Volume 5 No. 11
BENTON HARBOR, MICHIGAN — The Mildred C. Wells Academy (MCWA) serves grades K-8 and starts each school year with the goal of meeting their core values in their educational process. MCWA believes every student is entitled to a safe and orderly learning environment where they will grow academically, socially, and physically. 
MCWA believes that family involvement in the educational process is integral to their student’s success which is why the academy partners with parents to meet the diverse needs of their students. Over the summer, the school helped run a workshop geared for families wanting to learn better ways to resolve conflict. As a testament to their core values, the MCWA staff and community organized a memorial fund to support the family of a student who had lost his life trying to save the life of someone else. A school that prioritizes the wellbeing of its families and teaches its students to do the same is a treasure to its community.

In addition, MCWA cultivates a collaborative environment of teaching and differentiated instruction because they believe it is vital to the learning process.  As a result of this mission, MCWA offers special education services and trains their staff to know their students and appreciate their differences by taking responsibility for all, regardless of ability or background. This environment yields students who are excited to learn and parents who can trust their children are not only encouraged, but challenged to become well-rounded individuals.

Keep up the good work, Mildred C. Wells Academy!
Mildred C. Wells Academy is located in Benton Harbor, MI was authorized by Bay Mills in 2005. To learn more about the academy, visit their website here.
Kale Harris and Jackson Surma from Taylor Exemplar Academy, with their baseball team Taylor North won the national title to the Little League World Series this summer. The last time a Little League baseball team from Michigan had won the World Series was 1959. These seventh-graders displayed outstanding sportsmanship in their 5-2 win over Ohio in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania on August 29th where Harris played left field and Surma played third base. 

ESPN covered the final game live and the team was met with a celebratory event organized by the city of Taylor. Since then the team has been invited to attend Detroit Lions game and a University of Michigan football game. 

Jackson Surma’s mother and team coach expressed how being a part of NHA schools and its Moral Focus virtues curriculum has influenced her children, “Both kids have had respect and be kind to others taught to them for so many years here at Taylor Exemplar. It definitely has made them better people and for sure a better teammate.”
You can find the full story of their win here!
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 23,660 students.
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.