District News

June 2017

Dear Parents, Students, Staff, and Community Members,

The end of the school year is upon us. Graduation, honors celebrations, class parties, end of the year field trips and projects have taken place.  Good reminders that the 2016-17 school year is complete and summer is here. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuing support of Orchard View Schools and to update you on some accomplishments from the past year.

Our students and staff had opportunities to Discover, Learn and Succeed in many areas, some of which are highlighted below:

 2017 High School graduates now qualify (3.5 GPA) for 2 years of FREE COLLEGE with the MUSKEGON PROMISE! Orchard View has 17 students who qualified this year.
 Orchard View is partnering with the MAISD, Health West and others to create a System of Care for OV students to promote the health and well being of families impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences.
 89% of seniors have been accepted in college for fall classes, and combined with the Muskegon Promise earned nearly $1 Million in scholarship money.
  Our High School Band qualified for State Competition in Marching Band, at Ford Field, as well as State Festival.
 Our High School created the Ride With Pride Program with local law enforcement to celebrate and promote safe choices, with a year end celebration where $1500 in prizes in addition to a moped and car were awarded.
●  Adopted a Bridges Math Curriculum K-5 for 2017-2018 and implemented Phonics First in K-3 classrooms to improve reading.
 Orchard View Early Elementary and Cardinal Elementary are continuing a summer Acceleration Program to support students in K-3rd Grade; this includes meals and bussing during the summer months.
 Extended our implementation of the 10 Literacy Practices for students and adults through coaching and professional learning.
 Engaged community members in several events, such as Math and Reading Carnival, History Night, and Community nights at local apartments.
 Celebrated Fine Arts Festival week to highlight our many talented staff and students.
●  OVEE and Cardinal received the Greater Horizon Grant award in the amount of $32,800 through Kids Read Now providing our students with multiple books and resources at home.
 Cardinal Elementary partnered with the CTC Career Tech Center to provide math manipulatives to all K-2 Classrooms.
 Orchard View High School Quiz Bowl Team qualified for State Competition.
 Orchard View Boy’s Bowling Team was conference champions and a state qualifier.
●  Orchard View Boy’s Soccer was district tournament champions.
 Orchard View Girl’s Softball Team won the conference, with a school record 33 wins.
 Orchard View bus drivers won the bus “Roadeo” competition.
 Orchard View Adult Education improved success for participants by 39.8%.
 Orchard View expanded the Great Start Readiness Program by 2 classrooms this year, and will be adding classrooms in Ravenna next Fall.
 Cardinal Pride displayed through many performances, Homecoming parade, Spirit Week activities, Snowcoming, send-offs to multiple State Competitions, Revue Show, and Senior Graduates parading through the hallways of all buildings.
 Orchard View Curriculum Office wrote a number of grants that provided $15,000 for Project Lead the Way at OVEE, Cardinal Elementary and OVMS, secured $23,000 for Summer School Literacy, and will provide $33,000 for the Kids Read Now Summer Reading Program for Grades K-3 starting in the summer of 2018.
●  Orchard View Education Foundation promoted several successful fundraisers to raise $3,500 and awarded 6 teacher grants totaling $1500.
●  Our Senior Citizen program continues its success with the Arts and Crafts Bazaar and Flea Market each experiencing record-breaking years.
 We met with parents, community members, administration and teachers to create a strategic plan, including long-range facility planning.
 Orchard View High School will host the Student Support Summit on June 20th, 2017.
 Orchard View provided two Shadow a Student days at OVHS for adults to experience life as a High School Student.
 Expanded “Our Tomorrow” - a program to provide personalized adult learning for our staff during summer months.
 Continue to expand Facebook, text alerts and e-mails as preferred forms of communication.
 Orchard View continues our commitment to maintain AdvancEd Accreditation.

Those who know me often hear me say “It’s a Great Day to be a Cardinal”. When I look back on the past school year, I can say it was definitely a “Great Year to be a Cardinal.” Thank you for being a part of it!


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Jim Nielsen, Superintendent



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