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Annual Food Drive
Help Struggling Genesee County Families!
The annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is scheduled for Saturday, May 9. Those who can, are being asked to please donate to this drive by placing nonperishable canned, boxed, or bagged food items in or near mailboxes for pick-up on May 9. You can also drop off your donations at your local post office the day of the drive, and even stay to volunteer. Volunteers are needed from 1:30 until the last mail truck comes in, which is usually by 6:00 p.m. With over 35,000 school aged children throughout Genesee County depending on their school programs to provide at least one daily meal, it is crucial this drive is successful to help our local food banks and community pantries to supply those families in need over the summer months.
For questions or information on how you can volunteer, contact Cindy Cromwell of United Way at (810) 762-5827.
Staff Earn ServSafe Certification
A licensed kitchen is required by law to have at least one staff member ServSafe certified. ServSafe is a program that teaches the strict practice of sanitation procedures within food service operations, and sets the standard for safe food handling across the country.
Health, Safety, and Nutrition Services is pleased to announce that all of its full time kitchen staff are now ServSafe certified. Recently, both Brenniss Carnes-Ferguson and Roshanda Townsend attended courses for ServSafe, passed all testing, and received their proof of certification. Congratulations, Brenniss and Roshanda!
Updates from the Innovation Crew
The Navigator Innovation Crew has been working on the development and implementation of a collection method for innovative ideas from throughout the organization. A draft data collection tool is in the works and as with all good work, it takes time to get it just right. The Innovation Crew is currently testing the tool to ensure its ease of use and effectiveness for purposes of data tracking. The crew has also been working on the development of a submission area for innovative ideas within the GISD website, so employees can easily access the resource.
The crew’s next step involves analyzing an implementation grid that will help to evaluate the ideas that are submitted. The Innovation Crew is excited to implement a culture and philosophy of seeking innovative ideas from employees. Watch for the launch of these efforts on August 31!
Steel Band Performs
The Mott Middle College Steel Band was pleased to have been asked to perform on May 2 at the community celebration honoring the installation of Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea as the seventh president of Mott Community College. If you’ve never heard this talented group, keep your eyes and ears out for future opportunities to enjoy their music! More information about the group can be found here.
MCIC Family Fun Night a Success!
MCIC held its eighth annual Family Fun Night on April 23. Family and friends were invited to share an afternoon of fun, food, and excitement with their students. The activity centered on the theme of A Trip Around the World. Participants were provided with a passport and received flag stickers representing each country they visited along the way.
An indoor midway was spread throughout the building, encouraging families to visit a variety of classrooms and participate in games that were designed to stimulate the senses, provide exposure to geography and social studies, and were adapted to meet a variety of physical abilities through technology. Additional events included: Scholastic Book Fair, Buster the Bus, craft sale, bounce house, and live music. This year's turnout was fantastic and families and staff alike commented on the fun and festive atmosphere.
Graduates and Newlyweds!
Cedrick Brown Jr., son of GISD Head Start staff member Nicole Burkes-Brown, is graduating from Hamady High School. Cedrick participates in the CEO Commitment to Excellence program, and will be receiving a scholarship to attend the University of Michigan-Flint.
Dylan B. Moore, son of Mott Middle College Counselor Kerry Moore, graduates with a degree in international law from George Washington Law School in Washington, DC on May 17. Dylan will be home for the summer to prepare for the bar and then plans to take a position in Washington State.
Rob Mattiuzzo, son of Rev. Thomas and Rhonda Mattiuzzo, from Early Childhood Programs and Services, graduated on May 1 from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, with a degree in Biblical studies. Rob will also be married on July 19 to Alicia States of Omaha, Nebraska.
Dawn Holcomb, Forensic Science and Biomedical Instructor at Genesee Career Institute, got married on March 28. The wedding took place at the Mt. Holly Ski Resort, where she and her husband, Tim, met as members of the National Ski Patrol.
Matthew Williams, son of Genesee Career Institute Instructor Kristen Asiala, was married to Gayle Marie Rourk on April 18 in Livonia. The happy couple resides in Novi.
Congratulations and best wishes to all of the graduates, newlyweds, and their families!
A Good Deed is Appreciated
Transportation Director Chad Sexton would like to recognize Lindsie Smith, a Davis Education Center custodian, and to make others aware of her good deed. She recently found money that had been lost and belonged to Chad and returned it, along with a nice handwritten note. Thank you for your kindness and honesty, Lindsie!
Special Thanks to Transition Center Students
The Reading Recovery® staff send their thanks to Charlotte Gambrel and the students at the Transition Center for all their hard work. Approximately 600 writing books were produced by the Transition Center students. The books are used by first grade Reading Recovery students to read and write original stories on a daily basis. The students at the Transition Center provided a useful and productive service and deserve a big THANK YOU!
Reading Recovery® Teachers Achieve Certification
Since the establishment of Reading Recovery® at GISD in 1996, the Reading Recovery Center has trained new teachers and provided continuing professional development to Reading Recovery, Literacy Support, and Literacy Lessons teachers. Reading Recovery is short-term early literacy intervention that supports the classroom instruction of a comprehensive literacy program for first grade students.
Congratulations to these newly-certified 2014-2015 Reading Recovery teachers: Teresa Grindle and Michelle Pyrett, Clio Area Schools; Holly Karram and Melissa Wood, Genesee School District; Pam Bachner, Jessica Christian, and Keri Nemecek, Grand Blanc Community Schools; Nichol Jackson and Chelsea Neuenfeldt, International Academy of Saginaw; Megan Skergan, Linden Community Schools; and Amanda Palen, Richfield Public School Academy.
A Safety Reminder
Did you know that all of the school districts in Genesee County follow a countywide policy for Emergency and Crisis Response? School administrators take safety very seriously and districts across Genesee County have worked together to form a standard set of safety procedures for safety events such as Evacuation, Severe Weather, Secure Mode, Lockdown, and Shelter-in-Place. Administrators, local police and fire municipalities, and county emergency management also collaborate to conduct multiple drills during the year in an effort to review safety procedures and keep students and staff safe.
You can help keep students and staff safe by reviewing these procedures and your building’s safety map. Familiarize yourself with pertinent areas such as where to go during a tornado, locations of exit doors, or even where to congregate outside in the event of a fire or building evacuation. If you have any questions, please be sure to contact your school administrator or members of your building’s crisis response team. Let’s keep each other safe!
Students Show Support for Child Abuse Awareness Month
As shown in the photo, GISD Transition Center students recently wore blue in honor of National Child Abuse Awareness Month. Additionally, students spent time learning about safety for themselves and smaller children. As a result, Transition Center Student Council members are planning to develop a community project that will help to continue to educate and support abuse awareness.
GCI Students Headed to National Competitions
Recently, Genesee Career Institute students participated in the State of Michigan Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) competitions. Students who medal in these competitions qualify to move on to the national level. GCI staff are very proud to announce the national qualifiers. Read more here.