MacGregor's Message 4/29/2022 


Dear Families,


Today marks the end of another successful Senior Survivor week. This year's Senior Survivors raised $228,828 to support the completion of the Senior Survivor Playground at Genoa Township Park. Aidan Ralko was named this year's winner and ultimate survivor. A groundbreaking for Senior Survivor Playground is scheduled for May 20, 2022. To view an update on the plan for and status of the Senior Survivor Playground, please visit https://bit.ly/3MDpWNB. To read more about this year's competition, please visit https://bit.ly/3OOl9uu


Wednesday was Administrative Professionals Day. Our administrative professionals play many important roles in each of our schools and departments. With a "can-do" attitude, they ensure that questions are answered, students are cared for, teachers have supplies, and so much more. I am truly grateful for all of their hard work and hope you will take the time to thank the administrative professionals in your child's school the next time you see them. 


Our archery teams have had an incredible season thus far. At the state tournaments for both bullseye and 3D, several of our teams had top-five finishes, and one of the high school teams was named the Reserve State Champions. Additionally, we had several students earn medals and top ten finishes. Based on their performances at the state tournaments, teams from Howell High School, both middle schools, Challenger, Southwest, and Three Fires will compete at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) - 2022 Eastern Nationals Competition in Louisville, Ky., May 12-14. In addition to competing at various NASP events, members of the high school teams also help support our high school Unified Archery team. The Unified Team participated in their first tournament last Friday, where they competed against archers from the Fowlerville Unified Team. The archery programs would not be possible without the support of our fantastic team of coaches and staff members. To read more about our archery programs and the national event, please visit https://bit.ly/3kmeWrI.  


Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Each day, I am inspired by the dedication of our incredible teachers. The past two school years have been very hard, but our teachers have risen to the challenges. They have found new and innovative ways to support students both in-person and virtually. They have continued to advocate for our students, and most importantly, they have continued to show our students that we are here for them, that they are cared for, and that they are important. Please join me in celebrating our teachers and thank them for their unwavering dedication to our students and families.


Next Friday, May 6, is National School Lunch Hero Day. Our food service staff are some of the real unsung heroes of our district. Each day they prepare tasty and healthy meals, follow state and national nutritional standards, plan menus and place food orders. This year, they have also dealt with food shortages and supply chain issues. Yet, they always seem upbeat and provide outstanding service with a smile to our students. To our Food Service staff members, thank you for everything you do.


Each year the district conducts a family and a staff perception survey. The data from these surveys help inform the district's work and allow us to gauge how our stakeholders view our performance. One group that we have not administered a perception survey to is our students. I strongly believe that students should have a voice in their education. To that end, starting the week of May 9, we will be launching two student perception surveys, one for fifth grade students and one for secondary students. The goal of these surveys is to see how students feel the district is doing in key areas. As a partner in your child's education, we wanted to share the survey questions with families before sending them to students. You can view the elementary student perception survey at https://bit.ly/3vtS4gq and the secondary student perception survey at https://bit.ly/3OPQI7h. If you do not want your child to take this survey, please contact your child’s school. 


Last Friday, Howell High School hosted its annual Decision Day. Decision Day celebrated the graduating class and their post-secondary plans. Members of the Class of 2022 will be attending colleges throughout the country, serving in the armed forces, entering trade school programs, and joining the workforce. To help inspire our younger students to begin thinking about their post-secondary plans, eighth-grade students from both middle schools and fifth-grade students from three of the elementary schools attended the celebration. To read more about Decision Day and view pictures from the event, please visit https://bit.ly/38GlRty


LACASA's Child Abuse Council is hosting a Call to Action Conference on Tuesday, May 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This year's conference is titled "The Truth About Trafficking: Understanding Misconceptions and How We Can Respond in Livingston County." The conference will address misconceptions and myths about human trafficking as well as the facts, how to recognize trafficking, and the impacts of trafficking. There is a $20 fee to attend the event. To register, please visit https://bit.ly/39fror2.  


Please remember that next Friday, May 6, is a half-day of school. Secondary students will be released at 10:50 a.m., and elementary students will be dismissed at 12:05 p.m. After school, bus routes will run approximately three and a half hours earlier than normal, and our younger elementary students must be met at the bus stop by an adult or older sibling.


Sincerely,

Erin J. MacGregor, Ed.S

Superintendent

Howell Public Schools

Posted by gouldt On Fri, Apr 29, 2022 at 4:04 PM  

 
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