District News

May 4, 2017


Dear Orchard View Parents,

Yesterday we reported to high school parents that two bullets and three casings were found in the high school cafeteria. We immediately contacted police. We now know a student found the bullets and casings, brought them to school, and left them on the cafeteria table. Shortly thereafter, students discovered them and alerted staff.

Muskegon Township Police and school officials determined that at no time was there a weapon involved, or a credible threat to students or staff in our high school, or at any other building. This morning, I met with Township Police officials and we decided to have an additional resource officer present at the high school to begin the day.

First thing this morning, Principal Dan Bolhuis met with all high school students to discuss the events of yesterday. He explained that rumors circulated on social media regarding safety threats were completely unfounded. He asked that students refrain from spreading further rumors.

If your child is expressing concerns, please encourage them to reach out to one of our counseling staff. Please contact my office if you have further questions.


Jim Nielsen, Superintendent

Orchard View Schools

February 28, 2017
Human Trafficking in Muskegon County

Human Trafficking Community Forum 

You're invited! The Lakeshore Human Trafficking Task Force is hosting an open, FREE Community Forum on Human Trafficking on Tuesday, February 28 at the Stevenson Center, room 1100, at Muskegon Community College from 6-7:30 pm to raise awareness about human trafficking. There will be a very compelling panel including the Muskegon PD, Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office, The Hope Project (anti-trafficking nonprofit), a survivor and a former buyer. Teens are welcome. The invitation is attached. The Task Force would love to see you there!

For more information about how you can be alert, aware and safe, please review the article on the Home Page or High School Page News.


February 27, 2017
Stay Safe West Michigan!
Human Trafficking in Muskegon


Tips for Parents Concerning Human Trafficking:

Did you know that human trafficking is happening right here in Muskegon County? Although we don't know exactly how prevalent the issue is here in Muskegon Co., the Lakeshore Human Trafficking Task Force works with victims on a regular basis - so we know its happening. The good news is that there are a number of ways you can empower your teens to make smart decisions & stay safe. Below is a link tos a one-page list of tips for parents. If you're interested in more information, check out this website: External LinkPolaris Project

PDF DocumentTips for Parents Concerning Human Trafficking

Safety Tips for Teens Concerning Human Trafficking

Not sure where to start in discussing human trafficking with your teen? Below is a link to a one-page flyer of tips for teens on what to look out for, staying safe, and what to do if they encounter a trafficking situation. Take time to review it.  Check out more ways to stay safe using technology at External LinkNetsmartz

PDF DocumentTips for Teens Concerning Human Trafficking


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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.


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Upcoming District Events

  • 12 Jun
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    • Regular Board Meeting 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Regular Board Meeting
      Jun 19
      6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      OVHS Community Room
      Board of Education
    • Budget Hearing Meeting 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM
      Budget Hearing Meeting
      Jun 19
      6:45 PM to 7:45 PM
      OVHS Community Room
      Board of Education
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    • Regular Board Meeting 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Regular Board Meeting
      Jul 17
      6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      OVHS Community Room
      Board of Education
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    • Regular Board Meeting 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Regular Board Meeting
      Aug 21
      6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      OVHS Community Room
      Board of Education

Upcoming Driver’s Education

Segment 1

Attention parents of students
interested in taking
Drivers Ed through

Orchard View Community Education

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Our next Segment 1 Drivers Ed session is from June 12th-June 29th 2017. This is a 3 week class that runs from 8am-10am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.  Drive times will be scheduled also.

The class is held at Orchard View Community Education on 1765 Ada Avenue. You must be 14 years 8 months by the first class session.  Cost is $350. 

If you are interested, stop by our OV Community Ed office or OV High School to pick up a registration form. The form is on our website also.  The form, birth certificate and payment must be returned to the OV Community Ed office on 1765 Ada Avenue.  If you have any questions, please call 760-1350. 

Application deadline for this session is June 7th.

PDF Documentdrivers educ 16-17 application


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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Schools of Choice-

Become a Cardinal Today!

Orchard View is accepting Schools of Choice Applications starting April 10th.

Learn more!

Helping Children Cope with Loss, Death and Grief

It is with a great deal of sadness...


It is with a great deal of sadness we share news regarding the passing of a Cardinal Elementary staff member. On Friday, April 7th, Tammy Briggs died unexpectedly from a suspected brain aneurysm.  Tammy has been teaching fourth grade at Cardinal Elementary for the past few years.   Prior to that, she taught for several years at OVEE and Orchard View Elementary.  Please keep Tammy’s mom, Carolyn, and her daughter, Katelyn, in your thoughts during this difficult time.

Sherry Griswold, District Crisis Response Team Co-chair
Jennifer Fethke, District Crisis Response Team Co-chair
Jim Nielsen, Superintendent

PDF DocumentHelping Children Cope with Loss, Death and Grief

External LinkObituary for Tammy Briggs

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



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Kim Bidwell, Director of Business & Personnel
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Rhonda Galarneau, Human Resource Coordinator
35 S. Sheridan
Muskegon, MI  49442

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