Forsythe Middle School Student Captures National Award in International Aviation Art Contest

Forsythe Middle School Student Captures National Award in International Aviation Art Contest

by The Ann Arbor Independent Editorial Team The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) announced today that Jennifer Meng, a 13-year-old student at Forsythe Middle School in Ann Arbor had captured 2nd prize in the 2017 International Aviation Art Contest. All national winners receive certificates, ribbons and a framed reproduction of their artwork. Meng competed in Category II (Intermediate), open to artists aged […]

AAPS BOE Member Who Voted Against Schools of Choice Says the Program Encourages “White Flight”

AAPS BOE Member Who Voted Against Schools of Choice Says the Program Encourages “White Flight”

by Patricia Lesko The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education (BOE) met on March 29 to discuss, among other proposals, whether the District should designate certain schools as “Schools of Choice” and accept students who reside outside the city into those schools. In the end, the vote was 6-1 in favor of accepting 750 […]

The 250 Highest Paid Ann Arbor Public School District Employees

The 250 Highest Paid Ann Arbor Public School District Employees

by Patricia Lesko Public school employee compensation is often a topic of scrutiny when school officials ask cash-strapped voters for additional money—in essence permission to go deeper in debt in order to pay the bills. In Ann Arbor, as of 2016, the Board of Education had received permission from voters to float $188.5 million worth of general obligation bonds. According to […]

EDITORIAL: Student Testing Opt-Outs

EDITORIAL: Student Testing Opt-Outs

THERE IS WIDESPREAD dissatisfaction among students and parents nationwide concerning state-mandated student testing. Students and parents point to the fact that extensive testing causes stress and anxiety; school administrators drive home the point that testing students provides important data. The growing “opt-out” movement has pitted school administrators, legislators and parents against each other. New Jersey, […]

High School Heroes—In Nepal, Freshman Krijol Shresthan Picks up the Pieces

High School Heroes—In Nepal, Freshman Krijol Shresthan Picks up the Pieces

On May 2 a rare 4.2 earthquake hit Western Michigan and shook Ann Arbor, devastating no one. Eight days earlier, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, killing as many was 15,000 people, injuring over 12,000 more and leaving 16,000 schools shuttered. The quake left 1.3 million children in need of aid. High school freshman Krijol […]

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto: Ypsi Community High School STEMM Academy Team Goes to Robotics World Championships

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto: Ypsi Community High School STEMM Academy Team Goes to Robotics World Championships

by Donna Iadipaolo WHAT SETS YPSILANTI’S robotic “Team 66” apart from other robotics teams in the area may not only be its diversity, but also the fact that it comes from a “STEMM” school. Many people may be familiar with the push for “STEM” in education. The acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. […]

Greenhills High School Team To Compete in National Science Bowl Finals in D.C.

Greenhills High School Team To Compete in National Science Bowl Finals in D.C.

by Donna Iadipaolo A TEAM OF high school students from Ann Arbor recently won the regional competition for the 2015 National Science Bowl® (NSB) and will next compete at the National Finals in Washington D.C. at the end of April. Greenhills High School Seniors—Alex Reeves, Jackie Stokes, Frank Fazekas, Tanwei Chen, and Nathan Joss, all […]

Campus Sustainability: Progress, but U-M Neither a Leader nor the Best

Campus Sustainability: Progress, but U-M Neither a Leader nor the Best

by John Ball THE UNIVERSITY OF Michigan is showing a positive impact on sustainability as highlighted in the university’s 2014 sustainability report released last week. However, even with the gains, U-M’s efforts to divert trash from landfills, among other goals, still lag far behind both the City of Ann Arbor, as well as colleges in […]

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