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Schools

Published December 30, 2015

FERNDALE — With a larger focus on preparing students for college, the Ferndale School District in early December was one of 15 Michigan school districts to be named to the sixth annual AP Honor Roll.

The distinction honors school districts across the country that have improved access to Advanced Placement courses in the district and increased the number of students who earned a 3 or higher on AP exams. AP exams are scored 1-5, with 5 being the best score.

The award is handed out by the College Board.

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Published December 29, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Roseville Community Schools has expanded its preschool Great Start Readiness Program offerings, turning some of its half-day preschool sessions into full-day ones that run Monday through Thursday.

The district offered seven half-day programs at the start of the year, but in November changed that to two full-day programs and three half-day ones, according to Curriculum Director David Rice.

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Published December 28, 2015

HARPER WOODS — As 2015 came to a close, Harper Woods Schools Superintendent Todd Biederwolf shared positive news about the district, citing its currently stable finances and increased enrollment. 

School officials also reported a fund balance of approximately 15 percent of the district’s annual operating costs. Fund balance — also known as a rainy day fund —  basically acts as a savings account and primarily is used in emergency situations. 

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Published December 27, 2015

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MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb Community College’s Most Distinguished Graduate for the fall 2015 semester, Alexander Witan, had a message for his peers.

“You guys have the tools to go out there and put your personal mark on the world,” Witan said. “There are so many opportunities.”

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Published December 23, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS/AUBURN HILLS — Avondale School Distrct art students have a chance at a few new scholarships aimed at supporting a career in the arts, thanks to the generosity of a Rochester Hills man.

Jack Schodowski plans to donate $1,000 each year — on behalf of his wife, Helen, who passed away earlier this year — to a scholarship fund to be shared by three Avondale seniors.

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Published December 23, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Fifth-grade students from Shawnee Elementary School are being transformed into superheroes this year, and their next mission is giving their capes to ill children at Children’s Hospital of Michigan this Christmas.

Inspired by the book “What’s Under Your Cape?” fifth-grade teachers Lisa LoMedico and Katie Couture set out to create a unique curriculum for their students this year.

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Published December 23, 2015

WARREN — Sitting at a table Dec. 3 with pencils, markers and Vellum paper in front of them, Tyler Ciechanowski and Eduardo Walendowsky continued to brainstorm ideas for the Chevy Tahoe SUV design they were sketching.

Ciechanowski, a senior at Grosse Pointe North High School, is one of 33 students chosen to participate in a 22-week automotive sketching and sculpting course at the General Motors Technical Center. GM creative designer Walendowsky is his mentor.

“He’s doing great,” Walendowsky said. “I think he’s very talented.”

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Published December 16, 2015

FRASER — The Fraser Department of Public Safety and Eisenhower Elementary took extra precautions Dec. 10 after a home invasion near the school.

Fraser Lt. Dan Kolke said the DPS received a call from a resident concerning some odd behavior in one neighborhood.

“Some neighbors called on Rainbow (Road) and said that they witnessed two males in the backyard of the house,” Kolke said. “When (the concerned neighbor) went to confront them it wasn’t the neighbors.

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Published December 16, 2015

ROCHESTER — Last spring, Michigan high school juniors took the ACT one last time before the state switches to the SAT as its primary form of student assessment in 2016.

According to an analysis of data recently posted on the state’s website, www.mischooldata.org, the average ACT scores of Rochester Community Schools students remained almost flat districtwide from the year before — with the average composite ACT score falling one-tenth of a point, from 23.3 last year to 23.2 this year.

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Published December 16, 2015

WARREN — If you’re looking to curl up with a good book, a group of Warren Woods Tower High School students can show you the way.

The school’s Green Club, along with students from the Make It Work program, got together to create a freestanding library located on the school grounds at 27900 Bunert Road, across from the historic schoolhouse. WWTHS is part of Warren Woods Public Schools.

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Published December 15, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — It’s time for students to dust off their parents’ analog clocks and get back to the simpler times, when homework wasn’t interrupted by the ping of status updates and tweets. 

At least that is the vision of Sarah Ward, a practicing speech-language pathologist and nationwide speaker on developing and supporting executive function-based skills. 

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Published December 15, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Community Schools Board of Education voted 5-0 for Roseville Middle School to get a full-time assistant principal, owing to the school’s sizable student population.

Jacob Mowinski has been serving in the role part time, Superintendent John Kment said, but due to an increase in the number of students, the building now needs a full-time assistant principal to keep up.

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Published December 14, 2015

FERNDALE — Following the November election of Raylon Leaks-May to the Ferndale City Council, the Ferndale School District is looking to fill Leaks-May’s vacant board seat by early January.

Leaks-May’s four-year term was set to end at the conclusion of 2016, with the school board election to be held in November 2016, and state law would allow Leaks-May to remain on the school board while also serving on the City Council.

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Published December 14, 2015

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Community Schools Board of Education voted 5-0 during its regular meeting Dec. 7 to name Roseville High School’s weight room after the late Rex Corless, a teacher and coach at the school for 34 years.

Corless retired from the district in 1993 and died in 2008, according to Roseville High School Athletic Director Dennis Borse, but upon Corless’ death, his family established the Rex E. Corless Fund to help students in the school’s athletic programs. The fund helps pay for athletic gear or physicals.

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Published December 14, 2015

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Utica High School’s student newspaper, Arrow, has hit its target for the second time in a row, qualifying for a Crown Award for excellence in journalism.

According to Stacy Smale, a teacher and Arrow adviser, students learned in November that they will be given a silver or gold Crown Award, which will happen March 16-18, 2016, during the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 92nd annual Spring Scholastic Convention in New York City.

Smale credited the UHS students for the accomplishment.

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Published December 11, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Local bands, musicians and musical acts like the Tidal Waves, Amy Decker, the Epidemics and Blues Condition are all getting another day in the sun with a memorabilia display at the Roseville Public Library.

The display, put together by Wendy Clem, highlights musicians with some connection to Roseville from a variety of genres going back to the 1960s. Clem said the artists highlighted range in age today from their 20s to their 70s, and the display features everything from playbills to records to music magazines to instructions for bands playing at shows.

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Published December 9, 2015

High school seniors who attend Utica Community Schools and its Utica Center for Science and Industry showed the community their tricks of the trade for designing helpful new products.

According to school officials, UCSI held a simulated trade show Dec. 2 at its building in Sterling Heights as a way to teach high schoolers lessons about integrating engineering, mechatronics and multimedia elements.

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Published December 9, 2015

WARREN — The annual Robotics, Engineering and Technology (RET) Days held at the South Campus of Macomb Community College continues to grow year after year.

Now in its 10th year, this year’s event on Dec. 2-3 gave approximately 3,100 middle and high school students the opportunity to perform hands-on activities in renewable energy, mechatronics, underwater robotics, solar power, 3-D printing, virtual welding and more. Electric vehicles were set up, and students could participate in an electric model vehicle race.

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Published December 8, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Even though public school is funded through taxpayer dollars, there are often plenty of things on a teacher’s wish list that don’t fit in the budget.

New technology, innovative furniture, new applications for students to use to further their learning: All of these things might help students get to the top, but might not be affordable for a school district to provide.

That’s where the annual grant program from the Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union comes in.

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Published December 8, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A fourth-grader from Sheiko Elementary School recently won a local drawing contest to benefit local West Bloomfield families.

Emmie Shelton won the Snowman Pin Contest, put on by Our Children’s Fund, in which pins are sold to help raise money to purchase Target gift cards so local families can buy necessities. OCF helps provide supplies and resources to students of the West Bloomfield School District and their families. 

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