Schools

Published November 25, 2015

BERKLEY — As part of ongoing planning in both the city of Berkley and the Berkley School District, a play structure at Angell Elementary School that had been deemed unsafe this fall will be torn down and replaced by the end of the school year.

The two entities announced the plan and collaboration Nov. 10. The city will remove the current play structure by the end of November, and the school district will install a new drainage system in the area next spring. Lastly, the city will install the new play structure.

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Published November 25, 2015

WARREN — When she was in the ninth grade, Julie DuBois dropped out of school.

Last May, the 37-year-old Sterling Heights resident found herself in class again. At the encouragement of her boyfriend, DuBois enrolled in the GED program available at Leaps and Bounds Family Services in Warren.

Working one-on-one with a teacher, DuBois is on her way to earning her GED.

“It’s been going good so far,” DuBois said. “I thought I would never be able to do this, but I’m doing pretty good, actually.”

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Published November 25, 2015

FERNDALE — Next summer, two Ferndale School District musicians will have the opportunity to expand their musical and cultural educations as they travel to Europe as part of the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Eighth-grader George Van Der Vennet and sophomore Rachel Arquero were two of the 400 musicians selected to be part of the youth orchestra for the summer of 2016. More than 1,700 students applied for the opportunity to travel and play in France, Germany and a third, yet-to-be-determined country.

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Published November 24, 2015

FARMINGTON — A group of Farmington elementary school children have teamed up to spread awareness about recycling plastic bags.

The group of kids, comprising students from Warner Upper Elementary School and Forest Elementary School, are part of a robotics team participating in the 2015 Trash Trek competition from the FIRST Lego League.

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Published November 24, 2015

CLAWSON — Sixth-grader Anna Rusing is grateful that she will be spending Thanksgiving with her father, who suffered a stroke earlier this year.

Rusing watched with a close eye and hopeful heart during his hospital stay and physical therapy, and she remembered even the smallest details while visiting him.

She wrote about the experience before the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Published November 24, 2015

FRASER — For the second time in nearly a decade, the Fraser High School marching band will perform at halftime during a college football bowl game.

The Ramblers will join other marching bands from around the country by performing at the Russell Athletic Bowl, which is held in Orlando, Florida.

The band last performed in 2006 during the Chic-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia, and has also participated in America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade five times.

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Published November 24, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Reading assistance programs are helping the bottom-performing students at Huron Park Elementary do better, but according to a presentation at the Roseville school board’s meeting Nov. 16, the school has not escaped its designation as a Focus School yet.

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Published November 18, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — A well-known researcher will document the teaching methods that University Liggett School Lower School technology integrator Michael Medvinsky uses with his students.

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Published November 18, 2015

“Almost” is more than good enough for Eisenhower High School students as they get ready to present their latest play, “Almost, Maine,” Nov. 20-22.

Eisenhower theater director David Springer described “Almost, Maine” as “a more modern play” that has a feeling of fun and quirkiness.

“It is actually one of the most performed plays of the 2010s, and the reason for that is that it’s a romantic comedy,” he said.

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Published November 18, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Local children will have the opportunity to name the city’s upcoming smart park following approval last week to enter into a partnership with the school district.

Members of the City Commission gave their unanimous support during the Nov. 9 meeting to allow Royal Oak Schools elementary students the chance to name the future Center Street smart park. The park was made possible through a successful crowdfunding campaign.

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Published November 18, 2015

FERNDALE — By the time the Ferndale High School marching band took to the field after 10 p.m. Nov. 7 at Ford Field, the state marching band judges had seen more than 40 performances throughout the day, including 11 other performances in Ferndale’s flight.

But the best was most certainly saved for last in Flight IV, as the FHS marching band was able to wow the judges and the audience with its Middle Eastern-themed performance and take home the state championship after a three-year drought.

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Published November 16, 2015

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The scores for Chippewa Valley Schools students on the ACT are on the rise, according to a presentation during a Board of Education meeting earlier this month provided by Ed Skiba, director of secondary education for the district.

Across the district, 1,285 ACT exams were taken by CVS students in 2015, with an average score of 21.1, which is higher than the state average of 20.1

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Published November 15, 2015

WARREN — Students from across Macomb County schools were invited to a diversity summit held at Macomb Community College Nov. 5 to help learn about other cultures and how to work together effectively.

Roseville Community Schools sent eight students from Roseville Middle School and another seven from Eastland Middle School; East Detroit High School also had a group of eight students attend the event.

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Published November 11, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP— Projections presented to the Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education on Nov. 2 from a Michigan State University professor show that the district will likely see decreased enrollment over the next five years.

Dr. Frederick Ignatovich, of MSU and Stanfred Consultants, presented his findings to the board, and concluded that a most likely scenario is that student population in grades K-12 will fall by 4.6 percent through 2020-21.

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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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