Schools

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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Published March 29, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — To get elementary students more involved with the books they’re reading in class, the Birmingham Education Foundation is bringing in an author to discuss the themes of her books with students.

Author Maria Dismondy, who’s written “Spoonful of Sweetness” and “The Juice Box Bully,” is scheduled to speak to eight of the elementary schools in Birmingham Public Schools this week  about the themes of her books, including self-esteem and bullying, as part of BPS’ Author & Artist in Residency program.

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Published March 28, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Biff, the longtime radio station run out of Bloomfield Hills High School, is celebrating 40 years on the air this year and wants to do so with the Bloomfield community.

The station, which operates on WBFH 88.1 FM, will hold a dedication ceremony, open to the public, for its studio that was built at the new high school, 4200 Andover Road, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16.

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Published March 28, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  West Bloomfield High School marketing students are celebrating after 34 students qualified to compete in the DECA International Career Development Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in April.  

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Published March 28, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — McGlinnen Elementary, part of Clintondale Community Schools, has put a twist on its annual celebration of March is Reading Month — a statewide literacy program propelled by the Michigan Department of Education that encourages parents and teachers to push students to be more inclined to read different kinds of material.

The month-long endeavor has been around for at least two decades, said Cathy Lamont, McGlinnen Elementary principal for the past 13 years. It takes place throughout the Clintondale school district and beyond.

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Published March 27, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Dan Loepp, who has been the president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for 10 years, has been chosen as this year’s De La Salle Collegiate High School honoree for its annual Christian Brothers’ Dinner.

The Christian Brothers’ Dinner is attended by nearly 1,000 men, including alumni, fathers of current students, and other friends of De La Salle and the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Proceeds from the event, which includes a silent auction, benefit the school’s tuition assistance program.

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Published March 26, 2016

WARREN — Approximately 60 local high school students with disabilities learned valuable information about finding a job when they participated in a human resource managers fair March 23 at Cousino High School.

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Published March 26, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Leadership students from L’Anse Creuse High School and L’Anse Creuse Middle School-Central recently joined forces to show their gratitude to some local war veterans.

LCHS teacher Tamara Ishak said the idea for the recent Thank You Card initiative sprang up when her students discussed wanting to complete a community service project that would make a lasting impact on their school community and beyond.

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