Algoma School District 2021 Updates

April 9, 2021

To Our School District Community:

Just 7 weeks of school remain in what has been a challenging, yet rewarding school year. What we have learned through the pandemic brings great value to not only our students but our educational system. The path forward is focused on choice, opportunity, and personal growth for both our staff and students. New courses, new learning spaces, and new partnerships also complement our course handbooks for the 2021-22 school year.

Furthermore, we are making excellent progress on several virtual platforms that will serve as both an instructional tool as well as a connector between the Algoma School District and our regional and national partners. 

While we wait to gain clarity on the resources available, we are actively working with our partners to make bold and sustainable investments. Over the last 10 years, the Algoma School District has demonstrated that we have the vision and character necessary to be a driver in the development of educational opportunities for our students, staff, and community.

We are proud to have the Algoma Community Wellness Center, Olson Tech Lab, Pathfinder Academy, Algoma Performing Arts Center, Child Care, and exemplary Elementary, Middle, and High School facilities. Exemplary extra-curricular activities also provide unique offerings for ALL students to be involved and engaged in. 

I encourage each of you to look at what has been accomplished in Algoma, its uniqueness, and a credit to a supportive community willing to be different in the pursuit of excellence. I am fully aware that our approach is far from standard and our results support that. Continue to challenge yourself, assist others when you can, and dream of the possibilities. With that approach, we can continue to build a collaborative, compassionate culture, committed to providing the elements of a THRIVING community. 

Onward,
Nick Cochart
Superintendent
Algoma School District

Additional Information With Today’s Communication

District Wide

Meals

Elementary School

Middle/High School 

  •  Algoma High School Graduation will take place on Sunday, May 23, 2021 in the Algoma High School Gym. Seniors and their parents/guardians will be receiving more details. 

Athletics

  • REMINDER: As you attend athletic events this spring, you will notice each school district handling it’s COVID protocols a little differently. In the spirit of good sportsmanship, assume best intentions and honor their decisions. 

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Learn more HERE.


March 26, 2021

Enjoy Spring Break!


March 19, 2021

To Our School District Community:

Today marked the end of quarter 3, leaving us just 45 days left in the school year. Undoubtedly, this has been the most challenging year we have endeavored in my tenure. Despite those challenges, however, we have always put our students first, developed sound programming, and delivered our service to our community. Working with students every day reminds me that we have much to be optimistic about moving forward. Our students deserve the opportunities we are providing and challenging themselves to be the best they can be.

In addition, our teachers are recognizing a shift in education that we must embrace. Options, independence, experiential learning are all topics I hear both staff and students discuss on a daily basis. Furthermore, these conversations are the product of a culture committed to elevating ALL of our students despite the adversity we may face.

As a reminder, please consider all of the opportunities available to your child in the Algoma School District. We are proud of our accomplishment but not complacent in our approach. We are committed to innovation and design learning spaces and opportunities that complement the innovative process.

In recent interviews, some of our candidates have talked extensively about our student-centered, community-responsive, and innovative practices as the catalyst for them to apply. Attracting high-level educators is a great sign that we are doing things right in Algoma.

Lastly, I know that some of the opportunities available for this spring have upcoming registration deadlines. Please take some time, review the options, and get your student involved in our community. Enjoy spring break and come back revitalized to finish out the school year.

Onward,
Nick Cochart
Superintendent
Algoma School District

Additional Information With Today’s Communication

District Wide

Meals

Elementary School

Middle/High School 

  • Next week, students will schedule classes for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. To prepare and develop a plan, students are encouraged to look at the course description handbook, talk with their family/educators to help pick classes that best meet their needs.
    Downloads:
    2021-22 Algoma Middle School Course Handbook  |  2021-22 Algoma High School Course Handbook
  • TRAP Team: Safety & Orientation Meeting on Wednesday, April 7th. Shooting begins Sunday, April 11th @ 4:00 at the Black Ash Gun Club (6-week session). Sign-up in office by 4/2.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Learn more HERE.


March 12, 2021

To Our School District Community:

As we marked the one-year anniversary of the global pandemic of COVID-19, I am proud of what we were able to accomplish despite the circumstances. The Algoma School District proved once again that culture beats strategy every time.

We were bold in our decisions, collaborative in our approach, and clearly focused on providing our students the best possible experience under less-than-ideal conditions. For that, we owe our gratitude to the teachers, support staff, parents, and community members who worked with us along the way. While we have experienced many hardships and some very challenging times, I believe we have a stronger community today.

Over the next couple of weeks, many of our staff will become fully vaccinated, accelerating our road to recovery. Returning to a pre-Covid world is still a long way away, but in time our practices will be adjusted accordingly.

Spring break will certainly help students and staff recharge for the remainder of the school year. During that time, I encourage everyone to reflect on the past year, weigh the pros and cons, and develop action steps for personal development. With so many opportunities provided in the Algoma School District, I am hopeful that everyone can pursue their dreams in 2021 and beyond.

Lastly, if you have any questions about our new opportunities for next year, do not hesitate to reach out and ask questions. I have enjoyed talking to students who are engaged in their learning and look forward to working alongside them as they embrace new opportunities.

Onward,
Nick Cochart
Superintendent
Algoma School District

Additional Information With Today’s Communication

District Wide

Meals

Elementary School

Middle/High School 

  • Want to switch to IN-PERSON learning for Quarter 3? (starting March 22, 2021) Contact Kasie Holloway @ kholloway@algomaschools.org by March 17, 2021.
  • TRAP Team: Safety & Orientation Meeting on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Shooting begins Sunday, April 11, 2021 @ 4:00 at the Black Ash Gun Club (6-week session). Sign-up in office by 4/2.21.
  • Interested in ordering a yearbook? Click HERE to order that and more!
  • Spring Sports meeting slideshow can be viewed here.

March 5, 2021

To Our School District Community:

Please take the time to thoroughly look over the information and links below in this week’s communication. As always, we have many opportunities for our students to engage in and would appreciate any help in getting the word out to interested families and students.

On Wednesday, March 3rd we hosted our annual school board retreat to strategize efforts moving forward. It is safe to say that we have never been more committed to our students while providing meaningful, relevant education. As we expand offerings, develop opportunities in and out of school, and build strong relationships we need constructive feedback on our efforts.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to our leadership team to share an idea or provide insight on a program or process of the Algoma School District. The law of reciprocity applies in our clear and transparent communication.

Onward,
Nick Cochart
Superintendent
Algoma School District

NEW Algoma Venture Academy for students entering grades 7-12 

Algoma Venture Academy

  • Project-Based Learning
  • Personalized Community & Entrepreneurial Opportunities
  • Civic Leadership
  • Competency/Portfolio-Based Assessments
  • Contract-Driven Independence

Follow this link to find out more information and how to apply to the Algoma Venture Academy.

Additional Information With Today’s Communication

District Wide

Meals

Elementary School

Middle/High School 

  • Want to switch to IN-PERSON learning for Quarter 3? (starting March 22, 2021) Contact Kasie Holloway @ kholloway@algomaschools.org by March 17, 2021.
  • TRAP Team: Safety & Orientation Meeting on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Shooting begins Sunday, April 11, 2021 @ 4:00 at the Black Ash Gun Club (6-week session). Sign-up in office by 4/2.21.
  • Interested in ordering a yearbook? Click HERE to order that and more!
  • Spring Sports meeting slideshow can be viewed here.