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Adopting a new calendar for school

March 21, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A decision by Constantine Public Schools to adopt a so-called balanced calendar would be made only after an exhaustive review and considerable public input.

For now, Superintendent Chuck Frisbie told a crowd of about two dozen people Wednesday, the concept is still just a proposal and remains in the discussion stage. If the measure is endorsed, it would begin no sooner than the 2015-16 academic year.

Constantine High School principal Christine Barnes provided information regarding studies that have focused on academic achievement in balanced-calendar school districts versus traditional September-to-June systems. A noteworthy component focused on what she called “summer slide,” the four to seven weeks at the onset of a new school year it takes many students to return to their knowledge level prior to summer vacation.

Frisbie said under a balanced calendar, school is in session 170 days, the same number of days under either schedule. Next year, the state is requiring 175 days and potentially 180 after that.

Barnes provided a balanced calendar showing school starting in mid-August and ending the third week of June. Two-week breaks are in place at the end of October, the end of December, and late March into early April. In addition, there would be no school the week of Thanksgiving and the calendar also shows a five-day weekend around Memorial Day.

District officials passed out a survey to audience members and the same survey is on the district’s website.

Special meeting for Constantine Schools

March 13, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Constantine Public Schools Superintendent Chuck Frisbie said a special meeting will take place Wednesday next week to discuss school safety, middle school building updates and the concept of year-round school.

Frisbie said he and school board members have received input on the subject of year-round school from parents and he would like to use next week’s session to further discuss the proposal.

Frisbie said the idea of year-round schooling has been discussed casually among the county’s superintendents, as a number of schools in the state are, too, since Gov. Snyder said there could be money attached to year-round schedules, Frisbie said.

He said 58 percent of Michigan’s high school graduates go on to attend college or a technical school. At 34 percent, St. Joseph County is in need of proposals to boost the number of graduates who continue their education, Frisbie said.

Applications for scholarships

January 17, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Applications for the 2014 Sturgis Area Community Foundation scholarship program are now being accepted.

Seniors at Sturgis High School are eligible for consideration and may pick up an application at the guidance office.

Scholarships opportunities are also available to seniors attending school in Centreville, Mendon, Colon, Constantine, White Pigeon and Burr Oak. Applications may be obtained online at sturgisfoundation.org.

Applications will be accepted through March 28.

Not going to state

November 18, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

All three area football teams bowed out of the state playoffs Saturday.

In Division 8, Mendon was beaten at home for the second consecutive year by Muskegon Catholic Central. Saturday’s 28-to-12 loss ends the Hornets season at 11-and-1.

Constantine, hoping to return to the Division 6 state championship game for the third time in three years, suffered a road loss to the Clinton Redskins, 47-to-28. The Falcons snuck into the playoffs with a 5-and-4 record and end their season at 7-and-5.

Meanwhile, Schoolcraft put its 10-and-1 record on the line against the Shelby Tigers and lost a road game, 33-to-7.

Further north, in Division 2, Portage Central is now 12-and-0 and will play in a state semifinal game at 1 o’clock Saturday against a one-loss Muskegon High School team. The game is at East Kentwood High School.

Two games away from state championship

November 11, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A trio of area high school football teams claimed district crowns over the weekend and are two games away from playing for a state championship.

Mendon, Constantine and Schoolcraft all remain in the playoffs, while Cassopolis saw its season come to an end Friday.

For the third consecutive post-season, Mendon ended Climax-Scotts’ season. On Saturday, the Hornets won on their home field, 13-to-0. The 11-and-0 Hornets host 9-and-2 Muskegon Catholic Central at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Hornets and Crusaders have met in the playoffs five of the last seven years and Saturday marks their third consecutive meeting in the playoffs.

Constantine, which eked into the playoffs with a 5-and-4 regular-season record, defeated Hillsdale Friday, 56-to-14. The Falcons travel to Clinton for a match against the 11-and-0 Redskins; date and time will be announced today.

Schoolcraft, meanwhile, pulled out a 28-to-26 win over Watervliet Friday. The 10-1 Eagles travel to Shelby to play the 10-and-1 Tigers at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Cassopolis lost to Decatur, 7-to-0 and ends its season with a record of 7-and-4.

Football playoffs

November 4, 2013 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A pair of St. Joseph County football teams remains in the state playoffs, while Cassopolis and Schoolcraft also picked up wins in the opening-round to continue their seasons.

In Division 8, Mendon routed Eau Claire, 67-to-0 Saturday, to up its season record to 10-and-0. The Hornets will play for a district title at 1 p.m. Saturday, when they host 9-and-1 Climax-Scotts. The match-up marks the third consecutive year the teams have met in the post-season.

Meanwhile, Constantine went on the road and knocked off an 8-and-1 Michigan Center squad Saturday, 41-to-26. The Falcons, now 6-and-4 on the season, will travel to Hillsdale for a 7 o’clock contest Friday night against the 7-and-3 Hornets.

Elsewhere, Schoolcraft topped Niles Brandywine, 28-to-21 and faces a 10-and-0 Watervliet squad Friday. Cassopolis beat Lake Michigan Catholic, 30-to-7, and hosts Decatur Friday night.

Sturgis and Burr Oak saw their seasons end Friday. The Trojans were shutout by St. Joseph, 16-to-0, and Burr Oak lost to Lawrence, 58-to-8.

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