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She is an extraordinary educator, visionary and leader,” says Interim Superintendent Robert Allen. “She has been a pleasure to work with and her efforts have been tremendous and their effect immeasurable and far-reaching. I don’t know if we can ever thank her enough.” Dickinson-Kelley said she is looking forward to spending more time with family.

The Widening Advancements for Youth Washtenaw county program is run through the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. In its pilot year in 2010-11, the program had 240 students from 10 Washtenaw districts enrolled; in the coming year, it will expand to a full program and add more students, bringing the total served to as many as 420.

The students’ written predictions and reflections have been collected in the book “2020: Visions of the (Near) Future” published by 826michigan. It is the result of a yearlong residency with the local writing, publishing and tutoring nonprofit’s staff and volunteers.

The three-year-old program involves staff and students at all levels and is part of an initiative under the district’s Strategic Plan. Also being put in place is an Achievement Gap Elimination Plan, which was presented to the school board in June.

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.

The notebooks, which run on the Chrome operating system and use the Chrome web browser, have been tried out over the past few weeks in classrooms at Skyline High School and Ann Arbor Open @ Mack.

Skyline High School has received national certification for its Project Lead The Way program that it has offered since 2010. “Rather than sit passively by and listen to a lecture – kids are building, developing and creating,” said teacher Tom Pachera. “It’s the kind of hands-on experience that will engage more students in science, technology, engineering and math.”

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.

Nine Ann Arbor Public Schools elementaries will have new principals due to retirements and shifts in personnel and two middle schools will get new assistant principals for the 2011-12 school year. All of the new appointments are internal in the district.

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