July 2016 Family Friendly Community Guide

Sailing school back on the water

Take an 8-foot fiberglass boat that looks like a tub, add a small sail and get ready to have a great time learning to sail, especially if you are between 8 and 18 years old.

The Marquette Junior Yacht Club (MJYC) is again offering sailing lessons for young and old-er enthusiasts. MJYC started in 2005 with three small 8-foot boats, one instructor, two weeks of instruction, and 29 students.

Each year the program has expanded and aims to create a setting that fosters a lifelong love and interest of sailing through a fun, safe and instructional environment. This year the program has more than 20 boats (the largest is 21 feet), five instructors, five weeks of instruction, and projected participation of over 150 students.

Youth lesson are the core of the MJYC.  Instructors use a skill sheet which allows students to track their progress as they complete each skill and ultimately earn higher levels of seamanship.  By doing this, students of different skill levels can be mixed together in each class which promotes a “learn it, do it, teach it” concept.  This also makes all sessions open to all students, which allows families to more easily fit sailing lessons into their busy summer schedules.

Gabe Gentz is the lead instructor this year and a former student of MJYC. She has taken classes at the sailing school for many years. Gentz loves to sail, and is especially good at helping kids learn new skills. She was a crew member on her own boat, Eugenia, the youth trophy winner at Nationals in 2014.

All classes begin at the Marquette Yacht Club at Marquette’s lower harbor. Students are required to bring a Coast Guard approved life jacket, and wear sensible shoes. The boats, instructors and adventures are all provided.

Although the program primarily aims at children ages 8 and up, there are classes for adults also. Youth classes will run Monday through Friday the weeks of July 11, 18, 25 and August 1. Drop-in adult classes will be available on Tuesday and Thursday evenings during those same weeks. A youth racing class will also be offered if there is enough interest. To learn more about the program and register visit MJYC.org.

— Babette Welch

Alternative high school completion program offered

The Ishpeming-Negaunee-NICE (INN) Community Education Division is offering an alternative high school completion program for students who, for whatever reason, need an option other than the traditional high school.

Under the direction of Director William Hartman and Principal Jason Houle, INN serves students ages 13 to 19 in the Marquette County area, allowing them to earn their high school diploma.

State certified teachers offer classes in math, English, science, social studies, computer technology and physical education Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Classes take place at St. John’s School, A.K.A. Hartman High,  located at 325 S. Pine St. in Ishpeming.

The program, following the Michigan Merit Curriculum, provides low student-to-teacher ratios and has a relaxed, flexible, responsive atmosphere. Emphasis is placed on career and vocational opportunities, community service and transitional support to enable post-secondary education.

The program also offers a multi-disciplinary approach to learning. Students must earn 20 credit hours to receive their diplomas once their original class has graduated.

If a student’s original class is still in school, he/she must successfully complete eight semesters, attaining the same number of credits required by the original school district.

Class speaker of 2016 Samantha Croschere said, “Hartman High is about learning to respect each other, getting along with one another, and giving others more than just one chance.”

To register for the program or to get further information, call 475-4173.

— Ishpeming-Negaunee-NICE

Community Education Division

Summer art camps set

Liberty Children’s Art Project

Liberty Children’s Art Project (LCAP) will teach two five-day art camps for children going into first through eighth grade this summer at the Powell Township School Art Garage, located at 101 Deutsch in Big Bay. Session one will be held July 18 through July 22 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This session will feature two classes for this age group. “Painting like a Folk Artist: Explore in Expressive Color” for younger students, with an emphasis in painting and will also which includes drawing and clay; the older students’ class, “Just Clay” will emphasize learning to throw pots on the potter’s wheel as well as working with hand-building large ceramic pieces, both functional and sculptural.

Session two will be held August 15 through 19 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This session will also feature two classes for first through fourth grade and fifth through eighth grade. The younger students’ class, “Mural Painting, Printmaking and Clay, OH MY,” will use a variety of art methods to create large scale works of art. The older students’ class, “Just Clay, Part II,” will again emphasize learning to throw pots on the potter’s wheel as well as working with clay sculpture techniques with a concentration on carving with clay.

A professional artist/art educator will teach each session. Students may attend some or all days. These drop-in classes are free of charge to Powell Township children but open to all U.P. children for $25 per week, or $5 for a one-day workshop.

The camps are supported by the Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information and to register call LCAP director, Carol Phillips at 228-3956 or e-mail     carolannphillips@hotmail.com.


Hands On! art and history day camp

Youth ages 8 to 12 can join Liberty Children’s Art Project (LCAP) and the Marquette Regional History Center (MRHC) August 8 through 12 for an immersion into local history and multi-media art making.  Explore the world of folk art at this one-week day camp. Create your own art and a collaborative mural while learning about Upper Peninsula folk artists and traditions through the history center’s collection and special exhibit now on display. Preregistration is required and can be done by stopping by the history center or by calling 226-3571. The workshop is $45 for the week ($40 for museum members) or $10 for a one-day workshop drop in. Workshops take place from 10 a.m. to noon each day at the history center, located at 145 W. Spring St. in Marquette.


Helping with math over summer

Teachers hope families will do a little math, reading and writing with their children this summer. When children master math facts they become so much faster at mental math and doing word problems. Daily summer practice for 10 minutes will help children the rest of the year.

Try these math fact tricks. Start by adding one and two to numbers one through 10. They are simply counting the next two numbers.

Next, help children memorize doubles. Make up a song or say them to a beat together   on the way to soccer or running errands 1+1 = 2, 2+2 =4, 3+3=6, 6+6=12.

Why are these so important? Some of the most troublesome addition problems are one up or one down from a double. 3+2 or 3+4 plague children. However, if they have memorized 3+3, they can reach the troublesome 3+2 using a strategy by quickly subtracting one from the double. They can reach that other culprit 3+4 by saying 3+3=6 and adding one in their head.

Teach strategies

Help children have strategies to solve math fact troubles. It cuts down the time they spend on math homework, allows them to spend more time on practical and challenging word problems, and gives them math confidence.

Use addition to learn subtraction. To learn subtraction facts like 10-6, start with 6 and count 4 fingers to get to 10. Fingers and pennies are good for checking and practice.

Practice no more than five new math problems at a time. Keep the facts few and the time short.

Practice should be cumulative. When practicing new facts, mix in a few old facts to boost confidence and aid overlearning.

Children should say the entire math fact out loud. 10-6=4. Children will remember the whole verbal chain. Practice the chain in a silly, deep football player, princess, or squeaky voice.

Use math fact cards and make a pile of known facts and watch it grow.

Celebrate progress

 Celebrate little successes. Do something special. Keep a practice chart with rewards.

Make learning fun. Practice with dice. Add numbers on the dice, then roll one again and subtract it. Every correct answer can be worth a penny or more.

Use electronics for practice and motivation. There are many applications and games for devices online. Search for “math fact practice” and “multiplication table tricks.”

Give children practice taking math  tests that look like school tests. Start with 10 problem tests and work up to 50. Then children will not be so nervous during the real thing.

Family members are the first and most effective teachers, but a summer babysitter can be taught the same techniques.

For more helpful tips visit                 grandparentsteachtoo.blogspot.com and wnmufm/LearningThroughtheSeasons live and pod casts.

 — Grandparents Teach, Too

Range Bank donates to Negaunee schools

Range Bank recently partnered with the Negaunee Public Schools and launched a new “School Spirit” checking account that earns cash rewards for the account holder and the school.  The account was launched last November, and School Spirit customers have been raising money for the Negaunee schools just by using their debit cards.

With the School Spirit account, Range Bank awards account owners cash back for every debit card purchase they make, and they also match that by donating to the school for every purchase. Customers with the School Spirit account receive a special debit card that includes the Negaunee Miners logo and there is no limit to how many awards/donations the account holder and school can receive each month.

“We are pleased to present the inaugural School Spirit rewards check to the Negaunee Schools that reflects the donations earned by customers through April 2016,” stated Ken Palmer, CEO of Range Bank. “We know that this program will continue to grow and are very excited to see the community support this account which benefits the schools.”

Anyone who wishes to support the Negaunee Public School System can open a School Spirit account at any Range Bank office. To learn more about the School Spirit account visit www.RangeBank.com/SchoolSpirit or call 475-6586.

— Range Bank

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