Bessemer School Board Signs
|Bessemer - December 32, 2009
The Bessemer School Board met
Monday evening for its Regularly scheduled December Meeting. The
board members were confronted with the "Race to the Top"
Memorandum of Agreement required by the State of Michigan and
the Federal Government.
The Federal Government is going to give out Grant money to
school districts meeting certain criteria. The intent is to
provide the funding that the previous administration omitted for
its "No School Left Behind" mandate; which remained an unfunded
mandate for eight years.
The current plan could provide the Bessemer District with
approximately $35,000 in addition funding. The problem is up to
today no one really knows what they are signing on too. In its
usual ways of doing things the inept state legislature has let
every thing run to the last moment.
Now, local school boards must make uninformed decisions and
sign the agreement by January 6th. And have the Memorandum to
Lansing by January 7th.
There now is an opt out clause available to the school
districts, but that too is vague and untested. The school
districts must agree to the state extortion or risk losing the
funding "IF" it ever materialized.
The whole thing could be for naught as the Memorandum of
agreement must also be signed by the school district’s union. So
far there is no indication that the MEA will agree to the
scheme. They too are being asked to make severe concessions
without any compensation.
The plan was approved by the Bessemer School Board in a 6-1
vote. Bill McDonald was the lone "no" vote. Bill voted no after
providing several reasons for the vote. The other board members
voted yes, believing that the Opt Out provision was a valid
argument to move forward.
Holiday Concert CD Now
|The 2009 A.D. Johnson Christmas Concert was professionally
recorded to a music CD.
The album includes songs performed by the Choir, the
Elementary Band, the Jr. High Band and the High School Band.
The terrific concert recording was pre-sold on the evening of
the concert. However, there are a few CDs still available. In
addition to the great music, the CD liner contains photos of the
The C.D. Would make a great last minute Christmas gift and
only costs $10.
You can order one through the School Office or Mrs. Mykkanen,
Music Director. 667-0413
Click to hear "A Christmas
festival" a track
from the C.D.
A. D. Johnson High School
|Bessemer - December 10, 2009
The A.D. Johnson High
School presented its annual Christmas Concert this
past Tuesday evening. Once again the school
musicians and singers gave a stellar performance.
Something we've come to expect from this well
directed music department. The bands and the high
school choir were all directed by their excellent
music director, Mary Jo Mykkanen. Mrs Mykkanen's
husband, Dan Mykkanen accompanied the Choir and
provided the music for the dance performance which
was the opening act for the concert.
|The evening began with a dance presentation "Winter
Song" arranged by Brianna Mykkanen.
|above Jake Zielinski, U.P. Honors Band, First Trumpet Part,
fourth chair. Also gaining a spot on the U.P. Honors Band: Brianna
Mykkanen, Rebecca Gerovac, and
Fun 'N' Frolic
|Bessemer - November 2, 2009
was Halloween Evening in Bessemer
and kids in costumes could e seen
trick or treating from house to
house. However, the real action for
the little children was occurring in
the Gymnasium at the Washington
Walmart helps A.D. Johnston
students be winners!
|By Lori Hendges,
Walmart is a true partner in education! On
Wednesday, September 2nd A.D. Johnston Jr/Sr
High School held its annual Open House for new
students. The entire faculty greeted record
numbers of students and parents. The evening
began with a fun scavenger hunt that had
students getting acquainted with the building
and their teachers and staff. Mark Johnson,
Principal & District Administrator, familiarized
families with policies, rules, & expectations
and the evening ended with a drawing for prizes
donated by our local Walmart store. General
manager Jeremy Pralle very generously agreed to
donate school supplies to be raffled off at the
event and night manager Donna Frello assisted in
putting everything together. All students who
attended the open house were eligible to win a
variety of school supplies. Many students left
with some type of school supply and 4 grand
prize winners left with backpacks full of
binders, folders, pens, pencils, and other
From L to R : 7th grade students Catalina Palm,
Taylor Appner, Solomon Drifka, & Justin Wheeler
each won a backpack full of school supplies
donated by Walmart in Ironwood.
Double Header with Ashland
October 2, 2009
Last night the
Bessemer-Wakefield-Marenisco Jr. High
School 7th and 8th
grade football teams played their
counterparts from Ashland. The games
were played at Wakefield. The two
schools split the double header with the
B-W-M 7th graders handily
defeating Ashland 16-0 in the opening
It was quite a different story in the
second game. In spite of some really
good play calling, missed blocks and
tackles by the B-W-M 8th
graders gave Ashland an easy victory.
The game was called due to darkness in
third quarter, with Ashland ahead 20-6.
Washington School Wins
|Bessemer - August 23, 2009
The Bessemer Washington
School took home a Blue Ribbon in the Youth Class. The school
won the ribbon for single group entry by an organization.
Bessemer School District
Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
|Ahnen, Maria E
Berwald, Brooke E
Clemo, Jessica L
Fabbri, Cassandra M
Hendges, Richard L
Kapugia, Benjamin J
Kapugia, Patrick J
Maki, Monica A
Reil, Maggie L
Rodvold, Katelyn S
Sprague, Sasha A
|Dean, Brittany M
Foster, Timothy D
Gerovac, Rebecca J
Jendrusina, Joseph A
Kolesar, Samuel J
Laukka, Nicholas S
Longhini, Samantha J
Marchello, Carissa L
Martell, Megan M
Martinson, Eric R
Mattson, Lilly A
Noren, Benjamin E
Novascone, Theresa K
Sackmann, Daniel G
Wilczewski, Simon R
|Ahnen, Sarah C
Jacobson, Jessie S
Janczak, Megan M
Kuchinski, Chelsea A
Mykkanen, Brianna L
Pelissero, Taylor A
Reil, Molly L
|Ahnen, Megan F
Berwald, Paige L
Demaray, Blake A
Hautala, Jennifer M
Heinz, Jacob F
Hellman, Jackson R
Hendges, Rachael L
Jackson, Avery J
Jacobson, Alexandria M
Jacobson, Haley J
Johnson, Ashley R
Sackmann, Amelia M
Samardich, Abby N
Selin, Heather M
Siirila, Aspen N
Trudgeon, Daniel W
Turula, Jory D
Zielinski, Jake T
Colberg, Cheyenne M
|Gheller, Derek L
Johnson, Stephanie A
Jokela, Darian C
Meinke, Jeffrey T
Meinke, Kelsey A
Menghini, Devvin J
Osborn, Harmony R
Piehl, Mikayle E
Pikka, Nissa N
Tesch, Shawna L
|Ahnen, Jonathon C
Ahnen, Julie K
Baker, Hunter A
Bennetts, Drew M
Bogaczyk, Brenna R
Carpenedo, Kaitlyn M
Cossi, Nicholas R
France, Maxwell M
Gerovac, Kevin T
Hansen, Allyson P
Heinz, Casey W
Helgestad, Ian M
Karling, Kate J
Lackman, Emma M
Laukka, Jenika D
Lillie, Francesca M
Marchello, Miah C
Montonati, Mark W
Olson, Nova R
Quade, Trent A
Rand, Sarah A
Sampson, Mikhayla M
Schwartz, Brittany A
Taivalmaa, Zachary M
Tourville, Claire E
Trudgeon, Sarah E
Wanden, Tristen O
Zielinski, Ben M
Congratulations to All the Honor Roll
and to the 12th Grade Honor Roll Students
Great Job and Good Luck in your future pursuits!
Begin New Football Era in Local Football
|August 4, 2009
The Bessemer Area School District and the
Wakefield - Marenisco School District will begin the school year
with a new co=op football program. The joint venture will make
it possible for more students to enjoy playing both Varsity and
Jr. Varsity football this coming season.
The Varsity team will play three home games in Bessemer and
one home game in Wakefield. The Jr. Varsity team will play two
home games in Bessemer and three home games in Wakefield.
|The varsity season will open Friday, August 21st
in a scrimmage game against the E-TC Panthers in a match that
will be played in Ewen. The Jr. varsity team will open its
season in Eagle River, where it will play Northland Pines.
Varsity squad will close out it season October 23rd against the
Red Devils in Ironwood. The Jr. Varsity team will finish its
season a day earlier, October 22nd against Ironwood, in a game
to be played in Bessemer.
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Small Class Sizes and
Enrichment Classes are the Recipe for Success in the Bessemer Area
|July 8, 2009
A personalized education has long been a staple in the Bessemer Area
School District and that reputation will remain as we look into
2009-2010. Even as we see nationwide budget crunches, state deficits
and declining enrollment in many Michigan school districts, Bessemer
will continue to provide a high quality education to its students
based on small group settings, attention to the needs of the
individual student and differentiated instruction to better fit the
student’s educational needs and goals.
During the course of the 2008-2009 school year we were fortunate
enough to be able to experiment with running an all-day, everyday
kindergarten program. At year’s end, I believe that this program was
a huge success for the District. Test scores show students coming
from this year’s kindergarten class will enter first grade at a very
high academic level. Due to the tireless efforts of Mrs. Lekies,
Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Barbacovi our kindergarten students are well on
their way to a successful academic career as they have been provided
the finest of educational foundations in which to build upon in
their upcoming school years.
Due to the fact that we have seen such a dramatic effect of moving
to the all-day, everyday kindergarten program, we have opted to run
two sections of our all-day, everyday kindergarten program for the
2009-2010 school year. We will provide two full-time teachers to our
kindergarten program to once again build the academic foundations of
our students to better prepare them for the rigors of years to come.
With these supports in place our students will be given every tool
needed to succeed in tomorrow’s world.
The Bessemer Area School District are not only making a commitment
to smaller class sizes at the kindergarten level for the fall of
2009, but also at every early elementary level up through grade 3.
In the fall, we are anticipating that we will be hosting two first
grades with approximately 15 students per section, two second grades
with approximately 13 students per grade level, and two third grades
with approximately 18 students per grade level. These smaller class
sizes are being put into place to better enable teachers and staff
to reach every student and meet their educational needs.
In addition to smaller class sizes, our elementary students also
enjoy a full compliment of enrichment classes throughout their day.
Each elementary student will have the opportunity to participate is
art, music, physical education, computers, and band in their years
at Washington School. In the 2008-2009 school year each student had
the opportunity to spend approximately seven 35-minute class periods
a week in one of our enrichment classes. Along with those enrichment
classes students in grades 5 and 6 have the opportunity to
participate in elementary band program which meets every day. In
addition, our students are fortunate enough to have access to the
Washington School swimming pool during the winter months to
participate in various water activities and swimming lessons. Mrs.
Janet Hellman, along with Mr. Tim France and Mrs. Mary Ahnen, do a
terrific job in teaching various water skills to our students. It is
a real asset to our district that we have the opportunity to house
our own pool.
We are looking forward to another successful year in the Bessemer
Area School District and look forward to helping each of our
students reach their individual goals.
Bessemer Area Schools
"Four Year Old" Pre K to Continue at B.A.S
|Bessemer - July 28, 2009
The Bessemer School Board held its July
meeting last evening. The newest board member, William Mc Donald, was
in attendance for this, his first regular monthly meeting. Mark
Johnson District Administrator, introduced this year's changes to both
the2009-2010 Athletic Handbook and the 2009 - 2010 Junior - Senior.
High School Student/Parent Handbooks. There were few changes, however,
one the more interesting things discussed was the banning of high
energy drinks on campus. Mostly due to the fact that many of these
drinks are the caffeine equivalent of four cups of coffee. Worse yet,
it was discovered that one such drink actually had small traces of
cocaine in it. Another change contemplated for this year will be to
linking class grades to Driver's Ed eligibility. It seems that
Driver's Ed is the carrot, that is most likely to get the students
Mr. Johnson told the board that accident insurance will be
available to purchase by the parents of student athletes.
Board member, August Simmerling addressed the need for fiscal prowess
after the 2009-2010 school year. He suggested that Mark Johnson and
Chris Bergquist seek ways to conserve the surplus in the future, and
that the board support their fiscal decisions relating to surplus
The bad news from Lansing was that the funding for the "four year old"
program may be cut. Other state spending items were on a day to day
basis --- yes one day maybe the next and no the following day. The
Governor and State Legislature have yet to make their spending plans
known to the people who need to the most. Go figure! Chris told the
board members, that the four year old program has gone through this
before. One year the funds were cut, only to be restored in March. The
program will be offered once again with or without the state funding.
Enrollment numbers for the new year are mixed, but certainly not bad.
Jr and Senior High will remain about the same as last year. However,
there may be a very small decrease in enrollment in the Washington
In other matters, Mr. Simmerling presented the building and grounds
report. He listed the myriad of projects that are being worked on. It
seems that most are on track for their expected completion.
Bessemer School Board Adds Second Kindergarten Teacher
|Bessemer - June 23, 2009
The Bessemer School Board approved
the hiring of a second Kindergarten teacher for the 2009/2010 school
year. Monday night at its regular monthly meeting , the board
unanimously approved the hiring of Theresa Guiliano as teacher for
its second full day Kindergarten class. Miss Guiliano worked
for the district as a part-time Title One teacher.
The board considered dividing the current one kindergarten class
into two class in the fall. The decision was reached after analyzing
the success of its current full day program.
At the April board meeting,
board that the
Bessemer All Day
By reducing the kindergarten class size it is
believed that the students will benefit even more from the
additional time available to each student.
Before the full
only a 35%
Since then the
first grade have
level rose to
48% in 2007/2008
and to a reading
In other personnel moves the district has
approved the hiring of Tyler Hubbard as the 50% Industrial
Technology Instructor at ADJ.
The board also approved hiring Jim Partanen as
the ADJ summer school instructor.
Approves Summer School Program
|Bessemer - April 29, 2009
The Bessemer School Board
unanimously approved the 2009 Elementary Summer School Program which
will consist of a four week split session with two teachers teaching
three hours and 15 minutes per day 4 days per week. The action
was taken at the Board's monthly meeting.
The board approved increasing the per student fee for driver's ed
to $350. The prior charge was $325 per student. There 38 students
signed up for the program.
The board approved the payment of debt retirement in the amount
The GOISD Budget resolution was rejected by the board in a
|The board unanimously approved the evaluation report of Mark
Johnson local Administrator.
|The board withdrew the pink slip for Theresa Giuliano a
part-time Title -1 teacher and in other personnel action
regrettably accepted the resignation of Miss Sabrina Gheller as
Varsity-Jr. Varsity Cheerleading advisor. The board approved the
immediate posting of the vacant position.
With respect to
The board also approved four bus trips for the baseball team to
Baraga Rockland Hancock and Ewen.
The board approved the hiring of three coaches for
the co-op football teams. Bruce Mahler was hired as the assistant
varsity football coach. Patrick Libertoski and Jim Dahlin were hired
as junior high football coaches.
Approximately 50 kids have indicated an interest in
fall football. On the varsity level there is one coach for each ten
students. There are only two coaches for the fifty Jr. High
students, which creates a need for more coaches.
The school board also approved the list of students eligible for
this year's graduation.
|Gene Goss Head Teacher at the Washington School gave his monthly
report to the board.
Gene advised the board of the events of the last month and also the
upcoming Spring Concert on May 7th and the upcoming 6th grade
venture to Camp Superior.
A.D. JOHNSTON STUDENTS!
|By Lori Hendges
May 13, 2009
Congratulations to the 18 seniors from A.D. Johnston High School, in
Bessemer, who were awarded scholarships during the annual awards
ceremony Wednesday, May 13th. In order to qualify for scholarships,
students must demonstrate leadership, a commitment to community
service, academic excellence, and meet various requirements.
Students receiving scholarships (and their college of choice) are
Maggie Reil (Univ. of Mich), Brian Contos (GCC), Tony Giackino (Nicolet
Tech), Brooke Berwald (Central Mich Univ), Maria Ahnen (GCC), Monica
Maki (U-W Eau-Claire), Louis Hendges (Mich Tech), Ben Kapugia (GCC),
Pat Kapugia (GCC), Casey Fabbri (Lake State Univ), Miles Mykkanen
(the Juilliard School), Christian Brunelle (Nicolet Tech), Katelyn
Rodvold (GCC), Dan Watkins (GCC), Zach Kuchinski (GCC), Logan
Ballone (WITC), Jessica Clemo (GCC), and Corey Fabbri (GCC). A
total of $146,000 in scholarship money was awarded to the class of
In addition to senior scholarships, many students in grades 9-12
were presented with academic, music, and club awards. New Inductees
for National Honor Society were also announced. They are: Sophomores
- Sarah Ahnen, Jessie Jacobson, Megan Janczak, Brianna Mykkanen,
Taylor Pelissero, and Molly Reil; Juniors – Brittany Dean, Tim
Foster, Sam Kolesar, Samantha Longhini, Carissa Marchello, and Dan
Following is a list of specific scholarships & recipients:
Gogebic County Community Role Model Scholarship………………….……Maggie Reil
Paisano Scholarship………………………………………………Brian Contos
A.D. Johnston Alumni Scholarship…………………………Anthony Giackino
Sartoris Scholarships…Brooke Berwald, Maria Ahnen, Monica Maki, &
Wakefield-Bessemer roatary Scholarship……………….Louis Hendges
Harry B. Sutter Scholarship………………………….Maria Ahnen
Paul & Dorothy Steiger Memorial Scholarship…….Maria Ahnen
Bill & Beth Steiger Scholarship……………..Ben Kapugia & Pat Kapugia
Steiger’s Home Center Scholarships…..Cassandra Fabbri & Louis
Bessemer Chamber Scholarship…………..Pat Kapugia
Bessemer Chamber Arion Music Scholarship…………………..Maggie Reil
Ken Wiele Memorial Music Scholarship…………………….Miles Mykkanen
Esia Frello Safely Home Scholarships…Maria Ahnen & Miles Mykkanen
Al Gaiss Scholarship…………………………….Christian Brunelle
Bessemer Lion’s Club Scholarship…………..Katelyn Rodvold
Erwin Community Club Scholarship……………..Monica Maki
Bessemer friends & Alumni Scholarship……….Daniel Watkins
Abelman Scholarship………………………..Zach Kuchinski
R Anonymous Scholarships……..Maria Ahnen, Brooke Berwald, & Louis
Bessemer Woman’s Club Scholarship………………..Zach Kuchinski
Peter Fusi Athletic Scholarship…………….Louis Hendges
Marcy L. Brackett Scholarship…………………….Maria Ahnen
Grandview Health Foundation Scholarship………Pat Kapugia
Marenisco Scholarship………………………Logan Ballone
AFCSME local #992 Scholarship…………….Maria Ahnen
Michigan tech Presidential Distinction Scholarship…Louis Hendges
GCC Scholarships..Jessica Clemo, Corey Fabbri, & Ben & Pat Kapugia
Orvana Educational Scholarship……Casey fabbri & Louis Hendges
DalPra Trust Scholarships…..M. Reil, B. Kapugia, Z. Kuchinski,
B.Contos, & C. Fabbri
Air Force Officer Reserve Scholarship……….Louis Hendges
|Bessemer - June 5, 2009
Washington School fifth graders were planting
flowers at city Hall Tuesday, Mrs Maki and
Mrs. Mickelson were taking their second grade
student to the Bluff Valley Park. The kids were
excited as the school year was nearing an end!
Decorate Sophie Street
|Bessemer - June 3, 2009
The fifth grade students of Washington School went to Bessemer City
Hall yesterday. There they teamed up with members of the Range
Master Gardeners and set out to beautify Sophie Street for the
summer months. Mrs.Malmberg students filled 18 large planter boxes
with red, white and blue flowers and planted flowers in three
gardens outside city hall.
Study Ages of Trees
|Bessemer - June 1, 2009
Students at Bessemer's
Washington received a visit from Jaman Pakanen last Thursday.
Jaman is an employee of the Gogebic County Forestry and Parks
Commission and he came to teach the young students instructions
on how to age and identify local trees.
|Jamen had the students examine sample cross sections of
various species of trees. He showed them how to count the tree
rings as a method of calculating a tree's age. He also taught
them how to estimate the age of a tree by counting the layers of
|The students were able to take turns boring into a tree to
get a core specimen which provides the same information that you
would get from a cross section of the tree.
The class was very
informative and the kids were very interested in what Jaman had
to say to them.
School Students Plant Spring Flowers
|Bessemer - May 30, 2009
Thursday morning Washington School fourth graders ventured
outdoors to plant flowers in front of their school building. Mrs.
Beal's students had been scheduled to do the planting Wednesday,
however cold and wet weather required a rescheduling.
An Evening of Art
|Bessemer - May 14, 2009
Tuesday evening family and friends
were once again treated to an evening of Arts and Music. The
Bessemer Area Schools presented the Annual Band and Choir Concert,
directed by Mary Jo Mykkanen, and an Art Exhibit under the guidance
of Jennifer Werner.
The evening began with an Art Exhibit which displayed the
creativity and skills of many talented art students in the Bessemer
The evening progressed to the Music portion of the event. Once
again Mary Jo Mykkanen, demonstrated her musical talent and that of
her students. Mrs. Mykkanen has the ability to choose musical pieces
that make her 45 piece band sound as though there were a hundred
musicians playing. She also has trained her students to be fine
young musicians. Whether it be in a concert or a parade Bessemer
residents have much reason to be proud of their school bands.
|The ever popular B.A.S. High School Band took the stage and
performed sevral songs including a rousing finale
Music In The Air at
|Bessemer - May 8, 2009
The students of
Washington Elementary School played to a full house yesterday, even
though the spring concert took place at 1:00 pm on a Thursday
afternoon. Family and friends filled the elementary school gymnasium
for the annual spring concert which featured the students from
grades P-K through Sixth. Through the efforts of the teaching and
support staffs and the leadership of music teacher L J.
Roderick, the concert was a great success. The songs were well
chosen and the choreography added a great deal of enjoyment to the
|Guest were welcomed upon arrival by a team of "Student Greeters"
consisting of Samantha Peite, Ann DahIim, Jordan Koski, Whitney
Treka, Kris Behrendt, and
|pictured above the man responsible for the great performance
music teacher, L.J. Ruderick
|above - Molly Wieringa, a sixth grade student who entertained
the audience with a violin solo "Gavotte from "Mignon"
|above Jimmy Jendrusina who also performed a solo. Jimmy
played "Jimmy's Boogie"
Other soloist were
fourth grader Tia Webber who performed "Do Re, Me" an acappella
solo, Via Triggiano a first grader who played a piano solo
"Air" from the Surprise Symphony, fourth grade student, Ciara
Novascone who played a piano solo "Wig Wam", Racheal Emery a
forth grade student who performed Knight's Tale, Sixth grade
student, Valerie Rowe played the Piano solo "Sonata in "G", Jess
Mazzon a sixth grade student played a piano solo "Pette Tarentelle"
Dennis Ian Aspinwall a sixth grade student performed a piano solo
"Il Penseroso" and Lilly Wieringa played a violin solo "The
|The Decoration crew did a really good job. They students
responsible for the great decorating were: Solomon Drifka, Nicholu
Shemer, Joshua Suzik, Andrew Peterson,
Josh Westeen, Valerie Rowe, and Molly Wieringa. The decoration crew
support staff consisted of: Taylor Appner, Rachel Hoeft, Jes Mazzon,
Rachel Moon, Dan Trekas,
Riley Vukusich, Dennis Ian Aspinwall, Grace Findley, Emily Jacobson,
Cataliaa Palm, Scott Selin, and David Anderson.
|The stage crew consisted of Nick Matonich and Ben
Jacobson.Members of the stage set crew were: Big Jim Favero,
Nick Matonich, Ben Jacobson, David Anderson, and
|Rounding out the members of the production were: Anna Wacker and
Kristen Hogaette, classroom runners and Video Cameraman Zachary
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Bessemer School District
Says "YES" to Literacy
|Bessemer - March 24, 2009
Monday evening the Bessemer School watched
the Power point presentation by Jean Massie from
the G.O.I.S.D. This the same presentation on a
Literacy Program previously given to the
Ironwood and Wakefield-Marenisco school
|After many questions and much deliberations
the Bessemer Board joined Wakefield-Marenisco in
approving the program that will provide for
reading coaches to the school district. Like W-M
the vote was contingent on the cost of the
program remaining at or below the $40,000
projected costs. Also, Bessemer's vote is
contingent upon receiving the Grant Money that
is suppose to be available to the district.
You may recall that the Ironwood School District
voted no to Literacy last month, when board
chairman Steve Thomas stated he didn't
understand the program.
Read more information about to the Literacy
Spring Has Sprung at Washington School
|Bessemer - March 25, 2009
It's a sure sign of
spring when Master Gardeners and Washington School
fourth graders get together to plant flower seeds for the
school grounds. Above Mrs. Beals and Range Master Gardener
Gordon Frese prepare the students for this annual event. The
kids will plant and care for the seedlings until May when
the class will go outside with the Master Gardeners and
transplant the flowers. During the summer months student
volunteers will care for the flower beds by deadheading,
weeding and watering.
|above Volunteers from Mrs. Beals' class standby to
assist Master Gardeners in carrying supplies to an from the
|above fourth graders filling the seed trays with a
potting mix. The student learned the proper techniques for
filling the trays and planting the Marigold and Petunia
|Range Master Gardeners are local Michigan and Wisconsin
Master Gardeners who volunteer their gardening experience
and know how in many community projects. The Range Master
Gardeners will duplicate yesterday's class again in
Ironwood' Norrie School and again at the Hurley School. The
Silver Street and Sophie Street plantings are also Master
Gardener projects. Larger projects include the Community
Garden, the Ironwood Pocket Park and Grandview Hospital
View more of the Washington School project at http://rangemastergardeners.org/washington2009.html
Bessemer Students Compete
in Science Olympiad
Photos by David and Tracy Rowe
February 23, 2003
On Valentines Day, Middle School and Senior High students from Bessemer competed in the regional Science Olympiad competition at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. According to High School advisor David Rowe, “this year’s competition was a big success. We had 28 students compete in problems covering the whole spectrum of science disciplines. In addition to traditional question and answer problems, our students built rubber band powered planes, elevated balsa wood bridges, electric cars, rockets, catapults and time keeping devices.”
|The students from Bessemer placed well with 17 of the students earning at least one medal. Junior Nick Laukka, who placed second in “egg-o-naut” with sophomore team partner Ron Richardson, summed up the feelings of many students when he said, “Science Olympiad is great. There is so much fun involved in building and preparing for the problems that you really don’t care if you medal.” Sixth grader Valerie Rowe, who placed third in Meteorology with fellow sixth grader Jess Mazzon said, “I really get nervous before a problem but I am also very excited. At the awards assembly I really wanted to do well and when I got a medal I was really glad that I competed.” Freshman, Jake Zielinski who helped junior Joe Jendrusina construct a 60 gram balsa bridge that easily held the required 15 kg of sand commented that, “Science Olympiad is fun for many reasons. You get to explore the world of science in a fun way. You get to meet people and you could even find a career. For example: I’m into engineering.” Sixth grader Jimmy Jendrusina, who helped construct the “Wright Stuff” plane with seventh grader Kate Karling, commented that, “the best part of Science Olympiad is competing with my friends and working together. The most challenging part was building the plane knowing that we would have to practice flying it and not wanting it to crash.”
This year the High School team placed eighth and the junior high team placed seventh, each in a field of 12 teams. Earning medals this year in the High School competition were: Danny Trudgeon and Jenn Hautala, third place in Forensic Lab, Nick Laukka and Ron Richardson, second place in egg-o-naut, Tim Foster and Lilly Mattson, third in Disease Detectives and Dan Sackmann and Tim Foster, first place in electric car.
Earning medals in the Junior High division were: Harmony Osborn and Stephanie Johnson, second place in Write it Do it and second place in Amphibians and Reptiles., Nick Cossi and Zach Taivalmaa, second place in Robo Cross and third place in Reach for the Stars, Jimmy Jendrusina and Kate Karling, second place in Wright Stuff, Jess Mazzon and Valerie Rowe, third place in Meteorology, Danny Trekas and Sarah Trudgeon, third place in Dynamic Planet.
When reflecting on this year’s competition, Rowe commented that, “in addition to the hard work of the students, there were many “behind the scenes” things that helped the Bessemer teams become so successful. This year we were fortunate to have the help of a volunteer coach, Bruce Jendrusina and a new Junior High coach, wife and fellow teacher Tracy Rowe”. Rowe also added that with the large team and the expenses of constructing things for competition that it was very gratifying to have so many financial sponsors. In addition to the community coming out to support the pancake breakfast, Ironwood Plastics, Floor Plans of Bessemer, Big Powderhorn Mountain, Steiger’s Home Center and Tamarack Retreat Therapeutic Massage all financially supported our efforts and helped make our successful competition possible.
As a final thought, both Dave and Tracy Rowe agreed that they were both proud of their teams and they both feel that the experience and exposure to high pressure and out of the box problem solving will help their students as they continue to explore the world of math and science.
Washington School to Hold Wellness Night
|Bessemer - February 24, 2009
The Bessemer School Board held it regularly scheduled meeting last night. The agenda was short as was the meeting. The school district has seen an increase in revenues and a decrease in expenses for the school lunch program this year. The all day kindergarten program is credited with the fiscal changes. When asked how the kindergarten program was going Mr. Goss stated that it was going very well. There were however, some changes that he would like to institute next year.
The board approved the posting of four football coaching positions for the co-op football program with Wakefield-Meranisco. The positions will be open to both Bessemer and Wakefield coaches. Two positions currently held by Bessemer coaches will not be posted. There will be a total of six coaching positions; two Varsity, two
Jr. Varsity and two Jr. High School positions.
The new program will be submitted to MHSAA for approval. Mark Johnson told the board that he expected to hear from the athletic association before the school year ends.
The board was told that the school district has one new student that will require an additional aide for 16 1/2 hours per week.
|In his Washington School Report, Gene Goss reminded the Board of the PTO's Silent Auction that is coming up March 7th. The silent auction is for the purpose of buying additional playground equipment at Washington School. The event will be held at the VFW hall. There is a small admission charge of $10. which will provide music and HOR D'OEUVRES. Mr. Goss told the board that there will be very nice items to bid on. Tickets for the fundraiser are on sale at the school's office.
|Mr. Goss told the board that Picture Day will take place March 9th and on March 23rd there will be the third annual "Wellness Night" program. Mrs. Helman is in charge and will be bringing speakers from the hospital.
|Pictured above - Four Students from Jim Partanen's Civic Class sit on the board meeting.
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