- Alivia Maus, Dicken Elementary first grade teacher
- Ritchie Coleman retires as Pittsfield Township’s longtime liaison to AAPS; described as ‘servant to all’
- Pioneer Symphony Orchestra to hold preview concert Dec. 13 prior to attending prestigious Midwest Clinic
- Skyline Anti-Bullying Club offers supportive atmosphere for students
- Burns Park students get a taste for keeping cool under pressure in “Chopped Assembly”
Ann Arbor Open fifth and sixth graders color in an electoral map Tuesday night. By Tara Cavanaugh On election night, Mike Derhammer’s class at Ann Arbor Open was full of fifth and sixth grade political pundits. Ethan Seelig thought Mitt Romney would win. Sam Bailey …
AAO teacher Diane VanDorn takes her students on walks often, providing her ambling kindergarteners myriad learning opportunities.
By Tara Cavanaugh Ann Arbor Police Chief John Seto looked official in his officer’s uniform, complete with two guns and a large walkie-talkie slung around his waist. But to Jessica Sawin’s small and squirmy class of future first graders at the Summer Learning Institute, Seto …
This year’s kindergarten round-ups are more kid-centered, teaching parents and future students about the kindergarten experience.
Ann Arbor Open’s annual Multicultural Fair is an international delight The seventh and eighth grade classes teamed up to fill the auditorium with sounds, sights and facts about all 54 countries in Africa. The drum circle was led by one seventh grade student, who taught …
A series of briefs from around the district, including: WAY Washtenaw meeting June 14, Kiwanians give scholarships, One Million Reasons foundation fundraiser under way, Carpenter Girl Scouts donate to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and more.
WITH VIDEO: Clague Middle School event involves 60 students in a multi-media production, Bryant Early Elementary School sings about peace and Dicken Elementary students learn about jazz music and history with an assembly by Vincent York & Jazzistry. Many other schools around the district host MLK Day activities.
WITH VIDEO: Teacher Josh Tumolo gets donated goodies and others get to enjoy the music of harpist Michael O’Shiver in an all-school assembly.
Farm Fresh Features began in the Ann Arbor schools last week, offering students three days of fresh produce for lunch through the fall months.
WITH VIDEO: Retired Ann Arbor teacher Jane Levy still keeps her hand in it, educating students about honey bees both during the school year and at summer camp. Sweet.
An intensive, summer school program – the Elementary Summer Learning Institute – is under way at Ann Arbor Open @ Mack, packing lots of learning into just four short weeks.
“There’s a lot to learn from growing a garden, and a lot of Ann Arbor’s schools are finding that out,” says Ann Arbor Chronicle gardening columnist Marianne Rzepka. Her Sunday column focuses on three such gardens in Ann Arbor schools.
Ann Arbor Open @ Mack has an informal setting that encourages an open environment and teaches students to work cooperatively in a group setting. “What I see in our building is a kind of excitement about being in school,” says Media Specialist Kit Flynn. “We’re interested in meeting kids where they are … and meeting kids where their high interests are.”
Third-graders in all 21 Ann Arbor elementary schools are saying “hola!” this fall to learning Spanish thanks to a partnership with the University of Michigan.