Schools

Published April 19, 2016

CENTER LINE — The present financial outlook in Center Line Public Schools may be at its bleakest, and because of it, the state of Michigan issued school officials a letter inquiring what they are doing to rectify the situation.

“If we don’t take steps to correct this, we will have to pay the (Macomb Intermediate School District) to come and make suggestions,” CLPS Superintendent Eve Kaltz said. “We are working very, very hard to not have a deficit.”

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Published April 18, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — While the Oculus Rift is attempting to mainstream virtual reality to consumers, Utica Community Schools’ plans to introduce a different company’s 3-D technology into the classroom have also become a reality.

The school district held a demonstration of zSpace virtual reality learning materials April 12 at Ebeling Elementary School in Macomb Township. UCS has been using the technology for about a month, and it is the first school district in the state to do so, according to UCS spokesman Tim McAvoy.

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Published April 15, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Following allegations of the misuse of money from Lake Shore Public Schools’ international fund, the district has hired a forensic auditor to take a look at the books and get to the bottom of the matter.

Although he announced his retirement in March, Lake Shore Superintendent Chris Loria’s contract runs through June 30. But Joe DiPonio, the principal at Lake Shore High School, instead was named to the superintendent’s position — and began working in that capacity — April 1.

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Published April 14, 2016

“Winds in the east” are heralding the arrival of Stevenson High School’s musical rendition of “Mary Poppins,” which will run April 29-May 1.

Stevenson theater director Mark Johnson said the musical will offer some variety both to the student actors and to the audience.

“We picked it because we wanted to be sure that, as the years go by, we rotate through different types of shows, and it was time for us to do a family show,” he said.

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Published April 14, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Whether you have a green thumb or you’re not sure what a trowel is, Southfield Public Schools is calling all community members ready to lend a helping hand for the annual Volunteer Day.

Residents, parents, students and staff will work to clean up the grounds of Adler Elementary, 19100 Filmore Road, and Stevenson Elementary, 27777 Lahser Road, 8 a.m.-noon April 16.

Jacqueline Robinson, public relations and marketing manager for SPS, said Volunteer Day has been around for decades.

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Published April 13, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison District Public Schools are gearing up for an ambitious four-day festival at Madison High School that will feature carnival rides, food and more.

The Madison Family Spring Carnival will take place in the west parking lot at Madison High, 915 E. 11 Mile Road, with parking available in the field off Farnum to the north and in the lot at nearby Madison Elementary.

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Published April 13, 2016

FRASER — Three Fraser Public Schools teachers were recently recognized for their achievements in education.

Teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels were acknowledged by the Macomb County Association of School Administrators and the Macomb Association of Curriculum Administrators. Teachers were originally nominated by their respective districts.

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Published April 13, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP— In its third edition, Chippewa Valley Choir Director James Pecar’s “A Cappella for Autism” will feature more than 350 student singers from elementary ages to college performers.

The event will feature two shows, both at 6 p.m. on April 19 and April 20, at Chippewa Valley High School’s Henrichsen Auditorium.

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Published April 13, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Three Clintondale Community Schools teachers were recently recognized for their achievements in education.

Teachers at the elementary, middle school and high school levels were acknowledged by the Macomb County Association of School Administrators and the Macomb Association of Curriculum Administrators. Teachers were originally nominated by their respective districts.

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Published April 13, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Hoping that their good works will inspire others, a classroom full of “good eggs” say they were first inspired by books from a local author.

S. Ciara Mitaro, of Sterling Heights, first published “The Good Eggs” in 2013 to teach lessons in virtues to children in the elementary grades. 

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Published April 13, 2016

During her tenure as the president and CEO of Walsh College, Stephanie Bergeron said, she strived to establish the college as a destination and to ensure that graduates have all the tools they need to succeed.

The first woman to lead the college, Bergeron announced she will retire early next year.

Bergeron is the sixth president to lead the college since its inception in 1922.

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Published April 13, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A lifelong Macomb Township resident and 2004 graduate of Chippewa Valley High School has announced his candidacy for Michigan’s 33rd District seat in the state House of Representatives.

Mel Koch, who is running as a Republican, has spent the last six years as a legislative aide after earning a master’s degree in history from Eastern Michigan University in 2009.

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Published April 13, 2016

ROCHESTER — Community members of all ages will come face to face with nationally acclaimed authors and illustrators this month as part of the Authors in April program.

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Published April 13, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — For the first time since the “My Favorite Place in Mexico” international art contest began 10 years ago, a student in the Consulate of Mexico Detroit’s jurisdiction placed in one of the top three slots.

The bold and colorful fiesta scene portrayed by Alexandria Simon, 8, of Rochester Hills, stood out to judges among more than 3,200 entries. She entered the contest through her school, the Chiquitos Bilingual Montessori in Shelby Township.

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Published April 13, 2016

WARREN — For the second year in a row, Warren Woods Public Schools was named as one of 22 Michigan public school districts to receive a perfect Munetrix fiscal indicator score of zero.

On March 29, Munetrix representatives issued a report, naming 22 districts that received perfect scores to the list, including WWPS. The perfect Munetrix scores were for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years and were based on the latest audited Michigan Department of Education data.

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Published April 12, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Performing a play within a play, Dakota High School’s theater team is giving itself a unique challenge for its spring production.

Dakota will perform the comedy “Noises Off” April 14-17.

“This gives them something different than our winter musical, ‘Mary Poppins,’” Dakota Theater Director Kelly Schmidt said. “It is a staple show for most theater programs, and it teaches a lot along the way.”

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Published April 11, 2016

BERKLEY — Before any production, Berkley High School senior Sarah Whitfield must do one thing before getting onstage: She eats a mint.

“I like chewing gum, but you can’t chew gum in the theater,” she said. “I’ll pop a mint to get the minty freshness going.”

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Published April 11, 2016

WARREN — Siersma Elementary School students may have found Bigfoot. The elusive creature was at their school April 1 when husband-and-wife book team Darrin Brege and Karen Bell-Brege visited.

It wasn’t really Bigfoot, but a life-size standout of the popular beast, one of many characters in the six “Mick Morris Myth Solver” books and three “Ghost Board Posse” books the pair have created. Bell-Brege is the author and Brege is the illustrator behind the scary stories.

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Published April 6, 2016

Utica Community Schools was once again serenaded with praise by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation when the district was named among the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education.

The NAMM Foundation, which is based in California, announced the honorees in late March. The foundation most recently honored 476 U.S. school districts for providing students with a quality music education. Applicants had to prove to the foundation and the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas that they offer student access and create successful outcomes.

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Published April 6, 2016

FRASER — In the bruising and battering sport of hockey, there’s not much love on the ice.

Things are different beyond the rink, though, and it’s evident with the rejuvenation of a now local hockey team and community members who have offered their support.

The Metro Jets are the newest fixture in Fraser, playing at Fraser Hockeyland on Utica Road. But the North American 3, or NA3, hockey team is not new by any means.

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