Do You Have “Old” Cass Yearbooks?
We have had a request from Ginger Luxenberger with the Pioneer Log Cabin Museum for past Cassopolis high school yearbooks. They have a collection, but are missing some years. If you have any yearbook(s) that you would like to donate, please contact Mrs. Luxenberger at 445- 0196. Thank you.
Request for Proposal
Inside Walking at Ross Beatty
Inside walking will be available at Ross Beatty High School beginning Tuesday, January 22nd through the winter season. Times are 5:00-7:00 p.m. There is a $5.00 charge for an access card. If interested, please see Rosa Haines, Operations Supervisor to register for a card. Her office is located at 62127 Eastern Boulevard (behind the high school) and she can be reached at 269-445-0550.
Fall Sports Update
Athletics 2012 Fall Sports Update
It was Dan Purlee’s first season as the Varsity Football coach. The team had a record of 4-5, losing in very close contests to teams that made the playoffs. Congratulations to the Junior Varsity team, who won the Lakeland Conference title with a record of 7-2.
Ray Prestly became the new Varsity Volleyball coach. The Varsity team had its ups and downs but the girls showed much improvement. Ray received the “Coach of the Year” award from the Lakeland Conference for his team’s improvement this season. Also, Ray hired a Junior Varsity coach and a freshmen coach volunteered to help with the expanding teams. The JV team had a great year and won the Lakeland Conference title along with several tournaments. The freshmen team learned many skills that will help them through their high school career.
The Soccer team had a new coach mid-season. Mike Peters took over and finished off the year with great success. Midwest Energy donated money to help pay for a new scoreboard that will be operational for the girls soccer season this coming spring.
Fall Sports had the following 1st Team All-Conference Players
1. Tyler Prestly – Football / Wide Receiver
2. Mike Dussel – Football / Guard
3. Sheridan Curry – Volleyball
4. Cameron Hayden – Soccer
Upcoming Sports Season
Second year varsity coach Josh Rinehart has a very promising wrestling team. Twenty-five students came out for wrestling. Our numbers are up from recent years. The first wrestling match for the 2012-13 season will be December 5th, at home.
Both Varsity Girls and Varsity Boys Basketball have new coaches this year. Both coaches have a good number of athletes and expect great things from their teams. The boys team had 38 student-athletes participate in tryouts and ended up filling a freshman team.
Our student section The Ranger Zone will participate in “Battle of the Fans.” The state of Michigan is in its second year with this program. The goal is to find the best student section in Michigan regardless of class size and to promote sportsmanship. Students will have to submit a three-minute YouTube video at the end of the year and a committee will vote on the best student section. The winner will get a banner and the title of BEST STUDENT SECTION.
Each home game will have a different theme decided by the Student Athletic Committee. To participate in The Ranger Zone go to the student Facebook page “The Ranger Zone” or to the Twitter account @Ranger_Zone to find out the theme of each game night.
Letter from the Superintendent
Hello, my name is Tracy Hertsel. As Superintendent of Cassopolis Public Schools it is my goal to provide the leadership necessary to provide a high quality education for the children of our school district, while maintaining a sense of community. Being born and raised in this community gives me great pride in what the Cassopolis community has to offer.
Student achievement continues to be the number one goal in the district. The district is focusing on alignment of curriculum to the Common Core State Standards. Finances of the district will remain as one of the most challenging administrative issues this school year. Increasing costs with less money coming into the district from Federal and State sources is the root of the problem. We will continue to keep students and their academics the district’s top priority.
Cassopolis Public Schools is piloting a new teacher evaluation tool this school year. Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness (MCC) was developed to find a fair and equitable way to evaluate educators. We are one of 14 districts in the state selected to pilot one of four evaluation tools. At the end of this school year we will give input to the state committee to choose one or more tools to be used by the State of Michigan in the future.
As the holidays approach it gives us all a chance to reflect on the past year. Many great things have happened in our lives, but also some challenges have been encountered. This community is amazing, but this time of year it is extra special. It is great to watch people help others in many ways. I am glad I can be a part of such a caring community.
I would like to wish everyone the brightest and best holiday season!
Tracy D. Hertsel, Superintendent of Schoolsthertsel@cassopolis.org269-445-0503