Written by Katy VanCuren, Assistant Principal at Rockford High School and the AP West Representative on the MASSP Board of Directors
As a community member of the same district I work in, I have found a passion in serving alongside my community and providing for those in need. Seven years ago, I joined our local Rotary branch. I believe in what they are all about, “service above self.” Although I don’t contribute or volunteer as much as I would like, I am surrounded by people who are conscious of giving to others in need in their community and beyond.
The MHSAA has released their preliminary concussion data for the 2015-16 winter season. As the press release below points out, girls made up 38 percent of winter athletes but accounted for 48 percent of possible concussions reported…an important reminder that concussions affect both sexes and are not limited to football season.
Legislation that passed out of committee last week and would amend the world language and visual, performing, and applied arts sections of the Michigan Merit Curriculum took its next step in the legislative process this week and could be up for a vote of the full House prior to summer recess. The same is true of legislation that would require students to take and pass the US Citizenship Test as a precondition for graduation.
A package of bills that would give local districts more flexibility in dealing with zero tolerance suspensions and expulsions made its way out of the House Education Committee this week. At their core, HB 5618-21 and HB 5693-95 would create a list of factors that districts would have to consider (and likely already are considering in most cases) before suspending or expelling a student.
Christine Schneider from the Michigan eLibary (MeL) recently joined me to host a webinar focused on all of the tons free resources available to students, staff and teachers on the MeL website. If you missed it, we wanted to make sure to share the recording with you. Click here to watch the recorded webinar (mp4 format).