Week of December 5
Mission Statement:The mission of Breitung Township Schools, in cooperation with families and our community, is to provide a quality educational experience to assist all students in developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become successful citizens.
BTS Belief Statement
- All students can learn.
- All students have the right to a meaningful educational experience.
- Each student has dignity and worth.
- Achievement is a result of high expectations with realistic goals.
- The entire community shares the responsibility of educating its citizens.
School Improvement Goals
- All students will demonstrate improvement in Reading skills.
- All students will demonstrate improvement in Mathematics skills.
- All students will demonstrate improvement in Science skills.
- All students will demonstrate improvement in Social Studies skills.
U.S. Army Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence Nominee
Kingsford High School is proud to announce that KHS senior Kaitlyn Hicks has been nominated as Kingsford High School’s candidate for the U.S. Army Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence. This award honors the nation’s top athletes who excel academically, athletically, and are active in their communities. Students must meet specific criteria to be considered for the Award for Excellence. Each finalist will be honored during a special event at their high school, highlighted by a Pro Football Hall of Famer presenting them with their Finalist Plaque of Excellence.
KHS Volunteer of The Year
Kingsford High School is proud to announce that KHS senior Gabrielle Nordstrom was named the Kingsford High School Volunteer of the Year in the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.
The honor was granted as part of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide youth volunteer recognition program sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Class of 1973 Scholarship
Kingsford High School is proud to announce that the KHS alumni of the graduating class of 1973 have created a scholarship to honor their passion and commitment to helping younger generations fulfill their dream of a college education. Alumni of this graduating class meet on a regular basis and share a common desire in developing this opportunity for graduates of KHS. Many other members of the class have donated to this fund and were not present at the meeting for the photo.
KHS Class of 1973 members pictured in the attached photo: (Front Row, L to R) Terry LaDuron, Steve Smith, Sue Lundholm, Roxann Hornik. Back Row, L to R: Amy DeDecker, Debbie Polzin, Mary Lou Clement, Joan Swartout, Roxann Lundin.
DAR Good Citizen Award
Kingsford High School is proud to announce that KHS senior, Katherine Mentel, has been selected by her classmates as this year's National Society Daughters of the American Revolution "Good Citizen Representative" for the Onagomingkway Chapter.
The DAR Good Citizenship Award is presented to one student based on the qualities of dependability (which includes truthfulness, loyalty, and punctuality), service (which includes cooperation, courtesy, and consideration of others), leadership (which includes personality, self-control, and ability to assume responsibility), and patriotism (which includes unselfish interest in family, school, community and nation) to an outstanding degree.
Leadership in Service Scholarship Recipients
Kingsford High School is proud to announce that five Kingsford High School seniors have been named 'Leadership in Service Scholarship' recipients at the University of Dayton, a top-tier Catholic University. The scholarship is worth $10,000 and is awarded to students who have an innate desire for personal development and are committed to service within their school, church, or community.
Scholarship winners are (from left) Katherine Mentel, Allison Sparpana, Heather Harris, Alissa Kainrath, and Nicole Hofer.
Quest Whole Person Scholarship
Kingsford High School is proud to announce that seven seniors have been nominated to receive the Quest Whole Person Scholarship at Oral Roberts University. The Quest Whole Person Scholarship recognizes students committed to achieving excellence academically, physically, and spiritually. Awards range in value up to $20,000 a year.
The students are (from left) Cory Cootware, Trevor Roberts, Owen Petschar, Hannah Carlson, Kaitlyn Hicks, Alex Shanks, and Marcus Maraccini.
2016 Veteran's Day Program Thank You
Breitung Township Schools would like to thank all students, faculty, administration, and the public for making this years Veteran's Day Program a huge success. We would especially like to thank guest speaker and BTS teacher Mr. John VanDusen for his wonderful presentation.
A special thanks goes to the UP Dance Academy for providing a beautiful dance presentation in honor of our veterans.
Thanks also goes out to the KHS Music Department for providing beautiful instrumental and vocal arrangements for the assembly. As always, we thank the Kingsford American Legion Carpenter Clash Post #363 and the Sons of the American Legion Color Guard for their participation and the presenting of our nations Colors.
2016 Fall Sports Honors
Congratulations go out to all athletes who were recognized during the 2016 fall season for their athletic accomplishments. Of course, KHS would also like to recognize all coaches and teammates for whom these fall honors would not be made possible.
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Rico Rice Memorial Scholarship
Kingsford High School is proud to announce that the Ryan D. Rice family has established a new scholarship at Kingsford High School. The Ryan D. Rice Memorial Scholarship will provide for the awarding of two (2) renewable scholarships in the amount of $500 each to students pursuing post-secondary education at a 2, or 4-year post-secondary college/university or technical/vocational school. The scholarships will first be awarded in May, to two students in the Class of 2017.
KHS Heisman Nominees
Kingsford High School is proud to announce that two students, Kaitlyn Hicks and Alek Shanks, were recently named school winners for the prestigious Wendy’s High School Heisman Award which highlights exceptional high school seniors and their achievements in the classroom, the field, and the community.
Student Signs Letter of Intent
Senior Guy Barrows recently signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at Northland College beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. Barrows has been a player for the Kingsford American Legion team and will be playing for the Kingsford High School baseball team in the spring of 2017. Pictured left to right is Mark Allen, Kingsford American Legion coach, Guy Barrows and Tammy Barrows, Guy's mother. Not pictured is Dek Forstrom, Kingsford American Legion coach and Todd Barrows Guy's father.
Class of 1966 Scholarship
Kingsford High School is proud to announce that the KHS Class of 1966 have created a scholarship to honor their passion and commitment to helping younger generations fulfill their dream of a college education. The class of 1966 was the first class to graduate from the new high school and are proud of their legacy. This group is very enthusiastic in their efforts and are very involved in the process of developing this scholarship.
KHS Key Club Participates During
Kiwanis One Day
The KHS KEY Club volunteered for Kiwanis One Day on Sunday, October 23, 2016. The KEY Club worked with other Kiwanis organizations to rake the IM Cemetery.
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KHS Environmental Science Class
Helps Out at Cowboy Lake
KHS environmental science class recently had a work day to remove 3 invasive plant species at the Cowboy Lake Recreational Area. Those species included the Japanese Barberry, Honeysuckle, and Buckthorn. Shown here is the class with 3 adults installing an 'Adopt an Area Sign.' Like Adopt a Highway, this is in recognition of several years of work at this area removing invasive species and a commitment to continue into the future.
Three adults that deserve a special thanks for helping out on a field trip every week this school year so far and for many years with this class are Dan Carlson, Don Vivio, and Lee Pullen.
Shown from left back row are Chance Metras, Lee Pullen, Mack Hull, Dawson Rota, Don Vivio, Christina Watson, Dan Carson, Ross Vardian, Caleb Rosenthal, Sarah Sherk, and Donielle Kube. In middle right row are Bryce Horwitz, Hanna Bowles, and Hanna Wagner. Kneeling in front are Marianne Perron, Tori Walters, and Katherine Mentel.
MTU Society of Women Engineers Merit Award
Kingsford High School is proud to announce that senior Mallory Jayne and junior Jordyn Kriegl, have been awarded a Certificate of Merit from the Michigan Technological University Society of Women Engineers program. This is a distinguished award acknowledged by many colleges and universities as a great achievement.
The purpose of the Certificate of Merit Program is to give these women, who have exhibited outstanding performance in math and science, the recognition they deserve while introducing them to engineering. A high grade point average, strong academic interest, and active school involvement are also qualities that are considered for this award.
Kingsford High School is very proud of these two very deserving young women. They are outstanding role models and are highly respected by their teachers, school administrators, and peers.
Katy Hicks Tennis Honors
Kingsford High School would like to congratulate senior Katy Hicks for being named the 2016 Girl's Division 1 Player of the Year as chosen by the U.P. Division 1 Tennis Coaches.
Katy finished her exceptional tennis career as the #1 Singles champion in both the GNC Conference and Division 1 UP tennis tournaments. She was also selected to the the All-State Singles team.
In appreciation for her accomplishments this past tennis season, Katy was also named the female Hometown Athlete of the Month for August/September.
Congratulations Katy on your great Flivver Tennis career. We wish you the best of luck in your future!
John Denley Nelson Memorial Scholarship
Kingsford High School is proud to announce the John Denley Nelson Memorial Scholarship in memory of KHS Class of 2003 graduate John Nelson.
His post-secondary education earned him a Welding certificate from Ridge Technical Center in Winter Haven, Florida. In addition, he pursued educational opportunities at the Commercial Diving Academy in Jacksonville, Florida, as well as training to earn a certificate in underwater welding.
The first John Denley Nelson Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a Kingsford High School graduate in the Class of 2017.
Class of 1951 Scholarship
KHS alumni of the graduating class of 1951 have created a scholarship to honor their passion and commitment to helping younger generations fulfill their dream of a college education. Kingsford High School has received a significant donation for the scholarship fund from Mr. Norris Varda, an alumnus of the 1951 graduating class.
The "KHS Class of 1951 Scholarship" seeks KHS applicants that are pursuing a 2- or 4-year degree, or are attending a technical college following their high school graduation. Applicants are required to have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher to apply.
The first KHS Class of 1951 Scholarship will be awarded to a Kingsford High School graduate in the Class of 2017.
Doug Roberts, KHS Assistant Principal, Rita Edberg, KHS Scholarship Coordinator, Barbara Oliver, Representative of KHS Class of 1951, and Lyle Smithson, KHS Principal.
Robert D. Spencer Memorial Scholarship
Kingsford High School is proud to announce a new scholarship in the name of the Mr. Robert D. Spencer. This new Robert D. Spencer Memorial Scholarship will be made available this spring to graduates in the Class of 2017.
Robert D. Spencer
KHS Scholarship Board Artists
KHS students Tori Walters, Mari Perron, and Miranda Johnson, use their artistic abilities to design and decorate the KHS Scholarship Board each month.
2016 Homecoming King and Queen
Congratulations go out to seniors Skylar Newman and Sierra Fortner for being crowned the 2016 Homecoming King and Queen. They were crowned during halftime of the varsity football game on Friday, September 30. The varsity defeated Marquette 42-28.
King Skylar Newman and Queen Sierra Fortner
Homecoming Week Activities
The 2016 Homecoming week was held during the week of September 26. The theme for this year's Homecoming Week was Mardi Gras. Activities for the week can be found on the 2016 Homecoming Page.
Many thanks go out to the Kingsford High School student council members who are coordinating the 2016 KHS Homecoming week activities.
Student Council members pictured are Joe Sturm, Alissa Kainraith, Katherine Mentel, Nicci Hofer, Caroline To, Rebecca To, Mitch Wiltzius, Advisor Kelly Bianco, Wyatt Gibler, Grace Barinotti, Dominic Occhietti, Matt Moreau, Matt Swanson, Caleb Rosenthal, Luke Sturm, Katie Bubloni, Anna Murvich, Lexi Robarge, Grace Cole.
Pictured in the front row is Brooke Kriegl, Annie McCole, Valerie Caylor, Maddie Ryan, Maya Schwamlien, Sabrina Orchard, Nicci Hofer, Abbey Erickson, Marianna Bianco, Katherine Mentel and Sierra Fortner. Back row is Luke Sturm, Noah Wilcox, Ethan Wilcox, Joe Sturm, Matt Swanson, Ennio Flores, Skyler Newman, Alec Shanks, John Fayas, Marcus Maracconi and Garret Johnson.
National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist
Kingsford High School would like to congratulate senior Cory Cootware for becoming a semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship. Of the 1.6 million students nationwide who took the PSAT in the fall of 2015, only 16,000 qualified as semifinalists.
Cory scored in the top 5% of the nation, securing his spot in this very elite group of test takers. He is one of 579 that qualified in the State of Michigan. From here, Cory will compete for the next level of recognition, finalist, and could eventually be selected as one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarship recipients in March of 2017.
Pictured are principal Lyle Smithson, counselor Nancy Jayne, Cory Cootware, and vice-principal Doug Roberts.
NMU/KHS Concurrent Enrollment
Northern Michigan University and Kingsford High School are proud to announce the expansion of their concurrent enrollment partnership. Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year Kingsford High School will be offering NMU EN 111 on the KHS campus for high school students. The NMU credit course will be taught by Kendalyn Sutton. The NMU credit EN 111 will be in addition to the Math credit MA 115 that is taught by John Kriegl on the KHS campus.
Pictured are Dr. Steve VandenAvond (NMU Vice President for extended Learning and Community Engagement), Kendalyn Sutton (KHS/NMU English Instructor), Nancy Jayne (KHS Giudance Counselor), Mr. Brad Hamel (NMU).
Art Viens Honorary Football Captain
KHS was proud to have Flivver alumnus Art Viens (Class of 1954) represent the Kingsford Flivvers as honorary football captain at Flivver field on Friday, September 9. The Flivvers defeated the Lakeland Thunderbirds 35-0. Art help in tossing the coin before the game and was presented with a commemorative Flivver coin!
Art and his wife Shirley are familiar faces to the grounds at the Kingsford High School and Middle School complex as well as Flivver field. Art and his wife have given many hours (too many to count) of their lives helping to keep the grounds at the KHS complex clean and tidy. Their hard work and dedication has been as invaluable commodity to our school district!
Many Flivvers will also recognize Art at most every home athletic event at KHS. From basketball to volleyball, Art gives of his time to help out or participate as a Flivver fan. Thank you Art for all you have done and continue to do for our school!
Pictured are KHS Principal Lyle Smithson, Art Viens, and KHS Athletic Director Al Unger.
Kingsford High School Faculty and Staff Begins New School Year
Kingsford High School would like to welcome back all faculty and staff members for the 2016-17 School Year! Faculty and Staff members were greeted by BTS superintendent Craig Allen to begin the day and served a breakfast by the BTS Food Service complements of Lenore Nelson at Meemic Insurance.
We hope that all faculty and staff have a great year! Go Flivvers!
Pictured below are Kingsford High School teaching staff at their August 29 Professional Development day. Teaching are receiving updates from technology directors Justin Cowen and Jean Constantini on PowerSchool and PowerTeacher Pro for the 2016-2017 school year. Teachers spent the day preparing for students return to school on August 30.
Safe Sports School Recognition
Kingsford High School, with the assistance of Dickinson County Healthcare system, is very proud to announce that they have been recognized by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association as a Safe Sports School. Kingsford is the first and only school to be recognized in the Upper Peninsula or Northeast Wisconsin. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment by Certified Athletic Trainers.
Kingsford High School Students at U.S. Air Force Academy
Kingsford High School would like to recognize former KHS graduates Sean Ryan (Class of 2013) and Hannah Allen (Class of 2015). Both Hannah and Sean are cadets at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Sean Ryan is pictured below pinning the cadet shoulder boards on Hannah Allen at the Acceptance Day Ceremony at the Academy. Sean is a Senior Cadet First Class and Hannah is a Freshman Cadet Fourth Class. Upon graduation in the spring of 2017. Sean plans to attend pilot school.
Congratulations Sean and Hannah! We are proud of you!
All-State Softball Team
Congratulations go out to Sydney Wickman for being selected to the Division 2 All-State Girls Softball team.
Last year as a junior, Sydney had a dream season! She lead the team in hitting with a .553 batting average. This included 57 hits with 41 of them singles, 10 doubles, and 6 triples. She also stole 28 bases.
Sydney played incredible defensive at second base. She really anchored the infield. She accomplished many things this year and with her great play she was awarded for her skills.
To go with Sydney's honors, she was also selected to the All-District team as a second baseman and was named Co-MVP of the Flivver Softball team along with sophomore Cassie Barglind.
2016 Flivver Open Golf Outing
Breitung Township Schools and the Kingsford Athletic Department would like to thank all of those individuals who helped make the 2016 Flivver Open Golf Outing a success! We would like to thank all participants and sponsors for their part in helping raise money for the Flivver Athletics!
Watch a recap of the Flivver Open:
2016 PRE-COMMENCEMENT MUSIC
Videos courtesy of Justin Cowen.
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Student of the Week
Congratulations go out to freshman Nick DeMerse
for being named Student of the Week for the week of