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“Promise me that you will cherish your convictions, keep them pure and close to your heart. Listen to your conscience, vote, participate, take care of this democracy, stay optimistic, know that integrity matters, dig deep, work hard, love big, forgive quickly, and always be able to say with conviction, here I stand, I can not do otherwise,” said Amy Van Appledorn.

With rain in the forecast all day, the 2018 edition of Ann Arbor Public Schools popular Picnic Pops moved indoors at Pioneer High School. Despite the scene change, more than 1,000 students from A2 STEAM at Northside, Ann Arbor Open, Clague, Forsythe, Huron, Pioneer, Scarlett, Skyline, Slauson and Tappan performed a variety of popular hits.

“I have no doubt that the message these young people will take from this event is the importance of community involvement, support and service. We look forward to their carrying on the tradition of giving back to their community wherever their life’s work takes them,” said Superintendent Jeanice Swift.

Youth Art Month in downtown Ann Arbor

March 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Downtown Ann Arbor businesses have turned into an Ann Arbor Public Schools art gallery for the month of March. More than 30 Main Street Area Association merchants are participating in the Youth Art Month collaboration, by placing student artwork in their display windows.

The new classroom furniture is more flexible than traditional school desks so teachers and students can easily reconfigure the classroom to work in small groups or other formations. Many of the items can be lifted and moved with just a finger or two.

Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Shaquanda Thomas grew up in  Ypsilanti, the daughter of Nolen Thomas and Shirley Love, and granddaughter of Cora A. Woods, who helped raise her.  Thomas attended …

Alivia Maus, Dicken Elementary first grade teacher

December 15, 2017 // 3 Comments

  Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Alivia Maus grew up with her two younger siblings on her parents’ small farm in Milan just south of Ann Arbor. As a child, she …

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