- Slauson Middle School’s new outdoor classroom lets students learn in the fresh air and sunshine while enjoying the garden
- Veronica Nowicki, Lawton Second grade teacher
- New pianos likely coming to AAPS middle and high schools
- AAPS manager helps victims of Hurricane Harvey; pilots Chinook that delivered much-needed supplies
- Larissa Czuchnowsky, Forsythe Middle School Spanish teacher
”When you all started it was the first time that I saw meaningful change for some of our at risk kids at the level they needed, at the personal level, with their issues, and their understanding of what’s going on in their lives,” says Ann Arbor Public Schools Trustee Christine Stead.
The Boards of the Ann Arbor Public Schools and Ann Arbor District Library pose for a group photograph after signing a separation agreement. The vote was unanimous by both Boards. Photo by Jo Mathis. The AAPS Board of Education and the AADL Board have each …
“I am grateful to all the employee group leaders, Deputy Superintendent Comsa, and the members of the negotiating teams who invested their time during this negotiation process to achieve this positive outcome,” says Superintendent Jeanice Swift.
“Simone has demonstrated to be a person who goes far beyond what is or can be expected from a leader working to improve the quality of education for all children in our community,” says African American Downtown Festival coordinator Teesha Montague.
“This has been a great partnership and I think we want to continue to do that and we’re available to consult as the public schools develops their plans moving forward,” says Ann Arbor Water Treatment Services Manager Brian Steglitz.
“What I have noticed, even at a very young age, is that students in Ann Arbor Public Schools, they yearn for perfection, they believe perfection is how we succeed. There are students in high school that they get 4.0s because they know that they are supposed to get 4.0s,” says Skyline Senior Charles Graham.
“We began to think about the match between the man and the location. We couldn’t think of a better match because we know your commitment to early childhood and to what it means, not just for their K-12 experience, but for their entire lifetime,” Superintendent Jeanice Swift says about the W. Scott Westerman, Jr. Preschool & Family Center.
The Chinese TV show Colorful Planet recently filmed at Skyline High School to show a slice of life in an American high school. By Andrew Cluley AAPS Communications Specialist Ann Arbor Public Schools’ already robust options for global learning are expanding. The Board of Education …
“This is a school that’s bursting at the seams and is going to be growing, and we’re planning for that growth because people want to go there,” says Trustee Andy Thomas.
“Unless the board changes and unless there is a compelling need to do so, leadership stability is important to the continuation of our governance structure, continuation of our efforts and initiatives in conjunction with administration. I think it also speaks to the fact that this board functions very well as a team,” says Board President Deb Mexicotte.
“When I see kindergarten class sizes, and we have 81 percent under 23 students in the class, that’s spectacular, it’s really spectacular in today’s day and environment and the cost pressures, that we are consistently under. I think it truly reflects Ann Arbor’s priority in the best student experience,” says School Board Member Donna Lasinski.
“There are only a handful of mechanisms whereby local communities can decide to increase the investment in public education and this is one of those opportunities,” says WISD Superintendent Scott Menzel.
“I want to keep encouraging you all to create the plethora of programs that you offer, there’s nothing more exciting, even in our house, to get the actual magazine and thumb through it and see what’s available,” says School Board Member Simone Lightfoot.
“For example the report did not say, gee, you have three elementary schools that are way under capacity you really need to think about closing one, or two, or perhaps all three of those schools. There is also nothing in here that addresses redistricting or the need to redistrict to align things,” School Board Member Andy Thomas says highlighting some of the recommendations the district doesn’t need to consider at this time.
“You should be really proud about the significant enrollment increases, that’s the size of a middle school over two years, and we’re not seeing that elsewhere,” Plante and Moran’s Laura Claeys told the Board of Education.