Monday, October 12, 2015

Making the Grade October 8, 2015

In this latest episode of Making the Grade, host Tim Haist is joined by Principal, Kara Schafer, Teacher, Amy Hathaway, and Student, Mason Sleeper from Brookside Elementary School sharing information about the "Leader in Me" program.

The Leader in me program is a 5 year grant funded project that is aligned with best-in-class content and concepts practiced by global education thought leaders. It provides a logical, sequential and balanced process to help schools proactively design the culture that reflects their vision of the ideal school.

Content from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a key component of the overall The Leader in Me process. The 7 Habits is a synthesis of universal, timeless principles of personal and interpersonal effectiveness, such as responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration and renewal, which are secular in nature and common to all people and cultures.


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Making the Grade March 26, 2015

In this latest episode of Making the Grade, host Tim Haist is joined by a brand new set of guests from around the Big Rapids School’s community.

Howard Strom, counselor at Big Rapids High School mentions the change from ACT to SAT scheduled for next year’s students as well as the differences between the two.

Next, Tim picks Kelsey Cushway’s brain about what it is like as a high school senior getting ready for college. Eric also weighs in and gives his opinions on scholarships, college, and dual enrollment. Last, the group talks about the many different aspects of applying to colleges as well as making decisions on where to live and more.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Making the Grade February 12, 2015

In this episode of Making The Grade, host and Superintendent Tim Haist welcomes Albie Todd, Katie McInnis and Emma Hauger to talk about the importance of arts in education.

Katie McInnis talks about the Peter Pan Jr. musical that is open to the public on February 20th and 21st. She also talks about how it was not having a choir program in school while she was growing up and why she thinks it is so important to have one now.

Albie Todd talks about why he is so passionate about the arts, why he chose it as a career, and what he thinks benefits are to being involved in performing arts.

Emma Hauger talks about how she got involved in the band and choir. She also talks about what the benefits are of being a part of the musical.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Making the Grade - November 6, 2014

The topic of this week’s Making the Grade Discusses the District Safety. Big Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Tim Haist is joined by guests William Fogel, Deb Tyson, and Renee Kent as they discuss safety and security of our facilities, and the importance of the safety enhancements that have been completed through the sinking fund with the support by our community.

Tim Haist and the guests talk about how positive comments from our parents and community. Changes in the entry process of each building. They discuss why safety matters, and when it is so critical. Discussion continues with the changes introduced by the state regarding School safety drills.

The guests also cover other various ways the district promotes school safety.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Making the Grade - October 6, 2014

The topic of this week’s Making the Grade is The Importance of Parental Involvement. Big Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Tim Haist is joined by guests Katie Thomas, Howard Strom, and Marty Aldrich as they discuss how critical the parental involvement is for student success.

Tim Haist and the guests talk about how parental involvement is crucially important for student success and what parental involvement really means. They discuss why it matters, when it is most critical in a student’s life, and what the community around Big Rapids has been doing to help support students in the Big Rapids Public School system.

The guests also cover ways that parents can get involved. The Parent-Teacher Organization of Big Rapids is having a walk-a-thon this month, and Katie Thomas highlights the event for viewers.



Making the Grade - April 7, 2014

On this episode of Making the Grade, host and Big Rapids Public School Superintendent Tim Haist takes a detailed look at the newly introduced Peer-to-Peer program at Big Rapids Public Schools. Superintendent Haist talks with Principal Lenore Weaver (Big Rapids Middle School), Mrs. Christine Reges (7th grade teacher, Big Rapids Middle School), and student mentor Kaitlyn Ray about the initiative.

Peer-to-Peer is a statewide program that originated at Grand Valley State University under the “START” program, which was originally meant to address educational services, programs, and resources for people with autism. From START, Peer to Peer began and has evolved in to an entire curriculum that focuses on enabling those with special needs to get help from their peers. This is especially important, as individuals with special needs tend to respond better when engaging with their peers.


Making the Grade - February 20, 2014

On this episode of Making the Grade, Big Rapids Public School Superintendent Tim Haist discusses the main idea of “March is Reading Month” with various faculty of local schools: Brookside Elementary and Riverview Elementary.

Kara Schafer, Principal of Brookside Elementary School, first discusses the importance of starting children to read at younger ages to become proficient early to be successful in life.

Next, Traci Fox, a teacher at Riverview Elementary, explains the learning and reading tiers that students must progress through in order to proceed further in his or her studies.

The guests review the idea of “March is Reading Month,” touching on the specific events and themes that each school implements during the month of March; the group also discusses different learning and reading programs that are executed at both schools and have proven to be successful.
Stay tuned for more “March is Reading Month” on this first episode of Making The Grade!