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Dear OV Parents, Residents and Community Members:

   Orchard View Schools is proud to acknowledge the graduation Class of 2014! Thank you parents, staff and community members for your commitment in assisting our students in achieving this academic milestone!

    Great things are happening at Orchard View Schools! Our staff continues to develop curriculum materials to enhance all grade level, honors, advanced and accelerated classes.  A new Lego Education series will be introduced to 8th graders this fall.  Early College and dual enrollment classes are available to eligible high school students at Muskegon Community College and over one hundred 11th and 12th grade students are enrolled in classes at the Career Tech Center.

      The District is working towards North Central Accreditation (NCA) for all of our K-12 buildings. 'Discover, Learn, Succeed' is our shared vision as we move forward in the accreditation process.  Currently, the high school and middle school have this respected accreditation.  Once the district has earned and received NCA status,  Orchard View Schools will be only one of two districts in Muskegon County with this distinguished recognition.

    For the third year in a row, Orchard View High School was the recipient of a Michigan State University College Advising Corps member.  Our college advisor provided college and financial aid guidance to students and their families. Her services were made available through a partnership between Michigan State University, the National College Access Network (NCAN), Local College Access Network (LCAN) and Orchard View Schools.  Her work is very compelling.  She assisted senior high school students with their FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid and provided guidance in seeking and applying for a number of secondary education grants and scholarships.  Over $900,000 dollars was awarded to OV seniors seeking to further their education.   Visit the Muskegon Opportunity website at to learn valuable information about navigating the steps to prepare for college or career training, how to pay for it and what events you and your child can attend locally to learn how to 'Start, Stay and Succeed' in a program after graduation.

     Lastly, I would like to personally invite you to attend a FREE Community Event featuring renowned author Jamie Vollmer and his book entitled,  "Schools Cannot Do It Alone".  Learn how we, as a community, can work together to create schools that unfold the full potential of every child.  This countywide FREE event will take place at the Reeths-Puffer High School Rocket Centre on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.  Call 231.767.7263 or visit for details.

    We have had a great school year at OV! Thank you for your continued support of academics, athletics and on-going activities for Orchard View students.  

Go Cardinals!

Patricia J. Walstra


About Orchard View Schools

Orchard View Schools
35 S. Sheridan                                    
Muskegon, MI 49442
Tel: 231.760.1300

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