- Community conversation to kick off this month will lead to new AAPS Strategic Plan
- Darcy Knoll, Pittsfield and Pattengill elementary physical education teacher
- That’s a Great Idea: PLPs on sticky labels keep students focused on goals
- Superintendent Swift promotes public education as Michigan Superintendent of the Year
- Don Packard, Pioneer High School English teacher
Jeff Kass hopes his new book, “Knuckleheads,” will encourage young, male students to develop a love of reading. “I guess, in my heart, I really, really want those kids in my class – those dudes who hide in their sweatshirts – to pick this thing up and read it. And I hope the general audience will like it, too,” he adds. A release party for “Knuckleheads” will be hosted at 7 p.m. March 31 at The Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor.
Increased retirement costs from the state, a shift in K-12 funding and an upcoming May 3 special education millage election will all impact the budget, says Ann Arbor’s superintendent.
The WISD seeks a renewal of .9850 of a mill for seven years to support special education services. Of the $14 million that would be raised, $5.8 would come to Ann Arbor. A defeat would cause General Fund dollars to be used for these mandated services.
WITH VIDEO/SLIDE SHOW: The Leslie Science and Nature Center visits the school weekly for the club, which includes both work and play. The center also partners with the Wolf Family Foundation to provide larger, student-driven projects at Carpenter, King and Northside elementaries each year.
The board approved the measure on Wednesday, March 30. The Schools of Choice window for Washtenaw County residents will be open for applications between April 15 and May 15.
“The ideas are flowing like a fountain,” said Kathy Scarnecchia, AAPS interim administrative liaison for the program. Parents were recently surveyed about the program and their opinion on a balanced year school calendar; that data is being studied.
U-M Medical School students chose Haisley’s self-contained special education rooms for a recent donation of new books. Pioneer High health sciences students share health needs and disability workshop raises awareness.
WITH VIDEO: “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble” and “Click, Clack, Moo” were two of the favorites she shared with early elementary students who attend Bryant as part of a kickoff to March is Reading Month.
School bells: A series of briefs from in and around the Ann Arbor Public Schools including: New Pioneer football coach, Community High wins state mock trial tourney, Wines parent wins subscription drawing, Huron diving coach earns honors, new principal named for consortium high school, Skyline students earn kudos at regional fair, WISD superintendent finalists interviews wrap up, book events around Ann Arbor,
Creativity continues to come alive this week as 27 Ann Arbor high school students participate in the Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam finals starting at 6:30 p.m. at The Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. Pioneer, Huron, Skyline and Community will all be represented.
The Ann Arbor Public Schools will host a budget-millage information session on Monday, March 21 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Pioneer High School Cafeteria Annex, 601 W. Stadium Blvd. Discussed will be the current state of Ann Arbor’s budget and the impact of an upcoming May 3 countywide special education millage.
The Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation has awarded $22,000 in grants to the Ann Arbor Public Schools for current year programs and DFCU Financial donates $10,000 to the 2011 AAPSEF One Million Reasons campaign.
The Washtenaw Intermediate School District board has scheduled public meetings the week of March 21 to interview the finalists.
WITH VIDEO: A group of senior mentors will leave behind a legacy of helping students at Bach, Dicken, Eberwhite, Haisley, Lawton, Lakewood, and Pattengill elementary schools through the Trailblazers program.
It is a small world, indeed, for Ann Arbor physician Dr. Eric Straka. He was pleased to hear the news about newly selected superintendent Dr. Patricia Green, as he was a sixth-grade student of Green’s in Maryland – and she was his favorite teacher.