ISD programs helping children reach full academic potential

MANISTEE — One of the many trademarks of the Manistee Intermediate School District is to provide an environment that allows students to reach their full potential.

Manistee County Elementary students took part in the Elementary Science Olympiad this week at Kennedy Elementary School. The Manistee Intermediate School District put on the event that drew more than 325 students.

Manistee County Elementary students took part in the Elementary Science Olympiad this week at Kennedy Elementary School. The Manistee Intermediate School District put on the event that drew more than 325 students.

Besides providing professional development sessions to keep teachers up on the latest and best teaching techniques, the ISD General Education Department coordinates a series of student enrichment programs throughout the year. Programs like Young Authors, Honors Band and Elementary Science Olympiad challenge students to go above an beyond.

This week the ISD hosted the Elementary Science Olympiad competition at Kennedy Elementary School that drew in more than 325 third through sixth grade students. Schools that sent students to the annual competition were Kennedy Elementary, Bear Lake, Brethren, Onekama, Manistee Catholic and Trinity Lutheran.

General Education director Kay Salyer said the ISD enjoys putting on these programs, but stresses they wouldn’t be possible without the assistance of the K-12 staff members at the local districts.

“We are proud to offer student programs like Science Olympiad to schools in our ISD,” said Salyer. “Our hope is to support learning through hands on experiences in collaboration with all schools in the county. We’d like to thank principals, teachers, aides and parents for their support in this project because they run the events for all students. We appreciate their hard work and time volunteered for this event.”

Manistee ISD General Education consultant Kim Rinehart said the ISD has been putting on the program for the past 20 years and it is extremely popular with the students.

“We are proud to sponsor the Elementary Science Olympiad,” said Rinehart. “It is funded through a math and science grant from the Michigan Department of Education. Our goal with the program is to get students excited about science and engineering.”

Rinehart said that Kennedy Elementary School and its staff have hosted the event for many years and do a great job. However, she added that all the school districts pitch in to help with the events.

“We owe Kennedy and its staff a huge thank you,” said Rinehart. “All the districts host at least one event and some of the schools host more than one.”

Students were divided into two divisions (third and fourth grade and fifth and sixth grade), competed in 11 events in Science Olympiad. Those events were Pentathlon, Flora and Fauna, Mystery Boxes, In the Balance, Aerodynamics, What Went By, Paper Rockets, Egg Drop, Calculator Contest, Estimania and Barge Building.

“All the kids get participation ribbons,” said Rinehart. “Medals were awarded for the top three places in each division. Best in school ribbons are awarded to those that place at the top of each event for each school.”

Rinehart said the sky is the limit on events that the students can compete in at Science Olympiad.

“Kids may participate in all events,” said Rinehart. We have a general door prize drawing for all students and a drawing for larger prizes for students who participate in a certain number — this year it was seven. We encourage students to compete in as many as they can.”

The participation numbers is something that Rinehart feels speak volumes.

“The Elementary Science Olympiad is a very popular event,” said Rinehart. “The feedback from schools is overwhelmingly positive and it shows with their student and adult participation.”

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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