Superintendent's Scoop

April 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members:

How does one begin to address what Houghton Lake Community Schools, our county, state and the world is experiencing at this point and time in what will certainly be a focus in future history classes? I choose to listen to the medical professionals, celebrate the unbelievable communities and people that make up the Houghton Lake Community School District, and embrace the opportunities rather than dwelling on things beyond our control.

Last Thursday, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-35, essentially closing all school buildings in Michigan through the end of the school year. In that order, extensive language was included to continue to feed our students, provide "continuous learning" opportunities, and do everything in our power to make sure students are "held harmless" in the midst of this crisis.

The administration and staff at HLCS are diligently working to develop and execute plans to meet the "continuation of learning" standard issued in the governor's order. Beginning Monday of this week, principals held remote meetings with teachers to organize on-line and traditional learning platforms that will be used to connect with students to provide educational actives. In addition, the district is developing a plan and process to get student belongings back to students while providing an opportunity to checkout Chromebooks for those families who need a device during the school closure. Parents/guardians, please be aware that we will post updates on social media and send out a phone call and text message with important information regarding these plans.

We do have a limited number of Chromebooks. We ask families to only checkout a Chromebook if there is not a device at home that a child(ren) have access to for remote learning. This will help us support as many students as possible! Also, for families who do not have internet access and want to receive educational activities in a more traditional way, please call the school building and/or send an email to the building principal and classroom teacher(s). We have multiple ways to meet the needs of our students.

We have fielded several questions about end of year celebrations such as prom and graduation. With EO35, schools are closed through the end of the school year. This means that no extracurricular activities, ceremonies, or events may be held in school or on the school's campus. As of now, prom, graduation, field days, etc. are cancelled. However, the district is open to the possibility of celebrating our graduates later in the summer when all restrictions have been lifted.

I have been privileged to be a part of the communities that make up the school district for two years now, and I it is not possible to adequately thank all of the people, employees and community members, who have gone above and beyond to support the district, students, and our families over the course of those two years.

Websites for Continued Learning

Khan Academy

Prodigy (math)

Storyline (reading)

National Geographic (science)

History for Kids (social studies)

Adventure Academy (all subjects; ages 8-13)

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At-Home Learning Plan for Parents/Guardians

A letter for families that outlines the District's at-home learning plans.

Virtual Board of Education Meetings

Live link available on HLCS home page!