Hemlock High School


Week 13 Update (11/19/20)

This is our 13th week of the 2020-2021 school year. It remains our goal to provide you with regular updates.

Our team has developed a COVID-19 Dashboard that has data updates in real-time and a location that brings pertinent information together into an easy to access place.

Parents, please do not send children to a school that has any sickness symptoms, cough, fever, etc. Sending children that are sick to school places our face-to-face instruction program at risk and creates inconvenience for you when we have to send your child home prior to the end of the school day.

At this time, we are reviewing Monday, November 30th, and Tuesday, December 1st as potential remote learning days for students in grades K-8 and will communicate in next week's update regarding these two days.

We need everyone to continue to do their part by doing daily health screeners, keeping sick children home, and following the 3 W's: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance.

We can currently report that we have had two students test positive for COVID-19 that generated close contact situations since my last update.

We continue to follow our return to learn plan and guidance from the health department, the department of education, and other oversight that has been provided.

Please continue to encourage your child to utilize our free breakfast and lunch program for all; it makes your morning easier knowing that breakfast and lunch are already taken care of.

Please rest assured if there are any concerns specific to you or your children that either a building principal or myself will contact you directly.

All the best,

Don Killingbeck, Supt.

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PSA Contest

Student Public Service Announcement Contest. The only rule is there are no rules! However, winners will need to be school appropriate. Submit your entry to your building principal via email gensch@hemlockps.com, chase@hemlockps.com, or green@hemlockps.com by November 30th.
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Hemlock Apparel Holiday 2020

Thank you for supporting the Holiday 2020 Hemlock apparel fundraiser sale put on by the Class of 2021.

Orders are expected to be delivered to the school on or after December 14th. Please choose grade level at check out. Please be advised, if school is all virtual you will need to pick up your order from Sandlot Sports on State Street in Saginaw.

Please be sure you receive an email confirmation after placing your order to be sure it was processed. There are NO returns/exchanges on custom online apparel.

Please email Erin Clayton with questions, erinclayton@sjss301.com


If you have any questions about sizing on a product, please contact us before placing your order.


Athletic Department Fundraiser

Looking to get a jump on Christmas presents? The Hemlock Athletic Department is holding a water bottle fundraiser now until winter break.

These water bottles/tumblers come in navy or pink and can be customized with a jersey # or first name on the front and a last name on the back. This keeps others from guessing who's bottle is who's.

Samples are available in the high school office to view. There is a quick turn around on the orders so no waiting for weeks or months to get your order back. All order forms should be turned into the high school office as well.

DEADLINE TO ORDER: December 11th

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Senior Photos DUE

Your senior photos for the yearbook are due by December 4th. There is a link under "classwork" in the Student Services Google classroom. See Mrs. Netzley if you have questions - netzley@hemlockps.com.

Upcoming Events


Wednesday, November 25th


Thursday, November 26th


- Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 27th


Wednesday, December 9th

- Both Teams Return

Friday, December 11th

- All Students Remote

Friday, December 18th

- All Students Remote

Important Upcoming Dates:

- December 16th - Tentative Winter Band Concert

- December 19th thru January 3rd - Winter Break



Hemlock’s Huskie Pack powered ahead with the fall sports season, amongst many uncertainties with COVID-19 concerns and requirements. The Hemlock Huskies Athletic Department fielded 14 competitive teams with athletes in grades 5-12, hosting 55 competitive events, and on the road to 68 events.

Principal and Athletic Director Keith Green said, “We had a great fall season, it was good for our student-athletes to be engaged in physical activity and sharing common experiences with teammates.”

Varsity Cross Country (boys & girls) coached by Terry Keyser, had 17 athletes & MS Cross Country (boys & girls) coached by Hannah Watson, had 19 athletes: The varsity girls team placed 3rd and the Varsity boys placed 6th in the TVC Overall Championships. Chloe Watson qualified for the state final for the second year in a row.

Varsity Football coached by Adam Clark, and JV Football coached by Tristen Siler & Tyler Zolinski, had 43 athletes: Varsity Football had an undefeated season and ended their season in the district final.

Varsity Soccer coached by Joe Wardlow, and JV Soccer coached by Jay Reidsma, had 23 athletes: The varsity team finished 2nd in the conference with an 11-4 record and ended their season in the district final.

Varsity Tennis coached by Chad Ludwig, with 15 athletes: Max Hauffe ended his senior year with a perfect record of 16-0. The team finished 5-5-3 in the regular season.

Varsity Volleyball coached by Pete Salo, JV Volleyball coached by Caitlin Boehler, and Freshmen Volleyball coached by Julia Striech, teamed 32 athletes. MS Volleyball coached by Noreen Zastrow & Diana Martinez, had 24 athletes: Volleyball had to overcome gym closures early in the season. The teams practiced outside in a variety of weather, but the students and coaches carried on without complaint. The varsity team had some noteworthy wins against Carrollton and St. Louis.

“We witnessed an amazing level of teamwork this fall with great things happening on the competition field and in the classrooms,” said Superintendent Killingbeck.

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Community Info

Annual Hemlock Hometown Holiday's Celebration

Friday, Dec. 4th, 4-7pm

Richland Township Park

Holiday Market in Big Red Barn at the Richland Twp. Park 4-7pm

Gazebo Lighting (Gratiot next to Hemlock Veterinary) - 7pm

Toys for Tots

Once again Hemlock High School is a drop-off location for Toys for Tots. New, unwrapped toys can be brought to the front lobby of the high school during office hours, 7am-3:30pm. The collection is through December 11th.

Light Up Hemlock

Saturday, Dec. 5th, 6pm

Richland Twp Community Park

Light Parade - 6pm Line-up at Richland Twp. Park, route will go through main downtown area.
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HBA Third Annual Festival of Wreaths

There are some traditions that even COVID-19 cannot stop! The Hemlock Business Association is excited to announce their third annual Christmas wreath decorating contest and raffle, “Festival of Wreaths”. This tradition is a local favorite.

To purchase tickets, visit local participating businesses or attend the Holiday Market at the Richland Township Park on December 4, 2020 starting at 4:00 p.m. Winners selected at 6:30 p.m., attendance is not required to win. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

(11/16) For those wondering- the December 4th holiday market and wreath raffle are still on. Masks will be required, the pavilion will be closed with heavy curtains but fresh air will still help with keeping a safer area, social distancing will be expected. Thanks and hoping you will join use at this event! We have a number of our regular farmers market vendors as well as several local Hemlock vendors. Woody’s hot dogs will be joining us also.

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Christmas Movie Mania

Today begins Round One of Christmas Movie Mania! Follow the link below to vote for your favorite Christmas movies. This week's winners will face off in Round Two next week!

Vote Here: https://forms.gle/VqC5bxshgmrvLGS46

Rauchholz Memorial Library Update

Due to the current covid situation and restrictions in place, the library is only open for curbside service for the next 3 weeks. This may be extended as things change. Appointments can be made for copies/fax service. We got through this before; working together we will get through it again! #visityourlibrary #community #workingtogether #MyRML
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