The Michigan Merit Exam is upon us! How do you get prepared? How do you get your students ready? How do you get your staff ready? Last year at this time, The School of Health Sciences at Central Campus in the Grand Rapids Public Schools was gearing up for the MME with our sights on conquering the ACT portion of the exam. In 2012, our school average was a 14.9 composite. Moving to 2013 we jumped 1.4 points bringing our composite to a 16.3. Our efforts were planned, analyzed, processed and activated. Here’s what we did to move the needle.
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The Kimberly Anne Gillary Foundation is sponsoring a AED video contest for Michigan high school students with a cash prize to the winning school. The foundation is asking students to produce a video showing the importance of being prepared to handle cardiac emergencies on school property. The winning school will receive a check in the amount of $5,000 to be used as the students and school see fit.
Alpena Public Schools Director of Secondary Instruction and CTE Joyce McCoy and High School Principal Matt Poli are organizing a roundtable for secondary focus schools to get together and collaborate on school improvement. The roundtable is designed specifically for non-title secondary schools and will offer participants an opportunity to work with other colleagues facing similar challenges. See the announcement below and the agenda and registration form linked at the end of this article for more information.
Although it was MEA that grabbed the headlines this week when they came out in support of teacher and administrator evaluation bills, it was testimony in support of the bills from three teachers and MASSP's own Colin Ripmaster that dominated over an hour of the committee meeting on Wednesday.