Huskie Highlights

Hemlock & K.C. Ling Elementary Newsletter

The Week of November 2nd - 6th

Peek at the Week

Monday, November 2nd

*Team Hemlock & Team Huskies report for in-person learning

Tuesday, November 3rd

*Team Hemlock & Team Huskies report for in-person learning

Picture Retakes

Wednesday, November 4th

*Team Hemlock & Team Huskies report for in-person learning

Thursday, November 5th

*Team Hemlock & Team Huskies report for in-person learning

Smencils Sale/PAWS Drawing

Friday, November 6th

*Virtual Learning Day for Team Hemlock & Team Huskies


It is our goal to provide the most current information possible. Our updates typically are provided on Thursday afternoon. This is being shared on Monday, October 26th and will be edited up until Thursday. So please check back for the most current information.

This is our tenth week of the 2020-2021 school year.

We can currently report that we have had one staff member test positive at K.C. Elementary, one student at the middle school, and two students at the high school. We have currently, suspended face-to-face instruction for that specific classroom and contact traced for close contact for those impacted at the middle and high school.

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.

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.

We are also considering providing an option for our fall high school athletes to avoid close contact as we are heading into post-season play. We are utilizing some of our larger spaces at the high school that allows for students to stay 6 feet apart from one another. Student athletes will continue to report to school as they have in the past, receive help on their work, and be provided supervision. This format however will avoid any close contact as defined by the CDC, which places our healthy athletes at risk for a 14 day quarantine and out of competition.

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.

We still remain cautiously optimistic that we can continue our positive trends but need everyone 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.

There continues to be a trend of more and more virtual students returning to face-to-face instruction. Our rate of face-to-face students remains relatively the same at slightly less than 90% +/-.

Our goal is to be back in school five days a week; at this time, we continue to review our format and will continue remote Friday on November 6th.Below is a proposed draft calendar for the remainder of 2020 (November and December). Please understand as we are experiencing issues this calendar may be altered and right now we are considering adding additional remote days to our proposed calendar to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.

If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 989.642.5282.

All the best,

Don Killingbeck, Supt.

The following are lessons learned from this week.

  1. All good streaks come to an end.
  2. Data is important in the decision-making process.
  3. Close contact is a big issue when navigating these situations
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VIRTUAL Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held virtually this year on Thursday, November 12th. Students will have a half day on November 12th and a half day of remote learning on November 13th. Teachers will be reaching out to their classroom families to schedule a time for a virtual or phone conference. Dismissal on these days at Hemlock Elementary is 11:02 a.m. and K.C. Ling at 11:09 a.m.

A Collaboration with Shutterfly

Do you frequently order from Shutterfly? By using this storefront, our schools will automatically earn 8% on all Shutterfly and Tiny Prints products. Please be sure to use this link on your next order and share it with family and friends!

Richland Township - Halloween Information

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2020 Pumpkin Contest

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Picture Retakes

Picture Retakes will be held on November 3rd at Hemlock and K.C. Ling Elementary. Virtual students can get their pictures taken at any time from 8-12:30. Social distancing protocols will be followed closely.
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Happy Birthday!

11/2 Ireland Graham, Kallye Morley, Rylan Tausch

11/3 Kaylan Morse

11/4 Carter Prokopp

11/5 Claire Murphy, Jerzey Nieman, Brooklyn Bohn, Jack Cadrain

11/7 Ethan Buckley, Brielle Painter

11/8 Lyra Schmidt