- Community High’s award-winning The Communicator is 100 percent student-run
- Pioneer junior deals with grief through art; hopes to help others through her speech at TEDx Saturday, March 17
- Youth Art Month in downtown Ann Arbor
- Pioneer High to present 62nd annual Concerto Concert March 21
- Teens will speak on topics they’re passionate about during TEDx Youth@AnnArbor Saturday
The Huron High School Symphony Orchestra will give its final concert of the year on Thursday evening, April 29. This evening of music-making will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Meyers Auditorium at HHS, 2727 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor. The event is free to the public.
Both Burns Park and Northside elementary schools have received grants from the AAPS Educational Foundation to start school gardens, designed as outdoor classrooms. Burns Park is well under way, while Northside is getting started this spring.
The sport of crew is becoming more popular in established programs at Pioneer and Huron high schools and is also catching on at Skyline, as team members at all schools prepare for May championships that qualify them for national regattas.
While schools around Ann Arbor celebrated Earth Day, Lawton Elementary students work toward an all-school recycling effort. At Northside, a local illustrator a Native American approach to living.
Artwork by Angell School first-grader Gerald Kim is among 15 pieces by elementary students to be featured at state exhibits sponsored by the Michigan Art Education Association.
Ann Arbor Open @ Mack has an informal setting that encourages an open environment and teaches students to work cooperatively in a group setting. “What I see in our building is a kind of excitement about being in school,” says Media Specialist Kit Flynn. “We’re interested in meeting kids where they are … and meeting kids where their high interests are.”
Growing up in White Plains, New York, Pioneer High’s Jeff Kass visualized becoming a professional baseball player in his near future. An avid Yankees fan, Kass devoted his summers to playing baseball, watching baseball, dreaming baseball – and reading volumes upon volumes of novels. Although his plans never made it to the big leagues his childhood love for the literary arts blossomed into a larger passion.
Ann Arbor teachers are discovering that “there’s an app for that” thanks to a technology initiative that distributed 700 iPod Touches this semester for classroom use. “They’re excited about learning things in different ways,” said Pattengill Elementary third-grade teacher Dawn Blair. “They’re walking right in and ready to go. It gives them some independence and a sense of responsibility.”
Carpenter Elementary School third-graders love their state and they show it through their “Michigan Concert.” Favorite people (Bo Schembechler, among others) were featured, as well as descriptions of favorite Great Lakes including the story of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
The University Musical Society is singing the praises of Burns Park Elementary School, which was recently selected as the UMS School of the Year for its rich history in fine arts and music.
Geologist and Bach Elementary fourth-grade teacher Robin Frisch-Gleason continues to share lessons learned from a 2007 trip to Antarctica. A student climate summit is planned for April involving eight teachers from the Ann Arbor Public Schools.
U-M and ocal librarians team up to show Skyline students best ways to research off their campus. Students learned about databases as well as finding hard-copy books.
Eight students were certified as the district’s first Teen Certified Emergency Response Team, or CERT, during a March 8 event at Huron High School.
Eberwhite Elementary School teachers are taking turns this year tutoring at the nearby Parkhurst Apartments, where they assist students with lessons as well as homework. The program, which takes place after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, expands the school’s community outreach, which has also included a lending library at the apartments.
A student-run program designed to resolve conflict among peers has expanded in Ann Arbor. Peers Making Peace was first adopted at Pioneer High School and has now moved into Skyline, Stone and Clemente high schools as well as Slauson Middle School. “I think it’s a terrific program,” said Slauson Principal Chris Curtis. “I’m very supportive of it. It empowers the students.”