Schools

Published April 20, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A measure highlighted by the state as “forward thinking” is coming to an end for the South Lake and Lake Shore school districts.

“It just left things a little thin over here,” said the newly appointed superintendent of Lake Shore Public Schools, Joe DiPonio. “When things start to lag and the response time for needs are not getting met, I think that was becoming a concern for the staff.”

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Published April 20, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Nine Orchard Lake Middle School students put their history knowledge to the test during the Detroit regional finals of the National History Bee April 11. 

This year, Orchard Lake Middle School hosted students from across the state, and as far as Ohio and Indiana. Sixth-grade students Max Joyce and Ryan Rucker and eighth-grade student Sydney Brogniart qualified for the 2016 national competition, which will be held in Chicago June 9-12. 

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Published April 20, 2016

HARPER WOODS — June Teisan, a former Harper Woods Middle School science teacher, is a Hall of Famer. 

Teisan was one of five teachers nationwide selected to the 25th induction class of the National Teachers Hall of Fame. She will be formally inducted June 9 at Emporia State University, home of the National Teachers Hall of Fame Museum. 

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Published April 20, 2016

WARREN — Roose Elementary teacher Stacey Cronin and Fitzgerald High School teacher Jennifer Crotty both had the same reaction when they learned each had been named as the Macomb County Outstanding Teachers of the Year at their respective building levels.

Both were “shocked” at the news but are definitely appreciative of the recognition.

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Published April 20, 2016

METRO DETROIT — If you want to get a sneak peek at a future superstar — or even 11 of them — head to the Detroit Opera House next weekend.

Nearly a dozen children from the Birmingham-Bloomfield area will take the stage in a fully staged production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” as part of the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus.

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Published April 19, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — In reaction to the Flint water crisis, Grosse Pointe Public School System officials voluntarily had the schools tested to determine the safety of the building’s drinking water and water for other uses. 

This past weekend, officials received the results of its water screening sampling and analysis for lead and copper. The sampling was conducted March 29-31.

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Published April 19, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS —  Families whose students attend the Marcus Garvey Academy in Detroit will benefit from the generosity of the Grosse Pointe South High School community.

The school’s Student Association is holding its annual canned food drive April 18-22. Students, staff, parents and community members can drop off nonperishable items — macaroni and cheese, canned vegetables, oatmeal, granola bars, cereal, peanut butter, pasta, dry milk, olive oil and more — at the school until Friday.

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Published April 19, 2016

FERNDALE — As one of the original members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mark Wood has been rocking arenas and theaters with his electric violin for more than 20 years.

It’s his work in the classroom, though, that’ll bring Wood to Ferndale.

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Published April 19, 2016

CENTER LINE — The present financial outlook in Center Line Public Schools may be at its bleakest, and because of it, the state of Michigan issued school officials a letter inquiring what they are doing to rectify the situation.

“If we don’t take steps to correct this, we will have to pay the (Macomb Intermediate School District) to come and make suggestions,” CLPS Superintendent Eve Kaltz said. “We are working very, very hard to not have a deficit.”

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Published April 19, 2016

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD HILLS — A row of tables sits on the side of a room, laden with stacks upon stacks of books for adults, teens and children.

Clothes, sporting goods and toys fill the middle of the room as shoppers browse for that one item they never knew they needed.

Women spend time at the boutique, admiring affordable antique jewelry and accessories.

Some shoppers stood in line for an hour beginning at 7 a.m., waiting for doors to open early so they could get their hands on the best products available.

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Published April 18, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — While the Oculus Rift is attempting to mainstream virtual reality to consumers, Utica Community Schools’ plans to introduce a different company’s 3-D technology into the classroom have also become a reality.

The school district held a demonstration of zSpace virtual reality learning materials April 12 at Ebeling Elementary School in Macomb Township. UCS has been using the technology for about a month, and it is the first school district in the state to do so, according to UCS spokesman Tim McAvoy.

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Published April 15, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Following allegations of the misuse of money from Lake Shore Public Schools’ international fund, the district has hired a forensic auditor to take a look at the books and get to the bottom of the matter.

Although he announced his retirement in March, Lake Shore Superintendent Chris Loria’s contract runs through June 30. But Joe DiPonio, the principal at Lake Shore High School, instead was named to the superintendent’s position — and began working in that capacity — April 1.

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Published April 14, 2016

“Winds in the east” are heralding the arrival of Stevenson High School’s musical rendition of “Mary Poppins,” which will run April 29-May 1.

Stevenson theater director Mark Johnson said the musical will offer some variety both to the student actors and to the audience.

“We picked it because we wanted to be sure that, as the years go by, we rotate through different types of shows, and it was time for us to do a family show,” he said.

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Published April 14, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Whether you have a green thumb or you’re not sure what a trowel is, Southfield Public Schools is calling all community members ready to lend a helping hand for the annual Volunteer Day.

Residents, parents, students and staff will work to clean up the grounds of Adler Elementary, 19100 Filmore Road, and Stevenson Elementary, 27777 Lahser Road, 8 a.m.-noon April 16.

Jacqueline Robinson, public relations and marketing manager for SPS, said Volunteer Day has been around for decades.

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Published April 13, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Madison District Public Schools are gearing up for an ambitious four-day festival at Madison High School that will feature carnival rides, food and more.

The Madison Family Spring Carnival will take place in the west parking lot at Madison High, 915 E. 11 Mile Road, with parking available in the field off Farnum to the north and in the lot at nearby Madison Elementary.

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Published April 13, 2016

FRASER — Three Fraser Public Schools teachers were recently recognized for their achievements in education.

Teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels were acknowledged by the Macomb County Association of School Administrators and the Macomb Association of Curriculum Administrators. Teachers were originally nominated by their respective districts.

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Published April 13, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP— In its third edition, Chippewa Valley Choir Director James Pecar’s “A Cappella for Autism” will feature more than 350 student singers from elementary ages to college performers.

The event will feature two shows, both at 6 p.m. on April 19 and April 20, at Chippewa Valley High School’s Henrichsen Auditorium.

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Published April 13, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Three Clintondale Community Schools teachers were recently recognized for their achievements in education.

Teachers at the elementary, middle school and high school levels were acknowledged by the Macomb County Association of School Administrators and the Macomb Association of Curriculum Administrators. Teachers were originally nominated by their respective districts.

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Published April 13, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Hoping that their good works will inspire others, a classroom full of “good eggs” say they were first inspired by books from a local author.

S. Ciara Mitaro, of Sterling Heights, first published “The Good Eggs” in 2013 to teach lessons in virtues to children in the elementary grades. 

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Published April 13, 2016

During her tenure as the president and CEO of Walsh College, Stephanie Bergeron said, she strived to establish the college as a destination and to ensure that graduates have all the tools they need to succeed.

The first woman to lead the college, Bergeron announced she will retire early next year.

Bergeron is the sixth president to lead the college since its inception in 1922.

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