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Anne Hasseld Named 2023 MI ACTE Teacher of the Year

January 24, 2023 - Congratulations to Hartland High School Computer Programming teacher Anne Hasseld on being named the 2023 MI...
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Anne Hasseld Named 2023 MI ACTE Teacher of the Year

Hartland Consolidated Schools to Host Kindergarten Orientation

January 23, 2023 - Orientation for incoming 2023 Kindergarteners is scheduled for Saturday, February 18, 2023 from 10:00 to 11:30...
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Hartland Consolidated Schools to Host Kindergarten Orientation

Changing the Game Speaker Series is Back for 2023

January 16, 2023-- Join the Livingston County Chamber Alliance, Brighton, Hartland, and Howell Chambers, as they launch "Changing the Game"  Advancing Business...
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Changing the Game Speaker Series is Back for 2023

Michigan Department of Education Releases School Grades

January 13, 2023-- The Michigan Department of Education has released school grades for the 2021-2022 school year and Hartland Consolidated...
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Michigan Department of Education Releases School Grades

Hartland’s Winterfest is February 11

January 10, 2023 - Hartland Winterfest returns in 2023 for the 8th year! It’s the perfect way to spend time...
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Hartland’s Winterfest is February 11

Anne Hasseld Named 2023 MI ACTE Teacher of the Year

January 24, 2023 –

Congratulations to Hartland High School Computer Programming teacher Anne Hasseld on being named the 2023 MI ACTE (Michigan Association of Career and Technical Education) Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Hasseld was recognized for creating an environment for her students that is not only engaging, but innovative with authentic application in computer science. She provides opportunities for her students to demonstrate what they know in a variety of projects and or competitions to stretch their skills and interests. To read more about the work she does with HHS students, and the impressive statistics of her students, click the Read More Here button below.

This award recognizes the finest career and technical teachers at the middle/secondary school level who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students and dedication to the improvement of CTE in their institutions and communities. To qualify, all candidates must be employed as classroom/laboratory CTE teachers at the middle/secondary school level and have at least 5 years of teaching experience at the time of initial nomination.

Hartland Consolidated Schools to Host Kindergarten Orientation

January 23, 2023 –

Orientation for incoming 2023 Kindergarteners is scheduled for Saturday, February 18, 2023 from 10:00 to 11:30 am in the Hartland Educational Support Service Center. The orientation provides parents an opportunity to hear from kindergarten teachers and principals about a “typical” school day and the curriculum. In addition, central office administrators, transportation, student nutrition personnel, and the school nurse will be on hand. Parents are welcome to bring their child(ren). Enrollment packets are available at Central Office, located at 9525 Highland Road, or online using the button below.

Changing the Game Speaker Series is Back for 2023

January 16, 2023–

Join the Livingston County Chamber Alliance, Brighton, Hartland, and Howell Chambers, as they launch “Changing the Game”  Advancing Business Together: A 5-part speaker series for 2023. Held at Waldenwoods in Hartland, each event includes coffee and a breakfast buffet. The series kicks off on January 25 with The Bowtie Economist–Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D.

Register today! If you register for all 5 events/dates by January 25, 2023 you will receive a discount, $150 for all 5 event dates ($25 savings).

  • January 25 – Economic Forecast with The Bowtie Economist
  • March 22 – Supply Chain Disruption
  • May 24 – Artificial Intelligence
  • July 26 – Cyber Security
  • October 25 – Cultivating the Next Generation of Leaders

Michigan Department of Education Releases School Grades

January 13, 2023–

The Michigan Department of Education has released school grades for the 2021-2022 school year and Hartland Consolidated Schools has six schools with the grade of A and a designation of a Reward School. Two of HCS schools received a grade of B. Each year MDE ranks schools academically based on student proficiency. Schools in the top 5% of the Top-to-Bottom ranking are Reward Schools. 

Hartland Superintendent, Chuck Hughes, was excited to share that Hartland schools continue to receive stellar grades. Hughes also said in his weekly update to parents, “We should be proud of the work being done in the district to ensure that our students are performing above state expectations. I am so proud of our entire staff for all that they do to care for and teach the children of this community. We are currently prioritizing intervention to address learning loss over the past few years.”

Grades for Proficiency:
Creekside Elementary A and Reward School
Lakes Elementary A and Reward School
Round Elementary A and Reward School
Village Elementary B
Farms Intermediate A and Reward School
Middle School A and Reward School
Hartland High School A and Reward School
Hartland Virtual Academy B
LEGACY Compliant and Met Academic Progress (MDE changed how it handles Alternative High School grading to these two highest ratings.)

The Michigan State Legislature enacted Public Act 601 of 2018 to create an A-F grading system as a measure of school performance. As with all accountability systems, it is helpful to view multiple measures. 

Hartland’s Winterfest is February 11

January 10, 2023 –

Hartland Winterfest returns in 2023 for the 8th year! It’s the perfect way to spend time with your family while combatting late-winter cabin fever.

Any individuals, non-profit groups, or businesses interested in leading an activity, offering a performance, or sponsoring a program should contact Deputy Clerk Karen Vermillion at (810) 869-4877 or DeputyClerk@hartlandtwp.com. A big thank you to all the volunteers and generous sponsors who continue to make this family-friendly day of fun possible!

The Winterfest committee is also searching for local talent. Do you, your team/troop, or someone you know have performance gifts to share with the Hartland community? Contact Karen Vermillion if you want to take the stage!

This year’s Winterfest takes place Saturday, Feb. 11 at and around Hartland’s Heritage Park, located at 12439 Highland Road. The event runs from 1 pm to 6 pm, with FIREWORKS at dusk, at approximately 6:15 pm.

All Day Activities include: Ice Skating Rink; Crafts; Bonfire & S’mores; Knockerball; Ice Carving Demo; Obstacle Course; Sledding and MORE. All Saints Lutheran Church also has: Crafts with Cromaine from 1:00 to 4:00; Hartland SOUP—RSVP for a $5 lunch at bit.ly/WinterfestSOUP2023 at 1:30; and a Bounce House from 2:00 to 5:00.

 

HCS to Host Career and Technical Education Open House

January 6, 2022 —

The Career and Technical Education department at Hartland High School is hosting a vocational and technical program open house on Tuesday, January 10 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at HHS. Attendees can talk with instructors, explore the facility, see live demonstrations, speak with college representatives, and explore career opportunities.

The open house allows students, parents, and members of the community the opportunity to explore several programs including: automotive, building trades, business, engineering, animation, architecture, nutrition, fashion & fabrics, housing & design, parenting, computer science, marketing, finance, teacher preparation, and energy technology.

Annual Chamber Award Winners Recently Announced

December 26, 2022–

The Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce recently held their annual Holiday Lunch and Awards Ceremony at Crystal Gardens. The festivities included a performance from the Hartland High School Choirs, Reindeer Games, a buffet lunch, and the Chamber’s Annual Awards. Congratulations to all of those who were honored this year or those who are celebrating a milestone year in business!

Lifetime Achievement Award:
 Connie Brinkerhoff
Ambassador of the Year: Michelle Wilson
New Member of the Year: Eric Glabach with Great State Window Cleaning
Business Investment Award: Two Men and a Truck
Innovative Leader Award: LaFontaine Automotive
Chamber Volunteer of the Year: Jake Andrews
Community Impact Award: Barbara and David Walker
Give Back Recipients: Hartland Optimist Club; Hartland Area Community Council; LACASA; HERO Round Table; Livingston County Chorale

 

Kathy Jagusch Wins Excellence in Education Award from Michigan Lottery

December 14, 2022–

Congratulations to Lakes Elementary third grader teacher Kathy Jagusch on winning an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery! Jagusch has been in the district for 25 years. Winners of the weekly award receive a plaque, a $1,500 cash prize, and a $500 grant to their classroom, school, or school district. One of the weekly winners will be selected as the Educator of the Year and will receive a $10,000 cash prize.

Once you’ve been a student of Mrs. Jagusch, you’re always a student of hers! She is known for showing up to high school theatre productions, band concerts, athletic events, and commencement to cheer on and support her students. Lakes Elementary families know that it is Mrs. Jagusch that makes the school a special place in Hartland. Something her students look forward to every year is their “senior” letter. She has a tradition of sending her students cards wishing them well on their senior year.

A parent of former students nominated Jagusch for the award. The nomination cited her willingness to go above and beyond for her students. “Mrs. Jagusch is a third-grade elementary school teacher who pours her heart and soul into her students. She is the most loving teacher and has taught all three of my girls so much. She attends her students’ extracurricular activities and even attends their high school graduations nine years later. Mrs. Jagusch has overcome cancer three times and is now undergoing chemo for a fourth bout of cancer. She is a wonderful mother and grandmother, and the community loves her. I’ve never met a woman this compassionate about her students and her family. If everyone was like Mrs Jagusch the world would be a much better place”!

The Michigan Lottery established the Excellence In Education awards in 2014 to recognize outstanding public-school educators across the state during the school year.

Hartland Virtual Academy and LEGACY High School Attend the MACUL Student Technology Showcase

December 9, 2022–

Hartland Virtual Academy and LEGACY High School were invited to attend the MACUL Student Technology Showcase (STS) in Lansing on December 7 courtesy of Michigan Virtual University. Hartland was there to present on the ways virtual learning expands traditional learning opportunities. In attendance were  principal Mrs. Nicole Conley, teacher Mrs. Erin Dennis, Jaycob DeMott (a freshman who learns entirely virtually and is taking an A.P. Course as a freshman), Vanessa Shafer (LEGACY Senior who takes an additional Math course through MiVU), and Camille Natter (Sophomore who is currently in Colorado training as a competitive skier, who uses virtual learning to maintain training opportunities while still graduating from home).

Hartland was one of about 30 schools in attendance at STS, and Legacy/HVA wasn’t the only school from the district. The STEM teacher from Village Elementary was there as well. The HCS focus was on ways that technology can support learning. Staff and students also met Lt. Gov. Gilchrist at the event.

Hartland’s Polar Express to Take a Pause

November 27, 2022 —

Hartland’s Polar Express is not on the schedule for December of 2022. According to Cromaine Library, due to the overwhelming success of last year’s Polar Express event — with record-breaking crowds of over 2,000 people — Cromaine is looking to collaborate with community partners to expand the event in terms of both size and safety in 2023. Youth Manager Marta-Kate Jackson wants the public to know that there are still Polar Express themed activities at the Library in December. Families can enjoy some Polar Express magic by stopping by the Library’s 2nd floor Youth Area anytime during open hours from Sunday, December 11 through Saturday, December 17. There will be Polar Express-themed crafts, activities, and more to be enjoyed all week along. Jackson also added, “It has brought us so much joy to see the way in which the community has embraced Hartland’s Polar Express! We’re sorry to see it paused, but excited to work with the Partners in Progress to possibly expand the event next year and explore new opportunities.”

Cromaine District Library Board of Trustees November Election Results

November 17, 2022 —

Nine candidates were vying for four seats on the Cromaine District Library Board of Trustees on the November 8 ballot. The seats were won by Rebecca Basley, Jeannine Gogoleski, Nancy Rosso (currently serving), and Dawn Smith.  The newly elected will take their seats on the board in January of 2023. Long-time board members Doug Sargent and Don Thompson’s terms expire on December 31, 2022.

 

November Election Brings Changes to HCS Board of Education

November 17, 2022 —

Nine candidates were vying for three seats on the Hartland Consolidated Schools Board of Education on the November 8 ballot. The seats were won by Meghan Glabach (currently serving), Glenn Gogoleski, and Michelle Hemeyer (currently serving). The seat Hemeyer won was done so by a “draw” conducted by the Livingston County Board of Canvassers on Friday, November 11. Both Hemeyer and Greg Keller received 5, 274 votes and in accordance with state election law, the winner was determined when Hemeyer drew a piece of paper that indicated she was “elected,” while Keller drew “not elected.” The newly elected will take their seats on the board in January of 2023. Long-time board member Thomas Dumond’s term expires on December 31, 2022. Dumond was appointed to the Board of Education in June of 2007 to replace Mrs. Tina Moody. In 2008 and 2012, he was elected to four-year terms. In 2016, he was elected to his current six-year term. During his time on the Board of Education, he served as Trustee, Vice President and President from 2013 to 2022. He is currently the Board Treasurer.

Of the two candidates vying for a partial term seat on the BOE, Michelle Blondeel won. Blondeel will begin her term as soon as the election is certified and she takes her oath with HCS. Victor Bugni’s term ended the day after the election with his loss. Bugni was appointed to the Board in November of 2021 to fill the seat vacated by Mr. Charlie Aberasturi.

 

Meet Cromaine Library’s New Director

November 15, 2022–

The CDL Board of Trustees invite the public to meet the new Director Sarah Neidert (prounounced NIGH-dert) on Thursday, November 17 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in the third floor Community Room. The meet and greet will take place directly before the November CDL Board of Trustees meeting at 7:00 pm. Neidert, who previously worked at the Brighton District Library, began her role as Director on October 31.

Being from Livingston County, Neidert was familiar with the Hartland area, and had visited the library and the aquatic center at Hartland High School with her children many times.  “I knew this was a close knit community that is also growing, and am really enjoying how involved the Library is in the life of the community,” Neidert said when asked about what attracted her to Hartland, adding, “people clearly love this Library and I’m privileged to lead the staff and Board of Trustees forward.” When asked what she is looking forward to in the future, she answered, “I’m excited to start a new strategic plan early next year to get an idea of what the community values in the Library, and to map out a plan to continue as the cultural center of Hartland.”

Hartland Living welcomes Sarah and looks forward to working with her as a Partner in Progress on the strategic plan and other community events and projects.

Hartland Students Score Above State and County Averages on M-STEP

November 3, 2022–

Hartland Consolidated Schools students as a group are testing above the average levels in the state and county on the English Language Arts component of the M-STEP, or the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress. Hartland students also scored higher than the county average with 70% of third graders, or 254 of 363, reaching advanced or proficient. The statewide rate is 42% of students scoring advanced or proficient.

According to Hartland Superintendent, Chuck Hughes, HCS outperforms county and state averages in almost every testing category regularly (math, science, ELA, and social studies, including PSAT and SAT). Hughes also said in his weekly update to parents, “The staff works tirelessly to help students overcome learning deficiencies while utilizing a continuum of data points to determine intervention strategies that promote student growth.”

In the English language arts section of the M-STEP, students read short passages and answer questions based on the passage to gauge reading comprehension. There is also a section in which students complete writing prompts based on passages or essay questions. This fall’s reporting, from testing in the spring of 2022, shows that Hartland students are not suffering from pandemic-related learning loss, unlike many other students in Michigan and across the country.

HHS Drama Club Presents Almost, Maine

November 2, 2022–

Hartland High School Drama Club is proud to present their fall show “Almost, Maine” a heartwarming story set under the Northern Lights. The play, by John Cariani, is comprised of nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote and mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine.

There are four performances of “Almost, Maine” Friday through Sunday, November 11 to 13, at Hartland High School (HHS), 10635 Dunham Road in Hartland. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; as well as Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Individual tickets purchased in advance are $13 for adults and $11 for students, children and seniors.

Tickets are available online at www.hartlanddramaclub.org and at the door. Individual tickets purchased in advance are $13 for adults and $11 for students, children and seniors. Tickets purchased at the door are $15 for adults and $13 for students, children and seniors. Group rates are also available. For more information, contact Scott Usher at 810-626-2360 or via email at scottusher@hartlandschools.us 

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