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Published November 11, 2015

CENTER LINE — The students in the Center Line High School firefighting program have found a way to help others outside the classroom.

The students recently performed a community service project in which they provided smoke detectors to residents free of charge.

In groups of three, the students planned to distribute them Nov. 7, after the Warren Weekly went to press. They also had plans to replace non-working batteries for homeowners, and a Center Line public safety officer was to accompany each group.

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Published November 10, 2015

WARREN — Sitting at tables inside the Siersma Elementary School cafeteria on the afternoon of Nov. 3, the intersessions students got busy on their experiments.

Wearing lab coats and working in teams, they lined up their rulers and magnifying glasses to measure the length and width of several gummy bears.

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Published November 9, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — According to Birmingham Public Schools Superintendent Daniel Nerad, as of press time last week, four of five of the district’s bargaining units had settled and ratified new contracts, putting employees on both sides of the table a bit more at ease than they’d been for the past few months.

Only the teachers union is left, and Nerad said he is hopeful their contract will be settled at the next Board of Education meeting in mid-November.

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Published November 4, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Growing up with a cousin who has autism, Chippewa Valley High School choir director James Pecar has always had a place in his heart for students with the condition.


As he grew into his musical career as a student and now an educator, Pecar has seen the positive impact that a good tune can have on a child with autism.


He has integrated his teachings and performances to help those with the condition, and for his efforts, he received the 2015 Stephen Tsai award from the Autism Society of Michigan in October.

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Published November 4, 2015

Taking time to focus on each individual child has paid off for a local school, which is being recognized as a National Title I Distinguished School.

Princeton Elementary School Principal Justin Cabe said that being recognized by the state and at the national level is a large honor.

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Published November 4, 2015

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Department of Education hit the “reset” button on student assessment testing in 2014, announcing the replacement of the 44-year-old Michigan Education Assessment Program, or MEAP, tests with the more comprehensive Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP, exam.

According to the Michigan Department of Education, 80 percent of Michigan students across the state took the first ever M-STEP test this past spring. 

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Published November 4, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Author Kyle Prue has a way with words.

As part of his everyday routine, the 19-year-old Naples, Florida, resident makes sure he writes 1,000 words per day. 

Prue is the author of  the young-adult fantasy novel, “The Sparks: Book One of the Feud Trilogy.” He talked about his writing process and much more when he visited Parcells Middle School in the Grosse Pointe Public School System Oct. 30. 

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Published November 4, 2015

When the Detroit Institute of Arts searched for students to offer their input on an art exhibit, it found a pair of budding art analysts at Utica Community Schools.

Utica High School student Sydney Wilcox and Henry Ford II High School student Justin Walters were two of 11 local students to have their comments on artwork recorded in tandem with a DIA exhibit called “30 Americans.” The exhibit runs until Jan. 18, 2016.

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Published November 4, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The University Liggett School Players will present the American dark comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” Nov. 5-8 in the school’s auditorium.


Showtimes will be 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, 8 p.m. Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, and 2 p.m. Nov. 8. To purchase tickets, visit seatyourself.biz/uls. The school is located at 1045 Cook Road in Grosse Pointe Woods.


Liggett’s theater program is entirely student-run. Students are doing everything from building the sets to sewing the costumes to managing the box office.

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Published November 4, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — The nonprofit Peace, Love and Planet is offering “Go Green” minigrants to students in southeastern Michigan looking to lead an environmental change at their school.

Students can apply for grants from $50 to $400 to help fund a green initiative that can benefit their school and the environment.

Peace, Love and Planet Executive Director Gina Adams-Levy said the group started giving out the grants last year after Farmington Public Schools was unable to offer them anymore.

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Published November 4, 2015

WARREN — Throughout the month of October, St. Anne Catholic School preschool teacher Rhana Dabish finds different ways to teach students about fire safety.

“We implement our fire safety issues in various ways to make sure we reach out to each child,” Dabish said.

On Oct. 27, staff and students welcomed Stan the Fireman, who presented a home fire safety presentation that included magic tricks, humor, a ride in his mini fire truck and several important lessons. Stan the Fireman has been presenting his program at St. Anne for five years.

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Published November 4, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills Department of Special Services Cultural Arts Division received a grant of $3,750 from the state of Michigan that will help fund the Farmington Hills Youth Theatre’s performance of “The Wizard of Oz.”

The award comes from the state’s Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, or MCACA, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Published November 2, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, was a positive one for Roseville Community Schools, though there are challenges ahead.

Theresa Pollock, the Plante Moran partner in charge of the audit, gave a presentation at the Board of Education’s special meeting Oct. 26 and said that Plante Moran did not find any “material errors” in the financial documents that the school provided.

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Published November 1, 2015

HAZEL PARK — Students at Hazel Park High are making an effort to keep their language clean for a good cause.

The school is selling wristbands and swear jars for No Swear November, with the proceeds going to Hazel Park Youth Assistance, which assists families at Hazel Park High in a number of ways, including shopping sprees for school supplies.

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Published October 28, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — The ambassador of India to the U.S. paid a visit to Lawrence Technological University recently.


Following a tour of the Center for Innovative Materials Research from University President Virdinder Moudgil, a reception was held Oct. 16 for the ambassador, Arun Kumar Singh, featuring a handful of local elected officials at the University Technology and Learning Center  Gallery on campus.

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Published October 28, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Students need tutors in various schools to complete coursework, and Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan is trying to accelerate that process.

The organization’s mission values, as stated on its website, include providing quality and professional services that help mobilize hope in surrounding communities.

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Published October 28, 2015

Stevenson High School students aren’t joking about a couple of nights of comedy, laughs and talent this November.

The school will host “A Night of Comedy … Mostly” Nov. 6 and 7. According to Stevenson staff, the nights are designed to exhibit creativity. Students from the school’s Titan Theater Troupe will put together comedic skits and showcase displays of acting, singing and dancing.

Overall, about 100 Stevenson students will be getting involved, according to Stevenson drama teacher and director Mark Johnson.

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Published October 28, 2015

LANSING — A group of Michigan lawmakers are trying to pass a bill they feel would help strengthen the educational development of all Michigan children.

On Oct. 15, bill No. 4822 passed in the Michigan House of Representatives. The bill now goes to the Senate. If passed and then finally signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder, the bill would mandate that students be retained in third grade if they are more than one grade level behind in reading.

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Published October 28, 2015

WARREN — City employees, local businesses and private citizens have come together to resupply students at Warren’s Carlson Elementary School.

Students, parents, teachers and the school’s principal were at Warren City Hall on Oct. 20, where they took delivery of a bounty of binders, markers, notebooks, paper, pencils, glue and other classroom items, collected over the last month through a cooperative effort.

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Published October 23, 2015

WARREN — There is a vacancy on the Van Dyke Board of Education.

Board President Jim Brinkey resigned his position, effective Oct. 19. Brinkey had served on the school board for eight years.

“It was time to step aside,” he said. “I appreciate the rest of the board and their help with me the past eight years and the opportunity to serve the community. I really enjoyed it. It was a learning experience. I enjoyed showing up at board meetings and interacting with the students and the staff at all the events I attended.”

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