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Hemlock & K.C. Ling Elementary Newsletter

Weekly Update From Mr. Killingbeck

This week is our 33rd week for the 2020-2021 school year.

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. If there is one thing everyone can agree on, it is that our teachers are amazing; they are real-life everyday superheroes.

We continue to work toward providing our students with the best school experience possible. This past week we had some non-school-related close contact quarantines of students (i.e., parent(s) tested positive, their child(ren) stay(s) home for 14 days).

It continues to be of the utmost importance for parents to keep sick children home. This helps protect our face-to-face instruction and services from disruption.

Click here to review our COVID-19 Dashboard with data updates in real-time. This link brings pertinent information together into one easy-to-access place.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know.

All the best,


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Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week May 3rd - 7th!

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Young Fives & Kindergarten Online Registration - Please Help Spread the Word!

Parents of children, who will be age five by December 1, 2021, are encouraged to register their child for Young Fives or Kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year. A formal registration night will not be held this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Young 5's/Kindergarten 2021/2022

It's time to register for preschool!

How do I find the registration form?

1. Go to

2. Click on the Early Childhood Center under the school tab.

3. Click on the menu tab.

4. The preschool registration will be located on the bottom left side of the page.

M-STEP Continues Next Week

Over the next few weeks, our 3rd and 4th-grade students will be taking the state assessment called the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP). The teachers here at K.C. Ling Elementary have been working hard to help prepare the students for the M-STEP by taking time to work on the state-released practice items and to increase their comfort level with the technology-enhanced features of the test. If you have any questions regarding M-STEP testing, please feel free to contact me at 989-642-5235.

Hemlock Elementary & K.C. Ling Cafeteria News

Breakfast and lunch will remain FREE to all students thru the remainder of the 20-21 school year.
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Welcome Director Haltom!

Hemlock Public School District is pleased to announce that Alex Haltom has been selected as the district’s next Director of Innovation, Technology, and Media Services.

The district received solid interest from qualified candidates and went through a rigorous interview process which included a digital screener, face-to-face interview, and finalists were greeted by a panel of ten (10) comprised of support staff, instructional staff, administrators many of whom are parents as well.

Board President, Matt Wesener said, “It is fantastic to see an internal candidate rise to the challenge and distinguish himself through the hiring process.”

Haltom is a familiar face to many in our school community, he is a 2013 graduate of Hemlock High School. While in High School, Alex worked in the technology department, along with participating in a variety of sports including; four years of tennis, two years of track, two years of baseball, and one year of basketball. He continued working in the technology department throughout his college years, graduating from Saginaw Valley State University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems.

Superintendent Killingbeck said, “Throughout our interview and vetting process, Alex stood out and led the pack with his work ethic, competence, and merit.”

New Director of Innovation, Technology, and Media Service, Alex Haltom said, “I’m excited to continue the innovation that exists in the classrooms, our technology, and our STEM initiatives.”

After getting settled into his position, Director Haltom plans on focusing on security, staff training, and improving the efficiency of the department.

Happy Birthday!

5/3 Daxdin Cmach,

5/4 Anna Hoffman, Hadley Latoski

5/5 Lily Hasse, Grayson Miller, Parker Morse

5/7 Kinley Davenport

5/9 Isabella Fritzler