Haslett Public Schools will miss Duda, but confident success will continue

By Kelly Sheridan
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

HASLETT — Earlier this year, Mike Duda, the superintendent of Haslett Public Schools announced he would be retiring at the end of the school year. Duda has acted as superintendent for 12 years and has worked in Haslett Public Schools for 40.The Haslett Public School Board is currently in the process of hiring their next superintendent. “Haslett Public Schools doesn’t do this often,” President of the Haslett Public School Board Kristin Beltzer said. “Duda has been superintendent for 12 years and the superintendent before him held his position for 14 years.”

Beltzer said the process began as soon as Duda announced his retirement. “Mike Duda announced [his retirement] in September, so we spent a little time to figure out the process and what we wanted it to look like,” Beltzer said.

Gender doesn't matter: Haslett High's girls basketball team is embraced by the community

By Tamar Davis
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

HASLETT — The Haslett High School girls basketball team has been on fire for the last two seasons. With this season coming to an end due to a crucial loss to East Lansing High in the first round of the playoffs, the Vikings kept their heads up high as they look to improve and become a team to be highly-scouted. With all of their success, the Vikings have made a statement as to how girls basketball is just as important and entertaining as boys basketball. Coach Robert Currier believes his girls received a great amount of attention from the community and doesnt think things would be different if it were the boys basketball team. “Our community shows so much support for our team,” said Currier.

What are Meridian schools doing to keep student obesity at bay?

By Lauren Captain
The Meridian Times Staff Writer

It can be quite alarming to hear the statistics with obesity in the United States, but Michigan is one state to be especially worried about. From the year 1990 to 2014, the obesity rate in Michigan jumped from 13 percent of overweight people to an alarming 32.6 percent. What is most concerning about this last number is that the age group of 10 to 17 years old occupies almost half of this number. This number is 14.8 percent, which happens to almost the same number of obese people of all ages in Hawaii. This is something to notice and not ignore.

Multi-tiered system of supports at Haslett High School keeps students on track

By Katie Dudlets
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

HASLETT — Haslett High School follows a unique framework for monitoring student activity that has led to continued academic success in an effort to minimize the number of students falling under state proficiency levels. Haslett High School’s Principal Bart Wegenke said that the school follows a framework called multi-tiered system of supports. This framework separates the student body into three different tiers. Tier one is the core group, in which 80 percent of the students are at or above grade level. Tier two consists of the students just outside the core, due to things like minor absences or not doing all of their homework.

In battle of Meridian schools, Okemos High School tops Haslett counterpart

By Chris Hung
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

Statistics show Okemos High School tops Haslett High School in state and national ranking, despite their proximity. While the academic environment of Okemos High School outperforms Haslett High School, both schools remain better than both the state and national averages. According to U.S. News, Okemos High School maintains its position as the 10th best high school in the state of Michigan, while being 494th in the country. Haslett High School ranks 38th in the state and 1,176th in the nation. Both schools fall under the jurisdiction of Meridian Township as public schools and are just over five miles apart from each other.

Still in high school, but earning college credits at Haslett High

By Julie Campbell
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

HASLETT — When it comes to Haslett High School, it’s more than just high school classes. With the amount of college credits they offer, it’s almost as if the students are part time attending a two-year college. According to the Haslett High School website, the school is fifth-best in the state and 62nd-best in the country when it comes to college readiness. “Currently, all of our advanced placement classes offer college credit upon receiving a 3 or higher on their AP exam,” said principal Bart Wegenke. “Most of our Haslett High School students take at least two AP classes so they are at least half way through their freshman year before they begin college.”

There are students at Haslett that take enough AP classes in which they earn credit that would normally take them two years to earn at college.

Ann Arbor gun-control resolution sparks discussion in Meridian Township

By Lauren N. Shields
The Meridian Times

The first time Nick Johnston shot a gun was when he was 3 years old. By the age of 12, Johnston started to learn how to take guns apart and put them back together. At age 16, he was able to start making guns for himself. Johnston, now 24, has his concealed pistol license (CPL) and is the vice president of his grandfather’s company, Ultimate Firearms in Okemos. Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, he is also the owner of Johnston Firearms in Okemos as well as an Alaskan hunting guide.

3-D printer enters Haslett public schools

By Emily Nagle
The Meridian Times

Haslett Middle School’s eighth grade classroom receives a 3-D printer after receiving a grant from the MSU School of Engineering. Haslett Middle School science teachers Brandy Butcher and Phil Rutkowski attended a Research Education for Teachers program over the summer that was sponsored by MSU through the National Science Foundation. In return, MSU has given the classroom new equipment to benefit the learning environment. The 3-D printer is used in Rutkowski’s science classroom lessons for eighth grade students in his exploratory class. Rutkowski starts off his lessons with a review of biomimicry, which is finding sustainable solutions to human challenges by imitating nature’s models.

Haslett High School awarded $1,800 for broadcast equipment

By Cayden Royce
The Meridian Times

The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association awarded $1,800 to Haslett High School for the broadcast program. DSBA is a nonprofit organization, which promotes sporting activities and educational broadcasting programs around metro Detroit. The nonprofit generates funding from its annual summer golf outing to provide applicants with grants. Nearly 20 years ago, the organization shifted its focus to education and began promoting broadcast curriculums in Southeast Michigan up to East Lansing, said Marketing Director Bill Harrington. Harrington is on the DSBA executive board and said he looks at the grant applications to decide how the funds will be distributed.