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Schools

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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Published February 24, 2016

FERNDALE — Public art has been a big priority in Ferndale in recent years, as has been fostering the growth of young students in the city.

Now, the Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce, along with several community partners, is looking to combine the two with the Artist in You program, which will give local students an opportunity to create art for a chance to win a scholarship and have their piece displayed in the Ferndale community.

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Published February 24, 2016

ROCHESTER — Students in the Rochester Community Schools district will soon receive free entry into the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farms thanks to a new program.

Rochester Hills Public Library Director Christine Lind Hage brought the idea back from the ConnectED Library Challenge Summit at the White House offices in Washington, D.C., last month.

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Published February 23, 2016

ROCHESTER — St. John Lutheran School’s Future City Competition team was in Washington, D.C., last weekend, battling against schools across the nation to defend its two-time national championship title.

For the sixth consecutive year, the team took first place in the Engineering Society of Detroit’s Michigan Regional Future City Competition, and it also won the Automation Technology Achievement, Building a World of Difference and Incorporation of Plastic Materials awards for its city — “Egabrag,” which is garbage spelled backward.

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Published February 23, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS —Twelve local schools have been selected as green school finalists in a program aimed at educating and motivating students to live a greener lifestyle.

The city’s Recyclebank program funds school projects ranging from outdoor learning centers to community gardens. Recyclebank points — which residents earn for recycling — are donated to the program to fund the school efforts. Schools in the program are allowed to apply for up to $2,500 for a green school project.

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Published February 23, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — An upcoming benefit for the Lamphere High Drama Club will give attendees a chance to show off their inner royalty.

People of all ages can come dressed as their favorite prince or princess. For the young and young-at-heart, it’ll be like meeting their favorite Disney characters.  

The Royal Prince and Princess Sing-A-Long Fundraiser will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Lamphere High School, 610 W. 13 Mile Road in Madison Heights. The cost is $10 for children and $5 for adults.

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Published February 23, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The end of the 2016-17 Macomb Community College school year will mark a special time in the lives of many students.

It will also be a life-changing moment for current President Jim Jacobs.

Jacobs, who has been president since July 1, 2008, will step down from his position in June 2017. After a half-century’s worth of service, he informed the college’s Board of Trustees of his intent to not renew what has been a rolling contract.

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Published February 22, 2016

Continuing a tradition started by gym teacher Lisa Pecoraro, students at Violet Elementary spent a day jump roping for health this month.

Students donned red in honor of the American Heart Association and spent the day jumping, skipping and more Feb. 12 to celebrate the money they had raised for the AHA in 2016. The school has participated in Jump Rope for Heart annually since about 2000, when Pecoraro joined the school staff. It was about the same time that she lost her grandmother to heart disease.

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Published February 21, 2016

WARREN/CENTER LINE — This month, students in the Southwest Macomb Technical Education Consortium have been in the spotlight, as February has been designated Career and Technical Education Month.

SMTEC is a partnership between the Center Line, Fitzgerald, Van Dyke and Warren Woods districts that provides career technical education (CTE) to 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students.

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Published February 20, 2016

Students from Parkway Christian School in Sterling Heights recently put the fixings on making sandwiches and doing other activities for International Random Acts of Kindness Week.

According to Connie Marchesi, a biblical studies teacher at the school, high school students recently prepared meals for Sterling Heights police officers and firefighters Feb. 17.

Marchesi is also the coordinator of the school’s Student Leadership Institute, which involves students from the middle school and high school grade levels.

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Published February 19, 2016

WARREN — Within approximately two hours, Warren police and Warren Woods Public Schools officials found the individual who allegedly posted a threat against Warren Woods Tower High School on social media Feb. 16.

District Superintendent Stacey Denewith-Fici said in an email that the threat was made by a current student, who was immediately taken into police custody. A concerned citizen contacted an administrator regarding the alleged threat posted on Snapchat.

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Published February 17, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The eighth-grade students in John Farris’ global issues class at University Liggett School are involved in a study to evaluate lesson plans that will accompany the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s new documentary movie, “The Path to Nazi Genocide.”

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Published February 17, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The Gearheads have got game.

Last summer, the robotics team composed of Grosse Pointe North and South high school students presented a game competition idea for FIRST Robotics.

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Published February 17, 2016

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Inside a warehouse structure on the west side of Dakota High School’s football stadium is where students assemble homes from scratch for individuals in need.

For 10 years, students in Dakota’s construction trades programs have built nine homes for Macomb Habitat for Humanity. On Feb. 2, they dedicated a home for a family to move into in Clinton Township.

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Published February 17, 2016

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — To recognize the hard work and dedication of teachers, officials from Southfield Public Schools recently announced the Teacher of the Month program.

According to a news release from SPS, teachers can be nominated by students, parents, staff or community members. Each Teacher of the Month will be featured in the district’s weekly newsletter, on the SPS website, in social media and on the district’s TV channel, TV 16.

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