Volume 3 No. 1
Recently, the Arts & Technology Academy of Pontiac has been hard at work constructing new rooms for their new course offerings. Due to the additional rooms, students now have access to a new science lab, a weight room, an oasis room, a dance studio, plenty of design gear, a TV production room, and a space designated to online courses.
The rooms have been open during the new school year and students have already made the most of them. When discussing the new programming offered at the Arts & Technology Academy of Pontiac, Septembra Williams, the Superintendent of the school shared, "We are all so excited about all of the wonderful things we offer to the Pontiac Community, we are changing lives."
You can see in the pictures below how much the students are enjoying the new rooms and programs offered at the Arts & Technology Academy of Pontiac.


The Oasis Room 

The new Dance Studio 

The Weight Room

The new Science Lab

Room dedicated to online courses 


TV Production Room

To find out more information about the Arts & Technology Academy of Pontiac,  visit their website.

At the International Academy of Saginaw (IAS), students are met with an environment that not only encourages academic growth, but moral growth as well. With each class, after school activity and peer interaction, these young minds become all the more equipped to step into their next chapter of life. With the help of top-notch educators and eager students, their mission to achieve "efficiency and accountability throughout its operation" has become a reality.

IAS has a variety of goals, all rooted in their desire to foster positive learning opportunities for the student body. Educators not only teach the core subjects, but they also instill the values of critical thinking and logical reasoning. They want each student to qualify for college entrance and work toward this goal by inspiring a passion for life-long learning. The well-rounded education given instills positive values in their lives, with hopes that these values create an impact on the community around them.
In order to reach their goals and continue with their approach to education, IAS employs a Student Management System. This system helps to build a "community of learners", which creates a smooth, positive environment for students. The Director serves as a mentor for everyone else by setting the tone. Teachers, the student life coordinator, and the student management coordinator act as role models, establish a community culture and know the value of being proactive, respectively. The students and parents work in tandem by holding each other accountable and encouraging one another to play a role in the Student Management System.

Through their anti-bullying policy, school improvements and technolo gy plans, IAS has covered many bases in their pursuit of providing quality education. Keeping track of progress, promoting group work and providing follow-ups keep both students and educators aware of what works and what does not, an important way to keep in mind the mission of IAS. The responsibilities bestowed upon all learners helps empower them to make personal decisions later in life with dignity and confidence.

A uthorized by Bay Mills, the International Academy of Saginaw opened their doors to students in 2007. Their mission statement reads: the International Academy of Saginaw will be recognized as a provider of top quality education to a highly diverse student body. IAS will strive to help all students achieve their full potential, prepare them for success in college, equip them with the ability and desire for lifelong learning, and strengthen their civic, ethical, and moral values. IAS will maintain high standards of efficiency and accountability throughout its operation.

Learn more about the International Academy of Saginaw by visiting their website:
Interested in gaining educational experience? Or are you looking to add to your resume? Consider becoming a charter school board member for a public school academy authorized by Bay Mills Community College Charter Schools Office!
At Bay Mills Community College, we support a quality education to urban, minority and/or poor children.
Bay Mills will provide all of our academy boards with pertinent training so that they are able to make choices that are in the best interest of the students that attend their academies .
Our public school academies are always looking for new members that bring a range of skills, experiences and desire to help the Academy students to excel academically, as well as having the goal of advancing the mission of Bay Mills.
Some requirements of the position:
  • Engagement with the goals of the Academy
  • Enthusiasm to be an ambassador for the Academy
  • Willingness to fulfill the obligation of a board member, as well as continue to uphold the standards of being a board member
Board Member Qualifications:
  • Citizen of the United States
  • Resident of the State of Michigan
  • Submit materials requested by the College Charter Schools Office such as:
    • Public School Academy Board Member Appointment Questionnaire
      • Must include authorization to process a background check of the nominee
      • Submit annual disclosure of conflicts of interest
Members of the Board of Directors shall include:
  • At least one parent or guardian of a child attending the school
  • One professional educator; preferably a person with school administrative experience
Members of the Board of Directors shall NOT include:
  • Any member appointed or controlled by another profit or non-profit corporation
  • Academy employees or independent contractors performing services for the Academy
  • Any current or former director, officer, or employee of a management company that contracts with the academy
  • College officials or employees 
All Academy Board members shall serve in their individual capacity, and not as a designee of any other person or entity. If it is found that a person is serving as a representative or designee of another person or entity, they shall be deemed ineligible to serve as a Director of the Academy Board. They shall be removed from office in accordance with provisions found in the Resolution or Schedule 2: Bylaws.
Note that a Director serves at the pleasure of the College Board, and may be removed with or without cause by the College Board at any time.
Working with an Academy is the perfect opportunity to advance your career interests, expand your knowledge on education and help children receive a quality education that will last a lifetime. Apply to become a board member today!

For more information or to receive an application, please contact Megan Ringuette, Bay Mills Community College Charter Schools Office Compliance Coordinator at 906-248-8419 or mringuette@bmcc.edu.
About Bay Mills Community College Charter Schools
Bay Mills Community College began authorizing charter schools in the year 2000 and now authorizes 46 schools serving approximately 22,000 students. Fall 2015: 22,729 and Spring 2016: 22,257
Our Mission: To ensure a quality education for urban, minority, and/or poor children by improving and expanding educational opportunities through innovative oversight methods. To provide academy boards with the necessary support and training so that they may make educated decisions that are in the best interest of the students that attend their academies.