Points of Pride
Former Student Jeff Raymond Honored
The Caro High School baseball team honored the late Jeff Raymond on May 14 in its annual Jeff Raymond Tournament. Raymond was a multi-sport standout at CHS and went on to play baseball at Valparaiso University. Jeff passed away in 1993 at the age of 23 as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
On hand for today's game was Jeff's sister, Susan, and brother-in-law Tim, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Legendary Caro baseball coach Leon Graham, who was a friend of Jeff, was also in attendance.
Yearbook Staff Recognized for Their Accomplishments
The 2022 Yearbook staff recently was recognized by Jostens yearbook company for their accomplishments on the book. The following four awards were received:
National Yearbook Program of Excellence - Silver
Meeting All Plant Deadlines
Coverage Goal - 50% of all students covered in the yearbook 3 or more times
Sales - exceeding yearbook sales from previous year
This group of young women has worked diligently throughout the year to meet and exceed the goals that were set at the beginning of the school year and to create a memorable annual book.
Front Row: Left to right: Shelby Austin, senior, Allison Abbott, senior, Lyndsey Root, senior, Naudia Brumley, sophomore, Amanda Rhodes, senior
Back Row: Left to right: Rachel Campbell, senior, Faith Swenor, sophomore, Brynne Wyckoff, junior, Adelyn Moore, junior, Leah Daniels, sophomore, Jackie Peters, junior
Academic Awards Earned by 75 CHS Students
Congratulations to the 75 Caro High School students who earned an academic award at the Thirty-Seventh Annual Academic Letter Program held on April 27th.
Senior Plaque Recipients
Photos by Mrs. Raymer.
Ms. Deering Awarded Grant from Team One
Congratulations to Teri Deering for being awarded a $100 grant from Team One Credit Union. She will use this money to purchase supplies for the Middle School Art Club. Thanks for going above and beyond!
CAHS Teacher Wins Excellence in Education Award
A Tuscola County educator known for being a role model to her students has been honored with an Excellence In Education award from the Michigan Lottery.
The award winner, Miranda Johnson, is an alternative high school teacher at Caro Alternative High School. The school is part of Caro Community Schools.
The Michigan Lottery established the Excellence In Education awards in 2014 to recognize outstanding public-school educators across the state during the school year.
Winners of the weekly award receive a plaque, a $1,500 cash prize, and a $500 grant to their classroom, school, or school district. One of the weekly winners will be selected as the Educator of the Year and will receive a $10,000 cash prize.
Each winner also is featured in a news segment on the Lottery’s media partner stations: WXYZ-TV in Detroit, FOX 17 in Grand Rapids, FOX 47 in Lansing, and WNEM-TV in Saginaw. The news segment featuring Johnson aired in March.
Johnson said her desire to help others propelled her to a career in education.
“For as long as I can remember, I have had a desire to help others. When I was in high school, I volunteered as a camp counselor, and I learned that I had a passion for working with young people. Since I graduated from an alternative high school, it was a no-brainer that I work with that population when the opportunity presented itself. We see a lot of students that have been knocked down for too long in their academic careers and they are defeated. They just need someone to believe in them again and give them the opportunity they deserve to learn and earn their diploma.”
A former student nominated Johnson for the award. The nomination cited Johnson’s ability to set a positive example for her students.
“Mrs. Johnson has been the best role model and example for all students. Alternative high school has been portrayed in such a negative light but due to my teacher’s dedication, we see it not as a last chance but a new opportunity. Without her, we would not get the education we deserve, she believes in us more than anyone in this world has. She gives her own money and time to make us happy and healthy. We have deodorant, sanitary products, chap stick, food, coffee, and more that she provides for her students from her own pocket. She gives us the world even when she’s at her lowest, and I can’t express how thankful my family and I are for her kind soul. She deserves the world, and if I could give it to her I would. She’s the change I wish to see in this world and inspires me to do the best I can every day.”
Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a teaching certification from Saginaw Valley State University. She has been an educator for 11 years, the last five in her current position.
Excellence in Education award nominees are evaluated on the following criteria:
- Excellence – Their work consistently helps students and/or their schools or school districts advance to higher levels of academic achievement.
- Dedication – They consistently go above and beyond expectations to help students succeed.
- Inspiration – Their work inspires others around them to exceed expectations either academically or professionally.
- Leadership – They demonstrate clear leadership skills in their positions with their school or school districts.
- Effectiveness – The nominee’s work has clear and positive results on the educational advancement of students within the school or school district.
Thank you, Mrs. Johnson, for helping make Caro Alternative High School a positive place for students.
Twelfth Graders Give Back
On April 13th, the twelfth graders volunteered their time out in the community to “Give Back” to the many organizations that have provided support to them throughout the years. The students were able to choose what placement they were to volunteer their time at, including: Tuscola County Animal Shelter, Tuscola Medical Care Facility, Caro Garden Club Noble Boulder Garden, Caro Garden Club Botanical Garden, Caro Garden Club Memorial Garden, Human Development Commission, Caro Schools Bee Gardens, Indianfields Township Park Butterfly Garden, Exchange Club Trail, Caro Baseball & Softball Fields, Caro Knights of Columbus, Caro Fairgrounds (including the Horse Barns), and Caro Public Library. This day is a great day for both community members and graduating seniors to work collaboratively to make our community look great as well as providing the students with a better understanding of all the wonderful resources that are available in their own community.
CHS Hosts Tuscola County College Fair
The Tuscola County College Fair was held April 7 at Caro High School. Juniors from around the county were given the opportunity to talk with representatives from 40 colleges and each military branch to learn what each offers to help them figure out their future. Michigan Works was also present to talk about training for skilled trades and job readiness. Caro High School is committed to Cultivate Excellence not only when students attend here, but also into their futures. Thank you, Mrs. Phillips, CHS guidance counselor, for organizing this event for students.
Schall Super Spellers Show Their Skills
Schall 4th graders have had some opportunities to show off their spelling skills over the last few weeks. On Tuesday, March 15th, representatives from each classroom participated in our annual Schall School Spelling Bee.
Congratulations to Mikylah Elenbaum and Ayla Hill. They spelled 35 straight words correctly in the elimination round before Mikylah was crowned the Schall School winner and Ayla the runner up. Other participants included: Maxton Neuville, Carson Dise, Ethan Scharf, Kinsley Heinlein, Xander Brocato, Ceciliah Allbee, Niklas Richardson, and Mandi Bamberg.
Maxton Neuville, Ethan Scharf, Ayla Hill, Mikylah Elebaum, and Niklas Richardson will also be participating in the Annual Tuscola County Spelling Bee on April 21, 2022, which will be hosted by USA Schools at their high school auditorium.
We are very proud of all our participants who have shown excellent sportsmanship!
Musicians Earn Excellent Ratings
Congratulations to our CHS Choir, CHS Band and CMS Band students who competed at the annual Thumb Friends of the Arts Festival competition at Laker HS. All three ensembles earned high 2 "excellent" ratings! Great job Tigers!
NHS Inducts New Members
Congratulations to our new members of the National Honor Society that were inducted on Sunday, October 24th.
Back Row (left to right): Noah Reno, Connor Stefanovsky, Dustin Smale, Gabriel Fintonis, Marik Phillips, Wynn Garrett, Adelyn Moore, Camryn Nugent, Lexie Johnson
Front Row (left to right): Kassandra Clish, Caydence Sturtevant, Emma Joslyn, Julianna Goff, Hannah Davis, Isabella Langmaid