A math enrichment through the Young People’s Project is offered at Scarlett Middle School with the help of Huron High School students who have been trained to run the program. Coordinated through U-M, it uses fun math techniques to stress algebraic concepts and is funded by the district and the Ann Arbor Education Association.
WITH VIDEO AND SLIDE SHOW: Fourth-graders at 18 Ann Arbor elementary schools find out about living with disabilities first-hand in daylong workshops each winter and spring. Parent Steve Schwartz shares his story – one that touches student hearts every year, says one parent.
WITH VIDEO: Instructor Teresa Myers learned to tune her body, mind and spirit and found a path to healing through the fitness routine of Nia. She toned up, lost 85 pounds and has found a calling that brings her joy.
Looking at teacher assistant Lori Estermyer, you wouldn’t know that she functions with just one lung, and why.Like everyone else, she goes to work each day, spends quality time with her family and muddles and slogs through the winter weather.
Technology teacher Michael Harris said he was invited to the program by the students who won for the 13-and-Under Category, answering the question: “What is global climate change and what’s your solution?”
WITH SLIDE SHOW: Longtime volunteers for the local theater company bring a sense of community to the stage for productions that benefit Ann Arbor students. Their winter performance continues this weekend.
WITH VIDEO: Lakewood students researched their history and learned about life in a one-room schoolhouse, the times in the 1960s when their school first opened and they put together an all-encompassing assembly to showcase their work.
Itzik Henig showcases his mobile, solar-powered device for areas around the world that do not have modern amenities such as running water and power. The device generates electricity and purifies water.
WITH SLIDE SHOW: Joan Fitzgibbon visited a variety of schools in different parts of the country as part of a cultural exchange through the Confucius Institute at Michigan State University. She hopes to be a resource as the district looks ahead to possibly expand its foreign language offerings in the future.
Abbot teachers Annette Stojcevich and Cynthia Heusel help 23 of their students raise $720 for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Each participating student was challenged to complete 200 math problems, getting sponsorships from family and friends.
Students at all three Ann Arbor comprehensive high schools are in their second year of the Rising Scholars program, a partnership with U-M’s Center for Educational Outreach. It targets bright students with extra support to encourage them to excel, take advanced classes and attend college.