A Message From Our Superintendent

Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Community Members:

The long awaited spring season is finally here in West Michigan.  Our OV staff and students have not missed a beat with academic, extracurricular, and athletic activities during this winter season!

Great things are happening every day at OV!  This past February, Orchard View received an AdvancED District-wide Accreditation recommendation for its outstanding commitment to quality education and continuous improvement. OV will receive a final award in the next two months. AdvancED is a national organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre K – 12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. Orchard View Schools is only one of two schools in Muskegon County recommended for accreditation status.

Also, congratulations to our Orchard View Education Foundation (OVEF) grant recipients. OVHS teacher Ron Wildey, OVMS teachers Lisa Emig and Megan Perreault and Cardinal Elementary teachers Laura Dault and Michelle Vink have been awarded mini grants for a combined total of $1,000.00 to enhance innovative projects in their classrooms. These five (5) grants are the first awards since the inception of OVEF.

Our OV Education Foundation became a reality two years ago. It is a non-profit entity created through the Community Foundation of Muskegon to provide financial assistance to support learning experiences for K-12 students and enhance the quality of educational opportunities in Orchard View Schools now and in the future. OVEF must keep a minimum fund balance of $10,000. As the account grows from contributions and donations from our community, a percentage of the funds will be awarded through mini grants and scholarships to teachers and students annually. OVEF information and a donation card can be found on our website at www.orchardview.org.

On behalf of Orchard View Schools, thank you for your continued support. Many of you may have heard by now I am retiring this June after 30 years of service in public education. I came to Orchard View Schools in October 2000 as the Community Education Director and have enjoyed the many facets of being an administrator, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent with the district. It has been my privilege to serve Orchard View Schools and I am very proud of the work we have done over the years. The district has embraced a ‘college and career’ going culture with over a million dollars in scholarships and grants awarded for the past three consecutive years to our seniors. We have also placed a strong emphasis on academic success for all students. There are many accomplishments to be proud of and Orchard View has a very strong foundation to move forward.

I will continue to work and advocate for quality programs and services for our youth and adults in our community but look forward to doing so with a more flexible schedule.

Yours in Education,

Patricia J Walstra, Superintendent

Always a Cardinal!

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Upcoming District Events


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The Orchard View Arts departments are proud to announce our 9th annual OV FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS at the High School on Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 1-5pm.   This is an Art-and-Music extravaganza, featuring the talents of all age levels in the Orchard View Schools. 

It will include the 4th grade recorder performance, a 5th grade keyboard demonstration, OVMS and OVHS band and choir performances, and more!  Aside from these shows, there will also be Art displays and Life Skills demonstrations, face painting, hands-on Art making, an instrument fun room, and our popular Silent Art Auction, featuring some of the best creations from our K-12 students. There will be fun for everyone, a concession stand provided by the OV Band Parents, and no admission fee.  Stop on by for a fun and creative afternoon!  

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Early Childhood Registration Dates

Tuesday, March 10th at OVCE 4:00-6:00.......Wednesday, April 22nd at OVEE Cafeteria 5:00-6:00.......Monday, May 11th at OVCE 4:00-6:00.......Thursday, May 28th at OVEE Cafeteria 5:00-6:00 More...

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MDCH Press Release - Enterovirus

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Superintendent's Message

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Extra Edition - Spring 2015 OV News

Spring is finally here! Read about all the exciting things happening in our district, and the new message from our Superintendent! More...

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

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