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Schools

Published January 20, 2016

WALLED LAKE  — Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Superintendent Kenneth Gutman would’ve been honored just to have been considered as one of the best superintendents in Michigan.

Now he has an award to make it official.

The Michigan Association of School Administrators recently selected Gutman as the Region 9 Superintendent of the Year. He was one of nine superintendents to be recognized. His region encompasses Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

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Published January 20, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Every other year, the Trombly Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization picks a school improvement project to work on that is designed to enhance the education of the students. 

In the past, PTO projects have included the purchasing of Smart Boards, technology upgrades and other educational tools.

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Published January 20, 2016

CLAWSON — A recall petition filed last week to oust Clawson school board trustee Kevin Turner states that he did not comply with the Open Meetings Act and does not encourage free expression.

Oakland County Director of Elections Joe Rozelle said a recall petition was filed Jan. 11 by Shelley Holloway.

Reasons listed on the petition are:

• Turner did not comply with the Open Meetings Act by not posting a timely announcement of the July 13, 2015, and Aug. 10, 2015, meetings and/or meeting agendas.

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Published January 20, 2016

STERLING HEIGHTS — A pair of sisters and some of their allies at Utica Community Schools recently uncovered the results of their holiday blanket drive for sick children.

Nikki Sorgi, a Henry Ford II High School junior, said she helped run the blanket drive with her sister, Alex Sorgi, who graduated from Ford in 2015. With the help of the Eric Hartwell Foundation, the sisters dropped off donated blankets to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. On Dec. 23, the sisters, accompanied by other Ford students, supplied the hospital with almost 150 donated blankets.

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Published January 20, 2016

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — Seats were scarce Jan. 12 as students, teachers, faculty and staff gathered at the John W. English Administrative Center, as members of the Board of Education and student representatives announced the name, mascot and colors of the new high school.

The new school will be called Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology, and will identify as the Warriors. Its colors will be blue, white and red.

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Published January 20, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A pair of budget-related moves were approved during a Jan. 11 Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education meeting.

A motion to amend the 2015-16 budget was approved first, followed by approval of a series of 2016 refunding bonds, which school officials said could save district taxpayers upward of $50 million over the next 25 years.

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Published January 20, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — It’s been a little while since Birmingham Public Schools dotted the I’s and crossed the T’s of its newly revamped strategic plan for 2014-18.

So, the district wants to check in on its progress by inviting the community to take an online survey about BPS and its services.

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Published January 19, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Looking to launch children into early literacy and language development, the St. Clair Shores Public Library has started a program aiming to help expose children to “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.”

“We’re excited to do this to promote early literacy and reading with your child as early as birth,” said Youth Services Librarian Liz Drewek. “It all helps.”

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Published January 19, 2016

WALLED LAKE — The Walled Lake Consolidated School District held its 15th annual Walled Lake Day for Strings concert on Saturday, Jan. 9.

Six hundred students from many schools in the district — from Walled Lake Central, Walled Lake Northern and Walled Lake Western high schools to Walnut Creek and Clifford H. Smart middle schools — attended the event to learn from teachers, both current and former, over the course of the day and end with multiple concert performances.

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Published January 19, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — More than 1,000 members of the metro Detroit community gathered on Jan. 18 at Dakota High School for the 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event hosted by the Interfaith Center for Racial Justice.

The theme of the event, “Silent No More” centered around a letter written by King in which he expressed that he was not so concerned about extremists, but the silence of good people at the time of the civil rights movement.

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Published January 13, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — After a semester of independent research on World War I, a group of University Liggett School 11th- and 12th-grade students are ready to share what they have discovered.

The students put together a World War I exhibit, and community members are invited to view it from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 21 inside Liggett’s main lobby. 

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Published January 13, 2016

FERNDALE — Ferndale Middle School has added yet another opportunity for students to get more engaged with science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, with a new class offering.

This school year marked the beginning of the Project Lead the Way class, taught by Ferndale High School science teacher Ryan Dunlap. Project Lead the Way reportedly provides STEM programs in more than 8,000 schools.

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Published January 13, 2016

FERNDALE — Pleasant Ridge resident and Ferndale School District parent Jackie Hart was named the newest Ferndale Board of Education trustee Jan. 4 after a selection process following the departure of former Trustee Raylon Leaks-May.

Leaks-May was elected in November to the Ferndale City Council, and despite state law allowing her to serve on both the council and school board, she stepped down at the end of 2015. 

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Published January 13, 2016

ROSEVILLE — The school district officially has moved to tweak its graduation requirements following the first reading of the changes at the Roseville Community Schools Board of Education meeting Jan. 4.

Superintendent John Kment said the board needed to approve language changes in the existing requirements; specifically, the board needed to update when the rules would go into effect. The board updated the language from “students entering the ninth grade in 2012 and beyond” to “2016 and beyond.”

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Published January 13, 2016

WARREN — New Van Dyke Public Schools Board of Education member Amber Brace is settling into her new role on the board.

Brace was recently appointed to fill a vacancy when previous board member Jim Brinkey resigned his position effective Oct. 19. She is married to Chris Brace and is the mother of four children.

Brace’s term expires Dec. 31, 2016. Brace was “excited” when she learned that she had been  appointed to the board.

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Published January 12, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Jack Novak was sitting in the parking lot of his favorite restaurant when he received arguably the best news of his academic career. 

At 6:28 p.m. Dec. 16, Novak, who will never forget that exact time, opened a message on his phone that told him he was accepted to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

“I cried. I read the first sentence of the letter and I started crying,” Novak said.

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Published January 12, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP— For Clinton Township native and 2008 Chippewa Valley High School graduate Hassan Musselmani, competing in “Hell” isn’t a bad thing at all.

Musselmani will be competing in this winter’s season of “Hell’s Kitchen,” which begins airing Jan. 15 on Fox.

He will bring a unique background to the show. Having roots on his father’s side in Lebanese and Arabic food, and an urban influence from his mother’s side, Musselmani has a versatile culinary background.

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Published January 12, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — In the first year since the decades-old Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) was replaced by the M-STEP test for students in grades 3-8, local districts say results from the 2015 test show a good first effort on the test.

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Published January 7, 2016

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — Royal Oak Schools Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin considers his most recent success to be the transition to the new M-STEP standardized test, which yielded scores above state and county averages.

The test results for the exam, which had been administered in the spring, were released Dec. 17.

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Published January 6, 2016

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MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb Community College is one of three educational institutions nationwide that will receive grant money from the Kresge Foundation’s new education program.

The Kresge Foundation, based in Troy, is an organization that works to expand opportunities to low-income individuals in America’s cities. The foundation promotes post-secondary access and success for low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students.

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