Superintendent's Welcome

Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members, 

Let me be the first to welcome you to Hazel Park Schools!

Our dedicated teachers and staff serve more than 3,000 students in 12 schools throughout Hazel Park and Ferndale each year. We are fortunate to receive incredible support from parents, grandparents, churches, civic groups, and local businesses as we work together to prepare students for the future.

We welcome students from all backgrounds, as we strive to inspire and empower all learners to achieve excellence through a variety of scholastic opportunities and extracurricular activities. Our resident students have access to the Hazel Park Promise Zone and College Access Network which offers a tuition-free path to an associate's degree. We also provide college and career preparatory programs such as the UAW Chrysler School-to-Work Program or our welding program. Our Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) counselor supports all Hazel Park Students as they work to become productive citizens.

We continue to grow our academic and extracurricular programs at all grade levels. We have kindergartners through seniors competing in robotics. Our award-winning National Art Honor Society continues to refine its craft and our National Honor Society has a record number of members. Our amazing students have been members of the Governor's Council, Superintendent's Advisory Board and have participated in Bridge Magazine student groups.

In the spring sports season, our baseball team won its first district championship since 2017 and our softball team went undefeated in the MAC Silver Division. We also had two individual track runners qualify for the state finals. In the winter, our girls' bowling team took home the MAC Gold Division championship. We also had two individual bowlers qualify for the state finals as well as an individual wrestler. In the fall, our band placed 10th in the state finals. Our young athletes are also able to attend FREE summer camps that are run by our varsity coaches to teach them fundamentals to prepare them to participate on teams at our Junior High and High School.

And let's not forget our wonderful adults sell flowers and gifts at the Jardon Greenhouse for Special Education students. 

We support a collaborative and well-rounded education for all students. 

We have eight fundamental beliefs we adhere to that are outlined in our strategic plan, Today’s Learners, Tomorrow’s Leaders.

We believe:

* The school district supports the social, emotional, physical, and academic needs of each child in a caring, healthy, and safe environment.

* All students have the ability to learn.

* A culture that celebrates diversity and promotes equity.

* Student achievement and social-emotional learning are at the core of every decision.

* Students are successful when staff, families and the community are engaged and support learning.

* Research-based curriculum, aligned with state standards is the foundation for high-quality instruction.

* Student-driven learning environments foster self-efficacy and individual ownership of learning.

* Student success is fostered and supported through multiple pathways toward graduation.

Unveiled in 2016, after an extensive year-long process, Today’s Leaders, Tomorrow’s Learners is centered on four primary implementation goals for the district: Climate and Culture, Curriculum and Instruction, Community Relations, and Resources.

To date, Hazel Park has worked through many of these goals as we have implemented the following targets:

* A balanced budget for the first time in fifteen years. 

* Implementation of positive behavior support systems

* Expanded communication and media plan

* Increased community involvement

* Increased extra-curricular activities

* Additional fine arts and electives  

I encourage you to explore each goal -- as well as the rest of this website -- to determine how you can help us be, “Today’s Learners, Tomorrow’s Leaders.”

I welcome your involvement, and please reach out to my office with any input.

With Students in Mind,

Dr. Amy Kruppe, Superintendent
Hazel Park Schools