HHS September News
September 7, 2022
Dear HHS Families,
The new school year is in full swing with academics, athletics, and the arts! I have to say, it's a joy to have the students back at school, filling the halls with chatter! I've missed them! It was certainly a long summer without them here! I love hearing the band students rehearsing their songs for the halftime show and seeing the PE students down at the track!
The counseling staff has worked hard to finalize changes in student schedules, trying their best to accommodate classes students need and want. Our athletes are finding their way into the Fall Sports Schedule, learning that winning is great, but that losing is always part of the bigger picture of life.
As we move into a firm schedule and structure, we are all reminded about our purpose as the school year unfolds....working with our young men and women, helping them to navigate the sometimes bumpy road ahead. None of this is easy, but all of it is so great and worthy of our attention. Working to help our students have lifelong success is a challenge and reward at the same time. To be successful means we all must come together and contribute to the overall achievement of our kids.
To do that, please know that the door to my office is always open to you. Our thoughts and ideas, though different at times, will most assuredly be centered around doing what's best for all of our students.
There are several pieces of information throughout the newsletter that you may find helpful and important. I've started with a few reminders below.
- Please remember to drop off and pick up your students in the lanes down below the hill. The upper lanes are reserved for handicapped students and for emergency personnel. Thank you for your help with this!
- Please continue to remind your student to take care of their laptops and chargers. Several students are forgetting their chargers and sharing that their laptops are not charged. We do not have a lot of loaner equipment for them. Please and thank you for those reminders!
- Please remind your students that if they have appointments, they must leave through the main office. We do not want students just walking out on their own without notifying the office first. Thank you for your help with this!
- Also, please give the front office at least 15 minutes to manage appointment calls. It takes time to call students out of class, have them go to their lockers, and then report to the office. We certainly want to help in getting students to their appointments on time. Thanks for helping with this!
- We also ask that students NOT receive specialty coffees, special lunches, DoorDash, or other niceties during the school day. It is difficult to get all of these items to students during the day in a timely manner. Thank you for your help with this!
- A reminder of our Daily Schedule is HERE
Our efforts are on our students and doing what is best for all of them, as they should be! Thank you for always being our partner throughout all of this. Together, on a common front, we can accomplish much! We appreciate you all!
As always, if you have questions please contact me!
Welcome to our NEW STAFF
We are very excited to welcome our newest staff members!
Science - Jessica Flessner
Math - Robekah Warner
Special Education - Alisa Willard
Student Support Specialist - Peg Denman
Social Worker - Dawn Coltson
Paraprofessional - Michelle Hineman
College Advisor - Elliza Tolles
Secretary - Jillian Collins
Building Substitute - Mark Nelson
Goals for HHS
We have had many goals in the past and are very happy to share that we continue to not only meet them but exceed them.
Last year, we met our Semester 1 goal of 80% of the in-person students passing their core classes with at least a 60%. We met that goal with 82%. Our Semester 2 goal was also met. We were challenged to have the same goal but move our target to 85%. We again met and exceeded that goal, reaching 87% of our in-person students passing their core classes with a 60% pass rate!
Our goal this semester is to once again, achieve an 85% pass rate, given the same criteria. I'm optimistic that we can once again achieve this, helping our students to be successful!
We also consistently aspire to the following benchmarks as a building:
- Attendance: 90% or more students are present for more than 90% of the instructional time.
- Behavior: 90% or more students have not been suspended or expelled.
- Course Proficiency: 80% or more students have a D- or higher in all core courses.
- GPA (Grade Point Average): 80% or more students have a GPA of 2.0 and above for the grading period.
We need your help!! Please continue to ask your students how school is going and intervene right away when things don't seem quite right. You may also find it helpful to log into PowerSchool so that you may monitor absences, tardies, assignments, and grades. If you are unable to do this, please contact Mrs. Erb in the front office.
We look forward to achieving our goal again this semester with your input and support! Thank you for what you do on your end! :)
Taking Care of One Another...Kindness Matters!
Whatever, we are feeling.....respect, kindness, and grace go a long way! Empathy, acceptance of differences, and tolerance for others are expected at HHS. Our STRONG core values sum it up:
S - Supportive
T - Trustworthy
R - Respect
O - Openminded
N - Noble
G - Gritty
Won't you help us to reach yet another goal....to be kind and to take care of one another...always!
At Hastings High School, Student and Staff safety are a priority. Below is a list of various safety preparedness trainings we do at the High School with our staff:
- MERT (Medical Emergency Response Team) Training (CPR and Emergency Medicine Training)
- HHS is MiHeartSAFE Certified (Coaches, Gym Teachers are certified, 10% of staff, MERT, AED-all up-to-date machines, CPR)
- Stop the Bleed Training
- Blue Envelope Training
- Handle With Care
- Emergency Drills Training
- x5 Fire Drills per year
- x2 Tornado Drills per year
- x3 Lockdown Drills per year
"What's Your Plan?"
What is this?
Answer: Our Superintendent, Mr. Goebel, wanted to bring our entire community together in thinking about personal goals and a plan to achieve those goals. This is perfect for high school because “life” is the next phase along this journey, whether that is University, Community College, Trade School, Military, or the workforce. How fitting for our K-12 schools!! This is exactly what we talk about and prepare for with all of our students, no matter their age!
Who is involved in this initiative?
Answer: We all are! Teachers, Administrators, Bus Drivers, Secretaries, Maintenance Staff, Lunch Supporters, and most importantly, students.
When do Students have to come up with their plan?
Answer: Connections Teachers will talk about this initiative with their students! They will ask them to think about their goal(s) and then articulate or write down, some action steps that will “push” them to achieve/accomplish their goal(s). We are ALL committed to pursuing our goals and we have ALL written down some ideas that will help keep us on track.
Where will the Student Plan Sheet be posted?
Answer: The Student Plan Sheet will be filled out in their Connections Class. When they are finished, they may keep it so that they always have it to reference. We also want them to post their goals and plan of action on a 3x5 card or half sheet of paper for their teacher to post in their Connections Classroom. Perhaps, some of them might even design a bulletin board for their class! I’m sure their teachers will appreciate the creative energy! :)
Laptops and Chargers
The use of these new laptops, however, does come with some challenges in which you can be supportive:
- Laptops need to come to school every day, charged and ready for use in the classroom. We do not have many loaners for students who are not prepared.
- Students should have their chargers with them at school in case they need to charge for their afternoon classes. Again, we do not have many chargers for loaning.
- Continued conversations about laptop appropriateness are encouraged, too. Sometimes, students feel the need to play games instead of doing their schoolwork. Thank you for your support with this.
Register Your Car: Student Drivers and a Parking Permit
If students would like to park a vehicle in the high school parking lot they need to turn in the following information to the office to receive a permit. Students interested in purchasing and painting a parking spot for the year can fill out this form.
Parking Permit Request
Student Name: _____________________ Current Grade: ________
Student Cell # (if applicable): ___________________
Year: _________ Make/Model: ______________________________
License Plate # _______________________________
Driving is a Privilege
Please have a conversation with your student drivers regarding parking lot safety, respect for other drivers, and observance of speed limit laws, especially just off of campus on South Street.
Thank you for your support of safe driving for all of our students!
Cell Phone/Electronics Policy Reminder
We recommend that phones are stored in their backpacks or lockers (under lock and key) while they are in school. Oftentimes, students keep them turned on (silent mode) in their backpacks or even on their person, tucked in a pocket. This goes against our policy and subjects our students to consequences that are not favorable. Please help us to help them! Reminders are essential as we get into a new rhythm at school. Thank you!
Please help to spread the word to your student that locks are very necessary for keeping personal items safe. We have locks for sale for $5 if your student is in need of securing their valuables in their lockers. Please contact the Athletic Office for assistance with this.
Attendance Reminders from Mrs. Petrak (aka Mrs. P) and Mr. Case
Remember that if your student is going to be absent for a medical/dental appointment, you may submit a school excuse note from that provider's office, allowing that absence to not be counted toward the student's total absences.
- Students are considered TARDY for 1st hour from 8:00-8:10
- Anything after 8:10, students are considered TRUANT (by definition), which may take on a variety of codes, including EXC, ILL, MED, UNV, etc. It is important to keep track of any UNV codes because these codes indicate that no one is aware of WHY a student is absent.
- Students are graced with 4 tardies in 1st hour before consequences are given, while only 2 tardies in every other hour of the day.
- The school tracks attendance and sends attendance letters home after 5 and 10 absences. At times, meetings are set up with the assistant principal to determine a plan for attending school.
- Parents are able to view their student's absences and tardies in PowerSchool.
- Students with UNV (unverified) attendance may receive detention for time missed if it is not corrected within 24 hours. Please call and excuse all absences. If medical documentation is available please submit it. Medically documented absences are non-counting days.
- Please see the link HERE for a chart of how Every School Day Counts!
Students that have been absent more than 10 counting days during one semester will be placed on social probation and not allowed to attend field trips, dances, and other extracurricular activities.
How are we handling illnesses this year?
- Contact Tracing
- Testing students
Also, in the event of a student getting COVID, they are asked to stay home for 5 days, either from the date of the first symptoms or from the date of a positive test, whichever comes first. We want to be diligent in not spreading the virus.
Of course, we are encouraging families to please keep their student home if they are sick (fever, bad cough, chills, etc) and to send them back when they are symptom-free.
As discussed earlier in the attendance section, students may receive a different code if they have a medical slip from a visit to the doctor. Otherwise, students will be counted as "ILL" in PowerSchool.
Mr. Case's Handbook Reminders
All of our in-person students participated in their grade-level meetings on the first day of school. The majority of the information shared was highlights of the handbook that most pertain to them on a daily basis.
Here is the link to the presentation that students received on the 1st day of school.
Some of the highlights include:
- Attendance (10 days = attendance contracts and social probation)
- Dress code (no hats/hoods, no midriff)
- No cell phones, backpacks, vaping, bullying
- Cafeteria Expectations - students need to either have their School ID on them or know their student ID number if they want to purchase a hot lunch or a la carte item. Please be reminded that school lunches cost about $3.50. Unfortunately, they are not free for every student this year.
What is "Connections" Class?
Thursday will be a combination of relationship building, social-emotional learning, scheduling, meetings, and other functions as needed.
Academics: Curriculum Corner
Part of that will include information on:
- Standards (Essential or Power Standards)
- Daily Learning Targets/Expectations
- Assessment - Student self-assessment practices, testing dates, remediation/enrichment opportunities
- Dates of Tests
Testing Information for September:
Week of Sept 5-9:
Unit 1 Test-Government (Mr. Haines)
Unit Test Algebra 2A (Mr. Hayward)
- Curriculum Map (Essential Standards) for Algebra 2A HERE
Unit Test Culinary (Mr. Straube)
Quiz Geometry A (Mrs. Warner)
Quiz Geometry B (Mrs. Warner)
Week of Sept 12-16:
Unit 1 Test Honors Geometry (Mrs. Pickard)
- Curriculum Map (Essential Standards) for Honors Geometry HERE
Unit Test AP Stats (Mrs. Newberry): 9/12/22
Unit Test Astronomy (Mrs. Beemer): 9/15/22
Unit Test Geometry A (Mrs. Warner): 9/15/22
- Curriculum Map (Essential Standards) for Geometry HERE
Unit Test Honors Chemistry (Mrs. Kramer): 9/16/22
- Curriculum Map (Essential Standards) for Honors Chemistry HERE
Unit Test Honors Algebra 1 (Mrs. Newberry/Mr. Hayward): 9/16/22
- Curriculum Map (Essential Standards) for Honors Algebra 1 HERE
Unit Test Algebra 1 (Mr. Allan, Mr. Hayward, Mrs. Newberry): 9/16/22
- Curriculum Map (Essential Standards) for Algebra 1 HERE
Quiz Geometry B (Mrs. Warner)
Week of Sept 19-23:
Unit 2 Test-Government (Mr. Haines)
- Curriculum Map (Essential Standards) for Government HERE
Unit 1 Pre-Calculus (Mrs. Newberry)
Unit 1 Algebra 2 (Mr. Allan)
- Curriculum Map (Essential Standards) for Algebra 2 HERE
Unit 1 Calculus (Mr. Allan)
Unit 1 AP Lang (Ms. Matthews-Kaye)
Unit 1 Honors English 10 (Ms. Matthews-Kaye)
- Curriculum Map (Essential Standards) for Honors English 10 HERE
Unit 1 English 10 (Ms. Northrop, Mrs. Slaughter)
- Curriculum Map (Essential Standards) for English 10 HERE
Unit 1 Biology (Ecology) (Mr. Dixon, Mrs. Bruggink)
- Curriculum Map (Essential Standards) for Biology HERE
Unit 1 Test Chemistry (Mrs. Bruggink)
- Curriculum Map (Essential Standards) for Conceptual Chemistry HERE
Unit 1Intro to Stats (Mrs. Pickard)
- Curriculum Map (Essential Standards) for Intro to Stats HERE
Unit Test Spanish 3 (Mr. Doran): 9/22/22
Unit Test US History (Mr. Key, Mr. McCann, Mrs. Peymbroeck)
- Curriculum Map (Essential Standards) for US History HERE
Week of 26-30:
Film as Lit Unit Test: Animation/Mystery (Mrs. Slaughter)
Unit Test Physics (Mrs. Kramer and Mrs. Beemer): 9/28/22
- Curriculum Map (Essential Standards) for Conceptual Physics HERE
Quiz Geometry A (Mrs. Warner):9/30/22
Unit 2 Test AP Stats (Mrs. Newberry): 9/27/22
Unit Test Algebra 2B Exponents Test (Mrs. Pickard)
- Curriculum Map (Essential Standards) for Algebra 2B HERE
The first celebration is on October 20th. We will run a modified schedule with our celebration taking place in the afternoon at school. We hope to reach our goal for the first semester and celebrate again in January for the second semester and celebrate in May.
Driven by Data
Teachers review multiple sets of data, as well as anecdotal data so that they are well informed about their students.
Some of the data include end-of-semester grades, NWEA data, Lexile scores, PSAT 9 and 10 data, along with SAT and M-STEP data.
These conversations are very valuable for helping all students have success in the classroom. We encourage all of our students to take these assessments seriously and appreciate any and all support from our families, too.
Thank you for your efforts to help us! We really do appreciate it!
How happy and proud we are to share this exciting news regarding our very own Saxons...such well-deserving young people at HHS!
College Board Recognition
Congratulations to the following students who were selected as College Board National Recognition Program awardees. These students earned this recognition because of their academic achievements in school and outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT®, PSAT™ 10, and/or AP® Exams. They've accomplished these milestones during an immensely demanding period of their high school career. We couldn't be more delighted to share this great news.
Anna Haywood, Julia Mclean, Justus Forell, Molly Patton, and Valery Eaton received the National Rural and Small Town Award. Kathryn Clark received the National Hispanic Recognition Award.
NWEA - North West Educational Assessment
Please ask your student about this assessment and how they feel they did. It is important to help the understand the importance of doing their best when they are given an opportunity to showcase their talents. Thank you, again, for your support!
Student Advisory Board (SAB)
This group meets monthly to go over many topics and provide student feedback for decision-making at the high school.
Helping our students know that they have a "voice" in shaping our school culture is very important to us!
We look forward to working with our students in this capacity!
Sept 15-16 - Fall Play Auditions
Sept 17 - Band Invitational at Rockford
Sept 24 - Band Invitational at Otsego
Oct 1 - Band Invitational at Hastings
Oct 9 - Fall Band Concert
Oct 15 - Band Invitational at DeWitt
Oct 16 - Fall Choir Concert
Nov 5 - Choir Festival
Nov 11 and 12 - Fall Play Performances
- ATHLETIC BOOSTER SUB SALES: The Fall Athletic Booster Sub Sales have kicked off! If your student athlete did not bring home an order form we have extras available in the Athletic Department. All orders and payment must be turned in by Monday, September 19. Checks can be made payable to Hastings Athletic Boosters. All orders must be picked up on Tuesday, October 4, in the High School cafeteria.
- POWDER PUFF FOOTBALL: The annual Junior vs Senior Power Puff Football game is scheduled for Wednesday, October 5, at 7:00 PM, on Johnson Field. Junior & Senior girls should watch for an announcement beginning the week of September 12, for information regarding jerseys, mouth guards, and permission slips.
Thank you for your continued support of athletics for our students!
2022-23 National Honor Society Induction
This will include having students pick up a packet so that they may capture important events under each of the 4 pillars of honor:
Over 16 million children in America experience hunger on a daily basis. How fortunate for the millions who are given a chance to eat a healthy meal.
We are so fortunate in Hastings to be able to participate in such a great program! We know that we have several students who could benefit from more food opportunities. The need is great and we are blessed to be a part of this initiative.
Students at HHS have the opportunity to sign up. A permission slip has been sent home. Please feel free to fill out the form and get it back to the main office. You may also email any of us to sign up for the program. More information is linked below.
Fall Field Trips: What You Should Know!
Taking students out of their classes is not taken lightly. Missing curriculum and exposure to important lectures and activities are sometimes difficult to make up. Because of this, we have high expectations of students before removing them from their classes.
Our Field Trip Criteria are as follows:
- Passing 5 of 6 classes with a D- or higher
- No Major behavior concerns
- No Major attendance and/or tardy concerns
Of course, with guidelines, come a variety of exceptions, potentially. We look at every student and their situation carefully when making our decisions to allow students to participate in the field trip.
It is our hope that all students meet the requirements so that they may extend their knowledge beyond the classroom.
Homecoming Week: October 2-8
Homecoming Week Theme - Haunted Homecoming
Float Building Advisors
9th Advisor - Mr. Erb
10th Advisor - Mrs. O'Brian
11th Advisor - Mrs. Slaughter
12th Advisor - Mrs. Newberry
Float-building will begin the week of September 25 (Sunday) and go through October 6.
At this time, we are unsure of where each of the floats will be "housed" but will get that information to you as soon as we know.
This time of year is so exciting and for our Freshmen, a whirlwind of activity! They are trying to navigate "for-credit" classes, along with band, sports, friends, etc. Please be very involved with all of their activities so that they don't fall behind. Once the "fun" is over, it's sometimes difficult to get back on track.
Dress Up Days - October 3-7
Monday - Adam Sandler Day
Tuesday - Country vs. Country Club Day
Wednesday - "Dress like your hobby" Day
Thursday - Class shirts or Theme Day
Friday - Blue & Gold Day
Seniors - Ghostbusters / Black
Juniors - Hocus Pocus/Dark green
Sophomores - Addams Family / Purple
Freshmen - Beetle juice / Lime green
Staff Shirt - Orange
Parade - Friday, October 7
5:00 - line up behind the high school
5:30 - parade starts
- start parade leaving the back parking lot by the Greenhouse/Barn area
- South Street: turn right (East) and go to Church Street
- Church Street: turn right (North) and go to Clinton Street
- Clinton Street: turn left (West) and go to Young Street
- Young Street: turn left (South) and head to the stadium
- Floats park along Young Street curb (Away stands) across from the bus garage
6:00: Pride Bus and hot dogs
7:00: Game starts vs Parma Western
Homecoming Dance - Saturday, October 8
- 8:00-11:00 pm @ HHS
- Tickets will go on sale at least a week in advance
- Tickets are $15 per person
- Virtual students may attend, as well!
- Guests need to have a permission slip
- Senior Lessons on Post-Secondary Planning: Dates TBA
- Barry County College Fair at HHS: October 11 6:00-7:30 pm
- 11th Grade PSAT/NMSQT: October 25
Be sure to continue checking your emails to stay up-to-date!
Questions? Contact Mrs. Erb in the Counseling Department.
Fall Testing Date: PSAT/NMSQT
Who: All Juniors, In-person, AND Virtual Students
When: Tuesday, October 25, 2022. This test will take about 3 hours. Students will take the test in a quiet area in the High School during the morning. They will then have a chance to go to lunch and the rest of their classes in the afternoon.
Where: Hastings High School
Blood Drive: Save-the-Date
Please notice the following important information:
WHO: students aged 16 and above
- 16-year-olds need an application/permission slip filled out and on file on the day of the Blood Drive (forms are available at lunch when students sign up).
- 17, 18, and 19-year-olds do NOT need a form filled out and signed.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 27, 2022, from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sign Up: Students will be able to sign up at their lunch in the two-three weeks leading up to the drive. Be listening to announcements!
WHERE: HHS Auxilary Gym
HOW to PREPARE:
- BEFORE - Be sure to get enough SLEEP, EAT a healthy meal, and HYDRATE as much as possible
- DURING: Listen to music (provided), read, or rest
- AFTER: Relax, have a snack, and take your time
- If you have a game that afternoon, you will not be able to give blood
- If you have practice after school, you may give blood
WHY: There is such a need across our nation!
- Children being treated for cancer
- Premature infants
- Children having heart surgery....and the list goes on and on!
- WE NEED ALL BLOOD TYPES
Get Your Student Involved: Clubs and Organizations
Students should listen to announcements for meeting dates and/or contact the office for more information.
Business Professionals of America (BPA)
National Honor Society
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU)
Youth in Government (YIG)
United Way Kick-off: Sept. 15
Fall Play Auditions: Sept. 15 & 16
Float-building begins: Sept. 25
HHS Fall Expo Fundraiser: Sept. 25
Band @ Otsego: Sept. 25
Picture Retakes: Sept. 26
Blood Drive: Sept. 27
Band Festival: Oct. 1
Maintenance and Custodial Appreciation Day: Oct. 2
Homecoming Week: Oct. 2-8
OCTOBER 5 = COUNT DAY Attendance is Important!
Powder Puff Football Game: Oct. 5 @ 7:00 pm
Homecoming Football Game: Oct. 7
Homecoming Dance: Oct. 8
College Night: Oct 11
Note October 14th is a full day of school NOT a half day as previously stated
Parent/Teacher Conferences: Oct. 19
PSAT/NMSQT for ALL 11th Graders: Oct. 25
Half Day of School/Teachers DPPD in afternoon, Dismiss @ 11:15: Oct. 31
- Are your children safe while online? Michigan families, especially minors, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography, illegal drugs and gambling marketers through different internet and cell phone inboxes. Thankfully, the State of Michigan offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails, text messages, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. The Michigan Child Protection Registry, like the federal Do Not Call List, is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan’s families and can be located at www.ProtectMIChild.com.
- Barry County Community Mental Health Authority (BCCMHA):
500 Barfield Dr. Hastings, MI 49058 269-948-8041
- United Way’s 2-1-1 is a FREE information and referral service hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. United Way’s 2-1-1 provides a central resource for local community services and information. 2-1-1 provides a quick, easy-to-remember way to access community information. 231 S. Broadway, 269-945-4010
- Barry County Substance Abuse: 500 Barfield Dr. Hastings, 269-948-4200
- Barry-Eaton Health Connections: 350 E. Woodlawn, Hastings, 1-800-553-2565
- Community Action - Emergency Services for COVID-19; 877-422-2726; Utility support, Minor home repair support, Burial services support related to COVID-19, Housing service support
- Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services: https://www.pinerest.org/locations/hastings/
Hastings/Caledonia location at 450 Meadow Run, Suite 300 Hastings MI 616-891-8770 or 866-457-6363 For crisis and assessment for hospitalization, call 616-455-9200. Locations in Caledonia, Lake Odessa, and Grand Rapids
Other important contact information:
- Principal: Teresa Heide, firstname.lastname@example.org, 269-945-6165
- Assistant Principal: Adam Case, email@example.com, 269-945-6159
- Principal Secretary: Jillian Collins, firstname.lastname@example.org; 269.945.6162
- Assistant Principal/Athletic Director: Mike Goggins, email@example.com
- Athletic Secretary: Cheryl Northrop, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Counselor: Melinda Heaton, email@example.com
- Student Support: Peg Denman, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Social Work: Dawn Coltson, email@example.com
- Social Work: Renee Herbert, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Counseling Secretary: Kristi Erb, email@example.com
- Attendance Secretary: Danielle Petrak, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax - 269-948-8081
- Office Phone - 269-948-4409