The Au Gres-Sims School District

www.ags-schools.org

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Hello Au Gres-Sims Families,

For the past month I have included a "Help Wanted" section in this newsletter. Chances are good that you have scrolled past it and haven't given it a second thought. If you are not in job search mode, this is completely understandable. Regardless of your job status, it is important to note that we are in need of more help at our school. The pandemic has exacerbated the needs of our students and reduced the workforce. Difficult to fill positions before the pandemic are now next to impossible to fill. Our staff is dedicated to providing every service possible to our students, but we are stretched and we know that we need more help in order to serve our students the way that we want and they need


It is very easy to point out what ISN'T being done, but I would like to challenge you to look at what IS being done. Wednesday, November 17th is Educational Support Professionals Day. It is a day of celebration that most people don't know about, but it is a day that we celebrate and show gratitude to the people that make schools work. Wednesday we celebrate our custodians, cooks, bus drivers, and paraprofessionals. In education, it is the little pieces of gratitude that go the furthest. Gifts are nice, but words of support and thankfulness are equally, if not more, impactful, and they don't cost you anything other than a few minutes of your time. Even if you do not have a personal relationship with any of our support personnel (but you or your child most likely does), please consider showing them how much you appreciate what they do. AGS absolutely could not function without these people!


Everyone listed below has an AGS email, formatted the same way, their last name, followed by their first initial, @ags-schools.org.

Example, John Smith would have the email smithj@ags-schools.org


Custodians

  • Shelly Guthrie
  • Bethany Gay
  • Crystal Hunt


Cooks

  • Amber Sheneman
  • Vicki Petri
  • Marvin Cochran
  • Brittany Batchelor


Bus Drivers

  • Bob Lyon
  • Robert Strano
  • Cory Brown
  • Scott Fader


Paraprofessionals

  • Aileen Kubik
  • Tara Moore
  • Amanda Hewitt
  • Jeri Christie
  • Tom Strawn
  • Amelia Freehling
  • Pam Steward


'Other'

  • Ken McCaffrey
  • John Sheeran


The contribution that these people make to your child's education is immense. They are a critical component of what we do everyday for our students. Please show them your support on Wednesday, November 17.

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K-12 Principal's Update

We are now going on year 7 of having chromebooks on campus for student access. Recently, these have been vital tools to bridge Covid learning hurdles and are another tool in our tool box to enhance student learning. Lately, It seems like I've fielded many concerns from parents who have indicated that they can’t use their chromebook at home because they don’t have internet. Without the internet, students can still work in “offline” mode. Although they can’t access the internet, they can still create, open, and edit Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Any changes that they make will save and sync next time the Chromebook is connected to the internet. Maybe not having the internet is not such a bad thing!


A hearty congratulations to our varsity football team on a perfect season so far, 11-0! The team hosts the Colon Magi on Saturday at 1:00 in Semifinal action. Winner of this game earns a trip to the Superior Dome in Marquette, Michigan, to play for a State title on Saturday, November 20, at 2:00 pm! Tickets for this game need to be purchased through the following “Go Fan” web link- https://gofan.co/app/school/MI4040. Also, lower elementary parents (grades 3 and lower), please make sure that you are in attendance with your children if they are attending the game. During the game all students should be in the stands. Go Wolverines! Keep making history and representing us proudly!!!


As a reminder, we do not have school on Monday as this is our district wide safety day. Good luck to everyone in your safe and successful hunts. Don’t forget to enjoy your peace and quiet out in the woods while creating great memories and bonding opportunities. And one last note, the PTO bazaar has been canceled for Saturday, November 13, and is rescheduled for Saturday, December 4.

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Athletics Update

The Fall sports season is coming to a close and it has been a wildly successful fall for AGS teams. Good luck to our Varsity Football team tomorrow as they take on Colon in the State Semi-Final of the MHSAA Playoffs! Kick off is at 1pm and tickets may be purchased digitally at: https://gofan.co/app/school/MI4040


If we win tomorrow, the team will play in the MHSAA 8-man state final next Saturday, November 20 at 2pm in the Superior Dome on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette. This would be the first state final in the history of Au Gres-Sims!


Next Week's Game Schedule

Thur. 11/18 MS Boys Basketball AWAY @ Hale, 6pm

Fri. 11/19 MS Boys Basketball AWAY @ Fairview, 6pm

Important Dates

Important dates for October and November for the Au Gres-Sims School District


NOVEMBER

  • NOV. 15: School Holiday - No Students or Staff
  • NOV. 25-26: School Holiday - No Students or Staff

The Wolverine Wake-up! Written by the Students of AGS


The student-written Wolverine Wake-up returns this year with some veterans and some newcomers to the crew. The students and teacher editor Mr. Freeman look forward to bringing you the news in their words each week. Fall is here and winter is coming.


Click here for the November 12, 2021 Edition (Issue 40)

Help Wanted at AGS

Count day has come and passed and enrollment is up at AGS! As a result, we are looking to add several community-minded members to our amazing team. If you are anyone you know might be interested in joining the Au Gres-Sims staff, please check out the employment opportunities section of our website.


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Job Opportunities at AGS


  • Full-time Special Education Teacher (1.0, but flexible to part time if desired by the candidate)
  • (3) full-time Paraprofessionals
  • Health Resource Advocate (grant-funded for the 21-22 school year)
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Creating Spirit Art in After School Art Club- GO WOLVERINES!!

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