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November 2023


Financing a college education in America has become a seriously stressful endeavor. Student loans, while convenient now, can result in crushing debt later. That’s why the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) sponsors National Scholarship Month each November. It encourages students to concentrate on securing funds they’ll never need to pay back. Check out the helpful links to SVSU Scholarships.


Saginaw Valley State University’s (SVSU) School/University Partnership Office offers graduate course tuition scholarships to SVSU authorized Public School Academy teachers/leaders enrolled in a College of Education program or continuing education courses. Fifty percent tuition scholarships for 15 credits per year are available (Fall - Summer).

75% Tuition Scholarships are available starting Fall 2022! Download the fillable Verification Form (97KB) with additional information.

For more information see our website: Teacher/Leader Scholarships

SVSU College of Education Featured Program - Masters in Technology Learning Systems and Design


This year Kingsbury Country Day School has a new Archery Club. Their physical education teacher is a competitive archery coach and has brought his skills to the Kingsbury students. They have introduced archery as a club to expose students to diverse opportunities for physical activity, building confidence, teaching responsibility, and building patience.  

More than 600 Michigan schools currently offer the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) for their fourth through 12th grade students in their physical education class, and the program continues to expand.

Archery is a sport nearly everyone can be successful at regardless of age, size or physical ability. Statistics show that school archery programs engage more students in the educational process, improve classroom performance, and reduce drop-out rates. More information on the program and the benefits of archery is available on the official NASP website.

For more information about NASP in Michigan, please contact Kathy Garland at or 517-243-4258.Registration for 8th grade and 11th grade visits to SVSU campus during the Fall 2023 and Winter 2024 semester are now open!


Next School Leader Meeting

Friday, November 17, 2023 @ SVSU
Curtiss Hall, Room Seminar G
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


  • Grants
  • Teacher/Student Scholarships
  • Cardinal Partnership Programs
  • School Budgets

You will receive an email invitation through



The Role of the School Board

A school board is able to fulfill its mission when the members of the board and the superintendent/school leader understand their roles and work together in an environment of trust, mutual respect, understanding and shared purpose.

Both board members and the superintendent/school leader, in order to develop and maintain a working relationship that will enable the board to get its job done and the school district to move forward, must spend significant amounts of time and energy in developing that relationship.

In general, it's the school board's job to make policy, while the superintendent/school leader is charged with administering the policy. With effective teams, each side clearly understands its roles and responsibilities. The school board’s areas of responsibility include:

  • Goal Setting: The district vision is translated into long- and short-term goals. The board establishes the structure to accomplish the vision, and periodically evaluates the results.
  • Policy: Establishes policy for the district and shares in policy development.
  • Budget: Reviews the budget submitted by the superintendent/school leader and aligns the funding priorities with the district goals.
  • Curriculum: Approves recommended curriculum and textbooks based on standards, goals and policies established by the board. Review and evaluate curriculum as it relates to student assessment results.
  • Facilities: Determines school facility needs and communicates proposed construction plans to the community.

Excerpt from MASB


The students at Faxon Academy enjoyed a weekend participating in a Global Scholars Leadership Camp (view video). At Faxon Academy, global scholars develop intellectually through a strong academic focus, based on the Michigan Academic Standards. Social emotional development is woven through the student experience at Faxon. They strive to:

  • Foster and nurture relationships.
  • Teach empathy and compassion.
  • Nurture an appreciation for community through the implementation of restorative practices.



Youth Mental Health First Aid (WATCH VIDEO)

November 6 in Grand Rapids | November 7 in Detroit

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is an early intervention training, designed to teach adults with no background in mental health how to recognize signs and symptoms that suggest a potential mental health or substance abuse problem. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan to help young people in crisis and non-crisis situations. YMHFA is best suited for adults who support youth aged 12-18.

NoteThere are limited spots available at each of these in-person sessions.

SCECHs available: 6.5

Click to register for Youth Mental Health First Aid training


Implemented in the fall of 2004, the Public School Academy (PSA) Scholarship Program was created by the School/University Partnership Office (SUPO) at Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) to make college accessible and affordable for all students who graduate from their authorized PSAs. The PSA Scholarship Offers high school seniors who graduate from an SVSU Authorized PSA that are admissible to SVSU, a 4-year $6,000 renewable scholarship. 

Students who receive a PSA scholarship enter the Transition Program and are placed into an intense college readiness program that provides supports in and outside of the classroom. Some of the supports include volunteer experiences, leadership experiences, employment, professional development opportunities, social-emotional support, study abroad experiences and academic advising. 

Public School Academy Scholar Program – Click for more information. 


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Office Location: Gilbertson Hall
Phone: (989) 964-4623