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“What we would do then is continue to provide supports beyond the third grade year, which as you can see in many other states is satisfactory so we will not get into retention, promotion discussion. We just continue to support the students as they move up,” Superintendent Jeanice Swift on what AAPS will do with students that aren’t reading at grade level at the end of third grade.

Story and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News As busy Pioneer High School students, it would be commendable if Erica and Katie Liu volunteered their time occasionally. But these sisters have such fond memories of being in Brian Schad’s fifth grade at Lawton Elementary, and …

Photos and profile by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Sarah Schemanske grew up in Highland and completed her undergraduate degree at Albion College. She then taught for seven years in North Carolina, gaining experience in second, third and fourth grades while leading the district’s LEGO …

“Titanium Beasts” include: front row, left to right: Varsha Reddy, Ryan Wang, Ganesh Palaniappan, Arvind Bharadwaj, Ashmit Deb, and Arjun Bharadwaj. Back row, left to right: Anjalika Dandamudi, Bavani Vijay, Sakthi Vijay. The AAPS team known as “Titanium Beasts,” which is a part of AA4STEM-4H, is one …

Video and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Scarlett Middle School’s sixth grade bilingual students, as well as some of the seventh and eighth grade emerging bilingual students, have been working with the University of Michigan soccer team over the past few months to …

Neha Shah, King Elementary fifth grade teacher

April 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Neha Shah grew up in East Lansing, where she attended Pinecrest Elementary School. In middle school, her family moved to Farmington, where she attended Power Middle School and  Farmington High. Then it was back to East Lansing, where Shah …

Allen Elementary returns home

April 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

In addition to the air of excitement to check out the new look of the school, or attend classes for the first time in the building for some students, the Allen Elementary community shared thanks and gratitude.

Story and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News AAPS students take some incredible field trips, from world-class art museums, lectures, and concerts at the University of Michigan, to local sites to learn about wildlife, rocks or water. Lakewood Elementary art teacher Peggy Leonard says her …

Dawn Dennis Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Dawn Dennis was born and raised in Detroit, the daughter of Herman and Marva Jenkins, a retired postal supervisor and retired executive secretary for the UAW.   Family and education were greatly stressed in her …

Ann Arbor Public Schools celebrate NAAPID

February 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

From the preschool to our high schools, Ann Arbor Public Schools brought together students, parents, teachers, and other school staff right from breakfast in the morning, throughout the day, and on into the NAAPID at night event at Washtenaw Community College.

  Profile and photo by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Melissa Schmidt says that her parents, Eric and Mary Anne Jaeger, determined long ago that if they were blessed with children, those children would attend schools which were diverse and challenging. Schmidt and her sister, …

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