Student of the Month

2019-2020 School Year

 

November - Visual and Performing Arts

Photo of November Student of the Month

 

STUDENTS

 

Greyhound Central Elementary
Student: Bryce Cox
Grade: K
Nominated by: Mrs. Hanson
Parents: Ashley and Maurice Cox

Bryce is consistent with his positive, polite attitude and is a wonderful role model for others in his class to emulate. He always follows BARK rules, is very kind and works hard on every project. It is a real pleasure to have him in Art class.

 

Lockwood Elementary School
Student: Ani Marske
Grade: 1st
Nominated by: Mrs. Hanson
Parents: Jamy and Kristi Marske
Ani is a terrific artist due in great part to her willingness to power through any obstacles in creating her work. She is excellent with detail and completeness. Her attitude is always pleasant and positive!

 

Greyhound Intermediate School
Student: Lyla Pople and Abigail Pusey
Grade: 5th
Nominated by: Ms. Dziewiatkowski
Parents: Kevin and Michelle Pople and Heidi and Tony Pusey

Lyla and Abigail are an amazingly talented duo.  Recently cast in the community youth musical as flotsam and jetsam in the Little Mermaid, these incredible young ladies are also competitive dancers as well as involved in their school music programs as members of the GIS handbell choir and as 5th grade band/choir students.   They have performed for several years in the GIS's annual talent show and are just two of the kindest young ladies you will ever encounter. I am very blessed to work with them at GIS and am honored to nominated them as the Performing Arts students of the month.

 

Eaton Rapids Middle School
Student: Kristin Mowatt
Grade: 8th
Nominated by: Mrs. Rosin and Mr. Funaro
Parents: Laura and Michael Mowatt

We have a lot of talented musicians in our Middle School music program, and 8th grader Kristin Mowatt is a shining example of that. She is a spectacular example of a student who has found a home in the arts. Kristin is in the 8th grade choir, 8th grade band, and participated in Peter Pan Jr. as Tiger Lily. This year she also auditioned and was selected to perform at Greyhound Cabaret, where she serenaded the crowd on her ukelele! She was wonderful!  Mr. Funaro really saw Kristin shine during the fall production of Peter Pan Jr. She demonstrated leadership by helping other castmates stay focused and helping with choreography, blocking, and music. If our choreographer wasn’t there, Kristin could always be counted on to help remember the steps! She always came prepared and ready to rehearse. Kristin’s infectious personality was a beacon of positivity in the cast when things were getting hard. She brought a positive attitude and tried to help others find theirs. This simple act really helped to bring the cast together. Mrs. Rosin agrees that Kristin is a student whose enthusiasm permeates through everything she does. She is a leader in our band class when it comes to performing and rallying the class through special events. I can count on her to work on difficult music until she gets it right, and she even helps other students in the class. Her good humor makes the class fun and brings a great energy to the group. We are so lucky to have her as a member of the arts team!  Kristin has a passion for music, theater, and the arts. We are fortunate to have such a great student in our classes here at the Middle School, and we can guarantee you will see her on the stage at the High School in the future!

 

Eaton Rapids High School
Student: Blaine Wheaton
Grade: 12th
Nominated by: Mr. Funaro
Parents: Brenda Austin and Michael Wheaton

I have been exceptionally fortunate to have Blaine Wheaton in class for the last 6 years. I have seen him grow from a shy 7th grade boy to a remarkable musician and leader.  Blaine is a senior now and preparing for the next adventure in his life while still exuding the exemplary character and characteristics we want to see in all our students. Blaine is a multifaceted musician. He is a 4 year member of Chamber Choir, where he is the section leader. He is also a proud member of the band and drama programs,  all while maintaining the highest of academic standards we expect of our students. To put it plainly, Blaine is... a Great Greyhound. Blaine has recently begun his 3rd year in the MSVMA Honors Choir program with his successful audition into the 2019 Regional Honors Choir. Knowing Blaine, he will meticulously work to earn his way into another All-State Honors choir, which will feature 150 of the best singers in Michigan. Blaine has also had success as a soloist at District and State Solo & Ensemble. He has wowed the judges with his mature tone, charismatic presentation, and musicality. I expect he will continue this success in the spring.  All of these achievements are great, but what I love the most about Blaine is his honesty and his heart. He is always there to pass along a word of encouragement to other students, and even to me on occasion. He is always helping the younger members of his section with sightreading, or with a specific section of a song, and he is NEVER afraid to say to me “Mr. Funaro, I think you might have played that rhythm wrong.” I love that he is comfortable enough in my class, and with me, to do that! I don’t think I’ve told him this but, that act alone, reinforces to me that I have achieved my goal of creating a collaborative learning environment where students can even teach the teacher! 

 

Blaine’s leadership has been instrumental to the success of our Chamber Choir the last few years. His positivity and genuine care for others is something you cannot teach.They simply comes from his heart, and it is that heart that I will miss most as he begins the next phase of his life. BUT...I take great solace in knowing that somewhere, at any given moment, Blaine will be sitting in a choir rehearsal ready to say to his future choir director ...”Excuse me, but I think you might have played that rhythm wrong!” 

 

 

 

 

October - Helping Hands

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STUDENTS

 

Lockwood Elementary School

Student: Damani Bailey

Grade: 2nd

Nominated by: Mrs. Saindon

Parents: Kali Bailey

Since the first day of school, Damani has been a great helper in class. If I am looking for volunteers for anything, whether it be cleaning up, delivering a note, or another classroom chore, Damani is always willing to help out and she does it with a great big smile on her face. She is also very helpful with her classmates. We have one friend in our class who is very shy and Damani has been a great helper with her. If that student is too nervous to speak out about something she needs, Damani has been there to help and let me know as well. In addition to Damani being a great helper, she is also a great cheerleader for her classmates. I often overhear her complimenting and encouraging other students in our class. Damani, you are doing a great job and are an important piece of making our classroom a great place to be. Keep it up!

 

Greyhound Intermediate School

Student: Elle Lorente

Grade: 5th

Nominated by: Mrs. Babbitt

Parents: Keri and Brian Lorente

Our year has started out wonderful and Elle has made a huge impact on making it happen. Elle is a 5th grader in our 4th/5th Montessori classroom and has been an excellent role model for our 4th graders. Her behavior is outstanding. She is kind, helpful, and makes everyone feel welcome. She really demonstrates empathy towards her classmates and always has an encouraging word or smile.  This has been one of the best beginning of a school year ever! Thank you Elle!

 

Student: Olivia Firman

Grade: 4th

Nominated by: Mrs. Brown

Parents: Lynnette and Jason Firman

Olivia always greets the day with a smile on her face. Her enthusiasm is contagious. She's also sensitive to the needs of others. After a student had missed a week of school I asked Olivia if she'd mind helping the other student catch up on a couple of assignments. This would mean she'd have to take her Reading Street test later. Before I'd even finished she politely stopped me and told me she'd love to help her classmate! Not only did she do this, she took her test and got 100% on it! Her willingness to help others shows great compassion and she's a role model for her peers. For that reason, I nominate her for the Great Start Greyhound!



School: Eaton Rapids High School

Student: Natasha Wood

Grade: 11

Nominated by: Mrs. Zeiger

Parents: Chris and Renee Wood

Tasha goes above and beyond to help her peers and teachers out in any way that she can. You can often find her in a teachers room; helping decorate the room, cheer up a student who is upset, or talking to a student who may not have a social group yet. Tasha was eager and willing to take a new student to homecoming so the student didn't have to go alone. As a member of PALs, she demonstrates her leadership abilities daily through her compassion towards anyone who crosses paths with her. 

 

Student: Kegan Hatt

Grade: 11th

Nominated by: Mrs. Bos

Parent: Brandy Hatt

Kegan Hatt has a very kind and caring heart and seems to always being helping his neighbor, friend and school out in times of need.  He never asks for anything in return, but does enjoy a friendly smile or a "thank you". I have personally witnessed him helping out all of the following people; move a person's belongings from a large truck into their apartment, an elderly man by climbing a 75 foot ladder to secure some shingles, and gave a newer looking coat to a friend at school who said he didn't have one.  The latest good deed I have heard about Kegan doing is volunteering at ERHS in cleaning up the courtyard outside the cafeteria. On Friday October 4th, when everyone had a half day of school and wanted to hurry home to start their weekend off early, Kegan stayed and worked diligently for hours on beautifying the courtyard. I was also told that he was planning on continuing to help with this courtyard project.  I want you to know Kegan, your efforts don't go unnoticed. You are a true blessing to everyone fortunate enough to know you.

 

School:  Greyhound Central Performance Academy

Student: Shoney Joseph

Grade: 12

Nominated by: GCPA Staff

Parents: Suzanne Joseph

The Greyhound Central Staff recognizes Shoney Joseph as our Helping Hands Student of the Month for October. Shoney has shown an enthusiastic interest in being helpful to our school staff since she started  with us in August. Whether it is cleaning out Pam’s coffee cups in the morning, organizing the Chromebook cart, or cleaning off the tables after lunch, she is always willing to help. Shoney is even using her art skills to create a mural on a wall in our building. Shoney’s positive attitude and willingness to help in our building where needed has really been a great addition to Greyhound Central this year.




STAFF

 

Name: Vicki Koehn

Nominated by: Anja Laretz

Vicki truly exemplifies the definition of being a "helping hand". Vicki is always willing to step in and cover a classroom, help out with students, and has done a phenomenal job running our math center in the afternoon. Vicki is always willing to adapt and she gives great ideas with a positive attitude and genuine care for the students. On top of helping anyone and everyone, Vicki is always kind, positive, and a joy to work with. Thank you Vicki for all you do!!!!   

 

Name: Kris Reinecke

Nominated by: Tiffany Foote

Kris welcomes students as we are walking to class each morning.   She calls out to my class in the most upbeat manner with positive messages to start off their day!  I can see my students light up when she interacts with them. Her positive energy gets them excited to be at school!  In the classroom Kris is there for all students. She is watchful and insightful when giving support and ideas. She is helpful and encourages students so they feel supported and cared for.

 

Name: Kim Hallenbeck

Nominated by: Lori Kirkland

Kim is my "go-to" person at the Middle School.  If ever I need any assistance, a student summoned, office watched, message delivered, ANYTHING, Kim is there to help.  She is always willing to go above and beyond in helping students and staff. She doe this happily and always with a smile.  Kim genuinely cares about and takes pride in the Middle School.

 

Name: Jim Ivy

Nominated by: Melissa Williams

Jim has really done a great job.  He stepped up to the plate when we lost our full time dispatcher at the Transportation Dept.  He's been working the fuil time hours and helping out especially since Melissa broke her ankle.  She can't Thank him enough. Everything he has done has been greatly appreciated!

 

Name: Natasha Jewell

Nominated by: Terri Lake

Natasha Jewell is our new Middle School 6th grade reading and writing teacher.  Even before school started Natasha would come in with lots of smiles, excitement, and enthusiasm to get her room ready for the start of the school year.  She has created a very welcoming classroom for her students as she greets them daily with a spark of excitement for learning. Students can't wait to get to her classroom where they know they will be greeted with a smile, kind words, and an enthusiastic teacher.  Natasha is helping hand!



Name: Tami Fleming

Nominated by: Colleen Shoup

Mrs.Tami  Fleming is our wonderful gym teacher at GIS.  She is very experienced in working with children in gym class and is well loved and respected by students.   She started her teaching career as a counselor, and uses those skills in regard to her students. Mrs. Fleming and I greet students in the lobby mornings at Greyhound Intermediate and I witness daily her relationship and rapport with the students. I witnessed a student apologize for his behavior in class the day before and she was very accepting and understanding.   They love her and they love gym! They are constantly asking "when do we get to go to gym class!". They have a great deal of fun in gym class at GIS, but learn new skills every day as well. 

 Mrs. Fleming is also a great organizer of special activities for students.  She sees the "big picture" and is easily able to schedule and implement her ideas.   As a fellow Encore teacher, I often have the opportunity to work with Tami and follow her lead in fun activities.   She is a valuable member of our faculty. Thank you for all you do, Mrs. Fleming!

 

  

 

September - Great Start Greyhound

Student and staff of the month photo

 

STUDENTS

 

Greyhound Central Elementary School
Student: Alexavier Hall
Grade: Kindergarten
Nominated by: Mrs. Ford
Parents: Sarah Hall

Alex joined our Greyhound family for his kindergarten year. He has had a wonderful start to our school year. Alex does a wonderful job following directions, playing with his peers and using the tools in our classroom appropriately and successfully. 

 

Lockwood Elementary School
Student: Alyssa Loucks
Grade: 1st Nominated by: Mrs. Quick
Parents: Kristin and Jesse Loucks

Alyssa has jumped right into first grade ready to learn. She starts every day with a smile and a hug and is just always happy to be here. She is always willing to help other students and help me with special tasks. When things are hard or confusing to her, she always asks for help. Alyssa has definitely put her best foot forward starting first grade and that is why I'm happy to nominate her for the Great Start Greyhounds student of the month! 

 

Greyhound Intermediate School
Students: Nico Ciavattone, Sarah Loren, Athena Stitt, Rylee Winkelman
Grade: 5th
Nominated by: Jessica Taranto
Parents: Jason and Lindsey Zeller, Damian Ciavattone, Joe and Vikki Loren, Chad and Chelsea Stitt, Kurt and Suzann Winkelman

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a partnership between schools and the NFL to get kids moving at least 60 minutes per day. It takes a special student to be a part of this team. Students have to complete an application and an essay explaining why they would be a good fit for this leadership role. They must exhibit B.A.R.K. behaviors consistently and keep up with their school work. The group I have nominated have embraced their Fuel Up to Play 60 role and grown as students and leaders. They are always excited about learning, being healthy and active. These students participate in our monthly Move It Mondays, Friday Family movie nights and extra Fuel Up projects such as Stuff the Stockings. When I decided that I wanted to expand out program this year and invade the kindergarten, they volunteered without hesitation and got to work planning.  This group of leaders does an amazing job of balancing school work and leadership roles, and did I mention they all play sports too! I am incredibly proud of everything these students have accomplished!


School: Eaton Rapids Middle School
Student: Delayne Brown
Grade: 7th
Nominated by: Mrs. Herriman 
Parents:  Cristan Hellen and Daniel Brown

I have Delayne in my seventh grade art class this year and it is always a pleasure to see her.  She is always upbeat and approaches every assignment with enthusiasm. Delayne is kind to her classmates, works hard in class, and is willing to try new things in art.  I can't wait to see her future artistic endeavors.  

 

School: Eaton Rapids High School
Student: Olivia Curry
Grade: 11
Nominated by: Mrs. Raymond
Parents: Steve and Sarah Curry

Olivia has an exceptionally awesome attitude when it comes to school, her everyday interactions with staff and students. She is incredibly active in FFA and has worked very hard to raise funds for her various trips. Any time that I see her in the office or in the hallways, she is the definition of polite, thoughtful and respectful. We all love the happiness and cheer from her positive attitude and her willingness to help. Way to go Olivia!!!

 

School: Greyhound Central Performance Academy
Student: Amanda Adkins
Grade: 12
Nominated by: GCPA Staff
Parents: Diane Adkins

The teaching staff at Greyhound Central is excited to have the opportunity to recognize the hard work that Amanda Adkins has put in during the first few weeks of school. Amanda has already completed four classes since the school year started. This is Amanda’s second year with us and while Amanda worked hard last year, Amanda is even more driven to this year. She has been working hard both during school time and at home to turn in quality work. Amanda has also been working hard on figuring out life after high school. She only has a few classes left to complete in order to earn her diploma. After she graduates, she plans on starting at Lansing Community College in January. We know that Amanda will be successful because of her hard work and determination to graduate here at GCPA. Congratulations Amanda, we are proud of how hard you have worked this year and we look forward to writing your name up on our lists of graduates.



STAFF

 

Name: Tina Truscott
Nominated by: Krista Lipp

Tina is a very hard worker. She always has a smile and a friendly hi as you walk by her in the halls.  Tina is always willing to help out students and her coworkers. Tina is a great coworker and friendly to everyone here at the middle school.  Tina will go the extra mile to make sure her job is done with her students. Shes a ray of sun shine.

 

Name: Jessica Drinkwater
Nominated by: Adam Gumbrecht

Jessica wears many hats within our district and we need all of them!  While her "day job" has her working with Louise Sagaert and our special needs students at the high school, she does so much more.  For our band program, she sits on our band booster executive board AND serves as our uniform manager. Any time you see a band member in uniform during marching season or our concert bands on stage--Jessica is the one who fit each and every one of those students, ordered the uniform parts, kept them all together--she does it all!  During the summer, she also helps out our custodial staff getting the buildings ready for the school year. It's safe to say that, without Jessica, we'd be short-staffed in many areas!

 

Name: Jeff Taylor
Nominated by: Brittani Marvin

Mr. Taylor is a dedicated, hardworking teacher. His students respect both his firmness and his fairness. Jeff Taylor has been with Eaton Rapids for many years. He shows us every day what an amazing leader and role model looks like. Mr Taylor is a caring, patient teacher.  These special qualities deserve to be celebrated and recognized. Eaton Rapids is blessed to have Mr. Taylor. He is such an important part of our team. 

 

Name: Christine Moore
Nominated by: Dawn Esler

Whenever anything at Lockwood needs to be done, you can always count on Chris to be one of the first to offer her help.  If she sees a student that is down, she will offer a handshake and a kind word of encouragement and check back later to see if they are having a better day. It doesn’t matter if they are on her caseload or not. If a staff member has a question, she won’t make you feel silly for asking but help you find the answer and always points out the good she sees in you. She has lots of great advice on helping to get students to make better choices and always had time to help brighten their day.



Name: Amber Schafer
Nominated by: Colleen Martell

This year, thanks to Amber's initiative, several teachers at Lockwood are participating in a pilot reading system called EBLI. This stands for Evidence Based Reading Instruction. Learning this way of teaching takes a lot of extra time and effort for the teachers. There are lessons to learn and practice at home, zoom meetings to attend, data to share, and feedback forms to fill out. Amber is super excited about doing this with her first graders this year. She has already met with me several times to talk through implementation and ideas, organized all of her materials (and it's a ton) and spent countless hours going through everything to make sure she is doing it right. (Those are her words, not mine) I know that she has gotten positive feedback from one parent already. I know that her students are engaged during lessons and doing really well. I also know that this is due to her diligence and her enthusiasm. She definitely has had a great start!

 

Name: Katina Dziewiatkowski
Nominated by: Chris Rupp

Katina went above the call of duty as the school facilitator of our summer reading program Kids Read Now!.  We had 135 3rd graders sign up for the program and they each had a goal to read 9 books over the summer. Due to Katina’s extra effort communicating with Kids read Now and 3rd grade families, all 135 3rd grade students completed all 9 books!  Thanks Ms. D for helping get them off to a great start!

 

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April - Social Studies

 STUDENTS

 

Greyhound Intermediate School
Student: Kylen Dykstra
Grade: 4th
Nominated by: Mrs. Taranto
Parents: Sara Shepard

Having Kylen as a student is awesome. Kylen puts in a lot of effort on all his projects in school and at home to accomplish all of his goals. He has already finished the 4th grade ELA curriculum. He works hard to become better at everything he does and is enthusiastic about his work!  It is not uncommon for Kylen to be submitting work from home if he cannot be at school. He is a very kind, young man who is always willing to help his peers and when you ask Kylen for help you better be prepared for a mini lesson because he is going to teach you and not just give you the answer! When it comes to Social Studies, Kylen is just as enthusiastic about his learning. If the history has anything to do with Greek mythology, as we did recently in ELA, then you might as well just let him take over! I cannot be there tonight but I am proud of Kylen and I am impressed by him every day!

 

Eaton Rapids Middle School
Student: Jack Huntington
Grade: 6th
Nominated by: Mr. Goatley
Parents: Jeff and Kari Huntington

Jack brings to class each day a great attitude. He has a very inquisitive mind and spends time thinking deeply about the topics we are exploring. He has a lot of questions and gives answers during class discussion which adds to the whole classes learning process. He often stays after class and into lunch continuing the discuss of the day. He gets along with his fellow classmates and is a great role model for others.

 

Greyhound Central Performance Academy
Student: Celia Marvin
Grade: 11
Nominated by: GCPA staff
Parents: Robert and Britani Marvin

The GCPA staff recognizes Celia Marvin as our Student of the Month for April. Celia has completed both  Economics and Civics during her time with us this year and earned an A in both classes. She works hard to understand the material she is learning in all her classes, whether it is social studies, English or even her Algebra 2 class, and always does her best. She is polite and kind and has a great sense of humor. Celia has been such a delightful addition to our student population and we love having her here at Greyhound Central.

 

STAFF

Eaton Rapids Middle School
Name: Britani Marvin
Nominated by: Krista Lipp

She is always working hard with every student and always is so helpful. She wears a smile and makes everyone feel special. She goes over and above what is expected of her.

 

 

 

March - English/Language Arts

STUDENTS

 

Greyhound Central Elementary

Student: Taylor Preston

Nominated by: Mrs. Crittenden

Parents: Kate Preston

I am so happy to nominate Taylor Preston for the ELA Student of the Month recognition!  She is an enthusiastic and motivated learner and I am very impressed with her skills in reading and writing!  Taylor tells me on a regular basis how excited she is to read our take-home books at home and she particularly enjoys figuring out how to read and write the bigger and trickier words!  Another thing that she loves to do throughout the school day is to find our Reading Street high frequency words in books, on posters and on signs in the school, and even pointing them out in her own writing! 

 

Taylor’s writing really stands out as exceptional because she uses spaces appropriately between words, remembers to use upper case letters and punctuation appropriately, and her stories are easy to read and very neatly written!  She is also good at making her pictures match the words that she has written!  I can even read the more complex words in her writing because she can segment the word and write the sounds that she hears in the correct order!

 

I have really enjoyed seeing the wonderful progress that Taylor has made in reading and writing this school year and the best part is how much she loves being a reader and writer!  Awesome job Taylor!!!

 

Lockwood Elementary School

Student: Ruby Briggs

Grade: 2nd

Nominated by: Mrs. Peterson

Parents: Julie and William Briggs

I would like to nominate Ruby Briggs as second grade ELA student of the month. This young lady had shown a tremendous growth in her reading and writing skills. At the beginning of the year, she would pretend to read and seemed to think she wasn't a reader. Through practice and lots of hard work, she has made a huge shift, her abilities have increased tremendously and she seems to be the first one to pull out her book when it is time to read. Congratulations to Ruby on becoming a reader. Her adventures are just beginning!!

 

Greyhound Intermediate School

Student: Olivia Vinten-Johansen

Grade: 4th

Nominated by: Mrs. Taranto

Parents: Darcie and Scott Vinten-Johansen

When I think about an excellent English language arts learner I always think of Olivia. Olivia has fully embraced our Summit platform and works diligently to make sure she completes all her projects and assignments. Olivia takes such amazing notes that there are some adults I'd like to send her way for a lesson. She is a leader in the classroom and the school. She participates in Fuel Up to Play 60 and volunteers for all jobs no matter how trivial they may seem. Olivia is kind and helpful to all her peers and it is a pleasure to have her as a student!

 

Student: Isabel Shepard

Grade: 5th

Nominated by: Ms. Vogel

Parents: Elizabeth Barshaw and Matt Shepard

Isabel is a wonderful student. She works very hard in every subject and is an example to her fellow peers. She has done wonderful things in Summit this year. She uses her time wisely, creates daily goals, takes meticulous notes, and reflects upon her work. Her work ethic is outstanding. Isabel is ahead in all of her Focus Areas AND Additional Focus Areas in English. At this pace, she is bound to start 6th grade material in a matter of weeks. Great job Isabel and keep up the hard work.

 

Eaton Rapids Middle School

Student: Delayne Brown

Grade: 6th

Nominated by: Mrs. Ellis and Mrs. Salzman

Parents: Christian and Daniel Brown

Delayne Brown is our nomination for 6th grade ELA student of the month.  Delayne has performed consistently above average since the start of the school year.  Not only is Delayne a hard worker in class, but she also participates in class discussions and always ask questions to be sure she is headed in the right direction.  Delayne always completes her classwork and homework with great quality.  Being helpful and positive seems to come naturally to Delayne.  We are so glad to have Delayne as part of our ELA classes!!

 

Eaton Rapids High School

Student: Ryan Pretzel

Grade: 9th

Nominated by: Mrs. Acker

Parents: Linda and Thomas Pretzel

Ryan is a freshman taking a junior level math course at the High School.  He was able to be at the top on his class for both Algebra 2A with me and Algebra 2B with Mrs. Allison.  Ryan is hard working, a great logical thinker and has a pleasant personality.  Ryan even corrected the answer book one day, what I find amazing is that he got one problem wrong on a multiple choice practice test, he reworked the answer and got the same result.  He brought it to me and we found out together that the answer booklet was wrong.  I admire his caring about the concepts.  He could have said that a 19 our of 20 is good, instead, he cared enough to check it over and make sure he understood.  It has been a pleasure to have Ryan in class and watch him grow as a math learner.  I hope to see Ryan push his math knowledge further and look into Accounting, Actuarial Science or Statistics in the future.  Great job Ryan!

 

Eaton Rapids High School

Student: Connor Nelson

Grade: 11th

Nominated by: Mr. Bryan

Parents: Susan Nelson

Connor embraced the challenge of being totally out of his comfort zone by taking a class like Drama and did exceptionally well.  Also his essay writing ability has grown by leaps and bounds.  He has grown so much and continues to push himself to do better and expand his abilities.

 

Greyhound Central Performance Academy

Student: Brooke Hector

Grade: HS

Nominated by: GCPA staff

Parents: Valerie Heintz

The GCPA staff recognizes Brooke Hector as our Student of the Month for the month of March. In the past few months,  Brooke has put in an improved effort especially in her English classes.. She has worked extremely hard to turn in quality work. She asks questions, takes notes and tries her very best to complete the assignments she is given. She is an active participant in her English 12B class.  Brooke is working hard to try to finish her classes this year and we are very proud of her.

 

Staff

 

Lockwood Elementary School

Name: Andreea Wells

Nominated by: Dawn Esler and Christine Moore

The staff and students at Lockwood Elementary can count on Andrea Wells to go above and beyond to help them. Sometimes it is a simple gesture, such as using her personal time to write encouraging letters to remember glasses to help her readers or dressing up to participate in March is Reading Month. Other times it is taking the time to get notes and data around to assist in meetings to provide more information. She has great ideas and her input is invaluable. She does lots of extras making sure students have books to read at home, and passing out BARK slips, and giving high fives to those making progress or a pep talk to those needing it. She takes an interest in their home situation and makes sure basic needs are met. Her presence is extended beyond literacy with her passion for helping Lockwood develop a recycling program.

 

Greyhound Intermediate School

Name: Jessica Taranto

Nominated by: Joe Taranto

This is tough for me to write, because it may not sound bias due to the fact that Jessica Taranto is not only my coworker and teammate, but she is also my wife.  However, it does not change the fact that she deserves to be recognized for everything she does for GIS.  These last few months have been even more inspiring because, on December 20, 2018 (her birthday) Jessica suffered a Stroke and had to have a blood clot removed from her brain.  As her husband it was very scary to see her in that state and I was not sure what the future held for her, but I was going to be by her side no matter what.  Fast forward to January 14, 2019 (3 weeks later) and Jessica was back in the classroom!  Not only was she back but she was also back in charge of leading Fuel Up to Play 60, Movie Nights, School Store, Girls on the Run, Sparrow Mileage Club and being a role model to not only her students, but the staff too.  As her coworker and teammate I am amazed by her dedication to education.  For her to go through all she went through and work so hard at returning to the classroom it is inspirational.  Anytime I think of times it gets "too tough" teaching and want to just move on, I think of what Jessica has been through and she still keeps going, it's amazing!  Not only is Jessica Taranto the Teacher of the Month, but if I had anything to say about it I would nominate her for Teacher of the Year and in terms of competition, it's not even close.

 

Eaton Rapids Middle School

Name: Kim Hallenbeck

Nominated by: Krista Lipp

Kim goes above and beyond her job. she is always there to help whenever you need her.

 

Volunteer

 

Matt Swab

Nominated by Bill DeFrance and Chris Rupp

Bill and I attended a presentation from Discovery Education on the campus of Eastern Michigan University.  We met Kelly Thieken whose son attends Tecumseh Public Schools and is a youth wrestler.  Kelly shared that recently her son dislocated his elbow at a tournament in Leslie.  The first person to the aid of her son was Matt.  She shared how grateful she was for his help and for the support she received from Matt as a nervous parent with a hurt child.  It is crazy how we would come to know that one of our community members and youth wrestling coaches acted to the benefit of everyone in Eaton Rapids.  Thank you, Matt, for your act of service to our schools and community!

 

 

 February - Excellence in Math

STUDENTS

 

Greyhound Central Elementary

Student: Alonzo Mans

Nominated by: Ms. Ford

Parents: Betsie Mans

Alonzo is a very happy kinder friend that loves math. He is excited to participate in our class math activities. He is focused, works hard and is willing to share his ideas freely and with confidence. It is a pleasure to see Alonzo's excitement for math and it encourages his classmates to do their best!

 

Student: Harmonee Nierenberger

Nominated by: Ms. Wilke

Parents: Amy and Jeremy Nierenberger

Harmonee is a very shy and quiet student.  During math she is always listening, she shows her most confidence, follows along and tries her best.  I often hear her say "I love math" when we are finishing up. She is just a joy to watch progress in the Go Math curriculum.  

 

Lockwood Elementary School

Student: Chase Stitt

Grade: 1st

Nominated by: Mrs. Quick

Parents: Chad and Chelsea Stitt

Chase has made enormous growth in first grade both academically and with his behavior. This growth has been especially evident in math. During math instruction, Chase loves to raise his hand to answer (and ask!) questions. He uses many different strategies to solve math problems, likes to help others, and really just seems to enjoy math! I am proud to nominate Chase for his excellence in math and especially proud of his growth so far this school year!

 

Greyhound Intermediate School

Student: Jacob Droste

Grade: 4th

Nominated by: Mr. Taranto

Parents: Justin and Christin Droste

Jacob Droste is the type of student that all teachers would be lucky to have, and luckily I have him this year.  Jacob is part of the Summit Learning Program and he is taking to it like a fish to water. What is most impressive about Jacob is not just his drive to be the best, but he is humble enough to ask questions for topics that he does not understand...yet.  Jacob is not satisfied with getting a problem right or wrong, he wants to know why they are marked that way and will prove it. He is no longer waiting for others to catch up to his ability and I am proud to say that as of this moment he is now working on 5th grade Math.  These are just a few of the many reasons why I would like to nominate Jacob Droste as the 4th Grade Math Student of the Month.

 

Student: Benjamin Isaac

Grade: 4th

Nominated by: Ms. Alexander

Parents: Jessica and Cory Isaac

Benny has a gift with numbers.  He catches on quickly to any math skill put in front of him.  He is often able to explain additional ways to work through problems and then shares his knowledge with his classmates.  He enjoys a challenging math problem and finds a way to solve it. Benny amazes me with his math abilities. He has never received anything less than an A on any math assignment, quiz or test all year long.

 

Student: Anna Steffen

Grade: 4th

Nominated by: Ms. Brown

Parents: Karianne and Douglas Steffen

Anna has shown some wonderful growth since the year started. I have a small group of higher boys in math and she is giving those boys a run for their money. She is highly motivated to succeed so she rarely has late or missing work and that alone is a big part of her improvement. In addition to great preparation, she has strong study skills. She is showing steady progress and while she may not have the "best" or "highest" mathematical knowledge in the group, her perseverance is commendable. I don't have to worry about her giving up if she doesn't grasp a concept. Instead, she'll ask for help from me, a peer, or her parents. It's that grit and determination that will be a significant help to her in the years to come. She should be incredibly proud of her efforts this year. I know I am!

 

Student: Hannah Garity

Grade: 5th

Nominated by: Ms. Vogel

Parents: Christina Garity

Hannah is a dynamite math student! She passed all of 5th grade math Focus Areas and Additional Focus areas by January in Summit. She is now starting 6th grade math and thriving! Hannah is independent, resourceful, and is motivated to be the best student she can be. Not only is she a great math student, but Hannah is a great Greyhound. She has strong aspirations for helping others and also helped start an organization with her mother called Hannah's Helping Hands. I am so proud to be just one of her Summit teachers and mentor. Way to go Hannah!

 

Eaton Rapids Middle School

Student: Brandon and Jack Huntington

Grade: 6th

Nominated by: Mrs. Curry

Parents: Jeff and Kari Huntington

Brandon and Jack work diligently everyday.  They are great at being in class on time ready to learn when the bell rings and often times beforehand.  While they are twins, they are both willing to explain concisely the skill being taught. This is why I am nominating both of them for the Math February Award

Greyhound Central Performance Academy

 

Student: Amanda Adkins

Grade: HS

Nominated by: GCPA staff

Parents: Diane Adkins

GCPA Staff would like to recognize Amanda Adkins as our Student of the Month for February. Amanda is a hard worker and has impressed us with her work ethic all year. She completed 5 classes first trimester, including Algebra 1A, and turned in quality work in all her classes. Now Amanda is working hard in Algebra 2A. She is willing to work, take lots of notes, and figure out how to attain her math answers to achieve her goals. When Amanda misses class, she always works hard to make up her work. Amanda is kind and does not complain too much when being in Pam’s Algebra 2 class requires her to spend 3 or 4 hours a day. We are proud of Amanda and how hard she is willing to work in the math classes she has completed and the ones she will complete this year.

 

Staff

 

Greyhound Intermediate School

Name: Lucinda ad Chris Staszuk

Nominated by: Ms. Dziewiatkowski and Ms. Tirado

GIS would like to nominate Lucinda and Chris Staszuk for the month of March.  Lucinda Staszuk is an amazing member of our staff. In addition to going above and beyond in all that she does for our building from helping students be successful to organizing special events that create unique opportunities for our students, Lucinda, along with her husband Chris, are also responsible for the Eaton Rapids Youth Basketball association, which provided athletic opportunities to students all over the ERPS district, not just GIS.  Lucinda and Chris began as volunteers for the association when their children were young. When the original organizers decided to step down, rather than have our community loose this opportunity, the Staszuks took charge of the organization and have been recruiting volunteer coaches, creating teams, putting together tournaments and banquets and organizing funding for over 16 years. Chris even coaches a team in his spare time. Lucinda and her husband Chris have had a true impact on the children and families of this community.

 

Eaton Rapids HIgh School

Name: Ryan Anderson

Nominated by: Mrs. Copeland

Ryan is wonderful and involved in everything! He is great in the classroom- very engaging with the students and knowledgeable.  He runs student council, boys and girls tennis, and organizes the winterfest dance just to name a few. He has taught both gen ed and spec ed and always keeps his sense of humor.  He is a favorite with the students and can teach many subjects. He is even taking on AP Biology which is not easy to be sure. Way to go Ryan!

 

 

  

 

November - Visual/Performing Arts, Science & Technology 

 

STUDENTS

 

Greyhound Central Elementary
 
Student: Lincoln Scott
Nominated by: Mrs. Laretz
Parents: Brianna Kinney and Ryan Scott

When I found out that this month's student of the month category was Science I immediately thought of Lincoln. I then asked Ms. Ford, who does science with our class, and she also immediately thought of Lincoln. Lincoln has so much enthusiasm for science and is always ready to answer a question, ask a question, and participate in investigations. Lincoln works extremely hard and remembers everything we talk about. He even asks additional questions when we get back to our classroom after science time. Lincoln does well in all areas of our school day but science seems to be a particular subject that he has a passion for. I hope Lincoln always continues to investigate and question the world around him. Great Job Lincoln!

 

Student: Gabrielle (Gabby) Sikkenga
Grade: Kindergarten
Nominated by: Mrs. Laretz
Parents: Tricia Sikkenga

Gabby is truly a Great Start Greyhound! She came in a bit shy at the beginning of the year but has truly flourished. She has learned our BARK behaviors and shows them in everything she does. She has become a great friend and student. I am so excited to see all that Gabby will achieve this year. She is already challenging herself and always wanting to do her best. It has been a great 9 weeks for Gabby and I can't wait to enjoy the rest of the year with her in my class. Great Job Gabby!!!

 

Student: Micah Gaston
Grade: Kindergarten
Nominated by: Mrs. Hanson
Parents: Jessica Shaw and Wade Gaston Jr.

Micah exemplifies BARK behavior, especially in the area of kindness. He is very attentive and focused during his instructional and production time.  I appreciate his workman like attitude and it serves as a model for other peers to emulate.


Lockwood Elementary School

Student: Emma Droste
Grade: 2nd
Nominated by: Mrs. Ames
Parent: Justin and Christin Droste

When I think about what qualities a student of the month should have, I look at our school wide behavior expectations (the BARK). Be safe, appropriate behavior, responsibility and kindness. Emma demonstrates all of these on a daily basis. I have had the pleasure of having Emma as a technology student in both first and now second grade. Not only does she excel in her technology skills, she always comes to class excited to learn. She will frequently stop me in the hallway to ask what the weekly lesson will be because she just can't wait to come! Emma is always willing to help students problem solve when something isn't working correctly on their computer. Emma frequently takes what we learn in class and expands her knowledge at home. As a first grader, she had the most amazing google slideshow with background music, embedded videos and slide transitions. In fact, I had her teach me how to add background music to slideshows! Thank you Emma, for making Lockwood a wonderful place to be! I look forward to watching you grow as a learner throughout your school career.

 

Greyhound Intermediate School

Student: Lauren Mills
Grade: 5th
Nominated by: Ms. Dziewiatkowski
Parents: Sean and Shana Mills

Lauren Mills is an amazing young woman.  Not only is Lauren excelling academically, she participates in several sports throughout out the year while being an active participant in the performing arts both at school and in the community.  Lauren is a member of the GIS choral ensemble, a member of her church bell choir and is currently a cast member in the community production of "Annie." While Lauren truly shines on the stage, her true talent is the sparkle that she brings each and every day to her studies, the kindness she shows as she works with her peers, and her respectful and helpful attitude towards the adults she interacts with.  In acknowledging Lauren's accomplishments, we must also recognize her parents Sean and Shana as well as her sister Lexi. Without their support and involvement, Lauren would not have the opportunities she has had. Involvement in the arts is a family affair with the Mills. As a family, they have embraced the underlying principles taught through involvement in the arts: dedication, perseverance and community service.  



Student: Sarah Loren
Grade: 4th
Nominated by: Joe Taranto
Parents: Joe and Vicki Loren

Sarah is the type of student that all teachers dream of having.  She is not only very bright, but her kindness and leadership are the traits that makes her a role model to all of her classmates.  Sarah excels at all subjects, but the one that she started to struggle with this year was Science. Like any scientist she was not happy with sub par results.  Sarah would take an assessment and not only want to know why she made an error so she could fix it later, but she would want to know why she was correct on other problems.  That showed me that even though she was struggling at first, she would not let the first attempt determine her final outcome, like a true scientist. These are the reasons why I consider Sarah to be the Student of the Month for Science.

 

Student: Hannah Garity
Grade: 5th
Nominated by: Mrs. Shoup
Parents: John and Christina Garity

Hannah is an outstanding artist.  She is not only talented in her artistic ability and creativity, but is an excellent student and person!  Hannah participates 100% in art class and as an artist, she often goes above and beyond the 'assignment'. This is of course what every art teacher hopes for; a student that will take an assignment and run with it!  For example,when 5th grade art classes were creating group paper mosaics for the Eaton Rapids Air event in the fall, Hannah asked if she could create her own "Wizard of Oz" themed artwork to represent her community outreach project "Hannah's Helping Hands".  She recruited a couple of her friends to help. She collaborates well with others and is a natural leader. Hannah is a very positive person with a warm and pleasant disposition. I don't think I have ever seen her without a smile. Her work is always quality.  She is focused and hard working. She truly is a pleasure to have in class. I look forward to seeing what Hannah accomplishes in the future. I hope she continues to develop her art and her creative spirit. I will miss her when she leaves G.I.S. for the middle school, but I'm certain I will hear good things about her as she continues her school ART 'career!

 

Student: Cynthia Elliott
Grade: 5th
Nominated by: Mrs. Smith
Parent: Tasia Wambaugh

Cynthia is a pleasure to have in Technology class.  Students come to technology with a wide range of kills.  Cynthia is very tech savvy and is always willing to help out her peers if they are struggling in class.  She is patient with her peers who need more guidance and always maintains a positive attitude. Cynthia's enthusiasm for everything technology related and our projects shows in the quality of her work.  Cynthia is currently our fastest keyboarder at GIS with 28 WPM on our Typing Wall of Fame. Cynthia is a model student and knows at all times how to exhibit appropriate behavior both in and out of the classroom.  It has been wonderful having her in technology for the last 3 years!

 

Eaton Rapids Middle School

Student: Raven Leach
Grade: 8th
Nominated by: Mrs. Herriman
Parents: Robert and Shannon Jenkins

Raven is passionate about art. She pours herself into her creations and invests herself fully in her artwork.  She is familiar with both famous and street artists. Raven believes that art matters in the world. She has an eye for details and I can see her maintaining this passion throughout her life.  My hope for her is that she is able to continue her study of art and to further develop her talents.

 

Eaton Rapids High School

Student: Trinaty Hosler
Grade: 10th
Nominated by: Mrs. Pesce
Parents: Chyan Paluszak

Trinaty goes above and beyond to be a very well rounded, determined, and respectful student. While juggling 5 classes and staying on top of her grades she also is in choir and the fall play. She had an amazing performance last night that received a standing ovation (all choir), and she will be performing the next three nights in the play. While maintaining a busy practice/performance life she is also maintaining her classwork and homework. She is very positive towards her peers and teachers and is a student who all students seem to want to sit by because she's very positive and helpful for her peers.

 

Student: Aleigha Sutton
Grade: 11th
Nominated by: Mrs. O’Neil
Parents: Sandra Dillon

The ERHS Art Department nominated Aleigha Sutton for student of the month for a variety of reasons. She is such an amazingly talented and brilliant young lady whose artwork has evolved beautifully over the years. We are so fortunate to have been able to make art with her. She is also an incredibly thoughtful and compassionate person. Aleigha is a high school junior and she absolutely loves drawing! Her preferred medium is pen and ink. Aleigha also excels at drawing in pencil. These are her favorite mediums because she enjoys creating imagery that requires precision and detail.  Aleigha specializes in intricate mandala drawing. She has also expressed her interest in developing her skills to draw realistic portraits of people and animals. Aleigha also frequents the local pottery studio in ER where she enjoys ceramic glazing. She is active in 4H competitions, where she enjoys showing her rabbits as well as exhibiting her artwork each year. Aleigha will be exhibiting her work in multiple juried exhibitions this year, such as the current Olivet College Student Art Exhibit where she has received honorable mention, the upcoming MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit, Lansing Art Gallery's Spring Exhibition and 4H. She has also been working toward completion of her art portfolio and has already started networking with prospective higher education institutions to have her artwork get attention from portfolio review reps.  The word "scholarship" has been used many times, in the same sentence with "Aleigha Sutton," by some very important people. She will continue working toward her goal of using her art education as a spring board for her future career! Aleigha hopes to someday be an architect or pursue a career in the visual arts industry.

 

Student: Grace Lehto
Grade: 11th
Nominated by: Science Department
Parents: Ken and Kelly Lehto

Grace Lehto is currently enrolled in 3 AP courses, Calculus, Chemistry and Computer Science and has earned no less than an A in any science class she has taken.  Additionally, Grace is a 3 sport varsity athlete as well as the president of her class. Grace consistently has her work done ahead of time, always has a great attitude and is a wonderful student to have in class.

 

Student: John Grivins
Grade: 12th
Nominated by: Science Department
Parents: Peter and Jennifer Grivins

John Grivins is a young man with a passion and zeal for the sciences. Again John has been outstandingly successful in every science course has taken ranging from Robotics and Ag Science to multiple AP courses. John is also the president of our FFA and a varsity tennis player. John's advanced sense of humor make having him as a student an outstanding experience.

 

Student: Jack Brown
Grade: 12th
Nominated by: Science Department
Parents: Nicole and Jeff Brown

Jack Brown is an all round great guy and is the embodiment of the term "Gentlemen and Scholar".  He has always demonstrated himself to be a focused and determined individual and drove that point home this fall when eh enrolled in 5 AP courses and maintained over a 4.0 while participating in a varsity sport. Jack is continuously even keeled, even under the stress of his course load he stays well composed and on top of his work.

 

Greyhound Central Performance Academy

Student: Madeline Hackworth
Grade: HS
Nominated by: GCPA staff
Parents: Mistelle Hackworth

Greyhound Central staff nominates Madeline Hackworth for our December student of the month for Art/Music/Science and Technology. Maddie has been our student since her freshman year of high school. We have enjoyed having her in our building for the past three and a half years. Maddie is not only smart and self-driven, she is also compassionate and kind. She is the rare kind of student who will tell you a joke when you are having a rough day to make you laugh and remind you not to take yourself too seriously. She helps our staff around the school with community service projects and is always willing to help a fellow classmate with school work or give them a needed extra boost of confidence. Madeline is the kind of person who is not afraid to do what is right, even when it could make her unpopular.   Maddie is now in her senior year..For many students that is time where they try to work as little as possible just to get by. Maddie has done the opposite. She has already completed two science classes this year, part of nine classes total in the first trimester. Second and third trimester she is taking Human Anatomy and Physiology at the high school in addition to her regular course load. Maddie plans on going into science and is excited about the opportunity to take anatomy. We are glad to be able to recognize Maddie for her interest in science, her hard work, and the contribution she has made to our building over the last three and a half years.

 

Staff

School: Lockwood Elementary
Name: Tracey Hayward
Nominated by: Jess Rasmussen

Ms. Tracy is an amazing asset to our ECSE program and to the Lockwood community. She always comes to work with a smile and hugs for anyone that wants them. She is actively searching for new ways to make Lockwood a great place to our students to be. Tracy is constantly coming to work with new ideas to try with the kids or staff. She brings in materials for many of the rooms and programs here from her family's shop or goes and purchases them out of her own pocket. She is a true delight and joy to be around, she makes Lockwood great!


Name: Kelly Martinez
Nominated by: Sally Harmon and Brenda Hiemstra
 

Brenda: Kelly not only works for us at Lockwood she also volunteers her time there as well. She spends countless hours decorating our main office for holidays and the seasons. She spends her time at home cutting out decorations and painting them. She then comes into the school on her time off  to decorate the hallways to make it a special place for our kids to enjoy. Kelly also helps out by donating snacks to kids that do not bring any from home. She secretly sneaks them in lockers when needed. She has brought in coats, boots, clothes and other needed items as well. She spends countless volunteer hours helping out our school making it feel warm and welcoming. Kelly helps with our backpack program as well. She never hesitates to extend a hand to help a fellow coworker or fill in for someone. We appreciate all you do Ms.Kelly!!

 

Sallie: Kelly is AMAZING!! she is caring, dedicated and very talented. She helps keep the office running smoothly as well as caring for the kids at lunch time. She is the primary decorator of Lockwood, always giving us all, a fun and whimsical feel in her creations, so parents, children and staff enjoy coming into our building each season to see what she has created. She volunteers a lot of her own time to make others smile. She is an invaluable asset to our district and our building. I am blessed to call her friend and Co-worker.



Greyhound Intermediate School

Name: Lindsay Ames
Nominated by: Colleen Martell

The first time I worked with Lindsay was when she was doing a long term substitute position for my co-teacher. Right away I was impressed with her go-getter attitude and her work ethic. From the beginning she was ready to jump in and do whatever needed to be done. Since then, Lindsay has become a full time staff member at GIS, and I've had other opportunities to work with her. Of course she still exhibits those characteristics, but what I respect about her even more, is her drive to do what's best for her students. She truly knows her kids and even with challenging situations, she doesn't back down or give up.  Her willingness to reach out for ideas, and her openness to try new strategies are qualities that I appreciate. She goes above and beyond the role of teacher, even donating her own supplies and materials to the family of one of her students. Inside and outside of the classroom, she is doing as much as she can, when she can, using all the resources she has, making a difference in students' lives. For this, she should be recognized as December's staff of the month.

 

Name: Joe Taranto
Nominated by: Ms. Dziewiatkowski

Mr. Taranto is a second year teacher at GIS.  During his brief time with our school, he has made a tremendous impact on our school community. Currently, Mr. Taranto supports the Fuel up to Play 60 initiative, sponsors the Kids Crew,  helps to organize our Family Movie Nights and has volunteered at numerous activities both within the school day and after school hours. Mr. Taranto shows his students every day an example of what dedication and commitment to community are.  Thank you Mr. T for making a difference at GIS.

 

Name: Lori Kirkland
Nominated by: All Staff

Ask anyone at the Middle School and they will tell you that Lori Kirkland is the most friendly, welcoming, and cheerful secretary ever.  Staff shared that Lori goes above and beyond the call of duty for students and staff. She helps with fundraisers, concessions, Seussical, and many other school activities and events.  Lori has a special way in which she connects and builds relationships with middle school students. Whether a student needs a listening ear, happy smile, a heartfelt hug, or a peppermint, she is always there for them.  Lori has a great sense of humor and her smile is infectious. Lori's hard work, dedication, and organization keep the middle school running smoothly. Lori Kirkland is a one in a million person and ERMS is fortunate to have her.  Congratulations Lori from all of us.

 

Transportation

Name: Sue Warfield
Nominated by: Jamie Warfield

Sue Warfield has driven school bus for over 20 years now. And even though the last couple years have been trying she still came to work every day with a smile on her face ready to do her job and greet her kids on the bus. She's a wonderful caring person. And even though she's getting closer to retirement we hope she knows just how much all of us in the transportation department will miss her and how much her bus kids from over the many years have loved her. Congratulations Susan

 

Members of the Eaton Rapids Music Department

Anthony Funaro, Adam Gumbrecht, Katina Dziewiatkowski, Melanie Rosin
Nominated by: Amber Pesce

Mr. Funaro, Mr. Gumbrecht, Mrs. Rosin, and Ms. D. go above and beyond to ensure their students have fun, give a great performance, and above all enjoy their classes. After seeing the choir/band concert last night and every time,  it is evident that they truly love what they do which is reflected in the way their students smile, dance, sing, and seem to truly enjoy performing and singing/playing. Their performances are always top notch, and although they look flawless, I'm sure they put a lot of effort into their performances!

 

None of them could be here tonight.  Why? Because they have concerts or rehearsals for concerts to come.  Who’d of thought?

 

Eaton Rapids Middle School

Name: Susan Kubicek
Nominated by: All Staff

Susan and Matt have anchored our P.E. program long before I entered the building. It has been a true blessing to  work with her and watch her interact with students. Her kindness, passion, and consistency are staples that Susan brings on a daily basis. She goes above and beyond the call of duty for our staff and students by organizing different events. She will be greatly missed and it has been an absolute honor to work with her and get to know her over the past 4.5 years.

Mrs. Kubicek has been an asset to our building since her first day on the job. She has been instrumental in planning special days for students like our student vs. staff basketball game. She has run her physical fitness classes in a way that keeps students engaged and feeling good about their physical condition. In addition to being an excellent teacher, she is truly a caring and compassionate individual who forms positive relationships with kids. She has taken time to build these relationships no matter what problems the student brings to the class or their physical abilities. I am proud the have worked with Mrs. Kubicek and feel fortunate that she has been a colleague over the years.

She is amazing and fun. She connects with the kids and really gets to know them. She will be missed and hard to replace. Good luck to her.

I've been so lucky to have Susan working beside me during my first couple of years here. She always has a kind word, uplifting spirit, and positive attitude to bring to any situation. She puts her heart into everything she takes on, and the students and staff have been fortunate to have her here at Eaton Rapids. She will be truly missed.

Kubicek has been an asset to our school. She pushes students to do their very best without making them feel insecure about themselves. You can't help, but smile when Kubicek is around. She is a positive person that makes everyone around her a better person.

The students respect her.

Susan has been awesome to work with!  She is full of energy, very organized, and a great basketball player!

Susan is such a hard worker and has always gone above and beyond for both her students and coworkers.  Over the years she has put together several amazing GROWL reward activities/ assemblies. They are a ton of work, but the kids love it and they make a big impact to improve our school's climate.  

Our students love Mrs. K.  She makes an effort to connect with them and they look forward to seeing her everyday at school.

Over several years of working with Susan I have witnessed her seemingly effortless ability to make connections with students and I am always impressed by her willingness to undertake and organize events like our annual student vs. staff games.  

Susan is the best. She has been very patient with my kids in gym class and provided much encouragement when the three had to run the mile last year.

I have had the honor of co teaching in the PE department with Susan for the past 15 years.  She is an amazing teacher and an even better person. Susan is a role model for other teachers on how to connect with students and get the best out of them.  She gets to know her students on not only an athletic level in PE class but more importantly on a personal level. Susan's caring nature comes out in her teaching making her gym a friendly place to be and an area students feel safe and are willing to put themselves out there and try new things or give new efforts in our activities.   Not a day goes by where I am not in awe of something she does to make students feel proud of themselves. If someone has not been in one of her classes to see her work her magic they have missed out on an amazing opportunity to learn for one of the best teacher I have seen. Not only is she a great teacher but an amazing person. Last year I was diagnosed with cancer and the compassion she showed me was heart warming.  She did the work of 2 teachers so I could focus on getting better. She sent me daily text messages asking how I was or sent funny little tid bits about somethings going on in our classes. She helped the sub do their job the best they could and continued to tell me not to worry about things she would take care of them. When I am able to say I am cancer free she will be one of the people at the top of the list that I thank.  It is hard for me to write this note, not that I can't come up with countless things that make Susan a great teacher and person, but because I am losing my best friend in teaching. It has been beyond amazing working with Susan and if I could go to Bath and talk to the school I would be happy to let them know how great of a teacher they are getting. Best of luck Susan and all of us in Eaton Rapids will miss you and we wish you nothing but happiness in your new adventure.

 

  

October - Great Start Greyhounds 

Photo of students of the month

 

STUDENTS 

 

School: Greyhound Central Elementary

Student: Maddox Krokker

Grade: DK

Nominated by: Mrs. Miller

Parent: Victoria Stringer

The first couple of weeks of school can be scary for anyone especially a DK student.  You are in a brand new building with so many new faces and a bunch of new rules.  Maddox was nervous at first with a few silent tears in the morning, but he quickly adjusted and became a role model for his peers.  Maddox always follows the BARK, is willing to help others, and is focused on his work.  I am looking forward to working with him this year!

 

School: Greyhound Central Elementary

Student: Gabrielle (Gabby) Sikkenga

Grade: Kindergarten

Nominated by: Anja Laretz

Parent: Tricia Sikkenga

Gabby is truly a Great Start Greyhound!  She came in a bit shy at the beginning of the year but has truly flourished.  She has learned our BARK behaviors and shows them in everything she does.  She has become a great friend and student.  I am so excited to see all that Gabby will achieve this year.  She is already challenging herself and always wanting to do her best.  It has been a great 9 weeks for Gabby and I can't wait to enjoy the rest of the year with her in my class.  Great job Gabby!

 

School: Lockwood Elementary

Student: Andi Adelman

Grade: Pre-K Montessori

Nominated by: Sallie guy

Parent: Lisa Saunders

Andi has been in my classroom for the last three years.  She has grown so much socially, emotionally, and academically since the first day she walked into my classroom.  She is bright, outgoing, helpful, loving, energetic, and passionate about learning.  Her joy for being at school is infectious.  To me this demonstrates what a Great Greyhound is!

 

School: Greyhound Intermediate School

Student: Mallory Smith

Grade: 5th 

Nominated by: Sara Vogel

Parents: Keith and Jennifer Smith

Mallory is a model student in Summit Learning.  She works extremely hard, already mastering seven focus areas on the platform all while keeping up with her school projects.  Mallory takes feedback well and shows the ability to fix and solve problems independently.  She is excellent at asking thoughtful, precise questions and always participates in class. I can't wait to see what she will be able accomplish this year.

 

School: Eaton Rapids Middle School

Student: Brandy Lee

Grade: 6th grade

Nominated by: Mr. Sainz

Parent: Debra Lee

Brandy Lee is a delightful 6th grade student who is always willing to help out.  Starting out this year Brandy has helped others with their hall lockers and participated in our school wide fundraiser along with taking the time to help out by volunteering to participate in "Walk to School Day".  Brandy is studious earning mostly all A's.  In her tech ed class she excelled by making a self supporting bridge out of just 3 sheets of paper that held over 10 pounds even though she was challenged to hold only 5 pounds.  In TAG, while making  a paper mache pumpkin, 
Brandy was always very patient sharing her supplies and helping others who were having trouble.  Brandy demonstrates our behavior acronym GROWL by always giving her best.  Respecting herself and others, owning her own behavior, working and playing safely and leading by example.  I am fortunate to have Brandy Lee as a student.

 

School: Eaton Rapids High School 

Student: Zamuel Thompson

Grade: 9th

Nominated by: Mrs. Marcus

Parent: Robert Thompson

Zamuel is a 9th grader at the high school who has had terrific start to his high school career.  He is maintaining excellent grades while challenging himself with some advanced classes and doing this while also participating in a Fall sport.  Zam is a member of our JV Football team and there was a heated moment in one of our games and people were starting to get upset and there was almost a fight.  However, Zam took it upon himself to show exemplary sportsmanship and get in the middle and calm everyone down.  He showed great leadership on the field and true Greyhound spirit.  He is a great example for our community.  Welcome to the high school Zam!

 

School: Greyhound Central Performance Academy

Student: Elizabeth Lee

Grade: High School

Nominated by: GCPA Staff

The Greyhound Central Performance Academy teachers are excited to nominate Elizabeth Lee for "Great Start Greyhound."  Since she enrolled with us last year, we have enjoyed watching Elizabeth's confidence in herself and her academic abilities grow.  Elizabeth has been a stand out student this year at GCPA.  What we are so impressed with this year about Elizabeth is her hard work.  She puts so much effort into all her work, with the goal of not just completing her work but doing it well.  She consistently turns in quality and work and is not afraid of asking for help when she needs it.  Elizabeth participated in a traditional English 11A British Literature class and worked very hard to understand difficult literature.  She is always the first one to volunteer and help us as staff or fellow students.  Elizabeth is such a positive presence in our building.  Her kindness, hard work and determination to be her best self are why we picked her for our student of the month for October.

 

STAFF

 

School: Lockwood Elementary

Name: Dawn Esler

Nominated by: Sallie Guy

Dawn is a resourceful, tech-savvy, and skilled grant finder!  This year she has been able to partner Lockwood Elementary with PBS kids through a series of planned/scheduled family events (a Literacy Night and a Science Night) in our school.  We had our first event recently.  It was a success!  Many families participated.  Students and families thoroughly enjoyed the activities, food and the time spent with PBS kids staff as well as Lockwood staff.  Great job Dawn!

 

School: Lockwood Elementary

Name: Brittany Hoover

Nominated by: Sallie Guy

 

Brittany Hoover is a paraprofessional in the Pre K/DK/K Montessori Program at Lockwood Elementary.  She is an amazing and dedicated staff member, especially in the Montessori Program.  She is creative, caring, passionate and hardworking.  She has recently stepped  up and taken charge in helping plan activities, manage classroom routines and student behavior, communicated to the families as needed, as well as supported teachers in her classroom.  Lockwood is blessed to have her as a part of their staff.

 

School: Eaton Rapids Middle School

Name: Wendy Dilernia

Nominated by: Sarah Jones

Wendy is so loving, patient and kind.  She is always moving around the school helping all students with special needs making sure they are getting the accommodations and extra support that they need. On top of taking care of students Wendy is always communicating with with teachers on where she will be if needed at any point when helping more than one student.  As a teacher at Eaton Rapids Middle School we have truly been blessed with such talented individual to work with every day. 

 

School: Eaton Rapids High School

Name: Amber Pesce

Nominated by: Sarah Curry

She has consistently gone above what she's required to do by welcoming exchange students to our school, as well as welcoming guest teachers (even long term subs) to our school.  She's even made herself very available to students who are testing the water of foreign languages!  She's always ready to offer ideas and help for making languages easier to learn.

 

School: Eaton Rapids High School

Name: Sue Jarrad

Nominated by: Dori Ike

Sue goes above and beyond her duties and responsibilities as a parapro.  She is more like a team teacher to me, always willing to add to the lesson or help out students.  Sue works with struggling students and forms connections with students that allow her to help them be successful in class.  She always approaches students with care and concern.  She is by far one of our best parapros I have ever had the pleasure to work with and call my friend.

 

 

 

May - All Around Scholar/Most Improved Scholar

Front row: Bryanna Wing, Devyn Winkleman, Tessa Wisham, Lydia Mazurek, Logan Miller, 
Back Row: Haley Johnson-Pizano, Cooper Jones, Liam Boomer, Lexi Hallenbeck, Xin Dong, Brendan Driksna
 

 

STUDENTS

Greyhound Central Elementary

Student: Devyn Winkelman
Nominated by: Amy Crittenden
Parents: Suzann & Kurt Winkelman

It is my pleasure to nominate Devyn Winkelman for "All-Around Scholar".  Devyn is a very responsible, motivated and confident student.  She comes to school every day with an excitement for learning and a dedication for going above and beyond at school.  Devyn pays close attention to details and makes sure that her daily work is not only accurate, but also meticulously neat and of the utmost quality.  She excels in all the subject areas and I especially am impressed with her writing and accompanying illustrations!  
In addition to her academic excellence, Devyn is also a model student who sets a positive example for her peers.  Her work ethic and focus on doing well is an inspiration to her classmates and has earned herself a leadership role in the classroom where students often seek her help with various tasks/schoolwork throughout the day.   Devyn is a wonderful young lady and it has been my privilege being Devyn’s kindergarten teacher!

 

Greyhound Central Elementary

Student: Bryanna Wing
Nominated by: Susan Wilke
Parents: Rockney and Ashley Wing

Bryanna Wing:  Bryanna started kindergarten as a very shy 4 year old.  She picked up EVERYTHING that I presented and was always very interested in learning everything that was taught.  She picked up on social skills very quickly and is always a good friend to all.  She went from being at risk and getting extra help in PUP time to  my top group.  She is now a fluent reader,  a beautiful writer, an interested math student, and an assertive friend and student.  I have really enjoyed watching her progress.  Congratulations on being our Most Improved student.

 

Lockwood Elementary School

Student: Logan Miller
Grade: 2nd Grade
Nominated by: Melissa Riley
Parents: Andrew & Kelly Miller

It has been a pleasure to have Logan in my class this year.  He is an excellent student and has demonstrated strong academic understanding in all subject areas.  He gives his very best at everything everyday.  He is a wonderful example to all his classmates of the BARK expectations.  He is very interested and involved in all our classroom discussions.  Logan always has very insightful comments.  His commitment to hard work and strong academics makes him our All Around Scholar.

 

Student: Brendan Driksna
Grade: 2nd Grade
Nominated by: Pam Mead
Parents: Dana Driksna

Brendan has faced many challenges in his young life.  Most recently he has worked very hard to improve his fluency and accuracy in reading.  He has been excited to chart his progress during his Pup Time and small group time.  He enjoys reading and working with his friends in Montessori time.  He is a good friend to others and sensitive to caring for peers.  It is wonderful to see how much Brendan has grown over his time in Montessori.  We are delighted to recommend him for our Most Improved student!  

 

Greyhound Intermediate School

Student: Lydia Mazurek
Grade: 4th
Nominated by: Stephanie Brown
Parents: Steven and Lisa Mazurek

If I could legally clone Lydia Mazurek I would! Lydia is respectful, responsible, and reliable and not just in regards to her own school work. She helps take care of her younger siblings at home and often assists her classmates. She has willingly given up her lunch recess to help her peers complete assignments. Not many 4th graders would do that! Also, while I'm doing small group reading instruction, she's one of the few students who can quietly help others! At times, I won't even realize she's out of her seat! That is also unusual, but she manages to do it.
   Lydia is a natural leader, but she does it in such a subtle way. She truly leads by quiet example. She's become the unofficial student to go to if there's a question and I'm working with someone. Her classmates know they can ask her and she'll be able to answer them. Another job she has taken on is being my "checker" in math class. If I goof something up, which occasionally happens, I can count on her to point it out. Plus, she's always super polite about it. Furthermore, Lydia writes daily what we do each day and what may be homework in the absent student planner. That's in addition to completing her own planner. It's something those who have been absent really appreciate.
     Taking her academics seriously is important to her. It doesn't matter what subject it is. Her study skills are spectacular and she pays attention very well. For instance, she could likely look at these paragraphs and pick out my alliteration examples and transition words. Rarely does she have late or missing work. Throughout the year she regularly made the "honor roll".  At the end of each quarter students in my  class who have no late or missing work get to pick things from my Treasure Box. They can choose 1 item for every subject area. I don't think she ever received less than 5 items, which is outstanding.
   It seems she learned the secret to success early on because her prior teacher informed me she was also doing these things in 3rd grade. While there is no doubt she is a determined young lady, she also knows when it's ok to have fun. That's an important life lesson. Lydia is the epitome of a well rounded student.
     She should be proud of herself. I thank her for her efforts this year and I can't wait to see what she does with her tremendous talents. I'm confident she will go far in life! It is for the above reasons that I nominated Lydia Mazurek for All Around Scholar.
  However, I firmly believe these habits started at home with her parents. Her Dad, who works for the Lansing Fire Department, even took the time to come to our classroom with his gear to talk about fire safety! So, I'd like to thank them as well for raising such a dedicated, hard working and caring child. It's been a pleasure to work with Lydia this year.

 

Greyhound Intermediate School

Student: Tessa Wisham
Grade: 4th
Nominated by: Carl Fangboner
Parents: Casey Wisham

It is my pleasure to recommend Miss Tessa Wisham as “Most Improved Student Scholar” for the 2016-2017 school year.Tessa is a 4th Grade student in my homeroom at Greyhound Intermediate School. She has come so far this year in her abilities as a student. Here are just some of her accomplishments so far this year:

She has increased her reading fluency from around 80 words per minute read to over 120 words to minute.

Her DAZE test reading comprehension scores have now doubled from October and have passed the end of the year goal.

Her Reading Street test scores keep improving. On the last two major tests she has earned “A’s” on them. This is even more impressive when you consider she is a Title I Reading student.

In Math she has passed all of her basic math fact tests and is now earning some A’s on quizzes and tests.

On the Star Math Test she made a half year’s growth in just the first 3 months.

In Spelling she has raised her average up one whole grade.

In Social Studies she has raised her grade up to an “A”.

Tessa is much more than an improved academic scholar.  She starts and ends each day with a smile. She is patient and tolerant of others. With confidence she asks questions to get more understanding in class. She applies the skills that she has learned. She is willing to help others without being asked. She always has nice things to say about other people. She spends one lunch time a week with a special education classmate as a “Lunch Buddy.  Tessa is an excellent representative of our school, Greyhound Intermediate School and of the Eaton Rapids School District as a whole. I highly support Tessa Wisham as “Most Improved Student Scholar” for 2016-2017.

 

School: Eaton Rapids Middle School

Student: Liam Boomer
Grade: 7th
Nominated by: Staff
Parent: David and Laura Boomer

Liam always goes above and beyond on his assignments.  He takes his time to think about his answers and provide the most detailed answers he can.  He works well with everyone and really tries to include and help struggling students participate and understand the concepts being covered in class.  (Other students sometimes ignore those struggling students and just complete the work on their own instead of trying to include them and their ideas.)  He always puts forth his best effort.

 

School: Eaton Rapids Middle School

Student: Cooper Jones
Grade: 6th  Nominated by: Staff
Parent: Clinton and Amy Jones

Cooper has earned the Middle School's All Around Scholar Award for many reasons. First of all, his academic skills are "off the charts" for a sixth grader. He scored advanced in every area of the M-STEP statewide assessment. Cooper loves to learn and is a real "thinker". He constantly takes in information, evaluates and synthesizes it and shares it with others. Even though his skills are advanced, he continues to push himself to learn more and always gives his best.
Cooper is a voracious reader and always demonstrates excellent comprehension. In writing class, Cooper not only shows his excellent vocabulary and ability to organize and create detailed, fluent writing, he also takes the time to choose topics that he will enjoy writing about and others will enjoy reading. Whether it's the creative story he recently wrote titled "Possessed Toilet Attacks ER" or a more serious topic like swimming or explaining phobias, his writing is always highly engaging and brings a smile to not only his face, but others around him.
Speaking of smiles, Cooper usually shows up to TAG Class in the morning with a smile on his face, a positive attitude, and something exciting to share with me and others. I feel so lucky to have had Cooper as a student this year and will enjoy seeing and hearing about his future accomplishments.

 

School: Eaton Rapids Middle School

Student: Haley Johnson- Pizano
Grade: 6th
Nominated by: Staff
Parent: Melissa Dickson

Haley---Haley has really turned things around.  She has been working hard to complete assignments.  She has been doing her best work and taking pride in the quality of her work and the effort she has been putting into her assignments. She has also been taking a more active role in class. This has been paying off and her grades have been improving as a result of all her hard work.

 

School: Eaton Rapids High School

Student: Xin (Rachel) Dong
Grade: Senior
Nominated by: Staff
Parents: Yong Dong and Yu Wang

Xin Dong is a tremendous asset to the high school and well deserving of the All-Around Scholar recognition.  Xin has earned a 4.18 cumulative GPA while taking a rigorous course load that has included advanced English and Biology, AP Psychology, AP World History, AP Chemistry, and on-line AP Micro- and Macroeconomics.  Next year Xin has requested to take AP English, AP Biology, AP Calculus, and AP U.S. History.  In additional to her demanding course load,Xin is in National Honor Society, Youth in Government,  plays varsity tennis and works at her family’s business.  Xin’s work ethic, dedication, and achievement exemplify what it means to be a greyhound.

 

School: Eaton Rapids High School

Student: Lexi Hallenbeck
Nominated by: Staff
Parents: Bill and Kim Hallenbeck

Lexi is a 10th grader at the high school and has shown amazing growth this year, as a student and as a young adult.  Lexi came from a self contained classroom in the middle school where she was not exposed to the general education curriculum.  As a freshman, we knew she had more potential and she was transferred into general ed classes with support.  Although it was very difficult and Lexi experienced some tough times, she persevered and this year has all A's, B's and C's.  Lexi is also part of the swim team and has been a positive influence on many students.  It is a pleasure to see Lexi everyday; her humor, positive attitude, and her determination make her a great choice for the high school's Most Improved Scholar Award.

 

School:  Greyhound Central Performance Academy

Student: Emeleigh Ballor
Grade: HS
Nominated by: GCPA staff
Parent: Chris and Kelly Ballor

The teachers at Greyhound Central are excited to nominate Emeleigh Anne Ballor for our All Around Scholar. Emeleigh was an easy choice for this honor. Since she came to us from the high school second trimester, she has been an incredibly hard worker. She completed seven classes during second trimester. At the beginning of third trimester, since she did not have many more classes to complete, she made the decision to try and graduate early. As of today, she has already completed 10 courses this trimester and will finish enough by the end of the year to graduate one year early with her high school diploma. She has completed more courses by far than any of our other students this year.  Graduating early is not for everyone, but Emeleigh already has made plans for her future. She has a scholarship to Baker College in the fall. We have enjoyed getting to know Emeleigh over her past two trimesters and we know she has a bright future.

 

School:  Greyhound Central Performance Academy

Student: Haley Lee
Grade: HS
Nominated by: GCPA staff
Parent: Bree Daughenbaugh

The teachers at Greyhound Central Performance Academy teachers are proud to nominate Haley Lee as our Most Improved Scholar for this year. Being successful here at GCPA is difficult. Haley has had to overcome some obstacles in her life this year and she has done an awesome job. Haley has developed great note-taking and study skills throughout the years. Her notes are awesome. She is one of the few students who consistently puts in her required 25 hours of school work per week.She works hard on her classes and makes sure to ask for help when she needs it. We are very proud of her and how hard she has worked this year.

 

Staff

 

School: Lockwood

Name: Deb Hernandez
Nominated by: Kristina Fox

Deb is an amazing co-worker and encourager here at Lockwood.  She has worked very hard to improve our Title program here at Lockwood.  She has organized Data days with each grade level this year, and is constantly working to improve the Title program across the district. Here at Lockwood, Deb is an extremely important member to every committee that she serves on. She has a way to make everyone that she works with really think about why they are doing things a certain way and what if they were to do it a different way.  
Her heart for kids and enthusiasm for teaching shines through in all that she does.  Many students, not even in her reading groups,  stop by her room for encouragement and a big smile.  Deb does countless of small and big things for all staff members, most of them no one even knows that it is her.  

 

School: Eaton Rapids High School

Name: Kathleen Sard

Nominated by: Dawn Copeland

Katie is always cheerful and positive. She is willing to help out students who are struggling or behind. She does a great job with the Robotics team and has been adjusting so well as a new teacher it seems like she has been here for years.  She works well with Special Education students and never loses her cool.  She even sings!  This woman can do everything!

 

School: Greyhound Central Performance Academy

Name: Abby Devalk

Nominated by: Christina Cogo
The staff at Greyhound Central Performance  is excited to honor Abigail DeValk as teacher of the month. Abby has been with the Alternative Education program here in Eaton Rapids for 11 years.  She is an asset to the program and has helped it to thrive and grow.  She is gentle, but firm and tries to take the students from where they are at when they enter the program and guide them to where they need to be to complete their high school requirements.  She believes in them and they know it.
Because her passion is with the Alternative population, Abby believes that it is crucial to find ways to get to know and connect with her students.  She feels that building relationships and trust are valuable to help students get back on their educational track.  Abby  is our  9-12 grade English teacher. She teaches her classes through group readings and discussion to help students gain an understanding and an appreciation of literature. Abby always makes time to work with students when they need extra help. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is also our Teacher Leader and Academic Coordinator.  Abby spends many after school hours enrolling students, meeting with them and their parents to help them ease into the alternative program, to decide which educational track will be best, and writes their educational plan to help them begin this process. It has been an honor and pleasure to work side by side with a teacher as talented, compassionate, and dedicated to helping students as Abby DeValk.
 

Volunteers

 

School: Greyhound Central Elementary

Name: Cathy Anderson

Nominated by: Erica Miller

Cathy has done so much for my classroom and the building this year. She volunteers once a month to help in the classroom for the whole day. While she is in my classroom she will help with numerous activities such as: centers, making copies, cutting items out, and helping students in anyway needed. I also send home projects for her to work on such as laminating, putting together book orders, and assembling a variety of activities. Cathy is also very caring and generous. For Earth Day she provided my classroom with all the materials for each student to grow a tomato plant. Anytime I have asked for classroom supplies, she is the first to donate the items. Even when her and her daughter were home sick she still found time to buy and make a bunch of food items for the teachers during parent teacher conferences. She is assisting the PTO with the upcoming Fun Run and chaperoning our class field trip. Cathy goes above and beyond and I know that I can always count on her for help.

 

Lockwood Elementary School

Lunch Mentors- Lynn DeMoree,  Anna Curtis, Tim Johnson, Heather Schragg, Sue Steward, Susan Marshall, Diane Buell,  Diane Clone, Lindsay Peters, Kaye Peterson, Erin Elke, Ben Dancer

Nominated by: Jim Bullinger

Our mentoring program is in its second year at Lockwood Elementary.  Every week, our mentors take time out of their busy lives to come to our building and spend time with students who are in need of an additional connection to school.  Many of our mentors are in their second year of service to this important program, and several have dedicated their time over the past two school years to visiting with the same student as they advanced from first to second grade.  Others have rededicated themselves to new students, and are spending the year assisting them with the journey through first grade.  Whatever their capacity, all of our mentors have enriched the lives of our students, and have provided them with positive guidance throughout the year.
    At a time when so many of our children seek stability and support, our mentors are able to provide a predictably positive presence with their weekly visits.  The students enthusiastically await their visits each week, and excitedly relate stories of mentoring activities after their meetings.  Each of our mentors offers unique talents to share with their students.  Each has developed bonds with the students that would be impossible to duplicate without the program.
    Mentors and students exchange smiles at the start of every visit, share lunch and engage in activities ranging from board games to outdoor play to personal grooming activities like polishing fingernails.  They practice martial arts moves, design art projects, play with Dudly (Lynn's dog) and read together.  Mainly, they enjoy one another's company.  For all of the students in our program, it has become a highlight of their week.
    Without the dedication of these wonderful adults, the Lockwood mentoring program would not be possible.  We are grateful for their time, their talents, their patience and their sense of community.    They have each enriched the lives of the students with whom they share time each week.  They have made Lockwood School a better place by their presence.

 

Eaton Rapids High School

Name: All volunteers for HS Musical "The Music Man"

Becky Davis, Larry and Cathie Ott, Barbara and Dan Streed, Dave Jaksa, Laura Ovresat, Heather Tynes, Crystal Bliese, Dawn and Chris Copeland, Rae Darefsky, Derek Lounds, Amy Jones, Shelly Bair, Nicole Fahnestock, Jennifer Holzschu, Liz Hubert, and Colleen O’Neil.

Nominated by: Mrs. Ferguson and Mr. Funaro

"The Music Man" was a success this year, but its success was only made possible through the time and effort of many volunteers behind the scenes.  These individuals donated time out of their busy lives to help the cast, crew, and directors in so many ways. Without their efforts, "The Music Man" would not have been the great production that it was.  These men and women helped design, build, and paint an amazing set; designed, altered, mended, and ironed a variety of wonderful costumes; sold tickets and concessions; designed and printed the program; helped set lighting cues; organized and provided food for dinners during tech week; picked up and returned the rented backdrop; helped configure sound cues; lent us props; supervised those adorable little members of the boys band; and hosted our cast party.  There are likely many other things that were done by our volunteers that didn't make this list, but it goes without saying that the success of our show lies heavily with these kind and generous folks. Thanks to their selflessness, our kids were able to shine.  They are all more than deserving of our gratitude and this special honor.

 

March Outstanding ELA Student/Staff/Volunteer of the Month


Front row: Ikaika Best- Lockwood, Mia Wheaton- GIS,Torin McNabb- GCE
Back Row:Tyler Gibson- ERMS, Mary Williams- GIS, Drew Bogardus- ERHS, Jaycob Stowell- GCPA

 

STUDENTS

Greyhound Central Elementary

Student: Torin McNabb
Nominated by: Susan Wilke
Parents: Erica and Donald McNabb

Torin is an excellent kindergartener.  He is always doing his job and is a good friend to all.  He is a bit shy but still will read and participate.  He came in to my class already knowing how to read 31 words, but he still  works hard and pushes himself to do better each day.  He has moved up 5 levels in reading, can read 127 words on the test, is a top writer and a great test taker.
 

Lockwood Elementary School

Student: Ikaika Best
Grade: 1st Grade
Nominated by: Amber Schafer
Parents: Chelsie Best

Ikaika has made so much progress in academics this school year, especially in reading.  He has become an avid reader and has excelled far beyond what I expected for him.  Every time I look up he is engrossed in some kind of literature.  Reading has definitely become a strength for Ikaika this school year.  He has a love for learning and is a bright spot in my day.

 

Greyhound Intermediate School

Student: Mia Wheaton
Grade: 5th
Nominated by: Pam Babbitt
Parents: Brenda Austin and Michael Wheaton

Mia is a wonderful all around student.  She does outstanding work in ELA.  She excels not only in ELA, but across the curriculum. She is an excellent role model for my fourth graders and always volunteers to help them with reading and writing. I frequently use Mia's writing and reading responses as anchor papers. She values and takes ownership of her work. Nothing but her best is turned in for assignments. It has been a joy to see her grow from a 4th grader to a 5th grader. She is is a confident, responsible, academically conscientious student that I am proud to send to the Middle School.

 

Eaton Rapids Middle School

Student: Tyler Gibson
Grade: 6th
Nominated by: Jane Orr
Parent: Carol Crose and Zi Gibson

Tyler is a fantastic writer. His vocabulary choices and the way he phrases his ideas into sentences are so well done that I actually checked his work for possible plagiarism earlier this school year. Obviously, it wasn't plagiarism. It was just an extremely talented and hard working sixth grade writer. Tyler's interests are also very mature, and it's always interesting to hear about his knowledge and thoughts about topics like: religion, history, the environment, and more through his writing.  Tyler is a vivacious reader of both fiction and nonfiction, and this also contributes to his amazing writing skills.
Tyler naturally uses transition words to help his readers understand his thoughts and ideas, when most sixth graders aren't even sure what they are yet. Tyler isn't afraid to share his ideas and voice his thoughts, even if he is disagreeing with the teacher. He does this is a very respectful way and adds more information and perspective to the topics being discussed. Although Tyler doesn't tend to share his writing a lot at school,  he always works very hard to take his writing to the level that he can be proud of. His excellent writing skills, along with his many other talents, will help take him many places in the future, and I'm so glad that I got to be a part of it.

 

Eaton Rapids High School

Student: Drew Bogardus
Grade: Senior
Nominated by: High School English Department
Parents: Jeff and Molly Bogardus

Drew was nominated unanimously by the English Department. Drew is an excellent student who goes above and beyond in English.  Although he didn't have to, he registered for three English classes his Senior year.  In English 12A, he created a very memorable display for the Holocaust Museum focusing on the companies that profited from slave labor during the World War II.  
Drew also took Modern Novels and is currently in Creative Writing. He approaches literature with a deep love of language and a mature understanding of content.  His willingness to participate in class and his drive to succeed has made him a joy to have in all of our classes. We celebrate his accomplishments in English and have enjoyed having him in English classes over the past four years.

 

Greyhound Central Performance Academy

Student: Jaycob Stowell
Grade: HS
Nominated by: GCPA staff
Parent: Kari Priesman

The GCPA teachers nominate Jaycob Stowell for the ELA student of the month. We want to recognize Jaycob because he has already completed two English classes this year.  He is currently in the process of completing two more English classes. Our English classes are challenging because they require students to complete both online work and read books and complete the written work that goes with them. Jaycob has shown an improved work ethic this year and a willingness to ask for help. We are delighted to see his growth as both a person and a student and we look forward to see Jaycob graduate.

 

STAFF

 

GIS
Name: Mary Williams
Nominated by: Carl Fangboner

I would like to nominate Mary Williams as “Exemplary Teacher of the Month”.  I have known and worked with Mary many years.  For the last few years it has been my pleasure to work with her as a partner, teaming together on the behalf of a number of shared students.  I marvel how she can fill the roles of juggler, organizer, counselor and coordinator all during the same day and sometimes the same hour. She juggles the schedules of paraprofessionals to meet the needs of her students. She organizes the days of her students to have them ready for the their classrooms and for their time with her. She truly listens to her students as they share about themselves and their day. She coordinates the student schedules from homeroom teachers across all 3 grade levels and still gets in the necessary student instruction. I am amazed how she works on the challenges of each student while being encouraging and developing their strengths at the same time. I admire how she models being caring and being patient so her students can see those qualities in action. I am impressed at how she is always ready and yet flexible for whatever each day might bring. Mary always is there for her students, for their parents, and for her fellow teachers. She truly is a wonderful representative of the School District and people in the teaching profession. It is my honor and privilege to support Mary Williams as Eaton Rapids Exemplary Teacher of the Month.

Eaton Rapids High School
Name: Kelly Coppins
Nominated by: High School Staff

Kelly Coppins is a teacher that is very dedicated to the "art" of teaching and the "Science" of her craft as well. She is an excellent Physics and Chemistry teacher because she makes both of those subjects come alive for students with wonderful explanations and almost daily hands-on experiments and activities. All of her notes are typed up with fill in the blanks so that students follow along and listen to the important lecture, but at the same time are learning to copy notes and pick out the important information. All of her students have their work in a binder she has copied for them for the whole trimester so that they have access to it and they don't loose any of their notes or quizzes.
She comes to many IEP's and parent meetings before and after school, often with great ideas about what will help the student to be successful. When student's have traumatic events thrown at them in their life that perhaps steer them off the path for a little while, Kelly will write them a letter, letting them know she understands, she empathizes, but she knows they can overcome whatever hurdle they have to. She connects well with students, bends over backwards for anything staff needs and is a very hard working, dedicated teacher that doesn't get acknowledged enough. Thank you Kelly, and we are lucky to have you making a difference in our school and community.

 

 

 

February Outstanding Math Student/Staff/Volunteer of the Month

 (front row) Zoielynn Ahler -Greyhound Central Elementary, Abby Prendergast - Lockwood Elementary, Isabel Shepard - Greyhound Intermediate School. (Back row) McKenzie Anderson - Eaton Rapids High School, Dawn Copland (staff) Eaton Rapids High School, Nancy Trimble (staff) Lockwood & GCE, Liam Boomer - Eaton Rapids Middle School. Not Pictured: Alex Jordan - Greyhound Central Performance Academy.

 

STUDENTS

 

Greyhound Central Elementary

Student: Zoielynn Ahler
Nominated by: Anja Laretz
Parents: Hannah and Brad Ahler

From the first day of school, Zoielynn has been very interested in math. She is always very engaged in math and enjoys trying new things. This year I changed my math centers many times to create what was best for my class. Right after winter break, I was explaining the new centers to the class and I heard Zoielynn whisper to a friend "I am so excited! I love math!" She also went home and told her aunt all about how she was going to get to do addition in the new centers. Zoielynn is always willing to help others in math and is always doing her best. I truly think Zoielynn deserves to be this month's Student of the Month for her excellence in Math!

 

Lockwood Elementary School

Student: Abigail (Abby) Prendergast
Grade: 2nd
Nominated by: Pam Mead
Parents:Bethany and Shawn Prendergast

Abby is a fantastic math student.  She is a 2nd grader working with the 3rd graders in our class.  She has worked hard to keep up with her daily work.  Abby has most of her multiplication facts memorized and is very accurate in her daily work in all areas.  More importantly Abby is very good at thinking about problem solving in many different ways.  She is very flexible in her thinking and can come up with more than one way to solve a problem.  If a peer doesn't understand how to get to an answer, Abby is often the one who can come up with a way to explain it!  She is very  articulate  in explaining her mathematical thinking.  I am proud of how Abby has challenged herself to continue to learn new things in math.  She isn't afraid to make a mistake to learn something new. I'm delighted to nominate Abby for Lockwood's Math Student of the Month.  

 

Greyhound Intermediate School

Student: Isabel Shepard
Grade: 3rd
Nominated by: Colleen Martell
Parents: Elizabeth Barshaw and Matthew Shepard  

Isabel is a well rounded student. Honestly, I could nominate her for any of the student of the month themes, but I chose Math for several reasons.
First, Isabel has a strong mathematical/logical intelligence.  I so appreciate her ability to explain and describe her thinking. Isabel enthusiastically participates during our math lessons, and with our new GO Math curriculum, she is rising to the challenge of sharing her thinking with her classmates. She is great at drawing mathematical models, transferring those to equations, and solving problems. Because of her attention and effort during class, she has done exceptionally well on the 5 unit math tests she has taken so far, which happen to be six pages long each!
Second, Isabel is always willing to help others in class or explain something a different way. However, she is not afraid to ask for help herself when she has questions and will often rephrase or restate in her own words the answer she was given. Also, Isabel readily participates with our skip counting videos and while she is sometimes shy, doesn't hesitate to try out the videos dance moves.

Finally, we recently took our star math test. We expect students to have about a five month growth since that is how long we have been in school. Isabel has already reached a full years growth! I am so proud of her effort, her generosity, her willingness to help others, her ability to take risks, and her overall positive attitude. She definitely deserves to be February's math student of the month!

 

Eaton Rapids Middle School

Student: Liam Boomer
Grade: 7th
Nominated by: Judy Sharpe
Parent: David and Laura Boomer

I would like to nominate Liam Boomer for the math award from Eaton Rapids Middle School. Everyone has students that do exactly what they are told and often do it without asking but Liam goes above and beyond that all the time.  Liam is all around a great student.  He takes pride in his work....always wants to make sure that he is understanding the concepts that are being taught in class and is always willing to help those around him.  Liam has even offered to help students during his lunch hour...again showing his care for others around him.  I nominate Liam Boomer as a leader and a well deserved candidate for the math award for ERMS.

 

Eaton Rapids High School

Student: McKenzie Anderson
Grade: 11
Nominated by: Kristy Acker
Parents: Andrew ad Laura Anderson

McKenzie Anderson was nominated to be the math student of the month because she has excellent basic math skills, has problem solving ability and is a critical thinker.  She is currently enrolled in Algebra 2B at the High School, but is completing both Algebra 2B and Algebra 2C in one trimester.  This means that McKenzie has been able to work double time through the material in order to take Trigonometry for her third trimester.

Besides being good at math, McKenzie is a good role model at the High School.  She participates in athletic events and is involved with clubs and activities.  Besides being on the team, I see McKenzie cheering on others in the student section at games as well as motivate her fellow classmates to take part in our donation drives at the school.  Keep up the great attitude and work McKenzie!

 

Greyhound Central Performance Academy

Student: Alex Jordan 
Grade: HS
Nominated by: GCPA staff
Parent: Sarah Hillsburg

The GCPA teachers nominate Alexsandra Jordan as the mathematics Student of the Month. Trying to get through math in an online program is difficult, but Alexsandra has worked her way through ¾ of Algebra 2A in the short time she has been at GCPA.   She is willing to work, take lots of notes, and figure out how to attain her math answers to achieve her goals.  Alexsandra’s short-term goal is to graduate with her diploma next year.  She is striving hard to attain that goal from the start. Alexsandra is a pleasure to have in class and always has a smile on her face.  She is nice, respectful, thoughtful, and very easy to get along with.  She is a delight to have in our program.  

 

STAFF

Lockwood, GCE

Name: Nancy Trimble
Nominated by: Tamara Rousch

Nancy goes above and beyond on a daily basis while working at Lockwood. Not only does she work without ceasing, she never complains...ever! This is an asset for the school as this trait makes Nancy very approachable. Whether or not staff complete a trouble ticket, Nancy takes the trouble out of technology as she is intentional to resolve issues using analogies to communicate technical resolution from what may seem to be a technical nightmare. These analogies communicate patience and understanding to those of us who may not be very technologically literate. She is so compassionate with the students at Lockwood and engages them with her upbeat attitude and demeanor that fosters ownership of technological learning, use of the library, and enjoying that "just right" book. Also, she encourages students to discover potential literature for book reports, geography study, or a poetry unit. Nancy uses bold numbers and multi colored duct tape as a referencing tool for the students. She also creates themed bookmarks for every student to enhance reading as the students take home books to share with their family. In addition to encouraging the students to become connected with the library and technology with great resources, she also assists the staff in doing so. For example, when the Polar Express was going to be read, Nancy researched sound and animation that served as an added attraction for the students as they entered the library. Nancy is relentless at ensuring that the technological needs of the staff and students at Lockwood are met. She values the importance of augmenting interdisciplinary learning by ensuring that the staff and students have the supplies and equipment needed to foster a positive learning environment. She does this by providing a welcoming, orderly and updated library that encompasses novice staff and student along with the use of technology.  

 

Eaton Rapids Middle School

Name: Kristen Mulkey
Nominated by:  Bill Sainz

Kristin Mulkey is a parapro/health aid in my 1st period tech ed class.  Besides, making sure students are welcomed, prepared and participating in my class she also takes care of the health needs of some of my diabetic students.  She supports our classroom activities and lessons and fills in when I am busy with other students.  She noticed last week as we were playing "Measure That Thing" as part of our measuring unit that my class was in need of some new rulers.  Without my knowledge, she spent her own money and time and purchased a classroom set of wonderful flexible rulers for "our" class.  She refused my efforts to reimburse her, insisting she just wanted to help.  
   Thank you very much to Kristin Mulkey for helping out so very much everyday and going way beyond the call of duty.  She is my Queen of rulers!

 

Eaton Rapids High School

Name: Dawn Copeland
Nominated by: High School Staff

Dawn is very dedicated to her work in the library.  She is very organized and extremely helpful to students and staff.  Thank you Dawn for your energy, dedication, and organization!

We would also like to recognize the members of the high school choir who were selected to the Michigan School Vocal Music Association All-State Choirs.  They are:

Morgan Maier, Melissa Copeland, Sorcha Lahna, Carl Peebles, and Kirsten Kidd

 

October Student/Staff/Volunteer of the Month

Leadership and Positive Behavior

L-R front row:  Greyhound Central Elementary Student: Alivia Large, Lockwood Elementary School Student: Remie Ellis .Second row: Greyhound Intermediate School 3rd Grade Teacher: Colleen Martell, Eaton Rapids Middle School Student: Shane Baker, Eaton Rapids High School Student: Emily Charles, Eaton Rapids High School Teacher:  Erik Smith.Back row: Greyhound Central Performance Academy Student: Savannah Davis, Transportation Employee: Melissa Williams.

 

Students

Greyhound Central Elementary

Student: Alivia Large, GCE
Nominated by: Anja Laretz
Parents: Angela and Justin Large

If you ever step foot in my kindergarten classroom you could look at Alivia and know exactly what the students should be doing. Alivia is always following BARK behavior, she works hard, and she encourages others to work hard. Alivia completes her work to the best of her ability and has made so many academic gains already this year!

Alivia has been out sick quite a bit this year and each time she comes back she is positive, happy, and ready to work. Each day Alivia is not in class, we greatly miss her positive attitude and help in our classroom. Alivia deserves to be the student of the month for leadership and positive behavior.

 

Lockwood Elementary School

Student:  Remie Ellis
Nominated by:  Carrie Saindon
Parents: Constance and Russell Ellis

Remie is a pleasure to have in first grade. She comes into class every morning with a smile on her face and a great attitude. She gets right to work on her morning work and and is always ready for the next task. Whether we are working on the carpet doing reading or math, or at our desks working on writing, Remie is always trying her best. I can always count on Remie to be a role model for others in my classroom.

In addition to Remie's great attitude and hard work ethic, she is also kind to her classmates. She is very helpful and is always willing to help out. She does this through helping a friend spell a word, sharing stories, sharing markers, helping a classmate clean up, and the list could go on.

I have enjoyed having Remie in my class and look forward to the rest of the school year together. Keep up the great work!

 

Greyhound Intermediate School

Student: Courteney Ackley
Nominated by: Kate Jewett
Parents: Jenifer and Johnathan Ackley

I am honored to nominate Courteney Ackley for student of the month for leadership and positive behavior.  Courteney is a fifth grader at Greyhound Intermediate School, and sets an example daily, for what leadership and positive behavior looks like at GIS.

Courteney is constantly stepping up to help others in her class, as well as the entire school community.  Inside the classroom, Courteney can be seen eagerly contributing to class discussions, and working with any and all of her peers.  She encourages others to share ideas and contribute, even if they are nervous or unsure of themselves.  Courteney encompasses qualities of the best BARK behavior possible.  She has been a leader in the school community by participating in Kids Crew which is a service group at GIS.  She has also played a large role in Red Ribbon Week where students and staff advocate for healthy living and to stay away from drugs and other harmful things.

In closing, I would say that Courteney embodies all of the great qualities of a student leader.  Her positive behavior, outlook and willingness to help others, in the class and school, are infectious.  I see students looking up to her in a way that would make any teacher or parent proud.  It has been a pleasure to get to know Courteney and I look forward to watching all the amazing things she does over her years in Eaton Rapids Public Schools!

 

Eaton Rapids Middle School

Student: Shane Baker
Nominated by: ERMS Staff
Parents: Pam Baker

Shane has had an outstanding start of the school  year. This young man has truly grown in front of us over the last 3 years. Shane leads by example inside and outside the classroom. Shane is always willing to help students with their own studies. Some things staff members have used to describe Shane are: young  man of great character, helpful, empathy towards others, always willing to help out. Puts others first.

For example:  On the walk to school day without hesitation, Shane helped out a student that had fallen behind. He helped her catch up and also lent her his jacket as she was cold from the brisk morning.

 

Eaton Rapids High School

Student: Emily Charles
Parents: George and Rebecca Charles
Nominated by: Mr. Lounds

Emily is an incredible all-around student. She is an excellent student and leader in our classrooms and hallways on a daily basis. In addition to this everyday leadership, Emily was instrumental in our first blood drive. She organized the entire event, including meeting with the Red Cross organizer, developing the donation schedule, organizing the volunteers and completing the paperwork. On the day of the drive, whenever something unexpected came up, she was able to adjust plans and make it a success. It is important to note that Emily is NOT being nominated for her role in a one time event. This is just one example of the many ways, both large and small, noticed and unnoticed, that Emily provides leadership and a positive example for our school! She truly embodies what it means to be a Greyhound!

 

Greyhound Central Performance Academy

Student: Savannah Davis
Nominated by: Tina, Sarah, Abby, and Pam
Parents: Tanya and Ronald Davis

The GCPA teachers would like to nominate Savannah Davis as our October student of the month for Positive Behavior and Leadership. Savannah has been contributing to our positive school culture from the first day that she started here at Greyhound Central. This is now Savannah’s second year with us. She always comes on her assigned days and even asked at the beginning of the year if she could come four days instead of two in order to get more class work done.

Even though Savannah is not a particular fan on it, she has been working diligently to finished her Algebra 1B class and always asking for help when she needs it. She often even checks out a graphing calculator to take home with her so she can get more work done. In addition to working on her core classes at Greyhound Central she is also enrolled in the mornings at LCC in the Health Technology program. She attends that rigorous program daily and uses her other classmates also in that program as valuable resources to help her be successful at LCC.

Savannah not only tries hard academically, she also advocates for us to be doing more fun things for students here at Greyhound Central. Whenever we need ideas or help with a project, Savannah is always willing to contribute. Having Savannah as a student here at Greyhound Central makes our school a more positive and fun place to be.

 

Staff

Transportation

Employee: Melissa Williams
Nominated by: Staff

Since taking the position of Assistant Supervisor, she has stepped up to the plate full force.  She took the reigns and hasn’t looked back!  She is doing an awesome job and is a joy to work with.

Greyhound Intermediate School

Teacher: Colleen Martell, 3rd Grade
Nominated by: Joanna Adams

Colleen Martell spent many years as a beloved 5th grade teacher at GIS.  I worked with her for several years in her capacity as a 5th grade general education teacher and she was consistently sensitive to the individual strengths, differences, and needs of all students in her classes.  Staff and students alike are aware of her extraordinary teaching talents.  One day, a 4th grade student enthusiastically informed me that he heard that "Mrs. Martell is the world's greatest ELA teacher!

This year, Mrs. Martell transitioned to a 3rd grade general education classroom, and her teaching gifts continue to amaze me in the midst of change. She is patient, kind, and a forward thinker.  She constantly thinks about her students and considers how to make positive changes in her classroom environment.   

Any time I am in her room, I hear her give countless positive comments toward her students, as well as lots of encouragement, care, and concern. She is a tireless teacher, giving up time on weekends to do prep work at school to make each day of the week as positive for her students as possible.  I'm not sure how she does it all, but I am thankful she does!  I'm sure her students are thankful for her as well!

 

Eaton Rapids High School

Teacher:  Erik Smith
Nominated by: Derek Lounds

Erik is one of many great teacher leaders at Eaton Rapids High School. He has taken an active role in more committees and initiatives that I can name or care to name. Whether as department chair, member of the technology committee, or anything else, Erik is there providing thoughtful insight and helping shape and refine the direction. He is not only a part of all of these things, but he is an active part. He helps me be a better leader by helping me ensure that our focus is on our students. He is not afraid to share his opinion, but does so in a professional and respectful manner, always with a constructive goal in mind. Our students, staff, and school community are blessed to have Erik Smith as a part of ERHS!

Student and Staff of the Month

Each month every building will have an "Outstanding" student that we will recognize in different areas of our curriculum. All our students are special, but we want to toot our horn about a few each month..
Well done Greyhounds!