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Sad News from GBCS:

2 days ago

beloved grand blanc football coach, pat mullaly, lost to fatal traffic accident

Grand Blanc Community Schools learned of the passing of a treasured member of our school family this past weekend. We are sad to confirm that Coach Pat Mullaly was critically injured in a traffic accident and has passed away as a result of his injuries. Coach Pat has been positively impacting our students and athletes as a guest teacher and football coach since 2013.

The administration would like to express our heartfelt sympathy, thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and our athletic family. The athletic program at Grand Blanc is a tight-knit community that is deeply feeling this loss, and we plan to provide as much support to the staff and players as they need in this difficult time. We will remember Coach Mullaly as a coach, mentor, teacher, friend, and forever Bobcat.

We’ve witnessed the tremendous outpouring of support from our fellow school districts, athletic programs and community members and we greatly appreciate all of these sentiments. It is truly a testament to the high esteem in which Coach Pat was held. 

Details of the accident are unknown to us at this time. In the meantime, we ask for your continued thoughts and prayers as we navigate this loss with our community. 


Arrangements: 


MULLALY, Patrick “Pat” Wayne – of Flint, MI, age 42, passed away Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Hurley Medical Center. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 AM Friday, August 17, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Interment immediately following the Mass in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 11 AM-3 PM and 5-8 PM Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 10-11 AM Friday, August 17, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed 6 PM Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Allen Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Pat was born in Flint, MI on March 28, 1976, son of John (Nancy) Mullaly and Debbie (Torok) Mullaly. He married Lisa Guerra on April 6, 2016. Pat was a graduate of Kearsley High School Class of 1994. He coached football for Grand Blanc Schools for many years and he was a referee for Grand Blanc Parks and Rec.

Pat is survived by his wife, Lisa Guerra; son, Hunter Mullaly; sister, Jennifer (Jeff) Cheek; 2 nephews, Jake and “Little” Hunter; mother-in-law, Goldie “Gold” Guerra; step-brother, Michael (Shannon) Smith; special friends, Scott Wood, Mike Sparr, Aaron Hamp and B.J. Borton; many other loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Albert (Bernice) Torok; paternal grandparents, Richard (Constance) Mullaly; 3 uncles, Mark Torok, Andy Torok and Phillip Mullaly; aunt, Florence Morgan; father-in-law, John Guerra.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of the Hurley Trauma Center, for their compassionate and professional care.

Please share your thoughts with the family at www.allenfuneralhomeinc.com

Caution!

about 1 month ago

DO YOUR RESEARCH


Grand Blanc Schools Urges Caution with Private Companies

Offering Financial Aid Research Services


Paying for College is daunting for many of our Grand Blanc students and parents, but please do your research before paying anyone else to help you find aid. Grand Blanc Schools has received word that some of our families are receiving letters offering services to help you find ways to pay for college. The administration asks you to beware of any unsolicited contact from private companies. Companies may be contacting our students and parents by phone, email or through the mail. Similar companies have been charging people excessive amounts of money to provide information that can likely be found for free.

Most genuine sources of assistance are going to come from government agencies, Grand Blanc High School staff, or the colleges themselves, and don’t cost a penny. The federal government says to be wary if what the seller is offering seems to be good to be true. These companies often use high-pressure tactics and create urgency to sign on the dotted line. They may offer services for free and then ask for money after contact has been made. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) website says companies tap into the anxiety parents feel about paying for college and make urgent statements like, "Buy now or miss this opportunity." They may invite you to a “free” seminar where they claim if you leave without buying the service, you will have to pay more or not be able to receive services. 
 
The US Department of Education website states, “Remember, the ‘opportunity’ is a chance to pay for information you could find yourself for free.” There is a vast amount of free information out there, and it takes just a little effort in this online age to access a host of organizations and scholarship applications on your own. One of the most crucial things you can do is to fill out the FAFSA by the deadline given by your State and Federal agencies. FAFSA applications usually begin acceptance in October of the year prior to graduation. The State of Michigan deadline for fall was March 1 and the Federal deadline is June 30 this year. Changes can be made until September. If you’ve missed the state deadline, it is still a good idea to fill out the application. Even if you aren’t sure what your plans are, it is a good idea to fill out the application. The process is free and is often a prerequisite for other state and local scholarships.
 
The State of Michigan Department of Education has a State Higher Education Agency with a website that lists scholarship opportunities and other valuable information. The site states the following: “High school seniors should be ready to start their scholarship applications in the fall. High school underclassmen should research scholarship opportunities and begin assembling application components so that they can prepare their scholarship applications in the fall of their senior year.”

The US Department of Education lists the following recommended free resources for advice: 

·       the financial aid office at a college or career school
·       a high school or TRIO counselor (Department of Education)
·       the U.S. Department of Labor’s free scholarship search tool
·       your state grant agency
·       your library’s reference section
·       foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses, or civic groups
·       organizations (including professional associations) related to your field of interest
·       ethnicity-based organizations
·       your employer or your parents’ employers


Some scholarship deadlines are as early as a year before college starts, so if you’re in high school now, you should be researching and applying for scholarships during the summer between your junior and senior years.

If you aren’t at the stage of getting ready for college just yet, talk to your high school counselor during the school year about what career paths you are considering and what options there are to save some money now. There are many opportunities to earn college credit while still in high school that will save some money later on, as well as trades programs that will give you a sound foundation for a great career after high school.

These are a couple of great places to get started:

FAFSA Website

Michigan Student Aid


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Restorative Justice

about 1 month ago

Restorative Justice is not a new philosophy, but it has been newly mandated in 2016 by the State of Michigan (House Bill 5619) as a required process when students are being punished for behavior in school. This law stipulates that before choosing suspension for students, school administrators must first assess and address discipline situations using other strategies, thus eliminating “zero tolerance” policies across the state.

Grand Blanc is not only implementing the required process but is embracing the philosophy that Restorative Practice teaches educators, administration, and students. Instead of concentrating solely on the punishment of the student that has offended, it shifts focus to the responsibility of that individual to make right whatever situation they have created and encourages empathy for the party they offended against.

Last summer, several Grand Blanc Schools employees from elementary, middle and high school levels participated in a special training program given by Roy Burton of Michigan Restorative Practices Trainers & Consultants (MIRPTC). The program teaches 4 key features: Respect, Responsibility, Repair, and Re-Integration. More information on MIRPTC can be found here.



Miranda Heemsoth, Student Advisor, and Brian VanBuren, Responsibility Room Supervisor at East Middle School, both say Restorative Practices have made a huge difference in behavior in their halls. VanBuren says it’s changed the whole feel of the Responsibility Room, from being solely a place with consequences to a place where discussions take place. Students are expected to find some way to deal with whatever conflict has arisen, whether it has been with another student or a member of the faculty.

Students still may serve a suspension. The successful process can reduce the amount of time they serve, as the goal is always to have students in school… but it’s also about what happens after the punishment, and having the student understand the feelings they’ve created for someone else and come up with ways to make the situation better. In one case, a student who was suspended for being disrespectful to staff chose to write a letter to the teacher – an apology and what they intended to do differently - upon their return after a suspension. The teacher expressed their gratitude to have that connection because it made the student’s return less awkward for both parties. 

Another goal is to reduce the amount of re-offense by healing the issue instead of just delaying another conflict. That healing may include an apology, and it might include separating the parties involved for a while. East Middle School principal, Jodi Kruse, and Asst. Principal Scott Turnbow agree that they’ve seen a notable drop in offenses, as well as the seriousness of offenses, since instituting Restorative Practices.

Restorative Justice takes on different forms at different age levels, too. The elementary schools might have “Peace Circles” where students can safely have a discussion about their feelings that’s mediated by staff. Middle or high school students might have a meeting with administration and parents that similarly allows the student to understand their impact and come up with a tangible way to make up for their offense.

Heemsoth says that even just the language in the classroom makes a difference. For example: “Stop talking.” becomes, “It makes me feel disrespected when you speak while I’m speaking.”- connecting students to the consequences their actions have on another human being. The attendees say having that language be consistent in the student’s education is key, which is why Grand Blanc Schools intends to expand the Restorative Justice training district-wide through the Strategic Plan over the coming years.