A Message from our Superintendent, Mr. Greg Helmer 

Dear Community of Mona Shores Public Schools, 

Prolonging summer like weather along the lakeshore is great for weekends, but not so great for our classrooms, marching bands, and athletic competitions.  While the heat has been turned on by Mother Nature, we have turned the heat for learning at Mona Shores.  Our students and staff are off to a great start to the school year!


We at Mona Shores have...

Each year, our District employees participate in an annual United Way fundraising campaign.  I would like to publicly thank the entire staff at Mona Shores Public Schools for their generosity.  Our employees donated just over $23,000 during our campaign this year, nearly $3,000 more than last year.  I am grateful for such a kind, caring staff at Mona Shores.  We should be proud of this kindness that will help families in need around our County, as well as right here in Norton Shores and Roosevelt Park.  Programs such as Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) will be enhanced and  supported, along with services for foster grandparents, Read Early, Read Often, and the Child Abuse Council due to generosity at Mona Shores.  Together, We are making our community stronger.  Thank you!

I would like to challenge our community to share at a minimum, two gratitude communications.  Please consider sharing two positive “Sailor Shout Outs (SSO)” during the month of October.  We have much to celebrate when you look for the positives!


What?    (SSO)  Sailor Shout Out  -  #SailorShoutOut  

How?      Send an email, make a phone call, leave a surprise voice mail, post or tweet by using social media, and/or simply picking up a pen and writing a note.  Specify #SailorShoutOut in your communication.


Students - Send a SSO to classmates, teachers, coaches, staff members, and maybe even of your siblings and parents too!

Parents/Community - Send a SSO to staff members who are doing great things for our students.

Staff - Send a SSO to students, colleagues, and parents.

Quite honestly...there are no parameters when sharing positive SSO’s of gratitude.

When?      Month of October, or forever!

Why?        Together, We can reinforce the positives and inspire one another.

Phase 1:      Renewal of Sinking Fund

  • November of 2014 - Success!

Phase 2:      .75 millage increase to address highest priorities - Warm, Safe, &  Dry

  •   November of 2015 - Success!

Phase 3:      Final phase, addressing completion of facility assessment plan and preparing Mona Shores Public Schools for 21st century facilities and sites

  • Projected - May 8, 2018
  • Bond proposal knowing we have 5.8 mills that expire in 2019
  • Potential of 80+ million without increasing our debt levy

Planning Ahead for Phase 3

  • We appreciate your input, feedback, and engagement
  • Click here to learn more about next steps
  • Our next Community Forum will be held on October 18th at the High School LMC from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Thank you for supporting our district.  We look forward to another great school year at Mona Shores Public Schools, The Port of Sailor Excellence!  Together, We will continue to be the premier PreK-12 educational destination in county, state, and nation!

Sailing Forward,

Greg Helmer
Superintendent, Mona Shores Public Schools
(231) 780-4751  Ext. 8201
Email:  helmerg@monashores.net
Website:  www.monashores.net
Twitter:  @HelmerGreg

Inspiring excellence, building character, and impacting the future through
academics, arts, and athletics….Mona Shores!