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A Letter from the Superintendent to the Trojan Nation

February 5, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am so happy to not be calling another snow day today!!  Let’s hope the weather cooperates and we have smooth sailing for the rest of this crazy winter.

Because we are still wrapping up the 1st semester, student grades have not been finalized in the PowerSchool system.  Please know that you will have access to your student’s first semester grades in PowerSchool Wednesday afternoon.  I apologize for this delay, but mother nature did not do us any favors in this regard.

In other news, we have worked with the Fruitport faith community to hold two training sessions these past few months on childhood trauma and how to be a mentor to a child who may have experienced trauma.  Over 80 members of local parishes received this training.  Out of these folks, around 20 mentors have been matched with students in Shettler, Edgewood, and the middle school.  We plan to expand the mentoring program out to Beach and the high school in the coming months.

We publicized these training sessions on our Facebook page and heard from many of you that you would also be interested in such training.  Because of the amount of interest we have received, we will look to host another training sometime this spring.  If you would like to attend one of these training sessions, please contact Marissa Brandenburg who is our “Navigator.”  Marissa works with families to find the resources they need so their children will be more successful in school.  She can be reached at

Whether you decide to mentor a child or not, the training will make an impact on how you think about childhood behavior, childhood trauma, and how childhood trauma is related to our health as adults.  It is a fascinating subject that helps to change your mindset on children who chronically misbehave from, “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”  It will also get you reflecting on your own experiences or those you know who may have experienced some type of trauma as a child, and better understand why we have all turned out the way we have. 

The research on childhood trauma and its impacts on the behavior of children and the life-long health impacts is profound and has done much to drive our instructional practice and overall school-wide behavior management systems and procedures.  We have a long way to go with this work, but I am very proud of the progress we are making. 

Finally, the high school bond project is a little over 30% complete and continues to be on budget and a little ahead of schedule.  Speaking of bond projects, many folks continue to ask what the district plans to do with the closed pool at the middle school.  At this time the Board would like to make sure there is money to complete the high school project, and then look at what would be a fiscally responsible investment in that space, be it to bring it back as a pool, or turn it into a different type of multi-purpose space.  More on that to come.

Let me know if you have any questions and have a great February!

Bob Szymoniak, Superintendent