AAPS Updates

February 2016

Profile and photo by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Kristal Jaaskelainen (pronounced “Ja´-ska-lie-nen”) was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula, moved to the Ann Arbor area to attend the University of Michigan, and has been here ever since.  She obtained both her bachelor’s degree in …

Richard Ingram was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and lived there until 1965, when his family moved to Ann Arbor. He has lived here since.  The 1970 Pioneer High School graduate received his college training at the University of Michigan, earning three degrees there: a bachelor …

Dana Cesarz and Melanie Obua will take lots of pictures during their brief visit to Washington, D.C. Story and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News When Pioneer High School sophomore Melanie Obua talks to legislators on Wednesday about the benefits of Special Olympics, she’ll be …

 Photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News The late AAPS educator Joe Dulin created National African American Parent Involvement Day 21 years ago, and it is still going strong here and at other districts around the country. All schools in AAPS on Monday celebrated the day …

The Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association’s recent District 12 Band and Orchestra Solo and Ensemble Festival held Jan. 30 at Pioneer High School resulted in many honors for PHS musicians. Band students honored Pioneer Band students received 127 first division and 34 second division …

By Jo Mathis AAPS District News Editor The Ann Arbor Parent Advisory Committee for Special Education (AAPAC) will hold its first Summer Camps and Activities Fair On Monday, Feb. 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tappan Middle School Media Center. The event will …

Federal Judge John Corbett O’Meara expects to rule in the next few days if he will grant a motion of preliminary injunction against Public Act 269. Cities, school boards, and other government entities that may put issues on the ballot oppose the new law, which bars local units of government from sharing factual information around ballot issues within 60 days of the election.

On AAPS’ Professional Development Day Monday, 1200 professional teachers, principals, teaching assistants, nurses, and support staff chose among 62 sessions focused on learning and teaching which were located at six locations around the district. The sessions were facilitated by AAPS teacher leaders as well as nationally …