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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 March 18, 2013

WARREN — As Fitzgerald Public Schools’ partnership with China continues, a student trip with adult chaperones to visit the foreign country is planned for the spring of 2014.

Money for the excursion does not come from the district. Since students who travel abroad have to pay their own way, fundraisers will be held and donations sought. Earlier this month, a large contribution came their way.

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Published March 13, 2013

WARREN — There are many sides to local news anchor Devin Scillian.

He’s recognizable from reporting the news each night on Channel 4, but he’s also a published children’s author and a musician.

“Whether it’s books or singing or journalism, it’s all about stories,” Scillian said.

The news reporter visited Wilde Elementary School the afternoon of March 6 in observance of March Is Reading Month. Wilde is part of Warren Consolidated Schools.

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Published March 13, 2013

WARREN — A Florida-based company has purchased the vacant Target store on Dequindre Road, between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads, and will house a new charter school in its place. 

Construction began Feb. 4 to build the Success Mile Charter Academy at the closed Target store located at 27300 Dequindre Road. Red Apple Development, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, purchased the building for $2.25 million. The new school, authorized by Grand Valley State University, is set to open in September 2013.

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Published March 11, 2013

DETROIT — A former Fraser Public Schools teacher is scheduled to be in court May 13 for sentencing after pleading guilty to three counts of child pornography.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court, Gregory Austin pleaded guilty to the charges before U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow Feb. 13. The guilty plea and pending sentencing came one year after police investigated the ex-FPS educator.

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Published March 6, 2013

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FRASER — With all the technology Fraser Public Schools students and staff use on a daily basis, there has to be someone to oversee such a large and important part of the district.

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Published March 5, 2013

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clintondale Middle School students and staff were expected to wear red and blue March 6 to remember a sixth-grader who died this past weekend after he was struck in an alleged hit-and-run crash.

Christopher Sandoval was taking out the trash March 3 when a vehicle reportedly struck him at approximately 1:30 p.m. and took off. The CMS sixth-grader, a Schools of Choice student who lived with his family on Bringard Street just south of Eight Mile Road on Detroit’s east side, died from his injuries.

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Published March 4, 2013

CENTER LINE/WARREN — Two years after the Center Line Public Schools Board of Education approved bringing Blessings in a Backpack into the district, the program is finally doing what it was intended to do: feed children.

After countless fundraisers and several generous donations to get the program up and running, educators passed out their first “backpacks” this past November. The program provides meals on the weekends to about 125 students in the district.

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Published March 4, 2013

WARREN — School and city dignitaries will shake their tail feathers, kick up their heels and try to dance their way to victory — all in the name of reading.

Borrowing a few moves from the ABC hit show “Dancing with the Stars,” the Warren Consolidated Educational Foundation will present “Warren Con’s Night of Stars” April 13 at the Royalty House.

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Published February 27, 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 also 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 25, 2013

WARREN — Each morning before the first bell, Warren Woods Tower High School freshman Michael Manczuk heads over to the school’s aquaponics classroom.

Prior to the start of class and even during his lunch hour, Manczuk fills up the fish tanks, dechlorinates the water, cleans up fish pellets and organizes the plants. He is one of 45 special-needs students who help maintain the aquaponics program on a regular basis.

“I just like helping people that need help in the morning,” he said.

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Published February 25, 2013

WARREN — Things are going to turn brassy inside the Lincoln High School auditorium Feb. 27.

Van Dyke Public Schools band students in seventh through 12th grade will welcome the Motor City Brass Band to a concert that is free and open to the public. Showtime is 7 p.m.

The event comes in two musical acts. The Lincoln Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade bands kick off the evening, followed by performances from the Lincoln High School Symphony Band and Symphonic Wind Band. About 110 students will perform.

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Published February 25, 2013

DETROIT — It all began with an idea.

Last summer, Arts Academy In The Woods Principal Maxwell Spayde emailed several students to inquire about a project that needed time and their talent.

Student artists were sought to create a mural inside the breezeway that connects the Chrysler House building to a parking garage in downtown Detroit.

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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 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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