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  Heather Sweet selects produce for her family. On the first day of the Community Action Network’s summer camp at Mitchell Elementary last summer, a young camper asked to take half of her sandwich home for her mom. “We knew from the very first day …

While students may have enjoyed some extra sleep this morning, their teachers have been busy learning how to do their jobs even better. On Professional Development Day, AAPS teachers are learning a range of subjects under the guiding principles of alignment, response to data, and …

Suzanne Walsh, who enrolled her daughter, Deren Vostina, at Mitchell Elementary to access IB at the earliest stages, addresses the crowd Sunday at Huron High School. More than 450 people—mostly eighth graders and their parents—showed up Sunday to learn about the upcoming International Baccalaureate Diploma …

Pioneer High School Band Director David Leach says his job is not to turn students into professional musicians—although quite a few have done just that. Rather, it’s after something more basic; something that every one can take with them no matter what direction they take. …

It’s one thing for children to learn a thing or two about jazz in a music or history class. It’s quite another for a jazz band to take to the school stage for a rousing combination of music, history and artistry. Pittsfield Elementary students on …

Dayvien and the Russian dancers get ready to go on stage. If you think Peter Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” is perhaps a bit too ambitious for a bunch of first graders, then you haven’t met Bryant Elementary’s first grade teacher Son Mi Lim or music teacher …

Kevin Sylvester included some cartooning tips in his presentation. Sylvester enjoys talking to groups of students, as he does here at Haisley. Haisley students listen to Sylvester talk about the life of a writer. About 125 elementary students recently got a big treat thanks to …

Principal Michelle Seals collected autographs from the players to give to Noah, a student who was upset because he was too sick to attend school on the day the team came to visit. Students cheered at nearly everything the ball players said in the Q-and-A …

Seniors Ben Halligan, left, and Kevin O’Brien talk robotics with IMRA’s Kazuo Ishikawa. Tom Pachera, Skyline’s lead teacher for the Design Technology & Environmental Planning Magnet, is excited about the opportunities the enhanced lab creates for students.   When he was a freshman three years …

November 25, 2014   Dr. Swift at Lakewood Hello Ann Arbor Public Schools Community, Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal …

If the Ann Arbor Public Schools had a Hall of Fame, Martin Luther King Elementary’s National Blue Ribbon School for 2014 would be front and central, says Superintendent Jeanice Swift. “It’s a really big deal. It shows that all students can achieve at high levels,” …

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