SCHOOL BOARD SHOUT-OUTS – JUNE 2023
At the end of each regular Board of Education Meeting, the board members each take a moment to share some of the great things they see in the district while serving on the Board. Here are this month's points of Pride & Progress.
“There was a lot going on at the high school this month, especially with graduation. A few things really stood out, so I want to congratulate everyone in the district for some of these things. It was great to take pictures and see the students at the elementary schools and the middle school receiving our seniors during the Senior Walk. In addition, graduation went flawlessly! Kudos to Tammy, Tracy and Alan for all of their work planning graduation. I also want to thank Beckah at Cedar Street for inviting me to be their keynote speaker. They had a great turnout with many happy, smiling faces. Here are a few other shout-outs from the high school. First, a shout-out to Aaron West, who medaled in two different events at the State Track Meet. Secondly, Principal Tammy Southworth relayed that 81% of high school students who took AP classes took the AP tests, which means there are 88 students who potentially picked up college credits. Lastly, I was able to attend the Year-End Staff Celebration. Kudos to Alisa Clark and everyone who helped with this great event! It was great to see the staff recognized and realize how many district employees positively impact our kids.” Brent McNitt
“At Paw Paw Later Elementary, they were very busy with end of the year activities and events. Great job, Principal Jeremy Davison and Later Elementary Staff.” Tom Baney
“I was able to attend Water World Day at the early elementary, STEAM Day and Hot Diggity Dog at the later elementary, graduation at Cedar Street, and the Field Day and Picnic for the Early Childhood classes. All activities were well organized and well attended. Thank you to all of the volunteers! Special shout-outs to the Kindergarten Team for organizing Water World, LE Teacher Sarah Crawford for organizing STEAM Day, LE Art Teacher Amanda Nielsen for organizing the Art Show at Hot Diggity Dog, Mindy Brennan and her team for organizing the Field Day, Preschool Teacher Susy Sanger for her great work, and Beckah Chartier for inviting us to Cedar Street’s graduation.” Lindsay Clark
“I’m looking forward to the implementation of CharacterStrong for the 2023-2024 school year. A lot of effort went into finding the right program for PPPS. We had tremendous growth scores throughout the district. Thank you to all of the administration and staff that work so hard every day to make this happen. Lastly, the business office gets very little notice most of the time. Thank you to Kara Corniel and the newly hired Jeremy Thompson. Paying the bills and planning the budget are vital to the operation of our district. Thank you for all you do!” Ray Martin
“Everyone congratulated Beth Covey, who just retired as the Math Interventionist at the Middle School. I hope she does well too! I hope that we can find someone to live up to her standards. Thank you to all of the administrators and teachers. They did a fantastic job learning all of the new things that are coming our way. It was great to see the Paw Paw Fire Department participate in Water World Day at the elementary schools and be a part of creating memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you to all of the volunteers!" Nate Mitchell
“We just finished sports physicals today. We had several hundred kids get their physicals, and it was run well. Moving forward, we have big hopes that we can be a beacon for this area. We saw many Lawton kids too, so it was nice that we could provide that service. Hopefully, we can continue doing this, and it could translate into some good notoriety for the district at the same time.” Jon Vick