Message From The Superintendent

A few years ago, we started using the phrase “promoting the positives” at board meetings as a way to keep the conversation focused on the learning and growth that happens every day in Suttons Bay Public Schools. Our school community is filled with amazing people, places, and organizations, and we recognize the importance of positivity in creating a learning environment that our students and staff love to belong to. One sign that this strategy is working is the growth we are seeing in the number of students, SBPS alumni, and staff members that have come back to SBPS as new enrollees, volunteers, and staff members. There are a lot of positives to share this year. Here are a few highlights:

  • This Fall we welcomed the largest incoming class of Kindergarten students (38) that we have seen in the last 10 years. We have two sections of Kindergarten/1st Grade and two sections of Transitional Kindergarten (pre-K) for this year, with plans to add an additional section of K/1 for the Fall of 2022. We are growing!
  • In September, we reopened the two-story building with a completely redesigned space for 6th-8th Grade students. Our Middle School model is an innovative and engaging approach to learning that has received a lot of positive feedback from our students, staff, and families.
  • The return to a “mostly normal” Homecoming Week in October was a much-needed shift for our entire school community since the start of the pandemic.
  • This fall, our Football team played in their 3rd straight State Championship game in Marquette, MI. Go Norse!
  • In December, we opened the doors to our community for our annual Holiday Music Celebration. With the help of our Creative Dramatics teacher, Toni Manning, our students in K-5th grade took to the stage in the High School Auditorium to showcase their acting, singing, and dancing talents.
  • In February, our Middle School students began an experiential learning opportunity with the Inland Seas Education Association staff to explore our region and better understand the lands and waters all around us. This new program is a pilot project that our students participate in on Wednesday each week.
  • Business Professionals of America (BPA) and FIRST Robotics Teams competed and placed in statewide competitions.
  • This spring, our K-12 students will revive our Fine and Performing Arts programming with a spring show we are calling “SwipeUp”. This community event will feature the amazing talents of our student body. Also, we are excited to announce the return of musicals and performing arts for the 2022-2023 school year with the hiring of SBPS alumni Jason Peplinski as our Drama and Musical Director.

When we stay focused on the positives, there is always something to celebrate in SBPS and we are so grateful for the support we receive from our families and our community. We encourage you to take some time to come see what we are up to this spring and connect with our students and staff.


Casey Petz – SBPS Superintendent