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May 2016
Message from Mark Holzman, Superintendent

It's Teacher Appreciation Week and I want to proudly thank our teachers for ALL you do to inspire our students to learn, grow and achieve their dreams.

This week you might hear a short radio message I recorded to publicly thank our teachers and staff. In the radio message I said that our staff members - YOU - are passionate and dedicated and genuinely care about our students. You make Manitowoc Public Schools a great place to learn and work.

Our most valued resources are our employees and students. On behalf of the school district, thank you, teachers! We appreciate everything you do to make a difference in our students' lives!

- Mark
Welcome to New Board Member

We welcome newly elected School Board member Elizabeth Williams and look forward to continuing to work with incumbent Board members Dave Nickels and Keith Shaw, who won re-election April 5 to new terms.

Thank you to outgoing Board member Dave Longmeyer, who finished a close fourth, for his three years of service and dedication to helping the education of our students. We appreciate your work. Strong Schools = Strong Community!
HR Corner

Contracts: Teachers will be receiving their contracts for the 2016-2017 school year by May 15th. Thank you for all the great work you do-we appreciate you!  
License Renewal: Is 2016 your year to renew your license?  If so, you are in luck as the process is done completely online now. The DPI website has valuable tutorials regarding the process. If you are a pre-PI34, make sure to upload your transcripts in PDF format prior to beginning the application process.  
Make sure to allow enough time for the renewal process as often there is a significant time lag between application being submitted and the granting of the license. If you have questions regarding the process, please contact Kay at 920-686-4789, as she is the guru!
Wellness: Spring is here! Take some time to enjoy the outdoors! Dust off your bike, roller blades, golf clubs, walking/running shoes... whatever makes you happy! This is a great time to plan your garden and it can be as small or large as you would like. The Little Red Hen is a great book to read along with your family while doing this.
If you're interested in doing a 5k, 10k, half marathon or full, or a bike event, there are numerous events around the area every weekend. Pick a date and motivate yourself to complete it! 

    *    May 7: Door County - 5K & half marathon
    *    May 7: Appleton - Sole Burner
    *    June 11: Green Bay - Bellin Run
    *    June 18: Peninsula - Century Bike Ride
    *    June 18: Sherwood - Aurora BayCare Toughman Wisconsin
    *    July 4: Kaukauna - Fox Firecracker 5K
    *    July 9: Appleton - Bret Younger Memorial 10K/5K
Teaching and Learning Position

We are pleased to announce the creation of a new position in the MPSD central office. The School Board approved a Director of Teaching, Learning and Assessment. This position will provide leadership and support along with Debbie Shimanek, our Director of Elementary and Secondary Education. This position was created by restructuring the student and instruction department and will be FTE neutral. Here is the job description.
Upcoming Events

May 27: Inclement weather make-up day
May 30: No school - Memorial Day holiday
June 9: Last day of school
June 10: Lincoln High Graduation - 1 p.m.

See district calendar
In the News

Devin Argall serves as Wisconsin Goodwill Ambassador

Washington Jr. High eighth grader Devin Argall has amazed his doctors - and teachers - with his strength and perseverance since being diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at age 2. Watch this school video of Devin's inspiring story and read a Herald Times Reporter story.

Wilson Student Earns Award for Special Needs Volunteer Work

Luke Smith, a 7th grader at Wilson Jr. High, won a 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community award for his work to raise awareness and acceptance of those with special needs. Luke, who has autism, earned an engraved silver medallion, $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. Read more in Herald Times Reporter

LHS Group Trained in International Diplomacy

Eight LHS students attended the 2016 High School International Education Experience at St. Norbert's College in March. Representing the nations of Zimbabwe and Ghana, the students used collaboration, negotiation and diplomatic means to address women's rights. Read more in Herald Times Reporter

McKinley Students Build Greenhouse, Raise Money for Disabled Access

From building a greenhouse to creating an aquaponics system and growing healthy foods, students in McKinley's Success Through Empowering Experiences and Rigor (STEER) program are getting immersed in earth-to-table experiences. Read more in Herald Times Reporter

McKinley STEER teens also helped raise funds to install vertical bars in local business restaurants, inspired by a wheelchair-bound man's struggles. Read more in Herald Times Reporter
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