Schools

Published May 18, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — After interviewing a half-dozen candidates and narrowing the list down to just three people, the South Lake Board of Education offered the position of superintendent to a man with 20 years of experience in the district: Ted VonHiltmayer, the current director of human resources.

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Published May 18, 2016

WARREN — Seventh-grade students in the Warren Consolidated Schools Middle School Mathematics Science Technology Center (MS)2TC program at the Butcher Educational Center are working on a project to turn an unused field on school property into a “Field of Dreams.”

This school year, the students have joined together to create a habitat behind Butcher for endangered species native to Michigan. Each class has its own plot of land and has been busy preparing them in an effort to attract a variety of animals.

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Published May 18, 2016

WARREN — When John Avoledo’s second-grade students at Westview Elementary School returned from lunch the afternoon of May 11, they sat down at their desks, logged on to their laptops and put on their headphones.

It was time to hit the books, or in this case, the Chromebooks.

Fitzgerald Public Schools officials recently purchased Google Chromebook computers for every student in the district. A total of 15 Chromebook cart labs were acquired using state and federal grants for a total of $101,565. 

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Published May 18, 2016

WARREN/CENTER LINE — The front lawn of Peck Elementary School turned into a mini-concert during the late afternoon of May 6.

The stars of the show were the school’s students, who sang and danced for their audience of family members and staff. The show came with an Olympic theme in which each grade at the Center Line Public Schools building highlighted a different country, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, China and Japan.

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Published May 18, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Students living in North Housing on Lawrence Technological University’s campus, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, suddenly have a new address.

In a dedication ceremony at 9 a.m. May 13, the building was renamed the Edward Donley Residence Hall.

Donley is a former student and longtime LTU supporter and donor, Matt Roush, director of media relations at LTU, said in a news release.

Donley is also the former CEO of Air Products & Chemicals.

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Published May 18, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At Oakland University May 13, the Chiquitos Bilingual Montessori hosted its first art exhibition for its elementary students to show off a collection of more than 100 artworks from throughout the school year.

Pieces from each of the Spanish immersion school’s art projects were on display, and the young artists wore burgundy caps to distinguish themselves. The evening included live violin music and a Mexican food buffet.

Approximately 100 people attended the event, which took place in a banquet room inside the Oakland Center.

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Published May 17, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Recent testing has revealed elevated levels of copper at Rochester Community Schools’ Delta Kelly Elementary School.

In the wake of the Flint water crisis, RCS Superintendent Robert Shaner said, he engaged independent environmental consulting firm Nova Environmental Inc. to take random samples of the drinking water within each of the district’s 21 schools and facilities in February.

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Published May 16, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — Close to 1,300 people attended this year’s Family Science Night at Wilkinson Middle School in the Madison school district.

The May 6 event, now in its third consecutive year, featured a variety of indoor and outdoor attractions, many of them educational in nature.

“It’s a community event. It’s bringing everyone in our district together,” said Mike Janigian, a science teacher at Wilkinson and the organizer behind the popular event.

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Published May 13, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With children today spending an average of seven hours a day on TV, computers, phones and other electronic devices, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, and excessive use of media leading to attention problems, school difficulties, sleep and eating disorders, and obesity, one local school thought it was time to take a break.

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Published May 11, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The International Academy of Macomb is doling out diplomas at record rates.

Recently, U.S. News & World Report designated the consortium high school as second-best in Michigan, and 12th best in the entire nation.

The school is composed of students throughout Macomb County who represent local districts. The Macomb Intermediate School District, or MISD, coordinates the academy on behalf of member districts.

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Published May 11, 2016

FRASER — A group of Fraser schoolchildren have collaborated to lay down the law.

Four Salk Elementary sixth-grade students — Olivia Gilcher, Ella Scally, Grace Oluwole and Calvin Hill — recently won first place in the 2016 Macomb County Bar Association Law Day essay contest.

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Published May 11, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Bean bag toss. Basketball shoot. Skee ball. 

It might be the makings of a great time at Chuck E. Cheese or Dave & Buster’s. Or it might be the beginnings of a cardboard arcade being designed by a group of ecologically minded students at Avalon Elementary School within South Lake Schools.

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Published May 11, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Continuing an agreement that has been in place for at least five years, Lake Shore Public Schools will continue to welcome overseas students to spend a year in the district.

The Board of Education voted April 25 to extend its contract with its Chinese sister school for the next six years.

“They are still paying a tuition, (and) we added a health insurance component to the contract,” said board President Shannon Ketelhut. 

The prior contract, she said, had been for five years.

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Published May 11, 2016

SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE  — To battle the soaring cost of college tuition, Southfield Public Schools announced recently that three college prep courses will be available at the district’s new high school, Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology.

The three programs, called the FasTrack College Prep programs, will provide rigorous, college-level work for high school students, according to school officials. The programs include dual enrollment, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate diploma courses.

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Published May 11, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — It will be quite the reunion May 12-14 at University Liggett School, 1045 Cook Road, as former students and staff get together for the school’s annual Alumni Weekend.

Many events are scheduled that will give past graduates the opportunity to relive their school days. ULS has had different names and locations over the years, and Alumni Weekend will celebrate ULS and its predecessor schools’ longtime ties to Detroit.

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Published May 10, 2016

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WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS — Improved security, updated technology, interior and exterior door replacements, improvements to heating and cooling systems, new school buses, and parking lot and sidewalk replacements are among the projects on the horizon for Warren Consolidated Schools.

During an election May 3, the voting majority passed a $134.5 million bond issue to fund a number of updates throughout the district.

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Published May 10, 2016

A local school for international studies recently ranked as the most challenging school in Michigan once again, according to an index by a national newspaper.

The Washington Post index of America’s Most Challenging High Schools named the Utica Academy for International Studies No.1 in the state. The school, which belongs to Utica Community Schools, has taken the top spot on that list four times in a row, according to school officials. The school placed No. 2 among Midwestern schools.

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Published May 9, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Public Schools trustees voted 5-1 to outsource their custodial staff for a projected savings of $1.4 million annually, according to a school letter sent out to community members. They also voted to approve a tentative agreement with transportation union members on health care provisions 5-1 — if all bargaining units don’t agree on the terms, school officials will discuss the next step at the following school board meeting.

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Published May 9, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — Time to break out the running shoes, the walking shoes, or just the pair of tennis shoes hiding in the back of the closet for the Birmingham Groves orchestras’ fourth annual Forte 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. May 22 at Beverly Park, 18801 Beverly Road in Beverly Hills.

The event is a major fundraiser for the school’s orchestra program. Proceeds from the race aid in funding the orchestra’s yearly fall camp, in securing instruction from members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and in purchasing music and repairing instruments.

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Published May 9, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — There are 154 seniors graduating in the Lamphere High Class of 2016. Of them, 152 have already been accepted to college, and the other two have plans to attend a military school and a cosmetology school.

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