Friday, May 17, 2013
Calling all student newspapers, teachers and anyone with a passion for education. We want to see your ideas on Patch!
Patch is seeking student newspapers, teachers, parents and administrators to contribute to our Local Voices platform and help educate the masses on what going on in your schools. We would love for student newspapers to post their articles. If you love to photograph local graduations, school plays and concerts, you can showcase that passion as well in a Local Voices post. Part of the Patch mission is to strengthen communities and improve the lives of their residents, but we can't do it without you. Our Local Voices section allows members of the community—from cooking enthusiasts to local politicians and everyone in between—to interact and post directly to the site. These posts then appear on the homepage, in the daily newsletter and are …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Drive 4 UR School event to benefit the Salem High School football program will continue until 8 p.m. Thursday.
For every person who test drives a new Ford vehicle between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, Blackwell Ford will donate $20 to Salem High School’s football program (limit one donation per household) as part of the Drive 4 UR School event. Salem Rocks Football can earn up to a maximum of $6,000 at the event - money that will go towards equipment costs, according to Coach Kurt Britnell. The Drive 4 UR School event will be held at Blackwell Ford on Plymouth Road from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools will issue a higher amount than originally planned for the first series of bonds.
Now that Election Day is over and the bond has passed, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools will seek to issue its first series of bonds for a higher amount than originally planned. School Board officials approved a resolution Tuesday, authorizing the issuance of bonds, not to exceed the amount of $80 million -- almost $20 million more than originally planned for the first bond series. In previous information distributed by the district, the first bond series, in the amount of $60.8 million, would be used to pay for the new middle school, all technology infrastructure, a little more than half the classroom technology and a small portion of buses. The second series, estimated to be sold in early 2016, was meant to be in the amount of $53.5 …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Shirley Chen was among more than 250 recipients of WXYZ-TV's annual honor.
Wednesday, May 15
Channel 7, WXYZ, recently honored more than 250 recipients of this year's "Brightest and Best" award – including one from the Plymouth-Canton School district – with a special luncheon at the station in Southfield. Among the winners for 2013, the 34rd year of program, was Shirley Chen of Plymouth High School. The station teamed up with Gardner-White Furniture again this year to present the awards. Click here to see the complete "Brightest and Best" list.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Teachers, administrators and politicians gathered in Novi to discuss Michigan's responsibility toward educating its population.
Cuts to education funding in Michigan are a big concern for educators and parents of children in public schools. “We’re diverting a whole bunch of money from our public schools and I think it’s terrible,” said Michigan Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor), at an education forum at Novi Middle School Monday night. Teachers, administrators and politicians came together at the forum to answer the question of what Michigan's responsibility is toward educating its population. “All of our schools are being required to do more with less,” said Sheila Paton, treasurer of the Plymouth-Canton Community school board. Panelists spent the first part of the evening discussing student performance. Bill Rustem, Governor Rick Snyder's director of strategy…
Monday, May 13, 2013
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools currently offers four world language options to high-schoolers.
Hoping to free up more options for students when it comes to high school electives, the House Education Committee approved two bills in Lansing on Tuesday that would eliminate the foreign language requirement for graduation. Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, in line with the Michigan Merit Curriculum, requires students graduating in the class of 2016 and beyond to have two credits of world language. PCEP high schools currently offers students a choice between Spanish, German, French and Chinese. "I think it's really, really important for our students to go into the work force being bilingual and being fluent in one other language besides English," said Kim Villarosa, Canton High School assistant principal and World Language coordinator …
Canton Police are teaming up to work with Plymouth-Canton Educational Park (P-CEP) officials to promote a safe end to the school year.
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Monday, May 13
In a cooperative effort between the Canton Police Department and the Plymouth Canton Educational Park staff, several end of the school year procedures are being implemented on the high school campus to ensure the safety of students and staff. “We would also like to remind residents that police officers will be utilizing a zero tolerance approach to minors consuming and/or being served alcoholic beverages at parties,” Special Service Lieutenant Deb Newsome said. “There are adults who think it is acceptable to let minors consume alcohol if they stay on their property, but it is unlawful in Michigan, and the adult/property owner will be charged along with the minors,” Newsome added. In addition, the Canton Police Department has also …
WXYZ Channel 7 anchor JoAnne Purtan will moderate Monday's public education forum in Novi.
Teachers, administrators and politicians will come together Monday in Novi to answer the question of what Michigan's responsibility is toward educating its population. The Novi Education Association is holding the education forum, moderated by WXYZ Channel 7 anchor JoAnne Purtan, 6:15 to 9 p.m. Monday in Novi Middle School's auditorium. "We really wanted to make sure we give the parents and the general community an opportunity to learn about the education reforms taking place in Michigan," said Seth Furlow, Novi Education Association's public relations chair and science teacher at Novi High School. He said there was a similar forum in Ann Arbor a few weeks ago but many in Novi and neighboring districts thought important questions weren't…
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Fourth and fifth-graders at Gallimore Elementary learn government by trying to convince legislators that Michigan needs a state fruit.
For more than five years, students in Wendy Gravlin's class at Gallimore Elementary have written letters to state legislators, trying to convince them that Michigan needs a state fruit and it should be the tart cherry. "It kind of all got started because we learn about government, civics and core democratic values," Gravlin said. "We're trying to teach the kids that they have a voice - even if they're not voting, they can still make a difference." Rep. Dian Slavens (D-Canton) first introduced the bill to make the tart cherry the state fruit in 2010, but it went nowhere Not giving up, Gravlin's students continued their annual push with letters and Slavens re-introduced the bill on Jan. 9. It is currently in the House Operations Committee. …
Plymouth residents Katie Ammons, Jennifer Jones-Tims and Jack Wellman will be recognized during a ceremony Thursday in Waterford.
Oakland Schools will honor three Plymouth educators Thursday during the 26th annual Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards in Waterford. Novi Middle School 7th grade Life Skills teacher Katie Ammons of Plymouth; Millenium Middle School (South Lyon) Language Arts and Math teacher Jennifer Jones-Tims of Plymouth; and Walled Lake Western High School Vocational/Technical teacher Jack Wellman of Plymouth are among 58 nominees from 22 local school districts who will be recognized during National Teacher Appreciation Week for their contributions in the classroom. Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards are given each year to teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels who excel in the following areas. The 2013 winners are Berkley …