Saturday, May 23, 2015

JOHNSON EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER: Picnic celebrates end of the year

Johnson Early Childhood Center celebrated Red Nose Day on Thursday, May 21 with an end of the year picnic at Heritage Park.  

Johnson is a state-funded preschool located in Taylor.  It is currently tuition free to those who qualify based on income guidelines.  

Over 250 Johnson students and their families from Taylor and surrounding areas celebrated the end of their year at the Johnson Kindergarten Readiness Program.  Children had experiences in reading and math readiness, science, music and movement, and dramatic play along with making many new friends and developing a life-long love for learning.  

Johnson is currently accepting applications for students for the fall of 2015.  Children must be 4 years of age by December 1, 2015.  Call (313) 295-8362 for more information.


McDowell Elementary School kindergarteners recently participated in a Pond Study field trip to University of Michigan-Dearborn. A staff of professional naturalists introduced our students to their  "outdoor classroom" of over 300 acres of forest, lake, meadow, and Rouge River habitats. 

HOOVER MIDDLE SCHOOL: Students raise funds to fight cancer

Hoover Middle School students competed against their fourth hour classes to raise money for Children with Cancer.  Every fourth hour contributed a total of $648.  Mr. Jesue's and Mrs. Johnson's seventh-grade classes raised the same amount of  $228 to win their delicious pasta lunch from Olive Garden.  

SIXTH GRADE ACADEMY: First STEM fair is a big hit!

The Sixth Grade Academy held its first STEM fair on Thursday, May 7. 

Sixth grade students had an opportunity to showcase the projects they have been working on in their Math and Science classes.  STEM projects included houses, bridges, trebuchets, circuit boards, paper airplanes, volume and surface area project and LEGO kits. 

Students and families were able to view and try out some of the projects.  They were even able to be part of an assembly line that required them to assemble an ink pen as an individual and then as a group. 

It was plenty of fun! 

Thank you to Deb O’Connor, Scott Collins, Diane Fent, Tina Schmittling, Jason Towe, Sharla Agemak, Lori Harris and Cathy Mrowca for preparing the students to experience the STEM activities.  Who knows? We might have a group of engineers in the making!

TAYLOR TEEN HEALTH CENTER: Sign up for summer arts and prevention academy now

The Taylor Teen Health Center is now accepting applications for the Taylor Summer Arts & Prevention Academy for students entering the sixth-eighth grades in the fall.

If you like art, dance, drama and music, join us this summer!

And it’s FREE!!

Breakfast and lunch is provided, as well as transportation for Taylor residents. See application for more information.

HOOVER MIDDLE SCHOOL: Girls attend STEM Savvy workshop

Hoover Middle School was given the opportunity to take a small group of seventh- and eighth-grade female students to a workshop – Building STEM Savvy in Middle School Girls.

The goal of this workshop was to increase female student interest in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

It was organized by the American Association of University Women Wyandotte/Downriver Branch and took place at Wayne County Community College District Downriver Campus.  

Students were able to attend three breakout sessions with presentations and hands-on experiences in areas such as Biomedical Research, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Architecture, Ecology, and more. The students were excited after the STEM workshop and wanted to share their experiences with family and friends.


Taylor Parks Elementary School kindergarten students made a trip to Skore Lanes, a bowling center, and if you excuse the pun, had a ball!  Students from Mrs. Ambrosia and Mrs. Ramey classes joined together to have some fun, food and exercise.