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Viking Voice Winter 2016
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The 2015-16 school year keeps getting better!  

Wow, we have so many exciting things to talk about – it’s hard to know where to start!

L.A. Stewart Presentations have been working with our students at the Jr./Sr. High School, thanks to the grant awarded to us last year by the Branch County Youth Advisory Council. Through interactive student assemblies and staff training, L.A. Steward Presentations “equips schools to create a unified culture where, despite disagreement, everyone is respected…” Feedback from students after some of the events showed how transformational it was for so many! Words like amazing, informational, transforming and fun were used. It opened student’s eyes to the impact of bullying and how we, collectively, can make a difference to stop it. This work will continue this year, with a sustainability plan being developed to build on the momentum. 
 
Thanks to community business partners, we have been gifted over 100 gently used desktop computers and over 200 flat screens within the last year! This is in addition to the many mobile devices and infrastructure (switches, access points) that our technology department has added using grants and generous donations by individual, community supporters. I’m proud to say we have made significant improvements in technology upgrades to our district!
 
At the building level, teachers are working together in collaborative teams to ensure high levels of learning for all. These teams, called Professional Learning Community (PLC) teams, are strengthening systems that answer the four driving questions: 1) What do we want all kids to know, 2) How do you know that they’ve learned it, 3) What will we do when students haven’t learned it (developing targeted interventions), and 4) What will we do if they have learned it (Ensuring all students are growing through extension offerings). This team learning provides opportunities to share best practices and utilize each other’s collective strengths.
 
Finally, a RFP (Request for Proposal) went out last week for a roof recoat for the high school. This is an possible, alternative solution to replacing the membrane or a complete tear down and redo of the existing roof, as previously proposed. While there are advantages and disadvantages to any roof repair/replacement options, a recoat is often a more cost effective solution. Bid costs and options will determine next steps.  

Students continue to excel across multiple areas, whether it’s competing in athletic events, career center opportunities, the arts or academics. Every student has the capacity to be a leader and we will continue to work hard to unlock that potential, one child at a time…

Dr. Teresa Belote
Bronson Community Schools Superintendent

 
In This Issue:
District Steering Committee | Hall of Fame Inductees | SAT | Fall Sports Honors
BackpackBuddies | Sinking Fund Progress
District Steering Committee Gears Up

The Bronson Community Schools School Improvement Steering Committee met for the first time in late November.  The purpose of the committee is to involve parents in the school improvement process as partners with the District as we move forward together to ensure all students learn at high levels and are prepared to be their own, personal best.  

The committee will work on issues such as Relationships & Communications,  Academics & Assessments, Facilities & Safety, Parent Engagement & Community Relations, and other important topics.  

If you would like more information about the District Steering Committee, please contact Dr. Teresa Belote.

Sinking Fund Progress


In August 2014, Bronson Community School District voters approved a 5-year 2-mill Sinking Fund.  In a concerted effort to provide transparency and accountability to our constituents, we are providing a checklist of sinking fund projects.

Thank you for your support of Bronson Community Schools!  

Michigan Moves to SAT

The Michigan Department of Education has announced it will transition to the SAT as part of the Michigan Merit Examination.  The state will also offer the PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 to ninth and tenth grade students free of charge this spring.  

The SAT was chosen because it is accepted at all Michigan universities and is already a familiar test to many in the state.  The test is different from the previous ACT, and results are not comparable.  

Benefits of Taking the SAT:
  • SAT scores directly relate to Michigan's content standards and to knowledge and skills needed for college and career success.  
  • Students can send SAT scores to four colleges for free, ensuring that colleges have the most complete set of information for decisions on admission as well as on scholarship awards, course placement, or admission to a specific program or major. 
  • The SAT provides unparalleled opportunities to all students for connections to college, financial support, and scholarships.  
There are many FREE ways to prepare for the SAT exam.  The SAT Suite of Assessments website offers sample questions, printable full practice tests, and more resources to help students get familiar with the test.  Khan Academy also offers world-class personalized SAT practice resources.  Finally, students can download the free app Daily Practice for the New SAT to answer a question a day on the app and receive immediate feedback.  


Did You Know? 

Each week we publish a "This Week at Bronson Community Schools" calendar?  You can find it on our Facebook page every Sunday evening or on our website here.  

Hall of Fame Inductees


On Friday, January 8, six people were inducted into the Bronson Hall of Fame.  The honorees inducted included: Bryan Cranson, Keith Dykman, Dwight Green, Mike Miller, Gerald “Jerry” Hollister, and Dawn Wronikowski.  A reception followed the induction ceremony in the Bronson Junior/Senior High School cafeteria where permanent plaques bearing the names of the inductees will be displayed. Read the article that appeared in the newspaper here.  
 
Honorees can be nominated for the following categories: Contributions to Community/Society, Performance in School-Related Activities (Academics/Athletics), and Contributions to Bronson Junior/Senior High School.    If you would like to nominate someone for the Hall of Fame, forms may be downloaded here

Congratulations!


Bronson had several successful fall sports teams.  

Our Cross Country Team qualified to compete in the state tournament, with Colin Ransbottom qualifying as an individual runner.  


We're also proud of our Girls Volleyball State Championship Team.  


Great things are happening with our winter teams as well! Stay tuned for their accomplishments in the next Viking Voice.

Bronson sports schedules can be found online here
The Bronson High School National Honor Society made certain other students had enough to eat over Christmas Vacation.  Students partnered with the Backpack Buddies program to stock backpacks with food and necessities.  This is just one example of our students working with community organizations.  

We're proud of all our Vikings who help others!  
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