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Published February 10, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Administrators from Chippewa Valley Schools were largely pleased with the results of the first Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-Step).

The M-Step replaced the MEAP assessments, which had been administered for 44 years. Students took the M-Step in spring 2015 and received their score reports this past January. Students in grades three through eight, and 11th grade, took the exam.

Students are categorized into four scoring levels, 1 through 4, and they must achieve a 3 or 4 to be considered “proficient” in any area.

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Published February 10, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Macomb County third-graders who have a second-nature knack for art were recently honored for their contributions to an environmentally themed calendar.

The Macomb Intermediate School District gave out awards Jan. 28 for its 2016 Environmental Art Competition, including awards for its 2016 Environmental Calendar Contest. According to organizers, the contest’s purpose is to create artwork that demonstrates the importance of green living and recycling.

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Published February 10, 2016

ROCHESTER — Many people go above and beyond in the service of the Rochester Community Schools district, and the Rochester Parent Teacher Association Council wants to give credit where credit is due.

The council is hosting its annual Founder’s Day celebration Feb. 25 to recognize more than 70 parent volunteers, educators and students for their dedication and contributions to the district.

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Published February 9, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — A large framed image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preaching and marching hung above the Oakland Community College library entryway.

During the African-American Read-In Feb. 3 at the Orchard Ridge Campus, men and women of all creeds and colors read aloud from books written by black authors.

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Published February 9, 2016

FERNDALE — Through several fundraising efforts, the Ferndale Blessings in a Backpack program was able to raise $14,000 before the new year, allowing the program to kick off at Kennedy Elementary School in January.

For $100, a student can go home with a bag full of meals for the weekend throughout the whole school year as part of the Blessings in a Backpack program. In the Ferndale School District, about 61 percent of the student body qualifies for free or reduced lunch.

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Published February 9, 2016

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 8, 2016

WARREN — A group of Peck Elementary School fourth- and fifth-graders recently showed their engineering skills when they participated in the Vex Robotics Competition Jan. 30 at the Nissan headquarters in Farmington Hills.

The competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activity for middle school and high school students ages 11-18.

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Published February 4, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Are we safe from space? 

Solar eclipses and solar flares can be dangerous, but sixth-grade STEAM students at Orchard Lake Middle School are on the case.

These future scientists, designers and literary scholars aren’t basing their findings solely on reading what is already known — they’re engaging in project-based learning and examining data to develop safety nets for space dangers. 

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Published February 3, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Education Foundation will hold its 15th annual Unabashed Bash auction fundraiser to raise funds for grants for the Birmingham Public Schools district.

The event will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Somerset Collection, 2800 W. Big Beaver Road in Troy.

The money raised by the event helps supply grants to the 13 schools in the district to fund field trips and programs the schools might not be able to pay for otherwise.

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Published February 3, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Public Schools Superintendent George Heitsch met with about 20 parents, volunteers and community members to discuss the current issues — and future changes — facing the school district during a coffee hour Jan. 22 at the Administration Building.

Heitsch discussed with the group how the school district might have less revenue next year and more than likely 350 fewer students.

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Published February 3, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — Henry Tanaka, academic dean of art, design and humanities at Oakland Community College, recently took the trip of a lifetime to Japan.

“This first visit to Japan for me was an amazing personal experience. I was brought up in post-World War II, and growing up, my Japanese heritage was an important factor,” Tanaka said in a press release.

As a fourth-generation Japanese-American, Tanaka said connecting with his cultural roots, among other things, was a highlight of the trip.

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Published February 3, 2016

A Stevenson High School music teacher and band director earned some local fanfare after being named a top teacher by School Band and Orchestra magazine.

Michael Sekich joined the ranks of the magazine’s “18th Annual 50 Directors Who Make A Difference Report.” The results were published in the magazine’s December 2015 issue.

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Published February 3, 2016

EASTPOINTE — At its regular meeting Jan. 25, the East Detroit Public Schools Board of Education voted 5-2 to approve an agreement with a company, Graduation Alliance, to help students who have dropped out or who are considered “at risk” to graduate with a high school diploma.

Vice President Charley Jackson and Trustee Julie DeVita cast the two no votes.

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Published February 3, 2016

FERNDALE — Thanks to a matching donation from the Daniel & Pamella DeVos Foundation, Michigan Youth Arts was able to provide Arts Equipment and Supplies grants to nearly double the number of classrooms in 2015 as it was able to provide in the program’s first year.

In collaboration with the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Michigan Youth Arts offers up to $2,500 to any kindergarten through 12th-grade classroom in Michigan that has a focus on a fine or performing art. The grant program helped 43 classrooms in 2014.

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Published February 3, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Dakota High School senior Bethany Moses was feeling a little stressed out during play rehearsal Jan. 27.

Having just completed midterms, she was now turning her full attention to her lead role in Dakota’s musical production of “Mary Poppins.”

“It’s been a little insane, but it will all come together. I know that definitely. It always does,” Moses said.

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Published February 3, 2016

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Known around the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology for her leadership, innovation and compassion, teachers said they were not surprised when the White House recognized Christina Li, 17, of Macomb Township, as a computer science education “champion of change” Jan. 26.

Li single-handedly planned and executed a weeklong computer science camp, called “Hello World,” for 30 middle school girls in the district during spring break last year. She plans to hold the camp again this midwinter break and has received about 36 applications.

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Published February 3, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Seaholm High School’s next musical is right around the corner, and this year’s performance looks to Broadway for inspiration.

The school’s musical is based on the Broadway adaptation of the Tim Burton film “Big Fish” and the novel it’s based on, “Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions.”

Musical Director Laurie Frick said the rights to the musical just became available to perform when they were deciding what to put on, and she was looking for a show with a large chorus.

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Published February 3, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Community Schools Board of Education recently nominated and elected its officers for 2016.

On Jan. 11, Pat Piskulich was unanimously elected to serve as board president, replacing outgoing President Jennifer Berwick. The board — which elects members for various leadership positions each January — also unanimously elected Sandra Fiaschetti as its vice president, Michael Zabat as secretary and Kristin Bull as treasurer.

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Published February 3, 2016

ROCHESTER — Standard & Poor’s recently upgraded Rochester Community Schools’ bond rating from AA- with a negative outlook, to AA- with a stable outlook for the $128 million unlimited-tax general obligation school bonds.

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Published February 2, 2016

ROCHESTER — Looking for a cure to your midwinter blues? The Adams High School Booster Club, in support of the athletic department’s 22 sports and over 50 teams, is hosting its fourth annual Comedy Night fundraiser this weekend. 

“We use a Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle-quality comedian right here in Rochester, so it provides the opportunity for people to come out in February, when the midwinter blues hit, and see a good show right here in town,” said Adams High School Athletic Director Jason Rapp.

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