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Community Alert Response Generated - Soft Lockdown

April 24, 2019

Dear Nelson and Muskegon High School Parents and Guardians,

Today, at approximately 12:00 pm, the Nelson Elementary and High School main offices received a phone call from our neighborhood police officer (Officer Clark).  Officer Clark indicated that some members of the neighborhood had reported hearing gunshots in the area. While there were no confirmations of gunshots or guns in the area, Officer Clark recommended that we go into a “Soft Lockdown.”  A Soft Lockdown is an emergency procedure used at school whenever there may be an outside risk to our staff or scholars. During a Soft Lockdown, we have all staff and scholars stay in the building, we limit movement within our halls, and we prevent people from coming in or out of the building.  After about 30 minutes, Community Officer Clark called back and confirmed that everything was safe, and that we could go back to our normal routines and procedures. I want you all to know that we practice lockdowns (both “Soft” and “Hard”) along with fire and tornado drills several times each year and our students did a great job during today’s lockdown.  If you have any questions about today’s incident, or any other questions about our emergency procedures, please feel free to contact our Superintendent at 231-720-2004. Thank you for your continued support as we work to keep your scholars safe each and every day here at Muskegon Public Schools.

 

Sincerely.
Dr. Brian Gamm and Dr. Arthur Garner
Principals
Nelson Elementary
Muskegon High School

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The Nancy K. and Sherman R. Poppen Program District

The Nancy K. and Sherman R. Poppen Program

An arts based scholarship opportunity benefiting low income students of Muskegon Public Schools, providing support for private and class lessons in any of the fine and performing arts. Two different applications exist under this program.

Claire Root Benson, Executive Director
Hackley Administration Building #101
231-720-2040

Office Hours:
9:30 am to 4:00 pm on Tuesdays, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on Wednesdays, and 9:30 am – 4:30 pm on Thursdays

Note: These are general hours only, as program needs vary week by week. Please call  ahead to make an appointment so I do not miss you.

Please visit the Poppen Programs website for further information or to apply online at poppenprograms.org

The Nancy K. Poppen Program

Nancy Poppen was a visual artist who wanted all children to be able to explore the fine arts. She established her fund at the Community Foundation for Muskegon County in 1993, with her husband Sherman R. Poppen, who graduated from Muskegon High School, to assist lower income families with access to arts lessons. The program funds weekly lessons in the fine arts, books and supplies, summer workshops, coaching, and camps, for individual students after acceptance into the program. Under the direction of a Board of Directors comprised of community leaders, arts specialists, and school staff members, the fund supports an average of 50-75 Muskegon Public Schools students each year..

The Sherman R. Poppen Scholarship Fund

In 2000, Sherman R. and Louise Poppen enhanced the Nancy K. Poppen Program by establishing the Sherman R. Poppen Scholarship Fund to assist graduating Nancy K. Poppen participants. Mr. Poppen established the fund after talking with students who were struggling to afford college because of a lack of arts related scholarships.  The fund assists students majoring in fine or performing arts studies at accredited colleges, universities or traditional arts schools.
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