Hemlock High School

4/29/20

TVC Honors

Each year, the TVC honors the top three academic achievers from each school. This distinction is based on a combination of GPA and SAT score. Typically a banquet is held in April, but obviously, that was not possible this year. We are pleased to be able to recognize these outstanding academic achievers in this digital format, and we congratulate them on all of their accomplishments and all that awaits them in their bright futures. WTG, Seth Burns, Jonathan Turnipseed, and Hannah Killingbeck! #Classof2020 #huskietastic #since1863

Congratulations!

Hemlock Student Council announced the winners to the two at-home contests they held. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone that particpated.
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District Update

Greetings, Huskie Pack!


In the last several weeks our lives have been turned upside down and inside out. We all are facing the same storm together even if our individual circumstances may be different from family to family. Everyone has something difficult and challenging to deal with at this time.


The Hemlock Public School District’s mantra right now is, Whatever it Takes (song by Imagine Dragons). We are committed to our students and families. Whatever it takes, we are here to serve and keep learning alive.


In many ways, we haven’t missed a beat. Our doors shut for the remainder of the year on Friday, March 13th and online learning started on Monday, March 16th. All of the staff have done an amazing job, whether it be by teaching or gathering and preparing resources for students to take home. You may notice our teachers are able to stay in touch with students using Google Meet, Go Guardian, Google Classroom, and other distance learning tools. Don’t hesitate to let us know how this is going and what we can do to improve. In addition to learning, our district social workers and deans of students, along with others, have worked to support students and families emotionally during this time.


Our Continuity of Learning Plan has been officially approved by the Saginaw ISD. This may not mean a whole lot to our students, parents, and teachers because it’s mostly what we have been doing from the first day of our shut down. However, we are definitely fine-tuning what we have put in place as we have developed our plan and continue to work on full implementation.


To ensure our plan is successful and that we are able to provide all students with the needed resources necessary to be ready for the next school year, it is important that we remain in communication. It is our goal to connect weekly with each student and family, so please expect a call from one of our team members. It may be your child’s bus driver, teacher, or someone else from the district, but we want to connect with you. So if you get a call that says No Caller ID or has a different area code, that could be one of our staff members either protecting their private phone number or using one of our Google Voice accounts. The whole Huskie Pack is here to support you: administration, teachers, and support staff alike. Our deans of students, school psychologist, and social worker are all available to support the Huskie families.


We have created the Hemlock Hub as a place for students and parents to access the learning plans across the district K-12. As a parent myself, I have found it helpful to use it as a checklist to ensure that my children are completing their assignments. Moving forward, we will be adding Wi-Fi access points to our school parking lots, Wallace Field press box area, and soccer and baseball field areas to provide additional places for students to access their schoolwork and learn. These should be available after the stay at home order is lifted, but we need everyone to continue to practice social distancing and take necessary measures to stay safe.


Many of you have asked how we are dealing with grades. The 3rd marking period has been extended to run through the end of the school year. The 4th marking period has been eliminated. Assignments after the end of face to face instruction on March 13th are being graded on a credit/no credit basis. The semester will also be graded on a credit/no credit basis. Our primary goal is to prepare our students for their return to school. We are starting to plan for a robust summer school program in late July and August to help prepare those that may not be prepared for moving forward without additional support and instructional time.


We continue to provide food service. You can pick up food at the East side of our Middle School at door number 29 or call (989) 642-4700 to schedule home delivery. All children 18 and under are eligible as well as those with disabilities up to age 26. We have protocols in place that our staff is following, and we are using the CDC guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.


Our Huskie Pack has exhibited a tremendous sense of community and a strong feeling of family has emerged once again as we work through this stay-at-home order. From student and staff videos to random acts of kindness by others, there have been many positive things happening throughout our small town. In some strange way, this executive order has brought us closer than ever. We couldn’t be more proud of everyone’s efforts.


Rest assured, we will continue to work together to address scheduled events like prom, graduation, and so many more things to ensure we provide the best for our students and families in a safe and healthy way.


Sincerely,


Superintendent Don Killingbeck


#Huskietastic #Since1863 #HuskiesGetitDone

Hemlock Hub

Looking for more information from your student's teachers? You can find it on the Hemlock Hub. Click the link below.
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20-21 Course Request Time

Course requests can now be made for the 2020-2021 school year at Hemlock High School through your Family or Students Access account. Additional information can be found at https://5il.co/fmt7

Take a Minute for Some Self-Care

Student Item Pick-up #2 Evening

We will be hosting another pick-up this Thursday, April 30th at 7pm in front of the high school. We will be calling those that still have items left from their lockers to come pick them up.


If you need a Chromebook, charger or have questions related to that, please contact support@hemlockps.com


If you need a book or have a question, please contact Mrs. Jaremba, jaremba@hemlockps.com or Mrs. Galbraith, galbraith@hemlockps.com.

Thank You Pep Club!

The Hemlock Pep Club had these signs made and put in front of the high school to honor this year's seniors.

Food Service

Our food service continues to provide nutritional meals to students 18 and under or individuals with disabilities up to age 26. We have drive-up pick up from 10 AM -12 noon on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on the east side of Hemlock Middle School at door #29 and deliveries upon request (989) 642-4700.

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

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Hemlock Robotics' core mission is to provide STEM education opportunities and to inspire students to explore careers in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. But the program provides many more opportunities for students to grow. Communication, cooperation, strategic thinking, and community outreach are all core values. And with the crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic another core value, Compassion has come into focus.


COVID-19 has also given the team a chance to reach out to those on the front lines and help by providing PPE’s. Over the years we have built 3D printing capabilities and our students have developed skills that can be applied to help our medical community at these critical times. What a blessing this has been. In the last few weeks we have 3D printed and distributed:

2,000 + - mask extenders
200 + - shield visors
20 + - N95 type masks

Here’s a link to a nice article in the Midland Daily News.

We continue to print more every day and have sent supplies to Sparrow Hospital, Covenant, St. Mary’s, and other facilities.

This is an incredible learning opportunity for our students that makes Public Health issues real and provides true life lessons.

Our robotics seasons ended prematurely, just as the school year has - but we’ve continued to meet with our students via video conferencing, emails, texts, and phone calls. The STEM Center will be constructed this summer and educational programming will happen as soon as social distancing restrictions are relaxed.

I hope that these pictures put a smile on your face!

Sincerely,


Tom Lockwood and Hemlock Robotics

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Rauchholz Memorial Library

Need something to do? Our local library has e-books, audio books and digital magazines available through their website.


Rauchholz Memorial Library

Coronavirus Info

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Class of 2020

The Class of 2020's Facebook page is featuring the seniors everyday. We will be sharing a few of those each week until we post all of them.
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