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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

 

MACOMB DAILY

Warren Con official named superintendent in Rochester

By Mitch Hotts

A Macomb County educator and former police officer has been appointed as the new superintendent for Rochester Community Schools in Oakland County. Robert Shaner, director for instruction and technology for Warren Consolidated Schools, was appointed at the school board’s Jan. 24 meeting. His contract was expected to be approved by the school board at Monday’s meeting.

 

Saturday-Monday, February 2-4, 2013

 

OAKLAND PRESS

Students help create anti-bullying phone app

By MEGAN SEMERAZ

We see it on a near daily basis — stories of bullying within schools across the country and even in Oakland County. A child is bullied in the United States every seven minutes.

 

Friday, Feb. 1, 2013

 

MACOMB DAILY

Detroit area's Catholic schools shrink, but tradition endures

By Patricia Montemurri

More than 13,000 "Mercy girls" have received a Catholic education from Mercy High School, founded in Detroit in 1945, when the city's population was heavily Catholic. On Thursday, in Farmington Hills, the school's current location, about 800 Mercy girls attended a mass marking national Catholic Schools Week.

 

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013

 

MACOMB DAILY

Mount Clemens parents frustrated over school cuts

By Mitch Hotts

Parents of students in Mount Clemens Community Schools attending the first of several public forums expressed frustration over discipline issues, teacher layoffs and program reductions.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013

 

STUDENTANDEDUCATOR

Oxford Community Schools hosts rare sculptural exhibit and Oakland Youth Orchestras winter concert

Open to the public on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. is an incomparable celebration of the arts featuring the Oakland Youth Orchestras and Herb Babcock sculptures in the Oxford Fine Arts Center, 745 N. Oxford Road, Oxford.

 

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Inkster district could convert high school into a charter school

By Lori Higgins

Under a radical plan to deal with a $12-million deficit, Inkster Public Schools would turn its high school over to a charter school management company to run and become a K-8 district.

 

OAKLAND PRESS

Michigan School for the Arts charter school to show off its first-year talent at grand opening ceremony

By DIANA DILLABER MURRAY

PONTIAC — Parents will have the opportunity to see children performing at the new Michigan School for the Arts charter school at the grand opening ceremony and tours at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

 

MACOMB DAILY

Utica schools projects $22.5 million budget deficit for 2013-2014

By Frank DeFrank

More cuts could be imminent for Utica Community Schools after finance officials projected a $22.5 million budget shortfall for the 2013-2014 school year.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013

 

MACOMB DAILY

Time to shore up school funding, Macomb County officials say

By Chad Selweski

Boosting funds for K-12 schools, especially special education and pre-kindergarten, is emerging as a key post-recession issue for Michigan, according to federal, state and local officials who gathered in Shelby Township on Monday.

 

Saturday-Monday, Jan. 26-28

 

DETROIT NEWS

Pontiac schools pulled into toilet paper scrap

By Shawn D. Lewis

Pontiac — A state representative charged Friday that education funding cuts have left the Pontiac School District without basic supplies, including toilet paper.

 

Friday, January 25, 2013

 

STUDENTANDEDUCATOR

Oakland Schools Technical Campuses to host 10-14 year-olds and parents in engineering exploration

Family Engineering Night is part of a county-wide initiative to help parents get their children interested in emerging technologies via an exciting evening of hands-on activities at Oakland Schools Technical Campuses. Upper-elementary and middle school students will explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with mom or dad in a fun introductory evening complete with snacks and door prizes.

Related story:

> Oakland Press: Oakland County school staff learns how to protect themselves, students in active shooter training

 

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Detroit Tigers give tips on ending bullying in schools

By Ann Zaniewski

A victim of childhood bullying, Detroit Tiger Prince Fielder encouraged students Thursday night to help put an end to bullying in their schools.

 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

 

MACOMB DAILY

Mount Clemens school board orders monthly cuts

By Mitch Hotts

The new Mount Clemens Board of Education is taking an aggressive approach to eliminating its budget deficit in an effort to stave off a state-appointed receiver.

 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

 

DETROIT NEWS

Charter school firm buys vacant Warren Target building

By Charles E. Ramirez

A charter school may soon set up shop in a vacant Target store on Dequindre between 11 Mile and 12 Mile in Warren. The Minneapolis-based retail giant has sold its former store near the Universal Shopping Center to Red Apple Development LLC, a Florida real estate development company that serves charter schools, for an undisclosed price. Target closed the store in October 2009 and moved it into a shopping center less than a mile away, closer to the corner of 12 Mile and Dequindre.

 

OAKLAND PRESS

Roeper School receives anonymous $451,000 donation

Roeper School, which is for gifted and talented children, has received $451,000 from an anonymous donor to fully fund the Birmingham middle and high school campus beautification project.

 

Saturday-Monday, January 19-21, 2013

 

DETROIT FREE PRESS

United We Walk brings schools together for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

By Megha Satyanarayana

About 200 students and parents from West Bloomfield and Detroit schools gathered at West Bloomfield High School on Sunday on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day to celebrate the civil rights leader's legacy and to acknowledge the progress of his dream.

 

OAKLAND PRESS

Birmingham students, teachers take part in inauguration activities in Washington, D.C.

By CHRIS LAINE

A group of local students and teachers from Birmingham are heading to the nation’s capitol to participate in one of America’s historic events. Students and teachers from Birmingham’s Covington School are attending the upcoming inauguration and will also have the opportunity to take in all the sights Washington, D.C., has to offer.

 

Friday, January 18, 2013

 

PATCH

Anonymous Donation to Fund Renovations at Roeper's Birmingham Campus

By Laura Houser

Nearly half a million dollars. That's how much one anonymous donor has given to the Birmingham- and Bloomfield-based Roeper School and beginning this summer, this money will fund the renovation of Roeper's Birmingham campus.

 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

 

OBSERVER & ECCENTRIC

‘Dynamic' school district plan suggests closing 2 buildings

By Susan Steinmueller

Closing and relocating Farmington Central High School and Alameda Early Childhood Center were among the recommendations of a committee convened last year to study the district's facilities.

 

PATCH

Farmington Schools Budget Adjustment Lowers 2012-2013 Deficit

By Joni Hubred-Golden

While this year's Farmington Public Schools budget got a $3 million shot in the arm this year, officials will likely face another double digit structural deficit in 2013-2014.

 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

 

PATCH

Birmingham's Alternative Education Program Could Join Schools of Choice

By Laura Houser

Michigan's School of Choice program and several budget amendments are on the agenda for the Birmingham Board of Education Tuesday night.

 

Saturday-Monday, January 12-14, 2013

 

DETROIT NEWS

Sander Levin hosts Student Inaugural Address Competition

By Associated Press

Roseville — U.S. Rep. Sander Levin is inviting high school students in his southeast Michigan district to enter an inauguration-themed contest. Students in the 9th Congressional District are being asked to submit via video their own 2- to 3-minute speech to the nation.

 

Birmingham school students get serious about civics in mock congressional hearings

By Shawn D. Lewis

Beverly Hills — Berkshire Middle School students held mock congressional hearings this week that reinforced research, formal writing and public speaking skills. They researched court cases and the use of precedent cases leading up to the hearings. The entire eighth grade of 283 students participated.

 

OAKLAND PRESS

Oakland Schools superintendent issues ‘Wish List for 2013’

By DIANA DILLABER MURRAY

After leading a battle against several proposed changes in operation of schools during December’s lame duck Legislature, Oakland Schools Vickie Markavitch has issued her “Wish List for 2013.”

 

Oakland County teachers to be trained to respond to school shootings

By DIANA DILLABER MURRAY

All school principals and teachers in Oakland County's public, private and perochial schools are being offered training in how to respond and recover when there is an active shooter in their school.

Related stories:

> Patch: Oakland County Teachers Will Receive Active Shooter Training

> AnnArbor.com: In wake of school shootings, officials say it's not feasible to have an armed guard at every building

> Huffington Post: David Dewhurst, Texas Lieutenant Governor, Calls For State-Funded Weapons Training For Teachers

> Huffington Post: Armed Janitors Approved By Montpelier, Ohio, School Board To Stop School Shootings

> Christian Science Monitor: Police in schools 'not the answer,' coalition says, urging broader strategy

> Los Angeles Times: To lock classroom doors or not?

> New York Times: Newtown Debates School’s Fate After Shooting

> Washington Post: School superintendents urge Obama to act on gun violence

Two Macomb educators are finalists for Rochester schools boss

By MITCH HOTTS

A pair of Macomb County educators have been named as finalists for the search for a new superintendent in Rochester Community Schools in Oakland County, according to the district’s website.

 

MACOMB DAILY

Shelby Township police to increase presence at schools

By Frank DeFrank

Spurred in part by the deadly shootings last month at an elementary school in Connecticut, Shelby Township police officers will become more frequent visitors to schools in 2013.

 

PATCH

Ferndale Students Raising Money for Japan Trip

By Jessica Schrader

Ferndale High School sophomore Rebecca Phoenix is dreaming of being able to "experience the wonder of Japan."

 

Friday, January 11, 2013

 

OAKLAND PRESS

Waterford School District and Coalition for Youth help with homework

By DIANA DILLABER MURRAY

The Waterford Coalition for Youth and The Waterford School District are partnering to offer an educational forum entitled, “Get Your Kids to do Homework Without Having a Nervous Breakdown.”  

 

MACOMB DAILY

Harper Woods schools restricts attendance at games

By Mitch Hotts

Students from Lakeview High School who plan to attend Friday’s night basketball game at Harper Woods High School will not be allowed in without a current student identification, officials said Thursday.

 

PATCH

Troy Schools Receives Grant for Elementary School Program

By Kristin Bull

Troy School District has been awarded a grant from Oakland County to bring a creative movement and dance program to 1,600 elementary school students.

 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

 

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Clarkston, Waterford students learn skills while helping build the community

By DIANA DILLABER MURRAY

Students Michael Plesz of Clarkston and Austin Erdmore of Waterford Township, both 17, are hard at work adding a new front porch to a home on Lafayette near downtown Pontiac.

 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

 

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Southfield schools Superintendent Wanda Cook-Robinson named finalist for National Superintendent of the Year

By DIANA DILLABER MURRAY

Superintendent Wanda Cook-Robinson has been named among four finalists selected for the 2013 American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year program. The winner will be announced Feb. 21 at the national conference on education in Los Angeles, Calif.

 

Eleven high school robotics teams awarded grants by Chrysler

By DIANA DILLABER MURRAY

Eleven Oakland County high school robotics teams have been awarded grants of $6,400 each by The Chrysler Foundation to help offset costs associated with registration fees, parts, materials and team apparel.

 

Saturday-Monday, January 5-7, 2013

 

OAKLAND PRESS

Novi scholar-athlete invited to Obama’s presidential inauguration

By JERRY WOLFFE

A Novi High School scholar-athlete is “super excited” about attending the inauguration of President Obama on Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C.

 

PATCH

Brother Rice High School Advances to "Sweet 16" Round of Global Debate Competition

Hundreds of debate teams from around the world entered the Bickel & Brewer / NYU International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) competition, but only 16 remain, including Brother Rice High School of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. If Brother Rice can defeat its opponent in the next round of the contest, the team will win an all-expenses-paid trip to the IPPF finals competition in New York City from April 12-14, 2013.

 

Friday, January 4, 2013

 

MACOMB DAILY

Utica schools hosts annual Academic Blitz

Parents who’d like to create an outline for their children’s academic future can receive some guidance Jan. 23 when Utica Community Schools holds its annual Academic Blitz.

 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

 

OBSERVER & ECCENTRIC

Teachers trying to figure out what to make of right-to-work

By Lonnie Huhman

The Northville Education Association isn't happy about the new right-to-work legislation and is concerned about its potential impact in the near future. But NEA president Nick Nugent does say even with this change, the union remains confident about its future.

 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

 

DETROIT FREE PRESS

Fewer students means more money woes for state's school districts

By Lori Higgins

Swift declines in school enrollment across metro Detroit are increasingly driving school districts into debt and forcing administrators to sharpen their knives to make the cuts needed to avoid greater financial disaster -- or a state takeover. New data out this month shows that over the last five years -- from fall 2008 to fall 2012 -- enrollment has declined 17% in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne county school districts. Some have seen staggeringly high losses: 69% in Highland Park, 46% in Detroit, 29% in Pontiac and 26% in Romulus and Inkster.

Related stories:

> Detroit Free Press: Metro Detroit school districts operating in the red

> Detroit Free Press: Michigan school districts operating in the red

> MLive: Declining enrollment may spell doom for Detroit area school districts

 

DETROIT NEWS

Business club teaches teens real life skills

By Joe St. Henry

Students studying marketing at Waterford Kettering High School are putting what they learn to work in the local business community. The students are also are preparing for extracurricular competition, increasing their chances for a college scholarship and getting a head start on a possible career in business or marketing.

 

Parents file suit over school district fees

By Mike Martindale and Jennifer Chambers

Birmingham — A class-action lawsuit filed by the parents of a Birmingham sixth-grader alleges the Oakland County district is violating state policy by requiring students' families to buy specific items for use at school.

 

OAKLAND PRESS

Six Oakland County students nominated for military academies

By JERRY WOLFFE

Six students from Oakland County have been nominated by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., for admission to military service academies. “It’s exciting that so many exceptional students from our state are willing to serve our country through military service,” said Stabenow in a press release.

Related story:

> AnnArbor.com: 3 Ann Arbor, Saline high school students nominated for military service

 

Pontiac school won’t get credit for progress; MEAP tests not delivered

By DIANA DILLABER MURRAY

WHRC Elementary School may not receive credit for making adequate yearly progress because Michigan Education Assessment Program tests taken in October were not sent to the Michigan Department of Education by the deadline.

 

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