- Kim McLean, Clague Middle School librarian
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- “This program changed my life.” AAPS Adult Education proves pivotal
- 3 questions for: Odette Petrini, AAPS Adult Education teacher and ESL program facilitator
- LaKeisha Drummer, third grade teacher at Carpenter Elementary
AAPS employee Amy McConnell will walk with a district team in this year’s Relay for Life Ann Arbor. The event will feature more than 400 walkers in the 24-hour relay on June 25 at Washtenaw Community College.
Abbot Elementary fifth-graders took part in deer heart and lungs dissection with a local doctor to supplement their study of the human circulatory and respiratory systems.
Logan Elementary School teacher Emily Fairless thanks her third-graders with a special “Oscar Night” ceremony with food, fun and families.
Scarlett Middle School eighth-graders got a taste of multiple career choices during the school’s annual Portfolio Day, which teams students up with local professionals who share their expertise about the working world. Also this month, the A2Y Chamber honored the program with its Exemplary Educational Endeavors award.
Pottery, paintings, jewelry and mixed media are all represented in the district’s largest student art show of the year. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and noon to 7 p.m. Saturdays. The Slusser Gallery is in the U-M School of Art & Design Building, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd., just off of Fuller.
WITH VIDEO: Abbot School recently celebrated the elementary school’s award as a National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitat. A two-year project transformed the courtyard from a an overgrown, unused space to one that welcomes wildlife and celebrates nature.
WITH VIDEO: Third-graders from Pittsfield Elementary School took a field trip this month to Spring Valley Trout Farm for day of fishing and learning about fish habitat and aquaculture. Teacher Melissa Jaeger’s family owns and operates the farm, just west of Dexter.
Project Healthy Schools, a U-M Health System initiative that started at Clague Middle School four years ago, is now in all Ann Arbor middle schools and has brought a culture of health to sixth-graders. Students in Skyline’s Health & Medicine Magnet host a walk/run on Saturday, May 21 to benefit the program.
WITH VIDEO: A proud Roberto Clemente community offered its first student drama performance this month with August Wilson’s award-winning play “Fences.” The new student group took to the stage on May 11-12, offering public performances of the acclaimed production.
Members of the Angell Elementary Ecology Club have the right idea: They’re finding to encourage sustainability, recycling and using fewer resources and spreading the word throughout their elementary school community. And a Burns Park teacher takes her green passion and translates it into a lesson for students.
WITH VIDEO: Friday’s annual Haisley Walkathon began with overcast skies, but the enthusiasm of students at the Ann Arbor elementary school brightened the day.
Third-grade teacher Bethany Tabaka created her own classroom tool, which has been expanded to other classes at the Ann Arbor elementary school. It provides teachers with an interactive platform to teach all subjects.
Malaika Worsham is one of 10 students from around the country selected by the Points of Light Institute for a program to encourage volunteering among youth. Volunteering “shows you how different people live. It also brings joy to your life,” she says.
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.