Parent Newsletter

February/March 2022

From the Principal -


Kearsley families,


In the wake of the Oxford tragedy, area school districts have dealt with a rash of verbal, digital and social media threats. We take each and every one of these threats seriously and have systems in place to evaluate these threats to help ensure the safety of all students and staff.


Prior to this school year, the district adopted the CSTAG (Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines) approach to threat assessment. This is an evidence-based approach for examining student threats, developed after years of conducting field tests and studies. Most of our district administrators, all social workers and our security personnel are trained in our CSTAG threat assessment tool. We have also recently ensured that a school psychologist is a part of the evaluative process for more serious threats. We also work alongside our local law enforcement to make determinations whether the student has access to weapons and the ability to harm themselves or others.


We are fortunate to have three school counselors and a social worker at the high school.


Sadly, over 20 students in Genesee County have been charged with felonies for making threats to school buildings. Please take every opportunity to talk to your children about the severity and seriousness of making a false threat.


Brian Wiskur

Principal

Go Hornets!

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DRIVERS EDUCATION - FEBRUARY SEGMENT 2

There are still approximately 30 students who completed Segment 1 of the Drivers Education program in June or July who have not signed up for the February Segment 2 make-up class.

Class will run after school from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on February 14th, 15th, and 16th.


The new class format requires submitting the name, birthdate and Segment 1 driver's license number of each student to the state prior to the first day of class. Students should see Mrs. Murray in the main office to provide their information and pick up the necessary Segment 2 contract no later than Friday, February 7th.


If your student misses the February make-up class they will not be able to take the necessary Segment 2 class until the next session in November 2022.

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SPRING BREAK MARCH 28 - APRIL 1

If you haven't already, please mark your calendar for the upcoming spring break. School will be closed Monday, March 28th through Friday, April 1st. Classes will resume on Monday, April 4th.

SNOWCOMING DANCE

This year's Snowcoming Dance is scheduled for Saturday, February 12th, from 7-10:00 p.m. at the high school. The theme this year is "Valentines Day." The dance is a fundraiser for the senior class. Tickets are $15.00 per person and will go on sale during all lunch periods the week before the dance .


Students will be asked to remain masked the entire time they are in attendance. Designated areas will be set up in the cafeteria where students can enjoy refreshments and have pictures taken.

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IMPORTANT SENIOR TIMELINE INFORMATION

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CAP & GOWN ORDER DEADLINE IS JANUARY 31

It’s time to place your order for cap & gown, graduation announcements, senior apparel and more!


Please order online by Monday, January 31st at Jostens.com in order to secure the early cap & gown order price of $41.00. February 1st will see the price increase to $50.00.


So far, less than one-third of our Class of 2022 seniors have ordered their cap & gown. In these current times, it is more important than ever to order by the deadline to insure delivery in time for graduation. For those of you that already have a gown, you are now able to order just a cap & tassel online.


Jostens is our official provider of cap & gowns and has a variety of products to help you celebrate your senior year. Select your items from the links below, or browse the Jostens website to create your order.


Cap & Gown Unit

Cap & Tassel Unit

Kearsley Graduation Packages


Please contact Jostens at tammy.prine@jostens.com or call 810.658.1700 with your questions.

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PROM 2022

I'm starting to get a few seniors and parents asking about Prom 2022. This year's event is scheduled for May 7th, at The Lapeer Country Club. I am moving forward with this event until I'm told otherwise. We have held our prom at this venue for quite a few years. The staff at the Lapeer Country Club really take care of us and our seniors make great memories there. It's a large venue, with plenty of room for a school of our size. More to come on this event as we get closer to the date.

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FINAL EXAMS AND LAST DAY FOR SENIORS

The last day for seniors will be Friday, May 20th. Seniors will be taking their final exams on Thursday, May 19th and Friday, May 20th according to the following schedule:


Thursday, May 19th

  • 10:42 a.m. - 4th hour exam
  • 12:16 p.m. - 5th hour exam
  • 1:20 p.m. - 6th hour exam



Friday, May 20th

  • 7:30 a.m. - 1st hour exam
  • 8:34 a.m. - 2nd hour exam
  • 9:38 a.m. - 3rd hour exam
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COMMENCEMENT 2022

It is my sincere hope that we will have this year's graduation ceremonies at The Whiting Auditorium. Commencement is tentatively scheduled for June 4th @ 7:00 p.m. The Genesee County Health Department, and the future recommendations for venue capacitiy are a constantly changing concern.


Rest assured, I have a plan B. Even if we have to go outside to the football field, last year's commencement ceremonies were absolutely wonderful.