Greetings Huskie Pack: 

This past month has been filled with the expression of gratitude at Hemlock Public School District. On Thursday, November 11th, the front of Hemlock High School was adorned with American Flags as we remember those that have served, those serving, and those that have given all in services to our great nation. This display is put on by one of our volunteers and school champions, John Mulvaney. 

The very next day, we brought together the elders of our community and celebrated our 50th Annual Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner. We again honored our veterans as those in attendance were greeted in the cafeteria by a veteran display; this one was put on by another one of our volunteers and school champions, Diane Mulvaney. This Thanksgiving event showcased the hard work and dedication of so many of our school community from our food service staff, students at all levels, office and custodial staff, administration, and the generosity of our community with so many donations and prizes for our seniors. 

The Huskie Pack was successful this fall on the course, court, and field, with student-athletes earning many honors and our volleyball team winning districts, and our football team making it to the second week of the MHSAA playoffs. 

We continue to give thanks for our students, faculty, and staff, who demonstrate a truly huskietastic attitude by continuing the pursuit of rigor, relevance, and excellence in spite of the ongoing challenges and frustrations of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

During this season of gratitude, I reflect on the many blessings that have come into my life since my family, and I arrived in Hemlock nine school years ago. I am grateful for the opportunity and privilege to serve as the Superintendent of this outstanding school district. I appreciate the hard-working, dedicated, and selfless colleagues among our faculty and staff. I give thanks for the determination and compassionate students who are part of our learning community as we partner with them and their families to make their dreams a reality. 

I am also grateful for our generous alumni and community. Our school district has weathered many storms over the past two years (three school years) dealing with the pandemic. Throughout these difficult times, you reach out to offer encouragement and support to our Pack. Through thick and thin, always supporting our students in their success in the classroom, in competition, in performances, or in other ways. When HPSD needed you, you demonstrated your love and support. 

As we move forward this year, we have a bigger and bolder vision for our school district and our students. We have worked hand in hand with our stakeholders in crafting our strategic and master plan; like pages of a good novel, these future pages of our story are meant to be read. However, you choose to support our Huskie Pack; we appreciate all you do for our students and Hemlock Public School District. 

To close this month's update, I will share a few stories linked below. I hope these will brighten your day, and with a final wish for a happy, healthy holiday season. Until we talk again, be safe, be well, all the best. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, 

Don Killingbeck, Superintendent 

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