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News and Notes from Mr. Cassie

May 9, 2019

Hello Shumate Parents/Guardians,

Today's Salmon Release at Labo Park has been postponed due to the park flooding and the potential for afternoon rain/thunderstorms. The park's conditions are not safe today, and we are in the process of rescheduling.  A new release date will be provided soon. 

If you have any questions, please email Mr. Bouwman (  Thank you for your understanding. 


April 29, 2019

Hello Shumate Families,

Please see below for information regarding next week and beyond:

State Assessments

Our 6th and 7th Grade Shumate students are at the beginning of the state assessment season, which will extend for the next few weeks.  Families are extremely important in helping their children prepare for testing days. We kindly ask that you assist your child in doing his or her best, keeping the following in mind:

·Please remind your child to charge his/her Chromebook overnight throughout the testing window. This is the first year that we've used Chromebooks for state testing. While our new WiFi system and Chromebooks have worked flawlessly throughout the 8th grade assessments, one limitation is depleted batteries. Again, please remind your child to bring their Chromebook charged. Thanks!!!!

·Please ensure that your child gets a good night's sleep and rest before each assessment. Sleep is a key factor in student success.

·Please ensure that your student attends school on testing days, and arrives on time. There will be make-up sessions for students that are ill, but it is advantageous for all students to take the assessment with their peers if at all possible.

·Please send your children to school with a full belly. This should help to keep them full and provide the energy your child needs to utilize deep thinking strategies throughout the test.

·Please join us in communicating the importance of these assessments to your child. Not only are the results sent to the state, but scores will also help to establish learning pathways set forth for your child going into 7th, 8th and 9th grades. In many ways, this data will be a basis for success in the coming years.

Assessment Calendar

Please use the link below to access the Spring Assessment Calendar. This contains PSAT, M-Step, NWEA and Final Exam dates. In some cases, the testing dates give a range of days that we've put aside for the listed assessment. In cases in which there are multiple possible days listed, your child's teacher will communicate the specific date within the range an assessment will be administered.


There will be a final parent meeting next Monday, May 6th, 2019 at 6:30pm in the Shumate cafeteria to go over the details for our trip.  We will review the itinerary, packing list, procedures for check-in and pickup, medication and more.  Please plan on attending.  If you are unable to attend, a detailed packet of information will be sent after the meeting.  Please review it and contact Mr. Dunwoody if you have any questions. 

Student Portfolios

Today, our students will begin the first step in creating student portfolios to house the work they are most proud of and reflect upon their learning. These portfolios will offer a 21st century option for students to store their work online and access it throughout the entire time they are a Gibraltar student. We have chosen Google as a platform for our digital portfolios, which will allow the students to organize, share, and showcase their entire portfolio, or specific items within the portfolio. While we will not fully dive into all that the digital portfolios will offer this year, we're happy to at least begin the organization elements within these last 2 months of school. This will allow us to hit the ground running with our students in the fall.

Empty Plates

Mrs. Walchak's art classes once again partnered with the Gibraltar Food Pantry to create 60 plates for the annual Empty Plates fundraiser to benefit community members in need. Participants that bought tickets for the fundraiser dinner will leave with one of the plates that our Seahawk students created. All profits will go to the Gibraltar Food Pantry.

Athletic Reminder

Just a reminder for all student athletes: In order to participate in after school athletics (practice or games), you must be in school for a minimum of half of the school day.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email Mr. Anderson at

Important Events & Dates

6th Grade Mud Hens Game Field Trip

May 1, 2019


Spanish Trip to Mexican Town trip (Brown)

May 3, 2019


Washington DC trip (Dunwoody)

May 20-23


No School - Memorial Day

May 27, 2019


May 31, 2019

PBIS Kickball Reward


6th grade Orientation (Current 5th Grade Students)

June 3, 2019


6th & 7th Grade Recognition Ceremony

6th - 9:20 am

7th - 1:25 pm

June 4, 2019

CHS Auditorium


NJHS Induction Ceremony

June 4, 2019

Directly following 7th Grade Recognition Ceremony

CHS Auditorium - Approx. 2:35


School-wide Chromebook Return

(clean Chromebook, charging cords, case to be returned)

June 6, 2019


8th Grade BBQ & Carnival PM (Hulderman/Antosiewicz)

June 7, 2019


Cedar Point (Hulderman/Antosiewicz)

June 10, 2019


8th Grade Recognition Night & Dance (Hulderman/Antosiewicz)

June 11, 2019 6-7pm (teachers report 5:40)/Dance 7-9pm

Recognition Night - CHS Main Gym

Farewell Dance - SMS Cafeteria and Courtyard


Last day of school - Half day for all students - End of 4th quarter and semester

June 12, 2019




7th Grade Boys Baseball and Girls Softball


Coaches: Jason Gendron and Amanda Scheffler


*Thursday   4/11   Wyandotte  A       4:00

(baseball only)

Tuesday      4/16   Woodhaven H       4:00

Thursday     4/18   Southgate    A       4:00

Tuesday      4/23   Allen Park   H       4:00

Thursday     4/25   Wyandotte  H       4:00

Tuesday      4/30   Allen Park   A       4:00

Thursday     5/02   Trenton       A       4:00

Tuesday      5/07   Trenton       H       4:00

Thursday     5/09   Woodhaven A       4:00

*Tuesday    5/14   Wyandotte  A       4:00 (softball only)

Thursday     5/16   Southgate    H       4:00


8th Grade Boys Baseball and Girls Softball

Coaches:  Kent Sikora and Sarah Wellman


Tuesday      4/16   Woodhaven A       4:00

Thursday     4/18   Southgate    H       4:00

Tuesday      4/23   Lincoln ParkA      4:00

Thursday     4/25   Allen Park   A       4:00

Tuesday      4/30   Melvindale  H       4:00

Thursday     5/02   Trenton       H       4:00

Tuesday      5/07   Wyandotte  A       4:00

Thursday     5/09   Woodhaven H       4:00

Tuesday      5/14   Southgate    H       4:00

Thursday     5/16   Melvindale  A       4:00


Boys and Girls Track

Coaches: Amy Hulderman, Sam DeAngelo, and Mike Pehote


Wednesday 4/17   Southgate (QM)    A       4:00

Thursday     4/18   Ram Relays A       4:00

Monday      4/22   Allen Park   H       4:00

Wednesday 4/24   Trenton       A       4:00

Wednesday 5/01   Woodhaven H       4:00

Monday      5/06   Taylor Hoover      H       4:00

*Wednesday 5/08 Wyandotte  H       4:00

Friday         5/10   DL Invite (Wy)     A       4:00




                    Arthurs MS            Trenton

                    Strong MS             Melvindale

                    Hoover MS            Taylor

                    West MS               Taylor

                    Wilson MS            Wyandotte

                    Brownstown MS   Woodhaven

                    Davidson JH          Southgate

                    Allen Park MS      Allen Park

                    Lincoln Park MS   Lincoln Park




Warmest Seahawk Regards!

Eric Cassie & Dave Anderson