MacGregor's Message 9/30/22 
Dear Families,

It has been a great week celebrating Homecoming. Our students have shown their #OneHowell pride during the various spirit days, and I think everyone was very impressed with the high school students’ creativity on “anything but a bag day.” The high school leadership students have done a great job planning the Homecoming Parade, and I am excited for a great evening and presentation of the Homecoming Court.

October is National Principals Month. This is a time to honor and thank our principals for everything they do for our students, families, and community. We are fortunate to have an incredible team of principals who are role models, instructional leaders, mentors, and so much more. In addition to their work in our schools, many of our principals also serve on community organization boards and committees. Over the next month, please be sure to thank your child’s principal for their significant impact on our students.

Next Thursday, October 6, I will be hosting my first Coffee Chat of the school year from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Livingston Educational Service Agency. These informal conversations are an opportunity for us to share updates on the district and allow stakeholders to ask any questions they may have. In addition to general updates on the district, we will also take a closer look at a district initiative or program at each chat. For the first Coffee Chat, we will discuss various systems to support student mental health. To read more about Coffee Chat, please visit

Howell High School senior Mia Vlies has been named a Commended Student in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students are individuals who have placed in the top 50,000 scorers out of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2023 competition by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. To read more about Mia’s accomplishment, please visit

Near the end of the 2021-22 school year, the Challenger Elementary PTO purchased a very special vending machine for the school. This vending machine doesn’t sell snacks but is stocked full of new books. Students earn tokens for the machine by showing positive behaviors at school. This has been a great way to get students excited about reading and reinforce positive behaviors at school.

Erin J. MacGregor, Ed.S.
Howell Public Schools
Posted by gouldt On Fri, Sep 30, 2022 at 2:57 PM  

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