Schools

Published June 1, 2016

FERNDALE — Before Election Day on the second Tuesday of November later this year, there will be an Aug. 2 primary election for municipalities all over Michigan.

One question that Ferndale residents should keep an eye on is a measure that would give the Ferndale School District a sinking fund to help maintain and provide upgrades for the schools in the district.

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Published May 31, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Students from East Detroit High School visited St. John Hospital & Medical Center in Detroit April 29 as part of an “Emergency Department Day” to learn about the emergency room and the work done there.

According to Dr. Margarita Pena, the associate program director for emergency medicine and medical director for the Clinical Decision Unit at St. John, students have been participating in these programs for a few years from Grosse Pointe South High School, but this was the first time that East Detroit students visited.

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Published May 31, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — On May 24, the blacktop at Beverly Elementary became a bustling business where entrepreneurs sold items like pop can planters, Harry Potter-style wands and handcrafted jewelry.

These entrepreneurs were students and alumni of Beverly Elementary who participated in school’s first DIY Festival. Seventy-four student artists preschool age and older created goods in six categories: jewelry, painting, drawing, 3-D sculpture, photography and miscellaneous.

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Published May 27, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — When high school prom and graduation season rolls around, many communities see an uptick in the number of underage drinking incidents.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Michigan Executive Director Tyler MacEachran said underage drinking is the No. 1 killer of teens, and two-thirds of teenage alcohol-related deaths are unrelated to being behind the wheel.

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Published May 27, 2016

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STERLING HEIGHTS — When the Beaumont One: Air Medical Transportation Helicopter crew receives an emergency call, the staff is up in the air within 6-10 minutes and heading to the scene.

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Published May 27, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The initiative and talent of two Eisenhower High School students recently paid off when they took a first-place award in a filmmaking contest.

Eisenhower sophomores Isabel Wallace and Emma Heidrich worked together to create a 30-second public service announcement video for the Courageous Persuaders contest, which was sponsored by the Detroit Auto Dealers Association. The contest’s objective is to encourage students to make videos that warn people of the dangers of underage drinking and driving while texting.

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Published May 25, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — After months of discussion, research and meetings, a new extracurricular code of conduct will become effective Aug. 1 in the Grosse Pointe Public School System.

A review team of educators, parents and coaches designed the new extracurricular code of conduct. The new code was developed to provide a common set of rules for all students who participate in athletics and extracurricular activities. The previous code of conduct only applied to athletics. 

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Published May 25, 2016

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — Several drinking fountains and sinks were found to contain high numbers of lead during recent testing at Southfield Public Schools.

According to a letter sent out May 11 to SPS parents, staff and community members by Superintendent Lynda Wood, the district participated in voluntary water screenings April 23. District water sources were tested for lead and copper.

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Published May 25, 2016

BERKLEY — Ever since he was 5 or 6 years old, Berkley High School senior Eric Gelb has been infatuated with telling stories.

He grew up as a big lover of Disney, “Sesame Street” and children’s books such as “The Berenstain Bears,” and he realized that telling stories could be a career.

“I thought it was so cool people went to work and that’s what they did,” he said. “I was really attached to that.”

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Published May 25, 2016

BERKLEY — After a yearlong wait, in the past couple of weeks the Berkley School District began work on its schools that is funded by the $58.9 million bond proposal that was passed last May.

All schools will be undergoing renovations in the next couple of years, but the biggest addition to a Berkley school has been at Norup International School, 14450 Manhattan St., which is getting a 7,000-square-foot multipurpose room that can be used as a cafeteria, music room, classroom and meeting space. It also will include a partition to split the room into two separate spaces.

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Published May 25, 2016

FERNDALE — At the Tuesday, May 17, Ferndale Public Schools Board of Education meeting, the board voted unanimously to sell the former Wilson Elementary School and Taft Digital Learning Center to an Oakland County development company.

The board voted 6-0 to sell the sites to Robertson Brothers Homes for about $1 million. Robertson Brothers Homes will develop the Wilson and Taft sites into single-family homes and townhouses, respectively.

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Published May 25, 2016

WARREN — The Cromie Cougars are revved and ready.

The elementary school students, staff and parents will again participate in Warren’s annual Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society.

This year’s 24-hour event will be held from 10 a.m. June 11 through 10 a.m. June 12 in front of Warren City Hall, 1 City Square, off Van Dyke Avenue. Relay for Life is held in communities worldwide to raise money for cancer research and support those living with the disease.

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Published May 25, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With a little help from their friends, residents at a local nursing home are taking a trip around the world this spring.

This is the second time residents at St. Mary’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in St. Clair Shores have taken a virtual cruise, and this time, they headed to Italy.

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Published May 25, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A few days before the country remembers those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States, students at Kennedy Middle School will take time to thank veterans with a flag raising in their honor.

Lake Shore Public Schools Superintendent Joe DiPonio, who helped start the tradition about five years ago when he was principal of the school, said that with all the curriculum focus trained on reading and math, “The history of this country gets lost.”

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Published May 25, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Shawnee Elementary third-grade teacher Julie Galasso was watching the ABC show “Shark Tank” with her family when she thought of a new program for her students.

On Friday, May 27, she and 43 students from Shawnee will be hosting their own version of “Shark Tank” as the school holds its first Market Day event.

“This is something that kids can step it up a notch a little bit, and take and apply what they’ve been learning in class about economics and put it into action,” Galasso said.

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Published May 25, 2016

WARREN — Fitzgerald High School band director Brian Roelandt has hit the right notes again.

For the third consecutive year, the music teacher has been selected as a quarterfinalist for the Music Education Award presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. More than 3,300 nominations were submitted nationwide, and Roelandt is one of 290 educators in the country to qualify. Fourteen educators from Michigan were selected.

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Published May 24, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — Some Grosse Pointe Public School System staff members who live outside the district will now have the opportunity to enroll their children in the district as students.

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Published May 23, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — With a turn of their tassels, roughly 900 Oakland Community College graduates entered into the next phase of their lives May 21. 

During OCC’s recent graduation ceremony at the Palace of Auburn Hills, the 50th graduating class went out with a boisterous bang as palpable energy charged through the arena.

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Published May 18, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — On May 11, St. Paul on the Lake Catholic School siblings Nicholas Borrego and Madison Borrego made the rules for the day.

Those rules included no homework, an extra 15 minutes of recess and no school uniforms for the preschool through eighth-grade students. Each rule met with Principal Tina Forsythe’s approval. 

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Published May 18, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Administrators from Chippewa Valley Schools continue to provide updates for curriculum changes in the near future. 

During a Board of Education meeting May 2, Director of Curriculum Pam Jones gave a presentation on several curriculum changes at the elementary and middle school levels, as well as updates on professional development for instructors.

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