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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

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


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:

Girl Scouts  K-3 ACH 2-8


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/



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 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!
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. 



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


  • 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.



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!



Board News December 2017

Honey Creek Community School
Board of Trustees Meeting
October 25, 2017
Board Members Present: Wayne Millette, Victoria Bennett, Megan Masson-Minock, Melanie Hagan, Barnaby Pung, Matthias Kirch, Bryan Cole
Staff and Community Members Present: Al Waters, Shellee Almquist, Megan Rodgers, Mary Bassett, Karen Giltrow, Sue Hofbauer
Public Participation: None
Board Spotlight: 2016-2017 Audit Review 
Al Waters gave a power point presentation reviewing the 2016-2017 Honey Creek Community School Audit. Discussion included the question on whether or not Yeo & Yeo might help with the backing up of Quickbooks and Retirement. Shellee Almquist replied they would not. Megan Masson-Minock requested Shellee Almquist to let her know if she needed any help. Fund Balance is at $534,000. Review Honey Creek Form 990 and 8879-EO Al Waters asked the board to read section B #15 Policy before the November 29, 2017 board meeting. It will be on the November agenda under Old Business.
Director’s Report
Written report in board packet. Facilities Al Waters reviewed the remodeling recommendations sent to the ISD for the B-Wing, C-Wing, and the D&A corridor and noted the remodeling will happen in stages and would take two to three years. Discussion followed.
School Finance Research Collaborative 
Al Waters participated on the Very Small School District Panel for the School Finance Research Collaborative on October 17th and 18th. The panel came up with how many FTE staff it would take to run a small, general education school, a preschool, and a school for high risk students by percentage of high risk students and special needs students. Final report due in January and will be shared with the board.
Terra Nova testing for 3rd through 8th graders will begin early November. Wayne Millette congratulated Al Waters on Honey Creek’s Terra Nova test scores being higher than surrounding schools. A hand out on the Spring M-STEP 2016-17 proficiency rate comparison results were reviewed with the board. Significant changes to the Spring 2018 M-Step will include:
– Removal of all performances tasks in ELA grades 3,4, 6 and 7
– Removal of short constructed response items in ELA for all grade levels
– Addition of writing a text analysis in ELA for all grade levels
– Assessing science in 5th and 8th grades (change from 4th and 7th)
– All students in grade 5th and 8th will participate in a science field test (replaces an operational test)
Al reported Federal funds are coming our way. A new grant Title 4 $10,000 and Title 3 $3,000 with focus on climate and openness in the school.
Faculty Liaison
No report.
Foundation Liaison 
Melanie Hagan noted they are hiring a part-time bookkeeper and that she will be reviewing the contract. Letters will be going out to to the community in November, Spring and the beginning of the next school year.
PTO Report
Written report in board packet. Barnaby Pung reviewed the report that included the following:
• PTO is interested in seeing the Strategic Plan
• PTO discussed grants and how to write them
• Passed a budget that included $10,000 for teachers to buy materials for their classrooms that can be used over the next several years
• Al Waters was asked about the school’s start time and converting the pool from chlorine to salt water. WISD has no plans to do that.
Strategic Plan Reports
Finance Committee
Committee did not meet.
Governance Committee
Written report in board packet. Bryan Cole noted the Director’s Evaluation will be on the November agenda. Melanie Hagan mentioned the upcoming MASB Director Evaluation conference for any board members interested.
Megan Rodgers attended the meeting and shared the committee is looking at putting together a sample communication plan for emails, newsletter and other communications.
Sustainability Committee
Barnaby Pung noted the committee is moving forward on their 90 day goals. Combining 1 & 2 organizational comparisons with draft recommendations for the meeting.
Facilities Committee
No report.
Old Business
New Business
2017-2018 Strategic Plan 
Wayne Millette moved to accept the 2017-2018 Strategic Plan supported by Bryan Cole. Motion was approved by all board members present.
Board Kudos
• Families and Staff who participated in the grade level Popsicle Socials
• Angie Tracey and all the parents and staff who helped with the Run-A-Thon and especially to all of the students who worked so hard to raise money for the school
• Teachers, parents and students for participating in conferences, and to the families who contributed food for the teachers on conference days and special thanks to Marolyn Valenzuela for organizing and cleaning up
• Everyone involved with the Fall Festival and Harvest Dinner, especially Sherry MacKay, Julie de Jong, Jody Klein, Sarah Hakala, Ann Kovacs, Ilia Mantle, Mary Johnson and Buddy Paul
• Shellee Almquist for coaching Field Hockey
• Carla DeVries for organizing the Menchie’s fundraiser and all who supported the fundraiser
• Megan Rodgers for sending out daily emails to the community for the “Tools for Schools” $1,000 from Old National Bank and to all the Honey Creek families who participated
• Honey Creek Teachers for all their hard work with students contributing to good M-STEP scores.
Meeting was adjourned at 7:00p.m.

PTO News December 2017

We are excited for the winter concert in a couple weeks. Also, don’t forget to take the time to appreciate our wonderful teachers and staff this holiday season. All the room parents collections and the Friday bagel collections are available over the next few weeks.
The Wellness Committee’s mindfulness offerings continue to grow! So far this year, all 2/3 students, some K/1 students, and two groups of middle school students have received mindfulness training in the classroom. Ten interested teachers and classroom support staff are being trained in mindfulness fundamentals. On Dec. 1st, Grace Helms Kotre offered a one-hour “Intro to Mindfulness” presentation for interested parents. The group discussed how mindfulness can be useful for children and parents, strategies for stress-relief and focusing, and ideas for future mindfulness offerings for our community.

The Committee is also trying something new!  We are going to pick a few books we’d like to read and discuss as a parent group over the year. We met in November to informally discuss Part 1 of the Middle School Makeover by Michelle Icard. We’re planning to meet at Panera Bread on Jackson Rd. on Wednesday, January 17, at 7:30PM, to discuss Part 2. We hope that many of you can join us – it isn’t necessary to have read the book, in order to contribute to the discussion! We welcome book suggestions for discussion in future months as well.
Happy Holiday’s from the PTO,
Alison, Ann, Janet, Carla and Committies
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