AAPS Updates

January 2013

Photo from the L.A. Times. Ann Arbor is abuzz about Sunday’s Super Bowl, and for a very special reason: the competing teams’ head coaches are a notable part of the city’s history. Jim and John Harbaugh, brothers who attended Pioneer High School, boast an impressive …

Adult Ed. Director Sharman Speiser congratulates a GED graduate in June 2012. By Tara Cavanaugh Starting over: the idea carries a certain romantic stigma. It’s the idea of moving someplace new, of beginning a more satisfying career, of being fresh and full of promise and …

Scott Turner, a longtime math teacher at Scarlett Middle School, passed away from esophageal cancer last week at the age of 42. By Tara Cavanaugh The Scarlett Middle School cafeteria was overflowing for Scott Turner. It overflowed with Turner’s middle school students, returning college and …

Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop Board President Janet Fritsch, new Executive Director Ann Farnham, and Manager Leslie Wolfe. The Board of Directors of the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop announced the appointment of their first Executive Director: Ann Farnham. Farnham’s role as Executive Director became …

Kindergarten Round-Ups begin in February

January 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

Megan Franzen’s kindergarten class at Bach Elementary. Will you have a kindergartener in the Ann Arbor Public Schools in the 2013-2014 school year? Then make sure to get to the information sessions, called Kindergarten Round-Ups, that start in just a few weeks. The sessions are …

Important GED deadline coming soon

January 11, 2013 // 1 Comment

Sharman Spieser, director of the Adult Education program, shakes hands with a graduate in June 2012. By Tara Cavanaugh Those hoping to earn their GED high school equivalency certificates need to act fast. The current GED test expires at the end of this year, said …

By Tara Cavanaugh  Two University of Michigan student mentors donated more than 200 books to Anthony Galardi’s third grade class at Carpenter Elementary last month. The mentors, Francesca George and Tiffany Tan, are senior psychology students who participate in U-M’s mentorship program. They volunteered once …

By Tara Cavanaugh Peek inside any kindergarten classroom in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, and you’ll likely see small groups of students working intensely at different tables. Whether they’re arranging letters or patterns of blocks, the 5-year-olds are clearly focused on their learning. It’s called …

Kindergarteners in Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Koutoulas’ class hold the stories and worry dolls they were sending to a kindergarten class in Brooklyn, New York that was affected by Hurricane Sandy this past fall. The photo was taken during the school’s Pajama Day. By Tara …

The new Northside Elementary Chess Club meets once a week in the media center. When Northside social worker Julianne Muir began a lunchtime chess club, she thought she’d maybe have eight or ten students show up. But by just the second meeting, 36 third, fourth …