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PTO News April 2018

The PTO takes the air quality issues seriously and we are happy with the steps the board has taken to put in place the right people on the air quality committee. We keep all our meetings available to everyone and we are trading off times to have the meetings in the mornings and afternoons.

We want to thank everyone for a great talent show night! Everyone has been raving about what a special night it was.

Reading month was another great way to get books and authors in front of our kids. Thanks to our literacy committee!

Thanks to all for making this the community we need for our kids ❤

Please see below for information about upcoming garden events!

PTO
Alison, Anne, Carla, Janet

 

 

Greetings from this year’s Honey Creek garden coordinator,

On Saturday April 14 (April 15 if nicer weather) from 10 AM to 2 PM I will be at Honey Creek cleaning up the gardens (Playground, A-wing, and Gretchen’s House) for the season and I would really appreciate some help. This is an annual event that families (parents, children, extended family, friends, and significant others) can participate to get the gardens prepared for the season. You may have seen the email for the Earth Day celebration (Friday, April 20) and the Edible Garden will serve as a station for students to plant seeds and seedlings. Garden clean-up involves weed pulling, path and fence building, hose-laying, compost spreading, and outdoor fun and exercise. Please bring garden tools (though we have some if you do not have any), gloves, wheelbarrows, and the childhood spirit to work in the dirt. Come the entire time or any part of it; you may also want to pack a lunch. I will update the cleanup date at the beginning of the week of the event if it needs to move to April 15.

We are also seeking family volunteers to help care-take our school gardens (Playground and A-wing).  You can sign up by going to the following link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ltVeM7iVXc5i4nXTLK40d60VTOMrucZmOfi04eVRvtw/edit?usp=sharing . If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact me (phone, email, or text) at the contacts below in the signature. Finally, I will be having an orientation meeting for first-time garden volunteers Friday, May 11th.  We will meet at the greenhouse at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.for a half hour orientation. This time is after school and after the PTO meeting. If you cannot make it to these meetings, but would like to meet for a hands-on tutorial, please let me know.

Thank you in advance for your support and participation in our Edible Gardens!

Sincerely,

Tom Kovacs (Garrett’s dad – 6th grade Cindy)

tkovacs@emich.edu
734-383-9097

 

Foundation Community Event

Please join us for a community event!
TRIVIA night (adults only)
Saturday, April 21st
7:00 (Doors open at 6 pm)
Null Taphouse
$25
Teams of 8— prizes for 1st-3rd place winners
Tickets for purchase at bagel sale through 4/18
Or

The HCCS Foundation needs members! Please consider volunteering your time for our school by joining our board.

Email Justin Adams if you are interested: justinfadams@me.com

After School Programs Update April 2018

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

ON-SITE EXTENDED DAY STUDENT CARE WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE FOLLOWING EARLY DISMISSAL DAYS: 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: May 28th and June 13th.

 

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 Rec&Ed 3-6 (Apr 5-Jun 7) Chess K-8                (Apr 5-May 17) Girl Scouts 4-5
Cub Scouts K-8 Swim Lessons K-8 (2/6-5/15) Anime Club 6-8 (Apr 11-5/16) Spanish K-8     

(til 5/17)

Aerial Silks 4-8 (10/9-5/21)- Full Italian K-8 (1/16-4/10) Homework Club K-8 (11/9-5/10)
Jazz Band (2/5-5/21) Theatre 4-8 (1/23-4/21)- Full Theatre 4-8 (1/23-4/21) – Full
Art K-8 (4/16-5/14) Theatre Tech 4-8 (til 4/21) Theatre Tech 4-8 (til 4/21)
Ev3 Lego 3-6 (4/16-5/14) Girls on the Run 3-8 (3/6-5/17) Girls on the Run 3-8 (3/6-5/17)
Music Lessons K-8 Music Lessons K-8
Skateboarding K-8 (4/24-5/15) – FULL Flag Football Rec&Ed 2-3 (Apr 5-June 7)

 

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, Ballet, Baseball, Brain Monkeys, Campfire, Capoeira, Chinese, Cooking, 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, Jedi Academy, Juggling, Knitting, Korean, Open Swim, Orchestra, Personal Training, Photography, Pilates, R.E.C.E.S.S., 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 HAS BEGUN! Please keep our fabulous camp with field trips, daily swimming, flexible scheduling, and specialty camps on your list of summer fun.  Although we work hard to keep our camp affordable, did you know that any and all excess summer camp funds directly support our school? 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, follow and 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!

 

Director’s Note April 2018

Greetings all,

 

Let me start by congratulating and thanking all of you who put so much work into producing the talent show. The performances were amazing! The production by our middle school students was seamless, and the hard work put into preparing our middle school students by all of the adults was evident in every aspect of the show.  Thank you!

 

The return from spring break signals the start of our testing season.  The kindergarten through second grade students will be taking the Michigan Early Literacy and Math Benchmark Assessments. The testing window runs from April 9th through May 25th.

Grades 3 through 8 will be taking the M-STEP Assessment April 9th through May 25th.

Your child’s teacher can provide you with exact testing dates.

 

We will be celebrating Earth Day on Friday, April 20th. This is an annual community event. Please come out and enjoy your day with us.

 

-Al

Board News March 2018

Honey Creek Community School
Minutes of January 24, 2018

 

Board members present: Wayne Millette, Bridgette Carr, Melanie Hagan, Matthias Kirch, Andy Sheibar, Megan Masson-Minock, Victoria Bennett,

Not Present: Bryan Cole, Barnaby Pung

Staff and Community Members Present: Megan Rodgers, Al Waters, Shellee Almquist, Mary Bassett, Jennifer Crayne, Sue Hofbauer

 

Public Participation

None

 

Consent Agenda Action Item

December 20, 2017 Board Minutes

  • One amendment to board spotlight. Al: “Due to the current lottery process, it’s difficult to increase diversity.”
  • December 2017 Financial Report
  • December 2017 Expenses
  • December 2017 School Age Programs, AS-L & ICT Report
  • Amended consent agenda approved 6:0

 

Board Spotlight

Mischooldata Updates (Al Waters)

The State been changing how they report to families about quality of schools. School report card has been renamed “School Transparency.” The new website to access this information is called myschooldata.org. Student growth and test scores over the previous years is measured and also compared to other schools. Scores from previous years are not included due to how much the test has changed over the years; it is difficult to compare results.

 

Circle of Influence
Megan Rodgers

Megan put together a wishlist of individual items that people would be able to purchase for the school, rather than donating sums of money to Honey Creek. The wishlist will be available electronically. Some of the items/equipment are not traditionally included in grants so it would be especially helpful to have some of these items donated.

Megan also passed out a chart for the board members to fill out. The chart shows how people had reach out to different groups of communities that they are a part of that one could potentially fundraise from. For example: neighborhoods, workplace, clubs etc.

 

Directors Report

TerraNova tests have been returned, the information is currently being processed into a database. A full report will be given to the board in February.

The Title IV Grant was approved. Looking to send four teachers to service learning conference in Minnesota in March, purchase a weather station to collect data which will be shared with Weather Underground, as well as the Life Stories project for the 2-3 classes.

Looking for funding for Joe’s homelessness and economics unit as well as the bartering fair. Supplies are collected and donated to the Delonis Center in Ann Arbor.

Low turnout for enrollment meeting. 19 spots open for kindergarten class, waiting list for other classes. Possibly due to enrollment being difficult in previous years, limited spots discourages parents from applying.

Articles of Incorporation have been mailed. It is expected to pass because it was pre-approved prior to mailing.

Application for principal position is being reviewed. The search will be statewide, current teachers at HC may also apply. Governance committee will be making this process a top priority in order to keep it timely and efficient.

 

Faculty Liaison Report

Question was asked about where to find staff handbook. There isn’t currently an up to date handbook for staff members.

15-year salary bump requested for employees. There is currently a salary increase for employees who have worked 5 and 10 years at HC, but nothing beyond that.

 

Foundation Liaison Report

The foundation board discussed what gift to give to the school. No final decision has been made. The nine ninety remains outstanding. A trivia night fundraiser is being planned for either February or April. The appeal went well and the outcome was positive.

 

PTO Report

Meeting canceled due to snow day

 

Strategic Plan Committee Reports

Finance Committee – Bridgette Carr

Meeting scheduled for 2/1/18

 

Governance Committee – Megan Masson-Minock

Discussed revised goal for director’s evaluation as well as parent survey preparation . Policy manual draft policy to be completed by 2/8/18

 

Communications/Outreach Committee – Andy Sheibar

Social media manager needed. One person, either full or part time tbd, needs to be in charge of managing social media presence.

PTO website redesign requested, however this is not the same as what is being done to the HC website, so this will not be possible.

Communications Plan Draft submitted. Shows guidance, and feedback from community. Document is fluid and being changed and updated as necessary. This could be a potential board spotlight for next month’s meeting. The majority of the meeting was focused on how to improve email communications.

 

Sustainability Committee – Barnaby Pung

Largely worked on Megan’s review which has been completed. Al will provide a high level summary at the next board meeting. The two main focus points were on the necessity of the position and assessing the level Megan’s overall success at the position.

Plans to have a storytelling event as a fundraiser hosted at Washtenaw Community College were discussed. The idea is based off an event that was held in New York City. This event would also help to create more community awareness about Honey Creek to those who aren’t familiar with the school. More details to come as the project is created.

 

Old Business

Director’s Evaluation Action Item

Future goals will be returned next month’s meeting

Al presented the self-evaluation and evidence.  His only concern is that there are possibly too many goals, some of the criteria for the goals need to be better specified. For example “become a more active spokesperson for the school and the community.” The criteria and focus areas aren’t clear which makes it difficult to complete the goals.

Board President Megan Masson-Minock:

  • reviewed the self-evaluation and evidence for each domain, allowing for comment and asking for consensus on score for each performance indicator.  All scores were accepted by a complete consensus of the Board by a show of hands.
  • calculated an overall professional practice score of 90% with a correlating rating of highly effective.
  • reviewed evidence provided on student growth.  A score of 4 was the consensus of the Board, by a show of hands.  
  • reviewed evidence provided on progress toward district-wide goals.  A score of 3 was the consensus of the Board, by a show of hands.
  • calculated an overall evaluation score based on professional practice, progress towards district-wide goals and student growth of 91% with a correlating rating of highly effective.

Vote for completion of year end evaluation of superintendent and score:  approved 7-0 by roll call vote.

 

New Business

Letter of Agreement Re; Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Action Item

Arrangement made to have Deaf/HOH students to be enrolled at Honey Creek, financial compensation is to be given per student according to the amount of time each student spends in the classrooms. Funds from a grant given to the Deaf/HOH services will be used to pay Honey Creek.

Motion to approve the letter of agreement as written passes unanimously 7:0

 

Board Kudos

Thank you to everyone that helped to make a successful Curriculum Night and Enrollment meetings.

 

Preparation for Board Communications

Al’s Director Evaluation will be shared through HBON

Formalized letter of agreement   

Coming Meetings/Events

Public Participation: None

Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 6:37pm

Literacy Committee News March 2018

March is Reading Month

We kicked off March is Reading Month with an all building DEAR Event, (Drop Everything and Read) on Friday, March 2nd.  The event began with an all building announcement and Readers Pledge led by Jerrod from High Point.

The month offers many exciting activities.  Please refer to the March is Reading Month calendar that came home in your child’s backpack on Friday, March 2nd.  The activities are not mandatory but we hope that your child will participate in at least a few of them.  We are also offering lending libraries throughout the school to give students at all levels some new and interesting reading material.  If you have any age appropriate books that are no longer needed in your home, consider dropping them off in the A Wing Centrum or front hallway in the donation boxes setup for collection.

Happy reading everyone!

The Honey Creek/ High Point  Literacy Committee —

HCCS Foundation News March 2018

Hello Community,

Keep your eye out for the Foundation’s Pi Day Report on 3.14.

Also, our Board would welcome new members!  We are looking for a Treasurer as well as any member of the HCCS community interested in contributing to financial sustainability efforts for our school. Please contactinfo@honeycreekfoundation.org.

 

Thanks!

PTO News March 2018

The PTO is delighted that all of our kids now have access to a new drinking fountain and water bottle filler in the cafeteria. This is all do to the contributions of two eighth grade class gifts and the 2017 walk and run a thon donations. This can now be chalked up to a goal achieved!

Also, if you are walking by the PTO hallway boards, we have posted a thank you card from all the teachers for the funds they received this school year. Your support matters!

We are still looking for a replacement for PTO secretary for next year. It would be helpful if you could attend a couple meetings this year.

Also, Sandi needs a Scrip assistant ASAP that would handle the PayPal payments.

Thanks,

Alison, Anne, Carla, Janet

After School Programs Update March 2018

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

ON-SITE EXTENDED DAY STUDENT CARE WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE FOLLOWING EARLY DISMISSAL DAYS: 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: March 26th-30th; May 28th; and June 13th.

 

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 (3/14-3/21) Chess K-8 (1/18-3/15) Girl Scouts 4-5
Cub Scouts K-8 Swim Lessons K-8 (2/6-5/15) FH K-3 (2/7-3/7) Spanish K-8     

(til 5/17)

Aerial Silks 4-8 (10/9-5/14)- Full Italian K-8 (1/16-4/10) FH Rec&Ed 3-6 (Apr 5-Jun 7) Homework Club K-8 (11/9-5/10)
Jazz Band (2/5-5/21) Theatre 4-8 (1/23-4/21)- Full Theatre 4-8 (1/23-4/21) – Full
Basketball 5-8 (2/20-3/20) Girls on the Run 3-8 (3/6-5/17)
Girls on the Run 3-8 (3/6-5/17)

 

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, Jedi Academy, Juggling, Knitting, Korean, Open Swim, Orchestra, Personal Training, Photography, Pilates, R.E.C.E.S.S., Rock Band, Rocks & Robots, Rockets, Sewing, Skateboarding, 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 HAS BEGUN! Please keep our fabulous camp with field trips, daily swimming, flexible scheduling, and specialty camps on your list of summer fun.  Although we work hard to keep our camp affordable, did you know that any and all excess summer camp funds directly support our school? 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!

 

Director’s Note March 2018

Dear Community,

 

Spring is always a busy time, and this year will not be an exception. March kicks off the state assessment season. Students who qualify as English Language Learners will be participating in the WIDA this month, and on April 9th through May 4th, fifth and eighth grade students will be assessed with the M-STEP. Grades three, four, six, and seven will take the M-STEP between April 30th and May 25th.  Kindergarten, first, and second grade students will take the Early Literacy and Mathematics Benchmark Assessment between April 9th and May 25th. As testing dates grow closer, your child’s teacher will provide you with the actual class schedule.

 

While you may still see Tracy Cummings on campus, she is no longer providing Speech and Language service for Honey Creek. I hope that you will join me in wishing her the best as she resumes utilizing her talents as a full-time mom. Ursula Anderson has joined us as our Speech and Language Pathologist. Ursula has experience in both hospital and educational settings, and earned her MA at Wayne State University. Please join me in welcoming Ursula to Honey Creek.

 

Finally, I’d like to remind you that our annual talent show will take place from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday, March 16. Please remember that dinner will not be served this year.

 

Best,

 

Al

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