Saturday, December 6, 2014

BLAIR MOODY ELEMENTARY: Sean's behavior nets him 'Principal for the Day'

Sean's good behavior got him the chance to be the "Principal for the Day" at Blair Moody Elementary School!  He did a great job with announcements and even had time to help out with office work. Sean also had time to visit some classrooms.

MYERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Welcome to the house of excellence

This is Mrs. Bower's fifth-grade “house of excellence” at Myers Elementary School.  Consider it “Walkin' the Walk to excellence and success!”

MYERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Great times and math games

Fourth-grade pupils are having a great time practicing their math skills through games, according to teacher Brittanie Elkjar at Myers Elementary School.

BLAIR MOODY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Teachers find a place to work

At Blair Moody Elementary School teachers are so committed that they will find any place to plan their next big adventure for students!  Even if that place happens to be the office right after students have been dismissed.

RANDALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Box tops earn up bucks

At Randall Elementary School, Mrs. Milley and Mrs. McCleary's kindergarten class and Mr. Newsome's third-grade class turned in the most box tops for the month of November.

They earned a pizza party on December 3.

The school collected 11,862 box tops, which earns Randall $1,186.20.

Thank you to all the students, parents, and staff that participated.

HOOVER MIDDLE SCHOOL: Sen. Hopgood is third inductee into Hall of Fame

The Hoover Middle School newspaper recently inducted its third member to the school’s new Hall of Fame. The Hoover Hawks’ newspaper staff first interviews the inductees, and then they are photographed and honored with a plaque hanging in the main hallway of the building.

Hoover graduate Hoon-Yung Hopgood is a member of the Michigan State Senate. He is a Democrat and a former member of the Michigan State House of Representatives. He represents roughly half of the cities that make up the Downriver area of Metro Detroit, as well as other cities in Wayne County.

He is also the first Korean American to hold state office in Michigan.

Hoopgood’s induction follows that of Shirley Ledford (Eldridge), a registered nurse, and Mayor Rick Sollars.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

KINYON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Thanks goes out to Rotary!

Kinyon Elementary School thanks the Rotary Club of Taylor for their donation of coats to battle the winter weather.  The photo shows a few of the many recipients who will be able to stay warm this winter thanks to the Rotary Club of Taylor!

SIXTH GRADE ACADEMY: Learning about North America

The students at the Sixth Grade Academy have had a great time the last two weeks in Social Studies. A floor map of North America was brought in. The students enjoyed learning all about the countries on the continent.


Holland Elementary School students in Mrs. Silva's and Mrs. Scarpace's classes took a trip to the Henry Ford Museum this week. The children had the opportunity to put together a real Model T and were also paid a visit by a very special man, Santa himself! 

BLAIR MOODY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Hats off to classy coaches (from Randall)

The coaches of the Blair Moody Elementary School Basketball Team showed incredible sportsmanship towards the team at Randall during their first bitty ball game. 

Randall is a new team and the Blair Moody coaches were helping them with plays and with the basics of the game.  The coaches from Blair Moody also extended some tips and help with coaching. 

As a teacher at Randall, the kindness showed to my girls from another elementary, made my heart proud! 

Way to go Blair Moody, Randall and the Taylor Bitty Ball League for creating a sense of teamwork and cooperation in our elementary girls.

(From Donna Calahan)

RANDALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Young basketball team shows promise

Randall Elementary School has an awesome group of fourth and fifth grade girls who joined the basketball team.  These girls have been working extremely hard and display a ton of sportsmanship and heart during their basketball games. 

Coach John Cahalan is incredibly proud of how the girls have been improving each game. 

Way to go Randall girls!!!  Keep up the amazing work.

MYERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Campaign puts smile on holiday faces

On November 26, 27 Myers Elementary School families came to pick up a generous food box filled with Thanksgiving-related food items and turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanks to the school population including staff, students, and parents, a food donation drive was held for three weeks prior to the giveaway date, which helped fill many of the food boxes.

Myers parent volunteers then put together many of the food boxes in preparation for families to receive them.  In addition to the boxes that Myers collected, the other food boxes were generously donated by a large, caring family who continue to show they care about Myers families year after year.

The school sincerely thanks everyone who put a smile on so many faces this holiday.

TAYLOR PARKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Friends join to celebrate Thanksgiving

The Taylor Park Elementary School kindergarten friends from Mrs. Ramey and Mrs. Ambrosia's classes shared a special day together.

These two classes from joined to have a "Friendly Feast" to celebrate Thanksgiving. They shared corn and berries (popcorn and juice) and watched the story of the first Thanksgiving. Both classes gave thanks for their friendship in their festive pilgrim hats.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

PET ADOPTION: Scheduled December 6 at Animal Shelter

The Taylor Animal Shelter has scheduled a Pre-Christmas Pet Adoption Day on Saturday, December 6. The special event will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Photos with Santa will be available for a charge ($8 for pets adopted that day; $10 for those who chose to bring their own pets in to be photographed). Pound Pals of Taylor will also have "microchips" available for purchase at a cost of $30.

Animal Shelter staff also went residents to know that 2015 animal licenses are available at the facility beginning on December 1. The adoption day comes on the heels of two very successful events in the past two months, during which over 50 animals were adopted by caring families.

All pets will be $40. The Taylor Animal Shelter, located at 25555 Northline Road (next to the Department of Public Works building).


Logan's Steakhouse, (13305 Eureka Road, Southgate) will host a Taylor Reading Corps fundraiser from 4 to 10 p.m. December 4. Bring the attached flyer to the event and between 15 and 20 percent of the pre-tax dining check will go back to the organization.

The TRC is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that recruits, trains and supervises adult reading mentors in the Taylor School District. The mentors focus on preschool, first-, second- and third-grade pupils.


A free health insurance enrollment open house, sponsored by Oakwood Healthcare, Western Wayne Family Health Centers, Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, The Information Center, and Enroll America, will be held from 3-8 p.m. on Monday, December 1 in the Ray Mix room at Wayne County Community College Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Road, Taylor, MI.  No registration is required.

Oakwood wants to ensure all residents have access to quality health care and asks the following questions:
  • Are you uninsured?
  • Do you know that many Michigan residents now qualify for affordable health coverage?
  • Do you need to re-enroll in Marketplace ( coverage for 2015?

This event will help kick off the 2014-2015 open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace ( that runs from Nov. 15, 2014 to Feb. 15, 2015. Information will also be available regarding Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program called the Healthy Michigan Plan – designed to provide more people with affordable health coverage.

Everyone is welcome to come learn more about their health insurance options and apply on-site with trained staff. Door prizes will be awarded and light refreshments will be served.For those individuals and families that want to apply on-site, please bring along social security numbers (for yourself and dependents) and household income information.

During the Open House, federally certified health insurance navigators from Oakwood Healthcare will conduct a Health Insurance 101 Presentation at 6 p.m. This presentation will dive into important health insurance terminology, the Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment and re-enrollment process, Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program (Healthy Michigan Plan), and highlight how best to utilize healthcare coverage. Insurance plan representatives will be on hand to answer questions about their respective Marketplace and Medicaid health insurance plans.

Information on additional community resources will also be available from Oakwood Healthcare, Western Wayne Family Health Centers, Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency and The Information Center.

If you are not able to attend the event, visit or call 313.586.4938 to learn more about health insurance options or to schedule an appointment with one of Oakwood’s health insurance navigators.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Scheduled December 13

The Lakes of Taylor Golf Course will host "Breakfast with Santa" from 9 until noon on Saturday, December 13. Tickets are available now at the Lakes of Taylor Pro Shop. Admission is by ticket only and seating is limited.

Tickets are $9 each, with children under 3 free. Breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m. and includes eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, fruit, yogurt, bagels, cereal, coffee, hot chocolate and orange juice. Face painting, story time with Santa, arts and crafts are all part of the program.

The Lakes of Taylor is located at 255505 Northline Road. 

MCDOWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Celebrating Thanksgiving

Some real Indians celebrated and were thankful Ms. Bochenek's kindergarten class at McDowell Elementary School recently.

HOLLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Second-graders are Pound Pals!

Second graders at Holland Elementary School raised $307.79 for Pound Pals of Taylor.

They made snacks, mix and necklaces and sold them to their classmates throughout the school. Mary Yount and Diane Derosiers went the school for the presentation and explained to the class how the group would use the money by taking animals to the vet.

Pound Pals members were amazed that second graders did this for the animals. It was awesome!