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Michael Benedict was born and raised in Ann Arbor, and attended Allen elementary, Tappan Junior High, and Huron High Schools.  He studied chemistry and visual art at the University of Michigan, where he earned a BFA in 1984.  After working in the ceramics manufacturing industry, …

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By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Toyota Technical Center in Livonia delivered an unexpected and exceptionally generous holiday gift to Ann Arbor Public Schools today. Vince Snyder, far left, stands by the new engines with students Owen Aldridge, Anthony Schneider, and Kevin Knibbs.  At right is para …

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“Ballet is such a beautiful art that has inspired me to dance, to entertain and in turn to serve as inspiration to others,” Rainbow says. By Emma Jackson/WISD       “All I want to do is dance.”      Long before Ke’Ron “Rainbow” Pugh committed …

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AAPS says thanks and farewell to outgoing trustees

December 20, 2016 // 0 Comments

Photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Three outgoing AAPS School Board trustees—Deb Mexicotte, Andy Thomas, and Donna Lasinski—were honored for their countless hours of service at a reception last week prior to the Board meeting at Forsythe Middle School.  See the slideshow here:

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Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Jen Duman and her brother, Dan, grew up in Livonia, the daughter of Sam and Diane Deckard. She started playing the flute in fourth grade, and continued on the flute and piccolo at Churchill High School in Livonia, …

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“The presence of guns in schools runs contrary to everything we are wired for in education, and is counterproductive to maintaining a rich, productive and healthy learning environment for our children. We are pleased that the court has ruled in favor of our position that puts the safety of children first,” says Superintendent Jeanice Swift.

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Ty Harris, far right, came up with the idea of a class fundraiser to be held at the Neutral Zone. Daniel Zacks, center, and senior Mo Soumarro, seated, were among the students who helped with the project. Story and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News …

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By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Kim Garber grew up in Michigan, and has been a resident of Ann Arbor for more than 20 years.   She earned a bachelor’s of engineering degree from Michigan Technological University, a master’s of engineering from Oakland University, and …

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This year’s Career and Technical Education Career Night hosted by Huron High School gave students in many programs the chance to demonstrate some of the skills they have been learning this year.

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AAPS STEAM Expo: Not your typical science fair

December 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

 Photos, video and slideshow by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News   Robots. Rainbows of laser-made nanoparticles. A sparkling EcoCar 3. Visitors to the annual STEAM Expo at Huron High School Tuesday night had plenty to experience as they made their way to 50 exhibitions staffed by students …

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Ann Arbor Public Schools has been named a winner in the annual Michigan School Public Relations Association Communications Contest.   AAPS District News Editor Jo Mathis  AAPS District News Editor Jo Mathis received Distinguished Achievement awards in the photography and social media categories. MSPRA, an affiliate …

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