Schools

Published December 15, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s time for students to dust off their parents’ analog clocks and get back to the simpler times, when homework wasn’t interrupted by the ping of status updates and tweets. 

At least that is the vision of Sarah Ward, a practicing speech-language pathologist and nationwide speaker on developing and supporting executive function-based skills. 

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Published December 15, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Community Schools Board of Education voted 5-0 for Roseville Middle School to get a full-time assistant principal, owing to the school’s sizable student population.

Jacob Mowinski has been serving in the role part time, Superintendent John Kment said, but due to an increase in the number of students, the building now needs a full-time assistant principal to keep up.

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Published December 14, 2015

FERNDALE — Following the November election of Raylon Leaks-May to the Ferndale City Council, the Ferndale School District is looking to fill Leaks-May’s vacant board seat by early January.

Leaks-May’s four-year term was set to end at the conclusion of 2016, with the school board election to be held in November 2016, and state law would allow Leaks-May to remain on the school board while also serving on the City Council.

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Published December 14, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Community Schools Board of Education voted 5-0 during its regular meeting Dec. 7 to name Roseville High School’s weight room after the late Rex Corless, a teacher and coach at the school for 34 years.

Corless retired from the district in 1993 and died in 2008, according to Roseville High School Athletic Director Dennis Borse, but upon Corless’ death, his family established the Rex E. Corless Fund to help students in the school’s athletic programs. The fund helps pay for athletic gear or physicals.

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Published December 14, 2015

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Utica High School’s student newspaper, Arrow, has hit its target for the second time in a row, qualifying for a Crown Award for excellence in journalism.

According to Stacy Smale, a teacher and Arrow adviser, students learned in November that they will be given a silver or gold Crown Award, which will happen March 16-18, 2016, during the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 92nd annual Spring Scholastic Convention in New York City.

Smale credited the UHS students for the accomplishment.

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Published December 11, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Local bands, musicians and musical acts like the Tidal Waves, Amy Decker, the Epidemics and Blues Condition are all getting another day in the sun with a memorabilia display at the Roseville Public Library.

The display, put together by Wendy Clem, highlights musicians with some connection to Roseville from a variety of genres going back to the 1960s. Clem said the artists highlighted range in age today from their 20s to their 70s, and the display features everything from playbills to records to music magazines to instructions for bands playing at shows.

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Published December 9, 2015

High school seniors who attend Utica Community Schools and its Utica Center for Science and Industry showed the community their tricks of the trade for designing helpful new products.

According to school officials, UCSI held a simulated trade show Dec. 2 at its building in Sterling Heights as a way to teach high schoolers lessons about integrating engineering, mechatronics and multimedia elements.

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Published December 9, 2015

WARREN — The annual Robotics, Engineering and Technology (RET) Days held at the South Campus of Macomb Community College continues to grow year after year.

Now in its 10th year, this year’s event on Dec. 2-3 gave approximately 3,100 middle and high school students the opportunity to perform hands-on activities in renewable energy, mechatronics, underwater robotics, solar power, 3-D printing, virtual welding and more. Electric vehicles were set up, and students could participate in an electric model vehicle race.

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Published December 8, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Even though public school is funded through taxpayer dollars, there are often plenty of things on a teacher’s wish list that don’t fit in the budget.

New technology, innovative furniture, new applications for students to use to further their learning: All of these things might help students get to the top, but might not be affordable for a school district to provide.

That’s where the annual grant program from the Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union comes in.

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Published December 8, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A fourth-grader from Sheiko Elementary School recently won a local drawing contest to benefit local West Bloomfield families.

Emmie Shelton won the Snowman Pin Contest, put on by Our Children’s Fund, in which pins are sold to help raise money to purchase Target gift cards so local families can buy necessities. OCF helps provide supplies and resources to students of the West Bloomfield School District and their families. 

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Published December 7, 2015

FERNDALE — About 61 percent of the student body in the Ferndale School District qualifies for free or reduced lunch during the school year. At the elementary level, more than 51 percent of students, or 553 kids, qualify.

If families struggle to pay for a student’s lunch during the week, what is the situation like on the weekends? That is a question that Kennedy Elementary School second-grade teacher Lindsay Gonska asked, and one she hopes to help answer.

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Published December 2, 2015

Utica Community Schools students used and reused their problem-solving skills when they operated robots and demonstrated their expertise in solving trash-based problems at a recent regional FIRST Lego League tournament in Sterling Heights.

More than 40 teams competed in the annual UCS ThunderQuest tournament Nov. 21 at Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights.

Jake Palmer, a principal at Switzer Elementary School who is involved with ThunderQuest, said the tournament was held despite a snowstorm outside.

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Published December 2, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The marching band from Dakota High School continued its tradition of having a very busy Thanksgiving Day.

For most of the 183-member band, that meant waking up around 5 a.m. to hop on buses and head to downtown Detroit for America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The band, which director Rob Abend said has performed in at least eight consecutive parades, performed a medley of Christmas numbers, as well as “Light My Fire” by The Doors, throughout the 90-minute, 3-mile march.

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Published December 1, 2015

Results from the spring ACT assessment of 11th-grade students are in, and overall, local students maintained similar scores from year to year.

At Lake Shore High School, the composite score of 19.7 was down slightly from the 2013-14 composite score of 20. The juniors at the school had the same English and math scores over the two years, at 18.6 and 21.5, respectively, but dropped slightly from 18.7 to 18.3 in reading and from 20.5 to 20.1 in science, according to scores provided by the Michigan Department of Education.

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Published November 30, 2015

BERKLEY — In Berkley School District Drama Coordinator John Hopkins’ fourth year in the district, the drama students will be tackling possibly their biggest production yet when they present “Noises Off” Dec. 3-5.

The production, a three-act play-within-a-play written by Michael Frayn, takes the audience through the troubles during dress rehearsal, gives them a peek backstage during a live performance, and then finally shows how all the problems present themselves during the closing performance.

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Published November 30, 2015

CLAWSON — Detroit Red Wings forwards Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening stopped by Kenwood Elementary School last month to spread positive messages about health, mind and body.

The players visited the school on Nov. 19 to teach kids about the importance of being healthy through exercise and a proper diet. The hockey players also showed the students somet stick-handling techniques.

The visit was a part of the Red Wings School Assembly Program, which introduces elementary students to hockey through street and floor hockey.

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Published November 25, 2015

BERKLEY — As part of ongoing planning in both the city of Berkley and the Berkley School District, a play structure at Angell Elementary School that had been deemed unsafe this fall will be torn down and replaced by the end of the school year.

The two entities announced the plan and collaboration Nov. 10. The city will remove the current play structure by the end of November, and the school district will install a new drainage system in the area next spring. Lastly, the city will install the new play structure.

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Published November 25, 2015

WARREN — When she was in the ninth grade, Julie DuBois dropped out of school.

Last May, the 37-year-old Sterling Heights resident found herself in class again. At the encouragement of her boyfriend, DuBois enrolled in the GED program available at Leaps and Bounds Family Services in Warren.

Working one-on-one with a teacher, DuBois is on her way to earning her GED.

“It’s been going good so far,” DuBois said. “I thought I would never be able to do this, but I’m doing pretty good, actually.”

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Published November 25, 2015

FERNDALE — Next summer, two Ferndale School District musicians will have the opportunity to expand their musical and cultural educations as they travel to Europe as part of the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Eighth-grader George Van Der Vennet and sophomore Rachel Arquero were two of the 400 musicians selected to be part of the youth orchestra for the summer of 2016. More than 1,700 students applied for the opportunity to travel and play in France, Germany and a third, yet-to-be-determined country.

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Published November 24, 2015

FARMINGTON — A group of Farmington elementary school children have teamed up to spread awareness about recycling plastic bags.

The group of kids, comprising students from Warner Upper Elementary School and Forest Elementary School, are part of a robotics team participating in the 2015 Trash Trek competition from the FIRST Lego League.

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