The Active Shooter Drill went very smoothly. We appreciate the Newaygo County Sherriff’s Department, the Emergency Response Team, and the Fremont Police Department for their work with our staff. It is such a blessing to have the FPD be within seconds of all of our buildings. The staff learned a great deal about preparation and response. Undersheriff Palmiter and Officer Kolk continued the training in a question and answer exchange with the staff. I do apologize for not being able to support the many requests to observe the event. We only allowed three observers who had connections to criminal justice. We want the actions and movements of the staff and officers to remain unknown to the bad guys. The more people that witness the event, the more that information spreads.

We are in the home stretch of the Penny War. The seniors are grasping to a tiny lead over the freshmen. The staff is pushing hard to get into the fight. Parents have asked what the winner gets. The answer is “nothing.” We do it to teach the idea of giving without reward. There is no goal. There is no talk of going over last year’s total. The competition part of it is more for the fun than it is the actual competition. We will end the competition with a message on what a unified school can do for people in need. When the kids see the buckets of change amassed as one display, the idea of competition disappears.

Our Orchard View Exchange was a huge success. We will be doing the same with Holland Public Schools. We received very high reviews from the Orchard View students. Both OV and FHS students created some very positive relationships over the course of the experience.

Next week will start our canned food drive for the local food pantries. Shelves go bare very quickly this time of year.

Scott Sherman
It's A Great Day To Be A Packer!

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