CASMAN Academy prepares for end of school year

MANISTEE — CASMAN Academy students’ last day of school will be taking place this year on May 31.CASMAN pic

Shelly VanVoorst, CASMAN director reported details this week at the board of education meeting.

“We ended up going over the allowable number of snow days by two this year,” said VanVoorst. “I was able to make up the time withing the existing calendar by converting Flex Fridays into regular half day Fridays. I did apply to the state and was granted a one day extra allowance by the Michigan Department of Education. This allows us to finish our regularly scheduled end date.

VanVoorst also updated the board on what is transpiring at the school in terms of state testing.

“Our state testing has been completed for all grade levels and subject areas,” said VanVoorst. “We have a few students to catch for their make-up M-STEP test at the middle school level. We have another week to try and make that happen.”

Students also have some special events planned in remaining days of school.

“On the last day of school, the city police are coming in to cook lunch on the grill for the students and possibly sing some karaoke with the staff and students afterward,” said VanVoorst.

Activity will not end at the school once the final day of school takes place.

“Summer school will start immediately the following week, and run for three weeks,” said VanVoorst. “We will also offer a summer food program host site for the three weeks that we are operating summer school. All kids eat free with the program. They do not need to be students of the school, they simply need to stop in.”

School safety is a priority at all school districts, and VanVoorst told the board that CASMAN Academy is no exception to those requirements.

“We have finished up our last required practice drill for the school year,” said VanVoorst. “Over the course of the year we held five fire drills, three lock downs and two tornado drills with the students.”

VanVoorst said the school improvement committee will be meeting on June 1 to make preparations for the upcoming year.

“We will review the overall data for the year, and make final recommendations on changes to the plan for next year,” said VanVoorst. “In the meantime as a staff, we are starting to meet to discuss plan changes for next year.”

Final teacher evaluations will also be taking place in the upcoming weeks.

“All observations have been completed and we’re just waiting on the final bit of data to complete the evaluations,” said VanVoorst. “The board of education will meet and finalize my evaluation by the June board meeting.”

A report was also given by CASMAN special education teacher Kimberly Evans. She had served as the English language arts teacher for the past four years and this year she moved to special education.

“Coming into this new position I knew I could rely on my co-workers and former co-workers, but the people at the ISD have been lifesaving,” said Evans. “When it comes to having questions they have been wonderful and I have never had another job where I felt so supported by everyone and it wouldn’t be possible to do it without their support.”

Evans said she looks forward to the upcoming year and putting all the things she has learned this year into practice.

“I love working here, and this is why I switched positions,” she said.

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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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