The Au Gres-Sims School District

www.ags-schools.org

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Au Gres-Sims Families and Community,

With May flying by and the end of the 21-22 school year, plans are already underway for the 22-23 school year. An area of focus this year for our district has been our middle school and the creation of a unique learning culture for our students. One of the ways in which we worked on that this past year was a learning experience to the Hartley Outdoor Education Center in the fall.


I am happy to announce that our middle school will once again be taking part in this 3-day, 2-night trip of learning, this time with some exciting tweaks and changes to make it even more impactful for our students. This trip will take place Wednesday, September 14 through Friday, September 16 and during that time our middle school volleyball and football teams will not have practice or games. This trip is designed to build our House teams up, strengthen relationships, and to create a unique common point of reference for the learning that will take place throughout the school year.


After our first trip to Hartley the feedback was very positive and we have taken the feedback from that positive trip to create a schedule with new activities that we think is going to make our next trip even better. The middle grades are challenging in many ways, but this experience is a great opportunity for our students to be a part of something special, something just for them.


In the last few weeks of the school year we will be providing more information about this extended field trip, but please mark your calendars now for the AGS Middle School Hartley Outdoor Education Center Trip September 14-16, 2022.


Have a great weekend.


Mr. Ming

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K-12 Principal's Update

In these stressful times, a little emotional support is always helpful! The “Stay Well” program provides insights for parents, guardians, and caregivers on how to: recognize signs of distress in teens, provide positive support, how to talk to your teen about mental health, and how to lead by example by managing your own wellness. This webinar will run from 6:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 24, and you can register by going to https://bit.ly/3l3E07c. To support our students, there is a webinar on Wednesday, May 25, from 6:00-7:00 pm. The areas of focus include: how to recognize when someone needs help, what a panic attack looks and feels like, how anxiety can change people’s behavior, the best ways to offer support, the warning signs of suicide, and tips for keeping yourself emotionally healthy. You can register for this webinar by going to https://bit.ly/3PunzPF. Both of these sessions are free!


A couple of weeks ago I provided an update of end of the year events. Below is another update of various events for the remainder of the year so you can plan your calendars accordingly. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the main office.


-5/27 Last Senior Day

-5/30 No School- Memorial Day

-5/31 BB Pre-districts at WP

-6/1 Graduation rehearsal 8:30-10:00, Senior Class Night in the gym at 6:00 pm

-6/2 Graduation rehearsal 8:30-10:00, 9th Grade Orientation at 5:30, MS/HS Academic Awards (gr. 6-11) at 7

-6/3 Last CC day, Graduation at 7:30 at the football field

-6/4 BB Districts at WP, SB Districts at Alcona

-6/7 Elementary Fun Day at the City Park

-6/8 Elementary Fun Day at the City Park (rain date)

-6/9 1:00 dismissal, MS/HS 1st-3rd hour exams

-6/10 1:00 dismissal, MS/HS 4th-6th hour exams

8:30-9:45 4th/5th Awards

10:00-11:00 1st/2nd/3rd Awards

10:30-11:30 6th Grade Orientation in MPR

11:30-12:30 K Awards

-6/13 Last Teacher Day

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From the Desk of Mrs. Socha

I have a lot of information to share with you this week. First, I am attaching the Summer Enrichment flyers that were sent out via Thrillshare this week. Like last summer, we have a program for current 6th-8th grade students and a program for current Kindergarten-5th grade students. (Note: This program is open to all students who are not already part of the Title I Summer Program with Mrs. Gordon. If you were invited to Mrs. Gordon’s program, you should have received your invitation last week.) These 6-week-long virtual programs will focus on reading and math skills that have been identified as areas of focus based on our Spring NWEA results. There is an online platform that the students will be working in, as well as weekly sessions with a staff member for small group or individual help. The program will run from June 27-August 5. Please click on the links above to access the flyer to sign-up!


The High School Credit Recovery Program letters will be going out at the end of the school year. As a reminder, this will allow students who have failed a semester in a class to get back on track. Like last summer, we will refund the $50 course fee if your student successfully passes the course and earns back their credit. The program also runs for 6 weeks - June 27-August 5, and now that we are using Edmentum teachers for all courses, there is no in-person attendance requirement. If you know your child is behind in high school credits, be sure to watch for notifications from us in June.


As far as testing is concerned, we have it mostly complete, however, we will have a few last-minute tests to complete, and some retakes for students who fell under the district retake policy of a drop in score of more than 10 points from their last testing session. These will be completed early in the week and I hope to have testing wrapped up by mid-week.


Finally, I realized that the start of the month snuck on by and I have not yet shared the School and Home Connection Newsletters. Please click on the links below to view the newsletters for Elementary and Middle School for the month of May!


Elementary Newsletter - May

Middle School Newsletter - May


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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has a vast repository of Mental Health Resources including:


  • Online Discussion Groups
  • Resources for Teens
  • Help Lines (Phone and Text)
  • Mental Wellness Webinars
  • Behavioral Health Guides
  • Video Resources


Check them out at: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/resources/mental-health-resources

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Athletics Update


Next Week's Schedule of Events:

Sun. 5/22:

  • Varsity Baseball and Softball vs. Whittemore-Prescott @ SVSU, 3pm


Tue. 5/24

  • Varsity Baseball and Softball HOME vs. Charlton Heston Academy, 4pm


Thu. 5/26

  • Varsity Track NSL Championship AWAY @ Fairview, 2pm

Important Dates - May/June/End of School Year

Important dates for May/June for the Au Gres-Sims School District.


Good News! We received confirmation this week that our waiver for 3 days was accepted by the state. We are confirmed for only 1 make-up day, meaning our last day of school is Friday, June 10th for students.


MAY

  • 27th: Seniors LAST DAY
  • 30th: Memorial Day - STUDENT AND STAFF HOLIDAY


JUNE

  • 3rd: 7:30p Graduation at AGS Stadium
  • 8th: FULL DAY OF SCHOOL (was originally an early release day)
  • 9th: Early Release ALL STUDENTS at 1pm, Middle and High School Exams
  • 10th: Early Release ALL STUDENTS at 1pm, Middle and High School Exams, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR ALL STUDENTS
  • 13th: Teacher Records Day
  • 20th: 6p Board of Education Regular Meeting

Help Wanted at AGS

We are looking to add several community-minded members to our amazing team. If you or anyone you know might be interested in joining the Au Gres-Sims staff, please check out the employment opportunities section of our website.


https://www.ags-schools.org/employment-opportunities--95


Job Opportunities at AGS


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.


Looking Ahead to the 2022-2023 School Year


We are already planning ahead for next school year and looking for the very best to fill our ranks and join the AGS Family. We need your help! Please spread the word that we are on the lookout for the following positions for the 22-23 School Year.


  • Elementary Teacher


  • K-12 Art Teacher


  • Bus Driver (2)


  • Food Services Director

  • Special Education Teacher


  • Targeted Math Interventionist (part-time, grades 6-8)


  • Interventionist for Math and Reading (part-time, grades K-8)

Congratulations GSRP Students!

Last week came the close of the school year to our preschool students. The two videos below are a great celebration of how these young learners grew and developed over the course of the year. We will see you in the fall!
What I Want To Be GSRP 21 22
GSRP 2021 2022

In Case You Missed It...

Congratulations to Blaise Freeman who was 1 of 44 winners from over 500 entries of the Meemic Foundation's 7th Annual Masterpieces Art & Video Contest. Blaise one of chromebook for his video on staying safe online. Check it out below.
How to stay safe online for students
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Prom 2022

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