School Bells: Survey data posted on Mitchell-Scarlett partnership

Survey data from the Mitchell-Scarlett Partnership Survey is now available on the school district’s website. Visit this link to see raw data, including comments from those taking the survey, as well as past information regarding the partnership.

The district is creating the K-8 campus between Mitchell Elementary School and Scarlett Middle School in Ann Arbor through a partnership between the Ann Arbor Public Schools and the University of Michigan School of Education.

After reviewing survey data, Ann Arbor Public Schools officials determined that the district would move forward with the partnership for the 2011-12 school year, but would not reconsider a balanced calendar until the 2013-14 school year.

The decision was made in order to put a system in place for measuring and evaluating teacher performance in the program and to introduce enrichment intersessions for students during school breaks. A number of enrichment activities are planned for the inaugural 2011 school year for interested families.

For more coverage:
Plans for fall start continuing
Ann Arbor, U-M eye partnership for K-8 campus

King Elementary Silent Auction and Science Night is April 29

King School hosts its annual Silent Auction and Science Night on Friday, April 29 from 5:30-8 p.m. with the theme of “Our State – Our School.”

This kid-friendly,family event is a fundraiser for PTO sponsored programs such as academic workshops, Math Olympiad, Academic Games and field trips.

The free admission silent auction features more than 300 items including travel packages throughout the county and Carribean, jewelry, several cases of select and collectible wines, U-M sports tickets (men’s hockey, basketball  and football), 15 local “date night” packages with dinner/theater offerings and new this year:  14 Northern Michigan destination packages with opportunities to parasail the Mackinac Straits, tour the Soo Locks, kayak the Indian River and visit wineries near Traverse City,all packaged with free hotel and restaurant offerings.

Dinner will be an International Buffet from local restaurants for $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Entertainment includes 2 Magic Shows and face painting.

Science Night hosts the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.  Included are more than 12 interactive science tables ready for exploring minds.

For more information and to reserve a dinner spot, contact: or call (734) 417-7129.

Logan hosting silent auction to benefit Harold Logan Fund

Logan Elementary School is offering its first “Annual Silent Auction” to benefit the Harold Logan Fund, the community fund that provides assistance to families in need.

“During these difficult times it’s important, as a school community, that we support each other,” organizers say on their auction site. “This auction is a great way to ensure that all of our students have the opportunity to have warm coats, eye glasses, school supplies, and field trips and continue to excel in a positive learning environment.”

The auction is now open and will close at 8 p.m., Friday,  April 29. Anyone can support the effort by bidding on an item at Find instructions for bidding under the “Rules” tab and find the auction items under the tab “Auction Items” in the roll down menu.” Included are categories of food/dining, salon/spa, fitness, jewelry/art, entertainment, books/DVDs, educational professional development an home goods.

WISD Board selects the district’s next superintendent

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District Board of Education has named Scott Menzel to be the district’s next superintendent.

Menzel is the superintendent of the Livingston Educational Service Agency, the intermediate school district serving Livingston County.  He received his bachelor’s degree in religion from Vanguard University  in Costa Mesa, Calif., his master’s degree in philosophy and social policy from the American University  in Washington, D.C. and is completing work on his doctorate from Eastern Michigan University.

He will begin his superintendent duties by July 1, 2011, conditioned upon completion of the employment requirements for WISD and the State of Michigan.

In addition to unanimously naming Menzel as its new superintendent, the board on April 25 appointed a subcommittee of two to develop an employment contract to bring back to the full Board for approval at a subsequent meeting.

Menzel will replace William  Miller who retired. Interim Superintendent Rick Leyshock will continue in his position until Menzel can join the district.

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