Schools

Published April 26, 2016

Some of the finest of fine art that Utica Community Schools students have produced was on display April 18-22 during the school district’s annual K-12 Fine Arts Festival.

Karen Borbolla, Morgan Elementary art teacher and UCS K-12 art department chair, said the week’s festivities were held at the old Ewell Elementary School building in Shelby Township.

She said they expected to reach an attendance target range between 10,000 and 11,000 people, including students, families, school administrators and community members.

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Published April 26, 2016

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Macomb County determined that six Roseville schools and four East Detroit schools have earned at least a “green” designation in the county’s annual Green Schools program.

Kaiser Elementary and its Green Team won “evergreen” status for the third year in a row, the highest designation available. Other evergreen-winning schools include Fountain Elementary, Huron Park Elementary and Steenland Elementary, all in Roseville Community Schools.

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Published April 26, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Harrison High School senior and homecoming queen Brenna Johnson is excited to graduate this May. 

But the Farmington Hills resident is also looking forward to crossing over and being declared the winner of this year’s Water Wars — so she hopes.

“I’m excited to see who wins, because a lot of my friends are doing Water Wars; it will be nice to see some of them win and have fun.”

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Published April 26, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Do good, feel good, be good.

On April 20, Birmingham Youth Assistance and the Birmingham Optimists honored 33 middle and high school students who follow this philosophy at the sixth annual Youth in Service Awards, held at the Birmingham Community House.

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Published April 25, 2016

FERNDALE — At the April 18 Ferndale Public Schools Board of Education meeting, the board unanimously passed a resolution in support of the state Board of Education’s guidelines for LGBT students.

The passing of the resolution came after there was a noticeable negative response to the guidelines on the public comment page of the Michigan Department of Education’s website.

The guidelines aim to provide a safe and supportive environment for all students and how schools can make themselves more inclusive to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

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Published April 25, 2016

CENTER LINE — With prom and graduation season approaching, Center Line High School staff members welcomed the Save A Life Tour to the school April 21 in an effort to remind students in grades 10th through 12 to be safe while driving.

Save A Life Tour managers Clay Martin and Andrew Tipton set up driving simulators in the CLHS auditorium for students to test. One machine demonstrated how people actually drive when under the influence of alcohol; the other gave students a better idea of what really happens when people text and drive.

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Published April 25, 2016

WARREN — Fitzgerald High School senior Winston Balmaceda and junior Kennedy Brown-Jackson had already traveled to China, but they wanted to see the country again.

They were among five FHS students who visited China March 24 through April 7 on a school trip that allowed them to use the Chinese language they have learned in class and also experience the country’s culture first-hand.

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Published April 21, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The L’Anse Creuse Public Schools Board of Education is currently seeking applicants to fill the trustee position recently vacated by longtime board member Kenneth Hoover.

The position expires Dec. 31, 2016.

Hoover submitted his letter of resignation effective April 18.

In addition to his years on the board, Hoover served the L’Anse Creuse district for 52 years.

He was elected to the school board in 2003, and in that time served as president, vice president, secretary and trustee.

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Published April 20, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The state’s School Reform Office is aiming to name a CEO for four East Detroit schools in early May, according to East Detroit Public Schools Superintendent Ryan McLeod.

The SRO announced in February that a state-appointed CEO would be appointed to supervise East Detroit High School, Kelly Middle School, Bellview Elementary and Pleasantview Elementary to help the four buildings improve their test scores. They are all listed as “priority schools” by the state, meaning they are among the lowest-performing schools in the state.

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Published April 20, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Blue polos flooded the atrium on Lawrence Technological University’s campus as the school’s Blue Devil Motorsports students unveiled their latest racing designs for the SAE Collegiate Design competitions. 

Students from five LTU racing teams unveiled their 2016 competition vehicles 12:30-2 p.m. April 12 at the Buell Management Building on LTU’s campus.

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Published April 20, 2016

FRASER — It’s awards season, and Fraser High School’s broadcast department is enjoying its time in the sun.

The young broadcasters, who span different grade levels, have been honored or nominated in numerous award categories and competitions.

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Published April 20, 2016

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE  — Southfield Public Schools Superintendent Lynda Wood invited the community to an update on Imagine 2020 — a major reconfiguration of the school district — April 13.

Parents, students and residents interested in the future of the district gathered in the community room at Lathrup Village City Hall to discuss the steps the district is taking to battle declining enrollment and revenue issues.

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Published April 20, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A measure highlighted by the state as “forward thinking” is coming to an end for the South Lake and Lake Shore school districts.

“It just left things a little thin over here,” said the newly appointed superintendent of Lake Shore Public Schools, Joe DiPonio. “When things start to lag and the response time for needs are not getting met, I think that was becoming a concern for the staff.”

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Published April 20, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Nine Orchard Lake Middle School students put their history knowledge to the test during the Detroit regional finals of the National History Bee April 11. 

This year, Orchard Lake Middle School hosted students from across the state, and as far as Ohio and Indiana. Sixth-grade students Max Joyce and Ryan Rucker and eighth-grade student Sydney Brogniart qualified for the 2016 national competition, which will be held in Chicago June 9-12. 

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Published April 20, 2016

HARPER WOODS — June Teisan, a former Harper Woods Middle School science teacher, is a Hall of Famer. 

Teisan was one of five teachers nationwide selected to the 25th induction class of the National Teachers Hall of Fame. She will be formally inducted June 9 at Emporia State University, home of the National Teachers Hall of Fame Museum. 

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Published April 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — If you want to get a sneak peek at a future superstar — or even 11 of them — head to the Detroit Opera House next weekend.

Nearly a dozen children from the Birmingham-Bloomfield area will take the stage in a fully staged production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” as part of the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus.

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Published April 20, 2016

WARREN — Roose Elementary teacher Stacey Cronin and Fitzgerald High School teacher Jennifer Crotty both had the same reaction when they learned each had been named as the Macomb County Outstanding Teachers of the Year at their respective building levels.

Both were “shocked” at the news but are definitely appreciative of the recognition.

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Published April 19, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — In reaction to the Flint water crisis, Grosse Pointe Public School System officials voluntarily had the schools tested to determine the safety of the building’s drinking water and water for other uses. 

This past weekend, officials received the results of its water screening sampling and analysis for lead and copper. The sampling was conducted March 29-31.

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Published April 19, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS —  Families whose students attend the Marcus Garvey Academy in Detroit will benefit from the generosity of the Grosse Pointe South High School community.

The school’s Student Association is holding its annual canned food drive April 18-22. Students, staff, parents and community members can drop off nonperishable items — macaroni and cheese, canned vegetables, oatmeal, granola bars, cereal, peanut butter, pasta, dry milk, olive oil and more — at the school until Friday.

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Published April 19, 2016

FERNDALE — As one of the original members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mark Wood has been rocking arenas and theaters with his electric violin for more than 20 years.

It’s his work in the classroom, though, that’ll bring Wood to Ferndale.

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