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BY VICTORIA LAFAVE DIOCESAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS MARKETING COORDINATOR St. Francis de Sales Catho- lic School (SFdS) welcomes Melissa Wood as its new principal. Wood has a deep under- standing of the school, having fraduated eighth grade at SFdS. She graduated co-sa- lutatorian from Manistique High School in 2003, and earned her bachelors degree in 2007 in elementary edu- cation from Michigan State University with a specializa- tion in language arts. She also earned her masters degree in teaching and curriculum from MSU in 2011. Wood completed a one-year internship in a third grade classroom in Kentwood, Mich. at Challenger Elemen- tary. She began her career at SFdS in July 2008, where she taught fifth grade. Since then, she has taught fourth frade and most recently, irst grade at SFdS. She will continue teaching first grade in the mornings, and will be in her principal's office in the afternoons. She is married to Everett Wood and they have two boys, Everett and Blake and reside in Manistique. She and her family are members of St. Francis de Sales Catho- lic Church. Wood said she hopes students at SFdS School this school year will succeed, both academically and spiritually. My goals for the students are to be the very best people they can be and simply give their best effort into all they are asked, she said. This will benefit them both aca- demically and spiritually. I also wish for them to be kind and respectful to everyone they meet along the way, and share their faith and love with others. She said she wishes every student knew the importance of their faith, as well as edu- cation. I wish to instill in [our students] a love of Christ and learning, and to help them come to realize the value of an education, especially one they are able to root in Christ and the Church. I wish they understood the benefits they are receiving by being blessed with their Catholic educa- tion. Wood gives much credit to the schools staff. Each and every person working here is willing to fo above and beyond for the students, as well as one an- other, she said. They have really come together as we make this transition, in both staffing as well as curriculum. I can also attribute some success to the parents and students. The sacrifices made by parents, and the values instilled in the students help make St. Francis the wonder- ful school we are today. Wood also believes that parents of her students are an integral part of their child or childrens education. We are partners with our parents in their faith wit- ness to their children, she explained. We are excited to partner with them and work in cooperation with the teachers and home to make our school the best experi- ence we can for the children. We aim for high standards in our curriculum, and we have the added benefit of learning about our faith and instilling the love of God into each and every one of our students, she added. Melissa knows the school, knows the students, and knows the parents, said School Secretary Barb We- ber. She is well grounded in Catholic education and is respected by the faculty. Wood said she is excited to be starting the new school year as principal. She replac- es Kathleen (Kitty) Lovell, who retired this past June after working in Catholic edu- cation for 19 years. I have big shoes to fill with the retirement of our long- time Principal Kitty Lovell, but with the help of our ex- cellent faculty and staff, I am confident we will maintain our high standard of excel- lence in education that has been the norm at St. Francis for well over one hundred years. During Lovells time at SFdS School, she taught fourth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. She was principal during her last nine years at the school. Lovells future plans include traveling, reading and spend- ing time with her family, in- cluding her husband Chuck, sons Billy and Matt, and their familiesespecially her two franddaughters, Reese and Alia. We will always remember Mrs. Lovell for her support, love, inspiration, and all she has done as principal of St. Francis de Sales School, Weber said. For more information on St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, located at 210 Lake Street, Manistique, call (906) 341-5512, or visit www.sfds- raiders.com. 18 October 2, 2015 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org HELP WANTED! We're looking to hire a person who knows something about processing animals and making sausage. An ideal candidate will be able to work 6 days a week for about 4 months, can lift 60-80 lbs & stand for 8-10 hours a day. 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Manistique teacher participates in international technology institute Edie Erickson, a teacher from St. Francis de Sales School in Manistique, recently joined 127 fellow educators from across the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom for the 2015 DEN Sum- mer Institute (DENSI), an im- mersive, week- long profession- al development experience. A flobal community of education professionals supported by Discovery Education, the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) connects members across school systems and around the world through so- cial media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, foster- ing valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration. The six-day professional learning experience was held July 12- 17 at American University in Washington, D.C. I am honored to have been selected to participate in the 2015 DENSI. During this experience I learned from and connected with other enthu- siastic educators from around the world who share a passion for using the latest technol- ogies and digital content to support the success of each learner, said Erickson. I am excited to share the new, cre- ative strategies and techniques for integrating technology into classroom instruction with my colleagues at St. Francis de Sales School so even more students can benefit from this freat professional learning opportunity. To learn more, visit www. discoveryeducation.com Edie Erickson

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