Common Bond brings Superhero Kindness Crusade

By Amy Green, Common Bond Advisor

On May 12th, nearly 20 real live superheroes from around the galaxy came swooping, flying and swimming into Schoolcraft to talk to students about the importance of kindness and inclusiveness. This event, the Superhero Kindness Crusade, was sponsored by Common Bond, an extracurricular club at Schoolcraft Community Schools for students of all abilities.

The event started at Schoolcraft High School with introductions and speeches by a few of the superheroes. This was followed by a meet and greet with students with lots of photo opportunities and an opportunity to meet the superheroes — many Schoolcraft teachers and administrators.

The band then led a parade featuring the superheroes riding in Corvettes with drivers from the Kalamazoo Corvette Club and one of the Girls on the Run team, ending at the football stadium. There the 3-6th grade Common Bond group welcomed the members of the parade. Students sat in the stands and listened to messages from a few superheroes about kindness and fresh starts.

The event ended with Captain America — 7th-12th grade principal Matt Dailey — leading a kindness pledge, followed by another meet and greet session in the stadium.

This is Common Bond’s 24th year at Schoolcraft Community Schools, but the first time it’s held the Superheroes Kindness Crusade. This event was a fun way to remind students about treating each other with kindness, to respect each other’s differences and to provide a fun way for students to celebrate the end of the year.

Schoolcraft Alumni Association Banquet cancelled

The 2022 Schoolcraft Schools Alumni Association Banquet has been cancelled. The group has not held the annual banquet since 2019 due to COVID.

Current members of the Alumni Association Executive Committee include Scott Paquin, president; Aaron Beery, past president; Dale Martinson, treasurer; Sue Bates Hendriksma, acting secretary; and Judy Shelley Oliphant and Betsy Rice, members at large.

New officers are needed for some positions if the Association is to return to normal activities after this year. Those with questions or interested in helping the Alumni Association in the future should email alumni@schoolcraftcs.org.

Vicksburg High School to offer forensic science

The graduating class at Vicksburg High School named its top twelve students. Back row, left to right: Gage Stenger, Logan Jones, Owen Bishop, Kenny Dark, Grace Johnson, Lauren Lahrke, Maya Peters, and Max Dinzik. Front row, left to right: Andrew Painter, Kayla Miller, Grace Romig, and Clare Wilson.

By Jef Rietsma

Vicksburg High School upperclassmen will have a chance to be a part of a new forensic science class making its debut in the fall.

A proposal to add the subject to the high school’s science program was pitched by biology and astronomy teacher Rejean Kangas and touted by Principal Adam Brush.

The two discussed the merits behind the class when they addressed board of education members April 11.

Brush said the district is always looking for electives that engage students, so his interest was piqued when Kangas approached him about considering the addition. Kangas had taught the course at Hackett High School during his tenure there.

“It seemed awesome … I talked with a couple other high school principals in the area and they said it is a great third science course, it is a great elective, it is very hands-on,” Brush said.

Kangas, who currently teaches biology and astronomy at VHS, said some of the different units covered include entomology by studying maggots from pig carcasses and the process of maggots turning into flies. Kangas said there is a crime-solving component that focuses on hair analysis, and studying foot impressions and tire treads at accident scenes, for example.

“There’s over 18 units and there’s four to five activities for each one, at least,” he said. “I talked to Les Latham, our physics teacher, and his brother works for the crime scene lab in Kalamazoo, so I’m really looking forward to working with the local crime scene unit.”

The course will require a prerequisite of biology, chemistry or physics. The district has opened three sections based on student interest, Brush said, noting the subject has the potential to be a two-year course.

Due to that addition, the district plans to drop astronomy, Brush added. He said the cost to offer forensic science in place of astronomy is pretty much even.