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ODYSSEY OF THE MIND By Carrie Nettleton

Hello everyone, just an update on how things went for us at competition. It went great, even though everyone didn't place, and was a great experience. We did have one team place, Double Trouble. They had to build a structure to hold weights. It held 47 pounds and then had points added for team work. All teams did a great job and had a lot of fun. The coaches, Rhea DesJardins, Melinda Marklein, Jon Passinault, Sue Passinault, and head coach, Michelle Hach, deserve a lot of appreciation for there time and effort. They were not allowed to help with the ideas but put a lot of time and dedication into working with us. We would also like to thank those people who donated items. We encourage students to join next year for a bigger and better turn out. Thanks again!

FORENSICS By Stephanie LeVeque

Forensics this year has come to an end but the lessons it taught remain. So just how do you get into Forensics? Forensics is offered at the middle school to grades 5-8. It is an extra curricular activity that prepares students in public speaking and performing. It's fun and work put into one.

Forensics is like a class. It has 3 major advantages: Competition, Confidence Builder, and Peer Relationships. Competing helps us learn that you always do your best in life, but if you seem to fail, it's worth it in the end. It's not whether you win or lose. Confidence building plays a great part in Forensics. When you get up to perform in front of a crowd, you can't just do it! You have to have confidence. This part of Forensics helps so much in competition. When you make a mistake, you can't just stop and cry! You have to keep going! Motivate!

Friends-Everybody has one, right? Well, in Forensics comes many more. The whole team is no longer just students; the team members become best friends! And with friends comes support. Something the team shows for one another. And there's one more things we can't forget, the coaches. Our coaches, Mrs. Dusseault, Ms. Hetherington and Mrs. Fellows, are great. They are the ones who help us find a piece, tell us some different ways of performing it, and listen to it over and over until it's great. They have been great in supporting us, and we thank them!

If you want to join, but don't want to take any risks, don't be afraid, because there aren't any! You'll have a great time hanging out with friends and performing. Serious, funny, informing, persuading, drama, etc. Bottom line is Forensics is great! Go for it! Join Forensics!

SCIENCE GONE AWRY! By Andrew Larson and Neil Passinault

Last month, Albert Einstein and Marie Curie came to Mather. Actually, it was a wonderful play put on by ----. The two brilliant scientists also had help from a very bright science teacher. The three researchers called on members from the audience to assist them in their assortment of experiments. They taught us about many different types of science and a lot about history. In the end, everyone learned a good lesson and had lots of fun!

PAJAMA DAY By Stan Gerou

On Friday, March 28th, the first annual Pajama Day was held at Mather. Students from 5th to 8th grades dressed up in pajamas and even some teachers dressed up! On this day, the teachers who dressed up were judged by Student Council Members who also sponsored this event. The students that dressed up were judged by their teachers. Everyone seemed to have a good time.

Honor Roll

Amy Benson
Justine Blichmann
Chelsea Cabanaw
Lee Denman
Samantha DesJardins
Andrew DeVries
Daren Eiseman
*Lindsey Erickson
Stan Gerou
Curt Heribacka
Cassie Heyrman
Kenda Holmes
Hannah Howard
Nathan Johnson
Christine Kalis
Thomas Kinnunen
Amanda Knuttila
*Andrew Larson
Shannon Lassila
Emily Maslo
Ralph Matekarich
Lyndsay Mercier
Meredith Mikulich
Jasmine Nikunen
Elizabeth Ochman
Abigail Ollis
*Neil Passinault
*Nadia Said
Stephanie Segerstrom
Bill Smale
Shawn St. Amour
Andrea Staniek
Megan Stevenson
*Eric St. Ours
Carla Velte
Chelsea Wallner
Randi Webster
Troy White
John Benson
Leanne Boyak
Amber Burgess
Kristle Burley
Kristal Cabanaw
Anthony Cook
Katie Haglund
Leslie Hines
Amber Hinton
Tonya Latvala
*Shannon Lindquist
Sarah Mannisto
*Ross Marklein
Christine Martin
Brittany McLachlan
Megan Meade
Miles Methot
Joseph Monette
Colleen Monroe
*Deanna Mulye
Justin Norris
Kelly Passinault
*Michael Ramsey
Brandon Riley
Terry Roberts
Daniel Ryan
Daniel Schierschmidt
Jozef Schwarz
Eric Trombly
*Matthew Anderson
Brandon Barabas
*Christina Barney
*Alissa Bartol
*Rose Brown
Bobby Cabanaw
Heather Carey
Meredith Case
Crystal Cota
*Peter Fleck
Brian Gariepy
*Ryan Graves
Dustin Gerou
*Chelsea Hach
Michelle Heyrman
Patrick Heyrman
Kelly Hoover
Leslie Isleib
*Sarah Kimar
*Daniel Lindquist
Natalie Luoma
James Lussman
Chris Maki
Sarah Masters
Holly Munger
Michael Murdock
Carrie Nettleton
Ashlee Ollila
*Michael Perron
Chad Raica
*Sherry Riordan
*Sean Roorda
Melissa Sadler
Betty Jo Steinhoff
Blair Tweedale
Jessica VanLandschoot
*Lynsey Walsh
*Jennifer Blichmann
Rick Bowerman
*Naomi Burgess
Kory Burley
*Colleen Case
*Noelle Cotey
Lucas Cromell
Chris D'Agostino
Benjamin Davis
Daniel Deisenroth
Amy DesJardins
*Adriana Dull
David Dyer
Karl Frosh
Joshua Fulcher
Jaris Goings
Donielle Graves
*Peter Hach
Sarah Harring
David Harvey
Joseph Heyrman
*Peggy Heyrman
Scott Heyrman
*Jayson Hotchkiss
Sandra Johns
Jeremiah Johnson
*Valerie Killips
Rae Ann Klosowski
Michael Knickerbocker
Evan LaFave
*Matthew Larson
T.J. Lassila
Stephanie LeVeque
Melissa Long
Melinda Lussman
*Eric Marklein
Chelsea McCollum
*Colin McNally
Chris Mercier
*Stephanie Mikulich
Jessica Moore
Brent Moote
Kris Morrison
Nicole Niemi
*Anthony Novielli
Valerie Novielli
*Joey Lynn Paquette
*Mark Parent
*Lacey Putvin
*Daniel Radloff
Jeff Rochefort
*Daryl Salo
Julia Schwarz
Joleen St. Amour
*Luke St. Martin
Mike Sytek
Renee Tannehill
Nathan Wallner
Randy White  

A VISIT FROM PAUL REVERE By Lindsey Erickson and Andrew Larson

One if by land, two if by sea. Last month, the fifth grade was paid a visit by Paul Revere. Actually, it was Mr. Chris Case dressed as Paul Revere. Mr. Case helped the fifth grade learn about the events leading up to the Revolutionary War. He recited, "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere". He also showed the class how the musket and the bayonet worked. Mr. Case was dressed in an authentic minuteman uniform. Mr. Case made the studying of the Revolutionary War more fun and exciting.


Recently, I went to a teacher's meeting in the Central School because we K.F.E.C. members plan to get the recycling program in the Central School. What we would do is every teacher would get a box like the one we have in Mather classrooms. Then, one day every week, two people will go down to the Central School at a designated point and wait for the kids to bring down the paper from their classroom. We hope this works so the kids can be ready for when they come to 5th grade. We have already given teachers letters to read to their classes and we have made posters to put around the Central School. On Friday, April 11th, there are eight people going down to talk to each grade (class) and tell them a little more about the program.

NEWSPAPERS ARE A VALUABLE SOURCE OF SCIENCE By Shannon Lindquist and Kristal Cabanaw

Mr. Behning's sixth grade science classes are using a newspaper because the newspaper is a valuable source of information for students. We are using the newspaper for about 4 weeks and are also using it to do fun activities like cooking chemistry, Scavenger Hunt and Healthy Habits. Many scientists believe that reading the newspaper can help motivate more kids to read as a hobby and not just for an assignment. It will also teach us young adults to pick out science terms in everyday articles. We are using the Detroit News for our projects and Toyota was nice enough to sponsor this activity for us. The newspaper that Toyota is sponsoring is called Mr. Wizard's Everyday Science. So remember, in today's world, the newspaper isn't just for adults!

GIRLS VS. BOYS BASKETBALL GAME By Christina Barney, Corresponding Secretary

The Student Council held a March dance. The D.J. was Magic 97 and we had a blast!

Our next event is the 4th Annul 7th & 8th grade Girls vs. Boys Basketball Games. This will be held on Tuesday, April 22nd, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the Mather Gym. Admission will be $2.0 for an adult and $1.00 for students. There will be a concession stand. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!


Our sixth grade science camp at Bay Cliff will be held this year on May 28, 29, and 30, 1997. Major planing for the trip is done by Dave Kronk, educational specialist from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, along with teachers; Mrs. Dusseault, Mr. Stuer, Ms. Hetherington, Ms. Oatley and Mrs. Hach. The camp nurse will be Mrs. Hendrick. High school counselors this year will be; Nick Fisher, Shaun Pyle, Rob Clark, Chris Virta, Trevor Case, Jessica Ollila, Sarah Derwin, Hannah Loope, and Rosie Aho. Matt Anderson, a 7th grader who attended camp last year, has written some comments about last year's camp.

This year's 6th graders will be going to Bay Cliff Science Camp this Spring. They will be gone for 3 days and will learn about math, science, and the outdoors. I was one of the kids who went last year and we had a blast! We went on nature hikes and walked through a bog. We didn't always do stuff outside. We also went swimming in an indoor pool and sometimes just relaxed or played a little basketball. Probably the best time of the trip, or the worst time of the trip depending on how you look at it, was when we got up at 5:00 a.m. and watched the sun rise. On the way there, we saw a fox walking along the beach. Overall, I think everybody enjoyed the trip. So all you 6th graders who think Bay Cliff will be a drag, don't think that! It will be the best time you will have all year.


Every year the kids who made the Honor Roll for the first semester get a great party as a reward. We do various games where you can win prizes like money, candy bars, or pizza. We played a game of just shooting the basketball to see who could make the most shots. The boys has to go back a little bit farther than the girls and the girls won so they all got candy bars. That was only for 7th and 8th grade though. Some shots for money were from the three point line and from half court. After all the games we had a pizza party. If there is pizza left over we played a different game where we could win pizzas.

HEART DISSECTION By Kelly Passinault and Amber Hinton

On March 27th and 28th, in Mr. Behning's sixth grade science classes, we dissected deer hearts. For weeks before the dissection, we studied the heart and learned all the parts and their functions. Since our classes brought in very few hearts, the Trenary Locker Plant was kind enough to give us some pig plucks (pig plucks are the tongue, esophagus, lungs and heart of a pig). Then, we finally dissected. It turned out to be a success. Everyone enjoyed it plus it was very educational.


Science Olympiad was created by Dr. Gerard J. Putz and Jack Cairns in 1983. In was first practiced in Michigan and Delaware. Science then, it has grown greatly. Some of the events are for only one person but there are a lost of group projects. You don't have to know a lot of science facts to be good at Science Olympiad. In many events you build things. There is an athletic event and after you complete a task you have to answer a question.

When we went to competition this year we took 5th place out of about 15. Here are the people and events who got 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons. Rocks, Minerals and Fossils-Kristle Burley and Kelly Passinault=1st; Surfing the Net-Colleen Case=1st; What Art You Tring To Tell Me-Peter Hach and Colleen Case=1st; Bottle Rocket-Joe Jalonen and Tom Bond=2nd; Pentathalon-Lucas Cromell, Joleen St. Amour, Stephanie Mikulich and Kory Burley=2nd; Bio Process Lab-Colleen Case and Kory Burley=3rd; Tower Building-Kelly Passinault and Kristle Burley=3rd; Periodic Table-Peter Hach=3rd.

We would also like to send out a big "Thank You" to Mr. Rader for putting in his time and effort.


The Academic Support Program of the Munising Public Schools will be holding a four-week summer school session. The program is open to students who will be entering first grade through twelve and have been recommended by their teachers to benefit from the extra instruction,

The summer program provides small group instruction with a strong emphasis on math and reading, as well as preparation for the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (M.E.A.P.) tests. This year's program will again be held at the Mather and Central Schools from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Monday through Thursday on June 16-19, June 23-26, June 30-July 3, and July 7-10.

If parents have any further questions, or feel that their child should be included in the program, please contact Mr. Tom Stephens at the middle school (387-3816). In addition, we would like to thank Hub's Super Valu, Hardees, and Subway of Munising, for their past and present support of this important program.


Treasury balance as of March 19th is $1,542.54. This year's $200 Summer Camp Scholarship winners were awarded to Colleen Case and Tonya Coykendall. CONGRATULATIONS! The 7th and 8th grade track season will be starting with a home meet on May 5th. There will also be a home meet on May 19th. We would like to run a concession stand on either of these dates. Please phone Anne Case at 387-5149 if you could help. Your time would be appreciated.

Our last Friends of Mather meeting for this school year will be held on Wednesday, May 21st at 7:00 p.m. in room 107.


The 1996-97 school year is quickly coming to a close and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our faculty, staff, students, and parents for a successful year. We have many activities during the month of May and the last week of school in June. Parents are asked to check through this issue of the Link for important information regarding upcoming events. Listed below are dates\information\activities for your calendar.

Our last day of school will be Friday, June 6th. Students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. The final report card will be mailed home the following week.

All 8th grade students will be receiving their book deposit refund. If parents would rather pick up the refund money please notify the office by telephone prior to May 23, 1997.

There will be a graduation dance, in recognition of 8th grade students, on Friday, May 30th, in the Central Gym. Cost will be $3.00. The dance will start at 7:00 p.m. and end at 10:00 p.m. There will be a concession stand.

Eighth grade students will be receiving their yearbooks during the last week of school. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Yearbook Staff for all their hard work in putting the yearbook together.

All Mather students in grades 5, 6, and 7 will be bringing home an enrollment card for parents to complete. It is important that our student information is current. Please be sure to return the enrollment card to the Mather Middle School office by May 16, 1997.

The Mather Middle School Awards Assemblies will take place on Friday, June 6, 1997, in the auditorium.

The 5th & 6th grade students will receive awards at 9:00 a.m. The 7th & 8th grade students will receive awards at 10:00 a.m.


	May 1			6th graders go to Shrine Circus after school.
	May 5			Middle School Track Meet - Home - 3:15 p.m.
	May 6			Assembly - "Wonders of Flight", 10:00 a.m. in auditorium
	May 7			Middle School Track Meet - Gwinn - 3:15 p.m.
	May 8			Board of Education Meeting, Room 107, 7:00 p.m.
	May 13			Middle School Track Meet - Westwood - 3:15 p.m.
	May 14-15		Art Show 
	May 14			Band Concert in auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
	May 15			Middle School Track Meet - Negaunee - 3:15 p.m.
	May 19			Mather School Track Meet - Home - 3:15 p.m.
	May 20			6th Grade Science Camp Parent Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Central 					Cafeteria. 
	May 21			Friends of Mather Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in Room 107.
	May 26			Memorial Day - No School
	May 27			Middle School Track League Meet - Gwinn - 3:15 p.m.   
	May 28-30		6th Grade Science Camp at Bay Cliff. 
	May 30			Student Council will be sponsoring a Graduation Dance - 
				Grades 6 to 8 - 7:00 p.m. - Central Cafeteria.
	June 6			Last Day of School.  Dismissal at 11:30 a.m.
	June 16-19		Summer School Session - 8:00 a.m. to Noon.
	June 23-26		Summer School Session
	June 30-July 3		Summer School Session
	July 7-10		Summer School Session 		ns to solve various problems.  Each group is given a series of problems in which they get to pick which one they want to perform.  Each group meets at least once a week to work on their projects, or as many times as needed.   Each group is granted $100 to spend on supplies.  Some of different problems they are given are: Double Trouble, Heroic Proportions, Omerdroid, Balloonacy Cars, Classics Can You Dig It.  The competition consists of two problems that were chosen.  The other part is called spontaneous, which requires members of the group to brainstorm about a statement given by the judges.  There are different divisions depending on age and grade.  This program teaches you to work in groups, and to compromise with other people.     

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