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Caps off to you, MPS 2017 Graduates! We wish you all the very best!

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MPS ROBOTICS TEAMS COMPETE WITH TEAMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD! The Dow High Robotics Team 2619, The Charge, and the Midland High Robotics Team 5509, Like A Boss, competed at the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri April 26-29 with over 400 teams, including four other teams from the Great Lakes Bay Region. For the competition, the teams were divided into six Divisions with 68 teams in each Division. The winners of each Division then competed on the “Einstein” field for the overall Championship title. In addition to participating in their competition matches in St. Louis, team members also attended educational conferences, visited interactive sponsor and college displays, and interacted with robotics students and coaches from all over the world. Midland High’s robot & drive team performed well to finish the qualification matches in the top 40% of robots competing in the Daly Division. ‘Like a Boss’ wraps up the whole 2017 competition season in the top 8% of robots in the world. Dow High’s team had an outstanding competition - they finished qualification matches in the top 10% of robots competing in the Tesla Division. The Charge became captains of the 6th place Alliance for the Tesla Division playoffs along with teams from Minnesota, New Jersey and Indiana. Their Alliance defeated higher ranked teams to advance to the Tesla Finals before being eliminated in the playoffs. The Charge comes home with the Tesla Division Finalist trophy and they wrap up the whole 2017 competition season in the top 2% of robots in the world.

Congratulations to The Charge and Like a Boss for a great 2017 Season!

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A quarterly newsletter produced by the Midland Public Schools’ Superintendent’s Office Spring 2017 Volume 4, Issue 4

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BOND CONSTRUCTION UPDATES … CENTRAL PARK ELEMENTARY  Building construction is 90% complete with finishing work is currently underway.  Outdoor learning construction has started. Thank you to Midland Area Community Foundation and all of the donors that made these exciting STEM outdoor learning and playing areas possible!  Building is on target to welcome more than 700 K-5 learners Fall of 2017. CENTRAL AUDITORIUM  Work has been done on mechanical, electrical, masonry and more. Work is underway for entrances, painting, equipment, seating, lighting, acoustical upgrades, enhanced AV and much more.  Auditorium is on target to open and host events Fall of 2017.

PLYMOUTH & WOODCREST FULL RENOVATIONS  Secure entrances, addition of new gym & cafeteria, retrofit current media center to STEM maker space, retrofit current gym to media center, HVAC upgrades, building controls & management system, electrical, painting, flooring, asbestos abatement, technology, infrastructure, exterior. improvements including roofing, pavement, sidewalks & more! WOW! SECURE ENTRANCES—ADAMS, CHESTNUT HILL, SIEBERT, JEFFERSON, NORTHEAST, HH DOW HIGH, MIDLAND HIGH  The scope of the secure entry construction work to be done at each individual school will determine when the work will begin—early or late spring or summer. Secure entrances will be complete at all ten of our schools as we kick off the 2017-18 school year!

THANK YOU, MPS VOTERS and THANK YOU TO OUR SCHOOL NEIGHBORS FOR YOUR PATIENCE DURING CONSTRUCTION!

Schools of Choice openings for the 2017-18 school year still exist in some grades at several Midland Public Schools’ buildings including our new STEM elementary school—Central Park Elementary. If you have questions or would like information call Jana Kullick at 923-5021.

Looking ahead to the 2017-18 school year, we are excited to announce that our 2018 Midland Public Schools’ Graduation Ceremonies will be held at the beautiful Dow Diamond on Thursday, May 24, 2018. We are excited t