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Schools

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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Published March 7, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Impassioned Farmington Public Schools parents, students and community members spoke about the potential closing of Harrison High School and repurposing of Dunckel Middle School as a K-8 STEAM Academy during a March 1 Board of Education meeting.

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Published March 4, 2016

WARREN — Last week, officials from Warren Woods Public Schools and Van Dyke Public Schools informed parents about students allegedly approached by strangers in separate incidents.

WWPS officials alerted parents in the district about a stranger who allegedly approached a Westwood Elementary student as he walked home from school Feb. 29. WWPS Superintendent Stacey Denewith-Fici notified parents, students and staff by letter to make them aware of the situation. The letter was also posted on the district’s website.

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Published March 3, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — Anyone looking for a night out at the theater or to see a concert in the upcoming weeks might want to check some local shows that will take center stage in the Grosse Pointes and Detroit.

Some productions will include talented members from local theater groups, while other shows will feature students from neighborhood schools. Each show performer has rehearsed for weeks to get ready for opening night.

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Published March 2, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A new 220,000-square-foot, 750-bed housing facility at Oakland University is on track to be completed by August 2018.

“A $77 million building for student housing,” OU Vice President John Young said. In addition to student housing, the building will hold a 600-seat dining hall, classrooms, meeting spaces and more.

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Published March 1, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Community Schools district will survey 300 randomly selected parents of preschool children March 7-9 to assess opinions about preschool education and to ask parents of preschoolers what they think about the future plans for the program within RCS.

Rochester Community Schools Superintendent Robert Shaner said the preschool program has been a valuable part of the school district for more than 34 years.

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Published February 29, 2016

EASTPOINTE — East Detroit High School has been running financial aid sessions to help educate students — and their parents — on how it works, what it can be used for, and how to apply for it.

East Detroit counselor Howard Weiner said the high school had been running a single-night session about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for well over a decade before expanding it to two nights a few years ago. Last year, the high school expanded the program again to three sessions, and this year’s third session concluded Feb. 10.

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Published February 29, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Bloomfield Hills High School will host basketball charity games to help raise money for the Class of 2016 and Bloomfield Youth Assistance.

The tournament, Battle of Bloomfield, will have two games, the first featuring students taking on the staff and the second between the Bloomfield Township Police and Fire departments. The event will take place beginning at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 11.

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Published February 29, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard has seen a huge uptick in heroin usage and overdoses, with case numbers spiking tremendously over the past two years.

To help combat the rise of heroin, as well as prescription drug abuse, Bouchard will join a panel discussion about the effects and harm of those drugs 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Brother Rice High School, 7101 Lahser Road. The event is open to students, families and members of the community.

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Published February 26, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Chippewa Valley High School officials reported that a threat made to the school over social media Friday morning was determined not credible enough to cancel classes.

Diane Blain, the school district's director of community relations, said the threats were posted on Twitter, and Clinton Township police are investigating.

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Published February 26, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Michigan State Superintendent Brian Whiston was recently schooled in an array of popular educational programs offered through L’Anse Creuse Public Schools.

During his Feb. 4 visit to the district, Whiston visited two schools — Yacks Elementary and the Frederick V. Pankow Center — to experience some of the exciting educational opportunities offered to students of all ages.

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Published February 24, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — For some high school students, summer break might mean watching Netflix and laying by the pool.

But for students who enroll in Lawrence Technological University’s summer science camps, summer break will mean examining atoms, processing crime scenes and studying DNA.

LTU is calling all science-and engineering-loving incoming high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to check out the university’s summer science camps, which will run throughout June and July on campus.

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Published February 24, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Elizabeth Hatfield-Walsh couldn’t hold back the tears Feb. 17. 

Her family, with flowers in tow, the media, and a slew of Farmington Public Schools officials and supporters invaded her first-grade class at Gill Elementary School to surprise her as Teacher of the Year.

“I don’t know what to say,” Walsh said afterward. “I love my job; I love these kids … wow.”

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Published February 24, 2016

ROYAL OAK — For art teacher Jamie Laidlaw, allowing students their own personal space to amplify their talents has resulted in success.

For 22 years, Laidlaw’s Shrine Catholic High School and Academy art room has allowed students the freedom to explore the mediums where they feel their talents lie while taking the time to individually foster their talents.

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Published February 24, 2016

HARPER WOODS — Beacon Elementary School, 19475 Beaconsfield St., recently was awarded a grant of $17,655 from the Michigan Department of Education that will help kids who might be struggling with reading.

The school received the award under the state’s category of an Additional Instructional Time grant, which helps support “pupils in grades K-3 who have been identified as needing additional supports and interventions in order to be reading at grade level by the end of grade 3.”

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Published February 24, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale School District has agreed to a $25,000 settlement with former Superintendent Gary Meier’s consulting business, Equity Education Management Solutions, resulting from a civil lawsuit the school board filed a year ago.

The lawsuit was filed in January 2015 after the Ferndale Schools Board of Education felt Meier had breached his contract by consulting for a Detroit charter school while still employed by the district. It named both Meier and Equity as defendants.

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Published February 24, 2016

FERNDALE — A majority of the Ferndale High School drama productions require the students to act as adults, sometimes playing characters who are decades older than the students’ actual ages.

This spring, however, the drama students will have a chance to shed a few years as the department puts on the musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a production that focuses on a middle school spelling bee and the people involved.

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The events in our calendar were submitted prior to the coronavirus crisis. As efforts have increased to contain the spread of the coronavirus, many events have been canceled. Read More... On March 13, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order to cancel all events statewide that involve more than 250 people. It is recommended that you call ahead if you still intend to attend one of these events.
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