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  Story and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Two new miyabei maple trees now grace a stretch of Lorraine Street near the Mitchell/Scarlett campus thanks in part to 11 Scarlett Middle School seventh graders. The city of Ann Arbor’s Elizabeth Dean Fund Committee celebrated …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News  Looking at courses for next year? AAPS is one of the only districts in the country to offer Project Lead The Way (PLTW) programs across grades K-12. PLTW is the country’s leading provider of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) …

Ann Arbor Public School’s first district-wide STEAM Expo included everything from kindergarten meteorologists, to high school inventors, to local professionals working for IMRA America, Menlo Innovations and other local tech companies. Students of all ages and their parents visiting Huron High School got to see, touch, and hear about many of the efforts going on in the district to bring together Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

  Listen to Leslie Landrum, pictured above in her classroom, introduce herself in French: http://news.a2schools.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Leslie.m4a Leslie Landrum earned bachelor degrees in interior architecture and French at Michigan State University, and studied at the University of London and the Sorbonne during summer semesters. She also has a …

Story and photo by Jo Mathis AAPS District News Editor Katherine Hu has better things to do at recess than stand around chitchatting with her friends. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. She’d just rather help save the earth. So every day after lunch, …

Rusty Fuller and Chad Downs are co-directors of the Ann Arbor Middle School Athletic Program. Story and photos by Jo Mathis AAPS District News Elizabeth Blackwell was the only girl on Slauson Middle School’s wrestling team last year, but now as an eighth grader, she’s …

When comparing the 2010-11 school year to 2014-15, the number of high school students that were suspended at least once is down 48 percent. At the middle school level that reduction is 75 percent, and a 74 percent reduction for elementary school students.

Skyline’s Amy McLoughlin holds the talking stick used during circle discussions. Photo by Jo Mathis. By Jo Mathis AAPS District News Editor Last year, a fight nearly broke out at Skyline High School. Instead, a member of the school’s 23-student “Sky Squad” who saw what …

Middle schoolers learn how to stay safe on line

October 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

U-M Clinical Assistant Professor Liz Kolb, in the Scarlett Middle School media center, teaches students about digital safety. Story and photos by Jo Mathis, AAPS District News Scarlett Middle School students tonight will teach their parents a thing or two about staying safe in the digital …

By Jo Mathis AAPS District News Attorney Elizabeth Dornik speaks to Slauson seventh graders.  Photos by Jo Mathis. Constitution Day may be one of those under-the-radar observances for most Americans. But in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, it’s yet another reason for students to learn …

Amie Snapke, Forsythe Middle School science teacher

September 16, 2015 // 6 Comments

  Amie Snapke grew up in Southfield and was a nature and animal lover from a young age.  After graduating from Southfield Lathrup High School, she began studying zoology at Michigan State University, but transferred to Eastern Michigan University when her focus shifted to science …

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