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Frankenmuth News

Serving Frankenmuth Since 1906

Vol. 118 No. 11 - In our 118th year!

Wednesday, September 20, 2023


FSD has 15 new educators on staff for new school year

  The Frankenmuth School District began its 2023-24 school year Tuesday, September 5, with 15 new educators, administrative assistants and other faculty.

  FSD Superintendent Grant Hegenauer introduced them at last month’s board of education meeting and they are already making a difference in the district.

  At List Elementary School are the following:

  Olivia Conners, teaching kindergarten;

  Kalyn Bittner, second grade students;

  Megan Knoll, third grade students;

 Julia Knieling, teaching art to kindergarten through fourth grade and;

  Anna McCollum, preschool and Bridge students

  At E.F Rittmueller Middle School is Madelyn Schiefer, teaching fifth grade students.

  At Frankenmuth High School, Riley Klein, teaching business, career, and technical education.

  In other parts of the district, Caroline Loomis and Taylor Findlay are in the special education department, Sara Woolwine is an early childhood administrative assistant and Anna Smith is a E.F. Rittmueller Middle School administrative assistant.

  Also, part of the FSD is Tamara Walter-Reynolds who is the new academic interventionalist and Justin Diegel is the Multi-Tiered  System of Supports (MTSS) director.

  An academic interventionalist will assist elementary and middle school students in improving their math and reading skills and consult with their classroom teachers, according to Hegenauer.

  A MTSS director will assist elementary and middle school teachers in responding to the academic, behavioral and social needs of their students.


  The FSD took enrollment numbers on Wednesday, September 6, at the beginning of the school year.

  List Elementary School has a total of 481 students. Broken down by grade, there are 113 enrolled in kindergarten, 94 in first grade, 101 in second grade, 86 attending third grade and 87 being taught in fourth grade.

  E. F. Rittmueller Middle School shows 365 children in grades five through eight. By grade, the numbers are 96 enrolled in fifth grade, 87 in sixth grade, the largest class is 97 in seventh grade and next year’s freshmen numbers are 89 students.

  Frankenmuth High School has been hovering around 525-540 students over recent years and this year has 529 students. By grade, there are 145 freshmen, 131 entered into 10th grade, a total of 118 juniors and the senior class shows 135 seniors poised to graduate in June 2024.

  FHS also gets students from Immanuel Lutheran School in Frankentrost, St. Michael’s Lutheran School in Richville and from School of Choice.

  The grand total for the district is 1,375 students.

  An instructional technology foundation . . . is being carried forward into fall for the very first time, according to Hegenauer and his weekly emails to parents.

  “In brief, our students will now have the benefit of a more structured, more age-appropriate approach in attaining the technology skills they will need for their futures, whether those futures involve college, trade school, military service or career,” Hegenauer pointed out.

  The district also has a new technology director, Ashley Calliote.

  Plans are for kindergarten through second grade to use iPads equipped with a touchscreen, third and fourth graders using Chromebooks equipped with both a touchscreen and a keyboard, fifth through eighth grade pupils will use Chromebooks solely with a keyboard and high school students will use laptops for higher-level research writing, and accessing in-depth programs complementing the full range of the school’s instructional curriculum.

  Homecoming 2023 is around the corner, with the week of festivities beginning Monday, October 2, culminating with the Frankenmuth School District Hall of Fame Luncheon at noon Friday, October 6, the parade at 6pm on Genesee Street and the varsity football game against the visiting Freeland Falcons at 7pm.

  The Eagle-Falcon game should be a great draw for attendance, in addition to the Homecoming aura. Both teams could enter this game undefeated and vying for the Tri-Valley Conference Red Division crown.

  The FHS student body recently voted for their five finalists for the 2023 Homecoming Queen. They are Anna Billot, Kennedy Crandall, Audrey Geer, Kinzlee Karst and Shivani Manyam. The queen will be crowned at halftime of the game. Watch for more Homecoming information in next week’s issue of the News.

  Speaking of the Hall of Fame, the 10th annual event on October 6 will be held in the Bronner Performing Arts Center at FHS starting at noon. Tickets are available by contacting the FSD office, 989-652-9958.

  William 𠇋ill” Rustem, a 1967 FHS graduate, will be honored as the Alumnus of the Year while G and Paula Grossi were selected as the Champions of Children.


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