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Public Museum Middle & High School - September 2021



Welcome Back!

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The Public Museum School welcomes you back! It has been incredibly exciting to have all students in classrooms and interacting in-person with teachers and staff. We spent most of the first two weeks holding Museum School Induction. In addition to introducing students to their teachers, peers, and school space, Induction is all about experience our learning model through design challenges, museum visits, and excursions. So far, Musees at the middle and high schools have visited KCAD, GVSU, the public library, and Grand Rapids Art Museum. They have experienced multiple outdoor excursions such as Heartside Park, Black History Walking Tour, geocaching, and RAD Women Walking Tour. They’ve designed and launched cardboard airplanes, and created their own personal art pieces. We are just getting started on what will be a fantastic year! Please keep an eye out for invitations to join future excursions, as well as upcoming information about Learner Journeys, our sequence of overnight experiences that represent the culmination of our community engagement focus. 




FordHello, my name is Miss Ford, and I am the new student teacher at the Museum High School. I recently graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s in English and Spanish. I was born outside of Detroit and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I love to spend time with my friends, family, and my new kitten Louie. Additionally, I like to travel, try new foods, go to the gym, snowboard, and cook. I will be working alongside Ms. Koole until the end of April. I am here to learn different teaching strategies, assist student learning, and learn from the experiences of students and faculty. Ultimately, I would love to teach in a Grand Rapid's school next year!


Included in this issue:

  • Reminders
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Counselor’s Corner
  • Two Weeks at a Glance 



 Excursion  ex·cur·sion  /ikˈskərZHən/  noun

     1. a short journey or trip, especially one engaged in as a leisure activity.

      2. a deviation from a regular pattern, path, or level of operation.

Public Museum School students take many excursions during the school day to explore the surrounding community. Please check in with your student to see what they might be doing during the week. Please plan ahead when making appointments/picking up early or notify the office of upcoming appointments. This way we can be sure your learner is in the building and available when you arrive to pick them up. 


Non Uniform DayFridays are a non-uniform day for both the middle & high school. If you need to order school uniforms, check out Screen Ideas. They offer Museum logo gear that qualifies for student uniforms. for both the middle & high school. 


Water Bottles - Please have your student bring a refillable water bottle to school since our water refill stations are working. Drinking fountains are still not open.


Middle School Pick Up - Parents, please pull as far forward in the line under the portico and stop before your student gets in the car. Additionally, please make sure you are not blocking the Museum Loading doors.


remindRemind Alerts - Have you signed up for Remind alerts for your child's class? You can look us up at and search for Grand Rapids Public Museum School. Or contact your school secretary and they can send you an invite.


Please check out the links below about GRPS device guidelines and the parent Covid handbook. Questions? Please let us know!
Device Guidelines & Parent Covid Handbook


PTCC Meeting - September 14 at 7:00 pm at the Public Museum Middle School



Volunteer Opportunities 

The Public Museum School is in need of a PAL for next school year. A PAL is a Parent Action Leader. This could be a person specific to each building or both buildings. If you are interested, please email Dr. Hanks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What is a Parent Action Leader (PAL)? 

PALs serve as liaisons between families, schools and the District. The principal of each school selects the PAL. The job of the PALs is to serve the school and parents. They work closely with the Family and Community Engagement Office. Their responsibilities are:

  • Increase parental engagement and volunteerism
  • Empower parents
  • Interact with principal and staff
  • Encourage classroom assistance
  • Attend PAL and Parent Teacher Community Council (PTCC) meetings
  • Provide the yearly family engagement schedule
  • Help plan and participate in key events throughout the school year (conferences, orientations, open house, Parent University offerings, PTCC meetings, etc.)


Health Office 

 Welcome back students! We have a new school nurse this year her name is Kerry Blum.  Here's a little bit about her! 

My name is Kerry Blum, and I have been a school nurse with GRPS since the 2018-19 school year. I previously worked with foster youth in the emergency shelter and residential programs. My husband Brian is a pastor on the NE side, and we have four boys, ages 13, 15, 18, and 20. My oldest just got engaged so I will soon have a daughter-in-law (yay!). I don’t have a lot of free time, but when I do, I love to walk, hike, garden and spend time with my family. I also love to ride horses! My favorite summer experience was going to Mackinac Island for the first time since we moved here 20 years ago. I am excited to be a part of Museum schools this year, and very thankful for the very warm welcome I’ve received.

Ms. Sandy, the health aide will be here every day for all your health office needs. 

Just some reminders from the health office.

-If you need to take any daily or emergency medications at school please come pick up the forms in the health office.

-If you are experiencing covid symptoms please stay home.  

-If you need band-aids, ice, or are not feeling well stop in any time!

The health office wants to get to know you and learn what “health(y)” means to you.  Visit the bulletin board outside the health office to see what health(y) means to your fellow classmates, teachers, and Museum staffers! Feel free to add your ideas and pictures of health. 


Counselor’s Corner 

 High SchoolPlease join Ms. Beeckman's Counselor's Corner in Schoology for the most current information specific to your learner's grade level.



Ottawa HS Athletics Page             Union HS Atheltics Page       

MUM Athletics Facebook


Two Weeks at a Glance

Middle School

September 14 - MS Open House 5:30 - 7:00 pm

September 14 - PTCC Meeting at 7:00 pm following MS Open House

September 15 - 6th Grade Excursion 9am - 12 pm

September 16 - Picture Day (Geskus Photography)


High School  

September 14 - PTCC Meeting at Middle School, 7:00 pm

September 17 - Picture Day (Geskus Photography)

September 21 - HS Open House 5:30 - 7:00 pm

September 20 to 24 - Spirit Week

September 24 - Pep Rally