- Volunteers from the community help AAPS students participate in the Hour of Code
- Ann Arbor Open teacher Chad Downs wins $25,000 national Milken Educator Award
- Haisley teachers’ supportive friendship models the importance of relationships for their students
- Profile: Before heading to Holy Cross, Pioneer’s Lowder has a few things to cross off his to-do list
- Lawton students applaud longtime volunteer on her 90th birthday
WITH VIDEOS: Rosanna Neuhausler, Ryan Murphy and Jack Wissman received an award in the C-SPAN 2011 StudentCam Competition for their project called “Stadium Bridges,” which details problems along the stretch of roadway that many students travel each day. A C-SPAN official was on hand recently to present awards to the three.
Allison Zolad, a first-grade teacher at Thurston Elementary School, has reached her goal of getting a bookshelf and cozy reading rug for her classroom, thanks to a project she posted on DonorsChoose.org. Members of the Thurston community, alumni and donated gift certificates helped her reach her goal. Even strangers contribute, she said. Sue Beech, a teacher at Pattengill Elementary also got a T-shirt project funded through donorschoose.org.
WITH VIDEO: Intermediate-level English as a Second Language students shared their experience recently with state Rep. Mark Ouimet. Video offers a special hello to the state legislator from a student from Ecuador.
Peace Neighborhood Center hosts a 40th Anniversary Block Party on June 23 from 5-8 p.m. on the front lawn of the center, 1111 N. Maple Road. The center has brought westside families together for fellowship and assistance.
WITH VIDEO: Some 1,300 elementary students attended a youth production of “Seussical the Musical.” Full shows continue this weekend at Pioneer’s Schreiber Theater.
The Pioneer High School Theatre Guild presents the spring musical “Seussical” based on the works of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, with shows running from Saturday, April 23 through Sunday, May 1.
“There’s a lot of buzz going on,” said one parent about the annual day that teaches students about writing a business plan, creating and exhibiting their wares and then selling them to other students.
Test begins his second stint as head football coach at Pioneer this fall, just after he wraps up his teaching career. He will retire from his phys ed teaching post at Thurston Elementary in June.
Students are focused on poverty and homelessness in Washtenaw and achievement gap issues among high school students this year. Youth Senate is a school board-approved group, giving them a seat at the board table where they regularly report about their activities.
WITH VIDEO: She visited the Ann Arbor school recently to read her new book “Dream Big, Little Pig!” to early elementary students. The visit was arranged by Nicola’s Books.
The annual Spring Seedling Planting on April 13 involved more then 400 students and a dozen volunteers and kicked off the growing season at the Tappan Agrarian Garden.
Jazz students of Community, Huron and Pioneer high schools got to learn with this master musician who has recorded and performed with Bruce Hornsby, The Dave Matthews Band, Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Prince.
Jeff Kass hopes his new book, “Knuckleheads,” will encourage young, male students to develop a love of reading. “I guess, in my heart, I really, really want those kids in my class – those dudes who hide in their sweatshirts – to pick this thing up and read it. And I hope the general audience will like it, too,” he adds. A release party for “Knuckleheads” will be hosted at 7 p.m. March 31 at The Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor.
WITH VIDEO/SLIDE SHOW: The Leslie Science and Nature Center visits the school weekly for the club, which includes both work and play. The center also partners with the Wolf Family Foundation to provide larger, student-driven projects at Carpenter, King and Northside elementaries each year.
U-M Medical School students chose Haisley’s self-contained special education rooms for a recent donation of new books. Pioneer High health sciences students share health needs and disability workshop raises awareness.