Schools

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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Published February 17, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A special ceremony is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Royal Oak Middle School to acknowledge the naming of Glenn Frey Drive as a tribute to the late musician and resident.

A portion of Willis Avenue running along the south side of Royal Oak Middle School — the former Dondero High School — will be changed to Glenn Frey Drive following unanimous approval by the Royal Oak Schools Board of Education Feb. 11. The district owns the portion of roadway to be rededicated, and that portion of roadway does not include any addresses that would need changing.

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Published February 17, 2016

WARREN — This May, residents in the Warren Consolidated Schools district will decide whether or not they want to support a bond initiative that, if passed, would fund a number of updates districtwide.

At the Feb. 3 Board of Education meeting, the school board voted unanimously to place a $134.5 million bond issue on the May 3 election ballot.

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Published February 17, 2016

WALLED LAKE — The Walled Lake Central High School Student Council held its annual Souper Bowls fundraiser during all three school lunches Jan. 28, ladling out donations to the Hospitality House Food Pantry in Walled Lake.

Souper Bowls is an extension of the school’s annual canned food drive and is designed to raise money for the Hospitality House, said senior Noah Bloom, president of the Walled Lake Central Student Council.

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Published February 16, 2016

TROY — Laura Kemp, a seventh-grade science teacher at Baker Middle School, brushed up on her Chinese phrases Feb. 11 because her principal told her that teachers from China would be visiting her classroom that day. 

Instead, Troy School District officials, members of the media and parents came into her classroom to surprise her with the Troy School District Teacher of the Year Award. 

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Published February 16, 2016

ROSEVILLE — A 10-week program currently ongoing in Roseville Community Schools is hoping to bring law enforcement and teenagers together to improve understanding and reduce conflict.

Dubbed the Tectonic Leadership program, it is the brainchild of Brenda Rosenberg, who previously has used a similar program of the same name to bring together the metro Detroit Jewish and Muslim communities to improve understanding and relations between the two.

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Published February 15, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Gov. Rick Snyder announced Feb. 2 that an academic CEO will be put in charge of four schools in the East Detroit Public Schools district.

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Published February 10, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — A penny challenge fundraiser for Shoes for Orphans, a performance by the De LaSalle High School band, Pajama Day, and a breakfast for the teachers were among the many events that highlighted Catholic Schools Week at Our Lady Star of the Sea last week.

Catholic Schools Week is held every year, and was recognized nationally Jan. 31 through Feb. 5 this year. Catholic Schools Week gives students and staff at Catholic schools the opportunity to highlight their schools through a variety of events.

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Published February 10, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — During their 2014-15 Women Build in Madison Heights, Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County members found themselves working with volunteer students from Madison Preparatory Academy, a collaboration that came about by chance when HfHOC asked to use Madison Prep’s parking lot and facilities for its volunteers.

Now, in 2016, more Madison district students are at work on a new Habitat build. This time it’s the students from the Building Trades program at Madison High School, which provides certification in the construction trades upon graduation.

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Published February 10, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — In its third year of granting scholarships to three St. Clair Shores graduating seniors, the Women’s Civic League of St. Clair Shores is upping its game. 

This year, the first-place scholarship winner will take home a $1,500 scholarship, second place will win $500, and third will win $50. Previously, all three winners had been awarded $500.

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Published February 10, 2016

WALLED LAKE — Imagine a city that runs on wind and solar power, and a wave generator. 

Now imagine that the city has no need for new water, and air pollution is minimal. 

Zenith Crest, Texas, a future city created by Geisler Middle School students, sits along the Gulf of Mexico and is home to over 100,000 future people. The city was developed as part of Michigan’s Future City competition, sponsored by the Engineering Society of Detroit.  

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Published February 10, 2016

FRASER — All of the schools in the Fraser School District are officially united on the iPad front.

This past December, all students from kindergarten to second grade were given Apple iPads as a means of elevating learning in a tech-heavy world.

Previously, students in certain grade levels had to share a cart of iPad devices with other classes in the same grade, in the same building. That was due to a 2011 bond that only provided iPads for students in grades three through 12.

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