05/18/2020- It’s been a school year no one could have planned for, but administrators with the Menominee Area Public Schools say they’re still seeing a fair amount of student success through new distance learning options. Most days, classes at the intermediate grade levels are averaging about 70-percent student participation online, and that’s not including those families who are utilizing paper packet learning material. The numbers, however, do decrease as you get into the higher grade levels where students are more likely to have jobs or their own transportation and Junior/Senior High School Principal Mike Sweet says they’re going directly to the students for help on this issue to find out how to keep these teens engaged and learning.
Beyond just their education, district staff are also working to ensure students’ other basic needs- like adequate nutrition- are met. While the district continues to offer free lunch on the weekdays, Randi Ahrndt, Assistant Principal at Blesch and says the new community-funded MAPS Cares effort is providing weekend meals for students who might otherwise not get enough to eat.
The district still intends to honor the graduating class of 2020 with a typical graduation ceremony. Superintendent John Mans says that event is being tentatively scheduled for June 11th at Blesch Field.