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.

MAPS 2020 Community Forum

A MAPS 2020 Vision Community Forum was held on April 20 to provide updated information regarding our facilities plan for the future.  This meeting was held virtually and the recording is shared below.

The forum focused on the scope of the proposal for MAPS facilities future and allowed for questions to be submitted and answered by a panel representing the District and project contractors.  


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.

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. 

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:
Current Members
  • Mark Sandstedt – President
  • Jon Adams – Vice President
  • Stacey Polcyn – Treasurer
  • Michelle Lindeman – Secretary
  • Kathy Harrigan – Trustee
  • Jamie Tabaczka – Trustee
  • Ryan Helminiak – Trustee
  • Nick Callesen – Trustee

MAPS Elementary ATP


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, or Joanie Wiersma for more information or to join our ATP family.

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:

  • Parenting
  • Communicating
  • Volunteering
  • 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.

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!

Nutrition Resources

MAPS Nutrition Program

The Manistee Area Public Schools provides quality nutrition services for all students of our district. Complete information and resources for our nutrition program are available by following the Learn More button. Direct access to our nutrition resources is also provided by clicking any of the direct links below.

Student Health Resources

Safety Resources

MAPS Safety Initiatives & Student Safety Advisory Committee (SSAC)

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




Educational Resources

Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy

Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy partners with MAPS and families to awaken the joy of learning in students and help them become self-motivated learners with greater academic success and confidence. Michigan-certified teachers provide guidance and work with students in live, online classes. An engaging, highly interactive curriculum challenges students with traditional core courses, art, music, world languages, career technical education electives, and more. A dual-enrollment program allows qualified high school students to earn college credits on select courses. Manistee Area Public Schools acts as the authorizer of the MGLVA charter.

Manistee Intermediate School District

Located in Manistee County, the Manistee Intermediate School District is a regional service agency which provides instructional and administrative services to four public school districts, two public academies and two non-public schools.  We serve the community by helping all learners reach their full potential.

The ISD also works in consortium with many of the local service agencies to provide valuable opportunities for the children of Manistee County.

Dual Enrollment

In partnership with West Shore Community College, MAPS offers our students expanded opportunities in focused learning through our Dual Enrollment Program.The Dual Enrollment program offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a head start on their college program by allowing enrollment in WSCC courses while they are still in high school. Successfully completed Dual Enrollment courses may be applied to a WSCC program or may be used for transfer to one of Michigan’s senior colleges. As an applicant to the Dual Enrollment program, you are reminded that, if admitted to the program, you will be considered a college student while participating in the approved course work, and you will be afforded all student rights and responsibilities as outlined in the current WSCC catalog.

Program Information

You must complete a Dual Enrollment application for each semester you wish to be enrolled at WSCC. In order to be eligible for admission while in high school, you must submit passing ACT (18 English, 17 Reading) or COMPASS (Writing 74, Reading, 76} scores. You must also meet all prerequisite requirements listed for a course in which you wish to enroll.

Your high school counselor or principal must approve each course requested. A parent or legal guardian must approve, indicating his/her understanding of your involvement in college course work and his/her understanding of his/her possible financial obligation as a result of your enrolling in the course or courses. You also must complete the online orientation session in order to register for the class(es).

Northwest Evaluation Association

NWEA® is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency—and provide insights to help tailor instruction. For 40 years, NWEA has developed Pre-K–12 assessments and professional learning offerings to help advance all students along their optimal learning paths. Our tools are trusted by educators in 145 countries and more than half the schools in the US.

NWEA Resources

NWEA has created a NWEA Parent Toolkit that does an excellent job of explaining the test, as well as provides additional at-home support sites students can use for practice.

MAPS has also produced a Parent Guide to the MAP/NWEA

Letter to Parents:

Additional Resources:

MI School Data

The MI School Data Parent Dashboard is filled with important school-level information that parents and others want to know about Michigan public schools, including charter schools.


The M-STEP is a 21st Century online test given for the first time in the Spring of 2015. It is designed to gauge how well students are mastering state standards. These standards, developed for educators by educators, broadly outline what students should know and be able to do in order to be prepared to enter the workplace, career education training, and college. M-STEP results, when combined with classroom work, report cards, local district assessments and other tools, offer a comprehensive view of student progress and achievement. For additional information, click State Assessment in Michigan:  What it is, What it means – And What it Offers

M-STEP Resources

M-STEP Parent Report Video

To support teachers, parents, and student throughout the transition to higher expectations for all students, a newly developed video is now available which summarizes the M-STEP and walks viewers through how to read and interpret student scores within the M-STEP Parent Report.  The video is available with or without Closed Caption at

M-STEP Sample Item Sets

The Office of Standards and Assessment (OSA) has created online Sample Item Sets for the Spring 2016 M-STEP for students in grades 3-8. Sample Item Sets are a selected group of test items in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, science, and social students that encompass different item types, such as multiple choice, constructed response, and various kinds of technology-enhanced items.

The Office of Standards and Assessment (OSA) has posted the Spring 2016 Guide to State Assessments.

The 2016 Testing Schedule for Online and Paper/Pencil Assessments has been combined with this document so you can find the online test windows, paper/pencil dates, and test timinginformation in one place. The guide can be found on the M-Step web pager  or any of the assessment web pages under the What’s New section.

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!


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.

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.