The Au Gres-Sims School District

December 21, 2022

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Au Gres-Sims Families and Community,

The holiday break could not have come at a better time! As many of you have probably experienced in your own homes, this winter season has brought with it a plethora of illnesses that have afflicted our young people, with students (and staff) missing time with Influenza A, Influenza B, rhinovirus, RSV, and other ailments. We have heard many reports of students spiking fevers above 103 degrees, a dangerous temperature for a developing brain. In fact, the Mayo Clinic recommends contacting your child's doctor for any fever above that threshold.

This holiday season my wish for everyone is to rest up and get healthy, taking the necessary precautions to not only enjoy the festive period, but to also recuperate from a difficult seasonal sickness spell. We have a lot of winter left to go before spring brings warmer weather and the relief of open windows, so please take the time over this 12 day break from school to rest, recuperation, and relax. This is the perfect time of year to sleep in, drink plenty of fluids, curl up with a good book, and dust off those old favorite board games for some quality family (and friendly) competition.

Happy Holidays Au Gres-Sims Community. May your days be cheery and bright and may everyone return healthy and ready to learn in the new year on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023.

Mr. Ming

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K-12 Principal's Update

Happy Holidays to everyone! Hopefully it’s a time of relaxation, but also an opportunity to get some “small” things done with some of the extra time available. For our secondary students, I encourage you to use the time to get ready for exams and gradually prepare as it will be much more productive than cramming at the last minute. Not to mention much less stressful! At the MS level, exams are optional and are determined by the teacher. Some teachers will give exams, some will give shorter forms of assessment, and some may not give them at all. For our HS students, exams are required unless students have earned an “A” in both marking periods. If this is the case, teachers have the option to exclude students from taking exams or to still require them.

I look forward to seeing everyone back to school on Tuesday, January 3!

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From the Desk of Ms. Socha

As I reflect on this past calendar year, I am reminded that although things are feeling a little bit more “normal” we are still navigating many changes that have come out of the last few years. When I think of all that we have been through, although some of it difficult, my heart is full when I think of how we have all worked collaboratively to get to where we are today. The staff, students, and community all hold a special place in my heart, and I am so grateful to live and work in this community. As we head into this much-needed break, I hope that you all are able to take the break to relax, unwind, and experience those little joys in life. I wish you and your family and Happy Holiday season and a very bright New Year. Here’s to 2023!

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School Breakfast and Lunch Menu for January 2-6, 2023

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A Flu Guide for Parents

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Athletics Update

Congratulations on the middle school boys basketball teams who completed their seasons this week. While the season didn't yield as many wins as they would have liked the future does look bright, with the vast majority of both our 7th and 8th grade teams comprised of 6th grade students. Keep maintaining the positive attitude and keep improving boys. Well done this season!

We now take a break from game action as our boys and girls basketball teams rest up for the league schedule following our holiday vacation.

Next Week's Schedule of Events:

...During Break...

Fri. 12/30:

  • 3p V Hockey AWAY @ Springfield Blue Devils (Arrington Ice Arena)

Sat. 12/31

  • 12:30p V Hockey AWAY @ Lenawee (Yost)

...After the Break...

Tue. 1/3:

  • 6p V Girls Basketball AWAY @ SASA
  • ~7:30p V Boys Basketball AWAY @ SASA

Wed. 1/4

  • 6:30p V Hockey AWAY @ Bay Area Thunder (Bay City Civic Arena)

Fri. 1/6:

  • 6p V Girls Basketball AWAY @ Fairview
  • ~7:30p V Boys Basketball AWAY @ Fairview

Sat. 1/7:

  • 2p V Hockey AWAY @ Walled Lake Northern (Lakeland Arena)


Mrs. Richardson, the esteemed editor and sponsor of the AGS yearbook has a special announcement with a deadline for Senior students to create their own yearbook page.

While the deadline is a couple months away, it is imperative that seniors not wait until the last minute for this important activity.


Please review the attached document for more details and contact Ms. Richardson at with any questions.

The Wolverine Wake-Up

The Wolverine Wake-Up is a student written publication that comes out weekly and shares the reporting of our own high school students and their interpretation of what is going on the in the world. The teacher sponsor and editor-in-chief is Mr. Luke Freeman. Thanks for reading.

We are adding a new section to the Wake-up and couldn't bring it all together in time. We look forward to premiering it next week in a special Christmas edition.

The Wolverine Wake-up

Important Dates

Important dates for January for the Au Gres-Sims School District.


  • 9th: Board of Education Special Meeting - 5pm in the Elementary Library
  • 11th: Early Release ALL STUDENTS @ 1pm, MS/HS Exams hours 1,2,3
  • 12th: Early Release ALL STUDENTS @ 1pm, MS/HS Exams hours 4,5,6
  • 13th: Records Day NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
  • 16th: Board of Education Regular meeting - 6pm in the Elementary Library

Community Events

Important and note-worthy events taking place in Au Gres and Arenac County

  • Saturday, February 18th - Arenac Community Funds Trivia Night (Arenac Community Center, Standish)

Help Wanted at AGS

Job Opportunities at AGS

  • We do not have any vacancies at this time.

We are also always on the lookout for substitute teachers. If interested, please inquire with Mrs. Miller in the district administration office, (989) 876-7157 and she will put you into direct contact with Laurie Crane at ESS-WillSub

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Getting into the Holiday Spirit!!


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