MAPS Community

Manistee Area Public Schools

COMMUNITY QUICK LINKS | Agencies : Volunteer : Nutrition : Healthcare : Safety : Education : Early Childhood : Recreation

Our MAPS Community

Our Manistee community is rich with Chippewa Pride! From our families to the business community, the people of our community are engaged in the MAPS legacy of positivity, respect, and belonging that encourages our students to be productive citizens and help to collaboratively build the quality of a life well lived in the Manistee community. Below you will find a comprehensive list of the resources of our county, available to serve the needs of our student population, families, and community.

Connected Campus

Our MAPS Campus offers a continuum of leading edge learning where students advance seamlessly through a Chippewa Journey of their own design. At the leading edge of connected learning, MAPS provides the advantage of Power Learning, one-to-one device program, to provide every student with the tools necessary to connect with their world and create their own pathway for success.

Connected Community

Our MAPS community collaborations allow our students to connect with the people and resources needed to build a solid foundation for their future. Our engaged MAPS community provides a legacy of positivity, respect, and belonging that encourages our students to be productive citizens of Manistee.

Connected Culture

Our MAPS Campus Culture is designed to prepare all students for success by providing a diverse learning environment which welcomes all students to pursue individualized goals and interests while instilling pride and producing responsible and respectful community members.

Community Announcements

Have an announcement to share with our MAPS community? Reach out to Nancy Day with the details of your event and qualifying events will be shared right here on the community page.
Nancy Day
Phone: (231) 723-3521


Central Office

Location: 550 Maple St, Manistee, MI 49660 | Map
Telephone: (231) 723-3521
Central Office Hours: M-F: 8am – 3pm

Superintendent: Ronald Stoneman

Central Office Staff

Ronald Stoneman
Superintendent -

Howard Vaas
Business Manager -

Amber Kowatch
Curriculum Director -

Sue Gustad
Assistant Business Manager -

Sara Schubert
Payroll/Human Resources/Insurance/Lunch -

Nancy Day
Administrative Assistant -


Community Agencies

The Manistee County Community Foundation is the only entity serving Manistee County that impacts all aspects of life – youth, education, the arts, environment, human services, economic development, and more. We administer more than 100 funds totaling over $20 million, and have proudly awarded more than $2 million in grants over our history to support areas of need.

The Manistee Area Public Schools Fund was established at the Manistee County Community Foundation in 1998 by an anonymous group of MAPS alumni.  The purpose of the Fund is to support curriculum and technology improvements in the MAPS District.  An advisory committee is comprised of school, Foundation, and community leaders.

If you would like to contribute to the MAPS fund, please visit the Manistee Community Foundation site.
If you are interested in applying for a MAPS Fund Mini-Grant, please visit the Mini-Grant Moodle Page.

What is Launch Manistee?

The Purpose of Launch Manistee is to build, coordinate and promote pathways to prepare its residents for school, college and a career. This involves a collective impact framework with the community working together as partners toward the same goals through a coordinated action plan. The role of the Launch Manistee program coordinator is to guide the vision and strategy, support the common activities, establish shared measurement practices, build public good will, advance policy, and mobilize funding. The Leadership Team of Launch Manistee provides the strategic direction and oversight. Launch Manistee is a community leadership initiative of the Manistee County Community Foundation.

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Armory Youth Project 

Offering Free After-School Programming for Students in Grades 6-12, open Monday - Friday 3:00 to 5:30 pm

Our vision is to create a flourishing youth culture in Manistee County where every person feels valued, finds a pathway to opportunity, and has the tools to realize a more promising future. 


Munson Healthcare – Manistee Hospital

In addition to partnering with MAPS to offer community programming at the Paine Aquatic Center, Munson Healthcare is a valuable community resource for our students and their families for creating healthy and prosperous lives, well-lived in Manistee.


Michigan 2-1-1 is a free service that connects Manistee County residents with help and answers from thousands of health and human services agencies and resources right in their communities—quickly, easily, and confidentially. 

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Through Family Spirit and Gikinawaabi, the mission is to create a partnership with families that supports and educates before, during, and after pregnancy. To support the sacred role of women in the community as givers of life, and encourage the understanding and importance of family well-being and the health of mothers, fathers and children over their lifespan.

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Great Start Collaborative

The Wexford-Missaukee-Manistee Great Start Collaborative is a partnership of community leaders, business owners, charitable and faith-based organizations, health and human service agencies, educators, and parents.  It is committed to establishing and maintaining a comprehensive early childhood system.

Mission Statement

Because our community values families, the Wexford Missaukee Manistee Area Great Start Collaborative strives to assure a coordinated system of resources and supports to assist every family in providing a great start for their children from birth through age eight.

Community Nutrition Resources

Community Health Resources

Volunteer Opportunities

Chippewa Champions

Manistee Area Public Schools has the fortune of being surrounded by a community supportive of student achievement. Our MAPS community, family and friends have skills that are much needed in supporting our students throughout their Chippewa Journey. Chippewa Champions are our team of dedicated volunteers that bring their passion, dedication, and desire for positive impact to the lives of our students through their volunteer efforts.

Won’t you join us in becoming a Chippewa Champion?

Manistee Chippewa 350 Club Athletic Boosters

Manistee Chippewa 350 Club Athletic Boosters is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to preserve, enhance and expand the total interscholastic athletic programs of Manistee High & Middle Schools. The method is to provide assistance to the athletic programs of MAPS, provide volunteer help for athletic events, facilities and programs and to promote attendance at and community support of athletic events. 350 Club general membership is voluntary and all members are welcome to attend meetings but are not restricted in any way to participate in club functions. If you're interested in becoming a member, please contact any of our current board members.
2022-2023 Meeting Schedule
Nov 30th
Jan 18
Feb 15th
Mar 15
Apr 19th
May 17th
June 14th
All meetings are held 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm and are located in Mrs. Bradford’s classroom at Jefferson Elementary.



MAPS Elementary ATP (Assembly for Teachers & Parents)

What is ATP?: ATP is our parent-teacher group for all of the MAPS Elementary buildings – Jefferson and Kennedy, grades Pre-K through 5.

Parents who become involved in their child’s education can make a positive difference.

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.

Current Officers
Shannon Patrick, MAPS ATP President
Kim Anderson, MAPS ATP Secretary
Shannon Franckowiak, MAPS ATP Treasurer
ATP Contact Information

ATP Contact: and we can be found on Facebook as MAPS Elementary ATP

Building Contacts: Jefferson: Julia Raddatz, or Kennedy: Joanie Wiersma

What are the objectives of the ATP?

The MAPS Elementary ATP (Assembly of Teachers & Parents), is a dedicated group parents that spearhead projects to benefit our students grades Pre-K through 5th. It is similar to a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) only a little more prescriptive and based on committees, including:

  • Parenting
  • Communicating
  • Volunteering
  • Learning at Home
  • Decision Making
  • Community Collaboration
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!

Safety Resources

MAPS Safety Initiatives 

At MAPS we endeavor to reach beyond delivering a curriculum driven learning environment to create a place where all students can receive the guidance and support to overcome challenges in their lives and develop the characteristics they will need to become productive citizens of our community.

Our Safety Resources page offers information about the collaborative safety initiatives of our district, along with valuable resources for supporting the social and emotional needs of our students.

Manistee Child Advocacy Center Resources

Please click the links below for resources and information for protecting our children:

Resources Directory

Prevention Video

Stewards of Children Program

Connect with Manistee Child Advocacy Center:

Phone: 231-398-2202




Recreational Resources

Paine Aquatic Center

The Paine Aquatic Center, along with its community partners, promotes community recreation, personal instruction, competition, rehabilitation and healthy living by offering an array of public activities throughout the year. The multi-use, community poolfacility for people of all ages, featuring a 4,600 sq. ft., 8 lane pool for instructional, competitive and recreational programs along with a 1,000 sq. ft. warm-water pool for therapy, rehabilitation and instructional programs.

Manistee Community Track

The Manistee Community Track was envisioned to unite our community in promoting healthy active lifestyles for all, community fitness, and the pursuit of lifelong sports participation. The track was designed to be used by Manistee County students from all schools, Manistee Recreation Association athletes, community runners and walkers of all ages, and groups from the community to provide fitness rehabilitation.

Manistee Recreation Association

The mission of the Manistee Recreation Association is to provide a balance of recreation activities for persons of all ages and abilities and to meet diverse interests of all community members in the greater Manistee Area while emphasizing healthy habits, respect, self importance and fun.

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Armory Youth Project

The mission of the Armory Youth Project is to provide a safe environment where young people can build community and be encouraged in their educational, emotional, physical, and Christian spiritual development.

From the beginning, the leadership of Faith Covenant Church envisioned a partnership with the greater Manistee community from which the Youth Center would be programmed and operated. With the purchase of the former armory building in the fall of 2016, social service, judicial, faith-based and education leaders are collaborating on the facility’s design and programming.

Educational Resources

Manistee County Library

The Manistee County Library is a 6-branch public library system serving all of Michigan’s Manistee County. The main library is located in Manistee at 95 Maple Street. Branch locations can be found in Arcadia, Bear Lake, Kaleva, Onekama and Wellston.

MCL offers community members many services. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff can assist you with research questions, book suggestions, and much more. The Manistee location houses over one-hundred years of local newspaper articles on microfilm.

All branches are equipped with computers for public access. They offer internet and Microsoft Office compatible programs. There are non-internet computers installed with fun, educational children’s games in the kids’ area of all MCL locations.

The youth services department offers programming throughout the year for babies and adults and all ages in between. Check out our schedule for story times, book clubs, writing contests, the Teen Advisory Board, holiday programming, summer reading programing and special events.

Early Childhood Resources

Madison Community Learning Center

From the moment your student is enrolled in Manistee Area Public Schools they become a member of our Chippewa family. Beginning with our youngest learners, each and every student is given the opportunity to identify their interests and chart a Chippewa Journey that will guide them through an individualized MAPS K-12 experience.

Chips Lead!