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Middle School Science Update January 2018

Middle School Science

The new year continues onwards with our unit on Weather/Climate. Students are learning the fundamentals to how our atmosphere and hemisphere contribute to the weather conditions we experience. From cloud types, air fronts/masses, high/low pressure areas, and even to interpreting weather station data, we are learning how to become accurate meteorologists. Student groups will eventually adopt another city in the United States to produce a weather forecast video segment and use the information they learned about to predict the weather.
At curriculum celebration the students will be displaying their ecosystem projects entitled “That’s life!”  Each student took one of the major biomes across the globe, targeted a specific region within that biome, and recreated what the ecosystem is like there. You might find some interesting organisms in each of the ecosystems, as some students took the next step and created their own food web that could sustain life there. Each of the displays have some type of user interaction with it, so please feel free to engage the displays!

After School Programs Update January 2018

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

ON-SITE EXTENDED DAY STUDENT CARE WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE FOLLOWING EARLY DISMISSAL DAYS: January 26th; April 6th & 13th; and May 4th.  If you have not already registered online, please register by emailing afterschool@hc.wash.k12.mi.us.  Also, please remember that you MUST give us 48-hour WRITTEN notice to cancel any pre-registered care without being held financially responsible.

 

REMINDER: NO ON-SITE STUDENT CARE DURING BREAKS OR ON CERTAIN HOLIDAYS.  This includes:  January 15th; February 15th-19th; March 26th-30th; May 28th; and June 14th.

 

SPECIAL CLUBS.  There are still openings for the following after school special clubs:

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
Girl Scouts  K-3 ACH 2-8

(2/6-5/15)

FH 4-8 (1/10-1/31) Chess K-8 (1/18-3/15) Girl Scouts 4-5
Cub Scouts K-8 Swim Lessons K-8 (10/10-1/30) FH K-3 (2/7-2/28) Spanish K-8     

(til 5/17)

Aerial Silks 4-8 (10/9-5/14)- Full Italian K-8 (9/26-12/12) Homework Club K-8 (11/9-5/10)
Jazz Band (TBA) Theatre 4-8 (1/23-4/21)- Full Theatre 4-8 (1/23-4/21) – Full
Basketball 1-4 (1/16-2/13)
Basketball 5-8 (2/20-3/20)

 

Please pick up a registration form from the after school programs bulletin board.  Stay tuned for the activities listed below and others.  Please email afterschool@hc.wash.k12.mi.us if you are interested in leading one of these activities or would like to suggest others:

 

4H, Archery, Art, Ballet, Baseball, Campfire, Capoeira, Chinese, Cooking, Crafts, Cross Country Skiing, Dance, Drums, Eco-Maniacs, Electronic Music, Fitness, French, Gaming, Garden, German, Golf, Guitar, Guys on the Go, Gymnastics, Harp, Hip Hop, Japanese, Juggling, Knitting, Korean, Open Swim, Orchestra, Personal Training, Photography, Pilates, R.E.C.E.S.S., Rock Band, Rocks & Robots, Rockets, Sewing, Soccer (K-8), Speed Stackers, Spiral Scouts, Star Fleet Academy, Strings, Study Skills, Stunts, Tap Dance, Tech, Tennis, Tutoring, Writing, Yoga, Youth In Government, Zumba

 

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION BEGINS SOON! Please keep our fabulous camp with field trips, daily swimming, flexible scheduling, and specialty camps on your list of summer fun.  Please forward this information to friends and colleagues who may also be interested and encourage them to email us so we can add them to our list.  In the meantime, LIKE us on Facebook!  https://facebook.com/HCCSsummercamp/

 

RECESS & LUNCH

PLEASE CARE WHAT YOU WEAR.  Recess will be outside everyday.  Except for hazardous weather conditions (lightning, severe storms, wind chill below -10° F), we will always go outside for recess.  There is limited indoor space that allows the children opportunities to move around energetically.  Children should always dress for the weather.  Students must wear snow pants, boots, coat, hat, and mittens or gloves in order to play in the snow and sled.

 

CAFETERIA MICROWAVE USE:  Please do not send your children to school with lunches that need to be microwaved – ESPECIALLY if your child needs assistance.  The microwave only works occasionally.  Also, we do not have enough adults available to help prepare student lunches, and Honey Creek staff will not be held responsible for burned lunches or students.

 

SERVICE LEARNING

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, 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.

 

Students may submit their hours at any time, as awards may be ordered at any time.

 

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!

 

PTO News January 2018

Welcome back after break, I am sure we are all having fun getting the kids up for 8am school after sleeping in for two weeks! As we move into January let’s be mindful of ways we can be of service to our school and our community. I recommend finding a service project for Martin Luther King day. Maybe we can volunteer for an event at school in the service spirit.

CPK fundraiser January 19-21st! Mark your calendars.

Enjoy the crazy Michigan weather!
HCCS PTO
Alison, Ann, Janet, Carla

Board News January 2018

Hello Honey Creek Community, 

The Honey Creek School Board, in cooperation with Al and Shellee, has decided to move forward in posting a position for a full time principal for Honey Creek. This position will be key in succession planning and maintaining the consistency of the school culture at the administrative level in times of transition. The board has reviewed and approved the position description and a hiring committee will be moving forward with full board support to post the position immediately. This is an exciting opportunity to grow our administration in a way that will enhance support for students, teachers, staff, and the community. The board will do its best to keep the community informed, as appropriate, as the process moves forward. 

 

Regards,

The Honey Creek Community School Board of Directors

 

 

Honey Creek Community School
Minutes of November 29, 2017

Board members present: Megan Masson-Minock, Victoria Bennett, Bryan Cole, Bridgette Carr, Melanie Hagan, Wayne Millette, Barnaby Pung, Andy Sheibar.                                            

Staff and Community members present: Al Waters, Shellee Almquist, Megan Rodgers, Mary Bassett, Karen Giltrow, Sue Hofbauer, Simona Goldin, Jennifer Crayne.

Public Participation

Honey Creek parent Simona Goldin shared her concerns on the following:

  • Academic Service Learning: Feels there is a loss of attention to academic service learning. Stressed that academic service learning is a very important component to the curriculum and also to the students.
  • Student Diversity: Our student population lacks diversity. We need to do better to reflect the residents of the Washtenaw County community. Encourages Honey Creek to recruit in the community with this in mind.  
  • Staff Diversity: Need to ensure the people we hire are diverse and also reflect the entire community. Kids need to see representations of themselves in the classroom. One idea would be to always have external searches to ensure equity amongst our faculty and our students.
  • Assessment: Would like the board to consider adding the following to the Director’s assessment to include/improve diversity in all areas of the school.

 

Consent Agenda

Bridgette Carr requested the following amendment to the October 29, 2017 board minutes under the Foundation Liaison report to change the first sentence to read; Melanie Hagan noted they are hiring a part-time book keeper and that she will be reviewing the contract on her own person time. Motion was approved by all board members present.

 

Board Spotlight

Director’s Evaluation: The Director’s evaluation date has changed and is scheduled to be completed in January. The Governance committee has asked Al Waters to create a list of goals and share them will the board in January. Bryan Cole noted we use the same evaluation tool the public schools use, and since Honey Creek Community School is different from the public schools, other things need to be considered that are not addressed in the public school evaluation tool. Bryan also wants to ensure the evaluation tool is more sensitive to Al and more fitting to Honey Creek. The current process now includes a board survey to be sent back to Bryan Cole and the MASB, which will come back with comments and feedback for a starting point. Bryan Cole requests the board surveys be sent back to him by January 7th.  

 

Directors Report

Assessment

  • Al Waters reported the Terra Nova Assessments are completed and he expects we will do well on them.  
  • M-STEPs have been altered again. The Michigan Department of Education has taken out the performance tasks and added machine scored items to replace some of the written responses. This results in a shorter amount of time taking the test. Grades 3rd-8th will take a ELA and Mathematics benchmark assessment two or three times a year.

Extended Learning Time Grant

Honey Creek received an extended learning time grant of $5,670.00. The grant will fund the Summer Literacy Camp.  

Consolidated Grant and School Improvement Plan

State’s Title 2 grant has been increased. After the final amount of the grant is determined, the School Improvement Plan will be updated to benefit from the Title 2 increase along with the addition of Title 4 funds. Faculty is sharing their ideas as how to best distribute the Title funds.

Discussion followed and included

  • The handout distributed by Al Waters on Washtenaw Intermediate School District’s beginning teacher starting salaries and their top teacher salaries.
  • Question regarding since the number of testing hours is less, are the teachers receiving enough resources for time being taken out of their normal schedule?
  • Al Waters asked Amber Byers to look at a formal restore of justice in the way people treat each other for an upcoming training at the WISD.
  • Wayne Millette asked where funds are most needed and if as a board member he could just write a check to the school. Megan Rodgers replied she has many ideas where funds could be used and noted the music department needs funding.

 

Faculty Liaison Report:  No report.

 

Foundation Liaison Report

Megan Masson-Minock thanked the Honey Creek Board members and the Foundation Board members for setting aside time to attend the casual gathering to meet and get to know each other tomorrow night at the Session Room.

Melanie Hagan attended the Foundation meeting and noted the committee spoke about ways to separate the Board and the Foundation. They are currently updating their by-laws and sent out campaign letters yesterday. The Foundation board hired a book keeper. Next meeting is December 4, 2017 at 6:00p.m.

 

PTO Report

Megan Masson-Minock attended the PTO meeting and noted Al Waters spoke about the audit and the 6% increase in revenue for the fiscal year ending in June. The PTO gave money to the Honey Creek teachers to spend on items for their classrooms. Teachers were thrilled with the gift from the PTO. Bridgette Carr will attend the PTO meeting in December and report back to the board.

 

Finance Committee Report  

The committee discussed the strategic plan goals that included:

  • Outline of Revenue Plan/3-5 Year Business Plan and the steps needed to achieve the goal.
  • Reviewed the updated 2017-18 budget request and recommends the board approve it.
  • 2018-19 Budget DRAFT for board to review.

 

Governance Committee Report

Committee met on November 9, 2017 to discuss the 2018 Director’s evaluation and future Director evaluation planning.

  • Director’s Evaluation discussed under the Board Spotlight on the agenda.
  • Al Waters is resubmitting the School Improvement Plan to include projects eligible for Title IV funds.
  • WISD will be contacting Al Waters regarding the upcoming Charter reauthorization.
  • Al Waters and Shellee Almquist continue to work on the compliance calendar.
  • Proposal to use outside resources to redraft HCCS policies.

 

Communications/Outreach Report

Andy Sheibar noted the committee will make their 90 day strategic plan goal.

Communication Plan  

Outlined types of content and vehicles to deliver the content using a n applicable template. Started developing evergreen guidelines to create and distribute consistent and effective communication. Plan to have a final draft for the board’s consideration at the January 2017 board meeting.

ADA Compliance for Website

Al Waters and Andy Sheibar have talked with potential partners to assist in the ADA compliance. The ISD can add us to an existing program (at no cost) that can identify areas that are out of conformity and give a monthly report on what areas need to be fixed.

Social Media

Committee determined the maintenance of the Honey Creek Face Book presence can no longer be a volunteer effort and must become a part of someone’s job.

Family Contributions

Megan Masson-Minock suggested reviewing the survey and make it easier to complete to help increase responses. Next year send it out through Survey Monkey so it only gets sent out to those who haven’t participated.  

Honey Bunches of Notes

Andy Sheibar will speak with Jessica P’Simer and Zane Almquist regarding the site’s structure to consolidate the content in one place.  

Liaison with Faculty, PTO, Foundation

Committee is seeking faculty involvement on the committee.

Next meeting will be December 15, 8:15a.m. HCCS Conference Room.

 

Sustainability Report

Barnaby Pung noted the committee discussed a meeting engaging the community on how can they host us, so we can support. Karen Andrews will facilitate.

Megan Rodgers will present to the board at the December 20, 2017 meeting and will bring a draft of Honey Creek’s succession planning.

 

Facilities Report

  • Al Waters met with the architects yesterday and shared he is not sure where everyone will go. We may not get Room C-8. B-Wing plans include two science rooms.  
  • Al Waters is working with Dianne Sevigny on a RFP for a possible new cleaning company. She has brought in an engineer in to look at the vents regarding clean air.
  • A vestibule will be added by the front doors of the school and they will take the the canopy over the entrance doors down.
  • Shellee Almquist asked if they could put a button in her office to lock down the front doors.

 

Old Business

Honey Creek Form 990 and 8879-EO

Bryan Cole moved, supported by Barnaby Pung to approve the Honey Creek Form 990 and Form 8879-EO. Motion was approved by all board members present.

 

New Business

Updated Articles of Incorporation

Al Waters reported the ISD should have read the 1st reading of the Updated Articles of Incorporation at their board meeting last night and will have a second reading. Once approved Al Waters will sign them.

Resolution to Support School Finance Research Collaborative

Al Waters distributed handout. A discussion followed and included Megan MassonMinock asking if we should we adopt the resolution or send it on to the State delegation from Washtenaw County? Al Waters recommended if we value education we should adopt the resolution. Barnaby Pung agreed we should adopt the resolution to fund schools more equitably, send it to the ISD and then the state to have our voice heard.  

Motion was approved by all board members present.

1st Reading of the Budget FY 2018

This item was added to the agenda. Shellee Almquist reviewed first reading of the 2018 fiscal year budget and noted the big pieces are the Instructional Assistants and Principals. Fund Balance is less than 9% which is more than the state average. The 2nd Reading of the Budget FY 2018 will be on the December 20, 2017 board agenda.

Discussion followed and included:

  • Could Sustainability committee help with funds? Megan Rodgers hopes to work with the ISD.   
  • Al Waters feels we should look for a new administrator/principal now, even if it takes six months.
  • Bryan Cole supports the budget however has concerns with the low fund balance. Expressed the need to address sustainability and succession planning now.
  • Wayne Millette Honey Creek is a special school and families are clamoring to get in therefore we need to keep that in mind and may need to do some uncomfortable things.
  • Victoria Bennett noted she is unfamiliar with budgets being a new board member. Feels some staff fatigue is going on and suggests bringing in new ideas and energy to the school.
  • Melanie Hagan agrees with adding new energy to the staff and increasing the staff diversity. Favors the 2018 budget.
  • Andy Sheibar sees value bringing new energy into the school and feels you can promote from within.  9% fund balance isn’t a problem.
  • Barnaby Pung asked how do we sustain small classroom sizes? The board was asked to communicate ideas on the budget to Shellee Almquist and Bridgette Carr.

 

Board Kudos

  • Amber Byers for coaching Cross Country and Ann Kovacs for her work on getting the new uniforms and for the water treats.
  • All the parents and staff who helped organize and supervise the Middle School Dance, especially Lara Thomas.
  • Teachers and students for their hard work on the Terra Nova tests.

 

Preparation for Board Communication

Andy Sheibar will prepare a summary of the board meeting for the HBON Newsletter

 

Public Participation

Jennifer Crayne introduced herself to the board and announced she will be taking the board minutes at the board meetings, replacing Karen Giltrow.

 

Adjournment

Wayne Millette moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:15p.m.

Director’s Note January 2018

Happy New Year!

 

It appears that winter has decided to maintain its presence this year, and with that, we have not only slick roads, but also increasing growing piles of snow. These snow piles are often a great attraction to students of all ages. Unfortunately, they also border our parking lot and drive. Children playing on these mounds often make fast descents, planned or unplanned, which place them in danger. We want to keep all students safe, so please join us in restricting students from playing on the snow piles near the drive or parking lot.

 

Important events for this month include our enrollment meetings on January 16th from 5:30 to 7:30 and January 20th from 10 till noon.  Our Curriculum Celebration is set for January 19th from 4:30 to 6:30, and Washtenaw International High School will be meeting with our eighth grade students at 1:30 that afternoon. Finally, we have a noon dismissal on January 26th.

 

Stay warm and safe!

 

Al

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