Kennedy Elementary School

Grades: 3-5 | Manistee Area Public Schools

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Welcome to Kennedy!

As Manistee Chippewas, we are all leaders in our own way. Chips Lead at school, with friends, and in the community by developing healthy relationships, using responsible decision-making and respectful communication.

As leaders, we inspire each other to dream more, learn more, and do more.

Chips Lead!

Kennedy Announcements

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Manistee Area Public Schools has worked hard over the past 6 months developing this powerful communication tool so our MAPS family can find resources, stay up to date on activities, and easily access information daily happenings in our district. Through this process,...

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Your Kennedy Team

Location: 550 Maple St, Manistee, MI 49660 | Map
Telephone: (231) 723-3271
School Office Hours: M-F: 7:30am – 4pm

Principal: Kevin Schmutzler  |  Vice Principal: Kenn Kott

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Administrative Team

Principal: Kevin Schmutzler |

Assistant Principal: Kenn Kott |

Administrative Assistant: Holly Dahlquist | 

Instructional Staff

Wendy Adamski 
Specials - PE/Health 

Leah Antal 
3rd Grade Teacher 

Laura Brown 
4th Grade Teacher 

Don Demeuse 
5th Grade Teacher 

Dana Dobis 
Resource Room

William Edmondson
Title 1 Teacher

Amanda Feyen
Elementary Music

Sara Franklin
4th Grade Teacher

Tanya Hunter
5th Grade Teacher

Amanda Johns 
4th Grade Teacher 

Taylor Johnson 
5th Grade Teacher 

Andrea Mack 
Specials - Instrumental Music 

Emily Noteware 
Resource Room  

Josh Smith 
3rd Grade Teacher 

Scott Solberg

Kayla Szokola 
3rd Grade Teacher

Jaclyn Trahan
5th Grade Teacher

Mary Wahr
Specials - Art

Andrea Wegener 
Resource Room 

Jane Wojciechowski
3rd Grade Teacher 

Kelly Zimmerman  
4th Grade Teacher


Johanna Beverly

Ingrid Bond

Karla Hilliard

Tara Lange

Krissy Onstott

Amy Rankin

Beryl Salzman

Austin Slawinski

Sandra Turk

Michele Traviss

Nutrition Services

Carol Hansen

Terri Morski

Julie Polcyn

Custodial Staff

Clarence Shultz

Ray Willim


Your Chippewa Journey Continues at Kennedy Elementary

The staff at Kennedy Elementary are looking forward to an exciting school year. Kennedy Elementary offers a challenging academic program along with many athletic opportunities and after school programs. We are proud of the programs our school offers and encourage you to work hard, do your best, and find success both academically and in your personal accomplishments.

We offer the following programs throughout the year:

  • PowerLearning 1:1 iPad instruction
  • Data Driven Instruction
  • Guaranteed & Viable Curriculum
  • Educational based field trips & assemblies
  • Paraprofessional Assistance
  • After-School Tutoring
  • Response to Intervention (RTI) & Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
  • Safenet
  • Child Study Meetings

As Manistee Chippewas, we are all leaders in our own way. Chips Lead at school, with friends, and in the community by developing healthy relationships, using responsible decision-making and respectful communication.

T | TRUSTWORTHY — Chips tell the truth and are responsible

R | RESPECTFUL — Chips listen and value others

A | ACCEPTING — Chips are friendly to all

C | COOPERATIVE — Chips work together as a team

K | KIND — Chips are helpful and caring

“TRACK” is the Manistee Area Public Schools global, district-wide, leaders platform that all educators, staff and students follow throughout their Chippewa Journey.  This initiative is connected to course curriculum,  extra curricular programs,  disciplinary procedures, and internal culture.

Academic Excellence
  • Collaborative Classroom ELA Curriculum: Academic and Social-Emotional Learning
  • Needs Focused Enrichment Opportunities
  • Field Trip Travel Opportunities
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Science Olympiad
  • Team Teaching
Extracurricular Activities
  • Expanded MRA athletics
  • Student Council
  • Band
  • Young Men’s Breakfast Club
Parent Involvement
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.

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 the 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.

Parents who become involved in their child’s education can make a positive difference. Contact or Kenn Kott, or Kevin Schmutzler for more information or to join our ATP family.


Seesaw is a service that we use K-6 at MAPS and is a simple way for teachers and students to record and share what’s happening in the classroom. Seesaw gives students a place to document their learning, be creative and learn how to use technology. Each student gets their own journal and will add things to it, like photos, videos, drawings, or notes. When there are new Seesaw posts, families can be notified via app notification, email or SMS. Parents are only notified about their own child’s work, and all data is safe and secure.

Contact your student’s classroom teacher to get more information about how you can get connected via Seesaw.