We will help ALL students reach their social, emotional, and academic potential.



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A Message From Your Loving Principal

'Staff Appreciation Week' was excellent and thoughtful...thank you to our wonderful, dedicated staff and thank you to our generous PTO for a week of goodies and the new 'UNITY' shirts that state, "Together as one serving our students and community." I feel extremely fortunate to work in partnership with so many amazing people in the service of children.

You know, this is a good place to be... OUR Sequoyah Elementary!

I have always considered this school a happy place. Of course I’ve had a few off days (who hasn’t) and we all have those days when we are certain that the rain clouds will never go away (especially this challenging school year), but for the most part, there have been precious few days when I have not walked into this building and found it a happy place to be. A place where I felt safe, a place that gave to me as I have to it, a place where I was happy.

I pray for the health and safety of our Sequoyah family daily. As I reflect upon this remarkable year, I find that there is hope and love within us; a hope and love that everyone in this place shares. I realize that in any place where more than two people share the same space, there will also be disagreement. I realize that there will be those who, for whatever reason, would want to be anywhere else but here. Nevertheless, I continue to share hope and love that this place and the teaching we offer, provides an atmosphere where ALL can reach their social, emotional, and academic potential.

If Sequoyah is meeting the needs of its students, and by projection, the needs of the community it serves, then it will be a place where the individual is nurtured and satisfied with knowledge and encouraged to try out that knowledge – to experiment and grow. When that happens, our school is a nurturing and nourishing place. I want to believe that Sequoyah is that happy place, satisfying and serving the needs of our students, staff, and families.

Sequoyah is a good place for us all.

Sequoyah is a happy place for us all.

Sequoyah is a nourishing place for us all.

This is OUR Sequoyah, and we are proud of it!

Let's not forget to say goodbye to our fantastic 5th graders as they continue their journey of learning, living, and leading...we'll miss you terribly! You have a fabulous future ahead of you…starting now!

Have a great and restful summer my stupendous Sequoyah family!

Love and Hugs,

Ted Zotos



IMPORTANT UPCOMING will be added so please check back often!!!

August 16 & 18: Incoming Kindergarten Screening by APPOINTMENT ONLY!

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Our Sequoyah's Science Olympiad Team competed against 17 other K-5 elementary teams and placed 8th overall at the 'Macomb County Science Olympiad Competition'...Thank You Coach Flemming for your leadership and help!!!


  • 1st Place AND the Einstein Award- A is for Anatomy- Iris Kamberaj
  • 2nd Place- Starry, Starry Night- Paige Allen and Delaney Cook
  • 3rd Place- Simple Machines- Kendyl Smith and Brooklyn Miller
  • 3rd Place- Water Bottle Rockets- Kendyl Smith and Brooklyn Miller
  • 4th Place- Weather or Not- Olivia Wood
  • 4th Place- Charged Up- Olivia Wood

Team Members/Events

  • Caroline Boaki and Dawson Weiss- Grasp a Graph and Zowie Estimation
  • Delaney Cook and Paige Allen- Crash Car Eggspert and Starry, Starry Night
  • Alex Velasco- Ping Pong Propulsion and Rock Hound
  • Olivia Wood- Charged up and Weather or Not
  • Harper Ballew- Amazing Arthropods and Wildlife Safari
  • Iris Kamberaj- A is for Anatomy
  • Kendyl Smith and Brooklyn Miller- Simple Machines and Waterbottle Rockets
  • Alivia Nimo and Harper Merida- Crime busters and Bridging the Gap


Creating a positive learning environment at Sequoyah is a priority. Throughout the year, we place an emphasis on teaching specific behavior expectations or in student friendly terms, our Sequoyah Thunderbird Three: Safety, Respect, and Responsibility. We created a recognition program called the Thunderbird 3 Heroes which celebrates students who are displaying an exceptional example in following our Thunderbird Three.

Staff members select students to receive this honor for consistently following the Thunderbird Three and serving as role models for other students. We celebrate their efforts by displaying their pictures and biographies on a bulletin board in the atrium. They also receive Thunderbird 3 Heroes t- shirts, goodies, and certificates.

Kids Heart Challenge with Mr. Malburg!

Sequoyah students participated this year in the Kid's Heart Challenge to become heart heroes! Their fundraising efforts were to help fight heart disease and stroke. Students learned the importance of making healthy choices for themselves and others to support heart health. This year was quite different without our jump rope competition, however the outcome remained amazing!

Sequoyah students raised $9,200 for the American Heart Association!

Our school earns gift certificates for Physical Education equipment for our participation in the program. I am so proud of the efforts during this difficult school year that included so many transitions. Way to go Thunderbirds!

The top five fundraising students were:

  1. Alivia (Graves)- $500
  2. Jeffrey (Kuzner)- $427
  3. Addison (Graves)- $377
  4. Dylan (Collar)- $367
  5. Mason (Casteel)- $355


What a wonderful and exciting reading month we had! Our Thunderbirds participated in many reading related activities and in our bookmark contest.

Our Sequoyah bookmark winners enjoyed a McDonald's lunch with Mr. Zotos and Mrs. Jaster and their winning bookmarks are proudly on display in the Media Center.

Congratulations to all our winners!!!

Bookmark Contest Winners:

Kindergarten: Julian - Mrs. Hagel's class

1st Grade: Lauren - Mrs. Woodruff's class

2nd Grade: Auggie - Mrs. Nelson's class

3rd Grade: Paige - Mr. Kuzner's class

4th Grade: Xander - Mrs. Flemming's class

5th Grade: Ina - Mrs. Villaire's class


FREE Breakfast/Lunch for ALL Chippewa Valley Students!!!

Thanks to a program extension from the USDA, Chippewa Valley Schools will now feed all children 18 years and younger for FREE through the end of the 2021-2022 school year.

Distribution will not take place during holiday breaks.

To see if your family qualifies for additional benefits,

please fill out a free/reduced application at

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Family Guides: Supporting Learning in 2020-21

Seek Common Ground and Student Achievement Partners created Family Guides to help anyone supporting a child's learning in the 2020 - 2021 school year. Learn more about what children should know and be able to do in math and literacy. In addition, how to reinforce learning with everyday activities, tips for talking to teachers, and online resources.

Click on the 'Family Guides' below for each grade level...