Huskie Highlights

Hemlock & K.C. Ling Elementary Newsletter

Big picture

Our Own Huskie Heroes!

Distance Learning Shout Outs

As we continue on with distance learning for the remainder of the year, we are going to start celebrating the efforts of our Huskies. Each week we will recognize students that are "rocking remote learning!" Here is the next round of shout outs sent in from classroom teachers.
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture


Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families that are now dealing with the flooding in our local areas. The Hemlock High School served as a shelter to many in need of assistance in the last few days. The outpouring of support was overwhelming. Thank you to all of the volunteers and everyone who made donations. We are thankful and blessed to be a part of such a great community. HUSKIE PROUD!!!

Hemlock Food Service Rocks!!!


The end of the "remote learning" school year is coming!

The last day of school is scheduled for Friday, June 5th. We are planning to have a last day parade where students can drop off Chromebooks, textbooks, library books, etc. This will also be a time for them to see their teachers, from 6 ft. away of course. The times will be staggered by grade level. Look for more information to come out soon!

4th Grade T-Shirt Orders

The following is a link to order class t-shirts for the fourth graders:

This shirt can be ordered through Sandlot Sports & picked up at K.C. Ling when the orders are in. There is a parent option, too, if you are interested in ordering an adult shirt.

*We are still planning a Fourth Grade Farewell when it becomes safe for us to gather in a larger group.

Congratulations, Mr. Chase!

Hemlock Public School District is pleased to announce that Joshua Chase has been selected as the new Hemlock Middle School Principal pending Board of Education approval for the 2020-21 school year.

The district received a lot of interest from qualified candidates and went through a rigorous interview process which included a digital screener, face to face interview, and finalists were greeted by a panel of nine, comprised of building staff, administrators, parents, and board members.

Board President Dr. Ellison said, "I couldn't be more excited for Mr. Chase and the district. Josh has earned the respect of his peers and students as a teacher, and will, undoubtedly, be a top-notch leader as a principal."

Mr. Chase will be a familiar face to many of our parents, students, and community members. He is a long-time Hemlock Public School District staff member as the 5th-12th grade band director and multi-media teacher.

Superintendent Killingbeck, himself a band parent, shares the loss, yet excitement with students, parents, and the community stating, “Director Chase is an excellent educator and one of the finest band directors in the State of Michigan. Under his leadership, the program has blossomed and grown to include nearly 1 out of 4 Hemlock High School students. We are, however, confident that both the band and the Middle School will move forward in a positive direction.”

Chase has a professional portfolio of experience, which includes 17 years as a classroom teacher, and has served in the leadership capacity within the school district, as a coach, Director of Summer Recreation, a union negotiator, as well as the district’s band director.

New Middle School Principal Joshua Chase said, “I will forever cherish my time as the leader of the Hemlock Band. However, I am very excited about this new challenge in my career. I am ready to get to work in my new position where I hope to have an even bigger reach of the student body”.

Mr. Chase received his Bachelor of Arts in Education, in Music Education from Anderson University and went on to receive his Master of Education, in 2020 in Educational Technology Leadership from Lamar University. He is excited to work with the amazing group of middle school teachers and support staff at Hemlock and looks forward to leading the Huskie pack.

Superintendent Don Killingbeck said, “We are fortunate to have had such a wonderful pool of candidates. Mr. Chase was at the top of the list. His experience, credentials, and leadership are top-notch.”

After getting settled into his position, Principal Chase plans on focusing on strengthening relationships, continuous improvements that are in place such as curriculum development, behavior support (PBIS/PAWS), developing student leadership, and focusing on student needs.

Have you accessed the Huskie Hub?

Big picture
Huskie Hub

Click on the button to access Hemlock Public School District's Distance Learning Hub. This is a "one-stop-shop" for all your learning needs.

WiFi Access Added

Students’ Chromebooks will connect automatically. Family members can connect by agreeing to the district’s acceptable use policy and by entering their email address.


WiFi can be accessed from the High School in three locations:

  • North parking lot – between the gym and stand concession stand
  • Front parking lot
  • South parking lot

Hemlock Elementary School – in the east parking lot.

Hemlock Middle School – in the south parking lot.

Ling Elementary School – in the main parking lot.

The WiFi signal is really solid and will appear as “HPS_PSK2” for student devices and “HPS_Public” for others.

Raucholz Memorial Library Summer Library Challenge is coming soon!

Big picture

Remember Local Businesses

Our local businesses often help us with many things throughout the year. They donate their time and money to many sports teams (youth through high school age), drama clubs, and robotics teams just to name a few. Don't forget about them during this time. Many of them are closed now due to the "Stay at Home" order from Governor Whitmer, but many of our local restaurants are still open for take-out/delivery.

Farmer's Home Tavern - 989-642-2546

Frosty Freezer - 989-297-2482

Jenn's Place - 989-301-0345

Mama Mia's Pizzeria - 989-642-6420

Maple Grill - 989-233-2895

#hemlockproud #hemlockstrong #supportlocal #shoplocal

Virtual Story Time

Rauchholz Memorial Library will be offering virtual storytime every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. To join, visit the Rauchholz Memorial Library Facebook page.
Big picture


Age of Learning is providing you with free at-home access to their online learning programs ABCmouse, Adventure Academy, and ReadingIQ while school is closed. These research-based educational programs include thousands of digital learning activities, and they can help preschool, pre-k, elementary, and middle school students keep learning while schools are closed. All three programs can be used on computers, tablets, and smartphones, and you can add up to three children per account. To redeem your free subscription, please follow the directions below.
Big picture