AAPS Updates

December 2014

Nature and Nurture: Art teachers as artists

December 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

“One For That” by Joel Wyse. If you could use a cultural boost this winter break, the Ann Arbor Art Teachers and Alumni Association has a treat for you. Now on display at the Mallett’s Creek branch of the Ann Arbor District Library are 47 …

Pioneer takes care of its own

December 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Taryn Reid wants to make sure struggling PHS families have plenty to eat over the holiday break. For two weeks over winter break, AAPS students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch or breakfast must do without that little extra help. That bothered Pioneer …

Winter Break Wishes from Dr. Swift

December 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”  ― Winston S. Churchill Hello AAPS Community, Giving generously to help others in our schools and community is in the very nature of our Ann Arbor Public Schools organization. The …

Jazz comes to life at Pittsfield Elementary

December 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s one thing for children to learn a thing or two about jazz in a music or history class. It’s quite another for a jazz band to take to the school stage for a rousing combination of music, history and artistry. Pittsfield Elementary students on …

Academic achievement, leadership, industry and community service have earned two Skyline High School students the Harold Eastman Outstanding Youth Achievement Award from the Breakfast Optimist Club of Ann Arbor. The honorees are Mariah T. Gregory, 16, the daughter of Mary Gregory and Tika Gregory, and …

Bryant Elementary presents The Nutcracker

December 18, 2014 // 2 Comments

Dayvien and the Russian dancers get ready to go on stage. If you think Peter Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” is perhaps a bit too ambitious for a bunch of first graders, then you haven’t met Bryant Elementary’s first grade teacher Son Mi Lim or music teacher …

Pittsfield Elementary Principal Carol Shakarian helps U-M’s Project Community students Julia Gwizdiz, Annie Zalon and Will McCormack sort the warm clothing to be given to Pittsfield students.   Dozens of Pittsfield Elementary students will be warmer this winter thanks to the hard work of some …

Rebecca Cho stands by her self portraits. Story and photos by Jo Mathis AAPS District News Editor For an artist, there is nothing quite like getting your work out there for people to enjoy. High school art shows often feature the best of the best. …

Carpenter teachers named DTE Educators of the Year

December 15, 2014 // 2 Comments

Karen McDonald and Ann Marie Borders of Carpenter Elementary are DTE Educators of the Year. Carpenter Elementary is celebrating the fact that art teacher Karen McDonald and vocal music teacher Ann Marie Borders have just been named this year’s  DTE Educators of the Year. “Karen …

Pioneer National Honor Society helps family in need

December 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Many AAPS groups have volunteered to adopt a family for the holiday season.  In these photos,  members of the Pioneer National Honor Society wrap presents for a family in need.  Wrapping skills improved as the students went along.      

Clague Middle School students say: Don’t just play on your phone. Program it!           Every hour of the school day this week, Huron High School’s media center was filled with students learning how to make a computer actually work. And while …

Kevin Sylvester included some cartooning tips in his presentation. Sylvester enjoys talking to groups of students, as he does here at Haisley. Haisley students listen to Sylvester talk about the life of a writer. About 125 elementary students recently got a big treat thanks to …

Irene Patalan chats with incoming trustee Donna Lasinski and Ann Arbor Open Principal Kit Flynn. On the far left is Angela Johnson, special education T.A. at Haisley Elementary. Susan Baskett was one of several trustees who explained why the board won’t be the same without …

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