Hazelwood School District Newsletter - October 2021
Hazelwood School District Newsletter
District News for October 2021
HSD Students Shine at Infinite Scholars Program Scholarship Fair
Several HSD high school students attended the Infinite Scholars Program College Scholarship Fair. Our students received more than $180,000 in scholarship offers on the spot! The event was just the start of the life-changing scholarships HSD seniors will secure this academic year.
A Message from the Superintendent
As the Superintendent of Hazelwood School District, I strive each day to ensure our schools are safe, educational, and healthy environments. Throughout my career in education, I have consistently been reminded of one universal truth – schools cannot do it alone.
Creating ideal school environments requires a commitment from administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents, and community members. With that in mind, I am asking stakeholders to support two new district campaigns and reinvest in an already award-winning campaign. The No Guns in School, Be the Best on the Test, and Help Hazelwood Get Healthy campaigns are aimed at mobilizing our community to support schools.
To read Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart’s complete message, click here.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why has the district implemented COVID-19 mitigation strategies for events?
Implementing strategies to encourage behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19 during events helps keep students inside the classroom to receive face-to-face instruction.
Through the first seven weeks of the school year, the number of COVID-19 positive students and employees in HSD have both remained below 1 percent. The success HSD has had in limiting the spread of COVID-19 in our schools is tied to our mitigation strategies. The strategies align with recommendations from the St. Louis County Department of Public Health for the specific zip codesHSD serves. From masks and vaccinations to quarantines and event procedures, the strategies are working.
As part of HSD’s Help Hazelwood Get Healthy Campaign, the district is asking stakeholders to embrace mitigation strategies. The purpose of the strategies is to keep students in the classroom and keep them healthy.
Hazelwood West Middle Teacher Wins Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award
Melissa Heyen, a West Middle School 8th grade ELA teacher, has been selected to receive the 2021 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. Ms. Heyen has been teaching for more than 26 years, including 14 years in HSD.
Iota Phi Lambda Selects HSD Teachers to Receive the “Apple for the Teacher” Award
Dr. Demetrius Adams, of Hazelwood West High, Michelle Jones, of Hazelwood Southeast Middle, and Sherri Gaskin, of Hazelwood East High, have been selected to receive the “Apple for the Teacher” Award from Iota Phi Lambda Sorority. The three educators were chosen for their commitment to students.
An awards ceremony will be held to honor all winners on Saturday, November 21, 2021, at the St. Louis Airport Marriott Hotel.
Homework & Social/Emotional Support Line
Need social/emotional support or help with homework? The Homework & Social/Emotional Support Line is now available.
Three HSD educators have partnered to publish their second book, Sleep Makes You Smart. The book is a fun story that helps children understand why sleeping is important and what they can do to help their bodies grow. Zabrina Grisby, MSW, Dr. Audrey McKenna Wittenauer, and Dr. Karla Holland used their combined 50 years of experience in the fields of education and social work to pen the new book.
Both books help families reinforce expectations and establish good habits. To learn more about the books, click here.
Participate in HSD’s COVID-19 Vaccine Social Media Series
Have you received the COVID-19 vaccine? If so, please consider participating in the district’s Why I Got the COVID-19 Vaccine social media series. The project, which is part of our award-winning Help Hazelwood Get Healthy Campaign, highlights the reasons people in our learning community choose to get the vaccine. All HSD students and employees are eligible to participate.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Solutions Group Nominations
HSD is accepting nominations for a district-wide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Solutions Group. The group will meet bi-monthly to engage in professional development, assess district progress, and contribute solutions. Nominations will be accepted through October 22, 2021. Click here to complete the nomination form.
Individuals can nominate themselves or other stakeholders for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Solutions Group. Nominees will receive official applications to join the group by October 25.
HSD is Hiring
For more information and to apply for the district’s open positions, click here.
Through workshops, events, videos, and resources, Parent U is here to provide parents/guardians with the necessary tools to support their families and learn more about education, child development, wellness, personal development, and other topics. Please click here for more information about Parent U and to view the October event schedule.
Hazelwood Community Empowerment Workshop Series
Alive & Well Communities is offering free workshops focused on health and wellness services. To learn more about the workshops and view a video, click here.
HSD students, parents, faculty, staff, and residents can all participate in telling stories about our district. Helping us share wonderful stories is as simple as capturing the incredible things going on in our school community and sharing them with the district. For information on how you can be a storyteller, click here.
Board Statement of Solidarity
The horrific, depraved murder of George Floyd left many in our community shocked and enraged. That anger has been further amplified by the senseless murder of Breonna Taylor and now Rayshard Brooks, all unarmed African Americans who were killed by the police. These and other recent instances of lethal attacks against African Americans are unacceptable. This is an American issue, not a black issue. As such, we all have a collective responsibility to fight against the ills of racism. The HSD Board of Education stands in solidarity with the millions of Americans stepping forward in this fight. We stand with our community to say, “enough is enough!”