School bells: Forsythe 2nd, Tappan 3rd in competition

A team of 35 Forsythe Middle School sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders placed second out of 10 teams in Michigan in the Knowledge Master Open on Dec. 2.  On the national level, Forsythe scored in the top 5 percent of all teams, ranking 28th out of 577 middle school teams nationwide.

Forsythe Middle School sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders placed second out of 10 teams in Michigan in the Knowledge Master Open.
Forsythe Middle School sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders placed second out of 10 teams in Michigan in the Knowledge Master Open.

Forsythe scored 1,461 out of a perfect 2,000 points, above the average Michigan score of 1,292 and the national average of 1,138.  A team from Tappan Middle School also competed Dec. 2, placing third in Michigan and 45th in the nation, with a score of 1,410.  

The KMO is a nationwide knowledge contest that tests students’ ability to answer questions in all the subject areas, quickly and accurately. Students compete in the KMO without leaving their own schools; teams receive curriculum-based contest questions on a CD-ROM and compete using a computer at their own schools. The KMO began in 1983 with 72 schools; it now annually attracts over 3,000 schools and 45,000 participants from the U.S. and several foreign countries.

The members of the Forsythe team included: sixth-graders Elaine Chamberlain, Tara Dorje, Joshua Nacht and Maurits Sier; seventh-graders Andrew Ames, Veronika Beyer, Morgan Borjigin-Wang, Sophia Camp, Nathan Ceely, Marianne Cowherd, Jason Dean, Matthew Epperson, Betty Hu, Derick McIntyre, David Morrow, Lawrence Mullen, Kavin Pawittranon, Stephen Nurushev, Sorbie Richner, Sehej Sawhney, Daniel Tarasev, Noah Thornton and Kevin Zhang; and eighth-graders Dylan Aikens, Noah Chen, Chris Chou, Sam Ellison, John Houghton, Julia Kerst, Mohan Kothari, Chris Nicholson, Prashant Puttagunta, Lillie Schneyer, Tim Wolfe and Michael Zhang.

The KMO is a Forsythe student club open to Forsythe students of all grades. Teacher Dan Ezekiel coaches it. There are three more KMO competition dates in 2010. Details:

Bach music teacher travels in China

Kristi Bishop, a music teacher at Bach Elementary, is traveling this month with the organization People to People as a music education delegate and Citizen Ambassador. to mainland China. Her trip runs from Dec. 11-21, which she will spend with 50 other music educators from around the United States.

During her trip, she will be part of round-table discussions, panels, seminars and site visits allowing her to gain an in-depth understanding of the common interests and challenges she shares with those overseas.

She also will have a chance to experience the culture and history of China including visits to locations such as the China Conservatory, Beijing No. 35 High School and spending the afternoon with the Yanan High School Chorus.

Authors visit, share with Clague students

Clague Middle School had an exciting week of author visits Nov. 18-20, according to media specialist Michelle Rodriguez:  

• On Nov. 18, author James Dashner treated our students to an imaginative visual presentation about writing that kept us laughing.  
His latest book, “The Maze Runner,” has been selected as one of the best young adult books of 2009 by Kirkus Reviews.

• On Thursday, international New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz entertained staff and students with a hilarious monologue.  
His books include the popular Alex Rider series and the Diamond Brothers books. 

• On Friday, local University of Michigan librarian and comic writer Jim Ottaviani inspired the entire eighth-grade with his presentation on scientific graphic novels and comics.
His books include “Dignifying Science” and “Two-Fisted Science.”  
Students researched scientists and are now incorporating their research into a  graphic novel of their own.

Ann Arbor nurse featured in magazine

MEA 09Dec-coverAnn Arbor Public Schools nurse Laurelle Brennan is featured both on the cover and in an article about the H1N1 flu in the December edition of the MEA Voice, the Michigan Education Association’s magazine. Link here to the magazine. Brennan is coordinating all H1N1 activities for The Ann Arbor Public Schools, monitoring attendance and coordinating the district’s efforts with the Washtenaw County Department of Public Health.

Counselor honored in Lansing

Krista McKinney-King, a counselor at Skyline High School, was honored in November for receiving her National Board Certification. She was honored during the Educator Recognition Reception in Lansing with the Michigan State Board of Education.

Clague students receives social studies award

Clague Middle School eighth-grader León Pescador received the Middle School Student of the Year Award from the Michigan Council for the Social Studies. He received his award Nov. 2 at the Council’s annual state conference on Nov. 2. His school will receive $250 from MEEMIC Insurance, which sponsored the awards.

Students earn kudos in MSBOA competition

The Ann Arbor Public Schools was well represented in the MSBOA All-State High School/Middle School Band and Orchestra competition.  

The following students auditioned for and were accepted into the following groups: High School Orchestra: Emma Powell, Briang Chang, Ben Merte (Skyline Orchestra), Tina Rowan, Catherine Vogt (Huron Orchestra/Band); High School Band: Karen Matsuo, Skye Huerta, Julia Pekela, Gina Son, Michael Sullivant (Pioneer Band), Peter Dixon, Peter Dolce  (Huron Band), Doan Ichikawa (Skyline Band); Middle School Orchestra: Hiro Adachi, Maria Bonvicini, Deen Adzemovic, Dallan Roan, Shwetha Rajaram, Caroline Elliott, Alan Xu, Jessie Kim, (Clague Orchestra), MIchael Lee, Charles Wang, Chenxi Sun, Irene Wei, Lizzie Zinn (Slauson Orchestra), Andy Hsiao, Noah Aaron (Tappan Orchestra), Grace Pernecky (Forsythe Orchestra); Middle School Band: Paulina Tsao, Emily Ji, Lorna Barron, Nir Glazer (Clague Band), Anna Latterner, Kevin Jiang, Charles Wang, Elliot Polot (Slauson Band), Jordan Steiff (Scarlett Band), Griffin Roy, Halley Bass (Ann Arbor Open Band) Brandon Cutler (Tappan Band).

Clemente Student Council members elected

Nikko Ceoux was elected president and and Richard Johnson III vice president of the Roberto Clemente Student Council. The candidates campaigned as well as debated and answered questions regarding their platform at a school-wide assembly.

The staff and student body participated in a simulated voting process; voters were required to register and show proof of identity at the polls.

Logan raises $1,500 plus in coin drive

Logan Elementary School recently had its annual school coin drive to benefit United Way and Food Gathers. With support from Logan students, staff, families and other employees, the school presented a check for more than $1,539.97 to Superintendent Todd Roberts as proceeds from the event.

Clemente meets achievement, attendance goals

Roberto Clemente Student Development Center students met achievement and attendance goals, the school has reported.

Students achieved a cumulative school 2.5 or better GPA for the first trimester.  83.7 percent of students passed all their classes and 58.7 percent of students had a GPA of 2.5 or higher.  Twenty one percent of students are on the honor roll.

Also, Clemente students have broken the barrier in attendance records by having less than 600 absences for the trimester.  
For their accomplishments, students have earned an “out” of appropriate dress attire day on Fridays for the new trimester and had a staff vs. student basketball game on Nov. 24.

Dicken hosts blood drive, thanks soldiers

The Dicken Elementary School Service Squad had a busy fall, including a great turnout for a blood drive and the start of a Thank a Soldier initiative, according to first-grade teacher Laura Carino.

Some 31 donors gave blood during an Oct. 28 American Red Cross Blood Drive and students that helped recruit one of the donors received a small prize from the Red Cross. Of the donors, the Red Cross was able to collect 20 units of blood, allowing the group to help save 60 lives.

In discussing what they were thankful for around Thanksgiving, Service Squad members decided upon a Thank a Soldier Initiative. Members organized a station at the Thanksgiving potluck allowing students to make a “thank you” card for a soldier. The cards were compiled and made ready to be mailed.

Students from Huron help at museum

In what has become an annual tradition, students who study German at Huron High School help the city of Ann Arbor decorate the city’s Kempf House Museum, according to language teacher Andrew Smith. Museum officials said they reached out to area German teachers in an effort to bring more youth to the historic site and introduce German language learners to the culture.
In the mid-1800s, Ann Arbor was shaped by the many German immigrants who energized the area, built homes and starated businesses. The Kempf House, a reminder of that era, is open to the public. It is at 312 S. Division St. Details 734-274-0528.

Math Night hosted at Bryant/Pattengill

A total of 109 students from Bryant/Pattengill elementary schools community attended the school’s annual Math Night on Dec. 2 with their parents and siblings. Each student received a Math Game kit so they could play the games at home.

Old favorites included Baseball Multiplication, Penny Plate, Monster Squeeze and Multiplication Bingo, and new bean bag toss games were added to give students a math challenge. “They even played hopscotch,” said event organizer and Pattengill teacher Sue Beech.

The Bryant/Pattengill PTO provided funding and volunteers ran the games.  Staff members who volunteered were:  Principals Ché Carter from Pattengill and Luther Corbitt from Bryant; and Angela Klein, Jeanne Kitzmann, Rachel Toon, Sue Beech and Dee Vayda along with 31 Pioneer High School students from Robert Klemmer’s class.  PTO parents were on hand to help serve pizza and drinks: Joe Sims, Stacey Szuszman, Julia Mattucci-Clark, Cheryl Mitchenor, Caroline Vitale, and Christine Bian.

Pioneer students who volunteered were: Zubin Chandra, Jenny Shen, Kevin Tang, Julia Chen, Caroline Laman, Mary Fitsgerald, Katie Mc Coy, Anna Benson, Ruth Wei, Saqib Usman, Elise Huerta, Miriam Holzman, Zornica Hadjiglo, Jeni Nao, Zach Miller, Peter Wang, Edward Ersoy, Chris Taylor Proctor, Ruby Liu, Anthony Yu, Eli Schultz, Ian Gottschalk, Diane Wang, Max Brodsky, Pracanth Gareson, Levy Li, Richard Gu, Vijay Ilankamban, Yusef Halamed, Kritika Rajan, and Ishika Rajan.

Dicken, Haisley sponsor annual food drives

• The Dicken Elementary School Student Council, chaired by classroom teachers Jennifer Brogno and Cathy Cieglo, sponsored its annual food drive for Food Gatherers of Ann Arbor from Nov.16-23. The community donated canned foods, dried goods, diapers, formula, and other much needed items. A total of 747 pounds of food and other items were donated.
• Haisley Elementary School fifth-graders, in partnership with their PTO, organized a Fall Canned Food Drive collecting 841 pounds of food and personal hygiene items for Food Gatherers.

Haisley students create fall placemats

Haisley Elementary School art teacher Jim Schulz worked with two fifth-grade classes and all second graders to create fall placemats for use with the morning breakfast program at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. The Haisley office staff helped by laminating the student mats.

St. Andrew’s has provided daily breakfast to homeless persons in the Ann Arbor community for 27 years. Tate Stark, student teacher for Schulz, organized the leaf-painting process and Mary Edwards, PTO president, arranged for delivery to start on Thanksgiving Day.

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