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Hemlock & K.C. Ling Elementary Newsletter

The Week of January 11th-15th

Peek at the Week

Monday, January 11th

Tuesday, January 12th

Wednesday, January 13th

Thursday, January 14th

Math Month Dress-Up Day - Wear clothes with numbers on them

Friday, January 15th


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This is our 18th week of the 2020-2021 school year. It remains our goal to provide you with regular updates. We are excited to have turned the last page on 2020 and start a new year with all of our Huskies on-campus learning face-to-face for the first time since mid-November.

Our staff continues to demonstrate a commitment to our students that is unmatched as we work to provide the highest quality education possible under our ever-changing circumstances.

We communicated about the future of snow days in a recent article published on the district's website and via an interview with ABC 12 News. In the interview, I made it clear that we may have a traditional snow day or two but definitely not twelve days without any form of learning like we did the year before last. If there is a snow day on a scheduled face-to-face this school year, the first one or two will be just like we have had in the past; after that, there will be some level of flexible learning.

We are working in cooperation with the Saginaw County Health Department for our staff to have the option for a voluntary COVID-19 Vaccine if they should select to do so. The timeline on distribution to school personnel appears to be 3-4 weeks from now.

Again, our team continues to refine our COVID-19 Dashboard with data updates in real-time and a location that brings pertinent information together into an easy-access place.

All the best,

Don Killingbeck, Supt.

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Hemlock Public School District is joining over 538 local and 56 intermediate school districts across Michigan to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month.

“Our school board members spend countless hours working to provide the best possible education for our students,” said Superintendent Killingbeck. “They also serve as the corporate board of directors for one of our community’s largest employers. Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say ‘thanks’ for all they do.”

“School board members represent their fellow citizens’ views and priorities in the complex enterprise of maintaining and running the community’s public schools,” Superintendent Killingbeck said. “They also reinforce the principle of local control over public education, which is an important, highly valued aspect of education in Michigan.”

“The school board's primary goal is to support student achievement,” Superintendent Killingbeck added. To achieve that goal, the board focuses on the following needs:

  • Creating a vision for what parents and citizens want their school district to become and how to make student achievement the top priority.
  • Setting standards for student education.
  • Assessing school’s goals and student’s learning.
  • Accounting for the outcomes of decisions and by tracking progress and reporting results.
  • Aligning the use of the district’s human and financial resources.
  • Creating a safe and orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can teach.
  • Collaborating to solve common problems and to support everyday successes.
  • Focusing on continuous improvement by questioning, examining, revising, refining, and revisiting issues related to student achievement.

The Hemlock Public School District intends to honor members of the Board of Education at the regular January board meeting, which will be held in hybrid format online.

“Even though we are making a special effort during January to show appreciation for our school board members, we recognize their contributions reflect a year-round effort on their part,” Killingbeck said. “They are dedicated individuals who are committed to improving student achievement and to fighting for the best for all of our students.”

The men and women serving Hemlock Public School District and their years of service are:

President Dr. Katherine Ellison, 6 years

Vice President Matthew Wesener, 8 years

Treasurer Jamie Rivette, 8 years

Trustee Hilary House, 4 years

Trustee David Messing, 2 years

Trustee Kim Hoeppner, 2 years

Trustee Bryan Conger, Newly Elected


We have added up-to-date information on our webpage at:

January is Math Month!

Hemlock and Ling Elementaries are proud to announce that this January, we will be participating in our SIXTH ANNUAL SCHOOL-WIDE MATH MONTH!

Math Month will kick off on Monday, January 11th! Each grade level will be practicing their math challenge all month long and grade level teams will be competing for the title of Hemlock’s Math MVPs! Throughout the month of January, students will be encouraged to practice their math skills at home and during their free time. Students will also be encouraged to recognize why math is important in all jobs and we will be sharing/displaying their findings to the rest of the school!

Pump up your child for Math Month and talk to them about why math is important in your everyday activities!

Fun activities/events this month to promote math:

  • Dress Up days!

  • Thursday, Jan. 14th: Wear clothes with numbers on them!

  • Thursday, Jan. 21st: Wear exercise (comfy) clothes to school!

  • Thursday, Jan. 28th: Grade levels will decide on a grade-level color to wear!

Hemlock Elementary & K.C. Ling Cafeteria News

Don't forget that we will continue to provide food service during remote learning days, between the hours of 11 AM-1 PM, passing out a daily breakfast and lunch at Hemlock Middle School door #29 for children age 19 and under and those with special needs up to age 26.
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Happy Birthday!

1/8 Mason Williams

1/10 Elianna Barr, Christian Chamberlain, Maci Reed

1/11 Jonah Woodcock

1/13 Mason Miller, Ava Weber, Jolynn Cone

1/14 Blake Galbraith

1/16 Lauren Funka, Talon Smith

1/17 Madisen Groom, Bennett Lockwood