Archive | February, 2018

Director’s Note February 2018

Greetings all,

We have been hit hard by the flu season. Our staff continues to wipe down surfaces with Clorox Wipes to limit the spread of illness, and while regular attendance is important, we urge you to keep your child home when he or she is ill. I’m hopeful that the mid-winter break, scheduled for February 15-19, will provide enough time for the viruses to cease spreading.


Honey Creek held two enrollment meetings in January, and once again we will have waitlists at all levels as the interest exceeds the number of available seats.


On January 5th, Metro Parent published an article on the top 100 elementary schools in Michigan. There are a total of 1402 elementary schools in the state, and Honey Creek was rated number 85. The vast majority of schools rated higher than Honey Creek are in Oakland County. Those schools receive significantly higher funding than Honey Creek. For example, Troy, which holds the top nine spots, receives $9075 per student compared to Honey Creek, which receives $7631 per student. If Honey Creek received the same level of funding, we would have an additional $361,000.


Here is the link if you would like to know how ratings were determined:


Finally, I’d like to express my congratulations to the students and their teachers for an outstanding Curriculum Celebration. I’ve heard from many parents how impressed they were by the quality of work that was on display.






PTO News February 2018


Why does Michigan like to tease us with the warm weather just to take it away! As we trudge through February, we have the mid-winter break to look forward to. We hope you take some much needed time for your family recharge. We need you all to come back strong and ready to volunteer for fun spring events!
SCRIP COORDINATOR- Sandi Danes-Little needs to start training her replacement. Please reach out to her or us if you are interested. It will be small hours this year and then next year you would take over and hopefully recruit help.
PTO SECRETARY- Ann needs to start training her replacement. There are only 5 more meetings this year and we need someone to attend a few of them to transition in as Secretary. We are low key, not a ton of hours needed. We have begun to alternate meeting times to accommodate more people, some months 8am, some 2:15pm.
FEBRUARY 9th – PTO MEETING 8AM – Please stop by and give us your feedback on PTO goings on. We are going to discuss the removal of our website which will be replaced as a tab on a HCCS FB page. We will also discuss how the community wants the meeting minutes distributed. We need feedback on volunteer positions that have remained unfilled. Al always gives us a great update on the school happenings that are very informative. See you there!
Alison, Ann, Janet, Carla

Board News February 2018

Honey Creek Community School
Minutes of December 20, 2017


Board members present: Megan Masson-Minock, Victoria Bennett, Bryan Cole, Bridgette Carr, Melanie Hagan, Barnaby Pung                      

Staff and Community members present: Al Waters, Shellee Almquist, Mary Bassett, Sue Hofbauer, Jennifer Crayne.


Public Participation

  • None


Consent Agenda, Action Item

  • November Board Minutes, Financial Report. Expenses, and School Age Programs, AS-L & ICT Report were reviewed and approved by all board members present.


Board Spotlight

  • Enrollment Diversity (Al Waters)
  1. Will be looking into current lottery process in order to increase diversity in the school as was addressed in the November meeting.


Directors Report

  • AdvancED standards have changed and will be shared with governance committee. See attached Avance-Ed performance standards included in packet. Will be necessary to have the board faculty and administration report per mandated changes.
  • TerraNova assessments results will be returned to the school in early January.
  • Title 2 grant has been approved, and the activities in Title 4 grant have been conditionally approved. Modifications to the school’s Single Building District Improvement Plan must be made for full approval.
  • Enrollment Meetings are scheduled for January 16 at 5:30 pm and January 20th at 10 am.
  • Question about upcoming board/staff lunch: Possible to hold it on Jan 26th? (records day)
  • Al will be sending a poll for faculty feedback


Faculty Liaison Report

  • Nothing to report


Foundation Liaison Report

  • Over $2,000 raised from Facebook group for Giving Tuesday
  • Friday January 26th. Noon. Faculty lunch. Nothing new reported for faculty report.
  • Foundation board now has liability insurance
  • Question was asked at last meeting about how Foundation donations are accounted for in the budget. It is accounted for under miscellaneous revenue in the budget.


PTO Report

  • Bridgette Carr attended. Low attendance due to time the meeting is scheduled for, lots questions from attendees about the budget, new principal questions positive discussion, board vs foundation confusion from PTO they like having different people from the board go to the PTO meetings. Meeting time is likely to change. Issues with navigating PTO website. Maintenance and redesign plans were discussed. Topic for future discussion: website changes and updates are to be coordinated with the Communications Committee.


Strategic Committees


  • Finance Committee – Bridgette Carr
    • No responses to questions about the budget


  • Governance Committee – Bryan Cole
    • Nothing to report.


  • Communications/Outreach Committee – Andy Sheibar
    • Website redesign was discussed. Hang on track for goals set in previous board meetings concerning the communication plan as well as managing social media for Honey Creek Community School. Should become someone’s official job duties instead of a volunteer basis for managing social media sites to improve overall quality and contingency.
    • Al looking for cheaper site improvement services for website maintenance. To be followed up in January meeting.


  • Sustainability Committee – Barnaby Pung
    • Detailed summary report of budget was provided by Megan Rodgers’s request from last board meeting. Continuing to follow the development plan.
    • Grant research is time consuming and not always successful. Discussion about how to streamline the process order to maximize funds from Grants followed.
    • Budget allocations for principal position. Search committee would be formed to handle findings/interviewing salary needs to be competitive with Ann Arbor schools.
    • Sustainability measured to be 600 students for the school which is far higher than current attendance.
    • Motion to approve the budget for 2017-2018 as is, was unanimous.


  • Facilities Committee – Bryan Cole*
    • Nothing to report


*To be taken off future agenda


Old Business

  • Motioned to approve budget as is. Motion passes unanimously.
  • Three-year process approved by WISD two weeks ago, pre-approved by state. Articles of Incorporations approved unanimously.
  • Superintendent/Executive Director evaluation


New Business

  • Advanced-Ed needs to keep track of training on Google Sheet. 5 year process. leadership/resource cap.acity. Annual report filed based on standards.


Board Kudos

  • Mary Bassett, Dianne Baker, Laura Krinock, and Sue Hofbauer for attending the ICT training.
  • Marta England for running the after school Make-One-Take-One art class to supply the craft fair.
  • Elizabeth Scott and Johnny Thompson (with help from Teresa Gonzalez and Jeannie Crayne) for directing the after school theater production of “The Show Must Go On.”
  • Jon Baek, Jessica P’Simer, Cheryl Quinn, Sherry Mackay, and Jen Alexander for leading the LEGO and FTC teams.
  • Jamie Krawke and Amie Anderson, and all the parent volunteers and student crafters who made this year’s craft sale a tremendous success.


Coming Meetings/Events

  • December 25-29, 2017 Winter Break/No School
  • January 15, 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day/No School
  • January 16 Enrollment Meeting 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • January 19 Curriculum Celebration 4:30pm-6:30pm
  • January 20 Enrollment Meeting 10:00 am-12:00 noon
  • January 26 Records day


Public Participation

  • None



  • Meeting adjourned at 7:24 pm
  • Next meeting: Wednesday, January 24 @ 5:30 pm
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