AAPS Updates

Ann Arbor Open @ Mack

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 …

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 …

 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 …

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.

“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.”