Dear Parents and Guardians,
As we wind down the school year, we have much to be proud of; I hope you enjoy the many highlights of our students, schools, and staff’s wonderful achievements:
Ø Central High School has been awarded the Great Expectations’ Progressive School Status! This has been a four year process and the next step is to become a Fully Certified GE High School which could make it the first such high school in the nation! Congratulations to Central’s administration and staff.
Ø The following students have received recognition for their artwork in the Michigan Art Education Assoc. (MAEA) 2013 state adjudication:
o Top Show in the Middle School Division: Josilyn Welch, Western Middle School, Teacher-Marilyn Muler and Skyler Steward, Western Middle School, Teacher-Marilyn Muler
o Top 15, Elementary Division: Gabrella Ricupati, Washington Elementary, Teacher-Diane Brown
o Top 75, Elementary Division: Anna Sommerfield, Auburn Elementary, Teacher-Diane Brown and Kennedy Sage, Mackensen Elementary, Teacher-Janelle Lind
Ø Of 5,504 student athletes who participated in MHSAA HS Bowling this season, only 15 Boys and 15 Girls are selected in each of the four divisions for All State Honors. In MHSAA Division 2 Boys, Bay City Western Senior Tim Kuch was selected to 2nd Team All State; Bay City Western Junior, Haley Delestowicz, was selected to 3rd Team All State for girls. Senior Abigail Kuehne was selected to Division 2 Senior All Academic Team.
Ø Central senior Claire Forrest earned an overall medal (equivalent to second place or higher) at DECA and will travel to Anaheim, California, to compete in the DECA International Career Development Conference. She competed in Fashion Merchandising Promotion.
Ø In the 6th season of the Head to Head competition, (where 6th, 7th & 8th grade student compete in written tests in eight subject areas), the following students placed:
o Language Arts: Cailynn Aumock, Western MS (Bronze)
o Music: Nikki Hughes, Handy MS and Tyler Vincent, Handy MS (tied for Bronze)
o Real World: Jacob Walraven, Western MS (Silver)
o Science: Sydney Hutchinson, Handy MS (Gold)
o Social Studies: Jacob Walraven, Western MS (Gold)
o Art: Eileen Kelly, Western MS (Silver)
o Vocal Ensemble: Lauren Pfund, Adriana Geno, Lexee Olson, Savannah Hegyi, Austin Knarr, Kaitlyn Viaene, Julie DeBats and Paige Talaga, Western MS students (Gold)
o Interpretive Speaking Solo: Cailynn Aumock, Western MS (Silver)
Ø Central sent 88 students to SVSU’s Math Olympics; 3 students received Honorable Mention.
Ø Eden Wisniewski, Western HS, was awarded Best Jazz Vocalist at the College Jazz Festival.
Ø Charles Proctor, senior at Bay City Western HS, was selected as the ESPN 100.9 FM Student-Athlete of the Month for April. Charles is a three-sport standout for BCW and will attend Michigan Tech in the fall.
Ø Central's Forensic team qualified for the State competition.
Ø The Bay City Western Wrestling team has been recognized by the Michigan Wrestling Association for a Team Academic All-State Honor. Coach Steve Goss and Assistant Coach Isaiah Thomas instituted a team study-hall two years ago and this honor is a direct result of their efforts.
Ø Bay Music Foundation scholarship winners performed at the State Theatre last Sunday. First place winners received a $500 scholarship and second place winners a $400 scholarship.
First place winners: Elizabeth Bruessow, Handy MS, Intermediate Piano; Jacob Leppek, Western HS, Senior Piano; Morgan Steele, Handy MS, Intermediate Vocal; Betsy Miller, Handy MS, Intermediate Musical Theater; and Andrew Schindler, Western HS, Senior Musical Theater
Second place winners: Tyler Kilvington, Handy MS, Intermediate Instrumental, Trumpet; and Carly Dauer, Western HS, Senior Vocal
Honorable Mention: Becca Self, Western HS, Senior Instrumental
Ø Craig Windt, Central HS, was accepted as one of 25 teachers from across the nation for a National Endowment for the Humanities program on African culture and history this summer (4 weeks at MSU).
Ø Megan Tourda-Nelsen, Central High English teacher, has been asked to coach the All-Star Cheer team at the Annual East-West All-Star Football game at GVSU in June.
Ø Mark Piotrowski, Handy MS art instructor, has a solo exhibition at the Midland Center for the Arts from April 20 through June 27, 2013. A public reception will be held May 11, 7:00-9:00 p.m. (no charge).
I welcome your questions and comments (671-8165 or
Sincerely, Douglas L. Newcombe, Superintendent