A big "Thank You" goes out to the Tecumseh Middle School Wrestling Coach who presented Pathfinder 8th Grader, Levi Podhola with an honorary varsity letter at last nights school board meeting in recognition of Levi's selfless act when wrestling a Tecumseh athlete who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis. His act of compassion and sportsmanship truly embodies that of a PIRATE!
Congratulations to our entire Music Program, Boosters & Teachers for all of the energy, time and passion they displayed in making our first annual mattress fundraiser a resounding success!! Also, a big "Thank You!" to our community for coming out on a beautiful Saturday to support our amazing Pirate family of musicians! Go Pirates!!
We preach family and community in everything we do here at PCS and this morning was a great example of this as HS seniors, along with the Pinckney Pirate himself, Rick Beaudin, spent time with our Farley Hill 3rd graders, talking about hard work, passion, inspiration and always doing your best in preparation for the upcoming M-STEP assessments.
We are excited to announce that Pinckney Community Schools has been awarded $241,418 as part of the 2019 Competitive School Safety Grant Program, which was sponsored by the Michigan State Police. Overall, $25 million was distributed to schools across the state and I am happy to say that Pinckney was one of the biggest recipients. The plan that was submitted for the grant detailed a security plan that will help secure and monitor every door, in every school with security cameras that will not only focus on each entry/exit way, but will be equipped with door sensory equipment and software that will notify us immediately when a door is opened. Overall, the grant will help us purchase approximately 200 new cameras (both interior and exterior), door sensory equipment/software and two servers that will help monitor the activity on our network. This will be a great compliment to our existing buzz in systems that were installed this year and have been working great. However, we are going to continue to look at ways to make sure our schools are as safe as we can make them, while continuing to maintain the balance of being welcoming environments for our students, parents, staff and community. I would like to personally thank Navigator principal, Janet McDole, for her hard work and diligence in helping develop this plan, working alongside the Livingston County crisis response team and for all the time and energy it takes to complete a grant of this magnitude. I have included a link to an article that provides a list of all the schools that were awarded a portion of the $25 million. https://www.clickondetroit.com/education/full-list-25m-in-grants-awarded-to-230-michigan-schools-to-enhance-security
Couldn't be more proud of our PCHS students as they are presenting this afternoon at the Capitol to Senator Lana Theis and her committee on the dangers of vaping and the need for Legislative regulations as part of "Students Leading Students". Love seeing our youth advocate for themselves and the well being of others.
Dr. Jim Darga (Director of Cyber Security Institute) is doing great things for our district, county and state as he builds partnerships with businesses and schools. Earlier this week, Dr. Darga shared our new partnership with Anchor Bay School district at the Cybersecurity: Defense Sector Summit in which PCS will be providing cyber-security classes virtually with high school teacher, Rich Lamb (on stage) facilitating the learning. Although we are excited about this, we are even more excited for what is to come....
When it comes to funding education, many ask the question "Why do schools need more money, they are already getting all the Lottery money?" Looking at the graph, one will see the Lottery money only accounts for 7% of the SAF (School Aid Fund). Coincidentally, the other pie chart shows that 7% of the SAF goes to funding community colleges and universities, which are able to raise tuition to cover costs, unlike public schools. So it actually seems that the 7% Lottery money really goes to supporting higher education and not K-12 as advertised.
Congrats to Noelle Adriens for signing with MSU as she will be a great asset to their track program, in addition to being a great scholar. https://amp.livingstondaily.com/amp/3054159002
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