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Madison school district seeks approval on $29M bond proposal

Voters in the Madison public schools district will decide Nov. 7 whether to approve a $29.2 million bond for a plan to combine the middle school at the high school and make a number of other improvements. If approved, residents in the area served by Madison District Public Schools in Madison Heights would pay 5.24 mills more in school taxes. For the owner of a house with taxable value of $45,000 that means paying $235 annually for the bond’s 30-year repayment period. The 1,100-student district has two other voter-approved bonds it is paying off and approval of the proposed bond would bring the total school tax levy up to 13 mills. (Oakland Press)

 

Detroit Country Day School invests $30M in buildings

Amid student and faculty fanfare, Detroit Country Day School kicked off a $14 million renovation and expansion of its Middle School on Tuesday. The project will provide students with enhanced learning spaces and new technology and allow fifth-grade students to be added to the Middle School building through grade level learning centers created for grades 5 and 6 and grades 7 and 8, school officials said. Renovations also include dedicated classrooms for each Middle School teacher, space for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) project-based learning and an instrument/music room with practice and storage space. (Detroit News)

 

Forum to be held Thursday on Farmington Public Schools ballot question

The Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a question-and-answer session on Thursday, Oct. 19, on the Headlee restoration millage proposal for the Farmington Public Schools. The proposal will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot. It asks voters to give the school district the authority to levy 18 mills of non-homestead millage on all commercial, business, rental properties, vacant land and second-home properties. When property values grow faster than the cost of living index, it triggers a millage reduction, required by the 1978 Headlee Amendment to the Michigan Constitution. (Oakland Press)

 

Oakland County School Drinking Water Station Program will increase access to water for students

The Oakland County School Drinking Water Station Program is being formed to promote public health at area elementary schools. The county budgeted $500,000 in Fiscal Year 2017 for the implementation of a countywide program and will soon be reaching out to schools to gauge interest in the stations. According to the finance committee approved policy, the program’s purpose is to promote public health and to establish positive lifelong nutrition habits by providing increased access to water to elementary school children between and during meals and snacks. (Oakland Press)

 

Oakland County school districts receive perfect school bus inspection grades from Michigan State Police

The Michigan State Police has given several county school bus systems perfect inspection grades for the 2016-2017 school year. Novi (37), South Lyon (60) and Bloomfield Hills (58) were the only bus systems in the county, with fleets larger than 30 buses, that received a perfect score.  The 2017-2018 school year inspections are being conducted through August 2018. (Oakland Press)

 

Hazing alleged at Dearborn’s Fordson High School

Dearborn Public Schools officials have investigated an alleged hazing incident at Fordson High School. In a letter to parents this week, Principal Heyam Alcodray said administrators had learned about the alleged episode on school property. Details were not disclosed, but Alcodray described it as an isolated, “rogue” incident and said the youths involved have been identified and disciplined. “This type of behavior is unacceptable, in violation of policy, and will not be allowed at Fordson High School,” the letter read. “Hazing is a form of bullying and can be considered harassment. The consequences for taking part in such activities can be severe and have legal implications as well.” (Detroit News)

 

UCS Foundation provides $35,000 in scholarships to support district's college culture

For the ninth straight year, the Utica Community Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence is supporting the district’s College Culture through a donation to the UCS Superintendent’s Scholarship Program. On Sept. 25, the nonprofit foundation presented a $35,000 scholarship donation to the UCS Board of Education for the annual Superintendent’s Scholarship Fund. The scholarship money is the result of the foundation’s Evening of Excellence fundraiser, held each spring. In total, the foundation has contributed more than $250,000 for scholarships. (Macomb Daily)

 

County public schools brace for implementation of third-grade retention law

In an effort to boost reading achievement in the early stages of elementary school education, public schools across the state of Michigan are conducting universal screening and diagnostic testing of kindergarten through third grade students. The testing is in response to Public Act 306, passed in October 2016 by Michigan lawmakers, called the Third Grade Retention Law. The law was passed to ensure that students exiting third grade are reading at or above grade level requirements. (Macomb Daily)

 

Wednesday is Count Day: It's important to get your kids to school

Let's be clear: Michigan school officials want kids in school every day. But they really want kids in school on Wednesday, one of the most important days of the school year. "There's just a hard, truthful reality to making sure that students are there that day," said Nikolai Vitti, superintendent for the Detroit Public Schools Community District. "But we want to try to build that culture so that that's happening every day, for students in every school." (Detroit Free Press)

 

Blue ribbon: Gallimore named one of nation's top schools

Over the summer, parents and teachers at Gallimore Elementary School worked hard to turn an under-used computer lab into a thriving STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) lab. It's the latest example of a collaborative environment that exists between stakeholders in the school that has earned Gallimore national recognition. (Observer & Eccentric)

 

Rochester Community Schools hosts students, staff from China

“This exchange program enables students and staff from both countries to make personal connections so they can explore the similarities and differences that exist between educational systems, cultures, political systems, geography and history,” said Executive Director of Elementary Education Michael Behrmann. The visit will take place from Oct. 2 to Oct. 15. The students and staff are from Zhangjiagang Experimental Primary School (Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province), Liangfeng Middle School (Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province), and Xishan Senior High School (Wuxi, Jiangsu Province). Xishan High School students will visit from October 2-8. (Oakland Press)

 

Utica Community Schools perform at annual Band-A-Rama

Utica Community Schools award-winning high school marching bands presented their annual Band-A-Rama at Stevenson High School’s Runkel Field, Sunday. Band-A-Rama showcases the district’s high school musicians in on-field performances. Ticket proceeds benefit the Louis Gonda Memorial Music Scholarship to fund opportunities for UCS band students to further their music education. (Macomb Daily)

 

Kids need help with reading? Aid is just a text away for Lake Orion parents

Destiny Narloch is a busy mom of four kids. So when it comes to getting tips for helping her children with reading, quick and simple rules the day. That's why she likes a new program in Lake Orion Community Schools — field-tested last year — that sends text messages to parents who sign up for them. Those texts come chock full of helpful hints and things parents can do on the fly with their children to boost their reading and writing skills. "I just like the simplicity of it," said Narloch, who was part of the field-test that included about 70 parents. "If there's anything that can help the parent help the kids and then in turn that helps the teacher ... it's a good thing." (Detroit Free Press)

 

Local high schools face off in third annual Battle of the Bands

It was a packed house at Pontiac’s Wisner Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 30, for this year’s Battle of the Bands High School Marching Band Competition. The annual event, which serves as an annual fundraiser for the Pontiac High School and Pontiac Middle School music departments, featured nine local marching bands this year from around southeast Michigan: Notre Dame High School, Avondale High School, North Branch High School, South Lake High School, Oxford High School, Waterford Kettering High School, Waterford Mott High School, Roseville High School, and Anchor Bay High School. (Oakland Press)

 

Houses, condos planned for school sites in Livonia, Westland

A projected 143 housing units are coming to Livonia and Westland with the Livonia Public Schools district's sale of three school sites — two unused and one that is soon to be vacant — to a Novi home builder. The sites, one in Livonia and two in Westland, total about 36 acres and the purchase prices total $2.7 million. The LPS Board of Education, with a series of unanimous votes, approved the purchase agreements with Infinity Homes Inc. last week. (Observer & Eccentric)

 

Northville schools want $100 million bond approval from voters

Are Northville Public Schools voters willing to forgo tax decreases in order to pay for more than $100 million in building improvements that would reach every district school? That question will be answered in November, when voters weigh in on a $104.85 million bond proposal. The money would be used for building infrastructure updates, enhanced security features and the modernization of learning spaces. (Observer & Eccentric)

 

Utica schools, local libraries team to offer virtual library card

All Utica Community Schools students will have access to a whole new digital world, thanks to a virtual library card offered through partnerships with local communities. UCS K-12 students will have free digital access to special collections and reference resources through their local libraries. Students and parents will also be able to connect with a network of online tutors through Tutor.com. “The virtual library card is an example of how local leaders continue to work together to enhance opportunities for our students,” said Superintendent Christine Johns. “The virtual library card promotes an important focus on literacy by providing all students access to the digital resources offered at their local library.” (Macomb Daily)

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Merger flips demographic script at Ferndale schools

Ferndale — Separate and unequal: That was the makeup of two elementary schools here before they merged last year in an attempt to desegregate classrooms and create a level education field for Ferndale Schools’ youngest students. Kennedy Elementary School was majority white and not economically disadvantaged. Most parents served 40 hours of volunteer time a year and a lottery had determined admission. Roosevelt Primary School was majority black, a majority of students lived in poverty, volunteers were harder to come by and enrollment was open to all. State test scores in 2015-16 showed a similar dichotomy: Kennedy students were about 58 percent proficient in third-grade reading. At Roosevelt, the proficiency rate was around 24 percent. (Detroit News)

 

North Farmington students gain internet fame for senior IDs

You remember ID day in high school, right? We can probably guarantee it was never as fun as it was at North Farmington High School recently. How fun? Seniors at the school each year are allowed to pose for ID photos dressed in crazy costumes and this year they dressed as their favorite celebrity, movie character or meme. The results? Hilarious. And it's earned the school instant fame on social media, thanks to the #NFID18 hashtag. (Detroit Free Press)

 

Grosse Pointe Schools rethinks way it keeps Detroit kids and others out

GROSSE POINTE, MI - Grosse Pointe Public Schools is considering changing the enforcement of its residency policy, which currently includes an anonymous tip line that can lead to third-party investigations of whether students actually live in the district. Student residency has long been a charged issue at Grosse Pointe Schools, which does not enroll Schools of Choice students who live outside the geographical boundaries of the district. Most Michigan schools have started accepting Schools of Choice students as a way to boost their funding, because state dollars follow the student. (MLive)

 

First day jitters experienced by all including Utica superintendent

Tuesday’s first day of school arrived with partly sunny skies and a good chance of tears. “I remember my first day vividly,” said Utica Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns, who surprised her students and their parents with a ride along in the morning that included an entourage of media capturing all of the thrills that go along with the first day of school. “My mom did my hair, and I’m pretty sure I was wearing a new dress,” Johns added. “I had a stay-at-home-mom, so leaving her was devastating, but I was greeted at the school by such kind and caring teachers that I adapted quickly.” (Macomb Daily)

 

Brother Rice students go on mission trip to Peru

This summer, nine Brother Rice students embarked on the school’s annual mission trip to Lima, Peru. The students from the Bloomfield Hills Catholic school spent a week experiencing a different culture and using their hands to build and serve. The trip was led by Spanish teacher Andrew Cielieski. He shared a blog of the daily experiences and the impact the immersion trip has on the young missionaries. (Oakland Press)

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> Michigan Catholic: Brother Rice seniors serve the poor, fellow Christian Brothers, in Peru

 

Wayne-Westland school board selects Shelley Holt as new superintendent

A Fontana, Calif., educator has been selected as the new Wayne-Westland Community Schools district superintendent. The district has offered the position to Shelley Holt, currently executive director of student services for the Fontana Unified School District. With contract negotiations underway, it's not clear yet when Holt will start work. Outgoing Superintendent Michele Harmala's last day was Aug. 31; she's taking a position with Madonna University. "She brought a lot of energy. She has a wealth of knowledge on issues, on diversity and relationship building," Wayne-Westland school board President Shawna Walker said. "The new superintendent understands that we have a strategic plan in place and is willing to work with that. She is very compatible with what we are trying to do." (Observer & Eccentric)

 

Walled Lake, school district fight over building’s fate

Walled Lake – City officials are facing off against their local school board over a decision to shut down and demolish a school building and sell off the property for commercial purposes. It’s something that has been percolating in the city of 7,000 for at least six years, the decision following lively school board meetings, forums and this summer, the closure of the Community Education Center on North Pontiac Trail in the center of the city’s business district. The brick building, built in 1922, is a former school that in recent years has been used for a variety of daytime and evening education programs. (Detroit News)

 

Oakland County students will find a lot has changed as they go back to school

When most Oakland County students go back to school Tuesday, Sept. 5, they’ll find new faces in many principal’s offices, new programs and new schedules in their schools. Here’s a list of what to expect, as supplied by the county’s public school districts. Programs: This school year, the district will open a new program for gifted learners.The two classrooms, housed at Avondale’s Woodland Elementary, are multi-age (third and fourth grade) settings that bring together students as intellectual peers rather than age peers. Avondale is planning to add more grade levels to the program in fall 2018. (Oakland Press)

 

Back to school: New faces and places will greet local students

Of all the changes made to local school districts over the summer, perhaps none was as significant as East Detroit Public Schools, which re-branded itself as Eastpointe Community Schools. The new identity follows efforts by the state School Reform Office, which briefly had a CEO take over academics at four under-performing schools, as well as whittling away at a multi-million dollar budget deficit. It also encapsulates moves to boost achievement, expanding half-day and full-day early childhood programs, a restructuring of the middle school and rolling out new programs including the rigorous International Baccalaureate Programme. (Macomb Daily)

 

Birmingham Covington: Building a Student-Centered School

A group of middle school students in full beekeeping gear examines one of the hives their school keeps in the woods nearby. “Ooh, there’s honey!” says one excitedly. “I see nectar!” says another. These eager fifth and sixth graders from Birmingham Covington, a public magnet school in suburban Michigan focused on science and technology, are empowered to become self-directed learners through hands-on experiences in and outside their classroom. Birmingham Covington’s student-centered philosophy is embedded throughout the curriculum, from third- and fourth-grade classes focused on teaching individual resourcefulness to an almost wholly independent capstone class in seventh and eighth grade called Thinkering Studio. (Eductopia)

 

Metro Detroit pitches in for school supplies

It takes a village to provide school supplies in many Michigan districts. School supply drives, private donations, teachers and parents are all pitching in to provide basic classroom necessities for Michigan’s 1.5 million students when they return to school in coming weeks. While parents and more often teachers are the first in line to purchase the bulk of items needed, school supply drives have become more common in Detroit, Pontiac and Flint, where many children live in poverty and parents cannot afford the long list of needs for to school. (Detroit News)

 

Romulus school proposals fail, Grosse Pointe public safety millage passes

Voters in several Wayne County communities weighed in on millage proposals Tuesday, including Grosse Pointe, where residents OK'd a proposal to pay for new public safety facilities.

Some communities also picked city council candidates to move on to the general election in November.  Here are the results: Grosse Pointe voters approved a nearly $13-million bond proposal to pay for new public safety facilities. The measure passed by a margin of 53% to 46%, with 783 people voting for it and 685 against it.  (Detroit Free Press)

 

 

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