Graduate of Kalamazoo schools who returned to teach named English teacher of the year

A graduate and teacher at Kalamazoo Public Schools is the 2019 Middle School English Teacher of the Year. The Michigan Council of Teachers of English named Stephanie Hampton, a teacher at Maple Street Magnet School, the state’s top English teacher, according to a press release from the organization. Hampton sat at a square desk in her classroom Tuesday, Oct. 29, after students had left for the day, and reflected on her time as a student at Parkwood-Upjohn Elementary School and later Loy Norrix High School. “I valued the education I got here,” said Hampton, a 2006 KPS graduate. “What they sowed into me, I wanted to give back." Hampton was part of the first graduating class to receive free col

Southfield Public Schools celebrate harvest of Learning Garden

Working with a grant from Big Green, a Colorado-based national nonprofit whose goal is to bring “real food” to underserved communities, Southfield Public Schools planted Learning Gardens earlier this year. Photo Credit: Anika Corbett, Southfield Public Schools A learning garden is an outdoor classroom that produces edible plants. Photo Credit: Anika Corbett, Southfield Public Schools Students laid soil, set up irrigation, and planted lettuce, kale, turnips and radishes, which they harvested last week. “Our students are learning a lot about nutrition and urban gardening. … This is a way for them to get involved in it, be able to speak about it and have some context for it. You’d be surprised

Saginaw Public Schools offers employment skills & work-based learning

The Saginaw Career Complex is the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center for Saginaw County. More than 500 high school juniors and seniors attend for half of their school day, and are making a daily investment in their future careers. Each of the 19 programs offered at SCC link learning with earning by teaching skills that help prepare students for college, advanced technical training or skilled entry-level work. In addition to learning in real world, technology-rich labs, students can earn industry certifications that give them a head start in preparing for high-skill, high-wage careers. This diverse group shares the common goal of career success, and they are getting a head start on p

Van Dyke Public Schools hosts K-9 Unit

This year, Van Dyke Public Schools will be working with the Warren Police Department’s K-9 Unit during training exercises. The district states, "This will help to keep our campus safe and allow us to continue to collaborate with the Department in our daily work in the Van Dyke Community. You may see some of these proud, specially trained K-9 Officers in the building while students are in class."

Grand Rapids Public Schools share $450K grant with Kent County to improve recycling infrastructure a

More than $450,000 in grants has been awarded to Kent County and Grand Rapids Public Schools to help divert more of the county’s trash away from landfills. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) announced Monday morning the two grants that are part of a statewide “Know It Before You Throw It” recycling campaign. “Increasing recycling and improving the quality of materials we’re recycling is not only the right thing to do for our environment, but it also saves energy, reduces water use, decreases greenhouse gases, conserves resources and translates into local jobs,” said Jack Schinderle, director of EGLE’s materials management division. EGLE gave its largest-ev

Holland Public Schools launches pilot program for internet on buses

By Mitchell Boatman, reporter from The Holland Sentinel Holland Public Schools is launching a pilot program to turn those long bus rides into an opportunity to be productive. The district is equipping a bus with internet so students can access learning tools on their district-issued devices. “This is in recognition that student athletes spend a great deal of time traveling to away events,” HPS Superintendent Brian Davis said. “A lot of time they’re not back until 9 p.m. or later and might have two hours of homework. “This is meant to bridge the time gap for student athletes. We all recognize our athletes as scholar athletes — academics are first. We want to make sure they are excelling in th

Lansing School District taking steps to prevent bullying, ensure safety of students

Following is a Lansing State Journal opinion article submitted by Acting Superintendent, Mark Coscarella. "Student safety is priority number one in the Lansing School District and bully prevention is key to ensuring the safety of students and adults. However, the term ‘bullying’ is frequently misunderstood and often used to include conflict, disagreement, or being mean-spirited. A conflict between two people is a disagreement or argument in which both sides express their views. In a conflict, children and adults may express their ideas in a less than civil way, however they are able to look at their behavior and change it knowing that they may have crossed the line. This recognition of hurti

Eastpointe Community Schools hosts Halloween fun

Eastpointe Community Schools will be hosting a trunk or treat, allowing children to travel around the Eastpointe High School parking lot and visit local organizations, businesses and others giving out candy from their cars. “We had about 900 children last year, and this should be a good opportunity for kids to have a safe and entertaining trick-or-treating experience,” said Caitlyn Kienitz, the communications and marketing manager for the district. “It’s a traditional trunk or treat with kids going from car to car for candy instead of house to house.” It will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the high school, located at 15501 Couzens Ave. “If people are interested (in giving

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

As a part of the Waterford Public Schools anti-bullying task force, student representatives from across the district met in the spring and developed the slogan “Lend a Hand, Take a Waterford Stand!” To promote the importance of this message, students entered posters they created into a contest. Five winners were selected and their posters can be found throughout Waterford Schools' buildings. Congratulations to winners Nichelle Alvarado, Emily Hile, Elizabeth Majors, Isabella Stone, and Tianna Wall.

Students learn about high-tech manufacturing during tours of auto supplier's facilities

Over 120 middle and high school students from Wayne and Oakland County experienced a hands-on introduction to modern industrial technology and techniques at Deshler Group facilities in Livonia and Ferndale on Friday, Oct. 4. These events are a part of the national observance of Manufacturing Day 2019. Franklin Middle School and Stevenson Middle School students from the Wayne-Westland Community Schools took part in interactive programming at the Michigan-based Tier-1 auto supplier's global headquarters in Livonia, which houses operations for sister companies Amanda Manufacturing Michigan (automotive-focused metal stamping); GS3 Global (supply-chain management); Feblo International (warehousin

Van Dyke Public Schools opens new health clinic at Lincoln High School

In an effort to better help students with their physical and mental health needs, school officials in Van Dyke Public Schools (VDPS) have added a new health clinic at Lincoln High School this year. The Henry Ford Health System clinic opened on the first day of school, Sept. 3. It will be open on school days from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. VDPS Superintendent Piper Bognar said the clinic will be available to all Van Dyke students and anyone in the community ages 4-21. “We’ve had a partnership with Henry Ford (for) several years. We talked about how wonderful it would be to have a clinic on-site,” Bognar said. “When the opportunity arose, we knew it would be perfect.” The district received grant mone

Plaster Creek Park Connects Children to Nature

You won’t find Nora Macario’s four children sitting around indoors, eyes glued to a phone or TV screen. They spend most of their free time playing outdoors at Grand Rapids Plaster Creek Park. While all of the planned improvements won’t be finished until November, the playground equipment is installed — although adults may not recognize it. Built from downed and diseased trees that the City had to remove, the timber structures could pass as winning ArtPrize sculptures. “My kids love being in the park. They are here all the time,” Macario says. She’s especially excited about the new Burton Elementary and Middle Schools' outdoor classroom that her kids will have access to during the school day.

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