AAPS Updates

December 2012

Teaching Assistant Ann Mooney retires from district

December 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

Retiring TA Ann Mooney at her retirement celebration Dec. 19. After 15 years, TA Ann Mooney is retiring from the Ann Arbor Public Schools. Mooney worked half-time first at Haisley and then at Lawton Elementary. A social worker, she spent much of her time in …

Pioneer Community Assistant Taryn Reid started a holiday gift basket program last year, reaching 15 families. This season, food is going to 27 families. By Tara Cavanaugh Thanks to the collaboration of staff, parents and students at Pioneer High School, 27 families are getting a …

PTO member Julie Agranoff helps students understand the importance of composting. In the Eberwhite Elementary cafeteria, there are trash bins, recycling bins, and a small 5-gallon bucket lined with a biodegradable bag. It’s the compost bucket where kids put their leftover apple cores, banana peels, …

Plenty of hands were involved in distributing the Magic of Christmas Adopt a Family Foundation’s gifts before custodian Gennifer Mason unloaded them at Tappan Middle School Monday morning. Principals and social workers identified families in need; volunteers donated money, shopped and wrapped; district officials helped …

Google Career Day inspires AAPS juniors, seniors

December 17, 2012 // 4 Comments

By Tara Cavanaugh  When you think of Google, you think of Google Docs, Gmail and its all-knowing search engine. Its creative and innovative products stem from a deliberately unique and inspiring work environment –– and last month the company shared its inspiration with AAPS students. …

Jeopardy! champion visits Forsythe KMO Club

December 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

The Forsythe KMO Club, which recently won their second consecutive state championship in the Knowledge Master Open, had a visit from a celebrity on Dec. 11. Stephanie Jass, the all-time women’s champion of the quiz show Jeopardy!, attended the club meeting, answered questions, signed autographs, …

Volunteer buddies build love of reading at Allen

December 10, 2012 // 1 Comment

By Tara Cavanaugh In just eight weeks, a group of second and third graders at Allen Elementary have improved their reading skills by one or two levels. These students were having a hard time with reading, but now they seem to love it. So what …

Photos provided by Charles Davis. Carpenter Elementary students were treated to a Detroit Red Wings assembly Dec. 6. During the high-energy, interactive assembly, Red Wings representatives taught students about the importance of exercise and good nutrition –– and they passed out all sorts of goodies.

By Tara Cavanaugh Fourth graders from Ms. Thomas, Mrs. Bankey, Mr. Michelson and Mr. Klein’s fourth grade classes performed a rousing tribute to America this week. Carmino Rovosa’s half hour musical “Let’s Hear it for America,” which celebrates America’s history and diversity, was performed Tuesday …

Cindy Leaman, currently the principal of Clague Middle School, speaks at Clague’s 40th Anniversary celebration last month. Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Patricia P. Green is pleased to announce that Cindy Leaman has been named the new Principal at Pioneer High School. Ms. Leaman …

The student delegates at the first Student Leadership Assembly Nov. 30. Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Patricia Green has instigated a new Community Builders Program, which provides leadership opportunities for students that focus on three levels of peace education: peacekeeping, peace building and peace …

Now all classrooms in the district have new recycling collection boxes, thanks to a partnership between the Ann Arbor Public Schools, the City of Ann Arbor and the nonprofit Recycle Ann Arbor. The last school-wide distribution of recycling collection boxes happened over a decade ago. …