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Hornet Hive Podcast

This article was last updated on: November 26th of 2020.

Image at the top of the screen.

The Hornet Hive Podcast logo. Notice how it is simply the WHS athletic logo with some text on it.

"There's a lot of great things happening here at Williamston Community Schools."

- Dr. Christopher Lewis during every single episode of the Hornet Hive Podcast.

Article Guide
1. Episode One 2. Episode Two
3. Episode Three 4. Episode Four
5. Episode Five 6. Episode Six
7. Episode Seven 8. Episode Eight
9. Episode Nine 10. Episode Ten
11. Episode Eleven 12. Episode Twelve
13. Episode Thirteen 14. Episode Fourteen
15. Episode Fifteen 16. Episode Sixteen
17. Episode Seventeen 18. Episode Eighteen

Lore

The Hornet Hive Podcast is a podcast available on Stitcher and Libsyn Directory hosted by Dr. Christopher Lewis and co-hosted by Dr. Adam Spina, the superintendent of WCS. The podcast provides information and insight on events happening in Williamston Community Schools, and also discusses future plans for the school district. The first episode likely aired sometime in January of 2018, and the most recent episode aired on February 4th of 2020. Episodes run for anywhere from 9 - 17 minutes. Episodes are not aired on a weekly, bi weekly, or even monthly basis. As far as we can tell, there is no pattern to when episodes are uploaded, other than they are typically uploaded sometime after important school board meetings. Despite the usual total incompetancy when it comes to communicating with the students, this podcast is quite informative and can be found on the school website, however the podcast is probably not made for students. It is unclear how many people actually listen to this podcast, but there are a grand total of one public comments and no ratings, so we can assume overall viewership is low. There are 18 episodes of the Hornet Hive Podcast.

The reason why the Hornet Hive Podcast is included in the Willemstan Wiki, despite not having any real connection to Willemstan, is it provides a wealth of information regarding Williamston Community Schools. The summaries will not illude to future events, and will be written as if they were made shortly after the podcast episode aired.

It is worth noting that some of the thumbnails for each episode will seem wrong, out of order, and/or duplicated. This could be because the episodes were uploaded in the wrong order, or maybe whoever made the thumbnails just mixed them up and/or lost track of how many episodes there are. I think the later is more likely, because judging by the content of each episode, they seem to be in the correct order. In order to standardize this mess, I will be listing the episodes just like they are on the website, which is in order of appearence (publication date). I will be matching the episodes with the thumbnail that was given to the episode.


Hornet Hive Podcast Countup

It has been roughly:

00 days 00 hours 00 minutes 00 seconds

since the last Hornet Hive Podcast episode was released.


Episode One - "Grants, Library Move & Restorative Justice - EP1"

You can watch this episode yourself by clicking this link.

Podcast Description:

"We continue to experiment with new ways to better communicate with stakeholders. Dr. Christopher Lewis and Dr. Adam Spina have produced a simple podcast with a summary of the Board of Education Meeting from 22 January. Topics include the Dart Foundation Grant, the potential Williamston CADL branch move, and the recently approved Restorative Justice policy. Click the link below to listen. Any feedback is always appreciated!"

Summary:

This episode was uploaded on August 11th of 2018 and was ~13 minutes long. It was recorded in January of 2018.


Episode Two - "Transportation, School Safety & The CADL Library Move - EP2"

You can watch this episode yourself by clicking this link.

Podcast Description:

"This podcast includes updates on transportation, school safety, and the pending Williamston Libary relocation initiative."

Summary:

This episode was uploaded on August 11th of 2018 and was ~13 minutes long. It was originally recorded on March 5th of 2018.


Episode Three - "Sinking Fund And School Safety - EP3"

You can watch this episode yourself by clicking this link.

Podcast Description:

"The Board of Education is currently considering a proposal to allow voters to amend the District’s existing Sinking Fund. The proposal would not result in a tax increase, it would only replace and extend our current Sinking Fund so that it can also be utilized for school safety enhancements. This is a concept I proposed to the Board after receiving numerous articles of correspondence and phone calls from parents, community members, and staff over the last several weeks regarding the safety of our schools. It also comes as a result of listening to student questions and concerns and feedback from security experts who have conducted inspections of our schools. As I have mentioned many times, our existing Sinking Fund has been an invaluable financial asset. WCS has traditionally invested a much higher than typical percentage of our state foundation allowance in the classroom. This has resulted in WCS being recognized by the Department of Education as one of the best fiscally managed districts in Michigan. Over time, however, our dedication to investing in the classroom came at the expense of supporting infrastructure and facilities. The current Sinking Fund has effectively filled this void by allowing for emergency repairs as well as much needed facility upgrades to roofs, boilers, air conditioning systems, doors, and other similar items, without having to divert resources from academic programs. Learn more about what has been accomplished thus far here. When our original Sinking Fund was passed, the only legally eligible expenditures were for facilities repairs or upgrades. In 2016, the law was changed so that schools could use Sinking Fund dollars for safety enhancements. In order to do this, voters must approve via a new ballot proposal. If approved by the Board, the revised Sinking Fund proposal would be on the August 7, 2018 ballot. Read the proposed ballot language currently under consideration by the Board of Education here. Should this proposal pass, the current 1 mil Sinking Fund will become eligible to be utilized for safety enhancements throughout the District. We have partnered with a variety of law enforcement, security, and emergency managers to conduct vulnerability assessments of our buildings. The revised Sinking Fund will allow WCS to address those needs while continuing to simultaneously repair facility deficiencies. It cannot be utilized for employee salaries, benefits, or other operational costs. All Sinking Fund expenditures are audited to ensure transparency. If the proposal is not adopted or does not pass, the current Sinking Fund stays in effect, but could not be used to address security or safety vulnerabilities. I’ve been asked, as a Superintendent, what keeps me up at night. The safety of our students is the answer to that question. In order to ensure you have accurate information on how the current Sinking Fund can be amended to include safety enhancements to our schools, please do not hesitate to contact me..."

Summary:

This episode was uploaded on August 11th of 2018 and was ~12 minutes long. It was orignally recorded sometime in March-June of 2018.


Episode Four - "Arts, Awards and Middle School Changes - EP4"

You can watch this episode yourself by clicking this link.

Podcast Description:

"In this episode of the Hornet Hive we discuss the Spring Fine Arts Fest where children from all ages were brought together to celebrate the music that we offer within our schools. Our schools have also received a number of awards including rankings from the State and what is wonderful is that all of this recognition are well-rounded. The Middle School is also going to be going through some changes. The Middle School library will become the new Capitol Area District Library for Williamston and it will be open in June. Also at the Middle School the innovation labs are still working forward. There will be two labs, one in the 6th grade wing and one in the 7th grade wing. There is a responsible learning lab that will be more conducive for learning for students that need this extra assistance. Finally, there will be a Student lounge and book room that will take books for the existing library into a space for kids to explore."

Summary:

This episode was uploaded on August 14th of 2018 and was ~9 minutes long. It was orignally recorded sometime in March-June of 2018.


Episode Five - "CADL Library, Safety & Security, Sinking Fund & More"

You can watch this episode yourself by clicking this link.

Podcast Description:

"In this episode of the Hornet Hive we explore the new CADL Library, Safety & Security, Sinking Fund & More."

Summary:

This episode was uploaded on August 14th of 2018 and was ~14 minutes long. It was originally recorded on June 12th of 2018.


Episode Six - "Summer Changes & Momentum For an Amazing New Year"

You can watch this episode yourself by clicking this link.

Podcast Description:

"Today, Dr. Spina and Dr. Lewis talk about all of the changes that happened over the summer to prepare the district for the new school year. They also talk about new staffing, safety and security within the school district, new technology that will be available for home-bound students and more. They speak about momentum and the positive strides the district has accomplished within the last year and the positive momentum that the district is on for the upcoming year!"

Summary:

This episode was recorded and uploaded on August 26th of 2018 and was ~18 minutes long.


Episode Seven - "Enrollment Growth, Fund Balance, Restorative Justice & the Be Nice Program -"

You can watch this episode yourself by clicking this link.

Podcast Description:

"This week we speak about enrollment growth, the district fund balance, restorative justice and the Be Nice program. All-in-all we have some amazing programs that everyone should try."

Summary:

This episode was recorded and uploaded on October 5th of 2018 and was ~13 minutes long.


Episode Eight - "Sports, Arts, Grants, Safety and more"

You can watch this episode yourself by clicking this link.

Podcast Description:

"Today on the Hornet Hive podcast, Dr. Adam Spina, Superintendent of the Williamston Community Schools and Dr. Christopher Lewis a Trustee on the WCS Board of education talk about fall sports, arts, new grants with the district that will help enhance school safety and a bit more."

Summary:

This episode was recorded and uploaded on November 13th of 2018 and was ~12 minutes long.


Episode Nine - "Be Nice, District Improvements, Safety and more"

You can watch this episode yourself by clicking this link.

Podcast Description:

"Today on The Hornet Hive Podcast we have Dr. Michele Cook, Director of Curriculum and Special Education of the Williamston Community Schools and Dr. Adam Spina joining us. This week we talk about the new Be Nice program that kicks off on January 30 from 6:30 pm -7:30 pm with a program at the McGoff Auditorium. We hope all will come. We also talk about a number of improvements that happened over the holidays across the district as well as some new safety improvements that are planned in the future at the high school."

Summary:

This episode was recorded and uploaded on January 15th of 2019 and was ~11 minutes long.


Episode Ten - "Robotics Competitions, Arts Awards, A New High School Entrance & More"

You can watch this episode yourself by clicking this link.

Podcast Description:

"In today's podcast we explore a new high school entrance, the new robotics team competing in their first competition, many arts awards and more!"

Summary:

This episode was recorded and uploaded on March 5th of 2019 and was ~11 minutes long.


Episode Eleven - "New Buses, Arts Fest & Improvements, Spring Sports & More"

You can watch this episode yourself by clicking this link.

Podcast Description:

"In this episode of the Hornet Hive we explore the new buses that the district now has and how this enhances our school safety. We celebrate the success of the recent Arts Fest and other Arts improvements within the district as well as moving up in sports athlete rankings within the state. We talk about an upcoming fundraiser for the Williamston Schools Foundation and more."

Summary:

This episode was recorded and uploaded on April 23rd of 2019 and was ~13 minutes long.


Episode Twelve - "Ending the School Year, Summer Projects and More!"

You can watch this episode yourself by clicking this link.

Podcast Description:

"Today on the Hornet Hive Podcast we talk to Dr. Adam Spina about the end of the school year as well as the successes from throughout the school year. We talk through all of the summer projects that will be happening within the school district, graduation and more."

Summary:

This episode was recorded and uploaded on June 3rd of 2019 and was ~13 minutes long.


Episode Thirteen - "Start of the School Year, Construction Projects & Social / Emotional Learning"

You can watch this episode yourself by clicking this link.

Podcast Description:

"Today on the Hornet Hive Podcast I talk to Dr. Adam Spina about the start of a new year as well as construction projects over the summer and things to look forward to when it comes to the social and emotional learning that all of our students experience as a part of the Williamston Community Schools. "

Summary:

This episode was recorded and uploaded on August 16th of 2019 and was ~11 minutes long.


Episode Fourteen - "Enrollment Numbers, SAT Scores, Building Security and More"

You can watch this episode yourself by clicking this link.

Podcast Description:

"Today on the Hornet Hive Podcast Dr. Adam Spina and Dr. Christopher Lewis talk about the enrollment numbers in the district, the 2020-2021 academic calendar, SAT Scores and building security among other great things. "

Summary:

This episode was recorded and uploaded on October 24th of 2019 and was ~12 minutes long.


Episode Fifteen - "District Budget, School Bond Loan Fund, Spring Break and Mental Health Programming"

You can watch this episode yourself by clicking this link.

Podcast Description:

"Today on the Hornet Hive Podcast Dr. Adam Spina and Dr. Christopher Lewis talk about the budget within the Williamston Community Schools as well as the School Bond Loan Fund, the Spring Break Dates starting in 2021 as well as a special program about mental health for our community on December 4th that ties into the Be Nice Program. "

Summary:

This episode was recorded and uploaded on November 27th of 2019 and was ~17 minutes long.


Episode Sixteen - "District Accolades, Student Accomplishments, Sinking Fund & More"

You can watch this episode yourself by clicking this link.

Podcast Description:

"Today on the Hornet Hive Podcast Dr. Adam Spina and Dr. Christopher Lewis talk about a number of district accolades that have recently been announced as well as some amazing things that students within the Williamston Community Schools have accomplished. We walk you through some of the recent Sinking Fund Projects and more!"

Summary:

This episode was recorded and uploaded on February 4th of 2020 and was ~12 minutes long.


Episode Seventeen - "Fall Plans, Summer Projects and New Staff"

You can watch this episode yourself by clicking this link.

Podcast Description:

"Today on the Hornet Hive Podcast Interim Superintendent Kelly Campbell and Dr. Christopher Lewis talk about the plans for fall education amid COVID-19. There also were a number of summer projects that we will discuss as well as introduce you to new administrators within our district."

Summary:

This episode was recorded and uploaded on August 20th of 2020 and was ~20 minutes long.


Episode Eighteen - "District Awards, Athletics, COVID-19 and More"

You can watch this episode yourself by clicking this link.

Podcast Description:

"Today on the Hornet Hive Podcast Interim Superintendent Dr. Adam Spina and Dr. Christopher Lewis talk about some recent awards that the district has received, a fall full of athletics, understanding COVID-19 planning and exploring all of the things that we are thankful for. "

Summary:

This episode was recorded and uploaded on November 20th of 2020 and was ~14 minutes long.