Category Archives: Schools

Instagram account honors Huron High School class of 2020

Seen here is a screen shot of the Instagram account named “huronhighschoolseniors.” Type the username into the search bar on Instagram to find the page.


Posted by The Huron Hub
Saturday, April 11, 2020
Article updated

The community is finding creative ways to honor the class of 2020 in this unprecedented time.

First, Huron parents decorated their doors to celebrate high school seniors.

Now, an Instagram account was created to honor Huron High School’s class of 2020.

The account, named “huronhighschoolseniors,” was created by Huron senior Hannah Petroski.

Petroski uses the account to share her classmate’s senior photos, where they going to school in the fall, and their major.

If you’re not familiar with Instagram, it’s a photo sharing application owned by Facebook, and you can download the app for your smartphone.

Type the username into Instagram’s search bar to find the account.

A screen shot of the account’s homepage


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Huron parents decorate their doors to celebrate high school seniors

Graduation is a special time for a high school student. With the COVID-19 pandemic striking right near the end of the school year, it has left some seniors unsure of their futures. Local parents decided to help ease some worry and make sure their graduating students get recognized by decorating their doors. In turn, Huron High School principal Steven Hudock has shared the photos of the doors (seen here) on Twitter.


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

Published April 5, 2020

Everyday life has changed quickly during the past three weeks of mandatory self isolation, especially for a group of seniors destined to celebrate a very special time in their lives.

High school seniors across the country who were set to graduate soon and take part in the special right of passage have been left confused, worried, and unsure of their futures.

Special events like prom, senior nights, and other school and social events, have been left up in the air.

With the announcement from Michigan’s governor ensuring that 2020’s senior class will graduate, many local parents have celebrated the unexpected end to the school year by decorating their doors with their student’s senior swag.

To ensure that the seniors get some added exposure, Steven Hudock, principal of Huron High School, has been sharing photos of the decorated doors on his Twitter account.

Take a look at some of the doors:

The Huron Hub would like to congratulate every high school senior graduating in 2020. We’d also like to see and share your senior doors or other photos of your student. Please share your photos by posting them on our Facebook page or Twitter page, or emailing Editor@HuronHub.com.


 

Charter offers free internet access for 60 days to new K-12 and college student households


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

Published April 3, 2020

During the COVID-19 crisis, those adhering to the stay home order are relying on internet more than ever to work, continue schooling, and for general entertainment.

Charter says the company will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription.

The offer is for any service level up to 100 Mbps and installation fees will be waived for new student households.

To enroll call 1-844-488-8395.

Additionally, Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely.

Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.

Charter will also open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.

Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees, according to the company.

As the country works collaboratively to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, broadband internet access will be increasingly essential to ensuring that people across the country are able to learn and work remotely, that businesses can continue to serve customers, and that Americans stay connected and engaged with family and friends.

Charter’s says their advanced communications network ensures more than 29 million customers–including government offices, first responders, health care facilities, and businesses–maintain the connectivity they rely on.

The company says their network is built to sustain maximum capacity during peak usage which is typically in the evenings, so a surge during the day would be well within the network’s capabilities to manage.

Charter says it will continue to closely monitor the situation and is well-prepared to continue delivering reliable connectivity.

Charter added that they have extensive business and workforce continuity plans in place that will be adjusted as needed to best serve all our customers and employees.


 

Whitmer cancels in-person classes at K-12 schools for remainder of school year


Posted by The Huron Hub
Thursday, April 2, 2020
10:22 AM EST

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-35 today, ordering all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the school year, unless restrictions are lifted.

The order also lays out a plan for continuing learning by setting guidelines for remote learning.

District facilities can be used by public school employees and contractors for the purposes of facilitating learning at a distance while also practicing social distancing.

“My number one priority right now is protecting Michigan families from the spread of COVID-19. For the sake of our students, their families, and the more than 100,000 teachers and staff in our state, I have made the difficult decision to close our school facilities for the remainder of the school year,” Governor Whitmer said. “As a parent, I understand the challenge closing schools creates for parents and guardians across the state, which is why we are setting guidelines for schools to continue remote learning and ensuring parents have resources to continue their children’s education from the safety of their homes. There is no video chat or homework packet that can replace the value of a highly trained, experienced teacher working with students in a classroom, but we must continue to provide equitable educational opportunities for students during this public health crisis.”

Whitmer says the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators and the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers are currently developing a Continuity of Learning Plan template application for schools to utilize in order to create their localized plan.

The application will be made available by April 3. District plans will need to detail how districts will provide opportunities for students to learn remotely and how schools will manage and monitor their progress. It will also provide information on how parents and guardians can learn more about the local plan.

Whitmer said each district must have its plan approved by their regional intermediate school district before being implemented. Public school academies must have their plans approved by their authorizer. Districts can also partner with one another to create joint plans.

Every district’s plan will be different and will reflect what’s best and feasible for their community. A plan can include learning by any number of modes of instruction delivery, including a hybrid approach. However they are designed, districts must ensure their plans are appropriate, equitable and accessible for students and families.

If the plan relies on some online instruction, the district should ensure every student who needs it has access to an appropriate device with an ability to connect to the internet. Students and families will not be penalized if they are unable to participate in their alternate learning plan.

“Schools should continue to provide mental health care services for students, to the extent possible, and should be ready and willing to help efforts to establish disaster relief childcare centers. School districts will also continue to provide meals for families who need them during the COVID-19 crisis,” Whitmer said.

If any schools have unused personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies or other materials, they are encouraged to donate them to organizations that could put them to use.

School districts will have the flexibility to adopt a balanced calendar for the 2019-2020 school year and/or to begin the 2020-2021 school year before Labor Day without having to seek additional approval.

Teachers and school employees will be paid for the remainder of the school year. Student teachers will still be able to get a temporary certification and current teachers will still be able to get their certifications renewed, even if they can’t meet all the requirements due to COVID-19.

All Michigan high school seniors will be given the opportunity to graduate this year so that they may make a successful postsecondary transition. Additionally, all standardized tests previously scheduled for the remainder of the school year, including the M-STEP and the SAT, will be canceled. There will be a date in October for rising high school seniors to take the SAT and for other high school students to take the PSAT.

To view executive order 2020-35, click the link below:


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For current and up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

Huron STEM teacher uses 3D printer to make face shield components for healthcare workers

Andrew Knapik, STEM teacher at Renton Junior High in New Boston, is using equipment from the school’s lab to print head pieces that will be used to make full face shields. The completed shields will then be distributed to healthcare workers in Monroe County. (Photos courtesy of Andrew Knapik)


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

Published March 30, 2020

Across the country, communities are pulling together to supply healthcare workers with the essential items they need to treat patients with COVID-19.

Andrew Knapik, STEM teacher at Renton Junior High School in New Boston, said it was a text message from a colleague that was the catalyst for using equipment from the school’s lab to make head pieces for face shields that, in turn, will be distributed to healthcare workers.

“A text from Renton Junior High bands teacher Brenda Bressler put this into motion. Bressler shared a Facebook post of Monroe High School teacher Kyle Reed helping to organize those in the area with 3D printers to help print materials needed to make PPE face shields for local healthcare professionals,” Knapik said.

Renton Junior High’s STEM lab has three 3D printers, Knapik said, and both he and Bressler knew they could be used to help out.

After getting permission from Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron Schools, Knapik said a quick effort was made to open the school and get the printers and other supplies needed so he could begin work at home.

Knapik then setup a work station right in his dining room, and after getting some tech support from the maker of the printer, he was ready to go.

“Each headpiece takes between four and five hours to print,” Knapik said. “The head pieces will then be delivered to Monroe High School, where other volunteers will work to mount shields to the head piece.”

Once the face shields are complete, they will be distributed to healthcare workers in Monroe County.


You can view a special COVID-19 (coronavirus) news section on HuronHub.com by clicking on this link.

For current and up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

Camilleri, Polehanki call for early end to school year ‘to protect students and teachers’

(HURON HUB file photo)


Posted by The Huron Hub
Thursday, March 26, 2020

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown) and Sen. Dayna Polehanki (D-Livonia), called for an early end to the school year following the projected course of COVID-19.

The legislators say the need to provide certainty and a path forward for districts and families is essential at this time.

“We are ready and willing to address this legislatively,” said Camilleri and Polehanki in a joint statement. “But to act faster and provide clarity for our school districts, we urge the Governor to close schools for the rest of the year to protect our students, teachers, and families.”

Both Polehanki and Camilleri said they have key pieces of legislation that would help the state complete this closure in a responsible way, including forgiving days, fixing teacher evaluations, and addressing third grade retention.

Both said that the quickest and most decisive way to close schools would be through action on Governor Whitmer’s part.

Polehanki and Camilleri, both former teachers and Democratic Vice Chairs of the Michigan House and Senate Education Committees, supported Whitmer on recent actions they say protect students and emphasized the importance of ensuring teachers, administrators, and support staff still receive the pay and benefits they deserve if the school year is cut short.

The legislators also called for immediate action to allow districts to plan for the summer and beyond.

“Above all else, we need a swift decision so districts will know where they stand,” said Camilleri and Polehanki. “We know that deciding to close school would lead to many additional questions, and we are ready to work with the Governor’s office, the Department of Education, and our local school districts to make this work for everyone.”


You can view a special COVID-19 (coronavirus) news section on HuronHub.com by clicking on this link.

For current and up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.