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From the Superintendent

Happy March!

Well, it is a good month for Maple Valley as the weather is coming in like a LION!  I am hoping it goes out like a lamb. To help it fly by, celebrate Reading Month with us by logging onto our Facebook pages for Fuller Street and Maplewood to enjoy a story every day at 6 pm from our teachers, board members, and students! 

2018-2019 Calendar Adjustments

We are still in a holding pattern with our calendar as we await state legislation regarding calendar due to the State of Emergency declaration and how schools need to respond to that.  We were granted a waiver from the State Department of Education for 3 additional days, so we are able to discount 9 days from our current total of 14 days. Pending what the legislators decide, we will adjust the calendar as appropriate. In the meantime, we hope for calm weather conditions going forward. We will send out notification as soon as we know how to adapt to legislation.

Governor Whitmer's K-12 school funding budget proposal

Here are some things you should know about that budget:

  • Gov. Whitmer proposed $507 million in additional investment in K-12 school funding, including:
    • Up to $180 per student increase in per-pupil funding
    • $120 million increase in special education
    • $102 million increase for at-risk students
    • $50 million increase for Career and Technical Education 
  • Proposal includes $24.5 million to triple the number of state-funded literacy coaches in schools.
  • Proposal calls for $85 million in additional funding to make preschool programs available to more students across Michigan.
  • Maple Valley would realize a $365 increase per pupil which puts us in one of most highly compensated benefit zones of this proposal.  

This is an intention from Governor Whitmer to begin addressing the funding recommendations that were made in the SFRC School Adequacy Study. For more information about this important study of school funding equity, read more at this link.

https://www.fundmischools.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/School-Finance-Research-Collaborative-Report.pdf

I urge you to contact your legislative representatives to make your thoughts and feelings known on this issue. Governor Whitmer has indicated a strong intention to address the funding deficits that have been occurring in Michigan for the last two decades which has placed us dead last in the nation for school funding adjustments. See this report for more information http://education.msu.edu/ed-policy-phd/pdf/Michigan-School-Finance-at-the-Crossroads-A-Quarter-Center-of-State-Control.pdf

Reading by Grade 3 

Note this is currently the law of the land and information about that law and videos for understanding the implications of that law are available here. There is some discussion that Governor Whitmer may work to repeal that law, so we urge you to be familiar with what this means within your own family and inform your legislators of your opinion on this topic as well.

Read by Grade 3 Guide for FAQs

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Read_Grade_3_Guide_638247_7.pdf

Short Video Explaining Read by Grade 3 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyWQMqFQ6x0&feature=youtu.be

Parent Tips Video 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsBO8IhN-gw&feature=youtu.be

Maple Valley is in the news! 

The focus of the NPR story is about the lower rates of recruitment conducted by higher education in rural areas. You can read about how Maple Valley has worked to do our own outreach in providing information and access to recruitment for our students at this link.https://www.npr.org/2019/03/06/697098684/one-reason-rural-students-dont-go-to-college-colleges-don-t-go-to-them

Congratulations and Celebrations to our students!

Video on Watershed Protections in a state wide contest. Close to 50 videos were submitted throughout the state and our team ranked 5th! We are so proud of their work to create this informative video about one of the best resources Michigan has to offer, our WATER! You can view their short video here. Congratulations to Noah Hansen, Colten Ermel, Gavin Booher, and Carson Hasselback! https://youtu.be/i7WjwZqoums

Maple Valley Wrestlers Jesse Brumm and Mathew Slaght both placed 6th at the State Finals on Lion Field in Detroit. We are so proud of them!

Robotics, FFA and DECA competitions are coming up this month, so stay tuned for our students’ outcomes!

Into the Woods is our Spring Musical in our Auditorium! We look forward to sellout crowds for every performance.

It is a GREAT month to be in the Valley!

Coffee & Conversations on April 9th @ 11 am Vermontville Public Library

Appetizers & Alliances on April 10th @ 6 pm Country Kettle Restaurant                         

If you have points of pride or areas of concern you need to share with me, please contact me at kbertolini@mvs.k12.mi.us.

In partnership,

Dr. Katherine Bertolini

Dr. Bertolini brings 29 years of educational experience to the office of Superintendent. Dr. Bertolini earned a Doctorate in Adult and Occupational Education with a focus on institutional analysis from North Dakota State University, A Master’s Degree in School and Community Counseling from Michigan State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre/English Education from Michigan State University (go Green!).  Dr. Bertolini has dedicated twenty-five years to educational leadership roles in Gifted and Talented Programs, Alternative High Schools and higher education. Dr. Bertolini believes all children can learn and deserve to be inspired and challenged to fulfill their greatest potential.