AAPS Updates

September 2015

AAPS News Editor Jo Mathis captured the excitement of Friday evening’s 14th Annual Lawton Color Run-a-thon which raised money for the John R. Crosby Foundation and the Lawton Elementary PTO. John Crosby was a third grader at the school when he passed away from adrenal …

Deborah Wolter, AAPS teacher consultant

September 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

Deborah Wolter says she is fortunate to be an alumnus of AAPS. Photos by Jo Mathis   Deborah Wolter, an AAPS elementary teacher consultant, has worked with public school teachers and their students from all walks of life, including those in special education and English …

“We have a higher standard of care for our students that we willingly embrace and fiercely defend – that of maintaining the safest educational environment – an environment in which guns simply have no place,” says School Board President Deb Mexicotte.

Ann Arbor schools removed from Focus Schools list

September 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

“By almost every measure including the top to bottom list, Ann Arbor was achieving especially for our underrepresented minority students, especially for those who are socio-economically challenged that was being recognized by state and national organizations and state and national governments,” School Board President Deb Mexicotte explains.

Jonathan Stern, Pioneer High School social worker

September 22, 2015 // 3 Comments

Jonathan Stern in his Pioneer High School office. Photo by Jo Mathis Jonathan Stern grew up in Englewood New Jersey, a diverse suburb of New York City. Education is the family business. His mother had a 60-year career as a public high school teacher and …

By Jo Mathis AAPS District News Attorney Elizabeth Dornik speaks to Slauson seventh graders.  Photos by Jo Mathis. Constitution Day may be one of those under-the-radar observances for most Americans. But in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, it’s yet another reason for students to learn …

Amie Snapke, Forsythe Middle School science teacher

September 16, 2015 // 6 Comments

  Amie Snapke grew up in Southfield and was a nature and animal lover from a young age.  After graduating from Southfield Lathrup High School, she began studying zoology at Michigan State University, but transferred to Eastern Michigan University when her focus shifted to science …

First day of school slideshow

September 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Story and photos by Jo Mathis The aptly named Pathways to Success Academic Campus has added yet another way for students to succeed. The co-founder of Zingerman’s attended the Welcome Back BBQ at Pathways To Success Academic Campus to show support for the school’s new …