Beecher High School in the running for new locker room

Beecher High School could get a $100,000 locker room makeover if the school receives the most online votes from the public. Beecher High School in Mt. Morris Township, just north of Flint, is the only Michigan school in the competition by locker manufacturing company Hollman Inc. and is up against against four other schools located in North Carolina, Texas and California. Votes can be cast on the Hollman website. Polls close at 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3. The prize for the winning school is a $100,000 locker room makeover, according an email Hollman sent to Beecher Community Schools encouraging the school apply to the competition. The boys and girls locker rooms at Beecher High School have not be

Mt. Pleasant Public Schools honors students with Peacemaking Awards Ceremony

Some of the recipients of the Mt. Pleasant Public School Peacemaking Awards. Photo courtesy of Mount Pleasant Middle School. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 20, Mt. Pleasant Public Schools (MPPS) honored some of their students with their Peacemaking Awards Ceremony. The Peacemaking awards have been going on for around 27 years and honors students from kindergarten to high school that are identified as peacemakers. "It's a long standing tradition that recognizes students that help out in all grade levels," MPPS superintendent, Jennifer Verleger said. The nominated students are selected by faculty members and are generally students who don't normally get recognized outside of art and acade

Flint school launches lab to teach students skills for 'ever-changing job market'

Flint Community Schools' Southwestern Classical Academy launched a new "makerspace" for its ninth through 12th grade students. The lab, which was made possible by a portion of a nearly $3 million school improvement grant from the Michigan Department of Education, will support the development of 21st century skills, Flint Community Schools said in a press release. The makerspace broke ground in October and features a virtual reality lab and a collaborative learning lab. The labs will feature tools such as a green space, dye cutting machine, full spectrum laser cutter, sewing machine, and computers for graphic design. “The new addition of a makerspace allows us to engage our students in critic

Muskegon Heights film screening tackles discriminatory punishment in schools

The conversation that will be happening in Muskegon Heights Saturday, Jan. 18, is one that is occurring across the country: How do we change a system in which black girls overwhelmingly and disproportionately face discriminatory, punitive and unfair treatment in schools? How do we change a system in which black girls are being suspended, expelled, referred to law enforcement, and arrested on school campuses at rates that far exceed their white peers? How do we make our schools a place of healing, instead of a place of punishment—instead of a place where black girls are pushed out of schools and into prisons? “Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools,” a feature-length documenta

Teaching Residency Project for Dearborn Public Schools aims to address shortage of STEM teachers

Cooke STEM Academy teacher Leslie Parks-Fletcher speaks to students in February 2018 while they work on laptops. (Photo: Jennifer Chambers, The Detroit News) Wayne State University has launched a teaching residency project for the Detroit and Dearborn Public School Districts that aims to address the state's shortage of STEM teachers and support workforce development. The $2.5 million program, Metro Detroit Teaching Residency for Urban Excellence (TRUE) Project, will seek recent college graduates and mid-career professionals with STEM expertise in the metro Detroit region, especially those in the automotive and technology industries who may be impacted by plant closures. Program officials sai

Lansing Schools' Eastern High juniors and seniors can go to class after school through new Flex

It’s after 3 p.m. and Damian Bollinger was just getting to school. He brought a jug of water into the third-floor classroom at Lansing School District’s Eastern High School and sat down behind a laptop, joining two other students and Dee Halstead, the Eastern Flex Academy coordinator and English teacher for the program. When Halstead joked about the size of Bollinger’s water jug, he replied “I just got off work." Bollinger fell behind in his school work after taking a job at Delux Tents and Events and taking on the responsibility of caring for his 5-year-old niece. Trying to balance school on top of that was too much. Eastern Flex Academy student Damian Bollinger, 17, checks out a computer a

Holland Public Schools' Superintendent Brian Davis Shares Lessons from Africa

By Brian Davis, Ph.D., Superintendent, Holland Public Schools Recently I had the chance to spend time immersing myself in the homes, streets, schools, villages and amazing wildlife of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia. From walking the streets of District Six and learning about Apartheid; shuffling through the enclosed courtyard at Robben Island; standing outside of Nelson Mandela’s cell where he spent 18 years of his life; walking the hallways of an overcrowded and underfunded elementary school; and sitting in the shade of a leafless tree in the Ncube Village; this was a lifetime opportunity for me and a trip I had looked forward to for years. Little did I really know that these e

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