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Published February 3, 2016

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Known around the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology for her leadership, innovation and compassion, teachers said they were not surprised when the White House recognized Christina Li, 17, of Macomb Township, as a computer science education “champion of change” Jan. 26.

Li single-handedly planned and executed a weeklong computer science camp, called “Hello World,” for 30 middle school girls in the district during spring break last year. She plans to hold the camp again this midwinter break and has received about 36 applications.

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Published February 3, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Seaholm High School’s next musical is right around the corner, and this year’s performance looks to Broadway for inspiration.

The school’s musical is based on the Broadway adaptation of the Tim Burton film “Big Fish” and the novel it’s based on, “Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions.”

Musical Director Laurie Frick said the rights to the musical just became available to perform when they were deciding what to put on, and she was looking for a show with a large chorus.

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Published February 3, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Community Schools Board of Education recently nominated and elected its officers for 2016.

On Jan. 11, Pat Piskulich was unanimously elected to serve as board president, replacing outgoing President Jennifer Berwick. The board — which elects members for various leadership positions each January — also unanimously elected Sandra Fiaschetti as its vice president, Michael Zabat as secretary and Kristin Bull as treasurer.

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Published February 3, 2016

ROCHESTER — Standard & Poor’s recently upgraded Rochester Community Schools’ bond rating from AA- with a negative outlook, to AA- with a stable outlook for the $128 million unlimited-tax general obligation school bonds.

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Published February 2, 2016

ROCHESTER — Looking for a cure to your midwinter blues? The Adams High School Booster Club, in support of the athletic department’s 22 sports and over 50 teams, is hosting its fourth annual Comedy Night fundraiser this weekend. 

“We use a Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle-quality comedian right here in Rochester, so it provides the opportunity for people to come out in February, when the midwinter blues hit, and see a good show right here in town,” said Adams High School Athletic Director Jason Rapp.

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Published February 2, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Between academics, trying to fit in socially and hormonal changes, middle school is often a challenging time for many students.

That is why the counselors at Parcells Middle School in the Grosse Pointe Public School System have aligned their counseling department with criteria that follows the American School Counselor Association national model. 

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Published February 1, 2016

EASTPOINTE — East Detroit Public Schools teachers, students and their families have stepped up to gather water and money for the people of Flint, who are still struggling to get potable water after reports that the city’s drinking water supply is contaminated with lead.

Students collected the donations Jan. 21-22 in the district’s classrooms and school buildings, according to East Detroit Federation of Teachers President Lincoln Stocks. In all, they managed to collect $1,000 for water-related needs and 600 cases of water for the beleaguered city.

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Published February 1, 2016

CENTER LINE — The Center Line Business Association has a brand-new logo to help promote its mission, thanks to some local students.

The association members recently held a contest with students in Donna Giacona’s visual imaging class at Center Line High School.

About 25 students participated in the contest, and junior David Brown was named the first-place winner. The logo he created will be used for the CLBA’s website, brochures and stationery. For the accomplishment, Brown received Detroit Pistons tickets, which the business Elite Ink donated.

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Published January 27, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Public Schools will see about $166,000 in savings after school officials approved a new contract for 33 FPS administrators. 

“These are the types of things, unfortunately, we have to do these days in this kind of economic environment,” Trustee Terry Johnson said during a Jan. 12  study session.

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Published January 27, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Brendan LaRose was simply walking through the halls of Chippewa Valley High School when choir director James Pecar recognized the student wasn’t utilizing what was then an unknown gift, his voice.

Pecar convinced LaRose, now a senior, to join his choir shortly thereafter, and despite only having one short experience in drama prior to this year, LaRose is playing one of the key roles in Chippewa’s production of “Shrek the Musical.”

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Published January 27, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — A health insurance company that calls Southfield home recently donated a $10,000 technology grant to Southfield Public Schools.

Priority Health, a Michigan-based nonprofit health insurance company, presented the award to the Board of Education Jan. 12.

Although school officials are still unsure what the technology grant will be specifically used for,  Superintendent Dr. Lynda Wood said they are grateful for the donation.

“The children will utilize this well,” Wood said at the meeting.

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Published January 27, 2016

Troy School District seniors’ scores on a new assessment test soared above county and state numbers.

After 44 years of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program test, 80 percent of Michigan students across the state sat down in front of computers to take the first-ever Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP. A paper-and-pencil option also was available, which was how Troy School District students took the test.

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Published January 27, 2016

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If Michigan’s thumb could grip a painter’s brush, it would have to work skillfully in order to match the talents of several winning Utica Community Schools art students who took top awards at the Thumb Region Scholastic Art and Writing Awards contest.

According to the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards honors creative teens in grades seven through 12.

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Published January 27, 2016

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CENTER LINE/WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS — “January is School Board Recognition Month. Thank a school board member today” was written on the Warren Consolidated Schools Facebook page Jan. 12 to recognize what local school boards do every day.

Every January, students and staff in the Center Line, Van Dyke, Warren Woods, Warren Consolidated and Fitzgerald school districts find ways to show their appreciation to their respective school boards with gifts, personal notes, artwork and kind words.

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Published January 27, 2016

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WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS — Some people were meant to be on stage performing before an audience.

Jacquelyn Wrubel, a seventh-grader in the Warren Consolidated Schools Middle School Visual and Performing Arts (MSVPA) program, is one of them.

When it comes to live theater, “You are there,” Wrubel said. “You are in the experience.”

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Published January 27, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On April 12, all high school juniors in the state of Michigan will be required to take the new SAT exam.

That is a change from previous years, in which students took the ACT exam for their college admittance exam, and also a change from the old SAT.

Kim Voss, the coordinator for student learning for Chippewa Valley Schools, gave an approximately hourlong presentation during a Jan. 11 Board of Education meeting to discuss what the new exam entails.

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Published January 25, 2016

BERKLEY — For the past few years, teachers in the Berkley School District have had the opportunity to apply for mini-grants to cover the costs of materials or trips that otherwise wouldn’t be covered by the district.

This year, all eighth-grade students in the district will have the opportunity to visit college campuses around the state in order to get an early introduction to the college atmosphere and what it may be like after they graduate.

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Published January 25, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — Since last year, administrators in the Birmingham Public School district have made it their mission to share more information with families about the increased prevalence of depression and anxiety in young people.

That mission has continued into 2016 with a forum Thursday, Jan. 28.

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Published January 21, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Kids will hit the jackpot when their parents roll the dice to raise money for the West Bloomfield School District. 

The West Bloomfield Education Foundation, a charitable foundation that collects money and distributes it throughout the district, is hosting the second annual Casino Night at Edgewood Country Club in Commerce Township 7-11 p.m. Feb. 5.

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Published January 21, 2016

South Lake Schools is looking for those wanting to serve the district’s children and shape the future of the schools on its Board of Education.

Board of Education President Ellen Dunn stepped down at the end of 2015, although her term ran through the end of 2016 because of changes in state law.

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