Steven L. Cook, Superintendent
Farewell, Class of 2019!
It is once again time to offer appreciation and best wishes to another exceptional senior class. Each graduating senior has brought his or her unique voice and talents to our district. Here are some highlights of their many accomplishments and contributions.
The Haslett High School Class of 2019 is distinguished for its academic achievers. Ten seniors earned a 4.0 cumulative GPA during their high school careers: Sophie Busch, Julian Cassar, Nicklaus Donovan, Brigitta Fackler, Ella McKinney, Vongaishe Mutatu, Shawna Oesterling, Saad Shami, Charles Tuley, and Brianna Willhite. One-Hundred-Two seniors (46%) maintained a 3.5 GPA or better.
Luke LaPointe, Shawna Oesterling, and Saad Shami were National Merit Commended Scholars. Kyla Chamberlain received the DAR Good Citizen Award.
The Quiz Bowl Team led by Benjamin Homminga, HuaiJin Wang, Alexander Charney, and Liam Charney qualified for Nationals and competed in the Quizbusters Finals on WKAR.
There were 155 entries in Division 4 of the Digital Media competition. Award winners included: Joshua Rhodes (Live Sports Announcer) and Blake Lampman (Localized News Analysis, Environmental Health, Science, Diversity Coverage).
A number of Haslett High School seniors were honored by the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association for their work on the 2018-19 Dixit Yearbook and the 2018-19 Viking Longboat student newspaper.
There were a total of 592 entries in Division 4 of the Individual Newspaper Contest and 255 entries in Division 4 of the Individual Yearbook Contest. Awards were presented during the MIPA Spring Awards Conference held in April at the Lansing Center.
This year’s Editor-In-Chief for the 2018-19 Longboat was Bayelee Hodge, and Editorial staff included: Madeline Warren, Reece Foster, Gabriel McGuire, and Kylie Flewelling. Senior award winners were: Bayelee Hodge (Editorial), Noah Lynch (Bylined Opinion), Mateo Medrano (Alternative Story Form), and Madeline Warren (News Story, News Brief, Editoria).
Co-Editors-In-Chief of the 2018-19 Dixit Yearbook were Noor Pawar and Delaney Andridge. Senior award winners were: Delaney Andridge (People Spread, Personality Profile, Academic Photo), Noah Lynch (Club/Performance Photo), and Noor Pawar (School Spirit Photo, Sports Reporting, Sports Feature Photo, Sports Spread, People Spread).
In band, seniors led the Symphonic Band to a Second Division Rating at the MSBOA District VIII Band and Orchestra Festival. With high ratings at the MSBOA State Solo and Ensemble Festival for many, Marisha Curtis was involved in the Prestigious Spartan Youth Wind Symphony.
In choral music, the seniors successfully led all six Haslett Choirs to First Division ratings at District Choral Festival. The Haslett Chorale was also selected to perform at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Gala Concert as one of two most outstanding choirs in the State of Michigan for the second year in a row. The Select Women’s Ensemble was given an Honorable Mention at State Solo & Ensemble. The Select Men’s Ensemble and Select Chorale were chosen in the Top 25 and are being considered to perform at Michigan’s Top 10 Ensembles at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival.
In athletics, the following students were recognized: Ty Andrades (Basketball), Hannah Homan (Basketball), Samuel Laczynski (Basketball), Blake Lampman (Basketball), Ella McKinney (Basketball), Mitchell Mowid (Basketball/Football), Jaden Thelen (Basketball/Football), Caleb Beebe (Football), Benjamin Brittain (Football), Michael Cronin (Football), Quentin Hernandez (Football), Noah Kildea (Football), Gabriel Roberts (Football), Hyrum Tibbitts (Football), Nolan Kelley (Tennis), Sydney Boersma (Swim and Dive/Bowling), Sydney George (Swim and Dive), Reece Huberts (Swim and Dive), Samuel Blake (Soccer), Griffin Doran (Soccer), Henrik Holland (Soccer), Antonio Salazar (Soccer), Paul Schmidt (Soccer), Charles Tuley (Soccer), Kace Krauss (Cross Country), Chyanna Caster (Volleyball), Kenzie Hammontree (Volleyball), Harley Roe (Volleyball), Jordan Valley (Volleyball), Delaney Andridge (Bowling), Brigitta Fackler (Bowling), Luke LaPointe (Bowling), Olivia Muzzall (Gymnastics), and Anthony Root (Wrestling).
Seniors led our athletic teams to multiple championships. Boys Soccer, Boys Tennis, Boys Cross Country, and Football teams all won the CAAC Division Championships.
Ten seniors were named Capital Area Activities Conference Scholar Athletes for 2019: Delaney Andridge, Sydney Boersma, Michael Corder, Griffin Doran, Brigitta Fackler, Sydney George, Kace Krauss, Ella McKinney, Noor Pawar, and Dennis Whitaker.
Two seniors received the NISCA Academic All American Award for 2019: Sydney Boersma and Sydney George, and three received the MIVCA Academic All-State Award: Kenzie Hammontree, Ella McKinney, and Katie Sloan.
Safety and Security - A Priority
Haslett Public Schools wishes to thank the Board of Education, our school community and staff for supporting the Bond Proposal and the Site Sinking Fund renewal on the August 7, 2018 ballot. This financial support will enable the district to increase security and safety in our buildings, create classrooms for the 21st century and improve our extra-curricular learning spaces. The success Haslett Public Schools has enjoyed would not be possible without this support. It is our goal to continue to provide an A+ learning community that promotes excellence for all students.
As we begin this year, we want you to be aware of two changes the district has made. We believe both of these changes are positive and will be of benefit to our students. We have changed our security procedures to ensure the safety of students and staff, and the school calendar has been expanded to include additional no-school days.
Safety and Security
Beginning the first day of school, all school building doors will be locked during instructional hours. Access will be made available at the main entrances ONLY. These entrances will be locked at a predetermined timed (based on the needs of each school) each morning. Parents, visitors and vendors needing to enter the school buildings throughout the instructional day will be required to follow an established protocol using a video intercom system. Visitors to our buildings will also be required to sign in and wear identification badges. Please refer to the safety article on page 3 of this Blackboard for more specific information.
Our school calendar for 2018-19 has been extended by three days. The last day of school for students will be Wednesday, June 12, 2019. By extending the school year, we are able to add additional days off for students and families. The calendar includes two four-day weekends, an autumn break (October 12–15) and a mid-winter break (February 15–18).
The calendar will continue to include the release of our students for two weeks in late December and early January, as well as the first week in April. We will also NOT hold school on November 6 (Election Day). This day was added for security reasons, as Meridian Township uses Haslett High School, Haslett Middle School and Murphy Elementary School for polling.
In addition to the changes outlined above, below are highlights of some of our plans for the upcoming school year:
- Enhancing our safety and security measures to include updating our District Crisis Plan, in collaboration with Meridian Township Police, installing a key card digital door-monitoring system and developing long-term “safety” plans for the district
- Moving into the design phase of the 2018 Bond Proposal, which will involve soliciting further input from staff and the community, as we look forward to construction beginning in the spring of 2019
- Implementing a mobile application for our website, allowing the district to notify and communicate with parents and students more efficiently, as well as provide easy access to school information, such as building events and the school calendar
- Continuing to promote the well-being of students and staff with programs, such as “Be Nice” and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
- Providing additional parent education forums on critical subjects, such as mental health, safety and security
- Maintaining high academic standards for all K-12 students, including ensuring all students are reading at grade level by the end of Grade 3
- Expanding opportunities for our high school students to earn credit through multiple pathways, such as Haslett Virtual Academy and Dual Enrollment
We hope you are looking forward to the new school year. Thanks again for your continued support of our school organization. We would not be able to achieve the high level of success in our classrooms that make a difference for our students without your support. I invite you to stop in and see me, at your convenience, to discuss our district goals and the future of Haslett Public Schools.