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Fall 2018

Dear Parents, Students, Staff, and Community Members:

I am excited to welcome you back to what promises to be an exciting, educational, and productive 2018-19 school year. Classes begin on Tuesday, September 4th with orientation days in each building before the first day of school. If you have not received information on student orientation days please contact the office staff in your child’s building to receive orientation information and paperwork. We are very excited to offer all students K-12 FREE BREAKFAST and LUNCH this school year, if you would like more information on this program please contact our food service department at 760-1550.

This summer we continued investing in our staff and students.  During the 3rd year of 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 staff had the opportunity to identify and personalize their own learning by selecting growth opportunities that best meet their professional learning needs.  By personalizing our summer learning and allowing staff to work toward their identified needs, we model how we hope learning will be personalized for children in our schools.

I want to thank the OVEA and OVMESPA for their help in creating a school calendar that meets the needs of our children, while satisfying the requirements of the Michigan Department of Education. This calendar will again include a series of “Early Release” days that take place between September and March that will be utilized for parent-teacher conferences and staff professional development.  In addition to the mailing you should be receiving soon, each family should also have received a large 2018-19 calendar in the mail earlier in August. If you did not receive the calendar please contact staff in your child’s office to request one. If you are unable to obtain this calendar from your your child’s office, please contact the Orchard View Central Office at 760-1300.

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. Please remember to circle November 6th on your calendar for our fall election. Once again, we will ask our community to consider a ballot proposal that if passed will allow us to replace boilers, roofing and reconfigure student drop off and pick up areas, all of which will keep our students safe, dry, and warm. 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”

October 12, 2018
Important Message from our Superintendent

Orchard View school officials have recently learned of the arraignment of Gary Allen, a community member, on two counts: one count of child sexually abusive activity, and another count of using a computer to commit a crime.  The initial Michigan State Police report indicates these charges do not involve any children residing in our district. 


This community member has served as a videographer for several of our athletic contests, and we are unaware of any unsupervised contact with students. The district has severed ties with Mr. Allen.


Please know we always take any allegations of this nature seriously, and the safety of our students is always our top priority.  If you have concerns regarding student safety, you may contact the Orchard View Central Office at 231-760-1300.


Jim Nielsen, Superintendent

June 1, 2018
Lockdown at OVHS on Friday June 1, 2018

Information about the lock down at Orchard View High School on Friday, June 1:

--At around 8 am this morning the high school received a phone call that indicated a student had a weapon in the high school. Immediately after the phone call the high school was placed into lock down as staff and the Muskegon Township Police Resource Officer investigated the situation. During the investigation an Airsoft gun (see the paragraph below for a description of Airsoft) was found. At this time the lock down has been lifted, and the Muskegon Township Police are interviewing the student believed to be responsible. The administration and Muskegon Township Police are confident that the building is safe, and students will continue to attend their regularly scheduled classes.

PDF DocumentLatest information from the Muskegon County Prosecutors Office

--From Wikipedia: "Airsoft is a competitive team sport in which participants shoot opponents by shooting each other with spherical plastic BBs launched, Airsoft is commonly compared to paintball, which is a recreational shooting sport similar in concept,,,"

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Sinking Fund - PLEASE VOTE TODAY!!
May 3, 2018
Sinking Fund Presentation

Superintendent Jim Nielsen will be presenting information about the sinking fund millage proposal in the Community Education conference room on Thursday, May 3 at 4:30. This meeting is open to anyone (employees and community members) who would like to have more info or would like to ask any questions before the vote on May 8. The meeting should last 20-30 minutes.

Sinking Fund Ballot Proposal Info Meetings
May 8 Vote

Superintendent Jim Nielsen will be at the following locations for a brief presentation about the upcoming Sinking Fund Ballot Proposal.  These meetings are open to all staff and parents of Orchard View students.  This factual presentation will take less than 30 minutes and provide background information and answers to frequently asked questions.  

OV High School Community Room - Wednesday, April 25 from 2:30-3:00pm
Cardinal Elementary School - Thursday, April 26 from 7:30-8:00am
OV Middle School Room 13 - Thursday, April 26 from 2:30-3:00pm

We hope to see you there!

April 16, 2018
School Closed Monday, April 16, 2018

Due to inclement weather conditions, there will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, April 16, 2018.  Stay home and stay safe.


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Upcoming District Events

  • 15 Oct
    • Regular Board Meeting 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Regular Board Meeting
      Oct 15
      6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      OVHS Community Room
      District Calendar
  • 12 Nov
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    • Regular Board Meeting 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Regular Board Meeting
      Nov 19
      6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      OVHS Community Room
      District Calendar
  • 17 Dec
    • Regular Board Meeting 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Regular Board Meeting
      Dec 17
      6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      OVHS Community Room
      District Calendar

Upcoming Driver’s Education Segment 1

Our next Segment 1 Drivers Ed session is from March 4 – March 28, 2019. The signup deadline is Tuesday, February 26th.  

This session is a 4 week class that runs from 3:30-5:30pm on Monday, Tuesday & 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 (1765 Ada Ave) to pick up a registration form, or print out the application on the link below. The form is also on our website  (orchardview.org) and in the OV High School office.  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. 

PDF Document2018-2019 Driver's Education Application/Contract


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Orchard View Wall of Honor

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2018-2019 School Calendar

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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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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.