Schools

Published April 6, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Some Harper Woods High School students didn’t spend their spring break on vacation or relaxing at home.

Instead, they spent it touring the campuses of six different universities.

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Published April 6, 2016

It’s one of the most diverse schools in a diverse school district.

Sixty percent of Morse Elementary School students speak a language other than English in their homes, and 40 percent receive free or reduced lunches.

The teachers, staff, students and families at Morse Elementary collected household items and grocery store gift cards to help refugee families. The school held a dinner March 30 to offer fellowship to two Sterling Heights families who fled their native Iraq to come to the U.S. in January.

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Published April 6, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The stories of what pets are up to when their human friends are out of the house are coming to life thanks to a pair of authors who are also teachers at Shawnee Elementary School in Macomb Township.

Authors William Bower and Julie Rouse recently released a pair of books to continue their children’s book series, “Pet Tales.”

Bower and Rouse released their first book, “Pet Tales: Back to School,” in 2014, and have released a pair of holiday-themed books for the series over the past month.

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Published April 6, 2016

WARREN — Ever since he can remember, Detroit Lions running back George Winn wanted to play professional football.

“It was always a dream of mine. I was blessed to be able to accomplish that dream,” said Winn, who knew he needed perseverance to make it happen.

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Published April 5, 2016

ROCHESTER — Eighth-graders are encouraged to get their creativity flowing to celebrate a woman who has inspired them.

The American Association of University Women of Rochester, in partnership with the Rochester Hills Public Library and the Auburn Hills Public Library, is sponsoring its 13th annual eighth-grade essay contest in honor of National Women’s History Month.

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Published April 5, 2016

FERNDALE — Getting your art hung on the refrigerator at home might’ve been the highest honor one could receive, but the Ferndale Arts and Cultural Commission is giving a chance for one student to experience another special recognition: seeing their art painted on a wall in the downtown area.

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Published April 4, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak High School student Kayla Clark already knows what she would like to do when she graduates from college.

“I want to go into school psychology and become a school psychologist and specialize in grief and trauma so I can help students that are going through similar experiences that I have,” she said.

Clark’s father died suddenly while she was a freshman, and in addition to the overwhelming grief, daily aspirations like hoping, planning and paying for college came to a standstill.

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Published April 4, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The four buildings in East Detroit Public Schools that the state designated as “priority schools” — schools among the lowest-performing in Michigan — are all seeing improvements in academics and disciplinary procedures, according to presentations at the district’s Board of Education meeting March 28.

The schools still fall short of national academic averages, though they each saw gains above expectations through the first half of the school year.

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Published April 1, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Although she feels like teaching runs in her blood, Stephanie Dzubak said she was still quite surprised to be named the Teacher of the Year at the middle school level by the Macomb County Association of School Administrators and the Macomb Association of Curriculum Administrators. 

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Published March 30, 2016

Sterling Heights High School was placed on lockdown for a short time March 23 for what officials were originally led to believe was a confrontation between two students.

After officials interviewed one of the students involved, it was determined that she had changed her story about the incident and there was no altercation after all.

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Published March 30, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Local government has a direct effect on residents — maintaining infrastructure, providing services like police and fire, and more. Yet the average person might not know the amount of thought and deliberation that goes into each decision on City Council. With the return of the mock council program, students at local schools will have the opportunity to see how the process works firsthand.

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Published March 30, 2016

FRASER — Fraser High School art teacher Susan DiPace said every year she looks forward to the creative collaboration between her students and those at Emerson Elementary.

The annual creative partnership takes place before Fraser First Booster Club’s Art in the Garden, which has a different yearly theme and includes an auction that benefits the McKinley Barrier-Free Park.

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Published March 30, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — As part of a three-day symposium hosted by FranklinCovey Education at Macomb Community College, approximately 60 educators from across the country paid a visit to Cherokee Elementary School on March 22 to learn about the school’s “Leader in Me” program.

Cherokee Principal Lynn Mair said the visit gave the school an opportunity to show how it implements leadership practices through instruction. 

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Published March 30, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The upcoming Center Street smart park is no longer nameless thanks to a few winning Oak Ridge Elementary School students.

Fifth-graders Evan Helton, Sam Fisher, Trevor Smigelski and Roger Vasilkovskii won a districtwide naming contest and received the honor of knowing Eagle Plaza received its name as a result of their ingenuity.

“This is one of the best moments I have ever had in my life, naming a park,” Helton said.

Vasilkovskii agreed.

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Published March 30, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — Obtaining fresh drinking water might seem like it would be simple, but sixth-grade geography teacher Jennifer Caylen wanted to show her students just how difficult it is for some.

As part of her Water Walk for Geography project, Caylen, a teacher at Detroit Country Day Middle School, started this project a couple of years ago to show her students what people in parts of Africa go through every day to obtain drinking water.

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Published March 30, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville High School drama club has announced that its spring production is “Grease: The Musical,” and dozens of students all the way down to the elementary level have been preparing for its April 28-29 show dates.

Drama Director Angie Houghton said the production has been in the works since December, when auditions were held. Following the Christmas break, students started rehearsals at least once a week, practicing more frequently as time has gone on, she said.

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Published March 29, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Hometown Hustle will return to Rochester this May, giving the community a chance to lace up their running shoes to support Rochester Community Schools.

RCS Community Relations Director Lori Grein, who also manages the Rochester Community Schools Foundation, said the event is the foundation’s premier fundraiser for the year.

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Published March 29, 2016

BERKLEY — As an eighth-grader at Norup International School in Berkley, Carolyn Cohn couldn’t get rid of the feeling in her stomach as she watched a classmate struggle to meet deadlines because she had no computer or Internet access at home.

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Published March 29, 2016

A celebration for a Utica Community Schools teacher recently was converted into a convertible.

During a March 23 breakfast at the Community Education Center at Walsh in Sterling Heights, Utica Community Schools Superintendent Christine Johns honored Harvey Elementary School kindergarten teacher Molly Mayernik as the school district’s overall Teacher of the Year. 
In an email statement given afterward, Johns said Mayernik represents “the care, innovation and exemplary teaching and learning that students experience every day” at UCS.

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Published March 29, 2016

BERKLEY — The parcel of land at the corner of Catalpa Drive and Coolidge Highway, just west of Berkley High School, has been a work in progress for the past three years as the Berkley Community Garden has developed.

The garden has slowly grown as more and more people have gotten involved, from elementary students to residents, and now the area will get another feature, as the city has selected a winner of the community garden mural design contest.

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