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Sand Lake Elementary receives Excellence award


Students investigating how elevation and pressure affect the flow of water.

 

The STEM class for third, fourth and fifth graders at Sand Lake Elementary, in the Tri County Public Schools District, is one of the five programs in schools across the state selected to receive one of the 2018 Education Excellence awards for their work to create opportunities and help build stronger, brighter futures for their students.

Each school will receive a $2,500 grant from the SET SEG Foundation, in partnership with the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB). 

“It’s an honor for us to recognize these schools and educators, and help support and advance their efforts,” said Lisa Truscott, SET SEG Foundation Executive Director. “Dedicated, passionate teachers and staff in public schools are what help provide opportunities to learn, grow and build brighter, stronger futures for students and our communities and state.” (more below)

According to Sand Lake STEM teacher Polly Bolt, the mission of the STEM class is to provide project-based, authentic learning experiences in which students incorporate science, technology, engineering and math. “ Each year, all of our district’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students attend STEM class as a ‘special’ (similar to art, music, and physical education), which runs the full year. Teaching students for all three years they are in our building, I have the opportunity to build on and enhance the students’ learning experiences from previous years,” she explained.

“Through this grant, our STEM program has the opportunity to be proactive in offering our elementary students greater access to computer science in an engaging, social, and interactive way,” said Bolt. “Funds from the Education Excellence grant would allow us to purchase Dash robots and accessories to expand students’ exposure to computer science through coding beyond what they can learn at online site like code.org.”

Other programs/schools that were awarded grants were:

Kent Intermediate School District’s program, MySchool@Kent, a student-centered, teacher-driven school, featuring online instruction with extensive support.

Be True 2 You at Greenville Public Schools, a program that inspires girls to develop and maintain healthy relationships, create a keen sense of self, and recognize the impact they can have on their community.

Ionia Public Schools After-School Panther Learning Club at Twin Rivers Elementary School, focuses on homework completion and reading for students that are falling behind.

 The Bulldogs Bookin’ Bus through Otsego Public Schools encourages students to read over the summer by visiting key neighborhoods in the district, allowing students to check out books twice a week.

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Fun on the lake


Sand Lake Elementary 5th grade students in Mrs. Karhoff, Mrs. Parkhoff and Mrs. Scott’s class celebrated the last days of school by completing an engineering challenge. Students were asked to work in teams to design a boat made from cardboard, duct tape and plastic, which could support two people. Boats were put to the test on Sand Lake at a year-end picnic last week. The design teams “Money Machine” and “Sharknado” came in first and second place.

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Sand Lake Elementary going to World Finals


Team from left to right-Zach Princer, Megan Wozniak, Ali Walkwitz, Grace Erdman, Sofia Muholland, Gavin Longcore and Taden Gleason.-1st place regionals & 2nd place state finals and going to World FInals.

Team from left to right-Zach Princer, Megan Wozniak, Ali Walkwitz, Grace Erdman, Sofia Muholland, Gavin Longcore and Taden Gleason.-1st place regionals & 2nd place state finals and going to World FInals.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international competitive program which emphasizes creative problem solving.  Team members work together to design and create their own original performance which includes creating costumes, props, sets, writing scripts and building mechanical devices.  Thousands of teams compete annually throughout the U.S. and in 25 countries around the world.

At this year’s regional tournament all three of Tri County’s Sand Lake Elementary teams advanced to the state finals. The teams each created unique solutions which included a TC Pizza delivery vehicle which was guided by a track and needed to overcome obstacles, a performance which took the audience into a video game world and provided an interpretation of the myth of Pandora’s Box and a side splitting play which combined chemistry and math humor into a silent movie theme.

Tri County was proud to have received a 1st place finish in the Vehicle problem, a 2nd place finish in the Classics problem and the coveted Renatra Fusca award for exceptional creativity in the Theatrics problem. MacNaughton Elementary also sent two primary teams to the regional tournament. While these were non-competitive teams, we have high expectations for them in the future.

On Saturday, March 21, the teams competed at the state finals and the 5th grade Vehicle problem team finished 2nd and will be advancing to the 2015 World Finals hosted at Michigan State University this May 20-24, for the first time in Tri County School’s history!

Visit the team’s go fund me account to help their trip:  http://www.gofundme.com/pzr58k.  They are also collecting pop cans and loose change. If you are interested in donating your pop cans or loose change you may contact Tory Mulholland by email: petetory13@gmail.com.

All three teams after State Finals! Coaches-Tory and Pete Mulholland and Dave Princer (Not pictured). Team- Taden Gleason, Zach Princer, Gavin Longcore, Sofia Mulholland, Grace Erdman, Ali Walkwitz, Megan Wozniak -1st place regionals & 2nd place state finals and going to World FInals. Coaches- Jennifer and Spencer Gould (Not pictured). Team- Ava Longcore, Kendal Gould, Isabel Schuster, Katie Busch, Alexis Gleason, Trenton Laskey, Madalynn Laskey. Coach- Tyana Ford (Not pictured). Team- Ilana White, Emma Carlson, Voca Ford, Samantha Patin, Jesse White, Trace Laskey.

All three teams after State Finals! Coaches-Tory and Pete Mulholland and Dave Princer (Not pictured). Team- Taden Gleason, Zach Princer, Gavin Longcore, Sofia Mulholland, Grace Erdman, Ali Walkwitz, Megan Wozniak -1st place regionals & 2nd place state finals and going to World FInals. Coaches- Jennifer and Spencer Gould (Not pictured). Team- Ava Longcore, Kendal Gould, Isabel Schuster, Katie Busch, Alexis Gleason, Trenton Laskey, Madalynn Laskey. Coach- Tyana Ford (Not pictured). Team- Ilana White, Emma Carlson, Voca Ford, Samantha Patin, Jesse White, Trace Laskey.

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Donna M. Reed


C-OBIT-reeddonnaDonna M. Reed 80 of Sand Lake, died Friday, January 16, 2015 at her home. Donna was born December 30, 1934 in Sand Lake, MI the daughter of John and Ivah (Riley) Shick. She worked for General Motors Plant #2 on Alpine Avenue for 30 years. She was the first Village of Sand Lake Queen in 1952 and enjoyed being a Grandma Helper and making cookies for Sand Lake Elementary School. She had a special love for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Surviving are her sons, Randy, Ken (Judy), Rick (Nancy); eight grandchildren and their spouses; 11 great grandchildren; sisters, Arlene Wesche, Bev (Phil) Wesche, Verna (Dick) Wesche; brother, Fred (Carol) Shick; brother-in-law, Don (Della) Reed; close friend, Sue Cohen; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orvin “Chub” in 2010; brothers, Harvey and Bob. The family will greet friends Sunday from 2-4 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Monday 11:00 am. Pastor John Dawson officiating. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

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