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Published October 13, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — As the world turns and some careers continue to either get more popular or evaporate, Clintondale Community Schools continues to encourage its students to stay privy to all available scholastic options.

This August, three Clintondale High School students did just that, partaking in an 11-day camp on Wayne State University’s Detroit campus.

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Published October 13, 2017

WARREN — It has been about 10 years since the former Ridgewood Elementary School on Racine Road was demolished. Now there is a chance the property might be sold to become a new subdivision.

The Ridgewood property — now an empty field surrounded by houses — is located on the north side of Racine, approximately 150 feet east of Dover Avenue, north of 12 Mile Road and west of Schoenherr Road. Warren Woods Public Schools owns the property and is financially responsible for its maintenance.

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Published October 11, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Getting out of the classroom and participating in hands-on experiments has been a focus of elementary science courses for years, Sequoyah Elementary School Principal Ted Zotos said.

And for a week, Sequoyah students were able to do just that right in the school’s parking lot thanks to the 40-foot FARM Science Lab courtesy of the Michigan Farm Bureau.

The mobile science classroom set up shop the week of Oct. 2, and all 700 kids in kindergarten through fifth grade got a chance to explore the agriculture-based lessons.

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Published October 11, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Students curious about pursuing a career in advanced manufacturing and skilled trades recently had the opportunity to tour a handful of manufacturing facilities, locally and across the country.

On Oct. 6, more than 500 students from the four Oakland Schools Technical Campuses, among other local schools, were invited to participate in Oakland County Manufacturing Day.

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Published October 10, 2017

ROCHESTER — Administrators at Rochester Community Schools are hoping a new logo will better identify the district as a school community.

RCS Community Relations Director Lori Grein said the overall intent of the new logo design — which was launched at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year — is to provide an image that accurately identifies the district as Rochester Community Schools, versus just Rochester.

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Published October 10, 2017

By Kara Szymanski
C & G Special Writer

CLAWSON — Clawson band students had the chance Oct. 3 to hear and perform music with a professional trio called the Moxie Strings.

The Moxie Strings visited the Clawson High School and Middle School bands at the high school for a pair of two-hour music clinics — one session in the morning for the high school and one in the afternoon for the middle school.

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Published October 10, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Around the world in 80 days? How about five hours?

Lake Shore Public Schools students got to mingle with students from Spain, Germany and China during a recent International Summit at the high school Oct. 3, learning about cultures, languages and working together to solve problems.

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Published October 10, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A small group of students at West Bloomfield High School are hoping to make a big impact on the school.

The WBHS Environmentally Aware, Ready to Help, or EARTH, Club has been around since 1993 and involves students in a wide variety of environmentally friendly issues, from recycling to creating a nature preserve on WBHS’ campus.

“We have been on a renewable energy kick,” said club sponsor and physics teacher Joshua Barclay.

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Published October 6, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Video of an after-school fight between two students at Hazel Park Junior High — in which one student is beaten to the ground and onlookers don’t intervene — recently made the rounds on social media, prompting the district to address the issue.  

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Published October 4, 2017

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — New math programs instituted at Chippewa Valley Schools a few years ago helped improve standardized test scores, and now administration is hoping a new English language arts curriculum can have the same effect.

The latest Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress scores from the 2016-17 school year showed Chippewa Valley students in grades three and five through eight had an increase in the percentage of advanced or proficient scores in mathematics.

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Published October 4, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Alex Allard is an eighth-grade football and basketball player at Algonquin Middle School. He also said he stays up until 12:30 a.m. on most nights.

So when John Underwood, who has trained Olympic medalists and Navy SEALS, spoke to a group of about 150 student-athletes at Algonquin High School in September and stressed the importance of getting the right amount of sleep, Allard took it to heart.

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Published October 3, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — A new Oakland University program aims to foster workplace safety, giving college credits to students with hands-on experience in the field.

The program is the result of an alliance between OU and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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Published October 3, 2017

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Entering year two of a five-year, $185 million bond issue, Rochester Community Schools Superintendent Robert Shaner said the district has already completed many technology updates.

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Published October 3, 2017

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Public Schools and St. Vincent de Paul’s annual clothing and shoe donation drive is a benefit for the community and students who benefit, said Diane Bauman, FPS director of school/community relations.

St. Vincent de Paul provides large donation bins to FPS to collect the donated items. After the donation drive, the group gives the school district gift cards to its store in Keego Harbor, which are given to FPS families in need to shop for items that they need, according to a press release.

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Published October 3, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — When the staff and students of Maire Elementary School gathered Sept. 28 for the Detroit Lions’ “Lions Leaders for Life” program, there was something else in the air.

Along with enjoying the Lions’ program, which encouraged students to be successful leaders in life and to maintain healthier lifestyles, the school community learned that Maire was named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2017.

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Published October 3, 2017

CLAWSON — On a bended knee, Boston-based muralist Alex Cook brings light-brown strokes to life on the head of a male figure drawn in a mural he created Sept. 25 at Japhet School.

Cook and a number of community and school members began the work on the mural, which was originally a white wall near the front entrance of the school at 839 S. Crooks Road Sept. 23.

“On Saturday (Sept. 23), families came and helped paint the mural all day long. That was amazing,” Betsy Stecker, communications director/registrar, said during an interview at Japeth School.

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Published October 3, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Can you survive the zombie apocalypse? How about a teenage relationship?

Making it through those pales in comparison, however, to the survival needed to overcome the disasters brought about during this year’s hurricane season.

Now teenage thespians at Lakeview High School are putting their love of theater to work raising money for victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

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Published October 2, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Bloomfield Hills School District recently was awarded a $12,000 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, or MCACA.

MCACA has been in existence since 1966 as the Michigan Council for Arts. In 1990, Gov. John Engler restructured it as MCACA so it could start funding groups like science centers and other cultural institutions.

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Published October 2, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Last year’s spring musical marked Taylor Morrow’s directorial debut with the Hazel Park Drama Club. She said the theme of coming home in “The Wizard of Oz” felt appropriate since she, herself, had found a new home in the drama program.

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Published October 2, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Lamphere Schools has identified ways to improve the district’s security, technology, energy efficiency, roofing, parking lots, athletic facilities and more — and it won’t cost taxpayers anything extra. 

In fact, the proposed millage will save residents at least a little bit of money — an average of $50 in savings per year, for a house valued at $100,000. 

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