but click the "Watch on You Tube" link). The recording is information-packed and includes the most recent information as well as conversation from community members, students, board members and a question/answer session. The Tax Calculator usage is also shown. Thank you and as always should you have any questions, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org or call 989.465.6060.
Only 11 days left before the August 3rd Coleman Schools' Bond vote either in person or by Absentee Ballot! Anyone who is a registered voter in the Coleman Community Schools' District, whether a taxpayer or not, can vote. If you haven't yet had a chance to look at the factual information for yourself, you can do so at our website, www.colemanschools.net and click on the Bond Information link at the top of the home page or at this link: https://www.colemanschools.net/o/coleman-cs/page/bond-information--11h There you will find: updated Frequently Asked Questions (more to be added on Monday), short video tours of the buildings' current state and project plans, estimates, Conceptual Designs, a Tax Calculator and much more. Take a few minutes to look through them. We have recently heard of situations where people have been told their taxes would raise significantly, but after going on the Tax Calculator, it was much less than they were told. Please take the chance to look into it for yourself or call the Board Office at 989.465.6060 and we will be happy to walk you through it.
Watching for those fair pictures of our Comets or other fantastic things they are doing this summer, but we don't catch it all. Send us a PM and/picture to FB at Coleman School District letting us know about them so we can share it out. #GoComets
Coleman Schools is Community-Focused! See how it shows through the eyes of Comet students, families and staff and feel free to share at: https://vimeo.com/558889376
Q: How will I know how much I would be paying in taxes per month if this bond were to pass? A: You can go to the Bond link at the top of the District Homepage www.colemanschools.net. In that page is a Tax Calculator (also at this link: https://pfmtaxcalc.com/ColemanCommunitySchools/disclaimer.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fColemanCommunitySchools%2fdefault.aspx ) which will determine the highest calculation for your property taxes by year, month and day. Some mills of this total calculation will fall off over time, reducing the amount of taxes per taxpayer. This tax calculator information is ONLY seen by the person entering the information.
Q: How does our district’s debt levy compare to the schools around us? A: Most school districts in Michigan address facility and transportation needs with a bond or sinking fund proposal. Currently, as is illustrated by the chart, Coleman is levying the lowest amount of many schools in the area and our size. If this bond proposal is approved on August 3rd, our total mills would increase to an estimated average rate of 7.55 mills over the term of the bond. This would still put us under or even with what at least 6 other local districts our size levy, inclusive of those in the image provided as well as Meridian, Bullock Creek and Harrison which are levying 7 mills, 7 mills and 4.3 mills, respectively.
Q: How does our district’s debt compare to the schools around us? A: Most school districts in Michigan address facility and transportation needs with a bond or sinking fund proposal. Currently, as is illustrated by the chart, Coleman is levying the lowest amount of many schools in the area and our size. If this bond proposal is approved on August 3rd, our total mills would increase to an estimated average rate of 7.55 mills over the term of the bond. This would still put us under or even with what at least 6 other local districts our size levy, inclusive of those in the image provided as well as Meridian, Bullock Creek and Harrison which are levying 7 mills, 7 mills and 4.3 mills, respectively.
First, second and third graders are working on their reading skills in the SPARKS Summer Program. They have some guided reading time with the teachers, some silent reading time with books of their choice to practice the skills taught during the guided reading time and then they have a chance to read cards and build sentences. The "Kids Read Now" students are integrated on Tuesdays to work on these skills as well.
Don't forget to VOTE August 3rd or anytime before then by Absentee Ballot anytime by contacting your Township/City Clerk. A Coleman Schools Bond Proposal will be on the ballot. Q: Why is a new auditorium necessary? A: The current auditorium, as with all of the school, has been well cared for by the community, staff and students at Coleman and used to the greatest extent possible. The roof, boilers, office area and carpeting has been replaced over time. However, after generations of use, items are worn and the space fits needs of the community and learners from several generations previous, not those of today. Coleman Schools is fortunate to have many people involved and supporting our students at events. No matter how many chairs are put in the auditorium and cafeteria for elementary or jr./sr. high events, there are typically 80-90 people left standing. The current auditorium does not provide enough storage and changing space for drama, choir, band. All other spaces in the district are smaller than the current auditorium. A new auditorium would provide the necessary space for all attendees to sit in tiered seating for elementary, jr./sr. high and community events, being able to see and hear what is taking place on stage. More events could be held in our own facilities and students can learn in the space daily for band, choir, drama and other presentation practices. Each of these groups would have space for materials and equipment that is not available presently. Additional community events could be held in a new space because of the area available. At the same end of the building, some additional classroom space would be added to support future programs and the band/choir/arts classrooms. For more information, go to the bond page on our website at: http://colemanmi.apptegy.us/o/coleman-cs/page/bond-information--11
Just a reminder if you are interested in receiving breakfasts and lunches for the week through August 6th, simply fill out the survey at this link and read the information included about pick-up. https://forms.gle/TRiMDS4JgpF9qi4RA
Vote Tuesday, August 3rd, or now by Absentee Ballot from our Township/City Clerk. A bond proposal for Coleman Schools is on the ballot. Why are renovated/additional classrooms and recaptured space important in this bond? Coleman teachers work to support group work, problem-solving, literacy circles and cooperative learning which is difficult in the many of the current triangular-shaped classrooms. Recapturing the open spaces allows for more programming for students similar to what has been held over the past 7 years with Zoology, Ag/STEM, Multi-Media, Choir, American Sign Language, Financial Literacy, space for Dual Enrollment & Early/Middle College studies and more. Our current space does not allow for future growth or space currently needed for classrooms, office, conference rooms and storage. See our bond page for more information: http://colemanmi.apptegy.us/o/coleman-cs/page/bond-information--11
See what Opportunities await you at Coleman Schools! https://vimeo.com/558885802 Now accepting registrations, including School of Choice students, for the 2021-22 school year. Call 989.465.6060 for more information or check out our Enrollment page at: https://www.colemanschools.net/o/coleman-cs/page/enrollment--526
We received good news today from State and Local Health Departments as the new State COVID/ mask guidelines apply to schools. Please read the attached letter for updated information at: https://5il.co/uiq3
When you have a chance please take a few minutes to look through the Comet News which will be coming out to all homes in the Coleman School District soon. The News can be found at: https://5il.co/uhmp Also included is information about the upcoming Bond Community Meetings to be held on June 30th and July 21st at 5:30 p.m. in the Jr./Sr. High Auditorium. Please join us!
Community Meetings will be held June 30th and July 21st at 5:30 p.m. in-person at the Jr./Sr. High Auditorium or via Live Stream regarding the proposed school bond vote on the August 3rd, 2021 election ballot. Please join us to learn more about the process and the proposed projects, frequently asked questions and to take a tour of the current status of the Jr./Sr. High if you wish. Live Stream link for June 30th is: https://youtu.be/Q-bNE6pLRIM Live Stream link for July 21st is: https://youtu.be/YFlRhw1WpOw More information on the bond can be found at: https://www.colemanschools.net/o/coleman-cs/page/bond-information--11 or by going to our website at www.colemanschools.net or to the ColemanComet app on your phone and clicking on the link at the top of the Homepage.
Coleman Area Library Summer Reading Program: https://wandooreader.com/coleman/2021-summer-reading-program/users/sessions/new
The MLC Summer Programs are a great way to keep your kids engaged in learning during the summer. To learn more about these events, check out www.michiganlearning.org/summer.
Some exciting news! We have been able, with some of the federal funding we received this year, to purchase enough Chromebooks to be 1:1 for students. The District Curriculum Committee has been talking with teachers and we will be planning just what 1:1 will look like based on the grade level of students and a multi-year plan for teaching students how best to use the devices. We'll be sharing that information out as we get closer to next year. Just a quick reminder if your child(ren) are in the Online Learning Academy or in quarantine or have borrowed a Chromebook/charger at any time this year that has not yet been returned, please bring that to the school. We will have staff available late today, Friday, June 4th from 3-4:30 p.m. and Monday, June 7th from 9-noon. Even if your child will be in a summer program, they should still be returned first and then we will reassign Chromebooks. You can return other days through next week as well when secretaries are in the office. Costs for anyone not returning these items or any damage will be sent to homes within the two weeks and report cards will be held. Thanks in advance for your cooperation. Have a wonderful summer!
Please take a few minutes to read through this letter that will go home with students today: https://5il.co/tjim
Families and friends of our 6th graders are invited to join us for the 6th Grade Completion Ceremony, Wednesday, June 2 at 6:00 PM in the grassy area on the west side of the elementary school. Please bring your lawn chair and set up where you will be able to see/hear. Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of these students as they prepare to take the next step in their Comet journey.
As part of Leader In Me, Ms. Moore's kindergarten class did a service project. They synergized to come up with an idea and a plan. They decided on a coin drive to raise money. They planned to use the money to buy food and toiletries for the local pantry. The class put first things first and made a plan. Their goal was to raise $100. They raised $103.25 and were able to buy all of this and donate it to the emergency pantry at Greater Midland Family Center- Coleman. What a win-win! The students felt so proud as they delivered the goods they were able to provide for those in need!
Last Tuesday, Mrs. LeFevre’s fifth graders went to the “purple park” to pick up trash as their Spring Service Project. The park was pretty tidy, but they still managed to gather up trash (like inside the cannon barrell!). After working, they had time to play and picnic for lunch. They then went to Scoops for ice cream. Everyone loved that. On the way back to school, we stopped at Mrs. Tigner’s to pet her grand dog and pose for a picture. To date, they were the largest group to ever stop and visit on her porch!
Information about Summer Extended Learning Opportunities for student of all grade levels are posted at this link and a copy will come home with students tomorrow. It has also been emailed and sent in a quick text to parents: https://5il.co/t6l5
Mrs. Hintz’s 2nd grade class voted to earn money by doing chores. For their Spring Service Project, they used the money to purchase groceries for a quarantined family. They also wrote letters of encouragement to the family. The family was “overwhelmed with emotion.” They said, “the letters were an added bonus.”
Please see the following link for a parent letter, bond information and another copy of the 2021-2022 school calendar: https://5il.co/t193
Coleman Schools' bond language will be on the election ballot for August 3, 2021. Bond information, planned projects and a survey to ask questions/sign up for a tour of facilities at: https://www.colemanschools.net/o/Coleman%20CS/page/bond-information--11
Good Evening, Please find attached here, a letter regarding updates to the COVID guidelines and quarantine information: https://5il.co/sqcu This letter will also be emailed to families and sent home with students on Monday.
Give Local Midland is over! Thank you so much to all of our selfless donors. Your help will make a huge impact, and we deeply appreciate your dedication to our community. #Coleman #growingforthefuture #education #preferreddistrict #CometPride #GiveLocal #GiveLocalMidland
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As our students grow for the future, so does the Coleman Community Schools Endowment Fund! Donations we receive will support us in perpetuity, increasing the amount we can use annually. Some generosity now will help in the future. Make a donation and share! #GiveLocalMidland
Tuesday, May 4- Bus 11J (Camel bus) is running about 25 minutes late this morning. We're sorry for the inconvenience.
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Mobile dentist is coming to the elementary on May 11th. Please fill out the attached form by May 7th and have your child turn it in to the elementary office to take advantage of this convenient service! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1duxkGgC6KgWccvErXIlX46_G3aI8_aOs/view?usp=sharing
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ELEMENTARY PARENTS: Your opinions and feedback are important to us! We are hoping to meet our participation goal for the number of people who have completed this survey, but we're not quite there yet. Please pause for a few minutes to give us your thoughts regarding our implementation of Leader in Me if you haven't already when this was sent earlier. Coleman Elementary is implementing the Leader in Me, which teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. We are currently conducting a survey to learn more about key areas of strength and areas of needed growth in our school. Please help us by completing the survey at the following link before May 3, 2021: https://www.leaderinme.com/s/coleman-elem-mi/parent
Some of you may have received P-EBT cards from the State for your child who have not received them in the past. This is due to some of the remote learning during this school year and the CEP free lunch/breakfast program we have in the district for elementary this year. At this link you will find some information sent from the State that may answer your questions: https://5il.co/rnn6
We need everyone's help to keep our students safe! Student drop off at the elementary begins at 7:55 AM. Students are to remain in their vehicles until supervisors are available, and those students who are walking should not arrive on school grounds prior to 7:55. The school parking lot is a one way loop from 7:30-8:30 AM and again from 2:30-3:30 PM (and 1:30-2:30 on Wednesday). Please enter the parking lot from Washington St. and exit at Shaffer Rd. To speed up your exit, please form two lanes -- a right turn and a left turn lane turning onto Shaffer Rd. Please drive slowly and cautiously in the parking lot. We appreciate all that you do to keep our students and one another safe!
We're so excited to announce Kindergarten Registration for the Class of 2034! Kindergarten Registration will be on March 18th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. There will be designated times posted soon, based on your child's last name, in order to limit the number of people in the building. At this time, registration will be 1 parent only and no students due to social distancing, but we hope to also hold a time for our incoming Kindergarteners later in the spring to visit classrooms and meet teachers. For March 18th, parents will be able to meet teachers, ask questions and get registration forms filled out and turned in. If you are unable to attend on March 18th, you can register at any time by making an appointment at the elementary office 989.465.6179.
Wednesday, February 24th, is a half day of school for students. Jr./Sr. High will release at 11:20 a.m. and Elementary at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be offered prior to dismissal. As a reminder, SPARKS after school program does not run on half days and will not take place tomorrow, Feb. 24th.
There will be no school for Coleman Community Schools today, Monday, Feb. 22nd, due to road conditions. Information on events and practices will be shared by noon today. Please be safe and stay warm.
Coleman Schools will be closed today, Tuesday, February 16th, due to road conditions. Please be safe and stay warm. Information on athletic practices and events will be posted by noon today.
Do you drive your children to school each morning? If so, thank you, and we have a safety request... Please keep your children warm and safe in the car with you until as close to 8:00 AM as possible. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, elementary school doors open at 8:00. Help us keep your children warm and safe by waiting just a few minutes before releasing children from your vehicle. Stay warm out there!
We received a shout-out from a student to their teacher, Mrs. Mutton recently~ "She is so nice to the entire class, she plays with us at recess, she makes us laugh a lot, she does so many fun things since we went back after virtual learning. She gave us a treat during the NWEA test and she is one of my favorite teachers."
SPARKS after school program ONLY is closed for today, Tuesday, January 26th. Messages have been sent to parents from Mr. Winters, Program Coordinator and it was announced to students in the elementary building.
Download the "ColemanComet" app to your phone or search "Coleman Community Schools, MI" for quick access to all things Coleman Schools. You can also go to settings to receive "PUSH" notifications from the district and/or either of the school buildings. You can also connect the District, Jr./Sr. High and/or Elementary calendar to your Google calendar by clicking the link in the picture on each of the Homepages for the schools.
We are doing some organization and cleanup. There are items available for donation to those who are interested and pictures are on the LiveFeed section of our website or on Facebook in this post and another earlier today. You can get on the list for the items by going to this link: https://forms.gle/faT9Tx45Bhh5pERN6 The items mentioned are available for a donation to the school district. We will post these items out for 1 week and will then begin to distribute the items. They will remain posted until everything is gone. If you are interested in an item, please fill out the form at the link for that item and then go to the link again if you would like to give a donation for another item. The person with the largest donation will be contacted about the item. All items must be picked up and will not be delivered. A school staff member will contact each person to determine a time they can pick-up at the school and donation. Items will not be held past the scheduled time, and will move on to the next bidder.
Any scrappers out there interested? Our custodial/maintenance crew have been hard at work updating and cleaning things up, so we have a few different piles around the district that we would like gone. If you are interested in coming by, please contact Mike Huss for a time at 989.465.6172. These items are available along with 2 other piles of scrap items he will show you.
We are doing some organization and cleanup. Ther are items available for donation to those who are interested. Pictures are on the LiveFeed section of our website or on Facebook. You can get on the list for the items by going to this link: https://forms.gle/faT9Tx45Bhh5pERN6 The items mentioned are available for a donation to the school district. We will post these items out for 1 week and will then begin to distribute the items. They will remain posted until everything is gone. If you are interested in an item, please fill out the form at the link for that item and then go to the link again if you would like to give a donation for another item. The person with the largest donation will be contacted about the item. All items must be picked up and will not be delivered. A school staff member will contact each person to determine a time they can pick-up at the school and donation. Items will not be held past the scheduled time, and will move on to the next bidder.
Reminder, if your child has 1st semester classwork submitted and returns to in-person learning on Monday, you can drop their Chromebook & charger off for check-in at either school from 1-3 Thursday and Friday 8:45-3 @ the elementary or 8:30-4 at the jr./sr. high.
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.
Elementary yearbooks are available online only this year. Orders can be placed at the link below anytime. http://www.geskusphoto.com/?YB=1918
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
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
Coleman Elementary would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Russell and Nancy Pnacek of Midland. The Pnacek's make regular donations to Coleman Elementary that are used to support students' reading growth. This time around we utilized the Pnacek's donation to put together literacy kits for the 3rd grade Online Learning Academy students. The Pnacek's contribution made it possible to give each student 5 books along with various other literacy materials like a dry erase marker and pocket, retelling cards, sticky notes, reading strategy bookmark, etc. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Pnacek for supporting our developing readers!
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!
NO SCHOOL for Coleman Elementary students - both in-person and online students - tomorrow, Friday, November 20. Instruction will resume Monday, November 23 at 8:15 a.m. Enjoy the weekend!
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
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
No school for students today, Monday, November 16. We will plan to see students tomorrow. Have a good Monday!
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.
Mr. Nate from the Chippewa Nature Center had our 4th graders acting squirrelly! 4th graders learned how animals have to adapt to changes in the season for survival by being squirrels and hiding corn. Unfortunately, many didn’t survive because they couldn’t find their food stash or another squirrel took it. They also learned the differences in food needs for carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores.
Morning drop off is at 7:55 AM when adult supervision begins. Please schedule your students' arrival as close to 7:55 as possible.
Please complete the survey that was sent out recently. That information is important to us in our planning should we need to return to virtual learning at some time in the future.
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.
Do your holiday shopping while fundraising for the Elementary! Order SCRIP cards at face value as gifts or to do your own shopping. Check out the list of participating businesses at https://5il.co/mgg5 and order from your favorite Elementary student.
It's pizza kit time again! Order from your favorite Elementary student or go to https://www.pizzakit.com/LoginCreate.aspx?returnto=%2ffundraising-products%3fshop%3d1%26f%3d387287%26t%3dlc and follow prompts to create your user ID. Orders are due November 6. Pick up at the Elementary the week of November 23.
Check out the Homecoming Game tonight at 7:00 p.m. via Live Stream at: https://youtu.be/Rb4uvHY9FUA Court will be GO COMETS!
The book fair is online this year. Check out Scholastic's virtual fair! https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=colemanelementaryschool2
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
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
Picture Day is Wednesday! Check your students' backpacks for picture envelopes. If you'd like to order online, you'll need the school and personal codes from the envelope and go to https://prepay.geskusphoto.com/orderPrePro.asp.
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.
Words directly from an elementary parent. We're so thankful for you, too! https://www.facebook.com/1265340039/posts/10223494058440682/
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/... 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/... Online Learning Academy parents will receive an email later today as well.