- 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
“Ann Arbor is a special place and I am enormously proud to join its heritage of excellence,” says Ann Arbor’s incoming superintendent who begins on July 1. She writes an introductory letter here and a brief article offers background about Green.
The district will enforce walk zones, seat buses to capacity and combine routes, among other changes which were approved as part of the district’s 2011-12 fiscal year budget.
She is an extraordinary educator, visionary and leader,” says Interim Superintendent Robert Allen. “She has been a pleasure to work with and her efforts have been tremendous and their effect immeasurable and far-reaching. I don’t know if we can ever thank her enough.” Dickinson-Kelley said she is looking forward to spending more time with family.
Flowers, fish, snails, trees and other gifts of nature are depicted in the all-school project, which has 396 tiles in all and was unveiled during the last week of school.
The recently launched website www.annarboralumni.org is designed to bring together alumni members, staff and friends of the Ann Arbor Public Schools. The site is made possible through the AAPS Educational Foundation.
The Widening Advancements for Youth Washtenaw county program is run through the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. In its pilot year in 2010-11, the program had 240 students from 10 Washtenaw districts enrolled; in the coming year, it will expand to a full program and add more students, bringing the total served to as many as 420.
New AAPS evaluation tool from Northwest Evaluation Association will aid teachers in timely assessment of student progress. It will be in all K-5 classrooms and at Scarlett Middle School beginning fall 2011.
The students’ written predictions and reflections have been collected in the book “2020: Visions of the (Near) Future” published by 826michigan. It is the result of a yearlong residency with the local writing, publishing and tutoring nonprofit’s staff and volunteers.
The three-year-old program involves staff and students at all levels and is part of an initiative under the district’s Strategic Plan. Also being put in place is an Achievement Gap Elimination Plan, which was presented to the school board in June.
A series of briefs from around the district including: Scholarship and board news from the AAPS Educational Foundation and July book events from AAPSNews sponsor Nicola’s Books.
View the finished house in the Sumerset neighborhood off of Dhu Varren Road between Nixon Road and Pontiac Trail. The event is open to the community.
Students will have an abundance of memories from the 2010-11 school year, thanks to the work of the new Yearbook Club, a group of fifth-graders who published the 60-page project.
Andy Hsiao created a shirt with a “Fight on, Japan!” message, which became a hot item sold throughout the Ann Arbor community. He sold 443 shirts, raising nearly $2,500 for the Rotary Japan Disaster Recovery Fund.
Coyotes were a featured presentation during the school’s first Conference on Evolution of Michigan Wildlife, a project of the ninth-grade ACIS I Biology classes.
Seventh-graders harvested produce last week that was cleaned and served in the district’s middle school cafeterias. The pilot project is the first of its kind in Ann Arbor and may be repeated in the fall.