MacGregor's Message 1/26/2024 

Dear Families,

As we conclude an interesting week of weather, I hope this update finds you doing well.

In this edition of MacGregor’s Message:
JROTC Cadet Earns Top Scholarship
Highlander Way Therapy Dog Completes Training
Senior Survivor 2024 Charity
Of the Year Nominations
WHMI Making the Grade
FIRST Tech Challenge Team Featured in Annual Report

Earlier this week, we were notified that John Runyan, a Howell High School senior Cadet Major in the school’s Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) program, has been selected to receive the AFJROTC J-100 Character-in-Leadership Scholarship. The J-100 Scholarship is awarded to 100 cadets nationwide and is a four-year, full-ride scholarship that includes an allowance for housing and books. The J-100 scholarship program honors leadership, citizenship, and diversity and seeks to inspire future leaders to seek careers within the US Air Force and Space Force. This is the second year in a row that one of our cadets has earned this honor, which truly speaks to the high quality of our AFJROTC program. To read more about Cadet Runyan and the scholarship, please visit

Hawk, the Highlander Way Middle School Highlander Hownd Therapy Dog, has completed his training and returned to school to begin his essential role of supporting our students. Both the students and staff are excited to have Hawk back. Hawk will spend the next few weeks acclimating back to the school setting and then will become more visible in the school. I’d like to once again thank Senior Survivor 2023 for supporting the Highlander Hownds program and bringing therapy dogs to each of our schools.

While we continue to see the positive impact of Senior Survivor 2023, the Howell High School Class of 2024 has announced this year’s Senior Survivor Charity. Senior Survivor 2024 will raise funds to support Community Catalysts. This Howell-based non-profit seeks to empower seniors, veterans, people experiencing homelessness, and other low-income people through quality, affordable housing and services. The funds raised by Senior Survivor will support Community Catalysts’ efforts to fight youth homelessness within Livingston County. You can watch the Senior Survivor Charity Reveal Video at

We are currently accepting applications for our 2023-2024 Teacher of the Year and Support Person of the Year awards. These awards honor one teacher and one support staff member for this exceptional work within our district and community. Nominations are due by Friday, February 9, 2024, at 4 p.m. To learn more about the awards or to submit a nomination, please visit

Another excellent opportunity to honor our outstanding instructional staff is through the WHMI Making the Grade award. The WHMI Making the Grade Award honors four exceptional teachers working in the Livingston County Area. The winners receive $800 in fun money, a special WHMI “Making the Grade” Trophy, and a custom coffee mug floral bouquet. To nominate a teacher for this award, please visit and submit your nomination by Friday, February 9.

Team KRASH, one of our middle school FIRST Tech Challenge Teams, was recently featured in the 2023 FIRST Robotics Annual Impact Report. The story highlights the team’s efforts to expand STEM education by creating the “STEM Box,” a new take on “Little Free Library. The “STEM Box” in Downtown Howell houses free STEM kits for elementary-aged students. The story appears on page 15 of the annual report, which can be found at

I hope you all have a great weekend, and Go Highlanders and Go Lions!

Erin J. MacGregor, Ed.S
Howell Public Schools
Posted by gouldt On Fri, Jan 26, 2024 at 2:48 PM  

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