Welcome to Chips United!
In times of challenge our MAPS family rise together to support one another. As we navigate the coming weeks, we challenge Chips to show us your spirit. Students, teachers, families, alumni and community uniting together will carry us through. So let’s share the fun, inspiring, caring, creative, and even comical ways we are coping during our time apart.
Item Pick Up Days
On Monday, June 2nd our personal item pick-up schedule began. It was great to see our staff and families at the schools! Item pick-up continues through the week.
We have made arrangements with each of the school buildings for the collection of personal items left behind by our students. Janitorial and administrative staff will be collecting personal belongings from lockers and classrooms, bagging and marking those items and making them available to families during times scheduled below. If you are unable to pick up your items during these times, please reach out to your student’s teacher so that we are able to make alternative arrangements.
The pick-up lane will be staged in the parking lot. Please remain in your car and a staff member will approach you for the name(s) of your student(s). Please note: The school grounds will remain closed to all other activity including the playground.
June 2nd through June 4th grade levels will be allowed to pick-up on their designated day with two shifts each day from 9:00 am until noon and noon until 3:00.
June 2: 2nd Grade (Brown & Bradford – am) (Tomaszewski & DeJong – pm)
June 3: 1st Grade (Erdman & Wilson – am) (Forward & Johnson – pm)
June 4: Kindergarten (Lundberg & Veine – am) (Slawinski & Adams – pm)
3pm-6pm evening hours for all grades w/ custodian (June 4th only)
June 5: Any/all grades 9am-1pm
Families will pull up to the main entrance of Kennedy along 6th Street. Please remain in your vehicle and staff will approach you to learn the name(s) of your student(s). The items will be retrieved by staff members and brought to your vehicle.
Pickup times on each of the days below are: 9:00 am until noon & 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm
June 2 – 5th grade & siblings in 3rd or 4th gr
June 3 – 4th grade & siblings in 3rd or 5th gr
June 4 – 3rd grade & siblings in 4th or 5th gr
June 5 – 9:00 am until 1:00 pm for all grades
Manistee Middle High School
Pull up to main entrance along drop-off drive to designated area. Remain in your vehicle and a staff member will approach your vehicle to learn the name(s) and/or locker number(s) of your student(s). The items will be brought to your vehicle. If your student shared a locker you made need to sort on a table provided. Pickup times on each of the days below are: 9:00 am until 11:00 am & 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm. PLEASE do not come between 11:00 am and noon, as this is our time for community meal distribution.
June 2 – 6th/7th grades
June 3 – 8th/9th grades
June 4 & 5 – 10th/11th/12th grades
May was Teacher Appreciation Month
Thank You, Teachers!
We want to thank the MAPS teachers for their persistence and dedication in helping our students to thrive. In the past several weeks they have risen to a challenge that could not have been anticipated. Their commitment inspires us.
Student Challenge #8 - Friday, May 22nd
Student Chips Challenge #8
For this week’s challenge we want you to create a special reading spot. Surrounding yourself with things you love in a quiet space can help you to focus and really enjoy a good book. That’s right…..it’s time to build a pillow fort! Grab your pillows and blankets and show us the fort you create for yourself. We want to see you enjoying your cozy space reading a great book. Email photos of you with you reading in your pillow fort to firstname.lastname@example.org to share on the Chips United page of our website. Please include your first name and grade level in the email.
Submissions are due by Friday, May 29nd.
Teacher Challenge #8 - Friday, May 22nd
Teacher Chips Challenge #8
Teachers, we want you to take part in this challenge too. For your challenge we want you to show us your favorite spot in your home to curl up and read and show us what you are reading today. We are hoping for some great book recommendations for summer reading. Email photos of you with you reading your book in your favorite spot to email@example.com to share on the Chips United page of our website.
Submissions are due by Friday, May 29nd.
Students of all ages are loving the book videos too. Keep reading for our students. Choose a story, essay, or poem and create a video to share with our students. Dress up as a character, recruit your family to participate, or maybe create an activity around your story for student to participate. Videos should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be uploaded to our YouTube channel and will be posted to our website.
Can you Zentangle?
MHS Girls Soccer Issues a Challenge!
The MHS Girls Varsity & JV Soccer Team created a fantastic and fun way to “kick off” Spring and showcase their soccer and passing skills with their “substitute ball” while “Staying Home, Staying Safe!” Click on the attached VIRTUAL film. The Team’s “CHIP CHALLENGE” is to be featured this Friday (April 3) morning on 9&10News — be watching for it!
Mrs. Erdman Ask for Your Help!
Chips Rise to the Challenge
Master Works Recreated
Stacey Andrews-Ramsey Recreates Diego Rivera’s The Flower Seller
Michelle Wilson recreates Innocence (L’innocence) by William Adolphe Bouguereau (1893)
Hannah Starmann recreates Andy Warhol’s 100 Cans (1962) as 100 Rolls Minus 80
Art Project Slideshows
Ms. O'Connor's Old Fashioned Hot Milk Cake Recipe
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 eggs at room temperature
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- Powdered sugar for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease and flour a 12-cup tube pan or Bundt cake pan.
- In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Stir in milk and vanilla and continue to heat until small bubbles form around the outside of the pan and the mixture is very hot but not boiling. Reduce heat to low.
- Meanwhile, in an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine eggs and sugar on medium-high speed for 5 minutes. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Once the egg and sugar mixture has tripled in volume, slowly add the hot milk mixture, mixing on low speed until incorporated. Add the dry ingredients in two batches, mixing after each addition until just incorporated.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour, checking 5 minutes prior to baking end time. A toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake should come out clean, with a few crumbs attached, but do not over-bake.
- Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack or serving plate to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar!
Let Us Entertain You
Choir Director Amanda Feyen and her choir students have put together a little presentation for you. It’s very hard for them to not be together singing right now, it is what they love to do. This is a video of one of the songs they had chosen to do at their spring concert this year. It has a beautiful message that they thought would be good to share with everyone right now!
The Manistee Choir Students present: You Will Be Found
You are Invited to Virtual Play Group!
During the month of May the Great Start Collaborative has scheduled daily activities to help families reconnect virtually. Click the button below to view their calendar filled with fun ways for kids and their parents to interact online.
Sunday Sunset Stroll & Smiles
Four Chips were out for a walk, enjoying some fresh air when they crossed paths with each other. While being mindful of social distancing, engaged couple, Kennedy 5th grade teacher, Jaclyn Trahan and fiance’, Assistant Coach for MHS Varsity Football, Jason Kaminski, MMHS Language Arts teacher Polly Schlaff, and Central Office Secretary Nancy Day walking her dog, took a moment to reconnect. We all very much miss our fellow Chips and look forward to the day when we can all be together again!
Mary Wahr's Virtual Art Exhibit
Jefferson Elementary teacher, Mary Wahr’s exhibit was supposed to launch at The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts on April 3, 2020, however due to COVID-19, live exhibits are temporarily unavailable. The Ramsdell has made Ms. Wahr's exhibit available through a virtual gallery experience that can be viewed online. Their plan is to open her live exhibit at the Ramsdell in the fall of 2020.
Ryan Biller Joins High School Band Members Together for Virtual Performance
ACKNOWLEDGING THE SENIOR CLASS 2020
In the face of challenges brought on over the last few weeks due to COVID-19, the senior class of 2020 is coming to the realization that they may have to sacrifice many of the traditions and events that mark their final year of school. In an effort to acknowledge the seniors, today a group of MAPS employees and administrators delivered Senior Strong signs to each household of a senior student in the district. “We understand that the class of 2020 is faced with unique circumstances for which we understand a lot of hearts are breaking. So, we decided to do something for these students to celebrate this milestone accomplishment.”, explained Ron Stoneman, Superintendent of Manistee Area Public Schools.
The MAPS Board of Education and Administration have made a promise to do their very best to provide the senior class an opportunity to have a graduation experience when circumstances allow to safely do so. “We will need some time to see what the future holds, but we have been discussing all options and possibilities. We are working with a senior student tele-committee to get input from their class about different ideas for celebrating this special time, even under the current restrictions.”, said Andy Huber, Principal of Manistee Middle High School.
Spring is generally a time for MAPS seniors to prepare for traditional events like prom, graduation, Grad Bash, and more. The class of 2020 will have memories of their graduation experience that are unlike that of the classes before them. The MAPS district is working with these students and their families to create opportunities for this to still be remembered as a special time in their lives.
CHIPS HELPING CHIPS AND COMMUNITY
On behalf of the Administrative Leadership Team, thanks and kudos to the following CHIPS for responding to a need. Ruth Simoneau (Title I Teacher/Literacy Coach, Kennedy), Jan Wills (Para-Processional, Jefferson), and Linda Coyle (Special Education Teacher, Jefferson) have been creating and sewing homemade protective masks from their home fabric inventory to provide to our essential staff (food service, custodians, central office, et al.) on the front lines and to their fellow co-workers.
In addition, Ruth, Jan, and Linda continue to provide masks as well to the “Seamstresses for Safety” effort, originated from Monica Malbouef, art teacher at Kalkaska Public Schools and niece of Judy Crockett from HSCB, which providing masks to those in need among a 10 county area. Judy has been assisting with the promotion and distribution of the masks here in Manistee. Due to the scope of the effort and seamstress response, completed masks are now to be dropped off to Lt. Jason Torrey, Manistee emergency manager, at the Sheriff’s Department on Parkdale, for determination of need and distribution.
Thanks to Ruth, Jan and Linda. CHIPS LEAD!
Mr. Thuemmel’s Display
Jefferson Kindergarten teacher, Cindy Lundberg loved the idea and decorated her home too.
MAPS Teacher & Coach, Eric Thuemmel Shares HOPE
The word “Hope” is brightly illuminated on the the garage roof on Eric Thuemmel’s Cedar Street residence, and his yard looks like Christmas all decorated in holiday lights.
It isn’t case of being delinquent in taking down Christmas lights from the holiday season, but is part of a growing trend around the country where people are “lighting up the night” to pick up Americans’ spirits. It is all being done in an effort to give them “hope” in the fight against the coronavirus.
Thuemmel, who teaches and coaches at the Manistee Area Public Schools, is encouraging everyone locally to join the effort. It is easy for depression to set in at times like this, but Christmas lights always seem to put everyone in a good mood.
“As soon as the schools got shut down a few weeks ago, it crossed my mind that maybe we should do something to brighten people’s spirits while we are shut in at home,” said Thuemmel. “Then I saw online that people across the country were already starting to do that with the Christmas lights. People were saying to put back up the lights or do something encouraging while we are going through these trying times.”
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS EXTEND A HELPING HAND
Today we received a donation from Jackpine Business Centers located in downtown Manistee. In order to ensure that our students receiving at-home learning packets feel supported with adequate tools for learning, we are sending out packages that include pens, pencils, and Sharpies that were donated by Jackpine.
We very much appreciate the generosity of Jackpine Business Centers. Working together, our community can provide the support needed to nurture success for all students even in the most challenging times.
Today the Food Services team received another generous donation of 5 cases of sliced American cheese from Manistee Meijer yesterday to use for deli sandwiches created for the Grab & Go lunches. Meijer reached out to Keri Carlson, Food Services Director for MAPS over the weekend and Terri Morski picked up the cheese from Meijer to bring to MAPS. This is a great donation as the Food Services team makes hundreds of deli sandwiches almost daily for The Grab & Go meals.
The Food Services Team at MAPS continues to serve thousands of meals each week to the students of our community with daily food distribution at Manistee Middle High School and truly appreciates the generosity shown by Meijer with their continued donations.
On Thursday, April 23 Don Tomaszewski, MAPS alumni and Plant Manager of Materne North America Corporation in Grawn, donated and delivered another 45 cases of GoGo SqueeZ applesauce for our emergency feeding program this morning! The Go Go SqueeZ flavored applesauce pouches will be included in the grab & go meals being provided through the school closure student nutrition program. “We appreciate everything Don has done for our community and this program”, shared Keri Carlson, Food Services Director at Manistee Area Public Schools.
The Food Services Team at MAPS continues to serve thousands of meals each week to the students of our community with daily food distribution at Manistee Middle High School.
Meijer Manistee once again visited the MAPS Food Services school closure feeding program and made a donation of 5 cases of Hershey candy bars to be included in our lunches on Friday! WOW! What a wonderful treat this is for our kiddos going into the holiday weekend.
Today the MAPS Food Services Team was visited by representatives of Manistee Meijer presenting a $1000 gift card to be used to purchase food to “put a little more in their bags”. The Meijer Team drove through the food distribution line and thanked the Food Services Team for providing lunches for the kids in our community. It feels great to have the support of the businesses of our community and the ability to provide something extra for our students.
On Monday, March 30 Don Tomaszewski, MAPS alumni and Plant Manager of Materne North America Corporation in Grawn, donated 7000 Go Go SqueeZ flavored applesauce pouches to be included in the grab & go meals being provided through the emergency school closure student nutrition program. “We have been touched by the generosity of Mr. Tomaszewski. He and other members of our community have reached out to help in the effort to ensure nutrition for our students at a time when they are most in need. It’s inspiring.”, shared Keri Carlson, Food Services Director at Manistee Area Public Schools.
The Food Services Team at MAPS is beginning their third week of daily food distribution at Manistee Middle High School. From Monday, March 16th through Monday, March 30th, Manistee Area Public Schools has distributed 8,525 meals to area students. On Friday, March 27th alone 2,490 meals were served to feed students through the weekend. To put this in perspective, on a typical school day the district will serve an average of 120 breakfasts and 430 lunches.
“We feel fortunate to be able to serve the students of our community with proper nutrition during this very challenging time. Through the generosity of people, such as Mr. Tomaszewski stepping up to help in this effort, we really feel a true sense of community.”, said Ron Stoneman, Superintendent of Manistee Area Public Schools. “Due to the commitment made by Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Education as well as community donations, we will be able to continue this effort as long as it is needed.”
The MAPS Food Services Team had a visit Thursday, March 20 from Patrick Stallings of Manistee McDonald’s who made a generous donation of 150 muffins to be distributed to students through the nutritional service being provide daily by the MAPS district. The District appreciates their thoughtful and generous offering of assistance in this effort. Together the Manistee community is providing help to those who need it most.
Manistee Area Public Schools, in their effort to help feed the students of the Manistee community during the unplanned school closure, was joined by staff members of the Little River Casino Resort and Staircase Youth Services who provided generous donations of much needed food and toiletry items for the families of Manistee.
“We are fortunate to have been able to quickly respond to the needs of the students in our community with a nutrition services program that is now serving an average of more than 200 breakfast and lunch meals per day.”, said Keri Carlson, Food Services Director for Manistee Area Public Schools. “It is when we are faced with difficult times, that the kindness extended by our community partners is deeply felt. It was incredible to work side by side with our friends from Staircase and the Little River Casino Resort in helping to distribute food and supplies.”, said Carlson.
Manistee Area Public Schools is seeking additional opportunities to collaborate with area organizations to deliver supportive resources until normalcy can be restored in the community.
Nutrition Program Updates
MAPS student nutrition program is seeing continued success. Keri Carlson remains in awe of her fantastic team as they rise to the challenge each day to serve the community. This week they were also joined in the effort to distribute meals by members of the MAPS Care Connect Team, Scott Solberg, Certified Prevention Specialist and Sonya Broadbent, Behavioral Health Therapist both from Centra Wellness Network.
Numbers to date:
Total Meals Served: 8,207
Total Breakfast: 4,214
Total Lunches: 3,993
Meals served Friday, March 27th alone: 2,490
To put these numbers in perspective, the MAPS Food Services Team will typically serve 120 breakfasts and 430 lunches per day during a regular school day. This team is making a terrific impact on our community each day by providing this essential service.
Week One Success!
On Friday, March 13 the Food Services Department at Manistee Area Public Schools was charged with quickly organizing a program to feed students during the unplanned shutdown. Due to their previous participation with the Summer Feeding Program, they had the tools in place to mobilize a plan which allowed them to start serving meals Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, March 16.
During the first week, as word got out that food was available, the number of students fed each day grew. By Friday, when they planned to distribute enough food to make meals available through the weekend, they served over 1,700 breakfast & lunch meals.
None of this would be possible without the dedicated team of individuals that answered the call when Keri Carlson, Food Services Director shared her plan. Her small but mighty team of Carol, Laura, Terri, and Jennifer work tirelessly each day to meet the demand.
“Serving our community is wonderful and sometimes tearful. Everyone has been so kind and thankful when they come to pick up meals. We have some that pick up for their own children, grandchildren, coworker’s children, neighbor’s children, and we see some children by themselves coming.”, shared Carlson. “There is no way we could do this without this team. I also want to extend my appreciation to Don Olk, who has been transporting food from Kennedy to MMHS which enables us to keep working as he replenishes our stock and Andy Huber who has been out with us each day passing out meals.”
Our MAPS family expresses our gratitude to all of the individuals that are making this crucial program possible. Through the support of the Michigan Department of Education, they have created a sustainable model that will allow them to continue this effort for our community as long as it is needed.
MANISTEE NEWS ADVOCATE HELPS TELL OUR STORY
THE GOOD STUFF GALLERY
MAPS ATP parent organization is helping us get the word out about opportunities for our students and families to stay engaged during the school closure. It is through the efforts of these dedicated parents that many school initiatives are made possible. Please take a look at their offerings and consider joining their effort to support our Chips!
MAPS Elementary ATP
Chocolate Fundraiser Update
Due to the extension of Stay Home ruling, the distribution of the Chocolate has been postponed until May 1st. While we cannot legally distribute the orders at this time, we continue to work behind the scenes with World’s Famous to ensure that all the products are in our hands and ready to deliver to students’ families the very moment the order is lifted. We appreciate your understanding and continued support of MAPS ATP.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at email@example.com.
Action Team for Partnership (ATP)
What is ATP?: ATP is our parent-teacher group for all of the MAPS Elementary buildings – Madison, Jefferson, and Kennedy
Parents who become involved in their child’s education can make a positive difference. Contact Julia Raddatz firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kevin Schmutzler email@example.com for more information or to join our ATP family.
ATP Fundraiser Update 5-11-20
🍫 Chocolate updates—-We have some sweeeeet news to share! We will be reaching out to families this week to make delivery arrangements! While we are taking every precaution on our side to minimize any risks with delivery, we encourage our MAPS families to do the same when distributing! Any questions related to this fundraiser can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your continued patience during this time, and your overall support of MAPS ATP!
What are the objectives of the ATP?
The Manistee Area Public Schools parent group Action Team for Partnership (ATP) is a group of dedicated parents that spearhead projects to benefit our students. It is similar to a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) only a little more prescriptive and based on committees, including:
- Learning at Home
- Decision Making
- Community Collaboration
What does ATP do?
We fundraise to help support our schools and students. We pay for field trips, school supplies, recess/playground equipment, books, staff appreciation activities, and more! We also organize many family events: Fall Carnival, Daddy-Daughter and Mother-Son nights, Holiday Caroling, Birthday Lunches, Book Fairs, and Santa Shop are some examples.
2018 Fundraiser - Wesco Popcorn Buckets! - MAPS Elementary ATP is pleased to announce that we are again selling the Wesco Popcorn Buckets this year. We are so excited to partner with our local Wesco Stations to make this possible.
Buckets will sell for $12 each and can be refilled for FREE at all Wesco stations around the state from now until December 31, 2019! This is a great holiday gift idea! See the announcements section on this page for details about our 2018 fundraiser, and check back for future fundraising information.
ATP Points Tracker
Starting January 2019, ATP is starting a point tracker for volunteers!
How do I earn points?
- Every ATP event (popcorn day, slushy day, winter carnival, etc.) every 2 hours you volunteer, you earn 1 point.
- For showing up to our ATP meeting that’s once a month, you earn 1 point.
- For suggesting a friend to volunteer & they show up for at least 2 hours, you earn 1 point.
All the points you earn will be entered for a drawing. At the end of the year, we will choose two winners. We hope to have a ton of volunteers!