April 2014  
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   Jun 10 2014 at 08:20 AM
Welcome to Hart Public Schools
Hart Public Schools is a district that serves over 1,300 students in four schools located on an attractive single campus:  The Early Childhood Center houses Head Start, Great Start Readiness Program, Lil` Pirates Daycare and the Central Office facilities; Spitler Elementary housing grades K-4; Hart Middle School housing grades 5-8 as well as the district auditorium; and Hart High School housing grades 9-12.  All of the Hart schools have made AYP. 

Pirate Pride


Students who are enrolled in the Multimedia class created a TV commercial targeted at middle school students to warn them about the dangers of underage drinking.  The “Courageous Persuaders Contest” was open to all Michigan high school students in grades 9 - 12.   This week I received an email stating that the commercial titled: "It Was Only One Choice", created by Nick Rombach, Austin Dunford, and Juan Ortiz, has been selected into the top 60 commercials received.  The commercial will move on to the next evaluation process, which will be evaluated by a group of middle school students.  Congratulations!! - Mrs. Spicer, Multimedia Teacher



I was proud to honor 10 Scholar Athletes from our recently completed Volleyball and Wrestling seasons at a recent all school assembly.  Athletes must maintain a 3.50 GPA throughout their respective seasons.  In recognition for their efforts they receive a Scholar Athlete Shirt and have their picture posted in our display case.
 - Mr. Ackley, Principal



First Grade Illustrators...starting next week the first graders at Spitler will be having a "Clifford the Big Red Dog" design your own book cover contest.  This will be an at-home project.  Students will need to come up with their own Clifford book title, and they will need to draw and color a book cover to go with it.  We will be looking for creative, neatly designed covers with exciting new titles.  On April 25th, the final book covers will be posted on Spitler's Facebook page and you can vote for the pictures you like the best.  There will be one winner for each of the five 1st grade classrooms, and one overall winner. - Mrs. Smith, Teacher



March is Reading Month Report:  Our Reading Fiesta throughout the month of March was a great way to celebrate reading.  Our classes enjoyed hearing a story read by Senator Goeff Hansen, dressing up as soccer players, cowboys and cowgirls, and wearing comfy clothes for a siesta day. We had Reading Buddies from the High School visit once a week.  Many families participated by reading at home.  For every book read a piece of candy was added to our gym bulletin board.  The DWECC families read a total of 745 books during the month of March!!  We enjoyed gathering on March 27th for a Family Reading Fiesta where families moved from room to room doing reading activities based on Eric Carle's books.
- Mrs. Scott, GSRP Teacher


Superintendents Office


State Senator Goeff Hansen and Superintendent Mark Platt working together to improve/establish internet broadband access throughout neighboring communities.


Late Thursday, April 3rd, districts were notified of a change to the pupil accounting manual for this year only. Appropriations bill (HB4295) has passed both the House and Senate. It is awaiting the Governor's signature and he is expected to sign it. Currently, the Governor is overseas and can't sign it. The bill was intended to help districts due to this past winter's weather. It isn't a bad bill, it's just poor timing for Hart because our Spring Break is ending today and our make-up plan was scheduled to start Monday.

The bill has changed the wording of the pupil accounting manual and this has changed the "floor" for the number of days we have to provide. Our make-up plan had been built around the current pupil accounting manual and the floor for Hart was 172 days. The change will mean a new floor of 174 days. This means our last day of school will be Tuesday, June 10th. We have to provide these days as our funding is tied directly to providing this time. We will not have to add time to the day as a result of the new legislation. This also has no impact on the senior schedule or graduation.

Exam schedules and dismissal times for exams will be decided soon after the principals return from Spring Break.

FYI, next year the number of days for the "floor" raises to 175 days and no PD time can count towards the required 1098 hours of instruction. This year and previous years, we were able to count PD time towards the 1098 requirement. This means that next school year, the days will be a little longer than this year. How long has not been determined yet, but it is reasonably safe to assume 10-15 minutes longer each day.

My apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Mark Platt
Superintendent of Schools





The Hart Board of Education recognized Kyler Keck, 8th grade student, for
being the first HPS student to become a member of the All-State Ensemble.
Mr. John Taranko, Band Director, was also recognized for being Kyler's
Band Director.   Pictured from Left to Right are:  John Taranko, Band
Director; Kyler Keck, student; and Jeff
Gebhart, Board of Education

Community News

Groove 101

Come enjoy the groovy sounds of Groove 101 live on stage at the Hart Middle School Auditorium Friday May 30, at 7:00pm.
Special guest performing with Groove 101 will be Lou Musa and Craig Griffith from the band The Verve Pipe.
This is a benefit performance for the Hart High School Band.

For ticket info please contact:
Auditorium Manager: Tom Kirk

Winter Walking Dates Extended
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The district takes great pride in its staff and students.  Among the many accomplishments the following stand out:
  • Rising test scores
  • Strong curriculum initiatives including established benchmarks, common assessments, curriculum maps and professional learning communities
  • An excellent and effective program for English Language Learners (ELL)
  • Cutting edge technology including computer labs, telephone and internal communication devices, iPads, Chromebooks, Nooks, Smart Boards, Elmo capabilities and Power School Parent Portal.
  • A strong performing arts program for the school and community
  • New and renovated facilities on a single campus
  • An excellent and caring teaching staff that understands and appreciates the students and the community
  • An effective administrative team

We invite our parents and community members to be involved in our schools. We value and welcome your input. Please feel free to contact us for more information.