AAPS Updates


The district’s new outreach tool, School Messenger, allowed outreach to even more parents and encourage participation. About half considered themselves average technology users, with 38 percent considering themselves an advanced user of technology.

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.

Students in Karla Hitchcock’s economics class recently took the National Financial Capability Challenge, an online test sponsored by the U.S. Treasury Department, designed to test student literacy on the topic of personal finance. The group was helped by volunteers from the nonprofit Personal Finance Education Services.

(UPDATE MAY 3: Millage is approved by voters.)
The Washtenaw Intermediate School District seeks renewal of a special education millage on Tuesday, May 3. The renewal is for seven years and would run from 2011-17. The millage renewal would generate $14 million countywide, of which $5.8 million would come to the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

During a budget forum Monday, Interim Superintendent Robert Allen shared proposed reductions for the 2011-12 budget and said that the district will host a May 6 session with school board members and state legislators at Pioneer High School starting at 5:30 p.m. A second budget forum will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at Skyline High School.

Sessions are scheduled for Monday, April 25 in the Pioneer High School Cafeteria Annex and on Thursday, April 28 in the Skyline High School commons area; both meetings start at 6:30 p.m.. Pioneer is at the southwest corner of Main Street and Stadium Blvd. and Skyline is on North Maple Road just north of the M-14 interchange.

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.

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.

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