Friday, February 5, 2016

KINYON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL principal get a little wet

Principal Susan Sweet recently got soaked for a cause.

The Kinyon Elementary School "Juds" brought in over 1,100 pounds of non-perishable food items for the Downriver Fish & Loaves Food Pantry, located in Taylor!

The pantry got the food ... the principal got soaked!


Happy Groundhog Day from the staff and pupils at Kinyon Elementary School! Wonder if they saw their shadows?

WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL: Time to plan for the future

On February 2, the high school counselors from Kennedy High School and Truman High School paid a visit to the eighth-grade class at West Middle School. The visit offered to orient them with the course offerings at each school.  

It is an exciting time for the eighth-grade students, as they begin to plan for their future.  

Kennedy students met in the gym, as a group, to hear three counselors speak. Three students from JROTC also discussed their time at Kennedy. Truman students met with their individual counselor for a presentation about attendance, clubs, and classes offered at THS.  

All students received a “Class Selection” sheet and a “Course Description Guide” to take home with them.  Students had the opportunity to fill our their course requests with their parents and review them with their teachers before meeting with the high school counselors again on February 4.


Mrs. Pickell's class at the Johnson Early Childhood Center went on a scavenger hunt looking for items that start with the letter “P” for their popcorn-counting day. They incorporated science, math and literacy during this activity.

CHAMPIONS AFTER-SCHOOL programs offer free registration before February 29

Champions Before-And-After School Programs, currently available in the majority of the district’s elementary schools, is offering free registration.

The offer is available to all families who enroll before February 29.

For families who only need Champions for breaks, they can enroll for free now – and only use the program during school closure dates!!

Call the Champions’ Area Manager at 734-776-8983 to have this fee waived.

HOOVER MIDDLE SCHOOL visits the DIA (more photos)

Here are more photos of the Hoover Middle School trip to the Detroit Institute for the Arts.

Thursday, February 4, 2016


How cool is it to go on a field trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts? Hoover Middle School eighth-graders received that treat recently, and they appear to have enjoyed themselves!

MCDOWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL smiling faces are a big help!

There are plenty of smiling faces around McDowell Elementary School, but these are the happy faces of the wonderful ladies that help the students every day. They direct traffic, work the lunch, get called on to clean, mow, assist and fix lots and lots of things. The staff and pupils appreciate them!

MCDOWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL pupils hit a home run with the ugly duckling

The students of Ms. Donna and Ms. Hutchison at McDowell Elementary School put on a wonderful little play about the ugly duckling recently. They played their parts well from beginning to the last bow.

TOMMIE SAYLOR: Tough times call for hard work and discipline

“This is not the end.  It is not even the beginning of the end.  But it is perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
Winston Churchill

By Tommie Saylor
Kennedy High School Principal

It is that time of the year when it is easy to just give up, a time when many have been worn down by students, nerves frayed, patience gone. I think it is the short days – the long hours of darkness and cold weather – that drives us to complacency.

It is this very time that one’s character is exposed and one’s true self is laid bare for all to see. It is easy to stand strong when all is well, but when you are driven down to your knees is when true character is revealed. The choice is simple: Do you stand strong, remain vigilant and uphold the standards that have made us great, or do you fold and allow a bunch of kids to dictate your future? 

Now is the time for fortitude. It’s the time to reach deep down inside and gather your strength.  It is the time to lend your vigor to your neighbor, renew your convictions and work exceedingly.  It is moments like this where battles are won or lost.

Integrity comes at a price and one’s legacy is written during times of strife. If you truly care about your students, you must uphold the standards and push your students. You can’t give in.

How and where will you lead them. Making Kennedy the school of choice. Excellence by design.

HOLLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ALS campaign (tons and tons of more photographs)

Here are more photographs of the recent ALS campaign at Holland Elementary School. Between all of the publicity that it earned, the drive ended up making about $1,800 to fight ALS!