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High schools offer spring theater productions

April 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

Ann Arbor high schools have productions on the stage this spring, starting with Pioneer’s “Footloose” and Skyline’s “You Can’t Take It With You.”

The Ann Arbor Public Schools PTO Council Advocacy Committee has rescheduled its meeting to Tuesday, April 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Balas Administration building, 2555 S. State St., Ann Arbor.

The Ann Arbor Board of Education is seeking applicants to fill a board position vacated April 12 with the resignation of longtime trustee Randy Friedman. The deadline for applications is 4 p.m. Friday, April 23.

Ann Arbor Open @ Mack has an informal setting that encourages an open environment and teaches students to work cooperatively in a group setting. “What I see in our building is a kind of excitement about being in school,” says Media Specialist Kit Flynn. “We’re interested in meeting kids where they are … and meeting kids where their high interests are.”

Growing up in White Plains, New York, Pioneer High’s Jeff Kass visualized becoming a professional baseball player in his near future. An avid Yankees fan, Kass devoted his summers to playing baseball, watching baseball, dreaming baseball – and reading volumes upon volumes of novels. Although his plans never made it to the big leagues his childhood love for the literary arts blossomed into a larger passion.

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation has awarded more than $15,000 in classroom grants for 20 teacher projects during the 2010-11 second semester. The list includes many longtime programs as well as some new ones, said the group’s Executive Director Wendy Correll.

Ann Arbor teachers are discovering that “there’s an app for that” thanks to a technology initiative that distributed 700 iPod Touches this semester for classroom use. “They’re excited about learning things in different ways,” said Pattengill Elementary third-grade teacher Dawn Blair. “They’re walking right in and ready to go. It gives them some independence and a sense of responsibility.”

Carpenter pupils love their state

April 12, 2010 // 0 Comments

Carpenter Elementary School third-graders love their state and they show it through their “Michigan Concert.” Favorite people (Bo Schembechler, among others) were featured, as well as descriptions of favorite Great Lakes including the story of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

News and feature briefs from around The Ann Arbor Public Schools:
The Ann Arbor Public Schools PTO Council Advocacy Committee continues its work, preparing for communitywide activities to raise awareness about decreasing school funding as well as organizing meetings with key players who can make a difference at the state level.The next meeting of the group will be Tuesday, April 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Balas Administration building.

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation has launched a campaign to raise $1 million for public education. “There is no white knight riding in to save the Ann Arbor Public Schools. We have to do this ourselves,” said the group’s executive director.

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