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Snow Days Update from
Supt. J.Nielsen

March 1, 2019

Dear Staff, students, parents, and community members

As you can imagine, this crazy winter weather has been a huge topic of discussion around the school district the past few weeks.  To date, our district has accumulated a total of 12 snow days which now has us three days over the total allowable days that can be forgiven per state law.  We recently applied for the three day waiver and it was granted.

At this time we have to add instructional time to our current school calendar.  While it is likely we will add these make-up days to the end of our school calendar in June, know that there is still the chance that the legislature may take action and forgive more snow days than current law allows.  There is considerable conversation about this topic going on with state lawmakers.

While we wait to see what comes out of Lansing regarding snow day forgiveness, know that in the coming weeks we will be communicating our plan for adding instructional day(s) to the end of our school year.

It is never easy calling a snow day, but it is always the right thing to do when the safety of our students and staff are at stake.  We will continue to cancel school when the weather conditions dictate we do so to ensure safety of all. Thank you for all of your flexibility and understanding as we continue to make our way through the winter months.

Jim Nielsen, Superintendent

PDF DocumentView/Print March 1 2019 Snow Day Letter

PreSchool Registration Night for School Year 2019-2020!

Click on the image below to view/print the entire flyer with more information including registration paperwork requirements.

March 13, 2019
PowerSchool Data Breach

Dear Parents,

Late last week, we became aware of a data breach in PowerSchool, our student information system. At this time, the breach appears to be limited to the high school. We immediately launched an internal investigation and have found some unauthorized changes have been made to grades and attendance. The investigation is still ongoing. We have notified the parents of the students we know were involved. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me.

Jim Nielsen,
Orchard View Schools

February 19, 2019
2019 Snow Days Update

Orchard View has been approved for 3 additional days of forgiveness due to the school cancellations so far this year. When a decision is made as to how we will handle days over and above the 6 that we are allowed each year and the 3 additional days we have just been granted, I will let you know. - Jim Nielsen, Superintendent

February 13, 2019
School closed Wed 2/13/19

Orchard View Schools is closed today, Wed February 13, 2019 due to winter weather conditions.    Please also note that student count day will be Thursday, February 14, 2019.

Kids Food Basket is open today (2-13-19) from 10am-4pm to provide food assistance to those who need it.  External Linkhttps://www.facebook.com/kidsfoodbasket/photos/a.104682785208/10157181962575209/?type=3&theater

February 12, 2019
OV Schools Closed Tue 2/12/19

Orchard View Schools are closed today, Tuesday February 12, 2019 due to the weather conditions.

February 7, 2019
Feb 7 Wrestling Meet - postponed

Tonight's (Thur February 7, 2019) Wrestling meet is postponed due to weather, and is re-scheduled for Monday evening February 11 at Shelby High School.

February 7, 2019
School Closed Thursday, February 7, 2019

Orchard View Schools is closed today, Thursday, February 7, 2019, due to icy conditions.  Please stay safe.  Hope to see everyone again soon.


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Upcoming District Events

  • 18 Mar
    • Cardinal El-Bucket Concert- Lindstrom, J-N, and Lewis
      Date: Mar 18
      Calendar: Orchard View District Calendar
    • Cardinal El-GOTR Practice 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
      Cardinal El-GOTR Practice
      Date: Mar 18
      Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
      Calendar: Orchard View District Calendar
    • Regular Board Meeting 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Regular Board Meeting
      Date: Mar 18
      Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Location: OVHS Community Room
      Calendar: Board of Education
    • Regular Board Meeting 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
      Regular Board Meeting
      Date: Mar 18
      Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
      Location: OVHS Community Room
      Calendar: Orchard View District Calendar
  • 18 Mar
    thru Mar 19
  • 19 Mar
  • 20 Mar
    • Lakea 8 Quiz Bowl League 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
      Lakea 8 Quiz Bowl League
      Date: Mar 20
      Time: 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
      Location: Manistee Middle / High School, 525 12th St, Manistee, MI 49660, USA
      Calendar: Orchard View District Calendar
      This event has a video call. Join: https://meet.google.com/xpn-khub-ygq +1 413-308-2343 PIN: 497276973#
  • 21 Mar

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

PDF DocumentWall of Honor Nomination Form



2018-2019 School Calendar

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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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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.