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May 17, 2019
The official last day of School

The governor signed a bill at the end of last week granting schools the ability to adjust their calendars based on the the state of emergency days declared back at the end of January and beginning of February. The new end date for the 2018-2019 school year is June 14. June 10, 11, and 12 will be full days of school. June 13 and 14 will be half days of school.

Seniors, if you have outstanding invoices for any fines or fees that are owed, please make sure these are taken care of soon.

Thank You,
Mr. John Klinger

May 16, 2019
Fine Arts Festival

Fine Arts Festival May 7, 2019

Once again Tawas High School hosted its annual Fine Arts Festival. The festival included performances by the choir and the band. High school visual arts students set up displays to showcase their art and talent from this school year. Students in photography, computer graphics, drawing and painting, and ceramics displayed their work.

Many visual art students won awards and received prizes. Rachel Webster won Overall Best of Show. For Best Display Kendel Couturier took first place, Cheyenne Martin placed second, and Alena Cichowski received honorable mention. Photography awards went to: Lili Denney, first place; Brooke Chriva, second place; Franky Keisler and Jeslyn LaJoice, honorable mention. Ceramics awards went to: Olivia Loucks, first place; Elizabeth Brown, second place; Gavin Svanberg and Chelewynne Shuart, honorable mention. Drawing and Painting awards went to: Vivien Lin, first place; Celia Dobbs, second place; Elizabeth Brown and Rachel Clark, honorable mention. Computer Graphics awards went to: Amanda Cotton, first place; Grace Scheider, second place; Emily Young, honorable mention.  

The school, students, and staff were privileged this year by many sponsors who donated time and money to make this year’s festival outstanding. Thanks to Louise and Ron Shocksnyder, John and Mary Henry, Almo Manifold and Tool Co., Tawas Bay Art Gallery, Linda Holt, Penny Payea, Dragonfly Art Gallery, Norman Charters, Paul Gliesman, Truly Yours Custom Frame Shop, Arnies Arts ‘N Crafts, Michelle Bettiga Pottery, and Quota Club.

May 15, 2019
NHS Induction Ceremony

On Tuesday, May 14, current members and new inductees were honored at the Tawas Area NHS Induction Ceremony. These students must uphold principles of morality and ethics, be cooperative, demonstrate high standards of honesty and reliability, show courtesy, concern, and respect for others, while achieving academic success.  The four pillars that represent these traits are:  character, scholarship, leadership, and service.  Congratulations to our current members and our new inductees!

May 6, 2019
State Band Festival

Congratulations to the High School Concert Band and Middle School Junior Band on their excellent performances at State Band Festival on May 2nd!  Both groups received a Division 1 Rating. High School received straight 1's (I-I-I), with an overall Division I Rating. Middle school received a I-II-I, with an overall Division I Rating.  Each band also received a clinic with Associate Director David Thornton of MSU. Wonderful job, everyone!

May 1, 2019
MAT2 Program

Baker College and Bopp-Busch spoke with seniors this week about an opportunity to get a free Associate’s Degree in Mechatronix, a program involving robot programming, PLC programming, electronic circuitry, pneumatics, hydraulics, and welding.  The program combines periods of school and work at one of Bopp-Busch’s facilities in Tawas or AuGres followed by at least a two-year employment period at the market wage for highly skilled labor plus benefits.  If you would like to know more about the opportunity, please contact the Tawas counseling office. Click on this link for more in-depth information,


April 29, 2019
Kirsten Mikkola receives a 1 at States!

Kirsten Mikkola had an amazing performance tonight at State Solo and Ensemble and earned the score 1! This is the second year in a row that she has attended States and received a 1 rating. She has worked so hard this school year and will be participating in the All State Honors Choir at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival in Kalamazoo on May 11, and she will also be attending Interlochen’s 6 week vocal program this summer. 

April 25, 2019
8th Grade MSTEP Rewards day

Thanks everyone helping make our 8th Grade MSTEP Rewards day happen!
Avengers Movie at the Tawas Theatre, pizza at G's, and a walk on the State Dock.

April 25, 2019
IRESA Tech Spec House

Tawas IRESA Students hard at work on a Spec House. 
Check out our Facebook page for more photos!

April 24, 2019
Hamilton Performance

  Students at Tawas Area High School were offered a once in a lifetime chance to experience Hamilton the musical at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre on April 18. Students from the AP U.S. History and AP Literature classes, as well as a few independent study students, participated in the Hamilton Education Program offered by the Gilder Lehrman Foundation. This grant made it possible for students to pay $10 (or an Alexander Hamilton) for their tickets. In exchange for the tickets, teachers had to plan a 5 day lesson for students to learn about Alexander Hamilton and the founding of our country.
  The lessons included learning about history through analyzing primary source documents, a process that Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton, had to undergo himself when composing the lyrics for the musical. The lessons culminated in the students working with partners to create an original performance based on a person, event, or document from the founding era. These projects pushed some students outside their comfort zones and they really learned something about themselves and the founding of our nation.
  Once the presentations were done, students performed for their classmates and submitted their written work, while one performance was voted on by staff members and submitted to the Gilder Lehrman Foundation to represent our school.
  As a reward for all of their hard work with the Hamilton Education Program, students traveled to the Fisher Theatre to see the play and had a few hours to experience the performances submitted by other schools, as well as a Q & A session with the cast members. We were given an additional honor by having the performance of Rachel Webster and Chelewynne Shuart selected by the foundation to be performed live on stage! These young ladies performed an original song in which they composed the music and wrote the lyrics. It was an amazing performance and a wonderful experience for these students! The staff and students were incredibly proud to be represented by such talented young ladies.
Article from the Iosco News
Photos from the Detroit Free Press


April 17, 2019
Iosco RESA’s Teacher Prep Academy

Tawas Cadets of Iosco RESA’s Teacher Prep Academy recently attended a Professional Development where they learned from fantastic presenters.  Mrs. Erin Klinger, Tawas Schools, presented Data in Education. This information is generally not learned until later in college or on the job.   The H20 Team put Cadets from across the county through Team Building courses which Cadets can use in their future classrooms.  These Cadets will certainly have a head start in an interview, applying for Colleges of Education, and in the real world as new teachers.