Schools

Published February 17, 2016

C&G Newspapers

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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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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