Three Middle Cities districts among 13 Michigan Schools Awarded 2019 National Blue Ribbon Recognitio

Thirteen schools in Michigan are being recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USED) as 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools, the Michigan Department of Education announced. “I congratulate these schools for earning this distinguished national honor,” State Superintendent Dr. Michael F. Rice said. “The hard work and focus of the students and educators at our Blue Ribbon schools serve as a model for every Michigan school striving for greater student achievement.” Three of Michigan’s 13 National Blue Ribbon Schools are from Middle Cities Districts: Charles A. Lindbergh Elementary School Dearborn Public Schools; Glenn Maleyko, Superintendent City Middle/High School Grand Rapids Public Sch

Ypsilanti students prepare for exhibit of their artwork in Washington, D.C.

Ypsilanti Community Schools (YCS) students' art will be featured at a U.S. Department of Education (DOE) exhibit in Washington, D.C., as part of their Student Art Exhibit Program. When the show opens in May 2020, it will be the first time any school from Michigan has been featured in the Student Art Exhibit Program, which has been in operation since 2004. The program features rotating exhibits of student art at the DOE's gallery in D.C. More than 60 Ypsilanti Community Schools elementary, middle school, and high school students had their work chosen to be on display for about six months, starting in May next year. Most of those students and about a dozen chaperones will travel to D.C. May 13

Ecorse Public Schools Announces Musical Instrument Donation Drive

Ecorse Public Schools will be holding its first Musical Instrument Donation Drive on Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Ecorse High School 27385 W. Outer Dr. Ecorse, MI 48229 to benefit the school community. The district's goal is to raise $30,000 and/or to secure the musical instruments identified below. "The gift of a new or gently used musical instrument can transform lives. Research shows that children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education," explains Ecorse Public Schools District superintendent, Dr. Josha Talison. The di

Eastpointe Community Schools updates infrastructure to save money and energy

Eastpointe Community Schools recently completed a $2.4 million infrastructure improvement effort to improve facilities in the district and save money. The improvement efforts were done in conjunction with Siemens Smart Infrastructure, which assessed the needs of the district and helped it determine what improvements could be made while remaining fiscally responsible. “It’s water, lights, heating and cooling, and other energy saving measures,” said district spokesperson Caitlyn Kienitz. “It will conserve a lot of money in costs. They did a survey of needs in the district, and this is what they determined what the most effective improvements would be. It will be paid for by the money we will s

Ypsilanti Community Schools develop plan for student success

Ypsilanti Community Schools (YCS) have been through many changes since Ypsilanti and Willow Run schools consolidated in 2013. But with a five-year contract for new Superintendent Alena Zachery-Ross in place and new administrators appointed to key positions in the district, school district officials are hoping to create stability and map out a course for the district over the next few years. Zachery-Ross says she benefited from spending a year as interim superintendent before being appointed to the position permanently. "It was good to see what (staff and students) celebrated, and keep those things, as well as what they dreamed of and what they think about where we might be going, and what we

Saginaw Public Schools requiring students to have their phones in locked pouches

Saginaw Public Schools are taking a strong stance on phones in classrooms. The district will be giving students locked pouches for their handheld devices starting next week. Students will come to school with the pouches and have their phones locked inside. Students and parents are mixed about the change. The school district decided to purchase $27,000 worth of locked pouches. Saginaw Public Schools purchased these locked pouches from Yondr and celebrities like Dave Chappelle and Donald Glover have used them at their events. It's a move to keep the audience more involved in the event and less on their phone. Saginaw Superintendent Ramont Roberts is hoping this new policy is going to pay divid

Vietnam-era vet gets diploma 45 years after dropping out of Lansing Eastern High School

David Dunckel thought of himself as a high school dropout. That’s in spite of a career in the military and a Bronze Star. It’s in spite of earning an associate degree, and holding a state job where peers have master’s degrees. And it’s in spite of winning a national award for helping a Michigan company recruit veterans. “Nobody likes to be a high school dropout, and I have been one my whole life regardless of anything else I achieved,” he said. That changed Thursday. The 62-year-old Grand Ledge man, wearing his Army dress uniform, accepted his diploma from the Lansing Board of Education as a few dozen classmates, colleagues and military buddies gave him a standing ovation. "I can't tell you

Benton Harbor Area Schools Adds Family Resource Room

Benton Harbor parents now have a place to go to get help with their kids and be directed to other local, state and federal programs for services. The Family Resource Center is a classroom at the high school. It’s walls are painted gray and covered in inspirational artwork. Donated furniture and computers, and parenting books fill the room. Traci Burton is Family and Community Coordinator at BHAS. She said the idea is to help parents help their kids. “We have a solid team here at Benton Harbor that is committed to doing things different this year. Really looking at those innovative ways that we can reach our families, reach our students and impact our community.” “Our new Family Center is goi

Westwood Community School District students welcomed back with backpack giveaway

Excitement filled the air, as students returned to school recently. Students from Thorne and Daly Elementary Schools, part of the Westwood Community School District, lined up and were greeted with high fives, cheers, and "Welcome back to school! We missed you," being shouted from the staff. Golfview Manor Civic Association's Youth Leadership Programs, a local Dearborn Heights organization and 501c3, sponsored the annual "Backpack Project." The Youth Leadership Programs, written and under the leadership of Dearborn Heights City Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton, supports student development and builds leadership skills through community service. This year, over 1,000 backpacks were distributed

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