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Story, video and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Luckily for Tappan Middle School music students, Joe DeMarsh broke the vow he took 35 years ago that went something like this: “I will never ever teach again.” DeMarsh’s first teaching job was in a …

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Music Department will present Orchestra Night on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at Hill Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. This gala concert showcases the orchestras of all Ann Arbor middle schools,  plus Skyline, Huron, and Pioneer High …

Story, photos and video by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Of the many highlights of Marci Harris’ 22 years with Ann Arbor Public Schools, nothing beats the annual five-day trip to Montreal & Quebec City she started for her eighth grade French class 20 years ago. …

Following a rigorous application process, the Tappan Middle School 8th grade Concert Orchestra has been selected to perform at the Michigan Music Conference on Friday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. at the DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids. Because many supporters will not be able …

Caroline Fitzgerald grew up in Pearl City, Hawaii and started learning the saxophone in seventh grade. Her band teacher was the most influential teacher in her life and the reason she decided to pursue music education. After spending several summers at Interlochen Arts Camp, Fitzgerald attended …

 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 …

“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.

”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.

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