Archive | January, 2015

Honey Creek Rocks!

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At the spring concert in 2014, Honey Creek Community School families were asked to share their stories. Why did they originally bring their child(ren) to Honey Creek, and what do they love about Honey Creek now? Families were enthusiastic about their commitment to Honey Creek. The most mentioned response was the small class size, followed closely by Honey Creek’s dedicated teachers. One family wrote, “We were drawn to Honey Creek by the small class sizes.  What we cherish is the attention to each child individually and focus on how each child learns.”  Another family wrote, “We send our son to Honey Creek because we love the teachers and the care they take in their teaching.”  Honey Creek families praised the project-based learning and multi-age classrooms.  One family highlighted the “project-based learning so more ‘real life’ (on-the-job) experiences with critical thinking, cooperative collaboration and decision making.”   Another family stated, “We came for a school with the freedom to try new, proven ideas like more play, hands-on learning and teaching social skills.”   Honey Creek families were also delighted with the strong sense of community and high parental involvement.  One family praised the “close community with lots of parental involvement and opportunities.”  Several families were also drawn to Honey Creek’s emphasis on diversity.  Families identified the “many different types of families,” described Honey Creek as “an inclusive, welcoming and safe school for families of all types” and praised “the great value placed on multiculturalism.”  Honey Creek families had great stories, including: “Before we came here, our boys would cry each and every day–not wanting to go to their other school.  Today they look forward to coming and are thriving!” and “We came to Honey Creek as refugees from our neighborhood school. Honey Creek really feeds our whole kid–emotionally, academically, socially.” As evidenced, Honey Creek families are very happy with their choice.  One family summed it up simply, “Honey Creek rocks!”

Director’s Note January 2015

Hi all,

This is a busy month at Honey Creek.

Please find time to attend our Curriculum

Celebration this Friday, January 16 from

5 to 7 P.M.  If you have friends who are planning to apply to Honey Creek, please encourage them to attend.  You will also want to remind them that our enrollment meetings will be held on January 21 and 26 from 5:30 to 7:30.

This month a number of area high schools will hold open houses. Please see the dates, times and links below.

Community High

Wednesday, January 28                    7:00-8:30 PM @ Clague MS

Sunday, February 1                           2:00-3:30 PM @ Scarlett MS

Monday, February 2                          7:00-8:30 PM @ CHS

Aim High School

January 27, 5-8 P.M.       11648 N. Main St.  Whitmore Lake, MI  48189
www.aimhighschool.com / (734) 550-9595 /info@aimhighschool.com

This link will take you to their invitation http://aimhighschool.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ee0865aaaaf62adc9b2c26caf&id=81977f705b&e=5a1dba2e91

                            Washtenaw International High School

January 27th @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


I hope to see you Friday!


Service Learning – January 2015


Service-Learning and building a spirit of service in order to positively impact the world are core components of Honey Creek Community School’s mission. Curriculum-Based Service-Learning happens in the classrooms, SAS/ NewsletterJanuary2015.doc.pages/01072015sjh but many students are motivated to serve others outside of school hours as well.

Each year we recognize students and families who spend 50+ hours/year serving others with the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The deadline to submit hours is June 10th, 2015. An awards ceremony will be held the following year to honor all recipients. On the subject of awards ceremonies, we hope to honor those students who earned the 2013-2014 award as soon as our awards arrive.

In the meantime, thank you for supporting our students as they learn to become philanthropists, giving of their time, talents, and treasures to benefit the common good.

In short, thank you for being heroes!

Board News January 2015

Board News

The Board of Trustees met on December 17, 2014 at 5:30 pm. Present: Board: Yvette Atkinson, Christine Kelley, John Lonsway, Nina Nabors, Pamela Reister, Angela Tracey, Greg White; Community: Al Waters, Shellee Almquist, Mary Bassett, Karen Giltrow, Sue Hofbauer, Liz Scott.

Board Spotlight:

Al Waters outlined Special Education services and funding to the board in order for us to have a better understanding of these issues. Discussion followed.

Director’s Report: Al Waters reviewed the following:

Al Waters reported on his three financial status meetings held on December 2. These were attended by about 30 Honey Creek families and generated some good feedback and questions. One presentation was filmed and is available https:// www.facebook.com/hccsfoundation. Al will also consider holding a few more educational sessions this winter.

Al shared the Religious Expression Policy draft with the board.

Board reviewed Al’s request that we revise the Readmittance policy to allow families returning to Honey Creek after a hiatus to be readmitted if they left the school on good terms and in good standing, and if there is an available space for the child. Board approved this amended policy.

Al reported a confusion about an Emergency Alert that was inappropriately sounded by ISD workers (and responded to appropriately by Honey Creek staff). Al will meet with administrators at the ISD to clarify use of this system and make a plan for future response.

After some inappropriate use of the school email, Al and the middle school teachers reviewed appropriate technology use and internet safety with all students.

Committee Reports:

Committees reported on ongoing work, including having met goals established for 90-day mark at the beginning-of-year retreat.

Board agreed to meet for a mid-year retreat in February to focus on board development and meeting our goals for the year.

New Business:

Discussion of air quality in the school building, and protocols for dealing with student or faculty/staff complaints. Al has agreed to consult with ISD around cleaning duties and maintaining healthy facilities.

Old Business:

The Board of Trustees is seeking a 9th board member (either from the Honey Creek Community or from the local community nominated by a Honey Creek community member). The Honey Creek Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring that Honey Creek Community School has the resources it needs to fulfill its mission and vision of inspiring and developing children through our proven methods of education. The Board is specifically seeking nominees who are dedicated to Honey Creek’s sustainability as a school, have professional and business contacts within the local community that they are willing to leverage, and are available for up to a three year term. Areas of expertise include attorney/ legal, accounting/finance, business background, community development, and fundraising.

Upcoming Events:

There will be two enrollment meetings for families interested in joining the Honey Creek community, on January 21 and 26, at 5:30 pm.

Next meeting will be held January 28 at 5:30 pm in the Pit. Public participation is always welcome!


School Closed due to inclement weather

Due to inclement weather and road conditions, Honey Creek will be closed today, January 9, 2015. 

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