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Published October 2, 2017

DETROIT — Several students at Marygrove College in Detroit gathered on Sept. 16 to demonstrate their displeasure at the school’s removal of undergraduate classes and the manner in which the school is handling the transition.

Marygrove announced Aug. 9 that due to lower enrollment, it could no longer support its current curriculum. It released plans to maintain its graduate programs while cutting all of its undergraduate programs at the end of the fall 2017 semester. Significant staff cuts would also coincide with the loss of classes.

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Published October 2, 2017

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STERLING HEIGHTS/WARREN/CENTER LINE — For the last seven years, a program that comes with blessings has fed Warren Consolidated Schools students in need.

The district participates in Blessings in a Backpack, a national program that provides free meals to students. The students in the program receive a backpack full of food to take home with them every Friday over the weekend. There is enough food for six meals to be eaten Saturday and Sunday. The backpacks are returned to school every Monday to be refilled for the following weekend. Each child get his or her own backpack.

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Published September 29, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A local middle school teacher has taken her work to the national stage, and she has brought her students with her.

Art teacher Margaret Squires gave her students at Abbott Middle School the chance to participate in her art project, “Threads,” which is now on display at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. ArtPrize is an annual international art competition that awards over $500,000 to artists whose work is displayed as part of the festival. Any artist in any medium can enter the competition. The free event attracts over 500,000 visitors.

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Published September 28, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — L’Anse Creuse Public Schools officials reported that the district’s 2017 M-STEP scores are at or above the Macomb County averages in high school social studies and science, as well as eighth-grade math, sixth-grade reading and writing, and in social studies, science, reading and writing, and math at the elementary level.

The Michigan Department of Education released the results of the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP, and the Michigan Merit Exam in August.

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Published September 27, 2017

EASTPOINTE — East Detroit High School Class of 2008 alumna Claudia Donaldson wanted to bring EDHS band pride to the Eastpointe High School community after being saddened by negativity surrounding the district’s and high school’s name change in July.

The Board of Education voted earlier this year to change the district’s name to Eastpointe Community Schools. East Detroit High School became Eastpointe High School.

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Published September 27, 2017

Utica Community Schools’ four high school marching bands are getting ready to hold one of their most instrumental nights of the year.

The marching bands will take to Runkel Field at Stevenson High School Oct. 1 when they host their annual Band-A-Rama event.

According to Brett Bays, band director at Utica High School, all four high school band directors had a hand in bringing Band-A-Rama together. Several hundred students will start the evening off by performing in unison, he said.

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Published September 26, 2017

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Public Schools Trustee Angie Smith doesn’t always back down to the answer “no” — especially when it comes to anything dealing with her children’s education.    

The petite powerhouse’s determination is what helped open doors for her three children — who entered FPS 20 years ago — that otherwise would be shut. Her children are now 29, 25, and 19.

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Published September 26, 2017

FRASER — A pair of educators — one a fresh face and one a familiar one — are in the midst of experiencing a new school year through a slightly different lens.

Lynn Sossi is in her first year as Fraser Public Schools’ director of special education. She possesses a bachelor’s degree in English from Wayne State University; a master’s degree in education from Wayne State; and a specialist in education degree from Saginaw Valley State University.

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Published September 26, 2017

GROSSE POINTES — Last October, Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law a third-grade reading bill that requires that all third-grade students must score proficiently on the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress standardized test, or they will not be allowed to move up to the fourth grade.

Along with the M-STEP, other tests will be administered to determine the students’ reading levels, according to educators.

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Published September 26, 2017

CENTER LINE/WARREN — The officials of Center Line Public Schools are not giving up.

After a $58.7 million bond issue failed by 82 votes in May, instead of calling it quits, school officials are coming back with another bond proposal.

CLPS officials will place a $53.95 million bond initiative on the Nov. 7 ballot. If the bond passes, it will generate taxpayer dollars that will fund building enhancements, technological updates and more throughout the district.

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Published September 25, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — North Farmington High School seniors are getting noticed, globally, for their humorous — and wacky — student identification cards. 

NFHS’ 301 seniors had the opportunity Sept. 14 to take their senior ID photos at the school, which nearly all of them took part in.

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Published September 22, 2017

WARREN — Every September as the new school year gets underway, staff and students at Lincoln Middle School start off the year with a Constitution Day celebration.

Held inside the Lincoln High School auditorium next door, the event is a chance for the middle school students and staff to gather and celebrate the United States and demonstrate their patriotism.

Also known as Citizenship Day, Constitution Day honors the day 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention who signed the United States Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

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Published September 21, 2017

As soon as Callahan McFarland ran off the school bus screaming on Tuesday, Sept. 19, his mother knew something was wrong.

“Cal came off the bus screaming, with blood on his face,” said Val McFarland, his mother. “(The bus driver and aide) could have said something, but they didn’t do anything about it.”

Callahan McFarland, who goes by Cal, was attacked on his ride home from Walnut Creek Middle School, his mom said.

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Published September 21, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A Dakota High School teacher has been placed on administrative leave and charged with embezzlement for allegedly stealing money brought in by the school's homecoming dance and another outing.

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith announced today that Macomb Township resident and Spanish teacher Lydia Johnson was charged with one count of embezzlement from a nonprofit organization. The felony charge carries a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

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Published September 20, 2017

FERNDALE — A special program that operates in Ferndale Lower Elementary School is searching for more volunteers to help kids during school hours.

The Foster Grandparent Program is operated by the Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan, which recruits and searches for seniors to participate in the program.

The seniors who participate act as mentors and role models for the students, working Mondays through Thursdays for about 20 hours a week. The school currently has three volunteers and is looking for three more.

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Published September 20, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A traffic study performed around the Chippewa Valley Schools campus in Macomb Township anchored by Dakota High School suggests new traffic lights, longer light cycles and a new left-turn lane.

The Transportation Improvement Association, or TIA, performed a multi-step traffic study on the roads around and part of the school campus to determine where changes could be made to help alleviate traffic congestion and make the area safer for the students.

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Published September 20, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — For the second year in a row, the Michigan chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is holding its Students of the Year campaign, where every dollar raised goes toward researching a cure for blood cancer.

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Published September 20, 2017

HAZEL PARK — Hazel Park Public Schools gets a lot of mileage out of the auditorium at Hazel Park High. It’s used not only for the fall and spring Drama Club productions, but also for meetings with parents, band concerts, choir concerts and other student activities.

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Published September 19, 2017

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FRASER/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Data from the third year of Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress reveals improvements at various levels.

The Michigan Department of Education reported proficiency gains in eight of nine grades tested in the subjects of mathematics and social studies, as well as an improvement in 11th-grade SAT scores.

Math scores increased in grades three, five, six, seven and eight, while social studies scores increased in grades five, eight and 11.

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Published September 19, 2017

WARREN/GROSSE POINTE WOODS — All the world’s a stage for University Liggett School students Maria Evola and Antonio “Tony” Cipriano.

Evola’s fancy footwork as a dancer has been in the spotlight since she was a toddler, and Cipriano doesn’t miss a beat when performing on the musical theater stage.

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