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The Muskegon Area Promise is a commitment to the young people of our community--that if they work hard they will be able to earn at least a two-year college degree tuition free.  Read Superintendent Jim Nielsen's letter to parents to learn more about this awesome opportunity!!   PDF DocumentPromise letter to Parents.


Summer ACCEL

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Dear Parents, Students, Staff, and Community Members:                                                      

I am excited to welcome you back to what promises to be an exciting and productive 2016-17 school year. Classes begin on Tuesday September 6th for all students.

This summer has been full of new learning for both our professional staff and students.  During our Summer Acceleration Program, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students focused on improving their reading and math skills, keeping their eyes on the Muskegon Promise Scholarship, which pays for 2 years of college for qualifying students! 

Our professionals in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade took part in Phonics First Training, and all professional staff had opportunities to build “Our Tomorrow” by participating in professional learning opportunities to promote positive classroom environments, hone their teaching skills and work collaboratively with colleagues.

During the past several months a lot of hard work has gone into putting together a new calendar for the upcoming school year. I want to thank the OVEA and OVMESPA for their help in creating a calendar that meets the needs of our children, while satisfying the requirements of the Michigan Department of Education. This calendar presents some significant changes that include the state mandated addition of 5 school days that we accomplished without going beyond the June 9, 2017 end date.  One of the biggest changes to our calendar is the addition of “Early Release” days that take place between October and May and will be utilized for Staff Professional Development as well as Parent-Teacher Conferences, these days are highlighted in blue and purple.  I appreciate your understanding and support as we take on the challenges of this new calendar.

As always thank you for being a wonderful community that continues to take pride in the school district and the students who attend Orchard View. I want to wish each of you a wonderful school year filled with great educational experiences and I look forward to seeing all of our children prepared for future success through the educational opportunities to Discover, Learn, and Succeed provided by the exceptional staff at Orchard View Schools.


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Jim Nielsen, Superintendent

“It’s a Great Day to be a Cardinal”

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2016-17 Calendar 


District Calendar

NOTICE OF DATE CHANGE - January Regular Board Meeting

Please review the attached document indicating that the scheduled Board Meeting for January 2017, has been changed to Monday, January 16, 2017.  Details of the meeting are available on the pdf document.

PDF DocumentNotice of January Board Meeting Date Change 1-16-17


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6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Regular Board Meeting
District Calendar
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6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
16 N. Quarterline Rd., Muskegon, MI 49442
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Upcoming District Events

  • 13 Feb
  • 20 Feb
    • Regular Board Meeting 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Regular Board Meeting
      Board of Education
      Feb 20
      6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      OVHS Community Room
  • 6 Mar
  • 13 Mar
    • Regular Board Meeting 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Regular Board Meeting
      Board of Education
      Mar 13
      6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      OVHS Community Room
  • 17 Apr
    • Regular Board Meeting 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Regular Board Meeting
      Board of Education
      Apr 17
      6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      OVHS Community Room


Inclement Weather and Closing School - Letter from our Superintendent

Winter 2016/2017:  Click here to view or print the letter regarding inclement weather from Jim Nielsen, Superintendent of Orchard View Schools.

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Orchard View Wall of Honor

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Extra Edition - Fall 2016 !

Welcome Back to School with lots of exciting changes and opportunities! See the new calendar for the year, meet new staff, get the bus schedule, and mark the dates for athletic events. Lots of great info to get the year up and running! More...

Show your Cardinal Pride!

Shop for beautiful items bearing the Orchard View logo! More...

Muskegon Area Promise Scholarship!

Let's be a part of the change for our children! Contribute to the Muskegon Area Promise Scholarship for FREE college in the Muskegon Area. More...

Read early. Read often.

Read Early. Read Often. is a countywide effort to urge parents, siblings, grand parents and community members to read to infants and toddlers. More...

T-shirts and Bumper Stickers

Purchase T-Shirts and Bumper Stickers featuring the new OV "lOVe" Logo! More...

MDCH Press Release - Enterovirus

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is receiving reports indicating an increase in severe respiratory illness in children ages 5-17 across the state... More...

It's Flu Season Again!

Here are some great tips and guidelines for parents to help your families stay healthy this season. More...

Read the Superintendent's letter on the left side of the web page for more information.mini 2016-17 calendar image

FOIA Image

Click on the image above to view a pdf of the Orchard View FOIA Procedures and Guidelines.



Anti-Harrassment Compliance Officers

Jim Nielsen, Superintendent
35 S. Sheridan
Muskegon, MI  49442

Kim Bidwell, Director of Business & Personnel
35 S. Sheridan
Muskegon, MI  49442

Rhonda Galarneau, Human Resource Coordinator
35 S. Sheridan
Muskegon, MI  49442

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