Schools

Published March 15, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Keller Elementary School second-grade teacher Valerie Ault recently was called an everyday hero by those who see her in action every day.

So it was no surprise to those who know her that Ault was named the Royal Oak Schools 2015-16 Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Year during the March 10 Board of Education meeting.

“I’m so proud to be a teacher in Royal Oak,” Ault said through tears during the meeting. “And working with such amazing professionals is just an education in itself.

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Published March 15, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS  — The Farmington Area Arts Commission will soon celebrate its 31st annual high school art competition by inviting all Farmington and Farmington Hills high school students to showcase their art.

Students may attend public, private, parochial or home schools in either city.

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Published March 15, 2016

WARREN/CENTER LINE — Phew. There are so many activities happening this month at local elementary schools in observance of March Is Reading Month, one needs a scorecard to keep up.

From trips to the Warren Civic Center Library to reading marathons to dressing up like a favorite book character, students and staff are making reading a priority all month long.

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Published March 15, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Bloomfield Hills High School marching band has been selected as one of 10 finalists to perform the national anthem at a Detroit Tigers game.

In addition to playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a Tigers game on Saturday, April 9, the winning band also will be given a $5,000 grant for its program.

Band Director Alan Posner said the band was very excited about making the top 10. They shot their video a couple of times before feeling they had a good submission to send in.

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Published March 14, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Students at Roseville High School raised $1,455 to help out the residents of Flint the week of Feb. 29 through a penny war.

According to Sue Dzieciolowski, a vocational child care teacher, the money will go toward the Flint Child Health and Development Fund via the city’s public relations department.

She said the idea for the penny war to help Flint spun out of a discussion and project her students had in class about the impact of lead poisoning on children, based on Flint’s struggle with poisoned water.

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Published March 14, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — To help raise money for the Bloomfield Hills Schools Foundation, the school district will hold its second annual Foundation CeleBHration on Friday, April 15.

The event will take place beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Forest Lake Country Club, 1401 Club Drive, with a VIP reception, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction at 6:30 p.m., and dinner, entertainment and a live auction at 7:30 p.m.

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Published March 10, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Rows and rows of yellow school buses were parked outside Glen Oaks Country Club March 4. 

Inside, over 300 kindergarteners from 12 Oakland County school districts squirmed and moved along to rhythmic reading fun during the first-time event, Oakland County READS! 

The event featured local and state legislators, who read to the students to kick off National Reading Month in March. Clifford the Big Red Dog even made an appearance.

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Published March 10, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Oakland Community College students accustomed to smoking electronic cigarettes and vaping on campus grounds will have to find another place to figuratively light up, officials said.

A Jan. 11 campuswide email went out on recent changes made to OCC’s no smoking policy. The policy, originally created several years ago, banned smoking and the use of other tobacco products. 

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Published March 9, 2016

FRASER — All Kelly Jenks wanted was for her sixth-grade Salk Elementary class to appreciate and respect military veterans.

But in doing so, the teacher received quite a bit of gratitude in return.

On Feb. 23, Jenks was inundated with praise by members of Fraser VFW Post 6691, and also received admiration from the very students she teaches.

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Published March 9, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — After eight years at the helm of Lake Shore Public Schools, Superintendent Chris Loria has announced that he will retire at the end of the fiscal year.

“I’m going to miss the kids, absolutely,” he said. “Because I’m one of those hands-on superintendents — I can go down the hallway in the high school and I’ll get two or three hugs.

“That’s the stuff I’m going to miss. All the other pressures of the job, not so much.”

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Published March 9, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With refinancing of Lakeview Public Schools’ outstanding 2001 and 2008 bonds, taxpayers in the district will save more than $2 million.

The Lakeview Board of Education unanimously adopted a resolution in November directing administrators to look into reducing expenses for bond indebtedness. The administration did so, and discovered that there could be millions in savings if the bonds were refunded.

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Published March 9, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Seventeen-year-old Justin Wentland has taken on several different instruments during his time at Harper Woods High School.

It’s his performance with the tuba, though, that has led him to earn high honors this year and advance to a state competition.

Wentland will be taking part in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association State Solo & Ensemble Festival that will be held on Saturday, March 19, at Chippewa Valley High School, 18300 19 Mile Road in Clinton Township. 

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Published March 9, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — “Witty” and “kind” were two words used by the West Bloomfield High School community to describe teacher Micah Greene, of Royal Oak, who died Feb. 23.

Greene, 40, taught and led the theater arts program at West Bloomfield High School since 2003. He earned degrees in theater performance and broadcasting/cable production from Western Michigan University. He also completed his master’s at Oakland University in academic administration. 

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Published March 9, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clintondale Community Schools officials are ecstatic that two millages — a non-homestead millage replacement proposal and a non-homestead operating millage proposal — passed overwhelmingly March 8.

The millage replacement proposal was approved by 2,101 voters in eight Macomb County precincts, or 63.6 percent. The operating millage proposal was approved by 2,064 voters, or 62.9 percent.

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Published March 9, 2016

METRO DETROIT — To prevent almost 500,000 children from going hungry when school lunchrooms close for the summer, the Michigan Department of Education is pleading for more organizations to participate in the statewide Meet Up and Eat Up Summer Food Service Program. 

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Published March 9, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The 10-year non-homestead millage proposal in the L’Anse Creuse Public Schools district passed voter approval during the presidential primary on March 8.

The proposal passed with just over 70 percent of the vote, according to the unofficial results reported by the Macomb County Clerk’s Office.

“Were obviously thrilled,” said Superintendent Dr. Jackie Johnston. “We’re happy our community is supporting the district and more importantly the kids, programs and our staff.”

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Published March 8, 2016

BERKLEY — Professional development is a part of any educator’s career.

On March 19, a group of Berkley School District teachers will give local educators a chance to develop in a way different than normal conferences with EdCamp CASA, a free conference run by and for educators.

Norup International School sixth-grade social studies teacher Benjamin La Framboise helped get the conference set up and described it as a conference with no set agenda, giving those who attend a chance to discuss and lead sessions on topics they are passionate about.

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Published March 8, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Community Schools Parent Teacher Association Council was recently recognized with the Outstanding Local PTA Advocacy Award from the National PTA for improving the well-being of district students and providing leadership for children’s issues across the state.

PTA Council President Samantha Phillips, along with PTA Council legislative representative Barb Anness, accepted the award March 9 during the 2016 National PTA Legislative Conference in Virginia.

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Published March 8, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Seaholm High School’s bands will host their 17th annual auction fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, at the Marriott at Centerpoint in Pontiac, 3600 Centerpoint Parkway.

The fundraiser will support the ninth-grade band, marching band, concert band, jazz band and symphony band. Money raised from the auction will go toward purchasing supplies such as sheet music, bringing clinicians to the school and replacing old instruments.

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Published March 8, 2016

WARREN — The Warren Mott High School National Honor Society has found a way to honor the memory of 2006 WMHS graduate Marcus Bawol, who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

The school’s NHS has established the Marcus Bawol Memorial Scholarship. The U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant was one of 11 people killed during a helicopter training mission March 10, 2015, in Santa Rosa Sound off the Gulf of Mexico, east of Pensacola, Florida. Bawol enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2007.

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