Friday, March 8, 2013

Now THAT hits the spot!

Blair Moody Elementary School and the Tim Horton's on Ecorse Road partnered recently to put some smiles on the faces of parents dropping off their children at school. The program was, "You drive in, we serve the hot chocolate!"

Tim Horton's was nice enough to donate enough hot chocolate to go around and the teachers in the school were out en masse to hand it out to the parents as they rolled into the school parking lot.

"It was a great community building experience." said Blair Moody's Michelle Tocco.

We couldn't agree more!

Truman art students in the news

Ryan Sawyer, Tyler Mroz, DuWayne Johnson, Ashley Deaver and Wilfrred-Gael Dobessi -- all Truman High School art students -- have been very busy recently.

Sawyer was honored as part of the VSA program, thanks to a pair of drawings that he entered.

Meanwhile, Mroz, Johnson, Deaver and Dobessi entered the Vans Custom Culture Shoe Design Contest. As a result, they have been awarded a pair of Vans shoes from the company to design. At the next level, their shoe designs will be posted on the company Web Site for the public to vote for the Top 50.

Keep watching this blog to see if how the vote turns out! For more on the design contest, click here.

Truman to host nationally recognized free workshop

"Talk Early & Talk Often," a free nationally recognized parent workshop designed to help parents and caregivers of middle and high school children develop better skills when dealing with abstinence and sexuality, is being offered at Truman High School from 6-8 p.m. March 27.

To register for the event, email Truman Parent Liaison Mary Logan at The workshop will be held in the Truman Media Center

The program will aim at specific issues:

  • Increased communication skills

  • Recognize opportunities to "open the door"

  • Recognize "teachable moments"

  • Gain confidence with your new skill set

It is never too late to improve a relationship with a child or teenager. Parents should never underestimate the great need that children feel to have a close relationship with their parents. Children want guidance and support -- and this program will help interested parents develop their own support plan.

Parents are the prime educators of their children and continue communication at home is vital in helping unprepared children avoid serious problems.

For nearly a decade, "Talk Early & Often" has consistently received high praise from parents, educators and community leaders. The workshop was developed with support from several state agencies.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Bravo to Taylor Symphonic Band

The Truman High School Symphonic Band, under the direction of Jason Cassell, received a "1" rating at District 12 MSBOA (Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association) Festival.  The band performed three selections and was given a "1" final rating by three judges.

In addition, the band performs for a single judge a new, previously unseen piece of music, which they receive 5 minutes to study. After the study period, the band performs the music for the judge, and is given a rating.  

The Truman Symphonic Band received a "1" for its sight reading efforts.

Receiving a "1" qualifies the band to participate in state band festival. The band will perform at state band festival at Redford Thurston High School on April 25-26.

For more information on the band, click on Click for a photo of the Truman band.

Truman DECA excels in competition

The Truman High School DECA Club competed in the district competition at Eastern Michigan University on Jan. 11 and were highly successful. The club brought home 48 medals in the fields of Marketing, Hospitality and Tourism, Restaurant Management, Business Management, and Human Resource Management.

The club had 40 students that qualified for the state competition and had the largest downriver chapter of District 5 with 144 students. 

State competition will take place the weekend of March 15-17 in Grand Rapids. 

Truman students that won district medals were:

Apparel and Accesories category- Autumn Carson medal for role play and state finalist

Automotive services category- Raul Guzman medal for state finalist
Automotive services category- John Jabro medal for state finalist
Automotive services category- Darnell Hadden medal for state finalist

Business finance category- William Long medal for state finalist

Business management- Crystal Roberts state qualifier

 Food Marketing category- Tiffany Zoviopoulos medal for role play and state finalist
Food marketing category- Kari Daweese medal for role play and state finalist
Food marketing category- Megan Dupree medal for role play and state finalist
Food marketing category- Anthony Polito state qualifier

Human Resource management- Monik Shephard medal for role play and state finalist

Marketing management- Christena Wilson medal for role play and state finalist

Quick serve restaurant management- Jaylin Wright medal for role play and state finalist
Quick serve restaurant management- Autumn Wurtz medal for role play and state finalist

Restaurant and food service management- Ryan Scarliff medal for role play and state finalist

Retail merchandising- Paige Bishop medal for state finalist
 Retail merchandising- Kyle Parish medal for state finalist

Sports and entertainment marketing- Shawntez Turner medal for test score, role play and states

Principals of business marketing- Roderick Peterson medal for role play
Principals of business marketing- Caitlin Moore medal for role play and state finalist

Principals of hospitality- Alisha Stevenson medal for role play and state finalist

Principals of marketing- Robert Mccloud medal for state finalist
Principals of marketing- Ciara Hughes medal for role play
Principal of marketing- Brian Simmons state qualifier

Business Law- Mariah Clemeon medal for states
Business Law- Sarah Oulette medal for role play, test score, and states
Business Law- Frankie Fleshner medal for role play and states
Business Law- Dennis Kaminsky medal for role play
Business Law- Carolyn Somerville medal for state finalist
Business Law- Robert Helton medal for role play
 Business Law- Dana Groh state qualifier
Business Law- Alex Mach state qualifier

Financial services- Trey Trotter medal for states
Financial services- Devin Edwards medal for states

Marketing communications- Kelsey Kaifish medal for role play and states
Marketing communications- Chrissy Wilburn medal for role play and states

 Leadership team event- Clarence Massey, Kari Daweese, and Miguel Andrade state finalists

Public Relations written event- Megan Kaminsky and Kayla Fisher state finalist
Public Relations written event- Amanda Davis and Kaleigh Hamilton state finalist
 Comments? E-mail blogger Karl Ziomek at

'Stuck for a Buck' tapes Mrs. Quick to the wall

The Hoover Middle School Student Council sponsored "Stuck for a Buck" as part of their fundraising campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 
Students received a piece of duct tape for every $1 they donated to stick Mrs. Quick to the wall during their lunch hours. At the end of all four lunches the final amount raised from this event was $186.

Sing the Hoover Middle School Fight Song!

Written by Mr. Jim Bergler

Hail to the blue and the white

Cheer for the Hawks with all of your might

We’re the ones to win the game

We’ll never give up, just the same.

We will be loyal to our team

Let’s all stand up and give a Hawk’s scream

We’re the Taylor Hoover Hawks.

We soar above all the rest!

Hoover Middle School updates 'Points of Pride'

Hoover Middle School is proud to announce that it has updated its "Points of Pride," which is also available on the school's website at

  • Student Council runs the "Pasta for Pennies" program that raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for children fighting cancer
  • 48 band members performed at Solo and Ensemble Festival on Jan. 26
  • 33 students received a 1st division rating and 15 received a 2nd division rating
  • 8th Grade Band marched in Truman Homecoming Parade, Sept. 21
  • 8th Grade Band performed for "Harvest the Smiles" charity event, Oct.31
  • 8th Grade Band performed at Southland Mall, Dec. 7
  • 7th and 8th grade boys basketball teams who won the Downriver League Championships. The 7th grade boys had only one loss and the 8th grade boys were undefeated
  • Principal's Pride group raised $1,499 from the candle sale towards the cost of their Mackinac Island trip this May
  • NJHS collects for Toys for Tots
  • "I Can Dance": Students collected cans to create food baskets for theholiday season.
  • Hoover Garden Club sold student-raised flowers and vegetables for Mother's Day
  • Relay for Life: School Store provides practical and inexpensive items for sale to help students come to class prepared
  • Hoover Holla school newspaper
  • Band and Chorus holiday concerts
  • Drama Club performed "Who Killed a Mockingbird?"
  • Anti-Bully Day
  • School-wide reading program celebrates "The Hobbit" by taking an allschool trip to see the movie on its opening day.

It should be noted that Hoover Middle School is NCA accredited; has a highly trained staff that collaborates and plans as a professional learning community; made AYP; and is a Splash School shaping positive lifestyles and attitudes throughschool health.

Any comments? E-mail blogger Karl Ziomek at

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Welcome to Talking Taylor Schools ...

Welcome to Talking Taylor Schools, the official blog of the Taylor (MI) School District. My name is Karl Ziomek, the former managing editor of The News-Herald Newspapers, and I will be managing this site.

The purpose of this story thread is to publish positive news, features and images out of the Taylor School District. On March 6, I met with administrative staff and principals in the school system in an effort to create an in house "communications network." The idea is very simple: Establish key contacts  within every school in the district. Those "messengers" will gather news, features and images throughout the school year. They will work with me, and I will publish those stories on this blog. The more information that I receive, the more information that I will post for you to read.

Unlike hard copy publications, blogs are literally living, breathing story lines. They can include short posts or lengthy stories -- or anything in between. There are no deadlines in the Internet world. If you have something to post, something to edit, or something to update, you just do it as soon as you have the information on hand.

And that is what you should expect in the days, weeks and months ahead. Anything from short, one-paragraph items or lengthy shorts. In some ways, this blog is like the Taylor School District having its own newspaper, only without paper and without limits to what can be published. That's the nice thing about blogs; they offer no space limitations, no postage due for the deliveries, and no ink on your hands when you're done reading.

Those affiliated with the Taylor School District feel strongly that we have good stories to tell. There are tons and tons of positive things going on in classrooms across the district, which is the Downiver area's largest public school system. Too often, those positive stories -- stories about your son or daughter, or your neighbor's boy or girl down the street -- get lost in the never-ending flow of other types of news that dominates the media.

This is our chance to show you what we're doing in the Taylor schools. Follow us regularly. Tell you friends about us. Help us spread the word -- the good word -- about the Taylor School District.

We welcome feedback. Free free to email me directly at I look forward to you coming back in the future.