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Summer 2019

School has been out for four days. Have you heard the “I’m bored” phrase yet? Whether you have or have not, we here at Maple Valley have certainly not uttered that phrase, as there is an abundance of activity happening here!  A Summer Credit Recovery program is ongoing at our high school, a Greenhouse is being built this summer for the FFA program, we are working to publish the calendar for next year, once it is tentatively approved by the Teacher’s Union and Central Administration, Curriculum is being fine-tuned, and Federal and State reporting is in full swing.  Not to fear though, parents, our villages have plenty of activity to keep our wonderful students busy this summer, to rescue you from hearing the “I’m bored” statement.  I would like to share these events with you in hopes that you and your children will enjoy at least one!

From June 11, through August 9, 2019, children ages 0-18 can eat a free, healthy lunch, Monday through Friday at the following locations:  Vermontville Park Pavilion, 11:05-1:00; Thornapple Lake Estates, 11:15-12:45; 2 or 3 Together, 11-1; Fuller Street School, 11-11:30; Vermontville Campground, 10:45-11:00; and for the month of June, the Maple Valley High School from 11:00-11:45. This is a great, free program! 

On Wednesdays, from June 17, through August 16, 2019, the B-Bus Mobile Library will be in Maple Valley at the following locations and times:  Vermontville Pavilion, from 10:00-11:00; Putnam Park, from 11:30-12:30; and Thornapple Lake Estates, from 1:30-2:30. The B-Bus also has a recognition program where summer readers are rewarded for their reading successes!

The Putnam Public Library in Nashville is hosting a Summer Reading Program. Students can participate from 11:00 a.m. to Noon, choosing either Mondays or Thursdays this summer. This year’s theme is, “A Universe of Stories.” The programs are geared towards kids in grades K-6, but all ages are welcome.  The Vermontville Township Library is also hosting “A Universe of Stories” program this summer, meeting on June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and August 6, with each evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meetings will have a different theme each week, such as: Astronaut Camp, Take Me To Your Reader, An evening of Nerf games, In a Galaxy Far, Far Away, a visit with animals from an exotic zoo, a magic show, and rounding out the summer with a silent auction!  Join one of the library programs and let reading take you out of this world!  For more information contact Putnam Public Library at 517.852.9723 or Vermontville Twp. Library at 517.726.1362.

Free Movies will be shown at the Vermontville Community Center on Wednesdays this summer, with each beginning at 2:00 p.m. and includes free popcorn and water!  Feel free to bring pillows, blankets or lawn chairs for your comfort.  The schedule is: June 19, Wonder Park; June 26, The Lego Movie 2; July 3, Muppets from Space; July 10, Space Buddies; July 17, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial; July 24, Spark:  A Space Tail; and rounding out the summer on July 31, Goonies.  For more information, please contact the Vermontville Twp. Library at 517.726.1362.

For our student athletes, Maple Valley Schools will have the following summer programming: The Weight Room is open to all athletes, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from now until August 1, 2019, from 8:00-10:00 AM, for summer weight lifting, speed and agility, and even some fun games. High School Volleyball will meet in the East Gym on Tuesdays, June 18, 25, July 9, 23, and 30, from 6:30-8:30 PM. Youth Volleyball will meet in the East Gym on Thursdays, June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, and 25, from 5:30-8:00 PM.  Boys Basketball will meet in the West Gym on Tuesdays, June 18, 25, July 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 5-7 PM and on Thursdays in the West Gym, June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, and 25, from 4:00-6:00 PM.  Girls Basketball will meet in the West Gym from 6:00-7:30 PM on June 13, July 11, 18, and 25.  Youth and Girls Soccer will have Open Field on Fridays from 7:00-8:00 PM on June 14, 21, 28, July 12, 18, and 25.  Youth Basketball Camp will be held at the high school. Cost is $20 per athlete. Ages Young 5’s through 5th grade will meet June 17-20 and June 24-27 from 9-11:30 AM. Ages 6th grade through 8th grade will meet June 17-21 and June 24-28 from 9:00 to Noon.  Maple Valley Football Camps will be held at the high school, as well, with Varsity, JV, 7th and 8th grade teams meeting July 22-25 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Youth Football 3rd -6th grade teams will meet July 29-August 1, from 7:00-8:30 PM.  Maple Valley PRIDE week is open to any and all Maple Valley Athletes!  This will be held the week of August 5-9, from 6:00-8:00 PM.  The week kicks off with the US Marine Corps fitness obstacle course, followed by the Michigan State Police Recruit Training, the Michigan National Guard Training and Teamwork, then Cross Training, and finishing out the week with Yoga.  These folks are coming to Maple Valley to provide a great week of opportunities for out-of-the-box training for FREE! Athletes who participate in PRIDE Week experience not just athletic training, but also what it means to represent our villages as a proud Maple Valley Lion!

As always, if you have points of pride or areas of concern, please contact me at

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.