Category Archives: Carman-Ainsworth District

Curiosity Academy

Curiosity Academy Flyer 2015-2016

Curiosity Academy, a Community Based
Girls’ STEM Program is Recruiting

Flint, MI (9/14/15) Curiosity Academy, a community based STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts) program for girls is recruiting new students!

Students will have an exciting opportunity to explore STEM concepts through a variety of activities which supported their academic coursework and curiosity in science and related fields. Plans for this year’s program include fun topics such as:

  • Rocketry
  • Building Batteries
  • Making Catapults
  • Dissecting Owl Pellets
  • Evaluating Environmental Impacts
  • Much more!

Curiosity Academy is a collaborative community based program for 6th-8th grade girls in Genesee County.  The partnering institutions, Kettering University, Sloan Longway, and the University of Michigan-Flint worked collaboratively to form this year-long afterschool community STEM club for girls. The program aims to provide a risk free opportunity to explore STEM concepts without the pressure of grades or standardized tests and encourage females to pursue further studies in STEM fields while providing positive role models.

Curiosity Academy was developed in 2014 by:

  • Monique Wilhelm, a lecturer and the lab manager for the chemistry and biochemistry department at UM-Flint,
  • Essence Wilson, Kettering University alumnae and co-founder of Communities First, Inc.,
  • Samantha Grathoff, lab coordinator and community engagement liaison  for the chemistry and biochemistry department at UM-Flint,
  • Laurie Bone, senior curator of programs at Sloan Longway,
  • Virginia Hill, coordinator of pre-college programs at Kettering University.

The collaborative approach presents a sustainable model for youth programming as each institution brings unique experience and resources to the table.

The positive impact of the program is clear to directors, students and parents. Sonal Gupta, parent of a Curiosity Academy student, commented about her daughter “When I see her walk confidently through the halls of U of M and Kettering I feel so happy that as a Middle schooler she has the exposure that would intimidate even older kids. Everything else that she has learnt there is a bonus!!”

The program is currently recruiting students for the 2015-2016 school year.  Up to 25 girls will be accepted and the cost is $150.  Tuition assistance is available to those who need it.  For more information, please visit or call Samantha Grathoff at (810) 762-3277.

Dillon Newsletter

Dillon Drop off, Dismissal, and New Visitor Information

For safety reasons, when you drop your child off in the morning, please use the parent loop. There will be cones designating the area to drop your child off in. Please do NOT park in the loop. If you want to walk your child into the building, please park in the parking lot. If it is after 8:45 a.m., parents must park in the parking lot and walk your child into the office to sign them in. After 8:45 a.m. they are considered tardy and will be marked as such.

Children are not able to be signed out of school after 3:45 p.m. It is disruptive to our end of the day procedures. We appreciate your support with this so much! We start dismissing parent pick-ups at 3:54 p.m. Please make sure you are on time so your child is not left waiting in the office.

Thank you for your assistance and understanding in these matters. Our priority is always the safety of our students at Dillon Elementary.

Dillon Runs for Funds in “Color”

Parent Club would like to welcome you back to Dillon this year! Our fun and healthy “2015 Run for Funds in Color” fundraiser will take place in the afternoon of Friday, October 16. Our goal this year is to raise $7,000, that is just $25 per student. The entire school, whether you donate or not, will participate in this event as we encourage a healthy lifestyle. We encourage your family’s entire participation in this event since this is our largest fundraiser of the year. Reach out to family, friends and co-workers to ask for donations. We do not want children going door to door. As always, all money raised by Parent Club is returned to the student in various ways such as: Classroom Field Trip assistance, assemblies, Halloween Hike, Field Day, Birthday Books and Pencils.


Please have your child wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind possible getting stained.

The runs are divided up by grade level:

  • Kindergarten at 1:15 p.m.
  • Second Grade at 1:45 p.m.
  • Third Grade at 2:15 p.m.
  • First Grade at 2:45 p.m.

Dillon McTeacher’s Night

Click here for more info.



Great Expectations Day at CAHS

The students rotated between the auditorium, the cafeteria, and they gymnasium. In the auditorium they were privileged to hear a motivational speaker, Sunjay Nath.  Sunjay was an excellent speaker and everyone really enjoyed listening to him.

They also were the cafeteria to hear Mrs. Davis speak. The seniors signed a graduation gown to commit to graduation and the underclassmen signed a Commit to Graduate banner.

They then moved to the gyms to see different groups that had booths set up.  We had Mott and Baker College here, along with booths from EFA, Hosa, Student Council, AASA, CA Corps, Chorale, The Calliope, Theatre, Yearbook, Girls Soccer, etc.

In the auxiliary gym we had all kinds of games and giveaways for students.

K-2 Basketball

Young Boy Playing BasketballThis Kindergarten – second grades program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn and develop basketball skills; understand good sportsmanship and teamwork; and have fun! This program is for both beginner and experienced participants. A great opportunity for kids to get a little exercise and have fun.


Bendle/Carman-Ainsworth Community Education Early Childhood Program

Prek Ad Journal Ad (2)

Open House Schedule


Food Service Information

Prices for 2015-2016

Elementary Lunch $2.00 • Secondary Lunch $2.45

Breakfast FREE in all grades

Parents of students eligible for the free and reduced lunch program will fill out only one form for all their children this school year, even if the students attend several different buildings. Forms will be available at all the schools at the beginning of the school year. Forms will also be available in the student handbooks and on the website. Questions regarding this process can be directed to Jennifer Yee, Child Nutrition Director, 810-591-3220.



Bus Routes & Transportation Procedures

Please allow a 10-minute window of time before and after the designated time during the first week of school. Students are asked to be at their designated bus stop location at least 5-10 minutes prior to scheduled pick-up time.  All times are approximate. Questions concerning transportation services should be directed to the resident school or the transportation office at 591-3470.

Click here for link to Bus Routes

Superintendent’s Letter

Welcome Back Cavaliers!

We are very excited to begin another successful school year on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, however, I would like to draw your attention to many accomplishments at Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools during the 2014-15 School Year.

Academic Excellence

The C-A High School Class of 2015 was arguably the most accomplished graduating class in many years. In all, the Class of 2015 was offered over $4.8 million in scholarships from colleges and universities across the country. In addition, a record, ten graduates from this class met the stringent requirements to be recognized on the Carman-Ainsworth Academic Hall of Fame. Ten C-A graduates earned Advanced Placement Scholar, Scholar with Honor, or Scholar with Distinction recognition from the College Board for their excellence in three or more Advanced Placement Courses.

Accolades Beyond the Classroom

In addition to the many classroom accomplishments, students across our fine district represented Carman-Ainsworth in numerous county, state, national, and world competitions. Our Robotics programs continued to excel, posting numerous victories. In fact, for the second consecutive year, Big MO (High School) earned the right to compete at the World Robotics Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. Our students also excelled in the fine arts, earning individual accolades in theatre and music, along with state-level recognition for our instrumental music programs.

Carman-Ainsworth was also well-represented at the elementary level with our 5th-6th grade Book Bowl Team being crowned the county-wide Division I Champions, while our Randels Elementary Odyssey of the Mind Team placed second in the state competition, earning the opportunity to compete in the World Championships at Michigan State University. Our students certainly represented our community well and enjoyed tremendous opportunities!

Fiscal Responsibility

In February, the district completed the successful sale of its 2015 Refunding Bonds in the amount of $9,650,000. The Bonds will be used for the purpose of refunding a portion of the School District’s outstanding 2005 Refunding Bonds and to pay the costs of issuing the Bonds. In doing so, the district reduced the Bond interest expense approximately $950,347 for the taxpayers. This will lower debt payments over the next 5 years. In the two previous selling of refunding bonds, the School District reduced interest expense approximately $699,244 in 2011 and $813,210 in 2012.

In addition, as a result of the concessions agreed to by all Carman-Ainsworth employees, 2014-15 became the second straight year that the district was able to add to our Fund Balance, even with continued fluctuations in student enrollment. These successful efforts in addressing our structural deficit, while also reducing the Bond interest expense burden on our tax payers, is evidence of our continued efforts to remain fiscally responsible.

We are proud of what we accomplished last year, but we are even more excited about the new programming and ongoing improvements that our students will benefit from in the 2015-16 School Year.

Onsite Dual Enrollment at Carman-Ainsworth High School

For the first time ever, Carman-Ainsworth High School students will be able to take college courses without leaving the C-A High School Campus. We are proud to partner with the University of Michigan-Flint to offer a 13-college credit Pre-Engineering Program as well as a 13-college credit Medical Science Program for C-AHS seniors. In addition, through a partnership with Mott Community College, and as an outgrowth of our Federal STEM Early College Expansion Program Grant, C-AHS juniors and seniors will have an opportunity to enroll in American Sign Language, African-American History, and Forensic Anthropology courses…again, onsite at C-AHS. These programs are tremendous opportunities for our students that eliminate the common barriers of transportation and extra-curricular activities that often keep our students from accessing dual enrollment options. The results thus far are tremendous: 44 students are enrolled in these programs with the opportunity to earn 527 college credits, which combined with our summer Accelerated Graduation Opportunity (AGO), totals 68 students and 628 college credits while still in high school. Not to be outdone, students at C-A Middle School are slated to earn over 330 high school credits while still at the Middle School. To be certain, there are high expectations and plenty of excitement surrounding academics in our secondary buildings.

Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Programming District-wide

Beginning in Fall 2015, Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools will become the first district in Michigan to offer the nationally recognized Project Lead the Way (PLTW) STEM curriculum to students in ALL of our traditional K-12 buildings. All students in grades K-5 will have the PLTW Launch Program, which is an entirely project-based STEM program that engages students in science education, teaching teamwork and critical thinking skills. Students at the C-A Middle School will be able to elect courses in the PLTW Gateway Program, including “Design & Modeling” and “Automation & Robotics.” In addition, students at C-A High School may elect courses in PLTW Engineering or PLTW Biomedical Science. We realize that STEM education is critical for students to be able to compete for jobs locally now and globally in our future, thus, we have gained and leveraged many grant opportunities to offer this program to all of our students as opposed to magnet buildings where only a segment of our population might benefit.

VICTORY Alternative Education Programming

This year we are excited to implement the VICTORY (Virtual Individualized Commitment To Opportunities Reached with Your) Educational Plan for students enrolled at Atlantis Alternative High School. The VICTORY Educational Plan is a format that applies a blended learning model that can provide students with uncommon options for those wishing to complete requirements for earning a high school diploma. The program allows students to work at an individual pace on highly engaging on-line courses with onsite support from highly qualified teachers in all core content areas. In addition, students benefit from having an individual mentor as well as a student success team, working collaboratively towards meeting their individual goals. We are looking forward to working with students in a partnership that can, and will, ensure their educational success.

Clearly, Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools is committed to continuous improvement and is leading the way with new and innovative opportunities for our students. However, we realize that educating all children is a shared responsibility. Parents have countless opportunities to become involved in their child’s education and are encouraged to do just that! We want to invite our community members to help support our children as well by volunteering your time and resources. Volunteer registration information can be obtained in your building office.

I am confident that together we can continue to ensure that all students meet their academic, social and emotional success in school. Please do not hesitate to share any ideas, questions or concerns with me at

Welcome Back Cavaliers!


Steve Tunnicliff, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools

Youth Basketball


This league is designed for both beginning and experienced players, and no previous basketball experience is required.


• Full-Court play
• Registered officials
• T-shirt
• Practice once a week
• Instruction

Cost: $60.00

Location: C-A High School; 1300 Linden Road

Practice Begins: Week of October 19 (Coaches determine days & times)

Games Begin: Saturday, November 7 — Schedule to be announced


Current Physical must be on file with Community Education. Physicals are good for 1 year. If you played basketball in the winter or baseball this summer let us know so we can pull your physical.

Team placement meeting:

October 10, 2015 at CAHS Gym

Grades 3-4 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Grades 5-8 12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Register online at:

Call 810-591-3600 or 810-591-7238 for more information and to register.

Click here for flyer.