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Schools

Published March 29, 2016

A celebration for a Utica Community Schools teacher recently was converted into a convertible.

During a March 23 breakfast at the Community Education Center at Walsh in Sterling Heights, Utica Community Schools Superintendent Christine Johns honored Harvey Elementary School kindergarten teacher Molly Mayernik as the school district’s overall Teacher of the Year. 
In an email statement given afterward, Johns said Mayernik represents “the care, innovation and exemplary teaching and learning that students experience every day” at UCS.

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Published March 29, 2016

BERKLEY — The parcel of land at the corner of Catalpa Drive and Coolidge Highway, just west of Berkley High School, has been a work in progress for the past three years as the Berkley Community Garden has developed.

The garden has slowly grown as more and more people have gotten involved, from elementary students to residents, and now the area will get another feature, as the city has selected a winner of the community garden mural design contest.

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Published March 29, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — To get elementary students more involved with the books they’re reading in class, the Birmingham Education Foundation is bringing in an author to discuss the themes of her books with students.

Author Maria Dismondy, who’s written “Spoonful of Sweetness” and “The Juice Box Bully,” is scheduled to speak to eight of the elementary schools in Birmingham Public Schools this week  about the themes of her books, including self-esteem and bullying, as part of BPS’ Author & Artist in Residency program.

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Published March 28, 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Biff, the longtime radio station run out of Bloomfield Hills High School, is celebrating 40 years on the air this year and wants to do so with the Bloomfield community.

The station, which operates on WBFH 88.1 FM, will hold a dedication ceremony, open to the public, for its studio that was built at the new high school, 4200 Andover Road, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16.

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Published March 28, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  West Bloomfield High School marketing students are celebrating after 34 students qualified to compete in the DECA International Career Development Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in April.  

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Published March 28, 2016

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — McGlinnen Elementary, part of Clintondale Community Schools, has put a twist on its annual celebration of March is Reading Month — a statewide literacy program propelled by the Michigan Department of Education that encourages parents and teachers to push students to be more inclined to read different kinds of material.

The month-long endeavor has been around for at least two decades, said Cathy Lamont, McGlinnen Elementary principal for the past 13 years. It takes place throughout the Clintondale school district and beyond.

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Published March 27, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Dan Loepp, who has been the president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for 10 years, has been chosen as this year’s De La Salle Collegiate High School honoree for its annual Christian Brothers’ Dinner.

The Christian Brothers’ Dinner is attended by nearly 1,000 men, including alumni, fathers of current students, and other friends of De La Salle and the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Proceeds from the event, which includes a silent auction, benefit the school’s tuition assistance program.

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Published March 26, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Leadership students from L’Anse Creuse High School and L’Anse Creuse Middle School-Central recently joined forces to show their gratitude to some local war veterans.

LCHS teacher Tamara Ishak said the idea for the recent Thank You Card initiative sprang up when her students discussed wanting to complete a community service project that would make a lasting impact on their school community and beyond.

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Published March 26, 2016

WARREN — Approximately 60 local high school students with disabilities learned valuable information about finding a job when they participated in a human resource managers fair March 23 at Cousino High School.

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Published March 23, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Michigan School Reform Office, or SRO, is set to post its job opening for a CEO at four East Detroit schools — East Detroit High School, Kelly Middle School, Bellview Elementary and Pleasantview Elementary — amid meetings with the district.

Caleb Buhs, public information officer for the Michigan Office of Technology, Management and Budget, which oversees the SRO, said that as of March 14, there was little else new on that front.

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Published March 23, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Over the course of four days in late February and early March, more than 415 individuals connected to Chippewa Valley Schools were interviewed by a team from AdvancED, a global accreditation service.

While the district’s schools had already received accreditation individually, the purpose of AdvancED’s visit was to seek systemwide accreditation as a whole district.

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Published March 23, 2016

PLEASANT RIDGE — Roosevelt Elementary School may no longer have basketball courts along Ridge Road, but a new collaboration between the city of Pleasant Ridge and the Ferndale School District will see a new play structure put in that is designed for accessibility.

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Published March 23, 2016

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WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS — The Library of Michigan recently awarded 13 elementary school libraries in the Warren Consolidated Schools district with a certificate of completion for meeting the qualified or exemplary status of the measurement benchmarks for Michigan School Libraries for 21st Century Schools.  

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Published March 23, 2016

The Troy Creative Minds group meets for around three hours on the weekends, practicing ways to solve problems on the fly —  in front of an audience.

Veronica Ballios is an eighth-grader at Larson Middle School. She’s been on her team, The Rainbow Seven, for six years.

She said the improvisational challenges involve identifying real-world problems and educating others about them or solving technical challenges.

“It’s a lot of fun. They give you some elements to put in a story, and you come up with a story,” Ballios said.

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Published March 23, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Their professions vary — mayor, police chief, superintendent, radio personality, TV reporter and more — but their message is the same: “Read!”

A revolving door of special guests has been generating buzz in the kindergarten classes at Simonds Elementary, brought together by teacher Lori Davis.

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Published March 23, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — After spending decades in the district, even helping to open one of its schools, South Lake Schools Superintendent Pamela Balint will retire at the end of the 2016 school year.

Balint began working in South Lake as a teacher in 1993 and worked with a group of other teachers to open the Koepsell Education Center in 1996 as a William Glasser Quality School. She went on to become principal of the school, and then curriculum director of the district before being named superintendent six years ago.

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Published March 23, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — At a time when there has been much debate and conversation about religious sensitivity and discrimination, Birmingham School District students are participating in a program where they learn about different religions.

The program, Religious Diversity Journeys, is presented by the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit and allows seventh-grade students from various school districts to learn and experience religions they might not be too familiar with by visiting the places of worship.

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Published March 23, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  In the midst of heightened stereotypes and debates about diversity, West Bloomfield seventh-graders are breaking barriers by learning about religions found in the metro Detroit region.  

The Religious Diversity Journeys program, which is sponsored by the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit, is designed to immerse Oakland and Wayne County seventh-graders in various religions. The program follows the state’s seventh-grade content expectations in world religions. 

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Published March 23, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Passwords for West Bloomfield student Google accounts were reset after the West Bloomfield School District learned of an internal security breach that impacted a network-stored file containing student information. 

The file involved in the breach included the following student information: Google account usernames and passwords; first, middle and last names; student identification numbers; and students’ grade levels, graduation years, school names and birthdates. 

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Published March 23, 2016

ROCHESTER — Rochester College will soon be home to a new sports arena, which has been a long time in the making, according to college officials.

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