TCS News to Know

For the Week of May 22, 2023

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Dear Families,

We are in the homestretch for the end of the 2022-23 school year. Please take note of some important things:

  • There is NO school on Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.
  • HS/MS Exams start on Tuesday, May 30 - Friday, June 2.
  • School is a half day, with an 11:30 am dismissal on Thursday, June 1 and Friday, June 2.
  • All electronics (chromebooks, cases, and chargers) must be turned in before the last day!

Summer Programming for Elementary

Over the summer, we want all students to have an opportunity to participate in learning experiences, to prevent what is commonly called "summer slide." All students in grades K-5 will be provided with a Think-Stretch summer skills workbook. This includes weekly reading, writing, math, and bonus activities that parents can do with their students. These workbooks will be sent home next week! There is also a Parent Guide, to help all adults know best how to guide this summer learning. Parents do not need to sign up for this program.

We are also excited to announce that we are participating in a program called Kids Read Now, which will be sending books to your home every 10-12 days, for all students in grades K-5. Each book includes guided discussion questions to help increase family engagement. A bonus ninth book of beautifully illustrated creative writing prompts concludes the program so children can write their own stories! Parents do not need to sign up for this program.

We are also happy to be bringing back Summer Enrichment - a daily summer program available by sign up only, for any current K-5 student. This includes academic programming Monday - Thursday, from 8:30 - 12:00 and BLAST fun field trips on Fridays. This is not a drop in program, only students that are registered in advance can participate. Transportation will be provided for students signed up for the entire week of programming. Free breakfast and lunch will be available to all students. A detailed informational sheet will be coming home with all students this week, with a registration deadline of Wednesday, May 31. All information is also available below.

Summer Credit Recovery for MS/HS

If your student needs to retake a class to help earn a credit in HS, or be prepared to be more successful next fall for MS, then we are offering online, independent summer credit recovery. Detailed information is listed below. All students need to be registered by Friday, June 9.

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3 State Qualifiers for Track!

The Tekonsha Track Team had a very strong showing at the MHSAA Region 35-4 meet held at Hillsdale College on Friday, May 19. Three different students qualified for the state finals! This meet will be held on Saturday, June 3 at Baldwin Middle School in Hudsonville. Congratulations to these athletes!
  • Wyatt Blashfield - Discus
  • Kyle Redd - 100 m Dash
  • Dani VanLente (Marshall Academy) - 3200 m run

Academic Awards Night Honors Excellence!

The Tekonsha Jr/Sr High Academic Awards Night was held on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 6 pm in the HS gymnasium. This was a wonderful evening to honor seniors for scholarships and honors achieved, as well as underclassmen and middle school students for excellence in the classroom. Click below for a full listing of all of the academic honors presented. It's always a great night when we get to celebrate the hard work and dedication our students put toward their education!


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Spring Music in the Air!

If you missed the Tekonsha HS/MS Spring Band Concert on Thursday, May 18, all of the performances are available to view on the district YouTube channel, or you can check them out below! All of the bands, under the direction of Miss Hanna Ardrey, did an excellent job!
Tekonsha 6th -12th grade bands with some Star Wars fun! 5/18/2023
THS Band Spring Concert 5/18/2023
THS Band 5/18/2023
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Arrive Alive!

Students at Tekonsha High School got a valuable lesson on the dangers of driving while impaired with a visit from the Arrive Alive program on Friday, May 19.

UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour® is the nation’s number-one ranked drunk and distracted driving awareness event, as well as the first-and-only marijuana driving simulator in the country. The Arrive Alive Tour uses a high-tech, state-of-the-art simulator that allows

participants to drive while distracted, drunk, or drugged in a fully functioning vehicle without moving or being impaired. The simulator allows participants to experience the real-life dangers without the real life consequences.

UNITE's Arrive Alive Tour is sponsored by Michigan OHSP, the Transportation Improvement Association, and Farm Bureau of Michigan to bring this life changing event to Tekonsha High School. The mission is to change these dangerous driving behaviors and save lives.

UNITE's Arrive Alive Tour and Michigan OHSP have partnered to launch The Arrive Alive Safe Driving Campaign throughout the state of Michigan. The goal is to educate teens on the dangers of distracted, drunk, and drugged driving to help keep the roads of Michigan safe.

End of Year Field Trips!

Students in grades 3-5 had a great day exploring the Kalamazoo Valley Museum and Airborne Adventures in Kalamazoo, MI on Friday, May 19. Thank you to the teachers and chaperones for making this happen for our students! For more pictures of the field trip fun, check out the Tekonsha Community Schools Facebook page!

Upcoming Trips

  • Tuesday, May 23 - 9th Gr Field Trip to Tibbits Theater to see Romeo and Juliet
  • Wednesday, May 24 - 8th Gr trip to the Calhoun Area Career Center
  • Thursday, May 25 - Kindergarten, 1st, & 2nd Field Trip to Binder Park Zoo

Becoming Michelangelo!

Students in Mrs. Aryn Henry's 1st and 2nd grade art classes went from looking down last week to looking up this week! Students taped papers under tables and practiced painting above them, after learning about the Italian artist Michelangelo, and how he famously painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. We love the focus that they are giving to their Michelangelo-inspired art! For even more pictures of our student artists, check out the Tekonsha Community Schools Facebook Page.

Senior Highlights

Derek Booker

Derek Booker is the son of Derek Booker Sr., Chiffon Gaskill, Connie Little, and Kristan McKimmy. His siblings are Bianca, Devonte, Vondell, Yondell, Morgan, Mateyah, Deondre, and Holly. Derek has attended Tekonsha Schools for the last two years. He listed Mrs. Tew as his most influential staff member, stating, "She has helped me a lot this year." While in school, Derek has participated in football, basketball, track, and student council. He was also the 2022 Homecoming King. His advice to underclassmen is "Do your best and you'll be alright." After graduation, he plans to go to Olivet College and plans to live life to the best of his ability.

Claude Wart

Claude Wart is the son of Clinton Wart and Ginger Gonzales. His siblings are Clara Wart, Marcelino Gonzeles, and Elaina Gonzales. He has attended Tekonsha Schools for 6 years. He listed Mr. Jenkins as his most influential teacher. He shared, "He is always pushing you to be your best self and making sure everything is alright and is always willing to help a student that is in need of help." During high school, Claude has been actively involved in football, basketball, baseball, and student council. His advice to underclassmen is "Don't wait to start trying in high school take it seriously not as a joke." After graduation, Claude plans to enter the work force.

Kyle Redd

Kyle Redd is the son of Daryl and Trisha Blashfield. His siblings are Ashlyn, Garrett, Wyatt, Emmitt, and Lydia Blashfield, and Annabella and Maddison Redd. He has attended Tekonsha Schools for four years. During high school, he has been involved in football, basketball, baseball, and track. His advice to underclassmen is "Try hard now so you don't have to try hard later." His most influential staff member is Mrs. Blashfield, stating, "She is the most caring and responsible person I have ever met." After graduation, he plans to attend Olivet College to study psychology and run track.

Alexis Risk

Alexis Risk is the daughter of Nicole and William Risk. She has attended Tekonsha Schools for the last two years. She listed Mrs. Runyon as her most influential teacher. She said, "Mrs. Runyon is always there when you need to talk. She always makes sure we have our work turned in on time and gives us time to do our work." While in high school, Alexis has been involved in cheerleading and was the 2023 Snowcoming Queen. Her advice to underclassmen is "If you take your time, you'll get it done." After graduation, Alexis wants to attend college to become a special education teacher.

Additional Seniors Not Pictured:

We also had a few members to the Class of 2023 that opted to not have their profiles shared, but we want to acknowledge their hard work as part of the senior class!

  • Tristen Demeritt
  • Jakob Rader
  • Wyatt Rader
  • Olivia Shapow

Student Congrats!

Congratulations to our Tekonsha Elementary School TEACHERS' CHOICE Indians of the Week for the week of May 15-19. Students were recognized for the following traits:

  • Kindergarten - Growth
  • 1st Grade - Organization
  • 2nd Grade - Great Gains
  • 3rd Grade - Super Growth
  • 4th Grade - Respectful
  • 5th Grade - Helpful
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2023-24 School Calendar Now Available!

If you are looking to plan for next school year, the 2023-24 calendar has been released! Please click on the link below to download a copy!

Menus for the Month

Breakfast and lunch menus for both the elementary and the MS/HS are now available on the website! Click on the links below to access these.

Special Board Meeting

Wednesday, May 24th, 5:30pm

245 South Elm Street

Tekonsha, MI

Important Links!!!