This Week in the Ann Arbor Public Schools
November 26, 2012
This Week’s Good News!
• The Bach Elementary School Service Squad, under the guidance of fourth grade teacher Robin Frisch-Gleason, organized a UNICEF drive. Through Trick-Or-Treat-For-UNICEF donations, Bach School raised $1,578.71. Thanks to the compassion and generosity of the Bach community, this money will help UNICEF provide clean water, medical care, and educational materials to children in need.
• The Dicken Elementary school Service Squad supervised by Laura Carino, was sadden by the devastating effects that Hurricane Sandy had on the east coast. They decided to raise funds for the Red Cross relief fund by allowing students to wear hats to school on one day. Students who chose to wear hats had to donate at least $1. Principal Madison is proud to announce that the students raised $518.26 in one day! We are thankful to the generosity of the Dicken students. Their donations will be well received by the American Red Cross and the families on the east coast who are still in need.
• In one week, Clague Middle School collected 2216 cans of food which were donated to Gleaners Food Bank. This is an annual food drive that Clague has participated in for the past several years. Congratulations to Ms. Jender's advisory class which contributed 508 cans and Mrs. Morningstar's class which contributed 372 cans.
• Clague's 8th grade class returned from a trip to Gettysburg and Washington DC on Nov. 11. They toured many historic sites and got to hear a lecture from Abe Lincoln himself. One highlight was a night-time ghost tour while in Gettysburg. Getting to see the many museums and monuments was fun and interesting. The students were honored as they were able to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during the Veteran’s Day Weekend trip.
• Clague Middle School celebrates 40 years of Excellence. On Sunday November 18, over 300 people came together to remember the good times and look forward to the future in honor of the 40th anniversary of the opening of Clague Middle School. Many former students and staff members attended including one of the first principal's, Dick Nowland, and Dr. Allan Clague the son of Ashley Clague, the school’s namesake. Mr. Nowland spoke about his experience at Clague and Dr. Clague spoke about his father’s attachment to Clague. Each of Clague's musical ensembles performed for the entertainment of the visitors. Congratulations and thanks to the current Clague staff, parents and students for organizing and hosting a wonderful 40th anniversary celebration.
• Dicken Elementary School's student council elected to collect cans for the Thanksgiving holiday. Over a 5 day period, students were encouraged to donate one canned food item towards this initiative. Under the leadership of Co-Advisors Cathy Cieglo and Fred Klein, the student council collected 420 pounds of food for Food Gatherers. Way to go Dicken Dolphins!
• Pioneer senior, Gabe Novak, had his setting of “Sure on this Shining Night” (recorded by A Cappella) selected for the MMEA Honors Composition Concert at the MMC. Gabe has been a student in all three programs & AP music theory.
• Kudos to the Huron Band rats that auditioned and were accepted as members of this year All State Band, Orchestra and Jazz Band: Emily Ji (Clarinet-Band), Jordan Steiff (Clarinet-Band), Renee Zhao (Trombone-Band), Aidan Wada-Dawson (Alto Saxophone - Jazz Band). A special congratulations to the following students who are placed as First Chair in their section: Paulina Tsao (first chair flute in the All State Band), Ethan Chupp (first chair Clarinet in the All State Band), Kevin Yang (first chair Tenor Saxophone in the All State Band), Jiaao Hou (first chair Clarinet in the All State Orchestra), Brandon Cutler (first chair Trombone in the All State Orchestra). These are amazing results for these hard working musicians. Go Rats!