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Teacher consultant Barbara Gildersleeve will talk about assistive technology (AT) and show students how to make these easy, inexpensive pencil fidgets. Story and photos by Jo Mathis AAPS District News Editor Pattengill Elementary’s ‘Tech it Out’ on Dec. 7 will introduce parents to the exciting technology their …

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“When we consider that we managed the Allen Flood event disaster, on top of these great resources that we were able to put in for students, I would put this fiscal year in the ‘W’ column, it was a win for children, and it was a win for our community,” says Superintendent Jeanice Swift.

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By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor On the last day of school in June, a Lawton Elementary student turned to Principal Shannon Blick and said: “Kids like me don’t get yearbooks.” Blick responded: “What do you mean you don’t get a yearbook? Everyone can get …

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  Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Elliot Hammarlund Wills-Begley grew up in the woods, fields, and waters of the Old Mission Peninsula in Grand Traverse County where he spent most of his free time playing music, having bonfires, sailing, hunting, or …

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    By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Pittsfield and Pattengill’s Elementary physical education teacher Darcy Knoll was recently named SHAPE Michigan’s Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year.  She is very passionate about physical education and its importance in a student’s educational experience and …

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    By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor When AAPS teachers last year were asked to form Personalized Learning Plans for each student, A2 STEAM first grade teacher Caroline Semrau looked online to the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) for specific ways to improve her students’ …

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Don Packard, Pioneer High School English teacher

November 8, 2017 // 1 Comment

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Ann Arbor native Don Packard grew up on the northwest side of town and attended Newport, Forsythe, and Pioneer. Following his 1983 high school graduation, he made the long journey to West Quad as a University of Michigan freshman. …

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