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Public Museum Middle & High School - November 2021




restorative practices

At Museum school our goal is for all members of our community to feel a strong sense of belonging, develop positive relationships with each other and staff. We know that scholars who feel they belong and have solid relationships with staff are more likely to engage in learning and set goals to achieve high academic and social standards. 

In order to facilitate a welcoming and supportive community scholars engage in talking circles on a weekly basis in the SQUADs; these circles are a way for students to share with their peers and to check in emotionally and academically. These circles are considered tier 1 as all students experience them on Fridays. 

While we strive to create this environment we are also aware that conflicts within communities are inevitable. At the middle school and high school level we anticipate our scholars, who are all growing and developing their social and emotional skills, will encounter misunderstandings, hurt feelings and frustration in regards to other scholars. At Museum School we look at these conflicts as teachable moments. Moments we can develop empathy and use problem solving processes to not only resolve conflict and repair harm but also create bonding experiences for scholars. 

Tier 2 circles happen when there is a conflict between members of our community. After harm or conflict, restorative responses address the root cause of the problem, promote healing, and ensure that students are held accountable and take ownership over the process of repairing harm. Often parents are notified of the circle and the outcome of the students' time together. 

In certain circumstances students may experience a consequence of taking time away from the classroom or school environment. In these situations a Re-entry circle happens before the student returns to the classroom. The goal of these circles is to ensure that the scholar is welcomed back to the community and any plans that are in place are understood by all stakeholders. This is considered a Tier 3 circle, as many students will not ever be a part of this type of circle. 

Our hope is that through the use of these circles students will have opportunities to develop empathy for their peers, learn strategies for solving conflict and feel they are valued members of our school community. 



Included in this issue:

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



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Students got to show their dance moves during a “Just Dance” Flex Friday session! It was so fun and a great workout!


Lane 4 11 5 2021Last Flex Friday, Ms. Lane and some students walked around the Heartside neighborhood and did the Heartside Historic Murals Walk tour. It was cool seeing art all over the city that helps to represent our community and Grand Rapids history! You can check out the mural series here:

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Last month in Psychology class, students dissected sheep brains to learn about the different parts of the brain and compared sheep brains to the human brain.



Nutcracker School Digital 1 1Shout out to our 6th grade student Mars who will be performing in the Nutcracker at Forest Hills Fine Arts Center on December 11 and 12! Click here for more information on purchasing tickets.



High School Exhibition Night

On Monday, November 22 from 4-7pm, 9th and 10th grade students will be presenting their Theme Core Projects! 9th graders will be presenting their Neighborhood Projects on various topics to answer the question, “Progress, who is it good for?” 10th graders will be showcasing their Nuclear Theatre plays. We would love for the entire Museum School community to join us for this event and see the hard work our students have been putting into their projects!

9th and 10th grade students should plan on staying after school on Monday, November 22 to prepare for their presentations and set up. Students will be receiving a form for pizza and will be asked to contribute $3 to a pizza fund, in order to provide dinner for them after school. Students should plan on staying from 4-7pm for their presentations. Please have your student talk with their Theme Core teachers if they have a conflict. Thank you!


9th Grade Immigration Docent Day

As part of ELA and History Module 3 on Immigration, 9th grade students will be “docents” in the Newcomers Exhibit on Monday, November 22 and Tuesday, November 23 from 10-11am at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. We would love for you to come see the work our students have been putting in and showing what they’ve learned about immigration! Please look for an email from Ms. Postma, Mr. Langel, and Ms. Lane with more details about this event!


Public Museum High School students!

Please join us for our Met Gala dance on Friday, November 12 from 7-9:30pm. There will be music, dancing, games, and snacks! You can purchase tickets for $5 at breakfast, lunch, or after school daily until Wednesday, November 10. Guest passes are available in the front office and MUST be signed by your guest's administrator BEFORE you purchase their ticket.

There will be a spirit week leading up to the dance, Monday, November 8 through Friday, November 12. The days are as follows:

Monday = Anything But A Backpack

Tuesday = Country VS Country Club

Wednesday = "We wear pink on Wednesday's"

Thursday = Kindergarten Day!

Friday = Neon


Non-Uniform Days! Fridays 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.


 PTCC Meeting - November 9 at 6:30 pm at the Public Museum High School



Volunteer Opportunities 


Calling all Parents and Guardians!

As the Sophomore class begins making props for their Nuclear Theatre plays, we are asking for donations of materials for this effort.

New/used Materials needed:

     -paint and brushes




Upcycled Materials needed:


     -Old clothing for costumes

     -wood construction material

     -metal construction material

We appreciate anything you may be able to part ways with or invest in. We look froward to seeing the use of this material during the nuclear theatre performances before Thanksgiving.


Give BloodNHS is hosting their very first blood drive at Public Museum High School on December 14th!  Every pint donated provides scholarship money to NHS members.  Help us reach our goal of 23 pints of blood donated by registering your donation here!  Please share the link with your family and friends, as well!  Students who are 16 and older may donate with parent permission, as well.


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.)


Parents, are you an approved GRPS Volunteer? If you are interested in volunteering with GRPS, please apply at



Health Office 

 We have officially entered cold and flu season.  Here are some tips and tricks to naturally boost your immune system. 

  1. Eat more fruits and Vegetables.  If you have a hard time fitting these into your everyday diet, try adding them to your food you are already eating.  For example, throw some kale or spinach in your morning smoothie!
  2. Make sure you are getting plenty of sleep! The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends 8-10 hours of sleep for 13-18-year old teens.   Try to reduce phone use right before bed.  Try plugging in your phone outside of your bedroom or put on your do not disturb feature. 
  3. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate.  Help support your immune system by getting 8 glasses of non-caffeinated liquids a day.  Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to drink water.  If you don’t like water, try flavored seltzer water, Gatorade, or add flavored drops.
  4. Minimize Stress.  Practice a mindfulness activity like meditation, yoga, stretching, centered breathing, or take a walk.  Really do anything that makes you feel good.
  5. Exercise Daily.  Get your body moving more than you did before.  Choose to walk to school if possible, or do a fun activity with a friend, try a new sport. 

 Practicing good hand hygiene along with adding one or two of these suggestions can go along way in keeping your healthy this winter!103525413 eat healthy





Counselor’s Corner 

Grades 8-12:

Please join Ms. Beeckman on Zoom on November 11 at 6pm!  Here is the link to join:

She will provide information about:

  • Graduation requirements
  • grading
  • Kent Career Tech Center (KCTC)
  • Dual enrollment. 





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Two Weeks at a Glance

Middle School

November 18 - 6th and 9th Grade Vision Screening

November 24 to 26 - No School


High School  

November 11 - Ms. Beeckman Parent Meeting on Zoom

November 12 - Met Gala, 7:00 - 9:30 pm

November 16 - NHS Induction Ceremony, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

November 19 - Vision Screening for 10th, 11th and 12th grades

November 22 - Exhibition Night, 4:00 - 7:00 pm

November 24 to 26 - No School


Past Musee News

September 2021

October 2021






Dr Christopher Hanks

Christopher Hanks, Ph.D.

Tricia Mathes
Assistant Principal

Kimberly Rowland
Learning Experience Coordinator

Jennifer Teaker
Head Secretary

Matthew Beresford
Executive Director of PK, Elementary and K8 Instructional Support and Child Discovery Liaison