The Stinging News
September 10th, 2021
What a phenomenal first week of school!!! Many thanks to all of our families, who in the past week or so, came to our JK/Kindergarten Popsicle Social and our Curriculum Nights! It was awesome seeing you all! Also, many thanks to our wonderful staff who put forth an incredible amount of effort for these events!
In Recognition - Many thanks to our Hornung Parents Stephanie Banning, Josh Meeker and Elizabeth Brown-Nall, along with their families, for their commitment to the planting beds near the pond. All of these beds are gorgeous, because of their dedication to our school – Awesome!!! And, kudos to our wonderful secretary Mrs. Leahy who has taken care of the gardens by our office. They also look beautiful ☺
“Red, White & Blue Day” was today! It was great seeing many students wearing these colors to honor America!
Patriot Week is September 11th through September 17th … Lessons connected to America will be taught!
Thursday, September 16th – Severe Weather Drill @ 10:30
Pink Week - Starting the week of September 20th
Pink Week is coming up the week of September 20th. This year's shirt is available for purchase now from Ivory Vines. You can purchase online here https://www.ivoryvines.com/collections/pink-week-2021 or you can purchase in store at their convenient downtown location at 328 W. Main St. This year there are extra fun items such asp tutu's, tattoos, water bottles, bandanas and socks! A portion of the sales of all of these items gets included in the community donation to St. Joe's Cancer Center in Brighton.
Starting September 20th at Hornung we will be having a coin drive to donate to the St Joe Cancer Center. The kids can bring their coins in Monday through Friday. They will also be able to donate $1 on Wednesday in order to wear pjs.
Monday, September 20th: Crazy Sock Day/Kick off Coin Drive
Wednesday, September 22nd: Donate $1 for PJ Day
Friday, September 24th: Pink Out!!
504 Plans…Many of you have heard of a 504 Plan, but you may not know the specifics of how this legislation can support students. As the Building Principal, I am the coordinator of 504 Plans. If after reading this correspondence you feel that your child may qualify for a 504 Plan, please contact me at school and I’d be happy to discuss the possibilities. The following is the definition of a student (person) who can qualify for a 504 Plan. A person who:
A. has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities (i.e. learning).
B. has a record of such an impairment, or
C. is regarded as having such an impairment.
Students who don’t qualify as handicapped under special education law, including those with ADHD, may have rights under Section 504. Students who have medical concerns (i.e. Diabetes, Juvenile Arthritis, Celiac Disease, etc.) will almost always qualify to have a 504 Plan in place. Identifying Needs for an Academic or Medical 504 Plan…
Regular education interventions are tried by parent, student, teaching staff over an extended period of time (i.e. assignment book, weekly progress reports, tutoring/Response to Intervention support).
2. School records indicate long term academic problems/concerns.
3. Medical diagnosis and/or documentation of disability are obtained (Generally by the parent from the physician. Note: Medical forms must be on file in the nurse's office if the student is on medication).
4. Documentation is sent to the 504 Coordinator/Building Principal.
5. Building team evaluates documentation of disability, school records, and teacher input to determine whether a student may qualify as handicapped under 504.
6. A 504 meeting is scheduled if deemed appropriate.
The 504 Meeting: Planning for Success…
Invitations are sent by the 504 Coordinator to: All adults with knowledge of the student’s abilities and needs. This could include any of the following: Principal (if not the coordinator), Parent/Guardian, Teacher, Counselor/Social Worker, School Psychologist, Nurse, Outside Professional, RtI Coordinator.
On the Meeting Date:
1) Documentation of disability is reviewed: Parent or Professional who did the evaluation presents findings and how the disability adversely affects learning and school performance. (For ADD/ADHD eight of the fourteen characteristics must be present).
2) Determination is made by the team whether the student qualifies for a 504 Plan.
3) Accommodations/Plan of Action agreed upon by the committee members: It is decided what accommodations best would suit the student to assist in school success. These are written down and the document is signed by all present.
Sincerely, Jack Yates
Hornung Elementary Principal
Welcome back everyone! We hope you are all settling into the 2021-22 school year. Yes, the first days always start a little chaotically, but we will all hopefully be in a nice routine soon.
Our PTO has been busy getting ready for this year’s events and prepping the school for class. We’ve bought and installed new HEPA filters for the classroom air purifiers. A big thanks to those of you who donated to the new filter fund and originally helped get these units purchased last year. Teachers and staff were given an appreciation luncheon as they prepped for the new year last week. We also constructed the outdoor learning space by the pond & garden.
Two great ways you can passively give back to Hornung are via Kroger Rewards and Amazon Smile. In both cases, you’ll need to pick The Hornung PTO as your charity via their websites/apps. Contact us if you need help.
Finally, like the Hornung PTO on Facebook for updates. If you don’t use Facebook, you can keep up to date via the weekly Stinging News.
President: Deanne Ferrell
Vice President: Jami Kilduff
Treasurer: Karen Nicholson
Secretary: Bill Rockwell
Hello from your Hornung Elementary School Counselor! I am so excited to welcome you all back for another amazing year! Although some things this year may still look different, your counselor is available to help support your children with Social-Emotional Learning. I will be providing classroom lessons, small group activities, and individual support this year. This month's lessons will focus on building connections in the classroom with peers. The Elementary Counselor Team also has the BAS Elementary Counseling website for ideas and resources to be used at home! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have, and I will do my best to support your child.
The McKinney Vento Act
The Brighton Area Schools is part of a consortium to serve students in temporary living situations that provides financial support for educational needs, referral for housing, clothing and other needs, general support and technical assistance. To ensure compliance with federal law, all school staff must help identify student living in the following situations: emergency shelters/transitional housing, motels/hotels, car, parks or public spaces, shared housing due to a loss of housing or economic hardship, or living temporarily with non-parent or guardian.
The district’s homeless liaison is Starr Acromite and each building has trained staff members to assist in the endeavor. Our consortium contact at the Livingston Educational Service Agency is Candice Uyttendaele.
Please contact your building principal or Starr Acromite at 810-299-4040 for information/assistance.