Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Chatty Kathy: November 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!!
I hope you are able to enjoy delicious food as well as time with family and friends this Thanksgiving!
Upcoming Events
Thanksgiving Break—No School    Wednesday, November 25-Friday, November 27
MS Band and Choir Concert           Thursday, December 3, at 7:00 p.m. in the theater

Holiday Spirit Week                         December 14-18                                                            
Monday—Holiday Morning Day
Tuesday—Holiday Movie Day
Wednesday—Ugly Sweater Day
Thursday—Happy New Year Day
Friday—Holiday Spirit Day
HS Band and Choir Concert              Thursday, December 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the theater
Washtenaw International High School (WIHI) Open Houses                                            
Thursday, January 7 and Monday, January 11 from 7:00-8:30
This program is for students who will be entering 9th grade next year.  To learn about this program prior to the meeting, visit the website at http://www.wihi.org.

Opportunities for Students
Learning Academy:  Learning Academy is available for students on Mondays in Mr. Stidham’s room (A203), Tuesdays in Ms. Gordon’s room (A201), and Thursdays in Mr. Seaver’s room (A204) from 2:50-3:45.  Students are expected to bring work with them, follow school rules, respect other students, respect volunteers in the classroom, respect all equipment, and have a ride home at 3:45 p.m.  With the end of the semester not too far off, Homework Club is the perfect opportunity for students to get any extra help they may need.

Young Artist Scholarship Competition:  In memory of Andrew J. Lum and David R. Juillet, the Young Artist Scholarship Competition is open to high school wind or percussion instrument players.  Musicians should prepare a solo that has band accompaniment and submit an application and CD of themselves playing this solo. Finalists will be chosen by the Ann Arbor Concert Band panel to perform their solos at a live audition. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship prize from the Andrew J. Lum and David R. Juillet Young Artists Scholarship Fund and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. They will also perform with the Ann Arbor Concert Band on May 15, 2016, at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. Application and CD must be received by January 31, 2016. Live auditions (by appointment) will be held February 22, 2016 between 6 and 7:30 p.m.  The winner will perform solo in the AACB Concert on May 15, 2016.  Competition rules and applications are available at www.aaband.org.

Playing With Purpose Scholarship Program:  In 1996, SportQuest (formerly Athletes of Good News) developed a unique award program that recognizes and rewards Christian athletes. More than 55,000 Christian athletes have been touched by the SportQuest Playing With Purpose program. Thousands of dollars in scholarships have been awarded, and Christian athletes have received prestigious recognition on a national level through TV, newspaper, and magazine coverage.  The program’s existence is a testimony to the student athlete’s athletic and academic accomplishments, but most importantly, the PWP Program honors their commitment to a Christ-centered lifestyle.
Applying student-athletes must meet ALL of the following criteria:
1. Currently a high school sophomore, junior, or senior.
2. Maintains a minimum "C" grade average or higher.
3. Currently a varsity level athlete in one or more sports.
4. A committed follower of Christ who embodies the Playing with Purpose message.
Once an athlete receives the SportQuest Playing With Purpose scholarship information, he or she must complete the online application by February 1, 2016. The application process is easy to complete.  For more information and to apply, go to http://www.allamericanaward.org/atp.html
Boys State or Girls State:  American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State are the premier programs for teaching how government works while developing leadership skills and an appreciation for your rights as a citizen. As a participant in the program, you will run for office, learn public speaking, create and enforce laws, and actively participate in all phases of creating and running a working government in this exciting and fun summer program.  You’ll meet other students from across your state who will become friends for life, and you’ll develop confidence and leadership skills that will shape your future.

Students who attend Boys State or Girls State and are descendants of a war-time era veteran may apply for the opportunity to win $20,000 from the Samsung American Legion Scholarship.

Local American Legion offices sponsor students to attend.  Interested students should see Ms. Klump-Ward for information.

Michigan State Student Trooper:  This program is open to Michigan high school students, ages 16-18, in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades, who are in good physical condition and have an interest in law enforcement.  The trooper program provides students with a week-long experience at the Michigan State Police Academy facility in Lansing. Students learn the many aspects of law enforcement.  This program provides the student with knowledge of whether or not they wish to make law enforcement a career.  Scholarships range from $250 to $1000.  Applications are due May 27, 2016.  The class is scheduled for July 10-15, 2016.  For more information, visit http://www.michiganlegion.org/student-trooper.html or see Mrs. DeKeyser.

United Way Varsity Letter in Community Service:  The Varsity Letter in Community Service recognizes high school students for their outstanding volunteer work during the year by presenting them with a high school specific varsity letter in community service. Students participating in the program complete 145 hours of volunteer work from May 1 to April 30. All hours are verified by the Labor Participation Committee.  The basic requirements are as follows:
  • Be a student in grades 9-12 in Washtenaw County
  • Complete at least 145 hours of community service from May 1, 2015 to April 30, 2016 (only 3 hours per week!)
  • At least 50 of the total hours MUST be in non-school related activities
  • Have at least one school-related volunteer activity
  • All volunteer activities must be verifiable
  • All Varsity Letter Applicants are honored at a reception in early June.

For more information and to access the application packet, go to http://www.uwwashtenaw.org/sites/default/files/YU_LCSApp -04-29-10.doc.

Profile in Courage Essay Contest:  In honor of JFK’s political career, students are invited to participate in the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest. This program challenges students to consider the quality that JFK admired most in public life:  political courage.  Students in grades nine through twelve should submit an original and creative essay of 1000 words or less that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by JFK in his book Profiles in Courage.  The essay should describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1956.  The essay may focus on an issue at the local, state, national, or international level.  Students must use at least five varied sources and are encouraged to use primary source material.  The deadline for submission is January 6, 2016.  For complete guidelines, visit http://www.jfklibrary.org/Education/Profile-in-Courage-Essay-Contest.aspx.

Opportunities for Parents
Luncheon Lecture Series 2015-2016—Barriers to Engagement and Learning for Children and Youth:  How to Help
The Washtenaw Area Council for Children, Safe Kids, Strong Community is presenting the 2015-2016 Lecture Series Barriers to Engagement and Learning for Children and Youth:  How to Help.  The cost is $15 per lecture or $50 for the entire series (buffet lunch included).  All luncheon lectures take place from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, 1819 S. Wagner, Ann Arbor.  The dates are below.  For more information or to register, contact Marcia at Marcia@washtenawchildren.org or visit http://www.washtenawchildren.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/LL-bro-2015.pdf.
Tuesday, February 11              When Social Media Becomes Anti-Social
Thursday, March 8                  How Complicated Lives Create Barriers         

Parenting Through Separation and Divorce
The University Center for the Child and the Family (UCCF) is offering a workshop to help parents understand their children’s needs as they face the challenges of separation and divorce.  It offers specific suggestions for creating the most beneficial post-divorce parenting relationships. The workshop is free and open to the public, and it is an approved alternative to the SMILE program presented by Friend of The Court.  It is held at the UM Center for the Child and the Family, which is located at 530 Church Street, UM East Hall, Suite 1465, Ann Arbor, MI.

This workshop is available December 1, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, or June 1.  Registration is required.  Please call 734.764.9466 to reserve a place.  Lectures are from 7:30-8:00 p.m.  Free parking is available in the UM Church Street structure.  For more information, visit http://mari.umich.edu/sites/default/files/documents/2014-15_event_adhd_and_parenting_through.pdf

Teens Using Drugs:  What to Know and What to Do
“Teens Using Drugs: What to Know and What to Do" is a free, two-part workshop series presented monthly in Ypsilanti.  It is designed to help parents, families, teens, and people who work with teens learn to understand and identify teen substance abuse problems and take appropriate, timely, and effective action to help.  Part 1 provides information on understanding and recognizing teen substance abuse.  Part 2 provides information on what should and should not be done to help when a teen substance abuse problem is suspected.  Part 2 includes a recovering teen speaker.  The program will be presented by a Dawn Farm or Growth Works therapist specializing in adolescent substance abuse.

The series is co-sponsored by Dawn Farm, the Livingston and Washtenaw Regional Coordinated School Health Program Council, and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Greenbrook Recovery Center. All presentations are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.  The programs are presented at the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Education Center, Classroom EC4 (second floor), 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the first (Part 1) and second (Part 2) Tuesday evenings of each month from October, November, and January through June.  Free literature and resource information are provided as elective handouts. Ample free parking is available. Certificates to document attendance are available on request.

For additional information about the “Teens Using Drugs: What to Know and What to Do” workshop series, please contact Dawn Farm at 734.485.8725 or info@dawnfarm.org, or check the website at http://dawnfarm.org/programs/teens-using-drugs.

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