November 2017

What Have We Been Doing?
We are still accepting SURVEYs. If you are not sure you completed a survey, you can do it again. We will be able to identify duplicates. There will be paper copies to fill out at the Holiday Luncheon.

Over 60 members of the LWV and AAUW toured Central Park Elementary School on Monday, 11/6. Principal Brigid Hockmeyer gave us a tour of this exciting new school. See article below.

The meeting with Bay County Executive Jim Barcia is available on YouTube.  Barcia discussed the priorities of the Bay County budget. The program was recorded by Bay County's public access channel. We thank ?? for their professional ... This program was sponsored by the LWV Bay County Michigan.
Holiday Luncheon
Wednedsay, December 13, 12-1pm
Please join us for our holiday luncheon on Wednesday, December 12. The buffet lunch begins at Noon and wraps up by 1pm.  

Catering is by Shiers Deli & Catering, one of our sponsors. 

RSVP to Judy Donahue by December 8. Cost is $13. Mail to Judy or pay at the door.

Would anyone like to play Carols on the piano at Creative360? 

Central Park Elementary School
Thank you very much to Michael Sharrow, Brigid Hockmeyer, Brian Brutyn and other staff members for the joint LWV and AAUW tour of Central Park Elementary School. This mostly new school (there are parts of the old Central Intermediate still there) has been designed and built as a STEM learning center. The design is flexible, with grade level pods that allow classrooms to be open or closed to a central maker space. The building is open design - leaving open the infrastructure for students to see and learn from.

Technology is in use everywhere. Teachers wear microphones to be heard by the very last student in the row. There are projectors and screens for every area - teachers and students can easily project any content from their classroom computers or Chromebooks. Every student has a Chromebook with a keyboard and a touch screen. Keyboarding is still a required (and necessary) skill.

Furniture is designed to be flexible and child-friendly. Puzzle tables are designed to be reconfigured as necessary for different group sizes. Wobble stools allow movement - no more sitting completely still! 

This school is using the Project Lead the Way a STEM-based curriculum. Sharrow hopes to expand this to all of the elementary schools.
The extras have not been left behind - there is art, music, gym, world languages. The school also consolidates all of the other services - social worker, psychologist, health, etc. There are also special education classrooms. 

Thank you very much Mr. Sharrow and Midland for taking this cutting edge leap to a new form of elementary education. I'm ready to go back ...

To see photos, click on our facebook link.

Upcoming Events
Jan 23, 7pm - Redistricting Update
Katherine Redwine using the LWVMI presentation.

Feb 21, 2pm - Pay Equity: Past & Present
Judy Donahue

March or April - Tour of new voting machines. Details coming.

May 16, 6pm - Annual Meeting & Dinner
C. Bradley Kaye, Midland City Manager
RSVP  Sharron Such by 

Jun 12, 5:30 - Fun & Frolic
Pontoon ride on Sanford Lake - arrive at Sharron Such's house at 5:30
Dinner at Sanford Lake Bar & Grill - 6pm
Join the boating group at restaurant. RSVP to Sharron or 689-4148.

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Board Members
President - Katherine Redwine
Treasurer - Karen Sherwood
Secretary - Julie Schmidt - also website
VP Membership - Judy McDowell
VP Program - Sharron Such
Director, Program Co-chair - Judy Donahue
Director, Voter Service - Sue McCollister
Director, Voter Service - Kim Steinke
Director, Voter Service - Al Bailey
Director, Natural Resources - Carole Swinehart
Director, Natural Resources - Sandy Collinson
Director, Education - Terry Townley
Director, Sandy Haughton
Director, Membership - Carol McPherson
Director, Bay County - Pam Saddler
Director, Print Media - Cathy Heng
Director at Large - Fran Hamburg

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LWV - Midland Area
LWV-Lake MIchigan Region
City of Midland
Midland County
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Midland Public Schools
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