RothwellWelcome to the Forest Area Community Schools' Website 

We are located in beautiful northern Michigan, approximately 35 minutes southeast of Traverse City, MI. I am honored to be the Superintendent and Elementary Principal working with a great group of students, staff, families, and community members. Forest Area’s mission is to provide a nurturing educational environment, which will help our students form positive attitudes toward learning, and help build effective life skills.

Our district consists of two separate campuses located several minutes apart. We provide full time bussing for student pickup and drop off each school day.

Fife Lake Elementary is located 108 Pierce Street in beautiful Fife Lake, MI. Our elementary school includes our preschool thru 3rd grade students. Highlights of Fife Lake Elementary include:

• Full time Art, Music, and Physical Education classes
• A 90 minute language arts block
• K-3rd grade Tier II and III reading interventions
• K-3rd grade math interventions
• The Olweus Bully Prevention Initiative
• Science, Social Studies, and Art Fairs
• New K – 5 math and reading curriculum

I am very proud to announce that Fife Lake Elementary was recognized as a 2014 Reward School from the Michigan Department of Education. Test scores have improved 40% in a three year period thus earning Reward School status for high progress. A gigantic thank you to the students and staff at Fife Lake Elementary for their hard work! For more details please call (231) 879-3362.

Our middle and high school campus includes our 4th thru 12th grade students and is located at 7741 Shippy Road in Fife Lake, MI. The Principal of this campus is Mrs.Kelly Holeman and our assistant principal is Mr. Brian Mumby. Highlights at Forest Area Middle/High School include:

• Participation in MHSAA athletics
• Early College opportunities
• Dual Enrollment
• Numerous electives including Band, Industrial Arts, Journalism, Strength and Conditioning
• Honors courses available
• Olweus Bully Prevention Initiative

Last year, our graduating seniors received over $200,000 in college scholarships. If you would like more information on our middle/high school, please call (231) 369-2884

Our entire staff works closely in collaborative teams called Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s). During PLC’s, teachers meet to have frequent, consistent, and data-driven conversations about student achievement. Parents of students have been very supportive of our PLC initiative. Teachers and administrators meet on “Late Start Wednesdays” scheduled throughout the year for a 60 minute period. Students arrive at school an hour later on these special days. Also during the 60 minute period, support staff members provide tutoring for struggling learners and parents have an opportunity to drop kids off early if the late start presents a problem with daycare, bussing, etc.

Forest Area would like to extend a tremendous thank you to our communities. Our district passed a technology bond of almost a million dollars! This has presented a huge opportunity for staff to improve students’ educational experience and bring them into the 21st Century. Some highlights of our technology bond include document cameras, LCD projectors, sound systems, desktop computers, netbooks, iPads, and Chromebooks. We also have a sinking fund which allows us to continue upgrades in our buildings and grounds at both campuses. The highlight of last summer’s work included a complete renovation of our boys’ and girls’ locker rooms. Our physical education students and athletes now have a clean space with new lockers and ample space to change and store personal items.

This introductory letter only begins to detail the many opportunities available to our students at Forest Area Community Schools. Please take a few moments to enjoy our website and do not hesitate to call if you have questions. I’d be more than happy to talk about the great things happening in our schools!

Go Warriors!



Joshua T. Rothwell
Forest Area Community Schools
(231) 369-4191

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Forest Area Administrative Building
7661 Shippy Road SW
Fife Lake, MI  49633

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