Saturday, May 31, 2014

RANDALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Concert rocks the house!

Randall Elementary School’s Chorus and the entire fourth and fifth grade put on a phenomenal concert last week. They used amazing effort and cooperation with the help of awesome music teachers Mrs. McCracken and Mr. Fulton.

RANDALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: First-graders win drug free banner contest

Ms. Kalsic's first grade at Randall Elementary School won the Taylor Drug Free Banner Contest.  

The whole class took a pledge to live drug free lives.  They were treated with a special pizza treat from Mancino's of Taylor.  The school is so proud of the students for their hard work and accomplishment.

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL: Goldsmith makes visit to speak about ancient Rome

On May 28, 2014, Marlene Goldsmith, a docent from the Kelsey Museum in Ann Arbor, spoke with seventh grade social studies students at West Middle School about everyday life in ancient Rome.

Seventh graders have been studying ancient cultures and this presentation gave them an up-close, hands-on experience about ancient Rome.

Students were able to see and hold replicas of eating utensils, toys, and grooming implements. The docent also brought along real coins from the Roman Empire. Students could compare the Roman coins with American coins.
While observing a Roman lamp, Josephine Nnangobya noticed Christian symbols on the top of the lamp.
When the docent was sharing what the Roman villas were like, Chris Cotton noticed that the word for bedroom, cubiculum, is where we get our word cubicle.
Gavin West was able to share some interesting observations he made about ancient Rome.
The docent provided a great overview to support what the seventh graders at West Middle School had been studying.

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL: Awardees prove to be healthy, wealthy (maybe?) and wise!

As part of the Every Kid Healthy Event at West Middle School, Adventure Learning students had an opportunity to be part of a poster contest with a Healthy Living theme.  

The staff would like to congratulate Shabnam Chohan for earning first place, Abigail Bird and Faith Combs for second place, Kayla Ricumstrict for third place and Haddayah Wright and Jasmine Rucker for winning Honorable Mention awards.

All the posters were wonderful and are now decorating the hallways at West.

BLAIR MOODY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Children use skills to solve a crime

The Blair Moody Elementary School students in Mr. Dwyer's class had the opportunity to use their problem-solving skills to investigate a crime scene.

Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Dwyer, students spent the day collecting and analyzing evidence.  They were then asked to determine who was responsible for the crime. An awesome day of learning for everyone involved.

BLAIR MOODY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Everyone shows off as part of talent show

The students and staff at Blair Moody Elementary School showed off their talents at the annual talent show recently.

Students and parents were entertained with everything from singing to the hilarious dance act of the "Vowel Bats".  A huge “thank you” to the music teacher, Ms. Oldani, for the time and effort she put into the show.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

EUREKA HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: PASS class heads for the Petting Farm

The Eureka Heights Elementary School PASS class recently attended a field 
trip to the Heritage Park Petting Farm in Taylor.

BLAIR MOODY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Kindergarteners focus on frogs and toads

Ms. Ash’s kindergarteners at Blair Moody Elementary School have been studying frogs and toads for the last two weeks. 

The students loved learning about them, and had even more fun with the art projects.  They made frog crowns showing the life cycle of a frog, and also made frogs and tied in the “og” word family to go with them, wrote about frog facts, and made difference/comparison charts on frogs and toads. 

The pupils even got to see a toad out on the playground, when it went into 
someone’s shoe from another class!

Monday, May 26, 2014

TOMMIE SAYLOR: I was not the best, but I served with the best ...

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.”
William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act 4, Scene 3

By Tommie Saylor
Kennedy High School Principal

I was not the best to serve, but I served with the best.

I was not the bravest to don the uniform, but I stood with the bravest.

I was not the strongest, the fastest, the best shot; I was nowhere near the best NCO (non-commissioned officer), the best tactician, nor even the best cavalrymen. But I gave my best. I heard the call of my nation, placed myself in harm’s way, and did her biding to the fullest extent of my talents.  
I was only one of many who held the thin green line between tyranny and freedom; I was, and am, a patriot.

For all who served, I salute you; for you are my brother, and understand things deep inside of me that no other can possibly comprehend.

Be well, my brothers, be well.

Remember, their future is in our hands. Making Kennedy the school of choice. Excellence by design.

MYERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Third annual talent show

On May 21 Myers Elementary School had its third annual talent show.  

Students did a great job singing, dancing, doing gymnastics and reciting poetry.  The staff is very proud of all the Mustangs who participated in the show!

KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL: Junior varsity softball ends on strong note

The Kennedy High School JV softball team had an exciting season.  

The girls were dedicated and worked hard, according to coaches. Each player improved with every game, showing great defense as well as offense.  

The Eagles won their last game of the season with a score of 12-2 against Romulus. A great way to end a great season!

The team was made up of Elissa Sarnacki, Ashley Sneed, Olivia Long, Madison Holt, Miaya Hamilton, Lexas Evans, Antonia Rasizzi, Makayla Reed, Emilee Bergum, Shannon McNeal and Jessica Greer.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

KINYON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: First-graders visit City Hall

First graders from Kinyon Elementary School had some surprises waiting for them Thursday, May 22, when they visited City Hall and the Midtown Fire Station.

City Councilman Tim Woolley played host for a tour of the Taylor Veterans Museum, where he stumped most of the children by pulling out a photograph of a U.S. soldier in Iraq and asking you they thought the "skinny guy" was ... and it was Woolley himself during his stint overseas.

Woolley talked about the importance of the museum and the sacrifice that many make for their country.

Communications and Marketing Director Karl Ziomek took the pupils on a walk through Cameron Priebe Plaza, discussing the monuments dedicated to the fallen war heroes from the City of Taylor and also discussing the Taylor Police Department "Wall of Honor."

At the fire station, firefighters showed the children everything from living spaces on site to the kitchen area and the vehicle bay, where they all got a chance to go through the trucks and ask questions along the way.

But the favorite point in the tour was reserved for a visit to the City Council offices at City Hall, where Councilman Alex Garza played Santa Claus in May, handing out a brand-new free children's book to each of the students in the tour. They got to pick from several titles and "guaranteed" that they would read the book over the summer vacation.