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Maria Allard

C&G Staff Reporter – Warren Weekly, Grosse Pointe Times, Sterling Heights Sentry


Staff Writer Maria Allard covers the school districts of Center Line, Fitzgerald, Van Dyke, Warren Consolidated and Warren Woods, and Macomb Community College for the Warren Weekly and Sterling Heights Sentry newspapers. She also covers the City of Grosse Pointe Woods and the Grosse Pointe Public Schools System for the Grosse Pointe Times newspaper. Allard has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University, and she is in love with the Rolling Stones.

Published February 20, 2013

Local educators are reviewing the Michigan Educational Assessment Program test results the Michigan Department of Education released Feb. 11.

This past fall, Michigan students in third through eighth grades were tested in reading and math; students in fourth and seventh grades also were tested in writing; fifth- and eighth-grade students also were tested in science; and sixth- and ninth-grade students were tested in social studies. 

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Published February 20, 2013

Local educators are reviewing the Michigan Educational Assessment Program test results that the Michigan Department of Education released Feb. 11.

This past fall, Michigan students in third through eighth grades were tested in reading and math; students in fourth and seventh grades were tested in writing; fifth- and eighth-grade students were tested in science; and sixth- and ninth-grade students were tested in social studies.

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Published February 20, 2013

WARREN — Students who attend Roose Elementary School recently opened their hearts to benefit the American Heart Association.

During the week of Feb. 11, the students participated in the nonprofit organization’s Jump Rope For Heart fundriaser. The mission of the AHA is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and Roose’s Jump Rope For Heart participation brought the organization one step closer toward reaching that goal.

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Published February 20, 2013

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — McGlinnen Elementary School fourth-grade student Erica Tate was looking for something new to try.

So last year, she joined the school’s crocheting club. One of the first projects she made was a wallet. Last Wednesday, she worked on a hat she could wear so “I won’t mess up my hair.”

The crocheting club has become a popular pastime at the school. About 10 students participate in it every Wednesday and Thursday after lunch, with help from volunteer adults Sandy Wirgau, Joani Brown and Mary Miller.

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Published February 20, 2013

A crowded venue, a rocking band and an air guitar contest carried the tune the evening of Feb. 9 at the Ritz.

Several local Sponge fans experienced the thrill of rocking out on stage before a music-hungry crowd as they became rock stars — albeit for a few minutes — during an air guitar contest held at the rock haven.

Minutes before Sponge’s late-night set, eight brave souls hopped on stage to noodle along to the band’s ’90s hit “Plowed” in all-out rock ‘n’ roll effort to win a Sponge package and meet the band.

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Published February 20, 2013

Local educators are reviewing the Michigan Educational Assessment Program test results the Michigan Department of Education released Feb. 11.

This past fall, Michigan students in third through eighth  grade were tested in reading and math; students in fourth and seventh grades also were tested in writing; fifth- and eighth-grade students also were tested in science; and sixth- and ninth-grade students were tested in social studies.

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Published February 11, 2013

WARREN — The hard work of the staff and students of De La Salle Collegiate High School paid off.

The Catholic boy’s high school was recently named as a 2012-2013 Red Quill Award winner, which is the top recognition awarded by the ACT Midwest Region. The ACT is a nonprofit organization responsible for the college admissions and placement ACT test. It also provides more than a hundred other assessment, research, information and program management services for education and workforce development.

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Published February 11, 2013

At age 75, Westview Elementary School physical education teacher George Cutshaw is still going strong.

Each day, he keeps fit right along with his students at the school, which is part of Fitzgerald Public Schools.

“I exercise with every class myself, six to seven times a day,” said Cutshaw, entering his 50th year of teaching. “The kids can’t even keep up with me.”

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Published February 5, 2013

FRASER — There’s a new music idol in town.

Her name is Francesca “Frankie” Gianetti, and on the evening of Feb. 1, the Fraser High School junior was named this year’s “Fraser Idol” inside the school’s auditorium.

Gianetti sang the original song “Buried Beneath The Snow” with members of the band Ohana, of which she is a member, backing her.

“Oh, my gosh,” Gianetti said moments after her victory. “I’m just glad our music is out there. I’m just happy people liked us.”

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Published February 5, 2013

MACOMB COUNTY — Students who attend Macomb Community College will see an increase in tuition rates when they register for their fall 2013 and spring/summer 2014 semester classes.

At a Macomb Community College Board of Trustees meeting Jan. 15, the board voted 5-2 to increase resident tuition by $3 per credit hour along with an additional $5 per credit hour technology and facility fee. All of Macomb Community College’s tuition rates will increase approximately 3 1/2 percent beginning with the fall 2013 semester.

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Published February 5, 2013

CENTER LINE — Jim Murray worked up a bit of a sweat.

As he marched down one hallway of Center Line High School and then another, the 56-year-old Center Line resident got in a good workout doing something simple: walking.

Each step he took helped him keep in shape, trim his waistline and improve his overall physical health.

“It’s good to exercise,” he said. “You always feel better. People don’t realize it helps to alleviate stress.”

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Published February 5, 2013

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STERLING HEIGHTS — He proudly wore jersey No. 6 as a member of the Sterling Heights High School football team, played guitar, ran track and sported facial dimples you couldn’t miss.

Brian Thomas was an outgoing All-American kid who loved football, his family, his friends, school and his girlfriend.

“He was a beautiful boy,” his mother Paula Thomas said.

In the fall of 2011, as friends settled into their first year in college, Brian passed away from a rare form of cancer, something he battled for nearly two years.

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Published February 1, 2013

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FRASER  — Kathy Roberts is a recognizable face in Fraser Public Schools.

She has been a Parent Teacher Organization member, parent volunteer and employee. The mother of five will now wear a new hat: that of FPS Board of Education member.

On Jan. 15, the school board voted 6-0 to unanimously appoint Roberts to fill the vacancy created when Debra Herron resigned.

“I was happily surprised,” Roberts, 50, said. “It’s a challenge I am looking forward to.”

The term expires Dec. 31, 2014.

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Published February 1, 2013

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FRASER — Fraser Public Schools Superintendent David Richards is staying put.

Richards, in his third year as FPS top administrator, was one of two finalists under consideration for the role of Rochester Community Schools superintendent last week.

But one day before the RCS Board of Education made its final selection, Richards withdrew his name from the running.

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Published January 28, 2013

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS  — Knowing the costs associated with extracurricular activities for students, parent Dan Reihl saw the need to go outside the district to help fund academic programs in Farmington Public Schools.

With school budgets so tight because of Michigan’s economic downturn, programs within the district might not be receiving the funding they need. So Reihl joined forces with others to form the Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation, and he serves as the board’s vice chair.

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