Board meeting highlights district happenings
By Maria Allard
Posted April 25, 2013
CLINTON TONWSHIP —Every day, there are parents and community members throughout Clintondale Community Schools who coach baseball, work with the Positive Behavior System program, tutor students, chaperone on field trips and do much more.
They don’t do it for a paycheck or to earn notoriety; they do it because they believe in the district, its children and the staff.
This large group of volunteers was recognized at a CCS Board of Education meeting April 22. Each volunteer was called up one by one to receive a certificate and appreciation from school principals, Superintendent George Sassin and School Board President Jason Davidson.
“This has been one of those years when our volunteers have really come out to support our classrooms,” Sassin said. “I want to thank you once again for taking part in your child’s classroom.”
Many volunteers were present to receive their certificates, while others were not. Clintondale Middle School Assistant Principal Timothy Baldwin joked, “They were probably out volunteering.” School board members Lois Murray and Rick Yaworski were among those recognized.
“Volunteers are really a critical part of what makes schools successful,” Rainbow Elementary Principal Donald Trahan said.
Other highlights came out of the meeting, including a presentation on the district’s “Green Schools” status from district Supervisor of Operations Laura Lawniczak. The Macomb County Green Schools awards were presented April 16 at the Macomb Intermediate School District.
The Michigan Green Schools program is an educational initiative, which encourages students to participate in activities deemed good for the environment and that promote energy efficiency and savings. Schools earn points based on the number of “green” projects or activities students and staff have completed under the eligibility requirements.
According to the website, “green” status is earned at 10-14 points; “emerald” is awarded for achieving 15-19 points; and “evergreen” status is granted when a school earns 20 or more points. Recycling, bringing in environmental speakers and raising money for endangered species are just a few of the activities under the program’s umbrella.
According to www.macomb countymi.gov, McGlinnen Elementary and Parker Elementary both received “emerald” status; Rainbow and CMS received “evergreen” status; and Clintondale High School received “green” status. Some Clintondale schools have green school clubs that meet after school with help from adult coordinators and the principals.
“I’d like to give them a round of applause for their dedication,” Lawniczak said.
Parker Elementary kindergarten students kicked off the evening with their “Kindergarteners Aren’t Afraid of the Common Core ELA” presentations. Through songs and dances, and directions from their teachers, the students showcased what they have learned this year about colors, physical fitness, manners and more.
Toward the meeting’s end, McGlinnen Elementary educators Cara Cottrell, Laurie Kania and Dan Hemler were recognized as the district’s “Employees of the Month.”
About the author
Staff Writer Maria Allard covers the school districts of Center Line, Fitzgerald, Van Dyke, Warren Consolidated and Warren Woods, and Macomb Community College for the Warren Weekly newspaper. She also covers the City of Grosse Pointe Woods and the Grosse Pointe Public Schools System for the Grosse Pointe Times newspaper. Allard has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University, and she is in love with the Rolling Stones.
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