Monday, May 20, 2013
Students will have to attend another full day of school in June to make up for the day of instruction missed when bus drivers called in sick, according to the Walled Lake School district.
Students in the Walled Lake Consolidated School district will have one less day of summer vacation after the district says it was forced to add an additional day of school to make up for the day missed when a large number of district bus drivers called in sick. Nearly one-quarter of the district's bus drivers called in sick earlier in May, and the district cancelled classes as a result. WWJ-AM reported that the move was "an apparent protest" over the district's decision to outsource busing. Early last week, district officials sent out a letter explaining to parents the need for the additional day. "...we have learned, as a result of the lost day of instruction last week, that Walled Lake Schools does not meet the required number of days …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Students who were in kindergarten when an old torah was buried will see its replacement welcomed in a public ceremony.
The final letter of a Torah scroll that has taken more than six months to complete will be written Sunday at Hillel Day School in Farmington Hills. To honor of former Detroit Pistons’ owner Bill Davidson, a staunch supporter of Jewish education, The William M. Davidson Sefer Torah, a handwritten and holy document, will be completed, dedicated and placed in the school’s chapel during a 9:45 a.m. event. The public is welcome to attend. The private school's Dean of Judaic Studies Saul Rube said that last October, students watched via video as sofer (scribe) Rabbi Tzvi Pincus began his work in New York. "We could literally see him write the first letter of the Torah," Rube said, adding there are 305,000 letters in the scroll, all written by…
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
West Bloomfield Schools are closed on Thursday due to several power outages in the area.
A message on the website for West Bloomfield Schools reads: "Due to power failures in multiple buildings, there is no school today. More details will follow." The DTE Outage map shows more than more than 700 outages in the West Bloomfield zip code.
Spending time in the kitchen and greenhouse, kids learn nutrition facts, renewable resources and ladybugs.
Students from Doherty Elementary School in West Bloomfield got a taste of kale chips and learned about nutrition and sustainable living at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital the week of May 6. Principal Molly Funk said the hospital contacted the school about participating in the new program, in which every class, kindergarten through 5th grade, participated during their regular gym time. She said the off-site lessons blended with what students were learning in the classroom. "All of our science curriculum could easily be tied in," she said. For instance, second graders working on a unit on insects learned that ladybugs eat harmful bugs, helping growers avoid using pesticides. Over three days, more than 460 children spent time in the …
Rep. Michael McCready, who represents a portion of West Bloomfield, is the community college's 2013 Outstanding Alumnus.
Bloomfield Hills resident and Michigan State Representative Michael McCready has been named Oakland Community College’s Outstanding Alumnus for 2013. McCready, who represents a portion of West Bloomfield Township in the 40th House District, will be honored during the college’s May 18 commencement ceremony at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2012, he is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Chair of the Appropriations Committee on the Michigan State Police and Vice Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee for the Department of Human Services. He is also a member of the House Transportation and House Capitol committees. McCready graduated from Birmingham’s Seaholm High School …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Micaela Trexler 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 West Bloomfield School district – with a special luncheon at the station in Southfield. Among the winners for 2013, the 34rd year of program, was Micaela Trexler of West Bloomfield 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
The public is invited to attend an opening reception on May 22.
Walled Lake Schools student art will be displayed at Commerce Township Hall May 20-23, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., during the District's K-12 Student Art Exhibition. A reception for all the artists and the community is planned May 22, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. The exhibit features virtually every visual arts medium including sketches, watercolor, ceramics, jewelry, photography and much more. “The entire community is invited to see incredible artwork created by our student artists from all 19 of our schools," said Judy Evola, director, community relations. "We are fortunate to have amazing art teachers who provide stellar visual arts programs in each of our schools. We thank Commerce Township for working with us to expand the opportunity for everyone to see our …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Michigan PTA honors Farmington Area PTA Council President Tammy Luty as PTA/PTSA Member of the Year.
Michigan PTA (Parent Teacher Association) honored Farmington Area PTA Council President Tammy Luty as its PTA/PTSA Member of the Year during the organization's state convention in April. Luty was selected because of her service and contributions to both the PTA and the community. She served five years on the Wood Creek Elementary School PTA Board and started a Dad’s Reading Night that won the first Michigan PTA Best Male Involvement Award in 2011. Serving her second year as Farmington PTA Council President, she brought Wood Creek's writing challenges program district-wide and was a member of the Facilities Study Committee and the City of Farmington Hills 2020 committee and participates in the Pledge for Success Committee. Farmington PTA …
Superintendent Gerald Hill says West Bloomfield High School and elementary reconfiguration projects will get underway this summer.
With the May 6 passage of a building and site sinking fund millage, West Bloomfield Public Schools officials have begun prioritizing $23 million worth of site needs across the district Superintendent Gerald Hill said the first projects to use the new millage dollars will be front fascia replacement at West Bloomfield High School and modifications to elementary schools as they are reconfigured for the coming school year. Doherty and Sheiko elementary buildings previously housed kindergarten through 5th grade students; in the fall, they'll be K-2 and 3-5 buildings, respectively. "Probably the most visible projects will be ingress and egress, how people enter schools and the design of the entrances," Hill said. "We'll take a complete look at …