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					                        Bridgman Public Schools
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           August 2009
                        Receives All “A’s”
                                                             one year of academic growth for each year of instruction.                                   The Bridgman Board of Education Re-Authorizes
                        Bridgman Public School District
                        is pleased to announce that each
                                                             According to the Michigan Department of Education, Ad-
                                                             equate Yearly Progress (AYP) is a cornerstone of the federal
                                                                                                                                                         Bond Proposal
                        of the district’s schools achieved                                                                                                                              worth of potential upgrades valuation) over 25 years to
                                                             No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001. In Michigan, it                                      On August 24, 2009
Please view the         an “A” at the same time on the                                                                                                                                  to Bridgman High School,    re-pay the bonds. The D.C.
                        State School Report Card for
                                                             measures year-to-year student achievement on the Michigan                                     the Bridgman Board of                                    Cook Nuclear Power Plant
latest news from the                                         Education Assessment Program (MEAP) for elementary and                                                                     F.C. Middle School and
                        their academic performance dur-                                                                                                    Education called for a       Bridgman Elementary School. comprises 73% of the school
guidance office at:                                          middle schools, or the Michigan Merit Examination (MME)
                        ing the 2008-09 school year.                                                                                                       special bond election to     Improvements at the high    district’s taxable value which
                                                             for high schools. Other indicators, such as the number of                                                                                                                                        borrow $22 million of        school would cost about $10 means taxpayers would only
                                                             students who participate in the assessments and graduation rate
on the high school      In previous years, all schools                                                                                                     general obligation tax       million, while F.C. Reed    be responsible for financing
                                                             for high schools, are also considered in the calculation.
                        have received either an
guidance web
                        “A” or “B” on the report
                                                                                                                                Interesting Fact:          bonds to finance building Middle School and Bridgman 27% of the total cost of the
page. The guidance      card and have always met       School Calendar 2009-2010                                                                           and facility renovations    The school district has no bonded debt and has not
                                                                                                                                The school district
web page contains       Adequate Yearly Progress       September 2      Professional Development Day
                                                                                                                                has zero bonded
                                                                                                                                                           throughout the school       asked the taxpayers to fund building improvements at
                                                       September 3      Teacher Preparation
information on          (AYP).
                                                       September 7       No School- Labor Day                                   debt and has not           district. (This is the same all three campuses in 22 years.
scholarships,           The State School Report        September 8       First Day of School, ½ day- grades K-12                asked the taxpayers        bond proposal that failed
financial aid, career   Card grade is based on         October 30        Professional Development Day- No school for students   to fund district           by two votes in February.)     Elementary upgrades would          project. Construction costs
                        three factors: 1.) Achieve-    November 3        Bond Election- Polls open (7 A.M. – 8 P.M.)            wide improvements          Although district facilities   cost about $6 million each.        are at an all-time low and
and technical                                                                                                                                              have been well-cared for                                          most renovations would occur
                        ment status to measure         November 6        End First Marking Period                               for 22 years.                                             About $3 million of this
training, testing,                                     November 16       BHS Parent/Teacher Conference (5-8 P.M.)                                          over the years, many of the    amount will be earmarked           during the summers of 2010,
                        how well a school is doing
upcoming events,        in educating its students,
                                                       November 17       RMS Parent/Teacher Conference (4-7 P.M.)                                          materials and equipment are    for much-needed technology         2011 and 2012.
                                                       November 18       Parent/Teacher Conf.., ½ day- grades K-12, BES                                    near or at the end of their    upgrades at all three buildings.
and links to helpful    2.) Achievement change to                        (5-8 P.M.), RMS (12-3 P.M.), BHS (5-8 P.M.)                                       functional life. A community
websites.               measure whether student        November 19       Parent Teacher Conf., ½ day- grades K-8, BES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The special
                                                                                                                                                           planning committee studied     The school district has zero
                        achievement is improv-                           (12:45-3:45 & 5-8 P.M.), RMS (5-8 P.M.)
                                                                                                                                                           a comprehensive facilities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             election will be
                        ing or declining, and 3.)      November 20       ½ day school- grades K-12                                                                                        bonded debt and has not asked
                                                                                                                                                           assessment with construction   the taxpayers to fund district      held November
                        Achievement growth to          November 25       No School- Thanksgiving Recess
                        measure whether students       November 26       No School- Thanksgiving                                                           management consultants to      wide improvements for 22           3, 2009. The polls
                        are demonstrating at least     November 27       No School- Thanksgiving Recess                                                    prioritize some $22 million    years. If the bond proposal is        will be open
                                                       December 21       Winter Break Begins                                                                                              successful, district taxpayers
                                                                                                                                                                                          will be levied 1.5 mills ($1.50
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             from 7:00 A.M. to
                                                                                                                                                                                          on each $1,000 of taxable               8:00 P.M.

                                                                                                                                                Bridgman Public Schools
                                                                                                                                                9964 Gast Road, Bridgman, MI 49106
                                                                                                                                                Ph: 269-465-5432 Fax: 269-466-0221
AP English Update
                                                     Creative Writing News                                   From Cliff Reppart, Band Director:                      Amanda Veldman
Bridgman High School’s first Advanced Place-
ment (AP) course got a running start before the                                                              Solo & Ensemble Performance                                                   Mrs. Amanda Veldman          Art Scholarship Winner
                                                     Senior Brittany Mercier, a student in Mrs.                                                                                            obtained her Bachelor of     Congratulations to Bridgman Elementary School
summer break even began!
                                                     Carter Conklin’s creative writing class during                                                                                        Science degree in math-      fourth grader Gavin Ales for receiving a $50 art
                                                                                                             Solo & Ensemble is a performance opportunity
                                                     the 2008-2009 school year, was notified that her                                                                                      ematics and business from    scholarship in the “Trash to Treasure Show”
Prospective students of AP English Literature                                                                for our students to push themselves further on
                                                     poem, “How to Grow Up,” will be featured in                                                                                           Central Michigan Univer-     held at the Buchanan Art Center in April. Works
& Composition attended a meeting with teacher                                                                the individual level. Students prepare a solo or
                                                     The American Library of Poetry’s student poetry                                                                                       sity. She taught algebra     made from recycled materials were submitted
Mrs. Carter Conklin on June 2, 2009. Nov-                                                                    small ensemble piece of music, which is then
                                                     anthology, Inspired.                                                                                                                  and geometry courses last    by area students and local artists. Gavin’s piece
els and assignments for summer reading were                                                                  performed for an adjudicator. The adjudicator
                                                                                                                                                                                           year at a middle school      was an airplane sculpture made from recycled
distributed, giving students a head start on the                                                             then gives a rating for the overall performance
                                                     Brittany’s poem was submitted to this nation-                                                                                         in Safety Harbor, FL,        pop cans. Congratulations, Gavin!
upcoming school year.                                                                                        based on tone, precision, rhythm, technique and
                                                     wide poetry contest in May 2009. She was noti-                                                                  and completed her student teaching experience
                                                                                                             interpretation. The rating system is 5 - 1, with
                                                     fied in July that her poem would be included in a                                                               at Portage Central High School in Portage, MI.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Catch-                                                                a 1 being the highest rating. Students who earn
                                                     sampling of this year’s contest winners.                                                                        Mrs. Veldman is a graduate of Hartford High
22 by Joseph Heller were assigned for “summer                                                                a division I rating show a mastery of all of the
                                                                                                                                                                     School and was married in August 2009. She re-
reading.” Students were required to read one                                                                 areas of adjudication.
                                                     “Based on the caliber of writing we have seen                                                                   places Ms. Shannah Fisher who was a long-term
novel by July 17, 2009. Reading logs were kept
                                                     this year, Inspired is the perfect title for what                                                               substitute teacher.
and a vocabulary list was formulated based on                                                                Our F.C. Reed students did VERY well at Solo
their reading assignments.                           promises to be a very unique collection of poetry       and Ensemble. In EVERY event that they at-
                                                     from our top student authors,” American Library         tended they received a division I rating!! We           Catherine Kirshenbaum
Seventeen students are now enjoying the pro-         of Poetry. “Did you know that only a small              attended nine events. Please join me in congrat-                              Mrs. Catherine
gram while communicating regularly with Mrs.         percentage of students who submit poetry will be        ulating these students on their achievements.                                 Kirshenbaum obtained her
Carter Conklin via email and the AP English          published?”                                                                                                                           master’s degree in social
Literature & Composition Class Blog.                                                                                                                                                       work from the University
                                                     Please read more about this contest online at:          Casey Bicker - Snare Drum Solo                                                of Chicago and her
Students also participate in Mrs. Carter Conk-                         Casey Bicker - Timpani Solo                                                   Bachelor of Arts degree in
lin’s weekly “Literary Quiz O’ the Day.” This                                                                Casey Bicker - Marimba Solo                                                   psychology from Miami
assignment concept helps students stay current       Inspired is due to be released in the fall of 2009.                                                                                   University in Oxford, OH.
                                                                                                             Monika Ansinn - Trombone/Baritone Duet
with literary articles that have been shared with    Brittany is excited to see her work in print.                                                                                         For the past three years,
the class.                                           Congratulations, Brittany!                              Monika Ansinn - Piano Solo                              Mrs. Kirshenbaum was a school social worker        Hog Roaster Grill
                                                                                                             Ryan Bicker - Trumpet Solo                              at East Leyden High School in Franklin Park,       Doug Saylor’s Metals Fabrication 2/3 Class 4th
“So far, the students are finding the AP course      If your student is interested in entering a poetry      Karisa Steffens - Clarinet Solo                         IL. Mrs. Kenagy-Kirshenbaum is a graduate of       Block students built a Hog Roaster Grill. Stu-
work demanding yet rewarding,” stated Mrs.           contest, please contact Mrs. Carter Conklin for                                                                 Lakeshore High School and was married in July.     dents who worked on the project are as follows:
                                                     more information.                                       Race Werk - Trombone Solo                               She replaces Mr. Bob Wagner who retired and
Carter Conklin. The fun continues with the start                                                                                                                                                                        Kyle Lamar, Austin Boone, John Rietz, Ian Fen-
of the school year on September 8, 2009.                                                                     Evan Hauck - Trombone/Baritone Duet                     Mrs. Laurie Hartzell who resigned.                 ton, Matt Klutts, Steve Yeske, Ryan Klatz, Matt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        McLean, and Austin Dykstra. These dedicated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        students spent approximately five months and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        many hours constructing the roaster, which is
  What the 2009 Bond Will Accomplish:                                                                                                                                                                                   now being used by its present owner Mr. Brad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reitz. Mr. Reitz specially ordered the grill for
 Technology                                  Life Safety                                                                                                                      •   Make improvements to ventilation/     use at his son John’s graduation party on June
                                                                                     •   New insulated roofs                  •   Enlarge football/track, concession/
 • Desktop computers                         • New fire alarm systems                                                                                                             indoor air quality                    13, 2009. The Hog Roaster Grill was built from
                                                                                         (at elementary & middle school)          restroom building
 • Laptop carts (mobile computer labs)       • New exit signs & emergency                                                                                                     • Remodel restrooms for ADA               a 275 gallon oil tank. Mr. Reitz supplied all the
                                                                                     Athletics                                Sitework
 • Digital projectors in classrooms               egress lighting                                                                                                                 compliance
                                                                                     • Middle School weight room              • Dedicated bus drop-off loop at                                                          materials needed, while the students provided
 • Printers                                  • New telephone & building public                                                                                                • Remodel kitchens & serving areas
                                                                                     • Remodel Middle School gym for              elementary (separate bus & car traffic)                                               the expertise and labor for its construction. The
 • Smartboards (interactive whiteboards           address systems                                                                                                             • Convert High School shop area to
                                                                                         competition court size               • Repave parking lots
     in all classrooms)                      Energy Savings                                                                                                                       exploratory classroom                 grill uses charcoal as its fuel source to slow cook
                                                                                     • Remodel High School baseball &         • New additional parking areas
 Security                                    • Lighting control systems &                                                                                                     Transportation                            meat over a grate for many hours. For more
                                                                                         softball fields                      Remodeling
 • Security cameras                               occupancy sensors                                                                                                           • Purchase three new buses                information about the Hog Roaster Grill project
                                                                                     • Football field bleachers, lighting,    • Remodel classrooms (new carpeting,
 • Controlled building entry lock systems    • New insulated exterior doors              and scoreboard                           ceilings, lighting, cabinetry)                                                        contact Mr. Doug Saylor at 466-0368 or
 • Improved exterior lighting                     and windows