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“I think it’s more of a life-long process that they learn, hopefully we’ve instilled some love of science in them. That they’ve had a chance to discover different scientific principles and activities outside of what they’re taught in the classroom,” says WESO Board President Susan Blackburn.

Ashley Moore, A2STEAM fifth grade teacher

May 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

Ashley Moore attended AAPS before becoming a teacher in the district. Photo by Jo Mathis By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Ashley Kemp Moore grew up in Ann Arbor and attended Allen Elementary, Scarlett Middle School and Community High School. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University …

Bill Van Loo says PLTW has been a great experience this year. Photos by Jo Mathis. By Jo Mathis AAPS District News Editor Time after time, A2STEAM at Northside parents have told Bill Van Loo they wish project-based education had been around when they were …

The Ann Arbor Open Makers’ Fair showcasing projects that Ann Arbor Open students have made was a big success, according to Pete Pasque and Allyson Flaster, coordinators of the event. The Makers’ Fair is held to showcase and celebrate creativity through making and creation of all …

“I love it when my students get the “ah-ha” moment. Sometimes it happens quickly and sometimes it is a long process but in the end, every time it’s worth the effort,” says Pattengill fifth grade teacher Marie Embry.

Rita Hepner reads the biography the students wrote about her after they interviewed her on a previous visit. Photos by Jo Mathis. ByJo Mathis AAPS District News Editor  Rita Hepner was one of about a dozen older residents who had sat patiently on the patio …

Jicama: It’s what’s for lunch

May 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

Chef Lenhardt tries to interest some hesitant Pittsfield Elementary students into tasting  Jicama Kale Salad. Photos by Jo Mathis.   By Jo Mathis AAPS District News Editor If your idea of school lunch is sloppy joes, canned applesauce and potato chips, meet the Kale & …

Tom Clarkson: King second grade teacher

May 4, 2015 // 8 Comments

I know school is a key for future success and that they’ll be there for a minimum of 13 years. So, why not enjoy at least 13 years of your life?

Deborah Joseph teaches kindergarten at Bryant Elementary. Photo by Jo Mathis. Deborah Joseph grew up in Detroit in a family of educators. She was an avid reader as a child, and would spend her summers sitting on her front porch with a book. She received …

This is a chart of the IB programs being developed in Ann Arbor. Families interested in enrolling in the future Ann Arbor International Baccalaureate (IB) schools for the fall of 2015 are invited to learn about this exceptional offering at the following locations and times, …

Program enhancements are coming next year to all Ann Arbor Public Schools under the plan the Board of Education discussed at this week’s study session. Superintendent Jeanice Swift says the theme this year is to bring improvements to every classroom in the district.

“You can get a full set of opportunities, from elementary, to middle, and high school, to see what Ann Arbor Public Schools has to offer, and see if this is something you’re going to want to commit to and be a part of, and as I said it’s got a long tradition of excellence,” says Tappan Middle School Assistant Principal Chris Roberts.

U-M soccer player Jen Pace enjoys some playground time with her pen pal, Sophia Riegle. Pittsfield and Pattengill students were treated on Tuesday to a meet-and-greet with their University of Michigan athlete pen pals.  In an effort to learn more about life as a college student …

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