From the Principal’s Desk – Dr. Janet Schwamb
Huron’s News for the Week of 3/26/17
- We have completed the Scarlett MS and Huron HS IB MYP verification visit last week. This visit allowed us to verify that both schools have taken all the necessary actions and are prepared to become an MYP (Middle Years Programme) IB World School. The verification visit was the culmination of three years of preparation. Thank you to the staff members, parents, and students who participated in the verification visit. We look forward to the authorization report in June
- Monday, 3/27/17 we will be conducting a lockdown/intruder drill during passing time. Staff will actively assist students to find a safe location in the building during the drill. Students were told this past Fridaythat the drill is scheduled for Monday. We will remind students of this drill again on Monday morning so that students are fully aware this is a drill and what they will need to do.
- Mark your calendars 3/28/17 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Scarlett Middle School. The Families Care Conference. The Ann Arbor Intervention Specialists present guest speaker Dr. J. B. Marks who is considered an expert in the areas of closing the achievement gap, differentiated instruction, student engagement and urban education. Community resources and partners will be available to interact with families.
- The 2017 School Climate Survey - Make Your Voice Count!Ann Arbor Public Schools’ annual School Climate Survey is live through March 28th. Now is your chance to share feedback about what our school does well and how we can improve. All parents, employees, and students in grades 3–12 are invited to participate. This survey will help us to identify trends in perceptions, monitor the climate in our school, evaluate our progress, and understand the ongoing needs of our community.Survey questions address academic preparation, student support and engagement, school leadership, parent engagement, safety and behavior, and school operations, among other topics. All parents/guardians with a current email address on file received a personal invitation and survey link but parents may also take the survey at: http://tiny.cc/AAPS2017ParentSurvey. We are pleased to offer the survey in English, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. It's compatible with any computer, tablet, or smartphone and parents without Internet access can request a paper survey at our office. Independent research and communications firm K12 Insight is administering the survey and compiling the results and ALL responses are strictly confidential. We hope you will take 15 minutes and share your experiences and perceptions with us.
- The Ann Arbor Public School’s Counseling Outreach Series presents it’s 32nd annual College Fair on Wednesday, 3/29/17 at Pioneer High School from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Fair is open to students from Ann Arbor and the surrounding area. Each year, approximately 1,000 people attend the Ann Arbor Public School’s College Fair to explore both educational and training opportunities from over 120 visiting colleges and universities. This year, in coordination with the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (MACRAO), students attending the Fair have the opportunity to pre-register to utilize an electronic lead service. Pre-registered students receive a personalized barcode that can be printed out or displayed on a cell phone. College admissions representatives scan the barcode and the students profile data is automatically sent to the college in an electronic format. To use the service, participants may register at AnnArborCollegeFair.weebly.com. Registering is not required to attend this event. Please contact Gretchen Eby at firstname.lastname@example.org or (734) 994-2027 for additional information.
- Thursday, 3/30/17- Double Assembly Bell Schedule – Depression Awareness Assemblies for all students. For the past seven years, Huron has been part of the University of Michigan Depression Center’s Peer to Peer (P2P) Depression Awareness Campaign program. The P2P program uses a youth-driven model where students create, implement, and disseminate a tailored school-wide depression awareness campaign under the direction of school-employed staff and advisement from University of Michigan staff. This year, Huron continued the program with much of its campaign occurring throughout the month of March to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and provide help for mental health. Some activities included daily announcements, classroom presentations, informational/inspirational posters around the school, and giving away buttons saying “I support depression awareness.” The final part of Huron’s Depression awareness month will be an assembly from Will Heininger, a former U of M football player and Ann Arbor native who is now a mental health advocate. He has already spoken to several schools (e.g. Community, Pioneer, Lincoln, Saline, Milan) and community organizations in the area. On Thursday, March 30th, Huron will welcome Will as a speaker for 2 assemblies. He will be sharing his personal story with depression, as well as open up time for students to ask questions. Huron High School’s counselors and social worker will be available after the assembly to support your student in whatever they need. Additionally, a list of outside community resources can be found here: http://huronhighschoolcounselingdepartm.weebly.com/depressionanxiety.html
Assembly A: 8:26 am - 9:31 am
Assembly B: 9:36 am - 10:41 am
Should you have any questions, please direct them to your child’s counselor.
- Friday, 3/31/17 3rd Marking Quarter ends.
- Huron HS will be closed for Spring Break on Monday, 4/3/17 through Friday, 4/7/17. Classes will resume on Monday, 4/10/17. Upon return from Spring Break, the following assessments will be given: Tuesday, 4/11/17 PSAT for grade 9 and SAT for grade 11. Wednesday 4/12/17 the Workkeys for grade 11 and the PSAT for grade 10. Thursday 4/13/17 the M - Step for grade 11. An email with detailed information has been previously sent to you.
- News from the Media Center: The Huron High School Media Center applied for and was awarded a grant from the Ann Arbor Educational Foundation to update our Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL). These 17 new titles are now part of our collection of 199 titles and are already being used by our students and teachers. This semester during teacher collaboration periods, our librarians Jennifer Colby and Lauren Warren gave lessons to the entire staff on how to access and use our GVRL collection. Students in our Art and Design, U.S. Government, and English 10 classes have already accessed our GVRL collection to do research for their assignments. A great feature of the GVRL is the citation tool. Remember the days of painstakingly creating properly formatted citations? Today, with the GVRL (and many other resources available from our library website), perfectly formatted citations are created with just the touch of a button. No more sweating over italics, quotation marks, or commas! Ask your student if they have used our GVRL collection. A password is required to access these purchased resources; login information is available in the Media Center. The librarians are available to instruct classes or help individuals with finding resources for any type of assignment. Find the GVRL collection and more at the Huron Media Center website at: huronmediacenter.org
- Wednesday, 4/12/17 PTSO Meting at 7:00 PM in the Media Center.
Have a wonderful week!