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Display honors Huron High School class of 2020

The front lawn of Huron High School in New Boston was transformed into a tribute featuring a wall of photos to honor this year’s graduates. (Photos by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted May 17, 2020

The staff at Huron High School in New Boston are making sure this year’s graduating class does not go unnoticed.

The class of 2020 will begin their final week of school on Monday as the country continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

To honor this year’s graduating class, staff at the high school placed a wall of photos on the school’s front lawn featuring each senior.

Principal Steven Hudock said in a social media post that the tribute will be up for about two weeks before the lawn signs are disturbed to families.

Grads and the community are welcome to stop by and check out the tribute.

“HHS Class of 2020, congrats on your last week! This is a tribute to all of you! Feel free to drive by and take pictures. Please practice social distancing. I’d like to leave these up for 2 weeks,” Hudock said.

Photos: Huron High School honors 2020 graduates 
Photos by Scott Bolthouse — The Huron Hub


 

Whitmer announces process for reopening schools in fall, launches Return to Learning Advisory Council


Posted by The Huron Hub | May 15, 2020 

Gov. Whitmer today announced the Return to Learning Advisory Council through Executive Order 2020-88, formalizing a process for determining how schools may be able to reopen in the fall.

The panel–comprised of students, parents, frontline educators, administrators and public health officials–will provide the COVID-19 Task Force on Education with recommendations on how to safely, equitably, and efficiently return to school in the Fall.

The State of Michigan will also partner with a national nonprofit organization called Opportunity Labs to bring national expertise to this project.

“It’s critical we bring together experts in health care and education, as well as students, educators, and families to think about how and if it’s possible to safely return to in-person learning in the fall and how to ensure the more than 1.5 million K-12 students across Michigan get the education they need and deserve,” Whitmer said said. “This panel will use a data-informed and science-based approach with input from epidemiologists to determine if, when, and how students can return to school this fall and what that will look like.”

On March 3, Whitmer established the COVID-19 Task Force on Education which includes key state government agencies, including representatives from MDHHS, MDE, and others.

“Since then, she has worked around the clock with experts in health care and education to protect our students, educators, and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic,” a statement from the governor’s office said.

Whitmer closed school buildings to students on March 16, and announced on April 30 that buildings would remain closed for the duration of the school year.

The original task force will recommend a roadmap and framework for school to utilize to plan for various public health scenarios.

“Going forward, the Task Force will be informed by the Return to School Advisory Council, including voices from educators, health experts, and other community stakeholders. The Advisory Council will gather critical stakeholder feedback on the content of the Roadmap,” a statement from Whitmer said.

Whitmer says schools must consider the following key issues before opening:

  • Performing outreach to ensure the voices of stakeholders are included in the discussion of implementing the 2020-2021 school year in these challenging and uncharted circumstances.
  • Ensuring experts in public health and epidemiology are informing the discussion of safety returning to school.
  • Recommending actions to remove statutory/administrative barriers to delivering education before we are at Phase 6 of the MI Safe Start Plan.
  • Recommending actions to develop and improve systems for remedial support for students who experienced learning loss during the spring and summer.

“I want to thank all of the parents who have been burning the candle at both ends these last few months trying to help their kids stay on track with their schoolwork while juggling their other responsibilities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. I know it hasn’t been easy,” Whitmer said. “My hope is that by organizing a formal process informed by public health experts, we can give school districts much-needed direction heading into the 2020-2021 school year.”

Dr. Mario Ramirez, managing director of Opportunity Labs, is a practicing emergency physician and former acting director of pandemic and emerging threats for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the ebola epidemic.

“We look forward to supporting the Advisory Council in its work to ensure the safest possible return to school in the fall,” Ramirez said.

Support for the project is being provided but the Council of Michigan Foundations, the C.S. Mott Foundation, and other philanthropic organizations.

Anyone interested in the Return to Learn Advisory Council can apply by going to Michigan.gov/appointments and click ‘apply now’ under boards and commissions.

The panel will be made up of more than 20 members representing K-12 administrators and educators, health experts and community stakeholders.

You will be able to choose Return to School Advisory Council under the appointment information tab within the application.

Applications are due by Wednesday, May 20.


 

Huron High School ranked a ‘2020 Best High School’ by U.S. News and World Report


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published April 30, 2020

Huron High School in New Boston, Mich. was named as a “2020 Best High School” based on rankings from the U.S. News and World Report.

The school was ranked #4,619 in national rankings with an overall Score of 74.04/100

Best high schools rankings are produced in partnership with RTI International, a global research firm.

The report focused on nearly 18,000 schools who were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.

The ranking is based on advanced placement offerings, programming, student achievement rates, graduation rates, and other data, as reported by the U.S. Department of Education Common Core of Data.

Here is the full overview on Huron High School from U.S. News and World Report.

“We are very proud of our students and staff,” said Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron School District.

Read more about the U.S. News education rankings methodologies by visiting this link.


 

Huron School District school of choice applications now available


Posted by The Huron Hub
April 21, 2020
Local school news

The Huron School District has opened their application process for school of choice for next school year.

Applications can be downloaded and printed here: huronschools.org/district_info/school_of_choice.

The district is also working on making a virtual sign-up form available soon.

Here is some important Information about school of choice in Huron School District per the district’s website:

  • Applications will only be accepted between Monday, May 4, 2020 and Friday, May 15, 2020 and will be available at the Administration building or may be printed from the website www.huronschools.org. Incomplete information will not be accepted and will automatically be disqualified.
  • If they receive more applications than openings for each grade level, a random lottery will be held.
  • Applications of students who have been suspended or expelled within the past two school years will automatically disqualify your student’s application.
  • A copy of the student’s last report card which shows attendance and grades, must be turned in with all applications for grades 1 through 8.
  • If you are applying for a vacancy in grades 6-12 you must have the “Affirmation of Prior Discipline” form signed by you, your student and the student’s current building principal to accompany their application.
  • If you are applying for grades 9-12 you student must have earned enough credits to be at the grade level that they are applying for. An unofficial transcript and a copy of their last report card which shows attendance must accompany their application.
  • If you are applying for grades 9-12, please know that an incoming freshman are eligible to play athletics for Huron. 10-12th graders may be penalized from participating in athletics for a period of time. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact your current athletic director, or you may contact the Huron School District Athletic Director, Martin Salazar, at 734-783-0324.
  • Completed applications and all documentation must be mailed in to the address listed above or emailed to: schoolofchoice@huronschools.org no later than May 15, 2020. Anything that is received or post-marked after this date will be disqualified. 

 

Huron School District launches Kindergarten roundup website


Posted April 17, 2020

Huron School District launched a kindergarten roundup website to collect information from parents who plan to enroll their kindergartner in the district next fall.

The district said it plans to release more info about Kindergarten roundup soon.

Keep in mind it is not a formal registration for kindergarten. Instead, the district is using the virtual form to collect information about families who are interested in registering kindergarten students for the 2020-2021 school year.

Here is the website: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdveblngpIAfHlz9Jdi1S-PL4dHL5S_dpU3zOv5PXW8_yF2SQ/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1


 

Huron School District explains continued learning plan for students


Posted by The Huron Hub
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The Huron School District laid out a plan for continued learning for students in the district.

Superintendent Donovan Rowe said in a letter that Gov. Whitmer’s executive order that closed all school buildings due to the COVID-19 pandemic also mandated that instruction take place using “remote learning” options for the remainder of the school year.

Here is a portion of the letter that Rowe sent out on Monday:

As a result, the Huron School District has completed a “Continuity of Learning Plan” that outlines the District’s efforts to provide remote learning options to students. The plan follows a model that is consistent with the Huron School District’s strategic plan, providing instruction that stresses rigor, relevance, and relationships for all students. This plan is being submitted to Wayne County RESA for approval, in accordance with guidance from the Michigan Department of Education. Once approved, this document will be posted on the Huron School District website.

In an effort to offer purposeful learning to all students, the Huron School District is launching a new web site called the Huron Learning Hub. This site is intended to help our students and parents as they transition to remote learning during the school closure. Parents will find information and resources on the site that will help keep them informed and equipped during this time. Students will find ways to connect with teachers, log-in to Google Classroom sites for instruction, and explore content and resources. We are working to develop the final details of the site now, and we will be launching our remote learning instructional program, along with the Huron Learning Hub site, on April 20, 2020.

View the entire letter here


 

Huron High School National Honors Society donates over $1,000 to Beaumont Health Foundation


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published April 13, 2020

The Huron Township community continues to step-up and help healthcare workers get the essentials they need during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Huron High School National Honors Society recently donated $1,030 to Beaumont Health Foundation to help purchase personal protection equipment for healthcare workers.

The honors society raised the funds through a GoFundMe page started by Jennifer Sowers, and all proceeds were sent directly to Beaumont Health Foundation once the fundraiser was finished.

For more information on how to donate to Beaumont Health Foundation or ways to donate your own personal protection equipment, visit their website at beaumont.org/giving.

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