Saline High School News

February 2020

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Saline High School families,

As you have probably heard, racist remarks were made on a social media platform last week that has victimized students here at Saline High School. These actions have impacted all of us. There are feelings of broken trust, uncertainty, and a general uneasiness throughout our building.

I stand with the administration and staff at the high school and throughout the district in addressing offensive and insensitive comments as they arise in our schools and community. We must be vigilant in our efforts to stomp out hatred, prejudice, and racism. They have no place in our schools. I am so proud of the many students who have stood up at board meetings, classrooms, hallways and on social media to make every effort to stomp out all hatred, prejudice, and racism.

Over the past several years, we have established a District Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, worked with our local intermediate school district to train teachers and administrators on social justice practices, and taken a number of steps to support a more culturally inclusive curriculum in Saline High School. We have organized opportunities for students to have a voice and provide input.

If you are looking for guidance on how to challenge insensitive comments, please start with Mr. Graden’s blog post, re-shared on Monday evening:

With Hornet Pride,

David Raft

This is the message that the students received from me last Friday.

“Good Morning

I say this often, I am proud to be the Saline High School Principal. It is you, the students, who make me so proud. Often, I have the opportunity to talk with students, hear your ideas, your concerns and various viewpoints. And, every time I am so impressed with your maturity.

So, today I want to start off by apologizing that it has taken me a few days to reach out to the student body during this challenging time.

As you have probably heard, this past Sunday several of our students made racist remarks that have victimized students here at Saline High School. These actions have impacted all of us, even making many students feel unsafe within our school. As your principal, I speak for the administrative team and SHS staff, when I say that this will not be condoned or tolerated at Saline High School.

We don’t have all the answers, but we are committed to inclusive practices where ALL students feel welcome in the halls of Saline High School. We will be working on improving our communication and listening to YOUR voice, our student body, as we continue to move towards change. In the next week, we will be offering opportunities for students to express their opinions, ask questions and provide feedback so that your voice is heard. We will gather your input on how we can create trust and build a vision for the future of Saline High School that supports ALL of our students.

We must remember that our school is comprised of a diverse student body and it is those differences that make us stronger. Learning to appreciate and value differences among our student body…...will serve us far beyond our years at Saline High School, and well into adulthood as we enter this global society. We draw strength each day from these diverse views and experiences that each one of us brings to Saline High School.

We do have many support avenues for you if you feel you need to talk to someone. I encourage you to reach out to your counselor, a teacher, administrator, a coach or even a friend.

Our words and behavior have an impact far beyond the walls of our school. We need to be thoughtful about what we say and the actions we take. Conduct yourself in ways that continue to make you, your family, your school and your community proud. We need to come together even more now then we have in the past.

I am so proud of the many students who have stood up at board meetings, classrooms, hallways and on social media to make every effort to stomp out all hatred, prejudice and racism.

As we move forward, we must come together and make the intentional decision to be better tomorrow than we are today. Thank you Mr. Raft”


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BWW Spirit Bracket Challenge

The Spirit Bracket challenge is a fundraising challenge through BWW which helps schools raise money! Schools compete against another school on their designated day, and BWW will donate 20% of sales back to SHS! If we win the day, we move on until 2 schools remain on April 13. The school who wins the final challenge wins an extra $2500 ON TOP of everything else they have raised.

Please support Saline High School in Round 1 against Forsythe Middle School by eating at BWW on Monday, 2/10 at 3150 Boardwalk Dr. location (across from Briarwood Mall.)

Show the flyer on your phone, or simply let the server or bartender know you are there for the fundraiser. It also works for take out sales, but not for retail (bottles of sauce or gift cards.)

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Attention Juniors:

All Juniors will take an official SAT as part of the MME (Michigan Merit Examination) on April 14, 2020. This is a reportable score for colleges. There is no fee for students for this April 2020 sitting of the SAT nor is there a need to register. All juniors are required by the State of Michigan to take the SAT in April 2020. There will be announcements notifying students of the dates, times, and location of testing.

Also, NEW for the 2020-2021 school year, SHS is partnering with Washtenaw Community College to offer a Trimester 3 option (next year) for those students who have met graduation requirements. Click here to view a quick slide presentation about this new opportunity!

SHS College Fair 2020

The Saline High School College Fair will be held on April 15, 2020 from 6:00-7:30 in the main gym at Saline High School. The event is geared towards sophomore and junior students and their families. There will be roughly 80 schools in attendance and it is a great way for students to meet with admissions representatives and begin to explore the college selection process.

College 101

College 101 is an event for junior students and their families. This event will be held on May 6, 2020 from 6:00-7:00 in the Saline High School Commons. At this event, the Saline High School Counselors will discuss the college application process and share resources on where to find things, how to complete them, and when to complete them. Topics include: college search, college applications, financial aid, scholarships, the Common App, transcripts, test scores, NCAA Eligibility, timelines, letters of recommendation, etc.

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There will be no schedule changes for Trimester 3 for this 2019-2020 school year.

2020 - 2021 Course Scheduling Information

The high school counselors are meeting with students to plan for course scheduling for the 2020-2021 school year. Each class will have a CLASS MEETING where the course selection materials will be distributed.

Students are to review the materials with their parents, log into PowerSchool and input their course selections during their Class Open Enrollment Window.

Students will receive their assigned appointment times at their respective class meetings (see Class Meeting schedules below) and should plan to arrive on time in the Guidance Office for their individual appointments.

Students should carefully choose their classes as the opportunity for schedule changes will be very limited. Below is the schedule that will be followed:

Junior Class of 2021 - for Senior Course Selection:

  • Class meeting to share scheduling materials and process – Wednesday, January 8 – Hornet Time (10:10-10:39)

  • Open enrollment window – Wednesday, January 8 – Sunday, January 12

  • Student appointments Monday, January 13 thru Wednesday, February 5

Sophomore Class of 2022 - for Junior Course Selection:

  • Class meeting Wednesday, January 22, SWWC Meeting – Hornet Time (10:10-10:39)
    and Wednesday, January 29, to share scheduling materials and process – Hornet Time (10:10-10:39)

  • Open enrollment window – Wednesday, January 29 – Wednesday, February 5

  • Student appointments Thursday, February 6 thru Friday, February 21

Freshman Class of 2023- for Sophomore Course Selection:

  • Class meeting to share scheduling materials and process – Wednesday, February 19 – Hornet Time (10:10-10:39)

  • Open enrollment window – Wednesday, February 19 – Sunday, February 23

  • Student appointments Monday, February 24 thru Tuesday, March 3

Eighth Grade Class of 2024 - for Freshman Course Selection:

  • Class meeting at Saline Middle School to share scheduling materials and process – Tuesday, February 18 – 3rd period (11:00 am) in SMS Auditorium
  • Open enrollment window: Tuesday, February 18 thru Sunday, March 1

Local Scholarships for SENIORS

Local Scholarship information was passed out at the senior meeting in January. Hard copies of the scholarship information can be found in the Guidance office or you can access the information on the website under the Guidance tab and then click on Financial Aid and Scholarships. Local Scholarship Online Applications are to be submitted online by 3:00 pm Friday, February 28th. No exceptions!


Naviance is a college and career exploration tool for all Saline High School students. Login information can be found on the schedule that students picked up in August. Students can view their Family Connection page The user name is the student's SHS username and password is their student number. Counselors are working with each grade level on college and career preparation.

Transcript Requests

All high school transcripts will be issued electronically.

Current students and alumni need to go to to create an account.

To view a tutorial on setting up a parchment account, please go to Once you have created an account, then request your transcript from Saline High School and then send it to your destinations and continue on to checkout. Please note that the Parchment Transcript does NOT contain any standardized testing scores. Test scores need to be sent directly from the testing agency. Go to (ACT) or (SAT) to request these scores.

SAT Testing

All Juniors will take the official SAT and ACT WorkKeys tests on April 14 and April 15, 2020 respectively. This is a reportable SAT score for colleges. There is no fee to students for this April 2020 sitting of the SAT nor is there a need to register. All Juniors are required by the State of Michigan to take the SAT and the ACT WorkKeys in April 2020 as a part of the graduation requirements. In addition, on April 16, Juniors will take the MStep tests in the morning. There will be announcements notifying students of the date, times, and locations of testing.


On Tuesday, April 14, Freshmen (PSAT 9), and Sophomores (PSAT 10) will participate in a practice PSAT testing. Prior to this day, students will be notified of their room assignments. Students should report directly to their assigned testing rooms by the 7:50 am bell as usual.

National Testing Information (SAT and ACT)

Please check the websites below for updates on test dates as well as additional test dates/times and late registration deadlines. Dates are subject to change without notice and it is the responsibility of the student to review the websites for updates. For more information please see:


ACT information:

The testing schedules and registraton schedules are below:

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Michigan College Guide

The Michigan College Guide for Fall 2019 is now available online in hard copy in the Guidance office and online at This comprehensive publication offers a profile of each public and private four-year college in Michigan.

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What else is happening around SHS?

Saline DECA members attend the District Conference held at EMU

On January 9, 2020, fifty-nine Saline DECA members attended the District Conference held at EMU. This conference provided students an opportunity to implement the Marketing curriculum in a role-play scenario/presentation that was judged by business and community members. In addition, the students took a marketing competency test and that score, along with the role-play results, were averaged together in order to determine who advanced to the next level of competition.

Thirty-eight students were called on stage and recognized for their high competency exam and/or role-play score and thirty-two of those students qualified to attend the State Career Development Conference held in March in downtown Detroit. Way to go Saline DECA! (See the team photo below).

DECA in a nationally recognized program that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Through DECA, students are academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible and experienced leaders. Follow Saline DECA on Twitter: @Saline_DECA

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To order a yearbook:

Did you order your 2020 Salinian Yearbook yet? Visit: to purchase your book today.

Please email the yearbook staff at with any questions you may have.

New! Technical Math course coming in 2020-2021

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Saline Orchestras Pre-Festival concert will feature guest conductor, Dr. Michael Hopkins

The Saline Orchestras Pre-Festival concert, on February 18th, will feature guest conductor and composer, Dr. Michael Hopkins of the University of Michigan. Dr. Hopkins is a leading pedagogue, conducting and giving clinics across the country, and his music for string orchestra is widely performed. Dr. Hopkins will be conducting works he has composed for string orchestra providing our students the invaluable opportunity of working with a composer to bring their work to the stage.

The Saline Chamber and Symphony Orchestras will be performing works by Beethoven, Bizet, Brahms, Stephan, and Hopkins. The Symphony Orchestra performs the enchanting "Fantasia on a 17th Century Tune" and a string orchestra arrangement of Beethoven's famous "Ode to Joy," arranged by Michael Hopkins. The Chamber Orchestra is excited to be joined by select Wind Ensemble members for "Tragic Overture" and two movements of the "L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2." This program will be repeated in performance at the Michigan Stage Band and Orchestra Association District Orchestra Festival for adjudication.

Join the Saline High School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras for a FREE concert on Tuesday, February 18th at 7pm.

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