Steven L. Cook, Superintendent
Haslett Public Schools has a long tradition of academic excellence and providing educational opportunities which enable students of all aspirations and abilities to grow and learn. Our ultimate goal for the upcoming school year is to ensure all students are successful. This would not be possible without the support of our staff, parents, and the community of Haslett Public Schools. Thank you for partnering with us as we begin another new school year.
This summer, our Administrative team worked together to develop our district goals for the 2023-24 school year. The Administrative Goals are divided into five (5) core areas: Student Instruction, Technology, Fiscal Responsibility, Community, and School Safety. Goals are presented to the Haslett Board of Education in August and implemented and evaluated throughout the school year. These goals will be available to the public after they have been presented to the Haslett Board of Education.
We encourage you to follow our progress throughout the 2023-24 school year by way of various communications sent out from our buildings, departments, staff, and my office. Information can also be obtained by visiting the district website and subscribing to the Haslett A+ app. Keeping you informed is a top priority for Haslett Public Schools. As we look to begin the new school year, here are some of the goals we will be implementing:
Safety and Security
The safety and security of our students and staff continue to be a top priority for Haslett Public Schools. A few of the additional measures put in place over the summer months include:
- Hiring of a full-time School Resource Officer
- Installing protective window film on all school entrances and high visibility areas
- Installing strobe alarm lock-down warning system at all school buildings
- Upgrading locks on all classroom doors, which will remain locked at all times
- Adding additional cameras throughout the district to cover any identified areas of interest
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
The district began its efforts to implement the newly adopted (June 2022) DEI plan during the 2022-23 school year. Stephanie Livingston, District DEI Coordinator and Haslett High School Intervention Specialist, has been leading the implementation efforts for our district. Individual building team leaders, district staff, and the district-wide DEI committees have also been involved in the implementation process.
During the 2023-24 school year, we will continue to work with these groups to meet the goals set forth in the previous year. The efforts we will be focusing on this year include:
- Establishing a process for responding to incidents of bias
- Hiring and retention of staff
- Family and community engagement
These goals represent only a portion of the work to be completed during this school year. Additional information regarding our DEI plan can be found on the District’s DEI website. Other updates on our progress will be presented at Board of Education Meetings and in my weekly publications.
Into-Reading, a new K-5 reading curriculum, was purchased and implemented during the 2021-22 school year. Reveal Math, a new K-12 math curriculum, was partially implemented during the 2022-23 school year, with full implementation expected this year. Both of these programs are aligned with Michigan’s Academic Standards and have significantly increased academic rigor. We will continue our efforts to implement both of these curriculums during the 2023-24 school year and provide professional development and collaboration time for teachers. We have already begun to see the benefits for students in mastery of content and improved student achievement.
We are excited to welcome back staff and students to the new school year. Thank you for your continued support of Haslett Public Schools. Feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or concerns.