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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

Ashley Park as Tuptim in the Lincoln Center’s revival of “The King and I”. Pioneer High School graduate Ashley Park, a Grammy-nominated Broadway performer who most recently  played Tuptim in the Lincoln Center’s Tony Award-winning revival of “The King and I” is returning to Ann …

”When you all started it was the first time that I saw meaningful change for some of our at risk kids at the level they needed, at the personal level, with their issues, and their understanding of what’s going on in their lives,” says Ann Arbor Public Schools Trustee Christine Stead.

“I am grateful to all the employee group leaders, Deputy Superintendent Comsa, and the members of the negotiating teams who invested their time during this negotiation process to achieve this positive outcome,” says Superintendent Jeanice Swift.

 Story and photos by Jo Mathis AAPS District News Editor Carpenter Elementary’s renovated courtyard will serve as an outdoor science classroom aimed at helping children understand the natural world around them. “We wanted to make the inner courtyard into a more manageable learning space,” said …

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