April Lehmbeck

Published August 2, 2011

HARPER WOODS — Every year, residents interested in making a difference in the lives of local children team up with Winning Futures for a mentoring program.

This year, the organization is in search of some more people willing to give a little bit of their time to spend at a school with students.

Mentors will be used at a number of schools, including Warren Mott, Warren Cousino and Harper Woods Secondary School.

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Published August 2, 2011

HARPER WOODS — Some people think of summer break as a break for teachers as well, but Harper Woods teachers are spending their summer vacations learning new concepts that they can bring to the classroom.

That has meant spending time with NASA expanding their teaching skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, courses, and even spending a week on a research vessel on Lake Superior with other teachers doing water-quality testing.

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Published July 20, 2011

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Published July 20, 2011

GROSSE POINTES — While the Grosse Pointe Public School System board considered superintendent candidates from out of state, the body ended up sticking with a candidate a lot closer to home.

After a couple of rounds of interviews, community receptions and narrowing the field from five semi-finalists down to three and then one, the board voted 4-3 for Grosse Pointe schools Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Thomas Harwood as the finalist for the incoming superintendent position.

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Published July 20, 2011

HARPER WOODS — One of the biggest events for family fun in the city is only weeks away, when Johnston Park will be overrun with residents participating in the National Night Out activities.

Every year, police Lt. Tamera Eschendal goes all out planning for this event. With the help of a couple of other officers, she’s planning a number of activities and presentations.

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Published July 20, 2011

HARPER WOODS — Even though tensions have run high in Harper Woods for some time now, the city’s recent town hall meeting was quiet and cordial.

City Manager James Leidlein presented information on the city’s current financial situation and how the city is tackling the future. Residents asked questions and offered their own ideas for helping the city dig out of its financial sinkhole.

The meeting was held June 29 at City Hall and lasted for more than an hour.

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Published July 5, 2011

HARPER WOODS — Despite a long track record of opposition to opening up the flood gates for Schools of Choice, the Harper Woods school board is allowing a bigger crack in the door for what they’ve set up as a way of allowing the best students they can find into the district.

The approved proposals include programs at Beacon and Tyrone elementary schools, and the high school and an alternative high school for students who are not on track to be able to graduate without the program.

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Published July 5, 2011

HARPER WOODS — If you walk into the main doors of the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum, pass museum curator Jack Miller, who has deep roots in the Hudson Motor Car Co., and head up a set of stairs around a corner, you’ll discover a display that took a lifetime of love and commitment to amass.

Like Miller, Harper Woods Mayor Ken Poynter has that deep connection to the Hudson Motor Car Co. He has spent his life finding little pieces of the company’s history.

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Published June 22, 2011

GROSSE POINTES — Miki Farah smiles with her 6-year-old toothless grin, and when she runs, her blond ponytail bounces along behind her while she speeds along as fast as her little legs will carry her.

Farah points out how she recently lost her top front teeth and that she loves to run. She’s apparently not alone in her love of running, as the Grosse Pointe Fishflies Running Club, which launched last year for elementary school children, has about 140 little runners and is growing.

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Published June 22, 2011

HARPER WOODS — During a time of extreme pressure to make cuts to budgets and find ways to continue to offer improved educational opportunities to students, an influx of additional funds that must be aimed at programs that boost student achievement is welcome news.

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Published June 15, 2011

There are still plenty of homeowners struggling to keep their homes amid rising costs on items like food and gas, and they are looking for help.

From foreclosure prevention to simple budgeting techniques, they can turn to Michigan State University Extension for some of that guidance.

MSU Extension offers programs to help people make tough budgetary decisions and find the help they need on ways to fix their financial situations.

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Published June 8, 2011

GROSSE POINTE PARK —If it’s true that enthusiasm is contagious, Susan Howey’s fourth-grade classroom must be bursting at the seams with excitement because Howey’s passion for innovative teaching techniques is palpable.

Howey loves her job, and she wants her fourth-grade students to be as excited as she is to be in her Trombly Elementary School classroom. And that enthusiasm shows in her lessons that marry technology with math, English and science curriculum.

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Published May 27, 2011

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — With some people arguing that American education needs an overhaul from an antiquated system that is no longer working, Clintondale High School is steering its educational program into uncharted waters to take on something innovative and exciting.

The high school is launching what they’re calling a “flipped classroom” program during the 2011-12 school year, and it’s something that it is garnering attention nationwide.

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Published May 24, 2011

HARPER WOODS — Sometimes the easiest way to learn a lesson is to prepare to get up in front of a group of people and teach it.

That’s exactly what some seventh-grade students in June Teisan’s science class did, but their audience posed some challenges since they were a bit of a younger crowd.

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