- Skyline’s Pat Jenkins named Washtenaw County’s 2018 Distinguished Teacher of the Year
- Carpenter’s Lisa Cope named 2018 Washtenaw County Teacher of the Year
- 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
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.”
Since 1988, Pioneer High School’s Positive Peer Influence group has helped other students with challenges in and out of school that may interfere with their academic achievement. Students not only work with their peers, but also help to select those who will take the class.
Two clinics housed in The Ann Arbor Public Schools serve a variety of eastside students and their families for preventative care as well as illness and injuries. The clinics at Scarlett Middle School and Stone High School are open during regular school hours and are run by the University of Michigan Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools.
Skyline High School continues its unique approach. Ann Arbor’s newest high school is now operating in its second year with magnet programs and a mastery approach to learning. It will have students of all grade levels attending by 2011.
A 3-year-old bald eagle that lives at the Leslie Science and Nature Center has been adopted as a mascot by Skyline High School. The raptor has visited the school several times for assemblies and other activities.
Fifth-graders at Eberwhite Elementary took a hand-made approach this year to community service, making blankets and scarves for the needy. The no-sew blankets will go to Project Linus, the scarves to the Delonis Center.
The Ann Arbor Civic Chorus has been bringing local singers together since 1983. Members say they come back each year not only for the music, but for the camaraderie.
Gerald Vazquez has taken the reins as the new principal at Scarlett Middle School. The Saline resident hails most recently from the Detroit Public Schools.
The Skyline High School cafeteria was abuzz with student talent and creativity during the seventh annual “NAAPID at Night” event last week.
General education and special education students at Clague have become fellow thespians and friends, through a theater program called ACT-UP.
Some 240 student exhibits will be featured at the Forsythe Science Fair which will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. The event is free and open to the public.
Ann Arbor’s Partners for Excellence program has been in place for 25 years. Today, there are more than 30 formal partnerships with local businesses and civic groups around the community.
Bach Elementary School music teacher Kristi Bishop recently returned from a trip to mainland China, where she traveled with a delegation of 51 educators from around the country. “We were given such an opportunity,” she said.
Volunteers in The Ann Arbor Public Schools range in age from their 20s to their 80s and everything in between. They can be found in most buildings around the district.