Category Archives: Schools

Huron School District suspends in-person learning through Jan. 15


Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Dec. 2, 2020

The Huron School District announced Tuesday that in-person learning for all grades will be suspended through Jan. 15.

The district was already on a two-week pause when the decision was made this week to continue the suspension of face-to-face classes.

Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron School District, explained the decision in a letter to parents posted Tuesday.

Letter summary:

-Huron School District is suspending face-to-face instruction for all students (K-12) through Jan. 15, 2021.

-Students will be working remotely during this time and will be scheduled to return to in-person instruction on January 19, 2021.

-Recently, the Wayne County Health Department issued a Public Health Advisory pertaining to school districts in Wayne County. This advisory has a direct impact on schools and instructional programming.

-Advisory outlines direction from Wayne County Health Department to all Wayne County school districts to temporarily shift to a remote learning model through Jan, 15, 2021.

-Wayne County Public Health Director calls for the suspension of extra-curricular sports and related school sponsored gatherings during this time.

-During online learning, students will continue to learn remotely 5 days per week, with synchronous instruction every day.

-District Food Service will be continuing their pick-up service model; Pick-up will take place on Mondays and Thursdays.

You can read the superintendent’s full letter by visiting this link

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Andie Martin signs NLI to play golf at Saginaw Valley State University

(Photos courtesy of Karen Martin)

Posted by The Huron Hub
Nov. 25, 2020

Andie Martin, senior at Huron High School in New Boston, signed a National Letter of Intent to play golf at Saginaw Valley State University.

Martin placed in the top 10 at the girls high school state tournament this year, and received all-state honors for division two high school.


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Gracie Brinkerhoff signs letter of intent with Purdue University Fort Wayne softball

Gracie Brinkerhoff, senior at Huron High School in New Boston, signed a letter of intent Nov. 11 to play softball for Purdue University Fort Wayne. (Photos courtesy of Roxanne Brinkerhoff)

By Scott Bolthouse

The Huron Hub – Nov. 18, 2020

Gracie Brinkerhoff, senior at Huron High School in New Boston, signed a letter of intent Nov. 11 to play softball for Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Brinkerhoff will pitch for the Mastodons in the fall of 2021 following a season off due to the current pandemic.

She has played with Huron’s varsity team since her freshman year under Coach Tedi Belsile.

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Huron Schools to pause face-to-face learning for all grade levels through December


By Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub – Nov. 16, 2020

Huron Schools are pausing all face-to-face learning due to a spike in coronavirus cases.

Supt. Donovan Rowe sent a letter to parents in the district Monday afternoon laying out the details.

Here is a summary:

-MDHHS order requires the Huron School District to pause face-to-face instruction in grades 9-12 for the next 3 weeks.

-The restrictions are in place starting Wednesday, November 18, 2020 and will run through Tuesday, December 8 (3 weeks).

-This means that the last day of in-person instruction for Huron High School students will be Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

-In addition, the Huron School District is pausing in-person instruction for grades K- 8 for 2 weeks, starting on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 and running through Wednesday, December 2. This means that the last day of in-person instruction for students in grades K-8 will be Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

-The number of positive cases and quarantined staff and students has pushed staffing and classroom coverage to the limit, making it difficult to sustain face-to-face instructional model with available staff.

-This rapid increase in positive cases has been correlated with increased activity outside of schools (For example: parties, travel sports, and other activities) and increased prevalence of the COVID-19 virus within our community (positive parents, grandparents, and siblings.)

To view the entire letter from Supt. Donovan Rowe, visit this link.

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Huron girls basketball program hosting drive-thru bottle/can donation event on Nov. 3

(Photo/Scott Bolthouse–The Huron Hub)

Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Oct. 23, 2020

The Huron girls basketball program is hosting a drive-thru bottle and can donation event on Nov. 3.

Proceeds will help create the Huron girls basketball program for grades 7-12.

View the flyer below for more information:

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COVID-19 confirmed at Renton Junior High School


Posted by The Huron Hub
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020

COVID-19 has been confirmed at Renton Junior High School in New Boston.

The Huron School District sent out a communication to parents in the district on Oct. 5.

Here is the communication:

A confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified at Renton Junior High School. We are working closely with Wayne County Health Department to identify exposures and prevent further cases. This letter is informational only; no further action is required from you at this time.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are less than six feet from each other for at least 15 minutes. A person who is a close contact of someone who is infected with COVID-19 may experience COVID-19 symptoms typically within two to fourteen days after a person is exposed.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. Symptoms can include: Fever (>100.40 F), cough, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, runny or stuffy nose, loss of taste or smell, abdominal pain.

At this time close contacts with exposures have been notified separately by the local health department and instructed to self-quarantine the Wayne County Health Department.

There are many things that can be done to keep our schools, homes, and communities “COVID-19 free” and protect ourselves and loved ones:

Children and adults should stay home when ill.

  • Washing hands often with soap and running warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If a hand washing station is not available, use hand sanitizer properly.  Gels, rubs, and hand wipes must contain at least 60% alcohol. Dispose of wipes in the trash after use.
  • Practice Good Respiratory Etiquette (cover a cough with elbow versus hand).
  • Follow guidance for wearing a face covering and social distancing.

If you have questions, please contact the Wayne County Health Department at (734) 727-7078.

As a precaution, we will be disinfecting applicable areas of the school. This may include spraying classrooms, hallways, locker rooms, and common areas as needed with a sanitizer, along with other methods of disinfection.


School board president says district working hard to ‘provide the safest and most purposeful learning environment for students’ among pandemic


Letter to the editor
Published Aug. 25, 2020
The Huron Hub

I want to take a moment to thank our parents and community
for their patience during our planning process as we approach
the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. The Huron School
District has worked hard to balance the social distancing
guidelines, staffing considerations, clearing protocols,
contractual obligations, and transportation issues as we
attempt to provide the safest and most purposeful learning
environment for students.

In a time when most districts in our region are beginning the
year remotely, we are working to offer parents the best choices
we are able to provide, while keeping class sizes low and
complying with state requirements that have been dictated to

We understand that our modified schedule will present
challenges for parents and families, and we are thankful for the
patience and support that we have received from our
community. We have confidence that we will get through this
together, and we are hopeful that our efforts will lead to a
successful start of the year.

Thank you again for your support and understanding.

Jack Richert
Huron Board of Education


Letter to editor: Huron Education Association makes statement on fall return to school

Letter to the editor submitted Aug. 3, 2020

By Huron Education Association

As teachers, we want to be face to face with our students. We would LOVE to be able to go back to school, with a normal experience, if that were a possibility at this time. Unfortunately, so far, we do not know what school is going to look like in the fall, if we end up being physically back in the buildings. The one thing that we do know for sure is that it will look VERY different from a typical school day.

Many teachers have been approached by parents during the past few weeks about what school will look like in the fall. Parents want to make informed decisions, and many parents have told us that they feel that the information provided by the district was not specific enough or detailed enough to help them make the decision as to whether their child should go online or attend face to face.

A lot of parents have referenced the letter from the district, which says “It is clear that the majority of our parents and staff prefer some sort of face-to-face, in-person learning model.” Although it is true that our teachers all want to get back to normal, we did not have a majority of teachers who felt, based on the information provided by the district, that we could do it safely.

Many parents have questions about what the physical layout of classrooms will be in the coming year, how much time students would spend in each subject, how much students would be confined to their desks, and how much students will be allowed to interact with each other (group work, elementary stations, etc.).

For elementary students, what will recess look like, will they be able to have the group work, stations, and carpet time, or will they be asked to remain still and separated from one another?

For junior high and high school, how long will classes be, and how will passing time be managed, with students moving through the halls? What about vocational classes, which involve students not just moving between classes, but back and forth to other schools?

Just as we are all asked to socially distance in our everyday, adult interactions, students will be asked to maintain distance, in a way that they have not traditionally had to do.

Others have expressed concerns about the cleaning routines in the buildings, passing times, what lunch will look like, what bus runs will be like, and what will happen if a student has symptoms of COVID at any point during school.

If your child has special needs, how will those needs be met?

We suggest that you reach out to the district and school board for the information that has not yet been provided, so that you can make the best decision for your children. You have the right to specific details, in order to make the best decision for your children’s future.

If you have questions, we suggest asking direct, specific questions. The following contact information is directly from the Huron School District website:

Donovan Rowe, Superintendent:
Phone: (734) 782-2441 ext. 1120

Huron High School
Stephen Hudock, Principal
Megan O’Brien, Assistant Principal

Renton Jr. High School
Kurt Mrocko, Principal
Jason Gomez, Assistant Principal

Brown Elementary
Carrie Fisher, Principal

Miller Elementary
Jean Gilbert, Principal

School Board
President: Jack Richert
Vice President: Trena Szawara
Treasurer: Alice Whited
Secretary: Scott Ferguson
Trustee: Dana Town
Trustee: Nathan Cornwall
Trustee: Cory Roupe

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Public Safety Department collecting new school supplies during “Stuff the Bus” event


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| July 31, 2020

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety is partnering with local schools and community groups to collect new school supplies for the upcoming school year during their annual “Stuff the Bus” initiative.

The Huron School District, Summit Academy Schools, Huron Township Rotary, Willow United Methodist Church and Huron Township Goodfellows are joining forces with the department for the school supply drive.

New school supplies, backpacks, child-size face masks, hand sanitizer, washable markers, and small denomination gift cards to Target, Meijer, or Walmart are needed to assist local families in need.

Anyone interested in dropping off donations can do so at the Huron Township Police
Department, 36500 S. Huron Rd. New Boston, beginning Aug. 3. Drop-offs will be accepted from 8 a.m to 10 p.m.

“Even as an adult, I still remember the feeling of going to the first day of school with my new clothes, backpack, and school supplies. Unfortunately, some kids who go to school in our community never get to experience that feeling. My favorite part of this job is having a platform to help kids in my community that can use it,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

“I have seen first-hand the generosity of this community, especially when it comes to our children through the shop with a hero Christmas Program. I am hoping that we can all come together to stuff the busses. All the collected items will be given to kids who show up the first week of school without the things they need. I am excited to see what this community can do. I want to thank all of our community partners for the support. We always get immediate support from Superintendent Rowe and Superintendent Hedke and they are as excited about this initiative as we are. The busses are here, and we are ready to go.”