Hastings Area School System

A Commitment to Excellence in Academics, Arts and Athletics

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Artists Advance to State!

Six artists from Hastings had their work from the Michigan Art Education Association (MAEA) show advance to the State level. Special recognition to Abigail Beemer whose work is in the Top 15!  
  • Kaitlyn Cabral, "A Call For Help" (oil pastel and tempera)
  • Kenadie Priser, "Portrait of Liza Koshey"
  • "Color City," by Lauren Gee, 3rd
  • "Icy Mountain," by Abigail Beemer, 5th
  • "Expressive Color Treescape," by Collin Tossava, 3rd"
  • Taylor Tigchelaar, HHS

Art Show!

Elementary and Secondary art teachers from Calhoun County and the CISD (Calhoun Intermediate School District) have chosen student artwork for display in our Class Act 2017 exhibition. The free exhibit takes place at the Art Center of Battle Creek beginning Sunday, March 5 and continues through Saturday, March 25. This exhibit celebrates the best artwork created by kindergarten through 12th graders!
We invite you to attend our free Class Act 2017 receptions with your student. Because of the tremendous response to the receptions—we have two receptions divided by grade level. The Class Act Elementary (grades K-5) reception will take place on Sunday, March 5 th from 2-4 pm at the Art Center. Art students and their teachers will be honored during this time. Refreshments will be served. Students present will have a chance to win door prizes. The Class Act Secondary (grades 6-12) reception will take place on Sunday, March 19th from 2-4 pm. This exhibit is a juried exhibit with first, second, third and honorable mention awards presented the day of the reception. Refreshments are also served. Exhibiting students have the opportunity to win a door prize during the event.
We look forward to meeting you and your family on reception day to celebrate the creativity of these students and their art teachers! If you cannot make the reception, please come in with your artists and family to see the exhibit! We are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturday 11 am to 3 pm. There is no charge to view this wonderful exhibit! 


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Hastings High School will present the musical, “Annie”, at Central Auditorium on the evenings of March 2,3 and 4. They will also have an afternoon performance on Saturday, March 4 at 2:00 p.m. You can purchase your tickets now in the office. Tickets for students are $8, adult tickets are $10.

Artists Advance to Region 4 Art Show

The show is hosted by the Michigan Art Education Association (MAEA) at the Art Center of Battle Creek.   The work will be on display from February 21st - March 3rd, 2017 and anyone can view the work during the Art Center's business hours.  An opening reception for the show will be held on Tuesday, February 21st @ 4:30 pm. 
Hastings Middle School students with work on display are:
  • Kaitlyn Cabral, "A Call For Help" (oil pastel and tempera)
  • Joseph McLean, "Pride" (chalk pastel and colored pencil)
  • Melia McCausey, "Beautiful Inside" (collage and watercolor)
  • Kenadie Priser, "Portrait of Liza Koshey"
Six students from Star, Northeastern and St. Rose Elementary Schools are representing our district as well.  
  • "Watercolor Plant Contour,"by Hailey Leffel, 5th
  • "Color City," by Lauren Gee, 3rd
  • "Icy Mountain," by Abigail Beemer, 5th
  • "My Space," by Kara Hendrick, 5th
  • "Expressive Color Treescape," by Collin Tossava, 3rd
  • "Luscious Landscape," by Mallory Rohe, 2nd
Five students from Central and Southeastern are representing our district.
  • "City" by Brooklynn Auten, Y5
  • "Love" by Josephine Williams, 4th grade
  • "Tie Dye Tree" by Makayla Pickett, 5th grade
  • "Sunflowers" by Brissa Hernandez, 2nd grade
  • "Georgia O'Keeffe Skull" by Kegan Archer, 4th grade

Choir Festival

Congratulations to our 4 choirs at the high school for their AMAZING work at our district choral festival this season! 
  • Varsity Singers - Division I
  • Select Women's Ensemble - Division I
  • Men's Glee Club - Division II
  • Beginning Women's Ensemble - Division II
 The Varsity Singers and the Select Women's Ensemble have qualified for the MSVMA state choral festival because of their Division I ratings!!!Thank you to the HS staff for their support of these students while they prepared for this competition.  It's a great day to be a Saxon! 

Drumline of the Year

The Maranda Show came to Hastings High School to video the drumline playing some of their cadences as well as do interviews with the students today. Maranda was so great when she interacted with the students. She spent about an hour with them taking video and talking to all of them. She took pictures with all of them and even had James Wezell, our section leader, teach her how to play a little bit. She tried playing in the line as well and it was pretty funny!
All of this footage will air Thursday, February 16 at 4:30pm on WOTV and will then be put online around 6:00pm.
Thank you for all of you who voted for Hastings to be the 2017 Drumline of the Year! Maranda absolutely loved the students and her time here at Hastings. We were very honored to have her and her team with us today.
Hastings High School Drumline will be opening for DrumLINE LIVE! Next Thursday, the 23rd, at 7:30pm at Miller Auditorium. They will also get awarded a trophy for winning the competition and get to meet the cast!
Maranda Lesson  Maranda group

HHS Drumline Competes for 2017 Drumline of the Year!

Fine Arts News!


Saxon Bands Wrapping Up Season!

 The Band earned a straight Division 1 rating; with not only As but A+ ratings as well! The feedback we received from the judges was very positive and they were incredibly impressed with the show and the students' ownership and performance of it!

Artprize 2016!

The 4th grade artists of Star, Northeastern and St. Rose Elementary Schools enjoyed amazing field trips to Artprize in Grand Rapids last week! Students attended an Artprize Education Days program called "Chair Camp" at the GR Public Museum, where they learned about design, and then created their own unique miniature chairs to be on display at the museum for the duration of Artprize! We also explored Artprize entries at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, The Gerald R. Ford Museum and The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel! Thank you to HEEF and Artprize transportation grants for making this exciting adventure possible!