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To those who touch the future

May 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

May 8, 2015 I touch the future. I teach.      Christa McAuliffe Hello Ann Arbor Public Schools Staff and Community, Over this week, our staff, students, parents, leaders and community have honored and celebrated Teachers during this National Teacher Appreciation week. It has been …

Thank you, voters!

May 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Dr. Jeanice Kerr Swift Superintendent May 6, 2015 Hello Ann Arbor Public Schools Community, Thank you for your strong vote of confidence for our Ann Arbor Public Schools in the 2015 Bond Proposal Election yesterday. We appreciate the overwhelming support of our community, evident in a 73% YES vote, approving …

2015 Bond Proposal: Please vote on May 5

April 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

Radio host Lucy Ann Lance talked with trustees Donna Lasinski, Andy Thomas and me about the 2015 Bond Proposal to be decided by voters on Tuesday, May 5. April 28, 2015 Hello Ann Arbor Public Schools Community, We recognize the tremendous value of our schools …

2015 Bond Proposal

April 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

April 22, 2015 Hello Ann Arbor Public Schools Community, We recognize the tremendous value of our schools in neighborhoods across Ann Arbor. When we consider quality community schools, the physical environment in our schools plays a critical role in ensuring a safe and positive learning …

M-STEP Assessment in Ann Arbor Public Schools

April 2, 2015 // 11 Comments

April 2, 2015   Following spring break, like all other school districts across Michigan, we will move to a new standardized assessment, the M-STEP. This change to a new assessment has proven challenging in several ways as we are transitioning to this next generation of …

March 27, 2015 Hello Ann Arbor Community, When we consider the importance of quality schools in a community, we know right away the critical role of excellent school systems to develop our children academically and socially. We recognize the value of our community schools as …

Superintendent’s Reflection

March 18, 2015 // 20 Comments

March 18, 2015 On Thursday evening, March 5th, an individual with a concealed pistol license attended a choir concert at Pioneer High School, and openly carried a gun into the auditorium. Around the same time, just 47 miles northeast in Madison Heights, Michigan, an individual …

Dr. Swift Responds to Student Safety

March 11, 2015 // 2 Comments

March 11, 2015 The mission of the Ann Arbor Public Schools is, “to ensure each student realizes his or her aspirations while advancing the common good, by creating a world-class system of innovative teaching and learning.” The Ann Arbor Public Schools considers student and staff …

March 2, 2015 Dear AAPS Families and Staff, First, I apologize to our AAPS students, families, and staff for the unfortunate inconvenience this morning in facing the challenge of getting students safely to school without bus service. We understand that this disruption in transportation has …

Winter Break Wishes from Dr. Swift

December 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”  ― Winston S. Churchill Hello AAPS Community, Giving generously to help others in our schools and community is in the very nature of our Ann Arbor Public Schools organization. The …

Thanksgiving Gratitude from Dr. Swift

November 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

November 25, 2014   Dr. Swift at Lakewood Hello Ann Arbor Public Schools Community, Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal …

Message from the Superintendent

November 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Hello Ann Arbor Public Schools Community,   Today the Ann Arbor Public Schools voters have spoken. Because the annexation vote did not pass in Ann Arbor, the annexation of Whitmore Lake Public Schools into the Ann Arbor Public Schools will not occur.   In the …

“Through conversation, we as human beings create our shared reality.” –       Otto Scharmer  Hello AAPS Families, Annexation Meeting at Skyline High School October 29, 2014 As we come to the beginning of November, our community will be making important decisions over this coming week – …

October 5, 2014 Context Three Important Questions and The Story The Decision – Ongoing Communication – AAPS Commitment  First, it is important to clarify that the purpose of this communication is not to persuade; the intent of this communication is to provide an informational update …

Superintendent Swift’s October Blog

October 4, 2014 // 1 Comment

Dr. Swift at Clague Middle School on opening day. Hello Ann Arbor Public Schools Community, As we arrive to the beginning of October and have wrapped up this first month of classes, I want to thank you for such a wonderful beginning to this 2014-2015 …

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