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On behalf of the Board of Education we are pleased to provide these quick summaries of our meetings for review. Full minutes will continue to be posted on the PPPS site once approved by the Board.  PPPS Board of Education - Board Meeting Summary February 12, 2024  Regular Business  Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm Adjournment at 9:53 pm Board Members Present: Baney Martin McNitt Pease Vick Clark arrived @ 7:11 p.m. Board Members Absent: Mitchell Public Participation: B. Hausmann Board Approvals  Regular Meeting Minutes 1/8/24 Financial Reports and Monthly Bills General Appropriation Resolution​ MASB Region 6 Board of Directors Candidate Pamela Dickinson​ Tenure Status - E. Harp-Campbell​ MS Art Room Repainting awarded to WOW Painting Company for $17,415.95 with 2022 Bond Money​ Second Reading NEOLA Vol 38, No 1 Updates​ Second Reading NEOLA Special Updates​ Second Reading NEOLA policies 1439, 4139, 4140, and 7510​ Prevailing Wage Reinstatement & Millage Exception Resolution​ First Reading NEOLA policies 3132, 7440.01, 6320, 5572, 1217, 3217, 4217 & 8142.01​ ​Clay Target Team Proposal​ New Positions Groundskeeper Comm Ed Instructor - Special Prog Facilitator for Vaping Cessation​ Personnel  Arrivals Christopher Roach - MS Science Olympiad Assistant Coach​ ​Holly Williams - HS JV Wrestling Coach​ Larry Jones - St. Mary’s & Trinity Music Teacher​ Departures Lisa Karau - HS JV Softball Coach​ Katie Perrine - HS Varsity Assistant Volleyball​ ​Jacy Ditchie - Freshman Volleyball Coach​ Jessica Farnquist - MS 8th Grade Volleyball​ Jennifer Strey - 7th Grade Volleyball Coach​ Amber Shireman - LE Paraprofessional​ Presentations  Ecollect Forms & Enrollment Express - D. Grimm Bond Update on HS Multipurpose Space - M. Murphy & R. Courtier​​ 23-24 Winter Budget Amendment - K. Corniel​ Clary Target Team - B. McNitt, Sponsor​ Board Discussion  10 Minutes Team Builder - Citizens Advisory & Hiring Committees​ Snow Days Pride & Progress  Citizens of the Month : January 2024​ Paisley Lauderdale​ - 6th Grade Luke Zent ​- 7th Grade Shailynn Cardenas​ - 8th Grade Next Regular Meeting  March 11, 2024, 7pm, Cedar Street Campus A pre-meeting Meet & Greet with refreshments will begin at 6:30pm and all are invited. "The Secret of change is to focus all your energy, not fighting the old, but on building the new."  - Socrates
SCHOOL BOARD SHOUT-OUTS, FEBRUARY 2024 Paw Paw Public Schools Board of Education 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. “First, thank you to the board for approving the Clay Target Team. I think that it is going to be a huge, positive addition for the high school and the district. Also, the parent-teacher conferences at the high school were outstanding! In other news, the PPHS Varsity Girls Basketball Team, which is fourteen and two, had five players who scored in double digits in a single game. This does not happen often. They are really playing well together, and it is a total team effort. Lastly, as the Varsity Cheer Team makes their State Title run, they need the support of the entire community to help them get there. Please attend and encourage others to come out and support them in the stands at the district, regional and state level.” Brent McNitt “At the Central Office, I would like to give shout-outs to Kara and Rick for getting a nice jump on the budget and shrinking the deficit this year, both big accomplishments. Hopefully, that will continue going forward. Also, there are some great things happening with grant work, which have not yet been received, but hopefully soon we can talk about that. There is a great deal happening behind the scenes to help the district as we go forward.”  Dale Pease “At Paw Paw Middle School, Independence Pro Wrestling made an appearance to support the PPMS Wrestling Team. Way to go PPMS Wrestling Coach Josh Raymond for his backflip off the top rope to finish his opponent! In other news, all grade levels are showing growth in the English Language Arts (ELA) area of the Star Growth Report. Thank you to the entire PPMS staff for their efforts in helping to improve those results. Lastly, the seven-week friendship group was successful in teaching students about friendship, communication, positivity, and other traits that make someone a good friend. These traits are important at any level, but especially during the middle school years.” Ray Martin  “I would like to start by giving a shout-out to the custodial staff at the high school. From basketball on Friday night to Cheer on Saturday, the staff had everything set and ready to go. Additionally, shout-out to Amy Gronda and the band for taking time and showing kindness to my son. Also, shout-out to the early elementary staff for sending texts on snow days encouraging students to play outside or challenging them to read in novel places. At a recent Cheer meet, it was great to see Coach Stefanie Miller, the Cheer Team and varsity parents stand up and cheer for the middle school students. At the later elementary, I have heard wonderful things about Mr. Caleb Shaefer. In his role, he is working with kids to show kindness and empathy. Lastly, the high school play “The Lightning Thief” was a huge hit! The performing arts director and students are focused on bringing home more WAVE performing arts awards this year, which is phenomenal!” Lindsay Clark   “Through a new, innovative partnership called “Little Connections” at Paw Paw Early Elementary, second-grade students and high school students established pen pal relationships. After writing back and forth for six weeks, the high school students visited the EE to meet the younger students in person, which was wonderful! Also at the EE, grade-level teachers participated in “Data Days,” where groups were formed to review winter benchmarking data that revealed areas of deficit and areas for growth. This sparked some great conversation! Tom Baney
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Hiring Now! School Bus Drivers. No experience necessary! Paw Paw Public Schools are searching for motivated individuals to join our fantastic Transportation Team!  We're looking for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or anyone with an interest in our community and our schools. We're hiring sub drivers, route drivers and trip drivers for sports and field trips. We can offer: •	an opportunity filled with the joy of giving back to your community while helping families •	help with getting your CDL-Class B with the necessary endorsements •	paid training while you get your credentials •	competitive wages, flexible hours and benefits; including State of Michigan retirement  •	matching schedules for drivers with kids in school •	If you're looking to join an amazing team and increase your professional skills, this is a great opportunity for you! Complete an application online. For questions or to learn more about the positions available, contact the transportation director by email: angela.vasquez@ppps.org, or phone: 269-415-5220.
SCHOOL BOARD SHOUT-OUTS, JANUARY 2024 Paw Paw Public Schools Board of Education 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. “I am in my sixth year coaching the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Girls Basketball Program and would like to give a shout-out to everyone in the district who helps make that happen. We do skills and drills, and we play during half times of the basketball games at the H.S. For the next eight weeks, practice will be at the L.E. and likely some at the M.S. With 66 girls in the program this year, we have seen tremendous growth. Thanks to the principals, coaches, and the Athletic Department for helping to coordinate, and thanks to the varsity players for their assistance. Lastly, shout-out to PPPS Alumni and U of M Football Player Karsen Barnhart for representing Paw Paw so well on the national stage. I would like to wish U of M the best of luck in tonight’s game.” Brent McNitt “At the Central Office, under the core value of success, I would like to highlight a grant that was awarded to PPPS through the Michigan Kids Back on Track 23g Plan for $290,000. With the goal of helping students reach their grade-level academic standards, the grant funds are used for supplemental learning opportunities, such as summer school and additional academic assistance for students at risk of falling behind their peers. Great work by Business Director Kara Corniel and her team for obtaining this grant! It means more money for the district, and we are also helping students. The funds are good through September 2025.” Dale Pease “I’d like to give a shout-out to MS Principal McDaniel for clearing the sidewalk of snow and spreading salt for the safety of the kids as they headed outdoors after school. Demonstrating our core value of success, I was happy to see the STAR Growth Report, which showed good growth in all grades in the middle school from fall to winter of 2023. In alignment with our core value of kindness, the middle school has a Kindness Campaign Challenge. Students are encouraged to remove a tab from the Kindness display in the middle school and perform the act of kindness written on the tab.”  Ray Martin  “The Later Elementary hosted the Holiday Shop for all the elementary students to get some awesome gifts! I volunteered at this event, and I would like to give a big shout-out to the Elementary PTO parent volunteers for making it such a success. Under the core value of kindness, the Lions Club said the elementary schools did a great job collecting donations for their food drives. I love that our kids are focused on kindness and that our district has made kindness one of our core values. It is also great to see the teachers and administrators focusing on CharacterStrong in their lessens and newsletters.” Lindsay Clark   “I was invited to the Transportation Department’s Holiday Potluck. Thank you, that was fun! We have a great group of people there who are really dedicated to Paw Paw. It was nice to hear their stories, and I pledged to help spread the word that we need more bus drivers and subs. Along with Superintendent Reo and Ray Martin, I also attended the Senior Citizens Luncheon. It was great to see the H.S. Pay it Forward class helping and taking time to visit with the senior citizens. Also, everyone enjoyed the sing-along with the elementary students. Thank you for inviting me!”  Nate Mitchell  “The Cedar Street Campus is still collecting items, such as hats, gloves, boots, coats, and more, for their Pop-up Store, where everything is free to help those in need during school hours through the end of the school year. They are still seeking donations. For more information, email: beckah.chartier@ppps.org.” Jon Vick  “I was proud to learn that my granddaughter, a Paw Paw Varsity Girls Basketball player, was asked to help with the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Girls Basketball Program. The young girls really enjoyed having her there, and my granddaughter was honored to have been asked to help.” Tom Baney
On behalf of the Board of Education we are pleased to provide these quick summaries of our meetings for review. Full minutes will continue to be posted on the PPPS site once approved by the Board.  PPPS Board of Education - Board Meeting Summary January 8, 2024  Regular Business  Meeting called to order at 6:00 pm Adjournment at 7:05 pm Board Members Present: Baney Clark Martin McNitt Mitchell Pease Vick Board Members Absent: None Public Participation: B. Hausmann E. Frazier Board Approvals  Regular Meeting Minutes 12/11/23 Special Meeting Minutes 12/14/23 Financial Reports and Monthly Bills Annual Organizational Business​ Playground Equipment & Installation from Sinclair Recreation in the amount of $53,439.14 with 2022 Bond Money​ Bids Awarded for Remaining Series 1, Design Package 3​ First Reading NEOLA Vol 38, No 1 Updates​ First Reading NEOLA Special Updates​ First Reading NEOLA policies 1439, 4139, 4140, and 7510​ 2024 School Bldg & Site, Series II & Refunding Bonds Elected Board Officers for 2024 Board Committee Assignments for 2024​​​ Personnel  Arrivals Kimi Rook - HS Varsity Girls Assistant BB Coach​ Departures Lindsay Brown - HS Varsity Girls Assistant BB Coach​ Christina Duchene - HS Varsity Volleyball Coach​ Presentations  Video Presentation for School Board Appreciation Month Thank you!​ Board Discussion  10 Minutes Team Builder - Board Members Filling Vacancies MASB 2024 Winter Institute - Feb 2nd & 3rd ​Board Self Assessment Two Year Officer Terms​​ Pride & Progress  Citizens of the Month : December 2023 Luke Wiatrolik - 6th Grade Helen Malmstrom - 7th Grade Brady Halvorsen - 8th Grade Next Regular Meeting  February 12, 2024, 7pm, Cedar Street Campus A pre-meeting Meet & Greet with refreshments will begin at 6:30pm and all are invited. "The Secret of change is to focus all your energy, not fighting the old, but on building the new."  - Socrates
On behalf of the Board of Education we are pleased to provide these quick summaries of our meetings for review. Full minutes will continue to be posted on the PPPS site once approved by the Board.  PPPS Board of Education - Board Meeting Summary December 11, 2023  Regular Business  Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm Adjournment at 8:38 pm Board Members Present: Baney Martin McNitt Mitchell Pease Vick Board Members Absent: Clark Public Participation: E. Irwin Donation - Robert Gaudio: $1,500 - Teacher Grants & Class Activities $1,500 - HS Robotics $1,000 - HS Band $1,000 - PPPS Athletics Board Approvals  Regular Meeting Minutes 11/13/23 ​Special Meeting Minutes 11/13/23 Financial Reports and Monthly Bills Annual Salaries for Custodial Supervisor, IT Supervisor and Maint & Grounds Supervisor​ Employee Layoff - D. Andrews - CS Online Coordinator​ Bids Awarded for Series 1, Design Package 3​ Bid Awarded to People Driven Technologies in the amount of $242,469 for Physical Security Upgrades​ Regular School Board Meeting - January 8, 2024​ New Position - Data Support Specialist​ Authorized up to $75,000 Bond Change Order for Removal & Replacement of Unsuitable Soil at ECC​ Personnel  Arrivals Paul Schincariol - HS JV Girls BB Coach​ Departures Joshua Leyanna - HS Varsity Assistant Softball Coach​ Noah Fraser - Trinity & St. Mary’s Music Teacher​ Presentations  Fall Sports Review - A. Farnquist, Athletic Director ​Strategic Plan Update - R. Reo, Superintendent​ Board Discussion  2024 Regular School Board Meeting Calendar​​ Board Officer Election Preparation​ Pride & Progress  Citizens of the Month : November 2023 Hunter Wren​ - 6th Grade Sophia Ransom​ - 7th Grade Miranda Muir - 8th Grade Next Regular Meeting  January 8, 2024, 7pm, Cedar Street Campus A pre-meeting Meet & Greet with refreshments will begin at 6:30pm and all are invited. "The Secret of change is to focus all your energy, not fighting the old, but on building the new."  - Socrates
SCHOOL BOARD SHOUT-OUTS, DECEMBER 2023 Paw Paw Public Schools Board of Education 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. “I’d like to give a shout-out to our bands. They recently hosted the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) All-Star Bands, which was a big win! Also, kudos to the PEP Band and the student section at Friday’s basketball game. They all sounded great! I attended the last Senior Citizens Luncheon. If possible, I encourage you to attend one of the luncheons. I’d also like to recognize the PPHS Students of the Month: Abigail Goodwin in September, Billy Webster in October, and Molly Goodwin in November. On another note, the digital photography class worked with the yearbook staff to inform seniors, who still need photos taken, that we have student photographers who can help, allowing as many seniors as possible to have photos in the yearbook. Lastly, we have both a boys and a girls wrestling team at the High School this year!” Brent McNitt “At the Central Office, I heard we had a good financial audit, which is great news! Nice work by the whole team to make that a success. It’s also great to see all the Strategic Plan work that is coming out of the Central Office in the areas of goals and objectives to not only implement the plan, but also to improve upon it. For the Transportation Department, it was awesome to see their Dr. Suess “Whoville” Christmas Theme on display in the Christmas Parade. Nice teamwork there!”  Dale Pease “At the Middle School, under the Core Value of Integrity, 17 students on the Robotics Team competed and placed 8th and 11th overall in a regional competition, which represented a lot of sacrifice and teamwork. The previous placement was close to 30th, so this showed amazing growth and improvement! In the area of Kindness at the MS, the new Friendship Lunch Group, made up of 13 students from all grades, is a seven-week program designed to create, nurture, and enhance friendships. Lastly, kudos to MS Band Director Kevin Cort on a successful day of Solo and Ensemble, another fantastic way to bring other schools into our district, to be an example, and to show off our Core Values.”  Ray Martin  “I want to congratulate the supervisors in their new positions. I also want to recognize PPPS staff and others who are not PPPS employees, for going out of their way to help fix things when they break down. I was excited to learn that the custodial department is now fully staffed! When I met with Transportation Director Angela Vasquez recently, she was interviewing someone for a bus driver position, so hopefully that comes through. If anyone knows of someone who might be interested in a driver or substitute driver position, please have them reach out to angela.vasquez@ppps.org.  On another note, thank you to the band for a great performance! Lastly, I met with Food Service Director Korrie Perkins, and she was nice enough to walk me through her vision of the new addition to the High School Cafeteria. It’s going to be nice!” Nate Mitchell   “At the Early Elementary, students and staff are participating in several exciting holiday events and community initiatives throughout the month of December: the Lions Club Christmas Basket Program, a hot chocolate sale, the Senior Citizens Luncheon, Listen to Reading at the EE, a dental screening and a Holiday Drive-Through event on Tuesday, December 19th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Families are invited to drive through the bus loop, wave to EE staff, and grab a sweet treat for the holidays!” Tom Baney  “The Cedar Street Campus is doing their first pop-up shop for charitable donations, which I think is a great idea! They will be offering socks, winter jackets, among other items that will help families get through the winter. The shop is open to those in need, and they can come by to pick up anything they might need or want. To learn more, please contact Cedar Street Director Beckah Chartier at beckah.chartier@ppps.org.” Jon Vick
build together logo. Senior Citizens Luncheon at Paw Paw High School. doors open at 1:15 , lunch at 1:30  p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15. holiday menu: sliced ham, green bean casserole, au gratin potatoes, cheesecase
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Celebrate the Season! 12/7 at 7 pm, 8th – 12 grade holiday band concert. 12/11 at 6:30 pm, 3rd grade holiday concert, 12/12 at 6:30 pm. – 4th grade holiday concert, 12/13 at 7 pm HS choir concert, 12/14 at 6:30 pm, 5th grade holiday concert. Location: Paw Paw Perf. Arts Center at PPHS . build together Paw Paw Public Schools logo.
On behalf of the Board of Education we are pleased to provide these quick summaries of our meetings for review. Full minutes will continue to be posted on the PPPS site once approved by the Board.  PPPS Board of Education - Board Meeting Summary November 13, 2023  Regular Business  Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm Adjournment at 8:23 pm Board Members Present: Baney Clark Martin McNitt Mitchell Board Members Absent: Pease Vick Public Participation: None Board Approvals  Regular Meeting Minutes 10/9/23 Financial Reports and Monthly Bills 2023-2024 Winter Coaching Positions Neola Policy Update - Second Reading po6320 Stephanie Eaton Mentor Contract New Positions - Maintenance Supervisor, Custodial Supervisor, and IT Supervisor District PD Committee Schools of Choice Resolution 2022-2023 Financial Audit Dan Grimm Facilities/Technology Director Contract Appoint SEAB Co-Chairperson Kristin Smith Personnel  Arrivals Kathryn Hills - EE Special Ed Teacher Dan Werner- HS Varsity Boys Bowling Coach Alexys Bilton - HS Varsity Girls Bowling Coach Jeana Steciow - HS Quiz Bowl Coach Andrea Hurst - MS Robotics Coach (split position) Ben Tomlinson - MS Robotics Coach (split position) Kaleb Nuesse - HS Musical Director Assistant Departures Maxwell Wagner - HS Musical Director Assistant Dave Kenyon - HS Girls Assistant Cross Country Coach Presentations  Academic Data Update - C. Harbaugh, Director of Curriculum/Instruction & State/Federal Programs Board Discussion  10 Minute Team Builder Committee Discussion Pride & Progress  Citizens of the Month : October 2023 Addison Bell - 6th Grade Cailey Hahn - 7th Grade Braden Schultz - 8th Grade Next Regular Meeting  December 11, 2023, 7pm, Cedar Street Campus A pre-meeting Meet & Greet with refreshments will begin at 6:30pm and all are invited. "The Secret of change is to focus all your energy, not fighting the old, but on building the new."  - Socrates
BOARD SHOUT-OUTS, NOVEMBER 2023 Paw Paw Public Schools Board of Education 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. “In my 19 years being around Paw Paw Schools, I don’t recall a high school band being as decorated as this one, and we have had some great bands over the years. This year’s band is really something special! Secondly, at the High School, I appreciate the opportunity to substitute in the Digital Photography Class. It has been a great experience, and I appreciate the support from Superintendent Reo and High School Principal Tammy Southworth. In my time at the High School, which ends on Friday, I have seen kids step up and become leaders in modeling positive behaviors. It is evident that the CharacterStrong program is working! Lastly, the Digital Photography Class had an assignment to take senior pictures of Barbies, so I created a hard-copy yearbook that showcases their work over the trimester.” Brent McNitt “At the Later Elementary, about 90 kids participated in the running club! It has now ended but it was a tremendous success! Also, kudos to the cast and crew of the LE musical “Disney’s 101 Dalmatians” and a special shout-out to Director Sue Goodenough, Music Director Sydney Brown, and Choreographer Sophia Marie Loudin for their great work! This weekend in St. Joseph, two teams from the Later Elementary’s Robotics Team will be competing. Best of luck to them, and I’d like to give a shout-out to Marissa Neidlinger for her work there. Lastly, I was able to attend the Annual Leadership Conference of the MASB (Michigan Association of School Boards) with Superintendent Reo and Board Trustee Nate Mitchell. I learned a lot, and I’d like to give a special shout-out to Alisa Clark, assistant to the superintendent, for handling the details involved with the conference registration!” Lindsay Clark “I was able to enjoy the Veterans Day festivities at the Middle School. I’m thankful to Middle School Principal Jerry McDaniel, the entire PPMS staff, and the PPPS district for their welcoming support of Veterans. Thank you to The Lions Club members who came to the schools to do the vision screenings last month and thank you for the support that allows that to happen.  The Middle School PTO sponsored a Fall Festival that resulted in the donation of over 400 non-perishable food items for the Lions Club food baskets. Community and Kindness were demonstrated all at once!”  Ray Martin “Congratulations to the Early and Later Elementary students who won the PPPS Transportation Department’s “School Bus Safety Week” poster contest! Thank you to Alisa Clark for her help in making the arrangements for the MASB’s Annual Leadership Conference. I learned a great deal, and it was a beneficial to learn from other districts.” Nate Mitchell  “At the Early Elementary, the staff jumped right into the implementation of Character Strong! There were some behavior and discipline issues, so Behavior Management  Specialist Jessie Reagan and her team worked hard to put the P.R.I.D.E. expectations at the forefront of student behaviors. By using P.R.I.D.E. tickets as positive behavior incentives, students can earn things like erasers, stuffed animals, or coupons for experiences, such as sitting with a friend at lunch or being the principal for a few hours. With the implementation of this program, there have been noticeable improvements in student behavior throughout the building.” Tom Baney
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Build together logo. PPPS community connections fall open house.