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Michigan Department of Education Releases School Grades

January 10, 2024– The Michigan Department of Education has released school grades for the 2022-2023 school year and Hartland Consolidated...
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Michigan Department of Education Releases School Grades

Cromaine Library and the Hartland Messiah Chorus Announce Fundraiser to Preserve Historic Kilgen Pipe Organ at the Historic Hartland Music Hall

January 22, 2024-- Cromaine District Library and the Hartland Messiah Chorus are thrilled to announce an upcoming fundraising event aimed...
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Cromaine Library and the Hartland Messiah Chorus Announce Fundraiser to Preserve Historic Kilgen Pipe Organ at the Historic Hartland Music Hall

Hartland Township’s Credit Rating Upped to the Highest Level in its History

January 3, 2024-- On December 19, 2023, Hartland Township’s credit rating was upgraded to Aa1 by Moody’s Investor Service. Previously...
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Hartland Township’s Credit Rating Upped to the Highest Level in its History

Cromaine Library Presents: Beat The Winter Blues Family Entertainment Series

January 8, 2024-- Cromaine Library is excited to announce the Beat The Winter Blues Series, a collection of entertaining and...
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Cromaine Library Presents: Beat The Winter Blues Family Entertainment Series

Hartland Audubon Club Encourages Michigan Young Birders’ Camp

December 20, 2023-- The Hartland Audubon Nature Club encourages Livingston County young people between the ages of 13- 18 to...
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Hartland Audubon Club Encourages Michigan Young Birders’ Camp

Cromaine Library and the Hartland Messiah Chorus Announce Fundraiser to Preserve Historic Kilgen Pipe Organ at the Historic Hartland Music Hall

January 22, 2024–

Cromaine District Library and the Hartland Messiah Chorus are thrilled to announce an upcoming fundraising event aimed at preserving and maintaining the iconic Kilgen Pipe Organ located at the Historic Hartland Music Hall. The event, scheduled for March 22, 2024, at 7:00 pm, promises to be an evening ofenchanting music and community spirit in support of the care and restoration of this cultural treasure.

The Kilgen Pipe Organ, a magnificent instrument with a rich history dating back to the early 20th century, is an integral part of the Hartland Music Hall. Its majestic tones have
provided a unique and timeless musical experience for generations. Like any historic artifact, the organ requires meticulous care and maintenance to ensure its continued
presence in our community. This event will celebrate both the Kilgen Organ’s historical significance and its importance to the Hartland community, and feature talented local organist Rick Helderop, who will enchant the audience with a selection of music that showcases the Kilgen Pipe Organ’s unparalleled sounds.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Cromaine District Library or online at this link. VIP Reserved Seating Tickets are $50, General Admission Tickets are $25.
The Kilgen Pipe Organ, a cornerstone of the Hartland Music Hall, stands as a testament to the rich cultural heritage of our community. Cromaine Library joins with the Messiah
Chorus in recognizing the importance of preserving this historical gem, ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy its unique and mesmerizing music.
The funds raised from this event will be dedicated to essential restoration and maintenance work on the Kilgen Pipe Organ. This includes repairing and replacing
worn-out components, updating the organ’s infrastructure, and ensuring it remains a fully functional and awe-inspiring instrument for years to come.
Cromaine District Library and the Messiah Chorus invite local businesses and individuals to consider sponsorship and support opportunities for this meaningful cause. By becoming a sponsor, you contribute not only to the preservation of a historic musical treasure but also to the cultural enrichment of our community.

For sponsorship inquiries and further information, please contact:
Liz Welch
Community Engagement Manager
Cromaine District Library
Phone: 810 632 5200 x 118
Email: lizwelch@cromaine.org

Cromaine District Library and the Hartland Messiah Chorus are excited to bring the community together for an evening of shared history, exquisite music, and a collective
commitment to preserving our cultural legacy. Join us on March 22, 2024, at 7:00 pm, at the Hartland Music Hall, for a night to remember! Together, let’s ensure the Kilgen Pipe
Organ continues to harmonize the past, present, and future of Hartland.

Michigan Department of Education Releases School Grades

January 10, 2024–

The Michigan Department of Education has released school grades for the 2022-2023 school year and Hartland Consolidated Schools has seven schools with the grade of A and a designation of a Reward School. Each year MDE ranks schools academically based on student proficiency. Schools in the top 5% of the Top-to-Bottom ranking are Reward Schools. To note, the 22-23 school year is the last year using the grading system that has been in place since 2018. Those results were sent directly to the school systems in December of 2023.

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, “This is outstanding news to report to the community. Thank you to the students, staff, and parents for your continued focus on working hard and supporting education.”

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

As of May 2023, passed by the state legislature and signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, House Bill 4166 eliminates the grade system for public school rankings. The new Michigan school index system provides an overall score on a scale of 0 to 100 and separate ratings for student growth, proficiency and graduation. The system also grades each school numerically for English learner progress, attendance rates, post-secondary enrollment and staffing ratios.

“We feel the new system hits all the main categories the community is interested in, and thinks are important,” Hughes said. He listed student proficiency, student growth, attendance and graduation rates as key categories. To see those in effect, click the link below.

Hartland Township’s Credit Rating Upped to the Highest Level in its History

January 3, 2024–

On December 19, 2023, Hartland Township’s credit rating was upgraded to Aa1 by Moody’s Investor Service. Previously at an Aa2, this new designation is the second highest rating possible. This upgrade signals the continued improvement in the Township’s finances and the favorable economic conditions of the area. Over the past two
decades, the Township’s credit rating has steadily improved and now stands at its highest level ever.

The Township’s credit rating is a significant factor in determining the cost of financing infrastructure projects and improvements. The upgraded rating will provide for lower
borrowing costs for the Township taxpayers in the future.

In announcing the rating upgrade, Moody’s reported that “Hartland Township benefits from strong reserves and liquidity” and continues to experience population growth due to its access to employment and educational opportunities. Moody’s also points out that the Township
Management has shown a history of prudent budget practices and maintains a long-term capital plan, which has led to consistently growing finances.

“This improved rating is a testament to many hands working together to do good work” says Hartland Township’s Finance Director Susan Dryden-Hogan. “Our Township Board’s fiscally responsible policies, our staff’s excellent budgeting practices, and the residents’ stable tax base and growth have all contributed to this high distinction.”

The rating upgrade came as a part of the Township’s annual surveillance by Moody’s. The Township is also rated as ‘AA+’ by S&P Global, equivalent to Moody’s new rating

Cromaine Library Presents: Beat The Winter Blues Family Entertainment Series

January 8, 2024–

Cromaine Library is excited to announce the Beat The Winter Blues Series, a collection of entertaining and family-friendly events set to take place at the historic Hartland Music Hall. Registration is requested but not required, ensuring a warm welcome for all who attend.

The series kicks off with The Funny Dumplings on Saturday, January 27, at 2:00 pm. Prepare for a one-of-a-kind experience as The Funny Dumplings deliver a unique blend of comedy and music that is sure to entertain every member of the family.

Next up is Gordon the Magician on Friday, February 9, at 2:00 pm. Families are invited to be part of an interactive magic show that will captivate audiences of all ages with mesmerizing tricks and an engaging performance.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 24, at 2:00 pm, as Mr. Wizard takes the stage with a magical puppet show that promises to have you and your family doubled over with laughter. This whimsical performance is not to be missed!

Closing out the series on Saturday, March 23, at 2:00 pm, Scheer Genius Presents: Adventures in Reading. Join us for an outrageously fun presentation that explores the exciting world of books and reading. This event is perfect for kids of all ages and aims to inspire a love for literature.

To view the full schedule of events and programs, visit https://cromaine.evanced.info/signup

The “Beat The Winter Blues Series” is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Maureen Elliott, Edward Jones. Cromaine Library extends its gratitude for their support in bringing these enriching experiences to the community.

For more information or for assistance registering for any of the events, please visit Cromaine.org or call (810) 632-5200.

Hartland Audubon Club Encourages Michigan Young Birders’ Camp

December 20, 2023–

The Hartland Audubon Nature Club encourages Livingston County young people between the ages of 13- 18 to participate in the Michigan Young Birders’ Camp hosted by the Michigan Audubon Society. The Michigan Audubon Society organizes exciting outdoor experiences, from bird banding to exploring state-wide habitats, designed to increase interest in the natural environment, conservation, and ornithology. Participants will learn bird identification tips and techniques and hear from guest speakers on bird-related topics. In addition to a new respect for nature, for many, the camp becomes a life-changing experience.
The week-long overnight camp will be based at Alma College from June 23 -28 and the application period is currently open. The cost is $650 which includes food, lodging and transportation to numerous nature centers, wildlife refuges, and museums. No money is required to apply but the applicant will be contacted to discuss subsequent action. The Hartland Audubon Nature Club is proud to have donated to the need-based scholarships. Enrollment is limited so if you are interested, apply now. Go to the Michigan Audubon Society website, michiganaudubon.org or call (517) 580-7364 for more information.

U.S. News and World Report Rank HCS Schools

November 27, 2023–

The U.S. News and World Report recently released their rankings for Michigan Public Schools, including Hartland Elementary, and Farms Intermediate and Middle School levels.
The following rankings were given to HCS schools:

Creekside Elementary = Top 5.2% or 139 out of 2,654 Public Schools
Lakes Elementary = Top 9.3% or 248 out of 2,654 Public Schools
Round Elementary = Top 12.2% or 326 out of 2,654 Public Schools
Village Elementary = Top 31.7% or 843 out of 2,654 Public Schools
Farms Intermediate = Top 9.3% or 190 out of 2,026 Public Schools
Middle School = Top 3.7% or 76 out of 2,026 Public Schools

US News & World Report High School Rankings were released back in August. This year Hartland High School received the
following rankings:

Michigan Ranking: Out of 1,166 high schools in the study, HHS ranked #112 or in the top 10%. Of the
1,870 high schools in the state, HHS sits in the top 6%.
National Ranking: Out of about 25,000 high schools in the nation, HHS ranked #3,252 or in the top 13%
of all high schools.

In his Weekly Update, Superintendent Chuck Hughes congratulated staff and students for their outstanding performance in 2022-23.

Joshua Etheridge Wins Excellence in Education Award from Michigan Lottery

October 4, 2023–

Congratulations to Hartland High School art teacher Joshua Etheridge on winning an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery! In his short time at Hartland, he’s made a big impact with his students. In late spring of 2023, he brought an Art Showcase to HHS to display his students work for the public. He also mentored former student Breanna Zaborowski on a commissioned piece for the hARTland Art Walk. It is a set of “Eagle Wings” located at the Auxiliary Stadium at HMS. Winners of the weekly award receive a plaque and a $2,000 cash prize. One of the weekly winners will be selected as the Educator of the Year and will receive a $10,000 cash prize.

While Mr. Etheridge has only been in Hartland for 3 years, he has been an educator for 21 years. He said it was his experience as a student that led him to be a teacher. “I was a non-traditional student, and struggled to fit in. In most cases, I had no one to talk to in school. I vowed that I would become a teacher that would not only be there for students academically, but personally as well. Personal connections make all the difference in the world when it comes to a students’ development.”

It was former student Zaborowski that nominated Etheridge for the award. The nomination cited his willingness to inspire and guide each student individually. “When high school began, I took various art classes like drawing, jewelry, and pottery the first three years navigating my way through the different mediums. It wasn’t until my last year that I met Mr. Etheridge who showed me I didn’t have to pilot the art world alone. I am so lucky to have an art teacher like Mr. Etheridge in my senior year. He continues to impress and inspire me, especially after battling cancer during Covid and coming back to teaching stronger than ever. He changed the way I look at my future and has given me hope that I can make it as a creative thinker. I wish he could join me on my collegiate art journey, but knowing him, he will just be one phone call away.”

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

HCS Students Demonstrate Increased Proficiency on State Assessments

September 20, 2023–

The 2023 Spring Assessment results are in and HCS students demonstrated increased proficiency in 19 of 24 tested areas and stayed the same in one area of the 2023 state assessments, including the M-STEP, PSAT, and SAT. Superintendent Chuck Hughes said in his weekly update, “While these scores are rewarding to share, district staff will focus on 8th grade Science and 10th grade math while supporting students and staff in all curriculum areas. As always, we will continue to work toward getting better.”

According to the Department of Education website, the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP, is a 21st Century computer-based assessment designed to gauge how well students are mastering state standards. These standards, developed for educators by educators, broadly outline what students should know and be able to do in order to be prepared to enter the workplace, career education training, and college. When combined with classroom work, report cards, local district assessments and other tools, M-STEP results offer a comprehensive view of student progress and achievement.

Hartland Living Wants Your Vote for 2023 Volunteer of the Year

September 8, 2023 –

We Need Your Help!

There are six amazing nominees for Volunteer of the Year, and now we need your vote! Public voting takes place September 8 – 22, 2023.
Due to a quick turnaround, we are still working on publishing full bios on each candidate. One nominee will be highlighted each day on the Hartland Living Facebook page beginning Monday, September 11. Read about each one and cast your vote carefully, as only one vote per voter is allowed. Voting is not anonymous (your email address verifies your one vote).

The winner of the Hartland Living Volunteer of the Year award is decided by equal votes from Hartland’s Partners in Progress (Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce; Hartland Consolidated Schools; Cromaine District Library; Hartland Township), and from the public voting ONLINE.

The Hartland Living Volunteer of the Year is an initiative of Hartland’s Partners in Progress, a joint venture between Hartland Consolidated Schools, Cromaine District Library, Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce and Hartland Township.

Hero Round Table Coming to Hartland in October

September 6, 2023–

The Hero Round Table is back for 2023 in Livingston County with an amazing lineup of over 20 speakers from around the world! Held at Emagine in Hartland, the two day event is October 9 and 10.

Kristy Ellis has been instrumental in bringing the event to Hartland the last few years. When asked what it means to her she replied, “The amazing thing about attending a Hero Round Table is that they are one-off events. That group of people will never be in the same room again. That magic you feel in the air will never happen in the same way again. The conversations, meetings, and life-changing messages happen once. At this time and this place.”

The Hero Round Table is the only conference in the world dedicated entirely to talking about heroism and the people performing heroic deeds. The event invites people from very different backgrounds and walks of life. Like in the famous TED conferences, the speakers present short talks to communicate their core message. Hero Round Table speakers also spend time with the audience by having lunch together, grabbing a drink, and signing books. In addition, the conference is complemented by workshops where participants can choose in which topics they want to delve further.

Hartland High School Ranks High in US News & World Report High School Rankings

August 31, 2023–

Each year the US News & World Report ranks the state and national rankings for high schools. This year Hartland High School received the
following rankings:

Michigan Ranking: Out of 1,166 high schools in the study, HHS ranked #112 or in the top 10%. Of the
1,870 high schools in the state, HHS sits in the top 6%.

National Ranking: Out of about 25,000 high schools in the nation, HHS ranked #3,252 or in the top 13%
of all high schools.

Superintendent Chuck Hughes offered congratulations to the staff and students for their outstanding performance in 2022-23 in his weekly update to the district.

Friends of Cromaine Book and Bake Sale Coming in September

August 30, 2023–

The Friends of Cromaine District Library announce their annual Fall Book & Bake Sale: Thursday, September 14 through Saturday, September 16 from 10 am to 4 pm.

The sale takes place on the third floor of the Library in the Village Community Room at the Cromaine District Library located at 3688 N. Hartland Road in the Village of Hartland. Thousands of gently used books and media are on sale, along with delicious baked goods, while supplies last!  Saturday is bag sale day; fill a brown bag for just $5! Cash and check can be accepted for payment.

Sunday, September 17, all remaining items from the Friends Book Sale in the Community Room are free for one hour, from 12-1 pm. Please bring your own bags and boxes.

To learn more about how you can join the Friends of the Library, visit cromaine.org/friends-of-cromaine .  The Friends are also seeking volunteers to help with the set-up, sales, and tear-down from the sale.

Cromaine District Library Launches Strategic Planning Process and Asks District Stakeholders to Help Shape the Future of the Library

September 18, 2023–

Cromaine District Library announces the launch of its new strategic planning process. This process is intended to produce CDL’s next strategic plan, an outward-facing document laying out the Library’s vision, mission, goals, key initiatives and priorities for the next 3-5 years.

“By revisiting our mission and clarifying our priorities, we hope to ensure that library services remain a vital and valuable resource for every resident of our Library District for years to come,” said Director Sarah Niedert.

Please consider attending one of their Strategic Planning Focus Groups (90 minute sessions):

Adult Focus Group, Wednesday, September 20,
7:00 pm at Cromaine District Library.
Click here to register.

Parent/Caregiver of Children Focus Group, Thursday, September 21,
11:15 am at Cromaine District Library *bring your kids! This session will be shorter!
Click here to register.

Teen Focus Group, Wednesday, September 20,
3:00 pm at Cromaine District Library.
Click here to register.

Virtual Adult Focus Group, Wednesday, September 27,
7:00 pm virtual via Zoom.
Click here to register.

Please help the Cromaine District Library plan for the future. We value your input and look forward to your participation. The end result will be a plan for the Cromaine District Library that will clearly identify and respond to the needs and wants of the community.

To inform the strategic plan, the Library is creating several opportunities to hear from community residents and stakeholders about what’s important to them. The Library is working with ReThinking Libraries, a strategic planning firm that specializes in assisting libraries to become vibrant, 21st century institutions. Harnessing the facilitation strengths and experience of the ReThinking Libraries team, CDL will be conducting interviews, focus groups, surveys and meetings to ensure its new plan reflects the valuable perspectives and insights of those the Library serves, as well as community partners and collaborators. Cromaine District Library encourages those who live, work, and study in the library’s district (which includes all of Hartland Consolidated School District, including Hartland Township and portions of Brighton, Deerfield, Genoa, Oceola and Tyrone Townships) to lend their voices to the planning process by taking a short survey and/or attending one of the planned focus group sessions. You do not need to be a library regular to share your feedback!

Cromaine District Library’s Survey is accessible by clicking the link below, and should take 10-15 minutes to complete. Paper copies are also available in the library.

Nominations are Open for 2023 Volunteer of the Year

August 14, 2023—

It’s time to nominate the outstanding volunteers you know for Hartland Living’s Volunteer of the Year 2023! This year will mark the 9th annual recognition of an outstanding volunteer in Hartland. 

Nominations are being accepted through September 6th here: bit.ly/VOYnominations2023. The Hartland Living Volunteer of the Year committee will then select the top nominees to be made available for an online public vote that will take place between September 8th and the 22nd. The winner is decided by equal votes from Hartland’s Partners in Progress (Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce; Hartland Consolidated Schools; Cromaine District Library; Hartland Township), and from the public voting ONLINE.

Stefanie Furge, from the Hartland Living VOY selection committee, is looking forward to once again learning about volunteers that give their time saying, “We have been able to thank and honor so many volunteers over the years and that wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the community. If you know of someone making a difference in our community, nominate them today and let us recognize their hard work!”

The winner will be honored at the State of the Community Address on October 25. They will also be honored in the Hartland Area Community Council’s Memorial Day Parade and Booklet. 

The Hartland Living Volunteer of the Year is an initiative of Hartland’s Partners in Progress, a joint venture between Hartland Consolidated Schools, Cromaine District Library, Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce and Hartland Township.

Changing the Game Speaker Series is Back for 2023

March 13, 2023–

Join the Livingston County Chamber Alliance, Brighton, Hartland, and Howell Chambers for “Changing the Game”  Advancing Business Together: A 5-part speaker series for 2023, each event includes coffee and a breakfast buffet. Potential attendees can register at any time–you do not have to attend all five events!

Register today on the Chamber website below.

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