MacGregor's Message 5/3/19 

Dear Families,

Next Tuesday, May 7, our community will vote on the Howell Schools bond proposal. This is a very important vote as the bond would provide much-needed funds to add critical security features to keep students safe, update aging facilities and equipment before they fail, and create 21st-century classrooms to help students succeed. You can read all about the bond proposal at Please, remember to vote on Tuesday, and make sure that all of your friends and neighbors who live in the district vote as well.

Today marked the last day of Senior Survivor 2019, and it was another record-breaking year. Our students and community raised more than $135,000 to support two wonderful organizations, North Star Reach and Julianna's Wishes. North Star Reach is a camp for children facing serious medical challenges, and Julianna's Wishes is an organization founded to honor a member of the Howell Class of 2019 who passed away last year. I am so proud of everyone involved in Senior Survivor. You can read more about this year's fundraiser at

This year, our elementary teachers have been working to implement a new acceleration and enrichment model to support all students. This work has provided exciting learning opportunities for our students such as Wonder Workshop or Project Based Learning as a way to enrich content, interests, and passions of our students. Through this model, we will host our first Elementary Student Spring Showcase on Friday, May 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This showcase provides an outlet for interested students in third through fifth grades to share their project. The event is free and open to the public.

Last weekend, two of our FIRST Robotics Teams competed at the FIRST Robotics World Championship. Our high school team, the S.C.O.T.S. Bots, finished in second place in their division, and Team KAOS, one of our middle school teams, finished in 13th place in their division. Next weekend, 105 students representing all four of our archery teams will travel to Louisville, Kentucky to compete in the National Archery in the Schools Program Eastern National Tournament, which is the world's largest archery tournament. I'd like to wish these students good luck at the tournament.

Last week, Southwest Elementary third grade students attended an Arbor Day Celebration at Howell City Hall. On Wednesday, Howell High School held its third annual College Decision Day. On Thursday, May 16, I will host my final Coffee Chat of the school year. You can read more about each of these items below.


Southwest Students Celebrate Arbor Day

On Friday, April 26 third grade students at Southwest Elementary celebrated Arbor Day at an event hosted by the City of Howell. The students visited Howell City Hall where they helped plant trees, learned about tree care from The Family Tree Doctor, visited with local first responders, and enjoyed hot dog lunch.

HHS Holds College Decision Day

On Wednesday, Howell High School hosted its third annual College Decision Day. The event celebrated the graduating class and their post-secondary education choices. The celebration included a parade of seniors holding signs representing their post-secondary education choices and a guest speaker. Students from Howell High School, Highlander Way and Parker middle schools, Voyager, Hutchings, and Challenger attended to help the seniors celebrate and to help create a college-going culture in the district. To read more about College Decision Day, please visit

Coffee Chat is Thursday, May 16

On Thursday, May 16, I will host my final Coffee Chat of the school year from 9:30 a.m to 10:30 a.m. at the Howell Chamber of Commerce. These informal chats are a great way to hear updates about our district and ask any questions you may have. If your schedule allows, I hope you will consider attending.

Posted by gouldt On Mon, May 06, 2019 at 3:22 PM  

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