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2007-08 News & Events

AAPS & UM Host Forum on Child and Adolescent Depression

Depression is real.
Knowledge + Help = HOPE

Please join us for a community forum on Child and Adolescent Depression and Suicide Prevention on Wednesday, May 7, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Skyline High School, 2552 Maple Road.

Superintendent Todd Roberts and John Greden, M.D., Executive Director of the UM Depression Center will host this community forum and kick off of this very important collaboration.

The latest research on depressive illnesses will be presented as well as information about how to recognize and respond to signs of depression and suicide risk in youth and to have an opportunity to ask questions about these important issues.

This ongoing collaboration between AAPS and the UM Depression Center will provide depression awareness and suicide prevention education, training and support for AAPS staff.

This forum is open to the community.  Dr. Greden and Cheryl King, Ph.D., Chief Psychologist, UM Department of Psychiatry and international expert on childhood depression and suicide will be presenting at this forum.

Many AAPS staff have already had the opportunity to attend forums on these subjects and this opportunity will reach out to all teaching staff in the coming year.

We hope you can join us for this important community forum on May 7th.

2nd Annual Free e-Waste Recycling Event

Saturday, May 10, 9a.m. - 2p.m.
Pioneer High School Parking Lot

The Ann Arbor Public Schools and the Climate Savers Computing Initiative@the University of Michigan are co-sponsoring a free e-waste recycling event for the community in cooperation with Apple Computers.
  • Save our land and water systems and responsibly recycle your personal electronics
  • Protect the environment- Keep electronic equipment out of landfills
  • Conserve natural resources- Materials in your electronics are highly reusable
Unload old or unused:
Computer systems, speakers, monitors, printers, telephone/cell phones, wires/cables, televisions,  modems.
For a complete list of materials, go to

All e-waste will be destroyed and recycled in the United States using an environmentally sound manner by an Environment Protection Agency-certified company courtesy of Apple Inc.

This event is for personal electronic equipment only.   Last year, over 700 cars drove through the line!

Community Invited to Skyline Dedication Ceremony and Open House

Please join the Ann Arbor Public School Board of Education and Administration for the dedication of Skyline High School, Saturday, April 26 from 3 - 5 p.m. at Skyline!

The community is welcome to attend the brief ceremony including tours of the school.
3:00 pm. - Dedication Ceremony
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. - Tours

Tickets for Pioneer Football Spaghetti Dinner On Sale 4/26/08

The SPAGHETTI DINNER to benefit the Pioneer High School Football program will be held on Thursday, May 8 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Pioneer high School Cafeteria. 

Cottage Inn has graciously donated the spaghetti and salad to make this a wonderful event that started 26 years ago!  We are grateful to the Michos family for their support of Pioneer Football and their hard work to make this a great evening!   Morgan and York have donated root beer! 

Ticket sales will get under way on Saturday, April 26 at PHS.  Look for the tent and flags located near the football field from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 each this year or four may be purchased for $25.00   We have set aside two Saturdays for Spaghetti Dinner Ticket Sales and those dates are Saturday, April 26 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and again on Saturday May 3, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.   Look for our flags at Hollway Field!     Tickets are also available the night of the event.   Our athletes will be out in the community selling tickets door to door in their neighborhoods. 

In addition to the fabulous spaghetti, we have a live auction that includes many wonderful items such as an Ian Gold signed jersey from the Denver Broncos, a Greg Jennings (Green Bay Packers) autographed jersey, a condo in Cancun for a week, Tiger tickets, lawn service gift certificate, various themed baskets full of goodies plus other sports memorabilia and jewelry.   Braun and Helmer Auctioneers donate their services to make this a fun and profitable auction to benefit the Pioneer High School Football program.  The live auction will start at 6:20 p.m.  Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. 

Rhonda Warren & Mark Quigley, Spaghetti Dinner Coordinators
Head Coach: Jeremy Gold

Tappan Middle School Student Wins Recycle Ann Arbor's Essay Contest


Recycle Ann Arbor has announced that Nicholas Lopez-Grueber, a student at Tappan Middle School, is the grand prize winner of its second annual Earth Day essay contest.  Students from across Washtenaw County were invited to submit essays addressing the topic, "How can recycling help stop global warming?"  More than 135 entries were received.
As the grand prize winner, Nicholas received a $500 U.S. savings bond, presented at a ceremony at Tappan on April 3.  His classroom will also receive a free recycling workshop.  Emily Murphy Uhlmann from Burns Park Elementary was among the five runner-up winners; Emily won a $50 gift certificate to a local book store.  You can read Nicholas and Emily's essays on the Recycle Ann Arbor web site.

Congratulations Nicholas and Emily!

Ann Arbor Open School Teacher Receives University Musical Society's Teacher of the Year Award

Dan Tolly, music teacher at Ann Arbor Open School, has been awarded the University Musical Society Teacher of the Year Award.  UMS Education Director Ben Johnson said, “Dan has emerged as one of the most creative teachers in Ann Arbor. Not only does he bring hundreds of students to UMS Youth Performances each year, but he also attends nearly every teacher workshop, and utilizes that information in his classroom.  He is a great example of how to truly develop creatively motivated and interested young people.”
Congratulations, Dan!

Community Education Forum: Food Allergies

On Thursday, May 8, FACT (Food Allergy Children's Team) and the Ann Arbor Public Schools are presenting a forum for the Ann Arbor community to discuss and learn about food allergies.  The forum will take place in the Forsythe Middle School Media Center (1655 Newport Road) and will run from 7:00-8:30 pm.
For more information, please download our flyer (232kb PDF).

2008 College & Career Fair

You may have already had some discussions with your son or daughter about post-high school education and career opportunities. If you haven't, it's not too early to begin. To assist you in this task, the Ann Arbor Public Schools have scheduled their 23rd Annual College & Career Fair at Pioneer High School on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. It is our goal to offer students the chance to explore both educational and career opportunities to plan for their future. Representatives from colleges all over the nation and businesses from the Ann Arbor area will be present to meet with you, answer your questions and provide you with pertinent literature. The colleges will have tables in the cafeteria, which is located near the clock-tower entrance to Pioneer High School, and the businesses will line the A-wing hallway outside of the cafeteria. This night will provide your family with up-to-date information and enable you to make a person-to-person contact with college and business representatives. We look forward to seeing you there.

College & Career Fair Committee

Colleges & Universities attending as of 4/14/08:
Adrian College
Albion College
Alma College
American Academy of Art
Amherst College
Aquinas College
Ball State University
Benedictine University
Bowling Green University
Brandeis University
Butler University
Calvin College
Carleton College
Case Western University
Central Michigan University
Cleary College
Cleveland State University
College of Creative Studies
College of Wooster
Columbia College, Chicago
Columbus College of Art & Design
Concordia University
Cornell College
Cottey College
Denison University
DePauw University
Drexel University
Eagle Flight Center
Earlham College
Eastern Michigan University
Finlandia University
Grand Valley State University
Great Lakes Christian College
Grinnell College
Grove City College
Gustavus Adolphus College
Harvard University
Hawaii Pacific University
Heidelburg College
Hillsdale College
Holy Cross College
Hope College
Illinois Wesleyan University
Indiana University
Iowa State University
Johnson and Wales University
Kalamazoo College
Kendall College of Art & Design
Kenyon College
Kettering University
Knox College
Lake Forest College
Lake Superior State University
Lawrence Tech. University
Lawrence University
Lehigh University
Loyola University, Chicago
M.I.T. Rep
Madonna University
Marietta College
Marquette University
Michigan State University
Michigan Tech University
Middlebury College
Mount Holyoke College
North Park University
Northern Michigan University
Northwood University
Oakland University
Ohio Northern University
Ohio State University
Olivet College
Otterbein College
Pomona College
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Roosevelt University
Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
Rutgers University
Saginaw Valley State University
Saint Louis University
Savannah College of Art & Design
Schoolcraft College
Seton Hall University
Siena Heights University
Smith College
Spring Arbor College
St. Mary’s College
Stetson University
Syracuse University
The Motion Picture Institute of Michigan
The University of Iowa
U.S. Military Academy Representative
University of Buffalo Rep
University of Evansville
University of Findlay
University of Michigan
University of Michigan, Dearborn
University of Michigan, Flint
University of Notre Dame
University of Toledo
University of Toronto
University of Vermont
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Valparaiso University
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Wake Forest University
Warren Wilson College
Washington & Lee University
Washington University
Washtenaw Community College
Wayne State University
Western Michigan University
Wittenberg University
Yale University
Businesses attending as of 3/18/08:
AFS International Exchange Program
Ann Arbor Public Library
Art Institute of Michigan
College Assistance Plus of Southeast Michigan
Essay Coaching
Fifth Third Bank
Hobbs & Black
Kaplan Testing Services
Ross Medical Education Center
Solo Aviation
United States Air Force
United States Army
United States Army ROTC- EMU
United States Army ROTC – University Of Michigan
United States Marine Corps
United States Navy
University of Michigan HRS
University of Michigan Community Scholars Program
University of Michigan Health Sciences Scholar Program
University of Michigan Research Community 
University of Michigan Women in Science and Engineering
Washtenaw Home Builders Association
Youth For Understanding

Blood Drive at Burns Park Elementary School

Ms. Kreger's 5th grade class at Burns Park will be sponsoring a blood drive on Thursday, January 31st (and also on April 30th) from 1:30 -  7:30 p.m. and YOU are a V.I.P.!  If you are interested in giving blood and being served like royalty by our children, here is what you can do:
1. Go to
2. Type in bpe for the source code (stands for Burns Park Elementary)
3. Fill out a profile
4. Schedule an appointment time

Questions or science credit?  E mail Sandy Kreger (kreger @

Community High Announces Freshmen Application Procedures and 2008 Parent/Student Orientations


Five parent and student orientation session have been announced for families interested in applying for Community High School's freshmen slots for school year 2008-2009. The sessions will be held at the school located at 401 North Division Street and are scheduled for:

Wednesday, February 6
7:00-8:30 PM
  Monday, February 11   7:00-8:30 PM
  Tuesday, February 12
  7:00-8:30 PM
  Wednesday, February 20
  7:00-8:30 PM
  Thursday, February 21
  7:00-8:30 PM

The application deadline is 4:00 PM  Friday, February 22, 2008.  Application packets will be available January 14 at all Ann Arbor Public Middle Schools, the Balas Administration Building (2555 South State Street), and Community High School (401 North Division Street). Applications may also be downloaded from the website at

To be eligible for one of 108 open freshman slots, applicants must be current 8th graders, meet the district's residency requirements at the time of application, attend an orientation meeting with parent/guardian, and submit a completed application to the Main Office, CHS, by 4:00 PM Friday, February 22, 2008.  The school's random selection will be held March 10, 2008.

FutureStars 2008 Finale Tickets Now On Sale

Patron Tickets are now available for the FutureStars Finale, Saturday, January 19 at 7:30pm in Schreiber Auditorium.  Patron seats are $25/ticket and provide premium seats, available for purchase in advance, in the middle of Schreiber Auditorium.
"FutureStars 2008" is Theatre Guild's popular showcase of student talent.  FutureStars cast members will test their talents as they sing and dance to songs from four different musical genres.  Audience applause decides who will earn spots in the final competition . and a chance to be named FutureStar 2008!
Our celebrity judges always add something extra to FutureStars. This year we are thrilled to welcome local radio personality Lucy Ann Lance, as well as UM football players Terrance Taylor and Tim Jamison.  Also featured are members of PTG's own Comedy Troupe and the popular local band My Dear Disco.
Advance patron seat sales are available by e-mailing Jacqui Grisdale at  Please indicate your name, the number of required tickets, and any special seating needs your party may have.
As with all other Patron Seats, funds from Patron Seat sales directly support the Theatre Guild Booster Club.

WISD, ACA, and AAPS Student Intervention and Support Services to Offer Transition Forums

Washtenaw Intermediate School District, the Ann Arbor Association for Community Advocacy and AAPS Student Intervention and Support Services will be offering a series of Transition Forums.  The purpose of these forums is to provide parents, students, staff and other stakeholders in the community with information about transition planning, community agencies and resources that help a student’s transition from school to adult life. For more information, please download our Forum flyer (89kb PDF).

Stone High School Second Semester Registration Begins Soon

Registration begins this month for second semester of Stone High School. Interested students MUST:
  • Be 15 - 19 before Sept. 1 of the current school year.
  • Attend an information meeting with a parent/guardian.
  • Take math and reading assessments.
  • Interview with the principal.
  • Be ready to make positive changes in your life.
Stone High School
Student/Parent Information Meetings*
Monday, January 14, 2008

Monday, January 28, 2008

*Meetings last approximately 2 hours and include assessments.
Bring:  Student & Parent/Guardian, Transcript if available,
FIA # or Foster Home License # if applicable.

2800 Stone School Rd.

Stone High School GED Preparation Class Begins in February

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Stone School Adult Education Program will offer daytime and evening GED Preparation classes starting February 5.  The day class will run from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and the evening from 6 to 9 p.m., both on Tuesdays and Thursdays through May. 

This class prepares you to take the GED Test and earn a GED Certificate.  The GED certificate is the equivalent of a high school diploma, and is accepted by employers, colleges and trade schools.

You must be 18 years old to take the GED test, but there is no age limit on earning a GED. Classes are taught by experienced, certified teachers who focus on the five test subject areas:  reading, writing, math, social studies and science.

There is a $10 registration fee (refundable when you finish class). In-person registration is required at Stone School between 1 and 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting January 15.  Call 997-1237 for more information.

Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation Awards Over $30,000 in Grants to Teachers


The Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation has awarded 39 grants totaling more than $30,000 to AAPS teachers for programs that will impact 7500 students.  Members of the Foundation visited the teachers in their classrooms to present the grant awards.
Some of the 2007-08 AAPS Educational Foundation Grant recipients
Discovering Jazz and its Influence on American Fine Arts Abbot Amy Nowland $1,000.00
3rd Grade Phonics Abbot Chris North $980.00
Angell School Bass Resonator Bar Adoption Angell Katie Ryan $942.00
Sweet Music in Harlem Ann Arbor Open @ Mack Dan Tolly $1,000.00
Bees and Beekeeping Ann Arbor Open @ Mack Jane S. Levy $1,000.00
Super Summer Success at Bach Bach Sandy Sheremet $977.00
Career Awareness and Exploration Clague Linda Grieshaber and Katie Kiolbasa $500.00
Roberto Clemente Weather Station Clemente Michael Smith $599.00
Haisley Science Day Haisley Nancy Schafer $1,000.00
Haisley Summer Learning Program Haisley Sarah Keith $1,000.00
Journey to Congo Square, an Academic/Arts Residency Huron Anthony Stewart $1,000.00
Crazy About Gourds Lakewood Dave Szczygiel and Peg Leonard $575.00
Lawton Celebrates Writing: Poetry Lawton Gayle Richardson and Kerry Krause $1,000.00
Jazzistry for Lawton Lawton Sarajane Winkelman $1,000.00
Reading Rap Group Northside Jeri Schneider $512.00
Open Events for Science Pattengill, Ann Arbor Open @ Mack, Haisley Susan Beech, Jane Levy and Nancy Schafer $1,000.00
Pioneer Trailblazers Pioneer Don Packard $995.00
Literature and Chemistry Pioneer Karen M. Fox $500.00
Models and Inquiry Pioneer Laurie Williams $375.00
PAC Program (Pioneer Achievement Committee) Pioneer Victor Kennerly $1,000.00
Using Graphic Novels to Teach Life Science Topics Scarlett Catherine Campbell $657.00
Spanish Speaking Parents Support Group Slauson, Logan and Northside Mary-Margaret Cornish and Jane Taylor $1,000.00
Caldecott Award Book Collaboration Stone Clare Canham-Eaton $953.00
Stone School Character Cultivation Store Stone Joanna Johnson $1,000.00
Discovering Jazz and its Influence on American Fine Arts Abbot Richard Knapp $280.00
Making a Difference with Music
*Funded by Marcy Westerman Fund
Ann Arbor Preschool Carolyn Bowers $229.00
Optimize with Orff Logan Melissa Noble $510.00
Africa: A multi-cultural celebration through its musical arts
*Funded by Burns Park Players
Burns Park Cynthia Page-Bogen $1,000.00
"All the World's a Stage": Shakespeare for Middle Schoolers
*Funded by Burns Park Players
Clague Joey Fukuchi $1,000.00
Stagecraft Guest Instructors/Experts
*Funded by Burns Park Players
Pioneer Sean E. Sabo $740.00
Scarlett/Huron Music Mentors Scarlett Deborah Scott Katz $1,000.00
Huron High School Science Extravaganza
*Funded by Freeth Family Fund
Huron Don Yeatts $1,000.00
Community Mural Project
*Funded by Eleanora Dahlmann Fund
Community Steve Coron $500.00
Media Center Mural for Haisley Elementary
*Funded by Marcy Westerman Fund
Haisley Peggy Leonard $980.00
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
*Funded by Burns Park Players
Bach Kristine Bishop $1,000.00
A Graphic Novel Collection for the Forsythe Media Center Forsythe Monique Uzelac $1,000.00
Benjamin Saves The Books Huron Ann Hendrick $1,000.00
Independence, Connection & Voice Huron Matthew Garrity-Janger $750.00
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
*Funded by Burns Park Players
Lakewood Kristine Bishop $1,000.00

AAPS Proactive on MRSA Bacteria

The Ann Arbor Public Schools has been proactive in disinfecting our schools against the MRSA bacteria.

There no reported cases of MRSA in our district.

AAPS Custodial Services has been very proactive about this health issue. Every school has a disinfectant spray that kills the MRSA staph bacteria. This spray is being used by the custodians to clean gyms, with special attention to gym and wrestling mats, including those hanging from gym walls, locker rooms and restrooms. Cafeterias are also being cleaned with this product but only after all lunch hours are complete. Regular sanitizing continues between each lunch period.

The high school field turf fields have been sprayed all season with a disinfectant that does kill the MRSA bacteria. Angell's field turf will also be sprayed with this product.

The district is working very closely with local health officials and directly with each school to implement protocol for stopping this bacteria from entering our schools.

Download this link to a State of Michigan brochure on MRSA for more information:

Ann Arbor Public Schools Announces Skyline High School Parent Forums

Parents and students of Ann Arbor 8th graders are invited to attend one of the three upcoming Skyline Parent Forums to meet the Skyline High School staff and learn more about the development of the magnet programs, the academic core classes, athletics and the performing and fine arts at Skyline!
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
October 30, 2007 at Clague

November 1, 2007 at Forsythe

November 13, 2007 at Scarlett

The program will begin with a Skyline overview including the core subject areas of English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Then parents and students will have the opportunity to rotate between four presentations of the magnet programs;
  • Business Marketing and Technology
  • Design Technology and Environmental Planning
  • Health and Medicine
  • Communication, Public Policy and Media
There will also be “Information Stations” on the four core academic areas, special education, athletics, fine and performing arts, guidance and counseling, instructional technology and the parent advisory/PTO team.

Principal Sulura Jackson will be there to answer questions and introduce the Skyline staff.  This is an opportunity for Skyline students to see first hand what their 9th grade year will look like and for potential open enrollment students to learn more about this option in the Ann Arbor Public Schools for their 2008 9th grade year.

Come learn about the Skyline Difference: Tradition, Research, Best Practice

Ann Arbor Public Schools Now Offering MealPayPlus Service


MealPayPlus is the district's new student meal plan payment program. If you used ParentOnline last year and ended the year with balance in your student(s) account you will need to set up a new account at and the balance will transfer into the Meal PayPlus account within 48 hours. You will need your student(s) school I.D. number (available from your student's school) to set up an account.
You'll find more information about the MealPayPlus program in the Especially for Parents section of our site.

AAPS Youth Senate Recommendations for Action

The AAPS Youth Senate's Recommendations for Action to the school board and administration for eliminating disparities in Ann Arbor education are available. The Summer/Fall 2007 Draft of Report shows results from the 2 1/2 year Leap the Gap student research project which engaged over 1400 students.
Feedback and questions welcome to: