This Week In the Ann Arbor Public Schools
November 14, 2011
- Roberto Clemente students Marlin Bird, Marcus Jewell and Xavier Lawson-Morton, are in the Friday media group and took photos of students in all nine Friday enrichment groups. The best of their photos were made into a book using the Shutterfly program. Many of the photos in the book are posted on the bulletin board in the library where all the students can enjoy them.
You can see the book on the Shutterfly site by clicking this link:
Site Name: Roberto Clemente High School, Ann Arbor, MI
Site URL: http://robertoclementeannarbor.shutterfly.com/
- On Wednesday, Nov. 9th, all 240 of Slauson's 7th grade students along with teachers and parent chaperones traveled to the MIchigan Theater for a University of Michigan Musical Society Concert. Students were treated to a wonderful performance by AnDa Union, an ensemble playing traditional music from Mongolia including several types of throat singing. The Slauson students responded enthusiastically to the performers, behaved exceptionally and were complimented by UMS staff. Attendance at the concert was facilitated by the Slauson Social Studies staff to integrate cultural experiences into the World Cultures curriculum.
- Ann Arbor Pioneer won a state title in Water Polo last weekend. Pioneer played AA Huron in the championship game. It was a great game, down to the wire. Very proud of Ann Arbor, we did a cheer before the game started, it went (Huron) said Ann and (Pioneer) said Arbor. It lasted for about a minute before the game began, totally cool! Huron played great the first half and Pioneer played great in the second half. Congratulations to both teams for a great season and championship.
- Northside's got Groove! The drumming group Groove came to Northside this past Friday for a fantastic concert. This dynamic group of talented college students played an eclectic ensemble of self-made drums. From pill bottles to drum sticks to plastic buckets- this group had rhythm and terrific sound!
- On Sunday, November 8, Allen Elementary School celebrated its 50th birthday! The weather cooperated with a beautiful fall day and all who attended had a good time. Theywere also very lucky to have each former Principal represented in person or by a family member and would like to thank them for taking the time to come ‘home’. Allen’s former and current families also turned out in full force to help celebrate this special day. A special thank you to the following District representatives who were able to attend on Sunday; Alesia Flye, Deputy Superintendent for Instructional Services, Jane Landefeld, Director of Student Accounting and Research Services and Board Member, Glenn Nelson. It was a wonderful day with special friends and family. Thank you again to one and all.
- The Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation awarded $18,446 in funding for Great Ideas Grants on October 27. The projects awarded are listed below by school and include the name of the program the teacher/staff member involved and the amount of the award.
Young Entrepreneurs Club, Ross Dunbar, $500;
7th Grade Trip to Arab American Nat’l Museum, Semra Koknar, $1,000
Tapping That Tree, Mary Catherine Rudberg, $425
The World in a Crystal, Karen McDonald, $1,000
Integrating Chinese Culture into the 1st Grade Curriculum, Ann Marie Borders, $500
Are You Listening, Derek Toohey, $900
Family Fun Math Times, Jennifer Maciag, $857
Ann Arbor Pre-School
Music to my Ears, Susan Dziedzic, $500
Haisley Peer to Peer Mentoring Program, Karen Queenville & Gloria O’Neill, $434
Pittsfield Community Garden, Jennifer Barcelata, $1,000
Pioneer Trailblazers, Don Packard, $750
Stage Combat Instruction, Sean Sabo, $800
Red Beard Press Poetry Books, Jeff Kass, $350
Web 2.0 in the Modern Language Classroom, Jennifer Shaw, $280
Visiting Guest Musical Artist/Composer, Frederick Smith. $1.000
Huron Science Extravaganza, Don lYeatts, David Caine, Andrew Collins, Jenni Wilkening, $1,000
Birds of Prey, David Russell, $600
Artists Use Natural Resources, Jessica Anderson, $670
Reflections of Me, Katie Hughes, $462
Ukelele Study, Katie Ryan, $1,000
We’re Diverse Birds, Kristine Bishop, $1,000
Project Blue Bird, Aaron Lopez, $418
A New Approach to Help Students Deal with Cyber Bullying, Ed Broom, $1,000
Homeless Students on Track for Success, Azibo Stevens, $1,000
Dancing into History, Robin Bailey, $1,000
- On November 8, the state of Michigan released a list of schools that are “Beating the Odds.” These are school who are outperforming schools with similar risk factors and demographic composition. Three Ann Arbor elementary schools are on the list: Angell, King and Wines.
Patricia P. Green, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Ann Arbor Public Schools