From the Principal

MSU Agriscience Credits

Michigan State University is now accepting MHS credits toward College graduation.

The credits will apply to the total number required for graduation and may be used to meet the requirements of the student’s program at MSU, pending approval of the major department. The credits cannot be used to fulfill general education requirements such as math and English.”

To be completers in the Agriscience program at MHS students must successfully complete one year of the program.

To obtain the State FFA Degree students must:

  • Complete the State FFA Degree Application and submit it by the deadline (usually early January)
  • Be a 2nd year student in the Agriscience Program at JACC and have actively participated in the FFA
  • Maintain a satisfactory record of scholarship throughout high school (recommended 2.5/4.0 or higher)
  • Participate in at least 5 FFA activities above the chapter level.  Examples could include the following: District Leadership Contests, Regional Leadership Contests, Broiler Contest, Region II Fall Bash, Regional Leadership Camp, State Convention, National Convention, Project RED, Green and White Swine Show, Springport Sheep Show, Winter Beef Show, Skills Contest, Great Lakes Floral Expo
  • Has completed a minimum of 25 hours of community service during their high school career
  • Maintains a Supervised Agriculture Experience Project and has earned a minimum of $2000 or worked 500 hours on the project while they are enrolled in the Agriscience Program
  • Examples of ways to attain the hours or money could include the following: participate in the JACC livestock co-op program (raising cattle, swine, and/or sheep), raise livestock at home, engage in the production of agricultural products, work in an agriculturally related job

The FFA State Degree Application is submitted to Michigan FFA Association by the local chapter Advisors.  The application receives final approval by the Michigan FFA State Executive Secretary.  The FFA State Degree is awarded annually at the FFA State Convention in March.

Spring 2016 SAT Transition:

 The MDE has announced that it will transition to using the SAT® as part of the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) in Spring 2016. The SAT is accepted at all Michigan universities and is already a familiar exam to many in the state. The exam keeps pace with what colleges are looking for today — measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century. It focuses on the few durable things that evidence shows matter most for college and career success, and reflects what Michigan students are already learning in their classrooms. To make it easier for students to succeed, the College Board and Khan Academy are offering free, personalized test practice to all students starting in June 2015. Michigan students and their families will also benefit from the scholarship opportunities connected to College Board assessments, as well as the college application fee waivers they provide. In case you missed it, the College Board also has a full-length PSAT/NMSQT® practice form available at: The PSAT/ NMSQT is tightly aligned with the redesigned SAT and provides a chance to check in on student progress. The College Board is working closely with the MDE to develop a clear plan and next steps for Michigan’s transition to the SAT in the spring of 2016. 
For the most up-to-date information on the transition, including key upcoming dates, you can visit


School Year Transcript Information for Current/Former Graduates

If you need a transcript for job related searches, college/university placement, please use the following e-mail address.  Be sure to clearly type the name of the student, year of graduation and where the transcript should be sent.  We will also make a copy available to you that incudes the embossed seal and signatures if desired.  We hope to have all copies digitized during the school year which will make it much easier for us to find your transcript!  Currently, by law we keep all records 99 years!  Yes, we do have them from "way back"!  All handwritten of course but somewhat legible! E-mail us with your request to or  (During summer months, this may take 3-5 days due to vacations/work schedules.)  During the school year requests are usually processed on the same day. 

Everyday Test Success

Different kinds of tests call for different strategies.  Share these ideas with your son or daughter! Better yet, have them read the short tips below.

Multiple Choice:  On a reading test, skim questions before reading the passages they accompany.  This will let the reader know what to focus on as they read.  Try solving math problems before looking at possible answers.  If the solution is among the choices, it's likely to be right!

Short Answers:  Read each question carefully so you know what you're being asked.  Write neatly and keep your answers brief, clear and to the point.  Don't leave any answers blank.  Many teachers give credit for partial answers.  Math teachers require students to show their work. That way, they can point out where a mistake was made.

Essay: Make a quick outline to organize your thoughts before you write.  Cross off each idea as you add it to your essay.  Leave a few minutes to proofread your work and be sure you've answered the question completely. 

Semester Exams

Semester exams begin Wednesday, January 13 with 1st and 2nd period exams.  Exams are approximately 90 minutes in length and count for 20% of the final semester grade.  Thursday, January 14 is a half day of school and 3rd and 4/5th period exams are scheduled.  The exam schedule is complete on Friday, Janaury 15.  Students will take their 6th and 7th period exams.  Both half-days mean that school is dismissed at 11:00 a.m.  Encourage good study habits as we close our the 1st semester!  The second semester begins on Monday, January 18.  New schedules can be browsed on PowerSchool.  A printed version will be provided to your son/daughter on Friday, January 15.