AAPS Updates

Burns Park Elementary School

This year, Bach, Burns Park and Pattengill elementary schools, along with Clague Middle and Skyline High School, are welcoming new principals. Learn about them here!

By Tara Cavanaugh Peek inside any kindergarten classroom in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, and you’ll likely see small groups of students working intensely at different tables. Whether they’re arranging letters or patterns of blocks, the 5-year-olds are clearly focused on their learning. It’s called …

Many AAPS buildings have their own gardens, some which were born this spring. The blooming gardens, each as unique as their respective schools, boast everything from small basil plants to tall corn stalks –– and plenty of promise for fall harvest time.

By Tara Cavanaugh A parade of bike riders rolled in to Wines Elementary Wednesday morning. Tikes on tiny bikes with training wheels. Kids in bike buggies, enjoying the ride. Tandem bikes. Junior-sized mountain bikes. Grown-up sized bikes ridden by moms and dads. The unusually high …

By Tara Cavanaugh You can learn a lot by playing in the dirt. You can learn about starting seeds, pulling weeds, the life cycle and the compost pile. Now that spring is in full swing, Tappan Middle School students are learning all that and more …

Children's author and illustrator Patricia Polacco shared the stories behind her books at Burns Park Elementary March 28. Swinging hula dancers, a reading dog, and live storytelling from world-famous authors: our schools sure know how to make March Reading Month interesting. But even though the …

Each lesson, the U-M student teacher selects elementary students to lead the class in song. These four third-graders led the class in singing the Spanish alphabet on Tuesday, March 6 at Bryant Park. By Tara Cavanaugh Twice a week, third and fourth grade classrooms at …

Members of the Angell Elementary Ecology Club have the right idea: They’re finding to encourage sustainability, recycling and using fewer resources and spreading the word throughout their elementary school community. And a Burns Park teacher takes her green passion and translates it into a lesson for students.

WITH VIDEO/SLIDE SHOW: The Leslie Science and Nature Center visits the school weekly for the club, which includes both work and play. The center also partners with the Wolf Family Foundation to provide larger, student-driven projects at Carpenter, King and Northside elementaries each year.

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