Highlights

Bond Project Update  
Construction on South Haven High School began on December 7, 2015, and Phases 1 and 2 were completed by the start of the 2016-17 school year.  The estimated completion date for the high school is December 2017.  This year, all other school buildings and other facilities throughout the district will also undergo necessary renovations and upgrades to mechanical, technological, and security systems.
SHPS Bond Project webpage 

Technology Improvements  
As part of our Bond project, South Haven Public Schools has seen more technological improvements since the start of the 2015-16 school year.  Chromebooks were made available to all South Haven High School students this year, thereby giving all 1-12 grade students access to 1:1 technology in all content areas.  All 4-12 grade students have access to Chromebooks, while 1-3 grade students work on iPads.  Students district-wide also have access to several technology programs such as STEM and PLTW, as well as the iCreate Lab in North Shore Elementary. 

K-3 Early Literacy  
Thanks to the Improving Teacher Quality grant from Western Michigan University, all SHPS K-3 elementary teachers will receive a total of 90 hours of professional development in early literacy over 18 months.  Teachers begin the training with experts in the field of early literacy in June 2016.  The goal of this training is to help teachers add to their teaching strategy toolbox so they can meet the needs of our at-risk learners and ensure that they are reading "on level" by the end of third grade.  WMU wrote the grant to the State of Michigan to partner with SHPS on this training, worth $80,000. 

Strategic Plan  
The SHPS Board of Education began developing its new strategic plan to help the district move forward in its shared goals in the spring of 2015.  The Board held gathered input from key community stakeholders, parents, students, staff members, and administrators, and held a retreat in October 2015 to build the plan.  The four goal areas of the plan, adopted in January 2016, include Improve Communications, Expand Student Achievement, Close the Achievement Gap, and Improve Conditions Impacting Student Enrollment.
Strategic Plan webpage 

CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) Program 
The CEP program allows schools with higher Free and Reduced (Directly Certified by the state of Michigan) percentages to provide free breakfasts and lunches to all students in the building. South Haven Public Schools currently provides free breakfast and lunch to all students Preschool-5th grade, in three different buildings.  The response has been overwhelming; we currently feed 85-90% of our elementary children free meals every day.
Food Service Department webpage

Ratcliffe Field Centennial 
This year, SHPS celebrated the centennial anniversary of Ratcliffe Field, its primary athletic field.  Ratcliffe is one of the oldest, continuously-used athletic fields in the State of Michigan.  SHPS celebrated by partnering with several community and school organizations to host a community event at the first home football game on Sept. 9, 2016.  Today, the field is utilized by the SHHS football, soccer, track, and cheer teams, as well as the Purple Pride Marching Band.
Ratcliffe Field Centennial webpage

The FARM (Fun Activities, Reading & Meals) Bus  
Now in its second year, the FARM Bus program continues to grow and is an enormous success.  The bus stopped at several locations every weekday to deliver lunches and check out books to students, as well as two migrant camps on Saturdays.  Many local agencies came together to collaborate on this project, which is also one of four schools that is being highlighted by the USDA for offering an innovative nutrition program.  
The FARM Bus webpage

Nuestro Sueño Club 
Nuestro Sueño Club was created as part of our parent outreach efforts, and as a way to get our Spanish-speaking parents more involved in the schools. More than a club, Nuestro Sueño stems from the idea that regardless of language barriers, both educators and parents share one common dream:  To provide the best education possible for our students and youth. Over the course of this past year, Nuestro Sueño Club parents have gotten involved in a Cinco de Mayo celebration at North Shore, a PowerSchool meeting and workshop, and brought a folkloric dance to our ELL event this year.  Nuestro Sueño continues to create ties with parents to make them feel comfortable in getting to know our schools. 
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