Saturday, October 24, 2015

KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL: Nundley and Furman crowned

On Friday, October 9, Kennedy High School crowned a new homecoming queen and king during the football game against Lincoln Park. 

Taliah Nundley was crowned queen and Spencer Furman was king.  Last year's queen, Debbie Hansen. was onhand to crown her predecessor but spotted Taliah's sister, Shayla Nundley (Kennedy Homecoming Queen 2011) and gave her the honor of crowning her sister instead. 

The Kennedy High School 2015 Homecoming Court: Spencer Furman, Johnathan Gomer, Matthew Hundley, Kevonté White Zayla Estell, Ashley Hernandez, Olivia Long, Marissa Marasco and Taliah Nundley.

BLAIR MOODY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL students take trip to farm

The students, families and staff of Blair Moody Elementary School enjoyed a day out at the farm recently.

Each of the families enjoyed a tractor ride, slide and many other fun things to do. It gave all the families a chance to play and have fun outside, while learning some fun farm facts. This farm has a bald eagle nest, with three generations of babies born in it. They also use corn instead of sand in the sand box, every one had a great time trying to walk through it.

The families were able to enjoy fresh apple cider and donuts while they were there. It was a great day for everyone!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

SIXTH GRADE ACADEMY to host Harvest Fest October 27

The Sixth Grade Academy will host its first Harvest Fest on Tuesday, October 27.

There will be a family walk through between 6:30-8 p.m.

Participating will be the Taylor Teen Center, mobile dentist, Taylor Alumni and foundation, Student Council Store, Mary Kay Products, Culver's, Neighborhood Watch, SkyZone, Make and Takes, Taylor Garden Club, Skore Lanes, City of Taylor Recreation, ChristNet, chair massage, Girl and Boy Scouts of America, SEMCA, Taylor Career Center and Sandcastles.

Visit the book fair. Lifetouch will be on site for family photos (at a price).

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL enjoys visit from Khodr Farhat

On Thursday, October 15, West Middle School was honored to have Mr. Khodr Farhat visit many of its eighth-grade classes.  Mr. Farhat brought his motivational message to the students. 

Although blind since birth and an immigrant from Lebanon, Mr. Karhat has not let these obstacles prevent him from leading an exemplary life.  He spoke to the students about the importance of education and that we must rise above our circumstances.

Through his extensive volunteer work he has raised thousands of dollars to help those in need,  granting the wishes of over 90 sick children. To continue to be inspired by Mr. Farhat educators at West encourage all to listen to his radio program called, "Your Voice Does Matter," on CINA Radio102.3 FM every Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m.

BLAIR MOODY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL watches colors fight for space in scientific demostration

On Friday, October 16, Mr. Dwyer and his fourth-grade class and Mrs. Tevepaugh’s third-grade class at Blair Moody Elementary School practiced a scientific method.

The experiment is called “Gobstopper War” was based on what would happen if you put “Gobstoppers” in a bowl with room temperature water.

The students had four different colored “Gobstoppers” and placed them across from each other, then watched as the color began to come off of the candy and fight for space.

The students enjoyed observing as the bowl changed right before their eyes.

SIXTH GRADE ACADEMY gets ready for Halloween

Mrs. Brewer’s class at the Sixth Grade Academy recently displayed its Halloween showcase.

SIXTH GRADE ACADEMY studies animal and plant cells

Mrs. Brewer’s class at the Sixth Grade Academy recently studied eating and making edible animal and plant cells.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL students learn teamwork

Adventure Learning students at West Middle School work cooperatively to build the tallest freestanding structure using only the materials provided by the teacher.  

The students worked in groups of three or four as they attempted to build the tallest structure possible.  Self-control, initiative, creative thinking and Being Proactive were the focus of this activity. 

SIXTH GRADE ACADEMY heads for the Petting Farm

Mrs. Brewer’s class at the Sixth Grade Academy recently took a trip to the Heritage Park Petting Farm. 

BLAIR MOODY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL summer reading pays dividends

The Blair Moody Elementary School summer reading challenge was embraced by many students. Three students were fortunate enough to win a Moby Max Tablet during the raffle for the summer reading log completion. The smile on their faces shows how hard work pays off.

RANDALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL classes combine for art project

At Randall Elementary School Mrs. Cahalan and Mrs. Harris' classes got together for a fun art project.  

They linked literature to art.  They read the story "Be Nice to Spiders," and discussed why it is important to be kind to spiders and why they are beneficial to the Earth.  

Then, they started out project with a dot on the paper.  From that dot they made 13 lines.  Then they connected those lines to create a spider web.  The last step was to color the sections of the web and put the spider on it.

RANDALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL pupils learn about bullying

Mrs. Troy's students at Randall Elementary School have been learning about bully prevention. First they learned how to treat people who are different and that everyone is unique. Next they learned what bullying looks like and how to stand up for someone who is being bullied. In this activity, the students are practicing how to use courage to calmly walk away from a bully and get help if needed.

Monday, October 19, 2015

HALLOWEEN EVENTS scheduled across the City

Halloween is in the air ... and so are several community events devoted to the enjoyment of the event. 

The Heritage Park Petting Farm is located at 12803 Pardee Road. The "Boo Barn" is a spooky place to visit for Halloween -- and offers much more! Tickets are the special-event charge of $5. For more information, call (734) 374-5946. 
The Heritage Park Petting Farm is rolling out the "Boo Barn" on October 24-25 from 11 a.m.- 4 p..m.

Taylor Police Department and Taylor On Watch will present "Trunk or Treat" from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, October 25, at the Police Department, 23515 Goddard Road. This is a free event for all trick-or-treaters!

Wear your costumes. K-9 Atlas will be in attendance. Elected officials, police officers and members of the Taylor On Watch program will have car decorated and will be passing out candy. For more information, call (734) 374-1444.

The Downriver Anti-Trafficking Coalition's Pumpkin Run 5K will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 31, in Heritage Park. The event is expected to last until 12:30 p.m. Register at Heritage Park Pavilion A. Registration and snacks will be offered at 8 a.m. A Kids Run/Walk will be held at 9 a.m. and an Adult Run/Walk at 10 a.m.   

Wear your Halloween costumes! There will be a prize for best kid costume, adult costume and group costume.  There will also be face painting and free giveaways Register by October 22 for a free T-Shirt (T-shirts available for sale day of the event).

Last but not least, Safe Halloween will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (or until the candy runs out!) on Saturday, October 31 in Heritage Park.  Sponsored by the City of Taylor, it will be held around Coan Lake with many of the historic buildings open and active. For more information, call the Taylor Recreation Center at (734) 374-8900.

HOLLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL youngsters measure, paint pumpkins

Students in Mrs. Madden's kindergarten class at Holland Elementary School had fun measuring and painting pumpkins recently!

RANDALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL first-graders learn about families

The Randall Elementary School first-grade students in Mrs. Ostrowski's class have been busy learning about families, how our families are similar and how they are different. 

The first Social Studies unit was enhanced with a "Families Are Different" glyph activity.  The students’ individual response to every question determines a piece of their personalized family house. 

They learned that each house is built for a family and every family is unique.  For example:  your house is white if you are six, your roof is green if you have brothers and sisters, your front door is red if you are in first grade, every yellow window represents a family member, each tree represents a family pet, the sun represents a family that cares about each other, and a red chimney represents a child who likes to read with their family!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

KINYON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL raises big money during buildup to big game

Kinyon Elementary School’s annual MSU-U-M Penny Drop ended with kindergarten teacher and resident Spartan fanatic Mrs. Thomas being wrapped in maize and blue!

U-M fans Braylen Thomas and Nolan Cobb aided Principal Sweet with the streamers and balloons. The Penny Drop raised almost $400 for student activities. 

MCDOWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL selected library stars

Every student has a chance to be a "Library Star" when they come to McDowell Elementary School Library.

They can do so by:
  • Taking care of their books
  • Returning their books on time
  • Being quiet in the library
  • Using good manners and showing they love to read.

 Each wee two stars are selected from all class entries to be our "Special Stars of the Week!" Parents, be sure and stop by the library to see who has been a “Library Star” for each month on the display in the hall.

HOOVER MIDDLE SCHOOL campaigns for breast cancer awareness

On Friday, October 16, the Hoover Middle School Hawks showed their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink.

It was a tribute to those who survived their battle, lost their battle and to those who are still fighting their battle. Cancer touches hearts in various ways.  It moves people to take action and fight.

How will you fight?  Will you donate to the cause?  Will you become the nurse or doctor who helps  patients with their fight? Will you be the next research scientist on a mission to find a cure for cancer?

The Hoover Hawks pose the question: How will you fight? 

TVLA hosts annual open house

On Wednesday October 7, TVLA hosted its annual open house event.  TVLA invited several community partners to meet with students and parents, including Taylor Teen Health Clinic, Wayne State University, Baker College and Wayne County Community College. 

TVLA  greeted over 200 students with their parents from noon-5 p.m. on that day.  The students and their parents received a list of things they had to complete while they were in attendance.

Students had to meet with at least three community partners, update forms and meet with their mentors.  The program also raffled off over 80 TVLA T-shirts for completing their checklists.

The TVLA staff was extremely pleased with the amount of students that participated. Overall, the open house was a booming success.

OPERATION WARM FUNDRAISER will be held on November 7

The Rotary Club of Taylor will be holding its Operation Warm Fundraiser on November 7 at All Saints Knights of Columbus Hall, 24900 Brest Road, Taylor. 

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7:30. All proceeds will go toward providing winter coats for local children in need – most of which are in the Taylor Schools.

Tickets are $25 per person. Pizza, wine, beer and pop will be available for purchase and there will be a 50/50 raffle held.

Featured will be Motown singer Amando and The Blue Brothers. 

For tickets, donations, etc. contact Armando Sardanopoli at or call (734) 895-5875.