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Articles by AAPS News Editor
Both Burns Park and Northside elementary schools have received grants from the AAPS Educational Foundation to start school gardens, designed as outdoor classrooms. Burns Park is well under way, while Northside is getting started this spring.
The sport of crew is becoming more popular in established programs at Pioneer and Huron high schools and is also catching on at Skyline, as team members at all schools prepare for May championships that qualify them for national regattas.
While schools around Ann Arbor celebrated Earth Day, Lawton Elementary students work toward an all-school recycling effort. At Northside, a local illustrator a Native American approach to living.
Artwork by Angell School first-grader Gerald Kim is among 15 pieces by elementary students to be featured at state exhibits sponsored by the Michigan Art Education Association.
Emily Cepla has fought depression throughout high school and college. The U-M senior said telling her parents about the problem was the best thing she did to put her life back on track.
Items and briefs of note around The Ann Arbor Public Schools: Teachers are honored, Slauson students sew for a cause, volunteers appreciated and district to discuss achievement gap.
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.”
Ann Arbor students who take part in the Ann Arbor Academic Games head to the national Academic Games Leagues of America Tournament this week.
A free e-waste recycling event is being hosted this week to help residents, small businesses and nonprofits recycle electronics in an Earth-friendly way.
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.”