- Volunteers from the community help AAPS students participate in the Hour of Code
- Ann Arbor Open teacher Chad Downs wins $25,000 national Milken Educator Award
- Haisley teachers’ supportive friendship models the importance of relationships for their students
- Profile: Before heading to Holy Cross, Pioneer’s Lowder has a few things to cross off his to-do list
- Lawton students applaud longtime volunteer on her 90th birthday
Ann Arbor students who take part in the Ann Arbor Academic Games head to the national Academic Games Leagues of America Tournament this week.
Ann Arbor Open @ Mack has an informal setting that encourages an open environment and teaches students to work cooperatively in a group setting. “What I see in our building is a kind of excitement about being in school,” says Media Specialist Kit Flynn. “We’re interested in meeting kids where they are … and meeting kids where their high interests are.”
The Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation has awarded more than $15,000 in classroom grants for 20 teacher projects during the 2010-11 second semester. The list includes many longtime programs as well as some new ones, said the group’s Executive Director Wendy Correll.
Ann Arbor teachers are discovering that “there’s an app for that” thanks to a technology initiative that distributed 700 iPod Touches this semester for classroom use. “They’re excited about learning things in different ways,” said Pattengill Elementary third-grade teacher Dawn Blair. “They’re walking right in and ready to go. It gives them some independence and a sense of responsibility.”
Superintendent Todd Roberts shares his administration’s proposed budget plans for the upcoming fiscal year and invites residents to be part of Action Teams looking to the future.
The Ann Arbor Public Schools offers a sampling of frequently asked questions about the school district budget and the impact of proposed reductions for 2010-11.
Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Todd Roberts presented a detailed analysis of his proposed budget to the Ann Arbor Board of Education on Wednesday, March 24. A downloadable PDF page is available here that offers details about this proposal.
Ann Arbor has adopted a limited Schools of Choice program for the 2010-11 school year for out-of-district Washtenaw County students to enroll in kindergarten, first grade and sixth grade.
Two budget meetings are scheduled to review the proposed 2010-11 budget; Ann Arbor Public Schools PTO Council has formed an Advocacy Committee and invites participation.
Michigan school districts are bracing for per-pupil cuts of at least $400 in the 2010-11 school year unless the Legislature and governor take steps to secure additional money for K-12 education.
The University Musical Society is singing the praises of Burns Park Elementary School, which was recently selected as the UMS School of the Year for its rich history in fine arts and music.
A core group of Ann Arbor Public Schools parents has banded together to advocate and create a voice for change in state funding for public schools. The PTO Advocacy Committee meets again on March 23.
Geologist and Bach Elementary fourth-grade teacher Robin Frisch-Gleason continues to share lessons learned from a 2007 trip to Antarctica. A student climate summit is planned for April involving eight teachers from the Ann Arbor Public Schools.
U-M and ocal librarians team up to show Skyline students best ways to research off their campus. Students learned about databases as well as finding hard-copy books.
Eight students were certified as the district’s first Teen Certified Emergency Response Team, or CERT, during a March 8 event at Huron High School.