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STRATEGIC INVESTMENT AND MAINTENANCE IN SCHOOL FACILITIES

Guest Column By, Andy Czaika, Building and Grounds Supervisor, Charlotte Public Schools

As the building and grounds supervisor for the district, I see first-hand each day the impact that basic maintenance on our buildings and equipment has on the overall learning environment for the students. Most people have heard that there is a bond proposal on the November 2018 ballot. At the heart of the bond is learning environments, needed facility and equipment upgrades, safety and the need to update and maintain district assets.
In Session with the Superintendent: Full Story in .pdf format →

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CHS ORIOLE NEST

The Charlotte High School Orioles Nest 2018 Web Store is now live and will end 9/30/18 at 11:59 PM Order your Charlotte Orioles spirit wear today! Stop in to the Oriole Nest Cafe to pick up the QR code to view and order online.
Or go to, http://www.johnnymacs.com Click on the “Custom Team Store” Link and use the Pass Code (case sensitive): 8VQ73 *Please note that items will arrive up to 3-4 weeks after the close of the web store, not the date of your purchase.
Oriole Nest: Full Story in .pdf format →

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CHS WELCOMES MR. HEJNAL

Charlotte High School is happy to welcome Mr. Bobby Hejnal as an English teacher and yearbook advisor. Mr. Hejnal has served in many capacities as a long-term sub throughout the Charlotte school district. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Central Michigan University in 2011, and just recently completed coursework to add to his certifications. Mr. Hejnal has been a part of the CHS family for many years, and the staff and students are excited to have him on board as an official member of the staff.
Welcome Mr. Hejnal!
Bobby Hejnal: Full Story in .pdf format →

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WELCOME CAMERON BRAMER TO CPS

Charlotte Public Schools is pleased welcome Mr. Cameron Bramer, who serves in the capacity of Student Support Specialist at both Galewood Early Elementary and Washington Elementary schools.
A native of Olivet, Michigan, Mr. Bramer brings with him vast knowledge and experience working with at-risk youth, some of which was gained while serving as a Behavioral Technician within a self-contained Emotionally Impaired (EI) classroom at Charlotte Upper Elementary (CUE).
Cameron Bramer: Full Story in .pdf format →

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NEW SECOND GRADE TEACHER JOINS THE PARKVIEW TEACHING STAFF

Ashley Ancrile has joined the second grade team as a new teacher at Parkview Elementary School. Ms. Ancrile graduated from Michigan State University with both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Language Arts and Teaching and Curriculum. She taught previously at South Elementary School in Coopersville, Michigan.
Ms. Ancrile was drawn to Charlotte for the multiple opportunities offered to students to thrive in an educational setting.
Ashley Ancrile: Full Story in .pdf format →

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ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME

CHARLOTTE ATHLETICS 2018 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
TEAM RECOGNITIONS:

  • Football: 1956 and 1957 Charlotte Football Teams
  • CROSS COUNTRY: The 1940, 1968, and 1969 Charlotte Cross Country Teams
  • WRESTLING: The 1968 Charlotte Wrestling Team.

Individual Recognitions will be listed on the .pdf document. See link below.
Athletics Hall of Fame: Full Story in .pdf format →

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WELCOME BACK! VIDEO

Welcome Back - Dr. Barnes
It was a great start to the school year. We always kick off with an opening day assembly where we talk with the students about what it means to have Oriole Pride and what it means to be a Charlotte High School student. I always look forward to creating all the opportunities for our students. From all of our college partnerships, this year we’ve expanded what we’re offering through Ferris State University.
Dr. Barnes, Welcome Back: Full Story in video format →

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WELCOME BACK! VIDEO

Welcome Back - Mr. Maitland, Charlotte Middle School
Excited for the students to be back to get in the swing of things. Our big, school-wide goal is all about engaging with the community. Not only telling them what’s up so they can get more involved, but the positive side of it, cultivating and fostering positive relationships with parents, with community organizations. So we’ve got a multi-tiered set of goals that encompass that specific initiative of engaging with the community. Our big slogan is Oriole Pride…
Matt Maitland, Welcome Back: Full Story in video format →

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WELCOME BACK! VIDEO

Welcome Back - Mr. McGarry, Charlotte Upper Elementary
As a principal, I’m really excited about…I don’t think I can pinpoint one thing to be honest. We have a lot of really great things going on. For the first time we’re offering health classes to our fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. We have brand new renovated build and design labs for STEM. We have a computer class that we’ve really begun to revamp.
Mark McGarry, Welcome Back: Full Story in video format →

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WELCOME BACK! VIDEO

Welcome Back - Mrs. Vance, CPS Transportation Department
I look forward to seeing the busses rolling out, seeing the drivers….it’s just the whole excitement. I started implementing PBIS, bus behavior programs for each school, where we take a bus, or two busses, and the drivers go to each school and they go through rules and expectations on the bus. It’s almost like a rolling classroom.
Kathy Vance, Welcome Back: Full Story in video format →

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BOND PROPOSAL PROCESS

To review where the Bond proposal process began and leading up to where we are now, last summer, construction professionals updated the district’s Facilities Assessment Report to verify already identified facility infrastructure needs, and to document any additional findings.

Taking their update into consideration, CPS staff conducted their own tour of each building to understand and document program needs across all grade levels.

In October 2017, a 32-member Bond Steering Committee, comprised of staff, students, parents, board members and other community members, was formed to analyze and prioritize the infrastructure and program needs.

Bond Proposal Process: Full Story in .pdf format →

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CHARLOTTE PUBLIC SCHOOLS EXPERIENCING ENROLLMENT INCREASE

For the second fall in a row, Charlotte Public Schools is experiencing an increase in enrollment. This is truly a welcome change and is exciting for our school district and community. Although the State of Michigan official count day is not until October 3rd, we are anticipating our increases to hold until then. Presently, the school district is up about 40 students from last fall and we are cautiously optimistic this will stay stable at this higher level as we approach the official count day.
In Session with the Superintendent: Full Story in .pdf format →

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CPAC PRESS RELEASE, SEPTEMBER 15TH

The Charlotte Performing Arts Center is up and running for another season of must-see events! Tickets are on sale now for several upcoming performances you won’t want to miss!
The Eaton Area Senior Center brings its MUSICAL MADNESS to the Performing Arts Center on Sunday, October 7 at 3:00 pm. This community variety show is sure to entertain audiences of all ages! Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children/students. Adult tickets are $15 at the door on the day of the performance. Advance tickets are also available at the Eaton Area Senior Center. Seating is general admission.
CPAC 2018-19: Full Story in .pdf format →

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NEW SECOND GRADE TEACHER JOINS PARKVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Miranda Steward has dreamt of teaching at Charlotte Public Schools. As a young child, attending Weymouth Elementary, she loved watching and learning from the many talented teachers she had and knew then that teaching would be her career. Ms. Steward’s dream is now fulfilled as she is a second grade teacher at Parkview Elementary School.
Miranda Steward: Full Story in .pdf format →

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BOUCHER TAKES SUCCESS TO NEXT LEVEL

Charlotte Public Schools Project Success is excited to welcome Mr. Nick Boucher as the lead teacher of the program. Mr. Boucher was a science teacher in Lakewood Public Schools prior to this role, and he brings with him a great deal of leadership and classroom experience.
Please help us in welcoming Mr. Boucher to the new CPS Project Success Program as he leads students down their individual path of personal success!
Nick Boucher: Full Story in .pdf format →

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CHS WELCOMES MR. SCHROETTER

Charlotte High School is pleased to welcome Mr. Andy Schroetter as the new high school choir director. Mr. Schroetter will be leading all four of the high school choirs this year, and he is joining us after 16 years teaching in New Richmond, Wisconsin. He earned his master’s degree in music education from Boston University in 2009 and his bachelor’s degree from Wartburg College in 2002. The CHS program has steadily grown in excellence and notoriety throughout the last few years, and Mr. Schroetter is poised to continue the tradition of quality! Welcome Mr. Schroetter!
Andy Schroetter: Full Story in .pdf format →

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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR MICHIGAN TEACHER OF THE YEAR (MTOY)

MDE needs your help to identify the next Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY). The MTOY program, sponsored by the Meemic Foundation, recognizes outstanding educational leaders across our state for their work to elevate the teaching profession. Between now and Friday, October 12 at 11:59 p.m., our online nomination form will be open for you to nominate a teacher whom you feel is an exceptional educational leader and has made substantial contributions to their profession. I would also like to encourage you to post this information on your website, in your faculty lounges, and in parent newsletters.
Michigan Teacher of the Year: Full Story →

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WELCOME BACK! VIDEO

Mr. Steve Chartier, Galewood Early Elementary Principal, is excited for what's in store for the new school year! Welcome back students, staff and families!
The energy on the first day is always very, very high. It’s one of my favorite times of the year. We’re really wanting to make sure that we have solid, individualized instruction. We want to make sure we're meeting all of these needs socially, emotionally, behaviorally and academically. It’s extremely fun to begin the school year.
Steve Chartier, Welcome Back: Full Story in video format →

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WELCOME BACK! VIDEO

Charlotte Performing Arts Center Supervisor, Hollie Auten, is excited for what's in store for the new school year! Welcome Back!
We are always excited to the start of a new school year at the Performing Arts Center. We have Fresh new programming coming in for our students, but we are most excited about watching our students perform on stage. This year, as every year, we have the high school’s drama productions on our stage. And all of the students from D-K up through high school get to perform in a concert on the stage.
Hollie Auten, Welcome Back: Full Story in video format →

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CHARLOTTE UPPER ELEMENTARY WELCOMES NEW 6TH GRADE TEACHER

Charlotte Public Schools would like to welcome Mrs. Deb Elkins to the 6th grade team at Charlotte Upper Elementary. Mrs. Elkins is a proud graduate of Baker College of Owosso. After graduation she moved to Maryland to teach in Prince George's County, one of the largest school districts in the country, located just outside of Washington, DC. In 2014 she was recognized as her school's Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Elkins then took on a new role outside of the classroom supporting testing needs as well as running the Talented and Gifted program, which she did for four years.
Deb Elkins: Full Story in .pdf format →

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NEW STEAM TEACHER JOINS ELEMENTARY TEAM

Charlotte Public Schools would like to introduce Ms. Stephanie D’Huyvetter as our new elementary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) teacher. Ms. D’Huyvetter received her undergraduate degree from Spring Arbor University in 2005 and later returned to earn her endorsement in Early Childhood Education. In 2017, she received a master’s degree with a focus on curriculum and instruction.
Stephanie D'Huyvetter: Full Story in .pdf format →

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MRS. EVANS JOINS CHS TEAM

Charlotte High School is pleased to welcome Mrs. Tracy Evans as the new administrative assistant to the principal. Mrs. Evans has extensive experience in township and county government, and she has done an outstanding job in the high school main office so far. She interacts with students, parents, vendors, community partners, staff, and anyone else who comes into the office on a daily basis, and she also coordinates multiple projects and tasks. She does all of this with a positive attitude and smile, and she is a great addition to the main office team! Please help us in welcoming Mrs. Evans to the Oriole family and Charlotte community!
Tracy Evans: Full Story in .pdf format →

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November 6, 2018 Bond Information

In the coming weeks I plan to share information, via press releases, surrounding the November 6, 2018 bond proposal. This is in an effort to help voters to be informed of the proposed bond and the many projects within it across the school district.
In the meantime, all residents can access the bond information 24 hours a day / 7 days a week by going to our website at charlottenet.org. On the homepage, click on the Bond 2018 oriole bird. It will show what the bond steering committee recommended, the Board of Education supported and finally what the State of Michigan authorized for this bond proposal.
In Session with the Superintendent: Full Story in .pdf format →

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SUICIDE PREVENTION SEMINAR

The following seminar is being offered free of charge by Al!ve: Your Community Well-Being Place.
This seminar covers the general scope of suicide, the latest research on prevention and what people can do to fight suicide. Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide and how, together, we can help prevent it.
The speaker is Vicky Mennare. She is a Michigan Chapter board member and a national field advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention https://afsp.org/). This is not dedicated to a specific audience but rather meant to be general enough to have relevance for parents, students, staff alike.

September 18th
6pm-7:30pm
Al!ve: Your Community Well-Being Place
Call (517) 541-5800, opt 1 to register.

Suicide Prevention Presentation: Full Story in .pdf format →

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SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL

Thursday, September 20, 3-5pm
Parents, students, teachers, community members and anyone else wanting to improve the walkability in our community are invited to attend and help identify concerns, issues or potential improvements with our children’s routes to/from school.
FREE football tailgate to follow, located in the Charlotte High School parking lot (adjacent to football/track field).
Safe Routes-Facebook link →

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NEW TEACHER JOINS CUE STAFF

Charlotte Public Schools would like to welcome Mr. Steve Combs as the new Physical Education/Swimming teacher at Charlotte Upper Elementary. Mr. Combs was born and raised in Erie, PA. More recently, he spent the last ten years teaching in Raleigh, NC, after graduating from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. Over the last ten years, Mr. Combs has taught health and physical education at both the elementary and middle school levels. He has also served as middle school head coach for softball and football.
Steve Combs-CUE PE Teacher: Full Story in .pdf format →

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2018 FALL KICK-OFF EVENT

Come and Join us at the Fall 2018 Kick-off Event on Tuesday, September 11th from 5:30-7:30PM.
The location of this event will be at the CHS Band Practice Lot. Join us for face painting, games, food concessions, free gifts, coupons, and specials!
This event is for all community members, parents & students.
BACK TO SCHOOL BASH: Full Story in .pdf format →

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GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM AT THE CPAC

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will be performing for ONE NIGHT ONLY at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra is the most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time.
Glenn Miller Orchstra: Full Story in .pdf format →

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SHANNAN CONNOR JOINS WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY FAMILY

Charlotte Public Schools is excited to announce that Mrs. Shannan Connor has joined the staff at Washington Elementary as a new 1st grade teacher. After graduating from Michigan State University, Mrs. Connor taught in North Carolina for two years before moving back home to Michigan and teaching in Lansing for the past two years. Please help us in welcoming Mrs. Connor to the Charlotte community!
Shannan Connor: Full Story in .pdf format →

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CHARLOTTE VS. PORTLAND: VICTORY 4 VETERANS

This fall’s game between Charlotte High School and Portland High School will benefit Michigan Freedom Centers.
The first annual Charlotte vs. Portland Victory for Veterans benefit football game will be held Friday, September 14th at 7:00pm at the Charlotte Public Schools’ Schultheiss Athletic Complex to benefit the Michigan Freedom Centers (https://www.mifreedomcenter.org). The mission of the Michigan Freedom Centers is to provide a welcome and friendly respite to traveling military members, veterans, and their families.
Victory for Veterans: Full Story in .pdf format →

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CPS WELCOMES NEW ART TEACHER

Charlotte Public Schools would like to welcome Mrs. Shannon Avitts-Brimley to the Oriole family as our CMS/CUE art teacher. Mrs. Avitts-Brimley grew up in Clare, Michigan and graduated from Clare High School. She attended Michigan State University where she obtained her Arts Education degree. She completed her teaching internship at Mason Public Schools at both the elementary and high school levels.
Shannon Avitts-Brimley: Full Story in .pdf format →

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HADLEY JOINS CHARLOTTE UPPER ELEMENTARY

We are very excited to announce that Ms. Jessica Hadley will be joining the Charlotte Upper Elementary team as a 5th grade teacher. Ms. Hadley is a 2002 graduate of Charlotte High School and most recently a graduate of Central Michigan University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, with a major in Integrated Science. Ms. Hadley has spent time traveling and working at several national parks and resorts.
Jessica Hadley: Full Story in .pdf format →

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NEW TEACHER WELCOMED AT WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY

Charlotte Public Schools would like to welcome Ms. Allie Wilcox to the Oriole family as a 2nd grade teacher at Washington Elementary. Ms. Wilcox is from the East Lansing area and is a recent graduate from Michigan State University. When she is not teaching students, she is either practicing or teaching yoga. We are looking forward to a great year with Ms. Wilcox as part of the team at Washington Elementary!
Allie Wilcox: Full Story in .pdf format →

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Welcome Back!

School started on Monday, August 20, 2018 for all CPS students, families and staff. We started the school year with new teachers and other staff members in all areas within our school district. In the coming weeks you will see introductions of our new staff members. They are eager to be part of our culture and work for the benefit and growth of our students.
Monday also marked the re-opening of Galewood Early Elementary School. The re-opening did not come without some bumps, bruises and lessons learned by us. We have heard the feedback from parents about not being able to see their children all the way to the classroom on the first day of school. The principal and staff did their very best with the plans they put in place but clearly, it created some hard feelings and was emotional for all involved.
In Session with the Superintendent: Full Story in .pdf format →

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CHEER CAMP & GAME

Get Ready for Football!! Cheer Camp and Game Developmental Kindergarten – 8th Grade Camp – September 12th & 13th & Varsity Game September 14th $35 Camp Fee includes – 2 nights of Camp, T-Shirt, and (1) Game Ticket to the Charlotte Varsity Patriotic Game on September 14th.
Registration: August 21st, 28th, or September 4th at the Charlotte Middle School Activity Room (Varsity Cheer Practice) from 5:30 – 6:30 or The High School Athletic Office by September 5th.
Cheer Camp & Game.pdf format →

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RIBBON CUTTING & OPEN HOUSE

It is with sincere gratitude that we invite the citizens of Charlotte, Michigan to join us for our Ribbon Cutting & Open House at:
GALEWOOD EARLY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
512 E. Lovett St., Charlotte, Ml 48813
AUGUST 15, 2018, 5:45-7:00 PM

  • Tour the school
  • Meet your teacher
  • Get your bus pass & board a bus
  • Pick up your T-Shirt (Kinder only)
  • Visit the playground
  • Eat treats
  • Get a library card
  • Parents can finalize registration, join the PTO or begin the annual background

Galewood Open House: Full Story in .pdf format →

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COFFEE WITH THE PRINCIPAL

All parents of 4-6th graders are welcome to come to the Cafetorium after dropping off their students on the first day of school, August 20th for coffee and donuts 8:40 to 9:00 a.m.
Coffee with the Principal: Full Story in .jpg format →

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2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR FAST APPROACHING FOR CHARLOTTE PUBLIC SCHOOLS!

As the end of July approaches, I would like to share several summer updates and plans for the 2018-19 school year for Charlotte Public Schools.

Annual Meeting - On July 16, the Board of Education held their annual organizational meeting and retreat. Several routine items were formally acted upon for the 2018-19 school year at their regular meeting. At the retreat, the board, along with approximately 30 stakeholders, started work on the school district’s community based strategic planning. Surveys taken in the spring by parents and community; students grades 6-12; and Charlotte Public School’s staff were reviewed. We had an exceptional response to the surveys with over 1,600 surveys submitted. Three main areas of focus have been identified for the strategic plan:

  1. Community relations
  2. Academic and Student Opportunities
  3. Operations and Facilities

In Session with the Superintendent: Full Story in .pdf format →

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SAFE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT @ SCHOOL LETTER

When our children learn of school shootings, bomb threats and similar threats of violence, the overwhelming majority of them handle this news with appropriate and understandable worry and confusion. Unfortunately, others see this as an opportunity to cause more fear and chaos; some with the hopes of simply getting out of school for the day, others with the hope of getting some sort of peer or media attention. As educators and law enforcement professionals, we are working together across Eaton County to provide the expectation of safe learning environments in our schools.
Threats to Schools Letter: Full Story in .pdf format →

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