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Maplewood School

Welcome Mr. Joel Smith

Photo of Mr. Joel Smith, Principal 2020-2021 Maplewood Elementary

Maplewood Elementary would like to welcome Joel Smith as the new principal. For his professional background he graduated from the University of Michigan – Flint, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology. Additionally, Mr. Smith earned a Master’s degree in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College. He also holds an Education Specialist degree from the University of Michigan – Flint. Recently, Mr. Smith served two years as the assistant principal at Hastings High School. Prior to that, he was a language arts teacher and department chair for ten years at Linden Middle School.

Mr. Smith lives in Hastings with his wife, Kay, and three daughters: Penelope, Isabelle, and Josephine. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies with his wife, playing with his kids, and walking his dog Maggie. He also enjoys reading, playing games, and going up north with his family. Mr. Smith is very excited to be a part of the Valley, and is looking forward to the start of a new school year!


Get your iChat done every school year

Christmas parties will soon be upon us! Board policy will be followed regarding background checks. Most of you have your checks done, but if not, please go online or stop into the office at least 5 days prior to an event; which for Christmas parties being held on Dec.19th, means submitting the request by the end of the day on the 11th. These checks must be done anew each school year.  Staff will be at the main entrance to approve you through. Our goal continues to be both welcoming and safe, but in the end, I hope you understand it is “safety first.” 

We look forward to having you join us as we celebrate the holiday season!


PTCFast Conference Scheduler

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Following is the online link to schedule your student's conferences. If you do not have internet access or have questions, please contact the office for assistance.

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