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Andy Meyer, Abbot Elementary first grade teacher

September 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Andy Meyer, shown with his first graders at Abbot, loves to look back at the end of the school year to see how his students have grown as individuals. Andy Meyer grew up with three brothers in the Kalamazoo area, the son of a …

Collin Ganio, Skyline High School Latin teacher

September 21, 2016 // 2 Comments

Collin Ganio was born in 1970 and grew up in Walnut Creek, California. His childhood goal was to become a starship captain by his 30th birthday, but at the age of seven, he began to suspect this might not happen.  When the cold light of …

 Story, video and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Clague Middle School PTSO President Margaret Baker says the school’s new “Cougar Trail” reminds her of a feel-good Jimmy Stewart movie. “It’s like a community-gets-together-and-makes-it-happen “Mr. Smith goes to Washington,”” says Baker, a mother of five who …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News A 2006 Huron High School graduate with a love of language has won a prestigious poetry fellowship. The Poetry Foundation and “Poetry” magazine has announced that Angel Nafis is one of five recipients of the 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy …

Photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Playing before a huge crowd at Mighigan Stadium was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Pioneer High School Pioneers on Aug. 27.  The “Battle at the Big House” was indeed a tough contest against an impressive foe. Though the Pioneers fell …

“We encouraged all principals this past year to reach out to their school communities on Twitter, and they eagerly responded. As a result, our students and families, staff and stakeholders have a better understanding of what makes Ann Arbor Public Schools exceptional,” said AAPS District News Editor Jo Mathis.

“We treat our sports physicals almost like an annual wellness exam. It’s not like a traditional sports physical clinic where you get in and out just with the physical and go. Because with youth often their only opportunity for getting health care is once a year during their sports physical. We take that opportunity to say, lets look at your entire health,” says Nurse Practitioner Beth Kuzma.

“It makes tennis approachable, and it makes it fun. It’s the first time ever tennis has been sized to children and it makes them feel successful and that’s what we want kids to have fun and enjoy the sport,” says Youth Tennis Coordinator Zofii Casterline.

Rec & Ed preschool camps keep kids engaged

July 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

Photos and video by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News More than 150 children are participating this summer in preschool camps through Rec & Ed. “Each camp lets children, sometimes with an adult, explore new, fun activities in playful creative ways,” said Marj Hyde, director of First …

“We don’t want students just learning by rote, we want them learning how to be thinkers, and changers, and movers and we want them thinking about how to create, and how to survive in a world that’s more technology based,” says Rec and Ed Life-Long Learning Manager Kim Smith

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