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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 April 3, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Actor Taylor Lautner has some fans at Disney Elementary School in Fraser Public Schools.

Several of the school’s upper elementary female students released enthusiastic “wooos” when photos of the “Twilight” star popped up on the “silver” screen during the annual fifth-grade OSCAR ceremony.

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Published April 1, 2013

WARREN — The pencil-and-paper format of the MI-Access Functional Independence assessments will soon be history.

Plans are under way to move the test to an online format within the next couple of years.

Warren Woods Middle School recently partnered with the Michigan Department of Education’s Bureau of Assessment and Accountability in a special online project that is part of the state’s planned transition to online statewide testing.

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Published April 1, 2013

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STERLING HEIGHTS — About 450 Warren Consolidated Schools students enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner on the weekends thanks to a program that provides food to children who otherwise might go without.

About a year ago, school officials implemented the Blessings in a Backpack program at Angus, Harwood and Hatherly elementary schools and at Grissom Middle School.

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Published March 22, 2013

WARREN — “The attitude was blacks would not fly for the U.S.,” Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Washington Ross said. “Senator (Harry) Truman, Eleanor Roosevelt, the black press The Amsterdam News put pressure on Congress to let blacks take aviation training.”

On March 14, the World War II fighter pilot shared his story with about 40 audience members during a presentation at the Macomb Community College South Campus library.

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Published March 18, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Harriet Tubman has always fascinated McGlinnen Elementary fourth-grade student Alyissa Foate.

So when a recent school project centered on studying a historical figure for February’s Black History Month, she chose Tubman, who selflessly helped slaves escape to freedom to the northern states and Canada by way of the Underground Railroad in the 1800s.

Foate, too, always tries to help others.

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Published March 18, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — When Kim Parr held up a pair of “drawers” to the audience members that came out March 1 for her presentation “Mentioning Unmentionables: The History of Undergarments,” several of them knew why the underclothing was split down the middle.

The handmade apparel was stitched that way so it was easier to use the restroom.

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Published March 18, 2013

WARREN — The Warren Consolidated Schools Board of Education and the Warren Education Association have come to an agreement regarding a new contract for the teacher’s union.

At a school board meeting March 6, the school board unanimously approved the “tentative agreement” 7-0. Members of the WEA bargaining team were present to sign the ratified agreement with the school board.

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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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