Muskegon Public Schools 2019-2020 Calendar

September 3, 2019

Important Bond Proposal Community Meetings Scheduled - Please register by clicking on this link so that we can plan accordingly

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Welcome to Nelson elementary, where staff and students show our BIG RED pride by:
Believing In Greatness and showing


R= Respect
E= Excellence
D= Dependability
S= Safety


The mission of Nelson Elementary School is to assure that, within a nurturing and stimulating environment, each of our diverse students achieves literacy and appropriate core competencies, and becomes a responsible, compassionate lifelong learner.

School Hours

Full Day

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
8:25 am – 3:45 pm

Late Start Tuesday

9:45 am – 3:45 pm

Half Days

8:25 am – 12:00 pm

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
A.M. Session: 8:30 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.
P.M. Session: 12:25 p.m. to 3:35 p.m.


As a parent, are you wondering if your child is on track for success in reading at his or her grade level? Use these links to see and hear what readers do and what successful reading sounds like at each grade level. Content provided by GreatSchools, a nonprofit organization that helps millions of parents get a great education for their children.




Nelson Mental Health Hours

Monday – Friday:
8 am – 4 pm
Closed daily for lunch from 12:30 pm – 1 pm

Hours of availability vary occasionally due to meetings, late start, and school closings.

Make an Appointment

The Behavioral Health Service Program is designed to provide counseling, mental health education, and other community resources to youth through the care of a licensed Behavioral Health Provider.  A signed parental consent is required for your child to receive most services. The School Programs Staff can see patients without a parent present as long as there is a signed consent on file. They can see your child only once with a parent’s verbal permission, which can be given over the phone to a Hackley Community Care School Programs staff member .  Please call 231.733.6834 to schedule an appointment


Jessica Kempke, LMSW, School Program Behavioral Health Consultant
Christina Loera, School Program Receptionist
Judy Pruim, School Program Manager

Additional Information

Hackley Community Care School Programs consist of three different models in seven different schools, four of which are in the Muskegon Public School district. The three different models are Teen Health Centers (THCs), School Wellness Programs (SWPs) and Behavioral Health only sites. The School Programs are a model of care for underserved children and youth that increases coordination of medical and behavioral healthcare services. These sites serve as a natural anchor for kids, residents, neighborhoods, and schools.  Hackley Community Care School Programs must abide by all Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) laws for privacy and cannot tell school staff why a child has accessed their facility. Health records are not given to school staff without appropriate releases signed by a parent.

Nelson School’s Breakfast and Lunch Menu

Breakfast in the Classroom! NEW!! 

Eating breakfast is a key component to doing well in school. Because all MPS students are eligible to receive free breakfast, we want to increase the percentage of our K-5 students eating breakfast daily.

Therefore, starting on September 3, 2019 we will be serving breakfast in all K-5 classrooms starting at 8:25 am. Breakfast will not be served in the cafeteria before school for the 2019-2020 school year.



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  • Strengthening Families 10-14 Program

    Strengthen relationships and build communication during pre-teen years. Join us for this FREE 7-week program! We will offer separate sessions for parents/caregivers and pre-teens/teens (ages 10-14) before joining together for a family session. A free family dinner and free childcare for siblings (ages 1-9) are provided.

    Every Tuesday
    April 16 – May 28, 2019
    5:30 – 8:00pm
    Nelson Elementary School
    550 W. Grand
    Muskegon, MI 49441
    Contact Donna Allen, Family Outreach Coordinator
    (231) 720-2248 or by email at dallen@mpsk12.net

  • Please Join us for Nelson’s Black History Celebration! March 14th at 5:30 p.m.

    Who: Nelson students and their parents

    • Students must be with a parent/guardian

    What: A night of fun and learning plus:

    • Dinner
    • Take home games and… drawings for USS Silversides Museum tickets!
    • Drum Circle with Ms. Gunderson… open to anyone who would like to join!  
    • Our K-6th grade Black History Exhibits
    • 21st Century Students: Live Wax Museum  

    Where: Nelson School

    When: Thursday, March 14 at 5:30 p.m.

  • Halloween Parent Learning Night

    Students and families came out to celebrate Halloween while enjoying reading and writing activities as a family.

Nelson Elementary Annual Education Report