White Pines Parents & Students
White Pines provides programs, plans, and ideas to build family support for student success. It is our belief that parent and family involvement in educational programs and opportunities will help make the vision of our district a reality.
Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. Our goal at White Pines is to establish a climate in which appropriate behaviors are the norm in a variety of zones throughout the school.
White Pines Behavior Support Systems are organized into three tiers. Tier I supports provide universal behavior supports to all students and include Positive Behavior Support strategies, Capturing Kids' Hearts strategies, effective classroom management practices, and documentation of problematic behaviors for SWIS data.
Tier II supports are for those students who need a higher level of behavior intervention. Check-in/Check-out, Behavior Intervention Plans, and Short-term small groups are available depending on student needs.
Tier III supports are for those students who do not respond successfully to Tier II supports and need an intensive level of intervention. These are often tailor-made to fit the needs of the student.
Chromebooks & Technology
Students in grades 5-12 are issued a Dell Chromebook for school use. This device will travel back and forth to school with the student and follow that student through the life of the device. The expectation is that the student will keep the device in good working order and use it to complete their school work.
The Chromebook is a laptop-style device with an operating system that is basically an Internet browser. It is not like typical laptop. You cannot install programs on it, but rather this device relies on apps and extensions to be added. The Chromebook has a front-facing web camera, microphone, and 16 GB of storage for offline files, and requires an Internet connection for most of its use.
Click on the link to access the District Technology forms.
Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
The purpose of the White Pines PTO is to enrich the learning experience of our students and to promote parent and public involvement in our school and community.
Research shows that students do better when their families are involved both at home and at school. Grades are higher, test scores rise, and self-esteem grows. Schools improve when parents are connected to their children's education. The White Pines Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is the defining group for parent involvement. Also, 100% of the money earned through the PTO goes directly to the school.
The White Pines PTO meets at 6:00 p.m. on the dates listed on the school calendar. All meetings are held in the Media Center.
Theresa Sispera, President
Barbara Dykeman, Vice President
Tammi Wilkins, Treasurer
Brandi Whitaker, Volunteer Coordinator
Judy Booth, Membership
Sheree Goers, Secretary
Please send in your Box Tops for the White Pines PTO. This is a large source of our income every year!
Please send in your original D&W receipts to earn $1000 for the White Pines PTO. This is an ongoing fundraiser. For more information, please read the Direct your Dollars memo.
We look forward to a year full of volunteer involvement, enhancing the lives of the students and impacting a positive change for the staff and families of Whites Pines Intermediate School.
ParentVUE & StudentVUE Accounts
Our online ParentVUE and StudentVUE offers secure, private access to school and student information, including current quiz, test, project, and class grades. For parents, it offers a single sign-on to view information for all siblings who attend White Pines Intermediate, Lakeshore Middle School, or Grand Haven High School.
While the website is accessible over the Internet, access is secured via a user name and password. Parents can see information about their children only, and are unable to view the records of other students. An activation key is required to create an account.
If you are having difficulty logging in or need to request an activation key to create an account, please contact Student Services at 616.850.6320.
This is the "go to place" for parents and students. Located adjacent to the main office, they provide an important communication link between parents, students, and staff. You may call Students Services at 616-850-6320 for assistance.
Where Students Go...
- to make a phone call before/after school and during lunch to pick up items/messages dropped off by a parent
- to have his/her temperature taken
- to take medication
- to sign in (late) or out (early) of school
- to see their school counselor or social worker
- if the Attendance Office is closed
Where Parents Go...
- to drop off items their child forgot (lunches, homework, permission slips, etc.)
- to pick up and sign out their child during the school day
- to complete/submit an authorization for school medications
- for information about counseling and social work services or referrals
- if the Attendance Office is closed
- if you want to leave a message for your student, please do so BEFORE 3:00 p.m.
Our Attendance Office is open until 1:30 each day and is where students take notes to leave early for any reason. The "attendance window" is located between the Main Office and Student Services.
If a student is going to be late or absent, parents/guardians must email Kathy Kasbohm (email@example.com) or call the Attendance Office at 616-850-6350 to report absences. Students will be considered unexcused if a parent/guardian does not report an absence.
If a student must leave campus during the day, a parent/guardian should contact Attendance on the event day. The student will be given a pass to leave class to meet you at the appropriate time. Medical notes when returning from a physician or dentist appointment need to be returned to the Attendance Office.
Planned, extended absences require the submission of a Trip Slip at least one week prior to the absences. Trips Slips must be requested in writing, either by sending a note or an email to Kathy Kasbohm, Attendance Secretary. Verbal requests from students will not be accepted for Trip Slips. Upon the completion and return of a signed Trip Slip, the attendance office will exempt the absences.
Student Web Links
Fifth Grade Teams
Sixth Grade Teams
Team 1 - Sander, Kapala, Ingram, Whitbeck, Porter
Team 2 - Bartlett, Eling, Londot, White
Team 3 - Rodgers, Shillinger, Taylor, VanderBie
Team 4 - Richison, Alter, Pierce, Arens
Team 5 - VanDenBerg, Shively, Long, Fisher
Ann Marie Shumaker - STEM (Coming Soon)